the thursday special.

Kush Fiber Brown Gel - Milk Makeup

The Thursday special is a new weekly post where I highlight something (anything) I'm loving. Will it really be weekly? Will this be a one and done like so many of my other posts? Only time will tell.

For the last 5 years I've been on what seems like a never ending quest to find the perfect brow gel/pencil/powder. I've bought products that have had zero effect on my brow shape and color, and bought others that made me look like a scary Peter Gallagher/Eugene Levy combo. I was the goldilocks of eyebrow enhancement: it was either too bland or too severe.

But this all changed when I pulled the trigger on the Kush Fiber Brown Gel during Sephora's recent VIB event: I finally found the perfect brow tamer/enhancer. I ended up going with the Herb color, which is a neutral medium brown, and it provides grooming plus a hint of color that isn't too intense. It lasts all day and every time I look in the mirror I'm impressed with how fantastic and natural my brows look (and I'm not afraid to mention them every time I FaceTime with my mom and sister, which I know they really appreciate). I seriously cannot recommend it enough, and it's become a must-have for my daily makeup routine.


how's it going?

Hi! How are you holding up? Honestly, there's still a part of me that can't believe this is happening, but over the past couple of months I've kind of settled into a new routine. I'm not going to call it "the new normal", because there's nothing "normal" about it, but I've slowly been able to adjust my expectations and my understanding of reality, and I'm doing okay. I hope you are, too.

I'm still hunkered down in Portland and have been communicating with family and friends via FaceTime--I don't anticipate seeing people in person any time soon, which is tough. Even with all of the re-openings and the constant call for getting things back to they way there were, I'm really struggling with the fact that nothing has changed--yes, the curve has been somewhat flattened and yes, maybe there are more hospital beds, but the risk remains the same and there's no vaccine or life-saving treatment in place. I'm super hesitant to make any trips to Massachusetts in the near future despite an insane ache to see my nearest and dearest.

Lately I've been trying to support local businesses by ordering takeout from the places that are still open and buying meals for hospital workers at Maine Medical. And aside from the limited trips to the grocery store and taking Olive for walks (and some recent trips to the emergency vet--she's fine, but yikes), I've been inside where I should be.

In terms of other things, I'm working from home and have a set schedule with that for the months to come, but I've been pretty crappy when it comes to working out. There are online barre classes that I need to take better advantage of, and I also need to run more earlier in the morning (it seems like so many people are out and about later in the day, so the earlier the better). But I'm not going to lie, getting out of bed has been tough, and that's okay. On the plus side, my absence from the office has meant my breakfast sandwich consumption has decreased significantly--I'll take the little victories where I can get them.

So I don't have much else, but I'm sending a little bit of love from Maine. We'll get out of this.