Beauty Wish List Woes

So I have a myriad of issues that I want solutions for. The prosperity of Humanity and world peace aside, I have dark under-eye circles from the seventh circle of hell and hair that looks greasy at the roots milliseconds after washing it, among other things.

So here is a bunch of products on my wish list (that is added to on a daily basis), that I am either waiting until pay day to purchase (or Christmas, next year).

Read on, and my apologies if this hurts your bank balance as much as it will mine.

Unicorn Hair by Lime Crime (Bunny $16.00)

The name includes the word unicorn, enough said, it also claims to be conditioning, you can leave this semi permanent hair dye in for up to two hours for more intense color, with no harming effects, and with shades like Dirty Mermaid and Sext, you can’t go wrong (and again unicorn!).

Hum Nutrition Wing Man Dark Circle Remedy Supplement ($25.00)

Now albeit it’s name is a mouthful, but it claims to get rid of those pesky dark under-eyes from the inside out, through liver detoxing with Silymarin, to be honest I’m not bothered how it does it as long as it works, as my crescent shaped dark patches are currently more akin to purple (from all the late night blogging), the fact that I like the packaging is a plus (hummingbirds are another fave).

SOL de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream ($45.00)

Being as my thighs and derriére are about as smooth as cottage cheese, if a moisturizer claims to firm my bum bum and has good reviews, bring it on. Apparently it smells heavenly and shimmers too, but all I care about is the super caffeine from the Amazon that is going to have me in a tiny bikini by summer (let the disappointment begin).

Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm ($68.00)

As previously discussed, my under-eye circles are a serious pet peeve, so anything that says it will “diminish the appearance” of them is my new best friend, now while the price tag is hefty (more a Christmas present to myself, or whatever your religious celebration of choice is), it’s also great for wrinkles and puffiness etc. which is an added bonus as at 30, with an ample amount of stress, the fine lines are creeping up on me (actually more like trotting), so to sum up, SOLD.

OUAI Dry Shampoo Foam ($ 28.00)

So yada yada, it has won awards, it claims to be like other dry shampoos, but on steroids, so shut up and take my money. I have balayaged (yes, I’ve made it a verb now, sue me) hair, which has not done it’s moisture or happiness levels any favors, but my roots are still as greasy as sin. I therefore try to space out my hair washing to not fry my ends further so bring on the anti-shower products.

Fanola No Yellow Shampoo ($23.99)

 Yet another of my beauty related pet peeves is brassy blonde hair, when I start to see the yellow undertones appear, I run for the hills, or start living in buns and hats (it’s not pretty), until I can get an appointment with my colorist (on my budget, this may be less about appointment availability as a lack of funds).
So when the reviews on a purple shampoo say “took me from yellow to white in one wash”, I’m ordering a crate.
Get on the waiting list for these babies now, and decide how you are going to pay for them later. What’s not to love? The brush handles are shaped like mermaid tails in vibrant colors, and with four different shaped face brushes, you’re covered from powder to contour, sign me up.
Been jonesing for this one for a while now, it’s an antidote for stressed skin! It claims to decongest, detoxify, and stabilize complexion, I’m all for all of those things, even though I’m not sure I need them, they sound like positive outcomes. Added to the ever growing list.
Lashes are everything to me, you know that if you were stranded on a desert island what would you take with you question? I’d take as much mascara as I could carry, I feel naked without it, and I’ve tried it all, lash extensions, serums, treatments, LVL. They all have their pros and cons, but you can never do without a good mascara. My go to has always been Bourjois Volume Clubbing Mascara, but I’m always on the market for a new fave, so here’s to hoping. Reviews are mixed claiming amazing results but some smudginess. If it’s as good as they say, bring on the smudge.

Rodan+Fields Lash Boost ($192.95)

Given the above explanation of my lash obsession, serums are a given. Now, I will give you that the price is extortionate, but if it does what it says it does, it’s well worth it. I’ve read reviews of lashes continuing to grow for four months straight of continual use, that’s unheard of in non prescription lash serums, and I like to justify it by telling myself I’ll get through less mascara (it’ll never happen, it’s an addiction).

Now if you refer back to my under eye dark circle dilemma, you’ll understand that I’m also never without my concealer (mental note to add that to my desert island stash), so whenever I hear about a good one, I endeavor to try it out. Here’s to hoping it doesn’t crease.

Let me know what’s on your wish list, but be kind, my total is already a whopping 550 dollars and change.

Happy reading,

XOXO

Sara

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Putting my Face on: Makeup Routine

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I feel naked without my face on when going out for an evening (which doesn’t happen often, but still).

So I thought I’d share my not so daily, but simple, makeup routine.

I like to start with a fresh, smooth base (or as smooth as possible given my dry patch prone, combination skin), so I like to use some good old fashioned apricot scrub from St. Ives, I moisturize with Clinique Dramatically Different, which does the job, but isn’t mind blowing (I have yet to find a moisturizer that is), I add a few drops of Farsali Rose Gold Elixir (and I mean 2- 3 drops, no more or your end result will look greasy).

I start with mascara, I have been using Bourjois Volume Clubbing Mascara for years, and I keep coming back to it, the volume it adds is everything, I go in with one coat, wiggling the brush from the roots upwards, really working it in there, then pencil in my brows with my Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in hazel, my brows are naturally black, while my hair is again, NATURALLY, ash brown (why cruel world, why?), so I use this shade to lighten them while filling them in and not leaving them too harsh.

I then go back in with a second coat of mascara (Confession: I sometimes go in for a third after too), a touch of Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara sets my eyebrows and lightens them further. I use a Q-tip to clean up my brows, following the arch, and also any mess I made with the mascara.

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Skincare Shmincare

So I’m notoriously bad at keeping up with routines that are good for me; eating junk food, procrastinating or binge watching TV shows on a regular basis, however, I get an A+ on.

As I have recently entered my third decade of life, I have started dreading close ups of my skin, especially in sunlight ( slight shudder), and am desperately trying to maintain a decent skincare regimen.

Let’s break it down, I rarely wear any mentionable makeup (another attempt at giving my tired skin a rest), so I tend to just cleanse with Garnier Micellar Water, moisturise with Olay Double Action, roll on some All Bright Botanics Eye Serum, a little eos Summer Fruit Lip Balm, and some Revitalash Advanced for my lashes, a spritz of Mario Badescu Facial Spray for when my skin feels dry, and at night I add Aloe Vera Vaseline to my dry patches and eyelashes too.

Sleep, wake, repeat. I like to use the micellar water on a flannel or washcloth that I launder regularly, but that’s just personal preference.

So far I like the results (lashes are looking  good) but will continue to update on progress. (10 days strong so far).

Happy self maintenance.

30 Lessons I’ve Learned in my 30 Years

30 Things I've learned in my 30 Years

So I turned 30 this month (cringe), and I’ve been contemplating the meaning of life, OBVIOUSLY. (mid life crisis much?)

I have come to these conclusions about the things I have learned in my humble 30 years:

(these aren’t in order of importance, just as they came to me).

1.Do you, buy yourself  those flowers, don’t be passively aggressive with others because they don’t, it’s a waste of energy. Make yourself happy, whatever that means to you. Practice self care.

2. Make the most of human touch (or your furry four legged friend’s). Hugs can heal and bring emotions to the surface. Hold the people around you (not so much your coworkers, always respect personal space, not everyone is touchy feely), but give your friends and family impromptu meaningful hugs (the longer the better), and just let go. Feel the positive vibes flow through and just loosen your muscles and give into it.

3. Alone time is as necessary as water, even if you don’t like being alone (especially if you don’t), think, meditate, write.

Meditation doesn’t have to involve closed eyes, crossed legs on the floor and Oms, but don’t diss it till you try it. Just take time out to think, or go blank, look out a window, have a cup of tea in silence, listen to your favorite song.

My new favourite: Leon Bridges – River

Be aware of your thoughts, be kind to yourself in the voice inside your head (if it’s voiceS with an s, we have a problem).

4. Relationships are hard,work on them or let go. Realize that if you’ve lost respect or gone cold towards the other person, or feel in your gut that it isn’t going to work, do the hard thing now and walk away, it will become harder as time passes, or you will get more and more damaged emotionally as time moves on. If you are reluctant in hurting the other person, know that staying with them will hurt them more in the long run if you are doing it for the wrong reasons, children included.

5. Be your own masterpiece, let the way you look express who you are, there is a reason why putting on your favourite or lucky outfit makes you feel better, or dressing up when you feel down does the same. If you have been contemplating a new haircut, tattoo or change in style for a while, and it speaks to you, go for it. Unless it’s a full face tattoo, a crazy impulse, racist or a significant other’s name, your body is your temple but also your gallery. Feel free to decorate.

6. Start over, move to a whole new country, end that relationship sucking the energy out of you (friendships count too), if you walk away from a meeting with someone feeling drained, or find yourself staying at work late because you don’t want to go home to someone, it’s time for some deep thought, contemplation and conversations. Being alone and scared is how we grow, get uncomfortable and it will make you more of who you are.

7. The older you get the less self conscious you are, embrace that, at 22 you feel like the whole world is watching you, it slowly dawns on you that they have better things to do, and if  for some strange reason they are, give them a good show, the old adage rings true here, those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. Be unapologetically yourself, those who disapprove; however close you may think they are, aren’t meant to be part of your story going forward.

8. Deal with emotions as they come, keeping things pent up is a sure course for mental health issues. I’m not advocating having a meltdown mid meeting, but to process emotions on a daily basis, when you are in a safe space, if you need to cry, scream or just re-evaluate.

9. Value over success, being a person that is truly valuable to this world, even if you only affect a few people in a strong positive way, is more important and more selfless than personal success, and will give you more true joy than you’ve ever known.

10. Before you judge a fellow human being, broaden that horizon, understand their background, their life circumstance and therefore their perspective, chances are you won’t be as judgmental afterwards.

The broader your horizon, the more places you’ve been, the more people from different walks of life you’ve had in depth, meaningful conversations with, the more your judgments will dissipate.

We all have baggage, we all have a story. The hardest part is understanding the even those who hurt you, have been hurt. Let the cycle of negativity stop with you.

11. You can sometimes only connect the dots looking backwards, time really does heal your wounds, not completely, but it makes them livable, hindsight is 20/20, in retrospect things become as clear as day, don’t beat yourself up about it, move on. Forgive yourself your transgressions, forgive others theirs.

12. Make peace with things you can’t change or change them, gun to your head, you have a choice to make, do as you’re told and live, or don’t and die, the third option is to find a roundabout way of dealing with things. Never stay stagnant. As graphic as it sounds, you will rot from the inside out. Making peace with the hand life has dealt us can be one of the most difficult things to do, especially for the more stubborn of us, but you’re like a horse pulling at your own reigns, you’re only hurting yourself.

13. Enjoy the now, whatever it is you’re doing, even if it’s the dishes. As cliche as it sounds, it’s all you’ve got.

14. Cherish the people you love, let them know, life is short.

15. Read.

16. Surround yourself with inspiration. Be it art, music or a vision board ( I like to think cupcakes with colorful frosting count here too). When you surround yourself with beauty it uplifts you in the most difficult of times. If you don’t love something and find it beautiful or useful, give it away, which brings us to our next point …

17. Get organised. Declutter, having too much can bring you down, Make room in your life for the energy to flow freely.

18. Be strong, the pain will pass. It may not ever fully leave you, but that just makes you a better person, if you are able to make peace with your pain and make it positive. With pain comes wisdom, help and support others who feel your brand of pain, give advice and love. Share through whatever means available to you, be it any form of media or personal contact.

19. Follow your gut, when something or someone doesn’t feel or seem right. To clarify, this doesn’t work if you are too trusting or suspicious. Find a balance between realistic and aware with a smidge of benefit of the doubt.

20. FAMILY. IS. EVERYTHING. This does not need to mean your biological family. The group of people you choose to let inside your walls. Cherish them, whether friends, a significant other, or people you share DNA with. Not to diminish the value of true family however, a sibling for example, if the relationship is decent, will be the only person to weather it all with you, from parents’ passed on issues, to the loss of one.

22. Create things you love. Be a person you love. Whether you write code or poetry. Paint a picture, if so inclined, or draw a flow chart. Do what you love. Regardless of the world’s opinions. Round pegs shouldn’t be pushed into square holes.

23. Be able to list your strengths and weaknesses honestly, work on or embrace them, know yourself regardless of other people’s opinions, know your self worth, let go of who you imagine yourself to be and just be who you currently are.

24. Be able to name your values, priorities and goals. Not for other people’s benefit but your own. Have enough conviction in them however, to speak them, loud and proud.

25. Mentors, have them, dead or alive, in your life or on the TV. Make them people whose values are in sync with your own, not whose lifestyles you crave.

26. Perception is everything, look at the world through rose tinted glasses. Be in touch with reality, be aware of the world outside your circle, but try and view it all in as positive a light as possible. Be constantly aware when interacting with others that their perception can be, and most likely is, very different than your own, try and understand it, but NEVER assume to know what it looks like. This can be the key to dealing with conflict and improving communication.

27. The blame game helps no one, accept responsibility for your flaws (we all have them), we also all make mistakes, don’t be so quick to throw the first stone.

28. Embrace your inner child, that’s who you really are. This unadulterated version of you is the most pure and unassuming. Make it the voice inside your head. Play. Jump, skip, blow bubbles, give people endearing nicknames, express yourself without too much calculation or malice, show love freely. Be open.

29. Define pain and pleasure to you, what makes you feel those things, those are your good and evil. Let them help you define your boundaries and values.

30. Don’t just respond to life, be proactive in your own destiny.