I don't claim to be a fashion, health, beauty or food blogger. Although I throw in a little of those things now and then. This is one of those times. I have a few things I have been loving lately that I thought I would share because sharing is caring.
My cousin bought me some GOOMEE hair loops after we had a conversation about my hair breakage issues. I am loving these! Not only do they come right out of my hair without taking a bunch of hair with them, but they also don't leave a mark. I was a little wary of how well my ponytail would stay put using these, but so far I have been happily surprised. So if you have breakage issues, hate that ponytail line in your hair after a workout, or just want to give your hair a little extra TLC, you need to get some of these. They come in 4-packs and there are a bunch of colors to choose from (mine are actually clear, which I love because they match everything). Another thing I was worried about was how many times I would be able to use one before I had to replace it. It actually bounces right back to its original size and shape after I take it out, so I have been using the same one for about two weeks and it is still like new.
The winter has wreaked havoc on my nails and cuticles. I've had so many hangnails and dry skin issues around my nails that I was getting desperate to get them healthy again. I first tried coconut oil. I've heard so many rave reviews about how it is a cure-all for skin and hair issues, but it didn't seem to make a difference after rubbing it into my cuticles nightly for a while. So I saw this cuticle massage cream at the grocery store and decided to give it a try. I LOVE it. My cuticles and around my nails have recovered nicely, and it has a pleasant peachy scent to boot.
Back to the hair. With all that breakage, I have a ton of loose strands and flyaways when I put my hair in a ponytail. I cannot exercise without a headband to keep all those broken, random-length pieces of hair out of my face. These Saucony headbands are my go-to headbands. They are adjustable, light and comfortable I don't even notice them once I put one on. And they don't slip or move around, no matter how sweaty I get!
I got some new perfume for Christmas. And while Prada Candy remains my favorite, I'm really liking my new Scandalous perfume! It's just the right amount of sweet and subtle.
I got this Lululemon Top Knot Toque from Scott for my anniversary, and it has been the perfect addition to my winter running gear! It can be worn as a hat and I can pull my ponytail through the opening at the top or another smaller ponytail-specific opening, OR I can wear it around my neck to keep my neck and face warmer. It is so soft and is also reversible. I love things that are multifunctional and extra matchy-matchy.
There are a lot of good things that come from social media. We can connect with people we have lost touch with. We can unite as a group (runners!!) with a comment interest. We can promote a good cause. Sadly though, what social media does best is makes us feel bad about ourselves and makes us feel negatively towards others. This isn't just my opinion, although I can unquestionably support the truth behind this based on my own experience. I have spent way too much time feeling bad about myself as a result of comparing myself to others based on their Instagram or Facebook versions of themselves. And there are several people I have started feeling negatively about or have become completely annoyed with because of their IG and FB posts. It isn't just me though. There are actual studies that can back me up on the negative impact social media can have. I have read dozens of articles reviewing many different studies that show the overwhelmingly negative (vs. positive) effec