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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Bali Musings Day 7 | Travel

This morning was filled with chaos and stress. With the moving truck coming in only three days, we rushed to touch up anything that was worn out from use. As we finished, we made plans with some friends who are visiting from California to attend a wedding. We ate lunch and had ice cream, laughing at their four year old son’s antics. He insists on calling me “Tante” which is usually reserved for close friends who have children. (Don’t worry, you won’t find me having a child at age sixteen.)

Since they had just arrived that day, we took them to a supermarket where they can go to the ATM, and buy water and snacks. As we were saying our goodbyes for now, (I’ll be babysitting their son in few days,) Jax’s mom and sister came in, who is also one of my friends. Let’s call her Kat. Kat and her mom were waiting for Jax to finish a lesson, so they decided to shop and eat at the little café they have there. We introduced Kat and her mom to our friends and before long, our friends left to go to their hotel and we were left with Kat and her mom. Jax came when he was finished and we all made plans to watch a movie the next day.

We went home and I watched my youngest sister swim while my other sister made dinner and my mom went off doing who-knows-what. After my sister finished swimming, I settled into bed getting ready to watch some YouTube videos. The perfect end to a perfect day, well, minus the chaos and stress part!

love, jane. aka the unlost wanderer.

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Is This Love?? | Jane’s Rambles

Hey, everyone, happy Sunday! I hope you are having a relaxing time with your friends and family. I’ve decided not to keep up with the quotes of the weeks on my blog, but I regularly post quotes on my Instagram, so be sure to follow me there!

Anyways, my parents are in America for the next ten days, and we’re staying at our grandparents’ house until they get back. My parents have never really gotten along with their respective parents. I don’t even know my grandparents on my dad’s side. My mom’s relationship with her parents has been rocky up until a few months ago. We used to live with them and they still didn’t get along. In fact, the drama was probably worse. Which, actually makes sense since we’re all stuck under the same roof.

My grandparents have taken a lot from us. We moved to Indonesia because of them, and there has been so much heartache for all of us in the past six years. Despite them taking a lot, they give a lot too. Material things, though. With material things, they don’t hesitate to give. I admire that from them. I want to give as much as I can, including emotionally giving, instead of taking. If that makes sense.

I’m happy for this time we have with them, even though I do miss my parents. (We’ve been apart from our dad for months at a time but never both of our parents at once.) My sisters and I agreed to make the most of the time we have here and also subtly hinting at how amazing our parents raised us since they were so quick to judge before. We have spent more time with my grandmother and grandfather, (who we call Ama and Akong, which I’m pretty sure is Chinese,) than we have in years. I never thought they loved us. And I never thought I loved them after everything that has happened. But last night, after I took a shower, my grandmother actually dried my hair. This was a huge deal to me because we barely even hug when seeing each other. There was an odd feeling in my chest, as she tenderly touched my hair. And I almost dared to think that that feeling was love. 

I’ve hoped before, and most of the time that hope led to heartache and hurt. I’ve never let that stop me from hoping before, and I won’t let that stop me now. And if I can hope, I know you can too.

love, jane. aka the unlost wanderer.

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I’m Back! | Jane Rambles

Hey, everyone! I haven’t really been around last month, which is something I really regret. April was a hectic month for my family and I, which is no excuse. Between an impromptu trip to Jakarta which lasted three weeks, deciding to move back to Jakarta, moving back to Jakarta and spending time with friends in Bali while we could left little time to write. I have however, began writing like, six posts that I never finished, so stay tuned for those!

I also wanted to welcome those who joined my journey while I was gone, and those who commented on my posts. These comments honestly made my day.

love, jane. aka the unlost wanderer.

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Confessions of an Unlost Wanderer.

Confession: I am not new to blogging. Before The Unlost Wanderer, I was known as Jay from TeenageNomad and Jo from XOJO Blog. Both blogs collectively had 300 followers but I still stopped. I don’t even know why. Yes, I was Jay and yes, I was Jo, but there is one person who I will always be and that’s Jane. Jane is my real life name. (I admit that Jay and Jo are wayyy cooler names).

Both blogs have since been deleted but I have files for both blogs and am thinking of posting them here.

I know that this is confusing, but please bear with me. I have made my mark on this world by blogging as Jay and Jo, but it’s time for me to be honest with myself and find myself as Jane. I hope that through this blog I can find my identity as my real self, not by hiding behind a pen name.So,

Hi. My name is Jane. Previously known as Jay and Jo but always have and always will be Jane.

love, jane. aka the unlost wanderer. aka Jay the TeenageNomad. aka XOJO.

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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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