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!

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