Things I love #5

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June is almost over and I figured I could throw in a last minute favorites post. I haven’t done one since March and this is only my third favorites overview of the year. Time to share with you a few products I’ve been loving again. This post features mainly beauty products, but I am also thoroughly digging rereading the Harry Potter series again.

The reason why there are so many beauty favorites is because a) the season has changed and b) I have been trying plenty of new beauty products these past few months. I have been super busy too, and I do my make up every day, but I have been less inspired to put much thought into outfits or polish my nails on a more than regular basis. So trying beauty products is part of my daily routine whereas everything else just isn’t. Only a few more weeks in the school year are left, so I hope to have a more diversified favorites post the next time I’m writing one of these.

Bronze make up looks

I am a cool toned eye shadow lover 75% of the year. But the minute summer hits, I fall in love with warm, bronze and copper toned eye shadows again. I posted one of my favorite looks last Monday, but my bronze looks haven’t been limited to my MAC eye shadow palette. I’ve been busting out my Naked 1, NARS Isolde duo, Maybelline On and On Bronze Color Tattoo, Make Up Forever Aqua Matic pencil and any other random bronze eyeshadow shade I can get my hands on. From smokey and dark, to easy slap on and go looks: I’ve rocked a bronze make up look almost every day this month.

The Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream

I got this as a freebie with a purchase I did last winter and OMG how much I love this. Talking about love at first use! I had finally used up a body butter I was trying to get through and since I only have one of my beloved Soap & Glory Handfood creams left, I decided to use this first. And I absolutely adore it. I love the smell, I love the texture, I love what it does for my hands. I am so glad this is permanent. I have finally found a hand cream that I love that I can get closer to home.

MAC Mehr matte lipstick & Soar lip pencil

I decided earlier this year that I want to expand my MAC lipstick collection. So when I was in Selfridge’s last May, I decided to take my wishlist and try a few out. I was dead set on buying Please Me, but unfortunately that is a tad to light for me. When I tried this, I instantly liked the color better and I thought I’d get the matching lip pencil too. And it is a perfect match on the lips too.

Reorganized make up collection

Inspired by decluttering videos on Youtube, I decided to reorganize my make up collection, wardrobe and beauty products. After a quick trip to Ikea, I ended up reorganizing my make up collection in such a way that I have an overview again and fewer products that are falling over. I love the organization now and I have joy in rummaging through my make up again. And silly how a reorganized stash has you reaching for different products instantly. Because everything is now in a different spot, I cannot automatically reach for my standard products straight away and so I have been doing some rediscoveries.

Rereading Harry Potter

This is very well the 4th or 5th time I have read the Harry Potter books. I find they are the ultimate way for me to destress at busy times. For some reason, June is always super busy at work, despite the fact that there are no lessons to teach. So I love to read to escape the craziness when I am on the train home. And at this time of year I find myself rereading Harry Potter. Because a) I love the series and b) they form the perfect distraction that requires just enough brain power to be distracted, but doesn’t take up too much effort after a strenuous day of developing lesson materials for next year.

Hema Soft Matt lip balms

Yup, I also jumped on the Soft Matt lip balm band wagon. They are budget proof and well pigmented, plus they have good staying power. What’s not to like? But I was skeptical about the tremendously positive reception this product received from everyone. So I decided to see for myself and I am hooked. Especially shade no. 7 which is the brightest one on the right is such a stunning shade that I love to wear.

The Body Shop Elderflower Unperfumed Eye Gel

After my slight mishap with a The Body Shop skincare product earlier this year, I have found a rave worthy product again. I don’t use this every day, but only when I am feeling my dark circles and bags under my eyes are too much to deal with in the mornings. I used to use the Garnier caffeine roll-on, but that has been discontinued over here and I just didn’t enjoy that product as much any more as I found it to be quite drying around my eyes. When I was browsing TBS on some random day, the lady sold me this and I absolutely love it. It’s a gel, so it is light enough to be worn underneath make up and is absorbed super quickly. It is like a quench of fresh water for your eye area.

Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque & Catrice Re-Touch Highlighting concealer in 001 Porcelain

My current favorite concealer combo! I wrote a full review on the Corrector last Wednesday and showed you the effects of this combination on my face in that same post. This, combined with the eye gel, makes any darkness, redness and puffiness disappear instantly. And in busy times like these, that is a God sent!

Maybelline Baby Lips Dr Rescue

Who knew lip balm could be something you become a fan of. When I was at the airport on my way home after my trip to England this past May, I had a few pounds left in my wallet and Boots had a buy 2 get 1 free deal on all Maybelline Baby Lips. I found a few varieties I had not yet heard of or tried and so I decided to give it a shot. This lip balm is minty and nourishing. It’s lightweight and not as heavy duty as my Burt’s Bees Honey lip balm, but for summer this is a great little lip balm that keeps my lips moisturized and flake free.

Decluttering videos

I haven’t really been watching anything of interest lately. By the time I get home, I just want my brain to relax, so I started watching make up decluttering videos on Youtube to kill the time. It’s ultimately brainless and fascinating at the same time. I particularly enjoyed watching the series by these two ladies as they really talk about every single product and give you a great overview of their make up collection at the same time.

If you had to pick one favorite this month, what would it be?

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