Today I’m reviewing My Sisters Secret by Tracy Buchanan. (Blurb taken from Amazon.com)
“Everything you’ve built your life on is a lie. Willow’s memories of her parents are sun-drenched and full of smiles, love and laughter. But a mysterious invitation to a photographic exhibition exposes a secret that’s been buried since a tragic accident years ago. Willow is forced to question everything she knew about Charity, her late mother, and Hope, the aunt she’s lived with since she was a child. How was the enigmatic photographer connected to Willow’s parents? Why will Hope not break her silence? Willow cannot move forward in her life without answers. But who can she really trust? Because no one has been telling the truth for a very long time.”
I really enjoyed this book, it was quite an easy read and really enjoyable. A few of the plots I kind of guessed, but others were a total surprise! I love books that keep you guessing and this one really does that. I also really liked how the book sets up assumptions about certain characters, and then towards the end really makes you question what you originally believed about them. If you fancy reading a copy of this book you can find it here
This ones a bit of a short review, as I can’t really revel too much without revealing the plot. As always if you have any recommendations please feel free to share them!
Today I’m reviewing “The Teacher” by Katerina Diamond
“The body of the head teacher of an exclusive Devon school is found hanging from the rafters in the assembly hall.
Hours earlier he’d received a package, and only he could understand the silent message it conveyed. It meant the end.
As Exeter suffers a rising count of gruesome deaths, troubled DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles must solve the case and make their city safe again.
But as they’re drawn into a network of corruption, lies and exploitation, every step brings them closer to grim secrets hidden at the heart of their community.
And once they learn what’s motivating this killer, will they truly want to stop him?”
The first thing I need to say about this book is that it is DARK. I mean really dark, gritty and a little bit twisted (and I don’t mean that in an insulting way, if you read it you’ll know what I mean) I wouldn’t really say its a mystery, I figured out who the murderer was pretty early on, but it’s a page turner. It’s pretty gruesome and explicit in the descriptions, so you need a strong stomach for it. However I do think it’s a really good book, Katerina has taken a very unsettling and taboo topic and tackled it in a shocking way, but I quite like that, it’s different from anything I’ve read before and the book really challenges you. It makes you think would you do in these situations? Would you let a killer go if you knew what was motivating them, or is a killer a killer regardless of the reason?
This book really won’t be everyones cup of tea and a lot of people would probably find it too much, however if you have the stomach for it, you can download it here
Today I’m reviewing “Follow Me” which is a book by an author I’ve recently discovered called Angela Clarke
““LIKE. SHARE. FOLLOW . . . DIE
The ‘Hashtag Murderer’ posts chilling cryptic clues online, pointing to their next target. Taunting the police. Enthralling the press. Capturing the public’s imagination.
But this is no virtual threat.
As the number of his followers rises, so does the body count.
Eight years ago two young girls did something unforgivable. Now ambitious police officer Nasreen and investigative journalist Freddie are thrown together again in a desperate struggle to catch this cunning, fame-crazed killer. But can they stay one step ahead of him? And can they escape their own past?
Time’s running out. Everyone is following the #Murderer. But what if he is following you?”
So I loved the concept in this book! I’ve never really read a book that focuses on social media, so I thought this was a pretty unique idea. This book has a lot of twists and turns and keeps you guessing which I really really love. And as well as trying to figure out who is the hashtag murder it also keeps you guessing on what the secret is between Nas and Freddie which is really interesting.
I’d recommend this book purely on the fact I think the concept is so original and it really shows a dark side to social media. You can find it on Amazon here and for £0.99 its a fab deal!
As always let me know any future book recommendations, have a lovely week!
If you follow my Instagram or have been reading my blog before I had this new site, you’ll know about my little business Polka Dot Teapot Designs. If you don’t Polka Dot Teapot Designs is my little illustration business that I run via Facebook and Etsy. Today I thought I’d share my little business story, how it’s progressed over the years, how I set up, what inspired me etc.
Believe it or not Polka Dot Teapot Designs was originally a jewellery business, and what originally inspired me to set up was an internship I did in London at an independent jewellery business. I ordered some stuff off ebay and started playing around making little bits and putting them on social media. Some stuff happened in my life and I decided to leave London, went back home to Yorkshire and still carried on making my jewellery and selling a few pieces.
At this point I was job hunting and ended up signing on to jobseekers while I was looking. If anybody else has ever been there (There’s such a stigma attached to it but looking back it helped me so much in getting access to courses and stuff) then you’ll know you have to have meetings and discuss what kind of jobs you would like and what your interests are and stuff. I mentioned in passing that I was interested in making jewellery and would possibly like to start a business. So through the job centre I got access to a two week course in business management, accounting etc with the opportunity to pitch an idea to a loan company after to finance.
Through this course I created a business plan, pitched an idea and got a small business loan to help me set up, which I spent on equipment and a little office space to work from. I then registered with HMRC, spent a lot of time making up, photographing and online promotion, and very slowly I started getting customers and was making enough money to get by every month and pay my office rent etc. I even did a few local jewellery making workshops
After the Christmas rush I ended up getting a part time job to take some of the financial pressure off. Which made me realise, whilst I loved my little business, it wasn’t making me as much money as I’d like, and I didn’t like the uncertainty of whether or not I’d make money that month. So I decided to carry on Polka Dot Teapot as a side thing, whilst working another job.
Fast forward to now, Polka Dot Teapot Designs has been running nearly three years! I have over 1500 followers on my Facebook page, and my products slowly evolved from jewellery and craft to illustrations. It might not be the most successful business ever or make me millions of pounds, but it’s mine and I built it and I’m very proud of it.
Although I’m closing my business down slowly in these next few months, I’ve loved the experience of it (even the tax returns). Running Polka Dot Teapot Designs, was about so much more then making money. After a rough year it gave me my confidence back creatively, and even now it still astounds me that people want something I’ve made in their homes. I’ve learnt a lot from it in terms of skills, such as how to use social media to your advantage, organisation, customer service, and it looks really good on my CV.
I am sad to close it down, but unfortunately in my new job I just won’t have the time to dedicate to it, and I’d rather leave it on a good note then have it fading into nothing and just have a Facebook page that’s never updated. If any of you would like to have a look at my page while it’s still up just click here.
I know I get a lot of regular readers as WordPress kindly keeps track of all my views and the IP addresses they come from. I have one that keeps popping up pretty much each day, so hi to you whoever you are!
Anyway, I’d love some interaction with you guys, and I thought that a Q&A could be fun. So feel free to tweet (my profile is private, but I’ll always accept a follow from you guys) comments or even snapchat (laura191290) me any questions, and sometime in the future I’ll do a video to answer them.
This could totally became really embarrassing and I’ll have like zero questions but never mind. Worth a go 🙂
Today I thought I’d do a quick review on a recent purchase, the Stila Eyes Are The Window Palette in Soul. All the palettes in the collection were so pretty I had a hard time deciding which one I wanted, but I chose this one in the end because it was such a good mix of wearable colours and it has fast become my go to everyday palette.
How beautiful are these colours? For me it’s the perfect all in one palette. You have a mix of shimmers and matte, colours for a pretty day time look and colours for a more dramatic evening look. It would be the perfect palette to travel with if you didn’t want to take a lot of cosmetics with you (I’ll be taking it on my mini lakes holiday this week!)
I really like the formula of these shadows too, they are easy to blend and so pigmented. I think I have a new favourite eye shadow brand. The palette itself was a little pricey at £25 but for the quality, amount of shadows and how wearable the colours are I can justify the price. Let me know if you guys want to see a look using this palette.
Today I’m reviewing a new author I’ve discovered through the Kindle store and that’s Kathryn Croft and the book I’m reviewing is “The Girl With No Past”
“Leah Mills lives a life of a fugitive – kept on the run by one terrible day from her past. It is a lonely life, without a social life or friends until – longing for a connection – she meets Julian. For the first time she dares to believe she can live a normal life.
Then, on the fourteenth anniversary of that day, she receives a card. Someone knows the truth about what happened. Someone who won’t stop until they’ve destroyed the life Leah has created.
But is Leah all she seems? Or does she deserve everything she gets? “
Everyone has secrets. But some are deadly.
(Blurb taken from Amazon)
I love thriller’s and books that mess with you’re head a bit, so when I first started reading this I was a little disappointed because I thought I’d figured the secret out straight away. However when I carried on reading I realised I was so off, which for me is the best kind of psychological thriller! You see this story from Leah’s point of view, which for me made it easy to like her because you get inside her head and see why she makes the choices she does. It’s the kind of book I can’t say too much about for fear of spoiling it, but I would recommend giving it a read. And for £1.99 on Kindle its a bargain. Click here to buy it.
I’ve read a couple of other books by Kathryn Croft and I think I may have found another favourite author!
I’m really into thrillers at the moment so please leave your recommendations below if you have any!
So I’m going away to the lakes for a long weekend, and as always packing = stress and effort.
As my boyfriend will tell you I do not travel light at all, I like to be prepared for everything. The idea of getting some place and realising that I don’t have something I wanted is my worst nightmare (ok maybe no my worst but you get the drift). But I thought it would be a highly amusing blog post to jot down just a few of the thoughts that went through my head whist deciding what to pack.
This time I will NOT over-pack. I will make a list of all essentials.
On second thoughts a list is a lot of effort, I’ll plan in my head
I’ll get the little things out of the way first- Toiletries
Ok, this is simple. What do I use on a daily basis and what little samples and gifts sets can I use to save space.
Mini shower gels, shampoo and conditioner and body lotions. That was easy.
Onto skincare, I have some mini things.
BUT what if my skin doesn’t like them and I break out while I’m away?! Better play it safe and take my full size, space consuming usual things. So that’s cleansers, toner, day moisturiser, night moisturiser, make up remover, micellar water and eye cream. ALL ESSENTIAL.
Also must put in tampons, just in case.
Right make up, this should be easy, just my favourites and only my favourites.
But I love all my make up.
MUST BE STRICT. Let start in order of application.
So that’s my favourite primer in the bag, its a start.
Now will I need a foundation or a BB cream? Bugger it I’ll put both in
2 concealers and a powder. That was easy
I knew that Rimmel contour, blush and highlight palette would come in handy. The space is saves me totally justifies the spending yet more money on make up. And dan told me I didn’t need any more make up. Pfft.
Favourite brow product, mascara and eyeliner in you go. Also tape to stop eyeliner going wonky.
Staying strong and only putting one eyeshadow palette in my bag
Winning at packing right now.
Moving onto lipsticks….
DEAR GOD WHY DO I HAVE SO MANY!
Ok, perhaps I better pack my clothes, then choose the lipsticks
So that’s all my day time essentials in, plus waterproof jacket and walking boots.
Should I take shorts? What’s the chance of it being hot enough to wear them?
Ah I’ll throw them in, its not like they take up space.
Also maybe a summery dress to show off my pale legs.
Genuinely considered putting a bikini in my bag, then remembered I was staying in the UK not going abroad.
Do I need heels? We’ll only be going out for a pub dinner.
What if it’s a posh pub though?
Nope no heels. Stop being silly you’re going to the lakes not clubbing.
Better consult with my bestie to make sure I’m taking everything I need.
Lipstick decision made. I’ll take a rose pink, a nude and a red.
WHY DO I HAVE SO MANY SHADES OF ROSE PINK, NUDE AND RED!
I give up, I can’t adult.
Maybe I’ll just leave it until the morning before we go.
Even though I’m going to be cursing past self when I’m running around and can’t find anything.
Whose idea was it to go away anyway?
I hope that’s given you a giggle! I genuinely have this kind of conversation with myself every time I go away! Let me know what thoughts go through your head while you’re packing!
I’ve recently picked up some lovely goodies from The Yorkshire Soap Company, and I thought I’d share them with you. I hope you enjoy this video! Let me know what if you’ve ever bought anything from them and if you liked it?
I’m guessing everyone has heard of the YouTuber Tanya Burr (how could you not have by now?) and a while ago she brought out her own cosmetics range. Browsing through Superdrug the other day I spotted this pretty little palette and for only £6 I thought I’d pick it up
First things first how pretty is the packaging? I love the little heart mirror which makes this palette ideal for travelling or popping in your handbag. I love the colours in this although it’s not what I normally go for (I’m normally a gold girl). Snowflake and Moonlight are shimmers, Stormy Sky is matte and Starry Night is glittery. I think you could get both a cute day time look and a night time look out of this palette which is pretty good considering there are only 4 colours. If anybody wants to see a demo video with this palette let me know.
As for the formula, they aren’t the most pigmented eyeshadows I’ve ever used and are a little chalky , but the colours are buildable and blend really well.
Have you guys used any Tanya Burr products? What did you think of them?