There’s nothing like buying makeup when you’re not leaving your house, and when you do you’re wearing a mask, right? With a gift card and an expiring free birthday gift, it seemed like a good time to place a Sephora order. Here’s what I got: […]
The Cactus by Sarah Haywood
Susan Green is what some would describe as ‘prickly’. She has a job she tolerates, and apartment that serves its purpose, and a family that is often more trouble than Susan appreciates. She likes to do things by the book, and she takes what she believes to be a logical approach to everything in life.
When Susan’s mother dies unexpectedly (but not that unexpectedly in Susan’s mind), Susan is forced to re-evaluate her priorities, her relationships, and her approach to life.
I think maybe I’m being too generous with 2 stars. I really didn’t enjoy this one. Susan is an unlikeable, and kind of unrealistic, character. It was hard to rally behind her and grow to like her when she showed growth. I gave it 2 stars, because I really couldn’t put it down. I zoomed through it just trying to see how it would end.
I very much love subscription boxes and bags. As a long-time lipstick lover, Lip Monthly has intrigued me for a while. I was finally drawn in by the allure of a $5 bag advertised in an Instagram ad. I am a sucker, yes.
I then went to cancelled and was offered another $5 bag, so I thought I might as well again. My credit card was charged on August 1st, and I received the bag on August 31st.
Here’s what was in the bag:
On the website, it’s lauded as a highlighter stick. This particular shade lends itself more towards being a blush. It’s okay. I feel like it’s a little too pale maybe? I’m not sure. It’s not really my favourite.
I just can’t see myself ever using either of these lip glosses. They’re a little thick and gloopy. The pink shade is too pale for me, and the glittery one is just something I would never use.
This is a nice thing to have I guess. I don’t think I would actively buy it. I do like a duo product, and I think this is a nice colour.
This is a pretty pigmented shadow. I don’t feel like it’s particularly creamy. I feel like I will use this, but it’s a little more cool-toned than I might usually go for.
Overall, I was pretty disappointed in the bag – even for $5. I was waiting to see what was in this bag before cancelling – which was a mistake. I got it on August 31, and they charge on the first of the month. I did cancel immediately, but I am still getting the September bag – I think. I did email them asking to cancel this month’s bag but haven’t heard back so we will see!
Mini M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies I couldn’t resist picking up some mini m&m’s at the bulk food store, and thought that cookies would be the best vehicle for them. I used the chocolate chip cookie recipe from the Joy of Cooking. I replaced half of […]
The mojito has been my drink of summer 2020.
They’re easy, refreshing, and I almost always have the ingredients on hand. It may be the unofficial end to summer this weekend, but I’m unwilling to let it go by without a drink in hand. The Blueberry Mojito is the perfect adieu to summer.
I like making cocktails in mason jars. How pinterest of me, I know. I just like that I can twist on a lid, shake, and reduce how many dishes I’m using.
I used frozen blueberries for this recipe. I like to buy them when they’re in seasons and freeze them.
Also, you could probably find blueberry simple syrup at the local grocers, or cocktail specialty store, but it’s super easy to make. I combined 2 cups of sugar, 2 cups of water and a cup of blueberries in a saucepan on the stove until the sugar dissolved and the syrup became a little thicker. This made a LOT of simple syrup, but I figured I’d use it for other cocktails (blueberry whisky sour, blueberry margarita, blueberry mule!)
You could easily make this a mocktail by omitting the rum!
- 5-10 Blueberries
- 5-10 Mint Leaves
- 1 oz Rum
- 1 oz Lime Juice
- 1 oz Blueberry Simple Syrup
- Soda Water
- 1 quarter Lime
- Add most of the blueberries and mint to the bottom of the glass, use a muddler or spoon to muddle
- Add the rum, lime juice, and blueberry simple syrup, then add the ice and shake
- If using a cocktail shaker, pour into your glassware, if using a mason jar with a lid, continue on my friend
- Top off with as much soda water as you’d like, and squeeze in the lime
- Add the squeezed lime, and the rest of the blueberries and mint as garnish
- Impress everyone with your cool and tasty beverage
My fandom of Big Brother has come in ebbs and flows in the last two decades. I vividly remember watching season 3 on the little TV in my bedroom at the tender age of 10. I continued to watch for years, but gave up in […]