Tarte – Create Your Own Beauty Kit Review

Two posts in one week? What is this? I just received the “build your own custom beauty kit” from Tarte and I couldn’t resist sharing.

I’m sure many of you took advantage of this great deal, but for one day only you could get¬†7 full-size items of your choice plus a makeup bag and brush for $63! It launched the day before my birthday, so I decided to treat myself ūüėČ

The packaging was super cute. Tons of bright colors and unicorns.

First up is the bag. Pictures do not do it justice. It’s holographic and unicorn-inspired and I love it. If it wouldn’t be weird, I would use this as clutch. It’s SO pretty.

Tarte Unicorn Bag

Next up is the¬†Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation in Fair – Light Neutral. To be honest, I think it will be a bit too dark for me. I am super pale, but I’m hoping that I can make it work. The container is gorgeous and I think it’s an interesting idea to have the mesh sifter so that you can just dip your brush in instead of tapping out the powder. It prevents it from going everywhere.

Next is blush. I chose the Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Dollface. This is a shade of blush that I don’t own, so I thought it would be fun to have and the name sounds adorable. It’s really soft and velvety.

I could not resist the packaging of the Limited-edition Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Festival. I was *thisclose* to picking up the bright mint Fairytale shade, but I resisted at the last minute and I’m glad I did. This is the perfect “your lips, but better” shade. I’m really impressed by it. I’ve had it on for hours so far and it does not feel drying and it looks just as good as when I applied it, even though I’ve had things to eat and drink.

I’m less enthused about the eyeliner and mascara¬†only because I have yet to find products that don’t irritate my eyes. I’m going to cautiously give these a try. I picked the Skinny SmolderEYES¬†Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in amethyst and the Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara¬†in black.

Then finally I chose the Timeless Beauty Blush Brush. I really like the floral detailing on it, and it feels really soft.

Tarte Brush

All in all I’m really happy with this beauty kit. I’m definitely going to keep my eye out for next year’s deal! It was a really nice way to try out a ton of their products for an awesome price.

Did you end up creating your own kit? Which item was your favorite?

Ipsy Bag Review – May 2017

Hi everyone! It’s been so long since I’ve blogged that everything looks completely different and I don’t know what I’m doing! ūüėČ

After a very long hiatus from subscribing to Ipsy, I decided to renew my subscription. Having extremely sensitive eyes can be a bummer when it comes to makeup bag subscriptions since they generally include at least one product for eyes. I’m not sure if Ipsy has upped their game or if I was just lucky this month, but I didn’t get one eye product and I was extremely happy with the contents of my bag!

Let’s dive in!

Ipsy May 2017 Contents

First of all, the bag is adorable. The theme this month is Summer Friday and the picks are supposed to “help make all your warm weather dreams come true”. I love the ice cream and popsicle print. Now let’s get into the contents!

Urban Decay Afterglow in Sin¬†– I am all about highlighters lately, and I think I will end up getting the full size of this product once I’m done with the sample. It’s lightweight and I love the champagne color. It’s really sparkly and glowy without being over the top.

Adesse New York¬†Organic Infused Gel Effect Nail Lacquer in Surfer Girl – I haven’t painted my nails with this yet, but right off the bat I like that it is vegan, cruelty-free, and non-toxic. I normally wear pretty dark nail polish in the fall and winter months, but this pastel blue shade is a nice contrast for the summer months.

Ipsy May 2017 Nail Polish

tr√®StiQue¬†Mini Matte Lip Crayon in Tuscan Wine – This is the only product I was hesitant about from this month’s bag because I remember getting the same product in a different shade awhile back when I was subscribed and I did not like it at all. I don’t know if I just got a dud last time, but I really like this lip crayon. It feels moisturizing and smooth, but is matte. The wine shade seems a bit more fall/winter for me, but definitely something I will be using a lot because I love a good wine-colored lip.

Hey Honey¬†B√©same Mucho – I think this might be my new favorite lip product. I don’t get super chapped lips, but they definitely get dry and I’ve been having a hard time finding the perfect solution. This lip balm is light, creamy, and super hydrating. It doesn’t feel sticky or gloppy, which I really appreciate.

Ipsy May 2017 Lip Balm

Luxie Beauty¬†Dreamcatcher Precision Foundation Brush 660 – Is it bad that most of the brushes I own I’ve gotten from makeup subscription bags? Probably, but I think it’s a nice way to build up a collection. I started out applying my foundation with a brush and have since moved to a beauty blender, but I’m happy to have this on hand to give a try. It seems like it is a nice quality and feels really soft.

Ipsy May 2017 Brush

That’s it for my glam bag this month! Do you subscribe to Ipsy? What was your favorite product this month?

BeautynetKorea Haul

Hi everyone and happy new year! I started a new job this month so posts have been a little less frequent and I haven’t been reading as much. I hope to get back on track and dive into some books and manga that are in my TBR stack soon.

This post is a little different, but today I received¬†a package of beauty products from BeautynetKorea that I treated myself to with a little bit of my Christmas money. I’ve been interested in Asian beauty products and skincare routines for awhile now, so it was fun to pick up a few products to try them out.

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First I just want to say what a pleasant experience I had shopping at BeautynetKorea. I could spend hours on their site; they have so many interesting products to look at. The shipping was super quick. I received my order 10 days after it shipped (and it shipped 2 days after I placed the order). They were also very generous with the free samples!

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Here are the products I ordered:

HOLIKA HOLIKA Gudetama LAZY & EASY All Kill Cleanser Oil To Foam – I haven’t ever tried an oil cleanser or an oil to foam cleanser, but I’m really interested to test this out. I don’t know if it’s more of a gimmick¬†like shampoo and conditioner combos, but I hope it does its job properly. The fact that Gudetama is on it made it too cute to pass up. Seriously, I can’t get over how adorable the Holika Holika x Gudetama Lazy & Easy collection is. I need it all!

SAINT PEAU Eco-Friendly Snail Sun Cream (SPF50+/PA+++) – I wasn’t exactly sure where to begin with picking out a sun cream, but this was listed as one of the top sellers, so I figured I couldn’t go wrong there. It’s supposed to have anti-aging properties, which is probably something I should care more about since I’m closer to 30 than 20 now!

SECRET KEY 2015 New Snail Repairing Emulsion – I’ve been a big believer in products with snail extract ever since receiving some in a Beauteque BB Bag ages ago. It really seemed to help brighten my skin. This product is supposed to moisturize and brighten skin. I know that snail mucus or snail extract might sound weird to people, but I really do think it’s a miracle product. I’m really looking forward to trying this out.

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Here are the samples I received:

TONYMOLY¬†Panda’s Dream White Hand Cream – I have TONYMOLY peach hand cream and I love it, so I’m sure I will like this.

TONYMOLY¬†Jeju Snail Essence – Is it bad that I hope I don’t like this because it sells for about $40? I’m sure it will be amazing, though!

TONYMOLY The Black Tea London Classic Serum – This is an anti-wrinkle and whitening serum.

TONYMOLY The Hayan Cherry Blossom Whitening Cream (x2) – This has cherry blossom extract, and I’m a sucker for anything cherry blossom-related, so I’m happy!

TONYMOLY Regencia Homme Multi Fluid – I couldn’t find this for sale on their website, so I just linked to TONYMOLY’s site. I had no idea what a multi fluid was, but it’s supposed to make skin relaxed, moisturized, silky, and elastic. That’s a lot of features. I wonder if it lives up to its promise.

Do you buy any Asian skincare¬†or beauty products? What are some of your favorites? Please feel free to leave me suggestions because this is new-ish territory for me and I’m excited to learn more.

The Sun is Also a Star | Book Review

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Title: The Sun is Also a Star

Author: Nicola Yoon

Synopsis:

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I‚Äôve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents‚Äô high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store‚ÄĒfor both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

Rating: 4stars

This book has¬†been a huge deal in bookish blogs and on Instagram, and rightly so. While it’s not one of my all time favorite books, I really enjoyed it. The main story takes place over one day in New York City. Natasha and Daniel meet, Daniel is smitten right away, and Natasha takes a longer time to come around.

The writing style was really different in that instead of long chapters, there were shorter segments written from different people’s points of view. It made it really quick and fun to read. I really liked getting to know little snippets about the side characters, like what they were feeling and what their backgrounds were, even if the interactions they had with the main characters were so fleeting.

I expected this story to be a bit cheesy, but it never was. I liked how the relationship developed between Natasha and Daniel, and how well their different personalities came together. Natasha is more cynical and scientific, and Daniel is a poet with romanticized ideas about things.

I won’t spoil the ending, but I went on a bit of an emotional roller coaster at the end and I didn’t expect it to all come together like that. I definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for a fun and easy read. It’s cute, it’s quick, but it remains grounded and doesn’t go too over the top with cheesiness or romance.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review, however all opinions are my own.

 

Book Review – Hollow City

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Title: Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children

Author: Ransom Riggs

Synopsis:¬†The book, as the second in the series, picks up just after the wights have ransacked Miss Peregrine’s time loop. The monsters captured the children’s caretaker ymbryne, but the kids rescued Miss Peregrine from the wights. The book begins with the children paddling through the sea between Wales and England while the wights pursue them in submarines. Although they were able to rescue Miss Peregrine, she remains stuck in the form of a peregrine falcon.

Rating: 4stars

 

I recently finished the second novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, and I can’t get enough¬†of this trilogy. I will try to limit spoilers in this review, because it had some twists and turns that I was not expecting!

I’ve heard mixed reviews about this book¬†– some people seemed to love it while others thought that it was boring. I am in the first category, because I thoroughly enjoyed it. The reader is thrown into the adventure right away in Hollow City as the peculiar children try to save Miss Peregrine and help her turn back into a human. I thought this book was full of action and mystery and I was hooked right away.

I really liked getting to know the characters better and I feel like there was a lot of character development and some of them got to shine a bit more in this book that¬†had a more minor role in the first one. It’s so hard to write this without spoiling things!

I felt deeply invested in the characters and the story, remaining nervous but hopeful that their mission would succeed. This book took the characters into and out of various loops where they made some friends and met some enemies. The majority of the book takes place in a war-torn London, and I was on the edge of my seat as the characters tried to beat the clock to help Miss Peregrine.

The ending had a twist that I did not see coming at all. I felt a mix of shock and horror after reading it, and also a ton of curiosity as to where the third book in the series is going to lead.

All I can say is I highly recommend this book if you liked the first one in the series. If you haven’t read the first book yet, I highly recommend that you do so! It’s such a fun adventure and full of moments that will leave you on the edge of your seat. I can’t wait to read Library of Souls to see how the story concludes.

Have you read Hollow City? How did you feel about it?

 

 

Book Review – The Fir Tree

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Title: The Fir Tree

Author: Hans Christian Andersen

Illustrator: Sanna Annukka

Synopsis: Hans Christian Andersen’s tragic tale of naive greed and dissatisfaction is retold through the striking and contemporary illustrations of Finnish illustrator Sanna Annukka. Cloth-bound in rich forest green, with gold foil embellishments, The Fir Tree is elevated from a children’s book to a unique work of art and makes an ideal gift for people of all ages.

Rating: 5-stars

After receiving The Snow Queen and falling in love with the gorgeous art style by Sanna Annukka, I couldn’t resist choosing this copy of The Fir Tree. The story is about a little fir tree that wants nothing more than to be tall and important. He keeps waiting for the best moments of his life to happen, and doesn’t end up appreciating his current situation until it is too late. It’s a very quick and easy read, and definitely makes you take a moment to appreciate and assess your own life. It’s too easy to get caught up into things and not appreciate the small moments in the present.¬†I think this is a great book for all ages because adults will be able to appreciate the gorgeous illustrations and the story is simple enough for children to understand and appreciate.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review, however all opinions are my own.

Movie Review – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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I’m not sure that movie reviews are going to be a staple feature on my blog, mostly because I’m weird about movies and tend to get bored halfway through and want to move onto something else, but I figured it might be fun to talk about sometimes.

Since I just posted my review of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (the book), I thought it’d be fitting to talk about the movie while it’s still fresh in my mind. This review will contain spoilers, so please stop reading or proceed cautiously if you don’t want anything spoiled.

The movie starts out with a bit of backstory in which the protagonist, Jake (Asa Butterfield), is shown pictures and told stories by his grandfather, Abe (Terrence Stamp), about a home for peculiar children that Abe used to live in, run by Miss Peregrine (Eva Green). The older Jake gets, the less he believes these stories, until his grandfather suddenly dies and Jake comes face to face with something horrifying.

He is sent to therapy to cope, and after getting a birthday present from his late grandfather, he and his father (Chris O’Dowd) set off to a small island off the coast of Wales so that Jake can discover the truth about his grandfather’s stories.

The first half of the movie was pretty fast paced in which Jake met Miss Peregrine and the peculiars, who were charming but didn’t get much of a chance to shine. I didn’t really like¬†the fact that they changed Emma and Olive’s powers for the movie, although I understand why it had to be done to make some later scenes work. I liked Ella Purnell as Emma. She looked perfectly¬†ethereal in her blue dress while floating¬†in the air. I felt that she was a bit more firey in the book, personality-wise and literally with the fire power, and I missed that. I did like her shoes, though. I wouldn’t mind a pair of those myself, as long as they didn’t weigh as much as they did in the movie. ūüėČ

I wanted more time getting to know the kids and Miss Peregrine. I really liked Miss Peregrine in the book, but in the movie I felt like she was there for one minute and gone the next. Judi Dench was on screen for a brief moment as Miss Avocet, which was a tiny role and seemed like a waste of her talent, but I guess even a little cameo is nice.

The second half of the movie is where it started to go downhill for me. Samuel L. Jackson shows up as Mr. Barron, the shapeshifter who has deceived Jake by posing as his therapist and we find out he led the hollow to kill his grandfather, Abe, in the beginning of his movie. Mr. Barron takes Miss Peregrine and other ymbrynes (women who can manipulate time and turn into birds, and overseers of peculiar children to protect them) to perform an experiment try to achieve immortality for himself.

I’m pretty open-minded when movies stray from the books, but I just couldn’t stay on board once they got to the amusement park. It felt like an excuse to use a bunch of CGI, like with the skeleton fight scene. I liked Enoch (Finlay MacMillan) in the movie, but I felt like his struggles in the books with his power, being a dead-riser, felt a lot more believable than all of a sudden commanding an entire skeleton army to do his bidding against the hollows.

I won’t spoil the ending completely, but I thought it felt pretty farfetched and did not go in the direction I thought it would. It strayed a lot from the ending of the book, but I haven’t read the second book yet so maybe it’d still be a good set up for the next movie (if they make another one).

Overall, the movie left me wanting something. Everyone was likeable enough, except Mr. Barron, of course, but I felt like it lacked the charm and depth that the book had. I was so invested in the characters while I was reading the book, but I thought a lot of them felt pretty flat in the movie. The acting was believeable, though, and I liked the cinematography. The town Jake and his dad visit and the house Miss Peregrine and the children live in were exactly how I pictured them. My husband (who has not read the book) thought the movie was good. It seems that the movie is easier to accept when you’re not comparing it to everything that goes on in the book. I still think it’s worth a watch, but I did not like it as much as I hoped I would, and definitely not as much as I liked the book.

Rating:  pink-stars-three

Have you seen the movie? How did you feel about it?