FIVE THINGS FRIDAY PART 29 is back after a little break last week! Get ready for it.. it’s a good one!

We are coming off a crazy few weeks – Eva’s 37th birthday, Dawn working more hours at her other job, and then all the usual life happenings in between. We have a lot of exciting things coming to stay tuned!

Five Things Friday Part 29 - back at it!!
All previous “FTF” found here

Dawn is giving you the reviews today. She just honestly does them the best! 😍 *remember to click underlined text or pics to be taken to the product.

Boiron Arnicare Gel

First up….random arnicare gel.

Arnica gel is a homeopathic formula with the power that can trigger fast healing processes in the human body.

If you are accident prone like I (Dawn) am, I recommend that you get some arnica gel. A few weeks ago my husband and I both hit our foreheads – not at the same time but the same day. OUCH!!! Needless to say we both ended up with horrible swelling, and bruising on our headaches (sorry no pic. lol). I used arnica gel on my injury and Doug choose not to! Mine healed much quicker and faster than his did.

Arincare Gel - great for bruising. Five Things Friday part 29!

I THOUGHT BINGO!! “We need to include this on our next Five Things Friday post!”

Furthermore, some benefits of Arnica gel in bruise treatment:

  • Removes bruises and skin discoloration fast & effective almost immediately
  • has soothing and cooling effects
  • is NOT a medicine; uses the body’s natural healing power
  • body absorbs the gel quickly
  • use on any skin type (even thin/delicate skin)

All in all, Arnica gel works great helping bruising, swelling, and discoloration heal faster. There is NO odor or staining on clothes. This is a great addition to have in all medicine cabinets!

Spalife Hydrating Collagen Lip Mask

Dawn here~

My lips are ALWAYS dry and chapped, and because of this, I’m constantly exfoliating and hydrating them.

The Spalife lip mask treatments are infused with natural plant collagen, vitamins, hyaluronic acids, rose essence and grape seed oils.

Spa life lip treatments. Five Things Friday Part 29!!!

Let me start by saying I know I look ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS with the mask on. Lol! 🤣

However, I do LOVE them and they make my lips feel soft and hydrated. The collagen helps to stimulate, rejuvenate, and restore lips to their natural beauty.

Easy to use:

  1. open package
  2. apply lip mask to clean lips
  3. lay back relax and let mask absorb into lips for 20 minutes.

*Note: mask does go on lips and the skin around them.

I am happy to say that there is definitely visible results, lips feel plumper, smoother, and look more youthful. This is perfect to freature for FIVE THINGS FRIDAY PART 29!

They’re Real! Magnet Extreme Lengthening Mascara

Dawn here (again hehe)…They’re Real! Magnet Extreme Lengthening Mascara is a long-wearing formula that won’t smudge or dry out – It lengthens, curls, separates, volumizes, and lifts lashes.

Also, the Magnet Mascara works well with or without layering. This has been a nice addition to my mascara regimen.

Benefit THEY'RE real! great one of a kind mascara - FTF part 29

With that said, what I like so much about the magnet mascara is that a little goes a long way – it doesn’t clump or flake and it distributes evenly on lashes. The wand has short bristles spread out which makes it easier to control and gets closer to lash line. It has a magnetically charged core with ingredients formulated in the brush.

THIS IS SCIENCE, super cool and way above my head! Lol 🤣

Give this “one of a kind” mascara a try.

Benefit BrowVo! Conditioning Primer

Dawn here...I’ve learned that it is important to condition your eyebrows. Conditioning your brows makes the hair smooth and restores its natural shine. It can also strengthen the hair to prevent breakage and hair loss.

This formula is suited for ALL brows.

Benefit Cosmetics Browvo! Conditioning Eyebrow Primer is my favorite. (I know we’ve talked about Anastasia before, but hear me out on this one because this is totally different!) This is a clear gel that contains keratin and soy proteins.

Applying to brows before makeup gives them a fuller, thicker and healthier look. Can also be applied before bedtime, wearing conditioner overnight helps to condition eyebrows.

need a brow primer? Benefit has you covered!

Note: this is NOT a growth serum.

For best results add this to your daily routine (morning and night). It truly will make a huge difference!

Do you want us to do a tutorial on this? Let us know!

Farberware Salad Spinner

You are probably thinking OK ladies this is so random – a salad spinner?! But hey we had to feature it for this week’s Five Things Friday. lol. Save the best for last, if you will 🤣

If you prepare your own salads, this is a “MUST HAVE” item. It’s not only for lettuce, it’s good for other produce, fruits, and berries.

The Farberware salad spinner is more than a rinsing and drying device. The basket can be used as a colander, and the clear plastic bowl for serving. We love a multi-use product, you get more bang for your buck!

I (Dawn) make salads every week. There is nothing worse than soggy lettuce. This salad spinner is a quick and easy way to clean, rinse, and dry lettuce. Lettuce comes out crisp and delicious EVERY TIME!

By taking the extra moisture out of lettuce salads last longer without going bad. If I make a big salad on Mon night it will stay fresh throughout the week.

Easy to use: place the desired lettuce (etc) into basket, rinse thoroughly with water, place basket in bowl and cover, pump mechanism a few times and watch it spin away.

After a few seconds use the stopper button. When stopped remove the lid & basket to dump out the water. Repeat if necessary. You will be impressed how well this salad spinner gets rid of excess water.

Two tips:

  1. Do not put in dishwasher, washing by hand works best.
  2. Place a few sheets of damp paper towel on top of the salad and cover it. This helps to keep salad fresh and absorbs any extra moisture.


So now that all is said and done, we are back in action & hope you enjoyed this week’s Five Things Friday Part 29! What product is your favorite featured above? Let us know!

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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.. 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


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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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!

*click the underlined text or pictures to be taken to the product. Our links cost NO money to you but help us a little bit!

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.


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).


dual layer 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.


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…


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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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

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.


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~


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


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!


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 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!! … 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

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” (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.


  • 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


  • 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!

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!!!


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).


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!!!!

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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


Five Things Friday Part 22 is back! All previous 21 are found here.

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Thank you for being patient with us last week.

It was quite the wild ride…if you watched our IG stories, you saw we both had some serious family matters going on.. but THANKFULLY we are all ok and everyone is healthy!!

Five Things Friday Part 22

FIVE THINGS FRIDAY PART 22 let’s get to it.

Bezwecken Topical Oil Blend (Menopause)

You love when Dawn talks about menopause and she’s been meaning to talk about this one for weeks!

Dawn here!

Attention to anyone going through menopause, this might be a product for you to try!

My doctor recommended PhytoB-L 4x to help with my horrible night sweats. She said that this has helped her tremendously with her menopause symptoms. She also told me to be patient, stay consistent, and use as directed.

I must say it took almost 3 weeks or more before I noticed any change with my night sweats.

great topical for menopause! 
Five Things Friday Part 22

Eva and I meet together on Monday mornings, I would go on and on about how I was up all night long sweating. This always made for a rough morning, so we started calling it “MENOPAUSE MONDAY!” She said to me last week “no more menopause Monday?”  I told Eva since I’ve been taking PhytoB-L 4x my night sweats are improving. 

This is all-natural with ingredients including organic coconut oil and vitamin E.

Easy to use: Shake well, apply 2-5 drops under tongue, repeat twice daily. One bottle should last a month.


2 in 1 – Moon Toothbrush & Toothpaste

1 – Moon Soft Bristle Toothbrush Ultra Fine Bristles – 2 pack

I (DAWN) AM OBSESSED with the Moon toothbrushes.

The incredibly soft fine bristles clean my teeth and gums without any irritation. The lightweight handle is modern and sleek and easy to grip for comfort while brushing. I was honestly hesitant about these at first but I am so glad I got them..seriously!


moon toothbrushes - loving this for Five Things Friday Part 22!!

2 – Moon Anti-cavity Whitening Fluoride Fresh Mint Toothpaste

I have been using Moon toothpaste for about 5 months now. I’m not surprised that my teeth aren’t any whiter, nothing seems to whiten my teeth! 😐

On a positive note, after brushing with this my teeth feel super clean, like “I just left the dentist clean”. It has a GREAT flavor and leaves my breath minty fresh.

moon toothpaste - loving this for Five Things Friday Part 22!!

Moon products are 100% vegan and cruelty free. They are also free from SLS/SLES, parabens, animal products and artificial flavors. Eva and I definitely don’t consider ourselves “all-natural” product users but we LOVE when we do find all-natural products that really work.

Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream

We are both loving Mario Badescu hyaluronic eye cream.

Dawn here~ Eva had ordered a MB mini sampler set. One of the products in the set was the hyaluronic eye cream. She told me after one use how hydrating it was. My skin LOVES hyaluronic acid (absorbs it like a sponge) so I ordered it right away.

It also contains aloe, cocoa butter, urea and vitamin E.

Like Eva, I immediately liked it! This is a PERFECT pre-concealer eye cream; goes on light but it’s intensely hydrating. It is also great for dry and tired under eyes.

Mario Badescu hyaluronic eye cream - LOVING this for Five Things Friday Part 22!!

Unbelievable price point for the amount you get.

Eva here – I COULD NOT AGREE more with what Dawn said above! I am obsessed and have posted about this a few times. Great for the price. We love a good deal. I think Mario Badescu has some great products for a good price point – and this is a great place to start if you are new to skincare and/or on a budget.

Cryoderm Pain Relieving Roll-on

LASTLY!! We’ve also been meaning to talk about this one for 2 weeks now.

Cryoderm is hands down the BEST roll on pain reliever! I also love that it comes in a pack of two, because I know Eva and I BOTH keep one at home and in our cars/purse.

I (Dawn) am the QUEEN of injuries, sore muscles, aches and pains! UGH!

Cryoderm - BEST EVER for pain relief. Five Things Friday Part 22

My friend Stephen (hey Steph 😍) introduced Cryoderm to me years ago. I was a fan of Biofreeze but once I started using Cryoderm I’ve never gone back.

Dawn works out a TON!!! Cryoderm to the rescue. Five Things Friday part 22

Eva here – Dawn got me hooked on this 3 weeks ago. My neck was really bothering me (probably from teaching BodyPump or Zumba or both), and the second she put some on me, I felt better in an instant, and of course ordered it right away.

Eva also works out a TON!!! Cryoderm to the rescue. Five Things Friday part 22

Cryoderm contains menthol (I don’t think it smells bad) has eucalyptus in it and MSN. This product is cold, not hot. It is a roll on that dries clear, does not leave residue on skin or clothing. Easy to apply and relieves pain within minutes.

This has been a LIFESAVER over the years. THANK YOU CRYODERM!

Well that is Friday’s Favorite 5 today!! What is your favorite find of the week?


WE ARE BACK with Five Things Friday Part 21! Happy New Year to you all. Ironically this is part 21 for 2021, ha. Check out all our previous Five Things Friday here!

2021 won’t magically change things but it is always nice to have a fresh restart.

Have a look below as we share our favorite five things for this week. We know it’s random 🙃 but we feel there’s something for everyone!

new year and five things friday part 21!!!

Before we get into anything beauty related, I, Eva, am on the edge of my seat to share this small-space laundry rack with you!

*remember, click the underlined text and/or some of the pictures have links to be taken to the product

Wall Mount Laundry Rack

Eva here – my husband found this!! Go Nicky G!

We got this because our washer and dryer is in the basement, and we have a very small basement that acts as laundry, kids play area, and fitness area. It’s crazy we can cram so much in a small space BUT we really maximize it to the fullest with shelves and racks like this one!

I LOVE how this rack looks on the wall first off, but more importantly I love how it’s sleek, folds back in, and only takes up a tiny bit of space when I need it to.

I don’t dry my fitness clothes (for obvious reasons) and so we really need something like this. This helps lay the clothes “flat” & drape them over the wooden rods, and also helps prevent my leggings & sports bra from losing their shape.

best small space drying rack from pottery barn!! friday part 21!!!

Total must-have for laundry if you have an open area like we do. We love it, and love the look!

Handheld Steamer

Before we get into the fun beauty stuff, ha, Dawn here to discuss this cute handheld steamer.

I’m not a big fan of ironing, probably because I SUCK at it! Lol! So in my opinion using a steamer is faster and easier than ironing.

The Conair hand held steamer is perfect for all types of fabrics, linens and drapes. It comes with three different attachments: fabric brush, creaser, and soft cushion brush. The water tank is removable and easy to refill.

Conair handheld steamer, better than ironing!! friday part 21!!!

*Note: it’s best to use distilled water. 

It has two heat settings with dual heat technology: high heat and turbo charged steam to remove deep wrinkles fast. Kills 99.9% of germs, bed bugs and dust mites.

I keep my steamer in my bedroom closet for quick touch ups that give my clothes a polished look.

L’Oreal Collagen

I (Dawn) don’t use this product all the time. For instance, I use it when I feel my skin needs an EXTRA boost. I have those days where my skin looks and feels just dry and saggy, thanks to menopause and being almost 55! 😱

I feel like this hydrates and plumps it up.

best cheap COLLAGEN!!!! for your face. friday part 21!!!

Sometimes I wake up and have a crease in my face from my pillow case (even though I use silk!) I use this and it gets the lines out. It also helps to restore my skins elasticity.

L’Oréal Collagen is only $8.98. Great price and it lasts a long time. Also available at Walmart.

Short & sweet review on this one but it really works, you can’t beat the price, and honestly wanted to keep it brief. 😊

Crest Emulsions

Eva – This is OK. Truthfully, I was sold on this teeth whitening product through an IG ad and found it on Amazon. In full transparency, I have a Chase Credit Card that has Amazon rewards points, and I used some of my points to get half off. I didn’t want to pay full price. lol.

You really do get a lot of product for the price. The applicator is ehhhh – it’s cheap-y. Dawn agrees – she’s not fond of the applicator because it doesn’t feel like good quality. Not to sound bratty but this kit is $50! (but since you get so much product for the price, who cares about the applicator? lol)

crest emulsions for teeth whitening - friday part 21!!!
crest emulsions for teeth whitening - friday part 21!!!

Anyway – I got this because I really don’t like using trays; I want a quick fix and I want to add the product to my teeth and go on my merry way. Definitely agree with the claim that there is NO sensitivity issues! Woohoo, that is a win (the crest strips kill my teeth)!

I have only been using it a week and I don’t even want to share a before & after pic because there is NO DIFFERENCE! lol. I will update you all in like a month…but so far.. not sure it’s worth the price.

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

Dawn here~This product is my secret weapon.

When my face is looking pasty white this is my go to self tanner. It gives me a subtle healthy glow.

Easy to use: mix a few drops of the Clarins Radiance Booster to your moisturizer then apply to face and neck. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly afterwards. This can be used daily or as needed to give skin a light tan without looking streaking or fake.

clarins radiance booster. works great for a pick me up in winter!! friday part 21!!!

So if you are having the winter blues and need a pick me up give this a try.

Have you tried this?!?! I can’t be the only one doing this 🙃

So that’s it for Five Things Friday Part 21!


YOUR FAV COUSINS!!!!  friday part 21!!!


Gift Guides again this week! I know we are so random with that we put together, so thank you for sticking along and reading. 😂 ♥︎


Short version (in order of left to right):

Gift Guide Part 2 - Five Things Friday Part 18!
I mean… you can’t go wrong here!
  1. Yeti Lunch Boxes – here and here.
  2. It Cosmetics Rose Gold Brush Gift Set
  3. Bombas Holiday Socks
  4. Benefit Cosmetics SUPERSTAR SET!
  5. Mac Lipstick Gift Set

Yeti lunch boxtwo parts!

Dawn here~ Eva and I LOVE Yeti products! 

As soon as I saw these adorable lunch boxes I thought what a great holiday gift idea. I currently don’t have them but they will be delivered by the end of the week. I ordered one of each: the packable lunch box for my husband and the lunch box for yours truly. SHOCKER, I had to get one for myself. Lol! 🤣

Both keep food warm and cold and they are water-resistant. Available in multi colors to choose from.


It Cosmetics Rose Gold Brush Set


We love them so much that we did an entire post and video on them.

Here’s some of the reasons why IT makeup brushes are an ideal gift: soft brush bristles that don’t shed, they give a flawless finish, they make blending makeup easy, are light weight, are cruelty free, and they are easy to clean. PHEW that was a lot. lol.

You get 4 amazing brushes and a holder in this set.

IT Cosmetics makeup brushes - great little set to get started!

Share some IT complexion brush love this holiday season.

Bombas Socks

Bombas socks are for men, women, and kids. They are made from high quality materials, and these socks are designed to provide you with engineered comfort and long term durability. Available in a variety of sizes, styles, and patterns.

Honestly, they are bit pricey but WORTH EVERY PENNY. The company donates one pair of socks for every pair purchased.
Give or get your feet the gift of comfort and happiness for the holidays and all year long.

Bombas socks make excellent gifts!!
Dawn’s feet. LOL.

Eva here – As a Fitness INstructor, these are the ONLY SOCKS I WILL USE. They are beyond worth it for the cushion and durability. My feet sweat, yes, but those really hold it in and I don’t feel gross in my sneakers (just being honest).

Benefit Cosmetics – Super Star Value Set!

Benefit Cosmetics is one of my (Dawn) favorite makeup brands (AND MINE!! Eva here!!). This mini wardrobe set features 14 of Benefit’s best must have makeup products. You won’t find this hard to believe, especially if you have been following us, I have EVERY ONE of these products in full size. LOL!

This collection includes: mascaras, primers, powders, liquid eyeliner and “all things” eyebrow that you’ll ever need.

$201 valve for $90!

THE HOLY GRAIL! Benefit Cosmetics you outdid yourself w/ this amazing holiday gift set.

Available online only (Ulta Beauty)

Mac lipstick Set

This is a holiday treat from MAC. Sets include three mini limited edition lipsticks in either pink or red shades along with an adorable fuzzy pouch to carry/store them in.

beautiful MAC lipsticks are great for a gift this season.
I mean seriously.. HOW CUTE IS THIS!!!

Shhh 🤫 Don’t tell Eva, I’m getting the pink hues set for her for Christmas!

Well that is it for this week for Gift Guides!! Are you finding these helpful? We will post this on aslo!


GIFT GUIDES for this Five Things Friday!! Don’t we all need help with gits for the Holidays? Some of these are SO EASY and we are not reinventing the wheel here, but these are things we just love and would LOVE as gifts.

Short version:

gift guides part 1!! a great mix ot items for your everyday gal.
  1. Bum Bum Cream.
  2. Detangler Brush
  3. Cleanser & Hyaluronic Acid
  4. Vest
  5. Mug & Coffee Pot

Long Version below….

In fact, they are items we have actually received as gifts and they were perfect.

Also, most of you have may seen these on our series of Five Things Friday posts.

We talk about this a lot but our THE INFAMOUS BUM BUM CREAM (again, thank you to Taylor to introducing us to this).

Fun fact – it’s pronounced “boom boom”… did you know that?

the amazing best body lotion - BUM BUM CREAM! great gift idea

We wrote an entire post on it… but seriously, the person in your life will thank you for getting this for them. The smell in itself is just amazing.

Sol De Janeiro also has AWESOME gift sets. I, Eva, bought one for Dawn last year for Christmas and she loved it and was instantly hooked.

This one has incredible value for all the products you get. I have been using the perfume spray for months now and love it.

a great gift set by sol de janeiro.. incredible value

We ALSO love bringing you a deal so we cannot forget about our absolute favorite hair brushes. The one where we have a 10% off code for you “THECC”.

Dawn recently got the wet brush (The Divine) I rave about and she is MIND BLOWN.

Like, if there is one brush you are going to pick.. it is that one.

the best detangler brush - will make a GREAT GIFT!!!

A very simple cleanser and hyaluronic acid also make great gifts. There are 2 of our favorites. The hyaluronic acid has an incredible price point, too. THE CLEANSER IS ON MAJOR SALE!!!

great cleanser on sale for MASK-NE!
you cannot beat the price point of this hyaluronic acid!!!
our face feels so good and hydrated with this!

This cleanser is so gentle and great for that dreaded “mask-ne“.

Who doesn’t love a puffy vest?!?! We both have the more expensive North Face ones, but you cannot go wrong with this one as a gift. Telling you, even if you think someone has a vest, they will LOVE this one in addition to their wardrobe!

a very affordable puffy vest ANYONE would wnat in their wardrobe.

Dawn is sporting this on our page also.

LASTLY!! We cannot forget you coffee lovers!!

The best coffee pot. Seriously. No joke.

Eva here – my husband and I love this coffee pot so much we RARELY order coffee out. Just nothing compares. We like to make full pots and this also makes individual cups which is awesome, so you are not wasting a lot.

ALSO… I talk about these mugs constantly, but they are such a good price point and REALLY keep your hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. You truly will never not see me without these. A super gift idea truly for anyone.

But honestly…these mugs can be for anyone. I use them a lot for my protein shakes, also. My participants at the gym can attest – I always have one of these in my hand.

That’s it for today and we will have more coming. Of course, we have many, many ideas (LOL.. well Dawn does)

Happy Thanksgiving Week!!!