My Favorite Skin Products

These are a few of my favorite, “never go without” skin products. I thought I’d share!


My daughter gave me this lotion for Christmas one year. I don’t know what to say other than go buy it. It’s the most luxurious cream I have ever felt in my life and the bonus is that is smells SO GOOD!

Yes, it’s expensive, but it’s worth every cent. I swear by it and no, I am not sponsored by them. It’s just an excellent product.

Here’s the link: Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

I have been using this company’s products pretty much from the beginning. I’ve watched them grow and expand and recently I was floored to find some of their serums at Walgreens. You might say I feel a kinship with them and I was so happy to see their stuff in a regular store. What I like best is that they don’t charge a ton of money for their products and each one is as fabulous as the next.

Anyway. In my opinion, this is the best Vitamin C moisturizer around and at 59, I’ve tried a ton of other products. I always come back to this stuff right here. It feels very silky going on and doesn’t have any form of a smell, which I like.

Here’s the link: Vitamin C Brightening Moisturizer

In a minute you’re going to get the idea that I love ALL of the TruSkin products and you would be correct. I’m not sponsored by them, by the way.

The only thing I’m not crazy about with this cream is the smell. I can’t put my finger on it exactly. It’s kind of a sweet, chocolatey smell that turns me off a little but not enough to make me stop using this stuff. It’s wonderful.

Here’s the link: Deep Hydration Night Cream

Okay this is the last TruSkin for today, although I could just go on posting ALL of their stuff!

This serum boosts collagen, reduces fine lines and even gets rid of dark spots.

Here’s the link: Vitamin C Serum

I lied.

This IS the last TruSkin product of the day! This eye gel contains silk amino acids and steam-distilled cucumber hydrosol. (I don’t know what hydrosol is, but it works!)

I put this on in the morning to make my puffiness go down a bit and smooth my little lines.

Here’s the link: Peptide Eye Gel

I THINK I learned about this stuff when I saw Bethany Frankel do a Tiktok series about drugs store finds that are actually as good or better than higher priced, Designer things.

I had never used a finishing spray prior to using this. Let me tell you, I don’t know how it works but when I spray it on my face in the morning after my makeup application, it just looks a whole lot more polished and smooth.

It makes no claim to hide wrinkles but I feel like it kind of does. And no, this isn’t marketed towards older people. It’s just a really nice setting spray.

Here’s the link: Milani Make It Last Dewy Setting Spray

I think I also saw this on a TikTok. It’s just a simple blush stick, simple to use and it’s lasts forever. For some reason I can never find this in the drug store.

Here’s the link: Blush Stick By Revlon

I think this is my new favorite thing. It’s a sparkly, dewy little highlighter for your face. I usually put a dot on the end of my nose and some dots along my cheekbones just before I’m ready to use my finishing spray.

I love that the applicator is just a soft little sponge. It provides great control when applying this product.

Here’s the link: Milani Conceal + Perfect Liquid Highlighter

That’s it for today, folks. I hope I showed you something new that you didn’t know about!

Five of My Absolute Favorite Kitchen Gadgets and a Bonus!

First, let it be known that I’m really not a “gadget-person”. Typically I might try “the latest thing” once every couple of years and then go back to doing things the old fashioned way. I’m just not a trend follower and I definitely do not like to waste money.

That being said, I do have several things in my kitchen that have become tried and true favorites that I’d be lost without. I’ve gifted all of these to friends and family and THEY have loved them, too.

Full disclosure: If you click through these links and decide to purchase, I will get a commission (and love you forever), but honestly, these are things I actually use and swear by. For a long time people have asked for my list and until just a while ago, I didn’t know how to post it.

Now I do. I hope you enjoy!

PS-Not one of these items is expensive, but they are all worthwhile. ❤

The first one really blew my mind when I tried it. It’s small, battery operated can opener. I’ll spare you the long description of what it does because guess what? It’s a hands free can opener that fits perfectly in any of your kitchen drawers. No more hand cranking. No more having to have the can opener on the counter. No more holding down the lever to make the wheels turn. (IYKYK)

What? These little things make unusual and excellent Hostess gifts!

My friends, meet Kitchen Mama!

If you are a foodie, like I am, you have watched a million or more cooking shows. What do they ALWAYS tell us with regard to shredded cheese? Let’s say it together shall we? “Always grate your own cheese. Don’t buy the pre-grated stuff because it contains anti-caking ingredients.” It’s true and the bonus is that a block of cheese costs less, lasts longer, tastes and melts better than the pre-grated stuff.

I know you can put a block of cheese in your food processor and do it, but I do not have a food processor. I wanted something that would be easy to clean and easy to use. I read all the reviews on tons of these things. I loved this because it suctions to the counter top, has attachments and I can grate a block of cheese in literally a few seconds. Clean up is a breeze: just take it apart and put the pieces in the dishwasher!

This is the one I use and have gifted to others a million times: Best Cheese Grater EVER!

Not so very long ago one of my dear friends wrote and asked me to recommend some really great cookware. I totally forgot to answer her, so I hope she happens to see this.

Aside from my cast iron skillets, this Calphalon pan is my absolute favorite pan in the world. When I ordered it, I didn’t even realize it comes in a two pan set! One is 8″ (perfect for omelet making) and a 10″ (perfect for pancakes, scrambled eggs, French toast, etc.)

These are very light weight and they clean up so easily, it’s ridiculous. Oh and yes, you can use them for anything-not just for breakfast!

Here’s the link: Calphalon Nonstick Frying Pan Set

This next item still blows me away each time I use it. I have two of them that sit side by side inside a drawer next to my stove. One is used for aluminum foil and the other for plastic wrap.

Don’t you hate having to fight the box when you’re trying to rip off a sheet of either plastic wrap or aluminum foil? These are officially called “Plastic Wrap Dispensers” but as stated before, I use them for foil too and it just occurred to me that it would work for parchment paper as well.

When you want a sheet, all you do is pull it out of the box, place it over your item and us the slide cutter.

Here’s the link: Refillable Plastic Wrap Dispenser

A few years ago my husband and I got on the Vital Proteins Collagen kick. (Yes it works.) We add it to our coffee every morning and sometimes we also add MCT Oil. I wanted a frother for easy mixing so we bought one at our local grocery store. It was simply terrible. It wobbled, sputtered and was generally a rip off.

I turned to Amazon, bought this one and have not looked back. I was just looking to see the date of my purchase. Try 2017 on for size. We haven’t had a single issue. This little guy still works perfectly and it gets used every day.

Here’s the link: Frother

Last but not least (for now anyway), something I think makes a hilarious gift for a co-worker. Yes, I’ve done it and yes, it went over well.

Not much can be said other than it’s funny and it’s a mug! LOL!

Here’s the link: World’s Okayest Employee

That’s it for today. If you like this post and want me to add some more fun stuff every now and then, let me know.

I have a new recipe about to be posted for Beef Brisket in the crock pot. It’s the best brisket I think I’ve ever made and it was simple. Can’t wait for you to try it!

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