I don’t know about you, but August has been quite a month for me this year – both good and bad.
But mostly good :)
Before I jump to sharing the 5 things I love this month, I wanted to just quickly give a heads up about a slight change in posting schedule here on the blog.
Minor Blog housekeeping
Most of you who are regulars may be aware that I publish a blog post every other week day, 3 times a week. I’ve done my best to keep to this schedule as best I can, for a few years now, as it’s one that works to keep up with my content material, commitments and efforts.
However, some personal matters have come up very recently, that have necessitated me to slow down a little on this schedule, to focus on other areas and people in my life.
You may notice a slight reduction in blog posts, to 2 a week, hopefully on a Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday. If there’s something interesting or if I have the time, I will bump it back up. But for the foreseeable future, this will be the posting schedule going forward, as it’s a schedule I am comfortable to commit to, to allow me to maintain the quality of blog posts and product reviews I publish here on MWS :)
I do understand that it’s my blog, and I can post whenever I want. But I felt it was only respectful to you, as the reader, to let you know what’s happening :)
So, onto 5 Things I love in August for me! :)
What I love – Makeup
Last month, I told you about how I rediscovered the Guerlain Meteorites powders. The love has continued through this month. But there is also another makeup item I’ve been wearing a lot in this month.
It’s the Bobbi Brown Crushed Liquid Lip in Mango Mood. You can see me wearing it in this montage on my review post.
I don’t usually wear pink lipstick, but Mango Mood is a coral-pink that is very pretty, brightens up the complexion and is bright without being too bright.
It allows me to get away with fairly minimal makeup, which is great for me, as I haven’t been putting on a full face at the best of times. But what is great also, is that it doesn’t look too made-up, if you get my meaning.
It’s a lovely bright lipstick, that isn’t one you reserve for the evening, or to make an impact, the way you do with most red lipstick. It’s light enough to pull off in the day, yet bright enough that you look pulled together.
I kept it in my bag the whole month, and was using it so often, I didn’t realize it till I was doing this round-up. Absolutely one to get – trust me on this one! :D
RELATED READING: If this bright colour doesn’t quite push your buttons, try one of the other 14 colours of the Bobbi Brown Crushed Liquid Lip Colour available – swatched and reviewed READ HERE
What I Love – Life
Well, that’s just it – Life :)
In July, I had a sense of a weight lifting off my shoulders. And this has continued through August. When you learn to let go of baggage, it only helps you feel better and lighter about yourself :)
On balance, August has been very good to me, with new experiences, perceptions, lots of laughter, a little adventure and camaraderie, tempered by generous lashings of surrealism LOL
It’s been also a learning process for me. Learning to trust, to open myself up to others, to ask for help, to appreciate companionship, and to not try to take on the world all by myself.
Things did take a turn for the hectic towards the last few days, but everything is looking up now, so I’m ending August on a high note.
LIFE : It doesn’t always give you what you ask for. It gives you what you really need.
And sometimes, what we need isn’t necessarily what we want. But it turns out far better :)
What I Love – Bags
I am a self-proclaimed bagaholic, which never quite boded well for my finances LOL! But in recent years, I have slowed down significantly, and most recently, have quietly retired :P
I’ve stopped eyeing up every new bag in the market, be it a classic or an IT bag. I’ve reached that stage where I am happy with what I own and have no real desire to accumulate more.
What I have been doing however, is shopping my stash, and rediscovering what I own. The most recent rediscovery is the Fendi By The Way bag.
I bought this for my birthday a few years ago. While I’d eyed up the Fendi Peekaboo bag for the longest time, I’d not splurged, because it looked and felt impractical.
The Fendi By The Way however, weaseled its way into my affections.
It comes in 2 sizes – Small and Medium. I got the small one, which isn’t that small and is perfect for my current lifestyle. I don’t carry many things around with me anymore.
It fits my wallet, mobile, an eco-bag, lipstick, and some other bits and bobs. It even fits my planner, that I carry out when I go for meetings. The inside has 2 compartments, separated by a zipped compartment, which keeps things fairly organized although that isn’t a real concern for me.
What is the most fun thing about the Fendi By The Way is the various ways you can carry it. The top-held handles fold flat when not in use, which I love! When you carry it by the top-handle, it looks a little more formal.
However, there is a detachable adjustable strap that you can use to carry it on your shoulder, or cross-body, which takes the bag from formal to fun.
With the small version, you can even carry it like an oversized clutch which is also fun. The fold-flat handles allow you to transition it at will which I think is very clever.
All in all, I think the Fendi By The Way bag is very underrated, and one to keep an eye on, if you want something understated, practical and fun :)
What I Love – Finishing Skincare I’m not Crazy About
Ever realised how LONG it feels when you’re using a product that’s just alright, but you’re not exactly crazy about it? LOL!
I felt that way about the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum and the B-Hydra Intensive Hydrating Serum. I got them in trial sizes of just 8ml bottles, but they were really long lasting!
RELATED READING: What did I think about my first experience with Drunk Elephant skincare? READ HERE
I used them for just over a month! While I’m not crazy about them because of the pricetag-efficacy ratio, they are an excellent way to try these very popular products for yourself, to see how you like it, before throwing lots of money away on the full sized product.
I was soooo pleased (and relieved!) to finally be able to toss the empty bottles into the trash LOL! :D
What I love – Food
OK this one’s quite hilarious. A friend was visiting from the USA and asked if I might want anything from there. I had the pick of beauty products, but only one thing came to mind – Cheetos.
Yes, the radioactively bright orange, crunchy snack that is so popular!
I had the impression it wasn’t available here (It is) and that it is prohibitively expensive if it is (It’s not that expensive), so I asked if she could bring me a bag.
I received a bag of crunchy Cheetos, which I promptly devoured! It was very good. The texture is reminiscent of that of Twisties, but much tastier. Later, another online friend gifted me with a bag of Cheetos puffs! LOL :D I love my fellow snackers :D
Gifts of food are truly the best gifts I can ever receive – HINT! ;)
What are 5 things YOU loved in August?
Feel free to nick my categories – makeup, life, bags, finishing skincare I’m not crazy about, and food. Or pick your own! Go on, share it with me! :D