Lazy Sunday #41

Good Morning!

Well it is morning as I begin posting this whether I get through it all is a different matter, it has been quite a stressful week here in the UK due to politics and people being determined to fall out with each other because of it. It has been a week many have felt the need to dive into something stronger than coffee to get through it. On the plus side, there was the fantastic benefit concert put together by Ariana Grande, my rugby team have won again, and hopefully have turned a corner for the season, that will get them away from the dreaded bottom four. So let’s get on with things and this week I have picked things that have a feel good factor…

 

  1. I love this first post because it imparts wisdom passed down through generations and in this world where so much emphasis is placed on material possessions it reminds us what is important, my dad’s car advice to me was similar, he was talking about speeding and pointed out ‘there is nowhere you need to be so badly it is worth dying for!’ https://lifewithblondie.wordpress.com/2017/06/09/its-just-a-car-baby-girl/
  2. The second post today I also love but this time is it is because this fantastic lady has taken a chance, turned her life upside down, taken the risk to turn her back on the normal jobs and do something physically harder but ultimately more rewarding I hope she will keep posting and share her journey in her new job, I want piglet pics  https://terahvandusen.wordpress.com/2017/06/09/farm-her-new-job-new-life/
  3. A special shout out to all those who attended this year’s Annual bloggers bash, I had hoped to get there but childcare issues made it a no-no, however, I am determined to be there next year http://sachablack.co.uk/2017/06/10/winners-of-the-2017-annual-bloggers-bash-awards-bloggersbash-bloggersbash/
  4. There are some blogs you know when you visit they are going to make you smile and that happens every time I pop over to this one, I especially love the emoticons bit  https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2017/06/10/bookish-delights-13-memes/
  5. My final post for today is a photo blog but these guys really go out of their way to make sure you know exactly what you are seeing and as a result you experience the places they see on a whole new level as well as learn something new, they also make me want to visit places I had never considered before https://sartenada.wordpress.com/2017/06/07/hanami-in-helsinki-hanami-en-helsinki-hanami-a-helsinki-hanami-em-helsinquia/

As I suspected we are now into the afternoon and it is time for me to head off to the kitchen and stuff the chicken.

 

Glossybox Review March 2017

Back to a plain pink box which is always a comedown after the special edition ones but let’s get to the contents…

My initial response was to be quite pleased, I had chosen the palette from a couple of options so maybe we should start with that…

SLEEK MAKEUP Eye & Cheek Palette

Because I am reviewing this a few month on from the time I chose the colour option I cannot remember what the others were, however, I believe this looked like a fairly neutral palette, and I probably chose this as I had gone for brighter colours for the last couple of palette options.  When I opened it I was quite excited…

There were what seemed a nice mix of shades and I thought okay I can do quite a bit with these, however, let’s break it down, cheeks first…

This is a one swipe swatch, can you see the problem, while I might get away with a very light dusting of the paler one, no way can I use the darker side, I do not tan so I could not even use it then, the blushers are highly pigmented but all is not lost they are very nice colours still so I will use them on my eyes. So let’s take a look at those…

Again the colours are highly pigmented and with the exception of the cream are all quite dark, I think the colours are lovely but really not good on my complexion as a palette. As an overall palette this would great on black or dark olive skin but for us pale and pasty folks the colours will be used in conjunction with paler colours from other palettes. At £10 it is not expensive but if you are looking for one palette to carry with you that does both eyes and cheeks you might need to be careful which colours you chose with this.

Next…

OOLUTION Eye Love

Hmmm I have to hold my hands up I am not sure on this, first it feels great when you put it on, but I cannot honestly say it did a great deal for my dark circles or puffiness, simply because it is not often mine are really noticeable. That is not to say I don’ egt them but when I do am usually feeling so run down and crap I don’t think to try using a cream at that point. For puffiness I have a really good roller ball type product I received in a Glossybox a while ago so I cannot see me spending £30 on this cream, but in fairness I cannot say it doesn’t work and might not be worth the price tag to somone else.

Next is…

THIS WORKS in-transit camera close-up

As you can see this claims to be an all in one product, sadly for me it did none of the things it claimed particularly well. In consistancy it is very similar to Vaseline, it does work as a barrier layer between your skin and make up to protect pores but I found that my foundation moved a lot over it and was hard to get a nice finish so as a primer it fails. I used this up as a night cream as I felt it took a long time to soak in and left my skin looking too greasy for day use. At £30 I can think of individual products that you could buy to do all three jobs with better results for less money, however, if you have really dry skin and want one product to travel with this might work for you.

Just two to go so…

FRUU Fruitilicious Watermelon Lip Balm

I am going to be honest when I opened this and smelt it, I could only smell Mango, which I don’t like. But as I always promise to try everything where possibly I gave it a go and I actually love the the texture and the more I hgave used it the more I smell watermelon over the other scents. At £2.99 it is a resonable price and is a decent every day balm

And finally…

GOT2B Styling Primer

I have to be honest when I read the description of this I was skeptical about what it would actually do, but I have to say that when I tried it, it really did make a difference. Because I have a few layers through my hair when I plait it for work as a do occasionally bits tend to come loose, I put a little of this in my hands and worked it through my hair now I have to say you do have to work quickly as it dries fast and is less effective but once my hair was plaited there were no bits escaping. It did brush out, though my hair did feel like it needed washing, it was not unbareable. The one downside was it made my hands feel really stiicky and took a good wash to remove that sensation. At only £4.18 in is a good price if you wear your hair tied up a lot or wear it in plaits, I can’t really comment on how it works with other styles but even just using it for the plaits it is value for money as it removes the need to use hair spray afterwards.

 

Though there were a couple of negatives the positives made up for it in this box.

WordPress what are you playing at?

I woke up one morning last week to about thirty notifications regarding pending comments from WordPress. I thought wow a new subscriber who has been reading my posts, or maybe, a few subscribers reading a few each, I scratched my head and opened my email folder then realised the WordPress hated me. For some reason best known to themselves, they had decided to turn off the spam filters overnight, most of the spam was in foreign languages so I have no idea what they were trying to tell me but to be fair most of those in ‘English’ were a mystery to me as well.

So I decided that it would be amusing to see what my spam says about me, I also have chosen a couple from my normal email spam as well just for your amusement. So first up from WP spam…

“Creating a hangover emergency system handy won’t look extremely important today, but when the time will come you’ll be happy to have the needed what to remedy a hangover. Making a hangover emergency system is a simple method that everyone can carry out. Additionally you can include those things you’ll need or don’t add the items you will not likely use.”
vegan hiking boots

So as you can see, I think I am supposed to create and emergency hangover kit, how do they know how bad my hangovers are? Why do I need hiking boots for a hangover? Why should my boots be vegan? Do vegan boots cure your hangover quicker? Judging by the writing a do suspect the writer may have been drug and was planning their own hangover kit for when they got up the next morning.

Next…

“My spouse and i too feel a new mommy that did not need to be expecting a baby. Not really because of its physicality, which i may handle needlessly to say. Things i couldn’t handle has been the romance patient or perhaps don’t have thereof which i recognized I needed however did not acquire. The actual shipping has been worse, using feuding loved ones with an unsupportive”

Okay, I have no idea what this person’s issues are! Maybe the wife got pregnant and he isn’t getting laid, maybe he thinks his relatives should make his wife sleep with him or they should sleep with him? Let’s just say this poor man has issues and I cannot think of anything that could be shipped to him that would be of any assistance.

Next up…

“If this sounds like your circumstances, contemplate going for a crack through actively trying to conceive for a couple of a few months. (Which may be easier said than done in case your grow older making you feel as if you are rushing from the time.)”

Okay, I am single, and even if I were I certainly would not be cracking on to conceive. In fact given my medical history getting pregnant would be just about one of the worst possible things that could happen to me, but this one does worry me slightly because there are people out there who can’t have kids and this would be an extra slap in the face if it slipped through a spam filter.

I probably gained weight already Mary looking at your coffee cakes. I can’t pick just one but all of them ahhah. thanks for the roundup and for the gi!vawayeHappy SUnday!”

I think this person may have been out on the beer with the first person and may need a hangover kit. I have no idea who Mary is but I am partial to a nice piece of coffee cake so if you know her, send her my way with it. and I think maybe the next two were with them.

“More posts of this quytlia. Not the usual c***, please”

“Your answer lifts the ingleeitlnce of the debate.”

I know they want people to click on their links but calling my normal posts crap is really not going to do you any favours, however, I have to say compared to some of the posts in my normal emails that is quite tame.

“You know what! Go fuck yourself. Shithole. How can you be that evil to me? Evil bitch.”

It would seem I have upset Claire, I have absolutely no idea what I could have done to her though the fact she has to ask how I can be that evil does rather give the game away that she really does not actually know me. The other thing I get a lot of is the fact the spam bots cannot work out I am actually female, I imagine the first four letters of my name flag me as a man, given the amount of mail order brides they think I might need, as well as the Viagra to cope with them, but what does amuse me, is this thing of trying to insult someone into clicking, using things like this,

“Hey YOU,

Please stop emailing me your photos. I am engaged now.
We broke up a long time ago. MOVE ON!”

“Hey Scumbag,

Stop stalking me and my friend or I will report you. You piece of shit, cock-sucker douche. I do not know why you are doing this! You slept together once, only once. It does not mean anything. Have not you heard of hook up?

So, f*** off and leave us alone”

“You mad bitch! You made me hate my guts last night. You are an ASS. You disgust me. It makes me wanna puke when I think of you. YOU SON OF BITCH. Do not you dare to do that to me again, sucker.”

Now you see it is actually a good job I am single and spam savvy because if not I might have thought that my bloke had been up to no good on my computer. I would have assumed as my computer always has my accounts signed in that he had used my email to pick up said women from dubious sites. So while I pop off now and check up on the numerous giftcards I have won to American stores we do not have in the UK, I hope I have at least given you a giggle, I may be a mad bitch, and occasionally, I may be evil but I swear I don’t have one night stands lol.

May Resolutions 2017

I had said I would return to the normal format for resolutions this month, but the events of last week mean I changed my mind. Right now, so many of them seem trivial, lose weight, exercise more etc. I am sure by next month I shall feel more like my normal self again and go back to the format I started at the beginning of the year but this month it seems more important to talk about the reason we make resolutions and how the terrible event of last Monday, then again this Saturday, make them all the more important.

We make resolutions with the idea of improving our lives, a new year, a new me, a better me etc but when these types of atrocities remind us we need to make the most of every day we have. We have the chance every day to make our lives better in the smallest ways, if like me you want to lose weight and get fitter then ,and this applies to me, all it takes is making the choice to get up and walk a little every day, do a bit more exercise and make better food choices. I know I do not do as I preach in this respect but maybe the time to make changes is now.

I have the chance to make the changes I want to happen, there are people who no longer have that chance. We need to start reconsidering our priorities to an extent, make sure we are working for the life we want not simply working for a paycheck, yes bills need to be paid but if your whole life revolves around paying them then maybe it is time to look at what you can cut back on to give yourself time to enjoy life and to live. Something as simple as cutting a trip to the coffee shop can be an hour less you need to work, I know that is putting it in a simplistic way but it can be that simple, I have a million TV Channels (okay an exaggeration but that’s how it seems) and yet I watch only a few, I am considering my options for reducing my cable bill, though I will be honest not quite worked it out yet as we all like channels in different packages lol.

The most important thing though to take forward from the events of the last two weeks is that we will not be scared, we will still go to plays, concerts, bars. We will not fill our hearts with hate, we will continue to care for people around us, in both attacks, in the face of terror there were those who instead of fleeing ran towards the attacks to help those suffering. There is no such thing as too much love, so instead of hate let us pay it forward with a smile, it costs nothing but can make all the difference to those feeling isolated and alone, maybe if we all said more nice and positive things it would spread like ripples, and that those preaching hate, would find there were no longer ears for their words to find.

 

 

Book Review – The Surgeon By Tess Gerritson

Confession this was a reread…

Sorry for the quality of the picture, I always try to find a picture of the cover I have on my book, so on with the Goodreads blurb…

In Boston, there’s a killer on the loose. A killer who targets lone women, who breaks into their apartments and performs terrifying ritualistic acts of torture on them before finishing them off. His surgical skills lead police to suspect he is a physician – a physician who, instead of saving lives, takes them.

But as homicide detective Thomas Moore and his partner Jane Rizzoli begin their investigation, they make a startling discovery. Closely linked to these killings is Catherine Cordell, a beautiful medic with a mysterious past. Two years ago she was subjected to a horrifying rape and attempted murder but she shot her attacker dead. Now she is being targeted by the new killer who seems to know all about her past, her work, and where she lives.

The man she believes she killed seems to be stalking her once again, and this time he knows exactly where to find her…

The fact I decided to reread this does give you a clue I enjoyed it, though to be fair my book piles are all messed up so I may reread a lot over the coming months. This is the first book in the Rizzoli & Isles series though we do not actually meet Isles at this point. I had forgotten how little we actually get to know about Rizzoli in this book and went into it with knowledge gained from the rest of the series and influenced by the TV series and I have to say it does actually change the reading. This first meeting with Rizzoli she is brash, reactive and a little bit of a stereotype, she reminds me of Cagney from the Cagney & Lacey TV series, I think this is in part because other than the victims she is the only female character and is made to look harder as a result. I really did believe when I picked this book up I would award it a five, I am sure that is what I would have probably done after the initial read but in this read through there were issues.

The book is supposed to be the first in a series centred around two characters, yet we only meet one of them, I can forgive this because I would assume when the author first wrote this she possibly did not know she would make it a series and involved the second female character, however for the first part of this book Rizzoli is almost a secondary character and almost treated like the bitchy woman scorned in some places. The interactions with Rizzoli and many of her colleagues are quite clichéd, though I appreciate it is realistic that a woman cop has to work harder to prove herself  certain aspects such as the tampax in the water bottle I would hope would be outdated with improvements to workplace equal rights laws, but to be fair I cannot comment to whether this would be factually true. Overall I still enjoyed it and I know I loved it the first time round, I cannot decide if you would enjoy this more going into it with the knowledge from the TV series or not, I think it may spoil the story but give the character more depth.

I had to stop to think about the score I would give this and decided that I would give it a 4 out of 5 stars, it will be interesting to reread more of this series.

Lazy Sunday #40

I awoke this morning to the news that once more those who seek to change our way of life have attacked the innocent, they do not have the courage to attack those who can fight back nor do they attack those in power but instead those going about their lives in peace harming no one else, I shared a post this morning on Facebook from my wonderful friend Simon Fisher-Becker, a simple message to the terrorists, you will not win. I am not going to go into this more now because it is Sunday and we shall carry on as normal and share the love and they will not alter our lives no matter how they try.

  1. I love seeing blog posts about places I have been and this one is no exception. I went with Uni a few years ago (I was a mature student) however because I was one crutches between spinal surgeries I could not explore the grounds or the ruins but if you get the chance to visit this place you should, and also take the time to learn the background story to Bess, she was one hell of a lady https://janerisdon.wordpress.com/2017/06/02/__trashed/
  2. As you know from my book reviews I am a lazy reviewer, I give you my basic thoughts, feelings and a score, I don’t go into real depth, partly because after studying Literature at University I know how boring a book becomes once you start over analysing it, but I do love a good review where they take the time to explore in depth without turning it into an academic paper This Doctor Who reviewer does just that and then it is we in the comments who get carried away with the petty details lol check her out https://inkashlings.wordpress.com/2017/06/02/doctor-who-the-pyramid-at-the-end-of-the-world-review/
  3. You may have heard me talk a little about this thing happening in October, you know the one where I go stand near lots of fabulous authors and hope someone bothers to come and say hello to me lol, I was worrying about what I was going to put any books I might see into but it seems the amazing organisers have it covered but even if your not coming I think you should grab yourself one anyway https://hourglassevents.wordpress.com/author/hourglassevents/
  4. I found a new blog today, let’s just say I have read this one post and am green with envy at the event she got to attend but I am sure she will prove to be as delightful as her writing then I can forgive her for making me jealous https://sophieetallis.wordpress.com/2017/06/02/making-hay-with-neil-gaiman-stephen-fry-and-chris-riddell/
  5. I have mentioned before that I have been looking into the whole imprint thing for print publishing, this is another post which explains the situation really well https://justcanthelpwriting.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/what-i-learned-about-isbns/

I am going to pop off now and read some more about medieval torture methods, I mean how else should a girl spend a sunny Sunday afternoon, have a great week see you same time, same place next week.

Glossybox Review February 2017

Once more I am behind on these so you are in for a few over the coming weeks and I have to say there have been some real hits and some huge misses…

First let say I loved the box, it was after all the Valentine themed one but I loved the pink against the monochrome, and onto the contents…

I am going to be honest though I was excited at a couple of the products, I was really annoyed at one of them so we may as well start with that one…

GARNIER Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures Strength Restorer Balm

Now the first thing I should make clear is my problem is not with the actual product, the opposite in fact, this is not a new product to warrant the inclusion of a trial size sample, I have been using this product for quite a while. That was what annoyed me, that one of my fie items should not only be a trial size which barely covered my hair but should also be for a product that has been out for ages and I already use. I would have been happy to see this as an extra on top of the five items and maybe if I was not already using it I might have been impressed except as with most trial sizes of hair products they only give you enough to do a decent trial if you have short to shoulder length hair at best. At £4.49 (or less if you have the right saver type places near you) it does do what it is supposed to but Glossybox this month I felt robbed.

Next up…

LA THEORIE DES VOLCANS Noir Eternae Youth Potion Face Scrub

There are times you really want things to be different, and this was one! It sounded fantastic, a mineral rich volcanic paste, cleanses, purifies, turns from pink to grey as it works wonders on your skin… brings you out in the plague! Okay not quite but it did bring on an outbreak of the Rosecea I suffered from last year, at first I wondered if it was coincidence, I was stressed at the time I tried it, so I let it clear up and tried it again, yet again an outbreak. Was it perhaps the combination of using it with the cold weather, waited a few months tried it again, once more an outbreak, I shall not be trying it again. I think it is safe to say I shall not be spending £26 on a face wash that makes me look like a bubonic zombie.

Next up…

CIATE LONDON Paint Pot in Iced Frappe

I don’t normally get to give these a good testing as when I get one my daughter generally steals it, but because we can now wear neutral colours on our nails at work I put my foot down and kept this one. The colour is a lovely pale coffee, it applies really well and I love the brushes in these pots, although mine is lose from the lid and if you are not careful you open it it find the brush still sat in  the varnish. It does last well, though if you have your hands in water a lot it does soften and peel, at £9 it is towards the higher end of the mid range and it can be quite hard actually getting hold of this brand without ordering from their website but worth it or better still talk someone into buying you their advent calendar to keep you going for a while.

Next…

MEMEME Beat The Blues in Oyster Gold

Confession first, I think I may have been using this wrong, I thought it was a highlighter but it is actually an illuminator, while it can be used as a highlighter it can also be mixed into foundation, which I have not tried but I will give it a go. Used as a highlighter it blended right in and did not give me the shimmer I wanted, it did work well with a powder highlighter over it but just didn’t get the job done on its own, I was not too keen on the applicator,

It feels like a cheap nail varnish applicator and it is hard to get the blobs on each side even with the poor bristle quality. At £7.25 it is not expensive but I would not buy this as a highlighter however I am hoping that it may work well with foundation especially in the summer to just add a little all over shimmer.

And finally…

JEANNE ARTHES L’Eau de Rose

Every now and again you get a perfume that you really cannot decide on, you love it, you like it, your not sure about it, depending on your mood, for me this is that perfume. It smells of Roses, not shit Sherlock I here you cry, but no I mean it smells of Roses with a capital R! It is like being in my garden next to me older roses, especially the big crimson one that does not get the prettiest flowers but damn does it smell good.

This is the rose I am talking about the flowers are huge, the size of small melon, and they get tatty quickly but they smell divine. So what is the problem with the perfume I hear you ask, well it is just that is smells of Roses and nothing else, in my head I think of it being something my grandma would have worn, or the perfume kids get, and while I really love the smell I am not convinced I can wear it out. I mean yes could wear it on the school run or for work but I can get perfumes by popstars for less than the £20 a bottle this costs. You could use it to spray your bed with to bring the summer garden smell into the bedroom, but you see my predicament, while I love the smell I am just not sure about where I would wear it. Chances are this will get used but I will not replace it even though I really do like it.

 

Lazy Sunday #39

Okay so Sunday is almost over as I write this but to be fair my daughter has been here most of the day and I cooked Sunday dinner so it did not turn out to be totally lazy. The world was a darker place for a little while this week and things like writing and blogging seemed foolish and frivolous, as I titled the vlog this week ‘No Words’ sums up my feelings still but I will talk about that later in the week in a separate post. So on with a few posts to little the mood a little I hope and spread some love and light in the only way we can, by carrying on with life as normal.

  1. I love this post, admittedly I do spend half my time thinking in terms of medieval technology but what we consider an antique was once cutting edge  https://quirkybooks.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/devon-county-show-technology-vs-crafts/
  2.  There are some blogs I follow because they provide a quick fix of joy and this is one of them, I love this photo they have shared and would love to dive into that glorious blue water https://wanderlusttina.wordpress.com/2017/05/27/split-view-waterfall-jamaica/
  3.  One of the other things I love about reading blogs is you get to see places that you would never get to in real life, let’s face it the world is a big place, so much to see and do and for most of us we lack the time, resources and freedom from commitments to get to a fraction of them, so seeing others journeys is almost as good https://exxtracts.wordpress.com/2017/05/28/jew-town-kochi/
  4.  I had a wonderful interaction on another bloggers post regarding colours that compliment my hair now it is purple, she has followed this up with a really cool post about the fashion of going a little crazy with your hair and how to manage your wardrobe to match https://valentinaexpressions.com/2017/05/28/balayage-and-ombre-hair-valentina-cirasola-designer/
  5. Some times we just need a little light relief, something that we click on and it just makes us smile https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2017/05/19/eleven-wishes-for-you/

The one thing these posts all have in common is they span the globe, they remind us of the fact we have more in common with 99.9% of people than we have differences with that 0.01% who seek to destroy the way of life we love, they will not win unless we let them poison our heart, take care of each other and remember a smile to a stranger can create ripples that might be what is needed to heal our world.