Friday, January 22, 2016

The Geography of Girlhood

I bought this book quite some time now and I forgot about it because it was left in a drawer with a bunch of random stuff. This past December I rediscovered it while cleaning for the Christmas season and I immediately fell in love with it all over again. I most definitely had to read it again. 

It is one of the best books I have ever read. I could read it multiple times and not get bored. It is a great collection of poems that tell an amazing story. It is a great purchase you won't regret.

Here is a summary of the book:

On her fourth birthday Penny received a globe from her mother: "If you ever need me . . . just remember I'll always be somewhere on here." Two weeks later her mother left, never to return. In a powerful verse novel, Penny charts the landscape of her high-school years--her older sister's wild ways, her best friend's descent into depression, her first boyfriend's accidental death, her crush on a teacher, her father's new marriage, her protective relationship of her younger stepbrother, and, always, her longing for her missing mother. Overcome by the pain in her life, Penny runs away with her sister's ex-boyfriend, but realizes it's a mistake and returns home to heal. The geography metaphor and wanderlust theme successfully connect the poems, some of which were published previously in literary journals, and the emotions of high-school and small-town life are beautifully expressed: "nothing ever happens / and if it does / all the things with wings / fly away."

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Review: Coastal Scents Brushes VS Ambrosia Cosmetics Brushes

A little more than two years ago when I purchased the Coastal scents palette which I did a review on last week, I also purchased three (3) coastal scents brushes. The reason why I only purchased three is because I had already purchased this set of brushes from a local brand called Ambrosia Cosmetics. Every November there is a Caribbean Makeup Artist Trade Show and I purchased it there.

Ever since I purchased the Ambrosia Cosmetics brushes I have been obsessed with it. I used them all the time. They are of great quality for daily use. And it is highly affordable. I purchased it for 200 TT.  I also used the Coastal Scents brushes as well. The prices for these brushes ranges from .50 u.s to 2.50 u.s during the Black Friday sale.  But even after they are pretty cheap. 

I plan on purchasing another set of brushes later on this year as I am trying to expand on the makeup I am currently using. I have never worn foundation so this is one of the items I plan on purchasing as well. So I definitely will need some more brushes. I might try Bh Cosmetics brushes because I have heard a lot of great things about this brand or I may purchase more Coastal Scents brushes.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Review: Coastal Scents 120 Palette One Vs Arista 120 Palette

Good Morning guys and Happy Sunday. The first week of January 2016 has come to an end already. The time is flying by so fast. I have gotten these two palettes over a couple years now and I just wanted to review them. They both have 120 colours but some of the colours are different.

A little more than over a year ago I purchased the Coastal Scents 120 Palette One during the black Friday sale (November 2014). Since then this is the only palette I have really been using. For one I do not own much palettes and they are for my use only. I can honestly say this is a really great palette especially for people who are just starting out with makeup and are on a budget. It has so many colours and the colours are really pigmented. I highly recommend purchasing this and it can be found at the Coastal Scents website.

Last year for my birthday (April 2015), my co-workers got me the Arista 120 Palette. It is a local brand of makeup. The colours are good but they are not pigmented as much. It is a great starter palette but I wouldn't really recommend it if you really want the colours to pop. But I do use it from time to time.

Disclaimer: I am not being sponsored. I purchased the Coastal Scents Palette with my own money and the Arista Palette was given to me as a birthday present.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

New Year Resolutions

Good Morning and Happy New Year. Welcome to 2016. It's a leap year so there is 366 days in the year. So I am sure just like me, we all make resolutions for every year. Some of which we may not accomplish or there are others who don't accomplish non at all like me, lol.

I wanted share with you all some of the things I would love to accomplish in 2016.

1. Lose weight. This is something I wanted to do for the past two years now. I really think doing this would be highly beneficial to me.

2. Graduation. For me school hasn't been an easy road and I know we all can agree when I say this. So I am looking forward to graduation this year.

3. Letting go. I had bad habits in 2015 and I would like to let go of them this year. They are personal so I can't specify what they are. But my mind set for this year is totally different so hopefully it should be easy. But I have relapsed before. 

4. Learn new things. I don't know how to cook which I know is kind of shameful for a 22 year old. But this is also something I want to accomplish as well.

5. Stay focused. This is not much of a resolution. It is more of a goal. We tend to get side tracked by so many things. People doubting us, lack of motivation, failure, etc. So I want to stay focused on the important things and people in my life.

I wish you all the best for the New Year and I hope you all accomplish what you set out to do.

Friday, January 1, 2016

25 Days of Christmas (Day 19-25) - Christmas Celebrations

Good Morning Everyone. Seasons Greetings & Happy New Year. I was unavailable to finish the 25 days of Christmas posts as I said I would have on Christmas Eve night. Due to lack of time, I had so much to do when I came home from work that day. I am now finally getting the time to sit down and finish it. I decided to combine the last couple of days because Christmas is already over and I wasn't really taking any pictures. I was more caught up in enjoying the moment. The ones that I did take which most of them are selfies I decided to compile them all here.

From Sunday I would be starting back weekly blogging. So every Sunday look forward to a post.

I hope you all had a great start to the New Year. It is only page 1 of a 366 page book. So I hope you all make the most of it. 

For my New Years celebration, I spent it at home with my family as I do every year. We cook and light fireworks. And about 2-3 hours later we go to bed.

I am looking forward to this year 2016 to see what it holds.

Christmas Day Breakfast: Ham & Bread with Sorrel Juice

Christmas Lunch

Christmas Dinner: Ham & Pastelle with a Shandy

FOTD: A Touch Of Blue

This is definitely a great look for a summer night out. It's more on the smokey side with a hint of gold in the corner.  I actually ...