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Wayne Goss The Luxury Lip Collection

Mail’s here!

I have followed Wayne Goss on YouTube for years. He is an amazing makeup artist, who is so humble and talented. I was so excited to hear about his hard work and dedication toward creating a lip product collection. So when I officially got the notice that they were indeed coming out and available for purchase, I had to quickly decide which of each and what colors I wanted before they completely sold out. I knew they would go fast!

I decided to get a lip pencil, two lipsticks, and a gloss. I tried to get colors that looked unique to my makeup collection and ones that I knew I would be wearing late into the autumn season.

I love the descriptors as advertised on the website, so here is what I received. So beautiful!

The Wayne Goss The Luxury Lip Collection.

Discover three essentials for your lip wardrobe from Wayne Goss. Designed for effortless wear alone or together, the Luxury Lip Collection draws on Wayne’s personal palette of timeless, wearable shades to enhance your natural beauty. Choose from lipstick, liner, and gloss to create iconic lip looks that exude lived-in elegance on everyone.

You can see the entire collection on the Beautylish website.



The Essential Lip Pencil

Add effortless definition to your lips with this velvety lip liner. The Essential Lip Pencil glides on smoothly, leaving crisp, intensely pigmented lines behind.

“These are true kohl liners, so they sharpen to a precise tip for perfect lines. Pick your nude and apply all over or outline your lips. The result? Beautiful.” — Wayne Goss

I chose this natural pink-brown color to go with the gloss I got.

WAYNE GOSS The Essential Lip Pencil

Natural Berry. A berry pink with a hint of brown



The Luxury Cream Lipstick

Transform your look in a single stroke with Wayne’s take on the classic cream lipstick. The decadently plush formula glides on with a silky texture and leaves lips feeling comfortably hydrated for hours.


“What I love about these lipsticks is the pigmentation. Because the shades aren’t opaque, you can move up or down a shade that you might not have been able to use before. Your own lip still shines through!” — Wayne Goss



The lipstick bullets are contained in a sleek, round chrome tube and shiny finish squared, black body and cap theme. “Wayne Goss” is displayed as a wraparound text on both the tube and body for a nice, elegant simple design that’s identifiable, but not loud or obnoxious. The snap-on cap fits super securely and feels luxurious in the hand.


I could not decide which lipstick colors I wanted from the video I had previously watched. I narrowed my decision to two. Choosing colors from families that are not common in my makeup collection, one that looked versatile and happy for summer, and one that I could continue to wear late into this fall season.

WAYNE GOSS The Luxury Cream Lipstick 

Carnation. A deep balanced mauve (broad daylight, left and shadow, right):

WAYNE GOSS The Luxury Cream Lipstick 

Zinnia. A rich berry with fuchsia and red tones (broad daylight, left and shadow, right):

Comparison of Carnation (top) and Zinnia (bottom) in broad daylight:


Comparison of Carnation (top) and Zinnia (bottom) in shadow:


The High Shine Gloss

The iconic ‘90s lip gloss, reinvented. The High Shine Gloss envelops lips in smooth, mirror-like shine that lasts all day and never gets sticky. Wear it alone or on top of your lip color for extra polish.

“These lip glosses feel amazing on the lips and add that touch of polish that instantly completes a look.” — Wayne Goss

I chose a brown, sparkly lip gloss. I’m always on the hunt for a gloss that I used to wear in college made by Revlon that has since been discontinued. It was a dual-ended, combo brown gloss with a glitter topper. I think this one is pretty close and will be gorgeous for late into fall.

WAYNE GOSS The High Shine Gloss

Chrysanthemum. A golden bronze with gold shimmer:


A bonus in my Beautylish box, Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo and Conditioner:


I am looking forward to trying this hair duo.

Here is the introductory video Wayne Goss Luxury Lip Collection Swatches:

How gorgeous is this set?


I am excited to wear them and will be posting swatches soon! Which lovely items of this Wayne Goss Luxury Lip Collection are you looking to add to your collection?

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Lisa Eldridge Summer Pinks Collection

Lisa Eldridge’s Summer Pinks Lipstick Collection is here! And wow are they gorgeous!

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The Lisa Eldridge Summer Pink Lipsticks range in shades of pink and come in 2 different finishes, Luxuriously Lucent Lip Colour and Insanely Saturated Lip Colour. All the lipsticks are 100% cruelty free and the Luxuriously Lucent Lip Colours are also 100% vegan.

This collection also features a linen makeup pouch in an aqua green color.

Keep reading for more details and closeup shots, also be sure to let me know in the comments below if you have a makeup look you’d like to share!

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Each lipstick is set in a beautiful gold holder with a magnetic closure which is just just so thoughtful and lovely. They look and feel luxurious and amazingly and the gold finish amazingly doesn’t get smudged with fingerprints.

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Lisa Eldridge Summer Pink Lipsticks © 2019 | All rights reserved.

A close up of Lisa’s monograph imprinted on the lipstick. They are just perfection.

Go Lightly

Luxuriously Lucent Lip Colour

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Go Lightly Luxuriously Lucent Lip Colour is a light, vibrant salmon pink semi sheer lipstick. In the bullet this shade looks more like a bright coral but the payoff on the lips leans more towards a true salmon pink with pastel undertone. Add one swipe and dab for an easy, beautifying pop of colour or build to create a radiantly impactful look. This ultra modern, comfortable and luxurious texture feels smooth, light and pleasurable on the lips.

This shade is just like the one Audrey Hepburn applies while riding in the back of the car during a deleted scene in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s which was filmed in 1961. It’s so gorgeous for summer! Maybe we’ll have a girls night this weekend and watch this classic, that sounds like fun!

Love of My Life 

Luxuriously Lucent Lip Colour

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Love of My Life Luxuriously Lucent Lip Colour is described as a bright, red/coral watermelon pink with a muted neon edge. It is so pigmented and so creamy. A truly dreamy texture that glides on seamlessly and gives 100% full coverage with a demi matte finish and weightless feel.

Can also be daubed on as a light stain for a more subtle effect.

I love this one as well, it makes such a soft, put together statement.

Rainbow Spill

Insanely Saturated Lip Colour

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Rainbow Spill Insanely Saturated Lip Colour is a bright, red/coral watermelon pink with a muted neon edge. It is so pigmented and so creamy. A truly dreamy texture that glides on seamlessly and gives 100% full coverage with a demi matte finish and weightless feel.

It can also be daubed on as a light stain for a more subtle effect.

This one is fun and stylish to wear and goes well with yellow clothing.

Skyscraper Rose

Insanely Saturated Lip Colour

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Skyscraper Rose Insanely Saturated Lip Colour is an electrically modern fuchsia pink. This one is also so pigmented and so creamy, a truly dreamy texture that glides on seamlessly and gives 100% full coverage with a demi matte finish and weightless feel.

Can also be daubed on as a light stain for a more subtle effect.

It’s actually been my lipstick life’s mission to find a shade that brings out the amazing tones of beetroot. Every time I cut into one I fall in love with the color so much I want to dab it on my lips like a stain, and occasionally I do, especially recently with these ones I grew in my garden this year! This shade captures the depth of color beautifully and I’m mesmerized by it!

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My garden Ruby Queen beetroot comparison to the incredible shade, Skyscraper Rose.

Summer Linen Makeup Pouch

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Close up of the pouch detail.

And how beautiful is this Summer Linen Makeup Pouch? I love the aqua green color which is made of linen. It has Lisa’s monogram embroidered on the side and the sides have gold cording. The zipper pull also features Lisa’s logo. I must say the quality is amazing, it’s sturdy and lightweight, and Lisa certainly did not skimp out on anything with this one. It has a soft, satin material lining and the zipper teeth are smooth to open and the teeth themselves are not cheap or rough which is so much appreciated!

The pouch is available for individual purchase and does come with a purchase of two or more of the lipsticks as well. It is limited edition.

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PS… The Ultimate True Velvet Collection is going to be rereleased soon as well! I wasn’t able to get it on the first round but hopefully I will be able to this time. It features 3 glamorous shades of red along with black velvet pouch.

Let me know if you also got this Lisa Eldridge Summer Pink Lipsticks collection in the comments below!

Also be sure to comment what your favorite film starring Audrey Hepburn is! I love Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Roman Holiday, and my most favorite, My Fair Lady. I really enjoy watching local theatre renditions of it, especially High School plays.

I hope you a lovely day!

PSS… If you are curious about the Paris Coffee and Cake Shop featured in the background, my sister made it for me for my birthday and I’ll be posting a video tour on my YouTube channel soon!

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Lisa Eldridge Summer Pinks Collection | Erica Robbin
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Summer 2019 Beauty Favorites: Skin & Body

Dry Skin Body Brush

| Erica Robbin

Natural bristles help to sweep away flaky skin cells, getting you beach body ready. I feel so energized after using it and it helps to get rid of any little bumps and helps to get me a closer shave.

Blossom Honey Hand and Body Soap

| Erica Robbin

I’ve bought this several times now and enjoy it as a hand soap and also use it to clean my makeup brushes. It’s gentle and effective, breaking up oil, dirt, and pigments from makeup easily. It smells of light orange, with a fresh, yet sweet fragrance that doesn’t get obnoxious with repeated use.

Dead Sea Mud Mask by Majestic Pure

Age Defender Dual-Action Exfoliating Cleanser by Kiehl’s

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I was first introduced to this product during a layover at a time I wanted some kind of exfoliation while in between flights. It’s unique in that it offers both a chemical and mechanical means of exfoliation. It comes out like a gritty, black, thin paste-like formula, so know that you’ll be rinsing your face and sink a few times and be sure not to get it in your eyes. It’s gentle enough on my skin to help refreshen and smooth out the texture that I occasionally get when traveling a lot.

Dead Sea Mud Mask by Majestic Pure

Dead Sea Mud Mask by Majestic Pure © 2019 | All rights reserved.

This mud mask is my all-time favorite for smoothing out my skin on a more regular basis especially during the summer. I remember having such smooth skin after swimming in the Dead Sea. I brought back so much wonderful mud and products so I could recreate that lovely, soft, clear skin that I had. After applying this mud mask, I let it dry completely and gently rub it off until no more mask remnant remain, than rinse. It does wonders for pores, blemishes, and texture,

Elemis Herbal Lavender Repair Mask

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I was first recommended this mask after having had a bit of sun and it worked really well for me to calm and hydrate my face, neck, and back. It’s a skin softening and brightening mask that helps soothe dry, sun-kissed, and dull complexions. The scent and routine application of this mask is truly relaxing.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Clarifying Solution

| Erica Robbin

With salicylic acid and glycolic acid, this solution aids in the sloughing of cells, preventing breakouts and smoothing the texture of skin. A few nights a week, I use a cotton pad to apply it to my face, neck, chest, and back, it removes every last trace of makeup and I find myself I waking up with smooth, clear skin.

Kukuiæ Oil by Oils of Aloha

| Erica Robbin

This oil is amazing! I’m probably on my 4th bottle up to this point. I follow techniques from Lisa Eldridge’s Facial Massage Routine, applying this lightweight oil on a nightly basis instead of face creams. It hydrates and smoothes and I wake up with gleaming skin the next morning.

Wonder Glow Face Primer by Charlotte Tilbury

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This is a light-reflecting face primer. You can put it on before applying foundation or wear it on its own for even skin and a soft, healthy, radiant glow.

Trader Joe’s French Liquid Orange

‘beach’ Body Oil by Bobbi Brown

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Summer captured in a bottle and I don’t want it to end! I love this scent and the oil is amazing at hydrating my skin. It’s described as a lightly intoxicating blend of sand jasmine, sea spray, and mandarin and contains a blend of oils that are known to nourish and soften. It reminds of the warm, beachy fragrance of Soleil Blanc by Tom Ford. It also reminds me of my childhood because of the similarity to the Bull Frog sunscreen we would wear when we spent time on the lake.

Surfer’s Salve by Candle Works

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Mosquitos beware. This salve not only soothes sunburns, bug bites, rashes, and dry skin, but I also noticed that it repels mosquitos. I also love it for my feet.

Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Oil by doTERRA Essential Oils

| Erica Robbin

I don’t know about all the claims of essential oils, but I do know that this particular blend keeps mosquitos away. I keep it in my purse or by the front door and apply a little dab here and there before gardening or going out for a run and those blood suckers turn the other way.

Chesapeake Bay Candle Mind & Body Serenity Scented Candle

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And lastly, a relaxing, beachy scented candle. I bought this on a whim so I could get free Amazon shipping. It’s a lead-free wick, soy wax blend candle that smells wonderfully fresh and invigorating, yet peaceful and calming. When lit, the green frosted glass gives off a gorgeous glow. It’s very long-lasting, measuring at 70 hours of burn time.

This completes my Summer 2019 Beauty Favorites, I hope I was able to introduce you to some lovely products that you will enjoy as well!

What are your skin and body beauty favorites for summer? Let me know in the comments below!

Also be on the look out for some very special beauty items that I am so excited to share! The package was delivered from across the pond last night and I can’t wait to open it and show you!


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Summer 2019 Beauty Favorites: Hair & Nails

In continuing on with the second week of the 3-week Friday series of beauty favorites for summer 2019, here are my most loved products for hair and nails.

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Volume Shampoo

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I’ve used this line of shampoo for ages, at least 20 years. It’s my go-to shampoo for summer. It works well at volumizing in high humidity and acts like a clarifying shampoo, getting sunscreen and build up out of hair.

Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Masque

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This is a hair mask, but I use it as a regular conditioner. It helps to get tangles out especially after a day at the beach or pool. I work it in with a wet brush.

Maria Nila Style & Finish Cream Heat Spray

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I got this cream heat spray in Marzia’s Sub Box. It makes my hair incredibly soft and find that it actually works amazingly well as a detangler!

Moroccanoil Moroccanoil Treatment

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This is an old favorite of mine. I’ve repurchased this several times over the years and a little goes a long way. I use it to smooth the middle layers of my hair and ends after straightening. It adds a bit of shine and also smells like a coconut mixed drink with is lovely.

Splash of Grenadine by Essie

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My spring and summer signature color! I do wear it all-year-round though as it’s one of those polishes that gives you a bit of a perk even during gray and dreary days. It’s a blue-toned almost Barbie pink, leaning toward the side of fun, yet elegant. It’s fully opaque with one coat and lasts forever. This is my second bottle.

Do You Lilac It? by OPI

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Like it says, Lilac, and the perfect shade of it in one coat. It’s fun, soft, and feminine.

Koala Bear-y by OPI

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This nail polish is like a yummy hard candy. It also is opaque in one coat and has a pretty shine to it. It looks great on fingernails and toenails and looks great with any summer outfit.

Mermaid to Order by OPI Sephora

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Imagine the feeling of enchantment as mysterious waters and all the creatures in it call your name. This color always calls my name in summer and I love looking down and seeing the unique metallic teal shimmering on my toes.

What are your favorite hair and nail products this summer?

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Summer 2019 Beauty Favorites: Makeup

Today will kickoff a 3-week Friday series of beauty favorites for summer 2019. I’ll be posting my most loved items in beauty, including makeup, hair and nails, as well as skin and body.

Makeup is among those things that never ceases to exist in the world. It’s celebrated in just about every culture, and from generation to generation, it just transforms itself into another amazing expression of beauty and art.

My love for cosmetics and began when I was a little girl. My mom would often paint my nails to match my clothes. I remember some of my most cherished outfits. I adored one style in particular which was black-and-white houndstooth patterned leggings with a coordinating top and silver sparkle jelly shoes. The top had an appliqué with a bright yellow sun on it. I was always so excited to wear it because it meant matching yellow polish, which of course also complimented my yellow four hole button earrings. Gosh, I had to have been like, what, 6-7 years old and I felt so put together!

Growing up, it was such a treat to pick out my beauty wishes for Christmas stocking stuffers from catalogues. Surprises of chapsticks, bubble bath, and hand cream. Scents of lilac and cherry yogurt. And my mom’s Avon lipstick samples, they were made just for me. I do wish those little treasures would come back, they’d be perfect for my purse and for travel.

Things haven’t changed much nowadays. The joy in makeup remains, though I’ve actually been on a product no-buy for about 2 years now and I’m still working through all the lovely beauty items I have collected. Soon I will be making one exception though.

With that I am excited to share my joy you, so let’s begin with makeup favorites.

IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil


This eyebrow pencil has been a serial repurchase for me. The shade is natural, not too red, not to grey, and as it says, universal, suiting multiple types of hair and skin tones. It’s dual-ended with a spoolie brush on the opposite end, making it ideal for travel and convenience.

Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow in Mudcake


I received this one in an Ipsy glam bag. If you’re not familiar with Ipsy, it’s a monthly beauty subscription and introduces you to a wide arrange of popular as well as lesser known new and upcoming products to try. I like surprises and it provides a lot of products in travel-size. This mineral eyeshadow is a chocolate brown with shifts of copper and green. It’s a loose pigment so it can be a bit messy upon opening the jar, but I love the color and colorshifting shimmer nonetheless.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Eyeshadow Palette

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Eyeshadow Palette © 2019 | All rights reserved.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Eyeshadow Palette © 2019 | All rights reserved.

I am excited to have won this palette in a giveaway from the YouTube channel Kendy Jane Beauty. Kendy and I started our channels around the same time, she has a fun beauty channel so be sure to check it out! I have enjoyed this palette dearly! I love the smooth and pigmented texture which includes a mix of mattes, shimmers, and glitters. It has perfect color combination for the summer season, whether you are looking for a neutral look or something fun, vibrant, and colorful.

MAC Fresh Honey Mineralize Blush

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This blush is a warm, soft, deep apricot color with a very faint hint of shimmer. It brings a lot of life to my face in a way that is different from pinky shades. Unfortunately this one looks like it has been discontinued, but I have linked a blush called Love Joy by MAC which is similar. ColourPop and Makeup Geek also have some peachy-toned blushes that are stunning. I have a few from their collections, but I don’t have them with me at the moment to show comparison swatches. These orange-toned shades add a natural, fresh, energizing, sun-kissed glow that is perfect for this time of year.

Make Up For Ever 304 Lip Brush

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This brush is amazing for applying lipstick with precision, whether outlining or blending. I have both the square 300 and the rounded 304 and like them both. It has a protective metal cap which stays on very securely to ensure that lipstick doesn’t get all over your handbag after use. The size is small when capped, making it perfect for travel.

Plush Lip Matte in Plain Jane by Makeup Geek


I love the color, texture, and wear of this one! It’s a pinky-berry shade that really perks up my face. Unfortunately I’m now seeing this color has been discontinued, so I’m going to use it very sparingly. This entire line is so pigmented though, so a little goes a long way.

I hope you enjoyed exploring some of my makeup favorites. Be sure to let me know what you have been loving lately in the comments below. And next week’s favorites? Hair and nail products!

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Wow! That’s Beautiful!

“Wow! That’s beautiful!” was the enthusiastic and highly animated response that my dear friend’s four-year-old daughter would say to just about anything she found even remotely exciting, cute, adorable, or beautiful. Whether it was her little brother reaching a developmental milestone or the floral cushions on my couch.

In celebration of this week’s photo challenge Rise/Set, I couldn’t help but think about not only the brilliant colors and light refractions that define the beauty of sunrises and sunsets, but the beautiful representation of another day gone and another day to come.

In trying to pick out a beautiful photo, I also found it rather difficult to separate the aesthetic appeal from the personal value attached to it. Value in the form of awe-inspiring moments and places shared with family and friends while watching the sun’s disappearance or emergence from the horizon.

In celebration of beauty, I’d like to first present various definitions of the word. The Merriam-Webster dictionary says “beauty is the quality of being physically attractive, the qualities in a person or a thing that give pleasure to the senses or the mind. “The example provided is described as being full of beauty, such as a beautiful woman.

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Interestingly enough when beautiful first became a part of the English language, it was used to describe men as much as it was of women. Nowadays, handsome is the adjective of appreciation most commonly used of men.

Ancient Greek Society used the word kalos (“beautiful”) to describe the aesthetic viewing pleasure of objects and people in addition to morally admirable character. Translations describe it as an adjective meaning “good” or “of fine quality.” Saint Augustine ascribed the origin of beauty, goodness, and existence, as coming from the Creator alone. Plato attributed beauty, goodness, and justice as divine existences and of divine realm.

Alexander G. Baumgarten coined the term “aesthetics” in the 18th century and the literal meaning was a study of human sensibility. Later, in the 19th century, French philosopher Victor Cousin would state “Moral beauty is the basis of all true beauty.”

More recently, Forbes magazine published an article in Spring of 2017 about the estimated $445 billion in sales from at least 40 new beauty companies that were founded by women. While this astronomical amount of value on beautifying products and services may raise some eyebrows, I don’t think it’s a surprise that many of the beautifying marketing terms and techniques are geared towards youthfulness.

It’s a significant contrast; however, to the Koine Greek roots for the word beauty which means “hour” as in the literal appeal of “being of one’s hour.”

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One of my all-time favorite films about life and culture is Fiddler on the Roof. I remember listening to the song “Sunrise, Sunset” and being intrigued by it’s hypnotic tune while attending my 4th grade music class. The song is quite subdued and was performed at the wedding of Tevye and Golde’s eldest daughter. It’s a beautiful song about time passing by as depicted by the sunrise and sunset.

Is this the little girl i carried,
Is this the little boy at play?

I don’t remember growing older, when did they?

When did she get to be a beauty,
When did he grow to be so tall?

Wasn’t it yesterday when they were small?

Sunrise sunset, sunrise sunset
Swiftly flow the days.

Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers,
Blossoming even as we gaze.

Sunrise sunset, sunrise sunset,
Swiftly fly the years,
One season following another,
Laiden with happiness and tears.

What words of wisdom can i give them,
How can i help to ease their way?

Now they must learn from one another, day by day.

They look so natural together.

Just like two newlyweds should be.

Is there a canopy in store for me?

Sunrise sunset, sunrise sunset,
Swiftly fly the years,
One season following another,
Laiden with happiness, and tears

Collection of Sample Perfumes © 2018 | All rights reserved.

Here’s about a quarter of my collection of sample perfumes, many of which are impart due to product substitutions from Sephora. Interestingly enough, the name Sephora comes from the Greek spelling of Zipporah, which can mean “little bird,” likely from the beautiful phonetic sound of chirping. Zipporah was also the wife to Moses from the Bible. Scholars have described her as having positively beautiful traits both physically and in her influential social disposition.

But there is one very memorable perfume that debuted in 1985. I remember my grandma wearing it and being gifted to me when it made its reemergence in the 90s. Estée Lauder’s vision, carried out by Evelyn Lauder, was to create a fragrance that made every woman feel she was the most beautiful woman in the room. Beautiful is represented by a bride and is said to be a perfume of a thousand flowers. It’s described as romantic, feminine, and memorable with a rich blend of rose, lily, tuberose, and orange flower. It has notes of brightness due to citrus and warm base notes of sandalwood, vetiver, and amber. It’s very nostalgic for me.

In this post I’d also like to introduce you to a few things, in different forms of media, that I have found to be beautiful and I hope you can enjoy them as much as I have.

Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge © 2018 | All rights reserved.I have a great appreciation for the celebration of beauty through makeup. One book that I’ve been reading (though it’s taken me forever to finish because of what I like to call “Wikipedia spiral”), is Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge. She’s a talented makeup artist who put together a well-curated historical timeline of people and events through the use of different makeup mediums and applications.

It’s interesting to read about the extremes people went to in order to achieve and maintain an aesthetically-pleasing appearance which was often thought of as charm, elegance, nobility, importance, high social status, and power. Cosmetics of the past were often laden with arsenic or lead, such as in the Venetian ceruse. And there were transition periods between ignorance of such ill-effects and outright denial and defiance for the sake of beauty at the expense of one’s health. Interestingly enough, we can still see practice of this concept in mainstream culture to a certain degree today.

With this, I can’t help but think about a beautiful sermon which Martin Luther King Jr. gave called The Drum Major Instinct. The sermon was an adaptation of the 1952 discourse “Drum-Major Instincts” by J. Wallace Hamilton. King brought up the familiar phrase keeping up with the Joneses and the human desire for importance, among many other social inferences.

I will also note that 50 years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and it’s amazing how his sermons are still relevant today. He didn’t necessarily self-depreciate, but instead, celebrated his life accomplishments using a very different standard. “Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice… Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.”

I think the celebration of beauty, talents, and accomplishments appreciated by other people from this aspect are often undervalued. Some people may have a distorted view of humility and hence a hard time responding to compliments at times. They refute them instead of simply saying “Thank you” or dumb them down for the sake of reciprocity.

I think it’s important to learn how to better acknowledge someone else’s appreciation. After watching too many episodes of Shark Tank, it’s actually become an ongoing joke in my family that after someone compliments you or after sharing something you did well, we follow it up with the words “That’s one thing I really like about myself.” It brings a comical, yet subtle satirical, humble tone to something that someone else has appreciated. On that side note, wouldn’t you love to see a Mr. Wonderful doll be made where you pull a string and out comes some of Kevin’s most self-acknowledging phrases?

In attempt to gain a better appreciation of the arts in the form of writing, painting, language, and photography, I’ve been enjoying all that The Great Courses Plus has to offer. I highly recommend you check out their courses. It’s a great way to feed your passion for lifelong learning and give you a fresh perspective of beauty and inspiration.

Stefan Kunz is amazing at lettering art. I like his motto “Create something today even if it sucks!”

Lately I’ve been listening to the beautiful and relaxing sounds of piano music from a composer named Peder B. Helland. He posts his songs on his Youtube livestream account Soothing Relaxation.

On that same note, there is a young man from Kazakhstan named Dimash Kudaibergen whose voice has been declared as having the most amazing in the world. He sings with beautiful resonance and it’s amazing how he can control his voice, spanning 5 octaves, 4 tones, and a half tone, effortlessly. From lower baritone to whistle, when you think he’s done tagging the chorus and showcasing the max of his talent range, he takes it up not only a key, but a full octave at times.

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Idealistic proportions, such as the form of the golden ratio in creative design, makes for beautiful architecture. This is done in attempt to find universal validity by applying various mathematical equations. Near perfect symmetry contributes to the mesmerizing fascination of beautiful butterfly wings like this one I shot a while back.

A beautiful story, The Broccoli Tree: A Parable, John Green tells about a tree famously photographed by Patrik Svedberg.


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Sunrises and sunsets. I’m always in awe of them.

This was a long one but I hope you enjoyed it.

Let me know about your appreciation of beautiful things that you’d like to share, something that has made you say “Wow! That’s beautiful!”

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