Monthly Archives: November 2016

Monthly Recap: November 2016

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Made it through November, throw a party! Jk, I can’t throw a party I have finals coming up. Speaking of, I was on a blogging streak! Then finals sneaked up behind me, and yeah, I’ve slowed down a bit. However, I wanted to get at least on post up this week; so here’s a recap of my November! Continue reading Monthly Recap: November 2016

Makeup Review: VDL Lumilayer Primer

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VDL LUMILAYER PRIMER

Price I Paid: USD 18.50

Made in Korea

Catch it Here: AmazonVDL Cosmetics

Description from VDL Website:

1. Voluminous face injected with light
Violet Lumilayer Pigment, made by combining skin-brightening red light and blue light for clean and clear skin, creates an intensity that illuminates the face and highlights features.

2. Radiance that lasts all day
Gently illuminates the face to make skin tone look brilliant all day long.

I vaguely remember bubzbeauty recommending this product a while back, and since then I’ve been meaning to try it. As far as k-beauty goes, I’ve only used one other face primer before (from Innisfree). It was nice, but it was better for my sister’s skin than my own.

I really like this one because it is moisturizing, and it’s super glowy. The product claims to brighten the skin, and reduce redness; which it definitely does!

My skin is oily to dry combination, and this product doesn’t clingy to my dry patches. It smooths them out, and also makes the foundation settle better too. If you have oily skin, this product might make your skin too dewy, so that’s my only note.

Continue reading Makeup Review: VDL Lumilayer Primer

Book Review and Discussion: And I Darken by Kiersten White

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My friend Lily gifted this book to me 🙂27190613

And I Darken by Kiersten White

Book One in The Conquerors Saga

Genre: YA, Alternate History

Edition: First Edition Hardcover

Pages: 475

Release Date: 6.28.16

Catch it Here: GoodreadsAmazon,B&N

Goodreads Blurb:

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

Let her be strong. Let her be sly… And let her be ugly.”

Boom. Lada Dragwlya is the daughter of a tyrant, who is disgusted that his wife had born him a girl. He’s last remark to the infant was that she better be beautiful, or else there was no use for her. The quote above is what Lada’s nurse maid hopes for her, and this is only page two.

If you’re looking for a book that challenge’s social norms, a book that is cynical and dark, then this one is for you.

Continue reading Book Review and Discussion: And I Darken by Kiersten White

Makeup Review: April Skin Magic Snow Cushion White

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AprilSkin Magic Snow Cushion White   

Price: USD 16.00 – 28.00 depending on the retailer

Country: South Korea

My Shade: 22 Pink Beige

Catch it Here: AmazonMemebox USA , April Skin Website 

Product Description from Memebox:

Winning 6 prestigious brand awards in Korea, April Skin’s Magic Snow Cushion is a bestselling, hot beauty item that offers exceptional effects for the skin in just one application. This cushion brings magic to your skin by offering a very natural-looking but full makeup coverage, completely covering up all skin blemishes. It contains a premium blend of Blueberry extract, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit extract, Jeju Aloe Vera Leaf extract and Euterpe Oleracea which perfectly brightens the skin while also providing rich nourishment to keep it naturally healthy and smooth. It has a very lightweight formulation which allows the skin to breathe and prevent cakiness. Magic Snow Cushion White is highly-recommended for those with dry skin for this cushion provides rich moisture and effectively seals it into the pores for long-lasting effect.

Here’s another beauty review! I’m not going to lie, I 100% bought this because of the facebook hype around it, and I heard that a lot of kpop idols use it. I needed a new foundation, so I decided to give it a whirl. Continue reading Makeup Review: April Skin Magic Snow Cushion White

The Fictional Boyfriend Tag

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Soooooo, it’s Monday again! I always try to post on Monday as my main blogging day. However, I had nothing planned, so I was scrambling to get something done… It’s been a minute since I did a tag, and I found this interesting one online at BookArrows. You can find the original by Youtuber RayKayBooks here.  Let’s do it~ Continue reading The Fictional Boyfriend Tag

Book Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy

Edition: First Edition Hardcover

Release Date: 09.20.2016

Pages: 416

Catch it Here: GoodreadsAmazonB&N

Goodreads Blurb:

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

Soooooooo, this book was a total impulse buy for me. I was just in B&N, and I saw this really pretty cover. I love crowns, and royalty in general. I’ve just always found the concept of a Monarchy fascinating, so I read a lot about them, historical and fictional alike. Continue reading Book Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake