February Favorites 2018

I'm not sure if I'm happy or sad that February has come and gone. I think it's more of the former... closer to spring, and closer to this semester being done (I haven't been 100% loving school right now if I'm honest). I feel like my favorites this month are a bit strange, but I try to always share whatever random things I've been loving - there's never any rhyme or reason to these round ups.. let's just get to it!

Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Face Exfoliant - I don't really use exfoliators on my face all that often. I find my sensitive skin tends to do better when I keep things pretty simple. But I really like this one from Fresh because it is incredibly GENTLE. There's nothing harsh about it and it feels so good on my skin. It also smells really, really good which is a nice added bonus. Some Fresh products can be a bit pricey, but this one is only about $30 and you get a good deal of product. If you're looking for a gentle face exfoliator to add to your routine, I suggest checking this one out!

Sambucol Cold & Flu Relief - Okay, so there is a part of me that wants to scream from the rooftops about how much I LOVE this product. Then, there is a part of me that wants to tell NO ONE and keep it my special secret. I'm not going to lie, I was a little torn about sharing this but this stuff is just too good to not talk about. If you're feeling under the weather, struggling with ANY sort of sickness, or DON'T WANT TO BE, you need to pick up a box of this stuff. It's honestly so magical. I've been swearing by it this winter for when I feel like I'm coming down with something. It works wonders!!! I also, have tried them for when I'm super congested and having sinus issues and they work wonderfully for that as well. They're just all around amazing. This particular variety is black elderberry + a blend of other homeopathic goodness that really helps your immune system fight whatever you're battling. Unfortunately it's become a bit hard to find (and shame on those that are price gouging this stuff on eBay!!), but I've linked to Walgreens which seems to have some in stock in different stores. I really recommend that everyone grab a box of this to at least have on hand. It's 200% worth it. If you'd like to see a post on more of my homeopathic / natural remedies, please let me know!

Pentel Energel Teal Pens - I realize that this seams like a really bizarre thing to include in my favorites, but I have to share these pens. We live in the age of computers for sure, but I still do a lot of writing and I'm pretty picky about the kinds of pens that I do (or do not) like. These Pentel Energel pens are wonderful gel pens that write smoothly and without snagging. They also dry quick enough that they don't smear as I write (I'm a lefty), and I love the teal color. They don't bleed through either. To be fair, there's not too much you can say about a pen, but these are great and you need them if you do any amount of writing. ;)

L'Oreal EverFresh Sulfate Free Dandruff Shampoo - I have a fairly sensitive scalp and I've learned that any hair product with sulfates in them will just piss it right off. Avoiding them has really helped, but I still struggle with flaking/dry skin and some slight dandruff. Well, I did until I discovered this amazing shampoo. This has done an incredible job at keeping any dandruff at bay. My scalp no longer itches or feels irritated and I love that it's drugstore and affordable. I'm not entirely fond of the scent (sort of reminds me of cologne), but its well worth it for how well it works. I've also been using one of their sulfate-free conditioners and it's great. I have no complaints about anything I've tried from the sulfate-free range from L'Oreal.

Victoria Secret Twisted Ivy fragrance mist -  I picked up this mist because I wanted something lighter than a perfume, since they can often trigger migraines for me. I honestly haven't had a body mist in a really long time, but I'm glad that I picked this one up. It's nice and light and has a fresh scent to it. It's described as being a blend of cucumber and pear and I don't know that I can identify either of those, but I like it all the same.

Cold brew coffee - I've been drinking coffee for as long as I can remember, but in recent years, I've been having a sort of complicated relationship. I've cut my caffeine intake way down because I felt that it was exacerbating my anxiety. But beyond that, I was finding that pretty much any coffee I would try was giving me stomach issues and just felt far too acidic. I had read about cold brew coffee, but I felt that it was too much work. That was, until I came across cold brew concentrate. I picked up a couple of bottles from Chameleon (from Target), and Trader Joe's. Omg - my life has been changed!!! Every morning I make myself an iced coffee with this cold brew concentrate and it is SO delicious and SO smooth!! I've tried the regular, vanilla, and pecan from Chameleon, and the regular is my favorite so far. I did NOT like the Trader Joe's version though, and found that it actually gave me some stomach discomfort, so I ran out that day to restock my favorite Chameleon cold brew. It's a bit pricey at $10 a bottle, but it lasts me quite awhile, especially because I use less concentrate than they suggest for a serving. I'd say that a bottle can last me about two weeks or so, and honestly the price is worth it because I have been loving my morning coffee again!

NYX #Thisiseverything lip oil  - I'm a sucker for lip balms and gloss and I'm really liking this lip oil from NYX. There's not too much to say about it - it's just a really good lip gloss/oil. It gives your lips a great sheen, while also helping to moisturize them. I love the gloss that it provides and find that it lasts a decent amount of time without having to reapply. It's also a good affordable drugstore option. My lips have been pretty badly chapped lately, and this is honestly the only thing I've felt like applying to my lips beyond a new balm I've been trying out (more on that later - trust me).

One Day at a Time remake - I had read an article about Norman Lear, and heard that there was a remake of One Day at a Time on Netflix. I'll be honest, I'm not too much of a Netflix person (no particular reason, just never seen to get around to using it), but after reading a little premise for the remake, I knew I had to check it out. The show follows Penelope, a newly divorced single mother raising her two children with the help of her mother Lydia. They're a Cuban-American family, and Penelope (as well as her ex-husband) is an Army veteran. I'm about half way through the second season and I'm honestly trying to pace myself so I don't watch it too quickly. It's just a truly incredibly program. Without giving away too much, I'll say that the show does an excellent job of using humor, and the sitcom genre to deliver incredibly importance conversations and subject matter. There were so many "amen" moments for me as I watched the first season and a half. We need more shows like this!!! It's honestly so good and the family is just so sweet and wonderful and REAL!! They did an excellent job of giving this family a real authentic vibe - this isn't the idyllic suburban American household. They have far more authenticity than that! If you're into sitcoms I really encourage you to give this one a go. I don't think you'll be disappointed - except for the fact that there's only two seasons!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful February! Please feel free to tell me what YOU have been loving this month in the comments!

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