Thursday, April 13, 2017

Things I'm Loving



1. "Sign of the Times" by Harry Styles

In the midst of writing this blog post, Harry Styles released his album cover and the date of release (May 12th) and I'm not entirely sure I'm going to be able to make it through this blog post without combusting. I'm going to try, but nonetheless, I will fail. Um, where was I? *closes sixty tabs of Harry's shirtless album cover*

Last week, Harry released his first solo single and rocked my whole world. I really should've started this post off with something else, it's going to be a mess from here on out. "Sign of the Times" is a weird song. Not weird as in there's like alien-esque synths or anything, weird as in I have no idea how to categorize this song in my mind. Is it pop? Is it rock? It's just magical. Some might say it's boring, I've even seen the word "bombastic" used more than once (which, as I've learned, it apparently not a good thing). But I think this song is quintessentially Harry (because I know him so well, yeah? *facepalms*). It has hints of Bowie and Pink Floyd and is, in my opinion, a really brave first step into his solo career. I highly recommend giving it a listen or two. Bonus if it's in the car at dusk.


2. Caudalie Deep Cleansing Exfoliator

I was in need of a new exfoliator when I noticed that my Ole Henriksen tube was running low. My friend recommended a few to me and I ended up deciding to pick up the Caudalie Deep Cleansing Exfoliator on my most recent trip to Sephora. I was a bit weary at first because usually exfoliating cleansers that seem overwhelming like a cleanser don't polish off the dry skin like I want them too. I don't have dry skin, but I do get spotty dry patches because of the topical treatments I use on my acne (when will it ever go away, ugh).

I'm surprised that I like this as much as I do. It's gentle and doesn't rip open my skin from being too coarse, but it's still gritty enough that it really does polish off the dry skin and leave a nice smooth surface for my makeup to apply to. I obviously use a moisturizer afterwards and I don't use this every single day to avoid over-exfoliating. If you're curious about a new exfoliating cleanser, I'd say give this one a try! It's about $35, which was cheaper than I thought it was going to be for Caudalie.



3. "Blow Your Mind (Mwah)" by Dua Lipa

Lots of music favorites this week. I can barely go an hour or two without listening to this song. In fact, in writing this portion of the blog, I decided to put it on. It's just SUCH A GOOD STRUT SONG. It's my new sassy song. Dua Lipa's huskier voice is just so damn cool and I've really just been enjoying her stuff in general. If you're digging some girly bada$$ pop music, highly recommend checking this gal out. She's the bomb dot com and this song is giving me life at the moment.


4. Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

I did it. I bought into the hype. I couldn't resist!!! I'm a sucker for a good undereye concealer and after my Collection concealer ran out, I've had a void in my life that I haven't been able to successfully fill. I love my Maybelline undereye concealer, but after going through three or four (maybe even five?) tubes of it, I was in need of a change of pace.

I've seen this concealer everywhere so I'm not going to talk too extensively about it mostly because there's not much I can say besides the fact that people are talking about this for a reason. It instantly conceals my undereye circles, it doesn't cake up and it. Does. Not. Budge. You don't need as much as people apply on Youtube, that I can tell you. A little goes a long way with this product. I use my Real Techniques sponge to dab it in under my eyes (and a little on my eyelids to even out the tone) and sometimes I set it with my Laura Mercier powder. Sometimes I don't. Regardless, it stays opaque and in place all day and makes it look like I got a full night of sleep when I most certainly did not.

What have you been loving lately?

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