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Aaaand that’s a wrap on September! September was a pretty hectic month- mostly because of uni. I spent the first few weeks settling in, and I’m finally starting to get the hang of things. Though I really miss living in a school dorm, having your own apartment’s pretty nice, too. The only downside is that there’s no laundry room, and the nearest laundromat… is two blocks away… BUT ANYHOW. Today on the blog: the month that was September.

September on the blog

  • The Young Elites was another great read by Marie Lu!
  • I wasn’t at all wowed by Kirsten Miller’s How to Lead a Life of Crime, though.
  • Claire LaZebnik’s books are all super cute, but I definitely preferred Epic Fail to The Last Best Kiss.
  • Disappointingly too, The Fill-In Boyfriend marks 2/2 Kasie West books I’ve tried and didn’t quite enjoy as much as everyone else seems to have.
  • BUT on the other hand, Foreplay by Sophie Jordan read as a nice surprise!
  • Aaaand wowwow Goodbye Rebel Blue.
  • And, more reviews for the cursory reader: All the Bright Places, Live Through This, and The Boy Most Likely To.
  • …next month, I’ll definitely include more features/food/rambling posts! I’ve made huge progress with my reviewing list, but it’s definitely time to throw some variety and change things up a bit on the blog. Stay tuned!

Out and about

Lolol my current class list is death in schedule form. It hasn’t even been a full month yet and I’m basically dragging myself through the week. But I’m going to try hard! My GPA wasn’t exactly the best last year, and I know I can do better – I’ll try my best!

Also, my friend bought me this super cute corgie plush doll from ThousandSkies! It’s huge – I think she got me the large one, which is a little over one third of my body? It’s so squishy and cute… and squishy… and cute… Ironically, my vocabulary seems to have exponentially decreased since coming to the states? BUT. THE POINT. THE CORGI. It feels amazing to hug and made my room a little less lonely, and honestly I’m way too excited about this gift but I’ve already talked my friend’s ear off and I’ve got no one else to share the joys of an oversized plush doll with, so here we are^^;;;

I feel like I always do a little corner on beauty products, so here it is: I’ve been semi-pampering myself at night while chugging through my textbooks with facemasks. My aunt likes using the one-night-use kinds, and she bought enough to fill this huge cardboard box at her place. When she came over to visit during the summer, she brought us some of the ones she liked as a gift, and my mom packed them all in my luggage for me to take to New York. I didn’t know and unearthed them two weeks or so again when I (finally, heheh) finished unpacking all my stuff – and I’ll admit I teared up a little. I’m homesick as fuck already. So far, I’ve tried masks from 我的美日日記, Innisfree (real squeeze), and Tony Moly (I’m real). The ones from 我的美日日記 are on a thicker fabric, which I guess is better than too flimsy, but it’s a little too thick? The bottom parts flap up off my chin often, and I feel like while the eye, nose, and mouth holes fit my face, the thickness of the mask material makes it hard to actually settle on my skin. The essence is a little sticker, too – I can usually feel residue on my face the next day when I wash my face in the morning. In comparison, I think I prefer the ones from Innisfree and Tony Moly which while, frankly, are a little hard to tell apart, are easy to use and make my skin feel wonderfully hydrated and smooth the next day! While the different fruit, tea, and herb masks don’t quite seem to procure drastically different results, they definitely show results. Next up, I want to give Beauty Clinic Mediheal – Acaiberry Ade Mask a try – check back (probably on my next wrap up, judging by the speed of things on this blog, ahh…) for updates on that, as well as on the Skinfood Rice Mask Wash-Off!

//Cue obligatory uni student panic about… resumes??? cover letters??? interviews??????// falls into a heap and rolls away

September on the playlist

  • IU 「Sleepless rainy night」
  • AKMU 「DINOSAUR」
  • BUMP OF CHICKEN 「記念撮影」
  • 96猫×はしやん×天月 【歌ってみた】 「太陽系デスコ」
  • UNISON SQUARE GARDEN 「10% roll, 10% romance」

So there we have it! My September. And now, onto you – how was your month? The good, the bad – let me know! Let’s make it through the rest of this year together:)

August is almost over ;__; Pretty soon I’ll be heading back to uni, and I’m all sorts of nervous and terrified. I’m transferring schools this year, and even though the new location’s pretty exciting (nyc!!), I’m still very much on my own, and very far from home… Ahhhhh. In any case, now that I’ve finally re-introduced life and substance and mostly-on-time posts to the blog again (and set up a working schedule of blog posts for September! whee!), it’s time to bring back those monthly wrap-ups! Today on the blog: the lazy month that was August.

August on the blog

  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone… didn’t quite do the trick for me? I still couldn’t resist getting Strange the Dreamer (the hardcover’s so pretty *o*), though, so we’ll see how that goes!
  • For the cursory readers: bite-sized reviews of A Madness so Discreet, All the Truth that’s in Me, A Midsummer’s Nightmare, and Isla and the Happily Ever After
  • My reaction to The Night Circus was also similar to that of DoSaB… /sighs/
  • but Fangirl brought a fuzzy, pleasant surprise^^

Out and about

Summer vacation is a beautiful glorious thing and honestly, I spent most of it lazing around my house. And then stuffing myself full with my friends. And then panicking and shuffling through all that translation work at 9 pm orz.

If anyone remembers that beauty product haul I mentioned on Twitter towards the start of the month, I got to try out all those products, and have to say I’m pretty satisfied 😀 (also shoutout to stylekorean for the excessive amounts of bubble wrap I now have). My favorite of this order was the Camelia Essential Hair Mist from Innisfree – it smells so nice, and really does wonders with hair texture. I also love the fruity, easy-to-apply Play 101 Stick Primer from Etude House, which also smelled really nice. I also got their 10 in 1 Wonder Pore Freshner, but while it was a really nice moisturizer, I found that it really didn’t do anything else? It’s apparently supposed to be a 10-in-1 solution for deep cleansing, sebum control, pH 4.5 care, tightening pores, clear skin, elasticity, moisturizing, etc. And I was pretty skeptical (that’s a lot of promises…) but I heard great things about it. So I bought it. And… yeah… nope. I had similarly disappointing results (read: none) with the AprilSkin Pink Clay Nose Pack, which did absolutely nothing and actually kind of stung when applied on my skin. I also got the Skinny Waterproof Microcara and Whitening Pore Sleeping Pack from Innisfree (there was a sale and I was weak ._.). The former was pretty average – my eyelashes are on the longish and numerous side, but each individual hair’s pretty thin, and they tangled pretty easily with the applicator, which was a pain – but I’m really happy with the latter! It’s something I’d save for use in the winter, and it’s super hydrating and does show signs of brightening and evening skin tone. Plus, it smells fruity and clean, which is always a nice thing^^

My mom also accidentally ordered too many packs of tapioca starch (she wanted one and got ten… lol) so I made a huge potful of boba! It’s a little telling about how uneventful my month was, but that pot? One of the highlights of my month 😀 It’s actually pretty easy to make, and I was thinking of posting a recipe for it soon – all you need is three ingredients and some patience – and I really like drinking it with milk. Brings back all sorts of nostalgia.

Oooh and! I’ve just opened up a bookish instagram aerouu, so if anyone’s interested, I’d love if you could stop by! My photography and placing(?? what’s the word for it, ahah) skills aren’t anywhere near top-notch, but it seems like a lot of fun.

August on the playlist

  • SEKAI NO OWARI 「RAIN」
  • 西野カナ 『パッ』
  • Rita Ora – Your Song
  • RADWIMPS 「君と羊と青」
  • 欅坂46 『サイレントマジョリティー』

So anyhow! Uneventful as it was, that was my August! What about you? How was yours? And for anyone heading back to school in the coming weeks: good luck! You got this <3