Everybody full of chocolate yet? This book review isn’t the slightest bit Easter themed I’m afraid. Today I’m reviewing “Forget Me Not” by Luna Lewis.
“A tragic suicide? When Rose’s daughter, Vivien, is found dead in a suspected suicide, Rose has questions nobody can answer. Wasn’t Vivien living the perfect life? A caring husband, a sweet little girl of her own. Or the perfect murder? But as the police investigation develops, their findings raise new questions. Did Vivien kill herself, or was she attacked? If so, who has something to hide? As Rose struggles to piece together the secrets of her daughter’s life, the cracks in the family begin to show. But once Rose knows the answers, there’s no going back…” Blurb taken from Amazon
I found this book a little slow to start, but once the story gets going, its gripping! I think I finished it over a weekend. I found the main character a little hard to like at first, but as the story goes on and you learn more secrets about the daughter, you start to sympathise with her more. I love how this book sets you up to believe in was definitely one character who murdered Vivienne, and I totally fell for this, so the ending was a total surprise! This book covers some really important issues, such as post natal depression and eating disorders, which tie in really well with the story. This book is increably well written, and I’ve already finished another Luna Lewis book. Lewis has a way of writing which just draws you in, and keeps you turning pages. I highly recommend for fans of thrillers and suspense novels!
Let me know if you’ve ever read this book and what your thoughts are!
I hope you’ve all had a fab start to your bank holiday weekend. I’ve not done a beauty review in so long, and I’ve recently bought a few bits, so I think I’m going to do a few over the next few weeks, starting with the Freedom Pro Studio Brush Bath.
I spotted this on the Superdrug website when I was browsing, and for only £7 I thought it was worth giving ago. I’m super lazy and hate cleaning my brushes, so I was hoping this might make it a bit easier and encourage me to do it more often.
I was really surprised when I opened this by the amount of product you get. The tub is huge! The packaging is nothing special, but who needs fancy packaging for cleaning your brushes? This also smells amazing. Some brush cleaners I’ve used have a really chemically smell, which lingers on your brushes, but this one smells like apples.
So here’s a before of some of my brushes. They’re pretty dirty, and have a build up of product on them. The worse one is definitely the brush I use to apply liquid foundation, so I didn’t really have high hopes for that one.
And here’s an after shot. I’m so impressed with this brush cleaner! Bar a few stubborn foundation stains, which I’m pretty sure have just become part of the brush, every brush is clean. It was really easy to use, just swirl the brush in the soap, swirl on your hand then rinse well. Cleaning the brushes didn’t really use up much product either which I’m surprised about, so I think this will last me a long time. At £7 this is a steal, and a brilliant way to clean your brushes, if like me you hate doing it.
The only thing is that some of my eye brushes are a little out of shape now. But to be honest I think that’s probably my fault for swirling them a little enthusiastically.
Let me know if you’ve tried the Freedom Brush Bath, or if you’re planning to!
So you can imagine how excited I was when I managed to pursued Dan to do a “quick” stop at Hobbycraft on the way back from Ikea. I went in with no idea what I was looking for, and came out with loads of random buys. So for all of you who love craft as much as I do, here’s what I bought.
I have no idea what I’m going to use this for, or why I picked it up to be honest, but why punch circles when you can punch stars?
The fabric I picked up because I’m planning to make some bunting for across the fireplace, and I’ve seen this kind of bunting on Pinterest, which looks really nice. The tape and ribbon, totally random picks again!
This scrapbook was reduced from £6 to £4. I have a few of these from Hobbycraft and they are such good quality. I’ll probably use this as a scrapbook when I’ve finished my other ones.
Dan bought me some typewriter stamps for Christmas one year and I’ve never gotten around to using them because I kept forgetting to buy ink pads. These were on offer as were the stamps, so I thought I’d pick a few up.
Absolutely no idea what I’m going to do with these, but I’m sure I’ll find something!
This is my favourite buy, you just add watercolour to the pages and you have your designs! I thought this would be really nice for putting in frames around the house, or to add to my planner/ scrapbook. It was reduced from £10 to £5 which was a total bargain!
I like using metallic pens in my illustrations sometimes, so I picked up this copper one. I’ve tried out the colour already and it’s lovely and will be perfect for adding detail.
My old glue gun was really on its last legs, to the point where I was having to push the glue through with a pencil. So I couldn’t help pick this one up, at £5 it was a steal!
Again a totally random buy, but I thought these might be nice to add to my scrapbook, planner or home décor pieces.
If you’ve been over to my Instagram recently, you’ll have seen that I’ve been loving all things planner related. I love these stickers, especially the marble ones. They’ll fit so well in my planner, and make organising my life a little bit more fun.
And that’s my stash. I could have easily spent so much more, but I was very aware of the impatient boyfriend waiting in the car. This gives me so much to crack on with over the Easter holidays thought. Let me know were you guys buy your craft bits from. I normally shop at the works, but I might need to take a few more trips to Hobbycraft!
How lovely is this weather we’re having in the UK at the moment? Today I’m going to review “While You Were Sleeping” by Kathryn Croft. I’ve reviewed a few of Crofts books before, as she’s on of my favourite mystery authors, so I already knew I’d like this book. You can find my other reviews here .
“Tara Logan adores her perfect little family: husband, Noah, and two children, teenager Rosie and eleven-year-old Spencer. But her happiness is shattered when she wakes up one morning in her neighbour’s bed, with no memory of how she got there or what happened between them. And worse – he has been stabbed to death. Convinced she didn’t kill Lee and scared of losing everything she cares about, Tara flees home and stays silent, holding her breath as the investigation grips the neighbourhood. But as her daughter spirals out of control, and her husband becomes increasingly distant, Tara starts to wonder if someone in her life knows what really happened that night. When the police turn their questions towards her, Tara realises she has to find out. But what will it take to uncover the real story, and can she survive the truth?” (blurb taken from Amazon)
So the story starts off with Tara waking up naked in a strangers bed, which turns out to be her neighbours. He is lying beside her covered in blood, and clearly dead. The story then switches back 24 hours earlier, which shows the build up to that moment, then takes us back to the present with Tara trying to figure out what to do. The book covers a wide range of topics, including Tara’s relationship with her family, the secrets her daughter is hiding, and who to trust. We also see how Tara’s family and neighbours turn on her, as they find out she was the last one to see Lee alive. As always with Croft’s books, I really enjoyed this one, and I quite like how it raised the question of how much people really know their children. I’d really recommend this, and all of Kathryn Crofts books, if you enjoy thrillers. Now I’m going to enjoy what’s left of the sunshine, and I hope you all have a lovely week! Don’t forget to let me know what you’ve been reading recently.
On Saturday, Dan and I went to Go Ape in Sherwood Pines. I bought him a gift voucher for his birthday back in January for two people to go on the Go Ape Treetop Adventure. I thought he’d pick one of his more adventurous friends, rather then me (which I was secretly glad about). So you can imagine my reaction when he said “when shall we book to go?” I asked quite a few times leading up to it if he was sure he wanted to take me with him, and much to my dismay he kept saying yes. I found out later this was because he thought I’d be rubbish so he wouldn’t look bad if he was rubbish too.
So 1st of April rolled around and off we went to Go Ape. I’m not going to lie, I was scared. It’s not the heights that bother me, more the falling off and embarrassing myself. Plus I’m not really the most active of people either. When we go there we were given a safety briefing, asked to sign a contract agreeing to the terms, fitted for harnesses and shown how to use the equipment on the ground.
Then we went to a mini version of the course, which was about 2 feet off the ground to have a practise. Then we were let loose. The first obstacle was terrifying, you had to climb up a really swingy rope ladder, shimmy across a wire, swing Tarzan style into a net, climb the net then zip wire to the ground. My legs felt like jelly, and the only thing that made me climb that rope ladder and shimmy the wire was pride and stubbornness. But I must admit, after the first obstacle it all seems a lot easier, once you trust the equipment and as long as you clip everything on properly, you’re all good. Surprisingly I actually really enjoyed it, towards the end we felt proper rambo! So here’s a few pictures from our adventure. The videos won’t load properly on here, so if you want to see Dan sliding on his arse, head over to my Instagram!
Overall, Go Ape surprised me. I thought it would be really scary and you’d have all these people looking at you making a tit of yourself. But actually it’s really fun, because you go around on your own, there’s no pressure. I think we’ve caught the bug now and will be going to another!
If you’re planning a Go Ape trip, I’d advise you take some gloves with you as your hands get cold touching the wires and supports. Also make sure you take some change for parking, wrap up warm and don’t be too frightened to give it all a go.
Let me know if you’ve been to Go Ape and how you found it.
How is it the 2nd of April already? Today I’m reviewing “The Sister” by Louise Jenson.
“Grace hasn’t been the same since the death of her best friend Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie’s last words, and in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie’s. It soon becomes clear there was a lot she didn’t know about her best friend. When Grace starts a campaign to find Charlie’s father, Anna, a girl claiming to be Charlie’s sister steps forward. For Grace, finding Anna is like finding a new family, and soon Anna has made herself very comfortable in Grace and boyfriend Dan’s home. But something isn’t right. Things disappear, Dan’s acting strangely and Grace is sure that someone is following her. Is it all in Grace’s mind? Or as she gets closer to discovering the truth about both Charlie and Anna, is Grace in terrible danger?” Blurb taken from Amazon
Another psychological thriller surprise surprise! If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know that these are my favourite kind of books, and I really enjoyed this one. It’s one of those books where you start questioning the main character. Is she really paranoid? Is she right? It also makes you ask so many questions, like what did Charlie do that was so terrible? What are Anna’s motives? What’s Charlie’s mother hiding? And, unlike some books I’ve read, this one answers all the questions at the end. The books deals with the topic of grief well, and how it impacts on the main characters life and others around her such as her partner, and how it acts as a trigger for some of the events in the book. I can’t really say too much about the book without giving away spoilers, but if your looking for something to really get into, definitely read this book. I think I finished it in a day, I was hooked!
As always, feel free to leave me recommendations in the comments, or tweet me! Hope you guys have a good week!
This isn’t really a haul as such as I’ve had some of these items for a few weeks and have already used a few. But since I’ve built up a little collection, I thought it would be fun to show you guys what I’ve bought recently.
Lets get the most boring thing out of the way first! I bought these randomly as my skins been pretty rubbish recently, and I thought the tea tree might be good for it. I’ve hardly used them though as I always use make up remover and cleanser. Not too much to say about these, face wipes are face wipes!
I spotted these in Sainsbury’s recently and thought I’d pick them up, again as my skins not too great at the moment and I wanted to try some different skincare. These are new releases from L’Oréal. I’ve been using the cleanser and toner for a few weeks now and I love them. They smell amazing, and are really gentle on the skin. I haven’t used the face wash yet as I’m finishing another one, but I’m sure I’ll like it as much as the other two. These are a 3rd off at Boots at the moment!
The pure clay washes are another new realise from L’Oréal, and I picked the black one up because I loved the black pure clay face mask. I’ve not used this one yet as I’m using up another face wash. I decided to try the purity mask this time instead of the black one, and I wish I’d picked the black one up. This one isn’t too bad, but it does irritate my skin a little if I leave it on too long. These are also on offer in Boots at the moment with a third off.
I’m not 100% sure on the price of this as I can’t find it on the Boots website, I think it might have been on clearance. I bought this with the idea that I could use it under my eyes. I’ve not really being using it long enough to say if its made a difference. The serum itself feels nice on the skin, really hydrating and absorbs well, but it has an odd smell. It doesn’t smell like grape fruit like I expected and it’s a strange colour, like a yellowy fake tan colour. Thankfully this absorbs and I don’t have a patchy fake tan face!
I spotted these brushes on Amazon when I bought my new dressing table and I thought they’d look really pretty on it. They had good reviews so I thought I’d give them a go. The brushes are actually a lot nicer than I expected. They are really soft and fluffy, not as dense as some drugstore brushes, but they’d be great if you were just starting out with make up, and for the price the quality is brilliant. My only complaint with these is the gold bottoms sometimes fall off. I haven’t used these yet as I’m trying to keep them nice for my “What’s on my dressing table” post. If you want to purchase them, you can find them here.
I re-purchased this powder from Wilkinson’s, because I’m clumsy and dropped my other one and it smashed. This is a brilliant powder for setting under the eyes, £3 is an absolute bargain!
I love my Revlon Colourstay foundation, so I thought I’d try these two and so far I’m loving them both. The primer is creamy and absorbs really well, and the concealer is really brightening. These are buy one get one half price in Superdrug at the moment.
As you can see I have a little obsession with L’Oréal at the moment! I really wanted to try the foundation as I’d seen a lot of good reviews online, and so far I’m really impressed, it’s totally full coverage and lasts well. I purchased the eye paints out of curiosity (and it was 3 for 2), I haven’t worn them yet, but they look like they’ll be pretty for nights out (not that I go on many!). The brow gel is a repurchase because I love the first one, it’s such a quick and easy way to do your brows. The brown liner I bought for a more toned down day look, and the grey I just wanted to try as an alternative to black all the time.
I’m a big fan of the colour tattoos, and I think these are new additions. I bought them on a buy one get one half price at Superdrug, and I think these will make great bases for everyday wear.
How beautiful are these colours? Perfect for spring/ summer every day looks. I love Sleek eyeshadows and this palette is so highly pigmented too. Sleek is on offer at the minute at buy one get one half price in Boots.
I’ve never tried any of the Sleek Lip VIP’s before, but this colour was so pretty I had to buy it. Its a lovely understated red-nude-pink colour. I’m quite looking forward to wearing this one.
I went off MUA for a bit, but I’ve recently watched a video on YouTube reviewing these products so I thought I’d give them a go, and they were discounted in Superdrug which was a bonus! The primer is meant to be good for filling in pores which I need in my life, and I’ve never tried a cushion product before, so I’m interested to see how the highlight turns out.
My skins looking pretty red at the minute so I decided to try this green colour corrector to cancel it out. I have a Barry M one which is far too green and even when I blended it out, it makes me look ill. This one seems a much better match for my skin tone thought so fingers crossed!
The Six Shade Palettes are a new product from MUA, and for £3.50 I thought I’d give it a try. The shadows aren’t as pigmented as the sleek ones, and they are a little chalky, but they seem buildable and for the price its not a bad deal.
And the final buy! This really pretty nude lipstick from Make Up Revolution. I thought this would be a pretty shade for wearing everyday, and I’ve actually not tried Make Up Revolution lipsticks recently.
I feel like this blog post has taken ages! It’s hard work blogging about beauty! Let me know if you want any more indepth reviews on any of the products, and if you’ve bought anything new recently.
I’m going to Go Ape tomorrow with Dan, wish me luck! Hope you all have a nice weekend.
They say you never really know a person until you live with them.
I’ve been living with Dan for three months now and before we moved in I would have said that’s ridiculous. We’ve been together over two years now, and we both know exactly what we’re getting into. Turns out I was wrong and you actually don’t know what its like living with someone until you actually do it. This isn’t the first time I’ve lived with a boyfriend. I lived with an ex at uni, but that was a totally different situation. We were uni students and in a house share so we had different rooms and lived with other people. (Side note,: I really would not recommend living in a house share with a partner. It doesn’t work for anyone involved). So really this was a totally new experience for both of us.
I’m not as tidy as I think I am: I like things to be clean and hygienic, but apparently I’m messy because I leave things around. My thinking is, well I’ll leave my paints/ make up/ whatever I’m using at the time out because I’ll be using the again shortly. Nope. If I leave it out he moves it then I can’t find it. It’s like a passive aggressive treasure hunt all the time. So I’ve now learnt my lesson, if I want to find my things again I have to put them away, because they get moved to a new home, which ends up a mystery because Dan can never remember where he put them (I’m sure he’s on some kind of auto mode when he does this). I’ve tried to pass it off as “creative people are always more messy” but he’s not buying it.
Choosing décor is a pain!: Something else I thought would be easy. Turns out that boys can be pretty fussy when it comes to décor, who knew? I’ve learnt now the easiest way is to just order things as a “surprise”. Because nobody can turn down a surprise wardrobe that they said they didn’t like right? (FYI turns out he actually does like it in person)
Every household cost isn’t split down the middle: I always thought that moving in with someone meant you’d split everything, which isn’t really the case. It’s more like, cool you bought a wardrobe, well I’ll pay the TV license then or since you’ve done the big shop I’ll buy drinks when we go to the pub. Turns out I actually prefer it that way, it would get tiring constantly owing each other money.
I’m more domesticated the I thought I was: We’ve both kind of naturally fallen into certain housework roles. I get home from work first so I’ll do a shop, make tea, do any pots that need to be done, put a wash on etc. Then he does other stuff round the house when he gets home. Turns out I’m actually wife material and I didn’t even know.
There’s no pressure: Before when we used to see each other for a few days at a time, it kind of felt like we always had to be out and about doing stuff as we didn’t see each other much. Now because we see each other everyday, it’s like that pressures being taken off a little and everything’s more chilled.
We bicker more: Possibly breaking the social media rule here by admitting that my relationship isn’t perfect, but it’s true. Now we live together we bicker more. Not massive arguments, generally just snippy comments every now and again about how my make ups being left out or how he hasn’t locked the door (I’m a big believe in locking doors when you’re in the house). But the best part about living together is your literally over those disagreements within five minutes because you don’t have time to sit around stewing or you can ignore messages.
Our WhatsApp conversation has deteriorated: We never send messages anymore other then “Do we have milk” or “I’ll be home a bit later tonight”. That is literally it, and it makes me feel super old.
There are no boundaries anymore: Literally non at all, and weirdly I quite like that.
It’s nice to have somebody there for you all the time: A few weeks ago I had the shittiest day. Stuff had happened, I was sad, anxious and generally fed up with life. Dan came home, I cried on his shoulder for a bit, talked about it and then he poured me wine, and I felt better. It’s nice to have somebody there to give you a hug when you’re feeling crap and look after you. It’s the little things like that which are most important to me in a relationship.
We can be together, but separate: We can sit in a room together and he’ll be working and I’ll be reading. There’s no awkward silences, just this kind of comfortable companionship (major cringe saying that but it’s true!) He can watch whatever naff programme he wants on TV and I can come upstairs and do some work. He goes out with his friends and I get to chill by myself for the evening. We don’t have to be in each others pockets all the time.
I could list so much more then 10, but we’d be here all night! Not going to lie, moving in together has been stressful at times, and its been a real eye opener, but it’s the best thing we ever did. I find some of his little “quirks” annoying (PLEASE STOP MOVING MY STUFF) and he finds me irritating at times. Despite all this thought, having him around all the time, is actually quite nice.
Let me know if any of you have moved in, or are thinking of moving in with a partner and what your thoughts are.
So I know it’s been a while since I’ve done a book review!
I’ve made a list of all the books I’ve read while I’ve not been blogging, and I’m starting from the top, so some of these books I’m reviewing in the next few weeks have been read a few months ago but I’m going to try and catch up. Although with the speed I read that might be difficult.
I’m also on Good Reads now, so if anybody else is on there you can find my profile here, and if you are too let me know and I’ll give you a follow.
Today I’m reviewing a book I read way back in October 2016. “Now that you’re gone” by Julie Corben
“Isla’s brother, an ex-Marine and private investigator, has just been found drowned in the River Clyde. The coroner declares it an accidental death. The police are happy to close the case. But Isla is convinced he was murdered. Determined to find out what really happened the night Dougie died, and what he was doing in Glasgow, she starts looking into his unsolved cases. What she finds will put her in grave danger and force her to question everything she thought she knew about those closest to her . . .” (blurb taken from Amazon)
The first thing I thought about this book is that Isla seems such an unlikely character to be involved in a story line like this. She’s a single mum of two, with a fairly normal job, and a normal day to day life. I think this is what makes the story so interesting, Isla isn’t extraordinary in anyway, just a regular person reacting to grief and motivated by her loss. The flash backs in the story are a nice touch and show how close Isla was to her brother Dougie. The book is written in first person, so you get a really good feel for the character as a person, and see all these secrets unravelling and what kind of effect that has first hand. There were lots of really good twists and turns in this book, and the ending is a totally surprise. If you’re looking for something to keep you turning pages, I’d recommend this!
As always let me know if you’ve read this book and any recommendation you have!
….. Because for a while I did fall out of love with it.
The longer I leave between posts, the harder I find it to post again. I get nervous to post again, I’m not really sure why and I know it seems silly. I try and plan posts, and allocate certain days to certain things and then when I miss one thing, I worry about not sticking to my plan and then I lose confidence with posting other things. It’s silly really, because when you look at it, it’s just a blog at the end of the day. I’m sure nobody else minds if I don’t post on certain days, I bet nobody has even noticed! I don’t know if any other bloggers do this (I’m sure some of you do) but I find I put a lot of pressure on myself, and then beat myself up when I don’t achieve these blog goals and then I don’t want to post.
I also find blog photography quite daunting. I’m not one for photography and layouts and “Instagram themes” (One look at my Instagram will tell you that). I never know the best way to photograph beauty products, outfits etc.
These last few days I’ve been itching to blog again thought, but I had no idea where to start. I really felt like I was starting a new blog. So I’ve gone back to the start, looking up blog post idea’s, making lists and notes, and now I feel like I have loads of inspiration and I can’t decide what to write first.
So I’ve decided to set myself some blog goals. I know I did something similar to this in my new years post, but I think with that I made the mistake of writing too much stuff, and putting too much pressure on myself. So here’s my blog goals for now :
Post at least one post from each category each month
Work on photography
Keep book review Sundays going
Write any little notes and ideas in my blog notebook
Connect with my readers more & read more blogs
Keep track of my post
I think that’s a lot more achievable and I’ll build up from there. Big thanks to everybody who’s stuck with me and kept coming back to read. My stats show there is a few of you which is awesome 🙂 Fellow bloggers please let me know if you’ve ever felt like this. It’ll be nice to know I’m not alone.