September 2017 Favorites!!

Happy Wednesday everyone I hope you are all enjoying your week! Okay, all together now say it with me, I can’t believe it’s that time already for monthly favorites! Where did the time go?? Okay, got that out of the way, let’s jump in shall we?

September 2017 Favorites

Let’s start off with the non beauty item this month, which is my script for Richard III. That’s right you read it correctly, my SCRIPT! I have been cast in Richard III as Lady Anne with the East End Mobile Theatre Company!! This is such a dream come true and it has been absolutely amazing and I am so honored and lucky to be back with my beloved Shakespeare!

Okay let’s get on to some beauty products!

First up we have Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips, which hurt like a b****! But actually work pretty darn well. I’ve noticed I have had some black heads but that is weird for me because I have never had black heads. Well long story short I was talking to a coworker who is also an esthetician and she told me that it’s not black heads, it’s coffee grinds. So she recommended me these to help and I’ve been doing them consistently and so far they actually do work BUT THEY HURT SO MUCH.

Next up I have been IN LOVE with Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Balm it’s absolute perfection and tastes great. The only problem I have with it is that it’s such a thick consistency (which works wonders) that when you apply you move the bullet and I’m pretty sure it’s going to break off very soon and I’ve only been using it for about two weeks. So it looks like I’ll go back to the original for now which is a shame. Still love this though, just got to be super duper careful when applying.

Finally I have fallen back in love with an eyeshadow from MAC and it’s a matte eyeshadow in the shade “Saddle” which is this gorgeous terracotta brown perfect for this time of year, though I wear it all year long haha!

And that’s everything I’ve been loving this month!

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

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Mini Sephora Haul!!

Happy Friday everyone!! Fiction Friday is taking a pause this week so I figured a good old Sephora Haul would be a great thing replace it for this week!

Let’s jump right in shall we?

Sephora Haul Sept 2017

This trip was not planned… Mostly because I was off, it was a gorgeous day to drive with the top down and I headed west and ended up by the mall.

So I picked up things that I have been wanting to try and totally caved.

I picked up from Ouai Haircare their Wave Spray! I used to use wave sprays all the time and really liked them because they enhanced my natural waves in my hair and gave my hair some texture because of how soft and slippy my hair is. Also Ouai seems to be a brand that everyone is loving recently so I’m excited to give it a try!

Next from YSL, I picked up their new Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain in the shade 23 Singular Taupe. I’ve worn this once and I am so in love with it. It basically is the shade of my lips but matte. It’s so lightweight and comfortable and it wore so so well. I love the packaging, it has that delicious signature YSL scent, and the applicator is so unique and wonderful. A tad pricey but it really is a great product.

And then I used some of my points to pick up my absolute favorite liquid liner by Kat Von D, her Tattoo Liner in the shade Trooper (which is her black). It honestly is the best liquid liner I’ve used ever, I love it.

That’s all she wrote folks! I hope you enjoyed my little haul and I’ll see ya next time with yet again another Monthly Favorites!

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

September 2017 Ipsy Bag!!

Happy Wednesday everyone!! I hope you’re all have a great week! Last week, I received my Ipsy bag this month and it’s a great one (though I mostly say that for all of them… Yes I am aware haha).

September Ipsy Bag

This months theme is “Like. A. Boss.” and they really nailed what they were going for. All of these products will absolutely make you feel like a boss. And oh my goodness, I am OBSESSED with this bag!

First up I got from “NeoGen Dermalogy” their “Real Flower Cleansing Water”, which we all know I am a huge fan of micellar water so I am super interested to see the difference between this and my “YesToCoconuts” micellar water that I love so much!

Next up, we have from everyone’s beloved ColourPop, their “Brow Boss” and I got the shade Dark Brown. It’s a super thin pencil on one end and on the other a nice little spooly brush! I’m not one for brow products and trying a bunch of them but I’ve only heard good things.

Then from the brand “Beauty For Real” their I-Line 24-7 Eyeliner in the shade Black Magic. This is just your basic twist up pencil eyeliner! But it looks super promising and I’m really looking forward to giving this a try especially since I’ve been stepping away from liquid liner recently!

And from Elizabeth Mott, we have their “Pop! Goes The Shadow” premium eye shadow in the shade “Toasted” and though I really am not a fan of the packaging, the shadow itself looks gorgeous! A great shimmery brown shade, which come on, is right up my alley! So I can’t wait to use it!

Finally, we have one of my favorite mascaras from Tarte which is their “Lights, Camera, Lashes” mascara. This one is so great and gives you great volume and is super build-able. We all know I love Tarte so I’m not going to go too crazy telling you all how much I love it!

But that is everything that I got this month!! I hope you loved your Ipsy bag this month, this was definitely one of my favorites and I hope you found this enjoyable!

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

Fiction Friday ~ “Counting Descent”

Happy Fiction Friday once again! Today I want to talk to you about this absolutely powerful and incredible book of poems by Clint Smith. Let’s jump right in shall we?

Counting Descent

Not only are these poems beautiful, impactful, gentle, strong, moving, heartbreaking and hopeful; but they are also beautiful to look at. I know that’s a weird way to talk about poems but it’s true. Clint Smith, not only took careful thought into what words he wrote but how he placed them on the page, like “Playground Elegy” which looks like a slide.

On the back cover, like most books, have reviews from important people, I think the quote by Kiese Laymon said it perfectly, “Counting Descent is more than brilliant. More than lyrical. More than bluesy. More than courageous. It is terrifying in its ability to at once not hide and show readers why it wants to hide so badly. These poems mend, meld and imagine with weighted details, pauses, idiosyncrasies, and word patterns I’ve never seen before.”

And if that’s not hitting the nail on the head, I don’t know what is. If poetry seems daunting to you, I promise you this collection is not. It’s real, it’s raw, it’s important; more so now than ever.

Two of my favorite lines from this book are:

“Perhaps that is when I became afraid
of needing anything beyond myself.”      -page 9, Something You Should Know 

“…but words were the only
way I ever knew how to fight.”                -page 33,  How To Fight 

 

 

 

Honestly, find this book, read it, read it again and then read it one more time.

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

A Day in “29rooms”!!

Happy Wednesday everyone, I hope you are all having a wonderful week so far! Today, I wanted to share some pictures from Monday when I went into Brooklyn with a dear friend and we had a blast with Refinery29 with their 29rooms! It was such a fun, three hour, interactive artistic experience that was just so incredibly fun to be a part of!

It is really hard to describe, be prepared for a ton of pictures! But basically there are 29 rooms and each was created and collaborated with a different artist (like Emma Roberts and Jake Gyllenhaal and the incredible Alexa Meade) and were all centered around different topics, mediums, senses and all interactive! There was a snow globe you could stand in, a foam pit like in gymnastics when we were kids, a room with punching bags, lanterns you could paint and write messages on and sooooo much more!

29rooms

Here is me and my dear friend Marie, ironically we missed this when we were walking in to the rooms, we were too excited to get in that we took this picture on the way out haha!

29rooms Ulta

Ulta had a room, which was so cool and so pink and orange and a MAKEUP CAROUSEL! We got put on the section with a palette, but there was a giant lipstick, nail polish and instead of horses they were unicorns!

29rooms Lanters

These are all the paper lanterns!  This was definitely one of my favorite rooms because of how interactive it was. These were filled with messages of positivity, love, a TON of “Fuck Trump” and a ton of “DACA is Loved”. Walking through this one made me remember that people aren’t all bad, and NYC though a tough city, is filled with fantastic people.

29rooms Typewriter

Oh just your friendly, neighborhood blogger sitting on a typewriter next to a quote from Joan Didios and Jane Austen on the wall. …this was also one of my favorites.

29rooms Hear Our Voice

Okay this one was also my favorite, leave me alone, they were all great! But this one had a giant neon sign that said “Hear Our Voices” and this floors and walls were filled with posters like these. It had a table in the middle with every senators name and address for every state with postcards that you can write on and then a mailbox to put it in, to make your voice heard. This room was so positively and fiercely charged when I walked into it, it was amazing.

29rooms Care No Matter What

Another room I love was the room by Planned Parenthood. So powerful, so important. Care, no matter what.

And lastly, I’ll end with a photo taken by Marie, she’s such a great photographer and when I get to see her, we always end up with great pictures and even greater memories. Thank you so much for coming with me Marie!

Brooklyn

This photo, captured beautifully by Marie, caught me in thought about September 11th looking out on the city skyline that has changed drastically in my lifetime. We were at the event on 9/11 and this day never gets any easier. It still feels like yesterday. I could tell you where I was, what I was doing, what I was reading, what I was wearing and exactly what happened. I will never forget it, and I never want to forget it. It is such a heavy day, and just remember to hug your loved ones tighter and say I love you more often. And if no one has told you lately, I love you.

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

Fiction Friday ~ “No Other Darkness”!!

Happy Fiction Friday everyone!! I hope you are all doing well! Today, DI Marnie Rome is back because I’m so insanely obsessed and in love with Sarah Hilary’s crime novels.

So let’s jump right into the second book of our beloved DI Marnie Rome and DS Noah Jake!

No Other Darkness Sarah Hilary

Like the last post about DI Marnie Rome, there really isn’t much I can say about this book without giving things away. But I will say that it is just as gripping and just as intense as the first one.

We have this book centered around the death of two small boys and a family that was torn apart by postpartum psychosis. And of course, everything isn’t always as it seems.

Honestly, writing posts about this series is the hardest thing I have ever written because I want to get you all as excited as I am about this series but I can’t really tell you anything without giving things away because I want you to be just as surprised and shocked as I was! It’s so hard! And I wrote a thesis about the importance of Shakespearian Soliloquies for Character Development in Actors!

Just, just read it. Please. If you really love mysteries and crime novels, what are you even doing, you need to read it. If you are unsure if mysteries and crimes novels are your thing, read this and they will become your thing.

Sarah Hilary is an absolute genius crime author and she needs more recognition. Everyone needs to know who she is.

And the offer still stands, if they want to make this into a movie I AM SO AVAILABLE TO PLAY DI MARNIE ROME! I WOULD LOVE NOTHING MORE!

So that’s it for this Fiction Friday, I’m sorry it’s just a lot of me rambling but I don’t (want to) and won’t give anything away!

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

August 2017 Favorites!!

Happy Wednesday everyone!! I hope you are all doing well! Today, a tad late, but here it is! Things that I have been loving in the month of August! And let me just say, thank goodness it’s September because I am so ready for summer to be over and to be in autumn and winter!!  Anyway… Let’s get into the favorites shall we?

August 2017 Favorites

Let’s start off with the playbill or the “OhanaBill”! This is the playbill from the show I was in this month; “Broadway With a Twist”! I had the immense honor to be a part of this show for so many reasons but I hope that I get to be working with this amazing company again real soon! Fingers crossed!

Next up I have been absolutely LOVING the Simple Micellar Make-Up Remover Wipes! These are 10x better than their normal ones, in my opinion! And their original ones were the only makeup wipes I would use! But these are so so incredible. They are so gentle, the wipe itself is super soft and gentle and it does an AMAZING job at taking off makeup. Personally, I think it takes makeup off better than their original makeup wipes! Anyway, if you’re looking for some new makeup wipes, seriously, try these!

I have also been loving the BARE Republic Natural Mineral Sunscreen Lip Balm with SPF 30 (I have the flavor Mojito! But I think it only comes in one flavor). This stuff has been great when I have been outside this summer, honestly nothing is worse that sunburn on your lips, trust me! Though this does tend to leave a bit of white cast on your lips but just make sure to smush your lips together and you’ll be fine! We all know I love this brand but I’m telling you, they’re great and so affordable! I have not burned once this summer, and I was in Florida during the summer haha!

And finally, we all know if we read last weeks post about the Tarte Tartiest Lip Paint in the shade “Bestie”, I wrote an entire post about it so I won’t go into too much detail here but seriously, it’s great, I love it and I don’t know why I haven’t worn this everyday of my life.

That’s everything I’ve been loving this month! Sorry it’s not a lot, August was crazy busy with work, rehearsals, performing and seeing some old friends! But I feel so excited and rejuvenated for fall and I hope you are too!

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy