A collection of things I loved in May, from beauty products and fashion to entertainment and everything in between.
I have an enormous sweet tooth so I decided to satisfy it by trying Japanese “Dagashi” candy. I ordered a box that came with around 30 pieces from a company called Tonosama. I knew ahead of time that the ingredients would be listed in Japanese so in order to figure out what I would be eating I used the Google translate app on my iPhone. Most of the candy and snacks were tasty but I did end up giving some of the more “exotic” ones away. Still, it was fun to guess by looking at the packaging what it might be and then realize how far off I was.
Now that wearing a protective face covering has become a part of everyday life, it’s caused me some skin-related issues. When I first started wearing them I ended up breaking out. I hoped that if I skipped applying foundation, then all would be fine, but it wasn’t. I continued to breakout each time I put a face covering on. Normally I would do a chemical peel but because it’s summer, I don’t like putting anything on my skin that will make it sensitive to sunlight. Instead, I opted for this LED Light Therapy Facial Skin Care Mask. Every other day, I use it for 20-30 minutes and it has cleared up my skin while also brightening and toning, and shrinking my pores.
The mask has seven colors that benefit your skin in different ways:
- Red—increases collagen production and blood flow.
- Blue—tightens skin and clears up acne.
- Green—helps with pigmentation and anti-aging.
- Yellow—reduces wrinkles and smooths skin.
- Purple—improves lymph metabolizing.
- Light blue—helps with allergies.
- White—speeds up tissue metabolism.
I started watching the Apple TV+ miniseries, Defending Jacob, which is based on a book of the same name. Instantly, I became hooked. The crime drama stars Chris Evans, who plays a lawyer and father. He and his wife have their lives turned upside down when their 14-year-old son is accused of killing a classmate. The drama depicts what the family goes through, from the initial murder investigation, all the way through the trial.
When I was in New York City this past winter I purchased a Pizza Rescue Kit. It has become my go-to source of spices whenever I cook anything Italian. In fact, I used it up so quickly that I ended up buying another one online. The kit comes with three vials of seasoning: Italian, black truffle salt, and crushed Aleppo pepper. I add these savory flavorings to pizza (obviously), pasta dishes, stuffed peppers, and vegetarian lasagna.
A * next to the title means it’s not new, but nonetheless deserves a spot on my playlist.
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