Thursday, 16 October 2014

Booklook: Recent Reads

I thought I'd update you on what's been going on book wise. If you read my Summer Wishlist Tag you'll know that I set myself a goal to read more books this summer. If I'm honest, I didn't read loads but I have a good excuse! I've just been busy getting things done so I'm now excited for things to slow down and to get stuck in to some great reads this Autumn. I did read a couple of books on holiday though, both of which I enjoyed so much that I wanted to share more about them with you.

Finding Violet Park - Jenny Valentine

Finding Violet Park or Me, the Missing, and the Dead in the U.S. is a coming of age/mystery novel about a fatherless teenage boy, Lucas Swain, who finds an urn containing the ashes of the titular Violet Park abandoned in a minicab office and determines to lay her to rest. When I first read the blurb of this book I was concerned that I would find it disturbing and un-settling, but I actually found it fascinating more than anything - it is so interesting watching the story un-ravel. I'd recommend this to those who love realistic teen fiction. 

Room - Emma Donoghue 

This story is told from the perspective of a five-year-old boy, Jack, who is being held captive in a small room along with his mother. At first, I found this book quite difficult to get into because the story moved quite slowly in the first chapter (there are 3 chapters in total). By about the second chapter though, I was completely hooked.  The relationship between Jack and his Mother is totally endearing and I couldn't help but feel as though I was experiencing everything with them whilst reading. As for the story, well, let's just say this is about as shocking as it gets. I don't want to reveal too much because starting this book completely un-aware of what the situation is it what makes it so great, but, it really is worth a read. 

I am currently reading If I Stay at the moment. I challenged myself to read the book before watching the film, but I'm a slow reader and now I'll have to wait for the DVD! *sighs* I feel like history may repeat itself with Gone Girl too! Has anyone seen either of the films or read the books? Let me know if they're good. I am also open to any book recommendations so let me know if you have a favourite! 

"If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking." - Haruki Murakami

Lots of love,


Sunday, 12 October 2014

Jamie's Italian, Wicked and Squirrels

Westminster Abbey

Buckingham Palace

Other than becoming a wildlife photographer (MAN I LOVE SQIURRELS), this weekend consisted of two of my favourite things - food and musicals. It was all part of my Mum's Birthday celebrations. We also stayed overnight in the West Ham hotel but I didn't take many pictures (slaps hand) so you'll just just have to take my word for that one. We ate at Jamie's Italian for the first night which was a cool experience. We then had a mini tour of London the following day where I may have went slightly camera happy - apologies if you're not one for London photography. I've wanted to see Wicked for ageeeeeessss and I have to say it was one of the best musicals I've seen. Defying Gravity gave me chills! 

So as you can see my weekend was slightly hectic but amazing. It was all finished with a nice, chilled out session of Strictly followed by X Factor as always, too.

What did you get up to this weekend?

"It's time to trust my instincts, close my eyes and leap." - Elphaba, Wicked

Lots of love,


Thursday, 9 October 2014

Glamorous Vampire Halloween Makeup Look

For a paler complection, I used Bourjois Healthy Mix as it is the lightest foundation I own.

I then contoured my cheekbones with a dark cool toned bronzer from the Sleek Contour Palette for a greyish, hollow look. I sculpted other parts of my face with this like my nose, jawline, hair line and chin area. 

I took the nose contouring right in the inner corners though and kept it strong to make my eyes look closer together and create a more evil look.

For eyebrows I used none other than the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. What else is one to do with their brows? I went for strong fierce brows but you might be able to tell that my eyebrows aren't even sisters at the moment -  as far as I'm concerned, they're just not related!

I washed Sautin Taupe all over the lid and added Sketch (a dark purple) in the outer half of the eye.

 For even more depth, I took a dark shimmery black through the crease and blended it all out with a clean fluffy brush. I also popped Trax (a light, shimmery purple with gold flecks) in the inner corner.

To intensify the eyes even more, I used the black pencil from the Maybelline Big Eyes on my water line and tight line. I then did a cat-eye winged eyeliner with the Bourjois Erasable liquid eyeliner. I also used Loreal Telescopic mascara.

I went for a dark purple/burgundy Moisture Renew lipstick from Rimmel (shade 380 Dark Night Water-loops!) and outlined them with a black eyeshadow for an ombré effect. 

It obviously wouldn't be Halloween without some gore would it? I took some fake blood and dribbled it down my mouth and faked a love bite on my neck by mixing in black and purple eyeshadows for a realistic bruited effect. 

I also added a scratch on my cheek which I assume would be from a werewolf or something if we're going by the Twilight series. I don't know what the vampires get up to these days. 

And that's pretty much it!

"You can't just sit there and wait for life to come to you. You should go get it." - Damon Salvatore, The Vampire Diaries

Lots of love,