Fables & Other Lies by Claire Contreras -book review(spoiler free)

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55818653. sy475 Do you believe in curses?

I never did.

Not until that fated night, six years ago, when I sat in The Devil’s Chair and made a wish.

Not until it came true.

Not until I met River Caliban himself, heir to a fortune of curses. My fated sworn enemy.

I knew I should have stayed away from him. I should have run the other way when he called out my name, when he flashed that sinful smile of his, but instead, I walked toward him, leaving the light behind. Instead, I go against all reason, against all warning, and attended the gala of the year at his dark, allegedly haunted home at the top of the hill.

The moment I step foot inside I know I’m in trouble, but there’s something about River that magnetizes me, reels me in, and when he asks for the impossible, I find it impossible to turn him away.

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This was the last book I read last year,and I can say….it was pretty good. Very quotable,like the most quotable book I have ever read. It’s such a beautiful dark story,the atmosphere was amazing. As with most gothic stories, there was a lot of mystery and uncertainty that wasn’t really explained,and I’m okay with it. Overall 4 stars ,I would give it higher but I didn’t like the ending… Would recommend for you to check it out.

4 stars

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE BOOK

“I’m here for a funeral. Or do you suppose I should wear a celebratory color to honor my own father’s death?”


“The Devil is laughing tonight, but he laughs alone,”
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“I thought good witches didn’t feel fear. I thought good witches walked in the light, where there was nothing to fear”
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Life doesn’t care about fairness. We live, we suffer, we die.”
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“According to fake Ms. Cleo, I’m going to die soon and my best friend is going to get kidnapped by the Devil.”
“Oh. Typical Tuesday on the island, then?”
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I didn’t come for the festivities.” His smile was slow and purposeful, like a wolf ready to pounce on prey.
You came here for me,” I said.
“Beauty and brains. We have a winner.”
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“Distance is an illusion.”
“Much like time.”
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If I’d been a man, my father would have been proud. But I wasn’t a man. I was just a woman with a problem between her legs
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“Isn’t that what life is? A series of impossibilities.”
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“Isn’t that all romance is? Deceit wrapped up in a pretty package.”
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Where better to have someone with questionable morals exist than a place where everyone is looking for something to give them purpose, without realizing their purpose was planted inside of them all along?

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Avon “Luck” for Her Eau de Parfum-review

ABOUT THE PRODUCT :

Sparkling citrus and luscious berries blended with creamy white florals and warm sandalwood.

  • Top: Pink Pepper
  • Heart: Nutmeg
  • Base: Sandalwood Essence

My thoughts :

I got this perfume for myself as a Christmas gift. The price was 4.99 euro for 30ml, so very affordable.

Packaging

I got the 30 ml version, so the packaging is average. It’s a solid glass bottle(a little bit heavy and that’s amazing). The 50 ml bottle is MUCH cuter(it has a bow on it), but the cardboard box of this one is such good quality(very sturdy), I’m impressed.

Quality and Scent

The quality of the perfume is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! It stays on my skin a whole day, like around 8h. But on my clothes, it stays even longer, like 24h. I’m so happy with it. The scent is great too, it’s sweet but not overbearing. I love Sandalwood and you can really smell in this perfume.

OVERALL

4 stars
PROS  
  • long-lasting
  • great for everyday use
  • Affordable
  • you can get 30 ml or 50 ml
  • Great gift idea
  • Travel friendly
CONS
  • You can’t buy it in a store, just from a representative
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It’s New Year and I’m overwhealmed…(I’m back!)

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Hello My Darlings!How are you all doing? I’m so sorry for being away for some time..but First of all…Happy NEW YEAR!

Hope this year started amazingly and all of your wishes will come true.

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Let’s talk a little bit about Why I was away.  So…the short answer- I got overwhelmed with everything. The cases of Covid-19 in Latvia are in all time high and our government decided to do a total lockdown,yes we had a lockdown before…but this one was(and still is) much more stricter and they announced it a day before it started, one of the big “deals” was that all stores will be closed and you could buy just the essentials (like groceries) until 13.February…overwhelming gifs | WiffleGifSo you can imagine what happened that particular day (a week before Christmas). But…it wasn’t the end (of course…why should it be?!)A day before New Years eve…we got a CURFEW.Like…no one can be outside after 22:00 at night and before 05:00 at morning. For like a week…And at the same time my everyday life was very GO GO GO .You can imagine how hectic it all was and still is.Marilyn Monroe pouring champagne. celebration gif | Marilyn monroe gif,  Marilyn, Marilyn monroe

 

But on the brighter note – This was the first New Year I didn’t spend with my family ,but with my boyfriend(and yes…I have a boyfriend…very unexpectedly…like REALLY UNEXPECTEDLY) and my friends and family really outdid themselves this year and got me some really cool stuff for Christmas(post coming soon). Basically December and the start of January was unexpected ,hopeful and busy.

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“Tale of the Nine Tailed” was magical- kdrama review

About the drama:

Lee Yeon (Lee Dong-Wook) was once the mountain spirit of Baekdudaegan. He sacrificed his life as a mountain god to resurrect the life of the woman he loved A Eum. Lee Yeon now lives his life as a nine-tailed fox in human form. He has lived this way for hundreds of years.tale of gumiho~ — TALE OF THE NINE TAILED (2020-OCTOBER) Jo Bo Ah ×...

Meanwhile, Nam Ji-A (Jo Bo-Ah) works for TVC station as a PD of documentaries. She seeks out stories on the supernatural.

First Impressions: “Tale Of The Nine-Tailed” Delivers A Rich & Beautiful  Story With A Dash Of Spook - KpopHit - KPOP HITBack in 1999, her parents were involved in a car accident in Yeou Gogae. She remembers a man that saved her in that accident. Now, Nam Ji-A reviews CCTV footage from a wedding hall where the bride disappeared. She sees the man that saved her as a child walking out the wedding wall with a red umbrella. His name is Lee Yeon.

  • Hangul: 구미호뎐
  • Director: Kang Shin-Hyo
  • Writer: Han Woo-Ri
  • Network: tvN
  • Episodes: 16
  • Release Date: October 7 – December 3, 2020
  • Country: South Korea
MY THOUGHTS 

PLOT

4 stars

This was M-A-G-I-C-A-L! I loved almost everything about this drama, the cinematography was phenomenal. The story was very well told, the actors did an AMAZING job. I love Lee Dong-Wook, he is such a talented actor.  Truly a beautiful drama to end the year. 

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Another surprise I got was Kim Bum! I loved him in “Boys Over Flowers” and now seeing him in this drama was so cool. He aged like fine wine.

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THE CHEMISTRY BETWEEN OUR MAIN COUPLE(S)?

It was there! And that’s amazing. Jo Bo-Ah in the first episode tried too hard(I mean…I got it…your male lead is a legend), but after it…they worked better together.

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HOW IT ENDS

*Mild Spoilers*

It was a nice wrap-up, I didn’t expect it. Was it my favorite? Not really…that’s why it’s not a 5-star drama.

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WATCH IT HERE

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December Bullet Journal- yes,I’m doing it again!

Hello, My Darlings! How are you all doing? Hope this week started amazingly. So…I’m doing it again. Guess Bullet Journaling is my new hobby now. I tried Buju for the second time last month(you can find it here) and it really worked for me.

Let’s see my spreads for the month.

Disclaimer – I’m bad at art
TITLE PAGE

This month my theme was Christmas! I’m so excited about Christmas…you have no idea. So for the title page, I decided to do Christmas trees and little snowflakes.

THE SPREAD 

For the weekly spread, I decided to do minimalistic Christmas lights. I really liked how it turned out.

Christmas Gift List 

Christmas is near…and of course, planning gifts is important. How you can see I’m already writing something in those little tags.

KDRAMA-TRACKER

I did this Kdrama-tracker last month and it worked A-M-A-Z-I-N-G-L-Y! I loved keeping track of everything I watched.

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“More than Friends”was interesting-kdrama review

ABOUT THE DRAMA

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Ten years ago, Kyung Woo Yeon was as innocent and carefree as any eighteen years old might be. With dreams, ambitions, and a heart ready to love, it was only a matter of time before she fell for someone. And fall she did; for her friend, Lee Soo. Unable to hold her feelings in her heart, she confesses to him before he leaves and gets friend-zoned. Seven years later, she tries her luck again only to be rejected again. She is determined to get over what she considers this curse of not being able to experience love. One lonely day in Jeju, she declares confidently that she no longer likes him and decided to leave him.

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He too leaves Korea having a heavy pang in his heart. She had tried every trick to get over this curse that she had, having almost 12 ex-boyfriends. Till one day, when she finds a guy, Joon Soo who offers to be her test man and help her determine whether the fault lies in her or the men she has dated. Having been traumatized by the divorce of his parents in the past, Lee Soo always stops himself from love and chooses to not start something so that it won’t end. After 3 years of leaving Jeju island and his memory of Woo Yeon, Lee Soo comes back to Korea and finds her with another man, but this time he hopes to face his feelings and not let his past overshadow him.

  • Hangul: 경우의 수
  • Director: Choi Sung-Bum
  • Writer: Jo Seung-Hee
  • Network: JTBC
  • Episodes: 16
  • Release Date: September 25 – November 28, 2020

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MY THOUGHTS 

PLOT

The whole drama started pretty awkward, the actors didn’t do a great job but with time they worked it out and the drama got sooo much better.I expected a little bit different story then I got. It looked like a fun comedy .but in reality  It’s more “grown up”, I would call it a “melodrama” in a way. I liked it. The plot was interesting,I liked the on/off relationship dynamic.

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THE CHEMISTRY BETWEEN OUR MAIN COUPLE(S)?

 

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The main romantic plot was a love triangle, it’s not my favorite trope in a romance ,but it was done okay. To be honest I had the worst second-lead syndrome ever in this drama! If you don’t know Second Lead Syndrome or SLS is when you root for the second male lead in a drama and wish the female lead would choose him although you know that it wouldn’t happen.Maybe it was because the chemistry was stronger with the second lead then our main love interest. This romance wasn’t the only one we saw. The friendgroup had they’re own romance/problems we saw here and there and I loved watching it.

 

HOW IT ENDS

*Mild Spoilers*

I expected the ending! It was good,sweet and we got answers to some questions. I’m okay with it.

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WATCH IT HERE

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Aliexpress Haul “everything under 5 euros”

Hello, My Darlings! How are you all doing? Finally, my orders from Aliexpress are coming in, most of those are Holiday gifts for my friends and family. If you don’t know AliExpress is a popular online store for buying products at much cheaper prices than Amazon and other similar services. Everything is under 5 euros, so very affordable!

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Let’s dive into the goodies!

VPB S32 earphones

The best cheap earphones I have ever got! This is my second order from this particular store, so I have already tested those earphones and I can say…those are heavy-duty(I’m not gentle with my earphones, so I change them regularly), and the sound is pretty good. In this order, I got one pair for myself as a backup and one for my brother as a stocking stuffer. The shipping was super fast too, A little over a week to Latvia.

Men’s Autumn Summer Socks 

Another stocking stuffer for my brother. I know it wasn’t intentional, but the little color stripe looks like a Latvian flag. That’s the main reason why I got this pair, and the price was amazing(around 0.80 euro). Quality is pretty good, definitely stretchy cotton. Would recommend!

Cotton Christmas Socks

Aren’t those cute?! Super affordable and super cute. To be honest, I got the cheaper Santa socks, but they send me those …I’m not mad about it. Shipping was fast, the quality is okay. I paid 0.56 euro.

925 Sterling Silver Leaves Long Tassels Earrings

This is a gift for my mom. She loves silver jewelry, and those looked like something she will enjoy. It was an 11.11 deal and I paid around 1.33 euro I think. The quality is amazing and it came with a pouch and a cloth to polish earrings. Very happy with the purchase. The shipping was a little over two weeks to Latvia from China.

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Beauty Glazed “Neptune” palette review

ABOUT THE PRODUCT

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These shadows are extremely soft 9 colors beautiful glitter colors that will go with any skin tone and brighten up any look.

  • Tonal and inspiration from the catwalk, gorgeous high saturated color eye makeup
  • Exquisite opaque, smooth easy away,easily highlight stereo eye level,long lasting shine

 

My review of the Lemon palette by Beauty Glaze

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Packaging

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This is the third palette I have from this brand. Very well made, the packaging is cardboard, it has a magnetic closure. Easy to carry in your bag, would love to have a mirror, but that’s just me.

 

Texture and Quality

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Easy to blend, like it’s suuupppeeerr easy! Eyeshadow doesn’t have any scent and that’s amazing. Doesn’t stain my eyelids. The Yellow shade is powdery and the shimmery shades don’t work well with brushes, but that’s my only complaint.

OVERALL

4 stars

   Pros  

  • Affordable
  • Travel-friendly
  • Beautiful color story
  • Great pigment
  • Cute Packaging

Cons

  • The matt shades are patchy
  • Shimmery shades don’t work well with brushes

 

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Mixa Anti-imperfection, cleansing lotion and Cleansing Gel review

Disclaimer: It"s just my opinion,if you loved those products I'm very happy for you!

My skin type is very oily and acne pron

Mixa Anti-imperfection, cleansing lotion for the face – for oily skin with imperfections

ABOUT THE PRODUCT:

Cleanser face. For oily
skin prone to acne and imperfections. Active ingredients – zinc,
salicylic acid, vitamin E, moisturizing glycerin. Gently cleanses
dirt and makeup residue on the skin. Lasting matte effect.
Tightens pores. Improves skin texture. Reduces irritations as a
result of imperfections with 55.5% / under regular use /. Leaves
skin clean, soft and supple. pH 5.5. Xïpoalergenen.
Nekomedonogenen. Without parabens. Alcohol-free. Leave. Developed
under medical supervision. Dermatologically tested. Manufacturer
– France. Established back in 1924, the French brand Mixa e
specializes in caring for sensitive skin. Mixa is cosmetics with
pharmaceutical backgrounds. Guideline in product development is
to achieve efficacy without irritation. The active ingredients in
all products of the brand are scientifically tested and formulas
do not contain alcohol, parabens and colorants. Directions: Shake
before use. Use a cotton swab moistened with Mixa Cleansing
lotion against imperfections and carefully clean the face. Repeat
until the pad does not remain completely clean. Use morning and
night. No need rinsing or scrubbing.

PACKAGING

It’s pretty simple. Plastic, nothing fancy…you can easily get the product out of the packaging and see how much is left.

TEXTURE AND QUALITY

It’s oily…like REALLY oily. Don’t know how it is marketed for “oily and Acne pron” skin.

THE PRICE

I paid around 5 euros with a 30% discount. So it was pretty affordable.

SKIN AFTER USE

IT RUINED MY SKIN! I’m serious. My skin became,2 hours after using this one, super oily like you can FRY FOOD ON IT OILY. I thought it’s one of those products that made your skin worst before making it better(we all know “those” products), but no…My skin is still awful because of this product…and I’m still trying to fix the mess. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND if your skin is not sensitive or is super oily to being with.

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Mixa Cleansing Gel Anti-Imperfection Purifying Anti-Redness Prone Skin

ABOUT THE PRODUCT:

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The wash gel tube is equipped with a pump that ensures hygienic and economical use, because you can easily dispense the amount you pump.

Product Features:

  • Without soap and parabens
  • Neutral pH
  • Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic formula
  • Created under medical supervision
  • Suitable for sensitive skin with imperfections

 

 

 

 

 

 

PACKAGING

It’s the same plastic as the first one, I liked the pump it was pretty handy. You can see the product easily…but to be honest I would love to see it in clear plastic not blue.

TEXTURE AND QUALITY

It’s a thick gel-like formula, very gentle ..too gentle in my opinion because my face still felt dirty after washing it.

THE PRICE

The same as the first product, around 5 euros with the discount.

SKIN AFTER USE

It was one of the worst face washing gels I have ever used! And I have used a lot of those. It’s…simply awful, my face was oily, my acne got worst …It’s just a mess. Would not recommend it at all!

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November Wrap-Up(It was a good reading month)

Hello, My Darlings! How are you all doing? Hope November was a good month for you. Did you read anything good? November was a good reading month for me. I read around 10 books, I’m sooo happy! Let’s dive into the books.

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1.A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby(Rogues and Remarkable Women #1)by Vanessa Riley

This was a pretty good read, I enjoyed it. Would recommed.3 stars

2.A Deal with the Elf King(Married to Magic #1)by Elise Kova

My favorite book last month! This was amazing, I have a full review here.5 stars

3.The Cup and The Prince(Kingdom of Curses and Shadows #1)by Day Leitao

I love the cover! It’s soo beautiful,I did a review of this book on my bookstagram(you can find it here)3 stars

4.Quarantine Baby by Clarie Wolfe

This should come with lots of trigger warnings like- rape, abuse(physical and verbal), Stockholm syndrome
2,5 stars

5.His Pumpkin Pie by Alexa Riley

It was good. A fast read, nice plot…but the “Russian” guy name, it was so unbelievable …FYI no normal Russian parents would call their son Miller or Frost, just saying.
3 stars

6.His Little Red: A Possessive Dark Romance(Mayhem Ever After #1)by Vivi Paige

It was good, nothing special…just a cute fast read.3 stars

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7.Revenge of the Sluts by Natalie Walton

Another book I have a review on Instagram ( you can read it here). It’s a good read, 4 stars.

8.I Wanna Suck Your by Gemma Cates

Very mediocre. It was funny in some places, but overall nothing special 2,5 stars 

9.Tithe(Modern Faerie Tales #1)by Holly Black

My Queen Holly Black! This was good, I really enjoyed it . 4 stars

10.Baby’s Daddy by Aubrey Wright

It’s okay…another okay book I read in November…nothing super fun.3 stars

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