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Just the Facts by Ellen Sherman Book Review

 

Just the facts by ellen sherman _ Zainey Laney

It’s Novel Nerd!

I got the opportunity to read Just The Facts by Ellen Sherman through Book Sparks University.

The book itself started off slow for me. This is not the usual type of books I read, as I go more to thriller, mystery, scifi, chick-lit, or young adult. This one is definitely just in the fiction genre. The main character, Nora, is discovering herself and her life as a reporter. This books seems to lend itself to people who are familiar to the journalism world, as some things sort of went over my head in situations. However, it was an enjoyable read and not too long!

Just the Facts is available on AMAZON in kindle, and paperback formats. Not currently available on available on Google Play.

Available: Sep 8

Press Summary:

When English major Nora Plowright finds herself staring at college graduation as if at the edge of a cliff, she decides to become a newspaper reporter–and right away, she manages to get a job at a local paper (which you could still do in 1978). Although fearful by nature, Nora pursues a tip from a stranger and soon is investigating corruption at the Maryland State Highway Authority regarding the controversial placement of a new freeway. The developing scandal, with its shady “players,” tests both her budding reportorial skills and her appetite for danger. Also, her passion for storytelling makes it increasingly difficult for her to stick to the facts.

Humorous and poignant, Just the Facts is a coming-of-age novel about finding one’s way in the real world that will resonate with anyone who has struggled with figuring out what to do when she or he grows up.

Disclaimer; I received this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Until Next Time:

Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney

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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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Whisper if you need me by Dina SIlver Book Review

Whisper If you Need Me by Dina Silver _ Zainey Laney

 

It’s Novel Nerd!

It’s not monday but I have a special book to share with you today! “Whisper If you need me” is a story about Julia. 5 years previously her mother mysteries left and Julia still does not know why. Now, at 16, Julia is sent to camp by her father and step mother. While there, she meets Jack, explores what it means to grow up, and how to deal with the past in her life.

Whisper If you need me is a very nice read. I felt like it was fast and pulled me in. This is definitely in the chic-lit genre. While I liked the story itself, I felt like the ages of the main characters were a little young. The setting of the camp is definitely idyllic and I could see many people being introspective there. However, the relationship to me was not totally realistic.  As someone who has worked at camps, if you were involved with a camper, you were a goner. However, the story itself is definitely worth the read.

Whisper If you need me is available on AMAZON in paperback, and kindle. Not available on Google Play at this time.

Release date: Oct 20

Press Summary:

A strong-willed yet vulnerable young beauty, Julia Pearl is sixteen years old when she’s sent away to summer camp for the first time. Julia’s father and stepmother are convinced that time away from home will be good for Julia, hoping it will restore the confidence she lost when her mother disappeared five years earlier. Released from the emotional constraints of her new family and the ugly reputation her mother left behind, Julia finds herself reluctantly tossed into the free-spirited and often drama-infused world of overnight camp—where she quickly falls for an intensely charismatic counselor named Jack Dempsey, a nineteen-year-old college student who will prove to save her life in more ways than one. Rich with humor and poignancy, Whisper If You Need Me is a timeless story that will remind readers of the strength of friendship, the unwavering devotion of family, and ultimately, the power of young love.

 

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review to share with 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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Revealed 3 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 the Revealed 3 palette by Coastal Scents. If you missed the Revealed 2 review  previously, be sure to check that out as well!

Revealed 3 _ Zainey Laney

This palette was used in a makeup look for Makeup & a Movie: Maze Runner 2 Scorch Trials. Here is the video if you missed it:

And now for the swatches!

Revealed 3 Palette _ Zainey Laney

The selection of colors is interesting. I don’t really go for the redder or darker shades in the palette however, it does create some pretty cool combinations.

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The first five in the row would make some good blending shades. The last one on the right is very creamy and yet powdery at the same time. It swiped across my hand very easily and was the most pigmented.

Revealed 3 Palette Top Row Last 5 _ Zainey Laney

Of these colors, the gold was the most pigmented. I did also like the second one to the right as well for a crease color. It blended very well and stayed in place.

Revealed 3 Bottom Row first 5 _ Zainey Laney

The bottom row has some of my favorite colors in the palette. However the last 2 of this set blend directly into my skin. Honestly you can’t even see it on my hand but they are very creamy and great to blend out a darker shade. The 3rd shade was the hardest to blend out and I had to rub it many times to get that color. It also had gold glitter in it which I was not a fan of.

Revealed 3 Bottom Row Last 5 _ Zainey Laney

I love these colors the most. They are pigmented, creamy, and provide a really nice fall color look when used together. This alone is why I would buy this palette.

Overall this palette may not be for everyone, but it does have a nice selection of colors.

Until Next Time,

Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney

 

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DIY Planner Flap for the Mambi Happy Planner

It’s Planner Party Saturday! Make sure you subscribe to see more planner stuff.

A little while ago I did a video on how to DIY a flap to hold together your Happy Planner so things did not fall out. In case you missed it, here is the below:

This is such a cute idea and so inexpensive to make! What DIY do you have for your planner? Link below and share them with us!

 

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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Sugar Pop Palette Review

It’s Palette Play! After this, you can be looking for palette reviews on Friday, along with other makeup reviews.

Today we will be talking about the Sugar Pop palette by Too Faced

Sugar Pop Palette _ Zainey Laney

The packaging is just beautiful! I really love the macaroons, it just makes me think of summer!

Sugar Pop Shadows Row 1 _Zainey Laney

The first row of shadows swatched above are very creamy. Rock Candy is a light cream with some glitter. Macaron is a peach color with some glitter. Malted Milk Ball is one of my favorite colors. It has just a small amount of shimmer and blends beautifully. I love to use it as a transition shade.

Sugar Pop Palette Row 2 _ Zainey Laney

Strawberry Ice is a shade I use for blending quite a lot. It barely shows up on my skin tone though. Sugared Violet has a little bit of shimmer in it, but it is the perfect accent color. Blackberry is my favorite color tone in the palette, and is one of the only matte shades. However it is a little powdery at times. Regardless, these comprise my favorite color combinations in the palette.

Sugar Pop Palette Row 3 _ Zainey Laney

Last row has the brightest in the palette. Peach Fuzz has an overabundance of glitter in my opinion and it probably my least favorite in the palette. Bubblegum is an amazing lid color, perfect for a base. Blue Raspberry is the other matte shade, and I love using this as an accent color.

Sugar Pop Look _ Zainey Laney

Here is a look I created using the palette. I really love how subtle this look is. The shadows blend beautifully and I can make so many different looks with it. You can go natural and light, bright and colorful, or dark and smokey. This is definitely a palette I recommend if you are wanting a bright look!

What palette would you like to see next in palette play? Link you favorites below!

Unitl next time:

Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney

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Laminau 12pc Makeup Brush Set And Rich Pigment Eyeshadow Pallete

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If you watch my Youtube channel you know palettes are my thing. I don’t care how much they cost, I want to try them all from the littlest Wet N Wild 3 Pan to a huge Coastal Scents 120 pan. So I jumped at the chance to review this and was so glad I did!

There are 14 shades in this palette and they are gorgeous. I love the baked and marbeling effect happening with them. The palette is bright and pigmented, and when I swatch the colors, they are creamy. Don’t believe me? Look at these swatches!

 

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My complaint about this palette is that in order to blend you have to do some work. Some of the colors are a little powdery (like the above pink) but most of them are not!

 

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Next let’s move on to the brush set, which is great and has a lot of variety. It comes in a very soft leather container with a leather flap to keep it clean. The larger brushes also come with a brush glove to keep them in shape. In my opinion they are missing a blending brush for creases. But other than that they are definitely good quality.

This set can be purchased on AMAZON for $17.50 on prime which is an amazing price for these 2 products alone, let alone together.

If you are looking for some variety and a jumping off point for your makeup collection, I highly recommend. This would also be a good set for any children looking for play makeup as it is inexpensive but good quality, unlike other “play makeup” sets you can buy at the toy store.

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