1. A lacrosse ball for back massage
This has been the best and worst thing to ever happen to me.
Because I carry most of my tension in my upper back, and I spend most of my day sitting at my desk, my trapezoids are about as flexible as a large block of cheese. WERE, I mean. Past tense. My upper back’s been all loose-y goose-y ever since I started massaging it with this $3 lacrosse ball I found at Sports Basement.
Every night I give myself a poor-woman’s deep-tissue massage by rolling it under my upper back (there’s a bunch of tutorials on YouTube), and even though I’m on the verge of misery while I’m doing it, when I’m done I no longer feel the crunchiness in the knots underneath my shoulder blades.
I watched this originally because I wanted to see this dude’s dog, LOL! It’s super helpful.
FYI: It is a REALLY intense massage. If you don’t think you’ll be able handle it, start with a tennis ball, and work your way up to a lacrosse ball (which is harder).
2. Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter
If you’ve previously fallen under the magic spell of Nutella like I have, you’ll totally get this. I’m always looking for different spreads to spruce up toast in the morning because woman cannot exist on peanut butter alone.
This is *the* spread that will make you say, “What’s Nutella?”
Trader Joe’s dreamed up this creamy, silky butter, which is made from…cookies, and it tastes like whipped honey graham crackers and gingerbread. Basically, heaven in a jar. It’s equally delicious on top of toast or as a dip for pretzels or carrot sticks. Highly recommended for when you’re in the mood for a decadent treat.
3. MAC Iridescent Powder/Loose in Silver Dusk
Say peace-the-eff-out to all the other silvery pink highlighters out there because MAC Silver Dusk. It’s a loose powder that comes in a jar, and you can dust it on your face and eyes (and even your body)… This bad boy truly whips my high pony ’round and ’round.
I’m not always a fan of silvery pink loose highlighting powders because 1) they usually clash with my NC42 skin, and 2) they look borderline fros-tay, but this staple of MAC artist bridal looks is a go-to for a reason. Somehow, some way, it just works for almost everyone.
Leave it to the wizards at Team MAC for making a highlighter that not only looks like a soft beam of angelic light is bathing your face, but is also easy to blend, so there’s no risk of those tell-tale highlighting edges along the bridge of your nose or on your upper cheekbones.
Added bonus? It lasts all day (and all night) long, too.
4. Mrs. Meyers Hand Soap and Dish Soap Fall Scents
I stumbled onto these Mrs. Meyers limited edition fall scents at Target last weekend, and I’m behind them 100%. We’re talking cozy Apple Cider and spicy Pumpkin fragrances for dish soaps and hand soaps, so while you’re washing and rinsing off that skillet of overcooked scrambled eggs, instead of thinking about how dried eggs are such a PIA to clean, you’ll be magically transported to a cozy fireplace on the first crisp day of fall, where you and your sweetie pie are snuggling, sipping hot drinks and rubbing feet.
5. September tomatoes
There’s something about those end-of-the-season tomatoes on the vine that are extra delicious.
I’m gonna miss being able to go on my deck and pick a handful whenever I want. Sigh…
What are some things you’ve been loving lately?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,