And just like that, birthday month is officially O-V-E-R! It seems like a lot of people say last month was weird for them (something about Mercury Retrograde, which IDGAF about or even know what it means), but it was mostly a really good month for me, not even just because of my birthday (recap coming soon)!
One good thing that happened has left me with less time to blog, so I didn’t even think about writing this post until it was already August. Oops! TBH, I also can’t really remember the new things I tried last month, which is where my habit of taking photos of all the things comes in clutch.
I’ve become somewhat of a skin care freak and love to try anything and everything, which is terrible for my wallet, but great for my glow game. Then I discovered The Ordinary, and it changed everything.
The products don’t look fancy, more minimalistic if anything, but they’re cheap AF and work hella well.
Being my first foray into this brand, I opted for the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, which is a mouthful, but basically it’s good for blemishes. My skin has actually cleared up quite a bit over the past few years, which I’m not mad about, but I still get acne around my period which gets annoying.
I actually used this for the first time right at the start of my last period, and it diminished the spots I had around my chin. There was absolutely no irritation, which I have experienced before with “clinical strength” acne products and it makes my face feel smooth.
The best part — a bottle (1 ounce, but a little goes a long way) is just $5.90. For less than 6 bucks, I got a powerful acne solution that’s also vegan, cruelty free and formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates.
I will DEF be trying more products from The Ordinary!
2) Trader Joe’s Sparkling Watermelon Juice
I spotted this on some Instagrammers’ stories way back in, oh April or May, and never found it at the TJs near me (and I went to 3 stores to try to find it). I gave up hope on ever trying it, when suddenly, it appeared on the shelf at my neighborhood store. So naturally, I grabbed a couple cases (and got a couple more the next time I shopped, just in case).
I really wanted to try it in a cocktail, so I used it in a couple drinks that I made, and it works well as a mixer. I like that it’s a bit fizzy, and that there’s no added sugar in there (who needs it, watermelon is sweet enough as is).
If you don’t do cocktails, it’s a pretty good drink on it’s on, and perfectly refreshing for a hot summer day.
I don’t remember how much it cost, but I think it was about $3.99 for a 4-pack. TJs always has reasonable prices so I can’t complain!
The running joke with vegans is, “Where do you get your protein?” As a vegan for 7+ years, I haven’t actually heard this a lot, but it’s annoying nonetheless. News flash — animals that people typically eat for protein get their protein from plants. Sooooo, plants have plenty of protein!
That being said, when I’ve tracked my macros, I don’t always get as much protein as I think I’m getting. My current eating schedule is an afternoon snack at work, dinner and then an evening snack before bed. I always include protein at dinner, usually beans or tofu, but my snacks are sometimes lacking unless I eat a protein bar. But sometimes I just want something snacky, you know?
I discovered the brand IWON organics when I went to GNC to scout out protein bars. I was looking for the No Cow brand, which is my fav because the flavors are good and they’re made with clean ingredients and no added sugar. They were supposed to have new flavors I’d never tried, but they didn’t. I did spot some interesting protein-packed snacks on the shelf nearby, though. There were some puffs and chips and little cereal boxes, and guess what — all vegan, gluten free and soy free! That’s hard to come by in the protein product world, so I knew I had to try them.
I grabbed a box of the berries ‘n cream cereal and a bag of the sweet dijon protein “stix” and checked out, ready to try them out the next week at work.
I tried the protein “stix” first. Do you remember those Rold Gold honey mustard pretzels? These tasted just like those! I couldn’t get enough of the mustard-y flavor, and how can you beat 5 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein in a snack that’s reminiscent of childhood junk food?
I actually had the cereal a few days later as an evening snack. I grew up loving cereal, though my family always had the healthier kinds. I still love cereal, but sometimes it can be a fear food of mine because of the carbs/lack of protein. The IWON organics cereal solved that problem for me, because this is a legit healthy cereal (5 grams fiber, 10 grams protein, 8 grams sugar) that tastes like Froot Loops.
I actually don’t remember how much I paid for these at GNC, but they sell the cereal online for $29.88 (for 12 boxes) and the stix for $23.92 (8 bags), and they come in several flavors!
In case you couldn’t tell, I love the desert. I can’t really imagine living anywhere else now that I’ve been in Arizona for 3+ years (plus the first two years of my life, which I don’t remember, obvs), though maybe in Southern California by the beach.
So this lotion reminds me of that desert-y smell. If ya know ya know. I don’t tend to like floral-y scents, and this is definitely not like that at all. As B&BW describes it, it’s green, lush and woodsy. I’m a sucker for muskier scents, so I’m all over this. At the same time, it’s also not overwhelming — just a nice, light scent that I think will work in any season.
Like all their lotions, an 8 ounce bottle costs $12.50, but they always last me a long time, and I often buy them when they’re on sale!
Did you make any fun new discoveries in July? What are you looking forward to most in August?