By Tara Cushing (@TheBravoBlonde)
I’m the kind of person who never feels so-so about anything. I either love something, or hate it, there’s no in between. When one feels so strongly about the things she likes, naturally she wants to share them with others, and so I invented the rave page. None of these companies have sought me out to rave about their products, these are all just things I’ve recently acquired and love.
No look can go over well when your skin looks crappy. Believe it or not, I have problem skin, and it’s never an easy task for me to cover it up. For years I’ve relied on Bare Minerals powder foundations, but now that I’m getting older the powder is starting to make my face look dry, not to mention it settles into any fine lines that may or may not be starting to develop. On a recent Sephora trip I discovered that Bare Minerals does have a liquid foundation called Bare Skin (1). I love it. My skin looks hydrated, brighter, and it’s sheer enough to not feel or look heavy. They recommend buying a special applicator brush with it, but I’m using my good old fashioned (cheap) fingers just fine. Make sure you shake the container well before applying or the foundation comes out too liquidy. Check it out here.
My second beauty rave is from another company I have purchased many products from. A relative of mine received a free bottle of Philosophy Amazing Grace olive oil body scrub (2) and passed it on to me. I can’t get enough of this stuff! It makes my skin baby soft and the smell is light and clean…and most scented products irritate my nose and give me headaches. The scrubbing particles are minimally abrasive. The only downside is the price, but the bottle is HUGE and it’s so great, I’ll be purchasing it even when my freebie is gone. Amazon has a good deal here.
From beauty lets go to fashion, and this month I’m raving about black and white. I got a sunhat from Anthropologie (3) and I just can’t wait to wear it to the beach Memorial Day weekend. Unfortunately they don’t seem to have it in stock anymore, but here’s a similar style that’s just as cute. Matching the hat this really cute top from Three Bird Nest (4). The shoulders are adjustable, just don’t let your kids untie them in public! My last new fashion find is this Buddha tassel necklace from Niks Creations (5). Though I do represent Niks Creations, they have no idea that this article is even being written, I’m just honestly obsessed with this piece. It goes with so many things and I get compliments everywhere I wear it. What’s even better is they will customize it according to your color specifications.
In the home this month I’m obsessing over products by Stonewall Kitchen, especially their hand soaps (6).At about $10 a pop they are pricey, so I treated myself to one each grocery shopping until every sink in my house had one. My favorite scent is Herbs de Provence, and not just because it’s my favorite color. I also love the Lavender Mint and the Grapefruit Thyme. Their soy candles are also fabulous!
Last but not least is a rave for my kids. Though I don’t usually like to spend a lot of money on kids clothes that will be outgrown after one season, I couldn’t resist these Janie and Jack swim trunks. I love the appliquéd anchor. Even my husband was on board with buying these when we saw them in the store.
So what are you raving about this month? Let us know in the comments section, maybe your suggestion will end up to be the next thing I’m raving about!