I feel like the Universe has been particularly good to me these past few months, offering up some real gems. Here's what I'm loving lately, from a binge-worthy TV show to the book I couldn't put down and more.....
I saw this recommended on another site and convinced my husband to try the first episode. We were both intrigued but not utterly compelled. When we fell into a drought of other shows to fill our Sunday evenings, we decided to give Eve another try. We just finished it last night, and whoa. Whoa. It's one of the best shows I've watched in years, from the acting to the cinematography to the music to the smart writing. We both loved it. It's not for the faint of heart in terms of being sometimes violent, but it doesn't feel gratuitous, which you all know is my ultimate no-go.
Also, it's hard with actors who've played iconic characters in other shows to sort of stand out in a new series because everyone still thinks: oh...that's so-and-so from such-and-such show. I think Sandra Oh does an especially good job of really transforming into another character, so I rarely was reminded of Grey's Anatomy.
This novel, by Octavia Butler, was recommended by a friend who is a writer and who reads a heap. I take her recommendations seriously, so I read it. It was a can't-put-this-down quick read. The writing is solid, clear and clean (which I love), and the storyline (involving slavery) was definitely difficult to read but also somehow hopeful and very human, all the good and the bad. I wanted to know what happened next; I cared about the characters, and I felt pulled into another world. I can't think of a better combination to align for a great read.
I'll be looking for more from Butler and am grateful to have a new writer to turn to when I need to fall into new story.
About six years ago, I was talking to a woman who had the best looking lips. I know...that's weird. But, she did. She had on lipgloss that wasn't goopy or thick or too sparkly. Her lips just looked really full and healthy. I immediately asked, "What kind of lipgloss are you wearing?"
Was that an awkward moment?
Yes. It was.
But....I go the name of the lipgloss: Buxom. I went out and bought some, and sure enough it was great, so plumping and tingling and never goopy.
Then, a few weeks ago, I read an article about a professional organizer for celebrities, and the woman said one of her clients (who shall remain anonymous, of course) only uses Buxom lipstick. Okay, note to self.
I found myself in Ulta a few days later, perusing the skincare aisle, and then I saw the Buxom sign and went over there and saw this enormous lip balm, and I decided to give it a try.
Readers. Best lip stick ever. I don't know that I'll buy another brand again (of course I will).
Seriously, though, it's magic. Just enough color to be a lipstick but then it feels great and moisturizers, so it's a lip balm. I love the color. I love the texture. Even my daughter is bonkers for this lipstick and begging me to buy her some.
If you like more of a subtle color, a stain really, then this Buxom lip balm might be your new go-to.
So, as many of you know, I have ultra delicate skin. By that I mean, my skin is incredibly dry and sensitive to about 70% of the products I try in an attempt to hydrate it and slough off some of the years of not wearing sunscreen as a young woman.
If only I could go back in time.
But here I am, with some sun damage, and I can't use 90% of anti-aging products recommended to me (even the highly-rated organic ones) because within a day, my eyes start burning and the skin around my mouth gets tight and it's clear: I'm allergic.
So, what caused me to purchased a retinol cream off Amazon I'd never heard of?
Well, sometimes I get crazy like that, and then there are all the 5-star reviews (complete with before/after pics). Finally, there is the price. This cream is $20 and offers Prime shipping.
Sold? Yep. Sold.
I've been using the cream for 2 weeks now and see a visible difference in my skin. My skin looks brighter. The texture is more even. I wake up and think, on the daily: wow....my skin is looking good.
The best part? My skin has no negative reaction to this cream at all. None. No dry eyes. No streams of tears. No tightness or peeling. Nothing. The ingredient list includes a lot of extracts and oils, and I can recognize most of the ingredients. It's pretty fab.
If you're wanting to try a retinol cream but don't have a prescription or find some creams too intense, you might try this one. I also purchased this brand's face cream and vitamin C serum. So far, so good.
That's it for me. It's Monday morning, and the sun is out. Sandy is on the porch sleeping. The kids are still in bed. I've had coffee. Does it get better than this?
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and is enjoying these last weeks of summer. School is around the corner, and I've got to get everyone back on a decent sleep schedule. :)