Things I really liked in January 2018

Goodbye January!

This month’s highlights:
-Getting my last two wisdom teeth extracted after what seems like forever. I am now free of all my wisdom teeth but not my wisdom 🤓…hopefully.
-Reaching my 100th blogpost milestone with my winter blues pep talk post.
-Learning a bit more about my ancestral background and talking about my experience and takeaways in my 23andme blogpost.

This month’s low moments:
-My wisdom teeth recovery. This time it was a bit more challenging than when I had the first two removed because both sides were healing, which made it a real struggle to chew food properly. I miss eating food at a super fast pace even though I know I know it’s terrible for digestion.
-My irritated eyelids that have been giving me hell for the past two weeks. We’re talking itching, swelling, redness, and flakiness. Fingers crossed🤞🏼that they heal soon. If you have any remedies, please send them my way. I also plan to get some aloe from my mom this weekend so hopefully that does the trick.

Neutral thing to mention about this month
I didn’t wear any makeup this month and I actually missed it 🙀(never thought I would feel this way). Because my eyelids and my forehead have been acting out, I was forced to give my skin a break and just scale back on the amount of things I was using. I also didn’t have anywhere to be all month, so that was a major reason too.

Anyway, now that I’ve given you the 411 on my first month of 2018, let’s get into my favorites of the month (fashion, beauty, and lifestyle).

Fashion favorites

This month was all about living my most comfortable life. I mean, it always is but especially this month when we experienced the bomb cyclone and freezing temps for two weeks straight.

1) This Zara faux fur vest is about 7 or 8 years old now and still going strong. It’s proof that not all Zara items have short life spans. I like to layer this vest underneath my winter coats for extra warmth. It also instantly dresses up a simple sweater and jeans look.

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2) My new love, these James Perse sweatpants (they’re still on sale). They are perfect for a groutfit (below) and for lounging around in total comfort.

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Beauty favorites

(L to R: Briogeo Rosarco Oil, Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb, Soapwalla Kitchen Deodorant Cream, Glossier Daily Oil Body Wash, Trader Joe’s Body Wash)

1) Briogeo Rosarco Oil ($28)
Pros: A little seriously goes a long way with this hair oil. This product is so concentrated that I only need one pump of it to smooth out all my hair. Also, it smells amazing. I would describe it as a luxurious vacation in a bottle. It’s also 99% naturally derived, which is important because what you put on your hair also gets on your face.
Cons: Can easily way down hair if you use too much.
How I use it: I like to apply it on wet hair when it’s about 75% dry. Start with one pump and add more if it’s still not doing the trick.
Final Verdict: This hair oil has officially replaced my former favorite, the Ouai Hair Oil. This will probably last me a while because I’ve already used it a handful of times and haven’t made a dent in the bottle.

2) Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb ($48)
Pros: It melts into the skin and is so hydrating. I actually enjoy putting this on. It is also the only product that my irritated eyelids can tolerate at the moment. It seems to be helping with the dryness and flakes. A little also goes a long way here. I definitely expect this to last a while.
Cons: The $48 price tag. While it’s not the most expensive eye cream on the market, it’s certainly not the most affordable.
Final Verdict: I would definitely repurchase.

3) Soapwalla Kitchen Deodorant Cream ($14)
Pros: You only need a little bit of the product (pea size for each underarm). It’s all natural and it works. My underarms still smell fresh and are sweat free post-workout.
Cons: The texture might feel odd at first, it’s described as “frosting” like and I would have to agree. It can also feel grainy on the skin if you use too much or don’t massage it into the skin enough. It just takes a little bit more time than your average roll-on deodorant.
How to use: Scoop out a little put and massage it into the skin until it’s absorbed.
Final Verdict: As far as deodorants go, this is one that I actually want to put on and it smells really good (it contains a mix of lavender, peppermint, and tea-tree essential oils). I have the sample size, but I would definitely consider getting the full size for the summer.

4) Glossier Daily Oil Body Wash ($18)
Pros: Smells divine and the scent lingers in the bathroom for a whole day after using it (so good that even Vadim noticed and he never notices these things). I can definitely see the glow and hydration on my skin post-shower, and it does buy me a little time before I feel like I have to slather lotion all over my winter skin.
Cons: The $18 price tag. I was also definitely a bit skeptical at first because I’ve never used an oil body wash before.
How I use it: I massage the product in my hands before applying it onto wet skin, I find that this provides the best lather. Final Verdict: This is definitely a luxurious body wash that I will continue to use as a treat on the weekends or when I need some perking up. I would definitely repurchase.

5) Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle body wash (under $5)
Pros: affordable, smells like peppermint, doesn’t contain any stripping sulfates, and is cruelty-free. My eczema-prone skin approves.
Cons: Does not strip the skin of moisture but it’s not hydrating either.
Final Verdict: My new go-to body wash when I’m not indulging in the Glossier one.

6) Eucerin Advanced Repair cream (~$10-16 depending on where you buy it)

Pros: Doesn’t contain any fragrance, dyes, or parabens.
Cons: Not listed as cruelty-free and is not all-natural.
I have yet to find a cruelty-free and all-natural body lotion that actually delivers the same level of hydration. If you have any recommendations, please send them my way.
Final Verdict: This is the only thing that is keeping my skin hydrated and eczema free this winter. Both Vadim and I use it and it’s the only thing that works.

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Lifestyle favorites

1) These organic cotton pads that are affordable and comfortable. I reviewed them here.

2) This Trader Joe’s Granola.
Pros: It’s not too sweet, tastes good, and I just need a handful of it to keep my snack cravings at bay.
Cons: You may not be a fan if you’re used to granola that’s on the sweeter side of things.
Final Verdict: I would definitely buy this again.

3) The Duolingo language app.
Like I mentioned on Instagram stories, I am pretty good when it comes to learning new languages. I am currently studying Italian and apparently, I am 47% fluent. It does help that I studied it for two semesters in college and studied abroad in Florence for a month. But like anything else, if you don’t use it you lose it. I’m hoping this comes in handy for my Italy trip in May.
Pros: It’s free and easy to use (self-explanatory). They give you definitions when they introduce a new word you may not know.
Cons: It may not be the best way to learn if you have no background in the language. I think if I started out with no familiarity in Italian, it might be more tricky for me to understand how to construct a sentence and the reasoning for verb conjugations. It also has ads unless you pay (like most apps these days), but I don’t mind them since I just have to wait for them to appear and “x” out of them.
Final Verdict: I will continue to use this app and hopefully I’ll be 100% fluent by the end of this year. I also just noticed that they finally added Chinese to this. I definitely plan on brushing up on my Mandarin too.

That’s a wrap for January! 

What were your favorites of this month?

Thanks for stopping by. See you in my next post!

Sophie 🙂

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