Five Things Friday

Blurry? Yes. Lovely anyways? Also yes.

(i) Study dates with your best friend are fun. No matter how annoying the subject you’re studying is.

Everything you wanted to know is censored, but suffice to say my credit card is crying. It may need therapy.

(ii) I just spent far too much money to not go now.

Lovely, just lovely. Thanks for the Valentine's Day presents, but you shouldn't have.

(iii) Midterm season is like deer season, except for students.

SO TRUE. From arancionelove on deviantART via Google images.

 (iv) I may or may not have broken my toe today.

Dun dun dun. So much suspense.

(v) I have a pretty new wallet because it’ll be my reward to myself when midterms are over and I’m all caught up on my bio labs.

What’s going on in your lives today?

Books: January 2012

One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to read 36 books over the course of 2012. Basically, 3 books a month.

So, how’d I do in January?

Eh, okay? I only read two full books and ended the month about 1/3 through the thrid one. Now in my defense, I spent a (not so) good week near the end sick and then spent the last few days feverishly catching up on school work – still not caught up, but that’s a rant for another day.

(1) The Scorch Trials; James Dashner

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This is the second book in The Maze Runner trilogy, I read the first one in 2011. If you’ve read The Hunger Games trilogy, this is a lot like it. Similar dystopian world, with a group of young people who need to overcome huge challenges.

(2) The Death Cure; James Dashner

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This was the third and final book in The Maze Runner trilogy. Same opinion as the other book, a nice, quick read and worth your time if you enjoy this genre. The whole trilogy howver is definitely meant for a slightly younger audience than The Hunger Games, so do keep that in mind.

Images are via Google, I read the books on my eReader – so no nice pretty covers – and have long since returned them anyways.

The book I’m reading right now is Tess of the D’Urbervilles, because in between the easy, YA fiction like the two books above, I want to read a couple classics as well. I’m now 51% of the way through it, and I’ll hopefully pop up a quick review within a week.

TELL ME: Do you like to read? Have you ever set yourself a goal of a certain number of books per year to read?

Empties: January 2012

One of my favourite types of posts to read are “empties” or “used up products” posts. I first saw them on J’s and Liz’s blogs and I thought this was such a great idea that I’d start to do them myself this year.

I’m keeping them in this Sephora bag:

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And without further ado, here are my empties!

(1) Clean & Clear Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub & (2) Montagne Jeunesse Aromatherapy MasqueImage

The scrub was okay. I mean, it was a scrub, it made my skin feel a little smoother after I used it and kept the flakies at bay, but it wasn’t special enough to repurchase.

The mask (or masque if I’m going to be all fancy) was nice. My skin felt good after I used it, but I only get two uses out of this masks, so who knows what it’d actually do for my skin if I used to for a while. Nice, and maybe I’ll repurchase next time I want a cheap treat.

(3) Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash Pink GrapefruitImage

Quite the long name for such a simple product. I’ve used these since maybe the middle of high school (so maybe 3-5 years) and this must be my millionth one. It has 2% salicylic acid and it smells nice. I’ve already repurchased and opened a new one.

(4) Joico K-PAK Reconstruct Deep-penetrating Reconstructor

ImageI picked this up at Winners months ago, used it, forgot about it, and then saw it one day as I was cleaning my crap out of the bathroom. Smells delicious and is a nice enough deep conditioner, but I’m unsure whether I’d repurchase this. I have two other treatments I need to work through and then there’s a bunch I want to try. All in all though, a solid deep conditioner, especially if you can get it discounted ($13 at Winners for me).

(5) Smashbox Photo Finish (deluxe sample)

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I got this little guy in this set from Sephora back a couple months ago. It lasted me somewhere around a month and a half. I like this, though it’s VERY silicone-y so beware if you don’t like that feeling or it makes you break out. It made my foundation go on smoother and last a little bit longer so it was a winner in my book. However, it ain’t cheap ($36USD at Sephora) so you’d probably be best getting a mini size (0.5 oz at Sephora) or at least asking for a sample.

SO TELL ME: How’d you do with your empties? Any goals for next month? I have a primer I want to use up, as well as an eyeliner and a lotion.