Loves & Recommendations #1

by Jamie Sanford on February 23, 2017

In an extension of my Product Picks, I wanted to share a regular post about things that I’m enjoying and recommending. Welcome to Loves & Recommendations #1!

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Arctic Fox semi-permanent hair dye.

The 4 oz bottles are $10.99, and the 8 oz bottles are $16.99.

I have been experimenting with fantasy hair over the last 5-6 months, and I switched from using Manic Panic to Arctic Fox after seeing a LOT of great videos on YouTube of regular people using Arctic Fox to get great color. I have a lot more to say about my experience with non-traditional hair colors, and will post about it soon, but spoiler alert, I will be saying great things about Arctic Fox products.

Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner in Pewter.

I have been in love with this eyeliner for years, as made evident by this blog post. I bought another one in pewter, because it is my ride or die eyeliner. Available for $5.94 from Amazon.

TurboTax Deluxe.

Boring? Maybe, but I’ve been using it forever and will buy it every year that it makes sense for me to do my own taxes. It is so easy, and once you use it once, everything pulls over to your new return from the previous year. It took me no time at all for federal taxes this year, and until I buy a house and have much more complicated financials, I’m sticking with it. Around $40 on Amazon.

Paine’s Red Cedar incense trees.

I bought these for Will from his Christmas wishlist, and I love them so much that I bought a second box for our home. It smells so woodsy and fire-burn-y (not a word) and I love it. $8.92 on Amazon.

John Frieda Beach Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner.

I first purchased these years ago when a nearby Eckerd story was closing and everything was on sale. Neither Will or I were blonde, but it says on the back that you can use it on any color hair. Will ended up loving these products because they are minty, but for a long time I could not find them. A random search one day, and they are back in our life. What’s weird is that the set of 2 is over $20 on Amazon right now, but you can buy them separately for around $12.

Unique Extra Dark “Splits”

I’m so glad that this brand is getting more exposure! We found these at a farmer’s market a while back, and they are the most polarizing snack I have ever had. Everyone loves or hates them. I love them, and my dad liked them when I gave him some, and I bought a pack of 2 before Christmas and sent him a bag along with keeping one for my house. You can get them for as little as $3/bag on Amazon.



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Product Pick #10: Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner

by Jamie Sanford on February 24, 2016

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I think that eyeliner might be my desert-island beauty item. It can be used in a number of ways, although I stick to the classic use. Since I have been married to the one I use for so long now, I’m sure there’s a loyalty component as well.

I started using eyeliner in college – whatever brand of black pencil was fine, and Alex taught me to use a lighter to soften the end before application to the under eye area. I cannot believe this practice did not result in injury or accidental fires. In the years since, I have tried a number of eyeliners, but my long-time favorite is the Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner. (It is featured in the picture of me in the sidebar of this blog.)

What do I love about this product?

  • Multiple color options
  • No need for a sharpener, just twist it up
  • Waterproof and smudge-resistant

Seriously, it is the best for people like me, who aren’t looking for that sharp-as-a-knife precision you get from felt-tip liners, but are committed to the smoked-out lower lash line for any and all occasions. The color options have helped me age sort of gracefully by dialing things back a bit, I now use the color Pewter instead of Black, to soften the look a bit. I do pull out the black when I am going out, and it is MUCH more severe. The Pewter looks dark in the image, but trust me, it’s much different than the black.

I currently purchase my Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner on Amazon, since I find it difficult to find the Pewter in many stores. I really do recommend it for anyone looking for some eyeliner to give you a smoky look with staying power.

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