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Christmas Blogger Gift Swap 2016

September 25, 2016

This Christmas, there is going to be a blogger gift swap for all UK Bloggers, and you should join in too!

christmas blogger gift swap

I want to invite all bloggers, regardless of whereabouts you live in the UK, regardless of how big or small your blog is, and your content, to join in with us and have some fun this festive season!

What is this all about?
The idea behind this event is to essentially get bloggers interacting with each other during the festive season and to do a gift swap. It’s a chance to get to know others and discover a variety of other amazing blogs out there!

But don’t worry:
You don’t have to spend a massive amount of money if you don’t want to. Heck, you could even send homemade gifts (they are said to come from the heart) and are just as good! You and your partner can both decide a budget if you want to, but ultimately it’s your choice.

How do I get involved?
Here are the following dates for this swap:
November 1st: Deadline for completing the submission form.
November 6th (or earlier!): Find out your blogger pair, yay!
By December 17th: Send off gifts to your blogger pair 🙂
In order to take part, you must:

Fill in the Google form document (linked here)
Write a blog post about this event.
Send a couple of nice gifts to your paired blogger by December 17th.
Write a post about your gifts (must include photos) after you have received them.

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Books

Nemesis Blog Tour and Eygptian Inspired Make Up Tutorial +Tips

September 24, 2016

Hi Everyone,

Today I am sharing an Eygptian inspired makeup tutorial to celebrate the release of the book Nemesis by the amazing Anna Banks.
I was challenged with the task of making an egyptian makeup tutorial to go with the Eygptian inspired setting of the novel. I can say that this wasn't easy but the end result was amazing and not very difficult to achieve!


In a summary of my review, which for the sake of keeping this post short will be published on the release date of the book, I really enjoyed reading the novel and the characters were very cool and realistic, although the book is fantasy. I love Sepora, the protagonist and the duel perspective between her and Tarik, the male protagonist. I feel like she didn't make stupid decisions like other characters and was very fun. I would definitely recommend the book and would read more of Anna's novels in the future!

The Eygptian Princess Eye Makeup Look;

1. I would suggest that you prime your face and eyelids, especially if you want this to stay on for a while and not fade. If you are prone to making mistakes or you are not very steady with your hand (like me) invest in a makeup fixing spray and a makeup setting spray. They will be a lot more worth your worth as when you have acheived the desired effect you can just spray it on to set the look rather than rubbing off primer and makeup each time you make a mistake.

2. Next is your brows. The girl on the cover has very amazing brows and they are extremely pigmented. I have fairly thick brows, but to give them the darkest colour possible and a really thick look, I have taken to using mascara on my brows. This may sound crazy, and I would recommend this if you have a mascara which is similar to your natural brow colour. As I am a WOC, my brows are naturally extremely dark brown/black so using Rimmel Scandeleyes just made my brows thicker and darker, as well as giving them lasting shape.

3. I decided to do eyelashes after brows. I always do mascara first, so again with the Rimmel Scandaleyes on my top and bottom lash line. I like this mascara as it makes my lashes more voluminous and long.

4. I used the MUA Hall of Fame palette for my eyes, but any palette will do as long at is has dark shades like gunmetal, blue and black. It is not easy to see what is going on with the eyelids, but I chose to add the shade Cool Grey towards my tear duct, and then blended in Titan, the glittery black into my outer edge and to line my lower lash line. I also used Hydra, which is slightly lighter and bluer than Cool Grey in my crease. The liner is more exaggerated here so I continued using the edge of my Studio London Eyeshadow brush to do this.

5. This step is the liner, which is used to create the intericate lines and patterning around the eye. I used an eyeliner pen to do this, but feel free to use a liquid or gel liner for the look, I just prefer to use pens, but the other options may be more pigmented or have a sleeker finish.
I started by grabbing a light eyeshadow colour and outlining the patterning I wanted to make. This makes the process of doing the patterning faster and easier. Then I took my Miss Sporty Studio Lash eyeliner pen to draw on the patterning. This was no fast task, as it takes a lot of concentration.

Then you are done! This didn't take me more than 15 minutes to do and doesn't require a whole lot of makeup or practice!

Optional Ideas;
Use some of the eyeshadow colours on your lips to create a matching lip look!
Create a metallic highlight by using the lighter eyeshadows on your cheekbones.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27414431-nemesis?ac=1&from_search=true

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Beauty

The Best Affordable Body Sprays

September 18, 2016

We've all spent ages looking for inexpensive body sprays, mists and spritzes. I personally love them, especially the most affordable ones that I can find. They can 

So I posted this photo on my Instagram a while ago and did say that I was going to write a post. I was planning of getting this out in the Summer, but oh well. Better late than never.
Not many people know this about me, but I really dislike wearing perfumes. I have always found them very overwhelming and I feel like they are all concentrations of the same ingredients. I literally can't tell the difference between 80% of perfumes. I do have a few, which I might do a post on, but I hardly wear them.
If anyone has any good perfume recommendations, let me know in the comments.

Books

Saven Defiance by Siobhan Davis: Review

September 02, 2016

Saven Defiance (Saven #3)

Saven Defiance 



I received this book for free from the author, however that does not affect my opinion of the novels.

So Saven Defiance is the third book in the Saven series by Siobhan Davis. I have read and reviewed the other novels in the series.
My Review of Book 1
My Review of Book 2

I feel like there is not much else I can say about the book other than
MY MIND IS BLOWN

The series follows Sadie, a girl from the poorer part of futuristic USA who enrolls in a government scheme to move some of the population underwater, there she meets Logan, who is really hot and... you can pretty much guess what happens next.
The plot was super action filled and there were really no words wasted throughout the book. It was super enjoyable reading all the things that happened and the book was hard to put down in places where there was so much going on! The way the plot progressed was also a great pace and the way that Davis really crafted scenes made them so 3D. I felt like things were going on in right front of me as characters and plot folded out so well, as if they were to have happened in real life.
So Siobhan never fails to amaze me with her writing throughout the books. As the 5th book I believe I've read by her, she is definitely one of my auto buy authors.
This book isn't my favourite in the series but I still very much enjoyed it. One of the main factors as to why I didn't enjoy it as much as other novels in the series is the development in the supporting characters. I really wish that we saw more Haydn, Neve, Izzy, Rylan, Dali, Win, Alex and Fern (pretty much all of the supporting characters) as this book was mainly focused on Ax, who we meet in the Saven: Denial novella, Sadie and Logan. I did enjoy it, but I feel like I should have seen more of other characters, which is why this is a 4 star review instead of a 5.
Another thing is the romance got a little sappy and gushy at times so it took away from the book a little in places. I do really tend to like the romance aspect of books, but it got a little too much at times.

Overall, I would definitely suggest anyone who loves romance to try reading these novels. I personally think that they are great and have tons of action!

Click Here To See All My Reviews


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