The Hair Haul

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I’ve always been one of those girls that liked to experiment with hairstyles, but I was never that bothered about what products I was using. I had a few that I would regularly purchase that did me just right. Recently – bloggers, I’m blaming you! – I have felt it absolutely necessary to buy lots more hair product and try it all out!

My most recent trip to Boots became a hair haul almost exclusively as I only picked up one other product (Rimmel Apoyalips in Big Bang FYI!) on top of these.

I had seen a few blog posts about the new Loreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Range. My hair is now about an inch above shoulders after growing out a Frankie cut. I feel it’s not got the umph to it that I really like. It’s all well and good blow drying and backcombing (ssshhhh!) but I’d just love that thicker look as flat hair doesn’t really suit me. So while it’s still new and on a 3 for £10 offer at Boots I thought I’d pick up the shampoo, conditioner and serum. There is another double serum in the range, as well as a masque, but the store I went into didn’t have either of those products. You can see a short video here explaining the new discovery and what makes this range so great!

Full review will come when I’ve had a good chance to try the range out properly.

The other items I picked up were from V05. I’ve already got the mousse from this range (although it doesn’t dispense correctly, grrrr!) but I thought another little helping hand in the ‘plumping’ department wouldn’t go amiss! The Plump It Up Amplifying Blow Dry Lotion also contains heat protectant which is always a tick in the right box. And the final item is the Ultimate Hold Hairspray. I go though phases with what kind of hairspray I like. The Tresemme Salon Hold is one I’ve used for a while, but it’s like glue, so best for a night out to be honest. This seems like a good option for an everyday spray.

I’m growing my hair at the moment and am getting increasingly annoyed with it. As much as I really want long hair when I see it on other people, I’m getting very itchy feet with my own hair! I’m not afraid of cutting a la Frankie but I don’t want to waste all the time I’ve put into growing it thus far!

Anyone else been in this position and feel my pain? 

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Take 4 #2

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For Valentines evening, we went for cocktails after work. We both now work in Birmingham city centre so it was the obvious choice.  There are plenty of places to go and I’m hoping to work my way around them over the next year or so! Continue reading “Take 4 #2”

What’s on my Kindle?

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I can’t really describe myself as an avid reader, but I do love getting totally absorbed in a good book! From childhood going through The Babysitter Club to Goosebumps to the Jacqueline Wilson books and then as I got older becoming a bit of a Harry Potter groupie, I have liked to dip my toe in a good read. Mostly I read on holidays and in recent years my books have been mostly chick-lit easy summertime reads.

A few weeks ago I reached out to anyone reading my blog for some book recommendations as I was wanting to try some new authors but also, possibly, some new genres. (You can find that post here) I also did the same on Facebook and both times I got some good replies and all were books and authors I hadn’t really thought about looking at!

So here is a short overview of the books I decided to download. I would like to do reviews on some of these books as I finish them, but I warn you: a D in A Level English Literature doesn’t give me the best skills for reviewing books!

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I have linked to the Amazon store for more information on each book, I didn’t want to just copy the synopsis of each book as this will become the longest post everrrr! So I’ll try and give a speedy overview, and if you like the sound of it, click the title for more detail. I haven’t read any of these books as yet so I am only going on the synopsis which is what made me download them anyway. *None of these links are sponsored and I will not receive any money if you click or buy via these links.*

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn A thriller about a beautiful girl who goes missing in suspicious circumstances. I was recommended this by a couple of people on Facebook so I thought I’d give it a go.

Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy My Mom recommended this to me. I think of Maeve Binchy as an older ladies author because I always saw her books at my Nan’s house when I was younger. But this seems to be book where relationships of all kinds are going to be questioned, especially when a tragedy plays it’s part somewhere along the line.

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover Recommended by a work colleague who read it in two days (even with working and looking after two young kiddies)! I haven’t actually read the full synopsis, but I do know that Losing Hope is the same story re told from the point of view of the young man.

Die Trying by Lee Child Number two in the hugely successful Jack Reacher series.  I’d say this is more of a masculine book series, but I’ve been really enjoying crime thrillers recently and I liked how the style of writing in the first Jack Reacher book (Killing Floor) really reflected him as a character.

Dead Tomorrow by Peter James This is the 5th book in the DS Roy Grace series, each of the preceding books I have read on holiday and they have totally grabbed me each time.  Peter James has a style of writing where it flits between so many scenarios you don’t really know what is going to link with what by the end.  I like the tension that he creates in his books, and I’m enjoying the DS Roy Grace story that runs through each book, but doesn’t take over the main story. A great series to try if you haven’t read crime thrillers before.

The Litigators by John Grisham Whenever I was browsing the bookshelves in WHSmith as a child I always saw the huge tome-like books by John Grisham. I always felt like they would be a bit intense to read and would never appeal to me.  However, after someone just gave me this title I looked it up and was surprised when I saw it was John Grisham.  I think this is going to be a change for me in terms of crime-style books because this isn’t told from a police POV so will give a different perspective to solving a crime.

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory This is a real surprise for me, I would never have even looked for a book like this! I was recommended one of the other books in this series by Charlene (The Adventures of Char Bar) but the way she described the books: “love, lust, revenge, drama… Amazing!”,  I just thought why would I not like this! Its the same themes that crop up in every other chick lit book just set in a different historical time. This is also a film, of which I haven’t seen, but I’m sure I will after I’ve read the book!

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton  Another recommendation from my original post (from Stefanie Likes This), but this wasn’t the specific book recommended.  This strap line just grabbed me: “Shifting between the 1930s, the 1960s and the present, The Secret Keeper is a spellbinding story of mysteries and secrets, murder and enduring love.” I can’t wait to get started!

The Midwife’s Confession by Diane Chamberlain A title that grabbed me as soon as my friend told me about it!  I didn’t want to read too much about the story as I think it’s going to be a real shocker.

I apologise that this has become a pretty long post, possibly my own fault for downloading so many books in one go!

I purchase all of my books via the Kindle Store on my Kindle Touch, and all of the above books cost under £5, which I think is steal when you think most books in Waterstones or WHSmith are around the £7-£9 mark for paperbacks!  I link my furthest read with my iPad app depending on when and where I am reading, which just makes life easier when I read on the train and at home sometimes.  Some people may think its a bit silly to have both devices, but the Kindle really is the best for reading on holiday in bright sunlight, and iPad Mini is great for reading in bed at night because of its backlit screen.

What do you think of my choices? What are your favourite books to read? Got any more suggestions for me? Leave them below, I want to read 20 books this year so I need some more to keep me going! 

TBS x

The (Makeup) Bag Lady

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For some reason, Christmases and birthdays in my house always seem to end up with some sort of theme for the gift receivers.  This year, my theme seemed to be makeup bags.  I have gone from a small collection of gift with purchase bags, to quite a nice collection (IMO) of makeup bags for just about any occasion!  Now maybe this isn’t such a coincidence as I did purchase 2 for myself, then wasn’t allowed to use one until Christmas day, and I had forgotten that I had asked family for a couple of other types of makeup bags which I also got for Christmas.

I’m not exactly a very regular traveller, but I do often need a selection of makeup during the day or to be able to do my makeup on the way to work. Don’t worry, I take the train! No penalties for applying eyeliner in my rear view mirror, thank you very much!! Added to this, everytime I go away for a night/weekend/holiday I never seem to have enough space or the right type of bag to fit what I need. So now I seem to have a collection for all eventualities, I thought I’d give you a tour of my makeup bags!

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Bobbi Brown Organiser Generally for holiday use, I did a packing challenge here if you want to see how I organise my Organiser! // Bobbi Brown Makeup Bag Another great one for every day, quite flimsy but can fit quite a bit in it. Is also great to just store lip products and a powder to top up with during the day. // Anya Hindmarch makeup bag The one I treated myself to at Christmas. Love the brush section separate to your makeup. Also, a deceptively large amount of space! // ‘N’ Alphabet Bag Another Christmas gift, from my Auntie who I think sneakily saw a wishlist/tweet from me saying how much I wanted this! Perfect for day to day use. // Marks & Spencer spotty makeup bag Another gift from my Auntie. Again she knew I wanted a separate bag for my brushes when travelling and this is the perfect size! Love to neural colours too! // Cath Kidston small makeup bag This has been well used since I’ve had it a few years. I have a full collection of Cath Kidston travel and wash bags in this design, but this is another I can reach for for daily essentials.

Do you have a small army of makeup bags too? Tweet or Instagram me and show me! You know how nosey I like to be! 😀

January Favourites

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So I haven’t done a monthly favourites since October, mainly because I feel I haven’t used some things enough to call them a ‘favourite’! But also because I always seem to buy things mid-month and then I’m not sure if I can call them a monthly favourite! But hey it’s my blog, and can write about what I like!

So this month has been about some new additions and others that have been lurking for a couple of months already.

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Topshop Sweater I rarely shop in Topshop, but this totally stole my heart when I saw it. The lovely soft cashmere-esque fabric, to the gorgeous embellishment around the collar. A perfect addition to my slightly boring winter wardrobe, that’s perfect for Sunday lunch out with the fam!
Revlon Lip Butter in Sweet Tart This made its way into my basket during my Boots Haul a couple of weeks ago and I didn’t think I’d get much wear out of it until the summer, but since I had my hair majorly lightened this has been the perfect pink for me to wear to work. Bright but not too, and beautiful texture (as we all know!).
MacBook Pro purple hard case I got this just after I got my new MacBook, but because I was sooo busy in the run up to Christmas, I didn’t christen it as much as I should. This plastic hard case is great for me as a) I don’t like the outside of my laptop looking grubby and b) I was scared to use it when I first got it for fear of scratching! This does make the MacBook heavier, so not great if you carry your around, but mine lives at home so it’s perfect!
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation I promise I will stop bleating on about his soon, but I have literally used it every day in January. I’ll save you to repeated gushing, here’s the link to my review: NARS Sheer Glow Foundation review
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Powder in Lightscapade A beautiful slightly yellow toned highlighter that I’ve been using instead of my Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick this month. It’s been the perfect alternative, just enough highlight and not glittery.
Benefit They’re Real! Mascara The first Benefit product I have every purchased! I totally gave in to blogger hype with this one and I haven’t been disappointed! The only thing that’s a little annoying is how hard it is to remove! Even my most trusty bi-phase removers don’t budge this very easily and I don’t like to scrub at my eyes too much. But, it does wonders for how your lashes look! I really like the slightly domed end of the brush to get right in to those inner and outer corners, a real winner!

Post links to your favourites posts, I love to see what other pele are loving, my Wishlist just grows every time I read them!