Cults, mystery monsters, and more

1. Wild Wild Country: this new Netflix documentary series is INSANE. Without going into too much detail, it’s about a cult that took over a small town in Oregon in the 1980s. I’m not a huge cult follower (pun intended), but I’d like to believe I’ve heard of most major modern-day cults. Somehow, though, I only heard about about the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his monochromatically-clad followers for the first time recently, on a My Favorite Murder episode. Once I realized this documentary existed I blew through it and…wow. What a crazy story. I highly recommend watching Wild Wild Country!

2. A Quiet Place: John and I saw this movie last weekend and both really enjoyed it. The acting was impressive and John Krasinski’s directing was solid, too. There’s something incredibly unsettling about a movie without much dialogue—and about silence in general. I fidget a lot and I felt so self-conscious every time I shifted around or adjusted my reclining theater seat. Not many movies make me feel physically uncomfortable, but this one did just that…and I actually appreciated the experience.

3. Flower Beauty Petal Pout Lip Color: I went to Ulta for a quick shopping trip and bought this pretty pinky nude lipstick (shade: Naked Blush) on a whim. It retails for $8.99 but happened to be on sale for just $6.29! I was interested in trying out Flower Beauty, Drew Barrymore’s cosmetics line, and this lipstick seemed like a good entry point. This lipstick has a soft matte finish and is very comfortable to wear—much more so than other mattes I’ve tried. I love the color, too; it’s pretty close to my ideal nude lip. You can see a couple more pics on my Instagram! I’m looking forward to trying more from Flower Beauty.

4. Buredo: this DC-area sushi burrito chain opened up a location near our apartment not long ago and we finally tried it out last weekend. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it because I—wait for it—don’t like sushi. I have an aversion to anything that comes out of the ocean, so I’ve never liked fish or seafood or even seaweed on vegetarian sushi. I’ll eat veggie sushi rolls, but I won’t love them. I ordered the vegan burrito, Pretty Riki (pictured on the left below), and wonder of wonders, I liked it! I appreciate that you can swap out sushi for tofu to make any of their burritos vegan. It’s nice that us non-fish-eaters have more than just one option!

Image credit: bethesdamagazine.com

5. SNP Brightening and Balancing Rabbit Sheet Mask: I finally tried this rabbit sheet mask that I bought at Ulta a while back. Animal sheet masks are always so much fun to use! I love the carrot-and-crowned-bunny print on this one; it’s so silly but so cute. This mask was particularly juicy—when I first applied it to my face, the serum dripped off of my chin. There was a lot of serum left over in the packet, too, so I scooped out what I could and rubbed it into my neck. I do feel like it make my skin look a touch brighter, so I would buy it again.