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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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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“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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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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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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A Deal with the Elf King (Married to Magic #1) by Elise Kova – book review

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55285911The elves come for two things: war and wives. In both cases, they come for death.

Three-thousand years ago, humans were hunted by powerful races with wild magic until the treaty was formed. Now, for centuries, the elves have taken a young woman from Luella’s village to be their Human Queen.

To be chosen is seen as a mark of death by the townsfolk. A mark nineteen-year-old Luella is grateful to have escaped as a girl. Instead, she’s dedicated her life to studying herbology and becoming the town’s only healer.

That is, until the Elf King unexpectedly arrives… for her.

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Ammmmm….I’m in love!First of all the cover is amazing, second of all…If you like Holly Black and S.J Maas you will enjoy this one.This was such a good book!!! Exactly what I needed. Beautiful writing , beautiful world building ,the romance was amazing and slow burn…I’m so pleased with this book!!! 5 stars 🌟,this is going on my favourites list.

 

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE BOOK

“Our work is what we do, not who we are.


“Love is choice,”


They don’t care. I’m just a tool to them to make their flowers bloom and fields fertile. I’m a walking bag of manure in their eyes.


“Because for all my life I was told I was waiting for just one woman. But if I spent my years sequestered and alone for nothing, then please let me know. I’d love to know what options I have.”


“You are a moody prince glorified with a thorny-looking, iron crown,”


“You will respect me!” Eldas shouts.“Be someone worthy of respecting first!” I slam the door behind me.


“Your Grace, Her Majesty and…Her Majesty’s wolf.”


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“18 again” was very sweet – kdrama review

ABOUT THE DRAMA

Jung Da-Jung (Kim Ha-Neul) is married to 37-year-old Hong Dae-Young (Yoon Sang-Hyun). They have have 18-year-old son and daughter. Jung Da-Jung works hard as a rookie announcer and she has a warm heart. She becomes completely fed up with her husband and is unable to deal with him anymore. Hong Dae-Young got fired from his job and he is looked down upon by his family. Jung Da-Jung hands him divorce papers.

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Meanwhile, Hong Dae-Young looks at himself as an ordinary jobless middle-aged man. He regrets his life. At that moment, his body changes into that of an 18-year-old year old person, while his mind is still that of his 37-year-old self. Back in his teenage days, Hong Dae-Young (Lee Do-Hyun) was an excellent basketball player and also popular. Now, with his regained 18-year-old body, he changes his name to Ko Woo-Young and begins to live a new life.jtbc eighteen again | Tumblr

  • Drama: 18 Again
  • Hangul: 18 어게인
  • Director: Ha Byung-Hoon
  • Writer: Kim Do-Yeon, An Eun-Bin, Choi Yi-Ryun
  • Network: JTBC
  • Episodes: 16
  • Release Date: September 7 – November 10, 2020
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea

MY THOUGHTS 

PLOT

If you have watched 17 again with Zac Efron then you already know the story. In my opinion, it’s even better than the movie. This drama had more “soul”, the acting was phenomenal and the soundtrack was amazing!

4 stars

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THE CHEMISTRY BETWEEN OUR MAIN COUPLE(S)?

We had a lot of romantic relationships in this drama and I can say…they all had chemistry and that’s pretty amazing. Will not spoil any further.

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HOW IT ENDS

*Mild Spoilers*

It was such a beautiful ending , I did cry…..a little…Would definitely recommend if you want something romantic and heartwarming.

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Watch it here

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