4 June 2017

What I've Been Reading: May 2017.

This is an ideal holiday book, one that begs to be read whilst soaking up the sun in a bikini next to the pool! The  book is set in Mojacar in Spain, a place I'd never heard of before but since reading this, has now become a place I definitely want to visit. This was a nice, easy read that I really enjoyed.

I loved this book, which focuses on Emily and Sloane's friendship after Sloane and her family disappear. Emily receives a list from Sloane of targets for Emily to do, things that Emily normally wouldn't dare to do. Frank Porter, an acquaintance from school, offers to help her with the list over the summer and they become friends along the way. This book was very enjoyable , it's easy to see why it's so highly rated on Goodreads.

This book turned out to be more dark than I expected it to, based on the description on Goodreads but I'm so glas I read this. The book focuses on Ella and four of her childhood friends as they find their way back to each other. Ella is hiding a secret, that only one of her friends, Fallon, knows. It's easy to predict what Ella's secret is, but not to what extent and the end has a twist you won't see coming. I shed a few tears during this book, a definite recommend!

This was my favourite book I read in May, I sped through this! The book takes place after a school shooting, and Valerie's boyfriend was the shooter. The book flicks between flashbacks of Valerie and her boyfriend Nick's relationship, the actual shooting and it's aftermath, news articles and the present day as Valerie prepares to go back to school after the summer break. Nick and Valerie were both treated badly by their classmates and created a Hate List, of people and things they didn't like. It's this list that leads the police to suspect Valerie of helping Nick with the shooting, of knowing what he was going to do. For me, this book is a must read and left me very emotional, I cried for Valerie and was so angry at her father!  I'm so glad this popped up in my Goodreads recommendations.

I got this as a kindle prerelease on Amazon for 99p and it was so worth it. It's apparent straight away that Jacks's husband was having an affair. Police officers arrive at her home with the news that her husband died while he was in Maui, not only that but he was there with another woman, who also died. The point of views switches between Jacks's present day and Dylan's as the affair begins. Soon after, a man called Nick shows up at her door, claiming to be  Dylan's fiance. He suggests that they visit Maui together to get the answers they both need, setting up the book nicely. I  thought this book was going to be rather predictable but I was thrown a major curveball! Another book I loved this month, I'll be checking out other reads from this pair of authors for sure.

This is a bit of an odd one as I really enjoyed the book but I hated both of the main characters! The book centers on Daniel, his relationships with his mum and his girlfriend, Cherry. Laura, Daniel's mum, is very clingy to her son and doesn't gel with his new girlfriend, suspecting there is more to her than meets the eye. The point of view switches between Laura's and Cherry's, but it's so hard to be sympathetic to either of them as they both go too far. I definitely hated Cherry more as it seems the reasons behind her actions seems to be the rich lifestyle she thinks she deserves. A good suspenseful novel, and an amazing debut from Michelle Frances.

To read previous posts of what I've been reading, just click on the links below.
April 2017.
March 2017.
February 2017.
January 2017.
December 2016.

29 May 2017

Look Incredible Deluxe Box, May 2017.

Yet again, Look Incredible have pulled it out the bag with their deluxe box. If anything, the standard of products seems to get better each month! The box costs £35 per month with postage included and you get 4 to 5 full size products, no sample sizes here! They also do a standard beauty box, which costs £25 a month including postage. The products inside that are also full size but not quite as high end.

The item I'm most excited about it the Too Faced Totally Cute Palette (RRP £32) which includes stickers to customise the outside. This is the second eyeshadow palette from Too faced in the past six months and I love both of them. Too Faced are one of my favourite brands so I'm very excited to have gotten this. Also the RRP is only £3 off the total value you pay for the box, which just shows what excellent value this subscription is.

I'm already working my way through a massive amount of body lotions but I like the sound of the No 7 Completely Quenched Moisturising Body Lotion. (RRP £12.99) As someone who suffers from dry skin, this sounds like it will be an absolute saviour! I like the smell too, which is great as scents in beauty boxes can be a bit hit and miss sometimes.

I'm definitely a bit of a junkie when it comes to lip products so I was happy to see the Laura Geller Love Me Matte Lip Crayon in Guava Lust (RRP £17.99). This is a lovely product as although it has a matte finish, the formula is very creamy and not at all drying. I  would have preferred a different shade though as this colour is very similar to the Tarte lip paint I got in last month's box. Thanks to Look Incredible, I've discovered a love for Laura Geller Products.

I was shocked to see the Dior Diorshow Khol (RRP £19.50) in the box. Motherflippin' Dior in a beauty box?! Are you kidding me?! I'm definitely going to  get a lot of use out of this for the perfect smoky eye.

I'm really pleased with the Lancome Le Sourcil Pro Eye Pencil (RRP £19.99) which has a brow pencil on end and a highlighter on the other. The brow pencil is  brown so won't be suited to everyone but it works well on me.

L-R: Laura Geller Lip crayon, Dior khol, Lancome brown pencil, Lancome highlighter.

The total worth of this month's box is £102.47, which is great value for £35. If you want to found out more about these boxes you can visit the Look Incredible website here.

What do you think to May's box?

14 May 2017

What I've Been Reading: April 2017.

I got this as a kindle pre-release on amazon for 99p and I didn't quite know what to expect from it. In the end, I'm so glad I chose this over the other prereleases on offer that month! This was great and the two times I guessed what was going to happen were both wrong. One of my favourite books from last month, a definite recommend.

This was a book I was very eager for as I'd been loving the Friends series by Monica Murphy. I'm not sure if this is the last book in the series or not but it ties everything up nicely. Like the previous book, this one focuses on Jordan and Amanda who are my favourite couple in the series. I really hope there are more books to come though as there are a few characters who haven't been given their moment to shine yet!

How gorgeous is the cover of this book! I really enjoyed this book. It starts with the main character, Jill, waking up in hospital after being involved in a car crash on a school trip which she has no memory of. Her best friend was also in the car but died and witness statements say it looked like the car was crashed on purpose. As the reader we get to read police interviews and statements as we, as well as Jill, are left wondering if she did crash the car on purpose and why she would be compelled to do such. Such a good read!

This was my most easy read of the month. Pretty predictable but nice and lighthearted, with a little humour added in for good measure. I won't be reading the rest of the books in the series as it didn't blow me away but this would be a beach read for the summer.

My other favourite of the month. I read through this so quickly, I could hardly put it down. Hannah hardly suffers from anxiety and hardly goes out. The book starts as new neighbours move into the house opposite to her own. She's able to see into their home and thinks the daughter, April is in danger from her parents. April seems withdrawn, quiet and even holds up a sign saying 'Help' up to her bedroom window so that Hannah can see it. I wouldn't have been able to predict the ending of this book even if I'd tried but the twist you won't see coming is what makes this book so great! If I had to choose only one book I read from last month to pass on to others, it would be this one!

I do these every month so if you want to check out previous posts, just click on the links below.
March 2017.
February 2017.
January 2017.
December 2016.
November 2016.
October 2016.

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26 April 2017

Look Incredible Deluxe Box, April 2017.

Look Incredible's deluxe box is the best subscription beauty box I've tried so far and I've discovered a new favourite within April's box!
Th deluxe box costs £35 a month with postage included but they also do a standard box. The standard used to cost £18.99 plus £2.49 postage though I believe the price is going up to £24.99 starting with May's box. The price of the deluxe box is staying the same so there isn't that much between them price wise. Both boxes contain 4 to 6 full size items but the overall value for the deluxe box is higher.

Let's take a look at what was in this month's box!

Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in XOXO (RRP £15)
I am so pleased with this beauty! This is one of the best liquid lipsticks I've tried, the staying power on this is amazing. I got the shade XOXO, which instantly makes me think of Gossip Girl, but the more common shade among subscribers boxes seems to be Delish. XOXO is the perfect red for me, it's a shade I would have chosen myself. I also love the shape of the doe foot applicator as it has a slight curve which makes applying this an absolute breeze.

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Navy (RRP £12)
I'd previously had this eyeliner in black but passed this on as I have other liquid eyeliners I preferred over it and I don't tend to use eyeliner that much. I'll be keeping this one though as I love the navy colour.

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Slimlight in Champagne Pop (RRP £24)
What's this?! Are my eyes deceiving me or is that a Becca product in the box?!... That was my exact reaction when I saw this. Disbelief followed by excitement. Unfortunately this slim cream stick doesn't live up to the hype that the powder highlighters have earnt! It swatched nicely on my hand but when I used it on my face, I couldn't even see a difference! I've passed this onto my mum who is gaining quite the makeup collection of her own!

L-R: Tarte XOXO, Eyeko navy eyeliner, Becca Champagne Pop.

Spa Retreats Indulgence Smoothing Body Scrub (RRP £12)
The only gripe I have with these boxes are these repeat offenders. Spa Retreats Indulgence have popped up a lot over the past months and I'm still working my way through a body scrub I got in a different sent at the end of last year. This one though, is rose scented so it's a no straight away from me. Don't like it, buh-bye!

Perricone MD Blue Plasma (RRP £79)
The total value for this month's box is £142 and a big chunk of that is owing to this stuff! For a £79 pricetag, I'm expectating a lot from this but the reviews available online are nothing but good. I'm going to try the suggested patch test first as I can suffer from reactions to some products but if goes well, I'll be adding this into my daily skincare routine. I checked out a few videos online and one mentioned the gross fishy smell. I hadn't thought to have a sniff beforehand but I did after watching that! It contains salmon egg enzyme so it isn't the nicest smell in the whole but it also wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I'm thinking about doing a blog post after using this for a while so I can do a proper review.

So that is this month's box. My favourite product is the Tarte Lip Paint, but I'm excited to use the blue plasma. Look Incredible have really stepped up their game this year so I'm excited to see what they have to offer next month.

What do you think to this month's edition?

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13 April 2017

What I've Been Reading: March 2017.

Since I started doing monthly posts of what I've been reading, I've definitely upped my game. I was getting lazy on the reading front before that but I make it through six or seven books a month... not including the books I don't finish, which I don't include in these posts.

I kicked off March with a corker of a series. The Burn for Burn series by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian definitely threw me through a loop. Three girls bond together to help each other get revenge on those who've wronged them. The first book is good but the other two book are amazing with a twist you won't see coming! I definitely recommend this series. I want to check out more books from Siobhan Vivian as I read The List in February and really enjoyed that too.

I then moved on to two books by Courtney Summers. They aren't a series, they're each standalone novels. Some Girls Are left more of an impression on me that Cracked Up To Be but they were both really good. I definitely need to read more by Courtney Summers as I love her writing style. Some Girls are is probably my favourite out of all the books I read in March and the one I'd recommend most, so definitely check it out. There's a slight romance in the book but it centres more on female friendships... It's basically like mean girls magnified.

I found the first book in An Experiment in Terror series by Karina Halle a little slow but that could be because I'm not too into my horror fiction. The book was good, it's not one of the books that I gave up on in March but it wasn't enough for me to want to finish the rest of the series.

I bloody loved Ascenders by C L Gaber, it has a very unique storyline and I finished it pretty quickly and headed onto the second book in the series. The first book is amazing but I couldn't even finish the second. There were too many new characters introduced in one go that I just lost interest. While I didn't love Skypunch, the follow up, Ascenders is definitely worth checking out.

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February 2017.
October 2016.

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12 April 2017

Geek Gear's World Of Wizardry Box, March 2017.

Let's talk about Geek Gear...
Geek Gear is a UK based company that currently offer three different monthly subscription boxes. The Geek Gear box features your popular 'geek' staples such as Star Wars, Marvel and Doctor Who etc while the other two boxes focus on Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts. The normal box includes an array of items and 1 shirt while the wearables box consists of shirts, socks, beanies and a whole host of goodies you can wear to show your magical side. Both boxes allow you to choose a hogwarts house so your box will personalised to your preference.

You can buy any of these boxes as a one off purchase at £24.99 but if you subscribe, the boxes only cost £19.99 per month plus £2.99 shipping. I originally subscribed as I wanted to get a box for one of my friends as a birthday present and kept the subscription going so I could gather some bits and pieces to put towards a present hamper for my nephew at christmas.

As soon as you open the box, you'll be greeted with tissue paper to suit your hogwarts house choice. Mine was Slytherin as you can probably tell!

The box is always packed full of goodies and Geek Gear do a wonderful job of presenting their boxes.

There is almost always a print included in the box. This month it was this lovely snowy Hogwarts scene. I know my nephew likes to put up posters in his bedroom so I'll be passing this onto him.

The shirt this month is black and features the animals of the hogwarts houses in their respective colours. I'll be keeping this myself as I really like it.

Next we have a set of house coasters, something else I'll be keeping. They came in a little Geek Gear tin which was very handy. They have cork on the bottom but the top in cased in metal so they'll be easy to wipe clean.

This sticker pack includes four stickers featuring Harry, Ron, Hermione and Hedwig. The cartoon design is very cute but these are going to my nephew.

I love this elder wand necklace! I'm definitely keeping this to add to my Harry Potter necklaces.

The only Fantastic Beasts item to pop up in this box is this rubber keyring. This will be going straight onto my car keys.

Next we have two pin badges, a Dobby one and a house one, the only thing this month featuring your house choice. A little disappointing to only see one but oh well. I'll be putting these onto a denim jacket I think.

I'll be passing this figure onto my nephew as it isn't my sort of thing but I like what they're trying to do with having exclusive figures.

If you want to check out Geek Gear's boxes, you can visit their website at www.geekgearbox.co.uk

What do you think to this subscription box?

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26 March 2017

Product Empties #6

It's been a good two or three months since my last empties post and I've made it through a fair amount of products. I've got a good mixture of products going so I'll be separating them into categories.

First up is bath products. I've used more than this but some were from an online Lush order so no empty bags there but I made sure to keep the ones I bought in store.

Lush Floating Island Bath Melt
Honestly, I feel like I've gone on about this bath melt so much before on my blog. This is my favourite bath melt from Lush and that isn't going to change anytime soon. It smells gorgeous with a strong vanilla scent and leaves me skin so soft after a bath. Always a repurchase!

Lush Lava Lamp Bath Bomb
This was my first time using this particular bath bomb... Being totally honest, I didn't like it. It stained the bath afterwards more so than with other bath bombs, it definitely required a bit of elbow grease. Not a repurchase.

Lush Dragon's Egg Bath Bomb
Another first was this bath bomb from Lush. I didn't dislike it but I  also wouldn't class it as one of my faves. Probably won't repurchase.

Miss Patisserie Limelight Bath Ball
Since placing an order and using this bath ball, it seems to have been discontinued. I'm gutted as I really liked this. It looked stunning in the bath and smelt like a lemon Refreshers bar! What's going on Miss Patisserie?!

Miss Patisserie Rainbow River Bath Ball
This bath bomb looks very similar to Lush's Intergalactic. I prefer the scent of Lush's as that is peppermint and this one is Lavender but Miss Patisserie's looks more impressive in the tub. I think Miss Patisserie's bath bombs are slight more expensive than Lush's but I love both!

Batiste Dry Shampoo
I would not survive without some Batiste to see me through! The tropical scent is my go to but I'm not opposed to using any others.

Flint+Flint Moisturiser 3x
I got this in a Little Known Box last year and as a moisturiser, it works very well. It has a nice scent to it but I wouldn't say it's anything special... Especially considering the £42 price tag.

Simple Kind To Skin Vital Vitamin Day Cream SPF15
I suffer from dry, sensitive skin so Simple is a brand I always go back to. I love this day cream as it also has SPF and keeps my skin from feeling dehydrated. Always a repurchase.

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
I got these in a  Look Incredible Box last year. I don't tend to use wipes when it comes to removing makeup so I kept this handy pack in my handbag. They came in useful from wiping swatches off my hands after visiting makeup stands on shopping trips.

Biore Deep Cleasing Pore Strips
Glenn has been obsessed with watching blackhead removing videos recently so this purchase was his request. I couldn't see much on the strips after removing which was slightly disappointing but my nose did feel nice and smooth.

Superdrug De-stressing Mud Mask
These superdrug face mask sachets are super cheap and do a pretty good job. I always like to pick up a variety of these when the collection in my drawer gets low.

Makeup Revolution Pro Fix Amazing Makeup Fixing Spray
I love how affordable Makeup Revolution is and I know there's been a big hooha recently over their dupes but I'm on Team Rev here. I've never had any problem with the quality of their products and most people can't afford to splash out on high end products. The majority of my high end make up products come from beauty boxes, TKMaxx or I've used a gift voucher. This spray only costs a fiver and it works! You can't really go wrong.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer
Rimmel is the only brand I trust when it comes to concealer, other brands tend to break out my undereyes in an allergic reaction. Not great as I don't really rate Rimmel concealers! I use the palest shade in this but it is still slight dark for my skin.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
This was my go to everyday mascara for work. It didn't leave my lashes clumpy, it just gave them a fuller, natural look.

Sleek Makeup Eyebrow Stylist
This was my go to brow product for so long but I probably wouldn't repurchase this. Since finishing this, I've switched to brow powder and I find it so much easier to work with.

This part might be a challenge for me, someone who sucks at describing perfume scents... So I'll be pasting in the official description!

One Direction You And I EDP
The fragrance is made up of splashes of fresh fruit and seasonal flowers, infused with an undertone of musk. Bright splashes of mango and refreshing grapefruit are combined with a heart of creamy osmanthus, exotic orchid and soft peony to offer a romantic signature that captures the peak of nature in bloom. Background notes of musk, indulgent praline and sandalwood blend to wrap the fragrance in smooth, seamless harmony."
Any perfume with musk is one I'm going to like and while this isn't up there in my favourite perfumes, I did reach for it quite often. I love One Direction perfumes, they smell great and they're quite cheap now they've been around a while. In fact, there hasn't been a One Direction perfume I've disliked.

Versace Bright Crystal EDT
A fresh, vibrant and floral fragrance Versace introduces the Bright Crystal. Delicate tastes of colourful and juicy pomegranate grains, lotus flowers and the enticing presence of plant amber, acajou and musk."
I've bought this a couple of times now and I really like it but not enough to immediately buy another now that I've ran out.

The Body Shop White Musk Libertine EDTI got this in a Cohorted box a while back and I loved it. The product itself seems to have been discontinued which is probably why it was in the beauty box. I love the scent of musk so this was an absolute winner.

Prada Candy EDP"
Magnified by White Musks, noble Benzoin comes together with a modern Caramel accord to give the fragrance a truly unique signature."
Another mention of musk... 
This perfume is one of my three favourites, I have to buy a back up when I start getting low. It's a very sweet scent, which I love. It just smells freaking delicious!

One Direction Between Us EDP
Between Us opens like a colourful and sparkling fruit cocktail with juicy mandarin and apricot nectar to energize and invigorate. The floral heart of the fragrance opens full of solar jasmine flowers and freesia while gardenia petals bring delicate intrigue. Patchouli brings mystery and sensuality while vanilla and golden amber indulge you in a seductive blend of candied sugar, revealing an outstanding fragrance."
This is another of my three favourites but the cheapest of the three. Considering the other two are Guerlain and Prada, One Direction are in good company. You can get a 50ml bottle of this for around a tenner so it's an absolute bargain. I don't know how much input the band themselves had in the making of this but good job lads, good job! I get so many compliments when I'm wearing this, I always like to point out what perfume it is as the look of shock on hearing who it's by is priceless.

Are you a fan of any of these products?
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