Ten Books That Will Be In My Beach Bag This Summer 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I’m not sure if I’ll be making it to the beach this summer(fingers crossed though) however I will be spending plenty of time by the pool 😎 So, here’s 10 books I’ll be reading pool side:

1. The Selection: This is a beautiful book that is slim, so I think this would be a great, light read perfect for taking to the beach.

selection book

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2. #GirlBoss: What’s better than some added girl power? I can’t wait wait to read this by the pool.

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3. The Quick: Not all summer reads have to be light and happy. This is a dark, Gothic book set in London and deals with vampires.

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4. Cress: I’ve been meaning to read this book forever now and I think it will be an entertaining read while hanging out in the sun.

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5. Fairest: This is a very small book, perfect for a beach bag!

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6. The Chaos of Stars: This is another tiny book that will fit perfectly in a beach bag and looks like a light, fun read.

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Source: Goodreads

7. Bossypants: This will be great for laughs and putting you in a good mood for a vacation or a staycation.

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8. Witchrise: This is the 3rd book on the trilogy and I already know these are quick reads. Plus this is another dark,supernatural book that is different from the typical beach read.

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9. City of lost Dreams: This is simply a book that I really want to read soon. It’s the second boom in the series, and the first one was so funny. I can’t wait to see what happens in this book.

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10. Out of the Easy: Nothing screams summer more than steamy New Orleans. Hopefully, it’s less humid where you reading.

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I hope this gave you some good ideas for books to bring with you this summer whether it’s at the beach, by the pool, or comfy in your nice cool house. Please like, share, and follow to keep up to date with future posts.

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Holy Grail Items 2015

Smash Box Color Correcting Prime: I love, love, love this primer!! I have a naturally pink undertone to my skin and add lots of spots on face means that I have a lot of red. And I find that when I add this all over my face it really reduces the amount of red that shows through my foundation. You can’t even tell that I have spots on my face, it’s great. It did take a bit to get used to putting green stuff all over my face and having a green tint to my skin before foundation ha ha. But, it’s wonderful and creates a soft, smooth base for your foundation and helps create smoother looking skin overall.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation: I’m sure you all already knew this one by now. I talk about it non stop. I bought this while I was visiting London and I recently had to reorder it over amazon and have it sipped from the UK. Yes, it is that good! It’s light weight, but has medium, build able color so that it’s breathable but can also have excellent coverage if you need it (and I do). It has an easy pump, which I like because it’s more sanitary. Also, a little goes a long way with this so a bottle lasts a long time.

Urban Decay Naked 2: This palette was expensive, but totally worth it due to all the color you get inside. These colors are perfect because they are natural and therefore can be worn for any occasion and go with anything. You can go light or do a full out going out look. The shadows are long lasting, especially if you use an eyelid primer before application. And the best part of these shadows are how bendable they are, its so easy it’s almost magic. This is another product that will last you a long time due to how may shadows it contains.

Elf blush in St. Lucia : I love this color, I think it’s supposed to be similar to Nars Orgasm, which I’ve never used but it a favorite among beauty bloggers. It’s a beautiful coral pink with gold specks throughout and it gives you a great glow. It can be applied lightly for a soft, barely there blush or can be built upon for more of a pop.

Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronze: Before finding this gem I never used to wear bronzers because all the shade I found were either too dark for my skin tone or had glitter, which I find unflattering and natural looking on myself. But this is matte and the color is light which means it flatters most skin tones. It’s great just add some color to your face or it can be used as a light contour.

L’Oreal manga mascara: This is the best mascara I’ve ever tried, especially compared to high end mascaras. i feel like this is comparable to Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real but so much cheaper. It really lengthens my lashes and creates volume as well, which can’t be beat.  It stays all days as well. It can be a bit clumpy, but if you apply carefully it’s not a problem.

Kat Von D Ink Liner: This eyeliner is very intense and it lasts without smudging. It’s really easy to apply, so if you’re just learning to do wing liner I recommend you use this, but be warned it dries fast so you need to work semi quickly. This is a high end product that I this is actually worth the money.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cremes: I own 5 of these amazing lip cremes and I want to eventually collect them all! They are so vibrant and soft on lips. The product is applied using a doe tipped applicator but it’s easy to apply. The color lasts a long time, it only fade if you eat or drink, but even then its not dramatic and a stain is still left. But if you’re out and about I would bring it with in case you need to touch up, but usually it doesn’t need it. Another extra to this lip creme is that is smells like cupcakes! Yum!

Anastasia Brow Gel: I love this, it has a spool that makes it easy to apply and it keeps my brows in shape all day long. Perfect for people like me who have thicker brows.

I hope you enjoyed this and let me know what your holy grail items are in the comments below! Don’t forget to like, share, and follow to keep up to date with future posts.

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Paper Towns Book Review #Buttonsbookshelf

Title: Paper Towns

Author: John Green

Published: October 16th 2008 by Dutton Juvenile

Recommended If You Like: YA, Coming of Age, Road Trip, Romance, Mystery

Pages: 305

My Rating: starstarstarstarstar_empty

paper towns john green book review

Source: Goodreads

I’m going to be honest, until buttons bookshelf I had no intention of reading this book. I’ve always been curious about John Green’s books as I like him a lot as a person, such as on YouTube etc. But, I don’t purposefully read sad books because the moods of books have an emotional hold me. If I read something sad then it ruins my mood for days. But, I thought this sounded interesting so I decided to give it a try, if not so that I could finally say I’ve read something by John Green.

My first initial reaction was that I liked it. It immediately brought me back to my high school days as I feel like this really captures that thoughts and emotions of a high school senior. But, then the more I got into it I felt that for me it was a little too sentimental. Does that make me sound like a bitter adult? LOL! I only mean that I felt like it was trying to hard to capture those teenage feelings and as an adult I’ve kinda grown past that mind set. Then at last when I finished the book and had some time to think about it, I decided that I really did like it. It simply captures that time in life too perfectly.

Reading this was such a roller coaster for me. At first, I wasn’t into Green’s a bit over the top characters. But, by the end i loved them all. They were each so unique and different, just like the group of friends you had in High School in real life. And while I never liked Margo, I loved the wild ride she put everyone one and the mystery that unraveled through out the book. This made me feel so many emotions and had me laughing out loud, mouth wide open in shock, and wanting to trow the book in frustration. I didn’t finish the book feeling exactly content and happy, and yet it was satisfying all the same.

The only issues I had were with the insane and over the top things hat happen and the extreme personalities of the characters. This probably wont bother most people, but I feel like this book was meant to be relates and more realistic, which it is in some parts, but I found these things taking me out the story. Please let me know if anyone else felt the same way. Was it just me? Also the ending was a bit off. I understand that it goes with the story, but I felt like I went through the whole book just be let down a little bit.

As you can probably tell from my crazy review, this book has me feeling a bit all over the place, but overall I enjoyed. This is a perfect read for a high school senior. Let me know if you have read this or want and what you thought  about. Please, like share, and follow to keep up to date on future posts. I hope you enjoyed this and leave your thoughts below!

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Spring Lip Color Rainbow

Today, I want to do something a little different and I hope you like it. There is a lot of blogging pressure to be perfect, but I wanted to do something a little fun and light. No, this is not the most professional lip swatch. I’m no where close to being a perfect beauty blogger. But, I feel like this is a cute way to show off my favorite lip colors for the spring and summer. :) If you have trouble reading something, please ask and I’ll let you know what it’s says. 

These colors vary from the bright, nude, and the deep for all occasions.  I feel happiest in the summer months with the sunshine out in full force, so makeup usually reflects that.

  
Tell me which is your favorite and if you have used any of these. Or if you don’t see you favorite let me know what is it! Don’t forget to like, share, and follow!

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Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read

Top ten tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This weeks topic is what we want so I decided to post the ten books I will never read since I didn’t do it a couple weeks ago, and funny enough I was just thinking about this. There are plently of books that I will proabaly never read due to either not having the time or just plain not being interested.

1. The Fault in Our Stars: Way too sad for me, I knew better than to read it. I watched the movie and that was enough for me. 

2. The Catcher in the Rye: I just have no Interest even though this is supposed to be a very influential book. 

3.Pride and Prejudice: Just not a fan of the writing style and I found it boring so I put it down. 

4. Gone Girl: Loved the movie and I feel like there is no need to pick up the book now. 

5. The Girl On the Train: I bought it and attempted to read it but it was so depressing I had to put it down 100 pages in. 

6. Throne of Glass: Hate to say but I do judge a book by its cover and these just don’t grab my attention. 

7. The Rest of The Game of Thrones Series: The first book was good but so dreaming long that it was painful! I’ll just keep watching the TV series, even if it doesn’t follow the books. 

8. The Witch of Cologne: this has been on my shelf for years and I still haven’t picked it up. It sounds interesting but other books grab my attention more. 

9. The Last Harry Potter Book: I saw the movie and that’s close enough right? 

10. Any Sherlock Holmes Story: I’m interested but haven’t actually attempted to read any of them. 

What are some of the books you probably never read? Let me know in the comments below. Don’t forget to like, share, and follow to keep up to date with future posts! 

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Nars Satin Lip Pencil Review

I received this as my birthday gift from Sephora’s beauty insider program. It’s the satin lip pencil in the color Descanso. I have to say that it’s a nice pink color, but there is too much sheen more taste.

When I first put it on I noticed it was very moisturizing and felt soft on my lips. And it had an easier for application than the matte formula. After wearing this for a day I discovered that this color does not last as long as the velvet matte lip pencil does, which really disappointed me. I don’t find this a very flattering color on myself, but it color a nice nude color.

 

This lip pencil sells for $26.00 and unfortunately I don’t think that this product is worth the money. It only lasts for a couple of hours and I don’t find the color very flattering personally.

Let me know of your favorite lip pencils and if you would pay this much for one. Please like, share, and follow if you enjoyed this. And don’t forget you can follow me on twitter, instagram, bloglovin’, and facebook. Just click the Social Media tab at the top of this page to see what I’m up to outside the blog.

Loving Life: Tips For Enjoying Life Now

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Lately, I’ve been in a bit of a rut. Health problems, work issues, and other normal life changes have me feeling a little blue. But I recently decided it’s time to stop feeling like a passenger in my life and take the steering wheel. I did this by choosing and doing little things that make me happy. The more happy I am, the motivated I become. If you find yourself in a rut or just needing something new in your life, here are something’s that make me feel better and will hopefully help you too.

1. Learn Something New: Its fun to learn something new and find new hobbies and passions. It’s also a great way to meet new friends who have similar interests as you. For example, take an art class at your local college or find a book club. If your busy and don’t have time go out and do something there are ways to learn at home. Itunes are an awesome app called  Itunes U where there are videos of actual classes from real universities all over the world, including universities such as Harvard and Princeton.

2. Get Outside: Now that spring and soon summer is upon us, now is the perfect time to go outside and get some vitamin D. It’s medically proven that the sun makes you feel better. So go for a walk or play a game of tennis or swim in the pool. Just make sure to use plenty of sunscreen, THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT!

3. Hobbies: Having something to focus your attention on and look forward to is an amazing feeling. Take up Knitting or paint by numbers. It doesn’t have to be anything complicated, just something fun that you will enjoying doing in your spare time. Get creative and use your imagination to create something unique to you and is something that can make you feel accomplished outside of work or school.

5. Put Out Positive Energy: This is a small, but important step in loving a happy, fulfilled life. When you put positivity out into the world. it will give it right back to you. Smile at strangers you pass in the streets, help someone see needs it, pay it forward. And usually you will see more people are willing to help you in return.

6. Travel: This is admittedly my favorite thing that brings true joy into my life. I’m always saving money to go on trips. You don’t have to far or spend lots of money, Just go a few hours away and take a weekend trip somewhere you’ve never been before. A change of scenery or culture can really help you see things in a different light.

7. Be Lazy: I actually got this idea from Nikki Phillippi. So many of us are dealing with a fast paced world. Now everyone from school to work expects you to be accessible at all times of the day and constantly working on something. Technology can be a good thing, but it can also be a source of stress. If you notice yourself constantly check your emails or working at at all hours of the day. Take a moment to sit back and just unwind. That doesn’t mean you have to sit in quiet and stare off into space, unless you want to do that. But, you can watch a trashy reality show, watch Youtube videos, or read blogs. What ever helps you relax and not have to be so focused and serious. Take a pamper night and indulge a little bit and only focus on yourself.

I hope this helped you and gave you some interesting ideas to help you find happiness if you’re struggling right now. Life always has it’s ups and downs, but remember life can always be fun and there are so many things you can do love and enjoy your time. Tell me some of your favorites things you love to do when you are having a hard time, I would love to see your ideas! If you found this helpful, please like, share, and follow to keep update with future posts!

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