23 Mar THIS MONTHS OBSESSIONS
This Months Obsessions: January 2020
Money CAN sometimes buy happiness in the form of products and services that solve problems, make life a little smoother, save time or bring you joy.
Some of my all-time favorites and a couple of new discoveries AND the issues they solve.
Problem it solves: No more cracked or scratched screen protectors (or screens!).
I have mine done at my local Staples store. They demo’d it by throwing a case-less phone across the room and asking me for my keys so they could scrape across the screen of their own personal phone! SOLD. Once and done for a 30 minute wait and $30, no more phone damage stress or that ugly line of demarcation with standard screen protectors.
Problem they solve: Drinking glasses that break if you look at them wrong but still look beautiful.
Repeat: they do not break. They will last you a long time. I’m a big dropper, tosser, person who trips/falls and wins every clumsiness competition. I’ve had 36 of these for a year now and not one has broken on us. I have the small and medium sizes but the small is admittedly less useful unless you’re a scotch on the rocks gal….
Note: make sure they are the Bormioli brand! Knockoffs are not the same.
Problem they solve: Dry, rough, scaly skin
I DO expect messages from you all on this aha recommendation! No one is more obsessed with exfoliation than I and I have an arsenal of products to prove it. One day I booked myself for the 2 hour Wi Spa Special (their Cadillac treatment) at the Wi Spa in Los Angeles (Korean Day spa). I will elaborate on that eye-opening experience in another piece but know that it and this tool are THE WAY to babys-butt smoothness for all your parts (except for your face – too aggressive!). Ingrown hairs, no more. Rough heels begone. Fine white scale on your legs – NO MORE. Sandpaper elbows. I use it every day on my problem parts and NO dryness since. I add a little moisturizing shower gel and go to town in the shower then deep moisturize afterward. You’re welcome in advance! Note: there are aggressiveness levels, much like sandpaper. I suppose it’s wisest to start on the most gentle (pink to red to green to blue) and work your way up but, you do you!
Problem it solves: Jagged cuticles, peeling, weak, unhealthy nails
When I was 11ish, my mom got her nail technician license and I promptly hopped on the hamster wheel of fake nails. Once you start its hard to quit because they trash your nails sentencing you to a lifetime of fake nail type treatments in order to have decent looking nails. 30ish years of nail “enhancements” later, I was ready to step off. I knew it’d be a long ugly phase but focused hard on the idea of creating an environment for my nails to heal and thrive. After some research I found this gem. I must say that it’s been pretty dramatic. You can hardly tell I have cuticles they are so soft and pliable, the overall strength of my nails has gone from flimsy like a piece of copy paper to healthily rigid.
I keep a bottle at my desk which I’m spotty with but apply to the cuticle AND under the nail tip every night before bed then a deep, rich hand cream.
Problem they solve: Leggings that check all the necessary boxes and don’t break the bank
I LIVE in leggings. So forgiving, so comfy, so universal (workout class to Costco, change shoes/add jacket and now we’re date-ready. My testing experience is vast. Though I really like my Lululemon’s, they simply don’t stand the test of time; getting pill-y or stretched or snagged and they cost $100. My Alo Goddess leggings are the next favorite as they solve a lot of the Lulu issues but again with the $100, simply not a universal option. Enter the Zella. I wait till Nordstrom Rack has em on sale for under $30 and that gets us all top in class muffin top and belly flab abatement, flattering leggings that stay in place, soft but not pill-prone fabric and they don’t cost a small fortune.
Let me know your RIDE OR DIE’s and the problems they solved for you so we can all bask in the bliss of crossing another micro-annoyance off our lists!