Wednesday, 21 May 2014

5 books in 5 words



As a book worm, I'm not really sure why I don't do more book reviews. Well I do, I can't review things without spoiling them ever so slightly. I really want to work on getting my old blog mojo back and get a greater variety of posts up, so I've come up with an ingenious compromise. In one post I'll review 5 books, but I only have 5 words to express my opinion with. Now I may be good, but I don't think even I can tell you an entire plot in so few words. Let the challenge commence.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Addictively gripping but disappointing ending.

The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
Slightly humanising lawyers.  Page turner

The Secret Shopper's Revenge by Kate Harrison
Chick Lit with some bite.

Murder on the Home Front by Molly Lefebure
Real War-time medical Sherlock.

The Obelisk by Howard Gordon
Cross between Homeland and Argo.


Have you read any of these books?
xoxo
J
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Monday, 19 May 2014

Space NK Haul




Space NK Gift With Purchase's are my down fall. Suddenly my wishlist becomes a reality and I get to come home to a delivery that rivals Christmas. I've literally only just unpacked my goodies and haven't tried anything yet, but I thought it was only fair to show you what made its way into my shopping basket.


Encased in a lovely tote bag was an amazing GWP, so amazing that I really can't show you each thing. With a Laura Mercier Highlighter, Hourglass Primer and Diptique candle just three off the many products in the GWP, my beauty product cravings have been satisfied. For now. 

Did you get the Space NK Gift with Purchase? What did you get?
xoxo
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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Nuxe Prodigieux Le Parfum

Fragrance (*) - £43


A while ago I was exceptionally lucky and won a Nuxe Gift Set from the lovely Katie. As a complete fragrance addict, it was amazing to get my hands on the new scent from Nuxe, especially as it's perfect for summer. If like me your dreaming of escaping abroad, a bottle of this may be the quick fix!

Inspired by their cult Huile Prodigieuse, the packaging is reminiscent of the product. With a beautiful amber ombre bottle and gold top, it reminds me of tans and summer sunsets. Instantly you think of a warmer climate and a chance to getaway. Appropriately, the fragrance is a floral oriental and very warming. Not usually a fan of oriental perfumes, the floral notes lift it make it lighter than you would imagine. With top notes of Orange Blossom and Tangerine, the initial impact is quite exotic, which develops into a unique scent when the base notes of Magnolia, Rose and Gardenia are fully appreciated.  Like all my favorite perfumes this too contains a heart note of vanilla, my signature scent. More long-lasting than the majority of fragrances I've tried recently, it's rare that something still has a strong impact on you hours later. Somehow Nuxe have bottled the scent of summer holidays, with coconut milk, beaches and relaxing. How they have done it really doesn't matter, the fact is that they've somehow managed to chase away my blues at not going away this year. SAD be gone!

What products remind you of summer?
xoxo 
J
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Monday, 12 May 2014

No. 7 Peony Petals Blush Palette


Blush Palette - £12



I've never really been that bothered by No. 7. I've been shopping at Boots as long as I can remember, but for some reason it's only been this year that I've had a play with their higher end brand. In an attempt to find some more spring-appropriate powder blushs, I recently picked up this palette from my local store.

The packaging really appealed to me. It feels like a high-end brand, shiny and sleek, but is also durable, and not overly bulky. Let's not kid ourselves though, it's really the product design that caught my attention initially. Although a beautiful floral design, it's not so intricate that I feel like it would be a crime to use it. At least I can be reassured that this won't end up unused gathering dust. The palette contains two highlighters and a beautiful pink blush. The highlighters have a stunning sheen to them, and although there is glitter, it won't make you look like a glitter ball. With a golden and a peachy pink shade, there is something that would suit any glowing spring look. The blush is matte pop of pink, ideal to give a delicate flush. Suited more towards the fairer skin tones, it makes healthy spring skin look easy, and really wakes up dull complexions. Of course you don't have the use highlighters and blush separately, you can just swirl your bush around all three and get a beautiful luminous pink shade. The staying power of all three are around the 6 hour mark, making it the perfect every-day blush this season. This has very quickly become my go-to blush and has definitely made me want to try more from No. 7.

Have you tried this palette? What's your favorite spring blush? Any No. 7 recommendations for me to try?
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Monday, 5 May 2014

Lush Fair Trade Foot Lotion

Foot Lotion - £9.25


One of my biggest summer stresses are my feet. After being hidden away all snug through autumn and winter, they finally get their moment in the spotlight come spring and summer. Sadily, I tend to neglect them quite a bit during the colder months, and are left in need of some TLC before I can wear some summer sandals.

I discovered Lush's Fair Trade Foot Lotion way back in 2010 in Florida of all places. After stomping round the theme parks all day in the baking July heat, my feet were really aching, and I was searching the mall for something to help comfort them. Thankfully, the Lush assistant was as helpful there as they are here, and immediately directed me to this tub. 4 years on and I've re-purchased it ever since. The refreshing pink lotion has a subtle creamy peppermint fragrance, and the colour alone is enough to make me use it. Not only does the cream contain coca butter to moisturise your feet, but tagetes oil comforts them after a hard days work whilst the peppermint oil cools them down and prepares them for another day. Easily absorbed, a tub lasts so long, and nothing has ever compared to it. It's perfect for hot summer days, but a firm favorite of mine all-year round, particularly after the gym or a night out in the highest of heels. One word of caution, make sure you pop a pair of oldish socks on after applying the cream, otherwise you may end up with pink stains (that come out in the wash) on your carpet or sheets.

I've not heard much talk about this cream, but it's definitely one of Lush's unsung heroes. Have you tried it?

xoxo
J
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