Wednesday, March 30, 2016

L'oreal Paris Extraordinary Oil Shampoo and Conditioner

Thanks to Influnester and L'oreal Paris I have been using a great new shampoo and conditioner system. L'oreal Paris Extraordinary Oil Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave in Oil treatment. If you're anything like me you read the word "oil" and automatically think "nope!" Let me assure you, this hair care system contains oil but does NOT leave your hair feeling oily, greasy or weighed down at all. My experience has been the opposite actually. My hair is soft, silky smooth, easy to style, and has so much volume. My hair looks and feel healthy, which for someone who colors their hair and uses heat to style it on a regular basis is huge.   

The shampoo contains Coconut, Argan, Chamomile, Amla, Soja, and Sunflower oils. The conditioner also contains Coconut, Argan, Chamomile, Amla, Soja, and Sunflower oils. The leave in treatment, contains Coconut, Argan, Chamomile, Amla, Soja, and Sunflower oils. The blend of oils and the light scent of all three smell fresh and a little nutty, and very pleasant. Most importantly, it cleans cleans and conditions and leaves hair healthy. I fully recommend it to anyone who needs more moisture and life in their hair.    

I received these products for free from Influenster and L'oreal in exchange for my honest review. My thoughts and opinions are 100% mine. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Miriam by Mesu Andrews

“Miriam” is an imagining of the life of Miriam, the sister of Moses. It is the 2nd book in the “Treasures of the Nile” series. The first book is “The Pharaoh's Daughter.” I had not read the first book and was able to follow the story perfectly.

Most who know the bible know the story of Moses, of the plagues, of the first Passover, and of the exodus from Egypt made by the Jewish people. Mesu Andrews uses her novel to take you deeper into the story, using biblical knowledge with historical knowledge to make the story and it's characters really come to life. It's obvious that Mesu Andrews has taken the time to really research for her books and that adds a good depth to the story. 

In Miriam we find a women who is strong in her faith, sure of her God, but also human. Miriam is a gifted midwife and healer, blessed with the gift of prophesy. She has a strong sense of what is right, and even when facing the Pharaoh she does what would honor God. She is the type of godly woman that one can admire and that I personally would love to be more like. 

Historically, the book is fascinating. Reading Exodus you learn about the plagues, but never truly stop to think about the effects of them. The first few plagues effect the Hebrews and Egyptians alike. Through Mesu Andrews writing you get a better sense of how terrible it must have been. To learn about a loving but also vengeful God and then see his vengeance in action would be both horrifying and awe inspiring. The suffering brought on by the stubborn pride and hatred of one man, the Pharaoh, is astounding.

I've only recently become a fan of Biblical fiction, and stories like this one are why. It brings the bible, and it's events, in life and makes one really think about what they have read. I brings humanity to the characters we have read about and reminds us that if God can use them, God can use us. I fully recommend this book, and am so glad that I got to read it, especially in the weeks prior to Easter and Passover. If you like biblical fiction at all I fully recommend this book.  

I received this book in exchange for my honest review from Blogging for books. My opinions are 100% my own.