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No vase can overflow if you never fill it up.

This month Ipsy Bag is inspired by the word UNZIPPED, and because February is the month for Valentines, Ipsters were asked what sexy means to them. For me, it is when I look into the eyes of someone special, and they look back at me, but ultimately I think belly dancing is the sexiest thing because it is a solo dance and it boosts confidence and self-esteem, making me feel sensual.  FTW

“move your hips, and the rest will follow.”

I think this video is sexy as are the words of the song

Being sexy isn’t limited to a certain size, shape, or age.
And it’s definitely not about airbrushing images beyond recognition. The way we see it, sexiness is authenticity. It’s real. It’s confidence. It’s celebrating the magic of your unique beauty. It’s forgetting what you think you’re supposed to be and embracing everything you are.
This month, let’s unzip the way we think about being sexy. Let’s define it in our own terms. No rules. No photoshop. No restrictions. Just 100% sexiness, the ipsy way (AKA, your way).
Head to the ipsy app to meet our Unzipped crew, find out how we’re changing the way the world sees sexy, and learn everything you need to know about your 5 Glam Bag picks. And make sure to check out Shopper, where you’ll get 10-30% cash back for every single purchase. (How sexy is that?)

What zips (and unzips) to reveal your 5 fab products?

This blushing pink, lace-trimmed pouch.

Here is a closer look at the 5 “supposed” beauty samples. You guys, they showed me these products before I received my actual  Ipsy Glam Bag (referral link). I know it is missing the Trestique Eye Pencil! I emailed them about it too because I was looking forward to it. The vitamin shampoo isn’t even on the list for February so whatever.

Mini Eye Pencil in Swiss Chocolate ($10 value)

Julien Farel Vitamin Shampoo Anti-Aging for your hair

Strengthening Grow Long Leave-In Conditioner

BANG BEAUTY ($20 value)
Blush in Smoked Peach, Cheeky, or Showstopper

Blending and Shading Eye Brush 249

Beach Crystals

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¶ I watched Anne on Netflix this week. It’s based on Anne of Green Gables, and I loved it! I didn’t know anything about this story before, but I like the show! Season One comprises seven episodes. I was surprised that I fell in love with the little orphan girl played by Amybeth McNulty. She is adorable in her own nerdy way. It’s her freckles and red hair 🙂
I can’t wait for Season Two. The networks assume we’ll still want to watch after waiting so long but that’s not always the case is it? They ruin everything by making us wait ≅ I’m spoiled, aren’t I ¿

¶ Also because Angela’s Ashes has been on my TBR shelf for awhile, I decided finally, to listen to the audiobook. Unfortunately, it isn’t at all the same as the paperback version I have on my TBR shelf!

¶ I received an email from some author Brett Arquette, I’d never heard of before, saying I could download his book, Operation HailStorm for free. I did some investigating on Goodreads and judging by the many comments, this author is spamming them, and it isn’t professional to spam their inbox with a free book. Whatever. It’s free. They could at least read it. But he goes on to say in his emails that he wants us to leave a review of his book everywhere like Amazon. Has anyone read it?

Marshall Hail was a husband, a father, a Physics Nobel prize winner and industrial billionaire. But when Hail’s family was killed in a terrorist attack, he became a deadly predator and redirected his vast industrial assets toward one goal, removing every person on the FBI’s Top 10 Terrorist list. With the help of his MIT colleagues, Hail designed and built a devastating arsenal of attack drones of all shapes and sizes that are flown by the nation’s best young gamers. The world will come to realize that Marshall Hail possesses the capability of killing anyone, anywhere, at any time, unleashing an operation so disturbing that the CIA has named it Operation Hail Storm.

¶ Besides that, my Valentines Day was blue. Wah. Oh, and I have a new riddle

Who was the world’s first carpenter?
Eve. Because she made Adam’s banana stand.

bada-bing, bada-boom. Lol haha believe it, or not this is a quote taken from Pierce Brown’s book, Golden Son.

Well, that’s all for this week guys, I wish it was more productive, love and blessings.

I haven’t purchased any books this week, but I’ve been checking books out of the library more than ever. I just picked up Written in Red by Anne Bishop. Kim from caffeinated book reviewer recommends The Others, said it was one of her favourite series, so I went and got the first book, and that is what I will be reading next.

I just finished marathoning the Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown. I loved it, particularly Morning Star. I felt more comfortable with the characters and the world. The main problem I have reading sci-fi books is that I find it hard to imagine stuff. I don’t know how things should be but when I see it on screen it is so good, and I love Guardians of the Galaxy but try to explain that in a book. Raccoons, blue people etc…:)
Anyway I digress
I liked Morning Star, and I am looking forward to reading Iron Gold which is coming in the mail with the Howler Ilumicrate box of goodies that I ordered.

What I added to My Kindle


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Publisher’s Summary

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery.
Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series. Investigative journalist Sam Bungey and documentarian Jennifer Forde guide listeners through the brutal, unsolved murder and the tangled web of its investigation, while introducing an intricate cast of characters, a provocative prime suspect, and a recovering community whose story begs to be heard.

What I added to my shelf

I’ve been busy working on my AtoZ reading challenge looking for book titles to complete all the letters of the Alphabet and for the letter Z, I chose Zenith.  It is probably the most hyped up book of the year with the most contradicting reviews. Gosh, I hope being curious didn’t kill the cat.

What I finished reading

Red Rising by Pierce Brown.
Strange the Dreamer  It is a very big novel and I tend to forget or lose important details when I only listen to the audiobook but I can’t just read the book and not listen to it. The narrator Steve Wests performance was stellar.

What I got from the Library

Golden Son and Morning Star, were ready to be picked up at the library in LARGE PRINT!
Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone. The synopsis looked interesting and I like Urban Fantasy. My reading is slow these days.


Goodreads Synopsis:

13539191.jpgA god has died, and it’s up to Tara, first-year associate in the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, to bring Him back to life before His city falls apart.
Her client is Kos, recently deceased fire god of the city of Alt Coulumb. Without Him, the metropolis’s steam generators will shut down, its trains will cease running, and its four million citizens will riot.

Tara’s job: resurrect Kos before chaos sets in. Her only help: Abelard, a chain-smoking priest of the dead god, who’s having an understandable crisis of faith.

When Tara and Abelard discover that Kos was murdered, they have to make a case in Alt Coulumb’s courts—and their quest for the truth endangers their partnership, their lives, and Alt Coulumb’s slim hope of survival.

Set in a phenomenally built world in which justice is a collective force bestowed on a few, craftsmen fly on lightning bolts, and gargoyles can rule cities, Three Parts Dead introduces readers to an ethical landscape in which the line between right and wrong blurs.

The weather was too cold for a walk today. When I stepped outside, it started to snow like sleet in the wind making it icy and unbearable. I only walked around the block for about 20 minutes because I was too lazy to dress up warmer. I still listened to my audiobook which was locked and loaded to Strange The Dreamer, about Lazlo. What a great story it is! So far I’m enjoying it.

“If wishes, ideas and inspirations were magic I’d be a wizard with an Inkling or two.”~Jackie B.

It’s Monday. What Are You Reading?

What I got from the library:

The Kid by Ron Hansen
Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor


What I purchased:

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman. I did not like this one as much as Scythe, unfortunately.


Audible books

Thunderhead and Strange The Dreamer

On My Kindle:

Miss Frost solves a Cold Case (A
Nocturne Falls Mystery) by Kristen Painter

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Today, I will conquer:
Walking for 30 minutes.

It arrived a little late, but this month Ipsy Bag looks like a sneaker. I like the sporty look of it, and it’s cute to keep in your gym bag. I think Ipsy did a good job of including 5 products for your best game face. The card is also inspiring and I loved reading it. Each month is different obviously.

I’ve always wanted to try theBalms Mary-Lou Manizer. These Sheet masks are a good thing. I do not like how liquid lipstick is so drying and I always have to wear a lip topper or lip gloss. I hope the waterline eyeliner works good because this girl is living for it 🙂 I am excited to try the Caviar CC Cream for my hair!


5 beauty product samples in 1 makeup bag. Referral link

1.Vasanti Cosmetics Kajal Waterline Eyeliner in Intense Black. regular price $19
I’m not gonna lie, this product is expensive! At least with Ipsy, we get to sample new products we would never otherwise know about. I like that this is made for sensitive eyes and tight lines the waterline because for the mature woman it is a must-have. Watch a video
2.Alterna Haircare Caviar CC Cream regular price $ 26! That’s expensive! It looks like it would be great for dry hair and I’m excited to try it. Anyone can use it.
3.Biorepublic Skincare sheet Mask Duo: Aloe Rescue & Pomegranate Crush for when I need more moisture.
4.Kokie Cosmetics Kissable Liquid Lipstick in Mad About Mauve. I don’t like the colour. It looks like rust. It’s all I want is to look rusty and old! Lol. It doesn’t stay on or last very long either.
5.TheBalm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer. Regular price $ 24. I am happy with this guys! I’ve wanted to try this highlight ever since RawBeautyKristi (a youtube channel) recommended it. Every time I went to buy it, I held off because of how expensive it was. I love TheBalm though.

That’s it, guys. If you like getting new products and love makeup, it would be nice of you to join using my referral link. JOIN IPSY

I watched ALL episodes of The End of the Fxxxing World!

Two teenagers, Alyssa and James, live extraordinary effed up lives but when they meet, they decide to run away from home. On their journey to nowhere really find Alyssa’s dad, they get caught in a murder homicide they never intended. It was kind of humorous seeing them act all “Bonnie-and-Clyde” when their lives are so reckless. Robbing gas stations, blowing up cars, getting into fights, stealing tampons, getting into deep and desperate situations. Besides the sex, smoking and drinking I am so glad Alyssa didn’t start smoking for real. hahaha

Do you want to know who else stars in it? The actress who plays Yara fucking Greyjoy! Gemma Whelan. She plays the more sensible cop. I hate the other one, the black cop. She doesn’t give a shit about anyone but herself. Her job must not mean anything and she shouldn’t be there is all I have to say about that.

TV shows I watched all episodes of (so far) include …

The 100
The Walking Dead
Vampire Diaries
Stranger Things
The OA
Grace and Frankie

Why does Netflix stream a whole season at once in one TV series but not in another one? That bugs me. I wish The 100 season 5 would come out all at once. Grace and Frankie does, and so does Stranger Things. I think.

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While I didn’t add any actual physical books to my shelf this week I managed to finish reading one. I wrote a review of a cutting-edge story which I posted on Amazon, Goodreads and Jackie’s Bookbytes. I admit there are spoilers but honestly, I consider my measly reviews don’t even begin to scratch the surface of a real book, especially one like Scythe. I only write what I “gleaned” from it (pun intended), that’s all and if that includes spoilers, I’m sorry but I try not to.

In a world where sickness and disease have been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (“gleaned”) by professional reapers (“scythes”). Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythe’s apprentices, and—despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation—they must learn the art of killing and come to understand the necessity of what they do. Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe’s apprentice. And when it becomes clear that the winning apprentice’s first task will be to glean the loser, (reminded me of The Hunger Games) Citra and Rowan are pitted against one another in a fight for their lives.

↬I very much liked the ideas and concepts in this story. I feel it underlines the positive and powerful message from the Bible about death and dying. You know the one? About death being swallowed up in victory? 1 Corinthians 15:54 and that there will be no more pain and suffering or death and disease? Revelation 21:4 Except without scythes.

I added 4 ebooks to my kindle and even repaired my wifi connectivity!

I’m happy about that and so over it.

35438635Forget Me Not by Willow Winters
OMG, this sounds twisted and is about abuse, and well, hell and nightmares.

I fell in love with a boy a long time ago.
I was only a small girl. Scared and frightened, I was taken from my home and held against my will. His father hurt me, but he protected me and kept me safe as best he could.

Until I left him.

I ran the first chance I got and even though I knew he wasn’t behind me, I didn’t stop. The branches lashed out at me, punishing me for leaving him in the hands of a monster.

I’ve never felt such guilt in my life.

Although I survived, the boy was never found. I prayed for him to be safe. I dreamed he’d be alright and come back to me. Even as a young girl I knew I loved him, but I betrayed him.

Twenty years later, all my wishes came true.

But the boy came back a man. With a grip strong enough to keep me close and a look in his eyes that warned me to never dare leave him again. I was his to keep after all.

Twenty years after leaving one hell, I entered another. Our tale was only just getting started.

It’s dark and twisted.

But that doesn’t make it any less of what it is.

A love story. Our love story.

Cool Shade by Theresa Weir
Falling Star by Diana Dempsey
Never Look Back by W.J. May

I also got 3 audiobooks from Audible

Arc of a Scythe
Written by: Neal Shusterman
Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
Series: Arc of a Scythe, Book 2
Length: 13 hrs and 1 min

Traitor to the Throne
Written by: Alwyn Hamilton
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Series: Rebel of the Sands, Book 2
Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins

Strange the Dreamer
Written by: Laini Taylor
Narrated by: Steve West
Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins

¶ This post is linked with Stacking The Shelves 
Hosted @ Tynga's Reviews & Reading Reality¶

I got a bunch of books from the library this week, BUT the one I wanted Red Rising by Pierce Brown was and is still not available. I have Golden Son and Morning Star though!

I'm also linking up with The Sunday Post
hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer.

I decided to get the audiobook of Red Rising hoping I could listen to it and still read the other books. Only the audiobook may have been damaged because it’s not working correctly. Has that ever happened to you? I am wondering if that is the case because I could not get past chapter two. As soon as it reached a certain point, it quit, it is utterly blank. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong or why it happens. I can’t deal with broken audio, so I returned it. I know what you’re thinking.

“How do you know it’s not your listening device?” IM NOT SURE!

Regardless. I am not having the best time with audiobooks. I just want to read Book One! or in my case, at least listen to it!

What I’m Currently Reading

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera. I’m ok with it so far. It’s about a sad and OCD gay teen in love and heartbroken over the death of his boyfriend Theo, and all there is in between. Gosh, will I be able to handle it? We shall see but I don’t know HOW or IF I’ll be able to read another book ever again lol. J/k.
I’m wondering if I should just attempt to read all the books I got and not worry about the order so much? Am I gonna end up like Griff? With OCD? lol
The order of books from the Library this week sucks guys. I think I’m going to return them. It’s the same with Rachel Caine’s The Great Library. I don’t have Book One!*sigh Is it a crime to not read a book in the order of publication? I mean a book should be a complete story in and of itself but Unfortunately, the milk serials/ sequels/ whatever.

I’ve always been a stickler for reading books in order. If you’re gonna read it, read it right the first time! It just makes it a complete and fulfilling experience. But in this case, I just don’t have the time and money to get ALL the books IN THE RIGHT ORDER! Fuck my life!

Another thing is if you have read History Is All You Left Me than you will know ALL of Dumbledore’s names and that is almost the same as Rose Gold Elixir and GlamGlow!~ I am being facetious but disappointed about missing the first book in the series.  Etched in Bone is Book 5 As a Matter of Fact. I might be returning them all unless I can renew them.

Gandalf The Grey

When you don’t read a book’s predecessor

Books I received this week

    • Etched In Bone (Book 5 A Novel of The Others) by Anne Bishop ➔Can’t read. I’ve not read book 1,2,3,4
    • Paper and Fire (The Great Library book Two) by Rachel Caine➔Can’t read. I’ve not read book 1
    • Ash and Quill (The Great Library Book Three) by Rachel Caine➔Can’t understand. I’ve not read book 1,2,4 etc.
    • Golden Son (Book Two of the Red Rising Trilogy) by Pierce Brown➪ Can’t read. I’ve not read book 1
    • Morning Star (Book Three) by Pierce Brown➪Can’t read.I’ve not read book 1,2
    • Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor➨ I can understand 
    • Traitor To The Throne ( #2 A Rebel of The Sands novel) by Alwyn Hamilton➨I can read. I have read book 1 
    • Without Merit, by Colleen Hoover➨I can read
    • History is all You Left Me with Adam Silvera➨Currently Reading
    • Scythe Audiobook by Neal Shusterman
    • Red Rising Audiobook by Pierce Brown

So, that about narrows it down. ∴ I can read 4 out of 9 books and 1¼ Audiobook! 

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