May Things

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

"Seek to be worth knowing rather than well known."
Sandra Turley

May was a good month. I bought a new car, spent a night eating my weight in Indian food with friends, decorated my living room a bit more, had a family bike trip and picnic for Mother's Day, ran my fastest 5K, got my own domain, tried a class at Orange Theory, got brunch in the city with friends, and did the (Half) Murph Challenge for Memorial Day.

In spite of all that, my free time has felt very laid back. I never felt like I was trying to cram a lot of things into a short amount of time. May felt balanced.

I'm really happy with the content I've put out this month. I wrote a little something on life, time, and what to do with it all. I reviewed my first FabFitfun box and shared my thoughts on bullet journaling so far. I also wrote a pretty personal piece about overcoming whatever negativity is holding you back.

Why am I just now discovering Ecotools brushes? They are SO SOFT. I bought a big powder brush and a smaller blush brush from this brand and love using them both.

Lately I've been using BB cream instead of foundation. It feels lighter on my face, doesn't dry out my skin (since it's less about coverage and more about moisturizing/hydrating), and matches my skin tone. Since I'm so pale, foundation tends to make my skin tone slightly darker, even with the lightest shades. BB cream just evens it out. I haven't used BB cream before, so I'm not sure what brands are best. For now, I've been using Maybelline. If there are others you would recommend, let me know!

Possibly my new favorite eyeliner: Physician's Formula Eye Booster. The tip is flexible enough where it's easy to use but firm enough to still be precise. I've used eyeliners whose tips are so flexible and bend so much that it's hard to apply it exactly where and how you want.

"Hush" on Netflix. It's the common thriller plot of a person being terrorized by a masked killer, only the "person" in this instance is a deaf woman. With no hearing or vocal abilities, she can't hear when the killer is coming or scream for help.

"I Hate U I Love U" by Gnash. Those lyrics. They're good.

"Anna Faris is Unqualified," a podcast described as "not-great relationship advice from completely unqualified Hollywood types." There are essentially two parts to every episode: Anna Faris chatting with the celebrity friend, and the two of them giving advice to a caller. The most engaging aspect is that it feels very real and genuine. The guests aren't plugging their new books or TV shows. They're just there to talk and have fun like regular people.

"It's so rare to have somebody that's out for your best interests, that's not invidious, that's never threatened. [...] It's not about women, it's about people. Either you're a fucking good person and you're a good soldier and you're gonna do the right thing and you're not gonna lie and cheat and steal, or you're not."
– Chelsea Handler

My April reading list was pathetically short and I said I'd make up for it this time around, so HERE YA GO: 

"Dear Internet, Stop Telling Me To Quit My Job." One of my favorite reads from this month. "Having an interesting life and having a day job aren't mutually exclusive things."

"Bad Timing," something short but sweet.

Jedidiah Jenkins' reason for writing.

"Stop Trying To 'Eat Pray Love' Your Life." A trip can just be a trip. It doesn't have to be a life-changing event.

"This Moment Is Enough," about appreciating moments in life as they are.

"My Experience With Buying Pregnancy Tests." Loved this. A woman buying a pregnancy test is always viewed as an "uh-oh" moment when that is not necessarily the case.

"Kristen Bell’s Stance On Mental Health Is Positively Perfect." Yes, it is.

"Pe-TISH-Ion," because even ten-year-olds can be affected by the unrealistic beauty standards perpetuated by the media.

"Hair," a little something about women doing things for themselves.

Will Traynor is a successful, wealthy, and adventurous man who has always lived his life to the fullest. Until, that is, an accident left him permanently disabled and confined to a wheelchair. His venturesome spirit fizzles out. This is where twenty-six-year-old Louisa Clark comes in. Serving as Will's caretaker, she is determined to prove to him that life is worth living.

Everyone seemed to be reading this AND its movie is coming out soon, so I jumped on the bandwagon and read it myself. It's advertised as a love story, but it's so much more than that. This is not a girl-meets-boy, boy-meets-girl, love-at-first-sight Nicholas Sparks-esque kind of story. It's a book about life, really, and the way the story progressed felt realistic, which is something I love to find in a book. I read it in three or four sittings. It's become one of my favorites. So good.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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  1. Ecotools brushes are the best! They're super soft and so affordable and eco friendly! I love them!


    Tamara -

    1. Yes!! I'm surprised that such great brushes are so affordable!

  2. I love these favorites, they are so different from the usual ones :) Refreshing. Also, I'm super excited for Me Before You movie! x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    1. Thank you! And me too – the trailer alone had me a little teary!

  3. I loved Me Before You. It was a very unusual read and it left me heartbroken. FO' REAL. I really wasnt expecting what awaited in the end so it was really hard to digest. I cried silently in my pillow for few hours because it just felt like my heart would burst.

    Noor | Noor's Place

    1. I didn't expect it to be as great as it was! and I FEEL YOU.. I don't cry at books, but this one had me tear up a little bit.

  4. Me Before You is my favorite book! After I read the book, I cried for a good 2 weeks. I saw the movie on Friday when it was released and it was really good. It lived up to the novel and I cried like a baby again.

    1. That's interesting, because I saw the movie the week it came out and thought it was average! It felt rushed to me. But that could be because I had my expectations so high after loving the book so much. Maybe I'll like it more if I watch it later on. I'm glad you enjoyed it though! I'm curious what people who DIDN'T read the book thought of the movie.

      Thank you for commenting! xo