Tuesday Talk: Self Care Sessions Vol. 41

Hey friend. How was your week? Mine was much better.

Here is what I did for self care this week.

1) I went to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens with a friend. It was a lovely experience. We explored quite a bit of the garden.

2) I went to therapy today. It was incredibly beneficial. My therapist mentioned I should take care of my legs and feet, because they carry me everywhere. This is very true. It’s surprising I overlooked this fact.

3) After therapy I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I wandered around in the Greek, European and African halls and took some photos of the period rooms.

4) I bought Van Leewen ice cream. It’s on sale at my local grocery store. So far I’ve purchased Vanilla Bean, Cookies n Cream, Chocolate and Strawberry. They’re a Brooklyn family owned business. I’ve tried three of the flavors (not Chocolate yet) and they’re pretty good.

5) I used Yes to Tomatoes face mask and my skin looks so much nicer now.

What did you do for self care this past week?

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Wet n Wild Blush in Apri-Cot in the Middle

WnW added some newbies to their blush family. I adopted one named Apri-Cot in the Middle.

It comes in the standard plastic compact WnW is known for. It flips open and reveals a large pan of shimmery peachy apricot blush.

Here is the rather sheer swatch.

It adds a very pretty sheen to the skin. It’s obviously a very sheer color. I like it, but I’ll have to layer it with something more intense.

Have you tried any WnW blushes?

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NYX Lip Lingerie in Exotic

NYX’s new lip color, Lip Lingerie, is described as “luxurious liquid lipstick with a plush, matte finish.”

After asking my friends for their favorite shades, I settled on Exotic.

Exotic is described as “warm mahogany red.”

It looks more pink to me.

Here is the swatch.

It’s more of a muted, terracotta red to me.

It pulls very pink on me, sort of in the same family as Colourpop Frick n Frack.

Colorwise, it’s wearable, but it feels very stiff and almost gluey on my lips. It dries down like melted rubber. It’s not the most comfortable lip product I’ve tried.

The sensation is lessened if I apply the product sparingly. I am wearing it now and it still gives me that odd rubber feeling, even though I’m wearing less of it.

This costs $7 USD.

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Sinful Shine with Gel Tech in Most Sinful

A few years ago, Sinful hopped on the “5 minute gel manicure in a bottle” bandwagon that most major nail polish companies were on, in an attempt to impress consumers.

Their product is Sinful Shine with Gel Tech, created to mimic the effects of a gel manicure without having to visit a salon.

The color I purchased is Most Sinful, a bright royal blue shade.

It’s a quite pretty shade. The polish lasts for a few days, but it wore at the tips after 3 days. Still, I think I’ll keep this.

What do you think of the color? Do you wear blue nail polish?

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Common misconception: these powders are not true highlighters. They are actually finishing powders.

Good. Now that we’ve gotten that cleared up, let’s look at the pretty palette.

The case is beautifully sleek and seems to be sturdy.

L-R: Dim Light, Incandescent Light, Radiant Light.

Dim Light is described as “neutral peach beige powder”.

Incandescent Light is described as ” pearlescent powder”.

Radiant Light is described as “golden beige powder”.

Swatches are in order of listed names.

These are very faintly, subtly shimmery and give my skin a beautiful soft focus glow. I feared they would be too shimmery for my oily skin, but they’re not. They’re pretty great. Incandescent Light is a bit paler than I’d like for my complexion, but I can work with it, I’m sure.

This costs $62 USD.

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Tuesday Talk: Self Care Sessions Vol. 40

My office went on vacation starting June 28th, so I’ve been relaxing as much as possible.

Unlike past stayactions, I’ve been doing a lot with my free time. It’s not even a full week into the vacation and I’ve done more in 6 days than I do in a month. I feel proud of myself!

Here is my self-care for the week:

1) As I mentioned in my previous post, I went to the ballet! I saw “Whipped Cream” on Friday night, and last night I saw “Tchaikovsky Spectacular”.

Photo credit: The New York Times. Dancers are James Whiteside and Misty Copeland.

I’ve become a huge fan of the ballet. I’m going to attend more often from now on.

2) I treated myself to chicken bites and fries.

3) I am continuing to do the body scan technique.

4) This is not strictly self-care, but when my expensive Catherine Zoraida earrings got tarnished, I panicked because I thought I’d have to pay a professional jeweler to restore them. A friend tipped me off about Connoisseurs polishing cloth. I bought the all purpose version and voilà! My earrings are like new again! I’m putting this story here because it’s now one less distressing thing in my life. I really thought I was going to pay through the nose to have a jeweler improve them.

5) I treated myself to some new A England polishes! I wanted St. George for ages, and I grabbed a few others that looked pretty.

What was your self-care this past week?

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Current Favorites: Beauty and Life Vol. 27

It’s been quite some time since I’ve done one of these, so let’s take a look at what I loved during June.

1) Whipped Cream the ballet: Performed at the Met Opera House, I saw this on the penultimate evening of the run. I LOVED it! It’s fun, magnificently executed, whimsical and I think Daniil  Simkin is my new favorite ballet dancer.

2) Everything Bagel with Cream Cheese: I’ve been ordering breakfast these past two months, and I’ve ordered the everything bagel more often than not. It’s just so many good flavors on one dense bread product. It fills me up until lunchtime.

3) Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish: I’ve already placed two jars in my Sephora virtual cart to reorder. I need more of this in my life. It leaves my skin silky smooth and majorly moisturized.

4) NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Budapest: this is my new favorite neutral pink. There is a lot of brown in it too, but it works nonetheless as a summer pink for my skin tone.

5) The Works of Ijeoma Oluo: she’s brilliant, thought-provoking and one of my go to writers on Facebook. Check out her work for The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/profile/ijeoma-oluo

What did you enjoy during June?

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Essie Mojito Madness Nail Polish

Mojito Madness is one of those cult classic shades spoken fondly of in the nail polish community. I didn’t even think I needed it until I got it at the Cosmetics Market.

I’m glad I did. It satisfies my thirst for “a fun loving, lime green”.

It’s a true lime green.

It’s a well behaved varnish. It applies nicely, isn’t streaky and the color is true to the bottle.

Nail polish community was right again! I’ve always trusted those people.

What do you think of Mojito Madness?

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Nfu Oh Holographic Nail Polishes in 62 and 64

Back in 2012 and 2013 I placed a few consecutive orders with Ninja Polish. I was interested in trying out some new-to-me, indie brands. Nfu Oh was one of these lesser known brands.

I bought #62 and #64.

On the first two fingers is 62. On the last two fingers is 64.

62 is hard to describe. It’s a strongly pink tan holographic shade. It shifts color from pink to peach, and the tan hue becomes more visible when my fingers are leaning to the side.

64 is a soft purple holographic shade. It’s darker than lilac but lighter than true purple.

These shades are available to purchase online. Would you want to try either one?

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Tuesday Talk: Self Care Sessions Vol. 39

How are you doing this week? I’ve been hanging in there. Within the span of a month, two long term friendships of mine ended abruptly. With one I got some closure, with the other one no closure. It was painful but I spent the weekend dealing with the fallout. I’m doing better now. I just wish this sh*t wouldn’t happen to me when I’m so fragile. I don’t need it.

My self care for the past week:

1) I’ve been trying the body scan technique my therapist taught me. It’s hugely beneficial to me. I’m glad I learned it.

2) I started watching “Angel”. I wanted to start Gilmore Girls, but I just finished “Buffy” and I wanted to continue on in the Buffyverse.

3) I’ve been lost in a haze of underground 90s rock music, listening to the Dashboard Prophets. It’s giving me fuzzy nostalgia feelings.

4) I worked at a street fair on behalf of my office’s physical therapy practice (we share the same office space). It was fun to be outdoors in the cool breeze, not focusing on my pain. I got to help my co-workers, and after we packed up I bought a bar of natural soap from a nearby vendor (post is forthcoming).

5) My office is going on vacation starting tomorrow! I treated myself to breakfast at work yesterday and today. I’ve been trying to save money by making breakfast at home. This week I’m only working for two days so I can afford to sleep in and let the bakery cook my breakfast.

What was your self care this past week?


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