Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my readers! I hope you have enjoyed/are enjoying some quality family time and partaking in whatever festivities you can.
Some of these favorites are things I’ve used for the whole year and just have yet to speak of, and others are newly acquired Christmas presents that have already seen a lot of use. Either way, let’s go down the line and take a look!
1. Giraffage “No Reason” Album
If you remember from a good while ago, I featured the electronic artist Giraffage as a favorite on my “I HAVE SOME RECOMMENDATIONS” post. Well he’s come out with a new album called “No Reason” and it’s just as great as “Feels” and “Comfort”. The album is only five songs long, but it’s just enough time to get through a portion of a novel or a 20-minute lonely drive. Perfect thinking music. Again, props to Giraffage.
2. Bulldog Speaker
Now Mr. Bulldog has been featured in my Monthly Favorites before–in fact, it was exactly one year ago. He’s been going strong ever since, and I have used the speaker thoroughly for all of 2014. It was especially helpful for blasting holiday tunes this past month.
3. “Icon” Necklace
I’m really picky when it comes to wearing words. I really hate inspirational quotes (wow that sounds super cynical. But come on.) and I always have trouble finding some article of clothing or accessory with words that I want to advertise. I was gifted this necklace as part of an ENORMOUS Secret Santa gift, and it fits my criteria pretty perfectly for wordy jewelry. First of all, it’s small and therefore not obnoxious. Secondly, there is little to no “bling” on it–just the dotted “i” has a tiny tiny diamond. And it doesn’t say “love”, or “hope”, or anything like that–it just says “icon”. The term doesn’t really have a big meaning, and it can be interpreted in different ways, which is super cool.
4. MAC Paint Pot
I received this little tub of MAC Cosmetics paint pot when I first started wearing makeup my Freshman year, but I sort of neglected it up until this month. It’s really good for hiding the darkness around my eyes, a side effect of Junior year that I’ve been working hard to combat, or at least tame.
It doesn’t take a lot to cover a lot of area, and the color is just a tad lighter than my skin, making it perfect for masking discoloration.
Overall, pretty great product, and I’m glad I’ve whipped it back out for the winter months.
5. Neutrogena Face Lotion with Sunscreen
Recently, I’ve been battling with a lot of dry patches on my skin, specifically around my right eye and my cheeks. I used this product a lot in the summer time, and it helped keep my skin really healthy and protected from the sun, so I decided to start using it again as a daily moisturizer and face primer. I am happy to say that my dry patches completely disappeared after only a week of daily use. I have returned this lotion to its rightful place in my daily regimen.
6. Iridescent Cosmetic Pouch
I am all over the iridescent and oil spill trend that has popped up this year, and this bag is no exception. It’s a nice size, so it holds whatever I need it to on the go and fits nicely inside my larger bags. the whole thing is just freaking cool–I don’t know what else to say about it.
Super simple, very cool, easy to clean, and a refreshing alternative to the really girly cosmetic bags that I usually see everywhere. Love it.
I took this book with me to music camp over the summer and it holds lyrics, chords, notes, etc. all pertaining to music. It’s pretty cool to carry around and it’s nice to just be able to jot down an idea onto paper whenever I think of it rather than having to put it in my phone then transfer to paper later. I’ve kept it around for a few months now.
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
Haruki Murakami is my favorite author of all time. His novels are in a genre all their own and are fantastical in the most thought-provoking type of way. My brother T.J. got me this fold-out novella for Christmas and I blew through the whole thing in the afternoon. It’s an extremely quick and easy read, with all of the magic and mystery of a full-blown Murakami novel. Inside, the text is accompanied by artwork of different styles that bring the story to life.
I absolutely loved the book to death. Thanks Teej!
That’s a wrap for my December favorites, and for 2014. Happy New Year! Can’t wait to see where 2015 takes us.
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