Saturday, December 2, 2017

2017 Favorite Products

Disclaimer: I'm just sharing my love of all the products that worked for me this year. None of these were sponsored or paid for or ads. Just my actual opinion of actual products that actually worked. If you have any questions, ebelleful @ gmail usually does the trick.

Hello wonder bugs!

How's your day going? Who's ready for 2018?

I can't believe how this year has gone. For me, it hasn't been quite so fast as the other years seem to have gone. It didn't fly by at all. I feel like, in a way, I earned every day I lived the hard way haha.

But like not in a bad way, if that makes sense.

I made a real effort this year to take a piece back from each day for myself. My Instagram is full of wonderful memories. It's pretty sweet.

So I feel pretty qualified to tell you guys of the hidden treasures I found.

I'll keep this intro nice and short. These are the products that blew my mind, worked for my lifestyle, and just totally fly headfirst into my virtual and physical carts when I'm on on the move.

Maybe I have your new favorite something on this list.

Winter Candy Apple anything from Bath and Body Works

This scent came out last year, if I remember correctly, and honestly, every time I reach for my hand cream or the wallflowers, I get giddy.

It's a fresh, clean smell. But sweet too.

It's perfect. And I think this is the greatest not-too-much but not-too-bold scent they've come out with.

This beat my lavender's sweet ass. And forget about Vanilla Bean Noel.

Better Than Sex mascara

If you breathe, you know about this mascara. You don't need to be a beauty guru to hear women and girls whisper about Better Than Sex mascara.

I freaking love this thing. The heaviness of the actual look, the way there's length and volume, goodness.

I do the waterproof because my eye area is always so...moist? I don't know. I'm a crier. I need everything waterproof.

Sexy Healthy Hair Soy Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner

Can I just tell you guys a short story? Who believes in me? Not me.

I can't tell a short story. The long version is I gave myself a chemical buzzcut a few years back trying to bleach my hair white. Yeah, it was going well until it was not.

My hair since then has not been the happiest camper. I tried to do Designline by the haircut places across the US. The olive version, actually is what eventually started to rehabilitate me.

Then last year in May, I even remembered the month you see, I got talked into getting something to moisturize my hair for my curls. (I actually am more of a wavy haired girl, so mistake number one.)

Well for the first two weeks, awesome. Super curly hair. Happy hair. Curls that looked done. Then it died.

My hair died. My scalp died. I mean, it was bad enough that it was still recovering from being burned by the bleach I used, but now it was just dropping pounds of dead skin.

I'm talking dandruff, folks.

You're welcome.
I mean, ew. Like wow. And I tried everything. Mistake Number Two. Until I gave up on Head and Shoulders and Selsun Blue and all that crap.

At the same time this BS was happening to me, I'd been treating my hair with an argon oil for the obvious dryness post-bleach disaster.

Available at Ulta only, apparently.

So I thought, fuck it. Found the 1000ML for a steal at Ross. $12.99? Sure. What else did I have to lose?

Picture this: virgin hair. The strength, the color, the gloss. I'm not saying it'll perform miracles for you too, but I am a believer. And after straying after a lightener (do I ever actually learn my lesson? I'm spoiling the autobio for you: no) I realized that this is my holy grail of hair products.

I swear by it and if you're having trouble, what's gonna happen? You lose your hair? Forever?

Fat chance, one. Two, can I just say how great wigs have become?

Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate by Teavana

I mean look at it. Do I really need more to sell you on it?

I wasn't much of a tea drinker until my BFF Amanda from Geeks Who Seek bugged me to go to Teavana. I tried this and fell.

I mean, I've had four to five cups in one sitting.

I love raspberry but this tea? With some Belgian Rock Sugar? Uh, yes please.

Eyeshadows from BH Cosmetics

I was super cautious and unwilling to buy anything from a then mainly online makeup seller. But Bubzbeauty released her shadows late last year and I had to get it to see how it went.

And I was hooked.

I bought a ton of them. The one I was most desperate to get? You guessed it.

Take Me Back to Brazil.

Even as I'm writing this post, I'm wearing about all the pink ones on the side mixed with the Bubzbeauty palette.

It's honestly super nice. I'm still starstruck.

And have I mentioned how affordable they all are? I think they might be doing their second Black Friday still?

Jergens Ultra Healing Lotion

Living in Colorado, I know dryness.

If you're coming for a visit, forget curling your hair. Forget plump skin.

Drink water and buy this lotion.

I get bruise-like patches of dryness when I don't get this lotion on at the start of winter. That's how dry it is, but it's also how powerful and hydrating this lotion is.

It's incredible.

Even if you live in a wet area, or even a combo kind-of-in-between area, this is just a great idea. I love the scent too. Not overpowering. Doesn't linger. It's lovely.

I'd pick this over the thick nourishing creams at Bath and Body Works.


I thought I had way more products to share, but these are the ones I haven't raved about yet or enough. And everything else I might still be on the fence or trying out.

I'll likely do a favorites of YouTube for the next post.

Thanks so much to all of you who have spent so many years with me on this blog. I know it's never really had one purpose or even two, but it's so much fun to just kinda talk to you guys. Share weird experiences, TMI, playlists, the actual casual eventual purpose of this blog to talk about writing and storytelling.

Thank you so much and even though 2018 will be the same thing with a different name, let's spend it happier and healthier.


EDIT: I remember what I forgot. Jergens is added in from the original post. Whoops.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Diary Post #3: The Immortal Collector

Hello, tiny wonders!

How are you all?

I know I'm being scarce again. What's new?

I will tell you.

Throwback for some of you.

I'm just checking in here to let you know sometime next year The Immortal Collector, my project from years back, will be back on Wattpad.

It's a smexy paranormal action thing. If that's your thing, Cat's got humor, cunning, and the retelling of Persephone to keep you entertained.

I'm super excited. I've been working on redoing the cover since it needs some cleaning up.

More info to come, but I thought I'd drop by and say hello.

What have y'all bought? Have you seen all the deals?

My God everyone is suffering. That's what back to back deals mean. Ooh.

Anyway, let me know what goods there are that I need to get. I'm working on a Best of 2017 products post for those of you who need a little something to top off your gifts.

See you in a few!


P.S. Come vacation vicariously with my BFF and her hubby (and maybe even me) at Geeks Who Seek.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Movie Night for BLOOD AND WATER

Hello darlings!

How are you all?

I haven't done one of these Movie Night posts in ages. I kept wanting to revive them so bad but I just haven't been as brave or as social with authors as in the before times.

Practice! Practice! Practice!

But I figured that I'd probably be more inclined to start all over again if I just started with something of mine.

So here goes nothing.

First things first: The Cast

I had so many people in the cast to cast and not enough people to pick from. Which is sad. A lot of the people I want to cast I need to dig very deep to find. Hopefully, if something like this ever happens, more people of color will be seen.

But the only person I have for sure mentally cast is Gerald's cousin Saria.

Saria, the leader of the LA cousin pack, has to be played by Maggie Grace. I thought of her as I built Saria in the draft. It can't be anyone else. Please.

Saria is lovely, tall, and built like a weapon. Maggie is just every girl's dream. Sigh.

I wished there had been more of her in Breaking Dawn because I had thought of her as a supernatural way before her vampire role. I'd love to see her as the violent and unpredictable leader of the wolf pack. Dreamy sigh.

Who's going to write the screenplay?

I know a lot of people love when their authors write the screenplay, I just think that with different beasts come different skills. I'd much rather watch someone with practice write my screenplay.

Like Mary Harron (The Moth Diaries) or ooooooh Lee Hae-young (The Silenced.) I think the teams of either of these movies would just make me fall right in love with any adaptation. But really, Diablo Cody could probably make this thing crazy good with all the complicated forms of love involved.

But then who's going to direct it?

I have always said this director in the past for any of my stories, because I just loved the atmosphere of the movies he's made. David Slade kinda nailed one of my all time favorite movies 30 Days of Night and I wasn't a fan of Eclipse as a book but the movie version felt so warm and romantic and scary that I just loved him since that moment.

I think the more I write Robbie and Gerald, the more convinced I am that this style of love and action would suit them perfectly. I'd be dead of a heart attack if someone put this kind of thought into Blood and Water.


If you're unsure of what a producer's duties are, they basically can have a hand in everything or a few things. Which sounds weird but they kinda figure out the project, who'd work best in macro scale, so on.

This is literally my favorite role to talk about. I love producers. Which makes this question super hard.

I mean, come on, Wyck Godfrey/Temple Hill Entertainment is basically everyone's first choice given the young adult pieces he's had a hand in over the years.

What's the soundtrack/score like?

I am a big music person. I'm always going on adventures with YouTube recommendations, just trying to find something incredible no one else is talking about yet. So much to love, so little time.

When I first started writing this story, way way back, I actually had written a few songs. So this whole soundtrack has to be a blend of mainstream and indie.

Lots of Secret and Whisper and throwbacks like the sound of Blue by Birthday Massacre.

If this thing ever got made, the one thing I'd drool over the most is meeting the bands that are involved in the actual movie part. I'd probably be screaming like Robbie during the whole thing. (Yay cameos!)

What's the one liner on the poster?

Two families both alike in ruthlessness, in fair Washington where we lay our scene.

I have had such trouble with this one. I think everyone does. But I really think alluding to Romeo and Juliet, at least this time (spoiler: all the time in the draft up on Wattpad) was appropriate.

Bonus details!

I'm really, really in love with the way the cameras move in some movies. This kind of thing I will be super picky about, if I had a say in it, because there's so many ways to tell a story. I think the more cinematic, the better for me.

It might not be the world's deepest story or anything, but I think something as small as panning toward the left or skyward make such a difference and tend to highlight such great and pivotal moments in quiet ways.

Ways you don't connect until after the end sometimes.

That's all I could think of! I know that's a lot of info. I actually had a ton of fun imagining Robbie's story in cinematic sweeps and in pivotal scenes and the people who imaginarily worked on it. Still gives me the flutters thinking about working on a movie but that's for another dream haha.

Who else is closing in on their 50k goal? I've hit some rough patches but November hasn't seen the last of me.

Back when I used to do this with debut authors and authors promoting their new releases, I had so much fun. If you know of someone who writes YA/NA fantasy (any kind of fantasy)/horror/or dark contemporary and you'd love to know more about their upcoming release, link me to them! I'm prepared!

Read Blood and Water here. Email me for guest post info at ebelleful @ gmail.