Sunday, February 2, 2014

January Favorites

I love a fresh start. And the happy, sound part of my brain is amazing when it comes to asserting happiness and giddiness to anything new: the morning sunrise, an untouched jar of almond butter (unfortunately, that happens too often)--you get the jist. But, the onset of 2014 signaled valid and stimulating newness that just couldn't be contained.

But the new year sentiment has diminished (as have my resolutions...typical); nevertheless, we're wrapping up the end of January and commencing the first favorite's post of the new year--I told you I'm good at this.

And as I delve into new reads (one of my resolutions for 2014), I can't help but admit that the prose is my second favorite part of the ritual, the first being gripping an exothermic (you didn't expect that, did you?) mug of tea, enjoyed in tastebud-stimulating sips or tummy-warming gulps. This gulping is the reason I've made my way through a box of the Tazo Zen Tea--a blend of refreshing green leaves with a hint of spearmint.

Similarly, I've been caring for my eudaemonia with daily doses of vitamin D supplements. Although you thought I was naturally pasty, in truth, I just rarely make it into the sun. Now, I'm stating the obvious, but if my skin tone of gauze is any signal of my deficiency, then I'm sure my body is thanking me; but I also self-diagnosed myself with such a case with a few weeks of pondering. In CliffsNotes format, a dose of 'D' each day has showed an improvement to the condition of my complexion (and the rest shall be reserved for a vitamin D-exculsive post).

As I research more and more, fostering my insides is surprisingly related to what's going on the outside. Cleaning up my beauty routine will not be a month's feat, but I've been swapping for a few alternatives. Where did I start? My skin. 
On my limbs and tum, slathering on the Desert Essence Sweet Almond Hand and Body Lotion has mended my TLC-yearning skin with aloe leaf juice and a delectable sweet almond, marzipan scent (but in a concoction not too lingering to interfere with perfume spritzes). 
Then, on my complexion, my rosehip oil obsession has elevated to the next level because of the Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Fruit and Seed Oil Blend. With the same scar-banishing and damage-ridding powers of my previous love, but with a more potent vitamin content and seemingly exfoliating characteristic; Parisian To Be readers, I don't think we're in standard rosehip seed territory anymore.

After a long time in the testing arena, I've finally decided the fate of the Phyto Cream Shampoo*; luckily, the odds are in it's favor. For a gal with an irritated scalp, this tingly eucalyptus shampoo calms irritation (in a fashion which involves the feeling of hair-fairies stomping to patch up the damage), but, beyond the fact, evokes smooth, soft, and slightly voluminous locks.
But that's not the end of my herbal scented love-affair; the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray should come with a warning pamphlet. Learn from my own experiences: don't spritz when you anticipate an alarm--two spritzes will have you counting sheep so serenely, there's no hope for any rooster's crow.

I've ignored the Origins Plantscription Concealer for the past couple of months, shunning it's longevity and covering powers for a more heavy duty counterpart. But, albeit, this stuff is surprisingly full coverage for such a liquidy blend, has a lasting power to battle waterproof compliments, and is creamy and moisturizing for a non-cakey finish.

With the 'January Favorites' page in my red Moleskin notebook now thoroughly crossed, checked, and noted with true nerd fashion, it's time for a fresh page; finding new beginnings is truly a momentous talent.


  1. The Pai Oil absolutely amazing! I reach for it every single night and have almost worked my way through an entire bottle- fabulous stuff x


  2. I could not live without my deep sleep pillow spray it is just soooo relaxing! I really need to try that origins concealer!



  3. Really want to try the Pai oil, I've heard great things :) xx

    Eleri Roberts

  4. I love the look of the sleep spray, it sounds so gorgeous! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  5. I've been having my eyes on both the Pai serum and the pillow spray for a while, I REALLY waaaaaant to indulge! :3

  6. Mademoiselle natureFebruary 2, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Nice post! Using other face oils at night at the moment but would love to try Pai Rosehip OIl! x

  7. These all seem like wonderful products! I haven't tried any of them but I've had a pillow spray before and I loved it! It smelt like milk & honey.


    Lovely Notions

  8. It's really good; add it to your replacement list. xo

  9. It's February and I think we need a pick up. xo

  10. The great things are true; a review is on my to do list. xo

  11. I know--I seem to be going through it far too quickly. xo


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