Primer Dupe: NIVEA MEN Post Shave Sensitive Balm

I jumped on the bandwagon (late) and tried the NIVEA MEN Sensitive Post Shave Balm as a primer and I think for the price, it’s a good deal.

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Some have tried it as an alternative to silicone based primers.  Others have tried it because of they hype and still others have tried it, like me, because of the price.  I wanted to see if it would work for me because it is a product that is easy on the budget.

The product was originally developed for men with sensitive skin.  It’s gentle and enriched with Vitamin E, Chamomile and Witch Hazel extracts.  It’s lightly fragranced and is formulated with no drying alcohol.

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The packaging is a simple blue and white box and the container is a slightly heavy white glass bottle.  If traveling, I’d recommending putting some in a lighter, more travel friendly container.  The NIVEA MEN Post Shave Balm is a bit runny but it spreads and absorbs easily onto the skin.  It feels tacky at first but dries quickly and is light light on the skin, not greasy or heavy.

I think that the balm does help my foundation blend easily and smoothly.  It minimizes the look of your pores and is moisturizing.  I’d say there is really only one con and that is the packaging.  It’s bulky and somewhat heavy but unless you are traveling this won’t be a big issue.  There is a slight scent to the product but it is not unpleasant and certainly not overpowering although I’ve heard some say that it smells “manly”.

Overall I do recommend this product as I think it works well and is super affordable.  Let me know if you’ve tried it and what you think!

(((hugs))) ~lisa

 

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3 Second Brow | First Impression and Review

I saw another YouTuber try the 3 Second Brow product and it turned out great so when I was in Walgreens I thought…I’ve got to try it for myself!

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I purchased mine for $14.99 from Walgreens but here’s another link for you to purchase it for yourself.  I found it on Amazon for $9.99: 3 Second Brow

From what I could tell the product only came in one color that says it “will blend with most hair color and skin tones”.

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The applicator is a sponge/foam type thing and it comes in two shapes.  One is an arched brow shape and the other is a curved brow shape.

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When you put the product on it does take a little to get the product evenly on the applicator.  As you can see from the above pic, I didn’t quite get it even.  It also comes with a spoolie/angled brush tool so I used that to add some more product to the applicator.

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I followed the directions as closely as I could.  This product does work but the application part is very tricky.

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I was not successful on my first attempt but you can watch the full video here:  3 Second Brow Demo and First Impressions.

I will definitely try this again.  The product does stamp well but you have to really be careful in how you place it.  I will have to practice some more to perfect my technique.

Let me know what you think and if you’ve tried the product!

(((hugs))) ~lisa

 

Superior Bathhouse Brewery in Hot Springs, AR

We took a spontaneous side trip to Hot Springs on our way home to Dallas and were delighted to pop in to Superior Bathhouse Brewery.

They are actually the first brewery in a U.S. National Park and the world’s first to utilize thermal spring water as their main ingredient.  It’s definitely a cool place to visit when you are in Hot Springs.

I’m not a beer drinker so we opted for their homemade root beer floats which really hit the spot.  They do offer a great selection of beers and typical pub style food.  They also have a friendly atmosphere and sell artisan products such as soap that is locally made.

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I definitely want to come back when we have more time to experience the food and maybe even sample a beer!

(((hugs))) ~lisa

At The Corner in Little Rock, AR

Oh how my tummy misses the wonderful Christmas is Coming brunch we had at @ the Corner in Little Rock. This wonderful little spot prides itself on being locally grown, made from scratch and seasonally fresh.

We checked them out as we were leaving Little Rock to head back home to Dallas.  We love trying out local spots especially where the person helping you is the business owner.

It was a bit odd when we first walked in as they don’t want you to sit until after you order.  I was worried we wouldn’t find a spot but one opened up quickly just as we finished ordering.

I ordered The Sampler which came with scrambled fresh farm eggs, Arkansas apple-wood smoked bacon, cheese grits, #browns, seasonal fruit and a freshly baked biscuit served with housemade Arkansas honey butter and jam.

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It all was so delicious and I especially liked the fluffy biscuits and the jam….oh my goodness that was good!

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If you are in town you should definitely check them out! You can find them at the corner of Markham & Scott in Downtown Little Rock.

(((hugs))) ~lisa

 

Where To Eat When In Memphis: 2 Not-to-be-missed Restaurants

We have a tradition of taking a trip over the Thanksgiving holiday.  This year we chose Memphis and Little Rock as our destination of choice.

Before we left home, I did my typical research for restaurant reviews.  Since we were traveling over a holiday, I called ahead to inquire about the prices, reservations, etc.  I called The Cupboard Restaurant and the kind woman that answered the phone confirmed that they would be open Thanksgiving Day and that they had a meat and three veggie plate for $11.51.  I asked if that was the price for Thanksgiving and she said yes.  I remarked that I expected it to be more since it was Thanksgiving and she said if it was good enough to charge in May then it was good enough to charge in November.  I knew we had to visit.

We arrived and Memphis from Dallas and went straight to the restaurant.  There was a line out the door but everyone coming out was saying it was definitely worth the wait.  They also had someone come out with some warm cornbread muffins to whet our appetite and they were yummy.

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The Cupboard restaurant has been a Memphis tradition for 70+ years.  It has a down home diner feel where you would expect all the locals to hang out.  It is a Memphis’ favorite casual home-cooking eatery. They will not accept reservations, but are always popular, so keep that in mind when planning your day.

I ordered the turkey, stuffing, cucumber and tomato salad, cranberry sauce and macaroni and cheese.  I skipped dessert as we were planning on eating again later but it was all delicious and the wait staff was very friendly.

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If you enjoy down-home cooking and are okay with a no-frills atmosphere then you will love the great food and great prices at The Cupboard.  I would definitely try this again on my next visit to Memphis.  Find out more by visiting their website, The Cupboard Restaurant

The second place we tried on our weekend stay was Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken.  We did have two recommendations to go there and one person said, don’t go there if you don’t want to get fat so I’m assuming it must be good.

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But y’all I have a confession. I am not a fan of fried chicken.  GASP!!

I know, I know…

I live in the south so it should just be like a regular staple of my diet, right? I mean in general I do like it but it’s not necessarily my favorite.

But that may have changed….I need to tell you about my recent experience at Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken. It was A◦M◦A◦Z◦I◦N◦G and you should run (not walk) to Memphis and get you a bite! Their hot and spicy chicken was just the right amount of heat without being overpowering. In fact, it was so good that our daughter and son-in-law went back later that night for MORE chicken and sweet tea!

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Gus’s offers spicy, crispy chicken fried to order in peanut oil.  Served on simple Styrofoam plates with beans, slaw and bread it’s been around since the 1950’s.  It has a “hole in the wall but you know it’s going to be good” vibe about it and it did not disappoint.  I ordered my meal with an extra side of mac and cheese and it was all very good.  We also ordered pecan pie for dessert and they warm it up and serve it with ice cream and it really was delicious.

They do have a location in Ft. Worth that we’ll be trying soon but we definitely recommend trying it out if you are in Memphis.  You can check out their website, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken.

Have you visited either of these restaurants?

(((hugs))) ~lisa

5 Tips For An Awesome Morning

I think one of the key elements of a successful day is getting it started off right with an awesome morning.  Here are my top 5 tops to create that type of morning for yourself!

TIP #5 – Get up 15 minutes earlier
This might be the most difficult part of creating an awesome morning routine but it’s an important one.  Those that know me know that I love lounging in my bed and just relaxing in general but getting up 15 minutes earlier has helped me get a jumpstart on my day.  It’s a small enough time frame that your whole schedule won’t be out of whack but a large enough amount of time to get some things done without rushing.

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TIP #4 – Put your phone down 
Once you are up…put your phone down.  It’s not productive for you to fall into the “I’m just going to check Facebook real quick….” trap.  Before you know it you are 30 minutes into a discussion about something that will not help you have a better day.

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Same thing goes with emails, don’t check those when you first get up.  Whatever is in those emails (or on Instagram or Pinterest) can wait.  If it was an emergency they’d call.  They wouldn’t wait for you to check your email.

 

TIP #3 – Stretch
This tip is something new that I’ve added to my morning routine this year.  Once I get up I just do some simple stretching to get my blood moving, loosen up any tension from the night before and just get myself in the attitude of taking on the day.

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TIP #2 – Drink water and eat something
This is the thing I struggle with most.  I do try to drink a bottle of water, or a Yeti full of water in my case since that’s what I have by my bed.  I am typically not a breakfast eater.  Brunch on the weekends?  I’m down for that but a breakfast meal during the weekday is typically not my thing.

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I know though that breakfast will help me with my energy levels later, with my metabolism and will just help give me a good start to my day.  You don’t have to prepare a big buffet, just a simple breakfast such as boiled eggs or cereal will get you going on the right foot.

I try to meal prep for the entire week on Sundays.  If you’d like to see a video or blog about that just let me know in the comments.  I have found that it really helps me keep focused with my eating and helps me with my morning routine knowing I have some healthy, convenient meals ready to go.

TIP #1 – Prep the night before
Prepping is so essential for a relaxed morning routine that I just don’t know why everyone isn’t doing it.  I suggest you prep in these three key areas; food, clothes and day.

Food prep will help keep you on track and you’ll already know what you are going to have for breakfast and possibly lunch, which will allow you to move through your morning routine that much faster.

How many times have you gone to your closet and spent time looking for something to wear and then get frustrated because what you wanted to wear is either dirty, at the cleaners or is missing a button?  Were you planning on wearing a sleeveless dress only to see that it was going to rain and you need different attire?  Deciding what you are going to wear the night before will help you have everything ready to go in the morning.  Check your calendar and the weather to help you plan.

What time is that meeting?  If you check your calendar the night before you’ll know what meetings and appointments are coming up and be able to plan for those.  Are you planning on going to the gym after work?  Knowing what’s on your agenda will help you know if you need to pack a change of clothes for that.  Do you have gas in your car?  Do you have an umbrella if it calls for rain?  Prepping will help avoid that last minute rush and help you have a more relaxed morning.

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I also created a quick video that you can watch here:
5 Tips For An Awesome Morning

That’s it y’all, my top 5 easy tips for creating an awesome morning routine.  Let me know what things you do to create a mindful morning!

(((hugs))) ~lisa