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’

Natural Collection Cosmetics

With so many drugstore makeup brands hitting the shelves of Boots and Superdrug, I often like to try out different makeup ranges to see what each one has to offer. And one of my favourites of these is the Natural Beauty Collection by Boots.

Natural Collection isn’t the most popular or well-known. It’s a highly affordable range that sells products for the face, eyes, lips and nails. The quality of the products however, given the lower-end prices, is really good and definitely better than can be expected.

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Face

I have been using both their concealer and blusher for so long, because I think that the concealer blends really well and suits my paler complexion. The matte blusher is perfectly pigmented and looks really pretty on the skin. The only product that I often steer away from is their Foundations and Tinted Moisturisers. When I tried them, I wasn’t as impressed with its coverage, or it’s ability to blend.  They did however recently bring out highlighter sticks, which have a really pretty shimmer and high pigment to them.

Eyes

I have used a few of the Natural Collection eye shadows and found that the shades are very pastel and pretty and easy to blend with one another. They can be bought as singular ones or in a duo, with both a lighter and darker shade to blend together. Another product they have also recently bought out is their eyebrow pencils so, after loving their other products, I tried them and think they work really well to fill in and shape brows.

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Lips 

Natural Collection’s lipsticks are one of my favourite kind of lip products and, in my opinion, are as good as some of the higher end lipsticks. They’re moisturising on the lips and have a really good range of colours; both neutral and vibrant, to suit any makeup look.

Nails

The nail polishes from Natural come in a range of different colours and look very pretty when worn. Whilst they may not be as good quality as some of the higher end nail varnishes, they are definitely a great product for an affordable price. Their Hibiscus nail polish is one of my favourite polishes from my whole collection, as the colour is super pretty and and easy to apply.

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The products pictured in the photos above:

Concealer (Light), Blusher (Pink Cloud), Lipstick (Cherry Red), Highlighter (Rose Glow), Brow Pencil (Dark Brown), Nail Polish (Hibiscus)

– – ‘Create the life you want to live’

Do what makes you Happy

Everybody in this world is completely different. We all have tiny complexities that make us who we are and separate us from everybody else. That means that different things make different people happy. And I think not enough people can accept that.

Because it’s easy to get caught up in what everybody else is doing. It’s far more simple to go with crowd, follow everyone else’s actions and forget about the things that we really want to do. Of course that’s the easiest option, but it’s not necessarily the best one. Because following and imitating others is never really going to make us happy; it’s only going to make you feel like you ‘fit in’. When in reality, in order for the right people to really accept you, they have to know your individuality and the ways to make you smile.

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Embrace your differences and focus your energies, not on trying to be like everyone else, but rather on what makes you truly happy. And it doesn’t matter what that may look like to other people. They have their own worries, personalities and passions that inevitably make them completely different to who you are. The people that we need, and want in our lives will accept and love the things you choose to do and the way you choose to be. Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.

So do the things you love, focus on the people who appreciate you and live for you. 

– – ‘Do more of what makes you happy’

 

Little Life Update #1

My Little Life Update #1 … 

Like many other students across the UK, I recently received my A Level results. I was so happy and overwhelmed with my grades, as I had managed to exceed my hopes and expectations. It proved to me that all of the stress, worry and hard work had paid off and that I could be proud of what I’d managed to achieve.

And that means that I can now move on to the next chapter of my life, by starting University. After securing an unconditional place at my first choice uni in January, I’ve been super excited to start. Although I’m still not 100% sure what I would like to do in the future, I have decided to study Business, which I’m hoping to combine with my passion for the Performing Arts industry. I’m looking forward to studying what I enjoy, getting involved with University life and, of course, makin
g new friends. My excitement to start is mixed completely with nerves, as its scary to think that I’m going somewhere completely different with all new people! I have, however decided to stay living at home, as I think that for me is the best path to take right now. So I’m going to take every opportunity I get and fully embrace my new adventure.

Right now, I’m enjoying my long summer break. I’m spending my summer days making memories with my family and friends and enjoying having no real worries or responsibilities!

I’m already looking forward to writing myLittle Life Update #2, to see whereabouts I will be by the time I write it!

Let me know in the comments what you havebeen up to so far this Summer, and any new adventures you may be taking in the next few months xoxoblog-beautiful

– – ‘You must go on adventures to find out where you belong’

10 Things I’m Grateful For

I was recently nominated by Sophie Samantha to do the 10 things I’m grateful for tag. I think this post idea is so cute, as it allows me to express my appreciation for the things that mean the most to me. It also gives bloggers a chance to get to know one another a little better and connect to them on a much more personal level. So here are 10 things I am grateful for.

  1. My Family: My family honestly mean so much to me and I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for them. I can’t thank them enough for all that they do for me and how happy they make me.
  2. Dance: Dance is my passion and its one of the main things that defines who I am. When I dance, I forget about everything, let my heart take over my head and know that I can be exactly who I want to be.
  3. My Friends: I’m so grateful for my best friends, because it means a lot to know that I have people who are always going to be there to share memories with and ma10things tagke me smile.
  4. Blogging: I recently took a break from blogging because I was caught up with school work and therefore had a lack of motivation and ideas. But since I have returned, it has honestly made me so happy to post content and connect with my fellow bloggers 🙂
  5. Special Memories: I have so many amazing memories with my family and my friends that I know I will be able to cherish forever.
  6. Books: I’ve nearly always got my head in a book because I just love the idea of escaping to another world; becoming somebody else and living their story, even if just for a moment.
  7. My Inspirations:  I’ve met so many amazing people that have had such a huge impact on my day to day life. They have helped me to believe in myself just that little bit more and I am honestly so grateful for each and every one of them.
  8. The Little Things: I think it’s so important to treasure the little things in life that put a smile on your face; like taking a bubble bath, inside jokes and lighted candles.
  9. Being Accepted: There’s no greater feeling than being accepted for who I really am, by people who appreciate what makes me me.
  10. Every Opportunity that I get: It’s so important to treasure each and every opportunity that’s given to you and to be accepting of new challenges and adventures that help you to become both stronger and happier.

  1. My Nominations for this tag are:

– – ‘Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is’