Valentina Clay Mask: My Thoughts* With Coupon Code

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I’m always looking for a new way to make my pamper nights a little bit better. I love to grab a glass of wine, light some candles and take a nice bath to relax. And my favorite thing to do while taking a bath is to put on a face mask. It always makes me feel like I’m at a spa. Today was just a bad day: on top of getting no sleep, getting lost around town, and having to speed through some work before dinner, it turns out the gift I bought my mother got lost in transit!!! It’s been worked out now, and there’s a very slim chance she may get it there in time (but probably not). So I need a nice way to relax and spoil myself tonight.

And I choose to do so by trying out my new Valentia Skin Detoxifying Mask. The first thing I noticed was the strong smell that most masks have. It’s not a bad smell, not great either, but it’s strong. However, that’s pretty normal. It felt nice and smooth going on. You keep it on for 15-20 minutes and simply relax while it does its magic.

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Me Rocking My Mask

I waited about 18 minutes and then washed it off. I was honestly amazed at how soft and full my skin felt. Usually my skin just feels cleaner after using a clay mask, but I genuinely was impressed with how smooth my skin is (I still can’t stop touching my face!)

I would totally recommend this to a friend or anyone looking for a new clay mask. The great thing about this brand is that they are cruelty free and use natural ingredients. It’s also alcohol and paraben free.

My Review:

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Like what you see? You can purchase Valentia’s Detoxifying Clay Mask HERE. And BONUS! Valentia has give all my readers a 20% off code when you use the code MZCK2QN3 at checkout! This code is good for a month.

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Finding Fraser-An Outlander Inspired Adventure*

This book has everything going for it: travel, adventure, Outlander references, humor, and romance. However, while I enjoyed this book, something seemed to miss the mark. Don’t panic yet, I’m not saying it isn’t worth a read, even Diana Gabaldon gave her stamp of approval, but I did have some big issues with it.

And a fair warning that I did not receive: this book contains slight spoilers for the whole Outlander series, not just the 1st book. I did not know this going in and as I had just started reading the 2nd book I did unfortunately see some future spoilers. But they were small and I was able to skip over most of them.

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I wanted to love this book so bad, I really did. I kept reading and reading, but in the end it just didn’t grab me. The story follows a woman as she turns 29 and has just been broken up with. Since she has just been fired from her job, she decides to sell everything and head off to Scotland to find her favorite fictional character, Jamie faster from Outlander. The minute I read the description I thought there was no way I wouldn’t like it. And while it was fun, it was also underdeveloped. I felt like the characters were cartoon-ish and unrealistic.

I love Outlander, but what I was really excited about with this story is that she travels through out Scotland. I love travel and adventure books and was excited to visit Scotland vicariously through Emma, the main character. But after finishing the book, I still feel as if I don’t have a good picture of the country. She visits cool places, but the reader never gets a good idea of them and the visits don’t last long. It’s the same with the characters she meets. They’re there for a couple pages then gone. Or their names show up for a sentence or so once in a while.

My last complaint is with Emma herself, I just couldn’t relate to her. Although she is nearly 30, she comes of as a teenager. She felt naive to a fault and I almost couldn’t feel bad for her when something happened, because I could see it coming a mile away, but she couldn’t.

In the end, while it was predictable in some parts and Emma was hard for to relate to personally, It’s still a fun story. It was funny, made me want to travel, and was a light, quick read perfect for the reading on the beach or by the pool this summer. Outlander fans will still want to give this a try, it was written for us after all:)

My Rating:

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*I received a review copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions stated above are my own.

Hints of Pink for Spring

Spring is in the air! Spring is a magical season when the grey, dark days begin to give way to the bright colors of flowers and trees blooming, and the sun begins to shine more everyday. What comes to mind when you think of spring? For me it is a color, and it’s the color pink. Pink feels light and airy, just like Spring. Another place you can find the color pink is Glossier, a skin care and cosmetics line that offer a variety of beauty products. They puts skincare first and does so in a very cool girl way. I chose to showcase my own inspiration for the color and show you my pink favorites

Items Shown:

Ulta nail Polish in Freshwater Pearl

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

Eos Lip Balm

Covergirl Lipstick in Pearly Pink

Tokidoki Eyeliner in Donutella

YSL Touche Eclat Blur Protector

High beam Highlighter by Benefit

Posie Tint by Benefit

Rose Ring from Charlotte Russe

Below are Swatches of the Products:

My question to all of you is: what does the color pink mean to you? What do you think of when you think of Spring? Let me know in comments, I would love to see!

This post was not sponsored by any person or company.

Winter to Spring Favorites Part 1

It’s been a few months since I posted a favorites, so I have a huge back of things I would love to share with you. And even though it is officially spring, here in Michigan it is still cold and is actually snowing! Yes, it’s April and it’s snowing, this southerner is very unhappy. So I thought it would be fun to do a 3 part series of my favorites that I accumulated over the winter and share them with you now and give you some ideas for keeping cozy and entertained on these still cool spring days. I hope you enjoy it!

(Note: this next bit was actually written in January and I kept it because I thought it was hilarious. Can you tell I had a hard time adjusting to my home? LOL!)

A quick disclaimer: There’s going to be a lot of entertainment things listed here instead of beauty and fashion. It’s freezing here in Michigan and very very snowy out here by the lake. So as a result, I haven’t left the house much in the last month. And yeah I’m so slowly descending into madness here, with only Netflix as an attempt to delay it. Can y’all relate? Or are you lucky enough to live somewhere warm and sunny right now?

2016 Planner

 
I’m obsessed with lists and writing things down. I also use planners are journals and write little daily notes in them. I bought this from Target and it’s by BLANK. It was so cute, and is organized just the way I like it. This can always be found right next to me and on my bed stand.

Outlander Coloring Book

I finally finished this book earlier this month (and I’m writing up a review I promise!) And I bought this with some Christmas money, because come on, who could resist this? I absolutely love it! I’ve always using coloring as a calming tool, even before it came cool. But, I find myself getting bored with them very quickly. This one has kept my attention though, and is so fun. I think it’s the fact that there are excerpts from the book by each page and it follows the book so well. This is a must have for any Outlander lovers out there!

Work Out Shirt

I have to decided to try to get into shape this year and to help me along I bought this tank to work out in. I bought it off amazon and it was very cheap, which worried me at first. However, the quality is great, it has been washed several time and the design has not started to rub off yet.

30 Day Waist Trainer Challenge

I love Cassie and have been following PopPilates for a couple of years now. I haven’t complete one of the challenges yet, so I thought it would be fun to do this and kick off my health goals for the new year. It’s been difficult, but it’s the last week and I can already see a difference! I’m more toned, and feel like I have more stamina than before starting it. Although this isn’t going on anymore she has lots of fun things on her channel right now as well!

Chelsea Does

To Watch: Chelsea Does:

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I’m a huge fan of Chelsea Handler, I love how blunt her comedy is and was sad to see her late show end. I was really excited for this to come out on Netflix and was disappointed that there are only 4 episodes; I was hoping for more. I manages to binge them all in one day and I have to say she did an amazing job on this show. It’s funny, educational and well done. I hope she makes more in the future!

Penny Dreadful

Penny Dreadful, new horror on showtime, about who knows?:

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I loved Season 1 of this show, so I was concerned that the 2nd season might not live up to it. I will say that i felt it was different from season 1, but it was still fantastic. I love these charters so much and the Gothic style of the show. I’m so happy there will be a season 3 in May.

Phone Case

 
So the night I actually got out of the house and went partying, I broke my phone case. It was driving me insane and immediately started looking for a new one. but, I’m very picky and wasn’t happy with anything I found. It’s hard finding cute cases for the iPhone 5s now. I found this one at Target, and I’m not gonna lie I was totally settling on this, because i couldn’t find anything else cute and sturdy as well. However, once I put on my phone I fell in love. I actually love the print and the colors, and it’s a nice slim fit. Plus, it feels sturdy, so I’m not afraid of dropping my phone.

Elephant Pants

My mom and I are obsessed with elephants. And so it was a really cute surprise when an elephant pants surprise box arrived at my house. I love comfy these are and they are cute! I’ll do a review of the surprise box here soon. Plus, the donate a part of the fund to help save elephants, which is the best part!

Agent Carter

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The first season was amazing! And if you haven’t checked it out, you really should. This season is pretty good as well, and I love that the wit and humor is still there. I hope that this show gets a 3rd season it deserves it!

Teen Mom OG

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The original 16 and Pregnant came out when I was 16/17 and I feel like the girls on the show and I grew up together. I have always loved the original cast and I was excited to see they were back for another season.

Reign

I started this show last night and let me tell you it is BITCHIN!!!!! Perfect for binge watching!!! ugh I wish i had been born during this era!!:

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I love historical dramas and Tudor-like shows and movies. When I saw this on Netflix I knew I had to watch it. I will admit that the quality is slightly lacking with it being a CW show, but it’s easy to look over. Another thing that bothers me is that I feel like that clothes are not historically accurate, but hey are cute, so I look over that too. Overall, though, this is a fun and entertaining show. And I really like it.

Shelter Dogs in a Photobooth

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This is a super cute book featuring a bunch of shelter dogs in pictures. It gives a little description of each dog and when they were adopted. I love the idea of this book and that it is bring awareness to adoption and dog shelters. It ‘s a wonderful way to pass a grey day, and it will make you smile. Plus, some of the proceeds from each book purchased will go to the Utah Human Society.

Lair of Dreams

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This is the sequel to The Diviners, and I have to say this took me much longer to get through than the 1st book. I think it has something to do with having to read it second to my book club reads. It’s long, but I really enjoyed it. You get to meet some new characters, and find out more about our main character’s past. My only peeve with this book and that will the man in the stove pipe hat was mentioned quite a bit, we still no nothing about him. It like it’s being dragged out a bit, but I’m really looking forward to next one. Plus, it’s set in the 1920s and it so fun to read.

Drinking in America: Our Secret History

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This was my January read for my book club. A first was skeptical, I don’t usually read a lot of non fiction and I was afraid it was going to read like a text book. But the author is actually very funny, and this was an enlightening look at our early history. Who knew how much alcohol had an affect on our country? It’s relatively short and I recommend it to anyone who like history or is interested in the history of alcohol.

 

So here are the things that helped make the grey, depressing Michigan winter days a little bit more bearable for me. What were your January favorites? Let me know in the comments! Also, what do you think about this series? Do you think it’s a good idea?

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Outlander Review

This has been a long time coming. I actually bought this book over a year ago, but didn’t read it until it was chosen as the 1st book my book club wanted to read. I was excited to finally pick this up and discover what all the hype was about. It was quite what I was expecting, but it was definitely a crazy ride.

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I have to admit that I went into this having no idea what his story was about. So imagine my surprise when I discovered it included time travel. but I have to say that was one of my favorite parts about this book; it was something different. I don’t think I have read anything similar to this.

Although this is a very long, detailed book I fell in love it and the characters, particularly Jamie. The world the Diana creates is so rich and full of history and culture, that once you pick it up you leave your world completely and are immersed in hers. Not many books can make me feel so attached to it, but that’s how i felt reading it and there for was always looking for way to drop everything and get back to reading it.

The main characters are Claire and Jamie. Since I want this to be spoiler free I won’t go into much detail about them except how I felt about them. While I liked Claire, I couldn’t relate to her very well. I felt like she was a little too detached and was all to easy able to adapt to the time change and her surroundings. As for Jamie, he may be my new favorite fictional character. He has a very well rounded personality, and is someone you who can really root for and rally for. He’s also very funny and charming. The antagonist is Captain Jack Randall and may be one of the evil characters ever written. If you have a faint heart, or are easily offended, I don’t recommend you read this. It does have torture and rape, and may be a bit much for some people, so i feel it’s only fair you be warned because I was not.

If you haven’t read this yet, I truly recommend that you do, I think this will soon be considered a classic. If you’ve seen this book and it looks a little daunting to you, Starz has made into a show and I have to say it is one the best book adaptions I have ever seen. They keep it very close to the book and the acting and scenery in fantastic. Even my husband couldn’t get enough. Plus, the new season which is the second book, premieres this month, April 9th.

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I took off one star due to some of the graphic depictions, which I felt were a little hard to read and the extreme amount of sex, which got eye roll worthy towards the end due to how often it happened.

Have you read this book or series yet? What are your thoughts on it?

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March Makeup and Skincare Haul

Last month was birthday and as per birthday tradition I made my way towards my closest Sephora to grab my beauty insider birthday present. And of course I had to pick some extra goodies as well. I also bought a few things from the drugstore this month as well. And I’m still testing these out, but reviews will be coming soon!

Products listed below


Products:

Gwen Stefani Eye shadow Palette by Urban Decay

Gwen Stefani Lipstick and Lip Liner in Wonderland by Urban Decay

Gwen Stefani Sample Lipsticks

Kat Von D Studded Lipstick in Magic (Sample)

Kat Von D Eyeliner in Trooper (Sample)

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer

NYX HD Concealer in Lilac (for brightening), Green (correct redness), and
Light

Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Marc Jacob Sample Set with Eyeliner and Lipstick

L’Oreal Lumi Cushion Foundation in N2

Baggie Full of Skin Care Goodies

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With Malice Book Review*

*I was given a review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in return for a HONEST review

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Author: Eileen Cook

Pages: 320

Published: June 7th 2016

Recommended If You Like: Thrillers, Mystery, Travel

I jumped at the chance to request this as soon as I read an excerpt from the Buzz Books 2016 Young Adult version for spring/summer. The reason I was so excited for this was because it reminded me of We Were Liars. I loved that book and have been looking for books that will give a similar reading experience ever since. I really thought that this was going to give me, but I’m not sure if it was quite what I was expecting.

The plot of this book is that Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital bed with no memory of the past month or so. Last she remembers, she was getting ready to go on a trip with a school program to Italy with her best friend Simone. However, she learns that she has already been to Italy, and something horrible happened and Jill may be to blame. Now with no memory, she must work to prove her innocence to her friends, family, and the whole world.

I love the lay out of this book as it’s a mystery/thriller unraveling before your eyes the entire book. It’s marketed towards people who enjoyed We Were Liars and The Girl on the Train to give you an idea of what it is like. I will say that it did keep me glued to it and that I breezed through this fairly quickly so I could figure out the ending. However, I didn’t feel like this was as thrilling as those books. It builds up slowly and sometimes it felt like it was dragging. I also don’t feel like it was as thought out as those books, and the plot twists weren’t as dramatic as I expected.

But, I really enjoyed it, and it’s a fun read. I like the format of the how we learn new evidence and information. There is excepts from a guide book, Facebook conversations, a blog, and police interviews. This made it a lot more interesting, and when they popped up I got excited and read faster because I know something new and important was about to be revealed. If you like mysteries and thrillers, and piecing things together to find out what happened, then this book is for you. I also loved the descriptions of Italy, and was a nice added bonus. And that cover!!! Wow, it’s just absolutely breathtaking. I feel like this will fly off the shelf just from people seeing the cover, they did an excellent job with it.

My Rating:

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The reason I knocked off 2 stars is because I felt like the writing was a little underdeveloped and the ending, which is one that some will be completely satisfied with and love, while others will not.

Are looking forward to this being released? And let me know if you enjoy thrillers/mysteries. I’m just getting into the genre and I love it so far!

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