My Little Box December 2016 Christmas Edition

This months My Little Box was jam packed with lots of goodies, they really went above and beyond for Christmas.

Christmas Present Haul 2016

Last years Christmas present haul was a big hit, so I thought I would make it a yearly tradition. This year I was thoroughly spoilt.


I love Christmas and although this year hasn't been the best, I got to spend some quality time with some of my closest friends, family and of course Harley. Who helped me open all my presents. 

Illamasqua Hydra Veil

After watching another of Nikkia Joy's Youtube video's and seeing that she had recommended Illamasqua Hydra Veil as a primer for oily skin, I had to give it a try. 
 

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

After having Christie rave and rave about this foundation and seeing Nikkia Joy Youtuber recommend this for oily skin, I just had to get my hands on a bottle. 
 
 
I have fairly oily/ combination skin and have found that my usual foundation cannot withstand the day wear at work. I used to wear Too Faced Born This Way or Arbonne Liquid Foundation, but found that these didn't withstand much and even doing the "baking" method made it look much worse and seriously cakey.

My Birthday Present Haul

I love reading what other people get for their Birthday and Christmas, so thought what the heck I would do my own.

This year I spent the day with two close friends, Suzanne and her son. In the evening I went to a Line Dancing Christmas Party with my brother and Nan, which was super fun.


So here's what I got, I will do some separate reviews at a later date.

The Secret Circle Book Review


The Secret Circle, written by L.J.Smith, is a series based on a secret coven of witches. The series was made into a TV show, however was cancelled after the first season! There have been 3 new books written by Aubrey Clark which I assume follow on from the 3rd book, I had no idea these existed so will have to give these a read!

We follow Cassie Blake who moves to a new town, only to discover that she is actually a witch and belongs to a secret coven. There is a lot to take in, especially when she finds herself caught in a love triangle which threatens to tear the Coven apart.

A dark force is unleashed after the Coven initiate Cassie into the "Circle" and the group have to defend themselves from potentially losing everything.

Cassie is the hero and kind of villain in this story, she has to learn to control her powers whilst finding them intoxicating and exciting, they are also deadly. In order for her to get what she wants and keep the group together she might just destroy herself.

We also find that Cassie discovers much more than she bargained for, the Coven initiate her thinking she is only a half witch, but the truth is much more disturbing.

These book series are gripping a keep you wanting more, defiantly a must if you like teen dramas like me.

Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting.

Happy Birthday to Me in collaboration with My Cupcake Toppers*

Happy Birthday to ME!!!!!!

Every year most people have to bring in cakes to work when it's their Birthday, I mean who came up with that idea?? You should be getting cakes for your Birthday.. Right????


This year I was given the opportunity to work with My Cupcake Toppers, and because my Mum is trying to grow her Cake Business I thought I would make some Personalised Toppers for her Company, Costessey Cakes. Yes I managed to bribe my Mum into making the cakes.

November Lookback

I didn't manage to do a lookback post for October, because quite frankly I didn't do anything.. no point in boring you all to sleep is there.

My Little Box November 2016 Goodnight Edition

Owh how I love you My Little Box! This months box is called Goodnight, and there is nothing I love more than sleep, well Harley of course but you know what I mean! Seriously this box is so perfect, month after month!! 


Stop Smoking This Christmas in association with Red Vape*

Not many people are aware but over the past year or so I have gotten myself into a bit of a downward spiral and started smoking. I had gotten myself to the point that I was unable to just stop, as I used to be able to do.


Personalised Chocolate Cards*

I was recently given the opportunity to work with Morse Toad's Messaging Service, a chocolate card service made here in the UK, putting words in your mouth.


Now whilst I should have probably used this opportunity to gift someone, I decided that I would be selfish and try it out on myself. I mean how can I give a proper review without tasting the chocolate myself right?

Secret Santa Gifts for Her £5 and Under!

With only a few weeks to go till christmas, we are all on the hunt for the perfect gifts for our loved ones. We also have Secret Santa gifts to get and I thought I would dedicate this post to Gifts for Her that are all £5 and under!

Lisa Angel is the perfect place for Women and they even have free delivery on any order, with no minimum spend.

Sass & Belle Mason Drinking Jars - £5.00.

Afternoon Tea at Caistor Hall

For my Nan's Birthday this year I wanted to treat her to Afternoon Tea at Caistor Hall. After I went to the Oaklands Hotel last month I was a little anxious because their gluten free selection was very poor and really not worth the £12.50 I had to pay.


I needn't have been worried though because Caistor Hall presented me with a wonderful selection and my Nan's "normal" selection was exceptional also.

To The A***hole that ruined it all.

Dear C You Next Tuesday,

Please don't read this in your twisted little mind as a love letter, it is not. It is simply an out let for me, because I never want to see you again and I wish you would disappear from my mind as you have from my life.

As you are unaware, you are an emotional abuser and did a lot of damage to me and Harley. From demoralising me to making me broke, to making me think I was plain crazy! I am glad to say that I am not that silly little girl anymore and I know who you are, I only wish that others could see the truth, but alas they seem to be under some sort of mind f**k spell.

I hate you for all you did and didn't do. I hate the fact that even towards the end you had me believe that you loved me and couldn't live without me; but you were actually off looking for the next victim.

You make me laugh, all the years of abuse and torrents that I could be cheating, when all along it was you. You were never faithful, you created a little puppet that hung on your every word and all the while you were off with others.

I wish you could see yourself in my eyes, maybe then you might have some shrivel or remorse. Lets not be silly though, you live in some dream land where you believe you are this upstanding citizen, even a vigilante in your screwed up head. Ha, funny how you said you don't like to watch women be beaten in movies etc. when I think if there wasn't a room full of people when you pushed me against a bar, you probably would have given me a lovely shiner.

You still find a way into my subconscious when I dream, I often wake up knowing that I had tried to win you back. It only makes me laugh, because it just shows the dynamics of our past, where I always had to strive to keep you happy and that was never going to happen.  I want you gone from every part of me, I just hope that this might give me some release, because I want to move on.

I am happy with my life, I have a home with Harley. I did that! Not you! As if I ever thought I needed you, it was you that needed me and my money!!

The only good thing that came out of all that s**t, is Harley and for that thank you for forcing me to get her. Thank you for showing me what true love and loyalty is, it's a shame you will never experience that and no matter how many girls you have on the go, you will die alone and no one will miss you.

So Good Bye and Thank you.

Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting.

TV Shows that should be on your Bucket List Fantasy Edition Part 2

This is Part Two of my TV recommendations. I hope you enjoy the read.
 
Arrow
 
Based on the DC Comic book character, the show follows Oliver Queen come back to Starling City after being presumed dead for 5 years. He was stranded on a deserted island and hides the ways on which the experience changed him from all his friends and family. He appears to be the same billionaire rich bachelor, however by the cover of night he becomes a vigilante, in a quest to put his city back to it's former glory.
 
There are a lot of crossovers and guest appearances within this series, the main crossover is with the Flash. This series is very dark and is great for those after a little thrill.
 

The Flash
 
Again based on the DC Comic book character, this series follows Barry Allen, whose life changed at the small age of 11 when his Mother was killed in a freak accident which pointed the murder to his innocent father. He lives out his childhood with a family friend who becomes his step in Father.
 
Barry's life changes once again when he is hit by a lighting bolt from a freak storm that transformed him into a meta-human. Alongside his team he helps to fight the other meta-humans created in the storm that are hell bent of destruction. He also uses his new found abilities to track down his mothers real killer and set his father free.


DC Legends of Tomorrow
 
This is a spin off from both Arrow and the Flash, where a group of villains and heroes team up to save the world from a threat in the future. the team travel through time to track down the threat and bring him to justice. I would say this feels a lot like Doctor Who and a little kiddy, however it has got some action and trivial funny moments and is good if you are into comic book characters as I am.


Smallville
 
If you haven't heard or seen this, then I am sorry, but where have you been? This series follows Clarke as a Teen through to when he finally become Superman. We see the addition of fellow characters such as the Flash, Arrow & Aqua Man.
 
It follows the struggles Clarke has with Lex Luther and learning to control his powers, as well as trying to lead a normal teenage life. I think this show really set a precedence for todays superhero TV.


Shadow Hunters
 
This series is based on the Mortal Instruments book series by Cassandre Clare, and after the flunk of the Movie I was super happy that a TV show was produced to actually show the real story and history. I will admit the acting is shoddy and mediocre at best, but if you can look past that and just enjoy the books coming to life, then you'll be happy.
 
If you haven't read the books then you wont know that this world is overrun with supernatural beings, and Shadow hunters, are here to protect humans from what lurks ion the shadows. Shadow hunters are a human-angel hybrids, that hunt demons, Clary soon discovers that her life is about to change drastically when she uncovers the fact that she is actually a shadow hunter.


Once Upon a Time
 
As the name suggests this is a fairy tale TV show, however it isn't all happy endings in Storybrooke. We see the lives of many beloved childhood heroes come to life, such as the wicked queen and Snow White, in more recent shows we see more Disney Characters come to life too.
 
The thing I like about this show is that the stories you have been told as a child are not true here, they are a shadow of the reality, giving way for a more twisted tale!
 
 
Bitten
 
First of all can I just say COPYCATS! This picture is a replication of The Vampire Diaries! Come on you could have made it more original!
 
Anyway, besides the obvious depiction and the fact that the main characters name is Elena as again the Vampire Diaries, this show is great in it's own right. Owh and whilst I am on the subject! The vampire Diaries Elena was supposed to be Blonde too! GRRR
 
I have to admit, I was sceptical when I first heard about this show and didn't watch it until it had been done and finished. The show only ran for 3 seasons unfortunately, but fans were given a proper ending to wrap it all up.
 
This is based around werewolves, where women are not normally bitten because they apparently cant endure the change, however Elena is the only female werewolf and is abit of a prize,
 
This show is based on a book series by Kelley Armstrong, called Women of the Otherworld.
 
If you liked TVD and The originals, give this a watch you wont be disappointed!
 


Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting.

Tropic Soothing Cleanser Complexion Purifier


I recently went to a Tropic Party, hosted by the lovely Danielle. We got to sample a mini facial and the wonderful range of natural skin care. 

November Beauty Haul

I had been hating my make-up lately and have tried to experiment with the products I already have, but alas I still hated it!


I treated myself to a little haul of products that I actually need, well in my mind I need.

OK Bouquet Frosty Flowers*

When I was offered the chance to receive these beautiful flowers for review, how on earth could I say no? Especially with the timing, I was able to give them to my Nan for her birthday and she was so pleased wth them.

Sleek Matte Me in Birthday Suit

As you will know if you're a regular reader, I love Liquid Matte Lipsticks and I had been trying to get my hands on this shade for a while. So when I finally found it in stock I had to have it. 

Mac Limited Edition Selena Dreaming Of You Lipstick

 
Now I don't know who Selena is, when I first heard there was a collaboration between MAC and Selena I thought 'Selena Gomez', but no. Selena Quintanilla is a vivacious Mexican-American music artist, who sadly passed away 20+ years ago. (No wonder I have never heard of her).

I am Number Four Book Review

I am Number Four is now a major film, and although it didn't do too well in the box office and there are no planned future films, I love the book series.
 

The series are written by Pittacus Lore, and I find his writing to be impeccable and very easy to follow.

The story follows one of the nine "aliens" that came to earth as children, each with their own guardian, following the destruction of their home planet Lorien, by an evil race the Mogdorians. They look and talk like us, so are able to live among us in secret; however they have powers and are much stronger and faster.

The plan was for the Nine to train, grow, become strong, become one and then fight the Mogdorians. The only hitch is that the Mogdorians have followed them to earth and are hunting them one by one in order, because they cannot be killed out of order.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.

I am Number Four.

I am next.


John, Number Four, is now being hunted and must keep to a low profile and hide in the shadows, however his powers are developing and they are unpredictable;le until he can learn to control them. That makes him vulnerable and easily exposed, he must learn to control his emotions and in turn his powers quickly. Johns Guardian, trains him and keeps him protected, but he won't be there forever.

John faces the normal teenage urges and finds a girl he loves, Loriens love only once and very intensely, which puts her at risk too.

We follow John as he has to fight to stay alive and keep his love and close friend in safety, with the help of his guardian and an unexpected arrival, Number Six.

I find this series to be incredibly intense and I couldn't put the books down, I just kept wanting to know more and more.  You really can picture the scenes and characters.

This is a must read, especially if you're into sci-fi like me.

Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting.

My Little Box October 2016 Brooklyn Edition

I seriously LOVE My Little Box, I know I say that every single month, but it is true! This month has been no exception, with a Brooklyn theme this month focus's on the coming Autumn months.
 


Dusty Girls Natural Mineral Foundation Powder in Fair Minerals with Sunrise Tones

I was recently offered the chance to try out a Mineral Foundation from the Dusty Girls range, a company owned by MooGoo. When it arrived, I was surprised to have been given a whole range of skin care samples too.

What's in my Make-up Bag

Following What's in my Bag and with that being quite popular, I thought I would do a post on what I carry around with me in my Make-up Bag this Autumn. 
 

My Birthday and Christmas Wishlist!

I have seen a lot of people do these sorts of posts and thought why the hell not do one myself! I know I am getting the top three items for sure, as they have already been ordered!

Too Faced Merry Macaroons Palette. This set comprises 12 vanilla scented eye shadows and a deluxe size of the Better Than Sex Mascara!

 
Too Faced Grand Hotel Café, this set has 3 separate palettes each with their own scent. Eggnog Latte, Gingerbread Coffee and Peppermint Mocha. In all you get 18 eye shadows and 3 face products and another deluxe sample of the Better Than Sex Mascara.
Too Faced Melted Matte Lipstick in Candy Cane, a gorgeous Christmas colour!
 
Pandora Zodiac Symbol Charm - Sagittarius Obviously!
 
Pandora Fluttering Butterflies Pendant Charm.
A4 Light Box, naturally for my blog :)




 
LED Cloud Light, Never let the clouds dim your light.
 
Kat Von D Lock It Foundation in Light 48.
 
 
Pandora Disney's Ariel's Shell.
Pandora Poetic Blossom Earrings.
 
Do you have a wishlist? Comment below with the link so I can check it out.
 
Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting.

Kissed By an Angel Book Review

I read  a lot especially before bed, and have a big collection, mainly on my kindle. I thought I would start to do some reviews of my favourite books and hopefully give you guys an idea of what to read next.
 
 
 
Kissed by an Angel is the first in a series of books by Elizabeth Chandler, I found the series to be very gripping and practically read the series in about 3 days, I couldn't put them down.
 
The series starts with the story of Ivy, who's boyfriend, Tristan, had recently passed away, she thought she would never see him again and had lost everything. Tristan however has been given the opportunity to save his loves life, as her Guardian Angel, the only hitch is that if he succeeds his work on earth will be done and he will have to say goodbye for good.
 
We follow Ivy as she is tormented by an unknown threat, that was Tristan's killer and becomes more and more aware of Tristan's presence with no way of proving it his him other than her belief that he is trying to warn her.
 
This is a true love story that knows no bounds, venturing into the paranormal, their love defeats death and saves her life. I cannot recommend this book enough if you are after an in depth story that will transport you into the book itself.

Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting.

TV Shows that should be on your Bucket List Drama Edition Part 1

This post is the first of two parts on TV in the Drama genre, well my version of drama.. I realise now that I watch a lot of TV and hope you enjoy my little reviews I shall say of each programme.

The Walking Dead

This is possibly the best post apocalyptic world, where zombies a.k.a 'The Walking Dead' are roaming the earth with only a few human beings are left on the planet. It follows an officer of the law find his way back to his family, hoping that they are still alive.. It really is such an intense series and again they are not afraid of killing off favourite characters.

The series is based on some graphic novels and they do seem to follow them in some respects, however have had to adapt the show to meet current commercial requirements.


There is a lot of blood and gore in nearly every episode with life threatening scenarios all the time. Just as you think they safe, something comes along to destroy the safe haven they have made.  

I really find this to be a nail biting, bum on the edge of the seat style programme and am constantly awaiting more.

Fear the Walking Dead

A spin off from The Walking Dead, shows the world just as the outbreak happens and what the world and members of the public do/ cope with the situation. I strongly believe that you just need to give this show the time of day and take it for it's own show and not compare it to The Walking Dead. You won't see any members from The Walking Dead, but you will really feel for the new family they follow in this series. 

Sons of Anarchy

This is much more a guy type of show, but I love it and really enjoy the story line. It follows the Sons of Anarchy in Charming California, a Motorcycle Club that is struggling to stay afloat. The VP of the group is looking to make changes to direct the club in the direction his father wanted it to go. 

There is a lot of politics that goes on and it's not all sex and drugs, there is so much going on that it will keep you on the edge of your seat. 


Pretty Little Liars

This is a perfect show for those that want a lot of drama and guess work, you follow a group of friends that have a secret to hide. They get hunted by a mysterious character that uses the alias "A", I have watched all the seasons and still couldn't have guessed who "A" was. 

There are a lot of love stories and situations which keep the group close together, but not without it's struggles. This series is based on books by Sara Shepard, I personally have never read them so cannot comment on what they are like compared to the show. 



Nashville

As the name states, this show is based on the Country Music in Nashville. You see two powerful women compete for the Queen of Country title, alongside that you see a lot of drama. Family revelry and the downside of being a young female in the music industry. 

I love it and it doesn't hurt that I love Country Music either, in recent series the show follows the Gay Hate in America and a Label heads struggle to help combat the ridiculous hate of it. This show is great for anyone with a morale compass that has strong beliefs of equal rights and Gay pride along side family values. 


Revenge

Does what it says, this is all based on Emily Thorn's, a.k.a Amanda Clark's revenge for her Fathers wrongful arrest which lead to his supposed death. This is one that does keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat. Emily plays dangerously close to the enemy and is very stealthy in her moves, you often see flashbacks which explain her training and how she managed to get to the point she has. 

There are a lot of love triangles and friendships which lea to devastating consequences. A great watch. 


Orange is the New Black

This show is based in a women prison, with lots of lesbian stereotypes and goings on. There is a lot to be seen, with a family type network which provides many scenarios for funny and dramatic moments.  The lead character is Piper, who hands herself in, and lands her in a situation she hoped to avoid, the re-connection to her ex-girlfriend. Obviously making her current finance a ,little jealous, especially because he is a guy. You end up falling in love with a lot of characters, and the show shows a lot of back ground on many of the inmates. 



Keep an eye out for Part 2 of these TV Posts, I hope you enjoyed the read.

Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting.