I purchased these two books from Lowplex after reading that other book by Mhairi McFarlane (i wrote about it here) and it was free postage over £30 i’d already spent nearly £20 so why not
The first book of the two that I read was Heres Looking at You (IK IK I have them in the wrong order in the picture sorrry). When I first started reading it I could not get into the book at all!!!I was lying in bed forcing myself through the first 50-100 pages and in the end I gave up and went to sleep.
Turns out, I must have just been in a shit mood because when I picked the book up again the next evening (after dreading it all day) I actually really enjoyed the book AND stayed up until nearly midnight finishing it (which is v late for me on a work night im normally asleep by 10.30 lol).
The book itself was definitely the more emotional of the two, and if you wanted to read a book that may make you have a little cry then definitely pick this one up.
The main girl, Aurelina, had lived her whole life as a much bigger girl and spent most of the book struggling to come to terms with who she is now and believing that she is not worthless. She is full of denial (thinking males are coming over to poke fun at her rather than being attracted to her) through the whole book.
The ending was OK, after the ending of the last book I had read by McFarlane I wasn’t expecting much – but I was definitely much happier with this one. Albeit, still not overjoyed.
After I finished this book I picked up You Had Me At Hello and finished that again, in two sittings. This time I only put the book down at all because I reaaaally had to get to sleep before BB disowned me and made me sleep in the living room.
I liked this book, but not as much as Heres Looking At You. They seemed quite similar. Both girls, meet men from their past who they had a history with, a couple of close best friends mix of male and female and then the man from their pasts best friend also gets close to the main character.
It was one of those situations where if I had read these books years apart, I may not have actually realised they were different books at all.
But again, I enjoyed it. It was Mhairis first book that she published, and I could imagine if reading this first being excited to see what else she was going to be bringing out.
I’m currently on the 8th book of Princess Diaries, and when I’ve finished that I’m sure you’ll hear about this (I actually finished the two books above weeks ago but I hadn’t been feeling like blogging).
Thanks for reading,
The Lottie Biggs trilogy is a set of books by Hayley Long that I didn’t even realise were a set until a month or so ago.
I read the first book many years ago, and I remember loving it, but not what it was really about. I spent an evening looking on Goodreads on completing all of my single book sets and when I saw how cheap the next two were on eBay I decided I had to finish this book set first.
Just by looking at the front cover of this book you know that it is going to be different. This theme follows throughout, with Lottie constantly illustrating her feelings when she cannot find words to describe, and sometimes just adding the odd picture in for the shits n giggs.
Lottie Biggs has a brilliant sense of humour, and from the beginning you can relate to being a teenager and the struggles she is going through. From being a bit weird and awkward when it comes to the boy you like to competing with your best friend who you feel is almost superior to you.
The first book isn’t just a tweeny boy-meets-girl book though, you do get to love and appreciate her goofingly charming love interest but you also get to learn a lot about Lottie.
What starts off as a funny, light hearted book about a *slightly-quirky-yet-quite-level-headed-girl* turns into a really powerful book about not being afraid to ask for help and realising something is not quite right.
Once I had finished reading this book I waited in (impatient) anticipation for the next 2 books to come. I read them both in the space of 2 days.
They did not disappoint. Time moves on, the next 2 books show how no matter what you have faced you can carry on to live the life of a nearly normal teenager, no matter what other people think.
No matter what age you are, I would recommend to read this books. They will definitely make you laugh out loud, as well as maybe forcing a tear to be shed. PLUS you can get all three books for under a tenner on eBay (which is where I bought my books).
Thanks for reading,
So, I have a few book review and rambling posts coming up (forever procrastinating I guess) but I’ve also been buying makeup.
I actually started drafting this when we went away mid-July but ergh what a hectic month its been, and now I am officially on a shopping ban (BB’s birthday, holiday and saving up to move FYI) I thought it would be the perfect time to have a little chat about a few things I purchased when we went away.
BB and I recently (well, it was recently when I originally wrote this lol) got back from a luuuurvely weekend away and whilst there I spent far too much money.
I got all of this makeup from Boots, minus that liquid lipstick from Primark that everybody keeps going on about!
1. ‘Get Lippy’ Matte Liquid Lipstick and Lipliner from Primark – £3.00
(feat some cute pics of my mouth ofc)
Ah. So, I had seen a lot of people on the YouTubezzzz talk about this lipstick kit and say it wasn’t that half bad, and for £3 what was I really missing out on?
The lip liner was actually pretty creamy, and the lipstick applied quite well. So well, in fact that I spent the whole afternoon checking with BB that my lipstick hadn’t spontaneously vanished as I was in a permenant state of denial that a cheap Primark lip kit could actually be this good.
It was a bit drying, and I felt as if maybe my lips had been dry or cracking at the time this lipstick would not have been good. But it worked.
After wearing for a few hours and eating etc etc it does start to crack a bit – if you’re prone to dry lips like meeeee then try to steer clear of it every day maybe (I still wear it most days as don’t have many nude lipsticks lol)
Also, the pencil looks like it should push up but you have to sharpen it, deception.
Next time I venture out to primark (the closest one from me is 40 min drive) I will probably get another one.
2. Revlon Youth FX Fill and Blur Concealer – £11.99
This was what I was most excited about. I’d watched a Tati video earlier that morning and decided I was buying the concealer and the foundation – which I did.
When I first got the product there is that moment of panic where you’re trying to pump the product out and you wonder whether you’ve got a DUD, but *obviously* mine was fine. It is a bit orange, and not something I go to grab every day.
I think the orange-ness is my own fault, I probably picked up the wrong shade lol. I do grab it if it’s nearest but I would always pick my Maybelline Age Rewind by choice.
3. Barry M Boots Limited Edition in Shipwreck – Free
Now I’m not that into nails, I’m a bit boring. I don’t know who does good nail varnish who does bad. Sometimes I’ll pick some up if I need to make my order up for free delivery but it’s not something I get excited about?
So yeah, I got this for free because I had already purchased 3 things from Barry M. The lady at the counter said ‘which one?’ showed me two colours and I panic picked this green colour.
You can see it above in the picture of me *showing off* my concealer.
It’s ok. Nail varnish is nail varnish to me. One day I got my nail caught in my hair while brushing and all the varnish peeled off. Very odd.
I did get a lot of compliments for my nails though, and it has inspired me to keep my nails looking nice.
4. Barry M Matte Me Up Liquid Lip Paint in Embellish Purple – £4.99
Eh. I bought so many liquid lipsticks I actually forgot I’d bought this until just now. Maybe I’ll wear it tomorrow. Sorry.
5. Barry M Flawless Original Primer – £5.99
I got the Barry M colour corrector primer for Christmas from my auntie last year in a big pack that I think she won??
I liked it, I’d ran out of my usual primer just before we went, I was using that Barry M concealer, picked up a concealer that was close to the one currently using.
That’s generally how my concealer pickings go. I suck.
I definitely preferred the colour corrector primer though, and I probably won’t repurchase this once it runs out.
6. Revlon ColorStay Eyeshadow 555 Moonlite – Ummm. Some money?
This is where it becomes obvious that I binned my receipt. I managed to find the other prices on the Boots website, but this is saying £23.00 on Amazon?? It definitely was not.
I came to the decision that I am going to become a *beauty goddess* and to do that I need to actually learn how to apply eyeshadow.
It has not worked thus far, I still look like a baby who has stolen her mothers make-up.
The product is lovely though. There is a little bit of fallout (which could, of course, just be down to sheer awful technique) but in general the colours are lovely and if I was any good at eyeshadow I could imagine creating some bangin’ looks with it.
7. Revlon YouthFX foundation in shade 220 Natural Beige – £13.99
This foundation was one of my must-haves along with that concealer all the way ^^^^ up there. I just had to buy it and try it out.
It is super duper thick (look at that picture above). I actually find it a bit too thick alone, so I am mixing it with my L’Oreal True Match foundation (which I did a rant about in this post a while ago – sorry ’bout it) and it looks amazing. Not too cakey, and the perfect shade.
By the end of the day (except for settling slightly around my top lip and nose, and that is after over 12 hour wear) it still looks good. I am so happy with this purchase.
PLUS I remember buying this and being all ‘hurgh hurgh, this will last like a week 10/10 to me for wasting my moneys’ AND actually it’s been about a month already and it’s still heeereee! I still have some pushing left. Ew.
8. No7 Lash Impact Ultra mascara – £14.00
I am just putting it out here now – I swear by no7 mascaras. They are the best. Honestly.
I don’t have much else to say except, they are worth the investment. I find doing first layer with them, second layer a different mascara (atm I’m using max factor 2000 calorie mascara) and then another layer of the no7 mascara they look the best. It makes me so happy.
They also do not look spider lashes (BTW, I completely forgot about my cup of tea and I just went to drink it and it was not nice).
9. BarryM Matte Me Up Metallic Lip Kit in Prestige – £6.99
I like this lipstick. It’s pretty. If you hit it in the right light it looks reaaally metallic-ky.
The lipliner is amazing. Really creamy, does not rub off. I love it.
I would probably buy more lip-kits from Barry M, but maybe not metallic. Just normal. Maybe a nude lipkit. If they do one. Maybe I should actually wear my other lipsticks first.
Wowwwwwww. If you’ve managed to get to the end
Thank you for reading.
So for ages now I’ve wanted to start a bullet journal. I’m not that creative and I SWEAR as soon as I want to do something nice it always goes wrong so I thought eh, why not? What’s the worst that could happen???
I looked up loads online and saw people used squared paper or dotted paper so of course for some reason I chose to buy plain paper. Nothing like not following the crowd 🙂 ha ha ha
Funnily enough this July looked rlly good until I took a picture of it so now I’m blurring it out and making it look like the fact it was month one was the real reason I took the picture
First of all I did a monthly planner which I smudged too fuck and threw a bit of a tantrum over. I’ve bought some washi tape and stickers etc now so hopefully the next week will look nicer. Oh and I decided to use up my spare page with things I am loving ATM. Didn’t follow that into August as I did this in the last week of July and really? Life don’t change that much for me in a week
Also, reminded me that I have literally no plans. Ever. I marked down my final exam and that was all I could think of. For the whole month.
I’ve toyed between hating and loving this page since I did it. It’s messy but I don’t really mind, and it’s kinda fun to track certain things this way. I think my next few weeks will have a bit more *~pazzazz~* but we shall see!
Anyway, just a short post to show you all I’m alive and well. Just been very busy reading and sleeping. Isn’t that how we all spend our summers??
Do any of you guys do bullet journals and have fun ideas to poke my way?
Thanks for reading,
Hi everyone! So as you may (or may not) be aware, I am a complete shopaholic. I get quite obsessed with a hobby and spend hideous amounts of money on said hobby before giving up and moving onto something else.
This may be illustrated by my 10 sets of colouring pencils (while I spend approximately 0.1% of my year colouring) or my near 100 games on Steam (my computer has not been loaded up and played for longer than an hour in about a month).
Aaaanyway. At the moment I’m quite into reading. I mean, I’ve always been into reading so this isn’t a fad for a week, but I feel I have gone sliiiightly overboard.
When I was at home for an evening I went through my cardboard box of old books and decided I. Needed. All. Of. My. Books. Back. Not just one, or two. All of them. AND these books were largely made up of book-day-token-books and random christmas presents. This meant that I had missing items for a whole collection. Something I hate. An excuse to shop.
So I went about my week (I am now on a spending ban as we are off to London in just over a month for BB’s birthday and a long awaited trip to Warner Bros Tour woohoo) buying the odd book here or there. I also bought a book which has been out on lend to my mum so that isn’t pictured but other than that my weekly purchases are shown above.
1. The Princess Diaries Vol 1 – 10; £18.99 from Lowplex
I used to have these books (at least 8 of them) I swear! I must have given them away, because they were not in my pile of crap. Knowing they weren’t there was driving me crazy and I decided I just had to read them again.
I’m not sure how many of these I read before, I only remember there being 8 books and there are actually 11 (and yes I only got 10 fml) so I’m quite excited to read these again.
2. Lottie Biggs is (not) desperate & (not) tragic; £5.40 from eBay
I received the first edition of this book (Lottie Biggs is (not) Mad) when I was a lot younger. I always remember loving this book and the author and not realising there were actually more in the series. This was the first book set I decided to finish for two reasons. 1. The books were dirt cheap and 2. I just loved them.
I’ve never heard of anybody reading these books before and I will be doing a more indepth review in the near future (at point of writing I have already read both books) but please read them.
3. My Not So Perfect Life; £5.00 from Asda
I purchased this book in Asda for no reason whatsoever except that my mum wasn’t sure whether or not she’d read it before. And I knew I hadn’t. It was 2 for a tenner and I also purchased a Marian Keyes book which my mother still has in her posession.
4. Here’s Looking at You & You Had Me At Hello; £11.99 from Lowplex
Lowplex require a £30 spend before free postage and I quite liked the other Mhairi McFarlane books I read so I thought eh, why not? This was just me being dumb and spending money for no reason. I have no excuses.
5. The Shopaholic Series, books 1, 2 & 4; £5.00 from WHSmiths
You did not misread. They actually sold books 1, 2 and 4. No 3. Pewwwww. This was only a fiver, which was too good of a deal to miss out (new books are normally £7.99 each) even though it did mean I have two copies of book 1. Oh, and when I ordered the third book on eBay they sent me the fourth book again. So I have two copies of that. Basically, I paid a fiver for the 2nd book. Which is still less than retail price. Woopah.
I have book five & six of the series, that my mum got me when I was a lot younger. She thought that book five was book one, and book six book two. So when we both found out there were actually four more books prior to this we both felt like dummies.
Have any of you guys read these books? What did you think? What are your favourite books?
Thanks for reading,
Hello everyone! So I’ve been gone for over a week but NOW IM BACK!!!
It’s been manic, BB and I went away and then I had a bloody ear infection that would just not gtfo AND then I had my exam results AAAAAND then I had my final exam for the summer! So all my spare time was moaning / revising or watching Line of Duty (of course)?!
So yeah, amidst that I’ve been doing quite a bit of reading. I’ve bought some books (aka too many) and I’ll be talking about them a bit later (along with my makeup haul that I will get up sometime this year I PROMISE) but one of the books I read for the very first time was The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. I’ve read a few of her books before and I actually accidentally read the 5th book in this series (cringing) by accident many many years ago.
This is my mums favourite ever book series, and it’s the one series she manages to compare every other book too, so I thought I should probably give it a go (I’m also slowly completing the one-book-out-of-a-collection-from-book-day-at-school pile I have but sssshhh). PLUS it was £7.99 and I was on holiday and I wanted to spend money in Waterstones because it’s so pretty in there.
First things first, I love the fact that at the front of the book it actually lists all of her books, both shopaholic series and others. As her books aren’t numbered, it makes it easier to see which books I’m missing and any I haven’t read.
Also, the font of the book made me so happy. Small things for small minds, eh.
I’ve never watched the movie, but I did see on Goodreads that a lot of people were comparing the book negatively too it? Which makes no sense to me?? Surely the book was first????
The main character is likeable in an odd way, like you find her funny but probably wouldn’t want to actually be associated with her – and the way Kinsella portrays her shopaholicness will probably ring very true for anybody who is a bit obsessed with shopping *cough*notmewhospent£50inbookssunday*cough*.
One of my favourite things about the main character is that she has flaws. She know she spends too much money and she also knows she makes excuses (read as: flat out lies multiple times) to get herself out of trouble, but that’s what fleshes her out and makes her more real.
I mean it is quite similar to all of the rom-commy books, but that’s what I like. I kind of like to be able to pick out parts of what is happening and the ‘ooh does he doesn’t he like you???!!!!’
You do, however, spend half of the time reading cringing. Wishing you could shout at the book and make them change their decisions. I swear I was 50% reading 50% cringing the whole time.
I’d definitely recommend this book if you want a quick read and a giggle.
Now my exam is over I think the rest of her books are next on my list to be read. I am now on a spending ban so if you hear me say I’ve bought anything new (after the book haul and makeup haul of course) please slap me.
Thanks for reading!!
BB and I went away last week, we are boring old souls so most of our free time at the hotel was spent reading / watching youtube etc etc (rather than socialising ofc ofc) this meant that by the time I was back at work Monday I had absolutely demolished 5 books.
One of the books I had to read was Who’s that Girl? – by Mhairi McFarlane. I had borrowed this book off of my mum, so I wanted to read it ASAP and then pass it back onto her.
What’s the one thing you DON’T do at a wedding?
When Edie is caught in a compromising position at her colleagues’ wedding, all the blame falls on her – turns out that personal popularity in the office is not that different from your schooldays. Shamed online and ostracised by everyone she knows, her boss suggests an extended sabbatical – ghostwriting an autobiography for hot new acting talent, Elliot Owen. Easy, right?
Wrong. Banished back to her home town of Nottingham, Edie is not only dealing with a man who probably hasn’t heard the word ‘no’ in a decade, but also suffering an excruciating regression to her teenage years as she moves back in with her widowed father and judgey, layabout sister.
When the world is asking who you are, it’s hard not to question yourself. Who’s that girl? Edie is ready to find out.
I started reading this book while we were waiting to go out for a meal that we had pre booked, and I spent the evening excited to go back so I could continue reading!
The first thing I noticed was that the book was set in England (!!), this rarely happens in books I read and it was brilliant to recognise the places which the author was talking about.
The author used a lot of texting in the book. Sometimes this can make the book come across a bit cliche and poorly written, but it was executed well (no exaggerated ‘how r u / wot iz goin on?’ text speak).
The main character had her two best friends (one male, one female as books usually go) but they had more depth than the usual side characters do. There were then also her ‘side’ friends, who were all slightly fleshed out but were in the story only for plot purposes really. They were all characters who you would probably be able to relate to knowing, and having the same exasperations towards.
The author has a brilliant sense of humour, reminded me of Sophie Kinsella (whom I love but have only recently started reading the shopaholic series) and also a mix of Louise Rennison.
Although this was a usual rom-com the characters were in depth and, if you are like me anyway, you start to feel for the characters as the book is ending. Hoping they all get their own way in the end.
When I got to about 3/4 way through the book I started to notice the pages were thinning while the book didn’t seem to be clearing up.
BB was actually shocked in how quickly I finished this book (although he does struggle to come to terms with the fact that I am a very fast reader regardless)
This lead to panic reading, was everything going to be resolved? What was going to happen? How was this all going to solve itself in such a short amount of time?
The short of it? It didn’t. The book finished on a bloody cliffhanger. This was the conversation I had with my mum:
Me: Finished the Mhairi McFarlen book. Ending was sh*t but god book otherwise.
Mum: Oh yes!! I hated the end!!! Was gonna say but thought u wouldn’t read it! The end was rushed and then it just finished at the sh*ttest point ever!!
So… that was our opinions.
BUT, the book is brilliant. And don’t let it put you off reading it.
Thanks for reading,