Monday, April 16, 2018

a book in review!

Brief Summary:
Nerd. Weird. Ugly. That's me. And I don't want it to be anymore.

Now is my time to make my mark on the world. My college roommate doesn't make it easy. Neither does her brother, Jesse, but for completely different reasons. He makes me feel things I've never felt before.

Wanted. Important. Beautiful.

But we can't be together because it isn't real. Someone like him could never fall for someone like me. We aren't meant to fit together.

Even if I fall apart without him.

 Review:
I was browsing through books I had bought off of BookBub (which seriously, sign up now!) and decided to give this one a shot. While it had great moments, it also had moments where you wanted to smack the main character because she was so stuck in her head. It makes the story feel more real. Violet's coming of age journey has all a chick lit reader needs; drama, love, laughs, tug at the heart string moments. I recommend this 3 star book to anyone who's looking for a quick, good weekend read, xo!

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Try It Tuesday | Bath & Body Works Sheet Mask


Who knew that B&BW made sheet masks?! Not me, until a few weeks ago when I did a double take at my local mall! I knew I had to get my hands on one of these bad boys and decided on the Shea based one, cause we all know my skin type is dry, dry, dry. 


Here are the product details from Bathandbodyworks.com;
Our nourishing face sheet mask with shea butter & jojoba oil is designed to infuse your skin with supercharged ingredients. Your face will feel smooth as butter. Shea butter, that is. Trade your dry winter woes for skin that glows!


Here's what I think;
Smell-No smell!
Feeling-It has a milky consistancy when you take it out of the package and is VERY wet! Doesn't smooth out as good as other sheet masks, but it did have a good shape.
Aftermath-My skin has NEVER felt smoother! There was a lot of left over product after wearing for 18 minutes, so I wiped it all over and it dried down really nicely.
Will I repurchase? Absolutely! I'm excited to try more of their masks! Lives up to the promise above :)

To Purchase
B&BW $4.95 or 3 for $12 right now!


Have you used any of the Bath & Body Works sheet masks? Let me know, xo!

Monday, April 9, 2018

a book in review!


Brief Summary:

Status Update: I’m going offline for a while… Wish me luck! xx

Lifestyle journalist and thirty-something singleton Melissa hashtags, insta's and snapchats her supposedly fabulous life on every social media platform there is.
That is until she wakes up on her birthday, another year older and still alone, wondering if for all her internet dates, love really can be found online? The challenge: go technology free for a whole month!
Forced to confront the reality of her life without its perfect filters, Melissa knows she needs to make some changes. But when she bumps into not one, but two gorgeous men, without the use of an app, she believes there could be hope for love offline.
If only there was a way to choose the right guy for her…

Review:
Such a cute story! I really enjoyed this romcom, it would make for the cutest grab your girls and head to see it in the theater movie. Melissa is so likeable as she navigates the single life and there's so many real life moments which make the story like it's one of your friends telling you about their night out. Her challenge however would be nearly impossible, go completely off the grid for a month?! Yikes! I recommend this adorable 3 star book to anyone who needs a feel good read, xo!

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Guest Post by Gina Dickerson




What inspired Mortiswood

It wasn’t really a conscious decision to write in the dark, urban fantasy genre. The idea of Mortiswood first came to me while I was on holiday with my family. We were staying at a holiday cottage – a farmhouse – in Devon. The farmhouse was set in about twenty acres of land, a mix of woodland and fields. It was down a really long drive and overlooked both the fields and woods. We could even see deer from the kitchen window!

One afternoon when everyone else was off swimming, I sat down with my laptop by the window and watched mist creep out from within the trees and stretch across the fields toward the house. It was so quiet, and the mist appeared almost as if it were alive, that the beginning of Mortiswood sparked and I wrote out the first chapter curled up in the chair as the mist crawled around the farmhouse.

As the first draft of book one developed, I knew I wanted the series to be full of a mix of things I like reading. I wanted it to be a dark fantasy with a thrilling adventure, full of both magical and powerful people and creatures, and all with a dash of romance. The mythology woven throughout the tale is primarily Norse, with some of the realms inspired by my readings of Norse myths. Although it’s a magical series it is also set in the real world, mostly in Thanet, Kent.

I can’t talk about Mortiswood without mentioning the inspiration behind one of the main characters, the Vallesm – my own Siberian husky. He’s a big fluff of fun and would rather snooze in the garden than fight demons, but the way he moves and acts went a long way in helping me bring the Vallesm wolf to life. He is, in essence, my Vallesm!



A picture of my pooch – the Vallesm inspiration!



Blurb:
The problem with secrets is they don’t always remain secret, no matter how long they’ve been buried.

The dark side of magic beckons to Kaelia. It whispers in her ear, seducing her with the promise of yet more power. Having discovered the truth behind the goddess Hel’s connection to Bran the necromancer, Kaelia is finding it increasingly difficult to tell who is on her side and who is against her.

Drawn into an age-long battle, she must fight to protect not only those she loves, but also the humans that her enemies, The Salloki, would devour. Confronting an evil never seen before outside the realms of myth and magic, Kaelia is torn. Should she join with Bran? Is he really as trustworthy as he says?

But trust cuts both ways as Bran too discovers, unearthing both secrets and lies about his true identity. There is also someone he wants to protect above all, even if that price is unleashing upon Mortiswood the fearsome Vanagandr.

As secrets, lies, magic, and emotions weave their tangled web, who will lose their hearts and who will lose their lives?

Sometimes the line between good and evil is so blurred it fails to exist…

Links:

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Try It Tuesday | Kate Somerville Exfolikate



I've been testing out the Kate Somerville Exfolikate for a while now and I'm going to be honest, the jury is still out! 



Here's the product details from Sephora's website;

What it is:
A dual-action exfoliator that smooths and polishes to reveal a glowing, radiant complexion in as little as one use.  
Solutions for:
- Dullness/uneven texture
- Pores
- Dark spots/uneven skin tone 
 What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates  
What else you need to know:
When you use ExfoliKate in the shower, the steam will help to activate the enzymes, making it even more effective.

 

Here's what I think:
Smell-Kinda smells like Christmas! Cinnamonish and warm. Which isn't a bad thing, but it's not my fave scent on my face.
Feeling-It kind of stings on your face as you circle it around. Which feels good, but hurts a little (in a good way). 
How I use-I like to massage it in and around-focusing on my really dry spots (which is everywhere at this point!) and then letting it sit for about 5 minutes or so. Then I rinse with warm water or a makeup wipe (cause let's face it, I'm lazy #lazygirlprobs) and then I either do a sheet mask or moisturize right away
How often I use-twice a week! 
Will I continue to use? Yeah, I definitely see a difference in my skin right after using and even the next day. It is on the pricey side, so I'm not sure I will repurchase (full disclosure; mine came in my winter FabFitFun box) I'll keep you posted on if it becomes a holy grail or not!

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Let me know what you you want to see next on #pbtryittuesday, xo! 

Monday, April 2, 2018

a book in review!

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Her Defiant Heart by Monica Murphy Publication Date: March 29th, 2018  
Genre: New Adult Romance

 Review:
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Monica Murphy's writing style sucks you right in. She writes in detail, but still leaves you wanting more. This is book is the first in a trilogy and it is like the appetizer to a 3 course meal. It has everything you want in a first book; back story, drama (lots of drama), lust, steaminess, the list goes on! I was turning the pages begging to know what would happen next for Jensen and Rhett and you will too. Trust me when I say you'll want to savor every minute of this one and then read it again before the next book comes out! I recommend this 5 star read to anyone who needs a new steamy series to start, xo!

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Life can feel like a cruel joke. I grew up poor and motherless, with a father who never got over his wife’s abandonment. But now he’s gone too, and I’m dead set on finding the woman who so carelessly tossed me aside when I was a baby.
I want revenge. And I’m going to get back at my mother any way that I can.
I change my name. Start my new life in college, and just happen to cross paths with the gorgeous, ultra-rich Rhett Montgomery. He’s immediately interested in me, not that I’m surprised.
You see, I planned it that way. I meant for him to find me. He’s the one connection to my mother, and I’m using him, so I can destroy her. But I didn’t plan on Rhett being so charming. Sweet. Sexy.
And I definitely didn’t plan on falling for him either…

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Excerpt:
“Your friends are calling you,” I finally say.
He glances over his shoulder, then returns his attention to me. “They can wait.”
I’m surprised he’s putting talking to me above wanting to spend time with his friends. “Well, my homework can’t.” I gesture to the open textbook by my laptop. “Nice to see you again.”
“Nice to see you again? That’s all I get?” He slides into the booth seat across from mine, leaning across the table like he wants to get closer to me. “I bet you don’t even remember my name.”
“I bet you don’t remember mine either,” I toss back at him, tacking on an annoying giggle after I say it.
He makes a face, like he knows I’m fake as hell. “Jensen.”
“Rhett.”
His smile is back, wider than ever. “You should come sit with us.”
“No, thank you.” My voice is prim, like a snotty rich girl’s would be. Wouldn’t they find it hilarious to know that I spent my teenage years living in a mobile-home-slash-trailer park, in the decrepit old fifth-wheel my dad called our new home right before I started eighth grade.
One brow lifts. “My friends would love to meet you.”
“I doubt that.”
“It’s true.” He glances over his shoulder again, and they call out to him, a couple of choice words ringing in the air. The waitress glares, stomping over to their table to give them a lecture I suppose, and Rhett whirls around so he’s facing me once more, his expression full of amusement. “Or maybe not.”
“Go hang out with your friends,” I tell him gently, wanting to give the impression that I am the perfectly understanding girlfriend. He might not have those types of serious thoughts about me—yet—but my good behavior can enter his subconscious, right?
“Jensen. I want to see you again.” He reaches across the table and touches the top of my right hand, his warm fingers practically burning my skin. I snatch my hand away from his, my fingers trembling as I clutch my hands together in my lap.
One casual touch from him and I feel like I’m going to erupt in flames.
It’s terrifying.

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Meet Monica:
Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.
She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she's not writing, she's reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She's a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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