When I first started blogging in 2012, makeup and skincare were my favorite topics about which to write. I spent hours browsing the Sephora and Cult Beauty websites, scouring each page for the newest foundation or moisturizer. 15 year old me spent a shit ton of money on any fresh find I could get my hands on and once my holy grail beauty guru Lisa Eldridge recommended a product, it was in my bag. After trading my love for eyeshadow palettes and lipsticks for football players and social justice issues, I stuck with the same beauty routine and skipped past Sephora on my trips to the mall (I know, what a travesty). Recently on my last walk through Pearlridge, I stopped in Sephora (aka my old mecca) and just browsed, not feeling forced to purchase any certain item. I forgot how fun it is applying moisturizers and swatching shadows. I tried on some of my old favorite products from NARS Sheer Glow Foundation to the Kate Somerville Nourish Moisturizer (ps what high schooler needs a $65 moisturizer?) and reminisced upon the years I spent experimenting with different beauty purchases. I loved forking over all of my cash for a bold mascara or glittery pigment and although I’ve established a natural, consistent routine, I miss the days where beauty was my obsession. I don’t mean being conceited and focusing only on what I look like, but the moments where I found a blush that brought out the green flecks in my eyes or the lipstick that lasted throughout the day. It may seem superfluous to write about the new concealer or face mask I’m using when there are real tragedies and injustices occurring everyday, but sometimes I find joy in the simple moments where I make myself look and feel good. I plan on delving back into the world of makeup and skincare and sharing my new finds with you all in the near future! I hope you enjoy reading about primers or cleansers as much as I love discovering those lovely gems.