EauMG’s March 2017 Favorites

pink building Charleston

I don’t want to be one of those boring people that complain about the weather, but I’m going to be one of those boring people. The weather in March was so frustrating. We had an icestorm. The disgusting, tar-soaked ice piles lingered for weeks. It was cold and disgusting. All I wanted was spring and it couldn’t be found.

This was OK, because I needed to focus on finals. I wrapped up another term. Like weather, I know people get sick of hearing this too: Time flies. But, time does fly.

synagogue Charleston

I ended up having a “Spring Break”, now that I’m a university student again. I went to Charleston to visit family and to eat. I did that. I sniffed wisteria, gathered heritage recipes and ate everything. It was nice to see flowers, blue skies and coast.

Here’s my favorites from March:

wisteria in Charleston

Wearing (fragrance) – I featured “Purple Flowers” in March and I was in a purple flowers mood. My iris of choice was Coolife Le Sixième, a buttery suede-like iris. My violet was aroma M Geisha Violet, cocoa powder and candied violets. My lilac of choice was the cheapie Pacifica French Lilac. (Photo above is wisteria in Charleston. It smelled great).

Summary – I was into spring fragrance even though it sure didn’t feel like spring.

March Favorite Makeup

Wearing (cosmetics) – For the first time in months, I wasn’t that into makeup. My most worn items:

  • Eyes: Everyday I wore Makeup Revolution Ultra Eye Contour Light & Shade Palette (AKA the Kat von D dupe). It’s so good. I recommend it for anyone that likes neutrals and/or has hooded eyes. Actually all of the Makeup Revolution Palettes that I own (various Chocolate palettes) were in heavy rotation. They’re really good for the money. I also really liked Smashbox X-Rated Mascara. Reading online reviews, apparently I’m the only person in the world that likes it. It seriously gives me a false lash look (no clumps, dramatic lashes!) I always like the mascaras that everyone else despises and always hate the ones that I everyone loves. I guess I should buy mascara based on low-ratings.
  • Face: I rarely wear compact foundations but Edward Bess Flawless Illusion Transforming Foundation has such a natural finish. It’s so easy to use with a brush and I like how it looks. For blush, I was all about the peaches ‘n cream looking RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Smile. After trying this in a Boxwalla, I want all the colors!
  • Lips: It was so weird but I was into neutral lips. I wore Revlon Super Lustrous in Mink (a medium pinky brown) and Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Pepper (a dusty pink). I did go through a random orange phase and wore bright obnoxious oranges like MAC Lipstick in Morange and Inglot Freedom System Lipstick in #97 (an electric coral).

Summary – It was an odd month for me. I was all about neutrals instead of cray-cray colors!

Gucci Princetown Mules

Wearing (clothes) – I’m so sick of winter. I’m sick of wearing the same things. I put up my snow boots only to have to get them back out. I just want to wear linen and socks that aren’t made of wool. I’m sick of wearing my “gear”. (I just want it to be nice enough for Gucci Princetown mules).

Summary – I’m so whiny. I’m sorry.

Using (skincare) – I had a facial at Osswald using Valmont skincare. If I were a rich lady, I’d smother my skin in overpriced Swiss skincare lines like Valmont, La Prairie and La Colline. I didn’t realize my skin was so thirsty until after this facial. My skin glowed for days. My favorite Valmont products are Priming with a Hydrating Fluid (a luxurious rose-scented mist) and Moisturizing With A Mask (wash-off cream mask that I’m pretty sure you could use as a sleeping pack too).

I also started adding some of The Ordinary products to my routine. I have a feeling you’ll see me talk about these next month when I use these more. Right now I’m only using a few of them because I didn’t want to add them all to my routine at once.

Summary – My skin was thirssss-tay. But, the power of Swiss mountains fixed it.

pimento cheese

Eating/Drinking – I ate myself around Charleston and the Lowcountry. This left me extremely happy and fulfilled. Food is identity and for the first time in a long time, I felt satisfied. Not to get into a long backstory, but there are nuances in Southern food. I don’t think a lot of people outside of the South understand this. For me, I’m of Lowcountry/swamp food culture (and there are nuances in that too from one side of the family to another). This cuisine varies from Appalachian or inland cuisine. It definitely varies from the “catch all Southern” food found at restaurants in NYC (seriously, Popeye’s is better than any of the “elevated” Southern here that look at you like you’re stupid if you ask for hot sauce). My joke when I got back was that I spent a week not complaining about anyone’s hot sauce choices or inability to cook something as basic as cornbread. It was like I was writing the menu. It’s like how I cook at home but with better ingredients and arguably more love. Having a kvetch-free week was nice. (Bad and bougie pimento cheese at Husk, Charleston).

Summary – I ain’t happy unless I have shrimp-induced iodine poisoning.

Dolly Parton singing

Listening – This is so random but I really got into listening to country from the 70’s-80’s. There’s a radio station that my grandmother would always play. Like there was a radio on the porch and it would just play this station (which is as weird as it sounds; don’t think this is the norm, OK). They’re now available for streaming online for all one’s instant nostalgia needs.

Summary – I was knee deep in marshes and knee deep in my feels.

American Crime Story

Watching – I’m so hooked on American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson. We totally binged watched that. I guess this is what being old is like. You actually remember some of this stuff but it’s still entertaining to see how the story is told today on FX. I actually thought the show would be so corny, but they did a good job. I mean David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian? It somehow worked. I do not think that Cuba Gooding Jr. worked as O.J. (too whiny of a voice) but whatever.

Summary – Reality turned almost fiction featuring slightly fictional versions of people that went on to revolutionize reality TV…

Intentional Dissonance

Reading – I read “Intentional Dissonance” by Iain S. Thomas. It was OK. It’s no fault of the book which is like sci-fi free verse poetry. It’s that I’m in no mood for dystopian novels. It’s just too much for me to immerse myself in right now. It’s a good book but I wish I read it when it came out. I didn’t feel like reading about depression and totalitarian themes right now.

Summary – I guess I just need to read coffee table books filled with pictures of French bulldogs wearing tiny hats.

Gillian Hills

Wanting – I want space for an actual vanity to put on makeup and be glamorous.

Summary – I think you have to move to the ‘burbs to have space like that.

Overall, I really enjoyed March. It was nice to get out to somewhere without ice and with rice.

What were your favorites from March? Did you do anything inspiring? Go anywhere inspiring? Eat anything inspiring?

*Sephora, Nordstrom and Amazon contain affiliate links. Thanks. All pics are mine except for the book (Good Reads), Gucci mules (Nordstrom), oddly “natural” Dolly Parton (Listal), American Crime Story poster (FX), Gillian Hills applying makeup (


4 thoughts on “EauMG’s March 2017 Favorites

  1. This entire post made me smile. I’m really glad I found your blog. I am a Southern Ex-Pat (from just outside Savannah, GA) currently exiled in New York City. Your bit about elevated Southern food made me cackle. What a joke.

    So I clicked on your About and, except for the fact that my pups have normal noses, I found myself nodding along. Talking to bus drivers, loving ALL the drag queens. Check Check Check.

    Eat some boiled peanuts and carry on. You’ve got a big fan in me.

    1. HOLLA! *cheers with bawled peanuts*

      That’s where a lot the fam still resides (between Savannah to Charleston). People try to be nice to me here and take me to those elevated Southern places. I end up being an asshole because I can’t help it. I paid $25 for catfish and I’m pretty sure I’ve offended everyone before me.

      🙂 Thank you for reading! It’s really nice to know that I’m not the only one exiled in NYC!

  2. Gosh, that pic of Charleston is really beautiful. What a blue sky! I would love to taste authentic southern food. I have lived in the southwest and Southern California my whole life and I’ve heard that nothing here compares to the real deal.
    I really want to try the ordinary but I’m trying to narrow down my purchases. Since they are so inexpensive it’s tempting to over buy.
    I hilarious misread Valmont as Voldemort, which I thought was about your black robe/jacket in that pic.
    I’ve always wanted a vanity but man, I have some cleaning to do! I tried to follow Marie kondo but most of my things bring me joy

    1. It’s a really beautiful place. I couldn’t get over how bright the sky is! And how I can see the sky, lol.

      I’ve never had a SoCal version of Southern but typically it’s just not “right” the further away one is. I’m sure it’s not “bad” but it’s not the same.

      The Ordinary has so much. It’s overwhelming. I went on recommendations from a friend that has been using them. I don’t know if it is best for “me” but it was a place to start.

      Haha, those prices may as well be Voldemort.

      How do people do it? You see these pics and it’s so clean but still has stuff all over it. It’s just a fantasy for me because in reality, it would look like someone dropped a makeup bomb in a corner of my living space. It’s interesting you mention Marie Kondo because I took her advice with my makeup, perfume and most of that does bring me joy. So, it was like that advice only encouraged my hoarding.

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