A Face Lotion That Smells Like Donuts + 5 Other Things I’m Obsessing Over This Week
Welcome to my new lil’ consumerist column where I’ll be highlighting all the things I’ve been obsessed with this week — be it a thotty crop top, a life-changing hair mask, a workout class that’s actually fun, or a book that you should totally pre-order.
I’m looking forward to sharing all my fun finds with you! And to take recommendations from you so that you can help me secure the bag (or the cute platform patent-leather boots at 50% off).
PS. I’m going to try to feature products that I’ve tried myself so I can verify quality, cuteness IRL, etc.–but I can only allot so much $ to shopping every month so it’ll be maybe 50/50 stuff I’ve tried myself and stuff I wish I’ve tried myself.
Here are the six things I’m obsessing over this week:
1. This book all about fan girls
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Hannah Rose Ewens on a piece I wrote about boy’s moms texting their exes for VICE UK, and I can’t wait to have the pleasure of reading her book all about female fandoms and how they’re not given the proper credit they deserve for making stars (and millionaires) out of everyone from the The Beatles to the Beyonce.
If you’re not a writer, you may not realize how important pre-orders can be for a writer (and their new book)—it has a huge effect on how much they get paid and on their relationship with the publisher. As a bonus, pre-ordering a book is kind of like surprising yourself with a gift!
2. This Face Lotion That Sort of Smells Donuts
If you know me, you know I’m obsessed with donuts.
I’m also obsessed with this face lotion from Kopari, that sort of smells like donuts (but not in that gross fake-chocolate way that your old Lip Smackers used to smell like).
It really just smells fucking good, moisturizes perfectly, and paired with their Coconut Cleansing Oil has done good things for my hormonal-acne-prone skin.
I normally would not spend $38 on moisturizer, but trust me, this is worth it.
3. This Silky Leopard Print Mini Dress
I just ordered this Motel dress from Dolls Kill and although I have no idea where I’m going to wear it, I couldn’t say no.
I had trouble deciding between this dress and the crop top/skirt version. They also have similar styles in black if you don’t love overdosing on leopard print as much as I do. I hope it’s as cute in person as it is online.
4. This Fashion Rental Service Made With LA Girls In Mind
To be honest, I always thought rental apps were a waste of money—but that was before I tried FashionPass.
Fashionpass is an LA-based rental service that stocks the kinds of clothing you’d normally buy (or would buy if you had more money) — not just stuff for special occasions. They stock brands like For Love and Lemons, Free People, and MinkPink.
I’ve been a member for about four months now and I’m very obsessed (you can read my full review on my blog here). I try to rent one thing for work, one thing for play, and one accessory each time I pick a new set and it makes me feel like I’m constantly changing my wardrobe but without the clutter and overspending. My favorite part is getting to wear things that are perfect for certain events or moods, but not something I’d really wear that often if I bought it.
Sign up for the waitlist here & use code ASHLEY3F for $35 off your first month.
5. A Yoga Class That Forces You To Lose All Inhibitions
I had the pleasure of trying kundalini yoga for the first time at Alo Yoga‘s LA studio this week. Lead by Gurmukh, a yogi guru who’s worked with Madonna, Miranda Kerr, and Cindy Crawford; the class was totally different from any yoga class I’ve ever taken (and I’ve taken a lot).
Kundalini yoga is more spiritual and less physical than the yoga most of us are familiar with. It also involves breathing exercises and actual chanting of Sanskrit mantras (sometimes along with songs, which is how we did it in Gurmukh’s class).
While I’m not totally sure kundalini is something I’ll incorporate into my regular yoga routine, there was one part of the class that I think everyone should experience. For about six minutes or so — Gurmukh instructed us to just shake every single part of our body, close our eyes, and dance. For a naturally shy person like me, it was super liberating standing in a room of strangers while quite literally dancing like nobody was watching (and nobody was supposed to be watching).
6. This Sunscreen That Doubles As a Primer And Doesn’t Leave White Residue
If you’re not using a daily SPF, it’s time to start.
I realized it was time for me to start when my hormonal acne started leaving dark spots (which just get exacerbated by sun exposure). The problem is, putting on your standard SPF every morning before your makeup does feel silly.
So, I tried a couple different moisturizers with SPF and facial sunscreens, and this is one of my favorites so far.
Instead of coming out white, it’s tan — or close to the color of your BB cream or foundation— so you don’t have to worry about white residue. I also love the packaging because instead of a squirt, it’s a pump. Since it’s made to work as a primer, I’ve basically just been subbing it in for my BB cream and layering my makeup on top—and it’s been working great so far!
Got something you think I would obsess over? Email me firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m currently on the hunt for a good hair mask.