5 Things To Try With @BookishSkincare

Hello all!

The lovely Isabel at 5-TO-TRY asked me to share with you guys my top five to tries! I was super flattered and very excited to participate in her #My5-TO-TRY series!

So let me introduce myself, my name is Marissa! I’m 27, about to be 28. I’ve been married for 7 years this coming March and I have two pups that I consider to be my actual children – Padmé and Winnie. Besides an overwhelming love for all things skincare, I love books, video games, knitting, and cooking. I also love watching true crime documentaries, well actually, any and all documentaries!

It can be difficult to pick a top five of anything, but if you're thinking of what your current top fives are, it's a little easier. Here’s mine.

1. Leo Oil


The number one that comes to mind is – and probably always will be – Leo Oil. It's a beautiful emerald green (at least I think so, I'm a little colour blind!) and it smells amazing (my sense of smell is fine).

The ingredients include meadowfoam seed oil, rosehip seed oil, and blue tansy. These ingredients mixed together create an amazing, all star oil. But it's definitely more than just the ingredients, it's the person behind the magic potion. If you aren't already following Dena over at @LeoWithCancer, then you need to be. She's all about radical honesty, dealing with the effects of her cancer, and trying to be true to herself and others. She's also like, the best Cult Mother that Instagram has ever had – she's all about the girl gangs.


2. Fatal Vision by Joe McGinniss


I read a lot of books, so I often have a very, very hard time when people ask me to pick my favourite. Books are so vastly different, it's hard to pin down just one, so I often go by which books have impacted me in a significant way. Books that I keep thinking about when I'm driving, or taking a shower. The kind of stories that leave me questioning everything, and my poor husband dutifully listens to all of my theories. The most recent story that I haven't been able to leave behind is Fatal Vision.

This book is about Jeffrey MacDonald, a young Captain in the military, with a young family. He was very accomplished: a Doctor, a Green Beret, and a father to two young girls. Until one night, his family was brutally murdered in their home on Fort Bragg. He claimed that four intruders entered his home in the early hours, chanting "acid is groovy, kill the pigs." He became the number one suspect in the case, and a very long and drawn out legal battle occurs.

This story is so interesting and captivating, particularly because Joe McGinniss actually lived with Jeffrey MacDonald throughout his trial. There are also chapters in the book that are devoted solely to Jeffrey MacDonald's point of view. It's so intriguing, and I've learned so much about the case.

I highly recommend this if true crime books intrigue you! Just a warning, it does get in depth with the description of the crime scene.


3. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst


Continuing on the True Crime train, one of my all time favourite series on HBO is The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.

There are no words for how completely obsessed I am with this docu-series. I have watched it an insane number of times – but I feel like I learn something new every time that I watch it.

This series has what everyone wants from a documentary. Well, at least what I’m looking for in a documentary. There is so much information and it is done so well. I love when they bring in old videos and interviews from his previous trial, and they don’t overdo the reenactments, they’re done just right. It’s just so well done – I really cannot stress that enough.


4. No B.S. VItamin C&E Serum


Another product that I absolutely love is No B.S. Vitamin C&E Serum. The star ingredients in this beauty are Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Hyaluronic Acid.

I am such a sucker for any type of Vitamin C serum. My first introduction into skincare was a Vitamin C serum. This one is so soothing, plumping and hydrating. I don't have any hyper-pigmentation, I just use Vitamin C for its antioxidant properties.

This serum is a lovely goopy consistency, and has no discernible smell. I really feel like I've found my favourite Vitamin C, at long last!


5. Manuka Honey Mask from Savor Beauty


One of my favourite and the most luxurious of masks is the Manuka Honey Mask from Savor Beauty. Manuka honey, papaya and apricot enzymes, and rice bran are the star ingredients in this mask.

It's recommended to use it in the shower, so the steam from the shower will melt the honey. You rub it into your skin as you're rinsing your face, and it's such a gentle exfoliation. It’s not a harsh exfoliant at all, because I’m not one to really use physical exfoliants. It’s very gentle, but very effective. This mask makes me feel so fancy! It packs a punch and definitely delivers because my skin is always so plump and oh-so-smooth after I use it!


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