Monday, 24 November 2014

Weekend Bookends | 23 - Nov - 14

Hello My Lovelies!
I've been mean to start a reading update series for a while. I think that by doing this every week it will help me focus my read and encourage me to read more.

Books Mentioned

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
The Calling by James Frey
Heart of Dread: Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz
Alice in Zombieland Gena Showalter
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Peerless Flats by Esther Freud
The Time Machine by H G Well
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
WE by Yevgeny Zamyatin
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

I can't find the link to study I talked about, but when I do I will make a whole post centered around it. The point I was trying to get at amongst my ramblings was that you shouldn't feel discouraged when it comes to literary fiction. The last I had a proper lesson on reading comprehension was when I was 12 (which is probably why I failed my Higher English). Schools are there to teach us the basics of reading, after that it is up to us to nurture this skill. It's okay to feel intimidated by these works, they are works of art sent to challenge you and make you think. By reading often the intimidation fades and you'll find yourself understanding the text a lot better (even if you have to read it two or three times). And don't be ashamed of having to look word up in the dictionary, I do it all the time and your vocabulary will thank you for it.
I didn't man to prattle on so long there, but I will do a few more posts on it soon. I will also be posting a full review of The Bone Season later this week. I also need to get round to sharing my book haul with you, there are stack of good titles in there.

What have you been reading lately?
Love and Bugs
xoxo

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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Show + Tell | Last Beauty Haul of the Year

Hello My Lovelies!
Yes, you are reading that title correctly. This is my last beauty haul for the year. Let's be honest, I have bought a lot of beauty products this year and it is coming up to Christmas. 
So the spending ban begins. I must use up 50 make up product before I can purchase anything new. But I think I've bought enough products over the last few months to keep me more than occupied. Look forward to many reviews coming in the near future. 

I think I'm most excited about the Maybelline Color Drama Lip Pencils. They are better formula than most lip liners I've tried and they're like a budget version of the Nars Matte Velvet Lip Pencils. I may end up owning every shade.

Which products are you most interested in?

Love and Bugs
xoxo

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Sunday Afternoon Tea | You Can Do Anything You Set Your Mind To

Hello My Lovelies! 
It appears I took another unexpected leave of absence. I've had a bit of personal drama to deal with. To sum it up in a sentence: I thought I was pregnant, but I not. I'm sure you can all understand how this can affect a relationship and cause you to question almost everything in your life. I had some major re-evaluation to do and I've come out the other end smiling. 
So what have I been up to?
Every year I make this list of things that I want to achieve. And most of the time I sabotage myself before I even get started. I put things off so long that I end up trying to do 100 things at once to catch up and get nowhere as a result. I was speaking to a colleague about problem with time management and I asked his advice and how he manages to pack as much as he does into a day. 
His answer was simple, tackle one task at a time. Doing one thing at a time will be a lot easier than 100. It also won't stress me out and I might get it all done quicker than I thought. I need to remember why I am doing this and what I want to achieve at the end. Even if I only achieve one thing a day I should be happy with it and not dwell on what I have yet to do.
It's so ridiculously simple I can't believe I didn't think of it myself. 
So here I am, back with a brighter out look and a plan of action. This time next year I hope to be in a very different place than I am now (preferably my own place). I want to stop focusing on what others will think and get on with what I want to achieve. Through out my entire life I've had my hopes and dreams trampled on because I'm going above my station. I understand the realities of what I want and I'm not asking for anyone to support me financially or give me a hand out. I only ever wanted someone to be positive about my projects. (In fact I could probably spend a good long time discussing this part of my life, but not just now) Sometimes you have to realize that no one is going to be there for you, even just to hold your hand, you have to do it alone.
Well... that a bit more melodramatic than I'd meant it to, but it's how I feel.
I hope you all have a great week ahead. 
And remember you can do anything you set your mind to. 

Love and Bugs
xoxo

Monday, 3 November 2014

New Book Releases | November Edition

Hello My Lovelies
With every new month comes a stack of new books being published. I spend a good few hours trawling through Amazon and Goodreads and I'm going to share with you what I a most looking forward to.
MELT by Selene Castrovilla 
(e book)
4th November
Based on true events, MELT is both a chilling tale of abuse, and a timeless romance. MELT will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul. 

MELT, though not a retelling, is a brutal love story set against the backdrop of The Wizard of Oz. When sixteen year old Dorothy moves to the small town of Highland Park, she meets, and falls for Joey - a "bad boy" who tell no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer pressure, Joey's reputation, and his alcoholism? Joey's words are scattered on the page - reflecting his broken state. Dororthy is the voice of reason - until something so shattering happens that she, too, may lose her grip. Can their love endure, or will it melt away?
I am a fan a of the Wizard of Oz and all the Oz books. Although the synopsis doesn't give a lot of detail I am excited to sink my teeth in to this. 

Never by Shay Lynam
(e book)
4th November
Wynn Harper spends her days trying to blend into the background. This isn't very easy, especially being the great granddaughter of the late Wendy Darling. Wynn used to love Great Gran's stories about her adventures in Neverland with Peter Pan and his lost boys, but that's all they were. Just stories, right? That's what Wynn keeps telling herself. 
But then she meets Peter, the beautiful boy with a voice to match, and when he whisks her off to Neverland, Wynn knows this is no fairy tale. The lost boys are a group of rebellious ex-pirates, young Hook has a soft side, and Peter Pan isn't as innocent as you might think.

In case you can't tell I like it when author's put a spin on childhood favourites. This one being a Peter Pan retelling makes me super excited. I've seen great reviews of this on Goodreads and I have this preordered (can't wait for it to pop up on my kindle).

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
(paperback / e book) 
4th November
Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.
Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

I read the Evernight series by Claudia Gray a few years ago and become a fan of her writing style and the way she creates characters. This story being set across parallel universes really interests me. It has been likened to Cloud Atlas which I haven't read, but I might check it out if I get on well with A Thousand Pieces of You.


(paperback / e book)
6th November
They say you know instinctively who to trust.
Alice is normal; she'd never do anything rash. But when she sees her husband one day with a younger girl, she knows at once that he's having an affair. And it must be stopped.
Vic loves her friend Michael, more than he knows. He wants happiness, and thinks he's found it with the magnetic Estella. But Vic feels sure she can't be trusted - and she needs to make Michael see that too. 
They don't know Kaya; her life is tougher than they can imagine. But Kaya's a survivor, and she's determined to find a way out of her miserable world. 
Three women, three lives that come crashing together in this dark, lyrical and utterly enthralling story of warped perceptions, female intuition and 'the other woman'.
This sounds very interesting. It could be a great piece of literary fiction or chick lit in a grown-up cover. Either way I expect great things from this novel. It's already available on kindle if you don't think you can wait for the paperback.

Reign of the Vampires by Rebekah B. Ganiere
(paperback / e book)
17th November
She wants security. He wants freedom. Together their love could destroy the world.

Ten years after the outbreak of the V2000 virus turns the majority of humans into a mutated Vampire sub-species, the last remaining true humans are the world's hottest commodity. In this new world, it's The Society that rules.

Being the only female Vampire Lord in America isn't easy. Being thrust into the role of CEO is even harder. Danika Chekov refuses to let her father's legacy die. She’s resolved to keep everything under her tight control. But after she's almost killed, she’s forced to purchase a human guardian.
Mason is human, or so the Vampires think. He’s determined to protect his secret, but Lord Danika buys him before he can make his escape. Their passion for each other threatens everything they want most. And when Mason’s true nature is exposed, the results could be devastating.

Of course we all know I soft spot for vampires, so this slice of romantic suspense was right up my street. This is the first book in The Society trilogy, and whilst I don't expect anything ground breaking from this book I'm sure it will be a great source of escapism.

There were many other fantastic offerings this month, and I will talk about them in due course, but these are my main picks. What's on shopping list this month?

Love and Bugs
xoxo
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NOTD | Topaz On Cocoa

Hello My Lovelies!
I'm so exited that November is here. It's time I can break out the vampy polish and sparkles.

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I'm starting off simple with a brown and gold look using Cocoa and Yellow Topaz (both by Barry M).
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Cocoa is from the latest addition to the Gelly range (I will have a review of those later in the week) and Yellow Topaz is and old favourite of mine. I sometimes end up sickening myself of yellow topaz by Christmas because I end up wearing on most of my manicures this time of year. It's a beautiful mix of Yellow Gold and Holographic glitters.

What's you go to glitter polish? Most of my ultimate faves end up being limited edition :(
Love and Bugs
xoxo


Sneak Peak | NYX On Parade

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Hello My Lovelies!
A short while ago I had a bit of an epic haul and in that haul I showed a big box of NYX Shadows. These shadows had staggered launches and are the replacement for the NYX square shadows. And I finally busting them out!
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I picked up the entire Nude Matte Collection. These guys are perfect staple shadows and worth the investment. The formula is smooth, a little powdery but have great pigmentation for a matte formula.
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I also got the entire Glam Shadow Collection. These glitzy little gems are awesome if you're looking for Urban Decay shades on a budget. Again these shades do kick up a bit of dust but it does impact the level of pigment (and for sparkly shadows the fall out is minimal). I have only used these dry, but I have a feeling they're going to kick ass when foiled.
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And lastly we have the Hot Single Shadows. I picked up a good chunk of the collection to test out the various finishes and so far I'm impressed. The formula is pretty consistent. There are a few with low pigmentation but in the best way. These are the sort of shades you'd use for transition and give your look a flawless blend.

Over the next few weeks I will be post reviews of all the shades I have. I will be grouping them in 4s and 5s depending on how the collection divides up. I'll also be using these in tutorials and go on a dupe hunt too.

Have any of tried these shadows? which collection do you like the look of most?
Love and Bugs
xoxo

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Sunday Afternoon Tea | Hello Internet! It's me, Laura!

Good Afternoon My Lovelies!
I believe it has been a while since I last posted and I also believe I'm starting far too many posts this way. I have made a short(ish) Vlog explaining my absence and I can nly hope it won't happen agian any time soon.
As I mentioned I will start posting videos again on November 3rd. If all goes to plan these will be daily videos. I will be doing my very best to keep them as short and informative as possible. Rambling videos full of umms and long pauses should be a thing of the past.
As far as blogging goes, I have a plan there too. I have a schedule that will begin on November 3rd too (I like to start new things on Mondays), but until then I will be posting daily to get the habit going.
I have been a creative hermit throughout October and it is suffocating. I can't wait to turn over a new leaf. Let me know if you like the vlog and whether you'd like me to vlog more.
Until tomorrow, I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Love and Bugs
xoxo
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