Monday, 6 July 2015

Percy & Reed Smoothed, Sealed & Sensational Volumising No Oil, Oil

Percy & Reed Smoothed, Sealed & Sensational Volumising No Oil, Oil

What they say:

So, we all know the benefits of hair oil; it protects strands, injects moisture and leaves everything looking lovely right? Right! But Percy & Reed’s Smoothed, Sealed and Sensational Volumising No Oil, Oil takes things a step further. Not only does it nourish and repair tired locks with a burst of pro vitamin B5 to strengthen and protect, it also uses violet extract to keep everything sleek while adding volume! Who’d have thought it?! It also doubles up as a nifty heat protecting treatment. A true miracle worker. (Taken from the Birchbox website)

What I think:

I was intrigued by this product when it arrived as it looks like an oil but apparently isn't one. I like to make my hair smoother but I don't like the look of oil on my hair - it leaves it greasy looking and I have to wash it the following day. This is something that didn't happen with the product, I could put it in my hair when it was wet and then blow dry it. It didn't make it less frizzy but I found my hair was softer and seems stronger. 

I would say that a little goes along way, I have found if I put too much in, then it will turn my hair greasy so really make sure you read how many drops to use. 

Will I purchase this product again? Yes I think I would, its £14 so not too expensive for an oil and it does make my hair seem softer. I only wish it could have made it less frizzy too. 

You can buy this from the Birchbox website: here

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Weekly wrap up 5.7.15

This week has been a little more chilled, reports are written and I am beginning to wind down at school now. I also have another adult in my classroom, who is happy to mark and get resources ready so the workload has been split. I have felt a little more relaxed, however due to the hot weather this week I am finding it very hard to do anything but drink! Here is my weekly wrap up. 

This week I have been sent:
I knew you were trouble - Paige Toon
Some kind of Wonderful - Sarah Morgan
A Summer Breeze - Colette Caddle (won)

This week I have bought: 

Books I have read this week:
Currently reading The Good Girls by Sara Shephard

The books I have read all have reviews and they will be on the blog soon so look out for that!

Thanks for stopping by at The Book Corner, I loved  hearing what you have got this week so please leave a comment to let me know

Friday, 3 July 2015

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturiser

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturiser

What they say:

As skincare obsessives, there’s nothing we love more than a moisturiser with added benefits so when we heard that Caudalie had created an innovative new product combining our beloved Vinoperfect range with a little complexion coverage we were sold. The ultimate ‘all-in-one’ product, this oil-free formula not covers imperfections but cares for your skin day after day: dark spots will fade, you skin’s natural radiance will shine, and you complexion will never have looked more even!

Use in the morning, directly after cleansing. Leave as is to let your natural skin shine through or apply your usual make-up on top. (Taken from Birchbox)

What I think:

To be honest, I loved this product, it is so smooth and soft. I had a sample size and this was generous at 15 ml, the full size product is 40 ml so it wasn't that bad at all. It is slightly tinted which is perfect for the summer season and for taking on holiday with you. It feels like your skin is able to breath through the make up and makes it feel so soft once applied. 

The cost for the full size item is £27 and comes in light, medium and dark. 

I think that once I have finished the sample, I may purchase the full size. I would recommend this for the summer. 

Wednesday, 1 July 2015


theBalm® cosmetics Stainiac in Beauty Queen

What they Say: (Birchbox)

You wouldn't know it from the state of our make-up drawer, but we’re actually beauty minimalists. Our motto: why use two products when you can get the same effect with one? This two-in-one lip and cheek stain gives us a natural, understated flush and helps us get out the door faster! The gel formula looks dark in the tube but delivers a sheer tint.

The tinted gel leaves a lasting stain on lips and cheeks. Since it’s water-based, it has a longer setting time than most quick-dry stains, which means it won’t leave any unsightly streaks behind as long as you take care to blend well. Use a single coat for a subtle look or layer it on for a more visible (yet still discreet) hue.

What I think:

To begin with I was a little worried when I received this in my Birchbox, I thought the colour was too bright just by looking at it and I didn't think it would last very long at all. I was wrong on all accounts. When applying it to the lips I found it to be a gel consistency, which took a little longer to dry than more water based tints. I thought this was a good thing as it gave you time to smudge the colour if you wanted to. The only negative I have about this product is the fact my lips felt very dry after using and I would then use a lip balm over the top to moisturise them. 

This product apparently can be used on your cheeks too, so it doubles up as a 2 in 1 which is great, I haven't actually used this on my cheeks yet. It lasts quite a long time, however you would need to carry it around with you to reapply throughout the day, but it is much more lasting than a lip stick. 

Would I buy this again? After trying the product for quite a while now any early on worries I had about it have vanished and I actually really like the brand. This is £10 full size to buy and I think as it is so long lasting this is a good price, I will be purchasing it again in the future. 

You can buy this on the Birchbox website: here

Monday, 29 June 2015

How to Be Bad - E.Lockhart

How to Be BadHow to Be Bad by E. Lockhart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When you've had enough of being good, sometimes you've got to try a little bad... Jesse, Vicks and Mel couldn't be more different. Jesse, a righteous Southern gal who's as thoughtful as she is uptight, is keeping a secret that she knows will change her life forever. Vicks is a wild-child: seemingly cool, calm and collected on the outside, but inside she's furious at herself for being so anxious about her neglectful boyfriend. And Mel is the new girl in town. She's already been dismissed as just another rich kid, but all she wants is to get over some of her fears and find some true friends. But for all their differences, the girls discover they've got one thing in common - they're desperate to escape. Desperate to get the heck out of Niceville and discover their true 'badass' selves! Even if it's just for the weekend... One 'borrowed' car later, it's time to hit the road and head for Miami. Hearts will be broken, friendships will be tested, and a ridiculously hot stranger could change the course of everything.

I read We Were Liars last year and I thought it was a really clever book and whizzed through it, this I was drawn to just because E.Lockhart, I was hoping for another cleverly written book with a bit of a shock perhaps.

This is a book about three girls who go on a road trip to Miami for the weekend. Each have their own reasons for wanting to go, some of which we don't find out until quite far into the book. Vicky is a fun, always up for a laugh type of girl, who is missing her boyfriend. He is currently studying at Miami university, although he has only been away for two weeks, he hasn't called Vicky and she is beginning to wonder why. Jesse is Vicky's best friend and a christian, this is where I begin to have an issue with this book. Jesse was constantly trying to bring her views and values into everything Vicky said, she was portrayed as being uptight most of the time and I just couldn't warm to her. I also really disliked the way she seemed to have a problem with Mel. Mel is the final girl on the road trip, the new girl, who moved from Canada. Mel has very few friends and is portrayed as a little insecure rich girl, she seemed to use her money to buy friendships. All the girls are waitresses at the Waffle store, this is how they all know each other. Unfortunately I don't think the characters were that well developed, I felt that even at the end of the book I still didn't know an awful lot about them.

The book is told through the perspective of all three girls along their road trip, and it spans a period of three days.

I did enjoy reading the road trip, however I think that some of the situations the girls find themselves in are a little unbelievable, the alligator close call towards the end I think was a little silly. My favourite parts were going to the keg party, meeting Marco and their trip to Disney.

This was a super quick book to read, I read it in just two sittings. This is a light, summer, contemporary read that is going to be perfect for the beach or during the holidays. I did feel a little disappointed at the end, I didn't realise that it was the end to be honest and I was left wanting a little bit more as I thought it didn't feel finished. Saying this I did like the ending, it was sweet. I am still left with quite a few questions though about a couple of the girls and it would have been nice for these to have been answered, unless this is going to be the first in a series? I haven't heard anything about that though. But then again I don't think this was meant to be a deep book, it was just a light easy going read.

Even though I did have a few issues with the book, overall I enjoyed it and believe it set out to do what it was intended for.

The three different authors I am assuming have written a character each, I personally do not know who wrote which character, however I have only read one book by E. Lockhart and nothing by the other authors. You can find out if you want to know once you have finished reading.

I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Weekly wrap up - 28.6.15

This week I have been sent:
In their Shoes - various authors
A daughter's secret - Eleanor Moran
The Good Girls - Sara Shaepard
First one Missing - Tammy Cohen

This week I have bought: 

Books I have read this week:
Hot to be Bad - E. Lockhart 

The books I have read all have reviews and they will be on the blog soon so look out for that!

Thanks for stopping by at The Book Corner, I loved  hearing what you have got this week so please leave a comment to let me know

Friday, 26 June 2015

Walk on By - Stacey Solomon

Walk on ByWalk on By by Stacey Solomon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ever since Charlotte Taylor was a little girl she’s wanted fame and fortune. She sings with the voice of an angel and is soon plucked out of obscurity and launched into the limelight as the overnight sensation “Lola”.

Charlotte attends wild celebrity parties and moves in circles with the rich and famous, but the people living the life of celebrity aren’t all she imagined them to be and neither is her life. Struggling to find the real Charlotte again she battles against the crazy life she’s thrust into, desperately trying to swim to the surface.

Blake Hudson is a self-made man. Successful in his own right, he’s busy making his own mark on the world. Self-assured, strong and determined, he’s not looking for a permanent relationship. But when he meets the sweet and charming Charlotte, he’s captivated. But the world of celebrity and business collide and commitments, half-truths and unintentional deception don’t make for smooth sailing.

Hilarious consequences ensue through this romantic comedy, but can Lola and Blake overcome the challenges that life and fame throw their way to find their own happy-ever-after, or will Lola just have to Walk on By?

When I was offered the chance to read and review this book, I thought why not, Stacey Solomon always seemed a bubbly personality so I guessed her book would be humorous. I wasn't wrong, fitting nicely in the romcom genre this is perfect for fans of chick lit. It is a speedy books and will just leave you feeling satisfied.

We follow the life of Charlotte/Lola who is fed up of fame after being trusted into the limelight, all she wants to do is go back to being Charlotte. Charlotte wants to find her prince charming and it almost feels like two separate lives are being recorded in the diary/thoughts in her head that we get from reading the book.

I really liked the way the book was similar to Stacey's live, but not being too over the top, it makes you feel she wants to stay true to herself, which is Charlotte coming out. I liked reading about Charlotte and Blake when she went to New York, this was humorous as neither of them were revealing their true identities to one another.

This is the first book in a series and after reading this one and being so impressed with the story line and the characters, I would want to read the second. Charlotte was likable and I loved the way majority of the book had been written in diary form. If you enjoy this style of books then this one is for you.

I would recommend this to anyone who loves a bit of chick lit and wants something easy going round by the pool this summer.

I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.