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Sara Mor Hair Straightener Brush Review

Sara Mor Hair Straightener

 

First post in awhile and it’s about Sara Mor Hair Straightener Brush…

I know it’s been a hot minute since I have posted to this blog, but I plan on doing it more soon. My video on KISS Instawave is one of the most popular ones on my channel so I decided to do this one about a hair straightener brush! (If you want to view the Kiss Instawave video, you can see it here- plus see how far my channel has come!)

I received this hair straightener for review, and it is perfect for people with fine hair, like me! I have to say that I really love this Hair Straightening Device over other devices I have tried. While I did purchase it at a discount rate, I would have totally paid full price for it. You can purchase it on Amazon for $33. 

Sara Mor Hair Straightener
What comes with the hair straightener set.

 

Pros about this kit:

  1. It comes with clips, a tiny brush to clean it, and a bag to keep it in. You can easily put everything together in the bag for storage!
  2. The hair straightener heats up pretty fast and remembers the temperature you last used when you turn it off. Genius!
  3. It does not feel like it is frying my hair like other flat iron and curling irons. I could brush my hair like normal and it would slowly make my hair straight and volumized.
  4. The cord swivels for easy use and is pretty hefty. You won’t get it tangled easily.
  5. You can easily set the hair straightener to a variety of different temperatures. The booklet that it comes with describes the best temperature for any hair type.
Buttons on the side of the hair straightener.

Cons:

  1. It is very easy to turn the hair straightener off if you are not paying attention. However, it heats up so fast that if you do, it will be ready to use again in no time.
  2. It is a tiny bit heavy so after a while your arm might get tired of being used.

 

See my full review below and comment with whether this hair straightener brush is something you think you might use!

 

 

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Panda Planner Review

Panda Planner Review _ Zainey Laney

I have been using a variety of Planners: Kikki K, Mambi, Erin Condren. Each has a specific purpose and organization method. Panda Planner is a different approach. First off, it comes with a web address so you can sign up to receive videos on productivity. This is good if you are not sure the best way to use the planner.

The planner itself is divided into 3 sections, Monthly, Weekly, and Daily. The monthly section has space for each day in the month, a side section for notes, and a section at the bottom. In that section, you can plan you goals and how you will succeed. There is also a space for reviewing how you succeeded at your goals.There is also a line at the top to put your habit and focus for the month. There are only enough for 6 months of information so to me this is not as good because you will have to purchase another one of these in 6 months if you like to use it.

Week view Panda Planner _ Zainey Laney

The Weekly section has a variety of different sections. You can use these to record Bog Wins, How to Improve, Things I will do to Make this week great, I’m looking forward to, Habits I am focusing on developing, Education/ Mastery, Affirmation, top goals this week, and 4 big spaces for listing all your projects. This really gets into the depth of planning specifically. There are enough for 20 weeks, so you won’t have enough weekly spots to fill what you would get to match the 6 months in the previous section. To me this is definitely a drawback as there should be 4 more weeks.

Day View Panda Planner _ Zainey Laney

Lastly is the daily section. Here you can track what you are grateful for, looking to why it will be great, affirmations, focus, exercise, priorities, schedule, tasks, notes, and a space where you can review the days wins and improvements. I like how detailed this section is, but I am not sure I could use every section everyday. From the amount of pages, there seems to be enough daily entries for 2 and a half months. For me, this is not enough because in order to get into a habit, you should do it for 28 days. However, this is good for having the ability to do it a few times a week if you want it for that.

In order to keep track of the sections, there are ribbons to place where your leave off. I think this is a great idea instead of tabs! The leather book is held closed with an elastic band and it is the perfect size to fit in your purse or bag.

Overall, I really like the concept of this planner, It has options for everything you may want to do, and keep track of. I like the positivity of it as well. I realize that this planner would have to be huge in order to make every section have enough for 6 months, but that might be a good thing. It seems like almost a mishap that there are not enough pages in it.

You can purchase this planner on AMAZON!

But stayed tuned to my YOUTUBE channel for a chance to receive this planner for free!

From the Company:

The first planner based on scientific studies that are proven to increase happiness, producitivty and time management.

The Panda Planner was created by a once-struggling entrepreneur who was riddled by Traumatic Brain Injruy (TBI) and Lyme Disease. 

The unique design of the planner allows the user to focus on what’s important and build positive habits in their life, fast.

 

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

Until Next Time,

Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney

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Sleuth’s Dinner Theater Travel Review – Orlando, FL

This review was done by Marshall (AKA The One True Hazard)

Sleauths _ Zainey Laney

 

As a celebration of October, the Month of Two Birthdays around our household, we managed to wrangle a few seats over at the I-Drive area’s famous Sleuths Dinner Theater. I-Drive is well known for the sheer number of dinner theater concepts that have sprung up around there, and we have seen most of them. Medieval Times, Arabian Nights, and Pirates come to mind. They all run off a similar formula. Gather everyone together in a waiting area/bar/gift shop until show time, then wrangle them into the show area and give them chunks of the show while they eat their dinner.

Sleauths Gift Shop _ Zainey Laney

Sleuths is the same kind of concept, but instead of a high-action stunt show in a massive amphitheater, you have a more intimate theater gathered near a small stage. The show is, as the name would suggest, a mystery for the audience to solve. There are many different shows available at Sleuths, so even if you go multiple times, you’ll get a different experience. Because of the smaller theater, and the type of show that it is, much of the performance is not only interactive with the audience, but improvised a bit.
Sleauths Bar _ Zainey Laney
We enjoyed the show. It was lots of fun. I don’t really want to ruin the show for you, so I won’t really get into the nitty-gritty details, but ours was a murder mystery at the Squire’s Inn in England. The characters were off the wall, and the actors really got into them. After seeing things unfold up until the murder, we received the main portion of the meal. After that, we got to question the suspects, which was lots of fun. This is where the actors could really show off their improv skills, as they would not only respond entirely in character, but could easily segue weird questions into the pre-scripted, multi-character scenes that would reveal content. Then, we got dessert, followed by accusations.
Sleuths Stage _ Zainey Laney
This was where the show fell a bit flat. As someone who was raised watching Poirot and other Agatha Christie mysteries on PBS, the final result was… unsatisfying. As the only piece of definite evidence as to whodunnit was left until the end to be revealed, it could literally be ANY of the suspects right up until the reveal. The suspects all have a motive, and no alibi. It feels as if they could change the ending right there with a quick whisper behind stage and nobody would be the wiser. That grinds my gears. This could have just been the Squire’s Inn story that did this, but I have no way of knowing.
So, after a full discussion of the show, lets move on to the consumables. The bar has a full assortment of drinks, and several house drinks that looked very good. There was a chocolate mint drink that was very tasty. Once you get into the show, you have unlimited soda, beer, and wine. The lasagna was much better than the food we’ve had at other dinner theaters, and Vince’s steak seemed to meet his expectations. Deserts were a bit of a let down, as the chocolate cake was dry and dense.
Sleuths Dinner _ Zainey Laney
All in all, Sleuth’s is a fun experience, but I would only go again if I could get a discount. At the price, its food is in need of a little upgrade. The show was entertaining, and a good way to spend an evening with friends. I would like to see if all the other shows have the same lackluster ending, but take this bit of advice: think of this less as a mystery show, and more of a comedy. You’ll enjoy it better.
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Rising Darkness by Nancy Mehl Book Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rising Darkness by Nancy Mehl Book Review _ Zainey Laney

It’s Novel Nerd!

Today I am reviewing Rising Darkness by Nancy Mehl. This looks to be book 3 in the series “Finding Sanctuary.” Sophie is a reporter for a big city newspaper who is chasing a decade old thief to a Mennonite city. Her past is catching up with her as she finds her childhood crush lives there. Seeing him reminds her of the hurtful past she wants to forget. Will she find the criminal and write her story? Will her childhood crush help heal her past?

This book was very much under the thriller/suspense genre. It was well written with complex characters and a plot twist I did not see coming (and I see them pretty far away). If you are looking for a good read that is rivoting, this is definitely a read for you. Don’t let the name fool you, it’s is not a book about evil or eclipses.

Rising Darkness is available on AMAZON in paperback, kindle, and hardcover formats. Not available on Google Play at this time.

Release date: November 3

Press Summary:

Sophie Wittenbauer left her strict Mennonite hometown under a cloud of shame and regret. Certain she’s left her past far behind her, she’s now focused on her job at a newspaper and is shocked when she stumbles upon the name of someone she knew in her old life. But when she learns the man–a prisoner–claims a suspect from a decades-old unsolved crime is hiding out in the small town of Sanctuary, Missouri, she can’t resist following the lead in hopes of furthering her career.

Almost immediately upon her arrival, Sophie’s confronted with a face from her past and fears her intention of using a false identity to investigate is doomed. But with the help of Sanctuary’s charismatic young pastor, Sophie knows she’s getting close. Will she be able to conceal the truth of her own past long enough to find the suspect before someone puts a stop–fatal or otherwise–to her investigation?

 

Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC to introduce to my readers.

 

Until Next time,

Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney

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Makeup Remover from Miss Landson Review

I recently got a chance to use a product I had been wanting to try for awhile.

Makeup Remover Cloth _ Zainey Laney

Many people in the beauty community has raved about this product or a similar one. The basic idea is to use the product to wipe the makeup off your skin without washing. I was really skeptical because in order to get off my makeup, I need to use makeup remover, argan oil, and a variety of other things. Still my waterproof mascara stays until the morning no matter what I do.

Let me tell you, this product actually worked. No joke, you just rub it across your face and it takes it off! The simply wash the product and you are good to go again. The product says you can use it thousands of times before it is done. I have not used it that many time so I can not voucher for that. But it does work!

Miss Landson Makeup Remover Cloth is available on AMAZON.

From the Company:

Finally you can throw away the makeup remove pads or those chemical based removers! Here comes the makeup remover from Miss LandsonTM with all natural microfiber! * Removes all of your makeup with just water, like magic * Machine washable and no stains remain Up to 1000 times use; Get a better skin and save the environment * Chemical free finest soft & high water absorption cloth * Removes mascara including waterproof mascara in seconds * Even removes dead skins The Miss Landson makeup remover is the perfect, all natural solution for hassle free, quick and healthy makeup removal. Use one side to gently remove your makeup, and then flip over to the other side to exfoliate. Up to 1000 times use, it will save you thousands. The cloth is machine washable and chemical free. No need for any more expensive, chemical based makeup removers. It is made with the finest soft material, which offers high water absorption, meaning the most difficult make-up can be removed in the most comfortable way, whilst leaving your skin chemical free and healthy.

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

Until next time,

Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney

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FSL Xylem Earbud Review

 

Today we are doing a product review!!!

 

Future Sound Lab Xylem Headphones _ Zainey Laney

I was recently given the opportunity to review these earbuds from Future Sound Lab. As a hearing impaired person, I find it is always a struggle to get headphones that work well.

There are quite a few things I love about these. First, they are light weight so they don’t hurt my ears or give me headaches after a little while. Also the wood give it a nice clear quality that I really appreciate. There is no crackling or static from these, just pure clear sound. Also the sound is loud and not muffled.

The earbuds do come with microphone and volume control which is very handy.

Overall, as earbuds, they are very good quality!

FSL XYLEM earbuds are available on AMAZON. They are on sale right now for $14.99!

 

From the Company:

Eco-friendly construction
You may not have a cape or super-powers but you can do your bit to save the earth with these premium quality wooden earphones. Wood offers several advantages over plastics and metal and that is why it is used in the construction of premium, high end speakers and musical instruments.
Powerful vibrant sound with naturally enhanced bass
The wooden chamber of the FSL Xylem is designed specifically to reflect bass frequencies and yet absorb high frequencies. The result is a powerful bass sound with a fine detailed high end. Only a wooden chamber can provide this natural acoustic effect and the Xylem has been fine tuned to high definition audio standards.
Control your music and calls
A discreet integrated microphone and remote put you in complete control of your music and calls. Play, pause, skip track, previous track as well as answer and end call at the touch of the button without reaching for your phone.
Note: track controls may not be compatible with all devices
Compatibility
The FSL Xylem is universally compatible to work with all audio devices with a 3.5mm socket – that means just about anything portable like your smartphone, tablet or iPod etc.
Lifetime customer service and 3 year warranty
FSL prides itself on it’s customer care and we want you to be happy with your product for years to come. Our faith in our products is why we offer a 3 year warranty and offer our customers support for the lifetime of the product.

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

Until next time,

Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney

 

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Review of a 30-Day Guide to Bolder Blogging + Giveaway!

I was recently given the opportunity to review a workbook designed to help bloggers retain more views. This workbook was written by Stephanie Shar of the Loudmouth Lifestyle Blog. Want to win a copy? See below!

30 Day Guide to Bolder Blogging by Stephanie Shar_ Zainey Laney

Stephanie not only does workbooks, but also e-courses designed to help your blog or business. I was interested in this because while I have a pretty nice youtube following, my blog (at least on this site) is still fairly new. Mostly research is one of those things I am doing constantly to stay ahead of the game and find new techniques.

What I liked about this workbook, is that it breaks things down into very easy steps by day. It starts from the simplest tasks (such as page content) and moves to how to maintain you blog and make a community, not just money.

Every workbook I have seen on this has a different take, and this one is no different. I just really like how honest and simple she puts this information, and how easy it is to follow. Also her emphasis is on reaching people, not just how to make money without connections.

If you are interested in purchasing this workbook, you can HERE for $9. HOWEVER, if you want to get one for free, simply comment below with your blog (or business) link and say why you need help! You can enter until Nov 8!

If you want further help with your blog, youtube, or business, consider joining our Google+ community Geeks and Beauties for support!

Until Next Time,

Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney

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Revealed 2 Palette Review

It’s Palette Play! Make sure you are subscribing to get your palette and makeup reviews every week!

Today we will be talking about a cult classic, Revealed 2 by Coastal Scents. This is a very economical palette if you are looking for a lot of good quality colors for cheap. I have all 3 palettes in my collection and it is definitely worth it!

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Check out the video of a look I created with this palette!

The swatches below will give you an up close look at the product!

Revealed 2 Palette Top Left _ Zainey Laney

The first 5 shadows on the top are the lightest. The first couple are beautiful and blend nicely. You can tell the 4th one is a little powdery but it is a beautiful color. There are so many great bases and highlighters here!

Revealed 2 Palette Top Right _ Zainey Laney

These are some more neutral tones. The last one on the right is gorgeous and I love using that on my lid over a darker color. I am telling you, it will change your life!

Revealed 2 Palette Bottom Left _ Zainey Laney

These are some of my most favorite in the palette and can be used for a dozen different combinations. They are the creamiest and look the best on everyone.

Revealed 2 Palette Bottom Right _ Zainey Laney

Lastly, these colors can be used to make an amazing smokey eye or as a shadow liner. The last one is probably the hardest to build up in the whole palette but it blends and mixes so amazing with the lighter colors that I don’t care about that.

Overall this palette is one of my favorites and I reach for it again and again. Do yourself a favor and splurge.

Until Next time,

Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney

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theBalm Meet Matt(e) Palette Review

It’s Palette Play! Make sure you are subscribing to get your palette and makeup reviews every week!

Today I will be talking about one of my favorite makeup brands, theBalm. From the packaging to the quality of the products, I just cannot get enough. Although this particular palette is no longer available, there is a new Meet Matt(e) Nude palette I want to get. This should show you how amazing they are.

theBalm Meet Matte Palette _ Zainey Laney

The names of the shades are apparently after our favorite Matts or Matt next door. Honestly I had a hard time finding a lot of the references from the names, although I believe the first name is a Doctor Who reference. The palette itself is a nice size to fit into your purse or makeup bag. It is cardboard packaging so it is lightweight. The shades are creamy and blendable, although a few are little powdery which you will see in a moment. It comes with a dual ended brush which I don’t really use because it is too hard and stiff. In the new palette, i believe it does not come with a brush and the shadows are larger.

theBalm Meet Matte palette Row 1 _ zainey laney

Let me start off by saying that these shadows will need a primer. I don’t do eyeshadow without a base or primer anyway so this is not a problem for me. The first row of colors are nice neutral shades. Matt Smith (Eleventh Doctor???) is about as light as my skin tone so it would make a great base or foundation color. If you take all 3 colors from the top row, the look they create is very minimalist and netural. Very work appropriate. As you can see above, Matt Ramirez is a little powdery but there was not a whole bunch of fallout.

theBalm Meet Matte Row 2 _ Zainey Laney

The second row has what I consider to be the more adventurous shades for this palette. For my skin tone, Matt Chung became almost invisible but it might look great on other skin tones. Matt Horowitz is one of my favorite shades in the palette, however I had to build it up quite a lot to look so pigmented. It is probably the weakest shade in the palette. Matt McDonald would make an amazing under eye liner color.

theBalm Meet Matte Palette Row 3 _ Zainey Laney

Row three has the most gorgeous color combinations. Matt Patel is probably my most used one because it is gorgeous. It makes a great transition or base color and plays nicely with all the other colors in the palette. Matt Batali is my favorite to use as an accent color. Like Matt Horowitz, Matt Schilling does take a little bit to build up but not as much. However it goes on very well.

I used this palette in my Sound of Music Makeup and A Movie video (which was one of our first!). If you like these kind of videos, make sure to subscribe to our youtube channel. Check it out below:

Thank you for staying with us! What palette should we try next?

Until next time,
Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney

 

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Meet my September #ZaineyFriends (Part 3)

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 3 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 third person for the month of September is Sasha. Here is a little bit about herself:

 

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Hi there! My name is Sasha but most people know me as “fizzyfreeze” from YouTube! I created my channel in the hopes of obtaining not only lasting relationships and great networking possibilities but also to help in showing others that there is more to bath and body products than the standard brand name shops that people reach for in their “go to” bath items. I love experimenting with indie and Etsy bath and body product companies to see what else is out there to help crave my love for bath and body products and have found so many great shops through my continued journey. I saw that there seemed to be a lack in videos displaying all of these great shops and wanted to create my own channel in promoting those shops while discussing about a category that I’ve loved since I’ve been a child.
As I continue my path through the YouTube Community, I’ve found myself taking risks and branching out to other categories that I never would have thought my channel would go. I’ve made great friends, great relationships (both friends and companies) and have also found myself more independent and confident in branching my channel into other opportunities as well. Who would have thought a silly little “New Years Resolution” to step out of my comfort zone would bring me to where I am now? I absolutely love creating content for my channel and cannot wait to see what new possibilities and relationships await me around the corner.

During my journey through YouTube, I have created amazing friendships which have branched into communicating outside of the standard laptop and/or desktop screen. A great example of this is in my most recent video post where I unbox a package that my really awesome friend, Dale, had sent me in a box swap I joined for the Geeks & Beauties Google+ Community group. Within this group, we have many collaborations and swaps set up allowing everyone to become involved in building lasting relationships with each other. I absolutely loved all of the items that Dale had sent me within our swap with each other and cannot wait to see what is in store next for our collaborations & swaps within the group!

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

 

Youtube

Twitter

Instagram

 

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

 

So, until next time….

Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney