Monday, March 10, 2014

Austenland book & movie

I was gifted a copy of the Austenland book for Christmas and got around to reading it this month (I suppose Valentine's Day put me in the spirit for a romance story). The story centers around Jane, a woman in her thirties who has yet to find true love...mostly because she is obsessed with the fantasy that someday she'll find her own Mr. Darcy. A rich aunt guesses Jane's secret fantasy and bequeaths a trip to Austenland to Jane. Austenland is a place where women go to live out their Austen fantasies complete with actors to play out the Austen roles.The premise is pretty ridiculous to me. Who in their right mind would think a fake pseudo-romance with a paid actor could bring happiness. However, the book was a quick easy read so I muddled through (albeit with much eye-rolling). Perhaps someone who is a big fan of Austen would enjoy the book more. I do like Austen, but am not obsessed. The ending was predictable (sort of) but also incredibly unlikely.

Although I was rather disappointed with the book, I decided to give the movie a shot since it has just recently shown up on Amazon Prime (and DVD). Surprisingly, the movie was much better and actually kind of good. The premise is mostly the same with a few details changed. The ending was changed enough to make it (slightly) more believable. I found the actors made the characters come to life a whole lot better than the written word. I had a hard time getting a feel for a lot of the characters in the book, but in the movie, every role makes sense. Jennifer Coolidge is fantastic as is JJ Field who is very Darcy-esque. All of the Austen characters are delightfully over the top. It was a fun way to spend 90 minutes. Skip the book, watch the movie.

Mostly the duo has rekindled my interest in Jane Austen. I've queued up Northanger Abbey on my Kindle to read next.


Sunday, March 09, 2014

The All Natural Face March subscription box

It's time for another TANF subscription box. This month's theme is Pot O' Gold, just in time for Saint Patrick's Day.

The box included another very generous set of ten eye shadow samples, all in various shades of green and gold. Green is sometimes hard for me to pull off with my pale skin and brown eyes but I am looking forward to giving these a try.

There is a sample of Diva Stick Eye Shadow Primer. I've tried two other of their eye shadow primers. Both have inconsistent reliability for me. They must be used quite sparingly or I find my eye shadow creases. So we'll see how this one fairs.

There is gold gel eye liner. Not a fan of their gel liner so this will probably go straight to the swap box.

A sample of Tea Tree Hydrosol Toner. I can't find any information about this product. I believe Tea Tree oil is good for oily/acne prone skin. Mine is neither. I may hold on to this for summer, though, and see how it works as a refresher on hot humid days.

I'm super excited to try the Argan Oil roll on. I love argan oil and this will be a handy, non-messy form of application.

Finally there is a tub of French Green Clay. I love clay masks so this is a sure winner.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

My Beauty Addiction haul

Having a pale skin tone and leaning a bit towards the goth, I'm always on the search for a good, wearable purple lipstick. I thought I had found my holy grail in Pumpkin & Poppy's Lily Boob Tube Lip Butter, but it is sadly discontinued (a fairly common occurrence with indy makeup companies). So before my tube of Lily is completely gone, I decided to start looking again.

Since I'm trying to keep my makeup as natural as possible, I decided to look around Etsy to see what I could find. There are tons of options available but one that caught my eye was My Beauty Addiction. A quick look on Facebook and I discovered they were running a sale that weekend so I jumped on the opportunity to place an order.

My ordered arrived lightening quick, within 4 days! Everything was well packaged and a free eye shadow sample was included. I picked up 3 lipsticks, the Sand & Sea eye shadow sample kit and eye shadow primer (which I forgot to include in the photo).
The lipsticks are available individually or in a set of 3 choose your own colors. I went for the set. MAB offers a wide range of fairly unusual shades as well as awesome everyday shades. The 3 I chose are (from left to right) Candy Baby, Paranormal and Exotic Orchid. They look a bit bumpy in the picture, but they go on totally smooth. The colors are highly pigmented and last for hours. The formula is creamy and moisturizing. The purples probably look a bit wild in the tube, but I find them totally wearable. I've found I can change the look up quite a bit by layering them over a nude lip pencil or under a gloss. A+ for these lipsticks!

I wanted to try some of their eye shadows too and the Sand & Sea sample set seemed like the best value. The set includes 12 extremely generous pots of eye shadows (Cloud Nine was the free sample I received). In retrospect, the set probably wasn't the best choice for me as I don't wear a lot of pastels and even the darkest shades in the set are quite pale. However, I have used them all week and have loved them. They apply and blend beautifully. They don't have fallout and I haven't had much issues with creasing (the primer really helps if creasing is an issue for you). MAB has tons of pre-picked color collections to choose from or you can buy individual colors or choose your own color sets. I can't wait to go back and try some of their darker shades!

If you are on the hunt for unusual lippies or some fine eye shadows, be sure to check out My Beauty Addiction.