July Books

Wow, I read a lot this month! My family and I were on vacation in Florida for almost 2 weeks and they have an AMAZING library there. Of course, we took full advantage of it and took out lots of books and movies, some of which were even read or watched! Here’s what I read last month (in the order that I read them).

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Beach House for Rent by Mary Alice Monroe

I picked this book up from a “summer reads” section at my library. I actually had a little trouble getting through this book because it was so summery and cheesy. However, I persisted, but it was my least favorite book I read this month.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Need I say more? I re-read these every summer and it’s something that I really look forward to. I know everything about the books, but they are so comfortable for me and remind me of reading them for the first time when I was a kid. Forever my favorites!

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Why has it taken me so long to get around to reading this!? I honestly had no idea what it was about and it is such an interesting read! It’s definitely one of those books that you can’t put down! I don’t want to give too much away, but it is basically a cast of strong female characters and it involves a murder. Love this!

Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella

Hardly a month goes by that I don’t read a book by Sophie Kinsella, so I’m sure you already know about my love for her. I think is the third (maybe fourth?) book in the “Shopaholic” series. These are just easy, fun reads if you like some good chick-lit.

The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter by David Colbert

In continuance of my obsession with Harry Potter, I read this “not authorized by J.K. Rowling” book. Basically, this book just talks about the backgrounds of various creatures and characters/names that Rowling uses in her books. I thought this book would be a lot more exciting that it actually was, but it was interesting.

Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman

I’ve only recently started watching “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” within the past few years, but like everyone else, I am obsessed and appalled by the show. This book is an expose of what really happens on the show, behind the cameras and lights. Basically, there is a lot of alcohol and manipulation. This was definitely an interesting read if you watch the show!

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

This is a graphic novel that was recommended to me by my Mom. I really didn’t know much about Dahmer, as it happened either before I was born of when I was a baby. Of course, I’ve heard of him and what he had done, but this book is so interesting as it details his life before. It seems like a cartoon since it is a graphic novel, but in the back of the book are sources from every single event that was talked about in the book. Disturbing, but a great read.

The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer

I’ll admit that I was a pretty big “Twilight” fan back in the day. I also really enjoyed her other book “The Host.” I’m sure a lot of people wouldn’t read this book or laugh at it because of the author but I loved this book! It has love, murder, and a brilliant female lead character. I highly recommend giving this book a fair chance!

Peanuts Treasury by Charles M. Schulz

This book is a collection of Peanuts cartoons! I love reading books like this while I’m eating breakfast, because I don’t have to concentrate as hard and I can eat and read at the same time. And the Peanuts cartoons are so heartwarming and familiar to everyone!

Whew, that was quite the list! What did you read this month?

 

July Boxycharm Try-On

I know this is coming a little late for July, but I was on vacation and didn’t get to open my box of Boxycharm goodies until I got home!

How Boxycharm Works:

Boxycharm is $21 per month. This price includes all the products as well as shipping charges. Inside your box you get 4 or 5 full size products and a paper describing what each product it and how much it would usually cost. All boxes are worth AT LEAST $100. Mine was definitely over that this month.

My Box this Month:

Farmacy Bright On Vitamin C Mask: I still haven’t tried this product out…I know I keep meaning to! I’ve just been taking my makeup off and going right to bed without using a face mask, but hopefully tonight I will finally try this out! Until then, I can’t give you a review except to say that this product is usually expensive!

Chella Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Cream: This is the perfect eyebrow product to travel with! Unfortunately, I just got back from my vacation. If you really like to fill in your brows and do it quickly, this is a great product. I’m not sure it’s going to replace my current eyebrow products, but it’s something I’ll keep for the future.

Note Luminous Silk Compact Blusher: I LOVE the shade that came this month – I actually don’t have any other blush like it! It’s a beautiful peach shade and it is pretty pigmented so be careful about that. Awesome product!

Crown Fuego Eyeshadow Palette: We’ve gotten lots of Crown products in past boxes, but I think this is my favorite of their products yet! The colors in this palette are beautiful and the pans are huge! Loving this so far!

Wander Beauty Unlashed Volume and Curl Mascara: This was my least favorite product in the box. It just didn’t put enough product on my eyelashes and I like a LOT of mascara! However, I did really like it for my lower lashes so I’ll be using it for that!

That’s it for the box this month! Did you love any of the products? Make sure you check out my video trying them on!

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!