monthly obsessions

Hello, November! To start the first day of a new month as I have for a couple of months now, I am sharing my monthly obsessions from October. I have two skincare favorites and two apps/tools I’ve enjoyed using throughout October that I want to share, so here we go (:

African Black Soap

Praise Whole Foods, once again. I came across this idea of using African Black Soap after a recommendation by my skin specialist. Did some research on it and it turns out to be really popular among skin experts as the perfect skin secret, so I decided to give it a try! I got this African Black Soap from Whole Foods, and it comes in either a liquid version or a bar soap. The whole point of this soap is to help treat acne breakouts, dryness, reduce eczema, and helps with dark spots and acne scars. You can find more benefits of black soap in this article.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray

Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray has kept my face hydrated and fresh at work or when I’m outside. Especially with heaters that are becoming an essential with the cold weather, my skin gets really dry and I HATE IT. This facial (about 2-3 times a day) helps lock the moisture in and I also don’t feel any tightening on my skin afterward, which is always a good sign. The ingredients are also on my good list- aloe, herbs, and rosewater; good for moisture and calming any sort of inflammation on the skin. This has been a favorite of mine at work that I keep right next to my desk! There’s also this one with aloe, cucumber, and green tea if the other one is not for you. I want to try this one next after I finish my bottle. ** The bottle is only $7. Steal.


photo by

Asana is a project management tool that I find helpful for work, especially if you have other team members you interact with all the time. A couple of functions I regularly use are to create tasks and subtasks for myself or for a team member, to set start and due dates, to organize my tasks into shared lists or boards for meetings and programs, to create a prioritized to-do list, and to set a gallery view of any project’s attachments for quick glancing. There’s a LOT with this tool, and I’m sure I still don’t know how to use everything but it’s been a great helpful tool to keep myself organized at work.


photo by

If Asana is for work, 24me is a personal one. I’m a huge organization freak, especially when it comes to scheduling. Now that I’m getting older (I actually understand what people meant when they’re like, “You’ll know what I mean when you get older”), I often get confused with my schedule and I feel the need to write everything down somewhere and DEFINITELY on my phone. I came across this app that helps with the organization on my phone besides the to-do list and iPhone calendar alerts. 24me has made it easier for me to stay on top of things, for upcoming monthly payments or bills I have to pay that I can easily forget about. I also use it for regular daily tasks or self-reminders. There’s a lot of productivity tools out there, but I found this one to personally work best!



Also, looking for book recommendations! If you have any to help me out, please fill out the form below so I can add to my list. Hope everyone has a great Monday and the rest of the week as well!