Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What I'm Reading, Week 12

Phew, 12 whole weeks into the year already!

I'm finally embarking upon Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles, which isn't technically a novel, but rather a collection of short stories. I figure it counts, though, because it's definitely in book form, with words that can be read. Honestly, this should be right up my alley, but I think I might need a little longer to get into it than usual. Having just finished The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport, my head's in a bit of a different space than Bradbury's admittedly well-fleshed out Martian vision. I suppose there could be echoes of late Tsarist Russia contained therein, no? Or maybe I'm just being silly. Either way, I fully expect to enjoy this Bradbury adventure once I get into the swing of things.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Mani Monday: Keeping It Edgy

Hello, my lovelies. I did today's nail look with Revlon's basic formula, which is underrated, in my opinion. The purpley-pink shade is Oi Beautiful and the red-orange is Copa Sunset. Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure these were both a part of limited edition collections, but there are a million colors like this out there.

To accomplish this, just paint the edge color all over your nail, wait a bit for it to dry, and then use your other color to make a smaller shape following the border of your nail. Et voilà! You've got a really cool manicure that took almost as little effort as a regular one.

Happy Monday, chickadees!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner

I bought this because my boss did and I forgot and asked her what eyeliner she was wearing because it looked so good and the answer was this. And it's a pencil. Or a stylo, as it says on the side of the packaging. And it's been so long since I've used an eyeliner so easily, what with my penchant for liquid and gel lately.

Bobbi Brown really hit the mark on this one. It's beautifully long lasting and the shade I got, Chocolate Truffle, is the perfect everyday color. I'm glad I got a dark brown, I still feel like the black wouldn't live up to my desire for the blackest black eyeliner, but the brown is sharp enough without feeling like it's faded. This sucker lasted me through a pretty intense workout and none of my other makeup did, so I'm calling it a winner.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What I'm Reading, Week 11

I'm struggling, y'all.

I'm currently reading The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters, and despite being set in post-WWI England, it's just so awfully Lifetime scandalous. I've already read half of it, and in my quest to complete 100 books, I feel like I can't justify not finishing, but it's just not enjoyable. It's so tawdry and needlessly dramatic. Ugh.

I've also had a couple other books come off hold, so it's quite possible this one will just fall by the wayside. The ending is totally going to be absurd and overblown. Ugh, just, ugh.