Book Review

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern Review

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Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan. But then Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED.

Like many, I have been a fan of Cecelia Ahern’s books for many years now. What I enjoy most about her books is that they are different to the norm; they keep you guessing with magical twists, incomparable characters, and quirky plots. I can safely say Flawed was no different. Set in a dystopian society where perfection is mandatory and stepping out of line comes with serious consequences. These consequences see members of the public who are deemed to be ‘flawed’ branded in an area that corresponds to their ‘flaw’. The society is overseen by The Guild, who has connections with the media and government, and they are the ones who decide if a member of society is flawed or not.

Having not read too many dystopian/sci-fi novels (although I definitely want to read others after this!), I found the plot intriguing, partly because from the off it is fast paced and intense. The focus on perfection is heavy and one mistake will see a member of the public taken away immediately. This constant watchful eye over society reminded me a little of George Orwell’s 1984, where you live by the rules or you are punished and ostracised from regular society. The Flawed are treated as contagious and are hated by society, they also have their own seats on the bus, their own aisle in a supermarket, no luxury food items but only the basics, and an endless list of rules they must abide by for the rest of their lives.

In the opening chapter we are introduced to our heroine, Celestine North, and she is about as perfect as you can get. Celestine seemingly has it all, popularity, the perfect boyfriend, the perfect family, the best grades, until one judgement changes all this and more forever. I really enjoyed Celestine as a main character and rooted for her throughout the book, as you see her evolve from a naive and brainwashed character into a heroine to the people. I’ve read a couple of other reviews on Celestine’s character and have noticed that not everyone warmed to her, particularly because of her preciseness/dictionary definitions. Whilst this did become a little annoying in parts, it by no means put me off the character. I interpreted it as a link to her constant strive for perfection, if not a touch robotic, and understood why it had been written that way.

In terms of my favourite character, I would have to say Celestine’s Grandpa. For those of you who have read the book, you will know what I mean. For those who haven’t, he will probably be your favourite too! He is very believable and has a young at heart, defiant character about him. I think he is an integral part in Celestine’s realisation that perfection is not realistic and doesn’t exist, no matter how much it is thrust upon society.

One thing I particularly liked about this book is that it wasn’t solely focused on romance, yes it’s in there, but the story is not reliant on it. There are some difficult subjects explored in the plot and they will make you feel angry, sad, and will have you squirming all in one sitting, but other parts will have you punching the air as there are secrets to be uncovered and justice to prevail. I suggest if you are starting this book that you don’t plan anything else in for the day, because you will not be able to put it down!

I have a real soft spot for this book and its characters and will definitely be picking up the sequel (out March 31st!) This book is perfect if you’re a fan of dystopian novels, a Black Mirror-esque style or are after a new genre to sink your teeth into. I have yet to be disappointed with Ahern’s work and certainly wasn’t with Flawed, its critique of society’s flaws and rules is current and thought provoking. Now to wait patiently impatiently for the sequel…
What did you think of Flawed? Let me know!

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The Liebster Award

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Hello! Hope you’re all having a lovely week! A couple of weeks ago the lovely Emily from That Autumn Girl nominated me for the Liebster Award. For those of you who haven’t heard of the Liebster Award, the aim is to get to know and discover new bloggers by answering eleven questions!

To participate in this tag you must:

1. Answer the 11 questions that your nominator has asked you.
2. Nominate 11 other bloggers
3. Ask your nominees 11 questions.
4. Let them know you nominated them!

The Questions I was Asked

  1. Where in the world do you want to travel to?

I’d love to travel around Asia! I have never been anywhere in Asia, but it always looks incredible! My top 3 places to visit there would probably be: China, Singapore, and Indonesia.

  1. What is your favorite book?

Wow this is a toughie! If I had to pick just one, it would have to be Thanks for the Memories by Cecilia Ahern. It’s a beautiful and quirky story and one I’ll always go back to. Although like many the Harry Potter series will always have a big place in my heart too! This is probably the most difficult question for me!

  1. What are some goals you have?
  • To find a job in the writing industry
  • To learn to drive
  • To have 500+ followers on my blog by the end of the year
  • To visit at least 3 new places this year
  1. What is the reason why you started blogging?

I have always had a passion for writing, whether it is poems and stories when I was younger, to word documents that simply just held my thoughts. I have always enjoyed reading other blogs, and thought one day ‘Why don’t you do this? Why don’t you write about what you love?’, and so Beauty and the Scribbles was created!

  1. What is or was your favorite subject in school?

My favourite subject at school was English Literature of course, for all the reading!

  1. What is your favorite song at the moment?

Favourite song at the moment is You’re in Love with a Psycho by Kasabian. I swear it’s been played 100+ times and I’m still not sick of it, my boyfriend, however, is now not a fan!

  1. Do you have any pets?

I have a Shih Tzu called Timone. He’s featured on my social media quite a bit (yes, I’m that girl that always posts pictures of her dog!). He is the best little thing and I can’t imagine life without him. He has such a lovely nature and you barely know he’s there half the time. He’s been my best friend for eleven years now, and I look forward to many more!

  1. Do you have any other hobbies?

I go to the gym a couple of times a week to do spinning classes, and go for runs on the treadmill. I enjoy reading books, and am getting through a lot more now they’re involved in my blog!

  1. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? (I love breakfast food omg)

Breakfast is the best! Favourite breakfast food is poached egg on toast, or scrambled egg with peppers on toast. If it’s a quick breakfast then it’s crumpets everytime!

  1. What is your favorite color?

My favourite colour is aquamarine blue, my birthstone.

My Nominees

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My Questions

  • If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
  • What made you want to start blogging?
  • What is your favourite meal?
  • What are your hobbies outside of blogging?
  • Who is your favourite blogger and why? Let’s share the love, make sure to tag them!
  • Are you an early bird or night owl?
  • All time favourite movie?
  • If you could learn a new language which would it be?
  • What is the reason behind your blogs name?
  • You’re having a party and can invite any five people, who would you invite?
  • Favourite quote/saying?

Thank you for the tag Emily! I really enjoyed doing this!

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10 Things I am Thankful For

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Family

The ones that are always there for me, without judgement or question, my endless support network, I am thankful to have a family that is there for me. They are my heart and soul, and have made me everything I am today. I am thankful that I have grown up knowing that I am loved and cared for. Thank you for being there through all the highs and lows of life, and always managing to put a smile on my face whatever the weather.  In summary, you guys are the best.

 

Friends

I’m thankful that I have those people in my life who will celebrate with me when things go right, and stick by my side when things don’t. I’ve always been a firm believer in the saying that it’s not about the quantity of friends you have, but the quality of them. The friends I have are loyal and have supported me through my life so far, and I know that they will still be there for me in years to come. I treasure all of the memories I have with my friends, from the times we have laughed until we cried, to the times we’ve picked each other back up in the more difficult times. I know these are the people I can depend on whatever the situation.

 

Love

Me and Ryan have lived together for over a year now, and I still can’t quite believe it! Living with someone outside of my family has taught me a lot, and we are very much used to each other now. Like all relationships we’ve had the good and the bad times, but it’s all part of life. I’ve found the person who can really make me laugh, who I feel comfortable around, who cares for me and above all, is there when I need him. He’s my best friend, my confidant, who will listen to all of my worries and concerns. He keeps me sane (credit where credit’s due, no easy feat) and that has changed my life for the better.

 

My Pet

I’m that person that’s Instagram is pretty much 85% pictures of my dog. Timone (yep, as in the Lion King) is one of my best friends, and is always happy to see me walk through the door. He has the best personality, a mixture of placid and playful, and despite being 11, still behaves like a puppy at times. I love him unconditionally.

 

Health

Knowing my loved ones are safe, happy and healthy means the most to me. I think as I have grown up, health has become something that I am more appreciative and thankful for. Above all, I am thankful to live in a society where healthcare is readily available and medication is accessible.

 

Happiness

I love surrounding myself with happy, positive, care-free and love-filled people. I recently purchased a Thankful Diary, because I believe it’s so easy to focus on all the bad parts of a day and let it grind you down. My diary asks you to list three things morning and night that you are thankful for. It really helps me to think about all the wonderful and positive things in life instead of the latter. Life should be full of happy moments.

 

Home

Last year I decided I wanted to leave my small hometown in North Wales and move to the city of Chester. After attending uni here and finding work, it already felt like a good majority of my life was here. My boyfriend also found work here, and we both liked the idea of finding somewhere for us both to live. After months of searching we found a lovely little apartment in an amazing location. We have made the apartment our own and it really does feel like home. I’m grateful for the opportunity to live in such a pretty city.

 

Books

Books have always been a huge part of my life, and it’s very rare you’ll find me without one. I love reading and the comfort it provides. Had a bad day? Pick up a book, it’s a great escape. Reading inspires me and gives me fuel to write my own content. One of my greatest wishes is to write a book of my own one day.

 

Travel

I love travelling, and whilst I may not get the chance to do it as much as I’d like, I feel lucky to have visited some of the most incredible places. I always say how I’d love to take a year and devote it completely to travelling, let’s wait and see

 

    Music

It’s good for the soul and over recent weeks, we’ve seen how it can unite and bring people together in dark times. I love music and going to gigs is one of my favourite things to do, nothing beats the rush of seeing your favourite person/hearing your favourite songs live. I love making mood playlists and have one for the good and bad days; I find it really helps to make me feel better.

 

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May Favourites

Firstly, how are we half way through the year already?! This year seems to be going crazily fast, although with every new month comes new favourites! I made it my mission in May to try out products that I have never used before, so it’s a mixture of favourites/first impressions! So let’s see what made it onto my favourites list last month…

Bed Head Motor Mouth Mega Volumiser

I’ve always been a fan of the Bed Head brand, from the product quality to how fun the packaging is. It is a firm favourite of mine. I was introduced to Motor Mouth through my hair dresser; she applies it every time after my hair has been washed, and boy, does it smell good. The scent to me is very tropical and I like how the scent stays on your hair for a couple of days afterwards. I usually use 2 pumps of the product and run it through damp hair with my fingers. The hair cream is a shimmery yellow and goes through the hair seamlessly. It’s great if you want to add a little volume to your hair, or need to tame any frizziness, as it controls it without weighing down the hair or making it appear greasy.  I will be repurchasing this product, although I don’t think I’ll have to any time soon as a little goes a long way with Motor Mouth. Bonus points, it feels a lot more luxurious than its price tag!

Self Tanning Wipes Santa Monica

Now, anyone who knows me will know that I’m usually a full time ghost i.e. I don’t tan, unless I’m going out or it’s an occasion. It’s not that I dislike fake tan; I’m just very lazy when it comes down to it. So I think I have found the ideal lazy girl tanning solution…tanning wipes! I was curious when someone recommended these to me; could they really be as good as a mitt and a bottle? They are actually pretty good! They do develop quite quickly, and left me with a natural looking glow. I have to say, I was left impressed. I had read good reviews before purchasing, and also learnt the tip of wearing gloves whilst using them to avoid waking up with orange hands! I found this product easy to use and actually managed to not miss any parts. You can find these little gems at Home Bargains, they are cheap and cheerful.

Environ Intensive Antioxidant Gel

If you checked out my last post about my skin, you will know that I have had to readjust my whole skin routine. I am currently using products from the Environ brand to see if it will budge the remainder of my acne. This is my third week on the skincare regime, and I have to say it’s getting better. This is the moisturiser that features in my skincare routine. I like this product so far; it’s lightweight and non-greasy and only takes a minute to sink into the skin. It contains key ingredients such as antiseptic tea tree oil, to help eliminate bacteria on the skin, antioxidants vitamin C and E, and B5 to help nourish and calm the irritated skin. Whilst this product is good if you suffer from oily-acne prone skin, it says it can be used by all skin types. This is my third week using the product, and I have to say it is slowly but surely calming the redness caused by the acne. I have promised to post more on these products when I have been on them for a suitable length of time.

Too Faced Melted Metallic in Debutante

I have lusted after the Too Faced Melted liquid lipsticks for a while now, but always kinda forgot about them when it got to pay day. I was on a quick reckie of my local TK MAXX store, and stumbled across Debutante for just £5.99! I couldn’t quite believe it, and had that mini panic you sometimes get at the till where you think this can’t possibly be the price?  I was a little sceptical with how metallic the product was going to be, but I have found Debutante to be quite subtle in its metallic look. The formula is creamy with a good pigment, and the Debutante shade has very good staying power. I usually suffer with dry lips which I do find the formula can cling to, so I will occasionally pop a lip balm over it to avoid it sinking into cracks.

Bomb Cosmetics Bath Melt Gift Pack

I’m finally starting to make my way through my collection of bath bombs, and finally got to try one of these bath melts from Bomb Cosmetics. Firstly, how cute are the products? If you look on their website they do so many different designs, from cupcakes to bath bombs with little individual designs on (Finding Nemo, a Rocket flying off…the list is endless!). I received my box as a birthday present, and it contains Laguna Bay Mallow, Oopsy Daisy Mallow, Lemon Express Mallow, and a really cute Viennese Swirl style one which I can’t find on the website anymore L But there are similar ones. These are lovely to pop in the bath if you feel like having a little pamper. They smell yummy but subtle, and are very reasonably priced. I can’t promise you won’t want everything on the website though!

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Me, My Skin and My Acne

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Over the years I have always found the topic of skin, particularly mine, to be a really uncomfortable one. It’s been a long journey and is still very much ongoing, but I feel a lot more comfortable discussing the situation with my skin a hell of a lot more than I did when I was younger. So let’s have a little chat about my skin.

I started with spots when I was twelve, perfectly normal as it’s almost puberty stage. My face started to become oily and spots would appear on my chin, nose and forehead. It was only when they started to appear on my back and chest that I became aware that this wasn’t just a case of ‘a few spots’. It was after visiting my local GP, that I was diagnosed with Acne Vulgaris – the most common form of acne. Since then I have had various anti biotics, roll-ons and creams from my GP, taken a 6 month course of Roaccutane from my local Dermatology department, purchased a UV lamp, tried various herbal home remedies, and you find me here thirteen years later. For the purpose of the post, all pictures of my face have been left unedited.

My skin a couple of weeks ago pre products.

My acne did clear somewhat after the course of Roaccutane (it disappeared from my back and chest), don’t get me wrong I still developed hormonal spots, but it was so much better. However, after a year the acne returned. I won’t lie, I was heartbroken. I’d put all my eggs into one basket with Roaccutane, but have been told some will need two courses of the treatment. Even so, I found (and still do occasionally) it difficult to stay positive and put my faith into these treatments after seeing them work for others.  Acne has also made me feel guilty, because my family have been amazing throughout and are always looking into new things to try, spending money, only for past attempts to not work. It’s difficult but they keep me positive.

My younger self did not have a clue about skincare (I’m still learning now!), none of the normal spot brands suited my skin, wipes were a big no-no, and washing my face became a ritual. Finally I feel like I’ve got my perfect skin routine, it’s minimal, but suited to me (I will do a post and show results, but this is only my second week using the products!). I think it’s difficult to understand how people with acne view their skin on a day to day basis. There’s always the hope that the products/tablets you took last night worked their magic and the acne is gone. There’s always the anger that as well as the spots you already have, new ones have appeared on the day of the important event you have. When you’re talking to someone there’s the paranoia of ‘are they staring at my spots?’ Your make-up routine becomes more of a chore because spots are still visible and they’re all you can see. You constantly wonder why you’re skin just can’t be clear like others. It’s tough and it does have an impact on how you see yourself. So much so, that I would constantly touch up my make-up when I was younger, trying to cover any trace of spots, I would dread any sleepovers, the moment where everyone would get ready for bed, it was a massive blow to my confidence.

Today, I’m currently about to finish a course of antibiotics I’ve been taking for six months. Once I have finished those I need to return to be referred for a second course of Roaccutane. I won’t lie, I’m not looking forward to it, but eleven years on, I’ll take whatever I can get. I’ve switched up my skin routine to Environ and am purely using their products as it is a set routine. I count myself  extremely lucky that my acne is non-scarring, and seriously feel for those that have the scarring form – as if it isn’t difficult already. Like many, I have had days where I have been in tears over it and not wanted to leave the house, but you can’t let it stop you living your life. We all have flaws and imperfections, all of which are on a macro-scale only to ourselves, but they certainly don’t define you. Sure, they make us sad sometimes, but that is outweighed by just how beautiful and uniquely individual every single person is.

I think I’ll always have a love/hate relationship with my skin; it always looks like it’s not improving to me. There is still quite a way to go with it, but I’m determined to kick acne’s butt once and for all this time. I will post updates when I have them, and also on the products I am using, but as it is only the second week I didn’t want to include them just yet as they haven’t had much time to take effect. I really enjoyed writing this post and hope it helps others to know you’re not alone in how you are feeling. You are beautiful no matter what is on your skin. Acne isn’t forever, I take comfort in that and so should you. I’m 2 weeks in to using the products and currently my skin looks like this:

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I always like to hear other people’s stories, past or present! So if you have one please comment or contact me below –any tips or tricks are welcome too!

Book Review

I See You By Clare Mackintosh

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You do the same thing every day.

You know exactly where you’re going.

You’re not alone.

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it’s there. There’s no explanation: just a website, a grainy image and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it’s just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.

Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make . . .

I couldn’t wait to read this novel after reading its predecessor I Let You Go. If you haven’t read it, I thoroughly suggest you grab a cup of tea and settle down with it as it will keep you reading for hours. Now, with second novels I always try to keep an open mind, as living up to their predecessor can prove to be very difficult. After trawling through some reviews, I noticed most singing its praises whilst others declared it wasn’t as good as the first. To me, they are both completely different stories and should be treated as such. So I started reading I See You with a fresh pair of eyes, and devoured it within a matter of days. It’s gripping, it’ll have you feeling on edge, and most importantly it’ll keep you captivated with each chapter that passes.

As with all of my other book reviews there won’t be any spoilers, as it would completely take away the thrill this book brings to the table. In the opening chapters we meet our two female leads, Zoe Walker and Kelly Swift. Zoe is your everyday woman, a creature of habit; she dotes on her family, commutes to work, and finds her picture amongst the classified ads in a local newspaper … wait what? From this moment the story is filled with tension and an extremely chilling reality that all is not what it seems. Kelly works as a police officer working for the British Transport service, but over time crosses paths with Zoe as things turn sinister. The chapters alternate between the two women, and I found myself feeling on edge whilst reading Kelly’s chapters as I immediately wanted to know what was happening to Zoe, and vice versa.

Without giving too much away, one of my favourite things about I See You is the third narrative which addresses the reader directly, intricately laced between every other chapter or so. It is chilling and hauntingly realistic, more so because it all seems so easily done.  One thing is for sure, it’ll have you looking over your shoulder, questioning the glances people throw your way, and clutching your bag to your chest on the train!

Much like I Let You Go, Mackintosh creates a variety of characters, each one integral to the story, and will have you questioning their motives throughout. I think I had been suspicious of every character by the time I had reached the end of the book. I like how Mackintosh has the ability to cleverly take you down one path, only to lead you down a side street and you feel like you’re back to square one again with your suspicions.

On the other hand, I would really have liked more exploration of Kelly’s character. There are numerous references to issues she has, yet I feel there wasn’t enough detail to tie up the loose ends. However, I understand why this may not have been done as it could possibly have taken away from the main plot.

I See You could also be seen as a cautionary tale, as in we are always being watched. We live in a society where everyone likes to know what everyone’s doing, and it’s as easy as typing their name into Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We also live in a society where there are cameras almost everywhere, for crime prevention purposes, but nonetheless, everyone is being observed. Mackintosh’s book takes these seemingly innocent notions and pushes them to their extremities; it’s a psychopathic 2017 Big Brother that is coming specifically for you.

Overall I did enjoy this book, partly down to its individual plot and its ability to turn the unfathomable into a chilling reality. Mackintosh has produced another winner in my opinion and I cannot wait for her next. If you’re looking for a read which will keep you wanting to go back to it, leave you open-mouthed, and cursing every time you think you’ve guessed who’s behind it, this one’s for you.

Routine makes you feel safe. Routine will kill you.

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My April Favourites 

I’m guessing everyone is thinking pretty much the same thing as me right now, which is how are we in May already? Although another month gone, means more beauty favourites. These were my go-to’s throughout April, so enjoy!

Urban Decay De-slick Make up Setting Spray

One thing I love is a good make-up day. You know those days where it stays on, there’s no smudging, and you just think that you’ve got it all together? Now these days are pretty rare for me, and come the end of a work shift you could mistake me for a very shiny faced panda. However, lo and behold someone introduced me to Urban Decay’s De-slick Make-up Setting Spray, and I’m afraid I’m not looking back. I’m a really big fan of this setting spray, mostly because unlike others I have used in the past, it doesn’t change the look of my make-up and simply just sets it in place. It’s also a very light spray so it dries quickly on the skin. The De-slick Setting Spray claims to be ‘your most powerful oil-control ally’, and aims to deflect any shininess and provide the skin with a matte finish. Being a girl with normal-oily skin, I’m a big fan of this spray. I’ve found that I don’t need to touch up my make up as much because the sprays got it covered. I must admit I was a little sceptical at first, as it seems there are about a thousand different things for your face in the beauty world right now, but this one’s a must and here to stay for me!

 Darphin Soin D’Arome Au Niaouli Oil

Okay so my skin has taken a little dip recently, and I may have completely freaked out (as in the why is this still happening when I’m 23 for godsake) kind of freak out. I have pretty much tried everything in the book for skin, so I thought what is one more product? This product was also recommended to me, and I couldn’t wait to try it out. Now the old me would have been all ‘YOU CAN’T PUT OIL ON THIS OILY FACE’, but you must definitely can and should. Skin produces more oil when the skin is feeling dehydrated and I have learnt the error of my ways. I apply this oil before bed, and use 5 drops for each section of my face. It smells luxurious and sits on the skin once applied. It makes my skin feel lovely and soft, and is helping with my little flare up slowly but surely. It’s a little pricey but worth the money if you’re getting fed up of your skin blues too.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even Finish Foundation

Previously I’d posted about my love for Estee Lauders Double Wear Foundation, I thought it was amazing coverage and didn’t think I needed anything more from a foundation, right? Wrong. After using Double Wear for 4+ months, I noticed changes in my skin and they weren’t good. My skin started to dry out pretty badly, yet the acne was coming in thick and fast, I was completely stuck. Not only that, but when I applied my make-up, the slightest touch on my face would create a crack in the foundation. This meant I was frantically caking more on to try and cover it (it didn’t work) or having to take all of my foundation off and re-apply. As much as I love Double Wear, it’s not for me or my skin. I decided I needed a change fast and read up on some good brands and foundations online. I decided to go for Bobbi Brown, as it’s a brand I have loved in the past and is top quality. Since using the Bobbi Brown foundation I have noticed a dramatic change in my skin. There is no dryness to be seen, I can’t feel the foundation on my face, meaning my skin can breathe, and I don’t need to re-apply. I would definitely recommend this product, as I still get the coverage I need from this foundation, but my skin also gets the break it needs.

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Lipstick in ‘Dynamic’

This has fast become one of my favourite shades of lipstick with its rose-tawny shade. Before this I had never tried out Estee Lauder’s lipstick range, but I’m super impressed. So far I’ve found this shade to be long wearing; I can get a good 3 hours minimum out of it before I need to reapply. Unlike other lipsticks I have used, this one feels fairly hydrating with a light glossy finish. I will definitely be buying more shades from the Pure Colour Envy Sculpting lipstick range, although a little pricey at £24 each, they are top quality.

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My Favourite All Natural Beauty Brand – Tropic

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So up until last year I had never heard of the Tropic brand. A family member of mine had decided to host an evening at their house, which would involve a Tropic ambassador coming and showing/letting us try out the products. It’s a fun filled evening with all the girls, full of games and once over the opportunity to order the products you have tried. Ever since that first evening I have made Tropic products a regular part of my routine (you may have already seen some products featured in previous posts!). I love the organic aspect of the brand, that they’re vegan and do not test on animals, and that the products work with your skin and body, not against it.

For those of you who have never heard of Tropic, here’s a little bit of background. Tropic was founded and created by Susie Ma who had grown up developing all natural beauty recipes. Susie later appeared on The Apprentice in 2011, and impressed Lord Sugar after giving his wife some of the products to try out. Lord Sugar became a 50/50 partner, and together they have started a company which allows others to start their own businesses by being ambassadors.

I’m so happy I stumbled upon this lovely brand, so I thought I would share some of my favourite/wishlist Tropic products with you all:

Tropic Radiance Clay Mask

Since I first purchased this mask the packaging and formula have changed slightly, but still provides the same results. A clay mask is good for anyone who has blemish-prone skin, as it helps to control oil levels and prevent break outs. I loved using this mask twice a week as it felt like a real treat for my skin, and it can be left on for 10-20 minutes so you can relax and enjoy! The new recipe contains:

Willow bark and ginger extracts – Designed to kill any bad bacteria on the skin that is trying to cause breakouts.

Green clay and spirulina – This combination of clay and super food is designed to regulate oil, draw out any toxins with its anti-oxidant properties, toning and tightening pores.

Charcoal and goji berries – Aims to reduce any redness caused by blemishes

I have yet to try out the new Clear Skin Blemish Fighting- Mask as I loved its predecessor, but it’s definitely going on my wish list!

Shop it here: http://www.tropicskincare.com/skincare/clear-skin-mask.html

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Tropic Sculpting Palette

For anyone who’s seen previous posts you’ll know this product has already been featured a couple of times, but I love it! It’s so ideal for popping in your makeup bag as it contains a blush, bronzer and highlighter all in one. I really like the convenience of this product, it can take you from day to night and your make up bag isn’t over crowded –win win. I’ve used both Vintage Rose and Coral Blush palettes, but found because I’m quite pale (verging on a ghost) that the Coral Blush works better for me. All three feel lovely on the skin and have great pigmentation, and it’s probably all down to ingredients like Jojoba Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Carrot and Pomegranate Seed Oil and Vitamin C – to name a few! This is probably my favourite Tropic product so far, and I’ve already repurchased another.

Shop it here: http://www.tropicskincare.com/sculpting-palette.html

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Tropic Luscious Lips Collection

Over the past year I’ve really developed a thing for lip scrubs, particularly in the colder months. My mum, being a Tropic fan herself, bought me this handy little duo as a Christmas present and I couldn’t wait to try it. What made this product stand out for me is that you don’t just receive a lip scrub, but also a nourishing butter for after use. Previously I have used a scrub and then just applied my own lip balm afterwards, but this just feels that bit more indulgent. The Lip Smooth scrub and balm smell really minty and fresh, with ingredients of liquorice and mint extracts designed to smooth and plump the lips. The scrub is blended with Organic Sugar, whilst the balm contains Mango Butter, Vitamin E, and Pomegranate Sterols, targeting dry lips with intense hydration. I cannot recommend this duo more if you suffer with dry lips or just fancy a little pamper treat!

Shop it here: http://www.tropicskincare.com/blog/tropic/luscious-lips-collection

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Wish List:

So I could probably add most of the Tropic site to this post, as there is so many things I want to try and here they are:

Spotlight Cream Highlighter : http://www.tropicskincare.com/cream-highlighter.html

Super Greens Nutrient Boost Serum: http://www.tropicskincare.com/super-greens-serum.html

Wild Mint, Lime, Pineapple Body Wash: http://www.tropicskincare.com/wild-mint-lime-and-pineapple-body-wash.html

Lip Glaze in Pink Champagne: http://www.tropicskincare.com/lip-glaze.html

Ocean Fizz Foot Soak: http://www.tropicskincare.com/ocean-fizz-foot-soak.html

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