July Favorites!

Hey guys,

It feels like just yesterday we did a June favorites and now we’re already doing a July favorites! The month of July went by fast! I felt like I did do anything productive this past month even though it was pretty busy! I probably should get started on my AP summer assignments soon as school is only less than a month away (AHHHHH). Well, anyways, here are our favorites for this past month!

Swathi’s Favorites:

  1. Bath & Body Works Triple Moisture Body Cream in Cashmere Glow: I’ve been using Bath&Body Works products for a couple of years now. My mom and I always get sucked in to their buy 3 get 2 free deal and end up buying way more products than we needed in the first place. I bought this in one of those spending sprees a while ago and when I ran out of my body lotion, I turned to this and it’s literally the BEST THING EVER. It smells so nice and I love how nice it goes on, I would definitely recommend it to anyone and everyone. 
  2. Our 2nd Life a.k.a. my current Youtube obsession: I discovered these boys randomly as I was surfing through Youtube one day and immediately became hooked on their channel. The channel is a collab channel compromised of Connor Franta, Ricky Dillion, Sam Pottorff, J.C. Caylen, Trevor Moran, and Kian Lawley. Each week they have a theme and each day one of the members post a video revolving around the theme. Alone they are pretty funny and entertaining people, but together they are freaking hilarious
  3. Once Upon A Time: OMG. THIS SHOW. If you haven’t seen it yet, then you need to go on Netflix right now and start watching season 1! Originally, I thought this show would be a classic drama revolving around classic fairy tale characters, but I was wrong. This show puts a dark twist on the classic fairy tales that we know and love. The basis of the show revolves around an evil spell the Evil Queen cast on the fairy tale characters that sent them into the real world where they forgotten who they really are. The main character, Emma, is Snow White’s daughter who was sent away before the Evil Queen could reach her and that when she is 28 she will come back and break the spell. Emma’s son, Henry, finds her and brings her back to Storybrooke and that’s when everything starts to change.
  4. Divergent by Veronica Roth: When I heard that this book was being made into a movie, I definitely wanted to make sure I read before the movie came out. This book is about this girl named Tris who has to choose between five factions to spend the rest of her life in. Before she can choose, Tris must take an aptitude test along with the other sixteen year olds that will show her which faction she’s most fit to survive in. When her test results show her as belonging to more than one faction, she becomes divergent. Throughout the book, Tris must  battle with her divergence as she fights to become a member in the faction that she has chosen. In my opinon, this book is probably one of my favorite books I’ve ever read. Veronica Roth not only made a strong and compelling female lead but also did not include a love triangle like all of the other authors have done so in the past. I loved this book so much I drew three birds on my collarbone just like Tris did in the book. Now I’m onto the next book in the trilogy, Insurgent, and then I’ll have to agonizingly wait for the third book to be released later this fall.

Manni’s Favorites

1)      One Direction Make Up

MUA 1D Lipstick Kiss You Be Mine Harry

I love One Direction. And I love make up.

I pretty much exploded when I found this. You can find all the products HERE—they only ship in the UK though D:. I LOVE Harry’s lipstick pictured above—the color is to die for, and I love how all it’s got his signature on it : ) Also, I believe it’s cruelty free!!

2)      Promiscuous (The Josh Desi Remix)

Aight, my ethnicity is something called Punjabi. Punjabis are famous for a few things, among them our music. Punjabi music and Hip Hop are my two favorite types of music. A lot of Punjabis feel the same way, so people make a lot of Punjabi Hip Hop mixes. Sometimes they’re just eh, but a lot of the time they are really good, and occasionally you’ll run across one that is PERFECT, like the on above! I’ve listened to it so much! I don’t know how enjoyable it’ll be for those of you who don’t understand the Punjabi language, but give it a listen and let me know what you think!

3)      People—


I know this is a weird one, but one of my absolute favorite thing  this month was the people I encountered. My cat had a medical emergency at the beginning of July, and his vet’s office was closed. So we took him to a veterinary clinic that we had never been to before. Despite not having called ahead of time, and the fact that they were going to close soon, they took our Cinnamon in and treated him like he was one of their cats. They told us exactly what we needed to do, which was go to NC State Veterinary school, the only place nearby equipped to handle him, and they put him on oxygen for a few minutes to make him comfortable, all for no charge. When we went to NC State right after, they were just as caring for Cinnamon, and sympathetic to what we were going through then. Through all of this, I was reminded how much of a difference it can make to be caring and kind to someone  : )

Those were all of our favorites for this month. I hope you enjoyed reading them as much as we did loving them. Let me know if you’re currently obsessed with a t.v. show, book, or even a music video like we are. Until next week, check out our Pinterest page! I’ve been pinning lots of things on there, so follow us and check it out!

~ Swathi


Weekend Mix List

Hey guys, I’m back with another couple of my favorite songs of this past week. I honestly cannot get enough of these songs and I decided to make a Spotify playlist just for you guys! I still don’t know what to call these weekly song sharing posts, so if you have any ideas, let me know! Also have you checked out the Best Song Ever music video?
(*In Kanye West voice*) “I’m sorry Miley, but One Direction had the best music video of all time!” (You get brownie points if you know what I’m talking about).

Well those are my favorite tunes for this week, tell me what you’re currently listening to! I’m always on the look out for new music to listen to! Oh and if you haven’t already, check out Emblem3’s full album stream for their debut album that releases July 31st, I’m obsessed with their song Girl Next Door!

Till next time!
~ Swathi xo

P.S. If you get my little sign off after my name then you get extra brownie points! 😉

June Favorites!

Hey guys,

How’s it going? Can you guys believe it’s already July? Where has the year gone, we’re halfway to the end of the year. Since June just ended, Manni and I thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite things about the month of June.

Manni’s  Faves:

 1.  Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 15 for the face (Side Note: “Neutrogena is not a cruelty-free brand and I like using cruelty-free brands. So if you know of any cruelty-free sunscreens, let us know in the comments below.”)

 2. Almay Liquid Liner in 221 black/noir: “What I like about it is it’s a drug store brand and it works really well. Also you don’t spend as much money for a good eyeliner as a department store brand.”

3. Justin Bieber’s Someday Body Lotion: “Well first off, I love the smell. But also when I put on it has glitter in it, not too much but just the right amount for me to give me the perfect sparkle. I also got from Tj Maxx where it was only $9.99 for 6.7 fluid ounces which is a great deal.”

Jab We Met

Jab We Met (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

4. Jab We Met- Omg. So this Bollywood movie I saw was AMAZING. I’ve been falling in love with Bollywood movies in general, but this one is definitely one of my favorites. Usually in Bollywood movies, the dance numbers steal the show. However, when Bollywood movies convey emotion, they do it well. And this one did it really, REALLY well. *tears*

Swathi’s Faves:

I actually don’t wear makeup that often, I only where it whenever I have to dress up for a special event or whenever I want to feel pretty. I know it’s weird especially since I watch so many beauty gurus on Youtube, but most of the times, my faves will be un-beauty related. This one is just an exception since this our first favorites post.

1. Maybelline the Rocket Volum’ Express Waterproof Mascara in black: “I always found waterproof mascaras way better than regular mascaras as they don’t run or smudge as much as regular ones. My eyelashes are already really long so this mascara has given it a lot of volume and it has not ever run down my face or smudged when I have it on.”

2. Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in Medium/Deep Sheer Tint: “Since I don’t where makeup a lot, I personally don’t wear foundation. I like BB creams a lot more because they keep my face moisturized as well as keep it protected from the sun. I really like how smooth and easy this is to apply on and how light it feels on my face.”

3. Neutrogena Deep Clean Oil-free Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes: “These makeup wipes are amazing, they literally take off all my makeup and don’t irritate my skin.”

4. Paranormalcy Trilogy by  Kiersten White: “So recently I discovered that you could check out ebooks from the library so I went a little crazy and read all of the Parnormalcy books in like 2 days. The series is basically about this girl named Evie who is a special operative who tracks down paranormal creatures and brings them into containment, but when an abnormal paranormal breaks into the containment and changes everything. You can read more about it here.”

We were pretty high up, but this is how well we could see them. (Our friend Kimmie took this wonderful pic, so thank her).

We were pretty high up, but this is how well we could see them. (Our friend Kimmie took this wonderful pic, so thank her).

5. ONE DIRECTION CONCERT: “Okay so this is both of our favorite moment, but OHMYGOD that concert was the absolute best time of my life and I had such a great time! I wouldn’t trade that night for anything in the world and I’m probably going to remember it for the rest of my life! I’ve also been listening to their opening band 5 Seconds of Summer since April and loved all of their songs too!”

6. Get Lucky by Daft Punk: “I’ve been listening to this song non-stop since I first heard it. I think I’ve listened to it more after I discovered this amazing cover of the song on Youtube by George Barnett (above). This guy is crazy talented and the way he covered the song makes this already catchy song even more addictive.”

Okay, so that’s all of our favorites for the month of June. Let us know what your favorites are or what products that you think we should try out in the comments below. Manni & I decided that we’re going to be posting a new blog post every Wednesday. I thought that way you all would have something to look forward to in the middle of the week and something to get you through to the weekend. Well have a fabulous week and we’ll see you next Wednesday for another new blog post.



P.S. I updated our About Us section, so now you can learn a little bit more about us!

She loved them first! (Which she might be embarrassed about but she shouldn’t be!)

Hey guys!

So this weekend, Swathi and a couple other friends and I went to a concert.

A One Direction concert that is 🙂

(If you are currently judging us for liking One Direction, please click the following link: http://shadesofbrwn.wordpress.com/2012/11/12/justin-bieber-ft-one-direction/ )

About a year and a half ago, Swathi and I were having a sleepover, and she kept talking in a British accent. And finally I was like “GIRL WHY YOU TALKING IN THAT ACCENT ALL THE TIME?!” And she was like, “Let me show you.”

And she spent all morning introducing me to One Direction, and I came to love ’em.

The concert this weekend was awesome. One of my favorite moments was during the song “Loved You First.”

We were all dancing around and stuff, and when they said the line “Baby I loved you first!” I happened to glance at Swathi. She sang the line with them, and pointed in their direction. I know it was just a move and all, but I had like a profound moment lol. Because, the thing is, Swathi DID love them first. A lot of people found out about One Direction only after they came to the U.S for the first time, which is totally fine; there’s nothing wrong with that. But Swathi knew about One Direction for so long, maybe even longer than anyone in our whole school. I knew that this concert was so big for her. And without her, none of our group, including me, would have been as pumped to be there.

So I guess I just want to say thanks. I’m so glad you introduced me to the boys, Swathi. And I can’t wait to do this next year 🙂 Also, to all y’all out there with friends who try to get you into stuff, give them a chance! You might end up loving what they show you.

-Manners 🙂