Friday, October 3, 2014


I AM a Pinkaholic. I love pink.  I love everything about it.  I love dressing in it, I love looking at it, and I love incorporating it into my life however I can.  It's almost an obsession.

So when I saw the Pinkaholic Memebox, I knew I HAD to have it. It arrived today and I am not disappointed!

The box contained 6 full sized items and descriptions of how to use each of them

I was a little skeptical about the lip crayon at first, since it seemed like it might be a little too much of a pastel pink for me.  I'm really pale so some pinks wash me out.

Once I swatched it, though, I was actually really pleased with the vibrancy and pigmentation! I will definitely be adding to to my collection!

I was also skeptical about the eye shadow crayon.  I'd never heard of one before and a lot of pink eye shadows just don't work for me.

Again, swatching won me over and it's another one I'll be keeping.  It went on really smoothly and gave a nice, subtle shimmer.

The cleansing water seems to basically be makeup remover.  I suspect it's not really pink and the bottle only makes it look that way, but I won't tell.  I was actually surprised by the fill line on the bottle- I feel like the things I buy in America are filled much more to the top.

Either way, this is another thing Ill be keeping to use or at least try... a girl can never have too much makeup remover.

This is the item I'm most excited to try!It's supposed to reduce wrinkles and give you younger skin.  You are supposed to rub it in "until the capsules from teh cream pop and absorb completely into the skin."

This might be silly but what really made me most excited about this is just how it looks... it is like a pink glitter explosion for your face!

The glow! glow! balm is not exactly what I was expecting.   They say it can act as a moisturizer, a lip balm, a hand cream, or a highlighter.

It really looks like a giant pink lip balm.  I'm not sure if I'll be keeping this one or not... it's a bit strange for me.

Finally, there is the Aurora liquid highlighter.  I've never used highlighter before and am a little skeptical about whether it will work for me, but I'm going to keep it and give it a shot.

It does give off a nice, pleasant glow but it's not subtle at all... I feel it looks more like an eye shadow too.  I put very very little on to get that result, so we'll see.

 Overall I'm extremely pleased with the items in this box and with the box's value!

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

A Kitten-y Interlude

It's been a relatively quiet weekend.  I started my one month membership at the Bar Method, cleaned big time in anticipation of my mom's visit, and played with my cats.

I also received my order of some gorgeous and fun hair ties and headbands from the Giving Girl. SUPER useful when exercising.

I just love the American spirit and the cartoon pows!

 Darcy's not very good at waiting to have his picture taken.  Investigating the camera instead is so much more fun!

But I did convince him to stay still for one picture with a combination of stealth and trickery :)

Hope everyone had a good weekend!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Glitter Guilty May Unboxing

I got another nail polish box.  Mail always makes my day but especially nail mail! I love that she also includes a local candy.

This month my full size polish was cool breeze. In all honesty, to say that I'm not a fan is an understatement.  Below is three coats without anything underneath them in slightly different lights.  This is a really transparent color that really needs to go over another color but there is nothing cool about it that makes me actually want to do so.  While there are a few glitter flecks here and there, they are super sparse on each nail.  For me this is a huge dud.

Happily, though, I LOVE the monthly mini, Shine Bright Like a Diamond.  It probably doesn't hurt that I also love Rhianna. This is a super sparkly glitter topcoat that actually also looks fabulous on its own.  I'm so happy to add it to my collection!

Do you subscribe to Glitter Gulity? Did you love your May box?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Entwined by Heather Dixon

Entwined by Heather Dixon
Rating: 2 stars out of 5

I don't really remember how this book came onto my radar, but I was super optimistic when I picked it up.  Going in, I knew it combined three of my favorite things: pretty covers, fairy tale adaptations, and a strong female protagonist.

I shouldn't have gotten so excited.  This book was extremely hard to get into.  It took me over a week to read the first half of the book, and I am a quick reader. At times I contemplated just giving up, but then the certain doom of needing to read something serious while preparing for trial overtook me and I decided it was a bad idea.

The basic premise of this book is that Azalea (yes, that is really her name... and her sisters have similarly awful names, including my personal favorite, Bramble) and her 11 sisters (all alphabetically named, coincidentally) need to go into mourning for their mother, the Queen, who dies giving birth to Lily, princess number 12.

As part of the mourning process, horror of horrors, they need to stop dancing until mourning is over. To them, this is a fate far worse than death and hands down the worst thing about their mother dying.  Also, did I mention, they are terribly poor even though their country seems wealthy and it makes zero sense whatsoever why they would be poor. Really that's pretty irrelevant to the overall plot, but so much is made of it by the author that I figured I should mention it too, just for kicks.

They figure out how to dance secretly, but that's not enough for them! Instead, they need to find a secret (and magic- did I forget to mention this book has magic, but only some magic, and only when it is convenient for the author) passageway where a creepy dead spirit named 'Keeper' lives.  Not smart enough to be put off by his obvious shadiness, the girls are all too happy to come dance with him every night so that no one can, God forbid, put a stop to them dancing when they are supposed to be in mourning for their mother.

When this all goes south, it is a total surprise to them, despite the fact that the stupidest five year old child could have seen it coming a mile away.

While this may seem like me giving away the whole plot, this is all basically background information in the context of this 500 page tome that could have probably, now that I think of it, been cut to 300 pages. How the girls get out of their tangled web is where the real fun begins.

I am only giving this book 2 stars because, as we all know, I'm a sucker for a good romance, and the tail end of the book had three of them, with three smashing resolutions and delightful quotes that made my sappy heart sing, like the following:

"He's around the twist," said Azalea.  "Breaking all the windows? He's mad."

"Ah, no," said the King.  "It's only madness if you actually do it.  If you want to break all the windows in the house and drown yourself in a bucket but don't actually do it, well, that's love."

That's love indeed.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Happy Monday

Well, all my weekend work paid off and everything is happy again hooray!

When I got home (early for once!), in addition to being able to settle in with some wine to watch Dancing With the Stars and fall in love with Meryl and Maks, I had some mail waiting for me.

These are my Kickstarter awards from Midas Whale.  I am sooooo excited to finally have them.  I fell in love with this band when they were on the Voice a few seasons ago and was devastate when they were cut, because, I mean, amazing.

 I'm even in the secret Order of the Whale Society. Whatever that means.

And now, for a night full of DVR catching up and Dancing With the Stars!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Heart-y Shoes

Unfortunately off to work again today instead of enjoying the lovely May weather.  Of course, I got on the bus and promptly remembered that I didn't have the keys to the office and so had to walk all the way back to my apartment to grab them

So what perked me up?

My brand new shoes of course. Like all things awesome, they are from Europe, but fortunately for those of us doomed to be stateside, they are also available at the fabulous ModCloth.

Bingely, as usual, approves.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

May 2014 Julep Unboxing

 Even though I've gotten rid of most of mine due to the misfortune of needing to be financially conscious (woot student loans), I'm such a sucker for subscription boxes. Today, my May Julep box finally arrived, and it was just what I needed to brighten a weekend full of trial preparation.

I chose the Boho Glam box this month, which included the gorgeous Paulette (purple) and Jeanne (blue).  I also added on Maddy and Jules, because I just love pink despite needing more pink nail polish like I need a hole in my head.

This month they introduced the plie wand.  Being a sucker for all things French and all things ballet, I knew right away that I'd love it. While they claimed the plie wand would help make polishing with your non dominant hand easier, I didn't really have any such luck. I did find staying in the lines to be a bit easier in general though- I'm totally always that person who needs to go back with polish remover and remove polish from my skin.  Not this time!

Here's Jeanne. I absolutely love it, especially with summer coming up! It reminds me of a swimming pool.

And here's Paulette. I'm not as totally in love with it but it's a nice, cute purple for springtime. It does look a bit more vibrant in person.

Bingley approves of my choices of course.

Did you get Julep this month? How did you like your box?

Friday, May 2, 2014


So, as you may have noticed, I stopped blogging there for a bit.  Partly life just caught up to me. It's a bummer needing to work for a living, especially at a job that constantly requires you to work more than 40 hours a week, no matter how much you like that job. But partly I think the focus of the blog wasn't quite the right fit for me- I love reading but feeling like I needed to churn out thrice weekly book reviews wasn't the most fun state of mind.

Reading remains one of the great loves of my life, so I'll be continuing with book reviews.  But I have other loves in my life too, and I've decided they also have a place here.

So welcome to what I hope will be my new and improved blogging journey-a place where I can keep talking about books, but also about all the other things that interest me and consume my life.

For example, Bingley and Darcy, my favorite kitties, who were so helpful when I decided to work from home the other day when they fell asleep on my work notes. Unfortunately these aren't the best pictures I took, but when they were cutest you could see client names, a big no-no in my line of work.

It's hard to believe they are over a year old- I feel like I just got them yesterday!

Bingley has the white paws if you want to keep them straight... Darcy is more uniform in color, but I think they look a little like orange tigers with their stripes!