Today I’m reviewing “My Husbands Wife” by Amanda Proswe.
“Once a week, Rosie Tipcott counts her blessings. She goes to sit on her favourite bench on the north Devon cliffs, and thanks her lucky stars for her wonderful husband, her mischievous young daughters, and her neat little house by the sea. She vows to dedicate every waking hour to making her family happy. But then her husband unexpectedly leaves her for another woman and takes the children. Now she must ask the question: what is left in her life? Can Rosie find the strength to rebuild herself? More importantly, does she even want to?”
I did like this book, however I was slightly disappointed. From the way the book starts, it seems like the focal point will be the mystery behind Rosie’s mother, and when that is revealed it wasn’t as exciting as I thought it was going to be. I also felt the ending was rather rushed. This book’s ok, I didn’t dislike it, but I expected more from it. If you’re looking for an easy read, then this is perfect.
I am reading another one of Amanda Prowse’s books at the minute, so I’ll let you know how I find that one!
Let me know if you’ve read anything by this author and if you enjoyed it!
If you’ve followed my blog for a while or any of my social media, you’ll know I love all things beauty. One of my favourite pass times is curling up with a cuppa and watching various beauty videos on YouTube. I’m quite jealous (in a nice way) of some of these girls on there, their make up skills are mad, and they’re probably the types who are very commented to beauty and have crazy everyday beauty routines. Anyway long story short, it started me thinking, about all the beauty things I’m actually pretty rubbish at, and I thought it would be a fun post. Also guys feel free to start this into a tag and post this on your blogs (and tag your friends!) and leave me a link. I’m going to nominate my friend Abbie at Abbienicolex to do this post too! Don’t forget to let me know what beauty things you fail at!
.#WakeUpAndMakeUp : My friend Natalie is so dedicated to make up, and always looks made up and together even on days when she’s working. I wish I was as dedicated as Natalie and went for contour and highlight and all that jazz every day. But I’m lazy, so my everyday make up routine is literally concealer, powder mascara. If I’m feeling fancy I might put some blush on. Maybe.
Shaving my legs : Again I’m lazy. This happens once a week, maybe twice if I’m going out (and even then its not certain)
Moisturising my body : I need to do this a lot more! But I hate the feel of sticky greasy body lotion so I try to avoid it. And I’m also too lazy.
Liquid liner : Who are these girls who get their winged liner so sharp? How do you do it? Are you wizards? I’ve gotten better, but even now I have to use tape to avoid looking like a panda
False lashes : One goes right, the other goes wonky. EVERY DAMN TIME. Then they fall off at really inconvenient times, and I always forget to take my glue with me, so I pull them off and end up with patchy eyeliner. I’ve given up with false lashes for now.
Contour : I’m not too bad at this. I add a little bit of bronzer under my cheek bones, but I’m really not brave enough to go full on razor sharp cheek bones. I don’t think big brown stripes would go well with my ghostly complexion
Eyebrows : Benefit Gimme Brow is my saviour. I just can’t get to grips with actually drawing my brows on without looking like Mr Bean. And my eyebrows grow super fast, I can literally go from on fleek to monobrow overnight. Does anybody else feel my pain with this?
A night time skincare routine : I always do my skin care in a morning without fail. At night time, I kind of forget. Whoops
Taking my make up off : Mostly after a night out. I always stuff my face with the end of the night pizza, and fall into bed. Then wake up a scary smudged mess in the morning
Taking all the good selfies : I see so many girls on Instagram who have their selfies on point. Seriously they are flawless. I have take about 500 to find an angle where it looks like I only have one chin, my under eye bags aren’t on show and I don’t look like a pouting Miss Piggy.
And that’s my list! I hope this has given you a giggle. Let me know if you decide to do this idea, and let me know what your fails are!
A bit of a different book this week. Lately all I’ve been reading are mysteries and thrillers so I thought I’d go for something a little more light-hearted and fun. I’m a huge fan of Tilly Bagshawe’s books and I’ve read quite a few of them. I hadn’t read Flawless in a while so I thought I’d give it another go.
“Set in the glittering world of international diamond dealing, FLAWLESS follows the fortunes of idealistic young designer Scarlett Drummond Murray as she battles her way through the snake pits of greed and corruption in the jewellery business.From London to Beverly Hills, New York to Cape Town, Scarlett finds herself plunged into a world of ruthless mine owners, shady diamond dealers, and the stunningly beautiful women for whom they all compete, in business and in bed. All of them, in their different ways, are prepared to sell their souls and sacrifice everything in pursuit of that one, elusive, perfect stone, no matter what the cost.But is Scarlett also destined to be blinded by the brilliance of the temptation that surrounds her? Or can she keep her nerve – and her principles – and make it to the top with her heart and her business still intact?” (Blurb taken from Amazon)
One thing I really loved about this book (and all Tilly Bagshawe’s books) is how long and in-depth they are! What I also enjoyed about Flawless was the strong female lead character, and how despite all the glamour of the book, Bagshawe highlights other things such as the characters charity work and how this puts her in danger. Obviously the main theme of the book is the romance and relationships between the character, which ends up being a little bit predictable. To be honest though I find most books of this genre are. This is a perfect book to take away on holiday, or if you’re looking for something that has a great story, drama and humour but doesn’t have a confusing plotline, but its also long enough to get into and get a good read out of.
Perfect for fan’s of chic-lit, as are all of Tilly Bagshawe’s books.
But I’ve just been reading through my posts and comments, and realised that I’d love to get to know you guys a little bit better. I’ve had lots of comments and views on my blog but I don’t really know you guys all that well. So introduce yourself in the comments, tell me about yourself, let me know what posts you like, what you want to see more of, what posts you don’t like. Leave me your social media links, ask me any questions you want to.
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Today I’m doing a collab with my blogger bae Abbie, (find her blog here), and we thought we’d do Jacqueline Hill’s “Ride Or Die” tag. Basically if we were stuck on a desert island what must have beauty products would we take with us?
Primer : Bourjois Happy Light Luminous Primer : This is my favourite primer ever, and this is my second bottle of it! I personally think this is a pretty good dupe for the Benefit “That Gal” primer and a fraction of the cost.
Foundation : Revlon Colour Stay Foundation In 150 : This is a foundation I always go back to, and I love the fact its made especially for people with dry skin. It gives a nice, even finish and doesn’t cling to any dry patches like other foundations do.
Concealer : Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer : I love everything about this concealer. It’s brilliant coverage, the formula goes on really well and the applicator is brilliant. A bit pricey but worth the money
Under Eye Setting Powder: I’ve only ever used a LilyLoLo under eye setting powder, and I wasn’t thrilled with it, and I just set my concealer with my regular powder, so no answer for this!
Powder :L’Oréal True Match Powder: To be honest I don’t really use more then one powder at a time so I’d have to go for this one, because I can’t do without a powder in my make up routine. I do really like this, but in my opinion, powder is just powder.
Blush: Benefit Rockateur Blush: This blush is my all time favourite which is why it looks so battered. It was a birthday present from Dan and I have to say the boy did good. It’s a lovely rose colour without being too overpowering ,has a little bit of highlight and smells divine.
Bronzer: Bourjois Contour Illusion Bronzer & Highlight : I haven’t really ventured into the world of bronzers too much as I’ve only just recently started contouring and all that shit. But I’ve been loving this one recently. It might be a weird thing to say but I love that it’s not too pigmented so I can build it up and not have massive brown lines on my cheeks
Highlight : The Balm Mary Lou Manizer: I know this is a cult favourite, but I love this. The pigment and colour is so beautiful and really suits my skin tone. I probably won’t buy another highlighter until this runs out.
Mascara : I don’t particularly love any mascara, I just kind of use the ones I have open then after three months use a new one. But if I had to pick a favourite one that I’ve used it would be the L’oreal Miss Manga mascara, (which I don’t have a picture of!)
Lipstick: MAC Viva Glam 3 & Rimmel Kate In 45: You guys have no idea how tough this one was. In the end I couldn’t choose one so I’ve picked these two. For a night out, if I’m stuck on what to wear, MAC Viva Glam 3 is my go to. It’s a matte finish, and the most beautiful deep red colour. For everyday wear, I always fall back on the Rimmel Kate in 45, which is a really pretty pink based nude, which goes with literally every single eye look.
Liquid Lip : Sleek Matte Me In Shabby Chic : I haven’t tried a lot of liquid lipsticks, but I love the sleek formula (the darker colours aren’t as good as the lighter ones though) and this colour is beautiful. I don’t own anything else like it, its kind of a pinky nude but with purple undertones (does that even make sense?!) I LOVE IT.
Gloss: No answer for this, I don’t use lipgloss
Lashes : I very rarely wear false lashes, because I can’t be arsed and I always end up with one hanging off at the end of the night, so again no answer for this one.
Eyeshadow Palette : Stila Eye’s Are The Window Palette In Soul : This one was super difficult as well because I love eyeshadow. Eventually I narrowed it down to this Stila one and my NYX Custom Pro Palette (see my review here ). The Stila one won because the quality is a lot better. Just look at the colours in here! So pretty and a perfect selection for day and night looks!
Eyeliner: Bourjois Ultra Black Smoky Pencil Eyeliner : I don’t use liquid eyeliner a lot, so I don’t have a liquid favourite, but I love this pencil eyeliner. It’s perfect for creating smoky looks and I like to put it in the water line and then on the outer corner and crease to smudge out.
Setting spray : I don’t use it really so no answer!
Perfume : Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy: Don’t laugh at this, but this is my favourite perfume ever. This is my third bottle. I know it’s not the height of sophistication, and a lot of people get quite snobby about celebrity perfumes but this smells so good and I always get complimented on it. It’s a really sweet smell, and lasts really well too.
And that’s my ride or die products, don’t forget to head over to Abbie’s blog and check out hers! What products can you not do without?
A few weeks ago it was mine and Dan’s two year “anniversary” (I use that word loosely- we’re not married). We spent a few days in a Scotland to celebrate, and in the car on the way back, I started thinking about all the things I’ve learnt, in the ten years Iv’e been “dating”, about relationships (I was 16 when I met my first boyfriend) and thought it would make a pretty cool blog post. Obviously I’m only talking about my personal experiences here, I’m not speaking for everyone, 🙂
Its important to laugh: Literally, laughter is the best medicine, its important to be silly and have fun with somebody. It’s great to find somebody who you can be a little bit immature with.
It’s nice to be part of a team: Whether it’s putting up Ikea furniture together, cooking together, or bossing the housework. It’s nice to have someone who’s got your back #teamwork
Don’t be too proud to apologise : I literally used to be the most stubborn person in the world. It was my way or no way, and I would never apologise even if I needed to. This wasn’t because I was a spoilt brat, I was just so insecure that a felt like I needed to argue and make a point that I wasn’t a push over (even though I totally was). Now I’m in a relationship where I don’t feel like I need to prove myself all the time, it’s easy to say sorry and I realise its just so not worth spending hours sulking over silly things.
Don’t bring up old arguments : I used to be the worst for this, holding grudges for things that had happened months earlier and bringing them up again. You really do need to forgive and forget, otherwise you just keep going round in circles.
Never stop communicating : Talk about everything, the future, plans, dreams, goals, things that are getting you down or just have a good old gossip. Ask how their day has been, tell them about yours. For me this is one of the most important things in a relationship and my favourite thing about Dan, we can talk about anything and its totally comfortable, there are no subjects that are off limits.
Honesty is important: If something about the relationship is bothering you, tell your partner. Don’t bottle it all up until you have a screaming row and say things you might regret.
It’s not your fault if they cheat on you: I was cheated on (not by Dan obviously). I wasn’t cheated on physically (as far as I’m aware) but I found countless messages to other girls, pretty x-rated ones, and pictures too. The response I got when confronted that person was “you shouldn’t have looked through my phone” I spent years being so insecure thinking that is was somehow my fault and I’d not tried hard enough, or I wasn’t pretty enough, and what was wrong with me? The answer absolutely nothing was wrong with me, I wasn’t responsible for someone else’s actions, and neither are you.
If they cheat with you, they’ll probably cheat on you : Speaking of cheating still, if somebody is willing to cheat with you, when you’re together they’re probably going to cheat on you too. That sounds really harsh but in my experience I’ve found it to be true. Boy messages other girls, then has a relationship with other girl, then sends messages to ex. Can you really start out a relationship which came from a lie, without becoming paranoid and insecure about whether or not they’d do the same thing to you? Personally I couldn’t.
Trust : It’s an old cliché but it’s so important. If you don’t trust your partner, you can’t have a happy relationship. I can hand on heart say the only reason I’ve gone on Dan’s phone is to set alarms for him to make me a cuppa (I find this highly amusing, he doesn’t) You’re both entitled to a private life, there’s no need to check each others phones or social media. Personally I’m not really arsed about seeing his group chats about football or whatever it is boys like to talk about.
A relationship can make or break you: Your partner should make you confident, they should support you, encourage you, listen to you and make you feel like you can do anything you want. They should make you a better person. A toxic relationship will break you. Your partner shouldn’t make you feel insecure, like you’re worthless, and like your constantly doing something wrong.
Time apart is important : Don’t get me wrong I love my boyfriend, but I also love it when he buggers off sometimes and I can chill and read my book, blog and watch some trashy TV. I love spending time with him, but I also love time by myself and seeing my friends. You don’t need to joined at the hip, and spending time apart makes you appreciate the time you spend with them
It’s the little things : Big romantic gestures that cost fuck loads of money might seem pretty cool, and give you bragging rights on Facebook but its the little things that matter. For me the most romantic thing is getting a cuppa made for me in the morning (I’m easily pleased). It’s them being there for you when you need it. A few weeks ago something pretty awful happened to me, and I called Dan. He drove an hour (on a week night) to come and see me and didn’t leave until late that night, just because I needed him and I was a wreck to be honest. That might not seem a lot to some people, but to me it meant the world to have someone there for me when I needed it the most. Value the little things
You get really comfortable and that’s ok: You stop wearing make up, stop bothering with your hair, and have no issues in stomping around in your pj’s shoving food in your mouth. Or is that just me?
It’s ok to argue : Nobody relationship is perfect and everyone has arguments. It means your comfortable enough around each other. It’s when arguments get out of hand or happened every day there’s an issue.
If a relationship makes you sad more then it makes you happy it’s time to leave: If you can’t remember the last time you laughed together, or made you happy, is it really worth it?
You don’t need to post your relationship all over social media for it to mean something: I do post pictures of me and Dan on Instagram sometimes, but massive I love you essays and pictures of us kissing? No thanks. In a world where literally everything is shared online, it’s nice to keep somethings private., you don’t need to declare it to the world.
Don’t jump into things too quickly: I got together with my first boyfriend when I was 16, we were together until I went to uni (so two years), then I got with my next boyfriend pretty much straight away and we were together for 4 years. Looking back I wish I’d not rushed into anything and just had some time to myself to enjoy the uni experience.After that I was single for a year and it was amazing. It was so nice to just spend time by myself, doing things for me and the time on my own did me the world of good. When I met Dan I was ready to be with somebody else, we had a few dates and then ended up together, by that time I’d figured out what I wanted in life, and I was comfortable with myself.
That’s today’s little rambling, I could post so much more but I’d be here forever and this would be thousands of words long. Let me know what you’ve learnt from your relationships. What advice would you give to other people?