December 2014 Faves

Monthly Favorites

AUDREY

BEAUTY


 Neutrogena Deep Moisture Night Cream

Night CreamI have been wanting a night cream for a while now because sometimes after washing my face at night, my face feels a little stripped of moisture, especially in the winter. I have a daily moisturizer that I use, but that one has SPF in it and my experience has been that if I use too much I have a shiny face and/or i break out. So I wanted something I could use generously and deep moisturize my face while I sleep. Enter the aptly named Neutrogena deep moisture night cream. This one is light enough that it doesn’t clog my pores or cause break outs. The formula spreads like a dream so a little bit will go a long way, plus it smells great.

Naked Basics Palette by Urban Decay

Naked Basics PaletteThis is definitely not news to any of us, but I thought I’d add my opinion to the pot now that I finally own this palette. I received this as a Christmas present and I couldn’t be more excited because I’ve wanted an all-matte palette for the longest time. I had my NYX Natural one, but I wanted a splurge item because I use matte looks just about every single day. I love the simple, natural looks I can create with this and the vampier ones too. This is quickly becoming my save-one-makeup-item-in-a-fire item. The great color payoff and quality of the shadows goes without saying, Urban Decay has great palettes.

MUSIC


  I’ve Told You Now – Sam Smith

When I discover a song that just resonates with my soul, I listen to it a good 2-3 times a day for a couple weeks. This song has set an all-time record for me. Over a month has passed since I first heard it and I’m still in crazy over-listening mode. This whole album is really heart wrenching and fantastic, but this song especially is just so soulful. Cannot stop listening to it.

MOVIES


 The Spectacular Now & White Bird in a Blizzard

Movies

I’ve come to really like and appreciate Shailene Woodley’s indie movies. The Spectacular Now is one of the most real young love stories I’ve seen in a movie. Young love is messy and awkward and all-consuming, and Woodley and costar Miles Teller do a phenomenal job depicting that. Watching these two fall in love onscreen didn’t feel like a movie at all, making it completely relatable.

White Bird in a Blizzard is a much darker movie. It’s the story of a girl whose mother disappears one day and how she copes with it all. It’s a raw story of young adults figuring their ish out, and again I loved Shailene Woodley’s realistic depiction of those struggles. Both of these movies are really well done and captivating, albeit for different reasons.

OTHER


 B&BW French Lavender Candle

Candle

Lavender has been my scent of the month, so this candle is perfect. If you like lavender you’ll love this. It’s the perfect bubble bath candle, but I plan to burn it just about constantly.

Downy Unstopables Lush In Wash Scent Booster

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I’m officially an old lady who gets excited about laundry products. I’ve been wanting to try these because I love when my clothes smell nice and I want that to last for as long as possible. Sticking to the lavender theme, I got the scent Lush which is AMAZING. You add some of these little pellets to your laundry and the smell is really strong on your clothes, which I personally really like. This product was made for me.

ELLA

BEAUTY


The Body Shop White Musk Smooth Satin Body Lotion

white muskEver time I’ve needed to apply lotion this past month, I’ve automatically reached for the White Musk lotion from The Body Shop. I’m a huge fan of clean and crisp smelling fragrances so this scent is right up my alley. Along with musk, it has notes of rose and iris. Apparently the scent of musk is suppose to be quite sensual. Well, I don’t know about that…all I know it that I really enjoy using this lotion.

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation

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Okay, not to be over dramatic or anything, but this foundation is easily the best I’ve ever tired. The formula is amazing! It’s long lasting, has medium/high coverage, and is super lightweight. A little bit goes a long way with this foundation, I usually only need one pump (and the built-in pump is super convenient). Yes, it’s a bit pricey but if foundation is an important part of your makeup routine, it’s well worth investing in a bottle.

MUSIC


  Stromae

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I have no clue where to begin because there’s so much to say about my love and admiration for Stromae (Paul Van Haver) and his music. He is a Belgian singer-songwriter who is quite famous in Europe, but isn’t too well known in the States (possibly because he only sings in French). His music is described as a mix of hip-hop and electronic dance but I disagree because I think his sound is far more varied and intricate. I really appreciate the fact that he writes all his lyrics and composes all his tracks. Though some of his songs sound like “club music”, his lyrics go far beyond that. Stromae sings about real and relatable human issues, not garbage like popping your booty or getting wasted. I view Stromae as a poet because his lyrics are as impactful as his beats. Both of his records are incredible. Here are a few of my favorites…

1. Tous les mêmes

2. Ave Cesaria

3. Te quiero

4. Formidable

MOVIES


Manhattan Murder Mystery

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For the past couple months, I’ve been trying to go through Woody Allen’s long list of movies. Manhattan Murder Mystery wasn’t one I was initially excited to watch but it turned out to be one of my favorites. Larry and Carol Lipton (played by Woody Allen and Diane Keaton) become suspicious about the sudden death of their next door neighbor and takes matters into their own hands in trying to uncover what really happened. The film is thrilling, witty, funny, and super amusing. I love watching the natural chemistry between Allen and Keaton.

FASHION


Wide Brim Hat

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This past month, I’ve found any excuse to wear my black Ecoté wide brim hat from UO. Indoors, outdoors, rain, shine, it don’t matter! think its the perfect fall/winter accessory.

September 2013 Favorites

Monthly Favorites

Audrey:

Music:

Moondust – Jaymes Young

I fell in love with this song and listened to it nonstop for the following weeks (as one does). The rest of the Dark Star EP is pretty good, too. I also liked the song One Last Time, but Moondust was just so chillingly beautiful. It really stood out to me.

Wrecking Ball (& mash-up)

Much to my surprise, I ended up absolutely loving Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball (I went into it with low expectations just because of the negative feedback I’d heard about the music vid. But we won’t get into that….) And just when I thought the song couldn’t get any better, I heard a mash-up of Wrecking Ball & Awolnation’s Sail (one of my all-time fave tunes). This guy does awesome mashups on his Youtube channel, he has a real talent for it.

Obviously I still enjoy both songs on their own, but I thought the mashup was fantastic & really interesting.

Youtube:

Makeup by Maya Ahmd

Makeup by Maya Ahmd

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This channel is a little different than the usual makeup guru because her videos are in Arabic. She does some great makeup looks and I think she’s gorgeous. Plus the language is so beautiful, who wouldn’t love to listen to her explain the process, even if they don’t understand :)

Game Grumps

GameGrumps

I know it’s weird for me to keep including gaming channels in my faves, but these guys are too good to pass up. They have the best dynamic and are absolutely hysterical. Sometimes I don’t even watch the gaming vid, I just listen to them like I would a podcast. They talk current events, swap stories, and just generally crack themselves up. It’s awesome.

Products

Maybelline Master Precise eyeliner

Maybelline Master Precise

I hadn’t found a liquid eyeliner that I loved in a while. This one definitely won me over. It has a very fine felt tip, so it’s really precise (like the name implies). I’ve gotten some of my best winged eyeliner looks using this.

e.l.f. Essential Glitter Nail Polish in ‘Fairy Dust’

Elf Fairy DustI expected this to be a run of the mill glitter top coat, but the glitter pieces are pretty big (although not too chunky). And depending on the lighting, they’re a fiery orange color or an aquatic blueish-green. It looks super pretty on dark colors.

Movies

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Considering that this movie is almost a decade old, most of you have probably already seen it. I had always heard about it, but I finally watched it this past month. I loved it way more than I thought I would. It’s such an interesting concept and it’s beautifully produced. Basically, a couple undergoes a procedure to erase each other from their memories when things aren’t going so well, but then realize that perhaps they still love each other and want to hang on to those memories. It hurt my brain a little bit, but in the best possible way.

Before Sunrise

Before Sunrise

I love just about anything Julie Delpy does, so I had high hopes for this movie. I definitely wasn’t disappointed. This movie is one of the most romantic movies I’ve ever seen, but it’s completely real and not sappy. It instantly became one of my top 10 favorite movies. There are two other movies that follow this one (Before Sunset and Before Midnight), but neither one was as good as the first in my opinion. I hated the second one, and the third was good in its own right but had a totally different tone than the first one. The cool thing is it’s the same actors across almost 20 years. But yeah, I absolutely adored Before Sunrise.

Ella:

Music

Submarine – EP by  Alex Turner

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Alex Turner, the lead singer of the Arctic Monkeys (who are one of my all time favorite bands), did a 5 track EP for the movie Submarine.  The brilliance of the soundtrack persuaded me to watch the movie. Here are my faves…

Stuck on the Puzzle

Hiding Tonight

Beauty

E.L.F Maximum Coverage Concealer

elf concelorAnother concealer on my monthly faves, what a surprise! This was kind of a rediscovery for me. I bought it back in June, tried it once and didn’t really like it. Then I decided to give it one more try and I’ve been totally loving it. It’s only $3 dollars but it does an amazing job!

MAC Lipstick in Rebel

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I was looking for a berry lipstick for a while and I totally fell in love with this one when I tired it on. It’s a satin lipstick with a semi-matte finish. It’s been my go-to lipstick of this month.

Youtube

CtfxC: The Internet Killed TV

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Charles and Allie Trippy have been uploading daily vlogs everyday for the past 5 years. They literally share their life on the internet. Everything from daily routines to their marriage proposals and wedding day. Charles, who is the base player for We the Kings, just went through brain surgery to remove a tumor and they shared the whole experience with their million subscribers. They are a beautiful couple and I love  watching their videos.

Arden Rose

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She is a beauty guru with a spunky personality. I love her style and weird personality. I really like watching her videos.