World Kindness Day

Today is apparently World Kindness Day. While days seem to be quite ordinary with the usual daily routine, it’s nice to stop for a moment and remember our values. Please remember it’s easy to spread love and be kind to someone, a smile, a nice compliment, even just saying goodmorning to someone may just make their whole day. I hope you all have a great day today and I’m sending virtual flowers to all my readers.

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OwlCrate – Find Me In The Forest

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I’m very sad to write this review because this is my last OwlCrate and it hurts that I had to cancel. I was considering donating some of my books so I could have more room for books on my shelves and then I could probably reactivate my subscription since it’s honestly my favorite subscription box. Anyway let’s get into this post, so October theme was Find Me In The Woods.

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Cabeswater Candle from In the Wick of Time

I’ll never say no to candles, I love collecting them for some reason. This candle is inspired by The Raven Cycle and it smells absolutely amazing, I didn’t think moss and mint would smell this good together.

Exclusive Harry Potter Mug from Cara Kozik

This is the first time OwlCrate sends a mug in their boxes and it’s gorgeous. I’m a Harry Potter fan so this made me so happy, the design illustrates the forbidden forest from Hagrid’s cottage with Buckbeak in the pumpkin fields then unicorn and the centaur, finally the Weasley’s flying car and Aragog the Arachnid. I’m in love with this and I instantly took it to my office so I can have my morning coffee with it.

Princess Mononoke Art Print by Audra Auclair

I’m so happy they included a Ghibli related item, this print looks so amazing. I was so impressed by the designs of Audra Auclair, they are so beautiful so please if you have time just check them.

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Sherwood Forest Loose Tea from Riddle’s Tea Shop

Robin Hood was one the first anime I watched in Arabic dub, reading the name of this tea made me happy for some reason. I’m not a tea blend fan but Earl Grey would be my favorite tea so I don’t mind trying this blend.

Magnetic Bookmarks From Craftedvan

I love Craftedvan designs, they are always too cute and adorable. These bookmarks are from Where the Wild Things Are and they are so cute.

Coaster Illustrated from Kristin Askland

A Mug, tea and a coaster in one box, thank you OwlCrate. This coaster is so beautiful, it goes well with the new mug and it’s a great addition for my office desk.

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As usual the book came with a lovely letter from the author and also a signed bookplate. Also a pack of seeds, it didn’t specify what sort of plants it’ll grow so it’s all a mystery.

and finally book of the month …

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

I actually love OwlCrate exclusive cover more than the original. The summary sounds so interesting and obviously I’m all about the magic part, I’ve read some reviews of this book to be a slow-burner so we’ll see how it goes when I start reading it.

Overall, this would be my favorite box in 2017 from OwlCrate. Everything in this box is perfect and I love it.

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GOSH Makeup Haul

I’m not exactly a fan of trying new makeup products, other than what I’m more used to. I’ve been trying to go out of my comfort zone and try to experiment with makeup. I went to buy my new favorite primer and foundation since I was almost out, but I decided to try a new brand this time which is GOSH.

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Primer Plus +

Let’s talk about this primer, it comes out with white-ish color but as you apply to your skin the color changes to your skin tone. It gave my skin a healthy glow, it also feels very light like you didn’t put anything on your face and made my skin look so smooth and healthy. I’m very impressed with this primer that I started using it alone without applying foundation or powder to my face.

BB Powder

I’ve never really used Powders on my face so this was new to me. I loved it because it has a matt finish and it’s light coverage which is great to use with the primer I mentioned earlier, it also gives a natural look.

Intense Eyeliner Pen

I’ve been trying to find an alternative for my all time favorite eyeliner Kat Von D Tattoo Liner but I keep failing because nothing is good enough for me as Kat Von D eyeliner. Anyway this eyeliner is good though, I would continue using it every once in a while.

Lash Sculpting Fibre Mascara

I’ve always liked these fiber wands because they give my lashes more of a natural look, they spread out the lashes and give them more length. This mascara is great for an everyday look, I’ve been using it more when I’m going to work.

Overall, I’m very much in love with the primer as you can clearly see. The powder is great as well, probably gonna keep using it for awhile instead of liquid foundation.

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Flying with a Toddler

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Being a mom is exhausting, not only we got to endure the sudden tantrums in public but also how others would look at us when it happens. Some would probably start judging your parenting methods as well and that’s already irritating to deal with. However, when you are on a plane it’s hard to run away from those judging looks when your child decides to scream his/her lungs out.

Here’s some things that helped me ease the whole flight process with my son.

  • Be prepared. Before the flight, be sure to put everything you need in the baby bag. I’ve kept a list of things that I may or may not need but better safe than sorry.
  • Bring any form of entertainment. I’m not a fan of children behind iPad screens but it was my last resort when my son was bored from the toys I brought for him for that flight. I downloaded those 1 hour nursery rhymes videos that he always watch before bed and it kept him occupied for awhile.

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  • Snacks. Because plane snacks aren’t enough to distract a toddler, I brought juice and biscuits with me in the baby bag. Of course you have to be careful not to spill anything, can’t handle more of the embarrassment of a crying child plus messy seating.

My advice to moms, just have some patience. If you could book a flight during your child bedtime, it would help a lot and time will pass easily.

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Hope you enjoyed reading this small post and have a nice day.

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Product of The Month

Really Rei ? You changed “Monthly Favorites” to “Product of the Month” just to sound original ? YUUUUUUUUUUP.

Anyway how are you all doing ? Hope you’re enjoying this spooky season. I decided to change the format of my monthly favorites since they seem less and less each month, I thought of posting about my favorite product that I really loved during this month.

Obviously, I’m going to choose …

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I’ve been using them more often and I really love them now, it’s so much easier for me to put on. I’ve wrote my review about them before and I’ve been hesitant about it since for some reason, it had more negative reviews than positive ones. I’ll say they aren’t perfect because of how straight the strip is and how it does curve with the eye-shape but I found my way of blending them and making them compliment my overall look.

Honestly I’ve been getting a lot of compliments from friends and family, I’ve also been asked to snap the whole process for my Snapchat friends to see. I would honestly recommend them if you’re having hard time with normal falsies, if you have allergy from the glue or anything it’s a great alternative.

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One Two Magnetic Lashes Review

Long lengthy lashes … Pretty much my ultimate goal whenever I want to go a little bit extra. I don’t know why I question my feminine side because of how my lashes would look, for some reason I have that image in my head of fluttery lashes means I’m somehow more beautiful. I tried semi-permanent extensions before but that would need maintenance, and my excuse would be “Well I am a mom and I don’t have the time for it” so I discovered magnetic lashes.

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One Two Lash is the first brand that uses this magnetic feature and I was quite interested in trying it out. I’m very bad in putting false lashes, the whole process is like rocket science to me so obviously I would look for alternatives. I chose the Original Lash for more of a natural everyday look and it costed $69, now I admit I wanted to try to cheaper ones on Amazon but I thought let’s see what’s the big hype about.

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The packaging looked so fancy and impressive, the case came with two pairs for each eye so you would have extra in case you lost one. The case itself is magnetic so the lashes would sit in their places and not move around, which is really awesome. There was an applicator that supposed to help you but I didn’t really need it , in fact it made me more scared to put anything on my eye.

The case consists of a top and lower lash, the upper lash goes above your actual lash and the lower one which has a red dot goes under and the magnet between those two should hold on to your lashes … basically like a sandwich. Easy ? I wouldn’t say it didn’t take me sometime to get use to it but it’s definitely much easier than normal false lashes.

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I’m sorry my camera just noped on the focus so this is the best shot I could get. After many attempts, I noticed the lashes doesn’t curve with the eye shape so I needed to get it as close as I can get to the lash line to make it look less fake than what I’m hoping for. The mascara and eyeliner helped in blending those lashes and made it look much better and I was so in love with my look, I wore it for about 6 hours so I can make my final judgement for these lashes.

At first I was aware of them but later on I didn’t feel anything and I completely forgot I was wearing them. They are not heavy because of the magnets, they weigh pretty much like any normal false lashes. And yes, they became easy for me to put on after few attempts to find the perfect spot and figure out how to manage the non-curvy part of these lashes.

Overall, I love them and for a newbie in false lashes world these magnetic lashes were so much easier for me to apply without going through the glue mess. Feel free to use this link to get 10% off if you wanted to get them yourself and hope you enjoyed this post.

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Weird Finds, Rock Show and Messy Tables

I know I’ve been milking this but I wanted to share some weird stuff I found in Thailand in my last visit.

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I would actually buy a penis soap as a joke for a friend, it was really hilarious for me when I saw penises, butts and boobs as soap.

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Coming from an Arab country, we use a water spray which is always next to the toilet. Basically this was a spray but from below and it freaked me out, you can control the water pressure and heat as well. My son was in the bathroom pressing the buttons of this butt spray thing and he increased the heat to maximum and I didn’t realize it till I used it.

Moving on to the next topic, the rock show I wrote got aired on the 5th and I felt so proud of myself.

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I had to rewrite the first episode though because I wasn’t happy with the content flow and we got the idea of making every episode focused on a band or an artist. I was so nervous hearing it on the radio even though I didn’t record myself as the presenter and just wrote it but I felt this is my baby, I created this show and chose the songs. I was happy that people actually listened to it and enjoyed the music, I told the director to include listeners suggestions in the next episodes which should be fun to show engagements, and friends tell friends and so on.

And finally on the motherhood update…

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My son apparently likes eating on his own now and leaving the table this messy, I could say it’s a progress. Hopefully I’ll start teaching him how to use a spoon and fork soon.

Hope you enjoyed this small life update post and have a nice day.

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