Book Review- Just Add Watercolor

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I have a minor in art, so I have taken a lot of art technique classes, and have read a lot art articles and books.

I never got to take a watercolor technique class, so I am always looking for anything to help me with watercolors. So I was excited to receive a free copy in exchange for a review.

I was a little disappointed in this book. The first thing I noticed was the size and packaging of this book. It is quite small and , well, long. This made for a little bit of an awkward read, I felt like I was going to tear it as I turned the pages.  Because of the smll size of the book, the font was pretty small, which is a little off-putting for my healthy eyes. How is anyone with any kind of eye issue going to be able to read this book?

So the format of this book is an artist statement on one page and the artist piece on the other. The author talks about the piece. In the back there are about 20 pages of reference and technique terms. I just felt like I was reading a student gallery book. Which, really, is what it was.

If you are knowledgeable of basic watercolor techniques and want to explore modern tricks, this is a nice choice for you. If you are new to watercolor, I wouldn’t recommend this.

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Book Reviews- A Warrior’s Faith

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I love this book. The writing is excellent and dynamic.

I got absorbed in the story very quickly and couldn’t put it down.

A Warrior’s Faith is an incredible story about loss, faith and survival. I think is such an important book for civilians, just to get a glimpse at the psyche of a disabled American veteran.  I would hope that this text could help other soldiers in their journeys.  I highly recommend this amazing book.

Book Recuew- I’m Happy For You, Sortof, Not Really

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Is comparison living hijacking your life?

Do you find yourself measuring your value against your friend’s house, body, marriage, resume, paycheck, organic garden, or Pinterest-worthy holiday décor, and coming up lacking? Do your colege roommate’s Instagram snapshots bear little resemblance to the scene at your house this morning?

Excessive comparison and competition sap our energy and steal our joy. Our friends become our audience and judges, and our kids become part of our brand. Add social media’s constant invitation to post and peruse, and it’s no wonder that we’re left exhausted, discontent, and lonely. Thankfully, there is another way!

With  refreshing candor and humor, Kay Wyma shares her experiences with comparison living and offers readers the simple remedies that helped her and her family reboot their perspective and discover freedom, authenticity, and joy.

I think everyone knows that person. That one person who just seems perfect.

Could be a girl you went to college with or a guy you work with. They always look great no matter what, They seem to always have everything together. They can’t take a bad picture.

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They just seem to be perfect. That makes you look at yourself and your own life and become frustrated and jealous.

“I’m Happy For You…Sortof not Really” is a book entirely devoted to this conundrum.

Everyone does it to some degree, even if it is hard to admit sometimes.

I felt this book was really great for helping to address this issue.

I think the hardest concept is in the title, saying and genuinally being happy for someon else being happy. It is an easy thing to say you are happy, but another thing entirely to say it and truly mean it.

-Senna

(I recived a sample copy in exchange for a review)

Adovia Mud Mask

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Adovia Purifying Dead Sea Mud Mask is the Most Effective and Potent Natural Acne Treatment Mask on the Market. If You Don’t Feel Your face Looks Younger, Smoother and More Attractive after 1 Month of Use we will Give you 100% of Your Money Back. (That’s how confident we are that our Dead Sea Mud Mask Works!)

The Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask by Adovia:
• Pulls out Toxins and Unclogs Pores so Your Skin Can Breathe and Rejuvinate Naturally
• Pulls out Excess Oil While Putting In Much Needed Essential Minerals from The Dead Sea
• 100% Natural, Paraben Free, No added Fragrance or Color
• Improves Your Complexion by reducing blackheads, acne blemishes and the appearance of acne
• Supplies nutrients to maintain elasticity and a soft, even texture.
• Helps with Oily Skin, Acne Treatment, Blackheads, Blemishes, Psoriasis, Eczema

Here Are Just a Few Ingredients We Use and Their Benefits
• DEAD SEA MUD – packed with over 26 Minerals essential for skin health Dead Sea Mud Pulls out Toxins and Pore Clogging Particles while infusing skin with Much Needed Minerals
• Aloe Vera so that Your Skin is Not Overdried But Gets Natural Level of Moisture
• Vitamin C – for improving overall skin complexion and smoothness

 

I am so impressed by the ingredients list. It is full of vitamins and oils and of course that amazing dead sea mud that is literally epic of biblical proportions.

I love the mud mask, you can feel the toxins being soaked up out of your skin and your face and neck feel so clean after you wash it off.  The bottle is a generous size and I lit that it is in a tube instead of a pot like most masks.

You can order some here.

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Book Review- How to Get Dressed

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Costume designer Alison Freer’s styling kit is a magical bag of tricks, built to solve every single wardrobe malfunction on earth. TV and film productions wait for nothing, so her solutions have to work fast. In How to Get Dressed, Alison distills her secrets into a fun, comprehensive style guide focused on rethinking your wardrobe like a fashion expert and making what’s in your closet work for you. She provides real-world advice about everything style-related, including:

• Making every garment you own fit better
• Mastering closet organization
• The undergarments you actually need
• The scoop on tailors and which alterations are worth it
• Shopping thrift and vintage like a rockstar

Instead of repeating boring style “rules,” Alison breaks the rules and gets real about everything from bras to how to deal with inevitable fashion disasters. Including helpful information such as how to skip ironing and the dry cleaners, remove every stain under the sun, and help clueless men get their sartorial acts together, How to Get Dressed has hundreds of insider tips from Alison’s arsenal of tools and expertise.

I worked in a costume shop for 5 years and I learned so much about costumes, but more I learned about clothes, I learned about laundry, I learned about cleaning clothes, I learned how to disinfect shoes and surfaces and how to store pieces to make them last longer. I learned how to sort pieces, how to dry clean. I learned how to care for vintage dresses and repair holes and reattach zippers and buttons.

Even though I do know a lot about the care and keeping of clothing, I learned a great deal from this book. I would recommend it to any clothes horse, and it is a must for any aspiring costumer, costume designer or wardrobe master.

Senna

Hyaluronic Serum – Oz Naturals

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I am very pleased to work with Oz Natural and receiving a sample product in exchange for an honest review.

I have used a lot of amazing serums and this is hands down my favorite. I don’t think I could really ask for a more perfect product. There is no smell and goes on so clean and clear.  My skin feels amazing, and I feel like it has really helped to balance the moisture in my difficult to maintain skin.

Another thing I like about this product is that the packaging and company is transparent. The instructions are clear and precise.  I will buy this later in life.

It doesn’t smell at all and I feel like I am not wearing anything on my face when it dries.

This is one product I feel great about supporting and recommending. I look forward to trying other Oz Natural products.

OZ Natural’s natural and organic hyaluronic acid serum is considered to be the highest quality HA serum on the market.
CLINICAL STRENGTH anti aging, anti wrinkle serum (no cream) is proven to plump skin & fill in those fine lines and wrinkles.
THIS HYALURONIC ACID SERUM is guaranteed to give you that dewy, moisture boost needed to achieve that youthful glow & is proven to reduce skin’s fine lines and wrinkles.
Oour CRUELTY FREE, vegan hyaluronic acid serum does not contain alcohol, parabens or sulfates and is safe for all skin types – This hyaluronic acid serum for your face is an extremely effective anti aging, anti wrinkle treatment.
MADE IN THE USA in a state of the art FDA registered facility – OZ Naturals formulates the most effective anti aging products on the market – OZ Naturals products work & they work extremely well – This HA serum will provide your skin a more youthful appearance upon 1st use – We guarantee you’ll get results!

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