Books

BOOKS | He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker

February 6, 2016
I received this book for free from From the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

BOOKS | He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. TuckerHe Will Be My Ruin: A Novel by K.A. Tucker
Published by Atria Books
Published on: February 2, 2016
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: From the Publisher
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About the Book

A woman who almost had it all . . .

On the surface, Celine Gonzalez had everything a twenty-eight-year-old woman could want: a one-bedroom apartment on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a job that (mostly) paid the bills, and an acceptance letter to the prestigious Hollingsworth Institute of Art, where she would finally live out her dream of becoming an antiques appraiser for a major auction house. All she had worked so hard to achieve was finally within her reach. So why would she kill herself?

A man who was supposed to be her salvation . . .

Maggie Sparkes arrives in New York City to pack up what’s left of her best friend’s belongings after a suicide that has left everyone stunned. The police have deemed the evidence conclusive: Celine got into bed, downed a lethal cocktail of pills and vodka, and never woke up. But when Maggie discovers a scandalous photograph in a lock box hidden in Celine’s apartment, she begins asking questions. Questions about the man Celine fell in love with. The man she never told anyone about, not even Maggie. The man Celine believed would change her life.

Until he became her ruin.

On the hunt for evidence that will force the police to reopen the case, Maggie uncovers more than she bargained for about Celine’s private life—and inadvertently puts herself on the radar of a killer. A killer who will stop at nothing to keep his crimes undiscovered.

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Beauty

SKINCARE | CLARINS Beauty Flash Balm

February 5, 2016

CLARINS Beauty Flash BalmCLARINS Beauty Flash Balm

So sometimes when you are a blogger, despite having access to a multitude of products, you tend to overlook some of them.  That is what happened with me and my CLARINS Beauty Flash Balm.  Fair warning, I’ve had this stuff for a while.  It was recommended to me by someone, I can’t remember who, and I picked it up and then proceeded to never use it.  At least I didn’t start using it until I needed to rehab my skin from my allergic reaction from hell.  Of course when I started using the CLARINS Beauty Flash Balmafter once again having it recommended to me, I couldn’t figure out why I hadn’t been using it all along because this stuff is thebomb.com!

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Beauty

MAKEUP | Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette Review & Swatches

February 1, 2016

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush PaletteUrban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette

So a couple of weeks ago, before I came down with the plague, I told you about my love for the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani collaboration.  In particular, I focused on the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette.  Well today I am back, feeling much better, health wise, and taking a look at another piece in the collaboration in the form of the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette ($60 CAD).

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Beauty

MAKEUP | Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

January 18, 2016

Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

I’d be lying if I said that when Urban Decay announced that they were doing a collaboration with Gwen Stefani and bringing in a limited edition makeup collection of some of the stars favourites I didn’t have a fangirl moment.  Indeed, I kind of did a little squeal of excitement tbh.  So while I don’t own many Urban Decay products, apart from a lot of lipstick, I knew I would be all over this Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani collection like white on rice, even if the shades didn’t really look that WOC friendly.  I picked up the first piece of the collection the day it was released and I’ve been using it ever since.  Let’s take a look at the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette ($70 CAD).

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Books

BOOKS | And Again by Jessica Chiarella

January 17, 2016
BOOKS | And Again by Jessica ChiarellaAnd Again by Jessica Chiarella
Published by Simon and Schuster
Published on: January 12th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Literary, Dystopian, Family Life, Fantasy, General
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Source: From the Publisher
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About the Book

In the spirit of Station Eleven and The Age of Miracles, this exciting literary debut novel imagines the consequences when four ordinary individuals are granted a chance to continue their lives in genetically perfect versions of their former bodies.

Would you live your life differently if you were given a second chance? Hannah, David, Connie, and Linda—four terminally ill patients—have been selected for the SUBlife pilot program, which will grant them brand-new, genetically perfect bodies that are exact copies of their former selves—without a single imperfection. Blemishes, scars, freckles, and wrinkles have all disappeared, their fingerprints are different, their vision is impeccable, and most importantly, their illnesses have been cured.

But the fresh start they’ve been given is anything but perfect. Without their old bodies, their new physical identities have been lost. Hannah, an artistic prodigy, has to relearn how to hold a brush; David, a Congressman, grapples with his old habits; Connie, an actress whose stunning looks are restored after a protracted illness, tries to navigate an industry obsessed with physical beauty; and Linda, who spent eight years paralyzed after a car accident, now struggles to reconnect with a family that seems to have built a new life without her. As each tries to re-enter their previous lives and relationships they are faced with the question: how much of your identity rests not just in your mind, but in your heart, your body?

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