My April 2016 Favorites

I have a new monthly favorites video up on YouTube! I haven't posted all of my YouTube videos here - I need to be better about that! - so you can click through to my channel for more if you like.

This month I have a couple of skincare recommendations that are really helping to calm my skin down, a hair product that'll make you smell like you're on a tropical vacation, and more goodies. You can click to see the full video above, but if you just want to check out the products, here you go: 

  • First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum: a concentrated boost of moisturizer with antioxidants and calming ingredients for sensitive skin. I use this under my regular moisturizer. It's light but still hydrating, and got rid of my flaky patches. 
  • Rosehip Seed Oil: this oil has loads of skin benefits - Vitamins A & C, antioxidants, fatty acids. It's light and sinks into my skin well without clogging. I've been using it on my neck, upper chest, and as an extra boost of moisture under my eyes before I go to bed. 
  • NYX Powder Blush in Taupe: nice subtle contour for fair skin. 
  • Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso: bright peach, a slight shimmer. This blush has been popular for a while and I see why! 
  • Real Techniques Makeup Brushes: I've been upgrading all my makeup brushes to these and am really happy with them! In the video I point out brushes from the DuoFiber CollectionCore Collection, and Starter Set, as well as the Blush Brush and Setting Brush which are available individually.
  • Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Hair & Style Milk: adds moisture, shine, and a slight hold while chilling out frizzies, and smells SO GOOD.
  • Bucky Ultralight Eye Mask: this is silly, I know. But I love a good eye mask for sleeping - this one I like because it is contoured so doesn't press up against my eyes. It's also nicely padded and adjustable. 

(These are affiliate links above - if you choose to use them, thank you!) 

That's all I've got for April! I hope it was a good month for you - May is already flying by for me here! 


February Favorites 2016

Last month on YouTube I started sharing "monthly favorites" videos. These are popular on YouTube and I love to watch them - most of the time the people I watch are recommending beauty products, with assorted household goodies and some wearables, and it turns out that's mostly what I have to share as well. This month - and hopefully from here on out - I'm adding a "cookbook of the month" recommendation and I'm pretty excited about that, because I have a shelf of great cookbooks that I definitely need to use more! 

The full video is embedded above, but if you just want the products and highlights of why I love each one, here's a list for you! 

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46: my dermatologist suggested I use this, and it is now my favorite facial sunscreen ever. (Ever ever!) It calms my sensitive skin, protects from sun damage, and feels good not gross. A+
Aveda Pure Abundance Style Prep: love this on non-shampoo days (sooooo... most days) to freshen the roots of my hair and add volume without residue or flakes.
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer: this stuff just works. If you've got serious dark circles and want a full-coverage concealer, give it a try!
Zero UV Sunglasses: silly but cute. Now that I am wearing contacts some days I love having the option to try inexpensive sunglasses! Yes, I know that it's a little silly that one of my favorite things about contacts is I can wear a different type of glasses. (I am vast, contain multitudes, etc. Actually I just like glasses.)
Project Life 6X8 Album (fits A5 planner inserts!): these have two rings that align perfectly with the center holes in the three-hole groups of A5 planner inserts. I'm now using this album to store my extra planner dashboards, bookmarks, and weekly pages for future months that I don't want to carry around with me. Cute, inexpensive, and practical!
Afro Vegan, by Bryant Terry: delicious vegan recipes with African, Caribbean, and Southern flavors. Flavors are fresh and vibrant, and showcase the ingredients so well. I would not say this is a beginner cookbook but if you enjoy cooking and want some great new vegan recipes, definitely check this out! Everything I've made so far I've ended up making more than once because the food is tasty.

(These are Amazon Affiliate links above.)

That's it for February - I hope you've had a great month, and if you try anything on the list above please do let me know. Also, if you have any new and delicious cookbook recommendations (don't have to be vegan - I like all kinds of good food!), please leave a comment - I'd love to hear them!