|Half of this list is skincare, but are you really even surprised at this point?|
ACCESSORY: PETER PILOTTO x TARGET patterned sunglasses
BOOK: THE LOWLAND by Jhumpa Lahiri was so good that I purchased the author's other books as soon as I finished.The characters were flawed, but so human that they got me in way that hasn't happened in years. This is so beautifully well-written and well-plotted that I would reread passages in awe (forgive my gushing, I was an English major).
MAKEUP REMOVER: DIY CLEANSING BALM recipe from Gemsmaquillage (sans lavender essential oil) converted me to the oil cleansing method in 2014.
FACIAL OIL: SUKIN Rosehip Oil was my oil of choice in 2014 but I am currently using this one.
MOISTURIZER: REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream was hands down my favorite moisturizer last year. I have very sensitive skin and this delivers moisture without irritants.
FACIAL SPRAY: HERITAGE Rosewater spray smells amazing and is the perfect way to refresh skin. It locks in moisture and preps the skin for serums/oils.
CLEANSER: SIBU BEAUTY facial cleanser is a gentle cleanser which brightens, exfoliates, and takes off makeup without burning my eyes. I would use this in the morning or as the second step in my double cleanse.
SONG: OCEANS by Hillsong United, which I think was the case for a lot of people. It perfectly captures this sense of overwhelming, even crippling self-doubt/hopelessness and reminds us there is hope.
MULTI-PURPOSE PRODUCT: RMS BEAUTY Lip2Cheek in Modest is pigmented, versatile, and conveniently tiny for travel.
LIPSTICK: ILIA BEAUTY Nobody's Baby is my tinted lip conditioner of choice. It is a no-fuss, flattering shade with a nourishing formula to boot.
HIGHLIGHT: PHYSICIAN'S FORMULA Nude Wear concealer is the cruelty-free illuminating pen I needed in my life. I am now patiently waiting for an Organic Wear option.
HAIR TECHNIQUE: HEATLESS BUN WAVES for fuss-free but glam curls and waves. Not a tool or a product, but definitely the biggest game changer in dealing with unruly hair.
SPOT TREATMENT: NUANCE BY SALMA HAYEK correcting spot treatment smells off-putting, but the sulphur will really calm down active breakouts. The nozzle is convenient, hygienic, and accurate enough that you're not wasting product.
EXHIBITION: Soto: The Houston Penetrable which reflects my bias, since my background is in Latin American Art. MFAH just did it right. Jesús Rafael Soto penetrable was strong and conceptual while still engaging and fun.