June Favorites

Y’all… It is July already. How the heck is it already July. And it’s also already the end of the first week of July… Holy cow make time stop!!! I swear time goes way too fast when you’re working full time doing stuff that you don’t like. It feels like there’s no good time left anymore. I hate growing up!!

Anyways, here are some of the things that I loved in June! Oh, and before I begin, this post contains affiliate links!

Books:

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Red, White, & Royal Blue… I mean is that even a question that this was my favorite book of the month? It was so good and all I want to do right now is reread it but that means I have to buy it because the wait time at my library is insanely long! I highly, highly recommend this book! Pick up your own copy here and read my review of it here.

Honestly Casey McQuiston kicked it out of the park with her debut novel. What a sweet romance, the best cast of characters that I’ve read in a very long time, and such an engrossing plot. I will be gushing about this until the end of time!

Radio Silence is my other favorite book from this month!

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I really enjoyed this book even though it took me a minute to get into it but it was the type of book I would’ve loved to have in high school and it made me feel really nostalgic. If you’d like to pick it up for yourself to read, buy a copy here and if you’d like to hear more of my thoughts, this is the link to my review.

Other Media:

Dan Howell’s coming out video

This video was one of the most iconic things to come out (haha) of this year’s pride month. I watched it while I was at work and cried the entire time. This made me so proud of Dan and the LGBTQIA+ community and just wow. ICONIC.

I Think I’m Okay by Machine Gun Kelly & YUNGBLUD

I was introduced to MGK by someone really close to me and I’ve been a fan of his for almost a year now. A lot of his music I use when I’m having panic attacks and really bad depression days. Same with Mac Miller. Still have no idea why their music works for me like that but it does.

This song dropped a few weeks ago and I literally haven’t stopped listening to it since. I haven’t related to a song so much as I did to this one. I’m pretty sure this will be my #1 played song of the year. I can’t wait for his new album to come out.

You Need to Calm Down/ Lover album!!

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You guys… Taylor Swift finally announced her new album and I am SOOOOOO excited. I have been a fan of her since I was 13 and I think I will be a fan of hers forever. Catch me listening to her album on repeat as soon as it releases in August. But since her album can’t quite be a favorite yet (though I will say that I’m pretty sure this might be my favorite era of hers), her single You Need to Calm Down definitely can be a favorite.

And can I just say how much I freaking loved this music video? All the cameos in it were amazing. Also I have to gush about Taylor on here because no one I know in real life likes her and they all think her music sucks and I’m too chicken to say that I actually like it so I’ll just express my love of it here!

Clothes/Accessories:

Old Navy Boyfriend Fit Shorts

I have had two pairs of these in the past few years and they’re honestly my favorite shorts ever. I have pretty big thighs and a lot of times shorts and pants get really tight on them and it can get uncomfortable. And with shorts in the summer chafing can get really bad! So these have been great, not too tight but not too loose either. When they go on sale I’d like to get one more pair just so that I don’t keep wearing the same pair every single day.

Make-Up:

Cabaret Premier Mascara

Classic French Mascara - Cabaret Première by Vivienne Sabó. Cruelty Free. Length, Volume, and No Clump formula. Rich Black Color. 0.3 fl. oz.

I found this mascara in a Buzzfeed article and decided that I’d give it a shot because I was in need of a new mascara, wanted to try something new, and was too lazy to go to Target. So I ordered this one and was very surprised with how much I like it! Ever since I used IT Cosmetics Superhero mascara a few years back nothing else I’ve used has compared. Granted, this mascara still doesn’t work quite as well as the IT Cosmetics one but it’s still better than anything I’ve used in a while. It really makes my lashes look long and full! (I’m actually wearing it in the earlier picture in this post from the RWRB part in case you were wondering how it looked on me).

Lipgloss

I started wearing lipgloss again after watching Mikaela Long’s video about Kylie Jenner’s lipgloss from months ago. I’ve bought a few and have been pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoy wearing lipgloss! Normally I’m a very big fan of matte lip products so the fact that I can even stand something glossy is a big step. I won’t even lie when I say that my favorite glosses so far are the clear ones that I bought from Lipsmackers. What a throwback. I am in the market for a “big girl” brand for clear gloss (preferably something in a squeezy tube and definitely not expensive) if anyone has any recommendations.

Food/Drinks:

Tea!

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I’ve been trying so, so hard to cut down on my pop consumption so I’ve been trying to drink more tea when I’m craving something flavored throughout the day. I’ve been mixing Twinings cold brew teas with lemonade for my afternoon pick me up at work and it’s been really enjoyable. I just got some new teas in the mail so I’m thinking about doing a whole post about my favorite teas.

Other:

Makeup removing cloths

DANIELLE - Erase Your Face 4Piece Cloth Set

I got the original Makeup Eraser a few years back and have used it on and off for the past few years whenever it hasn’t been lost. For a while I got really good at washing my makeup off with cleansing balm and never used the Eraser and I also turned to makeup wipes for a while when I really didn’t have the motivation to take care of my face.

Once I got back into wearing makeup after a pretty long break I started using my Makeup Eraser every day with some micellar water. It’s a really simple thing to get my face clean before I go to bed and not be as wasteful as makeup wipes! I finally bought more cloths because my original one has been taking a beating and I haven’t been able to clean it as much as I would like so now I have a bunch!

Bath and Body Works Ultra Shea Body Cream

B&BW had a sale on their Ultra Shea Body Cream a while back so I decided to stock up because I was running low on lotion at work and at home and needed some new stuff. I think this might be my favorite product from this store! It is super moisturizing and the scents last so long! I bought Cucumber Melon, Black Cherry Merlot, Gingham, and one that has coconut in it but I can’t find it on the website anymore and it’s at work currently so I can’t tell you the name!

And now as I was browsing the website there’s another really good sale going on with a code for free shipping and I’m trying to use all my strength and willpower to avoid adding all the other scents I’m interested in into my cart… These are really great lotions!

So that about sums up everything that I loved in June. It was a really good month for music and it’s looking like July is going to be a really good month for TV (I already have one show that’s going to make my list and I’m already predicting that Stranger Things 3 will be on there too). Also as I’m finishing up this post I realized that I haven’t talked about Black Mirror season 5 yet… Not sure I’m going to do a full post on it so I’ll say now that I really liked it but it definitely wasn’t my favorite season. Miley Cyrus did really good in her episode though!

I’ll stop rambling now! Happy Friday everyone!

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Review: Radio Silence

So I read Radio Silence by Alice Oseman and IT RIPPED ME TO SHREDS.

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Like honestly from about the halfway point to the end of the book I cried for the majority of my time reading. The story was just incredibly cathartic for me and I wish so much that I could have read this back in high school but I’m glad that it made it’s way to me now.

For those of you who have not heard of Radio Silence here’s a short little summary:

Frances spends most of her time studying and working towards her goal of university. That’s been her self proclaimed path since she was young. Then she gets presented the opportunity to create artwork for her favorite podcast and everything begins to change.

She meets a new friend and can finally begin to act like herself. And then the trust that had built up between them is shattered and Frances has to work to find a way to fix what has been broken and find out what path she really needs to take with her life.

I’m really bad at summaries, so here’s the link to the Goodreads page for the book.

I rated Radio Silence 5/5 stars, however, when I started this book I was unimpressed which I was kind of shocked about (but obviously in the end my entire opinion changed). I’d heard this book hyped up for months (mainly from Kat from the youtube channel paperbackdreams) and I was so excited to pick it up that I ended up reading almost all of it in a day. Like I was reading it the entire time that I was at work. I found the writing style incredibly unlikeable and I’m not sure if it just happened to change the further into the book I got or if I just got used to it but after about the first 100 pages I was paying any attention to the writing style anymore. I will say though that I feel like most of this book was written by “telling” and not “showing” and I think that’s my main gripe with the writing.

The deeper into the story I got, the more I found myself relating to Frances and the more it broke my heart. There were so many times where I almost had to set the book aside because it just brought back so many painful memories for me from my childhood up until now. I think that for anyone who has ever felt like they just don’t quite fit in would relate to Frances. And anyone who has ever gone through something that has left them questioning their entire future would enjoy this as well.

I would have loved to read more about the podcast, it seemed very Welcome to Nightvale to me! I also would have appreciated for the ending to have been stretched a bit more, I felt like there could have been points in the middle that would easily have been taken out in order to accommodate for more closure at the end. I just wish I could have seen a bit more happiness come out of an otherwise incredibly emotional book. Again, though, I think it was only this emotional because I felt like I could have been living a mixture of Frances and Aled’s lives. I related so much to this story that I feel like I don’t know how to talk about it without starting to cry about my own life experiences.

Anyways, there’s a decent amount of representation (bi, asexuality, one of the podcast characters is agender, the main character is mixed race) in this book but I feel like most of it is essentially mentioned in a sentence or two and then we just move past it. Like I was super excited for asexuality rep and then there was one paragraph about it at the very end and that was it. Although if I force myself to think about it, these kids are 17-18 years old and honestly who isn’t still figuring stuff out at that point? So I kind of get there being so many brief instances of explanation because I know at that age I sure as hell wouldn’t be talking about being asexual to anyone.

Again, I would highly recommend this book to anyone: teens, young adults, and even adults. I definitely though urge teens and young adults to pick up this book. Especially if you have ever experienced the push to try and take a path that you have questioned. Especially if you feel like you have ever been the odd one out. And especially if you have ever had the experience of meeting someone who you can be truly you around and then losing them because that story line is the one that killed me the most.

If you’re interested in picking this up I’ve added some links to places that you can purchase the book here:

Amazon (this is an affiliate link!)

Barnes and Noble

Book Depository

And if any of you have read this book, what did you think of it? I’d love to chat with you about it!