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REVIEW: Lip Glam Lip Balm

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Lip Glam is a multi purpose balm that can be used not only on your lips but your cuticles, dry skin patches, split ends, eyebrows and a multitude of other places. It is made from 100% natural ingredients so it can be used by people with sensitive skin such as myself. It has been dermatologically tested and is paraben free. The icing on the top of the cake for me is that this product is made in England – it is rare that products are made in this country so when I find one that is it is an added bonus.

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As you can see it looks like Vaseline however it feels a lot less sticky and seems to stay put for a lot longer. Also when used on my cuticles it doesn’t make my hands feel greasy which is great. If the tube is cold you just need to hold it between your hands for a minute or two and it will be ready to use.

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REVIEW: The Cake Shop in the Garden by Carole Matthews

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Back of the Book

Fay Merryweather runs her cake shop from her beautiful garden.

She whips up airy sponges and scrumptious scones while her customers enjoy the lovely blossoms and gorgeous blooms.

Looking after the cake shop, the garden and taking care of her cantankerous mother means Fay is always busy but she accepts her responsibilities because if she doesn’t do all this, who will?

Then Danny Wilde walks into her life and makes Fay question every decision she’s ever made.

When a sudden tragedy strikes, Fay’s entire world is thrown off balance even further and she doesn’t know which way to turn. Can Fay find the strength to make a life-changing decision – even if it means giving up the thing she loves the most?

My Thoughts

Firstly the main characters name is Fay – that doesn’t happen on a daily basis! Main character of a book has the same name as me and I am all giggly like a little school girl. As usual from start to finish Carole Matthews makes you want to curl up with a cuppa and her book and just block out the rest of the world.

Between night shifts, a read-a-thon and those lovely sunny afternoons we have been having in the UK this book was delightful to read and made me incredibly craven for tea, cake and more cake. From coffee to a lovely lemon drizzle this book really does make you want! The fact that Matthews makes the book relatable to anyone who knows the UK or surrounding areas of the place in the book is just delightful. The mention of Stoke Bruerne bought back some fond memories of a day trip I once took just to get out of the city.

Throughout the book I found myself wanting to grab Fay by her cardigan front and shake her vigorously. Although the book was slightly predictable that did not put me off in the slightest as with Carole Matthews you never know. It got to the point where himself and I made a bet at the outcome – I was right!

Once again Matthews style of writing is immersive and makes you want to climb into the book and actually live in the beautiful settings portrayed. From the canal boat to the large house come cafe it sounded like the perfect place to be even on a stormy night.

Without giving spoilers Fay is to say the least one of the nicest people you could ever imagine. Thinking of everyone else before herself even when given the most golden opportunity of them all she puts up barriers that don’t exist just because she is used to not living life for herself. With the weight of everyone else’s world on her shoulders Fay hides behind her responsibilities to replace the life that could be for the life where she is just stuck in a constant rut.

By the time we get to the end of the story I was sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what was in store for the lovely Fay. If you are reading this book or looking forward to reading it you will be on the edge of your seat too.

Once again worth the read and if you haven’t already ploughed through this tasty read then hop to it!

Here is a little thought of mine – after googling canal houses and boats in the Milton Keynes area this is the closest I could find to my idea of the place in the book!

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If you have read it – is this what you have imagined?

If not then read it with this in mind and see if you feel the same!

Thanks to the lovelies at Sphere (Little Brown) for sending me this delectable read.
It was everything and more than expected.


rating4* worthy fix

REVIEW: Body Jewellery

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A couple weeks ago himself and I made a trip to Westfield, when staying at his it is only a short drive to Stratford which is handy. It seems that no matter what day you go there it is packed with people – I do not know whether there is a great population of people out of work but it is always PACKED!

Anyway I digress!

Whilst ambling around we came across a stall that sells body jewellery, a quick glance here and there and I managed to find a few pieces that I liked. We decided to get the items on our list before buying anything else as money is tight at the moment and we are saving. Frugal caps on and we powered through the list in almost under an hour (very proud of myself!) – on the way back to the car we had quite a bit of money left over thanks to numerous bargains so himself treated me to some new bits. Check out what I got.

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As most of you may notice I love a bit of pink so this is a perfect choice as with the black it goes unnoticed when I am at work. I have put this bar in for the moment as the plastic is a lot softer for the teeth (i’m a grinder – it is irritating even for me). The one problem I had at the start was that the ball kept coming loose – this problem was easily solved firstly by himself tightening the ball then using a pair of plyers for a firmer grip. Slightly irritating that it came to that as I almost swallowed the ball but the problem is now fixed.

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 The two glittery numbered were chosen from a selection whittled down by me but the final decision made by himself. Being a West Ham United fan these were the closest colours to his team strip that he could find – thankfully I can’t wear them together and one can technically represent Chelsea! Also the choice on the right being more on the pink side is just a result!

One gripe that I have with both glitter balls is that they have a sharp edge where they screw in and it irritates the tongue therefore only allowing me to wear the bars for a short amount of time.

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These bad boys have two separate purposes. The hoop on the left is much smaller I don’t think the picture does it justice but it is TINY – this hoop will be used on my Helix (top ear) piercing. The other hoop which is larger in comparison but still quite thin will be for my belly button.

The larger of the two has been problem free however the smaller has been a pain in the backside. Firstly it was difficult to put on and the place that we bought it from will not assist you in application of body jewellery as they do not have the correct equipment which is fair enough. So between the two of us we managed to get the smaller hoop in and the balls screwed on but two nights in a row we found balls in the bed in the morning. Not great. As it stands there are no balls attached to the ring as they went missing some time ago. Sad times for the small hoop – I will buy another one but bigger this time.

When looking at piercings it always makes me want to get my nose pierced and another part of my ear but then I think about it again and seem to lose the will. Obviously I am not ready for another piercing yet as I would get it done straight away but these things need serious deliberation.

For the moment my mind is on a new tattoo . . .

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