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10 Amazon Products Under $10

Did You Know? Amazon began in the garage of founder Jeff Bezos’ home in Washington State. The site was launched on July 16 1995

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Like I’ve mentioned before, the one complaint I have about Amazon is the browsing options.    You can’t really get on Amazon & browse through it like you would at a store or another website.  You have to know what you’re looking for in order for Amazon to be useful.  That’s why I like sharing what I buy.

Today’s list is 10 Under $10.

I tried to keep all of the items Prime eligible so you don’t end up paying for shipping, if you’re a Prime member that is – which at this stage in the game, how can you not be?

 10 Under 10 on Amazon

10 Products on Amazon Prime Under $10

1. Waterproof Phone case:

This is your friendly reminder to order this awesome, super affordable water proof phone case before Summer is in full swing.  It’s awesome for the pool/lake/ocean when you want to keep your snapchat & photos going strong – but also convenient to protect your phone from all water concerns.

2. Real Techniques Beauty Sponge:

I was using the original Beauty Blender for a while but I hated how dirty they got.   I attempted cleaning them but am never satisfied.  Spending $20 every time I wanted a new one seemed ridiculous, so I started using these beauty sponges instead & haven’t looked back.  I use them for a majority of my makeup & it honestly makes the application too easy.

3. Wet Brush:

This. Is. The. Shit.  Really, praise Jesus.  This brush goes through my thick, tangled mess with ZERO problems. Enough said.

4. Vacuum Wine Stopper:

If you didn’t know this vacuum wine stopper existed, and at such an affordable price, then I apologize. I was also missing out for a long time & I understand that unfortunate feeling.  Like all your best friends knew about a secret pill to keep you skinny & never told you.  I’m there.

5. LED String Lights:

I love fairy lights because they make the perfect relaxed ambiance.  I’m also a 7 year old girl inside.  I was using old Christmas lights during my morning Yoga to achieve the perfect lighting but since then have discovered these string lights & love them!  I hung them all over the place & get away with it because you can’t see the string until you turn them on 🙂

6. Feathers:

I recently discovered how AMAZING Amazon is for costume & craft supplies.  I went to Carnaval a few months ago & made costumes for Wafiq & I.  After searching costume shops & craft stores I compared all the prices with what I found on Amazon & it was incomparable.  I don’t think I’ll be in a costume or craft store again for a long time, the savings are that awesome. ( Body Jewels, Costume Glue, Yarn )

7. Collapsible Dog Bowls:

If you don’t already own these bowls for your doggies then you need to!  They’re so easy to transport – you’ll always have a dish available for water. My dog still acts like a 2 year old & inhales all her food in mili-seconds so I find it helps to collapse her bowl when she’s done & easily put it away. I’m trying to help her work through her binge eating habits.  (Also, THESE dog treats!)

8. Dog Bags:

I pick up ALL my dog’s droppings & if you have a dog you should too.  I get red with fury when I bring my dog on walks & there’s dog shit everywhere.  Even super large mounds of dog shit in the middle of a path, really?! Who the fuck does this?   It really pisses me off. And, I’ve done so well with my animal,  I’ve managed to teach her not to shit on walking paths – she goes on a little gander off the path to take her bathroom break, then I proceed to pick it up & throw it in the trash can. You also notice I say:  throw it in the trash can?  That doesn’t mean you put the shit in a bag, tie the top, & drop it on the ground for someone else to pick up – doesn’t work like that people.  I know I’m venting on behalf of other people & am definitely not alone.  The dog bags on Amazon come in huge packs so you will NOT run out & they’re super affordable! No excuses.  Pick up your dog shit!

9. Batteries:

You know how annoying it is when one of those small, round batteries dies?  Because you’ll never remember to pick up another one at the store & you definitely won’t remember what battery it is, RTJ-0078 or WJO-2833 or NWH-9340293, – not happening.  They’re typically cheaper on Amazon AND all you have to do is open the app on your phone, click, and order. Easy!

10. Toothpaste

I buy all my dental products on Amazon, and here’s a toothpaste for you.  I like Tom’s products.  I haven’t done research about them but they seem to work the best for me, rather than the typical Crest or Trident brands.  The world made me paranoid of chain products so I trick myself into feeling better by purchasing Tom’s.


If you get the Amazon App you can order everything on this list for under $100 and have it at your door in 2 days.  It’s a miracle, isn’t it?  What else do you guys buy on Amazon, it’s as if Amazon users are in a secret little club of all things easy!

I hope you’re all rounding out your April in the best way! I’m about to finally confront myself with the reality that this may be the last weekend I see 80 degree temperatures in awhile – at least while in Texas.  I’ve had a long talk with my dog about this, as we both hate it equally.  Soon, I think we’ll get our minds right & be able to handle our reality – let’s see.

Have a great day & be thoughtful!

Xx

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5 Uncommon Ingredients For Your Kitchen: Middle East Inspired

Did You Know? Most of us are used to eating popcorn at the movie theater, but in parts of Columbia they snack on Ants.  “Known in Spanish as ‘hormigas culonas,’ the brown, cockroach-size insects are roasted, salted and eaten like peanuts. Considered a delicacy, they can fetch more than 10 times the price per pound of Colombia’s world-famous coffee.”

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Piggybacking off the Veggie Curry recipe I want you all to make, I became inspired to start sharing uncommon ingredients you need to add to your kitchen cabinets.  One reason I love cooking so much is learning about new ingredients & foods.   It’s like discovering lost treasure.

That’s also one of the best parts I’ve discovered from living abroad, all the new found flavors AND being able to show off favorites from home.

I used to be afraid of recipes that had ingredients I didn’t use or have in my kitchen.  I thought it took too much energy to find them & the unknown price & flavors… But over time & the use of bravery, I’ve stalked my kitchen with all kinds of interesting ingredients & end up using them more than I expected.

I want to help you become familiar with a few of them & encourage you to explore flavors for yourself.  You’ll be so popular & feel really cool.  Today, I’m sharing 5 ingredients, but I plan to share more later.   YUM! I’m hungry.

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5 Uncommon Ingredients for your Kitchen! Mid-East Inspired 

1. Turmeric:

Commonly used in Curry!  Delicious! You can buy fresh turmeric in the grocery store near ginger, those two look similar, or turmeric ground up into a spice.  Turmeric is not scary, unless you make Turmeric Milk, I still have nightmares from this experience.

Right now, Turmeric is the popular girl at school.  Bloggers & healthy people figured out the benefits of turmeric & now it’s all the rage, for good reason.  Benefits can: reduce bloating, heartburn, high cholesterol, headaches, swelling, water retention, inflammation, skin issues, and the list goes on.  (via)

So, Pinterest a yummy Curry recipe, like this one, and give Turmeric a try!  (I really need to get a Curry recipe on MissBassmaster soon…)

2. Cumin: 

How the hell someone does not have a large tub of the cumin spice at home I have no idea… I dump Cumin in everything!  Hummus, spaghetti, Chili, Curry, casseroles, seasoning – I mean everything.  By the way, I’ve watched plenty of Curry & Biryani dishes being made & let me tell you it’s pretty cute how American’s measure out a precious teaspoon of their spices to add in a dish – Arab’s dump them in! I’ve witnessed it & have applied the same strategy when cooking.  With some spices it works against me (*cough* cayenne pepper) but with Cumin, dumping works!  I prefer ground cumin more than the seeds, but to each their own.

3. Cardamom:

Have you ever wanted to know how Arab’s cook the rice they accompany to all their lunches?  Cardamom. They throw a few cardamom pods, & a clove or two, in their rice cooker while the rice is cooking.   This is a staple way to prepare your basmati white rice. Or really any basmati rice dish.  And how easy is that?  Wafiq and I grab a cardamom pod + a clove and toss them in our rice cooker.  Adds the perfect amount of very light flavor to really make you feel like a pro in the kitchen.  Hello, Chef!

Cardamom is known as an expensive spice, but don’t let that scare you.  A little goes a long way & it’s still not that expensive for a good spice. You can find it near the spices at the grocery store.  The bonus? Believed benefits include: mood-elevating properties, aromatherapy, antidepressant, improved blood circulation, cancer protection, treatment for sore throats, congestion, stomach & lung issues… the list is long! (via)

4. Tahini:

Do you have Peanut Butter?  Yes?  Then Tahini shouldn’t scare you away.  It’s basically a different kind of peanut butter but instead of peanuts, Tahini is made from sesame seeds.  You can find it next to Peanut Butter in the grocery store & likely only a dollar or two more than peanut butter.  Most commonly known as an ingredient used in Hummus, which is why I always have a jar in my kitchen. Wafiq’s mom chops dates & drizzles a little Tahini over them for an evening snack… SO GOOD.  (Hummus Recipe: HERE)

5. Saffron:

This is probably the most intimidating ingredient on my list simply because it’s pretty expensive for such a little amount.  And what the hell do you do with it, right?  Saffron is a little tricky to find, usually found near the spices in a little jar. Most rice dishes that are yellow coloring have Saffron in them, unless it’s Turmeric as a substitute.  I’ve only used Saffron in Biryani recipes, like this one.  You can throw in a very little amount, only a very small strand, and the dish will turn yellow as mixed.  You can also mix the saffron in a liquid (we used milk) before you add it to a dish.

Saffron is still tricky for me, but worth a try!!  I don’t always have Saffron in my kitchen, but from time to time I’ll get my hands on some & Wafiq thanks me 🙂


I hope you’re excited to get to the grocery store (OR you’ve already ordered them on your Amazon app, HA)!

These flavors are currently waiting for a tasting so give them a try! Most are super easy to incorporate into any meal & you can only begin exploring new meals from there.

Anyone have new ingredients to share?  I’m ALWAYS looking 🙂

Have a great day today & be thoughtful.

Xx


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Loving Lately: Three Everyday Favorites

Did You Know?  Originally, scientists wore beige coats. In the late 19th century, medical professionals chose white ones. The color white was chosen because of the idea of hope and expectations for healing and recovery that the physicians would bring. ( v i a )


Boi, why you so obsessed with me?!  If the following three items had a voice, that’s what they would say. Screw monthly favorite posts, who really has time to try 1,000 products in 1 month and know what’s working and what isn’t?! Impossible.  But there are a few items that I’ve been loving lately, genuinely loving. Let’s get real, that’s what’s important to share.

Also we’re nearing the weekend, I’m planning 0 activities.  SXSW is coming to Austin the next two weekends and although I barely understand what SXSW actually is – I do know there’s a lot happening and always somewhere to be with free drinks and free phones, so I’ll be there.

For now, if you buy all three of the below items you’ll be out a cute $30 << Pretty proud to say that.

Loving Lately

White Canvas Sneakers from Target

I should start by saying I’m a lover of socks & covering feet completely.  The very first thing I look at on a guy is his shoes, if he’s wearing sandals he’s in a terrible category.  OMG I went on a dreadful eHarmony date once & the tiny guy that was supposedly 6ft tall was wearing jeans & sandals, on a first date!  No no no no no.  I don’t have very many deal breakers, but that’s one of them.  Sandals are strictly for the beach or pool.  There’s no beach or pool on this date!

Ok, back on track, I love wearing white because it’s fresh & clean and I love shoes that I can wear with socks that lace up snug.  These shoes are the winning ticket. They’re only $16.99 so when they get too dirty you can buy another pair to keep them looking fresh.  White shoes go with everything  << you’ll notice I wear them in almost all of my pictures.  I was buying stupid expensive Reebok’s before but when I found these $16.99 Target shoes, I felt like I won the lottery.  Now they’re all over my house.

Trader Joe’s Ultra Moisturizing Hand Cream

I’m a nail biter.  So it’s important that 1. I have my nails painted 2. I have moisturizer on them at all times << That combo keeps me from eating them.

The key with moisturizer is to be a little greasy so it sits on my nails without soaking in completely.  This keeps the polish looking fresh, but not too greasy where I can’t touch anything without leaving behind an oily finger print.  I’ve gone through three, yes three tubes of this cream in two months.  I’m obsessed.  I’ve recently purchased another one to leave by my bed… and put on my arms, legs, feet, hands, shit anything really, right before bed. OBESSSED. (I found this other really cool article on beauty products from trader Joe’s for anyone interested: 15 Reasons to Start Buying Beauty Products from Trader Joe’s)

Wine Saver Pump with 2 Vacuum Bottle Stoppers

Shut the F up.  WOW. How did I not know this existed years ago?!  Thank you little baby Jesus for Christmas because Wafiq bought me this wine vacuum for Christmas & its changed my life!  I love wine but I love one glass, or two at night.  Then I work diligently at squeezing the cork back down the bottle in order to keep the wine crisp.  Always a fail and always frustrating.

Here’s how the wine pump & vacuum works: you place the wine vacuum stopper in the wine bottle & place the pump over the top & start pumping. Takes 2 seconds & it’s sealed with the air vacuumed out of it… ?!?!   I knew we were legit when we went to a fancy restaurant & noticed all their wine bottles had the same stoppers!  Yeah, let’s just say they were very privileged to have my presence while dining.  PS. $13.99.  I can’t. I’m done.  No.


What have you been loving?  Share & I’ll try.

Have a great weekend & be thoughtful…

Xx

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10 Products From Amazon, A Beginners Guide

Did you know?  Prime members are driving sales for Amazon. According to a recent survey, 53% of all Amazon purchases came from Prime members (an all-time high). ( v i a )


What the F do I buy on Amazon?  That’s what I first asked my friend who mentioned she stopped going into stores because she literally orders anything she needs off Amazon.

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Mmmmmkay but where do I start?  Since then, we discussed the only real problem with Amazon is knowing where to start. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn’t have a great browsing site which makes it tricky to find products unless you know exactly what you’re looking for.  This is why sharing is so important.

Because I’ve become loyal to Amazon & do believe it’s going to take over the world, I want to help you get on board now.  I decided I’ll give you lists every so often of products I’m buying so you have a place to start.  That’s key.  Once you get the hang of it you’ll be an addict as well & won’t even know the name Target anymore.

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Here we go: 10 Products I Buy On Amazon

  1. Gel Pens – If you’re a note taking freak, you need to buy these Gel pens off Amazon.  They come in huge packages & are SUPER affordable.  I’ve been using them for my color coded notes & calendar.  I also like that they have metallic colors that show up on dark paper, last Christmas I wrote on black paper so I had to go on the hunt for a metallic pen that would show up on black.  I probably paid the same for that one pen that I did for this entire pack.

  2. Cologne – This is a little tricky but I’m loyal to never going into a mall again.  The deal with perfume & cologne is to read reviews FIRST.  Some cologne appears to be knock-off’s so beware.  However, I haven’t had an issue with that.  I read the reviews first which is usually a dead giveaway.   Perfume tends to be more affordable on Amazon than buying them in the store.

  3. Books – Especially older books, you can get them for a few dollars!  I mean why not?!  (How is Barnes & Noble still in business?!)  Usually you can’t get the best deal through Prime, so make sure you order a couple weeks ahead of time because they’ll take more than a few days to arrive.

  4. Hair Serum – I’ve wanted something to put in my hair when I feel like it needs a little moister. This serum has been doing the trick, it’s not too oily & doesn’t do anything funky to my hair.  I put it on after I brush it when I get out of the shower. I rarely use hair products – not hair spray, not often enough purple shampoo, not mousse, rarely shampoo (ha!) so I wanted something that was easy to use & that I would barely notice.

  5. Wet Brush – I don’t know why the good lord baby Jesus didn’t bless me with this brush when I was a child… I have LONG, THICK, hair & that makes brushing it a pain in the ASS. Big time.  This brush slides right through my hair, I can untangle & move on so quickly I’m barely inconvenienced.  I could cry.  If you have kids with long hair that gets tangled, buy this brush! My mom & I would have been much happier when I was a child had we had this brush.

  6. Lip Balm – I love Carmex but I also love badass ingredients. The gold mine behind this chapstick I found online has been answering all my requests.  I needed a PACK of chapsticks because they need to be found everywhere, anytime.  I can’t buy a pack with 2, that’s bullshit.  This pack of 6 is affordable, luxurious, and clean.

  7. Coconut Oil  – Obviously.  And here’s why.  You need a shit ton of coconut oil on hand at all times.  I need a jar all over the house. Buying it on amazon is a little more affordable & you can buy it in bulk or smaller jars. For example, I keep one bulk size in the kitchen and 1 smaller size in the bathroom.

  8. Eye Pads –  I’ve tried several eye pads they sell in Ulta & Sephora but haven’t been happy with them.  They all slide off?  I feel like they don’t stay moist very long & they cost a million dollars.  Anyone else?  But the eye pads online are affordable & I feel like they actual help the eye situation, especially if you pull them out of the fridge – like an ice pack to the puffy.

  9. Games – I have two things to say here:  1.  If you don’t have games in your house, yes even as an adult, you need to buy some.  2.  Buy them on amazon.  If you’re looking for somewhere to start your collection I’d say Cards Against Humanity, Cranium, and Scrabble.

  10. Moisturizer – I know I’ve mentioned this moisturizer before, but last night I noticed mine ran out & I’ll be ordering more so I thought I should throw it on this list.  I break out if ANYTHING touches my chin area, even if it’s meant to help acne – it’ll break me out.  It’s very annoying because I have to avoid so many products.  Not only does this moisturizer not break out my chin area, I think it’s actually been helping.  I’m loving the price, ingredients, and product.

 Favorite Amazon Products

A Few Tips:

  1. Reviews are your friend. I always read the reviews before I buy a product, you can usually tell right away if something is going to work or not.   Look at the majority rather than one asshole that decided to write a thorough review on a $2 item.

  2. The more reviews the better.  If you’re looking at a product & one of them has 10,000+ reviews with a 4+ rating – it’s likely a solid product.

  3. Stick to Prime.  For the most part, I buy products that are Prime.  That’s because Amazon Prime is the shit.  I think it’s $99/annually & you receive free 2 day shipping on all Prime products.  Once you start ordering you won’t be able to stop & you’ll easily get that money back in savings.

  4. Once you’re a Prime member, order everything you want.  Deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, snacks, batteries, lightbulbs – if it’s a Prime product it’ll save you a trip to the store so don’t be afraid to order the items you use every single day online, rather making a trip to the store for batteries.

  5. Amazon has an app! This is a recent discovery.  You can download the Amazon app on your phone, so if you realize you need batteries you can quickly get on the app & put batteries in your cart.  You can skip the whole list making part of life!

 Favorite Amazon Products

And that’s it for now!  10 Products I’m currently buying off Amazon. What do you buy?

If you have an item you ALWAYS buy on Amazon or a secret find that I haven’t discovered, please make my day & share.  I literally get as excited as a child with rich parents would on Christmas morning when I discover a new product to purchase off Amazon. It’s bad.

PS.  Although it does appear Amazon is my number 1 sponsor, they’re not.  I’m just aware this is the future & want to help you get on board!


Off to start a new week, it’s Monday, a fresh start!  It’s also still February which floats my boat. I went to Trader Joe’s last night, they were wrapping flowers & the store was flooded with chocolates & red + pink hearts.  Can it remain Feb for the rest of 2017? I’m going to try my best to keep it in the love making zone.

See you tomorrow, but today, remember to be thoughtful 🙂

Xx

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Best of 2016: Findings

Did You Know? This year, 212 million copies of the IKEA catalog were printed in 29 languages and 62 editions. For comparison, that’s more than double the average world sales of the Bible each year. ( v i a )


And my last & final Best of 2016 list is: Random Findings.   Every once and awhile something pops into your life & changes it forever…

Best of 2016 Findings

1. Cravings

Starting with the obvious here, this cookbook allowed me the opportunity to appreciate cookbooks again.  I was a loyal fan of “pinteresting” recipes, but after reading this cookbook I’ve spread my wings and began the exploration of other colorful cookbooks with a hot model on the cover.  I don’t know if Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are so hot that all of a sudden I’m attracted to the steak sauce on pg 72, but it’s happening all the way from the front to the back of this book.  I haven’t tried a recipe that I haven’t fallen in love with, the only caution – calories! Portion control is necessary.

2. Amazon Prime

How/Why/Where/Who am I?! I can’t believe I haven’t discovered the glory that is Amazon Prime until this year!  Amazon Prime is the way cool people use Amazon, for a super small annual fee you can order wonderful amazon products and get 2 day shipping for free!  2 days?!  (I ordered by toothbrushes last night.) I almost skipped Christmas shopping outside my apartment all together thanks to all the glory that is Amazon Prime and I haven’t been to Target in months!  This is where we’re headed people, if you’re not on board now – it’s time.

3. Jazz Music

Jazz is the perfect background noise & has a way of making you feel fancy while sitting in your pajamas, drinking cheap wine, and reading your favorite book.  Need I say more?

4. Camp Gladiator

Camp gladiator is a work out group that I recently joined, they likely have something similar wherever you are. The reason I bring this up is because it’s the one thing that’s helped me consistently be on top of working out.  I’ve always been pretty good at going to the gym or more particularly, running – but in a group fitness camp I feel like I’m held accountable for showing up to workout, to the point where I start having FOMO when I miss one.  If you’re looking to start 2017 in a healthy way and want to stick to it, try a group camp in your area so you’re held accountable to show up.  As hesitant as I’ve been for years to join one, I’m glad I finally did.

5. Betches / My Therapist Says

These two Instagram accounts have saved my existence as an honest human being…  Don’t you love when you start following an Instagram account that clicks with everything you’ve ever felt?  These two accounts have the power to take my anxiety away with their realness and 0 fucks given attitude.  Bless them real hard.

6. Waterproof Phone Case

This summer, I was obsessing over my discovery of this $10 waterproof phone case, but I bought it near the end of the season and barely had time to use it.  I don’t know why everyone doesn’t own a couple of these. Super affordable, easy to use, and great to have on hand for a quick trip to the pool. Eeeeeek Snapchat lovers embrace.

7. NEEDTOBREATHE

I started listening to this band about 2 years ago but really engaged this last year, the music speaks to me!  It’s not too much of one genre.  I feel like if you’re listening to Rap, Jazz, Pop or Rock you’re really committed to that style – where this band feels somewhere in between, making it perfect when there’s people with different preferences together.  And, lucky me I got to see them live this year 🙂

8. Ikea Knives

No, I haven’t fell off my rocker and bumped my head – I can not live without these knives!  How do people cook without them!?  They STAY sharp, SUPER sharp.  And they’re $2!  I’m telling you, I can’t imagine a kitchen without these knives, change your life and buy a (sharp) knife.


That’s it!  All my favorites of the year 2016.  Is it weird I’m already over it, feeling deep into 2017?  Nothing better than a fresh year with a fresh outlook. Other wonderful new things – The Bachelor. I’ll be catching up tonight & feel pretty excited about it – I’m a Nick fan, poor guy needs a wife.

Remember, kick ass and be thoughtful!

Xx

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Best of 2016: Beauty

My favorite category, beauty! And while you’re dusting off the glitter & metallics from your New Years parties, make sure your make up collection includes these favorites.

Makeup was my go-to activity while I was living in Dubai, I didn’t have money to do anything else so I watched YouTube & tried to copy looks. Since then, it’s still my favorite activity.  The whole art behind makeup, the feeling of pampering your skin, the smell of moisturizers & lotions – there’s nothing better.

Here are my favorite favorites of 2016:

 

Beauty Favorites

1. Sheet Masks

Too easy not to do, and w my extremely dry skin there’s nothing better than throwing on a sheet mask for 30 minutes to pump in the moister.  I also struggle big w allergies so my eyes get super swollen (so does my entire face) & I’ve noticed putting these sheet masks in the refrigerator, THEN on my face, it is the biggest life saving move yet!  If nothing else, it’s 30 minutes of relief.  And with Amazon Prime, they’re super affordable for anyone.

2. Urban Decay Basics Palette

This is my holy grail of all make up products.  I do everything with it.  Highlight, shadow, contour, setting, smokey eye, conceal – I’ll try to make it happen with this pallet.  I use it almost every single day I put makeup on.

3. Eye Pads

Going with the above… If sheet masks are too much for you, these eyes masks have been the easiest step to add into my routine.  I also throw these in the refrigerator before I plan on using one & the instant cooling is priceless.  I’ve tried A LOT of eye pads this year & these are one of the only ones I’ve liked.

4. Chanel Bronzer

I have to BE bronze.  If I run out of spray tan I can’t leave the house – It’s ridiculous, but reality.  And I struggled finding a bronzer that I liked on my face.  I love this one because 1. It lasts forever 2. It’s buildable 3. Creamy and soft.  If I ever run out, I’ll be buying it for many years to come.

5. Tepez Cream

I can pronounce every word on the ingredient list & I can buy it with Amazon Prime.  Need I say more? Yes?  I can also use it as a face moisturizer without a greasy finish but tons of moisture and a lil pretty fresh scent.

6. Carli Bybel Palette

You already know!  I love this palette so much, it just works w me.  We get each other.  I keep trying other palettes & products but always go back to grabbing this ($13!!) palette. It’s everything to my makeup drawer & me.

7. Coconut Oil

Late to the game here but none the less, deserves a proper shout out.  Moisturizer for my face, acne prevention, shaving cream, body moisturizer, hair mask, dog treats, popcorn, fur mask – I use coconut oil for everything.  E V E R Y T H I N G.

8. Beauty Blender

A lil late to this game too but if you haven’t added some type of beauty blender to your make up application process you’re missing out.  Too easy, you’ll feel guilty.

9. Blue Nails

SUMMER, thank you for bringing me blue nails, it was my go to color last summer. I’m happy I stepped out of my comfort zone because the cool blue was the perfect touch to steamy hot days.

10. Pixi Toner

I’ve gone through bottles of this discovery.  BOTTLES.  I can’t say that about anything else because I’m always trying new products.  I was never a toner person so I was hesitant about this product but since buying it I haven’t strayed away.  I’m to the point where I feel like my face is dirty if I don’t use this toner after I cleanse.

 


What were your best beauty products of 2016??  This is my favorite category to experiment with + I love hearing what works for different people, I’ll try anything & everything.  Even considered a homemade garlic face mask not too long ago.

PS – Dousing the eyes with glitter this weekend cuz it’s my birthday, 0 Fs Given

Have a great start to 2017 and be thoughtful!

Xx

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Amazon Beauty Fav: Tepezcohuite Cream

Did you know?  Customer service first – Amazon employees, including CEO Bezos, spend two days every two years working at the customer service desk. ( v i a )


Since discovering Amazon Prime I’ve been focused on finding the best of Amazon.  A friend of mine brags about never having to go to the store because she buys EVERYTHING off Amazon.  I’m no where near that, but it’s definitely goals.

She told me she buys all of her make up on Amazon, which…No.  Don’t believe.  Because how amazing would that be? Instead of torturing myself by going into the actual stores (not a huge fan).

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One of my favorite finds so far is the Natural Green Brand Tepezochuite Cream.  I’ve tried a lot of the “Top Beauty” products that Amazon offers & have honestly not been overly impressed (if you’re curious about those let me know).  But as far as what I have liked & will be reordering, this moisturizer is at the top of my list.

And unlike most face products, I actually know & can pronounce pretty much every single ingredient in this product – all the way to the bottom of the ingredient list.

The first 3 ingredients are: Distilled water, Grapseed Oil, and Rice Bran Oil.  I’ll take it!

Typically, the only product I feel confident using on my face is Coconut oil, as you may remember, but this moisturizer doesn’t cause weird reactions either, which is a pleasant surprise.

I’ve concluded oils are my thing, the more oil the better. Oui.

For the curious – I first heard about this product scrolling through Pinterest, apparently Salma Hayek made an entire skincare line because she didn’t see this popular Mexican ingredient used anywhere in American products.

“Tepezecohuite is a bark tree found in Southern Mexico that resembles a fern.  It was administered by the Mayan culture thousands of years ago to treat skin lesions such as burns, by grinding the bark up into a powder. In 1984, after a horrific gas explosion in Mexico City killed 500 and left more than 5000 with severe burns, the Red Cross treated the burn patients with tepezcohuite. It was so effective at healing their wounds and regenerating the skin that a year later, when an earthquake caused a series of explosions and fires, tepezcohuite was again used to treat victims.”  ( v i av i a : )

And a little goes a long way.  If you’re on the hunt for a natural, easy face product & prefer shopping Amazon – here you go!

What are your Amazon favorites?  Trying to find the best of the best 🙂

 

Have a great week & be extra thoughtful ~

 

Xx

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August Monthly Favorites 2016 | MissBassmaster

Mmmmmm nothing like the feeling of Fall right around the corner, but before we leave August I have a couple favorites I’ve been enjoying & want to share. I’ll be carrying these products into the next few months to come.

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  1. Under Eye Sheets:  I’ve been trying a lot of eye pads.  Recently, I used some that physically abused my under eye area, nightmare. However, these babies are affordable & hydrating.  I have VERY dry skin so I like cool, moisturizing products & this one does the trick.  They feel wonderful to my under eye area when I’m super tired – I love them.  And they help w/puffiness.

  2. Cravings: Obviously.  All month and prolly a few more to come. Best thing so far – Chrissy’s Mac & Cheese. But for a small Christmas dinner – BTI Whole Roast Chicken & Vegetables.

  3. Pixi Glow Tonic:  I’m not a toner fan, I’ve tried several the past few years & I never finish a bottle.  Always one of those items that I end up skipping in the getting ready process, but Pixi has stuck.  I’m on my 2nd bottle & now I can’t imagine my routine without it.  I’m not sure if there’s a major difference in my actual face, that “glow” may or may not be happening, but I do feel much cleaner wiping Pixi over my fresh face.  I feel like it takes off that extra layer missed when washing – in a very gentle way.  The smell is refreshing too, I love it.  (Anyone else tried?  I first bought it because I read crayyyzee reviews…)

  4. NeedtoBreathe: Another obvious one if you have me on Instagram/snapchat – I can’t stop. This music is so freaking good I wish I heard it years & years & years ago.  Straight out the womb playing “Happiness” would have been ideal. Mom? I’m not a huge Rock person but I love this band, and so does Wafiq so it scores major points for long car rides.  Obsessed is understatement.


I tried a lot the past few months & fell in love with a few. Let me know what your summer favorites have been before we quickly get into fall, it’s creeping hard.

The other day we experienced weather in the 80’s and I had a moment of silence for what’s to come.  I think I’m officially over HOT weather…for life.  I need to start planning to relocate before next summer, Antarctica anyone?

I have a month full of exciting posts coming your way – at least I think so 🙂

Have a great September and be thoughtful!

Xx

 

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The Best: Waterproof Phone Case

As you may know, I recently discovered Amazon Prime.  Yes, I was living under a rock & had no idea how convenient and wonderful Amazon Prime could be.

Since then, I’ve gone slightly out of control with my amazon purchases.

The ONLY thing you need to know: This waterproof iPhone case is gold.

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And let me preface by saying: It’s $8!

No – this is not my product, nor my invention, nor am I being sponsored. I’m in love.

I was saving this secret for my monthly favorites but literally couldn’t resist sharing.  I’ve stayed away from my computer all day, making an effort not to post, knowing I’m keeping the worlds largest secret, and now here I am: posting.

With this phone case –> you can bring your phone in the water.  Pool or beach. Big phone, little phone.  Protects from sand, water splashes, suffocating.

And how completely perfect for traveling adventures?!

You can take pictures, videos, talk, snap, instagram.  Same phone capabilities – just protected, safe & sound. Cute.

PS. Before you say this phone cover is not cute – watch the Kardashians, they looked real cute using a similar device in a recent episode. At least I thought so.

Ok, I can say no more.  You need this case. It’s worth it.  You’ll thank me later. No regret, no surrender!

If you have any Amazon secrets, please share!  I’m highly addicted.

 

Happy Monday everyone –

 

Xx

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June Monthly Favorites 2016 | MissBassmaster

Happy 4th of July weekend everyone!

Summer is seriously the best isn’t it? So many exciting weekends, hot weather, sweat, family & friends, water, food & good times. Loving it!

I didn’t have time to figure out filming this month’s favorites, but it’ll happen eventually – for now, this is what I tried & loved in June –>

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1. Milani Color Statement Lipstick – 28 Nude Crème

 I loved this lipstick awhile ago & then lost it… & then found it again.  I immediately remembered why I loved it so much –> the perfect, everyday, color.  My lips would be PALE (my whole face would be pale) without some color.  Adding a little flesh to my lips easily does the job.

I don’t like using expensive lipstick for work & grocery store runs because it feels like a total waste. This lipstick is perfect because it’s affordable to have a few extras hanging around.

2. Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer

Get ready for this.  This lotion goes on your skin when you’re still wet!  You finish your shower, quickly grab a small amount of moisturizer, run it over your body & pat yourself dry.  IT WORKS.

I have extremely dry skin & can’t go a shower without moisturizing.  This product works miracles – super fast, you only need a small amount, and it keeps your skin feeling comfortable & moisturized.   Most definitely keeping a bottle in the shower from now on.

Has anyone else tried or heard of this?? Variety of scents + it’s affordable.  Totally worth it you guys.  Even just for those times you’re too tired to apply a full body moisturizer – this gets the job done in seconds!

3. Urban Decay Naked Weightless Concealer

So freaking good!  Do you ever buy something & it’s so fantastic that you wish upon your lucky stars it lasts forever?!  This concealer helped me understand what make up artists mean when they say “airbrush finish”.

4. Sigma Large Powder Brush

I want to cuddle this bad boy.  In the winter I tend to stay away from bronzing my face or using powders because I’m way too dry as it is.  But this summer, I have fallen in love with bronzer & this cuddly brush.  It’s super soft, covers evenly & blends exactly how I want it.

5. Vicks VapoRub

I’m bringing it back you guys. Obsessed is an understatement.  I can’t preach it’s praises enough! With the amount of rain we’ve had in Texas the mosquito’s are ramped! Needless to admit, I’ve gotten eaten alive this past month and Vick’s is literally my best friend.  Before going to bed, I kiss my Vicks jar goodnight. (LOL! …But seriously)

6. Black Moonshadow Sports Bra

A super constraining, wire bra is literally my worst nightmare this summer.  You get it, it’s HOT! Sweating is happening on an hourly basis.  I hate ruining my chic, sassy, classy braziers with sweat!  Damn you summer!  So I’m quickly hopping on the sports bra chain &&&& I’m obsessing, hard.  Here are a few more affordable options that I’m loving: here & here

7. Amazon Prime

 Can I use the excuse I was out of the country for approximately 2 years as my reason for not knowing the glory that is Amazon Prime? Wafiq & I are speechless.  One day I ordered something w/$4.99 shipping & it took a little over a week to get to the house.  He ordered something through Amazon Prime & it came in 1 1/2 days!  He got it before my order!

After hearing peers rave about Amazon Prime, I can finally say I understand.  Just one more reason to never leave the house.  Perfect. Going forward, I’ll try to link all my amazon products to have Prime as an option 🙂

8. Graceland

EEEEEEEEE! This was my series for the month & it’s soooooo addicting! The characters are edgy & make you want to live out your inner badass & sweat a little.  They live in luxury & have the most dramatic, undercover cop lives I could only dream of. It’s hot & so fucking good. I love it.

 

 

That’s it for June! Send me anything you discovered or have been loving this month – always open to get inspired!

 

Be safe this weekend & have fun!

Xx

 

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