My January & February Favorites

January was just so busy that I didn’t get a chance to post my favorites for that month. Ahh! Instead, I’m going to combine my January favorites with my February favorites and double up on the fun! Yay for you, haha! I really like doing posts like this because they’ve helped me get into the habit of intentionally looking for things to enjoy and be grateful for. Do you have anything in particular that you’ve been enjoying this month?

 

Vital Proteins Collagen Powder


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I have heard a lot of things about collagen protein and how it’s good for your hair, skin, nails. I was so excited when this came in a Bless Box! Collagen protein is also a good alternative for dairy/whey-free protein. I tried mixing this with only water but wasn’t really a fan of how that tasted. However, I did mix this in with smoothies and it was much better. I did see an improvement with hair my hair, skin, and nails felt after using this!

‘Tis The Season Candle from Bath & Body Works


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As you can see, I’ve burned this candle a lot lately! This candle is the perfect scent for transitioning out of the holidays because it smells fresh, spicy, and fruity all at the same time.

The Greatest Showman Soundtrack


I wasn’t planning on seeing this movie because it didn’t really interest me from the trailer and I didn’t want to see it just because everyone else was. However, I did go see it with my mom and youngest sister because they really wanted to see it, and you guys–it’s totally worth all the hype! I have been listening to the soundtrack so much in the last two months and you can listen to it too on Spotify. This cast is so musically talented and the songs are super catchy. I think that this movie could easily be a classic for years to come.

Eye Cream & Hand Cream


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I have been using this eye cream the last two months (I received it in a subscription box but can’t remember which one it was, oops!) and it’s been great for the mornings when my eyes feel dark and puffy. The applicator is a flat metal tip and so it’s already cooling to the skin when you use it. I have also been using my trusty L’Occitane hand cream because it’s been so cold and my hands have been so dry. I really like the citrus scent of this hand cream and also that it’s now made in a gel format and absorbs quicker.

L’Oreal Paris Purify & Unclog Pure-Sugar Scrub


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This face scrub has been fun to use because it’s like scrubbing a kiwi on your face, haha! I needed something gentle to help exfoliate dry skin and this has been a great product. It almost starts to self-heat once you begin using it. I have heard good things, also, about these new L’Oreal face scrubs/masks and I’m impressed with how affordable they are.

Wen Winter Cranberry Mind Replenishing Treatment Mist


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I talked about this treatment mist in a Bless Box post and I’ve still been enjoying it! This mist is so cooling and refreshing on the skin. I have noticed that my skin looks much more hydrated after using this. Plus, the scent is also really nice!

Oversized Oblong Scarf & Loft Click Bracelet


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I love canary yellow. A lot. Aside from my typical black, white, navy, and grey–this is my spirit color. I found this scarf at Target for $5 and knew it was a good investment purchase. This scarf is so soft and I have just enjoyed wearing it. I’m going to Maine in a few weeks and this will definitely be coming with me. Another thing I have been wearing a lot is this marble click bracelet from Loft. I tried to find a similar one to it to link and just wasn’t able to find one, sorry! One of my sisters gifted this to me a few years ago for my birthday and it’s been a great staple piece of jewelry for me because of the gold, grey, and white.

 

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December Favorites

My December favorites were used so much last month and I know that I’ll keep using them a lot in the next few months. Without further delay, let’s get into what they are!

This Is Us

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This television show has been mentioned as a favorite before but I’ve been catching up on Season 2 lately. This show is so masterfully written and the individual stories are portrayed in such realistic ways. Yes, it’s an emotional roller coaster and you know that you’re going to have a little piece of your heart hurt for the characters when you watch it–but I don’t think there are many shows like This Is Us out right now.

Voluspa Candle Pandora Lychee

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I bought this candle during a Black Friday sale at Anthropologie and have almost burned it completely. This scent is fruity but also smells like it has hints of pine–so it’s a really nice light, fresh, and winter scented candle.

Kristin Ess Haircare

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I’ve seen this brand at Target before and always thought that the packaging was really nice. My cousin, Grace, recommended that I try it and I bought a bottle of the Signature Shampoo when I ran out of my normal shampoo. The fragrance of this product is incredible and reminds me a lot of the Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume. The shampoo is affordable for being more on the “luxury” side and the formula is really gentle. My hair also feels like it has a different texture and wave after I have used it and it helps to keep my hair cleaner on those in-between-wash-days.

& Other Stories Boxy Knit Sweater

 

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This sweater! My cousin, Bec, gifted this to me for Christmas and I have worn it several times since. Don’t worry–I have cleaned it in between wears, haha! This is so comfy, soft, and I love a classic grey sweater. The fit is, also, a little looser and a little bit over-sized. I plan on getting a lot of wear and use out of this sweater and I love it so much!

Essie Nail Polish in Bahama Mama

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This nail polish shade has been the one I’ve been wearing the most in December. I think this color is a really nice one for winter and the holidays. The Essie nail polish formula is also way more long-lasting than most other brands I’ve tried and it’s definitely the one I gravitate towards.

Mossimo Slouchy Beanie

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It has been COLD in Oklahoma this last week and I’ve been piling on all the layers I can! I’ve worn this beanie a lot lately because it keeps my ears warm and it’s super soft.

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November Favorites

I hope you have had a wonderful November! This month was a busy one but definitely a good one. There are a handful of things that I’ve been loving this month and if you want to know what they are–keep on reading!

Weekly Agenda

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I’ve started to plan some things for next year and I’ve been using this planner. I like that the finish is a faux leather, it’s navy blue, and it’s August 2017-December 2018. It looks like this item is currently unavailable on Amazon–but there are some similar ones available and this one might come back in stock if you keep checking.

Dear Traveler Christmas Cards

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I am almost done with my Christmas shopping–yay!! I purchased some of these Dear Traveler cards to go with some my gifts and I can’t wait to write notes in them. These cards are created in and shipped from the UK, but if you hurry and place your order–you might just get them in time for Christmas. How cute are these cards?? And you should also subscribe to the Dear Traveler blog–Maggie is one of the most encouraging and wise women I know and I can guarantee you will be blessed by her writing.

J. Crew Bauble Earrings

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My sister gave me these earrings for my birthday and they have been the perfect addition to holiday outfits. I wore these on Thanksgiving and will probably wear them a ton during Christmas. I love the color of these earrings and that they’re not too heavy.

Glossier Wowder

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I heard a lot about this powder when it first came out and so I decided to try it. I like that this powder is slightly tinted and so I don’t need to wear as much foundation as usual. A little bit of this powder goes a long way and it’s very finely milled. The finish of the powder still provides a little bit of a glow, and not just a flat matte finish. My skin, also, doesn’t dry out completely by the end of the day when I use this product.

Maybelline The City Mini Eyeshadow Palette

Rooftop Bronzes

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Chill Brunch Neutrals

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These eyeshadow palettes came in the October Bless Box and I have been using them every day. There are a few shades in particular that I have been using more in each palette and you can probably tell by my fingerprint in them, haha! I also swatched the colors I have been using the most.

Almond Milk Egg Nog

I have been trying to eat dairy-free as much as possible lately for a couple of reasons, and so far it hasn’t been too bad. However, egg nog was the one thing I was bummed out about possibly not being able to enjoy. Lo and behold–look what I found while I was browsing through Target one night! This brand has been a great alternative to dairy egg nog and I know I’ll probably go through a few bottles in December (oopsies).

What were some of your faves from November?

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October Favorites

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It’s the end of the month and time for my October Favorites! I have a little bit of entertainment, music, hair care, skin care, and food items to share with you this month. So without delay, here they are!

Parks and Recreation

I had seen only a few episodes of Season 1 before, but it didn’t have the same charm that The Office had and so I never got hooked on this show. A friend of mine told me the other day though that Season 2 was way better, so I decided to give it another try. Season 2 is so much better and you can definitely sense The Office-ishness of the show again. Super funny if you’re needing something to watch.

The Good Doctor

I like to watch medical shows and I have really enjoyed this new show on ABC. The Good Doctor is about a young surgeon prodigy who has Autism and his integration into his residency program. The first couple of episodes were tear-jerkers, but a really good show over all.

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The Brilliance Radio on Pandora

I really like listening to worship music during my morning commute–it really helps me set my mind for the day and have some time with God. I have been enjoying this playlist so much because it includes artists like The Brilliance, Ellie Holcomb, Josh Garrels, Bethel Music, Hillsong, and so many others. I sometimes have a hard time listening to Christian music on the radio because I find it to be loud, distracting, and (to be honest) not very worshipful. I don’t mean that about every Christian music artist or song, but some days I feel that way. This playlist has been a great fit for me and has amazing music.

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Nutpods Creamer

I tried Nutpods once during a Whole30 stint and loved it! I was so excited when I found a 4-pack at the store the other day and I’ve been using it in my coffee since. This creamer is the Original unsweetened flavor but also comes in unsweetened Hazelnut, unsweetened French Vanilla, and I think even Pumpkin Spice for a limited time. The consistency of Nutpods is very similar to half & half and it doesn’t taste too strongly of either almond or coconut milk.

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Not Your Mother’s Blonde Moment Treatment Shampoo

I had my hair bleached a few months ago and so I have had to incorporate a purple shampoo into my hair care–to help take out brassy tones and remove build up. I have liked using this purple shampoo because it is affordable, compared to some others, and it also refreshes the color of my hair. I only wash my hair a few times a week and I’ll use this shampoo every other wash.

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Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Pollutant Defending Masque

One of my cousins, recently, gave me a bunch of beauty products to try out and this mask (or masque) was one of them. This is a really thick product that can be used as a treatment mask or as an overnight mask. I used this during a couple of weeks of stress breakouts and it helped to clear up my skin really fast, without drying it out.

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03 Soothe and Cool Post-Training Massage Oil

I have been running a lot more than usual and so I have been a lot more sore than usual. I have been using this massage oil a lot and it has also helped with aching and soreness. I like that this oil is all-natural and I don’t have to worry about what’s going on my sensitive skin. The cooling effect is very gentle and comfortable to wear on your skin. Plus the smell is amazing, so I think that helps to feel a little more relaxed also. I have been using this massage oil on my ankles, legs, and knees after I get out of the shower.

Down Comforter

As soon as it turned to fall, I started to chronically feel cold. I hate it when you’re, also, trying to go to bed but you’re just too cold to sleep! I have had the same down comforter for a while but I’ve really been appreciating it in the last few weeks. I think I bought mine at Ross or TJMaxx a few years ago, during a sale, and it’s been one of the best purchases. If you want to feel cozy and sleep like a baby–get a down comforter.

What have you been enjoying during October?

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September Favorites

I can’t believe September is already over! I look forward to that month every year and then it just seems to fly by way too fast. September brought so many good memories, cool weather, and I know fall is just getting started. Today I’m going to tell you about my favorite things from September, which is fitting because September is also my favorite month and this is my favorite time of the year.

“Chumpkin” Lattes. I’m really not a huge fan of the Pumpkin Spice Latte obsession but I did have a birthday free drink at Starbucks the other day and thought “why not just get a trendy, free one.” I saw they have a new Pumpkin Spice CHAI Tea Latte and that sounded like something I would enjoy because I love chai. I had THE most amazing vanilla chai when I was visiting cousins in Virginia recently, and I’ve been looking for a chai to help fill that void since. While the PSL Chai Latte was amazing and tasted like the holidays in a cup–it was extremely sweet so you might want to ask that they not put so much syrup in it. I looked later and for a Venti sized drink, there were 5 pumps of PSL and 5 pumps of chai. Yikes. Shades of Brown on Brookside, in Tulsa, does a really yummy replica of this drink that’s not nearly as sweet.

Maple Sea Salt RX Bar. Since doing Whole30 a few times, I’ve come to enjoy RX Bars a lot because of the ingredients. RX Bar recently came out with a Maple Sea Salt flavor and it was heavenly.

Thunder by Imagine Dragons. I’ve been training for another half marathon lately and this song has pretty much been on repeat on runs. I love the beat of songs like this that make you want to move and push yourself harder. This song will definitely be on my music play list on race day.

Next I have a few beauty favorites…

 

NYX Wonder Stick. This product is meant for contouring but I’ve been using it as a bronzer. I’ve had issues with powder bronzers working for a while but then getting muddy on my face. One end has a light cream highlighter and the other has the darker shade–I don’t really use the light shade that much but I really like the product as a whole because it’s really easy to blend out.

Glossier Generation G Matte Lipstick. Oh, Glossier! My sweet cousin bought me a few Glossier items for my birthday and I got SOOO excited once I saw the iconic pink, bubble packaging. I received the Generation G Lipstick in the shade Leo and it is the PERFECT shade for me because it’s the color of my natural lips. The formula of this is very creamy and it has been long-lasting so far.

Glossier Rose Balm Dotcom. I’ve heard so much about the Balm Dotcom product and was really wanting to try it. The Rose scent/flavor is slightly tinted and has been a very moisturizing lip product to use. You can also use this on your hands, cuticles, elbows, etc. Thank you, Bec!!

Valjean Labs Facial Serum in Glow. I found this serum for around $6 at TJ Maxx when I was looking for a new bottle of vitamin c serum. This is very similar to the Glossier Super Glow Serum from what I can tell. I’ve been focusing on trying to even out my skin tone and lighten acne scars, and this has helped a lot in the few weeks I’ve been using it.

Honey Girl Organics Face & Eye Cream. I received this moisturizer in my July BlessBox and I still love it! I’ve been using this at night and it feels like it restores my skin while I sleep. The formula is also very thick–so you don’t need to use a lot. You can see how much I’ve used since July in the picture below.

Fall Closet Essentials PDF. One of my favorite blogs to follow is The Fresh Exchange. One of the recent blog posts gave readers a PDF of Fall Closet Essentials and that has been super helpful to determine what I might be missing for the upcoming months.

Ankle Boots. IT’S BOOT SEASON!! I used to wear riding boots non-stop during the fall but in recent years I’ve only been wearing ankle boots. I was looking for a tan-ish pair of ankle boots to add to my closet and really liked these that I found at Target! I even had a Cartwheel discount for them–the Cartwheel app is a must have. This boot is called the DC Dylan Laser Cut Split Booties in Gray and I’ve had so many complements already in the few weeks I’ve worn them.

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