Better late then never sharing all my favorite things of 2017. We shall call this a mix up, because why limit ourselves to one category of favorites? These products were not all created in 2017, rather things I used through 2017. Weird but true, I typically don’t like something right when I get it. I put it down. Stare at it. And on one random day pick it up & use it consistently after that… or throw it out.
CHANEL Soleil Tan De Chanel
The obvious. Bronze anything will make my list, just be happy I’m not talking about my at home spray tan. I try not to wear a lot of makeup most days & bronzer is one of the few products I need daily. I ditched powder bronzer most of the year for this cream bronzer. I take a medium sized brush & blend it on my cheekbones to look alive everyday. Because it’s creamy I don’t feel like it drys me out & I like how it blends into my skin. I’ve had this one jar of bronzer for 45 years, used it every single day & am just now at the point where I need to repurchase.
ColourPop Echo Park Satin Lip
I’ve had this lip color for a long time & used it almost every day in 2017. I realized using a natural color on your lips, even without anything else on your face, makes you look like you’re trying. It’s such a cheat to looking ready, that or a nice lip gloss. (My fav: here) This one in particular keeps my lips super moisturized which is hard to do, and doesn’t rub off in 1 mili second. I put the smallest amount on my lips in the morning after I apply chapstick, and then use my finger to smudge it around. Au naturel.
Remember when you were little and getting ready for soccer games, a school play, choir/band performance and your teacher or parents would tell you “Just do your best”? Maybe you heard that, maybe you were already the best…
I wish we still had an adult following us around, reminding us to do our best. I recently had a boss that filled a position where he was in way over his head. Drowning in the position because he likely over promised what skills he actually had. I watched him drown. I tried my best to help him but quickly noticed he wasn’t trying his best. He didn’t fulfill the position requirements and instead of digging his heels in and trying to do his best to figure it out, he resisted. He passed everything he could off to anyone that would take it. He gave it to his bosses, people under him, people next to him. He refused to learn. He trusted his seniority would precedent.
Over the weeks, that turned into months, I started wondering why he wouldn’t try. What happened to trying to do your best? Come in to work every day and do the very best YOU can do. If it’s a mess or not everything gets done, at least you tried. I don’t understand people who don’t try to do their best. Why wouldn’t you? With my boss, whatever his issue with the position was, I still think he should’ve tried to do his best at it, every single day until he’s either learned the position requirements or found something else.
If you stop doing your best, how boring? What are you learning? What are you getting better at? In conversations, try to do your best at listening. At workouts, try to be your best athlete. Preparing for the week, try to do your best each Sunday. I mean shiiiii, if you’re not trying at anything anymore you need to get a hobby you enjoy. If you’re an expert at everything, you have the wrong mindset. Find things to work hard at & be passionate about. I hated my job once, and let me tell you – I did my very best at finding something better. At going to work every single day knowing I was trying for something better, so I felt comfortable working hard while I was there.
I HATE taking pictures. I take them all the time for Instagram & my blog but it’s my least favorite thing to do. People stay interested w/images more than a ton of writing so I know if I want my blog to be what I imagine, it has to include photos. But it’s the hardest piece of the puzzle. Can you be more into yourself than when you’re taking photos, trying to be pretty? Ugh it makes me uncomfortable more than you’d imagine.
When you see pictures of me, this is typically the process. First, I hold the camera & Wafiq poses for it so he can remind me how easy it is. He doesn’t care if other people are looking at him as he tries to act cool for pictures, he models confidently. Once he makes me laugh enough, we switch. He grabs the camera & tells me to do the same thing. Boom, all my pictures.
I’m uncomfortable taking pictures & I know I’m not the only one. Being in a picture these days means you’re likely going to be plastered on social media for everyone’s eyes. Back in the day, a photo was shared w/family & maybe a few friends. Now it’s all eyes on us, all the time! The good side, having these pictures posted everywhere means we’ll easily be able to have the memory. The best part, the memories. So I don’t let myself shy away from taking them.
There are a few, super simple tips I learned in college when pictures really started being a thing. I wasn’t used to my picture being taken & after seeing a few horrible ones I started following these three rules for ALL photos.
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