Shamefully Kick Starting

Last year was a bust for me. I read a total of 34 books, barely scraping half way through my goal of 65. I don’t know what happened, well I do. I got distracted. I started Univeristy again, I moved house, I worked a solid 38 hours a week pretty much every week, there were family dramas and a holiday that put me into relax mode, I got swept away in it all.

Looking back I failed at everything in this blog, like everything. Every challenge, every readathon, every TBR pile. Nothing was updated cause nothing got finshed.

I am not going to try and convince myself that I am starting fresh and list off the 30 books I will read this year. I obviously don’t work that way and neither will my blog. So for now I will go for the flow. Ive set my book goal as 50 which is reachable and unstressful, and I will write what I want to write. They are rules without being ‘rules’. Hell, I might even throw some books to charity.

Lets see how long I will keep this up.

Chelsie xx

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#ReadThemAllThon TBR Pile

I wanna be the very best
Like no one ever was
To catch them is my real test
To train them is my cause

I will travel across the land
Searching far and wide
Each Pokemon to understand
The power that’s inside

POKEMON, GOTTA CATCH EM ALL!

I am sorry for getting that stuck in your head…..

I have been playing so much Pokemon Go  recently it getting to be an addiction. I am currently level 19, not 100% on my top six, I am halfway to being happy but I digress.

The wonderful lady at ReadatMidnight is hosting the #ReadThemAllThon and even though I have sucked at readathons in the past I am determined to stick with this one! Its Pokemon related!

The ReadAThon runs from Sunday 14th September to Sunday 4th August.

Btw all of the graphics are hers, I still have zero idea how to use photoshop! Also if you have any tip and tricks or know of any tutorials on photoshop please let me know I am a total beginner and I need some serious help!

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. This is the first book of the Chaos Walking trilogy, since I adored A Monster Calls by Ness I am hoping to love this as well.

512 pages, possible 51cp

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I have very few books at will make me cry, they just aren’t my type of novel to read per say. I do have Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. It is a contemporary which I am not 100% in love with but it has been on my shelf forever.

357 pages, possible 35cp

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I am generally one to jump off the hype train as it has led me on horrible book adventures. But there is one book series that I haven’t started but everyone seems to adore Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I know don’t shoot.

390 pages, possible 39cp

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I have very few books unread that feature diversity. I know its a sham! I do choose Boy Meets Boy by David Leviathan. It is a shorter book but its pretty much the only one!

185 pages, possible 18cp

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This was another difficult one for me as I have no epic romances in my unread bookshelf but I do have A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray and its set in the 1800’s so heres hoping there is a romance somewhere in there!

403 pages, possible 40cp

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Does fantasy count as supernatural? Lets say it does! Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb. I got this for christmas and I know its a start to a massive series so thats fun!

392 pages, possible 39cp

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass. Its a red book cover thats for sure. I am dying to pick this one up so hopefully I will get around to it when the ReadAThon starts!

416 pages, possible 41cp

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For this one I chose Red Rising by Pierce Brown, I have no idea if it is post-apocalyptic. I mean its in space and it has class/race theme so I am assuming it will be post-apocalyptic!

382 pages, possible 38cp

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So there you have it my 8 books that I will hopefully be reading in this ReadAThon. Sweet thanks to Aentee over at ReadatMidnght for hosting this. Go check her out and join her this is ReadAThon!

Also my Pokemon of choice is Oddish, I attempted to make a trainer card but like I said my photoshop skills are horrendous! Tips and tricks welcome below!

Until next time I read a book

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Chelsie xxx

Beauty Fridays: Cheeky Little Haul.

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I have such a bad time saving money. when I had that book ban it was great apart from the fact that instead of buying books, I bought more makeup and clothes.

Makeup & Skincare

Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs, & Rose Water.
$10 

I adore my other products from Mario Badescu, I honestly feel like I will just have my entire skin routine with just this brand one day. Plus I am dying to try out their moisturisers. This is a really refreshing facial spray, I will use this if I need a tad more hydration in the mornings and also you can set your makeup with this, so if I don’t want to use my Urban Decay setting spray I will spritz my face with this. It is also pretty good for taming fly away hairs.

M.A.C Lipstick in the shade Amorous
$36 

I have had this shade before and adored it, also my dog did because he chewed it so badly. So I repurchased it and now I have lost it. I want to cry. I swear I am the worst at losing MAC Lipsticks. This shade is a beautiful plum colour which is so alike many of my other lipsticks. Now I just need to find it!

Lush

So this is where most of my money has gone! I like most people love lush so much I trust them with my life, or at least my skin!

Intergalactic Bath Bomb
$8.95

This is a fairly recent one of theirs and I love it. This will be the 3rd one I have purchased. It turns your bath into a swirling galaxy. I am not 100% sold on the smell but the experience it totally worth it.

Yog Nog Bath Bomb
$6.95 

Christmas in July! Oh how I love Lush at Christmas which makes Christmas in July so wonderful! This scent just brings me back to the time in December when I am trying to take a bath in the middle of summer!

Melting Marshmallow Moment
$4.95 

The smell of this one was following me around all day. If you like Snow Fairy you will love this. It is a bath melt which I have been really into recently, they are so moisturising and creamy. Highly recommend!

You’ve Been Mangoed
$4.95

The price tag gets me so easy! Less than $5 for something that makes your bath so soft and creamy! They get the fruity smells down perfectly. It smells like you are floating on an island of mangos.

Floating Island Melt
$4.95 

Again another bath melt, this one smells like sandalwood so a little more of a grownup scent! Plus I think it has a stick of vanilla in the middle! Again so moisturising and delicious!

H’sian Wen Hua Hair Treatment
$20.50

I didn’t realise that I had used this one before when buying this, the smell isn’t my favourite but if I remember correctly it works wonders. Mum and I are sharing this and since we both have shorter hair it shouldn’t run out too quickly!

I am pretty sure I have bought other stuff from lush I just have used them and I cant remember!

Clothing & Misc 

From Target I got this beautiful light wash demin shirt which is the single softest shirt I have ever worn! It is lovely and I think it cost me $29.
Also from target I got the wicked cool Kitty Travel mug. I needed something to take my coffee & tea into work with me and for $4 it was purrfect. See what I did there?

Until next Friday

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Chelsie xox

Beauty Fridays: Favourite Lipsticks

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Ever since I can remember doing my makeup I have always loved the statement lip colour. I can’t do eye makeup to save my life, if you handed me an eyeliner I wouldn’t know where to start!  so a bright lipstick has always been my way of saying “Hey look at my face!” So lets look at some of my favourites!

Rimmel – Lasting Finish in the Shade: 166 Temptation
$9.99

This was one of my firsts proper red shades and honestly I cant go back! I have recently found this on in my stash of lipsticks and I want to wear it every day! It is very creamy with quite a bit of shimmer and this formula is amazing.

Maybelline – Colour Blur in the Shade: Plum Please 
$17.99

This lipstick confused me so much when I first started using it. Firstly I don’t understand the blur aspect. That trend isn’t a good look, it looks as if you have smudged your lipstick half way off your face. Secondly its matte, it doesn’t come off when I’m eating, drinking or talking or anything, unless I touch my lips with my hand then it goes everywhere. Even though it is tough to apply, I do love the colour and the texture as long as I don’t touch it.

Revlon –  Colour Burst Matte Balm in the Shades: 225 Sultry & 270 Fiery 
$18.99 

225 has been in my life for almost 2 years now, this is my second tube of the amazing dusty rose lipstick. 270 was a recent purchase and it is more of a plum shade which is no surprise at this point. The formula is perfect, doesn’t dry me out like other mattes and plus they smell like peppermint!

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Chi Chi  – Viva La Diva in the Shades: Corporate Femme & Turn Me On
$18.99

I have had these for a while now and they are stunning. They are long-lasting and ultra matte but they do tend to be more on the drying side so I do make sure to exfoliate my lips before I pop one of these on. The red shade is my favourite and is quite often my go to.

Revlon – Ultra HD Matte in the Shade: Addiction. 
$23.99 

I feel like Revlon’s #1 product is their lip products. I don’t think i have ever put on anything by revlon and gone “nah it feels horrible” they just seem to know what they are doing. This is the creamiest matte I have ever put on. I doesn’t dry me out at all, at the end of the day it looks brand new and it does take all of the makeup remover to come off. I ave no faults with this product.

Lorac  – Alter Ego in the Shade: Dominatrix 
$25.99

This was 100% a spur of the moment buy for me. I don’t wear this too often but when I do I love it. its super creamy but has a semi matte finish. The colour is stunning, a super deep burgundy which I cant get enough of!

Here are my go to lipsticks. I have found out that I own far too many of the same shades! Joking, I already knew that! I didnt mention any MAC Lipsticks which I do love because I cant find my two faves: Mehr & Amorous!

What are your favourite lipsticks and your go to colour?

Until next Friday,

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Chelsie xxx

 

Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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THE MONSTER SHOWED UP AFTER MIDNIGHT.
As they do. But this isn’t the monster Conner’s been expecting, the one from the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments., the one with the darkness and the screaming. . . .

This monster is something different, something ancient, something wild. And it wants the truth. 

This is the first piece of work I have read by Patrick Ness and I am so glad it was. His writing is simple but so impactful.

Conner a 13 year old boy trying to make sense of his mother’s terminal illness, the nightmare, his hastily grandmother, the father who was never really a father and the yew tree that visits him at exactly 12:07 trying to uncover the lies he is telling himself.

From the first sentence of this novel I was so entranced in the story. The writing, characters and the artwork all flow together beautifully. I read this book in under 2 hours, it grabs you and refuses to let you go until it breaks your heart.

I found the writing so clever, written from a child perspective so Ness used that to leave out information that a child’s mind would gloss over but you know whats happening you just don’t know everything.

I didn’t think the story would play out the way it did. I honestly didn’t know anything about the story but it was completely different from any other horror or suspenseful story I have read. It was realistic. What was happening could happen to anyone and the way he reacted the other children reacted to him was all realistic which made the story even better.

The artwork was one of my favourite aspects. It wouldn’t of been the same story without it. `After a quick google I found out why the artwork was so familiar! Jim  Kay is the wonderful artist who is currently working on the Illustrated editions of Harry Potter! The minimal colour palette and the use of the negative space is just beautiful.

This is the book you read in the dark, on your own with no distractions in one sitting as you prepare to have your heart ripped out.

I gave this 5/5 stars.

Until the next time I read a book

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Beauty Fridays: Night Time Skin Care Regime

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Last week I did my Morning Skin Care Regime, this week its my night time turn.

Mario Badescu – Enzyme Cleansing Gel 

I spoke about this one last week. It is pretty much a chemical exfoliant that can also do an amazing job at removing all your makeup. I am really enjoying this one. My skin has been improving so much and I cant fault it as of yet!

Garnier – Eiceller Cleansing water 

As like the last product I did talk about this one as well last week. I use this just to make sure that all my makeup is gone off my face. It also just helps to sooth and clam my skin.

Dr. Lewinn’s – Skin Renewal Overnight Exfoliator

2-3 times a week I will whip out this bad boy and pop it on top skin. It is another chemical exfoliator and so far I like it, I don’t see any major improvements but it doesn’t break me out and smells nice so I will continue to use it.

Estee Lauder – Advanced Night Repair Eye 

This is a tiny tub (5ml) of very expensive eye cream. I don’t recall where I got this but it works wonders. My dark circles are fading and less puffy. Plus you only need the smallest amount so it won’t disappear in a flash.

Origins – Drink up intensive Overnight Mask

Can I just say I love the scent of this, I want to wrap myself up in it. Pretty much I lather my face up in this and in the morning my face is silky smooth. I know this is supposed to be a mask but everyone I know who uses it, uses it as a night cream. Its magic.

Mario Badescu – Drying Lotion 

Lastly I will put this magic potion on to any blemishes I have on my face. Then when I wake up in the morning, boom 9 time out of 10 they have shrunk into tiny, manageable spots. I never new how good I could of had it!

That it! I do a little more at night then in the morning. Its just a good time to sort out your face and let it soak up all the moisture.

Do you have any products that you swear by? Or do you love any of the things I mentioned today? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next Friday

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Chelsie xxx

June Playlist

Heres something I haven’t done in a little while!

Spotify does this wonderful thing where they create playlists for you based on the music you listen to! Free was one of those songs that was suggested to me on I think the Friday mix. I love the heavy beat and her voice is beautiful.

I haven’t listened to Adele’s entire album as of yet but I am dying to, the singles she has brought out have all been so emotional!

Christina and the Queens is a semi new one for me. I saw her a Tv show singing Tilted and I fell in love. She is a French artist who has created this beautiful pieces of art that just calms me down. Plus sometimes she sings in french!

Cake By The Ocean is my current jam just to dance around and be an idiot!

One Dance & Childs Play are my two favourite songs from Drake’s new album ‘Views’, especially Childs Play it is definitely a mixture of pop and R&B which I can never get enough of.

What have been your favourite songs of June?

Until Next time

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Chelsie xxx