MARTAN 2010 - 2019



DIARY: 2019


He wanted this year to be different, and boy it was




I am not a dermatologist, expert or guru. However I do have a Face, Skin, Hair, etc... so that makes me a consumer at the very least. With the mounds of products I want to try and then consequentially buy, I do get to points where I look back and wonder 'was it worth it?'. This is my Edit on products that I either think are GreatSo So and Not for Me. Do not get offended if there's something I don't like that you like, we all have different Faces, Skin, Hair, etc... These are my honest opinions on each Claim the product... well claims to do. 

This month's Edit I thought why not tackle the 2019 skincare topic of 'Clean'. In the age of being 'woke' and conscious consumption, there are so many buzz words around how can you actually know what is Clean: Natural, Vegan, Organic, Neutral or Conscious?! These words can be confusing as, and do they really have much effective than other brands? I have a dream to live a uber-healthy, zen, temple lifestyle, but until then it's little steps. So here is a list of different types of products that you can start building your temple. Whether its to replace something that you have that isn't effective or to get you thinking about what you are putting on your largest organ daily, its food for thought especially a new year upon us. 






As a child, I was never an avid reader... well reader full stop. My parents would take me and my siblings to the library and I was always the one with the picture books, comics, and encyclopedias. Throughout my schooling years, I read the prescribed books but hardly anything else. It was only when I was older in my late teens, struggling with my sense of self and sexual identity did I look to books as an escape. Granted not all of the LGBTQ books had positive storylines, it was comforting to read stories whether they were fiction or not. From that, it grew to Harry Potter, biographies, Chick Lit, Fantasy and others but always on and off. It was only after getting sick years back, secluding myself to home and work did I once again turn to books as an escape. The wonders of a local library. I must sound like a nerd but the wonder that you can get a book in Paper, Audio or as an eBook, making the excuse not to read a lot harder. Now I see books as everyone did when I was younger, a hobby. Granted it is still an escape but now it is a way to detach. A mindful meditation elsewhere. 

This year I set the goal for myself to read more, engaging my mind and creativity. It's not particularly about the type of book, but instead to encourage me to hear and read many stories. What best place to share (and keep me to this task) is here! Just light reviews and no spoilers, well at least I'll try to. I will mention the media in which I consumed the book and little tidbits whether I enjoyed it or not. But at the end of the day, this is simply my bookshelf for 2019.