Friday Favorites #134

Happy Friday blogging friends! I hope your week was fantastic. I got back into my empty nest groove and my bible study started back up, so life is back to normal and quiet.

Friday means it’s time for link ups and favorites. Two of my favorites. LOL Seeing what other people are loving can lead to finding things I may not have otherwise known about, so I’m hopeful that by me sharing some of my favorites, you might find something you might have missed. Seeing as how there are new friends joining the blogging and blog reading community all the time, then re-sharing also seems like a good idea. Some of these may be old news to some of you, but to others they might be just what you’re looking for. Maybe you’ve been missing it and didn’t even know. HA!

There are several products I’ve just recently “re”purchased or that I’m getting ready to re-purchase, and I thought I’d share them with you. I mean, if I like them enough to buy again, you just might be interested in them too.

I just bought my second canister of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. I continue using them at least once a day and sometimes twice in my coffee. I shared this picture on Instagram yesterday and had several people ask my thoughts on them. I really feel like since using them my knees are doing better. What does “doing better” mean?
1 ~ They aren’t as stiff and making as many noises when I go up the stairs. I had started to sound like an old Barbie when you’d bend her legs. Remember that noise? I also am thinking they are helping my skin too.
2 ~ Along with my favorite eye cream, I feel like my crows feet have become less noticeable.
This giant tub lasted me about 2 months. I buy mine at Costco, but I know not all Costco’s carry the same things. You can also find it here on Amazon, here on Sephora and places like Whole Foods carry it…all though it’s not the best price there. They are also available in these handy little singles for travel and throwing in your purse/work bag, or just for trying before buying the big dog. Collagen comes in a bunch of varieties and I finally decided these looked to be the most popular, so that’s how I landed on them. Very scientific.

I also just bought my second bottle of Micellar Water. I take off my makeup (as we all should?) before doing my nightly cleansing and products routine. Micellar Water on a couple of cotton rounds makes it super easy…it’s also a great hack at night when I’m too lazy to do the whole kit-n-caboodle. At least I don’t have to feel totally guilty. My first bottle lasted well over a year.

Well I feel like I’m beating a dead horse talking about this mascara (on sale on Amazon right now) again, but IT’S THAT GOOD! Seriously, IT IS!!! I tried the Better Than Sex mascara and returned it after the first use (that’s one of the advantages to buying at Sephora and Ulta), and most recently I tried a Lancome sample I received. The mascara itself was fine, but the removal was awful. Not only do I like the way this Loreal mascara goes on, I LOVE the way it removes. I just wet my lashes and it literally pulls right off. Soooo easy, and a lot less pulling on the skin around my eyes that is so sensitive. If you are having to really work to get your mascara off, you aren’t doing your face any favors. You’re just inviting the wrinkles to live there. #justsaynotowrinkles

My skin can be described as T-Zone and looks shiny if I don’t do something to combat it. The best product I’ve found is this Avon Magix Face Perfector. I’ve been using it well over 10 years. I like it even better than a Lancome product I previously used, and several other brands I’ve tried. It’s very reasonably priced and a great value. Every once in a while I’ll forget this step and I can always tell…it actually happened one day this week and I was glowing in a not so good way all day.

Now lets get personal. I have always been how shall we say, a heavy sweater and a little stinker, both literally and figuratively. Embarrassing but true. When you’re in 8th grade and button down Polo shirts are the big thing, what can be worse than sweat rings? UGH! I always had to wear sweaters to cover them, as if middle school isn’t hard enough on it’s own. Finding a good deodorant can be challenging. I prefer an unscented one because otherwise you smell like a sweaty flower. Ga-ross. This Almay deodorant has been my choice for years and years. The only store I can find it is in WalMart, but of course Amazon has it too. The best part is, it’s pretty darn cheap. Go figure.

You can shop all of these items here

Here’s to keeping it real friends. I hope something I shared in this post will maybe help you out. Have a wonderful weekend!



  1. Holly Breton
    January 11, 2019 / 3:35 am

    Thanks for all of the beauty tips/product suggestions Lisa- hope you have a great weekend!

    • January 12, 2019 / 7:48 am

      Hi Holly! You too! Hope you scored some major deals during the Lilly sale? XOXO

  2. Living on Cloud Nine
    January 11, 2019 / 4:05 am

    I need to try that mascara, i love the two in one. Yep, that Almay sounds like a good one for me too, How I remember the polos and I had probs with the Coca Cola rugby shirts too. Great products girlfriend. Hope your Friday is Fabulous! xoxoxox

    • January 12, 2019 / 7:48 am

      Well as much as I talk about it I’m obviously a HUGE fan. LOL Every time I go in to buy it I hold my breath because I’m afraid they’ll quit making it…you know, because it’s my FAVORITE and I’ve used it forever. Ahhhh Coca Cola rugby shirts. Those were the days! Such a fun memory. Happy weekend!! XOXO

  3. January 11, 2019 / 4:33 am

    How does the collagen taste? I’ve been thinking about trying it, but I worry that I won’t like the taste.
    x, Julie |

    • January 11, 2019 / 9:48 am

      Julie, I don’t notice a taste. I only use it in hot beverages though so it dissolves. If anything, it might make my coffee seem a little creamier since I use coffee creamer. My daughter was putting them in her black coffee while she was home and didn’t notice them either. Hope this helps! XO

      • January 12, 2019 / 7:34 pm

        Thanks Lisa. I’ll give it a try.

  4. Kellyann
    January 11, 2019 / 5:26 am

    Darn it all, I should have waited till I got to the end of your post to order from Amazon, I could have added that mascara! I ordered the vital proteins, I decided to just do it! I want to try that mascara and that Avon product – I’m thinking it could replace my pricier Estee Lauder primer! You do such a great job on your favorites my friend and I love the new graphic! Love you too!!!

    • January 12, 2019 / 7:48 am

      Well lucky for us there’s no limit to orders on Amazon? I usually buy it at BB & Beyond with a coupon…so you might head there. Have fun at the wedding today. You look pretty in your pink! XO

    • January 12, 2019 / 7:48 am

      Go for it! It’s so easy to use and a great hack on lazy nights! XO

  5. January 11, 2019 / 10:07 am

    You are so right – if you’re tugging at your lashes to get the mascara off, it can’t be good for that delicate skin around the eyes. I alternate between that mascara and voluminous. Have a great weekend!

    • January 12, 2019 / 7:48 am

      Yay, mascara sisters! I swear I want every woman in the world to try it…weird I know. I was thinking about your bag apple pie last night and wishing I had a piece. Happy weekend!!! XOXO

  6. January 11, 2019 / 1:32 pm

    I haven’t tried that mascara, but I am shocked! I love trying out new mascaras and haven’t found ‘the holy grail’ for me yet. I like my lashes bold and that sounds perfect! I am a big fan of Loreal items anyway. Next time I’m in store I’m grabbing some! Thanks for mentioning that collagen powder. I keep seeing it around and getting back into running I have been having issues (not with joints, but with tendons/ligaments). I think I will have to try some in my tea!

    • January 12, 2019 / 7:48 am

      Oh Laura, you need to! Get you some collagen peptides too. I realized after about 2 months that it was helping, so give it time. XOXO

  7. January 11, 2019 / 2:22 pm

    That has LONG been my favorite mascara, Lisa! I’ve tried so many, and none have worked nearly as well as this L’Oreal one haha I love that I don’t have to worry about crying it off! Have a great weekend, and thanks so much for sharing!

    • January 12, 2019 / 7:48 am

      I love that we both love that mascara! Happy weekend sweet girl! XO

  8. January 11, 2019 / 3:41 pm

    Hi friend! So, burning question, how do you get one bottle of that water last a year? I must put way too much on my pad! And if I wasn’t so in love with my mascara I’d be rushing to buy yours, the removal aspect sounds spectacular and a big sell point.
    Hugs sweetie and thanks for your help today, Mary x.Mary

    • January 12, 2019 / 7:48 am

      Gosh Mary, I got to thinking about it yesterday after I read this…I guess I should predict it would last 6 months with consistently using it every night. I probably only use it 50% of the time. Sometimes I use wipes or my Makeup Eraser. Happy weekend!! XO

  9. January 11, 2019 / 6:08 pm

    I think I bought Alise some of that micellar water last Fall because she just had to have it, but I don’t think she’s using it anymore, so I might need to “steal” it like I did her duck boots!! Haha! Enjoy your weekend, Lisa!

    • January 12, 2019 / 7:48 am

      What’s hers is yours, and what’s yours is yours. LOL. Go get that Micellar Water and give it a whirl. Good luck at basketball today. XOXO

  10. Gingi Edmonds Freeman
    January 11, 2019 / 9:20 pm

    I keep hearing all these wonderful things about collagen and I keep flirting with the idea of grabbing some each time I pass them in the market… ugghhhh… think I might just go for it, haha.. –

    • January 12, 2019 / 7:48 am

      Going! YES! Next time you stroll by them, grab some (or at least an individual one to try) You definitely need consistent use (as I was telling my mom yesterday…LOL) Go for it! Have a great weekend! XO

  11. January 12, 2019 / 12:34 am

    These are great picks dear. I’d love the try Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. Thanks for sharing!

    Jessica |

    • January 12, 2019 / 7:38 am

      Thank you Jessica! Yes, give them a try. I recommend putting them in hot beverages so they dissolve well and you won’t notice them! Happy weekend! XO

  12. January 12, 2019 / 7:13 am

    Okay, got to go and try this mascara, I love mascara and always interested in a new kind/brand. Happy weekend!

    • January 12, 2019 / 7:38 am

      YAY!!! Well I hope you love it. Katie and I sure do! Have a wonderful weekend Lea! XO

  13. Savvy Southern Chic
    January 12, 2019 / 8:01 am

    I have been thinking about trying the vital proteins because my hip joints make funny noises during exercise and my knees and ankles have begun to ache a bit, so I’m glad to hear it’s helping you! Waiting on this shutdown to end so I can make that purchase.

    • January 12, 2019 / 8:12 am

      Just make sure you’re consistent and give it time. I’ve been using them for several months and just recently noticed the improvement. Happy weekend! XO

  14. Gina Daily
    January 12, 2019 / 9:09 am

    I suspect this Friday Favorites post will make it into your top posts of 2019! It was awesome! I am definitely going to try that mascara. I love that you said it’s easy to remove because everything I’ve ever used is tedious to remove. Can’t wait to try it!

    • January 12, 2019 / 5:50 pm

      Oh my gosh Gina! Thank you and so funny you’d say that. When I went to bed Thursday night I felt like it was so lame and was actually half embarrassed I’d even posted it. I’m so happy you liked it. Happy weekend! XOXO

  15. January 12, 2019 / 10:58 am

    You made me start using the Garnier micellar water and I’m on my 2nd bottle, too! Love it! Have a great weekend!

    • January 21, 2019 / 9:13 am

      It’s so easy and there’s really no excuse for me to ever leave my makeup on as long as I have it. 😉 XO

  16. Lauren Sparks
    January 17, 2019 / 8:36 am

    Love seeing what other people are into and I am curious about that mascara!

    • January 21, 2019 / 9:13 am

      Hi Lauren! Obviously I’m crazy about it. Until I started using Lash Boost I never took it off at night and it would never get on may sheets and then washed off so easily in the shower. I basically could keep mascara on all the time and loved that. XO

  17. Betsy
    January 19, 2019 / 12:42 pm

    Very interesting read! Am always curious as to what products pass a person’s truly committed to test. I am highly allergic to traditional deodorants and am also a huge fan of Almay. Have never tried the peptides but have a distinct (non-painful) clicking in my knees going up/down stairs so may try them just to see if it reduces that the way that it did for you.

    • January 21, 2019 / 9:07 am

      Hi Betsy! I’m glad you enjoyed this post. Give the peptides a try, just make sure you use them for a while. I think it definitely takes time. Happy Monday! XO

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