1. e.l.f. — Um, hi? Are we all aware that you can purchase makeup brushes for $3 a pop? I recently came across the e.l.f. section at Target and it made my thrifty heart have some serious palpitations. I had been using the same makeup brushes for the past seven years (shameful, really) and when I saw I could get 3 new brushes for a total of $7, I knew I had no excuse. I picked up a blush brush, a complexion brush (which I use for bronzer), and an eyebrow/eyelash comb. I also purchased their Studio Compact Blush/Bronzer (for $3!) and am in love. Are there any other products of theirs I should try out?
2. Bloom, by Kelle Hampton — Two words: ugly cry. Two more words: utterly inspired. I picked up this book from the library because I'm a sucker for memoirs and after a quick glance at the cover I thought I would give it a try. When I got home I realized it was written by a blogger I had come across once or twice, Kelle Hampton, who is an absolute gem. Honestly, if there's one book you make time to read, it should be this one. It's a beautiful story about Kelle's journey after her second daughter was born with Down syndrome. I'm pretty sure I cried the entire way through the book, but it wasn't from sadness. It was from love and hope and everything about her honest, charming, enlightened way of sharing her story. Read it. You'll love it.
3. John Frieda Luminous Color Glaze — I purchased this on a whim when I was feeling a little bit cruddy and felt like some fancy hair treatment would make all my problems go away. (It's better than buying a box of candy bars from Costco, right?) Anyway, I absolutely adore this stuff. I've been using it on and off for the past month and I can't get over how my hair actually feels LUMINOUS. Well, okay—soft, shiny, glorious, healthy, all of that. I have the Brunette version and it works perfectly with my current natural shade, adding shine and a teeny-tiny amount of color after about 5 washes.
4. Hand Drawn Jars from The Ink Nest — I saw this clip art/Photoshop brush set and knew I had to have them. Mason jars! Adorable illustrations! They call to me! I adore everything from this Etsy shop. I'm finding it rather difficult to not buy everything. Help.
5. Lush Bouquet cards from Tiny Prints — Tiny Prints recently had a special offer where you could get 10 thank-you cards for free. I am a wee bit obsessed with stationary and have loved the quality of everything I've ordered from them in the past. I decided on the Lush Bouquet cards and had them customized with my first and last name. They are so gorgeous. And the envelopes they came with are lined with an adorable polka-dot pattern!
6. Daisy cottage cheese — Okay, folks. It's a little embarrassing, but I seriously live on this stuff. Never in my life have I eaten and/or enjoyed (or had any remote desire to eat and/or enjoy) cottage cheese. It doesn't seem right. The very idea of it is like one terrible mistake. I know these things because I've felt them for years. That is, until I discovered how incredibly amazing a bowl of cottage cheese can be, when topped with fresh peaches or nectarines. I'm obsessed. I don't like liking it, but I do. And I've tried several brands, but keep coming back to Daisy because it is the best. Trust.
Are there any inspiring memoirs, cheap cosmetics, adorable graphics, or disturbingly-textured (yet remarkably delicious) foods you've discovered this month that I should be aware of? If so, do share!