January was a month. It felt relatively longer than most months, maybe because the bustle of the holiday season is finally over, and everything feels like it is moving slower in comparison. Especially at work for me. So I decided to share some of the things I have been doing in January that range from beauty to books. I figured this way, I can combine a “monthly reads,” “monthly favorites,” and all those good “monthly” posts into one chitchat. Let’s call it the Catchall Chit Chat.
I am a sucker for Sarah Dessen novels. It all started when a friend let me borrow all the ones she had. They are just the right amount of cringe-y gush and happy endings. Not a huge fan of weddings, I thought I wasn’t going to enjoy this book as much, but the book wasn’t even about weddings. It was a wedding planning company, which has a completely different outlook on weddings than you might think.
The character was relatable even though this was a young adult novel and she hasn’t even gone to college yet. Watching someone learn how to open their heart again is a bit painful, but it leads to beautiful places.
So if you are looking for a bit of mush, I recommend this book.
I thought this book was outdated, but a lot of bloggers are actually still reading it, so I am not that late to the party! This little book was great to read on my thirty-minute break during work. It gave me little doses of cozy/warmth/happiness or ways I could create those hyggeligt feelings in my life. IT was interesting to read about Danish traditions and realize they aren’t that much different from American traditions or feelings but in some ways they are.
I am a sucker for science-fiction. This has been on my TBR read for a while now, and since this year I am trying to clear as much of it as I can, I’ve just been picking up books. Literally, I have two physical shelves full of TBR (which does not include everything on my Kindle). But back to this one. I love stories about space. This one is realistic, comprehensible, funny, and intriguing. You are rooting for the main character who is described as a bit of a resourceful underdog of the group. I won’t give too much away, but if you are interested in life on Mars, you might want to pick this up.
Lizard hands, begone! Since New Jersey has been progressively plummeting deeper into the colder temperatures, my skin has been suffering and cracking. My hands being the worst. With this cream, that I could also use safely on my face, helped so so much. It’s a lightweight formula, in my opinion, doesn’t smell funny or fruity, and it quickly heals. My hands are no longer rough and peeling. Bring on the twenty-degree weather.
I got this palette for Christmas and I love the glow. It’s subtle. I mainly use No Angel as an actual highlighter and Wicked as a blush. It really works for the subtle, everyday looks I typically go for. However, I could also apply a bit more to a more done up face for more drama as well. I love me some flexibility.
I wasn’t much for primers and only owned one from E.L.F. because my sister gave me it for Christmas one year. But let me tell you, this moisturizing primer it lit. I have a dry face, so anything that is going to moisturize and help keep my makeup from flaking off is a wonder product to me. Not only does the Coconut Smoothie Primer do that, but it also keeps my makeup on through my 8-hour retail shift. And it smells nice.
- Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Chianti
Being a ghost, I thought I couldn’t wear dark colors. But I popped this on one day because I was trying all the colors in the lip kit I bought myself, and let me tell you: I was a changed woman. It’s a bit too dramatic for me to do every day, but I love it. I’ve worn it out a few times and have actually gotten compliments on it.
The formula itself is a little drying since it is matte, so balm up, ladies. It dries pretty quickly, but there is still some rub off, so if you are planning on eating or drinking, bring it with you to re-apply.
A Youtuber I have been watching, Rowena, was talking about Skillshare and her partnership with them, and I became interested. I am also interested in learning and listening to people speak about topics I am interested in. I signed up for the $0.99 three month trial using Rowena’s code to give it a shot. I really love the variety in here. Part of me thought I could learn this stuff from Youtube itself, but I like how this is a community specifically for learning new things or improving your knowledge of your hobbies. (You can try two months of premium for free using this link as well: http://skl.sh/2nKXxvr)
I love Spanish food. My only problem is that a lot of it has cilantro (which tastes like soap to me and overpowers all other flavors), but the tostadas I had didn’t have it! It was chipotle chicken on a crunchy tostada-tortilla thing topped with avocado and cream. It was so good. I also tried some dip with a vegetable that is like a potato but wasn’t … I wish I could remember the name. if you have a guess, comment below! And a hibiscus flower drink that tasted somewhat like cranberry juice, only a little less bitter.
Well, that is January’s roundup of things I have been digging. I am so much more excited for what February will bring because it is my birthday month, my cat’s birthday month, and my anniversary is in there. So there will be presents and new things.
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