Friday, July 31, 2015

Monthly Highlights | July

Hi, another month gone. July has been fun but lacking sun badly. Camping was a much needed brake and going to the zoo was a nice relaxing day. I can't believe how fast this month has flown by and how blogging makes everything seem to past so much faster, I'm keeping track of dates more. I feel rather accomplished this month and that I have got a lot done, both on my blog and generally in life.



Goals Complete 6/10
  • Play with bubbles in the Sun
  • Buy an epic Ice cream
  • Take photos for an OOTD post
  • Walk the York cat trail
  • Finish a book
  • Have an awesome holiday
  • Eat somewhere new
  • Wear a floral head crown
  • Treat myself to something from Lush
  • Try some new hair styles

The holiday was a great chance to relax, I really needed it. The weather could have been better but it didn't spoil anything. In York I bought a space girl bath bomb (can't believe it will be my last) and did some of the York cat walk as planned while wondering around the city. While I was there I got in a lot of reading time. I not only finished one book this month but five which for me is amazing. So many stories from all different genres, all where really good I'm glad to say and I think this speed up my reading.

I got a massive Ice cream from Dixon's (A local brand), they used to only do the vanilla milk but now do a varied selection of flavor infusions. Even so I stuck to the classic with a drizzle of raspberry juice in a waffle cone, it was so yummy. I ate at a Brazilian grill restaurant where you basically get served all you can eat meat at your table. They come round with the meat on massive cooking skewers and carve the meat off to serve it. The sides of skinny fries, rice and refried beans are also super yummy.

Recap/Highlights
  • Reading 5 books - I started with the #Sassybooks pick 'Only Ever Yours'  you can read my review here and the other four books reviews are here.
  • York camping holiday - whats not to love about a holiday in york, read what I got up to here.
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Park - a day out seeing so many super cute and generally beautiful animals, polar bears are so big. You can read about my day here.
  • Lush Space Girl - Sadly discontinued so I had to pick one up before it is gone forever, I did a review to tempt you to try one before it's too late, read it here.
  • Versatile Blogger Award - I got nominated two times this month, you can read some random facts about myself on the posts as well as find some really good blogs. The posts can be found here and here.
Hope you had a fantastic month and completed all your goals.
Sam

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

July Reading Roundup | Book Reviews

Hi, I would normally do a single book review but as I have four books to review I decided it was best for everyone if I grouped them all together in one post. In total I have read five books this month, the fifth which is missing from this post was 'Only Ever Yours' which I reviewed as part of the #SassyBooks book club, read my review here. This is a crazy amount of books for me to have read and I'm a little in shock that I have read all of these in such a short amount of time.

A Flash of Blue
Author - Maria Farrer
Page Count - 344
First Published -2015

A young adult book, the story is told from the perspective of Amber a teenage girl who's brother Liam suddenly dies. The story is about how she copes with the loss and the effect it has on her life and the others around her. Amber has guilt attached to her brothers death, she feels it's in some way her doing because she took something of his on the day he died. There's a element of a hanging question as he was going to tell her something but never got the chance. Liam's best friend Tyler was with him when he died and their father blames him. Tyler moves away and it isn't until the anniversary of Liam's death that Amber sees him again. I don't want to give too much away, the story kicks off from there and becomes a journey of been caught up with the wrong people, secrets and misunderstood feelings.

This was a super easy read and a quick one too, I finished this book within just two nights of starting it. Even though it is a quick read it's a fully formed story which feels nice and finished at the end. The characters are well written, I could feel myself getting annoyed and worried for characters at points.

The Broken
Author - Tamar Cohen
Page Count - 398
First Published - 2014
 
This is the story of two couples and how their relationships are tested when one couple separates. The other couple try to stay out of the mess which the break up has become, but they inevitably get caught up in it. There as split loyalties between the couple as they are both still friends with the now separated couple. Their four year old daughter is like a sister to the other couples four year old, which creates it's own problems. It doesn't help the situation that the man from the relationship who broke it up is now living with a 25 year old model, only weeks after he left. 

There are some really real issues brought up in this story and I really enjoyed seeing how the characters reacted to all the different situations. This is a pretty grown up subject different from the young adult novels I normally read and quite mundane because of it. There are these weird diary entries at the end of the chapters which don't relate to any of the named characters, these end up explaining a lot when you get to the end and things become more apparent, it was a nice little twist to the book which made it more than just a break up story.

The Murder Wall
Author - Mari Hannah
Page Count - 457
First Published - 2012

A story of Murder, the first page of the book is a shocker with the rather brutal rape and murder of a teenage girl but the rest of the book is quite toned down in comparison, althow there are other moments of adult content which isn't appropriate for younger readers. The main character is Chief Inspector Kate Daniels, she stumbles upon the murdered teenage girl and vicar at her childhood hometown while visiting the church her mother used to go too. The story picks up a year after the murder which remains unsolved. Daniels is put on a murder case as the Senior Investigating Officer. When she visits the crime scene she recognizes the victim but fails to disclose the fact, risking her job. She is too emotionally involved in the case because of this but it's too late.

There is an element of who done it, but then the book quite quickly points the finger at the murderer. I found the ending to be rather anti climatic as well, but I did enjoy the story. This book has 100 chapters in total some only two pages long, I really like a book with short chapters it just makes me feel like I've accomplished something when I can read ten chapters in one night, must have helped me to read the book quicker as well.

Ways to Live Forever
Author - Sally Nicholls
Page Count - 205
First Published - 2008

This is a really simple little read, the book really isn't that thick. It is classed as a children's book and won the Waterstones Children's book of the year among other awards. It is about Sam a boy who has Leukemia. The book is made up of diary entries about Sam's day to day life with a mixture of lists and questions from the perspective of a dying eleven year old boy. The book touches on some real issues regarding his family and the mental state of a child with Cancer. 

The book ends in such a way that I felt genuinely sad, but I really recommend this book if you want something short to past the time. The book is beautifully put together as if it is Sam's own work book where he has been writing his story, it just adds to the overall feel of the book.


Thanks for reading. Hope I have inspired you to do some reading of your own. If you have any recommendations please let me know. What is your favourite book genre?
Sam

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Day Out | Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Hi, On Saturday I was supposed to be at the Holi One Colour Festival in Leeds, sadly the event was cancelled only a few days before the event without much of an explanation. Feeling pretty down that my plans for the weekend had been cancelled at no fault of my own I set out to find something else to do.

I decided on visiting the zoo as a nice relaxed substitute to my weekends plans. The place of choice for our visit was the Yorkshire Wildlife park in Doncaster. I love wildlife and visiting a zoo is a great way to see a wide range of animals while supporting conservation programs. Me and the boyfriend jumped in his Metro for the one hour drive down the motorway to reach our destination. I packed us a picnic of cheese and Marmite sandwiches (which I've been craving since thinking about them in my versatile blogger post), sausage rolls and choc chip cookies.


- Zebra - Wallaby - Tiger - Polar Bear - Ostrich - Meerkat and Mongoose - Lioness - Giraffe - Ringtail Lemurs - Camels -

The weather was a little over cast but this can sometime be better as the animals can be more active in cooler weather. Regardless most animals where having naps but we could see every animals with well designed enclosures for public viewing. The highlight to the visit was the Polar bears as I haven't seen a polar bear before, they are so big. The other great thing I saw was the three tiger cubs, they where so cute, (well hidden so not really visible on the photo sorry).

There where two enclosures you could walk through, the Wallaby and Ringtail Lemurs. These where really awesome enclosures as you could get up close with the animals and I love a photo that isn't spoilt with enclosure bars. The animals where literally running around your feet and passing across the walkways as you made your way around. The park has more animals that I have taken photos of including Monkeys, Anteaters, a selection of Birds and wild Dogs. They are currently under going construction of a Giant Otter enclosure.

Sadly it started to rain and as we had already seen everything we retreated to the car for our lunch and tried to wait out the rain but it just didn't stop. So we headed home a little earlier than planned and stopped at the local IKEA on our return journey. I picked up a few bits that I've wanted for a while and some other bits which I thought would work well as photo props. Overall it was a lovely day and I really enjoyed myself.

Do you have any summer activities planned?
Sam

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Only Ever Yours by Loiuse O'Neill | #SassyBooks July

Hi, Today I am reviewing one of a selection of books I managed to read on my camping trip. Firstly I want to explain why I read this book, it's all down to the lovely Charlotte at Colours and Carousels and Hayley at Water Painted Dreams who have created the #SassyBooks book club. I have followed both of their blogs for ages and when I saw they where doing a book club I jumped at the chance to actually have time to read a book by a deadline and take part.



Only Ever Yours
Author - Louise O'Neill
Page Count - 392
First Published - 2014

The story is quite dark in subject matter, based in a dystopian world, the human race has ended up having to create females after a desire for only male offspring. This in itself is a very medieval attitude towards the female gender, that a man is only as good as his heir. So the theory behind the story is that while only males are produced in the natural way, females are still required for the human race to exist. The manner in which the girls are created is not really discussed but a batch of girls are created to fulfill demand for the heirs born in that year. Three girls are created to each heir born so they have a choice between girls. They all have their own model number and are created with attributes that are also numbered. The issue with this is each girl is made perfect but there are so many differences between the girls, how can you define beauty. They live under the shadow of a slogan 'there is always room for improvement'.

The girls referred to as 'eves' live at the school, an institution run by the chastity's, they look after the eves until their graduation, this is when they find out what sector of the thirds they will be in for the rest of their lives. The eves could be considered sisters but are back stabbing and only out to protect their rating, the girls even have lessons where they are compared and the class asked to criticize each other. Ratings are what the eves live for, 16 years of repeated applying of make up and eating 0Kal meals to keep their score at the top. You have to be at the top if you want to be a companion, the other options of been a Concubine or a Chastity don't bare thinking about.

The story is told from the perspective of Freida one of the 16th years, starting at the beginning of her final year before graduation. She has previously been best friends with Isabelle ranked #1 and herself not far behind at #3. Isabelle stops turning up at the nutrition center over the summer and when classes resume she is normally missing or excused. Things are obviously wrong but even her best friend can't work out what it is. Isabelle starts to let the unrealistic standards slip by gaining weight. Freida finds herself betraying her friend to keep up appearance with the other girls. As their friendship falls apart so does Freida's rating as she drops down the ranks.

There is an air of repetition in the book in terms of subject matter which just drives home how boring and monotonous these girls lives are. Never seeing beyond the walls of the school. The girls are taught only how to be pretty and not show emotion, they are told very little about the world they belong too and even less about academic subjects. The girls are never their own person, they are owned in one way or another from the day of creation. It's seen that they owe the realm for looking after them for 16 years and now they must pay back the nation in one form or another.

The subject matter is dark and there are elements of the story which made for uncomfortable reading but that just made the story more intense and as a result I just couldn't stop reading. There is still so much that I haven't even mentioned, the story is very fast paced and I was pretty hooked as very little is given away in some underlying story lines right up until the last few pages. I would highly recommend this book, check out the girls blogs for their reviews and next months #SassyBooks book choice, I can't wait to see what they have picked this time.

Sam

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Versatile Blogger Award - Again

Hi, I got nominated for the versatile blogger award again, I wasn't sure I wanted to do the post again but it's not really fair on my nominator and I can use this opportunity to share some more blogs that I love to read with you. I was nominated by the lovely Sherrie Adele, go and check out her blog (thank you for the nomination).


 The Versatile Blogger Rules:

  • Post the award on your blog
  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Share seven facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 blogs and let them know

So here goes with my seven facts about me, if you would like to read my first seven facts you can do so here. Again I'm going to try and think of interesting facts about myself.
  1. My favourite colour is rainbow, I was trying to think of a single colour but I just can't decide, is it a rule that you can only have one favourite and not a collection because in that case its green and purple, like a piece of fluorite.
  2. I love hats, I think I really suit them, but then that's just my opinion. There's nothing better than autumn when a felt hat is basically a requirement with pretty much every outfit I wear.
  3. I watch the new My Little Pony series, Pinkie Pie is my favourite pony, she's always so bouncy and fun as a character.
  4. I don't like to pay full price for anything, chances are if I can't get it reduced I will do without.
  5. I would describe myself as alternative even though my style has grown up a lot, my taste in music is very much the same as 16 year old Sam's. Favorites include Green Day, Blink 182, Reel Big Fish, Sum 41, My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy and Paramore to name a few.
  6. My favourite fruity scent is coconut, it's such a relaxing, fresh and sweet smelling scent.
  7. I'm a Marmite lover, I don't eat it as much as I once did, cheese and Marmite sandwiches are the best.
Here are my nominations - I tried to pick blogs with smaller amounts of followers to support those bloggers like myself just staring out and lost in the crowd of the many blogs on the internet. There are a few blogs who I just really like and had to include. They're all really awesome blogs and you should go check them out.
  1. Amanda - Amanda Janye
  2. Kirsty - Kirsty Talks
  3. Kacy - KacyTalksBeauty
  4. Deimante - Sunnydei
  5. Natasha - Eyebrows, Inc
  6. Becky - Becky Eschle
  7. Jenna - Dorkface
  8. Alice - What Alice Wore 
  9. Lois - Makeup Of Mayhem
  10. Nicole - Life in Ginger
  11. Lauren - What Lauren Did Today
  12. Emily - One Stormy Sunday
  13. Crystal Lily - Five Foot Four
  14. Katie - Katie Goodluck
  15. Alexandra - A Blond Moment
Thanks again to Sherrie for the nomination. I couldn't be happier with my blog and it's progress. Thank you for reading I hope you'll stick around for a while to come. Let me know if there are any post subjects you would like me to work on.

Sam

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Freebie #3 | La Roche-Posay

Hi, The other day I received a free sample through the post. As is always the case when applying for postal samples they take a while to come and that's if you're one of the lucky ones who gets the sample in the first place. For this reason I can no longer find the link for this particular sample but La Roche-Posay currently have a sample of the Anthelios sun cream available you can apply here.



The product sample is the Effaclar Duo [+] I didn't realize when I applied it was for two 3ml sample tubes of product so that is a nice bonus and I'll probably pass the other tube on for someone else to try. I have wanted to try this product for a while, I don't get the ridiculous spots I got in my teens anymore but I was interested from the prevention aspect that the product sells it's self on. It is one of those products that seems to have a lot of blogger hype and a lot of good reviews. The high price tag has put me off so far as I wasn't sure I wanted to risk the money. Samples are great for this reason and maybe if I'm impressed I may even be tempted to go buy a full sized tube. The sample also came with a £5 off voucher so it's even more tempting.

Would you recommend Effaclar Duo [+]?
Sam 

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Lush Review | Space Girl Bath Bomb

Hi, Today I've got a little review of the Lush Space Girl bath bomb or should I say a moan that this will be my last ever Space Girl (sad times). This is one of my all time favorite lush products. One of the cheaper bath bombs, a little bit smaller but no less amazing. I think it was about £2.50 (maybe less) which for one bath is quite expensive but okay if I really want to treat myself. This is a bath bomb that doesn't come packed with added essential oils, it's all about fun and the show element of a bath bomb.


Shaped like a space ship you launch it into a filled bath and watch it spin and create a red and purple colour show. The thing I like most about this bath bomb is the small amount of glitter hidden within which just gives a shimmer to the water. The water will turn a lovely deep pinky purple and smells really subtly of a fruity blackcurrant scent. The bath bomb contains bergamot, grapefruit and almond oils.



Sadly Lush has decided to discontinue this bath bomb along with a few other products to make way for products to be released nationwide from the exclusive collection at the Oxford street store. I have mixed feelings of loss for a favorite but excitement for the new offerings that will be released. So if you fancy trying this bath bomb grab one while you can, it has already disappeared from the Lush website so good luck.

What Lush product should I try now?
Sam

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Budget Spot Fighting Products | Witch Hazel and Tea Tree

Hi, I've put together a list of budget spot fighting products I use to keep my skin under control. Thankfully my teenage acne seems to have finally calmed down, which I should hope so too at 26. I still get hormonal outbreaks and that is why I keep these products close. I just want to point out that all these products contain Witch Hazel, Tea Tree or a mixture of both. Embracing natural ingredients with spot fighting properties has helped my skin out so much.


The Body Shop | Tea Tree Toner - £5.00/250ml 

The basics: A refreshing toner, which cleans away impurities. This is a tea tree based product, it contains white willow bark and fair trade organic tea tree oil.

Directions: To use this product you have to give the bottle a good shake to mix the white willow bark, which settles in the bottom of the bottle. Simply apply a small amount to a cotton pad, this stuff seriously goes a long way, then sweep away the impurities waiting to upset the skin.

Review: This is my all time favorite product to give my skin a pick me up. I love using it when I get home from work, it removes built up grime like pollution which settles on the skin during the day. The result on the cotton pad is quite shocking, the amount of build up over a matter of hours is mad. It feels really refreshing, I love a product that I can feel working, this gives the skin a gentle tingle when applied.

Save: To date I am yet to pay full price for this item, pick up a supply when The Body Shop has a discount day to make this budget buy even cheaper.

Superdrug | Witch Hazel Mud Mask - £2.59/75ml

The basics: A clay mask which draws out excess oil from problem pores. Active ingredient is Witch Hazel along with Salicylic Acid another natural spot fighter and Dead Sea Mud.

Directions: Apply a reasonable amount of product to a dry face and leave to dry for 10-15 minuets, then remove with warm water.

Review: The product suggests use up to 3 times a week but I find it a little harsh on my skin and so use it when my skin really needs it. I love that this is a clay mask in a tube, I always find I'm just piling too much product on my face if I use a sachet. This gives you the option of just using what you need, only applying to a small area of the face for example. This also makes the product a lot more cost effective. As a Superdrug home brand product it is also cruelty free. You can see it working and my skin feels refreshed after application.

Save: Wait and purchase this product on offer, Superdrug often have special deals on their own brand products, also gain Superdrug loyalty points.

Witch | Blemish Stick - £2-3/10g

The basics: This small product packs a punch, a gel like product in a push up tube which melts on the skin. The product has a strong scent due to the main ingredient Witch Hazel. 

'Helps break down excess oils and fights the bacteria that cause spots.' Witch

Directions: Simply push the product up in the tube and apply to the problem area.

Review: This product made my teenage years so much easier. It works by drying out spots. I think the key to this product is less is more, I found over use caused dry patches of skin to form around spots. It helped reduce spot size and speed up the healing process.

Save: I recently picked this up in Tesco on offer for £1.25, check supermarkets as well has high street stores to get the best deals on branded good.

Not only are all these products very reasonably priced (all three come to less than £10) it couldn't be easier to save a little bit extra by been deal savvy. These are my spot fighting products of choice, products that I have used for many years and really work.

Let me know what your spot fighting products are.
Sam

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Friday, July 17, 2015

A Catch Up | York Highlights

Hi, I've been back from my camping trip a week now. York was a nice break away from it all, I don't think I took many photo but that's nothing new for me, it's something I really need to work on. Oh well I'll just have to tell you what I did instead, which honestly wasn't all that much other than eat at a few nice places and read continuously for 4 days, bliss.


- York Minster and a map of York -

Sunday
We arrived about midday, after a short drive of about an hour, to a very busy campsite which had only been open for three days. We managed to pitch the tent in a grand total of 15 minuets which I think is a record. After that we went for a little supermarket shop for the essentials (Cider mainly) and then sat in the sun for the afternoon reading. We had some BBQ chicken skewers for tea which were super yummy. This was the night of the storm, proper fork lightening and very heavy rain, a little worrying when you're only in a tent.

Monday
With camping the sunlight wakes you up at the crack of dawn. So reading time pretty much starts then if you can't get back to sleep. Later in the day we headed to the Evil Eye bar and had a drink or two and then headed to the Sam Smith pub The Kings Arms. We opted to eat at Yo!Sushi taking advantage of the blue Monday menu. I tried the salmon and avacardo hand roll, it was so delicious. We had loads to eat and the bill came to just under £30, which for two is a bargain.





- Playing Pool and Beers at Evil Eye -

Tuesday
This was the day that it rained and rained and rained, until about four in the afternoon when we headed out to find some food. We started at the Evil Eye for a drink and then ended up at the Wetherspoons named the punch bowl, where I got the Mexican burger which was really nice. We then tracked down a little pub called the priory which had a pool table so we could have a few games before returning to the tent for the night.



- Pints at the Kings Arms and Cosmo Restaurant -

Wednesday
Another wet day, we headed to Cosmo for tea. It's an all you can eat which servers food from all over the world. You can have Pizza, Carvery, Sushi and curry all under one roof. This was a place we found on our last visit and have been really looking forward to going back. The heavens opened as we left the restaurant so we had to walk back in the very heavy rain. It's not the shortest of walks so we where quite wet but hiding under trees was fun.

Thursday
This was by far the nicest day of the week. We headed into town purely to get some stuff to have a BBQ. We opted to buy from the market as you can buy smaller amounts, we got burgers (I had lamb) and mackerel. I was really happy to have finally been able to have a proper BBQ, the appearance of the sun was also welcome to dry the tent off before our departure and it stayed really warm until late.

Friday
Home time! had a very lazy morning, breakfast and then started to pack up. Again we managed to put the tent down in record time. Packed up everything into the tiny Metro car, I still don't understand how it all fit.

I had a lovely week off and it feels super weird to be back at work but I'm sure that won't last that long. I finished two books and got more than half way through a third, so a pretty productive reading session. I have slight holiday blues now and really want to organize my next trip away for something to look forward too. If you made it this far congratulations and thanks for reading.

Do you have any travel plans?
Sam

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Film Review | Jurassic World

Hi, It's a while since I've been to the cinema but I finally went again a few days ago taking advantage of the Meerkat Movies promotion, sadly I don't have access to the codes personally but my friend does. I treated myself to a small popcorn with the money I saved, how big is a large popcorn there was so much. We went to the local Odeon and our film of choice was Jurassic World. We decided to see the film in 2D so I can't comment on the 3D element of the film but it was still awesome.


I had originally through that this film would be a little repetitive of the previous films, humans run away from dinosaurs the normal scenario, but then I saw the trailer and totally changed my mind. For once this wasn't a film where seeing the trailer shows you all the best bits and spoils the plot line by sharing way too much. With the hint of the new story line of genetically created dinosaurs and trained raptors, who wouldn't want to see this film?

The film is set 22 years after the first film, Jurassic world is the name of the dinosaur theme park created on the same island as the original park. Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) is the park's operations manager, her nephews come to visit her at the park but she's too busy to look after them. Claire's assistant looks after them until they do a runner to explore the parks more adventurous attractions. Meanwhile Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) is training the park's four Velociraptors, acting as the packs alpha. The head of security thinks there is potential for the raptors to be used in the military but Owen disagrees with this. Then there is the new Indominus Rex to consider, a genetically engineered dinosaur created with a selection of different dinosaur genes and some current animals to fill the genetic gaps, created for the wow factor to create new hype for the theme park and attract visitors.

The story plot is rather believable in the sense that humans will always strive to create more, whether that is for knowledge or gain. The characters are easily likeable and capture the modern way of thinking in comparison to the original film, times have changed. There are some really lovely little hints of nostalgia referencing the original film which made watching all the more enjoyable. Everything that you would consider to be the classic and highly repeated theme of dinosaur verses man is turned on it's head with some really clever plot twists. There isn't as much emphasis on the escape as in the other films, more an objective to contain the escaped creation before it reaches the main park. It even has a lot of light humor and a underlying sexual tension between the two main characters, they obviously have a past which is hinted at. I really enjoyed this film, it was a lovely night out at the cinema.

Have you seen anything at the cinema recently?
Sam

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Book Review | Metro 2033

Hi, a book review for you today. I had been reading this book for what feels like forever. In fact it's been about 2 months and that's with a lot of time put aside to finish it off, which I really wanted to do before the end of June so I could have more time to get through some more books. I borrowed this one off my boyfriend as he said it was good. He bought the book because he has played the game version of the same title and enjoyed it, so he decided to give the book a read. It took me so long to read because the font is so tiny, I only realized this after I picked up another book.



Title - Metro 2033
First Published  - June 2011
Author - Omitry Glukhovsky
Page Count - 458

The story is set in Russia and based on the aftermath of a nuclear war where people have taken shelter in the Moscow Metro system. Each ex station becomes like a mini state, some poorer than others,time passes and the human race realizes it's fate of eternal darkness. They do not know if they are the only members of the human race left, but all that matters now survival. They live off Pork (they managed to save pigs), Mushrooms (the only thing that will grow) and rats. Bullets are currency and not all stations are welcoming. Time is a concept only some people follow and light is limited to the stations, the dark is to be respected and found in the tunnels connecting the metro system, people go missing all too regularly.

The main character is Artyom who has grown up in the VDNKh station the northernmost inhabited station of the line. He was born in the Metro and knows only what he has been told of the world up top. One day his step father gets a visitor and everything changes. Artyom is sent on a mission to cross the metro to get help and warn the others of the new threat to the human race. The story follows Artyom on his journey through the tunnels meeting new people and experiencing the diversity of the metro system and it's hidden dangers.

I feel this book kinda went over my head. It's really well written and there is a lot of description but I felt that at points I'd totally forgotten what was happening as description would go on for pages at a time, there are also internal monologues which had the same effect. I enjoyed it in concept and the story is really good, but I can't help but think it would actually work better as the walk through game it's become rather than a written story, as description takes something away from a jump scare moment. Saying that you really didn't need handing a picture of the authors intention of imagery as there was every bit of detail you needed to create an image of your own. I quite liked the ending as it was a 'I wasn't expecting that' moment, it was quite thought provoking as was the concept of human survival. I was told it would be scary, it's not.

Thanks for reading, have you got any book recommendations?
Sam

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Friday, July 10, 2015

15 Things to do This Weekend

Hi, I'll be heading home from my mini break today, the first thing I'll do when I get home is have a shower, nothing better after a week of camping. I'm also thinking about the weekend ahead before I have to go back to work. Here are a few ideas of things to do this weekend to make the most of your time. Also it's national Pina Colada day so maybe a cocktail or two will be had on my return.



15 Things to do this weekend
  1. Go for a picnic
  2. Go for a walk
  3. Play a board game
  4. Read a book
  5. Take a bath
  6. Clean your makeup brushes
  7. Change your bedding
  8. Meal plan for the following week
  9. Do some washing
  10. Meet up with friends
  11. Catch up on TV/series
  12. Clean your car/house
  13. Have a tidy up
  14. Go shopping
  15. Eat something super tasty
Hope some of these inspire you! have an amazing weekend.
Sam
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Beauty Review | Olay Complete Care

Hi, If you don't currently moisturize you should be, the sooner you start the better, there are so many positive benefits from keeping the skin hydrated. Prevention is easier than a cure when it comes to skin aging. If you use one containing SPF you're protecting your skin from the sun's harmful rays without even thinking about it. I started to moisturizer when I was about 15 and just picked up a simple supermarket home brand product which did the job. I have since tried a few high street brands and this one is my all time favorite.


I love this moisturizer. I'm lucky that my skin isn't all that bothered what I use as long as it gets it's daily dose of moisture. I have been using the Olay Essentials Complete Care Day Fluid for years now. I have not had any reason to want to try any thing else.

Formula - It has a super light weight texture which sinks into the skin really quickly, it is really hydrating and contains SPF 15, what's not to love. Olay have recently updated the formula for this product and it now contains vitamin.

Packaging - I think the bottle could look nicer but it does the job. Getting product out of the bottle can be a little tricky as sometimes loads comes out. I do prefer the product in a sealed bottle with a small whole rather than a tube which you stick your fingers in, it just seems more hygienic

Price - I'm also quite happy with the price tag, as a bargain hunter I have never paid full price for this item and can normally pick up a 100ml bottle for around £3, which lasts ages.

So if you're looking for a budget friendly does it all product, I highly recommend this.

Have you tried Olay moisturizers?
Sam

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Versatile Blogger Award

Hi, I woke up this morning to find I had been nominated for the Versatile Blogger award, such a lovely thing to start the day. I was nominated by the lovely Sonam over at FashtasticFlare, you should go check out her blog, thanks for the nomination.

 

The Versatile Blogger Rules:
  •  Post the award on your blog
  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Share seven facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 blogs

So here are my seven things about me, I'm trying to think of more in depth facts rather than the normal small stuff, it's quite hard to think of things that are interesting, but here goes, enjoy!
  1. I take photos at my place of work and I mean a lot of photos but never remember to take photos of day to day life. I guess I'm too busy living it instead, but one photo every now and then would be nice.
  2.  I feel like 26 is old to start blogging and that it's a world for the younger generation, but here I am trying anyway.
  3. I refuse to grow up, I mean this in the sense that I love all things Pokemon, My little Pony, Lego the list goes on. I will forever buy Pokemon games for Nintendo DS, I even went as far as buying a console for the last game as it wasn't compatible with my trusty original DS.
  4. I don't care what people think. I have odd moments of self doubt but normally I really don't care, I like to buy items of clothing that make me stand out.
  5. I'm a tidy person but I tend to live in an organized chaos, this is due to the fact my room is tiny. My room is a cut off from my parents so I could have my own space away from my sister. 13 years on and my habit of buying clothes has made it a tight squeeze.
  6. My favorite flowers are daffodils, they come out around my birthday and I love that they are quite short lived making me love them even more when they return the following year.
  7. I studied a degree in art which I finished 5 years ago now. I haven't done anything all that creative since like my artistic side got worn out or something, I'd love to get back into doing some small projects.
 Here are my nominations - They're all really awesome blogs and you should go check them out.
  1. Sammii - Always Rains Glitter
  2. Hayley - Hayerlily
  3. Camille - Camille.i.am
  4. Alexandra - A Blond Moment
  5. Emma - Emma's Looking Glass
  6. Phoebe - Phoebe's Diary
  7. Jennie - Sunny Sweet Pea
  8. Victoria - vvnightingale
  9. Sara - She Who Is Short
  10. Susan - Dresses & Travel
  11. Hayley - Sailor Stories
  12. Amy - Amy Elizabeth
  13. Sarah - Sarah Louise Porter
  14. Amelia - Heart Shaped Rose
  15. Tessa - Holly Sparkle
I'd like to thank everyone who has followed and reads my blog so far. I am really happy with the progress I have made in such a small amount of time and I hope you'll stick around to see momentarily dreaming grow.

Thanks for reading.
Sam

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Month's Mini Goals | July

Hi, so we're half way through the year. My camping holiday is within touching distance, only one more day of work. The sun has come out in full force, we had the most surreal electric storm last night. No rain or thunder, just flashes of lightening everywhere you looked, it was pretty cool.


Mini goals for July
  • Play with bubbles in the Sun
  • Buy an epic Ice cream
  • Take photos for an OOTD post
  • Walk the York cat trail
  • Finish a book
  • Have an awesome holiday
  • Eat somewhere new
  • Wear a floral head crown
  • Treat myself to something from Lush
  •  Try some new hair styles

I just wanted to quickly explain what the cat trail is. Basically there are loads of ceramic cats dotted around the city of York, I've meant to do this walk in the past but never gotten around to it. The point of the walk is to look for the cats and in doing so you look at York from a totally different angle based on architecture. It's a nice free activity and something to do when you're bored of the shops.

Excited doesn't cover how I feel about my holiday. I might just be camping in a field but it's time to relax and take things at a much slower pace, hopefully enjoying some nice hot days of sunshine. I'm off for the week without electric so I've scheduled some posts so I don't totally disappear. I'm feeling super summery and can't wait to wear some of the clothes I can't work into my day to day lifestyle. Also the lack of styling tools will force me to be more inventive with my hair, wish me luck.

Have a lovely July!
Sam

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