Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Closet staples..#3, the black leather jacket

Howdy and Happy mid-week.
We are back with another edition of "Closet Staples". 
This is the boldest staple to date, the black leather jacket.

I remember when I bought my first black leather jacket. I was a sophomore in college. My mom was SO upset. To her only "Tough" or "hard" girls would ever dare to wear black leather.
She has since come around and is even known to rock an adorable black leather bomber in the winter.

Where I live in New England, this is the fashion equivalent of a three season room. From October through April (If not later) this baby is in the rotation.

Why is this a closet staple? Well, it NEVER goes out of style. It looks equally as good with jeans and boots as it does dress pants and ballerinas. 

There are a few tips to keep in mind when buying a leather jacket.

  • Consider this an investment piece.
Let me be blunt here, it's next to impossible to get a decent leather jacket at a "cheap price". 
Sure, you can buy faux leather jackets at Target for $29.00 . The problem is that the look so cheap. Something like that will cheapen your entire look.  You don't want to do that. 
Luckily, there are decent faux-leather jackets to be found out there. This one by BLANKNYC does not look as inexpensive as it is.

  • Fit is everything
You want to be 100% sure that you buy a jacket that has the ideal fit for you.
Look for sleeves that end at your wrist.
Look to have enough room in your shoulders and arms, as you need to have free range of motion. 
You should be able to zip your jacket all the way and still have room to breath.

  • Buy leather conditioner (for real leather jackets)
This is so key. If you treat this jacket it right, you'll have it for years upon years. This is what not only will keep your jacket clean, but also it will protect the leather from cracking.

I do love my leather jacket. It does pain me to be talking about jackets though. I just want to live in summer for a (long) while more.

Go off and ROCK the rest of this week!


Monday, August 19, 2019

5 Things that I can't live without

Hello babes!
Was your weekend sun drenched and good to you? I sure hope so.
I used to read a magazine back in the day that did a feature called "I really love my." They would take a celebrity and show them using the same item over and over. They would then show you where you could buy a dupe of it for yourself.
It was normally fashion related item. I loved this feature. It got me to thinking, what are my "just can't make it without them" items. There are a bunch, but here are my top 5.

1) My Nespresso Vertuo
OMG, This gets more use that anything. I love it so much. A few years ago, Nespresso came out with their Vertuo line. This baby makes Starbucks quality lattes at the touch of a button. Unlike the original Nespresso machines,the machines in this line read the bar code of the pod you put in it. It uses this info to brew it to the perfect strength and temperature for that particular coffee pod.   
Here is the link for the exact machine that I have Nespresso

2) IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream
I've mentioned this before. My skin is SO dry.  This is the only cream that I've ever used that really feels like its moisturizing my skin. I have no idea if it actually works as an anti-aging product. I really don't care if it does. It soothes and nourishing my skin. That's enough for me.

3) Cozy Ugg Slippers
Apologies to my vegan readers. You folks have so much admiration from me.
I personally am not a vegan. I love/Need my Ugg slippers. I wear them ALL year long.
My hubby likes to keep the AC set at 68 degrees in the summer. I'm ALWAYS cold. These babies are like Heaven on your tootsies. I just got this pair and am obsessed.

4) Dior Skin Foundation
In my opinion, this is the best foundation ever created. It goes on so smooth. It covers everything you want to cover, but your face will still look like skin. Bonus points for how long lasting it is.Dior Skin Foundation

5) Nordstrom
I can't live without Nordstrom. Nope.
We need new bed sheets? I get them at Nordstrom. I need a cute new outfit for a date night?  Nordstrom, here I come.
Its where I do all of Christmas shopping. Its where everyone gets me a gift card to.
All of the other stores should look at how well Nordstrom treats their customers and take note.

So, what can you not live without? I don't mean people, as in "I can't live without my kids."  That's a given. I'm talking about things here. Tell me the stuff that you just can't get by without!


Friday, August 16, 2019

The Friday Five

Happy Friday, friends!
It's been a second or two since we did a "Friday Five".  So, why not today?

I like the one that Live Journal posted for this week. Its about talking!

1. What makes it easy to talk to someone?
An open and kind demeanor, an enthusiastic interest in people and ideas.


2. Have you ever had a great conversation with a complete stranger?

Yes. Many, many times. See, I can talk to anyone, anytime, any where. I'm just generally interested in people.
One time, I was flying back from Vegas by myself. It was a 6 hour flight and my earbuds just died. I was dreading how long and boring this flight would be. 
My seatmate comes on and worked her way to our row. She was a 2o year old junior at Ole Miss. She was an Alpha Delti Pi sister. She and I talked all the way from Nevada to Boston. She was so sweet, happy and engaging.

3. Do you like to argue?

Noooooo. You can go darken someone else's door step if that's what you like to do. 
Better yet, figure out where your argumentativeness is coming from and work on healing that.
4. Some people like to talk about things, and some people like to do things. Which are you?

Both to a degree. Let's say skydiving is your thing. I absolutely want to talk to you about it.  However, there is no way I'll be doing it with you!
If you want to talk about trying that new coffee shop though, let's just go!

5. Who is easier to talk to – men or women?

It makes no difference to me. Like I said, I can talk to anyone and enjoy doing so.
I will say that I'm more guarded when talking with me in my general age group. I don't want to ever give the impression that I'm flirting with them.

Except for this guy...
I AM always flirting with is guy  ;)

Have a great weekend my pretties!


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Reeses Ice cream Sandwiches

Is your mouth watering yet? If you have a sweet tooth, I bet it is!

A few weekends ago, Chad's mom, my mom and Chad's sister came over for Sunday dinner. For Christmas a year or two ago, chad got a meat smoker. Hes a total master at it and everyone wanted to share the deliciousness!!

It was 92 degrees out and the humidity was at 70%.
We were able to avoid putting the oven on for dinner. I was sure as heck not going to ruin it all by baking a dessert.

I came across this recipe for Reese Peanut butter Ice Cream sandwiches on .
I knew this was the perfect dessert for a hot summer night. (almost) Everyone loves Reeses, so its pretty much a guaranteed hit.

Here are a few pointers...

  • Freeze the peanut butter cups prior to making the sandwiches
Otherwise, you are running the risk of crumbling in the peanut butter center.

  • Work fast and work in bunches
Gelato  by nature is softer than traditional ice cream. That is good for making the pieces stick. However, once the gelato gets too soft the sandwiches will not hold together. You'll have a sloppy mess.

  •  Freeze again before serving
Ideally, you want to have these babies back in the fridge for an hour or two before serving them.

  • Make two for each guest
Where these are small in size, its good to have a 2nd helping for anyone who wants it. If they don't ask for seconds, you are left with extra peanut butter cups, darn!  ;)

Here is the full recipe:
Peanutbutter Cup Ice Cream Sandwiches

Monday, August 12, 2019

Two months in being back to naturally curly

           A frizzy yet fun day last weekend in Western MA. This is on the French King's bridge in Gill, MA. That is the Connecticut River behind me. 

Happy Monday to you.
How are you?
It was exactly two months ago today that I blew my hair out for the last time.
I'm really starting to live in my curly hair. There have been some bumps along the way, not too many though. Here are a few things that I've discovered along the way.

  • Curly haired ladies truly are a sisterhood
Holy heck, I had no idea. I could not get over how I was celebrated by other curly haired ladies when I went back to my natural hair! They didn't judge me for straightening it for the last 21 years. They welcomed me with open arms and gave me so much advice and support.

  • Lorainne Massey wrote the book on curly hair
Literally she did. The Book "Curly girl" is the actual play book as to how to cut, style and care for your curly hair.
See it Here
She has entire groups and pages dedicated to following the process.

  • Curls don't just come right back
Blow drying and flat ironing damages your hair, BADLY. Damaged curls will not be anywhere near as curly once they are damaged. I know that I'm not the only one with this problem. 
Nicole Kidman did it too!!  Read that Here .
As Lorainne Massey said in "Curly Girl"  ... "You have to earn the right to have your curls back." You have to go through the awkward phase to get your springy, bouncy curls back.

  • The best product I've found costs under $4.00
On many of the curly message boards people RAVE about LA Looks blue hair gel.
Stupid me, I turned my nose up at it for SO LONG. I know, I'm a product snob. Always have been. I'm rouge at Sephora and diamond at Ulta. I love me high end hair and beauty products. 
However, this stuff beats the $50 gel I had bought previously.  Read about it :Here

  • Its liberating not needing flat irons, round brushes, etc
I was watching a blow out tutorial on YouTube the other day. All I could think of was how happy I am to have that circus in the past.

So, that's it. Those are my thoughts at the two month check in. What about you?  How much do you alter your hair's natural texture?


Friday, August 9, 2019

August Lusts and Musts...well, not really.

Hi there:
A happy summer Friday to you!
Each month I tend to do a round up of a few items or products that I have bought or planning to buy for that month.

We are in August now, and here is the thing.. I'm not buying anything. I do not need anymore summer clothing. I'm sure as heck not going to wish summer away by purchasing fall clothes now.
However , I do think that now is the ideal time to get rid of a lot of things.
If something is still on trend and in good shape (please, do NOT "donate" things that are stained, ripped, etc) I will bring it to the Salvation Army.  Other stuff, like what I'll be listing below, just needs to be tossed.
So, here are the August "must" go...

1) Statement Necklaces
The statement necklace had its moment. From 2012 or so on, it was the focal point of many outfits. Now though, it looks stale as more delicate jewelry is moving the the forefront.

2) Cotton Camis
Circa 2006, I had a cami like this in EVERY color. They were great for layering, or even wearing by themselves.
The look like they are from 2006 though. I've switched out all of these for the fresher, more polished looking satin camis, like this.

3) Anything with Bell (aka 2017 Sleeves) Sleeves
When googling "bell sleeves" the first 5 things that came up were all from 2017.
The bell sleeve was hot in 2017, still acceptable in 2018 and officially dead in 2019.

4) Dated jeans
While its true that jeans are timeless, the same cannot be said for all styles of jeans.
Jeans with white stitching, jeans that are very low cut or super skinny all had their time. That time has passed though.

5) Tankinis 
As Charla Krupp , best selling author of "How to not look old" says , "A Tankini is a disaster for anyone over 40."
Its true. It adds years and pounds. If you don't want to wear a traditional bikini, absolutely DON'T.
A v-neck one piece is flattering on nearly everyone.

There it is, my purge. Do you agree or disagree with these? Tell me!


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Lessons from the infamous "FaceApp"

Happy mid-week babes!
If you were on Social media a couple of weeks back, your feed was likely filled with a bunch of age progression pictures.
This was done with an app called "FaceApp". There was a big pull back on use of the app due to security concerns.
While I fully understand someone wanting to hack my phone, due to my 4000+ photos of Bandit..aka the most adorable creature to ever exist, I've kept the app.

I've had too much fun with it. Its crazy how realistic the photos look. The one I did of my husband got me teary eyed. I got a glimpse of the man I'll grow old with!

After playing with this app for quite some time, I made me realize that there are just certain things that age us. 
Now, don't get me wrong here. I am NOT saying I don't want to grow old. On the 30th of this month, I'll be 40!!! I'm looking forward to it. I'm just saying, I want to age with dignity and not speed the process up. 

From looking at the photos from this app and a few other thing, I've come up with a few action points we all can do to keep the early ageing at bay.

1) Beach your teeth

As we age, our teeth yellow. It happens to everyone. Just like the pages in an old book will discolor, the paper in a new book is still white.
You don't need to spend a fortune, or go to the dentist. 
Pro tip: My dentist taught me the best trick. If whiting strips and products make your teeth too sensitive, there is an easy solution. Fluoride. About a week or two before you begin the process, start using fluoride 2X/day. Continue using it for as long as your are in the bleaching process.

2) Fill in your eyebrows
As we age, our brows thin out. A $20.00 (or less!) eyebrow pencil can take off 5 years. Follow your natural shape and don't go unnaturally thick.

3) Get a pore smoothing primer
For whatever reason, pores tend to get larger as we get older. While it next to impossible to stop this, you sure as heck can hide it .

4) Exfoliate!
As skin ages, it gets drier. Sloughing off those dead skin cells will reveal the newer, fresher skin that lies beneath.

5) Use Retinol
I remember years ago I asked a woman that I know (We were on the topic) "Which anti-aging products are you favorites?" 
She was clearly very offended and said "I'm only 32! WHY would I use that stuff?!" I told her to chill and that I'd been using anti-aging creams since I was 15 (yes, really).

6) Get a pedicure
Our nails, toe nails in particular discolor with age. much like our teeth. Luckily, there is a quick fix in a cute pedicure.  Besides, its fun picking out cute polish colors.

7) Wear false lashes
Just like the eyebrows, eye lashes thin out with the passing years.
Temporary false lashes are a quick and inexpensive fix. Don't be intimidated by applying them, after a few tries, you'll realize how easy it is.

8) Lighten up on the eye makeup
Leave the thick, black eye liner for the 19 year olds. The last thing you want to do is draw attention to the fine lines and wrinkles that pop up around your eyes.

9) Avoid harsh hair colors
Avoid the jet black shades. Avoid the super white blonde shades. Avoid the brassy or other artificial colors. If you stay a few shades within what is natural to you, then throw in some highlights and low lights for dimension, you'll take 10 years off.

10) Use blush
A rosy complexion is a sign of youth and vitality. Use blush, use a smidgen more than you did in your teens and 20's. It makes a noticeable difference.

There you have it.
Have you used the FaceApp? What did you think, if so? 


Monday, August 5, 2019

The world's most perfect bra?

Hi friends!
Welcome to a brand new week. 
A few posts ago, I told you that I wouldn't bore you by sharing my mundane Nsale purchases.

I can't help but think that I'd be doing you a disservice if I didn't share these bras with you though.

Before we go any further, let me tell you a little secret... I HATE bras. Seriously, I detest them. I'm not on some women's lib soap box, but it was a man who invented the bra. Of course it was.  Someone who didn't have breasts was thinking that HE knew best how to treat them. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt. I'm going to assume that he was well intended when he created the bra.
Still, there are so many reasons to go bra free as often as you can.  Read Here.

As a woman who will be 40 this month, and is a full D-cup, its not always acceptable for me to be bra-free. 

Enter in my friend, Anita. (Yes, THAT Anita. I know, I talk about her a lot. That's because she is awesome.)

Anita told me that I had to invest in a bra from Natori.
On a lark, I grabbed two from the Nsale.

Holy heck, friends. These are literally darn near as comfy as a bralette, but give the support and shape of a regular bra.



For so long, Victoria's Secret was the only place I went for bras and underwear.
However, I find them to be so behind the times. the CEO has said awful things and the quality doesn't justify the cost. Victoria's Secret peaked in the 1990's, IMO.

I know that Natori is a shade pricey. remember though, you likely have your bra on for 8+ hours a day. You deserve to be comfortable.

Okay, now go off and have an excellent week.


Friday, August 2, 2019

Keeping Fitness Motivation

Welcome to August?! Man, o man.

Anyhow, if you follow me on Instagram (@SheShe830) you've seen that for quite sometime I've been hitting the gym at 5:00 am between 4-5 days per-week. (Don't worry, the dogs still get their 2x/day walks). It's nothing that I advertise. So, I was rather surprised that I have gotten several replies to my stories along the lines of "How do you do this?" or "Where do you find the motivation for this?"

Welp, gawd knows I'm no Denise Austin, but since you asked, I'll answer.

First, let me say this, it only takes a few weeks of being in a groove to realize how much better you feel when you workout regularly. I firmly believe once you reach this point, it's the only motivation that you will need. The trick is though, making it to that point. 

While everyone is different, this is what worked for me.

1) Determine what time of day is best for you
Yes, I will tell you ALL DAY LONG, to get up early and workout first thing. I
I'll preach to you all the ways getting up before 5:00 am has changed my life: Here .
However, becoming a morning person is a challenge unto its self. One thing at a time. Starting a work out program needs to be something you are looking forward to. If you hate mornings, plan to work out a 5pm.

2) Book your workout as it was any other appointment
Put it in your agenda, put it in writing. Treat your workout as if it were any other commitment that you gave your word you'd fulfill.

3) Have a workout buddy
2 days a week, I workout with my hubby, 2 days a week, I workout with my boss and 1 day a week, I workout with my hubby & boss.
Knowing that there is someone else counting on you to meet them makes a difference when you are on the fence as to if you are going to bail on your workout. Its far easier to bail on ourselves then it is to bail on a friend.

4) Invest in some adorable new active wear
An old ratty tee-shirt just isn't going to cut it. (besides, cotton doesn't wick moisture very well)
I found for me, having cute workout clothes wear, made me want to wear them. 

5) Cultivate a killer playlist
Without the right music, I cannot workout. I need a fast paced beat to keep me moving. 
If you were to look at might playlist for the gum, you might think that 6 or 7 different people compiled it. I have old school rap, disco, classic rock and techno on that playlist.  Ice Cube, The BeeGees, Calvin Harris, etc..The artist makes no difference to me, just the beat!

You'll find that after just a few weeks of working out that you noticeable look and feel better.
In my experience, once you get to this point, NOTHING will stop you. 
I'm hoping that the aforementioned will get you to that point.



Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Closet Staples-Part Two

And just like that, it was the very last day of July. I'm trying real hard to focus on the fact that we still have all of August in front of us. Man, do I wish that summer would slow down though.

Anywhodoodle, we are back today for the 2nd "episode" of closet staples. 
Today, we are talking about the strappy heel.
Mind you, we could do an entire series on all the shoes every stylish woman should own. Maybe we'll do that in the future.

The shoes in this picture probably look familiar.
Celebrities love to wear them on the red carpet. The thing is, they look just as good with jeans dress as they do with a fancy dress.

When buying shoes like this, you have to be very honest with yourself about the size and width of your foot.
If you are a 9 wide, but buy an 8.5 regular, sure you'll get it on. However, in no time you'll be in absolute misery. 
There is no shame in your shoe size, regardless of what your shoe size is.

Clearly, there are no hiding your toes in these babies. Make sure your toe nails are trimmed and filed, ideally pedicured.

This shoe is now popping up with block heels or clear plastic straps. Those are all well and good. However, this series is about closet staples. Meaning classic pieces which will work as well in 2029 as they do today in 2019.

Because of that, I recommend getting a pair with a traditional heel , as those never actually go out of style..

There you have it. See you in August!


Monday, July 29, 2019

Stuffed Peppers, the perfect summer meal

Welcome to your Monday. Can I believe, or do I want to believe it's the last Monday in July? No.  Alas, time marches on.

At our house, we eat so much lighter in the summer. It's not a conscious decision that we make. It comes down to the fact that when its hot and humid out, we want lighter, fresher fare.

For awhile, we were buying pre-stuffed peppers to cook at home from our local Market Basket. I finally looked at the prices and realized we were paying more for them per pound than what the filet mignon costs. That's just nuts. I decided to start making them at home from scratch. They are much less expensive this way, and more flavorful. 
Plus, I can tweak them to fit our diets.
For example, I use Trader Joe's cauliflower rice to keep these from becoming a carb bomb.
While you can use any type of rice you like, if you are interested in getting more veggies in your diet, use the cauliflower rice.
Once all of the other ingredients and flavors come together, you really cannot tell that its cauliflower rice and not the regular stuff. This truly is the only recipe I know of, where I can really say that.

A few notes:
 * This recipe calls for you to cook the peepers for 1 hour. that is to get the pepper its self soft. If you prefer them to be more crisp, pull them out after 45 minutes.
* I use Raos Marinara, again to keep the carbs down. It's expensive though. If you are not eating low carb, save your money and use something less costly.

Okay, let's get cooking!


 4 Large bell peppersSAVE $

1 lb Lean (at least 80%) ground angus beef SAVE $

1/2 C chopped onion SAVE $

2 Cup cooked rice

1 Teaspoon salt

1 Clove garlic, finely chopped

32 Ounces of Marina Sauce

2 Cup shredded mozzarella cheese


Heat oven to 350°F.

Cut thin slice from stem end of each bell pepper to remove top of pepper. Remove seeds and membranes; rinse peppers. If necessary, cut thin slice from bottom of each pepper so they stand up straight.
In 10-inch skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is brown; drain. Return to heat and stir in onion.
After onion has browned, fold in sauce/ rice (precooked)  and reduce heat. After 5 minutes, remove from heat and put in a large mixing bowl. Add in 1.5 C of cheese, salt & pepper to take and stir well.

Stuff peppers with beef mixture. Stand peppers upright in un-greased 8-inch square glass baking dish. Pour remaining cheese over peppers.

Cover tightly with foil. Bake 45 minutes. Uncover and bake about 15 minutes longer or until peppers are tender and cheese is golden and bubbly.

There you have it, enjoy!


Friday, July 26, 2019

A few of my favorites from the anniversary sale

Happy Summer Friday!!!

A few friends and I were showing each other what we have scored at the Anniversary sale.
I always love to see what everyone else got. That made me think, it might be fun if I shared a few of my favorites here.
I'm not going to bore you guys with the mundane stuff like jeans (Wit &Wisdom and Good American) or housewares (new sheets & towels).  
But here at SheSheandShimmer, we are all about fashion and beauty!!!

First on the docket, these adorable ankle boots!
Lucky Brand Yimina Wedge  During the sale $86.90/ After the sale $130

These are so comfortable and look so cute on! I tried them on when they 1st arrived(obvi) and didn't want to take them off!
They fit TTS.

Next up, This Cowl Next top
Carson Cowl Neck      During the sale $29,00 / After the sale $49.00

I love this for being a perfect transition piece. I anticipate this will get lots of wear during mid September- early November.
It runs large, size down.

The "big" item, a Barbour jacket
Barbour Vault Raincoat   During the sale $219.00 / After the sale $329.00

You know what I always say, "buy nice, not twice."  I should add "buy nice when you can get a deep discount."

** This is UK sizing. To figure out your UK size, add 4. If you are a US 8, you'll be a UK 12**

Let me slip into something more comfortable. Namely, this pair of Moonlight PJ's

Moonlight PJ's       During the sale $49.00 / After the sale $65.00

These are so soft and dreamy. I cannot wait to be lounging around in them.
They run large (as you want pajamas too), if you are on the fence, I'd suggest going with the smaller size.

And the thing I'm most stupidly excited about is this new pillow
During the sale $119/ After the sale $159  (these prices are for king, standard is less)

A brand new , super comfy pillow? Yes, please!!!   Because after all, a good night's sleep is the foundation for EVERYTHING..

If you haven't scored anything during the anniversary sale, you still have one week left.
Prices go up on August 5.

If you have already gotten some goodies, don't be a stranger. Please share!

Have a happy & safe weekend!


Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Closet Staples -Part One

Hi kids! How is everyone today?
Do you ever see those articles in magazines titled "10 pieces every woman needs" or  "The pieces every woman needs" ?
I figured it would be fun if we visited that here.
Mind you, most of those magazines are published in NYC. I'm a suburbanite, take that into consideration when evaluating my pics.
I fully admit that my life is Starbucks runs, dog walking and going grocery shopping. Its not trips to the MET. That will be clear here.

For today's staple, its the most basic yet versatile thing ever. The crisp, white oxford shirt.

Why you want it:
Nothing out there looks as classic as a white oxford paired with jeans for fun or a dress skirt for business. Its also the optimal layering piece.

What to look for in an Oxford shirt:

  • A structured collar. This is what makes an oxford stand out from any 'ol shirt.

        Plus, you might want to pop the collar sometimes.

  • A small amount of stretch, look for a shirt that is 95% cotton. This is not only more comfortable,but also helps to keep the wrinkles away.

  • Shirt tales long enough for it to be tucked in. You can certainly wear it un-tucked , but you'll want to be able to have the option

There you have it, the first installment of out closet staples review. Stay tuned for more to come in the next few weeks.


Monday, July 22, 2019

Some of the new stuff I'm loving

Happy Monday, Friends!
How is this brand new week treating you so far? Hopefully, things are going well.
We are finally getting a break from some insane heat and humidity here in coastal Massachusetts.

Today, I thought I'd share with you a few of the new (or new to me) products that I'm loving right now.

1) Kiss Blowout Lashes
Lash extensions are very in right now. Regardless of how "in" they are, they just aren't for me. I tried them, I had a full set put on a few years back. I pick at them, and I hated how I was limited as to what eye makeup (and eye makeup removers) I could use with them . If you are in the same boat as me, or if you don't feel you could make better use of the $300 they cost, try these! They really look like professional lash extensions.

2) Fresh Strawberry Cleanser
I've talked before about hoe dry my skin is. Most facial cleansers for dry skin are exceedingly gentle, which is great. However, you still need to be able to remove dead skin cells which cause a dulling build up. This is the perfect solution. Its gentle enough to be used daily, but has just enough exfoliation to get rid of the guck. Guck is a word, right?

3) Dove Exfoliating Body Polish 
Speaking of exfoliation....oh baby, this stuff is AMAZING. It's the best, most effective exfoliator that I've ever used. The price is right ($6.00, I believe), the scent is very nice and it doesn't turn your shower into a slippery danger zone.

4) The Denman Brush
I'm on the curly journey now. Yes, my hair is naturally curly. After straightening it for the past 21 years though, I'm completely relearning my hair.
I had been noticing that my curls were far more "stringy" than I had hoped. 
I have been reading on several "Curly girl method" websites. It seems that using this brush when wet helps to "clump" curls (make them thicker). I just used it for the first time today. I totally see a difference. I still have to read up though on how to best utilize it. Stay tuned. :)

5) Too Faced "Damn Girl" Mascara
This one, I was hesitant to put in here. 
When you first open this mascara, its phenomenal. it blows their "better than sex" mascara out of the water.
Buuuuut, the tube gets thick and clumpy way too fast in my opinion. I'm not saying I'll never buy it again. I will, but probably just for a special occasion and then get as much use of it as I can after.

Well, there you have it kids. These are the new products which have found their way into my rotation.

Do you have anything new that you are enjoying?