Lady of the Shadows: A Sleuth Story (Private Investigator's Memoirs)

Review: Lady of the Shadows by Saray Gelb

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Official description

Based on the true story of the lady of the shadows

Jordan is an intelligence and covert operations agent. She is a beautiful and sensual woman in a world of macho men. Carrying with her the experience of an army commander, she becomes a sophisticated spy. She enrolls in obscure missions behind enemy lines and recruits the dancing skills that accompany her since childhood in order to infiltrate an exclusive men’s club in a hostile country.

After her discharge from the unit, she continues with missions of espionage and surveillance as a private investigator, “a shadow woman”.

>>> The Shadow People

Between the more recognized “shadow government” to “shadow war” there is a world of concealed shadow people. The shadow people secretly gather intelligence through observation and surveillance in the covert intelligence world.

In the spiritual world, the shadow people are God’s followers who walk in his shadow.

In the psychological aspect, these people accompany the individual in life’s crises and upheavals.

All of these together are embodied in book “The Lady of the Shadows” and its heroine who went through all the stages, from an intelligence agent through a private investigator, a student and a teacher in the mystical world until she became a PhD in psychology and an Adlerian lecturer. She chose to help people while she herself remained in the shadows.

After reading this book, you would not walk through shadow zones.

>>> A wild and liberating femininity

Betrayals, dancing in foreign territory, pain and growth, are all leading the reader in a suspenseful and exciting experience that contains insights about love, hate and revenge.

This is a book about a wild and liberating femininity and a sensual and passionate woman in a world dominant by males. Reality and imagination are fused together inseparably and concoct a sweeping and moving story.

Where to buy
From Amazon – You can purchase the kindle edition for $3.99 USD.

I found this book interesting. It’s not the normal genre I would get for myself. The first night I read it I got to 79% without realizing how much I’d read. It’s basically about a woman in Israel named Jordan who enlists and finds herself working in a military prison, which during her time was a mans world. She quickly rises and quickly becomes a spy. Eventually she becomes a private investigator. She takes all kinds of clients and investigates cases from adultery to child trafficking. Throughout her life as a private investigator she finds love and loses it, finds it again, marries, has a child, becomes injured and loses her husband to death. After his death she becomes the strength for her young child all the while doing her investigations. Eventually her grief catches up with her when her son is 19 and a soldier himself. In the end she writes her dead husband a letter and reads it to him at his grave, forgiving him for leaving her. It’s an intriguing book and I really enjoyed it. My only complaint is that it needs to be proofread better. There are several spelling mistakes. Other than that it’s a great read and was a nice change from my usual style!

Lady of the Shadows by Saray Gelb
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Summary

Pros
Interesting story
Easy to read
Inexpensive

Cons
Spelling errors

Final thoughts
This was a good read despite some spelling errors.

Buy or not
I would probably purchase from this author again

4.5
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Luminous Serum

Review: Anaiti Luminous Serum

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A VITAMIN C REJUVENATING SERUM NOT JUST FOR CELEBRITIES!

– Is your skin showing increased pigmentation?
– Fine lines and wrinkles?
– Does it look and feel dehydrated?

ANAITI’S ‘DERMATOLOGIST SKIN CARE IN A BOTTLE’ CAN HELP

Some Vitamin C serums focus solely on reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Our formula does that and a whole lot more! Your skin can look smoother and have an even, radiant tone. Younger looking skin at your fingertips!

RESPECTED RESULTS – OUR PRODUCT RIVALS SIMILAR ALTERNATIVES – IT IS SIMPLY SUPERIOR!

A unique formula of cutting edge ingredients:

* RENOVAGE – shown to reduce pigmentation by 56% after 6 months with skin recovering its structure and becoming 35% firmer in just 30 days.

* MATRIXYL – stimulates the fibroblasts that produce collagen to keep your skin sooth. Shown to reduce wrinkle depth by 68%.

The natural powers of stabilized Vitamin C and Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), reducing skin pigmentation, stimulating collagen production, and protecting the skin from UV damage.

Research has shown that our unique combination of patented ingredients can improve the appearance of aging skin. Our customers love Anaiti!

Most women in a clinical study reported positive results within 30 minutes:

– 100% reported smoother skin, and that it had an anti-wrinkle effect
– 60% reported more hydrated skin

Where to buy
From Amazon – You get a one fluid ounce bottle for $49.00 USD.

Directions
After cleansing, apply a thin layer over skin until absorbed. Apply twice daily, morning and night. Avoid contact with eyes.

Packaging
This comes in a clear plastic bottle with a pump top and clear snap on lid. The pump top is white with a silver rim. The label has product and company information on it.

Scent and formula
This smells of oranges and a fresh scent. It feels like a very lightweight, more on the watery side lotion. It’s got a light orangey color tint to it. It absorbs almost completely. It leaves a barely there tacky feeling.

Ingredients
Aqua, isopropyl palmitate, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, caprylic/capric triglyceride and teprenone (Renovage), palmitoyl pentapeptide-4 (Matrixyl), sodium ascorbyl phosphate, niacinamide, glycerine, cetearyl alcohol, tocopheryl acetate, aloe barbadensis (vera) leave juice, certified organic matricaria recutita (chamomile) flower extract, sclerotium gum, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fragrance, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol. CosDNA analysis

This serum is really nice. It absorbs really well into my skin and doesn’t turn into little balls when I’m massaging it in. I get scars from acne off and on and this has helped to lighten them well. It also helps even out the red in my skin tone more. It is moisturizing without being oily and it makes my skin smooth and firm.

Anaiti Luminous Serum
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Summary

Pros
Evens skin tone
Reduces acne scars
Improves skin texture
Makes skin firmer
Moisturizes

Cons
Expensive

Final thoughts
This is a really good formula. It helps out well with acne scars and pigmentation.

Buy or not
If it were in my price range, yes.

4.3
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The Advanced Age-Defying Serum

Review: Anaiti The Advanced Age-Defying Serum

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AGE-DEFYING SERUM THAT’S NOT JUST FOR CELEBRITIES!
– Noticing new lines/wrinkles, or a loss of firmness/elasticity?
– Not ready for costly, painful solutions but wanting powerful results?

ANAITI’S ANTI-AGING SERUM CAN HELP

A one-stop shop for addressing signs of aging. Easily applied at home, it works deep into the skin’s layers boosting your natural ‘protect & repair’ functions.

WHY IS ADVANCED AGE-DEFYING SERUM DIFFERENT?

It’s not just an anti-wrinkle cream but the most complete single skin care product and at-home alternative to cosmetic injections.

* HYALURONIC ACID – this ‘Fountain of Youth’ is a phenomenal moisturizer, holding 1000 times its weight in water.

* RENOVAGE – can lessen pigmentation by 56% after 6 months, with skin becoming 35% firmer in 30 days.

* MATRIXYL – stimulates fibroblasts to keep your skin smooth and reduces wrinkle depth by 68%.

Research shows our blend of patented skinceutical ingredients can improve the appearance of aging skin. Our customers love Anaiti!

** Imagine a younger looking YOU **

RESPECTED RESULTS – OUR PRODUCT RIVALS SIMILAR ALTERNATIVES – IT IS SIMPLY SUPERIOR!

These superior ingredients have been clinically tested to yield visible results.

WHAT RESULTS WILL YOU SEE?

– Increased skin hydration/elasticity
– Less pigmentation/skin redness/visible wrinkles
– Decreased pore size

Where to buy
From Amazon – You’ll get a one fluid ounce bottle for $49.99 USD.

Directions
Advanced Age-Defying Serum by Anaiti is effective as a daily moisturizer or as a highly effective nighttime serum to combat aging and pigmentation. For daytime use, apply after cleansing and allow to dry before applying make-up. For bedtime use, apply lightly after removing make-up and cleansing. The serum is intended for daily topical use, and is safe, oil-free, non-toxic, light, notably absorbent and derived from natural sources.

Packaging
This comes in a clear plastic pump bottle with a clear snap on cap. The pump is white with a silver rim. The label has product and company information on it.

Scent and formula
This has a fresh scent mingled with orange. This has a very light lotion consistency. It absorbs fully leaving a soft feeling on the skin.

Ingredients
Aqua, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, cetearyl alcohol, glycerine, octyl palmitate, caprlic/capric triglyceride and teprenone (Renovage), palmitoyl pentapeptide-4 (Matrixyl), dimethicone, sodium hyaluronate, xylitol, boron nitride, sclerotium gum, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fragrance, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, potassium sorbate. CosDNA analysis

This stuff is kind of great. One of the biggest problems I have with western skincare products is that they tend to ball up on my skin, which is really irritating. This serum doesn’t do that. It completely absorbs. It also helps to reduce the redness in my face and moisturizes really well. I’ve noticed that since I started using it my face looks more firm, it definitely helps with skin elasticity. It also helps to reduce the appearance of pores, not as well as other products I’ve tried, but it does help a little. So overall this absorbs really well into my skin, reduces redness, moisturizes, increases elasticity and reduces the appearance of pores. I’d say it’s a winner. My only issue is that it isn’t in my price range. d= That’s a bummer. It’s a very nice serum. The company offers a 100% money back guarantee as well.

Anaiti The Advanced Age-Defying Serum
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Summary

Pros
Reduces redness
Moisturizing
Makes skin smooth
Increases elasticity

Cons
Pricey

Final thoughts
This works pretty well with reducing redness and improving skin overall, but it's a bit pricey.

Buy or not
If it were in my budget, yes.

4.2

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Chubritsa

Review: Rustic Blends Chubritsa Traditional Bulgarian Table Spice Blend

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Official description
This salty table spice blend (also known as Sharena Sol) is a traditional Bulgarian seasoning with a distinctly unique flavor and harmonic aroma. It can be used on toasted breads, meats, cheeses, sandwiches, pizzas, soups, rice dishes, potatoes and more. Just sprinkle on your favorite food and enjoy!

  • All Natural: Free From Artificial Colors, Flavors and Preservatives
  • 2.75 ounce (78 gram) net wt.
  • Ingredients: Raw Pumpkin Seeds, Salt, Savory, Paprika, Thyme, Oregano, Fenugreek Leaves, Cayenne Pepper
  • Hand-Crafted in Small Batches
  • Hand-Packed in California

Where to buy
From Amazon – You get a 2.75 ounce bottle for $8.75 USD.

Packaging
It comes in a clear plastic bottle with a black screw on cap. It has a seal inside you have to remove before you can use it. The cap has two openings, one large opening for spooning the seasoning out and one with three small holes to shake out a little. The label has product and company information on it.

Scent and formula
This smells like a cross between Italian and Indian seasoning to me. That’s the best I can do. It’s an orangish-brown color.

Ingredients
Raw pumpkin seeds, salt, savory, paprika, thyme, oregano, fenugreek leaves, cayenne pepper.

So I’ve never had Bulgarian food and have never tried Chubritsa before. We have tried this on brussels sprouts, potatoes and fish so far and like it. I can’t quite describe the flavor, it reminds me of both Italian seasoning and Indian seasoning kind of mixed together. It is very tasty though and the kids like it which is a huge plus. I am going to have to look up some recipes that use it and try it in other things. I have read that it’s good on toast with butter or avocado and am going to have to try that, we just haven’t eaten bread in awhile. xd Overall though this is tasty and I will most likely keep a bottle in the kitchen.

Rustic Blends Chubritsa Traditional Bulgarian Table Spice Blend
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Summary

Pros
Tastes good
Good ingredients
Inexpensive
Available online

Cons
None

Final thoughts
This is tasty and I'm going to find new ways to use it!

Buy or not
Yes!

4.4
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Review: Citrus Clear Pore & Blackhead Extracting Mask

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Official description
Contains pure plant ingredients. herbs, and two types of natural earth clays which penetrate deep into pores and extract dirt and blackheads. When combined with the potent citrus essential oils, the clay and citrus come together to create a powerhouse in pore cleaning. This product is recommend to clean and shrink pores to avoid future enlarged pores.

  • Users can expect to see results after one use
  • Noticeably smaller pores
  • Extracts dirt, and oil
  • Gentle for sensitive skin

Where to buy
From Citrus Clear – You get a 2 ounce bottle for $24.99 USD.

Directions
Apply to dry or damp skin. Allow to remain on skin for 4-8 minutes until mask dries. Rinse with warm water.

Packaging
This comes in a clear glass bottle with a white screw on cap. It has a seal inside when you open it. The label has product and company informaion on it. the top has a stick of a lemon with leaves and water splashes.

Scent and formula
This smells minty like a wintergreen lozenge or something. I can’t quite place it but I’ve smelled it before. It’s a stiff white clay texture. Like if you were making a clay vase or something it’s wet like that. Does that make sense? xd

Ingredients
Organic citrus infusion, organic aloe barbadensis (aloe vera), kaolin clay, sodium magnesium silicate, magnesium aluminum silicate, cellulose gum, purified smectite clay, vanilla, citrus sinesis (sweet orange essential oil), wildcrafted melissa officinalis (lemon balm extract), citrus aurantium (orange hydrosol), citrus limon (lemon essential oil), citrus aurantifolia (lime essential oil), citrus reticulata (mandarin essential oil), citrus aurantium dulcis (orange peel extract), phenoxyethanol, ethyl hexyl glycerin, spirulina maxima (spirulina), macrocystis pyrifera (kelp), vitis vinifera (grape seed oil). CosDNA analysis

So this is another good product from Citrus Clear. Not as fun as the Tangerine Tingle, but it works well. It’s a clay mask that reduces the appearance of pores and gets dirt and grime and oil out of the crevices of your face! This stuff is cooling when you first put it on, but it dries fast and once it starts drying the cool feeling goes away. I’ve been using this a few times a week 3-4 to be exact. I’ve noticed that my pores look smaller since I started using it, especially right after using it. It also makes my face feel soft after I wash it off. It doesn’t dry my skin out at all but it reduces the oil on my forehead and nose which is really nice. The smell is kind of odd but not bothersome. It reminds me of a mint lozenge. This stuff feels like you’re using the kind of clay you use to make ceramics. It feels wet and squishy but not at the same time. Overall it’s a good mask and it reduces the appearance of my nose pores so that gets high points for me. ^.^

Citrus Clear Pore & Blackhead Extracting Mask
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Summary

Pros
Reduces the appearance of pores
Doesn't dry out skin
Makes skin smooth

Cons
None

Final thoughts
This stuff feels cooling when it's on and reduces the appearance of pores!

Buy or not
Yes

4.4
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