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♦♦♦January Favorites♦♦♦

3 Feb

Wow, Olive, a proper favorites post! I never get to around to doing these so this is pretty exciting, yeah?

Ok, let me just start out by saying, I have bought WAYYYY too many things this month. Since the Christmas season, really, I’ve been on an absolute spending rampage. It’s bad, I know. But it happens. No apologies.

This isn’t all going to be makeup, guys, I swear it. But, uh…

♦♦♦Makeup♦♦♦

Lorac Unzipped Palette

(Swatches and mini-review here, neutral look with this palette here)

This is an amazing neutrals palette. It has almost every color I’d need to do a pretty, simple everyday look (sans a matte brown or black, but I can make do with my own). The pans are huge, the colors are pigmented, and they blend SOOOO WEEEELLLLL. Image

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Shadow Sticks

I have these in Tempting Turquoise (the brightest bright blue ever), Bulletproof Beige (a great everyday champagne base), and Blackmail (a pretty darn good matte black). I’ve used them as eyeliners and eyeshadow bases, and I can hereby state that they are pretty damn good. You have to work quickly though, because once they set, they are on for the rest of the day. More colors, please.

Revlon Lip Butters

ColorBurst Lip Butter

I have these in Berry Smoothie, Candy Apple, and Sugar Plum, and I honestly don’t know how I’ve crawled across this earth all these years without owning these. They make wearing lip products to school a possibility (I loathe touch-ups, and school air is the dryest ever). They’re moisturizing and just tinted enough to give my face some life. When they wear off, no biggie, I can reapply without a mirror. Basically,

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One thing I haven’t found is a mascara to rival Maybelline’s The Falsies. I love the formula, but I always end up with under-eye smudgies by the end of the day. If you guys have any good volumizing, long-lasting drugstore mascaras I should try, please let me know in the leedle box at the bottom!

♦♦♦Movies/TV♦♦♦

Frozen

Extra Large Movie Poster Image for Frozen

Yes, I am that white girl. Frozen the first time was ok (my review here). Frozen the second time was incredible. Mind-blowing. Disney at its finest. The songs. The makeup. The Olaf.

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I actually haven’t watched a lot of movies lately, as my family has been plowing through Supernatural episodes like nobody’s business. Yep, I have succeeded in getting them all addicted. So obviously that’s a favorite, but that’s my absolute favorite show ever, so I can’t really talk about it without dissolving into a puddle of shape-shifter goo. Hey, referencesnobodygets!

Moving on…

♦♦♦Books♦♦♦

I haven’t really been reading much either. I’d say it’s because of finals and school and stress and jobs and sports, but really it’s just because I’m a lazy thing who’d rather watch makeup tutorials and TV. That’s Gen Y for you. I did however read John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany for AP Literature and I loved it. Plain and simple, it was one of the best books I’ve ever read.

It can get a bit long and tedious, but everything is symbolic and deep and meaningful, so it’s worth slowing down and reading it properly (guilty book-devourer over here). And if the ending doesn’t make you cry, we can’t be bros.

This is going to make me sound like a complete nerd, but what doesn’t? My mom gave me a book of logic puzzles for Christmas, and I love them. I could do them for a year and not get bored. Does that make me a freak? Probably.

And on that note…That’s all, folks!

~Olive

Book Review: Legend by Marie Lu

3 Jan

This book has convinced me to forever steer clear of YA lit. Apologies in advance for this less review, more rant style of book review. :\

If you’ve read Divergent, Matched, or The Host, this book has the same plot and the same characters. Brainwashed girl under thumb of oppressive government falls for rebellious boy who cheats the system. It’s just another dystopian fantasy novel without half the setting or character development of the aforementioned, The Hunger Games, etc.

Everything about Legend is underdeveloped. I was reading the Acknowledgements (yeah, I know, I read the acknowledgements) and Marie Lu mentioned that she took the name of the “evil dictator” from a friend. That stopped me in my acknowledgement-perusing tracks. Hold up! “Evil dictator”?!?! The book only mentioned Elector Primo like, three times. The futuristic world that Day and June live in is divided into sectors, with the main hub thingamajig (Legend’s version of Hunger Games’ Capitol) fighting the Patriots of the Colonies. The plague that supposedly endangers the poor sectors seems neither widespread nor particularly dangerous. Many characters are introduced briefly only to fade into the background, never to be heard from again. The whole book feels like an overdrawn preface for Legend’s sequel, Prodigy. Where’s the history? Where’s the hatred I’m meant to feel toward June’s government?

And now let’s talk about the characters. June spends the entire book in a self-pitying puddle of grief because *SPOILER* her brother was killed in the first ten pages. His name is mentioned so often that, flipping through the book, I was led to believe he might actually have risen from the grave. Metias this, Metias that. Please, girl, just…just don’t. I honestly wanted to empathize with her, but she seemed so cold and irritatingly logical one minute, then mushy and lovesick the next. If I had to assign her a role in my high school, she’d be the girl who gets a perfect score on her SAT and brings it up as often as possible to disguise the fact that, underneath that layer of calculating intelligence, she is just as hormone-driven as the rest of us.

Day is boring. He never seems to experience the moment of doubt that would’ve made me sympathetic toward his situation. He spends half the time going on about how beautiful June is in her rich people clothes, and half the time sucking at protecting his family. In the end, his brother is the real hero, and he’s just a whiny brat. Day and June were made for each other, honestly.

Ok, enough, enough. You get the picture. I feel that, having read a lot of dystopian fantasy novels lately (they’re the Harry Potter of the 2010s), I’ve become overly critical of them. Legend would’ve been a great book had I not had so many better books to compare it to. Maybe. 1/5 and a sticky-note-to-self to stay far, far away from teen fantasy from now on.

Don’t hate me!

~Olive

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Movie Review

15 Dec

Spoiler-free as per usual!

I know, I know, this movie has been out FORFREAKINGEVER (like, 2 weeks) and I haven’t seen it until now. But it was worth the wait!

This movie was not as frenetic and action-packed as its predecessor, which I actually enjoyed because it focused a lot more on the set-up before the 75th Hunger Games than it did on the games themselves. Jennifer Lawrence was so much better in Catching Fire compared to the first Hunger Games! I still think she has a rather blank expression, but that may just be me and it seems to work for Katniss just fine. 

Can I just say, I’m really sick of Gale. He serves little to no purpose in the story, other than to contrast the bright shiny superficial prosperity of the Capitol with the filthy coal mines in District 12, which is arguably important, but he irritates me too much to care. 

Wow, this is such a professional review.

The supporting characters are amazing- Effie was incredible, I actually felt sympathy for her instead of disgust. Baby steps! Finnick was probably one of my favorites; they managed to create on-screen what I’d imagined in my head when I read the book. Johanna was hilarious. For those of you who’ve read the book, the elevator scene with her and Katniss is wonderfully awkward. And Haymitch…oh, Haymitch.

If you were a fan of the book, get your butt to the nearest theater; you’ll love it!

If you were iffy on the first movie, this one is worth your $5 (and probably an extra $5 for popcorn, let’s not lie to ourselves).

What did you think of Catching Fire?

Cheers!

~Olive 

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