Best Purchases from Amazon (in the last year)

By Kate Riley July 15, 2019

Well as everyone knows, today and tomorrow are Amazon Prime days, so there are lots of discounts happening online. I thought today the perfect day to share my best purchases from Amazon in the last year.

I’ve returned a few things to Amazon when the quality is poor or the item isn’t what was advertised. I shop for most of my skin care and travel accessories on Amazon, and I’ve been very pleased with, and made a lot of repeated purchases of these favorites!

 

Skincare

I haven’t found a better daily moisturizer + sunscreen for my face than the Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery. I’m in my forties and this product is really wonderful, a little pricey, but it has broad spectrum 50 spf coverage and is also not too thick, it has a lovely soft consistency to it. I use the Eva Naturals Retinol Serum at night 3-4 times a week, its Vitamin E + Hyaluronic Acid formula has anti-aging properties.

The TruSkin Vitamin C + Vitamin E Serum wakes up my skin in the morning. And twice a week I use the Australian Pink Clay Mask for deep cleansing, it has a nice feel and pleasant smell. My 15 year old daughter uses it too for her acne prone skin.

 

Favorite Oils

I’ll admit it, I’ve become addicted to oils. Not the essential blend kits from one company, no I’m referring to my own curated collection that I’ve fallen in love with over the years. I love all of these so much for different reasons.

First, the Suki Nourishing Facial Oil feels sooo good on tired skin especially in the morning or after a late night out. I love the Majestic Pure Arnica Sore Muscle Oil after a workout & shower, this is also nice for massage for sore neck or back!

The Ancient Greek Remedy Oil is a huge favorite of mine for allover body, and I also use it once a week (12-15 drops) as a hair mask. It has an amazing smell. I always use this Dry Oil Sunscreen on exposed arms and shoulders whenever I leave the house, it adds a little more protection to my first layer of sunscreen and has a great coconut smell, and people often tell me “You smell like the beach!”

 

Hair Products

My hair is very thin, it has been all my life, and I’ve always struggled with how to make it look fuller. I really like this Biotin Shampoo and Cel Strengthening Conditioner for daily use. I never use products like mousse or hairspray, but this Dry Volume Blast is AMAZING and it’s the only product I’ve found (and used for three years) that gives my hair lift and doesn’t weigh it down.

Travel

 

 

This Tripod + Selfie stick with Bluetooth is compact and the best tool for traveling. You can mount your phone and take pictures with the Bluetooth setting on the tripod or with a simple click as a selfie stick, I carry it whenever I’m traveling or out and about. For European travel, I bring this Adaptor + USB Charger so I can work on a laptop and charge my phone at the same time.

I’m a fan of these Waterproof Phone Pouches for going to the beach, the river, or the lake! Anytime I’m near water I always have one with me, you can take pictures or videos while your phone is safely tucked inside. And I’ve mentioned before in my long distance flight necessities article that I’m a big fan of this washable Trtl Neck Support Travel Pillow, it’s like a neck brace & scarf together and it supports my head so I can catch some ZZZs on a long plane flight.

 

Find all of these recommended purchases (and many more of my favorite purchases like this super cute summer top and the best winter beanie) in my Amazon Shop which I update every month!

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Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley July 14, 2019

Happy Sunday friends. It just dawned on me that summer is half over. Noooo! It’s so nice having lazy mornings with no schedule, no rush, I have the house to myself in the mornings when my teens are sleeping. They wander downstairs groggy from sleep around 11 or so and eat their breakfast in the middle of the day. I love it.

I’m home for the remainder of the summer, but then I’m off on another international adventure in August. One of my friend’s relatives is getting married in Cusco, and we’ve been invited to attend the wedding. An authentic Peruvian wedding! I am so very excited to see Lima and Machu Picchu, it’s been on my bucket list for years! Send me tips if you’ve ever been to the area. Like, how did you handle the altitude?

Favorite links from the week:

I want to move into this renovated and simply decorated studio in Lisbon.

Wow, now that is a stunning kitchen backsplash.

So beautiful, this layered modern Mediterannean home by Amber Interiors.

Oh my gorgeousness: the colors and setting of this Lake Como wedding.

If you could use an extra room, take a look at these portable DROP structures.

20 busy creatives share their time saving work hacks.

Reasons why everyone’s going to the moon again.

3 choices you’ll regret making a decade from now.

Ha ha, awkward date stories are the best.

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