Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Haul 04/28/2015

           I went to two malls last Tuesday therefore I bought a lot of stuff, mostly clothing because I'm in need of new clothes for summer. During the afternoon, my best friend with her little sister and I went to Alabang Town Center to hang out, which resulted with us shopping a little bit. Then for dinner my family and I went out to eat and went to SM south mall, which was having a sale, which also resulted with my mom and I shopping a lot of clothes and bags.

* Disclaimer: This is not sponsored 

Books

Rebel belle by Rachel Hawkins

  Plot: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8475505-rebel belle

      I have been wanting to get a physical copy of this book for so long and I'm so happy to finally get it that I did my happy dance in fully booked. I'm just so excited to read it because many booktubers are raving about it and it has high reviews in goodreads. Plus, there is a funny story behind the process of me getting and buying this book. I have reserved a copy of this in the fully booked site last week but sadly they have not e-mail me regarding the availability of the book that I decided to just reserved it personally in the store. So when I went to Fully booked with Gabby last Wednesday I ask the front desk if they have a copy of this book and she said they might have one copy and went to look for it but when she returned she said that it was just recently bought by another customer, which made me so sad. She then asked if I want to reserve a copy and I said yes. So, I went out the bookstore sad. But after checking a few stores in the mall we decided to go back to Fully book and check out their pop funko products because I wanted to buy the Lumpy Space Princess one. Sadly, they only have Anna and Elsa from Frozen, and Minions. As we were about to leave my best friend and her sister where checking out books in a self and near the shelf was a guy opening and arranging newly arrived packages with books and as I was glancing at them I saw a familiar book cover, which was Rebel Belle. I quickly approach the guy and asked if I could buy the book at first he was reluctant since it just arrived and there was no price tag yet but he said yes and it made me so happy. So I canceled the reservation and did my happy dance. My best friend kept laughing at me because according to her I just charged up in front of the guy asking if I could by the book and the guy really looked surprise. Anyway, whenever I see my copy of rebel belle I would always remember that incident.

The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo by Stieg Larson

 Plot: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2429135.The_Girl_with_the_Dragon_Tattoo

         I bought my copy in book sale, which is awesome because it was cheap. I wanted to read the millenium trilogy ever since high school because my best friend was reading and she liked it very much but I never had the chance and I don't know why. I'm so excited to read this because I saw the film and it was so good and I know that if the movie is good than the book is better. 

Clothing and Bag

Uni Qlo
 - They were having a good sale that my mom and I bought a lot. 
Modal Linen Blended Tank Top

I got the wrong one because I wanted the shirt one instead of a tank top but it's fine. I love the material of this since 
it's light, which is perfect for the hot summer weather in the Philippines.

Zip Up Parka


I love this because the material is not heavy like other raincoats and it's not bulky so I can but in 
my school bag for when it rains.

Denim Cropped Leggings Pants


My mom and I love uni qlo pants and leggins because they are just 
comfortable and the material is super stretchy.


EFC Lawn Long Sleeve Shirt
Again, this is a light fabric so it's perfect for the hot weather right now.

                        Sun N Sand by Body Music
                             - they have affordable sports and swim wear for girls. 
Exercise Shorts

What I like about this is that it when I go swimming or do yoga
the shorts won't ride up since it has garters in the leg areas.


Rash Guard

My little sister has a rash guard and I wanted one for when 
I go do water activities. 


Samsonite Red S-Cube ll / Boston Bag

Samsonite was having a sale and this bag and the bag my mom bought (which is a 
brown leather tote bag) was 70% off. So we quickly bought it because it was on sale and 
the bags were gorgeous. I love the bag that I got because of the leather (it has a grainy texture 
so it won't be easily scratched)  and the color, plus 
as a person who is always traveling this is a good carry on bag. 

So that is all what I bought in my recent shopping trip. 

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April Wrap Up + Review

1. When I’m gone by Abbi Glines


PLOT

Mase Colt-Manning has always preferred his humble life as a Texas rancher to his birthright as the son of a legendary rock star. In fact, he rarely visits his father’s rarefied world in Rosemary Beach, especially if it means bunking at his vile half-sister Nan’s house—until one visit leads to a chance encounter with a young, gorgeous house maid who awakens him with her off-key but spirited imitation of a country music star… Reese Ellis finally has her freedom. After escaping a lifetime of abuse from her parents and classmates for an undiagnosed learning disorder, she seizes the opportunity to be a house maid to some of the richest families in Rosemary Beach. But her job is in jeopardy when she causes an accident at the home of her most important client, Nan Dillon. When a hot, half-naked stranger with a cowboy’s swagger comes to her rescue, she’s intrigued—then afraid once he shows his own interest. Reese has never met a trustworthy man in her life. Will Mase be any different? 

Review
Rating: 2.5/5
     
         I was hoping more for this book. I love Abbi Glines, her sea breeze series is my favorite of hers. But this book is what I would say common. The plot is not unique in the sense that its elements are the same with Abbi’s other books. I was hoping something new from her, maybe a new approach to this type of stories. Furthermore, the plot was too concentrated on Reese Elis that it did not show the deeper side of Mase Colt-Manning, therefore for me there is a lack of connection between the reader and Mase. I love how we see the development of Reese in the story but I hope in the next book, we see a more in depth story of Mase (about his childhood and his relationship with his father), and see his development as a character.



2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon


PLOT

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.

Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor's dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally. 

REVIEW
Rating: 4/5

I would say this is an interesting read because it is my first time reading a book that is narrated by a person with autism. It is eye opening because I get to get a glimpse on what they are thinking. Well, in this case Christopher’s point of view. We see how different he is from us in a way that he does not understand the emotions people and he gets very agitated when people physically touch him.

In this book, we could see their family and community structure in how they deal with Christopher’s disability. In this book, the reader can see how different characters have a different ways of dealing with Christopher. Also, the characters in this book are relatable to the readers with how they deal with struggles and their coping mechanisms. Especially with Christopher even though he is autistic, we see ourselves in him in how he deals with the truth. What I love about this book is how the author introduces the book with in a light matter (with the mystery of the murdered dog) than shocks the readers with another mystery that has to do with Christopher.  Reading the plot I though it is just about this autistic boy that is trying solves the mystery of the murdered dog but after reading this book I can say that this book is more than that. Plus the pacing and flow is good, I did not like the middle of the book (when Christopher was going to London) because it was draggy and it bored me a little but it made redemption with the ending. The ending was so good. It shows how the problem is being resolve in a slow process.

3. Panic by Lauren Oliver

PLOT

Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do. Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought. Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for. For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliance, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most. 

REVIEW
Rating: 2/5

            I had a hard time reading this book because I couldn’t get in to it. I started reading this late September/early October and I would just get bored of it a stop but I have finally picked it up again and just read to get it over with. The characters were flat, un-relatable and annoying. They just have the criteria and characteristics any bad young adult character could have. The do “stupid” stuff on the spur of their emotions. Plus, I don’t see the characters growing into more than young adults. We do not see how mature they are in the end.

            Furthermore, in term of plot I would say that it is a cheap version of ready player one by Ernest Cline where in the real world is ugly and the only thing to do is join a game in order to separate themselves from the ugly reality. 

Moreover, Panic is about discovering yourself (conquering fears), and forming and testing friends. This book shows people doing crazy things for love. Also, it shows that there is a thin line between bravery and stupidity.


4. Scott Pilgrim 01: Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’ Malley


PLOT

 Scott Pilgrim's life is totally sweet. He's 23 years old, he's in a rockband, he's ""between jobs,"" and he's dating a cute high school girl. Nothingcould possibly go wrong, unless a seriously mind-blowing, dangerouslyfashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruisingthrough his dreams and sailing by him at parties. Will Scott's awesome life getturned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona's seven evil ex-boyfriends inbattle? The short answer is yes. The long answer is Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life

 REVIEW
Rating: 4/5

         The graphic novel shows teenage angst and problems that teenagers deal with like love and friends (growing up in general). I like all the characters and I like seeing their similarities and differences from one another and how they clash and bond with one another.  My favorite is Wallace who is Scott’s gay best friend. He is just funny, and does not care what others think or say and is very outspoken.
            Furthermore, the graphic novel is fast pace and easy to get in to. It is very entertaining and the drawing style is amazing. Even though it is about a normal teenage boy the drawing is in a superhero/game style with the coins appearing after Scott’s fights with Matthew Patel.

5. The Revenge Of Seven by Pittacus Lore


PLOT

The Garde have suffered an unbearable loss. Number Five has betrayed them. Eight is gone forever. Ella has been kidnapped. The others are now scattered. In Chicago, John makes the unlikeliest of allies: Adam, a Mogadorian who turned his back on his people. He has invaluable information about Mog technology, battle strategies, and weaknesses. Most important, he knows where to hit them: their command base near Washington, DC. During the assault, however, John and Adam learn the unimaginable truth: it is too late. The Mogadorians have commenced their ultimate invasion plans. With a front-row seat to the impending invasion, Ella finds herself in the hands of the enemy. For some reason she's more valuable to them alive, and they'll stop at nothing to turn her. Meanwhile, Six, Nine, and Marina make their way through the Florida Everglades, hot on the trail of the traitorous Five. With the development of a new Legacy, Marina finally has the power to fight back—if her thirst for revenge doesn't consume her first.


 REVIEW
Rating: 5/5


            That cliffhanger!!! Pittacus Lore (pseudonyms of James Frey and Jobie Hughes) why must you do this to me, again?!?

            Anyway, the plot is not draggy and it kept me on the edge of my seat. Plus the last part gave me a mini heart attack. It also has the right amount of action, comedy, and romance with out it being cheesy or going out the point of the book. Because other science fiction * ehem * the host * ehem * has too much romance in it that it does not feel like a science fiction book anymore.

            Furthermore, the characters were on point, especially in this book because we get to see their deeper side with their mourning for eight and their intentions. We see their flexibility in terms of their emotions due to the fact that they show toughness and softness throughout the book. An example of this is Nine because he shows that he is sad and greatly affected of eights death but at the same time he continues to put on a strong face and jokes around. And because of that Nine is my favorite character. I love his jokes and lines but at the same time we see a serious side of him. He just has the perfect balance of humor and seriousness that I really like. Moreover, the Lorien characters are very relatable. Even though that they are aliens they are still humanized in a way that they struggle with teenage problems (like love and death of a friend). Plus, we see them mature in this book, especially Marina (Her dealing the lost of her soul mate, and her process of grieving and acceptance), and Five (Him trying to do right his wrong doings).  

So far this series definitely haven’t disappointed me and I can’t wait to read the next book, which is going to be the last one.


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Monthly Favorites: April

          School has just ended and I'm so ready for summer. I only have a few favorites this month because I did not really bought or try a lot of new products and I only read 3 books this month, which is so sad because I usually read at least 5 books per month. I was just so busy with school work and finals that I did not really had the time. But now that summer is here I am ready to devour so many books. 

(Disclaimer: This is not sponsored.)

           Furthermore, let's get started with my monthly favorites.

1. Pink Chiffon - Bath and Body Works 

          
       I used to wear Princess by Vera Wang but I got sick of wearing the same scent for almost 2 months (If you know me I switch out my perfume from time to time). So I bought this late March because I had the body wash and hand sanitizer and I just fell love in with the scent that I had to get the body spray too. Plus it was on sale, which is a bonus. Also, every time I wear this people compliments my scent and say that I smell like a cake or a cupcake, which is a plus for me. 

2. Kick Ass Concealer - Soap and Glory 


              I bought this concealer in Boots while I was traveling in Thailand last month because I forgot my concealer, which is super annoying. This concealer is great for traveling because it is mess-proof you don't need to carry a brush in order to apply and blend it. You can just use your fingers. And it is travel friendly because it has 2 shades (a light and a dark one) and it has a power to set in the concealer. Plus, it's sweat proof and it does not crease. It's very hot in Thailand but this concealer did not sweat or melt off my face, which is essential for me since it also get hot in the Philippines especially in the summer. 

3.  Design my Eyebrows - The Face Shop


               I bought this in South Korea last christmas and I've been using it for 4 months and it is still my favorite (sorry sleek make up's brow kit). The application is easy and fast. It looks natural and it keeps my eyebrows on fleek for hours. Plus, it is not that expensive like Benefit's brow products. 

4. Jordan 4 (Oreo) -Nike
               This are my new babies. They are so cool and they make me tall. Plus, they are so comfortable. 

5. 2015 Planner - National Bookstore


          This really helped me this past 3 months because I was so busy with school work and I had deadlines to keep track of. This helped me stay organized and balance school work with my social life. Plus the design it cute (Pink with weave details). 


     It has an overview of each month, so I can keep track of deadlines and appointments. 

     
                          It also has daily one and it has more space compared to the monthly one, so I can be more detailed. Like writing the format of my assignments or research questions that I need to submit.

6. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon.

                 
                 Like I said earlier, I only had the chance to read three books (When I'm gone by Abbi Glines, this and Panic by Lauren Oliver) this month. And this is my favorite out of the three. I got sucked into the story very fast and easily. It is a very easy book to read. The flow and pacing of the plot is good. But I must say that there are some parts that I really don't like but it redeemed itself in the ending. Furthermore, I'll be posting a whole review of this book so keep a look out for that. 
     
           So that is all my favorites for this month and I hope you enjoyed it. Don't forget to comment you favorites this month. Bye! 

Friday, April 24, 2015

My Top 6 Lipstick + swatches

      Lipsticks are one of my addictions and currently I like wearing darker shades. My go to colors are mauve pink, blood red or plums.

(This is not in order)

1. Mac - Rebel
A dark plum color. I love the pigmentation you can really build the color up and It goes on smoothly. 

2. Snoe - Vintage Rose

My everyday lipstick, since its light and its the perfect natural lip color. It's like the Kylie Jenner lipstick shade. A friend of mine gave me Mac Brave, which is said to be the dupe for Kylie Jenner's lipstick but for me personally this one is a closer dupe to Kylie's lipstick than Mac Brave. 

3. Maybelline - Very Berry
I actually bought this because Meredith Foster (Stilababe09 from youtube) is wearing it in a make up tutorial and I fell in love with it. It's a pretty berry color that is perfect for those who have fair skin. 

4. Revlon - Pink in the Afternoon

I bought this because this was the lipstick Audrey Hepburn was wearing in breakfast at tiffany's and it  so pretty. It's a pink color that is not over bearing nor bright, and it looks so natural. This is the lip color I wear to school most of the time. 

5. Calvin Klein - Flutter
It's a pretty rusty red color that goes light in your lips but the pigment is also build-able. It's also matte, which I love. 

6. Calvin Klein - Dangerous

My favorite ox blood red color that is perfect for night time and it complements my skin tone very nicely.


From Left to Right: Pink in the Afternoon (Revlon), Vintage Rose (Snoe),
Flutter (CK), Very Berry (Maybelline), Rebel (Mac), and Dangerous (CK). 


Because Feeling Matter Book Tag

Questions:
1. What book made you feel confident, either about yourself or your life?
         

              Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Bad Ass Kicking Girl Protagonist who fights for what she believes in and the fight since made me scream girl power in the inside. 

2. What book made you feel sympathetic or sympathise greatly with the characters?
             
              The curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon. It's hard being in the characters positions since they don't know how to cope with the problems and struggles they have. The father especially since he had to deal with the "LOSS of her wife" and taking care of his autistic son. The also feel bad for the lack of communication and miscommunication between the characters.   

3. What book made you feel anxious?

               I am number 4 series by Pittacus Lore. One word cliffhangers. 

4. What book made you feel annoyed?

               House of Night Series. I read the series from book one to half of book three because it was just that bad. The characters were awful and the series was so draggy that I just forced myself to finish the second book. 

5. What book made you feel disappointed?


               Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. The first book was so good then the second one was a mixture of good and bad, and then the final book destroyed me. This series has a lot of wasted potential. 

6. What book made you feel confused?

            Night Film by Marisha Pessl. I had so many sleepless nights because of this book. It messes with your mind, on what is reality. The ending really just confused the hell out of me. Even my friend had the same reaction after reading this book. 

7. What book made you feel satisfied?

      Fallen Series by Lauren Kate. The first book was so good but then the second and third book, which is torment and passion, kinda fumbled a bit but it was the ending that did it to me. It is the only series that I really felt satisfied with the ending. I do not want to change a thing in the ending because it was that good. 

8. What book made you feel like you could really relate to the main character?
         
          Anna and the french kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Anna is just so relatable and I think many other girl also relates her. She had dealt with a lot of issues that teenage girls also deals, like love, family and friendship problems, and also bullying. And throughout the book we see he her grow, through learning from her experience and turned into a confident and strong woman.