It’s officially the end of summer y’all. How was summer for you guys? Mine was amazing. I feel like I did so much, while also being able to experience full-time work for the first time. As much as I have loved the summer heat, I’m lowkey really excited to wear my winter parka (YES, I already know I’m going to regret saying that once Calgary hits -40C).
Influencer by Brittany Hennessy
I found out about this book months ago, and it got released at the end of July which gave me lots of time to devour it this month. This book is all about how influencers, bloggers and the like can take their platform to the next level. Full of tips, tricks and insight on the industry from Brittany Hennessy. She’s the senior director of influencer strategy and talent partnerships at Hearst Magazine Digital Media. So she knows what she’s talking about. I loved this book because I genuinely learned valuable information that I wouldn’t have known about otherwise. I’ve been utilizing some of the things I’ve learned from this book, and I’m already seeing growth (mind you, it’s not a crazy amount of followers/engagement, but it’s constant and that’s what matters to me!).
I think that regardless of how many followers one has, any person who is interested in using their blog or Instagram page as a side hustle can benefit from this book. It covers everything from creating quality content, attracting followers and negotiating deals with brands. Truly valuable information.
Glossier Milk Jelly Cleanser
This is something I picked up from the Glossier showroom when I went to New York in June (If you’re interested in seeing the things I got up to in NYC, head to my Instagram! My whole NYC trip has it’s own story highlight on my profile). This cleanser is perfect for those with normal or sensitive skin. It reminds me a lot of Cetaphil, because it’s so gentle on my skin, but still super effective in the sense that it cleanses and keeps my skin moisturized. If you’re looking for something that will fight acne, or help with oily skin, this is most likely not the cleanser for you.
I only use this cleanser in the morning, and I apply it on a dry face.
Glossier Boy Brow – Black
Another thing I picked up from the Glossier showroom! I bought it because my cousin said it was her holy grail brow gel, and her brows are ALWAYS on fleek, so I figured that this would work for me. Long story short, it made it onto my monthly favourites, so you know I LOVE this. I’m so sad I didn’t get more than one (I’m pretty sure she picked up like 3 when we went).
The thing that sets Boy Brow apart from other brow gel products that I’ve tried is that the formula is wax based. My brows literally don’t budge when I use this, which makes it perfect for a night out, or for a full day of doing errands and running around.
Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50
My sister brought this back for me after her trip from Japan. This can be worn alone like a normal SPF, or under makeup. The formula is watery (like the name states), which makes it easy to distribute on your face, but it dries down kind of tacky. I think this is a big plus because 1) it doesn’t make your face oily and 2) you could definitely use this as a primer!! I love multi-use products!
The Greatest Showman (Movie and Soundtrack)
Okay, so I’m a little late to hop on The Greatest Showman bandwagon but WOW I understand the hype now. CJ and I watched it this month, and the movie had me humming, laughing and tearing up. Basic synopsis: A guy starts his own circus, and it follows the trials and triumphs that him and his troupe go through. But it’s also so much more than that. And it’s also based on a true story.
I’m not usually into musical movies, but I loved this one. The soundtrack is amazing, and it’s constantly on repeat. (This Is Me really makes me feel like I can do anything you guys. It’s my power jam. Listen to it and try to tell me it doesn’t make you feel powerful and courageous!)
This is a 8 episode docu-series on Youtube that Lebron James produced. (It just ended, so if you wanted to binge watch the series, you can). It’s follows the real story of a high school basketball team from Newark, NJ on their journey to the state championships. You learn a lot about the players and the coach, and I couldn’t help but root for them. I don’t play or watch sports, but Best Shot really took me through the motions of loving a team. Y’all, this series really made me bawl my eyes out.
This also humbled me a lot because it made me realize how lucky I am to live in suburbia in Canada. I’ve never had to worry about poverty, ending up in the streets and having my friends killed or my parents incarcerated. But it also made me respect them so much more. These people go through a lot every day, and I hope only good things come their way.
Terrace House – Opening New Doors
My friends got me addicted to this show. The best way I could describe it would be like Japanese Big Brother, without the competitions, eliminations and prize money. It’s also produced way better, and has hilarious commentators. Six strangers live in a house together, and we watch them adjust to living together. It has drama and romance.
I’m gonna be honest, it does start out a little slow, but as you get further into the episodes, you can’t help but have favourite housemates. I’m currently waiting for part 4 to get uploaded on Netflix!
Aaaaand that’s it for my August favourites! If you would like to share some of your favourite things with me this month, you know where to leave your comments! I hope the rest of the year treats us all well. Big thank you to all the people who still rock with me, and a shoutout to all my new followers 🙂 I hope you all like it here and look forward to my future posts.