Monthly Favorites: May 2017

Beauty:

  • Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint: I didn't ever think I'd find something I loved as much as the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint and this little baby totally proved me wrong. The coverage is just high enough that I don't feel like I need to use concealer. The finish is more matte than the Glossier tint, which looks like just natural skin, not overly shiny or dewy. Plus it feels light as air. A winner on all fronts.

Style:

  • Ban.do T-shirt: The two different colored sleeves are cute in a slightly quirky way. The material is soft and light. A perfect addition to a basic tee collection. (Also, my picture in this tee got featured on Ban.do's Instagram, which is crazy exciting for me!)
  • BDG Girlfriend Jeans: I've worn these jeans so much this month it's not even funny. They're comfortable, perfectly high-waisted and perfectly cropped. The dream jeans.
  • H&M Espadrilles: They're comfortable, super cute, and the lacing stays up! I bought them in black and pink, and now I'm stalking the white pair online.

Books:

  • Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman: I have been a massive Neil Gaiman fan for just about a decade now (gosh I'm getting old). His books combine reality and the fantastical in the most beautiful, and often humorous, way. Trigger Warning is no different. It's a collection of short stories and each one draws you in the best possible way.
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers: After much convincing, I finally downloaded Audible to listen to ebooks. Since my commute recently quadrupled, it's been a total lifesaver. This book was the first one I listened to and I absolutely loved it. A ragtag spaceship crew on a dangerous adventure, with plenty of humor and twists along the way. It's a great, light read and the world Chambers has created is amazingly well thought out.

Television:

  • American Gods (Starz): I got a Starz subscription just to watch this show you guys. Based on a book by Neil Gaiman (told you I was a fan), this show follows Shadow Moon in his encounters with both old and modern gods (like Media) who are headed towards war with one another. It has one of the most diverse casts I've ever seen, the cinematography is amazing, and the show is just as funny and enthralling as I remember the book being.
  • The White Princess (Starz): I am a sucker for historical fiction, and Starz has been churning out some great fuel for my addiction lately. This show revolves around the reign of the first Tudor king of England (Henry VIII's dad and Elizabeth I's grandfather), but more specifically on the women of the court and their behind-the-scenes scheming. The history is not 100% accurate, but if you can get over that it's worth it to see such a great female-driven show.
  • Honorable Mentions: Abstract (Netflix) and The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)

Muses:

  • Tamira Jarrel: If you're into minimalist beauty and style, you have to check out Tamira's blog and YouTube channel. She's so real and relatable and cool.
  • Haley Boyd: The creative director of Marais. Her aesthetic is everything. My ultimate The Talented Mr. Ripley-esque inspiration. 
  • Olivia Purvis: What Olivia Did was one of the first blogs I ever started reading consistently. Love her style and attitude, and her YouTube channel is lovely.

Health & Wellness:

  • Hum Nutrition's Big Chill Supplement: This supplement has been my savior this month. With finals coming up and settling into a new house, these kept me mostly calm through it all. They're also great for helping to prevent stress induced acne!
  • LifeFactory 16oz Glass Water Bottle: I am terrible at staying hydrated on the go. If I'm at school for 8 hours, chances are I'm typically not drinking anything the entire time. Terrible! Knowing how important it is to stay hydrated for my health and my skin, I finally picked up this water bottle. I love the design and functionality. Hydration woes over!