my best purchases of 2018
Another year down, more money spent.
BUT, you will be proud to know that I still use all (if not most) of my 2017 product list I posted here this time last year. However, there are a couple items I have replaced and that one item would be those I use on my hair.
Thanks to age, motherhood and the driest, coldest climate I could possibly live in, my hair is a WRECK. I’ve had to chop it off and go back to my trusty bob-ish hairstyle simply because I needed to freshen it up drastically and this was one way I could help it along. Please dear god, get me some healthy hair. Thick, luscious, unbroken, smooth hair. Please. Thank you.
So what is it? Read on to see what hair products I’m using now….AND a whole new list of some items I have purchased that I cannot live with out. For realz people.
Like I mentioned above, my hair has NEVER been THIS damaged. I have chunks of hair that are broken, and frizzy and I have more new hair growth around my forehead than I ever wanted (thanks to birthing a child). To top it off, I was not born with good hair genes. I just wasn’t, so I needed a hair 911 big time. I was recommended a bunch of products to start using and Living Proof was one of them. I had used it in the past, but I wasn’t in this dire need of a situation, so I tried it for round two.
Much like Oribe products, the smell is amazing and unlike most hair products. The ones I use the most to help save my hair are the LP Night Cap (twice a week overnight), the PHD shampoo and conditioner and their dry shampoo because I’ve had to learn to embrace not washing my hair daily. The dry shampoo is a bit more than the Batiste brand I mentioned last year, but its worth it and you don’t need to use as much. The other product I was recommended to use once a week was the Olaplex No. 3 which helps with the broken bonds in your hair. Its best left on for MIN 10 min, but I leave it on over night. Here’s hoping next years update will see a big improvement with my hair.
This new product I’ve been using for over a year now. It is honestly the BEST thing for your face for a quick home remedy. I was a big skeptic at first, but if you dig a little and do your research, you will find this magical little $20 face roller has multiple benefits. From lymphatic drainage and eliminating puffiness to reducing swelling, this is a must. BUT you must keep it in the freezer simply because the coldness makes it that much better. Its like a mini facial for your face. Every morning. DO IT.
For many years now, I’ve been on the quest to make the perfect homemade pizza from scratch. I will often make my own dough because that’s who I am (although thanks to a little hack my friend told me, Firecrust Pizza here in Grande Prairie sells their fresh dough for $1 a roll!) but I could NEVER get the crust juuuusssttt right. I finally followed the advice of many and got a pizza stone. It was the best thing I ever did. There are no words as to how crispy yet perfectly cooked the crust gets on this thing. Oh and to make it even better, get a pizza paddle, this way you can roll out the dough and assemble your pizza then shimmy it onto the hot stone (note: the stone should be put into the oven cold, then heat up as the oven does or else you risk it cracking). You will likely never buy frozen pizza or go out to get some again.
Believe it or not, I’m not an early adopter of technology. You may think this goes against my profession as a marketer, but I just don’t like to spend wads of cash on something that will be out of date in 2 years. I did however, need a new phone (glass chattered, contract over) and I so desperately wanted one with the Portrait Mode for taking pictures. Plus, something a bit bigger. I fell in love with the iPhone 8+ model.
However, the price tag was insane for a phone, so, I did what any Smart Cookie would do: I called my phone providers loyalty department to see what they could do for me. And they did. I got a smokin’ deal that was more than reasonable to me. I have taken some of the best photos I’ve ever taken on this phone, it has wireless charging, touch ID, LCD display and much more. Worth the investment if you love to take pictures at your convenience and if you are not in a rush to trade it in after 2 years.
I stumbled upon this while we were in Palm Springs for our wedding. I needed a travel-sized face wash that was good, so the lady recommended the Kiehl’s Calendula Face Wash and I have not looked back. In fact, I used the travel sized bottle up and then proceeded to purchase the massive 500ml bottle for home.
What is Calendula? It’s an oil extracted from the marigold flower and is commonly used for medical soothing. I love it because it actually takes off my MAC paint pot eye shadow, which I’ve only been able to take off successfully with a face wipe. Now that’s impressive.
I’m totally late to the show here, but ever since this little tool entered my kitchen, I have been in scooping heaven. It’s the most multi-purpose tool I have because this is not just for scooping cookie dough (albeit, it does make nice uniform cookies), but I also use this for pancake batter and fritters as well. Meaning, I was looking for the best way to form my fave wild rice, broccoli cheddar fritters compliments of Smitten Kitchen and you just cannot form with your hands while successfully trying to transfer it to a searing hot frying pan. It comes in various sizes from small to large.
I was gifted a whole set of this brand of products which I had never heard of at the time. Once I started using the products, I was impressed with how they cleaned my skin and how it made my skin feel. I’ve been using squalane oil for about 5 years now and I love it because it just works and its plant based which means its vegan and cruelty free. The Face Oil is a MUST before you go to bed. I wash my face a second time with it post face wash because it’s used to really get the grit and make up off that most cleansers won’t. It’s an antioxidant-rich cleansing oil that is light, helps improve dullness and it’s dermatology tested and approved, and EWG verified non-toxic.