Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Things I Have Been Loving: Summer 2017

Now I do watch a fair amount of YouTube videos, meaning I am no stranger to a good monthly favorites video. They are in fact one of my favorite videos to watch, because not only do I get to learn  about cool new things, but I also love the personal aspect of it. In a way they are a sneak peak into that person's life as they share the things they have been doing and loving from the previous month.

So since there have been a good number of things that I have been loving recently I wanted to round them up and share them on here and create my own blog version of favorites. Now if I were to slap a month on these I have loved all of these things all throughout June and now that we're about halfway through July and I'm still loving all of these things I figured why not just make it summer favorites. Which I am not too sure why I am explaining this, because I do not really need to...

Also this isn't just beauty because in my opinion the more random the favorites are the better! I love it when people don't just share their favorite lip gloss but also a food they have been loving or a book, it just makes it that much more personal and interesting!!

So I am going to start off with beauty and get the "boring" bit out of the way.


Too Faced Sweet Peach ($49) First I have, of course, been loving my Sweet Peach palette. I got this palette for my birthday back in Febuary and have been loving it since. Before this it had been a minute since I had last gotten nice eyeshadow (that wasn't like a $5 palette), so for the past few months it has just been a treat to have new silky colors to apply. Apart from that the palette is a beaut and it has a great selection of neutrals, plus a little bit of purple and a mossy green if you're feeling crazy and want a little bit of color. It also smells of peaches, so who wouldn't want that right?!

NYX Lip Lingerie in Bedtime Flirt ($6.99) and Tarte Tarteist Matte Lip Paint in Festival ($16) So matte liquid lipsticks are all the rage rn and these are my two faves that I have found. I feel like nude and browns are super in, but neither of those are the most flattering shades on me, so I found my happy medium which are both of these! They are not too pale or too brown. The formulation of both of these is super nice too, they both apply really evenly and they are really opaque and they stay on forever too. Plus the Taste one has gorgeous packaging.

Essence Make Me Brow in Soft Browny Brows ($2.99) Now I am not the best with brows, which my brows don't require a ton of maintenance naturally but I do like filling them in a bit. I absolutely love this product though because I can add a little color and set my brows in one step. Plus the formulation also has fibers in it to umph up your brows a little more. The color is perfect too, it's a nice darker taupe. I'm a natural blonde but my eyebrows aren't very light so I struggle with finding brow products that are dark enough but not too warm toned and this is great.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer and Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer So I previously was using the Collection Perfection Concealer but I have to order that through Amazon to get it in the US (it's great though). But I really like both of these concealers too, they both have nice coverage and they are really creamy and easy to blend. I have actually been mixing the two together recently because the Maybelline one is too light for me right now and the Urban Decay one is the slightest bit too yellow.

Pink Wild at Heart Body Mist I picked this up on a whim during the Victoria's Secret semi-annual sale and I have been loving it. It's a nice, fresh, and fruity and it's not too sweet either. Perfect scent for summer.

Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips I picked this up on a whim at Target because the tin that it comes in was so cute and I actually have really been liking it. It's really smooth, moisturizing, and isn't as gloppy as regular Vaseline is. I'm a big fan of Smith's Rosebud Salve, but if you want something a little cheaper this is great!

Now onto the more fun favorites!!


I have been loving graphic tees recently, or just t-shirts I literally feel like all I buy are tees, this one from Topshop is no exception. I actually picked it up one a whim when I saw it at Nordstrom on clearance for $14.99 and I love it. It's the right amount of sass without being over the top and it looks cute with anything too! These sunglasses I picked up on a whim again because they were on sale, they're from American Eagle but are similar to the Ray-Ban pair that are everywhere right now. But I have been loving these, I think they are so cute and I feel uber trendy when I wear them. I really like the color of the lenses too. The last fashion-y thing is my new purse! I got this bag when I was in Italy and I love it. I have been wanting a satchel for ages and found this one in a little leather store in Florence and I love it!

I have been devouring magazines recently. I love Domino magazine, it is definitely one of my favorite design magazines and their most recent edition is definitely worth the read, with articles on Heather Tierney, the owner of the Butcher's Daughter, and Glossier! I also picked up June's Vogue because of the cover is gorge. I love Elle Fanning and she just looks stunning here.

I am currently reading Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han (maybe a little embarrassing to admit). It is the third book in the To All the Boys I've Loved Before series. But I do love a good read that doesn't require much thought and this is that. I also relate to Lara Jean, the main character, so much. From her experience of applying to college and finishing senior to the fact that she was trying to find the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe (literally me). It's also funny too because she lives in Virginia and I live in Virginia, so literally all the schools she keeps talking about are placing that I actually know of and have been to!

I have been loving Lily Collins recently too, I mean talk about a girl boss! She is killing it! I love her because she's different and quirky and has a sense of freshness to her on top of all that she is gorgeous!  I decided to pick up her book because it had really good reviews on Amazon. I'm still in the middle of it but I have really been enjoying it so far!

We're almost done y'all I just have a few Netflix faves!!


Can't forget those Netflix faves right?! First I have been loving Riverdale. If you have not watched it you must because it is really good. It's very loosely based on the Archie comics but in real life and darker. The story is gripping and there are so many twists and turns that each episode just leaves you wanting more. I also just love every character on the show because everyone is more complex than what you would expect (and I totally ship Betty and Jughead).<3 a="" binged="" days="" good.="" i="" in="" it="" literally="" nbsp="" number="" of="" p="" so="" this="" was="">

After finishing Riverdale (twice) I have decided to start watching Pretty Little Liars again. I used to love PLL up until the end of season 4/beginning of season 5 when I just got tired of it and it felt like nothing was happening in each episode. But I had a newfound inspiration to finish the series and it has seriously been gripping. Season 7 so far has been insane and when I think it can't get worse for the girls is does. I am almost done with the first half of season and the rest of it goes up on Netflix July 20, and then I'll be done with the whole series which is crazy!

Things I am Looking Forward to Reading:
My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
Uninvited by Lisa TerKeurst

Things I am Lusting Over:
I have been dying over how adorable this dress is, but it's $$$.
Super cute pink slides at such a good price!
Another precious dress that everyone and their mother owns, but rightfully so.

Also! Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts tomorrow!!! Eeeek!!

Whew! That was a novel! Hope you all enjoyed reading about some of the things I have been loving recently! It was so fun to talk about everything!!

Thanks for reading!!
xox,
Amanda

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