Smoke Still Doesn’t Get in Your Eyes — The Fluff Is Raging

The Motion Picture Association of America is facing a lawsuit that would ban smoking in movies rated G, PG, or PG-13. The MPAA is arguing such a ban would be an infringement of free speech. The argument about depictions of smoking in movies comes around every few years. Now seems an appropriate time to repost a piece […]

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Introducing… Mason Bliss Designs

Hey, friends. So I’ve had a little uncalled for hiatus. My biggest apologies. I’ll be back next week with tons of content. I’ve had some big changes in the past month and everything feels settled in now so I should be good to start back on my work here.

I’m just gonna say it.. I have a new hobby that involves jars and lots of paint. You guessed it, I’m painting mason jars. This obsession is so fresh and I love the craft so much that I’ve started an etsy shop of my own! Yikes. Of course no sales yet but I’m working hard on my stock and new ideas and such. The shop is called Mason Bliss Designs and here are some pics.

Now that we are knee deep in this post, I’m definitely gonna self promote here. Below is a link to one of my mason jar listings. Check it out, folks. I do different kinds of floral arrangements and jar decor.

More to come. I will be documenting some of the process on my blog here every now and then. Feels good to expand my features here. Film reviews, skincare reviews, world market hauls, what’s on my playlist, and now some DIY fun with my etsy shop. Stay tuned, my lovelies.

Playlist Bliss: The Weary Kind

Alright. This week I’m gonna introduce you to this hidden gem of an artist. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this artist and track on a previous post, but it’s just that good. His name is Ryan Bingham and he has the voice of a rugged angel. Quite literally, he is the epitome of roots rock americana music. If you’ve ever seen the film Crazy Heart (2010), starring Jeff Bridges and Colin Farrell, you have heard of him. You know that song at the end that Farrell’s character performs before the credits? That’s Bingham’s “The Weary Kind.” I can’t begin to explain how much I love this song. His voice is perfect. A YouTube user said it best:

His voice is soft rust slowly flaking away on a once beautiful, shiny classic truck. That’s the best way I can describe his voice and his sound and subtle grace. A dusty throat whispering our small town secret American fears and courage.

The track earned Bingham an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, and Critics’ Choice Award for “Best Song” in 2010, as well as a Grammy Award for “Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media” in 2011. The Americana Music Association also honored Bingham with the organization’s top award in 2010 as “Artist of the Year”.

Skincare Review- Dermalogica/ Peter Thomas Roth

Skin care regimens can be hard to adjust to and we don’t always buy what ends up working for our skin. Sometimes, though, we find our holy grail skin care products and that’s exactly why I’m posting this today! Are the two products I’m about to show you “high end”? Sort of. One closer to affordable than the other. I’ll be talking about my face wash routine that (for now) includes the Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Purifying Gel Cleanser and the Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream.

So for almost a month now I’ve been using the Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud cleanser every night and some mornings (if I remember). This cleanser has a gel texture that lathers very lightly and does so well at removing my makeup. When cleaning around the eyes though, it irritates a while after if you accidentally get some in there. But of course, be careful around the eyes.

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Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Gel Cleanser

So this cleanser claims to purify and decongest skin, remove and dissolve pore-clogging oils and impurities, and help to smooth your skin’s texture with its anti-aging properties. Immediately, I notice that it’s cleaning so well as I lather and massage it into my face. It literally felt squeaky clean. Once washed off and pat dried, my skin feels a little tight, still smooth, but tight. Also, it doesn’t feel dry at all, but with  a tight feel to the face, a moisturizer is essential. After you moisturize, the skin feels amazingly refreshed and smooth.

Again, I use it every night before bed and I use the Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream in conjunction with it as my moisturizer of choice. The Peter Thomas Roth cleanser is not so high end but costs more than your average cleanser. It retails for $38 at Ulta and $12 for a little travel size bottle.  The Dermalogica smoothing cream is a medium weight cream that can be used as a daily moisturizer.

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Dermalogica line (left to right) Dynamic Skin Recovery, Super Rich Repair, Skin Smoothing Cream

Ingredients include lecithin, aloe gel, mallow, cucumber and arnica. It also contains antioxidant grape seed extract plus vitamins A, C and E. A little goes a long way with it! It sets my skin for the night after my face wash. I only use Dermalogica at night because I feel like it leaves my skin clean, but a little sensitive after use. Like most things, I like to just sleep on it. It spreads well on the face and the tube can last you a long time. It has a mild medicinal scent but nothing terrible.It moisturizes well by morning. It’s to be noted that it is considered clinical care and the product states that professional recommendation for the line is advised. So, you guessed it, the price tags are out of this world. I have a handful of Dermalogica products that I received as samples during my trips at Ulta.

I honestly won’t be buying more of them because one of their products are easily over $40. The Skin Smoothing Cream is priced at $64 for the regular 3.4 oz tube. I’m determined to continue use of the products I have. I’m hoping to start using the other two tubes and seeing how well they work. Let me know if you guys have used anything from both the Dermalogica and the Peter Thomas Roth lines!

Makeup Review- It Cosmetics / Too Faced

Another new installment to the categories! Yes, I know you beauty gurus out there will appreciate this post. I’ve been toying with a lot of new makeup lately, and I’ve been wanting to share my input with the world on certain products for quite some time now. I hit up my local Ulta and Sephora stores a couple times a month. I’ve realized that Ulta is super amazing with varieties and monthly deals. This time around, I’ve been using a couple of products from the It Cosmetics line and a foundation from the Too Faced line.

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It Cosmetics !!!

I’ll start off talking about the It Cosmetics products. This first product is one of my holy grail foundations. It’s a cc cream, sunscreen, moisturizer, primer, serum, and foundation all in one! I was shopping at Ulta one morning and I was browsing through the It Cosmetics stands and was totally intrigued with the

Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+

Right off the bat, the packaging of the tube is really hygienic and gorgeous. It has a silver pump to it and each pump of product goes a long way. This CC cream/foundation/serum applies on so easily. It is definitely a medium coverage liquid. It’s not too heavy in consistency and it also smells pretty nice! It’s like a lemon cake scent. Not overbearing, but pleasant.

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It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in Medium

It claims to improve skin texture, brightness and increase skin hydration by 79%. It’s a paraben-free product and formulated with a lot of good-for-your-skin ingredients. The coverage is pretty great. It gives such a natural look to your skin, with a slight glow. Not even dewy, I think. I was so skeptical with the finish because I have combination skin and usually if a foundation sets dewy, I’ll be a little slick by noontime. Those that set a natural or satin finish are a go for me. That being said, I think this could work out for people with dry skin, combo skin, and probably oily skin, to be honest. It doesn’t look shiny throughout my day, and if you set it with a powder, you shouldn’t have a problem! I don’t set mine with a powder, because what I do is apply my primer or moisturizer, apply a good two layers on and make sure to blend it out well and I’ll be set all day. I use the Real Techniques face blender for it, but I’m gonna try and see how it applies with fingers.

It barely even transfers and it is so lightweight!! I think that’s my favorite aspect of it. It doesn’t feel like you’re wearing some heavy foundation. It will last me a good while. The only con I could think of for this cc cream foundation is the price tag… It retails at $38 on their website and at Ulta. I’m gonna say that it is so worth it. You need to experience this! But really, it’s worth it and if not, you can always return stuff! Hallelujah! I wear this product especially on days where I don’t really have anything to do or days I’m just running errands. It’s kind to the skin and I believe it is improving my skin, even if it’s just a little bit. I’m always seeing people praise this product and I completely understand whyyyyy! By the way, they’re cruelty free!

Throughout their line, It Cosmetics doesn’t offer a wide range of skin tones. This can be good or bad because what the products also claim is that they adjust to your skin tone. If you’re stuck between Light and Medium, they recommend to go with Medium and let the foundation adjust to your own color. Medium is the shade I use for their stuff and it fits really well. So that may be something to ponder over with them. My next It Cosmetics product is the

CC+™ Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation SPF 50+

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It Cosmetics CC+ Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation in Medium

This product is comparable to drugstore dupes like the Loreal True Match Lumi Cushion foundation. It comes in a little compact with the sponge cushion where the foundation is soaked in. It comes with the soft applicator as well. I guess you could say that it is less hygienic the way it’s packaged and it’s a little messier, but not by much. I’m going to be upfront and say that I’m not too fond of this one because it comes with 0.34 oz of product in the compact. Even the Loreal version of this idea has more liquid in it. Also, the price is still $38 for it, and it is borderline painful to keep it, but I do really like the coverage. It’s awesome and buildable. The finish to this is kind of luminous for sure. I feel like I make it work though with a powder to set it on top. This one really looks like it is covering your pores and your skin does look real smooth afterward. I would not repurchase for the price and amount. Wish they soaked in a whole ounce and then MAYBE we’ll talk. It just would not last me more than a couple weeks…

My next and last product for review today is by Too Faced. It is a foundation (another one). I found this product at my Sephora while shopping with my best friend. She had said that this one looked cakey on her face when the beauty adviser applied it on her once. So I went ahead and  tried it out on a patch of my face and it didn’t look bad so I thought maybe the adviser used the wrong application technique for the formula… it’s possible. I bough it and it’s amazing! It’s the

BORN THIS WAY Foundation

I’ve seen a lot of YouTube gurus rave about it and apply it on cam and they make it look so amazing. So that also weighed in on my purchase. This foundation is so silky. It leaves me with a satin finish. I find that I get a shiny tendency midday with this sucker. I figure I’ll start using blotting papers or maybe I’ll actually start setting it with a powder. Duh… Makeup is a trial and error love. But other than that, it’s pretty fabulous. It’s medium to full coverage and applies great by brush or sponge. My face has a nice natural highlight all over and the rest of my makeup sets great on top of it. It claims to make imperfections undetectable and make your skin feel like you were…. born this way. It contains coconut water, alpine rose, and hyaluronic acid to help smooth and brighten the skin.

I wear the color Natural Beige and it fits perfect to my skin tone. This foundation has a selection of eighteen shades so it has a decent variety. Finding your color is not hard. The formula is oil-free and skin can still breathe under the layer of makeup. I wouldn’t say it’s as lightweight as the It Cosmetics cc cream, but it’s up there with my favorite foundations!

That is it for my makeup review today! I’m going to try and do this bi-weekly or so, as with my other categories. I wish I was the type of person to just set up a YouTube channel, but I honestly don’t have the time (besides the fact that I’m pretty damn camera shy).Let me know if you’ve tried these products and if you liked them! Chau!

World Market Haul

A tiny haul! I love a good shopping spree, but what I love more than anything is finding food gems from other countries to try out. That’s why I occasionally visit my local Cost Plus World Market, which is like 40 minutes out from me. The drive is alright for what I end up coming from the store with! I hope to start this new blog post as something that comes around at least once a month, so be on the lookout!

Now, my family’s heritage is Uruguayan (South America) and it sucks that the store I go to doesn’t have much of anything from that country. It’s okay, world market, I won’t hold it against you. I can settle for some coconut macaroons from Great Britain for now and not some delicacies from Uruguay. Below I’m gonna share with you guys some of the cool things I found today!

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black tea lychee with rose box

BOH Seri Songket Collection: Black Tea LYCHEE with ROSE

Origin: Malaysia

Not only did the rose infusion in this tea catch my eye, but the adorable and exquisite packaging reeled me in. No tea enthusiast should walk out of a world market empty handed. The ingredients include black tea leaves and of course natural lychee and rose flavors.

But ‘What is lychee?’ you may be asking. Lychee is a sweet and distinct part of the soapberry family. It’s grown in subtropical areas such as Australia, Brazil, India, and Malaysia. It contains some essential vitamins and minerals like copper and potassium, and has an amazing aroma, especially when infused with rose accents. I’m not sure how much of the goodness is transferable to the tea, but it is such a yummy and robust sweet flavor.

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inside packaging

It’s sort of like the Rest flavor Tazo Tea has that has rose petals in the mix, but Seri Songket Black Tea Lychee with Rose has a more intense flavor and aroma. Tastes great hot or on the rocks! Recommended if you can hunt it down!

Chuao Chocolatier: HONEYCOMB

Origin: United States

Okay, so this isn’t exactly a foreign delicacy, but the world market features a lot of American-made foods that are definitely inspired by those who crafted similar sweets from other regions. This chocolate bar claims to be an all natural, gluten free gourmet handcrafted item. I snatched it up for a great low price and as a lover of dark chocolate, I must say that it is AMAZING.  It has honey caramelized crispy bits engulfed in rich dark chocolate. The crisp layer of honey bits is not overbearingly sweet.

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chuao chocolates

It is not too bitter and not too sweet. It’s easy for me to eat a whole bar of this thing! It’s definitely not a flavor I have encountered in chocolate bars before. It’s free of hydrogenated fats, artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, and sweeteners.

The chocolates are produced in San Diego, California and their website is stocked with other flavors including pretzel toffee, strawberry waffle, rocky road, caramel apple, and bacon. Quite an assortment of uncommon flavors there. I am not sure where you can buy these chocolates other than online sites, but if you ever do come across them in a world market, get them. They are so very delicious and being dark chocolate, it’s a nice little snap of a square to keep you going!

IMEI Choco Roll: Green Tea Flavor

Origin: Taiwan

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IMEI choco roll package

These cute little rolls are filled with a  soft green tea filling and come covered in a flaky white chocolate layer. I’m not obsessed about the flavor, but I don’t dislike it. Ingredients include sugar, egg, whey powder, green tea powder, vanilla powder, and cocoa butter.

They come individually wrapped in green packs and since it is green tea flavor, it is a snack you could eat alongside your hot tea. I wonder though, if you could dunk these little guys into the tea as well. Let me know if you guys have tried this out! I don’t think I’ve heard of it eaten this way before. I have tried it like that, I just find that it crumbles quick when dunked. Fans of green tea are sure to love this product, or at least give it a shot.

Nestle KitKat Green Tea Flavor

Origin: Japan

I know what you’re probably thinking, ‘green tea kitkats?!’ But yes, it exists. So does strawberry cheesecake, pear, shinshu apple, edamame, brown sugar, and wasabi kikats. Japan has my heart here (they’ve always had my heart with anime), because this flavor I picked is what you would think it out to be…good! Surprisingly tasty. Not overwhelming.

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green tea kitkat packaging

It’s a mixture of white chocolate and green tea. One of my fellow staff writers at college described it as “white chocolate and grass.” Could you imagine that but in a good way? Because it does taste like the green tea leaves. The snack is not too sweet. It’s probably got fewer calories packed compared to its milk chocolate counterpart. All in all, the green tea kitkat is a worthy snack. I can’t speak for those other flavors I mentioned, but I would sure like to try them all out someday!

So there is my sweet little review on the products I found at the world market. I hope you guys someday get to try at least one of these cool snacks. All worth it. Next time I visit I’ll be on the lookout for other kinds of food as well. Hmm, maybe some Canadian maple syrup or some new imported beers. If I have any readers from around the world, please let me know what products you’re accustomed to and maybe it’s something I can find out here! I’d love for you guys to leave me your suggestions or thoughts!

Playlist Bliss: Coconut Skins

I’m not sure if you guys have heard of indie singer-songwriter Damien RIce. He was born in Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland and his songs have been featured in films such as Closer (2004), Stay (2005), and In Good Company (2004).

I believe he will be touring around Europe this summer. I have loved his music ever since “The Blower’s Daughter” was featured in Closer. Which reminds me that I need to do a review on that stunning film. Anyhow, a song of Rice’s that will always take me to another place is called “Coconut Skins.” I guess I can go ahead and say that it’s my favorite Damien Rice song. And since I love telling you guys about what’s on my playlist, I hope you will enjoy a nice little song right now over a tea or whatever you fancy nowadays.

It would fall under the category of indie/folk so it is very easy on the ears if you’re trying to unwind. And with many indie folk tunes, I enjoy the words the songwriters chose for this tempo, and so I went ahead and pasted the lyrics below if you wanna read along! Let me know if you guys enjoyed the song or maybe comment your favorite Damien Rice tune and we can fangirl together.

You can hold her hand
And show her how you cry
Explain to her your weakness
So she understands
And then roll over and die

You can brave decisions
Before you crumble up inside
Spend your time asking everyone else’s permission
Then run away and hide

Or you can sit on chimneys
Put some fire up your ass
No need to know what you’re doing or waiting for
But if anyone should ask
Tell them I’ve been licking coconut skins
And we’ve been hanging out
Tell them God just dropped by to forgive our sins
And relieve us our doubt
La la la la la la la…

Oh you can hold her eggs
But your basket has a hole
You can lie between her legs and go looking for
Tell her you’re searching for her soul
You can wait for ages
Watch your compost turn to coal
Time is contagious
Everybody’s getting old

So you can sit on chimneys
Put some fire up your ass
No need to know what you’re doing or looking for
But if anyone should ask
Tell them I’ve been cooking coconut skins
And we’ve been hanging out
Tell them God just dropped by to forgive our sins
And relieve us our doubt
La la la la la la la…