July Favorites & August Goals
August is here and I can already feel fall quickly approaching! ...Just kidding, it's been sweltering in Jersey the past few weeks and doesn't seem like that's going to change anytime soon! I'm having mixed feelings about it because I do love summer and warm, sunny days but I am so ready for sweater weather... Am I the only one?!
At the end of each month, I like to share ten items that I completely loved all month long. This not only helps me ensure that I'm branching out in the fashion and beauty products that I'm trying out, but hopefully it also helps you see what items are worth purchasing! And this month, I'm excited to add something new into the mix: goals for the upcoming month! Since this blog focuses on wellness, with a lil bit of style and beauty mixed in, I feel that sharing my goals is a perfect way to start out each month with you. I'd love to hear all about the products you've been loving lately, as well as your August goals in the comments below!
Favorite Products of July:
1. Kopari Coconut Melt
Chances are you've been seeing this brand everywhere lately and for good reason — their coconut oil based beauty products seem to have awesome reviews across the board! I bought a mini size of their coconut melt this month and have been using it as everything from a cuticle oil to a skin moisturizer. Stay tuned for a more thorough review of this brand on the blog soon, but just know that I highly recommend Kopari's coconut melt!
2. Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter
Funny story time: I got my very first facial a few months ago and could not help but laugh when the lady asked me as politely as she could, "you know your skin is super dry, right?" I was not offended or surprised at all because I know I have such dry skin from my face to my toes, but this Josie Maran face butter is beginning to solve that problem. If your face leans toward the dry side, this is definitely one product that you NEED to check out.
3. Mario Badescu Facial Spray
Another super hydrating face product that I fell in love with this month! This brand is amazing because not only are the products great and gentle, but it's also incredibly affordable. This $12 spray with aloe, herb and rosewater is the perfect midday pick-me-up for your tired or dull skin, great for setting makeup and awesome for locking in a facial moisturizer in the AM or PM.
4. Sephora Give Me Some Nude Lip
When it comes to the beauty junkie in me, my one downfall is lipstick. I don't know why but I just never use it and always opt for chapstick instead! However, when I came across this awesome nude lip kit from Sephora, I knew I wanted to branch out and give it a try. It comes with six different super flattering and high-quality shades of lipstick from all different brands. I've tried three so far that I've loved and can't wait to try the rest!
5. Benefit Gimme Brow
This has long been a staple of mine but I just had to acknowledge it again on the blog because of how wonderful this product is. Offering three shades, Benefit's Gimme Brow is a volumizing gel that adheres to the brows and skin to perfectly fill in any patchy spots. It's super easy to apply and lasts all day and night long — it has even stayed in place through some of my longest beach days! If you're looking for a simple, yet effective brow gel at a great price point then this is the product for you, girlfriend!
6. Abercrombie & Fitch Denim
I just can't get over how much I've fallen in love with this brand in the past month! The main reason for this is because of A&F's perfectly fitting denim. Not only are their jeans and shorts super flattering (always a huge plus), they're insanely comfortable and have been on major sale lately. I highly recommend heading over to your nearest A&F, finding your perfect fit and snatching up as many pairs as you need/love!
7. Abercrombie & Fitch Leggings
I never thought I'd find the absolute cutest pair of leggings at an A&F store, but here we are. These comfortable, three-tone capri leggings have adorable scalloped details at the bottom and mesh panels on the sides. They are perfect for your athleisure look OR your workout attire, and are very high-quality! AND they're buy one get one 50% off right now, sooo you gotta get two pairs like I did!
8. Loren Hope Alex Cuff
I've recently become a huge fan of Loren Hope because all of the items are high-quality and eye-catching. This cuff is no different! My fave one, pale dogwood, has a gold cuff with a pale pink stone and Art Deco-inspired stone setting. It pairs perfectly with other bracelets, but also looks fabulous on its own!
9. Bath & Body Works Candles
Bath & Body Works recently redesigned their candles and girl. I. can't. even. The outside of the 3-wick candles feature STUNNING rose gold, white, blue or neutral designs that you are going to fall in love with. So now, your candles will not only smell fabulous, but they'll also be a gorgeous addition to your home decor! My favorite scent is Rose Water & Ivy, but check out all of their amazing candles here!
10. The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda
I recently finished this book and if you're looking for a great mystery to read this summer, it has gotta be this one! A journalist, Leah, moves to a new town with an old friend, who later goes missing at the same time a local girl was killed. Leah spends all of her days trying to uncover the mystery of what happened to the girl, and where her friend could possibly be. And I'll let you read the rest for yourself😉
shop my picks:
1. Work on developing healthier habits.
Rather than setting a goal of exercising every day or not eating any junk food ever, I just want to start forming healthier habits overall. Let's be real, I'm not quite ready to give up my oreos just yet but I can at least start offsetting it with a morning walk! Small steps are better than no steps right?!
2. Read two books.
I've loved reading for as long as I can remember but lately it's been difficult to find time for it. Reading is something that I enjoy so much and find super relaxing, so I'm setting a small goal of reading two books this month.
3. Introduce a new series onto the blog.
And I'm not telling youuu what it is just yet 😉 I've been working through the details for a while and will be introducing the new series in August! Stay tuned for more info, and I hope you love it!