2015 Q2 Favorites

Q2 2015 Favorites

Here’s my second favorites blog post for the year. In my first post I mentioned that I’ll only do these every quarter because I don’t think I have enough favorites to make it a monthly thing. So without further ado, here are the seven things I’ve been loving this quarter.

1. Mossimo sneakers – I know these are kind of passé, but I’ve been looking for a replacement for my black TOMs that I wore out last summer. These required no breaking in, were only $16, and go with everything.

2. Physicians Formula Tinted Moisturizer – I’ve been using this stuff for years. It’s super light coverage so it’s perfect for the summer and has SPF 15. I don’t use this if I want a more finished look, but it’s perfect for daily makeup.

3. Oribe Texturing Spray – I’m not going to lie. This stuff is expensive. I paid $26 for this little bottle (at a local salon, it’s a little cheaper online) and actually thought I was buying hairspray. I was about to return it when I gave it a try and was hooked. It’s perfect for reviving second day hair and adds texture unlike just regular dry shampoo. It also smells amazing!

4. Pure Barre – The socks aren’t a favorite, but the workout is! A Pure Barre studio opened up two blocks from where I work and I decided to take advantage of the new client special. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Pure Barre (or any barre class for that matter), it has nothing to do with ballet. It’s more like pilates, but with a focus on isometric moves and exhausting major muscle groups: abs, thighs, arms, etc. It’s one of the hardest workouts I’ve ever done, but after 12 classes, I already feel stronger.

5. Jennifer Zeuner bracelet – Another expensive item on the list, I’ll admit, but I love how delicate it is and I wear it almost everyday. And the main reason why it’s on my favorites list is because Lar bought one too and I love it when we wear the same things – even if we are thousands of miles apart.

6. Mario Badescu Facial Spray – I purchased this at an Urban Outfitters when I was in Phoenix two months ago. My skin felt so dry, so I would spray this on my face throughout the day and it completely helped. Now I use it to help set my makeup.

7. Yes to Coconut Cooling Lip Oil – This is a super cheap item – less than $5. I first read about it in a magazine and thought it was overhyped, but I’m so glad I tried it. Unlike lip balm, it doesn’t sit on top of your lips and it doesn’t feel greasy at all.

Are you a fan of any of these items? Anyone else doing Pure Barre? I’d love to hear what your recent favorites are.

11 thoughts on “2015 Q2 Favorites”

  1. I love Pure Barre! I went all the time in Alabama, like 3-4 times a week, but shot for more like 5, but there aren’t any in Iowa where I recently moved. I’m sad! It’s the first workout I really liked. But damn is it expensive.

    1. I can’t believe there aren’t any Pure Barres near you. I feel like they’re opening up everywhere. Hopefully you’ll get one soon. Have you tried any of the DVDs? I was thinking of getting one of them.

      1. No, I haven’t. but tell us if the videos are good or not. I have a routine more or less memorized so I’ve done it at home a few times that way, but it’s harder to do when you have to do all the counting (less focus on endurance and the music).

  2. Oh man, I wish I could take Pure Barre with you, Cath! I’m so impressed with how much working out you are doing! But like Amy says, I can’t believe how expensive it is!

    I really want to try that Physicians formally foundation too! I still use Cover FX and I’m not totally sold on it and it looks like it sits on top of my skin some days.

    I wants that face spray too! Does it really help set your make-up? Since I can’t avoid those hydrosols we were talking about ;D

    p.s. I’m wearing my bracelet right this minuto!

    1. I’ll bring my bottle of Physicians formula tinted moisturizer to Scotland so you can see if you like it. It has very little coverage, which I like for the summer. But I won’t completely get rid of redness – you’ll need concealer or something heavier for that.

      I think the rose water definitely helps set my makeup, but probably not nearly as good as the full chemical makeup setting spray.

      I can’t wait for you to take at least one Pure Barre with me. If I had the money I would totally do it all the time – I really think it’s worth the crazy high price.

      I’m wearing my bracelet too!

  3. I need to get me a pair of slip on sneakers! I have been looking for a black pair, so I may take a page from your book. And ahhhh I totally love that bracelet! These days, I only wear 2 -3 different necklaces and switch them up every day, but I stick to the same ones, which justifies the expense 🙂

    1. I do the same thing with my jewelry. I need to give all the stuff I haven’t worn in a year away to charity. I literally have been wearing the same four necklaces all year.

      i couldn’t find a direct link to the black sneakers I got at Target, but there plenty of pairs left so hopefully you can find them at your local store.

  4. I’ve been using the same Mario Badescu spray as a toner! And so glad you’re enjoying Pure Barre, Cath. I’m loving Bar Method myself and recently sprang for the grippy socks; it’s easier to plank and be up on the balls of my feet for the thigh work when my feet aren’t slipping and sliding all over the place.

    1. Grippy socks definitely help. I purchased some cheaper ones on Amazon and while they’re not as good, I think they’re worth the price. There isn’t a Bar Method near my work, but if one opens up, I’ll totally try it!

  5. There’s a studio I go to that’s very similar to Pure Barre (Tone Barre, lol), and after the first work out, I felt like I had used muscle groups that I had never knew I had. Unfortunately I’m not very consistent with it, but I’m hoping hearing stories like yours will keep me more motivated!

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