loving right now

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perfume | mascara | earrings | watch | tee

a perfume that smells like the ocean. I have been looking for this scent for years. while beach-inspired fragrances are not uncommon, I’ve found that fragrances that truly capture the ocean are harder to come by. what I love about this scent is the hint of salt and earthiness that mingles with the more typical watery notes, and the fact that this does not have any hint of a sunscreen/coconuty note. call it nostalgia, but this smells exactly like the ocean by my hometown – I think it’s the seaweed note that really brings it home for me. (bonus: the bottle & color are gorgeous!)

a waterproof mascara that doesn’t give me raccooon eyes. my lucky streak continues in finally chancing upon a long-searched-for product. I love makeup, but I don’t have the time to reapply or worry about things smudging, whether I’m busy on the floor or just out and about in my personal life. #aintnobodygottimeforthat I’ve always been envious of my girlfriends who can wear any mascara from the drugstore and have lashes for days that stay put, but I’ve never had such luck, aside from the L’Oreal Telescopic waterproof, which, of course, is now discontinued. ::side eye emoji:: prior to this discovery, I was using the YSL Faux Cils waterproof, which gave me all the volume I wanted but sometimes I still had a small amount of flaking/smudging. so far, Monsieur Big  has been completely flake- and smudge-proof. I’ll let you know if that changes, but so far, it’s love.

demi-fine jewelry that won’t break the bank. it’s nice to see more & more retailers offering demi-fine jewelry. it’s a great option for those of us who want some pieces of jewelry that are higher quality but still budget friendly. aside from these hoops, my husband also bought me this necklace, and I’m really pleased with the quality of both pieces.

a watch with a cause. along with my wedding rings, I wear a watch every single day. as someone who prefers using a watch to tell time, I feel naked on the rare occasions I forget to put one on. I have several watches in my collection, the newest of which is this mon amie healthcare watch. aside from being a beautiful watch that looks good, I love that it’s also a watch that does good. being a nurse and a future women’s healthcare provider, this watch has such a special meaning to me as it provides one year of prenatal care to a woman in need. (p.s. all health watches are 20% off for Mother’s Day with code ‘MAMA20’ – the new mesh version is so lovely!)

a tee that combines 2 of my great loves: nursing & languages. I squealed when I saw this tee. scrubs should be, first & foremost, functional, but it doesn’t hurt when they’re pretty, too. as a treat to myself for nurses week, I bought myself a new set of scrubs and this tee.  it was just too good to pass up. (btw, would anyone be interested in a review of FIGS scrubwear? let me know!)

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?