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Hand Cream Favorites

top hand cream

 

Hello there! Happy Winter! It’s that time of the year again where our hands tend to suffer from dryness and sensitivities. Such dryness can be caused by this weather and our constant use of hand sanitizers, which can strip our skin’s natural oil. It’s unavoidable because we have to protect ourselves from the vid, yet it’s also crucial to protect our hands. After all, our hands are so important.

 

When it comes to hand creams, I’ve been loving a few lately and will be talking about them in this post. I usually do not limit myself to what is considered a hand cream. I also look at hand and body balms that are thick and rich enough, and with a fantastic scent, suitable as a hand cream.

 

glossier hand cream review

 

Glossier – has a very faint floral scent. The texture is creamy and lightweight, which sinks into the skin quickly. Most of all, the packaging is so cute.

 

Diptyque Eau Rose – so luxurious and cozy, like the scent of Baies and Rose candles combined. The captivating scent lingers for hours, and this works well for Winter-dry hands.

 

diptyque eau rose hand cream

 

Chanel Le Lift La Crème Main – another fabulous and fancy egg-packaging of a hand cream from Chanel. The scent is a typical Chanel floral type, which may be a hit or miss for some. I like it, and it works in restoring moisture on my hands. But it’s the kind of hand cream that you would feel like using only on glamorous occasions due to its ultra-cool packaging and eyebrow-raising price tag.

 

Aesop Rind Concentrate Body Balm – this isn’t actually a hand cream, but I keep gravitating to this because this is just SO good in terms of scent (strong lemon rind) and texture (rich and creamy). Every time I use this, I feel like I’m being transported somewhere lovely and sunny :-). D’ya feel me?

 

chanel le lift la creme main hand cream

 

Eucerin Advanced Repair – is a good drugstore hand cream with no scent, yet the texture is really rich and can definitely moisturize the hands at a much lower price; the formula is suitable for sensitive skin.

 

Cucina Nourishing Hand Butter – my favorite discovery from Amazon, this hand cream is so thick that it’s perfect for those who suffer from extremely dry hands. Also, the price of this isn’t bad at all.

 

byredo bal d'afrique hand cream review

 

Byredo Bal d’Afrique – what can I say? This is my new favorite hand cream and might have been my most favorite of all if it wasn’t for the price tag and the size of the tube. The Bal d’Afrique scent is utterly elegant and luxurious to the point of being irresistible. The hand cream is no different and with a very rich creamy texture that quickly melts into the skin. The packaging may be inconvenient because you have to screw and unscrew the cap, but it’s worth it though. I just wish that it came with a larger tube.

 

best hand cream list

 

And there goes my favorite hand creams. I love them all, and they help prevent my hands from losing moisture in this cold and dreary Winter.

 

What are the hand creams you’re loving lately?

 

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Quant Tater Tot Casserole

Simple Tater Tot Casserole Recipe Ingredients

 

Hi there! I’ve got a quick recipe to share. One that is very easy to prepare and won’t take much of your time. If you’re a busy bee like moi, it can be really challenging to find some ample time to cook, especially if you’re dealing with a lot of things at the same time.

 

This recipe is very special to me because it’s dedicated to the one that taught me my first research method course and the one who actually gave this recipe :-). She’s also the one with the super-fast reflexes, hahaha!

 

Excited to try this recipe at the comfort of your home? Keep on scrolling.

 

Ingredients:

  • bag of tater tots (frozen is ok, no need to thaw)
  • one cup shredded cheese (I used sharp cheddar)
  • one can Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • French fried onions
  • ½ cup sour cream

 

Procedure:

  • Preheat oven to 350° F
  • Arrange tater tots in a casserole or baking pan

Homemade Tater Tot Casserole Dish

  • Mix ½ cup sour cream plus one cup shredded cheese and the mushroom soup

Tater Tot Casserole ingredients

  • Pour the sour cream and mushroom soup mixture on top of the tater tots

Tater Tot Casserole

  • Top with French fried onions

Simple Tater Tot Casserole Recipe Ingredients

  • Bake for 45 minutes

 

That’s it! You now have a quick, delicious, comfort meal that is ready to be shared with your family and friends. Easy peasy.

 

how to make Tater Tot Casserole

 

P.S. My finished product may look slightly burned because I got distracted for a few minutes. Nevertheless, the taste remained delightful 🙂 .

 

Blinding or no blinding, this recipe may be simple, but it’s surprisingly delicious. The combination of sour cream and mushroom soup is so gooood. I highly highly recommend that you try this asap.

 

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New Glossier Haul

Glossier Skincare favorites

 

Happy New Year friends! What a terrible previous year we had. I’m hoping and wishing for better days ahead as we start this promising new year. Speaking of new year, here are my new Glossier skincare haul.

 

Balm Dotcom – This might be my most favorite product from Glossier ever, and that is because I’m able to use the balm for different purposes. Be it as a lip balm, a sheer lip color, or as a skin salve. Each of the balm has different scents/flavors and each are so fun to use. You’ll never get bored using them.

 

Glossier Balm Dotcom Mango

 

BerrySheer berry tint. The strong berry scent of this is yummy and irresistible.

 

Wild FigDeep coral tint. This is the latest addition in Glossier’s Balm Dotcoms and it’s really good. Much like the Berry one, this is also irresistibly sweet in scent.

 

MangoSheer rose tint. A repeat purchase for me. The fresh sweet mango scent of this awakens you right after twisting the cap and it’s so good. Words cannot describe how amazing this is.

 

Glossier Balm Dotcom Wild Fig review

 

Exfoliating Skin Perfector – Exfoliating toners are trending in the skincare world nowadays and there’s a reason why – they really help to reduce blackheads and they give you a nice glow. I have my favorites in exfoliating toners for sure and will be talking about them here in the blog soon. One of my faves is actually this Glossier Skin Perfector, which is not only convenient to use, it also works well at purifying the pores and getting rid of dead skin cells. This product has powerful Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), and Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA), as well as Salicylic Acid. I really love this a lot and I can use this everyday (once a day) without any issues.

 

Glossier Exfoliating Skin Perfector review

 

Zit Stick – At first glance, this blemish eraser stick spells convenience to me. However, it may not be as practical to use as you may think. Yes, it’s a twist-to-release type of product, pretty much like using a pen applicator, yet it’s not really as easy as it looks. For a while, I thought I got a broken product or the packaging just simply doesn’t work. But as it turns out, it’s going to take some serious twisting and churning at the other end of the packaging, in order to see some products coming out. For me, it works as it is expected because it has 5% Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid to combat any raging pimples.

 

Glossier Zit Stick review

 

Bottom line, I love Glossier skincare products and I love that they try to be on trend and innovative with their stuff. I definitely recommend that you try the products above if you haven’t already. I will be removing more Glossier products soon.

 

Happy New Year! Wishing for the best this 2021!

 

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