Sunday, 24 January 2016

BOOK REVIEWS | Part 1

Hello everyone!

Now if there's one thing that I love doing a lot, it's reading. This year I don't think my handbag has ever not had a book in it. I read on my break at work, I read when I get in from work, I read in the mornings in bed with a cup of tea and I read before I go to bed, most days. Other places I wish I could read would include: when in the shower, whilst doing my make-up and hair, whilst eating dinner with a knife and fork and when driving. Sometimes I wish I caught the bus to work just so I could read and then funnily enough I'm really glad that I can drive and I would never, ever want to catch the bus ever again.

Today, whilst I take a break from reading (currently, The Scorch Trials by James Dashner), I thought I'd share with you, my reviews of some of the books I've read over the past couple of months and this is no where near all of them! Enjoy Part 1!

The Girl On The Train

by Paula Hawkins

I'd seen and heard a lot about this book before I actually bit the bullet and went to buy it (mine was from Waterstones) and it wasn't until I actually started reading I realised what the massive fuss was about. When I bought the book, the lady behind the till said to me "I hope you're not doing anything tomorrow because once you start reading you won't be able to stop. I finished reading this book at 3am, read it in one go and then had to get the kids up for school at 6." And she couldn't have been more right, I literally did not want to put this book down. I want to read and read and read and read until I'd finished the book just so that I knew what happened. I thought the writing was just perfect, jumping to and from characters so that you could see the story from everyone's point of view, with so many twists and turns it really was a great story with a completely shocking ending. I would definitely recommend reading this book, so thrilling and basically just amazing. Just make sure to allow a whole day to read the book in one go, I couldn't give up a whole day but wish I could have! 

The Maze Runner

by James Dashner

This was the book I just finished and I'm currently on the second one in the series and I just love it. I loved the films, saw both of them before reading the book and although I loved the films, I'm happy that I read the book afterwards because it was so much different and I feel like if I had read the books first the films wouldn't have been as good because I would have expected a lot more than we actually got. But apart from that I loved the book, it was just like I would expect, very fast paced, action packed and it really completely did hit the spot for a dystopian novel, and I literally can't wait to read all of the books, so I'm gonna power through them at high speeds, I can assure you! In the book I really felt that you got to know the characters, and I was completely in love with all of them anyway from the film, so that didn't matter! And one last thing about this book is that I'm also happy I watched the film first because it was easier to picture some of the things in the book, because sometimes my imagination will see something that couldn't be more opposite of what it's supposed to be. Would also definitely recommend this book, especially if you like The Hunger Games & the Divergent series... and no Chris before you say anything, they're not all the same!! 

A Gingerbread CafΓ© at Christmas

by Rebecca Raisin

 

This book is definitely 100% a lovely Christmas read. It has a warming quality about it and you can't help but love all of the characters and the town they live in, and it will make you want to open your own cafΓ© and I think we could all use someone like CeeCee as a friend. At first I found the book a little hard to get into, I was at a stage of picking it up and putting it down, but then I don't know what happened cause as the story progressed I just got hooked. I wanted to know what happened between Lil and Joel, and what CeeCee was hiding, what Damon was up to and I just loved it. Reading this book at Christmas time honestly did make me feel so much more festive, when hearing about the decorations and the carol singing, and oh my, did this book make me hungry (do not read if on a diet haha!)... so much chocolate, cakes, and gingerbread. I think the thing I loved the most is that the book was split into I think three different stories, all set over the space of the year so you really could get a feel for the character development and seeing how much really can change in a year for the better. A lovely heartwarming Christmas read, I would recommend reading in December for the festivity factor but can really be read at any time of the year.

Girl Online

by Zoe Sugg

I've got to be honest, I love Zoe, I watch all of her videos, read her blog basically all the time when I'm not reading books of course, and I keep up to date with what she's doing on Twitter. A massive fangirl basically deffo not a stalker, promise! So when I heard that she was bringing out a book I was sooo looking forward to reading it. I fell in love it,  it was such a easy read for me and I could definitely relate to Penny and how she was feeling and what she was going through... and don't we all want a best friend like Elliot and boyfriend like Noah?!? *heart eyed emoji* The book was definitely a heart-warming read about what's it like to be a teenager coming of age, and I could honestly relate to all of the characters because we all had friends like that when we were at school, and it's lovely how Penny's family and her closest friends all get together to help and support her through her anxiety and er, her little embarrasing moment shall we say?! Also I really did find that Penny's blog posts all have underlying messages that would honestly help teenage girls in her position! Particularly the one about outgrowing friends because I know I can relate, it just happens sometimes! Girl Online is a funny and cute read that I would recommend, and I know it's been a while since this book came out but I love it and I've read it probably about three times, so ya know, it's up there.


So there we go, I just love reading and wanna share all of the books I read with everyone cause everyone should read them too, only if you want to though, I'm not gonna force ya! But seriously, every book I ever read I'll probs recommend because I love all books, for different reasons and I just wanted to use my blog to share them with you. But that's it for today, I'm off to go and read some more, maybe I'll finish The Scorch Trials before I have to start getting ready for my training tomorrow but then again probs not, wah!!


See you soon,
Danielle ♡


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Thursday, 14 January 2016

Everyday Make-up Look : J a n u a r y 1 6 πŸ’‹

Hello everyone!

Today's post is just a quick I said I'd do more blogging this year and I haven't, whoops lol post, and because nothing's really happening in my life until the next couple of weeks, I thought I'd hit you (not literally obvs) with my current everyday make-up look for January. Last year I was definitely stuck in a bit of a rut when it came to make-up and this year so far not much has changed but I'm slowly working on it - and also trying to working on saving money but slowing working on spending more money on make-up and beauty products... gah why is life so hard?! I'm joking, but I did spend all of my Christmas money on buying new(ish) make-up, but we'll save that for another post, shall we? And also because I work five days a week, sometimes an all-out-there smokey eye or bright pink lips just isn't really gonna work out for a girl. Try 3 back to back massages in a hot and dark room, some waxing treatments and a manicure where the client is scrutinising your every move and putting you under massive pressure to make sure her nails are filed to perfection, your make-up will disappear by the end of the day... Speaking of which, can anyone recommend a good setting spray pretty please?!?!

But here is my everyday look at the min!



Here's the deets...

Benefit Pore-fessional Primer {X} | EsteΓ© Lauder Double-wear Foundation in Desert Beige {X} | Benefit It's Potent Eye Cream (tester size, it came free when I bought the primer!) {X} | Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer {X} | Rimmel Match Perfection Powder (translucent) {X} | Sleek Face Form Pallete in medium (not pictured above) {X} | Benefit Hoola Bronzer (mine's a tester size lol) {X} | Benefit High Beam (also a tester) {X} | Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette {X} | Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette {X} | Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette {X} | Collection Liquid Liner {X} | Benefit Roller Lash Mascara {X} | Eylure Volume Lashes No 100 {X} | Avon Ultra Colour Lipstick in Blush Nude {X

Tiffany & Co Necklace {X} | Topshop Stripy Tee {X}

I basically use a mixture of the two eyeshadow palettes and create a different look everyday, but it's always along the same lines, it just depends which colours I fancy choosing! I can't tell you which colours I used on my eyes today because that was about a whole nine hours ago that I did that, and I have a memory like a sieve at the best of times! At the min I'm loving nudes and neutral colours, and also I know I'm wearing falsies, and I don't always wear these but they make a massive difference because my eyelashes are pretty much non-exsistence anyways lol. And I actually had time to put them on this morning because we were getting our staff pictures done and I wanted to actually have eyelashes that you could see!! If I had enough time in the morning (which I probably do but I'll choose to spend it faffing instead) then I would definitely wear false eyelashes everyday and these ones are my favourites. But every other product is what I would wear everyday, only I might swap up the lipstick for another light pink/nude (rimmel 08 is one of my faves also atm!) 

Also I am just gonna point out that I have edited both photo's seperately and one of them was taken during daylight and the other was taken in the evening so that's why the lipstick colour looks slightly different in both photos. Who doesn't love a good ol' instagram filter?

Let me know if you have any products that you use pretty much everyday, and about that setting spray... haha


Love, Danielle ♡
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Monday, 4 January 2016

🌹 THINGS I WANT TO DO IN 2016 🌹

 
I hope that everyone had a lovely New Year's Eve! I spent mine at Chris' house with Chris, his mum, dad  grandad and brother, and we just ordered a Chinese, watched Star Wars (it wasn't my choice, and if I could have I 100% would have put HP on!) we swapped beer/spirits/prosecco for cups of tea, I had a basically what could have been described as a mountain of shortbread biscuits and chocolate - because it's not like I've eaten enough of them over Christmas! And I throughly enjoyed it, it was almost like going out... kind of but not really. But it was better because there was loads of biscuits and choc actually involved, and there wasn't even a need to dress up, lovely.

We snuggled up on the sofa watching TV until midnight, then we watched about five minutes of the fireworks and then went to bed because Chris and I were both tired. We spent half of New Year's Day in bed cuddled up under the duvet, because we both didn't want to get up, I know  it sounds like we're quite lazy but we're not actually haha! New Year's Day is supposed to spent in bed, dossing around until you decide that it might just be time to get up and enjoy the New Year. I've done the same ever since I was little and I can't see that changing much in the future. I ♥ Bed. Eventually we decided that it was time to get up and surfaced at about 12 and started getting ready to go out for lunch with Chris' family and then we spent the evening with my family, with the fire burning and Chris watched Sherlock whilst I did some colouring, in my new adult colouring book, get me! (still not really an adult thing though is it? colouring?) And it was great, it was a lot better than going out because we both agreed that NYE is slightly overrated, and it was raining and Christmas had slightly broken the bank... so we saw the New Year in, on the sofa in our pyjamas. Aand we didn't wake up with a massive raging hangover the next day, bonus!

I've seen a lot of posts on Twitter and Facebook about the whole #newyearnewme cliche, and I just wanted to share some things that I want to do in 2016. I don't want to do the whole #newme thing because let's be honest that never really happens past the first couple of days of January and I can assure you that the #currentme won't be giving up chocolate anytime soon.

1. Travel More 🌍

Last year saw me and Chris go on our first adventure to Amsterdam, and we both went to London together for the first time (we'd been to London before - just not together), I also went to Berlin with my sister Abi, and we went to London twice (once in August to see Wicked and then once in December for Winter Wonderland). I've also visited more places in England, 'cause me and Chris went to Bedford and Stratford-Upon-Avon so that totally counts. I just get such a huge helping of motivation and inspiration when I visit new places, it's kind of strange, but I find it refreshing. So more places to go please 2016.

2. Slimming World πŸ₯‘

As some of you may know I currently am doing Slimming World (well I haven't been doing it properly over Christmas and that's okay because you know, chocolates) and I would really like to put more effort into doing it, because it's super easy and you can still eat lots of yummy food and it honestly really works for me when it comes to losing weight because I've done it before back in 2010. So many people when they've found out that I'm doing Slimming World have said 'But you don't need to lose weight/There's nothing on you' etc, but I can't make it clear enough that I am doing this for myself because it's really important to feel healthy in your body and at the minute I don't, so I'd really like to put 100% effort into eating properly next year. And also Bridget Jones style pants have a lot to speak for! ;)

3. The Gym πŸ‹πŸΌ‍♀️

Okay, so I know this is a really cliche one and I'm sorry but it's pretty self-explainatary and it goes quite nicely with Number 2. And where I currently work there's a gym downstairs and it's basically free, so I don't have any excuse, because like I said, I want to get healthier and fitter and it will really help when it comes to giving deep tissue massages if I have good upper body strength... which I currently don't haha!

4. Experiment with Make-Up πŸ’„

At the minute, I stick to what I know, brands I like, and looks that I know work well on me. But this year I really want to experiment more with make-up, try new brands, new products and new looks. And I'd also love to start doing make-up on other people properly (I'm 100% sure that Abi doesn't count cause she's my sister!), and I'd really like to showcase my work on my blog. Make-up is something that I'm really passionate about and this year it's time to make it into a proper passion. Hello more make-up, Goodbye my wages... haha kidding. Drugstore make-up is something I'd like to try more of to, because it's affordable and you can find some pretty good dupes and all that.

5. Focus on being happy 🌻

This year I really want to focus on being happy and by doing this will mean I do more things that make me happy. Like spending time with family, going to the cinema, having date nights with Chris, seeing my friends more often, not worrying over the tiniest little things that totally bring my mood down. I just want 2016 to be known for a happy year, and I'm determined to make sure that I am happy and everyone else around me is happy.

6. Start saving money πŸ’°

Eventually at some point I would love to move out, and appaz you can't do this unless you have like a million trillion £££ in the bank. I actually saw that Hannah Gale had done a post similiar(read it here) and this was one of her goals, but it did make me think that yeah, I could actually do with having that as one of my goals/things I want to do. I really can't wait to have my own place, that I can call mine... or you know, ours if I move in with someone else. So I'm not getting my hopes up when it comes to moving out this year because that might not happen, but I will start saving up and then I can move out before I'm 30? Or not...

7. Make time for friends πŸ‘―


I need to make more time for friends. I see my best friends, regularly... eh kind of... but that could be improved. I'd love to make more time to meet up with friends I haven't seen in ages, people that I used to study Media with, college girls that I don't speak to as often as I should and even some school friends that I've lost touch with because this year it'll be 4 years since I left school, bloody crazy. So more seeing friends, nights out, more meals out, more parties and more trips please (cause most of my friends from Media are at uni now *sob*).

8. Better Haircare πŸ’‡πŸΌ

I do literally zero things with my hair, aside from straightening it when I'm not working and when I am working it's either pulled up into a high pony or slung into a messy bun. I would love to have better haircare and becoming better at doing all of the cool braided styles. Those Youtube vids make it look some bloomin' easy, and doing a dutch braid on yourself is just not, especially not me. Also I want to start doing hair masks, because my hair is in such a bad condition and I would quite like to get it cut and coloured, so if you can recommend any good hair masks or a good hairdresser in Northampton, it would be much appreciated! :)

9. More Writing πŸ“

I love writing, although it's something that has been pushed to side because of life, work, boyfriend, friends, and basically everything. And this one really links to Number 5 because writing makes me happy and it's something I'm determined to do more of, and hey I might have a novel published before I'm 40, but until then I'm just on Wattpad and if you're on it to you can follow me HERE. Thanks in advance, and who knows maybe I'll put some of my writing on the blog, because who else would I want to share it with?



I think that's about it for 2016, do you have any things that you want to achieve in 2016?
Here's to a happy, healthy, full of fun and maybe sunshine (probs not tho) twenty sixteen.


Love, Danielle ♡
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