Books

Books I’ve Read Recently #2

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I’m finally back with my long overdue recent books post!  Between March and June, I did a terrible job at doing any sort of reading, and I’m currently very behind in my book goals. Still, life has been super exciting and so I can’t be mad about missing out a little on reading!  However, I’m going to make it a bigger priority moving forward because I love to do it and I have so many books to read still and move off of my shelf.

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Beauty & Fashion

Wet n’ Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit High-Shine Lipstick “Send Nudes” | Review

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A while ago, Wet n’ Wild launched their liquid catsuit matte liquid lipsticks, and they seemed to be extremely successful!  Since the trend now is moving back towards glossy lips, they expanded the line to include this new “liquified lipstick” formula.

Color: Send Nudes is a warm, light-medium nude with peachy undertones.  It’s definitely on the lighter side, but it’s not as pale as some other peach nudes on the market.

Wet n' Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit High-Shine Lipstick "Send Nudes" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Finish: The finish of this lipstick is, as you would assume, shiny like a lip gloss.  It’s not as sheer as you would expect for the shine, so it looks a bit creamy as well.

Wet n' Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit High-Shine Lipstick "Send Nudes" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Packaging: I really enjoy the packaging of this lipstick!  It’s a shorter, stumpier tube than a traditional liquid lipstick.  It’s the same packaging as their matte liquid lips, but instead of a black cap, it’s white!

Something important to note was that I had such a hard time getting this open the first time!  I honestly thought that I got a defective one because it was so difficult, but after walking away and then trying again I did get it.  After I got it open the first time, I haven’t had any other issues.

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Beauty & Fashion

New At Ulta | May 20 – June 9, 2019

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This edition of New At Ulta has a lot less on it than usual!  I found that there wasn’t a lot that stood out to me as something I wanted to buy. I’m not sure if this is true, but I also feel like there wasn’t a ton that got released during this time period on Ulta!  I’m assuming it’s because this is just a slow time for makeup releases and that as we get closer to September (read: holiday!) we’ll have a lot more to look at and chat about.

One big thing to note was the addition of more Kylie Cosmetics items, so I have quite a few on my list of want to purchase!  I’ve never tried her products, but I do own one of the lip kits.  I’m curious about her powder products!

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Lifestyle

Monthly Favorites | May 2019

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I blog about beauty a lot, and that is something that I love! But did you know that I have a lot more interests than just that?  I wanted to do a roundup of not only my favorite beauty items (if I have anything specific to share!), but to have a post where I can share the things that I’ve been loving that aren’t in my typical wheelhouse.

This month is going to be a little less in depth than any other because I hadn’t decided to do this until the actual end of the month, so expect more from now on in these!

Podcasts:

Science Rules: Episode 2 “The Right Drug for the Right Bug”: I have become obsessed with listening to this podcast because Bill Nye was a big part of my childhood!  There’s only a few episodes out, but so far this one has absolutely been my favorite. It has to do with antibiotics and your microbiome (the bacteria in your body).  I always find this fascinating, and they talk about something very relevant to us today: the rise of resistant bacteria and what we can do to help prevent that!

Video Games:

Biffa Plays Indie Games: I found this channel randomly and I am in love with it!  He plays a game called Cities: Skylines which is a city simulation; basically you get to build a city and do whatever you want with it!  He has a series that he does where he fixes his viewer’s traffic, and for some reason it has me completely captivated.

Horse Isle 3: On of my favorite things to do growing up was play an online horse game called Horse Isle, and even though I’m definitely not the standard demographic, I can’t help but be so excited to be playing their newest iteration!  It’s like an open world game where you catch horses, explore, and build your ranch up while socializing with other players.

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Lifestyle

The Perfect Subscriber Tag

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I know this tag is basically exclusively done on YouTube, but even though I don’t post YouTube videos (yet), I still thought this would be fun to share since I’ve been an avid watcher for so many years!

1. Do you subscribe right away when you find a new channel/video? Or try a few videos first?

It depends on how much time I have!  If I have an hour to kill, I’ll probably watch a few videos before subscribing, and if it’s on a playlist like my “declutters to watch”, I’m watching just one video and moving on.  If I don’t have much time, I’ll subscribe and then add the videos that pop up in my subscription feed to my watch later list; from there, if I don’t like them I’ll just unsubscribe again.

2. Does the “make sure you subscribe” mantra ever sway you to subscribe?

Unfortunately, no!  I rarely go outside of my subscription feed anymore (not enough time), so I’m obviously already subscribed to them, and I just don’t have the time to sort through push notifications.

3. How many channels do you have the notification bell turned on for?

None.  I try to be pretty diligent on paying attention to the people I subscribe to, so I notice when I’m not seeing their videos. If I feel like I have less videos than normal in my feed, I’ll usually go to their page specifically to make sure I’ve watched all the recent videos.

4. Do you watch every video from your subscription feed, or only your favorites?

Usually everything!  Unless it’s a video that I’m really not interested in, they all go to my watch later playlist to be watched when I have time.

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Beauty & Fashion

Colourpop BFF Volumizing Mascara | Review

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At the beginning of 2019, Colourpop finally released their first mascara!  There were multiple different colors, plus black, which is what I have today – “Black on Black”.  With this launch, you can now purchase a full face of Colourpop if you so desire.

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Packaging: The packaging is a white tube with black font.  The cap has various doodles on it with hearts, stars, and “BFF” on it.  This is a part of a new Colourpop BFF range, which includes mascara and various forms of eyeliners currently.

Applicator: The wand is an hourglass shape, reminiscent of iconic Too Faced Better than Sex.  It is very large, close to the same size as my eye, which makes it difficult to apply; especially on the inner corner of my lashes.  The bristles are nylon, if that matters at all in your purchasing decision!

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Where Are They Now? | Makeup I Reviewed Between January and March 2019

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One thing I’ve noticed in the beauty community is that oftentimes we will talk about something once, share our thoughts, and then never return to it again.  I would have done the exact same thing too had I not heard someone bring up this awesome idea!

Today, I wanted to share where the makeup products I reviewed between January and March have gone. That means if they stayed in my collection, moved elsewhere, or were rehomed.

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