Currently Reading // 4.22.16

Confronting the Classics

Confronting the Classics
Mary Beard
Audible // Amazon // Goodreads

I bought this book on the recommendation of Jean/BookishThoughts. I love her reviews so I thought I’d take the leap and try one of the nonfiction books she recommends about Classics.

So far I’ve only read the Introduction. It took me about a week to actually get through. It’s very dense and the writing is definitely academic. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it. I’m definitely going to push through the next chapters and challenge my normal, casual reading style.

I’ll let you know how it goes!

First Impressions: Devonne by Demi Skincare

Demi Lovato is legitimately one of my favorite humans on this planet. And now she makes a skincare line?! I finally got to order and try it and I’ll just straight to the point: I LOVE IT! Big surprise there, Demi does something and I love it? Who would have thought?  I received the package on Tuesday morning and used it straight away. Since then, I’ve used it twice a day every day and (can you guess what I’m going to say?) I LOVE IT! Here’s the breakdown:

Overview

 ^Photo credit: Devonne by Demi^

All of the products smell fantastic. I was expecting more of a lemony, citrus scent but to me it smells like lemon cookies. The smell is fresh and subtle, which I really like!

Deep Facial Cleanser

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Going on the first time, this cleanser felt great. It lathers without getting very bubbly and feels very very smooth. The second and third time I didn’t like it so much. I’m used to a much thinker cleanser so I was worried it wasn’t doing enough or anything but then I rinsed my face. This cleanser is so gentle but so powerful! My skin gets ridiculously oily and this cleanser leaves my skin actually clean feeling! It’s great!  Do beware though: they aren’t kidding when they say keep it away from your eyes. It burns!

Hydrating Radiance Mist

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This mist is really nice. I’ve used mists in the past and this one feels different. The others I’ve used have felt very much like water but this one feels more like a lotion, if that makes sense. I spray 3 spritz on my face and neck after cleansing and patting dry. It feels soft and refreshing.  I haven’t used it during the day or outside of the routine so I can’t say if it’ll be useful in your handbag. I may throw it in my bag once I get another bottle next month.

3-in-1 Moisturizing Primer

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Oh sweet goodness, a moisturizer I don’t despise! Having oily and super sensitive skin I’ve always struggled finding a moisturizer that wasn’t too greasy and didn’t cause a burning sensation on my face. I found it! My skin drinks this product up so I use a bit more than generally suggested but I love it. Out of the three main “essentials” this one has the strongest scent and it’s amazing.

Clarifying Mud Masque

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Honestly, I’ve only used this twice. The instructions say to use it 2-3 times a week so I’m mostly on track. I think I like this one. It’s very very different from what I’m used to though. When you apply a thin layer over your face you cannot see it. When it dries you can barely see it (at least on my skin). That being said, my skin does feel great afterwards! I’ll let you know more later.

That’s it. One week(ish) in and I’m definitely obsessed with my Devonne! Next month I’ll do a full review once I have more to report!

Where I am in 2016

It seems like every time I turn around life has already changed and I’m running head first into a new adventure with little plan for once I get there. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Couple Holding hands in front of pink flowers

Earlier I was thinking about it, I’m always relaunching something be it my YouTube or my writing career or this blog. I’ve come to and gone away from blogging so many times in my life. Each time I’ve been in different places, often physically in a different place but even more so in mentally and emotionally different places. It only seems appropriate to jump back in to blogging with sharing where I am now, in April of 2016.

Spaceship Earth at EPCOT

Physically I’m currently in Orlando, Florida. I live with three roommates near Walt Disney World and have the privilege of working there five days a week as part of the Disney College Program. My husband is back home in Shreveport, Louisiana. We’ve been married for one interesting, difficult, wonderful, bizarre year.

Rae Davis on Main Street USA

Emotionally and mentally, I don’t think I’ve ever been in a better place. In the past several months I’ve cut ties with toxic people, rekindled relationships with those I’d grown apart from, and made some wonderful friends. I’ve obviously gotten married, moved 14 hours away, and started working at a job I love. My anxiety is present but I’m handling it and doing more living than I’ve ever done before.

This year my goal is to write things I want to write, get to know my wonderful new home (Disney & the Orlando area), and get to know myself a little more every day.

2016 is shaping up to be an interesting year.

[Audio]Book Review: Wanderlust

 

If you follow me on Twitter or Goodreads you may remember that I read this book once. Back in January. And by read, I mean listened to the audiobook on Audible. And I loved it.

Over all, I really enjoyed this book and it sparked my desire to read more travelogues (and push through my aching legs at the gym to finish a chapter). This book got a lot of flack on Goodreads reviews for being very self-involved and “sexual.” Once reviewer says, “This book is all about this woman’s sexual conquest on five continents-and nothing more.” I will admit, this book does discuss some sexual happenings in the life of a young woman traveling the world for a large portion of her life. If anyone tries to tell me that sexual experiences do not contribute to your personal growth and journey, you are clearly lying, naive, or both.

Yes, the main character is, in fact, self-involved in the book, but it’s a book about her growth, her journey, and her life. It doesn’t ever claim to be about other cultures or travel tips. It clearly states that it is “A Love Affair with Five Continents” and I think the book clearly shows Eaves’s love of the continents she visits and the act of traveling. This book is Elisabeth Eaves’s story of her own growth through travel. If it weren’t honest it wouldn’t be good.

I love the blunt, to the point, unashamed writing style. I love the honesty and the admittance of mistakes. I love that this book makes it abundantly clear that both good and back experiences change you, that life throws you beautiful, scary curveballs. And that living your life is okay. It’s okay and normal to regret decisions, wish things had gone differently in circumstances, be happy in the moment, and move on when things don’t work out, and you can do many of these things at the same time.

This book, to me, is not about travel, it is about life and growth.

Bookish // Reading Trends

read what you love

I have always been an advocate for diversifying what you read. I often find myself drawn to different types of books during different times for just no reason. I also have been known to read different types of books all at the same time.

What I read:

  • YA Fantasy
  • Travel Literature
  • Memoirs
  • Self-Help
  • Classics
  • Cultural Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Best Sellers
  • Self-Published Works
  • Nonfiction – Writing
  • Nonfiction – Language
  • Political Theory
  • Middle-Grade Fantasy

And those are just the ones I can see from my current seat. While keeping up with blogging and YouTube for a while, I found myself worried about what kind of reading I was doing. Did my readers/viewers like my YA Fantasy reviews since that’s all I’d really done? Because of this thought I was worried when my tastes shifted and suddenly 17 year old Carly’s troubles with her werewolf boyfriend didn’t matter to me anymore (a few months later, however, I would have died for this to be a book). I didn’t, however, feel free to review other types of novels and, thus, wouldn’t let myself read them and, thus, stopped reading all together. Silly of me, yes, but it’s true.

Now I’m taking this blog and my life on a much more personal journey. I’m reading what appeals to me at the moment and in whatever format I feel the need to seek it in, and I would highly suggest you do the same!

Currently Reading:

 

wanderlust                                          Aka 1

Wanderlust by Elizabeth Eaves                                            Also Known As by Robin Benway
(Audiobook)                                                                               (Nook)
Audible // Amazon // Goodreads                                           Audible // Amazon // Goodreads

What reading trends have you gone through recently?