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I’m not even going to apologize for skipping October’s CF post. Nope, not gonna apologize.

Not even if you twist my arm. You can go ahead and twist away. It won’t make a difference.

Once you stop hurting my arm, I can tell you what I’ve been into this month.

1) In Mad Love and War by Joy Harjo: I have taken to reading the poetry of Joy Harjo, and I love her work. This is my first book of Joy Harjo poems. Athena willing, I am going to own all of her books someday!

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2) Renpure Argan Oil Conditioner: Rite Aid had a BOGO free sale on Renpure, and I picked up this conditioner. It’s been working well for me so far: conditioning my hair without weighing it down, not leaving behind a greasy feel, and keep frizzies fairly well tamed. I haven’t used a wash out conditioner in ages, but I might keep a bottle of this around from now on.

3) Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eye Liner: I actually snagged this in a makeup swap (yay!) and I’m so glad I did. It’s easy to apply, goes on smoothly, dries pretty quickly and is very black. It’s currently my go-to eyeliner.

4) “I Want You” by Savage Garden: Before you all start laughing at me (stop laughing, Syl!) this song came out when I was in junior high, and it brings back a lot of memories. It’s a fun, danceable pop song that reminds me of when I was young and had hope (sorry, that was kinda depressing). I tend to do this a lot: I like songs not just for the song, but for the memories attached to them.

5) White chocolate funfetti cookies: I made a big batch of these for a friend’s birthday party, and everyone raved about them. Sprinkles make any birthday more fun, and you’re never too old for them.



What have you all been loving this month?

Earrings from Parisienne Girl

While perusing Etsy for Downton Abbey inspired jewelry (don’t tell me you’ve never done this), I discovered this lovely pair.






They’re lightweight and really stunning in person. I love the intricate detail on it and the bit of color from the center teal crystal.

The seller’s communication was impeccable. Lori messaged me after I completed the order to make sure my address was accurate. I think that’s very considerate and proactive of her to do.

She also send a complimentary pair of earrings, which was a lovely surprise.




I definitely recommend her shop. Here the link. 

Teal Bracelet from Sprig Jewelry

I needed a pretty bright teal bracelet in my life. I selected this one from Etsy shop Sprig Jewelry



It arrived packaged in a beautiful white box with lovely navy ribbon.



The seller included a sweet note:





The bracelet is very pretty and seems to be sturdy. My one issue is that I thought it would come with a lobster clasp, but it actually has a slip-in hook that isn’t very secure. If you do order from this shop, make sure you ask about the clasp on necklaces and bracelets.

I saw another bracelet on this seller’s page I like a lot. When I place any future orders, I’ll make sure I get what want by messaging the seller and letting them know.

Good tidings and look what has come into my possession! Three shades from the Fall 2014 semi-matte color line-up.

Since these are limited edition, I have swatched them alongside similar shades for comparison.

Of course they were for comparison. They certainly weren’t to ward off bad luck.

Careful, It’s Vine-tage:

L-R: Sally Hansen CSM in Plum Luck, Careful, It's Vine-tage, Zoya Lael, OPI Funky Dunky

L-R: Sally Hansen CSM in Plum Luck, Careful, It’s Vine-tage, Zoya Lael, OPI Funky Dunky

OPI Funky Dunky is the closest when it comes to color, although FD is a little glossier. CIV is a little grayer as well.



So Berry on Trend:



On the index and ring fingers: OPI Just a Little Rosti. On the middle and pinky: WnW So Berry on Trend.

I applied a matte top coat over the ring finger to see how it would affect the comparison to SBOT.

These two are very, very close in color, but JALR is a bit redder. So Berry on Trend is more berry.

Echo Dark:



No comparison here, just the shade swatched on all fingers. I don’t think I have a shade similar to this (shocking, really. I do love my blue polish!) but I ordered OPI Incognito in Sausalito and it looks like it could be a close match to Echo Dark.

I couldn’t help myself. I had to check out a few of the new Colorstays.


Rainforest is a deep, lush, shimmery green.




When I first saw it, I thought of it as a deeper and less emerald MAC Jade Dragon.



Fall Mood is a frosty metallic light bronze.




In sunlight:



Delicious is a bright reddish tangerine orange creme.




Indigo Night is a medium royal blue creme.



It looks like a less dusty version of OPI Dating a Royal.



Midnight is a soft deep blue with teal undertones.




What do you all think of these shades?






Eco Emi- September 2014

I present to you… last Eco Emi box for a while. :(

I cancelled my subscription. I just wasn’t very impressed with the last few boxes, and my limited college student budget can’t accommodate a $15 per month gift-to-me that isn’t very satisfying.

I’m a little disappointed, but I’m going to keep my eye on the website and read future reviews on other people’s blogs. If the boxes improve, I may resubscribe.








So far I love the coffee and the cookie. I like the eye serum, but I’ll have to keep using it until I decide it’s worth spending any money on.

As you can see by the bamboo towel, yoga mat cleaner and wipes, there wasn’t much else in the box that I could really use.

The Spiderman collection came out a while ago, but I still found a few bottles at Rite Aid.



It’s a stunning deep blue with shimmer. It’s bluer than Mysterious. I’m not able to capture how jewel-toned and captivating this shade is on camera.



1000 Watts



1000 Watts is a very yellow gold with some interesting green shifts. Sadly, they don’t really show up in photos.



Did you get anything from the Spiderman collection? Did you see anything you liked?

I selected two shades (technically, glitters) from the display I found at Walgreens.

I considered getting Cauldron Couture, but Splatter Spell seemed more unique.

L-R: Pumpkin Spice and Splatter Spell. Two coats all around.



Pumpkin Spice is a fairly dense red, gold and orange glitter in a clear base. Two coats did not give me full opacity, but it covered better than I expected.

Splatter Spell forced me to push the glitter around to center it on my nails. However, this wasn’t a colossal feat and I was able to achieve satisfactory results after two coats.



I like both of them and I would recommend both if you’re looking for new Halloween themed glitters. Splatter Spell might be  a decent substitute for Maybelline Dotty. I’ll have to do a swatch comparison to see how they differ.

What Halloween collections interest you?

This was in an Eco Emi box I received a couple of months ago.




Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques is a natural/organic makeup and skincare brand. Eco Emi has featured a few of their products in the past.

Here’s the ingredient list:

Vegan) Matte Ingredients: Sericite, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Orange) Wax, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli Seed) Oil, Boron Nitride, Zinc Oxide, Magnesium Stearate, Certified Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Silica, Certified Organic Non-GMO Lecithin (from soy), Certified Organic Non-GMO Capryllic/Capric Triglycerides (Coconut Oil Extract), Comfrey-derived Allantoin, Certified Organic Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Extract, Natural Non-GMO Vitamin E (+/- iron oxides, mica)

Unfortunately, the eyeshadow wasn’t wrapped up very well. This is how it arrived in the mail.




It’s messy and inconvenient, but I was able to use it nonetheless.

The swatches went on smoothly and with decent pigmentation. I had no trouble blending or applying this.



I really had high hopes for these. I wore them on my eyelids with primer for about 4 hours before I experienced fading. The fallout was atrocious. There was dark eyeshadow all along my cheekbones, requiring massive cleanup.

Even with primer, both shades didn’t stay on my lids for more than 4 hours.

I like the concept of organic/natural eyeshadow, but this one doesn’t seem worth purchasing. It won’t last all day, and there is the risk of fallout continuing to occur even after you finish the initial application.

Pros: Natural ingredients, lovely texture, great pigmentation
Cons: Terrible fallout, doesn’t last too long, can shatter easily.

Grade: C

You can find more Lauren Brooke products here.

I skipped the August CF due to an overwhelming case of busy. That’s what happens to your blogging habits when you’re a student.

But in any case, I am now in my final semester of college! Here’s what I’ve been loving recently:

1) Lauren Brooke Cosmetics Lash Conditioner: I received a tube of this in an Eco Emi box. It’s great as a conditioner and I’ve noticed that my lashes appear fuller and more lush whenever I use it. I’m not sure if that’s just a happy coincidence or if something really is working.


2) Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Uptown Mauve: This has been my go-to lipstick for summer 2014. I wrote a post about it, which can be found here.



3) “Metal Heart” by Garbage: One of my favorite alternative songs from one of my favorite bands. I always perk up when I hear this song.


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4) The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin: After years of hearing about this book and not getting around to reading it, I finally checked out a copy of this book from the public library. I’m glad I waited no longer to read it. Riveting, deeply engrossing and painfully perceptive, Baldwin lays out his thoughts on race and anti-blackness in 1960s U.S society. What really struck my inner core was the way his words still resonate today.


5) Walks along the Grand Concourse up to 149th Street: I live near this area in the Bronx. The weather is still warm, and I’ve been taking walks up this street for exercise. I’ve gotten to see parts of the neighborhood I don’t normally see, and I’ve found out that there’s a community garden in the area.

What have you all been loving recently?


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