End of Summer Update

Heya guys! This is gonna be a real quick update because I’ve been a terrible blogger this summer, and that makes me sad. I have no excuse; I was just a lazy human.

I still want to make a post regarding the one year anniversary of this blog! My first legit post was made on July 19th, and even though it’ll be a month late, I want to honor it. I don’t really know what I’ll do yet. That’s future Gigi’s problem.

I will be leaving for band camp on Wednesday, so I wouldn’t expect any content until after that all ends in about 2 weeks. After that though, school starts, and I’ll actually have a reason to wear legitimate outfits! And makeup! Maybe I’ll have motivation? Hopefully? Also I’m gonna try super hard to not give up on reading like I’ve done every past semester. I’ve read soooo much this summer, and I don’t want that to go away. Books make me feel good.

What’s up for the upcoming months:

I’m gonna try to do 2 posts a week, and at least one of those posts will be fashion related. Once again, don’t hold me to this. This blog is one of my hobbies, and sometimes life doesn’t allow time for those. I’ll be super busy with my frat, colorguard, and school work, but if I can make time for scrolling mindlessly on tumblr until the wee hours of the morning, then I can make time to write up a post.

Anyways, I’ve still managed to gain followers, so I hope I don’t let you guys down! I’m so appreciative of you guys. Thank you so much for sticking around!

LOTS OF LOVE! And enjoy the rest of your summer!

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If I Stay – Bookish Thoughts

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If I Stay
By Gayle Forman

Rate: 3.5 / 5 stars

What I thought:

I liked this book, but I’m a little unsure of it. I had no problems getting through it, but something about it just didn’t sit right with me.

Nothing happened. Nothing. The accident happens in the beginning and then, boom. Flat-lined. (No pun intended?)

Sure, I loved the anecdotes. I loved how I came to appreciate and even love each character which every passing memory. But really there was no plot. The themes that I were expecting didn’t bleed through, and it left the reading experience a bit dry. I understand that “Ghost” Mia was unfeeling and cut off, but it just didn’t work for me.

The book dealt with a very emotional thing, but I felt nothing until the last 5 pages. The only character I ended up feeling anything for was Adam when he poured his heart out at the end. I ultimately had no empathy for the characters.

I liked the story; I liked the characters. I just didn’t take anything away from this story. And with this serious of a plot, I expected more. However, I will read the sequel, and I’ll probably check out the movie, too.

p.s. I did cry at the end. Those last few pages really did save the book for me.

p.p.s. I’ve been really critical of books lately. I need something to come along and wow me asap.

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Shatter Me – Bookish Thoughts

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Shatter Me
By Tahereh Mafi

(Book 1 of the Shatter Me trilogy)

Rate: 3.5 / 5 stars

What I Thought:

So this story is totally predictable and cheesy and 100% like every other popular YA dystopian on the market, but I did still enjoy it.

The characters are nothing special, but they’re likable enough. I do appreciate Warner’s character, he’s a good example of a dynamic villain, and I like how his character “plays” with Juliette, the protagonist. However, Juliette is definitely not one of my favorite characters. But that has to do with the writing style more than anything.

To put it bluntly: the writing style reminds me of a try-hard, pretentious teenager writing a #deep story for their creative writing class. It was particularly painful in the first 10 or so chapters, with all the cross outs, run on sentences, and broken phrases. It was killing me. Does Mafi even know how to use commas? Because every single compound sentence was lacking the comma before the conjunction, and it was absolutely tortuous to me. There were so many over-the-top metaphors and descriptions that made the text come off unnecessarily pompous. The writing was not creative and did not add to the richness of the plot; all it did was distract the reader.

The romance was gag-worthy, but I expected it. I also have to admit that I did get swept up in it from time to time. I just love reading about love sometimes, okay? It was a plot point, and it worked well enough, so I can’t complain. But yeah it gets goopy at times; be warned.

The whole “special” abilities thing for this story was just okay. I had a lot of questions, but with 2 more novels and a couple of novellas, I hope they’re answered. As for now, the whole super power thing is kinda lost on me, but I’m not giving up yet.

Bottom line: Nothing too spectacular about this series thus far. However, the story did intrigue me, and I had an enjoyable experience reading it. I do plan to finish out the series.

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Since You’ve Been Gone – Bookish Thoughts

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Since You’ve Been Gone
By Morgan Matson

Rate: 5/5 stars (I would give it more if I could!)

What I thought:

[This isn't going to be a long review. I went into the book with no idea what it was about and loved it that way. No spoilers ahead, just some words of admiration.]

This was an absolutely phenomenal book! I thought it would just be another cutesy contemporary, but this was filled with adventure, love, humor, and a little bit of mystery. It was just so enjoyable to read! (I ended up reading 93% of it in one sitting, and it isn’t a short book!)

Morgan Matson did a fantastic job of fleshing out each character, even the ones who only had a few lines. I was completely immersed in the story, and I never wanted it to end! The list was the perfect catalyst for the plot; the story never felt boring or predictable. I loved how each challenge happened in an elusive way, leaving the reader begging for more!

This novel was incredibly adorable and unique in a manner I would have never guessed. It was modern, funny, and entertaining. I will definitely be recommending this book to all my friends ASAP. Also, maybe I’ll try writing some of my own lists. ;)

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P.S. I tweeted about being hooked on this novel, and Morgan Matson favorited my tweet! #fangirling!!!!

Soft Purple (FOTD)

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First off, apologies for being MIA for 2 weeks! I sent my laptop to get repaired, and they took well over the appropriate time to get it back to me. It was quite the struggle without my laptop. But I’m back now and ready to blog!

I’ve always heard that purple brings out the green in my eyes, so I try to wear lavenders as much as possible. However, it’s not necessarily a neutral, so it’s harder to work in often. This was my attempt at a light purple eye look. I actually really love how it turned out! It was super flattering and easy to pull off! I also got to use my Tarte palette that I’ve been ignoring lately, even though it’s of great quality.

So let’s get into it!

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Products:

Tarte Bow-to-Go Palette
Physicians Formula Shimmer Palette for Green Eyes
Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Single in Panther
Milani Eye Tech Mini in Black
CoverGirl Clump Crusher in Black
Maybelline Color Elixir in Blush Essence

  

Procedure:

1. After priming my eyes, I used the lavender color from the shimmer strips and applied it all over my lid. I then deepened it up the crease using the cool medium toned purple in the rightmost row on the Tarte palette.

2. I then used a more precise blending brush to apply the deep plum from the top row of the Tarte palette to the outer V of my crease and lid. I blended a lot to make sure the purples created a smooth gradient on my eye lid.

3. I also brought that plum shade under my lower lash line for further definition.

4. I used the shimmery white from the shimmer strips to highlight my inner corner as well.

5. I then lined my eyes with the Milani liquid liner. I also used an angled brush and the black Wet n Wild shadow on top of it to smudge the line slightly and soften the look. I also brought a little bit of the black eyeshadow under the outer third of my lower lash line.

6. I finished with a generous coat of lengthening mascara and a light pink gloss on the lips.

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So that’s the look! I really like the finished product. It’s light, flattering, and the perfect amount of color for the summer!

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The Lovely Bones – Bookish Thoughts

The Lovely Bones
By Alice Sebold

Rate: 2 / 5 stars

What It’s About: A young teenage girl gets murdered in her own backyard. She watches from heaven as her friends and family struggle to live on without her.

What I Thought:

Okay, so I went into this book with some high expectations, and that might have tainted this reading experience for me. All the blurbs on the cover claimed it would be a reading experience like no other, but I just ended up bored to tears.

This book was so. Freaking. Slow. It definitely caught my attention within the first few pages with the general idea, but the pacing of this novel is really imbalanced. It took me an excruciating three months to finish it because of this. Some sections picked up with the action, but I found myself not caring about any of the characters, or the story at all. That’s not what a book’s supposed to do.

The ending is what really threw me off. The whole book has a fantasy feel with the narrator being dead and looking down from her heaven, but the last 30 pages was too much. It got weird and honestly made me uncomfortable. It shook me out of the book even further, and it took way too long for me to get past a handful of pages. The worst part, however, has got to be the epilogue. There was no wrap up to the novel! None what so ever! The guy I wanted to know most about was killed off last second in the lamest way possible.

None of the characters got any kind of closure; actually, none of the characters had any kind of growth at all. The relationships between them were shallow and incredibly uninteresting. The only exchanges that I enjoyed were between two of the “side” characters, Ruth and Ray. The reader barely gets any insight into Ruth’s life, but at the end she becomes really important for a couple of pages, (well sorta, like I said it gets weird) and then is forgotten soon after.

This review is a jumbled mess, because the book made no sense, and it was terribly formulated. The writing was actually quite nice, but that doesn’t make up for the plot or the characters or anything else that makes a good book. I’m just dumbfounded by how so many people praise this book. It’s giving me a headache to even think about.

I apologize for the disaster that is this review, but bottom line: this book isn’t worth the time. Unless you read it blank-mindedly and try not to actually think about what you’re ingesting.

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Golden Glimmers

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I love wearing warm golden and copper shades all year round, but when the warmer months come it becomes an obsession. People talk about rocking pops of color on their eyes, but I can’t get enough of these radiant neutrals! I’ve compiled a few of my current favorite golden eye products. They’re all drugstore except for the shade in the Naked 3 palette, and all the products I chose are of high quality and pigmentation.

Products:

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Urban Decay – Trick from the Naked 3 Palette
A beautiful rose gold.

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Loreal Infallible Eyeshadow – Eternal Sunshine
Light gold packed pigment with a metallic finish.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Bad to the Bronze

Maybelline Color Tattoo – Bad to the Bronze
Bronzey gold cream shadow. Super long-wearing!

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Covergirl Shineshadow – Copper Fling
Metallic copper cream shadow.

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Maybelline Eyestudio Quad – Copper Chic
Warm toned neutral quad. Two middle shades are gorgeous!

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Wet n Wild Color Icon Trio – I’m Getting Sunburned
Great Summer trio! The last shade is the perfect true gold.

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Wet n Wild Color Icon Palette – Comfort Zone
Left column, second shadow is a beautiful warm peachy champagne shade.

Swatch Time!

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Naked 3 Trick – Loreal Eternal Sunshine – Maybelline Bad to the Bronze – Covergirl Copper Fling
Maybelline Quad Copper Chic (2 shades) – Wet n Wild I’m Getting Sunburned – Wet n Wild Comfort Zone

So there is a selection of my favorite golden neutrals. I love the look of a warm shimmery shade swiped across the lids with a good coating of mascara. It’s easy and simply beautiful!

I’m forever on the look for more stunning golden, copper, or champagne shades. I know the Loreal Infallibles have a rose gold shade called Amber Rush, but it’s always sold out! As I’m hunting for that, are they any other products I should keep my eye out for?

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