Well hey Enthusiasts!
It’s Friday and I have finished all my finals and am heading to the coast for the weekend. Yes, be jealous.
I definitely deserve this break after writing over a handful of essays in the past week, doing an all-nighter (or two), and still finding time to clean my bedroom and bathroom fully and pack. It’s been a rough week, but the relaxation I get to enjoy this weekend is completely worth it.
This week’s favourites are a combination of odds and ends that I really enjoyed – or tried for the first time – this week. During finals I never find time to do anything actually interesting or fun, so I tried to break that cycle this week by having a little fun and giving myself “me time” during study breaks. Yes, that meant staying up until 3 am to finish an essay on copyright in event planning, but I’m pleased with the results.
Who’s ready for some finals week favourites?
The Finals Week Winter Term Favourites: A Favourites Friday
1. Joe Sacco’s “Palestine”
I actually read this for a class as part of my final essay, but I need to share it with people because it’s bloody brilliant! Joe Sacco is a journalism graduate from the University of Oregon (just like I’ll be in a few months) who traveled to Palestine to tell the stories of those affected by the war. It’s a striking story that reminds me of how ugly the world can be, but the graphics make the story more approachable. If you’re looking for something to read over spring break I highly recommend Sacco’s book.
2. Korean beauty trends
Just because it’s finals week doesn’t mean that I can’t have tiny pores. While searching for something other than Netflix for a study break, I decided to launch into my bag of miscellaneous samples I’ve received from beauty companies. One was a two-step pore minimizing treatment that is a very popular Korean beauty trend. We all know Korean beauty is very big right now, so I thought I’d give it a go.
My thoughts on the first step: Why do I have gravelly mud on my face? My thoughts on the second step: Why is my face tightening? This feels like the episode of Powerpuff Girls where their sunburn makes their skin crack.
But the final result was smaller appearing pores and skin that felt soft and luminous. It lit my curiosity and I’m now on a ‘Beauty Bunker’ spree to find more of these trends and see if they work. If you’re curious which one I tried, it was this one: http://www.sephora.com/premium-hot-cool-pore-pack-duo-P399965?skuId=1739549
3. Ellie Goulding “Delirium”
My favourite kind of study break is a dance break. And Ellie’s new album is all about dancing! As I get to see her in about two weeks (is anyone else seeing her April 3 show?) I feel the need to familiarize myself with this album until I’m singing it in my sleep, and considering it is so good that’s not a problem! Seriously, this album has me dancing, crying, swaying, etc. from the amazing beats the British singer provides. Definitely worth a listen.
4. Lotion socks
This is a weird one, but oh well. I have really dry feet, and lately they’ve been catching on things, which is just plain disgusting. So after some research I decided to slather my feet in lotion, put on some comfy socks, and sleep on it. In the morning I had lovely, soft feet that seemed to be cured overnight. I recommend this for lying in bed, doing work, or when you’re just lounging because of how simple yet effective this is.
If you haven’t experienced this Netflix original, you’re missing out. Cuckoo is about a typical British family that is invaded by their daughter’s new husband, Cuckoo. Cuckoo is an eccentric young man who believes in the simple things of life and like to meditate stoned in the kitchen in the nude. This show is seriously hilarious and made for a perfect finals week study break show. And the second season has in-his-element Taylor Lautner, so that’s a real treat!
What were your favourites this week?
Stay classy, Internet,
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