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 

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Beauty For Christmas

It is probably far too late to put up a post about what beauty products I got for Christmas. But when I was looking through my iPhone and realised I had these photos, I thought it would be nice to share with you what I received and have since tried and enjoyed.

I was extremely spoilt at Christmas with beauty products and have had so much fun dabbling into my new presents ever since. Some of the items were repurchases of products I already loved and others were items I had admired from afar for far too long but never had the chance to see them up close and personal - the Hourglass Palette being a prime example.


I had already tried and fallen in love with the Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara, Ren ClearCalm3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser, Benefit It's Potent Eye Cream, Armani Code for Women Perfume and Clinique Chubby Sticks. These are all fabulous products that I would recommend to any beauty lovers. I had also tried everything else from the Laura Mercier Ambre Vanille Range apart from the Eau Gourmande Perfume, but now I've been united with it I can say I like it just as much as the rest of the range (tip: it's extremely potent, so a little goes a long way!).

The Oribe haircare set was completely new to me but had been on my Christmas list for a few years now. I fell in love with the idea of their Dry Texturising Spray when burst onto the beauty scene via Youtube a long while ago now. I'm not a huge fan of using Dry Shampoo if I don't have to, as I don't really enjoy the feeling of it in my hair, so the Dry Texturising Spray seemed to be perfect for me. It claims to work in a similar way to dry shampoo but gives the hair lift, volume and obviously texture, without the weighty feel. I've used it a couple of times now and I do like it, but I can definitely feel it in my hair. It doesn't feel dirty per say, just gritty - excellent for style but not so much for touch. Smells great though!

The Travalo has been a life saver. So incredibly easy to use and perfect for a girl like me who has one too many perfumes and likes to switch them up. It's the perfect size for a handbag and comes in a variety of colours. Mum bought me the pink one which I love. She liked it so much that she bought herself the gold one and my brother the blue one, so now we all match. Huge thumbs up to this little gadget!

I won't talk too much about the Clarins set as there are reviews coming up shortly, but the Natural Lip Perfecters are definitely worth the hype. Enough said.

As for the Hourglass palette and the No7 Glossy Sticks, I haven't got around to trying these yet but you will be the first to know how I get on. If anyone has tried them please do let me know! I'd love to hear your experiences, tips, tricks and thoughts :)

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Let's Bake - Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies!


I baked these cookies a couple of weeks ago and thought they were absolutely amazing. Who doesn't want to mix two of the best cookies in the world, Oreos and Chocolate Chip, to create the ultimate in guilty pleasures? They were such a success and really easy to make. Best ate warm from the oven with a cup of cold milk, these cookies will please all hearts. All you need is the ingredients shown above. I followed this recipe myself and it worked perfectly.

I highly recommend measuring out all your ingredients to start off with. It makes the baking process so much easier and more enjoyable which ultimately means it's less stressful!


The first step is to combine both of the sugars with the softened butter in a bowl. I used an electric whisk as it's quicker and easier.


Then add your eggs and whisk again to create a loose consistency like this. Don't worry if it looks a little lumpy. Mine was but it turned out fine.


In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt. You now need to add the wet mixture to the dry mixture slowly to combine everything together.


I found the easiest way to do this was to scoop some mixture into the flour, add some chocolate chips at the same time and mix that in, before adding a little bit more of each until they are all combined.

Your mixture may look a little bit dry but resist the temptation to add milk or water. It will all come together in the end - trust me. Just scoop up some mixture in your hand and shape it into a ball which you can then place on either side of an Oreo like shown in the photo below.


All you need to do now is squeeze the sides of the cookie dough together so that the Oreo is hidden in the middle. It should look something a little like what is shown below.


Pop them on a tray covered in greaseproof paper. Then they can be put into the oven to get all golden, chewy and yummy.


Don't forget to set the oven to around 160C for a fan and let them cook for 9-13 minutes, or until golden brown.


And voila! You should end up with something that looks a little like this. As I say, they are at their best when they are warm and fresh out of the oven. If you leave them to cool, the Oreo will go hard again. If you prefer it soft like me, just whack your cookie in the microwave for 20 seconds and it should soften back up again.

These are great for sharing with mates. Watch their surprise as they bite into a cookie and realise there's something more to it. Good times had by all.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Book Worm #23 - I Heart Christmas by Lindsey Kelk

I've been trying to finish reading this book for over a year now. If you ask my best friend Becky, she will tell you how completely unacceptable that is. But through all my efforts, life and work has got in the way. Anyway, when the clock struck twelve on New Year's Day, I made a point of finding some time to finish this book and there have been no regrets.

Just like every other I Heart novel that Lindsey has written, this one's a corker. Her witty humour and quick responses make this a must read for any girl. If you want Christmas to last a little bit longer, I suggest setting aside some time to yourself in front of a cozy fire with a hot chocolate, and getting your nerd on for some quality time with Kelk.

Angela Clark is back again, but this time it's Christmas and with Angela that means business. Nothing could mess up this magical holiday of wonder and joy, could it? Well it's time to find out as we follow her through her build up to Christmas and learn about all things that test her.

Angela deals with arguments, life-changing news and psycho assistants all before having her bagel for breakfast. But when she ends up hanging half naked from a ceiling air vent in an empty apartment, in desperate need for a wee, times really do get testing. How will Angela get out of this one, and does she really want to risk the air vent being sloped and said wee making it's way back to her if she decides her bladder is weaker than her resistance for chocolate chip cookies?

Angela is both a character to relate to and aspire to (even having said all that about the air vent!). In this latest book her career progression becomes clear and she really comes into her own. Plus, there's a pep talk from Angela's friend Delia at the end of the book which I believe every reader can take something from.

If you've read the rest of the I Heart books, you will know all about this storyline and how entirely humorous and enjoyable it is. Sometimes follow-up books can fall by the wayside and come up short compared to the original story, but in my opinion Kelk has done an incredibly good job of keeping the gripped-to-the-page factor at an all time high.

Although this novel was a great round off to a brilliant series, I don't want it to end! So Lindsey, if you're reading this, please god write some more!

Until then, I'm off to read About A Girl, the first book in her next series which was released around 18 months ago. Yes I'm that far behind the times. Yikes!

I Heart Christmas by Lindsey Kelk - £3.66 for Kindle or £3.85 for Paperback from Amazon

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Selfridges Enchanted Spells Beauty Advent Calendar - Armani Code For Women

There were certainly some ups and downs for me with the Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar last year. One of the particular highs was this Armani Code for Women perfume. One of my best friends wears the male version of this and I quite like the smell, so I was very interested to see how this version would compare. In honesty it actually smells a lot like the male version which is quite nice considering sometimes male perfume smells better than female ones. I loved this sample so much that I actually received the full sized bottle at Christmas and have been wearing it a lot ever since.

The bottle is really sleek and again very similar to the men's bottle. It's got a unique little twist to the glass which makes it fit in your palm perfectly. The flowers were no doubt added to give the packaging an extra feminine edge, where the men's bottle is just plain black.

As always, I will jot the perfumes notes down for you below as I am absolutely terrible at describing scents. Hopefully this will help you to match notes to ones in perfumes you already like.

Top Notes - Jasmine, Italian Orange and Bitter Orange
Middle Notes - Orange Blossom, Jasmine and Ginger
Bottom Notes - Honey, Vanilla and Sandalwood

I would say the notes that come through the most are ginger and orange. I couldn't quite put my finger on the scent before reading the notes but now I know it's orange, I can recognise it perfectly. Having said that, it's not one where you smell instantly zingy. Don't worry, you wont be walking around smelling like a fruit bowl. It's just a very citrusy, fresh scent with an edge of spice coming from the ginger. I think this combination makes for a perfect fragrance as it's both interesting and deep. As the fragrance warms up the honey starts to come through and the vanilla warms it up a little.

I honestly think this pair of perfumes would make lovely Valentine's Day presents, if you're looking for something for your other half and they're looking for you. They compliment each other perfectly and are more on the affordable side as far as designer perfumes go.

Armani Code for Women Gift Set - £29.99 for 30ml+75ml Body Lotion from The Perfume Shop
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