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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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 & 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 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.


The title, “Wrinkles Shcminkles” is not a joke. This is actually what the brand & company is called!

Dawn here!

I am giving you my review of the Wrinkles Schminkles brand silicone patches.

wrinkles schminkles- medical grade silicone patches for face, neck, & chest!
Such pretty packaging 😍

A little background: I was sold on this through a Talk Show on TV where Brooke Burke talking about it. She peeled it off her chest and I looked them up and was like OMG I NEED THIS. lol.

Amazon to the rescue.

You may have seen that makeup artists have been using them for quite some time, however, they weren’t available to public. Now are finally available and are globally certified.

wrinkles schminkles for eyes!!! these rock
For under-eyes…look funny but hey, they work!

True story: I noticed a difference the VERY FIRST TIME I used it.

You ready for a laugh?

I wore these to bed the first time I used them and my husband had some sort of bad dream & woke up screaming… so I woke up screaming. He took one look at me and goes, “Is there something on your face?…. wait.. I’m not even going to ask” LMAO!!!! Then the next morning he says, “Did you have something on your face in the middle of the night?”

Obviously one of those stories best told in person but Eva and I cannot stop laughing over this.

Anyway, you may be wondering why I keep trying everything…. well I have biggest fear of needles and honestly have not done botox. So this is why I keep trying every beauty product I can get my hands on.

So let’s get into the details.

wrinkles schminkles- medical grade silicone patches for face, neck, & chest!

wrinkles schminkles- medical grade silicone patches for face, neck, & chest!

See pics above…this is how it looks on! ForeheadEyesNeckChest (click underlined text).(Mouth & lip is sold out)

Here are some notes on the Wrinkles Schminkles:

  • They are for both MEN and WOMEN!
    • Women options: eyes, chest, mouth, neck, forehead & hands
    • Men options: eyes & forehead
  • 100% medical grade silicone patches
  • Relieves wrinkles & fine lines overnight – but also can be use during the day for 1-2 hours.
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Cruelty free
  • Made in the USA
  • Certified GLOBALLY! FDA, ARTGA, & EU
  • THE BEST PART – they are REUSABLE! Approx 15-20 uses out of each patch.


  • 1st, clean & dry skin
  • 2nd, peel away plastic layer of the silicone patch to reveal adhesive
  • 3rd, stick patches on targeted area
  • 4th, wear while sleeping or 1-2 hours during the day
  • 5th, clean after use with Wrinkles Schminkles cleanser (need to purchase separately and it seems to be out of stock! ARGH!) & let dry
  • 6th, stick patches on storage sheet.


IT REALLY WORKS! Literally relieves wrinkles & fine lines overnight. I am a huge fan. I hope Eva gets them next because she’s always so paranoid about her under-eyes.

Not trying to brag but I am really happy with my skin – and I turn 55 on Thursday the 14th!

Eva and I took this picture yesterday ⬇️

Wrinkles Schminkles silicone patches definitely be added to our Favorite Skincare Page!

Any questions for us? We are always happy to answer and/or help!


Gift Guides Part 4 (Five Things Friday Part 20!!!!!) is coming at you! This will be our last Five Things Friday until January 2021! In all honesty, we feel everyone needs a break from blogs, social media, shopping and/or spending $, and we are sensitive to that!

See Part One, Two, and Three!

We are going to keep this post light, easy, and fun. Have a look below and hope you are staying sane in the final days of 2020!

gift guides part 4!!! five things friday part 20 with a random mix!
Links are below ⬇️

AB Roller | Resistance Bands | Spanx Original | Spanx Moto | Tumbler | Blanket #1 | Blanket #2 | Back & Neck Massager | Charging Station | Copper Mugs | mac run the show kit | bareminerals lip gloss set | LED Mirror | men’s slippers | women’s slippers | SPLURGE Gucci Belt!

The Gucci Belt is one of my (Eva) favorites. It is a TOTAL SPLURGE but I am seriously obsessed with this belt, and I have had it for years. Quality is top notch.

With that said, a great alternative, though, are the belts at Express. You cannot go wrong for a much, much better price. Express belts are Dawn’s favorite, by the way. You see her in many outfits on our page wearing it!

Even if you don’t need x-mas gifts, I am sure some of you know someone with a January birthday and could use these ideas! Fun Fact – my son, Luke, will be 2 on Jan 4th. It is definitely crazy trying to buy Christmas and Birthday gifts for him 😉 I’ve been scouring gift guides myself. haha.

We hope you have enjoyed our Gift Guides. They are always fun to put together and get creative with at the same time.


Gift Guides Part 3 (Five Things Friday Part 19, wow) is coming at you! We will keep it short & sweet.


Short Version (in order of left to right):

Look at this pretty-ness 😍
  1. Bling Jewelry Cursive Script Initial Pendant Necklace
  2. Nest Fragrance Candle and Reed Diffuser Set (Holiday Scent)
  3. Morphe Eyeshadow Palette
  4. CeraVe Healing Ointment
  5. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
  6. L’ange Le Duo 360 Air Flow Styler

Bling Jewelry Cursive Script Initial Pendant Necklace

Jewelry makes a great gift for any occasion.

I (Dawn) love wearing initial necklaces. I thought this one was unique because the letter is in script. Of course, I had to get one for myself. Lol!

I was pleasantly surprised (especially for the price) to see the quality of the pendant. The charm is sterling silver with pave cubic zirconia stones, that comes with a 16 in chain.

gorgeous Initial necklace. good price & makes a great gift. GIFT GUIDES PART 3!!

This is a nice addition to have for your jewelry collection.

Nest Fragrance Candle and Reed Diffuser Set (Holiday Scent)

Dawn here~I wrote a review on our FTF Part 10 post about my obsession with Nest fragrances.

They smell so incredibly insanely AMAZING without being overpowering.

best fragrance for holidays! Gift guides part 3

The Nest Fragrance Holiday Scent Candle&Reed Diffuser Set is a blend of pomegranate, mandarin orange, pine, cloves and cinnamon with a touch of vanilla and amber.

Treat yourself or someone else to this lovely gift set.

Morphe Eyeshadow Palette


Morphe, you never disappoint. Eva and I both have this eyeshadow palette. Not only are the colors beautiful, you can’t beat the price! There are 35 different colors to choose from, a mix of matte and shimmery shades.

YOU CANNOT BEAT THE PRICE OF THESE EYESHADOWS! A GREAT gift for someone who loves makeup and you don't want to spend a ton!
OBSESSED is an understatement.

I, Eva, love this SO VERY MUCH because the price is fantastic AND you can create so many gorgeous looks with this. It is extremely versatile and really easy to use. I have paid double for eyeshadow palettes in the past and NO MORE will I do that after discovering Morphe.

CeraVe Healing Ointment

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

2 in 1 post 😊

We are BIG fans of CeraVe products!

CeraVa Healing Ointment contains petrolatum, hyaluronic acid and ceramides, which helps to restore and protect chapped, cracked, and chafed skin.

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream contains hyaluronic acid (one of our favs) and ceramides. These ingredients help to improve dry skin.

ALL CeraVe products are fragrance free and non-irritating.

These make great stocking stuffers.

L’ange Le Duo 360 Air Flow Styler

Check out our Instagram feed / Reel @thecousinconnections to see us having fun using this styler.

This is an “all in one” curling and straightening tool. Easy to use because it’s lightweight, has adjustable heat settings, titanium plates, and tiny air vents that cools to lock in style and shine.


GIFT GUIDES PART 3!! best hair tool!!!

I mean.. look at how great our hair came out!

I mean.. look at how great our hair came out! this tool is a great gift! 2 in 1. GIFT GUIDES PART 3!!

Well that is it for this week for Gift Guides part 3!! We hope you are enjoying them, since we love to put them together. We will post this on aslo!


TGIF! Five Things Friday Part 9 is here, and we have, as always, a good mix to share with you!

How is everyone’s October going? Hopefully you are all happy, healthy, and safe.

SO, let’s get to it! To clarify, we both collaborate on the product reviews… some are by Eva solely, some Dawn soley, and some are mix. We always will tell you whose voice it is. First up is Eva, and Dawn the remaining 4!


I, Eva, bought this cream for my son. He has major eczema and this was recommended to me to help clear his skin. THIS WORKS!

Luke will go to bed with what feels like a million dry eczema spots on his hands, arms, and legs and with a heavy dose of this on his body, he will wake up clear. It’s awesome. Just ask my husband – he feels the “wrath of Eva” when he forgets to put this on Luke at night when I’m teaching at the Edge. 😂

Cerave best cream - five things friday part 9!

Consequently, I love it so much on him that I also use it now when my hands AND face are feeling extra dry. I mean in all honesty I would not use this on your face often – it is thick and I worry it may cause breakouts but it is really awesome for hands, arms, creases of elbows, knees, and legs.

In short, super simple review but really this moisturizing lotion rocks.

Next up is Dawn, and we will continue with the beauty products and end with 2 home product.

Billion Dollar Brows Butter Pomade

Dawn ~ Now that I’m getting older I’ve noticed that my eyebrows are very sparse. The “sparse-ness” is even more noticeable because my eyebrows are so dark.

As a result, I’ve tried “many” eyebrow products to help cover my bare spots. The only one that completely covers, blends effortlessly, and has a long lasting effect is Billion Dollar Brown Butter Pomade.

I love that it comes with a mini brush to help with application. Depending on whether you like natural or bold looking eyebrows, the texture of the pomade butter glides on smooth to cover brows and skin with a flawless finish.

billion dollar brows. great for filling in and easy to use. five things friday part 9!

So, Ipsy introduced this product to me about a year ago, and I just had to order a refill (so it does last a long time) a few weeks ago. When placing my order I decided to add another one for Eva to try. Would love to hear what she thinks of it…

(Eva – my color is too light – I need the darker one to really have an opinion 😉 HOWEVER the application is super easy the brush and product really do go on effortlessly like Dawn said. If you are blonde, get the darker color and not the taupe.. it’s too gray looking).

Speaking of eyes, let’s discuss some eye drops I really love.

Lumify Eye Drops

Dawn~ I have very sensitive eyes they are always irritated, dry and red from allergies, dry from makeup, and dry from being tired.

I received a free sample several months ago in the mail of Lumify Eye Drops by Bausch&Lomb. I was hesitant at first to use it but I am constantly putting some kind of drops in my eyes so I figured why not give this a try!

Just one drop in each eye and I felt instant relief. The dryness, itchiness and 100% of the redness was gone in seconds. 

lumify eye drops, works wonders for dry eyes. five things friday part 9

This is a little more expensive than other similar products but well worth it!

Above all, I love Lumify so much that I have it in my medicine cabinet, makeup bag, suitcase, gym bag, beach bag, purse and car! 

Next… there are 2 “home” products I am going to take you through.

Downy Wrinkle Releaser

So, #4 really is worth discussing.


I (Dawn) use this everyday on my exercise shirts. It refreshes and get the wrinkles out without having to take the iron out. As a result, this has truly been a lifesaver for me because I always seem to be in a hurry.

Simple and easy to use: spray and stretch the wrinkles out by pulling or gliding your hand over the fabric.

downy wrinkle release, great for on the go!! five things friday part 9

To be clear, it will NOT remove every single wrinkle but it works great on cotton.

Also, great to use before ironing or steaming to help get deep wrinkles out. Sometimes I will spray on my clothes and put them in the dryer for a few minutes, and they come out ready to wear.

I don’t travel without the mini size – it’s always in my suitcase.

One last thing: my husband who LOVES to iron has been using DWR daily on his work clothes, and he is so pleased with the results that he hasn’t use the iron in months!!!

Eva – I LOVE THIS!! Dawn’s review couldn’t be more spot on. Often times for my previous office job, I needed to absolutely take wrinkles out of shirts, and I NEVER have time to iron and this worked perfectly. Thumbs up.

Critter Ridder

The last one for Five things Friday Part 9, and this one makes perfect sense as we are putting pumpkins outside.

Dawn here for the last product! If you love to decorate your front porch, balcony, deck, yard, etc. (as much as I do) for Fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving you will more than likely have a pumpkin or two or in my case 80…. not a typo, I really have over 80 pumpkins of all shapes, sizes and colors in my yard! AND… Animals “LOVE” to eat pumpkins!!

Not only does this ruin them it makes quite a MESS! 😡 I’ve tried just about everything to deter them from taking a bite out of them. My husband found Critter Ridder at Home Depot and told me to give it a try.

critter ridder, really works to prevent animals from eating your pumpkins! five things friday part 9!

*by the way, I have searched high and low on price points and Home Depot has the best price.

To be honest, I thought this is going to be another waste of time and money! I have to say I was pleasantly surprised: it actually down right shocked me that it worked.

I GENEROUSLY sprayed all of my pumpkins with Critter Ridder and I do reapply after it rains.

Critter Ridder is an organic animal repellent that contains three different peppers, the oil of black pepper, pipeline and capsaicin. It works on animal’s sense of smell, taste, and touch. The website says that the sensation is similar to biting into a red-hot jalapeño.

My biggest advice is to…REMEMBER TO REAPPLY AFTER HEAVY RAIN!!! I highly recommend this product as an effective safe way to deter animals from eating your pumpkins!

PHEW if you got through that one! To sum it up, that was #5 and the last.

As always, and we mean it, we enjoyed putting this together for our Five Things Friday #9! (See our previous FTF here)

Hope you are having a wonderful Friday. In addition, remember today is also Fashion Friday! We are also on and you can easily shop our looks – it is such an AWESOME (and user-friendly) platform!

dawn and eva.. typical post gym selife @ the Edge Norwalk. five things friday part 9!


Happy almost October and welcome to another video review! We are obsessed with IT COSMETICS makeup brushes.

Through the years we have tried so many different brushes, and always go back to IT.

So, we love them so much we did a video and show you my, meaning Eva’s, unconventional way to contour. Super simple and almost embarrassing how easy it may be.. but hey, it works (for me, at least!).

It Cosmetics brushes w/  unconventional contouring!
Eva doesn’t have much makeup on because she did a lash lift in the morning. Post coming soon!

First up.. here’s the video and the info on IT Cosmetics will be immediately following.

We were having fun during this and Dawn just kills me! I’ve watched this video back and cannot stop laughing at us. Anyway, I definitely use a few of the non-contouring brushes FOR contouring – as I like to say, “off label” use.

Here’s a little break-down of why we love the IT Cosmetics Makeup Brushes so much!

Everything is also laid out nicely on our page, and you can get all the links to the bronzers, brushes, etc.

*Click on picture to be taken to image with links.

*We may earn a small commission on the links, and the support is greatly appreciated!

our page has everything covered for you for the IT Cosmetics brushes!

So, we hope you enjoyed the video & got something out of it. If you have any questions, please let us know. What is your favorite way to contour? Do you use brushes in an “off label” type of way?


TWO MONTHS! Here we are with FIVE THINGS FRIDAY PART 8! Very exciting.

You will also notice this week we’ve been more active on our newest platform, We can share so much more there and the experience is very easy – a link is right there for everything in our picture! Doesn’t get better than that, honestly. There is so much more we will be sharing in the coming weeks. Stay up to date and join our email list (form below).

Anyway… as promised, here are our 5 favorite things this week. The first 2 are Eva’s reviews and last 3 are Dawn’s.

five things friday part 8!

Glossier Priming Moisturizer Balance

Eva – So… I discovered this on an Instagram ad. No joke. I am always sold on those things!

I have really obnoxious oily skin as the days goes on. For years now, I have been on the hunt for a good primer, and I try everything I can get my hands on. There wasn’t high hopes for this, but the description sold me:

Glossier primer great for oily skin. Five things friday part 8!

Balancing oil without drying skin? YES PLEASE! My first time using it, I was like, OMG, this feels amazing on my skin. It felt so soothing. And honestly, I use it at night now, as well, because it feels that refreshing. IDK if I am supposed to but hey, whatever works!

I am also a sucker for pretty

If you have oily/combination skin that gets worse in the afternoons.. and even if you don’t.. I highly recommend this primer. It’s light and just really feels great on the skin, and it DOES work.

Get 10% off your first order and free shipping with orders of over $30. Yes!

Next onto an item you’ll never not see me using at the gym…

Trident White Peppermint Gum

For #2, if you guessed GUM… you are correct!

I always need gum in my mouth when teaching Bodypump and Zumba. Honestly I am not chewing & chomping it, but I just have it in my mouth because I found it prevents my mouth from drying out. I talk a lot on the mic through teaching BodyPump, and I don’t have time to really drink water, so this helps a ton!

I also use this because it’s one of the few chewing gums that does not disintegrate as I teach. *Most* gums I have tried fall apart, melt, and I end up swallowing it. This stays completely in tact through 2 hours of teaching. WIN!

This gum is also great for after meals and just everyday use. I have it as an Amazon subscription basis every 2 months. So I do get good use out of it & it lasts a while.

best chewing gum when teaching fitness classes. Five things friday part 8!

Does it whiten my teeth? No. Definitely not. Can’t have it all.. haha.

#3, #4, and #5 are all Dawn, so here you go! and I have to be honest, she really gives the best reviews!

Tweezerman Folding iLashComb

Dawn here and taking over the next 3!

THIS IS THE GREATEST LASHCOMB EVER! Definitely an essential item in my daily makeup routine.

I do apply several different layers of mascara, anywhere from 3 to 5 (and I know Eva does the same). I use the iLashcomb in between mascara applications to help separate, lengthen, and remove excess mascara & clumps. The comb is metal so the teeth are strong and SHARP! 

iLash comb - best for de clumping lashes. Five Things Friday part 8!!

I gently clean the residual mascara off the teeth with a makeup wipe or hydrogen peroxide on a cotton square, let dry, fold, and store in my makeup bag.

I’ve yet to find another product that gives my eyelashes such amazing definition! Tweezerman products are quality made so they can be pricey but well worth it!

If you are obsessed with long perfect lashes like I am, I highly recommend you add this to your makeup routine!

I am next going to take you to my favorite face cleanser.

Bobbi Brown Soothing Face Cleanser

I believe that taking good care of your skin starts with a good deep cleanser. My go to cleanser is Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil (Note, this is different & and different use from our Favorite Skin Oil we wrote about on Tuesday).

I’ve been using it for quite some time now – I’m constantly buying new cleansers to try and I ALWAYS go back to it!

Bobbie brown face cleansing oil - the best for my dry skin. Five Things Friday part 8!!
look at this gorgeous bottle!

Most cleansers leave my face feeling dry and tight, NOT THIS ONE!!

Not only does it leave my skin feeling AMAZING and smells delightful, but it removes ALL of my makeup – and I mean EVERYTHING (even waterproof mascara)!!

I have sensitive skin and this oil cleanser doesn’t irritate or cause breakouts like other products do. Don’t let the fact that it’s an oil based product scare you, it does NOT leave any oil residue on your face, it leaves your skin feeling clean and hydrated!


Eye Lift 360 Waterproof Primer

Last but not least, a primer I am also hooked on.

*please note this is absolutely not sponsored; we genuinely want to share this product.

I purchased this primer when it first launched and I’m so thrilled that I did!

Finding the right product for under my eyes is a huge struggle, and what intrigued me about this primer is that it works all around the eyes and provides anti-aging benefits. I honestly was thinking this would end up with all of the rest of my under eye products – in a basket collecting dust! 😂

eyelift 360 primer, obsessed! Five Things Friday part 8!


I use it everyday, and you just need a very little bit under eyes and then blend it in. It can also be used on the eyelids & smile lines or as I call them “parentheses lines” around the mouth. Directions recommend to use before adding concealer but I use just the primer only. I like the way it smooths out my eyes without making them look dry and flaky. The older I get the more difficult it is for me to find products that are light enough to cover my imperfections without it looking caked on!

(Eva here – I have not tried this but I am hating my undereyes at the moment so now I am sold on this. HA!)

You can get $10 off your first order here.

Thrive 360 waterproof primer keeps my eyes looking clean and fresh for the ENTIRE day!

That concludes PART 8 of Five Things Friday! Do you have a favorite under eye product? That is always something we are looking for.


We have a holy grail product to share that is the best oil for your SKIN & HAIR!

And trust us when we tell you, a little goes a long way.

THE BEST OIL FOR SKIN & HAIR product..rejuvenique!
I mean, seriously! Look. how gorgeous 😍

THIS IS A REAL AND UNEDITED VIDEO by Dawn! We wanted to give it to you completely straight.

More details below.

As you can see from my video above, I literally use this for so many different reasons.

  • New Rejuvenique Light – fairly new – I just ordered two days ago & can’t wait to try.
  • It is a “multi-use” oil product.
  • A little goes a long way!
  • I use it on my face, neck, hair.
  • ALSO use it on my elbows, knees, feet AND cuticles!
  • Please note, it is heavy so I only use it on my face before bedtime.
directions for applying Rejuvenique..the best hair and body oil!
Rejuvenique on my cuticles! THE BEST OIL FOR SKIN & HAIR


I really need to point out first and foremost that this little holy grail of a bottle will last you a long time. I can only speak for myself, but I have had mine for about a year now. That is how little of product you need.

I don’t use it the same way as Dawn. I have had a history of dark circles under my eyes. Since I was a kid (like 8 years old) people would always ask me if I had two black eyes, and it’s definitely carried into adulthood. Also, the skin under my eyes is extremely dry. So, this magic-ness in a bottle I use really for my eye area. A SMALL dab under both! There is 100% a difference when I use this consistently; less black and blue look and more moisture (as in, my makeup doesn’t flake all over).

Rejuvenique under my eyes to help with dark circles. THE BEST OIL FOR SKIN & HAIR

As I am getting older and in my almost late 30’s, I LOATHE the wrinkles under my eyes.

I do feel like the claim stands true above that it does help smooth out fine lines (ie, leave skin looking healthy).

Sometimes I put it in my hair at night since I use so much heat and bleach (blonde hair is hard work, I tell ya!).

Dawn’s video, though, really explains it is all 92 seconds.

iphone11 max portrait mode in STUDIO light.. it is life changing!!

We are here to get this in your hands on the best oil we’ve found for your skin & hair … just let us know you are interested and we will be in touch! (click link to contact or DM us on IG)

Lastly, we want to hear from YOU! What is your ONE beauty product you cannot live without?


Hey there! Five Things Friday Part 7(!!!) coming in hot. 7 weeks of creating blog posts and it’s gone by incredibly fast. Broken record saying this but we are truly enjoying creating the content for you all!

Can you also believe it is FALL in just a few days? We are LOVING this cooler weather!

Five Things Friday part 7!!!

Today is a good mix of items… mostly from Dawn ♥︎

Origins Ginger Body Scrub

Dawn here! I’ve been using this product for years, since the 90’s!

I remember going to visit my friend Lisa at her new job at the Origins Store in the Stamford Mall.  She was excited to be working for a company using natural & organic products. She introduced so many wonderful products to me, one being the Incredible Ginger Body Scrub. I’ve been using it ever since!!!

Origins Ginger Body Scrub..part of our five things friday!

Love the way it gently exfoliates my rough, dry skin and leaves it feeling soft and rejuvenated! I’m totally obsessed with the smell of it!

Another “staple” product of mine…. It’s in my shower at all times!

You can also get a deal, code “FAM20”:

deal you can snag for the ginger body scrub!

New Skin Liquid Bandage

OK so the second one is also from me, Dawn.

I am an accident waiting to happen. I’m constantly injuring myself! Ugh! #thestruggleisreal.

On Sunday while unloading my dishwasher I sliced my finger open right on my knuckle with a sharp knife!! OUCH!! Once I cleaned up the wound I applied New Skin.

new skin - great for healing skin... part of Five Things Friday part 7!

I’m sure many of you probably heard of or have already used New Skin but for those that haven’t, it’s a must have in your medicine cabinet.

It is a waterproof liquid bandage for your skin that heals your cuts like magic within days. I have to warn you that it does string a little!

This product has been life changing for me and my husband who is also accident prone! It must be a family thing! Lol!

Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps (GF) Minis Original Flavor

PHEW! That is a long title for #3!

Dawn here..again. Let me start by saying I do have a sensitivity to gluten but I do not have celiac disease.

THESE PRETZELS ARE MY #1 GO TO SNACK! Only 110 calories for 35 minis! They are thin, crispy, and full of pretzel flavor, so you won’t believe that they are gluten free. 

great gluten free mini pretzels!

When Eva’s daughter Caroline comes to my house she always ask for some of “Auntie Dawn’s yummy pretzels!” (Eva here – every time I am with Dawn, which is weekly, she has 1-2 bags in her purse at all times and is constantly eating them. lol)

They can be difficult to find in stores so I stock up on them from walmart.

If you are a pretzel lover I suggest you give these adorable tasty minis a try!

Next up..some makeup and hair ♥︎

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

We are almost through the list at #4!

Dawn – This is the only mascara that I can wear on my bottom lashes that won’t give me raccoon eyes, and it’s very long lasting!!

The wand and bristles are teeny tiny (half the size of a regular brush), which is perfect for coating lower lashes precisely. I even use this on my upper lashes as a finishing coat.

teeny tiny mascara - clinique lower lash. Five Things Friday Part 7!
Teeny Tiny Mascara!

I highly recommend if you like your lower lashes to POP!!!

P.S. I purchased one for Eva to try so I’m curious to hear what she thinks….

Eva here – I just tried it this morning and really like it. Dawn’s assessment above is exactly how I feel – it’s very precise and impossible to clump. Clumping is my pet-peeve on my bottom lashes. To be honest, I didn’t even know this existed; Dawn told me about it & then surprised me with it. Super happy with the results, and I like having a mascara to evenly do the bottom lash, which is my biggest challenge!

SO! Last but not least….

Dry Bar Detox Conditioner

#5! Last one for today.

We have all heard of dry shampoo, but it’s rare you hear about a “dry conditioner“, right?

We both really love this dry conditioner.

Detox Dry Condioner. we both love this! Five Things Friday part 7

I (Dawn) especially like it when my hair looks dull and my ends look frizzy and dry! Every morning I spray it on my ponytail before I do anything.

I (Eva) love to use this after sweaty double late-night fitness classes I teach at the gym.

To be honest…we both struggle to find a REALLY good dry shampoo. Does anyone have any recommendations?

If we had to choose, we do like Dry Bar brand as pictured below, but we are still on the hunt something just a tad better, which is why we 100% gravitate towards the dry conditioner. Just works better for both of us!

Decent dry shampoo. We are still on the hunt for the BEST though!

Quick review for this one…but sometimes we like to just keep it straight to the point. ha!

So there it is…our Five Fav’s for this week (part 7!) Read Part 6 here.

Another week down and the weekend is here!

What is everyone up to this weekend? Any questions – we are here to answer!

XO, Dawn & Eva


Let’s get personal in a Q&A video form, shall we? Last week we asked our social media channels what questions they had for us.

We didn’t expect our answers to be what they were, but in the video below you will get more personal with us.

We went off on a quite a few tangents…shocker. But this ultimately led us in a few directions we are glad to share with you all, and could be some important topics to discuss in the future. We wrote out a FAQ question you can also find here.

dawn & eva. getting personal Q&A style.

Some things discussed (not necessarily in the order below):

  • Our first memories of each other
  • Why Dawn doesn’t have kids
  • Workout schedules
  • Menopause and how things change in your 30’s vs 50’s
  • Our bad habits
  • Fertility & things people don’t talk about
  • Of course…some makeup

We hope you enjoyed learning more about us & what we are doing in this space. As always, we have a ton more to share in the coming weeks. If there are any questions, please let us know! Hope you are all enjoying this amazing & cooler weather here in Fairfield County!

dawn & eva. getting personal Q&A. out takes!
here’s a fun out-take for you all… because as serious as we got, sometimes you just can’t take yourself too seriously, either! (lol)