Favorite Skin Care Items

As I get older, I have been getting more and more interested in my skin care.  I hate to admit that I don’t moisturize as much as I should, but there are a few items that have been helping me to keep my face looking nice and refreshed.

Pixi & Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse – This cleanser is great!  I love it because it easily removes all of my eye make up, but most of all, I love it because it really does moisturize my skin.  I never have to fear my dry patches showing up on my face after I use this.

Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash – This is my favorite cleanser.  I have been using it for years.  I definitely have to moisturize after I use it, but I have never had a break out using this cleanser.

Glamglow Thirsty Mud Cleanser – If you have followed my blog for some time, you will know that I absolutely love the the Thirsty Mud mask.  I have always felt it was worth the big bucks.  When they came out with the cleanser, I knew I had to give it a shot.  I really like it.  I love that it has the same smell and texture as the mask and it never leaves my skin feeling overly dry.

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser – I tend to use this one when I’m having a breakout of something.  I am fortunate that I don’t have a lot of breakouts, but when I do, this is what I use because it seems to be the most gentle of my cleansers.

I have tried many different face cleansers and these seem to best for my very dry skin.  I occasionally try some items that I find at TJ Maxx or Marshall’s, but usually they are very fragrant and often irritate my skin.

Talk to you all soon!

 

 

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Favorite Bath Products

I’m a huge lover of all smell good things. I have a bathroom full of bar soaps, body sprays, shower gels, body scrubs…etc. My favorite place to buy new items to try is TJ Maxx or Marshall’s simply because they have a ton of products that I have never heard of..and a ton of products that I have. They are also always on a very big discount.

Bath and Body Works is, of course, a favorite among everyone! I can sometimes lose complete control in this store and leave with so many shower gels and candles that it would take forever to use them all up.  I keep the sprays and lotions to travel sizes because I can’t go through them as quickly, but I still have a ton.

Here is a picture of a few of my favorite bath items this month.

Soap & Glory’s Clean on Me shower gel. I love the smell of this. It is so fresh and it gets me all squeaky clean.

Bliss Soapy Suds Body Wash and Body Lotion in the scent Grapefruit & Aloe. This is my favorite scent by them. It may have been discontinued as I keep getting this version from Marshall’s or Saks off 5th.

Sweet Pea Shower gel and body lotion from Bath & Body Works. I love this scent. It has been around for a very long time, but I love when it makes the way into my bath product rotation again.

HydraAromotherapy Shower Bursts – Now this isn’t actually a product that you soak in, but you drop it into your shower and let the aroma just guide your senses. I often get headaches and I love to use the Headache buster one and I also love the Relax and Healing ones. I buy them from a local spa in downtown Acworth GA called Pearl’s Spa & Boutique.

Shea Butter Exfoliating Salt Scrub by The Sommerset Toiletry Company.  This stuff smells AMAZING!  Another find from Marshall’s.   I’m obsessed with it.  Not only is it really great at making my skin feel super soft, the smell is just addicting.  It’s very strong, and the scent lingers in your bathroom and on your skin for an entire day.

Talk to you all soon!

Fifty Shades Darker (Movie Review)

I’m a fan of Fifty Shades of Grey. If you read my top romance movies, you will know that the first installment almost made the list. I went to see the newest installment, 50 Shades Darker, this past Friday and just wanted to write down my thoughts.

I liked it. A lot. I may even be able to say I loved it, but I’m trying to give it a little time to sink in. If you enjoyed the first one, I don’t think you will be disappointed in this one.

Now, I believe that there were some parts of it (not sexual) that could have been slowed down or elaborated on, but it wasn’t a deal breaker on my enjoyment of the movie. I really LOVE Christian and Ana’s relationship. I love seeing it evolve on the screen. I really enjoyed seeing more of Christian’s turmoil and willingness to try to work on his “mommy” issues. I will say that the lipstick scene made me laugh out loud though. Ha!

The movie wasn’t exactly like the book, but touched on almost everything. Reading a book is very different from a movie, because the book is through your imagination. If I had to give one suggestion, I would have just said to add more in depth, longer scenes to the more important scenes.  The scene where Christian “submits” to Ana was so emotional in the book.  I would have loved to see MORE during that scene.  It just didn’t last long enough to give it the impact that it deserved. Never the less, though, the scene still made me gasp when it happened.  I knew it was coming and it was still good, but could have been great.

Anyway, enough of my rambling.  All in all, it was a very good movie that I’m sure will be in heavy rotation in my DVD player when it comes out.

Talk to you soon!

2017, Here I come.

It’s no secret that 2016 just was not kind to me.  I struggled with every aspect of my life.  My year was taken over by someone that was draining every bit of energy and joy from me and it affected me in a huge way.

I am determined to take my joy back this year though and just leave the past behind me.  I am ready to try very hard to make some big changes.  I want to work harder at keeping up with this blog.  My posts this past year was pretty sporadic, so I definitely want to change that.  I also want to work more on my fitness.  I want to get back to working out 5-6 times a week.  A few years ago, I had the best fitness regime and I want to get back to that. I also want to finish redecorating my bedroom.  I started that last year, but just stopped toward the middle of the year because I was so stressed about everything else. So now I sit in a half painted bedroom.   My new year resolution is always to be happy.  I don’t believe that I was last year, so I’m going to work on making that happen this year.  With my mom’s house pretty sorted, I feel that I should be able to get back to myself.

So….here’s to a new year! I hope it is wonderful for us all.

Talk to you all soon….

 

 

Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas 2016

As I do every year since it began, my television has not moved from The Hallmark Channel since the end of October.  I know the movies are cheesy and a little bit repetitive, but I love them.  I did not enjoy many of the movies that were done last year for Countdown to Christmas (the best movies from last year was actually from Fall Harvest), but this year  has many more that are giving me the warm and fuzzies.  My favorite, so far, has been December BrideA Dream of Christmas was pretty darn cute too. There is still a few more new ones to go, but I have been loving it….as usual.  One of these days, I’m going to do a list of my favorite movies from Countdown to Christmas in the last few years.  Are you watching?  What has been your favorite?

Talk to you soon….

Rebecca Minkoff Gilles Espadrille Flats

This weekend, I finally got out to the shops again.  Now, I am on a bit of a spending halt due to the Wisconsin house situation, but I have been having cabin fever!  I have gone shopping with my friend, but that is more for her and not necessarily for me.  So this past weekend,  I got a chance to go to a few of my favorite places which include Saks Off 5th.

Well, I found a nice little deal on this cute pair of denim and black leather espadrilles by Rebecca Minkoff.  Honestly, I had never seen them before but they must have been a popular summer shoe.  Espadrilles can often be really hard and uncomfortable, but not the case with these beauties.  They are soft and bend with foot movements.  I absolutely adore them.  I got them on a nice discount of about 65% off which made them even that much better.

 

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My Halloween Movie List

Since it is almost Halloween, I decided to make a list of the movies that I could watch that evening.  Now, I am not really into horror, so movies like Halloween, It, and Exorcist would never make my list because I could never stomach watching them again.  My scary movies are very cheesy but still has a “scary-ish” vibe.  So, below are my top 1o “scary” movies in no order.

  1. Gremlins
  2. Practical Magic
  3. Goonies
  4. Critters
  5. Nightmare on Elm Street (1st one only) – The only horror film I can stand.
  6. Fear
  7. Cujo
  8. The Wraith
  9. Jaws
  10. What Lies Beneath (I was traumatized at Harrison Ford being a baddie)