ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE – BOOK REVIEW

I saw this book in nearly every book shop for weeks before deciding to buy it. I had heard such mixed reviews on it that I wasn’t sure if it was worth reading or not but it so was!

At first, when I started reading it, I found it a bit difficult to get into, I’m like that which most books and TV series, but soon enough I was hooked. The story is so unique, moving and funny that you can’t help but fall in love with Eleanor Oliphant. Gail Honeyman wrote it so well and also highlighted important issues which gives the book a more realistic feel.

WHAT IS THE BOOK ABOUT?

It’s a gripping story about a woman who due to childhood traumas grew up in a sense of isolation. Who knew an old man’s fall could change her life forever? She faces her demons and forms relationships she would never have dreamed of doing before.

This book will make you cry, laugh and feel most emotions under the sun, but it will all be worth it.

THE BLERB

“Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled existence. Except, sometimes everything….”

WHAT WOULD I RATE THE BOOK?

I feel like this is becoming a theme in my book reviews but a strong 5/5.

MY REVIEW

After reading the first two chapters I found myself hooked, the writing style and storyline was just so good, I found it hard to put it down and just wanted to keep reading it. There were quite a few unexpected twists and revelations which added a deeper meaning to the story which I really liked as it wasn’t predictable. The ending of the story was well done however I wish we could find out what her life was like after..

Have you read this book? If so, what is your opinion on it?

Love always,

Jess

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My thoughts on Pixi’s Glow Tonic

So recently I’ve been using the very hyped Glow Tonic by Pixi. I’m pretty sure by now everyone has seen the Pixi Glow tonic on their insta feed at least once!

After months of seeing it everywhere, I decided to give it a go and see what all the fuss was about..

Ive been using it for over a month, maybe even two (my memory is awful) so I can safely say that my opinion on it is solid. Unfortunately, I didn’t fall in love with it like so many others seem to have. I do have quite sensitive skin so that could be a factor towards why I haven’t noticed any benefits.

During the last month or so, I’ve noticed a noticeable deterioration in my skin; I’ve changed my diet and tried other things whilst keeping the toner the same. After applying the toner my skin feels extra dry and not ‘glowy’ at all…so much for ‘glow tonic’ eh? My skin breaks out more and is a lot more red and ‘irritated’ looking which obviously isn’t the skin look I desire.

I am gutted as I have seen so many good reviews on the tonic however I personally will not be repurchasing.

What facial toner do you use?

love always, Jess x

Me Before You – Book review

This is such a popular book/movie that I’m sure you already know what it is about but hey, it was so good that I couldn’t NOT write a review. Unfortunately I did the whole process the wrong way around and had watched the movie before reading the book; which didn’t turn out to be so bad…obviously there were slight changes to the storyline from the book; as books tend to always be more detailed but having already watched the films I had a good image on who the characters where which helped to aid my imagination when reading the books. I got to put my hands up to Jojo Moyes as she is an amazing author and portrayed the characters and the storyline so beautifully.

What is the book about?

“Lou Clark knows a lot of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick’ (Sorry to interrupt, but he’s played by the same actor who is Neville Longbottom in Harry Potter. Anyway carrying on…) ” What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now, and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that. What will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.”

That was the blerb however I’ll give you more of an insight about it without giving too much away.. Will is a quadriplegic following his accident and is struggling to readapt to his new style of life. He was once an adventurous outgoing, very physical being who is now confined to a wheelchair; his live was changed by Lou Clark completely. I don’t want  to say any more in fear of spoiling it for anyone who’s not read it (but definitely needs too).

What would you rate ‘Me Before You’?

5/5 definitely!

What are your thoughts on ‘Me Before You’?

Well if you hadn’t guessed already I love the book and highly recommend anyone to read it. It was the first book I read after a long break from reading and oh boy did I get hooked in fast! I felt like this book gave so much, it was funny, romantic, sad but also  educational. As I felt Wills’ condition gave the whole book a whole new layer/dimension, it gave it a deeper meaning and shows the reality of those kind of situations. I fell in love with the characters and felt like it was real life and they were all real which could possibly why I got so emotionally hooked.

That is it, I’m still pretty new to reviewing books but I’m hoping to do more in the near future.

If you’ve read this book please let me know how you found it in the comments below!

Q: What is your favourite book?

love always,

Jess x

Benefit Kabrow eyebrow promade. Hit or miss?

So I’m sure there are loads of reviews on this eyebrow product by benefit floating around but hey why not have another one!

I bought this eyebrow promade in May this year just before going on holiday as I’d forgotten the one I used to use on the regular which was the NYX Tame & Frame eyebrow promade and I am so glad that I did!

I’m not the best at doing eyebrows but I found this one especially easy to use and the little brush that it comes with is actually good! (Normally I don’t use the brushes that come with promades)

It’s smooth to apply and looks quite natural when used which is perfect especially for daily use.

The most impressive thing about this promade for me is that it’s waterproof (aka sweatproof) so was perfect when used on holiday.

Do you remember that heatwave that hit the Uk in the summer? Well damn, my eyebrows didn’t smudge once!! Even when I went on holiday late August the kabrow even survived me swimming!

I’m not an expert on eyebrow promades and haven’t even tried the Anastasia Beverly Hills one but I would highly recommend this one!

It gets 5/5 from me!

What is your favourite eyebrow product?

Love always, Jess.

My daily routine of trying to stay positive

So as you may have or may not have noticed I haven’t written a blog in a long time; I’m trying to get back into it now, which I’ve been meaning to do for a while.. I’ve been so caught up doing other things and living life that I found it hard to find the time but hey ho I’m back at it now!

So this post is different to my norm and slightly out there, it’s taken a lot for me to admit it to myself and only just recently to my friends but I think it’s about time. Recent events in my life has confirmed to me that I suffer from anxiety, it’s not severe and is mostly manageable but it’s there. So with this I’ve been working on how to maintain a positive mindset which really helps.

So every morning I wake up and I read these positivity books;

• Everyday confidence

• The little book of positivity by Lucy Lane

• The little book of happiness by Lucy Lane

• Affirminator cards

I read these every morning and I feel like they help put me into the right mindset and helps me to start the day off positively.

I also read in one of the books that keeping a journal is good for keeping positive as you can reflect back to moments in your recent past and see the positive in them. I’ve started to do this and have noticed that it does help to note down how I’m feeling on specific days as then you can kind of understand your emotions more.

I’m no way an expert in this in any shape or form buy these little things have really helped me to feel more positive.

If you have any tips on how to stay positive please leave them in the comments below.

Love,

Jess

Linziclip

Hey guys!

Todays post is going to be about my experience with the company Linziclip.

They were looking for bloggers to try out their clips and review them and luckily they picked me to be one of those bloggers!

*all views expressed are my own & are 100% honest*

You’re probably thinking why would there be such a big deal about clips but they’re not just any clips they’re better. They have a strong grip and are designed in a way that won’t your head if you lay back with them in. Girls, this means you can nap with them in!

They have lots of different sizes and shapes ideal for various hair types. I was sent these:

I use the black one to hold my hair back when using a face mask or hair mask and it’s great! Obviously as my hair is quite short it doesn’t work as well as it would for longer hair but still works a charm!

I use the little ones to separate my hair when straightening, to hold my hair back when doing makeup and to hold hair up when it’s tied up. So they are definitely useful, I use them every day now.

There are loads of different designs and patterns to choose from which makes them so unique and fitting to nearly everyone! This sounds like I’m promoting them but I promise I genuinely love their product and wanted to share it with all of you!

If you’re interested then you can get some of your own here.

Thank you for reading today’s post.

Love, Jess x

Products I’ve not been loving ☹️

Hey guys,

Today’s post is a bit different to my normal posts as it’s not so positive but just as honest.

It’s unrealistic to think that we love everything that we buy because we simply don’t, there are certain products that may actually be good but don’t work for you.

Here are some products that I’ve been trying out but haven’t worked for me as I wished they would:

L’Oreal facial cleansing oil

I’ve been using this for over four weeks and I just don’t get the hype of oil cleansers. It does take off makeup but leaves my skin feeling too oily and god forbid I try to remove eye makeup, then my eye goes blurry and feels like I cant see. I personally wouldn’t recommend as I feel like micellar water and makeup wipes work much better!

NYX Badunkadunk mascara

Yes I bought this purely for its’ name, serves me right, right? I love majority of NYX’s products so was a bit surprised to be disappointed with this one. It adds a reasonable amount of volume but boyyy does it make me look like a panda! Putting it on is like doing surgery, I have to make sure my hand is absolutely still or it transfers everywhere. Even after just an hour of wearing it I find myself with panda eyes. The kids at my job love it, I frankly do not. I wouldn’t recommend this product unfortunately.

Barry M liquid chrome highlighter drops

I personally prefer powder highlighters but really wanted to give this a go because it looked stunning when I swatched it instore. I don’t think its a bad product, I just don’t enjoy using it on myself as it can be quite patchy and hard to blend out.

The Body Shop Almond nail and cuticle manicure oil

I use this every night and have seen no difference to my nails sadly, it doesn’t help to push up my cuticles so I wouldn’t recommend this product.

And that is all! This post was long awaited as I like 9/10 of the products I buy so it’s very uncommon to find something that disappoints!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post! Please let me know in the comments what products you’ve not been loving recently!

Love, Jess x