Alright you guys, I’ve got some AWESOME favorites (and there are a lot of them, too xD) lined up for this past month, so without further ado, let us begin~!
The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron
Oh man, where do I even begin. There is so much that I would like to say, but I feel like most of that is spoilers, lol. Hmm…I think I will just give some fairly general comments here, because I’m feeling lazy anyway. x’D
Pros: 75% of the comedy is spot-on and absolutely hilarious. The plays on Thor’s hammer, LOL. >D> Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are awesome; character development, costume, and the interpretations of their superhuman abilities were cool. One of my favorite scenes in the movie was the sequence when Scarlet Witch’s magic is manipulating the Avengers’ subconscious minds. The fight scene between Iron Man (in the Hulkbuster suit, of course) and the Hulk, as well as the “final battle” are fantastic. Ultron is a really unique antagonist and it was refreshing to experience his odd sense of humor and eerie perspective of existence. EVERYTHING about Hawkeye is A++++. Omg. Finally, the Vision. THE FREAKING PAUL-BETANNY-IS-GOING-TO-EPIC-YOU-INTO-OBLIVION VISION.
Cons: The other 25% of that comedy were either cheap shots or raunchy comments that really weren’t necessary. This movie is definitely more mature than the first installment in the series. Loki didn’t even have a tiny cameo—that was really disappointing for me. Although, I imagine that they’re saving his face for the next Thor film… And seriously, guys? No after-credits bonus scene? Way to break tradition!
Anyway, yeah, a great movie. Not perfect, but as most Marvel movies have been for my personal tastes lately, pretty damn close (sorry, Captain).
I’m not going to spend too much time discussing this kdrama because I tend to fangirl a lot over this sort of thing, and I’m already worn out after semi-spazzing about The Avengers. x’) Basically, this drama is about a stylish guy (Jang Geunsuk, one of the only guys who can actually pull off hairstyles such as a messy ponytail and a “manbun”) and a sweet girl (Im YoonA, who has the cutest facial expressions ever) who together embark on one of the most perilous journeys that exist in this extraordinarily ordinary life: dating. Their ups-and-downs are heartwarming, and unlike many kdramas, this series has great closure. Also: the fountain kiss scene is one of the best in kdrama, in my
very unhumble humble opinion.
The Book of Lost Tales 1 by J.R.R. Tolkien
This is another case of a lucky thrift-store find; I picked up this treasure for 99 cents at my local St. Vincent’s. I haven’t finished reading it yet, but I love the magic and lore so far. I mean, come on, it’s Tolkien. What’s not to love.
EXO The 2nd Album EXODUS
Because this group’s stellar first album, I have to admit that initially I was quite disappointed with their follow-up. While I like all of the songs on XOXO, I was only drawn to half (5/10) of EXODUS’s tunes: ‘Call Me Baby,’ ‘EXODUS,’ ‘El Dorado,’ ‘What If..’, and ‘Beautiful’ after the first few listens. The other five songs, however, grew on me with time! Particularly ‘Hurt,’ which has interesting sound and lyrics. My favorite aspect of this album is the line distribution. It made me so happy to hear my Yixing’s lovely voice so frequently, and to hear the usually non-existent vocals of Chanyeol.
Please SM, let all my babies sing. This album is a lot like Overdose, at least composition-wise, with the addition of three
ballads. Overall, it’s a great buy. I’m looking forward to a repackage album.
Super Mario 3D Land
Everything that I love about Wii U’s Super Mario 3D World, condensed into a cute, portable form on my 3DS. These games never fail as a quick go-to gaming pick-me-up for those bleh moments in life.
CoverGirl Professional loose mineral powder
This product has actually been part of my daily routine for a few years now, but I never really gave it much thought until I recently tried a different drugstore loose mineral powder—one that I didn’t care for at all! Of course, I went right back to the CoverGirl one, which I can say in all honestly that I think is a great dupe for Bare Minerals powders, which I used during my first few years of wearing makeup. I’ve never had any issues with it.
Neutrogena 3-in-1 acne facial scrub
Long story short: I was on the market for a facial scrub and a treatment for mild acne, so when I came across this product at the drugstore, it seemed like a no-brainer. It was very affordable so I decided to give it a try without much research, and I am quite pleased. It doesn’t irritate my dry, sensitive skin (you do have to use a moisturizer afterwards, though, as you would with any other salicylic acid treatment), smells nice, and really does help with what it claims: to clear up “acne’s past, present, and future.” Next time, I think I will go for something a bit more organic/natural, but I would recommend this product to anyone who’s looking for a different type of treatment for milder cases of acne.