24 Sep 2012

A Charming Encounter

 D'you like my title? I do. I actually feel somewhat very proud with myself, for thinking outside the box and not choosing the standard 'Prairie Charms Review' title.  I dibbled and dabbled with many title ideas, until I settled on 'A Charming Encounter', geddit?? Right, time to stop blowing my own trumpet and get on with the review :)
 Recently, I was contacted by the lovely Stephanie from Prairie Charms, to take part in 'Project Blogger'. Project Blogger gives beauty and fashion bloggers 50% off the Prairie Charms bracelet collection from July- August plus the chance to design a unique semi-precious bracelet for Prairie Charms.

 For those of you who haven't heard about Prairie Charms, here's a little insight, taken from their 'About' page: "Prairie (Charms) prides itself in sourcing its gems and charms worldwide and aims to provide you with an eclectic mix of the finest, eye-catching gemstones available each with their own 'charming' (get it?) differences derived from natures' own eye."

 Prairie Charms sell friendship wraps, bracelets, rings, hair slides, and much, much more. Their prices range from £1 for friendship wraps to £16 for bracelet sets. Their slogan is that 'you can never have too many accessories'. Finding new pieces of jewellery, is a favourite pastime of mine, and I'm always on the look out for new quirky and interesting pieces. As 10% of proceeds go to the Great Ormond St. Hospital Charity's 'Kiss It Better' campaign,  you can skip the bus ride to 'Guiltville'  and indulge to your hearts content, knowing you are doing your bit for charity.  Finally, a guilty pleasure, we can indulge in guiltlessly. Guilty pleasure minus the guilt equals...Now, I may not be great at Maths, but even I can work out that equals pleasure.

 Another thing I love about Prairie Charms is the fact that their collections are limited edition, which means you can be sure that you won't see the whole world and her mother, wearing your special bracelet of choice. 

 One of the things that I love about the bracelets are their names. All the bracelets are named after sayings and quotes, some of them well known, others I've never heard of. The one I ended up ordering was called: 'All imaginable futures are not equally possible' which is a bracelet set that consists of two bracelets, one of which is cream and has a gold bow charm, the other one being black and sporting a gold feather charm.

 The bracelets are very versatile, as you can wear them by themselves, or team them up with other bracelets, if you like layering your bracelets like me. Some of them are a bit small, which I'm not a fan of, but this is down to personal preference, and not a major issue.

 One con of the bracelets, was that the beads on the bracelets were considerably smaller in real life, than they appear to be on the website. I do feel there needs to be a notice alongside their pictures saying something along the lines of 'Pictures not to scale'.

 The postage and packaging is a bit dear, as it's £2.99 for Second Class Delivery and £3.49 for First Class. The customer service however is brilliant. Stephanie is always on hand to respond to your messages, and replies to your tweets/ DM's if not instantly, then as soon as she can. I had a few hiccups with my ordering process, as my package from the Royal Mail went missing; (I think my postie, likes my deliveries as much as I do, ha ha!), and Stephanie issued me a new package free of charge, which was very kind. 

If you wanna find out more about Prairie Charms then have a browse of their website here or send Stephanie a tweet @Prairie_Charms. If you are interested in buying from the website, don't forget to enter 'Charmed35' for a 35% discount off your purchases/ 'FREESHIP' for free postage and packaging.


 That's all for now my lovelies. Until next time, stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo

18 Sep 2012

Purity Organic Skincare Review


 Recently, I was lucky enough to be sent a skincare goodie box courtesy of Paisley from Purity Organic Skincare, which was filled to the brim with lots of goodies. Please note that Purity Organic Skincare is not to be confused with Philosophy's Purity Skincare.

Purity Organic Skincare Range

I received:
1 x Facial Wash (150 ml)
1 x Anti-Aging Moisturiser (50 ml)
1 x Conditioning Cleansing Lotion (150 ml)
1 x Regenerating Overnight Moisturiser (50 ml)
1 x Facial Exfoliator (100 ml)
1 x Anti-Aging Serum & Mask (50 ml)

 The skincare range is divided into morning and evening, however Purity does say that you can reconfigure the range to suit your needs. I used the facial wash and anti-aging moisturiser in the mornings and the conditioning cleansing lotion alongside the regenerating moisturiser in the evenings for 7 days.  



Facial Wash

 First up, I'll start with my thoughts on the facial wash. This has a gel like consistency (which I didn't like) and when massaged unto the face becomes soap like. It doesn't lather though. This did leave my skin feeling fresh and clean afterwards, this was probably due to the aloe vera content, however it did make the dry spots on my face drier and my face was itchy after application. I think I'm probably allergic to something within its ingredients, I can't think what though. The itchiness was short-lived and by the time it was time to moisturise, my face had stopped itching.

 The anti-aging moisturiser is quite thick and is more like a cream than a lotion, in that its consistency is not very liquid like. I'm not really a fan of the smell of it, which is the case for almost all of the products in this range. As all their products are fragrance-free, and I'm a very scent-orientated person (as I'm sure most of my regular readers will have guessed by now), I wasn't really keen on the smell of the range. For those of you who are not too bothered about smells, this won't be a problem to you, it's all down to personal preference really. Having said that, I did like the smell of the anti-aging serum and mask, but we'll get to that later.

Cond. Cleansing Lotion
Evening
 The conditioning cleansing lotion did not remove all of my traces of makeup on the first attempt, however on my second attempt it did. The directions indicate that you can either rinse with water or remove with cotton wool. Having tried both suggestions, I recommend that if you're wearing makeup then you remove the facial wash/ cleansing lotion with cotton wool/pads/balls (or whatever type you prefer). I've been using cotton balls and they've been working just fine. If you didn't wear makeup or do anything that you think would've made your face really dirty, then rinsing with water will be just fine.
  The regenerating overnight moisturiser is (my favourite item in the range). You'll have to massage this into your skin very well as it's very thick. I loved the thickness and richness of the product as my face felt really moisturised after application. Due to its thickness, I wouldn't recommend for those with oily skin.

 On day 3, I used the exfoliator for the first time. The exfoliator did leave my skin really soft, when I say soft, I mean super soft, like soft as a baby's bottom soft. However, it also left my skin red and blotchy. 
 In a previous post of mine, I had a horrid encounter with a facial scrub that had similar effects. I have now come to the conclusion that I must have super-sensitive skin, and even if the facial scrub is recommended for sensitive skin, unless it says it has soft beads I will not be using it. The red patchy look is very alarming, albeit shortlived. My brother put a patch of this on his face and the next day he said that, that the majority of his 'patch' felt softer. With that in mind, I made a mental note to hide my exfoliator away from him. I know sharing is caring, but and he's my brother and all but 'No way ho-say' :D

 The anti-aging serum & mask definitely wins the smell contest. Although this is fragrance-free like its brothers and sisters, this one actually smells nice (whilst in the container that is). It doesn't smell as nice, when it goes on your face but hey, you win some, you lose some. This mask is really good at cleansing, and as it's not too harsh I think you could get away with using it every day/ every 2-3 days as required. I'd recommend using it after using one of the cleansers to remove those last traces of dirt, oil, residue etc. If you did use it after cleansing, then you can skip the toning step, as this would act as a toner. I would encourage you to wash this OFF very carefully, as it dries transparent. So if you're not careful, you'll think its ALL washed off, when this is not the case.

 Final thoughts. My favourite items of the range are the conditioning cleansing lotion and the regenerating overnight moisturiser. The former because it's very good at its job and doesn't have any undesirable side effects and the latter because it's really rich and nourishing to the skin. Also due to its richness, you'll only need a small blob, which means your 50ml container will last for quite a while.  

Overall rating of range: 4/5 

 From my next post onwards, anything that is sent to me for review purposes will be marked with an asterisk (*).

10 Sep 2012

Keep It Simple Stupid

 As you all know I'm in the process of creating a new skincare and haircare regime, but recently I had a setback which has caused me to revise my new haircare regime. My setback was that the front sides of my hair have started to thin (quite dramatically, rather unfortunately for me). Some of you might think that my new misfortune should make me continue with my new haircare regime with more zest and perseverance, but rather it's done the complete opposite. 
 I have never really been the girl who had thin hair, in fact one thing I've always been complimented on (hair-wise) apart from length is the thickness and fullness of my hair. So if you'd empathise with me for a minute you'd understand how alarmed and worried I was at my new hair status. When your hair starts to break (shed/ drop out at an alarming and unusual rate), you normally try to figure out out the cause of the problem. So I thought to myself, what could the problem be? And I came up with a range of theories. Without further ado, in no particular order, here goes:

This is me at prom, with my hair in weave.

1) I'm a weaveaholic, you rarely catch me with my hair outta weave, but for the past 6 months, I've had my hair out, and have not been keeping it in the best condition ever.
2) I don't have a constant consistent hairdresser. One lady does my weaves, another one does my texturizers and treatments. And just recently I added a new one to the bunch. This is not because I like being a hairdresser prostitute, because I really hate having various hands poking, prodding and playing with my hair. It's more to do with the fact that I can't seem to find a an affordable and decent black hairdresser in London.
3) Constantly wearing weave (and never allowing my hair to breathe and recuperate afterwards) might not have been the best hair solution for me, as my hair has lost its overall thickness :(


My 18th (With weave)
 I know some of y'all might be wondering why I'm shocked and surprised that my hair's breaking after reading the above statements, but this is what I've been doing to my hair and it hasn't really broken, so I don't know why it thought it'd to start doing it now. 
 So what's my hair solution? Whilst I've been recommended hair treatments and remedies, I think from now onwards I'm gonna be extra vigilant with what I put on my hair, and try to keep the ingredients list as natural and minimal as possible. I'm really into carrier and essential oils, and I might do a JBCO (Jamaican Black Castor Oil) treatment, as I've seen before and after pics from some women, and the results do really look fantastic. 
 My hair solution isn't really that exciting if I'm honest as when I think back to when I had my optimum hair (length, texture and thickness) it wasn't when I used a zillion and one hair care products, and monitored the ingredients list (vigorously, as some hair guru's recommend) but when I just used a couple of products. It was when I greased (yes, I said greased), my hair regularly, and when I used the same products constantly, as opppsed to always changing it up, and when I did hardly anything to my hair.So I think I'm gonna just go back to my old ways to be honest. 


(This is my hair when texturized)

 When I was younger my mum used to thread my hair. If you're Ghanaian you'll know what I mean, and if you were unfortunate enough to attend the same secondary school I did, you may actually remember what that looked like. I may actually let her start doing it again. I don't think I'll wear it out (of the house), like I used to, but I do think it's a good protective hairstyle for when I'm having my stay-at-home days. I also used to use AllWays hair grease (the one with the purple/green lid) and LeKair Hair Cholesterol to deep condition my hair after every wash.
 Whilst I am going to try and improve the condition of my hair by looking after it properly,  I don't think I'm gonna get too excited with it. It would appear that 'Keeping It Simple' is the way forward sometimes.

If you have any treatment suggestions let me know below. 
As always stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo

29 Aug 2012

Everyone Loves A Freebie

 I normally say I hate surprises but that's not really true. I hate unpleasant surprises, but then again who exactly likes unpleasant surprises? I do love being pleasantly surprised though, which is exactly what happened when I opened my ASOS magazine pack this month/ today. 
Aside from my magazine and the usual junk mail, I didn't actually expect to find anything else in the packet, and when I felt a mysterious object hidden in my pack, I just assumed it was a pen, as this seems to be the norm with these magazine/ catalogue type things. Why do they always give out pens, anyway? Is it because they know that in my house, the pens always play hide 'n' seek with me despite the fact that the pens know I'm not a fan of the game, especially as they are always hiding and although I seek, I never seem to find? Probably not. I imagine they want you to use the pen to circle all the things you'd like to buy. 
 I guess you're wondering what the the mystery object in my pack was. It wa-as *drumroll please* a full size Galaxy Smooth Milk bar, 46g all to myself.
 To be honest, I shouldn't really eat it, as I am meant to be on a diet, but a) it's bad manners to not make full use of presents, right? b) you only live once and life's too short to deny yourself the odd treat every once in a while, and c) well I don't really have a (c) but does the fact that I just want to eat it count? P.S. In case you're wondering where the pic of my Galaxy bar is, I can no longer provide one, as I've eaten it now and the wrapper's in the bin ;)
What's been your best magazine freebie ever? Tell me the name of the magazine and what the freebie was below. As always stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo

16 Aug 2012

Lana Del Rey's the new face of H & M

 It seems that Lana Del Rey has decided to follow in the footsteps of Azaelia Banks and Rihanna, and add fashion (alongside singing) to her CV.
 The brunette beauty is the face and voice for H & M's autumnal collection. The 'Born to Die' singer is set to sing 'Blue Velvet' in a commercial, which will be available on the H & M website from September 19th onwards. As this is the autumnal collection, we can expect lots of varied autumn-inspired fashion pieces such as knitwear and wine red accessories. 


 Next stop for Lana? Her next campaign will be for H & M's winter collection, which will be available in stores and in a print format from October.
 Atta girl. 
 Thanks for reading dolls.What are you fave autumn/winter fashion pieces? Let me know down below. Until next time, as always stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo.

P.S.  I don't normally do two posts in the same day, but as it's been a while I thought I'd treat ya ;)

I Passed My Theory Test / BOTM

Hello my lovelies,
I've been a bad blogger. I haven't blogged in a while, reason being I don't have access to a regular source of internet. Please bear with me. I am tryna get it sorted. 
 My BOTM (Book Of The Month) has to be 'The OFFICIAL DSA THEORY TEST for Car Drivers and the Official Highway Code' book. I have been reading and re-reading this book for what feels like the longest time EVER.
 I had my Car Theory Test yesterday, and I  passed. WOOP WOOP!!! I got 47/50 for the multiple choice part (FYI you need 43 to pass) and 45/75 for the hazard perception part (FYI you need 44 to pass, so I just scraped it). The test was not half as bad as I thought it would be.  
 The multiple choice part is relatively easy providing you have revised. There were some questions on there I hadn't even heard off, but you can normally work out the answer by using the process of elimination. When I was revising at home, the thing that I found most problematic was the hazard perception. I just couldn't seem to spot the hazards (either at all or quickly enough). I was scoring between 0-3 (out of 5), and it was not looking very promising. 
 On the day of my test, I woke up extra early to watch another run-through of 'The OFFICIAL DSA GUIDE to HAZARD PERCEPTION' disc, and skim read the theory test book. 
 I have to say that this book alongside other revision aids, has really helped me to consolidate that all important information. 
 If anyone would like a Tips & Tricks post on 'How To Pass Your Car Theory Test', then just say the word, and I'll be more than happy to do one for you. 
 P.S. Today is results day. Some of you are going to be over the moon, and others of you may not be so happy. Whatever your results, know that everything happens for a reason, and even if you didn't do as well as you hoped you would have, it really is NOT the end of the world. You can either wallow in self-pity or do something about it. I suggest you do something, and do it fast. If it's clearing, start contacting the university admission departments ASAP, to find out if there are any available places. The sooner you can do this, the better. If you're deferring your entry, make sure your gap year is well planned. Gap years are only attractive when you plan them properly, that way they are actually conducive to your education, and it doesn't look like you were just lazing about for the whole year. Soooo not a good look. Trust me. As always stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo
 If anyone has any revision tips feel free to share them below. For all those still awaiting results: Good Luck!!!

10 Aug 2012

Song Of The Moment- Black Heart by Stooshe

  A song I just can't seem to get out of my head is...Stooshe's 'Black Heart'. The only bit of this song I actually know properly is 'Daddy I've fallen for a monster'. If I sing any more than that, then I'm making up my own lyrics. Excuse you, don't laugh at me. You know you do it too :P

Here are the lyrics, in case anyone's wondering. Scroll below for a link to the offical video. You can't say I don't hook you up ;)


I don’t like it when you break me honey
Why’d you have to do that?
Tell me when you make these tears keep fallin’
Do you feel like a man?
Figure figure, there’s no working you out whatsoever
Only one way I could sum you up all together
You got a black heart

Daddy I’ve fallen for a monster
Somehow he’s scaring me to death
Ah yes he is
He’s big and he’s bad
I love him like mad
Mamma he’s the best I ever had

Daddy I’ve fallen for a monster
He got a black heart
No walls to build around me honey
Cause you blew my house down

Sticks and stones won’t put it back up for me
And that’s where we’re at now
Ahh, sicker sicker, I ain’t feeling your mouth whatsoever
A name it hurts me more the way from around but whatever
You’ve got a black heart



Daddy I’ve fallen for a monster
Somehow he’s scaring me to death
Yeah!
He’s big and he’s bad
I love him like mad
Mamma he’s the best I ever had
Oh.. Yes he is

Daddy I’ve fallen for a monster
He got a black heart
He got a black heart
He got such a dirty black heart in him

Ain’t it girls (yeah)
I love him like mad
Ohh yes I do
He got a black heart

Wanna see the video? Yes? Then click the link below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgbKKZWZuQo

If you wanna be kept up to date on their projects, check out their official website (www.stooshe.com/), or drop 'em a line over Twitter @Stooshe

Is anyone loving this song as much as me? Until next time, as always stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo

8 Aug 2012

Zara Shopper Basket Review

  The Zara Shopper has become the latest must-have fashion accessory. The brown one (the one I have), seems to be the most popular. The ultimate in arm-candy, you'll now find this bag in the crease of many girl's arms. It seems everywhere I go, I now see this bag or at least a variation of it, somewhere somehow. I must admit, that it's a tad annoying now. When only a few people had it, I did feel as though I belonged to an exclusive members-only club, now that it seems the whole world and his mother have it, it's a tad off-putting.
 Having said that I do love this bag. Well I have a love-hate relationship with it. I like the size, it's very big, and you could fit A4 sized folders in the bag with ease, or whatever you'd fancy. Having said that, due to its short straps, you have to either put it in the crease of your arm or hold it by the handles. So bear that in mind, when packing, as although it's big enough to contain lots of items, when it's heavy, it does becomes impractical to carry. The long detachable strap (handle) it comes with seems to perform an aesthetic function rather than a useful one, which is rather silly. I also don't like the fact, when fully zipped, some gaps remain visible. I wish this bag came with longer arm straps, so I could hook it on my shoulder if the need arose and zipped up properly without the gaps, but hey-ho you win some, you lose some.

 Some Info:

Size: 5/5
Practicality: 3/5
Colours: Brown, Black, Nude, Two-Tone
Price: At 39.99 it's reasonably priced for a bag of such quality
Features: 1 x large interior pocket, 2 x small interior pockets
Materials: Polyurethane (Outer)
50% Jute + 50% Cotton (Inner)

FYI: Nude is Cream, and Brown is Tan. Two-Tone is available in two options; either Nude/ Orange/Red or Burgundy/Black
Final thoughts:

All in all it's a great bag, and due to it's style and look, it does have an air of elegance about it, which is transferred to the wearer, upon use. As it's plain and in a neutral colour, it does complement all outfits, and you will receive many compliments when this is on your arm.

Where can you buy one from?

I bought mine online and collected it from the Zara Oxford St. store. To order it online, click this link:

http://tinyurl.com/dyxoa5s (Black, Brown, Two-Tone Nude/Orange/Red)

http://tinyurl.com/cpuw5bu (Two-Tone Burgundy/Black, Nude)

What's your favourite Zara Shopper Bag, Black, Brown, Nude or Two-Tone? Let me know below.
As always stay blessed and beautiful xoxo

4 Aug 2012

Primary School Anthems

  Recently Twitter had a trending topic that had me reminiscing about my primary school days.Seems like an eternity since I was last in primary school. In reality, it hasn't even been that long (as I was last at my primary school in Year 10, for work experience).

 Who remembers assembly? Y'know the place where all the classes and teachers gather, and you are given a 'Thought For The Day' or you sang a song. Well I use the term 'sang' losely, as in my class the aim was to shout the song loudest. If you could do this the LOUDEST, then you were an OG for the day. My favourite assembly song apart from 'Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious' was:"Please Miss" (see lyrics below), because the lyrics are actually hi-lari-ous.

Please, Miss - she just took my pencil and I need it
Why can't she be sensible
I've told her time and time again,
But she says she wont be my friend!

Please, Miss - he just called me names and said I'm stupid.
He is such a pain you know
I've heard it time and time again,
It really drives me around the bend!

Please, Miss - somebody has stolen my PE kit,
This one here has holes in 'cause
They've worn it time and time again,
I can't wear this, it needs a mend.
CHORUS

In case you think I'm being nasty,
I thought you really ought to know.
I'm telling you to save you asking -
Just turn around and look at that, I TOLD YOU SO!

Please, Miss - so and so is being such a fidget!
I know she doesn't mean it but
She fusses time and time again,
I really wish she'd move away.


Please, Miss - someone's torn my picture and they've spoilt it
It really makes me sick, I've had to
Start it time and time again
Now all that work has been in vain.

CHORUS

In case you think I'm being nasty,
I thought you really ought to know.
I'm telling you to save you asking -
Just turn around and look at that, I TOLD YOU SO!

(TEACHER)

Dismissed! - I've had quite enough of all this business!
All I ever hear about is
"He did this" and "She did that"
Tittle, tattle, yak, yak, yak!
(Repeat last 2 lines)

And playground games, they were the one boy!!! From the skipping to the hand-clap games, there was one in there for everyone. Here's one I bet you didn't sing in front of THE parents ;P


 "Under the apple tree,
my boyfriend said to me,
'Kiss me, hug me, tell me that you love me,
touch up my body' 1, 2, 3
A, B ,C"

 What songs did you sing in assembly/ in the playground that you'd like to share? Care to share? Leave all comments below. As always, stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo

Is chivalry dead?


  Chivalry. It brings to mind the picture of a knight, which is probably how and where the idea of a knight-in-shining-armour was formed. It’s defined as the act of being courteous and gallant towards women, however, nowadays this has been extended to both genders, so now includes women being courteous to men also.


  In the show, “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding”, we got an insight into the lives of Irish gypsies. We also got to see some of their courting rituals, some of them albeit more controversial than others. The one that shocked the nation the most, and got people taking to Twitter and online forums, to vent their anger was “grabbing”. Grabbing is when a boy shows a girl he is interested in her by trying to kiss her. The boy can use force and grab her where necessary, hence the name grabbing.

 Why, we were so shocked as to the violence displayed here, one can only wonder, as nowadays we have guys approaching girls with verbal abuse of equal measure. Some, have taken to hurling profanities and obscenities, whilst others have used the more flattering lines such as “ Yo, my size”, or “Oi you. Yeah you, Can I have your number?”. Yes, it appears that chivalry has most certainly had a transformation from its humble fairytale beginnings.
  In Little Red Riding Hood, a male woodcutter saved her from the jaws of the wicked wolf; likewise Sleeping Beauty was brought back to life by the kiss of her Prince Charming. The common denominators in these fairytales, are that the men rescued their damsels from distress, and from the clutches of death.

 Whilst, no woman is asking for a man to save her life, what they are dying to see is some of the good old traditions of romance and chivalry are still maintained in today’s society.


 There are a range of reasons as to why chivalry is no longer what it once was. With the evolution of technology, the days of personal hand-written letters are long gone. As opposed to sending loved one letters, we might just send an email today instead. Secondly, society has become more individualistic and self absorbed. We no longer care about others as much as we do ourselves.

Do you think chivalry is dead or has it been reinvented? Leave your comments below.

As always stay blessed and beautiful xoxo




1 Aug 2012

Battle Of The Brushes: MAC 187 Brush vs. ELF Studio Powder Brush

 Whether you're a beauty newbie, or someone who's been in the biz for a while, unless you've been AWOL for the last decade, I'm sure you've heard of the MAC 187 Duo Fibre (Foundation) Stipling Face Brush. This brush is forever showered with praise in the blogging and vlogging word alike. What you'd like to know is how it fares up against the ELF Studio Brush, right?

  
                            MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush                      ELF Studio Powder Brush


Price                                 £32.50                                                   £3.75

Texture                             Very Soft                                           Super Soft

Shedding                          Minimal                                            Minimal

Hair Type                         Natural                                             Synthetic

Density                             Fair                                                      High

Application                      3.5/5                                                      4.5/5

Overall Rating                  4/5                                                         5/5



Which one would I recommend?

 I'd have to say my ELF Studio Powder Brush wins hands-down any day. That's not to say that the MAC 187 Foundation Brush is crap, as I've still got mine, however, it's my reserve and isn't the one I reach for on a daily basis. Although both brushes do shed, I feel my MAC one has shed more than my ELF one. I also feel like in terms of finishes, my ELF brush gives a just as good finish as my MAC one, if not better.

 For make-up beginners, I'd particularly recommend the ELF brush, as the stippling technique can be a bit hard to get the hang off at first, and does take a lot of practise. Furthermore, for your first make up-brush, I wouldn't advice spending tonnes of money, as you'll probably end up buying loads of brushes throughout your make-up journey.

 Although, the ELF brush, is recommended for use with powder products, I've used this for liquid, and know other bloggers do this too, and it works like a dream.

27 Jul 2012

The Woman He Loved Before Book Review

 I am an avid Dorothy Koomson fan and love all her books. Dorothy Koomson first caught my eye, when I noticed it was a bestseller at a store I used to work. I was immediately intrigued, and made a mental note to myself to look out for more of her books. I came across 'My Best Friend's Girl' at my college library, and it was love at first sight. Having read four of Dorothy's books, and loved them all, it was pretty tough to choose ONE to review. I settled on this one because it was the one I felt I could relate to most.

Plot:
 Libby has a nice life with a gorgeous husband and a big home by the sea. But over time she is becoming more unsure if Jack has ever loved her - and if he is over the death of Eve, his first wife. When fate intervenes in their relationship, Libby decides to find out all she can about the man she hastily married and the seemingly perfect Eve. Eventually Libby stumbles across some startling truths about Eve, and is soon unearthing more and more devastating family secrets. Frightened by what she finds and the damage it could cause, Libby starts to worry that she too will end up like the first woman Jack loved. . . Tense and moving, The Woman He Loved Before explores if the love you want is always the love you need - or deserve.

My take on it:
 I don't want to spoil the story for those of you who are planning on reading it, so I'll keep it short and sweet. The story is told from three viewpoints; Libby's, Jack's, and Eve's (via her diaries). The narrative has a non-linear time structure and uses flash-forwards and flash-backs, which is a typical occurence in Dorothy's books. Despite the fact that Libby's chapters are told in real time, and Eve's are not, I found the time jumps were unnoticeable as the transitions were smooth and seamless.

 This is a definite must-read so I suggest you add it to your summer reading list. It's one of those page turners that you just can't get enough of. There are a lot of twists and turns in the plot, and the ending is a real shocker, so kudos to Dorothy, as she does manage to keep the reader guessing right up until the very end.


Themes/Genre:
 Love, Marriage, Interracial relationships, Violence, Mystery, Romance

Key Questions:
  • Is it possible to love again?
  • What is beauty?
  • Is it better to stay in an unsatisfying marriage or be divorced and happy?
More Info:
 The book has/was/is:
  • 480 pages
  • A Sunday Time Best Seller
  • Available in both paperback and hardback