We (baaaaarely) made it through the first half. Now, let’s hope the second half doesn’t suck as much 🤞🏼
Every time the month comes to a close, I’m left trying to figure out what the hell happened. It comes and goes in a blink of an eye, but it also feels like an eternity. June was no exception, as my boyfriend and I decided to call it quits midway through the month and ultimately ended all aspects of our relationship at the start of the month, which is why this post is really delayed. We can also chalk it up as just the mundane routine of the Q that’s been really tempering with my brain capacity.
Which might be why this post is kind of half-assed… I really had full intentions of making this schnazzy like all my other Faves posts, but it’s been about two weeks since I started it and it’s taken all out of me to just post the dang thing. Sorry, not really that sorry because I need the time to process things. I’m still here and I will get back to posting my regular scheduled content, this one is just a flop lol.
To go into it without details (out of respect), basically COVID killed our relationship. Going roughly four months without seeing each other did put a damper on things and distance doesn’t exactly make the heart grow fonder, it just makes it easier to become reclusive when the going gets tough. There’s no bad blood in my heart for him, but still. Breakups are never fun. I’ll eventually be okay since I’m pretty quick to spring back on my feet when faced with adversity, but it’s still a sucky thing to go through.
Here were some of my favorite products this month:
Jeffree Star Cremated Palette
The second I unboxed this palette, it’s been the only thing I grab when getting ready. It’s the perfect everyday palette as it varies from vampy darks to angelic lights and I foresee this being a favorite for a long time.
Despite all of the controversy going on with Jeffree, it’s not going to make me stop using this product. I get the arguments of those who don’t support him, but I did spend the money on it, I genuinely loved it, and I’m not wasteful when it comes to my makeup. 🤷🏼♀️
Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Body Scrub
Any time Sol de Janeiro comes out with a new product, I immediately have to get my paws on it and this was no exception. I had been on the market for a new body scrub (especially with tanning season at its peak) and thankfully they answered my prayers, and then some!
Even though it insists that it uses the Cheriosa ’62 fragrance, I feel that this smells so much sweeter than the original Bum Bum Cream scent, which I love. The sugary consistency scrubs away any remnants of a fake-tan (or flaking skin) and it lathers up nicely.
L’Occitane Shower Oil with Almond Oil
This product is something I never envisioned that I would purchase, but after Laura Beverlin talked about it on her Instagram, of course I took it as gospel.
I personally love using this in addition to the Bum Bum Body Scrub: I dry-brush my body prior to hopping into the shower, and after exfoliating and shaving, I’ll use this as my body wash. I take roughly a quarter size and use that for the entire body. The almond oil scent really isn’t my favorite thing in the world, but I like how the oil really breaks down whatever fake tanner I have on.
I bought the small size to try it out (since the full size seemed pricey for a brand I had never heard of). After testing it and realizing it’s the one thing I can ensure will take off my fake tan, it’s already in my Sephora cart!
Isle of Paradise Own Your Glow Kit
This month might as well be dedicated to an updated Self-Tanning routine because every product this month was related to that. 😎
A lot of influencers I follow swear by Isle of Paradise, so naturally I was influenced to try it out. I found this bundle on Sephora and figured it was the perfect introduction to a company because it offered samples of their best-selling products. Since I was undecided on which to use, I figured why not both?
First off, the smell of this tanning water is so much better than any fake tanner out there. I can’t describe it, but it literally smells like paradise. It dries quickly and the color develops within 4-6 hours. The only downside is that it does transfer some on light clothing, so use cautiously. (Learn from my mistakes, and don’t use all white sheets/comforters 🤦🏼♀️)
I also love the idea of the tanning drops. There are some days that I’m not fully committed to fake tanning, but want some color. I combine 12-15 drops with some Bum Bum Cream and it gives me a beautiful, natural glow.
The shade Medium will probably be my base-level color from here on out, but I did buy the Dark Mousse, so I’m sure I’ll report back with my thoughts on that.
MegaBabe Thigh Rescue Anti-Friction Stick
PSA: TO MY THICK THIGHED BABES – YOU NEED THIS!!!
For as long as I can remember, I have a l w a y s wore shorts/Spanx under every single dress/pair of shorts during the summer and as a thicker girl, the more layers on my body, the worse it is for everyone involved.
After one of my many trips to Target, I stumbled upon this product and was intrigued but had low expectations. However, after one use, I was a die-hard believer and have told everyone about this product.
If I’m going to be honest, this product will make you feel like you’ve peed your pants. The consistency and especially between the legs feels super weird, but it’s totally worth not having to put on another layer. My thighs just glide off one another and I have absolutely zero chub rub. If I put it on in the morning, I’m usually good for the whole day, but if I know I’m going to be doing a lot of walking/sweating, then I’ll reapply.
I feel that this is a really weird thing to make a favorite, but I think it’s more of a humble brag to say I’m pretty dang proud of myself on how I handled a really tough conversation.
I have always been a very rational person: I accredit this a lot to my days of being a journalist because I always had to get all the facts before forming opinions or jumping to conclusions. Any boyfriend I’ve ever had can tell you I’m not like most girlfriends because I don’t pick fights for no reason and I don’t retaliate unwarranted. So, when my boyfriend and I broke up, I immediately removed myself from the situation to see it from all sides: His, mine and the concrete facts that were in front of us.
After sitting on it for about three days, I decided to write him a lengthy text and lay it all on the line, as if I were to never speak to him again. Telling him how I was unhappy with the response I initially received, telling him how I felt I deserved a better reason and not holding back on the things I felt. I feel like old me would have been quick to bite the bullet and say some things I wouldn’t be prepared to rebuttal or it would have been a bigger fight. I processed it on my own, sat back and mulled it over and slept on it for a few days and was able to articulate the words I wanted to say.
And I’m dang proud of being able to defend myself like that. We both have talked about it since, and honestly, I’m fairly content with the outcome. Even though we’ve called off any potential of remaining friends (simply because our relationship is too magnetic to be anything but), I know that down the road it’ll eventually be okay.
June ’20 Faves video 🎥