Monthly Favorites: August 2018

Here are a few of my favorite things from this lovely August month, here as summer meets autumn:

This is a prescription level vitamin A cream that is available over the counter in France! Also, it is easily available online on Amazon for around $20. It is between a strong prescription strength and a normal retinol cream. Therefore it promises to create changes in the skin (smoother, clearer, build collagen and elastic) but not irritate and cause peeling and redness. And guess what… It does exactly that! I have tried both hard core prescription retin-a and OTC retinol and was too irritated, or saw no improvement. This is easy to use every night and it actually works! I can't imagine not using this for my whole life…

This is another prescription cream from France, but again is easily available on Amazon for around $15. This is prescription level hyaluronic acid. This "acid" really just plumps you skin and binds moisture deeply to the skin. It a compound naturally found in healthy youthful skin, and using it will bind more moisture to the skin. I prefer this with a serum or oil underneath to bind even more moisture. Did you know water does not moisterizer skin, but requires other ingredients to bind moisture to the skin? Don't skip a good moisturizer if you want pretty skin! I even prefer this to hyaluronic serums because it is creamy and really appears to trap in moisture, also it is a prescription level concentrate.

I bought this on a whim at a local grocery store. Not expecting much from a product that only cost 7€, but I was happily shocked. My split ends are finally decreasing so that I can grow out the long princess hair I have always longed for. It works well on both dry and wet hair. I use it after washing at night, and also some mornings. My ends are more full and healthy since using it.

"Desert Flower" by Waris Dirie instantly attracted me after I had heard her name mentioned in Vogue. I forgot to google her, and a week later she stood in front of me at a local bookstore. This is her autobiography of her life. She escaped an arranged marriage by traveling across the African desert alone. She survives assaults and abuses and comes out in the end a gorgeous advocate, model, and political influence. I have the most respect for her and I am finding my heart blooming for women everywhere endearing hardship across cultures, but rising above in the end. (Trigger warning for assault survivors in this work).

I was a bit skeptical over this new Anne and I admit maybe I would have casted some characters a bit differently if I had a say, but I really enjoyed this show! Season one and two are both on Netflix. Season two was my absolute favorite! I love that the show is full of marvelous hair and dress inspiration. Also, Anne's frequent literary quotes and constant positive attitude despite hardship left me feeling refreshed and light after watching. The show also deals with deeper issues such as sexual preference, abuse, beauty and self-esteem, and social stigma.