If you, like us, have seen the entirety of Bridgerton on Netflix all the way through and are asking yourself what’s next?, we have just the cure. …Reading List: For Fans of ‘Bridgerton’
I recently received an email from a Brand Collaborator at TOUCHBeauty, the lovely Jenna sent me an email and I was beyond excited to be able to do a review of one of their products at TOUCHBeauty.
I was eagerly awaiting for the package to arrive, and it came on Monday the 26th October which was a bonus to start the week off with!
This product is called the UltraSonic Scrub Device which is also an exfoliating skin scrubber as seen on the website.
This Ultrasonic Scrub Device was easy to put on charge. It came with a cord, and then you place the device on top of a silver spoon looking object where it can sit on top whilst charging. It comes with an Instruction Manual, which tells you how to do things properly, and before using the device you have to ensure that your skin is cleansed thoroughly, and that all makeup is off.
I did this before trying, and then I double tapped the Double Touch Switch button once I felt it was charged enough although it says to charge the device for four hours.
The device came in excellent condition, and it was absolutely clean, and the packaging was all boxed up nicely as you can see in the pictures. So, presentation and appearance was in highly good physical condition.
I then unpacked both objects as seen in the picture, and then plugged in the cord, once charged I double tapped the button, and slid the Intensity Touch Switch bar up with my finger slightly, starting up with the first level,
I tried using the product with that level, but then decided to increase the intensity level. It felt warm against the skin, and moisturised almost.
Using the appliance you have to place the Ultrasonic Spatula blade on the skin at a 30 degree angle and then move slowly on the skin.
Whilst doing this I could feel it working against the skin and you have to massage it against the skin.
It deeply is exfoliates the skin and as said on the website it produces up to 26,000 HZ ultrasonic vibrations per second to cleanse the skin without hurting or damaging the skin.
It also is good for blackhead removal when you put the spatula on it with a light pressure, it clears them using high frequency vibrations to get rid of the sebum and debris out of the pores.
I received this product from TOUCHBeauty in which they pride themselves on having a professional attitude towards the beauty and personal care devices industry. They have twenty years experience in the industry and focus on innovation and high quality products.
Here are 5 points on the device/product:
1. Utilizing cutting-edge technology and award-winning design concepts to cleanse, exfoliate, and massage the skin. It produces up to 26,000 ultrasonica vibration per second to deeply cleanse and exfoliate the skin without hurt or demaging the skin. Note: Please make sure that you wet the face with water before the use.2. It has 2 main functions and features 5 intensity levels adjusting to different skincare needs. You can choose the intensity level that best fits your skin.
3. The pointy side is the cleaning function. Try using it after removing your makeup, and you will see how much makeup residues were hidden on your pores.
4. The flat side is the message function. Boost the absorption of your favorite serum or cream, the vibration will increase blood circulation while promoting relaxation.
5. Wireless charging system and cordless operation. It has a charging dock to charge the device and does not require a cable. Convenient touch operation. If you have longer nails, this will make your life so much easier.
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By Sarah A. Chrisman
A Book Is A Time Machine
A book is the best and cheapest time machine you will ever buy. As a writer of books about the Victorian era I often think of myself as a tour guide to another time. When showing my fellow travellers the delights of a foreign time, I always remember the importance of not only knowing the terrain through which we’re travelling, but of being respectful of its people as well. Something I was once told about understanding modern cultures is just as applicable to understanding cultures defined by time rather than mere distance: on my first day of French class at university the professor opened her very first lecture by telling us, “French people do not say things in French because they mean them in English and just don’t know any better. French people say things in French because they mean them in French!” So, too, with people of different eras. They were not modern people acting certain ways and doing certain things because they didn’t know any better: they were members of a vibrant culture of time. If you are going to bring strangers into their world to walk amongst them, you must first understand them.
Choose A Destination
Be very clear with yourself about the time and place that form your setting. The Victorian era was very long and covered an immense diversity of places. Tombstone, Arizona, of the 1880’s was very different from London of the same time, and Paris of 1900 was a radically different city from Paris of 1848. A specific choice of where and when you’re going is the first step towards getting there.
Research, Research, Research!
I draft all my manuscripts by hand – a number of interesting studies have shown that the creative process works differently when writing by hand than when typing. Next to my desk is a wicker basket full of notebooks, and each one is devoted to a different book in my series. In the back of each of these is a reading list I’ve compiled for myself of materials I want to either read or revisit before I start writing that particular story. For example, I just finished a novel about a reporter in the American Pacific Northwest in 1889. Looking at the reading list I assigned myself before I started writing his story, I see the memoirs of a 19th-century journalist; four Victorian-era style guides and two period articles on the subject of how to write for the press; five detective memoirs from the time; two 19th-century novels about journalists; a journalist’s trade magazine; and a number of books, magazines and newspaper articles related to my hero’s personality and the historic events through which he’s living – and this is all just background! As I write a book, I’m constantly doing still more research and delving deeper into my characters’ world and their motivations.
How do I put together these reading lists? By constantly reading everything I can about the Victorian era and compulsively taking notes on them. When I see a quote, fact or witticism that seems like it might fit into a particular story, I’ll jot it down in the notes I’m compiling for that story. When I come across things that don’t fit with any planned project but are nonetheless worth remembering, I add them to my latest commonplace book. This may seem like a slow and haphazard way to go about things at first, but once you’ve been at it a while you’ll be amazed at how much information you’ve compiled and how much more you’ve learned than a simple keyword search could have taught you.
Get Your Facts From the Original Sources
Remember what I said about books being time machines and authors being tour guides? Your research is your tour guide training, and it’s best to get that training first hand. In other words, read materials actually written in the Victorian era, not just modern things about the Victorian era. Think about it this way: if you landed a job giving tours of Paris, wouldn’t you rather learn your routes from a native-born Parisian than from someone who’d never been there?
So many written materials of all sorts were produced during the Victorian era there’s really no excuse for not reading some of them. Try to read the same materials your characters would have been reading. If you’re writing about a middle-class American woman, read Godey’s magazine or period issues of Good Housekeeping. If you’re writing humor about late 19th-century London, read the hilarious novel, The Diary of a Nobody. If your hero’s a doctor read The Lancet; for a nurse read the works of Florence Nightingale.
You can buy a wide variety of antique or reprinted books through websites like Abebooks.com and eBay. Digital copies of many hard-to-find works can be downloaded for free by using the Google Books Advanced Search function, and you can then print these out and bind them into a hardcopy format. Don’t forget about period newspapers, too! Many communities operate digital archives of their periodicals, and these can be absolute goldmines for knowing exactly what was really happening at the precise time of your story.
My favorite resources of all are diaries written in the 19th-century. A surprising number of these have been published – I highly recommend Maud: The Illustrated Diary of a Victorian Woman. Large archives often contain original diaries from people associated with their institutions; and if you’re very lucky you can sometimes find original diaries for sale from rare book dealers or even on eBay. There is no more intimate connection to an era than reading the hand-written diary of someone who lived through it.
Some Travel Tips
Before I send you along on your journeys, oh fellow tour guides, here are a few tips for your journey:
—Avoid Anachronisms. I don’t need to tell you not to give your Victorian heroine a cell phone. Be aware, though, that it’s just as inappropriate to give her modern opinions and motivations. Unless you are literally writing a time travel story DON’T give it a heroine who reads like she just stepped out of the twenty-first century. Respect the world and culture you’re depicting by learning as much about it as you possibly can, then write characters appropriate to that world.
—Don’t Stereotype. Don’t insert modern characters into historical settings, but don’t fill those settings with flat clichés, either. Remember that you are painting a picture of a diverse community where every individual has a complex personal history. Flesh out those backgrounds for yourself and you can make the world come to life for your readers.
—A Couple Basic Guide Books. Every work of historical fiction has an entire library behind it, but there are a couple types of books that are useful to every writer of the genre. You’ll want a period style guide. My personal favorite is Wolstan Dixey’s The Trade of Authorship from 1889. (Give particular attention to pp. 74-91, “The Trade”.) Familiarizing yourself with writing advice from the time will help you settle into a style of your own that feels natural for the period. Besides this writing guide, you’ll also benefit from a period etiquette guide. I’m a fan of Hill’s Manual of Social and Business Forms. This will give you a succinct overview of advice from the time and help you (and your characters) avoid common pitfalls.
Bon Voyage! Your readers are depending on you to bring them to another time and place. Be worthy of their trust by learning as much as you can about their destination and presenting it in a respectful and realistic way. Pleasant journeys and happy trails!
|“Books are the windows through which the mind looks out.” —Anonymous, Zion’s Home Monthly, January 15, 1889. p. 197.|
Written by Sarah A. Chrisman
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