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Hallowreads 2017!! 🎃

Hey all. Sorry I’ve been MIA for a couple of weeks. My little girl and I went back to my home town to spend some quality time with family and friends and to also celebrate my mum’s birthday. We had such an amazing time, it was so great seeing everyone again. I even got to pop into my old work and have a catch up with some of my ex colleagues! Of course they all adored Willow who was chatty and cheeky and walked round like she owned the place. 😂

Anyway, onto today’s post…
October is nearly upon us which means… Halloween season! Wooo! In my house that means watching as many scary movies as possible and reading spooky books! This October’s Halloween reads will be… 

The Crow Man by Katie M. John

Book of Spells by Christina Benjamin, Katie M. John, Carlyle Labuschagne, Caroline Gill, Susan Burdorf, and Tia Silverthorne Bach

Sooo excited for the release of The Crow Man by the fabulous Katie M. John and Book of Spells a spooky anthology by amazing authors Christina Benjamin, Katie M. John, Carlyle Labuschagne, Caroline Gill, Susan Burdorf, and Tia Silverthorne Bach! Perfect for the season!
What will YOU be reading?? Do you have any spooky, scary reads to recommend?

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Jazzy Jems Bracelet Review. 

The lovely Jasmine at Jazzy Jems kindly sent me one of her handmade bracelets in return for an honest review. I love handmade things so how could I not oblige? 🙂. It came in the mail today and it’s so darn cute!

Jasmine can customise the bracelets so you can choose silver or coloured beads, what charms you’d like and also the length of the bracelet so that it’ll be the perfect fit for you or a loved one. I went for coloured beads because they are more me! 

They are so pretty and kinda remind me of mermaids! I love that it’s a mixture of colours that compliments each other really. Because the bracelets are thin, they’d look fab if you wore a few together with different charms on!

If you’re looking for a cute jewellery gift for someone then definitely check out Jasmine’s Facebook page. There you’ll find other bracelets that she’s done as well as rings too!

DIY: Berry Lip Scrub

I just had to share this with you guys! I love a lip scrub and would love to try and make this myself!

The Faceless Beauty

If there’s one thing I absolutely detest – it’s chapped lips. I have a bad habit of running my tongue over my lips several times a day. Though I follow up with a lip balm, but sometimes, you need extra help.

To keep your lips plump and hydrated, you should not only moisturize often, but also exfoliate them once a week. And while I love Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Lip Polish, I had to get one made by myself too. Read on to know my homemade lip scrub recipe –

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon mixed berries, crushed (I chose raspberry, strawberry and blackberry)
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon raw sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 drop vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Add the white and raw sugar to crushed berries in a small bowl and mix together thoroughly.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the two oils together…

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My Birthday gifts wish list. 

OK so I know it isn’t until October but for the past week or so I’ve been thinking about what I’d like for my birthday (you can never start too early haha plus it gives people time to buy you gifts) and which beauty products I’ve been wanting for ages not to mention other things I’ve been lusting over. Click on the pics to take you to the links. 😀 

No. 7 Illuminated Makeup Mirror. 

I have been wanting this mirror for so long! However, if anyone has any recommendations for me, I’d love to hear them! Especially when it comes to the magnified side and the brightness of the light. 

Morphe Brushes Eyeshadow Palettes. 

I am in love with Morphe Brushes eyeshadow palettes and would love to own more. They are definitely going on my birthday wish list

Morphe eyeshadow palette 35R. 

This is such a beautiful palette! Look at those golden shimmers! I love that there’s matte shades too.  I can only find it on Morphe’s actual site though. Beauty Bay and Cult Beauty don’t seem to have it in stock. 

Morphe eyeshadow palette 35B.

I don’t own a bright eyeshadow palette so this is definitely something I want, no, NEED in my collection. Again, I’m loving the fact there’s both matte and shimmer shades in this palette. Dying to get my hands on it! Imagine all the different looks you could do!

There’s more palettes I want from Morphe but I’ll stick with those. For now. 

Juvia’s Place The Magic Palette. 

I don’t own any products from Juvia’s Place but I have heard soooo many fab things about their eyeshadow palettes. I would love to have this one in my collection. 

Spectrum x Mean Girls Mini Burn Book and Brush Set.

Soooo fetch!

I LOVE the movie Mean Girls and I adore Spectrum brushes. I was so excited when they revealed that they were doing this collab! Roll on tomorrow! They are quite pricey but gosh so pretty!

Lime Crime Metallic Velvetines in Eclipse. 


I love Lime Crime lippies. There are many shades that I want but this shade is so darn pretty! They also currently have free worldwide shipping on orders $20+. Sooo tempting! 

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. 

The second novel in the Dark Artifices series.

I am a huuuuge Shadowhunters fan! I have loved Cassandra Clare’s novels ever since I read the first three in the Mortal Instruments series – so you can imagine how ecstatic I was when she announced she was writing book four! She really sucks you in to the stories and makes you love/hate the characters as if they were your own friends/enemies. If there is a writer I aspire to be like,  it is her. I love the Shadowhunters fandom. My sister and I have even cosplayed as Shadowhunters! I did it for LFCC and then we both did it when we went to see City of Bones at the cinema.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Encyclopedia: The Ultimate Guide to the Buffyverse.

Ahhh Buffy. My first love when it comes to my favourite TV shows. This is where my love of all things paranormal properly began. I am such a nerd when it comes to Buffy haha. I’ve had so much Buffy merch over the years, it’s unreal. I’ve got Buffy on VHS, dvd AND the special collectors edition boxset from back when it was first released. I have Angel too (of course!) as does my fiancé but I refuse to get rid of my boxset because it’s the special edition. 😂 I could go on about Buffy all day but I’ll stop here. 😀

Morganville Season 1.

I loooved the book series by Rachel Caine (If you love your vampires then def check them out!) so I dying to see if the show has done it justice! 

Vampire Buffy and Vampire Angel pop figures. 

This is an SDCC 2016 exclusive and I so want it! Unfortunately it’s sold out but I’m hoping it can be found elsewhere. Maybe Ebay. 

There’s so many other pop figures I want too; Twilight, Game of Thrones, Disney… 

Sunnydale High hoody.

Whilst looking at the pop figures I came across this hoody. It’s Buffy related and it looks so snuggly! 

Buffy “I slay” bracelet. 

Hot Topic have recently brought out some brilliant Buffy merch. This bracelet is on sale at the mo too!

Buffy tee. 

This is another one from Hot Topic. Like I said, I’m a Buffy nerd. Just gimme all the merch!

Pandora Love Makes a Family Charm. 

I love my Pandora charms. This will be a suggestion for my other half I think.

Pandora Majestic Swan Charm. 

I have a double leather Pandora bracelet and the charms on that are all inspired by books. The swan charm would be a nod to Bella Swan from Twilight. 

Pandora Purple Poetic Droplet Ring.

I love purple! It’s one of my fave colours and I’ve had my eye on this ring for quite some time!
Zoeva Rose Golden Palette. 

This is another eyeshadow palette that I’ve had my eye on for a while. The shades are all so beautiful!

Zoeva Rose Golden Vol. 2 Complete Eye Brush Set. 

I would really love a set of Zoeva brushes. Especially when it comes to eyeshadow as I could do with some more brushes. These particular brushes aren’t cheap but this isn’t called a wish list for nothing lol.

I’m also into crystals (would absolutely love an amethyst geode)  and wicca and love black cats! So I’d love anything to do with those. Love anything Beauty and the Beast related too. I’m sure there are many more things that I’d like but have forgotten so for now I shall end it here. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading. 😀 

DIY SANDALWOOD FACE PACK

Reblogging as this would be a fab face mask to try out!

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HELLO EVERYONE AND HAPPY SUNDAY ❤ . SO TODAY’S  BLOG IS ABOUT GETTING THE MAXIMUM  OF THIS MAGICAL INGREDIENT – “SANDALWOOD” . I WILL SHARE A FACE PACK WHICH WILL HELP IN GETTING YOUTHFUL SKIN.  SO LET’S GET STARTED. ❤

 YOU WILL NEED :

  • SANDALWOOD  POWDER( 1/2  tbsp)20170827_141110.jpg
  • FULLER’S EARTH (1 tbsp)fullersearthtsw_grande
  • ALOE VERA GEL ( 1/2   tbsp)wp-image--233151612
  • GLYCERIN ( 2 to  3 drops)wp-image-1694632623
  • ROSEWATER ( 2  to 3 drops)wp-image--1674261981
  • EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL OR SIMPLE OLIVE OIL ( 2 drops)wp-image-1862276447

HOW TO MAKE THIS FACE PACK:

Take the above mentioned ingredients in a small bowl . Mix them thoroughly . And add  water to make a  paste .And……voilaa !! It’s done. 20170827_162854.jpg

HOW TO USE THIS FACE PACK:

Apply the mixture obtained all over your face . Let it stay for about 15 minutes. Wash it with cold water and pat dry .

BENEFITS OF THIS FACE PACK:

  • This pack…

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Beta/Proofreading Requests. 

After spending 3 years studying hairdressing only to realise this wasn’t for me, I went on to study Business Administration. But really my passion lied in books; I always had the urge to correct errors left in a book’s final copy.  It would just drive me crazy and being a self-confessed perfectionist, I can’t help but want everything to be 100% correct. So I decided to study proofreading as I wanted to help authors and be that second eye to look over everything and make sure that it was all perfect. Since then, in my spare time, I have been lucky enough to work as a proofreader for an e-zine and also for several indie authors.

I have decided to start advertising my Beta/proofreading services should you need a second eye to go over your work and, if you wish, I can also help with promo, etc. I may not be a professional proofreader working in a publishers, but I am accurate and will always give 100%.

If you would like to talk to me about any services please email me at secretlivesoffictionlovers@gmail.com

Book Mail! 

Ahhh look what dropped on my doormat this morning! 


Thank you Penguin Random House! Can’t wait to review Bonfire by Krysten Ritter! I am actually stupidly excited to have received this! I love Krysten as an actress so I can’t wait to read her new book! All being well I shall start it tonight once Willow is in bed!

Here’s the blurb:

Should you ever go back?

It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands.

But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town’s most high-profile company and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens’ biggest scandal from more than a decade ago involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends—just before Kaycee disappeared for good.

Abby knows the key to solving any case lies in the weak spots, the unanswered questions. But as Abby tries to find out what really happened to Kaycee, she unearths an even more disturbing secret—a ritual called “The Game,” which will threaten the reputations, and lives, of the community and risk exposing a darkness that may consume her.

With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote, rural town of just five claustrophobic miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of the question: can you ever outrun your past?

Sounds pretty cool, right? Review coming soon! 

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Two Parties and Today’s Makeup! 

Hey guys! How’s your Sunday? Today we had two parties to go to! The first one was a first birthday party and it was pirate themed! Of course we had to dress little Willow up so she could join in the fun! There was a bouncy castle there too! We put Willow on it and bounced her up and down which she loved but as soon as we let go of her so she could have a go by herself, she was having none of it, got all shy and wanted me or Aled to pick her up so she could cuddle into us. She much preferred chasing balloons and blowing into and empty gift wrap roll haha! Oh and eating! I think that was her fave part! 😂 Thought I’d share with you all a piccy of her in her outfit.


The second party we went to was an afternoon tea at Aled’s parents for his mum’s birthday. We all had such a lovely time! Willow thoroughly enjoyed the cake haha!

This was today’s makeup look.

I’ve used my Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance on my eyes. Gosh I love this palette! It’s so darn pigmented! Especially when you wet or spritz your brush! If you haven’t done it, do! It also stops fall out which,  yay! Unfortunately I didn’t have time to experiment and try something new, so this had to do.

That’s all for today, guys. Hopefully see you soon with another post! 😀 

The Indie Book Nook!

I have so much love for Indie authors (some of my fave books are by Indie authors!) so I think this is such a fabulous idea!

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