June 2014 Favorites

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I like the idea of curating a few of my go-to items every month. I’m not one to spend money on trendy products or fashion items, preferring to look for more versatile, long-wearing items I can add to my ‘tried, tested and true’ category. Having said that, there are always a few things that I turn to every month. Here are some of them:

American Eagle crop top – I love the black-and-white versatile patterns of this crop top and the jersey-like material which is soft, comfortable and loose. I’ve been pairing it with everything from high-waisted olive cotton pants, white denim, my red maxi pant-skirt to layering it over a printed maxi dress. Two weeks ago, a cashier at my local bookstore commented on how ‘pretty’ it was so this crop top has definitely secured its place as ‘most-versatile’ fashion item for June.

Beauty favorites: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel, Principessa hand cream and Maybelline ColorShow Eye Liner in Nude

Beauty favorites: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel, Principessa hand cream and Maybelline ColorShow Eye Liner in Nude



First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
– I did a review of this last month. This cream has really helped balance my dehydrated skin and restored the brightness and ‘glow from within’ look I covet on my face!

Clinique Acne Solutions Gel – I’ve been spot-treating small pimples that have been popping up on face (hello hormonal pimples!) with this clear gel and it works like a charm. I was a bit hesitant to use salicylic acid on my face since I prefer to use ‘clean’, ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ products but this product has really helped heal my blemishes faster. I’ve also noticed that there is little to no scarring aftereffect. This is amazing for me since I scar so easily as a gal with olive skin.

Principessa hand cream – I featured this hand cream in a my beauty and makeup summer haul last month and I’ve been using it after every time I wash my hands. This cream is non-greasy and smells very princess-y.

Maybelline Eye Liner in Nude – This was also featured in my beauty and makeup summer haul. I started lining my waterline with this nude pencil after reading a ‘brighter eyes’ tip on Amelia Liana’s blog. My eyes always look brighter and more awake with this neat little trick. I like that this eye liner doesn’t run and gives me that little bit of extra oomph without being too noticeable. I’m not IN LOVE with this product and still have my eye out (hah! lovely pun) for Rimmel’s hyped-up ‘Scandal Eyes’ but for the price, it really does the trick.

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Etsy wishbone necklace – I wanted a wishbone necklace after reading Marie Brennan’s ‘Natural History of Dragons’ book last month and feeling inspired by the headstrong protagonist in the book – a woman with a love for studying dragons. I really love the idea that the wishbone is synonymous with flight (fun fact: the scientific name for a wishbone is ‘furcula’ and they are found in all animals who have the ability to fly). I’m sentimental when it comes to philosophy of life so I wanted something I could wear to remind me to stick to my dreams and not be afraid to fly. I hunted down a cheaper version of the overpriced Dogeared wishbone necklace and found one on Etsy from Yuna Designs, a local vendor in Vancouver for half the price. Booyah! I don’t usually wear necklaces because I’m self-conscious of the acne scarring on my décolletage but I decided to let my insecurities go and wear the necklace anyway. This piece is really dainty and is perfect for the summer heat. The necklace itself is beautifully made with a gold matte finish. I simply love this necklace and every time I put it on, I am reminded of the significance of the wishbone. 🙂

The Shadow of the Wind – I did a really short review of this book here. This is by far, one of the most memorable books I’ve read in a long time. I put it right up there with Agatha Christie’s classic ‘And Then There Were None’. At the heart of it, the story is an ode to literature and avid readers everywhere… the romantic in me truly appreciated this.

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BKR waterbottle – I got this wonderful water bottle from a local (online) boutique in Kitsilano, Vancouver. I was sick for a good amount of time in June and this beautiful water bottle encouraged me to stay hydrated throughout the month.

Did you have any favorite items last month?

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