Friday, September 25, 2020

September 2020 Empties Part 2!



So, this last set of empties for September is a bit disappointing. I finished maybe a handful of things but, added like hundreds of things to my stockpile that keeps increasing by the day.  I thought with the pandemic I would be using a lot more than I was getting...I guess that's never going to change.

This was my first time using Smith and Cult nail polishes and I love them! They are shiny and take awhile to chip. And the bottle is very generously sized. I have noticed that a lot of nail polish manufacturers though use brushes that don't reach all the way to the bottom. I feel like a lot of product can go to waste like that. I used a new salt scrub that actually creates a foam! The Christophe Robin salt scrub was fun to use but, I had to make sure to stay longer under the water because a few times I have found salt in my roots long after my shower has ended. I am a huge fan of BioBelle's face mask and this one worked so well. I been sleep deprived the last few nights and you couldn't see a trace of that on my face.

I love the Cake Beauty brand but, didn't love their lip balm. It felt greasy and it wasn't very hydrating. Other than the BioBelle (and the Simply When) face masks, the others were meh. They were okay. I don't think I would go out of my way to get them. 

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know your thoughts!

Christophe Robin Cleansing and Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt
Klorane Soothing & Anti-Irritating Shampoo with Peony
Smith and Cult - Bite Your Kiss
Cake Kiss Lip Butter
Dove Sensitive Skin Nourishing Body Wash
Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Organic Lip Balm
Midflower Rosa Damescana Flower Water Brightening Mask
Simply When Snow Song Illuminate
Holika Holika Camomile 2 Step Face Mask
Biobelle #VitaminSea Seaweed and Pearl Extract
Dr Botanicals Pomengranate Superfood Regnerating Sleeping Mask

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Book Review - The Cake Therapist by Judith M. Fertig



Claire O'Neil is a talented pastry chef that has a hidden extraordinary talent. Most talented chefs can taste flavors that most of us miss. However, Claire can "taste" the feelings of other people. She can customize her treats to help someone celebrate love, dealing with loss, and connecting with others.

Claire returns home to Millcreek Valley when her marriage starts to fall apart. She is excited to open her bakery and starting over. As she starts meeting with her clients, she senses some of them are hiding secrets, while others are in pain. However, Claire starts to notice a sour taste that is signaling a story that desperately needs to be told.  Claire is used to helping other people with her ability but, will this story help guide her?

The novel had vivid descriptions of the desserts being made. You can tell the author has a deep appreciation for food. However, while the author went into details about the food, I felt like the story lacked some details. I wish more time was spent on certain parts of the novel. The novel had two "different" storylines that ended up converging at the end. Both storylines had promise but, failed during execution. At times, the story felt convoluted and disjointed. Unfortunately, this book was a miss for me and I am hesitant to read any other books by the author.

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Monday, September 21, 2020

Book Review - They Never Learn by Layne Fargo


Scarlett Clark is a well known and respected English professor at Gorman University.  However, Scarlett is even better at getting away with murdering people. Every year, she searches for a man who is morally corrupted and plots a way to end his life. She is meticulous with her planning and has avoided getting caught.  As she begins to prepare for her next victim, the school opens an investigation due to the alarming amount of deaths on the campus.

She is determined to stay one step ahead so, she decides to join the investigation and befriend the woman in charge, Dr. Mina Pierce. Everything is going according to her plan until she loses control over her latest victim and puts her plan in jeopardy. 

Gorman student Carly Schiller is trying to survive being away from her parents and her freshman year. She is glad to be away from her emotionally abusive father. Carly wants to focus on her school and fade into the background. Her new roommate, Allison Hadley is the exact opposite of Carly. Carly wishes that she can be confident and cool like Allison. The duo becomes quick friends and when Allison is sexually assaulted at a party, Carly becomes obsessed. She plans ways for making the attacker pay and hopes to turn her fantasies into reality.

The novel was an interesting and engrossing read. There were a few twists but, most of them were predictable. I feel like lately many of the books I am reading have female friendships with a sexual undercurrent. I understand the need to make books inclusive but, I hate when it's like the main focus of friendships. I liked Scarlett as a character and was rooting for her but, I can't say I was fond of some of the other characters. I didn't like that the novel made it seem that most of the male characters (except the one gay couple) were sexual predators. As a female, I already know from firsthand experiences that not all male friends have your best interest at heart. However, there are plenty of men who are also just interested in friendship and won't attack or pressure people into sexual favors. I did like the book and I am looking forward to reading more books by the author.


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Saturday, September 19, 2020

September 2020 Haul Part 2!




Ahh, my favorite season is almost here! I love the fall. I can't wait to snuggle under a blanket, drink a nice warm drink with a book. Oh, I am counting down the days. I got quite a few products that were a little pricey but, I thought why not splurge. 

I love BioBelle masks and got a few more different varieties that I didn't try before. I am a big fan of Marc Jacob and have a few of his makeup but, this is my first skincare item from him. I hope it lives up to the hype. I got a few Earth Harbor skincare treatments. To be honest, I liked the simplistic packaging and that was the main reason I bought them. I never heard of the product before buying it.

I also got a few Tarte lip products and Fenty Beauty lip products. I heard some great things about Fenty Beauty products. I am very excited to try them. I have tried some of the L'Occitane products but, this the first time I tried their oil cleanser. I also got a few new moisturizers that I am excited to try and it's the perfect weather for new cream!




Friday, September 18, 2020

Book Reviewv - The Real McCoys: Two's a Crowd by Matthew Swanson

Photo Credit - Amazon

A new mystery is brewing at Tiddlywhump Elementary, and it's up to the McCoy sibling detectives to help. Moxie and Milton are complete opposites of each other but, together they will need to work to solve the mystery.

Emily, Moxie's friend, receives a letter signed with a purple squiggle. Then other kids start receiving more letters along with questions such as, Who sent them? And why?

While the problem-solving duo is on the case if they can only learn to get along better. When their partnership is torn apart, Moxie tries to solve the mystery being the Squiggles first. Will Moxie be able to solve the case without Milton? Or will she realize that two McCoys are better than one?

The book was a fun and cute read. I found Moxie to be a bit much at times but, I am glad that she can grow and realize her mistakes. I liked the drawings and found them to be entertaining. I am not the target audience for this book but, I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

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