Hello and welcome back! You
may have noticed that I haven’t blogged in awhile and it’s because I took a
small break from it all. Being a blogger means that I’m glued to my phone for
several hours a day and I really don’t want to make that a regular habit. So I took some time out to live a bit more and it was the best thing as now I’m back and feeling motivated!
So after some careful thinking
I’ve decided to make some changes to this blog. I will no longer be reviewing
Bellaboxes after February and instead of a
monthly product round up, I’ll be sharing all of my favourite items for the
month which will include beauty, books, movies and anything else that I enjoyed. I
will continue to write a life update each month as they seem to do well and of
course continue with makeup and skincare reviews.
So let’s get into it! The standout product in
February for me was the Tarte Amazonian Clay Park Ave Princess bronzer. What I
love about this bronzer is how easy it is to apply, and the amazing colour
payoff. This looks especially nice when I’ve self-tanned and offers the perfect
bronze glow. I’ve had so many compliments whilst wearing this bronzer which is
always a good thing isn’t it?
I randomly picked up the Pure Crush SJP NYC fragrance by Sarah Jessica Parker and it’s become an instant favourite. I rarely wear perfume as
I am super fussy, however one whiff of this and I was hooked! It is very coconutty,
and smells just like a tropical island. Priced at only $30, it really is a
steal and perfect as a summer scent.
I came across the Lalini range in San Francisco and fell in love with their cutely packaged body products. The Fluffy Body Cream in Coconut Verbara smells amazing and comes in a cute can which dispenses the moisturiser; similar to whipped cream. The product soaks into my skin really quickly and leaves it lightly scented. I also bought the body wash and body scrub in the same scent because I loved it so much.
Genie Beauty recently released their Exfoliate 3 Triple Action Microdermabrasion Exfoliant Face Scrub*. This little beauty promises to rejuvenate, brighten the skin and remove dead skin for a clear, luminous complexion. To be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect from this product, but I was absolutely blown away with the results. After use, my skin was incredibly smooth and clear; my skin has never, ever felt this smooth before. My makeup applied better and overall looked so glowy and smooth. I try to use this 2-3 times a week and anytime I feel like my skin needs a good scrub. I cannot recommend this product enough, and although I was gifted it, I would purchase it with my own money as it is that good.
My book collection has grown significantly
thanks to many hours spent on a plane and a reasonably large order placed with
Book Depository. I will review the books in depth in a later post, but for now
I will tell you briefly what I’ve been reading.
The Party by Robyn Harding is the perfect drama/light
read for a summer’s day and follows the repercussions after a tragic event at a
girl’s 16th birthday party. The novel touches on themes of infidelity,
parenthood and underage drinking and drugs and was really addictive; I sped read this as I couldn’t wait to find out what happened! What I loved about this story is that nobody’s life is ever as it seems; we all have secrets and skeletons in our closet and it’s always a prettier picture looking in. If you’re after a light read with an addictive plot I highly recommend this novel.
My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry is a psychological
thriller that sees the protagonist, a lawyer called Lily defend a man accused
of killing his girlfriend. This was a book I could not put down, however I felt
like the ending was a bit anti climatic? Nonetheless, the plot is fast paced
and really had me on the edge of my seat, which had me reading very late into the night to get to the end. I recommend this for lovers of thrillers and whodunnit-style books.
I came across a new book
series on Book Depository. Lili St Germain has written the popular Gypsy
Brothers ebooks and Cartel is the first of her full feature novels based on outlaw bikie gangs and the mafia. Cartel is about Mariana, the daughter of a
disgraced Columbian drug dealer who is sold to the Gypsy Brothers bikie
gang in order to settle her father’s debts. What follows is her quest to
survive and defend herself against the seedy, evil world of gang life. It’s easy to pass these books off as silly,
erotica novels however they actually have a great plot line and I spent many
hours curled up on the couch wanting to find out what happened next. Kingpin
and Empire are the following novels and follows on from Mariana’s captivity by the
Gypsy Brothers. Some parts of the story were quite hard to read and digest
(there is a lot of violence and gory, not to mention the horrifying yet very
real side of human trafficking) yet these books were so captivating and had me
on the edge of my seat. There is something so thrilling about reading about illegal activities and this book series was the perfect guilty pleasure read.
Still Me by Jojo Moyes is the sequel to After You (which is the sequel to You Before Me) and follows Lou’s move to New York City for a new job and new
life. I was so excited to read this novel as I’m a major fan of the previous two books. In typical Lou fashion, things never go quite according to plan and she soon finds herself in all sorts of sticky situations. Lou is such a lovable character and someone who you could imagine being best friends with. While I didn’t love it as Me Before You, it was still an enjoyable read and a great way to find out what happened to Lou. If you’re a fan of this series be sure to read Still Me.
That rounds up my February Favourites! I hope you enjoyed this post and please leave me any questions or comments as I’d love to hear from you!
*Thank you to Genie Beauty for collaborating with A Beauty Wanderer! All products were kindly gifted for consideration, however this does not impact on my review or thoughts and all opinions remain 100% my own.