Discovering Smashbox and Bobbi Brown

It is very, very rare that I treat myself to any high end beauty products.

I have my holy grail Roller Lash mascara from Benefit and the Natural face palette from Charlotte Tilbury but that’s about it as I’m much more of a drugstore kinda girl.

But with that being said, I treated myself towards the end of 2018 as not only was it my birthday but it was also a “well done for surviving such a bad year” present.

A girl can treat herself, can’t she?

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Our House by Louise Candlish

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Published: 5th April 2018
Simon & Schuster


On a bright morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they’ve just bought on Trinity Avenue. Nothing strange about that. Except it’s your house and you didn’t sell it.

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The Trench Coat I’ve Been Searching For

I have been searching for a black trench coat for what feels like months.

I’ve wanted one that was the ideal length for a 5ft 3 girl like myself, one that was comfortable, not overly expensive and one that I would get a lot of wear out of as we draw closer towards the lighter days.

So you can imagine my excitement when I spotted one in Primark a few weeks ago.

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The Other Woman by Laura Wilson

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Published: 5th April 2018
Publisher: Quercus
Pages: 384


Shortly after Christmas, a message arrives at Sophie’s house, scrawled across her own round robin newsletter: HE’S GOING TO LEAVE YOU. LET’S SEE HOW SMUG YOU ARE THEN, YOU STUPID BITCH. Perhaps she should ignore it, but she ignored the last one. And the one before that. Now it’s time to take action. But when a simple plan to identify and confront the other woman goes drastically and violently wrong, Sophie must go to extreme lengths to keep her life and her family together – while never letting on her devastating secret.

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The One Scent For Spring

It was October when I last wrote a beauty post.

I haven’t been buying any makeup or any new skin care, so I hadn’t nothing to show and talk to you all about. I’m definitely not someone who purchases for the sake of the blog, that is for sure.

I did however receive a new bottle of Marc Jacobs perfume for my birthday and quite frankly, I need to blog about it because I have been spraying it like there’s no tomorrow.

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Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon

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Published: 26th July 2018
Publisher: The Borough Press
Pages: 496


84-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, she considers the charming new resident who looks exactly like a man she once knew – a man who died sixty years ago. His arrival has stirred distant memories she and Elsie thought they’d laid to rest. Lying prone in the front room, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light…

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Learning To Photograph Bloggers

Oh well this is a new side to my blog.

I have wanted to include photography on here for quite some time but I just didn’t have the confidence to do so and also, I needed to wait until I had some photos to share.

I recently had my first proper blogger shoot with my wonderful friend Rachel. We’re both local to Liverpool with also having access to the city as well as the beach. I asked Rachel to be my practice blogger to shoot with for the simple reason that we’re friends, she knows how to pose and seeing as she’d previously shot together before, it was a piece of cake.

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The Coordinates Of Loss by Amanda Prowse

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Published: 25th September 2018
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Pages: 330


When Rachel Croft wakes up on her family’s boat in Bermuda, it’s to sunshine and yet another perfect day…until she goes to wake her seven-year-old son, Oscar. Because the worst thing imaginable has happened. He isn’t there. In the dark and desperate days that follow, Rachel struggles to navigate her grief. And while her husband, James, wants them to face the tragedy together, Rachel feels that the life they once shared is over. Convinced that their happy marriage is now a sham, and unable to remain in the place where she lost her son, she goes home to Bristol alone. Only when she starts receiving letters from Cee-Cee, her housekeeper in Bermuda, does light begin to return to Rachel’s soul. She and James both want to learn to live again—but is it too late for them to find a way through together?

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Becoming A Happier, Stronger Version Of Myself

2018 was not my year.

A lot of negative things happened within a period of twelve months.

Life events occurred which have shaped me as a person, changed my mentality and even though I spent weeks crying my eyes out wondering how I could change what had happened, I’m glad those horrific things happened because I’m a stronger, better version of myself than I ever have been before.

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The Other Sister by Elle Croft

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Published: 18th October 2018
Publisher: Orion
Pages: 342


Gina Mills is desperate to be a newsreader, but her boss – the one person who can make her dreams a reality, won’t help. Walking home one night, Gina stumbles upon a dead body and after calling the police, she makes the split-second decision to report the murder live. But when Gina finds a second body, it’s clear she’s being targeted. But why? How is this connected to the death of Gina’s younger sister so many years ago?

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