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best purchases of 2022

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okay the time has come y’all! i am rounding up my personal BEST purchases of 2022! this is always one of mine (and y’alls) favorite posts of the year so i’m pumped to share! i’ve divided up my best purchases into 3 categories – fashion, health / wellness, and beauty!

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best purchases of 2022: health + wellness

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oura ring

michael got me the oura ring for valentine’s day last year and it’s hands down one of my absolute favorite things we bough all year long (i haven’t taken it off since). i did a full blog post review on it HERE if you are interested in learning more so i won’t go into a ton of details here. but essentially this is a fitness tracker that tracks your sleep, your cycles (temperature / ovulation), gives you a readiness score, has meditations, tracks your HR / HRV and so much more. it really gives you a full picture of where your health is from a holistic standpoint and has motivated me to get better sleep, hydrate more (drink less), rest when i need to, incorporate low impact workouts into my routine…and so much more! definitely check out my blog post on it if you’re interested in learning more.

cymbiotika magnesium l-threonate

i started taking cymbiotika products about 9 months ago and it has CHANGED THE GAME for me in terms of supplements. the ones i take all come in a little packet that you can take on the go which i love (as opposed to swallowing pills). what sets cymbiotika apart is they combine scientific innovation with traditional Eastern medicine to design formulas that synergize with the body. their supplements are sourced from only the highest quality plant-based ingredients and utilize the most advanced absorption technology so they are SO effective and you actually feel a difference when taking them.

i take a ton of their supplements but my favorite right now is the magnesium l-threonate. “Magnesium is an essential mineral that is required for 80% of the body’s metabolic functions. This magnesium supplement can help address one of the most common health conditions. In the United States, approximately 65% of all adults are magnesium deficient.” some of the benefits are: boosts brain power, balance mood and calm central nervous system & improve memory.

AG1 athletic greens

i have drank my AG1 drink every single morning, first thing. for over 6 months straight now and am SO happy to have it as a part of my morning routine. another game changer for me in terms of vitamins + supplements – AG1 gives you comprehensive gut health and nutrition support in just one scoop. one scoop of this on your water each morning promotes gut health, supports immunity, boosts energy, and helps recovery. it really is worth all the hype and i’ve noticed so many of these benefits in my own personal life (and i personally love the taste as well).

just thrive probiotic

after years of research and trial & error with probiotics, i finally found one that i love that really works for my body. it is a spore-based formula meaning it survives the stomach environment 100% intact, providing you with unmatched digestive and immune support. This supplement is verified to help reduce gas, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. i also love that it’s just one pill a day! if y’all order from the just thrive website you can use code LKS15 to get 15% off!

HigherDOSE infrared PEMF mat

use code LAURENKAYSIMS for 15% off

y’all have seen this mat on my stories countless times because i use it EVERY dang day, usually 2-3x a day. i have my morning quiet time + meditation on this mat and usually read a book on it or watch a show on it at night before bed. there are SO many health benefits of this PEMF mat but a few of them are: boosting your mood, reducing stress, relieving chronic pain, increase energy, better sleep, improved circulation, improved muscle recovery and so much more. michael and i both use this mat every single day and love it. Shiloh actually lays on it with me too!

2022 was the year of hokas for me haha and i have two favorite styles! the bondi's are for sure the most ~~cushy~~ out of all the hokas IMO. i love these for everyday, going for walks, and i also wear them for F45 classes because they're so comfy. you definitely can run in them as well but i personally don't love a super cushy shoe for running so i wear them for everything but that haha. they are INSANELY comfortable!

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the clifton's are my other favorite hoka style! i legit wear these for everything - from running to walking to strength training and everything in between. they are so comfortable, perfectly supportive, and i love how lightweight they are. i'm telling you, once you try on hokas you will never want to wear another shoe!

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this was also the year for me to try out every wireless headphone known to mankind lol. AirPods don't work for me for working out / running so i was determined to find THE PERFECT wireless earbud specifically for fitness and THESE. ARE. IT. i love how tiny they are - you can't even tell you're wearing them but they stay in your ears SO WELL! i've worn them for burpees, jumping rope, running, sweating a ton..and they do not fall out! the sound quality / noise cancelling capability are also both SO GOOD! i legit have zero complaints about these.

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okay it might seem odd that a pair of sweatpants made my 'top purchases' list but these are no ordinary sweatpants. i legitimately wear these at least 5 days a week lol because they are SO comfortable yet still fashionable and flattering all at the same time! i love the oversized fit, the straight leg, the high waist...literally everything about them. i wear them to run errands, when i'm traveling, around the house, going for walks...they are truly the GOAT of all sweatpants! warning: once you have one color you will want 5 more.

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2022 was also the year of the CREW SOCK trend for me haha i was hesitant at first but now i LOVE crew socks so much - especially with workout clothes! these are one of my best amazon finds of all time. i wear these for every type of workout as well as just everyday life! they are the perfect height, great quality, and a really good price!

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raise your hand if you DIDN'T buy a stanley cup in 2022 LOL. but really...it honestly is such a great cup and i personally LOVE the 30oz size! fits in your car cupholder, has a handle...and it's cute! i use mine every single day!

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so the lululemon wunder train leggings will forever and always be my holy grail leggings but this year i discovered abercrombie's YPB line and i am SO IMPRESSED with their leggings! i wear these for yoga, pilates, running, peloton rides, strength training etc. they don't show sweat, they don't slide down, and they're super flattering! i also love them with athleisure outfits because of the shiny finish! they're also such a great price. i own them in at least 5 colors!

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i also fell in love with these workout shorts from abercrombie this year (and again they're a great price point especially when they go on sale). i love the high waist, the built in liner, and they have pockets! i don't necessarily LOVE these for working out but in the summer i lived in them for everyday mom life, going for walks, going to the park etc! they are a great length and super flattering!

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best purchases of 2022: beauty + skincare

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barefaced skincare

use code LAURENK10 for 10% off

i started using barefaced skincare early 2022 and y’all…it has been a GAME CHANGER for my skin! these are medical grade products (so, super effective) but so simple / keep your skincare routine very simplified! i legitimately love EVERY single one of their products i’ve tried (it makes up like 90% of my skincare routine) but if i could only pick 3…it would be the 3 products below!

 

holy grail product in my makeup routine! it's a cream bronzer and blush in one and blends SO BEAUTIFULLY! this makes your skin so glowy and i love that it's two products in one! one of my favorite blushes / bronzers i have ever used. i love the shade 5.5 and shade 2!

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i splurged on this perfume at the beginning of 2022 and it's now my all time favorite perfume. every time i wear it, i get compliments on it. and you can literally spray ONE spray of this and the scent will last all day. so even though it's expensive, it'll last you for years. it has this woodsy sexy scent - not too floral / fruity but still feminine and just...SMELLS SO GOOD!

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this mask was a game changer for my hair this year. it's a molecular repair mask and it's SO effective at reversing damage done to your hair, hydrating it, and restoring it back to health! it's pricey but i've never experienced a hair mask to be SO effective at helping my hair to really grow healthy and strong!

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i had the original dyson airwrap and was fortunately enough to partner with dyson this past year to try out the new one and omg...it is SO GOOD. i liked the original one fine but this one is exponentially better. i also finally sat down and watched tutorials on how to use it (i have have a tutorial saved to a highlight if you need help!) and i'm OBSESSED. i love that you can use this one tool to both dry and curl your hair in one step. it also gives my hair the biggest most voluminous blowout type of curls that i can't achieve with a curling iron. this is definitely pricey but worth every penny IMO!

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so many of you guys told me you also bought and LOVE this mask! it's one of those masks you can actually tell a huge difference with after ONE 10 minute use! this mask gives you an instant glow! it really minimizes your pores and makes your skin look so refreshed and dewy!

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i have tried countless 'tinted moisturizers' and they all kind of seem the same to me, until i found t his one. 'dewy foundation drops' is the perfect name for these because they truly make your skin look so dewy and glowy! but they're perfect for no makeup makeup days because they are light coverage and look super natural, but truly make your skin glow. anytime i wear these foundation drops i always get the nicest compliments on my skin!

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tried out a new brow product early 2022 and it's now a staple in my makeup routine! i love this brow wax because it truly lasts ALL day long! and you can do so many different looks with this - like full on laminated brows or just fluff them up for some volume!

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best purchases of 2022: fashion + accessories

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skims pajamas

okay i actually JUST got these pajamas in december but they made my list of best purchases because after i bought one pair…i ordered TWO MORE and they are ALL i want to sleep in! i typically can’t sleep in long sleeves but these are SO breathable and comfortable. i think the fit is also super flattering, they don’t get bunched up or hot when i’m sleeping…they are AMAZING! i wear size XS in top and bottom. i’m just waiting for SKIMS to restock my size in more colors because i want them all!

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these sunglasses were a splurge but SUCH a great purchase / have become my go-to sunglasses over the past year! they are chic and oversized and make a statement while still being super classy, so i know i will have + love these for years to come! i love the subtle cat eye shape and the tortoise color!

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jumped on the naghedi bandwagon this year and have zero regrets about it! i probably carried this tote more than any of my other bags this year. it's so versatile and goes with every outfit from denim to sweatpants. it's also super practical for everyday mom life and i love the material on it! it's also great for traveling and even this mini size holds SO much!

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if you've been following me for a while then you know i legitimately LIVED in theses sandals from march to september haha. hands down my most worn pair of sandals EVER! i love how they look with denim shorts, dresses, jeans etc! i think they make a statement without being too over the top and they're also so comfortable!

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definitely my most worn pair of white sneakers this year! they came with me to disney world, colorado, nashville, austin...literally every trip i took this year. they are SO comfortable and look adorable with everything from leggings to jeans to dresses! they are a splurge but classic high tops like this will last you for years to come!

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my most worn pair of jeans this year hands down! i love the fit of these jeans, the wash, and the distressing. they also don't stretch out at all (and i've worn mine about 20 times haha). they are so flattering and the quality is amazing! i love having a pair of jeans like this that i know i'll love on any day!

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these are the boots i'm wearing in today's blog photos slash MOST of my photos! i splurged on these during a shopbop sale and ended up loving / wearing them SO much that i bought a second color! they are THE MOST comfortable boot i have ever purchased and i love how they look with both jeans and dresses. i also love that these can be dressed up whereas most other booties feel more casual to me!

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the infamous sweater set i have in at least 5 colors now! SO dang comfortable and my go-to travel outfit, in any season haha. i pair it with sneakers and a denim jacket in the fall, or sandals in the summer! it's insanely comfortable, chic, and flattering on every body type!

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my everyday hoops that i legitimately get at least 20 DMs about a day haha! these diamonds look SO real IMO and the quality is amazing - i never take them off (i sleep in them, shower in them, workout in them etc) and they've stayed so shiny and new looking! they aren't heavy, they're so feminine and truly go with every outfit! such a good purchase that i've worn like 365 days out of the last year haha. you can use code LKS for a 10% discount!

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WHEW you are a trooper if you made it through this novel! honestly i had to narrow down like 10 other items i wanted to include because i didn’t want to turn this into a 900 page blog post haha. let me know if you also purchased any of these items this year and what your thoughts were!

thanks for reading! happy friday!!

 

xo Lauren

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