Monday, July 21, 2014

quick reviews: e.l.f. and babylips

Since I'm, you know, getting married in less than a month (no big deal), I've been picking up a few things here and there to test out for the big day.  This e.l.f. concealer-highlighter is one of those items.  I normally don't conceal my undereye area at all, surprisingly.  For one, nothing could really eliminate my dark circles other than sleeping for a week straight, and for two, I might even like the haggard look?  Like it makes me look more interesting?  Anyways.  I figured I should look into that, and I remembered seeing this duo recommended on +Refinery29.  I normally use more stick-based concealer, so I was excited to try a more liquid form.

I've been super impressed with this product for the price.  It sure as heck isn't erasing my dark circles completely, but with fair skin and dark blood vessels, it would take a miracle to accomplish that anyway.  I think it does a great job reflecting light and brightening the area, since it's formulated specifically for undereye.  I've used the highlighter on my browbone, the high points of my cheekbones, and the middle of my eyelids, and it's nice and subtle.  Overall, I recommend it!

And I've talked about the Maybelline Baby Lips before, but I picked up the shade/flavor Grape Vine and it's my new favorite.  It smells amazing!  I alternate between this one and Peach Kiss depending on the day.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

currently reading #5

Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
ERB has been a favorite of mine ever since I read quite a few of the John Carter of Mars series (which I recommend by the way).  Beyond that, Tarzan in general was a story that made a huge impact on me as a kid.  I was definitely a treehugger back then and I'm still kinda a hippie.  This book is just a classic which everyone should read.  I picked up my copy in an adorable little used-bookstore in Omaha, and it's the best $12.50 I've spent in a long time.  It's not a first edition, but it is still the oldest book I own since it was probably printed around 1915-1920.  And I may or may not have watched the Disney Tarzan movie three times since it showed up on Netflix....

The Expanded Universe by Robert A. Heinlein
einlein is a genius.  The first thing I read of his was Starship Troopers, which I also recommend.  Expanded Universe is a collection of shortish stories written over most of his career, with commentary throughout.  I'm loving this for when I need a little sci-fi fix without too much time commitment.  He's also a really funny guy, so there's that.  One of my friends picked this up for me at McKay's in Nashville, so I'll love her forever.  You know who you are.

The Thurber Carnival by James Thurber
I'm borrowing this one from a friend here, who also got it at that bookstore in Omaha.  I just recently got around to watching The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which is a phenomenal movie and (very) loosely inspired by the short story of the same name by Thurber.  I read The Catbird Seat in high school and thoroughly enjoyed it.  In fact, I haven't read a single thing out of this collection of short stories that I haven't enjoyed.  Thurber has a nice, clean, sarcastic style and he draws his own little cartoon illustrations as well!

What are you reading these days?

Sunday, July 13, 2014


I'm sorry for the lack of posts recently!  What have I been doing in the meantime?

Well, I've been working a lot, but that's boring.

I went to the Omaha Zoo... which is not as good as the Kansas City Zoo, in my opinion, but still very nice!

I've been seeing a lot of movies this summer thanks to awesome student prices at a local theater!

I've got some posts in the works, so stay tuned for what I'm currently reading... and the tea I'm drinking.  I got something pretty sweet for my birthday this month, so I'll be putting together a review on that.

And of course, I've been drinking lots of coffee and beating all my friends at Battleship....

What have you been doing this summer?