true statements

Whilst perusing an old Reader’s Digest during my receptionist duty at work, I came across this interesting book:

True Tales of Life, Love, and Credit Card Bills

Statements by Amy Borkowsky, in which the author retells ten years of her life through an archive of credit card statements. In a world of done-before chick lit, this book breaks boundaries and is prized with rave reviews by readers at amazon.com (where you can find excerpts, and purchase the book, as I have). A witty, smart, peek into a single-woman’s lifestyle, this is a book we’re absolutely stoked to dig into.

8 drugstore scores

Most college students and young professionals are living on a budget. But of course, we all want to look our best at all times. I’m a self-described “high-maintenance” girl, but that does not necessarily equate to high-cost. I’ve always been a firm believer (and living proof) that you don’t need to be a slave to high-end, costly products to look really pretty. Here are 8 of my most recent favorite (and old standby) drugstore products, and why they’re so good.

1. Rimmel Clear Complexion Coverstick ($4) I never used to use concealer until this. It’s amazing and so simple; as well as dual purpose to help heal blemishes. I have a lot of acne on my jawline, and as I’ve started to use this it’s mostly just to cover up scars rather than new blemishes. For a bargain products it’s great underneath makeup and over as a touch-up as needed.

2. Physician’s Formula Summer Eclipse Bronzing & Shimmery Face Powder in Sunlight ($11) I’m tan year-round so I’m an addict for bronzers, I have so many. My usual gripe with bronzers is they either contain too much shimmer or glitter (makes you look like a disco ball) or none at all (which gives a flat, muddy appearance). This bronzer has the right balance of both, with a light gold glitter that’s very finely milled. You can always add highlighter or shimmer powder for a fiercer, brighter nighttime look.

3. Tresseme Tres Two Hairspray ($4) I used to swear by Joico’s Joimist, now I only use this. It’s about $10 cheaper and it does the same thing. You want a microfine mist with a light hold, this is the stuff you want–you’d be crazy to spend a penny more.

4. Softlips Lip Balm in Vanilla ($3 for two) I keep this stuff everywhere. It smells amazing. Guys like it. My mom always wants to borrow it. It’s a staple, you shouldn’t go anywhere without it.

5. Max Factor Lash Lift Mascara ($7) I keep a bunch of these on hand, too. I’m always getting compliments on my lashes when people see me. I use the black–and it’s amazing. When I find a good mascara, I stick with it. I don’t see how any department store brand could outperform this product considering its price.

6. Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque ($5) This stuff is so good, I read about it in Allure last year; it’s been around forever. It’s a beauty classic, like a “goopy dreen Dyson for pores.” It tightens skin right up and sucks up oil like no tomorrow. I love it!

7. Bonne Bell Lip Lites in Vanilla Swirl ($3) I’ve been using this stuff since I was 13, no joke. Use it alone and it’s way too frosty and light, but tone it down with a slick of lip balm before or a clear gloss and it’s amazing. A bit extra on the center of lips makes them look fuller (not that I need the help)!

8. Revlon Bedroom Eyes Powder Liner in Smokin’ ($11) I think they already discontinued this, which depresses me. It was a limited time product that I hope they bring back because I swear by it. No more need to smudge that liner. I only use it on my upper lashline and it is just so sultry and sexy. It can be tricky to learn to apply without the powder migrating to your cheeks or giving you “racoon eyes,” but I’ve perfected a head-tilt technique and it comes out awesome everytime; this stuff really makes my eyes pop! The best thing is that it’s automatically imperfect, smudgy, sultry–and it’s just the most genius move for eyeliner in so long.

shockingly tacky

I watch E! like religion, but Katie & Peter has never been one of my favorites, mostly because I find Katie Price to be vacant and obnoxious (not to mention completely drowning within her own artifice) but the latest installment detailing the events of their 2005 pink-encrusted, fairytale nuptuals definitely took the cake.

I’m all for pink and froufrou (in my own world I scream it), and when you make bank exploiting yourself, money’s no object so why not splurge on an insanely foofy, all-out wedding with a Cinderella carriage and whatnot? Because it’s just so tacky, and the world is laughing at you.  Well, at least tittering behind your back, or to the entire British press. The dress was “pretty,” but it was like a 6-year old’s dress-up. Nothing timeless or truly beautiful or fashionable about it; Vera Wang would shudder at the thought of styling Katie.

Perhaps subtract the giant blinged-out crown (which looks like it would be more at home on top of a perfume bottle) and mute the pink of the dress and it would be a lot classier. But then also…a lot less Katie and Peter.

We think their repeat performance was much better, with Katie in a soft cream satin dress.

Far more elegant, bravo!

Mandy Moore's Wild Hope

I purchased this album about a month ago after only hearing the first single, “Extraordinary,” and it hasn’t come out of my car yet. It always seems like the best thing to listen to when you want to reflect on things and be with yourself. It’s not loud or ostentatious–it’s as Mandy promised it to be–a very personal record, and her self-proclaimed “last shot.”

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It’s quiet “girl music” if nothing else. Perfect for reflecting on a breakup and promising yourself new beginnings, Mandy’s breathy vocals are rich and raw throughout. The lyrics are beautiful and exposed. There’s the haunting self-titled track, Wild Hope (“walk alone/Through the crowded streets into the fading gray/Here and gone/Like a decoration for the holiday”); the achy self-ballad Gardenia (“I’m the one who likes Gardenia/I’m the one who likes to make love on the floor/I don’t want to hang up the phone yet/It’s been good/Getting to know me more”).

Wild Hope has received a spectrum of reviews, but at least she can be credited with a serious musical effort (after desperately shedding her prior sugar-sweet teen-pop image) and her talents commended. Above all else, this is an album to be listened to and cherished, because it makes you think, and perhaps more importantly, encourages you to feel. Far from generic, Wild Hope is infused with sparse acoustic accompaniment and a bit of vintage flavor, maybe Carly Simon or Sheryl Crow’s earlier recordings. There’s something breezy and special about the quality of this album, you want your windows down and the volume up, but it’s not the typical tunes you’d crank–but it all still works somehow, beautifully at that.

Any young woman who has been through a bitter struggle of relationships and self-discovery will relate to these lyrics. Though bittersweet at times, the tone of the album is hopeful and that’s what makes it so listenable. There’s an authenticty to every track, Mandy wrote all the songs herself. It’s an emotional, specific album that you have to be in the mood to listen to. I can honestly predict that men will generally not understand this piece, and that’s just fine…some things we need to keep just for ourselves.

Tracklisting

1 Extraordinary
2 All Good Things
3 Slummin’ In Paradise
4 Most Of Me
5 Few Days Down
6 Can’t You Just Adore Her?
7 Looking Foward
8 Wild Hope
9 Nothing That You Are
10 Latest Mistake
11 Ladies’ Choice
12 Gardenia

Versace Bright Crystal


Inspired by a mixture of Donatella Versace’s favorite floral fragrances, Bright Crystal is a fresh, sensual blend of refreshing chilled yuzu and pomegranate mingled with soothing blossoms of peony, magnolia, and lotus flower, warmed with notes of musk and amber.
Notes:
Iced Accord, Yuzu, Pomegranate, Peony, Magnolia, Lotus Flower, Acajou, Vegetal Amber, Musk.
Style:
Sheer. Sensual. Luminous.


I liked it, it’s very light and pretty, great for everyday. It was $62 but worth it I think.