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November Favorites!

I can’t believe it’s December already!  This month has gone by so quickly, and now it’s almost 2013.  I’m pretty excited for this coming month, but first, here are my favorites from November.

TV Shows

This month Daniel and I have been watching a lot of a Bob’s Burgers.  I’ve talked about this show before.  We just think it’s hilarious.  It’s about a guy named Bob who owns a burger restaurant with his family.  His wife Linda reminds me so much of my mother, but Linda is much more funny.  His 3 kids, Tina, Gene, and Louise, help to run the restaurant.  Gene reminds me a lot of Daniel, and Louise is very similar to Nicole, but more evil.  If you want to know more about it, check out my previous Bob’s Burgers blog post, which I’ve linked above.

We’ve also caught up on New Girl.  I actually started watching this show when it premiered, then made Daniel watch it, and now I think he’s more addicted than I am.  We love Schmidt.  I don’t care much for Zooey Deschanel, but the male characters are absolutely worth it for me.


This month, I finished Habibi, a graphic novel by Craig Thompson.  All of his work is just incredibly heart-wrenching, and Habibi is no exception.  If you’ve never read anything by Craig Thompson, then I would recommend starting with Goodbye, Chunky Rice.  It’s not as daunting (length-wise) as Habibi or the semi-autobiographical Blankets, but the story-telling is amazing, and the art is stunning.  All of his lines are so fluid, and it looks beautiful.  The word “Habibi” means “my beloved” in Arabic.  The book is set in the Middle East, and it’s about two people who are doing the best they can to survive under the circumstances.  They are trying to live “off the grid” as much as possible, since they essentially ran away together as children and became fugitives.  Eventually, they are separated for many years, but their feelings for each never fade.  Instead, their feelings grow stronger, and eventually they find each other again and begin their long overdue romantic relationship.  Since Daniel hasn’t read it yet, I’ll leave my brief synopsis there, and he can read it and explain to me all of the Islamic symbolism in it, since he’s the Religion major in this relationship.  It’s a wonderful, exciting, tear-inducing book that should definitely not be overlooked simply because it’s a “graphic novel”.


Since Daniel and I saw Skyfall earlier this month (on our date night), we’ve been on a huge James Bond kick, and because we have all of the 007 movies, we’ve been trying to watch them sequentially, starting with Dr. No.  At this point we’ve only watched the first three, but now that I’m back from Unadilla I’m sure we will be resuming our Bond movie marathon.

Nail Polish

This month I really only wore two colors.  The first was a Sephora by OPI color.  Now, a lot of people have had problems with these polishes being streaky and difficult to apply.  I do find that the formula is a bit thick, but once the polish dried there were no streaks on my nails, and it looked great.  I’ve been wearing “Three Way Mirror”.

The second color was a nail polish from Avon that I’m sure I must have stolen from either my mother or my sister.  I believe it’s called “Mosaic Plum”.  It’s a gorgeous deep purple color with gold micro-glitter.  However, I wouldn’t really recommend Avon polishes.  I currently have two, and I have the same complaint about both of them.  They chip pretty quickly, even with my amazing Revlon ColorStay Base Coat and Top Coat.  Also, at least with this purple color, it didn’t come off with nail polish remover very easily at all, and when it did finally come off, it wanted to take the top layer of my nail with it.  That’s not a good look for anybody.  So, while I adore the color and would love to wear it again, I really don’t want to go through the slow and messy process of removal again.

Pretty colors.  You can really see the gold flecks in the purple nail polish.

Pretty colors. You can really see the gold flecks in the purple polish.


For this month, I feel like I have more makeup favorites that I usually do.  I’ve recently discovered Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind Eraser for Dark Circles.  I’ve heard a lot of positive chatter about this, and it has not disappointed.  It doesn’t have to be used only for the under-the-eye area; it definitely can also be used as an all-over concealer.  It works like magic.

I’ve had Mac’s Cranberry eyeshadow for almost a year now, but I’ve hardly worn it because it typically made me look like I had a black eye.  I think this is a common problem with eyeshadows that are a deep berry or purple color.  I finally figured out how to wear it so that it doesn’t look like a bruise, and I’m absolutely in love with it.  Plus it’s very festive to wear an eyeshadow called “Cranberry” to Thanksgiving.   Cranberry looks great on the outer half of the lid and outer “v”, with Wet ‘n Wild’s “Nutty” placed on the inner half of the lid and Urban Decay’s Buck (a light brown matte shadow) in the crease.  And you only need a tiny bit of the Cranberry shade, because it’s very pigmented, and will quickly start to look like a bruise if you really build it up.  I’ve also been using my Wet ‘n Wild Comfort Zone pallet a lot this month.  You can do so many looks with this pallet, the shades are great quality, and for $4.99, you cannot beat the price.


Mac’s Cranberry Eyeshadow


Wet ‘n Wild’s Nutty, which is a dupe for Mac’s Satin Taupe (so I’ve heard). I hit pan on this quite a while ago. This is my go-to everyday shadow.


Urban Decay’s Buck Eyeshadow


The Wet ‘n Wild Comfort Zone Pallet

For lipstick, I’ve recently purchased L’Oreal’s “Blushing Berry”.  I definitely needed a good berry color for this season, and this one is beautiful.  I’ve also been wearing Maybelline’s “Born With It” lipstick, usually layered with their lipgloss of the same name, for a very light pink, shimmery lip.  For a more neutral look, I’ve re-discovered one of my favorite lipsticks, Maybelline’s “Nearly There”, which I have heard is a dupe for Mac’s Viva Glam V lipstick.  And “Nearly There” looks great when paired with Mac’s Viva Glam V lipglass.

Blushing Berry, Born With It, and Nearly There

Blushing Berry, Born With It, and Nearly There

Top: Mac's Viva Glam V lipglass, bottom: Maybelline's Born With It lipgloss.

Top: Mac’s Viva Glam V lipglass, bottom: Maybelline’s Born With It lipgloss.

....and swatches!  Left to right:  L'Oreal's Blushing Berry, Maybelline's Born With It lipstick, Maybelline's Nearly There, Maybelline's Born With It lipgloss, and Mac's Viva Glam V

….and swatches! Left to right: L’Oreal’s Blushing Berry, Maybelline’s Born With It lipstick, Maybelline’s Nearly There, Maybelline’s Born With It lipgloss, and Mac’s Viva Glam V

Random Things

Since this is my first fall/winter in Durham, I’ve been loving the weather.  And for the next week, it’s supposed to be in the 60s and 70s.  It is December, right?  I can honestly say that I don’t plan to spend  another winter in Upstate New York, if I can help it.

I’ve been really, horribly addicted to watching beauty gurus on Youtube this month.  It was bad before, but this month has been really bad.  Currently, my two favorite Youtubers are Amarixe and Missglamorazzi.  Allison (Amarixe) gives great, honest reviews, interesting makeup tutorials, and always uses a mix of drugstore and high end products.  I’m all about that.  I also have a link to her blog in my Blogroll, to the right.  Ingrid (Missglamorazzi) is just adorable and I love her “Get Ready With Me” videos.  She seems like such a sweetheart, and if I’m in a bad mood or if I’ve had a rough day, I try to watch one of her videos and it kind of cheers me up a little bit.

Depending on what day you ask, I actually really enjoy holiday shopping.  Sure, it sucks fighting with some grandma over the last cinnamon scented candle that you want to buy for your sister-in-law (I just made that up, that’s never really happened to me), but it is an awesome feeling when you find the perfect gift for a certain person.  It’s a good feeling when they open it and you just know that they like it.  My nephew Gavin was so excited about his Dinosaur Lego set that now he wants the rest of the sets that go with it.  And even though Lily didn’t like it at first, eventually she wanted me to read the book to her over and over again, and loved the cute little necklace that came with it.

What were some of your “November Favorites”?


June Favorites

So I’m taking inspiration for this post from some of the people to which I subscribe on Youtube.  Let’s discuss some of my favorite things for this month.

TV Shows

This month I started watching Roswell.  For those who don’t know, Roswell was a show that aired on the WB (now the CW) from 1999 until 2001, at which point it apparently moved to the UPN for the last season, according to Wikipedia.  The show is about three teenagers who happen to be aliens and, of course, landed in Roswell, New Mexico where the popped out of pods as 6-year-old kids.  They are now 16- or 17-year-olds going to high school and trying to keep their secret from the government.  Most of the episodes revolve around the normal teenage angsty things common in WB/CW shows, but they also focus on the three kids trying to discover where they came from, so that one day they may be able to go back to their home.  They have no idea why they landed here, but they also know they were not the first aliens to pop out of the pods; there is at least one other roaming around that they have not identified yet.  For me, the show is purely nostalgic, since I watched it from the beginning when it premiered.


Daniel and I purchased a copy of The Essential Hall & Oates 2 disc extravaganza earlier this month.  It has all of their major hits, and a few other gems that I didn’t even know existed.  We love our Hall & Oates.  All month we’ve been listening to them in the car, in the apartment, and at work.  Also, if you’ve never watch their video for “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)”, then…well, you just have to watch it:

It’s the most ’80s thing I’ve ever seen.

It’s just good pop music from the late ’70s through the mid ’80s.  I don’t really know what else to say about it.  Some of my co-workers were recently hating on them, but I just love them so much.  They even do an amazing Righteous Brothers cover.

I personally have also been listening to a ton of Alkaline Trio this month.  I’ve especially been appreciating their 2001 album From Here to Infirmary, but my library includes their self-titled album, Goddamnit, Maybe I’ll Catch Fire, the BYO Split Series they did with One Man Army, and Good Mourning (the first album I’d obtained by Alkaline Trio).

This month I also randomly started listening to my Rock Against Bush Vol. 1 album again, which I haven’t listen to in full since probably 2006.  It’s the best compilation album I’ve ever heard.  I think I started listening to it again because it contained Alkaline Trio’s “Warbrain”.  I often enjoyed it in the car, loudly, with the windows down.  This was an album that I estimate I listened to on repeat for 3 or 4 months straight when I first picked it up.


Daniel and I FINALLY finished The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson.  We started the first book in the series in January, so it was good to finally be finished 6 months later.  They were interesting, but neither one of us loved Salander’s character very much.  I think we both agreed that Blomqvist was much more interesting and literally had sex with 80-90% of the female characters in the books.  The guy was a badass.  It’s no wonder that they cast Daniel Craig in the movie, the same actor who played James Bond in two films.

Nail Polish

This month I’ve been wearing 2 colors that I absolutely love:

OPI’s “Just Spotted The Lizard”. It’s a gorgeous green/gold duochrome polish.

“Just Spotted the Lizard” is from OPI’s The Amazing Spider-Man Collection, which is obviously to gear up for the movie premiering on Tuesday of this week.  This was the only polish from this limited edition collection that I bought, and apparently it’s a dupe for Chanel’s “Peridot” (or so I’ve heard from other people on the ‘net).  I didn’t think I’d actually be able to get my hands on it, since I decided I wanted it 2 weeks after the collection debuted.  The Ulta at South Point only had 2 bottles left, which I had to ask for since there were none left up front.  I got extremely lucky.  If you want a limited edition color, you should probably pick it up as soon as it comes out.  FYI.

Wet ‘n Wild’s “Dreamy Poppy”. I don’t have great lighting to work with.

“Dreamy Poppy” is a Wet ‘n Wild color that I’ve had for years, but rarely used until this month.  It’s neon pink, and neons are pretty popular polish colors this summer.  For me, it’s a good toenail color.  While Wet ‘n Wild is cheap, this polish chipped incredibly fast and required 3 coats for it to be opaque.  These are certainly some of the reasons I don’t use it very often.  But I do love the color.


I’ve been using the Urban Decay Rollergirl palette for almost all of June.  Particularly, I’ve been using the color “Suspect”, which I usually just smear on my lids, add a little eyeliner and mascara, and go.  Typically, I put more effort into my makeup, but for the majority of this month I’ve been getting to work at 6am or earlier.  It’s really hard to do makeup when you can’t even open your eyes all the way because it’s so early.  I am not a morning person.  Under the circumstances I was pleased with the outcome, until I actually looked in a mirror at work 3 hours later and realized that a blind person probably could have done it better.  For those of you wondering, I believe “Suspect” is also part of their Naked 2 palette, which I do not own.  For more detailed information about the Rollergirl palette as well as a review, click here.  (Temptalia.com also happens to be run by a woman named Christine.  We are definitely not the same person.)

I’ve also been loving the NYX Slide On Eye Pencil eyeliners, except I cannot get my hands on the black pencil.  Ulta is constantly sold out.  I’ve heard a lot of people say they are dupes for the Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner pencils, but to me they seem even softer and possibly more pigmented.  (I haven’t tried to sharpen my NYX pencils yet.  It’s a good thing they are only $8 because I’m sure I’m going to lose half of the pencil in the process.)  You can find a great description and swatches here.  Right now, I only own 2 colors, but I hope to add to my collection soon.

Finally, for lipstick, I’ve been wearing Maybelline’s “Coral Crush”.  I don’t think this one was limited edition, but I’m not positive.  I bought it back in March and just started wearing it really often now that summer is here.  It’s a perfect coral-pink for me.  My only complaint is that it goes on a little sheer.  I actually bought their “Coral Carnation” at the same time, but it’s quite a bit more orange than “Coral Crush”.  Also, I think “Coral Carnation” was limited edition, but I might have those two backwards.

Due to the lighting, I think the “Coral Crush” label actually looks a bit more orange, but that is false.

Swatches. “Coral Crush” is on the left, “Coral Carnation” is on the right.

 Random Things

Daniel’s mom recently (accidentally) purchased a one-year membership to Amazon Prime.  Daniel and I have been taking advantage of it by utilizing the free streaming of numerous movies and TV shows available, including Roswell.  We also ordered season 1 of Bob’s Burgers and Super Paper Mario for the Wii (both of which I will probably discuss this month) and used the free 2-day shipping that comes with the membership.  If you are a frequent Amazon customer, it might be something you want to look into.

Brazilian Dance Fighting

The consensus seems to be that Capoeira…is really silly.  Based on recent research things I have found both online and in television, it is just a completely unacceptable dance form.  Even the name is ridiculous.  I don’t want any part of this “dance fighting,” nor do I encourage it.  It does my heart well to see that the rest of the world seems to be calling Capoeira out for what it is, and what it is is ridiculous.

It’s not okay.  This bizarre series of movements was also recently featured on an episode of Bob’s Burgers in an episode called “Sexy Dance Fighting“.  Watch it on Hulu.

On a side note, Daniel and I made some fantastic chocolate chip cookies tonight.  This is the first time we have baked cookies in the apartment, and we are both distressed by this.


A Lenten Rose from Duke Gardens

Spring Break Day 2

It was a rainy day in Durham, so we didn’t get out and do much today.

After dinner at Daniel’s favorite Chinese restaurant, Shanghai, I started to watch The Kids Are All Right, and to be honest I can’t figure out why is was nominated for Best Picture, other than the fact that there were lesbians in it and the Academy is trying to be progressive.  Or something.  I stopped a little more than halfway through to go watch Bob’s Burger’s with Daniel.  (This week’s episode was hilarious, and if you have not seen it you can catch it on Hulu later this week.)

Since the weather was bad and it was a little bit chilly tonight, Daniel and I decided to start a Pixar marathon.  Naturally, we started with Toy Story.  It is truly amazing to see how technology has developed in the last 16 years.  They have come a long way, both with the animation and the stories.  Although all of their movies have been gigantic hits in the box office, I think that Wall-E, Up, and Toy Story 3 have set the bar to a new height that won’t easily be surpassed.  At this point, I have seen all of the Pixar movies except for Ratatouille.  Luckily, Daniel and his parents own all of the Pixar movies, so we will have something to watch each night this week (and every day that the weather is bad).

I don’t recall watching Toy Story in theaters.  And after I had watched it, I didn’t remember liking it very much.  I realized that my distaste for it probably had something to do with the character of Sid, a child who would rather blow up toys and decapitate them than actually play with them.  I can appreciate the Toy Story movies more now than I could when Toy Story and Toy Story 2 first came out.  Maybe that is because Toy Story 3 was so amazing and so poignant.  Or maybe it is just because now I have a deeper appreciation for Pixar and their computer animation than I did when I was 7 years old.  Back then, I don’t think I understood that it was a big deal for a movie to be completely computer animated.  Also, I don’t think I really connected with any of the characters from the first movie.  Every child has toys like those of Andy’s, but I guess I lacked the imagination to see them that way, to see them alive.  Now, it is less about trying to connect that to my life as a child and more just appreciating the art of those movies and the story itself.

On a small side note, I have never actually seen Toy Story 2 in its entirety.  Now I can appreciate the technology and how far it has come, and I’m enthusiastic to watch it later this week.

I love all of the old, faded signs around Durham.

This was taken yesterday, when it was still very sunny and very warm.  Tomorrow should be much better than today.

My New Favorite (Animated) TV Show

Recently Daniel made me watch a new cartoon he had discovered on Hulu.  The show was called Bob’s Burgers and the episode was titled “Crawl Space”.  This was the second episode in the season.  Daniel assured me that this particular episode was really funny, but the others were just “okay”.  After watching them, I determined they were not okay, but rather hilarious, especially the episode called “Sacred Cow”.

The show is set in a restaurant that serves primarily burgers.  It is a family-owned restaurant; the family consists of Bob (the father), Linda (the mother), Tina (the oldest daughter), Gene (the son and middle child) and Louise (the youngest daughter).  Tina is just beginning puberty, and is starting to experience all of the awkward, hormonal, and uncomfortable moments of teenagerdom.  Gene is obsessed with his synthesizer and is a pretty hyper kid.  He reminds me of Daniel.  Louise is the most eccentric character.  She always wears a pink hat with bunny ears.  She has a strange obsession with gore and death, and is probably the most funny character on the show (in my opinion).

For a first time viewer, I highly recommend watching the episode titled “Sexy Dance Fighting”, which can be found here on Hulu.com.  Tina decides to join a capoeira class, mostly because she falls in love at first sight with the Brazilian instructor.  Bob does not support her because he believes she has an obligation to the restaurant.  Hilarity ensues, all while making fun of the ridiculous art of “Brazilian dance fighting” known as capoeira.

Here is a short preview from “Crawl Space”, the second episode in the first season, from Youtube.

Bob’s Burgers airs on Fox on Sunday evenings at 8:30pm.  While I enjoy The Cleveland Show occasionally, Seth McFarlane’s schtick is getting pretty old, so if you’re looking for a hilarious animated show a la The Simpsons but with sassier characters, check out Bob’s Burgers.

And, of course, my picture of the day (which was not actually taken today):


Dandelion Square

So I really cheated with this one.  This was taken my freshman year on campus.  5 years ago.  I just re-discovered this photo, which was taken on a much older camera, so the quality isn’t great.  But I still like it.  I love how the sun is reflecting off of Wilson Commons, giving this weird illusion that there are two light sources.