NOTD: Julep Elisa

Elisa arrived in my March 2014 Julep Maven box, which also included Harriet. Elisa is a pale lavender with a subtle shimmer.



3 coats.

I really needed the third coat for opacity.

This is a very, very pretty lavender. The hint of shimmer is also very pretty but it’s so subtle that in person, you might not notice it…unless you hold my fingers up to your eyes, which is awkward. Despite that, it’s more of a blue based lavender, and as I mainly have pinkish lavenders, I’m excited to add this to my collection!

- Eve


Barnes and Noble Haul



This time, Adam and The Munchkin were along for the fun!

- Eve


Sugarpill!! I wanted this make-up forever. FOREVER. This year on my birthday, it was my present to myself. I’m mostly underwhlemed by it thus far (I’ve used mostly the pigments) but just because I feel like I only $8-$9 like it, and it was $12. It’s not blowing my socks off, or anything, but I’m glad I bought it. I will say, the silver pigment, Tiara, was pretty badass when I combined it with the Too Faced glitter glue eye primer. And also, the yellow pressed shadow, Buttercupcake, fulfilled and exceeded all of my hopes and dreams in terms of color. It was the shadow that made me want to try the brand in the first place. 

Also, I originally took these photos just to add the Tokidoki stickers to them.

—Delilah


NOTD: Ciate Pucker Up

Pucker Up is a bright pink glitter polish in a clear base.

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2 coats.

Absolutely amazing. Admittedly, I’m biased as I love a good glitter polish but this is just incredibly beautiful. Because the glitter is so dense, it’s a little gritty when you apply it, but that doesn’t make it difficult to work with.

- Eve


I never post.

Except, apparently, for today. Poor Eve posts up a storm, and I’m slacker who rarely does her make-up and then never wants to crop the pictures or put the eye shadow together. But I’ve bought a *lot* of eye make-up in the past year for someone who never does her make-up, lol. In lieu of my usual (can I even say I have a usual?) post style, I’m just gonna post some pics I took and put on instagram of some make-up I have done. And some make-up I have. 

Maybe. No promises.

—Delilah


BOTD: Envy by Gregg Olsen


Envy is book one of the Empty Coffin series. A friend of Haley and Taylor Ryan, twins with a supernatural ability, tragically dies. The book is a social commentary on cyberbullying but the paranormal twist keeps it from being heavy handed or condescending. 

This book has a great pace and is easy to get into for an hour or to just pick up and read really quick whilst waiting for the school gate to be unlocked (yes, I am THAT parent). The paranormal aspects of the book aren’t dark, although one scene involving the twins’ ability could be described as overwhelming. It is just presented as an every day part of the twins’ lives that they use to try to help people, just as another person might use other gifts, like intelligence.

I also appreciated that the ending was surprising, and that while past events that affect the present of the story are alluded to, not all of them are completely explained away so that you have a reason to come back to the series in addition to the characters themselves.

There are sensitive topics in the story, like suicide, self-harm, and eating disorders, so be forewarned. It doesn’t come off as gratuitous, but just as an attempt to honestly portray different types of teens and the problems they face.

- Eve


BOTD: The One-Eyed Man by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

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The One-Eyed Man is about Dr. Paulo Verano, an ecologist sent to a colony planet to determine if there have been any effects on the ecology as the result of research being conducted by organizations. The organizations on the planet are taking advantage of it as a source of drugs that double lifespans, so there is a lot at stake politically and economically.

But is there more at stake? What makes the planet special? Why are the storms so powerful? And are the ever-present “skytubes” intelligent organisms, or not?

Oh man. YAWN. If you’re looking for a pretentious morality tale with a whole lot of vague subterfuge, by all means, read this book. If however, you’re looking for something entertaining, I very strongly do not recommend this.

I looked up this author and apparently he has written quite a lot of books, so I’m assuming the majority of his books are interesting and entertaining, and maybe this is an anomaly. However, Adam did mention (after I was about halfway in and very strongly considering not finishing this book) that he has heard about this author and that it didn’t seem like his style would be up my alley. Where were you at the store, Adam?!

That’s right, playing with the cat.

- Eve


Barnes and Noble haul!

- Eve

Barnes and Noble haul!

- Eve


BOTD: Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia


After Owen Pitt survives an encounter with a supernatural being, he is recruited by Monster Hunter International. The book follows Owen through his training and his baptism by fire. Because guess what? The apocalypse is coming.

This book was very entertaining. If you’re looking for a quick read, I don’t recommend it as it’s a brick due to its whopping 713 pages. However, it is definitely fun. I think the quote on the front about it being like a late night B monster movie is accurate. It can be cheesy and campy but it’s a fun way to kill time. 

- Eve


Julep Maven August 2014*edited to change July to August, because apparently I have trouble remembering what month it is?- Eve

Julep Maven August 2014

*edited to change July to August, because apparently I have trouble remembering what month it is?

- Eve