The new LORAC Pro Blushes, $20 each; available now at Sephora
I sat down this morning intending to dish about the new LORAC Pro Powder Cheek Stains (5-second overview: fan-frickin’-tastic! Super pigmented, and yet easy to blend and surprisingly natural looking for something with an 8-hour wear time), but I just haven’t been able to concentrate…
All five of the new LORAC Pro Powder Cheek Stains clockwise from the lower left: Coral Crush, Petal Pink, Plum Passion, Rosy Glow and Ruby Rouge
Coral Crush, Petal Pink, Plum Passion, Rosy Glow and Ruby Rouge
My mind keeps wandering thousands of miles away…to my mom. She and my dad are visiting family in the Philippines right now, and I haven’t seen them in more than two months.
I’ve always lived within driving distance of them, so it’s weird being this far away for so long.
Me and my mom on Mother’s Day last May
Late last night Mom emailed to tell me that her mom, my grandmother, passed away over the weekend…
I posted a picture of her earlier this year. She was one of my glam grannies, the one who went to fashion school.
I didn’t know her very well because I was still a baby when my parents and I left the Philippines.
There were some letters and cards over the years, but my only clear memory of her was from the one time we met as adults. It was on a trip that my mom and I took to the Philippines in 2000.
Wow…I can’t believe that was 12 years ago.
I remember us driving out to the countryside, or “the province,” as my mom would say, and spending the afternoon with her family.
They prepared a huge lunch for us, and while we ate and chatted as best we could, with me not understanding the dialect spoken by my mom’s side of the family very well, my grandmother told us stories about my mom as a kid.
My granny was a tiny woman, small but tough, with a smile that lit up the room. When I met her, even though her face was lined with wrinkles, she was such a beauty.