Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Did it work?

Hey! I promised a before/after photo set of using EnvyDerm Lash Enhancement & Conditioning liquid liner. Did it work?

Before:

After:


 Before:

After:
It may have made my lashes a wee bit thicker, but it definitely made them longer.

Huzzah! 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Eye of the Week: Polyjuice



That's Printcess' Manuscript on my browbone, Printcess' Royals on my lid (I do love that color), and Mineral Basics' Secret Potion as a liner on my upper and outer-edge-lower lid. 
For added kapow, I used Maybelline Mega Plush Deep Velvets Volum' Express in Purple Velvet.


Dear mascara companies: please stop making your products with endless titles. Six word titles doesn't make you more awesome, it makes you sound more desperate.
Also, to Maybelline, this purple-hued mascara doesn't show up terribly well on dark-lashed gals.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

True Sol Omega 3 Fish Oil Review + Flash Giveaway



I wasn't sure what I could tell you about TrueSol Omega-3 supplement. And then I had them and OMG NO FISH BURPS!

It's actually lemony. I don't know how they do that. This is the first Omega-3 supplement I've had that was lemony, totally non-fishy.


Omega-3 is a really good supplement for you. If you didn't already know, it promotes heart health, brain function, reduces inflammation, decreases depression and stress, and promotes health skin.


TrueSol brand goes a bit further by using molecular distilling and no fillers, so you get all the benefits with no junk.


As you can see, the pills are a reasonable size (which is good, as one serving size is two pills).


Want to try these for yourself? TrueSol is generously offering one of you a free bottle of Omega-3.
YAY!
This is a quick one, so enter while you can! 
Good luck and good health

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway ends 9/15, and TrueSol will directly ship to the winner on 9/17


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

It's Swapoween Time!


It's that time again, Halloween-loving bloggers! The annual Chaotic Goddess Swaps SWAPOWEEN is open. Signups close this Monday the 15th (and the giveaway ends, too) so scamper on over and sign up.


Sign ups will open on September 8th, and close on September 15th.

You will be matched up with a blogger and exchange Halloween-themed goodies!

The package must contain at least 5 items and cost $20-$30 before shipping (to ensure relative value).

Packages will be sent by/on October 10th & 11th.
(US and Canadian bloggers only)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Book Review: The Privilege of the Sword

Synopsis according to GoodReads:

"Welcome to Riverside, where the aristocratic and the ambitious battle for power in the city's ballroom, brothels and boudoirs. Into this alluring world walks Katherine, a well-bred country girl versed in the rules of conventional society. Her mistake is thinking that they apply. For Katherine's host and uncle, Alec Campion, aka the Mad Duke Tremontaine, is in charge here--and to him, rules are made to be broken. When Alec decides it would be more amusing for his niece to learn swordplay than to follow the usual path to marriage, her world changes forever. Blade in hand, it's up to Katherine to navigate a maze of secrets and scoundrels and to gain the self-discovery that comes to those who master: the privilege of the sword."


The Privilege of the Sword was a stumble-upon book for me. The premise sounded interesting, and hey- girl with a sword!


This book was well-written in so many ways. Katherine (and Artemisia, and Marcus) were very well-developed characters who acted and reacted in realistic, three-dimensional ways. There was clearly a political backstory touched on in a previous novel, that created a backdrop to the main action, but the story didn't feel like it was missing anything crucial.


The only place this book fell short for me was the ending. It was rushed, and seemed like a lot of build up for a neat, happy ending. I don't know what it says about me that I was disappointed when no Good Guy was killed in the wake of Katherine's actions. I really thought her character climax would be more....more. And that the romance would develop more. Instead, it rushed through and tied itself up and left me wanting more.


Overall, I recommend this for fans of YA, especially with realistic female protagonists. This had honestly one of the best, most realistic handlings of a teenage girl's burgeoning sexuality that I've read in YA. I also recommend it for fans of fencing in the grand Renaissance style. It's swashbuckling fantasy, and I really hope Ellen Kushner continues the story of kick-ass Katherine.