Sunday, 23 July 2017

Zoella Book Bundle // After The Fire Book (Will Hill) Review

I recently ordered the Zoella Book Bundle (as writing this post is on sale for £34.99 for all 8 books, bargain if you ask me) in an attempt to entertain myself the days following school finishing. I want to get into reviewing again, and why not start with my love of books! I wanted to start this reviewing jazz up with a book I have just finished reading, and absolutely love. Here's After The Fire's blurb:

The things I've seen are burned into me, like scars that refuse to fade.

Father John controls everything inside The Fence. And Father John likes rules. Especially about never talking to Outsiders. Because Father John knows the truth. He knows what is right, and what is wrong. He knows what is coming.

Moonbeam is starting to doubt, though. She's starting to see the lies behind Father John's words. She wants him to be found out.

What if the only way out of the darkness is to light a fire?

Intriguing or what? Without spoiling it, After The Fire explores the complex emotions and feelings after being freed from a alternate way of life. There is certainly an element of dystopia in this novel, which I love (I was getting a little bit of 1984 vibes), and Will Hill sums up the dedication and courage involved for all characters. 

My favourite character, aside from Moonbeam, was Agent Carlyle - a side character but still a great one, I loved his witty comments and reactions to information; which provided some reality to what would have been touching on a abstract book. Favourites aside, all of the characters felt real and living - the only thing I would change are the names, Moonbeam and Star for example, which I feel distance the reader due to the lack of commonality. 

The plot contains several good twists that come as good surprises, and are rather unexpected which I loved. The fact that the novel kept me guessing which created a grip on you, a feeling I love, and the book was divided into two parts; Before and After - which really amplified the suspense. 

Bad things? There isn't much I can say, which is always good! Aside from some of the character's names which I am not a fan of (personal preference), the characters were all very realistic and believable. I felt that the theme trust was ever so slightly overdone - I mean, I am seriously nitpicking here! I felt that the ending was really well crafted - it provided for the thirst the reader wants for Moonbeam to have a good future. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am really glad that I got to experience it as part of the bundle. It definitely is a new favourite book of mine, and one that I will be rereading over and over! As some topics are quite sensitive, I would recommend this book for older readers, and fans of cult theories and physiology of people following traumatic events. 

Have you read this book? How did I do as a reviewer?

Thursday, 6 July 2017


Hello again! It feels so weird to be at my laptop writing again, so you might have to excuse the slow rhythm of this post until I get settled back into it ;)

It has been ages since I have last written a post, and honestly I don't know where the time has gone. I think I count January as the last time I sat down to write something, and I have kept meaning to upload again these past months, but time slips away from you I guess!

I wanted to share a little bit of what I have been up to these past months, the major thing being that I have no more GCSE's! I finished them on the 23rd June, and what a massive relief it has been to finally be free from them. It wasn't that I hated school, or the subject's I chose by any means - I was just willing them to be over for all the stress to go! I have also had my last day, and prom, which was amazing; so the only time I have to go into school is for results day - eek!

I have been spending these last couple of weeks just relaxing and spending time with friends which has been lovely. My friends and I headed to Alton Towers one day, shopping some of the rest and are heading to Wales later this summer - all very exciting! I've missed the social conventions that stress and procrastination guilt can often stop you from going to, so it has been nice just to spend time with them all again. Also been watching Love Island - don't judge, it's my guilty pleasure...

My attitude to blogging at the moment, I hear you ask? Well, I do love maintaining and writing for my blog and have missed it these past months. I am writing some posts tonight to schedule for the next few weeks, and hope to be a lot more active on all social media from now on - consider it a Half Year Resolution ;)

I can't wait to get my camera out again, especially with all the beautiful weather. Hopefully this means I can get my Instagram up and running again, which I have missed as well! What have you all been up to since my absence? I can't wait to settle down now and read all the blog posts I have missed out upon now, I'm so excited!

See you soon!

Sunday, 22 January 2017

3 Skincare Staples

When it comes to my skin, I like to keep things simple. I don't have problematic skin, so I find that I don't need to use many products to keep it looking fresh. Recently I have been using these three as a skincare combo and I find that they work really nicely together to keep my skin glowing and looking healthy.

This combo is also great for those on a budget, or have no money (ahem, me.) as they all are so ridiculously cheap. Bonus!

Soap and Glory Off Your Face 3-in-1 Daily Purifying Cloths - I'm all for buying the old cheap Simple wipes, but I think that these are worth the money for that extra care when removing makeup. I tend to use these every other night, with either Simple makeup wipes or Garnier Micellar Water for the others. I find this gently exfoliates whilst removing my makeup and is a great addition to any skincare collection.

Soap and Glory Vitamin C Facial Wash - can I just take a moment to say that this is amazing. I've tried so many facial scrubs since I started caring about skincare and this is hands down the best one I have tried. It's exfoliating yet gentle, and I enjoy using this on a daily basis. The recommendation is to use a grape sized amount and lather it into your face then rinse. I then pat my face dry so I don't pull on the skin.

Newtons Labs Spot Zapping Gel - I mentioned before that I don't suffer from problematic skin, but there was a time when I used to get quite bad spots around my time of the month. They weren't spots exactly, but angry red lumps which wouldn't go away for ages afterwards. I tried some expensive creams which didn't work at all (I'm talking to you Freederm), and it wasn't until my mum suggested this little gel that they completely went.

I picked this up in my local Home Bargains for something like £1.99, and it has honestly changed my life. I no longer suffer from the angry lumps, due to the fact I apply a thin layer of this to my nose, forehead and chin every night. For such a cheap price, this gel is a godsend.

What skincare staples do you recommend? 

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Lush Sale Haul

Ahhh, the Lush UK sale of 2016 was a quite a event wasn't it? If I'm being honest, it did occur to me while being in a massive (we're talking over 100,000 people here) queue why I sitting by my laptop waiting for the chance to have some Christmassy themed bathbombs on 26th December but then I remembered: this was Lush. Lush, who usually have bathbombs around £4, reduced to about £1.50. So I made sure my laptop wasn't going to randomly shut down and enjoyed the rest of my day while the queue was slowly decreasing ;)

Even though it's the 7th January, I decided to finally write this Lush haul before it rolls round to April! Maybe its too late now, but this post is happening so sit back and enjoy a lush smelling and relaxing Saturday afternoon blog post!

Unfortunately I haven't tried any of the bathbombs featured on this post as I was saving them to photograph, so I can't write any reviews! I have used a bathbomb called Tisty Tosty which smelt amazing, and left little roses in the bath which was really cool.

 I love the look of Peeping Santa, Shoot for The Stars and Nevermind the Ballistics! I found a blog called All Things Lush UK which writes detailed reviews of all of the Lush products, including all of the ones I have featured today in case you wanted to purchase some next year.

Did you manage to buy a Lush product? What is your favourite?