Also from Sephora, I recently bought the Ilia Lip Oil. It feels really nice on the lips and the color stays put. I’ve been alternating this lip oil with my favorite Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Plumps. I never loved a gloss as much as I love these from Tarte!
I think I like these shorts with the matching top from Aerie for summer days at the beach, or after the beach.
I don’t know how it’s Friday already but I will take it! All week I was on call for jurty duty but each day at 5:00 PM when I called in, I was told by the recording to call back the next day. Well here we are at the end of the week and I didn’t have to appear and have been released from “duty” — I’m a very happy person!
I have a few favorites to share from the week, let’s take a look…
I had my monthly 30-minute facial at GlowBar a few days ago — I these appointments so much! It’s just 30 minutes during which the esthetician decides which treatments your skin needs at that moment. Every appointment at Glowbar follows a format but looks a little different in terms of treatments and products used because your skin may require more or less hydration or exfoliation — I love the personalized attention.
Glossier Lip Balm
I placed a new Glossier order to restock what I think is the best lip balm – Glossier’s Balm dotcom.
I like to have several tubes available to me at all times. One for my gym bag, one for my makeup bag, one in my bathroom, and at least one unopened on reserve.
I ordered the Balm Dotcom trio which lets you pick three types while saving a few dollars. I chose two more unscented plus a birthday cake version for the light scent and sparkle.
These two tubes below were actually both in my makeup bag at once – in winter espcially, I can never have enough.
Oh! And I also ordered a Body Hero Exfoliating Bar for the shower! I will let you know what I think of it – I’ve heard great reviews but never bought it to try for myself until now.
I don’t know about you but I had such a busy work week that I don’t know how it’s already Friday. However, I don’t recall Monday or even Tuesday. All I know is that I was able to run outside this week because it’s been slightly warmer which made me very happy.
I had a little time to browse my favorite websites and here’s a short list below of what I’ve been looking at!
I was so excited to see that Alo Yoga launched new products in PINK this week! Obviously, I want everything but here are the items standing out the most to me:
You know I love a tote. I saw these straw totes last year and think I will need one of them for this summer.
In makeup news, I need to restock Glossier Futuredew. I like to mix it with my Ilia Foundation because it gives the right amount of brightness while also being like a primer. I never order just one thing from Glossier so I’ll probably throw in a Cloud Paint since I’m almost out of Puff which is a light shade of pink.
And finally, if you are a Disney Fan, Stoney Clover has a BIG launch tomorrow at 10:00 AM EST for their Disney collaboration. If you think that you may want something, plan to be online at exactly 10:00 AM because it will most definitely sell out fast.
I’ve actually been sick with a bad cold this week (not COVID) so yesterday was not the typical holiday for me. I did keep some of the desserts for myself at home though and those chocolate fudge-filled cookie cups are as delicious as they appear. 🙂
In typical Black Friday shopping fashion, here are some of the sites, stores, and deals I”ll be shopping today:
It was another long but fast yet productive week. And Wednesday was my son’s birthday! I can’t even that he is 18. I mean, I’ve been writing this blog since he was nine. Who can even believe that?! I know that I can’t.
It had come to my attention that the Islanders were winning their playoff games against Tampa on the nights that I had pizza from La Piazza, and losing on the nights I didn’t.
Is it a coincidence that I had La Piazza for dinner Wednesday night and then the Islanders WON GAME SIX, forcing a GAME SEVEN tonight?
I think not. It’s all about the pizza.
We now know what dinner needs to be tonight after my son’s graduation.
My son graduates from high school today.
Who wants to tell me where the time has gone?
Let me preface this to say – I am not old. I keep telling people this when I say my son is graduating from high school. That statement makes me sound old but my story is — I’m not old, he is. I just got married young and had my son at the age of 25. See, I’m still young. He’s old.
When my son was little, I would watch the school buses drive through our neighborhood and think to myself that my baby will never take a school bus, let alone go to school.
I couldn’t imagine letting him out into the world like that.
Of course, he did go to school, starting with preschool three days a week at the age of three.
But I didn’t actually want him to go.
The kid kept me on my toes but I loved hanging out with him all day, every day. I loved our mommy and me classes so much, and he was my best out for lunch buddy starting at two weeks old when the doctor said I could take him with me to the diner. He was ordering my food for me before his words were fully formed (vegetable pizza was set-a-ables pitz-da).
Four years ago, during middle school graduation, I thought about how high school graduation would come in a flash. I remember thinking that I would feel as though I was just sitting at the middle school graduation ceremony as if it was yesterday.
Yep, that’s the truth. Feels like yesterday. All of it feels like yesterday, including the Bar Mitzvah.
Two weeks ago, my son received an email from a local, private university. We’ve been all set for him to go upstate to Buffalo but out of nowhere, this local university appears with an offer of a full-tuition four-year scholarship.
We were NOT expecting that.
I think I went into shock when I heard this was on the table and my son was considering it. I have been very focused on preparing myself for him to leave, not to mention my full focus on all things dorm room for the University at Buffalo.
Long story short, he has decided to accept the local offer (and will likely live on campus – they are holding the dorm room for him) which means everything I bought for his Buffalo dorm room will still be used, only closer to home. This is what I’m thinking about – I have invested so much time and money into that dorm room decor!
In all seriousness, I really wanted him to go away for college to experience life outside of Long Island but in a really selfish way, the fact that he’s staying local is making this whole graduation from high school thing a whole lot easier.
In Friday Favorites news, I bought this Lily Pulitzer dress to wear to graduation later today. Thankfully it is a nice day and I don’t have to think about rain. What I do have to think about is dinner and getting a last-minute order together from La Piazza in the house for everyone to eat. We decided to cancel our dinner reservation in favor of a mad scramble out of the graduation ceremony to get home to watch the Islanders game.
You know I love a tote so I couldn’t resist this one from the Gap. It opens up so big and is great for the beach, not to mention, it’s super cheap.
I finally got my hands (and lips) on the Lawless Forget the Filler Lip Plumping Gloss. Every time I tried to buy it, it was sold out. I definitely recommend this lip gloss – it does what it says and feels really nice on my lips. The only issue – there isn’t a ton of product it seems in the tube so don’t go crazy using it unless you want to be buying another one super quick.
Oh, and I’ve mentioned Glossier’s Balm DotCom several times but seriously, you need it. Not only is it amazing for the lips, but it’s also a universal skin salve which means you can apply it anywhere. I’ve been using it on my eyelids (because they tend to be really sensitive and can get irritated/dry) and it’s been like a magic cure.
Have a nice weekend and please eat pizza so that the Islanders win tonight!
I’m hoping to get to the beach this weekend (to sit in the sand, not run) as the weather should be perfect. We’ve also got Game 4 of the Islanders playoff series to watch, Father’s Day on Sunday, and oh, my haircut/highlight appointment! Love when I get my hair done. 🙂
I know I mentioned that the Brooks Ghost 13’s are currently on sale but I’m going to list them again because it’s always good to grab running shoes at cheaper prices when you can!
I couldn’t help myself and also ordered the Glossier pink hooded sweatshirt. It seemed like something a little different, wasn’t expensive, and believe it or not, I actually didn’t already have a pink hoodie. But now I do. 🙂
I’ll cheer myself up by looking at my new Stoney Clover pouch again. I wish the weather forecast was looking better for this Memorial Day weekend so that I could use this pouch at the beach but whatever, I will take the extra day off on Monday.
I’ve never been a face powder person but suddenly I’m obsessed with Tactcha’s new silk powder protective setting powder. Clean ingredients, a little goes a long way, I barely need other makeup, and it doesn’t cake or matte your face. There’s a glow without shine when you look at yourself on zoom.
While this list is in no particular order, I am putting my lifelong most favorite hairbrush first.
If you haven’t tried a Mason Pearson hairbrush, I do think your hair is missing out. Don’t let the price tag scare you, if you invest in a Mason Pearson hairbrush, you will have it for at least 20 years. AT LEAST. I know I’ve said this before but I’ve been using a Mason Pearson hairbrush since I’m a little girl. It’s a classic beauty necessity and worth every penny.
This hairbrush instantly boosts shine and brushes hair as no other hairbrush can do. It’s a known fact. Plus, it comes with a nylon cleaning brush to assist you in keeping your hairbrush in tip-top shape.
I have more ways to remove makeup in my bathroom than most but this Micellar Water from Drunk Elephant is the most gentle, the most effective makeup remover I’ve ever experienced.
What it is: A milky, ceramide-rich micellar water that thoroughly and gently removes makeup, dirt, pollution, and bacteria from the face and eye area—no rinsing needed.
Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily
If you want a makeup remover that doesn’t irritate in any way and can remove your face and eye makeup all at once, here it is. I’m always so fascinated at how quickly and easily the makeup from my eyes is removed with zero burning or irritation.
Um, this brow pencil is literally two dollars. You can’t NOT at least try it! Like even if you have another brow pencil that you use, how do you not add this e.l.f. brow pencil to your makeup bag as a back up? Again, it’s two dollars and I find it to be a terrific brow pencil. Grab it at Target, it’s a no brainer!
I wear sunscreen every day and if you have been reading for a while, you know that I preach about the need for sunscreen and the importance of the ingredients in the products you apply to your skin. All sunscreens are NOT created equal.
What it is: A sheer physical sunscreen that delivers powerful broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and aids in the prevention of free-radical and oxidative damage. Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily Skincare Concerns: Fine Lines and Wrinkles, Dark Spots, and Dullness and Uneven Texture
Without a doubt, this product is my must-have spring and summer item. My face has never even come close to burning while wearing this sunscreen and I do believe it has helped to prevent premature aging, sun damage, and wrinkles. I do not run in the spring or summer without this sunscreen on my face and I never go to the beach without it.
Product Details:Offers the photo-protection of trusted physical filters zinc oxide (Z-COTE®) and titanium dioxide, and is enhanced by artemia salina, a plankton extract known to increase the skin’s defenses and resistance to UV and heat stress. Color-infused technology enhances natural skin tone and boosts daily radiance.
Key Features / Benefits: Infused with translucent color spheres that blend with all skin tones, this weightless fluid boosts daily radiance and provides broad spectrum UV protection with 100% physical UV filters. Dries quickly with no residue and contains no chemical filters. Suitable for all skin types, including very sensitive.
I’ve professed my love for Glossier’s Lash Slick mascara several times in the past so of course, it was making this top 5 favorite beauty products list.
Why it’s special: Lash Slick’s weightless, flexible formula enhances the look of your natural lashes. The secret’s in teeny-tiny fibers that coat each individual hair from root to tip creating maximum definition and length—think less “your mascara looks good” and more “your lashes look good”
It’s water-resistant, not waterproof—that means it stays in place without smudging or flaking for up to 12 hours, but then removes easily with warm water (and without harsh, damaging rubbing) when you’re ready to take it off
As your everyday mascara, nourishing ingredients like Provitamin B5 and Biotinyl Tripeptide-1 help support sleek, shiny, cared-for lashes long term
I’m telling you – if you haven’t tried Lash Slick yet, you just have to if you want perfectly lengthened, lifted, natural yet enhanced and pretty lashes. It’s all in that wand and how it so easily separates the lashes. It’s fascinating, actually. There’s a reason it’s a cult favorite!
Mascara Trick: I like to use the Lash Slick wand with my Dior Mascaras too. I keep one Lash Slick for this purpose. When I really want to amp up my lashes (like if you actually have somewhere to be), I dip the Lash Slick wand in Dior Mascara which gives the lashes extra volume while separately them perfectly.