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April 2014

Beauty, Cruelty Free

elf – Mineral Booster in Shimmer | Review

April 29, 2014
elf Mineral Booster in Shimmer elf Mineral Booster in Shimmer
A few weeks back I decided to give elf’s range of mineral foundation a go and was intrigued by their Mineral Booster powder to go over the top.
They have four shades: sheer, shimmer, tinted and colour corrective yellow. All they had in stock when I ordered was shimmer but that is probably what I would have gone for anyway. 
You don’t need a lot of this to cover your face. It glides on and it leaves your skin feeling silky smooth. 
The shimmer in this hasn’t shown up very well in the picture but there is a definite shimmer to it. I was a little daunted by it when I first saw it but use it sparingly and your skin ends up looking like it’s glowing. 
I found it lasts most of the day and overall I was really impressed with the quality considering how cheap it was. 
I bought the ‘regular’ sized pot and having used it most days it’s lasted about 2 months so far and there’s still a little bit left. 
In short: A silky soft powder that leaves your skin looking like it’s glowing. 

Is it cruelty free? Yes, elf are a cruelty free brand. 
Price: £5.95 for a regular pot (Price correct as of 16/04/2014) 
Do I recommend it + would I repurchase: I would recommend this and I will most certainly repurchase.

Have you tried any elf products? 


Photography

World Endurance Championships – Silverstone | photos

April 27, 2014






Some of you may already know I’m a big motorsports fan. When Mark Webber left Formula One to join Porche in the World Endurance Championships, I snapped up tickets to the British race as soon as I could. 

The race is six hours long and I was worried it might get boring, but it wasn’t for one second. There are four classes of racing going on within one race so there is always something to look at.

The race was red flagged and ended about 30 minutes before it was due to end because of torrential rain. As it was a six hour race though we didn’t feel ripped off.

It was a fantastic race and I wish I had the holiday time left to go to Le Mans.

Here are a few more photos.


Books, Thriller

EMBRYO – J.A. Schneider | Review

April 22, 2014
EMBRYO - J.A Schneider Kindle cover


Spoiler free! 


Description from Goodreads: So begins this thriller about a young intern, Jill Raney, determined to investigate tragedies and terror at a famous fertility and genetic engineering hospital. When two pregnant women die and a fetus is delivered with severe chromosomal abnormalities, Jill’s superiors – including handsome, smitten-with-her resident David Levine – insist there’s no common link. 


But her suspicions deepen with the grotesque murder near the hospital of another pregnant woman – her belly drained of amniotic fluid. And when a woman miscarries in the hospital and then disappears, Jill frantically searches for her – following a terrifying path that seems to link all the victims: Is someone playing with life…and the structures of human life itself?’

After coming out of a reading slump I wanted to try something new and found this in the top 100 free Kindle book chart. I think it was at position 20 and I can certainly see why after reading it. 
We’re thrown right into the action from the opening sentence and I was hooked instantly. I was so enthralled that I finished it off in two nights.
There’s a bit of medical terminology used, but don’t worry, it’s not overwhelming. It’s introduced to the reader in a clever way which means you don’t feel out of your depth or confused. 
The two main characters Jill and David are well developed and I enjoyed seeing their romance blossom throughout the book. There are a couple of naughty scenes but it’s really not graphic at all. 
There are a couple of other characters in the book that contribute to the story and they’re also well developed. Stryker especially who comes across as volatile and very unnerving to be around. 
The ending wasn’t obvious and the madman behind it all was a surprise. 
As well as being an enjoyable read it really does make you think. EMBRYO approaches some difficult topics which makes you think about how you feel about what happens in the book and where you think lines should be drawn. (A book that makes you think is always a winner in my eyes.)
EMBRYO definitely stood up on its own. At the end of the book there was a sneak peek at the second book which had me hooked and I want to read it right away to find out what happens next.
In short: A thrilling medical book that had me hooked from the word go. If you like crime or thriller books I recommend you give this a go.
Price: £0.77 on the UK Kindle store. (Price correct on 10/04/2014)

Would I recommend it: Absolutely.
Rating: 5 out of 5 (Oh yeah, it was that good.) 
Beauty Reviews, Cruelty Free, Skincare

LUSH Let The Good Times Roll – Cleanser | Review

April 21, 2014

LUSH Let The Good Times Roll face cleanser
LUSH Let The Good Times Roll face cleanser

I really enjoyed LUSH’s Buche de Noel and after I finished that off I was on the lookout for something similar. 


I’d read on a few blogs that Let The Good Times Roll was similar and decided to give it a go. (Incidentally Good Times by Cassadee Pope starts playing in my head every time I see this tub.)
The first thing I noticed about this product was the scent, it smells like popcorn. It doesn’t taste of popcorn by the way – yes, I accidentally ate some.
It’s texture is like a thick grainy paste. To use it you add a little bit of water and rub it on your face. As its already like a paste I found it quite difficult to get the consistency right and I imagine a fair amount of it went down the drain before reaching my face. 
When you use it you can feel it gently exfoliating your skin. Do remember to moisturise after; there were a few times I forgot before going to bed and it was really cold and my skin ended up dry and it was a bit of a vicious circle, so I stopped using it for a couple of weeks while my skin sorted itself out. 
It’s a bit of a pain to wash off. The grains are so small that some get missed whether you wash it off with your hands or a face cloth. I usually discover some left over bits while rubbing my moisturiser in. 
Let The Good Times Roll leaves my skin looking clean and feeling soft but I don’t feel it left my skin feeling quite as soft as Buche de Noel did.  
In short: A popcorn scented gentle exfoliator and daily cleanser that made my skin feel soft.
Is it cruelty free: Yes and vegan. You can read about LUSH’s animal testing policy here.
Price + value for money: £6.35 – great value for money as it lasted me over 2 months and I’m sure other people in my house used it too…
Do I recommend it + would I buy it again: I would recommend it and I would buy it again.

What’s your favourite LUSH product? 
Photography

Chasewater | photos

April 20, 2014

Water bench 2
On one of the rare sunny days we had earlier this year me and my Mum visited a reservoir near us called Chasewater.

We did some of our training for the half marathon here last year, so it was nice to return and not be running around it and tiring ourselves out.

Here are a few more pictures.

Railway closeupStickChase Water RailwayGrass to treePylon
Cruelty Free

LUSH Haul 2

April 17, 2014

You can’t go wrong with a LUSH haul. I’m not sure three products counts as a haul, but without further ado here’s what I’m going to be rubbing on my face for the next few weeks.

Dark Angels
I really wanted to try Angels On Bare Skin but it had sold out, so I decided to give Dark Angels a go.

I have already used this and I love it. The smell is lovely, I can’t quite describe it, and it left my skin feeling very soft and looking really clear. 

Mask of Magnaminty
When I visited the LUSH Manchester store a few weeks back I picked up Cupcake and loved it. I was very tempted to just buy it again but it seemed criminal to not try some of the other fresh face masks available.
Someone on Twitter recommended I gave this a go and I was kind of sold on the mint smell alone really.

Again I’ve already tried this and love it, I will of course do a full review. It smells like mint ice cream *drools*.  

Charity Pot
I bought a mini tub with my last order and liked it. It has been commandeered by my fiancé though who is an electrician and always ends up with dry hands.

I suggested he gave it a go and he liked it, so that’s now migrated to his side of the room. 

The Olive Branch
I received a little sample of The Olive Branch shower gel with my order. Is this something LUSH usually do? I didn’t get one in my first order from them, though that was during the Christmas Sale.

It smells nice and I’m looking forward to trying it.

What are your favourite LUSH products? 

Books

Angelfall (Penryn and the End of Days Book One) – Susan Ee | Review

April 15, 2014


Spoiler free

Description from Goodreads: It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.’

When the sequel came out at the end of last year I heard a lot of good things about it and decided to give Angelfall a go. 
Penryn and Raffe are both interesting and well developed characters. Unlike a lot of YA books I’ve read, both characters are clearly two very different people. 
I think that’s what makes the book so interesting as well. They are worlds apart and are supposed to be enemies, so throwing them together creates tension. 
Angelfall was full of twists that kept me guessing the whole way through. The ending was unexpected, there was no way I could have guessed what would happen. 
The pacing was perfect. I love it when you can look back on a book and think ‘wow how did the author fit all of that into 300-odd pages?’. 
The world building was brilliant and using well known cities meant it was easy to get a picture of exactly what the characters were seeing. 
Most dystopian book are a bit dark but Angelfall was truly creepy, I felt on edge throughout the entire book. A warning for those who are not a fan of gore; it did get a bit gory towards the end. 
Overall the ending was good but I wasn’t blown away by the last few pages and it didn’t make me want to read book two right away, which disappointed me a little. I still will read World After, just not right now. 
As with every book in a series I think it should stand up on its own and Angelfall did. 
In short: A dark gripping story about a Human and Angel forced to work together to get what they want. 

Price: £4.49 from the UK Kindle store (Price correct as of 10/04/2014)

Would I recommend it: Yes if you’re a fan of YA or dystopian, this should be on your TBR list.