As you all know from my steady stream of pictures from the past few days, I’m in Mongolia and I’m on vacation. While I don’t quite have the time nor the desktop for a full holiday/travel post, I would like to share a short list of of “secret” behaviors I engage in while on vacation.
1. I try not to wear make-up because chances are you’re traveling with people you’re not trying to impress and the people at your destination have no idea that you could look better. So my skin gets a break, I feel stupidly feminist AND I don’t have to pack all them products. And for that last fancy dinner when I do put make-up on, I can always count on a few “Ooh, you look so good,” and that’s always nice.
2. Whenever free/ when confronted with good lighting I engage in hair removal. Let’s face it, when on vacay there’s always some free time. Instead of spending it on my phone or reading (because really, who needs that), I choose to wax and pluck whatever hairs have gone astray. Waxing is especially good to do when you’re visiting cold places (Let the hair grow baby! And then when you’re back home you’re all booty short ready) and tweezing is great to do on beach vacations when you’re chilling on your villa patio (or whatever) and the great lighting allows you to pick up ALL the stray hairs.
3. I try to workout. Vacations are funny, amazing, rejuvenating adventures which can, whether we like to admit it or not, throw our bodies out of whack. Whether it’s the under sleeping, overeating or constant imbibing – sometimes it can leave a person worse for the wear. I like to get a couple of yoga sessions in (save the sessions on my tablet and practice wherever) and walk a lot and uphill (upwards of 10,000 steps), if running isn’t an option. I’ve heard of people who run through the cities they are visiting as some kind of workout/sightseeing combo. One day I hope to be as hip and European as them.
And I of course eat all the chocolate and carbs I can find. But I think that might not be such a big secret.
I’m not going to do reviews of beauty products because I have already reviewed about half of them over at Makeup Alley – a lot of these are products I used to have and have given/thrown away – and you can follow that link if you want to see my reviews. I also have a running list of more make-up I want to get, I just added a Pinterest board for it so I can keep track of it!
The nice thing about Makeup Alley is that you can search for products based on your skin tone and type so the reviews you read are likely to be better suited to you than something I recommend.
What I’m gonna talk about, over here, on my blog is make-up skin care for oily/acne-prone girls. Believe me I have YEARS of wisdom that you need, make-up resources, face of the day shots (maybe) and sometimes the very conflicted feeling one can sometimes have towards make-up as a woman and feminist.
So this is going to be a new Wednesday column when the Oily Girl aka me, dishes on make-up!
But I better stop whining because, to borrow a quote from Orange Is the New Black (which I binge-watched last weekend), “Problems are always boring, until they’re yours.” Or something like that.
An inspiring interview with Jill Abramson, The New York Times editor who was just fired for her “brusque management style.”
I made those blondies (pictured above) two days ago. While sick. But I needed something sweet and easy and these were definitely that. Pro tip: reduce the sugar amount to 3/4 cup.
There’s a bunch of cooked rice in my freezer right now and I’m gonna turn it into rice pudding y’all. It’s gonna be gooood.
By the way, I’ve started bolding all my links after I rediscovered one of my favorite beauty blogs, Mouldy Fruit. She does it and it’s easier to find where the links are. She’s also really just making me want to spend all my monehhhh.