Friday Favorites!

Hooray, it’s Friday!  This week has been one of those weeks that seemed to drag on, but Friday is finally here:)  The past 2 weeks my house has been filled with fevers, coughs and runny noses and after everyone in my house got some much-needed rest (and I Clorox wiped and Lysol’d till my fingers were numb!!) I’m happy to be back and sharing some things that I’ve been loving.   Ready…here we go…

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Ok, now let me tell you why I’m liking all of these things so much.
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The first thing I want to tell you about it this cuticle remover from Deborah Lippmann. I have always had cuticles that require some extra TLC and this is perfect for them. You brush it on your cuticles and it softens them up in a snap. Then use your cuticle pusher to push them back…it works like magic!*

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This butter body cream came in my FabFitFun box (if you are interested in joining FabFitFun feel free to click on the link above to join) and it smells soooo good. It has notes of tangerine, mandarin, peach, bergamot, mango, black current, musk and vanilla and is sitting on my night stand. It smells great and is very moisturizing. I find it a tad greasy so I have been putting it on at night before I go to bed…perfect for keeping my hands and feet nice and soft here in the Midwest!*

This palette is the perfect combination of 8 shadows and comes with a day/night guide too. The color Rose Gold is my fave and is the perfect blend of rose, bronze, taupe and gold-just beautiful. (While looking for the link for this I discovered it’s sold out everywhere online, but you never know, they could restock it-sorry!)
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My dermo recommended Cerave cleanser to me about a year ago (and I love it). I’ve still been on the hunt for a good daytime moisturizer for my skin with SPF. I saw this the other day and had to try it. It recently came out so there were no reviews to read, but I took a chance and I’m glad I did. The box states that it won’t clog pores,is fragrance free,contains encapsulated retinol to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and has an SPF of 30. So far this is a good match for my skin and hasn’t made it look shiny, but once the temps warm up it will be the true test!*

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I saw this while I was waiting in the checkout line. I tried it when I got home and I LOVED it! I have already been back to the store to buy more and my daughter’s have been asking for them in their lunches! These fruit bars only contain 2 ingredients…that’s it:) They have no sugar added, are all natural, gluten-free, vegan and have 3g of fiber. I think they are perfect for on the go or an after school snack. I could go on and on, but I think you get the idea! I have tried the apple/cherry, apple/pear and apple/blueberry bars and they all taste yummy.  They have a lot my flavors too, those are just a few that they offer.  (I found these at Whole Foods and Target.)

Well those are some of my favorites from the week. What are you liking?

Have a great weekend.

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My new “go to” night-time moisturizer

I ran out of my usual night-time moisturizer a few months ago and decided to try something new. I sometimes wonder why I switch my skin care routine up when it seems to be working fine and isn’t breaking me out, but I think I’m always on the hunt for something that will make my skin look and feel even better (do you do that too?). Anyway, I was looking for an oil free, lightweight moisturizer to use at night and came across Philosophy Take a Deep Breath. It is oil free (check) and lightweight (check).  An added bonus it that it wasn’t horribly overpriced ($35.00 for 2 oz, but it doesn’t take much so I can see this lasting awhile).  According to Philosophy’s website they say :

“helps diffuse energizing oxygen for glowing skin
blend of antioxidants helps protect skin against environmental attack
provides oil-free, lightweight hydration”

After reading a lot of reviews that were all positive I decided to give it a try. I’m very happy that I did because I really love it. It’s has a very lightweight, whipped texture that feels really nice on my skin and it’s oil free (which my oily skin appreciates). It sinks into my skin right away and doesn’t make my skin feel oily or shiny.  I have been using this nightly for about 2 months now and it hasn’t caused my skin to break out and isn’t full of fragrance.

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I bought this to use at night, but have noticed I’ve been reaching for it in the morning too. There is no SPF in this moisturizer, but I did notice their website has a version with SPF 30 that comes in a squeezable tube. I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s definitely something I can see myself purchasing in the future. Have you tried this moisturizer? If so I’d love to know what you think of it.
Have a great day!