Bookshelf #4

As someone working in literature, I am always surrounded by stacks of novels and I do have a penchant for a good short story collection. But one genre of writing I never really got into is poetry.

However, recently I have been thinking that since I often don’t have a lot of time to read several chapters of a novel in one sitting, it might be nice to have some shorter pieces of fiction to dip in and out of. So I am willing to give poetry another go and maybe you guys have some suggestions of pieces or poets to check out!

Bukowski Cornered

My favorite poem is Charles Bukowski’s Cornered, which is beautifully blunt and prosaic. With his, much like with many other pieces of poetry, I do like the visual aspect, the impact that spaces and punctuation can have on how we read a text.

So please, if you have a favorite poem, leave a comment down below, I would love to check it out!

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Weleda Iris Day Cream

Natural skincare is all the rage right now and the cult-classic German brand Weleda is one that shouldn’t be overlooked if you’re thinking about getting on the organic skincare bandwagon.

Weleda Iris Day Cream

I picked up the Iris Day Cream a while ago and really have loved using it. It’s a simple cream with a slight herbal/floral scent that moisturizes the skin without leaving it tacky or greasy.

Even though this says Day Cream (and there is a corresponding Night Cream), I’ve used this morning and night and have found it to work nicely with any serum or oil I’ve put underneath. This doesn’t have any outlandish claims, which I love, since I do think that a good moisturizer really needs to do just that – moisturize the skin.

It is a great, basic cream that doesn’t interfere with the rest of my routine and at a reasonable price point, the Iris Day Cream is something that lives up to the natural skincare hype.

Summer Edit: Nails

As much as I love a dark, inky nail during wintertime, I tend to go for true brights in the summer. Even though I never really get a tan, I just find that a good neon looks incredibly flattering during this time of year.

I do love the American Apparel Neon offerings as they really pack a punch and make an absolute statement on the nail. Neon Red is a great warm pink that looks amazing on both fingers and toenails and goes great with my usually monochrome wardrobe. American Apparel Neon

Then there’s Neon Coral, which is much more of a true orange and just as amazing as the corresponding pink. The formula of these nail polishes is nice, they both are solid two-coaters that last nicely (with a good topcoat). I haven’t tried any other colors from the range, but I do know that they have a few highlighter colors that would look gorgeous with denim or all white.

Illamasqua Lament

One of my absolute favorites is Illamasqua’s Lament, a beautiful warm coral pink. This polish too is formulated wonderfully, a pretty cream that is opaque in two coats. I find that Lament really lifts the skin and makes my hands (and feet) healthy despite my pallor.

Along with the occasional coat of pure white polish, I do love all of these during the summertime and keep them on heavy rotation for a good few months.

Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo

In my ongoing quest for beautiful hair, I tend to turn to Bumble and Bumble in times of need, seeing as their shampoos and treatments are some of the most raved about hair products in the beauty community.

Since my hair is very fine, it tends to get weighed down by products very easily, so I thought it would be a good idea to try Bumble’s iteration of a clarifying shampoo – their Sunday Shampoo. Made to be used once a week (preferably on Sundays), this shampoo claims to deep clean hair without stripping it.

Bumble Sunday Shampoo

I have used this for a couple of months now and I can attest that it lives up to its gentle yet cleansing claims. My hair doesn’t feel dry or stripped after using this and paired with a good conditioner, it still remains nourished and healthy. I also love the slightly beachy scent of this, which is not too overpowering but adds to the clean feel of the product.

One thing I did find is that my color seemed to fade a bit quicker than usual, probably because this is such a deep cleaning product. For reference, I have had a darker, ash-brown tone put over previously bleached hair, so it already was prone to fading. It’s just a word of warning if you have any color in your hair, especially if it’s brighter or very far away from your original hair color.

In the future, I might be cutting down to using this every other Sunday, but I really do rate this shampoo highly as it has made my hair last longer without washing and has saved it from looking too flat from too many products.

Style Wishlist 6/15

In an effort to update my (very monochrome) wardrobe, I’ve been compiling a neat little style wishlist to pinpoint what’s been missing.

As I’m not extremely experimental or prone to following trends when it comes to clothes, it’s mostly accessories that have made it onto the list:

Style Wishlist 6/15

Ray Ban Erika Sunglasses – I’ve been lusting after a new pair of sunglasses for a while now and these seem to fit the bill: classic but not too mainstream, these are a pair of Ray Ban’s that I won’t see on a million other faces, but they still look effortless and cool.

Bar Studs – after having removed my tunnels a few years ago, earrings haven’t been super high on my list, but a simple pair of studs that will go with everything are an absolute no-brainer.

Nike Air Max – the particular pair here was a limited edition from a while ago, but I do love the paisley print and am hoping to find something similar around the internet. If not, I think a pair of plain black Air Max will be a nice addition as well.

Gold Bangles – I’m looking to add a bit more variety to my wrists, which, at the moment, sport nothing but a simple black and gold watch, and a small gold bangle (or a few) might be the way to go. I do like these engraved ones by Christina Kober and the little encouraging message would be a nice everyday boost.

Essence Make Me Brow

Around these parts of the Internet, a good drugstore dupe is always appreciated, so when I came across the Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara, I thought this would be the perfect dupe for the Benefit Gimme Brow at a much lower price. Essence Brow Gel

I picked up the color 01 Blondy Brows as I often find the darker color in these kinds of products to be to warm or to bold. Even though my browns are pretty dark anyways, these ashy blonde shades to work best to create a natural, soft brow.

Essence Make Me Brow I have only tried the Benefit brow gel once before, but I remember I really liked how it made my brows look fuller and filled in the more sparse areas. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for the Essence version. The formula is very wet, so it is much more of a typical brow gel than a plumping one. The small wand is nice, but since it doesn’t provide a lot of color, there really is no need to be too precise with this.

Ultimately, I guess this was just not the product I was hoping for. I am always looking to fill in my brows rather then stick them down with a gel, so a good color payoff is more important to me personally.

However, if you’re looking for a nice brow gel in a great ashy tone, make sure to give this one a go.

Recently #10

The past few weeks have seen me with a few more responsibilities than expected and therefore have been a bit more tiring than I would have wanted. As usual my overall health and especially my skin have reflected the stress, so I have been trying to give myself a few gentle reminders to take it slow and take care of myself.

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Ottolenghi Jerusalem Cookbook

A big part of getting back on track has been the 30 Days of Yoga challenge by Yoga With Adriene, which is incredible. I am starting my second go-around of this program this week and even though I never considered myself a Yoga person, I absolutely love it.

Keep Cup

I also invested in a non-disposable coffee cup for on the go, the KeepCup. I don’t know where I first saw this, but I had been on the hunt for the limited edition cork cup for a while and I finally got one this past weekend. It’s pretty and functional, so I highly recommend!

Deskside Beauty

Finally, a lot of my time has been spent at my desk this month, so I’ve been trying to brighten up my space with a beautiful print from Lloyd Loves and a few trusty beauty goodies.