Glossybox Monthly Review – July 2014

Slight change round this month with everything that has been going on the Vlog will be up next week and then fortnightly from there on so today make up…


In honour of Independence day the them was USA and the products were those that originated from there…


My initial response was rather excited, every thing looked really interesting would that continue through trying them though…


Carmex Lip Balm

I decided to start off with the thing that was most disappointing…


It looked unappealing, smelled terrible and when I put it on my lips did more than tingle they actually felt like they were on fire. I passed it on to my daughter and both she and her fiancé tried it neither of them liked it. This is a celebrity favourite apparently and in theory would work well at healing chapped lips as it contains menthol, camphor and beeswax, personally I would rather be stung by the bees than try it again, I did receive the full size version worth £2.69 but can safely say I will not be buying this again.

Next up…


Broadway Nails imPress Press On Manicure

I got really excited when I saw these, I loved the colour and could not wait for my week off so I could try them and try their claim they lasted a week.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHowever I should have known better as I do not have a good track record with false nails and as I feared the largest size was still not big enough for my thumb nails.  Also as they had sent me them in the short length several of my own nails were already longer than the false ones so they were of no use to me. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHowever my daughter was thrilled, this is a brand she has used before and she loves, you can see the tab you pull off for the self adhesive on the picture above but my daughter says that although that would be fine for a night out if you wish to keep them on longer invest in some decent nail glue to stick them. They cost £7.99 per pack so they are not cheap, I will not be buying them again for me as there is no point if the don’t fit but they might end up as stocking fillers for my daughter come Christmas.


ABSOLUTE New York Perfecting Eyeshadow Primer

I confess for years I never bothered with Primers, I thought it was rather a new fad designed to get extra money out of you but I am now a convert.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis first photo shows my foundation and concealer done plus primer applied all over my eyelids, really if I had been thinking properly I should have only applied the primer to one eye so you can see the real difference it makes to applying eye shadow.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABetter lighting for this one but you can see the vibrancy the primer gives to the colours it also helps the blend easier, I am now totally converted and this did work even better than the one I had bought recently it costs £4.99 but I would certainly buy it again and in the long run it saves you money as you need less eye shadow for stronger effects.

Next up….


Mary Kay Cosmetics Lash Love Mascara

I confess my heart sunk when I saw this, first it was another mascara not only have I had a few in previous boxes but I had also just got one with a magazine, and I will be honest the name put me off, I had always assumed that Mary Kay Cosmetics were a little bit like Avon, decently quality but basically high street priced standard make up.  Looking at the price which states £16 for the full size product we received I was surprised as I thought it would be cheaper.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor a waterproof mascara it is quite wet but gives good cover and does seem to give a little lash extension…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt did not give amazing results, and I have to confess that something made me tear up while wearing it and though it resisted smudging fairly well it did sting my eye quite a bit.  It is a perfectly good mascara for everyday use I probably would not buy it again as I have one I prefer that costs less, one other thing worth mentioning is that this was terrible to actually get off afterwards.

And finally…


Bellapierre Cosmetics Ltd Mineral Lipstick

As you can see I got red, and I have to say I love it, the packaging makes it look really high class and the colour is intense.  No pictures of me wearing it as I have only had chance to try it without the rest of my make up, red is not a colour I would wear on a work day but I might just wear it to film next weeks Vlog.  At £20 for this full size product it is very pricey but a little will go a long way and for the time and quality it is value for money and I might just have to check out if the have a nice purple.

Overall although it was a mixed box I am more pleased by the things I liked than disappointed by those I don’t. The cost of the box is £13.25 and the total value of the products was £51.69 but even taking out the items I was not thrilled with it was still brilliant value.


The Friendly Games

If you live in the UK you will be aware at the minute there is an abundance of sport every description imaginable, in fact if you live anywhere in the Commonwealth you are probably glued to TV screens and trying to workout how you can watch a dozen live streams at once.  If you live in the US well it is Tuesday!

The Commonwealth Games are affectionately nicknamed ‘The Friendly Games’ which is a little ironic considering in order to be part of them we the English have to have conquered you in the first place.  I am sure the Americans would claim that their absence just gives every one else chance to win something, but I bet there are numerous American sports stars nervously watching records being broken, new best times being set and feeling a little aggrieved that this is one party they were not invited to.

But that is what the Commonwealth Games really are,a huge sporting party, _76478204_glasgowceremonythe whole thing started with a little dancing and singing.  It may have been a little camp but hey we love camp here in old Blighty, and the star of the opening ceremony 452568812John Barrowman is very much classed as a National treasure.  The fact the para-sports are mixed straight in with the regular races is a prime example of the fact that these games are about taking part very much like the Olympics rather than the serious business of big cash prizes.  Every competitor is cheered home be the a home nation athlete crossing the line first or someone from a country you would struggle to find on the map who finishes minutes behind the winner.  commonealthgames_3_1Over the space of ten days we watch people run, swim, cycle, and occasionally do all three as well as numerous other sports.The successes 2014-commonwealth-games-venue_2850497of the 2012 Olympics and the recent Tour De France leg draw attention to some sports that previously may have been over looked by the populace.

glasgow-2014-swimming  And while normally I may have missed the sight of some Americans poolside they pale in comparison for the respect I have for this young lady. article-2707850-200B7F8D00000578-492_634x522Aged just 13 years old Erraid Davies won Bronze in the Para-Sport 100m Breaststroke, she suffers from a disease which mean her hip bones do not form properly and are subject to breaking easily. While she might go on to compete in para olympics and set records she will never win as many hearts as she did with her smile last night.

The only real problem with the games is choosing which sports to watch and fitting them all in.

Chasing my tail

Hi guys, I am still here erratically running in screaming hello before tearing off hell for leather once more.  Summer holidays have started which I don’t need to tell the parents are stressful enough, but there are also loads of events both charity and personal coming up which I am hoping to attend which mean time away from the computer and you guys.  The plus to that is that I have lots of exciting things to share when I get back and I shall have lots of photos and videos.

The other thing occupying my time and my mind is that my dad has been back in hospital for the last few weeks having another back op, I am sure you all recall it did not go well last time but this time has been a little better but there have been some complications which are cause for concern, but hopefully he will be okay in the long run,

Any way to keep you amused until I post again properly…






A Zest First!

I recently recorded this for the brilliant team over at Zest please check out the back issues and submission guidelines to join the talented people who have contributed so far


Well hello dear readers,

Welcome to something very exciting: our very first ‘Why We Write’ vlog, courtesy of Ms Paula Acton. In fact, it was Paula’s idea to approach me with this piece and I am very pleased that she has. Kick back with a cuppa and enjoy listening to her share with us her reasons for writing and taking photographs for Zest.


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Glossybox Monthly Review – June 2014

It is that time of the month again where I delve in a box rummage round and then either jump of joy or sulk so lets see what this month brought…


I will be totally honest as soon as I saw one of these products my heart sank so we may as well get that one over with first…


PRO:VOKE Touch of Silver Brightening Shampoo

£2.79 for 150ml

While I had not used the Shampoo before I had tried the conditioner and just like the conditioner this was really a non event.  Okay it washed my hair but did nothing to brighten my blonde, maybe you need to use them both together but to be honest I did not find the conditioner very moisturising when I used it and my hair needs that.

Not something I would ever buy but it is only one product so on to the next..


TEEEZ Flat Eye Shadow Brush

Full Size RRP 19 £15.21

The first thing you notice is the pretty packaging and when you open it up…


It is a pretty brush!  I know that the fact this is made with Goat hair might put some people off but it doesn’t bother me so I happily gave it a go.  The brush is quite stiff and loads up really well so it is perfect for applying general colour, it is too big for applying contour or crease colour but it does what it needs to do.  I do think the price is a little high but it is the sort of brush that if cared for properly will last a lifetime.

Next up…



Nail Girls 3 in 1 Base/Top Coat and Strengthener

– Full Size RRP £13.50

This product has good and bad points, the negative is when I applied a coat on its own as a strengthener it flaked and chipped off really easily, but the plus side was used as a base coat it stopped one of my favourite colours staining my nails (love red but it can be a nightmare when removed).  There is also an extra consideration,  the nail polish is chemical-free, which is great for mothers who are breastfeeding and women who are pregnant. I don’t usually wear a base coat or top coat simply as I do not wear polish for more than a day or two at a time so this will last a while, I am not sure if I would buy it again but I would consider trying different products from the range, it would be interesting to test their actually coloured varnishes to see if they chemical free tag goes along side colour quality.

Next up…


RITUALS Gi Gong Spray

£3.50 for the 50ml size received £8.00 for 150ml size.

I wish I had never tried this!  I absolutely love it but no way can I justify spending £8 on one can of deodorant.  It does not keep you one hundred percent dry on really hot days but then nothing really does but it does make you feel fresh when you apply it, smells gorgeous and makes your skin feel silky smooth.  I really need to find either somewhere that sells it cheap or find a cheaper version, if you have any ideas tell me in comments please!

And finally


SO SUSAN Universal Blush

Okay so I looked at this and read what it said about it, which was this…

A micronized, jet-milled blush that works with your skin’s natural chemistry to create a universal healthy flush that is flattering on all skintones. Made with Buriti Fruit Oil to repair the epidermis and improve skin elasticity.

I scratched my head, and opened the box..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAmy initial thought was that it was almost the same shade of pink that the blush I usually use was, so that would be fine but I was curious about the claims that it was universal and altered according to different skins, a test was needed…

I was having my eyebrows sugared so I took it with me to my hairdresser/beautician’s house, she has a different skin tone to me, where I am fair she tends towards an olive skin so I really did not expect this product to live up to its claims but it did.  One me it had a pink sheen on her a more bronze tone. I have no idea how the science works but it does, at £17.95 it is expensive but one would last years, will I buy it again probably but it won’t be need for a while.

The next box will be here soon and has a USA theme, can’t wait!

Criterium 2014

As many of you will be aware the Tour De France passed through my home town on Sunday, sadly due to a small monster taking possession of my bed by kicking me in the back I was in no fit state for standing around for hours and had to be content watching on the TV.  However I did get to enjoy some cycling earlier in the weekend at the Huddersfield Criterium. Basically it is a series of races where they ride on a circuit for a set length of time, in this case two adult races lasting 45 minutes and one hour plus in between them a junior race which lasted 30 minutes .

I had just finished work and it was raining so I did not stay to watch the full event but I sincerely hope they make it an annual event.

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Perfect Summer Beach Reading!!!

I was going to do a book review today, I was honest, but I get rather carried away this morning editing my friends wedding footage to make it into a DVD ready for their return from their honeymoon.  So instead I am going to give you the post I was going to do on Wednesday instead which is basically this…


Yes the book is now available as a paper back, am very excited and will be ordering a few copies for family on payday,  So if you don’t have a Kindle you no longer have any excuse not to buy and help out a very worthy cause while enjoying a great read.

UK Kindle:
US Kindle:

UK Print:
US Print:

Ebook Fraud Alert: Spread the Word

While everyone knows clamping down on internet piracy is like trying to put out a fire with a water pistol but this is not a case of a fan sharing something they love but someone trying to rip people off and profit from others work. Several authors have found their work listed without their knowledge and with them receiving no recompense, please if you are a writer make sure your work is not listed here

Kait Nolan

So we can all agree that book piracy sucks.  Know what sucks even more?  People trying to illegally SELL our work.  Courtesy of Google Alerts, I found out about 45 minutes ago that Red and Forsaken By Shadow are both illegally listed at  So are my friend Susan Bischoff’s books and a whole lot of others.  It’s not limited to just self published books either.  I’ve seen books by Carina Press, Penguin and other publishers on this site.

The site is hosted through GoDaddy, so it is important that you, as author, check to see if your books are listed, and then follow the directions below to file a complaint in order to see that the domain is suspended and have GoDaddy cancel this asswipe’s hosting.


B. Copyright Claims (from GoDaddy’s Legal Dept.)

1. If the Complaining Party would like to submit a copyright claim…

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A Wonderful Celebration

Yesterday I was lucky enough to watch my best friend and her partner get hitched.  It was a perfect day, family and friends gathered to watch two people who love each other choose to spend the rest of their lives together.  There are some people who will object, claim they have no right to have the same rights as others but you know what as far as I am concerned those people have no right to an opinion.  If their parents failed to teach them the basic good manners of ‘if you can’t say something nice say nothing at all’ and if they really believe that their ‘god’ will reward them for spewing hate then they are sadly mistaken.  We live in a world where hate lurks constantly seeking to destroy community, family and friendships, people push their own beliefs by twisting religion, if you are a Christian didn’t your god spell it out for you in the commandments ‘Love thy Neighbour’ not judge them, or interpret the bible to suit yourselves, no it was a pretty simple sentence but maybe they know better than god and will tell him exactly what he meant right before he sends them straight to hell for hating and making themselves and their priests into false idols.

I digress the fact is no matter what the rest of the world thinks I was honoured to watch my friends get married, blessed to be part of their special day, and if truth be told slightly hungover this morning.  The sun shone down upon them as they start their new life together and the day was filled with love, laughter and good times