Spring 2019 Favorites

Hello everyone!

Ahhh Spring, finally! We’re still having pretty cold days around here but the snow is gone! Related, flood season is upon us, even worse than last year’s… Do you guys have significant flooding where you live?

To get my mind off things, I selected a few of my current favorite things! There’s a bit of everything so I’ll go ahead and divide them into categories, let’s start!

Spring 2019 favorites

Books

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Spring 2019 favorites Book 2

Wizards! Magic! Love! Teenage Angst! This book is everything. You follow Simon Snow (The Mage’s Heir) through his last year at the Watford School for Magicks.

Sound familiar? Yeah, it was originally a fictional world inspired by Harry Potter used in another one of Rainbow Rowell’s books ‘Fangirl’.

Anyway, it is better to read ‘Fangirl’ first, but not necessary.

The sequel ‘Wayward Son’ is scheduled to come out in September 2019 and I can’t wait!

When life gives you demons by Jennifer Honeybourne

Spring 2019 favorites Book 1

Cute, funny and campy. Reminds me a bit of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in that way.

Shelby has been training to be an Exorcist, not super common for a high school girl! We follow her in her training and on the job, as well as in her daily school life.

Pretty cool story and a very fast read!

Beauty

Etude House Lip Tints

Spring 2019 favorites Lip tints

First of all, these are beyond cute! They look like popsicles!

Beyond the packaging, the formula is very nice, it leaves a sheer color on the lips that looks almost natural, just better.

You can layer them quite easily and they work great to make that gradient lip that is so popular around Asia.

Pretty cheap too, I got mine on Beautynetkorea and I paid less than $5 a piece.

Body Shop Skin Sponge

Spring 2019 favorites loofah

Sure is a loofah.

But that is the best damn loofah I ever had. Plus, exfoliating with this bad boy first got me the smoothest leg shave ever, that’s enough for me to buy a dozen.

The cherry on top on the sundae, however, is that this little exfoliating wonder is made out of recycled milk cartons. What? Yup! Recycling at it’s very best.

I’m apparently way late on this particular bandwagon too as they seem to have been making those for quite a while. Oh well, better late than never!

Fragrance

Atelier Cologne Stories

Spring 2019 favorites Fragrance

Atelier Cologne is my absolute favorite brand of perfume.

This little package is super neat because you get to try a lot of scents for a much smaller price ($25 at Sephora, just in case you want to check it out)

My personal favorite from this particular set is ‘Orange Sanguine’, my all time favorite from the brand is ‘Figuier Ardent’, but all the scents are so nice!

Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Candle

Spring 2019 favorites Candle

Eucalyptus & Spearmint, not sure if this relieves my stress whatsoever but it smells so very nice.

Fresh but not too much like citrus can sometimes be, you know? No? Just me then…

Major plus too, it’s strong enough to cover the wet dog smell in my house so there’s that.

TV SHOWS

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina part 1 & 2

Spring 2019 favorites TV show 2

Sabrina the teenage witch got a makeover, and it’s dark.

It’s also feminist, inclusive AF, a little spooky and all around awesome! Do yourself a favor and watch it on Netflix. It has about 20 episodes so it’s not a huge commitment.

For those of you unfamiliar with the original, Sabrina is a half-witch, half-mortal. On her 16th birthday, she has to choose which world she’ll be a part of forever. Quite the decision… or is it?

That being said, I think that this is a show that will become cult, like ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ or ‘Charmed’.

Go check it out, Praise Satan!

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Nightmare High

Spring 2019 favorites TV show 1

Yes, it is a Korean TV Show.

BUT, not only is it on Netflix, but it’s only 12 episodes of 15 minutes. You can handle subtitles for 3h I’m sure.

The episodes are so short but the storyline is still super convoluted and compelling. A new homeroom teacher shows up, but somehow, he seems to know an awful lot about the student’s personal lives… There’s also this contract business that has to be signed with blood…

Absolutely check it out, it’s amazing!

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Food

I’ve been craving noodles and spicy food in general, which is not great for my diet…

I had Jjajangmyeon a few times (even got my picky friend Kim to try it and she loved it) It’s just so savory and just comfort food enough for those dark rainy spring days.

You can check out my post about it HERE

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I have also been going out to eat far too often…

My current favorites are Subway (yeah, I know…) and any kind of pizza.

Actually, I’m thinking of having an entire post dedicated to my search for the perfect frozen pizza… Is that a good idea? I mean, it’s probably going to happen either way but, would you like it?

That’s it for today guys, hope you enjoyed these favorites of mine and do let me know in the comments if there’s new stuff I should try. Some favorite of yours maybe?

Until next time,

Andreanne

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Favourite Series of 2018

Hello everyone!

For this week’s post, I thought I’d mention some of my favourite series of 2018. As some of you might know, I’m part of a Book Club. We read a book related to a different theme each month, which is super fun. I also attempted the PopSugar Reading Challenge in 2018, which I failed, big time. I read a total of 57 books last year, but only filled 34 out of 50 prompts for the challenge. Oh well, I tried…

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So yeah, you could say I love reading! I just recently downloaded the Kindle app on my phone just so I can get those $1.99 books!

Now, just to clarify, when I say ”Favourite of 2018”, I mean that that second book came out in 2018. Some of the series are finished, and some of them will get additional sequels.

Without further delay, here’s my top 3 (in no particular order)

Warcross and Wildcard

This is a duology, meaning that this is it. It’s over. Done. Which, as you can probably tell, I am so not ok with. I need more of this universe, these characters, and this story! I’m thinking the author, Marie Lu, knows this and might eventually surprise us with some bonus material as she did with her trilogy ”Legend”.

Warcross is the story of Emika Chen, a broke Bounty Hunter from New York who’s (like everybody else on the planet) obsessed with Warcross. What’s Warcross you ask? Just the most popular virtual reality game in the world, no biggie. You play the game with Neurolink glasses invented by Hideo Tanaka (also the game creator, and young, and hot… obviously!)

The story basically starts when Emika tries a hack during the opening game of the Warcross Games (think virtual Olympics almost) and boy does it not go according to plan!

I don’t want to spoil much, but let’s just say that most of the story takes place in Tokyo. That, if I wasn’t married, I would be VERY into Hideo Tanaka (still lowkey am…). That even though I would probably be terrible at it, I would most likely spend my days playing Warcross if I had the Neurolink. And finally, can someone start working on those glasses ASAP please?

This might be one of my all time favourites and I highlyyyy recommend reading those books!

Scythe and Thunderhead

There is a third book coming out at some point for this serie. I’ve read interviews by Neal Shusterman, the author, and there is not one single mention of a release date that I could find! NOT ONE! Not even the year, nada! I guess we’ll have to wait… and wait… and wait…

In the future, humankind uploaded their collective knowledge and, well, basically minds, into the Thunderhead. Think a massive, sentient version of the Cloud. The Thunderhead not only knows and sees everything, but it also communicates with people. Due to the Thunderhead reign, humankind conquered Death. People no longer die of natural causes (medicine is far too advanced) or from accidents (cars are self-driving and the Tunderhead controls everything else). Thing is, people still need to die since the planet can only hold so many.

This prompts the creation of the Sythedom. Which is exactly what it sounds like. The story follows 2 Scythe initiates that are very different. Through their apprenticeship, we learn that there’s a lot of ways to be a Scythe, and that some Scythes are actually terrible!

This is a fantastic read, that shines light on a future that might not be as distant as we would think…

Renegades and Archenemies

It took me a long time to pick up that book. I didn’t really enjoy Marissa Meyer’s previous hit ”Cinder” so I didn’t think I would like this book as much as I did.

It’s a take on the ”In-the-future-some-people-have-special-abilities-for-X-reason” trope. Which is a trope that has been slightly overused in the last 2-3 years but that I loooove! The main reason why I loved ”Renegades” and the sequel ”Archenemies” is because the characters are so likeable!

Nova has a weird ability. She doesn’t sleep. Ever. She can also put people to sleep (making her the perfect babysitter) for as long as she wants. Like all the kids, she looks up to the ”Renegades”, a gang of bona fide Super Heroes. They do say to not meet your heroes. She does, or actually, she doesn’t… We follow her through her teen years after a wild childhood. Again, trying not to spoil anything makes for a weird summary but there you go.

It’s a great read and even though the books are quite long, they’re so good that reading them feels like no time has gone by. Give it a try! Oh, and there is a sequel coming up!


So there you go, my top 3 series of 2018! I hope you enjoyed this post!

Let me know what are your favourites in the comments, I’m always looking for new material, especially since I’m not doing the PopSugar Challenge this year!

Until next week,

Andreanne