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Rhianna W.
Review for Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara - 2 months ago
Aside from the formula being a little on the dry side which results in a bit more flaking than I normally can tolerate this mascara is amazing. Finding one that gets every single lash is tough and this does it without a bunch of wiggling, twisting, and mess. I didn't find it volumizing so much as offering great overall coverage that leaves every one of my lashes visibly lengthened. I'm normally a Great Lash girl but I could be converted to Colossal Big Shot if they can get the formula a little less dry. This is a review of a free product I received for testing purposes, all opinions are my own.
Review for Apothic Dark Red Blend - 2 months ago
If you're looking for a delicious dessert wine at a reasonable price point Apothic Red Dark Blend is a brilliant choice. I don't drink wine very often but when I do this has become one of my go-to choices. I recently used it in a Red Wine Hot Cocoa recipe and it was one of the best desserts I have ever had! If you've been wanting to try the trendy winter bev and aren't sure what wine to use I highly recommend this.
I've become obsessed with Epsom salt baths recently. They're wonderful for sore muscles, not so great for skin that's already getting thrashed by dry winter weather. Them I discovered this version and I am in love! Usually Epsom salt baths leave my legs really dry afterward but since I switched to this they're just right.

If you're sore post workout, from shoveling snow, or an exhausting day of holiday shopping I much recommend both this and the clay and ginger foaming bath from Dr. Teal's.
Review for NYX Cosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencil - 3 months, 2 weeks ago
I'm crap with makeup but discovering that these in Milk (white) and Black Bean (black) make a great creamy base for layering loose powder shadows over has been amaze! I prefer to use a brush with these as they're quite chunky. For the drugstore price and versatility they're one of my go-to secret-weapon products.
Review for Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara - 8 months ago
This classic is one I go back to again and again. No matter how many times I try new products and other brands I wind up picking up another tube of Great Lash. It's the perfect mascara for the price and the waterproof has got me through weddings and many a tear-jerker movie. Love it!
Review for COVERGIRL Flamed Out Shadow Pencil - 1 year, 3 months ago
While these give pretty good pigment and coverage for a drugstore brand shadow pencil they are not good for sensitive skin/eyes. Every time I have worn them my eyes water and burn. I finally had to throw every single one I had bought out... and I had 7 of them!
Review for Kiss® Looks So Natural Lashes - 3 years ago
I've worn falsies a few times in the past for special occasions (and Halloween, natch!) and I love them. My natural lashes have just lost their oomph the older I get so falsies help me get glam when I'm not feeling it at all. This is the first time I'd tried Kiss' false lashes and if I'm honest I love the lashes and dislike the glue.

The lashes themselves were very comfy, lightweight and sooo soft! They look natural and feel almost real to the touch. I didn't even really need to curl or use mascara with them, but chose to do so because that was the look I wanted. The pair I got were called Sultry and man are they ever! I will definitely purchase another pair in a less full version for everyday uses.

The glue, however, had a bad habit of getting gummy and then not sticking well and I do tend to prefer a clear glue with falsies.
Review for Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur - 4 years, 2 months ago
After seeing some seriously gorgeous cocktails in a Chambord magazine ad a few years back I had to try it. I'm not a big frou-frou drink kind of girl but if I have one it's almost always made with Chambord now. It's great for everyday sipping with sodas, insanely good drizzled over ice cream, a sneaky sweet treat poured over fresh berries, and can be classed up with sparkling wines. I've even tried it with heavy cream and coffee as well as in Guinness both of which were okay but nothing I'd make again.

I like to think of it as the diamond earrings of liquers, it goes well with just about anything and it's always classy.
Review for Studio Ghibli Films - 4 years, 2 months ago
I have nothing against Disney but a paren't can only take so many princesses and talking animals/vehicles/etc. before you need a break.

Back in 2000 my brother recommended I rent a copy of Princess Mononoke and I loved it. It's one of the darker Studio Ghibli films and not my favorite but at the time it was a great introduction for an adult.

Since then we've expanded our collection with Spirited Away, Ponyo, My Neighbor Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle, and The Secret World of Arrietty.

There's something gentle and playful about most Ghibli films which has made Ponyo and My Neighbor Totoro fast favorites with my 3-year-old.

Subtle cultural differences have made the occasional guest question some of the oddities (ie. nude father and daughters bathing together in My Neighbor Totoro) but for the most part they're very relatable even with some cultural differences.

I've heard more than one complaint regarding the dubbed versions and respectfully somewhat disagree. As an adult I enjoy watching the Japanese versions with subtitles but can't expect my toddler to do the same. With messages of conservation and ecology, friendship and creativity, maturity and family I think it really doesn't matter which language it's presented in.

For preschoolers and under try Ponyo and My Neighbor Totoro.

For the whole family try Howl's Moving Castle, The Secret World of Arrietty, and Princess Mononoke.
Review for Cosmopolitan Magazine - 4 years, 3 months ago
My very strict religious parents would let me baby'sit for a neighbor sometimes and it was in the pages of her Cosmo stacks that I learned what the heck the girls at school were talking about when they used slang for oral sex. lol So natch, when I was out on my own it became a resource for figuring all that stuff out.

Alas, after you hit your 20's a lot of the info becomes irrelevant to your lifestyle and the stories start to sound fake. The fashion is unaffordable and the celeb interviews are the same ones you're reading in every other woman's mag only they're accompanied by photos of them in scanty clothes.

When a year subscription comes around for $5 I always seem to cave thinking maybe it's improved but this last time I'm just sad. There's nothing in it for me anymore. Maybe it's cause I'm now in my 30's and too old for it or maybe it's because you dig through 8 pages of advertisements to find one small article featuring the same old sex advice that's all about pleasing the guy (why don't men's mags focus on why they should be pleasing us as much as this?).

Next time that $5 sale comes around someone whack me upside the head and tell me to pass. I could get more enjoyment from a latte than the year of Cosmo.
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