Happy Book Release Day! – Angelicus by Katie M. John.

I am so excited to announce that ‘Angelicus’, the 4th book in the Meadowsweet Chronicles series, is out today! If this is your first time stumbling across the series by Katie M. John then please keep on reading. You will also find a link below to download ‘Witchcraft’, the first book in the series, for free!

‘Angelicus’ Book 4 of The Meadowsweet Chronicles

Published by Little Bird Publishing House London.

Date of Release 22nd of March 2018

Author Katie M. John

Website www.katiemjohn.com

SERIES BLURB:
There’s no light without dark.
Fox Meadowsweet is a Witch. Jeremiah is a Witch Hunter. The Meadowsweet bloodline has lived in the sleepy English village of Heargton for thousands of years. Jeremiah Chase is a New York boy in exile.

Neither of them asked for their past, but now it’s the only thing that can save their future as dark and ancient paranormal forces threaten to obliterate the world.

When a local college girl is discovered ritually murdered and covered in strange symbols, old suspicions rise, ancient fears manifest, and centuries-spanning blood feuds reignite between the old households of the village.
With their ancestral reputation of magic and witchcraft, eyes turn to the three beautiful Meadowsweet sisters. Including the eyes of Jeremiah Chase, who finds himself inexplicably drawn the quirky wild beauty of the middle sister, Fox.

But as Jeremiah learns the history of her bloodline, he also unearths the dark and tangled story of his own family, giving him knowledge of a terrible and diabolical legacy.

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Witchcraft BOOK 1

Witchcraft

 

 

‘Witchcraft’ BOOK 1 of the SERIES IS ON FREE DOWNLOAD

Kindle US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NG5CLTE

Kindle UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00NG5CLTE

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id950645919

KOBO: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/witchcraft-16

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/witchcraft-kati…/1127088200

PURCHASE YOUR COPY OF ANGELICUS HERE:

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078N34MBP

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B078N34MBP

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Shay and Blue Black Tulip Perfume Sample.

Shay and Blue’s perfume bottles have such a sophisticated look to them!

As soon as I saw Shay and Blue London had an offer on their Black Tulip sample size I jumped at the chance! It had me at “white chocolate”! Oh my god Black Tulip is absolutely divine! Honestly wish I had smell-o-vision right now, guys!

It has notes of plum, white chocolate, black tulip, cyclamen and snowdrops. I can’t stop smelling myself; it’s such a rich, decadent, sweet and beautiful fragrance! If you wear different perfumes in the daytime than you would at night then I’d definitely say this is the perfect scent for a night out. Particularly if it’s for a romantic dinner!

Normally, the sample sizes are £5, and for 2ml, I’d say that’s quite steep but with the promo code: BLACKTULIP the sample was just £1 with free delivery. I couldn’t grumble at that and it turned out to be so worth it! Would definitely recommend you guys stop on by Shay and Blue to try it out for yourself. You can thank me later! 😀

Mini Lush Haul.

Hey guys and gals! I cannot tell you how happy I am that these have arrived! My skin is crying out for help. It did not like my Body Shop face wash at all. It made my face sore and spotty and gave me dry patches so fingers crossed Angels on Bare Skin will soothe it and make it feel much better. As well as using Celestial moisturiser on my face, I’m going to use it on my hands. They are so awful atm and my palms are so itchy and sore! I made sure I went for a product that has mostly natural ingredients and NO perfume because my skin is quite sensitive and I have dermatitis/eczema so a lot of things can set it off.

K Rose B Cosmetics – A new indie makeup brand!

Hop on over to K Rose B Cosmetics to check out their amazingly pigmented (I’m not kidding! They really are crazy pigmented) eyeshadow pans and lashes! The eyeshadows pans are 36mm in size, so bigger than standard pans, and also come with an iron sticker so that you can put them in your magnetic palettes!

Eyeshadows = £4
Magnetic palette = £5 (currently showing out of stock)
Lash applicator = £4.50
Lashes = £8.50 – £12

Here’s an example of a couple of the eyeshadows and how pigmented they are (pics taken from the site).

Look how pretty this magnetic palette is! 😍

Book Mail: Advance copy of Misfit by Charli Howard.

Absolutely thrilled to be given the opportunity to read and review an advance copy of “Misfit” by Charli Howard – an international curve model and body activist whose charity, The All Woman Project, goes into schools to teach children about body image and mental health issues.

Here’s the blurb:

So, how did a slightly bonkers misfit with anorexia, bulimia and anxiety decide to solve their problems? I became a model. As you do.

Charli Howard had always wanted to be normal – but for some reason, she couldn’t quite find out how to do it. As a teenager, she felt like the only one who struggled with anxiety and self-esteem issues when everyone around her seemed to fit in. So she tried to embrace standing out: by becoming a model. Believing it would make her happy and envied, she set out single-mindedly to make it – and she achieved her dream. But the reality wasn’t quite as glamorous as she’d hoped. The pressure on Charli to look a certain way took an extreme toll on her body and self-image, and no matter how thin she got, she was never thin enough.

When Charli, though medically underweight, was fired by her modelling agency for being too big, she decided she’d had enough. She used her platform for good and spoke out about the insane standards of the modelling industry, whose images influence young women and girls all over the world. Now, Charli is comfortable in her skin for the first time ever, working happily as a plus sized model in New York. Here, she shares her journey, from anorexic and bulimic teenager to happy, healthy twenty-something.”

I actually feel quite emotional about reading this book to be honest. Maybe it’s because I have a baby girl now and I hope she never ever falls victim to body shaming.

Charli is an inspiration to thousands of girls and I hope that when my little girl Willow is older, she’ll read this book and feel empowered. That she’ll feel comfortable in her own body, be proud of it, and that she’ll become a confident young lady that I know she can be.

“Misfit” will be released 22nd February 2018.

Blind Date With a Book!

For ages now I’ve seen on social media people having blind dates with books and have so desperately wanted to have one of my own! So imagine my excitement a few days ago when I saw on Facebook that my local library was doing one! A blind date with a book is basically how it sounds. A book is wrapped up in possibly brown paper so that you have no idea what book you’re going to read, apart from maybe the genre. I tagged my mother in-law in the post as I knew she’d be interested too and the following we popped down to our library to pick up our date.

The parcel above is the book I’d chosen. Each book is given a letter so that the folk at the library know what you’re reading but you don’t know until you unwrap it.

Say helloooo to my blind date….

The Ribbons Are For Fearlessness by Catrina Davies

The blurb:

I’m really enjoying it so far and I’m just about to start chapter 5. I unattractively snort laughed at the Wales and rain reference coz it’s so bloody true!

I swear we see more rain than sunshine here in Pembrokeshire! Our little town is near both the beach AND the mountains so this little reference was spot on lol! If you ever visit Pembrokeshire, don’t forget to pack a rain coat and wellies! Coz you Will need them. 😂

I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend. I’m now going to continue enjoying my date whilst having Dancing on Ice playing in the background. Anyone else watching it? Love me some ice skating!

Imperial Candles review.

Anyone else love Imperial Candles? They are a soy wax candle company who put a nice sparkly surprise inside your scented candle – either a ring, earrings or necklace.

Eeek I can see the foil that the piece of jewellery is in!

They also do wax melts, bath bombs and bath salts. You can choose what type of jewellery you would like or keep it a total surprise. The design and whether it is 925 sterling silver, 9ct yellow or white gold will also be a surprise. I bought my first candle – cherry vanilla and it smells like cherry bakewells! – a few days ago (and also bought one for my mum at Christmas and I’ve bought my sister one for her 30th next month) and this is what was inside mine.

I got a ring! Now I just need to enter that code you can see on the tag into the appraise bar on the site to find out what gemstone it is and what type of metal.

Taken indoors with the flash on.

Taken in daylight.

The ring is 925 sterling silver and the gemstone is Madagascan Ruby. I really want another now. I’ve actually asked my other half if he’d get me one for Valentines Day! Think this will be my new obsession! Move over Yankee Candles, I have a new love!

Morphe Brushes 35R eyeshadow look. 

Had a little bit of spare time today so thought I’d do an eyeshadow look using my Morphe 35R eyeshadow palette. 

It was a birthday gift and was bought from Beauty Bay. It is such a gorgeous palette with beautiful shades of golds, browns and nudes. I love that it has both matte and shimmer shades in it. The pigment in the shades is fantastic and the formula is soft and buttery. There is a little fall out but putting some translucent powder under your eye area before you start your eye makeup will take care of that then once you’re done, you can brush it away and none will be left on your foundation. Would definitely recommend this palette plus at £22, it’s not a bad price either! Especially if you compare it to Urban Decay’s Naked palettes!

I was also bought a Morphe Brushes brush set for Christmas too. I used them today to do this look and they’re amazing! They’re so soft and it’s so easy to apply shadow and blend using these brushes! If you’re looking for a new set, I’d definitely recommend these!

Rose Gold makeup look. 

The other day  I thought I’d have a play around with some new makeup that I’d received over the Christmas period. I don’t really get much chance nowadays but thought I’d grab a spare moment whilst Willow had her nap.

All products are cruelty free and some are also vegan which I’ve put in brackets next to the products.

💜 Primer: Illuminate and Glow correcting primer by Pür Cosmetics (vegan) 
💜 Foundation: Matte Clay Skin Clarifying foundation by The Body Shop (vegan) 

💜 Eyeshadow: Shade and Light Contour Quad eyeshadow palette in Rust Kat Von D (vegan) 

Style Eye-Con No. 7 Eyeshadow palette in Starlet using the rose gold metallic shade by Marc Jacobs

💜 Mascara: Beyond Limitations mascara in Jet Black by Saturated Colour

💜 Lipstick: Powerful Color Natural Lipstick in the shade Tender Heart by Pacifica (vegan)

💜 Setting Spray: Glowsetter setting spray by Glamglow

I am absolutely bowled over with the eyeshadow palettes! I am no longer a KVD or MJ virgin! The KVD palette is so buttery and soft and the MJ palette is gorgeously pigmented. What I will say about the style eye-con palette is that there is better colour pay-off when you apply with your finger! It is such a gorgeous metallic rose gold shade that I just know I’ll be reaching for all the time. Can’t wait to try out the other shades in the palette though! 

The Pacifica lippy is such a pretty shade and is quite longwearing too! I think it may have converted me back to using lipsticks again rather than liquid lippy! I also love that the brand focuses on natural ingredients! This is another brand I’ve not tried before and as well as the eyeshadow palettes named above, I received it in my Christmas swap box that I spoke of in my blog post here. Check it out to find out what else was inside! I would love to try more of their products and hope they ship to the UK!

Have you used any of the products? What do you think to them? Let me know in the comments below.

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I would just like to add, that I discovered Glamglow is NOT entirely cruelty-free as they test on animals when required by law (normally this means that they’re trading in mainland China). I actually feel quite disappointed by this  considering how the brand started out. 🙁 

The Winter Queen free on Kindle until Sunday! 

Yep that’s right! The Winter Queen by Katie M. John is free on Kindle until Sunday! So be quick and grab yourselves a copy!

Here’s a little blurb for you:

When close friends May and Tom take a walk through the snow covered woods, May has no idea how truly magical, and dangerous, things are about to get.


When she wakes up badly injured in lavish but unfamiliar surroundings, she begins to understand that nothing is once what it was – and sometimes, as beautiful as the snow can be, it can be cruel.


Finding herself trapped in a terrible fairytale, May must find a way to get home before she is trapped there forever.


READERS’ NOTES. 

Please note that this is a 3/4 novel of 30,000 words.

It is an upper YA/Crossover timeslip / worldslip story with modern fairytale elements.

You can purchase it here for UK readers and here for US readers.

Well, what are you waiting for? Go onnnn snag yourselves a copy and get lost in this amazing and magical story!

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