I had a friend post a photo of pumpkins to Instagram with the caption, “Fall is almost here!” Rude. It is still summer, and I will be wearing my open toe sandals at least until the first frost. Though turtleneck sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes may lurk around the corner, I’m still very much living that summer life, and this month’s favorites have helped me be the quintessential summer girl.
I have dreams of being one of those barefaced beauties whose skin is flawless enough to roll out the house with just a little bit of SPF on. I’m not quite there yet, but I started the summer with some really out of control breakouts that have almost disappeared, and this mask is largely to thank. The woman who does my brows even told me that my skin was glowing last time I saw her, so do with that information what you will.
Estée Edit – Metallishadow ($12.50)
Oh Estée Edit, we barely knew ye. Their parent company, Estée Lauder, may be discontinuing their millennial geared makeup and skincare line, but it sure was fun while it lasted. If you can manage to get one while they’re still in stock, their Metallishadows are a super convenient pot that has a creme eyeshadow with mirror on the top, and a compartment of shimmery powder shadow on the bottom. I’ve been using Meteor Shower, which has a matte bronze creme shadow for daytime, and then I’ve been pressing on the glitter shadow to kick it up a notch for after work dinner and drinks. I am not necessarily suggesting this, but at half off the original price, maybe it wouldn’t be a bad idea to stock up while you can…
During the winter I am all about that blow dryer, but in the summer I can’t be bothered. I’m also pretty sure that I would blow a fuse if I tried to run my air conditioner and my blow dryer at the same time. I’ve tried lots of products that are supposed to coax your hair into a presentable style while it air dries, but haven’t been impressed by any. Earlier this month I started using the Kiehl’s Amino Acid Conditioner and just brushing my hair before letting it air dry. I usually still need to take a straightening iron to my bangs if I sleep on it, but my hair has been frizz free with an effortless light wave to it. It is silky soft, which may not be for you if you like a more textured appearance, but I have been known to just sit and pet my own hair.
RX Bars – Chocolate Sea Salt ($25.99 for 12)
I’m typically a protein bar skeptic (I’m still not convinced that my brief obsession with Quest bars won’t one day be my undoing), but when I did the Whole 30 recently, I needed something I could tote along with me when a compliant meal wasn’t available. My friend Naomi suggested these, and I’m in love. The ingredient list is blissfully short, and despite their chewiness (soooo chewy), they taste like a more grown up version of the Little Debbie fudge brownies. Even though the Whole 30 is over, these are great to keep in your bag for when you need a satisfying snack.
Crashing (included with Netflix subscription)
Not to be confused with the new Pete Holmes show with the same title, this is a British export from the genius mind of Phoebe Waller-Bridge. (Full disclosure, Ms. Waller-Bridge is my pretend British best friend.) The premise of the show is that a group of young people become property guardians for a London hospital, so they live there rent free with the caveat that they can be forced to move out any day. There are moments of laugh out loud broad comedy and moments that will break your heart and make you cringe simultaneously. There are only six episodes in the first series, so you can binge it on the weekend without too much residual guilt.