Sunday, January 19, 2020

Grace and Stella Dr. Pedicure Foot Exfoliating Mask - Original






I have my dad's feet. They peel and are always rough. I hardly wear sandals because I am ashamed of how my feet look. I moisturize my feet every night before bed and even do monthly foot soaks. And the problem persists of dry calloused skin. My friend told me she did a foot mask and left her skin baby smooth and I should give it a try too.

The vegan foot peel comes with a pair of booties and two pieces of tape. The booties fit with the help of the tape to keep it in place. However, I found the tape to insufficient and used some additional tape to keep the booties in place. The paraben-free formula is composed of 17 types of natural fruit and vegetable extracts to removed dead and rough skin. After an hour with the booties on, I proceeded to wash my feet off. After a week, nothing happened. I felt nothing different. A few days later, I was at the beach and guess what happened? The skin came off in full layers, it was quite disgusting. I pulled a few pieces off and tried not to vomit while doing so. And under all that disgusting floppy skin was skin so soft and delicate it kind of hurt walking on it. My skin never felt so soft and smooth. I am a life long convert.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Book Spotlight - Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez + Giveaway


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About The Book:
Title: WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT
Author: Isabel Ibañez
Pub. Date: January 7, 2020
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
Pages: 384

A lush tapestry of magic, romance, and revolución, drawing inspiration from Bolivian politics and history.

Ximena is the decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. Her people lost everything when the usurper, Atoc, used an ancient relic to summon ghosts and drive the Illustrians from La Ciudad. Now Ximena’s motivated by her insatiable thirst for revenge, and her rare ability to spin thread from moonlight.

When Atoc demands the real Condesa’s hand in marriage, it’s Ximena’s duty to go in her stead. She relishes the chance, as Illustrian spies have reported that Atoc’s no longer carrying his deadly relic. If Ximena can find it, she can return the true aristócrata to their rightful place.

She hunts for the relic, using her weaving ability to hide messages in tapestries for the resistance. But when a masked vigilante, a warm-hearted princess, and a thoughtful healer challenge Ximena, her mission becomes more complicated. There could be a way to overthrow the usurper without starting another war, but only if Ximena turns her back on revenge—and her Condesa.

PRAISE FOR WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT
“Isabel Ibanez brings a modern story to an ancient world in her debut novel, WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT. With immersive prose, original magic, and characters as rich as the Bolivian culture that constructs the story, Ibanez delivers a wholly unique book for the YA shelf.”
— Adrienne Young, NYT Bestselling author of Sky in the Deep and The Girl the Sea Gave Back

“WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT captured me on the first page. Ximena is a fierce and brave heroine—one I have deeply come to love—and the world of Inkasisa is so beautifully rendered I never wanted to leave it. Plot twists abound, the magic is uniquely drawn, and intrigue illuminates the pages. Isabel Ibanez weaves together a spellbinding, vivid debut.”
— Rebecca Ross, author of The Queen's Rising and The Queen's Resistance

“A story that glitters as bright as Ximena’s moondust, set in a wholly immersive world that’s both whimsical and deadly. With its slow burn romance and simmering intrigue, Woven In Moonlight kept me reading long into the night. Isabel Ibañez writes pure magic.”
— Shelby Mahurin, NYT Bestselling author of Serpent & Dove

“Woven in Starlight is a lush, vibrant feast of a book, set in a world as colorful and inventive as the fierce heroine’s magical tapestries. I could have remained lost in its pages forever.”
— Margaret Rogerson, NYT Bestselling author of An Enchantment of Ravens and Sorcery of Thorns

“A page-turning tale of revolution and love, helmed by a brave heroine with a big heart and set against a vibrant tapestry of Bolivian culture. Isabel Ibañez weaves magic in her debut novel.”
— Amélie Wen Zhao, author of Blood Heir

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About Isabel:
Isabel Ibañez was born in Boca Raton, Florida, and is the proud daughter of two Bolivian
immigrants. A true word nerd, she received her degree in creative writing and has been a
Pitch Wars mentor for three years. Isabel is an avid movie goer and loves hosting family and
friends around the dinner table. She currently lives in Winter Park, Florida, with her
husband, their adorable dog, and a serious collection of books. Say hi on social media at
@IsabelWriter09



Giveaway Details:
3 winners will win a finished copy of WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
1/6/2020
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1/6/2020
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1/7/2020
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1/7/2020
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1/8/2020
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1/8/2020
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1/9/2020
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1/9/2020
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1/10/2020
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1/10/2020
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Week Two:
1/13/2020
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1/13/2020
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1/14/2020
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1/14/2020
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1/15/2020
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1/15/2020
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1/16/2020
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1/17/2020
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1/17/2020
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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Book Review - Heir of Lies by Mallory McCartney + Giveaway


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The Academy is home to those who have special abilities. The Academy is the only thing Emory Fae has ever known. Emory is trying to follow in her parents' footsteps and help uphold their dreams, along with one of her best friends, Adair Stratton. Adair is a social outcast and is feared by many of his peers. He wants to follow his path instead of the one dictated to him. As rumors of dark magic spreading across the realm of Kiero, Adair fears that The Academy isn't all that it seems.

When the deceitful king from the Black Sea, Tadeas Maher of the Shattered Islands, and his heir, Marquis Maher, visit Kiero new tensions arise. They are well known for their criminal behavior but, for the first time in years, they are requesting the Faes to listen to their request to a new treaty.  Adair and Emory are caught between the wave of politics as they search for the truth.

The summary of this novel read like an epic fantasy that could span multiple characters, timelines and even generations of characters. I do like fantasy novels but, when they start getting very complex, the story becomes hard for me to follow along. However, I had a hard time following the different characters and their backstory. I didn't read the other part of the series so, I felt like I was constantly rereading parts of the book to understand what was going on. Sadly, I ended up getting frustrated and didn't finish the book.

**Disclosure - I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion. This post may contain affiliate links which means I earn advertising and/or referral fees if you purchase an item through my link. Please note, there will be no extra charges to you. Thank you for your support.**

About The Book:
Title: HEIR OF LIES (Black Dawn #1)
Author: Mallory McCartney
Pub. Date: April 21, 2020
Publisher: MM Books
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Pages: 397

“Hope was a dangerous thing. It could consume every dream and make them take flight, becoming wild daydreams in one’s heart and mind. Or hope could incinerate everything you thought you knew, burning you down to your core, leaving you raw and exposed for the world.”

Emory Fae has only known one thing—life at The Academy, a school for those who have special abilities. Following in her parents’ footsteps, the pressure to uphold their dream falls on her and one of her best friends—Adair Stratton. An outcast and feared by most, Adair longs to break away from the expectations dictating his future. With whispers of dark magic spreading across Kiero, Adair starts to doubt The Academy is all it seems.

An unexpected visit ignites new tensions as the roguish king from across the Black Sea, Tadeas Maher of the Shattered Isles, and his heir, Marquis Maher, sail to Kiero. Notorious for their pirating and wrath, for the first time in years, they demand the Faes listen to their proposition for a new treaty. Caught in the middle of politics, Adair and Emory, with the help of their best friends Brokk and Memphis, search for the one thing that matters the most—the truth.

Their world is tipped upside down as unlikely alliances are made, and war ravages Kiero. Through the throes of betrayal, lies, hidden magic, and love, Adair is faced with a life changing decision. Will he fight or bow to the darkness within?
But, Adair’s decision will change the course of Kiero forever, setting in motion irreversible destinies for everyone at The Academy as Emory Fae rises as heir.

Heir of Lies is the first book in the bestselling Black Dawn series.

The Black Dawn series is re- releasing and “Heir of Lies” (book one) is coming April 21 2020! This edition will have an exclusive map and bonus content!


About Mallory:
Mallory McCartney currently lives in Sarnia, Ontario with her husband and their three dachshunds Link, Lola and Leonard. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found day dreaming about fantasy worlds and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.


Giveaway Details:
One lucky winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card, International.
 


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