UPDATE! :)

Hello all, just to let you know I have upgraded to wordpress.org under a slightly different name, and would love it if you came and followed me there instead, as that will be the main one I will be updating!! :)

 

Link is:

http://www.BeautyBookBlog.com

 

Hope to see you there!! x

Nail Polish Haul – Sally Hansen and Essie

The other day I went into Boots purposefully to spend my Boots points and get some Sally Hansen and Essie nail polish, and the reason I was able to get so many, was that they were also on a 3 for 2! I had been saving my points up for these for ages, and was so excited to be able to pick up so many different colours!

The Sally Hansen ones RRP are £6.99 each and the Essie ones RRP are £7.99 each.

Sally Hansen ones I picked up, from left to right:

Wine Not, Right Said Red, Commander in Chic, Fruitti Petutie, I Pink I Can, Shell We Dance

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The Essie ones I picked up, from left to right:

Mademoiselle, Muchi Muchi, Lovie Dovie, Tart Deco, Peach Daiquiri, Turquoise and Caicos, Mezmerised

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Most of these are pretty true to colour from the picture, apart from the Essie Peach Daiquiri which is more of a Coral colour, where is looks really Red in the picture! (That’s my own fault for taking the pictures when there wasn’t much daylight left). 

I love both these brands of nail polish (in case you hadn’t already guessed), as most of them go on like a dream, and they stay on a really long time too – plus – especially with the Essie – there is such a large range of colours to choose from to suit nearly every occasion you could think of!

Book Review: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

328 Pages

Rating: 1/5 stars

Would I read this again? No

“My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from our own neighborhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him once about fertilizer.

This is Susie Salmon, speaking to us from heaven. It looks like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets. There are counsellors to help newcomers to adjust, and friends to room with. Everything she wants appears as soon as she thinks of it – except the thing she wants most: to be back with the people she loved on Earth.

From heaven, Susie watches. She sees her happy suburban family implode after her death, as each member tries to come to terms with the terrible loss. Over the years, her friends and siblings grow up, fall in love, do all the things she never had the chance to do herself. But life is not quite finished with Susie yet.”

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This is my first book review on this blog, and I really wanted it to be a positive one, but the whole point of reviews is to be totally honest and as this was the book I have just finished, I though I may as well just review it. 

I always try and finish books, even if I am not enjoying them, as sometimes the ending is amazing and redeems the book…. that didn’t happen here for me. I will admit I didn’t see the last slight twist coming, but it wasn’t spectacular enough for me to make the book more than just one star unfortunately. 

I always try and find something positive, even in things I don’t like… so the positive parts of this book for me was that some of the characters were lovely, and there was the odd few pages in the middle which were a bit more gripping than the rest!

But I really didn’t enjoy this book if I am honest, which is a shame as so many of the reviews and people I have asked about it, have said how great it is! I found that only one or two of the characters were even remotely interesting, and the writing style was very confusing in parts! All just seemed a bit jumbled together.

For me I love it when you have to keep reading and don’t want to put the book down, where as this one was the opposite and I was just trying to get it finished in hope something good happened at the end and was then disappointed when nothing really did.

I do know a lot of people do love this book though, and all this review means is that it wasn’t for me, you may love it! :)

I was going to give it two stars as I felt bad only giving it one (and it doesn’t happen often), but I was using the rating system on Goodreads as a guideline where 1 star was “I didn’t like it” and 2 stars was that “it was okay”, and for me personally, I didn’t like it, hence it only getting one poor lonely star!

Hope this helps! x

Beauty Box Lip Balm Comparisson

Hey everyone!

So today I decided to do a review on some of the lip balms I have received from different beauty boxes over the last few months. 

The 4 I will be reviewing are:

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Balmi SPF 15 Lip Balm

RRP Price: £4.99

Would I purchase this myself?: Yes

From looking at it it is obvious to see that it has been made with the US lipbalm EOS in mind, and as I have had an EOS lipbalm I will also compare the two.

I have the Balmi in both Raspberry and Blackcurrant and both scents are very true to their name. They smell really quite strong whilst in the packaging, but the scent is lovely and subtle when you put it on your lips.

It has a lovely smooth texture, is really hydrating, and isn’t greasy, gritty or sticky on the lips.

The packaging is adorable, and comes with a little hook attached so you can attach it onto your keys/phone or anything else you fancy! The “egg” itself has a lovely soft matte texture to it as well, and the lid is super easy to get off, but clicks on securely to make sure the lid doesn’t come off in your bag.

Compared to the EOS, I would say that they are both very similar! The Balmi has a lighter/smoother texture, and the packaging is smaller (more convenient?), but they both last a really long time and price wise they are similar also.

So Susan Lip Cushion

RRP Price: £6

Would I purchase this myself?: Yes

This is a lovely little tinted lip balm!

First impressions of it…. well it is a very bright glittery looking pink, and smells of strawberries – so I wasn’t sure if it was more of a lipgloss in a pot than an actual lip balm! But once applied to the lips there is virtually no colour, only a hint of shimmer and only a very subtle scent (similar to the Balmi).

One thing I don’t really like about it is that it’s a pot so you have to have a brush with you, or put your fingers in and then you will need to wipe your hands which isn’t always the most convenient when on the go, plus the packaging feels a bit cheap and plastic-y.

Neither are enough to put me off it though as it is a lovely little product.

Figs & Rouge 100% Organic Sweet Geranium Lip, Face and Body Balm

RRP Price: £3.50

Would I purchase this myself? No

The packaging on this lip/body balm is really cute, like a duck egg blue background with flowers up the sides, so I had high hopes for it, plus it’s a good price.

Personally though….. it’s not for me.

The smell is nothing more than “okay”, but the product itself (as a lip balm) I don’t like. It is really thick and gooey, but if you put more than the tiniest amount on (which is tricky considering how thick it is), then it feels really sticky and gritty (due to the heavy texture of the product).

It’s saving grace for me is the fact it can be used as a body balm, as for very small areas of dry skin (elbows, knees etc…) it actually does a pretty good job! The thickness of the product helps and it goes on really smooth! As it is only the size of a lipbalm it would run out really fast though, hence me saying I would not repurchase it. Shame, as it looks so cute.

Balance Me Rose Otto Intensive Lip Salve

RRP Price: £12

Would I purchase this myself? No (Yes if it was cheaper). 

This lipbalm is in a handy tube form, so no mess.

It’s a good lipbalm, smells good (very rosey though), feels nice and smooth (careful not to put on too much due to it being a squeeze tube), the reason I wouldn’t but it again is that it’s quite expensive for a “good” lipbalm.

It has a built in lip plumper – though a mild one, you can’t feel it tingling like you can with lipglosses – and also smoothes and hydrates, and it does do those things.

I do like it, and it is very hydrating, but there is nothing overly special about it that would want me to spend £12 on it, it doesn’t even have an SPF.

It is one I reach for quite often though, due to the handy no mess tube.

That’s my summary of those 4 particular lip balms! (I suppose 5 if you count the mini one of the EOS).

Hope you found this helpful! If you have any experiences/thoughts on these products then leave me a comment! :)

Book Haul – 16/10/12

Hey guys, this is my first book haul on my blog!

I ordered these online a week or so ago from The Works and they arrived today so I decided to post a picture of the ones I got.


I will do reviews on most/all of these books once I read them, some may be a quick review, others will be more in depth!


Normally if I am buying books out of a series I only buy the first one, as that way if I don’t like it, I haven’t wasted money on the others, but the reason I got 3 of the one series this time is that they were on a 3 for £5 deal, so seemed silly not too!


If anyone has read any of these books, let me know what you thought!

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What I Did On My Holidays by Chrissie Manby

Wither by Lauren Destefano

Yesterday’s Sun by Amanda Brooke

The MAP by T.S. Learner

The Spirit Thief (#1) by Rachel Aaron

The Spirit Rebellion (#2) by Rachel Aaron

The Spirit Eater (#3) by Rachel Aaron

 

Enjoy!

A quick introduction….

As this is my first post on my Blog I thought a quick introduction was in order!

My name is Kammi and I live in the UK and I love my dog, books, beauty products and technology :)

This blog was created mainly for me to be able to review two main subjects…. books and beauty products – a lot of which I receive in my beauty subscription boxes which give a lovely range of products each month 

Along side these two main topics, I may also do reviews on technology or dog products occasionally too!

Because of the nature of what I will be reviewing, I will probably be doing hauls also!

 I plan to start doing videos on youtube along side the blog, but that will only be happening later down the line :)

 

That’s all for now, just a quick first post!

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