Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Reader Recs: Amanda Loves ManaTEA (and other stuff, too)

nj3Dear Wendy readers are some of the most intelligent, stylish, super cool people around (it’s a proven fact), so, when a commenter suggested I create a regular feature for them to recommend some of their favorite products, it was a no-brainer and Reader Recs was born. Today’s recommendations come from Amanda, who lives in the Chicago suburbs with her chinchilla, Norma Jeanne (pictured). When not at work she can be found at the local library (usually around the cookbooks). Besides cooking and baking, she loves traveling, bourbon, chocolate, all things Disney princess, fuzzy animals and action movies. Check out her recommendations below.

ddf-brightening-cleanserDDF Brightening Cleanser
I have psoriasis, which means my face is red. A lot. After about a week or so of using this cleanser, it was considerably less red. Now, I’m not a doctor and so don’t know if this will work for everyone, but I love it. Plus, it cleans without making my face all dry.

 

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These are my favorite earrings. Seriously. Every time I wear them I get compliments. They’re lightweight and comfy. Plus, they don’t jab into your head like posts do if you’re on the phone.

 

 

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My favorite cookbook. It’s awesome. It has the ratios for dough, batter, sauces, sausage, etc., which means I can make my own recipes when I can’t find exactly what I’m looking for. It’s ridiculously versatile and so much easier than having a gazillion recipes to memorize or look through.

 

opi-sheer-tints-swatch-review-coverOPI Sheer Tints
I love nail polish. As far as my addictions go, it is second only to tea. Anyway, these topcoats are so much fun. They’re lightly tinted so you can layer them up to get a sheer wash of color (although, if you do, it takes FOREVER to remove since it’s layers of topcoat). I love to throw them over different nail polishes for different combinations.

 

51dylyQbzAL._SY300_ManaTEA Infuser
I bought this on a whim because I saw it in a store and it made me laugh. Well, that and I needed a new loose leaf tea infuser. It holds quite a bit of tea, which is fantastic. It’s a great way to start off in the morning and keep me going in the afternoon, with this guy peering over the side of my cup.

 

Thanks, Amanda!

If you have some products you’d like to recommend to the DW audience, shoot me an email at wendy@dearwendy.com with links to five recommendations. (Write “reader recs” in the subject line, please). Your recommendations can be from any store or website but need to be accessible online — and I would love it if at least two items could be found on Amazon where I am an affiliate. If your list is a good fit for the site, I’ll ask you to write a brief description of each item/explain what you love so much about it.

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22 comments… add one
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    ktfran July 31, 2014, 1:13 pm

    I love me a good cookbook. As does my mom, Aunts (except the one who was never bitten by the cooking bug) and my Grandma. Even my nieces like them!
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    I’ll have to check this one out. There’s about 5 on my amazon wishlist at the moment.

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    jlyfsh July 31, 2014, 1:18 pm

    I love that tea infuser! I’ve seen it before in a few places. I might have to break down and finally buy it for myself 🙂

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  • Classic

    Classic July 31, 2014, 1:19 pm

    That book looks great. Perfect gift for my son, who loves to cook and bake, and never uses recipes.
    Norma Jeanne sure is cute!

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    Kicia July 31, 2014, 1:25 pm

    I already have the manatea on my christmas list but I may just buy it for myself since I need a new tea infuser. And that cookbook sounds awesome!

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  • Amanda

    Amanda July 31, 2014, 1:32 pm

    Oh – that was so cool to pull up the website and see my Norma Jeanne on the front page!
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    The cookbook is AWESOME. It really is. And the tea infuser never fails to make me smile (which I’m sure my coworkers appreciate in the morning…).

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  • Kate B.

    Kate B. July 31, 2014, 2:03 pm

    That cookbook is so mine. I always wondered how people figured this stuff out.

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    • Amanda

      Amanda July 31, 2014, 2:32 pm

      That’s *EXACTLY* the reason I sought this book out. If you like that kind of stuff, you’ll love this book!

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      • Kate B.

        Kate B. July 31, 2014, 2:55 pm

        I mean, HOW do you create a recipe? How do you know how much stuff to put in? I ordered it, I can’t wait.

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  • Lyra

    Lyra July 31, 2014, 2:29 pm

    I want a chinchilla now.

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    • Amanda

      Amanda July 31, 2014, 2:31 pm

      You should get one! They’re the best little pets.

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  • Lianne

    Lianne July 31, 2014, 2:53 pm

    I am adding that cookbook to my wedding registry. I already have two on there. Is that weird??

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    • Lianne

      Lianne July 31, 2014, 2:53 pm

      OH and I love that you named your Chinchilla Norma Jeanne!

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      • Amanda

        Amanda July 31, 2014, 3:14 pm

        Thanks! I’ve name almost all of my pets after celebrities. I had a guinea pig name Charlie (Charlie Chaplin) and later one name Frank (Frank Sinatra).

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  • MissRemy

    MsRemy July 31, 2014, 4:38 pm

    Is loose tea better than tea bags? I get fruity tea bags or green tea for evening drinking as I’m a big day time coffee fan, less caffeine after 6pm = fewer sleep issues for me! But I have never tried loose tea…

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    • Amanda

      Amanda August 1, 2014, 9:24 am

      Eh, honestly for me it mostly comes down to brewing time. I know there are tea aficionados out there who INSIST you can’t have a good cup of tea from tea bags. I like loose leaf tea because I can control how strong I want it. Plus – you can find a TON of fun stuff at tea stores.

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        jlyfsh August 1, 2014, 9:33 am

        yeah i think it comes down to being able to control the taste of your tea more. also if you’re using bags and you’re serious about getting the best flavor, check out this site steep.it, you can choose the tea type and it gives you a time for how long to steep the tea. it made a big difference for me especially for teas that get too strong or bitter like green and rooibos.

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      • Amanda

        Amanda August 1, 2014, 9:38 am

        I’ve never used that website (definitely going to check it out), but I have a little magnet with brew times I keep on my fridge – it’s REALLY handy!

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        jlyfsh August 1, 2014, 9:43 am

        ooh i need one of those!

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      • Amanda

        Amanda August 1, 2014, 9:52 am

        I *think* it was from Mountain Rose Herbs. I think. But I’ve had it for so long, I can’t remember!

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        jlyfsh August 1, 2014, 10:01 am

        I did find this: . Which may be something I have to have!

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      • Amanda

        Amanda August 1, 2014, 10:04 am

        Oh – that’s adorable!

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      • MissRemy

        MsRemy August 1, 2014, 12:55 pm

        Thank you both! That site looks great 🙂 I have had problems with bitterness, I got a lovely pomegranate and raspberry green tea and the first cup was yuk! Think the water was too hot, left it in too long… You live and learn!

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