After taking a little break from blogging this month, I’m ready to get back at it. This month, there were a few new items that struck my fancy, and I even rediscovered an old favorite in the makeup department. Let’s get started…
B E A U T Y
I am a fan of warm, sweet, vanilla-based scents no matter the season. I bought this Outremer Vanille Eau de Toilette on an impulse in Anthropologie a few weeks back, and I’ve been obsessed with it ever since! Vanille smells like a delicious, toasty marshmallow–but not in an artificial, overly sweet way. The scent also isn’t too heavy; once you spray it, it stays for a couple hours, fades, and then seems to reappear towards the end of the day. I brought the travel size bottle for only $10; the regular size is just $18. You don’t have to spend a fortune for a quality fragrance that smells yummy.
M A K E U P
Lately, I’ve just been throwing on a quick dusting of bronzer, blush, eyeshadow and mascara for my makeup routine–no foundation or concealer. Even if I’m just around the house, it still makes me feel better to put my face on! I used to be a three or four eyeshadow kind of girl, but lately I have been enjoying wearing the Haus Laboratories Glam Attack Shimmer Powder in Angel Baby alone on my eyes. This iridescent, pink-lilac shade is beyond gorgeous!
The formula is so wearable and easy to use. The shimmer is so finely milled that it doesn’t get in your eyes or fall onto your cheeks. It honestly takes just a few seconds to set, and hardly budges during the day. My eyelids tend to be on the oily side, and this powder doesn’t even crease on its own. I’m impressed! These powders have a wet look to them, which is so unique. I don’t know why I gave Angel Baby the cold shoulder for a while. This shadow is where it’s at.
T O R E A D
If you’re looking for a good beach read (even if you can’t make it to the beach this year) I suggest The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton. I was a big fan of her last two books, but I think this one is my favorite. You empathize with the three main characters, and it keeps you hooked till the last page.
The novel follows three women — each chapter is a different point of view. Helen is a young, expectant mother trying to escape an abusive marriage. Mirta is a newlywed on her honeymoon, unsure about her mysterious husband’s background. Elizabeth is a disgraced socialite desperate to find her veteran brother who is working down in Key West.
The three women start to cross paths pretty early on, which keeps your attention. Each of them endure different hardships while trying to navigate the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane that devastated Key West. I only wish the novel was longer! Like I said, I was invested in each of the character’s stories. This is a quick read that takes you to a different place for a while.
T O L I S T E N
If you’re a fan of The Office, you HAVE to check out The Office Ladies Podcast. I watched the series a year ago, and still chuckle about it. Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey discuss each episode scene-by-scene and share stories from their time on the show. It sounds tedious, but is so entertaining. You can tell that the two are friends in real life. If you’re looking for a lighthearted, fun podcast, don’t miss this one.
T O D R I N K
The Good & Gather Ginger Peach Sparkling Water is my new favorite summer drink. I know you might like to make fun of flavored sparkling water, but I promise this one has more of a hint of a hint of flavor. It’s so bubbly and refreshing. The peach flavor is sweet, but not too sweet, and the ginger adds just a little kick. If you can’t have sugary sodas like me, these are a lifesaver. This private brand from Target has so many quality foods, too. My family and I really like their brand of tortilla chips. Pick those up too!