Once a month I usually give myself a beauty budget, like $40 that I splurge on myself for that month. It usually works, but sometimes it doesn’t and I end up going way over budget. Most of the beauty products I end up loving. Others, not so much.
Here are a few that really impressed me.
Not only the simple packaging caught my eye (all white with the CD logo) but the light rose-scent and the texture of the balm.
I saw this little gem at Sephora and immediately opened up the tester. This is why I LOVE Sephora…the testers that are available for customers. I don’t know if you’re like me, but I hate being disappointed by a product that I spend so much money on.
I wasn’t disappointed with this lip balm. I put it on at night before heading to bed. When I wake up my lips feel hydrated. As for the plumping, I can’t really say that it did since my lips are slightly full already. I still use my Fresh lip sugar for the daytime, and opt the Christian Dior lip balm for night.
This pot rouge for Lips and Cheeks from Bobbi Brown ($27.00) is my absolute obsession. It’s a cream blush, which I prefer versus the powder blush. I feel like the staying power is longer with cream.
This Pale Pink shade definitely has staying power. I’m addicted to the pink cheeks I’ve been seeing on a few magazine spreads. I have freckles too, and I’ve read that people like me should stick to Peach tone blush, but you know what…I can’t help but love the bubblegum color. Oh yes, it brings me back to my youth as a child using Bonne Bell make up.
The other thing that I love…it isn’t bad that this product is two in one for your lips and cheeks too . I’m all for beauty product simplicity, especially when I travel.
There are ten shades for you to choose from here. I’ve got my eye on the Fresh Melon for my next purchase!
The last beauty product addiction I have to share with you is from First Aid Beauty. Once again, I came across this at Sephora, with the help of a wonderful 63-year-old beauty consultant. She and I hit it off and we shared some funny beauty missteps, but that’s a story for another blog post…
I purchased the travel size items for two reasons. To stock up on my travel kit, and to also test these babies out and stay in my budget. Since I have never used First Aid Beauty before, the price was reasonable for their travel items (about $6-8).
I decided on the facial cleanser and hand cream. I prefer the thicker consistency with my hand products, which is why I opted for the cream. They do offer a hand lotion if you prefer this.
As for the cleanser, my skin is super sensitive and oily. I use this gentle cleanser with my Clarisonic. I have to be careful what I use or else I’ll end up breaking out. The breakouts resemble ant bites at times. Awful.
My dermatologist recommended I use fragrance-free, and without all those product preservatives. He also suggested I read the labels carefully and understand the product ingredients. If you are like me and sensitive, I suggest you find and talk to a dermatologist as well.
If you’re interested in trying First Aid Beauty, here’s a helpful Answer/Question from Sephora regarding First Aid Beauty cleanser.
That’s it for now with April’s beauty product addictions.
What products are you currently obsessed with? What are your own beauty addictions?
This is not a sponsored post, nor am I receiving an endorsement from the companies mentioned in my article. I’m only sharing my own thoughts and just like using these products.
It’s finally Friday! Have you been waiting for this day as much as I have?
What are your plans for this weekend? I plan to do some local sightseeing and eat out. I’ve been held up in my office this entire week writing and editing, so this outing is needed.
I did take a little office break, but instead of venturing onto Youtube and watching cute little animal videos, I took a little mini-vacation instead.
I went to Norway. Online.
I also discovered this epic time-lapse video of Norway.
I found it to be very peaceful and calming, but most of all, temporarily quenching the thirst I have for faraway travel.
I would love to visit Norway. Having lived in Iceland for two years, I have a love for the Nordic countries. I love the food, the people, the customs, and the scenery.
Check out the video and let me know what you think. Enjoy!
Title: The Girl On The Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Age group: 17 + | Adult Fiction
Not to be compared to Gone Girl or The Dragon Tattoo series, The Girl On The Train is clearly running on it’s own track with an innovative plot.
Though in all honesty, parts of The Girl On The Train were a bit of a train wreck for me. Particularly the main character. It is an action/thriller/mystery filled with many uncertainties. The book was narrated by three different women; which if you aren’t careful in paying attention, you’ll forget who is telling the story.
The main narrator, Rachel, seemed to be flighty and untrustworthy as a character. She is overweight, unemployed, divorced, depressed, and paranoid. She actually got on my nerves in several scenes, mostly because she is drunk. Her life is full of lies and made up fantasies that would make any reader ask themselves questions and wonder why? Why does she behave the why she does.
Rachel even pretends she still works in her London PR job and sticks to her commuting schedule despite having been fired. She lurks and stalks her ex-husband, Tom, and his new family with Anna, who is our second narrator. Rachel’s life is so messed up that she even makes up a life for Tom and Anna’s neighbor, Megan and Scott, which their home conveniently runs by the train stop that Rachel takes.
Rachel doesn’t even remember what happens to her when she is loaded on alcohol, especially on one particular night that Megan (the third narrator) disappears. I had a very difficult time having sympathy for Rachel. In a few scenes, she was just over-the-top annoying. Until finally towards the end when she takes action.
The ending will grip you. It’s what a thriller ending is suppose to do right? It’s very addictive to keep reading. I found myself staying up until 1am in the morning just to finish up the last four chapters. I was even tempted to skip to the last chapter to find out what happened just so I could end my misery.
Overall, my review of the book was mixed. It was definitely a rollercoaster ride. I found myself wanting to get off, but stuck through it until the end because of curiosity. The plot was carefully constructed and smartly written. Don’t let the character flaws detract you from the plot because you will definitely feel the frustration.
I read The Girl On The Train has been optioned and will be made into a movie. I’m not surprised. It had all the makings of a movie. Debut novelist Paula Hawkins did a great job creating Rachel’s world and maneuvering every character into the right place for the big reveal at the conclusion. It’s not easy for a writer to create a likable character, but Paula Hawkins somehow succeeded this towards the very end.
out of a total of 5 stars.
Here’s a little update.
I’ve been very busy writing and working on my second manuscript. Yes, I repeat…the second manuscript and I’m still searching for that perfect literary agent.
So far, all the rejections I’m receiving tell me that my work isn’t something that is right for them. I did get a helpful rejection with links to several websites for writers who are in search of the right agent. I like agents who take the time to send personal, helpful rejection letters. It means a lot to me and I know agents are very busy people, so I know where they are coming from when they send these types of rejections.
For next week, I have a new list of agents to contact. I will send out my query letter to four or five agents at a time. And then I wait.
All the agents I’m hunting down are searching for the type of work I write. My work is young adult contemporary romance.
I write love stories.
I LOVE love stories.
And all with happy endings. Although, it doesn’t start out that way in my stories, but eventually, my work has a happy ending. It’s just what I like.
I also like to journal in my stories. Journaling from the character’s point of view. Ever since I read Flowers For Algernon in 7th grade, I’ve been obsessed with reading a character’s journal entries. I just happened to discover Flowers For Algernon after reading Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret.
I know. That was totally random, but those two specific novels really influenced me.
What books have influenced you? I would love to hear.
After finishing the book, The Girl On The Train, I decided to put this book written by Anthony Doerr on my reading list.
Here’s the summary:
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When Marie-Laure is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris, and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge. – Amazon.com
I love history and as a result, it doesn’t surprise that I would love historical fiction.
So what are you currently reading?
What’s on your reading list for this weekend?
Came across this quote and it’s what I needed.
What an excellent reminder to keep perspective on your own self, and not on others.
Today’s Monday Motivation is from F. Scott Fitzgerald.
I first became acquainted with Fitzgerald’s work when I was fourteen years old. One of his first work I read was The Great Gatsby, and then The Beautiful and The Damned.
I love exploring F. Scott Fitzgerald’s stories.
He had a way with words and used imagery and symbolism throughout his work. Fitzgerald also captured all the senses when he wrote, detailing everything for the reader. He definitely made normal things (word combinations) appear more interesting through his personification.
The quote above is one example. Written in it’s simplest form, but yet powerful in meaning.
What are your plans this weekend?
I’m feeling happy. The weather here in my part of the world is warmer.
I’ve got the Spring vibe! I put away my thick sweaters and opted for much lighter clothes. I also put in some gym time during the winter, so let’s see if it pays off at the beach.
This year I plan to do more paddle boarding, and take more pictures. I want to capture the sights. I always forget to take pictures. I’m too busy having fun and forget to document all that fun.
Anyways, I LOVE our white sand beaches and cool turquoise water. I’m so blessed to live near the ocean, and want to take every advantage of it.
Until we meet here again next week, here’s a little pick me up from Judy Garland.
By the way, did you know that Judy Garland stood 4’11 tall?
She sure had killer legs didn’t she?