Contouring with MakeUp Revolution

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Contouring is something every girl needs, whether it to be to fake a detailed jawline or to enhance your already perfect cheekbones. We all use it, and with contour experts like Kim Kardashian at the top of the game, we really need to get to grips with this skill.

I won’t lie, I’m no expert on the art myself. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve been doing it wrong for the short time I’ve been doing it, but I can definitely say that by the many YouTube tutorials I’ve watched, I’ve got a basic understanding of what kind of products are good for this. And I have good news for you, they’re SO CHEAP and from MakeUp Revolution!

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I use the Focus & Fix Liquid Concealer in the shades 02 Fair and 11 Dark which complement my olive skin tone perfectly as a highlight and contour. I use these after I’ve applied my foundation (blank canvas and all that) and blend using my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. Then I use my Wilko angled blusher brush to lightly sweep on the bronzer and highlight from my MakeUp Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit in Fair to set the liquid concealer and hold my makeup in place. I then add a pop of pink with the blusher which is the perfect shade for me and voilà, my contouring look is complete.

Contouring is really simple when you have the right products and I would definitely recommend trying out this combination of products if you’re unsure how to start. Price-wise, the concealers are £2 each and the kit was £3.50 which are absolute bargains.

RebeccaJane xo

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Man at the Helm by Nina Stibbe

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Last summer I read in Womens Weekly or a magazine similar about a review of Man at the Helm by Nina Stibbe. All highly recommending it as ‘comedy gold’ and full of humour and supposedly a great summer read. So of course I went out and bought it. The synopsis says it’s about a woman and her three children moving to a village that’s a little suspicious of an attractive divorcée so the two daughters go on a hunt to find their mother a husband to gain some respect within the village. Sounds good right?

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Okay, so I’m thinking about two prepubescent girls who have some very immature and cute criteria for their mother’s husband. You know the stuff, a man who likes ponies (and will hopefully buy them one each) but it is exactly the opposite. They are way too mature for their ages, in my opinion, with emphasis on sex, pregnancy (termination and miscarriage feature), which I just don’t think children of that age should really have an in-depth knowledge of.

They go on this hunt to find ANY man (married, single, other) and secretly invite them to the house and literally set it all up so that their mother will have sex with these men and get pregnant (because pregnancy = husband) and none of it really sat well with me I’ll be honest. This book is set in the 1960s so it’s understandable why sex and pregnancy is important to ‘hook a man’ but I still couldn’t get over the fact that young kids were so aware of it.

The story follows the two daughters and is written from the second daughter, Lizzie’s, perspective. They analyse all the men in the town and their suitability as a husband for their mother, constantly adding and deleting from their ‘Man List’. Writing to the men, pretending to be their mother, to get them to come to the house and they went from there…

There is a good plot with one of the men that turns into a little mystery/man, you’re a douche! moment but from the beginning, as the reader, you already know something’s up anyway and wonder why on earth the characters haven’t already ditched him.

Man at the Helm is certainly not the comedy fest I was led to believe it would and I am disappointed in it because otherwise, had the reviews not raved about how hilarious it was, I might have enjoyed it more. It’s just the fact I was expecting one thing and ended up with the opposite.

It actually took me nearly 3 weeks to read this book simply because I did not want to continue. I was eager to get it finished before The Girl on the Train was released so I could devour that but it took a back seat until I finished this.

I give this book a 2/5 stars because it was still a good story but I honestly felt uncomfortable with the nonchalant way the young girls were talking about sex and its associations. I also downgraded it because it just wasn’t funny and I expected that from a book reviewed as ‘comedy gold’.

If you’ve read this book and enjoyed it, let me know. I wouldn’t not recommend it to people but now you know it isn’t the funny story you may have expected.

RebeccaJane xo

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A Year of Being Single by Fiona Collins

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Steven’s mum gave me £20 in Google Play gift cards for my Christmas one year and normally, I would spend that on games or in-app purchases for The Sims on my tablet. Since someone *cough* Steven *cough* broke my tablet, I only have my phone left and I don’t like playing games on my phone so I’ve been using the gift cards to buy ebooks through the Google Books app. I normally read on the Kindle app because it shows you (as you’re reading), how far you’ve read and how much is left is in the chapter too, but Google Books has been fine too.

I do struggle a little with reading ebooks simply because it doesn’t feel real to me if that makes sense? I like to turn the pages myself and be able to put the book down before checking Facebook rather than just closing the app but anyway, I got this ebook for 99p and is currently the same on Kindle too.

It’s about three women – Imogen, Frankie and Grace – who are sick of men. Imogen being constantly disappointed with men; Frankie sick of her husband acting like a fifth child and not appreciating all she does for the family; and Grace, who discovers her husband is cheating. They decide to make a charter, a pact to be single for a year and avoid men at all costs. To become independent women and learn to love themselves again. It goes horribly wrong… As all three women meet men they think are perfect, they have to keep their new romances secret so they don’t let down the sisterhood.

It’s actually a very funny story. From the moment we were introduced to Richard, I was head over heels. He was my hunk from the lot from the get-go. Honestly, go read this book and you’ll see what I mean.

So the three main characters – Imogen, Frankie and Grace – are all different personalities and in different situations so it’s only natural to connect to some more than others. I wasn’t a fan of Grace’s character. I sympathised with her for the circumstances but she became annoying in the way that if one of my friends were like her, I’d have to shake some sense into them!

Frankie is probably my favourite ‘single lady’ *cue Beyoncé* because she seemed very down to earth and like me. I mean, I don’t have kids or any similarities life-wise, but she’s just a fantastic character and someone I could really relate to. She was funny, kind and a good mother!

Imogen is a career-driven woman with no (public) intentions to get married and have kids. She only dates losers and has never found ‘the right man’. I liked her character too but not as much as Frankie. Frankie was ma gurl.

I really enjoyed this book and I don’t want to give away any spoilers but for 99p it’s a short n sweet read and definitely worth it. I give this book a 4/5 stars because it wasn’t really about being single. They all had a secret romance so they never lasted being single for very long but the message of being independent and taking back control of your life still stands and powers through this book.

Have you read this book? What’s your favourite quick summer read?

RebeccaJane xo

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June Blog Share

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Hola chicas. Today I am bringing you my favourite blog posts from the past month. I usually find blogs through Twitter so unless I see some new content retweeted onto my timeline, I don’t generally see any fresh blogs which is a shame so I’ve been actively scrolling through hashtags and retweet accounts to find some new blogs and to spread some love in the blogging community so please have a wander through these blogs and share the love too.

 Through The Mirror – Meet Toby!

Vix Meldrew – Why Strong Women Need Strong Men

British Beauty Blogger – A Word On Discrimination

Hannah Gale – 19 Of The Biggest Shocks About Being A Grown Up

Thrifty Vintage Fashion – My Body Confidence Journey

Raise The Waves – MS: The Diagnosis

Dorkface – Confidence & Clothing

Robowecop – I Quit

Essential Twenty – What I Hate About Summer

Colours and Carousels – 7 Reasons To Start A Blog

The Beautiful Bluebird – 20 Things To Do Before The Baby Arrives

Wishes Hopes Dreams – My Wardrobe Essentials

Very Berry Cosmo – Breaking OCD Stigma

Victoria Austin – What I Love About Blogging

Elle May – Why I Love My Smile

Curvaceous Vegan – My Favourite Movies When You’re Down

This is only a small portion of the posts I’ve enjoyed this month. I’ll try and keep better tabs on posts I like so I can share them with you all. I’ll maybe make this a more regular feature too. 

RebeccaJane xo

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Disney’s A Whole New World by Liz Braswell (A Twisted Tale #1)

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I don’t know many (if any) people who dislike Disney. I would watch The Disney Channel every morning before school with shows like The Little Mermaid, Hercules, Timone and Pumba and, of course, Aladdin. So you can imagine my excitement at a retelling of one of my favourite Disney films.

I was in Morrisons and browsing the book section for a deal when I came across A Whole New World by Liz Braswell. On the cover, it says ‘A Twisted Tale’ and ‘What if Aladdin had never found the lamp’ so naturally, I was intrigued and all like ‘omg that sounds so cool, I have to have this!’ and at £3.50, I went straight to the check out.

The synopsis on the back cover starts with ‘this is not the story you already know’ Okay so we’re off to a good start, because I know that story pretty well. It goes on to say that Jafar becomes a power-mad ruler and Jasmine and Aladdin have to unite the city against Jafar.

It sounds really good! I thought, based on the cover design and the synopsis telling me it’s definitely NOT the story I know, that this book was going to have a kind of historical fiction-y style to it. Instead of animated comedy, it was going to be more intense – about revolutionaries and dictators and rebellions. I was wrong. Although, I was led to believe that is how it was going to progress, it ended up being the complete opposite.

The prologue set me up for a great story. It starts with Aladdin as a young boy with his two friend Duban and Morgiana. We’re introduced to Aladdin’s mother – which really opens your eyes to his childhood and why he is such a caring Street Rat, in comparison to the others. The prologue really set the scene for me being more about friendship and the importance of family. Y’know, because Jafar is supposed to batsh*t crazy so I just thought it would focus on him and his friends and family, telling the story from a different angle (it’s called A Twisted Tale after all).

So the Prologue kinda set me up for something great to come but the first chapter opens EXACTLY where the movie does. And for the first 80 pages, this book is IDENTICAL to the movie with the dialogue, scene, everything. Everything is the same. It’s like the author was too lazy to write a decent story so they spent 20% of the book copying the movie script. This was sooo disheartening for me because I had high hopes for this book.

I feel cheated because the cover (front and back) specifically say ‘What if Aladdin had never found the lamp’ but he does find the lamp, it’s exactly the same as the movie – he finds it, but instead of Abu quickly stealing it back from Jafar before they collapse into the Cave of Wonders, Jafar keeps the lamp. So how did Aladdin never find the lamp when he did?

And the cover telling me it’s ‘not the story you already know’ except it is though, isn’t it? At least the first 80 pages are identical to the story I already know with literally no deviation from it whatsoever. This incredibly annoyed me. I was lied to, to an extent anyway.

After the first 80 plagiarised pages, the story basically just skips to the end of the film where Jafar has the lamp and uses it to become the most powerful sorcerer. There are a few differences in the beginning of Jafar’s reign (I won’t spoil it for you) but that was the basic jist of what I got. It does then take on it’s ‘twist’ when Aladdin reunites with his childhood friends (I’d been waiting to meet them again since the Prologue) and they have to fight Jafar to save the city and the people.

It does become a good revolutionary tale about the underdogs taking back control from a power-hungry dictator. I just really wish it took a different turn from the beginning because all the action and exciting reading happens in the last 100 pages (at least for me it did). The writing is very easy to read and the story is easy to follow too, but I kept confusing myself over the pronunciation of Morgiana (I kept calling her Morgana, from Merlin?) but other than that, it was fine. There were moments where I really felt they could have done something different and others where I thought it all worked really well.

Overall, I did enjoy this book but I am just so disappointed in being told it was going to be completely different and having it being very much the same. I basically watched half the movie while reading this book, which is not what I wanted when I bought this. I expected a dark tale, a not-so-happy-ending fairytale gone bad but it was still a good book.

I would give this 3/5 stars simply because it isn’t what I was led to believe and the story did take it’s time to get to the action because of this, but it was still enjoyable. I will probably read another in the A Twisted Tale series by Liz Braswell but I’ll probably just stick to the stories I like, such as The Little Mermaid or Sleeping Beauty.

Have you read this book? What’s your favourite Disney movie?

RebeccaJane xo

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My Crystal Collection

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It may come as a surprise to you, but I use crystals. Before you jump to any conclusions, hear me out. They have seriously helped my mental health. You may wonder how they do that. Am I crazy? Is it all a placebo effect? Am I talking utter shite? The answers to those questions are probably, possibly and most likely. BUT, I know how I feel and these help me tremendously.

This is just going to be a little introductory post to my crystal collection because I’m hoping this goes well and you guys enjoy it so I can write more about them like how I use them and for what etc. So please do let me know in the comments if you’d like to see some more on the crystals, how I use them, what I use them for, their properties etc etc.

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This is my current collection. I prefer to buy my crystals in-store but since I no longer live in the big city where there are shops that sell crystals, I have resorted to buying some of them online. I use the website Pagan Dreams because I have always had great customer service and the crystals are all beautiful and I really like the way they feel.

I’ve organised them into colour coded categories. I could have organised them a million different ways such as energies, elements, alphabetically and on and on but I shall save that for future posts if you like this one. Here is my full crystal collection.

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Bloodstone | Hematite | Smoky Quartz | Snowflake Obsidian

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Citrine | Rhyolite | Opal

Tiger’s Eye | Labradorite

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Carnelian | Red Jasper | Goldstone

Moonstone | Sunstone | Rhodonite

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Moss Agate | Chrysoprase | Aquamarine | Green Jade

African Turquoise | Amazonite | Green Aventurine | Malachite

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Amethyst | Blue Lace Agate | Sodalite

Lepidolite | Mookaite Jasper | Lapis Lazuli

I’ll have to say that my absolute favourites are Bloodstone, Opal, African Turquoise and Mookaite Jasper. I just get really good vibes from them and they seem to really work well for me and I find myself reaching for them more often than the others.

I hope you liked this brief little post and if you did, let me know in the comments if you’d like to see more about these crystals or even what your favourite one is!

RebeccaJane xo

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Thoughts In A Day

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I wish there were more hours in the day to sleep.

I want new bedding. Dark navy or Galaxy maybe? That would look cool. I could sleep happily inside a black hole LAWLS.

I really need to tidy my bedroom. Like where did half this stuff even come from?

Why do I have so many candles? Oh yeah, because I keep buying them but they’re way too cute to burn. Ugh, dilemmas.

Bandit is my favourite being ever. We’ve only had him for two and half years and yet I can’t imagine life without him.

Ugh, why do all my tv shows have to end at the same time? What am I supposed to watch now? *ends up watching Big Brother*

My mouth is so dry. I need to drink more water but I don’t want to pee constantly.

I could eat chicken every day for the rest of my life and still die happy.

Do meat-eaters who slate vegans ONLY eat meat and no veg?

I would rather wait until tomorrow to download my tv shows on catch-up than watch those annoying flipping adverts.

Did that Oral B advert just play twice back to back? It did. Wow. I’m going to tweet them that.

I wish daytime naps were acceptable. I read that in China, or was it Japan? Some companies let their employees go for short naps throughout the day to refresh their minds. I need that.

I miss Bandit so much and I’m not even away from him. I just want cuddles.

Why does the boy in the Fairy advert ask the dad for the empty bottle when the mum is the one doing the dishes? Um, sexist much.

How many cups of tea have I had? I’ve lost count. That can’t be a good thing.

Why is there no food in the fridge? How am I supposed to eat without any decent food int he fridge? I’m going to starve now.

I need to stop talking to myself. I’m pretty sure the neighbours think I’m insane when they hear me in the garden.

I haven’t watched The Princess Bride is so long. I should watch it.

How did I eat 6 Ferrero Rochers?? I have no memory of this.

[Browsing Amazon] I want that. Oh I want that too. Quick add to list. Add to list. ADD TO FUCKING LIST.

Omg why did I just buy that? Cancel order. Reason? Because I’m an impulsive-buying bitch. They don’t have that option. Why not? That should be an option. Oh well, I better click ‘cheaper elsewhere’ in the hopes they reduce it so I can impulse-buy it again.

I have an itch in the middle of my back and my arms aren’t long enough to reach it. Times like this, I wish Bandit understood English better because his claws would do a great job with this.

Hmm, what do I fancy for dinner? Pasta? Nah, had that yesterday. Salad? That was lunch. Can’t be too healthy yo.

I always moan about how clingy Bandit is but when he isn’t, I miss him so much.

America Ferrera is gorgeous.

I can’t find my red glasses.

I need to book an eye test. I’m like 8 months overdue.

I wish I had the balls to start my own podcast. My ramblings should be heard by the masses.

Why am I not rich? See if I were minted, I’d be sooo happy!

I need more pyjamas. Okay, I don’t need more, but I want more.

I’m so tired. I think I’ve done that dolphin thing where half my brain has been sleeping throughout the day.

Why is Instagram so hard??

I always get loads of followers after a Twitter rant. I’m starting to realise what the people want. MORE RANTS.

I hate Big Brother but I have nothing else to watch and it’s so addictive watching them explode on each other.

I should moisturise more. Or should I say, at all.

I really need to shave my legs but then I’d HAVE to moisturise them and I can’t be bothered with all that malarky.

I can show you the world… Shining, shimmering, splendid!! [to Bandit] Tell me Princess, now when did you last let your heart decide?? 

I need a haircut. I should cut it right now before I forget.

Where’s the scissors? Ew, I’m not using the kitchen scissors, who even knows what they’ve touched?

My hair is too curly to cut, why did I think this was a good idea?

Well that went as planned…. NOT!

Looks like it’ll be up-do’s from now on.

Oh my goodness, my bed feels like I’ve laid down on a cloud of candy floss.

This is so relaxing. I am so ready to fall asleep right now.

 

Zzzzzzzzzz.

RebeccaJane xo

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