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Last Hurrah of the Gerberas

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I planted these gerbera daisies last spring, and they grew strong and bright and looked lovely through summer. Now, sadly, they’re saying farewell.

Aww! Glittery tears… Like on Westeros, winter is coming. :(

I’m not ready for the cold weather. Are you?!

Herbal Essences Tea-Lightfully Clean Shampoo and Conditioner Are Two Tea-Riffic Hair Helpers

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Herbal Essences Tea-Lightfully Clean Shampoo and Conditioner

Herbal Essences Tea-Lightfully Clean Shampoo and Conditioner ($3 each)

When I lather up with new Tea-Lightfully Clean Shampoo and Conditioner by Herbal Essences (just $3 each), I feel a bit perkier and better about my day. With these two tea-riffic hair helpers, you really do get a lot of perky for your buck.

Both have a refreshingly crisp green apple and mint scent, and when coupled with the light tingly sensation (it’s really mild, nothing like a sting at all), I definitely feel spunkier. Apparently, a stimulated scalp equals an invigorated Karen. Who knew?

Tea tree oil in both of the products also adds a little moisture and lots of bounce to my ‘do.

Yes, girlfriend, you know how I feel about big hair. :)

They’re available now at drugstores and online for $3.

Well worth a sniff.

Herbal Essences Tea-Lightfully Clean Shampoo and Conditioner

Herbal Essences Tea-Lightfully Clean Shampoo and Conditioner

Murad Transforming Powder Dual-Action Cleanser and Exfoliator

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Murad Transforming Powder Dual-Action Cleanser and Exfoliator

Murad Transforming Powder Dual-Action Cleanser and Exfoliator

There’s something so dang satisfying about exfoliating, especially in the morning. I’m all, “Hey, pores! Take that!”

Sometimes I play as if all of the dead skin cells are being Swiffered away…

I wonder if I am alone in this. :)

Lately I’ve been using this new exfoliating product with salicylic acid (which my skin lurves) by Murad called Transforming Powder Dual-Action Cleanser & Exfoliator ($30 for a 0.5-oz. bottle). It’s made for acne-prone skin like mine.

You dispense a small amount of the powder (yup, powder) into your palm, add water, work that into a lather, and then massage it all over your face and neck.

The bottle has a special stopper at the top to regulate how much comes out, so no worries about accidentally pouring out half of the bottle at one time (something I would otherwise almost certainly have done).

According to Murad, water activates bio-enzymes in the powder that digest oil, dirt and dead skin cells, while dissolving beads then smooth and soften the skin.

Wait — did she just say that it digests oil, dirt and dead skin cells?

Yes, she did.

Eww…

But it works!

The exfoliation is slightly more aggressive than the AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel I usually use, but I wouldn’t call it scratchy or irritating, by any means. It’s still pretty gentle.

A couple of rand-o pimples popped up near my hairline last week, and Dual-Action Cleanser & Exfoliator seems to be helping.

It’s available now for $30 online, and at Sephora and Ulta.

Murad Transforming Powder Dual-Action Cleanser and Exfoliator

Murad Transforming Powder Dual-Action Cleanser and Exfoliator

I’d Like to Make a Toast to Topshop’s $10 Deep Bordeaux Lip Bullet in Wine Gum

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Topshop Lip Bullet in Wine Gum

Topshop Lip Bullet in Wine Gum, $10

AAAH! Finally. A matte lipstick that doesn’t leave my lips feeling like I just finished the Iron Man Triathlon. I’ve been looking for an affordable deep bordeaux shade with a matte finish to wear with my button-up plaid shirts and vintage plastic choker necklaces from the ’90s (you know I’m kidding about the necklaces, right?!), and Topshop’s $10 Lip Bullet in Wine Gum is filling my heart-shaped box to the brim.

Three things: one, I like this product’s name. Wine Gum. That’s just neat to me. :)

Second, I like the way Wine Gum feels and works. The moisturizing, super pigmented formula (unscented and unflavored) starts off with a hint of shine, then dries down to a flat matte before eventually transitioning into a matte stain.

Third, I like the price. It’s only $10.

Oh, and I also think the crayon packaging is hella cute.

If you aren’t able to find Wine Gum online, check Topshop or Nordstrom, if you’re so inclined. Topshop also has these Lip Bullets in other colors, too, like fun oranges and reds, and I have spotted those shades available online at nordstrom.com for $10.

Topshop Lip Bullet in Wine Gum

How Kohl! It’s Topshop Kohl Pencil in Sable

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Topshop Kohl Pencil in Sable

Because sometimes you just need a soft, smokey brown kohl to wear on your lash and water lines, you know? — one that isn’t too red or gray and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

Kohl Pencil in Sable by Topshop is just $8! It’s a kohl, so it’s not that long lasting. I do have to reapply every 4-5 hours or so, but it’s gloriously smooth and smudgy.

It’s available now online and at Topshop and Nordstrom stores.

Topshop Kohl Pencil in Sable

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