What’s In My Travel Makeup Bag – London 2016

Hello lovelies! Hope you’re having a lovely week so far! Have you anything planned for the bank holiday weekend? We have; my parents and I are going to London to celebrate my Uncle’s 30th birthday, which will be good fun! Then, we’re staying overnight and doing a spot of shopping the next day! Exciting!


Anyway, today I thought I’d share with you the makeup I’m taking with me…

For primer, I’m taking the Nivea Post Shave Balm, which has a high glycerin content, so keeps makeup in place all day/night! It will be an essential especially when we’re partying!

The foundation I am going to take with me is the MAC’s Studio Waterweight, which is stunning! But because it has a rather dewy finish, I’ll definitely need to powder with my trusty Rimmel Stay Matte, which is obviously coming with me!

To contour and brighten under the eyes, I’ll be using the L’Oreal Sculpting Palette, a cream product that contains a cool toned contour and a highlighting concealer.

The bronzer I’m going to take is the Body Shop Honey Bronzer, because it’s great at adding a glow, and I can use it through my crease, as well.

And for adding a subtle flush of colour to my cheeks, I’ll be using Max Factor’s Creme Puff Blush in Lavish Mauve. It’s stunning, a pale pink with a slight shimmer running through it!

The highlighter I’ll be taking is The Balm’s Mary Lou, which is super-shimmery and will be ideal for both highlighting my cheekbones and using as an eyeshadow! It has a great, big mirror, as well.

Onto mascara, I’ll be taking my favourite: No7’s Velvet Lash! I use this everyday and it’s lengthens your lashes so much, as well as separating them!

Then, for eyeliner, I’ll be taking Miss Sporty’s Kohl Eyeliner. This is just really nice to tight line with, not an everyday step for me, but for a party, it’s a definite! It’s really soft, so doesn’t drag, and is also really easy to smudge out for a smokey effect.

I’m going to take two eyebrow products: the Maybelline Brow Pomade and the Rimmel Brow This Way Gel. At first, I really didn’t like the Brow Pomade because of it’s thick nib, but I discovered it gives amazing results applied with the Real Techniques Brow Brush; all I do is swipe the brush on the side of the crayon tip and then apply it to my brows (obviously!). And the Rimmel Brow Gel is simply a staple for me!

Finally, for lips, I’m taking the Barry M 168 Lipstick and also my Kiko 3D Gloss, both lovely products!

So that is all the makeup I’m taking to London! I’ve kept it to a minimum (kind of!) as we’ll be carrying our bags around the following day and I don’t want mine to be too heavy!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post! What are you planning to do in the bank holiday weekend? Let me know in the comments and if you like The Book & Beauty Geek and would like to be notified every time a post goes up, then subscribe (it’s free)!

Take care,

Lucy x

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How To Slash Your Morning Routine By At Least 30 Minutes

Hello lovelies! Today I wanted to share with you my tips and tricks on how to slash your morning routine by at least 30 minutes because who doesn’t love an extra 30 minutes of sleep?

THE NIGHT BEFORE

1. Lay out tomorrow’s outfit. That way you won’t spend ages ‘umming’ and ‘ahhing’ as to what to wear. Or, worse, hunting for a particular item just to find it in the dirty wash basket!

2. Pack your bag. Obviously, you’ll need to keep some things out right until you leave in the morning (phone, makeup bag etc.) but make a list of those things, so you don’t leave the house without them.

IN THE MORNING

1. Get up straight away. I think it gets harder and harder to get up the longer you stay in bed, so it’s actually easier to get up straight away. A tip is to set an alarm on your phone and charge it on the other side of the room. Then,when it goes off, you’ll have to get up to switch it off.

2. Spend less time in the shower. Harder said than done, but use the temperature setting to your advantage. Have it at a just about bearable temperature, so you don’t particularly want to stay in it any longer than you need to.

3. Simplify your makeup. Think French. Their makeup is always so pretty, so effortless and I bet you they only use a few products!

4. Spend seconds on your hair. A spritz of dry shampoo (to add volume), a pretty hair acessory and Bob’s your uncle!

5. Don’t complicate breakfast. When you’re on a tight schedule, keep it simple. For instance, porridge done in the microwave is quick and nutritious. Win, win!

So those are my tips for saving time in the morning! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and that you’ve found it helpful.

Take care,

Lucy x

* Picture taken from We Heart It.

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Flawed By Cecilia Ahern | Book Review

Hello lovelies! Hope you’re having a fab day! Today I’ll be reviewing Cecelia Ahern’s first YA novel, Flawed; it’s beautifully written and has a gripping plot that’s full of twists and turns. I very much enjoyed it and wish I hadn’t read it so quickly because I know finding another book as good as Flawed will prove challenging!

Celestine North is perfect. She comes from a nice family, gets good grades and never steps out of line. She’s also the girlfriend of the charming Art, son of Judge Crevan, who’s the head of the Flawed Court. But then Celestine makes a mistake; she helps someone who’s struggling (which in our society would be the right thing to do). The man she helps is Flawed and aiding a Flawed is something highly punishable in the city Celestine lives in. She’s branded Flawed as well, set apart from society, forced to live by a different set of rules. She received six brandings, extreme because she only used logic. There’s a lot of press surrounding her case, and she befriends a journalist, who wants to help Celestine bring down the corrupt Judge Crevan and his warped system.

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Flawed is set in a fictional city called Humming. The city is different to the rest of the world because it has the Flawed Court. The location has a huge role in the story because the plot revolves around the laws of Humming.

Themes such as betrayal, injustice and bravery are explored in Flawed. Friendship is mildly touched upon, too, because it’s revealed who Celestine can rely upon; lots of people turn their backs on the Flawed.

I liked this book because it had me gripped right from the beginning. I felt drawn into Celestine’s world, like her obstacles were my obstacles, too.

What I didn’t like so much was the cliffhanger ending! I’m left guessing until March 2017 when the sequel comes out. Apparently, things will be wrapped up then!

I would recommend this book to teens who love captivating thrillers.

So, I hope you’ve enjoyed this book review! Flawed is excellently written and deserves a lot of praise, I think! If you’ve read it, let me know what you thought in the comments below! Or if you’d like to read it, hearing that would make me happy as well! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Take care,

Lucy x

 

 

 

 

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Book Wishlist – Spring 2016

Hello lovelies, I hope you’re having a fabulous day! Today’s post is a wishlist comprising of several books I’d like to read in the near future.

The first is called Faceless and it is by the author, Alyssa Sheinmel. It’s about a girl called Maisie who, in a freak accident, has her face partially destroyed. She’s lucky enough to receive a face transplant, but, how can her life go on as normal when she doesn’t even recognize herself?  I think Faceless will be excellent, a real eye-opener, so, expect a review on this! Can it live up to my expectations?

The second is called Night Owls and it is by the author, Jenn Bennett. It’s about a girl called Beatrix who’s world is thrown into chaos after meeting a boy called Jack on the Owl, San Francisco’s night bus. Jack is charming, incredibly attractive… and one of San Francisco’s most infamous graffiti artists. I think I will thoroughly enjoy Night Owls because it sounds similar to one of my favourite ever books, Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell.

The third is Paper Towns by John Green. It’s about a boy called Quentin, a girl called Margo and a set of clues. Quentin loves Margo, so when she goes missing, he takes it upon himself to find her. He’s certain she’s left clues meant for him, so embarks on a roadtrip across America. But the deeper he delves into the mystery, the more and more uncertain he becomes about who and what he is searching for. I like a good old mystery, so Paper Towns sounds fab!

The fourth is called The Lost & The Found and it is by the author,  Cat Clarke. It’s about sisters, Laurel and Faith. At six, Laurel was abducted and the only witness was her sister, Faith. Then, thirteen years later, a young women appears in the Logan’s garden, and she’s carrying the teddy Laurel was last seen with. She home, safe at last. Faith has always dreamed about getting her sister back, but now soon she begins to wonder if everything that’s lost can be found again. This sounds write up my alley, similar to the Missing series by Sophie McKenzie, which I enjoyed so much!

The fifth and final book is called Lobsters and it is by the authors, Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen. Lobsters is about a boy called Sam and a girl called Hannah, who have the summer to find ‘The One’. Fate is at work to bring them together, and in the end, it all boils down to love. This sounds like an easy-going beach read that I’ll really enjoy, so I might save this one!

So, we’ve come to the end of my Spring Book Wishlist. Expect to see reviews on lots of these, and let me know in the comments what books are on your wishlist.

Take care,

Lucy x

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All The Bright Places By Jennifer Niven | Book Review

Hello lovelies! I hope you’re all well. This is my first post on The Book & Beauty Geek and, truthfully, I’m rather nervous; writing this is a lot like the first day at school, when all you can worry about is making a good first impression. I want to make a good first impression on you, my readers. But, enough rambling and let me introduce today’s topic! I shall be reviewing All The Bright Places, a book that made my laugh and cry, feel happy and angry, sometimes all at once.

All The Bright Places has two main characters: Violet Markey and Theodore Finch. The book is narrated by both characters, frequently alternating between the two of them (however, not so frequently that you get confused!).  They meet on the edge of the school bell tower and Violet is about to jump; fortunately, Finch talks her down. They become friends and Violet slowly begins learning how to live again, from Finch, who’s world is plunging into darkness.

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The story is set in the  US state, Indiana. Right from the beginning, the location plays a big part in the forward motion of the story. Violet and Finch become friends whilst working on a Geography project together called ‘Wandering Indiana’. They’re expected to visit a range of wild and wacky places and come up with a creative way to document their travels.

A variety of themes are explored in this book, all of rather a mature nature, I must say. Love, trust and mental health are the three that stand out to me, but there’s a few more, too.

What I really liked about this book was the pace; there was not a dull moment. I also loved the life-likeness of both main characters; I was engrossed in their world and feeling their emotions. I might go as far to say that it’s one of the most powerful books I’ve ever read and it will stick with me forever.

What I didn’t like so much was the unhappy ending (I was in floods of tears!). However, I do understand why Jennifer Niven, the author, ended the book in such a way; it shows how suicide affects the people left behind.

I would 100% recommend this book, but only to mature readers aged 13 and up, perhaps?

So, you’ve come to end of my first ever blog post, a review on a remarkable book! If you’ve read All The Bright Places, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it; just leave a comment below! Or if you’d like to read it, hearing that would make me happy, too, because I think all of you should have the pleasure!

You can purchase All The Bright Places on Amazon for £3.85 by clicking here!

Take care,

Lucy x

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