Along with taking care of my physical and mental well-being, I like to indulge every now and then on a few luxury goodies. Whenever I need a pick me-up, I can always find a little piece of comfort by treating myself to a moment of self-pampering.
During the month of May I discovered a few new products that I want to share with you, along with some everyday essentials. So let’s dive into my May Lifestyle Favorites.
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I have been a fan of Aileen Xu, better known as Lavendaire, for several years. I can’t remember how I discovered her YouTube channel, but it has been one of my personal favorites. Her content focuses on personal development, where she shares tips and advice on embracing who you are.
photo via Lavendaire
Recently, I began listening to her podcast The Lavendaire Lifestyle. Here she features guests who share some of their life experiences and how they’ve overcome certain challenges to be where they are today. This is a great podcast to listen to if you are looking for positive inspiration mixed with creative expression.
I first became aware of the brand Sundays while looking through a magazine. Since we share the same name I was immediately intrigued! Afterall, it’s not often that I meet another Sunday. After viewing the website, I decided to purchase the Hydrating Base Coat No.1 & No.7 polishes. Since receiving them, I must tell you they are well worth the splurge.
As a self-proclaimed nail polish “connoisseur”, I try to use brands that meet the following criteria: longevity, durability, and a toxic free formulation. In such a short amount of time, I believe Sundays has met these essential requirements. It has only been a few weeks, but I’m already obsessed with how well they perform.
The Hydrating Base Coat acts like the perfect primer. With a standard sized brush applicator and quality bristles, it provides the smoothest surface for the polish color to be applied and dries fairly quickly. You could even wear it by itself, as it provides a nice natural shine. But if your like me and love to change polish designs, I highly recommend trying one of the beautiful nail colors.
The No. 7 polish is a lovely soft dusty pink that would compliment any skin tone. Like the base coat, the formulation is superb. You only need to apply 2 coats max, as the opacity is great.
In addition, I’m also pleased with the brands commitment to create quality products without loads of harmful chemicals. Sunday’s polishes are 10-free, nontoxic, vegan and cruelty-free. This is something that is important to me, as I try to limit the amount of toxic chemicals I consume.
I would definitely give this brand a try if you are looking for a long-lasting, toxic-free, beautiful manicure.
Tatcha’s Camellia Lip Balm is my absolute favorite lip product! I first became aware of the brand while watching product reviews on YouTube. I happened to be on the hunt for a quality lip balm that didn’t contain harmful chemicals, was effective and had longevity.
It has been a staple product for me over the last 4 years and has set the standard for which I compare other lip balms. Although I’ve tried other brands, none have really compared to the Camellia Lip balm.
So what makes Tatcha’s Camellia Lip Balm so darn good? The combination of squalene and camellia oils provides amazing hydration and nourishment. Squalene oil is known for its ability to sink into the skin quickly and provide hydration. Camellia oil is a fantastic emollient, containing vitamins A, B, D, along with Omega’s 3, 6, and 9.
Along with other beneficial ingredients and extracts, the formulation of the Camellia Lip balm is superb. It applies smoothly, leaving the lips feeling hydrated and nourished immediately. There’s no greasy or tacky feeling and it doesn’t leave any build up or residue as the day goes on.
I highly recommend giving this product a try if you are in the market for a new lip balm that provides great hydration, is free of harmful chemicals, and has longevity. In addition, it contains pieces of 24k gold spun into the formulation. Talk about luxury!
Although I’m not a religious person, I was raised and encouraged to develop a spiritual practice. As an adult, I have defined my spiritual beliefs and how they apply to the way I live my life. Part of my spiritual practice is to read inspirational scriptures and messages.
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Daily Word is an spiritual subscription magazine that provides daily inspirational prayer messages. I begin each morning by reading the word/ theme of the day, followed by a few moments of introspection. This has been a part of my morning routine for close to five years and it has helped me through some of the “growing pains” of life. This little book has made a positive impact in the way I think and approach life. I believe it’s a great reference for anyone looking for clarity and guidance, regardless of religious beliefs.
So there you have it, my favorite items from the month of May. Let me know in the comment section below if you try any of these products and your thoughts about them.