Bold and Beautiful: Trying The Matte Lip Trend

Matte lipsticks and colours have been all over Instagram for a while. Whilst gloss has a strong sheen, and lipstick generally looks creamy, this lip colour looks flat and matte, but in a good way. For some reason, I felt like as much as I liked this trend that I wasn’t sure that it would…

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The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

I picked this up because I really like books like Like Water For Chocolate, stories that have a hint of magic, but that are otherwise kind of about everyday life. (Magic realism is one of our favourite genres). Rose Edelstein is turning 9 when her mother makes her a beautiful lemon cake with chocolate icing.…

Giveaway: Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

Paula Hawkins previous book, The Girl On The Train, was a huge bestseller. This is her follow up book, which is the story of a murder. Nel Abbot is found dead in the Drowning Pool, a place where witches used to be drowned, and which has a reputation of being a haunted place, where local…

Lucky Lips: MUA Sweet Sheen Lip Balm

MUA is one of those cute brands in your local pharmacy that are fun to try or easy to dismiss. On the one hand, they’re cheap so you might doubt their quality or efficacy, on the other, they’re at a price point where you feel like you can pick up an “it product” to try…

Prague Nights by Benjamin Black

Prague Nights is a historical crime novel from Man Booker Prize winning author John Banville, whose pen name is Benjamin Black, and who is well known for the Quirke crime series. This book was sent to me by Penguin books for a review. Although this book starts with a murder, it’s really about intrigue at…

The Last Gods Of Indochine by Samuel Ferrer

This book was sent to me by the author for honest review. It was nominated for the Man Asian Literary Prize, and interstingly is the only book that has been that was written by a non-Asian writer. It’s the twin stories of Jacquie and Paaku, one a woman in the 20’s following her explorer Grandfathers…