There is a disconnect in my mind between who I want to be and who I actually am on a daily basis. I want to be more like the people whose stories I DM to my friends on Instagram; a carefree girl who has a well-regimented routine — morning workouts, jade rolls her face and makes her own matcha lattes. To bridge that gap, I have decided to implement a series of new habits and routines this year. But, the first step of every new undertaking often involves buying things that help the process run seamlessly. Now that I have invested the money, I have no choice but to commit. Psychology, my dear friend.
Buffy Naturally Dyed Eucalyptus Sheets
Until recently, I had never paid any mind to thread count. I have been using the same sheets I bought at Bed Bath & Beyond in college. So, in a desperate attempt to “grow up,” I have switched over to Buffy’s eucalyptus sheets and have noticed an immediate difference in my quality of sleep. If you thought getting out of bed was hard before, you just wait. Buffy’s 100 percent eucalyptus fabric is more breathable than cotton and softer than linen. The sheets are designed to get softer with every wash and here is the kicker: They are 300 single-ply thread count.
Supergoop! Shimmershade Illuminating Cream Eyeshadow SPF 30
Most mornings, I am too tired to properly apply eyeshadow, but I still want to look like I tried which is why I geek over these shimmery cream eyeshadow pots. There are currently four colors to choose from and you can layer them for a more pigmented look. Bonus points, the product contains SPF 30 to protect your eyelids from UV rays. Looking good is only a few finger tap-tap-taps away.
Normally when a bump rises on my skin, I leave it alone in hopes that it will subside on its own. And it usually does (after four to six business days)! That is why pimple patches exist. Starface reinvented the game by creating an Instagram-worthy version: star stickers that act as hydrocolloid pimple protectors by absorbing fluid, shielding from bacteria and preventing skin picking. Plus, they are vegan and cruelty-free!
TRTL Packing Pods
My idea of packing always involves throwing everything into a suitcase, and then sitting on top of it and praying that it will all fit. But packing more efficiently falls under the umbrella of my larger “get organized” 2020 goal. These pods of various sizes are designed to fit in every bag shape and allows you to access your clothing quickly. By rolling your clothes, you can save space and reduce creasing. TRTL also keeps sustainability in mind — each pod set is made using fabric created with 13 plastic bottles.
Parachute Home Waffle Robe
This year I want to invest in things that can turn ordinary moments into daily spa moments. My favorite part about going on vacation is lazing around in a hotel bathrobe, and why not bring that feeling back home? This lightweight, textured bathrobe is made of 100 percent long-staple Turkish cotton and does not include any harmful chemicals or synthetics. Each robe also has two pockets that are perfect for storing snacks. You will never have to move again.
By Humankind Shampoo and Conditioner Bars
The Australia wildfires made me reevaluate how I view sustainability and my personal relationship with the environment. I may not be able to change the world in one fell swoop, but I can vote with my dollars. This is why I have decided to switch over to shampoo and conditioner bars in an attempt to eliminate single-use plastic. These all-natural bars are affordable, suitable for all hair types, nourish the hair and help moderate pH.
Sunday Riley A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum
Make the aging process more enjoyable by adding a retinol serum to your nightly routine. Retinoid esters help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines without the harsh drawbacks of pure retinol. This serum also uses Hawaiian white honey, bisabolol, cactus extract and ginger balance to brighten, soothe and even skin tone. Now you can proudly flaunt your age and stand by for the shocked reactions. “It is just water and exercise, I swear!” you say, as this gem hides in your bathroom cabinet.
Cote Takeoff Polish Remover
We want to be free of all the major toxins associated with nail care this year. Cote is known for its vegan and cruelty-free safe formulas. This polish remover is gentler and less drying than traditional acetone but still gets the job done. Rosemary leaf extract, Aloe vera juice, glycerin and alcohol work in tandem to clean your nails. As an added plus, the product is wild sea rose-scented, so you no longer have to plug your nose when removing polish.
MUTHA Body Butter
It is not easy for me to admit but I am really bad at applying body lotion post-shower. That is, until I stumbled upon this body butter. The all-natural formula is made from pure seed extracts to soothe dryness, restore moisture and minimize the appearance of stretch marks. My legs were once dragon-like with scales, but now they are as smooth as butter (organic mango and shea butter that is). The creamy butter melts into the skin and does not leave a sticky residue the way most body lotions do.
Desmond and Dempsey Pajama Set
Long Set Pajamas, $185
It does not matter how composed you are — if you do not own a coordinated pajama set, no one will trust you. The same applies to matching socks. The Desmond and Dempsey sets are perfect to wear both inside and outside the house. The shirts are slightly tailored, but the pants come with pockets and an elastic waistband. These bold patterned PJs are made of 100 percent cotton and are universally flattering.
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