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Friday, 22 May 2015

FASHION | Grey & Gold

A verrry lazy outfit, but then to be fair when are my outfits ever not about laziness and comfort? At least I'm not wearing my Gazelles for once ;) But I do really like the grey and gold together, it's been a long time obsession. 

ASOS Ridley Jeans Outfit
Orelia Gold Triangle necklace
ASOS Ridley Jeans outfit
Jacket | GAP (similar here)
Tee - ASOS 
Denim | ASOS Ridley's
Boots | Topshop (similar here)
Sunglasses | London Retro*
Necklace | Orelia 

It's kind of weird because I never schedule outfit posts so in advance, I'm not even sure what to say haha! Well I'm guessing right now that I'm probably having a good time in Ireland, I've probably eaten a lot of fry ups and drank a lot of Football Special and I'm guessing it's probably rained a lot too. We shall see when I come home on Sunday whether my predictions were right haha! Oh and I'll just apologise for wearing sunglasses indoors but I wasn't wearing make up and I don't have the skills to edit dark circles away so I'll just look like a n00b with my silly pose too ;) 

I hope you're well! What ya been up to this week?


Wednesday, 20 May 2015

BEAUTY | The Cleansers

I'll hold my hands up and be the first to admit that when it comes to a skincare rountine I'm not the most consistent shall we say. I'll be good for about a month, then I get lazy and the moisturisers and face masks go out the window - of course then I'm complaining about not having perfect skin! But one thing I am vigilant with is cleansing...I'm proud to say the days of face wipes are long gone! I keep it all very simple, these are my favourite products to wash the day (and night) away.

REN Hot Cloth Cleanser Review, Superfacialist Vitamin C Cleansing Oil Review, Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser Review

As you can see hot cloth cleansers are a must for me in both the AM and PM, my long term favourite for the morning is the REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser. It's light and creamy and just leaves my face feeling really clean and moisturised. The rose scent is so dreamy too! I just apply this to dry skin with my fingers and rinse off with warm water and a flannel (seriously, does anyone ever bother with the little muslin thing these cleansers come with?)

I always double cleanse at night, even if I'm not wearing make up or haven't left the house as I think it's just a good habit to get into. I start with *deep breath* the Superfacialist Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil. Amazing product, but what a long name! I love this so much this is in fact my second bottle of the stuff. It feels lovely to massage in and it's great at removing even the most stubborn eye make up without stinging. The citrusy scent may take a little getting used to for some (it does remind me a little of kitchen cleaning products!) but because I love it so much I've grown to adore the scent too. A little goes a very long way with this stuff as well so it's a bargain in my eyes.

Next is a cult product that I only tried for the first time this year and I've definitely been missing out! The Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is a little thicker in consistency compared to the REN one which is why I use it in the evening as I find it's better at taking off make up. It has this kind of herbal scent that I love too, I think it's really unique! I apply this using my Origins Facial Cleansing Brush* which is a really nifty little tool to really help buff away dead skin cells. I'm a bit wary of chemical exfoliators so prefer manual ones and this is great at getting the job done - saves time too because you're not having to faff around with different scrubs and things!

What are your favourite cleansers? I would love some morning recommendations as my REN one is running out!


Monday, 18 May 2015

LIFESTYLE | Winter's Bone Book Review

So I picked this up in a charity shop because I love the film (it earned J-Law her first Oscar nomination!) and was keen to see if the book was as amazing as the film. I'm also really into American literature and am always on the lookout for great, modern American authors.

First of all it's a short book with quite short chapters so in that sense it's very easy to read...however the content is not as easy to stomach and I found myself grimacing at times! It's told in the third person focusing on Ree, a 16 year old girl who has to find her meth-making daddy who has been AWOL for a while and needs to return asap because if he doesn't show up for his court date they will lose the house which was put up as part of his bond. This would leave Ree, her two young brothers and mentally ill mother with nowhere to live, so it's pretty important she locates him sharpish! If I were to put this into a genre (although I hate to pigeonhole books!) I'd say this was kind of a crime thriller/mystery but not so much in the traditional sense as I'll explain later.

First up, let me say I love Ree. She's gutsy and determined, a product of the poverty and harsh conditions that she lives in (the rural Ozarks of the US) much like most of the people in the book who are hardened by life. While the majority of the others are unsavoury characters, with Ree we get to see her kindness. She's also brave but in a believable way, I mean she'll do things but still feel nervous and scared...she just seems real. I don't like when you get a hero or heroine who shows no real feeling, when they're too clinical if you get what I mean? I love how the characters speak too, it's good to read a dialogue different to your own and the imagery is so vivid you just get a real sense of what the place and people are like. It's almost like a gangster novel with the unspoken rules and family loyalties. The novel is dark, tense, gritty and downright gruesome at times but I loved it.

I've described this as a crime thriller but it's not so much about what happened to Ree's father because we get an idea very early on about that. I think some people might be disappointed because you won't get all the answers and will still be asking questions at the end which is why I don't see it as a 'whodunnit'. For me it's more about the world that Ree is living in and how she survives.

All in all I recommend this if you're into dark fiction, strong female protagonists and/or American novels. It may be short but (sorry for the cliché) it packs one hell of a punch! I'll definitely be looking out for more of Woodrell's work.

Have you read this book or seen the film? What American literature can you recommend to me? Check out my other book reviews here!

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