Monday, 27 October 2014

Currently Reading : The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

I recently started reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon, a book which I had heard a lot about but never really knew what it was about. This book is not like anything I have read before and although it took me a little while to get into, I am thoroughly enjoying it now.

Christopher is an intelligent young boy who is living with Asperger's Syndrome. The book begins with Christopher stepping out at night to find his neighbours dog dead.  He is accused of killing the dog and so he decides to embark on a journey to find out who the real killer. Christopher decides to record all of the details in a book and during the journey, he discovers something that will change his life forever.
"Sometimes we get sad about things and we don't like to tell other people that we are sad about them. We like to keep it a secret. Or sometimes, we are sad but we really don't know why we are sad, so we say we aren't sad but we really are."
This book gives you a first person view of the mental processes of living with Asperger's Syndrome, something which is not very easy to achieve. The topic of each chapter varies, not following on from one another, and there are various illustrations throughout which make this an easy yet emotive read. It is a relatively short read, and although I would say the actual story line is not something to write home about, the meaning behind the story definitely makes it worth a read.

What are you currently reading?

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Thursday, 23 October 2014

My Favourite at Home Manicure; KISS Nail Treatments

If you asked me a few months ago what my nail care routine was like, my answer would have been “what nail routine?”. My nails were weak and brittle, and consequently I would often bite them (nasty habit!). However, more recently I have really taken more of an interest in caring for my nails and this is evident in the condition of my nails. They are a lot stronger, they do not bend and my cuticles are looking a lot healthier. I can honestly say this is down to two new nail treatments from Kiss - the Cuticle Care and Strengthening kits.

To prep my nails I have been using the Kiss Cuticle Care Daily Maintenance System. In this pack you receive cuticle remover, cuticle oil and a nail balm. I have never used anything like the cuticle remover before so I was amazed the first time I used it. It contains potassium hydroxide which breaks down and loosens excess cuticles, sounds painful but it’s not. In fact, it doesn’t even sting and it makes for a much cleaner manicure. The cuticle oil smells delightful, a bit like marzipan, and contains Jojoba and Almond oil which hydrates and revitalizes your nails. A little of this goes a long way therefore be careful not to apply too much. Finished off with the nail balm, which heals dry cuticles and promotes healthy nail growth, you are ready to paint.

On the days where I want to give my nails a break to breathe, I apply the Kiss Strengthening Manicure System which includes a base coat, a nail tint and the top coat. They are specially formulated with keratin-pro complex to strengthen your nails and allow your nails to breathe. The nail tint provides your nails with a light colour to enhance your nails, with the top coat providing that extra protection.

Pairing these two kits together has been a godsend for me. A few months ago my nails were peeling, soft and generally in poor condition, but after using this for the past few weeks they have improved immensely. This really is a rave review and I would recommend these kits to anyone. They are very affordable at £7.99 each and can be found in your local Superdrug.

What nail treatments do you like to use?

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Monday, 20 October 2014

Snowflake Cookie Yankee Candle

Last year Yankee Candle added a new candle to their Christmas collection called Snowflake Cookie. During the Christmas period I typically reach for spicy scented candles, and this expands into the Autumn and Winter months. I therefore thought I would give Snowflake Cookie a try as it is a little different for this time of the year! This vanilla sugar based scent is described as:
A new Christmas tradition that is sure to charm: perfectly pretty holiday cookies, deliciously decorated with sugary pink icing.
As you would expect from the description, this is a very sweet scented candle, mimicking cookies topped with icing. It is very similar to Vanilla Cupcake, but sweeter. On first sniffs it is a bit too sweet and over powering for my liking. However, once lit it is not quite so strong and the room fills with a lovely light baking smell. The packaging is not particularly Christmasy and therefore can easily be burnt all year round without it looking out of place. If you do not like sweet scents, this is not for you, but if you like your house smelling like cookies this is the one.

Which is your favourite Yankee Candle Scent?

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Vaseline Limited Edition Queen Bee

Earlier this week, Victoria and I attended the launch of Vaseline’s fourth Limited Edition Lip Therapy - Queen Bee. This was my second event at the Ham Yard Hotel in London, and what a lovely hotel it is. Located in the Orangery room, the d├ęcor was black and gold themed with honey dotted around the room – it smelt amazing. They also had Queen Bee inspired manicures (mine were black with gold glitter on the ring finger) and a life coach you could speak to.

Now onto the Vaseline! It has a light honey scent, which I absolutely love and like all Vaselines, it will help to protect your lips through the cold winter months approaching. What really makes Queen Bee stand out is the shimmery gold and black stripes packaging, very different to the usual plain packaging.

The Limited Edition Vaseline Queen Bee is available now from Boots and Tesco for just £3.99 – but be quick as stock is limited.

Which is your favourite Vaseline?

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