Book Review: Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Book Review: Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Goodreads Description:
Malibu: August 1983. It's the day of Nina Riva's annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over--especially as the offspring of the legendary singer Mick Riva.

The only person not looking forward to the party of the year is Nina herself, who never wanted to be the center of attention, and who has also just been very publicly abandoned by her pro tennis player husband. Oh, and maybe Hud--because it is long past time for him to confess something to the brother from whom he's been inseparable since birth.

Jay, on the other hand, is counting the minutes until nightfall, when the girl he can't stop thinking about promised she'll be there.

And Kit has a couple secrets of her own--including a guest she invited without consulting anyone.

By midnight the party will be completely out of control. By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames. But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family's generations will all come bubbling to the surface.

Malibu Rising is a story about one unforgettable night in the life of a family: the night they each have to choose what they will keep from the people who made them . . . and what they will leave behind.

Book Review: Keeper'N Me by Richard Wagamese

Book Review: Keeper'N Me by Richard Wagamese

 


Description:

When Garnet Raven was three years old, he was taken from his home on an Ojibway Indian reserve and placed in a series of foster homes. Having reached his mid-teens, he escapes at the first available opportunity, only to find himself cast adrift on the streets of the big city.

Having skirted the urban underbelly once too often by age 20, he finds himself thrown in jail. While there, he gets a surprise letter from his long-forgotten native family.

The sudden communication from his past spurs him to return to the reserve following his release from jail. Deciding to stay awhile, his life is changed completely as he comes to discover his sense of place, and of self. While on the reserve, Garnet is initiated into the ways of the Ojibway -- both ancient and modern -- by Keeper, a friend of his grandfather, and last fount of history about his people's ways.

By turns funny, poignant and mystical, Keeper'n Me reflects a positive view of Native life and philosophy -- as well as casting fresh light on the redemptive power of one's community and traditions.

Review and Swatches: Sigma Beauty Ambiance Eyeshadow Palette

Review and Swatches: Sigma Beauty Ambiance Eyeshadow Palette

 Sigma beauty recently released a new collection called the “Ambiance Collection” a “sizzling sun-inspired collection.” This collection consisted of an eyeshadow palette, highlighter palette, five makeup brushes set with a beauty bag, and two lip glosses. The Sigma Ambiance palette was an immediate buy for me. I’m a neutral lover and the shades in this palette really caught my attention. I did not pick up any of the other products in the collection but they do look beautiful to me.


If you’re in Canada Sigma Beauty can be purchased through The Bay and they had this palette a few days before Sigma officially released the collection. As a Canadian, it was nice to order a product locally rather than pay customs or wait for it to come available here. Thank you to Sigma and The Bay for making this happen. As soon as I opened the palette, I knew this would be a perfect palette for me. The shades are absolutely stunning and I really like Sigma’s eyeshadow formula. I also own their Cor De Rosa palette which I have still not reviewed but I will soon. The Ambiance palette has a nice range of tones and textures; the mattes are so easy to blend and build and the shimmers are gorgeous. I’m someone who prefers both mattes and shimmers, I struggle to create all matte looks. This is a palette that inspires me and I keep grabbing for this one. 

Book Review: Still Life by Louise Penny


Book Review: Still Life by Louise Penny



Goodreads Description:


Winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec and his team of investigators are called into the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montréal and yet a world away. Jane Neal, a long-time resident of Three Pines, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's a tragic hunting accident and nothing more but Gamache smells something foul this holiday season…and is soon certain that Jane died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.

With this award-winning first novel, Louise Penny introduces an engaging hero in Inspector Gamache, who commands his forces--and this series--with power, ingenuity, and charm.

Review and Swatches: Morphe 9E Pretty in Peach Palette

Review and Swatches: Morphe 9E Pretty in Peach Palette

It's been awhile since a Morphe palette caught my eye but I couldn't resist the Pretty in Peach palette. I really do enjoy 9 pan palettes, I prefer a small curated palette rather than a huge palette that's hard to store and a bitt overwhelming with similar shades. I picked up this palette through Sephora Canada for 16$. This palette is great for summer and I really do love the shades. 

Review and Swatches: Tarte Cosmetics Power Bar Neutral Palette

Review and Swatches: Tarte Cosmetics Power Bar Neutral Palette

Tarte has some of my favourite palettes and products. They're not talked about as much in the Youtube beauty community, but Tarte still has my heart. This 6 pan palette really caught my attention on the Sephora Canada site, and it actually reminded me of the Natasha Denona Camel palette which has been on my wishlist for a while. I can't say if the shades are dupes for each other, I really don't think they are but the packaging and shades reminded me of that palette. I've really come to appreciate a nicely curated smaller palette. This 6 pan palette has the perfect amount of shades where I can create a full look, and I have options with this palette. This is a great palette when I don't want to overthink a look, I can grab this and get my makeup done quickly. 

Review and Swatches: Viseart Minxette Etendu Palette

 

Review and Swatches: Viseart Minxette Etendu Palette

Viseart Cosmetics has really caught my attention this year and their palettes have really become staples in my everyday collection. This Minxette Etendu is a beautiful bronze warm palette. If you like a one-and-done palette that has all the shades you need to create a look, you will love this palette. It has a cream matte, a shimmery inner corner and it has a deep brown to darken up the outer corner. This would also make a great travel palette since you won’t need to grab a different palette to complete the look. I also have the Natasha Denona Bronze palette and I like them both. The Minxette still stands on its own and I like the range of shades. When I use the bronze palette, I have to pull in a different palette to complete a look. The Minxette has a lot of depth to the shadows and the mattes blend beautifully. 

Indigenous Nation to Nation Cooperation (Gespeg-Kanesatake Vaccination Campaign)

Inter-nation Gespeg Kanesatake Vaccination


This past weekend, my husband and I were able to be vaccinated in the Kanesatake community through an inter-nation vaccination campaign. My nation is Gespeg, a small nation in Gaspé, Quebec that has no land base and half of our members reside in Montreal. Urban Natives are often left without the knowledge of resources available to us. My band stepped up and reached out to our members early on and those who wished to be vaccinated were placed on a list and we were guided through the process of having our vaccination booked. This Nation to Nation cooperation with Kanesatake proves that given the proper resources and the proper funding Nations can work together and support each other. Historically, First Nations have suffered greatly during pandemics and I’m happy to see the Federal and Provincial governments provided the proper funding, resources and understanding during Covid-19. We need to protect our elders, and protect ourselves.