#ChooseToSmooth, #HealthyNails and more, from Influenster!

 About a month ago, I got my latest VoxBox from @Influenster and here is my review! 

First, there was the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter samples, including a face wash, moisturizer, and a face mask. I LOVED these products, they made my skin feel so soft and they smelled soooo good. I’ve never used this brand before but I will definitely be buying more products in the future. 

Probably my favorite product in the box was the Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo. I have used this product before, but I was excited to get it in my box, and the travel size is actually perfect for (of course) traveling. I love this brand of dry shampoo, it blends into my hair so easily and it definitely keeps my hair from looking greasy if I skip showering. 

I was very excited to receive the Gillette Venus Swirl Razoe and Olay infused Shave Gel. I’m not a huge fan of shaving gel, so I didn’t like it too much, but there was nothing bad about it beside my aversion, haha. I did like the razor though, the swirl ball makes it much easier to shave knees, which are always a problem area for me. 

The Q-Tips Precision Tips are a great beauty tool, I’ve used them to clean up my nails when I get polish on my skin (happens more than I’d like to admit) and also to fix makeup mistakes. The shape allows for ultimate control and overall it’s a really convenient product to have on hand. 

The last item in this VoxBox was from @CutexNails. They were nail polish remover pads, packaged individually. I was pleasantly surprised by this product. They worked much better than I was expecting them too and did an excellent job taking my nail polish off. I also really liked the convenient packaging. I definitely plan on buying these in the future. 

That’s it for this VoxBox, be sure to check out Influenster.com if you want to get in on a future box! 

 

52. Nick Offerman – Paddle Your Own Canoe

Whoa, sorry I haven’t posted in a while! It’s partly because my last book took me forever to get through, and also partly because I’m just lazy.

I read this last book partly over my Thanksgiving break (which was nice, it was sooo good to be home!) and then finished it last weekend. IMG_7680

The book was Paddle Your Own Canoe, a *sort-of* memoir by Nick Offerman, aka Ron Swanson from Parks and Rec.

I loved Parks and Rec, and if you’ve been with me for a while you know that I love reading memoirs by comedians.

However, I was disappointed with this book. It was just boring to me. Sure, there were some funny parts, but for me they were few and far between.

I was expecting more humor, but it kind of felt like it was full of too-big words.

He spent a lot of time telling the story of how he grew up to be a comedian (understandably), but those parts got pretty boring for me. I liked when he talked about his more recent years with his wife, but that was only a part of the book.

I think a lot of people think that Ron Swanson and Nick Offerman are one in the same, but of course they are not. They may have some similarities, but if you’re thinking of reading this book just because you love Ron Swanson, I would not recommend it.

I’m sure there are people who enjoy this book, but it just dragged on for me. I was mostly reading it just to get it over with, because I’m almost never a book quitter (there was one book I started reading this summer that was so bad I never finished it).

Anyway, I just don’t really have anything to say about this book. I had high hopes for it to at least entertain me but it barely even did that most of the time, sadly.

 

2. Gillian Flynn – Sharp Objects

Yesterday I finished Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, two days after I started it! Flynn is a great writer and I can never put her books down.

I read Gone Girl over the summer and LOVED it (the movie too!), so I’ve been wanting to read her other two novels for a while now. My sister gave me both of them for Christmas and told me she bought Sharp Objects for herself too, so I had to read that one first so we could talk about it. Nothing like sisterly bonding, right?

I’d looked up reviews of both Sharp Objects and Dark Places before, and from what I had gathered, they were both equally as addicting as Gone Girl but also both creepier, so I had that in mind going in.

I would definitely agree that this book is creepier than Gone Girl, but it wasn’t as creepy as I was expecting it to be. The story line is really interesting and I had a hard time putting this book down… In fact, one night I read until 2 A.M. while my boyfriend slept when I finally decided to get ready for bed. After brushing my teeth and laying down for a few minutes, I had to turn the lights back on and keep reading until 3.

Gillian Flynn - Sharp Objects (photo taken by me)
Gillian Flynn – Sharp Objects (photo taken by me)

The story follows a journalist named Camille who lives in Chicago but is taken back to her hometown in Missouri to investigate a pair of murders of young girls. While she’s gathering information about the killings, she’s also staying in her mother’s house with her stepfather and 13 year old half sister, all of whom she doesn’t really get along with.

This book is thrilling, creepy, exciting, and full of unexpected turns. I flew through it and would definitely recommend it to anyone, especially if they had read and liked Gone Girl. After finishing this, I can’t wait to read Dark Places, although I’m going to wait a while and read some other books first, because once I’ve read all three books, I think I’m going to miss Flynn’s writing style and crazy stories.

1. (My first actual post!) David Sedaris – Holidays on Ice

First of all, Happy New Year to all reading this! I usually don’t really celebrate New Year’s Eve, and I couldn’t even if I wanted to last night because I’ve been super sick since Christmas. 😦 But I hope you all had a wonderful night and I wish you all a great year. I’ve decided to do the “Photo A Day” challenge, so if anyone is interested in checking that out, it’s on my tumblr (www.drvnkfvck.tumblr.com).

Anyway, since I stayed in last night, I took the opportunity to read a new book, Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris. I ordered this book on Amazon a few weeks before Christmas so I would have time to read it during the holiday season, but they sent me the wrong book! (Not Amazon themselves, it was one of the used books options.) So I had to contact them and they sent me the right book, which I just got the other day.

David Sedaris - Holidays on Ice (photo taken by me)
David Sedaris – Holidays on Ice
(photo taken by me)

The book is somewhere around 150 pages and is a collection of stories, which David Sedaris is known for. I’ve read one of his other books, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, this past summer. I really liked his style of short stories about his experiences that were presented in a comedic way, so I was expecting to love Holidays on Ice. It was a good read, but I didn’t necessarily love it, mainly because I was confused when stories would jump from his point of view to a fictional (I’m guessing) story. I just wish the fiction and nonfiction had been separated into two parts, maybe then I would have liked it more.

In terms of the stories themselves, I generally liked them. A few of the nonfiction stories were also in Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim so I skipped over those ones, but the new ones were funny, as per usual.

Overall, this book was an easy read that I enjoyed. It’s not your typical happy lovey Christmas book, and I think that makes it fun to read around the holidays, just because it’s something different.