Time flies...

Forever 21 shirt + leggings + necklace, Urban Outfitters sandals, nOir rings

Summer is almost over and it would be nice to plan as many fun activities before September rolls around. So far I've got: spending the weekend dog-sitting an adorable Yorkie and Maltese, making a trip to Griffith Park with three good friends, and having a mini-vacation at Palm Springs. (Somehow I also need to fit in a trip back home). Hopefully there will be less lounging around at the apartment.

I forgot to mention that my nOir rings arrived a few days after I got back from Vegas. They're just as amazing as I thought they'd be! I wear them practically everyday. The other day in my class a guy turned to me just to say, "Your rings are crazy!" (I was wondering why he kept staring at my notes. Apparently that wasn't what he was looking at).

5 summer go-to products

I know it's already August but I've been meaning to do this post for a while, and after going to Vegas it really made me appreciate some of my beauty products more (hello primer!). Not all of these are specific to the weather but are more geared to what I tend to use the most in this season.

• I don't use foundation, but when I do want to even out my skintone I go for tinted moisturizers. The two reasons why I adore them are because they're moisturizing (perfect for my skin) and provide light coverage. My friend actually introduced me to Stila's Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer and I haven't stopped using it since. It provides even lighter coverage than my usual tinted moisturizer, but it gives you this dewy look that illuminates your whole face.
• I've always been a bronzer girl and I've been using Estée Lauder's Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer as long as I've been using makeup. It is matte, though when you look at it in the case you can detect slight shimmers. This I feel allows the bronzer to look less heavy and unnatural on your face. I actually use this year-round!
• I'm not a big fan of their eyeshadows, but I do like Cover Girl Eye Enhancer Shadows in Country Woods for their neutral, shimmery shades. I like to use gold colors during the summer and the second shadow in the palette is the perfect one.
• My lips are addicted to Softlips Chapstick, no joke. But they're the only ones I've found to actually moisturize my lips. I like that they're SPF 20 since people tend to forget that your lips need to be protected too.
• When it's hot out and I know I'm going to be outside for a long period of time, I'll start off with a primer before putting on makeup. Make Up Forever's HD Microperfecting Primer works wonders with just a pump to cover my entire face. Another plus is that it goes on so smoothly which is something I always look for when I'm using something that goes on my skin (which tends to be dry).

Vegas weekend

Our hotel

The "garden" inside the Bellagio Hotel

Last weekend I was in Vegas and I had an amazing time. I met a lot of people and there were some typical drama (though nothing concerning me, thankfully) but all in all, it was a lot of fun. Unfortunately the drive was horrible since it was so hot and the traffic was not pleasant. At least I know next time to fly!

I had left right after I finished my final on Friday and both nights there I didn't sleep well so my body had no time to recover. So I got sick Sunday when we left, which didn't help me survive the first week of new classes all that well. I'm feeling much better now though I have a ton of work to catch up on this weekend. I promise better updates when things have calmed down!

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