A Lipstick a Day Challenge Part 1

Hey guys!
I’m starting a new challenge for myself of wearing a lipstick every day until I go through all my lipsticks.  Last time I counted I had less than 60 traditional lipsticks (meaning this didn’t include lip glosses, lip liners, liquid lipsticks), but I have bought some since then… I will be including my lip crayon type lipsticks in this challenge since they are very similar to the traditional bullet lipstick just in a different shape.  And I like them.  I made a video about this as well, but I’ll include the pictures here for you guys to see! I didn’t put any filters on these photos so please excuse any days where I obviously wore less other makeup or had not great lighting.

Day 1 I wore the Bite Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Léché which I’ve worn a few times before.  It has a natural matte finish and is really nice!

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Sheet Mask Sunday!

Hey guys! I know last week I posted a sheet mask Saturday, but this week we’re doing it on Sunday!

I am going to do a quick review of two different sheet masks I used this week. The first sheet mask was the Biobelle #staygorgeous sheet mask and the second sheet mask was the Tonymoly I’m Real Red Wine Mask Sheet Pore Care (that is all the words on the sheet mask guys!).  I used these masks to fit in with the theme of a #maskmadness challenge on Instagram from @maskaddict and @mapletreeblog.  The Biobelle mask was for the colorful day, and the Tonymoly mask was for the purple day.  I didn’t do all the days of this challenge by any means, but I thought it was a fun challenge to inspire people to use their sheet masks. I know that a lot of people have no problem with this, but for me it can be somewhat difficult to use my sheet masks.  I’m pretty sure my husband thinks sheet masks (really masks in general) are/look ridiculous, so I’m usually using them when he is occupied with other things.  Right now the other thing is his new Zelda video game. If you already follow me on Instagram I did post there about these masks, and thanks for following me!

First off this week was the Biobelle mask.  I got this in an Ipsy bag I purchased and thought the packaging really delivered in the cuteness factor.  I loved the stripes and flowers, and really wanted to like this mask.  I started by reading the instructions of course, and was interested to see that it said to rinse after taking the mask off.  This is the first sheet mask I’ve used to say this.  I just went to the website to look at this mask, and saw that it is supposed to prepare the skin for a “flawless makeup application”, so I suppose in that case I might want to rinse off any residue? Anyway, the other claims listed are that “Vitamin E improves the skin’s ability to fight off free radicals, helping to protect against environmental aggressors that can lead to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Almond oil softens & moisturizes, leaving your skin smooth and glowing.” So some pretty high claims to live up to in my book.  Unfortunately this mask did not live up to those claims.  The fit of this mask was wonderful for me, but afterward my skin felt slightly sticky.  Upon rinsing my skin looked flat and not glowing or moisturized.  Also, I had a sensitive area on the side of my nose/under my nostril that still hasn’t really cleared up completely.  I applied moisturizer after rinsing this off, and I applied more than usual as my skin really soaked it up.  Overall, I wouldn’t repurchase this mask.

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Book Review: The Book of Etta

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Title: The Book of Etta

Author: Meg Elison

Genre: Science Fiction

Pages: 314

My Rating: 3.5/5

Plot Summary: The main character of this novel lives in a future where a plague has completely changed the world, greatly reducing the number of women and making childbearing dangerous.  The world is now composed of small pockets of life cut off from each other and unaware of how others are living.  Etta brings us on her journeys scavenging items from other areas and saving girls from slavers, which she finds as her calling in life.

My Thoughts: I enjoyed this book, but didn’t realize until the end that it was a sequel to a previous book.  This was not clear from the cover, and was only in one small area inside the book that I did not notice when I picked it up.  The main character of the first book in this series is actually referenced in the story and she has written her own book that is read by the people who live in Etta’s village.  I believe if you read the first book it would make this book much clearer, but I didn’t.  I still did find this book to be an enjoyable read, however not for the reasons I expected.  I was interested in the story of how people were living and surviving after this plague, but instead the book focused more on how the plague affected things like gender identity. Etta is struggling in a world where women are sacred, but she identifies as a man.  This theme runs throughout the book, and kept me interested to see what the characters would do in their own individual situations.  There was violence throughout this novel as we follow Etta along in her journey seeing how various villages are handling the plague differently.  However, I would have preferred a post-apocalypse story like I expected! I’ll have to find one of those to read soon… Leave a recommendation if you have one.  At this time I don’t know if a third book is going to be released in this series, but it seems like there is one planned. I would recommend this book if you are interested in reading about a post-apocalyptic world where the main changes are to gender roles and expression of gender.

Have you read The Book of Etta or The Book of the Unnamed Midwife?

Sheet Mask Saturday!!

Hey guys!
So I received a pack of seven Reskin cosmetics sheet masks from www.08liter.com and wanted to give you guys a mini review! This website is a place where you can enter to win products in exchange for a review.  I posted my review on the website and shared it on Facebook so this is an extra little share that is not a requirement.  When I entered for this product the requirement was that you have 100 Facebook friends or Instagram followers, but now I think you can just share on your Facebook or Twitter to enter (with no requirement on friends).

I unfortunately messed up when I entered and put in the wrong address… I was notified I won and was so excited, but when I got the email that I entered the wrong address I was so sad because they said they would be sending it to someone else. I replied back and they let me know they would send it to me anyway.  Yay! (Emotional rollercoaster right there guys) Then it came in the mail from Amazon this week… I’ve ordered a sunscreen from Amazon that is shipping from Japan with a huge range of possible delivery dates so I assumed it was that.  It was not.  I was somewhat annoyed thinking I had gotten sent the wrong thing from Japan lol. Luckily I figured out that it was my [Monday To Sunday] One Week Treatment Sheet Mask 7pcs pack.  Part of this confusion was because the website said there would be tracking, but there never was… anyway I was excited!

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SOOOOO the important part.
The review:
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February Empties – My trash

Hey guys!

I used up things last month! Shocking, I know.  Most exciting for me was using up TWO lipsticks! I would recommend both of these lipsticks if you’re looking for some wearable colors.  They were Hug Me and Syrup from MAC.  Both are lustre finishes, and pretty easy to wear an reapply all day even if you’re going to work or doing something where you don’t want a bold lip color.

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That was all the makeup I used up for the month, but I did use up some skincare items… I used up my 7 samples of the Lancôme moisturizer as I blogged about it so if you want to know more about that I have a post from the end of the challenge discussing using it (Lancôme Challenge).  I also finished up a cleansing lotion from Lush, which was very nice.  I’ve been using this since October as it was a pretty good size.  I liked this for cleansing.  It was easy to use and pretty gentle on my skin.  I have some other cleansing products to try now so I won’t repurchase at this point, but I would definitely recommend it.  I also tried out a nugg exfoliating mask, which I didn’t love or hate.  The sheet mask was nice, but I have others so I won’t be searching for more from them right now. (My husband gives me weird looks when I wear masks… He told me I looked scary when I did a mud mask the other day.  Sad. So I don’t use masks as much as I want because I have to prepare myself for the responses!) I loved the shower gel from l’Occitane! I would definitely purchase this as I loved the scent and it was fine at cleansing.  So wonderful! The Murad little bottle was a retinol serum, which I honestly can’t tell what it was doing versus other products in my skincare routine… so maybe someday I’ll try again.  Maybe not.

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I hope you enjoyed getting to see my trash! Thanks for stopping by!