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7 things that made me happy this week

December 21, 2014

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I’m shaking things up by doing this post on a Sunday instead of my usual Saturday! What can I say, I like to live dangerously?  

Shiny new site – As you can see my website has undergone a few changes in the past two weeks. I have my beautiful new header but also I’ve switch from Blogger to WordPress and bought a nice, pretty theme. I’m happy that everything happened disaster-free.

My Dad got engaged – This is kind of weird to be honest. Not bad weird but weird you know? I imagine people with parents who have remarried will get it. I’m really happy for him but a little baffled by him – he called me and make it sound like he was asking my sister and I for permission and then I found on via Facebook that he’d actually already asked her. He genuinely did not tell me he was already engaged when he called. That is a ramble for another day.

It’s nearly Christmas break time - Boy am I looking forward to my Christmas break, I can almost reach it from here.

Christmas tree! Our family tradition is to put the tree up the weekend before Christmas, so it doesn’t lose it’s magic. I love putting the Christmas tree up, it makes me feel all festive and ready for Christmas.

Delicious food - We had our work’s Christmas ‘do’ on Friday night which was a meal at an Italian restaurant. It was so nommy.

Tiramasu - Tiramasu is an achilles heel of mine, especially when it’s my Mum’s homemade tiramasu.

Russell Howard - Tom and I went to see comedian Russell Howard in Manchester last night and he was brilliant. We ended up getting much better tickets than the ones we’d booked as well – for some reason some of the upper blocks were shut off and we ended up being given tickets in the first lower block on the left hand side which was cool.

What made you happy this week?


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Guest post: What I listen to when writing – Mary Waibel

December 20, 2014

Thanks so much for hosting me today, Rosie, and for helping to spread the word about Faery Marked.

I can write with or without music playing, but I prefer to have music playing. Usually I turn the speakers down just enough so I can hear the song, but not enough to distract me from what I’m writing.

While working on Faery Marked, I set up a play list on Spotify that I put on random and repeat while I worked. (You can find it here) As I worked on revisions, I noticed that several of the songs I chose for this playlist really said a lot about the characters I was writing about.

So, here are the songs that I think define my characters: [All lyrics taken from]

Callie: Chasing Cars, Snow Patrol

I love this song.

We’ll do it all
On our own

We don’t need
Or anyone

This section sums up Callie so perfectly. She knows that with Reece by her side, she can do anything, even save the world.

Reece: Nothing Else Matters, Metallica
Ah, Reece. He’d give his life for Callie if he had to, but he’s never told her how he feels. But, I know he thinks the words of this song when he looks at Callie.

So close no matter how far
Couldn’t be much more from the heart
Forever trusting who we are
And nothing else matters

Never opened myself this way
Life is ours, we live it our way
All these words I don’t just say
And nothing else matters

Trust I seek and I find in you
Every day for us something new
Open mind for a different view
And nothing else matters

Continue Reading…

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5 book series I want to marathon, but haven’t because I’m a bad book nerd

December 18, 2014
5 book series I want to marathon

Once upon a time, far, far away, I would sit and marathon an entire series. Now? That never happens. 

I very, very rarely buy an entire series of books and read them all in one go. I tend to buy the first book and then buy the rest one-by-one as I move through the series. I think the last time I marathoned a series was the Twilight series a couple of years back.

Here’s what normally happens when I read a book that’s part of a series: if I like it I will immediately take to Twitter to proclaim that I ‘must read the sequel, now,’ but I probably won’t have it on my shelf so I’ll pick up another book. If I like it I’ll take to Twitter and say ‘I need to read the sequel, now,’ but I won’t have it, so I’ll pick up another book.

You can see where this is going? I start a lot of series but don’t make much progress with them. I am a bad book nerd.

Here are five series that I would marathon if I wasn’t so easily distracted by other series. Continue Reading…

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NARS haul

December 17, 2014

NARS haul

NARS hauk

Since I started reading beauty blogs a couple of years ago, I’ve heard a lot of good things about NARS and I’ve finally got round to seeing what all the fuss is about. 

Dragon Girl lip pencil 

I’d been eyeing this up for months and decided to treat myself to it for Christmas. Dragon Girl is a beautiful ‘siren red’, which seems to be quite hard to get hold of. NARS’ own website is now out of stock – I hope this doesn’t mean they are discontinuing it because I love it.

Surprisingly this is actually a pencil which means you will have to sharpen it, which is a little annoying as you will lose some product. For the price I would have expected it to be push-up so you don’t lose any product.

Nail polish in Paros

Tom actually picked this shade for me. I was faffing about and couldn’t make a decision and he pointed to this. He knows me better than I know me.

While NARS describe Paros as a ‘red brown’ their swatch of it is very pink. Having tried it myself, I can tell you their swatch is misleading. It’s a nice burgundy colour – there’s nothing pink about it.

Paros is a nice festive colour but also wearable year round.


When I placed my order NARS were running an offer where you got three free mini products if you spent more than £25. Here’s what I got.

Mini lip gloss in Orgasm

I hate lip gloss with a passion, it’s sticky and my hair gets stuck in it. I will not be wearing this, but someone will be getting it in their stocking this Christmas.
As you can see from the picture, it’s a light pink with a definite orange-y shimmer in it.

Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Veneto

A black creamy eyeliner which NARS say is is ‘budgeproof’. For me, that absolutely is not the case. I don’t usually go for pencils or creamy eyeliners because they smudge and I hoped this might be finally be the non-pen eyeliner for me.

It twists up and has a sharpener built into the end – this application is what I was expecting from Dragon Girl.


Makeup removing water

A tiny sample of makeup remover, which had about four applications in it.


Out if interest; has anyone who has ordered from the NARS website before experienced slow delivery? It took 10 days for my order to arrive and when you’re paying £7.00 for delivery, that does not impress me. Is that normal for NARS?

Have you tried anything from NARS?



Inside my head at a party

December 16, 2014

Inside My Head At A PartyI don’t like parties. They’re noisy and involve two of my least favourite things; buffets and small talk.

Last week I went to a party. I say went but it felt forced because I would happily never got to another party in my life but I always feel like I have to go because it’s the ‘normal’ and ‘right thing to do.’

In the spirit of Christmas party season (of which I’m attending none – score!) I thought I would share a little snippet of what goes on in my head at every party I go to. Continue Reading…

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Learn To Speak Cat 2: The Latest Mews – Anthony Smith *

December 15, 2014
Learn To Speak Cat 2: The Latest Mews Book Cover Learn To Speak Cat 2: The Latest Mews
Learn To Speak Cat

Souvenir Press

Still having trouble communicating with your feline friend?

Learn to Speak Cat has been let out again in another compilation of wacky cartoons that will have you purring with delight. Discover how your cat views the world. This is how a cat-centric world would look, from Eskimeows to the cat designed refrigerator.

If you’re struggling to find a gift for a cat lover, this book is exactly what you’re looking for.

The Latest Mews is a collection of cartoons about your cat’s weird ways and cat related puns.

My favourite was the cartoon of a cat sleeping in the basket that it’s bed came in. I can almost hear you cat owners nodding along as you read that line.

The cartoons really are true to cat form and gave me a good chuckle, and I know that other feline owners will feel the same way.

If you know a cat lover, this will put a cheshire cat smile on their face. (See what I did there?…Yeah don’t encourage me.) This is exactly the kind of book I can imagine sitting down and going through after Christmas dinner when I’m too full to move.

* – I received a free copy of this from Souvenir Press (thank you!) in exchange for a review and you folks know that free stuff does not sway my opinion.

If you know of any other books cat lovers might like – share them below!

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Warm up in the shower with LUSH’s Hot Toddy

December 12, 2014
LUSH hot toddy shower gel
Ever wondered what it would be like to rub yourself in Fireballs? If so, LUSH’s Hot Toddy shower gel is the answer to your question.

Sniffing of ginger and cinnamon, Hot Toddy will get you in the festive mood and seems to help clear your sinuses when you’re battling a cold. This stuff was about the only thing I could smell when I had a cold last week and boy does it smell amazing.

To me, Hot Toddy smells exactly like those Fireball sweets that were really popular in the early 2000s or now that we’re older, Fireball Whiskey. I wish LUSH would make a Hot Toddy solid perfume. Let’s start a petition and write them a nice letter.

This has got a golden shimmer to it, as you can just about see in my picture, but it doesn’t stick to your skin and leave you looking like a glitter ball, or like you’re going to a 90s school Christmas disco.

I’m not going to try to convince you that £3.95 for 100ml is cheap, but it would make a nice gift or stocking filler.

In short: A deliciously christmas scented shower gel that will get you in the Christmas spirit.

Is it cruelty free / vegan : Yes, all of LUSH’s products are cruelty free and Hot Toddy is a vegan product.

Price: £3.95 for 100ml / £7.95 for 200ml / £13.75 for 500ml (Price correct on December 7th 2014)

Would I recommend / repurchase: Yes, I think I will probably try to get another bottle in their post-Christmas sale if they have any left.

Have you tried Hot Toddy?