An eye shadow addict and a nail polish addict, respectively.
I’ve been eyeing Carly for a long time, and don’t really have a good explanation for why I didn’t procure it before now. However, Juelp emailed me with a beauty profile questionnaire that led to a 50% off coupon for any nail color. Figured it was time to stop drooling over it and just buy it! (Plus, $5.50 for a Julep polish is a sweet deal.)
Carly is a bright blue glitter polish in a clear base. It has two types of blue glitter - small circles and slightly larger hexagons.
2 coats. Like with other glitter polishes, the first coat was on the thin side and was applied “normally.” The second coat was thicker and I dabbed it on.
I. Love. This. Polish. Blue is my favorite color and I’ve really been digging glitter polishes lately. I particularly love Julep’s glitter polishes. They’re fun and gorgeous!
The Hero of Ages is book three in the Mistborn series, and as I’ve encountered previously with books that are part of a continuing series, I am unsure of how to talk about this book without spoiling things from the previous books.
So, if you’ve yet to read the first books in this series, be forewarned: There
may be will most likely be spoilers. Also, you should read it. It’s great!
I’ve really been enjoying this Mistborn series. Book one introduces us to a dying world covered in ash and barely edible brown plants, ruled by, for all intents and purposes, a god. The skaa (think peasants/laborers) are separated from the nobility not only by power and wealth, but some of the nobility have certain special abilities. These abilities come from “burning” metals, the art of Allomancy. For the most part, Allomancers can only burn one and are known as Mistings. Mistborn can burn them all. Not all nobility are Allomancers and not all Allomancers are Mistborn, who are the creme de la creme, so to speak.
The balance is maintained by the Lord Ruler, and book one is about the revolution against him. Book two is about what comes after.
Book three begins several months after book two. (I would have appreciated knowing this at the get-go, as I was somewhat confused at first. Did I miss a book? A 2.5 perhaps?)
The world is even worse off than before. More ash is falling, the mists are out longer into the day, and food is particularly scarce. And oh yeah, koloss are rampaging. Because what’s left of Kelsier’s crew didn’t have enough to worry about.
I really loved the story of this book. There was less political hemming and hawing (not that there isn’t any, just less :P). I felt that it was a good mix of books one and two in that you had the revolution aspect of book one and some of those political headaches for Vin and Elend (GASP. I told you there’d be spoilers) of book two. Plus, you have the cool battle and fight scenes you get from the previous books.
Book three also goes into more detail about all of the religions, and gives you more information regarding the Terris religion (GASP). I really enjoyed those parts; it was especially satisfying to learn more about the mists themselves, the Hero, the Announcer, the kandra, the koloss, the mistwraiths, the Lord Ruler…etc.
Here’s my gripe: Sazed is my favorite character. But I couldn’t stand him for about the first 75% of this book! I understand he’s grieving Tindwyl (GA…I don’t need to do it again) but I felt that for the majority of this book he was effectively…neutered.
I realize that only people who have read at least book one will get why that’s clever.
I was extremely frustrated that my favorite character was being portrayed as so one dimensional. I had to rely on Spook and Vin to get me through to Sazed being interesting and amazing again. If you also really like Sazed, prepare to be disappointed with his character at first. But trust me when I say that it completely pays off. I believe at one point I was walking around with my iPhone in my hand (my Kindle Touch has died a very sad sad death) pumping my arm in victory for Sazed.
This is a long post to say that I felt that this book was enjoyable and had a satisfactory ending. :D
I took my empties up to Lush to get my free face mask and stocked up on things I was out of:
Left to right: Butterball bath bomb, The Enchanter bath bomb, Dorothy bubble bar, Veganese conditioner, Cupcake fresh face mask, Sympathy for the Skin lotion, and Blue Fun.
Time to go to Lush!
Skeletrina, by tokidoki.
Well, not really, in that I don’t know what the last eye shadow they ever made was. But this one is the last one I’ll ever be able to buy (since I don’t buy make-up anywhere but make-up stores), and it makes me kinda sad. I read a lot of reviews of the make-up on Sephora, and I know a lot of people complained about the packaging (which I loved…because it was covered in Simone Legno’s awesome and whimsical art) and the shape of the eye shadow pans (which I also loved…the heart crossbones, and when opened, the pan was reminiscent of a skull shape) and felt that it was juvenile and better suited for teens than adults. But for me, it was a way to access the art (I mean, the boxes for the cromatico eye palettes and the tins for the other palettes are, for me, better than the purses and were waaaaaay more affordable) and if I love an eye shadow (and there are many I love, but distributed across few brands) then packaging doesn’t matter. Case in point: I own many Urban Decay palettes, and I HATE eye shadow palettes. Even though I can’t buy the make-up anymore, I’m happy that I can continue to collect the toys and can’t wait to see what art Simone Legno produces in the future, and where his brand, tokidoki, goes with it <3
Funky Dunkey is a dark grape purple from the Shrek Forever After collection.
This is another polish that, while pretty and true to its appearance in the bottle, is just one of those polishes that I don’t find myself reaching for very often.