I hope everyone has been having a great week. I had a busy month of June with Chloe finishing 2nd grade and the onset of summer fun. I had a really good skincare month and have been really loving the addition of La Mer's iconic moisturizing cream and SK-II's Facial Treatment Essence into my daily skincare routine.
1. Clarins 3-Dot Liner Eyeliner ($27 at Nordstrom)
I forget just how good this eyeliner is until I find myself recently going back to it. The three-prong applicator really helps you fill in the space between your lashes and I find it much easier to apply by "connecting the dots" than other liquid eyeliner brush pens. I have it in brown and black but it looks like only black is available. You can line it really thin or thick, depending on how you like it.
2. Dior Addict Lip Maximizer High Volume Lip Plumper ($33 at Sephora)
I'm kinda obsessed with this new Dior Addict gloss that helps plump up your lips with collagen. I have it in Beige Sunrise but there is also a sheer pink tint too. It's the perfect top coat when I want to just do a simple neutral lip or add shine to my existing lipstick. I do notice that my lips look fuller but I love the long lasting shine that goes with it. It's also not sticky feeling either.
3. SK-II Pitera Essence Set ($99 at Nordstrom)
I was using the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence for around 3-4 years. When I finished my last bottle in December, I decided to hold off due to how expensive it was. Needless to say, I missed it. I feel like it really sinks into my skin and helps soften my skin. I also used it on the tops of my hands as well. I decided to go with the smaller bottle and the SA at the counter recommended this kit to me since I would be getting the same bottle but with an additional face mask and small toner bottle. This entire set is worth $130 so it's a deal for just $99 which is the price for the individual 2.5 oz bottle of the Facial Treatment Essence. I actually really love this size as it's a perfect travel size for vacation.
4. Creme de la Mer Moisturizing Cream ($85-$465 at Nordstrom)
I've officially fallen in love with La Mer. I think I tried it over 12 years ago with a sample but the creme now doesn't have a strong algae scent. I absolutely love how my skin feels now and my dry patches have not come back at all. My forehead is staying soft and smooth. I use this only at night because of the richness. If you have dry skin, I highly recommend you go to the La Mer counter near you to try it.
5. Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfield ($15.60 on Amazon)
If you are a Jane Austin and/or a Pride and Prejudice fan, you must read this book! This is the fourth book in a series of modern authors retelling Austin's classic novels. (You don't need to go in order btw.) Pride and Prejudice is a very personal book for me because it's one that I have read and re-read since senior year in high school. What I recommend is that you relinquish your previous notions of the novel set in England in the 1800's. Just let go and enjoy the modernized world of the story set in Cincinnati, Ohio, New York and Silicon Valley. Being from the Bay Area, I love that Darcy's Pemberton estate is in Atherton, CA with the latter part of the book mostly taking place in Silicon Valley. It took me some time to get through the book at first, to stop comparing it constantly to Austin's novel. Once I finally let go, I found myself really immersed into the book, and I found myself laughing out loud to a lot of the funny situations in the book. Author Curtis Sittenfeld adds just as much humor and delight as Austin brought to it in her own time. Lizzie and Jane are modern single women in their late 30's and the tales of hookups, fertility issues and reality TV are themes that work perfectly for life today. Mrs. Bennet is equally as annoying and insane as she was in Austin's novel. This was the first book I read from author Sittenfeld who previously wrote the book Prep, the one thing I found annoying with the book was how short the chapters were. Each chapter was usually only 2-3 pages. I wish they were longer, so I didn't have to mentally stop when I found myself turning the page to start a new chapter. Because of this, I give this book 4 stars instead of 5. (Find me on Goodreads)