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.
This was way out in a rural part of the country, far from Manila, where the chickens, which are always running around everywhere, probably outnumber the people, LOL!
At one point, my aunt asked me if I wanted a glass of fresh coconut juice, to which I nodded enthusiastically, and the next thing I knew, someone was climbing a tree outside, and my aunt was hacking open a coconut with a machete and pouring the juice into a glass!
Talk about being a long, long way from the San Francisco Bay Area…
I remember leaving the province that day after lunch and thinking about how nice my grandma seemed. I wish that time and distance had made it easier for us to get to know each other better.
She was regarded as the best dressmaker in her village and was always immaculately dressed from head to toe. I find myself wondering about random things, like what her stance on asymmetrical hemlines was, what her favorite modern day fashion designs were, and which Project Runway designers she thought had the most talent (yup, they watch a lot of the same shows we do).
Even though we never got to know each other very well, I’m sad. More for my mom, though. I can’t imagine how she must feel.
My heart aches when I think that someday I’ll no longer have my mommy around…
As you can see, I’m feeling a bit mushy today. If I haven’t told you lately, thank you. Thanks for always being there and for listening.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. We’ll talk a little bit more about the New LORAC Pro Powder Cheek Stains soon…