Summer is right around the corner, and although it’s about to get nice and hot here in Baton Rouge, there’s a few things I’m appreciating lately — the little things that make me smile each day. So, here’s my list of current obsessions:
Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion by Liz Earle — I got a sample of this in my Birchbox (another thing I’m loving) last month. When I saw it, I wasn’t that excited… until I tried it. According to the bottle, “Naturally active ingredients include eyebright, witch hazel, aloe vera and cornflower to help tone, cool and refresh tired, puffy eyes.” This stuff wakes up my eyes like nothing I’ve ever tried! I even use it when my contacts are in and have never had any issues. Although the sample bottle is pretty big (you only need a few drops each day), I will probably have to purchase this when I run out.
Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mud Mask by Formula 10.0.6 — I bought a sample pack of all sorts of different products by Formula 10.0.6 from Ulta and I’m impressed. Their products are affordable (no more expensive than other drugstore brands), and they always seem to work great. My sample pack had a bottle of the Skin-Clarifying Mud Mask with strawberry and yarrow, and it leaves my skin feeling nice and smooth. Win!
Lemon water — Since it’s getting hotter out, I’ve been trying to make an effort to drink more water; like, a lot of water. I bought myself a new water container that I take everywhere (I even tuck it into bed with me). But the truth is, I’ve never really liked drinking water, so I need ways to spice it up. And lately, just adding a squeeze of lemon has helped me down a few containers each day.
Turns out, lemon water has some great benefits: aids in digestion, reduces cravings, helps to flush toxins from the body, is great for the skin, and boosts the immune system, among other things. Check out this water bottle that aids in adding ANY fruit or other foods to your water!
Studio Wrap Shoes by Nike — I’ve had these on my wish list for awhile now, and a few months ago I found a pair at TJ Maxx. They were my size, and a great bargain, and I’ve been wearing them for my workouts ever since. For the longest time, I completed my boxing/kickboxing workouts barefoot. Until my gym switched from a mat to a harder flooring. I needed more support on my feet, but my tennis shoes were getting in the way, and sliding on the floor (not good for plank position). The wrap shoes grip the floor while providing support for the balls of my feet. They are great for yoga, too!
Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray — I have been wanting beach hair for months and was delighted to discover that it’s possible for a small $8. This stuff gives my hair a nice texture, smells great, and isn’t too sticky like previous beach sprays I’ve tried. I spray it on when my hair is damp (after letting it air dry), give it a little scrunch, and I’m out the door. Want more beach hair tips? Check out my previous blog post on this tricky hair style.
Flavored coffee — I get up every morning (every single morning) at 6am. Coffee comes first. I set my coffee pot the night before so all I have to do is pour a cup when I shuffle the 20 steps from my bed to my kitchen. I’ve always enjoyed my coffee black. No sugar, no creams, no syrups. So, there’s not much room for variety unless you get a flavored coffee. Voila! Right now I’m drinking a red velvet coffee, and I recently bough a bag of coconut coffee that I’m excited to try. It just has a subtle flavor that makes me happy as I start my day.
So, what are your favorite things right now?