Why You Should Read Harry Potter

During the summer I read all 7 Harry Potter books for the first time since I was a child. Even at 21 years old they didn’t fail me, in fact I was so captivated by the story that I was reading them so fast. The minute I picked one up I couldn’t put it down and before long I was half way through the book regretting reading them too fast. 

I honestly believe that everybody should experience reading the Harry Potter books, especially if you were never keen on the movies. The movies and books are similar don’t get me wrong but there is much more of a story in each book. There are things you find out in the books that you’re never told of in the movies. 

Not only that, they’re such fun reads and just brings you straight back to your childhood. For me, I wanted something that I could continue to read across a series and fall in love with the characters. This series just done it for me. Admittedly, I’ve been a big fan of Harry Potter ever since the first movie was realeased. 

It’s fun, imaginative and J.K Rowling created a story that will be forever known and loved by generations of children and adults. 

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Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

I’m a little (or a lot) delayed on my review on of the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette. However, it’s here! I’ll tell you in advance.. it’s a good one. I’ve been using this palette since April as I received it from Matt’s parents for my 21st birthday, so I’ve been testing it for some time now. I can honestly say, that I’m totally in love with this palette. It is the perfect summer palette and I just feel that it has so many options for you to create a perfect look and try new shades that you may never have tried before.

This gorgeous palette comes with 18 shades and has a total of 17.1g of product (1.5g per pot), which is quite a lot and I should expect so since it is priced at £39 in Debenhams. I can’t deny and say that this palette isn’t good because it is, as are all the other palette’s that I own from Too Faced.

These shades can be used in so many different ways too. They can be used both wet, dry and also to create a beautiful highlight on the face or body. However, the most incredible thing about this palette is the scent. Oh my god! I can’t even tell you how amazing it is to open up a palette and get the most gorgeous peachy, summery scent.

The palette has a variety of shades from peachy pinks, bronze, purples, greens and soft natural shades. You literally have a whole palette to create so many different looks.

My favourite look with this palette is to use the ‘white peach’ all across the lid. I then go in with ‘georgia’ through the crease and topping that with ‘puree’ and on the lid packing on ‘luscious’ in the inner corner and part of my lid and then on the otter part, using ‘caramelized’ on the outer part to create a bronze smokey look. This is gorgeous for those glam nights out, top with a winged liner and lots of mascara and you’re good to go. For inner corner highlight, I use ‘nectar’ to really make it pop.

I also love to use ‘peaches N cream’ in the crease, then adding ‘candid peach’ to darken the outer v of the crease. Packing ‘bellini’ all over the lid and wetting ‘charmed, I’m sure’ to create a soft brown liner. For inner corner highlight, I use ‘nectar’.

Such gorgeous colours and you can even changes these by using ‘bless her heart’ which is a gorgeous green shade or even ‘delectable’ which is a dark purple. Ideal for those summer nights out and glam looks.

This palette is outstanding and I can’t fault the consistency, the formula is without a doubt my favourite of all shadows I’ve ever used. They’re just so incredibly pigmented and I think I’ll always go back to Too Faced for eye shadows.

I can’t fault this palette and 100% recommend it to everybody. Regardless of your skin tone, these shades would suit everybody. There is such a wide selection and it’s beautiful.

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Book Review: The Break Down

A few months ago I read the novel Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris and loved with. So, for my birthday Megan bought me the newest novel by B.A. Paris called The Break Down. I’ve finally had the chance to read it and I will say, it didn’t disappoint. 

After Cass’s mum died young, after being diagnosed with Early On-Set Dementia at 44, she was finally getting her life back together. She got herself a teaching job, married a wonderful man and everything started was perfect. Until, she began to forget things, appointments she had made and things to do. On a summer night the murder of a woman close to their home started to spook her, this is when things take a turn for the worse. 

I loved this book, this may seem weird but I actually was so interested in it, it gave me the shakes. It was brilliant, I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again and again, B.A. Paris is an outstanding author! She literally just knows what the reader wants from a thriller. I loved it so much that I know I’ll re-read this book.

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Book Review: The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo

Today’s book review is on the book by Amy Schumer called The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo! Matt bought me this book just before Christmas and I was so excited to read it. I’ve followed Amy Schumer’s work for quite some time now and I really inspire her because she is so down to earth. Having read her book I now feel like we’re more alike than I thought. Matt and Megan have both told me that I remind them of Amy Schumer and I never understood why until I read this book.

My favourite thing about this book is that no chapter is the same. She discusses different aspects of her life throughout each chapter and how it affected her and made her the person she is now. Having learnt more about her I now understand how hard she worked to be successful in the entertainment industry and how difficult it was for her to be accepted as a female comedian and appreciated for her talents. It’s been made aware that females sometimes have it harder to break out into the entertainment industry and Amy made me more aware of how difficult it was for her. Having always known she wanted to make people laugh she aspired to be a stand-up comedian and was knocked so many times by so many people who didn’t believe in her (more fool them). She worked so hard to show people how serious she was about her work and continues to do so even though she’s so known now.

She also discusses the fact that she is an introvert even though she comes across as an extrovert (100% me!) and how she hates to be around people too long as she likes her own space. I admire her for this because of how alike we are. For me I personally like my own company more than being with too many people, not that I don’t like being around people, I just appreciate my space which gives me time to breath and relax. It’s hard work having a bubbly and enthusiastic personality all the time and I really enjoy the space to read a book or watch a film alone. Amy discusses how difficult this can be when you’re working on the road and being with the same people all the time. It’s hard and emotionally draining. Reading this part actually made me feel for her so much because I know how difficult it really is.

Throughout the book she discusses her relationship with previous boyfriends, her sexual partners and her family. I love the fact that she is so close with her siblings, it’s so heartwarming to read about her love for them. She talks about her feelings and experiences through emotional, physical and sexual abuse as well as gun control in America. She really is so human and so different to most celebrities and I just think it’s refreshing to read about someone who knows it’s ok to have flaws.

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Book Review: Behind Closed Doors

This weeks book review is so exciting, this book was absolutely brilliant. It’s the novel Behind Closed Doors by B.A Paris. For more book reviews look back at my previous ones or check them out every Friday at 1pm.

Jack and Grace seemed to live the perfect happy wife. Jack, the ideal husband with the most loving and kind heart and perfect Grace, the devoted Wife. On the outside they look like they live the most normal and happy life but behind closed doors, their lives are far from normal and happy. Jack has hidden his urges for so long and once he met Grace he knew she was the one to make his dreams come true. If someone doesn’t stop him, who knows how far he’ll go to get what he wants. 

Its utterly fantastic and brilliantly written. This thriller kept me wanting more and more, it was almost impossible for me to put it down. Parts of it was heartbreaking but it was totally captivating. The best thriller I’ve read this year, in fact for a long time. I recommend it if you enjoy a mystery, thriller that will be make you want more. Grace’s Sister was truly delightful and her part in the book was devastating and really broke my heart. By the end of the book you’ll become more aware and saddened by those who have to deal with abuse in real life. It’s excellent, truly fantastic and by far one of the best books I have read this year, and I’ve read a lot.

If you liked this one, I recommend:

Gone Girl- Gillian Flynn

Girl on the Train- Paula Hawkins

with love, B x

Book Review: Just The Way You Are

My weekly book review has arrived, don’t fret little ones. It’s here. How exciting! This weeks book was read on my iPad though the iBooks app. I bought it for 99p and can only be bought as an ebook. Admittedly, this book was bought on a whim (actually aren’t most of my books bought on a whim?) because it was reviewed by Giovanna Fletcher and I often swear by her reviews.

This story is about a woman named Eva who hasn’t ever been happy go lucky, especially regarding her relationship. Having been receiving letters from an anonymous writer for six years Eva thought she would never love anybody the way she did with Mr. Writer. Having a terrible time with her recent love interests Eva sets out to discover the identity of Mr. Writer in hopes that he is as perfect as his letters once were.

I really did enjoy this book but the story was predictable. Half way through the book I knew who Mr. Writer was and it really disappointed me. However, this book was so captivating. It was so well written and it flowed well, it’s just a shame that it was so predictable. If you’re looking for a romance book then you’ve got it right here. For 99p it’s a bargain and I totally recommend to those who are a sucker for a love story just like me!

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Book Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Hey, it’s that time of week again!

I have been a huge Harry Potter fan for as long as I can remember. I’ve read all the books and I’ve watched all the films and to the day, I can’t stop loving them. This book was published in aid of Comic Relief and all of J K Rowling’s royalties went towards Comic Relief. It’s fantastic, it’s designed to look as if it’s the property of Harry Potter himself. The film is due to be released November 198th in the UK. The trailer is available here.

It’s pretty much an A to Z list of all the mythical creatures in the wizarding world. It’s truly magical and definitely helped fill the gap for not having any new Harry Potter books or films. It’s so fun to read and is something you can look at over and over again without getting bored. In the book, it has the Ministry of Magic Classification, in which provides 1 to 5 crosses for each fantastic beast in regards to their levels of danger. For example, Unicorn has 4 crosses and is stated to require specialist knowledge and skilled wizard training to be handled.

It’s wonderfully designed and written, although if you’re looking for a story in this book you’re better off reading the Harry Potter books. It has no real story to it but it’s still so clever and I for one cannot wait for the film to be released. I bought mine from Waterstones for £5, have a look here. You should definitely read this if you’re a lover of Harry Potter!

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Book Review: The Marble Collector

This week’s book review is of Cecelia Ahern’s novel, The Marble Collector. I’ve been a fan of Cecelia Ahern for so long in fact P.S I Love You was the first book I ever read. I’m pretty sure I was 13 when I read it. Every book she has ever written has made me wanting more and left me so mesmerised with her writing. This book is just as good as all the others she has written and I look forward to reading more by her. I bought mine on Amazon for £9 when it was first released, now it’s around £4 and can be bought here.

Sabrina is a mother, daughter, and wife. Her father, Fergus has been a player a big role in her life for as long as she can remember and she couldn’t ever imagine him being any different. After stumbling across a box of marbles she starts to look for the story being them. Her father had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and has lost the memories of his life, little did he know that his history would change his daughter’s life forever. By the end of the book, Sabrina had discovered her father had been living a life that nobody knew existed, although a very happy life. His childhood hadn’t been the best but he made the most of what he had whilst growing up. Sabrina discovered the truth about her father and also the truth about herself.

Personally, I loved this book. It was magical to read, it had so much life to it. I thought it was beautiful, the story was actually really sad and as I am known to cry at books/films. This one left me heartbroken. It made me think so much about my own father and the secrets he holds and continues to hold. The characters were so realistic and Fergus actually left me quite annoyed as he was able to keep such a huge part of his life away from his family. It was wonderful and a book I would happily read again.

If you liked this book I recommend these too:

The Choice by Susan Lewis: Available here.

The Real Katie Lavender by Erica James: Available here.

A Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman: Available here.

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Book Review: Am I Normal Yet?

Hey humans,

This week’s book review is on the novel Am I Normal Yet? By Holly Bourne. This touching, a heartfelt story has really hit home for me. I bought mine on Amazon for £4, you can get it here. Little did I know when buying this book that it is, in fact, the first book of a 3 part series, all available on Amazon and are called “The Spinster Series”.

The first book of this series is called Am I Normal Yet? and for me this book hit home. I had come across this whilst purchasing The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson (Also available on Amazon here). I had read the reviews and thought it seemed interesting. Having had it for several months a friend of mine told me about it and said how much it reminded her of me and my own situation with anxiety. At that point I had remembered that I owned it and instantly went home to read it, just to understand what she meant.

This book is about a 16-year-old girl who is finishing her high school career and struggles with OCD and anxiety and just wants to be normal. Evie had longed to be just like her friends, a normal carefree 16-year-old girl whose biggest worry is what boy is going to like them next or how the up and coming party is going to turn out. For Evie, it wasn’t that simple. Evie had struggled with OCD and constantly desired to live in a clean and bacteria free environment. Having continued visited with a therapist and being placed on medication, Evie eventually had started being taken off the medication and begun feeling more herself. She had found herself the best of friends and even had some male attention. Until those feelings of normality stopped and Evie began feeling more anxiety and her OCD had begun causing issues.

This book is excellent, the plot is told brilliantly and provides a thorough explanation of the day to day life of an individual who struggles with mental health issues. It’s beautiful. I recommend this book to anybody and especially those who struggle with anxiety and OCD and most definitely people who would like to understand more about OCD and Anxiety. It’s written with experience and shows so much honesty, in fact, it is definitely the most honest book I have ever read. Not only that but this book is witty, its smart and full of banter. This book really did give me a better insight into how I’ve been living my life for the past 9 months and has helped encourage me to seek help with my anxiety.

If you liked this book here is a list of recommended books for you to try:

  • Lisa Williamson: The Art of Being Normal. (The link to buy this book on Amazon is above.
  • Alyssa B Sheinmel: Faceless. Buy it here.
  • Jesse Andrews: Me, Earl and the Dying Girl. Buy it here.

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