Things I Bought & Liked | April

May 3, 2019

Wet & Wild Photofocus Setting Spray | This is a long time love product of mine. Tati Westbrook said on her Youtube channel ages ago that it was a decent dupe for Urban Decay Up All Night, and it really is. Make sure you get the white bottle though. The black is matte and the sprayer gets clogged immediately. The white though, it's sheer setting spray heaven.

Mina Eyebrow Henna | After having my brows done for my birthday I decided I could do them myself for a fraction of the cost. I could. I did. They looked exactly the same and for 12 applications I paid about 14 dollars. Compare that to the 50 to have my brows over plucked and then dyed. Yeah, I'm growing out what threading did to me. Let me also add... I also dyed my eyelashes. This henna dye is a miracle product.

IWOLLENCE Loose Henley Blouse | Yes, I love it, you need one too, end of story. I'll be ordering every color.

Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash | Touted as a dupe for that 60 dollar Drunk Elephant Rice Enzyme Powder (maybe another brand, I need a nap) this is exactly that and at a fraction of the cost. It's a nice light exfoliating wash.

Olaplex 3 | I was a hair virgin until 2 Octobers ago. After two balayage treatments... I was about convinced that I was going to have to give it up. My hair was brittle and just not pretty anymore. THIS. ABSOLUTELY. SAVED. MY. HAIR.  One bottle will easily last me several treatments. Know that it isn't a conditioner though, this is a treatment to rebuild the hair structure.

Orgain Grass Fed Clean Whey Protein | I haven't broken into the powder protein yet, but I did try the premade shakes I bought Jeremy. It's really good and everything I was looking for, organic and clean with a healthier sugar. It doesn't contain aspartame or sucralose.

Blissford Satin Pillowcase | Possibly the ugliest thing ever, but it gets the job done. My hair had started knotting up at night with my regular pillowcase and messing with my desire to not wash my hair that often. A silk/satin pillowcase is actually supposed to help with breakage as well as wrinkles. So more good reasons to use one. It's just so dang ugly. I struggled to pick a color and the lavendar is awfully florescent.

Jumbo Smoothie Straws | If you love the Ikea straws but live too far from Ikea to drive just to get a straw... this is your straw.

Womice Stainless Steel French Press | After Jeremy dropped and broke our glass French Press I wanted something more sturdy. This double walled thing was the solution. It's basically made the same as a Yeti mug. My only complaint is that the strainer/press thing lets coffee grounds get through. I've had to resort to straining my coffee through a tea strainer, but whatever. No one can break it and prevent me from drinking coffee for 2 Prime shipping days again.

A few other non-Amazon items >>>

I've been wanting to get Harrison a gummy vitamin that has folate instead of folic acid. Folic acid isn't adsorbed by the body as well and can actually cause problems for some people. [Here's an article I found on the matter.] Anyway, I found one. Granted it isn't some sugar free picture of crunchy health, but it contains the vitamins I want for my 4 year old that can fill in the gaps that diet alone won't cover these days. I got a bottle of the Lil Critters Gummy Vites at Target and decided to find them at our local Walmart, just be careful and read what is in them. Some bottle sizes contain folate and others have folic acid.

I also almost bought the Waleda cream that I saw a dermatologist touting on Youtube, but realized it contained mineral oil. That's a big fat no for my skin and immediately causes breakouts. Instead I thought I'd use the Honest Company Balm that I use on the kids... on my face. I've actually been liking it. It's heavy. Like HEAVY. But at night that is what I want, as much moisture as I can slather on. I like the ingredients better than the Waleda, they're much more skin friendly is you have breakouts and still want a heavier night moisturizer.

While we were in Austin I saw one of the Lush next to the Amy's Ice Cream we were hitting up. I had to try something so I walked away with their FOMO Jelly Mask. The purpose of this mask is to reduce redness, and it actually works great. I was expecting more of my Korean jelly mask but what it turned out to be was a jelly mask texture that dried down like a regular mask. It's great and if you have redness I'd suggest it. But, BUT, what I'd really recommend and am kicking myself for not purchasing is their Charity Lotion/Balm Pots. It was the most amazing hand/body lotion I've used in ages and had zero fragrance. After we left and my hands still felt great I was pretty sad that I talked myself out of that $7 pot of lotion.