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!!!


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

FIVE THINGS FRIDAY PART 22

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.

AMAZING RESULTS!!!


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!

THESE TOOTHBRUSHES ARE A DREAM!!! 🤩

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?


FIVE THINGS FRIDAY PART 21

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!

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!!!

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

GIFT GUIDES – FIVE THINGS FRIDAY PART 18

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

SEE PART ONE GIFT GUIDES HERE!

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.

PERFECT GIFT FOR ANYONE WHO PACKS THEIR OWN FOOD TO GO!


It Cosmetics Rose Gold Brush Set

WE ARE OBSESSED WITH IT COSMETIC MAKEUP BRUSHES!!!

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.
NICK ARE YOU READING THIS?????

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 LIKEtoKNOW.it aslo!


GIFT GUIDES – FIVE THINGS FRIDAY PART 17

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 LIKEtoKNOW.it 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!!!


FIVE THINGS FRIDAY PART 16

Five Things Friday Part 16 on a delayed start this chilly Friday morning! 🙃

I, Eva, have had some major computer issues this morning. AHHHHH it is always something, right?!

ANYWAY!

Let’s get to it. And..did you know our FTF is all found in one place? Our five things could always make some great gift ideas for the holidays!

Dawn is the brains behind this weeks FTF. I know I say this a lot but her reviews are just THE BEST!

Five Things Friday Part 16!

dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion

First up we will discuss some beauty and then end with a home product.

dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion is a combination of a physical and chemical exfoliation that deep cleans and refines pores. It removes impurities that lead to clogging and contesting pores.

The scrub itself is really fine so it’s not harsh on your skin. However, I (Dawn) recommend that you use this product sparingly and only a few times a week. Overuse can cause irritation and dryness. WE DON’T WANT THAT TO HAPPEN!!!

a little goes a long way with this poredermabrasion - five things friday part 16

Dampen skin with water and gently massage exfoliator onto skin. Leave on for a minute or two, rinse well and pat dry.
I have been using this for quite sometime now.  I’ve noticed with consistent use, this product does wonders: my pores are visibly smaller.

I know it is pricey, but a little goes along way. WORTH EVERY PENNY!


Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover 

Dawn here~ I’m pretty sure most everyone has heard of Clinique, they have been around since 1968. You may even have used this product before, Take the Day Off Makeup Remover for lids, lashes, and lips but for anyone who hasn’t, you don’t know what you are missing.

I’ve used it for years and stopped for no reason at all except for the fact that I’m  constantly experimenting with new products. I tend to do that often!

Several years ago I purchased another Clinique product, this makeup remover came with it as a sample. The light bulb went off in my head that this was one of the best products I’ve ever used to remove stubborn mascara, eyeliners and lipsticks that stain your lips. For everyone that follows us knows that I’m obsessed with mascara and Eva’s lipstick is always on point.

great eye make up remover by classic clinique - five things friday part 16
LOOK AT THAT!!!!!

This dissolves and lifts away long lasting makeup, even waterproof mascara without tugging, stinging and burning. This is vegan free along with being free of, synthetic colors, gluten, denatured alcohol, talc, SLS&SLES.

To use: Shake bottle WELL, saturate cotton ball or pad, sweep gently on eyes & lips until makeup is removed then rinse.

If your haven’t tried this yet, give it a try. Removes eye & lip makeup quicker and better than the rest.


Benefit Roller Liner (Black)

Well now that your makeup is off, let’s talk about putting it back on. LOL!

Dawn and Eva~When we want a more dramatic look the Benefit Roller Liner in black is our go to liquid eyeliner. The precise felt tip glides on easy, dries quick, and it is long lasting.

amazing liquid eye liner for a more dramatic look - five things friday part 16

I (Dawn) tend to use a pencil eyeliner because I was extremely nervous about using a liquid eyeliner. In other words, it felt like it would be difficult to deal with. I was also concerned it would bleed into my already sensitive eyes. Well, I was wrong about all of the above.

Not only is this Benefit Eye Liner BEYOND easy to use, the formula is waterproof and it stays in place all day long. The pigment is a perfect matte black. I find if you use little strokes it’s easier to control the pen, end results are flawless.

dramatic look with Benefit Liquid Eye Liner - five things friday part 16
Let’s get dramatic!! (With eyeliner, that is 🙃)

If you like liquid eyeliners this lives up to all expectations!


CeraVe Healing Ointment

With the weather changing and skin is getting dry, we had to mention this ointment!

Dawn here~ Eva mentioned in our FTF Part 9 post how much she loves CeraVe, I couldn’t agree with her more. She reviewed the moisturizing cream, I’m going to review the healing ointment.

a great healing ointment by CeraVe - five things friday part 16

My forearms are chafing from all of the planking I do daily. I usually put a towel on top of my exercise mat when I plank, and I am pretty positive that is what’s irritating my skin.

On one of my many Ulta Beauty shopping trips I picked up the CeraVe healing ointment and decided to give it a try on my forearms. It worked so well that I’ve been using everywhere I have dry skin, even on my face. It’s non-irritating but note it is thick so you only need a small amount.

Sidebar: This is also great for your CHAPPED LIPS!

a great healing ointment by CeraVe - five things friday part 16
Close up view… and definitely a non-greasy feel

CeraVe healing ointment is formulated with petroleum, hyaluronic acid, and ceramics which provides extra protection against chafed, chapped and cracked skin. It’s lightweight yet intensely hydrating, fragrance free and lanolin free to minimize the risk of irritation. One of my favorite things besides it contains hyaluronic acid is not only is it healing, it’s non greasy and really locks in moisture.

If you have extremely dry chapped skin, this is the product for you.

Winter is coming so stock up!!!


Guardsman Furniture Touch Up Kit

This may seem super random, but trust us on this one. Ending our Five Things Friday with a home product we think ANYONE would want/need that really does work.

Dawn here~If you have wood furniture or floors in your house that have minimal damage, such as knicks, marks, scratches, and stains the Guardsman touch up kit is a MUST HAVE. Grab your handy touch up kit, pick the color which matches best, and then dab pen along the mark. IT’S THAT SIMPLE!

super inexpensive way to fix wooden furniture! five things friday part 16

Pros:
        – package has (3) shades of markers: light, medium and dark
        – long lasting
        – dries in seconds
        – matches well

Can be used on tables, chairs, cabinets, wood trim, floors, doors and other wooden surfaces.

Cons: Only have one! If cap is left off of the marker they will dry out. If that happens here is a tip: soak tips in rubbing alcohol that should bring them back to life.

super inexpensive way to fix wooden furniture! five things friday part 16
This is my storage cabinet in my kitchen…blurry but you get the point

Great product to always have around the house for quick touch ups!


So, on another note. Are you ready for Thanksgiving? A little different this year, for sure.


FIVE THINGS FRIDAY PART 15

FIVE THINGS FRIDAY PART 15!! Here we go again 🙂

We hope you got outside and enjoyed some of this warmer weather if you are here in CT! Well, except for the rain that tailed the end of this week.

As always, we try to bring a good mix of our Five Things Friday. We always like to include something beauty related and something more house-hold.

Five Things Friday Part 15!

Lancôme Dual Finish Powder

Eva here. Beauty is up first! This is one of my must-have powders and it is totally a splurge that is worth it.

This is a dual finish powder foundation that also offers a shine-free and matte finish. I really struggle with oily skin as the day goes on and this is really great for that.

(I also talk about a primer I love for my oily skin here).

a really great Matte Finish powder. Great for oily skin!

Benefits (Source):

  • In dry makeup application, it’s specialized emollients set onto skin seamlessly and condition skin’s surface.
  • From normal to oily skin, dry to combination skin, it’s suitable for all skin types.

Some reviews will say the smell of it is strong; I disagree. I think it’s pleasant and refreshing! With all of this said, this powder really does give a nice and flawless finish. As I really do struggle with breakouts with wearing mask so much, I like that this covers well and helps keep the shine at bay.

Do not mind my dirty makeup brush, LOL. Needs to be cleaned again 🙃

Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets

Dawn here!

Oil absorbing sheets are great to have on hand to remove excess oil and shine from your face. They won’t smudge or disturb your makeup or leave behind any residue.

I have noticed throughout the day my T-zone area gets very shiny, and these silky sheets instantly remove the oil from my skin like magic. I rarely leave home without them.

Oil absorbing sheets that really work and are super easy to use.
LOOK AT THAT OIL!!!!!!!

They are very easy to use:

Open package and peel off sticker on the panel where there is an adhesive strip that helps to grab the sheets. Gently blot on face where needed and dispose used sheet in the trash.

Clean&Clear oil absorbing sheets are a great solution for oily skin.

I know most of you have heard of them and/or used these, but Eva forgot about these sheets and it reminded me to include them for “FTF”!!


Toilettree Products Water Resistant Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer w/LED light

NOT ONLY FOR MEN! 😂

Dawn here~ As we get older, are hormones cause hair to grow more rapidly! Going through menopause I’ve noticed my facial, nose, and ear hairs are out of control! DARN MENOPAUSE!!

I originally purchased this Toilettree nose and ear trimmer for my husband but I ended up using it for myself. I LOVE IT!!!

not just for men!! a great trummer for face, nose, and ears
not just for men!! a great trummer for face, nose, and ears

This trimmer is solidly made, great quality. Here are several reasons why I recommend this for men and women:

  • Powerful
  • Battery operated (2AA batteries required)
  • Easily and effortlessly trims nose, ear, beard and eyebrow hairs
  • Doesn’t pull hairs
  • Waterproof
  • Lightweight
  • Handy LED light
  • Easy to clean
  • Lifetime guarantee!

A must have and a great, affordable trimmer. Advice to Eva – get ready for when you go through menopause. LOL!!!!


RTIC Mugs

Eva here…. I CANNOT GO WITHOUT THESE MUGS! and the white one is only 13.99 right now.

First off, as you all see on Instagram, I drink black coffee pretty much non-stop. And not just that, I LIKE IT HOT. The second it gets even slightly cold I dump it out and make a new one, and quite honestly, I found that to be so wasteful.

After some research, I almost pulled the trigger on some Yeti Mugs, since I love the Yeti Tumblers (also found here), but was looking for something most cost-effective. The accountant in me lives to save a penny when I can!

RTIC mugs - really hold up to their promise and keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold.

The RTIC mugs hold up to their promise and at a really great price point. They keep my coffee hot for HOURS, which says A LOT!! So not only am I able to enjoy the same cup of coffee for a long period of time, I am not wasting coffee.

The company’s details:

“20oz. RTIC Tumblers are stainless steel, double wall vacuum insulated. Keeps your drinks ice cold longer – works great for hot beverages. The included all-new shaded Splash Proof lid lets you know exactly how much drink you have. The flip-top closure resists spills and is straw friendly. Easy to clean.”


Listerine Pocketpak Cool Mint Breath Strips

We saved the best for last because well… coffee breath may require a freshening strip.

A perfectly powerful breath refresher in a tiny package.

I’ve (Dawn) been using the Listerine pocketpak cool mint breath strips for years, and I simply can’t live without them.

These mint breath strips refresh and kill 99% of germs caused by bad breath. They dissolve instantly on your tongue and leave mouth feeling clean and fresh.

listerine breath strips - they work and are GREAT for your mouth!

The portability and convenience of the pocketpaks are appealing to me. Just pop one in your mouth to control bad breath and you are good to go.

NO JOKE, I buy them in bulk from Amazon, that’s how obsessed I am with them.

THESE STRIPS ARE MARVELOUS!


SO there it is, Five Things Friday Part 15! Another one in the books & we hope you enjoyed it.


FIVE THINGS FRIDAY PART 14

Five Things Friday part 14 coming at you on this beautiful November day. TGIF!

How is everyone doing? Are you ready for Thanksgiving?

We have decided to focus this week’s Five Things on “mask-ne”. We all seem to suffer from it. And because we both are working out quite a bit with masks on, we’ve definitely seen our skin take a beating.

SO! Here are some of our “mask-ne” favorites!


Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleansing Towelettes

We are starting with a basic step 1 you would do before applying any other skin product.

Neutrogena has “MANY” amazing wipes to choose from, but our favorite is the hydro booster and here’s why:

  • Very easy to use
  • Removes bacteria, dirt, oil, grime, makeup (even waterproof mascara) & impurities
  • Leaves skin refreshingly clean and moisturized
  • Doesn’t dry skin out – contains hyaluronic acid and sodium hydroxide
  • GREAT for ALL skin types especially for sensitive skin
  • Not harsh/won’t irritate skin
  • Alcohol and paraben-free
  • Easy to find
  • Get for travel, gym bag, purse, car, bathrooms etc
  • Effective for cleansing before and after wearing a mask
hyrdo boost wipes - five things friday part 14! These are so refreshing!

These are disposable face wipes that effortlessly guide over face and eyes that leave your skin feeling soft, clean and moisturized. By far our favorite wipes and we’ve tried many!!!

Neutrogena is also having a special! Buy one get one at 40% off! See below.


Confidence in a Cleanser Gentle Face Wash

For our #2, this IT Cosmetics cleanser is a definite must-have. It is a super gentle cleanser just as the name suggests.

The many benefits:

  • Hydrates, cleanses, and moisturizes all while leaving your skin feeling extremely soft.
  • Skin feels refreshed & balanced
  • GREAT for sensitive skin (we both have sensitive skin so this product is a god-send)
  • You can use around delicate eye area (Ophthalmologist tested)
  • Chemical free (no sulfates, no parabens, and no soap)
  • Made with collagen, hyaluronic acid (which we love), oatmeal, and ceramides
the literal most gentle cleanser. your skin will THANK YOU! Five Things Friday Part 14!

I, Eva, use this in the morning daily and at night immediately after using the Neutrogena wipes mentioned above. I just can not get enough of how amazing my skin feels after. Really refreshed and not dry at all! A little also goes a long way you so get a lot of bang for your buck with this product!


TULA Skincare Clear It Up

#3 is more “spot on”!

This is a gentle but effective treatment that clears up skin, prevents future breakouts, and brightens marks left by past acne without over-drying. With that said, it contains the highest percentage of salicylic acid allowed without a prescription.

Tula Skincare products are 100% free from phthalates, parabens, toxins, carcinogens, mineral oil, sodium laurel sulfate and harmful preservatives.

 ~ALL PRODUCTS ARE CRUELTY FREE

  • Probiotics: lock in moisture and soothe the appearance of inflammation
  • 2% Salicylic acid-fights and prevents acne and brightens the appearance of marks left by past blemishes
  • Willowherb and Hyaluronic acid helps hydrate and soothe the skin
great for emergency relief and for help clearing past blemishes. Tula CLEAR IT UP! Five Things Friday Part 14!

For best results: Apply 1 to 2 pumps on clean skin morning and night. Massage gel directly onto the skin (concentrate on areas with acne).

I (Dawn) have always struggled with breakouts, especially around my chin. My acne has worsened from wearing the masks, using this product along with the other products we’ve listed today have made a big difference in clearing up my skin. Using Clear it Up twice a day has been great for keeping my skin almost 100% blemish free. I love that it’s lightweight and it doesn’t dry out or irritate my skin!

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!! 


Glossier Zit Stick

So for #4, we know there may be some emergency situations. We are there a lot this week with break-outs!

Glossier Zit Stick is a portable pen that clears blemishes rapidly. It’s quick drying and can be used up to 3 times a day, and the price point isn’t bad at all for how much product you get.

This is what makes it so special:

  • 5% Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Tea tree oil and capryloyl salicylic acid
  • Can be used over makeup (!!!)
  • Rollerball application
  • Translucent formula

To use: Twist pen several times until the formula appears on the rollerball, then apply a THIN layer directly onto pimple. If you feel a pimple coming on immediate application seems to prevent a flare up.

This product contains benzoyl peroxide which can be drying and it makes skin extra sensitive to the sun, so don’t forget to use a moisturizer with sunscreen.


IT Bye Bye Breakout Full Coverage Treatment Concealer

We knew you all may want an actual makeup product we love for COVERAGE! So here’s the last one.

THIS LITERALLY SAYS BYE BYE TO BLEMISHES!

It effectively conceals the look of blemishes, acne, discoloration and redness giving skin the appearance of a flawless blemish free complexion.

Helps reduce the size of blemishes without drying or irritating them. Treats and prevents breakouts while providing natural looking coverage.

Bye Bye break out.. literally!! Thank you IT Cosmetics. Five Things Friday Part 14!

Available in 7 shades.  I (Dawn) like my concealer to be a shade lighter than my foundation. I wear the light shade. (Eva here – I do the same.. I like my concealer lighter than my foundation shade).

I use this as a acne spot concealer before (and sometimes after) I apply my foundation.

Use the applicator to dot concealer onto skin. You can build to your desired level of coverage. Softly blend then continue with the rest of your makeup regimen.

Note: this can be used with or without foundation.

WE LOVE IT COSMETICS!!!


Did you enjoy this post? We hope so!

Do you have a favorite “mask-ne” product? Tell us!


FIVE THINGS FRIDAY PART 13 ALL ABOUT LASHES

This week’s Five Things Friday Part 13 is all about lashes! Completely brought to you by Dawn!

5 different lash serums five things friday part 13!
ALL ABOUT LASHES!!!

This is going to be a presentation format.

OVERVIEW

  • Instead of spending money on false eyelashes, these serums will allow you to achieve healthy, full, and fabulous eyelash growth within weeks. 
  • If you have a good eyelash serum, it will enhance your growth naturally. 
  • The key to using any serum is consistency. 
  • I have tried twelve different serums, here are my top five.

1. Liaison Lash Bond

  • The Lash Bond — $49.99 
  • Vegan 
  • Cruelty Free and Paraben Free 
  • Talc Free
  • Silicone Free and Sulfate Free 
  • Fragrance and Alcohol Free 
  • This product provided elasticity and strengthened my eyelashes to where they are now. 
  • Liaison is number one because after two weeks of use, it stimulated my lashes to an entirely new level. 
  • Grade: A+
liason lash bond for five things friday

2. Monat

  • Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum — $59.00 (VIP $50.00)
    • (Eva Geier is name for Market Partner)
  • No Parabens, Cyclic Silicones or phthalates 
  • Non- harmful colors and fragrances 
  • No SLS/SLETS
  • Animal tested
  • Vegan, Gluten Free, and Leaping Bunny certified 
  • I was using a well-known, expensive lash boost that at first was great. After several weeks of using, my eyelashes began falling out in clumps. There were gaps between my eyelashes and I was devastated. 
  • Then, I started using this Monat product and it was a game changer. 
  • The results were astonishing. My eyelashes were rejuvenated and restored within weeks with zero irritation. 
  • Grade: A
monat lash and brow serum. Five things friday

3. Lavish Lash – Pronexa

  • Lavish Lash – Eyelash Growth Enhancer and Brow Serum — $29.99 off Amazon
  • Natural ingredients including plant peptides and biotin. 
  • Cruelty free
  • Hypoallergenic 
  • This serum wasn’t a game changer, but I did see results after about two weeks. 
  • The results were not enough to continue usage but if I ever ran out of my favorite, I would use this as opposed to Grande or ForChics (discussed below).
  • Grade: B
lavish lash..not my favorite but not bad

4. For Chics

  • ForLash- Eyelash Enhancing Serum — $29
  • Vegan and Cruelty-Free
  • Plant-Based Ingredients 
  • With every serum except for this one, I was able to                                                     
  • see results within two weeks. 
  • After using this serum for four weeks, I saw minimal results. That was when I decided to move onto the next product. 
  • Grade: C+
for chics lash serum review! five things friday

5. Grande Cosmetics

  • GrandeLASH-MD Lash Enhancing Serum — $65.00
  • It is infused with vitamins
  • Peptides and Amino Acids
  • Both peptides and amino acids promote the appearance of naturally longer, thicker looking lashes. 
  • This is my least favorite because it caused a lot of irritation inside my eye and along my lash line 
  • Grade: C-
grande lash for a serum review!!

THE WHOLE LINE UP!

I definitely am happy with my eyelashes!

SO what did you think? Was this helpful?

Our favorite mascaras can also be found here.

HAPPY FRIDAY!!