Books

Books I’ve Read Recently #3

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I’ve finally made it out of the busiest time of my life and so I’m now back to getting stuff done!  Today I’m sharing another iteration of the books I’ve read recently; these were read between June and July.

A ton of these books were on my 2018 GoodReads winners list, so I’m stoked to have them crossed off.  I’ve also found a few new favorites of my own this time around; read on to find out what!

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Lifestyle

Podcasts I’ve Listened to Recently | Summer 2019

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I have listened to yet another four podcasts, and thought I should share them with you all!  One thing that I’ve really started doing is taking horses more seriously, which is why you see some horsey podcasts on the list!  I know they aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but there are some other awesome podcasts that I definitely recommend as well!

I’ve been just devouring podcasts, so these were listened to between June and July – my current podcast has a ton of episodes, so that’s definitely slowing me down (in a good way!).

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Lifestyle, Personal

Monthly Favorites | July 2019

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I’m back to share some of the non-beauty things that I loved during July!  All of my favorites were tech-related; I had a love affair with some podcasts and found amazing videos that are totally worth watching.

Life Update:

This month has been the most wild in terms of changes in my life, so it’s the big reason why I don’t have a good variety of favorites!

I got a new vehicle, I switched departments at my job, I started riding horses more frequently, and I moved – wow, what a list!  I did share a small update about my move in a previous blog post, and that’s why I ended up skipping some blog posts for the last week of July.

Podcasts:

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Beauty & Fashion

Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Primer | Review

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Back when I first started getting into makeup, I was adamant on buying basically everything I could to try.  This primer ended up being one of the samples I had received in a purchase!  I’d never heard of the brand, but it seemed fancy so I was excited. Now I’m finally hear to share my thoughts on it!

Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Primer | Review - A Midwest Belle

Brand Claims: The Smooth Affair Primer claims to: “prepare the skin so makeup goes on more easily and lasts longer”, “helps the skin hold on to more of its own moisture”, “smooths, brightens and nourishes skin”, and “minimize the appearance of pores and visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles”.

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Beauty & Fashion

New at Ulta | July 15 – August 4, 2019

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Once again, we’re here to talk about the new beauty at Ulta that’s caught my attention!  Unfortunately this is another month where there wasn’t a ton that really looked interesting to me, but we do have a lot of eyeshadow palettes and listicks!

Also super exciting – Nabla Cosmetics is now being carried at Ulta!  I added a couple of products that sounded really interesting to my list from them, especially because I’ve heard so many good things about their eyeshadows.

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Beauty & Fashion

Where Are They Now? | Makeup I Reviewed Between April and June 2019

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I’m back to share a roundup of where the products I reviewed this quarter have gone!  I ended up testing quite a few different products, so I thought getting a quick glance at my thoughts would be beneficial to you all!

A category that I wanted to add starting this quarter is “wouldn’t repurchase”.  Since I’m expanding my reviews to cover more makeup products than just lip, I thought that this was a necessary section!  It’s what I would consider the “it was okay” stuff – it wasn’t so bad that I would immediately declutter it, but I wouldn’t buy it again when I run out.  So, if a product is in this category you’ll probably end up seeing it in my empties posts down the road! I don’t want to waste products by getting rid of them if they aren’t perfect, but I don’t want to mislead anyone by making you think I loved the product when I didn’t!

I do also want to say that lip products are a little different than anything else on this list.  I try to hold them to higher standards and I own so many that I just consider keeping them to be the other makeup equivalent to “wouldn’t repurchase”.  I just have such a love affair of trying new lip products constantly that I’m not sure I would ever use one up, let alone need to buy a replacement!  I do want to be clear though – if it’s staying in my collection, it’s something that I think is a good product.

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