Sunday, December 28, 2014

Nutritional Yeast
Maker -Official Website 
Product Type - Food
Where to Buy - 
Price - $12.95 + shipping without PRIME

Here are a few of the benefits of adding Nutritional Yeast to your diet:

 OPTIMIZE YOUR HEALTH WITH SUPER NUTRIENTS. Our Nutritional Yeast is naturally comprised of 50% protein (a complete, bioavailable and vegan source), over 20% fiber, contains all 18 amino acids and 15 different minerals (including iron, selenium and zinc) as well as a natural vitamin B-complex and Beta-glucans (known for their extreme immune enhancing properties plus their ability to lower bad cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and some cancers).

LOSE WEIGHT NATURALLY. Enjoy guilt-free deliciousness with this salty, creamy, nutty, cheese-tasting superfood that can be sprinkled on just about everything and is bound to become your secret weapon in weight loss! In addition to being extremely low in calories, fat and sodium, it is dairy free, gluten free, MSG free and chocked full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein. Thank you mother nature!

FIGHT AGING & FREE RADICALS. With highly absorbable amounts of nucleotides (the building blocks of DNA & RNA), Nutritional Yeast promotes cellular repair and regeneration. Then, by combining the two antioxidants glutathione and selenium, our Nutritional Yeast Flakes create a special enzyme called glutathione peroxidase that is known to neutralize free radicals and protect us from their damage.

END YOUR ENERGY CRISIS. 15-40% of Americans are deficient in B vitamins which can lead to deep and ongoing fatigue, brain fog, irritability, depression, and even insomnia (as they play a crucial role in melatonin production). The body depends on B6 to make the hormones serotonin and norepinephrine, which affect both mood and feelings of happiness. Improved Vitamin B intake helps us sleep well and helps balance our hormones. increase our energy levels, clarity & overall mental function.

Whomever said that this tastes like cheese needs to be kicked...hard! This was by far the most disgusting thing I have gotten in a long while. 

The little yellow flakes (AKA powder of death) smells horrible in the bag and I was very not wanting to try this. I tasted a bit on a spoon and while the texture and meltiness on my tongue was fine it was very sour tasteing, it tasted processed and while slightly cheesy, not good enough! 

 Being one to not leave something alone after one try I decided maybe it would taste okay in a food item (or at least masked well enough)... NOPE. I put this with rice, who dosnt like cheese and rice right? Tasted sour still and while it did mix in well and i could not feel it on my tongue so much the terrible taste was still there and I could not finish my food. I know it is supposed to be healthy and good for you and all that but there ARE healthy things that taste FAR better than this stuff!

Note - I received this product in exchange for an honest review

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Gurin High Accuracy Digital Scale
Maker - Gurin
Where to buy  - Amazon
Sold by - Oximeter Superstore 
Price - $23.50 + shipping without PRIME

Gurin High Accuracy Digital Bathroom Scale with 4.3 inch Extra Large Cool Blue Backlight Display features "Smart Step-On" Technology. One of the most advanced digital scales in the industry with 4 high precision latest generation sensors that respond accurately and consistently every time. 

The Gurin "Smart Step-On" technology offers instant and accurate measurements upon stepping onto the scale; no more tapping is required to turn the scale on!! Automatic turning off technology is another user-friendly design. Runs on 4 AAA batteries (included). 

 Features includes extra thick tempered glass top, automatic calibration, and accurate measurements up to 400 lbs.

Can I just say how much I love the look of this? It looks white in the picture but it is actually CLEAR! So modern looking and unique! The LED numbers are blue and bright and easy to read so those of us with bad eyes can easily see how much we do not want to weigh. 

 It comes with batteries (4 of them) which is a nice touch and was the longest part of set up (the ONLY part) as soon as they are in you are ready to go! You do have to make sure you use this on a flat surface like a kitchen or bathroom floor or it will not read right. It does not take long to read either and it is quiet, no annoying beeping. It is a simple scale for sure, you can't program anything or have space for certain people for privacy or remembering your previous weight but I do not feel these things are nessacary and do not detract from such a nice little scale.

Note - I received this product in exchange for an honest review

Friday, December 19, 2014

Perfect Probiotic for Women
Maker - Hyperbiotics
Where to buy - Amazon
Price - $23.95 + shipping without PRIME

With this formula, you will finally be able to: 

TAKE BACK YOUR LIFE. The detrimental effects of women's health issues has lead to the formulation of this product - the first of its kind, an all-natural and proprietary formula comprised of the 3 most proven ingredients in women's health and designed to give you the digestive, immune, urinary and vaginal protection you've been looking for. Life should be easy. 

GET 15 TIMES MORE RESULTS. With patented controlled-release technology, our targeted women's probiotic formula will deliver 15x more beneficial flora deep into your intestinal tract than other capsules. Our microbes will even reach your large intestine, where they are needed most. See below to understand the Science behind the Superiority.

PREVENT URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS. With 100% naturally occurring (non-synthetic) D-Mannose and Cranberry Extract, this formula packs a powerful punch when it comes to UTI prevention and treatment. D-Mannose prevents undesirable foreign substances, like bacteria, from attaching to the urinary tract lining and causing infection. D-Mannose can help cure more than 90% of all UTIs within 1-2 days! 

 CONTROL YEAST AND CANDIDA OVERGROWTH. Replenishing your probiotic colonies is the secret weapon in controlling yeast and candida as it eliminates the root cause of pathogenic activity by restoring your internal flora to its proper state of balance. Once your new probiotics take hold, they will do their job and inhibit the growth of yeast and candida. 

 GET WELL & FEEL GREAT. 80% of your immune system is in your gut, and when probiotics (the good guys) are abundant in your body, it's harder for the disease causing bacteria (the bad guys) to settle in. This formula will help restore beneficial bacteria for optimal digestive and immune health, promoting daily relief from allergies, gas, bloating and constipation, even helping you to increase your nutrient absorption, achieve your weight loss goals and improve your mood and energy levels!

Everyone has digestive issues at least once in their lives. I have a fiber deficiency and so I need probiotics a bit more than some, It took a while but these really did work! 

 The pills are small and easy to swallow and there are enough for 30 days so you can take 1 a day and be good, It took about a week or two but i did see improvements on my overall digestive capabilities. (without going into too much detail, i found i was going easier) I had no adverse side effects from this, no dizzyness, stomach aches, or bloating. These aer very good to work into your routine and your diet.

Note - I received this product in exchange for an honest review

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pet urine and odor stain remover
Maker - Furry Paws
Where to buy- Amazon
Price - $14.99 + shipping without PRIME

Our Commercial grade Pet Odor Remover formula removes all types of pet stains not just urine stains 

Not only will our Pet Stain Remover remove pet stains and odors but stops your pet revisiting the same spot 

Our enzyme based commercial strength cleaner has a fresh clean fragrance so no harsh chemical smell 

Advanced formula product is formulated and manufactured in the USA and has earned the seal of approval from the Carpet and Rug Institute as being safe to use on your carpets 

We just got a new puppy, and as we all know puppies tend to have accidents while they are learning that outside is where they go. This came with a cap over the top and the spray nozzel attached with a rubber band, for easy transport and i appreciate that. 

 The instructions are very specific and very clear. There are quite a few steps to follow but if you do then you will succeed in eliminating odors and stains from your carpet. The product itself smells like a cleaner would, chemicaly but not very harsh, it is a light industrial clean scent. The nozzle turns to offer a stream or spray setting (I never use stream, it is too concentrated) you do not need to use much of this either. The waiting 3-4 hours was the hardest part as I wanted to see how well it worked right away. 

 You get quite a lot of product with this and it should last a long time depending on how many no-nos your pup or kitten does (or other furkids) and how may you have. It is nice to have around there just in case. 

 On a side note, this also gets out blood if your dog is teething and or has lost some teeth or gets hurt.

Note - I received one or more of these products in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Teeth Whitening Kit
Maker - . Dr. Song Medical
Item - Teeth whitening kit with 44% Carbamide Peroxide
Offical Website 

About us: 

Dr Song Medical is a medical cosmetic laboratory that originally manufactured products for professionals, doctors, and medical facilities. Dr Song Medical products are made in the USA and is FDA compliant and a provider of professional products. 

About the item: 

Dr Song Home Professional Teeth Whitening 44% Carbamide Peroxide Kit Maximum strength take home teeth whitening kit, the same ones used by dentists, but done in the convenience of your own home! Since this kit contains professional maximum strength whitening gel, it is not reccomended for use if you have sensitive teeth. 


• 8 large syringes of whitening gel - good for 50 applications 
 • 1 large remineralization gel syringe 
• gel applicator brush - for easy application of whitening gel 
 • LED Blue Light Accelerator - for acceleration of whitening process 
 • moldable teeth trays

If you want a whitening kit that is gentle and provides results over a period of time (not immediately, as that could be unsafe) then this kit is great for you. It comes with a lot of little syringes full of the whitening liquid, which you only use a few MLs so you really do get 50 uses out of it. I personally loved the syringes because they are also marked with the MLs so you know how much to use. The brush it comes with is a wonderful addition, you can really get in the nooks of your teeth and get every surface available. 

The light was tricky though, if you do not read well (or do not read instructions because you are in a hurry to use it or.. male..) You need to open it up to the batteries and take the little plastic piece out before it will light up. The light is gentle and easy to turn on and off. You get three teeth trays with this, one for top and bottom and one  just in case. You need to boil some water and hold the tray in it so that it becomes pliable and then stick it in your mouth and suck it as close to your teeth as possible so that it will mold around them (if you mess up do not worry, you an do this as many times as you need) You can review instructions HERE for molding the trays. 

The actuall process is easy. The liquid itself once on your teeth bubbles and you can feel it working, it is tingly. I left it on for 15 minutes with the light on it (which fits perfectly in my mouth, my mouth is small and it popped in and out easily) and then took it out with the trays and brushed my teeth afterwards. Be warned, there will be A LOT of drool! you do NOT want to swallow during the process because you might swallow some of the product and may get sick  Cleanup is fast and easy and you can keep everything together in the little plastic bag it all comes in or use a ziploc bag. 

It says for quicker results to do it for up to four hours (not the light though, that must come out after 15 minutes) but I could not see myself using this for that long. My teeth have started to whiten little by little, its  nowhere near sparkle snow white but they do look better. If you are looking for a quick fix this is not for you, but if you want something that will work over time and is safe, then give it a try. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Zoe, Undead
Author - J. R Knoll
Series - Zoe, Undead #1)
Genre - Apocalyptic, YA
Pages - 228

A new disease has struck worldwide, one that attacks and reprograms the brain, kills and controls the body, and reduces the less than living victim to a killing/eating machine.

 With more than seventy-five percent of the world's population either dead or infected, only a few pockets of resistance remain. The remnants of militaries have banded together with a few volunteers to form Zombie Response Teams to fight back and prevent the extinction of mankind, but they are losing the war.

 One family will fight to protect their autistic daughter from the horror of the wandering zombie mobs.

 They fail.

Now, Zoe unwittingly holds the key to mankind's survival, to winning the war, and only she can walk in the two worlds of the living and the undead.

Zombie stories, we know them we love them but there is ittle in the way of variety. The whole premise is that mindless zombies (whatever they may be called by the people in the books) are running rampant and its up to the survivors to either, well, survive or fight back. Nothing new right? Zoe, Undead changes that. 

 Sure there are your typical 'give me brains' brainless zombies but this book does not follow the survivors persay.. it actually follows someone bitten, a zombie and yet, not. Zoe is a seventeen year old autistic girl who just happen to be half zombie, she has grey skin and heals faster than regular humans but she retains her cognitive functions and does not have a craving for brains, she quite enjoys spagetti-Os instead. 

 Zoe was a joy to read about and read how she handled certain situations. Her child-like innocent nature was charming and I enjoyed learning how autistic minds work. I also enjoyed how she grew through out the book and came out of her shell a bit, and I hope there i something between her and Zach in the future because it is so sweet! The other characters lended charm and whit and sometimes a bit of naughtyness, I liked most of them and I near cried at one point in the book (no spoilers!) 

 I think the only thing i could say bad about this book is some of the writing. The storytelling is fluid and the world building is fine It is just the way the author chose to word some things. I can't count how many times someone 'barked' a scream or order or how many times someone "smartly' did something. These are little gripes however and it does nothing to kill the mood of the book, it was just something I picked up on. If you want a nice zombie read from a different perspective, pick up Zoe, Undead. You will not be dissapointed!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Matcha Green Tea
Maker - Kiss Me Organics
Product - Green Tea powder for consumption
Price - $28.00 + shipping without  PRIME
Where to buy - Amazon

There are so many Matcha powder in the market today. What makes ours different? Let's consider these facts:

RECOGNIZED BY THE UNITED NATIONS: Our Matcha is grown in the top tea-producing Shizuoka region of Japan which is recognized by the United Nations as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System

 OVER 100 YEARS OF ORGANIC FARMING EXPERIENCE: Our certified organic family-owned Japanese tea farm has been operating since 1915, run by the same family for over 3 generations.

 UP TO ​137x THE ANTIOXIDANTS OF BREWED GREEN TEA: Matcha is a fine powdered form of shade grown green tea leaves. This means you consume the entire leaf providing your body and mind with a maximum concentration of Polyphenols and EGCG.

 100% FIRST HARVEST TEA LEAVES, known as Sae Midori cultivar

 MILD STEADY ENERGY it acts both as a stimulant and a relaxant. This is ideal for focusing on whatever the day throws your way.

METABOLISM BOOST Consuming matcha green tea can increase thermogenesis (the body's own rate of burning calories) from a normal 8%-10% of daily energy expenditure, to between 35% and 43% of daily energy expediture.

 IMPROVED SKIN HEALTH ​ Scientists have discovered that Matcha Green Tea helps protect the skin from harmful UVrays, while improving blood flow and oxygen levels lifting the overall quality of the skin.

 UP TO 137x THE ANTIOXIDANTS OF BREWED GREEN TEA Antioxidants are essential as you age to boost your body's natural defenses against oxidation. Researchers have found that a high level of dietary antioxidants can prevent many age-related diseases.

I love green tea, I love everything about green tea from the health benefits to the earthy taste and its history. This came packaged in the little tin (you see in the picture) in a baggie for extra freshnes and safe travels. Once you put it in the tin out of the bag you get roughly half the tin full of beautiful green powder. 

Getting ready for a cup of  tea.

 When the directions say to put a teaspoon in the cup THEN the boiling water.. do it! I did it the other way out of sheer lazyness and it did not work, there were clumps and it did not dissolve right. When you do it right though (after stirring it really, really well) you get his hot, delicious, pretty cup of green heaven. 

Bright lovely green!

 I have never had ceremonial grade Matcha before, I have always just had the bagged version and this was a treat! You first notice the aroma, its earthy and deep and then you notice the color, this bright algae green that is so lively and inviteing. The taste? exquisite. It is bitter but not harsh, not sweet but light and soft, slightly floral. It is the perfect cup of warm pick me up you need when you are sitting inside out of the cold reading a book. You can even use this in baking (matcha and chocolate are SO good together) sprinkle some over chocolate cupcakes or brownies or roll chocolate truffles/fudge in it and shake off the excess!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Half A King
Author - Joe Abercrombie
Series - Shattered Sea #1
Genre - Fantasy
Pages - 352

“I swore an oath to be avenged on the killers of my father. I may be half a man, but I swore a whole oath” 

 Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself. And he must do it all with only one good hand. 

 The deceived will become the deceiver Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, 

Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a cold heart rule. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge. 

 The betrayed will become the betrayer 

 Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast and the lost, he finds they can do more to help him become the man he needs to be than any court of nobles could. 

 Will the usurped become the usurper? 

 But even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi’s path may end as it began – in twists, and traps and tragedy...

This was an ARC and let me tell you, if you like twists, an underdog, hardship with a sprinkling of comradere and friendship, politics and schemes, then you just may want to pick up this book.

 Half a King is about Yarvi, a man with only one hand who is thrust into position as king, and then due to some unortunate circumstances thrust into being an oarsman slave. Throughout the book i felt sad for Yarvi but i did not pity him his infirmiry, it gave him his character and made him what a great hero should be. He made mistakes here and there, he got thrown the short end of the stick many times but he was clever, what he lack in strength he made up for in wit and cunning. 

 The world building was decent, you never really get a feel for the lands. Its hot here, its cold here but that was basically it, they traveled so quickly through them that any landmarks or notable details are soon forgotten. That is not to say that the author is not detaled or focused, the book was great and I really liked the descriptions when given. 

 What really shines though is the friendships Yarvi makes, his companions that travel with him add spice and each has their own personality. I really liked how the friendships were rocky at first, especially with Ankran, but they built up and becae more than just second-hand characters. 

 The plot twists at the end were very well done, I could not have known what was going to happen even though there were wubtle hints here and there in the book. I do hope there is a next one though or the author i working on more books as i type, i would love to read ore from him!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Dead Sea Mud Mask
Maker - Instanatural
Product type - Mask
Where to buy -
Price - $25.95 + shipping without Prime

Dead Sea Mud Mask is an all-natural detoxifier and purifier that comes from the renowned and sacred Dead Sea. More than a million visitors each year flock to this extraordinary body of water in the Mediterranean, which contains many minerals beneficial to the skin, such as magnesium, sodium, bromine, potassium and calcium.

Once applied, this mud mask treatment starts working to absorb excess oil, dirt and toxins from the skin. It is great to expunge acne, pimples and blackheads. It also helps to restore an even skin tone for a smoother complexion. When used as a body treatment, the mud mask can soothe and relieve muscles aches and pains.

 Whether used on the face or the body, our Dead Sea Mud Mask is a superb in-home spa treatment that will reveal more vibrant, refined, healthier skin.

I am a fan of masks and anything i can slather on my face sit in a bath and read for at least 15 minutes and not have to move. This was perfect for that, however.. not so perfect for my skin. 

 The jar is fine enough and large so you get plenty of product and you do not need to use much (in face i recommend you do not or it will take forever to dry) However, the substance itself is ... a disturbing texture. It looks fine because its dead sea mud the cold grey look is conducive to 'mud' but the feel of it is just wrong, its slimy and goopey. This does not smell bad though and feels pretty good on your face its just the odd hand feel that gets to me. The mask will dry in about 10-15 minutes, do not leave it on more than that even if it is not fully dry, this will start to itch badly if you do, at least it did for me! 

It is easy to wash off though and takes no time at all, just be sure to wash it off with warm water and your fingers in circular motions. Also, make super sure you have a really good moisturizer on afterwards and this will dry you out extremely badly! Your skin will look very nice afterwards though, very dewy and new looking and your pores will be shrunken and less visible.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Witch's Spell Silk Soap
Maker - Bleu Soap Company
Price - $8.00

An all natural soap made with natural oils, butters, activated charcoal and real silk! 

They make lotions as well as soaps in a variety of scents.

Anyone that knows me knows that I LOVE indie soaps and lotions. I was at the flea market one day and right before I was leaving I found a little table with the nicest guy selling lotions and soaps. I was drawn to this black, purple, and cream swirled soap. 

 It is marketed as "silk" soap. I was unaware what silk soap was but apparently it means 'You will have skin like a baby seal" .. well, maybe not a baby SEAL but.. baby like things defiantly. My skin was so SOFT afterwards. It took a little bit for me to get used to the fact that you are not going to have that tight, pulling sensation while using this that most bar soaps feel like. It really is smooth and light and makes your skin silky.  

I had later learned that this soap is actually made with 100% pure Silk! That is a first for me. 

The inside is as beautiful as the outside!

 The smell of this one is fantastic, it is a grape smell but not an overpowering grape or an artificial odor. It smells sweet and fresh. I have this in a soap box that i keep open on my sink and it scents the whole bathroom. This bar has lasted me months and it is quite large, I actually had to cut a third off so t hat i could fit it in the box. It is also very decorative if you do not want to use it, the flowers on top are so pretty. If you do use it though do not be scared if you get some black streaks on your skin while in the shower or bath, It is the activated charcoal and it is very healthy for your skin, it helps with acne and pores and anti-aging so it is a good thing!

Want to know more about Bleu Soap Company and its products? Just click the banner below or the link above and be transported to their facebook page, they are always courteous and quick to respond to your questions.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Konjac plant based face sponge with activated charcoal
Maker - Oleavine
Where to buy - Amazon
Price - $10.00 + shipping without Prime

100% NATURAL, ECO-FRIENDLY and BIODEGRADEABLE - We painstakingly evaluated countless Konjac sponges on the market before putting our reputation behind this beauty. Our Konjac fiber is grown on the pristine volcanic plains of Jeju Island in South Korea, free from chemicals, pollution and irritants. The sponge hydrates quickly, and lasts longer with proper care than others we tested.

"MIRACLE SPONGE" FOR YOUR DAILY BEAUTY REGIME - No other beauty sponge will work so hard for you! This luxuriously soft sponge gently exfoliates, cleanses, and is naturally pH balanced. The activated bamboo charcoal absorbs toxins, fights bacteria and excess oils leaving your face glowing, refreshed and radiant. Even preps skin to boost the absorption of your favorite serums and creams.

 LUXURIOUSLY GENTLE EXFOLIATION FOR DAILY USE - Soft enough for a baby's skin while still providing effective exfoliation. Relaxing and gentle for daily use even on the most sensitive skin. Say goodbye to the irritation caused by harsher exfoliating methods and expensive electronic gadgets. You don't even need to use a face cleanser, unless you want to. Fantastic for battling blackheads and breakouts!

NEW IMPROVED TEARDROP SHAPE - FOR FACE AND BODY - New ergonomically designed teardrop shape fits comfortably in the palm of your hand while the soft rounded point allows you to gently exfoliate sensitive hard to reach areas around your eyes. Ideal shape for the contours of your face but still large enough for your body. You'll love using it in the shower or by the mirror!

 Be confident in knowing your new Beauty Sponge is: -Free From Chemicals, Pollution and Irritants -100% Biodegradable and Sustainable (You can even plant it in your flowerbed or compost when you want to retire it) -Not Tested on Animals, and Vegan Friendly -Has NO Added Dyes or Colorants

It is black! I like black! Okay so 'charcoal' may have given that away but I was happy to see that it was a color i enjoy, its the small things in life right? Anyways, this was VERY stiff when you get it out of the package/box and i was wary of it because i did not think it would get soft too much.

 pleasantly it did. it has fibers in it that make is soft and also pliable. the box tells you to go easy with it so that you do not hurt the fibers and you really do not need to use this roughly, it works with just gentle movements. It has a wierd texture to it in my fingers, sort of a dry slime (does that make sense?) like touching snakeskin. This really did not bother me. 

 After I used it i followed the box and gently squeezed it between my hands and left it to dry, it took a day but it did dry back to its original feel and texture. This helped get off some dead skin but not much, its nice if used with a sugar scrub or microderm though. I really liked how it was not tested on animals and is vegan friendly and all natural. 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka?
English - Is This A Zombie?
Genre - comedy, harem, ecchi, magic, supernatural
Episodes - 12
Rated - R 17+ (Violence & Profanity) 

Aikawa Ayumu is a normal high school boy. One day he is killed by a serial killer and revived as a zombie by a necromancer named Eucliwood Hellscythe. He starts to serve Eu as her guard but he happens to deprive the masou-shoujo Haruna of her magic power. Haruna orders Ayumu to fight against the anti-masou-shoujo system "Megalo" in her place.

Kore wa zombie desu ka? follows the story of Ayumu, normal teenager who one days dies, then comes back as a zombie, then turns into a magical garment girl after some pretty funny sequences of events. He is now tasked with defeating Megalos, demon-type enemies bent on destruction. However, he has a few problems, mostly the girls in his life who will not leave him alone! I giggled throught the anime and it made me smile. 

 I thought Kore wa (shortened!) was a nice little anime at first, kitchy with its comedy and fanservice and the way the girls (haruna, Eu, and Sera) always picked on him and more often than not (haruna) beating him up. However about halfway through the story changed into something darker, deeper and more compelling. Sure there were the comedy/fanservice moments but i found myself tearing up at some parts and really getting into the characters, most noteably Eu (Lady Deathsythe) her story just about teared me to bits. 

 As far as characters go Ayumu is pretty average, he is the typical high school guy, leering at girls, slacking off. He really does have a soft spot though and he really shines near the end during Eu's crisis. He had his redeeming moments, much like the others. The one i did not truely like was Sera (Seraphim) she is a ninja and thus, cold. She does show a softer side but hearing her call Ayumu 'repugnant' or a 'maggot' multiple times Every. Single. Episode. Got annoying to say the least. Same with Haruna, i had to hear 'dumb Ayumu' more than i would have liked. There are other characters thrown in as well, but they do not have such a defining story as the others. 

 All in all it is a charming anime, with 12 episodes int he first 'season' it is short and worth the 6 hours to watch it if you like yoru light animes. While there are some dark themes and quite a bit of blood, it is not so deep that it will stick with you indefinatly but its a nice, easy, vacation from the more complex animes out there.

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Dream Map
Author - Jason Luthor
Genre - Fantasy YA
Pages - 242

Two Worlds. One Legend. 

 "I'm looking for maps of worlds that don't exist." 

 Max Douglas would rather find adventure in his books than put in any effort at school. So when a stranger named Geoff wanders into the bookstore and starts talking about other worlds, Max can't help but be interested. Following a strange accident during a science experiment gone wrong, Max finds himself tossed into a world torn straight from the pages of his wildest imagination. Accused of wizardry by local knights, forced into a voyage across stomach churning oceans and made to argue with unhelpful dragons, Max desperately seeks a weapon that can fight the true threat to this new world he finds himself in: The Sorcerer Ansgar. With the help of his genius scientist best friend Heidi, and a flame spewing princess named Katherine, Max just might pull it off.

For a YA indie fantasy, The Dream Map was quite enjoyable. It tells the story of Max, a gawky teenager who is magically transported to another world by accident and his adventures helping rid the other world of an evil menace. While the story is kind of generic, the characters were really alive and colorful. I liked Max and how akward he was and his friend Heidi who was just all sorts of bad-ass. Kate, the princess, was not your typical princess either, she was a warrioress who cared deeply for her people and would do anything to make sure they were safe. 

 There were points where some things could have been explained better and some parts that could have been edited better, I occasionaly came across some typos and had to re-read the sentances before it to figure out what the person was trying to say. The world building was nice and you got the general sence of what was what without going into over-detail about it. 

 Fantasy adventure usually has some romance right? no romance here! no love triangles or wobbly teen angst.. It was chaste and simply a good for you YA novel. Dragons, magic, technology and friendship.. there is a lot of happy and good going on for this book and it makes a great splash in the community of YA fiction

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

*Limited Edition* One Direction Makeup Kit

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Limited edition eyeshadow, nail polish, lipgloss and liner featuring the 5 guys of One Direction, the hottest boy band currently.

Available in stores Nationwide at:
Walmart Canada
Sears USA


Honestly, I have NO clue about One Direction or their music. I just know it is five guys in a boy band and they have TONS of followers, and that I enjoy makeup. I was also not expecting much from this since usually celebrity made or endorsed items are not so well made or hyped up so much that you can be easily disappointed.

Pleasantly I was pretty wrong. The One Direction makeup is quite well made and lasts longer than I imagined it would (I used an eye shadow base underneath the pigments) The colors are quite pretty and work well together, they are easy to blend even with the little sponge brush they give you. The eye shadows are easy to apply and feel very silky on, the color payoff is nice too and it does not fall everywhere like with some pressed colors.  The lip colors are also nice, though I find I will never use the brown color and the 'peachy' color is more of an over the top color or a shine instead of a tint. 

 Eyes: Nobody Compares (metallic silver), Same Mistakes (metallic mint), Everything About You (smokey black shimmer), I Want (true matte black liner to do my wings) Lips: Heart Attack (Creamy Rose), Irresistible (Shimmered Pearl) and Over Again (sparkle wand) 

At first i thought the clear tube was eye liner (a glitter liner) and I was pretty happy about that but upon closer inspection it is actually a lip wand to add a bit of sparkle/glitter to your lips. A nice touch but you will need to clean the wand after each use since the lip color under it will get on it and you do not want to mix colors (or DO  you? you rebel!) The eyeliner is a creamy texture and no so dark black as what you would get with a liquid liner, good for a beginner doing wings are eyeliner in general since it comes off easily with a q-tip and can be shaped the way you want it. 

I can not comment on the nail polish as I have no nails to speak of to apply it to but I do like the sparkle top coat they give to go over the kind of obnoxious pink. All in all it is a great little kit for any fan of One Direction, while the make up is not top notch (No MAC here!) at the price charged, it is a good deal. The colors all have cute names too so it was quite fun.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Niacinamide Vitamin B3
Maker - InstaNatural
Product Type - Moisturizing lotion
Where to buy - Amazon
Price - $19.97 + shipping without Prime

The Niacinamide Vitamin B3 Moisturizer is a hydrates and plumps the skin. This is a rich and heavy moisturizer (not to be confused with our Vitamin B3 Serum), but it also dries fast and can be used in conjunction with the Niacinamide serum to diminish redness and inflammation, as well as reduce the appearance of scar, acne and hyperpigmentation. Our formula also contains Vitamin C that works synergistically to minimize damage from environment factors and promote ongoing skin health and rejuvenation, so you can attain a radiant, youthful glow. 

 Key Ingredients: 

+ 5% Niacinamide
+ Vitamin C 
+ Matrixyl 3000 
+ Rosehip Oil

I am always in the market for a natural, better moisturizer than my current one. This was a nice departure from my usual. The first thing I  noticed was the pretty packaging, the rosey-purple color is very inviting and makes me want to open it up. 

The air pump is what I noticed next, I LOVE air pumps. They are are far easier to use than a regular pump and offer more control over how much you squeeze out and it does not go everywhere so there is no mess. 

The smell of this was almost non-existent , there was a slight smell that was a tad unpleasant but it quickly went away while applying the product. Now to the product, it is THICK! I was surprised at how creamy and thick this was, as you can see in the picture below it was not moving! This means that it did take a little extra time to rub into the skin but also that you need to not use as much so it's kind of a good thing!  Overall, I really did like this and it did provide me with adequate moisture for these dry winter months and I would recommend this to my friends and others. 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Lemon zester and grater
Maker - Chef Proven
Product type - Zester + Grater
Where to buy - Amazon
Price - $12.87 + shipping without Prime

Our Professional Zester Grater is the easiest way to add instant flavor and uniqueness to all of your dishes. 

 Take your dishes from good to great!
 - Grate a rich Parmesan or Reggiano over your favorite pasta or salad
 - Zest fruit including lemons, limes, oranges and coconuts 
- Grate chocolate to sprinkle over delectable desserts or ice cream
 - Grate ginger or garlic for stir fries, stews and more 
- Zest lime or orange over the top of your favor beer or cocktail 
-Toss your old spices and grate fresh cinnamon and nutmeg for today's meals Here are just some of the reasons why Chef Proven's Professional Zester Grater is the best on the market: 
- High grade stainless steel durable blade never needs sharpening 
- Soft comfortable non-slip grip 
- Unique ergonomic design for maximum control and easy use

While I do not zest lemons or lime often, I do use a lot of cheese for many recipes and I love fresh grated cheese on my salads. This grater comes packaged with a sheath to fit over it to keep it clean and sharp, a feature that is greatly (no pun intended) appreciated. 

It is easy to hold and the stainless steal rips through cheeses easily creating small flakes for soups, salads and pastas. The design is simple and sleek with a hole int he handle so you can hang it up with your other tools and take up little space. You can easily use this for chocolate, nuts, citrus, coconut or even garlic. It is easy to clean and I would recommend this to someone who likes to add a little something special to their dinners or desserts.

I used this for soft cheese, an unwise idea but even though it took a while it worked for that as well and made me some tasty nachos! 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ever Shade
Author - Alexia Purdy
Series - A Dark Faerie Tale #1
Genre - YA fantasy
Pages - 282

Ever Shade A dark twist on faeries. For Shade, a chance meeting with a powerful Teleen faery warrior who wields electrical currents and blue fires along his skin, has her joining him on a treacherous mission for the good Seelie Faerie Court across the land of Faerie. Magic and malice abound and nothing is what it really seems to be. The evil Unseelie Queen and her treacherous allies are around every corner as Shade makes her way across the breathtaking landscapes of the world of Faerie, which exists alongside the mundane human world. Shade discovers her own uncharted magic and meets some of the most powerful warriors in Faerie while battling evil dryads, conniving Teleen guards and challenges on her life with every step in a world where nothing can be taken for granted.

What can I say? it was boring, simply written and Shade was a cry-baby. First of all, Shade is a cool name for such a whiny little girl. She is 17 and 'somehow' gets to the faerie lands (i forgot how, i just rushed through the book) There is no telling WHAT she is but shes not fully human, but it is never actually explained. 

 There are so many inconsistancies in this book I got caught up on them sometimes. I mean.. WHY can Shade block electricity and fire (Oh.. the Teleen are made of electricity but apparently glow with blue fire?..okay) The characters are not really hashed out well, they are very one-dimensional and the one I actualy liked Blythe, was killed so quickly that you never got to hear WHY she wanted Shade. 

 The other characters (love interests) are.. blah. There wa one tree-plant guy who was cursed Erusad? who was really cool but Shade just kind of ...left him behind..literally. I hated her decisions. Dylan is a good character, he has a blood bind with Shade and he does take it seriously, I can respect that. 

 The world building could have used some help as well, it just felt flat.. yes this tree is pretty, yes the water is clear.. we get it. Also, the fact that Faerie is o tottaly ultimatly magical got to e. Everything was so convienant.. it was a bit harry potterish in the fact that Shade's bag could hold anything because it shrunk it to 100x its original size.. her canteen had neverending water.. she always seemed to have food and there are even Immortals who CHOOSE when to die.. it just all seemed so incredibably easy i wonder how Shade even had trouble on this journey. 

 There are about 4 more books in the series that i know of, but I will not be reading them.. I just did not connect with the characters or the story at all. it was all very generic.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Phytoceramides Youthful Skin
Maker - InstaNatural
Where to buy - Amazon 
Price - $15.97 + shipping without Prime

Phytoceramides are a great way to achieve healthy skin from the inside out. Ceramides are naturally occuring substances in the body that are responsible for binding skin cells together and retaining moisture. 

As we age, we lose these important molecules and thus become susceptible to dry, rough skin. InstaNatural's Phytoceramides are 100% Gluten Free and derived from rice, which clinical studies have shown to be even more powerful and effective than typical lipowheat phytoceramides. 

 Hydates your skin from the inside out 
 Attain smooth, soft skin 
 Fortified with Vitamins A, C, D, and E antioxidants 
 Derived from Rice, not Wheat 
 100% Gluten Free

I have used these up to the last pill and I can not say if they gave me youthful skin but it is softer. These were very easy to take, they are not softgels or coated but they are not too big or rough. The smelled a bit funny in the bottle though but I guess most natural things do have an off odor.

 I like that they are gluten free so that those who can't have gluten can still get the benefits of these. I really liked that it had vitamin A, C, D and E as not all of us can easily get these (I know that i need more D in my life, I rarely go outside in the sun) While not necessarily giving me youthful skin, this did give me a nice health boost and softer skin.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, November 14, 2014

KISS Instawave Curler
Maker - KISS -Official Website-
Product - Hair curler

The revolutionary KISS InstaWave is a fully automatic tangle-free curler that instantly creates beautiful, long-lasting curls with ease (No Need to be a Pro).   

No longer do we need a professional to style our hair to perfection. Instantly create beautiful, long-lasting curls with just the touch of a button with the KISS InstaWave, a fully automatic tangle-free curler.

 About KISS Hair Appliances 

Kiss Products, the global leader in the nail care industry has expanded its line to include a vast array of beauty care products, including hair appliances. They are set to revolutionize the hair appliances industry by providing highly innovative, salon quality products at consumer friendly prices. By keeping up-to-date with the latest consumer trends and technology in hair care, Kiss always aims to elevate their products to the next level.

The KISS Instawave curler was a very simple, fast way to achieve lovely beach waves or super scrunchy curls for my baby fine hair. My hair is very thin and usually tangles pretty easily but Instawave was a no-tangle thrill. Fully automatic it took the 'guess work' out of the process. 

Instawave has two settings: Low and High. Use low for looser curls or High for tighter more bouncy curls. All you have to do is place a section of your hair onto the wand (keep it vertical!) and press either left or right on the button and watch as it instantly catches that section of hair and curls it, after 5-10 seconds pull the curler down and you have beautiful curls! It did take me a while to figure out the right amount of hair to use with it and sometimes other parts of hair would get caught up in it as well (pin up other sections!) the learning curve is pretty low regardless. Oh, and if you forget that you have the curler on, do not worry! It will shut itself off after 90 minutes so that you won't burn down the bathroom 

It took me about 10 minutes to achieve my wavy curls, and after two days of sleeping on it and not washing it the curls are still noticeable! In the pictures below on the Left is my natural hair only blow dried, pretty straight right? On the right is my hair after using the curler, I LOVED it I brushed my hair out and it only got wavier ad less curled and it gave me the perfect beach look (even though i hate the beach!) I will be using this again next time I go out. KISS Instawave truly is a great product and simple, if you want a no-mess, no-hassle way to curl your lovely locks.