Monday, September 26, 2016

September Popsugar Must Have Unboxing!

September Popsugar Must Have

Hellooo friends :) I'm back with another unboxing post! Maybe someday I'll get the courage to just do unboxing videos like everyone else...but today is not that day! :D Popsugar was super awesome and sent me their September box to try out, so let's do this!

This post contains affiliate links and is sponsored by Popsugar. I received this box for free in exchange for my honest opinion and sharing it on the interwebs. All opinions are my own. Any monetary income usually goes towards feeding my turtle.

The Popsugar Must Have Box is a monthly subscription service curated by the editors of the website, Popsugar. I can't really think of many words to explain what type of themed box this is, aside from, like "women's lifestyle box"...or something. They send you on-trend items for you to use and/or wear (last month subscribers got cute office supplies and a Baggu bag for back to school season - jealous!). While this doesn't exactly cater to my geekier hobbies, what I really like about the Popsugar Box is that everything they send are items that can (and usually will) actually be USED, rather than just sit around and look cute.

The first item I saw when opening the box (it was kinda hard to miss...) was this nice, big, wool hat from Jack + Lucy. Holding it, I thought it looked really nice and I could totally look cool and mysterious wearing it. Instead I looked more like Pharrell at the Grammy' that was too bad. I've seen pics of other ladies in the hat though, and they all look great. So it's not a bad hat, it just fits on my head funny (my family jokes about my little brother having a large head, now I'm wondering if he got it from me *cries*). This hat retails for $58 (woah), so the hat alone costs more than a one month subscription to this box.

Next was this Smith & Cult Lip Lacquer in the shade The Warning. At first I was like, "no way man, that's way too bold for me!" But I gave it a try and was pleasantly surprised. It's more like a really tinted lip gloss. So if you're like me, and like the look of red lips but are not brave enough to actually wear red lipstick - this is a great product for that. I was also a little wary because I stopped wearing lip gloss when I was, like, 15. It can be so sticky and lips aren't meant to look wet 24/7. Again, I was pleasantly surprised. The shine is more of a dewy, rather than glossy look. There is still a bit of stickiness, but it's really not that bad (but don't go making out with your boyfriend right after applying this, unless he's into that sort of thing I guess). I've been dealing with really dry lips lately (I don't know why??? not usually a problem I have) and this has been really nice for that as well. These retail for $22, which IMO is a bit steep for a lip gloss, but honestly I like it so much that I might get another next time I see a good sale or just feel like spending money that I shouldn't. The other color I have my eye on is called The Queen is Dead.

Smith & Cult Lip Lacquer The Warning

Honestly - I'm kinda over the whole gluten free fad. If you legit cannot eat gluten, then you get a pass (also this must be an exciting year for you), but if you don't have a gluten allergy then there is NO REASON for you to not eat gluten. Ok? Ok. Anyway, next up was Gluten Free Bites in the flavor Dark Chocolate Coconut. They claim to be gluten free, non-GMO, vegan, soy free, AND dairy free. So I was like, "well what's left then???" These taste ok-ish, but I wouldn't buy them myself. They are sort of like truffles, but the texture is a bit dry. I only have one friend that is gluten free, and I tried giving these to her, but she's allergic to coconut -_- These retail for $4.99.

This NCLA Mani E.R. Tool Kit is probably what I'll get the most use out of. I usually keep my nails long, so they get banged up on things ALL THE TIME. Having nail tools handy will be super helpful. The tools are good quality, too! I used to have a kit that was similar to this, but the case had a little snap thing to close it (rather than a zipper all the way around, like this one) and it was always getting caught on things! This one is a huge upgrade. I also really like the bright red case :) This retails for $16.

I was surprised to get two full sized beauty products in one box, (I forgot to mention, the lip gloss is full size!) the second being this Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask. My hair isn't actually damaged (#blessed) so this isn't exactly targeted towards me, but I'm going to try it soon and I bet it will make my hair crazy soft. I'll try to report back on that later. Currently all I can say is that it smells like vanilla. This 8oz tub retails for $20.

Admittedly I was not super excited about this F’lint Lint Roller at first glance. The packaging is cool, but like, a lint roller? I don't normally buy lint rollers so I was kinda "meh" about it. However I've been living in black leggings this week (I will probably die wearing a pair of premium black leggings from Torrid, they are everything) and YES they get lint and other things all over them. I used to just brush it off, or pretend not to care, but I started using this lint roller instead and, yeah, it's pretty nifty. I also like that you can buy refills for it! Save the environment! Use less plastic! However the best part is that the lint roll part pops out of the tube like a light saber.

The Popsugar Must Have Box is $39.95 a month, which at first seems really steep for a subscription box. Buuut all together the items in this box retail for about $147 - so if you're interested in this type of thing then that's quite impressive and a really great deal! My favorite items from this are definitely the lip gloss and nail kit...but like I said I'm really excited to try the hair mask, too!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Summer Reading Round Up - Part 3

If you'd like to read Part 1 or Part 2 click here and here! Or if you don't feel like it I'll take a sec to recap :P This summer I took on the Summer Book Bingo hosted by My Life as a Teacup! If you've never played a book bingo, it's pretty simple. The bingo card will have a different type/genre of book in each square. Read the book in that square and you get to cross it off. Five books in a row makes a bingo! We started sometime in June, and ended on August 31st. In that time I was able to make 3 bingo's! Here's the third (and final) card I completed. Originally I planned to throw all the cards into one post, but then the Part 1 post got too long so here we are :P

Summer Book Bingo

Contemporary lit: When Life Hands you a Lemon, by Mike Hansen. This book was not as exciting as I'd hoped it would be! It's about this guy, Dan, who is taken hostage and he has to "confront his fears" and all that. But for a book about being taken hostage, it progresses really slow. A large part of the book focuses on Dan's personal struggles; he suffers from anxiety, among other things. I don't want to belittle anyone's problems (I have anxiety myself), but I just didn't connect with this. I can't really give you any examples without spoiling the story, though! Sorry :P

Read in a day: Saga vol. 6, by  Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. As always, Saga is the best. If you haven't started this series yet, stop reading this post and go get it!!! I ended up reading this volume in a day, because when I ordered it from the library I didn't realize I already read the first couple issues from it on my e-reader...months ago >_>

Non-Fiction: The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray: A Critical Appreciation of the World's Finest Actor, by Robert Schnakenberg. If you're a huge Murray fan, or just want to learn more about him, you'll really enjoy this book. This book goes through the A to Z life of Bill Murray (like an encyclopedia). The format is interesting at first, but doesn't make it easy to reference later on if you're just interested in certain parts. For example all the parts of Bill Murray's early life are not grouped together. There's a lot of talk about his work in Wes Anderson movies, but they are not grouped together either. So the whole book flows a little weird when it's talking about one subject, to a different subject, then back to the first subject again.

Book you've been meaning to read: Funny Girl, by Nick Hornby. Nick Hornby is another one of my favorite authors! I've been wanting to read this book but I had some issues getting it from the library. It's set in the 1960's and is about a girl obsessed with I Love Lucy and wants to be a sitcom comedian. It wasn't my favorite of Hornby's books, but I still enjoyed it. His strength has always been writing strong characters (whether they're good people or not), and this book was just another example of that.

Graphic novel: Rat Queens vol. 3, by Kurtis J. Wiebe, Tamra Bonvillain and Tess Fowler. This volume was not as great as the first two, so that was a bummer. The art has also changed; and while I don't dislike it, having to get used to it was a little distracting. As for the story, that was a little lackluster as well. The gang is going through some struggles right now, and the story has always been at its best when the girls are working together as a team. I hope this arc wraps up in the next volume so the girls can start liking each other again :P

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Summer Reading Round Up - Part 2

If you'd like to read Part 1 click here! If you don't feel like it I'll take a sec to recap. This summer I took on the Summer Book Bingo hosted by My Life as a Teacup! If you've never played a book bingo, it's pretty simple. The bingo card will have a different type/genre of book in each square. Read the book in that square and you get to cross it off. Five books in a row makes a bingo! We started sometime in June, and ended on August 31st. In that time I was able to make 3 bingo's! Here's the second card I completed. Originally I planned to throw all the cards into one post, but then Part 1 got too long so here we are :P

Summer Book Bingo Snorlax Plush

New release: My Best Friend's Exorcism, by Grady Hendrix. I loved this book! Grady Hendrix is also the author of Horrorstor, which I loved as well (and reviewed here). I was really excited to pick up his next book. It takes place in the 80's and is about best friend duo, Abby and Gretchen. After a strange night at their friends house, Gretchen is possessed by a demon, but Abby is the only one that believes it. It's like a fun mash up of Mean Girls and The Exorcist. Shortly after I read this, Grady Hendrix did a livestream on the Quirk Books Facebook page, where he talked about the book and shared some stuff about witchcraft and demonology from the 80's (he did a LOT of research!). At the end there was a giveaway and I won a copy of Horrorstor and some My Best Friend's Exorcism stickers!!! I haven't figured out where I want to use them yet, but I really like them. They have pink unicorns and pentagrams :O

Neil Gaiman: The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains, by Neil Gaiman (duh) and Eddie Campbell. Hate to say it, but I was bored with this book. It's formatted as an adult picture book. I always love when adult books have pictures (and in this case, paintings), but I wasn't feeling them in this book. Just not my style, I guess. It's about a man and the guide he hires to take him up the mountains. That's about all I can say without spoiling anything! I guess that's why I couldn't find a book synopsis to post here :P

Read in a day: Stuff Every Geek Should Know, by Quirk Books. This is a collection of short essays, all written by Quirk Books authors and bloggers. It's not very long but was fun. Some of the essays included How to Photograph Your Books for Instagram, How to Find Friends Who Share Your Geek Passions, and Seven Awesome Female Heroes That Every Comic Book Geek Should Know About.

Mystery/Thriller: A Study in Charlotte, by Brittany Cavallaro. We can add this to the list of YA books I don't hate. I didn't love it, but it wasn't awful and was an enjoyable, easy read. It's basically a genderbent Sherlock Holmes reboot. Charlotte is the great-great-great-granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes, Jamie is the great-great-great-grandson of John Watson, and they end up at a boarding school together. A student at the school is murdered, and Charlotte and Jamie are being framed for it so they work together to get to the bottom of things. Charlotte has inherited the detective skills along with the moody and grumpy temper. Jamie's kind of boring, to be honest. I like mysteries, so that part of the book was fun. There's very minimal romance, but there is some. Argh. Is it too much to ask to have a boy and girl as main characters and NOT have them fall in love?? Oh well.

This post is a bit shorter than the last, because I used the free space on my bingo card this time! Heheh. Part 3 coming up next!