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Meet my September #ZaineyFriends (Part 1)

When you are part of social media, blogging, or a youtuber, it is very important to be a part of a community and to be sharing content besides your own. In the Geeks & Beauties Google Community that I run, we try very hard to support and encourage each other’s endeavors. One of the ways I personally do this is starting to highlight people people on my blog and youtube channel. Here is part 1 of 3 people who will be featured on my site during the month of September. Starting in October, this will happen weekly.

If you are interested in being featured on my blog or social media, make sure you join Geeks and Beauties and send me a message! (Or visit any of my social media above!)

Our first featured person is Dale. Here is a little bit about herself:

 

Dale of "Beauty from the Empty Nest" featured as a September #ZaineyFriend _ Zainey Laney

I am a wife and mother (my son is just starting his second year of college and my daughter is a sophomore in high school) who adores beauty, makeup, and positive ways of living life.  My passion for makeup is not new but is just now being allowed to voice itself on my YouTube channel (BeautyintheEmptyNest) and blog (http://BeautyintheEmptyNest.com).  I am enjoying this new adventure that was driven by a void I observed in the social media driven beauty world – very few of our beauty gurus were women of a mature age.  This is important because what worked for me in my early 20’s and then 30’s and then 40’s does not always work for me now.  My goal is to start these conversations and have fun in the process of doing so!  

We will be featuring a different video of Dale’s each week, which you can view on the right sidebar. Here is the first one to get you started!

Feel free to contact Dale or check out her social media linked below! Show her some love, she has some great content. 🙂

Blog

Email

Youtube

Bloglovin

Twitter

Instagram

Pinterest

Facebook

Make sure you are subscribed above to see another featured person this week!

 

So, until next time….

Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney

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Surface By Stacy Robinson (Book Review)

Previously I had done book reviews on youtube, but I decided that this might be something better for the blog.

 

My first in the series is “Surface” by Stacy Robinson

Surface by Stacy Robinson Review _ Zainey Laney

Category: Women’s Fiction

General Synopsis/ Teaser:Claire Montgomery has a lifetime of sensible decisions behind her. Yet all it takes is one impulsive indiscretion to bring everything crashing down—her marriage to a wealthy entrepreneur, her status as half of one of Denver society’s power couples, and the future she dreamed of for their seventeen-year-old son, Nick.

Claire’s husband, Michael, angrily blames her for the recklessness that has left Nick’s life in the balance, though not nearly as much as Claire blames herself. But as Nick struggles to move forward, Claire too begins inching toward a reimagined future. Along with a fresh perspective come new questions. Are there other reasons for her fractured relationship and Michael’s increasingly erratic behavior? Has he, too, been harboring painful secrets? And does Claire dare to find the real truth, when her seamlessly decorated world of privilege and security is at stake?

 

My Thoughts:

The first few chapters were kind of a whirlwind for me. To be honest, the book itself kind of stresses me out. The real moral of  the story is two-fold. One mistake could come with extremely serious repercussions. Also, the person who judges you the harshest, without forgiveness may be harboring their own mistakes and secrets.

 

The book is a quick read with shorter chapters broken down into 3 parts: Before the mistake, Los Angeles, and Denver. Each part shows a distinct part of Claire’s life that is different and yet filled with self-examination. If you are looking for a book that is insightful, slightly uncomfortable, but holds your attention, you may want to take a look at this one.

 

Disclaimer: I received this book in order to review it for my readers.

 

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Zozae 8 Piece Brush Set Review


Zozae Brush Set _ Zainey Laney

I had heard a lot about these brushes from other youtubers but had never tried them before. What I love about this set is that you can use the entire set to create your makeup look and it is not lacking in brushes unless you need something more specialized. But the brush set is great and has a lot of variety.

Zozae Brush Set _ Zainey Laney

 

 

It comes in a very soft leather container with a leather flap to keep it clean. I really appreciate the quality of the brushes overall. The handle is sturdy, nice to hold, and has a good quality to them. So far they do not shed at all.
This set contains 8 brushes in all.

 

Let’s review the specific brushes:
Powder Brush- This brush is soft with a medium density. Perfect for putting on powder.
Angled Blush/ Contour Brush- I like that this brush is also medium density because that means it is small enough to contour your cheeks but fluffy enough to put on blush.
Foundation Brush- I don’t really use a flat brush to put on foundation but if you do this is a good alternative. The brush is domed and good for applications.
Angled Eye Liner Brush- Slightly slanted and very dense, this brush is perfect for putting on gel or cream eyeliner.
Lip Brush- I don’t use a brush for the lips, but this brush is really a multitasker. Because of it’s pointy bristles, you can use this to put on eyeliner or a little shadow in your lower lash line.
Tapered Blending Brush- This is dense domed brush that does the job of blending the shadows for the most part. It felt to me like it did not blend as well as my other brushes, but it did do it.
Eye Shadow Shader Brush- This is probably my favorite brush in the bunch, because not only can you use it on your lid but also in your crease. It blends beautifully, and better than the blending brush in my opinion. I wish they had included a crease brush like this.
Flat Concealer Brush- I am blessed to not have to use much concealer so I don’t use this brush for it’s intended purposes. Instead I use it as a lid brush. It does an amazing job at packing on the shadow and is extremely dense.

I would have preferred they include a a flat top kabuki brush and a smaller crease blush to blend, but these brushes are multi-taskers so I am not complaining!

 

If you want to see a look I did with these brushes, here is Makeup and a Movie: Mission Impossible Rogue Nation

Specifically this set costs $40 on Amazon with Prime. That comes to  about $2 a brush which is a great value!

From the Company:

BETTER THAN HORSE HAIR! – Synthetic brushes are tapered with finer, more precise “touch points” than horse hair can ever give you. This gives you FLAWLESS makeup application, every time!
FREE BEAUTY SECRETS E-BOOK! – Professional makeup artist reveals ## closely-guarded cosmetic secrets from inside the modeling agencies! You’ll learn what the pro’s know about how to look your best at all times – for ANY occasion!
8 BRUSHES IS ALL YOU NEED! – With what you’ll learn in the FREE e-book, you’ll discover why these 8 brushes are all you’ll ever need. Each brush can be used in a variety of different ways, giving you total versatility – just like the pro’s!
SLEEK BAG FOR CONVENIENT CARRY! – All 8 brushes fit snugly in this attractive matte black carrying case. Individual slots keep all 8 brushes in their place; preserves their life and keeps them clean, too!
100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED! – These luxurious make-up brushes will not shed after washing (given the correct care). Plus, our world class customer service guarantees your Total Satisfaction with our brushes! They also make a GREAT GIFT for your best friend, sister, girlfriend, or mother!

Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Post may contain affiliate links.

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Shake Shack @ The Orlando Eye opens today!

Orlando Eye Pavilion _ Zainey Laney

Earlier this year, the Orlando EYE opened on International Drive, and with it a variety of restaurants and attractions in a mini theme park. Today, Shake Shack opens, being the newest food venue to open near the main pavilion.

Marshall and I had a chance to preview the location and food before it opened. We had never been to a Shake Shack before so we took every opportunity for this new experience.

Grand Opening of Shack Shake at Orlando EYE _ Zainey Laney

The location is small but classy. It was easy to find parking as it was right next to the parking garage (which is free!). From where are standing you get a good look at the EYE iteself.

Now let’s talk about the food! To us, it is very much like a cross between a Burgerfi (another Orlando burger place) and an In -and -Out. The menu is simplistic but with some interesting options as well.

First what we tried!

Shake Shack Meal _ Zainey Laney

The food comes on a silver tray that is very modern. I should also mention that the tables are wood and “branded” with their logo seared into the top.

Marshall got the Roadside Burger (cheese and carmelized onions), cheese fries, and a peanut butter shake. I tried the fries with cheese on the side, a ‘Shroom Burger, and an Orlandough Concreate Mixer. More on that below.

Orlandough Concreate Mixer @ Shake Shack _ Zainey Laney

Dessert I had to eat first because the moment I got it, there was melting. Obviously it was an Orlando exclusive (hence the name), but the ingredients are delicious! It included Chocolate Custard, Chocolate Cookie Truffle Dough, Marshmallow Sauce, and Chocolate Covered Pretzels.  I have to say that after I tried both the Peanut Butter shake and this, I definitely got the better end of the deal. To me there was really not enough variety of shake on the menu for a place that has Shake in the title. Definitely go for the custards!

Fries with Cheese @ Shake Shack _ Zainey Laney

Next we went for the fries! You can get either plain fries (with mustard or ketchup to dip) or cheese fries. I did see one guy get bacon on his but I don’t know if that was a secret menu thing or what. To save, we recommend buying 1 cheese fries with the sauce on the side and 1 regular fries and sharing the cheese; there is enough to share! Loved the fries a lot as they definitely tasted twice fried, once for cookie and then for the crispy exterior. Personally though, I kind of wish there were more side options but these were very good.

'Shroom Burger (Vegetarian) @Shake Shack _ Zainey Laney

Although you can’t see it, the ‘Shroom Burger is the vegetarian option. I am picky about my meat and while I do eat ground beef, I like to alternatives when I can. This contains a patty made of a portobello mushroom stuffed with cheese, breaded and then fried. The burger comes with lettuce and tomato. After tasting both burger I can say I preferred the real one, although Marshall like this one. Can’t decide? You can get Shack Stack which has both the mushroom and beef patty stacked!

I would be remiss if we did not talk about other things on the menu. Although the menu is primarily burgers and hot dogs, there are other things on there that might surprise you. The hot dogs and burgers contain no hormones and no antibiotics. The custards are shakes are made in house with real sugar (no corn syrup), and milk from non-hormone cows.

They have their own Ale called Shackmeister that is probably worth a taste, as well as their own red and white wine.Lastly, you can bring your Fido his own doggie bag with 2 different dog friendly treats: biscuits or custard! Lastly, Shack Shake contributes to the clean water campaign with it’s own bottled water, with proceeds going towards the cause.

Overall, if you are looking for a place to eat that is inexpensive, simple, and environmentally conscious, definitely check this place out. Burgers and fries for 2 will set you back about $20 with desserts costing $4-6 each on top of that. Considering all the more expensive places to eat around the Orlando Eye complex, this is really not bad.

When you are all done eating, make sure you visit Orlando Eye, Sea Life, and Madame Tussaud. If you are interested in a review of that, make sure you comment!

Disclaimer: I received the opportunity to sample food at no cost to me, but I was under no agreement to write about it if I did not want to.

 

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Adult Underoos Review and Giveaway!

Recently I was given the opportunity to review the new Adult size Underoos! I barely remember the last time I wore superhero underwear, and being a lady in my 30s, I never thought I would again. BUT being a geek, well why not?

Batgirl Underoos Set _ Zainey Laney

I selected the Batgirl Underoos because I liked the colors and my husband loves Batman. There are quite a few designs for both men and women (I also had my eye on the C3PO set). What I do like is that they come in Plus sizes (up to XXL, even though it is marked as juniors) so that means that plus size geeks like me can fit into them!

 

They are made of soft cotton and the legs to the briefs do not pinch when you wear them. Here is a closer look at the tank top.

Batgirl Tank _ Zainey Laney

See how soft it looks? The top is slim fit so it is a little tight but you are wearing them under your clothes (theoretically) so I don’t mind that.

 

Here is some information from Underoos!

Sizing & Pricing

  • Each men’s Underoos set ($24.99) includes an undershirt and briefs in men’s sizes up to XXL.
  • Juniors sets ($24.99) include a tank and panties in sizes that fit up to a women’s XXL/16.
  • Youth sets ($19.99) are available in sizes XS (4) through M (8).

New Exclusives Coming In August!

In addition to our already launched re-releases of classic Underoos designs, we’ve got some fun new sets coming out in August: Aquaman, Batman 66 Adam West, and Star Wars Wicket Ewok, to name just a few!

Find Us on Social Media

Follow us on Twitter at @underoosbrand, where we do Free Pair Fridays and other fun giveaways. Show us your #underoos on Instagram by donning your fave Underoos @originalunderoos – and we’re all ears if you want to suggest a new character to Underoos-ize!

 

 

Isn’t this fun? So basically there are 2 ways to get your hands on a pair.

First, go to UNDEROOS and use the code ZAINEYLANEY for $5 off your order!

Second, I can give some away. Use the link below and enter to win your own pair. US Only, must be 18 or older, ends 08/24.


Underoos Adult Underwear Giveaway

Remember to comment below and let me know which one you want!

 

Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Post may contain affiliate links. 

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Bocco 4 Pack Silicone Travel Bottles- Large 3 oz Bottles Review


Ever since the airlines have been making stricter limitations on traveling, I have been searching for bottles that would be perfect for me to use. I had found some similar to these before, but I wanted to highlight what an awesome product this is, even if you aren’t traveling!

 

Bocco Bottles _ Zainey Laney

So let’s start with the basics. Four 3oz silicone bottles come to a pack and they are enclosed in a zipper pouch, which is approved for airline travel. You can get them in a variety of colors depending on what you want. There is a little section cup on the side of the bottle which allows it to attach to a shower wall (although sometimes this does not work quite as well as I would like). Although it is a flip top bottle, the lid unscrews to reveal a wide mouth so there is plenty of room to add liquids in, without the aid of a funnel.

My favorite part though is around the plastic lid. If you pop off the silicone bottle, you can get to a plastic ring around the lid. This you can turn to indicate the type of product your have in the bottle. There are a few pre-printed categories but there are also a few blank so you can write in your own! This is such a nice touch, especially if you are like me and forget what is in where.

So, tips for using this product when not traveling; My favorite is when I have just a little amount of product left in a large bottle and I don’t want to keep it in my shower. I use these to take up less room! Another use would be for lotion if I need to stick it in my purse or put in my desk at work. Lastly, when I make my own body cream (shea and cocoa butter, is the best!) this is great container to use to apply. Be forewarned that the bottle is not recommended for oil based products. The solutions are endless!

Bottles can be purchased for $23.99 on Amazon (Prime) and while that may seem a little pricey, think about all the time you might use these!

From the Company:

Say goodbye to leaky, single-use plastic travel toiletry bottles…
Bocco Squeezable Travel Bottles are designed to give you a peace of mind when traveling:
– Food Grade Squeezable Silicone – Soft yet durable silicone construction helps avoid wasting product, allowing you to get every last drop. Squeeze and release to get exactly how much you want without globs of excess oozing out.
– Leak Proof Technology – 3 leak-proof cap wall and no dip valve to prevent leaks and spills
– ID Window – Adjustable, labeled rim identifies product contents. Conveniently labeled Shampoo, Conditioner, Lotion, Soap, and Sunscreen. 3 blank labels for you to write product contents.
– Large Bottle Opening for fast, drip free fills.
– Built-In Suction Cup -Temporarily attach to smooth surfaces such as hotel tiles for easy reach in the shower. Moisten suction cup for better holding power.
– NEW & IMPROVED Clear Reusable Travel Pouch with Zipper Closure- No more digging around for a Ziploc bag.
– 100% BPA Free & FDA Approved– Safe for food use. It’s purpose goes beyond traveling. Use around the kitchen to store Sauces or Baby Food. Fill them up with your favorite toiletries to bring along to the Gym, Work, Camping or in your Purse
Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Post may contain affiliate links.

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Dalmatians Print Scarf Review

This is the second time I have attempted this post. Let us hope that this one sticks. 🙂

So when I got the chance to write about a scarf, I was kind of skeptical. I was not sure what I would write about and if I would have enough to share. However, I was wrong.

Watch the video below to see what I did have to say about this scarf!

 

As you can see it is super cute! Also it is the perfect scarf to wear in summer or if you live in a temperate area in the winter (Florida, you feel me?).

I love the design and how it’s really unique. You can get it in 5 different colors and it is very affordable.

Purchase this scarf for $7.99 on AMAZON.
From the Company:
Gorgeous scarf, can be worn so many different ways at any occasions
to match dress / clothes,

as a normal scarf, wrap, shawl, or infiniti,
it is soft, comfy,

Size: 175 cm x 110 cm
Material: 100% viscose

 

Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Post may contain affiliate links.

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Azure Naturals – New Ocean Minerals Products Review (Giveaway Ends Tonight!)

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This is your last chance to win a full set of the Azure Naturals products you see below!

Azure Naturals Giveaway _ Zainey Laney

Watch the video below for more information about these products.

If you are looking for the direct link to the Giveaway, click below! But remember it ends tonight (8/8) at midnight!
Azure Naturals Giveaway

If you are interested in purchasing these products, you can find them on AMAZON. I have listed them below with the prices. (Links may contain affiliate links).

Azure Naturals Ocean Minerals Cleanser     $15.95

Azure Naturals Ocean Minerals Toner           $15.95

Azure Naturals Ocean Minerals Moisturizer  $17.95

Azure Naturals Ocean Minerals Mask            $19.95

I love these products so much because of how natural they are. My favorite of all is the toner, which I have been really into lately.

From the Company:

90 powerful Oceanic Minerals, micro minerals, vitamins and vital nutrients help repair, rejuvenate and deeply nourish your skin, giving it a healthier, more youthful glow. This wonderful line of Ocean Mineral products is specially formulated to work together to improve the effectiveness of one another. For that reason, we would like you to use them all.

This incredible promotion is for our newly launched, liine of Azure Naturals Ocean Mineral products!
This promotion includes our Ocean Minerals Cleanser, Toner, Moisturizer and Facial Hydration Mask!

 

Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.