June Favorites

I can’t believe my summer is already half way over. I’m heartbroken that this is my last summer and there isn’t much that has happened so far to make it memorable. I have two months left to make my last summer, the best summer.

Anyways, here are my favorites for the month of June.

Beauty

  1. Origins GinZing Eye Cream– This eye cream has really been helping with puffiness underneath of my eyes. Even though the dark circles I was born with seem impossible to rid of, this at least helps for the time being.
  2. Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer (Tiki)– I talked about this last month, but I literally use it every single day. I use it as bronzer, as highlighter, as eyeshadow, and as blush. It’s all I wear.
  3. Dove Beauty Bar– This might sound like such a silly product, but I swear by it for my skin time routine. This bar of soap saved my skin after years of using face washes that were too rough. A simple bar of soap can work wonders for your skin.

Fashion

  1. Rings– I have been loving accessorizing with chunky rings. I think they add so much and really even help a simple tee shirt and jeans outfit stand out. I can’t take them off! IMG_2990
  2. Crystals– I’ve been really into crystals in general, fashion ones and regular ones. I’ve been really getting into meditation and I’ve begun to research the power of crystals. I decided to put crystals under the fashion category because they also really are so beautiful. I’ve been buying beautiful rings and necklaces on Etsy that contain crystals, just like this ring.il_570xN.444969037_803pIMG_2986.JPG
  3. Necklace– Again with the crystals, I love this Lepidolite gem necklace. It’s so simple and so beautiful. Not to mention purple is my all time favorite color. The crescent moon pendant also looks stunning with the gem stone. The only thing I am not a fan of is that mine came with a black chain instead of silver (the black was less money.) I have to get a silver one.il_570xN.1033045212_th5a.jpg
  4. Wedges– Since I intern and I’m supposed to dress business casual, wedges have been my go to. They’re perfect for summer, easy to walk in, and super cute!IMG_2981.JPG
  5. Skater skirts– Skater skirts are so versatile- I can dress them up and wear them to my internship, or I can wear them casually when I go out with friends. I love wearing skirts in the summer because they’re so cute and girly and I think are overall a staple for summer. The one I am wearing is from Forever 21, but I linked a similar one!

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Entertainment

  1. Elsewhere– This book is such an interesting concept. I have to say, when I first started reading it, it seemed kind of childish, but it really is so unique. The book is about a 15 year old girl who dies in a bicycle accident. The girl is taken to a place called “Elsewhere” in her after life. In Elsewhere, people age backwards until they are 0. Once someone turns 0, he/she is taken back to Earth and rebirthed.
  2. Orange is the New Black– Of course this is a June favorite. This show is so addicting, it’s unreal. I always forget just how much I love it until a new season comes out. Then I’m immediately hooked. The show is so dark and full of so many surprises, and it always ends on a huge cliff hanger that leaves you wanting more.
  3. Groovebook– I prefer having physical copies of things rather than storing everything digitally, in fear of everything getting deleted. Grosbeak allows me to print 100 pictures a month straight from my iPhone. The pictures are mailed in a little booklet to my house. Easy and convenient.
  4. Mango Health– Instead of setting alarms on my phone that always frighten me, Mango Health vibrates whenever it is time to take my medicine. It also lets you keep track of your medications and it lets you check off when you have taken it for the day. It even keeps track of your missed pills.

Food

  1. Bananas– Last month I wrote about bananas and peanut butter, but now I want to write just about bananas. I love bananas. I eat at least one banana a day. They are honestly just my all time favorite snack.
  2. Acai bowls– Acai bowls are crazy expensive, so I learned how to make my own. It’s actually very simple. Blend an acai powder with a frozen banana and protein powder in a blend, pour into a bowl, add granola and your favorite fruits, maybe top with some honey or peanut butter- and bam! An acai bowl for a reasonable price.

That’s it for the month of June. I hope you all found something worth trying out in this post, thanks for reading!

May Favorites

May is over and summer has officially begun! I’m excited to discuss my favorites for this month with all of you because I’ve got a lot. Also, I linked all of the products if you are interested in checking any of these out!

Beauty

  1. Hawaiian Topic Dark Tanning Oil– okay, I know a lot of people flip when I say I like to use tanning oil, but I think tanning oil is great when used safely. At the start of summer, I love to use a bit of tanning oil on my body and soak in the sun for about an hour or two just to start my summer tan. This tanning oil is great because I darken so fast without burning and get that summer tan in no time without spending an excessive amount of time outside baking my skin. It’s perfect to use at the start of summer.
  2. Sephora Pearl Face Mask– this face mask is great for brightening the skin. I love using the Sephora face masks in general because they aren’t too expensive and are perfect for a little spa day. They make my skin feel much cleaner and fresh.
  3. Smith’s Rosebud Salve– I talked about this in my last favorites post and I will keep talking about it because it is 100% my holy grail of lip moisturizers. My lips get so dry and I swear this is the only product that helps. Not to mention one little jar lasts a lifetime.
  4. Mally Face Defender BB Cream Foundation– I’ve been loving this BB cream because it’s so light and perfect for summer. It also is great for my acne prone skin and doesn’t clog my pores. I currently wear the color medium light, but will probably go up a shade as I get tanner.
  5. Mally Poreless Perfecion Glowing Foundation– I use this product on top of my BB cream and together makes the perfect result. This powder alone is not quite enough coverage for me, but it really ratifies my face without looking cake-y. I find it to be the perfect powder for sealing in my foundation and eliminating an oily T-zone. I wear this in light.
  6. Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer (Tiki)– I use this bronzer in the shade Tiki and it works as the perfect highlight for summer. Since it’s actually a bronzer, the shade is perfect to highlight my summer glow. It’s dark to add a bit of color, but is so illuminating that it really brightens my face. It’s also great to use as a bronze eyeshadow. Overall, it’s a very versatile product that can be used on a wide range of complexions.
  7. IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette– This palette has been perfect for adding color to my face. Honestly, I haven’t really used the powder since I’m so obsessed with my one by Mally, but I love the bronzer and the blush. The bronzer is the perfect dark shade to contour and the blush is bright and natural looking and adds the perfect flush of color. The palette is a bit pricey, but worth it.

Fashion

  1. Tee Shirts– As boring as this sounds, I’ve been enjoying wearing just plain old oversized tee shirts lately. I really like to be comfortable, especially when it’s so hot and sweaty out. Still, I think big tee shirts are extremely cute paired with some cute sneakers and high waisted shorts. Cute, casual, and comfortable. (BTW I linked a cute one for you to check out!) IMG_2803.JPG
  2. Twist-Front Crop Top– This has been one of my favorite pieces to wear lately because it is such a cute little top, and so versatile! I wear it with jeans and sneakers, or I’ll pair it with some high waisted shorts and sandals. I also love to dress it up a little by pairing it with my corduroy skirt and a denim jacket. IMG_2895.JPG
  3. Bralettes Bralettes are the best for summer because they aren’t as restricting as a regular bra and go perfect under cutoff tanks and backless tops. I might be biased since I used to work there, but my favorite place to buy bralettes is definitely Aerie. IMG_2904.JPG
  4. Sneakers– I love wearing sneakers when it’s still a bit breezy out. I also find them way more comfortable for walking on the boardwalk than flip flops because there is no toe chafing! I particularly love my Adidas, Converse, and Vans even though they’ve all gotten super run down because I wear them so often!IMG_2907.JPG
  5. Open Cardigans and Tanks– Since it’s still a little chilly some days, I like to wear loose sweaters and cardigans on top of my tank tops. Layering is perfect when the weather is still constantly fluctuating.IMG_2733.JPG

Entertainment

  1. Big Little Lies– I just started watching this show so I’m not very far in, but I’m already hooked. Also, I want to note how awesome this cast is. I definitely recommend.
  2. 13 Reasons Why Who isn’t talking about this show?? I wanted to see what all of the hype was about so I decided to check it out. I’m definitely not as obsessed with the show as some people are and I do think the show has its flaws, but it’s still an intriguing show. Plus, Clay Jenson is the cutest creature to ever walk the earth.
  3. Invisible Monsters– I started reading this before and got sidetracked with school and never was able to finish, so i started again. I was obsessed with this book from the start. Chuck Palahniuk never disappoints.
  4. Empire of the Sun– I just discussed this band in my last post because I was lucky enough to see them live, but I decided they were worth mentioning again. Swordfish Hotkiss Night is the ultimate jam.
  5. The Killers– I’m so excited because I get to see one of my favorite bands perform in a few weeks!! I’m so excited that I’ve been nonstop blasting the Killers ever since I bought the tickets (aka like 3 months ago).
  6. Poshmark– One of my favorite apps, Postmark allows me to sell clothes I no longer wear and buy clothes from others for affordable prices. I use Postmark constantly and find it a great way to earn some extra spending money. Check out my closet!
  7. Duolingo– I really want to brush up on my Italian and this app lets me practice and overall is really effective. Not to mention, it’s free!
  8. MyFitnessPal– I’ve been really trying to eat healthier and this app is one I always go back to. I’m able to keep track of what I eat and check my calories. It also breaks down the nutrition so I can see how much protein, carbs, etc. that I’ve consumed. This app also allows you to set goals. For example, you’re goal might be to lose .5 pounds each week. The app tells you how many calories and such you should consume to achieve this goal.
  9. That Poppy– I’ve been really addicted to Poppy lately and I can’t tell if I like it or not. Her music is awesome no doubt, Lowlife is a great song for the summer. Her channel; however, is a bit strange, yet I can’t stop watching?? Her vids are definitely a bit odd and I wish she were to give a meaning for it all, but I’m definitely hooked and can’t stop watching.
  10. Sarah Baska– I discovered Sarah last summer and I’ve loved her ever since. I’ve been catching up on her videos lately now that classes are done for the summer and I can’t stop watching. She’s absolutely hilarious and her videos never fail to make me laugh.

Food

  1. DIY Trail Mix– Lately, I’ve been snacking on trail mix that I create myself with whatever I have in the house. I try to keep it as healthy as possible by mixing together some cashews, dried cranberries, dark chocolate, and pretzels. It makes the perfect snack to munch on.
  2. Bananas and Peanut Butter– Bananas and peanut butter are a perfect combination and a great snack. I love eating this if I want a quick snack before bed or sometimes even for breakfast. I also like making peanut butter and banana sandwiches for lunch because basically I’m obsessed with this combination. 10/10 would recommend.

Hope you all enjoyed your month of May and found something in this article worth checking out! Everything is linked!

 

 

 

March Faves

March is coming to an end so I thought I’d do something I haven’t done in a long, long time- a monthly favorites post! If you guys like this post, I’ll start doing making monthly faves more often so please let me know what you think!

Here are my March faves! 🙂

Beauty:

I have three big things I want to discuss. The first is Smith’s Rosebud Salve. Inexpensive, moisturizing, and pretty much a staple for my lips. It’s still pretty cold around where I live, so everything is still very dry. My lips dry out so fast in the cold air, and I find this to be the best way to keep some moisture.

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Another product I’ve been loving which I discussed in my self-tanner reviews is my Tanceuticals Self-Tanning Body Lotion. I love this because of the smell- not only does it not have that stinky self-tanner smell, but it actually smells good. Not to mention it is the perfect shade, as it’s dark, but not too dark to look fake. And it is probably the only self-tanner that doesn’t cause my acne prone skin to break out. If you’re into self-tanner, I highly recommend giving this a try.

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My last product is my Maybelline New York Eyestudio Master Precise Ink Pen Eyeliner. I don’t believe in spending an excessive amount of money on eyeliner. For one thing, I could never afford it because I wear cat eyes almost daily and pens never seem to last that long. This eyeliner is inexpensive, and it’s very easy to create a sharp wing with the felt tip. It has been my Holy Grail of liquid liners.

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Music

I have got to mention my latest song obsession because this song is going to be huge soon and I’m calling it now. The song is called There’s a Honey by Pale Waves and it is the catchiest, most relatable song ever and I am obsessed. I’m also seeing Pale Waves perform this summer and I cannot wait! Check out the song here! Fun fact: the song was produced by the 1975, and if you know anything about me, you know I’m obsessed with the 1975! I’ve seen them twice in concert, plus I’m seeing them again this summer. I guess it only makes sense for me to be obsessed with this song!

Others

I’ve been really into Instagram lately, not that I haven’t always enjoyed Instagram, but I feel myself becoming more and more addicted. If you’re interested, you can check out my Insta here along with other sites I’m obsessed with such as the Odyssey (my other blog), Bloglovin‘, and Poshmark.

But yeah, that pretty much sums up my monthly favorites! There aren’t too many things on my list for this month, but everything that did make the list has been my absolutely and utter obsession. If you liked this post, let me know and I’ll make another one for April! Hope you all enjoyed this post and hope you enjoy the rest of your spring! Thanks for reading!

xoxo Andrea

 

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