I always wear sunscreen on my face, and I apply self tanner to my body. This healthy but tan counter intuitive combination can result in my head looking like it belongs on another neck. Self-tanning sunscreen to the rescue.
Natural Glow smelled a bit like self tan (which I actually don’t mind) but soaked in fast and didn’t cause any issues under makeup. As you can see from the picture, I didn’t have any problems using up this product.
I bought this online and I’d buy it again if I could find it in stores but it sadly doesn’t seem to exist in Australia. Looks like the search will be on for a replacement come winter. Any suggestions?Comments
I don’t think I’ve read many books set in modern day China. The only one I can think of is Candy by Mian Mian which I would have read almost a decade ago. Five Star Billionaire is the only one I can recall reading that’s set in Shanghai. Five Star book was one of those #sohotrightnow ones released last year so I gave it a go over my Christmas holidays.
The plot centres on five people in Shanghai: a wealthy businessman whose family’s fortunes have recently fallen, another wealthy older business man, a young illegal migrant trying to work her way up in the world, a middle aged successful businesswoman, and a pop star who has just had a very public breakdown.
All the stories are linked, and (rather randomly, I thought) all the characters are originally from Malaysia
I read reviews of this beforehand and one comment was still stuck in my mind once I’d finished the book - none of the characters are very likeable (and to me Phoebe, the illegal migrant was outright unlikeable) and I’d agree with this. They’re interesting enough to keep you reading, but I never really cared what happened one way or another. If a book doesn’t make you care, you’re never going to love it.
Don’t let the flashy title sway you, this book is a solidly “meh” two stars.Comments
This past Saturday I was lucky enough to get along to Melbourne’s St Jerome’s Laneway Festival (love you Lorde!).
If I take away one sartorial lesson from the day, it would be that beards are where it’s at. If I take away two, it’s that wrapping a scarf around your head is the new fedora when it comes to festival goers’ head covering of choice.
Here’s a few examples (plus some fun sparkly jellies and an incredible watermelon shorts suit):
Using Slater place 1x1m scarves, here are a few different ways to get the look.
Fold the square diagonally until you have a thin strip. Put the middle of this at the base of your neck and bring the ends up to the top of your head. Loop the ends around each other then pull back towards the neck and tie a knot/bow. Done.
This 60s style is also simple, just possibly harder to keep in place. Fold scarf into a strip (same as last time), but being a bit more careful about the whole thing lying flat. Put the middle of the strip on the top of your head and tie the ends at your neck. Maybe throw a bobby pin or two on it at the back just to help keep the whole thing from sliding.
Make your scarf strip again (you’re an expert at it now after all), and like the first wrap, start at with the middle of the strip at the base of your neck. Pull the end up to the top of your head but slightly off centre. Here’s where it gets a little fiddly. Tie the ends in a knot/bow and tuck in the ends in an artfully disheveled way that looks like you just threw it together, rather than spent 15 minutes fussing.
That concludes this lesson in head scarfery. Good luck chicklets.Comments
In a departure from average books, I read one over the Christmas break that I really enjoyed.
I love books like The Coat Route (or, to use its full title: The Coat Route: Craft, Luxury, & Obsession on the Trail of a $50,000 Coat). They’re like a documentary in book form (I also, unsurprisingly, love documentaries).
When author Meg Lucas Noonens read about an Australian tailor that created a bespoke coat worth $50,000, she wondered what could possibly justify that price. Noonans attempts to answer that question by exploring all the elements that make up the coat, many being remnants of a dying craft (hand embossing) or industry (tailoring). While no one is argueing that $50,000 for a coat is excessive (and inaccesible for most), I liked learning about trades and crafts I had not given much (or any) thought to (like buttons) and how Noonans pays respect to skills people take decades in an industry to properly learn.
I’m not going to go out and get a bespoke garment made anytime soon, but I am going to give a bit more thought to where things I own come from. If you are interested in fashion/textiles I would highly recommend giving this a read.
And finally, if you’re wondering what the coat looks like:
Egad - why do I feel like I’ve read so many crap books lately? Maybe it’s because I’m reading a bit slower than usual, so the bad ones seem especially drawn out. Or maybe I’m just reading more crap.
Anyway on to the latest: The Bone Season.
Clearly this book was not my favourite. It has been compared to Harry Potter (blasphemy!) and there are also a LOT of good reviews (just like there were for Life After Life) so you could say my expectations were high. It’s all making me very book reviewer wary… I need to find a source I can trust.
As you know I hate writing plot summaries so here is a really quick blurb:
In the mid-21st century, major world cities are controlled by a formidable security force. Clairvoyant underworld cell member Paige commits acts of psychic treason before being captured by an otherworldly race.
That’s enough. I’m not going to make you read anymore. If that has you hooked, well feel free to Google what else goes down. I’m not the boss of you.
Please note from here on in there are mild spoilers. If you want to read an average book without knowing what’s coming, stop here.
The Bone Season has one of those maps at the beginning as well as a chart categorising different clairvoyants which made me excited (love that kind of shit) but I felt like neither was really used*. A lot of reviews comment on how well Shannon created this other world, and I’d tentatively agree with that, but would also like to point out that she probably could have reigned things in a bit. Harry Potter lives in this other ‘wizard’ version of our world, and even with all its unique slang and customs, you can keep up. Shannon’s Scion felt needlessly complicated and I just didn’t care enough to go back to find the reference that potentially existed to clear up my confusion. Finally, it was just too weird. And again, this is coming from someone who reads science fiction, loves Margaret Atwood, and is a general fan of YA. The Bone Season felt like it was weird and confusing just for the sake of it; like certain elements were brought in just to help close other gaping plot holes. Or give the whole “imaginative” world a reason to exist**.
I could go on, but I’ll finish with these two issues. Firstly, this book is way too long. I would probably harbour less anger if I hadn’t wasted 400+ pages on it. I should also note here that this is the first of SEVEN(!) books. Good lord.
Secondly, I didn’t like the majority of the characters. Paige was vaguely annoying, and most of her ‘friendships’ felt like contrived plot points to convince us how caring she is.
This is one movie adaption I will not be seeing.
*Whenever I referred to the stupid clairvoyant chart I couldn’t find the type that was just mentioned so I gave up on that pretty fast. The layout on the map didn’t play much of a part either. I was never reading and thought “hang on, she went LEFT??” *refers to map*. Didn’t happen.
**Like the Emin, which isn’t a spoiler since you don’t know what they are, but seriously, WTF? Also the harlies - yeah that makes sense, “sorry you’ve proven to be too cowardly to be a soldier…now you get to be a circus performer!”.Comments
I got a sample of this mascara (whose name is too long for me to be bothered writing out). It lasted quite a long time so I feel like I got to know this product quite well. We’re buddies now.
It’s got a nice rubbery brush (as in the kind with rubber spikes, not actual bristles) and the formula is definitely heavy, but doesn’t clump. You won’t look like you have natural eyelashes going on, but who wants that?!
Also after using another product after this guy, I should note it washes off easily and doesn’t smudge all over your face (as this new product does, but more on that later).
Would I buy it again? Probably not just because there are other good mascaras out there at less than half the price. BUT, if I were to receive this again I would be happy and use it. Just what every retailer wants to hear.Comments
I don’t mind books that are a bit weird. Some of my favourites like Harry Potter, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, and Oryx and Crake all require a certain suspension of belief for a bit, and that’s often a nice break! (Who knew belief could be so exhausting?). This book is killing it on Goodreads with a 4.14 rating, and sounds weird and amazing:
Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master, the husband who commissioned her, dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York in 1899.
Ahmad is a djinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free – an unbreakable band of iron binds him to the physical world.
The Golem & The Djinni is their magical, unforgettable story; unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures – until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful threat will soon bring Chava and Ahmad together again, challenging their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice.