Reading Wrap Up | May

Hello! I am here with some reading recommendations this morning! The books this month are all thrillers, (my fave!) so I hope you like them and please leave your recommendations in the comments for me!

The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

This book is about a woman named Cass, who is driving late at night, in the rain, and through the woods. She passes by a stopped car and sees a woman inside who just stares at her. Later after arriving home, she hears that the woman she saw in the car has been murdered. She doesn’t want to tell her husband, because he didn’t want her taking that way home in the first place. She cannot stop thinking about the woman, and weird things start happening, she feels like she is being watched and also loses her memory.

This book totally surprised me at the end with its twist and I really love the books from this author. They are always suspenseful and good.

The Cellar by Natasha Preston

This book was a little bit disturbing, but nothing I couldn’t handle (and I’m a baby). This book is about a 16 year old girl named Summer who is kidnapped. She is blindfolded and taken into a cellar where she finds several other girls. The cellar is like a home, completely furnished and the other girls are nice to her. The man who kidnapped them refers to them as his flowers and wants everything that they do to be perfect, and Summer wonders why they aren’t trying to escape.

This book like I said is disturbing, but it was really interesting to me and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.

Watching You by Lisa Jewell

This book is a classic murder mystery, there is a dead body found at the beginning and the characters are all creepy. A new family has moved into a new neighborhood, a headmaster of a school, his wife, and their son who loves to stare at the neighbors. The street is the type where everyone knows everyone, and everyone watches each other. The story goes between a lot of characters and a lot of point of views to help you to solve the mystery.

Lisa Jewell is one of my favorite authors and I’ve read a lot from her. This book was like the others, a thriller with a twist at the end. I really liked how the police transcripts were included in the story and also the ending took me a minute to figure out, but was very good!

That’s it for this month’s book recs! Leave some in the comments for me!!!

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April Beauty Faves

Hello! I’m gonna be honest, I don’t have a lot to write about right now, or a lot of time to write. My kids are with me 24/7 and I’ve gotta entertain them! But, they are asleep right now, so I figured I would work on my April Beauty Faves!

Here they are!

The faves this month were mostly skincare. I haven’t tried any new makeup and I haven’t been wearing a lot of makeup, to be honest.

So first off is this huge bottle of Dr. Teals Pink Himalayan Foaming Bath. For some reason, it’s hard to find bubble bath, so I always buy this from my local grocery store. I love the smell of it, and one capful makes a TON of bubbles. I like to take baths at night sometimes and this makes my skin really soft. It’s also really affordable and it comes in other scents.

Next is this Aveeno Skin Relief Overnight Cream aka MY FOOT CREAM. I walk around barefoot pretty much all the time, my home has stained concrete flooring, and I just don’t like wearing shoes. So, you can imagine that my feet get dry and rough on the bottom. I apply this to my heels and the bottom of my feet every night and it really helps. It helps with any dry skin. I buy this from Amazon in a 3-pack.

For my face, I have been using this Cerave Skin Renewing Night Cream. This is thick and moisturizing, just what my dry skin needs. Even though it is thick, it doesn’t feel greasy, and my skin looks so soft in the morning. I also like that it is fragrance free, and Cerave never breaks me out.

Lastly for skin is this retinol eye cream from The Inkey List. This is an affordable newish brand from Sephora that has a bunch of different skincare products. I love eye cream in a little tube like this (as opposed to a jar). You just need the teeniest amount under your eyes and my eyes look brighter and it also helps with the fine lines because of the retinol. I use this in the morning and also at night and I’ve seen a difference!

A few weeks ago, I did a full blog post on this lip combo, but I am still loving it! I haven’t been wearing full makeup, but a little lipstick and mascara just makes me feel good. This is the Clinique Chubby Stick in Whole Lotta Honey and the Marc Jacobs lip liner in Slow Burn. These two together are moisturizing lip perfection. My lips but better paradise.

I also haven’t given up on my nails (I could never!). I’ve been loving the Essie Expressie Quick Dry Nail Color in In The Time Zone. I have a full blog post on it here. It dries super quick, and I love this neutral pink!

Lastly for the hair, I had this sample sized Alterna Caviar CC Cream that I am almost out of. Even though it was a sample, it’s lasted me pretty much all month! It is a leave in conditioning cream that helps with 10 different things, including smoothing and protecting your hair from heat. I love the citrusy smell and it really makes my hair so smooth! I can’t wait to buy the full size.

Alright, well that does it for the April Faves this month. Hope you guys enjoyed it!

Thanks for reading!

xx

EAT | Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hello! If there’s one thing I love to do, it’s bake cookies! I have a ton of cookie recipes here on my blog, but I realized that I didn’t have my oatmeal cookie recipe posted. Today I am making the oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips, but I really prefer raisins. I love raisins, but wanted to try them with chocolate chips since I had some. Here’s how to make them.

What you need:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (or raisins)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together your butter and sugars.

Add in your eggs and mix together.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, oats, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.

Mix this together really good, and then add it in slowly to wet mixture 1/2 at a time.

Continue to mix until it’s all combined, and then remove bowl from mixer and gently fold in your chocolate chips (or raisins!).

Roll into about 1 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet.

Bake for 9-11 minutes or until ever so slightly browned on the edges. We want soft and chewy cookies!

Perfect!

Are you team chocolate chip or team raisin? Let me know in the comments below!

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How To: At Home Manicure!

Hello! Since nail salons are closed, I thought I would share how to do an at-home manicure! I prefer to do my own nails, so this is what I do every week (sometimes twice a week) when I change my nail color.

What you need:

  • Nail clippers
  • Nail file
  • Cuticle tool
  • Nail buffer
  • Nail polish remover
  • Nail color
  • Top coat
  • Cuticle oil or cream

The first thing you want to do is clip and file your nails. You want to make sure they are all the same shape and length, and get rid of any jagged edges.

Next, you will use your cuticle tool (or orange stick) to gently push back your cuticles. I don’t trim my cuticles(ouch), I just push them back.

Then I use my buffing tool to gently buff them. I use the harshest side to smooth them out and get rid of any ridges or tears.

Ok, now it’s time to swipe the nails with remover. I use acetone because it works the best. I take a q-tip and quickly swipe over the nails. This dehydrates the nail and helps the nail polish to adhere better and avoid chipping.

Ready to paint!

I don’t typically use a base coat. I know, probably bad, but I just don’t feel like it makes that big of a difference.

I start with my left hand, and then so my right. I am using Essie Bikini So Teeny, a periwinkle blue with a subtle glitter. A summer classic. I usually do 2-3 coats on each nail, letting each coat dry in between for a few minutes.

After that is dry, I finish off with my top coat, and let dry for a solid hour. I usually do this at night after the girls go to bed, so I don’t have to touch anything (JJ is in charge of getting me snacks during this time, haha).

After they are very dry, I always apply a hand cream or lotion because the acetone dries out the skin around my nails.

And that’s it! It’s pretty easy, and with practice, you’ll be a pro!

Thanks for reading! xx

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My Lockdown Lip Combo

Hi from day 31 of “social distancing”.

Even though we are home, I still like to get dressed, do my hair, and put on makeup. I don’t do it everyday, but it really does make me feel better and somewhat normal!

I’ve been loving these two lip products combined so much I just wanted to share them!

So first is this lip pencil from Marc Jacobs called Slow Burn. Love the packaging, love the name, and LOVE the color!

It is so creamy and smooth, and the color lasts ALL DAY! It is the perfect “my lips but better” matte rosy mauve color.

I like to line my lips with the pencil, and then fill them in with this Clinique Chubby Stick in Whole Lotta Honey. I love lip products that are a twist up crayon shape like this. This one is a shiny rose brown color, and is so moisturizing and shiny! It looks great over the liner.

Here are the swatches:

What lip products have you been loving lately?

Thanks for reading!

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