2021 Reading Challenge

This year I dove back into reading head first and I’ve completed half of my reading goal for the year already! I’ve read some great books that I thought today I’d pass along to you. If you’re also participating in the reading challenge this year follow me over on Goodreads!

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A Breath of Snow and Ashes

Diana Gabaldon

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is the sixth book in the Outlander series and just like every other instalment I fell deeply in love with each characters development and really enjoyed reading about life in the 1700’s on Fraser’s Ridge. Many life altering events take place for the clan on the ridge in this book and it’s amazing to see them overcome these traumatic events – all while sitting on the edge of your seat waiting to find out what happens next.

I just ordered the next book in the series An Echo in Bone on Amazon so it’ll come in the next couple of days and I’m so excited!! The seventh novel in the series follows the characters as they enter into the America Revolution. I love love love historical fiction so I have high expectations for this one!

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Rupi Kaur

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This girl. She speaks straight into my soul. This instalment is so raw and ground moving that it will definitely stir up some uncomfortable feelings but that’s what it’s meant to do – so you can feel them and then grow from them. It’s gotten some negative reviews because of the length of the poems are shorter than her previous two collections but I like a nice quick read sometimes.

Self-care for the real world

Nadia Narain & Katia Narain Phillips

Rating: 5 out of 5.

If you read one self-help book your entire life I highly highly suggest making it this one. This book introduced me to ways of thinking and ways of living that has impacted my day-to-day and my overall mental health. The most beneficial part to this book is the ideas they present aren’t completely drastic, overwhelming, and scary. The changes that they suggest you make within your life are very small do-able things that eventually will add up to the bigger picture. They also include some of their favourite feel-good healthy food recipes for you to try throughout!

The Birth House

Amy McKay

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I love how deep the main character was developed, you can’t help but feel for her. It’s also great to read how she grows and really finds herself throughout the novel as she blossoms into a midwife. Although I love Dora [our main character] I wish that the book had focused more on her journey to becoming a midwife than her social life and the politics of her marriage. It was an easy read and a praised debut for Amy McKay so I’d still recommend it!

Little Fires Everywhere

Celeste Ng

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book definitely lives up to the hype. I watched the mini-series that was released starring Reece Witherspoon and Kerri Washington and while that was pure genius I liked being able to read the characters thoughts. It made things make more sense and filled in any blanks that they missed when they depicted the story for television.

This novel will have you questioning your opinion on taboo subjects while on the edge of your seat waiting to find out how things end. It’s a true page turner that talks about real issues and sheds light on the kind of racism that is subtle yet still so damaging – an issue we still face today. The fact that this story is so amazing on its own but then also highlights important topics within society makes it a winner all the way around.

Are you participating in the reading challenge this year? I’d love to hear your thoughts on these novels and I’m always open to suggestions for new reads! Drop a comment down below!

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At Home Lash Extensions with Falscara

I love a long lash that adds just the right amount of volume and before lash extensions became a thing, strip lashes were my go to and still were even after because of the cheap price tag. I still haven’t been able to fall off my high horse and spend $100 for a classic set of lash extensions so over the past two years I’ve done some experimenting and I finally found a product I can attest to. Here’s what you need to get gorgeous faux lash extensions right at home that won’t break the bank and look just as flawless!

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Kiss Faslcara Lash System

For $30 you get the lash kit which includes a set of wisps, the bond & seal formulas, and the application tweezers. The lashes that are included in the starter kit are great but they don’t vary in size so I suggest picking up a separate pack of wisps that offer length options.

this is an extra pack of wisps that I bought in different lengths so I could create a tapered look
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Last year I experimented with the Ardell permanent lash kit and while I loved it at first because the longevity was great, ultimately it was super damaging and I lost a lot of my natural eyelashes. The glue was amazing until you tried to remove the lashes, even with the remover provided in the lash kit I still had a really hard time. Not only was it damaging but the application process took a lot longer because the wisps are individual as opposed to a strip.

The bond used in the falscara kit is a completely different formula and is very gentle on my natural lashes. You apply it just like you would apply your regular mascara so trust me – there’s no way you can mess it up. The seal helps to lock in the lashes and remove any sticky residue although I haven’t noticed a huge difference when I don’t include this step.

These application tweezers are the handiest little things – so sturdy and the shape allows you to get the perfect placement!

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Tips & tricks

Here’s some things that I learned along the way that helped me solidify the application process – it’s definitely a learning curve if you’re used to traditional strip lashes because these wisps actually go under your lash line. Don’t let that freak you out though like it did me for the longest time, it’s actually 10x easier to apply believe it or not!

Wisps: like I said earlier, the starter kit only comes with one set of lashes and they aren’t tapered/different lengths, so if you like a more natural look definitely pick up an extra pack – Kiss also sells the wisps in a pack individually.

Bond: think of applying the bond as you would apply mascara, a little bit goes a long way and if you use too much your lashes will start to clump together and create a big mess, leaving the lashes feeling sticky and uncomfortable.

Seal: I don’t see an improvement or difference on the longevity of my lashes when I finish off the application by sealing the wisps, however it does help to remove any sticky residue left over from the bond if you happen to use more then you should.

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Overnighter: the overnighter formula is meant to promote the longevity of your lashes [for up to 10 days] by acting as an adhesive eyeliner. I gave this several tries and am sad to report that it just isn’t worth the money – it’s so hard to apply without getting it on the wisps which then makes them clump together and ruins the whole look.

Easy application:

1. Start with prepping your lashes by removing the wisps you’ll be using from the packaging, placing them within reach. This way you don’t have to fuss with the lashes being stuck to the packaging when it comes time to apply.

2. Start to apply the bond & wisps to the outer corner of the eye being sure to work in small sections towards the inner corner of the eye. Remember to place the wisps underneath your lash line and slightly away from your waterline.

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I’ve seen some instances of people applying more bond after the lashes are placed and I urge you to not do this. The bond is no joke, it’s seriously sticky so when applied correctly I get 3-4 days out of a set. You can imagine the sticky, messy, tacky disaster it l makes if you use the bond like a mascara on the lashes after application – it’s a sure fire way to guarantee a residue, clumps and unhappy results.

3. I like to use multiple different wisp lengths to create the most natural look & I start with medium for the outer corner of my eye followed by long for the middle and ending with small for the inner corner.

4. If I do use the seal formula I dab it slightly on the bands of the wisps and call it a day! Some people have said in reviews that if you use the seal on the full length of the lashes that it leaves a white residue however I’ve never applied it like that so I can’t say whether those incidents are one-offs.

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And there you have it! Flawless lash extensions that you can easily do at home for under $50. It’s that simple and that easy.

PHAt Glow Facial VoxBox— review

ℹ︎ this product was provided complimentary from Influenster to test out and review, all opinions and suggestions are purely my own

I’m back with another Voxbox review from Influenster! This time it’s a product that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with and can say without a doubt has a positive impact on my skin.

The Olehenriksen PHAt Glow Facial is the one step facial routine you need to have in your life.

Olehenriksen PHAt glow facial
@olehenriksen @Influenster

Here’s the specs straight from Olehenriksen:

Get flawless skin in a flash with PHAs, the no-downtime exfoliating acid and key ingredient in Ole’s first one-step at-home facial. What makes PHAs so special? They’re fat, literally. Like AHAs, PHAs deliver skin-perfecting, age-fighting results, but PHAs are just a little “plumper.” They’re a bigger molecule, so they don’t go as deep as they loosen up the “glue” that binds the surface layer of skin together, and reveal the newer, fresher skin underneath. That means less irritation and recovery time for everyone—even sensitive types.

My thoughts

First of all I want to start by saying, how cleaver is the name of the product? PHAt Glow Facial- PHAt pointing out the fact that it has magical PHA’s in the formula. I love it.

Y’all know I’m not a huge fan of face masks, mainly because I never see results with the ones that I’ve tried thus far. The PHAt Glow Facial has completely changed my standpoint, and I’m glad to finally say I’ve found a face mask/facial that I can see positive results.

Just after one use my skin looked radiant and had a gorgeous glow! I couldn’t believe how much it evened my skin tone, something that I strive for on the daily.

The product itself has such a lovely scent, it’s citrus-y and crisp, which I always associate with smelling clean. It’s also such a pretty colour! The product comes out of the container a pretty pink colour, and as you work it into the skin it turns white.

The fact that you have to work the product into the skin isn’t something I’m used to when it comes to a mask but I guess that’s what differentiates a mask and a facial! I actually loved this aspect, I got a little face massage with my facial!

olehenriksen phat glow facial
#PHATGLOW

After I apply the product I set a 15 minute timer on my phone, that’s what the recommended time is for the facial to do its thing.

The product is light weight and not hard drying but extremely sticky, I suggest wearing a head band or tying your hair up before you apply!

My skin always looks visibly smoother, softer to touch, and supple & healthy after every use and up until the next application- which is twice weekly.

olehenriksen phat glow facial
#OleGlow

The PHAt Glow Facial by Olehenriksen has definitely become a staple in my skin care routine. With 50ML and only having to use a single pump for my entire face I can see this facial lasting me for quite a while which makes the $49.99 price tag worth it.

What do you think of the PHAt Glow Facial by Olehenriksen? Is it something you’re interested in trying?

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