PROMOTING: A North West Nail Artist

Happy Saturday!

Today, I’m bringing you a very different post as it’s more of a promotion post. My cousin Nicola has recently qualified as a nail artist in the North West of England and I kindly offered to promote her on my blog, for free. That’s my family deed done for the day!

If you live in the Ormskirk, Liverpool, Preston, Manchester way – please do get in touch with her via her Facebook Page and have a nosy round. I’m just going to throw it out  there that she’s also a superb makeup artists for wedding and special effects!

The Prices:

Shellac Nails – £15
Shellac Toes – £15
*If you want them doing at the same time, it’s a combined offer of £20
Sculpted Acrylics – £20
Acrylics With Tips – £20
Any Acrylics With Shellac Overlay – £25
Add Glitter To Any – £5

Q. Does the customer come to you or do you go to them?
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I come to them as I’m mobile.

Q. Who is your supplier?
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Essentials Beauty supplies me, I use NSI products and they also qualified me.

Q. How long do the nail last?
A. Two weeks then they need maintenance. I charge £15 for a soak off and a new shellac set and £18 for infills.

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Let me know if you ask Nicola to do your nails and I’ll promote your blog free for a week on Twitter! 

EL xx

Review of The Glam Guide by Fleur De Force

Published: 12th February 2015
Publisher: Headline
Pages: 224

Blurb: 

Fleur De Force started making YouTube videos in 2009 out of a passion for everything beauty and fashion related. What began as a fun hobby quickly turned into something much bigger, and she’s spent the past five years seeking out the best products, top tips and easiest ways for us all to look and feel more fabulous. In The Glam Guide she shares all of her secrets and discoveries so whether you’re looking for makeup tips, wardrobe cheats, first-date pointers or healthy lifestyle motivation, this is the book for you.

Review:

Thank you to Headline for kindly sending me a review copy. When I first heard about Fleur bringing out a book, my immediate thought was “oh great, yet another YouTuber bringing out another book.” But this book is fantastic and can really help people change their lives whether thats to start using makeup, eat healthier or to begin making videos. I found it to be quite a lot like Lauren Conrad’s book which was brought out in 2012 but it’s great for the teenagers of today to have someone like Fleur to look up to.

Chapter One: Beauty

“Beauty is individual.”

The Glam Guide begins with a colour chart and what colours suit your eyes. For example, I have brown eyes and Fleur recommends metallics and neutral, matte shades which I already wear on a daily basis. In regards to brushes, the only one which was missing was a concealer brush – what about those who don’t wear foundation but want to conceal the imperfections?

Fleur recommends getting your eyebrows done professionally at least ONCE in your life and seeing as I’ve never had them done, perhaps I will bite the bullet and go for it. I’m really pleased that a page for how to get smokey eyes was included because I need serious practice and this guide gives me just that! With the rest of the chapter, I found the that the “too much blusher” and “make your own lip scrub” tips to be the most helpful for me. In the red lip section, Fleur recommends blending foundation onto your lips before applying – really? I thought that tip was a little bizzare as I remember the girls in High School who used to do that – ew! I have to give Fleur some major credit for including information about which products contain ingredients which can lead to Cancer etc.

Chapter Two: Hair

The quick and easy hairstyles didn’t work for me at all. With thick, layered hair, it was just impossible to make them look good. There was no options for different styles of hair and that was a shame because the chosen styles were lovely! Fleur states the obvious – take a picture to your hairdresser of how you want your hair and that’s exactly what I did. The “squeeze your hair dry instead of towel drying” tip was incredible and I instantly starting to see that my hair wasn’t going crazy frizzy anymore.

Chapter Three: Fashion

Fleur could have easily said “dress for yourself” and closed the chapter as that. But when it comes to fashion, it is common sense: you like what you like and that’s that. The “wardrobe essentials” were very similar to what Lauren Conrad suggested in her book and the simple pieces never go out of style. I found that the “typical girl probably has a couple of LBDS in their wardrobe” line to be a little stereotypical. I have one black dress and that’s for funerals. Yes, I do channel my inner Wednesday Addams but not every girl has to have several black dresses. In regards to size, Fleur couldn’t have said it any better; “slightly loose clothing is sometimes more flattering than tight.” I’m definitely a girl who feels uncomfortable in super tight clothing so this tip for me was great.

Chapter Four: Travel

The one thing I forget about when going abroad is the weight and if I can pick my suitcase up without struggling, then it should be ok. Fleur recommends a portable luggage scale and next time I’m going abroad, I’m going to purchase one so there’s no faffing around in the airport. On a couple of Playlist videos, I’ve seen Zoella and Louise (Sprinkle Of Glitter) take their makeup off during flight, cleaning their faces and then reapplying their makeup before landing – this is something which I’ve never really thought of but Fleur recommends cleansing your face before landing and I definitely did this before landing in NYC because I hate the feeling of icky skin. The best tip I received from this chapter was “change your watch to the time of your destination as soon as you board” – I wish I had this tip when I was flying to New Zealand and America because jet lag really does hit me.

Chapter Five: Health And Fitness

This is an aspect of my life which I fail at. With my body going through having an eating disorder to having anti depressants make me put on two stone, I wasn’t sure how I’d find this chapter because I have felt crap about my weight recently. Fleur gives some great smoothie and juice recipes – but what about the method? Do you just put it all in the blender and hope for the best? The five breakfast ideas gave me a lot of inspiration and I’m definitely going to try avocado – not sure what I’ll make of it… The “fitness maths” part made me mutter oh shit oh shit oh shit uh oh far too much. I need the “keep motivated” section pinned on my bedroom wall so when I get chance, I might recreate it on some A4 paper to keep me going.

Chapter Six: Life, Love, Dreams And Everything In Between

“Taking risks can be scary, but it is the only way to push yourself into trying new things.”

I thought the “first date” part was brilliant and it’ll come in handy for teenagers who are going to start dating (I mean, they probably already are right?).. As someone who is 24 and only just figuring out that they’d like to teach, I really appreciated the “life goals” segment as it gave me the kick to keep on enjoying volunteering until I begin my PGCE (hopefully) in September. I’m the type of person who really loves finding out what their dreams mean so I can understand my emotions better and having Fleur include a couple of explanations was brilliant and quite possibly, one of my favourite parts.

Chapter Seven: YouTube And Blogging 

As a blogger myself, I was intrigued by this chapter as I wanted to see which tips Fleur would give and the two which stood out the most were “don’t forget why you started” and “don’t let negativity get in your way.” The latter has really helped me the past year or so when I’ve struggled with an online bully. I found that this final chapter was more to do with YouTube than with blogging, but that’s what Fleur knows best I guess!

Overall, I loved taking the time to read this book will relaxing in the conservatory over a few hours. It is one of those books which is timeless – just like Lauren Conrad’s. I’m definitely going to keep going back to it if I ever need to know how to do a smokey eye (I’ll look like I’ve been punched probably).. This is the best book to come from a YouTuber!

Twitter: @FleurDeForce

 

 

Films I’ve Watched Recently

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Happy Thursday IT’S ALMOST THE WEEKEND!!

I’ve always loved films and the cinema environment (minus the dingbats who play on their phones!) and I enjoyed the experience so much that I went to University and studied it for three years. So naturally, I still watch and enjoy films as much as I possibly can.

Today is a bit of change – I’ve decided to do a mini set of Film Reviews (hope you don’t mind) and maybe, if you all like them I may do some more. If you follow me on Twitter @EmmaIsWriting – you will see that I use the hashtag #movienight so jump on the bandwagon..

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FILM #1 – Gone Girl

SO.. Gone Girl is a film which has taken the world by storm and I waited a while (until it was online) to watch it. After much persuasion from my friend Katie, I finally caved and decided to wait it. It’s a film which you can really get into from the very first scene and you’re hooked until the end. Ben Affleck is a super main character and I really enjoyed watching him in more of an action film rather than in He’s Just Not That Into You. 

As for the twist, I was told that there is several and I’m not going to lie – I’m rather disappointed. I was texting Katie with “is that it?” To me, I expected a big WHAT THE FUDGE moment..

FILM #2 – Before I Go To Sleep 

When I met S. J. Watson in February at his book signing, I promised that I’d watch the film adaptation of Before I Go To Sleep and after borrowing the DVD, I watched it and absolutely loved it. If you’ve read the book and my review (cheeky promo there), you’ll know that the main character writes down her thoughts about her memories but in the film, she vlogs (without putting it on YouTube) and when I watched the trailer, I wasn’t thrilled that they made this change but after seeing the film, I really enjoyed it.

The twist was much better than Gone Girl (sorry) so I’d highly recommend this!

FILM #3

It’s no secret that I love Nicholas Sparks and his books and his films and his loving attitude towards the world. Safe Haven is not just about love – it’s about running; running away from the man who did nothing but hurt you from all of your life. I remember reading the book a while ago and taking myself to the cinema to watch it on release day. I absolutely loved it and the ending is so incredibly beautiful. I’m not much of a crying person but HOLY MOLY, this made me bawl like a baby.

If you want a film that you can just relax and watch, this is the one!

Film #4 – The Adjustment Bureau

Film4 really do know how to treat us. One Sunday evening at 9pm, I settled down in bed with a cup of tea to watch one of the best science fiction films I’ve ever seen – I mean, I just love it. I watched it alone one rainy day and I was completely sucked into the plot. You don’t need to use your brain a lot when it comes to the film as I’ve heard people say it’s EXACTLY like Inception and it’s really not – trust me on that one!

If you love action films and WTF moments, this is one to curl up in bed and watch.

And that is that! Mini Film Review over with. I hope you enjoyed it as it is something brand spanking new. Next time I watch a couple of films, I will do another.

What have YOU watched recently? Let me know in the comments below.

EL xx

10 Ways To Relax And Take It Easy

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Hello,

Not everything is always fantastic and is the best of the best – we all have our down days. Since posting my How To Have A Solo Pamper Evening, I’ve received several emails and tweets, kindly asking if I can do a similar post – but this time, all about how I relax and unwind. So these are just ten things (in no particular order), of what I do in order to chill out and have some quality ME time. This post is inspired by one which Katy did at the beginning of March all about how to chill out at home.

1. Switch Your Phone Off

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I’ve noticed that when I switch my phone off every Friday and Saturday evening, I fall asleep a lot quicker than I do on a weeknight when my phone is on (and waiting for my alarm to go off).. Texts, emails, tweets and blog comments can wait until the next day. Pretend you’re in a cinema, switch that device off.

2. Have A Hot Drink And Read A Great Book

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This is my favourite thing to do on a weekend! The book I’m reading in the picture is Summer At Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan and it’s really nice to ignore the real world and enjoy a fictional one. Hours can go by when your nose in stuck in a good book (not literally, of course)..

3. Put On Some Comfortable Clothes

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Onesies are a winner when it comes to relaxing – they’re SO cosy! I was never into onesies because they literally feel like a baby grow but in reality, they’re unbelievably comfy yet it’s a pain when you need to go to the toilet. 

4. Light A Candle

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Candles are the definition of relax, I’m sure of it. Whether it’s a plain vanilla one, a Christmas one or this bad boy from FCUK and smells absolutely delicious. So light a candle or two, sit back and take a deep breath..

5. Watch Something

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I CAN’T EVEN! If you watch Pretty Little Liars, you will know exactly how I’m feeling right now. So many people ask me on Twitter which season I’m up to so in case you want to know – the new episodes come out in America on Tuesday evening and I watch them on Wednesday morning/afternoon so I’m always up to date because we all know Twitter spoils it.. If you haven’t seen the show and would like to watch online, email me and I can send you a link.

6. Talk A Walk

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Now, where I live the views aren’t as beautiful as this ^^ but my friend very kindly said I could use it because where I live, the nature isn’t as photographic as this. With our mad Border Collie, my parents and I do enjoy a Sunday walk with them. I once left my phone (at home) and lost everyone. Great! So I was wandering around the entire village like a loner.. Do take your phone as you never know..

7. Listen To Music

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OH WON’T YOU.. STAY WITH MEEEEEE! Sam Smith is one of my favourite singers and his album (in my opinion) is perfect to chill out with. His voice is literally velvet and I’m just in awe of the fact that he’s 22 going on 23 in two months and he’s achieved so much! If you don’t have any of his songs on your iPod, here a couple which I recommend:

Stay With Me
Leave Your Lover
I’m Not The Only One
I’ve Told You Now
Like I Can
Life Support

8. Spend Time With Those Who Matter

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I have a small family and after the bullshit drama, I went through after my University Graduation, I’m really careful who I’m friends which. I’m lucky to live down the road from both of my nephews and I absolutely love seeing them, making them laugh and just spending quality time with them. Every single Sunday, I have my Nan (Dad’s Mum) and my Grandad (Mum’s Dad) over for a big roast cooked by my Mum – it’s delicious and with my Nan’s quick wit, there’s lots of sarcasm and laughter around the table.

9. Clean Your Room

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When I’m stressed or having one of those days, my room gets a spring clean and if you ask anyone who truly knows me, they will tell you that it’s never messy in the first place but with a two hour quick clean, I feel a lot better. Stick some music on in the background, hoover places that haven’t seen the light of day for a while, get rid of junk that you don’t need and enjoy the smell of cleanness.

10. Take A Nap

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A similar picture featured in my January & February Favourites and there is nothing better than taking an hour out of your day, curling up somewhere comfy and just shutting out the world. There’s nothing wrong with having a nap whether you’re one or your twenty-four.

I hope this post gave you some ideas. Let me know in the comments below how YOU relax.

EL xx

Review of Summer At Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Published: 26th February 2015
Publisher: Little Brown
Pages: 448

Blurb:

Summer has arrived in the Cornish town of Mount Polbearne and Polly Waterford couldn’t be happier. Because Polly is in love: she’s in love with the beautiful seaside town she calls home, she’s in love with running the bakery on Beach Street, and she’s in love with her boyfriend, Huckle… And yet there’s something unsettling about the gentle summer breeze that’s floating through town. Selina, recently widowed, hopes that moving to Mount Polbearne will ease her grief, but Polly has a secret that could destroy her friend’s fragile recovery. Responsibilities that Huckle thought he’d left behind are back and Polly finds it hard to cope with his increasingly long periods of absence. Polly sifts flour, kneads dough and bakes bread, but nothing can calm the storm she knows is coming: is Polly about to lose everything she loves?

Review:

Thank you to Little Brown for kindly sending me a review copy. Don’t worry if you’re new to the Polly books as Jenny gives you an update as to everything which has happened. If you’d like, you like read my review of her previous book; Little Beach Street Bakery.

Polly’s life is simple; she has her lighthouse home, her American boyfriend, her pet puffin Neil and her bakery. She’s happy and from the first chapter, it certainly showed. She was really cheerful and it was such a refreshing beginning.

“Are you calling me a bird homophobe?”

When a sudden death occurs early on, it leaves Polly wondering about her future. What about the bakery and her love of baking for the fishermen? The panic set in straight away and Polly was on edge for quite some time and it was a complete turn around from the beginning of the plot. When things go from bad to worse for Polly, it was the bread making descriptions which I missed the most. Jenny’s incredible detailed sentences will most certainly make your stomach rumble because it definitely made mine!

“That bird needs to get laid.”

Neil the puffin – what can I say? He’s hilariously brilliant and Jenny writes him with such wit and charm. He’s just a puffin but he’s an amazing addition – it’s unique and I really liked that. Towards the end, a really remarkable thing happened with Neil and it was enough to put a lump in my throat.

“You are his family too.”

Not only does Jenny supply us with a heartwarming and wonderful plot, but there are also amazing recipes once the narrative finishes. You can’t beat reading a Jenny Colgan book and as much as I loved it, I really hope there is another Polly, Huckle and Neil storyline in the pipeline. It’s a good which you can curl up with me and enjoy.

Twitter: @jennycolgan

 

Sunday Breakfast At The Albert Docks

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Happy Monday! 

Yesterday, I spent the morning and a little bit of the afternoon in Liverpool with my gorgeous blogging friend Asbeena and as usual, it’s always a great blog post idea. I do hope nobody minds me posting twice in one day..

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The view out of my bedroom window at 8am is just glorious..

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Can’t complain about the train view either..

Breakfast was a definite must as we were both particular hangry by the time we met at Central. Asbeena had told me about a lovely place called What’s Cooking in Albert Dock and me being me, I had already had a nosy at the breakfast menu (above) before hand and I knew exactly what I wanted..

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Pancakes, mushrooms, bacon and maple syrup

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The view wasn’t too shabby..

I think it’s safe to say that the food went down very well with Asbenna and I as we were stuffed full to the brim! It was the perfect Sunday treat and I would highly recommend What’s Cooking if you’re ever in Liverpool. Afterwards, we had a little walk around the docks so if you’ve never been before, here is what it looks like:

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Cheeky sidenote; Asbeena did not enjoy my walking-stopping-picturetaking mood.. Sorry girl.

I do hope you enjoyed this little extra post. Have you been to Liverpool before?

EL xx

Review of The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

Published: 3rd July 2014
Publisher: Little Brown
Pages: 464

Blurb:

Ninety-one-year-old Ira Levinson is in trouble. Struggling to stay conscious after a car crash, with his mind fading, an image of his adored – and long-dead – wife Ruth appears. Urging him to hang on, she lovingly recounts the joys and sorrows of their life together – how they met, the dark days of WWII and its unrelenting effect on their families. A few miles away, college student Sophia Danko’s life is about to change. Recovering from a break-up, she meets the young, rugged Luke and is thrown into a world far removed from her privileged school life. Sophia sees a new and tantalising future for herself, but Luke is keeping a secret that could destroy it all. Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples, separated by years and experience, whose lives are about to converge in the most unexpected – and shocking – of ways.

Review: 

It’s a well known fact that I’m a fan of Nicholas Sparks and his books, so when Little Brown contacted me to be part of the #readitbeforeyousee it blog tour, I couldn’t say no and that meant rereading his latest novel which has been proudly sitting on my bookshelf.

Ninety-one year old Ira is a sweet man but he’s in a spot of trouble’ due to a maniac on the road, he’s now in a ditch and the snow is coming down thick and heavy. In the opening chapter, he tells readers about his late Father, has subconcious talks with his wife and prays he’ll somehow make it out alive. This is the beauty of a Nicholas Sparks book – you’re drawn in straight away and there is no putting the book down.

“Guys think they can talk their way out of anything.”

Four months previous to the car incident, Sophia (along with some girlfriends) decide to have a night off from thinking about the recent heartache and the best way to do that is to get out of town for the night. When they turn up at a small rodeo, Luke is there and the connection between him and Sophia is instant!

“Trust people, until they give you a reason not to. And then never turn your back.”

The description of the scenery in The Longest Ride is absolutely beautiful and it’s very hard not to be swept away in the magic of it. The locations in America are always the best of the best for the narratives and it’s by far, the one thing which I really look forward to when a new book is published.

“Hold on to that feeling. Hold on to us. And little by little, you will find a way to heal.”

Sophia and Luke are two very strong characters – quite possibly, two of my favourites from all the books. What I admired the most about them is that they were protective of one another. Sophia over Luke about his job and Luke over Sophia about her previous relationship. They care about one another and it really did show from the point where they met until the very end. Every chapter had a turning point and Ira really drew them together without them even knowing it.

“I wish I had the talent to paint the way I feel about you, for my words always feel inadequate. I imagine using red for your passion and pale blue for your kindness; forest green to reflect the depth of your empathy and bright yellow for your unflagging optimism.”

When I reread this book, I already knew how Ira came into contact with Sophia and Luke – but if you’re reading it for the first time, it will come at a complete shock because it certainly did with me. It’s a beautiful ending and I can’t wait to see how this comes across on the big screen.

Twitter: @NicholasSparks
UK Film Release Date: 25th May 2015

My Lipstick Collection

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Happy Friday!

I’ve seen a lot of lipstick blog posts floating around on Twitter and I thought, why not do one? I only have seven lipstick so, it’s not a big collection like I know many bloggers have but I’m really happy with the products which I do have.

Let’s get started!

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1. Boots No7 High Shine Lip Crayon

Shade: Delicate Pink
This is the only lip crayon which I own and I wear it as if it’s a lipstick. There’s no real difference to how you apply it but I find this is really easy to whack on when you’re running out of the door and you want that pop of colour.

#1 Tip: Do apply it after you put your white top on, unlike me, unless you’ll have pink marks..
Price: £9

2. Avon Lipstick

Shade: Reviving Raspberry
My Mum and I have always purchased products from Avon and when I was flicking through a new brochure, I fell in love with the lip colour on the model which turned out to be Reviving Raspberry.

#1 Tip: If you have pale skin like me, don’t apply a lot as it’ll wash you out.
Price: £3.50

3. MakeUp Revolution 

Shade: Divine
MakeUp Revolution have taken the makeup world by storm! This was the very first product I bought from them and I certainly don’t regret it. For the price, it’s worth buying a couple at once.

#1 Tip: Apply with a brush as it’s a matte and use vaseline!
Price: £1

4. Natural Collection Moisture Shine

Shade: Rose Bud
HOLY GRAIL. That’s all.

#1 Tip: No need to use vaseline over the top as the lipstick will soften your lips.

Price: £1.50

5. Avon Ultra Colour

Shade: Frozen Rose
By the picture above, you’ll see how often I use this lipstick. I’ve probably had it since High School and that’s a good decade ago! I’m not certain whether Avon still stock the colour but you can purchase it on Amazon

#1 Tip: Don’t put too much on or it’ll look super dark (or do if that’s your thing!)

Price: £3 (back in the day) or £7 on Amazon

6. W7 Moisturising Lipstick

Shade: Candy Dream
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#1 Tip: Apply from the middle outwards as it has a shimmer!

Price: £3.95

7. Technic Lipstick With Added Vitamin E

Shade: Cashmere Rose
My local BodyCare shop stock these gorgeous lipsticks and along with the Natural Collection one, my lips have been a lot better.

#1 Tip: Keep this in your handbag!

Price: £1.99

I hope you enjoyed today’s smaller post! Which lipstick is your favourite?

EL xx

Review of Coming Up Roses by Rachael Lucas

Published: 21st May 2015
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Pages:  300

Blurb:

Would-be gardening expert Daisy can’t believe her luck when her parents announce they’re off on a midlife crisis gap year, leaving her in charge of their gorgeous garden, much in need of her expert TLC. And coming just after a break up, some peace and quiet in the countryside is just what she needs. Only, village life turns out to be anything but – with nosey neighbours and greedy developers instantly stirring up trouble.

What Daisy really needs is a good friend, or two. So when she comes across Elaine and Jo, she’s relieved to have multiple shoulders to cry on. But her new friends are dealing with dramas of their own – a marriage in crisis, a family secret and managing the local gossips. As Daisy wrestles the garden into something like beautiful order, can she get a grip on her new feelings for handsome Irish rogue George and stop her parents selling up to a developer?

Review:

Thank you to Pan Macmillan for kindly sending me a review copy.

Twenty-nine year old Daisy is house sitting for her parents who have decided to jetset across the globe. With only the family dog, Polly, for company, Daisy doesn’t mind being alone in the beautiful Orchard Villa.

“…she found herself lingering as he asked about the health of the huge mulberry tree in the back garden, as if enquiring after an old friend.”

As Daisy settle back into life at her parents house, she meets two people at the opposite ends of the pole; Thomas, an elderly gardener and Elizabeth, a posh vintage designer. Could these two people become Daisy’s usual friends and help her with her broken heart? Thomas was quite the character; with a twinkle in his eye, he decided upon playing Cupid with Daisy and another villager – but who?

“Hang on, I’ll check Twitter, all the writers waste time on there.”

There’s not just one handsome chap in Steeple St. John and Daisy’s life quickly goes from standing each night in front of the TV to going out with friends, enjoying herself. What I enjoyed the most about this changing plot of the narrative was that Daisy didn’t mind who she became friends with – an eldery man and a posh lady, for instance – she just wanted company and I admired that about her.

Rachael writes her characters with such confidence and I was instantly drawn into the gardening aspect despite not particularly liking flowers (hay fever and all that), but Rachael made it very interesting. My Mum will love this for Mothers Day!

Twitter: @karamina

My EveryDay MakeUp Routine

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Hello everyone,

I love seeing what people wear every single day and if they mix the products up from time to time. I’ve had my own routine for almost a year now and within that time, I’ve cemented down the products which I enjoy using the most. Most of the brushes are from ASDA’s Professional Brush Set kit and they’re incredible – £5 for 7 plus a sharpener (which destroyed my MAC eyeliner) as well as a mirror. There are two other brushes which I use and those will be noted.

The post you’re about to continue reading shows the makeup products in the exact order in which I use them in and any side notes which I feel the need to let you know. After using my Nivea Soft Cream Moisturising Cream as well as the Johnsons 24hr Day Cream, I begin my everyday makeup routine..

Step 1. 

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Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – Fair
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer – Ivory

These are two of the best concealers in the world (no joke) and I strongly enjoy using them both. I use the Rimmel one first to cover my undereye circles and the Collection one is best for giving your eyes a boost of lightness as well as any red areas e.g around your nose and spots.

Step 2. 

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Natural Collection Pressed Powder – Warm

I’ve only ever used this powder and I don’t think I will use any other as it’s fantastic. I use it mainly to conceal my concealer and it also gives me skin a little bit of a warmer glow.

Step 3. 

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Sunkissed Eyeshadow Palette – Shimmer
MUA Eyeshadow Palette – Heaven & Earth

*The brush nearest the eyeshadow palettes (the double end) is from my W7 palette and I only use the blend end.

For the base colour, I use the Sunkissed Palette – the top right shade (no name). It’s a pretty soft creamy shimmer colour and is perfect to wear on its own or with a blended brown matte shade which I usually do. With the MakeUp Academy palette, I use two of the colours (both from the top line) – second in; Amazonian Bronze and third in; Babylan. I use the first in my eyelid crease, blend that in a little and add the next into the corner crease. They work together and somehow, I manage to make them look good on my eyes.

Step 4. 

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 L’Oreal Paris Super Liner Ultra Precision – Black

This is the part where you hear Jay Z saying uh uh, holy grail from his song with Justin Timberlake. Ladies (and maybe some gents), this is my #1 makeup product of the past three years. I absolutely adore it and I have Lauren Conrad to thank for teaching me how to do the perfect eyeliner with flick from her Style book.

Step 5. 

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Natural Collection – Lash Length (left) and Waterproof (right)
W7 Absolute Length
Benefit Roller Lash

For a while, I’ve been using Natural Collection mascaras; not only are they cheap but they work wonders on my lashes. Since I was sent one from W7 (review), I’ve been using that when I want my lashes to look absolutely amazing, for instance, when I see the blogging girls. The Benefit mascara (review) is used after I’ve had a no makeup day as it gives my lashes a real boost. If a company can combine all four of these mascaras – let me know because I’ll certainly buy it.

Step 6.

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MAC Feline Kohl Powder Eyeliner
2true Eyeliner

Since this post has been scheduled and gone live, my beloved MAC eyeliner is no more. The idiotic sharpener from the ASDA collection ruined so I’m thinking of purchasing the MUA one as a lot of beauty bloggers rave about it. The 2true one is my backup eyeliner which I’ve had to use since my MAC one bust – it’s £1 and alright…

Step 7.

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Natural Collection SunTint Bronzing Pearls – Tropical Tan

*Brush from Avon several years ago.

I’m Casper the Ghost pale so this beauty of a product as well as the powder is perfect to give me a summer glow in all four seasons. The only downside is that with the big brush, the balls tend to get stuck inside and drop everywhere. Great.

Step 8.

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Natural Collection Moisture Shine Lipstick – Rose Bud

I love this colour – it’s not as dark as it looks in the picture and it looks great on pale complexions. It applies beautifully without the need of a lip liner and I trust it enough to apply without a mirror. Win win.

The Finished Look 

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Ta-da!

Which products do you use every day? Let me know in the comments below.

EL xx