auric blends desert night perfume oil – after visiting the farmer’s market one saturday i was in my local co-op browsing the essential oil section. i picked up this perfume oil and took a sniff when an older man asked me what i was checking out. i shared this beautiful scent with him and we got to talking. he told me about his work as an aromatherapist as well as some stories from his life, and i told him a little bit about me. it was a beautiful exchange, he gave me some wisdom that i will cherish forever, and i hope i made his day a little brighter as well. after he left me i knew i had to get this beautiful perfume oil, to remind me of him, of meeting new friends, and of sharing love and light with as many people as we can on this earth.
monk oil #2 – recently renamed “dawn.” i mentioned this beautiful body oil here, but i had to mention it again. i have been mixing a little in with my body moisturizer – i’m currently using the alba organica ultra emollient and it’s a new staple for me for sure – soaks in quickly and makes my body softer than ever. i get the benefits of both products in one and the added benefit of not using this oil up to quickly as it is quite pricey. the scent is calming and brings me back to center.
primal pit paste – i used up my meow meow tweet baking soda-free deodorant and picked this up at the grocery store to replace it. i think i like this better, probably because of the baking soda which thankfully doesn’t seem to irritate my skin. nice deodorant, probably not groundbreaking but i like it a lot. it is easier to rub in than the mmt and doesn’t ball up as some deodorants seem to. i am still layering it with the ursa major one for extra sweaty days (which are plentiful here in indiana).
mac patentpolish lip pencil in revved up – i will admit that i got suckered into buying this, but i am so glad that i did! i’ve been liking how peaches look on me – usually i’m a light pink lip girl – and the formula is very similar to the clinique intense chubby sticks. it has the right amount of gloss and sheer color to look simple and not overdone, but it makes me feel a little more put together than usual.
first aid beauty ultra repair intensive lip balm – my love affair with fab continues! i picked this up because i read it is similar to the nuxe reve de miel, a previous favorite that doesn’t have the ingredient list i like to see, and they are pretty much identical. this has that same somewhat gritty texture that exfoliates and moisturizes the lips at the same time. it is slightly more solid than the nuxe, but the results are spot on. it lasts all night and i can still feel it in the morning, which tells me it is really doing it’s job. if you are looking for a heavy-duty lip product, i recommend checking this out.
ray ban wayfarers – i have had these sunglasses for probably 7 years, wearing them on and off. this summer they have been the only sunglasses i have liked to wear. they are sturdy and perfectly molded to my face – highly recommend getting your sunglasses adjusted if you can, it makes all the difference. i can throw them in my bag or in my car without worrying too much. plus they have small bite marks from when my dog was a puppy so that makes me happy as well.entertainment //
the office – i have never enjoyed the office. it makes me sad, to be honest. but after watching a few episodes with a friend, i got completely sucked in. i finally see the humor behind it and that it is very sweet, not sad (for the most part). and obviously i am in full support of jim and pam, just to clear that up.
a new book – i haven’t been reading as much lately as i was the first half of the year, but i just started reading a new book that i can’t not mention. i got jd salinger: the last interview while in new york and only just had the time to start reading, but i already love it. salinger is such an enigmatic but iconic figure in american literature and it is so interesting to finally learn about him, but it also makes me feel sad that he was essentially chased and stalked most of his life.
blogs – the opal gray is yet another beauty blog, but there’s something about it that’s extra special. i believe i found the author on instagram and started reading her blog from there, but honestly i can’t quite remember. her photography is gorgeous and i really appreciate her product reviews. now if she would only post more often! another blog i have added to my daily reading list is free & native. this one is a different from my usual beauty and fashion blogs, but one that i am needing right now. free & native is the blog of herbalist and manifestation advisor lacy phillips, and she shares her techniques for more wholesome, free, and intentional living, as well as the people, places, and things inspiring her.
highlights of the month //
moving into my own apartment
meeting new people and making new friends
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