The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue(Montague Siblings #1)by Mackenzi Lee- book review

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Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

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The story– 3/5

Setting of the book– 2,5/5

Smexy Times?– Some

OVERALL – 3/5 STARS

I know I know…everyone has read it like years ago, so I’m a little late to the party. So…What did I think? To be honest, because of the “hype” this book had I expected much more, but…it was just average. The writing style was good, but the plot was lacking. I wanted more of the world-building. But the romance in this book was cute,I liked it. Was it enjoyable? Yes! Will I ever reread it? No!

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE BOOK

“Nice to have you along, Felicity.” I clamp the pipe between my teeth and fish about in my pocket for the flint. “Remind me again where we’re permitted to drop you by the side of the road.”

❤

“How is it that we’ve landed the only bear-leader for hire who’s entirely entirely opposed to the true purpose of the Tour?”“Which is . . . remind me.”“Strong spirits and loose women.”“Sounds instead like it’s going to be weak wine with dinner and handling yourself in your bedroom after.”-

❤

“You are the thieves.”“Monty’s the thief,” Felicity says.“No, I am the second thief. Which I think cancels out my thievery.”

❤

They should be throwing gratitude and kindness and cream puffs at us, though I’d settle for just the cream puffs.

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FOCALLURE Invisible Finish Loose Setting Powder- review

About the Product :

A revolutionary perfecting powder that dramatically minimizes the signs of aging.  Twist the top of the innovative packaging to shave off just the right amount – you’ll never need to worry about the messiness of loose powders or that over-powdered, cakey look again. Wear alone or over foundation as a finishing powder. Oil-free.

Features: -Silky smooth application leaves your face looking healthy and radiant all day. – Create a flawless finish – Absorbs oil – Minimizes pores and fine lines – Light-refracting pearls float over skin, giving you a radiant, airbrushed look.

How to: Apply with a powder brush or puff over foundation or directly to the face after moisturizing for a sheer, matte finish.

Ingredients: Talc, Glyceryl Ethylhexanoate/Stearate/Adipate, Nylon-12, Lauroyl Lysine, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Myristate, Polyacrylamide, Sorbitan Stearate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Silica, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Laureth-7, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben. +/-May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 7 (CI 15850), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140).

Official Focallure Aliexpress store: You can find this powder here 

My thoughts :

PACKAGING

It came in a brand box with a seal, so you know it’s new and not opened before. It had the sticker with the scratch code of authenticity (just like mascara had). The “jar” is made from very sturdy plastic and the puff is of great quality. So I’m happy with the packaging.

 

QUALITY AND HOW IT APPLIES

I got the color 01 Ivory(Fa-15) and it’s perfect for my pale nordic skin. It’s a very light powder that really is perfect for oily skin, it keeps you matt ALL DAY. But…if you have some dry spots, it’s not for you it will not look good(trust me). I apply it with my powder brush from Aliexpress, but you can totally use the puff (I sometimes do it, when I’m at my boyfriend’s house and have forgotten the brush).

Overall I love this powder and have tried the 02 Natural color some years ago, at that time it was too dark for me, but I loved the texture…and I can say it’s still the same great quality. Can’t wait to try more stuff from this brand(I’m slowly getting obsessed)

PROS  
  • long-lasting
  • Perfect for oily skin
  • Affordable
  • Great gift idea
  • Travel friendly
CONS
  • it can “wash” you out
  • Not good for dry skin

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FOCALLURE 2 IN 1 Waterproof Mascara and Primer – review(well…more like a first expression)

About the Product :

Mascara & Fiber eyelash primer 2 in 1 – Classic spiral head, the brush head gaps will be full with microfiber that will help you to create a separate not cross eyelash effect easily. – Very fine eyelash primer is rich in fiber, which can be evenly attached to each eyelash, helping to achieve the most natural and long eyelash makeup effect. -3X lengthen eyelashes – The formula is 100% waterproof and sweat proof.

Ingredients:AQUA、ACRYLATESCOPOLYMER、GLYCERIN、PROPYLENEGLYCOL、 COPERNICIACERIFERAWAX、SYNTHETICCANDELILLAWAX、GLYCERYLSTEARATE、 SYNTHETICJAPANWAX、STEARICACID、CERAMICROCRISTALLINA、BEESWAX、 SILICA、POLYSORBATE80、POLYVINYLALCOHOL.ALUMINAMAGNESIUM METASILICATE、XANTHANGUM、TRIETHANOLAMINE、METHYLPARABEN、PROPYL PARABEN、PHENOXYETHANOL、PARFUM、NylonFiber、CI77266

You can Find this product here :Aliexpress

My thoughts :

PACKAGING

The mascara came in a beautiful sealed box with all the ingrediant list and information. The actual mascara tube is made from very sturdy plastic.I really like that the parts Lashprimer and Mascara are labeled.

On the box you can find a QR code and scratch number to make sure your product is original . Such a great idea and truly ,mine was original!And of course the “best before” is a good thing too.

QUALITY AND HOW IT APPLIES

The first you put on Primer. I do around 3/4 coats of it on my lashes. It has little fibers in it ,and they do get into your eyes. It’s not the most pleasant experience,but it’s nothing critical.

After it, we get to the mascara. The want looks pretty average, but the way it’s curved…that’s something new. It’s slightly angled, so you can really get into the corners of your eyes.

What can I say about the application…it’s easy but time-consuming. It’s not bam and ready. You truly need like 5 min just for the mascara(and even more if you are using the primer), and in the mornings sometimes it’s not an option. Another not the greatest thing…it’s messy. But, it’s truly waterproof…like you can go swimming with it and it’s still in your eyes! And it tear-proof(I tested it a few times…don”t ask)

PROS  
  • long-lasting
  • Waterproof
  • Affordable
  • Great gift idea
  • Travel friendly
CONS
  • It’s messy

Overall I really like it and liked it!It’s such a great mascara for summer.

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Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent- book review

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50892432This story begins with a funeral. One of three brothers is dead, mourned by his siblings. But which one? And how? And, most importantly: why?

William, Brian, and Luke are each born a year apart in a lower-middle-class Catholic family in 1960s Dublin. William, the eldest, rises to the top of the heap in the film industry as a successful movie producer. Luke, the baby of the family, surprises everyone by morphing into a worldwide pop star. Brian, the compliant middle son, is the eternal adult in the room: the helpful, steady one, the manager of finances and careers.

But none of them is actually quite what he seems. Wounded by childhood, they have betrayed one another in myriad ways, hiding behind little lies that have developed into full-blown treachery. With an unnerving eye for the complexities of families, Nugent delves into the secret life of a deeply troubled household and provides stunning insights into the many forces that shape us from childhood.

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The story– 3/5

Setting of the book– 3/5

Smexy Times?– YES

OVERALL – 3/5 STARS

First of all, the synopsis is super misleading …it’s not a thriller, but a family drama. As a family drama, it was good. Really showed how our childhood and different events in our lives can make us who we are today. Did I like any of the brothers? No! Did I like the parents? No…Maybe that’s one of the reasons I wasn’t overall invested in this story. We got 3 different points of view, from all 3 of the brothers thru the ages. I usually don’t like the multiple points of view, but here it worked. So the plot… was executed pretty well, it was easy to ‘keep track” where you were in the story. I liked the writing style, very fast-paced. Overall a good family drama…but not what I expected, that’s why just 3 stars.

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The First Zombie Movie I liked!-#ALIVE movie review

About the Movie:

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A city is infected by a mysterious virus, which causes the city to spiral out of control. Joon-Woo (Yoo Ah-In) and Yoo-Bin (Park Shin-Hye) struggle to survive in an isolated apartment complex from those infected with the virus. Everything including the internet, phone, and electricity has been disconnected around the apartment.

  • Hangul: #살아있다
  • Director: Jo Il-Hyeong
  • Writer: Matt Naylor, Jo Il-Hyeong
  • Producer: Oh Hyo-Jin, Lee Yoo-Jin, Kim Sae-Mi
  • Cinematographer: Son Won-Ho
  • Release Date: June 24, 2020
  • Runtime: 98 min.
  • Genre: Zombie
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea

MY THOUGHTS 

ALIVE 2020 Tumblr posts - Tumbral.comWOW! I’m impressed! The first zombie movie I actually enjoyed. Let’s start from the beginning … So on one of our date nights my boyfriend was browsing Netflix for something to watch together, and he found this one. I wasn’t really excited…because of zombies(I hate Zombies with a passion), but when I saw the actors…alive (2020) | Explore Tumblr Posts and Blogs | TumgirI knew we NEED to watch it. I loved Yoo Ah-In in Chicago Typewriter and the darling Park Shin-Hye (she was in kdramas like –Pinocchio , Flower Boy Next Door, Heartstrings) is my favorite actress EVER! And guys…THIS WAS AMAZING. Truly! The story was very interesting, and it had a unique thing- most of the “action” happens in an apartment complex. Was it gory? Yes! Was it overall gory? Yes and No! Like, it was bearable even for me a person who gets scared pretty easily. Overall I would recommend for you to check it out.

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Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love By Numbers #1) by Sarah MacLean -book review

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6584134A lady does not smoke cheroot. She does not ride astride. She does not fence or attend duels. She does not fire a pistol, and she never gambles at a gentlemen’s club.

Lady Calpurnia Hartwell has always followed the rules, rules that have left her unmarried—and more than a little unsatisfied. And so she’s vowed to break the rules and live the life of pleasure she’s been missing.

But to dance every dance, to steal a midnight kiss—to do those things, Callie will need a willing partner. Someone who knows everything about rule-breaking. Someone like Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston—charming and devastatingly handsome, his wicked reputation matched only by his sinful smile.

If she’s not careful, she’ll break the most important rule of all—the one that says that pleasure-seekers should never fall hopelessly, desperately in love.

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The story– 4/5

Setting of the book– 3,8/5

Smexy Times?– YES

OVERALL – 3,9/5 STARS

My first historical romance of the year! And it was pretty good...long, but good(and very quotable ) I read it in one sitting. The story was interesting, I liked Callie and Gabriel together (they did have amazing chemistry, so well done). Some parts did feel a little forced, but it didn’t spoil the story. Overall would recommend it if you love historical steamy romance.

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE BOOK

”Of course, one might argue that lurking in the darkness isn’t exactly ladylike.”
“Ah. There you have it wrong. I am not lurking in the darkness. I am hiding in it. Quite a different thing, altogether.”
❤“I shall endeavor to remember tea first, milk second. I should hate to cause another war between Britain and the Continent.”
❤
“You look quite lovely tonight.” Oxford leaned in, and his smile broadened. Was it possible that the man had more than the usual number of teeth?
❤“You forget one of the most important tenets of London society.”
“Which is?”
“Wealthy, unmarried marquesses are always welcome back into the light.”
❤
“Are you quoting the Bible to me?”
“Indeed,” she said primly, the portrait of piousness.
“While gambling.”
“What better location to attempt to reform one such as you?”
❤
“Never doubt how beautiful you are, Callie. For your beauty has quite ruined me for all others. And, frankly, I rather wish I’d found you years ago.”
❤
“Dear Lord,” Callie breathed.
“I’ve tried prayer myself,” Benedick said genially. “It doesn’t seem to work with her. I believe she’s made a deal with the Maker.”
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February Wrap Up (What I read in February…ps-it’s not a lot)

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Hello, Darlings! How are you all doing? How was your February? For me it was busy…and my health wasn’t the best(I felt tired emotionally and physically almost the whole month), so I didn’t get lots of reading this month. I read 3 books…yeah, just 3 books… not ideal. Let’s dive into the wrap-up.

Wrap Up!

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I read this book in a day, very fast read. This was a pretty good story, I liked the writing style. Overall an amazing book, would recommend ( My full review you can read here )

This had the most unexpected ending I have read…Like…What?!This was SOO GOOd, so why not 5 stars? Because it lacked something, it just didn’t feel 5 stars. Overall I liked it and Lisa Jewell is slowly becoming my auto-buy author. (My full review you can read here)

Ahhh…I expected it to be better. This is a new release, so there isn’t lots of information or reviews about it , that’s why I got into this book blind. Overall it was a good, cute but still angsty romance about sibling rivalry. (3 stars)

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The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict -book review

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54221749In December 1926, Agatha Christie goes missing. Investigators find her empty car on the edge of a deep, gloomy pond, the only clues some tire tracks nearby and a fur coat left in the car—strange for a frigid night. Her husband and daughter have no knowledge of her whereabouts, and England unleashes an unprecedented manhunt to find the up-and-coming mystery author. Eleven days later, she reappears, just as mysteriously as she disappeared, claiming amnesia and providing no explanations for her time away.

The puzzle of those missing eleven days has persisted. With her trademark exploration into the shadows of history, acclaimed author Marie Benedict brings us into the world of Agatha Christie, imagining why such a brilliant woman would find herself at the center of such a murky story.

 

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I will start first by saying that I love Agatha Christie ,her books are so dear to me(it was a big part of my childhood). So after seeing this title and reading this synopsis I knew this was something I would enjoy…and I truly did. This book highlighted interesting parts about Agatha’s life I didn’t know and the struggles of “perfect wives” that women were supposed to be. The mystery part was very well developed in my opinion,and the switching chapters from “now” to “then” was an intriguing part of the story. It’s told from multiple points of view ( Agatha’s and her Husband), and it did give the book an extra mystery element. Overall I really enjoyed it – 4 stars 🌟

The story– 4/5

Setting of the book– 3,8/5

Smexy Times?– Non or very limited

OVERALL – 4/5 STARS

4 stars

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE BOOK

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But I knew it didn’t matter.
Because I was no longer Agatha Miller. I was Agatha Christie.
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Wasn’t that the destiny of all us girls? To be swept away by a man and then swept into the tidal pull of our Fate?
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“Well, then, we just might make quite the writer out of you yet, Mrs. Christie.”

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Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn -book review(and a little RANT)

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23480844. sy475 Seventeen-year-old Mercedes Ayres has an open-door policy when it comes to her bedroom, but only if the guy fulfills a specific criteria: he has to be a virgin. Mercedes lets the boys get their awkward, fumbling first times over with, and all she asks in return is that they give their girlfriends the perfect first time- the kind Mercedes never had herself.

Keeping what goes on in her bedroom a secret has been easy- so far. Her absentee mother isn’t home nearly enough to know about Mercedes’ extracurricular activities, and her uber-religious best friend, Angela, won’t even say the word “sex” until she gets married. But Mercedes doesn’t bank on Angela’s boyfriend finding out about her services and wanting a turn- or on Zach, who likes her for who she is instead of what she can do in bed.

When Mercedes’ perfect system falls apart, she has to find a way to salvage her reputation and figure out where her heart really belongs in the process. Funny, smart, and true-to-life, FIRSTS is a one-of-a-kind young adult novel about growing up.

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The story– 4/5

Setting of the book– 5/5

Main Hero– 2/5

Smexy Times?– Yes ,a lot

OVERALL – 4/5 STARS

Trigger warning -sexual abuse, miscarriage 

This is not suitable for readers under 16 years old

4 stars

So basically it’s a story about a girl who is dealing with her trauma, it’s raw and not pretty. She thinks it’s the right thing to do, but in reality, it’s not. The writing was good, the setting was good too. I enjoyed this book, but my problem…is the ending.  The book didn’t keep everyone accountable for the mistakes they made, there was no therapist for Mercedes to deal with her trauma in a healthy way. Just lots of slut-shame. That’s my only complaint.

Rant(kind of)

This is not really about this book, but more about sex in Ya(young adult) books overall. In the last few years, I have seen a lot of sex in Ya, much more than there was before. Sometimes it’s appropriate(to the story), sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it opens up good discussions, and sometimes it’s not. I’m all about sexual liberation, there is nothing wrong about talking sex or having sex if you are a consenting adult. But when we are talking about actual children(yes, in my mind everyone under the age of 18 is a child), how far is too far? How can we open up a discussion, without promoting unhealthy behaviors. Would love to know your opinion about it.

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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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