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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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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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

Play! by Sephora: December 2017

The holiday season is officially here, so when my December Play! by Sephora box arrived this week it felt like an extra gift—even though, like periods and full moons, it happens every month. As I expected, the December box was holiday themed, with a cute Art Deco design on the brochure:

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Friday Five

1. Nintendo Switch: let me preface this by saying that I am not a gamer in any way (I don’t say that to disparage gamers). I get frustrated and give up really easily and the last console I legitimately tried to play video games on was the Nintendo 64, which came out when I was in college 20 years ago. My brother-in-law brought his Switch to DC over Thanksgiving so I tried playing Zelda on it…and I was surprised to find myself enjoying it. My husband and I just got a Switch of our very own, with two games to start: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. We’ll see how long it takes for me to get bored with the Switch…hopefully MUCH longer than usual.

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Sephora VIB Sale Haul: November 2017

I finally received my Sephora VIB sale goodies in the mail yesterday, so now I can post about my haul! Going into the sale, I already had some thoughts about what I wanted to buy, but I strayed somewhat from that list for various reasons.

The Sephora store closest to me is fairly small and doesn’t carry absolutely everything, so I split my haul into two phases. On the first day of the 20% off sale, I went to my local Sephora and bought a few items there…then a couple days later I ordered a few more things online.

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Play! by Sephora: November 2017

I went to NYC last Saturday through this Tuesday, and when I got back to DC my November Play! by Sephora box was waiting for me. What a fun welcome home! This month’s theme is “Survival of the Chillest,” so Sephora sent a collection of samples intended to help you treat yourself and practice self-care before the full force of holiday season hits. The “It’s Me O’Clock” sack containing this month’s samples was so cute that I had to photograph it with a couple of my crystals, which felt appropriate for November’s theme:

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