Books 6 – 10 (2018 Reading Challenge)

I’ve gotten through the next five books for my Goodreads Reading Challenge. I’m now officially a third of the way through my goal! Which works out nicely, as we’re almost a third of the way through the year.

6) The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell

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I started this on February 19 and finished on March 11. I had recently seen The Room and through my research on this weird movie, I came across this book. It’s since been turned into a movie, which I enjoyed more than The Room!
This is definitely worth a read if you know anything about The Room. The book follows like an autobiography of Greg (who plays Mark in the movie), how he meets Tommy, they befriend each other, and then throughout the creation, filming and then the premiere of The Room. It’s a fascinating behind the scenes look of the movie, as well as Greg’s relationship with the strange man. I sometimes stopped reading just to process what had happened. The movie was a pretty good adaptation of the book.
I rated it three stars. I did like the book, but Wiseau still just weirds me out and I can’t process my thoughts about him.
7) Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
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I started this on March 11 and finished it a few days later on March 14. I heard about the movie Dear Simon and thought it looked interesting. This led me to find the book it was based on, and as it was gathering a lot of praise in the YA genre, I wanted to give it a read.
YA is still one of my favourite genres. It’s easy and fun to read, and the characters are often quite likeable, if not, relatable. This book doesn’t really have a plot in the sense where they story moves from A to B. It’s more like a slice of life, where we fall into Simon’s world and his struggles with coming out to those around him. With lots of pop culture references, and ‘dorky’ moments, this book was just a joy to read.
I rated it 5 stars. I really loved reading this, which you may be able to tell since I read it in just a few days!
8) Doing It! Let’s Talk About Sex by Hannah Witton
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I started this on March 14 and finished it in March 23. I first heard about this book from Meg, and her book recommendations have never let me down so I added it to my TBR list. After finishing my previous book, I decided to delve back into a non-fiction book.
I don’t actually watch Hannah on YouTube, but she does often talk about sex and relationships on her channel. Reading the book was quite informal, it felt like talking to a peer rather than a ‘teacher’. She covered topics from sex (obviously), porn, masturbation, STDs, consent, and everything else. I definitely learnt quite a bit, and I do think this is a book everyone should read. It covers a decent chunk of sex-ed in an entertaining way.
I rated it 4 stars. I did really love this book and learnt a bit, but I feel like some more topics could have gone more in-depth. But then, the book might be super long. Either way, it was still a really good read.
9) In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park and Maryanne Vollers
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I started this on March 23 and finished on April 3. This book showed up in my recommendations, and I was intrigued so I added it to my TBR.
This book gave me a lot of feels. Something that really stood out to me is thinking about where she was in her life in North Korea growing up, comparing it to how I grew up. We’re around the same age, so it really made me appreciate my own life more. It’s really a fascinating and heartbreaking look at her life in North Korea, and her long escape to South Korea.
I rated it 5 stars. There were times when I couldn’t put the book down and I was just horrified/fascinated by what I was reading. She really has been through a lot on her journey to freedom. I really recommend reading this.
10) Capture Your Style: Transform You Instagram Photos, Showcase Your Life, and Build the Ultimate Platform by Aimee Song
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I started this on March 30 and finished on April 11. Rory got me this as an anniversary present as he knew I was interested in it. This book has been going around in the blogging world and I was keen to read it.
I really enjoyed this book. There’s a lot of inspiration in it, Aimee’s instagram feed is definitely thing of beauty. Along with all the inspiration, she does give a lot of tips to taking outfit, selfies, food/travel/flat lay/architecture photos and more. As well as tips to try grow your Instagram following. I can see why so many people recommend getting this book.
I rated this 4 stars. As much as I loved  the book, I do take it with a grain of salt. I’m not able to document my life on Insta as she can with hers, since my blog is more a part time hobby rather than my full time job. One day I would love to be able to do that, but till then, I will store these tips and inspiration in my bookshelf and peruse them from time to time!
What books have you read lately?
Angela.
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Five Movie Reviews

Five Movie Reviews

Hey guys, I’ve watched a bunch of movies lately, and wanted to share my thoughts on them. Think of these as mini reviews. One of my goals for this year was to watch more movies, as I tend to stick to television shows. Netflix has come in handy for this, as I have a ton of options to choose from.

Here we go.

The Greatest Showman (2017)

Inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

The only movie on this list to be seen in the theatres. Rory and I were both fairly keen to watch this movie. I’m always fond of musicals, and since watching the movie, I still listen to a lot of the soundtrack.

Plot wise, the movie felt a little predictable to me. I also feel like they could have fleshed out more of the characters. That being said, the aesthetic, choreography, cinematography, music, and all that was amazing in the film. They nailed all of it and more, and it was definitely worth seeing on the big screen!

I rate it 4 stars.

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)

Nick cannot stop obsessing over his ex-girlfriend, Tris, until Tris’ friend Norah suddenly shows interest in him at a club. Thus beings an odd night filled with ups and downs as the two keep running into Tris and her new boyfriend while searching for Norah’s drunken friend, Caroline, with help from Nick’s band mates. As the night winds down, the two have to figure out what they want from each other.

I had just finished watching Juno, and felt that I could stand to watch another Michael Cera teen movie. So one January afternoon, while doing my jigsaw puzzle, I put this on.

I honestly didn’t care too much about this movie. It didn’t really grab me, and the characters felt quite one-dimensional. It pretty much became background noise, and I only checked in every now and then but could still keep up with the plot. In the end, it was just another teen comedy.

I rate it 2 stars.

Don Jon (2013)

New Jersey bartender Jon Martello knows what’s important: his friends, his family, his car, his church, his sexual conquests — and porn. In fact, Jon is a porn addict and has never had a genuine relationship with a woman. However, when he meets Barbara he has to change his operating methods, because Barbara won’t be bedded easily. For the first time in his life, Jon begins a real courtship, but his obsession with erotica threatens to ruin everything.

A more mature film choice, but it had Joseph Gordon Levitt and Scarlett Johanssen in it, so I was intrigued. Plus, the New Jersey accents in the trailer had me hooked.

I did pay more attention to this film. It was hilarious, sweet, weird, sometimes emotional and just so much fun. The plot of this felt like it could fall into that weird genre of movie that relies solely on raunchy humour and gags, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt pulled off something way better. Props to him.

I rate it 4 stars.

Something Borrowed (2011)

Though Rachel is a successful attorney and a loyal, generous friend, she is still single. After one drink too many at her 30th-birthday celebration, Rachel unexpectedly falls into bed with her longtime crush, Dex — who happens to be engaged to her best friend, Darcy. Ramifications of the liaison threaten to destroy the women’s lifelong friendship, while Ethan, Rachel’s confidant, harbors a potentially explosive secret of his own.

I felt like a traditional romcom, and this showed up in the list. I hadn’t heard of it, but it was filled with familiar faces so I gave it a go!

This was a cliche romance in the best way. Reading this gave me that same happy, light feeling when I read a fun chick-lit book. It was just fun, sometimes cringy, predictable, but also sweet. If you feel like a light rom-com to watch, then I recommend this one. Although, this is advertised as a romance drama, so maybe I shouldn’t have found it so funny.

I rate it 3 stars.

Blades of Glory (2007)

Figure skaters Chazz Michael Michaels and Jimmy MacElroy take their intense rivalry too far during the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City; both are banned from competition after a nasty brawl. After several years out of the public eye and hungry for glory, the men decide to set aside their feud and exploit a loophole that allows them to compete as a pair.

Rory put this on the tv, and I was in the same room. Otherwise I probably wouldn’t have watched this on my own.

So, Will Ferrell is one of those actors to me. Where I can’t place my finger on it, but I just don’t really like his films. I didn’t like Elf, and I couldn’t get through Anchorman. Kind of like Adam Sandler, I tend to avoid his films. This movie was indeed in his style of humour, silly, raunchy, sometimes gross, and a little cringy. But it got a few chuckles out of me, and once I realized that Amy Poehler and Will Arnett were also in this, I decided to stick it out. Honestly, it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. But it was very ridiculous and the green screens bugged me.

I rate it 3 stars.

This was kind of fun to write. Quick-fire reviews of some movies I’ve watched recently. What movie have you watched recently?

Angela.

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Empties Post

My first ever empties post! How exciting. Or we could think about this as the time that I finally remembered to save the trash of products and samples I had tried.

So here’s my collected empties:

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Lush Avobath Bath Bomb – While this one looked the least spectactular, it’s been my favourite bath bomb. Avocado, olive oil, lemongrass, rosewood, and other stuff all mixed together in hot water was perfect for a relaxing night in. I almost fell asleep in it, so maybe it was too relaxing, or I was really tired. Either way, I will get this one again.

Drunk Elephant TLC Glycolic Night Serum – I got this as a complimentary sample from an online order. I didn’t have too much of an opinion on this one. I could feel an effect from putting it on which weirded me out (I felt tingly), and while my face did feel smooth in the morning, I don’t think I’d try it again. It’s just too weird for me.

Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer Moonlight – Another complimentary sample, but unlike the previous one I really liked this one. It definitely gave me a more glowy look just from the small amount I used. I would definitely look into purchasing the full one.

DERMA E Vitamin C Concentrated Serum – I am quite sad that I recently finished this. I’ve been using it daily for the past few months, and on top of smelling citrus-y and nice, it did help to brighten my skin. I am on the lookout for it again.

YesTo Grapefruit Sleeping Mask – So all these next ones came from my Night Time Cozy Subscription Box. I had never tried a sleeping mask before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect and if it would make a mess. There was a decent bit of product so I rubbed it all in and after a few minutes it seemed to soak in which was good. When I woke up, there was nothing on my pillow luckily, my face felt refreshed, and when I rinsed it off, the refreshed feeling stayed. I prefer this to sheet masks that’s for sure. I don’t think I’d get it again though, I’m not too into masks in general.

Agadir Argan Oil Hair Treatment – I’m somewhat lazy when it comes to beauty treatments, and this one bugged me a little. Why? Well you had to shampoo your hair, towel dry slightly then put in the treatment and leave it in for 3-5 minutes. After that you needed to rinse it out. So this in and out of the shower business was somewhat annoying to me, but it did make my hair super soft and shiny for the day. Would I get it again? Probably not. It was fun to try though.

I had a lot of fun writing this. I’m definitely going to try save more of the products I try rather than immediately throwing them out 😀

Have you guys tried any of these products?

Angela.

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Angela Tries Beauty Box

Angela Tries Beauty Box

**This is a repost from back in June, but I felt like bringing it back!**

So, I could not think of a title for this, I kept going back and forth for ages. So whatever the title of this is, just know that I went through around 20 different variations.

Anyway, I mentioned in my latest weekend review that I tried out a random one-off beauty subscription box for fun. You get 5 products from different brands, as well as a free product that changes every week. The company that runs the subscription is Beauty Box. My only thought process of this was that it looked like it could be a fun way for me to try do a beauty post as I never do them, cause I have no idea how to. So who knows how this post will turn out? 😀 I will say though, please excuse the photos, they’re not the best, as I’m still trying to figure out the best selfie angles and such to show the products better.

Let’s have a look inside shall we?

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Flat lay expert I am

Okay, so starting with the freebie. This is Syrah Rouge Organic Lipstick. Kinda a long name. Anyway, the first thing I noted is that it kinda looked like a tampon. At least the packaging did. That’s what my brain first thinks apparently. Anyway, that aside, I looked at the lipstick itself. A very dark, bold colour which is very unlike me. I like my nude lipsticks. But hey, I’ll give it a go at least.

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I could not find a place to take selfies without the sun rudely interrupting

I will say, it goes on easily which is nice. It also didn’t smudge onto my teeth or anything so that’s also a positive. It moisturised my lips but didn’t make them feel weird. So all in all I liked it. It’s just waay too bold of a choice for me.

Now, onto the next product. In the green box is soap. Very nice smelling soap which is always a bonus for soap. The brand is Cocolicious, and the soap is “Frangipini-Lime”. Frangipini is a Polynesian flower, and lime is a fruit (which I’m sure you know). So it’s a floral, fruity smell which I really like in soap. Why do I keep saying soap?

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In terms of reviewing it, I don’t really know how to judge. I used it to wash my hands. My hands smelt nice. Am I doing this right?

Anyway, next up is this hilarious looking bottle. It’s called “Dessert”, and the tagline is “Sexy Girls have Dessert”. It’s “deliciously kissable whipped body cream”. I really feel like they want me to eat this product and not wear it. On the back though it says “This is a novelty item. It is not edible”. Alright, fine..killjoy. The smell is a coconut/chocolate mixture, which makes it seem even more edible really.

The funnest part is spraying it out, it comes out like whipped cream! The moisturiser is super light and foamy, once I rub it in I don’t even feel it. It’s that light! But my skin does feel moisturised, and now it smells like coconut and chocolate. Even better. Now I want to eat my arm. I’m going to have so much fun playing with this.

So now we get to more make up things. First thing is this blush, which I thought was another lipstick. Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick. Another long title. Also, I didn’t know blush stick was a thing. I thought it was just pressed powder. The more you know. Anyway, the colour is called “Pink Fever”. I am not the biggest fan of very pink make up and this looks pretty pink.

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Pink pink cheeks

So it says to either use your finger or a sponge, but I don’t have time to get a sponge (I did actually) so I just use my hand. I used a tiny layer and tried my best to blend it onto my cheeks. It’s already too pink for my liking. Especially since my cheeks are kinda naturally pink/red, I don’t feel the need to emphasize it. I probably won’t use this again.

Next up is this eyeliner. It’s by a brand called za? Za? zA? I don’t know, but there’s a Z and an A, and apparently they’re in New York. So this is called Ever Liner for eyes. It’s eyeliner basically. I like eyeliner, I normally use black liquid liner just cause it’s what I’m used to.

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This one was a little weird. It felt more like a pencil, and was kinda scratchy when I used it. Maybe I’m used to liquid liner, but this just felt weird. Also, it’s a browny-purply colour that I couldn’t see much, and I like black. So this was a miss for me as well.

Last up is this L’Oreal eyeshadow. It’s HiP, which apparently stands for High Intensity Pigments. The colour is Roaring, and they do indeed look very bright. Blue and brown. I’m cool with brown, but I feel like blue is too strong of a colour and difficult to work with. Especially that bright. I like neutral palettes. I’m all about the neutrals and ‘light’ makeup.

Anyway, I gave it a go. I like the brown colour, it’s a stronger brown than I normally go for, but the eyeshadow goes on quite well and smoother than my other one. Maybe I’ve just been doing it wrong. Anyway, I wasn’t sure what to do with the blue, so I just gently placed some along my lash line. I feel like it looks okay there, especially as I put it on quite light. Still don’t like the blue in general though. But hey, it was fun to play with.

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This was a lot of fun! It was cool to mess around with products I normally wouldn’t. I feel like I got $30 worth of experience out of this, so I may try this again some other time. I don’t know if I reviewed this well, and I feel like I got rambly and weird, but that’s just me. I don’t think I’d get this box every month though as then I would just build up a lot of products. I really like that moisturiser, I think that was my favourite. I love novelty things! 😀

Angela.

iZombie

iZombie

Well look at that. We finally made it to Z 😀

Z is for iZombie.

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I’m going to keep this post relatively short, as while I have loved this challenge, I’m also slightly burnt out from it. I’ve been posting these twice a week for 13 weeks!! That’s over three months! I’m very happy to have made it to the end, and will not take on something like this again 😀

Anyway, iZombie is a show I fell into by accident. I don’t remember how I found out about it, but I watch CW a lot in general since all the superhero shows are on there, and this sounded intriguing.

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Here’s the premise. Liv is a medical resident who decides to go to a party which ends up getting attacked by zombies. Are you hooked already? Anyway, Liv ends gets scratched and ends up a zombie. However, she is still determined to pass as a regular human, despite her super pale appearance, and general apathy (being dead tends to make you lose interest in things). She ends up working at a coroner’s office where she can secretly snack on fresh human brains (she puts them in things like smoothies or sandwiches). This also means she takes on traits of the brains she snacks on (as well as memories), which allows her to pretend to be a psychic and help out a detective solve crimes (specifically murders).

This show is silly, fun, and reminds me a little of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The perfect mix of horror, drama, and comedy. I really recommend checking it out!

Let’s end it on some random gifs!

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Anyway, I’m keen to know if anyone else has watched this show? Or heard of it? 😀

I plan to post one more time next Tuesday to do a little wrap up and masterpost of this A-Z Challenge, cause I am super proud that I managed to get it done!

Angela.

X-Men: Evolution

X-Men: Evolution

Thanks for sticking with me through the A-Z Challenge. We’re so close to the end!!

X is for X-Men: Evolution

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This is another show I remember loving and watching when I was younger. This series ran from 2000-2003, so for 9-12 year old me, this was my show. This caught my interest, because we saw the first X-Men movie in the theatres, not long before this first came on television. I have pretty much always been into superhero things it seems.

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Whose Line is it Anyway?

Whose Line is it Anyway?

Two weeks left! This show is another reality one, or to be more technical, it’s a comedy improv show.

W is for Whose Line is it Anyway.

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I watched this show a lot growing up. It was always on at some point or other, and often we’d watch it together. After it was off tv, and I discovered YouTube, I found it again. I’ve binged a lot of clips of it on over time.

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30 Day Movie Challenge – Days 1 and 2

30 Day Movie Challenge – Days 1 and 2

Well hello all, guess who’s doing another 30 Day Challenge. Also, guess who forgot until today she wanted to do another one. But hey, I started the last one 4 days left, so apparently I’m always late to everything. Anyway, I want to do another 30 Day challenge, because I loved the last one. This does mean that you’ll be hearing from me 2-3 times a day again. So sorry in advance for spamming you guys 😂

The challenge for this month is from Pinterest. Like previously, I’m going to keep the prompts to myself so it can be a surprise for you guys. Also, since the last challenge was about me and my blog, I wanted to do something different. I talk about movies a little, and this challenge will encourage me to talk about them more and a little more in-depth.

Okay, enough rambling Angela. Get ready for days 1 and 2.

Day 1 – The Last Movie You Watched

Star Wars Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

I am slowly watching all the Star Wars movies as part of my bucket list. I tried to watch the first prequel and got so bored I couldn’t finish it (Why The Phantom Menace, why do you suck?). So instead we went with the original trilogy.  I enjoyed A New Hope, but I really really loved Empire Strikes Back!

All the best things happen in this one, all the iconic scenes and lines. I thought the “I Am Your Father” was in the last one, but apparently not. I paid attention throughout the whole film, and even got tense during some of it, even though I know what happens in the end. Also, Yoda is high af. Was he always like that??

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I vaguely remember him in the newer prequels (Star Wars is so damn confusing), and he seemed more serious and ‘wise’. In this one, he’s just plain crazy.

Anyway, this was what a sequel should be. It raised the stakes from the first movie, the acting, cinematography and music were all gorgeous, and like I said before, it’s iconic! I’m excited to see the last Star Wars movie soon. (I’ve already seen all the newer ones), and then I’m crossing it off the bucket list (I don’t care to see the prequels ever again).

Day 2 – A Favourite Fantasy Movie

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II

This took ages to think on. I knew that HP would be my favourite fantasy film ever in all time. But which one?? Finally, I landed on the last one.

You guys have no idea (or maybe some do), the hype that I had leading up to this film. I watched each trailer at least 1000 times. Even rewatching it, I feel butterflies again. Watching it at midnight, I was so happy that I was crying the whole time pretty much. It went back and forth from happy to sad crying. Afterwards, I left the movie feeling drained and knowing I would never feel this way about another film ever again. And I haven’t.

Here is one of the best scenes, featuring the best spell by the best boss witch.

Looking back, the film isn’t perfect. (Why did Harry break the Elder wand before fixing his own, now he’s wandless the idiot.) But overall, the film was amazing. The music was perfect. The acting of the main cast shows how far they came from when they started. The battle of Hogwarts was insane. For us who grew up with Harry Potter (both the books and the movies), it was a fitting end.

So I just went off and watched more of this movie and I cried again. It keeps getting me, after all this time 😢

Anyway! Hope you guys enjoyed Days 1 and 2 of this movie challenge! If anyone else wants to join feel free too! Flick me an email if you want a copy of the full list. Let’s get into some movies together!

Angela.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

We’ve made it to V on the A-Z Challenge! Two more weeks left 🙂

V is for Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Buffy is often credited as one of the greatest shows of our time. It is a blast to watch, the writing and acting is amazing, and was also the one who started the trend of having a musical episode (Once More With Feeling), amongst other stand alone amazing episdoes (Hush, Zeppo, The Body…) It’s just such a fun show, and I get sucked in. It’s reached cult status since first coming out in 1997, and has produced lots of spin-offs, merchandise, and is often studied and parodied in popular culture.

Also, it has a fun opening theme.

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