Greece T Minus 62 Days

On July 2nd, my adventure embarking to Greece begins. You’ve likely all seen the photos, the sandy beaches, the greek architecture and the white houses that appear to float as you stare up at them.

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But on July 2nd, my journey will begin, and this website will become more active. I will share photos of the sights, the good and the bad, photos of the people, the tourists and the natives (With permission of course), and will write of my experiences. I will remain in Greece for nearly 3 weeks through the HISA Study Abroad Program, taking creative writing classes each morning, and a painting class each afternoon. I shall share the works I have created as I journey along.

Long Time No See and Writing Updates

Hey Y’all! It’s been wayyyyy too long. Some updates, I’m currently in my second year of college and am currently pursuing child psychology and creative writing and honestly I’m loving it.

Stay updated by following because I plan to post more updates on my writing journey. I currently am working on Project Raven (And yes I will find a better name for it eventually) and have finished a zero draft and I’m working on reoutlining and starting again. Updates ahead!

“An Enchantment of Ravens” Review

Written by Margaret Rogerson, the New York times Bestseller An Enchantment of Ravens, is truly an incaptivating book, alluring and mystical in every way. The first thing I noticed while reading, was the specific writing style Rogerson had. With each sentence, the word choice led the readers to truly feel apart of the mystical world of the fair folk. The story follows Isobel, a portrait artist as she navigates the world of the fair folk, and what happens when a painting goes wrong, and she is whisked away by Rook, the autumn prince.

I must admit that I am biased, as I truly adore romance stories, but the tale of love in this story truly enchanted me and I found myself rooting for Isobel every step of the way. There’s so much beautiful foreshadowing and symbolism that whisks you away on an incredible journey.

As an eighteen year old reader who loves fantasy, it can be difficult to find a book that both satisfies my need to feel as if I’m in a different world, but also avoid a childish or cliche nature and this book perfectly does this. I would truly give this book 5/5 stars. I could not put it down and I don’t think you will be able to either.

Amsterdam

Hello Everyone! I realize my travel posts have been lacking, but frankly, it costs a lot of money to travel. There is a small possibility I may be going to Amsterdam this spring Break but to do that, I need your support. Either by sharing my website, donating to my travel fund, or even commenting to show you want more, I’d really appreciate it.

https://www.gofundme.com/czb9ke-amsterdam-trip&rcid=r01-154673397915-1c667a7ff40d48e1&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_w

Tales of The Peculiar Review

Written by Ransom Riggs, Tales of the Peculiar is a series of stories of fairytales and myths and fables that have been adapted to a darker, might I say, more peculiar form.

I truly fell in love with this book, from the first tale where I saw the downfall of the farmers to the cannibals, to the bird who makes time loops and turns into a woman. This book will keep you fascinated, and despite it’s darkness, somehow there’s a beauty in each ending.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an easy read and who enjoys mythology or fairytales. I truly would give this book a 5/5 stars as I loved each and every story and can see myself reading it to my children one day.

Select CBD (Vape) Review

Hello! My sincerest apologies in the delay. When I do reviews, I try to ensure that I fully have tested out the product before making any claims. In addition, the first semester of college has just ended and I have been rather busy.

First, it is important to note what CBD is. CBD is a part of Marijuana used primarily for anxiety relief and medical uses. It is known to help with stress, injury and many other issues. Unlike THC, CBD does not get you high.

The product I tested were the Select CBD Vapes in the flavors, Lemon and Lavender.

My hopes for the product were primarily Does it eliminate my chronic pain? and Does it soothe my anxiety?

Almost immediately I found myself soothed and calmed by the lavender CBD. I can not fully assure if it is due to the scent or the CBD itself or even the process of slowing down one’s breathing. The scent is rather strong and tickles the throat a little bit but is very mild and calming. It produces beautiful puffs of smoke so you can have easy control of how much you inhale.

I personally really love the smell of lavender but know others who dislike it due to it’s strength and the lemon has similar affects, but is less of a scent I enjoy. I truly believe you have to choose based on personal preference.

My biggest issue with the product was a lack of dosage recommendation. I had no idea how much to use and this is something that is difficult to measure but should be suggested in some regards.

In regards to pain, I noticed only slight differences, leading to my end statement of believing this to be a truly affective anxiety reducer but less of a chronic pain reliever. If you like this review or want more like this, comment down products you’d like me to try out and review.

Dividing Eden Review

Hello! I’m sorry for the lack of updates and my failed attempt at blogging Greece. Frankly, I put this on the back burner while I experienced life on the Island of Paros. Maybe someday I’ll return to describe it, but for now, I hope I can appease you with a book review.
I’ll start by saying this. I think I found a new book to add to my favorites shelf. Dividing Eden, by Joelle Charbonneau may appear to be your typical plot cliche of competing for the throne, but it’s much more than that. Twins Carys and Andreus never expected, nor initially wanted, to hold the throne, but when their brother Marcus dies in an incident that only adds light to the darkness and the incoming wind of the kingdom, the rules state that the two of them, through a series of trials, must compete for the throne.
I don’t wish to spoil your experience reading this, as I think anyone who enjoys YA or NA should read this book, but I will tell you this, it isn’t just the darkness inside you that can cause ruin.
This book was excellent in the character development, and the constantly wavering bond  between Carys and Andreus lend to my personal rating of 5/5. The writing is rather complex, and you really need to dive in to enjoy it, but if you allow yourself, you will find yourself in a mystical world of hope, love, and heartbreak.
If you have read this novel, or do read it, please let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

The Truth About Greece

I’ve rewritten this a couple times now. I can’t seem to depict Greece in a way that does it justice and is entirely honest. And for the sake of the integrity of this blog, I am going to go through my days in Greece. The good, the bad the beautiful, (Greece isn’t ugly). It may appear rather journaleque- but I think you can respect it. I do realize that this is quite a bit late. But the wifi here isn’t exactly one of the strong points. That said, I hope you enjoy.

Traveling isn’t a new thing for me. I’m used to traveling alone, traveling in groups, traveling in country, and out. But I’ve never had to travel somewhere and know no-one. It’s this very realizing moment in ones life. When you’re out of grasps with your own control. But it’s thrilling and revealing in who you are when you’re afraid and alone. It’s due to this, that when I first stepped off the plane at the Athens Airport, I felt lost. The signs were all in Greek and I knew nothing. I had a taxi waiting for me under my name as a part of the HISA Program. (Hellenic International Studies in the Arts) But due to the translations, I couldn’t seem to find it anywhere. After a little bit of wandering I finally found the Taxi Driver. It was a short drive and next thing I knew I was in the heart of Athens. The Taxi driver dropped me off and pointed me in the direction of the Hostel Dioskurnos in which I would meet the other HISA girls.  I’ve never been great at directions so it was no surprise when I got completely lost. I found myself wandering, with a slightly overpacked backpack, and a purple suit case. (An obvious tourist), After asking several greek people, and a few english people for directions I finally found the hostel. I didn’t end up staying there, but it was just where I met the girls.

I could go in depth as to how amazing, sweet, intelligent and just simply beautiful the girls were, but for the reason you all are reading, I will only speak of Greece. After a few minutes of decompressing, and discovering there is a fuck load of cats in Athens, (And I would soon discover all of Greece) we headed to the Acropolis Museum and site. As beautiful as it was, I couldn’t fully enjoy it as I was on 20 minutes of sleep, a small amount of, by then, warm water, and was just simply jet lagged. I had made the fatal error of thinking, why should I put sunscreen on at the airport? What’s one day without sunscreen? To all those thinking of traveling to Greece or a place with similar weather, by the grace of god, WEAR SUNSCREEN. I am not one who normally burns, but my whole shoulders and much of my chest was burnt and slightly irritated. You may think you’re safe, but you’re not.

I felt rather dizzy that day, but enjoyed Acropolis none the less. Afterwards, we headed to our new home for the next three or so weeks, Paros. The ferry ride was around four hours, and was a rather smooth ride. (Also, pro tip, buy Iced Chocolate when on the ferry, it’s delicious). We arrived in the evenings, was given a walk through the town and shown our new place, known as Jimmy’s apartments. Jimmy’s is in an excellent location, a five minute walk from the beach, a 2 minute walk from a market, and a 20 minutes, (Not 15, unless you’re Ioannis and can walk extremely quickly.) We met Maria, (whom’s name I share), a complete sweetheart. They showed us our rooms and allowed us to spend the night relaxing. This was my first day of Greece, and I apologize for a lack of photos, I felt mine didn’t do it justice.

Anyway, thanks for following along on my journey in Greece, and if you don’t mind the delay, more lengthy posts will follow.

Ipsy Review June Edition

Hey Ya’ll! The Ipsy Subscription Reviews continue. It’s June 2018, school’s out, and now we can go out and have fun, (aka, stay at home and watch Netflix while eating our feelings.)  That said, I’m so excited to have received the June Ipsy bag this month, and on time too!

Let’s start out by reviewing the bag. It’s so cute. It really gives me some summer vibes, and I’m excited to find a use for the bag.  But now on to fun stuff, the makeup!…

The first thing I pulled out of my makeup bag was this fluffy brush just hanging out in the Pink Wrinkly Envelope. I’m no major makeup expert, so I’m not fully sure if this makeup brush is meant for blush, foundation, concealer or powder, but none the less it is soooo flufffyyy. I’ll find it’s use.

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The second product inside my bag, was a strawberry lip balm. As moisturizing as it was, I just wasn’t excited to receive it. I don’t really need any more lip balms right now. That said, it’s my own fault for having my settings ask for lip balms. I changed it. But as for it’s review, the strawberry smell was just too fake and too strong. I love strawberries but it smelled artificial and was a bit much for me. fileAsset

If you know me, you know my favooooriteee makeup product ever is anything eyeshadow. I love playing around with the colors and the pigments, and it truly is a form of art. And the eyeshadow I got, I looooved. The pigments were so present and the formula was this smooth easily blendible color. I loved it. fileAsset

I also got a benefit porefessional primer. Its just a small sample, but I was surprised by how much a little goes a long way. I’m still experimenting with it, but first impressions are positive. Comment down below later on if you have any questions about how I liked it over time.

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Come summer, comes lotion. I do Like lotion, but I wouldn’t say I love it. The lotion I got is very nice, very delicate, and I think most people would love it. BUT I HATE COCONUT. I don’t know why, but I hate the taste, the texture, the smell, and thus, it wasn’t the lotion for me. That said, it’s probably a great product. fileAsset

 

That’s all for this months Ipsy Review! Unfortunately, I will not be receiving a bag for July as I will be in Greece. So expect many blog and travel posts regarding Greece coming soon!

 

 

Ipsy Review

I was ecstatic to receive my first Ipsy Bag. After being about a week late, I was thrilled to see the Pink Bag in the mail. In it, was a small and cute Ipsy bag with Travel stamps covering one side and an orangish shade on the other side. Having accidentally read the spoilers for my bag, my items were not a surprise.

The first item I pulled out was a makeup brush, not in the bag itself but in the package, I was drawn to the blue colors.

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After trying out the brush a couple of times, I was not upset with it, but not exactly too impressed. It was neither a blending brush or great at applying product. That said, it wasn’t bad.

The next product I received was an Elizabeth Mott Shimmer Eyeshadow single in Mermaid Teal. fileAsset

The color itself was pretty, but not as pigmented as the image above that is on the Ipsy website made it seem. Unfortunately, I’m not much in the habit of wearing blue eyeshadow so it wasn’t too nice a product. This, however, is not the problem of Ipsy but of personal taste.

This was one of my favorite products from what I received this month, the Air Repair Skin Care Facial Mist. Initially, I thought this product would be a bit of a sham. But after a few uses throughout the day, and after having applied makeup, I noticed my makeup setting, appearing less cakey and feeling refreshed throughout the day.

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On to nails ladies. I had received the Adesse New York Nail Polish in Oh Cabana Boy.

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It is much more of a pale bright blue than the shade you see above, but it was pretty none the less. It applied well, took only one or two coats, and dried quickly enough. Overall, a rather good product.

Finally, I received a black clay face mask from the brand Tonymoly. I only used it once, and didn’t notice an immediate difference, but perhaps over time there will be a positive skin affect. I will have to try it out more.

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Overall, I wasn’t dissatisfied nor ecstatic with this months Ipsy Package. As of right now, I would give the bag three out of five stars. It was an adorable bag with the highlights being the nail polish and the face mist, but the other products weren’t a big hit. I hope that over time, as I review my products each month, Ipsy will begin to improve on my selections. I will keep you updated as to how the following Ipsy products go!

~ Maria The Vagabond