January Favorites

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I've been throwing a lot of new series and ideas at you lately to hopefully continue to grow Amanda's OK. I want this to be a space you visit for multiple reasons and enjoy coming back to. One thing I've seen a lot of YouTubers do is a monthly favorites video sharing what products or purchases they are currently loving. I'm not a big YouTube follower, but I always find my self intrigued by those videos and I thoroughly enjoy watching them and sampling some of the recommended products. I'm not gonna film myself and upload it to YouTube anytime soon, let's be real, but I can still share my current favorite items and new purchases with you right here!

A lot of these were Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers or birthday gifts and I LOVE 'em with all my heart. Truly, deeply, madly. I've been using most of them for the whole month now, so I feel like I can genuinely recommend them. Let's begin!

I've had a smaller BKR for years and always loved it, but I l just got the 32 ounce version. I like to drink out of giant bottles so that I can track my water intake a little easier (I aim for a gallon every day...four 32 ounce bottles makes a gallon). For some reason it is more enjoyable to drink water when you have a fun bottle....amirite?! 

2. MAC Lip Stick in Kinda Sexy
I don't know why it took me so long to try MAC lipstick. I absolutely love them! I like that they have a matte look to them and last for hours but you can remove them easily when you're ready (i.e. not an all day commitment). Kinda Sexy is the perfect nude peachy pink. I accidentally lost mine when we were in LA and I've already ordered an replacement. That's how much I love it! Also a fan of Velvet Teddy.

This masque had been on my Nordstrom wishlist for ages.... I finally got it as a birthday gift and I can't get enough of it! I have to stop myself from using it every single day. Since I started using it, I've gotten so many compliments on how healthy and shiny my hair looks. I'd call that a win!

First off, this stuff smells amazing. Second, it really does help detangle hair! Especially when combined with a wet brush. I really like that it doesn't weigh my hair down like some hair products tend to do. 

I received this as a birthday gift from Sephora and I loooove it! You can really feel it sucking the junk out of your skin. It works wonders on little blemishes. I will definitely be purchasing the full size version when I run out! It can be used as a mask or a spot treatment, but it is really strong so don't use it too often! I stick to once a week.

6. Invisibobble Hair Ties
Santa gave me a lot of invisibobbles at Christmas and I've been using them ever since! I think they "go easier" on your hair - they don't tangle as easily or cause breakage. They are supposed to be good for not leaving creases, which is true to an extent...I still get creases if I sleep with my hair in a pony tail, but not if I just wear it up short term (like for a workout). They do seem to stretch out with use, but no worse than a regular hair tie. 

Don't you hate it when socks slide down?! Meee too. But I swear by these! I've worn them with multiple pairs of shoes (even while working out or walking long distance) and they never budge. 

8. Beanie
I had to throw this beanie in the mix because it is so soft and on sale! No other descriptions necessary.

9. 'Magic in the Air' Bath & Body Works Body Butter
I got this as a gift and have been obsessed with it ever since! It smells so good and fresh without being overpowering plus it leaves my skin so soft and silky. I think it is technically a Christmas scent, but it just smells.....magical! Not too Christmassy.

10. Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
I mentioned in this post that Vital Proteins sent me their collagen peptides to try out. I've been using them for several weeks now and have already noticed how much stronger my nails and hair are! I dissolve the collagen in my coffee each morning - it is flavorless and dissolves completely. I'll be doing a whole review on it soon so stay tuned! If you have any specific questions about collagen, please let me know and I'll be sure to answer them.

11. Cognac Pumps
Before going to LA, I went through a slight shoe crisis. Packing is hard enough as is, but packing for carry-on luggage only straight up gives me anxiety! I knew I would only have room to bring one pair of shoes in addition to what I wore on the plane, so they had to be perfect for multiple outfits, dressy and casual and beachy! After looking at three stores and coming out empty handed, I found these at Nordstrom Rack. I love the way they look - the cognac is casual while the pump dresses it up a bit! I was pleasantly impressed with how comfortable they were, as well, while walking down Rodeo Drive.

12. Trader Joe's Cinnamon Grahams
Had to include these because they are my current favorite snack! They are steps above regular graham crackers (thicker texture, more cookie-like flavor) and they make the BEST microwave s'mores. Just sayin'!
I picked these up in LA.....I wasn't planning on buying anything on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, but then I touched these pants. A touch turned into a try on and a try on turned into a purchase. No questions asked. They are THAT good. So soft and cozy they could be pajamas, yet they are socially acceptable as "athleisure" wear...kind of a cross between leggings, PJs and joggers. Yes and amen! I've worn them every night since we got home. Do yourself a favor and snag 'em ASAP - you won't regret it! 

You guys....this candle is AMAZING. Leather and fresh air and home. My cousin gave me one as a house warming gift last year and he sent a replacement for my birthday! The first candle had just run out, so it was perfect timing. They burn so much longer than most other candles I've tired. I haven't smelled any of the other states, but I'm sure they are just as good. I want to get a whiff of Oklahoma next!

I'm hoping to keep my Monthly Favorites posts going throughout the year, publishing them the last week of each month. On that note......how is January already over?!! They always say time flies the older you get but HOLY MOLEY guys! No one told me that turning 28 meant that time would now travel at the speed of light. Come on, now!

Have you tried any of these items? If so, I'd love to hear your thoughts on them or any suggestions on products you like even more!

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