Read Or Die: Everything I Never Told You

May’s bookclub was a special one and marked the end of an era for the Read or Die bookclub. One of the founding members Erin is moving to California for an exciting new adventure with her family. I’m so happy for Erin and her next chapter in her life, but I’m so sad to see her go. She is truly a wonderful person with a warm personality and a caring heart. She’s smart, funny, and kind and brings a lot of wonderful and unique perspective to our little bookclub. She’s also a wonderful mother and a talented baker (there are a lot of really talented people in my bookclub). While I’m sure our paths will cross again, it definitely won’t be the same without her. Maybe she will start a California chapter of our bookclub ;). 

Me, Rachel, and Erin... We made shirts!

Me, Rachel, and Erin... We made shirts!

For our book this month, we let Erin have one last pick, and she chose Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. This was a fantastic read! The writing was brilliant, and the characters felt very real and authentic. They were so dynamic and multi-faceted. The book started with the death of their daughter and the subsequent reactions of the family. It also looked back upon the mother and father’s lives as an interracial couple, and no matter how hard you try, you may be doomed to repeat the mistakes of your parents. While I don’t believe this personally, the book did make some strong logic as to why that might be true. This book was beautifully written and took on a lot of heavy issues. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, and I look forward to reading other books by this author. 

Rachel provided and extra special dinner with Shrimp Fried Rice, Pork Hum Bao, BBQ Pork, PB&J Cake, and Rosemary Limeade.  The PB&J cake is one of my favorite cakes ever, it is seriously delicious! If you haven’t already checked out the recipe for the Rosemary Limeade, do yourself a favor, and make a batch right now, with or without alcohol it is divine! 

Our next months book is Moonglow by Michael Chabon, and you can find all of the books we’ve read here

Have any of you ever read Everything I Never Told You? Let me know in the comments. 

Your Secret Weapon-Eyeliner

The most dangerous game: getting your eyeliner even. May every god/goddess that ever was or will be have mercy on your soul.

Using eyeliner can be a high risk/high reward situation. On the one hand when you get it right, it has a major impact on your eye makeup and you feel like a superhero. On the other hand, getting it wrong can lead to disaster: time trying to even it out, time silently crying in your mirror, and the eventual removal of all your eye makeup and starting over. All that being said, I do love me some good eyeliner. I don’t have any personal tutorials to share, but the women of Pixiwoo (two delightful British makeup artists) have some easy to follow tutorials. 

Here is their basic gel eyeliner video.
Here is a video for how to do a winged eyeliner for hooded eyelids.

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I want to talk about my all-time favorite eyeliner. I will say that this is another name brand beauty product, which it can be a little pricey. This has genuinely been the best eyeliner I’ve ever owned. It has lasted well over a year and I still have a quarter of the tube left.  

The eyeliner is called Tarteist Clay Paint Eye Liner in Triple Black by Tarte. It costs $24 and comes with an incredibly well made brush.  Why do I like this eyeliner so much? Why am I recommending you spend $24 on something that can be found in a drugstore for less than $10? Both are excellent questions.

 I love this eyeliner for a multitude of reasons: 

  1. The Triple Black color goes on incredibly pigmented. Sometimes drugstore eyeliners leave me questioning if I bought a dark grey or navy eyeliner, when it is supposed to be black. That has never once happened with the Clay Paint Eye liner. 
  2. It lasts all day, whether I put on primer or not this eyeliner stays put until I’m ready to take it off. Other eyeliners I’ve had either disappear into the oily canvas that is my eyelid. Or they end up smeared under my eyes, which gives me a look vaguely reminiscent of a raccoon. 
  3. Once you get the hang of using the brush, it is easy to apply. With a little practice, you can get some awesome looks pretty quickly and without too much fuss. 
  4. It’s incredibly versatile. You can tight line your lid with it (getting really close to your waterline with your liner), create a winged cat eye look, and create cool designs if that’s your thing. Whatever you want on your lid you can have it with this eyeliner.
  5. It lasts a really long time. Like I said I’ve had mine for about a year and a half. I still have a quarter of the tube left and it is still as smooth and creamy as day on (even after using it almost daily ). 

5 out of 5 stars

*pro-tip- do a dry run with the brush one or two times before debuting it to the world. It’s a different application than most other eyeliners out there, so give yourself a couple times to adjust. 

To me all of these reasons justify the price tag. If you’re looking to make an impact or for something a little more subtle, this liner does it all. 

 

Have you tried this eyeliner before? Do you have another eyeliner you are obsessed with?