How I Wash “the Delicates”

Soak Laundry Detergent

Today’s post is a bit of an odd one. It isn’t about hair or makeup or nails, but laundry detergent.

You all probably know by now, though, that I wouldn’t bore you with details about a run-of-the-mill laundry detergent.

Soak is actually a hand-washing detergent made to care for your delicates. However, it can be used to wash almost anything. The best part about it is that you don’t have to rinse.

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Book Review: A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire Book 3)

A Storm of Swords Audiobook on iPhone 5 read by Roy Dotrice

There’s a joke on the interwebs that goes like this: George R.R. Martin, Joss Whedon, and Stephen Moffat walk into a bar. Every character you ever loved dies.

After reading A Storm of Swords, I can confirm this to be true; however, some characters that you absolutely despise also die. It’s a storm of double-edged swords, one might say. Ha. Ha.

I can honestly say that I found this book to be the most exciting and interesting one so far simply because of the body count. It sounds morbid, but so many characters are dead, which really adds excitement and tragedy and satisfaction (in some cases) to the book. I seriously couldn’t put this book down…figuratively speaking.

I say figuratively because I didn’t read a physical copy of this book; rather, Roy Dotrice read it to me. I got into audiobooks about a year ago after lamenting that I never feel like sitting down to read a for-fun book because I do so much reading for school. My solution was to start downloading audiobooks and listen to them whenever I got the chance: on the bus, while walking to class, while painting my nails, on the way to get groceries, anywhere.

The result has been highly entertaining. I’ve found myself with my mouth open in shock at the grocery store, crying on the bus, laughing to myself while trying to push through a crowd on the way to class. I’m sure people think I’m crazy, but this system works for me and I’ve probably consumed 5+ books this way, so I don’t care.

That being said, thar be spoilers ahead. If you haven’t read A Storm of Swords or you’re currently watching the Game of Thrones TV series, you’re going to not want to read on.

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The Blogmopolitan Quiz

Blogmopolitan Quiz title

In the spirit of confession, I will admit: I read Cosmopolitan magazine.


I started out reading it sarcastically and mentally making fun of the things – kinda like I started watching Sex and the City. But, like with SatC, somewhere along the line, I started to genuinely enjoy it, despite the blatant sexism and patriarchal nature of the magazine.

The celebrity quiz is always a fun part. Two Thirds Hazel made up the blogger equivalent: the Blogmopolitan quiz! I found it through The Vixen Bombshell – both their answers are really fun, so you should go read those when you’re all done here.

Anyhow, on with the quiz!

The Blogmopolitan Quiz

On the Aerie Real Campaign

Screenshot from Aerie's website. A screenshot from Aerie’s website for the Real campaign.

Aerie is American Eagle’s little sister lingerie company, and it’s a store that I actually quite like. The prices are a bit high, but when you catch them on sale, you can get some cute stuff. Their main products are bras and underwear, like many lingerie companies. They don’t make my size of bras, but they sell amazing undies at really reasonable prices, and I probably bought 30 pairs of them over the summer.

This week, Aerie announced that they will no longer be using supermodels in their ads, and they will no longer be retouching the models they do use. They’ve branded this the Aerie Real campaign.

I think this is a small step in the right direction. In an industry that is attempts to make consumers feel insecure in order to create a market for their product (the “you’re inadequate, but if you buy our pushup bra you won’t be” effect), it’s neat to see more positive marketing.

However, I don’t think that this whole campaign is positive, nor do I think that Aerie deserves the massive kudos that they’re being slathered with.

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When Life Gives You Links, Follow Them!: A Blog Hop


This weekend, I’m co-hosting a blog hop with one of my new favourite bloggers, Nykki. She’s got a really cool blog with a writing style all her own. When I first started blogging a few months ago, Nykki’s blog hop helped me connect with cool new bloggers and get my name out there in the blogosphere. (That’s a thing, right?)

Now, Nykki’s offered a me spot co-hosting her blog hop. I had so much fun with it, and I hope some other people will get a chance to find some neat bloggers in the process!

Each Follow Them blog hop has a featured blogger, and this time it’s Skinsweet.

The rules of the hop are:

1. Be a subscriber of my blog… and add your blog links.

2. Check out at least 3 of the links before you come back next week to start again.

3. Check out the Featured Blogger —

4. Check out your co-hosts!

5. If you’d like to receive notifications of this blog hop, subscribe by email below! 🙂 

If you’d like to be the featured blogger for Nykki’s next blog hop, head over to her blog to find out how!

My 2013 Non-Beauty/Geeky Favourites!

This was a great year to be alive in the geekosphere, friends. I read lots, watched lots, and fangirled lots. So without further delay, let’s hop to it!

  • Favourite book: 2013 was an excellent reading year for me, so it’s hard for me to pick just one book. I adored Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, as I’ve said before. I also started the Song of Ice and Fire series, which I would recommend to anyone who likes scifi-fantasy-Tolkienian books.
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    Why I Stopped Watching Doctor Who (DW & some Torchwood spoilers ahead!)

    This image is not mine. It is 600% owned by BBC.

    In a grand return to geekiness after an exam-related TV-watching hiatus, I’ve decided to write up a post I’ve been itching to do for some time now.

    Anyone who knows me knows that I went through a serious Doctor Who phase the summer before last. I watched all seven of the seasons that were out at the time. Shortly after that, I watched Torchwood, too. And then I started doodling TARDII (my preferred pluralization of TARDIS) everywhere, cosplayed Martha Jones in a group cosplay at FanExpo, etc.

    However, around the time the Ponds left, I realized I had started to force myself to tune in every week. That one episode where the universe like exploded and then they pressed the Giant Reset Button? Yes, that confused and angered me. I don’t think I’ve seen a single Clara episode aside from last year’s Christmas special, I’m not keen on watching this year’s, and I didn’t watch the 50th Anniversary Special. So I’m starting to think this viewer’s feelings about the show — dislikey feelings — have grown strong enough that she ought to acknowledge them.

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    Deal Alert!: Shoppers Drug Mart BOGO Lipsticks & Lip glosses

    Shoppers Drug martBOGO Lip Colour offer Coupon Dec5

    Here we go again!

    Shoppers Drug Mart is having another 3-hour sale. This time it’s lipstick and lip gloss, and it’s on Thursday December 5 from 5-8pm.

    It excludes lipliners, balms, and prestige lipsticks and glosses. It seems everything else is fair game!

    Now would be an awesome time to pick up some of the new drugstore lip offerings, like the Maybelline Colour Elixirs, and the Revlon Matte and Lacquer Balms. (It would also be a great time to nab some Revlon Lip Butters, my absolute favourite lip product…)

    Is this gonna be a weekly thing? I hope so. Hopefully mascara’s next week; my Maybelline Illegal Lengths is drying out!