Reading Wrap Up | September

I may not be blogging as much lately, but I am reading! I have to wait in not one, but two parent pick up lines now, so you know I have time to read! I LOVE to read on my kindle. I finished my three books this month, and they are all thrillers (of course), so here are my reviews!

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

This book was on my list for awhile, and I finally got the chance to read it. It did not disappoint! It is about a girl named Alicia who is married and murders her husband one night when he returns home from work. She is then sent to a mental hospital where she will not speak to anyone. Her therapist who finally gets her to speak uncovers her motive.

This book is really good, it had some surprise twists and was a really chilling domestic thriller.

The Mother In Law by Sally Hepworth

This book was about a woman named Lucy and her very powerful socialite mother in law, Diana. They don’t get along (of course) and Diana doesn’t trust Lucy. One day Diana is found dead, along with a suicide note, but the cause of death was suffocation.

This book was pretty slow, and not very exciting at all. I guessed who the suspect was and it was no surprise. I’d skip this one.

The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell

This book is about a mother named Kim whose daughter Tallulah goes missing. Tallulah has a baby and Kim knows that her daughter would never leave her baby behind. The story flip flops between the present of Kim trying to find her daughter, and Tallulah, leading up to the night she disappeared.

I have read almost all of Lisa Jewell’s books, and this is one of my faves. It really kept me on the edge of my seat and had some twists to it. It was a good one.

That’s it for my September reads! What have you been reading?

xx

EAT | Lemon Chicken Pasta

My family loves pasta, and we usually have some type of pasta dish once a week. This recipe is very easy and quick, using ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. This is a flavorful buttery lemon pasta that I add chicken to (but you can totally leave out the chicken) and is definitely a crowd pleaser!

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 lb thin spaghetti or capellini pasta noodles
  • 1 and 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
  • the zest and juice of 2 large lemons
  • 2 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper
  • diced cooked chicken (optional)

Cook pasta.

Cut up and sauté two chicken breasts, and set to the side.

Zest and juice your lemons.

Heat butter until bubbling in a large saucepan. Add the zest and the lemon juice.

Boil, and then add your salt, pepper, and chicken.

Boil for a few minutes while you drain the pasta.

Add sauce to pasta and mix up!

That’s it! So easy and sooo delicious. I like to add a little bit of parsley to the top just to make it look a lil fancy.

It is so delish and so fresh tasting! It’s one of my favorite dinners.

Thanks for reading xx

The Perfect Pink Nail | Essie Expressie In The Time Zone

I’ve done it you guys. I have found the perfect pink nail color. It’s not too bright, it’s not too dark, not too white, not too neutral. It is just an opaque creamy pink, and it’s perf.

It’s Essie Expressie In The Time Zone. The color is a creamy pastel blue toned pink.

The Expressie line from Essie is a few years old; it’s supposed to be a quicker drying formula, and I think it is superior to the original Essie formula.

This shade is almost completely opaque in one coat, but I like to do two coats to make it look really nice. The brush on the Expressie polish is also thicker and so easy to apply.

This is my second or third bottle of this particular color, and I love it! If you are looking for a quick drying color, try this one out! I think you’ll love it too.

Thanks for reading xx

August Beauty Faves!

It is the end of August, and I have a bunch of beauty faves for you! I have a hair fave, a few skincare faves, and an accidental NARS dupe! Let’s get into it.

First off, the Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer. This is a product that you spray into the hair when it is wet, and it protects your hair from heat, and really softens the hair. It also de-frizzes, and protects hair from breakage. The smell of this is so good, it is sweet and kind of smells like candy, but not very strong. It is a nice smell that isn’t overpowering. I love this because my hair is so so soft when I use it. It is also a big bottle that lasts a long time. I love this.

Next up, the Garnier Soothing Facial Mist. This spray is actually soothing and smells like roses. I love to spray this on all the time throughout the day. It is so refreshing in the summer and just feels so good. It is not a setting spray, but will take away the powdery makeup look. It also says it is good for sensitive skin!

For skin, I have been using this Topicals Faded Brightening and Clearing Serum. This is for dark spots and uneven skin tone, which I definitely have. I have some dark sun spots and freckles underneath my eyes that I try to lighten, and I have been noticing that they are starting to lighten! This product doesn’t smell good, but the smell dissipates after awhile and I don’t mind it because of how well it is working for me. I use it daily.

I’ve got two lippie faves this month, and while I was swatching them, I noticed that they are verrrry similar. I love these Nars Afterglow Balms! This shade is Dolce Vita and is a very shiny, sheer, dusty rose color. It’s really good for a my-lips-but-better look. It is moisturizing and so nice!

Next to it is this L’Oréal Glow Paradise balm in Rose Mirage. These two products are exactly the same! Both are a dusty rose neutral color, and both are so shiny and moisturizing! I can’t believe how similar they are. This one is about $20 less than the NARS one.

Lastly, the Milk Makeup Highlight Stick in Lit. I love this champagne gold highlight, and I love that it is a stick! It goes on so smooth, doesn’t accentuate texture, and is just so easy. I like to put this in the inner corner of my eyes, and on top of my cheekbones. It’s gorg!

Here are the swatches.

Dolce Vita, Rose Mirage, Lit

See how similar the colors are?! I’d go for the L’Oréal one for sure.

I hope you liked these favorites!

What have you been loving this month?

xx Amy

Reading Wrap Up | August

I am so excited to share my August reads with you today! All three of the books I read were so good and some great contenders for the best books of 2022 (coming up soon!!!)

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

This book was so good and def my favorite of this month! It was about a girl named Rowan, who takes a live-in nannying job for a family with a luxurious “smart” home. The family seems picture perfect, but her job ends with a child dead and her awaiting trial. This book was very suspenseful and has a lot of twists! Definitely check this one out!

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

I LOVE Gillian Flynn books, and was so excited to read this one. This book was about a little girl named Libby who was left behind when her mother and sisters were tragically murdered by her brother. As an adult now, she meets with a club that is trying to free her brother from prison. Gathering evidence, she wonders if it was her brother and finds out the real truth. This book was very good, but it was a little bit violent and at times, disturbing. There is also a movie adaptation of this, which I watched after I read this and really liked.

Unfaithful by Natalie Barelli

This book hooked me from the get-go and I could not put it down. It is about a girl named Anna, who seemingly has the perfect life with her husband and children, and is excited to be made a senior professor at her job. She is working closely with a student named Alex, to publish an article which will make them rich. I don’t want to give anything away, but there are lots of betrayal and twists in this story. It is suspenseful and a really good psychological thriller.

That’s it for the books for this month!

What have you been reading?

xx Amy

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