Monday, 31 October 2016

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Hello Everyone,

Today I'm bringing you another book review, Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland.

As always, this review will NOT CONTAIN ANY SPOILERS, so feel free to go on.

So if you follow me on YouTube (Shameless self promo), you'll have been me talk about this fantastic read as part of the HotKey books Book Tour at the beginning of this month, if not, then you should really be following my YouTube channel... Just kidding.... maybe.

Our Chemical Hearts is a newly released Young Adult fiction that tells the classic 'Boy Meets Girl' story in a way that is anything but classic.

The story follows a very likable young man called Henry Page, a film buff (that comes out in some excellent movie quotes thrown into his dialogue) with a hugely romantic heart. Henry is on the search for that heart stopping moment of first love, just like you see in Hollywood.

Enter, stage right, Grace Town.

Grace isn't your usual teen love interest, for a start, she walks with a limp and a cane, smells a little, shall we say... ripe, and she wears oversized men's clothing and yet Henry is inexplicably drawn into her complicated world.

Henry can see Grace is a collection of broken pieces and he can't resist the compelling urge he has to discover what caused the fracturing of Grace's soul and then put her back together again, the question is, does Grace want to be saved?

Filled with mystery, heartbreaking emotion, raw feelings and a scattering of hilarious conversation, Our Chemical Hearts was a fantastic read for me, and I can't recommend this story enough for people of all ages (hell I'm definitely not a teenager anymore but I can still really enjoy a good book set with teen characters), if you'd like a more in depth look at the book (and yes, still spoiler free) have a little look at the Video I recorded below.

Have any of you read Our Chemical Hearts? Would you?

Till next time,

Rosy xx

Monday, 24 October 2016

Currently In Rotation

Hello Everyone!

Lately I've been cleaning out my closet makeup storage (sorry, couldn't resist a retro Eminem reference there), and, to my intense happiness, I rediscovered some previously forgotten items and so that leads me to (drum-role please) :

Currently in Rotation
(Because I Couldn't Think of a Better Name)

Starting with the wild card of the trio, we have the 'Lovely Cookie Blusher' from the Korean Beauty brand, Etude House.
Although they have some questionable marketing ideas (seriously, read THIS PAGE, terms like 'perky young women' did make me have some serious life doubts) but I'd already bought the blusher by that point and I've actually really liked it, shame I'm not perky though.

And it comes with a vintage style puff, so you know, all sexism forgotten (jokes jokes).

Next up we have theBalm Mary Lou Manizer, I'm sure you've all seen plenty about this highlighter from heaven so I'll sum it up pretty quick, pretty, sparkles, finely milled, j-lo.

This is the highlighter you wear if you want your highlight to be the only thing apart from The Great Wall Of China to be seen from space.
It's been a real love story between us, picture that Taylor Swift song (incidentally, also called Love Story) and replace the word 'Romeo' with 'Mary Lou' and you're there my friends, you're there.

The third and final product here is the old style Too Faced Candlelight Glow, I can't find my version anymore but the newer version is much prettier anyway.

I use this as a setting powder/minimal highlight as it is flecked with a light golden sparkle, it probably wont do as a full faced setting powder for this very reason, unless looking like a twilight vampire is your thing, in that case, you rock it!

I'm not sure how I feel about the message on the mirror, on one side, it's kind of cute with a little secret message inside, on the other hand, it sounds a bit like you're being told that you can't be gorgeous without your slap on so the jury is still out on my views here.

Overall, I've really enjoyed re-discovering these forgotten products and I think it might be something I do again soon.

Do you ever 'shop your stash'? 

Till next time, 

Rosy xx

Monday, 17 October 2016

Top 5 Worst Things About Living With a Man


Hello Everyone.

Living with someone can be great, there are endless things that make living with my other half special... Ok, maybe not endless ways, maybe about eight, but that's fine right?

Not every man has bad habits and I can't claim to apply these to EVERY. SINGLE. MAN (because, sexism!) but for me, these are the points that I noticed when I took the plunge to be an adult and share my house with a significant other.

Welcome to The Top 5 Worst Things About Living With A Man.

1. Snack Gate:

I don't actually snack a lot anymore, I tend to fill up at meal times and that sees me through but, like everyone, I have my vices, chocolate.
I keep an emergency supply of chocolate nearby for those days when you just need to guzzle it all down and there it would stay, waiting for me patiently, it might be a week, it might longer but I was safe in the knowledge that when I finally felt like chowing down on sweet happiness, my chocolate would be where I'd left it.

Not anymore.

The truffle pig man I share my home with will actively hunt out anything with sugar in it and eat it... ALL OF IT within about 4.6 seconds of it entering the house. The only way my snacks can remain untouched now is with the use of sulks and threats of copious violence but he still has to remind me everyday that I have that chocolate in the cupboard which I haven't eaten yet, you know, just in case I realise I don't want it after all and will gratefully pass it on to him... *Side Eyes*

2. TV:

The amount of times I enter a room to find Sky Sports News playing away, often to itself as my other half might have decided to go look for snacks or something (yeah I'm still on that). Then he will sit and stare like a zombie whilst someone talks about a sport he has never watched, it a town he's never heard of, meanwhile, I put Gilmore Girls on and he just doesn't want to get into a debate over who is the man for Rory...


*Deep Breaths*

3. Honesty:

In my opinion, men just aren't as honest as women when it comes to the dreaded "Do I Look Fat in This?" The answer is always no, even when I try to wear jeans a size (ok, two sizes) too small for me, walking out the house feeling like Beyonce till your friend looks at you and says something like:

"Do we have to change our dinner plans now because clearly we need somewhere that'll allow pets since you've brought your camel toe along?"


4. Double Standards:

As previously mentioned, my fella has a little penchant for switching on sky sports news and leaving the room, but that's not all, he will also walk into another room and put the radio on (BBC Sports) leave that room and disappear upstairs, once there he will turn on another radio and then head into the bathroom, run a bath and sit in it, watching (you guessed it) sports on his iPad.
This is where I begin my daily ritual of walking around switching everything off again and feeling mournful of the days my house used to be quiet and tranquil, every day this happens, but wait, it gets worse.

So on the night he comes home late he will usually find me sat on the sofa reading, there will be no noise, however, I will have left the upstairs light on because, well, if the light is on then the ghosts don't come duh!

Invariably he will make a huge deal out of trying to make sure I notice him looking at the light upstairs before he switches it off, often reminding me about energy prices etc.

Mate calm the hell down it was a light and not a war on the eardrums that you leave every single day, but before I can remind him of this he has disappeared into the kitchen to check if my chocolate is still in the cupboard so he can warn me of its omnipotent presence again.

5. Stealing Toiletries:

There was once a time when we both used to have our own little His and Hers toiletries, this worked fine for me, I liked luxury and he liked whatever was on special at Lidl, I was happy to keep to my side of the bathroom, lately however, I've noticed that with worrying frequency, the Lidl bags have stopped arriving and my special shampoo disappears very quickly, turns out that my Kerastase moisture promising shampoo has been moonlighting as a body wash.

A. BODY. WASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think I'm going to need my emergency chocolate now, oh wait, it's gone.

Hope you enjoyed this, let me know if you have any similar house share woes.

Rosy xx


Monday, 10 October 2016

Let's Talk About Female Sexuality | Cherry

Hello Everyone,

Today's post is going to be part book review and part frank and honest discussion of female sexuality... If you're happy with that subject matter then let's dive right in, for those of you who may find this uncomfortable - I'll see you in my next post :)

Phew, with the disclaimer out of the way, we can casually slip into the main discussion, the YA Sensation that is Cherry by Lindsey Rosin.

Cherry is everything I never knew I needed, a frank and honest depiction of four best friends about to embark upon a journey into adulthood covering all the subjects you would imagine, high school graduation, first love, friendships and sex.

As graduation fast approaches, the four girls have decided it is time to hand in their virgin status and replace it with one of experience and sexual confidence, that's right and let's say it again, Sexual Confidence. What follows is a funny and frank openness that many of us could have never even dreamed of with our own school friends... This, at first, had me a little shocked, I couldn't believe that four girls would be willing to make a sex pact "LIKE BOYS!!!" but as I continued to be drawn further into the story, I began to question why the hell a grown woman such as myself would have such amazement that these conversations are possible and I came to the conclusion that this is how many of us have been raised, and, let's be honest, that sucks, that sucks bad.
Sex isn't something to be ashamed of, it is part of life for many people and so having the ability to confide in someone close can help make sure you're not being taken advantage of and to make sure you have the self confidence to assert your own needs, and how can this be a bad thing?

Sex isn't a subject we come across too often in YA books, especially not with such refreshing honesty and freedom and ESPECIALLY not about young, female sexuality and for that, I applaud Lindsey Rosin, the woman is a genius. This book had everything you probably felt (or will feel) as the end of school or college approaches, how hard peer pressure can be, how all encompassing friendship groups can be and how heartbreaking young love can be.

The friendship group in this book is a one with all the goals, each girl is fully supportive of the other with her sexual preferences, their personal needs and their equal love for frozen yogurt.

I discuss my thoughts on how important it is to be honest about female sexuality in the video above if you're interested.

Overall, this is a book that changed the way I think and feel, and for that I would recommend this to any of you, I gave this book a solid 5/5 and I can't think of a person that wouldn't enjoy this (unless, as earlier mentioned, sex makes you uncomfortable).

Have you read Cherry? Are you likely to?

Rosy xx

*Book was supplied free of charge from publishers.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Currently Using | Skincare Edition

Hello Everyone,

Today's post is going to be a quick one (we need it after my last long, and, rather serious post about Why Getting Married Isn't The Best Day Of Your Life).

It's that time again, you know the drill, I've discovered some lovely bits in the beauty world (this time within the skincare category) and I can't wait to tell you about it.

First up in my little trio of joy is a relatively new discovery, Rosi Skinfood.

Rosi Skinfood is a very rich and nutritional Skinfood made from 100% organic ingredients. It is hugely hydrating and feels very luxurious and, most importantly, kind! I love that the ingredients in this Skinfood are natural and that it contains antioxidants and has antibacterial and anti inflammatory ingredients too.

Rosi Skinfood has been said to reduce fine lines too and I'm all about that life!

The consistency is hard, kind of like a jar of set honey which is why, I'm assuming, it came with a little spatula to dig into the pot and remove a small amount.
I've been using roughly a pea sized amount each night after cleansing, it immediately melts upon contact with my face and I'm able to easily rub this in before bed. 

For those of you who don't like scents, I must warn you that there is a prominent smell, sort of a botanical rose smell (if you've ever smelled Neal's Yard's Wild Rose Beauty Balm, you'll know the sort of smell I mean) I personally loved the smell though.

I've been using this before bed as, for me, this feels a little rich and heavy for me to use under my makeup but overnight? Oui, Ja, Yes... (All of the yesses). You can also use it as a lipbalm, a chapped skin treatment and I've been using it on sore hands too.

I've not been using Rosi Skincare for too long (a couple of weeks) but I'm already sold.

Next up we have Nuxe Dry Oil (Huile Prodigieuse).

Where have you been all of my life!?!? I have heard people raving about this product but, for some reason, I never made the leap of faith and bought this bad lad, major regret, major!

Now that this dry oil is in my life I can't imagine we will ever part, like newlyweds we are full of promise to one another and I want our love to be known by all.

I've been mainly using Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse in my hair, I put a small amount of product into my palm, rub my hands together and then run both hands through the bottom of my hair, I had a small amount of Balayage put into my hair when I donated my hair to The Little Princess Trust and obviously that means bleach which means loss of condition but I really think Nuxe is seeing me through this like the rock he is and for that, I envision many years of happiness.

Finally I've been using Neutrogena Hyrdo Boost Water Gel daily moisturiser in the morning before makeup.
This is fairly new to the market and the whole 'gel' thing got me, I love anything a bit different, call it gel or milk and chances are I'll want to try it.

As can probably be guessed, this has a gel texture and is oddly blue in colour (not sure how I feel about the blueness) but performance wise, I'm in love. This gives me a gorgeous base for my makeup, it sinks in super fast and leaves me feeling really hydrated without that sticky or heavy feeling that I detest so much, I love how quick it makes my morning routine, especially when I'm in a hurry (#MostDays) and I will definitely be repurchasing this when I use up the sample I was given.

So that's three new skincare items that have firmly inserted themselves into my routine, have you tried any of these?

Rosy xx

*Post Contains PR Samples or Items For Review

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