Sunday, 18 November 2018

I see you book review

"You do the same thing every day. You know exactly where you're going. You're not alone... When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it's there. There's no explanation: just a grainy image, a website address and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it's just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that. Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make..." 

This novel is a crime thriller and is written by Clare Mackintosh, it was published in 2016 and I think is one of my favourite books I have read in a long time! I was completely gripped the entire way through and wanted to keep reading to find out what happened.

The book has 3 different narratives, the first is from a mum called Zoe who has two teenage kids, the second is Kelly a policewoman who has a trait for always breaking the rules and the 3rd is a snippet into the person behind everything.

What I love is that the book is so relatable, how many of us will follow a certain routine, drive a certain way everyday, stop at the same local shop, catch the same time train. The book essentially is talking about how vulnerable you become when you become predictable. The main plot follows Zoe and Kelly's hunt to find whoever is placing the newspaper ads and to stop them before it goes too far.

I found this book in my local supermarket as there was a charity stall raising money and this just caught my eye and I knew as soon as I read the blurb it would be a book that I loved! There are moments in the book that made me quite jumpy and on edge, especially since I was home alone. There was tension in all the right places and the suspension was kept throughout the entire novel.

I would highly recommend this book, the ending was absolutely incredible and one that I did not see coming at all, I was convinced I knew what the ending would be but boy I couldn't have been further from the truth.... they always catch you out don't they?! What I love about this book in particular is that the Author Clare actually used to be in the police force herself and so I feel like this book reflects on that and truly captures the reader from the start. Have you read any of Clare's books before? Would love to hear your comments below!

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Boyfriend guesses prices for my beauty products

Today I thought I would get my boyfriend involved with my blog, we spend so much time together and so am putting him to the test to see if he can correctly guess my beauty products, Harry was very much up for doing this and I think he secretly loved it! He has never been shopping with me for any of these products and so didn't have a clue about the prices, here are his answers!

Product 1. Collection lasting perfection concealer 

Harry's Guess:
Well it's last perfection and seems like the sort of thing most people would use to cover and for the size of it I'll say £7.

Actual Price £4.19

Product 2. L'oreal hydra genius aloe water

Harry's Guess:
I reckon that this could be quite pricey, big bottle so I will say £30.

Actual Price £9.99

Product 3. Estee Lauder advanced night repair 

Harry's Guess: Well Gemma has used this on me a few times, mainly when she's put too much on her hands and doesn't want to waste it! I'm going to say £50.

Actual Price £76

Product 4. Estee Lauder advanced night repair eye concentrate matrix 

Harry's Guess:
I'm going to stick with £50 for this one as its a slightly smaller bottle than the last one!

Actual Price £49

Product 5. Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb perfume 

Harry's Guess: £105
This is quite a big bottle

Actual Price £105

So I think we can safely say that I'll stick to buying these products myself. Have you ever tested your boyfriend on beauty products would love to hear your comments below! 

Sunday, 4 November 2018

My Haircare saviour!

So I first discovered these products whilst working away, for those of you who don't know I work on cruise ships and I find that this can sometimes affect my hair and its appearance. The water onboard is a lot harsher than my water in my home and has a higher chlorine content so I needed something that would keep my hair looking and feeling great.

One of my friends onboard introduced me to the new L'oreal dream lengths range, there are 4 products within the range - the restoring shampoo, detangling conditioner, no hair cut cream and the saviour hair mask.

The range is primarily for longer hair and I would say that my hair is medium length, its just past my shoulders, however these products work absolute wonders on my hair and I would recommend for most hair lengths!

The no hair cut cream is by far my favourite product in the range and one that I use religiously! I was so impressed the first time I ever used this and noticed a real difference straight away my hair felt smoother and looked sleek and shiny. I have used it every day since, it's designed as a leave in conditioner with heat protector which can be used on wet or dry hair.

The hair mask is designed as a deep conditioner to be used along side the other products around once a week to provide an extra bit of TLC for your hair! The whole range also smells amazing.... who doesn't want a good smelling shampoo?!

I've been using the products now for about 3 months and have noticed such a difference in my hair it feels so much more moisturised and in a much better condition. At the moment there are some great offers on this range and can be brought from a variety of different supermarkets aswell as Boots and Superdrug.

Have you tried this product before? As always I love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Sunday, 28 October 2018

10 things I love about Autumn

So it is well and truly Autumn, with the clocks in the UK changing back this morning I thought I would write a little post about why I love Autumn! 

To start with a little fun fact: Autumn going into Winter is my favourite season so I am completely in my element at the moment, here are my top 10 things I love about this time of year. 

1. I love wearing cosy jumpers and fluffy scarfs - this week alone I have brought another 2 scarfs to add to my collection! 

2. Hot chocolate - sitting down in the warm watching my favourite TV episode at the moment I have been loving forensic files on Netflix and have been completely obsessed! 

3.  Baths and hot showers - I love a good bath but coming into the colder weather is the perfect excuse to jump in the tub and get those bubbles flowing. 

4. Cosy nights in - Tucking up in bed after a long day out is the best. 

5. Autumn Walks - when the leaves are starting to fall and the colours are just beautiful! 

6. Fairy Lights - now this is something I always love as it makes my room feel so homely but even more so in winter when its cold outside and your snuggled in the warm. 

7. Candles - Some of my favourite scents are the Christmas range from Yankee candle, I love them and always have done! 

8. Fluffy Socks - One of my all time favourites! I love putting fluffy socks and feel like they are perfect for winter, I have a tendency to wear them under my boots aswell for extra fluffy comfort.... can you tell I love them yet haha. 

9. Homemade stews - There is nothing better having been for a long Sunday walk and coming back to the smell of a fresh stew that has been simmering all day in a slow cooker (anyone else love a slow cooker?!) 

10. Travel mugs - I feel like this time of year is when I really get the best use of my travel mugs especially the ones that keep your drinks warm all day as I will make myself a drink in the morning and then go about my day and then on the way home I still have a hot drink to enjoy! 

So those are just a few of my favourite things about Autumn, I would love to hear what yours are in the comments below! 

Friday, 26 January 2018

Because I'm Happy

So these were one of my favourite things to post last year and I thought I would bring it back as it really does help you to focus on the little things in life that have a impact on your happiness. So without further ado here is my list of things that have made me happy this week!

- Morning winter walks

- Spending time with my family, this is such a big one for me especially with my job it has really taught me to appreciate every moment your together. 

- Making new friends and meeting new people

- Going out of my comfort zone and trying something new 

- Cooking something by myself and it actually tasting pretty good! 

- Movie nights 

- Late night conversations with my boyfriend 

Let me know in the comments what has made you happy this week! 

Friday, 19 January 2018

My Travel Essentials

So with my job I have been travelling for the last year non stop so I have got my packing down to a fine art, so today I thought I would share with you the items I couldn't travel without!

Pack of small wipes
These little baby's are a life saver on soooo many occasions, whether you want to freshen up a little on a plane or need something to clean your hand before you eat. They are so small and a little wipe goes a long way. Perfect for popping in your hand bag!

Mints or Chewing Gum
Again something small but that helps so much just pop it into your mouth and for me anyway I feel so much fresher and more alert.

I never leave to go anywhere without packing my camera, its a must have! I love to take my instax camera away too when I have more space as there is nothing more special than having it printed there and then!

Another thing I wouldn't leave the house without! It allows you to completely shut off from the world and get a bit of piece and quite especially on planes!

Now this has so many uses! If your going away to a different climate then vaseline or another lipsalve is a must! The reason I choose vaseline is because it can double as a moisturiser so If I get a few dry patches this works well!

What are your travel essentials? 

Friday, 12 January 2018

A Year of Travelling

2017 was definitely the year of travelling for me, I have been to so many incredible places and am so lucky to have seen everything I have in such a short space of time. So today I thought I would share with you all the places I have travelled in 2017.  In my last post I explained that I have been working for a Cruise ship and so these are all the amazing places I visited whilst working there. 

  • Barbados
  • Tortola
  • St Maarten
  • Virgin gorda
  • St Vincent
  • Grenada
  • Jamaica (Ocho Rios, Montego Bay)
  • Grand Cayman
  • St Kitts
  • Martinique
  • St Lucia
  • Grand Turk

America and Canada:
  • New Orleans
  • Boston
  • New York
  • Bar harbour
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Cape Canaveral
  • Miami
  • Brooklyn
  • Baltimore
  • Charleston
  • Bermuda
  • Halifax NS
  • Sydney NS
  • Key west

  • Valencia
  • Venice
  • Rome
  • Cadiz
  • Sorrento
  • Dubrovnik
  • Sibenik
  • Madeira
  • La Rochelle
  • Klaipeda
  • Tallin
  • St Petersburg
  • Copenhagen
  • Finland
  • Riga
  • Helsinki
  • St Tropez
  • Oslo
  • Stavanger
  • Gerainger
  • Bergen
  • Cannes
  • Sweden
  • Vigo
  • Amsterdam
  • Belgium
  • Ponta Delgada
  • Pria de Vitoria
  • Sicily
  • Messina
  • Amsterdam
  • Le Havre 
  • Ajaccio
  • Cartagena

I absolutely loved the Caribbean and thats where some of my best memories are. I can't wait to see what 2018 has to offer travel wise! Where is on your list to travel? Let me know in the comments. 

Friday, 5 January 2018

New Year Goals

So every year on this blog I have always written a New Years Resolution post and I thought about doing the same again this year, but I realised I am actually really happy with myself this year. I have a great job, I'm surrounded by great friends and family, I have achieved many of my own personal goals and I am finally.... nearly 3 years later drinking water! haha so I thought instead I would share some of the things I would like to achieve in the next year.

1. Learn a musical instrument. 
Growing up I played the clarinet and Piano but life got in the way and I gave them both up which is something I regret so I would like to be able to learn something new and actually stick at it.

2. Keep travelling. 
My one major passion in life is travelling, its when I feel most happiest seeing and experiencing new sights and cultures. I would love to visit Iceland in particular I have been saying it for ages but I really would love 2018 to be the year I go.

3. Fall back in love with Photography. 
Now this is very weird writing this, especially because my job for the last year has been as a photographer but I feel like I lost "Me" when taking photographs so I would really like to go back to what I love starting with film photography and a genre in particular called experimental its when you take your photographs on film and then destroy the canister using different methods like bleach or salt. The results are stunning and what makes it even more fun is you never truly know what the outcome is going to be.

So those are the 3 things I would love to achieve in 2018, let me know in the comments any New Years Resolution or goals you have!

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

2018 Blogging Goals

So fun fact, I love to set goals! I feel like it helps me keep motivated and also be able to look back and see what I have achieved. Today I thought I would set a few goals for my blog for the next year!

1. Get back into the blogging community
So in my last post I explained that I have been missing for a year.... wayyyy to long if you ask me! And one of the things I missed the most was being able to chat to other bloggers and feel like a part of the community. I want to join back in the blogger chats and really become more involved again!

2. Post frequently
So again just getting back into blogging really, I'm going to try and aim to post every Friday to get back into the swing of things and then see how we go from there!

3. Write about things I want to
So this sounds like what I was posting about before I didn't really enjoy and thats not what I'm trying to get at, but the girl who started the blog way back in 2013, even last year have very different interests and thats okay it's all part of growing up! I think I'm going to try and make my blog more travel / lifestyle based as that is something I really love.

So those are the three main things I want to focus on this year for my blog! Let me know in the comments what yours are!