Beauty

MAC Petal Power Mineralize Blush Review

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MAC Petal Power Mineralize Blush

  • Collection: A Fantasy of Flowers – Spring 2014
  • Status: Limited Edition
  • Price: $29.50 CAD/$25.00 US
  • Where to purchase: MAC Cosmetics online or in-store

I have long been a fan of MAC’s Mineralize Blushes.  Petal Power, released as a part of MAC’s Spring 2014 Campaign – A Fantasy of Flowers – is no exception to that rule. Read More

Beauty

L’Oréal Paris Extraordinaire by Colour Riche® in Fuchsia Orchestra (106), Plum Adagio (502), and Caramel Solo (703) Review

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So I had been seeing the commercial for the L’Oréal Paris Extraordinaire by Colour Riche® lip products for a few weeks before I was finally able to make a trip my local drug store to check them out.  The commercial intrigued me, but I figured that like most commercials, it would not live up to the hype.  In the commercial, the product looked almost electric and very vibrant.  I thought there is no way that the actual product is like that.  Yeah, I was so wrong about that. Read More

Beauty

New Mani Monday #1 – Essie Lots of Lux

So here is a confession.  I have horrible, horrible nails.  I wish I could say that it was solely genetics, but it’s not.  While genetics plays a large roll in my issues, a bigger role is the fact that I don’t take care of them…at all.

On top of them being a weird shape, and paper thin (thanks dad), I bite them, never file them or do manicures, don’t take care of my cuticles and regularly stick my hands in water without gloves.  All in all, it a recipe for disaster.

Enter one of my 2014 New Years Resolutions and I have resolved to take better care of them.  Part of that is to give myself a proper manicure every week.  Will I stick to it?  Who knows, but I’m hoping that having a feature on the blog where I have to show said manicure every week will keep me on track.  Fingers crossed that this works. *side note* I didn’t start last week like I planned because I was sick as a dog and never got around to taking a photo of my nails.

So for my first New Mani Monday feature, I chose to showcase the manicure I am wearing for my first full week back at work after the two week holiday period.  This week it is all about Lots of Luxe from the Essie Encrusted Treasures Collection.

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Books

Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally

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.

Racing Savannah by Miranda KenneallyRacing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks #4
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Published on: December 3, 2013
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 304
Format: ARC
Source: From the Publisher
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About the Book

They’re from two different worlds.

He lives in the estate house, and she spends most of her time in the stables helping her father train horses. In fact, Savannah has always been much more comfortable around horses than boys. Especially boys like Jack Goodwin—cocky, popular and completely out of her league. She knows the rules: no mixing between the staff and the Goodwin family. But Jack has no such boundaries.

With her dream of becoming a horse jockey, Savannah isn’t exactly one to follow the rules either. She’s not going to let someone tell her a girl isn’t tough enough to race. Sure, it’s dangerous. Then again, so is dating Jack…


REVIEW

I don’t think it really comes as a surprise that I loved Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally.  As a matter of fact, I think I’ve enjoyed all of the books in the Hundred Oaks Series and if she keeps writing like this, I don’t see that changing any time soon. 

While I loved this one, I kind of wanted Savannah to have a bit more fire to her. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t want her to be a ‘take on the world single-handedly’ kind of character, I just wanted her to have a bit more sass. And even though she wasn’t assertive as I would have liked, she certainly wasn’t a pushover. She had respect for herself and she wasn’t afraid to show it while at the same time she managed to retain a vulnerability that made her likable.

Likewise, Jack managed to exhibit a strange combination of charm, clueless, and douche behaviour that for some reason just worked for his character and the overall dynamic between him and Savannah. It was like you could see the glimpse of the man that he could turn out into and all he needed was a nudge in the correct direction.

What I particularly like about Kenneally’s writing is that she manages to make me interested in things that I would normally have absolutely no interest in, like horse racing.  She makes me learn something without realizing it and does it in such a way that she is not just dumping information or throwing statistics at me, which I can tell you is greatly appreciated.  She also gets bonus points for dealing with the whole class prejudice issue in such a way that shows that it is not one sided, but rather goes both ways.  It’s done in such a subtle way that while anyone can recognize the right and wrong, they can also relate to it.

Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally is just a great read that anyone can really delve into and enjoy.