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Daughter of smoke and bone - Laini Taylor - book review

You know when you read a book and it just blows your mind? that's how I felt about Daughter of Smoke and Bone - Laini Taylor.
I thought Fantasy books were not my thing until I read a recommendation for this book and decided to look outside my usual comfort zone and try a completely new genre, and OMG I loved every page, and have just picked up the next in the trilogy as I have to know how the story continues. 

Daughter of smoke and Bone - Laini Taylor ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love.

It did not end well

In general Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she's a seventeen year old art student in Prague; on the other, errand girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family.

Daughter of smoke and bone - Laini Taylor - book review

I loved the intrigue right from the start, who was Karou?, why does she come running everytime Brimstone called?, traveling to far flung and dangerous places to collect teeth. Who are her parents ?how did she come to be brought up by Chimaera from Elsewhere? where is elsewhere ? what are the teeth for?

ERRAND REQUIRING IMMEDIATE ATTENTION.COME

When Brimstone called she always came.

The beginning of the story had way more questions than answers, but soon some of the questions where being resolved, except the big mystery who is Karou? really? That comes well into the story once you are completely reeled in.

Now the door to Elsewhere is closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.

I love the depth of the characters and the descriptive detail of not only them but Prague, and of course Elsewhere! The story unravels with unexpected twists and slow realistions. I devoured this book and challenge you not to do the same, its addictive.

Have you read this book? or the whole trilogy? 


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Daughter of smoke and bone - Laini Taylor - book review



Daughter of smoke and bone - Laini Taylor - book review

You know when you read a book and it just blows your mind? that's how I felt about Daughter of Smoke and Bone - Laini Taylor.
I thought Fantasy books were not my thing until I read a recommendation for this book and decided to look outside my usual comfort zone and try a completely new genre, and OMG I loved every page, and have just picked up the next in the trilogy as I have to know how the story continues. 

Daughter of smoke and Bone - Laini Taylor ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love.

It did not end well

In general Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she's a seventeen year old art student in Prague; on the other, errand girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family.

Daughter of smoke and bone - Laini Taylor - book review

I loved the intrigue right from the start, who was Karou?, why does she come running everytime Brimstone called?, traveling to far flung and dangerous places to collect teeth. Who are her parents ?how did she come to be brought up by Chimaera from Elsewhere? where is elsewhere ? what are the teeth for?

ERRAND REQUIRING IMMEDIATE ATTENTION.COME

When Brimstone called she always came.

The beginning of the story had way more questions than answers, but soon some of the questions where being resolved, except the big mystery who is Karou? really? That comes well into the story once you are completely reeled in.

Now the door to Elsewhere is closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.

I love the depth of the characters and the descriptive detail of not only them but Prague, and of course Elsewhere! The story unravels with unexpected twists and slow realistions. I devoured this book and challenge you not to do the same, its addictive.

Have you read this book? or the whole trilogy? 


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Yankee candle Dark Berries

What I love about candles are not just there scent throw, but there decorative abilities and the ambience they create once lit. A beautiful candle has the power to set the scene in our home, and when it comes to beautiful scents and attractive design Yankee Candle are at the top of the pile for me.

I was lucky enough to receive this square 3 wick dark berries candle for my birthday and have immediately fallen in love with it.
This is my first of the newer square candles and I must say I like the design and subtle decoration, and the colour of the dark berries candle would look stunning in any room. The three wicks ensure an even burn and create a lovely ambience when lit.

Now for the scent, well if you have read any of my candle reviews before you will know, sweet, and fruity scents are my preference, and dark berries doesn't disappoint. The ripe blackberry top notes offer a whiff of fruit even before lit, with mid notes of rose and peony and base notes cashmere wood and musk. The scent has depth and sophistication perfect for any room of the home.

Yankee candle Dark Berries
     
If you fancy getting your hands on your own dark berries candle, the whole range is available from Yankeecandle.co.uk . The square three wick design is £20.


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Yankee candle Dark Berries



Yankee candle Dark Berries

What I love about candles are not just there scent throw, but there decorative abilities and the ambience they create once lit. A beautiful candle has the power to set the scene in our home, and when it comes to beautiful scents and attractive design Yankee Candle are at the top of the pile for me.

I was lucky enough to receive this square 3 wick dark berries candle for my birthday and have immediately fallen in love with it.
This is my first of the newer square candles and I must say I like the design and subtle decoration, and the colour of the dark berries candle would look stunning in any room. The three wicks ensure an even burn and create a lovely ambience when lit.

Now for the scent, well if you have read any of my candle reviews before you will know, sweet, and fruity scents are my preference, and dark berries doesn't disappoint. The ripe blackberry top notes offer a whiff of fruit even before lit, with mid notes of rose and peony and base notes cashmere wood and musk. The scent has depth and sophistication perfect for any room of the home.

Yankee candle Dark Berries
     
If you fancy getting your hands on your own dark berries candle, the whole range is available from Yankeecandle.co.uk . The square three wick design is £20.


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My favourite affordable skincare for my combination/oily skin

I have tried numerous skincare brands and products with varying degrees of success. My combination/oily skin has of course has its ups and downs with various factors affecting how good or bad it is. Like anyone my health, medications and hormones have sometimes taken their toll on my complexion. In today's post I am sharing some of my favourite affordable skincare products that I use everyday, and have helped to stabilise my skin and keep breakouts to a minimum.

Cleansing

Recently I have found the virtues of double cleansing, that is using two cleansing products, one to remove makeup and one to thoroughly cleanse my skin. I know I'm late to the party but I do think this has really been the key to my improved skin.

Camomile cleansing butter- the body shop is my first cleanser, the balm is brilliant for melting my makeup which I then remove with a hot cloth. The second cleanser in my routine is Vichy Normaderm deep cleansing purifying gel* a gentle gel cleanser that removes any traces of balm and gives my skin a final clean, leaving it feeling clean and smooth, yet soft.

Toner

I have recently added the budget buy Aldi Lacura healthy glow exfoliating toner to my routine, before this I used Pixi glow tonic which although I loved is a pricy product that at the time of running out I couldn't afford to replace. So I picked up the Lacura toner, as originally a temporary substitution, but as I found it performed well, I continued using,  although the ingredients may not be exact they are very alike and the scent is not quite as nice, for a quarter of the price a worthy replacement for those on a budget.

Moisteriser

La roche posay effaclar duo(+) is the product I credit with clearing my skin. Effaclar duo(+) is a skin perfecter that not only helps treat and fight breakouts but moisterises my skin. Its light texture absorbs into my skin easily, leaving it soft and hydrated without being to heavy or oily.

My favourite affordable skincare for my combination/oily skin
 
Let me know if you have tried any of these products and your thoughts.

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My favourite affordable skincare for my combination/oily skin



My favourite affordable skincare for my combination/oily skin

I have tried numerous skincare brands and products with varying degrees of success. My combination/oily skin has of course has its ups and downs with various factors affecting how good or bad it is. Like anyone my health, medications and hormones have sometimes taken their toll on my complexion. In today's post I am sharing some of my favourite affordable skincare products that I use everyday, and have helped to stabilise my skin and keep breakouts to a minimum.

Cleansing

Recently I have found the virtues of double cleansing, that is using two cleansing products, one to remove makeup and one to thoroughly cleanse my skin. I know I'm late to the party but I do think this has really been the key to my improved skin.

Camomile cleansing butter- the body shop is my first cleanser, the balm is brilliant for melting my makeup which I then remove with a hot cloth. The second cleanser in my routine is Vichy Normaderm deep cleansing purifying gel* a gentle gel cleanser that removes any traces of balm and gives my skin a final clean, leaving it feeling clean and smooth, yet soft.

Toner

I have recently added the budget buy Aldi Lacura healthy glow exfoliating toner to my routine, before this I used Pixi glow tonic which although I loved is a pricy product that at the time of running out I couldn't afford to replace. So I picked up the Lacura toner, as originally a temporary substitution, but as I found it performed well, I continued using,  although the ingredients may not be exact they are very alike and the scent is not quite as nice, for a quarter of the price a worthy replacement for those on a budget.

Moisteriser

La roche posay effaclar duo(+) is the product I credit with clearing my skin. Effaclar duo(+) is a skin perfecter that not only helps treat and fight breakouts but moisterises my skin. Its light texture absorbs into my skin easily, leaving it soft and hydrated without being to heavy or oily.

My favourite affordable skincare for my combination/oily skin
 
Let me know if you have tried any of these products and your thoughts.

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New Lemon superfood all-in-one rescue butter from Dr botanicals review
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I'm back with yet another skincare product, you know I love trying new skincare, so when I was asked if I wanted to try this brand new offering from Dr Botanicals, I was all over it. I have tried other products from the brand before and have always been happy with them. If you haven't heard of Dr Botanicals, here's a bit about them. They are a UK based company, making natural, botanical, vegan luxury skincare products.

Lemon superfood all-in-one rescue butter is Dr botanicals brand new launch, here's what they say about their new product.

Lemon Superfood all-in-one Rescue Butter is a multi-use, high-performance butter which can be used as a moisturiser and treatment. The 96% natural formulation is packed full of minerals, antioxidants and vitamins which work together to rejuvenate, renew and invigorate dull and dry skin.

This rescue butter can be used on both the face and the body. On the body as a nourishing moisteriser for dry skin and on the face as an overnight hydrating treatment. I haven't tried it on my face as my skin is combination/oily and I tend to steer clear of heavy creams, my body on the other hand is the polar opposite and is as dry as the sahara desert. I have been using this cream for a week now on the dry skin on my legs, elbows and hands, and already my skin is feeling so much softer. The skin on my legs gets so dry its flakey, but it hasn't been since using this cream. The cream itself is thick yet absorbs easily and doesn't leave a sticky residue, its left my skin feeling so much better, I found it instantly soothing on application. 

The lemon superfood all-in-one rescue butter has a gorgeous lemon scent that smells really fresh and not at all fake. It also packs a punch with top hydrating ingredients including lemongrass oil, almond oil, coconut oil and grapeseed oil as you can see it really means business when it comes to hydration and adding moisture to parched skin.

If this sounds up you street you can try it for yourself from Dr Botanicals for £19 for a 50ml tube.


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New Lemon superfood all-in-one rescue butter from Dr botanicals review



New Lemon superfood all-in-one rescue butter from Dr botanicals review
Gifted product
I'm back with yet another skincare product, you know I love trying new skincare, so when I was asked if I wanted to try this brand new offering from Dr Botanicals, I was all over it. I have tried other products from the brand before and have always been happy with them. If you haven't heard of Dr Botanicals, here's a bit about them. They are a UK based company, making natural, botanical, vegan luxury skincare products.

Lemon superfood all-in-one rescue butter is Dr botanicals brand new launch, here's what they say about their new product.

Lemon Superfood all-in-one Rescue Butter is a multi-use, high-performance butter which can be used as a moisturiser and treatment. The 96% natural formulation is packed full of minerals, antioxidants and vitamins which work together to rejuvenate, renew and invigorate dull and dry skin.

This rescue butter can be used on both the face and the body. On the body as a nourishing moisteriser for dry skin and on the face as an overnight hydrating treatment. I haven't tried it on my face as my skin is combination/oily and I tend to steer clear of heavy creams, my body on the other hand is the polar opposite and is as dry as the sahara desert. I have been using this cream for a week now on the dry skin on my legs, elbows and hands, and already my skin is feeling so much softer. The skin on my legs gets so dry its flakey, but it hasn't been since using this cream. The cream itself is thick yet absorbs easily and doesn't leave a sticky residue, its left my skin feeling so much better, I found it instantly soothing on application. 

The lemon superfood all-in-one rescue butter has a gorgeous lemon scent that smells really fresh and not at all fake. It also packs a punch with top hydrating ingredients including lemongrass oil, almond oil, coconut oil and grapeseed oil as you can see it really means business when it comes to hydration and adding moisture to parched skin.

If this sounds up you street you can try it for yourself from Dr Botanicals for £19 for a 50ml tube.


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Culottes the unsung hero of my wardrobe

Culottes are a fairly recent addition to my Spring and Summer wardrobe. They first made an appearance last year and I'm loving them even more this Summertime. I honestly thought being short meant I couldn't wear Culottes, but since having tried them I'm hopeful they look ok... as I just love how easy they are to wear.

They are perfect for warm days the cut of culottes makes them a much cooler alternative then skinny trousers or jeans. They also look great with sandals especially a pair with a heel, even a small amount of lift looks super flattering with culottes. They come in loads of fabrics, this pair is a jersey denim fabric from Next but I also own more lightweight pairs. They also look great plain or patterned, especially stripes.
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The culotte trousers have become a staple in my wardrobe, due to there versatility, Casual, work, evening you name the setting, culottes will work.

Culottes the unsung hero of my wardrobe

Culottes the unsung hero of my wardrobe

Culottes the unsung hero of my wardrobe

Culottes the unsung hero of my wardrobe

Culottes the unsung hero of my wardrobe

Culottes the unsung hero of my wardrobe

Culottes the unsung hero of my wardrobe

Are you a culottes wearer?

Culottes the unsung hero of my wardrobe


Culottes the unsung hero of my wardrobe

Culottes are a fairly recent addition to my Spring and Summer wardrobe. They first made an appearance last year and I'm loving them even more this Summertime. I honestly thought being short meant I couldn't wear Culottes, but since having tried them I'm hopeful they look ok... as I just love how easy they are to wear.

They are perfect for warm days the cut of culottes makes them a much cooler alternative then skinny trousers or jeans. They also look great with sandals especially a pair with a heel, even a small amount of lift looks super flattering with culottes. They come in loads of fabrics, this pair is a jersey denim fabric from Next but I also own more lightweight pairs. They also look great plain or patterned, especially stripes.
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The culotte trousers have become a staple in my wardrobe, due to there versatility, Casual, work, evening you name the setting, culottes will work.

Culottes the unsung hero of my wardrobe

Culottes the unsung hero of my wardrobe

Culottes the unsung hero of my wardrobe

Culottes the unsung hero of my wardrobe

Culottes the unsung hero of my wardrobe

Culottes the unsung hero of my wardrobe

Culottes the unsung hero of my wardrobe

Are you a culottes wearer?


What I read In May

Since starting my reading challenge in January, I honestly wasn't sure if five months down the line, I would still be into it, but........I've read 26 books so far and still going strong. I really am back into reading and loving every minute. I have read some great books and learnt so much, and May is know exception to this, although I have been quite busy I've still managed 4 books, less then I would of liked but not bad all the same, and oh my have they been good books.

The Muse - Jessie Burton ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is my bargain book of the month picked up from a charity shop for 30p, I must admit it was the beautiful cover that drew me in. I really enjoyed this story and would love to read more from Jessie, her writing is powerful and the story gripping, making it at times hard to put down. The story skips back and forth between 1967 in London to rural Spain in 1936, a time of great unrest in not only Spain but the whole of Europe making it a dangerous place for some, It took awhile for me to link the two eras in my mind, but Jessie keeps you gripped and wanting to know the truth about the painting and it's past.

A picture hides a thousand words...............

On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the steps of the Skelton gallery in London ready for her luck to change. She has been employed as a typist by the enigmatic Marjorie Quick, who unlocks potential in Odelle she didn't know she had. When a masterpiece arrives at the gallery Quick knows more than she is prepared to reveal and Odelle is determined to unravel the truth.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I got the entire Potter series for Mothers day this year and Am planning reading them interspersed with other books on my reading list. This is my first time reading the books having seen the films countless times. I'm loving them so far, I love how detailed Rowling's descriptions are and how she draws you in. It's interesting to see the differences between the original stories and the movie.

"There is a plot, Harry Potter. A plot to make most terrible things happen at Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry this year"


The Flatshare - Beth O'leary ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Flatshare has been a hyped new release, but in my opinion rightly so. I loved this book and romped through it in 2 days flat. You can't help but empathise with the two main characters Tiffy and Leon, but all the characters are well developed and bring background to Tiffy and Leon.

Tiffy and Leon share a flat.
Tiffy and Leon share a bed.
Tiffy and Leon have never met. 

Read my full review of the Flatshare here

The Guernsey Literary and Potato peel pie society - Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Burrows ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I must admit until this was selected in the blogger book club I hadn't heard of it, I've since discovered it's an international bestseller and his been adapted into a movie.

The book is written purely in letter form, something I wasn't sure about in the beginning but it really works for this tale where there are so many characters and so many stories to tell. It saves the story getting muddled and confused and makes it easy to follow and for the characters to develop. The writing is so descriptive that each character is really brought to life, even the island becomes a character in itself.

Set In Guernsey after the war the book enlightened me so much to what the occupation and the years after must of been like, something I must admit I new little about.

It's 1946 and Juliet ashton can't think what to write next. Out of the blue she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey - by chance he's acquired a book that once belonged to her - and, spurred on by their mutual love of reading, they begin a correspondence. When Dawsey reveals he's a member of the Guernsey Literary and potato peel pie society, her curiosity is piqued and it's not long before she begins to hear from other members. As letters fly back and forth with stories of life in Guernsey under the German occupation, Juliet soon realises that the society is every bit as extraordinary as its name.  

This book really stole my heart and has become one of my favourite books, I loved it and recommend it to everyone. I'm planning on watching the film next.

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What I read In May


What I read In May

Since starting my reading challenge in January, I honestly wasn't sure if five months down the line, I would still be into it, but........I've read 26 books so far and still going strong. I really am back into reading and loving every minute. I have read some great books and learnt so much, and May is know exception to this, although I have been quite busy I've still managed 4 books, less then I would of liked but not bad all the same, and oh my have they been good books.

The Muse - Jessie Burton ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is my bargain book of the month picked up from a charity shop for 30p, I must admit it was the beautiful cover that drew me in. I really enjoyed this story and would love to read more from Jessie, her writing is powerful and the story gripping, making it at times hard to put down. The story skips back and forth between 1967 in London to rural Spain in 1936, a time of great unrest in not only Spain but the whole of Europe making it a dangerous place for some, It took awhile for me to link the two eras in my mind, but Jessie keeps you gripped and wanting to know the truth about the painting and it's past.

A picture hides a thousand words...............

On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the steps of the Skelton gallery in London ready for her luck to change. She has been employed as a typist by the enigmatic Marjorie Quick, who unlocks potential in Odelle she didn't know she had. When a masterpiece arrives at the gallery Quick knows more than she is prepared to reveal and Odelle is determined to unravel the truth.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I got the entire Potter series for Mothers day this year and Am planning reading them interspersed with other books on my reading list. This is my first time reading the books having seen the films countless times. I'm loving them so far, I love how detailed Rowling's descriptions are and how she draws you in. It's interesting to see the differences between the original stories and the movie.

"There is a plot, Harry Potter. A plot to make most terrible things happen at Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry this year"


The Flatshare - Beth O'leary ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Flatshare has been a hyped new release, but in my opinion rightly so. I loved this book and romped through it in 2 days flat. You can't help but empathise with the two main characters Tiffy and Leon, but all the characters are well developed and bring background to Tiffy and Leon.

Tiffy and Leon share a flat.
Tiffy and Leon share a bed.
Tiffy and Leon have never met. 

Read my full review of the Flatshare here

The Guernsey Literary and Potato peel pie society - Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Burrows ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I must admit until this was selected in the blogger book club I hadn't heard of it, I've since discovered it's an international bestseller and his been adapted into a movie.

The book is written purely in letter form, something I wasn't sure about in the beginning but it really works for this tale where there are so many characters and so many stories to tell. It saves the story getting muddled and confused and makes it easy to follow and for the characters to develop. The writing is so descriptive that each character is really brought to life, even the island becomes a character in itself.

Set In Guernsey after the war the book enlightened me so much to what the occupation and the years after must of been like, something I must admit I new little about.

It's 1946 and Juliet ashton can't think what to write next. Out of the blue she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey - by chance he's acquired a book that once belonged to her - and, spurred on by their mutual love of reading, they begin a correspondence. When Dawsey reveals he's a member of the Guernsey Literary and potato peel pie society, her curiosity is piqued and it's not long before she begins to hear from other members. As letters fly back and forth with stories of life in Guernsey under the German occupation, Juliet soon realises that the society is every bit as extraordinary as its name.  

This book really stole my heart and has become one of my favourite books, I loved it and recommend it to everyone. I'm planning on watching the film next.

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Dear Mrs. Bird
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The Keeper of Lost Things
Three Things About Elsie
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Wilde Like Me
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