Saturday, May 2, 2015

Monthly Favorites ~April 2015~

Hey guys!

Sorry for randomly disappearing, but I GOT A JOB! I've been busy trying to get one. I start training soon!

What that means for this blog: nothing. Not really. I will continue to post, just early in the morning, or really late at night instead of my usual evenings-the middle of the night. As for my YouTube Channel...I have no clue! Stay tuned on that aspect! Tumblr will continue, just much slower, as I'm allowed to be on Tumblr at work, just not during training (I think), and of course only in my down time.

But this isn't just an update post, it's a monthly favorites! Lets talk about what dominated my life in April!

Also make sure to check out my YouTube Channel for my monthly wrap up where I talk about the books I read, as well as little reviews for each!


Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce
I love this book, and it definitely has to be the best book of the month!!! Battle Magic is the latest book by Tamora, and it's the latest installment in her Emelan Universe. I just adored it, and WANT IT SO BAD! IT'S SO PRETTY TOO!!!

Injustice: Gods Among Us volumes 1 and 2 by Tom Taylor and Various

This comic is SICK! It's dark and twisted and hard to read and yet I can't put it down. I wanted to talk about it with my girl Ray, and I kept reading it instead until she took it away. :) Yeah, I'm that crazy. And it's that addicting.
This is based on a game, so no worries, totally not canon. But So good. Can't wait to read volumes 3 and 4! (Just got 3 yesterday!)


Muppets Most Wanted

OMG. THIS. MOVIE. IS. AWESOME. It's The Muppets at their best, mocking themselves, Disney, themselves, and their stupidity. Did I mention themselves? I think this is the best movie yet, and there wasn't a single moment I cringed at the stupid humor. Instead every time it almost got that bad, one of the other characters mocked them, making it even funnier! I can't express how much I loved this movie! I'm dying to get my hands on it, and ended up watching it something like 4 or 5 times before I returned it to Netflix!

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

I never wanted to see this movie. I swore it off when it came out, firm that the mini series would be better. And yes, the mini series had moments I adore that just weren't here, and some scenes are better in that version. But this is very different, and very well done. I love it. Seriously, I can't believe I waited 10 whole years before I finally sat down and watched it. It's great, amazing, love it, need it. ><


Kim Possible

I loved this show when it aired, and missed it once Disney finally dropped it. And then, I found it online, from, the whole thing, for FREE! YES! So when I got down in March and April, I watched it. So glad I can see the whole thing all over again for the first time since middle school!!!


This first video portrays that famous scene in Matilda, where the library becomes the thing that molds the amazing girl with powers and a big heart. The passage is a favorite for all book lovers, myself included. I remember reading it only a few years older than Matilda herself, and realized that just like her, books were my release. I love this video and think it captures perfectly how this one passage resonates with thousands all over the world.

Video 2 is sillier, showing how book lovers just want to read! All the time! Even when we don't and shouldn't!
NOTE: A lot of people were angry and worried that Tilly Books really was driving and reading at the same time. She wasn't. She doesn't. She never has. DON'T DO THAT.
Okay, so relax and enjoy the hilarity, especially of how sometimes you have more than one copy of a book, and how sometimes the only way to get a book lover to do something is to take away their books. My parents had to do it all the time, especially with Harry Potter.


Promise Tamang Phan
YouTube Channel

I'm not sure if I've mentioned Promise before, as the amazing transforming makeup artist that can make herself look like ANYONE EVER. Seriously, it's amazing! She's shown me that makeup can make you look like anything!
But this past month, in fact just this past Sunday, her home country of Nepal was hit by a devastating earthquake that killed 5000+ people, injured thousands more, and leveled hundreds of small villages. The country is one of the poorest in the world, and with corrupt government officials, it's unclear of whether relief funds will actually reach the people.
So Promise is working with her parents who are still in Nepal (they're safe, thank goodness! Her whole family is fine, the city they were in wasn't hit too bad, not compared to the capital and especially the villages) to get relief there. The money is going to THEM to rebuild hundreds of homes as entire villages were just flattened. Those not dead or injured are homeless, with heavy rain falling. They've already started with buying and setting up tents, medical supplies as the whole nation is low now, food, clothes, and blankets.
This is legit, her parents are missionaries who have a network to help the villages near their city, so this is personal. They are really there helping those in need. And with the reports her parents are giving her, it's worse off than the media is portraying.
HERE is where you can donate, the goal is $100,000, and their already close! I personally can't donate, but if you can, just $1 is 100 rupees in Nepal! The average meal is about 7 cents!


(I couldn't find a good picture so this is a combo of her Goodreads Icon and her Tumblr Icon)
Marie is awesome. She's like much of booklr, on top of current events, loves books, and not afraid to state her opinions. We disagree with a lot, and yet I hope she respects me as much as I respect her. She's awesome and if you're not following her, why not? Also, if you don't want to see the more adult side of Tumblr, she tags all her nude pics with NSFW (not safe for work) so you can block it easily. :)


Catch Me If You Can by Girls' Generation
Music Video
I had a lot of music I loved this past month, so it was hard to choose, but this was definitely my favorite! I love the music video, even if I'm still sad Jessica was removed from the group. I think they're doing well, and I think this song was a great come back of "I'm still on top, so catch me if you can!"

Ice Cream Cake by Red Velvet
Music Video
Yes, another K Pop song. :) Another group with another change, this is the first song released with the new fifth member. I wasn't sure I'd like the song, but it got stuck in my head, and I'm listening to it right now. So yes, it's definitely number 2!

I Really Like You by Carly Rae Jepsen
Music Video
This is another song that won me over by the music video. Carly Rae Jepsen is the queen of catchy song, after Call Me Maybe. But she's certainly no one hit wonder. This song is almost as catchy, just as fun, and the video with Tom Hanks!?! Yes. Just yes. I had to listen to it over and over, and I can see Tom Hanks mouthing along, dancing in the street or brushing his teeth.
And yes, I just ignore Justin Bieber. -_-'

Honorable Mention: One Last Time by Ariana Grande
Music Video
Ariana Grande won me over in her stint on Victorious with her voice. I wanted more of her singing and now she's got a second album out! I don't like all the songs, but I really fell in love with first the music video, and then the song itself. I just love the idea of these two lovers finding peace in seeing their imminent destruction, and in each other despite it. And so I keep listening to the song, seeing that last moment of them holding each other as the world ends.


Twilight in Hyrule Eyeshadows by Dusk Cosmetics
Etsy Store
So I asked my brother to order these in March for my birthday, and while I haven't used all of them, what I tried I loved, and the packaging itself is enough for me to want them. I used the light purple in the bottom row, second jar from the left, Zant Purple. First of all, it's really easy to use. Keep in mind that it IS a loose eye shadow pigment, so it can get everywhere if you're not careful, but I haven't spilled anything yet (emphasis on YET). I heard you should always use a brush (not a sponge applicator) with some sort of setting spray to make it adhere better. I actually found it easy to use with or without the setting spray, but agree that the sponge applicator might make things messy. It was well pigmented, though it these are all glittery, so I wouldn't just slap it on my lids. I used matte and shimmery shadows beneath it, but thought it added a lovely pop to my eyes. I just adore it!
So: easy to work with, pigmented wet or dry, and stayed in place easily!

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Now, this may be why I had no problems with the shadow sliding (though I've had problems with other shadows beneath my eyes, and that didn't slide, but anyway). This is easily the best primer I've ever worked with. Didn't burn my eyes at all (YAY!!!), was great at keeping all my shadows in place (except this free one I got), no creasing. I was so relieved when I'd worn makeup while sweating, and this thing kept my eyeshadows in place! And I have some super greasy lids, so this is just a miracle worker! I got it on sale at half price (a STEAL for Urban Decay, which is a high end brand, with prices to match) so I'm a little mad at myself I didn't get a second one. But, a tiny bit goes a LONG way, so hopefully this will last until another great sale!

That was what I loved last month! I meant to mention the Primer Potion last month, but forgot. Regardless, I love all of these! And I really had trouble picking just 4 out of the 7 or so songs I've been obsessed with!

What new find rocked your work? Did a song get stuck in your head, or did a music video keep you coming back to watch it again and again? Let me know!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

My Weeks in Pics ~4/1 - 4/10~

I've been a lot better at taking pictures this month, so I have to break this post into multiple. Just in the first 10 days I took quite a few!

So here's what I was up to!

The month kicked off with me getting really sick, and these were all the pills I had to take, just at night, to survive. It was brutal! Luckily my morning meds weren't so numerous.

These are the two kitties that I sometimes help out at my maid job! I play with them or brush them, and always get their fur out of everything! Mac is the top one (and was very curious as to what my cell phone was) and Dora is the bottom one. Mac is wild and crazy, Dori is shy and sweet. Both are adorable!

So I've been bad about checking my email, and discovered that I got a lot of email birthday wishes, including this one I missed until the beginning of this month. I thought this one from Funimation was cute.

I am apart of the Kellogg's family, meaning I rack up points and get music for free! (Or mostly free) I've been getting the different tracks of Skillet's album Rise, which I think is their best yet! 

The gift I got from my brother was this Twilight Princess inspired makeup from Dusk Cosmetics. Yes, they are that pretty, and even more so. I've used the light purple and so far it's been fantastic! You can use them dry or wet (meaning your brush/sponge applicator is wet with setting spray) and both time it's beautiful! I found applied the color rather sheer, as they are all VERY glittery, but just beautiful! Plus, the two little bags are sample sizes of two more eyeshadows that were a free bonus! I just love them, and the stickers on the bottoms are gorgeous!
You can check out her store on Etsy HERE

The same day those came in, I hit 300 followers on my Tumblr! THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH!!! I'm so thrilled anyone follows me! If you want to see my full thank you, check out this post here!

So that's what I was doing at the beginning of the month! I hope you enjoyed this!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Books-Cupcakes Book Photo Challenge ~March Part 2~

Okay, so I promised this a week ago. SORRY! #AYearAThon started, so I've been distracted. It wrapped up an hour ago, so let's do this!

January Part 1  January Part 2  February Part 1  February Part 2  March Part 1

Day 16: Sequel Please
It wasn't until I was into BookTube that I learned that Stephenie Meyer originally intended The Host to be book 1 of a trilogy, but then the Midnight Sun debacle happened. In case you're unaware, someone close to Mrs. Meyer released Midnight Sun--a version of Twilight from Edward's perspective--online without her permission.
When that happened she did what I probably would: she stopped releasing anything. Seriously, she hasn't done a thing for years and years. And she may never release anything ever again. Her writing is now 100% private, and the trilogy is basically canceled. But I'd still love a sequel, and am pretty pissed that a "friend" released her stuff for a price. Way to ruin it for all of us, loser.
Pictured: The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Day 17: Newspaper/Magazine
I've been collecting Shonen Jump magazine, the american version of Jump magazine from Japan, since 2004. I have 84 of these guys, and haven't read all of them, but I wouldn't be a manga fan, or a true anime fan, if I hadn't found these during the last big move of my life.
Please excuse the blurry first photo, I was too excited and didn't take enough photos to wait for a good one.
Pictured: Shonen Jump volumes 2004 #6 - 2011 #2 with 2011 #8 and 2012 #1 by VIZ

Day 18: Makes Me Smile
I still can't get over my mom buying the limited edition of Harry Potter for me, and that alone makes me smile. Also I finally have all of HP in hardback original cover, although they're in terrible quality and many of them should be replaced (especially 1 and 2, 1 has a coffee stain and smells like cigarettes and 2 has no dust jacket).
But honestly having these two makes me smile.
Pictured: Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Day 19: Author
I've met several authors, have pictures of 2. On top is the amazing Marissa Meyer, author of the awesome Lunar Chronicles. She's so sweet and patient and awesome.
The bottom is, of course, LA Knight, my bestie Ray. She's amazing and awesome and I honestly don't know why such a great writer and person is my friend.

Day 20: Book Cover
Why I wanted this set: THE COVERS ARE AMAZING!!!! Seriously! They're so pretty! I couldn't show it, but the backs are phenomenal too!

Day 21: Avoiding
While I enjoyed book 1, and love the movies, while I love both versions of Bourne, The Bourne Identity was a beast, and this is a beast. All the books are beasts. They're huge and long and take forever to read. I'm currently in the middle of several beasts already, so I've been avoiding book 2.
Pictured: The Bourne Supremacy by Robert Ludlum

Day 22: Pet Peeve
How I have 200 different book sizes. I hate it. They should all be the same stinking size, but no. Because books aren't all the same price they aren't all the same size. But my OCD hate it, and I hate it because if they're all the same size it's easy to fit them all in smaller space.

Day 23: New and Old
In case ya'll don't know, I'm a maniac and decided to buy a bunch of copies of The Lord of the Rings. Here all my different copies of Return of the King. Fun fact: the older copies are newer to me. Nice play on the idea of this theme.
Pictured: The Return of the King by JRR Tolkien

Day 24: Up Next
I finally got through Jedi Apprentice 6: The Uncertain Path. While I ended up moving onto Fairest and a bunch of comics and manga, I did pick this up and finished rereading it. It was definitely on my list of to read very soon.
Pictured: Jedi Apprentice The Captive Temple by Jude Watson

Day 25: Swoon
These are my collective editions of classics that I own. First is the Barnes and Nobel edition of Little Princess I found for half price at Bookmans, and then the Hallmark Gift Books. There's only 3 more of those editions that I want to buy (and like 80 of the B&N editions). My mother gifted The Secret Garden to me while I found Alice in Wonderland at the same time and place as LP.
Pictured: A Little Princess and The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Day 26: Book and Candle
When I smell/see my Oceanside candle I think of Yoko waking up in a new world with an ocean unlike the one back home. When I think of spices like Nutmeg I think of royalty, such as Trickster's Queen. When I think of sundress and spring I think of fashion and fashionistas, like Cornelia. When I think of pumpkin I think of pumpkin patches, like Hagrid's.
Pictured: Bath and Bodyworks mini candles with Sea of Shadow by Fuyumi Ono, Trickster's Queen by Tamora Pierce, World's Apart by Elizabetta Gnone and Elizabeth Lenhard, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling

Day 27: Book Stack
These are all of the books stacked up so my stuff can fit on my shelves (for the record I have another one in my closet that keeps growing). As you can see, there are a lot. Cuz I'm out of room. yaayy...
Pictured: a lot of books. If you want to know about a single books let me know!

Day 28: Blog/Site
On Tumblr I showed this blog, but this is my Tumblr blog (made really small so ya'll can really see it cuz my monitor is the size of a postage stamp). It's pretty and purple and all about books and kitties! With a little bit of random other things like politics and Legend of Zelda.

Day 29: Outside
This a place I rarely go cuz ugh, sun, and BUGS! Also allergens and blegh. BUT! I went outside into my mom's lovely garden that the world's too hot for us to appreciate more of, and snapped this photo. For the record those roses are hella red, even if the camera didn't pick the color up well.
Pictured: Outlander (Collector's Edition) by Diana Gabaldon

Day 30: Freebie
This is the stack of books in my closet (although it's only grown since then). Because this exists is one of the several reasons I put myself on a book buying ban, the main reason being because I need to save my mulla. But I'm totally out of room. I have books on top of my shelves, and books sitting on their spins on top of other books and other things like that. I'm so out of room it's beyond frustrating. I need to move out and get my own shelves...but that requires a job, which I'll be attempting to get this week.

Day 31: Read This Month
This is smaller than I wanted it to be, as it's most filled with manga and graphic novels, as usual. I'm attempting to change that this month, by picking up more books and less comics/comics/graphic novels.
Pictured: Pokemon Vol 5 by Hidenori Kusaka and Mato, The Uncertain Path by Jude Watson, A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, Jedi Academy by Jeffry Brown, The Power of Five by Elizabetta Gnone, Saints by Gene Luen Yang, Fairest by Marissa Meyer, The Rift Part 1 by Gene Luen Yang, Batman: Arkahm Asylum by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean, Batman: Arkahm City by Paul Dini and Carlos D'Anda, ElfQuest: The Searcher and the Sword by Wendy and Richard Pini
Not Pictured: The Edge and the Light by Queenie-Chan, Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky by Marissa Meyer, From Far Away Vols 5-8 by Kyoko Hikawa, ElfQuest: Dreamtime and A Gift of Her Own both by Wendy and Richard Pini

So that's it! I'll hopefully be posting later this week my April Part 1, so look forward to that! I also have acquired quite a few pictures for this month so far, so a new My Weeks in Pics will be coming soon too! But I have a lot on my plate this week so try to be patient with me.