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A Few Things I Can’t Live Without. Seriously.

There are a couple of things I can’t live without. Well, I could, but I’d prefer not to. They aren’t over-the-top indulgences and these aren’t products that I’ve been asked to write about (because, you know, this blog is so big time that advertisers are clamoring for my opinion, yo). They’re just simple things that make me look and feel better.

Neutrogena Body Oil (Light Sesame Formula)

This is one of my favorite body products…ever. About 10 years ago I started using this in the summer to try and prevent my skin from looking like a handbag after being in the sun. Plus, it gave my skin a nice healthy glow. Now I use it year-round because it keeps my skin all moist and soft. I slather it on after my shower in the morning and it stops the alligator skin from happening. It’s not super greasy either so you don’t feel like you bathed in an oil slick after you put it on. (About $10, but almost lasts a year.)

Neutrogena

Smooth like buttah

St. Ives Intensive Healing Advanced Therapy Lotion

I am a lotion junkie. I put it on my hands and feet in the morning, when I go to bed at night (and sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and slather some on), and I keep some at my desk so I can put it on during the day. It’s rich and feels kind of silky. And it’s fragrance-free so you don’t smell like someone’s grandmother. My hands and feet tend to get kind of dry, and this stuff rocks. (And, yes, I use this with the Neutrogena.) Target usually has it on sale for about $4.

intensive-healing

So soft...

L’Oreal Extra Volume Collagen Mascara

I am embarrassed to admit it, but I rarely leave the house without a stitch of makeup. I’m shallow like that. At the very least I’ll swipe on some mascara just to make my eyes look a little more open. I don’t really need length or volume (surprising because my lashes were so long as a kid that I cut them much to my mom’s horror!), but this is the only mascara (about $8 at most drugstores) I ever bought that goes on easily without any clumping or flaking. Just a few swipes and I look doe-eyed (or at least awake). Unlike some other mascaras I’ve tried, it looks pretty natural.

The brush is twice as thick as most mascaras

The brush is twice as thick as most mascaras

Starbucks Venti Skinny Vanilla Latte I hit Starbucks every morning (at least during the week) for this. It’s non-fat milk and sugar-free vanilla so you don’t go cross-eyed from too much sweet and sugar. If I’m really having a rough day, I’ll add another shot to kick the adrenaline into overdrive. Priceless.

And they even spelled my name right

And they even spelled my name right

Now if you have a good anti-aging cream, let me know. I’m still on the quest for a good one.

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3 Responses

  1. remember when neutrogena made that oil with the rainbath scent? And there was a matching cleanser that was just about the best thing I’ve ever smelled (I usually go fragrnace free). Not that it is relevant to comment here, but I miss that.*sigh*. I love the body oil, it absorbs beautifully and I can’t stand a greased up feeling. I also love Loreal mascara (the only brand I don’t get contact reaction from), but i havent tried that particular version – I will have to give it a shot. I also get the Venti Skinny vanilla latte (although in decaf) – couldn’t live without my stop at Starbucks! love the blog!

    • I DO remember the Rainbath scent. I think they still have it. I usually go unscented but I kind of like the Sesame. I used to use a different L’Oreal mascara and this one just came out. I don’t get all the fuss over Maybelline mascara—it’s never worked for me.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. yeah – i was at the store today and saw the rainbath body wash – and realized that I was thinking of a totally different product. it was the rainbath scent, but a spray dry oil which was really light and nice and not messy to apply. it has been so long that I forgot what I was hoping they’d bring back. duh

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