I admit it. I watched the entire final season of House of Cards, despite the mostly abysmal reviews. (Yes, I pay attention to reviews! I have yet to see Bohemian Rhapsody- not necessarily because of the the poor reviews-although apparently Rami Malek is Oscar worthy magnificent. I haven’t seen it because very early, while-in-production reviews indicated that the storyline of Freddy Mercury, whom I adore with all my heart, is manipulated. In addition, the storyline itself is false. I’m not sure I can forgive Brian May and company for this.)
How often do we buy things we never use? It happens with clothing (in the closet with tags,) toiletries (bottles and bottles of Bath and Body products because sale,) makeup (hello fuschia eyeshadow circa 1998,) and groceries. Since I have become more mindful of the items of clothing that I buy, I have been trying to extend that mindset and expand it to include other areas of shopping. This specifically has changed the way I buy groceries.
1. Just say no to concealer for dark under-eye circles-especially if you have any type of texture there. Get an inexpensive color correcting kit like this one from ELF and use the peach to correct the bluish under eye tone under your regular makeup. Use the yellow to brighten under your eyes over your foundation. Dab with your ring finger lightly, using the product sparingly. I set it with a transparent powder.
I continue to be obsessed with Alyssa Beltempo and her message about sustainable, slow fashion and minimalism. Her style choices are classic, which naturally speak to me, yet somehow they look current and fresh.
I’m sure it helps that Alyssa is also classically beautiful with a lovely shape and frame; clothing drapes on her wonderfully. She tends to wear her clothing so it either just fits, or slightly larger but never skin tight or drooping. She is relatively young, but you can tell by watching her videos that she has a clearly defined and refined style.
“I think I need to wax my lip,” my daughter texts me. This is not the fairer than fair skinned daughter for whom dark hairs above a lip would starkly contrast. This is the daughter who has inherited her father’s slightly darker skin, which means in general hair does not show. I’ve known her to not shave her legs for months. Although this seems to be a thing; I worked in a school where the girls stopped shaving their legs as a hairy leg contest-all winter long. I say-more power to them…and as always-to each her own. “But I’m afraid it’ll grow back darker,” she continues. Oh, but it will, I think. And become a lifelong maintenance.