1. This top and base coat combo
I just started using it two weeks ago, but it’s tough as nails! The base coat is Essie Grow Stronger ($9), and the top coat is Dior Gel Coat ($28, yes, it’s kinda fancy schmancy).
I wore it last week with Smith & Cult Bitter Buddhist. Side note: This is my favorite green polish of all time (even more than Chanel Jade), and I have a LOT of greens. It’s a sensational sea-foamy jade that looks baby blue sometimes. I wear it all the time. I love it!
I didn’t have a single chip for seven full days, but then a big chunk came off in the shower on the eighth day. But that’s great for me (I’m tough on my nails). Whenever I can get a full week from a mani/pedi without any chipping, I feel like I should throw a parade, LOL.
Even though I actually only want to wear Bitter Buddhist because the obsession is real and ongoing, I’m gonna try this base/top coat combo with different polishes over the next few week to see if other polishes hold up as well.
2. Bread recipes
I’ve been stockpiling them for days because I want to try baking bread this weekend for the very first time.
As of right now, I’ve tentatively decided on this artisan bread recipe from Laura in the Kitchen. It looks easy enough (famous last words)… I think I can handle it.
Obvs, this has all been brought about by The Great British Baking Show, which I still watch every night before bed.
Right before I start making the dough this weekend, I want El Hub to say, “On your mark, get set…BAKE!”
3. Hourglass Arch Brow Gel
WHAT!? This stuff is good! (Here’s the review, BTW). I love filling in my brows with it, and I want to shout it from the rafters. “I love Hourglass Arch Brow Gel!!!” In the three weeks I’ve been using it, I haven’t touched the brow pencil/clear brow gel combo I had been using and wearing daily in some form or fashion for THREE YEARS (most recently it was MAC Brow Sculpt brow pencil and the Benefit Clear Brow Gel).
It’s that serious. LOVE it for bushy, natural-looking brows, especially.
4. Senita’s new dance-inspired spring collection
I used to be one of those people who believed that workout wear should stay in the gym.
Now that 99% of the outfits I wear on a daily basis 1) contain Lycra and 2) can handle burpies or squats at any given moment (I kneel about 3,647 times a day to pick up Connor because she wants to be carried 24/7. I’m like, “Kid, you’ve got legs! You should use them!”), I no longer subscribe to that belief system.
Senita is an indie workout line from Arizona, and their clothes are well made, good deals, and I think they’re CUTE. I have quite a few of their pieces, and I love everything. Their capris are in the $37 range, so that’s compared to lululemons at $89 and Zellas at $49. And they’re just as good as Zella IMO.
Their new collection was inspired by dance and yoga, and I want IT ALL. SO much pink and black. And they have dresses…WITH POCKETS!
5. Foam rolling
My HIIT teacher got me hooked on this, and now I “foam roll” every night (well, I try to!), because it’s like getting a deep-tissue massage before bed. For free. My muscles feel loose and relaxed afterwards, and when I do it consistently, I swear I sleep better, too.
Here are a couple of foam rolling workouts I like to do…
That’s it for me! Those are my five at the moment. How about you? What are some things you’ve been loving lately?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. TGIF. 🙂