Monday, 29 December 2014

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Time for another book review! I haven't been reading too many books for fun what with school texts and novels taking up most of my time, but over the Christmas holidays I like to read something fun so I don't go insane.

On Boxing Day I hit up Chapters, hard. I bought $90 worth of books, which is probably the most I've spent on books at one time. One of the books I bought was The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan. When I was younger I read the Percy Jackson and the Olypians series so I'm familiar with Camp Half-Blood, the gods, and Percy and Annabeth. I like how this series, The Heroes of Olympus, is geared to an older age group. It's a great way for readers of the first series to carry on their love for the characters.

Of course, the characters are fabulous. I love how well rounded every single one of the characters is. Percy and Jason admit that they have faults and aren't perfect, which is what you want every demigod  hero to admit. I liked how this one focused a little more on Annabeth. She's proba
bly one of my favourite characters (after Percy). She's such a great strong female heroine, like Piper and Hazel.

It's also great to see the characters work in a much more team-related setting. There's no set leader and seeing the characters learning to work together is really satisfying.

The plot had me hooked to the very end. I found I could pick it up and put it down easily enough, but once I got to the halfway mark I had to keep reading. The ending was so intense! It's a huuuuuuuge cliffhanger, so now I really want the next book in the series, but that's when you know you have a good book.

I also liked how the plot shifted from America to Europe. It's great to see how these actions are affecting the whole planet, rather than just one country. I find that some stories, of various mediums, can get stuck in one place (such as USA). It's good to see a nice wide view of the consequences of their actions, good and bad.

Riordan doesn't disappoint and I'm excited to read more of his books in the future.

Quote of the day: "We're staying together," he promised. "You're not getting away from me. Never again." - Rick Riordan

Monday, 24 November 2014

Day Out at Winter Wheat

I finally had a Saturday off so my boyfriend and I took advantage of it and went on an adventure! We decided to go to Winter Wheat, a place just outside of Sparta, a small town in Ontario.

It's a really neat place that's decorated with lots of cool little statues. There's a pretty large wooded property with a store, small buildings, and lots of great decorations. It's a cool place to go to wander around and get into the holiday spirit!

How cute are these metal flowers?? You can purchase pretty well everything that's on display, aside from the actual metal statues (see the woman in the picture above?). Those are for decoration, but everything else is so cute for the garden. 

My boyfriend and I found this little set up to be particularly funny, especially since there was snow on the ground. 

There are lots of these little sheds/buildings all over the property that you can go in and visit. They're all decorated very rustic and look so cool. I wish I had decorating skills like that!

 This is the house of the owners. It looks so cool! I would definitely love to have a house like this one day. It's so unique and pretty, definitely one of a kind.

Since Christmas season is coming the little buildings were decorated for Christmas. This building was actually heated and had some coffee and cookies to enjoy. I loved the way these beams were wrapped with the strings of lights and fabric, lots of decorating inspiration here!

This greenhouse was right next to the previous building. It looks like it would be amazing in the summer when it's sunny and warm, but in the winter it's only cold and grey. It's still a pretty neat building though!

 I've been to Winter Wheat a few times in the past, but this building is brand new so I had to go check it out. The roof is clear due to whatever material was used, and there are lots of windows, which I loved.

 How cute are these metal deer?? They're so neat and interesting. I don't think I've seen anything like this in the city.

 This is the front door of the actual store. It's just so festive! I loved all of the Christmas decorations they had for sale, although I didn't pick anything up.

 This window is so gorgeous! I love the little owls in the bottom lefthand corner. They're adorable and  really well priced! Places like this really make me wish I was done university and living on my own. I seriously cannot wait to start decorating my own place.

Just thought I'd leave you with this cute little festive cat.

What are you guys doing to get into the Christmas spirit? Are there any special places you like to go to and things you like to do? Let me know in the comments below!

Quote of the day: Life is too short to be lived badly. - Marjane Satrapi

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Countdown to Christmas

With Halloween over and today being Remembrance Day, the countdown to Christmas can finally begin! I'm getting so excited for Christmas music, but I'm trying to restrain myself until December 1st. I just can't wait until the weather starts getting colder and the snow starts to fly. I have to pull out all of my big sweaters and actually make the switch from Summer to Fall (which I have yet to do), which will be a very fun day of reorganizing my closet/dresser of course.

I'm also really excited that I can go snowboarding again! I haven't gone since last year, but I've bought all of my own gear so I no longer need to rent it (which can be quite pricey).

Of course, before all of this can happen I have to finish up my paper and midterm due before then, as well as a final exam for one course. But once those are handed in and finished, I shall be free to revel in all of the Christmassy goodness that comes with a Christmas vacation!

Quote of the Day: A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it. - D. H. Lawrence

What are you most excited for this season?

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Autumn Favourites

Hi everyone! Today I thought I would write a blog post all about my Autumn favourites. Autumn is my absolute favourite season and I can never get enough of it! I feel like where I live, it doesn't last quite as long as I would like and it ends up feeling like winter halfway through November before the snow actually hits. The joys of living in Canada I suppose!

Anyway, let's get to the products shall we? I have several beauty favourites, a fashion favourite, and a candle favourite this season.

Blush in Amour, PRTM in Finland, CC in Chantilly
As you can see, there's a lot of love happening for NARS right now. I'm actually becoming obsessed with the brand! The products are great and that packaging! Swoon! I love this combination for Fall. The Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer is in my Autumn/Winter shade so this is what I've been transitioning to the most lately. I love that this is a light/medium coverage so it makes your skin look natural and glowing. And in the cooler months, that's something that everyone wants. The Creamy Concealer I have is also in a lighter shade, so now is the perfect time to bring it out again. It has amazing coverage and is really creamy, so I find it doesn't really stick to any dry patches! This blush is in Amour and I think it's great for Fall. It's a darker pink colour so it's much more season appropriate I think. It's really pigmented though so you have to be careful with how much you apply!

MAC lipstick in Brave; Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey
These lip products are perfect for this season. They're more on the mauvy side of things, and I love that they're a more wearable kind of dark lip. The MAC lipstick in Brave is a really great colour. It's a satin, so it's quite creamy. I find it's best applied after I've already had a lip balm sitting on my lips for a while. It also lasts quite a long time, which is great for a student like myself! The Revlon Kissable Balm Stain in Honey is a similar shade, but much cheaper. I find it's more moisturizing and lasts even longer than Brave. I find sometimes my lips will feel dry and I'll apply a lip balm over top to maintain the perfect shade that I want, while also applying more moisture later on in the day/

MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork; Anastasia Brow Wiz in Soft brown
 This MAC Paint Pot is such an essiebutton effect! If you have no idea who I'm talking about, go check out Estée's blog, essiebutton. She's an amazing person and I've been following her for quite a while. I love her recommendations, and this was no disappointment. I love that Groundwork is the perfect colour for when you want to do more than just mascara, but don't really want to get into eyeshadows. It's not quite as creamy as my Maybelline Colour Tattoos, but it's still a really great product. I love wearing it with winged liner and either Brave or Honey. The Anastasia Brow Wiz is an awesome product. I never really filled in my brows before (I would just leave them alone or fill them in with MAC Wedge when I felt like it) but I thought I would give this a try. I've actually been using it since the end of August and I have never not worn it (unless it's a makeup free day). It just adds a little extra something to my makeup look and I don't think I'll ever stop! It has such a tiny little crayon making it easy to add natural looking "hairs" and the spooly on the other end is really handy to have.

Bath and Body Works candle in Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin; Aerie Blanket Scarf
My last two favourites! I've been loving burning the Bath and Body Works candle in Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin. It's getting pretty low now so I'm trying to burn it on special occasions. This candle smells just like pumpkin pie cooking (which is one of my favourite pies!). I will definitely have to repurchase this candle. This Aerie Blanket Scarf is my favourite scarf so far. I've been wearing this thing non-stop! It's absolutely massive so you can literally use it as a blanket. I love that it totally covers me up, especially since it's starting to cool down. It's also really soft and comes in lots of different colours. I might need to get the red one for Christmas!

What are your Autumn favourites? Let me know in the comments below!

Quote of the day: Folks want to glow, to leave their worries and their dead skin behind. - Terry McMillan

Monday, 27 October 2014

Review: The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil

I haven't done a review on here for a while, and I don't think I've ever done one for a skincare product. To start, I'll let you know what type of skin I'm dealing with. I have oily skin, but it's not super oily, and sometimes it can be normal (or, just less oily than usual). Now, let's talk about the product.

I love the Camomile Cleansing Butter from The Body Shop, it's my absolute favourite makeup remover. It takes everything off all at once so you don't have to worry about doing face and eyes separately. When I heard that the Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil was supposed to be even better, I jumped at the opportunity to try it when my Cleansing Butter ran out.

I've seen cleansing oils all over YouTube and the blogosphere. They always seemed like a neat idea, but I never really hopped on the bandwagon. I guess I was kind of skeptical because of my oily skin, but I know that oil + oil doesn't necessarily equal oil slick. I have used oils before on my face and not had any problems, however this was the first time I was using an oil cleanser.

First, I used the cleansing oil on dry skin and started working it all over. I found it didn't really do anything for my waterproof mascara (which the Cleansing Butter takes off like a dream!) so I was slightly disappointed in that. But then I remembered I had to use water to emulsify it so I thought that would do the trick. I rinsed my hands and applied the water to my face, but I felt like that didn't do much. I really had to rub at my eyes to get my mascara off and I did not like that at all.

After doing this, I always wash my face to get rid of any extra makeup lingering around and just get that fresh face feeling. I've been using the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser and earlier I noticed that my skin was clearing up since I had started using it. Not anymore. I have little bumps along my forehead, a heck of a lot more blackheads around my nose, and a whole lot of yuck. I hate using this now and I will definitely be going back to the Cleansing Butter.

At $16 a pop, this is definitely not a cheap makeup remover either. It's the same price as the Cleansing Butter, but when it's something you love using and know works, it's worth the price. This however, was a waste of time and money.

The Camomile line at The Body Shop is generally so nice (my mom has used the eye makeup remover, and loves it!) so I'm slightly disappointed that this is something that hasn't turned out well.

Let me know if you guys have used this makeup remover before and if you like it or not. Everyone's skin reacts differently to different products so if you liked it, please let me know. Or if I did something wrong when using it, give me a heads up! I'd love to hear your feedback on this product too in the comments.

Quote of the day: Make your mistakes, take your chances, look silly, but keep on going. Don't freeze up. - Thomas Wolfe

Wednesday, 24 September 2014


Today I am finally 21! Even though 20 is a pretty big number (I mean I finally got out of my teens, and started my third decade - eek!) I feel like 21 is an even bigger milestone. Mainly because in the States that means I'm legal (despite being legal at 19 in Canada - can I get a whoop whoop!). But this is also because this is the age I will graduate it.

This is my fourth and final year at university as an undergraduate student. Anything beyond that, I will be considered a "mature" student, or a "graduate". And since my birthday is so late in the year, I will actually be 21 when I graduate next Spring. How scary is that?

I'm intimidated, but also really excited. I have an idea of what direction I want to head in and what I want to do with my life, but who knows if this will actually turn out. I could end up journaling on the other side of the world for all I know. And that's great! The unknown is very scary, and I'm definitely scared of change, but I really faced that fear when I turned 20 (and had a bit of a mid-university crisis) so I'm okay with being 21. This just means that I'm ready for whatever is going to come at me and wherever the wind will take me.

I'm excited to see what my twenties will bring. Who I'll meet, where I'll go, what I'll see. There's so much out there that opens up to you once you've finished a post-secondary education and you're finally ready for "the real world".

So I hope you guys will stick with me on this journey of discovery.

Quote of the day: Not all those who wander are lost. - J. R. R. Tolkien

Friday, 19 September 2014


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Thursday, 18 September 2014

I'm Still Alive!

Hi everyone! I just wanted to put a post out saying that I'm still alive! I'm looking forward to putting out a lot of new blog posts this year. I know I keep saying that and it doesn't really turn out, but I'm making this my not-so-mid-year resolution! This is my final year of university so I can't say that every single week a post will be out, but I'm really hoping to post at least two times a month, possibly more if I'm lucky! I've also been kind of stuck as to what to post on here. Previously I was strictly a writing/book blog but I've really wanted to expand because I have too many interests to just restrict myself to one, and I don't want five blogs going on at the same time. I hope you guys understand why I've been on this semi-hiatus. I also hope that you guys feel comfortable commenting on whether or not you like this new blog set up, if you have any requests, if you'd like to share a story, or just tell me how your day is. I want to feel like we can all use this space to just be creative.

Quote of the day: There was no harm in taking aim, even if the target was a dream. - John Knowles

Friday, 27 June 2014

Wisdom's Kiss by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

It has been a long time since I've done a book review on my blog! That's mostly because during the school year I mostly read textbooks and a few novels/short stories/poems that I am required to read and don't necessarily feel encouraged to write about since they are mostly classics that everyone has read and heard of and are quite bored with, with a few exceptions (sorry all you nineteenth century writers).

Anyway! I recently went to Chapters and came home with a few books for the first time in ages (I love being able to finally read whatever I want). One of these books was Wisdom's Kiss by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. I picked this up on a whim because it sounded like an interesting read. It takes place in the time of royalty, kingdoms, knights, etc and that's usually what I enjoy the most. This book was also supposed to be pretty humorous and I thought I could read something funny since the most recent thing I've been reading is George R. R. Martin's Song of Fire and Ice series.

Murdock's writing style is very different from what I have read in the past. The introduction is part of a memoir of one of the characters as well as a page from a minor character's diary. The first part of the book opens with a play, so I thought that this was going to be a play, but here I was wrong. Murdock uses plays, letters, diaries, notes, and memoirs to pull together the whole novel. It's amazing because you get to see the characters from different points of view It's interesting to see how characters perceive other characters, their inside thoughts, and their motives compared to how they appear to others.

It can be quite odd because sometimes one thing happens to certain characters and a minor character will narrate the events form what that character has heard from other characters or through rumours, so you never really know if you should trust the character that is narrating at that point in time.

The plot itself is quite simple. A young princess becomes engaged to a duke based solely on the promise of adventure; she, as well as several other characters, get tied up in a massive plan that is based on one character wanting to gain the throne to the princess' kingdom; they must all work together or else all will fall; etc, etc, etc. It's the way that Murdock presents the story that makes it so interesting.

The novel was described as "hilarious" but I would describe it as simply entertaining. I didn't laugh out loud or smile or chuckle the way you would at a hilarious book. It simply entertained me and got me through the morning. There were parents that were amusing, but I'm not sure I would go so far as to use the word "hilarious".

The characters themselves seem to be very well rounded and realistic, with realistic troubles and hopes and dreams. I really liked all the characters, except for Wisdom. She seemed to be a rather selfish character to me and I don't think she deserved the guy she ended up with. My favourite character was Trudy, or Fortitude as she is eventually named. She's witty, smart, and very likeable. I love that when her love broke her heart and tried to explain, she tells him that she wanted more and goes off to become someone happy doing her own thing and seeking out her own happiness rather than relying on this boy to bring it to her.

The end was happy for everyone except for the villain, but I wasn't very satisfied. There was this big climax that happened at almost the very end of the novel and then the events that followed it are summarized by a character that wasn't even there.

This novel was a very entertaining read involving romance, magic, adventure, and intrigue, but I think it's something to read if you have a spare moment and just want to have something to do. It's not a serious read and is definitely for teens who are still in high school and just want something to read that isn't Shakespeare or Joseph Conrad.

All in all, I think I would read it again for shits and giggles, but it certainly won't make it into my top five favourites.

Quote of the day: My friend turns up his nose - this cat knows more of cookery than most men. - Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Friday, 6 June 2014

DIY Makeup Brush Holder

Sorry I've been so silent recently! I've been quite busy recently and I recently had some computer troubles. But now I'm back with a DIY post! Old candles can be easily recycled into something useful and, if you're like me, you need something useful like this to put things that can accumulate. Even if you don't use it as a makeup brush holder, you can easily use the empty jars to keep other things in.

First place the candles in a freezer for several hours up to overnight. Mine were in for four hours, but if I were to do it again I would suggest leaving them in a bit longer so the wax isn't too sticky. Once you have removed them from the freezer, take a knife to loosen the wax around the edges. You can then use it to make cracks in the wax and pop out the large pieces. 

Once all the wax is out all you need to do is remove the wicks. This can be a bit difficult to maneuver but they'll come out in the end. To get them out I recommend filling the jars with hot water and swirling it around a bit. The hotter the better. This will help to loosen the glue and make it easier to remove.

You need to be careful though. When I was prying out some wicks my jar cracked. That was most definitely a DIY fail!

Once the wicks are out wash out the wax inside the candle. The labels should come off fairly easily. The one on the side will peel off with a little bit of elbow grease and the one on the bottom should be scraped off fairly easily with a knife once it's been wet. You can then wash the candle jar once more making sure that all the glue is gone and any wax you missed previously. 

Once it's been washed you can add any type of filler. I couldn't find any that I liked at the time, but you can find filler beads at the dollar store, coffee beans at a craft store, or you can use anything you like. You could also leave it empty and keep things in there and use the lid to close it as well. 

Quote of the day: So many things are possible just as long as you don't know they're impossible. - Norton Juster

Monday, 7 April 2014


It's finally starting to look and feel like Spring here in Canada. The sun is out a lot more, the temperature is rising, and the snow is almost gone! Can you say exciting?? And with nicer weather comes outdoor activities. Honestly, I had never even heard of Geocaching until my boyfriend suggested we go do it last fall. He's been doing it with his sister for a while and they even created their own.

For those who don't know what Geocaching is, it's a website where people post the coordinates of their geocache for others to go find. You do need to set up an account to access the coordinates and get the clues, but it's really easy and simple. This may seem strange and odd, but trust me when I say there are a lot more geocaches near you than you thought!

So this Sunday, my boyrfriend and I headed out and he decided to show me the geocache he created.

The geocache was hidden in a fallen tree. Most are kept in water tight containers to protect what's inside from the weather. They can be all sorts of sizes, but this one was a larger geocache. And of course my camera focused on the tree instead of the box.

You can name your geocache if you want. My boyfriend and his sister named theirs "Alohomora."

In a geocache a lot of people leave little trinkets and typically a notebook so you can write down your name and when you went there. It's really cool to see all the different people who found it before you and how old the geocache is. 

If you take something, you should leave something behind! We left behind two of these lucky coins and a marble.

This is the pen that we took. It's carved out of wood! And it still works! This was actually the nicest thing we've ever found in a geocache. 

And of course, the geocacher himself. This is definitely a super fun activity to do. You can do it alone, with a friend, or even a group of friends! It's a great way to get outside and do something fun. Make sure you have a really good GPS with you. You have to enter your coordinates into the GPS in order to find the geocache. You also want to dress for the weather. Some good shoes are a definite must for this adventure!

If you guys decide to try out Geocaching, let me know in the comments! I really think it's tons of fun and I hope you guys think so too! 

Quote of the day: We went down into the silent garden. Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence. Everything is transfixed, only the light moves. - Leonora Carrington

Friday, 21 March 2014

Video Tutorial: Naked Basics

Hi everyone! I'm not sure if you know this but I do videos up on Youtube! I thought I would start posting them here as well in case you want to see them. My new video was a tutorial using the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette. I think it's a great everyday look. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Quote of the day: I am a citizen of the world. - Sylvia Beach

Monday, 17 March 2014

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Fearless Review

Oh. My. Gosh. I am so excited to talk to you guys about this blush. I went shopping at Sephora with my friend the other day and I saw this. It was such an impulse buy, but I don't even care. I noticed that they had 3 new blush colours and I was too excited by the shiny, colourful display. Yes, I am a child at heart.

This is actually my first Tarte blush so I was pretty excited to try it out. I decided to get the blush in Fearless. It looks a bit bright, but it's not that scary when it's on my skin. I really like it because it's a nice coral pink colour. It adds a nice flush to the skin to add a bit of colour so you don't look too washed out. The packaging is really nice. It's really sleek, not bulky at all. There's nothing crazy about it and it could easily fit into my makeup bag if I took it travelling.

And can we talk about the imprint? It's so pretty. I love how simple it looks, and yet it adds a little something extra to the product.

This blush is very pigmented so a little goes a long way. You really don't need to put too much on your brush, otherwise you're going to look like a clown. And no one wants that. It's also really easy to apply. The powder has a very smooth consistency and transitions from brush to skin very easily. It's not a buttery or creamy consistency, so it's kind of hard to describe. I find it lasts all day too. The colour fades slightly, but the colour still looks great. There's nothing like putting blush on in the morning only to have it fade away by the afternoon. I think that's especially great if you're going to an event. You don't have to worry about having to do any touch ups, you're good to go.

This is what it looks like on. As you can see, it adds some colour to my skin without looking like I ran a marathon or went overboard with my mother's makeup. 

The price for the blush is $31 Cdn, which could be daunting. However, I think that the colour pay off, the lasting power, and just the overall quality of the product justify the cost. You definitely get what you pay for here. This product is absolutely amazing and I may be tempted to purchase more of these blushes. 

Quote of the day: Money can't buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you're being miserable. - Clare Boothe Luce

Monday, 3 March 2014

DIY Exfoliating Face Mask

This is my first beauty DIY post! I discovered this face mask a few summers ago on College Fashion (here's the original post). It only has three ingredients and is probably the best thing I have ever discovered for my skin. I will warn you though, it can be pretty abrasive so if you have sensitive skin I wouldn't recommend this for you. You should always test things like this on a small patch of skin anyway to see how you'll react to the ingredients, but if you don't have sensitive skin and aren't allergic to the ingredients, chances are this mask will be fine for you.

The three ingredients are cinnamon, nutmeg, and honey. These ingredients should be lying around the house and, if not, they're cheap to buy. All you need is 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon and nutmeg each and 1 tablespoon of honey. The original mask calls for 1 teaspoon of the spices and 2 tablespoons of honey, but I find that makes too much and ends up getting dumped down the sink when I'm done. Here I accidentally did 1 teaspoon and I found I had way too much.

Combine your three ingredients in a small bowl with a spoon until the spices are no longer dry. You can add some more honey if you need to. It should form a thick paste.

Once that's done just apply it to your face and leave it on for thirty minutes. When your thirty minutes are up rinse off with warm water. Here is where you need to be a bit careful because, as I said earlier, this can be a pretty abrasive mask. I like to rinse it off by rubbing it off in circular motions. That way my skin is getting exfoliated well.

Once that's done I use my regular toner and moisturise like there's no tomorrow! Also, make sure to use this mask on clean skin. It should go without saying that you use any mask on skin that has already been washed with a cleanser.

This mask is great because the honey and nutmeg act as anti-inflammatories, reducing redness and swelling in the skin. They also help with acne scars, which is great if you've just recently had a breakout or are dealing with previous acne scarring. The cinnamon and nutmeg are also great exfoliators.

And that's it! I like to use this mask at least once a week to get rid of dead skin and keep my skin smooth. I don't think I would use it more often than that simply because it's pretty intense. Let me know if you try it and what you think about it in the comments.

Quote of the day: You know how sometimes you lie in bed at night and think, "What if the law of gravity just wears out and lets go and I drift into space?" Does that ever make you anxious? - Elaine May

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Urban Decay Naked 3 Review

I finally caved and decided to buy the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. I have the original Naked palette, which I love, but I do not have the second one (which I am seriously lusting after).

The box looks absolutely beautiful. I love that Urban Decay shows the colours that are included in the palette on the exterior of the box. It's a great way to see if you like the colours or not before you actually purchase it. The box has a pretty minimalistic design. On the front this is all you see and on the back it shows what is included, ingredients, and all that fun stuff. It's not a cluttered design, which is nice.

The case of the palette is very pretty too. It's a rosy pink colour which is great because the shadows included are mainly pinks and mauves. I'm not sure how I feel about the ripply effect of the case, but it doesn't affect it any way. I like the way this one closes too. It's much more secure than the magnet of the original Naked palette.

The colours are a great range from light pink to dark mauve shades.The shadows are really pigmented, which is great, and are easy to apply. I have noticed that some have quite a bit of fall out, so I have to make sure I hold a kleenex underneath my eye. They are still all very pretty and are very wearable. They don't make your eyes look red or tired (which some pink shadows can do) so that's definitely a plus.

The price for this palette is $62. It does seem quite pricey but when you look at the fact that you get 12 full sized shadows in a palette (which typically run at $22-24 individually) you are definitely getting more bang for your buck. The palette also includes a shadow and crease brush, as well as a sample of four shadow primers. I would give this palette a 4/5 and will definitely be on the lookout for new Urban Decay palettes.

Quote of the day: We'd get sick on too many cookies, but ever so much sicker on no cookies at all. - Sinclair Lewis