Tuesday, 23 July 2019

*Blog Tour - A Sinner's Prayer by M P Wright

Today I'm on the Blog Tour for the final book in the JT Ellington Series - A Sinner's Prayer #4 by M P Wright*. As ever its a fabulous action packed read as well as lovely to catch up again with characters I've grown to love.

When the past comes calling, you can run, but you can't hide
'Saying farewell to the dark side doesn’t mean the dark side wants rid of you. And I was about to be reminded of that fact.'
1970, St Pauls, Bristol. A new decade, and JT Ellington has stepped away from the private-eye game to scratch a living, respectable at last, as a school caretaker.
His nights are full of torment – guilt and ghosts that no prayers will banish. But it's not until the past comes calling in the unwelcome form of Superintendent Fletcher that JT's resolve is truly tested.
Fletcher has a job for JT – one that can’t be refused. A young man, Nikhil Suresh, has disappeared hours before his wedding; rumours abound and his family is distraught.
With blood money in his pocket, JT is plunged into a demi-monde of vice, violence and forbidden passion. An extraordinary, malevolent enemy is intent on destroying him. Now, seeking survival and redemption, JT must play as dirty and dangerous as those who want him dead.

My thoughts?
I simply loved the fourth and final book in the JT Ellington series. I first discovered him randomly in Heartman when I picked up a copy on Amazon (way back in November '14) and he's come a long way since then..

JT's living and working quietly (having thrown in the towel as private-eye) at a local school as a caretaker and looking after his six year old niece, Chloe. It's now the early 70s and discrimination and racism is still rife.

A face from the past in the form of Superintendent Fletcher asks him to investigate the case of a missing Asian man, who disappeared just before his arranged marriage. A young boy is found murdered and the two cases seem to be connected..

Who has it in for JT? And will he get out alive this time... A fast paced, edge-of-my-seat read which I devoured. I also loved catching up with feisty Loretta Harris, Aunt Pearl and Uncle Gabe and cousin Vic.  There's even a glimpse of love and romance for JT (bring it on!)

A brilliant read which I highly recommend (I'm kind of sad this is the last we'll see of JT and the other characters I've grown to love).

*Thanks to Black & White Publishers for a copy of the book.

Monday, 22 July 2019

Giveaway: Maya Njie Perfumes Discovery Set

I've got a fabulous UK Giveaway for one of my readers. One of you can win a Maya Njie Perfume Discovery Set worth £17. All you need to do is follow the rafflecopter below. Good luck!

Picture of my set - see my review HERE

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, 21 July 2019

*Love Lula: Green People Edelweiss Sun Lotion with Tan Accelerator SPF15

*productsample sent to me as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program (my post contains one affiliate link) I'd used Green People's Edelweiss Sun Lotion Natural Tan Accelerator* before so it was nice to re-visit it recently during the spell of warm weather (100ml - £13.50). I'll also be taking it on my summer hols (as well as some higher factor SPF). It helps to maximise a beautiful golden tan as well as protecting prickly heat sufferers (me!)

The texture is a rich cream (which does take a while to rub in, so I tend to apply it in small amounts).

Formulated with 3 layers of natural sun protection - UV Filters, Antioxidants and Sun Tan Accelerator. The natural tan accelerator element gives you 28% more tan and it'll help to prolong your tan. It also contains cooling Aloe Vera, Green Tea, Edelweiss, Inositol and Avocado.

To use: apply a small amount to your palms and apply to the body 20 minutes before exposure to the sun.

Made with over 80% natural ingredients including a blend of safe, non-toxic filters. Green People suggest care is taken when wearing white clothing and using this product as there can be some staining.

Have you used this product before? What are your favourite suncare products and brands?

Saturday, 20 July 2019

Naturisimo: Extreme Purity Discovery Box

You'll know I can never resist a Naturisimo Discovery Box. Their new Extreme Purity Discovery Box is worth £70 and costs only £17.95 with free p&p.

The collection is specially curated to boost your health and beauty naturally and the box contains 13 items and of course reviews will follow.

INIKA Loose Mineral Bronzer Sunkissed 3.5g - this is full size and worth £23. It's suitable for very fair/fair skin.

Dr Jackson's 03 Everyday Oil 10ml - I'm excited to try this as I really rate the brand. This size is worth £14.

Alima Pure Concealer (Linen) 2g - a new to me brand and a decent sample size (and it looks the perfect shade for me).

Fushi Wild Marula Oil 10ml - I really rate this brand and their lovely oils. It'll deeply nourish and help with anti-ageing.

Weleda One-Step Cleanser & Toner 10ml - the perfect holiday travel size.

Henne Organic Lip Mask 3.5ml - huge fan of this brand and excited to try a new-to-me product (already love!)

Inlight Cleanser, Tonic and Face Oil (samples - 1.5ml, 2ml, 1ml) - perfect try-me size or for holidays.

Pukka Tea x 4 various single use tea bags.

It's a great box. Did you pick one up? Pick yours up HERE (while stocks last).

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Belenos Skin Botanique Floral Brew Botanical Bath Soak

I had the real pleasure of winning Belenos Skin Botanique's Floral Brew Botanical Bath Soak recently.

As you'll know I'm a huge fan of the brand having discovered it via my Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box. You can see my review of their Repair Serum & Feng Shui Love Body Oil HERE.

This type of product makes my heart sing! So beautiful to look at and richly aromatic as well as excellent value! (250g - £9). The Floral Brew Botanical Bath Soak is formulated with Himalayan Pink Rock Salt, Calendula petals, Rose buds, Lavender, Hibiscus, Chamomile and Cornflower petals and is infused with aromatic Petitgrain. It really makes for a relaxing and calming soak.

What's your favourites from the brand?

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Latest in Beauty - Grazia Best of Beauty

You know the drill by now.... I can never resist a special collection box from Latest in Beauty, I wasn't going to but I spotted an item which had been on the wishlist and so snapped a box up. They were offering members a fiver off on launch weekend and so I paid £45 with free p&p (and the item I was lusting after normally costs £29.95) so you know this box made sense..

You can pick one up for £50 - it's worth over £244 and contains 18 items, some of which I'll be packing for my summer hols. Some brands are also offering up to 25% off a future purchase (with code) which is a nice added extra treat.

WOW it's jam packed!

And for a closer peek...

This was the item which made me buy the box! Award Winning Vita Liberata's Body Blur in Latte which is a full size product (100ml - £29.95). I've had a little try of this and so far so good. I'm looking especially forward to trying it on my peely-wally Scottish legs!  "Think of this as foundation for your body, which lends a veil of natural-looking coverage that doesn't budge and smudge" (they are offering 20% off until 27/12/19).

I'm already a huge fan of Aurelia Probiotic Skincare and their luxurious Aromatic Repair & Brighten Hand Cream (75ml - £28). Check out my review HERE. They're are offering 25% off purchases until 31/12/19.

Yet another full size! From Jurlique there's a full size of their Rosewater Balancing Mist (100ml - £21) which is another favourite. I've been using this for years! See my review HERE.

Ohh! Haircare! I'm already a huge fan of a couple of these. From Tropic Skincare is a full size of their fabulous Hair Smooth Radiance Oil (75ml - £24). My hair loves this frizz tamer. See my review HERE.

I'm a huge fan of the original Philip Kingsley Elasticizer so I'm looking forward to trying the Pomegranate & Cassis version, which smells deliciously fruity (40ml - £12.95). This is a cult classic pre-shampoo treatment suitable for all hair types.

From Briogeo is a luxury travel size (30ml) of their Scalp Revival Charcoal+Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo which will detox and soothe the scalp.

Rounding up the haircare selection is a mini of Bumble & Bumble's Bb. Thickening Dryspun Texture Spray (25ml) which will give volume and texture to the hair. They're also offering a generous 20% off until 11/10/19.

From luxurious and niche London perfume house, Miller Harris is a duo Tea Tonique Shower Wash and Body Lotion (both 50ml - £6) which is a refreshing and aromatic scent. These are getting popped in my holiday wash bag.

From Kat Von D is a mini Go Big or Go Home Mascara (2.5g in Trooper Black) "lending lashes big, blown out volume, this nifty number is everything you've ever wanted in a mascara".

From Bare Minerals there is a mini (7ml) Original Prime Time Primer. I'm always looking for the perfect primer so I'll give this a whirl.  I'm also looking forward to trying Bobbi Brown's Vitamin Enriched Face Base (7ml) "use this soothing cream under make-up and count the 'you look well' compliments that follow".

I'm already a fan of BY TERRY Baume de Rose (3g) and this little baby one's perfect for your handbag/holidays. It'll soothe lips and smooth dry patches. 

From Ole Henriksen is their Truth Serum (7ml) which is the perfect try-me size. I'm looking forward to re-visiting this one! 

I tried Lumity's Day & Night Supplements as a Beauty Shortlist Judge and thought they were pretty good! Inside is a 7 day supply. They are offering 20% off until 31/12/19.

From Mio Skincare is a trial size (53ml) of their best selling Liquid Yoga Space Spray which smells amazing - use it on pulse points, as a room freshner, on pillows, yoga mats - you name it! Get 25% off until 31/12/19.

From Lancaster is 50ml of their Tan Maximiser After Sun which will help to maximise your tan (one for the holiday bag!)

Rounding up the selection is cult Eve Lom Cleanser (20ml - £18) which will make your skin glow.

Did you pick up a box? Pick yours up HERE.

Monday, 15 July 2019

*Blog Tour - The Last Stage by Louise Voss

*I received a complimentary e-copy to enable me to take part in the Blog Tour. Today I'm on the blog tour for the amazing The Last Stage by Louise Voss.

At the peak of her career as lead singer of a legendary 1980s indie band, Meredith Vincent was driven off the international stage by a horrific incident. Now living a quiet existence in a cottage on the grounds of an old stately home, she has put her past behind her and come to terms with her new life.

When a body is found in the manicured gardens of her home, and a series of inexplicable and unsettling events begins to occur, it becomes clear that someone is watching, someone who knows who she is … Someone who wants vengeance.

And this is only the beginning…

A dark, riveting and chilling psychological thriller, The Last Stage is also a study of secrets and obsessions, where innocent acts can have the most terrifying consequences.

My Thoughts?

Meredith Vincent used to have a glittering career as the lead singer in a popular 1980s indie band. Something life threatening happened to her that drove her to seek a quiet existence managing a gift shop at a isolated stately home. She's also happy to have her brother back in her life having been estranged from him at the height of her fame.

Things start to happen that she has no control over and she's too terrified to involve the police. Who hates her so much? She, worryingly seems to have a connection to everything that's unfolding..

The story is told in the past and present so we learn about her life growing up and about her Saturday job in the record shop which in turn took her to Greenham Common where she fell head-over-heels in love. 

It's a fast paced thriller which had me on the edge-of-my-seat throughout. I had no clue as to who the killer might be, or the reason why and was quite shocked when all is revealed! Highly recommend!

Sunday, 14 July 2019

*Love Lula: REN AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum

*productsample This REN product has been on my wishlist for ages! I was very excited to be able to pick it up as a Love Lula Accredited Blogger. My post contains one affiliate link.

REN's AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum* (200ml - £35) has a light creamy lotion-like texture and a zesty citrus scent. It absorbs instantly onto the skin and it will gently exfoliate, leaving the skin looking glowy and radiant. It's still early days (I've not been using it that long yet) but my skin feels more hydrated and smoother.

Formulated with Lactic Acid (AHA) from Yeast which gives an exfoliating action, Probiotic Extract which helps reinforce the skin's natural barrier and Xylitol from vegetable bark which helps to optimise skin water reserves for better hydration.

To use: massage gently over the body until absorbed. If you have sensitive skin use once or twice a week (it does have a slight tingling sensation after applied, so it's best to patch test before using). 

REN products are formulated with 100% plant and mineral derived actives, are free from synthetic colours, fragrances and harsh chemicals. The whole tube is recyclable.

I'll update you in a later post with further thoughts once I've tried the body serum for a longer period of time.  What's your favourite REN products?

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Blog Tour: Tight Lies by Ted Denton

Today I'm on the blog tour for Tight Lies by Ted Denton. I'm sharing a content post. 

Ted Denton's explosive debut novel is an exhilarating action thriller pitching the privileged, seductive world of a professional sports agent against a backdrop of political double-dealing, corporate corruption and brutal violence.
A young Daniel Ratchet arrives in Spain to begin his dream job as a golf agent on the European Tour. In London, the Russian Rublex Corporation, with its history mired in 'Vory' mafia criminality, is working on a huge gas deal off the Falkland Islands with the British government. Veteran civil servant Derek Hemmings is tasked to rubber-stamp the deal for the Foreign Office.
But things are not what they seem ... With the help of Wallace, a cantankerous old golf coach, Daniel discovers match fixing, fraud and corruption on the Tour, all at the seeming behest of Rublex. A thorn in the Russians' side, Daniel is kidnapped before he can expose the truth. Wallace, needing help, contacts an old army buddy who deploys violent loose cannon Tom Hunter on a mission to save him.
A tense race against time ensues, both to rescue Daniel from the clutches of the Vory and for Hemmings in Whitehall to prove that the deadly deal is corrupt. The stakes are high. As the body count mounts will the volatile Hunter reveal the truth or will he be too late?
Dead or alive, the truth always comes at a cost...
"The glamorous world of professional golf and the refined environs of the European Tour is the perfect backdrop for the Tom Hunter thriller Tight Lies. Golf, whilst being an extremely successful and popular global sport, is also one that is renowned for being somewhat insular and not as easily accessible to the general public as many other sporting activities, owing to the litany of long-standing complex rules and the antiquated etiquette that surrounds it.

Many golf courses are privately owned and memberships to these clubs have restrictive criteria or are limited by number and available only following a robust selection committee process. The game itself is comparatively expensive to play in terms of the cumulative cost of equipment, green fees, clothing and the oft much needed lesson. It is a challenging game of technique and skill which can take years to master.
The rewards of making it to the pinnacle of the sport and playing golf on a professional tour can, however, be truly immense. The prize money that the players compete for at tournaments each and every week, at beautiful and exotic locations, is vast. The set up for these tournaments at the world’s best resorts is slick and luxurious – making it a very compelling and attractive lifestyle to lead, both for players and those others surrounding them on tour to make it all happen. Including, of course, their ever-present manager or agent.
Tight Lies pulls back the curtain for the reader on this exciting and little-known world, providing a behind the scenes glimpse into a European Tour as seen through the eyes of rookie agent, Daniel Ratchet, when starting his new career. Having discovered more than was good for him about the murky goings-on within the underbelly of this Tour, two worlds collide as the violent and unpredictable Tom Hunter enters the fray to uncover the whereabouts of the kidnapped Ratchet. This juxtaposition of the unrefined Hunter with his relentless aggression and indefatigable lust for violence as a mechanism to get to his target before too late, plays out in visceral Technicolor all the more when set against the considered wealth and gentle structures of the world of professional golf".

Author Ted Denton was offered a bursary at an early age to serve as a commissioned officer within the British Armed Forces. Fascinated with both geo-political relations and bipartisan negotiation, Ted has engaged with International Governments, political faculties and Non-Governmental-Organisations (NGOs).

Ted has forged an exciting career through his founding of a private international consultancy. He undertakes extensive global travel and exploration. Ted is passionate about writing, boxing and adventuring.

Pick your copy up here https://amzn.to/2L00y9R

Friday, 12 July 2019

*Love Lula Beauty Box: July 2019

*complimentary - I receive the Love Lula Beauty Box free of charge as a Love Lula Accredited Blogger. All thoughts are genuine and reviews to follow. I think this is my most favourite *Love Lula Beauty Box box ever! This month it's worth £101! Membership starts from monthly recurring £14.95 in the UK and 3 months £52.50 Internationally.

I'd had my eye on the Dafna's Personal Skincare Summer Heroes Set which contains 4 best selling minis - Active Mist (10ml) (REVIEW), Purify Cleanser (10ml), Moisture+Light (10ml) (mini REVIEW) and Eye Care (5ml). These all come in the perfect try me size/holidays size in their own wee branded pouch. Really excited by this gorgeous addition to the box this month. It's worth just over £20.

The second item to catch my eye is the 10ml of Skin Alchemist's Apothecary Sesenne Facial Elixir (10ml - £30) which is gorgeous! It's the perfect try me size or again for holidays. It has a slightly spicy scent and is a blend of 26 skin loving oils. It'll nourish, repair and rejuvenate. A review will follow!

From Madara is their Plum Plum Lip Perfection Balm (15ml - £10) which is truly lush. Super moisturising with a delicious fruity scent. I love it!

The final item is Kathleen Natural Refreshing & Lightening Cleansing Lotion (150ml - £29.50) which will gentle cleanse the skin leaving it feeling comfortable and hydrated.

What a box this month! I think it's amazing and I'm looking forward to testing everything out and coming back with some reviews. Are you a subscriber? What do you think of the contents this month?

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Top Beauty: January to June 2019

I did a top books post for the January - June period so decided to do a Top Beauty one! Over this period I've reviewed 80+ products. These are the ones which make my top 26:

Marked with *productsample In January I reviewed *Wild & Precious - see HERE. My favourites of the products I tried were the Facial oils and the Rose Water, which is one of the best rose waters I've ever used.

I fell head-over-heels for this *The Organic Pharmacy Discovery/Travel Kit. See my review HERE. The products are just so well made and effective.

Blue Labelle's newish Organic Vegan Soaps are just wonderful. See my review HERE.

I loved *Dr Hauschka's Spruce Warming Bath Essence which is perfect to use in the winter months for a warming and cosy soak. See my review HERE.

I started my love affair with Beauty Pie and you can see what I picked Jan-June - HEREHEREHEREHEREHERE and HERE.

Every *Dafna's Personal Skincare product I've tried I've loved. The Active Mist brightens and refreshes and is a pleasure to use. See my review HERE.

I received Clockface Beauty's Hand & Cuticle Roll On in my January Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box. It's a gorgeous product scented with Frankincense & Rose Otto. See my review HERE.

Again, from Dr Hauschka is their *Pure & Fine Collection which I loved. See my review HERE.

I've enjoyed nearly every Tropic Skincare product I've tried (there's infact only one item in the whole range I've not loved). I do however think their *Pure Lagoon Blemish Prevention Serum is absolutely fantastic. See my review HERE.

I absolutely adore Beatitude and I've loved watching the brand grow (I first tired them way back in 2012). Their *Revitalise Night Oil is a beauty. See my review HERE.

Another discovery via Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box is gorgeous Belenos Skin Botanique. Inside my February box was nestled their Repair Serum which is absolutely fabulous. I've just finished it and I'll buy it again soon! See my review HERE.

I also went on and bought their Feng Shui Love Body Oil which is an absolute delight and one of my favourite body oils ever!

I adore the aromatic *Rose & Ylang Ylang Calming Aromatherapy Rollerball from The Rose Tree. It really is heavenly. See my review HERE.

Everything I've tried from Micheline Arcier I've adored (I first discovered the range long before I started blogging). The *Cold Season range is exquisite and very effective. See my review HERE.

I first tried the Discovery Set (REVIEW) by Maya Njie and totally fell head-over-heels dizzy for the stunning Les Fleurs which is a beautiful fresh floral.

I love this duo* by Pure Anada which are uplifting and freshly scented. See my review HERE. I will buy them once their are finished as they are very effective, smell great and are lovely to use (thanks, Live in the Light for introducing me to them!)

I received this Farryn Amber Lunar Evening Facial Oil in my March Natural Wellness Box. I'd first discovered the brand via February's Skin Organic Clean Beauty Box. This Facial Oil is gorgeous - see my review HERE.

I love Award Winning Dr Jackson's *Baobab & Rose Oil which I reviewed HERE.

In March's Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box we received a full-size Skin Alchemist's The Humble Warrior Complete Cleansing Oil which my skin has loved (click the link above to see my review).

I picked this Alteya Organics *Rose & Mullein Pure Moisture Face Cream as part of a selection as a Love Lula Accredited Blogger. My skin loves this light and fluffy cream which absorbs instantly onto the skin. See my review HERE.

Discovering gorgeous Dook Luxury Handmade Salt Soap which is one of my favourite finds this year. The soaps are handcrafted local to me by Helen. See my review HERE.

I've tried a lot of lip balms but this one by bowe organics is one of the best! See my review HERE.

My skin's been loving beautiful Icelandic *rå oils eternal radiance harmonising & rejuvenating face oil. See my review HERE.

I adore the gorgeous Elevate Body Oil by Zing Organics see my review HERE.

I've always been a fan of Ermana Natural Skincare having first tried their products back in 2015. I recently tried their REFINE Cleansing Oil and found it very effective and nice to use. See my review HERE.

My lovely friend Julie gave me this NUXE Nuxuriance Luxurious Body Cream for part of my birthday (we do a swap each year) and it's one of the most decadent products I've used. See my review HERE.

Instagram is the devil! I keep discovering new to me brands. I adore this deliciously scented Turkish Delight Vegan Lip Butter by Blushberry Botanicals. See my review HERE.

Do we share any favourites?