It’s been a nice week. Next week, I have too much going on (I hate when I over-schedule…shame on ME!), but this week has been pretty chill. I’m sure by next Friday, I’ll be limping to the finish line…so, I better enjoy me weekend, right?!
Okay, I’m starting off my favorites with a look back at two posts this week. First up, my January Book Review. I have some thoughts:
1. I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who didn’t like A Spool of Blue Thread.
2. Everyone should read The Woman in Cabin 10. I loved it and based on your comments, you all did too!
3. If you need even more book suggestions, READ THE COMMENTS in that post. There are a ton!
Speaking of comments…
My Traveling with Kids post garnered a ton of comments too. Thank you to everyone who left their favorite tips and tricks to traveling with kiddos. If you’re gearing up for a trip with your family, read that post and the comments HERE.
Instead of a YouTube workout today, this favorite is workout related (well, sort of). I had a lot of people (and I mean A LOT!) ask me what kind of protein powder I use after I posted these two pictures on Wednesday…
I have one scoop of chocolate protein plus ice and water here and then…
…one scoop of vanilla protein plus kale, kiwi, ice and almond milk here. I think “what kind of protein powder do you use” was the number one question that day and the answer is…Syntrax Nectar. We buy it at the local vitamin store but you can get it online too. I feel like over the years, Andrew and I have tried a million varieties of protein powder and this by far is our favorite. We use it all the time plain (like I did at the gym) or stirred into smoothies and such. So, it’s been a “favorite” of mine for years 🙂 .
So, last week, I told you that Nordstrom asked me if I wanted to talk about their winter wear and I said yes…and I wanted to do a giveaway too. Well, well, well…today, we’re sweetening the deal! I’m going to share my favorite beauty items from Nordstrom (you ladies already know so many of them!) plus, I’m going to give away one of them along with the Uggs to our five lucky winners. Woohoo! Thank you Nordstrom 🙂 .
So, in November, I did this post about my favorite skincare products…
…but I somehow forgot to mention one of my very favorite things. It’s something that YOU ladies recommended to me last winter that I cannot live without it…
…this Clinque Moisture Surge Overnight Mask. My skin gets really dry in the winter and last January, I asked you ladies what your favorite moisturizing mask was and so many of you suggested this one. I bought it and felt an amazing difference after just one use. Now, I use it all the time! I love that it goes on clear (not thick and colored like other masks), so I can just apply it at night before bed on top of my other nighttime serums and lotions (see other post for all of those details) and wake up feeling so hydrated. IT IS AMAZING. So, if you are one of the winners of the Ugg slippers today, you’re getting a bottle of this stuff too. Because this winter, we really only need slippers and moisturized skin, right?! Some of my other favorite beauty products from Nordstrom right now are these…
I have a personal affection for all of these products.
#1: Nars Radiance Primer: In the spring/summer/fall, I use Clinique’s City Block Sheer SPF as my sunblock and primer but I noticed right before Christmas that my face was all blah from the winter, so I bought this Nars Radiance Primer (which is also SPF 35) to use during the winter and I love it! It gives my skin just that touch of oomph it needs during these bleak winter months when my skin is nothing short of dull.
#2: Philosophy’s Fresh Cream Body Lotion: A lady at the jewelry counter at Nordstrom was helping me try on a bracelet and she smelled amazing. I flat out told her that she smelled good and she walked me right over to the beauty section and handed me a bottle of this. It smells just like it says: of fresh cream. Just light with the tiniest hint of vanilla. Love. It.
#3: Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel: Well, this is a new one for me. I was reading a magazine at the beginning of January and it said this stuff was one of the better at-home peels for your face. And you all know how I love a good peel! I read the reviews and they were overwhelmingly positive, so I bought a bottle and have used it three times. It goes on easy (I have never felt any burning/stinging/discomfort) and then after 10 minutes, you wipe it off. And honestly, I think it does a pretty good job of getting my skin nice and exfoliated! My face is never red when I remove it (like it is when I get a peel at the dermatologist office). It just feels nice and fresh.
#4: Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask: I mean…I think I’ve gushed enough, right? The best stuff!
#5 Lanolips in Lemonaid Lip Treatment: I can’t stand dry lips, so I’m always swiping this stuff on morning, noon and night. It smells like lemonade. It’s thick and moisturizing and delicious.
And I couldn’t share my favorite beauty finds without naming one last one…
…this is how I look tan. I use the face wipes at least once a week and the body wipes in the spring and early summer. I’ve probably blogged about them 4,879,209 times…but that’s because I love them so darn much. They give off just the nicest subtle glow without looking orange or streaking. I am devoted to these things and can’t ever see myself not using them.
Okay, you can scroll and click below to see some of my other favorites. I’m a beauty junkie. Give me all the primping please! 🙂
So, who are the winners of our giveaway from Friday? These five lucky ladies will all receive a pair of my favorite Ugg slippers plus a bottle of the Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask. Drumroll please…
Congratulations!! I emailed all five of you this morning. Please email me back to claim your prizes!!
And finally, last week, I posted this…
…my Favorite Valentine’s Treats. Well, today, I’m adding these to that list…
…my homemade Red Velvet Cupcakes with a Pink Cream Cheese Frosting.
Yes. Just say yes.
See the recipe HERE.
Happy Friday friends! I hope you all have the best weekend!