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~!

Xx

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

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

mario badescu ~ skincare routine

Oh how I have longed to try out some Mario Badescu products, but I never really knew what to pick up, well turns out I didn’t need too, as the lovely team over at Mario Badescu sent me over a WHOLE skincare routine for my dry skin, which cuts out me not knowing what products to choose, I have everything, and I honestly believe this will be my skincare routine forever.. Bold statement, but just listen (read lol).

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FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE HERBS AND ROSEWATER; This is bloody lovely, especially when you’re boiling and need a refresh. It can be used under and over makeup, so it’s pretty multi use! It’s been leaving my skin GLOWING, and it smells incredible! It’s such a fab mist as well, you only need one spritz to get you’re whole face (and my face is rather big) so it should last a while. Ps. this is one is for all skin types!

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ORANGE CLEANSING SOAP;ORANGE CLEANSING SOAP; Gosh orange is such a lovely smell, who wouldn’t want an orange smelling cleanser?! This product itself has a sheeny glow to it so of course it defiantly helps the skin have a natural glow! I have mainly been using this on my face, not eyes! Ps. this is for all skin types!

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ALOE VERA TONER; Again this has a fab smell, very refreshing! It’s really been hydrating my skin and making it glow! Normally I’m put of toners as they can sometimes sting, but this one doesn’t at all, it’s very gentle and does what I’ve always looked for in a toner. Ps. this is for dry & sensitive skin types!

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THE MOISTURE MAGNET; WOW! Best moisturiser ever honest! So it has an spf15 in it, which is brill, protects our face from them rays, looking after your skin in the sun is so important! It’s worked so well for me because it’s so hydrating, so it’s really softened any dry areas on my face (I felt my skin the other day and I was like woah is this really mine LOL). Again lush scent, and it’s not too thick so it sinks into the skin pretty quickly, leaves no residue! Ps. this is for dry, sensitive and combination skin types!

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ROSE HIPS NOURISHING OIL; So this is a super thick oil, that nourishes and revives dehydrated and dry skin! I use 2/3 drops on to my very dry areas, ie. round my nose, and on my forehead, I feel like it’s really helping as it’s so thick and it’s concentrated on just them dryer areas! Ps. this is for dry, sensitive & combination skin types!

OIL.jpgCHAMOMILE EYE CREAM; Not any fragrance to this really, which I like because around the eye area can be super sensitive! I find this eye cream to be very soothing, really helps to cool down the eye area, by hydrating them. Handy to use again if you have dryness around your eyes, and it also helps to minimise fine lines. Ps. this is for all skin types!

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CHAMOMILE NIGHT  CREAM; Again not a lot of fragrance from this one, it pretty much does the same as the eye cream but in a more thicker creamy form for your whole face! I love popping loads on before sleep and it just sinks in on it’s own, and you wake up with soft skin PERFECT! Really hydrating and just all round fabulous. Ps. this is for dry, sensitive & combination skin types!

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ROSE HIPS MASK; This smells like bubblegum, it’s bloody incredible! Hands down my new favorite mask for more reasons that just the smell.. The mask itself has little gritty bits in it ~which is my favorite kind of mask~ it really helps to get rid of dirt and exfoliate! It also doesn’t sting, which I find happens with a lot of masks, ~basically you aren’t left looking like a tomato after. Really helping my dry skin a lot, and gives me a glow! Ps. this is for dry, sensitive & combination skin types!

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Oh also the packaging and colour of all these products is fab! I love the colours and the design of each product! The green is very good for me to work with in photos, as it fits in so well with the garden WOO! The prices of each of these products vary, I’d say they were mid range, defiantly worth the little extra splash! Ooo also the whole range by Mario Badescu is cruelty free!

This whole routine I’m doing daily, and it’s totally improved my skin so much! No more dry areas, and I am glowing! I defiantly will be repurchasing every one of these products! It’s so fab to finally find a skincare routine that actually works for me (I’ve tried SO many other brands). They have a lot of different products too, so I’m sure they’d have something for you! Yes you reading hehe!

Also finally a HUGE thank you to the lovely people at Mario Badescu for sending me all of this, I am so grateful eeep!

Love yas x

ANATOMICALS.

Get braced to hear about the most fun brand I have ever come across, I am beyond excited to tell you all about it! Anatomicals, They sell a little bit of everything, mainly face masks, but everything else you could dream of in the way of body & skin care. The main draw for me is the colours, and the funny puns, but the products themselves, are pretty great too.

Let’s start with the face masks (I love face masks, and I’ve tried a lot, practically a connoisseur), and these ones are FAB, they are in the little packets, which I love, normally get one/two uses, mainly share it with someone else, ie. my mam ((hahah she loves it). They have such a variety, for every skin type, and also every sense of humour..

This seaweed mask, is my favourite from the whole collection, it’s such a calming ~smell~ mask, and it leaves my skin feeling the softest ever. Also very cooling, and leaves me feeling very refreshed. Definitely recommend, this is a one I will purchase again n again n agaiiiin!

I mean a chocolate face mask? What more could you want, especially when stressed as it states on the packaging. It left my skin feeling, soft and moisturised. The smell was out of this world, just pure chocolate, which was fab! YUM!

This next mask is a self heating one, which isn’t something I’ve tried a lot of, it’s also mainly for blemished skin, I don’t get a lot of spots as it is, so I can’t say it’s made a difference in that respect, but it’s still a lovely mask! I love whacking on a self

The cherry lip balm has been very close throughout winter, and it’s kept my lips very soft! It has a lovely subtle cheery smell, with a red tint to it, right up my street. It also has spf 8, which is so important, your lips can burn too (facts with sarah).

Hand creams are one of my favourite products (am I 90?) so when I spotted this blueberry one I was so excited, the smell is beyond divine. Then the product itself is very moisturising, this has been a saviour for the past few wintry months.

Have a look over at the Anatomicals website >here<!, they have so many goodies, that you need to have a look at!

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

Love yas x