Hello! Long time and no post! Today’s entry is a list/review of the 32 books I am decluttering from my book collection. I am moving and do not need to take all of my books with me. These ones that I will be sharing with you are either ones I did not enjoy or ones that I know I am not going to re-read in the future. Enjoy!
Hi guys! Welcome back! Today’s post features all of my favourites for the month of October. Normally, I don’t do these types of posts (I actually hate watching these videos on YouTube), but I do have more “lifestyle” favourites over my beauty faves so I think this will be a little more interesting for me. Enjoy!
I was sick for the first week or so of October, so I ended up wearing a much lighter coverage foundation because I barely wanted to wear makeup at all. They redesigned the Dream Fresh BB cream, but I think I do actually find a little bit of a difference with it, and I think I prefer it! It’s a little more coverage than the previous formula and the “grapefruit” scent you cannot smell much of at all, which is great since I hate grapefruit. But anyways, a great favourite to come back to!
I love this palette! I do not know why it got such bad reviews from some YouTubers. Yes, the shades are powdery but I find most of Tarte eyeshadow palettes are. The burnt orange shade called Dogman is my favourite! The bronzer in the palette leans a little orange, but the blush is great and the highlighter OH THE HIGHLIGHTER is amazing! A little goes along way throughout the entire palette. Well worth the cost!
3. NYX single eyeshadow in the shade Suede
A great transition colour, and while I do have a lot of cool toned browns, this one leans more warm which I love!
4. Lip Balm
Just lip balm in general for the month of October! My lips get dry when it starts getting colder, so I’ve been reaching for my Revos and EOS lip balms a lot over the past month or so.
5. Bath and Body Works’ Pumpkin Apple Cider Body Spray and Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte Body Wash
I’m not usually a fan of pumpkin smells but gosh darnit these two are amazing! Especially the body wash! Their fall sale grabbed me and I splurged!
1. Tami Hoag’s The Bitter Season
Two crimes in one? Oh yeah! Kovac and Liska back at it again? Oh Yeah! A gruesome and creepy murder mystery? OH YEAH!
2. Amy Schumer’s The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
Didn’t finish this book until a few days ago, but had to include it. Yes, her book is hilarious and raunchy and all the things you would expect that would come out of Amy Schumer’s mouth but she writes it from her own perspective and she does write about situations that I didn’t know she went through like sexual assault and domestic abuse. She writes about her dad and his diagnosis with MS. The book is funny and hysterial and raw and real and sad. It’s great.
1. Closer by The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey
My two faves collaborate on a song? OH YEAH!
2. Side to Side by Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj
I didn’t want to like this because I’m not a fan of Ariana, but it’s so damn catchy!
3. K Theory Remixes
Just listen to all of this artist’s remixes. Eargasms.
1. That 70s Show – I’ve been marathoning this on Netflix and I did not realize how hilarious this show was!
2. Law and Order SVU – Again, I’ve been picking and choosing episodes off of Netflix and keeping up with the new season, but I just love it! I love crime shows!
3. Chicago P.D. – One of the best police shows ever! A great cast, and I’m very sad that Jon Seda is leaving for the new Chicago Justice series.
4. How to Get Away with Murder – do we see a theme here? This season is already much better than last season! I haven’t watched this week’s episode yet, but I’m hoping that it’s not Frank in the house fire!
I think that’s all my favourites this month! I hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks 🙂
Today’s book review is about Amanda Maciel’s debut novel called Tease. Tease follows the story of Sara Wharton, a teenage girl, who has been charged (along with 3 friends) for the bullying and harassment that ultimately lead fellow classmate, Emma Putnam, to commit suicide.
I am a sucker for YA high school novels that involve bullying/mean-girls-being-mean, but getting what they deserve in the end. A book that I can read in a couple hours, but still enjoy and be done with. So, that’s kind of what I was expecting from this. But it surpassed my expectations.
The novel is set both in the present day as well as the past (up until Emma’s death), all told from Sara’s perspective. While Sara was mean, she wasn’t the mean girl; that would be her best friend Brianna, who is the stereotypical mean girl in every YA novel (rich, pretty, vapid, extremely mean). But that doesn’t stop Sara from following her every whim and enjoying it. She doesn’t seem to ever regret any of the mean things she’s said or any of the mean pranks she’s done (either to Emma or to others), and that added an element of surprise to the story.
I mean, Maciel, played devil’s advocate for the reader. She shows us some moments where Sara’s not a complete bitch and you kind of feel sorry for her home life, but then you remember she did harass a girl until she committed suicide. And yes, all of the pranks she did were actually terrible, and you’re left wondering whether you sympathize with Sara at all because you don’t want to.
Sara was a realistic character because it seemed like how a teenage girl may react in that situation. She was clearly bothered that she was charged with this crime, but she bottles up her emotions, doesn’t talk to any one about it, but does not wholly regret what she did either because she believed Emma was just as mean/rude/vapid etc. as she was. It was a nice contrast in relation to other books about bullying where the author makes you feel sorry for the bully. I didn’t feel sorry for Sara at all; she got herself in that situation, but she did grow as a character by the end of the book.
Overall, a nice change to read when it comes to YA bullying/teen angst, and I look forward to more of Maciel’s novels in the future.