Kindness

Cliche but…truth. And a nice reminder.

Someone very close to me actually can’t see that well anymore – and it isn’t a result of age.  To be robbed of sight before 40 – pronounced legally blind as the result of an undefined virus – feels so criminal. He’s vastly more talented than he’ll ever know as an artist, and yet he will never again be able to create as he once did. 

In his world, colors have faded, leaving a bleak landscape flanked only by peripherals of deadened black. Values constantly bleed into one another, making objects difficult to define.  Bright lights, even a subtle glare, render an ever greater “blindness” than the already tunneled, spot-like field of view that remains.

So while I’ve seen this quotation hundreds of times, over many years, it has an even more valuable quality now. . . I saw it.  And I paused with a heavy breath.

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When has to ask for help because he cannot see whether his food is safely prepared, or because he cannot make out a number that he needs on the computer screen…I feel my heart bleeding.  He takes it in good stride, thankful for the blessings he does have…and in that, are we all reminded yet again…

He once crossed paths with an angry man in the street – one well under the influence.  Having thought he was being stared down – not realizing the man looking at him in fact could not see – this man became engaged, aggressive, and approached. But – perhaps from some subconscious knowing – he backed away before becoming violent. . .leaving a nearly-blind man, resigned to being beaten, thankfully (unexpectedly) untouched.

The thing is…you wouldn’t know he cannot see.  He doesn’t walk around with a cane, able to see SOMEthing, and reluctant to give up what freedom he has left.  

You wouldn’t know that the center vision is pristine, but so much else is lost that he is, truly, disabled, and fully unable to see the breadth of what is going on around him.  

When kindness is spoken among all, we include those who may in fact be suffering, though we cannot – ourselves – necessarily perceive it.  

The world is a sometimes a violent, cruel, and inhospitable place – we have the ability to offer kindness regardless of circumstance.  To do so – difficult it may feel at times – is a gift we are all capable of giving, and one that might go wildly farther than we dream. 

It is easy to forget the blessings we do have, and to take life, and health, for granted.  So I – for one – appreciate seeing familiar words from a newer perspective.  

I appreciate being reminded without the severity that some reminders may come with.  

I appreciate the example of perseverance that those in adversity demonstrate.  

And I appreciate the kindness that people offer. . .because you might cross his path one day too. . .and your kindness will not fall on deaf ears, nor blinded eyes – it will be received with gratitude, and far more of it than you’ll know.

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Summer 2016 – Tarte

There’s something to be said for flushed cheeks – the kind you get from figure skating training during the winter…OUTdoors, from a great Martial Arts class…, or from a romp with your hunnie.  For Tarte, inspiration for the newest Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush shades comes from the latter – how saucy, Tarte!

  • Sensual
  • Seduce
  • Risque

All three hues manage the kind of just flushed color you want to wake up with, but sometimes have to exert yourself to get (or, conversely, that you have to buy and brush on.  Whatever works!)  They maintain a natural, your-color-but-better, “nude” kind of enhancement – nothing overly done, garish, or contrived with these.  Hallelujah.  I want to buy all three for that reason alone (though the sassy names add a level of fun to them by default.)

Taste does have a slew of other products as well but since I’m all for a healthy flush of color – which typically I tote around as a byproduct of my Martial Arts training and exercise – the Amazonian Clay shades caught my attention first. 🙂

The rest of the lineup, per Temptalia (who always has thorough lists – thank you!) includes:

AMAZONIAN CLAY 12-HOUR HIGHLIGHTER 

A vegan friendly, 12-hour highlighter for an effortless, incandescent glow.

AMAZONIAN CLAY 12-HOUR BLUSH 

  • Sensual
  • Seduce
  • Risque

SHAPE TAPE CONTOUR CONCEALER 

A vegan friendly, creamy concealer for radiant coverage and contouring.

  • Fair
  • Light
  • Light-Medium
  • Medium
  • Tan
  • Deep

CREAMY MATTE LIP PAINT

  • Choker Warm brown
  • Rave Greige
  • Grunge Dark brown
  • Crop Top Mauve brown
  • Brownie Brown

METALLICS SHADOW

A collection of creamy PRO eyeshadow singles in a range of high-impact metallics.

  • Pin-up Prismatic pearl
  • Shake Down Taupe
  • Grind Taupey silver
  • Dame Dusty rose
  • Scandal Bright copper
  • Scarlet Metallic plum
  • Whiskey Bronze
  • Speakeasy Brown copper
  • Poker Face Silvery lilac
  • Hussy Yellow gold
  • Sinful Plummy slate

KISS & BLUSH CREAM CHEEK & LIP PALETTE 

A universal cream cheek & lip palette powered by the propriety Rainforest of the Sea™ complex.

  • Smooch Pink
  • Peck Nude
  • Butterflies Mauve
  • Saucy Berry
  • Tickled Peach
  • Cloud 9 Pearl highlight

YOUNG, WILD & FREE AMAZONIIAN CLAY PALETTE

  • Simple Life Beige
  • Happy Place Light brown
  • Virtue Antique gold
  • Weekend Rose gold
  • Lucky Charm Bronze
  • Dream Team Copper
  • Party Champagne highlighter
  • Wow Dark charcoal liner

Check out more of Temptalia’s post for additional photos!

I feel like the colors of the rest of the Collection read more heading-into-Autumn, but regardless I think they’re pretty divine.

Summer 2016 – Hourglass Illume Sheer Color Trio

Hourglass seems to be full steam ahead, taking no time to revel in the successes of the various Ambient products (powders and new primers)…

Sephora.com photo

Sephora.com photo

The newest goody, now available on Sephora’s site, is called the Illume Sheer Color Trio.  This multitasking product is designed to “define, brighten, and highlight your face.”  It combines a bronzer, a highlighter, and a just-flushed blush, all in cream-to-satin formulas.

Sephora.com photo

Sephora.com photo

The highlighter claims to add a “luminous glow without heavy glitter or shimmer.”  For me, that’a s HUGE plus – I don’t want to sparkle in the sun…I just want to glow.

All three shades are sheer and buildable, allowing you to achieve youthful, fresh radiance with a completely natural look.

It sounds pretty awesome – $62 is a lot, but if it becomes a holy grail for you, it’s worth it.  Personally, I’d love to snag just the blush shade!