June 27, 2014

Book Club - The Paperboy

by Pete Dexter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is another book I had on my list for a while and had really high hopes for. I loved the story line of investigative journalism with a murder (don't worry - that's not a spoiler) because who doesn't love a good murder mystery?! The story was great and I enjoyed 75% of it, even though I occasionally wondered where it was going.
Then the last 25% (or maybe less) rolled around and totally threw me for a WTF loop. It's also possible that I just got too invested in the characters and wanted a specific outcome for them that I just didn't get. I'm super interested to see how they adapted the book to the movie. And excited to stare at Zac Efron...heehee.

Thanks to  Heather & Katie for hosting!

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June 20, 2014

Book Club - Let's Pretend This Never Happened

by Jenny Lawson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book has been on my to-read list ever since it came out & I'm not sure why it took me this long to read it but I was missing out!
If you've ready Jenny's blog - The Bloggess - you know that she is uber random & uber hysterical. There were definitely some actual LOL moments in public and I'm not even embarrassed. This is a really awesome light read and I highly recommend you get to it!

Thanks to  Heather & Katie for hosting!

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June 13, 2014

Book Club - Allegiant

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Notice how the ratings of this book series progressively decrease? Yeah I wasn't so impressed by the end of it. At the same time, I couldn't just stop reading the series. I'm a girl who finishes what she starts.

Why did I hate it?  Hate is a strong word. More like, disliked greatly. I was frustrated with where the author took the concept and I think she had other options. Plus, (view spoiler). As much as I'd grown to like the characters in the first half, I was ultra sick of them by the last half.

I probably make it sound worse than it is because again, you can't not read the last book of the trilogy; just don't expect greatness like in the beginning.

I totally want to have a more detailed discussion on the trilogy with anyone who's read them & is interested :)

Thanks to  Heather & Katie for hosting!

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June 12, 2014

Review: May ipsy Glam Bag

Still catching up a bit on my ipsy reviews but I'll be on track soon enough! Catch April's review here.

May was my second ipsy Glambag and not gonna lie, it wasn't terribly thrilling. They were all things that I wouldn't bother buying for myself - not because of price, but just due to lack of interest.

Without further ado, here are my thoughts on the products...

Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask
ipsy website

This hair mask is really a conditioner in my opinion. Since I have really fine hair, I don't use much conditioner because it tends to make my hair greasy. Really just on my ends and even then, not every time. I've used this one a few times and while it's good, I can't see how it differs from any other conditioner.

I will continue using it but I wouldn't buy this once I'm finished with it.

Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF50
ipsy website

Yes it's summer and sunscreen is useful, but you see - I already have an abundance of it.

The sunscreen itself is on the more liquid side and doesn't smell as coconut-y as other sunscreens. But the size is actually perfect to throw in my purse so that I always have some handy in case I need it.

I will continue using it but I wouldn't buy this once I'm finished with it.

Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo
ipsy website

Continuing with the trend, I'm also not a big eye shadow user. I don't like looking overdone for work and the special occasions worthy of eye shadows just aren't that frequent.

I do like these colours - perfect for summer! - and they go on nicely. The longevity hasn't been extreme but my eye shadow tends to rub off most often than not so it could just be me.

I will continue using it but I wouldn't buy this once I'm finished with it.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer
ipsy website

This is the product I was most excited about - another higher end brand - but also the product I've had the most issues with.

The bronzer is medium to dark coloured and it is really dark. If you haven't noticed, my skin tone is pretty ghost-like. However, I've read that a lot of fair skinned people use this successfully so it's definitely the fact that I'm a newb when it comes to contouring & using bronzer properly.

I'm going to continue practicing with this product and learning how to use it properly!

Avène Thermal Spring Water
ipsy website

I have always wondered about products like. Water in a can. I won't deny that it feels great but still - it's water in a can!!

But since I have it, I'll be bringing it with me when the weather gets really humid and I plan on being outdoors for long periods of time. So, like at the beach. It'll definitely feel great then.

Yet another one that I will continue using but I wouldn't buy once I'm finished with it.

Yeah, this bag was kind of a flop but I'm telling myself that they can't all be awesome. Plus...I may or may not have just received my June bag today (yes, remember I'm a teeny bit behind?) and I'm excited to try it all!

Have you tried any of these products? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

If you're interested in ipsy & don't mind helping me get some bonus points, click here! :)

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June 11, 2014

Humpday Confessions - 06.11

Linking up with Kathy for Confessions this week!

Vodka and Soda

- I'm totally writing this at work and don't even care.

- I'm pumped for thunder storms this week. Sorry sunshine-lovers; but no, not sorry. Summer thunder storms are my favourite things in life! Also, the best time to watch movies.

- I have a hard time listening to anything but a mix of 70s & 80s hits while at work. It's my happy place :)

- Sometimes I really wish I could go back to corporate life - free time all most of the time. It sucks the most in summer  - coming & going as I please to make the most of the weather!

- Epic mid-week power cleans of the condo feel the absolute best! Let's pretend it's not going to messy again in about 2 days. Thanks :P

- I've been in a life funk the last couple of weeks...just feeling blah about absolutely everything. So annoying but I think I just have to ride it out. Anyone have suggestions?

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June 9, 2014

Influenster imPRESS VoxBox

I'm sure most of you have heard of Influnster but if you haven't, it's basically a social community for reviewing products and experiences. By reviewing things on their site, you occasionally qualify to receive samples in exchange for reviews. They call this sample mail-out a VoxBox.

I recently received the imPRESS VoxBox with these two bold press-on manicure sets:

While I haven't put these specific ones on yet as the occasion has not arisen, I previously used the ones below and will be using that experience to review!

I used to do my own glue-on manicure in university quite frequently, but hadn't really tried it since then. What I remember most about previous self-applications is a lot of glue. A lot. Everywhere. And always carrying some spare glue with me.

Well, no more glue! These nails are covered with a sticky film on the back already. Once you match up your nail sizes, you just peel off the film, stick it on. Don't forget to press & hold too! It.was.so.easy! 

They come in 12 different sizes (2 of each = 24 nails) so I even matched them up so that I'd have enough for two applications. BAM - 2 manis for the price of 1!

This is actually from Day 2

I found that these easily stayed on for about 5 days and I pushed through for a full week. By about the 4th or 5th day, one of the nails was loosening and shifting. I noticed this mainly happened after getting my hands wet. Not surprisingly so.

I did my best to dry them and then hold down the nail for a few minutes so it would re-stick to my fingernail. It worked for a couple of days which isn't bad.

Notice the tips are a bit rubbed off. I wasn't concerned because that happens to my manicures regardless

I finally took them off after a week. It was super easy - I just peeled them right off. A couple bent and broke a bit but it was no big deal.

Аlso, my nails weren't damaged at all, unlike when I use to have to use the nail glue. Below is a picture taken right after I removed the nails, before I did absolutely anything else.

Here are the things I liked:
  - They were super easy to apply! Once you've made note of the correct sizes, future applications will take 5 minutes, tops!
  - They looked great and I could never create such an intricate design on my own.
  - They stayed on quite well until that one nail on the 5th day.
  - They were super easy to remove and my nails weren't damaged.

Here are the things I didn't like so much:
  - Besides the french tips, I don't find there are any I'd wear on a regular basis.
  - The sticky film is not as adhesive as the regular glue, therefore nails will start coming off faster.

While they're not for everyone, I think this is a great option to switch it up from nail polish and much faster! Running out the door in 10 minutes and need a perfect mani? You're set!

They're obviously not for everyone though. How they look really depends on the shape of your nails and how long they stay on depends on what you do with your hands on a regular basis.

That's really it - I think the press-on nails are great! Have you tried these nails? Any fake nails? Would you?

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I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.

June 6, 2014

Book Club - Insurgent

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What surprised me with this book is the fact that picked up pretty much immediately after Divergent ended. I was glad the author didn't skip a large chunks of time and make us wonder what had happened in between while slowlyyyy revealing bits and pieces. Or just not bothering to tell us anything at all and pretending nothing happened. Been there, read that.

I really enjoyed this sequel and what it did for the growth of the characters. Plus, the author totally kept me on my toes (and fingertips) as to what was going to happen next. There was one thing that was really bothering me by the end though...the relationship between the main characters. I don't want to spoil much but the vicious circle of 'I love you-I'm lying to you-OK I'll never do it again' was wearing my patience thin by the end.

Despite that, it was still a page turner and the ending of this book had me picking up the next one right away!

Thanks to  Heather & Katie for hosting!

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June 4, 2014

Wedding Bells

On Saturday, we attended the wedding of our close friends. This is the first wedding we've been to of mutual friends. Previously, it's been my friend or dC's friend but this one was of mutual friends. I know that sounds unimportant but it actually makes it that much better. Our entire group of friends (and others) celebrating two great people that we all know.

What's also awesome is that their story is so similar to ours! We met around the same [just over 3 years ago] through our corporate softball team and we started dating just before them. They did get engaged much sooner, about 9 months before us, and [clearly] got married a year before us.

It's totally cool and insane for us have grown together like that & it was amazing to take part in their special day.

But let's face it - pictures are the best so here we go! Fair warning, there's only one picture here where I am/have not consumed alcohol.

Taking a {drinking} break while we wait for the reception!

Dance, dance!

With the groom...

...and with the bride!

The night may have been a blur, but it was surely one of the best blurs ever! 

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