REVIEW | In Real Life by Cory Doctorow + Jen Wang

How do the decisions we make in the worlds we've created online affect our REAL lives? This is a question I had to ponder as I flipped through the pages of Cory Doctorow's graphic novel In Real Life, illustrated by Jen Wang. Keeping this thought in mind, I was able to thoroughly enjoy reading along and sympathizing with teenage characters who learned that the two worlds oftentimes collide with lasting effects.

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2018 Beauty Resolutions

I know to some, beauty resolutions may sound a bit trivial, but I love to set beauty goals. Why? Because this is one of the ways I remind myself to take the best care of ME. And while self-care doesn’t exactly equate to getting facials and pedicures at any given time, for some of us it does help. For one, it builds confidence. It helps me feel so much better when my hair is in place, my skin is glowing, my body is soft + moisturized, and my toes are pedicured with a pretty shade of pink. And who doesn’t deserve to feel good about themselves?

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I will admit, however, that last year was a bust as far as my beauty goals went. I won’t say I completely let myself go, but I did stop paying attention to the things that made me feel my personal best.

LIPSTICK LOVE | NYX Lip Lingerie in Honeymoon

There's nothing like having a nice, nude lipstick in your beauty arsenal. Nude lipsticks can be worn anywhere, at any time, and for any occasion. They pair well with natural eye looks, glamorous ones, or even smoky-eye looks of varying shades. And if it happens to be an affordable nude lippie? That's even better!

I'm always on the hunt for a perfect nude lipstick, and thankfully I've come across many. This feat, however, has been met with a lot of resistance. For one, the nude lipstick shades I see online rarely look the same on me once I get them home and on my lips. I have found quite a few "my lips but better" shades, but that's been well after testing out lipstick after lipstick. Last year, as I was trying out the popular NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks, I came across quite a few affordable nudes. A line from NYX Cosmetics that claims to have a "nude for everybody" brought us 24 shades of neutral lippies with cute lipstick names to boot.

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On a whim, I grabbed up NYX Lip Lingerie in Honeymoon and it's been love ever since. And every time I rock it, someone is asking me about it. Since it's become a favorite lipstick of mine, I decided I'd share a bit more about it here on the blog so you can weigh the pros and cons and see if this is a great lippie to add to your collection as well.

Review | Quiet Girl in a Noisy World by Debbie Tung

Have you ever felt like a quiet girl is a noisy world? Do you often find yourself overwhelmed by everything going on around you? Are you one of those people who can't wait to get home after a long day and retreat to your privacy, phone off and all? If you are one of these people, you can probably relate to author Debbie Tung and her new book, Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story.

Children's Bookshelf | Eli's 1st Winter Carnival

It warms my heart to see my children beam with excitement over a new book--especially my youngest son. It takes him a while to warm up to anything new. But seeing characters that look like him in his storybooks is what really makes the connection. This was the case for Eli's 1st Winter Carnival by Lisa Bowen and illustrated by Nina Vanessa Pontillas.

Eli’s 1st Winter Carnival by Lisa Bowen takes readers on an adventure-filled day with Eli and his family for Winter Carnival. Through vibrant, beautifully illustrated images by Nina Vanessa Pontillas and easy-to-read storytelling by Lisa Bowen, readers can get in on the fun through the eyes of the youngest in the family.

Review | Depression and Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim

When is the last time you read a book of poetry that literally shook you to your core? Reading Depression and Other Magic Tricks felt like I was reading Sabrina Benaim’s personal journal. It was an intimate experience, as I’ve never read an author write with such raw and honest emotion about depression. And with every poem I read, I grew more and more intrigued to read the next straight away.

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