Hi y’all! As I was scrolling through my previous monthly favorites, I realized that I missed last Octobers favorites. Reflection is important and it’s interesting to see where I’ve been at each point in my life. October last year wasn’t that great. Fall in general, last year, wasn’t great. It was definitely a season of pain and growth. I say all of this to make the point that, painful times don’t last forever. The season will pass. The pain will pass. The darkness will flee. It just takes time and determination. I hope those of you who are in a season of pain, understand that you are strong. You will get through this. One day you truly will wake up and realize that you’re out of it. You made it through the sorrow. I have faith in you.
Anyways, super sorry for the sudden deep talk, but I felt the need to reiterate that. Here’s the stuff that’s been my go-to’s for the past month.
e.l.f illuminating palette– I know what you’re probably thinking, “Heidi another freaking highlighting palette?!” But hear me out. I got this because reviews said it was a good dupe for the Hourglass ambient lighting palette which costs a freaking arm and a leg. The great thing about this e.l.f palette is that it’s very sheer and fine. So I set my entire face with this, basically like a setting powder. You can definitely build up the pigmentation to use as a highlight and I’m sure those who don’t go overboard with their highlighter, would find this as a great highlighting palette. I love the subtle glow it creates it as a setting powder and it’s the way I’ve been loving it.
The Balm Meet Matt(e) Trimony Eye shadow Palette– I feel like everyone needs an all matte palette in their arsenal. It’s perfect for nearly everything and I really only use matte shades in my other palettes. These shadows are super pigmented and very easy to blend.(Amazon Affiliate link)
Nike Air Max 90 Ultra Premium in oatmeal– So I literally just got these in the mail today. But I couldn’t wait to share them with y’all. I’ve been searching high and low for the perfect athleisure sneakers. If I had the money I’d get beige Yeezy’s, but sadly I am a broke college student. I knew I wanted a beige sneaker because I love the look of an all black outfit with that pop of “color”. You can check out my Pinterest board if you need some sporty inspo.
Netflix’s 13th– I’ve had this on my list for awhile, but for some reason I hadn’t gotten around to watching. The synopsis that Netflix gives doesn’t do the documentary justice. Pamela Kruger from Fortune.com gives a great summary: “Named after the 13th constitutional amendment, which abolished slavery except as “punishment for crime,” the doc uses archival footage and expert commentary to make the case that slavery hasn’t disappeared from the U.S.—it’s evolved into our modern system of mass incarceration, one in which many prisons are run by for-profit companies and prisoners can be paid a pittance to work for corporations.”
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’”
— Mary Anne Radmacher
“There is a courage of happiness as well as a courage of sorrow.”
— Alfred Adler
“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, ‘Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.’ I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.”
— Carl Rogers
“Most of my life has been spent trying to shrink myself. Trying to become smaller. Quieter. Less sensitive. Less opinionated. Less needy. Less me. Because I didn’t want to be a burden. I didn’t want to be too much or push people away. I wanted people to like me. I wanted to be cared for and valued. I wanted to be wanted. So for years, I sacrificed myself for the sake of making other people happy. And for years, I suffered. But I’m tired of suffering, and I’m done shrinking. It’s not my job to change who I am in order to become someone else’s idea of a worthwhile human being. I am worthwhile. Not because other people think I am, but because I exist, and therefore I matter. My thoughts matter. My feelings matter. My voice matters. And with or without anyone’s permission or approval, I will continue to be who I am and speak my truth. Even if it makes people angry. Even if it makes them uncomfortable. Even if they choose to leave. I refuse to shrink. I choose to take up space. I choose to honour my feelings. I choose to give myself permission to get my needs met. I choose to make self-care a priority. I choose me.”
— Daniell Koepke
Thanks for reading y’all. Try to be a light this month.