Thursday, June 4, 2015

Friday Five XIII

1.  Beyond Yoga Salt and Pepper Long Legging -- The best pair of leggings I have ever owned! I bought these on sale in a beautiful turquoise color that is unfortunately no longer available. The Spacedye material is incredible, and the fit is super-slimming. This is one case in which the product description on the website is completely true:
 "...exceptionally soft Spacedye Performance material provides a level of comfort unparalleled by any activewear you currently own. You'll obsess over how your legs feel in our fabric, and you'll cherish how the designer fit makes you look. Because there is no side seam, these leggings have transitional appeal..."
Although I'm someone who is philosophically against spending a lot of money on workout clothes, I do splurge occasionally, especially on sale items. Compared to some other higher-end activewear brands, Beyond Yoga tends to have some pretty good sales. I suggest checking the website frequently, as they continually add more styles and colors to the sale page. And if you find something in your size at a great price, strike while the iron is hot, because it goes fast. Also, search the web for coupon codes for an additional discount. (Bonus: Beyond Yoga clothing is made in America!)

2. Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat -- From the best leggings to the best top coat. I can't believe I just recently tried this after hearing about it for a long time. It's truly a manicure miracle how quickly this dries your polish! I couldn't believe I could fully touch my nails and go about my daily activities just a couple minutes after using this. I was sure that this would smudge and it didn't, not one bit. It's also super-shiny and kept my nails chip-free a few days longer than other top coats I've tried.

3. Jack Rogers Georgica Jelly Sandals -- I picked these up on a whim during Macy's Friends & Family sale, and I'm really loving them! They take a little bit to break in, but are otherwise pretty comfortable. They look fantastic with a fresh summer pedicure. I got them in white, and I would love a pair in every color! Since they are jelly sandals, they aren't the best for rainy days because you'll be slipping and sliding a little. 

4. Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish -- I got a sample of this exfoliator with a Sephora order and I fell in love with it. Lately I've gotten samples of several exfoliators that I feel just don't work well or have too many "miracle" ingredients that get in the way of the primary purpose. A caveat: When researching this product further, I found out it is made with microbeads, which is probably why it does such a great job of not dissolving while you're using it. The drawback, though, is that these microbeads have been shown to slip through treatment plants and end up in waterways. Since this may not be the most environmentally-friendly product on the market, it may not be something I buy frequently. 

5. theBalm® cosmetics Read My Lips™ Lip Gloss in BAM! -- I received this in my Birchbox and I am loving the color! Birchbox desribes BAM! as a rose pink, but I definitely think it's a little brighter than that with some coral to it. I've worn it on top of a few lipsticks, which just further brings out the color and really makes your lips pop! It's not super sticky and at $15, I think it's a great value for a non-drug store brand.

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