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Reader Recs: Emily’s Favorite Finds

emily brownhairDear 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 DW guest contributor, Emily Morris (she wrote “I’m Conflicted About Being a Feminist and a Wife,” “I Wasn’t Slutty in My Twenties… and I Regret It,” and “After My Miscarriage, A Dog Saved My Life.” Emily lives in Boston with her drummer boyfriend, two dogs, and one cat. Emily has great taste and is always up on the latest beauty product. Years ago she and I even wrote a product blog together wherein we featured some of our favorite finds online and off. I asked her if she could share some of her current finds, like old times, and she happily obliged, below.

julepMavenGiveawayJulep’s Maven Box
I like beauty boxes, and I had Birchbox for a while, but I was over getting tiny samples of stuff that I never used. When I heard about Julep’s box, I thought that might be better for me. I love nail polish and I polish my nails a lot, and this box is two polishes a month (which you can customize) plus at least one other product. This month it was a large tube of their summer lotion; in the past it’s been a full-sized facial oil, a top coat, cuticle oil, etc., etc. Also you can refer friends and earn points good for free boxes! Fun!

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I am in love with this little thing. I keep it on my night stand and actually got rid of my alarm clock since I use my phone as a clock now, plus it charges your phone and it’s just RIGHT there on your nightstand looking low profile and not taking up space. And via that link it’s NINETY-NINE cents [it’s forty-eight cents now! — Wendy].

GradysColdBrew_2Bottle_NickFerrari__51792.1362165860.1280.1280Grady’s Cold Brew
I was spending $5 a day on an iced latte from my local coffee shop. And they were delicious! But expensive. And I also recently developed an aversion to milk. So I went looking for something else and found Grady’s Cold Brew online, and then I discovered they carry it at my local Whole Foods. It’s sooo good (and delicious with coconut milk!). One bottle is $12/13, which seems like a lot, but it’s very concentrated and I can get five or so iced coffees from a bottle. I can do math! That’s cheaper!

81H8X-25efL._SL1500_Clark Botanicals Smoothing Marine Cream
Speaking of Birchbox, one thing I did get and love in a Birchbox once was this cream. This cream. Is the shit. Obviously, it’s expensive, but if you search online (hello, eBay!), you can find some cheaper prices. It smells great, and it is described as having a “potent blend of exfoliating natural acids and energizing algae extracts.” It makes my skin baby soft and I feel like it might be magic!

UnknownThe Woman Upstairs
I LOVE THIS BOOK. I read it on a trip to visit my best friend in Austin this spring and I was reading parts of it aloud to her. Some people described the main character as “angry,” which… I think she’s just normal? But she’s a lady with strong opinions, so reviewers saw that as ANGRY (which I see as sexist… but that’s a conversation for another time!). Anyway. I may have to read it again soon. It was sooo good. And it takes place in Boston, where I live!


Thanks, Em!

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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12 comments… add one
  • Diablo August 14, 2014, 3:08 pm

    The issue with prepackaged iced coffees for me is the taste – usually they taste very artificial, and I’m willing to pay for one that tastes like real good coffee. Also, i checked the link, and I don’t think this product is available too widely yet, certainly not in Western Canada, but i’ll watch for it!

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  • Addie Pray August 14, 2014, 3:54 pm

    $048?! I should buy one just for that. That’s cheaper than a McDonald’s ice cream cone!
    Also, nail polish. I’m so boring. It’s always clear or really faint faint faint pink so it looks natural on my finger nails and bright red or pink on my toes. Is that weird? I should branch out.

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  • TaraMonster August 14, 2014, 3:07 pm

    NAIL POLISH. I am addicted to painting my nails and am in a bit of a color rut. Perfect timing for this!
    I want to try that coffee! Coffee is one of my top 5 favorite things in life. Currently, I make my own iced coffee at home using Equal Exchange French Roast. A 10oz, $10 bag lasts me like 3 weeks. It definitely saves me money and time! There are great coffee places on my route to work, but I don’t want to pay $4 every day, nor do I feel like stopping. So every other day I make some coffee in my French Press then stick it in the fridge. I sweeten it with just a tad of my homemade simple syrup (easiest thing to make ever, btw) and add some half and half. SO GOOD. Omnomnom.

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    • Emily August 14, 2014, 3:11 pm

      YES do it! Coffee and nailpolish are THE BEST THINGS EVER.

      This is my Julep referral link if anyone wants to use it. If you do, we both get points!

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      • Emily August 14, 2014, 3:14 pm

        Oh and also your first box is free!

      • LadyinPurpleNotRed August 15, 2014, 8:33 am

        Ahhh. I wish I waited a few days! I just ordered it on Monday! I can’t wait to get it!!

      • TaraMonster August 15, 2014, 10:25 am

        Update: I used your link and ordered the 3-month box delivery. Woohoo!

  • MaterialsGirl August 14, 2014, 4:18 pm

    ive had that mineral creme before and liked how it works, but found it ‘burned’?

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    • Emily August 14, 2014, 4:43 pm

      It’s kind of like retinol that way. I often use a super gentle cleanser (or just coconut oil) before putting it on. I wouldn’t apply after I did a face scrub for example, cause OW. Also you don’t need to use very much each time.

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      • MaterialsGirl August 19, 2014, 3:36 pm

        good call. I think i’ve used it after a scrub or a vigorous clairsonic run through. I tried it again the other day with just a light clean and it was much better (and soft!)

  • mylaray August 14, 2014, 4:44 pm

    How do you prepare that cold brew for iced coffee? Just add ice? I think I’ll have to try it. I’m a coffee addict and have never made coffee at home *hangs head in shame*.

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    • Emily August 14, 2014, 6:18 pm

      It’s concentrated so you can just add ice and it’s kind of more like espresso. Or you can add some iced coffee of your own. I add ice and a fair amount of coconut milk.

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