Another month, another stack of books. I actually plan on reading more than these books during July but these are the five I wanted to feature here. I also have a book haul going up on my channel+blog later in the week so keep an eye out for that. In the meantime, here is my July reading list..
Very Good Lives by JK Rowling-For the first time, JK Rowling's often quoted speech to the Harvard graduates of 2008 is available in book form, with all the profits benefiting her charity Lumos. As you can see this is a rather slim book so I finished it in one sitting. This is so inspiring and perfect for someone who's about to make big decisions, or on the verge of entering the corporate world. There's also a Harry Potter reference or two in there which is never not going to please me.
Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot-It's been a fair while since we last heard from Mia Thermopolis but she is back. I'll be honest, going in to this I was scared it'd be a repeat of the Bridget Jones comeback from a few years ago. Thankfully it wasn't as I gave this five stars over on Goodreads. Mia is in her mid-twenties splitting her time between Genovia and their embassy in New York. Her and Michael get engaged on a private island in Bora Bora but upon their return to New York, scandal unfolds. As always, this story is told through Mia's hilarious diary entries and text messages+emails. One of the major storylines was quite predictable but it was still exciting to see it unfold. I hope Meg Cabot writes another book about Mia, maybe just one more to satisfy us.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas*-I have heard a lot about Sarah J Maas' books recently over on booktube and from some of my other friends. Throne of Glass is about an eighteen year old girl who is a trained assassin but she got caught and has to face the consequences. It's been a while since I've read anything within the dystopian+fantasy genre so I am looking forward to starting this one soon.
My Paris Dream by Kate Betts-Kate Betts was featured in a Man Repeller roundtable feature on fashion journalism recently where they also discussed her book so I made a note of it and ordered it in at Time Out. This memoir documents the tales of a journalist in 1980's Paris and her quest to conquering Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Women's Wear Daily among other renowned fashion publications. It sounds really inspiring and anything about fashion journalism is right up my street so I cannot wait to get into this.
I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson-This is the book I'm currently reading and it's pretty good so far. It's the story of two twins, Noah and Jude told from two different time periods. In the present day, Jude's perspective, the twins aren't speaking and it is through the two different sides you eventually learn why that is. As I say in my video which'll be up later in the week, I feel like this book is going to make me feel all the feels, a la John Green or Rainbow Rowell but we shall see.
-Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?
After my first ColourPop order happened at the beginning of May, I knew it was not going to be long before I felt it necessary to make another one. I grabbed a few different products to try this time and also some more of my current favourite eyeshadows. I've had these for less than a week but I've already had the time to try everything out so without further ado, here's my haul and first impressions...
Super-Shock Shadows in On The Rocks and Nillionaire-Oh my, some more bronze-y eyeshadows. I'm so predictable when it comes to eyeshadow colours. These ones are actually a bit more on the taupe-y side of things but I am okay with that. On the Rocks is a gold-bronze with gold and violet glitter. I don't really think the violet glitter picks up on the eyes but you do get some shimmer there and it is a stunning shade. Nillionaire is similar but is more of a warm bronze shade. When I swatched this initially I was really disappointed but it seemed to look a lot better on the eyes. If you like neutral shimmers then these will be right up your street.
Lippie Stix in Frida and Lumiere-After seeing Liv's review of the Lippie Stix, I knew I'd have to try these at some point. I opted for Frida first because I bought the matching lip pencil last time and really liked that. Frida reminds me of Patisserie from Mac but with more pink tones and vibrancy to it. It's described as a satin finish and wears well on the lips but be prepared to reapply this throughout the day. Lumiere seems to be one of ColourPop's bestsellers and I can see why. It's your standard, Kylie Jenner-esque nude and reminds me a bit of Syrup, also from Mac. I was surprised to read that this is actually a matte finish because it doesn't feel or apply like a matte lipstick to the lips. However, it definitely did have decent lasting power without the dryness. I can see this colour becoming a fast favourite.
Blush in Get Leid-I considered getting one of the new highlighters from ColourPop but I was kinda overwhelmed by the selection and not too sure where to begin with choosing one so I opted for a cream blush. I currently don't own any cream blushers so I decided it was a justifiable excuse to add one to the collecton. Get Leid is a warm peach-toned blush. In fact it looks quite orange in the pan which scared me but it's much more natural looking on. I wore this on Friday night when I felt like death and it certainly livened up my complexion. As for lasting power, I forgot to pay attention to that but I'm pretty sure the colour hadn't faded too much after four or five hours of wear.
*Have you hauled anything from ColourPop lately? What do you love from their lineup?
A Base Gem-I'll be honest, I usually struggle to find an affordable foundation that I'd use and recommend. Being on the paler side of things, I feel like cheaper foundations often alternate between being too pink or too orange. There's never really any middle ground. Well, I have finally found a foundation that I like from L'Oreal. Their new Infallible Pro Matte* foundation launched at the end of last month, alongside a mattifying primer and I really like them. This foundation is full coverage without the cakiness and is so lightweight. It feels like you have no makeup on and it looks so flawless. Love.
Some Assembly Required-This was one of the books we could vote for in the #WeTheBookDragons book club last month, I think, and I saw it in the library recently and gave it a read over the weekend. If you saw my last video you will have heard me talk about this book already but it tells the story of Arin Andrews, a transgender teen. He talks about growing up as a child with gender dysphoria and the bullying, struggles and then later triumphs and achievements. It's a really fascinating read and I highly recommend it. I want to read his friend Katie's book now too because she sounds just as inspiring.
Lipstick For A Cause-July honours a number of causes here in NZ, including #LookGoodFeelBetter, a charity that supports women with cancer and makes them feel special with things like makeup workshops, styling sessions and more. During July, every lipstick purchased in-store at Farmers will see $1 being donated to the charity. Not only is it a perfect time to treat yourself to a new lipstick, you can do some good too.
Lizzie McGuire 2.0-I'm a Hilary fangirl from way back, ever since I saw her in Casper Meets Wendy actually. Her vacation wardrobe in that film was #wardrobegoals. Anyway, Hilary is back with a new album 'Breathe In Breathe Out'. Anyway, I am currently obsessed with the song Sparks from this album. It's just so upbeat and makes me happy. The whole album's full of catchy, fun tracks. If you're a Hilary fan/love pop music then give it a listen.
A Handmade Affair-Recently I've been on a bit of an Etsy+shopping handmade spree. I think Etsy is the best place to find handmade gifts but there's also heaps of standalone stores on the internet. Pictured is Nook and Burrow, a store run by two ladies in Australia. They make gorgeous bookmarks like the ones above, prints and other cute crafty things. Check them out if you're #feelingspendy.
-Have the raddest of weekends everyone! This week's been quite busy-with a mix of work, play and party planning. My younger brother has his 21st party tonight so there's been a lot happening around that. This weekend I don't have any concrete plans as we have some family staying. Oh-I do want to watch The Lizzie McGuire movie because I have been too busy to watch the DVD I bought of it & I have another video to edit so keep an eye out for that xo.
Well I'm back from another one of my extended YouTube hiatuses. I've filmed two videos and first up we have the TMI tag. I wasn't actually tagged to do this but thought it looked fun, and it was fun to film so that's a win for me. I guess. I don't think I overshared toooo much but yeah, give it a watch. If you're new feel free to subscribe. When I'm not MIA from YouTube I do post hauls, favourites, book videos and the like so there's a mix of content on my channel.
Have an awesome Wednesday and I'll see you on Friday with another installment of The Week x
Well June, you've been interesting and over really darn quickly as always. Time flies when you're having fun? This month I feel like I've been wearing less makeup because my skin's been throwing a few tantrums and also because I just haven't been bothered with it. I also didn't really acquire any new makeup this month until about midway through the month, and then in the last week with some online shopping. So this month's a real mixture of favourites as a result but I've loved all of these nonetheless. Maybe you'll find some gems among this list too...
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, Florence & The Machine-Was anyone expecting this not to be here? Florence returned to the music scene after a bit of a hiatus and it did not disappoint. Perhaps slightly less melancholy in tone than some of her other albums, there's still the soaring vocals that we know and love as well as some amazing orchestrations. Those horn sections make me so happy, I can't really explain it. I think I've mentioned this already on here but in my imagination, this is the ideal US roadtrip soundtrack. Standout tracks: Caught, Delilah, How Big+How Blue+How Beautiful and Queen of Peace.
Maybelline ColorSensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick in Blushing Bud*, out July-Maybelline have some wicked launches headed our way next month but more on that soon. Some of the standouts for me though have to be these new ColorSensational lipsticks. Creamy, longlasting, vibrant colour all inspired by Spring/Summer blooms are what you'll find in this collection. Blushing Bud is the perfect rosy pink and reminds me of the colours essiebutton wears on her lips. Hibiscus Pop and Power Peony are next on my wishlist.
Secret Garden by Johanna Basford-Colouring for grown ups has really taken off recently which is mainly down to Johanna Basford's intricate colouring books. These drawings are so detailed and you can really unwind for a good hour or two completing these illustrations. I also find colouring in so relaxing and really zone out from any distractions. It's great.
Nars Luminous Weightless Foundation in Mont Blanc-I never thought a fuller coverage base would take my fancy but the newest foundation from Nars seems to have changed my mind. This foundation is so lightweight, it feels like you're wearing no makeup at all. I also love how flawless it looks on the skin. My favourite thing about it though is the fact it stays put really well without powder. Seriously, I powder maybe once or twice during the day if I'm wearing this. There's also a really wide range of shades available too and if you have combination or oily skin, you'll probably get along well with this one.
Max Factor Masterpiece Glamour Extensions Mascara*-This mascara has been my holy-grail since I ran out of Roller Lash. I curl my lashes first, apply this and then it's like bam, hello fluttery elongated lashes. It really does hold a curl well throughout the day and is fairly water resistent even though I don't think this mascara is waterproof. Max Factor mascaras are pretty pricey here in NZ but I think they do some of the best 'drugstore' priced mascaras around so they're worth the hype.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt-So finishing this book has been a long time coming. 800 hefty pages does take a while to get through. I've read The Secret History which is also by Donna Tartt and really enjoyed that and The Goldfinch was just as good. I had no idea what this was about going in and really had no clue what was going to happen in this book which I think appealed to me most. I like a non-predictable storyline. This story also takes place through a number of different time periods and is mainly set in New York which I liked as well. I highly recommend this if you like mystery, drama-laden novels.
-What did you love throughout June?