Most of my favorites this month are things other than make up, as I haven’t really found myself wearing much this month. It is so hot and humid in Alabama, and I walk to class most days, so I’m much happier just slapping some sunscreen on and running out the door. Anyway, let’s get started!
This has been a part of my make up collection for years now, and I suggest it to everyone. It is a warm weather staple for me because it feels so light on the skin and contains SPF. The shade I like to use is a bit darker than I normally use, so I prefer it when I have a bit of a tan. Even before I get tanner, I like to add a touch of this to my regular foundations because it adds a bit of moisture and bronziness. This is a bit pricy, but you get so much product that it lasts forever. I haven’t had to repurchase this in at least a year.
“warm antique gold”
This has always been one of my favorite MAC shadows. Nothing makes my eyes look greener, and it is so easy to sweep all over the lid by itself. I love wearing this with smoky brown liner and a tinted gloss. This shade looks so different on every different person, so I love using it whenever I do my friends make up. If you have green, hazel or brown eyes, go grab this right now.
I know I am like a million years late to these Revlon balms, but I have fallen in love. This is so easy to throw on right before class to give my lips a little moisture and a slight tint. I have worn this nonstop all month. Even when I go out, I opt for this because it is so easy to toss in my purse and reapply later.
I have been trying to keep my nails painted more often lately, it just makes me feel more put together. My polish always chips so fast, and I am always trying out different top coats to try and keep my polish on longer. I saw this and thought I would grab it since I have always loved matte nails. Not only does this make any polish look matte as ever, it also keeps my color on longer than usual. Let me know if you have tried any other matte top coats and your thoughts on them!
So it’s plain to see I have a serious Glossier obsession, and this is my newest addition. Glossier has two face masks, this one and a moisturizing one, and I picked this one. At the end of a long day, when I’ve been sweating outside, there is nothing more refreshing than a deep clean detoxifying mask. This smells great and goes on very smooth. When this dries, it goes from green to clear, which makes it easy to tell when the mask should be washed off. This leaves my skin feeling so cleansed and tight, but not dried out.
I had a tiny sample of this a few months ago and I loved how it made my skin feel so I bought the full size. It is a whole lot of product for the price, and a tiny drop goes so far. I love using this in the morning right after I wash my face and before I put on moisturizer. This really does make my skin feel plump and fresh, which is the best skin to put make up on in my opinion. This has made a very big difference in my skin this month.
To be honest, I purchased this after seeing the Kat Von D Into The Gloss post and seeing this on her counter. I have been looking for a good exfoliator that won’t upset my sensitive skin, and I think I found it. Not only does this smell amazing, but it really scrubs deep into my pores without tearing or irritating my skin. I only use this about twice a week, as physical exfoliators are a little too rough for my skin to take every day. This makes my skin look so refreshed and glowy without leaving any redness.
As much as I love burning candles to give my room a nice scent, sometimes I just need a spray that I can douse everything in. I use to use this scent years ago and never remembered the name, until Bath & Body Works brought it back. I bought 6 bottles (I know) during their buy 3 get 3 free deal, and I keep one everywhere in my house. I love spraying this all over the clothes in my closet so that when I out them on, I don’t even need perfume. This does not last on my skin nearly as long as a true perfume does, but it’s nice to spray on my sheets when I want to sit and read and relax. It’s very hard to describe a scent, so I have included the notes from the website below.
- Top Notes: Black Raspberry, Burgundy Rose
- Mid Notes: Bergamot Incense, Plum Musk Amber, Geranium, Peony
- Dry Notes: Dark Vanilla Bean, Labdanum, Vetiver, Sensual Balsam
Bee Natural Handmade Beeswax Blend Candles
When I was home in Philly for a few days, I went to my favorite place in the world: Reading Terminal Market. I love buying spices and honey and cheesesteaks and a million different things there. This past time I picked up a few of these handmade beeswax candles. I was initially drawn to the scents, as some of them were out of the ordinary. They had all the classics like clean cotton and vanilla, but then they had this one in the sunflower scent. Sunflowers are my absolute favorite flowers, so I had to grab this. I did;t expect it, but this actually smells like fresh sunflowers! These burn wit barely any smoke and they are very strong, but not over powering. Next time I am in Philly, I am going to buy a million of these, and not just for myself. How perfect are these to give as gifts??
I am not a coffee drinker at all, it usually makes me feel jittery and strung out. I much prefer green tea or straight matcha powder, but I thought I would try some cold brew coffee, because all my friends drink it and why not? John and I each picked up one of these, I got Vanilla and he got Mocha, and we are both hooked. This is my second bottle. Not only does it taste delicious and keep me going through the day, the bottle is so atheistically pleasing to me for some reason. I will be trying some of the other flavors soon.
The bookstore at my college recently got a make over, and now it is full of adorable posters and stationary. There is a wall of greeting cards and I always find myself drawn to and standing in front of them while waiting for John to pick me up from class. I love the Rifle Paper Co. cards the best, because they are all different, but use the same style so they look great together. I buy a bunch of these to save for special occasions, or put up on my wall if I am moved to. I already have a few up at the desk where I do my make up, and my mom loves when I send these to her to put up in her office.
Lately I have been trying to do my part to keep print alive, and in doing so I have found my new favorite rainy day activity: thumbing through these huge magazines. This is by far my favorite one I am subscribed to. It is chock full of bad ass women being asked about their lives, and I cannot help but feel a mix of inspiration and envy while scanning the pages. This magazine does not have a monthly issue like you might think, more like 4 a year, so I try to soak up every word as slowly as possible between issues.
If you ask John what he has found me doing nonstop the past week, he would say “listening to some woman talk about a murder,” and he would be right. I have never been a podcast person, as my attention span is held longest by visual things, but I had to give this a listen. I am oddly obsessed and intrigued by crime (I once asked for a book about the 50 most prolific serial killers for my 8th birthday), so when I heard about this journey into an old case I had to get in on it. I have only listened to the first season, which is a few years old, and I am beyond obsessed. Hosted by Sarah Koeing, this podcast delves into an old murder case, which was thought to be solved 15 years ago. There is a man sitting in jail for this crime, and things do not add up. I really don’t want to give anything else away, because it is best if you start from the beginning without any preconceived ideas. If you love crime solving, mysteries, or just listening to a soothing voice, download this now.
Let me know what you have been loving this month!