It doesn’t feel very honest to sit down and write a favorites post this month, especially when half of the month consisted of me living out of boxes. But, I’m happily settled into my new place and for the first time this month, I can sit down, take a moment and just breathe.
August came and went within a blink of an eye. From scrambling to find a new place to live, to packing and unpacking and trying to settle in, your girl has been T I R E D. In all honesty, trying to think of some products that I loved this month was challenging, because I spent a majority of my time home furniture/decor shopping, so don’t be surprised by some of my choices!
If we’re talking growth, August was definitely a growth spurt for me. July gave me a hard look at who was worth my energy and who would always be there for me, and August was about grounding myself. Not to get heavy off the gate, but this is the first time in about 6-7-ish years that I haven’t had anyone else to worry about, where all attention and energy can be devoted to what I want to do. I’m not selfish, and it’s been hard to understand that this newfound sense of self-worth is okay. I’m allowed to be selfish, I’m allowed to be honest when people treat me badly and I’m allowed to have the feelings and thoughts I do without thinking I’m being petty.
Room Essentials Hair Wraps
You can’t say I didn’t warn you that some of these favorites were going to be a bit off-brand for me. Let’s start with one of the more boring selections: towels.
This is when I know I’m becoming an adult because practical things, like towels, get me excited. A few years ago, my mother and I went on a quest to find the perfect hair towel: Something that was bigger than a hand towel but something that was smaller than a normal bath towel and wouldn’t weigh your head down. It was a fluke that we found some at Walmart around Back-To-School time, but this was a while back and I don’t think I could press my luck twice.
I had seen a few people discuss their loves for hair turbans, and admittedly I never thought about using them before. I’m thinking that’s probably because I never had to buy my own towel set! I found these at Target and even though I might not love the particular brand, I do love the convenience of them. They’re light-weight and I feel that the the micro-fiber material dries my hair quicker.
Bath towels often weigh my head down, which in hand results in some breakage in my roots. The built-in loop in the back keeps it secure, so it’s not moving around. However, there are some times that my hair doesn’t fully lay in the wrap and sticks out of the sides, but that could also be due to the length of my hair.
Grande Cosmetics GrandeLIPS Lip Plumper
Back to our regular scheduled content: Beauty favorites! I thought this made a Faves & Hidden Gems video in the past, but I couldn’t find where. This was discovered in an old beauty subscription and after I bought the Grande Cosmetics set during Sephora Beauty Sale time, I fell back in love with it.
But this ‘Favorite’ isn’t really about the particular plumper I’ve been using, but rather the process I’ve been adopting to get lush, fuller looking lips without humoring the idea of getting fillers. These steps have been my secret weapon:
- As a part of my night-time routine, I religiously use the Laniege Lip Mask prior to going to sleep. This has ensured that my lips are fully hydrated and never chapped.
- After completing my morning skincare routine and brushing my teeth, I exfoliate my lips with a sugar lip scrub. I like sugar ones because it’s less abrasive and you can just lick it off!
- Before I apply my primer or foundation, I go in with the lip plumper to allow time for the the plumper to fully develop. Since I use the clear color, I will blend my foundation right onto the plumper to negate any discoloration I have.
Maybelline Cheek Heat Blush
I discovered this blush a long time ago courtesy of an Influenster VoxBox, but it was during my hiatus, so sorry there’s no proper review, but I’m giving it its moment here.
If you’re to know one thing about my makeup routine, it’s that I rarely grab a blush. My skin is naturally rosy and pink tone and I don’t love drawing attention to it with blushes. Nude Burn is such a gorgeous shade that gives my skin a natural flushed look without the hassle.
Floral Skull Canvas
This is another one of those weird moments that I realize I really am an adult: I have become obsessed with a decor item in my home.
I happened to see this canvas on Facebook as part of Michael’s Craft Store new Halloween decor and I had never wanted anything more. It was the sole inspiration for my bathroom decor. But when I tried to find it at my local Michael’s, it was sold out and I sat on ordering it online for too long and it sold out.
For DAYS, I hawked the Michael’s website to see when they would restock it. I had roped my friend into taking a day-trip to Poughkeepsie to go buy it in store because it was the only one within a 200 mile radius of me. It was the only thing I thought about and I became obsessed. Until one day I happened to look, as a Hail Mary and THEY HAD IT. I ordered it so quickly and when it was delivered, it was even more beautiful in person.
She proudly hangs in my bathroom and I smile every time I look at it.
Intangible: Ability to accept things for what they are
A given favorite for the month would obviously have to be the move itself, but actually it’s more about the ability to accept it all with stride.
It continues from July’s Faves when I talked about the solid relationships I realized I had and just how important it is to keep them close. Admittedly if I didn’t have them to distract me enough to keep my mind off of all the terrible things, I wouldn’t have made it through the uprooting of my life.
Moving into the new house acted like a closing of a chapter and turning the page: I had this new recharged energy, I felt inspired and I enjoyed the journey, but now I’m ready to move on.
August ’20 Faves video 🎥