If you've read any of my beauty posts before - actually, scratch that - if you've read anything about me on any of my social media, you'll know that I'm a total lip product addict. It doesn't matter if it's a lipstick, a gloss, a balm, a liner - if it's not on my pout, it's out. You can imagine my excitement when I was invited to the Revlon event for their new Colorstay Moisture Stains - details coming in tomorrow's post! - and I've been obsessed ever since. Hydrating, sheeny, super pigmented and long-wearing? Heck to the yeah.
"Watch" - The Films, Series & YouTube
Okay, Orange Is The New Black. Q. Why did I say 'eh, I'll give it a miss' and fall asleep when Will started watching Season One a few months ago? A. Who knows, but I'm a fool. I'm now on the last episode of Season Two and I'll be honest, my binge-watching is the reason that this post is going up today instead of last Saturday. Addicted. Also, was I alone in thinking, 'does the intro need to be this long, it's like Dexter all over again' and then belting out 'the animals, the animals, trapped trapped TRAPPED 'til the cage is full' three hours later? It's a good thing I like a bit of Miss Spektor as it's in my head 24/7.
The only film of note I saw this fortnight was What Maisie Knew which is beautifully shot, darkly funny and includes Alexander Skarsgård being all playful and cute with a child. Insert joke about exploding ovaries here. My parents have been happily married since their early twenties so I'm unfamiliar with divorce and I found it an eye-openingly moving watch.
I was on YouTube in the last two weeks - a concept previously unknown to The Fortnightly One! - talking all things M.E. with the two beauties that are Hayley and Jazz.
"Eat" - The Food
I've been eating quinoa practically every day recently, yet I've never actually cooked it. Nope, it's not sorcery, it's The Food Doctor and their bio-organic 'easy grains'. As a foodie who loves to be in the kitchen but is limited to making meals that don't use up too much of my precious energy, these handy sachets are perfect as you simply tear open the packet then sprinkle on, or they can be microwaved first if you prefer it hot - I've heard that some like it that way* - easy peasy.
|'Easy grains' in action - see Meg Says Eat for this recipe|
"Read" - The Books, Blogs & Magazines
I finished Criminal by Karin Slaughter last night and although I'd been getting a little bored with the series, I quite enjoyed this and thought it was one of her better novels. Despite it being a little too slow-paced for my liking, once I started reading a few chapters each night I soon got into it and began to enjoy the choppy-changey (technical literary term) narrative that switched from the 70s to the present - a well-layered thriller with a satisfying ending.
"Wear" - The Style, Sleepwear & Loungewear
Emma Miller's Paris Style Diary has been giving me life over the past week and I have a serious case of wardrobe envy - oh and skin envy, her complexion is like peaches and cream - take a look for yourself, and don't tell me that you're not in utter awe of this gal!
"Listen" - The Music
Ed Sheeran's new album x makes me feel so nostalgic and has been played non-stop on my Spotify since its release, as was Loose Change in my first year of college aged seventeen. Ed pulled a Taylor Swift of his own with Don't, and Thinking Out Loud has me crooning "take me into your loving armssss" constantly. Nice pipes, Suffolk Sally.
"Inspire" - The Quotes
True dat, A.P.W.B.D.
What have you loved this fortnight? And more importantly, *will you forgive me for that bad Marilyn Monroe pun?