5 INTERESTING ITEMS YOU CAN FIND ON AMAZON – Beauty and Personal Care Edition

Sephora, Ulta, Walgreens and CVS continue to dominate the beauty and health sector but Amazon is not far behind, being a popular preference with online shoppers. According to the article “These are the top beauty brands dominating Amazon” on www.fastcompany.com, Amazon is now the second-most-shopped retailer for beauty products and shows no signs of slowing down. Back in March, Amazon launched an exclusive skincare line and “Indie Beauty Shop”, an online store dedicated to emerging brands. The online retailer has also private labels dedicated to health and personal care categories: Presto, Basic Care, AmazonBasics, Mama Bear and Mountain Falls.

This can be frustrating for competitors but great news for frugal customers, offering shoppers the opportunity of scoring great deals. Check out my tested and approved Amazon’s beauty and personal care items!

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Creamy Grape Salad

Perfect for summer cookouts and a must during warmer days, this Grape Salad is a quick and versatile side dish that everyone will love. The silky sweet cream cheese dressing will deliver a delicious mix of flavors that will satisfy crowds. Sprinkle with brown sugar and pecans or eat it as is, this easy and creamy grape salad recipe packs a punch and can be made in 20 minutes or less!

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Sea Dragons, White Walkers and the Age of Heroes – How Game of Thrones Prequel is Set for Success

In the epic fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, the power struggle for the Iron Throne among the great Houses of Westeros, reveal a convoluted plot with fantastic elements. Martin’s storytelling ability offers a complex and ambiguous world that remains throughout the centuries – important points in the history of Westeros and Essos are highlighted in the narrative, shaping the actions and reactions of many characters. The Age of Heroes and the Targaryen Dynasty periods are exceptionally lore-rich, indulging readers into a world of magic, dragon riders, and extraordinary cliffhangers.

According to the official synopsis, HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel series will take place “thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. “ If done right, this spin-off has the potential to outshine Game of Thrones’ popularity. The new series will be shrouded in mystery but with many stories to tell.

If you didn’t read the books, you might be wondering what exactly the Age of Heroes is and what stories can unfold. Although the information on this particular period is limited, book references can give us an idea on what to expect in the upcoming series.

Are you ready for spoilers?

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Bye Bye Dark Circles – Top Affordable Eye Creams That Actually Work

Many of us start using our first eye cream in their 30s but the earlier you can start your skincare routine, the better – best results come from prevention. The skin around your eyes is 10 times thinner than your face and if you don’t take the right steps to keep it healthy, those pesky, under-eye circles will manifest sooner or later. Low iron and B12, low vitamin K, dehydration, sun exposure, genetics, allergies, thyroid problems, lack of sleep and food intolerances are the most-common causes that will enhance dark circles, puffy eyes and other eye-specific issues. If you are determined to put an end to your dark circles, great eye creams can be found at your local drugstore. They will deliver the line-smoothing and dark-circle-reducing affect we all look for – check out my suggestions!

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Beauty Gurus – The YouTube Channels You Must Watch

Makeup is much more than conceal your dark circles and hide other imperfections, it’s considered an art form. For the last 5-7 years, the makeup industry suffered an exponential growth and significant improvements giving customers the opportunity of purchasing the effective cosmetics we all use and love today. Customers are more aware of the ingredients, therefore staying away from toxic chemicals. Makeup is not an exclusive routine for women these days – more men are also wearing makeup. This makeup boom just keeps growing and thanks to the internet, we can gather as much information before making the final decision in what product we should invest in.

YouTube’s beauty community is here to guide us and I’m here to share my favorite channels.

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Why Dark Phoenix is Destined To Be a Forgettable Flop

Having watched the X-men film franchise come to life on the screen back in 2000, to seeing it re-energized in 2011 with the release of X-men: First Class, I had mixed emotions with the release of the new Dark Phoenix trailer this past week. This film franchise has seen it’s share of really good (Logan), to really bad (X-men: The Last Stand). My prediction is this will be flop of epic proportions that may even give the brass of MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) pause as to where to go next with the X-men. I have valid reasons that will help me prove my point of why this movie will be a failure.

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5 INTERESTING ITEMS YOU CAN FIND ON AMAZON – Part II

About half of my recent Amazon purchases ended up being a complete flop but the five items below made the list for this post series that will inevitably continue to grow. There are no themes or guidelines here – you will find a mix of household items and beauty products that were tested prior to the publication of this post and are now part of my household.

Tip: For easy access to my Amazon posting series, click the Reviews menu on my Homepage and chose from the drop-down menu.

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Table for Two with a View – Where to Wine and Dine in Western N.C.

With Valentine’s Day being one of the most popular dining days of the year, I’ve short-listed a few cozy, most romantic restaurants to celebrate this special date. Indulgent menus, tasteful wines and scrumptious desserts will satisfy your romance criteria and the taste buds of your loved one. Escape the big city and enjoy the drive but end the day with a delightful meal at one of these charming restaurants. You will support local businesses and cherish these memories for years to come. Reservations are highly encouraged, if not required.

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The Ultimate Super Bowl Guide (for the Super Bowl Haters)

You are not into football but you feel somewhat excited about the Super Bowl – you have the commercials, the snacks, and the halftime show. Cooking is an important part of a successful Super Bowl party but also is drinking. The pantry is stocked up with cans of the golden wheat juice and yet, you don’t like beer – you want the real stuff. 30 minutes into the game and you’re already bored to tears. You ask yourself – “How will I survive this torture?” Fear not, football hater, I got your back.

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