Monthly Archives: July 2015

Lush : Big Blue Bath Bomb [ REVIEW ]

One of my *unofficial* goals for 2015 is to relax more. As the great Leonardo da Vinci once said, ‘Every now and then go away and have a little relaxation. To remain constantly at work will diminish your judgement.” What is more relaxing close to home than a luxurious bath?  This year I will review products from my fav shop that makes fresh and handmade beauty goods, Lush! So draw up a bath, get a good book and a glass of wine, and let’s relax!

The Big Blue Bath Bomb from Lush is incredible. This bath bomb leaves your skin feeling soothed and soft because of the real seaweed, and the addition of sea salt helps rid your body of toxins. The water turns a bright blue so it is easy to imagine yourself lounging on a warm Caribbean beach- (if only). Lavender and lemon oil help relax and energize- not to mention it smells fantastic.

This bath bomb fizzes quickly, releasing the Arame seaweed (Eisenia arborea) which is a type of kelp. Fun fact- this kelp is harvested in Japan, Peru and the North Pacific Coast and their mineral content can include calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc. They are also rich in vitamins. Once the seaweed is released in the water, the seaweed softens and releases its nutrients. Love this bath bomb, I will be purchasing it again!

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Mother’s Day Lush Products I’ve tested:

Rose Bubble Bar, Secret Garden Bath Bomb, Mother Superior Bubble Bar

Easter Lush Products I’ve tested:

Immaculate Eggception, Golden Egg, Fluffy Egg, Bunch of Carrots, Bubblegrub

Other Lush Products I’ve tested:

Blackberry Bath BombTwilight Bath Bomb, Sakura Bath Bomb, Phoenix Rising, Honey Bee Bath Bomb

*This post is not sponsored

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Click here to see my goals for 2015

You can also see my goals for 2014, 2013, 2012 and my bucket list!

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Lush : Space Girl Bath Bomb [ REVIEW ]

One of my *unofficial* goals for 2015 is to relax more. As the great Leonardo da Vinci once said, ‘Every now and then go away and have a little relaxation. To remain constantly at work will diminish your judgement.” What is more relaxing close to home than a luxurious bath?  This year I will review products from my fav shop that makes fresh and handmade beauty goods, Lush! So draw up a bath, get a good book and a glass of wine, and let’s relax!

The Space Girl bath bomb is pretty dreamy. Sadly it is one of Lush’s products that is on the chopping block to make room for new products, so if you want one get it quickly! Immediately after hitting the water it starts fizzing like mad and turns the bath water gorgeous shades or magenta and red until it all comes together as a beautiful glittery purple. The smell of grapefruit oil is yummy, and the shimmer ‘stardust’ in the bath bomb is very discreet. This bomb also is supposed to have popping blackcurrant candies – but mine must have been a dud. However, the other properties more than made up for the lack of them!

This bath bomb, shaped like Saturn is really out of this world. 😉

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Mother’s Day Lush Products I’ve tested:

Rose Bubble Bar, Secret Garden Bath Bomb, Mother Superior Bubble Bar

Easter Lush Products I’ve tested:

Immaculate Eggception, Golden Egg, Fluffy Egg, Bunch of Carrots, Bubblegrub

Other Lush Products I’ve tested:

Blackberry Bath BombTwilight Bath Bomb, Sakura Bath Bomb, Phoenix Rising, Honey Bee Bath Bomb

*This post is not sponsored

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Click here to see my goals for 2015

You can also see my goals for 2014, 2013, 2012 and my bucket list!

‘Ice Kissed’ by Amanda Hocking [ REVIEW ]

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One of my goals for 2015 is to get back to my roots and read more books. As the great Frederick Douglass said, ‘Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.’ Books are a passion – nay, an obsession of mine and always have been. I grew up in the library and my parents fostered my love of reading and learning. With books I have lived a thousand lives, found myself absorbed in different worlds, and learned immensely more than I could have otherwise. So put up your feet, grab a good paperback and let’s get reading!

The YA novel ‘Ice Kissed’ is the sequel to ‘Frostfire‘ – together they make up the first two novels in the Kanin Chronicles by Amanda Hocking.  This novel picks up right where ‘Frostfire’ left off. Our heroine Bryn Aven refuses to give up on her dream of serving the kingdom she loves by being a tracker, even though she is usually disrespected by her clan because of her mixed heritage. The fact that she is half Skojare puts her in the position of traveling to the glittering palace of the Skojare tribe to help them revamp their security after their queen goes missing. The Skojare people need protection from the same brutal enemy that’s been threatening the Kanin, and Bryn is there to investigate what really happened to the queen.

Byrn’s boss Ridley Dresden, (forbidden romantic interest) is overseeing the mission, and as they grow closer they throw caution to the wind. Delving deeper into the Skojare world, they begin to unravel a long-hidden secret. The dark truth about her own beloved Kanin tribe is about to come to light, and it’ll change her place in it forever…and threaten everyone she loves. I can’t give more away without ruining it, but I will say that I can’t wait for the final book in the Kanin Chronicles to be released in August so I can find out what happens next!

3-and-half-Star-Rating

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‘Frostfire’ by Amanda Hocking [ REVIEW ]

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One of my goals for 2015 is to get back to my roots and read more books. As the great Frederick Douglass said, ‘Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.’ Books are a passion – nay, an obsession of mine and always have been. I grew up in the library and my parents fostered my love of reading and learning. With books I have lived a thousand lives, found myself absorbed in different worlds, and learned immensely more than I could have otherwise. So put up your feet, grab a good paperback and let’s get reading!

‘Frostfire’ by Amanda Hocking caught me by surprise. It’s really good. Apparently this series is a spin off of another of her series, the Trylle trilogy (which I now have on hold at my local library.) It’s set in a world within our own, but these people are actually trolls, (but not the ugly kind), descended from Scandinavia and at home now in Canada and in northern areas of the United States of America. Our heroine is Bryn Aven, a tough independent nineteen year old, who doesn’t feel like she really belongs in the Kanin tribe, being half Skojare. There are six tribes of trolls, living separately- and they DO NOT intermarry. Her mother was disowned from the Skojare for marrying her father and they live in the Kanin tribe with her father who has been forgiven for marrying out of the tribe. Her heritage makes her stand out, and puts her at a disadvantage, but Bryn works twice as hard for what she wants — to be a top-ranking ‘tracker’ and eventually join the elite guard charged with protecting the city, the Högdragen.

Her main task as a tracker is to find and bring back ‘changlings’ – teenagers who were switched at birth with human babies born into wealthy families. In this way they take with them their trust funds and other assets and thus the tribe is monetarily boosted. As awful as that is, Bryn is fine with continuing the tradition because she understands it to be the tribe’s main source of income. There is one problem though- Konstantin, a fallen Högdragen hero she once admired has begun kidnapping changelings. Also, she’s falling for her boss – normally discouraged, but it could also get them banished from their tribe. What is a girl (troll) who just wants to succeed in her chosen career and kiss her boss to do?

Amanda Hocking has created a world in a world that blurs the lines between the real world and the imaginative one. The creation of the “what if” made the story that much more interesting. The ‘romance’ was well written, and each of the characters had some depth to a certain extent. I’m sure reading this book before her first series in this world will be strange, but it stood on it’s own.

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July ArtSnacks Unboxing [ 2015 ]

July Artsnacks

One of my goals for 2015 is to sketch more. I’ve always loved art, whether it was admiring other’s work or creating my own. Over the past year I have been taking online classes through Sketchbook Skool. I found out about it before the first class and I’ve taken all three (plus currently their Bootkamp) that they have offered. They have inspired me to capture the everyday. They also inspired me to try new materials which has me on the hunt for the ‘perfect’ sketchbook as well as new products.

I loved June’s Artsnacks box, there were several items I had never seen before and they were so much fun to play with!

Ironlak Pump Action Marker

This marker is incredible. The flow of paint is flawless, but dries quickly. It is water soluble, so you can manipulate the paint further with a wet brush.

Aristo DK2 Mechanical Pencil

Aristo is an Austrian brand specializing in high-quality drafting supplies. I’m very familiar with drafting pencils – and this one is high quality.

Touch Twin Brush Marker

This pen features a flexible brush nib on one end and a medium-wide chisel nib on the other.

Marino Watercolor Pencil by Cretacolor

This watercolor pencil is one in a family of 36 colors. It worked well enough, but I’ve been more impressed with other brands.

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*I ordered the ArtSnacks Travel Collection box, a one time special box which has full size products (of unknown status) that are perfect for traveling. It will ship the week of July 6th so I’ll be posting about it soon afterward!

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Click to see my ArtSnacks unboxing for: February, March, April, May, June

*This post is not sponsored

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Click here to see my goals for 2015

You can also see my goals for 2014, 2013, and 2012 and my bucket list!

Lush : Honey Bee Bath Bomb [ REVIEW ]

One of my *unofficial* goals for 2015 is to relax more. As the great Leonardo da Vinci once said, ‘Every now and then go away and have a little relaxation. To remain constantly at work will diminish your judgement.” What is more relaxing close to home than a luxurious bath?  This year I will review products from my fav shop that makes fresh and handmade beauty goods, Lush! So draw up a bath, get a good book and a glass of wine, and let’s relax!

The Honey Bee Bath Bomb from Lush was pretty great. It’s one of their best sellers, and I can see why. The scent is of honey and toffee – while it dissipated quickly – was heavenly while it lasted. Even better was the Moroccan Rhassoul mud to gently cleanse and soften your skin and the calming aloe vera that makes the bath water silky soft. These bath bombs are packed with skin soothing honey keep your skin moisturized. The feeling on your skin after the bath is better than the bath itself!

Although the water turns a dehydrated pee yellow (ehh) and the scent didn’t last very long for me, I will be purchasing this bath bomb again! No other Lush bath bomb has made my skin quite that soft after.

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Mother’s Day Lush Products I’ve tested:

Rose Bubble Bar, Secret Garden Bath Bomb, Mother Superior Bubble Bar

Easter Lush Products I’ve tested:

Immaculate Eggception, Golden Egg, Fluffy Egg, Bunch of Carrots, Bubblegrub

Other Lush Products I’ve tested:

Blackberry Bath BombTwilight Bath Bomb, Sakura Bath Bomb, Phoenix Rising

*This post is not sponsored

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Click here to see my goals for 2015

You can also see my goals for 2014, 2013, 2012 and my bucket list!

‘Landry Park’ by Bethany Hagen [ REVIEW ]

Landry Park

One of my goals for 2015 is to get back to my roots and read more books. As the great Frederick Douglass said, ‘Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.’ Books are a passion – nay, an obsession of mine and always have been. I grew up in the library and my parents fostered my love of reading and learning. With books I have lived a thousand lives, found myself absorbed in different worlds, and learned immensely more than I could have otherwise. So put up your feet, grab a good paperback and let’s get reading!

Landry Park‘ by Bethany Hagen is set 200 years in the future in an America that is fragmented, taken over by the Eastern Empire as far inland from the West as Colorado. It is set in my adopted town of Kansas City (which makes it very interesting to read some of the settings)- and centers around seventeen year old Madeline Landry. A caste system has been set in place by Madeline’s ancestor who created the nuclear power that runs all of the homes of the wealthy. There are farmers, servants and shopkeepers- but then there are the Rootless. They are the homeless population, the lowest caste who must collect the nuclear charges from the homes which shortens their lifespan immensely.

This book is the first by Hagen and although it is not as good as others similar to it such as The Selection Series or The Kanin Chronicles, it is a pretty good first novel. It can be overly explanatory but interestingly enough but much of the time doesn’t go enough in depth. We don’t hear much of the side of the Rootless or the servants and therefore it only scratches the surface of what it could be. If only we could have chapters from Madeline’s maid Elinor, the book would be so much more interesting. None of the characters have much depth, especially the two men in Madeline’s pseudo-love triangle. However- a few days after finishing this book I’m still thinking about it, for all of the faults it was still a fun read that leaves you wondering what will happen next. Because of this I will definitely be reading the sequel once it comes out!

3-stars-out-of-5

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Click here to see my goals for 2015

You can also see my goals for 2014, 2013, 2012 and my bucket list!