July Faves

July is over, I am no longer a teenager, and I have a month left of summer.My favorites haven’t changed that much since June, but here’s a quick update.

Beauty

  • Avon Speed Dry Nail Polish in the shade Just Peachy– This is a very old nail polish I have, but still one of my favorites. The speed dry formula really does dry within minutes, and the color lasts just over a week without chipping. Not to mention this shade is such a pretty orange that is subtle, but perfect for summer. Unfortunately, this nail polish is so old that Avon doesn’t even make it any more. Still, I managed to find some sellers on Ebay is you’re interested in finding a summer nail polish that will dry faster and last longer.
  • Conair Infiniti Curling Wand Styler– I have been curling my hair quite a lot this summer because I find it looks best with my new ombre color. Also, I love to curl my hair on days I don’t wash because it makes my hair look a little more put together and the curls last even longer. Conner makes excellent curling wands for good prices if you are looking to buy one!
  • Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in the shade Tiki– I’ve been writing about this product all summer, but I really have been using it daily. I use it as everything which makes my makeup routine way quicker and so simple. I can have my makeup done in 10 minutes or less. I apply my regular foundation and concealer, and use Tiki as my eyeshadow, blush, bronzer, and highlight. Then I just throw on a little bit of mascara, and my summer look is complete!

Fashion

  • Aerie bikinis- Aerie is one of my all time favorite places to buy bikinis. I find they have the biggest selection that caters to all different body types.
  • Pretty sandals– Sandals are a summer staple. I love to wear sandals with pretty detailing that makes my outfit pop just a little bit more.
  • Stacks of bracelets– Lately I’ve been really into wearing all of my stacks of bracelets. Some of my favorite places to buy these trendy bracelets are Alex and Ani, Helberg Diamonds, and Kohls!
  • Layered necklaces– This has been a huge trend for the summer and I’m lovin’ it. I used to love chokers in the fall, but I feel this trend is much girlier and cute for summer.
  • Cross body bags- I always carry a cross body bag with me because it is by far the most convenient. They are the perfect size, stylish, and won’t kill your shoulders.

Entertainment

  • The Beginner’s Guide to Zen Buddhism by Jean Smith– This book is great if you have any sort of interested in living a zen lifestyle. You’ll learn how to properly meditate and receive many different tips and tricks to find comfort in stillness. You’ll also learn about the Four Noble Truths, and much more that can get you started on your journey with spirituality.
  • Jenna Marbles– In the summer, I’m always spending my free time watching random YouTube videos. Jenna Marbles is definitely my favorite YouTuber because her content is so original and hilarious, and seems to only get better. I can spend hours watching her videos.
  • Safiya Nygaard- I’ve recently discovered Safiya and I find her videos not only entertaining, but also informative. She posts many videos trying out different products that I have found myself interested in buying. She’ll confirm whether the product is worth the price and the hype, or not.

Food

  • Dark chocolate– I have such a sweet tooth and am always looking to indulge in some chocolate. I am a strong believer that chocolate can be healthy as long as it is eaten in moderation. Chocolate has endorphins that can bring happiness, and dark chocolate can even be good for the heart. Just make sure the brands you are eating are high in Cacao and not processed with alkali.
  • Bobs Red Mill Whole Grain Granola, Apple Cinnamon– I’ve never really loved granola that much, but this is by far the best I’ve had. It is perfect to add to a fruit and yogurt parfait, or to add a little something to an acai bowl. I highly recommend this brand and this flavor.

 

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July Faves

Hellooooo!

July is over and we’re on to our final month of summer! For once in my life I’m actually excited for summer to end because I get to start college and I’m so beyond excited! But anyways, since it’s August I felt I should do a July faves post since I haven’t done a favorites post in awhile. I would like to apologize in advance that I have not been able to get my camera to focus so these pictures are either blurry, taken from my iPhone, or taken from the internet. Sorry for that! I have a Canon Rebel.. T3i I believe? If anyone knows what the problem could be please let me know!

Okay, let’s begin with my favorite beauty products. Since it’s summer I, like most people, have been going for a more natural look. Instead of wearing winged eyeliner, or eyeliner at all, I only use eyeshadow. Usually I’ll use the shade darkhorse from my naked palette and line my upper and lower lash line. As my eyeshadow base, I use a NYX jumbo eye pencil in the color yogurt. I find the smudged eyeshadow look to not only be more natural, but a lot easier to accomplish. It doesn’t have to be as precise as a liquid or gel liner which saves a ton of time. Of course, I finish this look off with mascara.

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Recently, I purchased a beauty blender. I honestly have no idea how I’ve gone so long without one of these things. This makes applying foundation and concealer 10000x easier and I’ve never found something that blends makeup into my skin so well. For those of you who don’t know what a beauty blender is, it’s an egg shaped sponge that is used instead of a makeup brush to blend in your makeup. I bought mine at Sephora for $18, but you can find cheaper alternatives at your local drugstore.

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When I bought this beauty blender, I also bought a few Sephora face masks. I bought two face masks and an eye mask. For the face masks, I bought Pearl and Green Tea. I felt these would be a good idea since I’ve been having a lot of problems with breakouts recently. I’m not going to lie, they haven’t helped with breakouts, but they do make my skin feel smooth and refreshed. This isn’t an amazing product, but it’s nice for relaxation. I also bought the pearl eye mask which also didn’t really give any results, but still just gives a pleasant feeling.

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Like I said, I’ve been dealing with bad breakouts. Not only on my face, but on my body as well. I swear by Neutrogena Body Clear body wash to get rid of body acne. Warning: it really dries out your skin so make sure to either apply a thick body cream afterwards, or use this maybe every other day or only a few times a week.

Okay, onto fashion!

I’m really lazy in the summer and never feel like getting dressed. Finding shirts and pants that match is too much effort. That’s why in the summer, I live in rompers!

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This romper I especially love because it looks like a top tucked into high waisted shorts, but it’s really just one piece! I bought this from Joyce Leslies, but other great places to buy inexpensive rompers include Forever 21 and Rue 21. I especially have a hard time finding rompers that fit me because I’m very petite and the shorts always end up being too long on me, but Rue 21 I believe has the best rompers for short people, so all fellow short girls, check it out!

One of the biggest trends right now thanks to fashion icons like Vanessa Hudgens and big music festivals like Coachella, is the boho style.

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Top I’m wearing: actually my friends so I’m not sure (sorry!)

Shorts: pacun

Friends top/sweater: Once again not sure, but pieces like this can be found at Forever 21 or Urban Outfitters

Pants: Urban outfitters

Accessories: Joyce Leslies

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My dress: Target

Okay, movies and television shows.

If you haven’t watched OITNB yet, what are you doing with your life. Seriously. Ruby Rose is SO hot and this season was utter chaos. Get on that.

Under the Dome finally came back and I’m so happy because I’ve missed it so much! I was so painfully addicted last season. This season has been weak so far, but Alexander Koch is so hot that I just don’t care.

As for movies, this month I’ve seen The Gallows, Inside Out, and Jurassic World and all three were amazing!

Let’s start with The Gallows- so I’ve heard mixed reviews about this movie. I’ve heard it was stupid and not at all scary, and then I’ve also heard it was terrifying. I don’t think it was either. I wasn’t scared out of my mind watching this movie, but it definitely did keep me on the edge of my seat. I thought it had a unique plot compared to other scary movies and I genuinely liked it. Scary movies these days are pretty lame, and it’s one of the few I would actually watch again. Plus, it’s a great date night movie! I’d give it 4 stars!

Inside Out was SO SO SO CUTE! I loved everything about it. 5 stars!

I feel like everyone has had to have seen Jurassic World at this point. If you haven’t, yes it is as awesome as everyone says it is and yes you need to go see it. Plus, Chris Pratt is a total babe. I’ll give it 4.5 stars.

As for books, I’ve read two books this month (yes I have a lot of free time lately). The first book was Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk and this book, my God this book. Easily one of the best books I’ve ever read… although I feel like I say that about every book I read. If you’ve never heard of this book, I’ll give you a brief overview.

Basically, it’s a group of people trapped in a house on a writers retreat where they are supposed to work on writing a story. The book goes from being a chapter of what’s going on inside the house, to being a poem about one of the characters, to being a short story based on that character. The story is so twisted and creepy. I highly recommend this book.

The second book I read is Looking for Alaska. Another phenomenal book! I wanted to see what all the John Green hype was about and Fault in Our Stars didn’t seem like something I’d be that interested in, but I’ve heard Looking for Alaska is another great one he has written. I really hope they make this book into a movie as well. Personally, I feel like I could identify with all the characters in one way or another and I really loved that. Finally, I get the John Green hype.

As for my music obsessions, I’m gonna keep this short. I’ve recently rediscovered my love for the Veronicas, a group consisting of two Australian sisters. Their newest album came out quite some time ago, but I just found it. My favorite from the newest album, The Veronicas, is “You Ruin Me.”

I’ve also been really into the Naked and Famous. I’ve been especially obsessed with the song “The Mess.” I like songs that I feel relate to my life at the moment, and this is one of them.

Alright, one more random favorite. I doubt anyone cares, but I love it so much that I had to throw it in here. White cheddar popcorn. OMG! It’s heaven.

Oh wait and another great snack- White Chocolate Macadamia Luna Bars. SOOOOO GOOD!

Okay, that’s it! Hope you enjoyed!

-Andrea