Makeup Files’ Favorite Things 2011

Now that Oprah has abandoned her show, someone has to take up the “favorite things” mantel.

Why not me?

While I may not be able to gift these items to everyone in my “audience,” you can still see the products that I’ve been loving this year.

(Oprah, eat your heart out.)

Here are my favorite things, in no particular order.

Love Actually

LoveActuallyI’m no stranger to the movie Love Actually. While I’ve liked it for years, I’ve basically been obsessed with it lately. I think I’ve watched it about 5 times in the last 2 months, including two nights in a row last week.

I love the Hugh Grant storyline (which is super sweet), and the Emma Thompson storyline (even though it’s really sad). Frankly, I love all of the interwoven storylines and characters. It’s a great holiday-themed romantic movie about all aspects of love, whether the beginning, the end, or love that never got off the ground.

“To me, you are perfect.”

Ebook Readers

sonyReaderI first got my Sony Reader PRS-505 3 1/2 years ago, and I’ve been using it ever since. I have a large library of ebooks all in one place. Yes, I even read Twilight on the thing.

I love being able to carry it with me and read whatever I want, whenever I want.

Since my reader came out, there have been a lot of new readers on the market. When my Sony Reader eventually dies, I think I might go for a Barnes & Noble Nook. Or maybe a Kindle. I can’t decide.

All I ask, if you get one of these, is to do what I did: supplement your book collection, don’t replace it. The physical book industry needs our help. I still buy new books from the store and even borrow from the library, in addition to reading digital books. Long live physical books!

SodaStream Home Soda Machine

I am in love with pop. Or “soda” for those not from the Midwest. I love the sweet fizziness. I like it better than any other beverage (except maybe 100% grape juice).

So, it was completely natural for me to get the SodaStream Home Soda Machine. Since I got it in August 2010, I’ve been drinking pop like nobody’s business (diet pop since I started using Nutrisystem).

My favorite SodaMix flavors are Diet Lemonade, Diet Caffeine-Free Cola and Diet Ginger Ale. Yum!

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

It’s time to let my nerd flag fly: I love video games.

No, you don’t get it. I LOVE video games.

And my recent obsession? Skyrim. This game came out less than a month ago and I’ve been devouring it ever since. It’s an RPG (role-playing game, just in case you didn’t know) that lets you do whatever the heck you want in this ultra-realistic, super large snowy and mountainous world.

Here’s a screenshot of the game showing the ultra-realistic world. Yeah, it really looks like that.

I like to roam around the world, stumbling onto and clearing out bandit-laden caves or looting ancient Nord tombs.

If you liked previous games in the Elder Scrolls series, like Morrowind or Oblivion, then you’ll want to marry Skyrim. I do.

What were your favorite things this year?


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  1. I also love ereaders. I have a Kindle and I’ve been reading a lot more since I got it. I have more than 500 books on there! and I can just carry it around with me and read whenever I want to. I still buy paper books of my fave authors but ereaders are perfect for those books you know you’ll read once and never again. And for travelling too.

    And Love Actually is a wonderful movie indeed! I need to watch it again soon.

    • I agree. EReaders are best for a book you know you’re not going to read again. I’m glad you still buy paper books, though. 😀

  2. Trisha, I enjoyed this post! Fun to hear about your favorite things. One of my favorites is having a smart. phone. I use it all the time.

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