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Product Review: MY Konjac Bamboo Charcoal Sponge

Hi Lovelies!

If you are as into beauty products as I am, then you have probably heard of a certain pink egg shaped beauty sponge and its apparent wonders for applying cosmetics. But you may not have heard of its face washing, biodegradable, affordable cousin made from Konjac fibers.

In Japan, Konjac has been used as a medicinal food since the sixth century meaning people have been eating it for over 1500 years! Apparently Konjac or Konnyaku has nearly zero calories is very high in fiber and is sold as a very low cal noodle, shirataki.

MY Konjac Bamboo Charcoal sponge is a large tear drop shaped sponge. It is very hard when first taken out of the package, but softens considerably as it swells with water. And can be sanitized microwaving in a bowl of water for 1:30.

MY Konjac makes several types of sponges each perfect for varying skin needs. This one contains activated carbon along with various minerals and natural antioxidants that help absorb excess oil and “help fight acne-causing bacteria that are typically difficult to reach.”

What makes these sponges unique is that because they are made with 100% natural ingredients, these sponges can be thrown in a compost bin once one finishes using it. Each sponge will last anywhere from 2-4 months on average although exact length of time varies depending on amount of use and whether it is used alone or with face wash.

I’ve tried using this alone, with non-exfoliating (ie “gentle”) face wash, and exfoliating face wash. I have to say that I prefer to use this with non-exfoliating face wash. I find the ‘beads’ or ‘roughage’ in exfoliating face wash to get stuck in the sponge and be too harsh. And while I get a fairly good clean when using this by itself, my preference is to use a gentle face wash. I find that, that is the perfect harmony between getting a deep and not a too harsh clean.

I do not use this to remove my makeup. I prefer to use makeup removing facial wipes to face wash for removing makeup. I use this first thing in the morning as the start to my beauty routine. I love the idea of sponge that can essentially be buried in the backyard and will easily degrade back into the soil.

Way too many beauty products and products in general are made with materials that do not biodegrade in any reasonable amount of time [having a half life of 500,000 years or so does NOT count[. I love that this sponge is made with organic ingredients*. I wish more products were made and packaged (both primary and secondary packaging) with many more sustainable materials such as biodegradable ones. Wouldn’t it be neat if one day we could literally just bury a product’s packaging in the backyard and when one went to check on it in 6 months, to find nothing there! [I took AP Environmental Science in high school along with being a biological sciences major]

So if you are looking for a 100% all natural** facial cleansing sponge that works great, doesn’t require the use of face wash, and is quite reasonably priced then go check out MY Konjac Bamboo Charcoal Sponge (click HERE to purchase on Amazon).

Do you or have you used a Konjac sponge before? What do you use when you wash your face (ie a washcloth, your hands, special facial cleansing mitt, etc)? I’d LOVE to hear about your skincare regime in the comments before!

**Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.

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Book Tour & Review: Fractured Truth by Rachel McClellan


Book Tour & Review: Fractured Truth by Rachel McClellan
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Fractured Truth (book 3)

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Fractured Truth concludes Rachel McClellan’s trilogy about teenaged Aura Llona who as light personified is constantly in danger from Vykens (evil) who killed her parents as her mother was also an Aura. I’ve enjoyed reading Rachel McClellan’s Fractured series since I reviewed Fractured Light in December 2011. On top of loving all of her books, I’ve greatly enjoyed working with Rachel McClellan as well.

While I’ve been looking forward to this book for over a year, its bittersweet as the trilogy has now come to an end. But I look forward to McClellan’s next novel. When readers last left off with Fractured Soul, Llona had transferred to the Auran academy that her mother’s sister, Sophie works at, Lucent Academy along with her best friend (who happens to be a fury) May.

Unfortunately, Llona realizes that something very bad is happening at Lucent and she IS going to get to the bottom of it. Luckily May and her former guardian, Christian, are right at her side to help. When Fractured Soul ends, aunt Sophie has been taken by the evil headmaster, corrupted guardians, and Vykens.

In Fractured Truth a LOT happens in a relatively short amount of time which makes reading both book 1 and 2 a MUST to fully enjoy all the complexities of this conclusion. Fans of McClellan’s will not be disappointed in all of the action book 3 packs in. Truly, my ONLY negative is that this is the last novel in the trilogy. I don’t want the story of Llona, May, Christian and the rest to end. I’ve enjoyed this journey of reviewing McClellan’s novels so very much. I love the style in which McClellan writes, and can’t wait to see what she does next.

I really do NOT want to reveal too much story-plot line for those who have not had the pleasure of enjoying this awesome series. I will say that Rachel McClellan’s Fractured Light series is on my short list of favorite novels I’ve read since starting this blog. She is also on the top of favorite authors to work with.

If you enjoy YA Dystopian novels, you will enjoy the Fractured Light series!
Who are some of your favorite authors and their books? I’d love to hear in the comments. And if you’ve read any of this series I’d love to hear what you thought!


*Disclaimer::I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are purely my own. Please see my media kit for more information.

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Read my reviews of Fractured Light and Fractured Soul by clicking on the title under the cover image!


Fractured Light (book 1)


Fractured Soul (book 2)

Fractured Soul by Rachel McClellan


Fractured Soul by Rachel McClellan
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Welcome to my first book tour of 2013! Just over a year ago I had the pleasure of participating in the book tour for YA author Rachel McClellan’s debut novel, Fractured Light (you can read my review HERE). So when I received an invitation to join the tour for its sequel, I quickly and excitedly responded that I was in fact very interested!

Fractured Soul centers around Llona (pronounced Ee-ona) and begins not long after where Fractured Light left off. Like in the first book, the main plot is the ongoing fight between good (Auras) and evil (Vykens). Yet lines between good and evil have become even more blurred as things are almost never as clear as black and white, but more like various shades of gray. Llona and close friend May are the newest students at Lucent academy which is the school Llona’s Aunt Sophie runs. But once again trouble seems to follow Llona no matter where she goes including the one place in North America that is supposed to be safe for Auras!

Llona, like her mother, is an Aura and as such is told she is only a being of ‘light’ and as such is not supposed to want to be able to fight and defend herself. But Llona is ANYTHING, BUT typical or ordinary. In this next part of the story, Llona learns quite a bit more about how and why she has very different capabilities compared to the other Auras studying at Lucent Academy.

One of the main reasons that I gave Fractured Soul 4.5 stars (and not 5) is because there was a HUGE cliffhanger at the end of the novel. I was very annoyed that soooo very much was left unresolved. And of course the third novel more than likely will be unavailable for at least a year!

I very much look forward to the next book in this series as I’ve really enjoyed Rachel McClellan’s Fractured series.

*Disclaimer::I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are purely my own. Please see my media kit for more information.

Back to Books Giveaway Blog Hop!


I’ve decided to partake in another giveaway blog hop! This time I will be giving away the winner’s choice of either a $5 Amazon gift card or one book (up to $5) from The Book Depository! And this time there are well over 200 other awesome bloggers doing the same. That is a LOT of chances to potentially win a prize! All you have to do is fill out the very easy to use Rafflecopter widget located below. I will notify the winner by email and they will have 72 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Blog hops are fun all around and if are interested in sponsoring a blog hop prize or other giveaway please go ahead and get in touch with me via the Contact Me form on the right. You can also check out my policies about reviews and giveaways under the Media Kit tab. I’ll also include the massive linky list under the Rafflecopter widget so that you can easily visit more of the bloggers hosting giveaways.
I hope you and your family have a fabulous Labor Day weekend!

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Feed Your Reader Giveaway Hop!


Author Elle Strauss has been generous enough to sponsor this giveaway which means one lucky fan will win ALL three books in the Clockwise series! I’ve been fortunate enough to have been able to read and review all three of these books. If you are interested in reading my reviews you can find by clicking HERE for my review on Clockwise, HERE for my review on ClockwiseR, and HERE for my review on Like Clockwork. All you have to do is fill out the easy to use Rafflecopter entry form below. And don’t forget to visit the over 100 other blogs participating in this event co-hosted by I’m a Reader, Not a Writer and Books: A True Story.


*Disclaimer: I received a copy of each of these books from the author or book tour company for the purpose of writing an honest reviewing. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.

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