Hit or Miss | Almay One Coat MEGA VOLUME Mascara

It’s been a pretty long time since my last post, and sadly today’s post isn’t anything remotely book related. On the bright side, it’s a beauty review! YAY! First off, thank you to Influenster and Almay for giving me the chance to test this product for review purposes. Secondly, I have a love/hate relationship with mascara. I usually like most mascaras that I’ve tried for a day or so, mostly when they’re brand new and the product is fresh and the tube is full. But, my lashes are usually over whatever mascara I’m using after a dozen or so uses and they go back to being small and unnoticeable. I’m the type of person who loves it when my lashes scream at people for attention. But not many mascaras keep my lashes shouting with joy for very long. My lashes take after me: they’re pretty shy, are agonizingly quiet, and they, like me, need A LOT of poking and prodding to induce even the smallest amount of remotely-attention-seeking noise. Needless to say, loud lashes are hard for me to come by unless I’m 100% faking it and gluing them to my face. Enter new mascara. … More Hit or Miss | Almay One Coat MEGA VOLUME Mascara

Mystery Blogger Award

Hi friends! I want to say a big thank you to the lovely teawithrosestomes for nominating me for the mystery blogger award! Like everything I post here, this is all about fun! BUT, it’s also about showing some love to your fellow book bloggers. I expected my blog posts to be incredibly anxiety inducing experiences, but this has honestly been so much fun—and this post was especially fun! This fun award was created by okotoenigmasblog. … More Mystery Blogger Award

Beauty Review | Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette

So this palette had A LOT of negative things said about it when it first came out, and just… why? When I first saw this palette pre-release I immediately needed it… like right that second. But I was SOOOO nervous when I ordered this palette because of all of the negative reviews that I almost cancelled my order. But I’m so glad I didn’t! I think there were some batch issues when it was first released, and maybe I just got lucky and nabbed a great palette, but I flipping love this palette! It’s pretty much been my go-to since I got it and I’ve played around with a lot of different looks and have managed to create simple everyday and darker evening looks. This palette does have some cons, but it also has some pros. So let’s have a chat! … More Beauty Review | Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette

Not-a-Review | Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller [ARC]

Sallot Leon is a gender fluid thief who auditions to be one of the Queen’s trusted assassins in order to gain access to the high court, get close to the nobles who destroyed their home, and exact their revenge. Sal quickly gets swept up in the deadly auditions, where the skills of the other auditioners are stacked against them. … More Not-a-Review | Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller [ARC]

Makeup by Muse | Slytherin

I’m back with another makeup look! This time, I was inspired by the green and silver Slytherin colors. Slytherins are known for their ambition and cunning and their knack for self preservation. They are unafraid to be themselves because they have too much self-respect and much better things to spend their energy on. They’re the type of people who will steal treats from work parties for you and who won’t balk at telling you that you deserve better than what you’re getting—because their friends deserve the very best. They can achieve pretty much anything they set their minds to—I mean, Narcissa Malfoy successfully lied to Lord Voldemort, of all people! … More Makeup by Muse | Slytherin

Not-a-Review: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist is the first book in a new series and shares elements with Mulan. Mariko, a headstrong girl born in a world for boys, is the daughter of a samurai. She is arranged to marry a man she’s never met and who, frankly, she doesn’t even want. On her way to the Imperial City her convoy is attacked and her people killed. Mariko disguises herself as a boy so that she can use her cunning to find out who tried to kill her and why. What she doesn’t expect is that, as a boy, her ideas and opinions are respected, something she’s never known with her family. As a boy, Mariko is thrust into a new world that she’s never known, where she must question everything she thought she knew. … More Not-a-Review: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

First Impressions | Storybook Cosmetics

There are many things I love in life. Coffee, sweaters, slaying my enemies—just kidding. My only enemy is waking up at 5:00 am, and I’ve yet to thwart it. As you may or may not know, two things that bring me all kinds of happiness in life are sparkles and nerdy things, usually in the form of makeup and books. Lucky for me, there are people out there who want to make all of my sparkly-nerdy dreams come true. Three of those people are Erin, Mandy, and Missy Maynard, creators of Storybook Cosmetics. Makeup and books combined—what more could a girl ask for? Well, maybe a cupcake. Cupcakes never go astray. … More First Impressions | Storybook Cosmetics

Not-A-Review Collective: ACOTAR|MAF|WAR

For those of you who may not know, I’m a late book-bloomer. I took a 5-year reading hiatus while I was in university to focus on my studies and to sort out my mental health. But now that I’m back—as in me, the bookworm—I’m desperately trying to catch up on ALL THE BOOKS i missed! I’m slightly ashamed to admit that the name Sarah J. Maas was completely foreign to me, but her books seemed right up my alley. So, come June I decided to finally see what these supposed weapons of Maas destruction* were all about… and boy was I NOT ready! Rather than write three separate posts I figured I’d go ahead and combine them. … More Not-A-Review Collective: ACOTAR|MAF|WAR