I was recently introduced to a new line of hair products by Hask. I’m always eager to get my hands on new and fun beauty products: you never know what awesome things you’ll find!
Hask is a line of Argan and Keratin hair products. Now, you know I am a fan of Argan oil already (a few of my regular beauty products at home contain it), so it comes as no surprise that I would be excited to try their repairing shampoo and conditioner with Argan oil. If you aren’t familiar with Argan oil, it is filled with vitamins and antioxidants, and it is great at repairing, smoothing, and adding shine to your locks. The repairing shampoo and conditioner are free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, alcohol, and artificial colors. I have been using the pair regularly for the past two weeks and love how my hair appears. It looks shinier and feels softer, without being weighed down or oily. Also included in the Argan oil line is a Repairing Shine Oil and a Repairing Deep Conditioner (which is great for a once a week beautification treatment).
I’ve admitted this in the past: I am a bit of a collector when it comes to fragrances. My collection is ever increasing. I can’t help myself. New scents come along that I am drawn to, and a new bottle inevitably appears on my counter.
Historically, I haven’t stuck to one brand. I’ve constantly changed to new ones as I’ve built my collection. But things may be changing now. I just might have discovered my one and only fragrance brand. That brand happens to be Jo Malone…and I’m hooked.
My first fragrance bottle from Jo Malone is their Blackberry and Bay Cologne. It took me a long time to settle on it, as their entire perfume line is absolutely wonderful. Their fragrances are so natural and fresh…and what I truly love is that they are blendable! Maybe I’ve been living under a rock, but until I was introduced to Jo Malone, I had never considered MIXING my fragrances.
There are so many combinations you can think up with their perfumes. The Blackberry and Bay smells amazing all on its own (the sweet blackberry scent mixed with the earthier/herby scent of bay leaves), but when you combine it with the English Pear and Freesia you get a completely new fragrance (that happens to be one of my favorite combinations I’ve sampled). Of course, it is necessary to purchase two whole fragrance bottles to make this combination, but if you are starting a collection, I can see how it would be amazing! Instead of two scents, you end up with three, since you can mix them when you apply. I know I’m going to slowly add to my collection, as a new bottle of perfume tends to be a common item on my gift list for holidays/special occasions. English Pear and Freesia happens to be next in line, by the way…hint hint…wink wink…
What is your favorite fragrance line? Have you experienced Jo Malone before?
Today I make a confession: I splurged on a relatively big fashion purchase (for me, at least). Never in my life have I spent over $100 on a pair of jeans. Until now.
My Toothpick jeans from J.Crew came into my life a few weeks ago, and I’ve been wearing them constantly ever since. As much as I love shopping, jeans have been one of those items I’ve detested hunting for. Finding a pair that fit in all the right places….that was made of a material with some stretch for comfort…a pair that didn’t ride so low on the hips I’d be mistaken for a plumber. I know I’m not alone out there; why is is that jeans can be so hard for women to shop for?
Today, I check off an item from my cooking bucket list. And I get to indulge…because today is “Fat Sunday” with the Sunday Supper crew! Today was the perfect excuse to dive into a dish that I normally wouldn’t prepare at home (I am a stickler for eating healthy in my own kitchen; when we go out to dinner I tend to do my “cheating” there!).
I have always enjoyed arancini when I’ve ordered them at restaurants, but I’ve never attempted to make them in my own kitchen. Until now. I have set out to accomplish this task in the past when I’ve created risotto dishes…but somehow my guests have always managed to eat the entire pot. Or I haven’t been able to show restraint and have eaten any leftovers before frying them up into arancini. I’m weak…so weak when it comes to risotto!
But the last time I made pancetta and mushroom risotto, I purposely made a double batch so I would have leftovers. And these little fried beauties were the end result. They went over so well with Justin (and me too)! If you haven’t enjoyed an arancini before, let me tell you about them. They are balls of risotto (usually leftovers) that are rolled in breadcrumbs and fried. The end result is a crispy crunchy exterior, with a creamy, rich interior. You can eat them as-is, or you can dip them in sauce.