The Night Voyage || Review 

I absolutely love this coloring book. The storyline that goes along with it is simply beautiful. The illustrations are well drawn and easy to color. There are some pages that have that annoying crease in the middle of a full page “scene”, but I think that’s to be expected of most coloring books… at least the ones I’ve read. Over all, I would highly recommend! This book is beautiful, imaginative, and bonus if you’re an art/illustration student because this book provides SO much inspiration 🙂 Safe travels on your literary voyage!

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Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer || Review

I’ve had the honor of working on a campaign together again with Valentia through BrandBacker for their new Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer. Wanna see my face after 12 hours of using this?? Keep reading! 


Want More Info About the Product? Check Out the Links Below! 

Find it Here on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01H582SGI

Valentia’s Website: http://valentia.com

Valentia’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/valentianatural/

Valentia’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/valentiabeauty

About the Product

Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer – A lightweight fast absorbing cream that illuminates skin while providing all-day hydration.

This Brightening Moisturizer Will:
– Lighten dark spots
– Restore skin radiance
– Even skin tone
– Diminish fine lines
– Provide all-day hydration

Specially selected ingredients work together to achieve optimum results.

KEY INGREDIENTS:

– Botanical Hyaluronic Acid: Floods skin with moisture, supports skin elasticity, and plumps skin from within.

– Kojic Acid: Controls melanin production and prevents dark spots.

– Ginseng: Boosts skin firming collagen, fights wrinkles, and gives the skin a brighter and more energized look.

– Safflower Oil: Repairs skin’s natural moisture barrier and provide superior skin protection.

– Shea Butter: Infuses skin with a myriad of vitamins and nutrients for superior skin hydration and nourishment.


My Review:

I decided to try out this moisturizer under my normal makeup routine (which isn’t much) before school one day, and let me tell you, it turned out GREAT! I was kind of expecting it to have a strong scent (like some of Valentia’s other products), but it didn’t. It smelled only a little bit like shea butter with a hint of the ginseng, but just barely. The moisturizer applied like a DREAM. I was kind of worried that since I have oily skin during the summer that it would make me shine like the top of the Chrysler building, but fear not – for this brought out a beautiful glow instead. It absorbed well into the skin – wasn’t greasy or tacky, but wasn’t thin either: it was just the perfect consistency. 1o/10 I applied my normal makeup (primer, BB cream, concealer, eye shadow, blush, highlight, etc.) and went on through the day. This was from about 10am to midnight (so a little over 12 hour wear). 

That’s me. Home from school and tired. But look! Not greasy at all and my makeup held up pretty okay. I’ve been using it this past week as well and have noticed a change in my skin – it’s SOFTER and definitely more moisturized than it would normally be.

My final rating: 10/10

Until next time, have an adequately awkward day.

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Beach Life with Smart Stuff™ Sunscreen || Review

My family and I just got back from an amazing camping/beach trip for my son’s birthday. It was a beautiful weekend, and I’m pleased to say I got to try out a simply amazing product on my trip as well! I was sponsored by SmartStuff through BrandBacker to try out some amazing sunscreen (for the beach part of the trip, obviously).

Here’s some quick information about the brand and the sunscreen if you’re interested! 

Smart Stuff Page: http://www.smartstufflife.com

Link to Sunscreen: http://smartstuff.com/products/smart-stuff-sunscreen

This is a natural, mineral-based sunscreen and it’s SPF 30. Image result for smart stuff life sunscreen

  • Natural Sunscreen Zinc Oxide, Provides Sun Protection for the Whole Family!
  • No Synthetic Chemical Sun Filters
  • Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection
  • Water Resistant (40 Minutes)
  • Non-Oily, Non-Whitening Formula
  • Eco-Friendly, Biodegradable, Reef-Safe
  • Free of Parabens, PABA, Petroleum, Phthalates, Gluten
  • No Artificial Colors or Fragrances
  • Developed in Consultation with Physicians
  • No Animal Testing

My Review 

 Spoiler alert, Smart Stuff sunscreen gets a 10/10 from me! Let me tell you why. When we went to the beach, my son would usually fuss and have an awful time putting on sunscreen. Either that or we would end up forgetting to put it on beforehand and put it on when we’re already at the beach. Fortunately, we were able to put it on before we left the campsite (the lighting was awful for pictures >.< sorry.. please enjoy the other pictures, though!) Anyhow, he loved how this stuff smelled, how it felt on his skin, and I loved how quickly it absorbed so he could go straight away and play. After a super fun day of splashing in the waves and conquering our fear of the water, there was actually no need for any reapplication after the 4-5 hours we were out there playing. We were well protected, and most of all, I loved that there was no junk going on my son’s sensitive skin. He’s super prone to eczema break-outs, and he had no problems with this sunscreen! (PS:I’m the same way, and it worked well for me also!)

Lessons in Classical Painting || Blogging for Books

I’m a returning college art student currently in an awesome painting class, and I thought this would be an amazing book to check out and learn more about the fundamentals on my own. I love art and learning independently to strengthen my abilities because I’m really passionate about my craft. This has a lot of what we’ve learned in my class so far, but it has a lot of knowledge that we haven’t learned yet either. Lessons in Classical Painting focuses more on oil painting, but I’m sure you can mold it to fit acrylics as well. Either way, it has great reference pictures of classical paintings and breaks down the methods they used to paint. It’s a lot of information and can seem super intimidating at first, but give it a second and flip to a section that you think you’d like to learn, and start there. Check out the pictures, the writing, the mini tutorials. As a whole, this book is a great deal. Overall, I loved checking out this book and I can’t wait to use it more often to paint and learn about oil paints!

Overall Rating 5/5

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Pop Manga Coloring Book || Blogging for Books

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This was by far one of the best books that I’ve reviewed from Blogging for Books. Pop Manga Coloring Book by Camilla d’Errico is a beautifully illustrated coloring book for all ages. d’Errico gives amazing tips on how to color the pages inside and I’m so thrilled that this amazing artist has released contour outlines of her drawings in a coloring book form for artists like myself to study and play with! She even suggests things like photocopying them to practice on first so you can get a feel for what kinds of colors you want to put in and things like that. If you haven’t checked out Camilla d’Errico’s art, head on over here >> http://camilladerrico.com/ << to check out her original artwork! I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in manga, sci-fi, or coloring books in general! Absolutely amazing paper quality. I’ve bookmarked so many of the pages to copy already so I can start practicing ^-^ The pages are filled with mostly female manga figures and animals like birds, bees, and also robots! Endless possibilities lie within these pages. It’s adorable, bizarre, surreal, and overall a wonderful experience.

 

Overall Rating: 5/5

Until next time, have an adequately awkward day

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Punderdome 3000 || Review

This is gonna be real brief… Maybe.

Honestly – I thought I was going to enjoy this game. I was really looking forward to it because I rather enjoy puns. I love cheesy jokes and the puns I read on Popsicle sticks and the back of Laffy Taffy wrappers. How hard could this game be? The game itself looks lovely from the outside. Colorful, exciting box with  two sets of cards, instructions, envelopes, and notepads. This is a 3-5 player game. Essentially, you get one card from each stack and make up a pun from both cards’ categories. For example the first pile’s card was “architecture” the other pile’s first card was “fruit”. Now, some witty person might have already come up with a pun on the spot… Me? I’m drawing blanks and trying not to throw this game up against the wall. If not for the back of the cards, I probably would have tossed them. The back of the cards have some pretty punny jokes that make you either giggle or groan. I might pass this game on to a friend in the future who might know what to do with it. Personally, it’s more of a Blunderdome than a Punderdome. 
Overall Rating: 2/5 

Until next time, have an adequately awkward day

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BatDad || Blogging for Books Review

I definitely think that this is a book for a bit of an older audience. It’s HILARIOUS! I’m a huge fan of BatDad and his videos on social media. If you’re a parent with younger children, you’re going to LOVE BatDad. He’s totally relatable, and it’s a great book to have around if you want a laugh. I’m not sure if this is totally appropriate for younger children since it has a couple pages with things that say things like “Tables are for glasses not asses”. It has a BUNCH of colorful pictures of BatDad Blake and his kids with “comic book-like” word bubbles on each and every page, which makes it super fun to read! It’s a wonderful, fun book for the coffee table and makes a great gift for fans of BatDad as well. I loved learning more about his backstory from the front page. However, this book ended up sort of lying around the house and I never really ended up picking it up again after I finished reading it 😦 I enjoy looking at his videos more than I enjoyed this book, but this book was really funny and well made nonetheless. I really did want to love this book as much as I loved BatDad’s videos, but I have to say that all in all – anything that’s in the book, you can pretty much find in the videos and then some.

Overall Rating: 4/5

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A Boy and His Jellyfish

Once upon a time in a magical land called Etsy, there was this man named JT. He owned a most wonderful shop called “Pocket Sushi” that was filled with the cutest little creatures in the realm. One day, Mommy decided to enter this wonderful shop and she asked JT to create five of the most adorable hair clips. Mommy had told me about this adventure, and I was very excited to see what was going to be on the hair clips. Finally, the mail carriage delivered our parcel. We were filled with such glee! I quickly helped Mommy open her package, and I almost cried because the little octopuses were so cute! I told Mommy to put the octopuses all over her hair – but wait… there was something else in the parcel. Not something, but someone. It was a baby jellyfish! Mommy was so surprised and she wanted to know where he had come from, so I told her.

“Jelly was just a baby jellyfish. He was in my heart, and he stayed there so he could be warm. One day, he wanted to come outside so he could play, so I pooped him out! He wouldn’t hurt anyone because he’s just a baby. He doesn’t bite or anything either. First he was one years old, then he was two years old, then he was three, then he turned four years old – just like me! …so I’m a dad! I love Jelly so much, and he’s so cute. He’s my little son. I’m a good dad.”PicCollage (3)

I asked Mommy if I was a good dad to Jelly, and she said I was the best dad ever. I learn how to be a good dad from my Daddy. I gave Jelly some coins from my piggy bank so he could go shopping and get light sabers to play with me. Daddy said that was really nice. So far, Jelly and I have a pet dog called Pickles.I think Jelly might have brothers or sisters soon.

-Jofish Burrito


I hope you enjoyed that mini-story! It’s super TRUE and adorable 🙂 I wrote it from my son’s point of view because that’s how he’d want it if he could type this all out. He said he wants a new playground for Father’s Day, but we compromised and we’ll go to a new playground and go out for some ice cream instead ^-^!

Until next time, have an adequately awkward day

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(Wanna know where I got Jelly? Check out https://www.etsy.com/shop/PocketSushi There’s a promo running right now! Purchase $30 (before shipping) or more and receive a free exclusive jellyfish keychain, only available through this special! (You will receive a random color. Example: http://pocket-sushi.com/jellyfish-keychain) You welcome. Mwah.)

“Brain Freeze” Journal || Review

Brain Freeze Journal || Front Cover

This journal is fresh out of the ice cream parlour – DELICIOUS! I knew that when I first saw it, I had to request to review it! (Thank you, Blogging for Books!) I had really high expectations for this journal, and I have got to say that it really does pass my “should I get this journal?” test. Yes, it wasn’t ABSOLUTELY perfect, but darling, I hate to break it to you – nothing in this world is.

More info about this journal:

  • Publisher: Potter
  • ISBN: 978-0-553-45962-3

 Anyway, back to my test. Let me break it down for you:(BTW If it wasn’t already clear, this test isn’t 100% right for everyone out there but it definitely works the majority of the time when I go out to buy/pick out a journal. ^-^ Cheers!)

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  1. Is this journal something I would use on a day to day basis or at least regularly? Yes! There are both lines for writing and blank spaces in the middle for drawing/writing. 
  2. Is it compact? Yes! It’s compact enough to fit in my mini Jansport backpack or even in my cross body purse (when it’s not completely filled with stuff). 

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    Brain Freeze || THE SPINE 

  3. Is it durable? At first, I was at bit hesitant about the spine because it is an open spine with no covering. It seems to have a sort of clear glue covering, but I feel like over time, it might not hold up as well as other journals hold up. I pulled at it a bit to see how much pressure it would be able to take, and it seemed to take pressure well. I don’t think this journal is SUPER durable, but I do take care of my journals. I guess this one gets a.. No
  4. Is it my style? My taste buds are weird. I don’t like chocolate. That was literally my only deterrent to this. Should I get this if I don’t like chocolate? It’s literally a chocolate sandwich journal! It’s such a nice, soft, embellished cover (“Brain Freeze” stamped in gold on cover with plain little ice cream sandwich circles) that has lovely pages that are dyed at the edges to resemble a Neapolitan ice cream sandwich. It was too good to pass up. YesIMG_6205
  5. Are the pages well made? Yes. The pages themselves are very well made. They are white pages with brown lines at the top, a blank white space in the middle, and pink lines at the bottom. The paper is pretty heavyweight. I wrote in it with a Moleskine pen, and it didn’t bleed through to the other side like I thought it would. I also wrote in it with a generic, black ball point pen. It would normally bleed through my composition notebook pages, but it didn’t bleed through the Brain Freeze notebook. Now, there are two things that irked me… but it was minor. The two VERY FIRST and VERY LAST pages of the book are glued together oddly at the seams, so when I went to write my first entry in… It was frustrating. 

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    Brain Freeze Journal with my Poop Pen!

  6. Is it worth the money? Unfortunately not. I’m on a super wonderful budget right now that has certain “allowances” and such… and as CUTE as this is… I’m glad I got it for free in exchange for an honest review >.< Unless you’re BALLIN’/not on a budget, at $12.99 plus tax, I’d say that it could probably have been priced a bit lower – less than $10.00 at the most. I mean, It’s $4 over… but still, a dollar is a dollar (I’m challenging myself to save every penny I can wherever I can). I get it – the no binding thing is a part of the style of it, but over time, that thing is going to fall apart, and if I’m going to use that as a journal, or an idea book to chronicle stuff in, plus spend good money on it – I’d want it to be in good condition and last a pretty long time. I’d also really have enjoyed a bookmark ribbon of sorts in there. 

So… Should I Get This Journal? Let’s tally up the score. 4/6 YES! This journal is a win in my book! Well done, Potter Publishing! Great gift for summer birthdays or for ice cream lovers in general… I mean. Who doesn’t love ice cream? Yum!

Brain Freeze Journal with my Poop Pen!

Until next time, have an adequately awkward day

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