Sunday, September 19, 2021

September 2021 Empties!

 

Wow, I can't believe September is almost over. It feels like the year just started a few days ago. I am super excited I finished a few things but, unfortunately nothing was amazing.

I have been using the Moroccanoil treatments for years and love using it. A little drop goes a long way and makes my hair feeling soft and shiny. I love lip oils but, I didn't really care for the Yensa lip oil because I have to kept re-applying and it would literally just disappear after a sip of water.

I was excited to try the Jelly Mask by Acure but, thought it was pretty disappointing. I didn't really notice any results. I did like the Eminence Organic Skin Care Apricot Whip Moisturizer though. It was creamy and smells so delicious. My skin felt so hydrated and soft after application.

I have mixed feelings about Akar Skin Pure Lip Restoration. I bought two of this from different stores and each one sent me a different one. One is in a tin and the other in glass jar and I found that formula to be almost similar but, one felt a bit different and lasted longer.

Is there anything you finished this month that you liked?

Beauntiq Beauty Guardian Angel Revitalising Eye Gels
Logically, Skin Aquatide Soothing & Lifting Mask
Yerma Acai Berry Collagen Essence Mask
Burt's Bees Firming Moisturizing Cream Renewal
Moroccanoil Treatment
Yensa Super 8 Lip Oil - Pink Shine
Acure Brightening Vitamin C Jelly Mask
Eminence Organic Skin Care Apricot Whip Moisturizer
Rituals The Ritual of Dao Balancing Foaming Shower Gel
Barr Co Bubble Elixir Fir and Grapefruit
Akar Skin Pure Lip Restoration
Milk Makeup Vegan Milk Moisturizer
Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water Gel Toner
Dermae Hydrating Night Creme
OFRA OFRA Peptide Silk-C Serum Maximum Whitening Effect
Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Peppermint Oil Cooling Jelly Conditioner
Klorane Fleur d'Hibiscus Nourishing Body Lotion
TONYMOLY Vital Vita 12 Firming Ampoule Vitamin A
OhK! Sleep Mask Moisturizing
Tocca Green Tea Lemon Nourishing Body Scrub
Lorac Lip Gloss - Rock It
C.O. Bigelow No. 4006 Lip Balm
A-True Spring Green Tea Watery Calming Cream
Head & Shoulders Supreme Nourish & Smooth Conditioner
Avant Gentle Rose Beautifying Face Exfoliant


Friday, September 17, 2021

Book Review - A Duke Worth Fighting For by Christina Britton

 

The Duke of Carlisle, Daniel Hayle, returns from Waterloo a hero after the war. He is covered in scars and dreads going to London and facing society. He fears his lack of social skills and his scars will make it hard for him to find a wife. He decides that he needs all the help he can get with navigating and socializing with London's elite.

Margery Kitteridge lost her husband to the war and she is mourning his death. She receives a blackmail letter accusing him of desertion and Margery is desperate to protect his reputation. She unfortunately doesn't have the money to pay the blackmailer. However, when Daniel Hayle arrives, she senses an opportunity for them both to get what they want. She will help him find a bride and in exchange he will give her money to pay off the blackmailer.

The book was an easy read and had a few twists but, most were predictable. I would classify this as a steamy romance novel and that was a bit unexpected for me (although, I should have guessed by the cover).  The novel is the third book in the series but, I was able to read this book as standalone. It was charming story but, it had lagged during the middle parts. Readers who enjoy a steamy romance with a bit of heart and mystery will enjoy this book.

 **I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion**

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Book Spotlight - Take Me With You When You Go by David Levithan and Jennifer Niven + Spotlight

 About The Book:

Title: TAKE ME WITH YOU WHEN YOU GO

Author: David Levithan & Jennifer Niven

Pub. Date: August 31, 2021

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 336

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org

From the New York Times bestselling authors of All the Bright Places and Every Day comes a story of hope, family, and finding your home in the people who matter the most.

Subject: You. Missing.

Ezra Ahern wakes up one day to find his older sister, Bea, gone. No note, no sign, nothing but an email address hidden somewhere only he would find it. Ezra never expected to be left behind with their abusive stepfather and their neglectful mother - how is he supposed to navigate life without Bea?

Bea Ahern already knew she needed to get as far away from home as possible. But a message in her inbox changes everything, and she finds herself alone in a new city - without Ez, without a real plan - chasing someone who might not even want to be found.

As things unravel at home for Ezra, Bea confronts secrets about their past that will forever change the way they think about their family. Together and apart, broken by abuse but connected by love, this brother and sister must learn to trust themselves before they can find a way back to each other.

 

About David Levithan:

David Levithan’s many acclaimed novels include Someday, Another Day, Every Day, Two Boys Kissing, and Boy Meets Boy. His bestselling collaborations include Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Sam & Ilsa’s Last Hurrah (both written with Rachel Cohn) and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (written with John Green). In 2016, David was named the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for his contribution to YA literature. You can learn more about him at davidlevithan.com and follow him on Twitter at @loversdiction.

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About Jennifer Niven:

Jennifer Niven is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe. Her books have been translated in over 75 languages, and have won literary awards around the world. When she isn’t working on multiple book and TV projects, Jennifer also oversees Germ, a literary web magazine for high school age and beyond. Jennifer divides her time between coastal Georgia and Los Angeles. Find her at jenniferniven.com and on social.

 

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Monday, September 13, 2021

Book Review - I Am Margaret Moore by Hannah Capin

 

Each summer the Marshall Naval School opens its door to the girls of Deck Five. They learn how to sail, march on the drill fields, and earn honors and accolades. Each summer they push each other to their limits and they come back stronger together.

The girls have a bond that's stronger than blood; they are bounded by something stronger. One by one Margaret's friends start to vanish one by one because of the lies she told last summer. Will the secrets she kept be her downfall?

I thought the book summary was interesting and I was looking forward to reading this book. However, I didn't enjoy this novel at all. I hated the writing style. It was written to be lyrical but, it was confusing and gave little about the story. I had a hard time getting into the story because most of the words were just useless fluff or the author included too many technical naval terms. I lost interest in the book and didn't finish it.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Book Review - Nice Girls by Catherine Dang

 

Mary was a nice girl. She was well known as "Ivy League Mary" in her small town of Liberty Lake, Minnesota. She was expected to leave the small town behind and make it into the big leagues. Mary had transformed from a chubby teen with a scholarship to a thinner and cynical failure who was kicked out of Cornell in her senior year. She returns home to work at a local grocery store and watches as her life takes a sharp downward spiral.

As Mary's life takes a dip, her once best friend, Olivia Willand, disappears. She was a rising social media star and beloved by everyone except Mary. Mary knows behind the girl next door vibe is a mean and manipulative girl with sharp edges. As the town obsesses over Olivia, Mary believes that her disappearance might be tied to another missing person, nineteen-year-old DeMaria Jackson, who people thought she ran away. As Mary begin to investigate the disappearances, she is forced to face the truth about herself and others.

I thought the book was an interesting read. I was a bit disappointed in the ending. I thought the reason for the disappearances was going to be a bit more sinister even the reason for her being expelled was overblown. I am surprised that Mary wanted to keep her head down but, kept doing things that throws her into the limelight. It was an okay read and I would be opened to reading other books by the author.