Goodreads by SweetBounty #1

I’ve never done a book review on my blog and I never thought I would. But recently I’ve been reading more and more (though reading was always a hobby for me) and there are some books that I just cannot keep to myself. 

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Recent Loves

Taking into consideration my long absence I think it’s inevitable to talk about things I’ve been loving lately and I’m not just talking about beauty. Shall we start?

Recent Loves

  • Gonna start with the recent love. But I’m obsessed, literally. The blog, the voice, the instagram. Lipstickwithsomesunshine … know what I’m talking about? I love the way Tamira talks about products, I admire you selection of products and her videos – dreamy. Her last video – the Lip Product Addict Tag – I just couldn’t help myself staring at her nails, that grey-ish blue-ish Dior nail polish … I need that in my life.
  • Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (oil free version). I’ve always been a fan of light-weight bases, but now with +25C temperature weather it’s just a must. That’s when a good trusty TM comes really handy. Good coverage, buildable, applies wonderfully wither with a brush or using hands, sleek packaging. I’m wearing a shade Bisque, which is now OK, but with a tan will come a new tube I suppose.
  • Nars Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. Even though I have dry-ish skin, my eye leads are pretty oily. And being a huge eyeshadow wearer, this is just a must for me, especially in the summer. This staff is just awesome. Your eyeshadows will stay in place as long as you need them to. The eyeshadows will look more vibrant, they won’t budge and you need just the tiniest bit, so it’s an investment. Highly recommend.
  • Can I have a moment and talk about shoes? My New Balance sneakers. My beloved 373. I love them – thy goes with anything – shorts, jeans, even some skirts and dresses. I went for quite natural shade – blue. I won’t interfere with colorful clothes and may compliment other shades. And we all wear denim, right?
  • Book time? Of course. DIVERGENT. I’m converted. I’ve devoured both books in two days and now I’m on my third one. It’s adventurous, it’s tense and it’s addicting. The movie. YES! The book is better, but for Theo James I can forgive them everything. For sure they had to fit in the movie a LOT, they did great. Straight after the movie I’ve downloaded the soundtracks – they are actually VERY GOOD for working out. *hint hint*

Hope you’ve enjoyed my little catching-up list. And I’ve REALLY enjoyed being back and typing out that post. Good to be back.

-S

TravelWithMe: Travel Essentials

The TravelWithMe series aren’t complete with out a post about travel essentials. I didn’t want it to be just beauty related (there are tons of those anyways) – I wanted to include some random bobs and pieces, something that not every one remember about while packing. But they will come very handy, I promise you.

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Caudalie Beauty Elixir. So many people talk about it – half by half have love / hate relationship with this staff. I belong to love part. Cooling, refreshing, awakening mist that help to hydrate the skin during the flight – we know that we get pretty dehydrated, so this is my best friends on board.

NUXE Reve de Miel. This is by far my favorite lip balm. Even putting it overnight I can feel it in the morning. Love it, always carry it with me and plane is not an exception.

Bath and Body Works PocketBac Sanitizing Hand Gel. I never travel with out a hand sanitizer – no matter what brand / scent it has, I just have to have one – I’m a bit lot paranoid about it.

My DIY cuticle oil – couple of days ago I refreshed my treasured bottle. Old Nubar bottle with a pipette – very easy to use, very hydrating, very cheap. Recipe here.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O – Micelle Solution – if I don’t have an early-morning flight, I might have some makeup on my face (tinted moisturizer, a light coat of mascara, wash of eyeshadow, a bit of blush and highlighter), but when I get on the plain I like to get rid of it to travel light.

Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve – this is my all-time favorite hand cream. I raved about it here. If you are on a hunt for a new one I definitely recommend this one!

Compeed Anti-blister Stick – I never travel with out this staff. It’s a liquid plaster. Literally. You don’t need a plaster at all – you spread it over sore area and no rubbing what so ever.

Sephora Silver Universal Atomizer – it is basically a Travalo (I want not btw). I have traveling with huge glass bottle – it’s just better and easier to pour some into atomizer and use on the go. I actually store it in my handbag all the time.

ThisWorks Deep Sleep Stress Less mini. Fragranced oil that calms, relaxes. You put a bit in you wrist, rub it between and it feels like you are in SPA and doing some fancy treatments.

My iPhone – you just need your phone – Instagram, Twitter, some blogs to catch up on, Whatsapp, music, maybe episode or 2 of Vampire Diaries or SATC… yes, cannot wait till going on vacation. Also have my SONY pink headphones – nothing else to say about them, I’m not picky about headphones at all. My choice is always based on appearance. And in order you phone (or any other device for that matter) didn’t die in the middle of the song or movie you just have to have some extra battery for that. My option is – MIPOW Power Tube 2200 portable charger in purple. And let’s pretend I didn’t pick it up just for my favorite color. And there are bunch of colors to choose from and comes with a full pack of adapters for every gadget out there. Gives 4-6 hours of using. Sold to me.

And of course some reading bits. I have a full blog post on that here.

What are your in-flight essentials? Am I missing something?

-S

TWM: Reading Bits

TravelWithMe series are continuing with another post … yay!

I love reading, you can probably tell that, since on my front page I have a Goodreads Widget, that I constantly update you can see what I currently read. So whenever I go somewhere I make sure I bring something to entertain me during flights or long-term train / bus journeys.

Side-note: I don’t read in the car – it makes me feel sick in a second, even reading a small email or trying to reply on them can harm me.

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I usually pack something light – magazine and something more serious – the actual book. I’ve been book shopping recently so I have few options now and I haven’t decided so far. Seems like I going the grab one just before rushing through the door. Blindly. Not to offend the others.

The magazine choice is very obvious – Allure magazine. Probably by the time I leave I’ll get the newer addition, but for now I OK with that one – still some articles to dig in and some wish lists to expand.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – seems like everyone has already read it, re-read it and fall massively in love. Apparently it’s my turn now. Have read a word yet, but I can write a post about it if someone is interested on it, whether I like it or not, may be include some of my favorite quotes. Pop your thoughts in the comment section below, please.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – another raving about book. The great review and the cover (just look at it? Those stars, seems like they are sparkling…) sold the book to me. I just couldn’t pass it when I saw it in the store. I was so tempted to start reading it in the underground but decided to save it till holidays.


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What are reading at the moment? Have you read one of my picks? Let me know in the down bar!

-S

Book worm

Reading is my passion – whenever a have a free minute (no job, no classes, all posts are scheduled) I usually stick to a book. Sometimes I can read a book within a day, when every time you close the book you just cannot stop thinking about the future action and of what might happen! Love such books – the time passes by you just flipping over the pages and the reality doesn’t exist.

The recent book that took me up was Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Of course it’s a love story – the one that will make you cry. Am I recommending it? DEFINITELY!

Currently I’m reading the Encore Provence: New Adventures in the South of France by Peter Mayle. This is the sequel of Year on Provence – the book about France, food and the way the people should live – this is how I think. The book allows you to feel, smell and taste everything – the food, the weather, the city, the people. You just cannot stop laughing while reading it. Even now while typing the post I can barely keep my hands on the keyboard and not rush for the book.

The list of  I’ve-been-reading-non-stop books can be added the novel series by Arthur Hailey ‘Airport’, ‘Hotel’ – ONE day in a certain area. This will certainly change the way you look at things!

P.S. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but even on my blog I have a Goodreads widget that show the current-reading book and the progress you’ve made.

If you love reading as much as I do and you have smth to recommend me – the comments section is more than welcomed!

-S

Все счастливые семьи похожи друг на друга, каждая несчастливая семья несчастлива по-своему.

Посмотрев “Анну Каренину” в голливудской интерпретации, я поняла, что настало время прочитать этот шедевр (точнее оно давно настало, но вечно, прочитав одну книгу, в руках уже была другая, которую с трепетом и дрожью натерпелось начать читать). Так вот мне захотелось составить свое впечатление, все-таки фильм не передаст все эмоции, все чувства и все детали. Время рецензии еще не пришло, так я только начала читать, но одно могу сказать уже точно: читается на удивление легко, никак не могла подумать, думалось, что написано тяжелым и сложным языком, но страницы переворачиваются сами собой, время летит не заметно и только посмотрев на часы и увидев 1.30 ночи, понимаешь, книга действительно хороша, но пора спать…