I’m trying something a little different today — a different kind of blog post — something other than a makeup review, because, guuurl…my @ss is tired. Third trimester is no joke.
A few weeks ago my friend Jen and I were texting back and forth, and she was like, “I hate to break this to ya, but the third trimester is really, REALLY hard.”
And she was not kidding. And it’s not just hard because, ya know, the achy hips and lower back, the shortness of breath, or how it feels like the last leg of a long, drawn-out race (like running three marathons back to back), but it’s just… I didn’t anticipate being this tired. I’m really tired — like, ridiculously tired.
I’m so tired, as a matter of fact, that I think I’m going to take a nap. A very long, lovely nap. 🙂
But first, can we chat?
So…last night I started reading a new book.
Well, it’s new for me, but I think it’s been on shelves for a while. It’s called The Little Book of Skin Care: Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy, Glowing Skin, and it’s by a woman named Charlotte Cho (she has a website, Soko Glam, where she sells Korean beauty products, and she’s also an esthetician).
The book is about Charlotte’s life, her experiences and the Korean skin care process. Charlotte was raised in Southern California, but she later moved to Seoul, Korea, for work (she’s Korean, by the way).
I don’t know if you’re very familiar with Korean skin care products, but they’ve grown quite popular here lately in the U.S. (one of my favorite Korean skin care brands is AmorePacific).
The book goes into the process, the philosophy and also lists some of Charlotte’s favorite Korean skin care products, all of which she tests on her website. And then there’s also some interesting tidbits and insights into what it’s like to live in Seoul.
It’s been pretty interesting so far, and there’s great stuff like this cute illustrated 10-step (YES, 10 STEP) Korean skin care infographic…
The process kinda speaks to me, because I know how I am with makeup — I tend to make things a little more complicated than they need to be (Ooh! Only 10 steps!? Let’s do this!) — but these days, with as tired as I’ve been, I’d rather just wash my face, put on some sunscreen, and call it a day, LOL!
Anywho, I flipped through the book last night before bed, and I think it may have even helped me sleep! 🙂 I slept almost all the way through the night, and thank goodness for that because I haven’t been sleeping well lately. I felt great today, but I haven’t really been feeling that mentally great lately…so I went to the doctor earlier this afternoon.
The doctor, actually, was a therapist, and I think I’m going to see her regularly every so often. I don’t know if it’s just because I’m a naturally moody, creative person, but I feel like I could use some extra one-on-one support.
So, I’m going to be doing that, and not just through the end of my pregnancy. I think I’ll be keeping it up long term…
I’m looking forward to just talking to someone new about things and maybe even learn some new ways to frame the conversation in my head, if that makes any sense. So that’s what I did this afternoon, and it’s also why I’m currently not wearing any makeup. None. Nada. Zip.
Because after I got up this morning, I had things to do, so I started doing them before I put on my makeup. Then I had to dash out of the house!
Actually, I haven’t worn any makeup in — wait for it — two days!
But when I do finally put on makeup again, I’m looking forward to trying this new foundation by Giorgio Armani called Maestro Glow. It’s a serum foundation — thin formula, comes with a dropper, that kind of thing — with a dewy finish.
Giorgio Armani already has a foundation in their permanent line called Maestro Fusion Makeup, but this Maestro is different. It has a similarly thin consistency, but more of a glow, and it also has broad-spectrum SPF 30 (I can’t remember if the original Maestro does too).
I’m really looking forward to spending more time with the texture, because I played with it a little last weekend. I put some on my face, and it was so incredibly lightweight that it felt like nothing at all — just exactly like bare skin. I don’t know if it’s going to have enough coverage for me because it’s also super sheer, but we’ll figure it out. I think it’ll probably be a good foundation for summer, when I don’t want to wear heavy makeup on my face. It’s $64 (!) and comes out next month with a new primer (also $64).
Um…the only actual (quote) “makeup” (unquote) I’m wearing today is the No. 28 Lip Oil by Hourglass — the best, most comfortable, most moisturizing lip oil known to womankind (at least this woman). The only thing is the price… It’s $42, so if you ever feel like wearing a very pricey lip balm, and/or you need something ridiculously hydrating, it’s great (maybe for the next Sephora VIB sale). I wear it all the time with a nude pencil. I’ll line my lips with the pencil, fill them in, then pop this on top and yay! — a mega moisturized nude lip.
I hope things are going well on your end. I think I’m gonna go take that nap now… Baby Girl just kicked me, by the way, so I guess she wants me to tell you “Hi.” 🙂 Talk to you soon.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,