Friday Five

Quick note: I’m going on a weeklong vacation soon so I will most likely skip my Friday Five next week.

1. Wormwood: a fascinating, disturbing six-part documentary from famed director Errol Morris about the search for answers after the suspicious death of an Army scientist in the 1950s. The episodes interweave recreations of what may or may not have actually happened, featuring talent such as Peter Sarsgaard, Molly Parker, Bob Balaban, Jimmi Simpson, and more. I won’t give too much away here, but the story involves the CIA, MK Ultra, and a government conspiracy. Curiosity piqued yet?

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My Winter Nighttime Skin Care Routine

The other day I posted about my winter morning skin care routine, and as promised I’m also sharing my current nighttime routine. You may notice some repeat products from my AM stash:

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My Winter Morning Skin Care Routine

As I age I become even more interested in skin care, but I haven’t bothered to write a post about my morning and nighttime skin care routines…until now. My routines evolve fairly frequently, what with seasonal changes and the samples I receive (mostly via Play! by Sephora). Both of my skin care routines are currently pretty consistent, though, so I thought it’d be a good time to write about them.

Today I’m discussing my morning skin care routine in the dead of winter—a time of year that requires moisturizing the hell out of my skin. I live in Washington DC and even with a humidifier running in the apartment, our place is still quite dry. In this weather, my skin will definitely look and feel tight and dry if I use a lighter moisturizer instead of a heavier one, so I’ve adjusted my routine accordingly.

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My New Instagram Account: adventuresherman

For some time now I’ve been kicking around the idea of setting up an Instagram separate from @sheiman where I can post content related to this blog.* I don’t want to annoy my friends with posts promoting my blog content all the time, so this past week I finally created a new Insta handle: @adventuresherman.

I’ll be posting more makeup and beauty stuff on @adventuresherman than I usually do on my personal account. But, like my blog, the content won’t be restricted to makeup and beauty; if you read this blog regularly, you’re aware that I cover a variety of topics…basically whatever I feel like writing about at the moment. I’m also considering doing some Get Ready With Me videos where I apply makeup on camera…but I’m trying to work up the courage to do that. I may start with a timelapse GRWM. Baby steps.  🙂

A note about my new Insta handle: it’s “adventures Herman,” not “adventure Sherman.” I’ll probably eventually change my main blog title to Adventures of Herman (which is my blog’s subtitle as of now). Herman was my nickname in high school—read more about it in a very early post on my blog—and it really stuck. I tried to get @adventuresofherman or @hermanadventures on Instagram, but those were already taken. Hence @adventuresherman.

So that’s what’s going on around here! Please do follow my new Insta account if you’re interested in seeing more from me than just my blog posts. And thanks!

*I already have a @brooklyorchids handle for my Brooklyn Orchids site. Now I have three Insta accounts to manage, so apologies if I accidentally post something to the wrong account (it’s bound to happen eventually).

Friday Five

1. Manhattan Skyline: my husband I went to Brooklyn earlier this week to attend a belated holiday party and we stayed at a hotel in Williamsburg. Because we were so close to the East River, I strolled over to Bushwick Inlet Park to take in the skyline across the river—a view that just never gets old.

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First Friday Five of 2018

Happy New Year, everyone! This is a big year for me: I turn 40 in June, and my fifth wedding anniversary is in July. Plus, I’ll be attending my tenth consecutive San Diego Comic-Con. I’m sending out good vibes for a more positive year—not just for me, but for everyone on the planet!

1. Pitch Perfect 3: my husband and I went to see this movie last weekend—the first time I’ve seen a Pitch Perfect in the theater! Not surprisingly, it wasn’t as good as the first two, but I still enjoyed the hell out of it and bought the soundtrack from iTunes the next day. I can’t get enough of these a cappella ladies!

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My Favorite Things of 2017

Well, I thought I was finished with blogging for the year…but then I realized that I did a lot of cool stuff in 2017 so I decided to put together a list of personal favorites from the year.  We moved to Washington DC at the end of February and I started exploring my new city quite a bit—something I honestly didn’t really do a whole lot of in the 15 years I lived in New York City. I feel a lot less anxious in DC and tend to feel like getting out more…it’s like a huge weight has lifted. Suffice to say, I’m generally happier living in DC now, though I do miss my friends in NYC!

It ended up being pretty hard to distill this list into a manageable year-end roundup, because there was actually SO MUCH to choose from!*

Here goes…my own personal highlights of 2017.

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Getting drinks at the Rainbow Room’s bar before we moved to DC. You just can’t beat the view from the 65th floor of Rockefeller Center in the middle of Manhattan, and it was a fitting way to begin closing out our time in the city.

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Friday Five

Well, we’ve arrived at my final Friday Five of 2017! This has been a big year for me personally (see my Instagram Best Nine slide show)…but globally it’s been a raging dumpster fire of a disaster. Here’s hoping 2018 is full of real progress.

Because this is most likely my last post of 2017, before I jump into today’s five things I want to wish you all a very happy, healthy, and safe New Year’s. Cheers to great things in 2018!

1. The Last Jedi: my husband and I went to see the new Star Wars movie last Saturday night (in a theater with new reclining seats!) and we both really enjoyed it. I won’t spoil anything here, but I will say that Adam Driver is so super intense in the best way. Daisy Ridley also did phenomenal work—and on top of that, she has the most flawless skin in any galaxy. It’s so heartening to see heroic people of color in the main cast of a gigantic movie.  And this gif of Chewie and a Porg is my new favorite moment ever.

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Sephora Beauty Insiders: Take an Extra 20% off Sale Items

Beauty geeks! In case you weren’t already aware, Sephora is offering Beauty Insiders an extra 20% off of all sale items through January 1, 2018. The sale items are already up to 50% off, so you can get some incredible deals through this offer by using code SALEONSALE at checkout.

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Holiday Gift Haul 2017

My husband and I don’t usually do much to celebrate the holidays, and we don’t get each other gifts like we do for birthdays. But our families send us gifts, and each year prior to Hanukkah (I was raised Jewish) my mom asks me for a gift list. This time around I took the opportunity to ask for some of the things I had considered buying myself during the Sephora VIB 20% off sale, among other items.

Now that Hanukkah is over and I’ve opened all of my gifts, I figured I might as well share them here! As you’ll see, I leaned heavily into the skin care product arena.

The first gifts to arrive were these two awesome sets from Drunk Elephant: Volume 1: Hot Date and Volume 2: Come C About Me. Continue reading