Friday Favorites

I have opened up a blank post so many times in the past couple of weeks only to think “nope,” and then close it again and walk away. I miss it over here so I’m jumping back in with a good, old Friday Favorites listeroo.

After I whined a bit about the state of my pores on Twitter, Regan recommended the 2% BHA Exfoliant from Paula’s Choice. I have never ordered anything from them, but I’ve heard them pimped on various podcasts and blogs. My skin is a bit finnicky, so I started with the 1% BHA lotion. It took a while for me to come to a verdict on this one, but I think overall I’m a fan. I kept trying other things on my face that had arrived via ipsy and other samples, so it was hard to say what my skin was really like on this alone. Now I’m just using this and my standard Cetaphil and I would say that I’m noticing some actual pore shrinkage and overall happiness of my skin.

Paula's Choice 1% BHA Lotion

I also ordered some moisturizer samples while I was at it, and I think I’m going to go ahead and order a full size moisturizer, too because I hate what I’m using now. Paula’s Choice has a great return policy, and you can order samples of just about everything so it’s pretty easy to try things out without thinking that you’re throwing money at something that might work or might just make your face super angry.

Still on the subject of mah face, I got the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge in a birthday gift from a friend. It’s basically the poor man’s Beauty Blender, but it’s TJ endorsed, so I was happy to try it. It’s taken a bit of getting used to, but I think I like it. I’m still on the hunt for a new foundation. I still like my L’Oreal BB cream, but it’s pretty light coverage and I need more than that some days. I need to get the Sephora ladies to send me home with some samples to try. Until then, I’m using this with some drugstore CoverGirl stuff that was YouTube endorsed and I think it’s fine, but not great. That said, I’m liking the application of the Not Beauty Blender instead of the foundation brush for the moment.

Real Techniques Beauty Blender


Changing course, I’m LOVING the new podcast Serial. It’s a true-crime story told over a series of episodes, and I don’t know if there will be future stories/seasons, but in this case the reporter is investigating a murder and it’s fascinating. As I write this I realize that there was a new episode today and I’m pretty excited to listen to it tomorrow morning while I get ready.

Serial Podcast

Switching gears completely I must tell you about the pens that a very wise friend gave me for my birthday. The Staedtler TriPlus Fineliner is giving my beloved Sharpie pens a run for their money. Plus, they came in this glorious rainbow of colors. Get some. Make lots of lists.

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Friday Favorites

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