I know it’s cliche, but honestly, where has this year gone?! I have some exciting updates and new favorites, so let’s dive in!
December 2019 Favorites
That’s right! I’m officially a business owner! I still can’t quite believe it myself, but I’m super psyched about it. I now officially do virtual and in person tarot and oracle card readings, so if you or someone you know is looking for some guidance or just wants to see what readings are all about, let me know! This might be in my favorites posts in the future too because duh 😉
Cocokind Chlorophyll Mask
I first heard about Cocokind from my friend Alli on Instagram, and I’m so glad I did! It’s a clean beauty brand that’s also pretty affordable and the products work really well without being too harsh on the skin. This is the first mask I’ve ever used where it comes as a powder and you have to mix it with water or oil or whatever you’d like before applying it to your face. Oh my gosh, I love it so much! I feel like it makes my skin look softer and healthier and more glowy right after I wash it off, and I can tell my skin feels like that for a few days, so I like that it has immediate and over-time benefits as well. I’ve been using this mask a lot this winter because my skin has been so dry (but also so oily, because obviously), but I know I’ll keep using it all year long. I love a lot of face masks, but this is one of my new favorites for sure.
Cocokind My Matcha All-Over Moisture Stick
This basically looks like a giant chapstick, and it basically is. You can use it anywhere you want to add targeted moisture, and this has been a total lifesaver for me this winter. I’ve noticed a big difference when I use this under my eyes and on my eyelids because I tend to get dry patches there. It also does a really good job of moisturizing my lips without being as shiny or sticky as some other lip balms or chapsticks can be. I really like that it’s multi-purpose and safe to use on different parts of the face and body, and I’ll definitely be buying more of these in the future.
Colourpop Gimme Butterflies Palette
I love Colourpop eyeshadows and palettes so much, but this is definitely one of my all-time favorites! When I saw this collection at Ulta, there were three different butterfly palettes and I wanted them all, but finally officially decided on this one and I’m so glad I did. It has a lot of coral and other warm shades, but it has such a good mix of colors and finishes that you could get many different types of looks with it. I have recently become obsessed with this palette, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.
Jason Tea Tree Normalizing Shampoo
My scalp, just like my skin, has been getting so dry this winter and I’ve tried a few different things to try to counteract that, but this has definitely been the best. I’ve known for years that tea tree has so many good benefits, but I hate the smell so I’ve been hesitant to use any tea tree products. But I finally broke down and tried this and I’m so glad I did. It doesn’t smell overly like tea tree, but I feel like I still get all the benefits that tea tree is known for. Plus, it doesn’t have parabens, sulfates, petrolatum or phthalates. Winning!
Yes To Charcoal Detoxifying Lavender Deodorant
I used to use Schmidts Deodorant, and I liked it but felt like it wasn’t really working for me anymore so I was ready to try something new. I found this at Target, and I love it! It smells really good, and I feel like it does a really good job of hiding odor. It doesn’t have any aluminum or parabens, which is great, but it also doesn’t have baking soda, which is amazing because I found out that that breaks me out. So! If you’re looking for a new aluminum free deodorant that actually works, give this one a try!
Book: Space Between by Nico Tortorella
Full disclosure, I’m not even close to finishing this book, but I love it so much already so I just had to talk about it. I’ve seen Nico on the show Younger (which I LOVE), so when I saw this cover at Barnes & Noble, I knew I had to get it because it drew me in right away. The subtitle of the book says “Explorations on love, sex and fluidity,” and I’d say that’s very accurate to my experience with the book so far. I’ve learned a lot about Nico and our culture/world in general from what I’ve read so far, and I can’t wait to learn more. Their book is helping me challenge, learn and even relearn at times to think about why I think and believe what I do and where there might be room for growth or more knowledge.
Podcast: With Love, Danielle
I’ve known of Danielle Laporte for years, but I haven’t really dove into anything of hers until the last month or so. I absolutely love this podcast so much! I’ve listened to a lot of different podcasts on self-love and personal development and spirituality, but this is one of my favorites because of how she talks. Besides her voice being just so soothing and lovely, even when she swears and is super frank about things, I love that she tackles such a variety of topics in an honest and vulnerable way. I could listen to her talk about anything all day because I really enjoy her candid and unique way of communicating.
TV Show: Love Island
I know, I know. But it’s such a good bad show! It’s so damn addicting, I swear. I’ve watched a ton of different reality TV competition shows, but this is definitely one of my favorites at the moment. Its ridiculous premise is that sexy singles (who are called “Islanders” even though they’re not actually on an island) are trying to find love in a villa (which isn’t an island). If you’re not coupled up with someone, you’re at risk for being sent home. I mean, that’s basically it, but it involves a lot of British accents and so many strong personalities that the show basically writes itself.