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An Almanac For The 21st Century

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Wear, Watch, Want #65: The Peruvian Marble Makeup Edition

Wear, Watch, Want #65: The Peruvian Marble Makeup Edition

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Wear: Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel

It's no secret that I'm a sucker for eyebrow products. I've reviewed at least five here, from this one that looks like a magic marker to my Holy Grail that is absolutely worth the splurge. One I haven't mentioned though, is Essence's brow mascara, which has well-deserved cult status among the beauty obsessed. There are quite a few brow mascaras with mini spoolie brushes out there, but Make Me Brow is my favorite (scroll back through the archives and you'll see I've tried them all). The next best one, in terms of a quality product for an affordable price, is this one by Soap & Glory. But the issue I have with the Soap & Glory brow gel is that you get way more product on the spoolie than you need, so you need to scrape the excess off the brush before you apply. (This same issue came up with the original Gimme Brow, so much so that I included a tutorial in my review). 

Essence has somehow managed to create a great brow gel, with a teeny little spoolie that doesn't come out of the tube with globs of product on it, and it costs THREE DOLLARS. There is no catch. It's all real. 

Watch: Paddington

I remember waiting in a theater lobby to be let into a movie and seeing a poster for Paddington and thinking, "What in the fresh hell were they thinking when they came up with THAT?" It was just an image of the CGI Paddington Bear used in the movie, and naturally I assumed it was another case of a studio taking a beloved children's book character, butchering it with computer graphics, and putting it in a sloppy film as a desperate money grab. Tons of people did - the initial reaction to the first bit of promotion was not ideal

But then people started seeing the movie and the internet, known for both its wrath and it's cult-like obsessions, did a complete 180 and became obsessed with Paddington. I finally saw the first film this week after hearing so much praise from childless 30-something Internet denizens about Paddington 2. That's right, child-free adults were going to the theater by themselves to see Paddington 2 because the first movie was so awesome. And here we thought it was going to be another Polar Express

I watched Paddington on Netflix and I left it in my queue because I know I'll want to watch it again. It's heartwarming and funny and clever - the type of movie that adults actually like to watch with kids. I was telling a friend about it and said it had a Babe: Pig in the City vibe. So if you remember the 1998 hip cinematic gem Babe: Pig in the City, then welcome home.  

Want: Marble Kitchen Accessories

I'm moving in about a month and I've been shopping for a lot of new things. I moved out on my own when I was 19, so now that I'm a full-blown adult a lot of the things I got when I was first living independently really... suck. I'm going to have white countertops and I've decided that a few marble accessories would look very upscale on them. I imagine using this tray next to the sink to corral dish soap and a scrub brush, and this paper towel holder to replace the one that I got from a Target clearance endcap over a decade ago. Grown up stuff! Woo hoo! 

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