August is almost over ;__; Pretty soon I’ll be heading back to uni, and I’m all sorts of nervous and terrified. I’m transferring schools this year, and even though the new location’s pretty exciting (nyc!!), I’m still very much on my own, and very far from home… Ahhhhh. In any case, now that I’ve finally re-introduced life and substance and mostly-on-time posts to the blog again (and set up a working schedule of blog posts for September! whee!), it’s time to bring back those monthly wrap-ups! Today on the blog: the lazy month that was August.

August on the blog

  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone… didn’t quite do the trick for me? I still couldn’t resist getting Strange the Dreamer (the hardcover’s so pretty *o*), though, so we’ll see how that goes!
  • For the cursory readers: bite-sized reviews of A Madness so Discreet, All the Truth that’s in Me, A Midsummer’s Nightmare, and Isla and the Happily Ever After
  • My reaction to The Night Circus was also similar to that of DoSaB… /sighs/
  • but Fangirl brought a fuzzy, pleasant surprise^^

Out and about

Summer vacation is a beautiful glorious thing and honestly, I spent most of it lazing around my house. And then stuffing myself full with my friends. And then panicking and shuffling through all that translation work at 9 pm orz.

If anyone remembers that beauty product haul I mentioned on Twitter towards the start of the month, I got to try out all those products, and have to say I’m pretty satisfied 😀 (also shoutout to stylekorean for the excessive amounts of bubble wrap I now have). My favorite of this order was the Camelia Essential Hair Mist from Innisfree – it smells so nice, and really does wonders with hair texture. I also love the fruity, easy-to-apply Play 101 Stick Primer from Etude House, which also smelled really nice. I also got their 10 in 1 Wonder Pore Freshner, but while it was a really nice moisturizer, I found that it really didn’t do anything else? It’s apparently supposed to be a 10-in-1 solution for deep cleansing, sebum control, pH 4.5 care, tightening pores, clear skin, elasticity, moisturizing, etc. And I was pretty skeptical (that’s a lot of promises…) but I heard great things about it. So I bought it. And… yeah… nope. I had similarly disappointing results (read: none) with the AprilSkin Pink Clay Nose Pack, which did absolutely nothing and actually kind of stung when applied on my skin. I also got the Skinny Waterproof Microcara and Whitening Pore Sleeping Pack from Innisfree (there was a sale and I was weak ._.). The former was pretty average – my eyelashes are on the longish and numerous side, but each individual hair’s pretty thin, and they tangled pretty easily with the applicator, which was a pain – but I’m really happy with the latter! It’s something I’d save for use in the winter, and it’s super hydrating and does show signs of brightening and evening skin tone. Plus, it smells fruity and clean, which is always a nice thing^^

My mom also accidentally ordered too many packs of tapioca starch (she wanted one and got ten… lol) so I made a huge potful of boba! It’s a little telling about how uneventful my month was, but that pot? One of the highlights of my month 😀 It’s actually pretty easy to make, and I was thinking of posting a recipe for it soon – all you need is three ingredients and some patience – and I really like drinking it with milk. Brings back all sorts of nostalgia.

Oooh and! I’ve just opened up a bookish instagram aerouu, so if anyone’s interested, I’d love if you could stop by! My photography and placing(?? what’s the word for it, ahah) skills aren’t anywhere near top-notch, but it seems like a lot of fun.

August on the playlist

  • 西野カナ 『パッ』
  • Rita Ora – Your Song
  • RADWIMPS 「君と羊と青」
  • 欅坂46 『サイレントマジョリティー』

So anyhow! Uneventful as it was, that was my August! What about you? How was yours? And for anyone heading back to school in the coming weeks: good luck! You got this <3


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