I’ve discovered and rediscovered a few things in the month of May. I wanted to share what I’ve been loving and what has made a big impression on me. I have a ton to show you from makeup and skincare, to books. Have you tried/read/worn any of these? I also LOVE seeing and hearing about other people’s favorites so please leave a comment down below and let me know what you have been loving this month..and also if you can get behind the whole tiny sunglasses trend or just enjoy squinting really hard, jk.
This has become my go-to lip pencil. I would describe it as a neutral mauve-y kind of color that’s literally “my lips but better.” Its a gel-cream formula and is extremely soft, it also contains collagen which should help smooth lip lines. My favorite part is the fact that this is a twist up so no sharpener required. On a normal day I will outline and fill in my lips with this then add a little balm on top and it gives me a super natural look which I’ve been in love with. (pictured below)
These have quickly become my go-to sunglasses. They have a thick plastic frame with a super exaggerated cat-eye and have this modern meets old hollywood vibe I’m totally digging. The frame is pretty big which I need to block out the sun here on South Beach. It’s brutal. I just can’t get behind that tiny sunglasses trend, no offense if your a fan! I need massive frames to cover a multitude of sins lol. They also don’t leave those horrible marks on your nose – I know you know what I mean. They are super comfortable to wear, I have the solid black color with silver arms.
I love this toner, it’s an exfoliating formula which contains glycerin, niacinamide, sulfur, salicylic acid, and lactic acid. This formula is supposed to clear and resurface your skin while balancing your pH. This has helped to shrink my pore size for sure – but it does smell a little like vinegar which I don’t mind because of the benefits. I will mainly use this at night because I don’t want to dry out my skin too much under make-up or over-exfoliate. I sometimes will use my Indie-Lee CoQ-10 Toner after this for balance which contains hyaluronic acid aloe, chamomile and cucumber extracts. And yes, I have 2 toners in my routine at all times both exfoliating and hydrating because the exfoliating toners can be drying to my already dry skin.
I couldn’t figure out what was missing in my skin care routine until a received a sample of this – and went out and purchased the full size the next week. The brand describes this as a cool glass of water for your thirsty skin, and that’s exactly what it feels like when you apply it. I use this like a serum under my moisturizer for an extra layer of hydration and mix it with C-Firma Day Serum. It doesn’t contain any silicone’s – which is a huge plus and gives you a massive dose of hydrating ingredients like vitamin B5, panthenol and sodium hyaluronate. I don’t get any of those dry skin flakies after a long day and can literally feel the hydration in my skin. Oh and the packaging on all of their products is ah-mazing.
This is the first book I’ve read by Elizabeth Gilbert and it resonated with me. It’s broken into six parts: Courage, Enchantment, Permission, Persistence, Trust and Divinity. She talk’s about creative living but not necessarily the picture of it you have in your mind. It’s more along the lines of finding the interesting things in life that bring joy to you not for recognition or anything but for internal happiness. To be more driven by curiosity then by your fear. Without giving too much away I really loved the part where she talk’s about idea’s having their own consciousness and when you ignore them they move on to someone else but sometimes “the idea, sensing your openness, will start to do its work on you.” I feel like this is true in my life, so many times I’ve said “no” or ignored an idea I had only to see someone else do it later and experience regret. This book really inspired me to stop shaking off my idea’s and just do something without thinking it had to be perfect or I had to be perfect. Like she said, “you don’t have to save the world with your creativity”. No regrets.