Monday, October 8, 2012

Currently Lusting

I've been really dreaming of the items I mentioned below. Like harsh, reoccurring, wake up sweating dreams about needing these things in my life. Am I the only one that gets those sort of dreams? Let's just say, I really want everythingI mentioned below in fact, I think its a necessary need. I don't think I can survive without them...
I've been meaning to try the burberry eyeshadows for long while and although it may seem a little unnecessary to want such an expensive eyeshadow with more than a fair amount of comparable and cheaper alternatives, I still feel the need to have this in my possession. 

I really need a new foundation and I am sick and tired of still looking for the perfect one. According to many lovely beauty bloggers, Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation is a product that need not be dismissed.

I've put aside the YSL Glossy Stain for a while, But now I come back with full force, wanting it more than I have ever wanted it before. I especially want it in the colour Violet Edition, which is this sultry berry hue. 

I don't really buy anything from Nars products anymore but I cannot dismiss some of the stuff that came out with the recently released Andy Warhol collection. If it isn't the palettes, or the lip glosses, its the nail lacquers I want!

What are you currently lusting for? Also, Happy Thanksgiving! I am trying to get ready quickly (with much failure) to go to my boyfriends house for dinner. Hope you guys have a wonderful evening and eats loads and loads of food, like I will. See you all a little later! 

Wonder: A Book Review

I don't normally do book reviews on this blog and I've been contemplating a lot on taking my blog in another direction. No, that doesn't mean that I am going to stop doing makeup related posts; I, for one, still have a huge interest in the beauty industry. However, I have other interests too and as a result, I think it's about time to start making some changes. First of those changes, more book reviews. So folks, here is my first one.  

I recently finished reading this book and had done so within two days. It's a middle grade book, and if you haven't realized from a previous book related post that I have a little love for middle grade fiction then let it be known now. This book punched me in the heart; so hard, that I literally balled through-out the entire thing. 

Wonder by R. J Palacio is a book about a boy named August or Auggie as his close friends and family call him. Auggie is ten, and unlike most children, he was born with a very rare genetic disease considered to be somewhat of a medical enigma. So, basically his face is a little messed up, to put it lightly, and as a result his parents kept him home-schooled until now. So Auggie enters middle school for the first having to deal with the awkward glances and wondering eyes, but its okay, he's used to that sort of thing. But soon this start to become a little too much handle and Auggie begins to regret his decision of coming to school.

This book, surprisingly enough, is not told entirely from the perspective of August. Palacio decided to incorporate five other perspectives into the mix allowing the reader to really get a glance through some of the other characters eyes. Aside from Auggie, I adored his older sister Via. She is a tough girl who came to the realization that her needs would always be second to her younger brother and even still she looks out for Auggie, getting incredibly protective of him when others maliciously or unintentionally hurt him. She is incredibly strong and for this, I admire her a lot. 

The entire tone of novel works very well for the subject matter. The writing suits the ten year old narrator as well as some of the more older characters and the flow of the novel was quick and impressionable. There were so many moments in this book where I just wanted to give Auggie a hug, pet his head and say there, there; yes, the world is cruel but I still love you!! Honestly, I just couldn't help it. Auggie is such an endearing character and I adored how much he made fun of himself and made others laugh unexpectedly too. This book, guys, it just oozes out good feelings.

Now, a lot of people say this book is too "perfect". Auggies parent's are too understanding and too loving and some characters are too cruel or too nice and the ending is too tidy and too sweet. Well, I say so what?  I think that there is such an important message for young children to learn in this book and even though nothing really terrible happened to Auggie and in the end everyone loved him and accepted him, it is still an important message; do not judge people based off of their physical appearance and be kind to those who don't often receive kindness. (Or some variation of that)

So yes, this book is fantastic and who cares if its all gushy and sweet and happy! I don't see anything wrong with that and I would be more than happy to have other children learn this message too. Seriously though people, go read this book. If it doesn't kick you in the heart and make you cry then I don't know but that is exactly what it do to me and I am fine with that. 

Overall Rating: Five freakin stars plus a happy face

Sunday, October 7, 2012

September Beauty Wrap Up

September has come and gone and now it is time for a new month; a new month of more homework, more reading and more studying. I didn't post a lot in the month but I did have some exciting things happen to me. On top of going to the fabulous LVMH event and meeting other beautiful bloggers, I had a chance to pick up a few new products. Some of which I already featured on the blog where I will link to their appropriate posts below. 

I already own three other colours of the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams and I freakin adore them. Click here for the review of those ones. If you would like swatches of the two above let me know. In short, these lip products are smooth and creamy along side being completely lightweight on the lips. You don't get a huge amount of wear with them but for the price, I cannot complain. 

I recently did a review on the Givenchy Healthy Glow Powder review here, so check that out. With the other products, I am quite excited about. I purchased one of the new Mac Pro Sculpting Creams in Copper Beech as a cream contour and I am really loving the constancy. I do, however, wish I got the darker colour because this leans more as a subtle bronzer. Lastly, I purchased my first ever Becca Mineral Blush in Wild Honey. Again, if you'd like reviews and swatches let me know. 

Last month I also discovered Hourglass Cosmetics' Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipsticks which, might I add, I adore. They are heavily pigmented, comfortable to wear and matte. I did a review and swatches over here if you would like to check out the details. The colours in the range are gorgeous however I still maintain that the line needs more warmer shades. Hopefully they will release new shades in the future. 

Along with my order of the Becca Powder Blush, I also purchased my first Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick. As you can tell, I am a huge fan of liquid lipsticks; to me, they are the perfect combination of gloss and lipstick and generally have better wearability. Secondly, I got my very first Tom Ford Lipstick in a very trendy hue. I featured it on a review here

These are few more of the items I got from the Givenchy Bloggers Event. I am really excited to try out the new mascara, as well as the Mister Perfect makeup remover pen. I've already given the Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Cheek and Lip Balm a shot and although the pinkiness doesn't show up well on my darker skin, on the lips it is very moisturizing. Review of all these items coming soon!

I hope you guys enjoy this post. I think this is a great way to sort of wrap up the month while giving you guys and indication of future posts! Let me know if you would like me to continue doing posts like this in the future!