Monday, September 1, 2014

Possibly Unpopular Opinion #31

#31: Instagram is the place to share a handful of really cool vacation pictures. Not every. single. one. of your vacation pictures. That's what Facebook is for. I don't want to scroll through 43 of your Sesameland pictures before seeing anyone else in my feed. Please stop.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Sound-Off v. 127

Shared it:
  1. This was just lovely: Remembering Robin by Mara Wilson.
  2. I'd never thought of #3 before... 24 secrets introverts won't tell you from Buzzfeed. (Also? I totally didn't just tell you all of this.)
  3. Really like #3: stress relief for busy professionals people - how to unwind in 20 minutes or less via Branding Beat.
  4. I have a self-esteem file, except I call it The Love File, and it lives in my inbox: 8 steps to like yourself more from World of Psychology.
  5. #4 sounds really enticing - 7 ways to comfort yourself without food by Christie Inge.
Appreciated it:
  1. Pancakes (that *I* didn't have to make!)
  2. Getting out of the office
  3. Quiet lunches
  4. Emergency dental appointments
  5. Staff barbecues

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Review: Lancôme's Grandiôse Mascara (Influenster)

[WARNING: Creepy eyeball-ish pictures below!]

I received Lancôme's Grandiôse mascara from Influenster recently. I was prepared to turn up my nose at it simply because it's too fancy for me: I've never used anything nicer than drugstore mascara.

Unfortunately? I love it. 

Grandiôse boasts a wide-angle Swan Neck Wand, giving a fan-effect to lashes. It provides length, curve, and volume, and the brush gives great access to all lashes (even those teeny, tiny ones!) from root-to-tip.

-HIGHLY GRASPING even for smaller lashes

I don't generally believe claims like this, buuuuut perhaps that's because I buy cheap affordable mascara...

The brush, well, the curve confounded me because I don't makeup: if I don't poke my out, I'm likely to bust it jamming it back into the tube; however, it did reach lashes I didn't know I had. The application was a little thick, but it didn't clump per se: I did have to use a spoolie brush, but I do with every mascara because I'm not a fan of tarantula lashes.

I know the pictures are a tad blurry (sorry: not a photo/makeup/fashion blogger), but the definition and curve of Grandiôse beats Lashblast. It is long lasting and wears well - because I don't makeup, I can't apply mascara without getting it all over my eyelids, and the wet Q-Tip trick didn't clean the Grandiôse off like it does with my regular mascara (had to use makeup remover to clean up). It did flake a little, but I'm not sure if it's an issue or not because I'm not sure if that's standard with most mascaras (Lashblast has that going for it at least, which is important to me as a contact lens wearer). 

I would definitely recommend this mascara!

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post - I received these items free of charge for being a member of Influenster.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Sound-Off v. 126: The Depression Edition

If I sound like a broken record lately it's because, well, I am. Besides, who doesn't love to beat a dead horse?

Shared it:
  1. 9 ways to take care of yourself when you have depression from World of Psychology.
  2. Stronger Together shares depression and women: five tips for getting help.
  3. When the black dog starts growling: 5 steps to leash your depression via Psych Central.
  4. Also from Stronger Together, this is what happens in a depressed person's brain (I found this one rather interesting, aside from the weird advertising at the end - ignore that part).
  5. I honestly had no clue about #2 (although BOY do a lot of things make sense now!): 5 facts many people don't know about depression by World of Psychology.
  6. And a bonus for those on the other side dealing with us depressed folk, 15 things you shouldn't say to someone struggling with depression from Buzzfeed. (Seriously, guys? Numbers 1, 2, 4, 7 (OMG, fuck you, 7), 8, 10, 11, 13, and 15.)
 It's nice to remember the little, simple things that bring us joy, like a stack of unread books.

Appreciated it:
  1. Writing it out.
  2. The dog climbing into the tub on his own (instead of starfishing and clawing at the door jamb with all of his might when Chebbar picks him up) without a fight.
  3. Reading.
  4. Chebbar to the rescue!
  5. Interesting challenges from a coworker/friend (on top of 5 gratitudes at the end of the day, add a positive affirmation).

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Busted: A Conversation

Me:  That damned book* made me cry.
Him: Colour me surprised.
Me:  Not every book makes me cry!
Him:  No... just the ones you read.
Me:  *cracks up*

*Not an affiliate link, mostly because I'm too lazy to figure out how the whole thing works.

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