Hey there! This week, I am going to talk you through the things I have been obsessed with in January, and that I have been frequently using. There will be a lot of variety on this list, so it will probably appeal to a lot of people. I want to talk about some beauty products, cleaning products, music, video games, and shows I have been really loving all throughout January. Let me know if any of this stuff is on your list of favorites as well.
I am normally not much of a lotion person, but during the winter, my skin always gets dried out. I have a nightly routine now of putting on my Neutrogena Night Cream, Bath and Body Works Sleep lotion in Night Time Tea and the My Favorite Night Balm they have. My skin always feels so smooth and refreshed in the morning when I put this combination of products on my skin. I don’t like doing it as much in the summer, since it is too hot, but winter is the perfect time to put on a bunch of amazing scented products, and curl up in bed.
Another skin product I have been really loving is the Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask. I absolutely love how this makes my skin feel. I typically do it once a week (Mud Mask Monday lol), and I just love how amazing it makes my face feel. I do have some bigger pores on my nose, and this paired with the Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub really helps clear everything out in one sitting. I should start using the black head scrub more, but I just have not gotten into the routine yet.
One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to light more candles. I know it seems silly, but I buy so many candles, and a lot of the time, they just sit on a shelf, unused. So, whenever I think about it, I light some candles. The one candle I was absolutely LOVING in January was Bath and Body Works Champagne Toast. The smell reminds of the old Zebra Stripe gum from the 90’s, and I loved that stuff. It was a different sent then what I normally go for, but I still really enjoyed it. I am glad I got two, so I still have one of the candles left. Another one I really enjoy is Smoked Berries and Incense. It is just a great scent, and I love how thick the scent itself is. It really fills a space, and it is a really relaxing scent for me.
A couple of years ago when I was still living in Duluth, MN, I requested a heated blanket from my parents as a present. I lived on the very top floor of a duplex with some friends, and while you would think it would be the hottest place in the house, it was the exact opposite. The heat from the main level of our side of the duplex would cut off at the small staircase leading up to my room. It was always a lot cooler up there than anywhere else in the house. So, the heated blanket was a great thing for me. I put it on my bed once it started to get cooler outside, and I love having it. I just have a generic brand one with 5 heat settings. I normally turn it on about 30 minutes before I plan on falling asleep, so it can heat my bed up before I get it in. It is one of the most amazing things ever, and I highly suggest it to anyone who loves sleeping with a million blankets like I do.
On Black Friday, my mom and I took the plunge and woke up early to go shopping. When we got to the store, there was no one around. We went in between the rushes, so it worked out really well for us. One of my favorite items to buy on Black Friday is always boots. They always have amazing deals on them, and I could live my entire life in a pair of boots. I got these brown pair from Kohl’s for $19, which was an amazing steal. I have worn them at least everyday if I can. There are very comfortable, and they really go with a lot of my outfits. I love these boots a lot, and will definitely wear them out too fast.
One of the main things I was excited about for Christmas was my Dyson Vacuum. I have been using it at least once a week and I am in love. I never knew that I could actually enjoy cleaning, but this vacuum makes it very easy. It is powerful, light, and I love all of the extra attachments I have to clean from floor to ceiling. I mainly use this vacuum to clean my apartment, and it is so easy to use. The first time I used it, I sucked up so much dust and dog hair, that I couldn’t even believe I had that much. I had been vacuuming with a cheaper vacuum before, but I thought I was getting some things up that way.
I think I have come to the conclusion that I really do not like coffee that much. It does the job when I need a kick of caffeine in the morning, but I really don’t like the taste, and I use so much creamer that it is no longer coffee. I have always loved tea, especially in college when I was sick, but still needed to be able to sing. I have definitely been falling in love with tea again lately. A couple that I really enjoy are the Yogi Perfect Energy in Vanilla Spice, Harney & Sons in Peppermint, and Bigelow’s Vanilla Chai Tea. I just love how great they make me feel, and I do not feel as jittery from all of the caffeine, like I do sometimes with coffee. It is definitely a great alternative for me, and I also love how relaxing it is to drink a cup of tea.
Back when Nintendo announced the release date for Pokémon Sun and Moon, I knew I had to get back into playing Pokémon. The last Pokémon game I played was Sapphire, so I knew I had to get back into it with this new game. So, I decided to by myself a 3DS XL (the galaxy one) and as soon as I could, I picked up Pokémon Sun. My friend Reed and I discussed that we should both get the other game, so we can trade with each other. It also worked out that both of us wanted the other game, we both didn’t want the same one. I’ve pretty much been playing it non stop since I picked up. I really am thrilled about this game, it is probably one of my new favorites. I have about 9 Pokémon left to catch before I complete the PokéDex, and I have been working on that whenever I get the chance. If you can find the time to play it, (I have currently played it for 110 hours) you need to. It is a spectacular game.
Speaking of Pokémon and playing all the time, another thing I did quite often is have Google Hangouts with my friends from college. I love how easy it is to connect with people who live hundreds of miles away from you. I like Google Hangouts more than any other video chat because it is so easy to have multiple people on it, and it is easy to operate. Everyone can access it on any device, and all of my friends have google accounts from college. We like to do Google Hangouts and play games together, whether it is an online game, or we are just playing our own games and talking to each other about. It is nice sometimes to not feel like you are the only one in your house, because technology like this makes it so easy to connect with people.
When I have totally caught up on YouTube videos, I normally head over to Netflix to see what shows I can watch. The show I have been obsessed with in January is definitely Black Mirror. It is an insane show, and I am almost done with season 3. I love the futuristic take on thriller that this show does, and you never know what is going to happen in the next episode. It is such a great show and definitely worth the time. It can get a little graphic, so I would watch out for that, and it is a little out there. But if you like weird stuff like I do, go check it out. Another show I started watching again is Bob’s Burgers. The episodes are short enough where it fills up some time, but you are not committing an hour to one episode. I love the humor in this show, and it just cheers me up to watch it. Go check those shows out if you need something to watch.
Lastly, I want to talk about some music I have been into this past month. My friends released an album right before Christmas, and I didn’t get the physical copy of the CD until I got back to town after the holidays. It has been the only CD in my car, and I have been obsessed with the work they did. The band is called The Anatomy Of… and it is their second album, titled Two Wanderers. I love the indie sound that my friends have created, and I am not just saying that because I know them.
Another friend of mine introduced me to Lucky Chops and Too Many Zooz. If you like brass groups and weird music, you will definitely love these guys. Lucky Chops mainly does covers of popular songs, and they are really amazing. They have some written stuff too, so I would check out both things. Too Many Zooz is a weird mix The Bari Sax player is in both groups, and he is an outstanding musician. He is weird, but great at what he does. The sounds he can make on a Bari Sax are insane. Go check out both groups if you need something new to listen too.
Well, those are all of my favorite’s from January. I hope you guys enjoyed the list! If you are interested in anything that I talked about, click on the links throughout the post to check it out. I know Champagne Toast is no longer in stores, but Bath and Body Works have some amazing candles besides that one. Let me know if anything I talked about was on your favorites list from the past month. I hope you have a great week, and I hope you come and check out next week’s post!