Look who's back, the monthly favorites column! I've decided to continue doing this as long as I have favorites to talk about. Besides, I personally love reading blogs and watching videos regarding monthly favorites so why not preserve this series, right. As for this month's list of favorites, it will mostly revolve around music, tv series and books.
I first knew about Katelyn from Nickelodeon where she portrayed Jo Taylor from the comedy, musical series Big Time Rush (yes, I watched this show. I don't care if they're a boy band, they're my childhood.) I wasn't a huge fan of hers before but I recently re-watched the series again just for fun and it brought me back my childhood. I then decided to check how she is now seeing how she has always been a singer.
With her current EP "Tired Eyes", I dare say that the girl has grown so much! She's so underrated and skilled and has such a lovely, raw voice. One of my favorite songs from her EP album is You Don't Know, a mellow song with lyrics that really hit me.Similarly, I'm also in love with Weekend Millionaires, also a song from the EP album. The former is a mellow song with great instrumental, the latter is more of an upbeat, catchy song with lovely buildup.
I can't wait for more of her future releases. While her old releases and first studio album made you think about Disney / Nickelodeon pop stars, she has now grown into a better singer so don't knock until you try it.
(she's also a friend of Lucy Hale aka Aria Montgomery from Pretty Little Liars! How cool is that!?)
Ed Sheeran's Galway Girl
Ed released another single for his latest album Divide. I love this more than Shape of You but I still love Castle On The Hill best. There's something about Castle On The Hill that screams nostalgia in terms of melody but Galway Girl isn't bad either. The lyrics is also way better than Shape of You in my opinion. Another favorite of mine from his latest album would be Supermarket Flowers for its beautiful lyrics and melody.
Pretty Little Liars Season 7
Finally caught up with the 7th season of this series! My favorite Liars are and will always be Spencer Hastings and Hanna Marin. I won't spoil anything but I just love how fierce Hanna has become later in the series even though she can be quite a *bleep* sometimes. As for Spencer... who doesn't love her fringe!? I know I love it. Even though it's a clip-on bangs, Troian looks really pretty and a lot more preppier with fringe. I also love Spencer's fashion style since it's, again, super preppy and semi-formal!
Red Band Society
Based on the Catalan series Polseres Vermelles, Red Band Society is a teenage medical comedy-drama series about a group of teenagers living together as patients in a hospital's pediatric ward. I first knew of this series because Ciara Bravo portrays Emma Chota, an intelligent anorexic patient in the series. The series only has one season with 13 episodes because it was canceled two years ago. I'm so sad they canceled it because I actually find the concept interesting. Needless to say, I've watched three episodes so far and I like it.
A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray
I finished this book in less than five days and... won't you look at that cover!? When I first saw this book in the bookstore, the first thing that came to my mind how I needed the book for its cover. Shallow reason, I know. I actually wrote a review of this book on Goodreads and gave it an average rating of 3/5. I don't hate this book since it has a quick pace that kept me interested and a fairly interesting concept of time traveling device. While it's not a perfect and flawless book, I actually enjoyed it (especially if you're feeling lazy and is looking for a quick read.) I'll be sure to read the whole trilogy.
The Ballroom by Anna Hope
It's been such a long time ever since I found a book that qualifies a perfect 5-stars rating but here it is! The Ballroom is an emotional and intriguing take on what life is like inside an asylum "for the feeble-minded and chronic paupers." This historical, romance adult-fiction is written beautifully to the point where it's almost poetic. It tells the story (and romance) between John Mulligan and Ella Fay as well as Dr. Charles Fuller, a frustrated musician and eugenics-obsessed homosexual. If you're into historical fiction and a book with emotional intelligence for humanity, this might fit your taste.
For $8, this product is such a steal due to its size. Plus, it's a versatile product that can be used as a toner, face mask, body / skin moisturizer or facial mist. I mainly use it as toner and lotion mask though. Unlike Hada Labo, this is a toner that requires cotton pads as applicator.
With coix seed extract, I find this product works well in reducing blemishes and redness on my T-zone, brightens and freshens my skin as well keeps it hydrated.
It's also really suitable for oily and sensitive skin.
Alright that's it for this month's list of favorites. And since I'm a nosy person, tell me in the comments below what is or are the things you have been loving this month!