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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Throne Of Glass by Sarah J Maas | Book Nook Review

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GoodReads Synopsis: After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Title: Throne of Glass

Author: Sarah J Maas

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Romance

Length: 407 Pages

Format: Kindle EBook

Throne of Glass has been on my TBR list for a while now, and after reading a sample on Kindle, I finally gave in and bought it.

AND I’M SO GLAD I DID. OH, MY GOODNESS.

If you like books with mystery and adventure, then this is the book for you. This book had me hooked from the beginning and I don’t think I properly talked to my family for the two days I binge-read this book and other works from Sarah J Maas.

I loved how Sarah J Maas intricately laid plot twists throughout the book, and everything was extremely well thought out.

Thoughts on Characters:

Celaena was a character I admired from the beginning with her stubbornness, wit, her will to fight for what she wants and her perseverance. She was dealt with so much in her short life, things no person ever should, yet she kept going and never gave up even when I thought she would.

Chaol and Dorian have a special relationship that I wish I had. Chaol will protect Dorian with all that he is and Dorian would do the same, and despite their differences, they always work it out in the end. I know people ship Celaena with Chaol or Celaena with Dorian but I’m holding back on those because I know who she ends up with. (Thanks, internet for the spoilers… Note the sarcasm…)

I had my reservations about Nehemia, but she came through in the end and had some special moments with Celaena that even I teared up at.

And Fleetfoot! Oh, Fleetfoot, so pure and innocent in this weirdly unpredictable world. I read that she was the only character guaranteed to live so that’s a plus.

Conclusion:

I would rate this book a solid 4.5 stars out of 5 and I’m super excited to read the other books in the series. I already bought the other four books in the series so get ready for some other reviews, ha-ha.

Sarah J Maas is definitely one of my new favorite authors. I’m in total awe of her work and how she can create such magnificent worlds. Definitely check her work out, I’ve read the A Court of Thorn and Roses Series and am absolutely obsessed.

That’s all for this review, I hope you enjoyed and if you’ve read the book, let me know what you thought of it! Who do you ship the characters with, and what’s your favorite part of the book?

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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My Thoughts On Harry Potter.

I didn’t grow up reading Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings or any book most people my age identify as the pinnacle of their childhood, but better late than never, as they say!

One of my dear friends found that me not knowing anything except the existence of Harry Potter was unacceptable, so we began a Harry Potter marathon.  We only got through the first three movies, but I was hooked. I wouldn’t watch the other movies without her because I was afraid that I would be madly confused without her to explain things to me. (Bless her heart, she never lost her patience whenever I’d ask a question every three seconds.)

Another friend of mine found out that I’ve never read the Harry Potter series and lent me the first book. However, my family and I were right in the middle of moving, so I didn’t have any time to read the book before I had to return it, (much to my disappointment). Thankfully the Harry Potter series is available on Kindle Unlimited, so I downloaded it and just finished Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone two days ago.

Also, is it Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone or Philosopher’s Stone?? I see it both ways and I’m really confused…

I admit I was a skeptic at first because I was afraid it wouldn’t be as good as everybody makes it be. But boy was I wrong! I found myself emersed in this wonderful world of magic, wonder, and Quidditch.

I have to say that when I first watched the movies I absolutely hated Draco Malfoy, and that feeling only increased when I read the book. This is only the first book so I suppose I shouldn’t judge so harshly (even if I had seen the two following movies). I love the loyalty Ron, Hermione and even Neville have toward Harry. I can only wish that I had friends like that in real life. Hagrid is adorable even if he is like 20,000 feet tall, Dumbledore is a trip and I’m not even getting into Professor Snape.

I don’t regret watching the movies before reading the books because frankly, the movies helped me picture everything in my mind more easily. I’m definitely excited to read the other books in the series, but I have exams coming up so I’m going to use Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets as a reward when exam season ends.

love, jane. aka the unlost wanderer.

ps- Who are your favorite characters from the Harry Potter series?

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The Royal Date, by Sariah Wilson | My First Ever Book Review!

Synopsis: Kat MacTaggert has a plan for everything. Her life is planned with perfection, and nothing can go wrong, right? Wrong. When Kat goes on a skiing trip with her best friend Lemon to Monterra, she meets the handsome Nico, who coincidentally rescues her from a skiing accident. Only Nico isn’t who she thought he was-he was a prince! As Kat recovers from her accident in his castle, Nico offers Kat a deal: he’ll pay her to write articles that will increase tourism in his country. As the two of them spend more time together, Kat realizes that she has to choose to stick to her plan or to risk everything for her happily ever after.

I don’t know about you, but I am a sucker for a good “happily ever after”, and Royal Date by Sariah Wilson did not disappoint. Katerina is just a regular girl who had a difficult (to say the least,) childhood growing up. Because of her upbringing, she set certain standards and morals that she sticks to. This is what I admire so much about this book. It is rare nowadays to read a book where a girl decides not to drink, do drugs, and to stay pure until marriage and is determined to see it through.

I love the Lemon, her best friend, who supported Kat through her journey and pushed her past her comfort zone. The royal family of Monterra was so cute and charming, especially Seraphina. I wish I was as bold as her when I was seven! Nico was a kind and thoughtful character and was the perfect match for Kat in my eyes. Everyone dealt with the plot twists in the book realistically and there was no uncalled for drama, which I appreciated a lot.

This was a pleasant, clean, fun read and I would definitely read the other three books in the series!

I hope you enjoyed this book review, and as the title says this is my first book review, so I’m working on my description skills! This was definitely out of my comfort zone, but I enjoyed it and hopefully I’ll improve in my future book reviews!

love, jane. aka the unlost wanderer.

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