Recent Reads

Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell 

books2.jpgI was excited to read Fangirl after seeing it in the WHSmith’s Zoella Book Club. It follows Cath and Wren, identical twin sisters, as they leave home for university. They both have very different personalities and take to university life in completely different ways. It’s a story of growing up, fanfiction and, of course, love.

The thing I loved most about Fangirl was the narrative writing style. It’s written in 3rd person, but is through the perspective of Cath, which I think makes the novel really clever and much more intriguing to read. I also loved being able to relate to the storyline. Whilst I don’t write fanfiction, I understand what it’s like to be passionate about something and to want to incorporate that passion into my everyday life. Cath and Wren are at similar stages in their lives to myself, so I really enjoyed reading their stories, for that reason.

Even talking about them here, almost as if they were real, you can see that I found the characters really likeable. I especially like the bond that’s formed between Cath, Levi and Reagan, as its not your typical ‘friendship’ story.


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I only found out after reading I Knew You Were Trouble that its actually the 2nd book to the Jessie Jefferson collection! So I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, because it will inevitably contain spoilers for the 1st novel.

However, I found I knew You Were Trouble to be a really light and easy to read story, with a plot that offers escapism; a perfect summer read! I found it easy to engage with the plot and understand each of the characters. Jessie, the protagonist, is definitely likeable and I only wish that I’d have discovered the 1st book before this one, so that I could have got involved with her journey a little more!


Everyday, David Levithan

books4.jpgEveryday follows A who, whilst is still himself, wakes up in a different body each day. It is only when he meets Rhiannon, after living in the body of her boyfriend, that he begins to open up about his life, and wants to form more personal relationships.

I absoloutely love the way that David Levithan writes in this book. I think his writing style is so eloquent, that some of his words really made me think about certain concepts, and often stayed with me long after I’d put the book down. The storyline he has chosen for this book really intrigued me, as its something so different to everything else that’s out there. I also really liked A, the main character, as his personality and words appeared to be so genuine and pragmatic.

After reading Everyday, I cannot wait to read more of David Levithan’s books, as I’m sure they too will live up to the quality of Everyday.


– – ‘We lose ourselves in books, and we find ourselves there too’

August Favourites

I haven’t written a monthly favourites post in so long, but I am so happy to get back to it! I’ve created a list of the top 5 beauty products I have been loving throughout August.

  1. Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation: I recently tried out Rimmel’s long lasting foundation in the shade 010 light porcelain. I’ve found its really easy to blend, and gives great, even coverage. It also matches my skin tone perfectly and lasts throughout the whole day.
  2. Rimmel Stay Matte Powder: This matte powder is a perfect way to hold makeup in place, without adding an extra layer to my makeup. It feels very light, whilst managing to make your look appear more flawless and finished.
  3. Spectrum Collections D01 makeup brush: This makeup brush by Spectrum Collections can be used for any powder products. I therefore like to use it for my bronzer and blusher as part of my makeup routine. Its super soft and therefore helps to blend products really well.
  4. Schwarzkopf Shine Spray: I’m always looking for products to use for when my hair feels a little dry and lifeless, especially after applying heat to it. And I have found that this shine spray makes my hair feel a lot softer, with it giving a shine to my hair after straightening it.
  5. Garnier Micellar Water: I use Garnier’s Micellar Water to both cleanse my skin and remove my makeup. Its perfect for sensitive skin, as it doesn’t have any harsh chemicals as part of its formula. It also leaves my skin feeling really soft, so I always use it as part of my skincare routine.

– – ‘Nothing worth having ever comes easy’

My Current Summer Favourites

So I thought I would share with you the products that I have been loving throughout Summer so far! I haven’t done a monthly favourites post in quite a while and figured this would be a good way to get back into these kind of posts.

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  1. Collection Contour Kit: Throughout Summer, I find that it’s nice to wear a more bronzed make up look and, to do this, I’ve been loving Collection’s contour kit. The bronzer is very pigmented and the highlighter is super pretty. It’s definitely gives more colour and dimension to your make up look, with the two powders working really well together.faves4
  2. Lush Candy Cream Bubble Bar: I recently visited Lush Oxford Street and it was amazing! With three floors of bath bombs, bubble bars and everything between, there were certainly so many different products to choose from! So I decided to try one of their bubble bars, as I never had before. After trying the Candy Cream one, I love the concept of it and it left my bath pretty in pink and smelling amazing.faves1
  3. Barry M Quick Dry Nail Polish – Eat My Dust: Barry M are one of my favourite brands for nail polishes and when I tried this shade, it was no different. This has to be one of my favourites of theirs, as the pastel shade complements my skin tone really well. It also dries really quickly, which obviously just makes the whole process of painting my nails much easier!faves5
  4. Zoella Candy Cream Body Lotion: As I’m sure you already know, Zoella recently bought out her Sweet Inspirations range. However, I’m still loving the products in her Tutti Frutti collection! I think that the scent and the range of products make this collection my favourite one that she has released so far. So I recently tried out the body lotion, which smells amazing and leaves my skin feeling super soft and moisturised afterwards.faves2
  5. mac Pink Pearl Pop Lipstick: This is the first mac lipstick I have ever tried,
    after hearing such great things about them. And I agree with all of their great reviews! I think this shade has been perfect for Summer, as it’s very pigmented and pretty. It’s also very easy to apply and a great, long-lasting lip product to wear!faves3

So there are my 5 current Summer favourites; I’ll be sure to post more of these beauty product posts here on my blog, to let you know of any products that you may like to try for yourself. Do let me know in the comments your Summer favourites and any products you think I, or any other bloggers, may like to try 🙂

– – ‘When it rains look for rainbows when it’s dark look for stars’

My Recent Reads

Finding Audrey, Sophie Kinsella

I’ve alwblog-finding audreyays been a fan of Sophie Kinsella, so I was really excited to hear that she had written her first YA book. Without giving away the story, Finding Audrey is about a young girl with social anxiety. She struggles to leave the house and take off her dark glasses, until she meets her brother’s friend, Linus.

I really enjoyed reading Finding Audrey, and it opened my eyes up to mental health issues in a really positive way. I love the way that Sophie has written Finding Audrey; its very easy to read and, once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. It’s one of those books where you want to find out what happens in the end, but you don’t want to finish it!

I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone who may be struggling with, or wanting to find out about, mental health issues, and anyone that enjoys reading young adult fiction. Finding Audrey definitely makes it into one of my all time favourite books 🙂


Paper Towns, John Green

Before reading Paper Towns, I’d never read any novels by John Green, so blog-paper townsafter all of the great reviews that I’d heard, I was excited to read his books.

Paper Towns is a love and ‘adventure’ story; when Margo doesn’t turn up to school after a all night adventure with narrator Quentin, Q must find all of the clues that lead to Margo and let him find out who she really is. I love the plot of Paper Towns and some of the quotes in there by Green are really sweet. The fact that he uses a ‘not-your-average’ love story to enable both Q and Margo to find out who they really are made me love the story even more.


All the Bright Places, Jennifer Niven

blog-all the bright placesI wanted to read this after Zoella put it in her June favourites video last year, as she recommended it to all of her viewers and later put it in the Zoella Book Club. All the Bright Places is told from the perspectives of Finch and Violet, who meet at school, at the top of the bell tower. Finch is constantly dreaming about dying and taking his own life, whilst Violet is struggling with the death of her sister. It’s a story based around mental heath and raises awareness of serious issues, in a very relatable and accessible way.

This is honestly one of the most emotional and engaging books I’ve ever read. I love the way that Jennifer Niven writes; her words in this book seem so beautiful and melodic. The way that she tells such a sad, yet beautiful story is incredible and the perfect YA book. Again, it’s a book that’s made its way into my all time favourites and I’m excited to read more novels by Jennifer.

– – ‘A reader lives a thousand lives, whilst the man who never reads lives only one’

January Favourites

So, the first chapter of 2016 is drawing to a close. I’ve been fairly busy these past few weeks, what with the start of a New Year! But, I’ve also discovered a lot of new products, that I want to share with you for this month’s favourites.

1.  Jack Wills Hope Cove Body Spray

This body spray was bought out by Jack Wills as part of their Christmas Collection. As soon as I saw them, I knew I had to try them. And it is the perfect scent for a body spray, as it’s very pretty and girly in its smell. It also lasts throughout the day and is the perfect addition to my cosmetic bag.

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2.  Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer

I’ve been loving wearing a nude lip this month and I’ve found that Clinique’s lipstick has definitely been the one I’ve turned to in order to do that. It’s colour is so lovely and subtle, which makes it the perfect complement for a natural make-up look. It also has a really good application, as it feels soft and is definitely long lasting.

 

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3.  Fig and Orange Oil Hand Cream

I’ve been using this hand cream, from Marks & Spencer, throughout January, as it smells so good. It has a light, fruity smell to it and is perfect for all year round. It really softens the skin and makes it perfect to either pop on your bedside table, or put into your handbag when travelling.

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4.  Miss Sporty Concealer

This month, I decided to experiment more with the coverage I use as part of my make up routine. I therefore decided to try out Miss Sporty’s Concealer. I have very fair skin, so sometimes its difficult to find concealer and foundation that complements my complexion. However, I’ve found that this one, in the lightest shade, gives me really good coverage. It’s also very affordable and applies really well.

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What have been your favourites this month?

– – ‘Work hard in silence; let success make the noise’

November Favourites

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I’m happy that I now get to write my November Favourites post, because that means that it’s December and it is officially acceptable to get excited for Christmas 🙂 So here’s what I’ve discovered, and have been loving, during the month of November.

  1. Barry M Rose Quartz Glitter Nail Varnish

I’ve only recently discovered this Barry M nail polish, as I’d never really seen it before. And it’s now one of my favourite nail polishes that I own. It is so pretty and elegant, and gives the perfect amount of sparkle. It’s a great nail varnish to wear for special occasions and is perfect to wear on top of a contrasting nail colour.

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    2.   Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub

Soap and Glory currently have an alternative scent to their original, which contains smashed brown sugar, sweet lime, almond oil and macadamia grains. I love it’s sweet and sugary smell, and think it makes the products so refreshing. I also love the fact that they’ve used this scent for this body scrub, as the two work really well together. It’s cleansing and exfoliating and leaves the skin feeling super soft and smooth, so I’d definitely recommend using this as part of your skincare routine.

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  3.   VO5 Nourish my Shine Conditioner

Recently, my hair has been feeling pretty dry and lifeless, and so I was on the search for something to rejuvenate it and bring it back to life. I came across VO5’s conditioner, which is specifically for ‘dry and damaged hair’. I decided to try it and, when I did, my hair instantly felt super soft and silky. I try to use it around twice a week, depending on how my hair is feeling. It also smells incredible, so it’s definitely been one of my favourites this month.

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    4.   Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner – You’re All Mine

I’d seen a lot of bloggers, such as Lucy and Lydia and Meg Says use and recommend this product recently. So, obviously, I wanted to try it myself. And I really love it. I’ve found that it outlines the lips really well and is pretty long-lasting. Also, in my October Favourites, I mentioned Rimmel’s lip crayon, and I have found that these two products go really well together!

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 5.   This month’s Glamour magazine

As I’m sure you all know by now, Tanya Burr appeared on the cover of Glamour’s December issue. And, if you didn’t then, seriously where have you been hiding? I really enjoyed her feature, as this was the reason I was so encouraged to buy it. I loved reading a little more about Tanya, and am happy that people have begun to take notice of bloggers and YouTube stars! However, it also had a lot of other interesting reads in there, such as the events of 2015, and an interview with the lovely Olly Murs.

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– – ‘Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect, it just means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections’

What have been your November favourites? 

October Favourites

It’s that time again, where I get to choose my favourite products from the past month. I’ve tried out quite a lot of new beauty products this month, so my October favourites are likely to be one of my preferred favourites post yet.

  1. EOS Lip Balm

I wanted this lip balm for so long, as I first heard of it when a friend recommended it to me. However, EOS don’t sell in the UK and only operate in the US, meaning I had to order it online and get it shipped to my address. However, it’s sure to say that it was definitely worth the wait, as I’m tempted to label it as the best lip balm I’ve ever used. The flavour that I have, and use all the time, is Strawberry Sorbet and it definitely tastes and smells exactly as it says! It’s moisturises the lips perfectly and I adore it’s unique and handy packaging.

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2.  Tanya Burr Penguin Chic Nail Varnish

This is the first of Tanya Burr’s beauty range that I have tried, and I love it! I’ve been searching for a nail varnish in this colour and I managed to find it in one of Tanya’s varnishes, that I have wanted to try for so long. The shine that it gives is wonderful and ensures that it is a long lasting polish. The colour is also really complementing, and is especially lovely to wear during this time of the year.

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  3.   Nivea BB Cream

I naturally have a pale complexion and like to create subtle make up looks. So, using foundation on my skin doesn’t usually give me the best coverage or enable me to create the look that I really want to. Therefore, after trying out many different products and many different brands, the one that I am most drawn to is Nivea’s BB Cream. Not only does it give a really healthy and radiant glow to the skin, it also leaves it feeling moisturised and left looking natural. I therefore use this as a substitute for foundation and find that it still works really well with concealer, bronzer and blusher.

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4.   Primark Candles

With Autumn here, the nights get darker and the weather gets colder. Therefore, there seems no better occasion than this change in season to begin to buy and light candles. The first ones I have tried this year is Primark’s Red Berry and Jasmine candles. They have a light and sweet smell, that isn’t too overpowering but, instead, gives off a lovely, soft scent. Their subtleness and cute size/packaging also makes them perfect for lighting when taking a relaxing bubble bath.

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5.   Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush; Shade 100 – Give me a cuddle

I had seen something similar to this product in Tanya Burr’s most recent Fashion and Beauty Haul video. She really sold them to me and I thought that they were a fantastic idea. I then found Rimmel’s Long Lasting, and after using them, I’m left impressed. I really love the idea of having a pen as a tool for applying colour to the lips, as I have found it has many advantages over a regular lipstick.The first is that it’s really easy to apply. It outlines the lips wonderfully and makes it a lot easier to create your desired look. It also lasts much longer. I often find that my lipstick doesn’t last very long, and I’m usually having to re-apply throughout the day. However, this can last several hours and doesn’t really fade away. There is also a range of different colours that you can get from Rimmel, meaning that you could easily use different ones for separate occassions, depending on the make up look you want to create.

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– – “Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory”