Friday, October 24, 2014

Book Review: The Witch of Portobello

Synopsis according to GoodReads:
"How do we find the courage to always be true to ourselves—even if we are unsure of whom we are?

That is the central question of international bestselling author Paulo Coelho's profound new work, The Witch of Portobello. It is the story of a mysterious woman named Athena, told by the many who knew her well—or hardly at all."


The Witch of Portobello is the first Paul Coelho novel I've read. I've heard a lot of amazing things about the author and how his books are thought-provoking. This one, for me....it was pretty meh.


The story is more or less a fictional biography told by multiple people. It centers around a restless female character who is incredibly unknowable, partly because the story never takes place in her head and partly because none of the narrators are intimates of hers, so we don't understanding her motives from a personal point of view. This frankly made it difficult to care about her journey, or believe in the authenticity of her pagan message.


Another honesty- this book's messages were nothing new to me. I've been a student of faith (in its many forms, around the world and across the epochs), so there were no 'aha' moments here. Others may find it more profound, but I confess I struggled to care about it.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Nail Files: Frankenstein

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This is Candies My Lucky Charm (thanks to Kaylee for giving me this one!), with Julep Cleopatra shaky lines, and Julep Daria stitches marks.



And if you enjoyed The Lizzy Bednet Diaries, you might like...Frankenstein, MD! (give is a few episodes- it grows on you):

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Uncorked Ventures Wine Club Review

Okay, this post is for my fellow winos out there, or good friends of wine fans. Because today, I am reviewing Uncorked Ventures Wine Club.


For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, a wine club is a subscription service that sends you monthly amounts of wine. In this case, it's all wine rates at 90+ points (by professional wine critics), hand-selected by this family-owned and operated startup outside of San Francisco.


All of their wines come from California, Oregon, and Washington, from small and boutique wineries. This means you can try something new (to you), limited batch, and possibly impossible for you to get normally. Everybody loves scarcity- but also, it makes for a great gift for even the most hard-core wine lover in your life.

(good packaging- even my jackass mailman couldn't break these babies!)


As a wine club member, you get:

  • First dibs on wines before they're offered to the public
  • 15% off re-orders
  • Monthly newsletters with industry news and tasting tips
  • 2-3 bottles per shipment
  • Detailed notes about each bottle of wine, the winery it comes from, suggested pairings, and why that wine was chosen

Practicality-wise, I love that you can choose 1 red & 1 white, 2 whites, or (my choice, natch) 2 reds.
And at $40/month (for the Explorations level), it's less expensive than if you bought these wines individually!



Easton Wines H House Red is a very mellow, goes-with-anything red. It's not to my taste, because I like my reds bold and flavorful, but if you like Merlot this is a good one for you. You could easily drink multiple glasses because of the thin body (no legs) and full-palate soft flavor. Very general, good for people who don't usually drink red wine.



Fore Family Vineyards GSM is the standout wine for me. It's got a nice berry/cherry chewiness and some smokey flavors that made me think "this is a wine for red meat!" It definitely lingered in the best possible way, making it my favorite of the two.


Have you ever belonged to a wine club? Would you join one?



I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

How to Clean your Eye Shadow Brushes


Sure it seems like a straightforward thing, but it took me over a year to figure this out.
I may be behind the curve, but I think all education is helpful,
so here it is: How to clean your eyeshadow brushes.
(and when)





The skinny is this:

  • Wipe them off thoroughly after every use
  • Once a week (or more, if you're so inclined) wash them with water and soap (and air dry)

So what other concerns, issues, etc can I help out with?


Monday, October 20, 2014

Eye of the Week: Peter Pan



That's Printcess' Narrative on my brow bone and Epilogue on the outer corner, blended over Mineral Basics' Wood Sprite, on the inter half of my eye lid.

I wanted to match a pop of eye color to these brilliant earrings, with my duochromatic, colorless dress. With hooded eyes, I find a small pop of color like this makes all the difference!