Sunday, 31 May 2015

A LITTLE TLC / LUSH SWEETIE PIE

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What are Sundays for if not a little TLC? Since my last post (a whole week ago, yikes), I've flown back home for a few days for some relaxation and catching up, while slowly getting more excited about my upcoming move into a new flat (we're getting the keys tomorrow!). A vital part in the past week's TLC has been LUSH's Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly. As I currently don't have a bathtub in my house (one of many reasons I am so excited to move into a new flat), I've been sourcing LUSH and the likes for fun and shower-friendly products. While I must admit that I feel like the funnest products are mostly aimed at people with access to bathtubs, there are nevertheless numerous fantastic products for us shower people, as well.

Sweetie Pie is a dark purple, glittery 'jelly baby' shower jelly, which you can use as a whole or cut up into smaller chunks. Personally, I prefer to cut it up as it gets ridiculously slippery when wet. What drew me most to this particular jelly was the combination of a blackcurrant-like scent and the inclusion of glitter. I mean who can resist this glittery gorgeousness:
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It smells amazing, feels great on the skin and one tiny chunk is enough for a shower, what's not to love? I've also been slowly but surely getting through The Secret History by Donna Tartt, and despite only being 1/3 through I can tell it's going to be one of my favourite reads in a while. As always, the review will be up as soon as I get around to finishing it! For now I leave you with the opening paragraphs of it:

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Sunday, 24 May 2015

JUNE READING LIST

After some well-needed TLC and lazy mornings post-exam period, I finally begun warming to the idea of doing something more brain-consuming than merely re-watching FRIENDS and the Mindy Project. So I went to the library and got out 5 books for next year's modules and dissertation (never felt so over-prepared in my life to be honest), as well as examining my ridiculous pile of unread novels to decide what to read first. I ended up with a list of no less than six books I plan on reading throughout the month of June:

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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro: I am reading this mostly as dissertation-prep, but also because I absolutely loved the film adaptation of it and I find its plot extremely interesting: in this parallel world, specially selected humans are raised purely for the purpose of using their organs for transplants to the 'real' humans. Very eerie and very moving.

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher: This young-adult novel appealed to me as it's revolving around a mystery as well as being one of those books that are constantly instagrammed. I've actually already begun reading this, and so far I quite like it even though it is very typically YA.

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig: I picked this book up with J. K. Rowling's Very Good Lives a few weeks ago, and like Rowling's newest publication, I have a feeling this is going to be a light, but motivational as well as educational read. I am really looking forward to starting this as I've heard such good reviews.
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The Expelled and other Stories by Samuel Beckett: Now this I picked up from the library as it's required reading for one of my modules next year, and I genuinely have no clue what to expect of this. Which is often more exciting than knowing what you're about to read in my opinion, anyway.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt: This has been my 'currently reading' book for a few weeks now, as I had barely any time to spend on reading during my exam revision. I am nevertheless about 100 pages into and so far so good. This is my first meet with Donna Tartt and so far I am impressed. There will be a book review up on here as soon as I finish this one!

Chuck Palahniuk's Burnt Tongues: I picked this one up ages ago purely because it is written by Chuck Palahniuk and I love me a crazy Palahniuk story. I love having a go-to-author whose books I am always sure I will enjoy.

So that's my reading list for June, let's just hope I'll get through them all!
What are you planning on reading in June?
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Saturday, 23 May 2015

BOOK REVIEW: VERY GOOD LIVES BY J. K. ROWLING

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Happy Bank Holiday Weekend! Today I wanted to share this little gem of a book with you. Very Good Lives is J. K. Rowling's commencement speech to Harvard graduates in 2008, now in book form. The book is a short, relaxing read, as well as being very aesthetically pleasing. It's got wonderful illustrations throughout:
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I personally finished this on a single busride to uni, however, it is definitely the kind of book one goes back to later on when in need of some cheering up or just general motivation. It's the perfect pick-me-up book or just when you want a very short, but intriguing read.

Rating: ★★★★☆
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Saturday, 16 May 2015

THE HUMANS

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"As well as religion, human history is full of depressing things like colonisation, disease, racism, sexism, homophobia, class snobbery, environmental destruction, slavery, totalitarianism, military dictatorships, inventions of things which they have no idea how to handle (the atomic bomb, the Internet, the semi-colon)".


The Humans by Matt Haig, page 77 (2014).

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Friday, 15 May 2015

A Love Affair with No7 Matte Lip Crayon

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Ever since I picked this little gem up from Boots a couple of weeks ago it's been on my mind (and lips). I feel like No7 is one of those under-appreciated brands that people tend to disregard in their search for the perfect shade. I know this because I used to be the same. However, after trying their Beautifully Matte Foundation last year and being rather impressed, it is now one of my go-to stops in Boots when I want to spend a bit more. That's not to say that No7 is a particularly pricey brand, I personally find their prices completely reasonable.

Back to the matter at hand. No7 Matte Lip Crayon in Raspberry Red (their only matte colour, sadly) is a gorgeous shade of well, raspberry red. To me, it's the perfect colour for those of us who aren't quite brave enough to sport very dark or bright colours. It's also incredibly wearable, as it's just as appropriate for daytime wear as nighttime. It applies easily and stays on well. I genuinely can't find a fault in this lip crayon! Now if No7 would produce more colours in their matte range I'd be a very happy customer.
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What's your experience with No7?


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Monday, 11 May 2015

My weekly ode to... #1

Happy Monday! Today I would like to introduce a new weekly segment on phraseologies that I've appropriately named 'My weekly ode to...'. It will feature links to interesting and lovely articles, useful tips and generally interesting trivia! A sort of 'the internet according to phraseologies'-type of thing.
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  1. Cat Coquillette's amazing prints. I'll definitely be investing in the Shakespeare one when I move into my new flat in a month's time! Available on society6.
  2. Gemma Correll absolutely nailing body positivity and the idea of beach bodies on her tumblr.
  3. Author of The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion honouring his 'oldest known reader' on Twitter.
  4. This extremely fascinating article comparing Kim Kardashian to Marie Antoinette. Fittingly titled 'Let Them Have Cheesecake'.
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Sunday, 10 May 2015

SUNDAY GIRLPOWER WITH CAROL ROSSETTI

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How lovely and empowering are these prints? Carol Rossetti makes me want to bring out my inner girlboss and disregard society and its ridiculous expectations. I believe everyone needs a bit of Carol's prints and attitude in their lives, if only to remind themselves of the fact that women. are. amazing.
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Saturday, 2 May 2015

퍼엉 / Puuung

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During my Saturday morning ritual of browsing through social media while still snoozing in bed, I came across the artist 퍼엉/Puuung's lovely portrayal of real life, everyday love. So relatable and so endearing. Do check out her profile on gratfolio for more; it was really difficult choosing between all the amazing pieces.
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Friday, 1 May 2015

Book Review: Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

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Such opens Jill Alexander Essbaum's debut novel released earlier this year. And what a novel it is. Bearing clear traits of Essbaum's background in poetry, Hausfrau builds a captivating depiction of boredom in suburbia, a depiction that is later completely shattered. Hausfrau was love at first sight to me; I could barely put it down.
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An American expat, Anna relocated to Switzerland with her Swiss husband so he could work there. Despite having lived there for more than nine years, she is yet to master the language - mostly due to a lack of motivation. She is strangely passive considering her ridiculously rich inner life, and resolves to assert her agency through short-lived sexual affairs. It is a novel that appears to grow and grow and grow until Anna is entirely caught up in her own web of lies and deceit. Very intriguing and engaging.
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The poetic language complements Anna's suppressed hysteria in relation to her confined position as housewife and little else. The language and structure is overall extremely good and exciting. There is no doubt Essbaum has a way with words, I mean:
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I would recommend this novel to virtually anyone, as the story has so many different aspects that there's more or less bound to be something fit for everyone. So far, this is the best book I have read this year! So if you for some reason are only reading one book this year, make it this one!

Rating: ★★★★★
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