Saturday, November 28, 2015

Beauty Product Review: Milagrous Anti Aging Serum

This Anti Wrinkle Serum really works. It smooths out your skin visibly (even in just a quick test-run, when you apply a bit to the skin on your hand, you will notice the blurring effect in the area).

It's a serum, not a cream, and while some serums have a more jelly-like consistency, this is a typical "watery" kind. Which is perfectly normal and has nothing to do with the ingredients not being good enough. In fact, it only means that the Carbomer content is on the lower side (it's a fluffy powder used as gels in cosmetics and personal care products to achieve desired consistency and texture.

If you look at the list of ingredients, you'll see that it has some fabulous ones. Including Aloe, Hyaluronic Acid (improves your skin’s moisture content and at the same time strengthens skin’s barrier), Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Tocopheryl acetate), Witch Hazel extract (contains antioxidant polyphenolic compounds that protects skin from sunburn and photo-aging), Ferulic acid (anti-oxidant), Jojoba (skin elasticity and moisture), and more. These are all organic, naturally derived ingredients. The serum is made in USA, it's cruelty free, vegan friendly and contains no harmful substances (100% paraben, alcohol, oil free).

I've been applying this twice a day, before cream/moisturizer, and have noticed improvement in the look and feel of my skin. Like I said, it's definitely smoothing and moisturizing. It provides your skin with a boost of nutrition and helps retain moisture for as long as 12 h. I noticed my skin feels very soft and moist in the morning (if I apply the serum before going to bed). I haven't been using it long enough to testify about the anti-wrinkle properties, but with ingredients like these, I am pretty confident the results will be showing soon. The skin under my eyes and on my neck definitely feels tighter and more plump already.

Overall, this is a great product. The packaging could be improved a bit (the printing on the label is a bit blurry), but in the end, it's what's in the container that counts.

Disclaimer: I received a FREE sample of the product for review consideration. All thoughts and opinion are my own.

About Milagrous Anti Aging Serum:
  • Is this good for my skin? What if I have sensitive skin? We love our customers. That's why we carefully blended this natural anti-aging serum from hand-picked organic ingredients. It is also suitable for every vegan. To protect your skin from aggressive chemicals, it is paraben, oil and alcohol free, has no fragrances or fillers. Full of botanical and naturally derived ingredients and never tested on animals.
  • The serum makes their skin soft, smooth and hydrated. The texture and also skin tone gets much smoother. The difference is so fast, visible and dramatic that people WILL ask you about your secret for your skin care.
  • Anti-wrinkle serum will dramatically remove fine lines and improve your skin glow. Contains most potent and stable 20 % Vitamin C + E and Hyaluronic Acid to neutralize free radicals and plump your skin. It will leave your skin youthful and it will dramatically stimulate production of collagen. This will result in a shocking improvement radiance of your face skin.
  • Our serum is packaged in a special airless bottle ensuring maximum protection from oxygen and sunlight. Our revolutionary bottle ensures that your precious serum won't oxidate and you will enjoy the FULL benefits of every last drop. 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday Review: Boundless by Cynthia Hand

Some of you may know that I originally had my own blog, Beauty but a Funny Girl, prior to joining Bookish (now Bookish Lifestyle). I was thinking the other day about all those reviews I left behind when I transferred and thought they should get some love too - no matter how badly written and newbie they come off! So I present to you: Throwback Thursday Reviews! Every once in a while I'll post an old review from Beauty but a Funny Girl, unedited in terms of content, with the exception of any spelling or grammatical mistakes. It's definitely going to be fun and interesting to see how my tastes and writing style have changed over the years!

Unearthly #3
Young Adult, Romance, Angels, Paranormal
Publication.Date:January 22, 2013
Pages:438 (ARC)
Published By:  HarperTeen
Website:Cynthia Hand 

Radiant on Goodreads
My review copy:

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The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.

Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California - and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.

In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all.


Originally posted May 18, 2013 on Beauty but a Funny Girl

t's all over now. That's it. No mas. The end. But it was a good ending and I can't complain about that.

I have been putting off this book for quite sometime. Not because I didn't want to read it, but because I didn't want it to end. Now that I've read it, I'm content. Hand handled (ha!) things very well and I think she might have just about pleased everybody. Well, I'm sure there are some Team Tucker or Team Christian (I say both because I'm not giving away who are dear Clara ends up with), who are not happy, but I see the reasoning and it's perfect. That's all I'll say about that aspect of our triangle.

One of the aspects I really liked was that Clara was on her own for part of the novel. Angela was doing her own issues, Christian was mad at her, Tucker was mad at her, and Jeffery was Jeffery. I don't mean I liked this in a bad way, but it was nice to see her stand on her own two feet and become somebody she could rely on.

Her dad also played a bigger part in this novel as well. He trained Clara and Christian on how to fight using a glory sword, which I thought was pretty cool. I kind of want to learn to sword fight, too. In fact, sometimes I wish we still lived in an age where people walked around carrying swords. Now that I think about it, never mind. Moving on... Of course, when her dad said she had some trials ahead of her and he wouldn't be able to interfere, I knew this happy story was not going to stay happy for very long. And it did not.

Surprisingly, well not so much actually, Samjeeza wasn't our big bad. What Clara gave to him at the end of book two was perhaps one of the smartest moves she has ever made. That being said, I liked the big bad and his minions. Surprises at every turn, folks!

And one of my favorite moments was near the near the end of the book when Clara is at her "thinking spot" and she gets a surprise visitor. So awesome.

I don't know what I can say about the last very chapters of this book except that I cried, I cheered, I frowned, I grinned, I ran through so many different and conflicting emotions that I'm pretty sure my boyfriend was close to having me committed.

I can't say enough good things about this book. It was the perfect ending and the epilogue wasn't cheese - unlike some series endings I can think of. If you did what I did - put of the inevitable - stop, pick up Boundless and just read it.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

ARC Book Review: Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas

Young Adult, Retelling, Fairytale, Romance
Publication.Date:September 15, 2015
Pages:464 (ARC eBook)
Published By:  HarperTeen
Website:Sarah Prineas 

Ash & Bramble on Goodreads
My review copy:
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

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When the glass slipper just doesn’t fit…

The tale of Cinderella has been retold countless times. But what you know is not the true story.

Pin has no recollection of who she is or how she got to the Godmother’s fortress. She only knows that she is a Seamstress, working day in and out to make ball gowns fit for fairy tales. But she longs to forsake her backbreaking servitude and dares to escape with the brave young Shoemaker.

Pin isn’t free for long before she’s captured again and forced to live the new life the Godmother chooses for her—a fairy tale story, complete with a charming prince—instead of finding her own happily ever after.

Sarah Prineas’s bold fairy tale retelling is a dark and captivating world where swords are more fitting than slippers, young shoemakers are just as striking as princes, and a heroine is more than ready to rescue herself before the clock strikes midnight.


Inspired by Nikki @, instead of reviewing a book I have chosen to DNF, I will do something more along the lines of a discussion. I love how Nikki approached this rare occurrence with a Q&A rather than a full out review and, with her blessing, adopted it as my go-to method for DNFs.

So, you added Ash & Bramble to your DNF pile. How much of it did you read - did you really give it a chance? 

Always, always. I read 25% (essentially 116 pages) of Ash & Bramble. I normally tap out around 50 pages, but since this one was rather long I felt I needed to give it a bit more time to pull me in.

What made you pick up it in the first place? Were you looking forward to it or did it just pop up by chance?
I'm a huge sucker for a good retelling, especially a Cinderella one. I've heard good things about it so I was excited to try this one out too! Plus, that cover is pretty (even if the model's proportions seem a bit off) and I'm always drawn in by a well made cover.

What ultimately made you stop reading after 25%? Was there anything you liked about the book?

I just wasn't really drawn into the story. I felt like the first part dragged (when Pin and Shoe are in Godmother's factory) and I was hoping once she got into the Cinderella portion of the story I'd be more into it. Unfortunately, I wasn't.

However, I really enjoy Sarah's writing and story telling. She does weave a rather interesting story with the Godmother and how fairytales are made / given their Happily Ever After. I think she has a really interesting spin on fairytales and not just on Cinderella.

Would you still recommend it to anyone?

I always recommend books I don't finish. Just because it's not my thing, doesn't mean it can't be yours. I see the appeal and I think a lot of readers out there will really enjoy Ash & Bramble.

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