The month of February usually flies by for me, but this year not so much. It felt super long and cold and I was just not feeling this month. It’s probably from my classes picking up and having to do so much work. But, I refuse to be a bitter single person during this month because that isn’t who I am. So, instead of moping around, I got to know/love myself more this month. There will always be ups and downs on the journey of self-love and this month I feel was a high at some points and a definite low at others. So, here are some things that have gotten me through this month.
I’ll make it very clear that I am a typical broke unemployed college student, so trying new products is very hard for me. I have too much makeup and it’s impossible to use it all everyday. So, when I can’t try new products, I try to rediscover old ones. Re-falling in love with oldies is actually a lot of fun, and I’ve managed to find a few products this month that I use everyday again.
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade (in taupe): I bought this product back in the summer because it is waterproof and perfect for the heat. I got it in blond, back before they released all of the shades they have now. I also heard from a few reviews that it is a darker blond, so I thought I didn’t need a darker shade. I used it in the summer, loved it. But, as the year went on, I found it started drying out. They consistency changed and I hated it. I shoved it in the back of my draw and quit using it. Which sucks because I loved the longevity of the product. I know Sephora has an amazing return policy, so I went back and explained what happened. They let me exchange for a new one and a different shade. Taupe is the next shade up and was unavailable when I first bought this product. It’s perfect for me and I can now use this product that I love. This is really great for the straighter brow shape I’ve been doing because it gives me a clean straight line. I haven’t been able to put this product down.
- Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Loose Powder: I’ve been using this as my setting powder to add a little bit of extra coverage, my skin hasn’t been loving me lately. I have this in the shade Creamy Natural, which is really odd for me because I am pretty pale. But, since this is such a finely milled powder it doesn’t change the shade of my foundation too much. I find that it really blends in with my foundation adding the coverage I desire, while still managing to not get cakey. I tap this over my foundation, making sure not to swirl, so I don’t ruin it. It’s kept me matte and makes my skin look healthy.
Does making collages on Polyvore count for this? I’m gonna make it count because this month has been pretty bland in the fashion department. It’s that time of the year when you’ve already worn all of your new cute winter clothes and you’re desperately begging for spring. Am I right? Anyways, I’ll link my Polyvore (<– click here) so you guys can see what I’ve been creating.
- In a Week by Hozier (Really Hozier’s whole album, but this is my fav from the album.)
- Gooey by Glass Animals
- Wolf & I by Oh Land
- Unfinished Business by White Lies
- Hero by The Asteroid Galaxy Tour
- I made a playlist on my Spotify titled “Feb Jams”, if you want to see all the songs I’ve been loving this month.
- The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson. If you’ve read anything by Anderson, then you know she likes to rip the reader’s heart out and crush it completely. She writes devastating stories about serious matters. I could go on and on on on on about how much I loved this book, but for your guys’ sake I’ll keep it short. This book is amazing. It follows Haley and her dads struggles with PTSD. He’s a war vet, and Anderson does so much justice for veterans. This will probably be my favorite book I’ll have read this year.
- Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles. I was really craving romance this month and I have three go-to authors for that. Elkeles is known for her Perfect Chemistry series (amazing read it). I was a little nervous reading this because I didn’t want it to be too similar to that. But oh no, she did a great job with this one. I loved it, it was so different and just what I needed this month.
- Half-Blood (Covenant Series #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout. This is my second go-to romance author. Armentrout writes paranormal romances and she’s easily my favorite author. If you’ve read the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, this is very very similar to that. But, still really good. Half-Blood is about a world where “god-like” powers exist. If you’ve read my latest blog post, then you know that I like paranormal books that take place in our everyday world. Half-Blood does and I really enjoyed it.
- Red Band Society: Heartbreaking and amazing. I really love this show and I highly recommend it.
- As I said earlier I really got to know my body more this month. My friend, Julia introduced me to yoga last semester. I used to always blow it off because I’ve never enjoyed exercising. But, this year I wanted to take care of myself more. Yoga is perfect for me because I can’t get pumped up to go to the gym, it’s just not very fun for me. I made it a personal goal to do yoga daily, but that usually doesn’t happen. Mostly three times a week I’ll find the time to do a workout. I just watch them on YouTube and my go-to yogie is Ali Kamenova. Really, I just love her accent, but she does have very good videos. I highly recommend yoga for those of you who don’t like going to the gym, or it scares you. YouTube videos are free and can be done in the privacy of your own home. There is also yoga for literally everything, low back pain, stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, hip pain, just type it into YouTube and you’ll be surprised. Get to know your body and your physical boundaries.
That’s it for this month! Hope you all enjoyed!