Amanda Leon Friday, December 27
For my holiday nails, I decided to go with some classic holiday colors, red and gold. I find that gold as an accent color adds a certain pop to classic red nails and is a great twist!
What are your favorite colors for the holiday time? Let me know!
Amanda Leon Friday, December 20
Title: Brave New World
Author: Aldous Huxley
Release Date: 1932
Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics (originally Chatto & Windus)
Far in the future, the World Controllers have finally created the ideal society. In laboratories worldwide, genetic science has brought the human race to perfection. From the Alpha-Plus mandarin class to the Epsilon-Minus Semi-Morons, designed to perform menial tasks, man is bred and educated to be blissfully content with his pre-destined role.
But, in the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre, Bernard Marx is unhappy. Harbouring an unnatural desire for solitude, feeling only distaste for the endless pleasures of compulsory promiscuity, Bernard has an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress…
A fantasy of the future that sheds a blazing critical light on the present--considered to be Aldous Huxley' s most enduring masterpiece.
Amanda Leon Monday, December 16
This is my second week wearing this nail polish (doesn't it have great wear time!) and it's absolutely one of my favorite nudes. Nudes are tricky in general but I've found that this is a universally flattering color and works all year round.
What is your favorite nude nail polish?
Amanda Leon Monday, November 25
A little historical background for you all. Released in 1994, Vamp is Chanel's best selling nail polish with $1 million dollar in sales in their first year alone. Vamp was later made legendary by various celebrities and notably, Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction. The polish is a deep, reddish wine color that was made to resemble dried blood, hence the name.
Classic. Amazing. Perfect for the holidays.
Need I say more?
Amanda Leon Monday, November 18
I posted this look on Instagram a few days ago (you can follow me here!!) and I couldn't resist making a post about it. Fall is the time for smokier eyes and darker lips but lately I've been stuck in either or of two opposites. Thick eyeliner and dramatic lips or beautifully simple, where I usually focus on a clean and sculpted canvas with dramatic top and bottom lashes being the focal point.
I was in the mood to do a simple black nail but right before the first coat was applied, I hesitated. I love black nails but I wanted to do something slightly different but still in the same color family and ended up choosing Maybelline's Twilight Rays, a chic emerald twist on the classic black nail.
What are some of your favorite drugstore nail polishes? Comment below!
Amanda Leon Monday, November 11
Every time I decide to pick out a blue from my collection I always tend to gravitate towards this one. Lagoon is one of my favorites and has such incredible formula and lasts forever on my nails, never chipping off or losing its shine. It's bold, gorgeous and it always makes me feel like I'm about to jet set off to holiday.
Amanda Leon Sunday, November 10
I've been on the hunt for the perfect exfoliator lately and one thing I've discovered in my search is that every exfoliator is completely different from the other. While the desired end result is the same, some exfoliators are more abrasive, some are baby soft, and some are in the middle. I believe that exfoliating is an essential staple in your skincare routine and for each skin type and personal preference, each person needs one for their own needs.
Amanda Leon Tuesday, November 5
Title: When We Wake (When We Wake #1)
Author: Karen Healey
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every other girl living in 2027—she's happiest when playing the guitar, she's falling in love for the first time, and she's joining her friends to protest the wrongs of the world: environmental collapse, social discrimination, and political injustice.
But on what should have been the best day of Tegan's life, she dies—and wakes up a hundred years later, locked in a government facility with no idea what happened.
The future isn't all she had hoped it would be, and when appalling secrets come to light, Tegan must make a choice: Does she keep her head down and survive, or fight for a better world?
Award-winning author Karen Healey has created a haunting, cautionary tale of an inspiring protagonist living in a not-so-distant future that could easily be our own.
Amanda Leon Monday, October 7
This nail color is one of my favorites and for some strange reason I always overlook it when picking a color out of my shelf. It's a true turquoise with shimmers running underneath which really shine in sunlight. It's a perfect year round color if you're looking for that extra pop and bonus, this color always secretly makes me feel like a mermaid.
Amanda Leon Thursday, August 29
Amanda Leon Saturday, July 20
Title: A Season in Hell/The Drunken Boat
Author: A Season In Hell
Release Date: June 28, 1961
Publisher: New Directions
Although he stopped writing at the age of 19, Arthur Rimbaud (1854-91) possessed the most revolutionary talent of the century. His poetry & prose have increasingly influenced major writers. To his masterpiece A Season in Hell is here added Rimbaud's longest & possibly greatest single poem The Drunken Boat, with the original French en face Illuminations, Rimbaud's major works are available as bilingual New Directions Paperbooks. The reputation of A Season in Hell, which is a poetic record of a man's examination of his own depths, has steadily increased over the years. Upon the 1st publication of Varese's translation by New Directions, the Saturday Review wrote: "One may at last suggest that the translation of A Season in Hell has reached a conclusive point..." Concerning the 25-stanza The Drunken Boat, Dr Enid Starkie of Oxford University has written: "(It's) an anthology of separate lines of astonishing evocative magic which linger in the mind like isolated jewels." Rimbaud's life was so extraordinary that it has taken on the quality of a myth. A biographical chronology is included.
Amanda Leon Wednesday, July 17
Title: Chasing Yesterday Trilogy
Author: Robin Wasserman
Release Date: 2007
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
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Chasing Yesterday is a series of books written by Robin Wasserman. The series follows a girl after she wakes up in the middle of rubble, with no memory of her past. J.D. must find out where she came from.
Amanda Leon Tuesday, July 16
On Monday starts the first annual Book-a-thon, the first ever reading bonanza. The challenge was created by Raleen and Ariel from
YouTube and consists of trying to read the most you can over the course of seven days. The challenge will be taking place from July 15 through the 21st. To make it more fun, there will be challenges that you also need to complete during the duration of the book-a-thon.
Amanda Leon Sunday, July 14
Author: M.T. Anderson
Release Date: February 3, 2004
Publisher: Candlewick Press
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Identity crises, consumerism, and star-crossed teenage love in a futuristic society where people connect to the Internet via feeds implanted in their brains.
For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon - a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires. Following in the footsteps of George Orwell, Anthony Burgess, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr., M. T. Anderson has created a not-so-brave new world — and a smart, savage satire that has captivated readers with its view of an imagined future that veers unnervingly close to the here and now.
While I was looking through my sample drawer yesterday, I found a lipstick that I completely forgot about, Revlon's Sultry Sable.
What made this particular lipstick stand out to me is that most of the very dark, vampy lipsticks I wear are always purple based (such as Tom Ford's Black Orchid or Revlon's Black Cherry) and this one is strictly red based, coming out as a very dark burgundy.
Considering this departure from my usual picks, I fell in love with it and decided to center my whole look around it.
Isn't it beautiful?!
Check out the rest of my look:
And of course! *drum roll*
-Revlon lipstick in Sultry Sable
What are some of your favorite vamp lipsticks? Any new favorite discoveries? Let me know!