Thursday, 2 April 2015

Book Worm #24 - Blog Tour - Slow Burn by K. Bromberg

Having never heard of K Bromberg before, I read the blurb of this book and found that it was a good introduction to her novels. The plot seemed to be right up my street - an adult romance with a story line to keep you hooked until the end. 

Whilst I did enjoy reading Slow Burn, I think that my reading tastes have changed or that I've slightly grown out of the style of this book, as it struck me as a little bit predictable and made me cringe ever so slightly. Or perhaps I'm just a cynic when it comes to love stories. 

Either way the book was still truly heart-wrenching and keeps you involved in the main character's obstacles right until the very end. Plus a very clever, last-minute twist gets you wondering if you really had the book sussed from the beginning or not.

Haddie Montgomery has recently lost her closest friend and sister, Lexi, to breast cancer. It runs in the family with her mother being diagnosed before Lexi, but managing to fight against the disease and pull through. Now it's Haddie's turn to get a test done. Does she have the same fate as the older women in her family? Haddie struggles with the idea of being sick, but more so with the potential of letting someone love her during a possibly traumatic time in her life, after seeing what Lexi's death did to her husband, Danny, and young daughter, Maddie. Will Haddie ever face her fears and get checked and will she ever let herself become close to a man again?

The cancer storyline really tugged at my heart-strings. It made me think about how I would feel in Haddie's position which I think is a great thing for a book to do. To be able to relate to, or sympathise with a character means that the authors job is well done in my eyes when it comes to romance novels. Plus, those moments where you get so wrapped up in the story that you feel like you can see it playing out in front of you are some of my favourites to enjoy. 

I liked Bromberg's humour and quips which came through in her characters voices. Both main personas in the story, Haddie and Becks, were notorious for their rules within relationships which created quite a few opportunities for humourous comments. A personal rule highlight for me was the 'Pinkie Toe Rule'. I would love to tell you what this is but I really don't want to spoil it for any of you that go on to read this book. I must say though, that it was laugh-out-loud hilarious. Think of what might happen to your pinkie toe a lot if you are a klutz like me and you may be on the right lines.

Overall I did enjoy reading Slow Burn, and although I must admit it wasn't one of the best books I ever read, it kept me gripped all the way through and intrigued as to what would happen next. But for me, MJ Summers' books are more my style as she creates more unpredictability and the relationships built in the books have more levels to them. Speaking of which, her new book is being released very soon so watch out for a book worm post on that little corker. I literally can't wait!

Slow Burn by K.Bromberg* - £3.64/2.99 for Paperback from Amazon/for Kindle

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

OOTD - 17/3/15

Allsaints Bomber Jacket - £50 from Ebay
T-shirt - £12.99 from Zara (See it in another OOTD here)
Jeans - £49.50 from Jack Wills
Boots - £63 in the sale from Dune
Bag - £29.99 from Zara (See it in another OOTD here)

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Rose Shimmer

I was given two of these Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors in a set at Christmas. They were all the rage a few months prior, but I had never got around to buying them as I thought they might be a little expensive for what they actually are. However, now I'm the proud owner of two I am a very happy girl indeed. They were completely worth the hype and in my eyes worth the money - but perhaps not to everyone. Let me explain.

I'll start by telling you why this product is a winning lip product to me. Made with great ingredients such as Shea Butter, Wild Mango, Vitamin A and E, this product helps to repair any damage whilst softening and smoothing out your lips. It's gel-like constancy creates a mirror shine that can be emphasised or not depending on how much you put on. It doesn't feel sticky or tacky on the lips which is a huge point for me when it comes to gloss products. Simply making your lips look fuller and more kissable is one of the main aspects of this perfector - and it does perfect. The subtle colour in this product smooths out my lips to make them look a lot more flawless and dare I say, photoshopped.

The applicator is incredibly easy to use. A gentle squeeze of the tube pumps the product up through the sponge top which can then be applied directly to your lips. It's incredibly easy to control how much or how little you want to apply, so you are always left with the desired look you were after.

I like to wear a lot of product to begin with, as I find that the high gloss wet shine sinks in quite quickly. Whilst this does mute it slightly, you are always left with shiny lips that look healthy throughout the day. It simply turns more into a lip balm texture which is partly why I like it so much, being a major lover of all things balm.

It's hassle-free and that's why I like this product so much. It creates the colour I want, with the shine I desire from a tacky-free product and helps to smooth out and repair my lips at the same time. All of these things are exactly what my lips desire. I couldn't think of a way to improve this had I been given the opportunity myself.

But perhaps other people don't mind so much about sticky lips and want that wet-glossy shine all day long. Therefore this perhaps isn't the product for them and may not be worth the high price tag. But for me this is exactly what I want and when I've finished using the two sample sizes of the product I will no doubt go back and invest in another to reside in my handbag where this one stays, so I can use it on a daily basis. It's simply my handbag hero.

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Rose Shimmer - Currently £15.80 (Usually £18) from Escentual 
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