Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Just A Little Update

I probably have seemed to disapear the past few days. But, don't worry. I'm still here. My grandma's internet was acting up, so I didn't have it for a few days. We were supposed to leave on Sunday, but my dad's van broke down after travelling for about an hour. Fortunately, it was only an hour and not more. It was not too far away from my grandparents' house. But, we've had to stay here for a couple more days. It's been really hard on me because I'm missing school and I didn't know when I was going to go home. Finally, though, my dad is going to rent a van to take back to Charlotte. His plan is to drop me off at my mom's house, pay his bills, get a part that he couldn't find in small-town New Bern.

I am glad to be going back home tomorrow and back to my regular life.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

(gasp!) I Don't Eat Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving! You heard that right, I don't eat turkey. The only meat I eat is chicken. This picture I found could probably best explain meals with me:

Every year, I get up early to watch the parade. Then the place where I eat is different every year. Sometimes it's with a big group, sometimes it's only with two other people. This year, as I said in my last post, I am visiting my grandparents in New Bern. Don't worry, this post won't be as rambly since it's not the middle of the night. Also, every year, I go have the same conversation with people:

Person: Are you going to eat a lot of turkey?
Me: No. I don't really like turkey.
Person: What do you eat, then?
Me: Other things.

Yep. It always seems like a shock and a freak of nature that I don't eat turkey. But, I still eat a lot of whatever else is there.

Am I the only one that doesn't eat turkey? Post your comments below!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

This Doesn't Look Like Charlotte, Anymore...

So...my computer says it's 11:19 PM. I am sleepy. I got up at 8 this morning, left the house at 10:30-11, and travelled in the car for at least 5 hours. For Thanksgiving, I am in New Bern, which is a small town in North Carolina. It's still a long way from Charlotte, though. This is going to be a very short post, since everyone is pretty much getting ready for bed and I'm really tired. I haven't made a post just about my life in a while. I'm going to try to make these more often. Well, anyway, that's pretty much all I did today. Probably the worst part about the car trip was that my dad's cigarette lighter didn't work in the van, so I couldn't plug my portable DVD player in and watch anything. Oh, well. I'm rambling right now, so I think I'll end the post now.

Post comments down below! I love reading them (when it's not almost midnight). :)

Sunday, November 18, 2012


I've heard a lot of hype about Divergent, so I thought that I would like to read it. It is a thick book, but I got through it quickly. I read the entire thing in about a week. It just drew me in.

The story takes place in dynstopian Chigago, where the society there is divided into five factions. There is Amity-friendship, Eurdite-intellegence, Candor-honesty, Abegnation-selflessness, and Dauntless-bravery. You are born into a faction, but at sixteen you can choose to be in another. However, you cannot be with your family again. To help you choose, you take an aptidude test to determine which faction you have the best traits for. When Beatrice takes the test, she shows traits for more than one faction. That means that she is Divergent and considered dangerous. She must choose the one faction that will help her conceal her secret the best, but she also discovers big secrets of others along the way.

There was nothing in the book that I didn't like. A lot of the story is tough, it's not a fairy-princess tale. I thought that I would get bored of that, being the girly-girl I am, but I didn't. As always, there is a boy, Four. But the story between Beatrice and Four is different to me. I don't want to spoil anything, but I'll just say that I like how they're set up. I like how all the characters are set up. They're all different and have different personalities. I even like the mean ones! There were no boring parts of the storyline at all. Exciting things were always happening.

I loved reading the book and if you like dynstopian stories, you'll love this. Unlike the other ones, this one sounds more realistic to me. It's like the other dynstopian books, but it's different. There is a sequel, Insurgent, that I'm going to read next. I have to read it as soon as possible or else I'll go crazy! And, as I just discovered, they're going to make a movie out of this, with Shailene Woodley as Beatrice.

Have you read or are you going to read this book? If so, what do you think? What faction do you think you could belong to? (btw, I think I would be in Candor) Tell me in the comments down below!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Friday's Manicure: I Cheated...

I love using nail polish strips, but they're always a splurge for me. So, I was happy when I found two that I liked at Ulta in the clearence bin. One was even the O.P.I. brand! But, I used the Ulta brand first.

These strips were originally $12.50, but were reduced to $3.99. That sounded like a pretty good deal to me! I'm going out of town for Thanksgiving, and I like to use nail strips before I travel because they usually last longer. But, I am not too satisfied with these strips. There was a really pretty color above the purple stripe at the top of my nail, but I couldn't get any of it on because someone would have to have freakishly long nails to see it. The Sally Hansen ones let you use both ends of the strip, but the Ulta brand doesn't. Also, they don't file off very well. You are supposed to fold it over the edge of your nail and file it off, but it got wrinkled and tore. It just started looking very sloppy after a while, but then it could just be me. Still, I am glad I didn't pay full-price.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Sticky Notes to Clean Your Makeup Brushes?

When I use the same brush for two different eyeshadow colors, I found that using postie notes cleans off the first color really good.

Sticky notes? You must think I'm so weird! But, just wait. You will see how they work so well.

After you finish with one eyeshadow color and you want to use another, but the same brush, you could mix colors on it and end up with a splotchy mess on your eyes if you use, say, navy blue and pale pink. But, I just swipe my brush across the sticky part of a post-it note several times. The eyeshadow comes off and the brush is clean enough to use another color.

Now, I am not saying that this is an alternative to cleaning makeup brushes. You should always wash them regularly. This is just something that you can do inbetween colors.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Book Reviews; Yay or Nay?

I have noticed that I don't get as many views for my book review posts as I do for my other ones. That makes me wonder if you guys are interested in them or not. If you say that you are not, I'm not offended. I want to know because if you don't want them, then I don't want to keep on doing them if no one is going to read them anyway. They take a while longer than my other blog posts to type and I use time that I could spend doing other things. I made a poll where you can tell me and you can tell me in the comments down below if you have any tips or what I should do or anything like that. Be honest!

Friday's Manicure: An Ombre That Finally Worked!

First, I was going to try to do chevrons with a technique that I found on YouTube. You just paint scotch tape with polish, then cut it with zig-zag scissors, and put them on your nails. But, my scissors did not work right for it, so I decided to do an obmre.

For the base I used I Need A Refresh-Mint from Wet N' Wild. I figured out that it's easier and looks better when I sponge on a polish of the same color, but different shade. That shade is called Marine Scene from Sally Hansen. That nail polish is my absolute favorite nail polish in the world and when I ran out and couldn't find it at the drug store, I was so sad because I thought that it was discontinued. But, later I found it! Anyway, I put Luxe and Lush from the China Glaze Hunger Games collection because I felt like it. I think it turned out so well and mermaid-ish!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The False Princess

The other day I finished a book called The False Princess. It was just a book that I found while clicking through books on Amazon. It sounded really interesting, so I got it on my Kindle. I am glad I did.

The story is about this fantasy world called Thorvaldor. Nalia has spent the past 16 years as the princess, until she is told that she is not the real one. A phrophecy predicted that Nalia would be murdered before her sixteenth birthday. So, the king and queen hid away the real Nalia and got Sinda Azaway to take her place in case the phrophecy became true. Since it didn't, they sent Sinda back to her only living relative, an aunt in a small peasant village. Her aunt, however, doesn't seem to like her and she misses her best friend that she had to leave behind, a noble's son named Kiernan. Sinda feels like she will never belong, until she discovers that she has magic powers.

Since my book reviews usually start out with what I didn't like, I think I'll say what bugged me about the book. Only one little thing bothered me, and that was the fact that Sinda was klutzy and not graceful. I don't mind that as a quality in her, but it seemed to be pointed out too much. There was more emphasis on that trait than there should be. But, that didn't make the story unenjoyable. Another little thing that didn't bug me, but I think was needed, was a little more explanation. I know what the peasant life is like, but what about the princess one that Sinda had to leave behind? What kind of society did the characters live in? There was a religion, but I was confused by it.

Now on to what I did like. I think the storyline was really good and unique. It was not predictable at all. There is a little mystery, which made me not want to put it down. I think the romance is sweet. It's there, but the story does not revolve around it. The action and adventure in it is the perfect amount. If there is too much, I get bored. I think that all the characters are enjoyable, even the villain. Each one of them had a distinct personality. You can also see a big change in Sinda throughout the book. I found that I could relate to her because at first, she doesn't want to cause any tension or fights, but then she becomes tougher and more open.

I really reccomend this book. It's a nice princess story and I think that even people who are not into them will like this. The story is not a Disney one at all, but of course Disney fans like myself would like it, too.