Book Review

Book Review: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides- 5 Stars

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Alicia has been in a mental health facility for six years after shooting her husband in the face and refusing to speak since that fateful night. Theo, a psychotherapist, is enamored with her case, and convinced he can get her to talk. Told in chapters that alternate from past to present, with Alicia’s diary entries sprinkled throughout, readers are swept up in a story that is so shocking, confusing, and twisty, you will be at a loss of who to root for and who to hate. What happened to Alicia that has caused her to choose to be mute? Does Theo have ulterior motives or does he really just want to help her?

I love thrillers with unreliable narrators and this one doesn’t disappoint in that aspect. I didn’t have the twist figured out until it smacked me in the face and my jaw DROPPED! This book really puts you right into the mindset of the mentally ill and it’s quite frightening to experience what they are dealing with. This was a fantastic debut from the author and I highly recommend.

Do you like psychological thrillers? If you’ve read this one, what did you think?

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Palette Swatches and Review: Maybelline Lemonade Craze

Now that the temperature is finally warming up and we are having a lot more sunny days, I thought it would be perfect to showcase this affordable little palette! I purchased mine from Amazon for less than $10 but you can also find it at Target, Walmart, and Ulta. It has a citrusy scent,  I wouldn’t necessarily describe it as “lemonade” smelling, but it is a sweet citrus scent that is nice and not overpowering, and a fun addition to an eyeshadow palette!

 

With Flash

Natural Light

I like how this palette offers basic neutrals for an easy eye look, but also fun pops of color that are still easy to work with!

Do you have this palette? What are your thoughts on it?

 

Book Review

{Children’s} Book Review: Put On Your PJ’s, Piggies! by Sydney Hanson-3 Stars

Put on Your PJ’s, Piggies! is a sturdy board book perfect for reading to toddlers at bedtime. My son loved touching the glitter accented illustrations and kept saying “piggie!” while we read! My son definitely loves to play all day so he needs a nighttime routine to wind down just like the piggies do. The phrase “put on your pj’s, piggies” was repeated on every page even after they had their pj’s on which I found odd. Overall this was a cute book that my son enjoyed!

I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson and the Harper Collins Book Look Bloggers program in exchange for my review.

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Makeup Look: Featuring New Revlon Putty Powder Eye Beam

Today I’m sharing a look I did using the new Revlon Putty Powder Eye Beam single shadows. These shadows are from the Crystal Aura collection. I have the shade “Mesmerized”, a gorgeous plummy burgundy sparkle! The glitter is intense and I love it!

I paired this single shadow with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette, using “Buon Fresco” and “Warm Taupe” in the crease and I mixed “Love Letter” and “Cypress Umber” lightly in the outer corner.

To complete this look I’m wearing NOTE Cosmetics “Desert Rose” blush and Too Faced “Fruit Cake” lip glaze from their Tutti Frutti Christmas Fruit Cake Holiday kit. I thought the L’Oreal burgundy tinted Voluminous mascara would compliment this shadow nicely! It’s subtle but a fun change from the typical black mascara.

Have you seen these new Revlon shadows? Honestly, I hardly ever stop and look at Revlon, but these caught my eye on the Ulta site so I had to purchase one and I’m glad I did!

Book Review

Book Review: The Summer of Chasing Dreams by Holly Martin-4 Stars

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After her mom Juliette dies and Eva is clearing out her house, she finds a trunk full of slips of paper containing dreams her mom had but didn’t get to achieve. Using money left to her from the will, Eva makes it her mission to reach all the dreams her mom had, traveling the world and checking them off one by one on postcards she addresses to her mom. She finds a travel agency that includes agents who will escort travelers to their various destinations, and an unfortunate incident leaves Eva stuck with Thor- a Dane whose good looks match up to his godly name, but he is rude and arrogant, at least to Eva’s first impression!

Eva is rather reserved and prefers to stay at home in her pj’s, so this round-the-world trip is a huge change for her. In order to attain some of her mom’s dreams, such as singing on top of the Eiffel Tower and skydiving, Eva has to be brave and live life like her mom did, without fear. I loved visiting all of the different locations Eva and Thor traveled to on this journey. Each location and dream Juliette had is described in such a way you honestly feel you are right there with them. I especially loved their visit in Amsterdam with the tulips, flower parade, and the fact they got to sleep in a windmill-I didn’t even know you could do that! It was so fun and memorable following Eva around as she made her mom’s dreams come true, and along the way Eva realizes some dreams of her own.

While reading this I was rooting not only for Eva as she lived out her mom’s dreams, but for her and Thor as well. The chemistry was obvious between the two of them, but they are both so stubborn and afraid of getting hurt. This book had me laughing and crying all the way to the end. The travelling aspect was really neat, but I also loved the romance of course as well. It was both sweet and a little steamy! I really enjoyed the epilogue but hope to see more of these characters in upcoming books!

I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Amazon Free Welcome Baby Box Review

Recently I received my free Amazon Welcome Baby Box so I wanted to share what was in it because I was SO impressed and excited! To receive one of these boxes you have to create a baby registry, have at least $10 purchased off your registry, and be an Amazon Prime member. It states on Amazon that contents will vary so keep that in mind, but this was a great surprise and I will use everything I received.

I received: Pampers diapers with a travel bag, Honest Company diapers and wipes, Avent nursing pads, informative breastfeeding guide, and a bottle, Earth Mama Natural Nipple Butter, Amazing Baby muslin swaddle, a sample of Dreft baby detergent. and a sample pack of WaterWipes.

I think I am the most excited for the muslin swaddle! How adorable is the little zebra print?! I know with my first child we swaddled him as an infant and continued using them as he got older for various purposes such as a breastfeeding drape, car seat cover, or to cover him up when it’s just a little chilly because they are a thin, lightweight material. The other item I am super excited for is the Nipple Butter which will be a lifesaver while I’m breastfeeding! Of course the samples of diapers and wipes are definitely appreciated as well and will for sure come in handy to keep in the car in case I forget my diaper bag or something!

I can’t wait to use these items for Baby #2 when he comes along this summer!

Are you expecting or know anyone who is? Did you know about these boxes from Amazon?

Book Review

Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens- 5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.

Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

At its essence, this book is about an abandoned girl who must figure out life by herself. But it’s so much more than that. Part mystery, part coming-of-age, and wholly engrossing, you will not be able to put this one down.

When Kya is young, her mom walks out of the house and never looks back. Shortly after, all her siblings leave, and she’s left to fend for herself and deal with an abusive father. She doesn’t know how to read, count, or cook, and has to figure it all out alone, until a nearby boy named Tate starts helping her read. Along with Tate, Jumpin’, who works at the local store, and his wife Mabel, show Kya she is valued and loved even through all of the abandonment and discrimination she’s endured.

I could not stop cheering for Kya. She is the epitome of feminine strength and determination, and the definition of “picking yourself up by your bootstraps!” Living alone in the marsh, isolation and abandonment  shaped Kya into someone very different than the girls in town, but she is clever and intuitive, taking cues from the wildlife and Mother Nature in order to survive.

The imagery of all the marsh life was so descriptive. I learned a lot about birds and marsh beings from this book, but in a way that didn’t just read like a text book. I also really liked the use of local dialect throughout the story. The chapters span back and forth from Kya’s childhood in the 1950’s to 1969 when the town’s favorite boy Chase Andrews is found possibly murdered and the Marsh Girl Kya is a prime suspect.

This is a book that sticks with you long after you turn the last page. It’s one of my favorites I’ve read so far this year, if not of all time. It’s beautiful, heartbreaking, and captivating. I recommend everyone read it.

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Eye Makeup Look: Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Palette

Today I wanted to share a look I did recently using the ABH Sultry palette!

I love ABH palettes and this one is no exception! I am obsessed with the coral shade “Bloom” and wanted to create my look around that shade.

 

I used “Birch” as my transition and “Bloom” in the crease. Then I used just a little of “Noir” to darken up the outer corner. Next I applied NYX Glitter Primer and patted “Cyborg” on top of that for extra dimension! Using a glitter primer really helps shimmery shades pop. Lastly, I used “Fresh” to highlight my browbone and “Pearl” for a little inner corner highlight.

 

To complete the look I decided to wear Urban Decay “Sesso” gloss. This is a great neutral gloss that pairs with any eye look in my opinion. This was a really easy eye look to do, but I love the bright coral pop with the silver shimmer! It is really giving me spring vibes!

Do you have this palette? What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments!

Book Review

Book Review: The 7 & 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton- 2.5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

The Rules of Blackheath:

Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11:00 p.m. 
There are eight days, and eight witnesses for you to inhabit. 
We will only let you escape once you tell us the name of the killer. 
Understood? Then let’s begin…

Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others…

The most inventive debut of the year twists together a mystery of such unexpected creativity it will leave readers guessing until the very last page.

This novel has a creative premise. I mean, it’s like Clue or Groundhog Day in book form!

Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11 pm and Aiden must reveal the killer to escape Blackheath. The only problem is, Aiden wakes up in a different body every day for eight days, leaving his memory in fragments, making it hard to piece together what he knows and what else he needs to discover. The first day of the eight days Aiden is given to solve Evelyn’s murder was interesting. After that, I became bored and extremely confused. There were SO many characters and different subplots happening it was very hard to stay focused. I felt the whole book was disjointed and so many things didn’t seem to make sense. I especially thought Daniel was a confusing character that didn’t quite seem to be explained, as well as why Aiden could remember some events that took place, whether it be ones to come in another body, or those he’s already lived out in the past through another host.

It was long and slow moving so unfortunately this book ended up not being for me and I can’t recommend.

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Bible Review: Crossway ESV Illuminated Bible- 4 Stars

The ESV Illuminated Bible is a beautiful art journaling bible. My copy is hardback and it is extremely sturdy and heavy!

The pages are cream colored, and while slightly thicker than a normal bible, you can still see the designs through the other pages. I feel like once you’ve added your own designs and writings ink could possibly bleed through the pages. I don’t like how you can see it through the other side but that is just my preference! My only other complaint is that the designs don’t have much space for you to say, color in, if you wanted. The only areas for adding your own journaling I feel like, is on the pages with blank margins. The scripture is single column with plenty of space on the margin for notes or drawings.

The designs are truly beautiful, so beautiful I don’t want to mess it up by drawing my own artwork in it! I especially like how the book title pages allude to that specific book, such as Daniel in the lion’s den and the whale in Jonah!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The gold writings and illustrations really bring the scripture to life and I think having space for your own personal notes or sketching is a great addition to this Bible!

Thank you to Crossway for sending me this Bible for review purposes.