That whole quote above is sooo true. And it speaks right to my heart. Cause as an undecided person I know this so well. Every time I was in a crossroad of decisions to make and I got frozen, unable to decide which way to go, which one to pick, I felt just like that: wasting life time. My lifetime. It feels like denying yourself the git of living. And I am not exaggerating. Because when you don’t decide, you stay there, wherever you are, stuck, doing nothing, living nothing, only watching your life passing you by.
So anytime you get stuck in a decision, not knowing which way to pick after a lot of thinking and intuition talks, just pick something and go. Just don’t stay still, undecided, watching time and life goes by.
Cause either way will be way better than just staying there, still, frozen, doing nothing, living nothing, only watching your life passing you by.
Since 2015, thanks to the UN, Yoga has its international day: June 21st. And of course I celebrated it with tones of Yoga. Like 3 hours of Yoga, Mantras and Meditations. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be able to practice Yoga for 3 hours in a row. Or every day. Or any day. It keeps me in shape, sane, spiritual, flexible, inspired, rocking. It puts in in touch with me, myself and I. And the joy of it.
Because of it and much more, man, I love Yoga. And I am so grateful for it.🙏
And this is coming from a person who up to a few years ago thought Yoga wasn’t her thing.
So thank Goddess I gave Yoga a second chance.
I don’t even remember why I did, just felt myself willing to try Yoga again. And so I did. First with a very light kind: Restorative Yoga. It blowed my mind away. Cause it was so relaxing, calming experience that even helped me to sleep better. So I kept doing it.
Restorative Yoga made me rethink my whole idea of Yoga. So, because of it I decided to give it a try to other types of Yoga like Hatha, another kind I love. To be honest I only practice Hatha every now and then but it is one type of Yoga I wanna practice more. And I will.
I also tried Kundalini. My first go wasn’t very successful. I just didn’t like it. So I passed for a little while til I gave a second chance to it and guess what? I loooooved it. And this has been my Yoga. I practice it every single day now. By myself. And everytime I have a chance I go and practice in a class. Both experiences are great. Each one on its own. Totally recommend both.
Kundalini in particular brought to my life two important things: joy and a spiritual sense or experience. It has been, indeed, a journey of my self, to my self, through my self.
And so much healing came from and with it…
And again, I am so grateful for this journey, with its ups and downs, goodies, baddies and uglies. Imperfectly perfect. Just the way it is.🙏🌸
And if you were like me and thought Yoga wasn’t your thing, just give another shot. Just like me, you can change your mind. And you can only gain from it.😘
I am kind of bias to say that cause I looooove dresses. They are like a second skin to me. They are easy to wear, put me at ease wearing them… they are comfy, fun, feminine, stylish, flirty… And sexy. It all depends on the dress mood. They can show my curves, only suggest them or completely hide them without making me look frumpy.
They are no-brainer pieces that can be a whole look just like that. You don’t need to mix and match them with another piece.
Unless you want to add another piece or two to your look, like a cardigan or a coat (and even pants). But other than that, when you pick your dress all you have to do is to figure out which shoes to pair and in which bag to bet. Maybe pick a scarf, jewelry, sunnies or a hat to add some thing extra to your look.
The thing is, with this one piece you can go wherever you need to. Ready. Put together. At ease.
Some people might not even consider a dress because it doesn’t give much room to sport a whole different look every time you wear it since it is that one pre-set piece, a one note kind of style.
But if it is a dress that suits you, your body, the occasion you are heading to, makes you feel comfy and your best version, why do you need to vary that?
Plus, wearing a dress can be one of the elements of your TradeMark Style, that will keep you very much you for you and everyone else.
And yes, you can always pick different accessories, add different pieces or a detail to it, wear a different hairstyle to vary the look. If you want to.
In any case, and because all of that, whenever in doubt, wear a dress.
Of course, it is a good idea to have a basic dress wardrobe to suit different occasions. And even have a dress (or two) that can go from day to night and everything in between.
But you don’t have to have way too many. Just a few for day, a few for night and a few for day to night.
And make sure you have the right set of accessories like bags and shoes to take you anywhere you need to go with them.
Having said all that, of course I know there are some ladies who don’t fancy a dress. And that is totally okay. You don’t have to. This is a suggestion for those who, like me, like to wear a dress.
In another words, this post was my little ode to this piece I love and has kept me stylish even when I completely lost my passion for fashion and my mojo to dress up (or down). And yes, that is a true story. Up to this day I rely on them to keep me going. At ease. Feeling good under my two skins. Looking good and put together. Even when I dress up or down in the automatic pilot.
I loooove cosmetics and make up. Love to try new things, new products, new ways of wearing them…
Having said that, although I love them, I don’t like to own a lot of products. I usually have only things I tend to wear in regular basis (and a few options) and things that I actually adore. Plus a few items for events or occasions that every now and then I have ahead. So I keep my kit to a minimum.
And yes, every now and then I add something new to try on. If I like it, I usually incorporate it to my routine. As an option or to rotate with the one or the ones I already use and love. I personally think this is an awesome approach because cosmetic products have indeed an expiration date and we all should respect that.
For our skin’s good health sake.
Although (again) I love make up, I usually wear close to none make up in my daily life. I like to let my glowing natural skin do most of the talk. So the no makeup makeup look is my go-to look.
With that in mind, basically those are my make up essentials, aka the products I wear daily (some even to my morning walk and Pilates/Yoga classes):
A great moisturizer and a sunblock. Not negotiable.
A tinted protective cream (something close to a foundation but lighter). Sometimes (aka quite often) I wear only my skin and ditch this cream.
A healthy glow blush. When I am tanned I skip it but usually I am not, so I wear it.
An eye pencil. (My favorite is a gray one, slate). Love to wear a bit of it.
A pinkish almost nude lipstick. The type that stays on for a long time.
A mascara (I wear it but not that often).
A highlighter in a certain spots.
Kim Kardashian contouring sticks. Because it is an easy contouring kit that anyone can use. Seriously. But I must confess that I don’t wear it that frequently.
Those are my go-to essentials for my daily make up routine, the products I do wear frequently. However, my make up kit is a bit broader than this. Because every now and then I like to wear a little bit more make up. For a special occasion or just because. Especially when going out at night. Then I go for some foundation or illuminating cream, sometimes a darker lipstick (red is usually my color), mascara for sure, some eyeshadow and some lip gloss.
And sometimes I even bet on a cat eye, so eyeliner is a must too.
So, here is my broader list of the basic make up kit:
A great moisturizer and a sunblock.
Please do have both in your kit. A necessity.
My ab favorite moisturizer is Belif’s Aqua Bomb. And even when I can’t find it here (aka Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), I wear another moisturizer. But never ever I go without it.
A sunblock is what I call my second moisturizer layer. A must. My fave is the Loreal Solar Expertise Antiwrinkle.
An Illuminating cream.
This one can be used instead of a foundation. It is lighter and illuminate your skin. But pick one that is in the exactly tone of your skin.
Some people, actually, a lot of people use a powder after foundation to fix it better or give an extra touch to the skin. I hardly use it. Because as I said before, lighter is better for me.
In my case a gel to keep my eyebrows in place will do it cause I don’t have imperfections on my brows so I don’t need anything to correct them.
But if you need a little help to correct imperfections then add a kit for it. Go for something that gives a more natural look to them.
Also, if you want to hide some gray hair there, there are good options for it. And you can include it in your kit too.
Eyeliner, LashCurler and Mascara:
It is a good idea to have a few pencil eyeliners like black, brown, slate to vary if you like this item. I’d rather wear slate and brown for day and black for night. Although I do wear slate for night a lot.
A liquid eyeliner is also a good idea to have if you fancy a cat eye.
LashCurler is one of the tools that I have but rarely wear. And the reason for it is pure laziness. And the fact that my lashes are pretty good as they are. So, I hardly bother wit it.
That is why also I can go without mascara. But usually I wear it. Cause I like it. If I want something less dramatic I bet on a brown mascara. Black is for those days when I want to count on my lashes to be one of the makeup stars. Maybelline is a cheap good brand for it. If you want to save some money on make up, here is your best bet.
And yes, waterproof is the one I go for.
Nude and Colored Lipstick:
I have a few nudes that I love. But usually I go for the ones that are lipstain and lasts for a long time. Like this one by Revlon called ColorStay Overtime. It does last long. My current favorite is Unlimited Mulberry. Lovely shade of pink. For lipstick, Pillow Talk by Charlotte Tilbury is the one I keep on my bag. My fave nude at the moment.
I would add here a lip pencil in the color of your lipstick. Sometimes you can wear it instead of a lipstick too.
Spice by Mac has been my bet since ever. Best nude lip pencil.
And a lipgloss:
To wear with or without lipstick. Not a must-wear product for me, but I like to have one around just in case I am in the mood for it. The one I wear is from Fenty Beauty.
Brushes and Sponges:
Chose the right kind for what your kit has. Like a brush for foundation, for the multiple ways to apply the eyeshadow, for blush, for contouring…
I must confess that I love to use my fingers to apply cream and foundation and concealer, creamy blush, highlighter and even a bit of eyeshadow. But every now and then I do use brushes and sponges.
But hey, it is up to you and what it works best for you.
Blush And Highlighter:
For blush I like something pink-ish or peachy-ish just to give me a healthy glow. I have a few options here and one of them is the easy to use Benetint Cheek and Lip Stain. And yes, you can wear both ways.
For a highlighter, lately I have been using Milk Highlighter in certain spots like my forehead (between the brows), under the eyes, above the lip, under the outer eyebrows. Love it because it gives some shine but not that much. And it is easy to apply.
Here I do recommend that you put together your own palette instead of buying one already set. Think what kind of colors you like to wear and which occasions you might have ahead to wear them and pick the shades that perfectly suits your skin undertone. Like every shade should be your bff.
If that is too much for you, the Naked palettes from Urban Decay is a good option for a pre-set palette. But pick the one that most suits your skin undertone. This is very important.
Q-Tips and MakeUp Remover:
Q-Tips are great for quick fixes so it is a good idea to have them around just in case.
Recently I have heard that the wet towels are not the best option to remove make up. I have mixed feelings about them. Sometimes I like, others, not so much. But usually I go for cotton and a liquid remover. Never used Micellar Water but some people love it. It is great for sensitive skins, so I have heard. Lately my fave is this one from Evelom. But in a recent past I like the Bioderma Sensibio H2O.
And that is it. You are set with your basic make up kit. This way you will have all the essentials for day and night and everything in between.
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