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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

August Favorites

August is perhaps the most sour (just like Sour Patch Kids) of all months. While it rings in the last souvenirs of summer--and, often those are the most memorable--it also marks the beginning of a new (although I say that word in the pejorative) school year for those of us still coming of age. Nevertheless, I'm topping off the month in a positive note on Parisian To Be with a round-up of favorites.

I maximized my last chance to fulfill my life with entertainment options of my choice. Musically, I've nurtured an obsession with Lana Del Ray. Her album Born To Die--The Paradise Edition is my favorite. (I'm even listening to it right now.) While I'm unable to listen to music while I read, I leafed through Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn in a mere four days--and I'm a slow reader. While it's certainly a book for adults only, it's a page turner, with ungulpable uncertainty, anxiety, and cliffhangers after every sentence. Although it is slightly awkward that my mom is reading it now, too, it's certainly one of the best reads I've discovered in a while. Another collection of paper is the Magma Sketchbook for Art & Illustration. Yeah, it's true; I now have the tangible version and it's stunning. The pages are a little more massive than your usual notebook, and, while un-lined, it makes for an inviting, creative blank canvas.

Beauty-wise, this month, I hit the miserable road block where all of my necessities run out at once--and that's the reasonable Lillian speaking, not the beauty-loving ego. In the shower, the L'Orèal Everpure Volume Shampoo offers, as the name tells, an uplifting formula that's also sulphate-free for my sensitive scalp. The Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash has been the cause of my extended showers because, honestly, I think it's the best thing I've ever smelled. Lapsing back to haircare, the Bumble and bumble Prêt-à-Powder has filled the void for texture and volume now deemed a necessity in my haircare routine. While the powder is white, I find it doesn't leave a white-cast, but only packs positives in the lock department. I branched out to a new mascara: the Fairydrops Scandal Queen Mascara. While I have to cautiously move my attention away from the stunning packing and to the actual product, and it doesn't quite hold a curl as much as I would like, it oomphs up the volume and length to a favorable degree. After a little break, I've gone back to reaching for the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil on a daily basis because I've come to realize what a difference a little brow attention can do for my face.

That was a lot of favorites, but it's been a long summer. While I have a little bit of the "Summertime Sadness" (thanks for the inspa, Lana), I'm ready for some cooler weather *wipes sweat off forehead.*

14 comments :

  1. Sugar Crush body wash is so yummy, i love it!

    xprincessjas | x

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  2. Gone Girl was definitely one of the best books I have read in a while. Am looking forward to seeing how the film adaptation will be...but I think Ben Affleck will make a good Nick!
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  3. I loved Gone Girl too, such a good page turner!

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

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  4. The L'Orèal shampoo looks really nice - I'm always on the lookout for a good volume product. I also like Lana and was really impressed by her last album Ultraviolence!

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  5. I've heard so much about Gone Girl lately. It seems amazing! And I love the sound of that shampoo! I went sulphate free a few months ago, but I'm still searching for a shampoo that's "the one."

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

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  6. Gone Girl was excellent, plus I love reading books before the movie comes out - it allows for a much better perspective when watching!


    Also, I've seen that gorgeous little mascara multiple times this week. I may be peer pressured into trying it haha.


    Melissa | M is for Melissa

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  7. Does Soap and Glory Sugar Crush smell like & Other Stories' Sugar Crush products? It would be amazing!

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  8. The Soap and Glory Sugar Crush range smells incredible. I'm tempted to pick it up next once I run out of my current LUSH soaps. I've heard so much about the Fairydrops mascaras before. Shame it doesn't hold a curl as well as expected but it sounds quite lovely and the packaging is gorgeous! xx

    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  9. These are great-looking picks! Sugar Crush smells utterly amazing, and Prêt-à-Powder is pretty good stuff. :) I've been interested in the Fairydrops mascara for a while now. Why on earth would Sephora stop carrying it?

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  10. That sketchbook looks amazing!! You can never go wrong with Lana Del Rey Born to Die album, love it!
    Sophia | sophiebysophia.blogspot.com

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  11. The fairy drops mascara sounds so amazing not to mention how cute the packaging is.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  12. I loved Gone Girl. I got through it so quickly because it's so gripping and like you said, is such a page turner. Although they're never as good as the books I am quite excited to see what they do with the film as I think that's coming out soon :)
    Danielle / Party Violets

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  13. I love sugar crush it is my absolute favourites!


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  14. I was recently recommended the BB powder but I was worried about it leaving a grey overcast happy to hear it doesn't I've heard it's kind of a dry shampoo/ volume adder all in one really must try :) xx

    http://www.rinicawrites.com/

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