As if 2020 couldn’t get any more buck-wild…
The first half of the month was completely different than the second half, and I’m still processing all of it. Starting out hot on a brand-new workout split and optimism about *finally* establishing some routine in my life, it all came crashing down after my job announced they would be utilizing a work-share program that forced a majority of my co-workers and I into part-time unemployment.
As Central New York was starting to show some sort of normalcy, here I was being forced into a program that provided little to no information about my paycheck and financial standing, and being told to just grin and bear it. On top of that, I watched the world burn on television and social media every night with all of the current events unfolding. (If you haven’t already read my blog post addressing this, please click here.)
It was a radical month, going from one extreme to the next. It was a lot to chew in a span of a week or so, and it admittedly got the better of me. I fell into a bit of a depressive lapse and found myself indulging in a little too much ice cream and flat-out disobeying my routines to sleep and ignore it all. I felt myself spiraling, but understood that it was simply a lot to process: I was living in a pandemic, facing financial uncertainties while people fought for an extreme urge of social justice to be served.
Even heading into June, it’s an uncomfortable time all around, but as I mentioned in my blog post, in uncomforted circumstances, it allows for growth: I’m educating myself daily on how to be a part of the change we desperately need in this world, I’ve got new energy to complete a workout split and a purpose to find some sort of routine in the madness.
When it came to thinking of products that I was loving this month, it was hard to focus with any sort of clarity. Like I mentioned, the month was completely toppled over and in a relatively short amount of time. However, I was able to find some goodies that have really helped enhance my routines.
Here were some of my favorite products this month:
We love when companies send us goodies to test out. After placing an order with Sol de Janeiro, they had sent out a complimentary Makeup Eraser to test out, along with a coupon code for a full size.
I had seen this product on Instagram after Laura Beverlin shared the one she picked up during the Sephora sale. She’s one of my favorite influencers, so I took her word as gospel and had it on my list of things to buy. Even though Laura had said it legitimately worked, I still had my hesitations because how good could it really be?
Y’all. It was LIFE-CHANGING. All you need is water to activate its magic and it got rid of every trace of makeup, even the most stubborn waterproof mascara. No excessive rubbing and pulling on the skin. What sorcery is this?! It doesn’t have any harsh chemicals, is machine washable and is antibacterial. It’s the perfect prelude to my skincare routine because I can ensure there’s no trace of makeup on my face.
I don’t often use makeup wipes because I don’t like how wasteful they are, so this is a perfect eco-friendly solution. Each Makeup Eraser lasts 3-5 years, which is the equivalent of 3,600 makeup wipes! I immediately bought the full-size in the Plum color, which is a really pretty burgundy color. For $20 a piece, I definitely see myself grabbing more so I can have a few back-ups while they’re in the wash.
GrandeLASH MD Lash Serum
I love the look of false lashes, but hate applying them daily. I absolutely loved my lash extensions, but hated how costly they were. I just want some long, volumized lashes, dang-it!
We can thank Laura Beverlin for ANOTHER favorite product this month! Seriously, if you’re not following her, I highly recommend it. Laura has some of the best natural lashes in the game and she shared that she uses the GrandeLASH MD serum. I saw that they had a bundle that included a 4-week supply of the lash serum along with the lip plumper (which I have tried & loved before) and I snagged it during the Sephora sale.
I was apprehensive to buy the full 12-week supply because my lashes are naturally long, and I didn’t know how wild they would get, so the 4-week seemed like a good place to start. I noticed IMMEDIATE results! Because my natural lashes were starting to grow, it made my mascara look fuller & thicker, as if I were wearing falsies daily.
It’s such a quick and easy step to throw into my nighttime routine that yields long-lasting results. I might miss my lash extensions fiercely, but I won’t hesitate twice now to buy the 12-week product.
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
It’s not really fair to say I discovered this product in May, but I recently bought the full-size of it and can now justify my love for it even more.
I’ve been using the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask for about six months now, maybe even longer. I had gotten a sample in a Sephora order a while back and had been using it nightly. The sample lasted me SO LONG, that I didn’t think twice to buy the full-size during the Sephora sale, even though I thought $20 was a little excessive for a lip balm.
It’s one product I will never skimp on because it legitimately works. I can apply a thick layer at night and not need a Chapstick in the morning. My lips are left hydrated and kissably soft. And I can immediately tell a difference when I don’t use it consistently. One of my nervous habits is biting/picking at my lips and they suffer when I’m lazy at night or forget to put it on. 🤷🏼♀️
The full-size is massive. Weighing in at 20 grams, this tub will last me even longer than the sample that never seemed to end! I also love how it comes with a little spatula so I don’t have to dip my fingers in it.
Plant Mom Life
I’m proud to announce I became a Mom in quarantine… a plant mom 🌱
Since I’ve been confined to the four walls of my room, I noticed just how stuffy it was and was in desperate need of some greenery. It’s only fair to state that I have never been one with a green thumb. I was known as the plant killer in the salon I worked at..
Which is why I bought some low-maintenance plants that would be pretty hard to kill! During a quarantine grocery shopping trip at Wal-Mart, I decided that I wanted some houseplants and picked up marble peperomia, colored aglaonema and a kit to grow some more aglaonema (I think. I threw out the kit that had the name on it 🤦🏼♀️ #PlantMomFail). Honestly, I really didn’t anticipate me being able to grow anything in the kit, until one day when going to water my plants, I noticed the tiniest, littlest sprout poke through the soil.
It was the proudest moment of my whole dang life.
I’ve joked that I’ve become a crazy plant lady, and I’ll just say y’all lucky I can’t really go out and buy all the plants (because of COVID) because, my room’s about to look like a dang jungle.
Intangible Item: Accountability
As I sat down and thought about the month as a hole, I had a really hard time deciding what was the intangible item until it hit me as I was filming. Literally, I had a revelation mid filming.
The whole month has been an eye-opening experience with everything from the social injustices we’ve seen broadcasted, to my job security being threatened, to just feeling myself becoming more reclusive and ignoring my obligations and responsibilities.
Even though life has been completely turned over, it’s making me realize that I need to show up more: I need to be more aware of my surroundings and the struggles that people in my community face, and how I can be an advocate; I need to learn how to become more financially responsible, especially with the uncertainties my job’s facing; I need to be there more for my people, because I’ve been known to pull away when things hit the fan just so I don’t inconvenience others with my problems.
It’s been tough trying to find any sort of balance in this whirlwind of a year, and admittedly I’m still struggling three months later. There isn’t a blueprint on how to handle all of this, but taking it day by day is a start.
May ’20 Faves video 🎥