Whew, this week literally flew by, and the boys are now out of school for the holidays! They are both fighting small colds, and James’ fifth birthday party is this weekend. Next week is full of last minute preparations, and then it is Christmas! Where has the time gone? Here are a few things that caught my eye this week.
We’re used to loose livestock on the roads down here, but this time, it was an emu.
And this guy was deadly serious about his tacos. I hope they were fabulous.
A new Johnny Cash album is coming next year.
SeaWorld is feeling the heat from this new documentary. (I’m such a cynic, but even my six-pound domesticated cat used to practice killing her toys, so this revelation comes as no surprise to me. Animals are, well, animals.)
Judy Blume and Lena Dunham, together.
Have a fabulous weekend!
I first discovered Pangea Organics at Sephora several years ago, and fell in love with their delicious, oversized lip balm. Everything in this organic, fair trade, USA-made line is absolutely delectable, and will make you smell lovely while keeping your skin and lips moisturized all winter long.
I took advantage of their Buy One, Get One Free sale at Thanksgiving to stock up on my favorite products. Since I’m a lip junkie, I use the Italian Red Mandarin with Rose and the Pyrenees Lavender with Cardamom balms multiple times each day, and I apply some before bed, too. The soap is lovely and exquisite, and my favorite part is how the bathroom smells beautiful after my shower is over. When I opened my new bar of soap, I was surprised to discover that the box itself is seeded with Blue Spruce seeds and has directions for planting, too. I’m planning to plant mine as soon as the weather warms up!
I’m also working my way through a tube of Pyrenees Lavender and Cardamom Lotion and will soon try the French Chamomile with Sweet Orange and Lavender, too. And don’t let the long names intimidate you, because the products could just as easily be called “Heavenly Bottles of Pure Loveliness,” and still smell just as sweet.
My boys are at that stage in life where they have lots of sweet women caring for them in different ways, from their preschool teachers, to gymnastics coaches, to our beloved babysitter. As I thought of Christmas gifts to show my appreciation for the time they give my children each week, I realized I could use these presents to support other women, too.
31 Bits is a jewelry line made by women in Uganda who are trained and armed with the skills needed to support their families. Proceeds from the sale of 31 Bits products go directly back into the program itself, so with each piece sold, more women are helped. It’s a win-win model, and a wonderful way to give back while thanking the women in my sons’ lives.
I have really oily skin, and I’m always on the hunt for a good pressed powder. My all-time favorite is Jane Iredale’s PureMatte Finish Powder, but the refill is fairly expensive and I go through the stuff in two to three months. Recently, I was reading a back issue of Allure and stumbled across the magazine’s Beauty Blog Winners for 2013. Tati Westbrook, of the YouTube channel GlamLifeGuru, listed Rimmel London’s Stay Matte Pressed Powder as one of her top five favorite products, and that kind of stuck with me.
Years ago, I got my hair done at Ulta Salon, and since I bought my hair products there, I always earned lots of points for their store reward system. When I cashed them in, I often bought Rimmel London products, because they were really inexpensive and had such fun colors. Plus, there’s something kind of glamorous about a product with “London” in its title. I’m a sucker for advertising, I guess.
So when I was at Walgreen’s recently, I picked up a compact of this powder for less than $5 on sale. I wasn’t really holding my breath that it would work wonders, but I did read many glowing reviews on Makeup Alley, and I decided to try it.
And guess what? This stuff really works! It is super light, finely milled, and doesn’t settle into my pores like many powders do. It’s most definitely on par with Jane Iredale’s more expensive powder, and I’m so thrilled that I found it. At around $5, it comes in a plastic compact without a mirror or a compact, so it isn’t ideal for application on the go. That’s okay with me, since I prefer to apply it with a large brush or soft sponge over my foundation, and I’m saving my more expensive powder for touch-ups when I’m out and about.
I’m so excited to discover a drugstore product that works this well, and I definitely plan to keep it in my arsenal of favorite beauty buys.
Do you have any beauty secret weapons you swear by?
This is my fifth and final post in the Anthro: USA series and I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have. Just to refresh your memory, to meet my criteria, each brand must have at least five American-made pieces currently for sale at Anthropologie. You can view my previous posts in the series on my Portfolio page.
T.La: A line of classic and comfortable tees. The Printed Raw-Edge V-Neck shown above is perfect for wearing alone during the warmer months and layering with a cardigan or blazer as the temperature drops.
Velvet: Lovely, draping knits in a variety of flattering styles. I especially love how modern and feminine each piece is. The Keynote Tunic is a like a t-shirt and dress all rolled into one, with a gorgeous pattern that adds a bit of glamour.
Weston Wear: One of my favorite brands from Anthropologie, Weston Wear is a lovely line of dresses and blouses with feminine details. I’ve shown you two separate pieces here and here, and I recently purchased another top. The Glace Top above is perfect for parties this holiday season.
I hope you found this series helpful, and hopefully it will inspire you to find more ethical options while shopping at your favorite stores. I learned quite a lot in my research, and I’m planning to continue the series in some form or another as other brands and stores catch my eye. And as always, if you have ideas or suggestions, please feel free to share them.