Sephora Beauty Insider Dolce & Gabbana Set

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While making last minute christmas purchases at Sephora because I'm a terrible procrastinator, at the checkout, I noticed the deluxe set from Dolce & Gabbana as a 500 point perk. What really caught my eye about this mini set was how luxurious it looked and it's sample of not only its men and women perfume but an eyeliner as well! 

Week VII Holiday Nails!


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! 

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Review

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Title: Brave New World
Author: Aldous Huxley
Release Date: 1932 
Publisher:  Harper Perennial Modern Classics (originally Chatto & Windus)
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★


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.

My Review:

Week VI Essie Sand Tropez

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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? 

November Favorites 2013!

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December/January TBR

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As the year wraps up and we say goodbye to 2013, I didn't have a particular theme for the end of the year since it's the holidays and all so I just picked out the ones in my tbr (to be read) pile that caught my interest the most. 

Catching Fire: Book + Movie Comparison Review


I went to the midnight premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire this Thursday and my expectations for the film were high. The first Hunger Games film was nicely well adapted from book to film and (minus excessive shaky cam) I was really well pleased with it. Well I can safely say that the sequel is amazing and blew my expectations away. 

Week V Chanel Vamp

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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

Easy Fall look!

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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. 

Week IV Maybelline Color Show Twilight Rays

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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! 

Week III Lagoon by Dior

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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.

Review: Ren Jojoba Microbead Purifying Facial Polish!

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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.

When We Wake by Karen Healey Book Review!

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Title: When We Wake (When We Wake #1)
Author: Karen Healey
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★★★


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.

My Review:

Week II China Glaze Stone Cold

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While the weather over here in Florida is not at all reflective of typical autumn weather, I'm starting to hover towards darker, warmer tones in all aspects of my wardrobe. 

Week I Material Girl Nail Polish In Harlequin

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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. 

Origins GinZing™ Energy-Boosting Moisturizer Review

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Origins GinZing™ Energy-Boosting Moisturizer ($26.50) is a lightweight, oil free moisturizer that promises to revitalize skin to create a fresh and radiant glow to the skin with "legendary skin-boosters like panax ginseng and coffee bean to jumpstart hydration levels." 

Arthur Rimbaud's A Season In Hell + The Drunken Boat Book Review

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Title: A Season in Hell/The Drunken Boat
Author: A Season In Hell
Release Date: June 28, 1961
Publisher: New Directions
Source: Bought

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.

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Booktube-a-thon TBR

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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.

Movie Look! (Feat. Revlon)


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!