So, I’ve been missing from the blog for a while, haven’t I? It has been a few weeks, and I’m looking to get back to writing. This month I decided to try something new: monthly favorites. I’ve been watching Youtubers every month sharing what they love and I’m always so exited to see what they have to show me, so I decided to do that with you guys. I’ve recently explored some new areas in my life, so this month I have a lot to share with you guys. I’m trying to taste new foods more often, so I did try some new foods this month, and I’m hoping to try dragon fruit next month, since it looks delicious. I’ve never tried it before, so you guys will have to tell me what it tastes like if you’ve had it before. Anyway, on to my favorite things this month:
I’ve never been much of a makeup girl, but since I’ve been exploring my femininity I really found that makeup started to shift for me. Being girly was never in my nature. I played with boys all through elementary school and refused to paint my nails as a ten year old. Girly things always seemed weird to me, almost like a weakness. But as I’m learning what true femininity looks like, how it is strongly nurturing and bravely compassionate, I am entering into this world of girliness which is just fun and playful in a way that is so freeing to someone like me who has felt like she’s had to hold it together for most of her life. I’m learning to love feeling pretty and being pretty on my own terms, not that I’m not beautiful without makeup (this goes for you too!), but having the chance to treat my face as a canvas is a wonderful privilege that I’m learning to love again.
This lipstick is wonderful for spring. I love the burst of coral that is in this. I will warn you, since I was looking for a really red lipstick, it does not look the same on your lips as it does on the packaging or even on the lipstick. It tends to look much lighter on your lips, and it is way more coral-y than it is red. It’s also made from all natural ingredients, which all of my cosmetics are, because popular brands often have parabens in them and I am very strict about putting only natural things on my face. This is also easy to find, you can find it at any drugstore, and it is the cheapest that I’ve found because a lot of other natural cosmetic companies charge much more for lipsticks than Burt’s does. So if you’re looking for a natural spring color that is also cost effective, this one is for you.
I’ve bought a few things from this company. First, I bought their foundation cream. It is for all skin colors (the link says different, but that was the one I bought at Whole Foods) and you think that it’s not when you first open it. It looks really dark, but then when you blend it in it just looks like your skin has been smoothed out and creates a sort of radiant finish. I personally love this because it is just like a natural look, which I am really into at the moment.
I also bought their Mystical Supernatural Eye Shadow Palette, which I saw on Pinterest actually, and I wasn’t so sure about it at first because it looked sort of dark, which was not the look I was going for, but then seeing the picture I knew that it actually had a lot of the colors I wanted. I’ve blended the light pink color with the gold color and they’ve gone together quite nicely. I haven’t tried the blue or silver yet, but I’m looking to check those out too. I’m a little wary, since it seems more bold than I want it to be, but I’ll check it out and see.
The last thing I bought was their blush in Coconut and Rose Infused cheek color (Camellia), and that has been one of my favorites in the collection. When you first put it on it seems a little strong, but then it starts to look like a natural glow, which I really enjoy. The only thing about this is that it is hard to open. I had to open it with a pen today, because it is impossible to open it with my fingers, so I may end up getting a blush palette next time.
I have recently gotten into bath bombs. I never used to like baths, but I find myself learning about new ways to relax, and really diving deep into them. Baths have been this thing for me, and bath bombs are like heaven. This bath bomb is so cute, because it is a cupcake. Yes, you heard that right. A cupcake ladies and gentlemen (well, more ladies). I’m also a big fan of lavender, I just love the color and the smell and everything that is lavender is wonderful to me. The vanilla in the bomb makes the bath seem kind of chalky in color, but it feels amazing. In the future, I hope that I can get more exotic bath bombs that change the color of the water, because the kid in me is just going wild for that, so that will probably happen in April.
I’ve got a few apps this month that are really great and have improved my life. These range from all different topics, and one in particular I have been really loving and I hope you download it because it just has simplified my life so much.
I did not save my absolute favorite for last. This is the app I hope you download because it is just amazing. Truecaller is a scam identifier and it helps you block and identify scam callers (and recently for SMS too). I started getting callers from people who never picked up when I answered and it wasn’t annoying or anything, but I don’t get a lot of callers on my IPhone that are scammers, it is more on the home phone. But I saw this on the app store the day it came out and I thought, eh, why not? It has honestly been wonderful. I no longer get calls from people I don’t know (unless it’s a wrong number), and Truecaller even created a list in my contacts that lists all of the numbers that it has identified as spam so it saves me the trouble of being put on some list that I will never be able to opt out of. Honestly, I cannot say enough about this, so just download it. Trust me, you will love it.
This literally just came out like a week ago, and I’ve been loving it. I’ve recently gotten into fashion for summer (I have some new clothes to show you guys!), and this app has been really inspiring for outfit ideas. I haven’t shopped the looks, mostly because they are quite expensive, but it is inspiring to see what other people are putting together and get a taste for what I like and my personal style. The only thing that I don’t like about this app is that it was a bit misleading. It is marketed as an app where if you take a screenshot of an outfit, then it will find the clothes that the person is wearing, but that’s not completely true. It has to be enabled through the app to be shoppable, basically meaning that the person wearing the outfit has to be a marketer for the company, and it is hard to find that on social media. So it was kind of disappointing since I thought, “Oh wow, now I can finally find out where this comes from!” and then 🙁 I could not. But you can look through what is trending and shop those looks, which are pretty good looks I have to say. So yeah, if I could change something I would likely change the whole marketing message about the screenshot because that is not completely true.
This is basically like your phone’s maps app showing you directions, except it is more efficient. Waze looks at the traffic and gives you the fastest route to a specific location, which is like, “Where have you been all my life?” I love its efficiency. It is like a GPS but better, so I am loving Waze. Plus, it has a cute icon for the app, so that just makes me smile. If you haven’t tried Waze, it might be good to check it out, you never know if you could avoid a traffic jam by using it. I know that people in LA love it because LA has so much traffic, so I think that it is pretty good at giving you efficient directions.
I have owned this app before and I didn’t use it too much, but this year it has really been a great alarm. As I mentioned in my morning routine post, I really need to be woken up gently and this app is amazing at doing this at six in the morning where I am not always the best at waking up naturally. The alarms are so gentle, but not gentle enough so that you sleep through them, just enough to wake you up and feel refreshed. It also tracks your REM cycle, which is interesting to see, and wakes you up in your most light sleep, meaning you are not jerked awake. This app has been especially helpful for mornings where I am fatigued to help me to have a nice morning even if I am tired.
I don’t usually talk openly about my period, but I am looking to change that (look out!). For now, I will share with you an app that has truly changed my life. Any woman who has a period should get this app. Not only does it track your period, but it tells you what to do and gives you more information on your cycle, including when you are most productive (go get that raise, girl!), how to treat common symptoms through simple nutrition and self care (all natural), and what is going on with your hormones. It’s like an in depth look into your uterus, so you actually know what the heck is going on. It is amazing, so I think if you’re a woman with a period you should definitely check it out.
I love music. It has saved my life so many times, because when you are really stressed out and you turn the tunes on, it is just like you’ve entered a whole new world. I have tried a few new artists this past month, so I’m excited to share that with you guys.
I have not told you guys this yet because it was just such a personal thing, but I have depression. It isn’t debilitating necessarily, but it has just been a little bit of a heavy season since I’ve been really burnt out lately and I don’t always have the energy or motivation to do the things that used to come much more easily for me. Through this season of just feeling weighed down, I remembered an artist who I listened to years ago. She was just so happy, and bright and eventually I kind of lost interest as I listened to her SO much. But it has been a few years, and she has come back into my life. When I’m feeling really down and I just feel like I can’t even form a positive thought, this music helps me so much, because it is so positive. It pulls me out of that mindset and lifts me up, like my own personal set of crutches, and it has been such a blessing. One of my favorite songs is Love is Big Enough, which has been amazing to listen to and feel the words sink into my soul.
I know this is a whole genre, but I’ve really been loving indie lately. It has so many elements to it and I am so fascinated by the rhythms you can create through indie music. One of my favorite songs is Retreat by Trella. Her voice is so beautiful, and I love the kind of EDM sense to it, and it is comforting to listen to. It’s just so pleasing to the ears, so I am currently loving the mellow, but also electronic kind of sense that indie can have. If you’d like to see what I’ve been listening to, you can checkout my Indie playlist here.
I have to confess, I have loved this group for a while now. It has been months and months that I’ve been listening to these two. They recently released new music, and it is so wonderful so I thought I would mention it here. It has so many elements to it, and ultimately you come away with a feeling that it is just such an authentic expression. They touch on so many experiences of human life, from happiness to love to fear to sadness. So many feelings wrapped in one. They’re such a joy to listen to.
This artist is sort of sad at times. I have to say, I haven’t tried too many songs from this artist, but I love how deep it goes. It is mellow, but it touches you. Music doesn’t always go there, and I feel like this music has the courage to go to those places that other music doesn’t, and it really impacts you in the way it is presented. It creates space for things that aren’t necessarily expressed in other places. You can be sad or angry or even happy and just feel all those things at once even. It’s hard to describe the feeling, but it just creates space in the areas where you need it most.
I decided to group reading and videos into one category since they aren’t that long. I have not had much time to read this past month, so I only have one book, although I have found out about some new vloggers who I have been loving, so let’s go.
I am not finished with this book yet, but it was recommended for me by a friend and I am fascinated by it. It is all about the brain and stress and how to get yourself back to a state of joy and happiness. This book includes tips and tricks to wipe out stress and return to your natural state of happiness and joy. I’ve tried a few of the tricks and they have worked really well. I can’t wait to finish it this week and start using the tips more often. If you love neuroscience like me or if you’ve just been feeling really stressed and you want to try something new, be sure to check out this book.
This Youtuber. I cannot say enough about her. She is such a beautiful lady, and she just has this light, happy spirit that is conveyed through her videos that is unlike any other. She’s really funny, is always trying to lighten up the mood and is a true girly girl. Ingrid is teaching me so much about being a woman and what that looks like in the world. Her videos range from topics in lifestyle like makeup to sleep routines to skincare to steps for getting to know your inner child. This is one of my favorite subscriptions, one that I can’t wait to see on Youtube. You might know her from the Bare Minerals commercials, a company she’s recently collaborated with and created her own collection. And, you can thank her for this post because the monthly favorites videos have been some of my favorites so far, which is the primary inspiration for this post.
I found Krist about two weeks ago and I’ve been watching a lot of her videos since then. I first watched her Portland travel videos, because I just love looking up videos of Portland, Oregon. She’s a fun youtuber, and again lifestyle, which I am currently loving. She’s funny and she also goes deep into life and just talks about things that are really identifiable with, just living honestly which I really respect. I am also a huge fan of vloggers because I love watching life happening, and she has done a lot of those recently because she is traveling in Japan, which is really interesting because I love learning about different cultures.
If you didn’t already know, I love food. I’m kind of a foodie at heart. You will secretly find me looking up pictures of food on Pinterest (anyone else with me?). I love food that much, yes. Mostly I am loving the healthy pictures of food, the colorful smoothie bowls and fruit, oh my gosh, fruit. So I tried some new fruits this month and I will be sure to check out some more in April.
Kiwis are kind of a gooey, wet grape. They aren’t as strong and you can taste the seeds. They are okay, they’re kind of growing on me honestly. I don’t know why exactly, but I love them, even though their gooiness gets everywhere when I put them in my salad. I don’t know, but they’re kind of wonderful. Maybe this isn’t this interesting and some of you are thinking, “She hasn’t tried kiwis? What?” Well, now I have, people.
Along with its health benefits, avocados just look beautiful. They’ve been made into shoes, and even pillows. People just love avocados. I personally am not loving the taste, but I’m allowing it to grow on me, because it is a healthy food and I want to use that to my advantage, you know. I do love the texture though, it is kind of like paint (not that I’ve tasted paint, but it does spread well) and that just makes it fun to eat.
That’s going to be it for this month. Man, that was a lot! I almost can’t believe how many things I tried this past month. I’m surprised I had time for all of this, but apparently I did have time to try out all of these things. So, now I want to know, what are your favorite things from this past month? I’d love to hear about them in the comments. Tell me if there’s anything else you want to hear from me. A different category? A new blog post? I’d love to hear your ideas.
Thanks for being here! Be sure to comment about anything you liked about this post or some suggestions for how to make it better, or blog post ideas. I’d love to hear from you! I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week and I can’t wait to write again to you guys, I’m sorry I’ve been so busy lately. Anyway, bye for now.