June Favorites

While I decided to call this post and corresponding video my “June” favorites, these are really products that I’ve been loving for a few months! It just seemed a bit late in the year to be naming it a “Spring” favorites, even though I was loving these products all towards the end of the spring.

My Favorites

Maybelline FitMe Loose Finishing Powder: https://goo.gl/aRNG1s

Physicians Formula #instaready Setting Spray: https://goo.gl/qNVN45

Alamar Cosmetics Palette: https://goo.gl/YGf9X4

Garnier SkinActive Hydrating Moisturizer: https://goo.gl/FZ4NdZ

Brazilian Bum Bum Cream: https://goo.gl/Ds7V7h

Aveeno Stress Relief Lotion: https://goo.gl/UEvvCe

Planner: https://goo.gl/rsUrr1

Papermate Flair Pens: https://goo.gl/ah1f9d

I go over these products in lots of detail in the video at the end of this post. Make sure you check it out to see WHY these products are so awesome in my opinion!

What were your favorites for the month of June?

February Favorites

I’ve done these types of videos before on my channel, and while I still might do them with just beauty products from time to time on my YouTube channel, I also like to include other things that I’ve been loving during the month that aren’t beauty products.

So, here are the things that I’ve been loving in February. They’re random and unrelated, but they really are things that I’ve enjoyed this past month.

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Turtleneck Shirt: This was a recent purchase that I got at Goodwill and I am obsessed! The brand is Pure Jill from J Jill, but I couldn’t find this exact shirt on the website. They do, however, have lots of shirts and sweaters that are similar to this one. I love the color and how comfy it is! It is 3/4 length sleeve so it’s not great when it’s freezing out, but it’s great for warmer or indoor days.

Cloverfield Movies: My bf and I started the month by watching 10 Cloverfield Lane (2)  because it was free to watch on Amazon. We liked it, but were very confused by the whole thing. Then, we realized that the Cloverfield Paradox (3) was available to watch on Netflix. Then, he remembered that he owned the original Cloverfield (1) movie. So we watched them 2, 3, 1. Although I’m still not sure how these movies are related, I still really enjoyed watching them this month. They’re definitely sci-fi, dystopian films.

Maybelline FitMe Loose Finishing Powder: I’ve heard quite a few people talk about this product and I was in the market for a loose powder after I ran out of my RCMA No Color Powder. So I went to Walmart and picked this guy up. I’m loving it so far! I use it everyday with a sponge to set my concealer under my eyes. Sometimes, I also use it to set the rest of my face with a brush. Highly recommend!

Pur Bronze and Brighten Cheek Palette: This was something I got in my February BoxyCharm box and I’ve used it every day since. It has a bronze shade, a blush shade, and a highlight shade. I understand these shades may not be for everyone, but in my opinion, they are buildable enough that they could work for quite a few skin tones if you want just a little product or to build it up. My favorite is the blush!

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Mama: I’ve been experimenting with wearing more “bold” lip colors on an everyday basis. I just got sick of wearing a nude or neutral day after day. This shade is not too red and not too orange, it’s somewhere perfectly in the middle. The only thing I would recommend is to wear a chapstick or lip balm underneath, since this formula can be a little drying.

ColourPop No Filter Concealer:  This is my second favorite concealer of all time, right after Tarte Shape Tape! The difference is, this one from ColourPop is much cheaper! It oxidizes a little once you put it on, so I would recommend picking a shade lighter than you normally would if you are looking to use this to brighten. It’s full coverage and doesn’t crease easily!

Wegmans Just Tea in English Breakfast Black: This is the tea I reach for when I need a little caffeine, but I don’t want to drink a coffee. I can re-use the bag for a couple cups of tea without it being watery!

What things have you been loving this month!?

July Beauty Favorites

July was a pretty low-maintenance makeup month. I did, however find a few favorites to include for this month. Enjoy!

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The first product that I have been loving is a primer. This is the NYX Angel Veil Primer. I know, I’m late to the hype on this one. I usually prefer pore-reducing primers, but this one minimizes pores while also smoothing out the rest of the face. I notice that my makeup sticks nicely to this as well.

I also found myself having to buy a new foundation this month because I ran out. This never happens, I just usually find another foundation I like better before I finish one. So, of course, I had to go foundation shopping. I ended up loving what I picked out. I have the Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Foundation. I use the shade 20 warm ivory. Not only is this foundation supposed to look good when you wear it, it’s also supposed to improve your skin over time. I actually have noticed this! When I use this every day (along with my skin care routine) my skin looks better at the end of the week. Try this out and let me know if you think so too!

I’ve been loving this palette from Lorac that I got myself as a treat when I had an Ulta gift card. This is the California Dreaming Palette and the packaging and colors are so pretty! I love creating both a muted summery look as well as a darker more intense look with this palette. I feel like the colors are different from any other palette that I own.

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The lip color that I’ve been wearing a lot this month is the Wet n Wild megalast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick. I think the drugstores are finally getting the hang of matte liquid lipsticks! I’ve been wearing the shade Nudist Peach and at first I really did not this shade on my lips. However, now that I have a tan, I feel like this shade complements my skin nicely. I bought another shade and can’t wait to try that one out too!

Last in the makeup department, I’ve been loving the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Hers and Rosewater. I’ve used this as a primer before makeup, a setting spray, and a spray to freshen up throughout the day. It smells delicious and since it’s made of all-natural ingredients, I don’t feel bad really dousing my skin in this. I only have a travel bottle for now, but I will definitely be getting the full size soon.

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I was on the hunt for some really dark sunglasses to wear while I was on vacation in Florida. I found these completely black ones at a Gap Factory store for super cheap. I bought them and haven’t put them down since! I have a small head, but these fit my face pretty well and I love how dark they are!

That’s it for my favorites for the month of July! Leave a comment about what you have been loving this month so I can check it out!

Books I Read in July

Summer is the perfect time to get lots of reading done – and boy did I do that in July! My family went on vacation to Florida for 12 days so I had quite a bit of downtime to read. I probably will not be able to read this many books in other months – especially once the school year gets started, but I thought it would be a fun tag to do on my blog!

Every month I’ll show you the books I read, give a brief description of them (from my own memory of course) and give a review on them. I’ll try to review them in the order I read them.

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The first book I read in July was The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer. I really enjoy reading comedians autobiographies and this book was no exception. She talks about her childhood and how she became a famous comedian. There are parts that are hysterical, but she also touches on some topics that she is passionate about, like gun violence. Overall, a nice easy summer read.

Next, I read Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen. While Dessen usually writes books for a teen audience, I loved this book. The characters were real and sweet, just like they are in all of her books. Whether you’re a teen, a young adult, or an adult, I think you will enjoy this story.

A book that I’ve had on hold at the library for a long time finally came in this month. it’s the recently popular The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.  I love dystopian books as a genre and this was different from all the other dystopian books I’ve read. She creates a society that is disturbing but also, (maybe more disturbing) realistic. I’ve also started watching the Hulu original show and I’m pretty obsessed with it.

I then moved into easier, beachier reads while I was on vacation. I read Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella, one of my favorite authors. This is a story about a girl who loses three years of her memory in a car accident. When she wakes up she has no idea who she is and what her life is. She is unsure who to trust to help her get her memories back. I read this book in about two days, so it’s safe to say I enjoyed it!

Another book I finished in two days was Where we Belong by Emily Griffin. An adopted girl attempts to find her biological mother when she turns 18. However, her mother has kept her a secret from pretty much everyone, and the story is about her coming to terms with her past. Great book!

The last book I started and finished in July was All of us and Everything by Bridget Asher. I found this book accidentally in the library because I thought the cover was cute. Note to authors: if you have an appealing cover and spine, I will read your book. This story was about a family of five adult sisters and their mother. They are quite the eccentric family and they do wonderful, crazy things. Good cover and good book!

Those are all of the books that I read in July. I had an enjoyable, relaxing month and I’m glad that I got the opportunity to read so much. I am always looking for book suggestions (I keep a running list of books to read – anyone else?) so please leave comments on books you think I would enjoy!

 

Favorite Books

I’m a huge reader and I always have been. As a result, I’m always looking for suggestions from other readers on books that they enjoyed. So, I’ve decided to share my all-time favorite books in case anyone was looking for suggestions!

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In general, I am a fan of teen and young adult books. I find them easy to read and interesting. I do still enjoy “adult” books from time to time though as well. I also love getting hooked on series or a particular author.

This list does not include children’s books (as a teacher I also love these) so let me know if you would like a separate post just on my favorite children’s books!

The books listed below are in no particular order – I love them all! I tried to list as many as I could think of since most of them are pretty popular.

  1. The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler
  2. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
  3. Harry Potter (the WHOLE series) by J.K. Rowling
  4. The Book Thief by Mark Zusak
  5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  6. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
  7. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  8. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  10. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  11. Bossypants by Tina Fey
  12. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

I’ve read so many books and I feel like I’m forgetting so many good ones here! Let me know your favorite books in the comments so that we can share the joy of reading!