You guys, January 2016 came and went.  Just like that.  Umm…what?!  If this is any indication of how the rest of the year will go, I need to find a pause button pronto!

While the month flew by, it was filled with lots of good stuff – a trip home, MIS’ birthday, my birthday.

And on top of all that, I have some great January picks to share!  So without further ado…

Par’s Picks – January 2016

Garbage bowls – All credit goes to Rachael Ray for this genius idea (at least in my opinion).  Basically, instead of walking back and forth as I’m chopping veggies and generally making a mess in the kitchen, I put all my scraps in a separate bowl that sits next to my cutting board and throw them away in one go.  Stupidly simple but LIFE CHANGING!

Garbage bowl for scraps when cooking

Tea tree oil – It’s no secret that I love tea tree oil.  It has honestly helped transform my skin from super duper acne prone to once in a while acne prone.  It’s been a part of my routine for so long that I kind of take it for granted.  After a little extra sugar consumption in December, my skin freaked out a bit.  And the only thing that helped calm it down was regular tea tree oil application.  LOVE this stuff!  P.S. Vishnu’s also a huge fan.  In fact, he gets super upset when I take it with me on my trips and leave him with nothing!

100% tea tree oil for acne prone skin

My Kindle – Since being introduced to Overdrive, my love for the Kindle has quadrupled!  If you are a fellow book worm and don’t own this device, get on it!  It’s worth the investment.  Aside from making reading books so easy, the Kindle helps eliminate clutter.  And this is super important when you live with someone who wants to keep every book/folder from med school!

Reading in bed with a Kindle

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara – Last month, I blogged about a mascara that didn’t quite live up to the hype.  Well, this month I’m sharing a new one that does…in a big way!  I received this mascara from Marc Jacobs Beauty (and Influenster), and I LOVE it.  It really creates voluminous, rich, thick lashes.  And my favorite part is that it stays put and doesn’t flake!

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara

Jaybird X2 Sport Wireless Bluetooth Headphones – And last but certainly not least, we have these wireless headphones and my birthday present from Vishnu.  You guys!  I’m not a gadget person by any means, and I probably wouldn’t have bought myself this particular product, but these headphones are a game changer. I’ve been running with them and have completed a few strength workouts as well.  For the first time ever, I don’t have to deal with a long cord getting in the way.  I particularly love how snug and comfortable they feel in my ears.  And the set up was a breeze.  I did it all by myself (Vishnu wasn’t even home when I figured it all out) – a HUGE accomplishment for me!

If you’re looking for the perfect gift to give the fitness fanatic in your life (and it could even be you!), these headphones are it.  Like I said, they are a game changer!  And also, how cool is the case?!

Jaybird X2 Sport Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

And there you have it, my January picks.  Thank you for reading!

Did you discover/rediscover any products this month?

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By Parita

9 thoughts on “Par’s Picks – January 2016”
  1. Love the picks for the week!! Tea Tree oil is a star ingredient in almost every kind of product (face, hair, etc.) I own! Love it! I don’t even know where my Kindle is – for shame. I usually use the Kindle App on my phone or I’ve been checking out books from the library 🙂
    I haven’t discovered any new products yet this year, but I’m sure I will soon!! Have a great weekend, Par!

  2. I am a big fan of Argan oil, and the one I have got from Morocco, I refuse to share it with anyone. It is life changing. So pure, so light, its magical. (I exaggerate, but I LOVE it)

    P.S. I do that garbage bowl thing too. although, I don’t think I saw it any where. I just happened to start doing it out of convenience. Life changer, like you said!

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  3. Great Post Parita! I agree, 2016 is blowing by fast, I can hardly believe it. I like all of your Picks this month, especially the Jaybird X2 Sport Wireless Bluetooth headphones. I think I need to take a trip to Best Buy sooner rather than later.

  4. My grandmother used to use a garbage bowl always.. Saves a lot of time .. I haven’t been following it though.. Time to change for convenience 😛

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