The Monday Edit, February 22, 2021

Some articles to read, videos to watch,

and words to think about for the week ahead.


articles to read

If you haven’t heard yet, Hautelook is on its way out. The sales that the Nordstrom owned company typically features will be incorporated into the Nordstrom Rack website. Nordstrom Drops Hautelook from Bloomberg.com

I watch a lot of remodeling, house flipping, and real estate type shows. Considering how often they are featured, you would think that someone would mention that farmhouse sinks are high maintenance. Check out this article to find out the reasons you may not what a farmhouse sink after all.

I’ve been living in my current place for over a year now and I’m still looking for entryway solutions. I’m working with a very small space so most suggestions have been too large. I finally found an article that has some slim options. 9 Tiny Entryways with Seriously Big Organization Ideas from apartmenttherapy.com

Videos to Watch

I’m not a minimalist nor do I have plans to become one, but I still find a lot of value in the videos from Ronald L. Banks.

After striking out with 2 different glowy primers to help with my dry skin issues, I’ve been on the hunt again.  I found this video from Kelly Gooch that has some good recommendations to look into.

Words to think about

This is a quote I refer back to often. In honor of being blessed enough to celebrate my 38th birthday yesterday, it seemed fitting.

“For sure we live in a youth-obsessed culture that is constantly trying to tell us that if we’re not young and glowing and “hot,” we don’t matter. But I refuse to buy into such a distorted view of reality. And I would never lie about or deny my age. To do so is to contribute to a sickness pervading our society—the sickness of wanting to be what you’re not. I know for sure that only by owning who and what you are can you step into the fullness of life. I feel sorry for anyone who buys into the myth that you can be what you once were. The way to your best life isn’t denial. It’s owning every moment and staking a claim to the here and now. You’re not the same woman you were a decade ago; if you’re lucky, you’re not the same woman you were last year. The whole point of aging, as I see it, is change. If we let them, our experiences can keep teaching us about ourselves. I celebrate that. Honor it. Hold it in reverence. And I’m grateful for every age I’m blessed to become.” — Oprah Winfrey, What I Know for Sure

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The Monday Edit, February 8, 2021

Some articles to read, videos to watch,

and words to think about for the week ahead.


articles to read

I discovered the girllovesgloss website while looking for reviews of the MAC Face and Body Mixing Medium. In this post she talks about how to use some MAC Pro products including the mixing medium.

Are you someone who gets dressed everyday to work from home? That’s how I am and it really helps get me started and have a productive day. But make no mistake, despite the pandemic, not everyone gets to work from home. Here’s some work wear inspiration for those who still have to make the trek to the office. What to Wear to Work (Vogue UK)

Speaking of working from home, Karen from Makeup and Beauty Blog recently talked about sheer foundations she is loving.

There’s hard work being done to move us toward a more inclusive and diverse beauty industry. That work continues with an interview with the creator of the website Brown Girl Hands, Hannah Harris. Harris talks with Beth Gillette about her reasons for starting her website and Instagram account and the importance of brown skin representation in brand photography.

Videos to Watch

But seriously, has anyone tried the MAC Face and Body Mixing Medium? In this video, Senior National Artist for MAC, Fatima Thomas, features the product.

Watch makeup artist, Fatima Thomas at work

This next one is a long video, but if you love makeup declutters, it’s a good one. She actually gives a short review of each product making it more helpful than some I typically see.

Words to think about

“…your gift is the thing that you do the absolute best with the least amount of effort.” — Steve Harvey

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The Monday Edit, January 25, 2021

Some articles to read, videos to watch,

and words to think about for the week ahead.


articles to read

Since I have sensitive skin, I’m constantly having trouble finding an exfoliating routine that doesn’t cause irritation. After coming across this article, The Best Exfoliating Acids for Sensitive Skin, on POPSUGAR, I decided to take a closer look at lactic acid. The POPSUGAR article breaks down which acids work for different skin concerns. Even if you don’t have sensitive skin, you may find the information helpful for other problems like acne or inflammation.

I currently use products that contain salicylic acid and niacinamide, so I did some additional research to make sure trying lactic acid wouldn’t cause an issue. I learned from The Skincare Edit that you can use acids and niacinamide together if you alternate them. So now I’m curious to see if alternating my products will improve my results. If so, I won’t need to incorporate anything new.

In non-beauty news, an updated article from theInventory, details phones under $500 that don’t suck (according to Gizmodo). They are calling these budget phones, which of course, depends entirely on what you can afford. But it caught my eye because I don’t know if I can bring myself to pay the price for another iPhone once my current XR stops working. Time will tell.

Videos to Watch

I’m not really into the “clean” beauty scene, but when I am interested in brands that market themselves that way, it can be difficult to find good reviews from a dark skin perspective. I recently came across the YouTube channel Keeping up with BB and have been enjoying her videos. She posted her 2020 Clean Beauty Favorites and it’s worth a watch if you have been interested in brands like Saie, Ilia, Vapour, and Fitglow Beauty.

Reviews for Becca’s new Light shifter collection are starting to trickle in on YouTube. I’m very curious about the Light Shifter Finishing Veil Powder more so than the dewing tint. For me, Becca releases always interest me, even if I don’t purchase anything. I have a feeling that this may be the type of product that needs a more in-depth review. So far, I’ve only seen first impressions, which I understand is because the product has just launched. I hope to see some follow-up videos or a full, more extensive review.

Words to think about

“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” — John C. Maxwell, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

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The Monday Edit, January 18, 2021

Some articles to read, videos to watch,

and words to think about for the week ahead.


articles to read

As we continue in the new year, many of us may be trying to practice healthier habits.  Like many people, I struggled with weight loss in the past.  I didn’t want to continue calorie counting forever and I didn’t want to feel like I was depriving myself.  Eventually, I was able to lose 66 lbs and keep it off.  I feel like my focus on making lifestyle changes rather than dieting is what made the difference for me.  This article from The Every Girl stood out to me as something that may help someone get into that “lifestyle change” frame of mind.  Here are 15 Ways to Eat Healthier This Year (Without a Diet).

I often get frustrated when I hear people talk about passive income.  I find that they often leave out the crucial point that there is a lot of hard work that has to be done first.  But, if you understand passive income only works if you already have some money or have made money through hard work first, I think this article, 31 Smart Passive Income Ideas That Actually Work on GatheringDreams.com is a good place to start for good AND realistic information.

Videos to Watch

Former makeup artist for MAC and NARS, Melissa Alatorre, walks us through the newly reformulated Make Up For Ever primers and gives techniques for use. 

Now that I live in a much colder climate, I’m on the hunt for a rich night time moisturizer that will pull double duty in helping me with some hyperpigmentation.  If you too struggle with dark spots, Dr Alexis Stephens shares the BEST Moisturizers for Hyperpigmentation on her YouTube channel.  She details what makes these moisturizers effective and gives recommendations for light, medium, and heavy weight moisturizers.

Words to think about

It’s ok to gain insight and perspective from people who don’t think exactly the way you do.

If you enjoyed this post, please consider sticking around and checking out more of my content. 

  • MAC Cosmetics:  I likely have some swatches you’ve been searching for if you love Mac as much as I do. 
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  • Window Shopping Wednesday: My thoughts on what’s new in beauty (or sometimes just new to me).

 **Disclaimer:  I purchased all products featured with my own money.  For my full disclosure policy, click here.