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 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.


Mascara primer – our absolute favorite

YOU GUYS! This mascara primer is our absolute favorite. It is tested, tried, and true.

We BOTH absolutely love this mascara primer: “Lancome Cils Booster XL Lash Thickening Mascara Primer“. We have both tried many primers of ALL price points and always go back to this one. Truly is the #1 in our opinion.

lancome mascara primer..THE BEST!
LOOK AT THIS BEAUTY!

Here are the reasons why.

Dawn here!

Here are the reasons I love Lancome Mascara Primer so much:

  • Multi-purpose product and get more bang for your buck!
    • Conditions
    • Lengthens
    • Thickens!!! <– OUR FAV.
  • Does not irritate eyes (*this is huge for me… my eyes are super sensitive).

A few tips:

  1. Apply a thin base coat from roots to tip then immediately (for best results DO NOT let the primer dry), apply your favorite mascara (see pictures below on how to use).
  2. Use before bedtime on clean lashes to help rejuvenate and nourish your lashes.
  3. and…. STAY TUNED! We will be doing a lot of informative content on eyelashes NEXT week!

Don’t let it dry… immediately put your mascara on!


Eva here… Dawn actually bought this amazing mascara primer for my 34th birthday and I have been hooked since for 2.5 years now. I have tried many others, mostly trying to go to the less expensive route, and I cannot find anything even comparable to this one. We both love to wear mascara and of course love long lashes, so this really helps achieve that look. I actually also find that this primer helps the mascara stay on my eyelashes all day, EVEN AFTER teaching two fitness classes back to back. WIN!

This is true, also: most students have come up to me after classes and asked “how do you get your makeup to stay on even after teaching Zumba?” (which is an intense cardio-dance class), and honestly, it’s because I always use primers!


See the proof!

How to use it:

STEP 1 – Apply to clean lashes – as in no makeup / mascara on them whatsoever.

lancome mascara primer..THE BEST!
Dawn with nothing but Lancome Lash Primer on

Step 2 – Apply mascara! We both do use several different mascaras at once. lol. We can’t help it.

lancome mascara primer..THE BEST!
One lash with mascara, the other with primer

Step 3 – FINISHED LASHES! LONG, STRONG, and NOURISHED!

lancome mascara primer..THE BEST!
Dawn – end result!
lancome mascara primer..THE BEST!
Eva with finished product.

I am sorry if those pictures are creepy.. LOL! We found them a little creepy when we took them.


If you want to check out a few of favorite mascaras to use over this primer…go here!

We tried to keep this short & sweet. If you are looking for a longer-lash look, a product that nourishes, and helps your mascara stay on, this is a must-have and one of our staples.

On another note, next week we are talking about so many different lash serums (you know, what ones that claim “grow your lashes”)… have you tried any? What is your favorite?


FIVE THINGS FRIDAY PART 10

Five Things Friday Part 10! Who is excited? Well… we are. 😂

We are in go-go-go mode on Friday. So many things happening that we are always on the edge of our seats to share with you! Fashion Friday, Five Things Friday…it’s ALL good stuff!

Anyway…

As always, we have an interesting mix for Five Things Friday Part 10 today.

Firt things first… here is an amazing makeup brush shampoo we must talk about. I, Eva, rarely clean my makeup brushes. YIKES! I was so amazed how clean Dawn’s brushes came out when we reviewed our IT Cosmetics Brushes, so this stuff really works, and we both knew that she must write a review on it!

Coastal Scent Brush Shampoo

Dawn~ First, I should mention that I TRY to keep my brushes clean but every once in awhile I drop the ball on it! Washing your brushes regularly is important to help prevent skin irritation.

The morning of our video on IT cosmetic brushes and contouring I realized that my brushes were pretty dirty. Ugh!!! COASTAL SCENT BRUSH SHAMPOO TO THE RESCUE!!! 🤩

lighting isn’t the best, but you get the idea! before on the left and after on the right.

I applied a small amount of shampoo directly into the palm of my hand and gently swirled around the wet bristles, and it literally washes all the makeup away in seconds. I then rinsed thoroughly and used my finger and paper towels to get the excess water out, then I laid flat to dry.

This cleaner conditions the bristles and leaves them feeling silky soft. Maintaining clean brushes will help to keep them looking just like brand new.

This is an awesome product, especially for the price!

berst makeup brush cleaner. Five things friday part 10!

Continuing on the makeup train for #2.


MAC Extended Gigablack Lash

I (Dawn) love makeup period.

However, mascara is definitely my favorite product and I’m totally obsessed with it. Mascara is the ONE thing that I won’t leave home without. My makeup cabinet consists of so many different mascaras, your head would spin if I showed you all of them! Lol!

One of my “staples” is MAC Extended Gigablack Lash and this is why…

  • defines and separates
  • easy application
  • clump proof
  • doesn’t flake
  • lengthens
  • really is a GREAT BRUSH
  • long lasting
  • waterproof but will wash off with warm water
best mac mascara for a finished touch! - five things friday part 10

In addition to what Dawn has said above, I, Eva, have been using this mascara since 2013!! It is a staple I cannot live without. My good friend Kelly (Hi Kelly!) took me to MAC to get my makeup done for my birthday that year, and MAC gave this to me for free. I have been hooked since. Good job, Mac, lol.

I use it as my “last coat“, in a similar manner and much like the clinique lower lash one we spoke about. I can’t get enough of how it separates (declumps) and lengthens your lashes. Truly a must have and I hope they never stop making this!

best mac mascara for a finished touch! - five things friday part 10
Don’t mind how dirty it looks.. It gets a lot of use!

Ulta Cosmetic Pencil Sharpener

Ok friends, finishing the makeup products portion of Five Things Friday for #3.

Am I (Dawn) the only one who has had issues with finding a decent cosmetic sharpener?!?!

This is the best sharpener I have ever had and it only costs $2.50. Believe me, I have a million sharpeners (some very expensive) and this one blows them away!

ulta pencil sharpener, cheap and effective... five things friday part 10
the beauty!!! actual picture of my sharpener on my bathroom sink.

I love this because it sharpens quickly and efficiently without wasting too much of the pencil, leaves the pencil nice and smooth, and it has a cover on it that catches and prevents the mess of shavings. The cover snaps on and off to make it easy to empty the shavings into the garbage.

Lastly, the sharpener has two different size openings: one for standard pencils and the other for larger ones. It fits almost all size and brands of cosmetic pencils.

THIS IS A GREAT BUY!!!

SO…. Dawn here still and I am finishing with #4 and #5.


Badia Natural Herb Tea

Don’t let the name fool you as to why I, Dawn, drink this tea.

So, I feel like I need to fully explain why I LOVE this tea SO MUCH! I have struggled my whole life (since I was an infant) with constipation issues. I KNOW TMI! SORRY!

About 20 years ago my doctor mentioned that some of her patients were having great results from drinking Badia Natural Slimming Tea, so she recommended that I try it. I said to myself why not I’ve tried everything else so I guess drinking some tea can’t hurt. TO MY SURPRISE THIS HAS TRULY BEEN LIFE CHANGING!!

badia herb tea. five things friday part 10

Every night before bedtime I will have a cup of Badia tea with 2 tea bags. I drink my tea black but it’s ok to add whatever you like to it.

Note: it is an acquired taste for some…. Not me, I LOVE the taste!

Lastly, I want to share a quick story…About 16 years ago I couldn’t find “my tea” at any of the local grocery stores.  I was in complete panic mode!! My husband knows the importance of this tea and he set out to find some for me. He ended up at the Stop&Shop in Monroe, CT where he hit pay dirt. He came home with 20 boxes of tea – he purchased everyone that they had, HA!!

Since then Amazon carries it and I ALWAYS keep my pantry well stocked!

So to finish here, since we are on the topic of more home-based finds, next up for #5 is a diffuser I am obsessed with.


Nest Diffuser

Dawn again finishing this up! I AM CRAZY ABOUT NEST DIFFUSERS!!!

They smell so incredibly insanely AWESOME. The scents (in my opinion) are not overpowering but will fill the room with an elegant fragrance. I’ve had guests commenting on how great my house always smells.

This is a cute story – we were having our ductwork cleaned at our house by Ultra Clean Air. One of the workers said there is such a lovely aroma in your house. I told him it was coming from my Nest diffusers, and that I have them in several rooms. He then said I need to get some for my house. As usual, I have a few backup diffusers (SHOCKER) so I sent him home with one. He said that I made his day! 😀

nest diffusers - LOVE! five things friday part 10
they look gorgeous in my house, too!

So, with all of that said, some of my favorite scents are: Bamboo, Moroccan Amber, Grapefruit, Ocean Mist&Sea Salt and Holiday. Easy to set up and comes with an attractive bottle to put the fragrance and reeds in.

I will say…THEY ARE PRICEY but WELL WORTH IT because the scent will last up to 3-6 months.

Here’s a tip: turn the reeds around once a month, that will help to refresh the scent.

I recently found out when I went to order a Nest diffuser on Amazon for a birthday present that the diffuser scent refills are now available. Winner winner chicken dinner!!

PS. I also highly recommend Nest Candles. I’m sure they will be featured on FTF at some point!


That concludes PART 10 of Five Things Friday! We hope you enjoy our random mix of things.

Question: Do you clean your makeup brushes regularly or are you more like Eva who just never does it? lol

Today is also FASHION FRIDAY! Our LIKEtoKNOW.it page is updated and there are some amazing new things happening at Savvi! Think… fab fit fun married stitch fix and had a baby (LOL thank you for that one, Jessica!)


IT COSMETICS BRUSHES! Our Fav.

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 LIKEtoKNOW.it page, and you can get all the links to the bronzers, brushes, etc.

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

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our liketoknow.it 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?


FIVE THINGS FRIDAY PART 7

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


FIVE THINGS FRIDAY PART 6

Happy Friday and here we are with Five Things Friday Part 6!

It is also September 11… a day to #neverforget. Where were you on this very day? We both grew up in Fairfield County, CT (New Canaan & Norwalk) and so many lives were directly impacted. Being in an area where a lot of people live and then commute to NYC, we both know many who passed and had friends who lost loved ones. Very tragic.

On a more positive note, let’s discuss our Five Favorite Things this week.

Tinkle Eyebrow Razors

This may seem odd and a weird one to talk about OR we are just behind the game and you’ve heard about these for years, lol!

It is not a typo.. it is “tinkle” and not “twinkle” (ha-ha).

These razors are more than just for your eyebrows…. we both use them on our whole face (yes, you read that right).

twinkle razors - great for your entire face! - five things friday

Please be careful THEY ARE SHARP!

Eva – my bestfriend Alicia introduced these to me a few years ago. She discovered them through a blogger. No joke, I think my other girlfriends and I ordered them right on the spot from Amazon. I use them mostly for the peach fuzz (like Dawn below) off my face. It also is so great to exfoliate! My skin feels so smooth after and my makeup goes on effortlessly.

Dawn – I’ve noticed that I get awful chin hairs since I’ve been going through menopause, which is extremely embarrassing!! Running the Tinkle razor quickly over my face in the morning helps remove those chin hairs and peach fuzz hairs which allows for my makeup to apply smoother.

Super easy to find and purchase from Amazon.


Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Next to #2! Dawn here. You will often hear us say this is a “staple product” the Too Faced Bronzer is one of them.

A few years ago I gave Eva for her birthday a gift bag filled with my favorite products. The Too Faced bronzer was one of the items in the bag, and it is now a “staple product” of hers.

We both use it everyday! Love the matte finish and it’s easy to apply. Very natural looking (not orange) and it’s long lasting.

Yes, I (Eva) absolutely love this bronzer. For me, I am all about the matte finish (I have oily skin). I was really impressed with how easy it goes on and how long it lasts. It is GREAT for contouring, too. I’ll show in a video soon how I use it for that.

too faced bronzer - five things friday - great for contouring

It comes in 3 different colors:

  • Milk Chocolate (light to medium)
  • Chocolate (medium to deep) *this is the one we have
  • Dark Chocolate (deep to tan)

**DEFINITELY WORTH A TRY! We both get it from Ulta.


Starskin VIP Mask

Number 3 and another beauty product coming at you is a face mask.

Dawn here – You’ll feel like you just stepped out of a Day spa after having a very expensive facial. Your skin will feel rejuvenated, hydrated and glowing like a movie star getting ready to walk the red carpet in just 15-20 minutes.

The mask adheres to your face like a second skin.

I highly recommend that you have some alone time when wearing the mask so you don’t frighten your family members. My husband said I looked like Michael Myers from the Halloween movies! I literally scared the you know what out of him. Lol!!

Starskin has many different mask treatments to choose from. Two of my favorites are: The Gold Mask and The Diamond Mask.

All are available at Nordstroms. $10 each. Trust me your skin will love you!


Beckham Hotel Collection Gel Pillow (2-Pack) 

Bringing you now some home products for #4 and #5.

So am I (Dawn) the only one who has spent hundreds of dollars trying to find the perfect pillow?!?!

I can’t tell you how many pillows I have under my bed (why I’m saving them WHO KNOWS?) that I am so disappointed with!!

My best friends Sandy and Timmy were randomly telling me about how well they sleep on their boat because of the awesome pillows they have. On a side note they liked them so much they bought them for their house. I took them on their word and ordered them. SO HAPPY I DID!!!

They come in a vacuumed sealed package. It was quite amusing watching them expand to full size. I ordered queen size pillows which fits a standard size pillow case.

The pillows are:

  • 100% cotton
  • very high quality
  • comfortable (soft, yet firm)
  • dust mite, mold, and mildew resistant
  • machine washable
  • super cooling (helps with my menopausal night sweats)
  • perfect if you suffer with neck and back pain

They feel like you are sleeping on a cloud!

MANY, MANY, MANY thanks to Sandy and Timmy for recommending them!

the best luxury pillows  - five things friday

Mr. Clean Clean Freak Deep Cleaning Mist

Last but not least, we bring you another home product!

Mr. Clean keeps coming out with amazing products to make cleaning quick and easy. I (Dawn) will tell you that I do ENJOY cleaning. I owned my own cleaning business for over 35 years. I’ve used so many cleaners over the years that just don’t work, and this won’t disappoint you.

Clean Freak is my everyday go to cleaner. It works great on all types of surfaces. But please always read the instructions first before using.

The misting sprayer is fun to use and gets into hard to reach areas. The smell is fantastic and it works like a charm. As you can see in the photo below I have stocked up on spray and refill bottles. Lol!

Mr. Clean Clean Freak! The best cleaning  products for our five things friday
This is seriously my collection at home.

Best multi surface cleaner I have ever used!!

Give it a try, you won’t be sorry!!

You may have to search a little to find this, but notably Walmart seems to have it.


Well there are our 5 things for “Five Things Friday Part 6” on this 9/11. See our previous 5 things post here. Hope you all are healthy and safe.

XO, the cousins.