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It’s Monday peeps! How was your weekend?
From friends birthday celebrations to maximum relaxation my weekend was great.

Let’s get on with it! 


Russell & Bromley, Boots, Shoes, Fashion, Winter,

These beauties have been on my list for quite some time. If you fancy a pair get them HERE.

Ray Bans, Scarf, Zara, Accessories, Winter, Fashion, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

On the odd day that I had off and managed to get around Central I chose to wrap up warm but take my sunnies as there were some stray rays about. Contact lenses at the ready and I was away!


MAC, Gently Off Eye & Lip Make Up Remover, Make Up Remover, Eye Make Up Remover, Lip Make Up Remover, Make Up, Beauty, Cosmetics, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

This product is one of the staples in my collection of cosmetics and cleansers. It is so gentle on the skin and leaves no dryness post application. It has had a little more air time than usual as I have been donning the darker shades of lipstick and need to remove them so I don’t end up with unsightly staining. You can grab a bottle HERE.

NARS, Audacious Lip Collection, Bette, Lip Stick, Satin, Red, Autumn, Winter, Beauty, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Speaking of the darker shades this beauty is from the NARS Audacious Lip Collection, it was also my first step onto the NARS bandwagon that I am finding increasingly difficult to get off. Their colours are just so gorgeous!


Movies, Dumb & Dumber To, Dumb & Dumber 2, Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Comedy, Cinema, Movies, Entertainment, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Not as funny as the first movie – but that is only my opinion. Still hilarious however!

The Flash, Superhero, TV Series, TV, DC, DC Comics, Comics, The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon Cooper, Barry Allen, Fastest Man Alive, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

After watching the first episode on Sky 1 I am absolutely hooked and find myself linking up to the states just to get my hit every week. Most definitely worth the watch especially if you like superheros! Geeking out over here and having far to many fangirl moments – well more than I would like to admit anyway :)



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Yet another triumph from Sylvia Day – check out my review HERE

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A bit of a slow starter – that is all I can say for now.
Look out for the review on Wednesday 3rd December.

Currently Reading

Foxglove Summer, Ben Aaronovitch, Fiction, Books, Reading, London, Rivers of London, The Folly

Ben Aaronovitch’s writing style is truly stellar and the series of books starting with Rivers of London are spectacular.
I was one happy reader when this one was sent through. Check out his books either on Amazon or The Folly.

Over the next couple of weeks I will be busy with events and getting ready for Christmas of course. This year I plan to be a lot more organised than last but who knows what will happen. My book selection might also change (only slightly) to those more on the academic side as I am studying for something important.

What have you been up to this week?

It's Monday but it's ok

Scrub, Scrub, Scrub

Scrub, scrub, scrub!


Usually I am a face wash and go in the shower kind of girl. Being in a rush in the morning is something that I have changed as I have managed to get my morning routine whittled down to around twenty minutes. Now this routine only seems to work whilst getting ready for work as when I get ready to go out it takes a lot longer!
The six products in the picture above are all wonderful and I can recommend them all from personal use. My favourite from the bunch is Origins Modern Friction and I seem to always have a tube somewhere! There is a range of different price ranges and a lot can be found easily in department stores or drug stores like Superdrug and Boots.
Modern Friction, Origins, Natural Skincare, Skin Care, Microdermabrasion, Face, Scrub, Beauty, Blog A Book Etc, Fay
£33 – 125ml
Packed with natural ingredients this product not only makes your skin feel renewed and rejuvenated but really does set you up for a day against the elements. As advised I use this every 2-3 days as it can be a little harsh on the skin if used daily.
Ginzing, Origins, Skincare, Face Scrub, Beauty, Blog A Book Etc, Fay
£18.50 – 150ml
In between exfoliation days I use this lovely GinZing scrub cleanser. Equally as refreshing and fragrant this scrub really does wake you up and help start your day.
Indeed labs, Facial, Skincare, Exfoliator, Powdered Exfoliator, Blog A Book Etc, Beauty, Fay
£12.66 – 75g

This powdered exfoliator can be used sparsely as it really does work its magic when mixed with water. Whenever I have used this product it has been part of a pamper session so I have been über relaxed so cannot speak for the quickness of this product on a day-to-day basis.

microdermabrasion, facial, skincare, skin, beauty, Neova, Scrub, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

£36 – 65g

This is one of the products that is on the higher end of the price spectrum however I personally do prefer Origins dermabrasion product and the feel of my skin afterwards. If there is anyone out there that has used and loved this I would like to hear from you.

REN, Micro Polish Cleanser, Cleanser, Face, Beauty, Skincare, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

£20 – 150ml

Much like the Origins Modern Friction this product I have used 2-3 times in a week instead of daily and when used my skin feels refreshed, bright and radiant. The pricing of this product is quite fair as the tube lasts a while as a little really does go a long way.

Superdrug, Tea Tree, Exfoliator, Scrub, Beauty, Skincare, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

£3.29 – 75ml

Superdrug’s Tea Tree range are very good bargain products for break out prone skin. Whenever my skin has a break out this is my go to product for fast clear up action with a refreshing and light touch. After a good scrub my skin feels like everything is on edge and it really does have a chance to breathe. Wonderful!

Dermalogica, Skin Prep, Scrub, Skincare, Beauty, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

£28.20 – 75ml

Massive fan of all Dermalogica products over here and believe me if it was cheaper my skin care regime would be made up of solely this brand. It feels like my skin is not my own but something a million times better. This product is a great first step to complete cleansing.

Are there any products out there that you love to use? 

What are they?


I started writing this post last week and then the week just took over. As many of you know I am a nurse and I work shifts so things can be a little hectic when it comes to having time to sit down and schedule posts.

This weeks post will be a little different as I will be including bits about what has been happening with me and not just the books I have read etc! I have done this before and really enjoyed writing the posts. Well, here goes!


As I mentioned above I have been on night shifts but recently work has been full on as my shifts are a bit all over the place. A couple of months ago I started writing the staff newsletter and really enjoy doing so, this has now become a monthly thing.

nurse, life of a nurse

Despite being nagged by everyone and their dog to get the flu jab this year I am yet to do it. This week I got a very bad cold – I don’t think it was flu but it was bad enough to make me want to go and get the jab as feeling like this is one thing and from experience flu is even worse!

flu jab, health, medication

Christmas shopping – yes I said it! Although some may deem it too early I just see it as being organised slightly as I am sure there will be something that I will leave to the last-minute. The shops are already being ransacked for presents that will be presented to our nearest and dearest. Have you started yet?

santa moped!

I have not been to the gym in over 3 weeks and I feel very bad for this. Bad enough to scoff a delicious mince-pie with my coffee – I will get around to going back but I think I should ease myself into it! Some light swimming perhaps!


Over the past couple of weeks my make up collection has grown significantly. Especially in the NARS department. Their seasonal colours are truly amazing and I can think of no better reason to get glammed up even for a night sipping red wine at your local bar/pub or just a simple shopping trip with a vamped up look.

I have already written a post about one of the colours from the Audacious lipstick range but will be posting the rest of my lovely collection over the next couple of weeks. Today however I wanted to share with you a favourite that seems to be used on a daily basis and may be in need of a refill sooner rather than later!

NARS, Cosmetics, Lip, Lips, Lip Pencil, Velvet Matte, Bahama

Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bahama – £18

This pencil is an absolute beauty and something that if available I will be making several buys. The colour is incredibly neutral and as it is matte stays on for such a long time that reapplication is few and far between. At £18 it’s not cheap but totally worth it if within your budget.


Currently Reading

the snow globe, sheila roberts, books, reading, blog a book etc, fay, blog tour, fiction, christmas, festive

Last week I was sent three books by Sheila Roberts and as agreed I am starting to read The Snow Globe first. There will be a review up on Wednesday 3rd December as I am taking part in the Blog Tour for the book.

Just Received

Foxglove Summer, Ben Aaronovitch, Fiction, Books, Reading, London, Rivers of London, The Folly

I absolutely love Mr A’s style of writing as well as most of the books being based in London (I Heart My City!) they are just such a great adventure. I look forward to getting stuck into this one.

Recently Reviewed

Love Actually, Notting Hill, London, Love, Romance, Chick Lit, Fiction, Reading, Books, Ali Harris, Little Brown Book Group, Sphere, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, From Notting Hill to New York . . . Actually

Check out my review HERE

The Christmas Surprise, Jenny Colgan, Fiction, Books, Reading, Chick Lit, Festive, Christmas, Winter, Little Brown Books UK, Sphere, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Check out my review HERE


Over the past couple of months I have attended a few events and as this is party season the calendar is filling up pretty fast – not only with work but social and bloggy events. Tonight I will be attending a decadent sleepover in honour of the release of Sylvia Day’s new book. Champagne and Chocolates here I come!

Captivated by You, Sylvia Day, Books, Reading, Sex, Mummy Porn, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

That’s all for now guys :D

NARS Audacious BETTE

men shopping research

Just yesterday I headed over to Westfield in White City with one of my colleagues for a little shopping trip and a catch up. I picked up a couple of goodies for me and about the house. The one item that was truly out there for me was my brand spanking new NARS Lipstick. As the title says this gorgeous autumn shade is part of the new Audacious collection in the colour Bette. Never really being one to opt for bold coloured lips this colour really is a big thing for me. Of course to counteract my flamboyant colour choice I also purchased a Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bahama which is a beautiful nude shade which I will talk about in another post.

Back to Bette . . .

Audacious Collection, Audacious, Lipstick, Bette, Dark, Red, Deep Red, Autumnal, Nars, Beauty, Cosmetics

A deep shade of red that slicks onto the lips like satin sheets against bare skin. This lipstick makes my lips feel super sexy and even added a bit of pep to my step after a slightly rubbish weekend. It is true that cosmetics and in general beauty can make you feel better inside and out. Check out this gorgeous lipstick and go to the website and see what other fabulous colours it is available in. At the moment the UK website is not allowing you to buy but of course Westfield is there if you can get to it.

NARS, Nars Cosmetics, Audacious Collection, Audacious, Bette, Red, Deep Red, Dark Red, Lipstick, Autumn

Not only is the actual colour of the lipstick gorgeous the packing is chic and just so functional. With a little magnet incorporated there is no chance your lid will go walkies whilst in your make up bag/handbag/pocket! So both beautiful and functional. This is most definitely one colour that I will be wearing on my days off just to jazz up my most ordinary look.

What is your go to colour? Any favourites?