Shiseido Mattifying Moisturizer
MAC Face and Body Foundation in NC30
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation in NW20
MAC Mineralize Foundation in Medium Deep
Fyrinnae Oil Control Finishing Powder
Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Tiki
Pantone Universe Blush in Apricot Brandy, Coral
NYX Brow Cake in Brunette
Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Chocolate
Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original
MAC Eyeshadow in Goldmine, Soba
NYX Waterproof Eyeliner in Azure
Urban Decay Lush Lash Mascara
NYX Matte Lipstick in Indie Flick
Pantone Universe Lip Gloss in Tangerine Tango
Some days in the past are murky puddles, and others are sharp memories. This day is a sharp memory. I remember it was a Saturday (possibly the last one in July), and I was having a tough time motivating myself to exist beyond the basic level of breathing and taking up some space. Eventually I got into the shower and stood there for what seemed like ages. It's amazing how different you feel/perceive the world when you're clean, but sometimes, the simplest acts are the most complicated and on that day, I felt like I deserved a gold medal.
Anyway, after the shower I had nothing to do per se, so I did myself up in a summery look, threw on a dress (which was a gift from my friend Corina), and hit the streets just to take a walk and absorb some sunshine into my bones. Sometimes you just need to do something nice for yourself, and for me it was doing a colorful look to uplift my mood and taking a jaunt through my neighborhood.
That's one of the many reasons I like makeup. Sometimes it's not so much the wearing of the makeup, but the act -- the routine, the pampering nature -- of putting it on that makes it so enjoyable. Each morning is a mini spa session for me. The feel of silky liquids on your skin, or soft brush bristles, is so soothing. And, as a friend says, it makes your face look like a different face. Makeup as both a noun and verb is transformative in many ways, and for me it's always a positive and rewarding act.