Another favorites post, another moment of confusion about where the month went. I seriously have no idea what happened, which is slightly alarming. Today we’re keeping it short and sweet with five favorite things. A little beauty, a little fashion, a little random- you get me.
You may remember that I dubbed this look my makeup of the summer. Not much has changed, but my routine has become even more fuss free. The difference? I broke up with foundation. I’m not swearing it off forever, but for hot (and lazy) days spot concealing and heavy blush is my new go-to. It gives your skin a healthy radiance without using much product that will inevitably melt off your face the moment you step outside.
I know faux freckles are trending, but I’m here to make a case for faux sunburn. That might sound a little crazy, but adding a coral flush across the cheeks and nose instantly makes any makeup look more natural. It just feels fresh and easy, both of which are all I ever want my makeup to be.
For a sun kissed look, I’ve been loving the Juice Beauty cream blush in orange blossom. I first dab it on with my fingertips, focusing on the highest point of my cheekbones. The color is quite bright initially, but with a few taps it sheers out to a natural wash of color. You can blend with fingers, but I like to use the F40 flat kabuki brush from 100% Pure. I don’t often use brushes, but it blends cream products out so effortlessly. I pop whatever is left on the brush onto my nose and temples. This blush and brush combo was meant to be.
As you know, not all makeup brushes are made equally, so if you’re looking for vegan options, check out 100% Pure. I also have their angled brow brush (similar) and it still looks brand new after months of daily use. They are soft, wash well and perform. The line isn’t extensive, but it includes all the basics.
It seems I had two looks last month. The first is when I can’t be bothered, which means wearing this thrifted sweatshirt nearly constantly. What is it about wearing secondhand clothes? It’s next level comfort. I think I can safely say it was 50 cents well spent. On the other hand, when I feel like embracing summer style, I’ve been wearing this consignment wrap top with lace sleeves. I love the natural linen color against denim. It’s a foolproof combination. Layered jewelry gives the outfit more dimension without looking overdone. If you’re curious about my jewelry, you can find the details in my May favorites.
Last up is what I read, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. Honestly, the title sounds like it could easily be a tacky romance novel, but it’s a dystopian slow burn that keeps you guessing until the end. I don’t read much contemporary literature, so it was a nice change. You follow the story of three lifelong friends from their time at an English boarding school to their adult lives when they begin to question the nature of their youth. It’s more than a little grim, but told with childlike innocence that makes it only more unsettling. I want to share more because it definitely prompts discussion (read with a friend!), but I don’t want to spoil it. If you’ve read it, I’d love to know your thoughts.