Skincare+Giveaway

I don’t think I’ve done a giveaway on this blog in the 4 years I’ve been running it. If you ask me I think it’s long overdue to offer you guys some goodies.

As you all know I love skincare and especially skincare with natural ingredients. I also love Etsy shops so when I came across Jessica’s I knew I had to do something beyond an Etsy Shop Spotlight. Check out her Etsy shop HERE and her website HERE to learn more about products!

ENTER HERE: Moon Mother Medicinals Skincare giveaway

 

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Here’s the list of things one lucky winner will receive here’s what’s included in The complete Set of Magic Mugwort & Rose Facial care:

Moisturizing Face Serum
This extremely moisturizing and nourishing face serum is a magical and precious blend of the finest oils for skincare.
To Use: Rub 1-2 drops onto clean skin
Ingredients: Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, essential oils of Rose, Carrot Seed, Mugwort and Jasmine and Essences of Full Moon, Rose & Rose Quartz

Herbal Manuka Honey Face Wash
This herbal honey face wash is so magical and amazing for your skin that you will never want to use another face cleanser again. Manuka honey makes an excellent facial cleanser and toner. It is mild enough to be used on a regular basis and better than chemical cleaners any day. The hygroscopic nature of honey draws out the dirt and grime trapped in the hair follicles and facilitates the free flow of natural oils. Manuka honey has a pH around 4.5 which helps lower the skin pH, keeping it optimally acidic. Alkalinity makes the skin dry and prone to eczema and other skin disorders. Antibacterial and antifungal action of manuka honey help to control the microbial overload in the skin pores and prevents acne. With the addition of Rose Clay this cleanser draws impurities from the skin as the powdered oats and herbs gently exfoliate and nourish the skin with their anti-inflammatory and healing properties.
When using as a mask apply manuka honey in a thin layer and work it in. It helps to cover the face with a wet towel wrung out in warm water. This will make the honey penetrate deeper into the skin. It also allows the honey to hydrate the skin by drawing in water and acting as a humectant. Use a moisturizer after washing off the honey.
Ingredients: Manuka Honey, Rose Clay, Gluten Free Oats, Rose, Calendula, Lavender, Mugwort and Essences of Full Moon, Rose and Rose Quartz for Unconditional Self Love

Mask & Cleansing Grains
This Rose Clay and Oat based can be used weekly as a mask or 2-3 times a week as a gentle exfoliant to renew, cleanse and protect the skin.
French Rose Clay with rhassoul is a gentle, exfoliating and polishing treatment appropriate for all skin conditions. Actively draws pimples and blackheads to the surface leaving skin clear, clean and refreshed. Clay is alive. It is rich in silica, calcium, iron and magnesium. It shimmers with electromagnetic energy. Used for thousands of years to treat skin, it is appropriate for all skin conditions. Clay loosens clogged pores drawing impurities to the surface without dissolving the protective epidermal layer. It exfoliates dry, dead skin cells increasing tone and clarity. It absorbs excess oil, refines and softens fine lines and wrinkles, and fades the appearance of hyper-pigmentation and scarring. Highly mineralized, French Rose Clay provides deep nourishment to help support and strengthen the cells of the skin. It also increases circulation and oxygenation to the surface of the skin. The herbal combination of rose, calendula, lavender and mugwort has a nourishing and beautifying effect due to anti-inflammatory and healing properties.
To use as a mask mix 2 tbsp and enough water to make a paste and apply to the skin and let dry. rinse with warm water after about 15 minutes.
Ingredients: Rose Clay, Gluten Free Oats, Rose, Calendula, Lavender, Mugwort & Essences of Full Moon, Rose & Rose Quartz for Unconditional Self Love
Moon Mother Medicinals products are always made with 100% organic or wildcrafted ingredients.

*****Due to the nature of Mugwort- these products should not be used while pregnant or intending to become pregnant

 


Jessica also wanted you all to know more about her so here is her bio:

“I am a postpartum doula and mother of a pagan family. I am a certified herbalist and nutrition consultant focused on new family wellness. My daughters and I make all of the products according to the moon phases, mixing and infusing on the new moon, decanting and harvesting with the full. Although I have been making herbal medicines, flower, moon & gem essences and body products for so many years, I have just recently turned it into a business. The 13 moon phase essences are extremely unique in that they are the only set of essences completely focused on the moon and her energies. It is an extremely potent and magical set of essences that harnesses the energies of flowers, gems and moon phases in order to unlock our truest potential and help us to transcend the blockages which are keeping us from our divinity.
The Enchanted Elixirs are made with so much love and magic. These herbal liquers are filled with the best quality ingredients and are handcrafted with the moon phases. They are each created under the new moon, infused for 6 weeks and decanted under the second full moon. Each is enchanted with a spell and kissed by the moon herself. Not only are these cordials filled with nourishing herbs and so much medicine but they also taste divine. All of our products are made with love and magic from our family to you and yours!”

 

Maybelline 24K Nudes Palette+Review

I was super excited to be able to try out the new Maybelline 24K Nudes PaletteIt’s my new favorite palette for reasons you may be surprised about.

Maybelline and Influenster were also cool enough to send out mascara and eyeliner. The eyeliner is an amethyst purple and as much as I love purple I’m not into bright eyeliner. The mascara is the  Falsies Push Up Angel. I love this mascara and I’m debating about doing a separate review on it. If you would like that, let me know down in the comments.

But onto the eyeshadow, I’m actually more impressed with the non-metallic shades. They are more pigmented and opaque. The metallics (excluding that gold, which is amazing) are so light that even building them up takes time to get a semi-opaque look. The first shadow which is a rose gold on the top row does make a great highlight.

Overall, the palette is okay. I can definitely do without some of the colors. What’s your favorite color in the palette?

 

*I was sent this to review, all opinions are my own.

Book Wish List+Book Recommendations

I love to read and books are a huge part of my life. I write them and read them so you can definitely understand why. I thought I would share my book wish list with you all. Also, it would be great if you all could recommend some books in the comment section. Thank you!

Sharon Tate: Recollection

I’m a huge Sharon Tate fan and style definitely inspires mine. I think it’s important to remember her for her grace and beauty instead of the terrible way her life ended. This book is full of photographs and recollections from her sister Debra (who wrote it), her family, and friends. I think this book is a great way to celebrate her life. This book is definitely something I would love to read. Also, not book related but how would all feel about a Sharon Tate inspired makeup look?

Wildwood Imperium

I actually owe you all a HUGE book review on this series. But I can’t do it until I read this book which is the last. Even as I type this I’m trying to find the words to describe how magical these books are. I know the last is probably just as good. If you don’t mind reading children’s books(this one is nearly 600 pages), fantasy and books with really good amazing illustrations definitely read this series. when I get the extra funds I’ll pick this one up to complete my collection and give you the whole review.

It

Growing up my favorite movie was Stephen King’s It. I still love the movie and when the new one comes out this year I’ll be first in line. I love Stephen King and I’ve read most of the classics but for some reason not got around to reading this. I would to like start reviewing more horror books on here for you all if that’s something you’ll be into.

 

I have a book wish list on Amazon HERE. I update more on Amazon than Goodreads so I figured it would be better for you all to keep up with what I want to read or have already read. 

If you recommend me a book  I will add it to the wish list so don’t be shy in the comments.

 

Luxe By Jace Edge Control+Review


 

If there’s one thing, I love it’s really nice edge control.If you have naturally curly hair, then you know exactly what I mean.

Luxe by Jace was kind enough to send me out their Jamaican black castor oil edge control. I love it! I love that it is clear and dries clear. It holds flyaways in place without it turning white. I think that’s the worst possible thing that an edge control can do. No one wants white flakes in their hair. I also love that it feels lightweight and not heavy.

Overall I really do like this product. The smell is great, the texture is great, and it actually does the job. You can purchase your own jar here https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/b01i750new.

 

*I was sent this product to review

 

 

 

Icon Undies+Review

There’s no secret that I suffer from bladder incontinence. Because of this, I have to take precautions to ensure I don’t have a leak. Icon was kind enough to send me some of their underwear to try out.

These aren’t your typical underwear. These have a cool lining that catches the leaks you have throughout the day. The underwear leaves you dry and odorless. I love them and decided to do my review on my YouTube channel. It would mean a lot to me if you subscribed HERE. Also, let me know what videos you would like to see in the future.

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Tabletop Board Game Cafe+Cool Cleveland Places

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Since moving back to Cleveland I’ve realized that we have some pretty cool and unique places here. A couple of weeks ago I went on a date and we went to this incredible place called Tabletop. Tabletop is a board game cafe. I mean they seriously have almost 1,000 different games! They also serve drinks and food. To play as many games you want for however long you want will only cost you $5. So this place is very affordable.

Tabletop is located right in Ohio City on 1810 W. 25TH CLEVELAND, OH 44113 so it’s in a convenient area.

When we got there on a Saturday night it was really packed and there weren’t any empty seats. The staff was COMPLETELY KIND though. They took my date’s phone number and gave them a call when. We sat in the car for maybe five minutes and got a call that there was a table available for us. Our server was the sweetest!

We played games from 9 pm to almost 1 am so the hours are wonderful! My date had the locally made Kombucha from Bearded Buch and I had a cup of lemon ginger tea. We also shared a yummy dessert which was pudding, whipped cream, crushed cookies, and gummy worms. Definitely nostalgic to my childhood!

This place is so cool and the staff is so friendly. I love it here and plan to go more often. If you live in or near Cleveland definitely give this place a visit.

You can keep up with Tabletop on:

http://www.tabletopcleve.com/

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Life Update+I Have Bacterial Vaginosis

I kind of owe you guys an update on my life since its been awhile. I’ve had some ups but a lot of downs. I’ll start off with the bacterial vaginosisIt’s NOT a STI it’s basically when the bad bacteria outnumbers the good bacteria in your vagina. Your pH balance gets thrown off and you have a gross colored discharge and an odor. The discharge also burns so you may feel like you have an UTI when you urinate.

This is how I got it, or how I think I got it. A few weeks ago ( yes this had been going on for almost a month) I had an urodynamics test and since I’m prone to UTI’s especially after using catheters I was put on antibiotics before the test. My best theory is that the antibiotics killed the bad bacteria along with the good. I’m not a doctor but since the doctors can’t give me a reason right now I think my theory sounds pretty reasonable.

This is actually pretty common but women don’t talk about it. I felt alone but now I’m learning that a lot of women deal with it and I feel a bit better about it. It’s important to go to the doctor if you think you have it just in case it could be something else.

I have seen numerous doctors, been to the ER , and given medication which helped for the time I was on it but the BV came right back after the treatment ended. So now I’m waiting for an appointment with another doctor and it’s so frustrating as you can probably imagine. My energy is nonexistent. I’m in constant pain and I feel gross from the discharge. 

My anxiety and depression have both been awful. I’m moody and just not myself. Some days I wonder if I will ever get rid of this. I cry all the time and when I’m not crying I’m trying home remedies. It’s stressful and I just want it to leave. Have any of you dealt with this? Any advice?

I think the silver lining from all of this is the love and concern I feel from those around me, especially my mom. She’s the best. 

 

Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation+Review


Maybelline sent me their new Dream Cushion foundation to try. I’ve been in need of a new foundation for awhile now. 

You guys know that I don’t really wear makeup often but when I come across a really good foundation l love adding it to my routine.

For me I need a light formula that still leaves my face a nice poreless canvas. This foundation definitely does the job. I don’t like foundations that leaves my skin cakey or dry. This doesn’t cause those issues, instead it’s so light that I don’t even feel it throughout the day.

So let’s get into why this foundation is different than the rest. The foundation is in a saturated sponge that you use with a makeup sponge to press into it. This gives you the right amount of coverage.

I’m in the shade caramel and it matches me perfectly. That’s also a concern I have with foundation, I can never seem to find a correct shade. But if you want to try this foundation and have a similar skin tone to me try the shade caramel. 


Overall I really like this foundation. It’s definitely going to be a part of my low maintenance makeup routine. 

Thank you Maybelline and Influenster for allowing me to try the #DreamCushion foundation. 

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*I was sent this product to review.

Genevieve Turner+Q&A

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I have something to share with you all. I LOVE HISTORICAL ROMANCE NOVELS. Last summer I fought nightly anxiety away with tales of historical events sprinkled with REALLY good action. I have no idea how or why I started reading this genre but I am very glad I discovered them. I have a few favorites and I’ll definitely let you know, but today I want to focus on the author Genevieve Turner. I came across her book Summer Chaparral and fell in love with the main Catarina Moreno. I won’t give too many details because I don’t want to spoil it for you. Genevieve was super kind enough to do this Q&A and I hope you all enjoy it. Fun fact: Genevieve used to be a scientist.


  1. When did you start writing?

 

I started when I became a stay at home mom and needed something to do during naptime (Because cleaning wasn’t happening!) I was never a writer from birth like some authors—although I read (a lot), I’d never thought to actually write a story of my own. But then I left science and had a lot more free time on my hands and figured I ought to try writing.

 

  1. What made you want to become a writer?

 

After being a lifelong ravenous reader, especially of romance, I figured it was time to try to write one! I’m also very much inspired by my family history, and I wanted to retell some family legends, but with happier endings.

 

3.What do you like most about historical romance?

 

Definitely the research! At its best, historical romance can illuminate the present, since we got here from there, after all. And since I’m writing about the place I live and grew up in, I get to learn all kinds of fascinating things about my area.

 

4.There’s a strong sense of Mexican American pride in your Las Morenas series, what inspired you to write about Mexican Americans?

 

I’d say it’s more Californio pride—my ancestors first came to California back when it was New Spain, were here when it was Mexico, and we’re still here, now that it’s part of the US. Since I’m very much inspired by family stories and legends in my work, it made sense to give my characters the same background.

 

I also enjoy sharing the history of California with my readers, illustrating how diverse it was from the very first Spanish settlements and that California has always had a Latino population—the descendants of those first settlers are still here!

 

5.What is your writing process, and how long does it take to complete a project?

 

Usually I write a pretty messy first draft. I map out the story beats and what I want to happen in a general sense, but it takes me that first draft to figure out exactly who my characters are and how they fit together. Then I take a second pass to clean it up and add in the character layers, and send it off to my writing partner. She tears it apart and I do another pass to fix all the problems she’s pointed out.

 

Then I send it off to the editor, where it gets three more passes, for line edits and proofreading. With all that added in, I’d say it takes me about six months to produce a book from start to release day. I could shave a month or two off that, but it’s not my preferred method.

 

6.How accurate do you try to be with your historical fiction?

 

I try to be as accurate as possible, while also telling a good story. I generally tend to avoid details about day to day life—at least deep details—and things like clothing, since those aspects are less interesting to me. I’m more interested in how historical characters might have thought and reacted to events of the day than everyday life things, which I think helps me avoid big mistakes.

 

The bigger issue I deal with is convincing my readers that what I’ve written is historically accurate. People have images of how the West was from movies and books and popular culture and often those images aren’t historically accurate. But it can be very hard to convince people of that.

 

7.If you had to take one of your books with you on a desert island which one would it be and why?

 

If I can cheat a little, I’d pick Earth Bound, a book I co-wrote with my writing partner, Emma Barry. It’s got a prickly engineer hero, a super-smart computer scientist, and it was one of those books that came together with a kind of magical alchemy. I love it.

 

If it’s a book solely of my own, it’d have to be Autumn Sage. They’re not the favorites of most of my readers, but I loved writing Isabel and Sebastian so much. Their happily ever after was so hard fought and they so deserved it.

 

  1. Which character do you admire the most out of your books?

 

Hmm. I don’t really fall in love with my characters—I definitely like them and find them interesting, but they’re not always people I would want to hang out with.

 

I guess if it comes to characters I’d want to hang it with, it’d be Franny and Felipe, because those two together crack me up.

 

  1. Do you have any advice for writers who have an interest in historical fiction, romance, or both?

 

Read, read, read, then read some more. Write, write, write, then write some more. Most importantly, ask for feedback, particularly from more experienced writers, then listen to it. Honestly. It might not be right for your book, but you’ll never know if you shut down as soon as someone critiques your work.

 

And find a great critique partner. I never would have come this far without Emma. And find a great editor, one that gives you painful edits that make you a better writer. No pain, no gain.

 

  1. What current projects are you working on. What are you most excited for this year?

 

Right now, I’m working on a few things. I’m currently writing the next in my contemporary series, with a heroine that falls for the hero through his videos and books—and then actually meets him—and the next book in the NASA romance series I write with Emma. That ones got an astronaut heroine and a mathematician heroine. I’m very excited to get that one out.

 

But the book I’m probably most excited for this year is Juan’s book, The Gaucho’s Lady. That book’s been a long time in the making and readers have been asking for it, so I’ll be glad to finally get it out there in 2017!

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Women’s March On Cleveland+Feminism

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This past Saturday I attended the Women’s March on Cleveland and it was an empowering experience. I met so many people and learned so much about myself and how feminism benefits my life. I’ve never been more proud of being a feminist.

 

But I have also learned that people who I thought cared about justice and kindness really don’t, because of this I’ve reconsidered friendships. Do I really want a friend that doesn’t believe that people should be treated with respect? Do I really want a friend who doesn’t believe that people of color are treated unfairly? Do I really want a friend who believes that a woman has no rights to her own body? Do I need a friend who ignores the LGBTQ and disabled communities troubles?  I’ve been asking myself a lot of questions lately, but I have not been questioning my intersectional feminism.

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With everything that’s going on I  believe that we have fight harder and keep our causes close to us. We can’t give up.

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