cheap thrills: dove body polish

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don’t you love it when you find something that just ticks all the boxes? works well? check. looks pretty? check. smells good? check. oh and cheap, too? check, check, check! I tried a sample of the new dove body polish crushed macadamia and rice milk and after quickly using it all up, I promptly went and bought the full-size version (blue tub), along with the full-size tubs of the other two options: pomegranate seeds & shea butter (pink tub) and kiwi seeds & cool aloe (green tub).

first up: the scent. these smell delicious. the macadamia and rice milk version smells like confectionary, in the best possible way. not too cloying, but definitely in the gourmand family. it’s definitely a scent that would lend itself well to the cooler months because it has that sugar cookie/good things in the oven vibe, but it’s not so overpowering that you couldn’t use it in warmer seasons. the kiwi option in a word is fresh. the scent is definitely reminiscent of kiwi, but with a healthy dose of cool, fresh water thrown in – must be the aloe! the pomegranate option smells very fruity and tropical. it smells good, but it was a little too strong and one-note for me. the scent isn’t a deal breaker, but it’s definitely my least favorite of the three.

the packaging. I’m a sucker for packaging, and I like the way the tubs have been designed. the lids are your typical twist-off cover, but I love the colorways they’ve chosen for each scent and that the product itself is the same color. the colors are light and springy. I also really like that they made the tubs wider – it really helps with the opening/closing and general handling when your hands are a little slick in the shower. plus, it makes scooping out product a breeze – there’s plenty of room to get as little or as much as you want.

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the results. I would say these polishes are a good beginning/maintainance polish. they’re not the scrub you should reach for if you want some serious exfoliation, but they do do enough that you can feel a difference after one use. the fact that it’s on the gentler end of scrubs isn’t a bad thing – I think it would work well for those with skin on the sensitive side, as well as for sensitive areas. I like that it isn’t harsh and that I can choose the level of exfoliation to some degree by changing how much I use and how hard I scrub. I also really like that it doesn’t feel like you’re layering a sheet of paste on your skin. the particles are crushed finely, while the cream holding it together feels more like a mousse texture than your traditional body wash. it washes off really nicely and leaves a soft scent that lingers for a little bit.

all in all, these do a nice job and are a steal at $5.99 a pop.

have you tried these yet?

this week

IMG_0587remembering almost 5 years later

happy friday, everybody!

I’m working a double today, and then James & I will make dinner at home and call it a night. I’m looking forward to a quiet night in as this is a working weekend for both of us, James with his grading and grad school deadlines and me with nursing. #adulting

we’ll just have to leave all the excitement to you guys. ;)

whatever you’re up to this weekend,  have a good one!

IMG_0585sushi date at love art sushi

IMG_0588finally got around to some spring cleaning

IMG_0589enjoyed a Japanese barbecue feast with friends…James was excited, can’t you tell?

IMG_0590my new favorite tote bag

p.s. for in-the-moment stories and pics, follow along on instagram @lovelyhes

spring things

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bag | lip balm | dress | lipstick | sandals | blazer

right around now is when I usually get fully into all things spring. whereas March can sometimes be considered a winter month, April is most definitely in the spring category. this time of year, I go for light – lighter shades, lighter textures, lighter lips.

I’ve added a few things to my closet and makeup drawer in anticipation of the longer, sunnier days. I have this blazer in the original, winter-weight wool and picked it up in this spring-friendly wool/cotton mix in the light grey. I didn’t have any items from Tory Burch, but something about this satchel really caught my eye – perhaps it’s the ladylike top handle juxtaposed with its simple, clean lines. loft plus debuted several weeks back, and while some things have been hit or miss, this dress is 100% a hit. it’s fully-lined and has the prettiest pattern that’s classic but also a little unique. I plan on wearing it on the shoulder to weddings in the warmer months. as for these sandals, they were love at first sight (got them in the mustard yellow). I’m warning you now: I am loving all things yellow these days, so expect to see this color often.

and last but not least, perhaps the easiest way to update your look for a new season is by switching out your lipcolor. this balm is amazing – medium coverage, light as air on the lips, and comes in a slew of colors (I have #12, which is the perfect MLBB and #9, which is a pretty wash of soft fuchsia). bonus: it smells like mangoes! for a full-on lip, I’ve picked up 3 shades of the mac x padma lakshmi collab, in sunset rose (a pretty nude), nude fudge (a soft pink brown that reminds me of the 90s in the best way), and mittai pink, a warm pop of pink. look out for a new-in-makeup post soon.

all ears

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while I do love statement jewelry when the occasion calls for it, I tend to favor small, delicate pieces in my day-to-day. I’ll usually just have a pair of studs in my ears, my wedding & engagement rings, and a watch. sometimes I’ll switch out the studs for something a little bigger, or keep the studs and add a necklace.

but lately, I’ve been really LOVING statement earrings. it started with this pair. I saw them online and ordered them because they reminded me of the pair I wore to death in high school. they’re light, go with everything, and are just big enough to make a statement despite being fairly simple.

that pair was my gateway drug. I’ve since bought 3 more pairs: this fun beaded pair (look so much more expensive than they are), this gorgeous pair (surprisingly light on the ears & now under $13), and this amazing pair that I pre-ordered (this one confirmed that I was well & truly hooked).

if you had told me a couple of months ago that I would be ordering those earrings, I would have said you were crazy. I know statement earrings are very much the trend right now, so maybe I’m just getting swept up in the wave, at least partly, but mostly I think it’s because they’re just fun to wear and fun is something I’ve needed in large doses since moving out east. wearing them is like a little party on your ears, and they make me smile. and really, is there a better reason to wear jewelry than that?

image via (how fierce does she look?)

 

hello, spring

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on Walden Pond

hi, there! it’s finally spring, and I’m back to blogging. life has been a crazy whirlwind the past 6 months as I got my bearings under me in a new city & a new job, so I’ve been very quiet around here. but I missed it, and I feel like I’m finally ready to put out some content again.

I hope the days are getting longer and the temps are warming up where you are!