Happy Friday! We won't be celebrating the 4th of July this weekend since women are now second-class citizens in the United States. Freedom of choice is no more! I didn't say anything this week on the blog because everything was pre-written and published (I also started a new job this week so I couldn't update any posts) but if you follow me on Instagram, you saw my real-time reactions to this abhorrent Supreme Court decision.

I've made a number of donations to Planned Parenthood and the National Network of Abortion Funds and just trying to educate as many people around me about the disgusting ways we are going backward. This is also a good time to remind you of Fundrage, a Google Chrome extension that allows you to make donations to previously vetted causes, based on what you're currently reading about on the Internet. They're doing incredible work as well! 

Wear white this weekend, minus the red & blue, and do something for yourself. 

Let's get into the roundup!

How is it the end of June already? I simply cannot handle how we are already moving into July. It's been a wild month with lots of change: I got a new job, I got my wisdom teeth removed, made some strides in my personal goals, and made some significant moves in my mental health journey. It was a solid month honestly and I'm excited to see what July brings.

Though, I would be completely lying if I said I wasn't more excited that summer was moving fast because it just means we are one step closer to the best time of year... fall! And yes, I have started the countdown until the best season, I even bought a brown nail polish from Essie's Fall 2022 collection last week.

But, we still have two more months to go so for now, let's get into my favorites of June! 

After having this ARC sitting in my Kindle for a while I finally decided to read it and boy, am I glad I did! I've never read anything by Jennifer Hiller and I was delighted to see how unique and interesting her writing style is. I was enthralled from the very first page.

This story is truly unlike anything I've ever read before and had so many different elements, I didn't know where to put my focus first. It also had one of the more explosive, interesting, unforeseen endings I've experienced in a thriller in a while. 

Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hiller will be published on July 19th.

Let's get into the review! 

As I mentioned in my previous Manicure Monday post I have been having some difficulty finding my groove with summer colors. Usually, by the time spring comes around I am ready for something light and airy but this year I just haven't been into the light-colored polishes. 

It might sound weird to post favorite summer polishes when I have stated that I don't know what colors to wear but I think it actually helped me figure out which colors I'm into nowadays. My entire vibe has been more classic and minimal lately so long gone are the days of bright green and neon pink nails that I used to go for; I'm much happier wearing a neutral nude on my nails all year round, though I did have the distinct desire to paint my nails black last week so we'll see...

I feel like I'm rambling so I'll get to the point; below are some of my favorite colors to wear during the summer months, from Essie to Olive & June, I simply can't get enough! 

Full disclaimer: I've done multiple versions of this post before so some colors are probably repeated, especially the Essie ones but I can't help it, they are classics! 

 It is the last weekday before I start my new job on Monday and I'm excited! I had this entire week off and it was really odd to not have to work. I haven't felt this light on responsibility since being unemployed for most of 2019 so it kind of triggered my anxiety and depression. I felt so unlike myself and it was rough but by yesterday I was a little bit better.

I got so many tasks and errands done this week though and it felt good to get out and run around; I exercised every day, wrote a few blog posts, and got myself together. I feel like I'm refreshed and ready for a new change! 

This weekend will be busy with friends, family, and a bridal shower happening on Sunday, plus trying to keep my cool before Monday. Change usually sparks a lot of anxiety in me but I am really excited about this new adventure. 

Let's get into the post!

 Up until this novel, I think I was in a bit of a reading slump. I wasn't connecting with any stories and everything was falling flat. I think I just need a good thriller to start my engines and that's exactly what I got. 

One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke will be published on June 28th and I finished reading it about a month ago. I had an ARC from Netgalley and kept meaning to read it whenever it was time to crack open a new book but something stopped me. It was like I needed the perfect time to sink my teeth into it and that's what happened.

I read this book in less than two days and it had all the classic thriller tropes, including a big twist (or two) at the end, leaving my jaw hanging open.

It's one of those novels that all thriller fans will love.

I have so many beauty products that I use daily, and I realize I have never even uttered one word about it on the blog or on social media. I am changing that right now by vowing to do more beauty in review posts, even if they are short because I realize I tend to get long-winded about many things.

Over the past year or so I've started to receive a lot more beauty PR and I am so grateful for that because it allows me to try things I never would've picked up on my own.

One of those items that have come across my desk recently is the Ilia Lip Wrap Reviving Balm. I am a sucker for a good lip balm and I am always looking for a new one to try. I have never tried anything from Ilia before, despite knowing that it's supposed to be an amazing brand according to every review I've ever seen. 

The Lip Wrap being my introduction to the brand made a good first impression; I've been using it for months and it is without a doubt, one of the best balms that have ever graced my lips.