Happy August! I thought it was time for another What I've Been Loving post, since the last one I did was back in May. The items I will tell you about are all over the map this time. Pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee and settle in for a chat!
Corn Salad. Oh my gosh, I could eat this "side salad" as a meal in itself. It is so full of all the flavors of summer and is easy to throw together. Just look at those colors. I took the picture before adding a cup of halved cherry tomatoes. The recipe (below) is quite adjustable--leave out the cilantro if you don't like it, just go with half a jalapeno etc--anything goes. It is great to make with leftover ears of corn, but it's so good, I will cook up the corn just for the salad.
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For over five decades I have fought my curly hair. As a teenager, at one time I would actually sleep on orange juice cans that I had rolled my hair around in an effort to straighten it. Over the years I have used hot rollers, flat irons and blow dry sessions that take a half an hour to get my hair to be straight and shiny. But that isn't my hair's true nature, and this summer I have been letting it have it's way, and I like it! Do you fight your wavy or curly hair? I have been using some products by Deva Curl that help your hair keep it's natural curl. You can get a starter set for $30 at Ulta, which contains their four most basic products.
I have also been loving my shiny silver jewelry. Do you exclusively only wear silver or only wear yellow gold? Or do you go ahead and wear either metal depending on your mood or outfit? My wedding ring is yellow gold, but there is something about shiny silver jewelry that is so summery.
The necklaces all came from JJill, and were very reasonably priced. I bought them awhile back, but they have things that are similar. The earrings and cuff bracelet I have had forever.
My house is smelling very summery with these candles from Yankee Candle. I have been enjoying Mango Peach Salsa and Color Me Happy. They are seriously yummy. I have some end of summer/early fall candles lined up that I want to start burning (Harvest and Apple Cider), but these two are taking FOREVER to burn down. I swear I burn them for hours everyday and the level hardly moves. I guess they are a good value, since they burn so many hours! I only buy them when Yankee Candle has a good sale, which seems to be every couple of months. Do you like to burn candles in your home? I love the warm ambiance they create.
I've been smelling pretty darn good myself, with the help of this fabulous body creme by Jo Malone. It is such fun to visit a Jo Malone counter and try out all the lovely fragrances. It is very hard to pick a favorite. Their scents are all super simple (just one or two notes), such as the one I chose, Orange Blossom. When it comes to fragrance, I prefer a perfumed body cream to a spray of cologne. It lasts longer and is more subtle in my opinion. And it moisturizes my dry arms and legs. It is pricey, but lasts me a long long time.
Next up is some make up that has been making my life a lot easier. Instead of liquid foundation I have been wearing a stick foundation and love the way it looks and stays on in the heat. There are several excellent stick foundations that I have tried (MakeUpForever, Bobbi Brown), but my favorite is by Lancome, a brand I haven't used for many years. This stick foundation comes in a gazillion colors (seriously, at least 40) and is so creamy and easy to apply. You just draw it in stripes on your face, then blend it thoroughly with a dense flat brush. The finish is so skin like and natural looking, light weight and lasts all day. The foundation brush I like is by Sigma, but there are lots of good ones out there.
Also in the picture above is a cream blush by Bobbi Brown that I love. It looks way dark, but goes on pale pink and looks so natural. I guess that is why they call it Pale Pink Pot Rouge. The trick to using these cream products is the brush. It needs to be soft, but very dense. I dab the little Expert Face Brush by Real Techniques in the pot and apply just the tiniest bit to the apples of my cheeks, then blend super well with the brush. It really looks very fresh and natural. The brush is only $5.99 at Target! And you could definitely use it with a stick foundation as well, since it has the denseness required.
I also adore cream eye shadow sticks. I have found several brands to be amazing, with a great selection of colors (Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, Nars). I recently discovered that good old Lancome has them as well, and for a bit less in price. The thing with cream eye shadow sticks is that you just swipe them on, blend with your finger or a brush and you are done. One and done. And their staying power is better than powders any day. They are particularly nice in the summer, in the heat or at the pool, but I love them all year long.
Last make up item, these Neutrogena Hydro Boost Lip Shines are available at your drugstore, Target, Kmart for under $9. They come in a ton of colors and keep your lips looking glossy and tinted (but not sticky). They are very hydrating and I like them so much I have nearly every color. They do go on much lighter and more sheer than the color you see in the tube. You can use them alone or as a gloss over your regular lipstick.
I can't do a favorites post and not mention a book. Or books. Ever since we started watching the Harry Bosch series on Amazon Video, I have been hooked on the books by Michael Connelly. Harry Bosch is a detective, and there must be two dozen police procedural books that Connelly has written featuring him. Every now and then I get obsessed about an author and if they are prolific, my life is taken over while I try to plow through all their books.
I was getting very tired of spending $9.99 for a new Kindle book every week, so I ventured out and discovered my county library. Who knew it would be such a great library? The one in our town is dismal, but if we just drive 16 miles to the county seat the facility is awesome and they have all the Harry Bosch books I could ever want. Do you use the library? It is such a money saver and you don't have to have the books cluttering up your shelves when you are finished with your book choice.
So there you have it, my favorites this summer! Tell us what products or things that you have been enjoying! It is always so much fun when folks share in the comments.