Friday Finds + Charming Charlie Giveaway

June 2, 2017

Goldfaden MD Fresh A Peel

Update: congrats to Kim C. for winning this giveaway.

Happy Friday and happy National Doughnut Day! I wish I could be sharing some donuts with you guys by passing it through the computer screen. But alas, we don’t have 3D printers that can do that just yet. So instead today I will be sharing some of my recent favorite finds in a new segment of the blog called #FridayFinds. As a blogger, I get a lot of clothing and beauty products sent my way, so much so that it’s becoming difficult to store and organize them in my small one-bedroom New York City apartment. Out of this “problem”, an idea came to mind: why not have a segment where I not just share my faves with the readers, but also share the love through a product giveaway? So obvious spoiler alert: there will be a giveaway at the end of this blog. Read on to discover my faves and find out how you can win some awesome goodies.

Before we move on to my fave list, by the way, the rubes at FTC requires me to let you know that there may be affiliate links below.

1. Goldfaden MD Fresh A Peel
I have a lot of product that I like, but very few that I really LOVE. This one falls squarely in the latter, more exclusive, category. If you’re a reader of the blog, you probably heard me complain a lot about my skin. Really though, adult acne is just the WORST! I mean come on universe, I’m a 30-something who has to deal with fine lines and wrinkles, can you not cut me a break with the acne? Thank god for Goldfaden MD Fresh A Peel that helps me tackle both at the same time. I seriously saw a difference with just one use — my skin was softer, more supple, and I saw reductions in blackheads cropping up. At almost $80 a pop, the price is a bit steep, but let me tell you guys that it’s totally worth it. I may have gotten this first bottle for free, but I will gladly pay for the next one.

2. Dr. Dana Nail Color
I used to be an avid fan of the gel-mani. That is up until I realized how much it can really ravage your nails. After constantly having gel nails for the better part of last year, my nails were weak and peeling. I knew I had to do a detox and find a better solution. The problem is I’m always so rough with my hands, it’s honestly a miracle if my mani survive past a couple of days. I needed a solution that is nail friendly but will also last a good amount of time. Enter: Dr. Dana. Since it’s dermatologist developed, you know they have nail health first in mind. My Dr. Dana polish has been lasting me about a week before they start chipping. And the best part is when I take them off my nails still look great naked: no peeling, yellowing or brittleness.
Dr. Dana Nail Color

3. Supergoop Super Power Sunscreen Mousse SPF 50
Summer and rooftop season is here, which means that sun care is becoming even more important. I usually make a point to wear moisturizers and foundation with SPF on them, that way I always have a “base” protection from the harmful UV rays. But in the summer, I’m definitely out in the sun much more so I need that extra protection. Plus you really should reapply sunscreen every few hours when you’re out in the sun all day. Typically my favorite kind of sunscreen is the spray ones since it’s so much easier to put on and reapply than the lotion kind. But I find that sometimes the spray can feel a bit tacky and oily. Supergoop’s mousse sunscreen gives you the best of both worlds. The texture of the mousse is non-tacky and just as easy to apply as the spray.
Super Power Sunscreen Mousse SPF 50

3. Bitchstix
I gotta admit, my most favorite part about the fourth item in my favorite list is the name: Bitchstix. I just like saying it. Bitchstix. Bitchstix. Bitchstix. It’s like summoning Beetlejuice or something LOL. I’m the kinda girl that has “emergency” lipbalm in every purse and jacket pocket. So why not get ones that comes with a fun name? Even better, all of the net proceeds of the sale goes to domestic violence and sexual assault prevention programs. So you get to help others while keeping your lips soft and chap-free.

Vella Box
4. Vella Box
Living in a small one-bedroom apartment can be rough when you’re nose its sensitive to odors. While some of it I can control (like cleaning the cat-litter box often or refraining from cooking strong-smelling food), some of it I really can’t (like my neighbors burning their cooking or lighting up a J). So I go through a lot of candles to counter those undesirable shared-living smell with much nicer scents, like rosemary and lavender. Gotta love services like Vella box that sends me candle goodies monthly so I don’t ever run out.

5. Charming Charlie
OK this last one is not really a secret find, because I’m sure many of you are familiar with Charming Charlie. I just love going to one of their stores. It can be a bit overwhelming sometimes, because they just have so much goodies there that it can be hard deciding what to get. One of the things I love the most about them is their affordable price. So I can try out new accessory trends without breaking the bank. And just because I love you guys so much, I’m giving a $50 gift card to one lucky winner, which really can get you quite a lot at Charming Charlie (including this super cute earrings).
Charming Charlie

All task entry below is optional; do as many as you like. The more entry you complete, the higher your chances are to win.

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Not so little fine prints:

  • No purchase necessary. A purchase does not improve your chance of winning. Void where prohibited.
  • Entrant must be 18 years old as of sweepstakes start date and a legal resident of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia as of start date.
  • Sweepstakes begins Friday, June 2, 2017, at 12:00 a.m. EST, and closes on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at 12:00 a.m. EST.
  • Each entrant selected as a potential winner must comply with all terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all such requirements. Winners will be selected by random drawing. If a potential winner cannot be contacted within fourteen (14) days after the first attempt to contact such potential winner, an alternate entrant will be selected in his or her place from all entries received.

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  • Rosie Areola (Heather) June 2, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    I’d love to get a new crossbody bag and some sunglasses!

  • Kaitlin June 2, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Lovvvve your blog! What would I buy from Charming Charlie? New summer accessories!

  • Dawn C June 2, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    There are so many great items to be found! I’ll probably spend hours looking around trying to decide what to get

  • Wendy R. June 3, 2017 at 1:03 am

    I’d love to get some cute new earrings! Maybe some 4th of July themed ones like the spangled stars hoops.

  • Cheryl June 3, 2017 at 2:30 am

    I would get the Be Happy Pouch Trio and Wallaby Mama Bag-in-Bag.

  • MelodyJ June 3, 2017 at 5:10 am


  • Robert June 3, 2017 at 8:15 am

    if I win the $50 gift card I will get as much as I can for my sweety

  • Chelsea Godfrey June 3, 2017 at 9:32 am

    I always find way too much at Charming Charlie!! I am needing a new pair of pumps or maybe a fun kitschy bag for summer!

  • Kim Pincombe-Cole June 3, 2017 at 10:31 am

    I love a great floppy beach hat, so I’d get the POM POM FLOPPY HAT if I won.

  • denise low June 3, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    I like the cross bags so I would get the Kamiah Studded cross bag.

  • Natalie June 3, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    I would buy new earrings and a choker necklace with the gift card.

  • Emily Edwards June 3, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    I’ll get the Shimmy Tassel Earring in Rose Gold and the Pave Healing Stone Necklace in Light Pink with my Charming Charlie gift card!

  • Lynda Del June 3, 2017 at 2:54 pm


  • shannon fowler June 3, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Im really in love with the GRACE HALO STRETCH BRACELET. It would go great with my rehearsal dinner dress for my wedding.

  • Kelly McGrew June 3, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    i like the “I’m done adulting, let’s be mermaids” mug!

  • Michelle Donovan June 3, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    I’d love the Charming Charlie Giftcard. This place has such adorable necklaces and bracelets I’m all over. I might even splurge for a cute handbag

  • Sharon June 4, 2017 at 9:26 am

    These look like amazing products!

  • Cassie June 4, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Never heard of Bitchstix until now–thanks for the head’s up!

  • Michelle Castagne June 4, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    I would get the Color Pop Pom Hobo and Pom Tote bags. I need some new bags and these are cute.

  • latoya June 4, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    I would like A STAR IS BORN EARRINGS and then I would shop around for some other earrings.

  • Natalie U June 4, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Too,many to chose from, but I like the azalea off the shoulder top. Just discovered this store a few years ago in Brentwood, CA and they have the cutest things!

  • bn100 June 4, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Charlie Solid Pashmina-Style Scarf

  • Holly Thomas June 5, 2017 at 4:58 am

    I will be shopping the fragrance collection.

  • wendy browne June 5, 2017 at 8:55 am

    I would probably give the gift card to my 20 year old daughter as she wears more jewelry than I do. They had some very cute Boston Terrier/French Bulldog jewelry last season.

  • sheila ressel June 5, 2017 at 9:01 am

    I’m in need of a black bag so I would get that if I won.

  • Alyssa Whitt June 5, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    I’m in desperate need of a new wallet! Hoping for a hot pink one!

  • Tara L June 5, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    I’d choose the COCONUT MILK MANGO SCENTED CANDLE & Original Wine Bottle Glass for me (:

  • Dee June 6, 2017 at 1:56 am

    I would put it towards a new handbag – they have such cute, colorful ones this summer!

  • samantha schreiner June 6, 2017 at 9:32 am


  • Britney June 6, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    I would love to get some new sandals and a pair of sunglasses.

  • Tabitha June 6, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Oh, man, it will be so hard to narrow down – they have so much great stuff!

  • Rosie June 6, 2017 at 5:28 pm


  • Sarah June 7, 2017 at 12:42 am


  • Wehaf June 7, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    I would get the Avielle striped peplum top and the 9-to-5 wrap dress.

  • Anais G June 7, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    I would love some jewelry! I have seen they have some pretty awesome bags as well.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • melissa craig June 8, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    I love sandals, and there are some really cute ones including URSULA EMBELLISHED SANDALS

  • sarah s June 8, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    I’ve been needing a new cardigan so I might pick the Mixed Media Cardigan.

  • MaryAnn June 9, 2017 at 12:19 am

    I would get the Ladybug Glitter bag for my daughter.

  • Dana June 11, 2017 at 9:45 am

    I’d get the Sasha Tye Dye Dress. It’s super cute, and perfect for the beach. :D

  • Alanna f June 11, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    In need of a new wallet! Thanks so much!

  • Angie S June 11, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    I would get some cute, new summer jewelry, something with tassels. And def some sandals :) Love Charming Charlies!

  • Donna James June 12, 2017 at 8:18 am

    I would buy a blouse or a bag.

  • Meegan June 12, 2017 at 11:07 am

    I would get new earrings! I just got my ears re-pierced and can’t wait to wear earrings again!

  • Christy Peeples DuBois June 13, 2017 at 10:59 am

    I would get the CHAMBRAY HI-LO TOP
    and could wear it with just about anything. I love having chambray tops because you can throw it on with just about anything and go.

  • Melissa Storms June 14, 2017 at 11:05 am

    I love the magnetic metallic shine bracelet and would definitely get it if I won.

  • darla June 15, 2017 at 7:15 am

    something cute and beach themed! idk for sure because I’ve never been in their store.

  • Qumekia June 15, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Some pearls or a cute mug

  • Tracie Cooper June 15, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    I would love the Lena City Tote!

  • Crissie Woolard June 15, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Oh my goodness. They have so many amazing thing that is really hard to pick just one. I love the KAI CROCHET OFF-THE-SHOULDER DRESS. . House I love some of the rompers. Thank you so much for such a fun giveaway

  • Jeanne Coulombe June 16, 2017 at 8:57 am

    I would get some new jewellery and sandals never can have enough of both.

  • Nicole Lancaster June 16, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    I would get the POPSICLE POOL FLOAT,CHOOSE HAPPY TRAVEL MUG and the BLANCHE CROCHET LACE TOP with my Charming Charlie gift card.

  • Sarah Mayer June 16, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Some peasant dresses and probably some jewelry.

  • emily June 16, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    I would get the Kosma Metallic Sandals

  • Shakeia Rieux June 16, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    I would buy a Lena City Tote

  • Laurie Nykaza June 16, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Kamiah Studded cross bag is my favorite one love all their products