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Seeing...Films | 2018 - 5 Star Reviews

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Welcome to my final post in this series and the one we've all been waiting for and it's my 5 Stars films! I've quite enjoyed writing these posts and wondering if I should carry on doing monthly film updates? Let me know what you think. 









The Greatest Showman

There are no words to describe how much I love this film, this was my second viewing as I’d already been to watch it before I signed up to the limitless card. For me, musicals are my favourite genre of film. I can’t sing and I have no real ear for music but give me a jolly sing-along musical and I’m at the front of the queue.


This film had such a beautiful look and feel to it. From the very first scene where you just see Hugh Jackman’s feet to all the music and dancing. It has also ignited a love for Zac Efron which feel far more acceptable than his High School Musical days and yes, I did Google his age! Maybe I shouldn’t admit that but oh well now you all know.

Oceans 8

I really wasn’t sure what to expect, the cast was incredible but I was prepared to be disappointed but it was one of my favourite films of the year and I’m anticipating another one. I’m wondering if there will be a collaboration between the 11 or what’s left of them and this cast? That might be wishful thinking but it would be oh so good!

It was everything Widows could have been. (see my 3-star review post for my thoughts on that one). Oceans 8 was playful, comical and in my opinion delightful to watch.

Mama Mia 2


So good I saw it twice. What I loved most about this film other than Fernando and Cher’s cameo and the credits was that 2 women in the audience had brought in cans of G&T then a bottle of wine, straws and their own glasses. Not something I’d ever thought of doing myself but other than one almost falling down the stairs to go to the loo. That was a real highlight. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the film as the things I’ve mentioned are such small details but they are highlights.

Bohemian Rhapsody

My most anticipated film of the year and it didn’t disappoint. This film had such bad reviews from the critics and I can see some of their points about how elements of Freddie’s life had been watered down of glossed over but to be honest I also understand why the film makes choose to do this and that they left enough references into his life without being graphic about it. Freddie is such a well-loved person and loved by all ages and sitting it at a 12A was the right place for it.
These posts have taken me a few days to write and from making my list to writing this post I was in the works and there was a mother and daughter who was under 12. I’m not good with ages but I’d say she was 10 or 11. They were looking at the books about Queen and Freddie Mercury and they were clearly fans, saying that one is too similar to what we already have. It got me thinking if they had made the film a 15 this girl wouldn’t be able to see it for years but with the 12A and as an existing fan I bet she loved it (If she’s watched it)

A Star is Born


If I’d have written this film straight after watching the film it would have been a 3 or a 4 as while I was watching it, I remember feeling a little bit bored and not totally loving it. However, after digesting it and speaking to other people about it my opinion has changed and what also brought it up was the music. We l love a musical.

Fantastic Beasts 2

When I first watched this, I had only watched the original film once and not all in one go. I loved it but I don’t feel like you could watch this film as a standalone film as they didn’t say some of the character’s name or not that I remember. For example, I had no idea who Abernathy was at all. I came home and rewatched the original film then went to watch it again and it was so much more magical.  

It’s a filler film, building plot for the upcoming movies but I really didn’t mind that and I can’t stop watching YT videos about it and I’ve listened to a few podcasts and it’s really interesting listening to other POVs.

The weekend that I’m writing this post the first film was on ITV and we watched it and now I want to see the second film again. It’s not on at our local cinema any more but I am considering going to the cinema in the city centre to see it.

Mary Poppins Returns


 My final film of the year and it truly was magical. It felt very true to the original with some lovely touches. Did you notice the cameo by the original Jane? I loved the animated elements which is something I don’t like in the original but I think it was good that they included it.
It was so heart-warming and it was nice that I saw it with my mum and gran.


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Seeing...Films | 2018 - 4 Star Reviews

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Welcome to my 4 Stars films week. You will be glad I didn't put these all in one post as I've been using the same word document and without these little intros I've written almost 3000 words (ops) 

Don't forget to let me know if you've watched any of these films and what you thought of them. 

Early Man


Another film I only watched because of having the pass, I watched this on the second day of having my pass as I wanted to try and get my first month’s value in the first weekend. I’ve never been a huge fan of Ardman animation, if things like Wallace and Gromit are on TV I will watch it and laugh but I’d never chosen to watch them, but this was on at a good time and meant I could see another film straight after and have a lot of my day left over.

I really enjoyed this film, it was very funny. It’s based around cavemen and a football team. Neither of these things are my type of thing but it was such a fun film and I laughed all the way through it.

Ready Player One

A very pleasant surprise, I had no prior knowledge of the film before and my friend picked it based on the time of the screening rather than the content of the film. Normally I would steer away from this kind of film but I loved it and wanted to watch it again. Sadly, I didn’t get time to go and see it before it had been taken off at the pictures. I had since reading the book and for once I liked the film better. I really struggled with the book and didn’t enjoy it. I think if I’d have read the book first, I wouldn’t have watched the film. It's set in a dystopian future where the majority of people spend time online in a virtual reality as reality isn’t worth spending time in. When the creator of the virtual reality dies, he’s left a challenge in his will for someone to win the ownership of the company but to win you have to compete in different challenges to get a chance to compete in the final battle. It has been really well done and I think it has been modernised enough to make it relevant and enough retro elements to be in keeping with the book.

Peter Rabbit

This was a lovely film but spoilt by James Cordon, as a rule, I don’t mind him. I don’t go out of my way to watch his stuff but if Gavin and Stacie is on or A League of Their Own is on I’ll watch it. But it was wrong for this film. Everything else was lovely and it was fun and well worth a watch if you can get past his voice.

Show Dogs


You might be surprised to find I rated this so highly but I love stupid talking animal films. This was funny, stupid, silly, laugh out loud funny and I loved everything. It’s one to watch for things in the background as well. It might not be one you tell everyone you watched let alone watched but for me it’s a perfect couple of hours, forget about everything and just laugh.

The plot is so implausible that it’s worth not thinking too hard about it. A police dog and an FBI agent have to team up to infiltrate a gang of criminals which are operating out of a dog show.

Christopher Robin

I can’t remember what rating this film was but it isn’t a kid’s film, it’s very nostalgic and aimed at grownups. It was quite sad in places and there was a lot of children in the screen and they either fell asleep and there was a lot of is it over, can we go. When will it end! It was quite funny as at one point a woman shh’d her child and said it’ll get good soon! Personally, I thought it was brilliant but I feel like you needed to be over 30 to fully appreciate it. Or at least have started to become a little bit jaded with life and have forgotten the joy of childhood.

King of Thieves

Based on the true story of the Hatton Garden robberies which didn’t happen all that long ago. This film was a lot funnier than I expected. It had great comic timing and a fantastic cast. When I originally saw the trailer, I knew I wanted to see the film but it was better than I’d expected.

Nativity Rocks

I’m not sure if I’d ever watched the nativity films before, but while I was off work ill in November, I discovered the first 3 films were on Netflix and Amazon Prime (I don’t think they are all on one, so you have to flip between them) So when I spotted the 4th film was out I decided to take myself off to watch it. Someone I worked with described it as the worst film he’s ever seen but me and him seem to have totally opposite tastes so I knew I’d love and I did. It was stupid in place, very far-fetched and a good one to while away a couple of hours without having anything to worry about. 

I laughed, I cried (more than once) It was a very sweet family film. However, the man next to me didn’t agree and I feel like he was very angry at being forced to sit through it! My cinema has some nice seats so if I were him and hated it that much I’d have popped out, he was with another adult and a child so it wasn’t like he’d be leaving a child alone. It’s always quite funny sitting next to someone who hates a film unless they are doing too much huffing and puffing.

The Grinch


I do love the live action version of the Grinch so when I found out there was a cartoon version coming out, I was excited to see it but no one I knew wanted to see it. Over Christmas, I had a couple of hours to myself so I sneaked off and watched it.
It doesn’t get a 5-star rating as some bit irritated me and they were small things such as the girl’s scarf was way too long and It bugged me so much. But overall it was a sweet and fun family film.


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Seeing...Films | 2018 - 3 Star Reviews

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Over the last couple of weeks I've been sharing news on the films I watched in 2018 on my Odeon Limitless card, the original post was very long so I've split it out, this week I'm going to share the 4 films I rated as 3 stars. 

Please let me know if you have watched any of these and how did you rate them?



Ladybird

To quote Love Island, on paper this was my kind of film but it was a mix of painful to watch as it was set a few years after I’d left high school and while school in Britain is very different from American High schools it felt very raw and while it was nothing like my schooling it was hard for me to watch.

Finding Your Feet


Another film where all the funny clips were in the trailers, it was fun in places and again it was a hard watch as it dealt with dementia and cancer as well as getting old and friendship groups. The general plot is a woman who was quite well off leaves her husband and moves in with her sister in a council flat in London. The sister invites her to a dance class she attends and she reluctantly agrees to go, she makes friends and they all take part in a charity dance to raise money. Fun but would have been better as a 3-part Sunday night BBC1 drama rather than having a cinematic release.

A Wrinkle in Time

I went in with my eyes closed, knowing nothing about the film and I still feel really mixed about it. Which is why it’s sitting slap bang in the middle with a 3-star review. I loved the fairies and the outfit changes, I didn’t like the storyline or know what was going on half of the time but visually it was stunning to watch.

Widows


Again, this looked like my kind of movie, from the trailer it looked like it would be a high body count, lots of shoot 'em ups. But this fell short of the mark for me. It tried too hard and the cast while amazing was lacking in commitment and realism. The backstories felt week and while it did have a couple of nice twisty turns it was missing something for me. Which was a shame, it had a great cast, great location but I can’t put my finger on what I didn’t like. My mum really enjoyed this and prebaby gave it a high 4 if not 5 stars. I know it wasn’t that high for me as I kept clock watching! 

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Seeing...Films | 2018 - 2 Star Reviews

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Last week I shared a list of films I'd watched in 2018 on my Odeon Limitless card, I also started to give each of them a rating but the post was super long before I was even halfway through. I've decided to do weekly posts on each of the star ratings I gave each of the films I've watched. 

From the 23 films I watched, I gave 4 a 2-star rating:




2 Stars

Red Sparrow

A Russian Spy thriller –   I had really high hopes for this, the trailers looked like the kind of films I enjoy but it was mind-boggling. Double, triple and maybe some quadruple crossing. Even months later I still don’t know who was good or who was bad or what actually happened. There as some pretty graphic violence (which I don’t normally mind) but I had to cover my face. I wasn’t a good start to my cinema card.

I Feel Pretty

This is watched with films and it has the making of a girls night out movie but there was a mix of us having to sit right near the front, it was very full and warm and an awful plot and premise of a film. I wanted to give it a one star but I did laugh a few times so decided on that basis it warranted 2 stars. 

The premise is a geeky, unconfident dare I say fat (she was plumper than her co-stars) girl bangs her head and suddenly becomes uber-confident, popular and see herself as thin. What a crap message to send out into the world. It was one of those films that I saw because I wanted to go to the cinema, I’m glad I’ve watched it as I knew I’d be curious but at the same time, I could have lived without seeing it.


Incredibles 2

I might have been unfair in giving this film 2 stars and it’s probably me that needs the 2 stars but this film didn’t hold my attention at all. In fact, I fell asleep a few times and for the parts I was awake I didn’t laugh. I thought about going to see it again but I decided against it. Someone at work really enjoyed it but I haven’t really seen anyone say anything really good (or bad) about it. I would watch it again when it comes on TV but I’m in no rush.

The Book Club


I might be being overly generous in giving these 3 stars but it wasn’t totally awful, just a tiny bit awful. It starts out with 4 women who are all middle-aged and either married and lonely or single and successful who were all college friends start a book club. The film follows them through meeting old loves, starting new loves, rekindling current loves and drinking a lot of wine. In fact as I write this, I’m downgrading it to 2-star review. 

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Seeing...Films | My Limitless Card and 2018 Films

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Ever since my town got an Odeon cinema after not having one for a very long time, I’d been thinking about buying a limitless card but never got round to it.

Earlier this year I got an email through for 13 months for the price of 12 which I thought was a good deal. There is also a 5% discount when you pay in advance. I decided to use some money from my savings to buy it outright.



The pass started on 10th March 2018 and up to 26th December 2018 I have watched about 25 films. I’m not 100% sure I’ve made a record of all the films I’ve watched but from a paper list and going through the calendar in my phone, I think this is the majority of them. I did see a few films earlier in the year but I’ve only made a list of the ones I’ve used my pass for.  

I’m doing this post now as I’ve realised, I’ve finally broken even (in slight profit with the pass). I’ve paid to upgrade to premium seats and for isense a few times for a couple of reasons. Some of these reasons include the film only being shown in premium or isense screens. My cinema is quite small. There are only 7 screens and one of those screens only has premium seats.



I have watched some films more than once, either because I’ve really enjoyed it or I’ve watched it with my mum and then with friends.

Another thing I’m really proud of is that I’ve been to see a number of films by myself. This is something I’d never have done in the past. The only other time I tried, I walked out of the film after about 15 minutes. Luckily that was another time when I had a Cineworld pass.
The films in the order I watched them in:

Red Sparrow
Early Man
Ladybird
Finding Your Feet
The Greatest Showman
Ready Player One
Peter Rabbit
I Feel Pretty
The Book Club
Show Dogs
A Wrinkle in Time
Oceans 8
Incredibles 2
Mama Mia 2
Mama Mia 2
Christopher Robin
King of Thieves
Bohemian Rhapsody
A Star is Born
Widows
Nativity Rocks
Fantastic Beasts 2
Fantastic Beasts 2
The Grinch
Mary Poppins Returns

I’ve given each film a rating from 1- 5 and I’ll talk about them in groups. I’d love to know if you have watched any of these films and if you agree with my scores.



I haven’t given any 1 star although it was a tough call on a few of these. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to give a bit of an overview on each star rating This was going to be one long post but I’m about halfway through writing it and it was over 1600 words long. Plus it gives me 4 weeks’ worth of blog content!! Mwhahaha. 

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Slimming World Update

Monday, December 31, 2018

I did say I wasn’t going to talk about my slimming world journey too much on my main social media channels as I have a separate slimming world Instagram account SeeingSpots_SW if you’re interested in following along.



However, this is my blog, my space and I want to document my life. I’ve hardly blogged this year and it’s not been the best health wise and I have done a separate post about where I’ve been and why I haven’t blogged.

Initially, I was re-joining slimming world on a doctor’s referral but I didn’t meet the criteria for the free 12-week referral, I decided to pay and bought myself a 12-week countdown. I’m about 7 weeks in (6 weigh-ins) and it’s going ok.

I’ve lost 1st 1lbs so far however I’m expecting a gain when I weigh in on Monday but at least I’ve got my 1st award before the end of the year.


As always, my weight loss has been up and down and I need to get fully focused especially because of my health. If you haven’t read my other blog post (If I mentioned it) I have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and the nurse I spoke to have confused me. He told me no cards, no fruit at all. This is the opposite of the printouts he’s given me and the advice I’ve found online. For now, I’m planning on just following slimming world until I can see the other nurse.

I do wish I’d done a weekly update and maybe just published them monthly, maybe I will do that in the new year.

In the week between being given a doctor’s referral and discovering I couldn’t actually use it I lost 8lbs myself which I was really amazed by. I wish I’d just joined myself the first week but I really didn’t know but never mind.

Week 1 – Joined



Week 2 - -5lbs
I was very pleased about this because knowing I’d lost 8lbs myself the week before I wasn’t expecting much at all. This is also one of my biggest week 1 losses I’ve ever had in all the times I’ve joined slimming world

Week 3 - -2lbs (7lbs total)
Another very happy week, I got my first half stone award and who doesn’t like getting stickers and certificates. My only problem is that I keep arriving late and having to wait until after the class to get weighed so I miss out of the group celebrations. Although a few people waited around outside to see how I’d got on which I thought was really nice of them.



Week 4 - -6.5lbs (13.5lbs)
I made it on time and got weighed with everyone else. I couldn’t believe that I’d lost 6.5lbs when I was only expecting 2lbs maximum and loosing back I really don’t think it was right. If you see then next two weeks are gains when I wasn’t expecting them. I did get slimmer of the week and I also won the raffle!

Week 5 - +1.5lbs (12lbs)
A very unexpected gain, I felt like I’d worked hard this week and I wasn’t expecting a massive loss but I did feel quite bloated but I didn’t expect 1.5lbs on. I’m hoping last weeks massive loss was wrong but all I can do is try.



Week 6 - +0.5lbs (11.5lbs)
This week I was expecting a gain as I’d been out for Xmas meals and just generally allowed more things to creep in. I think I was feeling annoyed about last weeks gain but I think I got away lightly with only half a pound. I always do this when I get close to a milestone.

Week 7 – 3.5lbs (15lbs)

A cheeky morning weigh in a day early due to Christmas, I was hoping for a loss but I didn’t expect 3.5lbs. I also got weighed at the doctors and I really do think the 6.5lbs was wrong. In fact, I got weight twice over 2 weeks at the doctors and this week and last weeks slimming worlds weights match the doctor’s scales and shows I’ve lost 10kg since I first got weighed at the start of November. 

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2019 Plans

Friday, December 28, 2018

I want to go back to doing a panning challenge I didn’t do one in 2018, panning videos are how I got into YouTube and I’m not sure if I will make a panning video series but I want to do at least one blog post a quarter, which means I could do a video quarterly. I think I’m going to do a 19 in 2019 challenge. The preliminary plan is:
  • 1.       Hair – Hair Mask
  • 2.       Hair – Hair Oil – TK Maxx
  • 3.       Hair – Hair Oil – Lee Stafford
  • 4.       Body – Zoella Body Spray
  • 5.       Body – Bath and Body Spray
  • 6.       Body – Body Cream
  • 7.       Body – Body Cream
  • 8.       Body – Hand Scrub
  • 9.       Body – Foot Cream
  • 10.   Body – Foot Masks (count)
  • 11.   Face – Face Mask Blue L’Oréal
  • 12.   Face – Face Mask – All Primark (count)
  • 13.   Face – Face Mask
  • 14.   Nails – Kiko Colour
  • 15.   Nails – Kiko Colour
  • 16.   Makeup – Rimmel Foundation
  • 17.   Makeup – No 7 Intelligent Colour Foundation
  • 18.   Makeup – No 7 Eye Liner
  • 19.   Makeup – Lip Stick

One of the things I need to do is have a massive sort out of my makeup. I did do this at least once if not twice this year, I’m not sure if I filmed it as I can’t find anything specific in my playlists. I know that I did get rid of a lot of lip products and eye pallets, I guess I need to start using what I’ve kept so I feel like I need to do some kind of challenge with myself. I don’t know what if do one month one palette or something but I do know I want to work through my lipsticks and find ones that work for me and be strong and get rid of the ones that I don’t like. The idea I have is to try and use one a day or pull out a few each week and try and use them.

Maybe I’m putting too much on myself and I know I don’t need to do it all at once, that’s why I’ve got repeat products on my list of 19 in 2019 to make sure I’m using products.


The original plan for 2018 was to do favourite videos but I think I only managed one month, in 2019 I’m planning on combining favourites into my Empties videos – If I can plan in Empties and I can add in a favourite towards the end of the video.  

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Where have a been? Why haven’t I blogged for months? What’s been going on?

Monday, December 24, 2018

I guess time ran away from me, I’ve still been around on social media and I’ve been posting on YouTube so if you want a full update it’s worth checking out my weekend vlogs and or my Vlogmas videos.

In the early hours of this morning, I published my final Vlogmas 2018 video and it seems a bit strange not having anything to edit. I thought I’d do a blog post instead and it seems strange to be typing rather than cutting out my swears and sneezes.

2018 has been a bit of a year, social media wise (is it weird to talk about this first as if it’s a big thing?) I think I’ve lost followers on every single social media account I have this year and it seemed the more I tried to share and “promote” myself the more followers I lost. I really don’t care if 10 or 100 people follow but it does feel sad to see numbers drop, especially when you open something like Instagram and see 5 new followers pop up but the overall numbers have gone down by 10. Silly really but while I see people grow and I mean GROW. I can’t help feeling a bit crap. My photo quality is bad, I don’t have a theme but I don’t really want to do all of that.

I realise a lot of apps have had mass clear-outs and have taken measures to get rid of bots but 2019 I might not even make a note of my start figures (that’s a lie) I haven’t recorded a stat in months. I’m going to have a look now (covers eyes while excel loads)


January
December
Twitter
3779
3739
-40
Facebook
770
739
-31
Instagram
2158
2092
-66
YouTube
369
379
10
Pinterest
1253
1306
53
Bloglovin
642
667
25
Google+
423
431
8

It’s not too bad but look at 2017 figures and it’s not what I’d like to have seen

December
December
YouTube
236
326
90
Google+
384
424
40
Bloglovin
457
637
180
Pinterest
591
1241
650
Facebook
599
768
169
IG SW
675
1267
592
Instagram
1579
2133
554
Twitter
3046
3720
674

This isn’t what stopped me blogging, I’m not totally shallow but it’s part of being a blogger, vlogger whatever terms I’m going by these days.

Life has been busy, I’ve not felt well for about 2 years maybe a bit longer and I finally found a medical professional that has listened. Listened mostly, still not totally but we’re working on it. I’ve been tested for everything and I’ve got diabetes, something wrong with my liver. A referral for my ovaries and looking into sorting my head out as well as my high cholesterol.

As with everything it starts with weight loss, and with fear of being excommunicated from my plus size friends I’ve re-joined slimming world. I’ve lost about a stone and half so far and my blood test have shown improvement on the diabetes scale so that’s good. I’m not going to talk about slimming world too much but I do have a dedicated Instagram account so come and follow me over there for updates.

Work, well let say it makes me cry on a daily basis, I’ve got time off over Christmas and I’ve had to bring my laptop home I’ve got that much to do. I’m kind of hoping I haven’t got a charger for it but I do have stuff that needs to be done urgently so hmmm in a dilemma but the thought of work makes me cry let alone actually working. At the start of this year I said my aim was to get a new job and I did nothing about it. 2019 might have to change and I might have to start looking.
Other things that I haven’t done, I still haven’t been to London (to see the Queen or buy a Heat magazine) I didn’t get my trip to Disney Land Paris (I’m thinking of a Solo trip in February but not sure I’m brave enough)

Things haven’t been all bad, I did go on holiday to Mexico and Lanzarote which were both excellent holidays, if not very different.

I did get an Odeon Unlimited card and I have seen lots of films, I still haven’t got my moneys worth yet as I keep upgrading to premium seating and buying my mm tickets. I think when it expires, I might pay for her to have an unlimited card as well. The next film we’ll see if Mary Poppins Returns and I can’t wait.

I’m hoping for a good 2019 and I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year


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BEAUTY | Amazon Lazy Susan - Impulse Buy

Thursday, August 23, 2018

While I buy a lot of random things often I spend weeks thinking, googling, pondering and debating with myself before actually pressing that check out button. 

Other times I click before I think and this is one of those times, this came up as a suggested item on Amazon and it had 20% off and before I knew it the parcel turned up (yay prime) and I was sat making a very awkward video for my YouTube channel as I didn't read the instructions properly. 



Now that I've had it for a few weeks I thought I'd share how I've set it up. It's still very much a work in progress but this is my current set up. 

It has 4 sections each split into two and room on top to add more things. 

The top just has my current body cream and spare glasses, I'm going to try moving one of the shelves up so the body cream fits on a shelf. 


Section 1

Brushes and makeup wipes. What is nice about this unit is there is a cutout section in the lip to stand up brushes. I'm trying to limit this to just the brushes I need for the week but a pen and scissors have crept in. 

The bottom section I've just put my open packets of makeup wipes and I'm using a small can of shower gel to prop them up. 




Section 2

Skin Care - This is the most organised section, I've got my day and night skincare, serums, moisturising mask and eye cream all in one area. I'm terrible at having a good skin care routine and having my current products in one place. 

Section 3
Body care, I hate moisturising my body! I hate, loathe and despise touching my own skin. I know I should use it and unless it's right in front of me I won't bother. I should buy the spray can stuff but I have so many tubs of product from gift sets I can't justify buying more (Let's ignore the fact I bough the Childs Farm last week) I've got a half used up tub of body butter out to try and encourage me to use it and a bottle of spray oil.

I've also got a random packet of tissues.


 Section 4
Makeup - I've squashed my makeup bag on to a shelf as I'm away this weekend and I was sorting out things to take with me. I'm not sure how I'll use this going forward but this little Hello Kitty bag fits in the section better than expected. There is also a 4th packet of wipes! Why do I have so many open packets!


Books

BOOKS | Recently Reads - 4 of the books I've read so far this year

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

I feel like I haven't read as much as I normally would and I haven't been recording what I've been reading. 

Recently I got asked about making some more book tube videos and to be honest I don't feel like I have enough content, but I have managed to make 4 videos on Books I've read, my to be read pile and I thought I'd put some book content on here. 

I stopped doing book tube videos as they get less than 20 views and while my other videos only get around 60 views it just didn't seem worth it but as I love books I'm going to commit to start making them at least twice a month as a minimum. 


Wilde Like Me - Louise Pentland


Initially I had no plans to read this, as much as I like Louise and watch her channel the hints she gave for this book really put me off, the way she talked about it made me think it was going to be the new 50 shades of grey, especially at the time she was changing her channel to be more grown-up friendly.

After speaking to a friend I realised it was nothing like that at all and by this time It was out in paperback I decided to give it a go.

I have to say I really enjoyed it, a lovely funny, quick, quirky read. Characters you want to be friends with and part of me felt like I was reading about Louise and Darcy rather than Robin and her daughter. This wasn't a bad thing and I think if you don't know Louise and her vlogs you will get the same experience from it.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine -Gail Honeyman


This was another book I wasn't interested in reading. There seemed to be a lot of hype about it when it first came out and while we shouldn't judge a book by its cover but the title and cover just didn't really appeal.

I took to this really quickly and it didn't take me long to read it, I did feel a bit of an affinity with Eleanor and it affected me slightly in the very beginning. As the book goes on I can confirm that we are nothing alike.

It does have some hard themes, but it also has funny, touching and lovely moment in it. It looks at childhood trauma, love, life, friendship and I'm glad that I've read it.

The Light Between Oceans - M L Stedman


I  chose this after seeing a trailer for the film, I feel like I get more from a film if I've read the book first and what also appealed to me was it was set in Australia.

The story covers a number of years and is set mainly on a remote island and covers the life of the lighthouse keeper and his wife who have a bleak life and heartbreak while living on this remote island.

When a boat with a dead man and a small crying baby wash up on the island both their lives and the lives of people back on the mainland change forever.

31 Dream Street - Lisa Jewell



I adored this book, I'm a huge Lisa Jewell fan and this book didn't disappoint. It's around 10 years old and I didn't realise it's age until there are a couple of mentions of old terminology such as switch card which made me think she was making up terms but actually using terms that really existed!

Lisa builds such a wonderful cast of characters and each one could be a real person you know.

A shop keeper has watched her neighbours house with its ecclectic mix of tenants wanting a look inside, by chance she get to build a friendship with the owner and she helps him to build up his social skills and gets to know his tenants while building friendships and changing lives


This was a lovely mix of books and unusally for me I enjoyed them all, I would recommend reading them all and I'd give them all a five star rating.

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