Products I Can Not Live Without

I’m not even going to call these beauty must-haves. These are the things that keep me looking and feeling like a normal person each and everyday. I’m somewhat picky and generally only uses these… I’ve found some others that are okay, but none have the tried and true effect that these products do.

I have acne. Although, looking at my face you probably wouldn’t see it. Why is that? Because I wash my face, everyday, with this. I’ve had issues with it since I was like 9, so I’m not one to skip washing. Even though this comes in a three step system, I usually just buy the face wash. The toner and lotion don’t really matter for my face; just the wash. And it is pretty affordable to comparable products based on its size.
Yes, I know it is drying, so I do moisturize my face to make up for it. Occasionally, when my face is really dry, I use Cetaphil, but not that often.

I have long hair. That’s wavy and tangly. I know that’s not a word. My grandmother used to buy this, and my mom started using it on my sister and I when we were little. I’ve tried others, and this is so light weight, and I think it really has kept my hair from getting too damaged. I buy the giant bottle and it lasts FOREVER. I bought some yesterday, and I really can’t remember when I bought the last bottle.

Even though I am afraid of getting cancer from the aluminum in anti-perspirant, I have to use this one. I sweat a lot when I work out, and this is the only thing that keeps me smelling like a lady. Its the only one that works. I tried Toms of Maine, when I was trying to give up on the aluminum, but they gave me a rash, which is kind of weird since it is an all natural product.

Other than the Aquaphor lip balm that I use at night, this is the only chapstick that touches my lips. My mom has always used it, and its the only one I use. I like the original, but they have a new lime flavored/scented one that I really like. I keep one on my nightstand, one in my desk, and two or three in my purse; you never know when you might need some.

I have super dry skin on my feet, and I live in San Diego, so I wear sandals a lot. My doctor told me this was the best. And it definitely is. It doesn’t have a scent, and I can even feel the moisturizing action (I have some on now). I use it twice a day, and it is the best.
These are really my only must haves.
I like Neutrogena and Almay make up, but I buy whatever I feel like.
I like Garnier Fructis Wonder Waves spray for my hair; when I feel like doing it.
Dove used to have the best heat protectant spray, but they don’t make it anymore, or at least I haven’t seen it.
Shampoo wise I like to switch it up. Right now its Aussie, waiting in line is Dove. I like Garnier as well as Herbal Essences; it all depends on my mood.
When it comes to spending more, I like Redken All Soft.
That’s all.
I’m a pretty basic and simple girl.

Blast from the Past

I was listening to some of the Beatles, and when I heard, “I’m Happy Just to Dance With You,” it reminded me of Barbie and the Rockers: Out of This World movie.
Take a peak:
Watching this also made me think of another one of my favorites:
Maxie’s World

Enjoy my blast from the past!
I kind of wish I wasn’t an adult, so I could still watch these.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

With October coming to a close, we are fast approaching my favorite time of year.
I do love Thanksgiving, but nothing beats Christmas.
I love Christmas music, shopping, trees, lights, presents (who doesn’t, right?), and the overall feeling around Christmas. You just can’t help but be happy.
Taking a line from my friend, “Buddy,” here’s how I feel during Christmas:
“I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite!”

There’s nothing about this movie that I don’t like.
I love Buddy, and I love Jovie (but who doesn’t, hello, its Zooey Deschanel!)
Since the holidays are fast approaching, I can soon, but not quite yet, dig out the Christmas music. I am desperately in need of some new tunes, and since we’re on the subject of Zooey Deschanel I can not wait to go get this:
Remember who song in “Elf?” If you didn’t know, she and M. War make up “She & Him,” and she’s a great singer. This CD sounds so awesome.!
I really think you should all go get it. I can’t wait to pick it up.
Samples:

Likes & Dislikes on a Thursday

I am liking… sore muscles; they show me how well I am doing.
I am disliking… that somehow I started biting my nails again this week; I had stopped and now I am back at it.
I am liking… that I can honestly say my eating has been really well this week. Two thumbs up for mostly real/clean food.
I am disliking… that my cravings for Diet Coke have been out of control! I gave it up in March and have only honestly had 3, well, now 4. Will I ever not crave it like a crazy person?
I am liking… that it is almost the weekend; this week has been too much for me.
I am disliking…. the tangles in my hair. Nothing keeps it from getting tangled.
I am liking… Grey’s Anatomy & Private Practice this week.
I think that’s sufficient for today.
At least for every negative, there is a positive.

Top Reasons Why I Love Fall

Fall is always my favorite season.
Its usually not super cold, but you can cuddle up and get comfy without overheating.
And these reasons always make it better:
I get to see these people more often:
Thanksgiving AND Christmas

I like wearing sweaters.
I like wearing cardigans.
They are so comfy.
They’re my favorite.

Football.
Chargers football to be exact.
Now if only they could get their act together.

Apples.
Any kind.
They always taste better in fall.
I also like apple cider and apple pie.
I like the scent of apple as an air freshener.
It smells warm and fall-like.

And last, but not least.
Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Yum.
I’ve only had one this fall, but I am already planning for one when I go visit my family after Thanksgiving.

My reasons for loving fall.
I am sure that I have more, but these are my tops for now.
Happy Tuesday.

Risky Business

I like being a girl, I like being girly, and I like the color pink.
I like to look pretty and smell nice.
I like having soft skin.
But sometimes, we all forget that when we take it all of, that we might just be our most beautiful. We might have sparse eyebrows, large pores, laugh lines, or any number of unwanted markings, but what is most important is being comfortable in our own skin.
I’ve given in to my wavy hair, and have forgone straightening. I think I straightened it 4 times in September, and so far this month, once.
I don’t wear a lot of make up, I wear no foundation or anything.
I’m equally content walking out of the house without make up as I am with.
So I’m doing something wild.
I took off all my makeup.
I let down my hair.
This is me, au natural; smile lines, dimples, scars and all:

I’ve never dyed my hair, and I’m content wit the color.
I try not to tan too much.
I baby my face and moisturize and try to prevent acne.
I brush and floss twice, to three times daily.
I laugh, and don’t mind my slight smile lines and dimples.
I have a scar on my cheek, that looks like a dimple, and I’m okay with it.
We should be content with who we are and what we look like.
Of course I wish my hair was longer and that my cheeks weren’t so chubby.
I wish I had longer eyelashes and that I was thinner.
But overall, I can’t complain.
I smile because I’m happy with me.
You should smile because you’re happy with you.

Salt N Pepa’s Here And We’re In Effect

Actually, only my new friend “Salty” is here.
He’s going to help get rid of my itchy throat.
He’s kind of yummy, kind of nauseating.
He’ll make you bloat, and make your potato chips taste good.
He’s white, can be from the sea, and draws water to him like a machine.
He’s my new best friend.

He says “hey girl hey!”
Anyway, I’m kind of sick. Emphasis on “kind of”. I don’t get sick, like ever, or I am in complete and utter denial. My only problem is my throat itches like crazy and my ears are full and icky.
Now, this is a typical day for me in allergy land, but since I’m sick, its especially bad.
It ruins everything. If you’re gonna be sick, don’t you want all out, feel crappy, look crappy stay home on the couch and watch bad tv all day? Yeah, me too.
Oh well. Salty and I are heating things up in the hot tub (him, not me) and we’ll see how he likes it when it becomes a jacuzzi.
Second, I am not caught up on “Parenthood.”
I’m not watching tonight’s but I finally watched last week’s episode.
And if you didn’t know that I have a major crush on Adam Braverman due to his normal antics, check this out:

“Malibu’s Most Wanted,” anyone?
Pretty Fly for a White Guy?
I think so.
Happy Tuesday.