Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Book Review - A Reason to Stay (Texas Gold #3) by Kellie Coates Gilbert

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A tender book with a message for love, healing, faith, and  being lost. Faith Marin was like many other people, she had goals and ambition. She made plans for herself and set out to accomplish them one way or another. She had her dream job and a handsome/loving husband, as well. What more could Faith possible ask for? Well, it turns out not everything is that straightforward. While, considering divorcing her husband, something tragic happens and leaves Faith helpless. Faith was never one to depend on others wasn't sure what to do. 

The story first starts off at the present time and then while Faith is coping in the hospital, the past and present weave through the narration to show hints of her marriage. At her marriage's breaking point, Faith learns to put others before herself and how to accept love and help from others. The riveting ending will not leave a dry eye as it teaches, how to fight and protect the things that matter the most to us. To change a evil life changing act into a way to show us what really matters in life. An engaging story which feels "real", although the story sometimes has a bit of fluff. It's a good read to make anyone's heart melt (especially the ending).

** Disclosure - I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion**

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Kai by Gaye Straza Nightlight Fragrance Candle - Life

The all natural candle is made with a mixture of soy, palm and coconut wax. With an eighteen hour burn time and is paraben, sulfate, phthalate and phosphate free. With scents of tropical gardenia and exotic flowers that fills the room with an intoxicating scent even when not lighten. It has fresh and sweet that just lingers. I might splurge and get the full size.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Altchek Dermatologist MD DePuff Eye Pads Soothing Hydrator

The eye gel pads promises to hydrate, smooth fine lines and wrinkles while minimizing puffiness. The eye pads are enriched with retinyl palmitate, phyto collagen, vitamin E, glycerin, aloe vera and allantoin. The eye pads went on easily and came off without leaving a sticky residue. After one use, I didn’t notice any difference in terms of fine lines and wrinkles but my skin was smooth, soft, less puffy, and nicely moisturized. A definite fun treat to do while watching TV or to using it in the morning after a “fun” night.

Friday, December 25, 2015

100% Pure Honey Cream Wash Gingerade

The natural body wash is formulated as a nourishing cream instead of being a gel. The product sometimes settles, so they recommend before application to give the bottle a good shake. The plant based formula is formulated without sulfates, detergents, artificial fragrances, dyes, and chemical preservatives. The no lather cream had a citrus-y scent with a hint of ginger. Personally, I like my showergel to provide copious amount of lather or at least provide some hydration to my skin.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Annagaspi Brilliant Body Design Patch

The body patch has two pieces per a pack. The cooling body patched is formulated with coffee bean, mint leaves, chili, seaweed extract, and orange peel.  The body batch is designed to provide conditioning care to abdomen, thighs, upper arms and other areas that are affected of dimpled, sagging, cellulite, and uneven skin. Applying to the hydrogel to the targeted area for 8 hours promises results after one use. Within 30 minutes to  1 hour, the body heat activates the primary ingredients.The patch smelled like Icy Hot and had the same affect. The area was a bit sensitive to hot and cold water. I didn't notice any difference in my skin --  will not purchase this again.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Lilian Fache Vitamin C Serum

The serum didn't have a strong noticeable scent when I used it. I have used other Vitamin C serums before and they usually have a "orange-y" scent. The serum is a bit thick; it has the consistency of Jello. Most of the serums I used were always water-y or oily in consistency. The applicator did a okay job at picking up the product. Some of the squeezes (even from a new bottle) no product was release or if it did, it was very bubbly. I assume, it's because of the consistency of the product that causes these issues. I found it easier just to "pour" some of the product onto my hand. Although, if you use too much of the product it leaves a bit of "white streaks (think along the lines of soap suds)" but these can be removed very quickly by working in the product. I applied the product mostly at night after cleansing and it kept my face smooth and soft. However, I didn't see any radiant skin or dramatic changes. I also used the serum on my boyfriend's back as he suffers from terrible acne. Using this after his salicylic acid treatments did help keep his dry skin at bay. I am not sure how true the anti-aging claims are as I have not noticed anything (and can't attest to it) but this serum does do a good job at hydrating and keeping skin soft.

 **Disclosure - I received a free sample in exchange for my honest opinion. This had no impact on my feedback**

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Memebox - Antioxidant Box

My latest haul from Memebox. The theme of this box is antioxidant skincare. This box has 5 mostly full sized products. The mask was the only thing that wasn't technically full size as the full size has 3 pieces but the box contained one mask. The only thing I have tried so far was the face mask but I will be sure to post the reviews for the other products!