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THE BOOKS I’VE READ IN AUGUST

I’ve only very recently got myself into reading, and like most things I do in life, I don’t just ‘like’ them, I become fully hooked & obsessed, and have to buy every book I lay my eyes on. But that aside, I’ve been loving it, so relaxing. You see I always thought I was a super slow reader, but here I am, I’ve read three ( !! 3 whole books !! ) in August ( ! pat on the back there Sarah ya gem ! ). So I thought ( if I keep up the reading.. ) I could do this every month, let ya know what I’ve read in the month, and what my thoughts on the books are!?

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The Queen of Bloody Everything

Synopsis

Have you ever wished for a different mother? Dido has… As Edie Jones lies in a bed on the fourteenth floor of a Cambridge hospital, her adult daughter Dido tells their story, starting with the day that changed everything. That was the day Dido – age six years and twenty-seven days old – met the handsome Tom Trevelyan, his precocious sister, Harry, and their parents, Angela and David. The day Dido fell in love with a family completely different from her own. Because the Trevelyans were exactly the kind of family Dido dreamed of: Normal. Joanna Nadin’s first novel for adults, The Queen of Bloody Everything, is about mothers, daughters, and how family might be what you make it, but you can’t change where you come from.

Review

★★★☆☆ ~ 3/5

I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but, the thing that attracted me to this book was indeed the cover, it’s beautiful and very 70s. I wanted to be able to just step into this book, and be in the garden that was described, it’s amazing. It has a great mother and daughter focus, along with neighbour relationships. You hear all about Dido’s life from her perspective, highly recommend!

The Keeper of Lost Things

Synopsis

Anthony Peardew is the Keeper of ‘lost things’. Forty years ago he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Broken-hearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects – the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidentally left behind – and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, he worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life’s mission to his unsuspecting housekeeper Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy. But the final wishes of the Keeper of ‘lost things’ have unforeseen repercussions that trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters…

Review

★★★☆☆ ~ 3/5

I really did enjoy this book also, you just from the start wanted everyone to retrieve their lost things, and find out the stories that went with them. It did turn and have a ghost storyline for a little bit in the middle, but it defiantly wasn’t overpowering, or confusing, it fit quite nicely. I’d just say I wish there had been a few more stories of the lost things being returned.

Three Things About Elsie

Synopsis

Eighty-four year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly a man who died sixty years ago?

Review

★★★★★ ~ 5/5

WOW, this book is the best I’ve read (granted that’s not many), but I don’t see any books beating this for a long time. I just fell in love with all of the characters, especially Florence & Jack. This was a page turner, it made my laugh at loud, wonder what was going to happen, it had me gripped, and also made me cry. It shows the effects of dementia very well, and portrays the older generation perfectly. I never wanted this book to end, and I will defiantly be read it again. Last quick point, the cover?! Gosh I love it, it’s so cosy and just perfect. If you haven’t read this, then do!

I’ve made myself a Good Reads account where ya can basically add all the books you want to read, and save the ones you’ve already read to see your progress, you can have a look at my account on there if you want to see what I fancy reading next.. ~here~!

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seksy embrace ; fragrance review!

I love wearing a perfume daily, I feel like it’s the final piece of your outfit, right!? It’s what most people notice on you, and it’s something that’s very individual.

Recently the brand Seksy have launched a new fragrance collection, called Prism Parfums, Seksy themselves have collaborated with both Time Products, and Swarovski to make the three perfumes happen. The three signature fragrances are designed to embody female tastes across the globe. 

I chose the Seksy Embrace scent, as it sounded most up my street out of the three, and plus, it’s orange, well more peach, but anything warmed toned I love. ( Choosing a perfume because of it’s colour, ok Sarah, you do you ). Anyway it’s hard to describe a scent isn’t it, why isn’t someone inventing smell through screens?! Getting away from the point.. Seksy Embrace is described as floral, feminine, enchanting, and seductive. It has top notes of orange blossom, blackcurrant and pear. The heart is rich with iris, jasmine and patchouli. It’s also a little musky with vanilla, Tonka bean and praline to create a deep and opulent finish. ( !! totally didn’t read that from a sheet !! ). In my words, basically a delight, I’d say it’s more for me something I’ll wear in the coming Autumn months rather than summer, but I’ve been loving it, it’s hard to choose a scent without smelling, but I chose goooood!

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The packaging, or should I say the bottle, we must chat about that next, it’s amazing, it’s a 12 sided glass bottle, that has a lil crystal at the top, stunning! Also has a crystal that you can pop of and use as a charm, or can leave on the bottle! It’s defiantly an easy size / shape to pop in your handbag, which is always HANDY ( ! lol ! ).

Defiantly have a look at the other two fragrances over on the Seksy beauty website ~here~. And here is a lil link to Seksy Embrace ( ! my fave ! ), ~here~!

*the products mentioned in this post have been sent to me for free, but all my opinions are my own*

Love yas x

boohoo travel outfit

Whenever you’re travelling you need to be comfortable, that’s the key, but also you want to feel stylish and on trend. Well Boohoo have your back here a tell ya, they have a huge range of amazing bits to wear at the airport, or even just for a day travelling in the car. Now I was very lucky to be able to choose a couple of bits from the Boohoo Man range, I was very drawn to the hoodie selection and also picked up a lovely little holdall bag to carry everything I need wherever I’m going.

So the outfit I’ve chose for travelling was of course a hoodie, now this one in particular from Boohoo is the ‘MAN Signature Embroidered Hoodie’ and I chose the size ‘L’ so it would be a lil larger, whenever you’re travelling comfort is key and you don’t want suffocating by a tight hoodie! This hoodie is SO soft, I’m obsessed, all fluffy inside, such a dream! The embroidery is really nice on the outside too, it adds a lil something something to it, and the quality is amazing overall! I chose the shade ‘pumice stone’ and it’s just a lovely neutral grey / stone shade, goes well with anything!

For the rest of my travelling outfit I picked out a distressed hem denim skirt, with this it’s just comfy again, nothing covering your legs so it’s nice and airy could we say, yes airy. I also think this dresses up the hoodie and makes me feel pulled together, rather than a pair of joggers! I whipped on my little Primark slider shoes which again, comfort (!! do you see the reacurring theme of comfort, that’s what it’s alllll about !!), these can be slipped off easy in the car too ~if you’re a passanger~.

Now we have the bag, gosh I love bags, so I knew I had to find one. I chose the ‘PU Weekend Holdall with Zips’ in the colour brown, adds a little colour and I felt would go perfect with the stone coloured hoodie! It’s a good size bag and holds everything you need for a little travel! It has short straps and also a longer over the body / shoulder strap so it’s easy to carry!

Now one last thing about Boohoo is the fast delivery, so if you’re struggling and need that last minute outfit, or if it was a spontaneous trip, you can get what you need delivered the next day without paying a fortune!

I would recommend checking out the full Boohoo Man airport page ~they separate it for you, which is super handy~ !here! ; also pick up the hoodie ~here~ & pick up the holdall ~here~.

*this post is in collaboration with boohoo, the products mentioned in this post have been sent to me for free, but all my opinions are my own*

Love yas x

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superdrug foot peeling socks!

Woo it’s summer, and sandal season, we’ve had a heatwave, and Superdrug have come out with some brand new products to keep our feet looking fab throughout the season! And one of those products is something very interesting, I’d heard a little bit about them, but never tried them before, it’s foot peeling socks / mask..

If you’ve not seen these before, you’ll be a little confused, let me explain! So they’re big clear socks basically, that you pop on from 60 – 90 minutes, whack them on your feet and have a relax, a chill. They have a liquid solution inside the sock which is formulated with a blend of AHA’s, and after using them the skin on your feet will gently peel away within 3 – 5 days (doesn’t hurt at all, rather satisfying pulling a layer of skin off), basically takes of allll the dry/dead skin (EW) of your feet and leaves you with probably the feet you were born with, only bigger in a couple of weeks.

Sometimes things like this are gimmicky, I know, but I’ve tried these, so has my mam, and honestly amazing! I mean I’m not going to insert foot pics lmao, but my feet have never felt to soft! It’s nice to treat your feet, they get you around everyday!

It’s not something you would have to do too often, just when you feel your feet need a little TLC! You can also buy nourishing foot masks, that include honey etc. which I have used after as a little follow up to keep the softness!

Overall I would so recommend picking this foot peel up from Superdrug, I’ve only ever seen foot peels on places like eBay, and they scare me, haha! So at least we know this is safe! Have a lil look at it ~here~!

*the products mentioned in this post have been sent to me for free, but all my opinions are my own*

Love yas x

wellvivid mirror

Mirrors are pretty much an essential for everyone, not just makeup obsessed people like me, but this one I’m about to chat about is very amazing for getting your face on, it’s very quickly became the mirror I use daily, and something I don’t understand how I lived without.

First of all the mirror size is perfect for everyday, you can see everything and it’s a lot bigger than the previous mirror I used daily (which was the no7 light up mirror). Because it’s more of a rectangle shape you can see everything, and it makes it fab to do your hair in too!

Along with the main mirror, on the left hand side you had a 2x zoom mirror and a 3x zoom mirror, which are perfect for looking close up, I tend to use the for when I pluck my eyebrows (when I can be bothered to go through the pain of that haha!) Then on the right hand side of the main mirror you are blessed with a normal rectangle mirror, which is fab as you can see side views, and just adds of course MORE mirror space!

Even though there is a lot of mirror space the mirror itself is still compact, and it all folds back up (as you’ll see in the photos), which is so handy for storing, and also for travelling! It has a shelf you could say where you can pop whatever you want, ie. the makeup you’re using which is super handy!

As well as being a fab general mirror it LIGHTS UP, woo! Perfect when you’re doing your makeup as you can see your face super clearly. You can choose how bright you want it too which is brill, just be dimming it. To make it work you can either use batteries, or just plug into a plug via a usb / just your phone charger!

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All in all I am truly obsessed with this mirror and don’t know how I did my makeup right without it!! ~haha~. 

Head over to the Well Vivid website ~here~ and have a lil read up about the mirror in there words! Also buy the Well Vivid mirror from Amazon through the link ~here~!

A massive thank you to the team at Wellvivid, they are so lovely, and I don’t think you could buy from a nicer couple! SO HELPFUL

*the products mentioned in this post have been sent to me for free, but all my opinions are my own*

Love yas x