Monday, 17 July 2017

2017 Summer Reading List

It's that time of year again when Uni is out and I have enough free time on my hands to do some reading.

On a recent trip to London, I ended up buying eleven books ! Most of the books on this year's summer reading list have been picked up from Waterstones and WHSmith.

But the first book on my list is MY LADY JANE which I got in an Owl Crate last year. This book seems different from the other Young Adult books that I am used to reading so I am excited to read it.

Am I Normal Yet?

This book is one of the books that I was on a mission to find. It is the first book of the Spinster Club series by Holly Bourne, but it is the one that I haven't read yet. I have read the other two books in the series, and I love them. Recommend to anyone who is a Feminist.

And A Happy New Year?

This is like a Spinster Club Special so I had to get my hands on it ! I love Evie, Amber and Lottie so I needed a little extra of their presence in my life.

Girl heart Girl

I originally was attracted to the cover of this book when I saw it on Twitter a few months ago but I couldn't find it in my local book store. Waterstones literally has little sections dedicated to LGBTQ books and I might have squealed in delight.

Holding Up The Universe

Who doesn't love a Jennifer Niven book? I love her writing. All the Bright Places was such a masterpiece and I am happy to finally be able to have a copy of this book to see how her writing continues to amaze me.

If birds could fly

The first time I heard about this book was on Twitter as it was a giveaway prize. I didn't manage to win that giveaway so I decided to buy it when I saw it at Waterstones.  From the synopsis I feel like this book is going to be the perfect example of Love comes when you're not looking for it.

Summer Days and Summer Nights

Literally only bought this book because it is Edited by Stephanie Perkins.


Thanks to Holly Bourne, I have found an interest in reading books where girls stand up for their rights. It has made me more aware of things that I didn't know where a societal construct in an attempt to make girls feel inferior. This is why I picked up Moxie. It is another book where a girl uses Feminism to stand up for her rights.

Letters to the lost

Just by reading the synopsis you know that this book is going to be full of romance and drama, and that I am going to laugh, cry and swoon.  This book is going to tear me apart. I know this and I can't wait to read it. The concept of the letters being written between them makes me giddy.  Basically, it seems like it's going to be a cocktail of emotions.

The One Memory of Flora Banks

I was intrigued by the synopsis of this book. Mainly because I feel like it's going to be a good romantic read, but also because of the fact that character has amnesia but still manages to remember a kiss.

History is all you left me.

Nicola Yoon said "Will make you cry, think, and then cry some more." and at that point I was sold. I love a book that can reduce me to tears. Also, this is another LGBTQ read that I have picked up.

Orbiting Jupiter

As a love of romance novels, I am always hesitant about getting a book that gives an impression of no lovey-dovey things. However, we must all take risks in life so I bought this book. It is a book about a father searching for his daughter with the help of his foster brother.

That is all for this year's Summer Reading List and I hope that I will be able to read all of them before September but life is so hectic with work ! If you have read any of these books then please let me know what you thought about them below (no spoilers please).

Until next time, lovelies.

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

What have I used up so far?

  1. Hey !
  2. I can't believe that it is July already ! During this year, I have used up a handful of products that I thought I'd share with you all. 

  3. 1. A)I love... Raspberry & Blackberry bubble bath and shower cream &  
          B) I love...Coconut & Cream bubble bath and shower cream. 

This smelt the bottle. I mean you can smell it when you're rubbing it all over your body BUT the scent doesn't stick with you (And I love when the scents stick with me after the shower) 

Also...Bubble does not make many bubbles...It lathers up quite well in the shower BUT I would not consider it a bubble bath. I must admit that it was cheap but I guess it is reasonably priced considering it's quality. 

Both of these were not a thick consistency but also not a liquid-y consistency. Thin enough to allow you to use it easily without straining to get it out of the bottle and rub it on your body, but also thick enough that it doesn't run when you try to rub it on your body.  

3/5 Stars.  

  1. Charles Worthington  Volume and Bounce Conditioner *Owned by PZ Cussons* 

I have used this without the Charles Worthington  Volume and Bounce Shampoo so the results may differ from the results I would have obtained if I used the shampoo along with the Conditioner. 
Nevertheless, this conditioner does a wonderful job at leaving your hair feeling silk soft without feeling too heavy on the hair. Also, it doesn't leave your hair feeling oily. I recommend leaving this in for a few minutes before rinsing too make your hair even softer. 

When it comes to the  "Volume and Bounce" aspect of the product, I believe that is also does a wonderful job. My hair is rather flat especially after a few days after washing but with this product it leaves it looking voluminous until the next wash. What I love about this product is that apart from giving Volume and Bounce to my hair, it claims to also heat protect your hair.  

4/5 stars. 
I recommend this to all you people with flat hair. If I buy this another time, I will buy it along with the shampoo.  

  1. Charles Worthington Salon at Home  style setter brush-out strong hold hairspray 

Charles Worthington Brush-Out Hairspray does a wonderful job at keeping your hair in place whilst adding a shine to your hair. After a while it allows you to run your fingers but at first it has that crisp feeling every hairspray usually has. I usually use this to hold my loose hairs into place without having a heavy hairspray everyday. My hair is rather thick but this hairspray holds everything in place for most of the day. 

4/5 stars 

  1. Coconut and Lime Body Lotion 

The use of Coconut in beauty products are quite possibly my favourite thing ever -- I simply love that tropical fruity scent. Never did I imagine that a blend of sweet coconut and a strong Lime would be such a wonderful scent. The bottle of my Coconut and Lime body lotion comes in a transparent bottle with a light green cap ; however, I believe that they have changed it's packaging. The consistency of the product is quite thick and it is creamy. Word of warning : it is not easy to pour out so you might have to press the bottle (Again, the packaging seems to have changed so I don't know if it is easier with the new cap) It spreads out easily so you don't need to use a large amount of product. I must say that it does a marvellous job at moisturizing your skin, whilst also leaving it smelling delicious.  

5/5 stars. 

  1. Snow Fairy Shower Gel 
  2. Review of this product can be found here. 

  3. Ginger Shower Gel 
I don't think I have ever said that I dislike a product. (Unless you count that one time I went to Lush in oxford Street, and the sales representative tested out a perfume on my wrist and I smelt of it for 3 days. I don’t know what it was but it smelt foul) It causes me great pain to say that I didn't like the Ginger Shower Gel. (not a great way to start a review) 

I never knew that I didn't like the scent of ginger until I smelt this Shower Gel. I swear, Ginger Tea smells different ! I imagined having a Ginger Tea scented shower gel, but nope. Obviously, I know that the addition of rose water would alter my imaginary scent of this product, but I ,at least, expected it to make it sweeter. The packaging says 'spicy floral fling' but I guess the 'spicy' was too harsh for my sense of smell. It’s texture is rather thin and gloopy, but it lathers up wonderfully.  On the plus side, this Kitchen Exclusive is a lovely pale pink that originally attracted me to the product as it reminds me of pink tulips.  Personally, I disliked this product but obviously, this is just my opinion so for others ,and you, it might the perfect scent and texture. 

Until next time, lovelies.

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Why I want to go...


I am sure that many of us have wanderlust, especially if you have never gone outside your country. As a little girl, we used to go visit my family in the United Kingdom, but we only ever went to the same area so it got boring after a while and the thrill of going on a plane was dulled. That is when I started to research about places in Europe.  

The first place I had put on my 'Travel List' was London. I went to London November 2015 and I must say that I am ready to go again. I didn't see all the places that I wanted to visit so I MUST go there again. I had been looking forward to go to London for so long that I cried every time I ticked something off my Attractions list. It was so difficult for me to see Big Ben up close, and be expected to smile to take a photograph. I literally cried. I had also wanted to go to Madame Tussauds, but since they had placed the One Direction wax figures my want to go had increased a 100% ! Needless to say my brother had a very emotional fangirl as I faced the wall with the One Direction Logo painted on it, and that was nothing compared to when I took my sit next to Wax Niall. 

Leister Square Christmas 2015
I still need to go visit the British Museum. I shall go into there ,one day, and spend my whole day reveling all the exhibitions. I also need to visit the Harry Potter Studios ! I must ! I didn't want to go there the last time I visited London since I hadn't read the books yet, and that we were only there for 4 days. I wanted to see as much as possible in four days, so that excluded anything that would take a whole day to enjoy. 

Next Capital City that I want to visit is Paris : The City Of Love. I am going to admit that when I put this on my list it was because I was being mainstream, and everyone wanted to go to Paris. So why not pretend that I do too?  My Pretend-want to visit Paris led to me choosing French as the foreign language that I wanted to study in Secondary School. Now, I was expecting French to be a hard language to study, and I was right ; however, what I wasn't expected is the fact that I fell in Love with Paris during our 1 hour a week where we learned the French culture. Arc de triomphe, Le Louvre, Notre Dame, Pointe Zero, Statue of Liberty… I know you're probably saying "Aby, The Statue of Liberty is in the United States. It was a gift from the French." And I'm going to agree with you and say, "Yes, but did you know that there are in fact multiple replicas of the Statue of Liberty around the world?" There is a replica on a man-made island on the Seine, and I intend to go see it ! If you've ever watched National Treasure : Book Of Secrets, they actually go to Paris to find a clue on the Replica of the Statue of Liberty ! 
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Disneyland : When I say I want to go to Disneyland, I don't mean I want to go for the rides or attractions. No, I mean I want to go to Disneyland and walk until my feet are sore and until I find Peter Pan ! Anyone who knows me  is aware that Peter Pan is my favourite Disney movie. It is a life goal to be able to meet Peter Pan, and since he is technically a cartoon character the closest that I'm going to get to meet him is by meeting his character at Disneyland. 
(I mean, I will probably go on a few rides…and see a few things…but first…PETER PAN!!!!!) 

Rome : To be totally honest, the only place I want to visit in Rome is the Trevi Fountain. It is written down in my bucket list that I must make a wish at the Trevi Fountain. Obviously, while I'm in Rome I'll see more than that, but that is my focus point. 

The world is filled with beautiful places that I yearn to go visit, but until I get some money I'm stuck on this island.  

What places are on your Travel wish list? Also, if you have blogged about a country that you visited then please let me know so I can go find that post on your blog ! 

Until next time, lovelies. 


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