And just like that, we’re already one month into the new year. January always seems long and dreary after months of holidays and celebration, but here are a few of my favorite things that helped me get through the month.
I normally have acne prone, oily-combination skin, but this winter has changed my skin drastically. I had dry patches for the first time in a long time, and it was affecting the way my acne would heal, leading to severe scarring. This oil has been a lifesaver in dealing with both dryness and scarring, as it’s rich in fatty acids that help hydrate skin and facilitate the healing process. I apply a few drops specifically to scars and dry patches, and it has helped tremendously. If you’re dealing with the same skin issues, try rose hip seed oil — it’s affordable and accessible at most health food stores or online.
I had seen a few YouTubers rave about pimple patches before, but I was pretty skeptical. After dealing with a series of gnarly breakouts, however, I decided to give it a try (it’s $5 on Amazon, so why not?). And y’all, this product changed my life. You essentially put a patch over a breakout, leave it on overnight, and by morning it will absorb all the gunk inside and reduce the size of the blemish. It also works as a bandage to ensure it doesn’t become inflamed or infected. It’s really one of those products that you have to use for yourself to believe.
No Matter The Wreckage by Sarah Kay
I received this book for Christmas, but just recently finished it. It’s not very long; I just took my time, reading a few poems every morning before I got out of bed. They’re easy reads yet thought-provoking. Kay focuses a lot on family, love, and and essentially discovering oneself and one’s place in the world. After finishing the book, I looked up Sarah Kay online and found a video of her performing two of her poems from this collection, “B” and “Hiroshima,” which were much more powerful when heard through her voice. If you’re a fan of poetry or spoken word, check out Sarah Kay, her performances on YouTube, and this book.
The End of the Fucking World
I had seen a few people talking about this show on social media, so when it came up on my recommended shows on Netflix, I decided to see what all the hype was about. I watched the first episode with Kevin, and we were both pretty confused: a 17-year-old named James thinks he’s a psychopath and he plans on murdering Alyssa, a girl at his school who kinda-sorta has a thing for him. They’re wacky and awkward and get into all sorts of weird situations, but you can’t help but wonder what’s going to happen next. What I really enjoyed about this series was seeing their character development and watching them grow as people together. Even though they’re brash and out-there in the beginning, you end up empathizing with them and maybe even liking their characters. There’s only 8 episodes, so it’s perfect for your next Netflix binge-watching session.
Nina Huynh (yourgirlneens)
I discovered Nina through a video she did in collaboration with ToThe9s, and I fell in love. She does fashion lookbooks and vlogs, but her YouTube channel is mainly focused on thrifting. In her videos, she thrifts a lot of unique pieces that are sometimes a little out there, but she manages to style it in her own way and make it work. Watching her videos has really inspired me to get out of my comfort zone in terms of fashion, not follow trends so closely and grow into my own style. Her unique style in addition to her bubbly energy makes her videos so entertaining to watch. If you’re into thrifting, lookbooks, and vlogs, I think you’ll enjoy her channel as well.
What are some of the things you’ve been loving in the month of January? I’d love to read about them in the comments below!