Things I Love: Vol 2

Since I am mid move right now, I thought I would fill this emptiness with round two of “Things I Love”. This is where I try to shout from the rooftops about products I love and can’t seem to live without, and let you in on the secrets! See my last post here. Here are my newest obsessions:

1. Josie Maran Argan Oil Cleanser – I have been a long time user of Spectro Gel for a face cleanser, but my skin has always been on the dry side. In my quest to start using more natural products, and start taking better care of my skin, I found this product. This cleanser is AMAZING. It removes all my makeup and leaves my skin feeling like silk. You can use it regardless of your skin type, it’s not just for dry skin. Don’t let the ‘oil’ aspect of the cleanser scare you away.

2. MD Moms BabySilk Babysafe Sunscreen Towelettes – MD Moms was kind enough to send some samples to a few of us during BlogHer, and in my bag I received this product. I instantly and wholeheartedly fell in love with these. Marley has Jason’s skin exactly, which means she never burns, and because of that I tend to not apply sunscreen as much as I should. (Bad mom alert!) This product makes it incredibly easy, quick and tantrum free to apply sunscreen to a excited toddler. Just a swipe with the pre-moistnened towelette and you are good to go. But this is not my favorite aspect of them: They are non-chemical and contain no phthalates, lanolin, mineral oil, petroleum or waxes. AMAZING.

3. Lavanilla The Healthy Deodorant (Vanilla Coconut) – Once again, I found this product on my quest for a chemical free life and I wonder how I functioned without it. This doedorent is free of Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Dyes, Petro-Chemicals, Phthalates, aluminum and mineral oils. I can run around all day in the blistering heat and be confident that I still smell like a respectable lady AND I am treating my body right. Score.

4. Abba Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner – My new hair saviour. As you may or may not know, I have over 8 years of hairstyling experience, and I am a hardcore believer in a professional shampoo and conditioner. I struggled with this lately, only because I was really searching for a more natural approach to haircare and that went against most of my training. I have tried a few more natural salon brands (Pureology anyone?), and was never happy with the results, they were never moisturizing without weighing  my hair down. Then I found these products and my prayers were answered. The Moisture shampoo and conditioner are amazing and leave my hair soft and manageable, without plastering it to my head. Bonus: all of their products are 100% vegan, plant derived botanicals and formulated without: DEA, Synthetic Color Additives, Parabens, Phthalates, Sodium Chloride and Sulfates.

5. OPI Nail Envy – This has been a go-to product of mine for years. I have been a long time nail biter and abuser and this is the only product that instantly fortifies my weak, brittle, peeling, splitting nails. When my nails are in good condition, I don’t pick at them. Bottom line. This is the best product I have ever found that does it’s job almost instantly.

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Things I love: Mummy edition

I have been in major, over-the-top, OCD style spring cleaning mode lately. I have no real explanation for my sudden NEED to have every little thing in my house clean and organized (no, I am not pregnant, simmer down), but as I am tossing useless clutter, storing  and organizing every day things, I have been thinking a lot about the things I could not live without. I might make this a running segment, because let’s face it, I love a lot of things.

Things I love: Me

  1. Bath and Body Works 3 wick candles – I am absolutely in looooooove with these. The scent truly comes out nd stays around, as in you can actually smell it when it is burning. What a novel idea! I am currently in love with the Paris Daydream scent.
  2. Korres Lip Butter – My friend Tiff (and one of my BlogHer12 roomies!) at Lookie Boo introduced me to this lip butter with a hint of color. In her defense, she did warn me that its an obsession. She was right, I love it in Wild Rose
  3. Argan Oil. I have been using this for a few years and I thought it was a small, well kept secret that I was privy to, kind of like a secret society. Due to the explosion of Moroccan Oil hair products, and some great studies, it is now widely known that Argan oil is like liquid gold. I use it as a facial moisturizer, body moisturizer, split end mender. Everything. Sephora has some, but I have heard multiple people say it is available cheaper elsewhere. Just make sure it is pure Argan Oil, nothing else added. (If you are in Canada, PharmaPlus brand, Rexall has a generic one. Available in the skincare aisle.) 
  4. Old Navy The Rockstar jeans. I love these so  much that I literally have them in every color. That’s like 7 or 8 pairs. The perfect skinny jean, with a bit of stretch, and an array of colors available. Bonus: Cheap!
  5.  To-Go Tumbler – Seems trivial, but in my effort to drink more water, this has been keeping me on track. Oddly, I find I drink more with a straw. I take this everywhere with me.
  6. Punky Business Hand and Face Wipes – I discovered these while in Florida and I love them! All natural and organic face and hand wipes, super gentle, smell great and convenient.
  7. BeneFit They’re Real Mascara – The name says it all. I have been blessed with naturally long eyelashes (#humblebrag), but this formula is long lasting, non clumpy and perfect for an every day look, or add a couple coats for a dramatic look.
  8. Sevenly – This is a relatively new organization that chooses a new charity every week and they design a variety of beautiful shirts for you to purchase in order to support that cause. For every shirt sold $7 is donated to the charity. Beautiful, amazing, inspiring.
  9. Bugaboo Bee – We purchased this stroller for travel and lightweight purposes. See more about my love for it here
  10. Birdy – I have recently discovered this beauty of a singer and piano player and I am floored by this 15 year old’s (seriously, 15!) talent. Her cover of ‘Skinny Love‘ makes me want to burst into tears and hug her.