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BzzAgent Luster Premium White Kit Review August 28, 2012

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Do you remember 1996? Do you remember the commercial where the teacher quizzes her students on colors and gets to her teeth (for white) and gets lots of light colors that are not white?  Here’s a link to that old commercial http://youtu.be/8Q2hTL2DNfY.  Anyway, I was afraid those children (now adults) would point and tell me what shade of cream my teeth were (especially after all that Iced Coffee I’ve been drinking).

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Book Review ★★★☆☆ July 30, 2012

Filed under: General — slagoon @ 7:22 am
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I know I don’t normally do this, but I just read a couple books you  may not have heard of. Usually the books I read are quite mainstream and there are bazillions of reviews and bits of info on the books. 

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a member of Bzz agent and part of their program is that they give you items to try so that you can share information on it.  You should know by now that I will say whether I like or don’t like something, so I figure: they gave me this book to share info about so I should share (good or bad).

Here’s the review:

The Hangman’s Daughter (book 1)
The Dark Monk (book 2)
Author: Oliver Pötzsch
Translator:  Lee Chadeayne

The Hangman’s Daughter and the Dark Monk were both originally written in German, Oliver Pötzsch’s native language. The translation seems good, but I suspect some of the nuance was left out.

The story, a who-done-it mystery, was interesting and held my attention, but it was not a “read it over-and-over again” type of novel. I like being able to solve the mystery ahead of the book revealing it – but the villians were not really people that any clues pointed to, which was a disappointment to me. Additionally, and this is probably the classic literature snob in me, the characters remained the same throughout. No one seemed to grow or learn from what occurred, it was as if they went through the motions of the story and came out the exact same person.

All in all, the book was enjoyable and I’d recommend it to someone looking for an interesting change from what they normally read. It is a reasonably priced novel and provides a weekend’s worth of entertainment.

Would I read each a second time? No

Were they worth finishing? Yes

Would I recommend this to a friend? Yes, it is worth a read – and you might like it more than me

★★★☆☆

This book is available in Hardcover, paperback, Kindel (free if you are in Amazon Prime), and e-book.

FTC Disclosure: This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by PR (bzzagent.com). My priority is to you, and I honor that commitment by being honest! I do not conduct paid reviews or guarantee reviews. I promise to remain truthful with you. If you are uncertain what this all means, I suggest you to read my Disclosure Policy for further clarification.

 

Influenster – the Spring Beauty Box – Wrap Up July 11, 2012

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I’ve had a chance to use and review all of the products from April and decide on how much I liked them. So now it is time to do my bag wrap up.

In case you don’t remember, here is a summary of the Awesomeness level:

Box Awesomeness Level Review (AL)

  • 5 points for an item that surpasses everything else I’ve tried and becomes my #1 choice for what role it fulfills
  • 4 points for an item that becomes added to my permanent collection of cosmetics and I will repurchase
  • 3 points for an item that joins my “I might buy this again” list
  • 2 points for an item I finished or will finish the entire sample of but in the end decided not to re-purchase
  • 1 point for an item that I tried and immediately threw out/gave away
  • 0 points if the item was a duplicate of something from a previous bag/box/kit that only scored a 1 in that box – meaning I knew enough to not even bother with trying it.
  • Don’t forget that I subtract 1/2 point for samples that can only be used 2 or fewer times.

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May’s Beauty Bar Sample Society Box – Wrap Up

Filed under: General,Haircare,Makup,Skincare — slagoon @ 7:17 pm
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I’ve had a chance to use and review all of the products from May and decide on how much I liked them. So now it is time to do my bag wrap up.

In case you don’t remember, here is a summary of the Awesomeness level:

Box Awesomeness Level Review (AL)

  • 5 points for an item that surpasses everything else I’ve tried and becomes my #1 choice for what role it fulfills
  • 4 points for an item that becomes added to my permanent collection of cosmetics and I will repurchase
  • 3 points for an item that joins my “I might buy this again” list
  • 2 points for an item I finished or will finish the entire sample of but in the end decided not to re-purchase
  • 1 point for an item that I tried and immediately threw out/gave away
  • 0 points if the item was a duplicate of something from a previous bag/box/kit that only scored a 1 in that box – meaning I knew enough to not even bother with trying it.
  • Don’t forget that I subtract 1/2 point for samples that can only be used 2 or fewer times.

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Miss Beauty Nail Bling – Review July 9, 2012

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Today I bring you the Miss Beauty Nail Bling from my May MyGlam bag.  This is a brand not very available in the US, but MyGlam sells it on their site now.  Up until a few months ago I hadn’t tried any sort of fake nail art, and this was my first textured one. The stickers have little rhinestones on them in the shape of hearts. 

Since the stickers are basically rhinestones on top of a clear tape I decided to do an accent nail with my only ORLY polish (Beach Cruiser).  The stickers stayed on for about 3 days before they got messed up to the point that I had to remove them. The rhinestones  seemed to get caught on things.

This pattern was definitely made for people with MUCH longer nails than I have. Each of the stickers had at least another half left, and on my thumb I actually cut the sticker in half first so that I could mate the middle and have a full heart. That proved to be the most disappointing thing about these stickers, that I didn’t really have a good pattern to show.

Would I buy this product again? Maybe, if they have better patterns/colors

Will I finish the sample? It was a one use product, so it is used up.

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size: 1 Packet
Full Size:   1 Packet
Full Size Price: $5.00 (as sold on MyGlam)
Sample Value: $5.00

FTC Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by MyGlam or any of the brands included in the bag. Items purchased by me for my own personal use. For more information please review my disclosure policy.

 

Win a Lifetime of Shellac! Nail Polish Canada

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I’m sharing a pretty cool contest that is going on right now from the nice people over at Nail Polish Canada. Here is their official Press Release. All you have to do is tell them how your life will be changed by winning this. The person who will be most impacted will win the supply.  For all details and to enter, visit the Nail Polish Canada web site at: http://www.nailpolishcanada.com/categories/cnd-shellac-nails.html. I hope one of you wins (or me).

FTC  Disclaimer: Not compensated by Nail Polish Canada for this contest notice.  For more information please review my disclosure policy.

 

The New Black Runway Colors – Midnight Blue and Yellow (Electrical Banana) July 8, 2012

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Today I bring you “The New Black” nail polishes that I received in my May Look Bag.  The New Black is a relatively new-ish brand that brings runway fashion to you at an accessible cost. The two I was sent (Midnight Blue and Electrical Banana) were from the “Color Barometer” set which contains 8 primary colors (one is more a nude) each at 0.125 oz. They also have glitter, ombre, and newspaper print sets.

I decided to try a manicure I had completely failed at in the past, the half moon.  As you can see I still basically failed – but it is better than before and gives you a good idea of the colors of the polish.  The blue is NEARLY opaque in 1 coat and the yellow takes two coats. This lasted my normal 2 days (always remember I am SUPER rough on my nails) which puts it up there with Zoya, Opi, and Butter London.

Would I buy this product again? Yes, I am really considering getting the newsprint set so I can learn how to do that manicure with products specifically made for it before I go experimenting and getting annoyed at bad results.

Will I finish the sample? Yes, the colors are fun and very on trend right now.

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size: 0.25 oz (2 x 0.125)
Full Size: 1.0 oz (8 x 0.125)
Full Size Price:  $35.00
Sample Value: $8.75

FTC  Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by The Look Bag or any of the brands included in the bag. Items purchased by me for my own personal use. For more information please review my disclosure policy.