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Fairest by Marissa Meyer | Book Review

The book ‘Fairest’ by Marissa Meyer shows what led to Levana to become queen as well as what turned her into being evil towards her people. Levana lived a very different life before becoming queen. She was a girl who was living in her sister’s shadow. No one respected her. No one wanted her. No one thought she was beautiful. And she decided to change everything.

            I personally loved Fairest. I did not know it was released before Winter, so I actually read it after I completed the series. If I were to do it all again, I would have read Fairest before Winter. The main reason is because in Fairest you get a glimpse at Winter and the relationship between Levana and Winter. If you read Fairest before Winter, then you have a better understanding as to why Levana treats Winter the way she does.

            I will admit that Levana’s story was different than what I expected. She wasn’t born an evil being. She just wasn’t raised right nor did she have a good support system. Levana was taught that she wasn’t beautiful and that she was not worth love. Because of this, Levana falls in love with someone who does not and could never love her back. But, because she believes everyone will feel the same way, she tries to convince him he to love her instead of waiting for someone to actually love her.

            I usually am not a huge fan of the villain’s stories, so I will admit that I had a difficult time reading this book in the beginning. Knowing how evil Levana is, I did not like her and I had no desire to learn more about her. As I continued to read the book, I began to feel sorry for her. I had to remind myself of how she ends up being because I felt terrible for her. The ending of the book was a complete reminder of just how evil she is and I no longer felt sorry, I just felt anger towards her.

            This book was a total rollercoaster of emotion for me. I would highly recommend to anyone who is a fan of the series or someone who does love the villain’s story to read this book. One of my favorite things about Marissa Meyer is that she creates these amazing characters who you end up having a connection with or relating to. I think she did an amazing job with showing Levana as a person instead of just a villain.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eye Shadow Palette | Review & Swatches!

As I began to prepare myself to purchase the new Norvina palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills, I realized that I have yet to mention the Soft Glam palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills on my blog! This is insane to me because the Soft Glam has been one of my favorite palettes, and this palette has been my most used out of my collection since I purchased it in March! So, I decided to quickly roll out this blog post so you all can see just how beautiful this palette truly is.

When this palette first came out, I knew I just had to have it. I was a little hesitant because I do own the Modern Renaissance palette and I was worried that these two palettes would be too similar. I also knew, that the formula was the same for both palettes, and I really did love the Modern Renaissance Palette so this fact did persuade me into buying it. Both palettes do have three of the same shades which are Burnt Orange, Tempera, and Cyprus Umber. Other than that, these palettes are very different. The Modern Renaissance palette has more mauve colors while the Soft glam has a larger selection of brown shades. The Modern Renaissance is more of a daring palette in comparison with the Soft Glam palette. If you are looking for more of a pink hint in your eyeshadow collection, then I would go with the Modern Renaissance palette. But, if you are wanting golds and browns, you NEED the Soft Glam palette.

The colors are very pigmented! If you know me, you know how important this fact is to me. I cannot stand when I splurge for a palette and the shades are not true to color or there is not a ton of pigment. Trust me, I have been deeply disappointed over products I thought were going to be fantastic and had great reviews. This wasn’t one of those cases. The colors are very beautiful and, for the most part, match the color of it’s shade in the container.

When I used the Soft Glam palette, I was able to go all day without this eyeshadow smearing or creasing. I use the eyeshadow primer by Too Faced called ‘Shadow Insurance’ and it is honestly the best eyeshadow primer ever. For the most part, it helps reduce the creasing of my eyeshadow. That being said, I have oily skin and some eyeshadows tend to still crease even if I use this primer. The Soft Glam palette, however, went a whole 12 hours without creasing and without needing to be touched up! I don’t know what this formula is, but my eyelids gets along with it!

The final reason this palette quickly became a favorite of mine is because there is barely any fall out and the shades are so easy to blend! Of course the deeper shades do have some fall out as do all deep shades, but the amount is very small compared to most palettes. And, the fall out was none existent for the lighter colors. All of the shades work together perfectly and blend nicely without the shades looking basically the same as the next shade in the palette. I deeply do adore this palette and highly suggest it to anyone on edge of purchasing it.