Damn, August is already over.
Although fall is the shortest season in Atlanta, it’s always been my favorite. Perhaps that’s the reason why I love it so much, for coming and leaving so quickly – as if we have no choice but to learn how to appreciate every single fleeting moment.
Anyway~ A new month brings new intentions, and I figured I’d start curating my monthly favorites to simply share the stuff I’ve been really enjoying. I know there are already tons of these floating around in the internet world, and I’m not sure why I feel the need to be another person doing these… But people ask and I like to listen. Plus, I love to share tings.
Let’s start with beauty stuff.
I’m going to go more in depth with this product in my updated skincare routine. (Coming soon, I promise.) But for now, all I’m going to say is that this is my all-time favorite/holy grail cleanser and it has been the first step to my skincare routine all summer. It’s gentle on my sensitive skin and it flawlessly removes all of my makeup.
Uriage is a French brand that I actually never heard of until it was recommended by a friend. I’m a huge skincare junkie and I *swear* Korean and French products are truly the best. I was skeptical at first because this product literally had two reviews in the internet world, and I always make sure to do my research prior to purchasing skincare. I’m SO confused as to why this isn’t hyped up, but it’s a spot treatment that actually works.
Man, there are at least like five Korean beauty stores on every single road in Seoul, so it’s been difficult avoiding them. I bought a sh*t ton of beauty products that I probably didn’t actually need, but I’m glad this primer was one of them because I found that it’s almost a dupe to Benefit’s Poreless Primer!!!
To say the very least, I was impressed with the longevity of the product. It allows my makeup to stay on all day long. The consistency is very similar to Benefit’s, except that it’s a bit more mousse-like. I f*cking love K-beauty for being so effective and good while also being so affordable.
Missha Eyeshadow & Etude House Look At My Eyes Shadow
Dusty pink toned hues have been my go-to all summer. I’ve been wearing light brown contacts, and I felt like these tones really compliments my eyes. Both eyeshadows are ridiculously affordable and the quality is great for the price~
This powder isn’t a translucent powder, but it does a damn good job blurring out your pores. It makes my skin appear really smooth and it’s also so incredibly affordable compared to the Laura Mercier setting powder that I’ve been using prior to this one. Luv it.
The Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder is also bomb if you’re searching for a translucent powder.
Now for the non-beauty stuff.
A Book – When Breath Becomes Air
To be honest, I haven’t read a non-self help book in quite a while. After graduating college, I’ve been going a bit nuts with one self-help book to the next because… existential crisis.
But I mean, can you really blame me?
I’ve been trying to get back to reading one book a month and I’m glad this was recommended by a good friend of mine. This book was so damn refreshing, got me reconnected with my love for reading, and got me inspired to write again by how beautifully written it was.
I don’t want to get much into detail with the story line because I don’t want to spoil anything but it’s basically a book about life and death. It’s deep AF and I’d recommend it to every single human bean living on this Earth. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’re into. Just pick it up and read it. Thank me later.
My favorite excerpt from the book that truly resonated with every fiber of my being:
“You can’t ever reach perfection, but you can believe in an asymptote toward which you are ceaselessly striving.”
I’m not usually an accessory kinda gal. The only jewelry I wear at all times is my gold pendant necklace that was passed down to me by my mother that I haven’t taken off for over five years.
But after chopping my hair off, I’ve been trying to get in the habit of wearing more accessories to avoid looking too much like a boy, lol. I’ve been obsessing over these earrings that I found while shopping around Garosu-gil.
I like that they’re a bit extra, just like me.
Have a Good Time Canvas Tote
I hate carrying purses. I just find it so uncomfortable. I’m usually seen with a book bag on my back everywhere I go. But I found this canvas bag from a Japanese brand called Have a Good Time, and it’s basically been glued to my shoulders ever since. It’s the perfect size and it’s simple enough for an everyday bag.
I might just go ahead and get the one in black too tbh.
I know that we have MUJI in the States, but we don’t have one in Atlanta. So anytime I see a MUJI store, I go a little ham with the pens and journals. I’m such a sucker for stationary tings, and I especially love MUJI’s products and branding for being so minimalistic and aesthetically pleasing.
I left all my moleskins at home so I picked up this journal in Seoul and I’ve been writing in it daily. Everything from my to-do lists to my daily reminders, journal entries, random brain fart notes, etc. My whole life since being in Seoul has been in this thing.
Writing things down just allows everything to register in my brain. Call me old fashioned, but actually writing rather than typing also feels so much better and refreshing – doesn’t it?
FILM FILM FILM
I fell in love with film ever since I got my first roll developed. I’ve had my camera since 2015, but it wasn’t until late 2016 that I actually decided to pick it up and f*ck around with it. It’s been almost six months since I started shooting as a hobby, and I’ve just been falling more and more in love with the art of it.
I’m not sure why, but being in Seoul really inspired me to continue practice shooting at least once or twice a week. In all honesty, I still haven’t properly learned the technicalities of it all but all I know is that the process has been bringing me such joy and it’s been teaching me a lot about patience.
I’ve just been really appreciating the form of art.
Thanks for reading.