One of the first things I’ve been doing shortly after getting up every day this week is tap out a quick list of things I’m grateful for. I usually do it on my phone, and sometimes in the early morning dark before dawn.
There’s something about these lists that curbs the urge to run around like a crazy person wielding a fork…
I kid! But no, seriously, the lists help. Whenever I feel that little twinge and tighten my grip on the closest cutlery, I open the Notes app on my phone and reread my lists. Seeing what I’ve written there in front of me puts things in perspective.
Because I don’t want to write the same lists every day (after all, there are some things that would appear on every list), I jot down the very first things that come to my mind each morning.
Here are five of the things I’m grateful for today, along with brief explanations, so you don’t go thinking I’m completely off my rocker!
1. The new $29 MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Superb
OHMIGOSH! I’m in lurve. I can’t remember the last day I didn’t wear this shimmery, peachy nude highlighter. I think I’ve worn it every day since Glamour Daze came out.
Ah, but shimmery highlighters can be tricky to wear, especially if you have any blemishes. Luckily, Superb handles imperfections, well, superbly. It’s just so forgiving, and the glow it gives lasts me all day long. Better still, it doesn’t settle into my fine lines, nooks, pores or crannies.
The formula, which is somewhere between a liquid, cream and a powder, is very well behaved.
I just pat it on the tops of my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, on my cupid’s bow and on my chin with a large, firm, paddle-shaped eye brush (the MAC 227 does a great job).
Then, I buff and smooth away any visible edges with my favorite tapered blending brush, the MAC 224.
What about its availability? Well, you’re in luck! It’s…Superb.
Haha. Okay, not really. I just wanted to play with the name one more time. Superb is currently a hot commodity, and last I checked, it was listed as sold out on MAC’s website. You should be able to find it, though, at MAC stores, counters and online at nordstrom.com.
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2. Pajama tops with pockets
So I’ve had this PJ Salvage flannel pajama top for about a year now, and I usually use the pockets to hold cat treats and pens (and sometimes my lint roller…’cause that’s how cat ladies roll), but it never occurred to me before to actually use the pockets to warm my hands.
What a revelation!
It occurred to me last night while I was lying in bed. My hands were freezing, and without thinking, I thrust them into the pockets.
Huzzah! So warm, so comforting… It was like hearing a soft lullaby or getting a hug from my mom.
Whoever came up with the idea to put pockets on pajama tops, you sir or madam, were a genius.
3. Steven Tyler
Okay, this one’s a little weird, I know, but I saw part of a live Aerosmith performance on the Today Show this morning and found Steven Tyler oddly inspiring.
There aren’t many dudes still rocking like that at his age, and he’s also got a pretty wild sense of style. That wavy hair, those skintight pants and the ruffles… Ruffles?!
You go, Steven Tyler! (Note to self: order those space cat leggings ASAP.)
They’re colorful, portable parties, and for a musical instrument, they have a very low barrier to entry (just shake!).
That’s what I want for Christmas. I want maracas that I can keep in my big purse for “emergencies.”
Especially low-heeled ones (says the girl who’s been wearing high heels regularly since her early 20s). I have a brown pair from DSW that I’ve been wearing a lot lately because they go with everything — dresses, boots, skinny jeans and even shorts. Bonus: if/when the zombie apocalypse occurs — okay, when zombie apocalypse occurs — they protect your ankles and feet from the biters, so you can run away from the herd…
Now it’s your turn. What are some of the things you’re grateful for today? I think it’s fun when you jot down the very first things that come to mind (no pressure at all; there are no right or wrong answers).
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,