Last week Zoella, Zoe Sugg, released her new range. I am a huge fan of her products. Every time she has brought out a new range I have bought them all. She has amazing products and I always have to buy multiple. After trying out these products I can say this is my favourite range that she has bought out so far and it's made me really excited for her Christmas range.
So in this range she has included a bag and body mist that she includes in each range. The bag is gorgeous and is perfect to put my make-up in or my toiletries when I go away. The fragrance smells divine. It smells so fresh and it just immediately makes me smile with how lovely it smells. The bath milk tin includes 4 sachets of powder that you pour into the bath and it makes it smell amazing and creates bubbles and makes your skin feel so soft. I've already used one and I need to buy more so I can stock up on it. It is wonderful. She included some bath fizzes but, they are different from her other ones as they are a smooth kind of texture in the water and I love it. Shower Shake and Shower Sauce both smell wonderful and are so lovely and gentle on the skin. Then lastly we have the body scrub and body pudding. Both very colourful and the scent again, is amazing. She has chosen a beautiful scent for all of these products and I can still smell them on my skin.
Bath Milk - £7.00
Cream Body Scrub - £8.00
Bath Wafers - £5.00
Body Mist - £8.00
Shower Shake - £6.00
Body Pudding - £8.00
Shower Sauce - £5.00
Beauty Clutch - £14.00
And a great thing about these products are that they are resonable prices. I have spent so much money on bath products, expensive products, that aren't as good as these and I love the price of them so it is easy for me to re-buy when I run out-which will probably be soon.
Have you tried these products yet? What do you think of the new range?
This weekend I attended two blogger events. One in London and the other in Manchester.
The first event was held in London and I was invited to a Beauty And The Beast viewing and then afternoon tea and a book swap.
I was really excited when I got the email since it was such a surprise. The event was held in Covent Garden Hotel, which by the way is super fancy and so lovely I didn't want to leave, they had their own screening room that we all went into to watch Beauty And The Beast to celebrate the DVD release. I love the movie, I saw it when it came out so, when I got this invite I new I had to go. I was lucky enough to bring a friend. Coming from Liverpool to attend an event at 10am isn't fun. We had to get a train at 5:47am to get there early. Even though we where tired we where excited and it was such a wonderful event where I got to meet some other bloggers and people I've been talking to on Twitter.
I also have to say how lovely the staff where at Covent Garden Hotel. They were so nice and attentive and I love when we came in one of the workers, who I sadly didn't get the name off, poured us a drink and showed us in, if that isn't fancy I don't know what is.
It was rather cool watching in a small screening room that was booked just for us.
After the movie, which if you haven't seen by the way you need too it is wonderful!! We where taken into another room for afternoon tea and let me tell you, the food was wonderful. They came round with prosecco and had other drinks on the back tables.
The food was wonderful. The table was filled with scones, sandwiches and loads of little cakes and fillings for the scones. They really went all out and spoiled us. During this time we got to speak to other bloggers and do the book swap. We where all asked to bring a book with a strong female lead to swap at the afternoon tea. I brought Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall and I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson and the book I chose was Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.
So a big thank you to Juliana for the invite and Sean for greeting us at the event. It was so wonderful and I was so happy that I was invited. I cannot wait to do something like this again!
Today I am celebrating that I have been blogging for 3 years.
3 years, how crazy is that?!
The years have just flown by and I am so glad I started my little blog 3 years ago. Looking at all my old post makes me realise how much I've grown as a blogger because some of my old post are bad aha.
In those 3 years I have been able to read some amazing books, meet wonderful bloggers, attend blogger events and so much more. I love the book blogging community as I have made some amazing friends, Sally, Daniel, Chelley, Viriginie, Andrew, Grace, Amy, Zoe and so many more that I just love and they have always supported me and I hope I have done the same to them.
One of my goals when I started my blog was to be quoted in a book. I love the thought of my quote being in a book I loved and it finally happened this year but not just 1, 3 books.
3 books I've been quoted in! How crazy is that! And to top that all off I one a UKYA Blogger Award last year for Champion Of Content, which I cannot get over.
One big thing I have learnt is how to say no.
Starting of as a book blogger I just wanted to get my blog out there and say yes to every review, even if it was a genre I didn't particularly like reading and I was up to my neck in reviews.
It is okay to say no to a review request. If it isn't something you read say no, if you have too much to read at the time say no. It is totally fine.
I went through a bit where I felt like I had too much to read for saying yes to everyone and then I felt bad if I couldn't get a review out on time and was worried what would happen. But, publishers and authors are fine with it. I work part-time and I am constantly in work and I only have so much time to read and get reviews and post up so, I try not to say yes to everything...
Even if the book is one of my most anticipated-I might say yes then.
I also started doing different post. The thing about blogging is, that it is your own blog. Blog about whatever you like. I love make-up and bath products and I thought I would start doing post on them and I glad I did as I've made some wonderful friends with some beauty & lifestyle bloggers.
So, this is only a short post to say thank you to all the publishers, authors, bloggers who have made the last 3 years amazing. For welcoming me and just being so wonderful. Also a big thank you to the wonderful publishers who kindly send me books to review, it makes my day when you send me a book you think I might like and, you're usually right!
So, my goal for next year is-
To finally finish my book. I am currently writing a YA Festival contemporary story.
Get quoted in more books.
Go to more blogger events.
Attend YALC-since I can't go this year :(
I can't believe we are already halfway through July. This year is going so fast and I haven't read as much as I wanted too but, I will try and catch up!
Today I am going to talk about books coming out in the rest of the year that I am really excited for. I've only chosen 8 but, there are so many amazing books that are yet to come out that I can't wait for and it was hard to narrow down my list also let me know what books you are excited for!
Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since Aelin shattered the glass castle, since Chaol's men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.
Now he and Nesryn sail for Antica - the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire and of the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme. It's Chaol's one shot at recovery, and with war looming back home, Dorian and Aelin's survival could depend on Chaol and Nesryn convincing Antica's rulers to ally with them.
But what they discover there will change them both - and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.
Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.
Ruby has defeated the tyrannous Frost King, and Arcus, the exiled warrior who captured her heart, has taken his rightful place as ruler of the Frostblood kingdom. But Ruby is the only Fireblood in a castle of frost and ice, and the courtiers will not accept her. Even worse, the dark threat released from the Frost King's melted throne is stalking the land, bent on destruction - and as the one who set it free, only Ruby can stop it. To find the knowledge she needs, she must leave Arcus and journey south to the land of the Firebloods. But the homeland Ruby's never seen is treacherous, and friend and enemy wear the same face. If she's to save both kingdoms, Ruby must figure out who she can trust - and unleash a fire powerful enough to do battle with darkness . .
(I believe this isn't the finished cover)
As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society's biggest events: the Schuylers' grand ball. Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country's founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters - Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks, and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival those of both her sisters, though she'd rather be aiding the colonists' cause than dressing up for some silly ball.
Still, Eliza can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington's right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can't believe his luck - as an orphan, and a bastard one at that - to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.
Reality is in the eye of the beholder...
Even among the many unusual members of the travelling circus that has always been her home sixteen-yea-old Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years.
This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all of their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival's Freak Show.
But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that-illusions, and not truly real.
Or so she always believed...until one of them is murdered.Now she must unravel the horrifying truth before all her loved ones disappear.
when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths. For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn't just a game - it's a way of life. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships - only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation. Convinced she's going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when she gets a call from the game's creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year's tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. Emika's whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she's only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.
Time is running out . . .Farway McCarthy was born outside of time. With nowhere to call home and nothing to anchor him to the present, Far captains a crew on a dangerous mission into the past.When he collides with Eliot - a mysterious, secretive girl, whose very appearance raises questions about time itself - Far immediately distrusts her.But he must take a leap of faith, following Eliot on a race against time, if he is to protect everything he's ever loved from disappearing forever . . .A fast-paced, heart-stopping journey that will leave you breathless.
Enter the Grishaverse . . .Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy's bidding but only for a terrible price.Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, no. 1 New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange - to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.
Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish. But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them. Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she's in love with her best friend, Dahlia. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother's shadow, and to unlearn his colony’s darkest secret.To save everyone they love, they'll both have to commit treason.During one twenty-seven-hour night, these four runaways must stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, or the things they fear most will be all that's left.
In the world outside of the Haven Institute, Lyra and Caelum are finding it hard to be human-and Lyra, infected at Haven with a terrible disease, finds her symptoms are growing worse. When Caelum leaves without warning, Lyra follows him, seeking a pioneering organization in Philadelphia that might have a cure. But what they uncover there is a shocking connection to their past, even as their future seems in danger of collapsing.Though Gemma just wants to go back to her normal life after Haven, she soon learns that her powerful father has other plans for the replicas-unless she and her boyfriend Pete can stop him. But they soon learn that they aren't safe either. The Haven Institute wasn't destroyed after all, and now Gemma is the one behind the walls.Bestselling author Lauren Oliver brings the Replica duology to a shocking close in Ringer, but like both Gemma and Lyra, you won't be able to leave the world of Haven behind after you've turned the last page.
Today I am doing a post on my everyday make-up. I will show you all the products I use and the finished look. This is a look I do tend to wear everyday, when I have a day off from work I won't wear any but, this is the make-up I do. I've been doing it for ages now so, I've gotten the time down, which is always good when you are in a rush.
So, in my make-up bag, yes I have a big one that I throw my make-up in. It also holds all my brushes etc. My make-up bag is from the Zoella Classic Collection range (£18) and I just adore it. The colours are so cute and it has enough space in it for all of my make-up.
First for my make-up, after moisturizing, I apply Speed Plump (£13) from Soap&Glory all over my face. I have been using this as a primer and I love it. It really makes my make-up last.
I then add a tiny bit of Porefessional (£10.50) from Benefit by my nose and on top of it. I have been using it for years and it is definitely one of my favourite products.
After letting this all settle into my face I then go in with my foundation which is Revlon Color Stay for Normal/Dry skin in the shade 110 Ivory. I use my beauty blender to apply this all over my face. I always have trouble finding a foundation that will match my skin and I am so glad I was recommend this foundation. I kind of hate using my high end foundations everyday as they are quite expensive but, this is only £12.99 and has lasted me ages. I just love how it goes on and makes my skin look flawless.
After I use two concealers. First I put my Kat Von D Lock-It in the shade L3 Warm (£20) under my eyes, around my nose and on some blemish I probably will have that day since my skin isn't the best. I was recommend this colour by the people at the shop but, I do think it is a little yellow for me so I add on top my Elf Under Eyes Concealers & Highlighters (£4.50). I use the white on top of my concealer and then blend with my beauty blender. It covers well and the white really makes my under eyes look brighter. Then to finish it all off I use Vichy Setting Powder (£13.50) under my eyes and around my nose. Most places I've concealed.
I then move onto my eyebrows. I never use to do them and only started about 5 months ago after a horrible waxing, another story for another day. I use my Make-up Revolution HD Brows palette (£8). I use the darkest colour to fill in and give my eyebrows shape and then use the cream in it to define them. I then use my Benefit Gimme Brow (£20) in the shade 05 to keep them in place. I then move onto my eyes. I always do a winged eyeliner. I always feel weird if I don't do it since I've been doing it for so long. I use my Laura Geller liquid eyeliner ($22) to get the perfect wing. I love this eyeliner as it doesn't budge and it goes on effortlessly. To finish of my eyes I use L'oreal Baby Roll Mascara (£7.99). My eyelashes are tiny and this makes my eyelashes look longer and thicker and I love it.
Next I finish the rest of my face. Tanya Burr Rosy Flush palette (£8) is perfect for as it has a bronzer, blush and a highlighter in it. I use the bronzer to bronze up my face a little and contour a little. Then I throw the blush on my cheeks. I am one of those people who have loads of highlighters and I have 3 to choose from for my everyday make-up and one of those is a palette that has 6 in it. I like to change it everyday. I either use it from the TB palette or the Tanya Burr Illuminating Powder in the shade Champagne Sorbet (£7.49) or my Barry M Cosmic Lights palette (£7.99), which by the way is so beautiful! It has 2 powders and 4 creams and the pigment is crazy good.
To finish of my look I usually add a lipstick in a pinky colour. I have been using and loving Maybelline Color Sensational in the shade 207 Pink Fling (£6.99). I adore the colour. Then I will set my face with the Makeup Revolution Pro Fix Spray (£5) . This has made my make-up last for ages and I love-sadly I am almost out of it though.
For something extra I may sometimes use the Superdrug Vitamin E Hydrating Mist, which I sadly can't find on their website anymore but, their Vitamin E range is amazing.
And this is the finished look!
I hope you enjoy this post, let me know what you love using everyday.
If you follow me on Twitter you know I've been organising a YA month for August. Each day in August I will be having a YA author with a guest post, Q&A, extract, giveaway etc and I have been really busy getting everything done and now I can give you the line-up of the wonderful authors taking part! I won't tell you what post they are doing but, let me say there are some amazing things coming in August!
Also-use the hashtag TRCYAMONTH to keep up with everything that will be going on.
There was quite a few authors who wanted to take part so it will be starting 31st July and ending 1st September. Some of these dates may change but so far, this is how it will go.
I adore Tanya Burr and I just love her cosmetics. Her make-up has been some of my favourite make-up for the past few years and I always get really excited when she brings out new products.
For todays post I am doing my top 3 favourite products from Tanya Burr.
First I will start with one of her newest products from Chasing The Sun and that is the Illuminating Powder in the shade Champagne Sorbet. It is such a beautiful colour. A light golden colour that goes so nicely on the skin. It has a really nice shine to it. It isn't too bright but it is still illuminating and goes on so nicely on the skin.
Next from the Neutral Ambience collection is the My Escape palette. Very pigmented and they blend so nicely. All the colours in the mini palette go so well together. I love wearing this on a night out as it just last and the colours are so gorgeous. New Perspective is the lightest colour then next is Wild Jungle then Tree Top and Master Plan. In this palette each colour are embedded with a pineapple and I am so sad mine have almost disappeared as it just made it look so cute but, just shows how much I've been using it.
Last is the Rosy Flush Cheek Palette. I always used the Peachy Glow Cheek Palette but, recently got the Rosy Flush one and I love it even more. The bronzer in it matches me more better and the blush is the perfect pink that goes on the cheeks and doesn't make me look like my face is really red and the highlighter guys, the highlighter is gorgeous. It is a perfect highlighter that isn't too bright but, has such a nice shine to it that I am constantly using it.
So, they are my top 3 products from Tanya Burr and I can't recommend them enough. They are great prices and especially when Superdrug have 3 for 2 on you are basically getting a steal.
Today on my blog I am talking about a palette I have been using for awhile and just completely fell in love with. I am talking about Cheek Parade from Benefit.
Benefit is one of my favourite make up brands. I have been using their make up and skincare for years and I was so excited when my sister in law got me this for my birthday.
With five products in the palette and a mini brush I really don't think £49.50 is that bad for something I know I am going to use over and over and get a lot of use out of.
Before getting this I had never used Hoola...I know, shocking right? It was something I always wanted to try and I was really excited to see that it was in Cheek Parade. I love Hoola but I do love Hoola-lite more. I have fair skin and it matches me better but, I do use Hoola sometimes on the lid. Galifornia is so beautiful. I didn't even want to touch it at first because it was pink and gold and shimmery. I do use this on the cheeks sometimes but again, I use it on my eyelids. It is a beautiful colour and I can't stop using it...even if I am ruining the imprint. Dandelion is the perfect blush. It is so light and goes on so nicely, I just love it and finally Rockateur. It is a beautiful pink-goldy colour that just screams gorgeous. It is a colour I don't reach for a lot-only on a night out-and again I even use it on my eyelids. I love how I can use these products as I want and I just adore this palette.
If you haven't picked it up yet then, I recommend you do! I can't wait to pick up the individuals of these so I can take them when I travel. I am hoping to get my hands on their new concealers soon and I will have a review on them and their new foundation hopefully soon. I've tried some samples of both and I can tell I am going to use them all the time.
What is your all time favourite palette?
Can you believe we are almost halfway through July?
I'm so ready for Christmas.
Anywaaay, next month in August I will be hosting a YA month with loads of brilliant authors and bloggers filled with guest post and giveaways so keep an eye out for that. But, also in August there are some amazing books coming out and these are the ones I am so excited for.
Featuring top Young Adult authors and introducing a host of exciting new voices, this anthology of stories and poetry from BAME writers on the theme of change is a long-overdue addition to the YA scene. Contributors include Tanya Byrne, Inua Ellams, Catherine Johnson, Patrice Lawrence, Ayisha Malik, Irfan Master, Musa Okwonga and Nikesh Shukla. Plus introducing four fresh new voices in YA fiction: Mary Bello, Aisha Bushby, Yasmin Rahman and Phoebe Roy.
It is the autumn term and Greer MacDonald is struggling to settle into the sixth form at the exclusive St. Aidan the Great boarding school, known to its privileged pupils as S.T.A.G.S. Just when she despairs of making friends Greer receives a mysterious invitation with three words embossed upon on it: huntin' shootin' fishin'. When Greer learns that the invitation is to spend the half term weekend at the country manor of Henry de Warlencourt, the most popular and wealthy boy at S.T.A.G.S., she is as surprised as she is flattered.
But when Greer joins the other chosen few at the ancient and sprawling Longcross Hall, she realises that Henry's parents are not at home; the only adults present are a cohort of eerily compliant servants. The students are at the mercy of their capricious host, and, over the next three days, as the three bloodsports - hunting, shooting and fishing - become increasingly dark and twisted, Greer comes to the horrifying realisation that those being hunted are not wild game, but the very misfits Henry has brought with him from school...
From his seat in the tiny aeroplane, Fred watches as the mysteries of the Amazon jungle pass by below him. He has always dreamed of becoming an explorer, of making history and of reading his name amongst the lists of great discoveries. If only he could land and look about him.
As the plane crashes into the canopy, Fred is suddenly left without a choice. He and the three other children may be alive, but the jungle is a vast, untamed place. With no hope of rescue, the chance of getting home feels impossibly small.
Except, it seems, someone has been there before them
Having managed to find her great-grandmother's potion diary, escape the clutches of Emilia Thoth, save her grandfather's memories AND become a Master Alchemist, surely it's time for Sam to have a good, long rest? And maybe, just maybe, a proper date with her boyfriend Zain? But now that Princess Evelyn is married to the evil Prince Stefan and showing symptoms of the Gergon illness, it looks as though Sam's adventures are just beginning. The GOOD news: there might be a cure for the virus spreading like wildfire through the city. The BAD news? It's buried in a remote village in a far-flung country next to an active volcano - and Sam's not the only one after it. With a TV crew trailing Sam's every move and time fast running out, it looks like things are about to... GO VIRAL ..
She will become a legend but first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning . . . Diana is desperate to prove herself to her warrior sisters. But when the opportunity comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law to save a mere mortal, Alia Keralis. With this single heroic act, Diana may have just doomed the world. Alia is a Warbringer - a descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery. Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies, mortal and divine, determined to destroy or possess the Warbringer.To save the world, they must stand side by side against the tide of war.
I love baths and showers. More baths than showers tbh. I love getting all my bath products ready on the side and choosing different ones each time. I love when it's Christmas and all the beautiful bath gift sets come out and I just stock up on everything. Here is a list of some of my favourite brands and bath products I've used this year and just fell in love with.
To be honest, I adore all of Soap & Glory products. I have been using them for years but, these are the products I've been constantly using this year and I badly need to stock up on more as most are half empty aha!
Hand Food- technically not bath products but, I love applying it after a bath.
Righteous Butter - if you've never used this before in your life you need too. It is a life changer.
Scrub Of Your Life - This is so wonderful to use in the shower. Always makes me feel super clean afterwards.
Clean On Me - Another great cream to use in the shower. All these products smell amazing and I totally recommend S&G to everyone.
Also, I am super excited to try their new face masks when they're out as they look amazing and I can just tell they are going to be great.
So, if you know me by now you know I love the Zoella range. I am a big fan of her products and I am always so excited when she brings out new stuff.
Candy Cream-I love applying this after a bath or shower. It smells amazing!
My Eden Reed Diffuser - Okay, so not a product I use but, I have this in my bathroom and it makes it smell amazing. I need to get the others.
Shower Glaze & Ginger Cream - Sadly. they don't have these anymore as they where her Christmas line but, as soon as I got one set last year I got more to stock up because they both smell like gingerbread and I'm so sad I running out of all of them.
I am a sucker for bath bombs. My mum got me a giftset from Bomb Cosmetics for my birthday and I instantly fell in love with their products. Their bath bombs are really great prices and they have so many different ones. I love stocking up on them when I can and I definitely recommend getting some if you love bath bombs. Some even come with little plastic animals and there are so many different ones!
I have never used Body Shop products before I got some a few months ago and I can't believe I have never actually used them! I really love their scents and how gentle they are on my skin.
Shea Shower Cream - Is so wonderful to use. It feels amazing and the smell is so wonderful.
Shea Body Scrub - I always follow with this after the cream in the shower as I feel like I always need a good scrub now and again and this does the job nicely. I cannot wait to pick up more from The Body Shop especially, the Tea Tree range.
So, they are my favourite bath and shower products! Let me know in the comments what yours are.
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