29 August 2014

Haul: Recent Purchases | Beauty

I've been buying a few bits and pieces here and there in the sales, so I thought I'd share my recent beauty purchases with you:
theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder, RRP £13.50/7.08g
Using revolutionary oil-absorbing spheres to remove shine, this translucent powder should leave you with a soft, matte and shine-free finish. I haven't tried this yet but I'm hoping for great things!
theBalm What's Your Type? Tall, Dark & Handsome Black Mascara, RRP £13.50/10ml
With a separating, injection moulded brush, this mascara should give you a smooth application with long, defined lashes and no clumping. I've used this a few times and I'm loving it!
Crabtree & Evelyn Honey Lip Salve, RRP £4/4.2g
The peach element of this lip balm sounded lovely and honey is very moisturising and nourishing. The sweet, sickly honey scent is a little too strong at first but it fades after a while and keeps lips soft and smooth.
Superdrug Extracts Revitalising Raspberry & Macadamia Nut Shampoo, RRP £1.99/400ml & Superdrug Extracts Revitalising Raspberry & Macadamia Nut Conditioner, RRP £1.99/400ml
I purchased these pretty much based on the scent/ingredients; they sounded delicious! And they do smell good; really fruity. These are aimed at coloured hair and claim to enhance shine. Can't wait to use these!
x2 Superdrug Antibacterial Hand Gel, RRP 99p/100ml
I bought these simply because I wanted a cruelty-free hand gel to try. I use quite a lot of hand gel at work, so I'm hoping these fragrance-free ones will do just fine!

What have you been buying lately? Have you tried any of these products?
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26 August 2014

Today's Outfit | Fashion

Hi guys! I hope everyone had a good Bank Holiday weekend! We're off out to the cinema this evening to see Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For, and then I'm off to work tonight and tomorrow night as extras and then back to work as normal on friday night! It always seems like a good idea to accept extra shifts at the time...
Anyway, today I'm debuting my denim shirt which I bought a little while back but haven't worn yet as I wasn't sure how to style it. Hopefully today's look is a good start; let me know!
Pink Boxy Lightweight Top - Matalan (SS14)
Denim Shirt - Primark (SS14)
Black Skinny Jeans - ASOS (AW13)
Brown Riding-Style Boots - JustFab (AW13)
Tan Shopper Bag - JustFab (SS14)
Blue Gem Rope Statement Necklace - eBay
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25 August 2014

New In This Week | Fashion

Lots of new season arrivals this week, including cosy knitwear, neutral accessories and a little bit of bling!

1. BHS Hematite Seebead Plait Necklace, £12.50
Add to your collection with this plaited grey statement necklace; perfect for teaming with knitwear.
2. McQ Alexander McQueen Oversized Cable Knit Wool-Blend Sweater, £345
This off-white, oversized sweater is the perfect companion for cosy days in with a hot chocolate!
3. Principles by Ben de Lisi Suedette Resin Clasp Clutch Bag, £34
This neutral grey clutch will compliment many outfits and add a stylish touch.

4. Darling Mimi Bow Jumper, £49
Adorned with beaded bow embellishments, this pretty jumper is sure to add interest to your daytime look.
5. Dorothy Perkins Stone Ring, £6.50
This pretty cocktail ring will look great day or night.
6. Karen Millen Satin Trimmed Coat, £325
Show that you mean business with this luxurious satin trim trench coat in silver-grey.
7. F&F @ Tesco Twisted Mesh Chain Necklace, £8
This delicately twisted silver necklace features pretty little beads that give an elegant touch.

8. Forever 21 Pleated Floral Chiffon Dress, £17.50
This pretty chiffon dress with delicate pleating detail is a great piece to wear during this transition into the new season. Wear with tights and ankle boots on the colder days.
9. Zara Cropped Medium Rise Jeans, £39.99
This gorgeous jeans feature distressed touches and are the perfect length for showing off ankles and pretty shoes!
10. French Connection La Boheme Embellished Jacket, £175
Finish off your evening outfit with this embellished jacket featuring lots of beading.

11. Wallis Giraffe Print Cardigan, £45
I am loving this cardigan! Definitely on the wishlist. With waterfall draping and a fun animal print, this will look great any day of the week.
12. H&M Draped Jacket, £29.99
Inject some bright colour into your evening outfit with this sharp blazer featuring silver zip detail and faux leather accents.
13. River Island Metal Trim Cross Body Bag, £18
This stylish black bag is a great go-with-anything everyday bag.
14. Matalan Ruched Faux Suede Ankle Boots, £25
These faux suede ankle boots will look great in your Autumn wardrobe!

Anything new catching your eye this week? Are you excited for AW14?!
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22 August 2014

The Reading List | Lifestyle

I am a terrible book reader. I mean, I love books and I love reading them, but I suck at it! It takes me ages to finish a book,
unless I really, really love it and I have a whole cupboard full of them.
I want to try and set myself a challenge of reading one book per month and I may even post a monthly book review for you guys.
To kick-start this challenge, I had a rummage through that book cupboard and picked out the books which appealed to me most and have now formed my reading list.
The Whaleboat House by Mark Mills
"Long Island, 1947. The men of Long Island have fished the wild Atlantic waters over the centuries. For Conrad Labarde, recently returned from the Second World War, the nets hold a sinister catch – the body of Lillian Wallace, a beautiful New York socialite.
Is it an accident or murder? Police chief Tom Hollis is convinced the roots of the tragedy lie in the twisted histories of local families. But the enigmatic Labarde insists on pursuing his own investigation. It seems the fisherman may have powerful reasons for wanting answers to the questions surrounding her death. And in this strange place where tradition meets power and riches, the truth is a rare thing indeed…"

Call The Midwife by Jennifer Worth
"Life in London's docklands in the 1950's was tough. The brothels of Cable Street, the Kray brothers and gang warfare, the meths drinkers in the bombsites - this was the world that Jennifer Worth entered when she became a midwife at the age of twenty-two. Babies were born in slum conditions, often with no running water.
Jennifer Worth describes the romance and beauty of the great port of London, the bug-infested tenements, the spectre of disease, the sense of community and the incredible resilience of women who bore more than ten children. Funny, disturbing and moving, Call the Midwife brings to life a world that has now changed beyond measure."

The House By The Sea by Santa Montefiore
"Ten-year-old Floriana is captivated by the beauty of the magnificent Tuscan villa just outside her small village and dreams of living there someday. Then one hot afternoon, Dante, the son of the villa’s owner, invites her inside and from that moment on Floriana knows that her destiny is there, with him.
Decades later and hundreds of miles away, a beautiful old country house hotel on England’s Devon coast has fallen on hard times. Its owner, Mariana, hires an artist-in-residence to stay the summer and teach the guests how to paint. The man she finds is charismatic and wise and begins to pacify the discord in her family and transform the fortunes o the hotel. However, it soon becomes clear that he is not who he seems…
From the Italian countryside to the English coast, The House by the Sea is a moving and mysterious tale of love, forgiveness and the past revealed."

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
"Following a childhood haunted by terrifying events at the Overlook Hotel, Danny Torrance has been drifting for decades.
Finally, he settles into a job at a nursing home where he draws on his remnant "shining" power to help people pass on.
The he meets Abra Stone, a young girl with the brightest "shining" ever seen. But her gift is attracting a tribe of paranormals. They may look harmless, old and devoted to their Recreational Vehicles, but The True Knot live off the "steam" that children like Abra produce.
Now Dan must confront his old demons as he battles for Abra's soul and survival..."

The Complete History Of Jack The Ripper by Philip Sugden
"The definitive account of the Ripper killings - a new and revised edition.
The Jack the Ripper murders of 1888-91 constitute the world's most famous murder mystery. On this case, Philip Sugden's highly acclaimed study, here reissued in a revised and updated edition, is regarded as a classic. Combining thrilling detective work with meticulous research, it provides both a compelling narrative and an authoritative reassessment of all the evidence."

Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King
"Dolores Claiborne has a story to tell. But it isn't exactly the one the police are expecting to hear.
Suspected of murdering Vera Donovan, the crippled widow for whom she worked as housekeeper and companion, Dolores admits the two women hadn't always got along.
Apparently neglected by her children and eaten up with bitterness despite her wealth, Mrs Donovan had hovered on the brink of madness for years. And when her demons became too strong, Dolores was there to take the punishment. Maybe one day Dolores had just had enough.
But Dolores Claiborne's story is a little different. A little darker, a little stranger - and a lot more horrifying."

Dead Like You by Peter James
"Don't imagine for one moment that I'm not watching you ...
The Metropole Hotel, Brighton. After a heady New Year’s Eve ball, a woman is brutally raped as she returns to her room. A week later, another woman is attacked. Both victims’ shoes are taken by the offender.
Detective Superintendent Roy Grace soon realises that these new cases bear remarkable similarities to an unsolved series of crimes in the city back in 1997. The perpetrator had been dubbed ‘Shoe Man’ and was believed to have raped four women before murdering his fifth victim and vanishing. Could this be a copycat, or has Shoe Man resurfaced?
When more women are assaulted, Grace becomes increasingly certain that he is dealing with the same man. And that by delving back into the past - a time in which Grace and his now missing wife Sandy appear happy together - he may find the key to unlocking the current mystery. Soon Grace and his team will find themselves in a desperate race against the clock to identify and save the life of the new sixth victim..."
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
"High fashion, low cunning – and the boss from hell.
When Andrea first sets foot in the plush Manhattan offices of Runway she knows nothing. She's never heard of the world's most fashionable magazine, or its feared and fawned-over editor, Miranda Priestly – her new boss.
A year later, she knows altogether too much:
That it's a sacking offence to wear anything lower than a three-inch heel to work. That you can charge cars, manicures, anything at all to the Runway account, but you must never, ever, leave your desk, or let Miranda's coffee get cold. And that at 3 a.m. on a Sunday, when your boyfriend's dumping you because you're always at work, if Miranda phones, you jump.
But this is Andrea’s big break – it's going to be worth it in the end. Isn't it?"

Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger
"Life has been good to Andy since she quit the job "a million girls would die for" at Runway magazine. Now, ten years later, she's about to get married and she's running her own successful magazine.
But the night before her wedding, she can't sleep. Is it just normal nerves, or is she having serious second thoughts? Andy why can't she stop thinking about her ex-boss, Miranda - aka, the Devil?
It seems that Andy's efforts to build herself a bright new life have led her directly into the path of the Devil herself, bent on revenge..."

The Witness by Nora Roberts
"Abigail Lowery has a dark and terrifying secret. Aged just sixteen, she witnessed a shocking mafia murder. Narrowly escaping with her life, she was forced to leave her old identity - even her real name - behind for good.
Fifteen years later Abigail is still hiding from the world - a semi-recluse in the quiet, rural town of Bickford, Arkansas. She has convinced herself that this is all she needs: peace, safety... and her faithful guard dog Bert.
But Brooks Gleason, the local chief of police, has other ideas. Abigail intrigues him - and he'd like nothing better than to break through the walls she has built around herself. His persistence and determination to uncover the truth is unsettling, exciting - and dangerous. One way or another, it will change both their lives for ever."

The Swedish Girl by Alex Gray
"When Kirsty Wilson lands a room in a luxury Glasgow flat owned by Swedish fellow student Eva Magnusson she can't believe her luck. But Kirsty's delight turns to terror when she finds the beautiful Swedish girl lying dead in their home and their male flatmate accused of her murder. Kirsty refuses to accept that he is guilty and, inspired by family friend Detective Superintendent Lorimer, sets out to clear his name.
Meanwhile, Lorimer calls on trusted psychologist Solly Brightman to help unravel the truth behind the enigmatic Eva's life and death. But it is not long until another woman, bearing a marked resemblance to Eva, is brutally murdered. Horrified, Lorimer realises that Kirsty could be right. Is it possible that Glasgow's finest detective has put the wrong man behind bars? And is there a cold-blooded killer out there orchestrating the death of the next innocent victim?"

The Water Clock by Jim Kelly
"In the bleak snowbound landscape of the Cambridgeshire Fens, a car is winched from a frozen river. Inside, locked in a block of ice, is a man’s mutilated body. Later, high on Ely Cathedral, a second body is found, grotesquely riding a stone gargoyle. The decaying corpse has been there more than thirty years.
When forensic evidence links both victims to one awful event in 1966, local reporter Philip Dryden knows he’s onto a great story. But as his investigations uncover some disturbing truths they also point towards one terrifying foggy night in the Fens two years ago. A night that changed Dryden’s life for ever"
Once I finally get through that lot, I'd love to get my hands on these three:

The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell
"Meet the Bird Family. All four children have an idyllic childhood: a picture-book cottage in a country village, a warm, cosy kitchen filled with love and laughter, sun-drenched afternoons in a rambling garden. But one Easter weekend a tragedy strikes the Bird family that is so devastating that, almost imperceptibly, it begins to tear them apart.
The years pass and the children become adults and begin to develop their own quite separate lives. Soon it's almost as though they've never been a family at all. Almost. But not quite. Because something has happened that will call them home, back to the house they grew up in - and to what really happened that Easter weekend all those years ago."

The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook
"Set in post-war Germany, the international bestseller The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook is a stunning emotional thriller about our fiercest loyalties and our deepest desires. In the bitter winter of 1946, Rachael Morgan arrives with her only remaining son Edmund in the ruins of Hamburg. Here she is reunited with her husband Lewis, a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city.
But as they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an extraordinary decision: they will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal."

A Song For The Dying by Stuart Macbride
"He's back...Eight years ago, 'The Inside Man' murdered four women and left three more in critical condition - all of them with their stomachs slit open and a plastic doll stitched inside. And then the killer just ...disappeared. Ash Henderson was a Detective Inspector on the initial investigation, but a lot can change in eight years.
His family has been destroyed, his career is in tatters, and one of Oldcastle's most vicious criminals is making sure he spends the rest of his life in prison. Now a nurse has turned up dead on a patch of waste ground, a plastic doll buried beneath her skin, and it looks as if Ash might finally get a shot at redemption. At earning his freedom. At revenge."

Do let me know if you've read any of the books listed above and share your thoughts.
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18 August 2014

New In This Week | Fashion

More new season arrivals this week, from pretty dresses to sparkly rings!
1. Boden Natalia Dress, £129 £116.10
This dusky pink dress is just gorgeous and the wrap style is flattering to your figure. With flocked sequin embellishment and soft draping.
2. F&F @ Tesco Pleated Scuba Midi Skirt, £18
Add some volume to your look with this pleated skirt. Dress it up or down for every occasion.
3. ALDO Closter Handheld Bag, £50
This charcoal grey bag will become a wardrobe staple for your daily essentials; perfect for the office.
4. H&M Sparkly Pendant Necklace, £6.99
Add statement style to your casual look with this purse-friendly necklace.
5. Ted Baker Jackie Jewel Clustered Ring, £45
This gorgeous rose gold cluster ring will add a little bit of glamour to your outfit.
6. Boohoo Cecilia Slot Fasten Envelope Clutch Bag, £16
Get set for the new season with this cobalt blue envelope clutch!
7. Accessorize Versailles Embellished Statement Necklace, £29
Start introducing Winter blues to your outfits now with accessories such as this gemstone statement necklace.
8. New Look Metal Point Court Heels, £19.99
Brighten up the last of the Summer with these pointed pink heels.
9. RJR John Rocha Boyfriend Jeans, £39 £31.20
These relaxed boyfriend jeans will give you style and comfort!
10. Fashion Union Jacki Lace Layered Cut-Out Hem Dress, £36
This pretty lace dress is perfect for a night out. I love the cinched-in belt!
11. Oasis Animal PU Trim Top, £32
This relaxed fit animal print top will look great tucked in to skinny jeans for a smart casual look.
12. Wallis Digital Floral Shell Top, £30
This pretty floral print top will look great with black skinnies for an evening out.
13. Topshop Pleated Midi Skirt, £38
With the sporty waistband, this floaty pleated skirt in midnight blue can be dressed up or down.
14. Charlotte Olympia Ming Pandora Perspex Clutch, £795
This marine printed clutch will be your perfect partner to those special occasions.

Anything caught your eye this week?
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