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the Weekly Rundown: Currently Watching, Reading + Shopping

September 24, 2017

Seasons and salt blog

You guys really blew me away in the comments this week. All your thoughts on choosing more sustainable period habits were really encouraging. I even ordered a sample pad from one of the places a few of you mentioned. Also – thanks for sharing your honest thoughts on wrestling with perfectionism. It feels really good to know others understand and have some of the same challenges. The wisdom in the comment section is gold. I hope you didn’t miss it!

My friend LO is killing it with her new blog format. Her weekly outfit round-ups are so well laid out, and it reminds me of how much I like sharing my dailies with you guys! (I promise it will come back before too long!)

Do any of you guys use Glossier? I’ve been curious about their lipstick and Boy Brow for awhile now. Would love to know if there are any fans out there.

A few online shops I frequent (and often partner with for Seasons + Salt!) have just launched their Fall selections. New York-based IMBY has a great looking lineup, including some cute wide leg pants and a gorgeous organic sweater. San Francisco-based Belvele has me crushing hard on the Bardot Tunic.

Victoria Beckham’s jeans make me want to run to every Goodwill in town to collect all the old school denim I can find.

This weekend Mr. Seasons and I watched The Big Sick. It’s co-written by Kamail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) and his wife, and it’s based on the real-life story of how they met. One of the better movies I’ve seen in a long time.

I’m currently reading The Leavers (affiliate link) by Liso Ko. I picked it up because it promised insights to a cultural perspective I’d like to learn more about. It follows the journey of a woman who leaves rural China and struggles to get ahead in America. It’s particularly well-written, and you can find me hiding in the bathroom, reading it, on just about any given day this week.

Happy Sunday! I’d love to hear from you if you’re watching or reading anything you’d recommend.

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  • Elaine September 24, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    About Glossier: I really like the boy brow (it was probably my fave of all the products I’ve tried from there). The lipstick was just ok for me but that may be because my lips tend to run dry so it didn’t have the right texture for me. I wrote a couple reviews of several glossier products!

    • Andrea September 25, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      Thanks Elaine, I just read your review, they were both helpful!

  • Lo September 24, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    You are the sweetest!! Thanks for the shoutout. I definitely am inspired and encouraged by you, and I’m excited for when your outfits posts come back. I’m obsessed with Glossier–particularly the lipstick and boy brow. I really like the lip-stain vibe of the lipstick, and I like that it’s build-able. It’s really easy to wear, although the Jam really sticks to any dry parts of your lips, so that color is a bit more high-maintenance. I’ve stopped using brow pencil altogether at this point and am just fluffing my brows up with boy brow.

    • Andrea September 25, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      You’re so welcome! I really dig your new format. You’re so talented! I am totally going to try the boy brow and the lipstick in cake I think…

  • Krystal September 24, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    I absolutely *love* Boy Brow. I have to dye my brows every few weeks because my brow hairs are basically clear. Boy Brow comes in handy the closer I get to the next coloring, since it really does grip onto the smallest hairs and tints well. I do feel like I need to replace it more often than I would expect.

    I only own one of their lipsticks (Leo), and the color is pretty and sheer, but quite buildable. I can’t wear it everyday or without lip balm because it causes my lips to flake.

    I debated for awhile before buying any of their product because I felt like maybe there was *too* much hype, you know? But I’ve found my forever-brow product, and I’ve enjoyed the ease of their sunscreen.

    Have a great week!

    • Andrea September 25, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      Great tips, thanks Krystal!

  • Lynn Herrick September 24, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Boy Brow and concealer are awesome. Lipstick too dry.

    • Andrea September 25, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      Short and sweet >< thanks Lynn!

  • Meg September 25, 2017 at 5:54 am

    Boy Brow is awesome. I haven’t found another brow gel/tint I like more. The lipstick changed formulas, and I loved their first formula, but am not as much a fan of the “improved” one. The newer formula is patchy on me, versus smooth-stainy. I do feel like they make a great product. I like the Milky Jelly cleanser (doesn’t break out, dry out, or redden my super-sensitive face), and the concealer is quite good (but creases if it isn’t set with a powder).

    I’d like to give a belated shout out to Hesta reusable pads. They’re organic and weren’t bleached with anything that’s causing a reaction (I react to EVERYTHING down south these days), and are soft, and I love mine. I got them on Amazon, and the design seems to really prevent leakage, so they’re nice on days I can’t do a menstrual cup or organic tampon (pelvic floor cramps). I do have and love a couple pairs of Thinx, but the Hesta pads hold more. And I really appreciate the feature you did on menstrual cups! I’m still trying to find a perfect fit with a soft-enough, small-enough cup that won’t set my lady-cramps off, but when you get the fit right, they work GREAT.

    And thank you for featuring the Marley’s Monsters products a couple of weeks ago! I bought some unpaper towels and face rounds, and they’re adorable and really nicely made! Nice to ditch more cleaning-based waste, too. :)

    • Andrea September 25, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      Hey Meg, thanks for the feedback. LOVE that you tried Marley’s Monsters! I need to order some items from them soon. I love all the fun designs!
      Per the cup, if I remember correctly, MeLuna has a ‘soft’ option, maybe that would work for you!

  • Jodie September 25, 2017 at 6:12 am

    I don’t really wear make up, so I’ve never tried Glossier, but everyone seems to be wearing it, and the lippies look good to me.
    I read a ton! I have that book on my waitlist. Some that I’ve read recently and loved are:
    Hum if you don’t know the words, The hate you give, Young Jane young, The wonder, Swing time, The other Einstein, Small great thingns, God shaped hole, The animators, and I am currently reading through books by Celeste Ng.
    I love to read, please send me recommendations!
    Looking forward to fall outfits!
    Have a great week. Xo!

    • Andrea September 25, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      This is a great list, thank you Jodie, just made a note in my phone and put them in there!

  • Cait September 25, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Boy Brow totally didn’t work for me– I’m blonde with practically transparent eyebrows and the color was totally wrong for me, Benefit’s High Brow is much better for me. Glossier customer service is awesome though; they were really nice about refunding me for the cost of the product. I like the lipsticks, but they are definitely dry. Their concealer and skin tint are fine, but not as good as my old faithfuls from Nars. I like the cloud paint blushes, the colors are pretty and is is hard to go overboard with them. I really like their face wash, and have reordered it several times, it takes off makeup and is super gentle. Their new sunscreen smells good and wears well, but I was disappointed at how small the package is for the price. I haven’t tried the Haloscope because the last thing I need is more shine on my skin.

    • Andrea September 25, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      Thanks Cait, this is helpful! Nice to know they refunded you for the product that didn’t work too!

  • Anne September 25, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Re: books; I just read “The Faraway Brothers” last week for work. I work with refugee youth and the book is a very very good account of minor children from Central America coming to the United States, who then also struggle to get ahead in America. it was just published last month so it’s probably the most up-to-date story right now. The big backstory of why I became interested in more sustainable shopping etc is because of learning about human trafficking and youth exploitation through my job.

    • Andrea September 25, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      It’s really sobering to think about how human trafficking and youth exploitation tie in with clothing manufacturing. I’d love to hear more about what you’ve learned.

      And I just added that book to my list!

  • Stacey September 25, 2017 at 8:57 am

    I LOVE Boy Brow. I’ve only been using it for a month, but it’s made itself indispensable, and I use it every day now. It’s the only thing that seems to tame my wild old man eyebrows (gee thanks for that inheritance, grandpa). It makes them look fuller and tidier at the same time, and if I wear no other piece of makeup during the day, I’ll wear this.

    • Andrea September 25, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      Good to know! Yes, if I skip all makeup, I still ALWAYS do my brows. I need my brows!

  • Stacy September 25, 2017 at 9:09 am

    On Glossier: I’ve used the Boy Brow and their lipstick in Cake (nude color) and Zip (red). I like the boy brow, but my brows need to be filled, so I don’t find myself using it often. If you just want to beef up your brows & add some color though, it is great. I like the lipstick – it’s not longwearing, but very comfortable and fades well. Cake really doesn’t show up on my lips at all though. I love the Zip color, it’s a low-maintenance red (like, I don’t feel like a clown when I wear it to the office haha).

    I’ve been wanting to watch The Big Sick, and now you’ve officially convinced me to tune in this week.

    • Andrea September 25, 2017 at 9:33 pm

      Haha, why is it so easy to feel like a clown in red lipstick? I had that problem when I used to use Ruby Woo by Mac. Tell me more about Cake, cause that’s the one I was interested in. What about when you layer it??

  • Nerissa September 25, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Hi Andrea!
    I really love the Glossier matte lip- I wear the red (Zip) on a near daily basis. It can be built up easily, but also just look like a gentle stain. It does run dry (which helps it look more like a stain) but this is easily remedied by putting on a lip balm before or after it. I also love that it’s cruelty-free. The only qualm I have is that the packaging isn’t very durable. Also- it was great running into you at Crossroads Saturday. :)

    • Andrea September 25, 2017 at 9:35 pm

      Hi Nerissa! It was great to meet you! You made me feel like a celebrity for a second. Hehe. I’m SO glad you said something. :) Thanks for the feedback on the lipstick, I am currently stuck debating colors at the moment! ><

  • Mel September 25, 2017 at 9:54 am

    I am also on the Glossier bandwagon. I LOVE boy brow for every day. If I want to really make a statement, I’ll fill my brows in with very light powder and finish them off with Boy Brow. I also think the concealer is very good if you’re going for a more natural look. I like that it’s hydrating and somewhat transparent so that it brightens without looking like cake on your face. Also the lipsticks are great – they provide a good stain without smearing or feeling sticky, which is hate.

    Dying to watch the Big Sick and glad to hear you enjoyed it :)

    • Andrea September 25, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      Good to know! Which color lipsticks do you have? Currently stuck between the Cake and Leo!

  • Reed Floarea September 25, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Hi there, Andrea! I’m always excited to discuss books! The Leavers is definitely on my list now. I tend to read a dozen books at once, but right now I’m focusing mostly on Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Both are amazing! Despite being a total bibliophile my entire life, I never read many classics (Harry Potter stole my heart and so fantasy tended to be my focus). I’m loving diving into them now, though, and am so impressed with Anna Karenina. I’ve heard before that Tolstoy is incredible at writing people and, dang, that’s true! Americanah is also incredible! Adichie does a beautiful job of showing America through the eyes of an immigrant (who’s loved ones back home made America sound like it was made of gold) and of exploring relationships across years. I HIGHLY recommend both!

    I also recently finished Good Omens by Terry Prachett and Neil Gaiman, which is an awesome one if you’re looking for a good laugh. I’m usually not a “comedy” person, in that slap-stick comedy annoys me more than entertains me, so I wasn’t drawn to Good Omens. I’m so glad I read it, though! It’s definitely a favorite! One last recommendation that I just read: Passing Strange by Ellen Klages. It’s a quick read, but the magical realism and the beautiful relationships left me feeling full and so content.

    • Andrea September 25, 2017 at 9:39 pm

      I have never read Anna Karenina, you make me want to! Also a big Harry Potter fan here! Hoping to pass on that love to my children soon.

      Just added your books to my list – thanks so much for the req’s!

  • Alicia September 25, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Boy Brow is amazing stuff. If I went down to only one product from them (because I use several – LOL), it would be that!

    The Big Sick was such a great movie. Glad you think so too.

    • Andrea September 25, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      I am just a big fan of Kamail Nanjiani now. I thought he was funny in Silicon Valley, but he is so good in this movie.

  • Erin S September 26, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    I’ve tried Generation G in Like and the Skin Perfecting Tint from Glossier.

    Skin Tint: I just reordered because I like the sheer coverage.

    Generation G: I did not like at all. Like others said, it is too dry and too sheer. The packaging and the products are both very flimsy.

    Have you tried Kosas lipstick?! I have Rosewater and I love it so much!!! I have also tried Stardust which is really nice too.