THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR – by Shari Lapena

This book was sitting on my book shelf for just over a year before I decided to read it. I initially bought it because I had seen such good reviews on it on social media and in magazines, however when choosing my next book, I always put off reading it, as it wasn’t the normal type or genre of book I would normally go for. After finishing ‘Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine’ I thoughthey why not switch things up a little bit and read something different. I’m SO glad that I did because I loved this book!

I would say that it fits under a crime/thriller category, and prior to this I had been watching various documentaries on Netflix under the same genre (e.g. Ted Bundy’s tapes and Dirty John) I am also currently watching the Madeline McCann documentary so thought that if I enjoyed a crime/thriller series I might like a book of that genre too!

So, before I get started on my review let me tell you a rough outline of the story. It’s based on a couple who leave their baby alone whilst attending a dinner party next door, they check on their baby regularly however, when they get home…the baby’s gone! The story tells you the twist and turns in the investigation.

I read this at the same time as watching the Madeline McCann documentary so the similarities were uncanny and scary!

The blurb

You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half-hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realised. She’s gone.

You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there…

My rating

5/5.

My review

The book was amazing! I was instantly hooked after the first chapter, it just kept making me want to read on and read on to find out what’ll happen next. Books like this are my favourite, as I never want to put them down. I also found this book to be so unpredictable and the twists in the story plot were insane! I definitely recommend this book.

Have you read this book? If yes, did you enjoy 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

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

What’s in my makeup bag?

Hey guys,

I’m back!!! (Well I didn’t physically go anywhere but I had a mini break) I’ve been super busy with work and personal things but I’m so happy to be back writing posts!

Today’s post is about what I keep in my makeup bag, if the title didn’t give it away already (shocker, right?)

Let’s start of with my makeup bag, as many of you know I LOVE Harry Potter so couldn’t resist buying this when I saw it! (Primark £4) I wanted to get a hufflepuff one as that’s the house I’ve been sorted in. However, they only had gryffindor and slytherin in stock so I chose the gryffindor one.

These are the makeup bits and bobs that I keep in it. I have other makeup bags filled with other makeup but these are my go-to’s.

Glitter pigments & glitter primer from NYX

I love NYX’s products, they are of such great quality and value! And they’re cruelty free, bonus!!

Sleek face form and highlight palettes

I’m also a big fan of sleeks highlighter palettes and I love the contour palette, it works perfect for me! I’ve always preferred powered based contours as I find them easier to work with and blend out. The highlight on the body form palette is also my fave, as you can probably tell due to it almost being finished.

NYX & Urban Decay eyeliners

Urban Decay do my favourite liquid eyeliners of all time! I use their heavy metal eyeliners in almost every makeup look I do! The ‘epic ink liner’ from NYX is also the best liquid liner I’ve used as it’s so easy to apply and doesn’t bleed out!

NYX & L’Oreal mascaras

Yes I bought the ‘badunkadunk’ mascara by NYX purely for its name… however, I was pleasantly impressed at its quality. Although it does transfer onto my eyelids almost every time I apply it; and god forbid you rub your eye…panda look it is! But other than that it is good and adds good volume onto my lashes. The other mascara is by L’Oreal and I can’t remember the name for it, but it’s a fibre mascara and is AMAZING! I haven’t used false lashes since and well.. that speaks for itself.

NYX & L’Oreal primers

I love the L’Oreal ‘infallible luminizing primer’ it’s a lovely texture, very easy to apply and makes your skin glow even under foundation! When I’m not using The L’Oreal primer I use my NYX HD Studio primer which matches my foundation, it works really well and keeps my makeup intact, hooray!

Foundation, BB cream and concealers

If my skin is bad I use L’Oreals’ glam nude BB cream as a primer/base under my foundation. Otherwise I use my foundation and concealer as usual. I love the foundation, it’s not too thick but has a good coverage. However without powder it can be shiny.

Rimmell eyebrow pencil & NYX eyebrow pomade

As you can see I’ve almost finished the eyebrow pencil, I love it! But won’t be getting another one as it’s nit cruelty free. However I love NYX’s brow pomade, for me it’s perfect and totally affordable! However I do want to try the ABH one as it’s clearly one of the best from the hype!

And that is all! As I mentioned earlier I do have much more makeup than that but these are the bits I use regularly and love the most!

Whats the favourite makeup product that you have in your make up bag?

Thank you so much for reading today’s post.

Love,

Jess x

Review: VeeBeautyLDN

Hey guys,

Happy New Year!! I’m so excited for 2018, this year is going to be good I can just feel it!

My first post of this year is going to be a review on the lovely products I’ve received off the amazing VeeBeautyLDN!

*all views are my own*

I received the Lash & Brow serum, Cocoa Butter Moisturising Lip Balm and Minty Moment Moisturising Lip Balm.

I’m so grateful to the owner of VeeBeautyLDN as she was really friendly and lovely to approach. I will leave her contact details at the end so please do check her out!

Lash & Brow Serum

How to use

For eyelashes – use at night, apply with the wand as close to the lash root as possible.

For eyebrows – apply the oil onto your finger and massage into the eyebrows in a circular motion.

What does it contain?

Caster oil, Argan oil, Vitamin E and Avocado oil

Does it work?

Yes!!!! Ive used lash serums before and have had no luck at all, after using this for a month I’ve seen a big difference in the length, thickness and health of my lashes, they feel soft but not brittle like they did before. I haven’t used it on my eyebrows as of yet but I’m sure it’ll do the same to them!

My rating

5/5! I 100% recommend this serum if you want longer and healthier lashes!

Cocoa Butter Moisturising Lip Balm

What does it contain?

Beeswax, cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E and vanilla essence oil.

Does it work?

Yes! I use this every night and my lips have never been so smooth and moisturised and trust me I’ve tried a lot of lip balms! This is probably my most favourite of them all!

My rating

5/5 again, I highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a Lip Balm that keeps your lips in good condition.

Minty Moment Moisturising Lip Balm

What does it contain?

Beeswax, coconut oil, Shea butter, sweet almond oil, mango butter, vitamin E and peppermint oil.

Does it work?

Again this is yes, seriously these lip balms are amazing! I use this one every morning as it helps my mouth feel fresh after brushing my teeth and keeps my lips feeling moisturised for hours! Only needing to re-apply it once during the day! (I work with children so am outside a lot)

My Rating

5/5! I stand by what I said in my rating of the other lip balm, I highly recommend this Lip Balm! It’s very refreshing and does exactly what it says it does, I’m in love with the quality of these products.

That’s all!

Thank you so much for reading this review, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it and if you did want to check out VeeBeautyLDN here is her Instagram and website!

(All views in this post are my own and are completely honest)

Love, Jess x

BLOGMAS – DAY 21 – December Favourites

Hey guys,

Welcome to the 21st day of my blogmas! Only 4 days left! Today’s post is going to be my favourite products from this month!

So let’s get started!

Body care

Sleepy, mask of magnamity, snow fair body conditioner from Lush and VeeBeautyLdn’s eyelash and eyebrow serum and two lip balms. I love using all of these, definitely would recommend for you guys to try it out!

The body scrub by what’s in it for me, smells edible and leaves your skin feeling incredible! (Haha rhymes)

Fragrance

So fragrance were kind enough to gift me with these beauties at the Blogosphere Christmas festival last weekend and they all smell so lovely! So affordable and pretty! You can purchase these from most boots stores and would make great stocking fillers!

Face mask

Im loving this face mask at the moment! You can check out my full review on L’Oréal’s pure clay masks here.

Makeup

This is a recent buy of mine from Urban Decay and it is the Heavy Metal palette. Don’t let this picture fool you, this palette is HUGE well.. in comparison to their other palettes. I swatched it in the shop and bought it then and there that’s how much I loved it! Will do some looks using it soon!

Hair care

I was also luckily enough to be gifted these at the Blogosphere Christmas festival too by Ogx! I LOVE their hair products! Been using their shampoo and conditioners for maybe 2 years now, my hair definitely thanks me for it!

Books

This is my favourite book of this month! I love it! Check out my review for it here.

Netflix

These are my two favourite series at the moment, not just for this month but they’re what I’m watching this month! If you haven’t seen either or any of them I definitely suggest that you should!!

What is your favourite product of this month?

Thank you for reading today’s post, if you missed yesterday’s post you can check it out here.

Love, Jess x

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BLOGMAS – DAY 20 – The Christmas Tag

Hey guys,

Welcome to my 20th Blogmas post, today I’m doing the Christmas Tag! I was tagged by Judanna and Emily, thank you both so much!

So let’s get started!

1. Favourite Christmas Movie & Why?

Elf! Well who DOESN’T love elf?!! It’s such a funny and feel good Christmas movie!

2. Top 3 Songs On Your Christmas Playlist?

Santa Tell Me – Ariana Grande, Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid and It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas – Michael Bublé

3. Favourite Christmas Tradition?

My current tradition is going to winter wonderland every year and so far it’s definitely my favourite! Love going there as there’s so much to do and see!

4. What Is On Your Christmas Bucket List?

To go to the Christmas markets in Berlin, was going to go this year but looks like it’ll be next year haha

5. Buddy The Elf or Ebenezer Scrooge?

Definitely buddy the elf!!! I love Christmas!

6. Best Thing About Being A Parent At Christmas (alternative if not a parent; Favourite Thing About Christmas For You?

My favourite thing about Christmas is the atmosphere and the movies! I love getting snug and watching a Christmas movie, makes me feel so festive!

7. What Is One Present You Asked For As A Child, But Never Received?

A dog! Every single year I wrote on my list that I wanted a dog, never happened! Got a soft toy though and a dog robot.

8. Do You Have Any Christmas Eve Traditions?

When I was little we used to have a mini roast, watch Christmas movies and open one present the night before. This has stopped though unfortunately

9. Which Festive Beverage Tickles Your Tinsel?

It’s crazy but I’ve never actually tried mulled wine and I don’t know any other festive drinks so I’m just gonna say my usual favourite which is vodka and cranberry.

10. Best Present You Ever Received?

My first ever iPod, I had saved up for it for months (before I had a job) and I had the right amount of money for it on Christmas Eve but my dad insisted the shops would be waaaay too busy, and that I should wait till after Christmas. Then the next day woke up and found out he had got it for me as a Christmas present!

11. Sprouts on Christmas Dinner? Yay Or Nay?

Naaaaay

12. What Would be your ideal Christmas?

Surrounded by my own family hopefully one day, I think Christmas is way more special when there’s a young child in the family. I can’t wait to have Christmasses with my future children.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, I’m not going to tag anyone but if you want to do this post please feel free to!

If you missed yesterday’s post you can check it out here

Thank you for reading,

Love, Jess x

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