These Are the Beauty Products to Stock Up on This March
It may not be summer vacay for some college girls yet, but there's no denying that the sun is out and the summer season has officially started. And you know what that means, Candy Girls. It's time to switch up not just your daily outfits, but it's about time to summer-proof your makeup loot, too! So read on as we list down the beauty products you need to stock up on this March!
Try: Matte Me in Crushed Lavender P450, Sleek Makeup
While your reds, nudes, and pinks will never go out of style no matter what the season is, make your pout summer-ready with a cool pastel lip color instead! Opt for a bright coral for a vibrant lip color for the day or go with a soft, but edgy lavender hue this summer.
Moisturizing Lotion for Dry Skin
Try: Almond Milk and Honey Soothing and Restoring Body Lotion P695. The Body Shop
Although the cool weather is notorious for drying out the skin, the summer heat is guilty of doing the same, too! While it's great to catch up on your tan, don't forget to moisturize your body to avoid dry skin.
Light and Breezy Scent
Try: Enchanteur Mon Amie Eau de Toilette P400, Watsons
The change in season is the perfect excuse to switch up your scent, too! This summer, opt for a light and breezy scent to go with the lighter atmosphere of the summer season. Think fresh citrus, sweet apples, and dreamy peonies!
Try: Catch The Sun On The Go Hydrating UV Mist SPF35 PA ++ P699, Happy Skin
Regardless of whether the sun is out or not, it's always recommended by dermatologists to put on sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. While it's forgivable to forget your sunscreen during the colder months, there's no excuse not to lather up on sunscreen during the summer season. Too lazy to rub on sunscreen every morning? Opt for a spray-on sunscreen instead! It's easier to apply and it's perfect for in-between touchups, too.
Try: Moisture Touch Lipstick in CR01 P795, The Face Shop
Playing with different shades of lip colors is always fun, but swiping your favorite lippie on chapped lips is not. Because layering your lip color on top of a clear lip balm can mess up the lippie’s pigmentation, opt for a serum-infused lip color for maximum hues with the moisturizing benefits of a lip balm, too.
Try: Argan Body Oil P199, Bench Body
It's no secret that the blazing sun isn't just harmful for your skin, but it can dry your hair out, too! Keep your hair healthy and shiny—especially with all the beach trips you've got lined up just in time for your vacation from school—with a trusty bottle of argan oil.
How do you plan on summer-proofing your makeup loots this March?
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First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.
The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.
There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.
If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.
And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.
Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.
Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”