Spring has (begrudgingly) arrived here in Maryland. I wish I could say it’s been day after day of seventies and sunshine, but it’s more like 75 and sunny one day, 23 and snowing the next, 41 and pouring the next. However, I’m determined that winter is long gone, so I thought it was the perfect time to do a winter wrap up.
Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven is an absolutely beautiful novel that will make you think, provoke some deep self reflection, and make you laugh and cry and dance and reconsider the boxes we put other people in. After reading All the Bright Places and falling in love with the characters, the plot, the words, I waited patiently for this book, and it did not disappoint. Niven’s voice shines through the text gorgeously, and this story of two teenagers with complex, ‘more than meets the eye’ issues captured my heart.
Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke is unlike any other story I’ve ever read. Centered around three very different teenagers, this novel tells the tale of lies, secrets, and the age-old tale of heroes and villains, revamped into this intoxicating, spell-binding book. To be quite honest, I am obsessed with this book. I received it as a Christmas present, and read it three times in January because it’s sheerly perfect. Plus, the descriptive nature of Tucholke’s writing is So. Good. It. Hurts! Totally up my alley. I’m into long, winding descriptions and the scenery is gorgeous and the character development is so completely on point.
I’m still absolutely obsessed with the Tarte Tartelette 2 In Bloom palette. I received this as a present for Christmas two years ago and am finally in need of a new one. I’ve used the champagne shade, Funny Girl, to the point where the entire center is packaging and the edges are barely hanging on. These shades are so wearable and blendable and buttery. I’m also a total sucker for beautiful packaging, and this one takes the cake. Tarte slays.
Foundation has been difficult. I’m normally a very tan person (summer please get here soon) and so this winter I struggled with matching a shade to my skin when it was paler. Plus, the matte formulations of summer aren’t as comfortable when skin is drier in cold air. Finally, I found one I love. It’s not drying or oily, it’s not patchy, and it’s good coverage without being artificial! The L’Oreal True Match Lumi Makeup foundation is great and I’m going to rebuy this for spring and summer for sure.
With changing weather and changing seasons comes problematic skin and breakouts. Being (almost) 18, I have dealt with acne for many years and tried a ridiculous number of chemical acne products. Finally, surprisingly, I’ve found that the best thing to do for acne is to use simple, gentle products that are not targeted towards acne. Recent skincare loves? this facewash from Origins. I love how this cleanses and balances my skin. You’ll moisturize the drier patches on skin and eliminate the greasy zones without drying out skin. Plus, it smells like mint, which I adore.
Another face wash love recently is the Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser. My mom actually received this in her FabFitFun box and let me borrow it. It’s phenomenal at removing makeup and leaves your skin feeling baby soft. You don’t even really need moisturizer after you use this!
Three big things in winter: college applications, puppies, and babies. My college application deadlines were mostly in December, and that launched me into the waiting game that is the college process.
Back in December we got our puppy Macy, a puggle with so much spark and life and love in her 7 pound body that I can’t even handle it. She loves to wear dresses and cuddle, and she’s pretty much a human baby. She’s changed so much since we got her and I love her all the more for it.
Speaking of people I love, the lil guy I babysit has been one of the brightest spots in my life. I’ve never enjoyed watching Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol more in my life. He’s a great guy and a real charmer, and we love to laugh and play. Plus, he’s been using sign language (He’s only 1 and 1/2!) so when we go outside to play with bubbles or in his little wagon, he makes sure to tell me he wants more. The sass is real but the sweet in him is even more prevalent.
I’m going to be writing a post soon all about my college application experience along with one with some advice for those going through the process. I’ll also be writing a post about my internship and my senior year schedule overall.