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Jo's November 2017 Favorites

Jo's November 2017 Favorites

Can I just say how hard it is to narrow down each month's Favorites list to just four or five things? I mean, we could be here all day with all the things I'm currently loving. Anyhow, I guess that means you'll have to stay tuned month to month! Without further ado, I give you the list of Jo's Favorites for November 2017. If by chance you've been living under a rock or mysteriously didn't have internet the past couple of months, you can view October and September Favorite lists, too.

1. W3ll People Natural Bio Correct Multi-Action Concealer. I bought this concealer on a whim. I was purchasing some new items for the makeup kit, and while I have my current favorite concealer, I had yet to try anything from W3ll People. A cleaner, safer alternative to many concealers on the market today, this Bio Correct Multi-Action Concealer is listed as a top scoring product on the EWG's Skin Deep Database. My favorite tidbits about this concealer are that a teensy, tiny little bit of product goes a long way, it's a medium, buildable coverage, and it comes in a squeeze tube, so you can keep the product sanitary while simultaneously preventing yourself from accidentally using too much! It will last you quite a long time! Since I stopped wearing liquid foundation, I opt to use this underneath my Jane Iredale Mineral Base and it provides the coverage I need for my dark circles, slight redness around my nose and cheeks, as well as any blemishes that may arise.  


2. EcoBrow All Natural Eyebrow Defining Wax. I would consider this awesome eyebrow wax the best clean alternative to the ever popular Anastasia Beverly Hill's Eyebrow Gel. It has a similar consistency though the container is slightly smaller at a higher price point; again, you're paying for safety and health. In the same note, this container will last you for years. The pigment of this brow gel goes a long way, so very little is needed to achieve the desired affect. It comes in shades for all hair colors!


3. Malcolm Gladwell's "The Tipping Point." I'm a complete loser for only having now finally discovered the genius that is Malcolm Gladwell. My husband, Michael, has read many of his books, but I had yet to experience his literary acumen. I'm finishing up "The Tipping Point," and it has been an enlightening read. In the book, Malcolm discusses how certain types of people and situations are all that are need to tip an epidemic from teetering carefully on the edge to complete chaos. He obviously explains it way better, so get a copy for yourself. It will leave you looking at life a bit differently. (And yes, this is a library book. I believe in supporting our local library while simultaneously saving trees, reducing waste in landfills, and reusing books to lessen our carbon footprint.)


4. Rum Cake - Semi-Homemade Cooking. This cake knocked it out of the park at the wedding reception I attended this past weekend. I mean, I'm already a fan of rum, and to add it to a cake just seems kismet. Glazed with rum, but made easy with boxed cake mix, this cake is sure to be a winner at your next holiday party or friendly gathering. I am certainly going to repeat this recipe for Thanksgiving this year. It's moist, delicate, crunchy, and well balanced. Go ahead, add this link to your bookmarks. You won't regret it.

5. Fair Trade Sweater Guide. The past couple of years, I've had the fortunate experience to be educated on the plight of many underpaid, overworked, and abused garment workers around the world. With that being said, I've made an effort to shop second hand or fair trade. My dear friend, Molly, blogger at Still Being Molly, has created this really great fair trade guide for where to find the cutest, most on trend sweaters that won't break the bank. It's always great when you use your purchasing power for good, and you give dignity to those who made the garment for you to forever love and enjoy!

6. Retirement IQ. You are never too old or too young to start thinking about retirement. Along with our working through our debt free journey, Michael and I have started investing for our retirement. Ramsey personality, Chris Hogan, has created this on point Retirement IQ calculator that helps you figure out your financial numbers to be ready for retirement. We are constantly ebbing and flowing, but it's good to have this guide to help us know where we stand. If you need a genuine, experienced investment team, we highly recommend Steward Wealth Strategies based out of Raleigh, but they service all of the United States!

I'm sad to say that's the last of my favorites for November, but don't fret, I'll be back with more goodness in December (oh my goodness, 2018 is almost here!). 

What are things you're loving this month, darling? 

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