September's almost been and gone, and for once I'm rather decisive with my monthly favourites. There's a book and mascara that everyone's loving, a movie that's taken me far too long to watch and a couple of new and old beauty loves...
Too Faced Hangover Primer-The primer I usually use, Hourglass's Veil didn't seem to be gelling well with my skin, or at least not the foundations I paired it with so I've gone back to this primer and love it. Despite this primer feeling quite hydrating and maybe better suited to drier skin types, my combination skin loves it. It adds a little bit of glow without making me look shiny and helps to keep my matte foundation looking flawless+intact. I've nearly run out of this and I will definitely be making a point of repurchasing it in Australia.
YSL Lip Vinyls*-These are what I'd call an introduction to the liquid lipstick. They have the silky feeling of a gloss, combined with the staying power of a much more matte lipstick. They're so comfortable to wear on the lips and the colours are gorgeous. I have a vibrant pink but also a more peachy nude and they're both so pretty. I've had one, or sometimes both in my handbag all month.
Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara*-In honesty I am usually not the biggest fan of Maybelline's mascaras. They're good, but not amazing. That being said, I am loving their newest addition to the Falsies range. It gives your lashes a curl and makes them look thicker and fuller. I've seen this applied on people who have sparser eyelashes than I do and it makes theirs look amazing as well. This one's worth the hype if you're hunting down a wallet-friendly mascara.
Nowhere Boy-I am obsessed with this movie. In fact, it's hands-down one of the best movies I have seen this year. Nowhere Boy reveals just what made John Lennon who he was. We find out about his teenaged years, his struggles in school, his relationship with his Aunt Mimi and also his estranged mother Julia. We're introduced to his love of art and music, as well as the early formation of The Quarry Men who would go on to become The Beatles. The story is compelling and visually stunning as well. I loved the soundtrack+costuming too. It was brilliant.
The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer*-Right at the beginning of the month I said to not be surprised if this ends up being my book of the month. It actually had some competition, in the form of this but in the end Amy's book really stood out and needs to be discussed. For a comedian's memoir I was expecting to laugh out loud, that I did. However I also cried in parts, books make me emotional okay? It made me think and it also increased my appreciation+love for Amy Schumer. Her chapter on women's magazines and the unrealistic images we are presented from the media in general really resonated with me. Emma touches on this more in her review. I also really related with her chapter on introverted behaviour and I'm glad she wrote on this. Being shy and preferring one's own company definitely isn't as taboo as some other topics but I think it's fantastic that Amy is helping to normalise it. This book's worth all the hype it's getting. Read it. Devour it. Buy everyone a copy for Christmas.
-What have you loved during September?
The Internet can be a bit like the high school cafeteria in many ways, both good and bad. One of its amazing abilities is its tendency to unite likeminded people, sharing common interests and beliefs. We might not always find our people in high school but we more often than not will find them online. Readers and literary enthusiasts can now find their place online too in digital book clubs. Here's some I recommend you cast your eyes over...
Between Two Books-This is one of my favourite online book clubs, and it was established by Florence and the Machine fans. They discovered Florence shared a love for literature and now she recommends the books, along with some of her friends every few months. They have a Facebook page and closed group for discussions but you can also find them here. Some of my favourite books have been past recommendations from the club; The Goldfinch, Not That Kind Of Girl and Just Kids, among others. At the moment they are reading salt and bone which are frustratingly a bit harder to track down but if you can get hold of copies you should.
Austentatious Book Club-Zoe aka readbyzoe established this Jane Austen book club a couple of months ago and already it is brimming with enthusiastic readers. At the moment there are books assigned through to January so if you want to join in you can get organised and obtain the books in advance. Last month they read Pride and Prejudice and they are currently reading Persuasion. I skim-read Persuasion back in Year 13, in fact it's probably not fair to say I skim read it because I remember nothing. I'm reading Pride and Prejudice right now and liking it so far, it's easier to read than I expected which is a bonus.
The Feminist Orchestra Book Club-Jean's book club is another of my favourites and has unearthed some books for me that I might not have read otherwise. I Call Myself A Feminist and Take it as a Compliment in particular are worth reading. The Feminist Orchestra is another one that sets out their books in advance and have assigned books through to the end of the year. While I don't think I'm going to get around to participating in all of the reads, I will definitely be picking up December's book.
Rookie Mag-So this is not strictly a book club but given Rookie post anywhere between 2-3 book posts per month I had to include them. They recommend a range of texts, including plays, diaries and of course the novel. A wide range of themes are often covered too so while you may not always find something to take your interest in their posts, one on sci-fi reads didn't interest me whatsoever, there's plenty of others in the archives. Some of the Rookie interviews that they conduct are great ways to find out about reading material too.
-Are you in any online/offline book clubs? Which ones do you partake in+recommend?
If you read my July post, you'll know I bought myself the August Paper Gang box as well. This was before I knew what the theme was, which in this case was marbled. My second box arrived a lot faster than box one. From memory it was just under a week after it was despatched so that was a bonus. In honesty I wasn't going to do this post because I was a bit disappointed by the sparse contents of August's box but at the same time it gives you an honest look at what was inside...
As you can see, August's box only contained four items. Four. I was surprised at how few things were included to be honest. In saying that, with the exception of the calendar page I was mostly satisfied with the contents. The main item this month was the hardback, marbled notebook with rose gold detailing. You can't see from this picture but the pages actually have rose gold edging which is actually really freakin' pretty. I love it. This notebook's lined too so I will definitely find a use for it. We also received some copper washi tape which I love and will definitely use. I did have a roll of copper tape and used it all up so this one will meet a similar fate. Lastly there was another card which I will definitely use and the September calendar page. The calendar pages are the least useful for me and I imagine perhaps other people too. Unless they were doing a calendar page with every box from the beginning of the year, I'm not entirely sure.
Overall I was a bit disappointed with the August box. It wasn't terrible by any means, it just wasn't amazing and I didn't feel like I was getting my money's worth. I think if you want a decent stationery themed subscription box, you're better off going for something like Happy Mail which, while expensive is usually much better value for money. Their cards are always beautifully designed too.
-Have you signed up to a stationery subscription box before? What did you think of it?
During mid-semester break I've been indulging in one of my favourite pastimes, online window-shopping. Also known as the one where I stare like the heart-eyed cat emoji at the things I'd buy, right now if money were no object. The reality is I may inevitably purchase some of the products on this list but it will be a much more gradual, drawn out process. Unless, I win Lotto in which case all self-imposed restrictions will promptly go out the window. So here's what is on my wishlist this Spring; there's a mix of beauty, some fine paper goods because y'all know how I feel about them and some fashion to round things out.
Rifle Paper Co Herb Garden Wall Calendar-I loved my Frankie calendar that I have this year but honestly I prefer a calendar that's a bit smaller. Here's where the Rifle Paper Co one comes in. It's small, each page contains a gorgeous flora and fauna, or in this case herb themed illustration. To top it off there's some gold detailing on the pages. Swoon.
Hourglass Cosmetics Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick-The one or two foundation sticks I've tried in the past have been a bit of a mess basically. The colours have been off but they've also been thick and just generally not a good time, for my face or for applying. This one's full coverage but in the one or two videos I've seen it used in it doesn't look overly heavy. I imagine you could sheer it out even further with something like a complexion sponge if full coverage isn't really your thing. Admittedly a heavier base isn't really what I go for in Spring/Summer but I'm in need of a new foundation so I might have to give this a try.
Lonely Lingerie Winona Bra-There's something luxe and lovely about Lonely lingerie. I have a few of their pieces and they're just so darn special. I also lovelovelove their campaign imagery and the fact they design lingerie for real, diverse women. Blush pinks and khaki+lighter greens are two colours I'm really digging at the moment. The Winona bra satisfies my yearning for the former colour. It's lacy, strappy and so luxe. I love it.
Tuesday Bassen Erase You Pin-Support the OG designer of these pins, not the Zara knockoffs guys. One of Wellington's indie stores, Madame Fancy Pants is going to be stocking a range of Tuesday Bassen's pins and patches very soon and honestly, I want all of them. I particularly like this erase you pin because let's be real, who doesn't have people or moments they'd happily like to erase from the picture? I also love the Girls flag pin they have too. Get in my life.
Kikki K 2017 A6 Diary Pistachio-Every year I purchase a Kikki K diary to use. It's been that way for as long as I can remember now. The last couple of years I've bought their 'inspire' diary but I want to go back to the classic diary for 2017. It's a bit simpler but I figured I can always pretty it up with some washi tape and things. I can't resist this new pistachio colour either. So pretty!
Byredo Mojave Ghost Eau De Parfum-This is definitely one of the 'if I won the Lottery' items because I have quite the collection of fragrances. I spritzed this in Mecca when I visited with Emma a few weeks ago and she liked it as well. Byredo's fragrances have a cult following for a reason, their Gypsy Water one seems to be a fan favourite. There's something special about Mojave Ghost though. Its notes include ambrette, Jamaican nesberry, violet, sandalwood, magnolia base, chantilly musk, crisp amber and cedarwood. I seem to be naturally drawn to fragrances that contain sandalwood and floral base notes so maybe that's why I'm so taken by it. What I do know is this is such a unique, beautiful fragrance and I'm going to keep coveting it for some time yet.
the gentlewoman magazine-The new issue of The Gentlewoman keeps with my preference for longer, more book-esque magazines. This is one that champions women so I'm even more of a fan of it. Zadie Smith covers this issue, on the eve of the launch of her latest novel. Erin Brockovich is also featured, designer Grace Wales Bonner among others. This magazine's quite wordy which I love so this would be perfect to take on my travels later in the year.
-What's on your wishlist at the moment?
TGIF in every sense of the word. It's been a long, long week and mid-semester break has disappeared in the blink of an eye. For reals. Today I'm coming at you with another little life update if you will. Apologies if it ends up being a bit sarcastic, such is what happens when I am writing this at 8pm and in need of caffeine. Anyway, taking stock, volume five. Let's do this...
Reading: I have a few books on the go right now but the ones I am most devoted to are; How bad can love be? by Holly Bourne and Is that a dagger which I see before me? by William Shakespeare. Feminism and soliloquies basically.
Watching: Freaks and Geeks, as recommended by Emma and a bunch of other people. It's so, so good!
Buying: Nothing, although I kinda want to replace some of my Real Techniques brushes that are getting a bit old and repurchase this concealer.
Listening: To a whole lot of John Lennon. This is largely inspired by the John Lennon tribute show I went to last month. I seem to often go through a routine of listening to The Beatles at this time of the year, well every few months if I'm honest.
Feeling: Tired af.
Planning: What I'm going to get up to in Melbourne. It's just under two months until I'm over there and I'm so excited. Melbourne is one of my favourite places.
Wishing: It wasn't so cold right now. Where's that sudden freezing temperature come from!? Spring, where are you at?
Enjoying: Watching Freaks and Geeks. I'm a little bit obsessed, okay?
Eating: As of right now, nothing. Although I did have some fruit salad before with icecream. Nom.
Hoping: That I get to watch all of Freaks and Geeks before I have to return it. I borrowed the box set from the library and have a fair chunk of episodes left. A binge session may need to take place this weekend.
Thinking: I should really stay away from opinion pieces that I know I will disagree with. Although, it is important to remember that the opinion belongs to one person and isn't necessarily reflective of society as a whole.
Lacking: Sleep. I've been waking up at weird hours all break. Not ideal.
Trying: To not be so critical of myself, this better articulates it.
Drinking: Water and coffee and water and coffee. You get the idea..
Wanting: Valentino Rockstuds and to go to the movies. There's so many films coming out soon that I want to watch.
Deciding: If I want to housesit or not. Aka the one where I overanalyse every aspect.
Wearing: My jeans, a printed shirt and my dressing gown. Weird combo but it's so cold, hence the dressing gown.
Needing: Sleep! Which I am off to do right now. 9pm, what a partier haha.