Week in photographs #38/39

Sunday, September 29, 2013
Here is my latest week in photographs post where I show you the main parts of my week - I have decided to make these posts every two weeks so I have time for other posts. Anyway, my week has consisted of: Facetime calls to my sister at uni, oreo milkshakes, writing reviews, meeting up with family, coffee, new makeup/skincare/candle buys, being ill and fall/halloween draft posts. 

I am still ill this week with a cold so I haven't wanted to do much at all, I have just been writing reviews and blog posts and making soup and oreo milkshakes! I have been loving oreo milkshakes recently. I just put about four oreos, three small scoops vanilla ice cream and approx. 50ml milk in a blender/food processor and it makes an amazing oreo flavoured milkshake - I think I have an addiction! 

There have been quite a few new beauty releases that have just hit online stores such as the revlon chalkboard nail polish duos (drooling over), the new Barry M matte and glitter fall polishes, Loreal's eau de teint foundation, a bourjois eyebrow mascara that I haven't seen before, new barry m eyeshadow palettes, Lush halloween products and the Boots christmas shop is now open - exciting! 

Also I have been writing fall/autumn/halloween related posts this week - I have so many blog posts drafts it is a bit crazy! I have halloween and fall nail designs, wish lists, recent makeup/skincare/candles buys, eczema, contouring, my favourite drugstore makeup, muji makeup storage and so much more coming over the next month, so stay tuned! I have a giveaway coming soon too which I am excited about but it will only be for UK residents as it is four full size Ciate nail polishes, samples and a Topshop eyeshadow crayon!

I now have over 880 followers via GFC and bloglovin combined which is just amazing and my blog has gone over 50,000 page views this week too which I am so happy about - thank you to everyone who follows my blog! 

August & September Favourites!

Friday, September 27, 2013
When I first started blogging I used to make favourites posts every month but I haven't done any in what seems like a year so here is my favourite makeup, skincare and haircare products for August and September!
1. NYX Powder Blush, 'Taupe': I bought this blush after months and months of drooling over it and I bought it from 123hairandbeauty. It was around £5 and I have been using it on and off for about three weeks and I love it. It is a rosy brown blush but it great as a contour because it looks quite ashy on the skin which gives the impression of a shadow. I am going to create a post about my favourite products to contour with (for pale skin) soon!

2. Dr Jart+ BB Beauty Balm 'Platinum': I have wanted to try the Dr Jart BB creams for ages as they are supposed to be nothing like the watered down/light coverage western bb creams. I put of getting one of the BB creams as there are quite a few in the range but I ended up buying the Platinum one which is supposed to be for people over 30 so I thought it would be great for my dry skin as the older you get the more your skin is going to be drier. I have used it about six times now and I really like it. It is the first BB cream that I like! Review coming soon. 

3. Illamasqua Blush Brush: I bought this brush a few months ago and it was part of a collection - it was pretty damn expensive, in my opinion at around £28 for one brush but I couldn't stop thinking about it. I bought it from Asos and even though it is stated as a blush brush I use it for contouring as it is the best shape for contouring the face! I have no idea why they say it is a blush brush, it is very dense and perfect for contouring.

4. Mac Eyebrow Pencil 'Lingering': Love, love, love this eyebrow pencil - it is a bit expensive, although being from Mac you wouldn't expect anything else (it seems like their prices go up daily!). I love this pencil, it is so quick and easy to use and it looks so natural - but there are some flaws with this product. I also love the Loreal Brow Artist Pencil too which I took on holiday with me. 

5. Kielhs Ultimate Strength Hand Salve: I received this as part of my Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar last year and I have been using it almost constantly - it is a staple product in my handbag. I took this hand cream with me on holiday to Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Estonia and Finland - it is a great hand cream. I have also been loving the Avene hand cream even more which is a very recently favourite. 

6. KMS Free Shape Blowdry Spray: Myself and my sister have been using this on and off for the past couple of weeks and it has honestly cut down the time it takes to blow dry our hair by about 1/3. It is a great little spray and it makes my hair quicker to dry and smoother too. 

7. Murad Recovery Treatment Gel: I received this as part of a prize that I won from Birch Box/Murad. I picked it because I have a lot of redness in my skin and sensitiveity due to eczema and I have been using this on and off for a couple of weeks and I definitely notice a reduction in the redness of my skin and it makes my skin really smooth too. I need to try it out more but so far so good! 

8. Bumble and Bumble Thickening Creme Contour: I have mentioned this in a post or two already and I just love it. I bought it from lookfantastic as I had an offer code so it came to about £17. It is a cream that has a light/medium hold and you can shape your hair with it, tame frizz and add volume - it smells divine too. 

Choies Fashion: Paisley print dress

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
I was contacted a few months ago by Choies Fashion, an online clothing store about working with them. I looked on their online shop and there were so many cute items from dresses, jumpers and tops to sunglasses, jewellery and hats. I agreed straight away and I picked the *paisley print dress which I can't seem to find on the website any more but I love it - for more information about the website, click here
Here is the dress that I picked, firstly I love the print/colour of the dress, it is gorgeous! I also love that it goes with tan items, such as my tan belt (newlook). The size was 'one size' and there were measurements so I knew how it would look on me and the length is fantastic as usually dresses are long on me (as I am quite petite) but the dress comes to just above my knees. I am a UK 8. I also love the sleeve length, 3/4 sleeve dresses that fit me are quite rare to find so I am really happy with this dress. The fabric is a silky material, it is smooth and floaty and I did take this dress on holiday with me in August but it was far too cold/raining/windy to wear it unfortunately. 

Overall, I love my dress and I love the range of dresses on Choies - I also really like the jumpers, tops and the bags are really cute too. Choies clothing/accessories are on trend, celebrity inspired and they have some gorgeous and unusual pieces - I would definitely recommend looking at their website (especially at the dresses!). I will probably be posting a Choies wish list soon (not sponsored) because there are some items that I love!

e-tailPR Fashion Union Competition

Monday, September 23, 2013
I am a member of E-Tail PR which is a blogger/company networking site and they currently have a competition with Fashion Union to win £500 to spend on the Fashion Union website - I had to enter! For more information about this competition, click here. I have bought some knitwear from Fashion Union in the past and I have been really happy with it, for more information about Fashion Union and their clothing, click here. They have a fantastic range of clothing, shoes and accessories all at really great prices - and their sales are amazing!
1. Khaki Boucle Military Double Breasted Jacket: I love military jackets, especially for autumn/winter - they are always on trend and look great with skinny jeans and boots. Also khaki is always a staple colour for A/W.

2. Cream Stripe Skater Dress: Skater dresses are so quick and easy to style, they go with everything and they are really flattering as they skim over those hips. They look great with a big chunky cardigan or a biker/leather jacket. I love this plain, simple striped dress!

3. Black Raglan Sleeve Top: Oh America! Who doesn't love everything American - from Reeces and Covergirl to the Olsen twins and raglan tops! Raglan tops are some of my favourite to wear on casual comfy days - and they look so American! Also this one (it comes in other colours too) is so cheap! 

4. Black Woven Skirt With Frontal Baroque Print: I am not really a skirt kind of girl but I just love the unique and gorgeous print! I can imagine wearing this skirt with tights and a white cami tucked it - love it. It looks similar to a skirt that I saw in Look magazine a few weeks ago. 

5. Black Curved Brim Bolwer Hat: How adorable is this hat, I need it. I like hats especially for autumn/winter and this one looks great and it will go with skinny jeans and a biker jeans or with a dress and heels. 

6. Denim Frayed Edges Bleached Denim Shorts: Here is my slight obsession with America again - I wanted to buy a pair of shorts like this from Topshop but I didn't want to spend topshop prices - I think these would look great with the black raglan top, thick tights and chelsea boots. 

7. Black Mixed Stud Biker Boots: I love boots and the detail on these is really cute and makes they look more expensive - biker boots are perfect with skinny jeans and a white top all year round. 

What do you think of my wish list? And what is on your Fashion Union wish list?


The Autumn Tag!

Sunday, September 22, 2013
I saw this tag on a couple of blogs and I had to do it. Usually I am never excited about autumn because it means that summer, holidays and my birthday is over but the past couple of years I have been really excited about autumn and not just because of the prospect of Christmas and presents! I can't wait for crisp leaves, autumn candles, limited edition coffee and seasonal products in stores - as well as autumn/winter cosmetic collections.
All images from Pinterest
 
1. Favourite thing about it?
Crisp leaves, candles, hot chocolate and the prospect of Halloween and Christmas!

2. Favourite drink?
Gingerbread lattes, hot chocolate and any kind of limited edition coffee!

3. Favourite scent?
Vanilla, coffee or baking scents!

4. Best lipstick?
Probably my Korres lip butter in the shade ‘rose’ as it has a gorgeous berry tint and it is moisturising

5. Go to moisturiser?
My long term go to moisturiser is thr Simple Rich Moisturiser but a more heavy duty moisturiser I have been loving recently is the Organic Surge Super Intensive daily Moisturiser – along with a sample of Hydraluron!

6. Go to colour for the eyes?
Smokey browns

7. Favourite music or band/singer to listen to?
Currently, vampire weekend, fall out boy and film soundtracks. Also Christmas music during autumn as everything christmasy is already in stores.

8. Favourite outfit to wear?
Skinny jeans, striped sweater, brown boots and a snood – probably a structured duffle coat too.

9. Autumn treat?
More coffee and hot chocolate than I probably should consume – and a bit of cheeky comfort food: cheesy pasta!

10. Favourite place to be?
In bed! Or shopping…

August & september Beauty Buys

Friday, September 20, 2013
Here are the products that I have bought during august and september online and instores with most of the items being on sale or offer or as free gifts. Also I bought some new beauty releases which I am excited about (especially from Rimmel) and there will be reviews of most of the items over the next month or so. 
Makeup: I have bought some makeup from Boots recently as they are having a buy one get one half price on a lot of makeup items. I have bought a couple of BB creams over the past two weeks which is unlike me because I have hated every BB cream I have tried but I received a Boots gift card for my birthday and I bought the Revlon BB cream as I read some reviews of it and it sounded great - and I saw a before/after photograph on someones blog showing the coverage and it looked amazing but I am not that blown away by it. The second BB cream I bought is the Dr Jart Platinum BB cream and I have been using it for the past week and...I love it! I bought the new Real Techniques foundation sponge from Feelunique too and I have been using it with the Dr Jart BB cream and they work well together but it is a lot more flexible than the cosmo sponge I have and I don't know if I like it more yet - reviews coming soon.

Some other makeup bits I have bought are from Revlon - a couple of weeks ago Boots were having a 2 for £10 on revlon so I picked up the new Revlon lash potion grow luscious waterproof mascara and I do like it but it is a bit clumpy. I also bought the Revlon colourstay topcoat as I have heard so many good things about it and so far I definitely prefer it over Seche Vite. Another couple of polishes I have been recently include the new Kate Moss for Rimmel polish in the shade 'acid house' which is a gorgeous metallic dark green and also the Bourjois 1 second polish in the shade '15 grenadine tonic' which is a sheer red which is nice on its own or layered on top of over polishes. Another red polish I have acquired is the Nails Inc polish which is limited edition polish which is free when you buy the colgate luminous toothpaste - in Boots now.

The last two makeup items I bought are new releases - the Seventeen Phwoarr Paint heavy duty under eye concealer in the shade 'fair'. Firstly I like the packaging and the shade is ok for me but it is quite heavy and caky on my dry skin. The final makeup item is from Rimmel and I am so pleased with it - it is the Rimmel lasting finish colour rush balm in the shade 'drive me nude' - I love the shade, it is smooth and hydrating and it lasts so well - I am definitely getting some more of these!

Now quickly moving on to haircare, I bought the Bumble and Bumble thickening creme contour from Lookfantastic as I had a code so I got it for around £17 and I love this product for defining my layers, smoothing the hair and adding volume/body - it smells amazing too. I also bought the raved about shampoo and conditioner from Loreal - the Loreal everriche nourish and flowing duo which I haven't used yet but I am excited to. I found a great bargain on feelunique - they were selling mini sets of Redken products at just under £5 so I had to get one and I bought the Extreme one which contains the shampoo, conditioner and the anti snap treatment that I have been wanting to try for a while. Now hair tools, if you read my current week in photographs post you will know that my sister has moved to uni so I needed to buy some new straighteners as she took the ones we share - I bought the Nicky Clarke Mayfair straighten and curl tool which I love so far and it is currently reduced, I bought mine from amazing for around £20. I won a John Frieda hairdryer from their Facebook competition (their competitions are fantastic!) and I love the hairdryer - it makes my hair incredibly smooth, soft, sleek and it dries my thick hair really quickly.

Last but not least, body products. I went on to the Bliss UK site, just looking and I saw an amazing offer which sadly isn't available anymore - if you bought anything you could select five free travel sizes - amazing! I bought a sale product (a hand care duo) and I picked five free samples (some of which are 53g, so big samples).  Oh and I bought the Indeed Labs sampler set (sale, £8.66, Boots online) and I have been using the Hydraluron sample for about a week and I like it but I don't think it is amazing. Reviews coming soon!

Holiday photo diary: Stockholm, Sweden

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
This is the third part of my holiday photo dairy series, this time it is Stockholm, Sweden! We had two stops in Sweden and Stockholm was the first. I have never been to Stockholm and I was excited to go - we didn't book a Royal Caribbean tour for this place, we went by our selves. 
We got off the coach into the city centre and we walked to the parliament building and then the royal palace which in all honesty does not look like a royal palace - the Parliament building looks a lot nicer from the outside. We walked up to the palace and there was only one guard standing outside dressed up - and you can just walk into the palace courtyard! You could never do something like that in Buckingham palace and you could go inside the palace, we did for a couple of places but for the rest you needed to buy a ticket. We then walked around the numerous squares and tourist spots (and there were quite a lot of tourists) and the prices of the souvenirs (and everything really) was expensive! I did buy a mug from Stockholm which I love and I use it almost everyday for my gingerbread latte. We were told by other tourists that the changing of the guard at the palace was going to take place soon so we when it watch and it is was very very busy with tourists and the guards were a bit...pushy with the swords and the tourists were very pushy so I didn't really get to see much - some people are so rude - so that experience was a bit awkward and not very nice at all. 

Anyway we went looking around the more modern area of the city with department stores and we came across a Monki store! I love Monki so I had to go in, there is a Monki store in England but it is in London - I bought a tee and we went back to the ship. Overall, I have mixed feelings about going to Stockholm, it was an experience and I am very glad I went - and I love the way Scandinavian women dress, so chic and very simple! But the experience at the palace wasn't great and there didn't seem to be that much to do. 

Week in photographs #36/37

Saturday, September 14, 2013
The past two weeks has consisted of: shopping, meeting up with family, cafes/restaurants, writing reviews, looking at bunnies, making homemade soup, coffee, lusting over new autumn/winter candles, my sister moving to university and being ill. 

I have bought a good amount of beauty products over the past couple of weeks, especially new releases from Loreal, Rimmel, Revlon and some bargain buys from Bliss, Redken and freebie Nails Inc polishes from Colgate. Also Primark bargains. Oh and I entered a John Frieda competition on facebook and I won a hairdryer! I have been testing out new buys, such as the Murad redness treatment, Dr Jart BB cream (regenerating version), the Revlon lash potion grow luscious waterproof mascara and the real techniques sponge - reviews coming soon!

Also I have a horrible cold, aching and ill - yey! So I have been under a fluffy primark blanket with gingerbread lattes and I have been making vegetable soup a couple of times this week. Soap, candles, blankets and Modern Family have been almost constant this week. But myself, my sister and my aunties did go out for lunch this week and we went to a garden centre too which means I was awwwwing over the adorable bunnies - I wanted to take them all home! We also went out for dinner at Karims yesterday as my sister is going off to university tomorrow. 

That was my past couple of weeks, I hope everyone had a great week and stay tuned for my upcoming blog posts such as: hauls, A/W inspiration, candle buys, wish lists, new beauty releases, reviews and a couple of exciting competitions! x

Holiday Photo Diary: Helsinki, Finland

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Here is the second part of my holiday photo diary and this one is all about Helsinki, Finland! This is part of the cruise again with royal Caribbean that I went on this august - I would definitely recommend royal Caribbean cruises and especially this cruise to Scandinavia and Russia.
The morning we woke up in Finland we hadn't docked yet and it was pouring down with rain - I haven't been on a ship on the sea when it was raining before, it looked quite strange and it didn't look like it was going to be a great day. When we were getting off the ship the rain was very heavy and it was about 17 degrees Celsius - in august! I went out of the ship, in the rain and wind and cold with just a jumper, cardigan, jeans and my ballet flats so I had to go back on the ship to get my coat! Not a great start to the day and we had a walking tour booked!
We got on a coach for the first half because it was pouring down and chilly - in the middle of august, although the rest of the day was gorgeous and sunny so I broke out my Free People Mr Cleaver Sunglasses (sale) which I love. We walked around the city, from souvenir shops, the rock church (Temppeliaukion Church), Finlandia hall, the city centre and finally the Helsinki cathedral/The Helsinki Lutheran Cathedral. We also walked to the Töölönranta resteraunt which was gorgeous inside, it has a fireplace and sofas - we had tea and pastries and then walked through the park.

Overall, I really liked Helsinki but as a capital city it wasn't as busy or congested as I imagined it to be. I would go back to Finland again, probably to northern Finland to see the northern lights.

Holiday Photo Diary: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Monday, September 09, 2013
This is the first part of my holiday photo diary series, I went on a  royal Caribbean this august and I wanted to share my experience, and outfits, so here is my photo diary for Saint Petersburg, Russia.
 We were in Saint Petersburg for two days, it was the highlight of the cruise, in my opinion. For the first day in saint Petersburg we went on a walking tour and the weather was really nice - it was about 23 degrees Celsius and I wore my Dorothy Perkins petite skinny jeans which I love, my H&M black trapeze top (sale) and my trusty La Redoute brown ballet flats which were so comfy - we did a lot of walking! 

In the morning we went walking around the field of mars where the eternal fire is, we walked around some streets/souvenir shops and we went to the spilled blood church which is just incredible - we went inside and it is so brightly coloured and breath taking. We went to a gorgeous restaurant afterwards, the décor was amazing and we had tea and Russian pastries. When the first tour finished we went on another on which went on the Russian metro (we went on three royal Caribbean tours in total over the two days because we didn't want to buy visas, so you had to book tours). The metro in saint Petersburg was a little bit scary because there was a lot of people and we were in a group with a guide - it looked a bit strange but I am glad we went on it.

The second day we went on a coach tour which was also really good, and I am glad we were on a coach because for some parts of the day it rained a bit. I wore a white tee, my Topshop Pippa jeans (very old, they don't even make Pippa jeans anymore unfortunately) and my asos aviator jacket which I love and I am so glad I took a jacket with me because even in august it was raining and fairly chilly! We drove past places such as the hermitage/winter palace, saint Isaac's church, the ship that signalled the Russian revolution and other buildings/statues.
I loved saint Petersburg and I definitely want to go back to Russia!

Most Worn Summer Things 2013

Sunday, September 08, 2013
Here are my most worn/used summer things of 2013. I took all of these items on holiday with me and I have been using them for the past couple of weeks while I have been back too. Some of the items are fairly long term favourites and others are new buys.
Firstly, my bag. I took this newlook bag with me on holiday and I used it in almost every country - from Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Finland and also Estonia and it is fantastic. I love Newlook bags, they are really durable and they are fairly cheap too.
Now onto makeup, the makeup brushes I have been using the most during the summer have been two from Real Techniques - the Expert Face Brush and the Pointed Foundation Brush. The expert face brush has been a long term favourite brush for me but especially during the summer as I tend to apply my foundations with brushes during the warmer months and a sponge during the colder months when my skin is super dry. I also loved the pointed foundation brush for powder, it is great for pressing on powder under the eyes and on my T zone.
I have been using the Revlon Nearly Naked powder in the shade 'fair' which I adore - as you can see I have hit pan on it a lot! The powder is slightly too dark for me which is the only negative I have about this product. The foundation I have been using with the Revlon powder is the Jemma Kidd Pro Radiance Moisture Tint which has spf which is great for the summer (I don't usually wear any so the fact that it is in my base is great for me). I will have a review of the Jemma Kidd foundation and the Revlon powder in the up coming weeks. The final makeup product I have been loving all summer is the *Loreal Super Liner Brow Artist Pencil in the shade 'brunette' which I was kindly given as part of a set from Loreal and I love this brow pencil. I took it on holiday with me and it is so quick and easy to use.
Now skincare favourites, I have dry/sensitive skin so when I go on holiday I don't try new products, I stick to the products that I know are not going to irritate my skin. For me the cleanser I have been using this summer is the Dead Sea Spa Magik Gentle Cleanser which I received in a beauty box a while ago and I really like the product - it is very basic but it doesn't irritate my skin and it leaves my skin smooth and clean. I have been using the Organic Surge Super Intensive Daily Moisturiser as my night cream, while on holiday, and my day or night cream while at home. I bought it on a whim in the sale because it was reduced to about £2.80 so I bought two tubs and I am so glad I did because this product is incredibly moisturising - love it!
My final most used product of summer is the Kiehls Ultimate Strength Hand Salve. I received this product in my Selfridges beauty advent calendar last Christmas (ps. I would definitely recommend the beauty calendars, I am definitely getting another one this year). I adore this hand cream, it is basic in terms of scent and function but it is very moisturising and I just love using it.
There are my summer favourites, what are yours? 

The Beauty Blogger Tag

Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Here are my answers to the 'beauty blogger tag', I don't think it is that well known but I thought that it would be fun to do and it makes a nice change. I was tagged by Emily at Ahem, its Emily to do this tag. 
1. Name a beauty routine you barely do.
Tanning or using gradual tan - I am a bit of a stranger to tanning although I am trying to get into it.

2. Is washing your makeup brushes something you do regularly?  
I try and wash my makeup brushes every two weeks, although I do forget and sometimes my brushes do not get washed for about three weeks. I washed my makeup brushes yesterday and it is a little time consuming if you wash them thoroughly but it needs to be done.

3. How long will you last with chipped nail polish? 
I can last for a while with chipped nail polish if I am at home for the week but if I am going out shopping, visiting people or at uni/events then I will have to reapply my nail polish once it is chipped slightly. 

4. How long do you put off buying/replacing a beauty product even if you need it (i.e., top coat, foundation and so on)?
I do stock up on certain products, especially bath/body products but when something does run out and I want it, it usually depends on the price. If it is cheap then I will buy it in the next few days but if it is a bit pricey like the Caudalie Beauty Elixir then it can take a few weeks for me to buy it again.

5. What is your worst beauty habit?
Not applying face and hair masks regularly. My skin is a bit temperamental and sensitive so I try not to use too many products but I do neglect hair and face masks. 

6. Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time.
Putting new clothes away.

7. When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready until the last minute or not?
I try to be ready an hour or so before but knowing me I will be rushing at the last minute doing final checks. 

8. Can you commit to spending bans?
NO! I am not good at not spending....I love shopping, it makes me happy. Although obviously I only buy things I need or really want. I do cut down my spending at certain times but I don't like the idea of a spending ban at all!

9. How organised is your makeup and nail polish collections? 
My makeup and nail polish is really quite organised I think. I use the Muji two drawer acrylic storage for all of my makeup which keeps everything neat - I am going to create a blog post soon on my Muji makeup storage because in my opinion it is the best storage for makeup. 

10. What is the longest time you've gone without writing a blog post? 
Maybe one week at the most but I usually try to publish three or more blog posts per week but it just depends on reviewing times, deliveries and personal things. 

People I tag:

Zoe @ zozeze
Holly @ petitpromise 

My Summer E-Books

Monday, September 02, 2013
Here are some of the books I have on my Kindle app on my iPad mini - I bought them for summer, apart from one book which is a long time favourite. I do like to read on holiday, particularly on the balcony on our royal Caribbean room in the sun. These five books are my summer picks that I read on holiday!
All of the book cover images are from Google


1. An Idiot Abroad - The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington: I love the An Idiot Abroad TV series (I think they are coming out with a 4th season!) so I had to buy the book. I actually bought a couple of karl pilkington books for my mum and she likes them. I can't wait to read this because Karl is just so funny and quite mancunian!

2. Can You Keep a Secret, Sophie Kinsella: I have had this book for a while. A friend lent it to me in college (four years ago now!) and I loved it. I have read it a few times on my kindle and now I have the Kindle app on my iPad mini and I need to read it again! It is a fairly unusual, very funny and entertaining - a definite chick flick must read. The chick flick film and book genre is really over done, in my opinion, but Kinsella adds a new refreshing voice to the genre. 

3. Is It Just Me? Miranda Hart: I downloaded the first chapter of this book a few weeks ago and I loved it (even though it is a little repetitive) but you can just imagine Miranda hart reading it to you (not in a weird and creepy way...), it is just so her and so funny! I can't wait to read the rest. Oh and I highly recommend the TV show Miranda too, such fun. 

4. First World Problems, 101 Reasons Why The Terrorists Hate Us, Ben Nesvig: I was going to save reading this book for holiday (when this post is uploaded I will already be on holiday) but I couldn't wait to read it. It is a bit unusual but funny and lighthearted. Allow me to explain, a first world problem (not very politically correct but anyway) is a problem that isn't really a problem, such as 'I burnt my tongue because I couldn't wait for my pizza to cool down' or 'my wifi is not as fast here as it is at home' or 'I can't decide what to buy' etc - it is a bit of a controversial topic but the author makes it into light hearted humour that will have you smiling and giggling as you read it - I have finished this book now and I really liked it.

5. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Seth-Grahame-Smith: Finally, a classic, well a classic with an unusual twist. I have read pride and prejudice mostly at school but I think this one will appeal to me a bit more! Firstly, what women out there doesn't like period dramas (especially involving a hunky, wet Mr Darcy...) but throw in some zombies and you have me hooked! Not a typical summer read but I can't wait to finish it. 


Week in photographs # 35

Sunday, September 01, 2013
My week has consisted of: Ikea, winning competitions, looking back at holiday photographs, sale shopping, new hero products, gorgeous gingerbread lattes, registering with job sites, family party and receiving my degree certificate. 

Firstly, hero products, I have bought and received some amazing products over the past couple of weeks and I have also rediscovered some products that I now love. My favourite products of the week: Murad Recovery Treatment Gel, Kiehls Ultimate Strength Hand Salve and Nails Inc Baker Street. Also I have been loving the sales this week, I bought some goodies! My primark haul can be found here. I bought the Indeed Labs sampler set that was reduced to £8.66 on Boots, Bumble and Bumble Thickening Creme Contour and goodies from Ikea. I only spend an entire evening with my sister sorting out and organising my wardrobe for autumn/winter, I thought my arms were going to drop off after it!

Also this week we hosted a family party (the first half wasn't great but the rest was) and I did have cake - I haven't really been doing the healthy eating thing right (ermm...Banana and Mountain dew)- and my auntie made a gorgeous cappuccino cake! And...I won the Soap and Glory 2 Minute Rinser of the week competition, and a Murad/Birchbox competiton. This week I also received my degree certificate which was a surprise as we were told that it would take about four months but I think it looks great - and I have been registering with job sites, scary!

This week has also been about the new autumn/winter makeup, clothing, accessories and gorgeous Nescafe gingerbread lattes that everyone needs to try! I have been secretly searching through pinterest for red hair inspiration photos and autumn outfits/style pins too. I am never usually excited about autumn but I am now, can't wait for Halloween and Christmas items in stores - its very early to be excited about these things I know!