July Favorites

Happy Monday beauties!  I hope you’re having a more productive day than I am- this post is all I’ve managed to do so far but it’s not to late to get moving 😉  How is it already August this week?!  In light of July ending and it being Monday, I will be sharing a few of my favorites from the month.  You guys know the drill by now- I hyperlink the numbers below the photo collage and each title above the product descriptions.  

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1 | Yeti Tumbler

I have had my eyes on this Tumbler for almost a year now and I recently made the purchase.  I am SO glad I did- the quality of this product is unparalleled and it is so easy to clean.  I also have a Swell bottle (which I too loved) but it was harder to keep clean and got a funky musty smell after a few months of use.  The 30 oz. Yeti allows you to to hold plenty of liquid, actually see whats inside because of the large opening and clear lid, comes in a ton of colors, and does exactly what its supposed to do- it keeps your hot beverages hot and your cold beverages cold for a LONG time.  I like that I can fit ice cubes in without any problem, which is one of the disadvantages of the Swell bottle.  The Yeti lid is magnetic too so you can access every part of the bottle to make sure its clean.

2 | LilyAna Retinol Cream

I have recently begun investing more time and research into proper skin care- Lord knows I want to look 25 forever.  I now use sunscreen every morning in my CC cream, and I have gone from someone who used to bake in the sun with tanning oil (just typing that makes my stomach turn), to someone who opts to sit under an umbrella and reapply 30-50 SPF liberally.  I was the only one in my group of friends who didn’t burn at all on our trip to the Dominican in May.  That being said, I have started using more anti-aging products in my daily skincare routine and this Retinol cream has surpassed my expectations.  Its VERY affordable on Amazon and after using it for over two weeks, have noticed a significant difference in my skin’s tone and texture.  I have a more even skin tone and my face has never felt softer.  I would love to be able to go sans concealer with my improved complexion but I still have significant dark circles under my eyes (thank you genetics)- so if anyone has any recommendations for that, send them my way!

3 | Set of Five Flameless Candles 

I shared these a few posts back in my apartment tour blog post but I need to give them the attention they deserve.  These candles have a waxy surface, making them not only look real but feel like a normal candle, they are ALL operated with a remote so you don’t have to manually turn them on and off every time you use them, and best of all, they are are just under $17!  You just can’t beat that price when a one single flameless candle from your standard home decor shops like Pottery Barn would cost $50.  I would recommend these over and over again.  Just make sure you have or purchase AA batteries since they are not included 🙂

4 | Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil

If you know me, you know I sweat.  It’s just the way I am and there’s only so much I can do to control it.  This Summer has put me to my limits with this ridiculously hot and humid weather.  One thing I ALWAYS have in my purse is peppermint essential oil.  It’s the first oil I ever fell in love with because of its cooling properties that have helped tremendously with tension headaches and my constant state of being hot.  I only trust Young Living because I am assured of its quality and purity- to learn more, check out my blog post on essential oils here.  I put a dab of the peppermint oil in my fingers then rub it on the back of my neck, temples, and behind my ears.  It provides cooling relief within a minute or less.  For some people, this cooling sensation may be too intense so if this is the case for you, I would recommend mixing a drop of essential oil with a drop of carrier oil like fractionated coconut or olive.  Peppermint essential oil has been in my bag of tricks for over two years now and I truly don’t think I would survive Summer without it!

5 | Leather Zara Slides 

These shoes are easily my favorite closet addition I’ve purchased this Summer.  They are quite affordable being that they’re genuine leather, they look way more expensive than they are and are a great dupe for the $600 YSL slide.  The brown leather ensures that they look good with just about everything and they are very comfortable!  I have a wide foot and they have definitely stretched a bit to form to my wider foot, making them super easy to walk in but I think they would work really well for someone with a normal or narrower foot.  I sized up a half size from my usual 7.5 to an 8.

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post!  Be sure to let me know if you purchase any of these for yourself and what your thoughts are.  You guys know I only ever promote items that I use myself and truly believe in- I am not earning a commission on these- yet- but never say never 😉  Cheers! xx

– Leah

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