Discoveries and rediscoveries. Let’s put it that way. Figuratively in the realm of inner strength, literally with the most mundane things.
I’m staring at the above photo, wishing my August was as pristine as the ocean, as blissful as it can be. But that wasn’t the case. I don’t mean to sound like Nega Nancy but it’s true, August was the worst one yet. For me. For my family. But we’re hanging in there, gripping mightily, hoping fervently. Blogging and vlogging, albeit sporadically this month, had been therapeutic because it allowed me to relax, even for a brief moment.
“I discovered that I was vulnerable but along the way, I rediscovered my old feisty self”
The Artis Oval Blush 7. This used to be my least favorite foundation brush but with time comes refinement in how the bristles feel, apply and buff foundation and/or tinted sunscreen. Better late than never. Good thing I didn’t throw it away because I love it now, more than ever.
Elde Lip and Cheek Rush. I bought this gem last year and while it garnered a rave review, it got lost in the pile. I was searching for a nude pink lightweight lipstick and lo, it resurfaced when I did a purge not too long ago. I have only worn this on the lips so I can’t say so much on the cheek side, performance-wise. It doesn’t boast of any long-wearing formula, just the most natural, and a very short one at that, list of ingredients.
Ricinus Communis Seed Oil*, Cocos Nucifera Oil*, Theobroma Cacao Butter*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Brassica Campestris/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Candelilla Cera, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citrus grandis Peel Oil*, Aroma**, Geranol**, May Contain: Mica (Cl77019), Titanium Dioxide (Cl77891), Iron Oxides (Cl 77492, Cl 77499, Cl 77491)*, Ultramarines (Cl 7772, Cl 77007), Red Lake 31 (Cl 45380)
Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil (Warm Brunette). I first discovered this three years ago, as reviewed here. One fine afternoon, while killing time at Sephora, I decided to re-purchase it. Glad I did! It’s like being reunited with your high school bff (which by the way is going to happen pretty soon for me, yay!). Despite not being around for a long time, we pick up where we left off. Natural-looking, don’t we all desire our brows to look like that?
“Amidst the turbulence, I rediscovered fight or flight. In silence, I discovered wisdom”
Vans Classic Slip-ons. My weekend had been hectic as hell so I needed to dress comfortably from head to toe. I love slip-on sneakers and this pair from Vans fits the bill. I know they aren’t the most fabulous shoes to rock but that’s the least of my priority, to be blunt about it (are your shoes vegan? read this post on how to find out).
Australian Gold Mineral Sunscreen. Reef-friendly, not tested on animals, and vegan, these mineral (physical) sunscreens don’t leave icky greasy feel to the skin. Sunscreen use is one of my favorite topics on the blog (I wrote aplenty); it’s also part of my patient education, whether they are getting laser treatments from me or not (read why use sunscreen). Side note, chemical sunscreen ban will take effect in year 2021 here in Hawaii so retailers and consumers are gearing up for it. Side note again, if you are prone to acne and/or have sensitive skin, physical (mineral) sunscreen is your safe choice (read skincare for all ages).
Backpacks. With my weekend basically composed of errands, running around and such, I found backpacks to be the most fitting bag to carry. Hands-free and spacious for all my weekend essentials, including my camera and mini-tripod (read how to take your own photos like a pro with a phone), they complete my laid back weekend outfits. I will be filming my favorite vegan backpacks soon, you bet this one from Angela Roi (reviewed here) will be included.
What about you? how was your August? what are you looking forward to this September?
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