April 28, 2017 - Better You, Friday Favorites, Style

Alison’s Friday Favorites

TGIF Pretties and welcome to another edition of Friday Favorites!  If you’re new around here, Alison’s Friday Favorites is a weekly list of anything that makes my life a little easier, prettier or happier.  Here are a few things that checked those boxes this week.

Favorite #1 – Personality Test FUN!

Over Easter weekend, I drove everyone in my family nuts by forcing them to do personality tests.  Apparently, I’m the only one who’s absolutely fascinated by this kind of stuff.  Which probably had something to do with the fact that I chose to major in Psychology. For better or worse, I love finding out what makes people tick.

I found this free test based on the Myers-Briggs typing and it’s fun and eerily accurate.  When I found out my type, I almost started to cry because suddenly everything in my life made sense!

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I discovered that I’m an INFJ – Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging.  Here’s a summary from the Truity web site of the INFJ personality type:

INFJ in a Nutshell

INFJs are creative nurturers with a strong sense of personal integrity and a drive to help others realize their potential. Creative and dedicated, they have a talent for helping others with original solutions to their personal challenges.

The Counselor has a unique ability to intuit others’ emotions and motivations, and will often know how someone else is feeling before that person knows it himself. They trust their insights about others and have strong faith in their ability to read people. Although they are sensitive, they are also reserved; the INFJ is a private sort, and is selective about sharing intimate thoughts and feelings.

What Makes the INFJ Tick

INFJs are guided by a deeply considered set of personal values. They are intensely idealistic, and can clearly imagine a happier and more perfect future. They can become discouraged by the harsh realities of the present, but they are typically motivated and persistent in taking positive action nonetheless. The INFJ feels an intrinsic drive to do what they can to make the world a better place.

INFJs want a meaningful life and deep connections with other people. They do not tend to share themselves freely but appreciate emotional intimacy with a select, committed few. Although their rich inner life can sometimes make them seem mysterious or private to others, they profoundly value authentic connections with people they trust.

Recognizing the INFJ

INFJs often appear quiet, caring and sensitive, and may be found listening attentively to someone else’s ideas or concerns. They are highly perceptive about people and want to help others achieve understanding. INFJs are not afraid of complex personal problems; in fact, they are quite complex themselves, and have a rich inner life that few are privy to. They reflect at length on issues of ethics, and feel things deeply. Because Counselors initially appear so gentle and reserved, they may surprise others with their intensity when one of their values is threatened or called into question. Their calm exterior belies the complexity of their inner worlds.

Because INFJs are such complex people, they may be reluctant to engage with others who might not understand or appreciate them, and can thus be hard to get to know. Although they want to get along with others and support them in their goals, they are fiercely loyal to their own system of values and will not follow others down a path that does not feel authentic to them. When they sense that their values are not being respected, or when their intuition tells them that someone’s intentions are not pure, they are likely to withdraw.

Popular Hobbies for the INFJ

Popular hobbies for the INFJ include writing, art appreciation, cultural events, reading, socializing in small, intimate settings, and playing or listening to music.

Facts About INFJ

Interesting facts about the INFJ:

  • Least common type in the population
  • On personality trait scales, scored as Sincere, Sympathetic, Unassuming, Submissive, Easygoing, Reserved and Patient
  • Among highest of all types in college GPA
  • Among most likely to stay in college
  • Most likely of all types to cope with stress by seeing a therapist
  • Personal values include Spirituality, Learning, and Community Service
  • Commonly found in careers in religion, counseling, teaching, and the arts

OK, now go take it yourself and be fascinated.  Tell me your personality type/traits in the comments. I promise you’ll enjoy it! Take the test HERE.

Favorite #2 – Easiest Contouring Ever

OK, let’s just admit that I’m a lucky girl because I get to try out most of IT Cosmetics goodies as soon as they are available. This past week I discovered one that’s a total game changer! IT Confidence in Your Glow is a combo of highlighter, blush and bronzer in one sweep of the brush.  It truly makes application of these three products a total no-brainer.  If you’ve ever struggled with contouring, this is a must try!

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Favorite #3 – ROC Night Cream

Speaking of skincare and “glow”, let’s talk about ROC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream for a minute.  I’ve tried SO many products through the years to help with cell turnover and general appearance of my skin but I come back to ROC every time.  It’s the only product that truly makes a noticeable difference. Granted, it takes a little time to start seeing results but most products that contain retinol do (around 4-6 weeks).

I’ve done the harsher retinoids that my dermatologist prescribes but they leave my skin dry and flaky.  ROC gives me the same results with a lot less irritation.  If you’re looking for a product that actually gives results, give this one a try.  The best part?  You can get it at your local drugstore or grocery store for under $20.

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Favorite #4 – Ultimate Bundle

In case you missed it yesterday, I announced that the SAHM Capsule Wardrobe Builder is now part of an awesome bundle of products created by moms/for moms.  It’s called the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle and includes 106 resources worth nearly $2,000 for just $29.97.  For about the same price of the SAHM Capsule you get lots of other goodies.  This deal is only available through May 1st. You can learn more about it HERE.


Favorite #5 – Girls’ Spring/Summer 2017 Capsule Wardrobe

You asked and I dragged my feet.  🙂  But it’s finally coming!  The Girls’ Spring/Summer 2017 Capsule Wardrobe will be available on Monday, May 1st.  It’s just for girls and tweens sizes 7-16 and honestly it’s one of my favorites ever.  Since I’m a bit behind the 8 ball on getting this one ready, it includes two seasons for one low price.  You get 14 days of spring outfits and 14 days of summer outfits plus a capsule wardrobe shopping list that covers both seasons with some crossover pieces you get to re-use. Keep an eye out for the announcement on Monday!



It’s Your Turn:  What are you loving this Friday?  Tell me in the comments!

Linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea for Friday Favorites.

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  • I’m just about out of my moisturizer so the recommendation for the ROC night cream comes at a perfect time! Do you just wash your face and apply this and you’re done? Or do you add other products? And what do you use in the mornings? Thanks for sharing!

    • I wash my face with Cetaphil antibacterial face soap and apply ROC at night only. For day under makeup I do Garnier SkinActive Brightening Cream with SPF. Happy Friday!

  • Nicole Placek Tankovich

    I’m an ENFJ. Love the personality tests! Also, that three in one is AWESOME. I have been reevaluating adding a makeup routine (vs. just skin care). My dermatologist uses and recommends Cerave (another “drug store” brand), and I’m loving it. If it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for me!

    • Thanks Nicole! I hope you do try the contouring combo. I’m with you. There are a lot of “drug store” products that are great!! Happy Friday!

  • DeLyndia

    I’m an INFJ-T/The Advocate. I’m glad you reminded me of this test. I have an interview Monday and this is a good reminder of my character traits.

    • I agree. It is very interesting. I think some employers even do personality tests as part of the interview process. Good luck!!

  • Jennifer Burnette

    Hello from another INFJ! I loved finding this out years ago. Game changer. ❤

  • I’m so glad you enjoyed it Tammy! I love that you shared it with them. :). Happy Friday!

  • Melody Shelton White

    INFJ for life! I’ve even taught an online graduate class on learning styles that includes this kind of inventory, and I always fall under INFJ. I find it fascinating, too! It’s nice to have an INFJ sister since there are so few of us!

  • Rehana Jones

    I’m an ISTJ. I just recently took this test at a corporate training program. Actually it is the same training program I was returing from when I met you and your girls in the airport when you were returning from your Spring Break trip!

    • Oh wow! I love that corporations are seeing the value in doing these tests. It was so awesome running into you at the airport! 🙂

  • Heather Wilson Huber

    That was really interesting. I hadn’t done one of those in what seems like MANY years. I’m an ESFP – Entertainer. My fav part was that I’m 99% extroverted, 1% introverted. I want my husband to take it now, and then i want to read up on what each of these things mean and see how we match up in those categories! Thanks for sharing all these great Friday favs, as always…I’ve been wondering what I should start doing about the wrinkles near my eyes (between them mainly!), and I don’t feel like my R+F is doing anything for those, so I will try this ROC and see what it does for me 🙂

    • I’m glad you liked it and want to share with your husband. Thanks for checking out the Friday Favs. I hope you love the ROC! Have a great weekend!

  • that is so interesting. I need to do one of those quizzes/

  • IT Confidence in Your Glow looks fabulous!