May Favorites!

*Featured image taken in the Marina Bay Sands ‘Future Now’ Exhibition, Singapore

I know it’s already mid-June, but I figured it wouldn’t be too late for a May favorites post. I actually really enjoy these types of posts/videos, and it’ll be my first “Favorites” post on this blog! I hope you enjoy!

First off, I’m going to start with Beauty.

Last month, my sisters and I stayed with our grandparents for a couple of weeks. Unlike my family, my grandparents live an extravagant life. I figured that while we were there I might as well use a little more makeup to “fit in”.  There are only a few things in this category, since I only really used these things for two weeks.

bareMinerals ORIGINAL Foundation, Mineral Veil, and Concealer.

I actually really loved using this foundation. I’ve only ever used liquid foundation before, so this powder foundation was a breath of fresh air. It was so light on my skin, and it honestly felt like I wasn’t wearing three layers of makeup at all.

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I got these last year when my mom told me to get a job. I look like I’m twelve as opposed to seventeen, so I had to cheat a little in order to look older.

I used the shade medium beige for foundation, the Original Mineral Veil, and the Well-Rested Concealer.

Urban Decay Travel-Size Eyeshadow Primer Potion. This stuff is magic. Seriously.

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Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner Duo in Black Ink and Sepia Ink. I was gifted these amazing jars of wonder last year and I’ve been wearing them ever since. Especially during the last month. This eyeliner is extremely smooth, pigmented, and is super easy to apply.

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ChapStick Total Hydration (Soothing Oasis). This little bottle of lip balm was a lifesaver. I bought one of these last year during the winter in America, (my Indonesian weather loving body never gets used the the winter, my lips become chapped, hair frizzy, and skin dry. Yuck.) I already used up a bottle and had asked my parents to bring me back another. Give this a try; it’ll work wonders.

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Tech.

I’m not a tech-savvy person. It’s a wonder why I started this blog, honestly. Anyways, the first thing in the category is…

Phone rings! I know, I know, I gave into the trend but these are so great. They’re super convenient, and they’re cute. Although, I may have to get another one because mine is falling apart. Curse you, ring-spinning habit.

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please excuse my paint-stained desk!

OverDrive. This app/website is amazing. You connect your app to your library card(s) and you’ll be able to access your local library’s eBooks and audiobooks! And the best part, it’s completely free.

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Computer Sticky Notes. I have no idea why I didn’t take advantage of these before, but here they are, all over my desktop.

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Also, I have no idea if YouTube is a part of Tech or not, but what the heck, I’ll add it anyways.

Liza Koshy and David Dobrik. These two people are the funniest people ever. Watching their videos make my day; I can never not have a smile on my face when I watch their videos.

Music.

Bethel Music. I’m not a huge music lover, but this month, I’ve been obsessed with Bethel Music. Their lyrics are so well-written, and I can’t help but stop whatever I’m doing at the moment to just sing my heart out when their music comes on.

Tori Kelly. I’ve always been a fan of Tori Kelly’s music, but when I heard her singing worship music from a few years ago, I loved her even more. You could hear the humility and the love she has for Christ in her voice.

Books.

Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J Maas. I love both of these books soooo much. Head on over to both my reviews to read on instead of just watching me ramble on and on, haha.

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my Throne of Glass review // my A Court of Thorns and Roses review

Well, that’s all I’ve got for my My Favorites post, I hope you enjoyed! If you have used/read/watched/listened/etc to anything listed here let me know, I’d love to read your opinions as well!

love, jane. aka the unlost wanderer.

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What’s in My Carry-On Bag | Travel

Note: I wrote this post a couple months ago, when we had to suddenly go to Jakarta. We already moved back so I don’t want to confuse anyone! 🙂 I haven’t posted this yet due to the fact that I’ve been a lazy bum and haven’t uploaded/edited the photos until literally five minutes ago. *sigh* Anyways, onto the post!


Hey, guys! I thought I’d take the time today to write a What’s in My Carry-On Bag post since I had to take a quick trip to Jakarta! I love these types of posts and videos so I thought I’d do one too. (I don’t really know what that says about me, I guess I’m super nosey, lol).

I usually carry around a backpack for both long-haul and short-haul flights just because it’s easier for me to have my hands free. Plus, it’s more comfortable to carry rather than a sling/tote bag, in my opinion. I got this backpack from Roxy at one of the outlets in California last year, but you can also find it here. It is quite pricey for a backpack, but it was on sale for buy one get one free so I picked out another bag and figured it was worth the price.

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The first thing I always keep in my bag traveling or not is a first-aid kit type thing, that I customized to what I use the most. I bought a little pouch from a brand called Pinch Provisions and their pouches come with mini pretty much everything so it’s super convenient and easy to carry. I accidentally bought the bridesmaid kit because the glitter won me over and I didn’t read the label. (Oops!) They make lots of different kits which you can find here. The things that don’t fit in that mini pouch I put in a pouch I got from MUJI. It has two sides, so I use the other for my Kindle. Those things include extra band-aids, tissues, gum, chapstick, hand sanitizer, and emergency feminine products.

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When it came to electronics for this particular flight, I only brought my kindle and my iPhone since it was only an hour and a half long flight. (I ended up not using either of them, haha.) I have the 8th generation Kindle and am currently reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets!

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I’ll always have my earbuds with me when I go on a plane because I always feel gross using the ones they provide. Don’t ask me why I just do. 😛 One tip I have when it comes to headphone/earbuds is the airline adapter! Most planes have these weird plugs for headphones so that you can’t use your own, so it’s a good thing they have these adapters! I couldn’t find the exact one I have but this should do!

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The next thing I make sure I have is a notebook, sketchbook, and pens. Those things are pretty self-explanatory if you ask me! I actually made this sketchbook and it has sketch paper, bristol paper, canvas paper and watercolor paper! I think I’ll do a DIY post on this soon. 🙂

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The last thing I usually carry is my money. I usually carry different currencies with me just because you never know what will happen and it’s good to be prepared.

There you have it, folks, a what’s in my carry-on bag post! I hope you enjoyed it! I know it’s super basic and probably everyone carries the same thing I do, but I still hope you learned a trick or two.

See you soon!

love, jane. aka the unlost wanderer.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses Series|Book Nook Review (Contains Spoilers)

A Court of Thorns and Roses | A Court of Mist and Fury | A Court of Wings and Ruin

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THIS SERIES. THIS SERIES HAS HONESTLY RUINED ME. OH MY FREAKING GOODNESS.

*takes a deep breath* Okay. *takes another deep breath*

Okay, I’m good. I can now talk about this book series without freaking out. Maybe.

Anyways, there are three books to the series so far, and you can click the links above to read the synopsis for each book. A Court of Wings and Ruin is my favorite book by far. You spend the first two books getting to know the characters, their  back stories, their characters and just getting attached to them in general. The first book is kinda like starting a new weird habit, by the second you’re addicted, and by the third, you try to quit but you’re just too far gone.

Feyre is dragged into the world of faeries and magic when she unknowingly kills a faerie who belongs to the Spring Court. There are seven courts in Prythian, the kingdom who holds all seven courts: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, Day, Dawn, and Night.

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Here’s where the spoilers come, so if you don’t want those, stop reading this and read the books!!


 

Okay, in the first book, Feyre, (read Fay-ruh), is ripped away from her family, who she has been taking care of for the past five years, (never mind that she’s the youngest of all of them,) and is shipped off to the Spring Court in Prythian. Tamlin, the High Lord of the Spring Court is happy to have her, even though he does have some weird moments. I wasn’t really shocked when he became known as Tamlin the Tool in the AOTAR fandom. Nevertheless, Feyre falls in love with Tamlin and in turn, saves the entire Spring Court. Getting the Beauty and the Beast vibes, yet? Just wait. The plot twist, although many can see it coming, shocked me so much anyways in the following book. I admit I have a soft spot for Lucien, Tamlin’s right hand man. Although he was rude to Feyre in the beginning, he sort of comes through during the months Feyre was Under the Mountain. Which leads me to my next point.

Rhysand.

Oh, Rhys. High Lord of the Night Court and ultimate swoon-worthy material. Even if he was a jerk in ACOTAR. I knew from the moment Feyre laid eyes on him that he was the one she’d end up with. Screw Tamlin and his fancy flowers. Rhysand, though he acts rude and tough on the outside, hides a soft spot for the people of his court and his inner circle: Cassian, Azriel, Morrigan, and Amren. I loved these characters. I love how they all work together so well, and that with Rhys, they are all treated with a sense of equality. We get to know them a lot more in the second and third book. Mor and Amren are a couple of my favorite characters because we get to see strong female characters. They’re Rhysand’s second and third and I love that. Both are a force to be reckoned with and are willing to fight with everything they are for their court and the people they love. I absolutely loved the dynamic Cassian, Azriel and Rhys have. Thier brotherhood is something that needs to be protected. If anything else happens to Cassian and Azriel, I have no idea what I’d do.

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Feyre and Rhysand

Amarantha. Ugh. I’m not going to even start about Amarantha. Just know that she is not very nice. To say it lightly. Jurien. I still have mixed feelings about Jurien, so I won’t start about him too.

Elain and Nesta. Aka Feyre’s sisters. I have a soft spot for these two as well, probably because they remind me of my own sisters. Minus Nesta’s personality, though I do admire the fire she possesses. Elain has this purity and innocence about her that just has to be protected.

Feyre, herself. Feyre, so brave and good. Her compassion sets her apart from the other characters in the books. She has dealt with so much, and overcame so much. She was willing to fight for the Spring Court, the Night Court and all of Prythian even though she was cast into this magical world so very recently.

The plot and subplots are so intricately intertwined that I had trouble keeping up with everything because I got too excited. And oh, my goodness. A Court of Wings and Ruin had me so caught up that I found myself squealing and gasping and banging my head on the wall. I think my family was worried. Chapter 71, page 632 to be exact, was so mindblowing that  I had to put the book down, walk out of the room and bury my head in my pillow.

Needless to say, this series is the best book series I’ve read in a while. I have to admit, there are some more *cough* intimate *cough* moments between Feyre and some male characters, but I found that those moments are mostly toward the ends of the chapters so if you skip to the beginning of the next chapter, you wouldn’t miss anything.

Give this series a read. It’s totally worth it. And if you have read it, what do you think about this series?

love, jane. aka the unlost wanderer.

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Count Your Blessings Part I | Faith

Things are changing, changing fast. My glass is half empty and there’s nowhere for me to go but down.  Or so I thought. This time, I’m not going down that path. I refuse to. This time, I’m going to turn to God and count my blessings.

This is going to be a new…segment on my blog. (Is segment the right word? I know there’s another one but I can’t remember it!) When I am feeling down, I will turn to God and be thankful, rather than turning to somewhere else and feel sorry for myself.

I’m thinking to just number some things I’m thankful for/blessings in my life, I honestly haven’t thought things through.

  1. My family. We all have our faults and though we don’t always see eye to eye, I am so eternally blessed by them.
  2. My bed.
  3. My schooling.
  4. My favorite backpack.
  5. My Kindle.
  6. Friends that stick together and who are loyal.
  7. Quizlet.
  8. Jesus Christ, for dying for my sins and for always being there for me.
  9. Stationary, because they make life so much easier.
  10. Online classes.
  11. Blogging.
  12. Technology.
  13. Air conditioning.
  14. Electricity.
  15. Art.
  16. Books and movies, that help me escape reality.
  17. Video tutorials.
  18. The Internet.
  19. My room.
  20. Being able to travel.

I suppose 20 things are good for now! I know a bunch of things are totally random and little, but it’s the little things that count.

What are you grateful for?

love, jane. aka the unlost wanderer.

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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven | Book Review #5

Goodreads Synopsis: When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

“You are all the colors in one at full brightness.”

I was skeptical to read this book at first for reasons that I can’t really explain. I suppose this was me literally judging a book by its cover, but I read Amy’s review on this book and decided, why not? It’s a book, it wouldn’t hurt to read it.

I WAS SO WRONG.

I should’ve seen it coming, I thought it wouldn’t affect me because I often detach myself when reading books so I won’t get too attached to characters. (Weird, I know,) But it was all for nothing because it’s impossible to not grow fond of Finch.

Violet and Finch both have had their fair share of struggles, and like Amy said, even as their friendship grows, they’re still struggling. This isn’t the kind of book where they meet and everything bad goes away. I love that about this book. They struggle together, but they can’t heal each other.

This book is beautiful, unique, and well-thought out. Violet and Finch’s relationship begins in the most unconventional way, but it fits with the book. There are plenty of parts that will bring smiles and plenty of parts that bring tears. (The part with the paint wrecked me.)

I knew from the first chapter that this book will break my heart and it did, but it’s okay because in the end, well, the end, I’ll let you see for yourself.

love, jane. aka the unlost wanderer

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ps- make sure to check out Amy’s blog! She’s the best!

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Bitten + Shy, by Noelle Marie. (Once Bitten, Twice Shy Book #1 & 2)

Goodreads Synopsis for Bitten | Goodreads Synopsis for Shy

I don’t know when I got sucked into the world of werewolves, but I found myself reading these books. Katherine is just a teenage girl when she is bitten by a werewolf and slowly becomes one herself. She is struck by tragedy and before you know it, is kidnapped by her pack.

I was really, really annoyed reading these books, mainly because it was unrealistic (minus the werewolf part,) in the way the characters behaved. Bastian, the one who bit Katherine in the first place, had this hot-and-cold behavior that I quickly found tiring. He withheld so much information from Katherine and because of that, landed her in a ton of trouble. Bastian was so very controlling and used the “I’m the alpha, don’t question me,” line way too much. I understand that Katherine is only sixteen when all this happens, but honey, let me tell you, running away is not the answer for everything, (even if you are kidnapped, there are people after you and if you run away you’re gonna get yourself killed). I understand that she’s confused and scared but her rude and immature behavior got to me fast.

I liked the other characters her pack and wished Katherine spent a little more time with them instead of sulking in anger on her own so that I could learn more about them. I didn’t have opinions of the other characters in the book but found them to be quite cliche.

I didn’t even bother to finish reading the second book. When Bastian’s betrayal was revealed I just stopped because it was too much drama for me.

Overall, I’d give these books 1.5 stars out of 5.

What book should I read next?

love, jane. aka the unlost wanderer.

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Kasie West (Author) Review!

I just recently discovered the genius that is Kasie West. No joke, I read three of her books in one day. Which is why I am doing an overall review of Kasie West herself instead of individual reviews of each of her books. If you’re looking for a  light, super cute, super fun, clean romance, Kasie is your girl!

I was looking on Goodreads for a book to read when I stumbled across By Your Side, where a girl gets stuck in a library for a weekend. I finished it in about an hour or two and just had to read more. (It was when I was looking through the books she had written that I realized that I had already read The Distance Between Us a couple years ago.)  I quickly went through On the Fence and decided to reread The Distance Between Us. Though admittedly, some parts can be predictable and cliche, the humor and cute bits make up for it. I am looking forward to reading the rest of her books, and I’d definitely reread her books if the mood strikes.

I am looking forward to reading the rest of her books, and I’d definitely reread her books if the mood strikes.

Keep up the good work, Kasie!

love, jane. aka the unlost wanderer.

ps- find Kasie on Goodreads here!

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