January 2014 Faves

Monthly Favorites

Audrey:

Youtube:

Teni – MissMaven.com

Teni - MissMaven

Photo links to her channel

Teni is an Armenian Youtuber, and it’s always cool to find someone of your own heritage out there doin fabulous things. I really enjoy watching her videos; they’re great quality and super helpful. Plus she’s gorgeous (does anyone else think she looks like a Dianna Agron-Lea Michele hybrid?)

Lyss Ryan

Lyss Ryan

Photo links to her channel

Lyss is so silly that you can’t help but love her. Her videos always put me in a good mood, even if I’m just watching a Tag that every other Youtuber has done too.

Music:

A.I.M Fire! – Art Vs Science

I cannot stop listening to this song. I didn’t love it at first, but the more I listened to it the funner I found it, and now I’m hooked. It’s pretty weird but it’s also really catchy and always pumps me up.

TV:

Modern Family

Modern Family

I had always seen scattered Modern Family episodes here or there on TV, but I decided to sit down and watch it from the beginning. I’m only a couple seasons in, but I love it. I so want to be a part of this dysfunctional, hilarious, crazy, loving bunch.

Instagram:

sincerelyjules

sincerelyjules

She actually has a fashion website, but her Instagram is like a CliffNotes version. I love seeing her fabulous style, food and general lifestyle on my IG feed.

Quote:

Anne Frank quote

I fell in love with this quote when I first read it, and then I saw who had said it and it became even more powerful. This past month I’ve been thinking a lot about my own future and place in this world, so finding this quote couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s so simple but so true. Every one of us can make the world a better place.

Ella:

Music:

1. Hudson Taylor – “Second Best”

I’ve mentioned Hudson Taylor in our past monthly faves. I love their sound. This is an acoustic version of a track from their EP Osea. I’ve been listening to it on constant repeat.

2. The Nowhere Boys – “In Spite of All the Danger”

In Spite of All the Danger was the first record John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison recorded . I discovered the song after watching Nowhere Boy. I love this version with Aaron Johnson, it’s my favorite scene from the movie.

Beauty

1. Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Plum

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I bought this lip butter after Audrey suggested it and I’m glad I did. It’s a perfect “your lips but better” color. The product goes on pretty sheer and is very moisturizing.

2.NYX Single Eyeshadow in “Aloha” 

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Whenever I don’t feel like putting much effort into my makeup I use this eyeshadow. It’s a great everyday shade that brightens up the eyes with very little effort.

Youtube

1. Lily Melrose

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Lily Melrose is a British fashion blogger and I love her style! Her videos are very well organized and I appreciate that.

2. SunbeamsJess

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Image linked to Youtube Page

SunbeamsJess have a very unique/funky fashion sense. I’m not bold enough to rock most of the things she wears but that’s the fun of watching her videos.

4. Patricia Bright

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Image linked to Youtube Page

Another British fashion blogger…can you sense a theme here? Patricia Bright has a very bubbly personally and does entertaining  haul videos.

Shows

sherlock

I watched all three seasons of Sherlock within 2 weeks. I was hooked after the first episode and watch one after the other (I have no self-control). There are so many things I love about this series. The plot, characters, and setting are all amazing! I basically have fallen in love with Sherlock Holmes.

Movies

1. Nowhere Boy

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Linked to Trailer

I’ve been wanting to watch this movie for a while now and finally got around to it. Aaron Johnson stars as the young John Lennon. The film depicts the complicated relationship Lennon had with his mother and the beginnings of what was to become the Beatles. I really enjoyed this movie. Apart from the great performances and storyline, I loved the scenery of the movie. I’m very fond of the 1950s culture and fashion so it was nice to get a glimpse of that in this film. I definitely recommend this to any Beatles fan!

2.Drinking Buddies

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Linked to Trailer

To be quite honest, I mainly watch this movie because Jake Johnson is in it, but it turned out to be a pretty good film. It’s basically about the semi-complicated relationship between two best friends who work at a brewery. The main reason why I recommend this movie is because it is very real and unpredictable. After watching it I found out that the movie was unscripted so I appreciate it even more now. The fact that the actors basically improvised the lines gives the film a raw feel.

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January Favorites

Monthly Favorites

Hello hello hello! We cannot even begin to make up for our long absence, but we’ll start with this favorites post. Enjoy!

Audrey:

Music:

Spotlight – Mutemath

This group has the coolest music videos. This is a really great song to get ready to.
Thrift Shop by Macklemore [Explicit]

I find this song hilarious! It has an awesome beat, and it’s not something to be taken too seriously. I can’t stop listening to it.
All Night Longer – Sammy Adams [Explicit]

This is a really great pump-up son! I defy anyone to listen to this and not wanna dance around. So much fun.

Youtube:

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essiebutton

I’ve always heard her name around Youtube and I finally decided to check her out. She’s very quirky and I love her personality. Plus she does really good, comprehensive reviews.

thesedudez

Two friends who take on crazy tasks and are just all around entertaining. They’re really funny, and their friendship is just adorable. Be sure to check out their hot pepper challenge video – it’s too funny!

Connor Franta

He is such a cutie! Look at that face. And to top it off he’s hysterical too! He’s quite strange which I love. He just talks about what’s on his mind, but the way he does it is thoroughly entertaining to say the least.

our2ndlife

This collab includes the three aforementioned guys. I’m not crazy about every one of the other guys, but they’re okay. There’s one theme per week, and one guy per day does his own video on that theme. It’s a pretty cool idea.

Food:

Tazo tea in Refresh

This tea is just what it says it is – refreshing. It would be an awesome drink to perk you up in the mornings (although I’ve only had it at night…). It sounds strange, but I like to add a little milk to it for a tasty after-dinner treat.
Pepperidge Farm Sausalito cookies

Mother of yum these are good! I love macadamia nut cookies, but they’re usually made with white chocolate. But these have milk chocolate chunks. Perfection!!

Beauty:

Conair Infiniti You Curl hair wand

I’ve been wanting to try a curling wand forever! I love the curls that this wand produces. They’re tighter and more natural looking than regular barrel curling irons. Here‘s a picture of my hair after using the wand.

Wet n’ Wild eyeshadow trio in Walking on Eggshells

This is a really good everyday trio. The highlight color is a bit frosty, so if you want to use it in the inner corners of your eyes, beware of that. But I really love the crease color, it helps neutralize the other two rather shimmery colors very well.

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Sally Hansen Insta-Dri fast dry nail color in Co-Bolt Blue

This is an overall a great nail polish line. The applicator brush is super wide, and it has a  glossy finish. Plus it dries unbelievably fast! And this color is a really vibrant blue, whether you want a pop of color on an accent nails, or want an all-over bold color.

Misc:

Febreze White Orchid & Bloom air freshener

I know this is a pretty random favorite, but I just love the scent of this air freshener haha. It has a very fresh, clean smell. And it isn’t a heavy scent that irritates my nose like most air fresheners.

American Horror Story

I decided to start this show even though it was a couple seasons in. I was obsessed- I watched all of the episodes in a week. Going into it, I didn’t know that it was a mini-series, which means that every season is a new storyline (but with some of the same actors. Confusing). To be honest, I liked the first season much more than the second. The first terrified me, but the second wasn’t as scary or captivating. But I have high hopes for season 3! The first season was about a haunted house and the second about an insane asylum.

Ella:

Music

This January I’ve been serenaded by two bands.

1) Modest Mouse : I love their quirky sound, attention grasping lyrics, and variety of songs. Such a good album.

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Here’s my favorite :Satin In a Coffin

2) Hudson Taylor: I am simply spellbound by these two fellas. Two brothers from Ireland, Harry & Alfie, have moved to London and put together two brilliant EPs. They are such amazing musicians who put their hearts into each lyric and note. If you’re a fan of Mumford and Sons, you’ll love these guys.

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It was really difficult but here are two of my favorites…

Battles

Chasing Rubies

Youtube

Sorted Food

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I love to cook and have always enjoyed watching any type of cooking show. So, once I discovered these four bubbly and very entertaining “mates” on Youtube, I was instantly hooked. They have alllll kinds of recipes and they all look amazing!

Zoella280390 & MoreZoella

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I’ve known about Zoe for a while but just recently started watching her videos. Zoella280390 is her beauty channel and MoreZoella is her vlog channel. She has a very perky personality and I really enjoy watching her haul videos.

Food

Special K Chocolaty Delight

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I only have one food favorite this month. I literally have eaten this cereal everyday this whole month. My favorite way to eat is with cut up bananas and 2% milk (which I know isn’t too good for me). Yumm just talking about it makes me wanna pour myself a bowl…

Beauty

Beauty Blender Sponge

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I wear foundation everyday and I apply it with my Clinique Flat Foundation brush (which is amazing) but I had heard great things about this blending sponge and thought I’d try it out and I love it! It truly gives you a flawless look but the only bad thing is that because it’s a sponge, it soaks up a lot of your foundation. What I like to do is apply my foundation with the brush then finish it off with the sponge to make sure everything is beautifully blended.

Blistex Medicated Lip Balm

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Since it’s winter, I’m sure all of us have been suffering from dry lips. I have used Carmex Lip Balm for a really long time and thought to try something more heavy duty. This lip balm really worked for me! I apply it on at night before I go to bed and I wake up with much softer lips. It’s been my winter beauty must have.

Lush Mask of Magnaminty

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On the Lush website they describe this mask as the “ultimate face mask” and I gotta say I definitely agree. It’s a deep cleansing face and back mask that is recommend to use 1-2 times a week. It’s a clay mask with peppermint and aduki beans to exfoliate. It’s sooo refreshing and brightens up my skin after each use. This is a product I will always go back to and repurchase.

T.V.

The Mindy Project

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I am a huge fan of The Office so when Mindy Kaling created and starred in her own series I thought I’d give it a try and watch a couple episodes. If you loved Kelly Kappor you’ll love Mindy Lahiri even more. I find this show very very entertaining and I love that Mindy isn’t the typical Hollywood actress. She is hilarious and I really hope they continue the series after season one.