Thursday, September 21, 2017

Review: Bite the Dust by Cynthia Eden

Book Description

Vampires. Werewolves. Beasts that hunt in the night...When New Orleans Detective Jane Hart investigates her first official homicide case, she never expects to have her world ripped apart. But the murder she’s investigating is part of a deadly war between vampires and werewolves…and now Jane is caught in that eternal battle. A battle that can’t end well.

Werewolf Aidan Locke has been running New Orleans for years. It’s his job to keep the vamps out of the city. But when a Master Vampire comes to town, determined to unleash hell, Aidan knows it’s time to fight with all the fury of his pack. Beast versus vamp, until the last breath. Then he meets Jane…

One look, one taste, and Aidan knows that Jane is far more than she seems. Far more than she even knows herself to be. She’s important in the paranormal war, not a pawn to be used, but a queen to be won. And if he can’t keep her at his side, if he can’t stop the darkness from descending on the town…then Jane Hart will become not just a fierce cop, not some guardian, but something deadlier. Darker. Aidan will fight heaven and hell to change her fate. To change their fate because he is more than just a predator.

And Jane is more than prey. Far more. 

The world is changing—for the humans and the monsters. Hot, sexy, and intense, BITE THE DUST is the first novel in New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Cynthia Eden’s dark new “Blood and Moonlight” series. 

My Review

Hey, I actually started with the first book in this series! It had been free when I got the Kindle edition and I was like, Cynthia Eden? Heck yeah! Score! I've always loved her books so I was looking forward to this one and it didn't disappoint. I did read a few reviews before reading this one and found out that this is a trilogy and a continuing story so while the main parts of this story are nicely sewn up, some questions are left open for the next two books but it's definitely not a cliffhanger ending. 

Aidan Locke is the alpha leader of his werewolf clan in New Orleans. He and his people stay hidden from the humans and keep the vampires out of New Orleans since they are enemies. Detective Jane Hart is investigating the death of a woman when she meets Aidan Locke who can't seem to influence and control her as easily as the other humans he sometimes comes in contact with.

Strange things happen including having the dead woman disappear and re-appear dead with more injuries than she had the first time Jane found her dead. So Jane does what her instincts tell her to and questions the local bar and club owner, Aidan Locke who has been watching her. 

Jane is special but she doesn't have any idea about any of that until Aidan pieces her past together with other clues about her. There's a war between the vampires and werewolves coming and Jane might just be at the center of it. An ancient vampire has come back and memories of what he's done in the past haunt not only Jane but also one of Aidan's pack members. 

I really liked the banter between Aidan and Jane, they start off not really trusting each other but that quickly changes when they find themselves in danger and they end up saving and helping each other and others. I really liked that Jane is a kick ass heroine and can take care of herself and Aidan isn't always the hardass that he first seems to be. 

There's werewolves, vampires, betrayal, secrets and plenty of teeth gnashing fighting. This was a really good book and I'm looking forward to reading more in this trilogy. 

I give this 4 out of 5 stars. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Review: Crowdtap Crowdkit

I know I've talked to you guys about Crowdtap before but I wanted to show you one of the reasons besides the great Amazon gift cards that I love the site and keep going back...Full Size Free Products!

I received a full size product of each of the following...

Suave Professionals Flexible Control Non Aerosol Hairspray
Suave Professionals Flexible Control Finishing Hairspray
Degree MotionSense Sheer Powder scented antiperspirant deodorant
Degree MotionSense Daisy Fresh scented antiperspirant deodorant

It's funny because we had just run out of hairspray when this box arrived so we used it right away and both work really well to hold the hair style and not have your hair looking matted down. 

I already use Degree deodorants and I usually get the Cucumber Melon scents but the Powder Fresh scent on this one is my new favorite. I like the Daisy Fresh as well and will definitely be using both of them now that I have them. 

I haven't applied for many samples or products from Crowdtap recently because I hadn't seen things that I wanted to try until these boxes of products started to become available and I'm happy I was approved for one. I'm very happy with the products I got. If you still haven't signed up for an account with Crowdtap, what are you waiting for? 

Disclaimer: I received free products for review purposes.

Review: BirchBox- September

I decided to sign up for a Birchbox subscription box. It's only $10 a month and this month's box came with 5 products. 

In this box was...

amika Un.Done Texture Spray
M·A·C Cosmetics In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara
Daily Concepts Your Facial Micro Scrubber
Lord & Berry Glow Strobing Pencil - Travel-Size

The texture spray is like a strong hold hair spray if you ask me. Works well even though I don't use it much. And I received another dry shampoo much to my dismay. I now have 5 bottles of dry shampoo from all these beauty boxes. But I will say that I really like this one because when I tried it out it didn't leave any weird white powder in my hair. If I do end up using a dry shampoo it will be this one. The mascara came in a tube but it actually works well and I like the brush.

Now if you've never heard of a strobing pencil, because I know I never had, here is what the website said about it.

"Lighten up your look by casting a radiant glow with the help of this versatile strobing pencil. Its precise tip allows for targeted, foolproof application so you can highlight the positives (read: cheekbones, cupid's bone, bridge of your nose, brow bone, corners of your eyes) while the creamy formula blends seamlessly into skin, thanks to vitamin C and E. It's also buildable so you can go from a subtle radiance to a high-voltage glow with just a few strokes."

I might try using it in the corners of my eyes and see how that looks.

The face scrubber cloth is my favorite thing from this months box though. It's soft but makes it really easy to use the facial cleansers to clean my face.

Does this subscription box look like something you'd try?

Monday, September 18, 2017

Target Beauty Box On Sale Now

These boxes usually go pretty fast so get it now if you want it. 

This month's Target Beauty Box is on sale right now for just $5. 

According to the website, This box includes...

Curls Unleashed Curl Defining Crème- 1.75 oz 
Perfect for weekends away, and popping into your handbag for those curl emergencies – this rich moisturizing crème, perfectly blended with Shea Butter & Honey helps to moisturize, elongate and add curl definition leaving you with soft, shiny, bouncy curls. 

Curls - Blueberry Leave In Conditioner 2 OZ
Repair, restore, and condition your overworked curls with this uber softening leave in conditioner. Formulated certified organic blueberry extract, coconut oil, grapeseed oil and mango butter. Clinically proven to repair damaged hair, encourage hair growth, and prevent breakage. 

Argan Oil Dual Packette : SheaMoisture Argan Oil & Almond Milk Smooth & Tame Shampoo (15 mL)

SheaMoisture Argan Oil & Almond Milk Smooth & Tame Blow Out Crème (15 mL) 
• Made with natural and certified organic ingredients.
• Argan Oil (Liquid Gold) helps tame frizz. Improves manageability and adds healthy shine. 
• Almond Milk is rich in protein and hydrating vitamins A and E. Smoothes frizz prone hair for lasting sleekness. 
• Marshmallow Root Extract detangles hair and creates a weightless anti-humidity coating. 

Cocoa Butter Formula Lotion Deluxe Trial Size- 1.7oz
Made with pure Cocoa Butter, enriched with Vitamin E, in a soothing emollient base it heals and softens rough, dry skin, smoothes marks and tones skin. An excellent daily all-over-the-body moisturizer. Ideal for dry to eczema prone skin. Convenient travel/trial size.

Animalz Sheet Mask - Panda
This Panda Character Print Sheet Mask provides intensive hydration while Lavender helps to calm skin with its aromatic and skin soothing properties.

St. Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub- 1oz
Made with 100% natural exfoliants (like walnut shell powder) and apricot fruit extract, this Allure Best of Beauty Winner is known to help leave skin feeling super soft and smooth. This is a 3-4 times a week kind of a scrub, for refreshed, glowing skin.

Chapstick Total Hydration- Blood Orange
Advanced 3 in 1 formula. Moisturizes, Renews, and Transforms. Helps lips maintain a more youthful appearance with Omega 3/6/9 and Madecassoside.

Number of Pieces: 7

Happy Raturday!

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"Is this healthy? Because it smells healthy."

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Review: DegustaBox- September

DegustaBox is a monthly subscription box filled with food and drink products. The price for the box is $19.99 a month.  

You do not get to pick any of the products you get, it's a surprise each month. But they say each box contains 10-15 items and each box is worth at least $30. I like trying boxes like this because they usually contain products that I've never tried or haven't seen before. 

What was in the box?

King Arthur flour lemon bar mix.
  Reese quinoa on the go fruit cups.
Natural sins coconut chips.
SunRype fruit on the go.
Lee Kum Kee Korean BBQ stir fry sauce.
Wild Planet albacore tuna.
Post Shredded Wheat frosted mixed berry.
Angelic Bakehouse Bread Crisps.
Mutti tomato sauce.
Goya rice pilaf.

We started opening up packages as soon as we got the box and within a couple of days I made the lemon bars which were really good.

Ken likes to eat cereal every once in a while and he likes the mixed berries and strawberries type of flavor, so he likes this one and I tasted it myself and thought that it was very good. I don't usually like the berry flavor cereals but this one is pretty good.

The bread crisps were good because they're kind of like crostinis and you can put stuff on them and if you like crispy bread or breadsticks then you'll probably like these.

I wasn't sure about the barbecue stir fry sauce but it ended up being really good in the stir-fry that I made for dinner one night. But the coconut chips it might have been one of my favorite things, I love coconut and these were nice and crispy and had a great coconut taste to them. I'm pretty happy with this months box. It had products that both Ken and I liked.

If you don't live in the US, they now have a Great Britain Website. Now here's a treat for you. If this box looks like something you'd like, you can use code MARYK-ACB and get your first box half off. That's a big box of food for only $10! and you can cancel anytime. So if you're interested, go to the DegustaBox site and sign up and don't forget to use my code to get your first box for just $10.

Does this look like something you'd get?

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Favorite Video of the Week

I've said before that I listen to a lot of different music and this is different from most of the others that's I've shared. It's not metal and if you've heard of Hollywood Undead before and didn't like their music, you might like this song. They have a lot of different styles that they record and this is one of my favorites.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Freebie Friday!

Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, where I tell you what free samples and full sized products I received in the mail and how you can get them too. Someone asked me why I do a 'Freebie Friday" each week, so I'll tell you.

A while back I listed all the free samples and wins that I had received that previous year and so many people didn't believe that I could have gotten so many free things. So I decided to prove it by taking a picture every week and sharing the sites that I found the links to the freebies at. So now you too can get great free samples coming to your mailbox each week.

  You can find links to great samples at Hey It's Free and Freebie Shark.

This week I received:

The two artificial ferns I reviewed yesterday
a $5 amazon gift card from crowdtap

Did you receive any freebies this week?

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Review: Silk Plants Direct

I live in an apartment and we don't have a balcony or a patch of dirt outside our door to plant things and frankly I have a black thumb when it comes to real plants, I mean I somehow killed an air plant! Not even kidding. So I like artificial plants. 

I was contacted by someone who represents Museum Trees, who are the leader in the manufacturing of indoor/outdoor museum trees exclusively for commercial projects and the wholesale trade. Their website is quite impressive. I was asked to pick a product from Silk Plants Direct to review and I would get to keep it. I settled on the Fern Hanging Basket because it reminded me of one of the fern's my mom had when I was a kid.

The one I picked came with 2 ferns and they look quite nice. They both came with a green basket and material already attached to the plant to hang it with. I like that I was able to bend the leaves around to make it look the way I wanted and I like the feel and color of the baskets.

I hung both of them in my living room because I don't have any other plants fake or otherwise in my living room and these really brightened things up. Ken likes them because he said he misses having plants around but I can't keep them alive so this is the next best thing.

Silk Plants Direct Special Reader Discount:
This is a unique offer just for my readers who wish to buy at Silk Plants Direct. You can use this code, "BLOGGER10 " to receive 10% off their products except custom. 

Do you have any artificial plants in your home? Would you consider buying any?

Disclaimer: I was sent a free product in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Favorite Picture of the Week

I was playing ball with Falcor and snapped this picture of my goofy dog. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Review: Tea Tree Oil Dandruff Conditioner by Maple Holistics

Product Description

TEA TREE OIL CONDITIONER dry hair treatment oil blend nourishes hair with essential oils & antioxidants to protect + moisturize + repair damage + stimulate follicles & is great for color treated hair.

HAIR STRENGTHENING TREATMENT anti-dandruff conditioner helps relieve scalp itch + dryness + flakiness while improving hair strength. Silk amino acids work together to strengthen hair & fortify hair.

My Review

I have long hair and like to try out new products to see if they are any better than what I'm currently using. I've now used this conditioner 5 times, it left my hair feeling soft, manageable and easy to comb through. 

Now I know so many people get told to only apply conditioner to the ends of their hair and I don't know what started that but I always apply conditioner to all of my hair and this said it has a cooling effect on the scalp which was interesting. I felt the cooling effect a little bit while rinsing it out but felt it more once the cool air hit my head.

I'm rather particular about the scent of the products that I use and the scent for this is a bit over powering because it smells like menthol and I don't particularly like that. It did leave my hair feeling soft once my hair was dry but I don't like the scent at all. 

If you'd like to try this, you can find it here

Disclaimer: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Happy Raturday!

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"I'm a pirate. Arrr, matey."

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"No, he's not poopin' croutons, I wouldn't be eating this if he was." 

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"Are you lookin' at me?"