Thursday, 25 August 2016
Today I'm going to be bringing you another quick book review and this time we're talking about one of the most enjoyable books I've read this year - The Wrong Knickers by Bryony Gordon.
The Wrong Knickers follows Bryony Gordon's life journey through her twenties when she realises that life doesn't go to plan. Instead of the perfect London flat, the fantastic glamorous job and the gorgeous boyfriend she ends up living in a squalid shoe box or two, the dream job turns out to be misadventures dressed as novelty characters and relationships produce boyfriends more dysfunctional than a Jeremy Kyle regular.
In The Wrong Knickers, Bryony talks candidly about the often hidden realities of being a single girl about London (including bailiffs at the door and picking up a date at an STI clinic) and she manages to do all this in an actual laugh out loud way.
Picture Bridget Jones' Diary crossed with Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl (which you can read my review of here), The Wrong Knickers will make you laugh, it might make you cry too but it will certainly deliver a fun and enjoyable read.
Have you read The Wrong Knickers?
Thursday, 18 August 2016
Today I've got an interesting beauty post for you all, let us take a look at what's new in the beauty world.
Now I'm sure that like me, you can get a little bored of seeing the same products pop up again and again on various blogs (remember when Urban Decay released the Naked 3?) but this post should avoid that and introduce you to things you've possibly never heard of.
I'll start with DECIEM, an exciting company with more than 10 brands under their belts, they look for 'good beauty brands' to distribute and after speaking to a lovely woman called Laura from their PR Team (albeit, a little sporadically due to me being all over the place with bad wifi and missed emails), I was happy to try out some of their products recommended my Laura herself.
The first two products are from an anti ageing skincare brand called Hylamide, the two products I tried were:
I really liked this, I'm all about the blur if I'm honest so anything offering these promises will always draw me in, I liked how this made my skin look and I even noticed a difference when worn alone.
Photography Foundation in shade Transparent:
That's right, a transparent foundation... I know.
This foundation is designed to make the face look better on camera (perfect for little old blogger/youtuber me) and also designed to blur away imperfections in real life.
The idea is that you pop this on and go, or you use it before your foundation, I have been enjoying photographing my face (standard) whilst wearing this, obviously being transparent it doesn't really offer anything in terms of major pigmentation and so, for me personally, I like to wear a foundation on top, I do feel like I've been looking a little more polished in my Insta selfies lately.
The second brand I was introduced to is called Hand Chemistry and the product I was so kindly sent was:
Hyaluronic Body Mist:
This is a body mist that hydrates below and on the skin's surface with Hyaluronic Acid, Purified Mushroom, Tamarind and Corn derivatives.
Laura advised me to keep this mist in the fridge to make it extra cooling and I'm so glad I listened, I've been liberally applying this all over myself during this weeks heatwave and I love how quickly and easily it sinks in leaving my skin feeling soft.
I've loved trialing these products and there are so many other products on the DECIEM website that sound amazing too, check out the 10x Hyaluronic Molecule Food Supplement, the Volume Support Shampoo and the new Glow Oil which are all drawing me in.
Now, next up we have part two of this 'New In' write up: Secret Scent Box.
Secret Scent Box is a monthly subscription box that offers 30 days supply of 3 fragrances for £15 a month.
The idea is that this small box fits through your letterbox with 3 x 3ml of fragrances, you then use these fragrances throughout the month.
I received Vera Wang Princess, Jimmy Choo Illicit Flower and Armani Diamonds and I liked all three scents (I used to have a bottle of Vera Wang Princess so this scent was a blast from the past).
I like the idea that the box is small and fits easily through your letterbox so you don't have to wait around for the postman.
I don't wear perfume everyday so it will take me a while to use these up even though they're only small but I'm not sure how quickly you'd get through them if you're a perfume junkie.
You can choose to receive either a male or a female box depending on what scents you're looking for or who you're buying for.
So that draws us to the end of this post, if you made it to the end, well done, it was a long one!
Do any of these products entice/interest you?
Friday, 12 August 2016
Today we are back with another light hearted Top 5 post, this time we're talking movie references that apply to real life... often.
My last movie reference was when I casually mentioned that I tend to go a little Liam Neeson whilst in certain driving situations and that led me to think about the other times movie references pop into my head in daily life.
Without further ado, bring on the movies:
Titanic - I'll Never Let Go:
That Romantic moment when Rose releases a newly expired Jack into the deep dark sea whilst whispering "I'll Never Let Go" (which, by the way, makes no sense as she says it whilst she's letting go and watching him sink) but this moment plays in my mind every single time I use up some Limited Edition makeup, that packaging was so pretty, that product is no more and as I take it to the bin and say my last goodbyes I'm forever thinking of this scene.
An Officer and a Gentleman:
Forget being carried off by a military man in uniform, hell no, I have this moment when I find something amazing in a sale, the last handbag with 60% off, I walk like our friend Richard Gere clutching his beloved right up to the till and pay... I even expect a round of applause.
When Harry Met Sally:
I'm sure most of you are familiar with the fake orgasm moment in 'When Harry Met Sally' but this is literally me with food, any food... just food.
I often think of this moment when I'm reading one of the delicious foodie posts by Ellie from The Elle Next Door's blog (seriously, take a look at some of those photographs and tell me you don't do this too)
The Sound of Music:
Let's be 100% real here, I live in the countryside far away from any towns, I have a small child, I have many pets, all of this adds up to not a lot of time to myself to shop, but, on those rare occasions I get myself some alone shopping time, I head straight to Waterstones to browse the new releases and as I enter the doorway to the lovely quiet bookshop I'm overwhelmed with the freedom of it all and it is all I can do not to burst through the doors screaming "THE HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF MUUUUUUUSSSSSSSSIIIIIIIIIIICCCCCCCC" sadly I sometimes fail to stop myself and I'm now banned from most Waterstones in the country.
Jaws -You're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat:
You know the drill, you've had a bad month, you've watched a few hauls online, you had a glass or 24 of a wine and got a little click happy online shopping, the postman arrives and just like Brody in Jaws (when he finally realises how effin massive that shark is), I walk backward in shock to my husband as the postman starts getting his crane out to deliver my cargo... Mate, we're gonna need a bigger boat.
I hope you enjoyed these movie moments, which movies ring true with your lives?
Monday, 8 August 2016
Today I have another book review for you all, this time we are talking about All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
It's no secret that I am a huge fan of a good psychological thriller, in fact, it's the genre I read most often... And yes, I am that person who tapes all the crime and mystery dramas that my Sky+ has to offer in addition to my reading addiction, what can I say? I like to terrorize myself.
All Is Not Forgotten was kindly sent to me for review and I couldn't wait to get stuck in, I was hopeful I would enjoy this book due to the fact that there have been talks of a movie in the works already, and I'll tell you now my friends, I wasn't disappointed.
I can't go into too much detail without spoiling the twists and turns that this book will take you on, what I can do is lay out a basic plot for you:
Jenny is a teenage girl in a small town in Connecticut where not a lot seems to go wrong, until one night at a party when Jenny is viciously raped to the point of needing corrective surgery.
To try and minimise the impact this attack will have on Jenny's life, she is given a controversial memory erasing treatment and so they can all move on happily ever after right?
Jenny has a hard time with her emotions and feelings surrounding an attack she can't remember but has all the facts of, her mother, Charlotte, wants to pretend nothing happened and carry on as before and her father, Tom, becomes obsessed with trying to find Jenny's attacker with the fear that he may be one of the community.
This is a story that explores a family falling apart whilst trying to keep everything together and explores the areas of family bonds, secret pasts, morality, sexual violence and everything you can imagine that would come with these trigger areas.
I loved this book, I was gripped from the very start, I've not been so into a book that I lost hours of my time since I read The Girl on the Train last year and I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys a crime novel or a psychological thriller but perhaps I'd shy away from this if sexual language and detailed descriptions of rape would offend you, personally I'm able to read these areas but I know that for some, they can be a bit traumatic.
If you've read this book or have any recommendations along the same genre line please let me know,
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