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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