August 29, 2017

August Favorites

To be cliche for a moment: where did my summer go?? Summer break has always felt really long to me since I started University, but now I feel like I worked my summer away! 

Anyway, I've been very good this month and I haven't bought a lot of new makeup products. I finished up a lot and have started on my backups, which helped me discover some new things that I love! 

The only beauty order I made this month was when the Ordinary restocked their crazy-popular foundations. I couldn't miss an opportunity like that, so I picked up both of their foundations along with some skincare treats. While I like the Coverage foundation, the Serum foundation is a summer staple for me. It has a good amount of pigmentation to it in a very lightweight formula. I think I will continue to wear it throughout the winter, especially because this shade is just a hint too light for me at the moment. 

A great alternative to the big, bulky contour palettes is this quad from Elf. It's only $6 and every shade has a good use to it. There's a shimmery, nice highlighter, a matte highlighting powder, a warm matte bronzer, and a cool matte contour. They are very good quality and I love the contour shade in here! 

Unfortunately it is hard to find cruelty-free fragrances, but Tocca is one of the few high-end brands that is. I really like their Simone fragrance and there were a lot of others that sounded nice, but I didn't want to spend the money on them in case I wouldn't like them. Sephora had a set of 10 Tocca sprays for sale, including a lot of the ones I wanted to try out, so I ordered it in July and have been trying them out ever since. The standout one for me is Liliana, which has notes of Italian Bergamot, Neroli, Watery Peach, Muguet, Gardenia, Sandalwood, and more. To me this smells almost exactly like Marc Jacobs Daisy, which isn't cruelty-free. I want to order a larger size soon because I'm sure to run out of this little spray soon! 

I finished up two scrubs over the past month (I have a problem) and started using this amazing, lemonade-lime scented scrub. It's my first product from Soap and Glory and I'm very impressed! It's not as rough as I was expecting but is a great body scrub. The scent is definitely my favorite part, it's mouthwatering and perfect for summer. This is what I wanted Lush's Ocean Salt to smell like! 

The Office
Everyone that I know is obsessed with the Office and while I watched it casually, I never found it as funny as some of my other favorite comedy shows. I don't know what changed for me but since I started season two I've been laughing every episode! If you like Parks and Recreation, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, or 30 Rock I think you would love this. 

Game of Thrones (again)
I know I included this show in last months favorites post but it's just so good! It's honestly the best show on TV right now. I've read all the books but since the show has surpassed the books (and George R. R. Martin hasn't finished the series yet) I'm surprised and intrigued by every episode. The acting and effects are phenomenal, the twists are fresh, and the action is nail-biting. I really think that everyone should give it a try even if they aren't a big fan of fantasy, otherwise you might be missing out on one of the best shows of all time. 

Clockwork Angel
I love the Mortal Instruments series so I decided to start reading the sort of prequel series to it. The first book is Clockwork Angel and I'm currently on Clockwork Prince. This series is about Tessa, an American girl who moves to London to live with her brother and is kidnapped by two women who teach/force her to use her power of shapeshifting. She is rescued shortly after and meets a group of Shadowhunters who want to help her solve the disappearance of her brother and the reason for her kidnapping. It's just as good as the original series and I'm really enjoying it so far! I have also been loving a bunch of other books which I covered in my Currently Reading post. 

Look What You Made Me Do
My absolute favorite singer is Taylor Swift. Judge me or her all you want, I think she is such a talented songwriter and a good singer. 1989 is my all-time favorite album so I have eagerly been awaiting new music from her since 2014! She finally dropped LWYMMD and while at first I didn't like it, I find it really catchy now. The music video is also incredible. If you have followed Swift and her personal life there are so many funny references in it, such as the I <3 TS t-shirts, the names on the gravestones, and the dialogue at the end. I'm really looking forward to Reputation! 

This month I donated to my friend Lyndsey, who has been struggling with POTS syndrome for a few years now and was recently accepted to a rehabilitation program at the Mayo Clinic. A lot of the expenses for the program aren't covered by her insurance so she was raising money for the treatment. She and her mom reached their goal of $5000 but if you would like to help out I'm sure they would appreciate it! 

As always I would love to know what you're into this month! 

Xx Katie
18 comments on "August Favorites"
  1. The Sugar Crush Scrub is amazing! I love it so much, I really need to buy it again.
    A Sparkle Of Grace

  2. I'll have to check out The Office then because I loved 30 Rock. The Mindy Project is my current favourite comedy to binge watch on Netflix!

    Blush & Pearls by Angela

  3. I'm the only one who person who doesn't watch GoT, lol. I just ordered The Ordinary foundations and it should be coming tomorrow, I can't wait to test them out :)


  4. I somehow was able to resist this season of Game of Thrones, only so I can binge watch it now the last episode is aired. I would find it hard to just watch one episode at a time, lol xx

    Indie// In Search of the Holy Grail

    1. True! I always seem to get spoiled if I put off the episodes so I try to watch them asap

  5. I really need to buy the foundation! Taylor Swift is also my favourite singer too, can't wait for her album x
    A Blushing Beauty Blog

  6. Awesome favorites! I really need to try that The Ordinary foundation! xx

    Carolina's Makeup Life

  7. The body scrub looks really nice. I've tried the ELF palette and it wasn't my favorite but I recently found a brush I love for bronzing. I should try that palette again. I really want to get The Ordinary foundation and try some of their other products. I'm really not a Taylor Swift fan... I just can't with her.

    1. Nothing wrong with that! Music is such a personal thing.

  8. Nice Inspirations

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  9. Game of Thrones has been amazing! I'm so frustrated at the thought that we are all going to have to wait at least 2 years for the final series. I hope it is just as good as this season has been!

  10. I had no idea about Clockwork Angel! I adore the Mortal Instrument series so I know I will love this one too.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  11. I love Soap and Glory, and this scrub is so good! The Sugar Crush scent is lovely xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

  12. great post! :)
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  13. I love the Serum foundation for everyday wear and Sugar Crush is a classic :)

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  14. I've actually never watched GOT but I really want to! I've actually enjoyed using my RT beauty sponge this month, especially to go over highlighters with x

    Velvet Blush

  15. I started watching the Office this year and I love it. I found the first season to be super cringe, got better in season 2 though. Now I just finished Season 3 its hilarious.


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