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| Aug 2020
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My Favorite Things for August

It’s August and it’s time to cue Julie Andrews… “These are a few of my favorite things!” This list helps me depuff, stink less, and even helps my brows recover from some poor decisions in the 1990s. 

Ice Roller

Don’t be fooled, I’m wearing makeup in this picture and did NOT wake up like this. But because I am a human being I am SUPER puffy when I wake up. I use this ice roller, that I store in my freezer, to wake up and depuff. I roll this sucker all over my face as I drink my coffee. Isn’t that a visual? Aren’t you glad I didn’t snap a picture of that?

Brush-On Sunscreen

I’m a nut about sun protection. I have a family history of skin cancer and I am always on the hunt for easy ways to get coverage. This brush on powder from Colorscience has taken the place of my regular powder. It’s light but it evens my skin and provides sun protection. Winning!

Native Deodorant

I have long been on the hunt for a more natural deodorant that could handle my stink. I’m not one of those women who smells like roses after a workout.  I did an entire series testing natural deodorants a while back — I wish I had known about Native back then.  It’s made without aluminum, parabens, phthalates, and talc and goes on easily. I know people are PASSIONATE about their natural deodorants. I’d love to hear your recommendations!

Glossier Boy Brow

In the 90s, I plucked my eyebrows within an inch of their lives to match that impossibly thin brow trend. I’m honestly surprised I have any left, but I definitely don’t have enough to match the cool, bushy brow trend that’s happening now. My 13-year-old daughter, who knows more about beauty products than I do, gave me her Glossier Boy Brow and now I’m hooked. It’s very forgiving for people like me who are not, in fact, makeup artists. 

Active Learning Stool

We’re doing an entire post soon with before and after pictures of my kids’ new study stations. Before schools shut down in March, they didn’t even have desks in their room. We learned my super active son needs to be moving constantly in order to focus on a computer screen so we ordered this wobble chair.  It’s pretty cute to watch him wiggle from side to side as he’s doing his school work.

Blue Light Blocking Glasses

We ordered several of these Blue Light Blocking glasses for our family. We keep them near computers and devices in an effort to reduce eye strain from staring at screens all day. My daughter swears she gets a headache if she is working on her computer and doesn’t use these. I’ve definitely jumped on the bandwagon. Do they work? I think it’s worth trying and comparing a day with and a day without.

Resistance Bands

Like the rest of humanity, we were on the hunt for home gym equipment when gyms shut down. Gyms are still closed in our area so we’re getting creative with workouts. I love a good resistance band workout. Should I record one and share?

Let me know if you have a favorite thing I should be trying!

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