May 2014 Favorites

I have to be honest, my favorite thing about May is that it is over.  This also includes the first week of June.  It has been a crap month and I am glad to see it go!

My In-Law’s dog, Fred, passed away suddenly.  He was our dog Kiefer’s best buddy and we loved him.  Then my Father-in-Law’s (FIL) mother passed away, followed quickly with by my MIL & FIL getting the flu and FIL having to be put in the hospital!  Just as FIL was getting better and released, my dad went to the hospital on 5/31 with what we thought was a heart attack.  They still aren’t sure what is wrong with his heart, but did discover he may be in the beginning stages of kidney failure.  He should be released today and going to see private specialists, since the hospital he was in is filled with incompetence! I can’t even begin to describe the idiocy without spiralling into rage.  My mom is in the process of making a formal complaint!

Enough about my drama filled month.

Let’s get started on a few things I enjoyed!

HONEY BRONZER cropped

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder  I purchased the shade 01 Light Matte.  I really don’t have the time or talent to do fancy contouring, but I sometimes like to use this in place of blush.  Occasionally, on no makeup days, I use this to warm up my face and then I pop some in the crease of my eye.

 

brow wiz

 

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette  although they have changed the name to Dark Brown.  I walked into Sephora and asked the associate to give me something for brows that she felt a ten year old could easily use.  The first thing she walked me to was the Brow Wiz.  She used it on one of my brows and made me do the other in the store.  You guys, this has changed my life and I will never be without this product again.  I love how easy it is to use and the results are amazing.  In times of high stress, I tend to pull on my eyebrow hair (I don’t realize I am doing it), which leaves my brows looking patchy.  My mom was looking at me in the hospital the other day and said: I don’t know what you are doing to make your eyebrows look so awesome, but keep doing it!”  I know I am decades late on filling in brows, but if you haven’t tried the Brow Wiz yet, please give it a shot!

frat boy cover cropped frat boy no flash cropped

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have also really been loving the Balm’s Frat Boy Blush.  It is a lovely peach-pink color that is awesome blended out on the cheek.

I have a few books that have been keeping me company this month:

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1)

A Discovery of Witches this is actually a re-read for me.  I have read both books in this trilogy (this is the first) and the third is coming out soon.  If you like witches, vampires and supernatural books that spans through history, you need to check this series out!

From the synopsis on bn.com:

In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont.

Harkness has created a universe to rival those of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and she adds a scholar’s depth to this riveting tale of magic and suspense. The story continues in book two, Shadow of Night, and concludes with The Book of Life, coming from Viking in July 2014.

Threads: The Reincarnation of Anne Boleyn

Threads this book is really hard to describe.  I really enjoyed it but based on the subject of the book, things aren’t wrapped up in a neat bow at the end.  If you must have a tidy ending this may not be the book for you, but if you can deal with an open ended ending and like historical fiction blurred with reincarnation, this is a fascinating read!

From the synopsis on bn.com:

In 1536, Henry and Anne are at the mercy of influences outside their control, explosively incompatible, and caught in a marriage that ends in betrayal so shocking that Anne requires lifetimes to recover.

Henry, seemingly in defense of Anne (but more likely acting out of “stubborn perverseness,” she observes), terrorizes England and decrees widespread political murder in order to protect her. Ultimately, to Anne’s horror, this once passionate husband turns on her and has her executed as well.

Threads, a reincarnation fantasy, opens with Anne’s execution. Her fury at her husband s betrayal has enough momentum to survive centuries, but in Threads she learns that she has been assigned a hard task: she must review their history together through a number of past lives, and find it within herself to forgive him. This may prove difficult and take some time. The husband in question is Henry Tudor, the notorious Henry VIII. The narrator is the stubborn, volatile Anne Boleyn, who is not at all inclined to forgive.

That is really it for this month, like I said earlier there has been a whole lot of stress, so not much fun has been happening around here!

Thank you for reading!

 

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