Glossybox Review – May 2106

I am running really behind with these but rather than skip this one I decided to get on with it…


First let’s talk about how pretty this box was, it was very similar to the French edition box I received a while back, like much of it’s contents the box was appropriated  by my daughter, in fact I did feel a little like I should have just handed the box straight over, inside we had very pretty pink paper and goodies…


You will notice the frame there which was to take and post a selfie but to be honest I just found it really awkward trying to get one with my phone, maybe if I had tried using the mirror it might have been easier,


So the first thing I pulled out was the popcorn, apparently it tasted great, I personally couldn’t tell you because I didn’t get any lol, however popcorn is a great low cal snack and I might look at buying some of this to try as I prefer salted popcorn to sweet, my favourite is toffee popcorn but I think it is a push to class that as healthy lol. So let’s start with the real contents…


Revlon Volume + Length Magnified Mascara

There were different options for the mascara and I chose this one thinking it would be a good all rounder, sadly I don’t know why it just didn’t do it for me. I thought at first it was the shape of the tube but really it is no different to my Tarte one that I love, I cannot blame the wand as you can see it is a pretty standard wand, which I normally like…


There was nothing I could really put my finger on to explain my gut reaction to just not liking it, the results were no worse than other high street mascaras I have used and better than some, I eventually decided that maybe the problem is that I have a mascara I love at the minute and nothing measures up to it so everything disappoints me. These retail at £9.99 so not expensive but not the cheapest option either so my daughter tried it (as she does most things I get in these boxes) she loved it, she took it and has let me know she finds it applies really well and lasts brilliantly. I think I am going to start sharing her opinions on more products so you get a more balanced view, because obviously as you find favourites it gets harder to be totally objective in products that don’t blow you away. Though sometimes it is also a case here of fighting over who gets to keep a product as you will witness later in this box…


Bee Good Youth Enhancing Plump & Firm Moisturiser

This is a little strange, the formula is very thick and reminded me of a lip balm I received a while ago, I don’t think you could really use this during the day as it is so thick it does take a while to soak in, however it does work quite well as on over night cream or as something you put on to give yourself a facial/moisture boost. I can’t say I noticed the plumping or line reduction but that could be that as a larger lady my face is plump already lol but at £23.50 this is quite and expensive product to use occasionally, if you were going to use it as your night cream then it might be worth it.


Loceryl Nail Gel

I have to confess at the minute my toe nails are shocking, I used a particular nail varnish almost non stop for a couple of months and it seemed to destroy my toe nails, so I was quite excited to try this, sadly it failed but I cannot blame the product. I remember to put it on once about every tow or three days and I misread the instructions and only put one coat on instead of the few coats twice daily, so not surprisingly nothing has happened. At £16.99 it is expensive to be as stupid as I have been when it comes to applying it, but I am going to try again and try to do it as recommended so if I notice a difference I will let you know on July’s review, but unless you make an effort to follow instruction probably not worth buying


Crabtree And Evelyn Hand Therapy

This is one of those items that is a little frustrating, the actual product comes in this really cool packaging and does a fantastic job of moisturising my hands, at £5 it is not overly pricey, and certainly cheaper then the Rituals Miracle balm which I love, but… why does there have to be a but, I cannot stand the smell. You would think from the name and packaging it would be a simple floral whiff but nope there is an oily smell possiby from the nut oil but you can also smell the myrrh, another fragrance which I am not a fan of. I am using this but am very careful not to use it too close to meal times or when the smell is likely to bug me too much, I might look into seeing what other fragrances it is available in to see if there is something better suited to me.


Absolute New York Velvet Lippie

When I looked at this on the applicator I did not have high hopes it looked thick and gloopy, like a cheap gloss…

DSC01962I thought I would try it out and hate it, my daughter thought the same, we looked at the card and saw the price tag and thought at £4.93 it was as cheap as it looked and it would not be anything special, so I swatched on my hand…

DSC01963The first thing I noticed was it was not as sticky and gloopy as I expected and secondly it was incredibly pigmented and really was matte once applied. Normally I would include a photo of me wearing it at this point but I can’t. I took a couple but they did not really come out well and I do not have the means to take more as the lippie left my house in my daughters bag. When actually tried it was a really nice lip colour, you got the matte pay off that you get from lipsticks but without the drying effect. We both loved this and would consider buying again if they sold it in a supermarket or chemist rather than on just the website.

So next week I will catch up with these reviews and post the June one xxx


Book Review – The Innocent Murderer By Michael Griesbach

I should first point out that prior to reading this I had not only watched the Netflix series Making A Murderer but I had also listened to numerous crime podcasts where the case and evidence had been discussed at length by various professionals and that knowledge did impact a little upon my reading of this book.


The Goodreads Blurb…

The story of one of America’s most notorious wrongful convictions, that of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who spent eighteen years in prison for a crime he did not commit and now the subject of the hit series Making a Murderer. But two years after he was exonerated of that crime and poised to reap millions in his wrongful conviction lawsuit, Steven Avery was arrested for the exceptionally brutal murder of Teresa Halbach, a freelance photographer who had gone missing several days earlier. The “Innocent Man” had turned into a cold blooded killer. Or had he? This is narrative non-fiction at its finest and the perfect companion read for fans of Making a Murderer.

First thing that has to be said is that the author is not a writer, he is a lawyer and occasionally it shows, but that can be forgiven in parts though you cannot help but think that occasionally he could have cut some of the repetition of facts and credit us with being able to retain information or flick back through pages to double check if we need to, I guess it is because he is used to drumming facts into jury’s.

The second thing you should know is that the first three quarters of this book focus on the crime for which Steven Avery was wrongly convicted and his subsequent appeals and exoneration, the last quarter deals with the murder trial and conviction and I have to be honest you might think the two sections had been written by different people.

The first section dealing with the wrongful conviction is full of details, it goes in depth and questions the process which led to this travesty of justice, likewise the author pulls no punches in his own part of this story where he is instrumental in the process of setting Steven Avery free. Disappointingly in the last section he acts the same way as he accuses the documentary of acting and cherry picks the facts he likes to create his version of the story.

Now I am going to say at this point I still cannot say I am sure either way if Steven Avery is guilty of the murder of Teresa Halbach, what I am sure of is the the evidence was not as cut and dried as this would have you believe, nor is the idea of the conspiracy as flimsy as this books would like to believe. I get it, the author cannot allow himself to believe the system would prove to be corrupt twice but given the same players were involved in both cases is that really such a far stretch.

Now the big question of ratings and recommendations, I would suggest reading this as part of a general interest in the case and to learn more about the wrongful conviction, but if you are looking for more information on the murder charge and trial you will not find it here, I also recommend you watch the Netflix documentary before you read this as the author does make the assumption you have seen it. So based on the overall book I am giving it 3 out of 5 stars, I knocked off half for the writing style but the rest for the last quarter which has extreme bias against the documentary which I believe clouded the authors ability to examine the evidence without prejudice. The sad thing is that there are no winners here, if Steven Avery is innocent it means the law is corrupt once more, a guilty man is walking free while an innocent one is locked up and Teresa Halbach’s family will be dragged though hell not knowing the truth. The other side of that coin is that if Steven Avery is guilty with way the investigation took place and the subsequent documentary’s and books will always raise question marks and may even one day see him walk free again on technicalities. I have my own possibly alternative theories on the case, questions that have not been satisfactorily answered, if I have them then so must others and until they are all answered it is hard to see Teresa ever being allowed to truly rest in peace.


3 stars

Lazy Sunday #15

Today is a little different as I have barely had time to sit and type, I am taking advantage of a little sun to get some laundry done including the bedding, I hate it when you have to have wet washing draped around the house constantly, it is bad enough in Winter but in Summer it should not be an option. So here we go with this weeks choices I promise I will be more chatty next week…

  1. I read this article this week and I have to confess I am probably guilty of over-sharing stuff from my personal life, I guess at the minute the thing is I have a small number of followers and they feel more like friends than ‘fans’, maybe that will change as more people sign up but part of me hopes not but maybe there will be more on the writing side to share than just normal stuff
  2. I have to share this because when I read it during the week I sprayed coffee over my keyboard, and am proud to say I too am a book whore
  3. So we now have another blogger who has become a very dear friend, she also writes some amazing characters, including the very very sexy vampire Christian, so I was thrilled to see this drop in my inbox
  4. As many of you will be aware, unless you reside in a cave somewhere with only enough internet connection to read this, it has been a week of upheaval here in the UK. Votes were cast the results came in some were happy some were not and there was a lot of name calling. People argued if you thought certain ways it said certain things about you, it was never that simple, there were lots of complex issues and it should never have been a straight yes or no question, but what is done is done and now we get on with moving forward and healing, the British sense of humour of course will be essential in this process so I thought I would share a post from this friend, just don’t send him food selfies
  5. I cannot write Haiku’s, not putting myself down just stating a fact, I am far to wordy and poorly disciplined to manage this most rigorous poetic form, thankfully others are far more talented in that respect so I can just share theirs

Time to jusmp off and go vac the bedrooms now, so much for lazy Sunday!

Lazy Sunday #14

Well the birds are singing and I am sat hugging a double choca-mocha, the weather is undecided and I am hoping the school uniforms dry quickly just incase mother nature decides she is not going to co-operate with my plans for catching up with the washing today.

Because this is the one blog post of the week I write in real time rather than scheduling it does give me the chance to share things that grab my attention right up to the last minute, it is Father’s day here in the UK so I have just posted to FB as I know my dad rarely reads my blog, though he does surprise me occasionally but I will just take this chance to wish all the dad’s out there a Happy Father’s Day.

Now on with the business of the day which is of course blogs…

  1.  Now I have to say I learnt to say no a long time ago, but then again I have always been slightly opinionated and strong-willed, I have also never really cared what other people think of me, and I have to say I am not sure if that is a sign of intelligence or psychopathy? Take your pick! However Sarah discusses some interesting research about cake and chocolate, personally I am rather suspicious of anyone who says no to either right from the beginning strikes me they may be a fake rather than intelligent because who doesn’t like a bit of cake?
  2. Next up a bargain summer read, or if you fancy leaving a review you can contact the author for a free digital version, I loved her First Series and fell a little in love with one of her characters but have not read this latest one yet so you know who will be getting herself a copy
  3. As I mentioned it is Father’s day and I just read this post from the lovely Dallas, you get to know people by interacting, eventually you know them, their family and their history, people you never met in person become part of a huge virtual, global extended family, and sometimes they share pain as well as joy. Reading posts as the man so proud of his allotment experiences the indignities of failing health and age is heartbreaking but even more so knowing how helpless those who love him are, this latest instalment, that of finding the right care home is especially poignant on a day like today, because sometimes loving someone means doing what is best for them even when it breaks your own heart,
  4. A new blogger this week, and he also happens to be another of the Darker Side authors so I am sure he will feature more in future, I cannot do micro poetry, I tried the six word story thing at one point but I accept my failings, even 500 word flash fiction is hard for me a tend to be more wordy though I like to think I stop short of full blown purple prose, but here is the perfect example of how to say much with only a few words
  5. You might recall the other day I mentioned trying the pomegranate and raspberry tea/infusion, well I saw this in my inbox and it seemed like fate then I discovered I live in entirely the wrong climate to grow one, I am gutted but once I make my fortune and have a house with a huge conservatory you better believe I will be growing one in there


So that is your five for this week, I am going to go pull out al the furniture in my bedroom in the search for the missing fitbit before I accept defeat and buy a new one next payday, enjoy the rest of your Sunday xxx

Vlog Time #68 – Some Exciting Times Ahead

Apologies for colour settings on the vlog, I had been messing with the camera and forgot to change settings back, only realised after I had uploaded…

Amazon UK

Last day free today….

Free On Amazon 14-18th June(1)

Now Available on Kindle for Pre-Order

Now Available For Pre-Order on Amazon

Just. One. Book.

If any author friends can send a book or two…

Throwing Chanclas

Just. One. Book.

I live in a town of 1200 people in the Northern Sierra Nevada –where it meets the Cascade Range near Mt. Lassen National Park and about two hours drive northwest of Reno, NV.  Two hundred of that population is students. Over the years as the population dwindled after mines closed, then mills–nothing except tourism and retirement have emerged as ‘industries.’ Many businesses have closed down and with it many things we take for granted—like libraries.

The local junior/senior high school has not been able to purchase new books since the 90s. Some of the “check outs” for old books are in the 1980s. There are no books by people of color in the library. Hardly any books by women are in the few book cases except your standard Austen and Lee. It’s an uninviting place. There hasn’t been a librarian for nearly a decade. And volunteers weren’t allowed. The…

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Exciting News!

Today am throwing the schedule out of the window, no TV, you will have noticed no book review yesterday, I was just too excited to post and was not allowed to share my news until after it was announced last night, so drum roll please………..

I have officially been signed up to be one of the signing authors at…


The event will be taking place in Peterborough in October next year, so we have plenty of time to get really excited and hopefully I can get some interviews with other authors to share here with you as we share this next part of the journey together.

As you know I attended the ball part of the Leeds Event, I could not attend the day signing due to the day job, damn that day job it spoils all the fun, but I did grab an image from the page to share so you can see the set up and get an understanding of just how excited I am to know I will be occupying one of those tables next year.


I am not going to say too much more here today simply because I will post more tomorrow once it has all soaked in a little more but I cannot keep the smile off my face, here is the first banner and you will see this updated as more authors are signed up and hopefully get to meet a few of them here on my page.