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1. Last Year Was Complicated by Nick Jonas

I've been a fan of the Jonas Brothers for a decade now which means I've spent half of my life fangirling over those three boys. It's a bit crazy to think of it that way, but it's true. I've always been and will always be a fan of whatever those three do, whether it's a solo career, a new group, or putting having a family first. It's no surprise that I love everything that Joe is doing with DNCE, but this is the first album of Nick Jonas' where I've been, well, like YASSSSSS. I anxiously awaited the arrival of this album and I wasn't disappointed in the slightest. Nick Jonas has always been an incredible songwriter, in songs for the band, for his first attempt at a solo career and now with this whole new side of him. It's a different way of writing but he still kills it. This album is fun and heartfelt and I completely understand why everyone (Joe included) is proud of him for this one.

To listen to: "Bacon," "Under You," "Touch," "The Difference," and "Close."

2. Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Palette

I talked about this palette in this post already, so I'll spare you any more unnecessary details about it. Let's just say that yesterday was the first time I didn't use it since I got it almost two weeks ago and my eye makeup game was severely lacking. I've never used a palette with eyeshadows so creamy and smooth and even to apply. Plus, 16 shadows with an even ration of half matte/half shimmery shadows? Incredible.

3. Living Proof Instant Texture Mist

Another product that I've talked about on the blog before, though it was quite a while back. I picked this one up last year because it was the only thing that combated the humidity and wind when it came to styling my hair. I would walk outside to work and after a thirty minute walk, my hair would fall completely flat. Nothing I did to it would withhold the wrath of Lake Erie weather patterns. However, a few spritzes of this into my hair and a little scrunching locked in my look. Sure, it made it a bit more tousled, but I'd rather have tousled waves over a really weird, frizzy straight look! Plus, it smells lovely!

4. Nest Rollerball In Citrine

I have a disgusting amount of points to spend at Sephora but I swear every time I go there's never anything that interests me. However, last time I went I did pick up a couple of samples and this little rollerball was one of them. I'm always interested in trying out new perfumes just because I don't really experiment with them a lot. I love smelling them, I just don't love buying new ones, so when the opportunity arises to find a new scent, I snatch it right up. This one is such a lovely scent. It's got the sort of sour smell from a citrus laced in with a floral scent. It's a bit darker in scent than others I've used but the faint musk really blends in nicely with my skin. I know perfumes smell different on every person, but I think this one from Nest really works nicely with my skin. I've heard Ingrid Nilsen talk about Nest fragrances in the past so I was really stoked that this one worked out so well for me! Plus, it was technically free!

5. Hamilton

I saved the best for last, truly. If you're unsure of what Hamilton is, I don't believe you. Hamilton is the smash-hit musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of America's founding father's, but with a hip-hop twist. I kid you not. And let me tell you, it's brilliant. Lin Manuel Miranda and the entire cast are some of the most talented and incredible humans on this earth and I just cannot believe that something this brilliant exists.

I've been dying to listen to songs from Hamilton but I never got around to it and never really knew where to do. Little did I know that there was a soundtrack on Spotify ready for me to listen to whenever I made my way to it. While I'm pissed at myself for waiting so long to try to find it, I'm glad I did. I spent two long car rides back and forth from Ohio to New York (Saturday evening and Sunday evening) listening to this soundtrack from front to back. I cried twice both times. That's right, I haven't even seen the musical in the flesh and I cried the first and second time I listened to the soundtrack. That's how incredible it is.

If you've managed to escape Hamilton until this moment, stop running from it. Listen to it. Devour it. Fall in love with it. Bask in its glory. Join the club, because honestly, you are missing out if you haven't jumped on the Hamilton bandwagon.

To listen to: "Alexander Hamilton," "The Schuyler Sisters," "Helpless," "Satisfied," "Guns and Ships," "Burn," and "Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story."

What have you been loving lately? 


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