F- It Fridays (Singles Awareness Day Edition)

Dear Single People,

When I was single, I used to hate Valentine’s Day. Sure, there would be lots of chocolate around and my mom would always buy me a nice gift, but it just sucked. Until I met my husband, I never seemed to have a boyfriend on February 14th. Or worse, I’d have a breakup just a few weeks before. So, if you are totally hating couples right now, I feel ya. But remember, it’s only 24 hours and you have to be in a relationship with yourself for the rest of your life.

So, use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to treat yourself kindly. Get dinner or have a fun right with a friend at home. Go to a singles event and give away your smooches freely. Or buy yourself a cupcake, a bottle of wine and cry on your couch. I won’t judge you. Been there. Done that. Then go drunk shopping and check out my favorite Singles Awareness Day treats. Or be productive and send me an email that says how much you love this blog. Should I add comments? Would you comment if I added them? Let me know.

Lots of Hugs,

Amanda

Jolii Cosmetics Matte Lip Glosses (Not An Oxymoron, I Promise)

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Have you ever wanted to put on a lipgloss that was matte? I swear it actually exists and Jolii Cosmetics makes it. Every lipgloss comes with bonus karma points because a portion of each sale goes towards the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation. Jolii's products are formulated with shea butter and jojoba oil, so they are incredibly moisturizing. Also impressive is the color selection, which is very fashion forward with shades of red (perfect reds!!!!!!), orange, purple and brown. It's like an Instagram selfie lover's dream worthy of 10000 likes.

Miss A Makeup Cases

Don't miss Miss A makeup cases. They're just a $1 (seriously, not kidding), but they look way more expensive. Fool everyone! 

Kopari

Kopari won’t be the love of your life, but it will be the love of your medicine cabinet or wherever you store your beauty products. It’s made with 100% organic coconut oil sourced from the Philippines. It contains no sulfates, silicones, parabens, toxins or GMO ingredients. Everything has a light, fresh, natural scent, as opposed to most coconut products, which can smell like a gas station air freshener.

I'm obsessed with the newly launched facial care line, particularly the Coconut Cleansing Oil. It gets all the makeup and dirt off your skin, leaving no oily residue. So, you don’t have to double cleanse, which we all know can be incredibly annoying.

Another must try is the  Coconut Lip Love, which willmake your lips so soft that if you go to a singles event on V-Day, everyone will want to make out with you.

I also love classic Coconut Sheer Oil because it’s a multitasker. You can use it to moisturize your hair and face. I use a little bit on my split ends before bed every night. And yes, you will want to sleep with Kopari way more than that dude who kept hitting on you at the party.

Sterling Forever Forever Blue Layered Bead Necklace

Buying yourself a fun accessory is an instant pick-me-up. Sterling Forever's Layered Blue Bead Necklace can dress up a t-shirt and color to any solid outfit. After all, it's called a statement necklace for a reason. 

Rebecca Minkoff Chain Heart Crossbody Bag

This Rebecca Minokoff Chain Heart Crossbody Bag will make you want to take a selfie followed by #adorbs. If you prefer your bag a little badass, it is also available in black.

Kate Spade Rose Charmeuse Teddy Romper

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Why wait for someone else to buy you cute lingerie? Treat yourself to this Kate Spade Charmeuse Teddy romper. Remember, you don't need another person to make you feel hot, sexy and wanted on February 14th. 

F-It Fridays: Your Weekly Dose Of Retail Therapy (Products I've Been Using Since Forever Edition)

When people ask me about my beauty routine and what products I can't live without, they’re often surprised to hear I’ve been using some of the same ones since Middle School. Yes, middle school. I was a beauty junkie even way back in the day, when people used the expression “way back in the day.” This doesn’t mean I don’t try new things. I’m always trying new things, but these five products will always have a special spot in my medicine cabinet and my heart. As my mother says, “If it isn’t broken, why fix it?” 

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

The winter and my hands do not get along and I have a huge issue with dryness, chapping and bleeding. Gross, I know. That’s why I always keep little tubes of L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream in my handbag, on my nightstand, in the bathroom and pretty much all of my house. Made with 20% organic shea butter, my hands literally thirst for this magical ingredient. I usually buy the original scent, but there are a variety of fragrances to choose from including lavender, cherry blossom, violet, vanilla and several others. 

Dove Beauty Bar

This week, Dove's beauty bar celebrated it's 60th anniversary. If a product is around for that long, they must be doing something (and by that I mean a whole lot of things) right. I use Dove because it's moisturizing and lathers well (because if soap doesn’t lather well, I’m convinced it's not actually cleaning me and I will leave the shower dirtier than I came in). Despite it being an old school brand, Dove always seems to be innovating the line with new products including my two personal favorites, Shea Butter and Coconut Milk bars. It's also available at every drugstore in America, so I never have to go without my beloved bar of soap. 

Kiehls #1 Lip Balm

Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 will always be my #1 lip balm. My lips chap terribly during the winter, even in Los Angeles. I don't even know how that is scientifically possible. As soon as the temperature goes down,  I always head to Kiehls, so I can stock up. Another thing I love about this product is that it has magical powers. Put a little bit of balm over a matte lipstick and it instantly shines. Right now, I'm obsessed with the mango flavor (probably because I miss the summer), but I also really like mint and cranberry

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion is the best pimple spot treatment I’ve ever used. While I probably go through one bottle every year, it’s always in my bathroom cabinet. Incredibly easy to use, all you have to do is dip a cotton swab into the bottle and apply a small amount to the pimple itself. Because you aren't applying it with your fingers, it doesn't spread to the skin around the pimple and dry your entire face out.  It’s important to know, as you can see in the picture, this product is supposed to separate. Do not shake it! I know, it's strange and not what you are used to, but if you don't believe me, just read the directions. 

Shiseido Pureness Foaming Cleansing Fluid

 

Shiseido Pureness Foaming Cleansing Fluid is super foamy and gets my face squeaky clean without drying it out. It also removes makeup really well, so double cleansing or using additional makeup remover is mostly unnecessary. I first tried this product in high school and I’ve always gone back to it. Pro Tip: A little bit goes a very long way. My husband and I both use this cleanser and one bottle lasts us approximately 3-4 months.