So I spent some extra time on my makeup today because I'm trying to get better at it. This is the list of products I'm using:

  • NARS natural radiant longwear foundation (Salzburg)
  • Chanel Joue Contraste blush (Jersey)
  • Fenty Beauty Invisimatte blotting powder
  • Benefit roller lash curling mascara (black)
  • The Face Shop and Urban Decay eyeshadows
  • DOLLY WINK pencil eyeliner (brown)

I also tend to borrow Kiki's Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist and spray my face with it once or twice a day since he always has it on hand, but it's not a regular thing.

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My eyebags are no joke! I probably need to slather more product on that area. I actually used up the eyebrow powder/pencil that I used to have and haven't gotten around to replacing it yet. Today I kind of improvised by dotting some eyeliner onto my brows, but I'm not super happy with how that looks, so I probably just need to scrounge up 10 bucks and go buy some more.

It seems like a lot of product, but in the end my makeup routine only takes me about 10 minutes. Most days, I skip the foundation and mascara, but it does make a difference in how I look and I've reached the age where my skin really needs makeup to look its best. This is probably because of how much I've neglected my skincare over the years... Welp.

Speaking of skincare, here's my personal list for that:

  • Fresh soy face cleanser (night only)
  • Tatcha rice enzyme powder
  • Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 balancing softener
  • Bliss hydrating eye gel
  • Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve face cream with super 7 complex

I also like to use the Fresh Rose Face Mask when my skin is feeling extra dry or needs some extra pampering. I like Korean face masks a lot, as well as Lush's Mask of Magnaminty, but the Korean ones tend to be pricy and Lush stuff just expires too fast for me. I appreciate that it's fresh and natural, but if I only get to use it once or twice before it goes bad, what's the point? Maybe I'll go back to that once I can develop a more regular routine. Sadly, I'm not diligent enough to use the masks as often as I should.

After years of experimenting, this group of products seems to work best for my super sensitive, super dry skin.

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I fixed up my Trello board even more today, as I found the different categories I had before really redundant. This works really well with Momentum, too. Moving forward, I'd like to spend a lot less time planning and a lot more time doing. I think this will help with that, as most of the things I have to do are repeated tasks anyway.

My week is pretty packed with productivity plans. I've gotten better at realistically predicting how much time I'll have and forcing myself to focus. More and more, when my daily planner says "work on XYZ for 2 hours at 6PM", I actually follow through.

You have more time than you think you do. I used to make so many excuses like "I don't have time for this" and "I'm just not inspired enough to do that". I cringe, thinking about past me and how I could have better tackled projects. While I don't plan my day out by the minute, blocking out shifts like this makes me better appreciate the time I have and utilize it effectively. The time you waste won't come back again. That being said, self-care and relaxation is important. Just make sure you're spending that time well, too. Work hard, play hard, you know?