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Birthday wishlist

We are racing through May at an alarming rate, but that does mean June and therefor my birthday are also getting closer. Although I'm not a fan of the next birthday number. I am a fan of presents, who isn't? So I thought I would compile a little wishlist, I am of course not expecting to receive all these items but I girl can dream, and if you have a birthday coming up, or you just fancy treating yourself you to might also like some of these things to.

I do know my husband has ordered me a necklace from Posh totty, as I have been swooning over there jewellery for a while now. I also would love a kindle to support me in my reading challenge, and although I'm not going to stop reading proper books, I think a kindle is great for convenience and free or cheaper books. 

Of course it wouldn't be one of my wish lists without makeup and a handbag. That Straw bag is to die for, and I love how its turned the traditional straw bag design on its head and is black rather than straw coloured. Oh and that Colourpop palette is dreamy isn't it?




Birthday wishlist


Birthday wishlist

We are racing through May at an alarming rate, but that does mean June and therefor my birthday are also getting closer. Although I'm not a fan of the next birthday number. I am a fan of presents, who isn't? So I thought I would compile a little wishlist, I am of course not expecting to receive all these items but I girl can dream, and if you have a birthday coming up, or you just fancy treating yourself you to might also like some of these things to.

I do know my husband has ordered me a necklace from Posh totty, as I have been swooning over there jewellery for a while now. I also would love a kindle to support me in my reading challenge, and although I'm not going to stop reading proper books, I think a kindle is great for convenience and free or cheaper books. 

Of course it wouldn't be one of my wish lists without makeup and a handbag. That Straw bag is to die for, and I love how its turned the traditional straw bag design on its head and is black rather than straw coloured. Oh and that Colourpop palette is dreamy isn't it?





Wedding season getting #weddingready
This post is a collaboration with Cosmetify


Now we are in the tail end of May, wedding season is well and truly upon us, with brides up and down the country ticking things of their to do list, in preparation for the big day, and guests frantically trawling the internet for the perfect wedding guest outfit.

In today’s post I’m going to share my #weddingready secrets with you, then you can stick to the business of enjoying the celebration instead of worrying about the state of your skin or if your lipstick can take another glass of bubbly. The post is in collaboration with Cosmetify, a cool website that places over 100,000 beauty, hair, skincare and makeup products from thousands of brands directly to your fingertips, making getting wedding ready simple.

For me this starts with skincare, your skin is the foundation of any makeup look, and if you get that right the rest will take care of itself. My advice is to get in place a simple yet effective routine several weeks before the big day, giving your skin time to respond to any new products. I find if your skin is prone to breakouts or is sensitive keep the number of products to a minimum and use those that are intended for your skin type. I recommend a deep cleansing gel, like Vichy Normaderm deep cleansing purifying gel. It can be used both morning and night and provides a deep cleanse without drying out your skin and is suitable for sensitive skin types.

Once you have a skincare routine in place that you like you can start thinking about what you are putting on top in the way of makeup. I like summer wedding makeup to be fresh yet long lasting with a great base at the heart of the look. When it comes to a base that will keep that shine at bay, mask any imperfections yet look radiant and natural. I am in love with Bare Minerals Blemish Rescue skin clearing loose powder foundation. You need very little product to achieve a flawless, semi matte finish that not only provides great coverage is lightweight, it also treats your skin and helps to clear up any problem areas. Since I got mine I have used it every day, it’s so quick to apply and I love the natural coverage.

Weddings involve lots of eating and drinking, well at least that’s what I would hope for. That’s a lot for any lipstick to cope with, and who wants to think about their lipstick when they are having a good time. I know I don’t, the answer is a long lasting liquid lipstick that can take a bit of punishment from the several glasses of wine that you sink, just to be sociable of course. That lipstick is Pixi’s MatteLast Liquid Lipstick, it comes in a range of shades from reds to more neutral shades, I have ‘Really Rose’ a perfect mauve toned pink great with any summer makeup look and would suit many skin tones.


I hope you found my tips helpful, and if you are attending any weddings this summer, you have a great time, and if its you getting married, remember to breath and enjoy the day, it goes by so quickly.


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Wedding season getting #weddingready


Wedding season getting #weddingready
This post is a collaboration with Cosmetify


Now we are in the tail end of May, wedding season is well and truly upon us, with brides up and down the country ticking things of their to do list, in preparation for the big day, and guests frantically trawling the internet for the perfect wedding guest outfit.

In today’s post I’m going to share my #weddingready secrets with you, then you can stick to the business of enjoying the celebration instead of worrying about the state of your skin or if your lipstick can take another glass of bubbly. The post is in collaboration with Cosmetify, a cool website that places over 100,000 beauty, hair, skincare and makeup products from thousands of brands directly to your fingertips, making getting wedding ready simple.

For me this starts with skincare, your skin is the foundation of any makeup look, and if you get that right the rest will take care of itself. My advice is to get in place a simple yet effective routine several weeks before the big day, giving your skin time to respond to any new products. I find if your skin is prone to breakouts or is sensitive keep the number of products to a minimum and use those that are intended for your skin type. I recommend a deep cleansing gel, like Vichy Normaderm deep cleansing purifying gel. It can be used both morning and night and provides a deep cleanse without drying out your skin and is suitable for sensitive skin types.

Once you have a skincare routine in place that you like you can start thinking about what you are putting on top in the way of makeup. I like summer wedding makeup to be fresh yet long lasting with a great base at the heart of the look. When it comes to a base that will keep that shine at bay, mask any imperfections yet look radiant and natural. I am in love with Bare Minerals Blemish Rescue skin clearing loose powder foundation. You need very little product to achieve a flawless, semi matte finish that not only provides great coverage is lightweight, it also treats your skin and helps to clear up any problem areas. Since I got mine I have used it every day, it’s so quick to apply and I love the natural coverage.

Weddings involve lots of eating and drinking, well at least that’s what I would hope for. That’s a lot for any lipstick to cope with, and who wants to think about their lipstick when they are having a good time. I know I don’t, the answer is a long lasting liquid lipstick that can take a bit of punishment from the several glasses of wine that you sink, just to be sociable of course. That lipstick is Pixi’s MatteLast Liquid Lipstick, it comes in a range of shades from reds to more neutral shades, I have ‘Really Rose’ a perfect mauve toned pink great with any summer makeup look and would suit many skin tones.


I hope you found my tips helpful, and if you are attending any weddings this summer, you have a great time, and if its you getting married, remember to breath and enjoy the day, it goes by so quickly.


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2019 reading challenge


Back in January I set myself my first ever reading challenge, I challenged myself to pick up a book and get reading, and get back into a pass time I had always loved but I had let slip due to one reason or another. 

So how's it going you may ask?

Blooming brilliant, I originally challenged myself to 18 books for the year, but I really underestimated myself and quickly reset my target to 45 books, and five months in I've read 23 and half way through number 24, making me on course to fulfil or exceed my second target figure. Pretty good eh!!

I have read a variety of genres, from a number of authors, and some books that will stay with me. I have reads books that made me laugh, like Everything I know about Love - Dolly Alderton, books that have melted my heart like, One day in December - Josie Silver, and It felt like a kiss - Sarra Manning, books that have had me eager to turn the page like The Martian - Andy Weir and Believe me - JP Delaney, and books that have broke my heart like The Tattooist of Auschwitz. I've even started the Harry Potter series.

I am so glad I took on a reading challenge and I'm proud of what I have achieved so far and can't wait to lose myself in more stories. I have so many books I want to read, watch this space to see which books I have my nose into next.


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2019 reading challenge how its going so far


2019 reading challenge


Back in January I set myself my first ever reading challenge, I challenged myself to pick up a book and get reading, and get back into a pass time I had always loved but I had let slip due to one reason or another. 

So how's it going you may ask?

Blooming brilliant, I originally challenged myself to 18 books for the year, but I really underestimated myself and quickly reset my target to 45 books, and five months in I've read 23 and half way through number 24, making me on course to fulfil or exceed my second target figure. Pretty good eh!!

I have read a variety of genres, from a number of authors, and some books that will stay with me. I have reads books that made me laugh, like Everything I know about Love - Dolly Alderton, books that have melted my heart like, One day in December - Josie Silver, and It felt like a kiss - Sarra Manning, books that have had me eager to turn the page like The Martian - Andy Weir and Believe me - JP Delaney, and books that have broke my heart like The Tattooist of Auschwitz. I've even started the Harry Potter series.

I am so glad I took on a reading challenge and I'm proud of what I have achieved so far and can't wait to lose myself in more stories. I have so many books I want to read, watch this space to see which books I have my nose into next.


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Handbag Organiser from bagsalldone.co,uk review
Product kindly gifted in exchange for review

Now something you may not know about me, is I own a lot of handbags and I like to change up which one I'm using often and sometimes as I am going out the door. This leads to me forgetting to swap things over, and going out without something, or the inevitable loosing of a favourite lipstick. You know what I mean you are doing your makeup and you think Oooo I'm going to wear, such n such lipstick, and yep you can't find it....It turns up weeks later in the bottom of a handbag, I'm not the only one right?


Handbag Organiser from bagsalldone.co,uk review

That is until this ingenious handbag organiser arrived, this thing is a game changer. Just put all your paraphernalia inside, it has loads of pockets and compartments to store all the crap we carry about with us, pull the drawstring and pop in in your bag of choice. Repeat as and when the mood takes you to change handbags. Tada genius.


Handbag Organiser from bagsalldone.co,uk review

Handbag Organiser from bagsalldone.co,uk review
   
The handbag organiser comes in a few different colours and fabrics, this black one is made out of a sturdy cotton material, and feels well made and durable. I can see this lasting forever.

It is also a decent size, I can get all my bits in there and I have a massive mum purse. It's also washable, perfect if you are clumsy and are likely to spill something on it.

If you are anything like me and regularly lose things in handbags, do yourself a favour and get yourself one of these handbag organisers, it will change your life.............

Purchase yours at bagalldone.co.uk prices range from £20 to £25 depending on the finish and colour.



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Handbag Organiser from bagalldone.co.uk review


Handbag Organiser from bagsalldone.co,uk review
Product kindly gifted in exchange for review

Now something you may not know about me, is I own a lot of handbags and I like to change up which one I'm using often and sometimes as I am going out the door. This leads to me forgetting to swap things over, and going out without something, or the inevitable loosing of a favourite lipstick. You know what I mean you are doing your makeup and you think Oooo I'm going to wear, such n such lipstick, and yep you can't find it....It turns up weeks later in the bottom of a handbag, I'm not the only one right?


Handbag Organiser from bagsalldone.co,uk review

That is until this ingenious handbag organiser arrived, this thing is a game changer. Just put all your paraphernalia inside, it has loads of pockets and compartments to store all the crap we carry about with us, pull the drawstring and pop in in your bag of choice. Repeat as and when the mood takes you to change handbags. Tada genius.


Handbag Organiser from bagsalldone.co,uk review

Handbag Organiser from bagsalldone.co,uk review
   
The handbag organiser comes in a few different colours and fabrics, this black one is made out of a sturdy cotton material, and feels well made and durable. I can see this lasting forever.

It is also a decent size, I can get all my bits in there and I have a massive mum purse. It's also washable, perfect if you are clumsy and are likely to spill something on it.

If you are anything like me and regularly lose things in handbags, do yourself a favour and get yourself one of these handbag organisers, it will change your life.............

Purchase yours at bagalldone.co.uk prices range from £20 to £25 depending on the finish and colour.



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La Roche - Posay Effaclar duo (+) review

I had of course heard of the wonders of La roche- Posay Effaclar duo(+) but until recently hadn't tried it. My skin used to behave itself with maybe one spot once in a blue moon, that is until the last few months when a combination of factors has led to me having more breakouts, eg, coming off the pill, health issues and meds.

So back in March I decided to take the plunge and try the Effaclar duo(+), I was hesitant as I remember from my teens that anything that claimed to help with spots, dried my skin out. The difference here is Effaclar duo(+) is in fact a light gel moisteriser that perfectly hydrates oily and spot prone skin while treating spots, preventing new ones and fading the marks left from old ones, in short this is one clever product.

The hypoallergenic formula is great for sensitive skin and contains know parabens, preservatives or colourants, and has some clever active ingredients.  Niacinamide to reduce the appearance of spots, Lipo Hydroxy acid and Salicylic acid to unclog pores, Zinc pca to mattify and control shine, Procerad to minimise pigmentation marks and Glycerin keeps skin hydrated throughout the day.

So does it work?

Hell yeah, I have been using Effaclar duo(+) for around 6/7 weeks and I know for sure I will be using it for the foreseeable future. My skin feels perfectly hydrated yet not oily or greasy, it's not bumpy the spots I had have cleared up and I have yet to have a single spot come up since I have been using it. The pigment marks on my face are fading and my skin just looks fresher and clearer than it has in months. I keep my skincare routine simple, cleansing toning and using the duo(+) every morning and night and for me this has worked a treat and helped me get my skin back to its old self.

If you have problem skin, I highly recommend giving the Effaclar duo(+) a go.

* You can buy it from Boots for just £12 on offer.

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La Roche - Posay Effaclar duo (+) review


La Roche - Posay Effaclar duo (+) review

I had of course heard of the wonders of La roche- Posay Effaclar duo(+) but until recently hadn't tried it. My skin used to behave itself with maybe one spot once in a blue moon, that is until the last few months when a combination of factors has led to me having more breakouts, eg, coming off the pill, health issues and meds.

So back in March I decided to take the plunge and try the Effaclar duo(+), I was hesitant as I remember from my teens that anything that claimed to help with spots, dried my skin out. The difference here is Effaclar duo(+) is in fact a light gel moisteriser that perfectly hydrates oily and spot prone skin while treating spots, preventing new ones and fading the marks left from old ones, in short this is one clever product.

The hypoallergenic formula is great for sensitive skin and contains know parabens, preservatives or colourants, and has some clever active ingredients.  Niacinamide to reduce the appearance of spots, Lipo Hydroxy acid and Salicylic acid to unclog pores, Zinc pca to mattify and control shine, Procerad to minimise pigmentation marks and Glycerin keeps skin hydrated throughout the day.

So does it work?

Hell yeah, I have been using Effaclar duo(+) for around 6/7 weeks and I know for sure I will be using it for the foreseeable future. My skin feels perfectly hydrated yet not oily or greasy, it's not bumpy the spots I had have cleared up and I have yet to have a single spot come up since I have been using it. The pigment marks on my face are fading and my skin just looks fresher and clearer than it has in months. I keep my skincare routine simple, cleansing toning and using the duo(+) every morning and night and for me this has worked a treat and helped me get my skin back to its old self.

If you have problem skin, I highly recommend giving the Effaclar duo(+) a go.

* You can buy it from Boots for just £12 on offer.

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What I read in April

April has been a good reading month for me, managing 6 books throughout the month taking my total up to 22 so far this year, and if I'm honest I'm pretty pleased with that. In April I read a variety of different genres, some joyful romps some a bit on the sad side, so let's get on with......

What I read in April


It felt like a kiss - Sarra Manning ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ellie is living a pretty dreamy life, she lives with her best mates, has a great job in a swish London art gallery, and is super close to her family, especially her mum. The only downside is the rock star father who doesn't acknowledge her existence and a string of crap boyfriends, but nobody's perfect......
I adored this book, Ellie is a likeable character whom you care about from the beginning, I simply fell in love with Sarra's writing, you can read a full review here, if you fancy it.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone - JK Rowling ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I'm not going to write a lot about the Philosopher's stone as I'm sure you all know the story, but what I will say is it's different from the movie in a lot of ways, with far more details, with regards to characters and events. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

The Mitford Murders - Jessica Fellows ⭐⭐⭐⭐

If you like to escape into Sunday night period mystery dramas, like Agatha Christie or Hercule Poirot, then I think the Mitford murders will be right up your street. The story is written from the viewpoint of Louisa Cannon, who is fleeing London in 1919 to escape her abusive uncle. She takes a job at Asthal Manor as a nursery maid to the Mitford sisters and grows especially close with Nancy who's only a few years her junior. But then a nurse is killed on a train, and Louisa and Nancy find themselves entangled in the mystery of who killed Florence Nightingale Shore.
 
Everything I never told you - Celeste Ng ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Lydia is the favourite child of Marilyn and James Lee, living in small town Ohio in the 1970's. Her parents are determined she will fulfil the dreams they never did. But when Lydia's body is found in a local lake, the delicate balancing act that kept the Lee family together is broken, and the family tumbles into chaos and despair.

This story is beautifully written, and describes the pressures on Chinese Americans in the 70's, and unravels the circumstances that led to Lydia's death, and how the family came to find themselves in such an awful turn of events.

Nobody's Girl - Sarra Manning ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I told you I fell in love with Sarra Manning's writing, Nobody's Girl is one one of those books you can just romp through in 2 days flat. 

Bea thinks she is plain, frumpy and worst of all dull. So when the cool girls in Ruby's gang what to hang out with her, she thinks its a joke. But an invitation to a girls holiday in Spain seems the real deal, and the perfect opportunity to get away from her strict and annoying mum. Inevitably it all goes wrong, and Bea spontaneously gets on a train heading to Paris to find the father she never new, Bea doesn't do things like this normally but she just needs to get away. On her journey she meets Toph an American student backpacking around Europe who offers to help in her search, but instead of finding her father, Bea finds herself and becomes her own girl, all in the backdrop of Paris the most romantic city in the world.

Beautiful broken things - Sara Barnard ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Now I won't lie, this book made my sob, it tackles the tough subject of abuse and its aftermath.

Caddy and Rosie have always been inseparable that is until Suzanne moves to the area and befriends Rosie and then Caddy, soon the two become a three. Except Suzanne is beautiful yet broken, reckless and is always in trouble, and Caddy is the private school girl, quiet and well behaved. The story covers the emerging friendships and how Suzanne copes with the fall out of leaving home and her abusive father. The story takes us on an emotional journey and looks into how Caddy goes along for the ride, with Suzanne and her sometimes dangerous behaviour, trying to break out of her good girl mould. And how Suzanne appears to not care about anything, while Rosie is worried Suzanne is dragging her best friend away. 

What have you been reading lately? recommendations welcome.

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What I read in April


What I read in April

April has been a good reading month for me, managing 6 books throughout the month taking my total up to 22 so far this year, and if I'm honest I'm pretty pleased with that. In April I read a variety of different genres, some joyful romps some a bit on the sad side, so let's get on with......

What I read in April


It felt like a kiss - Sarra Manning ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ellie is living a pretty dreamy life, she lives with her best mates, has a great job in a swish London art gallery, and is super close to her family, especially her mum. The only downside is the rock star father who doesn't acknowledge her existence and a string of crap boyfriends, but nobody's perfect......
I adored this book, Ellie is a likeable character whom you care about from the beginning, I simply fell in love with Sarra's writing, you can read a full review here, if you fancy it.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone - JK Rowling ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I'm not going to write a lot about the Philosopher's stone as I'm sure you all know the story, but what I will say is it's different from the movie in a lot of ways, with far more details, with regards to characters and events. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

The Mitford Murders - Jessica Fellows ⭐⭐⭐⭐

If you like to escape into Sunday night period mystery dramas, like Agatha Christie or Hercule Poirot, then I think the Mitford murders will be right up your street. The story is written from the viewpoint of Louisa Cannon, who is fleeing London in 1919 to escape her abusive uncle. She takes a job at Asthal Manor as a nursery maid to the Mitford sisters and grows especially close with Nancy who's only a few years her junior. But then a nurse is killed on a train, and Louisa and Nancy find themselves entangled in the mystery of who killed Florence Nightingale Shore.
 
Everything I never told you - Celeste Ng ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Lydia is the favourite child of Marilyn and James Lee, living in small town Ohio in the 1970's. Her parents are determined she will fulfil the dreams they never did. But when Lydia's body is found in a local lake, the delicate balancing act that kept the Lee family together is broken, and the family tumbles into chaos and despair.

This story is beautifully written, and describes the pressures on Chinese Americans in the 70's, and unravels the circumstances that led to Lydia's death, and how the family came to find themselves in such an awful turn of events.

Nobody's Girl - Sarra Manning ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I told you I fell in love with Sarra Manning's writing, Nobody's Girl is one one of those books you can just romp through in 2 days flat. 

Bea thinks she is plain, frumpy and worst of all dull. So when the cool girls in Ruby's gang what to hang out with her, she thinks its a joke. But an invitation to a girls holiday in Spain seems the real deal, and the perfect opportunity to get away from her strict and annoying mum. Inevitably it all goes wrong, and Bea spontaneously gets on a train heading to Paris to find the father she never new, Bea doesn't do things like this normally but she just needs to get away. On her journey she meets Toph an American student backpacking around Europe who offers to help in her search, but instead of finding her father, Bea finds herself and becomes her own girl, all in the backdrop of Paris the most romantic city in the world.

Beautiful broken things - Sara Barnard ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Now I won't lie, this book made my sob, it tackles the tough subject of abuse and its aftermath.

Caddy and Rosie have always been inseparable that is until Suzanne moves to the area and befriends Rosie and then Caddy, soon the two become a three. Except Suzanne is beautiful yet broken, reckless and is always in trouble, and Caddy is the private school girl, quiet and well behaved. The story covers the emerging friendships and how Suzanne copes with the fall out of leaving home and her abusive father. The story takes us on an emotional journey and looks into how Caddy goes along for the ride, with Suzanne and her sometimes dangerous behaviour, trying to break out of her good girl mould. And how Suzanne appears to not care about anything, while Rosie is worried Suzanne is dragging her best friend away. 

What have you been reading lately? recommendations welcome.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
It Felt Like a Kiss
The Humans
Call Me By Your Name
Believe Me
One Day in December
Eve of Man
The Martian
Bridget Jones's Baby: The Diaries
Crazy Rich Asians
Dear Mrs. Bird
The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
The Keeper of Lost Things
Three Things About Elsie
The Cactus
Wilde Like Me
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Reasons to Stay Alive
Everything I Know About Love
Why Mummy Drinks


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