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Review: Ebook The NightShade Forensic Files: Under Dark Skies by A.J. Scudiere

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Official description
In NightShade, nothing is as it seems . . .

Eleri Eams didn’t think she’d ever be allowed to work for the FBI again, so the special FBI division of NightShade seems like an amazing opportunity. But all too soon, her chance to start over starts to disturb her.

When the FBI offers Donovan a chance to leave his job as a medical examiner and try his hand at something new, he takes a chance on the NightShade division. Somehow, he has to try to escape from his shadows, but can he trust Eleri with the truth?

Thrown together on their first case, Eleri and Donovan must deal with a charismatic cult leader and his true-believers. The cult is mixed up with several decade-old kidnapping cases and the missing daughter of a prominent FBI Agent. As Eleri and Donovan dig deeper, they discover that NightShade’s mysteries aren’t coincidence.

Their secrets will save them . . . or destroy them.

Where to buy
From Ajscudiere.com – You get a PDF for $2.99 USD.
From Amazon – You get an Ebook for $3.99 USD.

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I have to admit I loved this book. I read it in less than two days. It’s an amazing shapeshifter story and I couldn’t put it down. This is the first book I’ve read by A.J. Scrudiere and I can tell you that I’ll be picking up more. The writing is amazing and the story keeps you entranced. This was not a predictable or boring story and I can’t wait to read the next book.

Just a note, I have a migraine so I’ll be editing this and adding more in the next day or two.

The NightShade Forensic Files: Under Dark Skies by A.J. Scudiere
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Summary

Pros
Great story
Interesting read
Captures your attention

Cons
None

Final thoughts
Amazing story, highly recommend this book and author!

Buy or not
Yes!

5

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Swatches: AFK Cosmetics The Round Table Collection

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I forgot to add… In case you haven’t figured it out… It’s a collection based on Monty Python. That is all.

Official descriptions
Airspeed Velocity of an Unladen Swallow is a simple dark orange based brown in a lovely satin matte. Over a sticky primer the brown is at the forefront of this shadow, but over bare skin the color leans a burnt orange/brown that is begging for fall weather.
Black Beast of Arrghhhh! is a deep satiny blackened teal. Works well over any type of primer primer and holds promise of fantastic smokey eye look for evenings out.
Bring Out Your Dead is a dusty grey-taupe with a silvery sheen when applied over a sticky base. An excellent all over lid color.
Ni! is a lovely forest green with just a hint of silvery blue glitter. Perfect for walks in the woods, shubbery picking, or cutting trees down with herring.
That Rabbits Dynamite! is a gentle and unassuming as an innocent little bunny, this shadow is a pearly soft white with a touch of pink. Especially suited for inner eye highlighting!
……Tim? is a lovely golden, earthen brown with red and golden flecks and a satin finish.

Blush
Your Father Smelt of Elderberries is a soft, but fun light magenta blush that blends out into a gorgeous berry pink with a satin finish. Ideal for taunting people in French accents.

Highlighter
Holy Hand Grenade is a gorgeously shimmery gold highlighter with the ever so slightest hint of silvery glitter. Perfect for evening questing.

Lip gloss
Tis But a Scratch is a dramatic, sultry, and almost earthy blue based red gloss with excellent build ability.
Witches are Made of Wood is a gorgeous dusty rose gloss with hints of golden flecks. Can be applied in thin layers for a natural look, or built up for some added drama.

Ordering options
You will receive loose product in a 5g jar with a sifter, packed 2-2.5g by weight for $6.00 USD per jar.
You will receive loose product in a baggie, packed ¼ teaspoon by volume for $1.50 USD per baggie.

Blush & Highlighter
You will receive loose product in a 10g jar with a sifter, packed 4-5.5g by weight for $8.50 USD per jar.
You will receive loose product in a baggie, packed ¼ teaspoon by volume for $1.50 USD per baggie.

Lip Gloss
You will receive liquid product in a 8mL tube with doe foot applicator, packed 4-5.5g by volume for $8.00 USD per jar.
You will receive liquid product in a clamshell, packed 1.5mL by volume for $2.00 USD per clamshell.

You can purchase the entire set in full size for $62.00 USD or sample size for $14.00 USD.

Taken indoors under a daylight bulb. Swatched over Lunatick Cosmetic Labs Lunatick Primer, Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue and bare skin.

Airspeed Velocity of an Unladen Swallow is a satin chestnut brown.
Ingredients: Mica, Iron Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Magnesium Stearate, Carnauba Wax. VEGANlip safe

Black Beast of Arrghhhh! is a metallic blackened teal.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Tin Oxide, Magnesium Stearate, Carnauba Wax. VEGANlip safe

Bring Out Your Dead is a satin taupe with a silver sheen with silver sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Bismuth Oxychloride, Kaolin Clay, Magnesium Stearate, Carnauba Wax. VEGANlip safe

Ni! is a metallic forest green with silver and green sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Chromium Oxide Green, Aluminum Powder, Silica, Magnesium Stearate, Carnauba Wax. VEGANnot lip safe

That Rabbits Dynamite! is a pearly white with a pink sheen and pink sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Tin Oxide, Silica, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Magnesium Stearate, Carnauba Wax. VEGANlip safe

……Tim? is an earthy brown with a gold sheen and gold and red sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Tin Oxide, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Carnaba Wax, Magnesium Stearate. VEGANnot lip safe

Your Father Smelt of Elderberries is a satin berry blush.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Tin Oxide, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Red #33, Kaolin Clay, Bismuth Oxychloride, Magnesium Stearate, Carnauba Wax. VEGANnot lip safeNot Eye Safe

Holy Hand Grenade is a silvery gold highlighter.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Tin Oxide, Magnesium Stearate, Carnauba Wax. VEGANlip safeEye Safe

Tis But a Scratch is a deep wine red with red shimmer.
Ingredients: Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Mango Butter, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Glycerine, Mica, Iron Oxide, Red 33, Red 40, Vitamin E. VEGANlip safe

Witches are Made of Wood is a dusty rose with gold shimmer.
Ingredients: Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Mango Butter, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Glycerine, Mica, Iron Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Vitamin E. VEGANlip safe

Miss Dena sent these out before she went out of town for a wedding and I got them swatched a couple of days after I got them. I’m gonna need full sizes of the blush and highlighter, they are SO freaking pretty. I thought I love Mawwage, but Holy Hand Grenade is even prettier guys. t.t SO pretty. Also I love That Rabbits Dynamite, Bring Out Your Dead and Black Beast of Aughhhh! Also Witches Made of Wood is an amazing gloss. It’s gorgeous. This is a beautiful Autumn collection and you kind of need it. Such pretty rich colors! This collection will be released on August 31st and is a seasonal collection, so it’ll be around through November each year. Also one of the glosses was missing the little insert that wipes off the excess gloss, so that’s why one of the wands was gloopy. I let Dena know and asked if she could send me one when I get some Paladin Primer for my giveaway, so no worries if you order gloss, it will look like the other wand! xd

You can find AFK Cosmetics online here. You can contact Dena through the contact email afkcustomerservice@outlook.com. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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I've Been Carded! Black Soap Facial

Review: Desired Diva I’ve Been Carded! Black Soap Facial

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Official description
I’ve Been Carded! Black Soap Facial Treatment
Rewind the clock with this youth-renewing black soap facial treatment. Made with powerful African ingredients, this natural treatment deeply nourishes each pore, leaving you soft, toned, and fresh. 2 oz. DD-104

How I’ve Been Carded Black Soap Treatment Works:

  • African black soap is bursting with antioxidants that protect the skin from free radical damage, which is the main cause of premature skin aging, wrinkles and facial lines.
  • Black soap also helps to even out and fade age spots and discoloration.
  • Black soap is rich in Vitamins A and E. Vitamin A helps promote collagen production which makes your skin softer and more youthful, filling in lines and wrinkles. Vitamin E helps to heal tissue structure and improves the texture and tone of the skin.
  • Shea butter works to soften and smooth skin while firming up skin that has gotten looser with age. It also works to heal scarring!
  • African coffee exfoliates your skin while the antioxidants in coffee help to cleanse and nourish. The caffeine in coffee is also known to tone and tighten the skin while increasing circulation.

Where to buy
From Desired Diva – You get a 2 ounce jar for $15.90 USD.
From Amazon – You get a 2 ounce jar for $15.90 USD.

Packaging
This comes in a clear glass jar with a gold screw on lid. The label has product information.

Scent and formula
This is a dark brown almost waxy formula. It has black bits of coffee in it. It smells… I don’t know how to describe the smell, it’s a bit waxy/musty/musky/lemony smelling.

Ingredients
African black soap, shea butter, African coffee, fragrance.

I have to talk about the scent first. This smells funky. Like very funky. It smells weird at first then it gets a hint of lemon but still smells weird. I still haven’t gotten use to it. With that said, this cleanses well. It rinses clean and doesn’t leave my face feeling dry. The bits and pieces in it don’t seem to scratch or irritate my face. It leaves my face a little glowy and really clean. Unfortunately this is on the higher pH and is an 8. Too high for me to be comfortable using. The skin has a pH of 5.5. The jar itself is really nice, but the label came off after a couple of weeks of use.

Desired Diva I've Been Carded! Black Soap Facial
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Summary

Pros
Cleanses well
Rinses clean
Non-drying
Brightens skin

Cons
Smells awful
High pH

Final thoughts
This cleanses well, but the pH is too high for me to comfortably use.

Buy or not
No.

4.1

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Azteca Gold Healing Clay

Review: Azteca Gold Healing Clay

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Official description
CAN YOU THINK OF ANYTHING MORE EXCITING AS BRINGING BACK THE YOUTHFUL BEAUTY AND APPEARANCE TO YOUR FACE?

Enjoy the purest and highest quality Azteca Gold calcium bentonite clay that you can buy. 100% natural soft volcanic clay mined from various locations and blended to produce the finest product.

Due to its absorption properties, this highly charged, all natural Calcium Bentonite clay has a drawing power of 32 times its molecular weight. Its extremely strong absorptive and absorptive properties make it ideal for use in deep cleansing of the skin, facial masks, Hair masks, body wraps, etc. It is milled to a 325 screen mesh to provide a smooth, creamy, less gritty texture. Characterized by its unique expandable properties, this Bentonite clay has a greater capacity to draw impurities and excess oils from the skin. With a 9.7ph Factor,

6 TOP BENEFITS OF AZTECA GOLD BENTONITE CLAY

• World’s Most Powerful Healing Facial, Deep Pore Cleaning Strength
• 100% Natural Blend of the Best Calcium Bentonite Clay
• Does Not Contain Any Additives, Fragrances or Animal Byproducts, This Ultra Pure Clay Is Air Cleaned, Hypoallergenic & Guaranteed To Be Free Of Bacteria, Viruses, Molds Or Yeast.
• The Best Purest Pharmaceutical Grade For Detox, and Masks.
• Its Astoundingly Strong Drawing Action Cleanses Both Your Skin and Hair.

No Questions Asked 100% Money Back Guarantee. This product has a great shelf life, Original & Sealed. Blended in our Advanced United States cGMP compliant Facility.

Azteca Gold Secret Indian Healing Clay is SO good, with benefits positively overwhelming, you should grab two Jars NOW and give one to a friend.

Where to buy
From Amazon – You get a 2 ounce jar for $14.97 USD.

Directions
Masks: Using wooden, ceramic, or food grade plastic bowls and utensils (no metals). Easier to mix Clay powder into the water than to add water to he power. Mix equal amounts of pure filtered water or apple cider vinegar. Mix well into a smooth paste you can apply to your face. you might need to add additional liquid or clay to create a creme like consistency. Once you mix the Bentonite Clay it will get lumpy like oatmeal, after a few minutes the clay will absorb the water and become smoother. Wash face and then use fingers or brush to coat face 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Leave on 5 min. (dry skin) to 20 min. (oily skin.) Wash off with warm water (in shower is easiest) and immediately use high quality natural & organic based facial moisturizer. Organic apple cider vinegar may be substituted for water but start with one to one ratio, to see proper viscosity. Some redness is experienced and is normal as the blood in your face is drawn toward the clay cleansing your pores, this will subside shortly within a few minutes. Sometimes the amount of water to mix will vary because the clay will expand. We recommend adding a spoon of water at a time until it looks lumpy oatmeal. Usually no more than 3 1/2 times water is needed for each scoop of clay…If they wait an extra 5 minutes, most of the lumps will disappear as the clay continues to absorb the water and they can apply as usual. Hard water and Water softeners may cause inconsistent results. Chlorinated and fluoridated water may also result in poor mixture.

Packaging
This comes in a frosted plastic jar with a white screw on cap. Label has product and company information on it.

Scent and formula
This has no scent that I can smell. Dry it’s a gray fine powder. Wet it sorta has a gel feeling.

Ingredients
100% Pharmaceutical Grade Natural Calcium Bentonite Clay – (Exceeding The Cosmetic or Food Grade Quality Level) & Packaged in an FDA approved facility. – This Ultra Pure Clay Is Air Cleaned, Hypo-Allergenic & Guaranteed To Be Free Of Bacteria, Viruses, Molds Or Yeast. – No fragrances, spices, herbs, or other added ingredients. No animal testing.

This mask has an odd gel-like texture when it’s wet. It is one of the fasted drying masks I’ve tried. It’s not drying, but it helps reduce oil on my forehead and nose area. After using this my skin looks better and feels soft. It reduces the redness and makes my skin tone look more even after using it. I had a huge under the skin zit on the bridge of my nose that was bugging me for days, after using this I noticed that the inflammation was reduced a fair amount. This is easy to rinse off with warm water. It was a little itchy the first couple of times I used it, but I haven’t had any itchiness since.

Azteca Gold Healing Clay
  • Packaging
  • Efficacy
  • Texture
  • Ingredients
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Summary

Pros
Reduces oil
Reduces redness
Helps reduce appearance of acne
Evens skin tone
Non drying

Cons
None

Final thoughts
This mask is inexpensive and is helpful to the skin.

Buy or not
Yes

4.4

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Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons

Review: 1Easylife Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons

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Official description
We must have had a painful experience time and time again:
you read on the label that you need to add 2.5ml or 3ml of ingredient to the recipe but your mind just can’t decipher exactly how much that is.

Now, You should have in your hands a set of 1Easylife Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons which will finally relieve you of all that hassle by quick and accurate measurement markings in six different but helpful sizes: 1/8-tsp., 1/4-tsp., 1/2-tsp., 1-tsp., 1/2-Tbsp. and 1-Tbsp.

✓ The whole set of spoons nest together for ease of storage and are held together by a small metal ring so you’ll never lose that one spoon you desperately need!
✓ 1Easylife measuring spoons are made of stainless steel which means our spoons will never rust and can safely be placed in the dishwasher after use.
✓ Each spoon is engraved with the correct measure so they are durable and attractive looking, will never rub off and do the purpose they are intended for very well.
✓ It’s the perfect solution to using cheap plastic spoons and reducing your plastic footprint!

Features
★ Perfect gift for newly weds or someone setting up house keeping
★ A great little gift for those that love to cook or bake
★ Very high quality Stainless Steel
★ Deep elongated spoons for easy scooping
★ Ideal for any recipes
★ Level rims ensure precise measuring
★ Engraved Markings
★ Heavy duty stainless steel construction
★ Dishwasher safe, hand washing is recommended for best results

Set Includes
– 1/8-tsp. (0.63ML)
– 1/4-tsp. (1.25ML)
– 1/2-tsp. (2.5ML)
– 1-tsp. (5ML)
– 1/2-Tbsp. (7.5ML)
– 1-Tbsp. (15ML)

#1 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons! Don’t Miss Out!

Where to buy
From Amazon – You get 6 measuring spoons for $12.99 USD.

Packaging
These come in a cardboard box that has company and product information. Inside the box they come in a clear cellophane bag.

I really like these measuring spoons. Not only do they have mL listed on them but they are deeper than the ones I already had, which makes them super useful to me when I’m taking product shots of shadows. They fit into the jars easier and make a nice dip in the powder for me to photograph. Because they are skinnier than what I already had they also fit better into the small spice jars I have. They are a made with a satin brushed finish too which I really like. They are made in china but stamped in the USA. I find them to be sturdy but not too heavy and not super light. They are easy to remove from the clip ring they come on and easy to clean. A couple of the spoons had small scratches on the back when they came, but it wasn’t a big deal for me. They’ll get a lot more banged up in this house. Overall they are really nice measuring spoons and I like them. They’re pretty useful for me.

1Easylife Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
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  • Ease of use
  • Quality
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Summary

Pros
Sturdy
Has multiple measurements
Inexpensive
Good quality

Cons
None

Final thoughts
I really like these measuring spoons for cooking and for use in makeup stuff!

Buy or not
Yes!

4.4

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