Shopping; yes, I do love to shop, though I have to say that my shopping experiences have changed rather dramatically over the last 5 years. While I still frequent places like Target and TJMaxx, I do the majority of my shopping online. (all hail the mighty Amazon) This is awesome for lots of reasons, but one thing I really like is the ability to read reviews from others who have purchased the product. It is with that in mind that I'm going to begin a monthly series of things that are rocking my world. I've done a few of these posts before with good response. I should clarify that these aren't things that are new or have just hit the market that month, rather things that I've just discovered. Also, if I try something I really dislike, I'll talk about that, too. So, on with the show.
First up, MINU shampoo and conditioner by Davines.
A sample of this shampoo came in my July Birchbox. (I'll give you the Birchbox scoop in a minute.)There is no avoiding that this stuff is pricey at $25 for 8oz, but holy moly it is miracle in a bottle. I have colored hair with some natural curl and a huge tendency to frizz. I tried it this morning in the shower and I can't even tell you how silky my hair is. I will definitely be purchasing this. Could be my new holy grail shampoo/conditioner.
*note....I still stand by my great review of HASK hair products. Really good drug store options.
Birchbox, in case you're new to it, is a subscription service where they send you a box of trial size beauty products once a month. I believe the price is $10 a month. Most of the products are fairly high end. Other subscription beauty product options are Ipsy, Glossybox, just to name a few. So much fun to get a nice beauty surprise in the mail every month. Google "subscription beauty boxes" and prepare to spend some time (fun time!) seeing all the options.
Also in my Birchbox was a tube of stila look at me liquid lipstick.
The color I got was way outside my comfort zone, but I swatched it on my hand yesterday at about 3:00 pm. It was still on my hand when I got up this morning. Took a shower, got dressed and saw that it was still on my hand. I'm not sure what takes this stuff off. If you've got an event where you want to be sure your lips stay put for an extended time, this could be your product.
Moving away from my Birchbox discoveries, next up is (wait for it) the Turbie Twist Microfiber Turban Towel.
I confess that this was an impulse buy one day at Walgreens. It was on sale for $3.99 and I thought....why not? Well, who the heck knew how awesome these things are? As previously mentioned, my hair can do an awesome impression of a bush if I don't treat it right and one of the things I always did was use the oldest, thinnest towel I could find to put as little stress on my hair as possible. I even used old t-shirts. With this little gem you flip your wet head over, place the tuban over your head, give it a twist (gently) and stand back up. There is a little elastic holder on the back to tuck the ends into and off you go. By the time I've completed the rest of my after shower ritual the towel has sucked all the excess water out of my hair and I'm ready to style. ( Or comb and go because I'm that lazy.) Seriously worth the money. I'm getting another one.
One last beauty product, Benefit's Roller Lash Mascara.
As much as I love beauty products, I only wear makeup for special occasions. Mascara and lip gloss are the only things I put regularly on my face. This mascara has a funky little brush that separates and it really does curl your lashes. Been using it for a couple of weeks now and I'm impressed.
How about some brain food? The Great Zoo of China, by Matthew Reilly
I don't generally read thrillers and now I can't imagine why. This book is Jurassic Park with dragons. Fast paced, intelligent, and very exciting. I'll be reading a lot more of Matthew Reilly in future.
Finally, my latest binge watching obsession, Criminal Minds.
I don't normally watch crime dramas (Seeing a live-and-learn pattern forming here?), but I was looking for something to binge watch so I googled for a tv series with multiple seasons and Criminal Minds popped up first with 10 seasons. In the beginning the gore of the crimes put me off, but after a few episodes the psychology of the crime solving process had me won over. Side effect: I lock my doors and look in the back seat of my car a lot more than I did before I started watching this show. There are way too many flavors of crazy out there.
That's it for this month. Always interested in hearing your opinion on these products or anything else!