Things I’m Loving

It’s been a while so I thought I do a quick post on a few things I’m loving these days – today they are all beauty based! These products are all things I have found for my 40 something skin. Ahhhhh – I’m officially at the age where I’m looking specifically for products that nourish and hydrate my skin and lips. These have all passed my test!

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Renergie Lift Multi-Action

I discovered this cream from Lancome when it was a gift with purchase. What a surprise it was! My skin is unfortunately really dry, even worse in the winter. This cream is light enough to use year round but powerful enough to really make a difference. I love how it makes my skin feel and I really love the scent.

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Genifique Serum

Speaking of Lancome, I’ve been devoted to this serum for years and while I’m sometimes lazy about eye creams or masks, I never miss applying this to my face. I first decided to try it after  reading that Kate Middleton used it. I was noticing some sad forehead lines in the reflection of my iPad and I decided if it’s good enough for a princess, I want it on my face! I’ve been so happy with this serum and cannot imagine taking it out of my regular skin care routine.

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Tata Harper Purifying Mask

Another find with a gift with purchase! Don’t you just love when a freebie turns into something you really love? I know I admitted earlier that I’m sometimes lazy with my skin care routine, but I have to say I really do love this mask. You apply it, leave it on for 15 minutes and then just rinse away. I have used this mask once a week for the last 3 weeks and I think it will be pretty easy to stay committed to this routine. (I usually put it on before a hot bath at night and let it do it’s work while I soak.)

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Buxom Lip Pencil

Finally, I have to give a shout out to this new-to-me lip pencil by Buxom. I went hunting for a new lip color for spring and after testing several too pink, too brown, too matte too glossy options, one of the girls helping me recommended this lip pencil to me in Dolly Danger.  I love this color!  Even though it’s technically a lip pencil, it definitely stands alone and it does not dry my lips at all. And if I want a little shine I just put one of my glosses over it.

As a bonus, when I got home and wanted to share how much I loved it with a few product junkie friends, I looked it up and realized it’s intended to plump up your lips – hence the name. And I do think my lips look fuller when I use it! I would love to add a few more colors to my collection and at $17, that seems doable.

So there you have it – some of my favorite products. And while these finds mentioned today are all department store products, I’m definitely an equal opportunity girl when it comes to makeup and skincare. Next week, I’ll share some of my favorite drugstore finds.

*For what it’s worth, I have extremely sensitive skin and have had no problems with any of these products. I’m on the hunt for a good face oil for dry, sensitive skin so let me know in the comments if you have one to recommend!

 

Cognac Sandals

I have a find for you today (you might have spied them in yesterday’s post!) I have been eyeing a cute pair of platform wedge espadrille sandals for months now. Yes, even in the dead of winter I’m looking at summer shoes! These sandals are completely adorable and I’m pretty sure they are inspired by these Chloe wedges, which yes are totally gorgeous. As a shoe lover, I’m not afraid to make a good investment. But when it comes to sandals I usually prefer to find a great deal and keep the costs down. I wasn’t sure if I could justify the price of even the lower cost version.

So when I discovered this version instead I was excited. At a much better price point, I had to  wonder if they would look cheap in person or be uncomfortable. But all of the reviews gave them a big thumbs up for comfort and style. I decided to order them and try for myself. And I have to say, I 100% agree with the reviews! They are totally comfy and very expensive looking even up close!

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Cognac is a big color for spring/summer sandals this year and I’m definitely on board with this trend. It looks great with denim and white and just overall pairs as a great neutral. I’ll be wearing these on repeat as soon as it warms up a bit in New England!

I’m sharing a few other finds below (all reasonably priced) in this gorgeous color if this shoe isn’t your thing.

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This brand is always a classic

Jack Rogers 

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The block heel is back in a big way this spring!

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Another espadrille to consider

Sole Society

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This shoe silhouette elongates and slims the leg

Bandolino 

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Comfy and casual

Ariat

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A little bit boho chic and a lot of fun

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Perfect Spring Sweater

It’s been a hot minute since I posted any pictures but after nearly a month of single digit weekends, it warmed up enough here in Maine to grab a few photos over the weekend. And I’m so glad because I’ve been dying to tell you about this cute little sweater.

I’m a sucker for feminine details and I just love the little side ties on this one. I also love the weight and length of this sweater. It’s perfect for cooler, spring nights down south and will be a great layering piece for the rest of us! You can size up and put a sweet button down under it for a preppy look, but it also works great on its own. And because it’s lightweight, I could see myself wearing this with shorts on cooler summer days in Maine. When I’m thinking about adding a piece to my closet I always try to think about how many different ways I can wear something and this sweater perfectly ticks so many boxes. (white jeans, cropped denim, black pants, shorts…) It’s just so versatile and comes in several bright spring colors. Best of all, it’s on sale right now!

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*Worth noting: I’m reading that much of J Crew’s spring line is very oversized  but I think that this particular sweater is pretty true to my normal size for them.

Blemish Stick

Is there anything worse than dealing with break outs as an adult? (Well, of course there are  a lot of worse things but you know what I mean.) It feels like blemishes and bumps should be over once we make it through our teen years, right?  But I know a lot of moms who have dealt with acne following the birth of kids, or at other times in adulthood with everything from the shift of hormones, stress, illness or even the weather – too dry, too humid, etc…

Whatever the case, it’s no fun. And my skin is so sensitive that most spot treatments are too harsh for me. For years, I’ve wanted to find something to have on hand when that pesky bump pops up (at always the worst time!!!)

A few months ago, I happened upon this Facial Blemish Stick and I have to say, it’s fantastic! I love that it has all natural ingredients and is not overly drying or harsh to my skin. And best of all, it works! You can apply it several times a day as soon as you notice a blemish and it really does make it go away – yay!!!!

I didn’t know when I bought it, but reading the package materials I learned it is also a great, natural treatment for insect bites. Knowing there are no harsh chemicals or ingredients, I will definitely be using this on my kids this summer when the bugs start biting!

Let me know if you give it a try – at under $10, I think it has been a great investment!

Marinated Vegetable Salad

If I’ve ever been invited to a barbecue or pot luck at your house, chances are, you have had this dish I’m sharing today. Most of the time, I leave promising to email the recipe. There isn’t really anything crazy special about it, other than it’s easy to pull together, feeds a crowd and is almost universally loved. But the main reason I’m sharing it is because it is my Aunt Kathy’s signature dish and I feel that now that you know a little more about her, it’s only natural that I should share something of hers with you.

Marinated Vegetable Salad

  • 1 can blackeye peas
  • 1 can lima beans
  • 1 can english peas
  • 1 can shoe peg corn
  • 1 jar diced pimientos

Drain and rinse all of the above and place in a bowl. Then add:

  • chopped celery (I just ‘guestimate’ on these amounts)
  • chopped green onion

Next, bring to a boil  the following ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar (I use much less – maybe 1/2 that amount)
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t pepper

Boil just long enough for the sugar to dissolve (about a minute.) Once this liquid is cooled, add to ingredients above and marinate for at least a couple of hours before serving (tastes great if marinated overnight!)

We eat this with burgers and hot dogs in the summer, and we fancy it up by scooping a portion on a pretty leaf of lettuce at fancier meals. The leftovers go great with sandwiches or chicken salad. It just pairs well with everything. I hope you give it a try the next time you are feeding a group. Let me know what you think!