OK, so I’ve had to consolidate 2 months into one. This is mostly because of the stupid blog hacking that put me out of commission. And then it was finals/wrapping up of my first year of grad school. I’ve been busy.
Gosh, let me see if I remember what happened over these two months. I was busy with school and projects. I went to a lot of museums. I had a friend in from Seattle and we went to a k-pop (EXO) concert. I had a great time showing her around the city.
Somewhere in there, it was my birthday. And spring officially happened. Oh, and I had the flu for too long.
So, here’s my April and May favorites (or at least what I remember).
Wearing (fragrance) – My tastes were all over the place. I was in a mood for basic, mainstream white florals and actually wore the original gardenia-centric Marc Jacobs and a clean jasmine, Shanghai Tang Spring Jasmine. I also was into some animalic scents, which is another totally random thing. So, I wore Masque Montecristo and Miller Harris L’Air de Rein.
Summary – I was all over the place.
Wearing (cosmetics) – I had the flu for way too long in April, so I actually didn’t wear makeup that much in April. I did actually clean up my messy brows. I enjoyed my grown-out, messy brows but I needed something new.
- Eyes – I realized in April that I miss a natural, glossy lid. This means a lid with no shadow, no primer. I actually went without eyeshadow! This also helped to highlight my “clean” brows. In May, I was back into liquid eyeliners.
- Face – I have been so into oranges. I started wearing NARS Blush in Taj Mahal, a cloudberry orange with tons of gold shimmer. It’s so pigmented, so I have to use it with a fan brush. But, I love its dramatic look. In May, I was totally obsessed with Juvia’s Place Blush Palette in II. I cant’remember the last time I was this excited by blush.
- Lips – I’m still hung up on orange. I like how L’Oreal Colour Riché Lipstick in Volcanic is almost like a “natural” orange. It has some red and some shimmer. When I wanted a bolder lip, I’d wear my favorite red-orange, NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square. In May, I more about browns and mauves.
Summary – I was all about orange.
Wearing (clothes) – It’s actually been a really cool, mild and rainy spring. I keep wearing the same things that I’m sick of wearing (black jeans, black t-shirt and Dr. Martens). I did buy some Gucci slides and loafers. I have been able to wear them each once.
Summary – I shouldn’t complain about the cooler weather but gosh, I just want to wear something different.
Using (skincare) – I’m still using The Ordinary stuff and I’m still determining how I feel about them. I actually really love “The Buffet” but haven’t noticed any drastic results. I like how it feels. I’ve went back to using Paula’s Choice BHA Liquid. I love that stuff. It makes a difference.
Summary – Like usual, I just keep burning my face off with acids.
Eating/Drinking – With people in town and my birthday, I really ate whatever I wanted. I need to curb that. I ended up eating way toooo many sweets. I don’t even like ice cream, but I think that is what stood out to me over the past few months. Van Leeuwen has this vegan turmeric sugar cookie that is absolutely amazing. The mouth feel! Laboratorio has a basil gelato that is so green, so sweet and so wonderful. I also did the Milk Bar “Cereal Milk” soft serve which is garbage compared to those other two. And Fresco in the East Village has my favorite rose gelato.
Summary – I sure have a lot of opinions on ice cream for someone that doesn’t really care for ice cream.
Listening – Well, obviously I listened to EXO and watched their stunning choreography that left the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ a mass burial ground of teenage girls. I then spent the rest of the month listening to Acid House.
Summary – Am I cool mom yet?
Watching – I can’t really remember watching anything other than RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9 and Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel. Oh, I watched that Casting JoanBenet on Netflix. That was an odd one for sure, but worth watching.
Summary – I have made it my summer goal to watch real movies and read not-so-serious books.
Reading – During April and May, I had no time to really read things unless they were coursework or research related. I have made it my goal to catch up on all the books that I have around. I read Lizzie Ostrom’s “Perfume: A Century of Scents“. If you read this blog, I highly recommend it. Expect a full review in the near future.
Summary – I get to read again!
Wanting – A vacation. We’re frazzled and tired of everything. But, I want one of those easy vacations, not an adventure vacation.
Summary – Or maybe I just want some peace and quiet?
What were your favorites from the past few months? Did you do anything inspiring? Go anywhere inspiring? Eat anything inspiring?
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