Book// The Doll Maker

29 May 2016

I'm trying to read more this year as I massively failed my reading challenge last year. I'm going to beast it this year. The title and the cover of this book intrigued me.

Richard montanari The doll maker review

"Mr Marseille is polite, elegant, and erudite. He would do anything for his genteel true love Anabelle. And he is a psychopath.

A quiet Philadelphia suburb. A woman cycles past a train depot with her young daughter. And there she finds a murdered girl posed on a newly painted bench. Strangled. Beside her is a formal invite to a tea dance in a week's time.

Seven days later, two more young victims are discovered in a disused house, posed on painted swings. At the scene is an identical invite. This time, though, there is something extra waiting for Detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano.

A delicate porcelain doll. It's a message. And a threat.

With Marseille and Anabelle stalking the city, Detectives Byrne and Balzano have just seven days to find the link between the murders before another innocent child is snatched from its streets."

I didn't really enjoy this book. I nearly gave up but I wanted to know what happened and why etc but it was hard work.

The storyline was okay. It starts with a pretty grim murder but then you don't really hear about that again until near the end which was a bit confusing. Mr Marseille and Anabelle are odd characters and even weirder bad guys.

This book just seemed to drag in some places and I kinda lost the will to keep reading. Then towards the end they just kind of chuck all these links at you to explain the who and the why. I feel like some of these links could have come earlier on so that it made more sense. It just felt a bit fractured with the different parts of the story.

I loved the detectives Byrne and Balzano but I'm not sure I would want to give anymore of this series a read.

Have you read any of Richard Montanari's books?


Stila One Step Correct

27 May 2016

When I got my sky internet I was given a £100 M&S voucher. I had a look and there was nothing else I wanted which meant I got to spend the voucher on Stila. Win. I hadn't tried any of their products until Sarah convinced me to get the Eternal Love Liquid Lipstick Set and it was love at first sight. Stila is seriously one of my favourite brands for liquid lipsticks. Their staying power is incredible and the colours are gorgeous. So I thought I would try some of the other products they had to offer and I needed a new primer so it had to be done really. 

Stila One Step Correct
(Mirror from Welsh Girl Problems)

The Stila one step correct claims to instantly colour-correct, brighten and cover skin imperfections. It's a primer, colour-corrector, brightener and anti-aging skincare serum all in one cool looking swirl.
Green tone instantly neutralises redness and conceals blemishes
Lavender tone counteracts sallow undertones for a vibrant, energised look
Peach tone brightens, illuminates and helps diminish the appearance of sun spots

This primer is amazing at colour correcting. I always seem to have really red cheeks and this instantly tones it down. It's also great for helping with those pesky eye bags that I always seem to be rocking. I wear this on its own on more natural days just to balance out my red cheeks & bags and brighten my skin and it looks great.

It's also a lovely base for makeup. It feels so moisturising which is perfect for my weird dry skin and my foundation applies beautifully. The staying power is also pretty good and this is definitely my favourite base at the moment.

If you struggle with redness and bags then I would definitely recommend this. It also helps you look more awake. I mean if you can't get enough sleep then this is the next best step...right?

The only downside to this primer is the £24 price tag. Although not as high as some, my budget doesn't always allow me to spend that on makeup so hoping it'll last a while

What are your favourite primers?


Lottie Soap Star Solid Brush Cleanser

24 May 2016

The amount of time that I leave between washing my brushes is disgusting. I am sooo lazy when it comes to washing brushes. I've only ever tried one Lottie nail varnish but I read loads of good reviews on the Lottie Soap Star Solid Brush Cleanser. I thought I'd pick it up in a 3 for 2 offer at superdrug to see if it helped with my laziness and I'm so glad I did

Lottie soap star solid brush cleanser

Lottie soap star solid brush cleanser

I have to say this makes cleaning brushes so much easier and quicker and it leaves them super soft thanks to the coconut oil. You just wet your brush, rub it onto the soap to make a lather, then rinse it off and repeat if necessary. I washed about 8 or 9 brushes in maybe 5 mins. The only one I could not seem to get completely clean was my Spectrum buffing brush buuut it was soo gross so it's understandable. I'm a little bit ashamed at how gross it was haha.

I would definitely recommend this for all you lazy brush washers out there. It makes life so much easier and all my brushes look like new and are soo soft. It's not particularly scented, just kinda smells like soap. The pot it comes in is also super handy and the packaging is really cute. For £6.99 you can't really go wrong.

What do you use to clean your brushes?


Logik Coffee Maker

16 May 2016

Everyone who knows me knows I am obsessed with coffee. Seriously. Coffee is life and I am one moody bitch if I don't get my morning cuppa. So when I moved to my new house I knew I absoulutely had to have a coffee machine because faffing about with a cafetiere is just effort. I was about to purchase one when my lovely Uncle & Aunty said they would get it for me as a house warming pressie. Life made.

Logik coffee maker

This Logik Coffee Maker is hands down my favourite kitchen appliance. If you love coffee I would definitely recommend this and at £19.99 it is a bargain.

It's easy to use even with my brain fog and crappy hands. It's also super easy to clean and completley faff free. You add the amount of ground coffee you want with the provided scoop, add the water and press run. Ta-da delicious coffee and your house smells aaamazzzzing. I tend to use 2 scoops of coffee and then fill the water up to 4 cups. This then gives me 2 big mugs of coffee. Another plus is there is a warming plate so your coffee will stay hot for 30mins. Genius

Now my favourite part is you can schedule it to run at any time. This means I can wake up to freshly brewed coffee. Heaven. There is nothing better than waking up to the scent of freshly brewed coffee. It makes mornings that little bit less horrific. Plus it's super easy to do because even I managed to work it out (I did have to use the instructions the first time though).

I can't imagine life without my coffee machine now. Also my dad was so obsessed with mine that I ended up buying him one for his birthday.

What is your favourite kitchen appliance or is that just me?


23 Years Of Wisdom

11 May 2016

It was my birthday yesterday and I am now the grand old age of 23. Although I feel more like 93 today my body is not impressed with life. I thought I would share with you some of the wisdom I have picked up along the way.

Have an old picture of me wearing a tiara because I have no idea what picture to put with this

1. Do not chuck your straighteners over the edge of a rubber bucket before they are cold because you will melt a hole in it and your fireman dad will lecture you forever

2. There is no such thing as too much tea

3. Leggings as pants are the only pants I want to wear 

4. Gym gear is the best gear for eating in - stretchability 

5. Body pillows are the best thing every invented - especially for curling up on the sofa in a lil pillow nest. 

6. It is safe to say I will never ever be a morning person. Not even when I'm going on holiday

7. Being an adult sucks except for when you get to say that cake for breakfast is a-okay

8. University isn't all its cracked up to be

9. High school can be a bitch

10. Doctors don't always know best - get a second or third opinion - I'm looking at you Dr who wanted to cut off my legs because they hurt and Dr you're an attention seeker. 

11. You can make some of your closest friends online. Seriously my bestest friends were made on twitter 

12. Having to use a wheelchair is not the end of the world and does in fact give you more freedom

13. Never get gerbils because your friends two are really cute and cuddly because you will be blessed with the Devils offspring

14. Mums do "sometimes" know best but shhh dont tell them I told you

15. There is no better milkshake than a Mcdonalds vanilla milkshake

16. Selfies are awesome. Take all the selfies. You look amazing

17. Life is more fun when you don't care what other people think

18. Some days just call for a beige meal - Turkey dinosaurs and potato waffles anyone?

19. There is nothing scarier than losing sight of a spider before going to bed

20. Never stick your little finger in a pencil sharpener - I dont know why 5 year old me ever thought that was a good idea tbh

21. Wearing real bras is overrated. Sports bras for life

22. Never throw sand in the air on a windy day

23. Always double check which setting you put the oven on because grilling pizza and fairy cakes does not work

Do you have any wise words to pass on?


Nivea Post Shave Balm as a Primer

4 May 2016

I'm sure you have seen so many people in the blog world raving about the Nivea Post Shave Balm as a primer. Now I very rarely jump onto hypes (mainly because Im poor). But I had run out of my primer and was putting off buying more, because money, when I happened to find an unopened one of these in the cupboard. I'm assuming one of my brothers or dad got it for Christmas and never used it. So I decided to give it a whirl and see what all the hype was about. 

(Card by Dorkface - etsy)

First off I would like to ask why male products get fancy glass packaging for a very small price tag and we get flimsy, boring plastic for a much higher price. Definitely not fair.

To start with I loved this as a primer. The smell is quite strong when you apply it but it fades pretty quick. I found it applied nicely and made the application of my foundation easier. The lasting power of my makeup was also pretty damn good. Downside is I always end up pouring too much out because I am clearly not a genius at this kind of thing but I was massively converted to this as a primer.

Recently though, all my foundations have been sitting badly on my face including the ones I have worn for years. I'm not sure what's causing it. I know my skin is incredibly dry but I'm not sure if it is linked to this as a primer. I've stopped using it and am now using a Stila one and it does seem to be getting better. I don't know if they're linked but my love affair was nice while it lasted.

Have you tried the post shave balm as a primer?
What did you think?


Nars Sheer Glow

Everyone and their mum seems to rave about Nars Sheer Glow foundation. Well that's what it feels like anyway. My aunty gave me a gift voucher for John Lewis for Christmas so that I could treat myself to a more high end foundation (instead of my usual bourjois and rimmel ones). As I have dry skin the sheer glow was the one recommended to me.

Nars Sheer Glow review

Unfortunately I seem to be one of the very few who just can't get on with this foundation. The only positive I have to say about this is that the shade matched my skin tone pretty damn well (I got Deauville).

Considering it was recommended for dry skin it made my skin look even worse. It cracked and separated on my cheeks and clung to any remotely dry patches on my forehead. Even when I ex-foliated and moisturised the shit out of my face it still found mystery dry patches and just didn't sit right. My skin also seems to suck this stuff up so I have to apply twice as much which isn't great when it's pretty pricey compared to my usual £10ish. The lasting power was also really poor.

I was so gutted that I didn't get to experience the love that everyone else has for this foundation *cries*. Probably just going to stick to the cheaper options so that I don't cry so much if I don't get on with it.

Also is there any need to charge extra for the pump? I mean really? When you're already charging £31 for a foundation it seems a tad greedy to charge extra for the pump.

Did you love Sheer Glow as much as everyone else?

Also any foundation recommendations for dry skin?