Sunday, April 12, 2015

My Top 10 Lifestyle Products I Can't Live Without

I love to try new things, but when I find something I love and that works well for me, I am weirdly loyal to it.  Mostly because it is easier to go with what I know and it allows me to concentrate on my kids, my husband, my cooking and my wine.  Being a stay at home mom to two little kids doesn't afford me much time or reason to get all dolled up, so I go with a pretty casual look on most days.  Here is a list of my favorite products that get me through the day- from morning to night- allowing me to look and feel somewhat put together in the fastest way possible. 

1.  Keurig Brewing System

Honestly, I don't function at my best without coffee.  I love everything about it and it truly helps me get out of bed and get moving.  I absolutely adore the Keurig, because it is just so easy to use and my coffee is ready in less than in minute at any time of the day.  It is a bit of an investment and the K-Cups are not cheap, but my husband and I find we actually waste less coffee by making only what we are going to drink at that time.  Get yours here!

2.  Crest 3D White Toothpaste

After I have finished my coffee, I reluctantly start my journey into the day.  And the first step is to brush my teeth, (you're welcome).  I have been using this toothpaste for many years, and I really do think it has kept my teeth on the whiter side, which is a tough job considering the amount of coffee and wine I drink.  It is not super expensive and tastes pretty good, which is all I need in a toothpaste.  Get it here!

3.  Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo

I am being totally honest here, I don't always have the luxury of a shower every morning thanks to my two little devils otherwise known as my kids.  So with that said, the likelihood of washing my hair daily is very low and also something I try to avoid so I don't dry my hair out.  One of my best friends introduced me to this dry shampoo 3 years ago and I love it.  It smells like lemons, doesn't leave a white residue and it drys the oil and gives extra volume.  I have also had the same bottle for 3 years and it is still going strong.  Totally worth the cost.  Get it here!

4.  Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream
I have never liked how foundation or powder feels on my face, so I was so happy when I found this BB Cream.  It is super lightweight, yet provides decent coverage.  It does not look or feel cakey and you only need a pea size amount for your whole face.  I love it because it goes on fast and stays on all day.  I have had the same bottle for a year, which makes me feel like I got my monies worth.  Get it here!

5.  Dior Show Mascara

I have tried A LOT of mascaras in my life, from drug store to make up counter brands and everything in between.  A couple of years ago, I settled on this one because it is just so amazing.  The brush is huge and really gets even the tiniest of lashes.  The color is rich and dark and you can get by with just one coat.  But you can do many coats of this mascara to get a really dramatic look with no clumping.  My favorite thing about this mascara is it super easy to wash off with just face-soap and water.  Since this really is the extent of my make-up routine on most days, I am OK splurging a bit on this product.  I love it!  Get it here!

6.  ChapStick

Absolutely nothing fancy or special about this one, just an obsession of mine.  I have tried every lip balm under the sun and to me, nothing even comes close to regular ChapStick.  It is cheap, feels amazing and gives a nice little sheen to my lips.  I use it hourly on a daily basis, some may say it's an addiction, but I am not giving it up.  Get it here!

7.  Olukai Women's Sandals
Obviously, I wish these were a little more "fashionable" but who I am kidding, I am all about the comfort.  I purchased these sandals when I was 6 months pregnant with my second daughter and my feet have been thanking me every since.  I live in San Diego, and flip-flops are just what we wear about 350 days out of the year.  I still have the pair I purchased when I was pregnant, more than 3 years ago and I wear them nearly every day.  They have held up for two different Disneyland trips and daily walks.  My husband wears the men's version and loves them too.  Highly recommend!  Get yours here!

8.  FitBit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker

Speaking of walking, my husband and I each have one of these and we love it.  We have had them for two years and it really does motivate us to get moving.  I purchased the Zip because it is half as much as the other trackers out there and is the most basic.  We are not running marathons now, but it has definitely helped us become more active and we can compete against each other and our friends who have one on how many steps we do per week.  If you have been on the fence about one of these, give this one a try.  The price is right and they have fantastic costumer service.  Get it here!

9.  Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing and Makeup Remover

This is a two in one cleanser and that makes me very happy.  I do not like to use a separate cleanser to take my eye makeup off and this gentle and this natural soap takes it all off for me in one shot.  It is not drying to my skin and is super affordable.  I have used this for years and my skin is usually pretty clear and I never feel like it is still dirty after I wash my face.  Get it here!

10.  Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate

Midnight Recovery Concentrate
I have been using this serum every night before I go to bed for years and I really think it has helped keep my skin clear and fresh looking.  Being a mom of two in my thirties, my skin can look a little tired and dull.  This serum is so moisturizing and feels and smells amazing.  It does not make me breakout at all and I do think it has helped keep the wrinkles from creeping on and smooths the ones that I do have.  I would highly recommended giving this a shot, as it performs double duty action as a moisturizer and wrinkle fighter and lasts forever.  Get it here!

Now it is your turn!  Tell me the products you love that make your life easier!  Let me know if you give any of these a shot and what you think!

***Not a sponsored post, all opinions are mine, however some of the links are affiliate.***