books · Lifestyle

Monthly Book Recommendation #1

Good evening fellow blog readers!

Aside from writing, one of my favorite things to do is read. (That should be a given.) So I’m deciding to do book recommendations from now on. Yay!

The first book I am going to recommend is one I read recently in my book club.

“Artemis” by Andy Weir

“Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.” 

(Synopsis from Goodreads.com)

This is a good one. If you like Sci-Fi, you’ll definitely love this one.

It has a strong female lead, it’s action-packed, and it’s about life on the moon. What more could you ask for?

With some books, I have a hard time pushing through the book. I have to force myself to keep reading. Artemis was one of those books where I didn’t feel that way. I finished the book in about 3 days (which is quick for myself).

When reading, some books have little quirks and whatnot that seem to bother me. Artemis is one of those books that I didn’t find anything wrong with. I enjoyed the dark and crude humor, personally. I enjoyed Jazz’s care-free, fuck you attitude. (I love that in a female character.) The book leaves you wanting more. You want to know what trouble Jazz is going to get into next. What will be her next dilemma? How will she solve it?

Overall, I gave the book a 5/5 rating. I would recommend it, and I’m interested in reading more of Weir’s books.

-ss

 

Link to Book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34928122-artemis

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College Life · Lifestyle

10 Websites & Apps You Should Check Out If You’re In College

Hi everyone! Today I’m going over my list of favorite websites. Some are great for college itself, and others are just personal favorites of mine at the moment.

  1. Goodreads.com: This is the perfect social media website for book lovers. You can find new books, create lists for books you’ve read, want to read, or are currently reading. You can also add people you know to see what they’re reading and suggesting.
  2. Quizlet.com: A lifesaver during exams. Create flashcards for classes, lectures, chapters, etc. You can share them with others to help them as well, or search for other peoples flashcard sets, and maybe you’ll already find some made up.
  3. Grammarly.com: This website is great, especially if you have trouble with editing and spelling. You can also download the Google Chrome app to have Grammarly spellcheck everything you type up online as well.
  4. Ratemyprofessors.com: A popular choice among us college students, this website lets you see reviews of professors from the college of your choice. Search up a professor for a class you are registered for to see what you are in for. Past students review professors to help the people of the future out. (It’s saved me a few times.)
  5. Canva.com: If you are in need of graphics for Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or any social media website, this is your place to start. You can also create designs for flyers, brochures and more. It’s great for organizations, and it’s free to use!
  6. 8fit.com : Also an app for your phone, 8fit will help you record your workouts, meals, etc. It will also remind you to work out every day you set a schedule. This app also gives set workouts for you to do at home as well.
  7. Easybib.com:  Need help on how to cite your sources? Easybib.com can do just that. We all have to write papers during our college career; Easybib can help you format all your sources if you aren’t sure how to do so.
  8. Mint.com: Also an app, this website helps us track our expenses, our bills, and our money. We could all use help budgeting, and this app is perfect for college kids.
  9. GroupMe: This app is the perfect tool for when you’re put into that group of random people you don’t know, but you all want to get your project done. Use group me to communicate and send pictures. I used it for my last group project because we couldn’t meet up in person all the time.
  10. Honey.com: Add this application to your Google Chrome browser, and start saving money. Honey collects coupon codes for websites you use for shopping, and when you go to check out, Honey will calculate the best coupon code for your purchases. I’ve actually saved quite a bit over the years using this website.
Lifestyle · Makeup

10 Quality, But Affordable Makeup Products.

For those of us in college, being a makeup lover isn’t always the easiest. Trust me, I get it,  make up can be expensive. But it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of products to choose from that will do the same job for an affordable price for us on a budget.

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  1. Wet n’ Wild PhotoFocus Foundation $6

Many people seem to forget about Wet n’ Wild products because they are considered the ‘cheap brand’, but honestly, they have some of the best products out there for someone on a budget. This concealer does wonders for people who need the coverage. Especially if you have red spots or rosy cheeks such as myself. It covers well, and it stays on.

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  1. Wet n’ Wild Highlighters $5

These are some of my favorite make up products. For only 5 dollars, these incredibly cute & beautiful highlighters can be yours. They have a great color and shine.

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  1. Wet n’ Wild PhotoFocus Matte Face Primer $5

Face primer is a great product to use, especially when applying foundation afterwards. I found that Wet N’ Wild’s Matte Face Primer is a great choice for that. It helps your foundation apply easier, and it will help cover your face better.

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  1. Nyx Matte Lipsticks $8

Nyx is also a great brand, with affordable prices. Their lipsticks are great quality and stay on through almost anything.

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  1. Maybelline Fit Me! Matte Powder $6

Maybelline’s Fit Me! Matte Powder comes in a range of colors and provides great coverage for your powder needs.

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  1. Maybelline Masterfix Setting Spray $10

Compare to Urban Decay’s setting spray, I found that this cheaper version of setting spray will also get the job done. Apply a face of makeup, and use setting spray to keep it in place all day.

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  1. Maybelline Master Graphic Liquid Eye Liner $7

A great choice for liquid eye liner. It has a pointed edge tip to get your eye liner wings just perfect.

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  1. Hard Candy Baked Eye Shadows $6

If you love anything with glitter or sparkles, Hard Candy is a good brand to wear. Glitter galore, these cheap eye shadows will apply easily and stay on all day.

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  1. e.l.f. Blush $4

Another underrated makeup brand, e.l.f. is an affordable choice. Their blushes come in plenty of colors to choose from. Pick the perfect color for your cheeks and enjoy.

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  1. Neutrogena Healthy Volume Waterproof Mascara $7

 This mascara gives your eye lashes great volume and a great look for only 7 dollars. It’s also waterproof! I love the coverage and the face that it stays on through everything you encounter in your day.

 

 

Lifestyle

Thanks For The Memories.

The year is 2013. I had just graduated high school. It was a great summer not only because I just graduated, but I had two tickets to the summers greatest music festival: Van’s Warped Tour.

Not everyone will consider Warped Tour to be the summers greatest festival, but to me, it was. It still is. When I was growing up, I was your typical ‘emo’ kid. I had a pair of Chuck Taylor’s, I wore a studded belt to school every day, and I thought hand warmers were cool. (They weren’t. They made my palms all sweaty.)

I was the shy girl who was always listening to my iPod in class. Alkaline Trio, My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Black Veil Brides, Escape the Fate, Sleeping with Sirens, just to name a few of the famous bands I had crammed onto my 8 gig iPod Nano.

Being the music-loving teenager that I was, it was only my biggest dream to attend Van’s Warped Tour. It was like an emo kid’s paradise. At least, that’s what I imagined it to be.

Fast forward a few years, and I had finally gotten the chance to go to the fabulous Warped Tour. I had won two free tickets to Warped Tour in Detroit. I chose to take my boyfriend at the time with me. We woke up at 7 a.m. that warm July morning, just to drive four hours south of us to get to The Palace of Auburn Hills. We got off the exit on I-75 to get to The Palace, and cars were lined up for a mile or two, just to get to the festival. That’s when the excitement kicked it. I was here, with all these other people who were just like me.

We got into the parking lot, ran up to the gate, eagerly waiting to get inside the actual Warped Tour.

There were tents every where with over-priced band merchandise, tons of sweaty teenagers running around, and it was as hot as the suns surface that day. But I loved every second of it. Warped Tour was great, even better than I imagined. I was in an emo kid’s paradise.

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The first year I attended, I saw most of my favorite bands, and I even got to meet one of them; Black Veil Brides. I waited in line for an hour or so, just to get my CD signed by all the members of the band, making it one of the most memorable days of my life.

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The following years, I got to see even more of my favorite bands from my teenage days. I bought more over price merchandise, I got a few signed items from bands I listened to, and I got a horrible sunburn every year. It got better each year I went.

This past Winter, Van’s Warped Tour announced that 2018 would be the final year of the festival. This broke the heart of many music lovers everywhere. Since 1995, Warped Tour was the best place to be in the summer for music lovers. You could see your favorite band, and some bands you’ve never heard of. You could connect with people who were as passionate about your favorite bands as you were. You could meet your idols. Warped Tour was a trip of nostalgia for many, and the perfect place to get away.

 

Thanks for the memories, Warped Tour. You will be missed.

-ss

College Life · Lifestyle · Personal

Dear younger self…

Don’t be in a hurry.

I know you’re an independent girl. You want to grow up, move out of your parents house, get your own apartment. You can do whatever you want– even eat cookies for breakfast!

But, it’s not as amazing as it sounds. Sure, cookies for breakfast is great, if you can afford the cookies.

For the love of God, don’t get more than one credit card. You’ll regret it in the end. Trust me.

You don’t need the newest iPhone. You don’t even need the iPhone. Just get a phone.

College is a great experience. ‘Put your stamp on the world.’ But, don’t let a boy hold you back from going to the college of your dreams. He won’t even be around to see you succeed and graduate, anyway.

Speaking of college– pick a major that makes you happy. Not what your parents want you to do, or the world wants you to do. Everyone is a doctor now days. Be different.

Couponing is good. No, it’s not just an old lady thing.

Find a man who is willing to support you. Not one that wants to take everything from you.

Don’t listen to what other people say. Do what feels right in your heart, and listen to your own judgement. After all, it’s your life, not theirs. You’re going to live it. So do it the way you want.