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Beauty Purge – Journey to Minimalism

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As part of my mission to declutter my life I decided to have a beauty purge. My collection of beauty products is one that always feels cluttered and messy, and to be honest even after clearing out some of the items it’s still cluttered and I know I have way too many products. But I don’t just want to get rid of them for the sake of having minimal products sitting on my shelves. If they are still good and I still like them I want to use them up. But first I needed to clear out the stuff I knew I was just not interested in any longer.

My Beauty Purge

To start with I emptied everything off of my beauty shelves and onto the floor. As I pulled each item out I checked to see if it had gone bad (in which case I chucked it out), or if I knew I wasn’t going to use it (in which case I put it in a pile to be given to friends). I then began categorising everything into groups of similar products – all face masks together, all shampoo’s together etc. From there I could see if I had a lot of one particular category and start narrowing it down to just the products that I knew I liked and wanted to use up. Anything I was so-so about got donated to friends.

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I got rid of 10 products in this round. The Herbal Essences shampoo, Timothy conditioner and Talika moisturiser had all been sitting on my shelf unused for quite some time and I wasn’t fussed about finishing them up so in the bin they went. The Fibrology shampoo and conditioner, Rituals shampoo, Tommy Guns conditioner, KMS curling mousse, and Umberto Giannini backcomb in a bottle and (clean) Soap & Glory shower puff all got passed along to friends and family who would get much better use out of them than me.

The after might not look all that much different from before my beauty purge, but it’s a step in the right direction. Now I just have to remember to focus on using these products up instead of buying in new things to try…

If you want to see more decluttering you can watch my Makeup Declutter and Nail Polish Declutter videos, and read my Wardrobe Declutter post too. What area of my home would you like to see me declutter next?

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August and September Wrap Up

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This is going to be my August and September wrap up as I was on my honeymoon when the August one was due and didn’t have much to share that month anyway. Other things were taking priority at that time… So anyway, here’s what I’ve read over the past couple of months, and what I thought:

My August and September Wrap Up

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

I have to say I am not a fan of this one… I was a fan of the Harry Potter series growing up (I even have a picture of me in the newspaper staying up till midnight to be one of the first people to buy the first film on VIDEO the day it was released!), but this just did not feel like a Harry Potter book to me. I get that it’s written in the style of a play and so doesn’t read the same as a typical novel, but it’s more than that. The characters themselves seemed out of character, the rich background that J.K. Rowling had built was barely there to be found, and it just didn’t even seem like she had anything to do with it. Honestly, it felt like a piece of fan fiction and it’s not something I’m likely to read again.

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriaty

After reading  The Last Anniversary, I was eager to read another of Liane Moriaty’s books. The story revolves around a secret Cecelia’s husband has revealed in a letter to her with instructions that it only be opened after his death. Having discovered the letter, and after mounting suspicion surrounding her husbands strange behaviour, Cecelia decides to read the letter. This happens fairly early on in the book and the rest of the pages involve what Cecelia is going to do about the revelation. Of course, as with The Last Anniversary, there are multiple other characters, each with their own issues (it was sometimes difficult to keep track of which character was who). But in the end everyone comes together for the big showdown confession. Another enjoyable read from Moriaty but I do prefer The Last Anniversary.

According to YES by Dawn French

This was okay. I read this during 2 twelve hour flights to and from my honeymoon destination so there wasn’t a lot else to do, otherwise I might have put this book down and not picked it up again. It didn’t particularly grip me and the plot was a bit ridiculous and unbelievable at times (the events leading up to the grandmother moving out and the sheer fact that it is she that moves out and not anyone else – not wanting to spoil the story for anyone that hasn’t read it, but for those that have you know what I’m talking about). Essentially According To Yes is about an English nanny that goes to live with a New York family who are not being entirely truthful about who they are and what they want. They’ve been stifled by the overbearing Grandmother, who acts out of her own insecurities and fears. The nanny comes along and I want to say she turns their worlds upside-down but really she sets them the right way up. It’s different from other books that I’ve read in the sense that it heavily focuses on the characters relationships, both with each other and with themselves. The self-reflection they each go through was interesting, but this is another book I can’t see myself re-reading.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Speaking of re-reading… If you saw my TBR for the month you’ll know I’ve decided to re-read the Harry Potter series (minus the 8th book..). Although I didn’t enjoy The Cursed Child, it did reignite my love for the Harry Potter world. I normally read this series around the Autumn time every couple of years or so but haven’t done for quite some time. I don’t know why but this time of year always feels kinda magical and like the perfect time to read Harry Potter. Maybe it’s because it’s so easy to get into, the writing is fantastic and I just want to be snuggled under a blanket reading it with a cup of tea in hand, a candle burning and dreaming of life at Hogwarts. I thoroughly enjoyed this first book, I flew through it in a couple of days, forgetting how quick it is to read. I’m sure everyone has already either read the book or watched the film, but to summarise: Harry Potter is a wizard. He is famous in the magical world for overthrowing a Dark Lord whilst still a baby, despite the evil Lord Voldemort killing both his parents just minutes before. Upon attending his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Harry dives straight into adventure with his 2 best friends. Realising someone is after the Philosopher’s Stone, the three of them do what they can to uncover who is after it and how to stop them, culminating in Harry going up against Lord Voldemort once again.

 

So that’s everything I’ve read over the past couple of months, don’t forget to follow me on Goodreads to see what I’m currently reading as well as what is on my To Be Read list.

 

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Finish 6 x Christmas – Project Pan

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If you follow my YouTube Channel then you’ll know I’ve taken to doing a few Project Pans this year. In case you haven’t been following along and don’t know what project pan is, basically it’s where you pick a certain number of items to try and finish up (or hit pan on). There are a variety of different ways you can go about doing a project pan, but the general idea is to try and use up your existing makeup before you go out and buy more. That way you get your money’s worth and the products don’t go bad before you really get some use out of them.

It’s not for everyone, I don’t believe I have ever completed a project pan in it’s entirety, but the beauty of it is that even if you don’t reach your goal you will have still got a decent amount of use out of your chosen products, perhaps rediscovered a past love and maybe even gotten creative and found new ways to use old favourites.

I am currently in the middle of doing Pan That Palette (where you focus on using up one palette for the year), if you want to see more on that you can catch my latest update here. I have also just finish a seasonal project pan challenge called Finish 5 by Fall – to see how I got on with that you can watch this video. Today, I’m going to be embarking on a new seasonal panning project called Finish 6 by Christmas – as the name suggests, I am going to be attempting to use up 6 items from my makeup collection by December 25th. These are my picks:

Rimmel BB Cream Matte in Light

I have maybe a quarter of this base product left and just want to move it out of my collection before it goes bad. I actually really like this BB cream but somewhere along the way must have been enticed by a new foundation product and this got pushed to the back of my drawer.

The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in Light Matte

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Again, not a lot left on this either (you’ll notice a trend here..). This is quite light on my skin, which makes it a great contour in the winter months when I’m a bit paler so I’m hoping I can get it used up by layering it whilst I still have a bit of my honeymoon tan left.

ELF Blush in Candid Coral

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An oldie but a goodie. I have had this one for years and keep going back to it every so often as it looks so pretty and glowy. I have a couple of other blushes in similar shades so I want to finish this one up rather than let it go to waste and end up having to throw it out.

MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre

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Another product I’ve had for a while. These take ages to use up, so I guess that makes them good for the money, but cream products weren’t designed to that long, at least not without potentially causing irritation and/or infections. With this one I just want to hit pan on it, I am under no delusions that I can finish this up in 3 months!

Laura Mercier Long Lash Mascara

I got this in a beauty box a while back, and although I do like it, it’s a very subtle mascara. I prefer something a lot bolder day-to-day, but I thought I could finish this by using it as a bottom lash mascara as the wand is so small. So that’s my plan.

Seventeen Supreme Shine Lipstick in Barely Blush

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Those of you that have been following my panning journey will know how I have struggled to finish this lipstick!! I thought I was going to do it in my last challenge but alas no, it’s still going strong. It’s a creamy, easy to wear pink and can be doubled up as a cream blush, but I’m getting a bit bored with it now. Fingers crossed I can get this moved out by Christmas!

You’ll notice that most of these products I’ve already used quite a lot of, that is intentional. For this challenge I wanted to move out some things that have been sat around for a while almost used up. I don’t like to waste product, and in theory they should be fairly quick and easy to move out (she says glaring at the lipstick) so that I can get on with using other products without feeling guilty that these ones are being neglected. Feel free to join me on this seasonal project pan and let me know how you’re getting on in the comments, or tag me on Instagram. I’ll be posting monthly to update you all with my progress!

 

Wardrobe Declutter – Journey to Minimalism

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I kicked off my minimalism journey with a wardrobe declutter a few months ago and am only just getting around to blogging about it! When it comes to clutter-induced stress my clothing is pretty high on the list and is something that affects me on a daily basis. A lot of the time I find myself staring at my very much full wardrobe and feeling like I have nothing to wear. I’m sure a lot of you can relate. Although you have plenty of individual items, they don’t necessarily go together. Or perhaps you just don’t feel great in those pieces but keep them hanging around just in case you have nothing else to wear. Or you don’t have anything appropriate for a particular occasion.

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I heard Allison Anderson say in a YouTube video that instead of pulling out items you want to get rid of, you should first pull out your absolute favourite pieces, the things you love and wear all the time. After that, whatever else is left is negotiable. This idea was such a revelation for me. Normally I go to declutter but then find myself feeling overwhelmed, dithering over what to get rid of and only end up removing a small handful of items.

How I Decluttered My Wardrobe

This time around I did like Allison suggested and pulled out items that I loved and absolutely wanted to keep first. I pulled out 21 items, leaving a whopping 160 that were negotiable!! I was floored by how much of my wardrobe was made up of things I didn’t really like anymore. No wonder getting ready in the mornings was always such a chore!

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Obviously with such a large portion of my wardrobe being candidates for the donation pile, I couldn’t unfortunately get rid of the lot as that would have left me with very very few outfits to wear. My next step was to pile the rest of my clothes onto my bed and begin sorting through them. I had 2 piles, one for clothes to get rid of and one for clothes that would remain in my closet for this round.

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To help me decide, I looked at whether the items needed repairs that I knew I wouldn’t get around to or no longer suited my style. In some cases even tried items on to figure out if they still fitted properly, and throughout the process I tried as best I could to not let sentimental feelings get in the way. So often in the past I have held onto something because I wore it to a particular event or at a certain time in my life and it reminded me of that time. But I don’t need a room full of clothes I never wear, just so that I can pick them up maybe once a year and reminisce!

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What I Got Rid Of

I managed to move 30 items out of my wardrobe, which I know still leaves me with a lot but I needed to have some clothes to wear, even if I didn’t love them. My plan is to gradually shop for pieces that I love, that fit me and my style well, and that go with other items I already own and love. As and when I bring new pieces in I will get rid of more items I currently own – the old one in, one out rule. So in theory my closet shouldn’t ever grow and I will just be left with things I love to wear.

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I’m going to be tackling other areas in my life (I’ve already filmed a makeup declutter), and I’m sure I will do another wardrobe declutter in the near future as it’s slowly becoming easier and easier to let go of things that no longer serve me and are just taking up much needed space in my life. Let me know if you have any tips or tricks for decluttering and if you are joining me on this journey to a life filled with less stuff.

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I’m Married! + Honeymoon in Mauritius (With Pictures)

I’m back, and I’m married! I have done a couple of wedding related posts (here, here and here) but didn’t have the time to do as many as I would’ve liked, so some of you may not be aware that the reason I have been a little absent from this blog is because I was getting hitched!

Ben and I got married on 23rd August and then spent 7 nights honeymooning in Mauritius. I’ve done a whole video talking about the wedding, so if you want to hear how that went and see a few pictures you can watch that, but I wanted to tell you about the honeymoon in this post.

It was a 12 hour direct flight and I’m not the best flier, but despite a few bumpy patches I actually managed to get some sleep and handled the mild turbulence without having a panic attack. We stayed at the Ravenala Attitude hotel on the North East side of the island, which in hindsight perhaps wasn’t the best location in terms of things to do around the area. Apparently the East side has the best beaches (although we didn’t managed to venture over to that side to explore), and the South is where most of the points of interest are. The hotel itself wasn’t the best to be honest. There was nothing terribly awful about it, more just a few little things that let it down and didn’t make it feel as special as we were hoping our honeymoon would be. Things like being kept awake by the loud music, not being able to get hold of an adaptor despite asking several times and being told each time that one would be sent to our room, the food not being piping hot and birds flying into the buffet restaurant and pecking at the food that was uncovered…

The hotel pool didn’t seem all that appealing but the beach was just 10 steps away so that’s where we spent most of our time – reading, relaxing and snoozing. We had hired a car so took a couple of trips out in that. On the Monday we drove to Casela, which is a safari park, and did a walk with lions as well as a segway safari. That was the best day by far and we both had so much fun. I absolutely loved the segway and can’t wait to go on one again! We spent the whole day at Casela, enjoying ourselves and looking at all the animals. That night we had a candlelit dinner by the beach as part of our “honeymoon” package, which was really lovely. The staff really catered to my lactose intolerant, vegetarian and not-too-spicy food requests (not that I’m fussy!), and everything they came out with was packed with flavour and presented beautifully.

A couple of days before we flew home we took the car out for drive to Grand Baie, just North of where we were staying. The sea looked a lot prettier there but the beaches weren’t quite as nice. From there we drove South to the Black River Gorges to look at the waterfalls. That was a little disappointing as you were viewing them from afar and they didn’t seem as impressive as I was hoping but it was a nice change of scenery from the beach.

Weather-wise, it was winter in Mauritius, which was still a pleasant 23-24 degrees C whilst we were there, but the sunshine was interspersed with short bursts of drizzle. All in all, I wouldn’t recommend the hotel and I’m not sure we would go back to Mauritius, but it was a very welcome break from work and was lovely to relax after the craziness of planning a wedding in 6 months. Now it’s back to work, playing catch up and trying to make my way through my monstrous to do list, so posts might still be a little sporadic for the next few weeks. Apologies for that, but I promise I’m trying to get back on track ASAP, and in the meantime here’s some honeymoon pictures…

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The Last Anniversary – July Book Wrap Up

I’m a little late updating you guys with my July Book Wrap Up, so I apologise for that. Things have been more than a little crazy lately, but I’m here and I figured this was better late than never. I actually only have one book to share (in case you couldn’t tell from the title), but I think it might be my favourite from this year so far..

The Last Anniversary – Liane Moriaty

Wow, I cannot explain how much I loved this book. It hooked me in from the very beginning and every chapter left me wanting more. The Last Anniversary is about 2 sisters who are keeping a secret about an abandoned baby they’ve adopted. When one of the sisters passes away the secret begins to unravel, with twists right up until the very end. The really interesting thing about this book is how it flits between different time lines and multiple different perspectives but never feels disjointed, and I never struggled to keep up with which character I was reading or what was going on. All of the characters are so well thought out, each different with their own complexities but easily fitting into each others lives and flowing with the overall plot.

The person that most held my interest was Grace and her struggle with post-natal depression – at times it had me in tears. I’m really pleased with the way everything all came together in the end with the natural build up of events culminating in the secret being revealed. Liane does a fantastic job of keeping you guessing without leaving you feeling frustrated. I loved her style so much I jumped straight into reading one of her other books. I plan on picking up all of her books as I enjoy her writing so much and would thoroughly recommend The Last Anniversary. 5 Stars!

My reading is a bit all over the place at the moment with my wedding and honeymoon less than 2 weeks away (!!), so if you want to keep up with what I’m currently reading you can follow me on Goodreads.

 

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Current Makeup Basket – July 2016

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Oh the good ole current makeup basket – it makes getting ready in the mornings a doddle. No rooting around in my collection trying to figure out what I want to use because I have a full face of makeup products sat on my dressing table ready and waiting for me. I used to do these posts weekly, but with doing my Finish 5 By Fall Project Pan and Pan That Palette I’ve been sticking to the same products for a while now. I also just enjoy using these products and like the look they give me. So without further ado, here is my current makeup basket:

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There’s a couple of products in that line up I wouldn’t necessarily wear on a day to day basis if I wasn’t trying to use them up, but this combination has been working pretty well for me. What’s in your current makeup basket?

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Summer Skincare ft Lush

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Every year I live in hope that we will actually get a decent summer, and most years I am left wanting, but I still keep dreaming! This year I was so hopeful for lovely, sunny weather that I picked up a few products from Lush that I thought would get my skin in tip top condition should the sun breakthrough the ever present clouds (and whaddya know, it’s actually ridiculously hot right now – the power of positive thinking!) And so, I present to you my Summer Skincare:

Oatifix Fresh Face Mask – £6.95

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I’ll start with the face. Oatifix is a fresh face mask that I hadn’t tried before as it’s aimed more towards those with drier skin types, but I decided to give it a go as my skin had been looking a little lack lustre. The oats provide a gentle exfoliation when you rinse off the mask, and the banana adds moisture. I was a little concerned that, being geared towards dry skin, it might make my already fairly oily face even oilier but I have experienced no such problem. It just left me with soft and smooth feeling, hydrated skin. It’s one that I would pick up again although, word of warning, it can be a little messy as the mask is surprisingly dry in consistency, so I’d recommend applying it either in the bath or over a sink.

Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner – £16.50

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I couldn’t not mention this as it’s my favourite thing from my haul. Ro’s Argan is a body conditioner, so after washing you apply this to damp skin and then rinse off, much like a hair conditioner. It leaves me with the most incredibly soft, moisturised skin that doesn’t feel sticky or make me feel claustrophobic in the heat. Other body lotions I have used post-shower seem to just sit on the skin for ages and are a bit too much in the summer. Ro’s Argan is the perfect balance of lightness and moisture. It does leave a slight residue on your skin, but like I said it’s not sticky, it just takes a little while to fully absorb in which leaves your skin feeling soft and supple for longer. And did I mention the scent? A mix of rose jam and argan, slightly floral, slightly sweet but not overpowering. 100% yummy and it lingers too! I cannot get enough of this stuff, although I’m trying to ration myself as it’s not the cheapest product and I’m starting to run out! I should really just go and repurchase…

Pumice Power Foot Soap – £3.25

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This is more of a scrub than a soap but it does lather up a little. Pumice Power has a gorgeous citrusy scent that just smells fresh and summery with a realistic orange kick. I usually use this on my feet, which is it’s intended purpose, but I have also used this on my arms when I’ve felt like I needed something a little stronger than a shower puff to exfoliate them. It is a harsher exfoliator, however the pumice is very fine – I would say if you have sensitive skin be careful when using this, otherwise you should be fine. Along with the exfoliating pumice and the soapiness, Pumice Power also contains rapeseed and coconut oils which soften and moisturise your feet beautifully, so it’s really an all-in-one product and I’ve loved using it.

Life’s A Beach Body Scrub Powder – £14.95

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I picked this up because the scent sounded amazing and the idea of a loose powder exfoliator intrigued me. It’s scented with tonka, gardenia and vanilla, with sea salt and sand as the exfoliators and it all smells just like a really clean beach. Although the sea salt and sand that have been used in this are fine, it’s still quite abrasive and I have to be careful not to rub my skin raw. However that does make it fantastic for if you’ve got any particularly dry patches (such as feet, elbows etc) or need to fix a fake tan accident, as it sloughs it all away. The only downside is that it comes in a cardboard box, which doesn’t really mix well with the wet environment of a shower. I feel like Lush didn’t think that one through too well. I’d suggest perhaps decanting some into a smaller, water resistant container instead of taking the box into the shower with you and being left with a soggy mess.

They are my go to’s I’m using for my summer skincare this year and they are keeping my skin soft, supple and smooth. If you’ve got any favourite products you like to pull out at this time of year, let me know in the comments!

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LVL Lashes Experience

LVL Lashes

I’ve been wanting LVL Lashes for a while now, probably going on a year. With my wedding coming up next month I thought I would try them out with a view to if I liked them I would have them redone for the big day and (hopefully) honeymoon. I went to Laura Dossett in Norwich a couple of weeks ago so thought I’d do a little write up on my experience and let you know whether I would have the treatment done again. The appointment lasted about an hour from start to finish and the time went by quickly. Laura asked me to pop in ahead of my appointment so she could do a patch test and ensure I didn’t have any adverse reactions to the products she was going to be putting on my lashes. On the day, Laura had me fill out a form with my details, my doctors surgery and if I had any medical conditions, once that was out of the way the treatment started. I’d made sure to arrive at the salon sans makeup and Laura used a wipe to remove any excess products and oils around my eyes and lashes. A shield was placed on each closed eyelid and my lashes were brushed up onto it, ensuring they were all straight and pointing the the right direction. The lifting product was then applied to the base of my lashes and left on for around 10 minutes. After that, the solution was removed from my lashes with a tiny little tool – this is the only part that felt a little uncomfortable, but that was just down to me worrying Laura might poke me in the eye which, of course, she didn’t. None of the process was painful in the slightest though. Another solution was applied to my lashes and left on for around 5 minutes then removed before the tint was applied to both top and bottom lashes.

LVL lashes

My immediate thoughts upon seeing my new lashes was that they weren’t as dramatic as I was hoping they would be. For some reason I thought the treatment was going to stretch out my lashes to make them longer but really it just lifts and tints them, which makes them appear longer naturally. The lashes were clumped together a little bit as they were still wet and I was told once they dried they would fan out more so I left in the hopes that I would love them more the following day after I was allowed to wash them (you’re not supposed to get them wet or wear mascara for the first 24 hours, so along with washing my face before the appointment I also washed my hair the night before so I didn’t have to worry about water running over my face and lashes).

LVL lashes

The next morning it was nice waking up and actually looking more fresh faced and awake than normal thanks to the lashes, but applying mascara has bit made more difficult and messy. I think if I didn’t tend to wear mascara most days then I would maybe get LVL lashes again. My lashes are naturally relatively long and have a bit of a curl to them, and when I wear mascara I get a similar look to LVL but with a bit more volume and length. Going forward, I’d be interested to try just tinting them at home myself and going back to using Rapidlash to make them a little longer – I feel like that would work out a bit cheaper in the long run and perhaps give me more of the results I was hoping for, but I’ve heard bad things about lash tinting so I think I need to do a bit more research before I jump into that. Let me know if you’ve had any experience with that yourself and if you have any lash tinting products you can recommend I try out.

So bottom line, I’m glad I tried it out but I don’t think I’ll be having it redone. Maybe I’ll look into lash extensions next….

LVL lashes

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June Wrap Up – Books I’ve Read

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My June Wrap Up is going to be another small one. I haven’t managed to read as much as I would have liked for a couple of reasons. Firstly the books on my TBR pile for June were all physical books, and given that I only really find time to read that type of book before bed, that doesn’t give a slow reader like myself the opportunity to get through many books. Secondly, Ben took me away to London for the weekend in the middle of the month for my birthday. I did take a book to read but only got the chance to once, and since we’ve been back I’ve had a manic time of trying to sort the house out (it was a state) and get organised for having a new kitchen put in (it’s going in this weekend). On top of that we had a meeting with our wedding venue where we realised we had a shiz tonne of things we needed to get done ASAP (you can read more about that here). As such I wasn’t getting to bed till gone 11pm and I’m usually a lights-out-by-10-at-the-latest kinda girl, so I really haven’t had the time to read! I did however get a Kindle for my birthday (you can watch my birthday haul here), and going forward I think I will ensure I always have at least one digital book on my TBR pile as I can read those on my lunch break at work, and hopefully get through a few more books during the month. So with all that said, here’s what I did manage to read last month:

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Bon Bons to Yoga Pants – Katie Cross

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This was a very easy to read story about a girl learning to come to terms with the loss of her father, break the habit of turning to food whenever things felt uncomfortable, and ultimately learning to love herself for who she is. The main character, Lexie, starts off being overweight and not feeling good enough. Through a series of events, she arranges a date at her sister’s upcoming wedding with a cute boy she’s been chatting with online and also ends up joining a weight loss group. Lexie thinks that if she just loses the weight and looks a certain way then she’ll be worthy of this boy, and that he couldn’t possibly be interested in her the way she is. Gradually, through her weight loss journey and with the help of friends new and old, she begins to question those limiting beliefs. It’s a lovely, inspirational story with very relatable and realistic characters, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

Scarlet – Marissa Meyer

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This is the second book in The Lunar Chronicles series. Scarlet’s grandmother has gone missing and the police aren’t really doing anything about it, so Scarlet takes things into he down hands and goes looking for her with the help of a street fighter named Wolf. I got into this book a lot quicker than I did Cinder and found Scarlet much more relatable than Cinder (which isn’t too hard when you consider that Cinder is a cyborg!). The story moved along at a fairly stead pace until about 3/4 of the way in when it picked up dramatically as things came to a head in the plot. Cinder’s storyline is continued in this novel, which gave a sense of familiarity whilst getting to grips with the new storyline, and the 2 plots slipped together nicely and didn’t make the book feel disjointed. Again, I’m now eager to start the next book to find out what’s happens now that Cinder and Scarlet have joined forces.

The New Girl – Tracie Puckett

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I wasn’t expecting much from this book to be honest. It showed up on my daily Bookbub list and I believe it was free – never one to turn down a free book that looks like my kinda thing, I grabbed it and one night whilst unable to sleep decided to pick it up. To be honest, it’s not the best writing and it’s a very simple storyline. It follows high school student, Steph, who has just moved to yet another town with her mother. Steph’s mum has been moving around ever since she left Steph’s abusive father in the hopes that he will never find them. When I first started reading this book I didn’t realise it was part of a series and fully expected the big finale to be Steph’s dad finding them and most likely getting thrown in jail after some, no doubt, alcohol fuelled showdown. Well, the story hasn’t quite gotten that far yet (if it does in fact turn out that way), and there’s been the side distraction of Steph having feelings for her teacher, who’s brother just happens to be involved with her mum. Not quite what I was expecting, but I did end up picking up the next book in the series – not sure if that says more about my inability to not finish things, or that the book was actually better than I thought. It’s not something I’m jumping up and down to start reading immediately though, I think it will just sit on my phone until I don’t know what else to read.

 

Like I said, I think I need to make sure I have at least one physical and one digital book on my TBR lists each month, just to give me the chance to read more as I don’t typically carry around physical books with me. The only reason I managed to read 3 books this month is because 2 of them were digital and I was able to read them on my lunch breaks. That being said, I did reach my reading goal over on Goodreads – I think next year I may need to set the bar a bit higher! Make sure you’re following my YouTube channel to see what books I’m planning on reading next – my July TBR will be up this Sunday!