January Favs & Reviews

January came and went rather quickly, so I don't have too many things to share, but here are a few notable things that I loved this month:

I'll start with podcasts, films, books, and music because that's the most exciting part.


The Bad Christian Podcast- A friend introduced this to me about a month ago and I've listened to a good handful of episodes. I really enjoy the wide range of topics they touch on and the unapologetic honesty and humor in how each topic is handled. They welcome inclusiveness of different perspectives and characters into the conversations, which keeps it interesting. It's also a little bit vulgar, which is surprisingly refreshing and hilarious. Favorite episodes so far: #306 Is Suicide a Cowardly Act?, #299 Comedy vs. Racism, #139 The Depressed Pastor, #154 Anxiety, Insecurity and Jealousy Aren't So Bad. 

The Liturgist- This podcast was also a recommendation. I haven't listened to this one as much but it's worth noting because I really loved the series they did on LGBTQ. It was super interesting and humanizing. Definitely worth a listen and it's not too long. 


The End of the Fucking World- This is a netflix original series that explores the development of a strange adolescent relationship between two individuals who are, for a lack of better words, really messed up. The trailer was playing on the front page and it looked interesting so I gave it a shot. I ended up really enjoying it. It's a very short series, with only 8 episodes at about 20 minutes a piece. It's a sort of coming of age story with split perspectives, distorted humor, and a pretty abrupt ending. I knocked it out in about a day and a half, so if you have some time to kill it's worth the watch. 



Narrowing down my music recs was extra hard this month, but here's some new stuff, old stuff, but nonetheless, good stuff. Lately, I've been into the Daily Mixes that Spotify comes up with and it's a little scary how well it knows me. Follow me on Spotify to keep up with my playlists, and give these a listen. And make sure your volume is up for the best experience (the only way you should listen to music) 


'Bittersweet' by Shauna Niequist- This is a very short read and worth knocking out in a day or two depending on how much time you have. Shauna Niequist was one of my favorite authors during my early college years. I was unpacking some boxes and found this book and decided to finally read it. There's a lot of sweet nuggets of wisdom and truth found in these pages that I really enjoyed.

'The Five People You Meet in Heaven' by Mitch Albom- Also a very quick read. I started this book right around graduation and never really got around to finishing it in the midst of busyness and life transitions, but I picked it up again a couple weeks ago and it was a very easy and light read. The author does a good job at keeping the material light while still presenting thought provoking ideas. 

'Thank You for Sharing' by Jenny Earnest- I've been following her on Instagram for some time now and was very excited to see that she released a weekly Newsletter. This newsletter is excellent and concise; it pulls together a weeks worth of interesting happenings, issues, and general recommendations from the internet while keeping a very clean and fresh design. Subscribe to it here!


And here's some other fun stuff- ranging from objects, products, places and people. 


I dug up this old Polaroid Camera that I've had since I was 12. I didn't know if it was still functional, but I picked up some film at Urban Outfitters and to my surprise it still worked like a charm. It's been so fun to play around with and I love the instant gratification. There's something really nostalgic and freeing about this kind of portraiture because the outcome is generally less controlled. 


Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack Mask- This month I tried the Galaxy pack mask from Glossier because I had heard good things about it. It was definitely a love at first sight product because I saw immediate results when using it. It has a bit of a thicker consistency and applies very smoothly. It's definitely worth a try and won't break the bank! And if you have dry skin, they have one that would be more suited for you. Check it out here and get 20% off!

Glossier Boy Brow- I've loved this stuff for a long long time but decided to include it in this month's collection of favs because I'm on my third tube of it and have never mentioned it before. It's great for keeping your brows in place while enhancing the individual hairs so it doesn't look too artificial. I have the brown shade, which is perfect if you have similar hair color to mine. I found the black one to be a little too intense, so this is much more manageable.

Glossier Generation G (leo)- I ordered this a couple weeks ago and was really excited because I had heard good things. It definitely lives up to the good reviews. It's described as a sheer matte lip stick, which is exactly what it is. The color payoff is quite sheer, which makes it a more low maintenance product. It also wears well throughout the day and fades nicely even if your lips are feeling a bit dry. 

Nature Republic Moisturizer- I've used up several pots of this moisturizer before I realized that I really liked the product. It's one of those products that you have to be pretty consistent with before you see any major changes. I use this every night after toner and serums and it doesn't leave my face feeling greasy. And the best part is, it's affordable and accessible. 

Melatonin- When I was in college, I had the weirdest sleeping pattern and it conditioned me to take a lot of naps during the day. Adjusting to a 9-5 schedule was hard, to say the least, naps are less frequent and I aim to be in bed by 10 or 11. I was looking for something to help me fall asleep easier and get better rest. I was browsing through Brandless one day and ended up ordering some Melatonin to give it a try. It might be the placebo effect, but I think it's working.

Nars Wanted Palette- I've always admired the Nars brand for its sleek packaging and for having a consistently good reputation. I picked up this palette at the beginning of the month and have been obsessed. The colors are beautiful, versatile, and pigmented. Honestly, I've been sporting less eye shadow these days because most mornings, I can't be bothered, but I know I'll be grabbing for this palette a lot in the next couple of months. 

Being Outdoors- I spent most of my weekends this month surrounded by some sort of nature. It was a nice change of scenery and a much needed reminder that nature is still my favorite place. I'm hoping to catch my breath next month though, because so far I haven't had a free weekend in 2018. But regardless, it was a good month of weekend trips, long car rides, and sweet views. 

Quality Friendships- If you've spent any time with me over this last month, I'm so thankful for you! I recognized recently, that friendship is one of the sweetest things and I felt very authentically myself and happy this month. 


Anyway, that's all for this month! I would love to know what you have been reading, listening to, and loving lately; send me your recommendations and favorites! This marks two months since I've launched this blog, so thank you all for reading and being supportive thus far!




Catherine Li