Burt's Bees haul.

After falling in love with Burt's Bees lip products I decided to stock up on their products and try a few new things. Amazon had a deal going where if you spend £15 on Burt's Bees you got a free lip gift set. That was as good an excuse as any!
The main thing I wanted to get was a Gloss Lip Crayon after loving the matte versions. These ones are fairly new and they have tons of lovely colours. I opted for Outback Oasis which is a nice soft beige colour, and have been using this a lot, it's really nice. 

The set I got free came with this cute bag (which I now use to keep all my BB products), a Strawberry lipbalm (which I carry round in my bag), a lip shimmer in Peony, and  tinted lip balm in Zinnia. Both of these are lovely pinkish neutral shades. 

Finally I got the Essential Burt's Bees Kit which features lots of handy products. A Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing balm, a Hand Slave, Milk & Honey body lotion, and a Coconut Foot Cream. I haven't tried all of these yet but I'm looking forward to seeing what they are all like.

So that's my Burt's Bees haul! 

15 Simple stress relievers.

If you suffer with anxiety having or carrying around some sort of stress reliever can be helpful. I've had anxiety for years and I like to think I've got some way into learning to manage/control it. So here are some things I find helpful to have to take your focus if you are feeling anxious.

fidget spinners
stress ball/ squishy
kinetic sand/ play dough
bubble wrap
elastic band/ hair tie worn on the wrist
pen and paper to scribble on
chewing gum/ bubble gum
ring spinner (like these)
fidget cube
ASMR videos on YT
Simple and repetitive phone apps (I like Kids Cake Maker or Mahjong)
colouring book
podcasts/ audiobook

When I'm at work and need something discreet I find chewing gum and wearing an elastic band on my wrist works perfectly. When I'm at home and feeling a bit stressed or need a distraction I will grab my fidget spinner or kinetic sand. Kinetic sand is one of my favourites as it's very tactile and has a really relaxing movement to it! You can get little single pots of it in Tesco or sets from Amazon/toy shops. When I'm trying to sleep I will put my earphones in and watch some ASMR videos on YouTube. If you haven't tried this you are in for a treat- they are incredibly relaxing and great for anxiety. 

Do you have any others you find really helpful?

July Lately.

 When you live with a cat!
 Live hard play hard right?! This was plans for one of those wild nights. But seriously perfect- The book ended up being a 5 star read, I love an iced coffee and those biscuits are a new favourite. The amount of boxes I have consumed the past couple of weeks is shocking! 
 A day out at the shops and a stop at Starbucks. Some cool pins on my bag too!
 I hate Summer buuut I love Summer fruit. I have been eating so much fruit lately- my favourites are red grapes, cherries, nectarines and peaches. 

Finally at the age of 30 I have mastered the art of bubblegum. Here is a commemorative photo. I really feel like I am at last getting somewhere in life.

Currently reading: The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsay Lee Johnson
Currently watching: Glow on Netflix
Currently listening to: No Horses by Garbage, Doctor Who audiobooks
Currently wearing: Cat eye sunglasses

Latest in Beauty (July).

Latest in Beauty subscription service allows you to curate your own box each month and as I am so picky this is perfect for me! You can choose from either 3, 6 or 9 products and delivery is free if you subscribe. I went for 6 products and it cost me just £15 which I think is a complete bargain! So here's what I picked...

  • Weleda Wild Rose body lotion
  • Burts Bees tinted lip balm in Rose
  • Vichy Purete Thermale 3 in 1
  • Melvita Rose floral water
  • Phillip Kingsley Moisturising balancing shampoo & conditioner
  • Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentrate (not pictured)
Extras: Neom Energy Boosting Capsule and Eucerin Intensive Lip Balm.

This month the packaging was a lovely midnight blue. So far I've really liked everything I've tried. The Weleda Body Lotion smells like Turkish delight (yum!), the Burt's Bees lip balm is great for everyday and the Embryollsse is working excellently with my sensitive skin. 

One of the items was missing from my box but a quick email to them sorted it out. Great customer service always makes me more likely to stick with a company so I would definitely recommend giving them a go. They have a huge selection of products to suit any taste- make up, nails, perfume, hair, skin care and are always updating and adding new stuff. 

July reading round up.

Evening Primrose by Kopano Matlwa
'When Masechaba finally achieves her childhood dream of becoming a doctor, her ambition is tested as she faces the stark reality of South Africa's public healthcare system.

As she leaves her deeply religious mother and makes friends with the politically-minded Nyasha, Masechaba's eyes are opened to the rising xenophobic tension that carries echoes of apartheid.

Battling her inner demons, she must decide if she should take a stand to help her best friend, even it comes at a high personal cost.'

Read my full review here. 4/5

Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed
'GATHER THE DAUGHTERS tells the story of an end-of-the-world cult founded years ago when ten men colonised an island. It's a society in which men reign supreme, breeding is controlled, and knowledge of the outside world is kept to a minimum. Girls are wives-in-training: at the first sign of puberty, they must marry and have children. But until that point, every summer, island tradition dictates that the children live wildly: running free, making camps, sleeping on the beach. And it is at the end of one such summer that one of the youngest girls sees something so horrifying that life on the island can never be the same again.'

Read my full review here. 4.5/5

Coffin Hil Vol.1 by Caitlin Kittredge
'Following a night of sex, drugs and witchcraft in the woods, Eve Coffin wakes up naked, covered in blood and unable to remember how she got there. One friend is missing, one is in a mental ward-and one knows that Eve is responsible.

Years later, Eve returns to Coffin Hill, only to discover the darkness that she unleashed ten years ago in the woods was never contained. It continues to seep through the town, cursing the soul of this sleepy Massachusetts hollow, spilling secrets and enacting its revenge.'

This book was one giant MEH. Meh story, Meh characters, and MEH artwork. 1/5

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
'Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. Sales are down, security cameras reveal nothing, and store managers are panicking.

To unravel the mystery, three employees volunteer to work a nine-hour dusk-till-dawn shift. In the dead of the night, they’ll patrol the empty showroom floor, investigate strange sights and sounds, and encounter horrors that defy the imagination.

A traditional haunted house story in a thoroughly contemporary setting, Horrorstör comes packaged in the form of a glossy mail order catalog, complete with product illustrations, a home delivery order form, and a map of Orsk’s labyrinthine showroom.'

I LOVED LOVED LOVED this!! A fun and scary horror story set in an Ikea like store. I also loved that the book was designed like an Ikea catalogue to. This was unique and brilliant and an instant addition to my favourites. 5/5

And Then Emily Was Gone by John Lees & Ian Laurie
'A haunted former police detective goes in search of a missing girl, and finds Hell instead. And Then Emily Was Gone is a dark horror-mystery that tells the story of Greg Hellinger, a man who sees monsters. A former detective driven to the brink of madness by terrifying apparitions, Hellinger is tasked with finding a missing girl named Emily. His search takes him to a remote community in the Orkney Islands of Scotland, where strange and terrible things are happening.'

This is the complete graphic novel and I really enjoyed it. Genuinely scary and disturbing and fast paced. I though the scratchy artwork complimented the story perfectly. If you are a fan of horror comics it's definitely worth tracking this one down- I wish the FCBD prequel was included in this as that was equally as scary and added a bit more to the story. 4/5