Thursday’s Fab Five

Happy Thursday!  I’m so happy the winter break is almost here, teaching has been exhausting this year.  I’m also super excited for this upcoming Saturday, Rob & I are hosting a holiday party, Cookies & Wine at 4089 which of course will feature tons of homemade cookies, even tons more wine, and I’m adding in a taco bar for sustenance.

Here are five things I’ve been loving the past few weeks, and all would make great presents too!

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Thursday’s Fab Five

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching & I love being at home on the weeknights cooking dinner and catching up on my favorite shows.  Don’t you?!

The weather has been so weird here in D.C., first it was warm and gross, now it’s cold and clammy.  I honestly can’t keep up with it, and neither can my sinuses!!  The beginning of the week was chilly & rainy, it legit felt like January and gave me the worst sinus headache.  So annoying.

I can’t wait to have off from work tomorrow and drive up to NJ for a wedding!  My good friend Mike…we’ve been friends since pre-k 4, can you believe that…is getting married!!!  It’s going to be such an epic celebration, so make sure you’re following along on both Snapchat (@elizabethmayce) and Instagram stories, @elizabethmayce!

Here are some things I’ve been loving recently, some classic favorites and some new goodies too.  Tweet me some favorites of yours @elizabethmayce!

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Bath & Body Works Candle in Sweater Weather, $12.50
Right now all B&BW candles are $12.50, which gives you a perfect excuse to go out and buy tons of fall and winter scents.  My favorite for this time of year is def Sweater Weather- it always sells out, so make sure to buy some quickly!  Sweater Weather is the perfect fall scent with notes of woods, eucalyptus, juniper berry, and sage.  The apartment smells incredible within 5 minutes of lighting this, & as I said, it’s everyone’s favorite, so buy it now!!  PS: Ebates gives 1% cash back on Bath & Body Works purchases, if you aren’t an Ebates member, join here!

The Body Shop’s Vitamin C Skin Boost, $29
I wrote about this product back 2012…yes, 2012. Shocking.
It just recently reentered my life, and o.m.g. why did I ever stop using this?!  This skin boost is an incredible morning serum to use, it instantly brightens up my complexion, which has been much needed with this week’s weather.  You can read my original thoughts here, keep in mind, this post was from 2012- but my thoughts on how great the product is, are still the same!
Right now The Body Shop’s having a buy 3, get 3 free promotion.  & Ebates gives you 3% cash-back on your purchase!

Essie Kimono Over Polish, $9
My polish this week is this gorgeous deep purple from Essie’s fall collection last year.  It goes with everything, is the right degree of vampy, and will coordinate perfectly with my cobalt color dress for a wedding this weekend!  This was def one of my favorite colors from last year’s collection, and I’m so happy to be bringing it back into my life this season!  Shop through the link above, and save 2% cash-back through Ebates on HSN!

Gap’s High Rise Ankle Jeggings in Rich Wine, $30 
YOU. MUST. GET. THESE. Originally $60, these pants are so comfortable and the rich wine color is amazing with any boot you might have.  I love the rips, they’re subtle enough where people don’t give you a side eye, but just enough to be edgy.  Did that make sense?  I bought these about 2 weeks ago (for 40% off, not 50%!!), and I love, love, love, they way they fit and feel.  I bought the tall size, so they are full length and also look great with heels and flats.   I’m thinking about buying the black moss color as well…for this price, it’s a serious steal.  Use code CHEERS to save an additional 20% off, and use Ebates for 2% cash-back on your purchase!

Dog Mother, Wine Lover Muscle Tee, $30
I love the CoffeeInTheShower Instagram page, so when I saw they had a coupon code, I finally purchased this cute, and incredibly truthful, tee in black.  I love these graphic tees, and I’ve ordered from this company a few times.  It’s decent quality, comfortable fits, and I just love how this tee can perfectly describe me as a human being.

 
Have a fabulous weekend!! 
 

 

 

XO.
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I love the summer, it’s my birthday season, the beach is my best friend, I love outdoor happy hours…but when August rolls around, and the new school year starts…there’s just something about fall that gets me all super excited.  Fall scented candles, Sunday football, slow cooker meals, & mulled wine…ARGH, I love it so much!!

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Here are some things I’ve been loving the past few weeks, tweet me (@elizabethmayce) some of your recent favorites!!

Um, yes I started burning fall candles September 1st when it was still quite warm out, and no I don’t care.  Sweater Weather is one of my favorite scents, it’s woodsy with notes of sage, juniper berry & eucalyptus.  It isn’t overpowering, and freshens up my living room perfectly.  Bath & Body Works always sells through this one, so if it’s a favorite I suggest you stock up like my Mom & I!  & an even sweeter deal, B&BW candles are $12.50 right now compared to the full price $22.50, and use code PUMPKINLUV for $10 off $30!
I’ve been using this for a month as bubble bath, and I loveeeeee it!  We all know The Body Shop is all about Community Trade, which is why I always return to this brand.  The olive oil is from Italy, and has such a light scent that leaves my skin soft and feeling great.  Right now this product is 30% off, only $7, so I might head to the store this weekend to pick up another one.
This mask is an awesome budget friendly option!  It exfoliates great, it’s not too rough on my skin, and leaves me feeling super smooth and fresh.  I can get two uses out of one packet as well, which is awesome.  The pearl powder helps with inflammation, which is perfect for me since I have rosacea.  Since I’m all about face masks the quality of this product for the price is great, it isn’t cheap and gets the job done.

I already have a pair of these boots, but I’ve worn them so much the past two years, I need a new pair!!  They are so comfortable, go with anything, & I love the mix of cognac and black.  The price can’t be beat either.  You will wear this all of the time, I promise!!

Jouer Lip Enhancer Conditioning Lip Treatment, $16 
I love Jouer lip glosses, so when I recieved the conditioning lip treatment in a sample bag I was so excited to try it out!  Yes, this is def considered a luxury product with that price tag for a lip balm, but it is such a lovely product.  I’m currently keeping this in my work bag, it keeps my lips hydrated and helps to decrease fine lines.  A few of my friends have tried it out and have loved it too!

Remember to let me know your recent favorites, over on Twitter! @elizabethmayce 

XO.
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Thursday’s Fab Five

After an incredible European adventure, I’m back and prepping for some new content, and a brand new school year.  I report back to work on Monday, so I’m trying to have a solid line up of posts done before that!  Between using a ton of new products, #TravelTuesday’s, and some new recipes, I think I have a great line up for you!
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In the meantime, here’s my Fab Five for this week!
As I cling on to my last days of summer, I need a candle that aromatically transports me to the beach.  I’m a huge fan of Voluspa, they last forever, and the scents are so fresh & clean.  Laguna mixes white freesia and Cali verbena to create a well balanced flowery beach scent through the apartment- I love it!  I know this candle is a bit pricey compared to others, but I always buy Voluspa during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, they have both the large (this size) and small sizes in the sale, sold in a pack of 3.  Last year I bought a the pack of the large candles, and Laguna is my last one.  This year I bought a pack of the small candles and use them in the bathroom.
New school year = new planner.  I’m always switching up the planners I use, and now I’m making the move to the Day Designer, created by Whitney English.  I opted for the less expensive version English created for Blue Sky.  They’re sold at Target as well as the Blue Sky website, and seeing that I had a Target gift card to use, it just made sense.  $25 for an in-depth planner like this is a steal-  I highly advise checking out the Day Designer line, it has caught my eye for years, I can’t believe I’m just using it for the first time now!
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchase, so no, I did not drop $88 on a sweatshirt.  It’s so comfy, peep the neckline, super cute, and describes my weekend life perfectly…so of course I needed it.  Oh, and the color is super unique yet goes with everything, love it.
Casey Holmes is one of my favorite YouTuber’s, so when she released a highlight palette with Smashbox I knew I needed it!  There are two versions of this palette, I bought Pearl for lighter skin tones, and then there’s Gold for more tan/ darker tones.  I love that there are 3 highlights in the palette, they’re all soft, and range from the amount of sparkle.  I found myself mixing the colors a lot, and using the lightest shade as a eyeshadow base since it has the least shimmer, but highlights the brow bone perfectly.  It’s a versatile palette of highlights, and I used it every day when I was in Europe!  
My best friend, Heather, got me an array of Lush products for my birthday- she knows me too well.  One of the things in the box was this lip balm, and OMG IT IS AWESOME. I’m a big Burts Bees girl, but this lip balm smells so good- honey, vanilla, and white chocolate…it’s great!  Aside from the great smell, it’s super hydrating with almond oil, beeswax, and Shea butter.  Next time you’re in Lush, try it out, it’s perfect to keep on hand in your purse, or on your desk. 
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XO.
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I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July Weekend!!  I’m still on weekend time & I cannot believe it’s already Thursday.  I’ve been loving quite a few things the past couple of weeks, check them out below and let me know what you think on my Twitter or Instagram!  Make sure you’re following me on Snapchat too, @elizabethmayce =) 
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& since I reference Ebates in this post…let me give you my quick spiel on why I love the program so much…

If you’re not an Ebates member yet, you’re missing out on major cash back opportunities!  You can sign up through this link to receive $10 as a sign up bonus after your first purchase!  Installing an add on to your search bar makes it so easy to activate the Ebates link when you’re shopping, Ebates will alert you to activate the cash back link when you visit the site, so no need to remember which sites allow Ebates and which don’t.  Seriously, in total, I’ve earned about $200 in cash back since I started using & I have the money I’ve earned directly deposited into my savings account when Ebates does their payouts.  I highly suggest becoming a member, it literally pays off!! 
I’ve been at the beach and the pool a lot lately, and it’s important to always wear sunscreen.  I use SPF 30 because I do want to get some color when I’m out, but of course I don’t want to burn.  It might sound annoying to have to do, but I reapply this often to make sure I’m building color without building a burn.  I’ve found this works great, I’m a huge fan of Neutrogena sunscreen!  PS: Ulta is having a buy one, get one 50% off promotion right now…& if you shop with Ebates you’ll earn 3% cash back.
I love Pacifica, they’re an affordable brand (i.e. you can find them at Ulta & Target) and they’ve come out with some great products lately.  If you’re at the beach all day and need to transition to dinner time, but aren’t going back home to shower, etc. I love using these wipes to freshen up after a day in the sun.  It’s not always ideal to carry deodorant in your beach bag, it’ll most likely melt and be gross, so these deodorant wipes are perfect to use instead.  The coconut milk + kale extract is my favorite so far!
 I just finished this book, and it was incredible.  As a woman, and as a woman in education, I knew I needed to read this book to learn more about the amazing and heroic story of Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban, simply for going to school.  Her family background is incredible, and her journey is so inspiring.  This is a great summer read if you’re looking for some girl power and want to learn a thing or two on how to be awesome and true to your beliefs.
*The price is for the Kindle edition, which I always prefer because I can read my books on my iPhone or iPad!

During the summer I love using a body scrub if I’ve been sweating, feel oily, etc.  Since summertime can also mean possibly sunburnt skin, or peeling, you don’t want to use anything too harsh that’ll irritate.  The Satsuma Body Polish is an exfoliant that I find to be super light while getting rid of any dead skin cells.  It’s moisturizing from the Satsuma oil, which is great if you’ve been out in the sun for a while, & the gel texture is cool and calming.  Right now The Body Shop has this product on sale from $20, to $12, which is an incredible buy!  & using Ebates will earn you an additional 4% cash back! 

I’ve been bringing this beach tote everywhere with me!!  One of my friends actually made me a personalized version of this bag using her die cut machine…and I am so obsessed with it…see picture below!  The bag is huge, it’s sturdy enough to fit all my beach/ pool needs, the pineapple is ridiculously cute, and if you’re cool and crafty, you can easily turn this into an awesome gift for someone!
Please share your thoughts with my on Twitter and/or Instagram, & let me know what some of your favorites are too! =)

XO.
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AH, I HAVEN’T DONE ONE OF THESE IN FOREVER!!  Ugh, so embarrassing…let’s get back on track.  Here are some products, and things, I’ve been loving for the past…I can’t believe it’s been so long…month!

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Memorial Day Weekend my friends and I went to Ocean City, MD and I bought my two best friends, Heather, and Krysten, this wine glass as a birthday treat.  Flamingos are quite popular these days, and this wine glass is just too cute for words!  Also, it’s on sale, so…why wouldn’t you buy one or two for summer ’17?! 
In case you missed Tuesday’s post, I featured 3 products from Ole Henriksen’s Balance Oil Control line.  The products are phenomenal, incredible for the summertime and fighting humidity which of course, makes those with oily skin more in danger of a breakout.  I also love that there’s a travel kit for this line too!  All link are in the post, so check it out, here!

Express Distressed Slash Neck Tank, $10
The Express website is sold out of these tanks, but I know for a fact they are still in stores, I was just there the other day!  I bought 4…yes, 4…of these in different colors because they were on sale…originally $20 down to $10!  The material and fit of this tank is super relaxed, and perfect for summer.  I’ve worn mine to the pool, out to happy hour, to dinner, this tank is super functional.  Check the website for locations near you that still have stock!

Laura Mercier Ambre Vanilla Hand Creme, $18 
Def a luxury product, but sometimes we all need a little lux in our lives.  I’ve been a huge Laura Mercier fan for years and years, and I love her bath and lotion products.  I’ve been using this hand creme a lot recently, the smell is heavenly, and it gives great hydration with vanilla and grape seed extracts.  Hand creme is something you always need, but don’t use a lot of, so spending $18 to have it for a while, and seriously loving the product, makes it worth it for me.

Schick Hydro Silk Razor, $9
I’m typically a Venus girl, but I saw this on sale and I gave it a try…turns out I’m loving it way more than I ever loved Venus.  I love the shape the handle, and I haven’t had any issues with the razor, or replacements.  Daily shaving is required during the summer months, and Schick Hydro is working really well for me!  PS: If you have Ebates, and shop through the link above, you could earn 7% cash back!

Looking forward to getting back on track with Thursday’s Fab Five…I have many products on the list to share with you all!

XO.
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Spring time is in the air, am I right?!  I’m loving every minute of the warm D.C. weather, & although allergies are certainly making my life way more difficult, I really don’t care.  I will say though, it’s a good thing I’ve had some awesome favorites to focus on in between sneezes!  
Tweet me, @elizabethmayce, what you’ve been loving recently!  I’m always looking to try new things & products!

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My coworker has this super cute mug, and then I randomly saw in Target and just had to buy it!  This makes for a super cute gift whether it’s for someone special…or yourself!  These types of mugs are trendy right now, you can actually use it for caffeine, or as storage for colorful pens and highlighters.

Another Target purchase, this doormat is adorable, and if you love your home as much as I do, then you def need it!  I mean come on, it’s so welcoming & the price point is great too.
Not only is this color named for the current month, but it’s high shine icy pink color is too perfect for the season.  Whether you’re going to an Easter brunch this weekend or just hanging out with friends, this is the perfect spring lip color.  I have quite a few Buxom Lip Polish favorites, and April has quickly become one of them!
This is the first Ulta shower gel I’ve used, and surprise, surprise, I loved it!  First of all, the scent is incredible, I especially loved the hint of white flowers, it felt so luxurious.  As with all shower gels, hydration can be a concern, but this has Shea butter, green tea, and vitamins D, C, A, and E to keep skin soft and moisturized.

Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara, $21
I had a few samples of this mascara, and I just used up my last one this week.  I will definitely be purchasing this, I loved the way it gave my lashes volume, length, and curl.  The black is super dark and perfect for the look I like, and I never found this mascara to be drying for my lashes.  Also, can we just look at the packaging for a moment???!! I love, love, love, the packaging of this mascara…it looks so luxurious and vampy.  One last note…this is a Vegan friendly product!

XO.
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Happy Thursday!!
March is a long month for teachers, there are no days off, and we’re just counting down the seconds until Spring Break in April.  I’ve been using this month to get into some more routines, get through some products I’ve been ignoring, & catch up on some favorite shows.  Here are some things I’ve been loving through this end of March!

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I bought this organizer in the beginning of the month, but didn’t find time to fill it until just this week.  Awful, I know.   I love this three piece set, it fits most of my lip products, blushes, concealers, and single shadows.  You won’t be able to fit any palettes in these drawers- but that’s okay with me, I have my eye on some cute palette organizers anyway.  The price point is perfect, and so far the quality is great too.  If you’re looking for an acrylic organizer, which can sometimes cost a pretty penny, this one is the perfect price!
This blush is one of my favorites, and I’m going to have a more detailed review of this, and some more favorites, soon!  Hourglass makes incredible products, I have a few of their blushes, but the Golden Fuchsia is one I (and my Mom) have repurchased.  They aren’t cheap, but the lighting effects of the blush, particulary with this color, are incredible.  I’ve gotten many compliments on this blush when I’m wearing it, and I wear this everyday to work- the slight golden shimmer allows me to skip a highlight for the workday. 
I had 5 or 6 samples of this product that for some reason I was saving…?  Anyway, I used up the last sample on Monday, and I really enjoyed using this product!! First of all, the consistency was much different than any other eye cream I’ve used, it reminded me of the consistency of Benefit’s POREfessional Primer, not too “lotion” like but also not “gel” like either.  The purpose of this product is to combat under-eye bags and dark circles.  Seeing that I’ve been non-stop this entire month, I probably should have some bags under my eyes, but I don’t, and I’m crediting this product for that. 
I love this mortar & pestle and use it weekly for my homemade guacamole.  It has a classic look and is super heavy but I loveeeeee using it each time I make my guac or when I’m crushing peppercorns for a meal.  It’s a little awkward to fit in the dishwasher, but I make it work, I find this is easier than handwashing it because of the texture of the bowl. 
Big Little Lies on HBO
I WAS OBSESSED WITH THIS BOOK, like, years ago when it first came out!!  It’s a murder mystery mixed with real life issues some women face daily, oh yeah, and a little bit of Mom drama.  I was on the fence when I learned this great book was being made into a series, but as soon as I watched the first episode, I was hooked.  It truly does stick to the book, which I really appreciate, and because they’ve done this so well, I almost like it a tad more than the book!!  If you haven’t read Big Little Lies, I highly suggest it, it’s an excellent beach read or, for me, a great at home Spa Sunday type of book.

Let me know what you’ve been loving during the month of March, in the comments below!!

XO.
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Thursday’s Fab Five…on a Saturday

Better late than never!
Before I share what my favorites for the past few weeks have been, I wanted to tell you all to enter a fabulous giveaway I’m hosting with skincare brand Tree of Life.  They’re giving away a Serum Pack, a set of four serums that target a variety of skincare needs for all skin types.  Check out the giveaway, HERE and enter!!  I’ve been using these serums for a few weeks now, and I’ve been really happy with the products.  The dropper applicator is my favorite, and I’ve loved switching back and forth through the serums, depending on what I feel my skin needs that day.  Tree of Life is a small company, and I want to help spread their great products, so make sure you enter to win this awesome serum pack!!

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Alex & Ani ‘Quill Feather’ Bangle, $58 
This is one of my favorite Alex & Ani’s I own, and since I’m staring at it on my wrist right now, I figured I should share it as a Thursday’s Favorite!  I like this one the best because it’s different than your typical Alex & Ani, and the feather meaning of truth, light, & virtue, is really speaking to me right now in life.  I have this bangle in gold, which I think looks better than the silver, but really either one is super cute.

LOFT Striped Infinity Scarf, $35
Love a cute scarf.  Love the coloring of this one.  & it’s on sale, with an additional 40% off this weekend using the code NEWNOW.

LOFT ‘Mixed Media Shell’ Shirt, $39.50 
I have this LOFT shirt in like 4 different colors.  Tall girl confession: sometimes I have issues with shirts being long enough for me, ugh, so annoying.  I love the style and fit of this shirt, the material is light and moves well.  The variety of colors LOFT always puts out is great, & the functionality is perfect for both work and after work.  Use the code NEWNOW for 40% off this weekend!!

Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Activator Serum, $65
I meant to share this serum a while ago.  I had many samples of this product, and have finally used them all up.  I’m a huge fan of Clarisonic skincare products, although they are on the expensive side.  This serum is ideal to use in the morning since it does work to make skin look fresh and radiant.  My skin felt great each time after I used this product, and while I might not purchase the full size because of the price, see if you can snatch up a few samples next time your around a Clarisonic counter!

Wet Brush Detangling Paddle Brush, $11
This is my second Wet Brush and words cannot describe how much I love these brushes.  My hair can be coarse, especially underneath where I have bleached color, so I need a really great detangling brush.  I am so impressed with how well this brush detangles my hair after an insane night out, or after a deep conditioning treatment.  Wet Brushes don’t pull at the hair, it’s never uncomfortable no matter how awful the knots, etc.  EVERYONE NEEDS ONE OF THESE!!

 XO.

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