Thursday, May 26, 2016

What I'm Loving This Week

Hey guys!  Summer is coming...can ya feel it?  Getting antsy for it?  Me too...as long it's not swamp arse hot too soon.  (Or ever.)

It's time for me to share...



Andalou Naturals Blemish Vanishing Gel Maximum Strength

In my quest to change to more natural skincare, I was relieved to see this blemish gel from Andalou Naturals works just as good as the zit creams we grew up with.  2.0% Salicylic Acid is the usual active ingredient but the rest to combat inflammation and speed healing are all non-grody (an actual term) ingredients.

Andalou Naturals Ultra Sheer SPF 18 Daily Defense Facial Lotion

Since I was a child of the 80's, my idea of sunscreen was Hawaiian Tropic SPF 4.  My mom's generation was tinfoil and baby oil so you know, I was much safer.  ;-)  But given the last 10 years have put serious emphasis on the importance of sunscreen in every day life, I was also going to go natural with this one.  I've tried a few natural sunscreens but I love this one the most.  It's not greasy or shiny and given most make up has an element of sunscreen built in, this is a great moisturizer that will happen to give you some extra sun protection.  One of my favorites!

Shiatsu Back/Neck Massager

(Not me or my luxurious home)
I remember being at Brookstone several years ago and seeing something similar.  I put a paper towel over my neck and gave it a try and dang did it feel good.  What did not feel good was it's $100+ price tag.  When I was doing an exercise program that left me feeling pretty stiff in basically every area of my body, I wanted to see if prices came down.  I ran across this baby and at just under $50, I figured even if it was crap, it'd be like getting a bad massage for one session.  Oh my Lord!  The little knobby things in the back are slightly heated and really dig in there.  You hold onto the straps to control the pressure and it got out some serious knots for me several times.  Because I do things with gusto, I was left with a pretty good set of soreness the next day and slightly better the following day.  As long as you don't overdo the pressure, it should be good.  I've used it on my neck, shoulders, back, rump and legs.  I tried the feet but it felt weird.  You can turn off the heat if you don't want it or switch directions if you don't like how it feels going one way over another.  Perfect if you have a partner reluctant to dig into your muscles or if you live alone and don't have the money for deep tissue massages.

Confetti Heartthrob Nail Polish

I absolutely love this shade for summer.  I'm not a fan of super bright, weird or dark gothy nail polishes.  I'm traditional (aka-boring).  When I'm able to grow out my nails, in the summer I like a more sheer polish so you can see the whites peeking through.  This does that with a coat or two and goes well from beach to fancy dinner.  It helps that it's inexpensive and available at most drugstores.

JBL Micro Wireless Ultra-Portable Speaker



About 10 years ago, having an iPod dock in homes we stayed in while we traveled was pretty common.  Now the thing that is pretty common is to have broken iPod/MP3 docks in the homes we stay in.  Mama needs some music or white noise to sleep so no sound just makes me sit there listening to thoughts run through my head.  Enter this baby.  It's small enough to throw in the carry on and we leave it plugged it in at night to charge.  If we're going to be out by the pool, go to the beach or on a picnic, we can get about 3-5 hours on the battery if we are smart with the volume.  We'll never be at the mercy of rental homes for our music again!

What are you guys loving this week?

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