Thursday, January 30, 2014

oil obsession

So I've come to the conclusion that oils are now an essential part of my 'personal care' routine. It started when I bought the Josie Maran Argon Oil on a whim, standing in line at Sephora. Never having tried putting oil on my face, I was a bit skeptical as I applied the product before I went to bed. However, the next morning there was no doubt my skin looked plump and hydrated. I even experimented putting it on my hair too, with great results. Something about oil just feels more hydrating than lathering on creams. I've even started using face oils on top of pimples that form on my forehead. I heard when you breakout around your forehead, the cause can be because your skin is dehydrated, and lo and behold, the next morning the bump has gone down.

I want to continue this hydration to other parts of my body and I am saving up for the L'Occitaine Cleansing and Softening Shower Oil with Almond Oil and the Caudalie Divine Oil. From the reviews, these products not only smell amazing, but are super hydrating, leaving skin soft and smooth. I don't know about you, but that sounds too luxurious to pass up. It might be the polar vortex causing me to daydream about expensive oils, because my skin has been so dry this winter.

I have managed to get my hands on the Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil and, just like the other products, the scent is so lovely and it does a great job of hydrating my cuticles. It is a little messy at first because it takes a while to sink it, but I guess that's the same with all oil products? Either way, I'm hooked.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

afternoon at the met

So I have a 'thing' for museums. I love going to them, exploring new ones, revisiting favorites. I've even spent some time volunteering and interning at some. Not only because I have strong interest in art and art history, but I love the actual spaces of museums themselves: the architecture, the layout, the lighting- and the quietness of it. Even though popular museums like the Metropolitan can get busy, there is still a tranquility about this museum that I enjoy. The day I went was a rare sunny day this January, and the light pouring in from the big open windows in the Greek and Roman Art wing was especially pleasant.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2013 favorites

I thought it would be fun to compile a collage of a few (materialistic) things I enjoyed in the year 2013. It's a small selection I plucked out from a variety of categories. Starting clockwise, my favorite movie I saw that came out this year was Enough Said. It's written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, and every movie I've seen by her I've loved. This is movie is touching, funny, real, and well acted.

My favorite album was by Lorde's Pure Heroine. Ever since I heard "Royals" I've been addicted to her music. This New Zealand teenager just came out of nowhere and I am glad she did!

As far as makeup and beauty products, this is just a small ensemble of products that I used religiously. Bioderma is an unfortunate addiction because I have to order it online, but it's my favorite way to remove makeup. Regarding haircare, Bumble and bumble thickening dryspun spray was often applied to give my hair some airy-texture. And last but not least, my favorite blush this year was the Tarte amazonian clay blush in Exposed. Such a great everyday color that goes on beautifully.

My most worn clothing item (I am going to say that shoes count as clothing) was my Sam Edelman Petty boots. Comfortable, cute, goes with everything, these boots are amazing. I also have them in black leather that I now wear pretty much everyday.

The last of my 2013 list is Donna Tartt's novel The Goldfinch. I've already mentioned this book on my blog, but it was my most enjoyable read this year. Not only did I love it, but it got me out of my reading slump. Hopefully I'll read more books in 2014.

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