Thursday, October 13, 2011

Three things Thursday...drug store beauty edition

Some days, I just feel like I need to share with the world my favorite products. Why? Because I can. And, let's be real, when you find that product, you know, the perfect one-cheap, awesome, and cheap-you feel like bragging about it. And the price. It's what women do.

So here's my top three drug store finds. Enjoy! No particular order, so let's do tha thing.

1) John Freida's full REPAIR line. I only have the conditioner and the root lift foam, but lemme tell ya something: THIS STUFF WORKS. As someone who has probably three times as much hair as any normal person, I'm always on the lookout for good conditioner. I grabbed this on a whim the last time I needed some, and it is absolute perfection. It really does repair your hair, making it smoother and softer. The instructions say for an "intense repair" leave in for 2-5 minutes...well, I always thought that's how long you were supposed to leave it in anyway, so I guess I get intense repair every time! I don't hate it. As far as the root lift foam, mine seems a bit watery, so I shake it up before I use it and blow dry my hair flipped over. It adds a lot of lift the day of, but falls when I sleep on it. But I guess that's to be expected! But at under $6 dollars a piece (I believe), you really can't go wrong with these!

2) Neutrogena's Oil Free Acne Stress Control Triple-Action Toner. I've never had intense, certifiable acne, but I have struggled the past few years with the more than occasional blemish. I think my skin became acclimated to my usual system that had worked high school through the majority of college (Proactiv), but it was time for a change. I'd tried almost every drug-store brand you can think of and nothing was working. Honestly, I grabbed this out of frustration; I was tired of the creams that proclaimed they worked miracles not working, so I decided to try a toner. Hello! Where has this stuff been all my life? It is absolutely amazing. I use it twice a day on my most problem areas and it is marvelous. During the winter I would recommend lightly swiping on moisturizer after, simply because it can dry out your skin. I believe this is under $6 as well! A steal, if you ask me.

3) Aquaphor Healing Ointment. Honestly, I can't ever remember not using this. My mom used to work as a nurse and would bring home samples from medical reps, and we ALWAYS had a constant supply of Aquaphor. It was like our Windex (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, anyone?), we'd use it on everything; chapped lips, dry skin, I said, everything. I began using it at night on my lips because they tend to dry out easily (fyi? My bad) and those flavored chapsticks just weren't cutting it. I would tell you how much it costs but, honestly, I haven't had to buy it in about 4 years, I think. I'm tellin' ya, a little bit goes a long way! I have the 1.75oz tube and am looking at needing a new one in a few months. So even if it's over $6, I can promise you it's worth it! Plus, it isn't scented or flavored, which I like. Doesn't make you smell like some kind of plastic fruit.

So those are just a few of my favorites, but I'll probably post soon! If you have any other drugstore recommendations (especially makeup! I'm always on the lookout for cheap makeup for experimenting!) let me know!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sneak peak. Eek!

These are just a few of the pictures the lovely Amanda Scott has posted of our wedding. You can see the rest here!

My girls. Don't know what I'd do without them.

Da boyz looking handsome.

All our hard work paid off! And of course, a gorgeous venue helps a little.

Fist pumpin' like a champ.

Best. Wedding. Party. Ever.

And of course, the best husband ever.

 Look at him. So cute.

It was the perfect day filled with the perfect people. It was fun and filled with love and, of course, food! What more could a girl ask for? Nothing.

Except maybe a perfect pregnancy. Or delivery. But you know what? I've got YEARS before I can even think of that.

So right now, I'll just reminisce and count my blessings that my life has been filled with love and the best friends and family. Y'all are the greatest.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Watches-a timeless accessory (ha...get it?)

Is it just me, or have watches suddenly made a comeback? It seems like they're popping up all over pinterest. And I can't get enough of them.

Here are my faves. Just in time for my birthday! Hint hint, haha. But srsly.

Watches 1

These classics can be worn with anything. From left to right:
-Horn Bangle watch from Nine West-- simple, and doubles as a gold bangle! Not crazy about the font on the face, but for the price, it would work!
-ROLEX "Stella"--I love the pop of color in the center! And the day at the top, perfect for someone who can't keep the days straight! (Hint: that's me.)
-Gotta throw some bling in there, and my girl Betsey knows how to do it in style. Her boyfriend watch would be the perfect addition to any outfit!

Next up, my new obsession: wrap watches. Ever since this girl wore one to my engagement session, I've been on the hunt. Thanks to the wide world of pinterest, I found them!
Watches 2

These are all from La Mer. Gorgeous, aren't they? I'm particularly fond of the coral one! AKA I look at it every day.

I'm considering investing in one "statement" watch (yes, the coral one) and then going thrifting for other ones. What do you think? Will one statement cut it, or should I go cheap for all?

(P.S. You're welcome for sparing you from all the watch puns...I was considering telling you about the watches in clockwise order, but I didn't want to waste your time. Bahaha! Okay, I'm done.)