2018 new Essence Fall release haul

Hello dear reader,

long time no see, but I will try to post at least once a month starting from now. This post will be the first one after the summer break and will be new makeup related.

Let me introduce you to those gorgeous items.

Essence is one of my favorite brands of drugstore makeup. They have good quality items that are easy on the pocket.

This autumn essence finally brought up their versions on metallic liquid lipsticks and metallic eyeshadows.

The eyeshadows on swatch are very good, I did not try them yet, as I just got them, but I saw couple of Youtube reviews and they seem to be good too. Love the chrome effect. Just a small worming if you go into the store to test them your hands might be covered in glitter after that. I have the colors 1 zink about you (gold-ish one), 02 ironic (more copper then the first one) and 05 lead me (steel silver). Оn the swatch above the first two look alike, but in pan and swatched on the skin are different.

The lipsticks are ok too. I tried them yesterday, but probably will need to put a balm before using them  as they tend to dry out the lips and exaggerate the fine lines. Please keep in mind that I tried them only once and am willing to give them another chance as the colors are gorgeous and the packaging gives me Kylie Cosmetics vibes. I have the colors 01 sweet tin (rose gold on the left in the swatch) and 04 iron heart (red with gold particles) 

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2018 Review NEW TV Show “The Outpost”

 

Dear reader,

If you managed to look through the internet and stumble upon this review of the new series, then welcome and be prepared as you will not find me writing praises about it, but lets first start with a short description of the series:

“The Outpost follows Talon (Jessica Green), the lone survivor of a race called ‘Blackbloods.’ Years after her entire village is destroyed by a gang of brutal mercenaries, Talon travels to a lawless fortress on the edge of the civilized world, as she tracks the killers of her family. On her journey to this outpost, Talon discovers she possesses a mysterious supernatural power that she must learn to control in order to save herself, and defend the world against a fanatical religious dictator.”

Sounds interesting, right? You would think it should be a great fantasy TV Show. When you know what you can do with technology today and what channels (CW TV and SyFy acquired the rights to show it) it’s on, you would imagine it would be great, after all Vampire Diaries and Killjoys run on those channels too, but that’s not the case here.

This series feels like some low budged fan fiction.

The trailer looks better than the show itself. The fight scene in the first episode is so bad, as if filmed by I don’t know children… The actors and actresses are bad too. Bland emotions on their faces and so cliché for 2018.The old Fantasy shows like “Xena: Worrier Princess” (1995-2001) and Hercules (1995-1999) were way much better and they were shows from the 90’s. The pilot of the “Legend of the Seeker “ (2008-2010) was way way better than this one.

It did not manage to grab my attention at all and for a big network series it’s a full disappointment for me. I thought I would give the second episode a chance but it did only strengthened my opinion of a failure about it and I will not waist any more time on it.

All in all if I need to rate it I will give it 2 out of 10, do not waste your time with it. It did not deliver and it will not in the future. If someone would ask me I would tell them re-cast it, find someone who can has experience with effects and if its about the money find a good investor and re-do it, that’s it.

If you have watched it and you disagree with me please share your opinion in a comment below, will be glad to read it.

 

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2018 Disappointing product Missha DIY mask

Hi dear reader,

this post will be a short and painless one.

I did want to try those kind of masks where you combine a powder and a gel mixture to get a peel off mask. I love Korean makeup and skincare and I use Missha’s Sheet masks, but this concoction was the worst.

I first thought great lets check it out: I opened it combined the parts as described and it smell great, but after I put it on my skin (bare in mind I have dry skin so I wanted to get some moisture) and it started to sting. I thought its ok it probably does it work that’s why.

When I removed the mask (it peel off without any issues) my skin was red and irritated and I started to cough. It did go away after couple of minutes, but if you have sensitive skin and you are allergic, I would not recommend it for you.

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2018 First-Try On – Makeup Revolution Small Hall

Hello dear reader,

today’s post will be about Makeup Revolution London. This is a drugstore brand, famous to do a “dupes” of other more pricey brands as example Two Face.

This spring I am drawn to more red-ish and coral tones. I did not want to invest in Urban Decay Naked Heat (I did not like it live in Sephora) so I looked and looked. I did purchase Lime Crime Venus XL, but did not get it yet. On the site I look very often, there was a free delivery when you do a purchase over a specific sum and I did research the items previously so I decided to take the leap.

Here we go I bought Soph X eye-shadow and the highlighter palette.

The eye shadow palette has 24 shadows. 14 matte and 10 shimmer shadows. Bellow are the swatches. Loved the matte once. They are creamy and smooth

 

I did swatch each row from the upper corner left to right each row downwards 

First row does not look very good as the colors are melting with my skin and you can see only the shimmers. Loved the last 4 colors on the second raw.

First raw left to right: penguin, pancakes, fairy lights, pink champagne, iced coffee, cuppa tea.

Second raw: grow old, sparks fly, smokey bronze, mixed berries, tiramisu, peaches

Third raw: cloudberry (looks from far mat, but has golden particles) pumpkin, pine tree, petrol, pug, danger

Last raw: strawberry sweets, festive flame, copper coin, mug cake. rosewood and nightmare

My favorites are: iced coffee, pumpkin, strawberry sweets, festive flame and smokey bronze. Cannot wait to try them on my eyes.

The highlighter palette looks very promising too:

 

but only some of the colors will go on my cheeks the rest probably will be used as shadows.

So here are my thoughts on the collection: packaging very nice looking. Shadows matte once smooth and creamy me, shimmer – pigmented except for couple (pine tree I expected more, but will see how it applies on the eyes). Finger swatches were good, but need to see how they will go on the eyes. Highlighters – smooth but the second color on the upper raw was a little bit lacking for my taste, will see later how it goes on the face. 

I might make a review post but that will be much later …

If you have tried them, please let me know what you really think about them, that would be great! Thank you for reading this post and till next time … Bye 

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2018 Book review Alanea Alder’s “My One and Only”

Dear Reader,

today I will review the 10th  book from Alanea Alder’s “Bewitched and Bewildered” – “My One and Only”

In short about the series: its a paranormal romance with a dust of magic, fantasy and pinch of edgy humor. Its a series of books, that will make you laugh out loud and will not let you sleep until you finish it. I would advice you to read the books in order. You can find the order on Goodreads or on Alanea’s site

This book is the story of Micah and Serenity (love her name, it sounds so deep, mysterious and magical. Its a 100% match in my opinion for her character). Micah is the witch worrier in the vampire city Noctem Falls and Serenity is his destined mate. As always they need to work together to help the others find a way to take steps further in their war against darkness and in the same time to start their lives together. 

What did I like about the book: I loved that we get a hint on the mystery about who is behind all the trouble. Loved Meryn as always. Loved the charisma of Micah (he seems so happy and cheerful, but in this book we did see that he has more to him, that meets the eye). Loved how Serenity mixed with the other girls and how she rounded out the group in Noctem Falls. All characters in the series complete each other. Loved how they added new members to their family and how the story progresses.

What I missed and what I liked to have included: missed Felix. The books did go with each one a little bit too focused on the day to day life of the group. I got the feeling that is the point: the group is the center and not the pairs by themselves.  I would like it (the book) to be a little bit more concentrated on the pairs and the development of their love like in the first 4 books. It feels like each book we get new pair, they accept each other at once, do not have too many troubles between each other, then they are accepted in the group and they move forward to find a way to win the war. At some points we have Meryn in the center and she gives them the push. Is she the only one that has brains in the series? I do not think so. I do love her, but again the new “girls” should have more attention on them as the new books are more or less about them.

If Alanea reads this I would like to ask her to make a tree with the characters from each city and include it at the first page of the books, so when we get the book we will know who was who.

All in all I loved the book, will read it again sometime later and will definitely purchase the next. Cannot wait to see what will happen in the Fae City Éire Danu.  

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2018 L’Oreal Purify & Unclog Face Scrub Review

Dear reader,

today I want to review this new product I purchased from L’Oreal Paris.

This is the new Purify and Unclog Face Scrub from the Pure Sugar Line. It’s a scrub that you can use on your face and lips. For long time I was looking for a nice  scrub for my lips, so when those different scrubs came out I purchased this, the “smooth and glow” and the “nourish and soften” one. In this post I will review the kiwi one.

When I saw the commercial I was like wow I need to have this one. When I open it I was surprised by the nice smell. It looked delicious. I tried it already couple of times and for me at least it works – my face and lips feel nourished and not dry at all and also smoother then before.  

The texture is like a sugar gel. You take a little to a dry face and then massage it until you feel that the sugar has melted. After that rinse it and done. Skin feels fresh and nice. I use it once a week and follow with L’Oreal Pure Clay  “Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask” for best results. Now after couple of weeks my skin looks better no visible dry patches. My lips are smoother and liquid lipstick looks nicer on them. Cannot say much about the pores, but I still love it and will recommend it to try it out.

When I try the other once I might review them too, but for now I want to use up this one first and then the others. 

I hope this review is helpful, have a nice day and until next time…

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2018 Book review – Nora Roberts “Year One”

Hey there world,

today I wanted to share a book review on a book I recently read.

I love Nora Roberts books. She was one of the first authors I started to read in school and I love how she combines romance with a bit of mystery and magic in some of her books so when I found out that there is a new book and the premise was promising I decided to buy it and give it a try (normally I am not a fan of series, I like more stand alone books).

There will be spoilers ahead so you can stop here if you wish….

Are you still with me?

Year one starts with a family celebrating New Year’s Eve in Scotland and the mans hunting for pheasants for the celebratory evening meal. One of the man kills a bird, that falls into a stone circle and a wind blows (something magical is waking up) . The family celebrates but the man starts to feel unwell. In the morning the family says their goodbyes and everyone returns to their homes. The man who shoot the bird gets very ill. He and his wife think that it is a normal virus , but they are wrong. They both die and many more follow. It is a pandemic…

That is the first part of the book. It shows how the sickness progresses and we get to know our main characters and what happens with them in the next parts of the book…

I will not get too much in details of the progress of the book, instead of that I what to share what I loved and what I did not like that much.

I loved the beginning. We see how the world is building. Loved that it was separated in parts so we can have a different flow of building episodes, and I wanted to read it to the end, but that’s it.

Unfortunately this book disappointed me. We have too much characters. At one time I needed to stop reading so I can try to remember who was who.

It seems that Max and Lana are the main characters, but why then have so much history development on Fred, Jonah, Arlys and Kate’s babies? There was a part in the book where Max was killed and the others might be too and according to the synopsis of the second book there is no hint that some of them are still alive. After this moment the book jumped forward in Lana being the most probably only survivor (she fled to save her unborn child after Max was killed in an attack on the place all the characters lived in) and giving birth to a daughter living and in love with Simon (new character coming out of nowhere) and the promise to have a second book with Falon’s (Max and Lana’s daughter and the One) story.

I feel like the book has good start and then too many fillers and unsatisfying ending. I will probably check the second book to only see if some of the characters will return and how.

If I need to rate this book it will be 3 out of 5 stars because it had good start, but then feeld chopped and the flaw for me at least was lost.

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