FIVE THINGS FRIDAY PART 28 – Sephora must haves

FIVE THINGS FRIDAY PART 28 is all about SEPHORA today!

If you are a beauty insider, you must take advantage of this SALE!

Most of these you have seen us talk about already, but it is a great time to restock or add to your product collection 🙃

five things friday part 28 - some of our Sephora Must Haves!

The Absolute Best Body Lotion!

This was one of our very first blog posts in the summer of 2020. *note the links in this post are to ULTA, but Sephora also has this heavenly cream.

Want to feel like your skin has nylons on that instantly smooths out cellulite? Well this Bum Bum cream is ALL that AND more.

BUM BUM Cream
BUM BUM Cream.. pronounced “boom boom”

Dawn and I are both obsessed. The smell? Just delicious. lol.


Huda Beauty Legit Lashes

This fabulous mascara is a two in one. Saves you TIME AND MONEY!

In fact, it came out right when we started our business, and it was our very first blog post.

huda beauty legit lashes 2 in 1 mascara. sephora steal!!! Five Things Friday part 28

I, Eva, go through phases where I use a product for a bit, take a break, & then go back. Well I have gone back to this a few weeks ago,and OMG… obsessed. Thick, full, and LONG eyelashes. Saves me time because usually I am using 4-5 mascaras (so does Dawn.. it’s just our thing lol)…and this once I can get away with just these 2.

It delivers and I’m ordering more now because of the Sephora sale.


Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Freeze Styling Wax

Dawn here.. I AM OBSESSED!!! We talked about this last FTF post…there is a learning curve. BUT SO WORTH IT.

Brow Freeze.. you need this! Sephora must haves!!

We haven’t been able to find it at Ulta… get it from Sephora!

Few tips:

  • a little goes a long way
  • to apply use a spoolie brush (see picture)
  • clean brush in between applications – if you let the wax dry on the brush it will cause clumping and flaking the next time you use it
  • brush eyebrow hair upwards -it will give you a feathered look
  • if you fill in your eyebrows let wax set then fill in.

Nars Blush & Bronzer

LIMITED EDITION!!

This is a fabulous blush and bronzer combo. If you are just starting out in makeup this is a staple and must-have.

nars must-have blush and bronzer set. Exclusive to Sephora! Sephora must haves!!

What we love about it: it has very good pigment and goes on effortlessly. The bronzer blends nicely and the blush adds the perfect amount of glow and pop to your cheeks. This set is perfect & a great deal.

Tip – blend upwards towards ears. Never down! We don’t want to help gravity here. haha.

I know Eva is pumped for a deal, lol.


Last but not least FIVE THINGS FRIDAY PART 28…

Huda Beauty Eyeshadow

Oh my gorgeousness…. Eva and I just HAD to include this. These palettes are absolutely gorgeous.

Huda Beauty gorgeous eyeshadow palette - great price! Five Things Friday part 28

The colors are extremely pigmented and a little goes a long way. These brown shades will absolutely make your eyes pop.

Again, this is a good place to start if you are new to makeup or even just in the market for a gorgeous palette!

Huda Beauty is easily becoming one of our favorite makeup brands in 2021, too. A little goes a long way and therefore the price point 100% is worth.


We have so much more to come but don’t want to overwhelm you. lol. We hope you liked FIVE THINGS FRIDAY PART 28 Sephora Edition.

If you missed other FTF posts of ours, the whole list is found here.

What do you have going on this weekend? What’s your favorite product from Sephora?! Tell us!!

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SPLURGE VS. STEAL PART 1!

Splurge vs. Steal part 1 edition! We are excited to put this together on this Good Friday.

How has your week been?

Honestly, to us, it feels like things are some-what getting back to normal? We hate to say that and jinx it though!

splurge vs steal part 1

SO, we have been trying a lot or products lately. We’ve been on a mission to find less expensive versions of our favorites. Basically, we are spending the money so you don’t have to. lol.

HERE ARE THE SPLURGE VS. STEALS THAT ARE TOTALLY WORTH IT!

Of course, we LOVE the splurge products, but if you are on a tight budget, the steals are a great comparable/compromise.

We make a very small commission if you use our links & it is at NO cost to you 🥰 thank you for the support!!


It Cosmetics Vs Maybelline Fit Me. Splurge vs steal

If you can afford the splurge, do that…but both are AMAZING on the skin. We talk about both of these a lot. Your skin looks flawless and smooth. The IT Cosmetics one just feels a tad lighter and your skin really feels great (I, Eva, notice this mostly when I go to take my makeup off.. just how incredible my skin feels).

Links below ⬇️

IT Cosmetics

FIT ME


MASCARA MAGIC! Mac Vs. Maybelline. Splurge vs. steal.

The steal in this one is SO WORTH IT!!! Both are great, but if you can save money, why not!

Links below ⬇️

MAC

MAYBELLINE


the original beauty blender vs. real techniques... both are great but one is definitely cheaper!!

Most everyone has heard of a Beauty Blender. But is $20 necessary? Sure, I mean, it works! But I, Eva, have been using the much less expensive version by Real Techniques. WHAT A STEAL at $5.99. You can get four of these babies for the price of one. I find it works just as well at the BB.

Links below ⬇️

Beauty Blender

Real Techniques


another IT Cosmetics vs Maybelline Fit Me splurge vs. steal.

Dawn has been loving the FIT ME powder. I, Eva, say no….don’t do the steal on this one – buy the IT Cosmetics. We are split 50/50 here. lol. The Fit Me powder is OK but I find it drying. Dawn loves it like I said and has no issues!

Links below ⬇️

Fit Me Powder

It Cosmetics Air Brush


eyeshadow comparison! Mac vs Morphe!

Mac is a staple for most.. classic, if you will. But we LOVE the Morphe shadow palette’s. You get SO MUCH for your money!!

Links below ⬇️

MAC

MORPHE


Last but not least for splurge vs. steal part one….

Lash primer!! splurge vs.steal. both are good but Lancome really is GREAT

Lancôme Cils Booster is a STAPLE FOR BOTH OF US! We are hooked, obsessed, and have a whole review on it here.

However, L’Oreal you are a great alternative to save a few bucks. I, Eva, will say, the L’Oreal one doesn’t last nearly as long, so you probably use two tubes by the time you only use one Lancôme.

Links below ⬇️

Lancôme

L’Oreal

Choice is yours…lol. Both work, but Lancôme wins here.


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If you celebrate, we wish you a very Happy Easter! & Happy Belated Passover!

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FIVE THINGS FRIDAY PART 27

Five Things Friday Part 27 is HERE!! TGIF.

Crazy week for you, too?

We are in reverse it feels like this week but hey it’s Friday and we are HERE FOR IT!

Five Things Friday Part 27!

Let’s get to it. Catch our previous FTF here!

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FIT ME Foundation

Eva here. I truly cannot say enough about this $8 foundation and I feel so late on this trend.

Some of you have seen me already discuss this on our Instagram, but it 1000% worth mentioning again, especially since I like a product that works that is a good deal & cost effective.

THERE ARE SO MANY COLORS & OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM!

Benefits – dermatology tested, oil free, & does not clog ports

The best budget foundation! $8 Maybelline FIT ME. Five Things Friday
The best budget foundation! $8 Maybelline FIT ME
very happy with the “flawless” like finish. I’ll let the picture speak for itself!

Ok so in full transparency, the shade I bought it too light, BUT honestly it still works, which is freakin’ awesome. It’s budget friendly enough that I will probably buy 1-2 more in different shades and mix them. Dawn & I are the queens of doing that…why not!

Quoting ULTA below because I couldn’t have said it better myself.

“Fit Me! Matte + Poreless from Maybelline goes beyond skin tone matching to fit the unique texture issues of normal to oily skin for the ultimate natural skin fit. While some foundations can exaggerate pores and oily skin, only Maybelline’s pore-minimizing foundation contains their genius blurring micro-powders that erase pores and absorb oil for a naturally matte and poreless-looking finish.”

To conclude, TikTok made me do it. 🤣


Magic Probiotics

Isn’t everyone on the hunt for a good pre & probiotic? Good news… we’ve tried and tested these for months now, and they really work, live up to their promise, and are the best we’ve found to date.

Monat probiotics LIVE up to their promise. Price is worth it.
Dual Layer Pre+Probiotic Complex

They are also really pretty. I know, that shouldn’t be the focus but they are well designed (and easy to swallow).

Exhibit A..lol

dual layer probiotics...how gorgeous. they work!
I MEAN…look. how pretty!!!

Simply put – they do what they say and what you’d home from your pre + probiotic. But of course we have to explain further!! 🙃

Dawn here…In the past I would “ONLY” take probiotics if I was taking an antibiotic. I’m such a fan of the Monat Balance Probiotic Complex that I “NOW” take one daily.

This is why: These are different from any other probiotics that I have ever tried before. It has a unique dual capsule-in-capsule technology. It is SO GENTLE on my stomach, which has been an issue with other probiotics. Here are some health benefits from daily probiotic intake:

  • helps to balance the “friendly” (good) bacteria in your digestive system (gut)
  • (hopefully) helps to prevent and treat diarrhea
  • helps to keep your heart healthy
  • can help with depression, stress and anxiety
  • helps with memory
  • helps support healthy skin and immune system

Seriously though, now more than ever I want a healthy immune system.

All of Monat Wellness Products: are gluten-free, vegan, no animal testing, natural flavors & sweeteners, and NO toxic ingredients.

I will say these probiotics are on the pricey side. I don’t mind spending the extra money on them because THEY DELIVER! Worth ever penny.

non toxic and vegan probiotics. these deliver. Five Things Friday
Such suckers for good packaging, too.

Clear Start Blackhead Fizz Mask

Dawn here…Clear Start blackhead fizz mask is hands down the coolest product I’ve ever used. It targets blackheads and clogged pores.

WHAT IS SO COOL ABOUT THIS?!?!

It literally fizzes on your skin until it’s fully absorbed. After rinsing your skin feels soft and super clean.

clear start fizz mask for black heads. a great product for the face!
love the colors & packaging 😍

For me my problem area is my nose. Blackhead central…GROSS!!!

I lightly layer (don’t rub in) the mask on my skin, allow 3-5 minutes to fully activate, then rinse thoroughly. Using the fizz mask as directed (2-3 times per week) followed by my pore extractor (will talk more about this soon) I find this to be a winning combination. My pores are totally unclogged! First time in YEARS that my nose is basically blackhead free.   

This product is: cruelty-free, vegan, paraben-free, sulfate-free, phthalate-free, synthetic fragrance free, and has recyclable packing.

In conclusion, with anything, the key to getting the best results from this product is to stay “consistent!”

clear start fizz mask for black heads. a great product for the face!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Freeze Styling Wax

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Freeze Styling Wax has been sold out everywhere! #HOTITEM

I (Dawn) happen to be at Ulta at the right time, they just had a shipment delivered, so I scooped one up.

To be honest I didn’t have high expectations for this. I was concerned it would dry white and flaky on my dark eyebrows. I’ve had that experience in the past with other brow products.

As soon as I returned back home from Ulta I tried the ABH brow freeze/styling wax. Let’s say it DIDN’T go well. As a result, EPIC FAIL 😡

Anastasia Brow Freeze, be patient, it works! Five Things Friday Part 27

Couple days later I had an eyebrow consultation with Melba @eyecoco. She happened to mention that she found a “MUST HAVE/Game Changing Product!” Which was…ABH Brow Freeze Styling Wax! I shared my epic fail story with her. Lol! She was more than happy to show me how to properly apply it. The reason it didn’t go well for me is because I used WAY TOO MUCH product! SHOCKER!

I will say even with Melba giving me a lesson on how to properly apply it, there is still a learning curve. Once I got the hang of it I can understand the hype surrounding this product.

Few tips:

  • a little goes a long way
  • to apply use a spoolie brush (see picture)
  • clean brush in between applications – if you let the wax dry on the brush it will cause clumping and flaking the next time you use it
  • brush eyebrow hair upwards -it will give you a feathered look
  • if you fill in your eyebrows let wax set then fill in.

Whether you like the natural or filled in look (see photos below) the brow freeze will tame, lift, and sculpt while providing a long lasting hold that locks them in place all day long!

brow freeze will tame, lift, and sculpt while providing a long lasting hold that locks them in place all day long!
Dawn here..actual picture of me using it
instructions on how to use the broze freeze
Details from ULTA website

LAST review for Five Things Friday Part 27!

Vancool Ring Size Adjuster

Dawn here…

MUST HAVE ITEM FOR ANYONE WHO WEARS RINGS!

The Vancool ring adjuster is great for solving loose ring problems. It also protects rings from getting scratched.

Here are 5 reasons to love this ring sizer:

  • safe for rings
  • keeps rings in place
  • high quality TPU silicone
  • invisible
  • hypoallergenic
cute right?

I have BIG knuckles so I have to buy my rings large enough to fit over them. Problem with this is the rings keep spinning around and around. Which is SO ANNOYING!!!

The ring adjuster is the PERFECT solution for this problem. The unique design is made with high quality transparent materials, soft and comfortable, causes no pain or irritation to your fingers.

One complaint I have is it came without any instructions. Once I figured out how to apply the coil it was a piece of cake. It was actually quick simple. Package comes with: 3 different sizes (small, medium, and large), 6 pieces of each and a polishing cloth.

Easy to use: place adjuster on the back of the ring, wrap coil around, trim off excess.

I couldn’t be happier with this product.


That concludes this week’s Five Things Friday Part 27. What’s your favorite item on this list? Do you have big knuckles like Dawn? 🤣 Her reviews are just THE BEST!

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PRODUCT PICK OF THE WEEK

Product pick of the week.. or should I say… pick of the last 5 years, LOL!

Eva here.

I was not a hairspray fan until I got my hands on this one. IT IS THE BEST I have found, and I have used to for 5+ years now, so I really do feel like I can speak from experience and expertise 💁🏼‍♀️ It is super cost-effective…and you all know I LOVE A GOOD DEAL.

THE BEAUTY 😍

Do you struggle with LIMP HAIR? Me too.

Why do I love this so much? It’s a budget product… meaning… I really use this more as a volumizer, texturizer, and hair spray. This means I ONLY NEED ONE PRODUCT and NOT 3 total.


How I use it:

After I wash & dry my hair: spray on to style. And I mean… spray a very generous amount 🤣

If I am NOT washing – still spray it liberally all over hair to “set”.

I spray focusing on mid to lower ends of hair.. I like the OOMPH in the bottom of my hair.

Directions say to spray 8-12 inches away from hair – layer it to achieve desired firmness.

What I love most:

It feels a little stiff at first, but literally after 5-10 minutes your hair is very, very smooth and manageable. It adds great volume and texture, thus, reliving the need for 2 more products to use on your hair. The Rejuvenique oil in it really sets this “product of the week” apart from all others. Rejuvenique is only of our holy grail products!

THE SMELL OF IT IS ALSO AMAAAAZING!

The scent.. OH THE SCENT! 😍


The benefits of this amazing monat hairspray
10000% agree with this ⬆️

It adds a lot of OOOMPH to my hair!

product pick of the week!! monat 3 in one hairspray!!  The features of it!
THE SMELL IS FREAKIN’ FANTASTIC, TOO!

Repeating myself again..but….the VOLUME it adds is GREAT! I’ll be honest, the volume doesn’t last all day, but it does last for many hours.

Look at the volume in the hair!!!product pick of the week!! monat 3 in one hairspray!!

I also love that this hairspray washes out easily, and what I mean by that is that it does NOT build up in my hair.

Lastly, I buy 2-3 at a time when Monat has a sale. Shamefully (or not!), I really do use that much hairspray, and you wouldn’t know it!


Dawn’s review is this: She only uses this product when her hair is in a ponytail or when she curls her hair. She wears her hair in a ponytail often so she does use a fair amount of it and can assess the product fairly & with some expertise.

I know you are just dying for some pictures so here you go.⬇️ In full transparency, I wanted to have a video for this post but I didn’t have it all together this week! 🙃

Step 1 – Blow dry with your FAVORITE BRUSHES and then spray liberally all over your hair, focusing on mid to lower ends.

Monat hairspray is like a 3 in one! spray all over your hair! product pick of the week!! monat 3 in one hairspray!!
SPRAY SPRAY SPRAY! You can’t over do it.

Step 2 – FLUFF the hair as I like to say. Run your hands through it.

Monat hairspray is like a 3 in one!  Fluff that hair to get amazing volume and texture
Fluff that hair to get desired look

Step 3 – Enjoy how great your hair feels & the fabulous scent 😍

product pick of the week!! monat 3 in one hairspray!!
NO need for anything else since this is a dupe for 3 products in one!

THAT’S IT!

So..product pick of the week is this hairspray that I use as a 3-in-one product. Saves me time AND money!

Do you like 3-in-one type products?!


FIVE THINGS FRIDAY PART 26

We are back after a week break with Five Things Friday Part 26!

One year since the USA shut down. How are you doing?

This has been a bit crazy for me, Eva, since my daughter started Kindergarten this past September. She was in daycare from 4 months on, so she knows what going to “school” is like without a mask. We’ve certainly had our challenges… but this is definitely a story for another time, lol.

Five Things Friday Part 26

Let’s get to our Friday Fav’s!

A lot of what we’re discussing below are items I recommended to Dawn. Check out her amazing feedback 🤩, and I’ll finish at the end with some teeth.

Remember – click the link and/or underlined text to be taken to the product!


Timeless CBD Nighttime Gummies

Timeless CBD is one of the best rated CBD products on the market. They’re AMAZING, and so effective and calming.

I (Dawn) have tried “SO MANY” different CBD brands and products that DON’T deliver! Timeless products work wonders for me. The nighttime and regular CBD gummies have helped with my chronic aches and pains and has IMPROVED my quality of sleep. The nighttime gummies are full spectrum 750mg with melatonin. Eva actually got them first and passed some on to me, and so glad she did!

Great variety of products to choose from including tinctures, edibles, and topicals.

Timeless CBD Gummies are really living up to their amazing ratings. Five Things Friday Part 26
LOOK AT HOW CUTE!!

Their website is user friendly, and I love a website that is easy to order from. Use our code “dawnandeva” to receive a 10% discount SITEWIDE!

Thanks Timeless for such game changing products. If you have sleep issues, I highly recommend you giving the nighttime gummies a try!


Be Well Probiotic Toner

Dawn here~

Let me start off with…Our motto has always been we like what we like natural or not, but if it is natural and it WORKS, then that is a TOTAL WIN!

Probiotic toner is definitely a WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER! and once again Eva got me hooked on this! She tried it first and RAVED ABOUT IT!

I use the probiotic toner spray before and after makeup application (and so does Eva.. check out her video on Instagram). It helps makeup to guide on smoother and finishes it off with a hydrating glow, that doesn’t look oily or greasy. I also use toner for when my face can use a pick me up. The spray smells so lovely while hydrating and refreshing my skin. Made with rose water and unique cold-pressed probiotic kombucha cultures, and never any alcohol or preservatives.

GREAT FOR ALL SKIN TYPES!

The toners help to promote skins pH balance, minimize pores, fade dark spots and inflammation.
Available in 5 different scents ( 2oz or 4oz size):

  • Rose
  • Jasmine
  • Lavender
  • Tea Tree
  • Sandalwood

My personal favorites are lavender and tea tree. Eva’s are rose and lavender.

ALL Be Well products are cruelty free, toxic free, alcohol free, 100% organic, 100% vegetarian, and fragrance free.

BE Well Company Skincare toners - absolutely amazing and all natural

Give this magical toner a try!

Save 10% use our code “dawnandeva” at checkout.

These will definitely be their very own blog post soon ♥️

EDITED TO ADD – THIS JUST IN!!!! you can buy any of their fall/winter toner in a 4oz and get a 2oz FREE!!!!!!


Dermablend Illuminating Banana Powder

Dawn here~

WHAT IS BANANA POWDER?!?!

That is exactly what I said when Eva mentioned she bought 4 of them one day. LOL.

Banana powder is a loose silky powder with yellow pigments that should be applied after concealer and foundation to diminish fine lines, absorb oil, and color correct discoloration.

Dermablend banana powder - LOVE THIS for blending & setting make up. Five Things Friday Part 26
Don’t let the color turn you off.. it doesn’t go on orange.

Can be applied and used a few different ways:

1) Traditional face powder. Take a powder brush (we LOVE brushes from It cosmetics, see our blog post) dip into the banana powder, swirl all over face.

2) Setting powder to set concealer, dip a concealer brush directly in the powder, LIGHTLY dust it over concealer. Do the same for foundation, using a powder brush or beauty blender (see FTF Part 25 for our review on them).

3) Base coat for eyeshadow. Apply a little concealer all over lid, then set it with some powder.

This powder is the best for brightening under eyes and for setting foundation and absorbing excess oil.
If you are looking for something extremely natural looking that doesn’t cake and makes makeup look flawless, THIS IS IT!

Right after applying!

Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Airfryer

GREAT QUALITY!

I (Dawn) purchased the Cruisinart toaster oven/air fryer a few years ago, it sat in the box in our garage on a shelf until last March when quarantine began. Since then it hasn’t returned back to the box, it’s a permanent fixture on our kitchen counter.

SO EASY TO USE, even I can work it without any help or assistants. Have to say cooking is NOT my strong suit. Lol!

Cuisinart Convection Air Fryer, SO EASY TO USE!!!!

This is a full size toaster oven (perfect for 3-6 people) with a built-in air fryer, that means it not only bakes, broils, and toasts, it will also air fry right inside the oven. The air fryer is a HEALTHIER way to prepare fried foods, while still enjoying the crunch without the extra calories.

We have had great luck with Cuisinart appliances over the years.

Ps. We have the smaller model (AFR-25) which is perfect for a small family, 2-3 people

the best air dryer and I actually find it so easy to use! Five Things Friday Part 26
I can’t believe how easy I find this. LOL!

Moon toothbrushes (Eva’s POV)

Oh Hi, Eva here!

Last but not least!

SO. I didn’t care for new toothbrushes and quite honestly, thought Dawn was a little crazy for being so obsessed with a toothbrush on our previous Five Things Friday post. Well one day after teaching at the gym, she came over to me with a present (as she usually does – seriously she’s the sweetest). AND IT WAS THE MOON TOOTHBRUSHES!!!

Moon Toothbrushes. Sleek & comfortable handle makes brushing your teeth FUN! (seriously)

I was pumped because truthfully I never would have bought these myself. I need very very very soft brushes due to my gum recession (I had gum graft surgery 4 years ago and it was worst than childbirth for my 2 kids, lol). If I brush too hard with stiff bristles I really do damage. PS – I hate brushing my teeth but I do it, OBVIOUSLY.

WELL… the website says, “Soft Bristle Toothbrush Ultra Fine Bristles are designed for simplicity, sophistication and visible results.” – Ulta Beauty

It lives up to the hype… I am now obsessed. The grip of the brush is excellent with its long handle (super easy to hold.. idk why some brushes are hard to hold but this one really IS comfortable) and the bristles are insanely soft. It actually makes brushing your teeth fun. DAWN WAS RIGHT!

STICK WITH DAWN AND YOU WILL GO PLACES!!


FIVE THINGS FRIDAY PART 26 has now ended. You can resume your regular Friday activities 💁🏻‍♀️💁🏼‍♀️

What is everyone doing this weekend?! Using your airfryer?! lol!


FIVE THINGS FRIDAY PART 25

Five Things Friday Part 25 on this very last February Friday for 2021. YES. This means MARCH is almost here and we get hyped for the warmer air in CT.

What are you looking forward to this SPRING? Is anyone traveling? We both have not traveled and don’t have any foreseeable plans… but we’re hoping!

Let’s get straight to it. And…thank you for reading our post! 🥰

See all FTF here! Also!! …..click underlined text and/or picture to be taken to the product!


The Original Beauty Blender

Dawn here~This sponge is worth every penny! It definitely lives up to the hype. It EFFORTLESSLY blends all kinds of makeup beautifully for a flawless look.

Makeup brushes tend to sweep products around rather than evenly depositing them. The beauty blender is an egg-shape makeup sponge that applies foundation and other products with a smooth, even finish. It is a reusable sponge, so that means it will last awhile as long as you keep it clean.

the original beauty blender sponge! five things friday part 25

Easy to use:

  • Dampen sponge and squeeze out excess water.
  • Dab your makeup onto skin with fingers, then smooth out makeup with beauty blender.
  • After applying makeup clean sponge with soap and water.
  • Let it dry thoroughly before storing it.
  • When I have extra time I’ll put my sponge in a mug submerged in water.
    • 🌟 Add a few drops of Dawn (ha) dishwashing detergent in the water.
    • ⭐️ Place in microwave on high for a minute or so, then let it cool before taking sponge out of water.
    • 🌟 The water should look very dirty but the sponge should be nice and clean.

I know Eva is obsessed lately, too. It’s great for aging skin that is developing fine lines because it helps put set concealer especially without that “cake” look. Check out the reel she made on Instagram showing how to use it!

In my opinion a beauty blender is a must have!


Tweezerman Slant Tip Tweezers

Dawn here~ Tweezerman slant tip tweezers are a “staple” in my daily beauty routine. Tweezerman are famous for its precision, they grab hair every time! I use the slant tip tweezers to keep my eyebrow, chin and upper lip hairs under control (freakin’ menopause has made that so much worse).

Here are a few tips:

  • Start by opening up pores with warm water, because this helps get hair ready for removal.
  • Hold the tweezers using thumb and index fingers near the middle of the tweezer.
  • Locate the unwanted hair, grab, squeeze down, and pull out hair.
  • Continue until all unwanted hair is removed.
  • Clean tweezers with alcohol wipes or peroxide after each use.
Tweezerman slant tip tweezers - pricey but SO worth it and really WORK!

I have several slant tip tweezers (SHOCKER) in different colors. I like having extra ones available so I’m never without them. Lol! My husband is also a big fan of Tweezerman tweezers.

Nothing is worse than dull tweezers that don’t work. I can’t tell you how many awful tweezers I have bought, finding Tweezerman has been life changing. 

Ps. Tweezerman offers free (initial shipping cost aside) sharpening and repair service.
Mail to:  Tweezerman Service
                2 Tri Harbor Court
                South Dock #1
                Port Washington, NY 11050

ALSO!!! We did find them on Amazon also. Just MAKE SURE it is not a knock off!


Botanic Bakuchiol

I (Dawn) find the bakuchiol (retinol-like) very gentle on my sensitive skin. Retinol is WAY too harsh for my skin, it causes redness, peeling and breakouts! 😱 Not the look I am going for at 55!

Bakuchiol is a great alternative.  It’s very lightweight and it absorbs rapidly into my skin. This is part of my daily night time regimen: I use hyaluronic acid first then bakuchiol followed by the same brand’s Rejuvenique Oil.

VEGAN Retinol alternative that instantly brightens skin. Five Things Friday Part 25

I, Eva, am obsessed with this product & actually told Dawn about it! The first time I used this, I could NOT believe how instantly brighter my face was. Like Dawn, my skin dries out way too easily, and therefore I’ve never used much Retinol. This is hands down a must have for my night time routine also.

VEGAN Retinol alternative that instantly brightens skin. Five Things Friday Part 25

Lastly! ⬇️

VEGAN Retinol alternative that instantly brightens skin. Five Things Friday Part 25
TRUTH TRUTH TRUTH!!!

Geo Leggings

You know when I (Dawn) really like something because I’ll have it in multiple colors/patterns. Geo leggings are one of my favorite pair of Savvi leggings. They have a high waistband (that actually stays up), 4 way stretch (comfortable), side pockets (who doesn’t love a side pocket?) and are sweat proof (yassss)!!!

Eva loves them and has a pic in them since she is the selfie queen and I HATE taking selfies. lol.

You can really dress these up, wear causal, or to the gym.

One of my favorite fun quotes “ I have enough leggings.” – said no one ever. 🤣

SO ME!!! #dawnisextra 😜

But..bad news. As of yesterday as we already had put this post together, the GEO’s are undergoing a routine quality check which is amazing that Savvi does this but the link is not up the moment.

Our other absolute favorite is the ASHTANGA that I talk about and post about constantly on our Instagram.

Ok here’s my turn at a “selfie”..lol (this took a ridiculous amount of time for me to do 🙃)

You can wear these SO many different ways! Super cost effective IMHO

iRobot Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum (Wi-Fi Connectivity)

I (Dawn) have to be honest, I was ALWAYS against getting a roomba, so glad I changed my mind. I love it so much that I have 2 of them; one for our main floor and the other for our finished basement.

I DO, however, use my canister vacuum once a week. The roomba is for in between vacuums. I am very allergic to dust, so running the roomba every other day has been helping keep the dust levels down.

The roomba.. great for in between canister vaccuum cleanings. Worth every penny

It is very easy to set up and use: download the iRobot Home App on your mobile device, log into your Wi-Fi, and the roomba connects. I recommend you naming your roomba, because it understands voice commands. I named mine “Robbie Roomba” I figured that is easy to remember! Lol 🤣

You can also set up scheduled cleanings. Which is AWESOME!

I made a list of PROS and CONS.

PROS –

  • great if you have allergies, kids and pets
  • durable
  • supports app and voice control
  • allows for scheduled cleanings
  • automatically adjusts to different floor surfaces
  • detects and focuses on heavily soiled areas
  • rarely gets stuck
  • easy to clean filter & brush
  • timesaver
  • highly recommend if you have back issues
  • easy to setup and use

CONS –

  • it’s a ROBOT, doesn’t clean like you would
  • loud
  • doesn’t always automatically return back to dock station when finished
  • need to pickup small items, cords, and lightweight area rugs before running roomba
The roomba in action at my house... you can set it and forget it!
ROBBIE IN ACTION AT MY HOUSE, lol

Overall, I highly recommend this! It has saved me from hours of vacuuming, which is so helpful. Thanks iRobot for giving my aching back a break from vacuuming.


Happy almost MARCH and FRIDAY!!! This concludes Five Things Friday Part 25.

What’s your favorite thing you are using this week? Do you have a ROBBIE ROOMBA? lol, Dawn kills me!!!


NATURAL DEODORANT THAT WORKS!

Natural Deodorant that WORKS wasn’t something we thought we could ever find. BUT…. we found one we both really like!

Be Well Company Skincare has been something we are swooning over as of late. We are dabbling in all of their products, but one that stands out for both of us AND works is the deodorant. So much so, that it deserves its very own blog post.

YOU CAN ALSO SAVE 10% with our code “DAWNANDEVA”!

natural deodorant by BE Well that actually works!!

First things first, though, we really want to make it clear that we both have tried many natural deodorants in the past. Most do work for a few days or a week, but then we notice they just stop working. So far, Be Well has broken that record!

For simplicity sake, what we like is:

  • It’s all natural. So natural you could DRINK it, lol.
  • It smells fantastic.
  • It IS working after 2 weeks of use still!
  • Anti-bacterial and pH balancing – “inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria naturally without clogging the pores“.
    • Basically – Be Well feeds the good bacteria so it over-rides the bad bacteria & therefore you don’t stink.
  • Repeat… it’s NATURAL! something we never thought we’d be into.
  • Even after all our workouts at the gym, we didn’t smell, and we were dry.

Tip – spray before getting dressed because it needs to dry! I, Dawn, made the mistake of spraying it after I got dressed and my shirt got wet & I had to change. Just my two cents! I am a little extra though and probably sprayed too much. Eva hasn’t had that problem. 🙃


THE DETAILS

From Be Well website, here is how to use:

“Give a shake before each use, spritz each clean underarm with 1-3 sprays and let dry. 

Plan on using within 6 months of purchasing, remember these are fresh, active products with live probiotics

TIP please store in the refrigerator if not using right away, it will last longer

Can even be used on stinky feet!

Each 2oz bottle contains approx 420 sprays = average use of 2 sprays per pit per day, one bottle will last 105 days/3.5 months. That’s approx .09 per spray or .35 per day!  

Please Note: the deodorant is clear when first made with a  golden “halo” of essential oils at the top of the bottle. Shake before each use. After a month or two, your essential oils will begin to infuse the deodorant and the liquid will turn amber in color. All is well! Use as normal.


Eva here – this is a good size bottle and the tips above are super helpful. I actually didn’t realize you can use on stinky feet, also, lol.

natural deodorant by BE Well that actually works!!
further instructions on how to use this product.
Some additional instructions my package came with!

To reiterate, a natural deodorant wasn’t something we were looking for, but we are SO HAPPY we are now affiliates with Be Well because their products WORK. We love the story behind them, as well. Some of you may not know this, but my (Eva) sisters have MS – so this hits home for me.

Our motto has always been we like what we like natural or not, but IF IT IS natural AND IT WORKS, then that is a TOTAL WIN!!!

So – SAVE 10% with our code “DAWNANDEVA”!

Step 1 –

Checkout first and then you can add code. Some of you have messaged us that you don’t see option to add code – just click on PLACE YOUR ORDER in step 1 below and then you are taken to step 2…

Be Well.. code DAWNANDEVA for 10% off at checkout!

Step 2 –

Be Well natural deodorant... code DAWNANDEVA for 10% off at checkout!

You can see above on right hand side that step 2 brings you to area when you can add the code to get a discount!


Thank you Natalie for your amazing products. We ♥️ Them!

Do you have a favorite natural deodorant that actually works? We’ve tried like every brand, no joke!

TGIF!!


FIVE THINGS FRIDAY PART 24

Five Things Friday Part 24 is back this week! I, Dawn, am bringing you the first 4 and Eva the last one.

Things have been a little crazy with the massive amounts of snow, Eva’s kids school being closed due to such, & the usual chaos of life. Who can relate?!

Five Things Friday Part 24!

All of our Five Things Friday Posts found HERE!


Yeti Rambler Can Insulator

Eva and I LOVE Yeti products!

I (Dawn) gave my husband and Eva’s husband the Yeti 16 oz. and 12 oz. Rambler Can Insulators for Christmas gifts last year. The boys love their IPA beers and the 16 oz. fits them perfectly.

The 12 oz. fits your standard size sodas, beers etc. I just ordered the 12 oz. (slim) for myself, this fits energy drinks, spiked seltzers and canned wine. (don’t judge! Lol!)

YETI tumblers!! great for IPA's. Five Things Friday Part 24

So easy to use, available in a variety of colors, super compact, durable, dishwasher safe, and most of all keeps beverages REALLY, REALLY COLD!!

Like other Yeti products, these are well worth the money.


Gold Bond Ultimate Age Defense Hand Cream with SPF 20 

Dawn here~ Thanks to COVID my hands have taken a beating. I am constantly washing and sanitizing them.

I am a big Wendy Williams fan – HOW YOU DOIN’? Lol! She is always talking about and applying Gold Bond Age Defense Hand Cream during her talk show. Her hands look so youthful, soft, and smooth that it made me want to try it.

I’m loving it, Thanks Wendy!

Within days my hands were nourished and moistures again. It has a light scent that is not overpowering. GB intensively hydrates hands with seven replenishing moisturizers – including hyaluronic acid and 3 vitamins – including vitamin C. It also has SPF 20 which helps defend against daily sun exposure.

Gold Bond intense hand cream! Five Things Friday Part 24

You only need a “dime size” amount…a little goes along way. I have a tendency to squeeze too much out of the tub (SHOCKER) which leaves a white residue on my skin that takes awhile to absorb.

This is a reliable and effective hand cream! Highly recommend it!


Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

Dawn here~I am BEYOND impressed with COSRX products! They absorb into my mature skin fast and gives my skin a natural glow without any greasy residue.

Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence keeps my skin plump and hydrated. Snail mucin is said to support, repair, and maintain skins moisture.

Snail Mucin by COSRX! Loving this for mature skin. Five Things Friday part 24

Furthermore, snail extract brightens, hydrates, and supports healthy skin repair. It also contains hyaluronic acid (boost skins moisture) and arginine amino acid with antioxidant properties (supports elasticity).

ALL Cosrx products are VERY affordable, dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic, paraben free, sulfate free, phthalate free, and alcohol free.

To use Snail Mucin Power Essence: After cleansing and toner, apply a small amount to entire face and neck, let it absorb into skin. I follow it with Cosrx Hyaluronic Acid (see FTF Part 11) and Cosrx Oil-Free Moisturizer (review on this coming soon).

THIS COMBINATION IS LIKE A MULTI-VITAMIN FOR YOUR SKIN!!!

Ps: I also recommend Cosrx Advanced Snail Peptide Eye Cream


MaxKare Electric Blanket

I (Dawn) got the MaxKare Electric Heated Throw Blanket for a Christmas gift.

We don’t keep our house warm (winter or summer) it’s down right freezing!

Thanks to menopause I sweat ALL night long and I’m cold ALL day long! I can’t, & it’s beyond frustrating! This heated blanket sure has come in handy when I’m working at my desk or relaxing on the couch. It heats up fast and warms me up in minutes. Very easy to use, and it holds heat really well.

the best heated blanket! warms up quick. Five Things Friday Part 24

Blanket features:
                – 50” x 60” size
                – heats up evenly & safely
                – overheating protection
                – 4 hrs auto off
                – 3 heating levels (L-M-H)
                – Flannel & Sherpa (extra warm and cozy)

This blank keeps me quite toasty warm. If you know someone who is always cold, this is a great gift for them.


Air Dry Cream

Eva here!!

I cannot say enough about this Air Dry cream. Dawn & I both love it.

It’s life changing when I need more time in the morning and don’t have the span to blowdry/style, and it also gives my processed blonde hear a break from the heat.

the gorgeous AIR Dry cream! Five Things Friday Part 24

The benefits!

  • Provides texture and frizz-free results
  • Delivers shine and silky smooth softness
  • Leaves hair looking healthy
  • No heat needed
  • Perfect for all hair types

ALSO! This container is HUGE. This will last you FOR-EVER.

Need more time in the day? AIR DRIED hair for the win!!!!
PROOF!!!

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Who has school break next week? Is anyone traveling these days?

We hope you enjoyed this Five Things Friday Part 24.. any questions, just ask!

your favorite cousins!! Dawn & Eva

Makeup Vanishing balm remover!

This incredible makeup vanishing balm remover was found by ACCIDENT!!

I, Dawn, took advantage of a sale with our favorite haircare company, and this somehow was added to my cart and I bought it. When it arrived, I was like hmm, I don’t remember getting this, but it looks pretty and let’s try it!

Eva also does a video below showing how much better it takes makeup off compared to that of makeup wipes 🤩 .

makeup remover balm. all natural!
It melts instantly. It’s so cool!

Let’s get into the details.

What is this? ⬇️

It eliminates the need for HARSH makeup remover (and wipes!) and literally melts into your skin & removes your makeup.

I couldn’t believe how good it felt the first time I used it, and I know Eva absolutely loves it, as well.

It is infused with naturally-derived key ingredients, such as our favorite oil Rejuvenique & Natural Fruit Acids (AHA’s). Like it is really that simple.


Look at the video Eva made – you really see the difference between the vanishing balm and makeup wipes. Incredible!


I swear we don’t have black eyes; it’s the loads of mascara coming off, lol. We both wear at least 3-5 different brands of mascara at one time. So with that said, a good makeup remover is a must

makeup remover balm. all natural! we dont have black eyes lol
makeup remover balm. all natural! we dont have black eyes lol

Eva here – in all seriousness, this is why you will love the makeup balm remover ⬇️


At this point, we both literally don’t find a need for harsh makeup wipes (except for maybe on the go or in an emergency), and have been overly happy with this!

And the fact that Dawn loves it and looks amazing & is aging in reverse (see pic below), I will do whatever she does 🤣🤗

AGING IN REVERSE!!!

Let us help you get this <3 Our goal is always to help you with self-care and to #ageinreverse


FIVE THINGS FRIDAY PART 23

Five Things Friday Part 23 on the very last FRIDAY in January. THANK GOODNESS!!

January is like 17,538 days long. lol. See all previous FTF here.

Five Things Friday Part 23!

This has been a pretty uneventful week for us… which we will gladly take. Are you ready for February?!

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BE WELL SKINCARE!

First things first… Eva here.

I must highlight that I have finally found natural skincare that I can really get behind. Dawn and I are not necessarily woo woo when it comes to this, but we DEFINITELY are all about natural skincare (and haircare) that works.

This explains it all:

Be Well Skin care.. amazing & natural. Five Things Friday Part 23

We are affiliates and you can get 10% off with our code “DAWNANDEVA” – how much better does that get?!

This is a quick review but a full in-depth blog post will be coming soon about Be Well.

I was given the “Get Me Started Kit“. The packaging is gorgeous and the smell is divine. But even better, it really is fantastic and I LOVE the tone of my skin. I cannot wait to get Dawn in on this!

Be Well Skin care.. amazing & natural. Five Things Friday Part 23

It is easy to use. I am digging this.

NO filter & no make up. great BE WELL skincare -
NO FILTER AND NO MAKE UP!!
NO filter & no make up. great BE WELL skincare
Lavender is amazing

Again..more in depth review coming but I couldn’t not share this info with you all immediately and give you a discount code!

The creator, Natalie, has an incredible story. She has MS and was determined to heal herself. Some of you may not know this, but both my sisters have MS. This hit home for me.


Dawn here taking over the next 4!

It Cosmetics Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Mascara

If you ask me what my favorite makeup product is, it’s hands down MASCARA. I don’t leave home without it on.

I was always taught to layer my mascara, and I use 5 different mascaras daily. lol.

My base coat, lengthening primer and lower lash regimen are always the same “staple” products and so is my third layer of mascara. Third layer of mascara is It Cosmetics Hello Lashes.

Hello lashes has the BEST wand/brush, it has a round ball at the tip that lengthens, curls and separates.

best 5 in one mascara - IT Cosmetics. Five Things Friday part 23

This 5-in-1 mascara is made in the USA. It’s paraben-free, fragrance-free, phthalate-free and sulfate-free.

It’s a great formula that builds volume without clumping or flaking. The brush is what separates this mascara from all the rest.

You can check out our Instagram – so many pics of me on there with my long lashes I am proud of also because of this serum!


Proactiv Emergency Blemish Relief

I was beyond thrilled to find Proactiv Emergency Blemish Relief at Ulta.

I’ve always been a big fan of Proactiv acne treatments. I use emergency blemish relief to clear up stubborn pimples or for when I feel a pimple coming on.

This contains 5% benzoyl peroxide that kills bacteria on contact. You should only use this product as a spot treatment by applying a small amount on affected areas and here is why: **Overuse can cause skin irritation and dryness.

acne treatment on the spot. WORKS!!! five things friday part 23

It’s important to use moisturizer and sunscreen after using blemish cream. If you have a pimple or feel one coming out use this immediately, pimples dramatically diminish in days. I have MAJOR luck with this!!


Woolite INSTAclean Permanent Stain Remover

First of all, I am such a dingbat!!! 🤦🏻‍♀️ I totally purchased this by mistake. I thought I was buying Woolite stain remover for delicate laundry. When it arrived I was like what the heck is this…I’ll never use this!

Well guess what?!?! I did need this after all! It’s so true that everything happens for a reason. I accidentally spilled hot tea all over the carpet that I just had professionally cleaned. Ugh! 

Woolite INSTAclean instantly took the stain out. Five Things Friday Part 23

Woolite INSTAclean instantly took the stain out. I was pleasantly surprised how quickly it removed the stain. Not only did it clean well, it has a pleasant smell.

This is a GREAT product to have handy if you have carpets, area rugs, upholstery, kids and pets. **I just got one for Eva. Her Lukey Mister is a disaster. lol.


LEVOIT Air Purifier for Home, H13

This is my first air purifier and I have to say, it’s pretty AMAZING! I noticed right away the change in the air quality in our bedroom.

Story time:

A few months ago I had the carpet in our master bedroom professionally cleaned. The carpet is a light beige color and for some reason it had areas where there were black markets on it. The tech Chris thought the black marks were from heat or dust. Chris suggested (after he cleaned the carpet so beautifully) that we may want to look into getting an air purifier to help keep the air clean from dust particles. I was hesitant at first to purchase one mainly because most of the ones I’ve seen are super large, in my opinion a big EYE SORE!!!

The LEVOIT model that I purchased has so many wonderful features: compact design (not an eye sore), gentle & quiet white noise operation, choose between 2 blue night light settings, change filter indicator, 3 fan speeds, hepa filter which captures pet dander, carbon filter which absorbs smoke, along with other unpleasant odors, 3 stages of filtration that traps dust mites, large particles and pollen.

GREAT FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES!!!

Great air purifier that is NOT an eye sore. Five Things Friday Part 13!

Thanks Triple S Carpet Cleaners, I am extremely happy with your service. Chris was so professional, thorough and knowledgeable. If it weren’t for Chris I would have never purchased this AWESOME Levoit air purifier.

P.S. I also recommend getting replacement air filter: Levoit LV-H132-RF (2 pack).


So that’s it. HAPPY ALMOST FEBRUARY! We hope you enjoyed this week’s Five Things Friday Part 23.

Do you suffer with allergies? What are your thoughts on air purifiers?

Cheers to the weekend.