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Feature Follow Friday!

January 16, 2015

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Hey guys!

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

This weeks Question:
Do you own any doubles of your books? What led to getting that second…or third or fourth…copy?  – A Great Read
Only one! I am really self controlled when it comes to buying books. I have 2 copies of one book, Sleepovers by Jacqueline Wilson. I read it first over a decade ago, then my friend had a 'Sleepover' Themed Party! So I got another one. But it's a new edition so I love it, but my old edition has a little pouffy cover!


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Rachel x

2015 Challenges

30 x 30 Challenge- Halfway through?

January 15, 2015


We're halfway through!

I haven't posted recently about this challenge apart from the one time I posted about it probably 2 weeks ago now, I made a Goodreads chat for everyone I did invite though, so if you are on Goodreads feel free to talk to me through there! If not, drop me a comment!

The challenge is about spending with God every day and trying to get to know Him!

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So I was doing really well up until now! I have been doing studies up to one hour with the devotional I got for Christmas, which I love... However, this is the first devotional I have used, and one trouble that I found was that it makes me a little uncomfortable. I just dislike all this, "Now confess to the Lord..." stuff. Don't think I am proud and horrible because of this, it is just because to me, repenting and confessing are to huge things, and you can't just do them because you are told to by some book. You have to feel like you should. The right sort of mood. Hence me sort of procrastinating.

I am setting myself the goal of becoming more comfortable with confessing to God because that everyone does things wrong and everyone needs to repent, but I just don't feel like it is right.

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I hope you guys are all doing well, speak to you soon!




Beauty

MUA Luxe Lip Lacquer Review- Reckless

January 11, 2015


Smooch your way to red carpet glamour with MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers. Long - lasting and kiss proof, these intense formulas come in five rich, vampy shades. Encased in chic frosted glass packaging, these lacquers glide on with the ease of a gloss, drying in seconds into a matte velvety texture. They are the ultimate make-up bag must have.


I feel like I haven't done a beauty post in a while! I hope you guys don't mind!
I wanted to review this Lip Lacquer because I have been using this product now since late October so I feel that I've used it enough I feel to give it a full review. This is the Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer by MUA (Make Up Academy), which is an affordable makeup brand based in the UK. I have accumulated a lot of their products because it is super affordable drugstore brand. All their products are sold for between £1 and £8! They have an online store (Click Here) and are exclusive to Superdrug at the moment. The product currently retails for £3 in store and online.


I love the colour of this lip lacquer. It is called Reckless, which is a great name, and it is like a vampy, blood red colour. A little darker than a post box red. There is a swatch above to see the colour. It is really pigmented, which is love because it means that it covers up dark upper lips like I have got. It is also a really bright colour which doesn't wear and lasts a super long time!

In terms of drying, this lip lacquer is pretty fast. It dries in less than a minute so you can touch it and has an amazing long wear. The mixture is thick and dries to a fairly chalky, matte consistency. It is quite drying on your lips due to the long lasting qualities of it, so I suggest you prime them with something quite moisturising before applying this product. It also sinks into all the creases and crevices in your lips. At first I really wasn't used to the feeling on my lips, it wasn't that comfortable with it on because it was so thick, and I wasn't used to that feeling. However, after the second of third wear I really liked it, and I got over the feel of it on my lips.


I like the frosted packaging, it is very chic and nice looking, but the downside to it is when you are looking for a nice shade it is hard to see the exact colour of it. It is better to swatch the colour in-store, which is where I bought mine.

My rating;

Overall, I chose to finally give this product a 4 out of 5 because I disliked the consistency of the product on my lips at first but I love the colour and the packaging and everything else about the product. I really like the product and would recommend it with the other colours in the set. The product is also matte and long lasting wear which is also very useful. 

I hope you like this review, more beauty to come!

2015 Challenges

Getting Healthy? New Years Resolutions

January 02, 2015

So as you probably saw, a couple of days ago I published be New Years Resolutions. I had a small section on getting healthy, saying that I wanted to do the splits and get a six pack and be content with my looks and things... Well, yeah, I do.

Before you exit out of this post or leave me hate, I just want to say that I completely disagree with all those thinning methods and nasty starve-yourself diets. I do not, and I repeat, do not agree that people should aspire to be some tiny skinny person.

I want to be healthy, not skinny. I want to take 2015 as an oppertunity to develop my muscles and increase flexibility. I want 2015 to be the year where I finally tone by abdominal muscles. Maybe I have to lose a little bit of weight on my stomach, but that is only because I strive to get a four pack, and I know I have one, I just have to lose the fat around my stomach and mid area so it can be prominent.

I am not going to stop eating McDonald's or Burger King, but I am going to choose healthier options, which hopefully my body with thank me for. I eat huge 3 meal portions every day, may be I can switch that up to speed up my metabolism a little bit. Drink more water, do more exercise... I am not making huge changes. I just want a better me.

Also, when I say I want to get better looks, I just mean stronger nails, clearer skin, thicker and stronger hair. Nothing the multivitamins can't help with. Not that I am really going to depend on them, I really need to fix up my morning and night routine and other things in my lifestyle to make me better.

I am going to be starting the 30 day shred this year. The results I have seen are amazing and I have done a lot of research into it. I really want to put in the effort into changing my unhealthy lifestyle into something future me will really thank me for.

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Feature Follow Friday!

January 02, 2015

Increase Blog Followers

Hey guys!

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!


This weeks question:

Happy New Year!!!! What was your favorite book of 2014 – or books if you can’t name just one? – via AlisonCanRead

I didn't do I post on this last year, because I didn't read that many books made/published this year, because I don't tend to buy my books, I don't think all these books were published in 2014, but they were amazing!
                                         

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Rachel x

2015 Challenges

Reading, Blogging and Social Goals- 2015

January 01, 2015

Hello! I hope you're having a Happy New Year Guys!

I really wanted to write the goals I have for the New Year. Also I am catching up on my blog posts, because I am been slacking when it comes to blog reading :(

This post is inspired by 'Our bookish goals for 2015' post on The Broke and The Bookish.

1. Catch up on my series: This is basically copied from the original post. Daisy and I are just currently suffering from the same problem. I've start reading SO many series and just end up pausing and/or never continue beyond the first or second book. A lot of this is because the series hasn't finished, but half the time I am just screwing with myself. I mean, A series of Unfortunate Events? The Mortal Instruments? This is one thing that is a constant goal of mine. I have a list of series that have been updated while I sit and not read them. I should really be ashamed of myself.

2. Read more in general Now I'm copying Julia's goals, why am I just a sad plagiarist? My Goodreads goal for 2014 was 75 books, and I supposedly read 55 in the year of 2014. I am pretty proud of that though. This year I really want to read, I don't know, may be I will try for 80 books. That means that I have to read a book every four and a bit days... I can do that right?

3. Read at least 5 classics in 2015: Cheater, this is Jamie's goal. I have never really been a classics reader, but I know that there are a couple I want to read. I love Heidi and Little Women and I have the Railway Children and The Jungle Book and a huge set of them in my house I can read.


4. Stop returning my library books late: Jamie, yes, yes, yesssss! I can't tell you how much money I spent on late fees in 2014. I mean, it's kind of like donating to the library but I'd rather it be on my own terms rather than because I'm too lazy or forgetful. I am doing the 'Put your library on hold' challenge this month and also I am going to set myself a rule, no more than three library books at a time, the only exceptions are read-a-thons.

5. Use my E-Reader more: Last year, I think I bought maybe one book on my Kobo. And that was the dictionary. I do want to save money, but it would be nice not just to get every free book I can find. So that means I am going to have to buy some books and finish some series. 

6. Blog twice a week: At the beginning or the year, you'd be lucky to see me blog twice a month. So I am trying to blog more often, although I still don't have that much time, there are these things called week-ends, yeah, I should use them more wisely.

7. Do more fashion posts. I want this blog to be books and beauty. Which means there needs to be more beauty. I do adore this community, but I really need to reach into another right now.

8.  Get 100 bloglovin' followers, 150 twitter followers and 50 instagram followers. Why I don't even have 90 twitter followers yet, I don't know! Aren't I an interesting person?

9. Read more ARC's and books for review- I read books from the library and get charged when they are late, although I do not mind deadlines. If I read more books which are ARC's, then no charge and I am free! Apart from the reviewing deadline.

10. Do more tags and challenges- Recently, I haven't done very many, but now I want to do more. I would like to do 10 this year, but I have no idea what ones to choose, so... bear with. 
If you have a tag you want me to do, let me know or tag me!

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