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30 October, 2014

Memebox Superbox #49 All About Lips Review & Unboxing

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Calling all lipstick addicts! I like beauty boxes that contain a variety of products, but I'll admit that lipsticks, glosses and tints are often the things I get most excited about. I like colors, man! Today I'll be unboxing Memebox Superbox #49 All About Lips, which promised to be all lip products all the time! Awww yeah.

Memebox Superbox #49: All About Lips unboxing

Review: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

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Here's a question for all the beauty addicts out there: How many mascaras do you usually have open at any given time? For me it's usually at least three because different formulas are ... different. Sometimes you want a natural look, sometimes you want waterproof, sometimes you want volume galore, y'know? I was really excited to give Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara a try because it promised an epic amount of volume—something I think is missing from my current mascara rotation. Let's see if it lives up to the hype, shall we?

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara box

29 October, 2014

HelloPrettyBird X Memebox Haul Of Fame Collaboration Sale & GIVEAWAY!

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Here's a fun fact for you: I'm sure that most of you have heard of Memebox (Korean beauty box company extraordinaire) by now, but did you know that they recently launched an exclusive web store for customers in the USA? The warehouse for the USA shop is also in the USA, which means fast and cheap shipping for my fellow country(wo)men. Aww yeah!

I know a lot of us tend to think of skincare when we think of Korean beauty products, but there is actually a huge selection of awesome makeup to be had as well. Memebox asked me if I would collaborate with them and pick 10 of my favorite makeup bits and bobs from the USA shop to share with you, and to make things more fun for everyone, they've put all of my picks on super-mega sale this week. Not exciting enough for you? Well in addition to the sale, one lucky reader will win an ENTIRE SET of my picks! Memebox to the Meme-max! Let me present to you ... my HAUL OF FAME!

Weekly Poll: Nom For The Holidays

Happy Wednesday, everybody! Hope you're having fun doing whatever it is that you normally do.

This week's question was inspired by my dad, who has called me not once but three times this week to ask what my plans are over Christmas. Advance planning, much? The answer is always the same: Stay in NYC (holiday travel is evil) and make a massive meal. In past years we've gone to my sister's house for Thanksgiving (she lives in a suburb of NYC), but she won't be hosting this year, so it looks like we've got two excuses to cook a massive holiday meal this year. Chomp! Which got me wondering ....

What's your favorite holiday-related food or dish? It doesn't have to be something served at Thanksgiving or Christmas, any holiday counts!

When I was a kid potato latkes at Hanukkah were the clear winner. If you've never had a latke, it's basically a shredded potato pancake made with egg and sometimes other stuff. Hash browns elite! As an adult I've really come to appreciate the merits of homemade cranberry sauce. For the past couple years I've even stocked up on extra cranberries around this time of year so I could freeze them and eat them year-round. (Writing that makes me sound really really cool, I realize.)

How about you? Which celebratory noms are your favorites?

28 October, 2014

Falling For Autumn | 5 Creepy Creature Features From Around The Globe (that you can watch right now!)

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I've decided that I'm not going to do a Halloween costume this year. My hot glue gun's in the shop ... or something. Instead I've been watching (and in some cases, re-watching) a variety of horror films to celebrate the season. Fun for the whole family! Today I thought I'd share a few of the most interesting (or crazy) horror films that have been on my radar lately. Or on my radar again—what is that? Re-radar? To keep things interesting, I'll only be sharing films made outside the United States (whaaaaaat?), and, AND AND AND, every single of one of these titles can be streamed RIGHT NOW from one or more of the most popular streaming media services. (Unless you're outside the USA, in which case ... I don't know if you can watch these or not.)

Rather than just making an enormous list of every terrible horror film I've watched recently I thought I'd narrow it down to five, each representing a different type of horror movie monster. Ooooooh, spooky.

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