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This month has been a total whirlwind. I had a ton of things going on between my three trips AND graduation so it really felt like it flew by. I loved a ton of things this month but I decided to keep this pretty short – only the best of the best!

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Dark Brunette – I bought this on a bit of a whim. I’ve been using (and feeling okay about) the Anastasia Brow Wiz for a few months now. While I think it is great for many people, I really don’t need to fill in my eyebrows too much. I have very bushy straight eyebrows so they get lookin’ real crazy real fast if I put too much on them. After running out of my Brow Wiz right before I was supposed to head out on the first of my three trips this month, I decided I’d try out the Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil, mostly cause it was the most conveniently located inside of Sephora. The tip is much larger than the Brow Wiz, allowing me to quickly swipe on a bit of color rather than slowly fill in and, inevitably, go overboard. Kinda mad at myself for falling in love with a $32 brow pencil but, ya know, whatever makes you happy.

ColourPop Matte Eyeshadow in Bill – To be honest, I bought this because I was $5 from free shipping. I only planned on ordering lip products but I ended up going for this as well. And, as much as I’m loving the lip sticks and pencils I ordered, this eyeshadow has been the true standout for me. I am absolutely in love. I haven’t worn anything else on my eyes since I bought this. It is SO perfect for a simple every day kind of thing and I’ve gotten so many compliments on it. It isn’t too bold but it is a really nice muted plum so it isn’t as boring as my usual brown/gold eyeshadows. It works really well as a base or on its own. Best of all: $5. I’m definitely gonna get my hands on more of these.

The Blend Fragrance Blending Mini Kit – Everyone knows I have a perfume problem. The Blend is doing nothing to help my problem. Each time I go to Sephora, I spend a good 30 minutes playing with all of The Blend rollerballs and deciding which combinations I love the most. Recently, they came out with this mini kit for $30 (versus their much larger, all-inclusive $150 kit). It has been really perfect for traveling, not only because you get 4 smaller sized rollerballs but also because there are endless scent combinations you can build. My favorite has been a combination of Amber Vanilla + Clean Musk – I can’t even bring myself to wear anything else, even though I’ve been back from vacation for about a week now.

W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Mascara – I got a sample of this in my Birchbox this month. I’ve heard a ton of people say that this is their favorite all-natural mascara and I can definitely agree. It doesn’t leave my eyelashes looking flat after a few hours and it keeps possibly dangerous chemicals further away from my eyes. My only wish is that I could find a less expensive option but, for now, I think a few extra dollars is worth taking the safer option.

Quay Chelsea Girl Sunglasses – I bought these for two reasons: 1. I wanted a pair of sunglasses with mirrored lenses. 2. I wanted a less expensive (but good quality) option to wear when I go to concerts or outdoor events. I have really sensitive eyes and usually Forever21 sunglasses won’t cut it. These glasses ended up being so great that I’ve been reaching for them over some of my other pairs. I love them because they’re such a statement on their own (and sort of a distraction when I’m too tired to do my makeup).

HOLYCHILD – I’ve been so obsessed with HOLYCHILD this month, especially Happy With Me. It has become my go-to song for when I’m getting ready for my day. It is so fun and upbeat which is really different from my typical taste (aka only Brand New 24/7).

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I’ve read a ton lately. In fact, I actually just reached the mid-way point for my goal of reading 50 books this year!

I’ve been really into short stories lately. Most recently, I read In The Penal Colony and The Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka. I love Kafka and these stories were no exception. The Penal Colony, in particular, was fantastic. I love being able to sit down with a story and finish the whole thing in less than a day. I have this thing about finishing things I start so short stories are perfect for me. I’ve read a few others recently as well but none that grabbed me quite like these. Let me know if you know of any short stories or (even better) books with many short stories. Currently, I’m reading a collection of short stories (Drown by Junot Diaz) and loving it.

I’ve also held true to my absolute devotion to Haruki Murakami. I have yet to read anything at all that I haven’t loved. Most recently, I finished Hear the Wind Sing (his first novel) in hopes of reading the entire “The Rat” series. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find book #2 anywhere locally so I may have to order it from Amazon. I also read Murakami’s Underground during my four plane rides during the past week. Underground is absolutely nothing like Murakami’s novels – it is instead based on real accounts of the Tokyo gas attack. It was very interesting, especially because I had never even heard of the event. It sounds like it was one of the most horrific acts of terrorism in Japanese history. Finally, I just bought a copy of 1Q84 when I visited the Strand Bookstore in New York last week. Cannot WAIT to get started on that one.

Speeeeaking of Strand, I also bought The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa which I already started reading. I think I’ve read before that it’s one of Daniel Radcliffe’s favorite books…lol…which is why I picked it up. It is amazing so far – really, really fantastic. I’m reading it rather slowly though, it is definitely something that needs to be appreciated.

Finally, I also read One More Thing by BJ Novak. I was really looking forward to reading this one. I enjoyed it but not in the way I was expecting. I guess I didn’t really know it was a book of short stories and not necessarily another hilarious celebrity memoir. It was still great! and funny! It is so cool to know that this comedic guy I love seeing on my tv is also a story writer! (I guess that shouldn’t be that surprising considering he’s a writer…anyway…)

Besides starting 1Q84, I’m also looking forward to reading Pride and Prejudice soon. I have to work on my PopSugar challenge a bit – so far I’ve been reading whatever I want and just seeing where things fit into the list. I’m getting to the point now where I specifically have to pick books that fit the challenge’s requirements.

Let me know if there are any books you think I should check out soon. Again, my highest recommendation is for anything by Murakami but I also think, if you don’t mind really sitting with a book, The Book of Disquiet is amazing.

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It always seems to surprise people when I tell them how few times I’ve been to New York. I just got back from my fourth trip ever (alright, alright, it was my 3rd trip in under a year) but people always ask me for a list of what they “must see” or “must do.” I’m pretty notorious in my friends group for being completely obsessed with the city, even making excel sheets to keep track of all of the places I want to visit. I do have plenty more places to visit before I have a truly definitive list of what’s “the best of the best,” but, for now, these are just a few of my favorite things –

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Things have been so crazy over the last month! A quick recap: I moved out of my apartment, moved back home, graduated from college and went on two vacations. I’m back now (actually sick in bed, sad) and about to start training at work.

Finally, though, I have some downtime. I’m really, really looking forward to being able to work on this blog now that the insanity has died down. Weirdly, I actually feel myself becoming an “adult” and I think I’m excited to be one. It is so weird to think that I don’t have to go back to school come August. But, to be honest, I’m excited to have this blog to keep me focused on what is important to me.

As for the future of Wassuppy, I’ve decided to change things up. I’m not necessarily going to be posting every single day but instead just whenever I actually have something I really want to talk about (what a concept!). And, as usual, I invite all of my friends to contribute to the blog if they wish. With so many of my closest friends spread across the country (going to grad school, dental school, law school or getting awesome jobs and internships – my friends are the best), I’m also excited to use Wassuppy as a platform to keep us all close.

So, I don’t really know if I have much else to add to this other than “I’m back!” so I guess that’s it!

Thank you if you follow Wassuppy and thanks again for sticking with me!

– Amanda