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Keeps Thickening Shampoo for Men

MEN’S SHAMPOO FOR THICKER-LOOKING HAIR

~ What ~
This 8-ounce bottle of shampoo is geared toward men who want their hair to look thicker and fuller. Containing no parabens, it is made with natural, science-based ingredients such as saw palmetto, biotin, green tea, and caffeine as well as argan, coconut, castor, and peppermint oils, and vitamin E. The first 5 ingredients are water, PEG-80 sorbitan laurate, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium laureth sulfate, and disodium cocoamphoacetate. Instructions on its bottle state to massage it into wet hair and wait for 2 to 3 minutes. It arrives in a plastic bottle with a push-top pour lid and seal. The expiration stamp is G20TO4 EXP 08/24.

~ Why ~e
My husband has a gorgeous head of silver hair, but it is thinning at his temples so this shampoo may help his hair look fuller and thicker. I love the peppermint/castor oil smell as it is fresh and clean. I appreciate all the herbal ingredients that are natural DHT blockers, keratin boosters, and hair follicle stimulants. The clear liquid is thick and not watered down.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the noticeable smell, but I found it refreshing. Others may wish it lathered more, but I understand shampoos that are paraben-free tend to do that. Some may think this will treat or stop hair loss, but it is not made to do that.

~ Wish ~
With the bottle stating the shampoo should be lathered and left in the hair 2-3 minutes, it does not mention that it should be rinsed out thoroughly. It would be nice to know where this product is made. I wonder if this can be used on women’s hair too.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a hair shampoo that has lots of natural ingredients to promote healthy hair, this may be a keeper if used regularly.

Thanks to Keeps for this complimentary product that I am under no obligation to review.

#Keeps #KeepsThickeningShampoo #FullerThickerHair #ShampooforMen

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Honor’s Refuge by Hallee Bridgeman

Title: Honor’s Refuge
Author: Hallee Bridgeman
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-4022-1

“He just wanted to quit fighting, to quit resenting how the failures in his life, the decisions he’d made, and the loss of his leg made him feel,” Phil realizes in Hallee Bridgeman’s novel, Honor’s Refuge.

~ What ~
The third book in the Love & Honor series, this three-hundred-and-fifty-two-page paperback targets those interested in romantic suspense involving moving on in life despite its challenges and heartbreaks. With no profanity, topics of drug addiction, physical abuse, drug cartels, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The beginning includes reviews, a list of the author’s written books, and a dedication while the ending has a dozen discussion questions, food recipes, a biography, and advertisements.

In this tale, it has been two years since Phil Osbourne lost his leg in a Special Forces mission, and he still has been having trouble accepting his new identity as a man. But Melissa Braxton, a woman who runs a domestic abuse shelter, has had him in her sights, begging for his attention and love. When Phil and his friends find Melissa’s missing sister is the wife of a Columbian cartel teniente, the couple works together to keep her only family safe, even during a hurricane.

~ Why ~
This is a quick read that follows one of the military members in the previous books in the series. It is detailed and descriptive regarding what mainly women go through when they are abused in the home and how they fear retaliation when they have escaped. I like that Phil’s insecurities and inadequacies were realistic and honest.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not care for the prayers to God or Biblical references. Others who are not interested in stories about domestic abuse may avoid the book. While I appreciated Melissa’s often confrontational manner, I found her a bit pushy, demanding, and always right.

~ Wish ~
Although the protagonists included God in their daily lives, it would be encouraging if the read added the plan of eternal salvation.

~ Want ~
If you enjoyed the other two books in the Love & Honor series, this one focuses on one couple’s love during hardship and offers grace and redemption in dealing with feeling unworthy and unimportant.

Thanks to Revell for furnishing this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#Honor’sRefuge #HnonorsRefuge #Love&HonorSeries #LoveandHonorSeries #Revell #HalleeBridgeman #ChristianRomanceMilitarySuspense

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The World’s Longest Sock by Juliann Law

Title: The World’s Longest Sock
Author & Illustrator: Juliann Law
Publisher: WorthyKids
ISBN: 978-1-5460-0258-1

“Ah, yes, the World’s Longest Sock. This is quite the remarkable story about two people who simply would not give up,” Juliann Law begins in her children’s book, The World’s Longest Sock.

~ What ~
This thirty-two-page oversized hardbound with a matching jacket cover targets children ages four to seven years old. With no scary scenes, it is about two adults competing to knit the longest sock in the world. Colorful illustrations grace the pages with a decent font size.

In this tale, Nana Nina in Chile has recently set a record for the world’s longest sock. When Lumberman Chuck learns about the competition, he determinedly wins, happy to have friends and be famous. Of course, Nina is upset she is no longer the record holder, so the two become fiercely competitive, even with their friends having to choose sides. After both are physically exhausted, a smart decision is made to declare the winners.

~Why ~
This is a quick story that shows how ardently two people want to win yet together make the perfect pair. I liked that both tried and tried to succeed and did not give up. Competition is good to a point if monitored carefully.

~ Why Not ~
Those who are not competitive may not like a book that promotes trying to obsessively win a contest. The book mentions being lonely and zombies, which some young children may not understand. Beginner readers may have issues with the two- and three-syllable words.

~ Wish ~
I do not care for books that use the slang word, heck, especially when they are for young readers.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book that promotes striving to be the best, this is a nice read.

Thanks to Hachette Book Group, WorthyKids, and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#Hachette #WorthyKids #TheWorldsLongestSock #JuliannLaw

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Word of Honor

Title: Word of Honor
Author: Hallee Bridgeman
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-4021-4

“Right now, I’m mission focused. I have other things to deal with than a December morning ten years ago,” Bill firmly tells Lynda in Hallee Bridgeman’s novel, Word of Honor.

~ What ~
The second book in the Love & Honor series, this three-hundred-and-eighty-four-page paperback targets those interested in romantic suspense involving the military. With no profanity, topics of physical abuse, terrorism, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The beginning includes reviews, a list of the author’s written books, and a glossary of military terms and acronyms while the ending has a dozen discussion questions, food recipes, a teaser of the finale in the series, a biography, and advertisements.

In this active read, it has been ten years since FBI Special Agent Lynda Culter and Army Weapons Specialist Bill Sanders broke off their college romance. But when Lynda is taken captive and her partner is killed, she is the only one who can identify the murderer. With Bill and his team trying to capture those behind worldwide oil pipe bombings, both he and Lynda have to put their emotional past behind them to find the mastermind behind the terrorist group involved in the vicious attacks.

~ Why ~
This is an engaging read if you like military ops, working as a team, and learning to understand the past when it comes to relationships. I liked the references to praying, even when Bill and Lynda had to pretend to be a married couple or when deciding what to do next about the mission and their broken relationship. The details of the U.S. military tactical operations were realistic.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not care for the prayers to God or Biblical references. Others who are not interested in military stories about the struggles in personal relationships may avoid the book. While there is an unexpected twist in the plot, some of the scenarios involving sub-characters seem unbelievable.

~ Wish ~
Although I appreciated the many times the protagonists looked to God first and foremost, I would have liked to have added the plan of eternal salvation.

~ Want ~
If you enjoy a military read of rekindling a past romance while tracking down the head of a terrorist group, this will keep you engaged.

Thanks to Revell for furnishing this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#WordofHonor #Love&HonorSeries #LoveandHonorSeries #Revell #HalleeBridgeman #ChristianRomanceMilitarySuspense

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Venus Visage Eyelash Extension Glue

ULTRA HOLD / INSTANT DRY PROFESSIONAL EYELASH EXTENSION GLUE

~ What ~
This small 0.5-ounce black bottle contains glue for professionally applying eyelash extensions. It arrives with a screw-on lid, a pin-prick insert cap, and instructions. Containing Ethyl cyanoacrylate with a strong scent, it is made especially for professional beauticians, and it is not to be used on oneself.

~ Why ~
If you are a professional aesthetician who specializes in adding false eyelash extensions to your customers’ and clients’ eyes, this black adhesive works quickly and holds up to 7 weeks if applied correctly. I appreciate that it is strong and only a little of the glue is needed for an application.

~ Why Not ~
Those who are not professional experts in the beautician field should not be attempting it on their own as it is mentioned several times on the bottle, instructions, and packaging. It should not be used for DIY purposes or on strip or cluster eyelashes. Once opened, the contents of the bottle might dry out. It is black in color so may not match those who have brown lashes.

~ Wish ~
The writing on the bottle and back of the packaging is extremely hard to decipher as the font is too small to read.

~ Want ~
If you are a professional aesthetician who knows how to apply eyelash extensions properly and safely, you will find this product works, but if you are not one and attempt to use it on yourself, it may cause damage to your eyes.

Thanks to Venus Visage for this product that I am under no obligation to review.

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Molizumy Flower Hair Clips

6-PIECE LILY FLOWER HAIR CLIPS

~ What ~
Made of colorful plastic and metal, this pack includes 6 hair clips in a 5-star lily or hibiscus design. Measuring 3.15 by 3.15 by 1.77 inches each, they come in white, yellow, pink, purple, peach, and aqua. The claw clips have spring lobster clip backings. Instructions are not added, and they arrive individually wrapped in a cellophane bag, ready for using or gifting.

~ Why ~
Since our 3-year-old granddaughter loves dressing up with hair clips, this is a lovely set that she will enjoy. I appreciate all the different colors so she can pick and choose what she wants to wear each day. The flowers are larger than most claw clips.

~ Why Not ~
Those who have short hair may not be able to use clips like this since they are large. Some may not like that they are the same floral pattern. They are a little awkward to use as they open side to side so have a flower design on each side of the claws. Their petals or prongs may break off if not handled carefully.

~ Wish ~
I wish the teeth were a little stronger as one broke off the first time I used it in my hair.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an inexpensive collection of large flower clips for girls, teens, or women who like lilies, this is a good choice.

Thanks to Molizummy Store for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to review.

#RankBoosterReview #SponsoredbyElliott #MolizummyStore #LilyHairClaws #HibiscusHairClips #HawaiiFlowerHair

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Review: Honor Bound

Title: Honor Bound
Author: Hallee Bridgeman
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-4020-7

“My knife saves lives. Your knives take lives,” Cynthia tells Rick in Hallee Bridgeman’s novel, Honor Bound.

~ What ~
The first book in the Love & Honor series, this three-hundred-and-eighty-four-page paperback targets those interested in romantic suspense involving the military. With no profanity, topics of physical abuse, war, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The beginning includes reviews, a list of the author’s written books, a dedication, and a glossary of military terms and acronyms while the ending has a dozen discussion questions, food recipes, part of another novel by the writer, a biography, and advertisements.

In this fast-paced read, Dr. Cynthia Myers has found solace working in the African jungle, away from the pain and shame of her past in America. When a warlord’s son dies under her care, she is forced to go with U.S. Army Captain Rick Norton and his team of Green Berets out of the jungle and back to civilization. While the thirty-two-year-old gets involved in the military missions and the team’s camaraderie, she has to decide what is the most important to her.

~ Why ~
This is an exciting read if you like military ops, loyalty, and engaging team players as they save and protect others. The romance between two who are bound to their oaths is well orchestrated. I appreciate that both protagonists rely on and pray to God. I like the details in explaining the U.S. military tactical operations.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not care for the prayers to God or Biblical references. Others who are not interested in military stories about the struggles in relationships may avoid the book. While three-quarters of the book is action-packed, the ending is predictable and quick.

~ Wish ~
It would have been thoughtful to include the simple plan of eternal salvation.

~ Want ~
If you enjoy a military read with a sprinkle of romance involving being honor bound, this first one in the series book will make you want more.

Thanks to Revell for furnishing this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#HonorBound #Love&HonorSeries #LoveandHonorSeries #Revell #HalleeBridgeman #ChristianRomanceMilitarySuspense

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Review: The Inkwell Chronicles The Ink of Elspet

Title: The Inkwell Chronicles: The Ink of Elspet
Author: J.D. Peabody
Publisher: WorthyKids
ISBN: 978-1-5460-0198-0

“Everett wondered what all this had to do with his father. And what was the secret behind the Ink?” J.D. Peabody writes in his children’s book, The Inkwell Chronicles: The Ink of Elspet.

~ What ~
The first book in the series, this three-hundred-and-eighty-four-page hardbound with a jacket cover targets children ages eight to twelve years old. Set in England and Scotland, it is the beginning of the adventures of a brother and sister and how they learn courage and bravery. A few scary scenes and topics of drug use and physical abuse may not be appropriate for immature readers.

In this tale, eleven-year-old Everett and his eight-year-old sister, Bea, are on a quest to find their father, who has been abducted by the Commander of the Blotters, a band of creatures that will do anything to get rid of Ink in the world. When the children learn the powers of a special pen and its magical ink, they try to locate their dad and find a new supply of ink.

~Why ~
Those who like an innovative story that is fast-paced as the protagonists stay one step ahead of those seeking them will like this read. It was engaging to learn about Mind Murks, Ink Waves, Inkasement, Ausculators, and the Stink as the Inklings were on the hunt to find their dad. I like the symbolism of Ink being so powerful and creative to humans.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not care for fantasies that include a homing pigeon, raven, wolves, lovebugs, and more may pass on this series. Some may not like the chapters involving being trapped or attacked. This book has complicated wording so would not work for some readers.

~ Wish ~
While I liked the idea of a story that promotes courage and bravery, I did not care for its lack of discipline regarding stealing or its vague concepts of God with its few mentions of Christianity, prayers, psalms, and a hymn.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a creative chapter book series about an insecure boy learning to step out of his shell and an inquisitive girl not being afraid, this would be enjoyed by its targeted age group.

Thanks to Hachette Book Group, WorthyKids, and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#Hachette #WorthyKids #JDPeabody #TheInkwellChronicles #TheInkofElspet

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Review: A Door Made for Me

Title: A Door Made for Me
Author: Tyler Merritt
Illustrator: Lonnie Ollivierre
Publisher: WorthyKids
ISBN: 978-1-5460-1256-6

“You’ll find a door that’s right for you — and when you do, be sure to leave it open for the next kid struggling to get in,” Grandpa explains in Tyler Merritt’s children’s book, A Door Made for Me.

~ What ~
This forty-page oversized hardcover with a matching jacket targets children ages five to eight years old who want to understand racism and how to deal with it. With no scary scenes, it contains expressive colorful illustrations on almost every page. A simplistic font covers the pages.

In this short tale that is written in first person, a young boy spends the summer at his grandparents’ house. At first, he thinks he will have no fun until he meets Jack, who teaches him how to catch fish. When they catch a bucket full of the creatures, they go door-to-door to show Jack’s friends, and the adults do not welcome the boy since he is of a different race. After the boy is left alone at one friend’s doorstep, he learns from his grandpa about race and equality.

~Why ~
This is a thoughtful way to encourage children to care for others, especially when some are shunned due to their skin color. I appreciate the drawings were engaging so younger children could relate to them. The book promotes having a caring heart while learning self-worth.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like a book that mentions bigotry and racism will not care for this one. Some may wish that it mentioned that God can open doors when people become insensitive or prejudiced. Beginner readers may have issues with some of the three and four-syllable words.

~ Wish ~
It would be nice to have a sequel of Jack reestablishing their relationship, especially since it mentions he promised he would be right back and did try later to see him, showing a friendship that can last in spite of parental monitoring and/or peer pressure.

~ Want ~
If you want a book that helps teach children how doors in our lives are shut due to outer circumstances regarding racism, this would be a helpful choice to establish those doors can also be opened.

Thanks to Hachette Book Group and WorthyKids for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#Hachette #WorthyKids #TylerMerritt #LonnieOllivierre #ADoorMadeforMe

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Zahler Junior C Chewables

ANTIOXIDANT & IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOSTER FOR KIDS

~ What ~
Containing 90 supplements, these round orange tablets provide protective antioxidants are geared for children over 4 years of age while improving their immune system. The bottle states the dietary supplement should be taken 1 chewable up to 4 times a day. The ingredients are 250 mg of Ascorbic Acid, Mannitol, Sorbitol, Natural Flavor, Vegetable Stearate, and Silicon Dioxide. The bottle is stamped Lot 2003551 and Exp 05/2023.

~ Why ~
With COVID hanging around, taking Vitamin C is a must given to children to keep them healthy. I like that this is targeted to young children and they are chewable. The best thing about this supplement is that it is made in America. The product is Kosher.

~ Why Not ~
Those that are skeptical of non-prescription natural supplements may avoid this product. Others may be concerned that some of the ingredients will negatively interact with prescription drugs, so contacting a physician or pharmacist is ideal. It has a tart taste that some children may not like.

~ Wish ~
It would be helpful to have a photo online of the capsules for size recognition.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for pure immune support that contains Vitamin C, this is a good choice for your child.

Thanks to Zahler for this product that I am under no obligation to review.

#Zahler #JuniorCChewableVitamin #AntioxidantImmuneSupportBooster #ChildrensHealth

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