June Favorites

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How did it get to the end of June already! I’m not ready for July and it’s 100 degree weather. It’s hard enough to try to get through today which the highest was like 85º or so. Let just say, for those of us from the PNW, it’s pretty hot, especially when there is no wind blowing. ugh. Anyhow…

I’ve got a couple of favorites this month starting with food! Ever since I discovered the my local Fred Meyer’s started stocking Quest Nutrition Bars I now have someplace I go to regularly to some up when I run out and wait for my next online order! Now they don’t carry all my favorites flavors which is why I still order a box online (fave is oreo!), but they do have Double Chocolate Chunk and Chocolate Peanut Butter which are just as good! I like having this bars as a snack. Sometimes along, sometimes with a piece of fruit. They are high in protein and have a good balance of carbs, fiber and fat. They are a higher priced protein bar, but they are not overloaded with sugar like a lot of others out there.

I’m also been drinking Monster Energy drinks lately. I saw vlog where they were drinking it as a pre-workout and I thought I’d give it a try. Pretty good pre-workout, but I definitely drink one around my afternoon slump. Really wakes me up. So I’ve been really loving them. Especially the white. To be honest, no idea what flavor they are, if they even have a flavor…

I have two bronzer in my favorites, but only one of them I actually use as a bronzer. The Forever 21 Bronzer in tan is what I currently grabbing in my makeup routine. The shade really works well with my skin tone and easily blends in. The E.L.F. Golden Bronzer I’ve been actually using as either a highlighter or eyeshadow. The shade I picked up (and the only one they had at Target) is rather bright on my skin tone. It works so much better to highlight then bronze. Also, really good shade for a quick eyeshadow look! I’m also loving the NAR Rikugien. So much so, I’m officially out now. Guess I need to make that Sephora order pretty soon!

When I finally ran out of my InstaNatural Vitamin C, I had a bit of look around in TJ Maxx for something new. And it took about almost a month before I found one I wanted to try. I literally spent a month using those swipe on a cotton swab toners which I don’t like.  So I was so happy to finally find this one: Andalou Natural Illuminating Tone with Clementine +C. I really like the spray toner because I feel that more of the product stays on my skin!

And lastly, a new hair favorite: Hask Argan Oil form Morocco Intense Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment. Since summer has came and the air has been just dry, my hair is suffering from it! Two) since I’ve slowly lightening the overall color of my hair, moisture seems to be zapped from it! I first found this from at Walgreens but I think I also saw them in Target. They also have shampoo and conditioner, which I haven’t tried, and repairing oil serum which is very good. So I’m loving this brand. I think I might have to try their shampoo & conditioner soon, along with their Nourishing Shine Oil.

What are you guy favoriting this last month, or recently? I’d love to hear some recommendation!

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April and May Favorites

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I had completely forgotten to do my April favorites, so this is going to be a combo of April & May. I think the reason I forgot was, well, I didn’t have many favorite things in April. Barely a handful.

Up until about mid-April, my go to foundation was the L’Oreal TruMatch, but since summer is here I’ve switch back to an old favorite, Maybelline BB Cream in the Dark Tint. My skin gets a couple shades darker the when the sun is out, so I find the a lot of the typical foundation a bit heavy during the summer time. I’ve tried two other BB creams before, and found that I really like the coverage of the Maybelline. Plus it also has 30 SPF.

Speaking of SPF, I needed to stock up with some new sunscreen since the ones I had last year probably were old. I grab this Hawaiian Tropical Island Sport Sunscreen in SPF 30. It’s really great! It blend in well and doesn’t make my skin greasy especially since I also use it on my face. It does have a slight scent, but it’s not overpowering.

Makeup-wise I’ve been reaching for my Maybelline Colossal Volume Mascara and L’Oreal Limited Edition Project Runway Blush in        . The blush is a nice light shade on my cheeks and I also use it as a highlighter on the bridge of my nose and forehead. I got this a while ago at TJ Maxx but haven’t seen any other shades since. I was hoping to find a coral shade, oh well. And I’ve have a mascara problem, I really only like Maybelline’s. They are just the bomb!

Last is the Palmetto Derma face serum which I got in my birthday FabFitFun pack. I still have some of the Radha Beauty Vitamin C Serum, but I really want to try everything in my package. I love this one! It goes on really smooth and dries fast.

So that’s April’s & May’s favorite. Sorry this is late. I was planning on having this up at noon today, but I didn’t finish writing last night since I was getting tired. And then this morning I ran my 11-miles. Which was proceeded by an upset stomach since I didn’t stay as hydrated as I should have. Lesson learned. Half-marathon is in two weeks and I’ll be done with long runs. After that my fitness goals are going to be more focus on losing the excess fat and building nice lean muscle. I was thinking about writing about that journey since I’ll be trying out some new… ideas. I think that’s the right word. But for now, ciao!

March Favorites

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I’ve got a couple of March favorites. I had to think hard about these, but yeah, I’ve been going back to these guys a lot in March. Since I work out first thing in the morning, I’ve been needing some sort of pre-workout meal / snack and I think I saw either a blog post or video from viviannadoesmakeup about ‘Peanut Butter-stuffed Date’ as a good workout snack. I was having oatmeal, but I found it a bit heavy and I don’t think I was quickly digesting it before I head out. I really don’t have a favorite brand of date, but this is my favorite brand of peanut butter: Fred Meyer Brand Natural Creamy. It’s just peanuts and oil, and I have to keep it in the fridge. I’m really loving this quick meal with coffee on my drive to the gym.

Since the weather lately has been a bit bipolar here, my hair has bit too much volume for my taste. And since I use a flat iron on most days, I’ve been giving it beating. So after I wash my hair, I’ve been applying L’Oréal Sleek It Frizz Vanishing Cream before letting it air dry. Then when my roots are almost dry, I’ve been applying Gariner Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum to the body and ends of the hair. This combo is working great with my hair, plus using the Wen Cleansing Conditioner instead of soap and keeping washing my hair to only two-three times a week. It works for my hair!

My next fave is the Sephora Instant Nail and Cuticle Care. I didn’t think I was going to be using this very much, but since I’ve been doing my nails every week (and constantly washing them since there are people in the office passing colds around again), it has been a lifesaver of keeping my nail area from drying and cracking. I totally recommended it to a friend who cuticles were getting a bit out of control!

I’ve also been reaching for my Forever21 Blush and I’ve been using it so much that I no longer know the shade since it has rubbed off. So it’s a favorite along with my epicurean lip balm. I started reaching for that one again when the weather started getting cold again and I had to turn on the heater. Cracked lips are never good.

And for my fashion favorites, of course my new Wayfarer-dupe sunglasses from Amazon, but i also got a couple of tops from Old Navy that I’ve worn every week. I got a really soft grey sweater on clearance and a new white tank. The tank is a little different from all my other ones as it is a bit more relax and slouchy. Loving it!

And with that, I’m going leave you with my song that was on repeat, and still it, Pharrell Williams’ Happy. I just don’t know why, but it makes me want to dance. Maybe it’s the weather…

Feburary Favorites

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To be honest I don’t really have a lot of favorites this month as I spent a lot of the month working overtime and then trying to recuperate from all that. One of the things that I’ve been doing during this stressful month was giving myself a home spa treatment. I love lying back on my bed after a nice hot shower and wearing the karuna Anti-Oxidant+ Face Mask. The smell is quite nice, not too overpowering, and it leaves my skin feeling moist and soft. I was using a creamy clay mask before, but this one doesn’t require washing it off. Just slip it on and wait 10-15 minutes and your done. This one is my last one, so I need to order more from Sephora.

Before slipping on the face mask on, I would light this candle from Alchemy Candles. I got it at Christmas from my sister’s in-laws when we went over there for dinner. I’m really picky about my candle’s scents so I was quite happy to find that I love this one: Satsuma Mandarin. It’s going to be sad when it’s gone, but I’ve got another candle I need to try from a co-worker.

My next favorite is a hair product. I’m really loving L’Oreal Sleek It Frizz Vanisher Cream. It’s really helping with keeping my hair frizz under control. The weather up here has been bipolar lately and my hair couldn’t seem to handle it well.

If you follow me on instagram, you might have notice my current obsession with acai bowls. So I am loving Sambazon Acai Smoothie Pack. For the longest time I could only find it at Haggen’s, but on Sunday I found it hidden in the vegetarian frozen aisle at Freddies. Super happy about that since its a bit cheaper there. I’ve been trying out different toppings to go with also. It’s so good!

And my last favorite is YouTubers: Anna Lee & Jesse, specifically their vlogs. I don’t know, I just love watching their daily/weekly vlogs.

That was basically it. I’m hoping for a much more relax month this time especially since it’s my birth month! I was planning on traveling for my birthday but if I want to go overseas in the winter then I have to set aside traveling stateside for a bit. I’m also working on a surprise.