“An Enchantment of Ravens” Review

Written by Margaret Rogerson, the New York times Bestseller An Enchantment of Ravens, is truly an incaptivating book, alluring and mystical in every way. The first thing I noticed while reading, was the specific writing style Rogerson had. With each sentence, the word choice led the readers to truly feel apart of the mystical world of the fair folk. The story follows Isobel, a portrait artist as she navigates the world of the fair folk, and what happens when a painting goes wrong, and she is whisked away by Rook, the autumn prince.

I must admit that I am biased, as I truly adore romance stories, but the tale of love in this story truly enchanted me and I found myself rooting for Isobel every step of the way. There’s so much beautiful foreshadowing and symbolism that whisks you away on an incredible journey.

As an eighteen year old reader who loves fantasy, it can be difficult to find a book that both satisfies my need to feel as if I’m in a different world, but also avoid a childish or cliche nature and this book perfectly does this. I would truly give this book 5/5 stars. I could not put it down and I don’t think you will be able to either.

Tales of The Peculiar Review

Written by Ransom Riggs, Tales of the Peculiar is a series of stories of fairytales and myths and fables that have been adapted to a darker, might I say, more peculiar form.

I truly fell in love with this book, from the first tale where I saw the downfall of the farmers to the cannibals, to the bird who makes time loops and turns into a woman. This book will keep you fascinated, and despite it’s darkness, somehow there’s a beauty in each ending.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an easy read and who enjoys mythology or fairytales. I truly would give this book a 5/5 stars as I loved each and every story and can see myself reading it to my children one day.

Select CBD (Vape) Review

Hello! My sincerest apologies in the delay. When I do reviews, I try to ensure that I fully have tested out the product before making any claims. In addition, the first semester of college has just ended and I have been rather busy.

First, it is important to note what CBD is. CBD is a part of Marijuana used primarily for anxiety relief and medical uses. It is known to help with stress, injury and many other issues. Unlike THC, CBD does not get you high.

The product I tested were the Select CBD Vapes in the flavors, Lemon and Lavender.

My hopes for the product were primarily Does it eliminate my chronic pain? and Does it soothe my anxiety?

Almost immediately I found myself soothed and calmed by the lavender CBD. I can not fully assure if it is due to the scent or the CBD itself or even the process of slowing down one’s breathing. The scent is rather strong and tickles the throat a little bit but is very mild and calming. It produces beautiful puffs of smoke so you can have easy control of how much you inhale.

I personally really love the smell of lavender but know others who dislike it due to it’s strength and the lemon has similar affects, but is less of a scent I enjoy. I truly believe you have to choose based on personal preference.

My biggest issue with the product was a lack of dosage recommendation. I had no idea how much to use and this is something that is difficult to measure but should be suggested in some regards.

In regards to pain, I noticed only slight differences, leading to my end statement of believing this to be a truly affective anxiety reducer but less of a chronic pain reliever. If you like this review or want more like this, comment down products you’d like me to try out and review.

Ipsy Review

I was ecstatic to receive my first Ipsy Bag. After being about a week late, I was thrilled to see the Pink Bag in the mail. In it, was a small and cute Ipsy bag with Travel stamps covering one side and an orangish shade on the other side. Having accidentally read the spoilers for my bag, my items were not a surprise.

The first item I pulled out was a makeup brush, not in the bag itself but in the package, I was drawn to the blue colors.

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After trying out the brush a couple of times, I was not upset with it, but not exactly too impressed. It was neither a blending brush or great at applying product. That said, it wasn’t bad.

The next product I received was an Elizabeth Mott Shimmer Eyeshadow single in Mermaid Teal. fileAsset

The color itself was pretty, but not as pigmented as the image above that is on the Ipsy website made it seem. Unfortunately, I’m not much in the habit of wearing blue eyeshadow so it wasn’t too nice a product. This, however, is not the problem of Ipsy but of personal taste.

This was one of my favorite products from what I received this month, the Air Repair Skin Care Facial Mist. Initially, I thought this product would be a bit of a sham. But after a few uses throughout the day, and after having applied makeup, I noticed my makeup setting, appearing less cakey and feeling refreshed throughout the day.

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On to nails ladies. I had received the Adesse New York Nail Polish in Oh Cabana Boy.

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It is much more of a pale bright blue than the shade you see above, but it was pretty none the less. It applied well, took only one or two coats, and dried quickly enough. Overall, a rather good product.

Finally, I received a black clay face mask from the brand Tonymoly. I only used it once, and didn’t notice an immediate difference, but perhaps over time there will be a positive skin affect. I will have to try it out more.

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Overall, I wasn’t dissatisfied nor ecstatic with this months Ipsy Package. As of right now, I would give the bag three out of five stars. It was an adorable bag with the highlights being the nail polish and the face mist, but the other products weren’t a big hit. I hope that over time, as I review my products each month, Ipsy will begin to improve on my selections. I will keep you updated as to how the following Ipsy products go!

~ Maria The Vagabond