Thursday, April 7, 2016

Things I'm Loving



1. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow 

While I do plan on doing a full review on the two Charlotte Tilbury products I picked up in New York, it hurt me not to mention this before I get around to doing that review post. The first day I used it, I got nervous and thought I made a mistake. For nearly two years, I had been using TooFaced Chocolate Soleil to contour, then I replaced it with NARS Laguna (which is not my favorite, admittedly) and I've always been afraid of things never being bale to replace the Chocolate Soleil void in my life. Comparing the Charlotte Tilbury product to the TooFaced one is like comparing apples to oranges, though. First thing, the highlighter in this duo is the most beautiful champagne-gold color that just gives you this candlelit glow to enhance your features. The bronzer manages to do the same thing while still sculpting out your face in the places you apply it. It's definitely a product you have to build, depending on just how contoured and sculpted you want your face to be that day, which to me is great. I don't think it lacks pigmentation at all; it's a product meant to be natural with the option of building for a more dramatic look. I love that!

2. Notting Hill

I don't know what got into me yesterday, but I watched two movies on Netflix last night. TWO. I watch one movie a month, maybe, so to watch two in one night is a pretty incredible feat for me. The first movie I watched was Iris, which of course was all sorts of fantastic. The second was Notting Hill, which I have been meaning to see for ages and just hadn't gotten around to it. When I saw that it was on Netflix, I immediately added it to my list and whispered to myself "someday..."

That someday was yesterday and I enjoyed every freaking second of it. First thing...Hugh Grant...okay, sir, could you stop being so handsome? Okay, glad we got that out of the way. On the same note...can Julia Roberts also stop being so beautiful? No, but really, all of the English-ness going on in that film gave me #AllTheFeels and god, it was so frustrating because I JUST WANTED THEM TOGETHER, OKAY? Like who wouldn't want them together? Satan? I digress, I didn't even realized it was a two hour long movie until I checked to see how much time was left because, spoiler alert, they still were not together with like twenty minutes left and my poor heart could not handle it anymore. I can now officially say "I'm just a girl standing in front of a boy asking him to love her" while actually knowing where it's from. Not sure when it will ever come in handy, but you never know when I'll run into Sir Harry Styles...

I had the most massive fangirl moment when I met the 13-year-old star of Good Ol' Boy Roni Akurati, who plays Smith, the 10-year-old boy from India who just wants to fit in in America. He was incredible and I wanted to squeeze him.
3. Cleveland International Film Festival

Woohoo, it's CIFF time again! Every spring Cleveland hosts a film festival down at Tower City and this is the second time I've had the chance to go! My freshmen year, I saw La Distancia Mas Larga as extra credit for my Spanish class. This year, I had the chance to attend not only two movies, but the opening night gala as part of an article I'm writing for the newspaper. This year, I saw Good Ol' Boy on the opening night, which is a hilarious family comedy/drama about an Indian family who immigrated to America to follow the "American Dream". It's set in 1979 and it's absolutely hilarious. It's supposed to hit theaters in September, so please check it out if you do remember. The second film I saw just yesterday afternoon was Our Last Tango (Un Tango Mas), a documentary about Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes, two of the most famous tango dancers in history. It documented their professional and personal relationships and was just so beautifully filmed and choreographed. I don't know much about films or how to critique anything, but I truly believe the two films I saw this time around were spectacular and special and absolutely beautiful pieces of art.

4. "Run Away With Me" by Carly Rae Jepsen

Speaking of beautiful pieces of art, Carly Rae Jepsen kills the pop game again with her newest single "Run Away With Me." I have been a hardcore CRJ fan for years. I still jam to "Call Me Maybe." I think she's one of the most underrated popstars and deserves so much more recognition than she's given from her viral successes. I digress, this new single has been my life lately. I cannot get enough of it. I haven't listened to Emotion enough to give a proper review on it, but I've been listening to it and let me just say, I am still so heart eyes over Carly Rae Jepsen. She's my ride or die, I'm fairly certain of that.



5. Contigo Reusable Water Bottle

I get thirsty all the time. My problem is that I don't carry water bottles with me because I don't have anything. Or rather, I didn't. I've always had tumbler cups to drink out of while I'm at home, but it's hard to take them around with you when you don't necessarily want to carry it in your hands every second you're not sitting down. So, I decided to finally solve my thirst problem by picking up a small reusable water bottle to bring to work, the source of most of my thirst (okay, so maybe the source of most of my thirst is Harry Styles...different kind of thirst, though). I got a Contigo bottle at Target on Sunday and it's a game changer, I swear. Mine has a twist off lid and a mint green rubbery sleeve on it so I can grip it, presumably. I didn't want one with a straw or one that was super big, so this was the perfect size bottle for me. And it's pretty. What more could I ask for?

What have you been loving lately?

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