July Favourites 2017

It’s already the middle August and I’m here writing about my July favourites. Great timing.

Staring with the not-so-great news, I began studying again. I have to take again my exams because I have failed them, so yay. You can almost hear through these words how happy I am. 🙄😒

But July has been quite a good months. I haven’t had many bad days. My parents went away for 5 days and having the house (almost) to myself was THE BEST.  My sister and I watched Harry Potter, ate junk food, watched Game of Thrones and at least 20 episodes of Suits. Yeah. Things got out of control.

What I have loved most about this month, it’s been the beach. I went on holiday at the beginning of July and it was amazing. I was relaxed, I read a ton and looked like a tanned homeless person. I LOVED IT.

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Beauty wise, I have been wearing a lot of bold lipsticks and I ADORE of all them! The new shades I bought for my birthday are spectacular (especially the Maybelline ones). On my eyes, I HAD to wear something and I decided to keep it pretty low maintenance. I curl my lashes and then put on two coats of my Clinique Chubby Lash Mascara. I had doubts about it, but it’s a good product. I have tried better ones and would not repurchase it again because of the price, but still… It was a present so… 🙂

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jane_the_virgin_xlgTV wise, I haven’t really watched anything new. Something is wrong with me. I have been rewatching a lot of comedies and one of the weirdest shows I have seen is “Jane The Virgin”. It’s basically a parody of spanish telenovelas, told as a telenovela.

The protagonist, Jane, gets artificially inseminated and has to deal with the consequences of this event. The show is so funny and it’s incredibly well-made. Every single characters is amazingly crafted and has so much depth. From Rogelio to Abuela to Petra. Can’t wait to see season four this autumn!

SONY DSCAside from “Jane The Virgin”, I got back into Suits. This USA Network program is so underrated. It’s so clever, witty, dramatic and breathtaking. It also deals with race, women of colour in a male-dominated workplace and some badass quotes by Harvey Specter.

I haven’t even talked about the plot. Mike Ross, bike messenger whose life is stuck, gets hired by the best lawyer of New York City (according to him), despite not having attended law school.


12000020While I was at the beach, I had loads of time to read and after hearing high praises on “Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe”, I decided to give it a go.

And I adored it! Although at times I felt like some of the conversations between Dante and Aristotle were weird and (in my experience) a bit forced, I LOVED IT. The struggles of these two boys discovering and exploring their lives and their friendship.

It made me feel warm inside, happy and sad at the same time.
Would recommend it to EVERYBODY. Please read it. It’s truly wonderful.

 


I hope you liked this post (although in the middle of August). What have you been loving this month? Let me know three things you have enjoyed!

xxx

Georgia

Suits 7 – Mid Season Review

Suits is one of my favourite shows. EVER.

I have great memories of watching it with my little sister, laughing about Louis and being mesmerized by Jessica, commenting every single time how badass she is and how spectacular she looks in her dresses.

I’ve been watching Suits since season 3 and I am unbelievably glad I found this hugely underrated show. Every single character brings both virtue and vices to the story and it is simply magnificent.

Created by Aaron Korsh, “Suits” gives the viewers so much style and amazing quotes from Harvey. The style, though! I’d kill to have their wardrobe. SPECTACULAR.

Today I wanted to talk about the first 5 episodes of the summer slot (the winter one starts with episode 11) and vent about what has happened so far.

From Left to Right: Gina Torres, Patrick J Adams, Sarah Rafferty, Meghan Markle, Rick Hoffman, Gabriel Macht.

This 7th season has completely wrecked me. Mainly because of Harvey and Donna. Actually, the lack of them.

After the season 6 finale, I was SURE something would (or had already happened off camera) between them. But I was wrong. When Harvey woke up from the dream on episode 1, I was devastated. Truly devastated.

 

And when he appeared in Dr. Agard’s office I didn’t think much of it. I though he was still going to therapy. Instead, NO. He wanted to date her.
I understand that Paul and Harvey want to have a relationship and the fact that he told her a lot about his personal life during their sessions is incredibly important to him but at the same time: no.
I think this new romance is quite awkward and unrealistic. I get that a deep connection was formed between them and although Harvey says that on paper they are not breaking any law, it is still quite awkward dating your therapist. They have a personal history together and that a deep connection was formed between them during Harvey’s time with her but Donna and him have been teasing each other for 12 years. Frankly, I do believe he belongs with her and not with Paula.

Whoever wrote that dialogue when Harvey says “we should be scared together” or something like this, it was stupid. It sounded like something out of either “Pretty little liars” or “The Bachelor”.

I absolutely love the character of Alex mainly because of the actor Dulé Hill. I loved him on “Psych”. He is terrific.

Even though I really like this season, I feel like something is missing. And that “something” is Jessica. She was the glue that held the show together and now that she’s gone, it isn’t the same anymore.

It’s a time of change because there is one character missing and I think the writers and the producers now have to form a storyline around a character that is not Jessica Pearson. And she was the head of the firm, someone for Harvey answer to, but now he is the boss. In Pearson Specter Litt, he is the one that has the highest authority. And as we have seen, he is not quite ready for leadership.

I love the new positions Donna and Rachel are in because they have real powers that allow them not to be just a secretary or a paralegal, they are actually the bosses. And although a black amazing woman was managing partner and she was the boss, the show can be a little bit too much focused on Mike and Harvey.

Speaking of them, I am 100% sure that Mike’s deal is going to cause some troubles, which are already starting to appear on the horizon.

One more thing: I ADORE the way they portrayed Louis’ struggle with his break up with Tara and the his consequent loss of fatherhood. Usually, this storyline is sadly associated to women (*sexism*), our need to have the fantasy wedding, husband and children and therefore abandon our careers. It’s a norm that society has imposed on us. And if you don’t want to get married or don’t want children, there are people who will judge and criticise you. (See Jennifer Aniston).

But all the women in “Suits” are powerful and intelligent human beings that, in my opinion, inspire others to pursue their dreams. Making Louis go through it all, helped make their point. Why do women have to be associated to this stereotype? Why can’t there be a men that want marriage, a family and children? Usually this falls back to women but I hope “Suits” can show that you don’t need to conform to society and you can be your own person.


I’m extremely happy that “Suits” got renewed for this 7th season. I don’t know if it was because Megan Markle’s relationship with Prince Harry helped the ratings or just because USA network decided that the show had to go on. Nonetheless I’m really glad. And hoping that there is going to be an 8th season!

The only thing I hope is that the show does not get stupid. I’ve seen loads of show that by its fourth or fifth season, they are just trash (just to name one “Castle”). I don’t think this is what is happening with “Suits”, because I believe season 5 was one of its stronger. It was magnificent, but I’m having doubts about this one.


Anyway, I am still nursing my crush on Jessica AND Harvey. Both amazing characters. So well-rounded and brilliantly crafted.

Jessica I miss you and I love you. (Please, come back for more episodes).

PLEASE, let me know what your favourite episodes are. Or anything Suits related. I’d like to start a nice discussion!

Episode 6 airs tonight on USA Network!

xxx

Georgia

Birthday Lipstick Haul 2017

Almost two months ago, I turned 21.

Every year, I buy myself a present. I’ve been doing it for many years and it’s a tradition I’m definitely going to keep.

This time I decided to go big. I had a terrible year. Up to now, the worst in my life. And even though I didn’t pass my exams and wrote a blog post all about it called “Failure” (#HappyTimes), I treated myself to A LOT of lipsticks.

If you look at my old posts in the beauty section, it will become pretty clear that I adore lip products. I have way to many but I still keep buying them.

Moreover, online prices are a lot lower than those in the store and I could not pass on the opportunity. Another huge advantage is that the website has a lot of american brands that otherwise I would not be able to get my hands on.

Along with the lipsticks, I have also bought quite a few facial scrubs and masks, but I haven’t tried them yet. Maybe I’ll do a seperate post on them.

So, let’s get into the lipsticks!!! There are 4 Maybelline “Colour Sensational Matte” lipsticks and one shade on the “Bold” collection.

IMG_7107 - mI got a nice range of shades, at least in my opinion. I have rosy pink, a perfect nude for me in the N°987 “Smoky Rose”. Then an orangy/redish shade in n°960 “Red Sunset” in that I’m not really sure about. The third one is a bright magenta, like a really in-your-face pink, in fact it’s called “Magnetic Magenta” in n° 950.

The next one is a red with a lot of pink in it. It’s in the n° 882 “Fiery Fuchsia”. Even though it’s not a matte shade, it’s still not glossy or shiny. It is basically matte, but a little bit creamier.

The last one is a dark red, a shade I’ve been looking for for ages and I ADORE it. It’s called “Divine Wine” in the n° 975.

The formula is amazing. Usually lipsticks don’t last on me. But this lasted through a meal, two 15 minutes bike rides in 33°C, 55% humidity and almost 6 hours without reapplying. And I sweated like crazy. THIS FORMULA IS HEAVEN. I’ll try to get my hands on as many of these lipsticks as I can. Thanks to Emily of “BeautyWithEmilyFox” for recommending them!


IMG_7108 - nThe next set of lipstick are the Wet ‘n’ Wild MegaLast. The three shades I got are E906D in Wine Room; E915B in Spiked With Rum and 917B in Cinnamon Spice.

I have heard so many people saying that they are dupes for some MAC lipsticks but I had all the bright and fun shades I wanted and but then I saw they had exactly what I have been looking for.

I wanted the kind of lipstick Monica from “Friends” wears. It wasn’t a red, it wasn’t a brown. To me, it looked like the wonderful muted brick red that I ADORE. AND I FOUND IT!! I got a three shades. A dark pink, a brown-ish/pink-ish one and the perfect dark muted red.

Everybody talked about the quality of the packaging being cheap. And it definitely is. One lipstick was also detached from the tube but I pressed it down, put it in the fridge for the night and now it’s fixed! They are matte shades, super pigmented and they are so cheap! I think I got them for 3€ each. I love bargains.

The formula is pretty good. They are matte but not drying. I went to a wedding yesterday and “wine room” stayed on perfectly for 5 hours, but it did not survive the delicious pizza I had for dinner. Obviously. I’m going to play with them more (especially during autumn and winter) but so far so good!


And last but not least, here are 3 more lip products!

IMG_7110 - oFrom the top, the first one is a Jordana Lipstck in the shade 35, “Rio”. It is matte but frankly it does not show up on me. It’s not bad. It’s not very pigmented and it’s too dry. To swatch it, I had to put so many layers to make it appear.

The last two are lipsticks from the Essence “Matt Matt Matt” collecion in n° 6 “Kiss me if you can” and n° 7 “Purple Power”. N° 6 is a deep red, but n° 7 is a beautiful purple. I’ve never had such a colour and for just 2.89€ each, I HAD to buy them.

I also got the shade in 01, but it’s a bit patchy and since I’m quite tanned right now, it makes me look like a cadaver.

The formula is very good. Not too creamy, not too drying. It glides very  well on the lips and it remains in good conditions even for 6 hours.


Let me know if you have tried any of these products and if you have any recommendations for me! Now I can’t buy any more makeup products for at least two months. But there are the sales now and I HAVE TO stock on some new and extremely cheap items!!! #TheStruggle 😉😉😉

Six months ago I bought so much stuff!!! If you want to check it out, here is the link for the haul!

Thanks for reading!

Georgia 😘💙

 

REPOST:Somehow it got posted a few weeks ago instead of the actual date I posted it. Don’t know what happened!

It’s back

I am terrified that my "dark times" are coming back. I've been studying to take my exams again and although it is going okay, I have this horrible feeling that what happened last year is going to represent itself on September.
I was weak, I cried for everything and going out felt like someone was stabbing me in the chest.
But I've made so many progress! I go out pretty easily, I want to be around (some) people. I was even super eager to go driving with my mom to practise.
Last time I really cried was in April

But in this past week, I feel like I have undone some of the steps forward that I have taken.
I have said to my mom multiple times that I think this is also caused by hormones and mood swings that come with my period. She said it wasn't but never mind that.
I feel really down a week before my period is due, and getting back on my feet is never easy.
I have the impression I am inadequate, ugly, bored, angry, useless and incapable of facing my issues.
It's probably just because of the hormonal chaos that is inside my body, but just 20 minutes ago, I stood in my bathroom and cried.
Thankfully I managed to compose myself after two minutes. However, this is how it started last time. A few tears every couple months turned into sobbing on the bathroom floor, not being able to stop.
I sincerely hope this is not history repeating itself again. I made a journey, I got better but if even seeing ex-classmates' pictures on Instagram about their happiness over their University made me anxious, I really can't tell if some progress have been made.
I'm trying to be positive. Something I never do. Hopefully, it's just a bad mood and hormones. 😬