I don’t have new beauty favorites often because I tend to stick to the same products for years at a time. But I recently rediscovered my Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade and realized it had completely dried out, so I was desperate for ways to make the most of the product I had left. That’s where Inglot Duraline came in handy. Just one drop instantly revives dried potted products such as brow pomades and gel eyeliners. Not only that, it makes the product waterproof as well. If you’ve found yourself dealing with makeup that dries too quickly, I can’t recommend Inglot Duraline enough.
Harry Styles by Harry Styles
Disclaimer: I was and still am a diehard fan of One Direction, so it’s no surprise that I love Harry Styles’ solo album. But if you’re not into 1D, don’t be so quick to write off Styles as a solo artist. This body of work showcases another side to Styles’ musical talent, diverging from the band’s pop sound and venturing more into rock territory. From the piano ballad “Sign of the Times” to the folksy vibes of “Two Ghosts” and “From the Dining Table” to the rock ‘n’ roll tracks “Only Angel” and “Kiwi,” there’s a good mix of styles to appeal to a wide range of audiences.
Favorite songs: Sweet Creature, Only Angel, Ever Since New York, and Woman.
“Let My Baby Stay” by Amandla Stenberg
This rework puts a groovy RnB spin on a song originally performed on acoustic guitar by Marc DeMarco. It’s such a catchy tune, as is the rest of the Everything Everything soundtrack. I have yet to watch it, but if the soundtrack is any indication of what the movie will be like, it’s sure to be great.
“Gone” by Kanye West
I rediscovered this track from Late Registration (2005) and fell in love all over again. Listening to it in my car gave me a whole new appreciation for the incredible orchestration, with the keys split on the left speakers and the strings on the right. On top of the instrumentals, it’s just an overall feel-good song.
Hasan Minhaj’s Homecoming King
I won’t bore you with details, as I dedicated an entire post to this Netflix comedy special. But this is my #1 favorite of May (maybe even of 2017?) and I had to include it on the list.
The Apartment with Asif and Baluch
I’ve been watching The Apartment for some time now, so this isn’t just a May favorite. But since this is our first favorites post, I figured I’d include it anyways. Asif Ali and Ali Baluch conduct podcast interviews with people of color in the entertainment industry, such as Philip Wang from Wong Fu Productions, rapper Dumbfounded, dancer Megan Batoon, and comedian Hasan Minhaj.
What I appreciate about their interviews is that not only do they bring on guests who don’t typically garner a lot of attention from the mainstream media, but they also bring up topics that aren’t typically discussed in interviews in the mainstream media, focusing on their experiences growing up as people of color in America and delving into the process and work ethic behind their success. Their podcasts are available on Youtube, SoundCloud, Itunes.
Asia Jackson’s “Asia the Asian Does Asian Things”
Asia Jackson, a black and Filipino actress, started this YouTube series last month in honor of Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The videos follow Asia as she partakes in various cultural practices, such as learning Muy Thai, Filipino Kali, and trying Indian food for the first time. It’s such a necessary series that showcases the differences among cultures that are often lumped together in a monolithic “Asian” category. There are only 3 videos in the series as of now, but she said she’ll be continuing the series into later months, so stay on the lookout for future episodes. In the meantime, if you’re interested in beauty and fashion videos, check out this genuine and hilarious YouTuber.
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” –Napoleon Hill
This quote stuck with me because, lately, I’ve come to realize the importance of positive thinking and having confidence in oneself. Often times, we pose the biggest obstacle to our own success, whether it’s by overthinking, focusing too heavily on other people’s opinions, not believing in ourselves or not believing our dreams are possible. In actuality, anything that our minds conceive, we can achieve if we simply refuse to let anything limit us—including ourselves. In the same vein, harboring negative thoughts can also manifest themselves in our lives if we let them. So, the goal for June is to maintain positive thoughts and stay focused on my goals, tuning out the unnecessary noise.
What were your favorites in the month of May? Leave them in the comments below!