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

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Budget Fake Tan You Need In Your Life (NEENA)

It's not often that I whip up quick posts like this, but today I felt compelled to write about my new fake tan that I am simply in awe of. Usually when it comes to reviews, I take my sweet time. However, today it's Saturday and I'm currently typing this out while I drink my Starbucks and I was like ‘I need to write about this tan’. So here we are.

I've been fake tanning for the best part of 5 years, so that means that over the past 5 years at least once a week I tan myself up to look like I've just returned from a three week vacation and wake up the next morning feeling all bronzed. However, fake tan can be a cruel mistress and no matter how long you've been tanning you still can make mistakes. Fake tan doesn't care if you've done this a million times before and I guess that's perhaps why people stay away from it.

However, if you aren't easily scared like me (well I lie, I AM easily scared) but what I mean is you're not easily put off by fake tan. I mean I have had some fake tan disasters in my time. There was the time that I tanned my legs and ankles very badly which lead to some people shouting 'ORANGE LEGS' as I walked down the street. That wasn't very pleasant. Or the time when I managed to fake tan my whole hand but forgot my left thumb.

I feel like there isn't a perfect fake tan out there. Every fake tan has it's flaws and well my main checklist for a good fake tan is as follows; 1. has to be dark 2. smells quite nice 3. is quick and easy to apply 4. doesn't make your white sheets look like you've had a 'Bridesmaids' incident 5. doesn't fade after one day and 6. doesn't fade patchy.

Okay I think that's it. It's also a bonus if a fake tan doesn't cost a fortune. I may as well pay for a vacation otherwise.

One of my cousins from the UK recently sent a bottle of the Sunkissed Bronze Professional Moisturising Medium Dark Tan which is a bit of a mouthful, let's be honest. Anyways, I'd never tried the brand before but was intrigued after seeing the press releases which claimed it didn't color transfer onto sheets, clothes or the floor. I was in.

I wasn't holding out much hope when I first used it and was surprised when a white liquid came out. It was like just spraying moisturiser onto my body. This has a pro and con. The pro is that it's so easy to apply and dries so quickly. You will feel like you don't have tan on. The con is that there's no guide color meaning it's quite easy to miss where you've tanned which means that you could leave yourself with a white thumb like I've done before.

I put on just one layer because tbh I was really tired and wanted to get into bed. However when I woke up, I'd forgotten I'd even put a tan on because I didn't feel sticky at all and I am pleased to report that my bed sheets looked perfectly white still and guess what? I was left with a dark tan.

Say what.

I know. It all seems too good to be true right?

Well there is a couple of flaws sadly, 1. the smell isn't amazing, it's not the worst I've used but you can smell fake tan on yourself the next day, which I'm not too bothered about, but it's not all coconuts and roses and 2. it has gone a little patchy on my chest buttttt everything else is a big YES from me:

It's cheap (currently only £6 from Superdrug), it's dark, it's easy to apply, it doesn't ruin your bedsheets, and it stays dark for a good few days.

I have to say that I am very impressed. I hadn't heard much about Sunkissed before but I think I have a new favorite fake tan. Yes really.

Of course it's still early days in our relationship but I am liking how things are going so far and I'm so impressed I wanted to write this post. So if you like a good fake tan, then I'd try this.

I've tried this twice now and I am seriously so impressed. I feel like my tan this past week has looked the most natural that it has in ages. I genuinely feel like I've just come back from vacation. So a big thumbs up from me Sunkissed.

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Neena

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Budget Beauty Brand You Need In Your Makeup Bag (RUBY)

You guys should know me well enough by now to know that I love a bargain, and I’m the kinda girl who is kind enough to share these bargains with you too. Anyways today I have to tell you about a beauty brand that is perfect if you’re after a dupe of some high end products.

The brand is W7 Cosmetics, who have seriously upped their game lately and I’ve been trying a few of their products recently that have seriously impressed me. I thought I would show you what I’ve been loving and how also I’ve been creating a smokey eye look recently using products from W7.

So let’s start with my base. I was intrigued about The Genius Foundation after seeing it was a dupe for a few different high end foundations. The dropper looked quite cool and with the promise of smooth skin and dewy coverage. I thought this could be perfect for Spring. The foundation does feel very light on the skin. Like it’s barely there. The coverage is low/medium but you could build it up and for $9.95. I think it’s a right bargain and it feels a lot more expensive on the skin.

W7 have an impressive array of concealers in their collection. From color correctors to camouflage kits. There’s a lot to choose from. I’ve been trying the Light Diffusing Concealer which is perfect for brightening up dark under eye circles and then the Catwalk Concealer which is creamy and blendable. It’s perfect for covering spots and marks. One thing I will say though is that the light shade isn't that light so just to be aware of that.

I’ve always been a little intrigued by baking and using different powders to set your make up. With my skin being SO oily at the moment, powder is my best friend right now. However, I don’t like it to be cakey. The Catwalk Powder in translucent is however perfect for touch ups throughout the day and keeping oil at bay. I also have the Banana Powder too which I haven’t tried. I’m so excited. I’m always excited to try new brightening products for the under eye area.

Now we’re getting onto the good stuff: bronzer and highlighter. Oh yes my favourite makeup products. So there’s been a very high end bronzer and highlighter palette that I’ve been meaning to replace for months. However, I almost ran round the house with my top pulled over my head like I’d just scored the winning goal in the World Cup when I realized that W7 do a dupe for just $7.95.

While it isn’t as good as it’s high end counterpart, The Hollywood Bronze & Glow is pretty good for a mere $8. The bronzer is a nice warm shade which has a little shimmer giving you that ‘just stepped off the beach’ glow and the highlighter is a nice golden sheen which is perfect for applying on your cheekbones for a day to day glow.

Then if you’re looking for a cheap highlighter that you can apply and be sure that it can be seen from space, the Glowcomotion is for you. This gold toned highlighter is so pigmented that it could give some super expensive cult highlighters a run for their money. You know that my motto in life is ‘there is no such thing as too much highlighter’ and this is my new fave.
W7 may be well known for their eyeshadows the most and the one thing I wanted to try was one of their neutral eye palettes. I am a sucker for a neutral eyeshadow palette and ‘Colour Me Buff’ was calling my name. Now, it doesn’t take a genius to work out which palette this is a dupe of and I was very intrigued to see if the quality and pigmentation matched up. I have to say they are very similar to one another and I am pretty impressed. There’s a few gold/bronze colors within the palette which are perfect for using to create a bronzey smokey eye which you know is my fave.

If you go through eyeshadow like no one’s business like I do, then these are perfect. At just $12.95 they are pretty affordable and the tin means they're pretty durable which makes them great for traveling.

I also have the Bronze Queen palette which I thought looked pretty great for day to day eye looks. There’s a glittery gold which is so pretty and then a few matte shades. I think this is perfect for a day to day eye look but you could also use it for night out look as well.  

I must also mention the Extra Fine Liner pen which is perfect if you’re a little heavy handed like I am which means that eyeliner can sometimes look a little heavy. However, this liner is perfect as the liner is like a felt tip but it’s pretty thin meaning it's basically impossible to go wrong. I mean if I can line my upper lash line with this, then you can. I would imagine it’s also good to use for flicks too as the the thin tip means you can’t go too wrong.

Lips wise, unless if you’ve been living in a cave recently, you’ll know that it's all about matte lips right now. Basically every brand has their own matte lip color products and W7 is no exception. However, the Mega Matte Lip Liquid Lipstick in the shade Two Bob is a must have for any nude matte lip fans. It reminds me of one of those Kylie Jenner shades and it’s so easy to apply and wear.

It's not too drying and smells really sweet too which you’ll either love or hate but for me it’s love. The Lip Twister Lipliners are also pretty good for lining your lips and making them a little fuller aka Kylie style.

I have to say that I wasn't sure what to expect from W7, but I’ve been pretty impressed with the products that I have tried so far from the range. I would say that my ultimate faves are: the In The Buff palette, the Mega Matte Lips lipstick and the Glowcomotion highlighter.

I think they have a great range of products that are pretty good dupes but for a much more reasonable price. Definitely worth a try!

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Ruby