Every girl has things in her makeup bag that she cannot live without. These are my top five staples. They are the things I will absolutely purchase again and again without hesitation.
e.l.f. Keep Your Curl Mascara
I’ve tried so many different mascaras. Some had low price points, some were definitely splurges. The one that I finally decided to stick with, though, was Keep Your Curl. It does such a good job at enhancing your lashes without clumping that I cannot see much of a reason to pay more for something else. At around $4 a tube, it has a highly appealing price point and it works far better than a lot of the high-end products that I have used in the past.
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
After seeing so many influencers use this foundation, I cannot believe it took me as long as it did to finally try it. I purchased it for the very first time earlier this year not knowing what to expect. As someone who has found a lot of foundations to be far too oily, causing them to slide around my face throughout the day even with primer and setting spray, I set my hopes high that this self-proclaimed oil-free foundation wouldn’t disappoint me like so many others have. To my delight, it stayed in place throughout the day without drying out my skin like so many “oil-free” foundations do. As a result, I make sure I keep this stuff in my bag.
I almost always use a matte lippie just as a personal preference. In my own opinion, they look far better than their glossy counterparts and they don’t have the sticky feeling that comes with glossier products. They also stay put far longer, making for less time spent reapplying. The down-side to that is that a lot of them tend to dry out your lips quite a bit. That’s where EcoLips comes in! The sugar in this scrub buffs away dry skin while coconut oil, olive oil, and jojoba moisturize, leaving you with perfectly soft lips. As a bonus, it is organic and is never tested on animals.
Haus Laboratories Liquid
So, the first time I saw this eyeliner, it was in a Nikki Tutorials video. She did an entire eye-look using products sent to her from Haus Laboratories. Y’all, I fell in love with this product watching her use it. It was so opaque in the very first swipe, that I knew I had to have it. It’s a bit pricey, but I don’t care. I cannot not have this eyeliner.
e.l.f. Matte Magic Mist & Set
Another cheapy but goody. Simply put, it does its job. It sets my makeup perfectly without drying out my skin or breaking the bank. I just can’t see myself spending $30+ for something that does the same thing that this product does for $5.
What’s in your makeup bag?
Staying up at night just to have a moment alone has given me a great deal of time to binge shows on various streaming platforms. Sometimes, that means watching something I haven’t watched before. Other times, it’s watching through shows that I’ve seen every episode of but still love to watch. These are my top ten favorite shows to binge at bedtime right now.
1. New Girl
Honestly, it doesn’t matter how many times I’ve watched this show, I’m still going to watch it again and again. Jess has a quirkiness that I completely identify with. I adore her. The entire group, as a whole, is fun to watch. Their big moments still give me all of the feels, even after watching every episode at least four times. And yes, that includes Coach and Alli, who aren’t pictured here.
2. Gossip Girl
I’m still pretty new to Gossip Girl, only having reached the middle of season three, but I like it. Maybe it’s the clothes, maybe it’s the scandals. I don’t know. I can tell you, however, that I absolutely love Chuck Bass. What started out as a sketchy character has come to be someone that I genuinely love watching.
3. How I Met Your Mother
We all have our opinions about this show’s ending (I think it was predictable), but I still love the show. Sometimes, I’m bothered by Lily’s constant “big life speeches”, but I enjoy watching the gang’s shenanigans too much to care. The Lily and Marshall break-up where he’s sitting on the stairs in the rain will never not choke me up.
4. Pretty Little Liars
Let’s just go ahead and address the fact that, yes, it’s full of plot holes. That aside, however, Prettly Little Liars is one of my all-time favorites. Those beautiful girls and their wonderful moms (not you, Jessica DiLaurentis) will forever hold a special place in my heart. And so will the guys. Especially Toby.
5. The O.C.
So, this show is a definite throwback to my teenage years. I started watching it religiously in my junior year of high school when the series first launched. No, I didn’t identify with a single one of the characters, but I think that’s what made it so great. Minus the drinking and overdosing, it was a life I dreamed of back then. Having it all, including the infinity pool. Being popular instead of hiding in the library with a book at lunch. I lived in a small town in North Carolina back then and the OC provided some escapism from my otherwise average life. I still watch it now because, well, nostalgia.
6. Gilmore Girls
I’m still extremely new to Gilmore Girls, but I like it so far. It was a recommendation from a friend, so I’m slowly working my way through it. That’s easier said than done when watching several different shows.
I adore these men. Absolutely adore them. And Castiel, too. I cannot get over the fact that the show is ending. All good things must come to an end, of course, but oh, how I’ll miss them. I’ve watched through the first fourteen seasons a few times and I will continue to watch through the entire show over and over after it ends. The boys go from simply “the family business” to a much bigger purpose and I’ve loved every bit of that ride.
Lucifer is another show that I am new to. I have a friend on Facebook who has just been going on and on about how much she loves the show, so I had to give it a try. Honestly, if she posts about it as often as she does, it must be worth the watch, right? Well, so far, I’m really enjoying it. It is a show that is easy to get sucked into. And his accent helps a bit too.
9. Grey’s Anatomy
Goodness, this show. My niece suggested it when I found myself out of things to watch recently when another show that I loved came to an end. I was bored and on the hunt for something new. In comes Grey’s Anatomy. I watched the full first season in one night and started on the second before finally passing out. Thankfully, it was my husband’s day off, so I was able to get some sleep. All-nighters are a terrible plan when you’re in your 30s and have kids. I am on season six now and still trying to get over George’s death. My daughter started the episode, which I had been putting off, without me even realizing that we were at THAT episode. I’m still heartbroken. I know problematic characters are usually doomed and George was definitely problematic, but I still loved him and I’m still not over it just yet.
10. Game of Thrones
Yes, I know how it ends. Yes, “The Long Night” was much too short and should’ve lasted MUCH longer. They rushed it. I agree. They were in too much of a hurry to tie up loose ends. I agree with that, too. And no, I still do not understand why, aside from honor, Jon Snow had to return to The Wall if Grey Worm wouldn’t even be there to care. And yes, Bran Stark is the king that no one wanted. And, again, yes, Dani going nuts was way too predictable. However, I love the show as a whole and still crave more. Perhaps it has something to do with exactly how rushed that last season was. It tied up loose ends, but it didn’t give us enough story in between tying up those ends. Either way, I still watch because I still crave the story.
What are some of your favorite shows right now? Give me something new to watch!
Everyone has bad days. Most of us could use a little inspiration to get us through the day sometimes. Occasionally, that morning cup of coffee just isn’t enough to get you going. These are my favorite inspirational quotes for the month of January: