Book Review: Welcome Home, Caroline Kline by Courtney Preiss

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Welcome Home, Caroline Kline by Courtney Preiss opens with Caroline Kline couch surfing in New York City due to her no longer having a job and her fiance breaking up with her. The cherry on top is when Caroline finds out her father is not doing well and has to go home to New Jersey to help out. She finds one thing she didn't expect . . . true love. I received an Advanced Readers Copy of Welcome Home, Caroline Kline from NetGalley for free in exchange for my honest review.  The synopsis of this book was intriguing, and I absolutely love baseball, so I couldn't wait to dig in to this story. Unfortunately, the story started off a bit slow and continued to be slow at points throughout the book. The slowness of the plot made it difficult to stay interested in the characters and their fate.  At one point, I didn't really care if I finished the story or not. With that being said, I'm glad I stuck with the book because the last 15% of Welcome Home, Caroline Kline started to

Product Review: Dashing Diva Gloss Ultra Shine Gel Palette, Palm Beach

While recently in my local Sally Beauty Supply store to buy something else, I decided to see if they still had a particular product in stock that I had noticed the last time I was there. I made my way over to the nail care aisle, and low and behold, the nail polish strips I loved were there. There were two different color selections of Dashing Diva Gloss Ultra Shine Gel Palette that I couldn't decide between, so I decided to buy both.

The first color I decided to try out was the Palm Beach palette because I was absolutely in love with the colors. These color strips were relatively easy to put on but my biggest complaint is that they pinched together while smoothing them out on my nails leaving a bump. Following the directions to get the excess strip off, I was dismayed to see that it made the edges of my nail strip very rough. Using the file the way they recommended, I filed my nails into the shape I like. However, it left the nail strip a bit bubbly at the edges.

Overall, I was very pleased with the way my nails looked by the time I was finished with them despite the few issues I mentioned above. A few hours after I put them on, I went to the gym I belong to and utilized the treadmill. While walking, I had an itch on my leg and scratched it. Much to my surprise, the nail strip had flipped up on two of my nails and had black lint from my pants on it. A couple of hours later, another nail strip on the same hand started to flip up and peel.

The packaging said that these would last up to fourteen days, so I knew they would probably not last quite that long without having some wear and tear. However, I did expect them to last more than a few hours. This was so disappointing because I thought I had found a good alternative to Color Street.

Two out of five stars is what I'd give Dashing Diva Gloss Ultra Shine Gel Palette in the Palm Beach colors. Where they have amazing colors and designs, they just don't last as long as they should. From now on, I will just stick with Color Street.

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