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Book Review: Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau

Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau is a coming of age novel taking place in Baltimore, Maryland. During the 1970's, fourteen year old Mary Jane is caught in the middle of her family's conservative ideals and the progressive ideals of the Cone family where she is a summer nanny. Mary Jane is a sheltered teen who enjoys cooking with her mother, listening to Broadway Show Tunes, and singing in the church choir. On the first day of work, she is shocked at the mess in the Cone's home and introduces them to home cooked meals and keeping the house clean. In return, Mary Jane gets a front row seat to sex, drugs, and rock & roll. This novel was the selected for the book club I belong to. Again, this is a novel that I likely wouldn't have chosen to read on my own, but I was glad I did. Mary Jane is the first novel I've read by Jessica Anya Blau, and I was impressed with her storytelling.  Touching on race, class, and stereotypes, along with drugs and infidelity, it reminded

Product Review: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Gel-Creme

I received a product from for free in exchange for my honest review. The product I tested is Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Gel-Creme. Estée Lauder claims this product will fight visible radical damage. They claim that lines look reduced in week one; dark circles will look brighter in week two; and ninety-two percent said eyes look more rested in week three. The direction says for best results to use the product in the morning and evening.

Excited to try this product, I have to say I was a bit skeptical that the Advanced Night Repair Eye Gel-Creme by Estée Lauder would do what it said it would. I had been using this product only at night for a week before I noticed it said to use it twice a day. I decided to continue using it only at night time when I did my nightly face care routine.

Boy was I ever surprised to find that it did reduce the fine lines around my eyes. I even used it where I furrowed my brows together and noticed that the lines there looked better as well. I can only imagine how good my skin would've looked had I used it twice a day like they suggested.

As far as making my dark circles look better, I couldn't tell if they looked better or not, but those close to me noticed a difference. I'll take that as a win. I give Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Gel-Creme five out of five stars.

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