Book: The Uncanny Valley: Tales from a Lost Town (Kindle Edition)

Once in a while you find a book that is so much better than you think. And it was free. Even better right? Amazon always has a selection of free kindle books and that was how I found this gem, The Uncanny Valley: Tales from a Lost Town, by Gregory Miller. It is now $0.99 but still a great price.

Originally, I thought it was a kid’s book and got it for my daughter. When I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. I was way more engrossed than I thought possible. I got goosebumps reading the notes from the author at the end of the book. So don’t skip that part. It is a short read, just 141 pages and comprised of 33 letters / stories from the citizens of Uncanny Valley. Some stories stood out more than others and are enough to get the little hairs on the back of your neck standing straight up. There were a few that made me chuckled and laugh out loud. LOL They were that good. Those stories probably weren’t meant to be funny but I couldn’t help it.

Here is the description:

The Uncanny Valley…

“…is a macabre serenade to a small town that may or may not exist, peopled with alive and dead denizens who wander about the hills and houses with creepy fluidity. Told by individual inhabitants, the stories recount tales of disappearing dead deer, enchanted gardens, invisible killer dogs, and rattlesnakes that fall from the sky; each contribution adds to a composite portrait that skitters between eerie, ghoulish, and poignant. Miller is a master storyteller, clearly delighting in his mischievous creations.”

Thirty-Three Tales.
Thirty-Three Tellers.
One Lost Town.

If you want to read a great short book that will wake you up, try this. Two thumbs up!

If you get a chance to read this, let me know what you think.


Goodbye 2014! Hello 2015!

Wow! It’s been a fast 2014 and we’re at the end of it folks.

With the arrival of 2015, I wish everyone a wonderful and prosperous New Year! As always, may everyone be healthy and happy. :D

Welcome 2015! The year of the Sheep! ^O^


Review: Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence

I have never been much of a toner person. Oh I have tried a bunch of them but I did not see any benefit that made me want to continue using them. Also, being the dry, combo skin person I am, most of the ones I tried only made my skin dryer. I even tried a sample of the much raved about SKII Treatment essence. I did not feel it made a difference and therefore left toner alone for a long while.

In July, I got interested in the Korean Skincare routine and was reading this article at Into The Gloss when to my surprised, toner is considered the most important step by the author! I had to be doing something wrong. Her example of a toner is the Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence, which is compared to the much more expensive SKII. It is made of fermented yeast and here is how Missha describes it:

The very FIRST step to your skin care regimen.

Back to the Basics, a Stepping Stone to a Healthier and New Skin.
Contains 80% Fermented Yeast Concentrate, which absorbs into skin instantly to energize your skin. Also contains Niacinamide, a Vitamin B3 component, to improve skin elasticity, enhance skin barrier function, and revive skin tone and texture. DN-Aid, made from Cassia-Alata Extract, provides vitality to aging skin, protects DNA from aging caused by UV rays, and promotes restoration of damaged DNA.

THE FIRST TREATMENT ESSENCE improves fine lines and skin tone. The miracle water hydrates, restores, rejuvenates, and gives you a glowing complexion.

Do you know what YEAST is?
YEAST is a naturally fortified Vitamin B Group. Vitamin B supports and increases the rate of metabolism and maintains healthy skin.
Recently, more and more researches prove fermented yeast extract to be a good source for skin care products.

That was it. I was ready to venture into another toner trial and I want to try the Missha. I found it for less than retail on Amazon and ordered a bottle. In about 2 weeks, it was in my hands. Boy, this bottle is really beautiful. It is heavy and made of clear glass. I like that. You can see exactly how much product is in the bottle and no guessing when you’re running low.

I tried it that night, on damp skin and I love the way it felt. There is no noticeable scent, is clear just like water and seems to help hydrate my skin. I don’t use a cotton ball and instead use my hands. I pour a bit into the middle of my palm, rub both palms together and apply straight to my face. I feel this doesn’t waste any of the product. A week passed by and I am still loving it. It doesn’t break me out which is a big big plus. I feel it helps prevent the dry and tight feeling I sometimes get from cleansing or exfoliating. It is now December and it has made Holy Grail status for me. Totally. Awesome.

I am on my second bottle of this awesome goodness and have just placed an order for the 3rd bottle 5 days ago as part of a set from TesterKorea. Have you try this or a similar toner? How did it work for you?


LOTD – 12.29.2014

I hoped everyone had an awesome Holiday with their families and love ones! I can’t believe 2014 is almost over! Literally!

Life has been crazy and busy but I love it. Today, I want to share a LOTD with you. I am loving shopping in my own stash and rediscovering a bunch of products that I am liking better than my first impressions.

Base and Checks:

Hourglass N28 Primer

Face Atelier Ultra foundation in #5 Sepia

Sheseido UV Protective Compact Foundation in Light Ochre

Laneige Skin Veil Base SPF26 in Light Peach for highlight

MAC powder blush in Dollymix

Diorskin Shimmer Powder in Amber Diamond

Eyes and Brow:

CK Onne Brow Pencil + Gel Duo in 400 Crafty Raven

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on eye pencil in Demolition


Milani Anti-Feathering lipliner in 01 Transparent

Dior Addict Extreme lipstick in #356 Cherie Bow