May/June Favorites

So May was a busy month, between getting out of school, working full time, running back to Chicago to get my visa for when I go to France and more. So I had very little time to try out any new products, however, a few things became my ride or die products/reads.

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My hair is fairly fry and brittle and it takes in a lot of moisture because it is so thick. So lately after washing it, I have been spraying Moroccan Oil Frizz Control all over. A little of this stuff goes a looooong way so I usually only do 3 spritzes. And it works like MAGIC. My hair has never been so smooth. And because the spray form distributes the product more evenly, the stickiness that I usually find oils leave behind isn’t there. Plus it smells so so so good.

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For some reason, my lips have been constantly chapped a lot lately and regular chapsticks jus don’t cut it. But Vaseline has these cute little lip-sized tubs with a thicker formula made especially for lips. And let me tell you: you will never go back to other chapsticks. I keep one of these by my bed and one in my purse and my lips are always soft and supple. Again, a little goes a long way so you only need a thin layer for day time use, but at night I treat myself and glob it on 😉

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NOW FOR BOOKS! In the summer, my favorite thing to do is read books that are not assigned reading, because I actually have time to enjoy reading again. A book I recently finished that changed my life is Unfiltered by Lily Collins. I received this as a gift for my birthday from my mom. She had heard that Lily had struggled with many of the same issues I have lately, so she figured it would be good for me to read how she overcame many of the struggles she endured. Not only was she right, but this is one of the best autobiographies I have read. What many people don’t know is that Lily started a journalism career early in life so she is an excellent writer and can explain many things that I could never put into words.

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Now I have been a vegetarian for a while (never vegan, I love cheese too much!) but I have recently reached a rut and finding delicious food has become difficult. While struggling with an eating disorder, I have started to break out of vegetarianism and have found that I have been eating significantly less healthy. This is a bad habit that I wanted break so I caved and bough Niomi Smart’s Eat Smart. And I am sooooo impressed. She has curated and created some of the most delicious, not only plant-based, but meals in general I have ever tasted. I am not converting to a fully plant-based diet, but learning to cook fresh foods has been life changing. And eating a majority of home-cooked plant-based meals has had a such a positive effect on my body. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still find ways to get my fair share of pizza and ice cream in there, but cooking and eating some of her recipes has become therapeutic for me and been a positive experience.

While this favorites post was quite small, I figured it would be good to feature just products and books that I am truly passionate about. I hope you like it!
xo Em

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