Monthly Obsessions: September 2013

I have a bit of an obsessive personality, so when I decide I like something, I get really enthusiastic about it. I also really like to talk, so I figured I’d give my family and friends a break and share it with the world instead. My monthly obsessions can come from just about any category you can think of; food, beauty, clothing, pet supplies, electronics and everything in between.

Here is what I’m obsessing over this month:

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Spot Eraser– or you know, concealer. I have tried a few drugstore concealers over the years and I’ve never particularly liked any of them. It may have been user error. But, I felt like they often drew more attention to the blemish than just leaving it bare.

People have  been raving over the Instant Age Rewind Undereye Concealer, but I don’t really get dark circles. So, when I saw this I figured it might be good also. And I discovered it at the perfect time, as I’ve been having some weird hormonal breakouts lately. Because, I’m 27 years old, so naturally I should start dealing with breakouts now. 

I’ve been enjoying this product and find that it works well for individual spots, as well as larger areas that are discolored or red.


Guayaki Yerba Mate Revel Berry

I recently made it to Whole Foods to replenish my Guayaki Yerba Mate stock, so I’ve been obsessed with it again. Unlike the Starbucks Refreshers I talked about a couple of months ago, Yerba Mate gives a big caffeine kick. But, it still doesn’t make me shaky or anxious. It’s a must for early work days.

The flavor is very similar to a flavored tea. My favorite flavor is Revel Berry, with Enlightmint coming in second. The Lemon Elation flavor is good, but reminds me of Brisk lemon tea in cans. So, nothing super special.

Yerba Mate has all sorts of purported health benefits. I can’t speak to those, but you can read all about them on the Guayaki website.


Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear

It just so happens that the polish I’ve been choosing lately have all been Sally Hansen Hard Xtreme Wear colors. I’ve been really impressed with the formula, both in how it applies and how well it wears. It’s honestly one of my favorite formulas (with OPI being my top pick) and it’s one of the cheapest drug store brands.

They regularly run about $2.99 a bottle and are frequently on sale for even less. If you’re looking for a bargain brand nail polish, definitely look into these. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality, especially after having disastrous results with the similarly priced Sinful Colors polish.


Tweezerman Tweezers

I put off investing in a pair of Tweezerman tweezers for so long, because how could frugal old me spend $20 on a pair of tweezers? Could they really be that much better? Well, I finally bit the bullet, and the answer is yes.

I can’t believe I waited so long. The tips are so sharp and you can really get each and every hair. Even the little baby hairs that are just beginning to grow in. My eyebrows have never looked so good without having them freshly waxed. I’m in love with these tweezers!

They’re also good for plucking the odd grey hair that you may find on your much too young head of hair. If you’ve ever accidentally yanked several strands of hair out of your head going for a grey, you will appreciate the precision of the Tweezerman. Not that I’d know anything about that.


DIY Light Box

Finally, my last favorite is my new DIY Light Box. It’s not pretty, but it gets the job done. I used it to take all the pictures for today’s post and I’m really thrilled with the results. All it took was a cardboard box, a piece of poster board, some muslin and a thrifted desk lamp.

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