Oct./Nov. 2017 Favorites

I was getting really good about doing a monthly favorites for awhile, but then I didn’t have a big enough collection of things, so that ended. Now I’ve just got two months worth of stuff to throw at you, and I’m pretty excited about it.

Bath and Body Works Spiced Pumpkin Cider Fine Fragrance Mist

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This stuff smells sooooo good. It’s no longer for sale on their website, which is sad, but it’s described as “a nostalgic blend of Heirloom Pumpkin, Royal Cinnamon & Apple Cider”. It’s got a really spicy, sweet, pretty scent to it and I love it so much. It’s perfect for fall/winter without smelling like a candle. Although if this was a candle, I’d definitely buy it.

e.l.f. Cosmetics Glitter Primer

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Funnily enough, I’ve had this for quite a while now – probably over a year – but didn’t use it until I had to apply super over-the-top bright eyeshadow for my niece’s 80’s themed birthday party at the end of September. The formula is pretty sticky and I felt like my eyelids were sticking together sometimes, but my dollar store eyeshadow didn’t budge a bit. And we were outside the whole time. I’ve used it since then when I needed my eye liner to stay put for family pictures, and it honestly just works so well.

e.l.f. Cosmetics Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls

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I watched a few YouTube reviews/tutorials of this before I bought it, so I knew how to make it work, but if I hadn’t I’d probably be disappointed. You have to scrape off the top layer of this to get it to do anything, but once you get to the actual highlight, oh my goodness! It’s so pretty and natural looking and gives off the perfect glow. Plus, it’s buildable, so if you want more shine, you can add it!

Faded Glory Houndstooth Pea Coat

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This, like my Lovesick Skinny Jeans from my September Favorites, was a Poshmark purchase. After the seller lowered the price, and I used the redeemable credit I had on my account, I ended up only paying $20 and some change for this amazing coat. I’ve gotten to wear a handful of times the past few months, but holy moly it’s incredible. It’s warm and sturdy, and I’ve gotten so many compliments on it. It also has a detachable hood (that I’ve yet to detach because it’s been useful) and actual pockets! Good job, Walmart, on the great coat!

Sims 4

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Shane got me this for my birthday after I’d been asking for it for a few months. I’ve loved Sims ever since the original came out almost 20 years ago, and I can honestly say Sims 4 is my favorite. It’s so customizable and the range of emotions and needs and desires that your Sims can have is just astounding. I’m looking forward to getting Cats and Dogs when it goes on sale (probably not for awhile since it was just released), because I can’t make our family until we can get a french bulldog in the game. Don’t judge; he’s our baby.

SJR & Co. Photography

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As usual, I have to include a non-tangible favorite to this list. We recently had our family pictures taken for the first time since our wedding, and I could not be happier with how they turned out. We actually were able to get shots of us with Pascal, and some really nice shots of just Shane and me. Stephanie, the photographer, is a long-time friend of my family, but even despite that, she’s amazing to work with. If you’re in the DFW area and looking for family, engagement, maternity, or senior pictures, call her. I promise you won’t regret it.

Trader Joe’s Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage

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I was doing a bit of meal prep research and found a recipe for one-pan chicken sausage, sweet potatoes, and brussels sprouts and could not get my mind off it. It ended up forcing me to go to Trader Joe’s on a Sunday afternoon (bad idea, btw) to buy said chicken sausage so I could do a bit of meal prep for the week. It was the first time I’d had it, and I was not disappointed. It’s got a sweetness that balances out the usual savoriness of sausage, and it didn’t feel heavy like pork or beef sausage does.
Side note: I also bought TJ’s frozen brown rice and riced cauliflower, so my lunch this week consisted of brown rice and riced cauli mixed, topped with oven roasted sweet potatoes and pan fried zucchini and sausage. A++++ for sure.

Seventh Generation Free & Clear Dish Soap

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Admittedly, I haven’t been doing as much cleaning this month as I have been in the past few, but Mrs. Meyers put out a peppermint line of cleaning products that I was super pumped to try, but I could not find the dish soap anywhere. In a flash of genius and problem-solving (and after a lack of finding peppermint scented dish soap from any brand), I decided to get this Seventh Generation soap and add a few drops of peppermint EO to it. Low and behold, it worked. But even without the oil, the soap works really well. I did buy a small $1 bottle of Dawn, though, because I just felt it worked better on grease than the Mrs. Meyers soap did, but the verdict is still out on this one.

That’s it for October and November, y’all. I hope you enjoyed it, and I can’t wait to read what your favorites have been from the last few months. Make sure to leave me a comment if there’s a favorite product of yours that you think I should try. You never know; it could become one of my new faves and I’ll feature it in a post and you’ll get a shout out!

Love,
Angel

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