#BanditBooks| "Blindsighted" by Karin Slaughter

"Blindsighted" is a suspense novel based in the small town of Grant County where people are blindsided by rape/murders happening in town. The victims are also literally blinded by a drug the assailant uses to subdue them and keep them complacent during their attacks.The story surrounds doctor/coroner Sara Linton and police chief/Sara's ex-husband, Jeffrey Tolliver who rush to try and solve who is behind the crimes before the killer strikes again.

While rape/murder/vicious crimes against women are hard to read about, Slaughter does a fantastic job at keeping some details gory and letting you fill in the blanks about others. I like how Slaughter's female characters are strong even in the face of these heinous crimes. Slaughter knows how to unfurl a story. It never felt rushed or as if it dragged along. Toward the end, she hints at who it is all along which is who, as an avid CSI-er, Law and Order fan, I didn't quite see that coming either.

This was Slaughter's first novel and I'd love to read more from her.
I give this book 4 lipsticks.

#NetflixFaves| June Watch List

If you're like me....(and don't own a TV)....Netflix is your savior, but you never quite know what to watch. Let me help you out. This is what I've watched during the month of June. Maybe you'll find your new fave.
Because life is hard and the late 90's were great and who doesn't wish that they could be an attractive witch?

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

Because don't gay guys know EVERYTHING? lol...mindless entertainment and the transformations are awesome!

Because crazy people agreed to have strangers tattoo them...who knew?
Drinking Buddies

Because Olivia Wilde is my bestie in my head even when she has questionable morals.

Lost Girl

It's sexy science fiction!

Crimes of the Century

Because everyone should know about the crazy things people have done in the world and why....

#BanditBooks - "Sugar Daddy" by Lisa Kleypas

I have to admit, I wanted this book to be all fluff and no bite. The title alone made me think that this would be the perfect book to breeze through and help me forget all my troubles...and it did, until certain parts came along. The title is a little misleading although I understand why its named this. The main character, Liberty Jones (isn't that such a great name?) spends her life avoiding having a sugar daddy. She's half-Mexican living with her white mother in a trailer park in Welcome, Texas. She has a hard upbringing and fights to give herself and her family a better life.

I loved the way the book was written. I'm usually not a fan of first person pov. However, used in the way Kleypas did, I felt like I was reading the diary of a close friend - a little forbidden, very juicy and I was instantly endeared by her.

There's a very sudden and traumatic incident in the book (no spoilers) where I wanted to scoop Liberty up in my arms and hold her. The emotions in the writing was so real, it stirred something up inside of me, which is what good writing is supposed to achieve. This is the first installment about the Travis family and I can definitely see myself snapping up a few more of these books in the future.

If you're looking for something a little light-hearted and easy to read but has a cohesive plot, this book is for you.

I give this book 5 lipsticks.

#MusicSnob|June Faves

These are my top 5 fave songs I was listening to all June (in no particular order)!

1. Ingrid Michaelson "Girls Chase Boys" Don't know why...from the first time I heard it, I was like...yeahhhhhhh lol 2. Sade "Give It Up" This song came out in 1988 but it still bangs! I feel like I'm on a tropical island singing sweet nothings in my lover's ear. 3. Kanye West "Addiction" Because Late Registration is that ish. Basically, this was when I was in lurrrrve with Mr. West, Mr. Fresh, Mr. By Himself He So Impressed. 4. Iyanya "Kukere" I've played this song so much that all my coworkers have since downloaded it. Try playing it and see if your lower half doesn't move all on its own. 5. AWOLNATION "Sail" Because the vocals = mind blown

#BanditBeauty|June #Empties

Ok, so I know it's almost the middle of July (I've been busy! tuh!) but I wanted to share my monthly empties. Basically, these are things that I love so much that I scraped the bottom of the container to use the last of it.
I feel like I don't usually have a lot of empties because I have a lot of products that I keep in rotation but I must admit, there are some things that you just keep reaching for in the morning!

#BanditBooks: Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

On the surface, this is a ghost story - almost a child's fantastical bedtime story. This is the tale of Li Lan who has been promised to be the bride of Lim Tian Ching, the recently deceased son of the prestigious (and very rich) Lim family. A sheltered girl, all Li Lan wants is to have a nice family of her own and is horrified that her father (the opium-smoking, kind of deadbeat dad) would even entertain the notion. Li Lan is then haunted by Lim Tian Ching who is nothing more than a spoiled brat and gets whatever he wants in both life and death. The best part of the story for me was when Li Lan, in an effort to stop the haunting of Lim Tian Ching almost kills herself. She is thrusted into the miraculous world of the dead. Will Li Lan make it back to her body? Will she be married to a living man and have the honor of becoming a mother? Or will she be lost in the plane of the dead?

The book is super interesting and expertly written. Also, it gives you some historical background about Chinese and Malay (Malaysian) culture and practices. If you have a bit of imagination and allow yourself to be drawn into the story, you'll love this book!

I give this book 5 lipsticks.