Book Review: Hollow City

Last month I reviewed the debut novel by Ransom Riggs called Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and now this month, I’m reviewing the second novel to this collection called Hollow City. Now, I’ve you have watched the film before reading this book then I will say that this book has nothing to do with the film at all, not even a little bit.

In fact, the film is totally different to the ending of the first novel and all of the second. Admittedly, I’ve not read the third novel but I have every single intention of it since I’m so interested to see what the ending is like for the peculiar children. As I said in my first review, these books are incredibly imaginative and creative. They feel so real that it wouldn’t surprise me if Ransom Riggs had been alive and experienced the second world war himself. It’s written with so much history and life to it that it literally makes you feel like you’re experiencing or have experienced it. When reading this novel I felt even more involved than the first which is probably because they’re travelling through loops and through 1940.

After escaping from the hollows on their little island of wales the peculiar children and Jacob Portman travel to London in hopes of finding a cure for their beloved Miss Peregrine. However, along the way Jacob’s peculiarity begins to form and Jacob is struggling to find his place within the group especially when Enoch makes things so difficult for him. His relationship with Emma is blossoming, but his biggest fear is that he may never be able to save his friends and Miss Peregrine and make his way back to his normal life but that depends on whether he actually wants to go back. The hollows continue to look for them and everybody knows what will happen if they do find them.

This book was even better than the first in my eyes. It was so indepth with the war and the history behind it and whilst reading it I felt that I was reading it from the view of an actual peculiar children. I stated in my first review that the random pictures throughout the book irritated me and this is something that continues, I would much rather than being in a big section throughout the book however I do understand why they are placed where they are. The pictures are incredbile and I think it’s even better that they’re pictures of real life people which makes this book even more worth reading.

If you’re interested in a book with all different genre’s in it then this one is exactly for you! In fact the whole collection will be, remember to read the first novel of this collection first to fully understand the story.

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What I Have Learnt From My 18 Month Relationship

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Before I met Matt I was never really into the idea of a relationship. I was happy to be single and a relationship hadn’t even crossed my mind. When I met Matt, everything changed and during our time together I’ve realised how much I would hate to be without him. I understand more now than ever why having a boyfriend is the best thing in the world, he’s my best friend, my partner in crime and the best thing that’s ever happened to me (Even when he throws his dirty laundry everywhere). I’m not here to tell you why having a boyfriend is the best thing in the world. In fact, today I’m going to tell you what I’ve learned throughout my long term relationship and let you guys know exactly how difficult it can be sometimes. 

For all you out there who already know what it’s like to be in a long term relationship and how difficult it can be sometimes. Relationships aren’t easy at all but then nothing worth having is ever easy. I am be a handful sometimes and really quite difficult to deal with and Matt can be the biggest annoyance ever and some days I like to just ignore him.. and that really is okay. That doesn’t mean there are issues in your relationship, you’re entitled to a break and a chance to breathe. I know when Matt needs space and when that happens I’ll happily let him go off and do his own thing, he loves his freedom and that is something I will never ever take from him. I’m not the type of girlfriend who doesn’t let him talk to or have female friends, go on nights out and get very drunk or even sleep in his own bed alone a few times a week. We’re so young, there isn’t any need to keep each other trapped, we just enjoy each other’s company.

So, with that being said. Number 1 of the things I’ve learned throughout my relationship is: Give each other freedom. 

It’s a human to want to breath alone. Being in a relationship means that you’re constantly thinking of your partner, whether it comes down to what they have eaten that day or whether or not they need something from the shop. Sometimes having so much love and attention can be exhausting and at this point, I totally recommend doing your own thing for a few hours. Go out with your friends, read a book or have a bath, do something that is a 1 person job and give yourself a chance to remember you aren’t stuck in your relationship and not to forget the things you enjoyed doing before you go into a relationship. 

Number 2: Ensure you’re spending enough time together. 

This sort of clashes with the first tip of giving yourself time to breath. However nice it is to have time to breath you need to remember that quality time in a relationship is crucial. It’s time to reconnect, remind each other of how loved they are and relax. There is a fine line between spending all your time together or no time at all and that’s why it is so important to maintain a balance throughout the relationship. It isn’t all about one person, a relationship is built of love and trust with two people involved. So remember to give your partner your undivided attention a few times a week. I’ve found that if we don’t keep a balance it put’s a lot of pressure on the relationship and each other, talk through it. 

Number 3: Talk. 

It’s incredible how many couples don’t talk through their problems and instead ignore them and wait for time to pass. This isn’t going to work, you both need to communicate through your issues otherwise you’ll end up resenting each other simply because you aren’t discussing your worries and concerns enough. Sit down and have a chat, no screaming at each other or causing a whole fuss, just simply talk about the things you’ve been upset about or have worried you. However, don’t just talk about those things, remember to share the things you’ve loved doing with your partner, how happy they make you. Give them a reminder that they are still loved, wanted and respected. 

Number 4: Sex.

So many people believe that a relationship shouldn’t rely on sex and I do agree with this, to an extent. Yes, a relationship isn’t built up on how many times a week you’re having sex but it does help more than you would think. I’m not saying you must have it every single day but a few times a week. Sex really does help to feel close and intimate to your partner and it’s incredible to feel so attracted to somebody and sometimes you just need to be reminded how attracted to them you really are.

Number 5: A private life is a happy life. 

There is no need to broadcast on Facebook your arguments and private life. Obviously you need to discuss it with someone but that shouldn’t be the 748 friends you have on Facebook. Matt and I have never done this and we will never do this but there are so many people who do this and happily share every detail of their relationship on social media. For me, I believe this is unhealthy and shouldn’t be shared with the world. Don’t get me wrong, Matt and I both have people we go to talk to about our relationship for advice when we can’t talk to each other but they’re our best friends. A private life really is a happy life, the little people know will just mean that there is less information for them to use. If someone thinks the relationship is bad or borderline ending, it’s possible that someone might come along and ensure that the relationship does end. The less people know the better. 

Number 6: Treats aren’t one way. 

It’s baffling that so many girls think it is totally acceptable to receive gifts and be treated like a princess but your partner deserves them too. It doesn’t matter whether there is an anniversary, birthday or any other occasion, if I see something that Matt would like I’ll pick it up for him because he deserves to be appreciated just as much as I do. I don’t want Matt to go out and buy me expensive gifts either, I’m so happy when he comes home with a my favourite chocolates or sparkling water. Just because they’re expensive gifts does not mean they your relationship is any better than anybody else’s relationship.

Finally, Number 7: Trust.

Relationships aren’t built on just love, trust is such an important part of a relationship and if you don’t feel like you can trust your partner perhaps you’re in the wrong relationship. Don’t get me wrong I do get jealous but my jealousy does not mean that I don’t trust him or believe he just wants me, it probably means that I’m being stroppy and want his attention but he’s giving it to other people (Yes, I do sometimes need a little more attention than usual).  Let your partner talk to whoever they want, be friends with whoever they want and if you do feel that something is happening that you aren’t comfortable with then refer back to number 3 and talk. 

Relationships are incredible and there is nothing I love more than cuddling up with Matt and our favourite pizza to talk about our day and just enjoy each others company. A relationship shouldn’t be easy and they aren’t but they’re definitely worth while. Loving Matt for the past year and a half has been the best and most rewarding experience I have ever had. Remember that every relationship is different and if you don’t need to spend that much time together, it’s okay too. Your relationship is for you to figure out and if you recommend using a few of the things I’ve learned then by all means go ahead. 

Thanks for being my best friend, handsome. 

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Favourite Drugstore Brands

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Today we’re talking about some of my favourite drugstore brands. The drugstore have some amazing brands to offer these days and some that I will forever go back to more than I would with high end products. The variety they have to offer is outstanding and drugstore brands are really trying to bring out an affordable priced product with high end formulas and I’ve found some brands do really well with this. So, keep reading to find out my favourite drugstore brands and why I love them. 

Number 1: Revlon

I’ve been using revlon products for around a year now and I’ve definitely found some killer products that are brilliant and can definitely be mistaken for high end products. The variety of makeup Revlon offer is outstanding and the formula’s are brilliant. Admittedly, as with most brands they do have some hit and misses but overall I genuinely recommend Revlon. My favourite Revlon products is the Colourstay foundation and the Photoready powder. The Colourstay foundation at one stage was the only foundation I would ever use, it’s got such a high coverage and it glides on perfectly. Generally I use my beauty sponge to buff it in and it leaves such a flawless base and they also have a large variety of colour selection to choose from. The Photoready powder is another win for me, it’s fantastic. I’ve not been using this for as long as the foundation but it’s become a must have product for me. I couldn’t live without it. It sits on my face perfectly and doesn’t cake up at all, it’s so lightweight and feels so soft. It also sets my undereye area so well that it doesn’t crease at all throughout the day. 

Number 2: Rimmel 

Rimmel have been a long time love of mine. I bought my first ever makeup product from Rimmel and have loved them ever since. My first foundation was the Wake Me Up foundation and I often go back to it, I’ve been wearing makeup for around 5 years now and this foundation has been one I always return to. However, this is not why I love them. Rimmel is super affordable and the selection has definitely expanded brilliantly. My favourite products from the range are the Kate Moss lipsticks, their beautiful creamy formula, for me is the best in the drugstore and I always head to their range to look for new lipsticks. They last all day and don’t bleed at all, my favourite colours are the 107 for the Autumn/Winter season and 38 for the Spring/Summer season. I’ve never been a fan of their eyeshadow selections at all and some of their mascaras really don’t do it for me but their nail varnishes are also brilliant and as I said above, their foundations really are brilliant quality for such an affordable price. They’re the ideal first foundation for any person new to makeup.

Number 3: Bourjois 

Bourjois have been a recent new love of mine, having been curious to test their products out I finally done it at the end of 2016 and I will never look back. I’ve not tried out everything that I would like to with this brand but I’ve definitely found some amazing products whilst using them. My favourite, go to product from Bourjois is the Radiance Concealer which was my first ever product from them and my go to concealer. It’s amazing, the coverage is outstanding but the best thing is that it’s so brightening under the eyes and super longwearing. I use it to highlight my under eye area, bridge of my nose, chin, cupid’s bow and centre of my forehead and it leaves such an amazing glow to the face. I also love the Black Kohl eyeliner, it’s so good and so easy to blend. It’s actually my favourite pencil liner that I’ve ever used. It’s really longwearing and doesn’t run throughout the day at all. I love to line my upper waterline with this and run it along my lash line and blend it out to create a smokey look.

Number 4: Revolution

If i’m ever looking for a new eyeshadow palette from the drugstore, I always head straight to the revolution stand in Superdrug. They’re the best in the drugstore and are ideal for makeup beginners. They offer such affordable dupes of high end palettes like the Kat Von D Shade and Light palette, as well as the Urban Decay Naked palettes. They’re fantastic, so blendable and buildable. Really buttery and smooth on the eyelid. I love them. I also think the Iconic Lights and Contour Pro palette is outstanding and an excellent dupe for the Nyx contour palette. For £8 an identical dupe to the nyx palette for such a great price. Their contour shades are my go to and I think they’re fantastic for all skin tones. 

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Book Review: One Little Mistake 

Today’s book review is on the novel One Litte Mistake by Emma Curtis, due to be released June 29th 2017. 

This book was fantastic, a little slow starting but by the end I was totally hooked and couldn’t put it down without knowing what else happened. It was incredibly written and so intelligently thought out. It was definitely one of the most tense novels I’ve read to date. 

Vicky has the perfect life with her gorgeous husband Tom, her beautiful children and her best friend Amber but still managed to find ways to mess it up. However, Amber has been keeping some secrets of her own. In hopes to fill the gap in her life Vicky makes a decision that will change her life forever and confides in Amber, little did she know it would be the biggest mistake she would ever make since Amber has so many secrets in closet. 

I was sent this book and it never really appealed to me, eventually I thought it was time to give it a go and I’m so thankful I did. This book definitely started off slowly but by the middle the plot comes together and it all ties in perfectly. Emma Curtis really thought about it well, it’s incredible and I absolutely love it. 

100% recommend and you should head out and give it ago yourself! Release date is the 29th June 2017.  

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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

I have recently been breaking out in acne and I have been trying everything to make my skin in a better and healthier condition. The winter season definitely ruins the condition of my skin and at the moment its in desperate need of saving. I come across this Mario Badescu Drying Lotion on Beauty Bay and the reviews were outstanding. So many people were saying how amazing it is since it literally dries up acne overnight and I couldn’t help myself but have to try it.

As I said, I got mine from Beauty Bay for £13. It’s actually a very small amount of product of only 1oz but you definitely don’t need to use a lot. I apply it using a cotton bud, dip it in once and apply to my face. It’s got a really strong chemical smell, which is definitely really off putting but I definitely see a difference since using it.

I don’t think it’s an easy and quick fix to acne but it definitely reduces them faster than any other product I’ve used. I put it on before I go to sleep and I do find the large ones are very reduced and the smaller ones are minimised but not totally gone. I find that it really makes my skin feel dry too, so I always make sure to moisturise in the morning.

Truthfully, it’s not wowed me or changed my life but it can see me continuing to use it for large areas of acne to reduce them slightly. 

If you’ve tried this, let me know your review. Did you like it?

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L’Oreal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealer Palette

In January I purchased the newly released L’Oreal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealer Palette from Superdrug for £9.99 and i’m finally getting around to giving you guys my full review! The drugstore have been releasing some incredible products throughout 2017 and this one is one that I’ve been loving and I can definitely see me repurchasing. For the price you get three concealer shades and two colour correcting shades which personally I think is a bargain. However, the concealer shades are not universal at all and can only be used by those with fair to medium skin which is probably the only downside.

I mainly use the green colour correcting shade to minimise redness and I rarely use the purple shade and if I do I place it under my eyes. I then use the first concealer shade to apply over the colour correctors before applying my foundation. I don’t ever use the 2 middle concealer shades as they are too dark for me but the formula of the products is outstanding for drugstore. They are so full coverage and they blend brilliantly, personally I don’t ever use the concealer on top of foundation as I find it cakes slightly. Overall, I love this product and this would definitely be ideal for makeup artists and travelling.

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BirchBox Unboxing // March 2017

My March BirchBox arrived rather late this month, therefore my review on it had to be late, super sorry! However, it’s arrived and I’m really looking forward to digging into these wonderful products.

This month (and some other months) we’ve been able to choose one of the items that goes into the box. This month it happened to be one of the new Benefit They’re Real lipsticks and lipliners. I chose mine in the shade Lusty Rose as it seemed like the shade I would wear more often. It’s a very pretty, mauve shade and it looks beautiful with so many looks. Since the box arrived I have not stopped wearing it but I’m still unsure whether I love it. I definitely enjoy the colour and creamy formula but it just feels so heavy on my lips and if I’m paying attention to it and sometimes I can’t help but pay attention to it, I find that it really irritates me. These lipsticks retail at £16.50 full sized.

Next is the Batiste Dry Shampoo and Conditioner. I’ve been having a love affair with the Batiste Dry Shampoo for so many years now and I will always go back to it for a dry shampoo. I find that it works brilliantly, it isn’t bad for the price and the scents are gorgeous and really help the texture of my hair when I don’t feel like washing it. I’ve used this a few times and I do see a difference with this product in comparison to the original dry shampoo, I just find that my hair different with it rather than the original. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my dry shampoo from Batiste but I think this may be a new love of mine. This is a newly released product from Batiste (I could be wrong but I don’t think I am) and retails at £4.49 full sized which is around the same price some of the other dry shampoo’s from the brand.

I’ve never tried anything from the brand BalanceMe so when I received the Instant Lift Primer I was immediately excited. I love trying new primer’s and seeing what works for me and what doesn’t. This primer is supposed to help pores disappear and by using ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and acacia gum, it tightens and smooths the skin to create the ideal complexion. I have tried this already but I don’t feel like I’ve tried it enough to give a proper review. I also think the sample size is far too small and has very little product in it that I may only have 2 or possibly 3 portions left. This then means that I have to head out and buy the full sized product, which is £22 to see whether I really do like it.

I also received the Marcelle Gentle Makeup Remover for Sensitive Eyes, this retails at £14.50 and is a BirchBox exclusive. This is probably the product that I am least excited about, I often just use my normal skincare routine to remove my eye makeup and that works absolutely fine. I never go out of my way to purchase an eye makeup remover simply because I don’t think it’s worth the money and I don’t find any micellar water’s irritate my eyes at all. However, it’s a nice treat to have and I’ll take full advantage since I have it and hope that I don’t enjoy it too much because £14.50 for a eye makeup remover is a little pricey.

Lastly, I received the Rituals Sensational Foaming Shower Gel. I received the Rituals Magic Touch Body Cream in my October BichBox and loved it, it was incredible on my skin and made my skin feel really hydrated and refreshed. Since I’ve already tried something from this brand it has definitely made me look more forward to trying this shower gel.and it’s a foam which I find so much to play with!

Let me know what you had in your box this month.

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