Welcome to this month’s edition of Five Things. As a reminder, this segment is where I share with you five things that I find important or interesting, in the hopes you’ll find a little nugget of useful information or inspiration. From podcasts to playlists, to beauty products and more, I’m always looking for something new to obsess over. Is there anything else I just need to know about? Drop me a comment!
1. The Perfect Summer Red Nail
Personally, I think there’s no better nail color for summer than a bright, punchy orange-red. It’s super flattering and eye-catching, and I always get tons of comments whenever I wear this color, called Can’t Tame A Wild Thing by OPI.
2. Kids At The Border
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the situation occurring at our borders right now. Although an executive order has been issued to stop family separation, the nightmare that over 2,000 children have experienced isn’t finished just yet. The administration has no clear-cut procedures to reunite them with their parents, and families seeking asylum may now be hastily rushed through the immigration process and deported due to the system being flooded with adult migrants being prosecuted for illegal entry. If you wish to help, you can donate to any of the organizations that are actively working to assist children and their families at the border. ActBlue makes it easy to donate to all of them with one click. Donate whatever you can, here.
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3. Glossier Priming Moisturizer
Okay okay, I know I’m super late to the party – how have I not used this stuff sooner?? Since I started using Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer a couple weeks ago, makeup is sitting better on my face, I have less shine during the day, and my skin feels baby soft. I also love using the Rich version at night.
Since I highlighted my obsession with The Daily podcast last time, I can’t publish this month’s post without mentioning another brilliant podcast made by the New York Times – Caliphate. The podcast follows reporter Rukmini Callimachi, who covers terrorism for the NY Times. Over the course of 11 episodes, Rukmini reports on the Islamic state and the fall of Mosul, revealing some horrific details about ISIS that you might never have heard before. It’s beautifully made and will have you at the edge of your seat.
5. Queer Eye
While I’m not really one for reality TV, these days I can’t go anywhere or talk to anyone without preaching the gospel of Queer Eye from Netflix. Sometimes what’s going on in the news can be almost too horrible to handle. We can all use a bit of uplifting every now and then, and Queer Eye does exactly that. If you were a fan of the original TV show which ran from 2003-2007, then you’ll be familiar with the concept: the Fab 5 uses their magical abilities ranging from the sartorial to culinary, to make over those in need of making big changes in their lives. While the original series only focused on ‘straight guys’, the new Queer Eye is more inclusive, even featuring women and transgendered individuals. Unless you have no soul, no episode ends without happy tears being spent. Yas henny.