Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Review: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur (KEERT)

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Book Title: Milk and Honey
Author: Rupi Kaur
Series: None
Genres: Poetry, Nonfiction, Feminism
Date Read: 6/23/17
Rating: 5 stars

Milk and Honey is a collection of poems that explores different themes such as abuse, loss, pain, love, healing, and femininity. The book is split into 4 chapters. The first chapter explores abuse, the second looks at falling in love, the third deals with loss, and the fourth is about healing. This collection of poems is a wonderful look into life, love and loss.

Okay, first of all, I have to say I LOVED this book but I completely understand why people may evoke the completely opposite reaction. It's a love or hate thing but I find beauty in simplicity. From the very first page, I felt myself connecting with these poems and with Rupi's experiences. I myself may not have been a victim of abuse but as a woman I can understand where such feelings would come from. The suggestion that your body exists merely to please someone else. I may not have connected as strongly with the first chapter, "the hurting", but the rest of the chapters felt as though they were written for me and that is how I feel poetry should be. You either connect with it or you don't.

The second chapter, "the loving", explores those exciting days of new relationships and falling in love. You would expect these poems to be more romantic, and while a lot of them were, some just weren't. You can see how some of the hurting and the abuse have been carried forward into her new relationship. The third chapter, "the breaking", quickly contrasts the previous with heart-wrenching descriptions of what it feels like to go through a breakup and the loneliness that follows.

"the healing" chapter was my favorite. Just full of uplifting, inspiring, thoughtful pieces.The poems are so powerful and full of emotion and they really touched me. The book was just deep, honest, raw, beautiful, heartbreaking, passionate.

I love knowing how writing this book helped heal her after her experiences because simply reading it helped heal some of mine.

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Keert

Monday, June 26, 2017

6 Highlighters that You Need in Your Makeup Bag (NEENA)

We need to talk. We need to talk highlighters. Ah I love those shiny, pearly powders and creams that surprisingly get my heart in a flutter that no other makeup item can. Why am I so obsessed with highlighters you may ask? Well duh because they make your face look like it's been carved by an angel that's why.

Alright I'm exaggerating. No one has ever said to me “your highlighter makes your face look like it's been carved by an angel”. I mean maybe a drunk angel perhaps but no. Anyway, highlighter makes my face look a bit better. It adds a new dimension and I'm kinda obsessed. Recently, I have found some goodies so I've been a bit selfish and kept them to myself for a few months but no today I'm letting you into my highlighter faves and you are in for a treat.

Let's start with the ultimate highlighter bae right now. Tbh I hate myself for saying bae and I have no idea why it happened so let's just forget about it and move on. But the Anastasia Glow Palette makes me go all funny. It does stuff to me that no other highlighter has before. That Glow is a palette which contains four highlighters. It's a pretty big palette and I will now guard this palette with my life. My faves from the palette are “Dripping In Gold” and “Sunbeam”. I tend to spray my highlighter brush with makeup setting spray and then boom. My highlighter is on fleek. It's 100% worth the price tag and all the hype. I AM OBSESSED.

My next love is Becca's Champagne Pop. Everyone went a bit bananas for this last summer when it was released. I made sure it was at the top of my NYC shopping list and a year later I have basically used it all up. It's a peachy warm color which is SO pigmented. I love it so much and literally put it over any highlighter cause I am a bit of an animal. It's buttery and just worth the hype. I need more Becca highlighters in my life though. I think I’ll try Opal next.

Next we've got two cream highlighters which are perfect for putting under your foundation. These give you a glow that 2012 Millie Mackintosh would beat you down for. The NYX Illuminator and Nars illuminator are very, very similar. They could almost be twins. They are like Jason and Charles DiLaurentis let's just say. I have the colors “Gleam” and “Cocopabana” and they are a pearly pink color. They just add a little more glow and dewiness to foundation. Love, love love.

For a more subtle glow, I've been turning to the highlighter from my Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow palette which bit the dust this week. This highlighter is a champagne gold color and it's perfect for making your skin look a bit perkier and glowier. It makes you look like you're not wearing highlighter but you just have really good skin. It's great for day to day wear. However the price not so much. But I am tempted to buy a new one because it's such a good bronzer/highlighter and mine is almost two years old so that's not too bad going.

Finally I'm gonna finish with two drugstore highlighters which are pretty amazing. The Barry M Strobe Cream Illuminators are what I have been waiting for a drugstore brand to release for about four years. Boy they were worth the wait. They are creamy, pigmented, and just a dream. They give you a gorgeous glow and just make you look so dewy and fresh. “Iced Bronze” is my fave from the two but they are so good. They don't go cakey or look too disco ball like. They are perfect. They're very hard to track down though but they are so worth the hunt for them and just yes bravo Barry M!

So these are my current highlighter faves. I can’t get enough and my new favourite hobby is “how much highlighter can I apply on my face before I start to look like the moon?” Very fun.

What's your fave highlighter?

Love,

Neena

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

11 Beauty Trends That I'm So Glad Were Left in the 00's (RUBY)

The other day I was thinking of the pretty tragic beauty mistakes people made back in the 00’s. I thought it might be a nice sentimental post to think of those things and say a little thank you that we learnt the error of our ways.

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse:
The Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse was the foundation that basically every girl in school wore. It was in a little pot and was the cakiest thing ever. None of the girls had learnt the art of choosing a foundation color that matched your skin so most of them walked around looking very cakey and orange. The ad would show a golf ball being covered in foundation and looking super smooth. However sadly you never looked like the new and improved golf ball after using this foundation.

Glitter, Glitter and Glitter:
Don't get me wrong. I do love a bit of glitter now and then especially at Christmas time, however in the early 00s it was all about applying as much glitter to yourself as humanely possible. My older sister would use roll on glitter all over my body. Then she’d use glitter hairspray and then usually add some to her face too. Glitter was the ultimate accessory. In fact, if you didn't go to the school disco without being covered in glitter, you would have been laughed out the door. It would take about two weeks for all the glitter to be washed away but oh so worth it.

Hair Crimping:
Hair crimping was a pretty big thing back in the late 90s/early 00s and everyone had those Babyliss yellow and white crimpers that took about 3 hours to warm up. Because my sister had super long thick hair, it would take our mom about 6 years to crimp her hair. Needless to say, she realised pretty quickly that crimping was not for her.

Coloured Hair Extensions:
Whilst we're talking about hair, let's talk about another Babyliss hair tool that everyone was obsessed with. It was a color hair extension kit and the first day of any school holiday was spent with girl gluing in colored strands to their hair because it made them feel edgy AF. Gluing in plastic hair extensions was not a great thing for anyone’s hair, but thank god, no lasting damage was done.

Tooth Gems:
I'm not sure who thought that gluing a fake diamond to your teeth was a good idea but people like my sister when she was 13 went wild for the idea. Another half term tradition was going to a beauty salon to get a very classy diamond glued to my second front tooth. People paid $5 and would literally feel the bees knees with one.

Blue Eyeshadow:
People used to be obsessed with blue eyeshadow. I think I once read that blue eyeshadow complimented brown eyes.

Johnson's Gradual Tan:
When fake tan was introduced, it was like this new invention that was so cool. Johnson's released a gradual tan called Holiday Skin and it was supposed to give you a gradual tan, however, instead it just made you orange. It smelled really bad and would usually go streaky.

Lots and Lots of Eyeliner:
During the Myspace days, it was all about eyeliner and the more the better. You wanted to line your whole eye, top and bottom and everyone would talk about Benefit Bad Gal eyeliner like it was the Holy Grail of eyeliners.

Nail Piercing:
Kim Kardashian tried to bring this back a few weeks ago but, honestly, nail piercing should never be brought back. The idea of it just seems too painful.

Being Too Full On With Blusher:
I’m not sure why but many people spent their time wearing a lot of blusher. And I mean a lot. I have no idea where this trend came from. Maybe in a few years, we’ll wonder why we wore so much highlighter.

Concealer Lips:
Why did people think using concealer as lipstick was a good idea? My sister used to use a Rimmel concealer called ‘Hide The Blemish’ and it was just horrific. She also used to use two Barry M shades: 101 and 103. The 103 was a very pale pink and it was just awful. A very honest friend of hers told her she looked like she had frostbite on my lips. She  should have listened to her. Why did people want to hide their lips so much? It’s a trend that I am so glad has died.

So there we go. How funny are all of those things?

Thanks for reading!

Love,
Ruby


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Most Anticipated Summer Releases 2017 (KEERT)

Today I’m going to be talking about my most anticipated summer releases for 2017.

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Lucky in Love by Kasie West - July 25
This first book I’m going to talk about is Lucky in Love by Kasie West. Her books are cute fluffy reads that I need when I am in a reading slump. I recommend reading her books to get you out of a slump. I love reading contemporary in the summer so it is perfect timing.

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The Goddesses by Swan Huntley - July 25
When Nancy and her family arrive in Kona, Hawaii, they are desperate for a fresh start. Nancy's husband has cheated on her. They sleep in separate bedrooms and their twin sons have been acting out by setting off illegal fireworks. But Hawaii is paradise. They plant an orange tree in the yard They share a bed once again and Nancy resolves to make a happy life for herself. She starts taking a yoga class and there she meets Ana, the charismatic teacher. Ana has short, black hair, a warm smile, and a hard-won wisdom that resonates deeply within Nancy. Soon they are spending all their time together, sharing dinners, relaxing in Ana's hot tub, driving around Kona in the cute little car Ana helps Nancy buy. As Nancy grows closer and closer to Ana skipping family dinners and leaving the twins to their own devices, she feels a happiness and understanding unlike anything she's ever experienced and she knows that she will do anything Ana asks of her.
  
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Changes in Latitudes by Jen Malone - July 25
All Cassie wants is to get some solid ground under her feet following the shock of her parents' divorce so when she learns of her mom's plans to take Cassie and her brother, Drew, on a four-month sailing trip from Oregon to Mexico, she's stunned. There is absolutely nothing solid about the Pacific Ocean. Cassie is furious and nervous. It's been hard enough keeping Drew sheltered from what Cassie knows about her mother's role in breaking their family apart but living in such close quarters threatens to push her anger past its tipping point. Enter Jonah, a whip-smart deckhand who's as gorgeous as he is flirtatious. Cassie tries to keep him at a distance but the more time they spend together--wandering San Francisco, riding beachside roller coasters, and exploring the California coastline--the harder it is to fight the attraction. ​Cassie wants to let herself go but her parents' split has left her feeling adrift in a sea of questions she can't even begin to answer. Can she forgive her mom? Will home ever feel the same? Should she take a chance on Jonah? With life's unpredictable tides working against her, Cassie must decide whether to swim against them or dive right in.

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If the Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss - August 8
In a North Carolina mountain town filled with moonshine and rotten husbands, Sadie Blue is only the latest girl to face a dead-end future at the mercy of a dangerous drunk. She’s been married to Roy Tupkin for fifteen days, and she knows now that she should have listened to the folks who said he was trouble. But when a stranger sweeps in and knocks the world off-kilter for everyone in town, Sadie begins to think there might be more to life than being Roy’s wife.

Thanks for reading!
Love,

Keert

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

OOTW: Last Week of School (NEENA)

Today I have my OOTW for last week. That was our last week of school. Let’s get into it!

Monday, 6/5/17:
I wore my hair down. My teal blue tank top is from VS Pink. My jeans are from Forever 21. My black and white tote bag is from Urban Outfitters and for shoes I wore my white Converse.

Tuesday, 6/6/17:
I wore my hair. My black tank top is from VS Pink. My jeans are from American Eagle. My white tennis shoes are from Target.

Wednesday, 6/7/17:
I wore my hair down. My black “No 1 New York Boutique” is from River Island. My jeans from American Eagle. For shoes I wore my black Converse.

Thursday, 6/8/17:
I wore my hair down. My black city graphic muscle tank top is from Forever 21. My jeans are from Forever 21. For shoes I wore my black Vans.

Friday, 6/9/17:
I wore my hair in a ponytail. My black v-neck shirt is from VS Pink. My black leather jacket is from Nastygal. My jeans are from Forever 21. My black combat boots are from Steve Madden.

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Neena

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

OOTW: Last Week of School (RUBY)

Today I have my OOTW for last week. That was our last week of school. Let’s get into it!

Monday, 6/5/17:
I wore my hair down straightened. My white polka dot dress is from Forever 21. My black and white bag is from Michael Kors and my white sandals are from Anna.

Tuesday, 6/6/17:
I wore my hair down curls. My floral coral top is from Pacsun. My black skirt is from H&M. My earrings are from Forever 21 and for shoes I wore my black sandals from Urban Planet.

Wednesday, 6/7/17:
I wore my hair down. My coral pink dress is from Cotton On and my teal blue flats are from Sam Edelman.

Thursday, 6/8/17:
I wore my hair down. My green top with white polka dots is from Forever 21. My black skirt is from Topshop and for shoes I wore my white tennis shoes from Target.

Friday, 6/9/17:
I wore my hair down. My yellow “I’d Rather Be Shopping” jumper is from Wildfox. My jeans are from Pacsun and for shoes I wore my white Converse.

Thanks for reading!

Love,
Ruby


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Review: He's So Not Worth It by Kieran Scott (KEERT)

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Book Title: He’s So Not Worth It
Author: Kieran Scott
Series: He’s So/She’s So #2
Genres: Contemporary, Chick Lit, Romance
Date Read: 6/9/17
Rating: 5 stars

I really do hate cliffhangers especially since I couldn't dive into the next book right afterwards to find out what happened.

This book was no disappointment though and it's debatable whether this was better than She's so Dead to Us. Kieran Scott easily continues from one novel to the next and does explain a bit background to the reader in case he or she didn't read the first novel. Then again, I wouldn't want to read the second novel without reading the first one, obviously.

I loved the little tid-bits with Annie's narrations. It's hilarious. Yet I found it sometimes hard to follow with all the "Subject Jake, Subject..,etc." but other than that those sections were quite enjoyable.

SPOILERS AHEAD

I was really frustrated with Ally's decisions but I could understand why she made the decision to break into Chloe's summer house with Cooper. Ally just didn't want to deal with Jake and Chloe and she needed a distraction. She was also sad that her mother was finally moving on from her father. She definitely made some bad choices as well and Jake realized that and still stayed by her side when she was drunk. I was seriously saying NOOOO! when Jake and Chloe started getting close because I knew that outcome would happen one way or another. I'm also relieved that Ally became friends with Shannen again even though I probably wouldn't have. What Shannen did before was just outrageous but I guess that was the past.

Hmmm, I wonder what would have happened if Ally actually did stay with her father for the summer.

I can't wait for the last novel but I'm sad the trilogy will be ending. I have a slight feeling of what will happen but I still hope Jake and Ally will end up together. According to the synopsis, Jake will probably end up taking care of Chloe. This will cause another major rift between Jake and Ally. Ahhh, I'm so excited! Can't wait!

Thanks for reading!

Love,
Keert