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September Favorites

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What’s scary about September passing by so fast, is that I know these next three months will go by much faster. With the holidays, family time, and endless Netflix binges, one can only do so much. There are a few items that make me enjoy the quick months a bit more, and this month I enjoyed some a bit more than others.

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I’ve always hated those people that can go to sleep as soon as their head hits the people. I know hate is a strong word, but it’s the only one I can think of that properly describes the amount of jealousy I feel towards them. What typically helps me is having some sort of ritual before going to bed that calms me down. “Ritual” makes it seem like I perform witchcraft, and as much as wish I was a Hogwarts alumnus, all it entails is tea and reading. Usually I go for Sleepytime tea, but this past month I reached for chamomile tea instead. To be honest, this book is interesting but not particularly gripping for me, so it’s perfect to read before bed.

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I always prioritize how hair care effects and treats me hair versus how it smells, but THIS SMELLS SO GREAT. Not that it doesn’t do well by my hair; its smell just overrules everything though. I actually look forward to lathering it in my hair while I shower and usually the only thing I look forward to showering is getting it over with. I’d describe it as not just having a coconut smell, but also something with a light tropical scent.

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My beauty routine doesn’t deviate much. I like trying new products, but too often I feel indifferent towards actually trying too hard. I wanted to have a new moisturizer for the nighttime but unfortunately I hadn’t liked the previous two products I tried. I’ve read so many raves about oils and I was lucky when Sephora offered me a free product with the beauty points I’d gathered. I quickly grabbed an Josie Maran’s argan oil. I already know I’m going to have to purchase it once this smaller size runs out. It feels light on my face but takes away the dryness. It is oil, but my face is definitely not oily the next day.

I’ve also been loving Stila’s liquid eye liner. I used to always grab the drugstore kind, but I received this one as a gift. After a long while, it eventually ran out and after trying two different ones I used to buy from the drugstore, I realized I was getting more of my money’s worth with Stila.

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I am so happy Mindy is back! So. Happy. Thank you Hulu and the TV gods for granting us with more Mindy amazingness. So far, I’m looking forward to this season and it seems that the writing is enjoying less censorship than it had with the network.

I’m surprised I didn’t already include things like the movie Hocus Pocus or Christmas carols since I’m more excited for these coming months. And so with tea, eye liner, and Hulu, let’s welcome October.

Last Minute Fourth of July Ideas

If you’re anything like me, it’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of everyday life to plan some weekend fun. This isn’t so bad of a crime, except when it just so happens to be a holiday weekend.   My family and I will be enjoying this Independence Day watching the World Cup games (insert tear here due to the USA team being disqualified) and then dedicate the evening to more festive activities. We’ll participate in the usual tradition of watching fireworks at the park during the nighttime, but I thought I’d round up my favorite Fourth of July ideas that are quick and simple and pick one to do later on in the afternoon. Each could easily be done at a last-minute basis, while still have the same Fourth of July effect as any other activity. Click on whichever title to get direction on how to execute each idea!

DIY Treats & Decor Ideas (plus outfit ideas!)

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YouTube’s Miss Glamorazzi does a fantastic job of simplifying a yummy DIY treat plus inspires us to go outside and enjoy the sun. All the ingredients in her DIY treat could easily be picked up at the market and don’t require any prep time.

Princess and The Frog + Firecracker Popcorn

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Can anybody think of a more fun movie to watch on Fourth of July? One that combines the magic of Disney AND the magic of New Orleans?! Yeah, me neither. The only thing that would make it any better would be this yummy Firecracker Popcorn.

Fourth of July Nails

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So I may not be the best at nail art, but even the simplest method could be used to give yourself a USA inspired manicure. I may just do the same colors as the ones in the picture above, but without the white star. Maybe add some glitter on one of the nails to give it that firework pop.

So, there you have it. Which of the three would you pick? Listing all three made me so excited I may pick more than one! Have any other last minute ideas for today?