Blogger Book Nook #3: Young Adult


I'm sure Abbey would agree with me when I say that we can't believe how well Blogger Book Nook has been taken. The Facebook group is overflowing with new members and is so interactive and friendly. I feel very proud to say I was apart of forming this book club and again, I'm sure Abbey would say the same.

As you can tell from the title of this post, our theme for this month is Young Adult and I'm so excited for this months theme, as Young Adult is my go-to genre. I'm a BIG fan when it comes to YA books and YA authors as I find them so enjoyable and easy to read. They're the books that got me back into reading! We have some great questions lined up for this months post and I hope you enjoy my answers, I would love to know your thoughts too, so please don't hesitate to share your opinions down below in the comments...


1. Young adult books sometimes have the reputation of being a bit cliche - What do you think about this? Does it spoil your enjoyment of a book if you can predict the ending? 
I must admit that I can see why some people may think this, however when I pick up a YA book I rarely can predict the ending, most of the time the ending surprises me with an ending I never saw coming! However, if I am unfortunate to pick up a YA book that does have a predictable ending I wouldn't say it ruins the enjoyment of the book but the ending just becomes a little flat due to having a sure idea of how it was going to end, which is a shame.

2. Lots of YA books such as The Fault in Our Stars, 13 Reasons Why, and Everything Everything have been made into movies/TV shows lately - have you seen them? What did you think? 
I have seen 'The Fault in Our Stars' as well as read it and I'm really not a fan of either (which I know is a very unpopular opinion), I just really don't enjoy the story! Nor did I enjoy 'Everything, Everything'. I have no interest in seeing the film as again I just didn't enjoy the book much at all! (Again, another unpopular opinion). However, I did enjoy '13 Reasons Why'! I loved the Netflix series, I binged it in about 3-4 days!

3. Where does YA rank in your order of favourite book genres? Is it a genre you'd usually read for? 
As stated before, I am a BIG fan of YA. So, I would definitely rank YA as my top favourite genre, as there's so many sub-genres within the genre too! I'm especially a big fan of fantasy YA books.

4. Who is your all-time favourite character from a YA novel? Why did you love them so much? 
Oh man, this is such a hard question to answer for me as I love so many characters from so many YA books. I adore Cress from The Lunar Chronicles, she's so sweet and brave; she's just a great character to read about! I also love many other characters as well though, I could write a complete post on the characters I love in YA.

5. Pick a favourite YA series: The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, The Lunar Chronicles, or The Mortal Instruments? 
Damn, why did Abbey choose four FAB YA series!? I love all of these for so many different reasons. I love The Hunger Games as this is the book series that got me hooked on reading again. I love Harry Potter because well, it's Harry Potter!? I love The Lunar Chronicles as it's so unique and different, I adore the characters and it's such a fun series to read. I love The Mortal Instruments because it's so dark and mysterious yet also magical. I also feel so attached to the characters and I'm only up to book 4 in the series.


My YA Current Read: 
The Young Elites by Marie Lu

This month I decided to pick up a new series for this theme as it's a series I have been eyeing up for a while and heard many great reviews about it. The book I've picked up and half way through reading is The Young Elites by Marie Lu. It's set in a mythical world where a deadly illness hits, killing off thousands or leaving individuals with unworthy marks in them (such as scars) causing them to be frowned upon. However, there're a few individuals that not only are left with scars/disfigures but also powerful gifts.

So far, I'm really enjoying this read, it started off with a bang and hasn't stopped producing great content. All the characters are also awesome and I can;t wait to see them evolve and see where the story takes them! I definitely have high hopes for this book and I can't wait to share my final thoughts on the book with you on my Reading Round Up post, coming soon!!


YA Books I Have Read and Recommend: 
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (book 1 : book 2 : book 3 : book 4)
The LUX Series (book 1 : book 2 : book 3 : book 4 : book 5)
Heartless by Marissa Meyer (book 1)
A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas (book 1 : book 2 : book 3)
Starstruck Series by Brenda Hiatt (book 1 : book 2 : book 3 : book 4)

That's a wrap on another Blogger Book Nook post! I really enjoyed writing this months post, purely because it was all on about my favourite book genre! I also thought it was a nice idea to share with you some of my favourite YA books and recommend them to you, I definitely think this is something I'll in future Blogger Book Nook posts (if I have recommendations that is!).

Don't forget you're more than welcome to join in and answer these questions yourself. Abbey and I love reading your posts and seeing you all get involved!

Also, don't forget to join our Facebook group if you haven't done already! If you 're also a big book lover and are a fan of Goodreads, then please follow my profile on there! I try and update my profile as much as I can!

Have you read any YA books this month? 
Do you love YA as much as I do? If so, what are your favourite YA books? 
Have you joined our Facebook group? 

Ta ta for now, 
Tabitha xx 

What's In My Makeup Bag? November Edition


Today I have written a post I wouldn't normally post, it's a little out of my blogging comfort zone however I'm really looking forward to sharing this post with you. As you can tell by the title and the pictures on this post, I'm going to be sharing what's in my makeup bag with you today! I thought it would be a nice idea to go through the products I use daily at the moment and give a brief reason to why I'm loving them so much at the moment. I hope you enjoy this brief post looking into my makeup bag!


Firstly let's look at my main base makeup products! 

Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer
I bought this when I bought my NAKED foundation purely because the girl serving me told me that it was fab. I was also looking for a new primer as my make never seems to last the day, however since using this, I know I'm never going to look back and will always be using this primer!

Urban Decay NAKED Skin Foundation Shade, 3.5 
I was on the hunt for a good foundation that matches my skin colour and I heard great reviews on the NAKED foundation that Urban Decay sell and wow I was not disappointed. It matches my skin tone so well and I'm so happy I have found my perfect foundation at last! I would 100% recommend.

Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer Shade, Cool Medium 2
I'm sure most of you have heard the hype over this concealer and I must admit it is such a great concealer! It matches my skin tone and covers my blemishes up most of the day making it my go to concealer.

Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer Shade, Ivory 
I use this concealer purely for under my eyes to brighten them up and cover those awful dark circles I gain after many late nights!

Bourjois Paris Unifying Powder Shade, Vanilla 
This is a perfect powder. I use it after I have applied my foundation and concealers to lock them in and it definitely makes the overall coverage of my makeup last longer. It also smells super yummy which is definitely a plus!

Benefit Hoola Bronzer 
I bought this a while ago in a Benefit Hoola set and completely forgot about it until I found it in my makeup collection a few weeks ago. I love this bronzer as it's really pigmented and it matches my tan perfectly when I fake tan!

Rimmel London Pink Rose Blush 
I bought this AGES ago and I honestly don't know how it hasn't run out yet as I LOVE it and use it daily! It's such a pretty warm colour and I just love it so much! I would 100% recommend if you are not a massive fan on bright pink blushes as this one is so subtle and warm!

Tanya Burr Illuminating Powder, Warm Bronze 
This is the first Tanya Burr product I have bought and I am very impressed! I only use this when I'm going out as I feel like shimmer can look a little much when I'm just popping to a lecture! However this is definitely my favourite shimmer at the moment as it's so pigmented and this shade blends really well with my bronzer! 


Now on to the rest of the products I use! 

Collection Eye Brow Kit 
I picked this up in a 3 for 2 deal in Super Drug. I only use the lightest shade as the other colours are far too dark for me. The light shade however, matches my brows perfectly and I definitely prefer filling my eyebrows in with shadow than any other brow product.

Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion 
I use this when I plan to wear eye shadow and oh man, I love this. It makes my eye shadow stay on and not smudge at all! It's definitely a must have on a night out!

Urban Decay NAKED Heat Palette 
I bought this for myself as a treat to passing my driving text back in September and it's my favourite palette at the moment. The shades are perfect for this time of year and when I have a tan, the bronze colours compliment it so well!

Bourjois Paris Volume Glamour Ultra Curl Mascara 
This is by far my favourite mascara, it's not clumpy, makes my eye lashes curl well and it's just an all round fab mascara!

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid Shade, Windsor Rose 032
This is the shade I grab for most at the moment, as I feel like it's such a pretty subtle shade for when I'm attending lectures at uni! I also love that it's matte and it lasts for quite a while too which means I don't need to constantly reapply!

This post has ended up being quite a wordy one but I do hope you like it. These are all the products I use daily and I LOVE them. I'm so happy with my makeup look at the moment and so happy with how long it lasts for throughout the day. All I want to get now is a setting spray and I'm eyeing up the Urban Decay one.. So maybe when I next upload this post, it may be featured!

Do you use any of these products? 
Have you thought about purchasing/using these products? 
Do you want more makeup posts by me? 

Ta ta for now, 
Tabitha x 

A Trip to Helsby Hill


One of my favourite things about university is the amazing sport and society community and the many clubs within them. Last year during my first year of university I joined the Mountaineering group and I'm so glad I did as it's provided so many amazing trip opportunities (such as going to Snowdon) that I wouldn't do on my own accord. Last week we took a trip to Helsby Hill and my goodness it's such a pretty place. I took so many beautiful pictures that I couldn't not share them with you all on my blog.


We set off from the University of Chester at around 3:00pm and arrived at Helsby by 3:30pm. After we all met up and organised ourselves (as some others travelled via train) we set off and started to walk up Helsby Hill. At first it's quite steep but after a while it levels to a comfortable incline making the walk a really lovely peaceful walk. We decided to walk the long way round as we walked up it a lot quicker than expected. I'm glad we made this decision as it allowed us to witness more beautiful views within Helsby.


When we made it to the top of Helsby Hill, we were welcomed with a fantastic view of the whole of Helsby and the surrounding areas of Helsby. We planned our walk so that we would witness the sunset and it was gorgeous. I have never properly planned something around a sunset so it was lovely taking the time to stop and admire the sunset in all its glory. Moments like this remind me of how lucky I am to live in such a gorgeous country, we really are spoilt with nature and views that I don't believe we admire enough.


Here are a few more pictures from our trip to Helsby Hill that I just love... 


I really enjoyed this walk and I would 100% recommend it if you live in the Cheshire area or visiting the Cheshire area soon as it's just such a lovely, peaceful walk to do. I'm now determined to take part in more of these walks as I love them so much. I also want to go on more walks near by to me, whether  that's on my own, with Matt, with a friend or just with my mum and sister. There are so many places I want to explore.

Have you visited Helsby Hill before? 
What places would you recommend being a great place for walks? 

Ta ta for now, 
Tabitha x 

My October Wishlist

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Today I thought I would share with you what I'm wishing for this month. I enjoy reading these posts as well as writing them so I'm going to try my hardest to make this a monthly thing. It may also help me stay organised when it comes to blog as well as providing some structure to it. This month my wishlist is quite small and some of these products I've been wanting for quite a while so hopefully over the next few weeks I can treat myself to a few of them! 


1. Timberland Slim Premium 6 Inch Boots, Eiffel Tower Grey Nubuck - £130.00 
Last year I bought some Timberland boots, these ones to be exact, and I have recently fallen back in love with them due to the autumn season. As I've fallen back in love with my Timberlands I just want another pair, crazy I know but I want some that are more like the original boots, so these ones above are just perfect. I love the colour and I love how classic they look too! They would just look fab pair with jeans and a cosy knitted jumper.

2. Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser - £15 
My skin at the moment is AWFUL, I don't know whether it's because of the stress of going back to university or whether it's down to my shocking diet at the moment or just a mix of the two! I saw Zoe from Zoella mention this cleanser in her latest favourites video and it sounds like a great cleanser, a cleanser I need right now!

3. Moonlight Melts, Wax Melts - £1.50-1.90
Since moving back to university, I have been obsessed with my electric wax melter, I constantly turn it on and enjoy the sweet aroma of the wax melt I have used. When I came across Moonlight Melts on twitter I just had to have a look on their website and I was very impressed with the shear amount of scent selections they had; the prices are also amazing! These are just some of the scents that have caught my eye: autumn leaves, dragons blood, gingerbread, orange and cinnamon, magic potion. I've actually put in a small order and I honestly can't wait to try them, I'll definitely be uploading a review on them when I've used them. 

4. Pull & Bear Wool Sweater - £35.99 
An item of clothing I'm obsessed with at the moment is knitted jumpers, I think they are the staple look when going into the autumn season. Chunky knitted jumpers are especially my favourite as you can really cosy up in it! This Pull & Bear jumper is just that, I'm obsessed with the way it looks and I just adore the colours! This jumper, blue jeans and the Timberland boots I mentioned earlier would be my ideal outfit!

5. Urban Decay ALL NIGHTER Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray - £23.50 
Recently I have been OBSESSED with Urban Decay, I'm just loving their products at the moment and all I want to do is try more and more. On the top of my list is their setting spray, I already use their primer so to use their setting spray as well, I feel would tie my makeup look all together. It will also reduce the amount of makeup that sweats off my face throughout the day!

I hope you enjoyed this months wishlist and I also hope you're looking forward to seeing this instalment in my blog more often!

Have you got any of the products/items I've mentioned above? 
Or are you wishing on some of these items/products too? 

Ta ta for now, 
Tabitha x 

The Spooky Season is Upon Us

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It's that time again, it's time for this months #bbooknook instalment and I'm super excited for this months post as I LOVE the theme. This months theme we have gone for is a spooky/scary/Halloween theme as it seems fitting going into the month of October. I honestly can't wait to dive into this months 5 questions and share with you what book I'm currently reading to get myself feeling all spooky. Abbey (the wonderful co-finder of Blogger Book Nook) and I also hope that you too pick up a spooky/Halloween read this month and potentially experience a genre you wouldn't normally read or delve in to a genre you know and love! After you've read my post, I urge you to read Abbey's post as it's just brilliantly spooky. 

I really am so excited for these questions, Abbey thought of them and they're all really great and fit so well with the theme. I also can't wait to share with you the book I'm currently reading! Anyway, let's jump straight into these questions!


1. Has a book ever scared you silly? If so, which one was it and would you recommend it? 
If I'm being honest, I have never read a book that has scared me silly! When it comes to scary books, they really don't scare me, they actually really interest me (which I don't know if that's weird or not? but hey ho)! So I honestly couldn't give you a recommendation of a book that will scare you silly! 

2. Who is the most terrifying character you've ever come cross? 
Well, this is somewhat easy but I think one of the most terrifying characters I have ever read about is Amarantha from 'A Court of Thorns and Roses' by Sarah J. Maas. She is the definition of evil. The things she did in the 'ACOTAR' was deadly and disgusting and she really was terrifying. I know I wouldn't want to meet her in real life! 

3. Zombies, Ghosts or Vampires - Which are your favourite to read about? 
I love vampire books, I just love them. I mean I'm not the biggest fan of the 'Twilight' series but there are so many other vampire books that are brilliant. Such as 'The Vampire Diaries' and 'The Vampire Academy'! 

4. Do you find horror movies or horror books scarier? Why? 
Like I said earlier, I find scary books not that scary but interesting! However, scary movies on the other hand are a big no no for me. I actually scare myself more than the actual film does and it's a right nuisance! I'm not sure why I find scary movies scarier than books but it's probably down to the music and atmosphere that scary movies give off. 

5. What scary books would you recommend to someone new to the genre? 
Even though I haven't read too many scary books a book I would recommend is 'Dorothy Must Die' by Danielle Paige! It's a real dark scary take on the Wizard of Oz where Dorothy is the evil one and the the wicked witches are the good guys! I definitely recommend this book if you want a fun yet scary/dark read!


My Scary/Spooky Current Read: 
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 

I picked up 'MPHFP' this month due to the creepy aesthetic it gives with the spooky/creepy pictures that are presented within it throughout the book! I think it's a really cool unique idea and so far I'm loving it as it allows you to picture the peculiar children and other characters such as Miss Peregrine. The story itself is also quite scary as the villains in the book are vert grotesque and scary, I mean I wouldn't want to come face to face with these monsters. It's probably not the most scariest of scary books but I admire it and I think it's so different due to the photographs in the book. I'm definitely going to review this book when I've finished it and I do hope I enjoyed it as much as I'm enjoying it at the moment. 

Anyway, I'm going to leave this post here and I really hope you all liked reading this months instalment of Blogger Book Nook! Remember you can join in on our monthly themes by answering your questions yourself! You can also join us over on Facebook where we answer daily questions and take part in Sunday weekly resolutions, in the hopes we pick up our books and read them! The link for that group is here. I can't for next month and Novembers theme, it's my favourite genre! Keep an eye out for that post! 

What spooky books have you read this October?
Have you joined our Facebook group?

Ta ta for now, 
Tabitha x 

Apologies are Needed

It's been a while since I sat down in front of my laptop and wrote out a post. I feel so incredibly guilty and bad, it's not good. Unfortunately I just let everything else in my life get in the way, causing me to have a major hiatus on my blog as well as on my twitter. So, I really do apologise for this. I finally seem to have myself back on track with almost everything and so hopefully I'll be posting a little more regularly from now on.


I honestly hate how often this happens and I wish I could just hold my post upload schedule more than 6-8 weeks. I'm just shocking. I hope to post at least one post a week, or two if I'm feeling productive as well as inspired. So expect a post every Wednesday and Thursday (if I'm uploading a second post that week). These two days work best for me as I have no lectures on Wednesdays and Thursdays allowing me to make time to compose a post!

I hope you don't mind this post being quite short but I just don't wait to ramble and bore you all to death. All I can say is, is that I hope you all still choose to stick around and read my posts and enjoy the content I plan to upload. Oh, and sorry!! Just bare with me if I'm not 100% when it comes to uploading!

In the mean time, how is everyone? 
How is everyone's October going? 

Ta ta for now, 
Tabitha x 

A Mini Miss Pap Haul


I have recently been going a little crazy when it comes to online shopping, but it was payday the other week and girl needs her cute outfits for when she goes out right? I have never ordered from Miss Pap before but I loved everything I did order (other than two dresses that were far too long for me!). So I thought I would share with you what I bought, as I always find it interesting reading other peoples hauls!

Creamfields in Pictures


On August bank holiday weekend I travelled up to Warrington with one of my best friends (Lucy) from university to attend Creamfields festival. Creamfields is a house/DJ festival that is run over the course of four days and it was my very first festival I had ever attended.

Monthly Roundup #1 - August


Seeing as I haven't been 100% active this past month I thought I would produce a monthly roundup where I can fill you in on what's been going on in my life and where I have been! This passed month has definitely felt like the longest month of the year so far, I couldn't tell you why but it just does! I honestly can't believe that my summer holidays is almost over, it feels like I left university AGES ago and I'm definitely raring to go back at the end of this month! I really do miss it and everyone there too!

Blogger Book Nook #1 - LAUNCH

Thank you Claire for the awesome design! x

I can't believe today has finally arrived! Today is the day that mine and Abbey's (from Abbey Louisa Rose) project is launched and I'm so excited. Abbey and I have had this idea from the start of summer so we are really proud that we can finally share with you what our project is and what it's all about. We also hope that you'll join us in this new project too as it's going to be super interactive and lots of fun!

SO WHAT IS BLOGGER BOOK NOOK? 
Blogger Book Nook's main goal is too create a friendly community of wonderful bloggers who love to read as much as myself and Abbey. We wanted to create this community to help others and ourselves to boost our motivation to read as well as motivate us to go out of our reading comfort zones and read books we wouldn't normally pick up! We have created a Facebook group in the hopes that you'll join and join in with our discussions as well as motivate others to read more! If you want to join and haven't already then click here to be directed to the group to join! 

Not only are we going to be posting regular in the Facebook group but Abbey and I will be uploading a Q&A on our blogs each month in line with the reading prompt for that month! Each month will have a different theme so that we can all try different genres and themes within the book universe! These Q&A posts are also designed that everyone else in the #Bbooknook community can take part as well and post their own answers on their blog too! - almost like a tag!

SEPTEMBER'S READING PROMPT IS NEWNESS
This month we thought we would choose the genre of new NEWNESS as we thought it be fitting as this is a new book club! So this reading prompt is to prompt us and you to pick up a book written by an author you haven't read before! The theme is a very open theme too so that it gives you a large variety of books that you can choose from. You can pick almost any book, as long as it's by an author you haven't read before!

Now, on to this months Q&A...

Q1. DO YOU LIKE TRYING NEW AUTHORS OR DO YOU STICK TO OLD FAVOURITES? WHY?
I love trying out new authors! I'm always discovering new stories that I want to read and most of these stories are by multiple different authors, so I'm always finding myself picking up books written by a new author. However I do also love sticking to my favourites such as Marissa Meyer and Paige Toon as I just know I'm going to love their stories! I usually pick up known author books when I'm in a reading slump as like I said I know I will enjoy it!

Q2. HOW DO YOU USUALLY FIND OUT ABOUT NEW AUTHORS? READING BLOG REVIEWS? ADVERTISEMENTS? RECOMMENDATIONS FROM FRIENDS?
My main source of finding new authors is Booktube! I love watching videos on Youtube from the Booktube community as they're such a great way to discover new stories and authors. I also love reading book reviews, so when ever I see a book review post retweeted on to my twitter timeline I always add it to my TBR blog post list so I can see if it'll be a book I want to read or not!

Q3. WHICH NEW AUTHORS ARE ON YOUR TBR LIST AT THE MOMENT?
I have so many new authors on my TBR and I'm dying to read their books! Here are just a few authors that our on my TBR list;
Renee Ahdieh, Maggie Stiefvater, Danielle L. Jense, Ransom Riggs, Sally Green, Sara Raasch

Q4. HAVE YOU COME ACROSS A NEW AUTHOR RECENTLY THAT YOU REALLY DIDN'T ENJOY READING? WHICH BOOK WAS IT AND WHY DIDN'T IT APPEAL TO YOU?
A book I read recently by an new author that I didn't 100% enjoy was 'Everything Everything' by Nicola Yoon. Unfortunately I just wasn't that amazed by it! Another author I was that much of a fan of was John Green, specifically 'The Fault In Our Stars', I just wasn't wowed by it unfortunately!

Q5. WHICH OF YOUR ALL TIME FAVOURITE AUTHOR'S BOOKS WOULD YOU GIVE TO A FRIEND WHO HAD NEVER READ THEIR WORK BEFORE?
Definitely any book written by Paige Toon! All her books are so fluffy and fun, I just adore them. They're also great books to read when feeling low and you need that great romantic pick me up!

MY BOOK RECOMMENDATION 
This month I knew exactly what book I wanted to recommend as it's the book I'm currently reading and LOVING! It's such a magical read set in Scotland and is all about the mystery of Fae and why they still children from the human villages! It sounds quite odd but if you love anything mystical then you will love this book as much as I'm loving it!

The book is called 'The Changeling's Journey' and the author is Christine Spoors. In fact this is Spoors very first debut novel and it's a brilliant one too, so I definitely think you should give it a go or read the synopsis! You may be surprised and really enjoy yourself!

It's not too late to join in on this months theme! Why not give yourself the goal of reading a book by an author you haven't read from and then write a blog post on it! It could be a review or you can answer the questions above or you can do both!! Just remember to tag #BBookNook when you share it so Abbey and I can find your posts, as will definitely want to read it!

Please don't forget to join our facebook group! We can't wait to get this group up and running with loads of discussions!

T xx

Harry Potter Tag

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The lovely Sophia from Sophiaaaxo was lovely enough to tag me in the Harry Potter tag. I'm a big Harry Potter fan and so when I saw this tag I just had to ask and she was happy enough to tag me - I was a very happy bunny! So without further ado, here are the questions and my answers! 

July & August Book Updates 2017


Another relatively successful reading month considering how busy I got near the end of the month. I managed to finish 2 books and begin a third in the month of July and I'm still really pruod of myself with how my reading is going, especially compared to how it was going only a few months ago. Anyway, on to my July wrap up and August TBR!

Poacher International Jamboree 2017


Between the dates of the 28th July and the 5th August I was away taking part in Poacher International Jamboree 2017 - if you don't know what a jamboree is, it's basically a week long guide and scout camp! Where groups from all over the UK and Globe get together to experience new experiences and make new friends! It's a whole lot of fun. Poacher was situated in Lincolnshire and was based at the Lincolnshire Show Grounds and it was such a lovely venue to hold it.

My Summer Bucket List 2017


This post is a long time coming, I had this planned to be uploaded at least two weeks ago but due to going away, my post scheduling went out the window completely! I do apologise but none-the-less, I hope you enjoy this post!

GoCustomized Phone Case Review*


I love phone cases, I think they're such a great way to really personalise and decorate your phone with. It allows you to add more personality to your phone and it also makes them look real pretty, depending on the case you opt for. So when GoCustomized got a hold of me and asked me if I would like to review one of their personalised phone cases, I jumped at the opportunity. I thought that in this post I would share with you my views on the order process and the final product itself, I hope you enjoy this review! 

ORDERING PROCESS
Navigating myself over the website was real easy in my opinion. There were lots of different options, such as what type of phone case you wanted and what model of phone you had. It was very easy to get myself around the site as well which was a plus as it's always a pain when it's hard to navigate yourself around a site. Once you have decided what phone case you wanted (and there were so many different options that I was really impressed by) you get taken to the editing page, where you can personalise your phone case. There were many different phone background/theme options that were all really lovely, I was very tempted to choose one but I ended up designing my own background for my phone case. 

I guess the only negative thing I have to say with the editing process is the text option, I struggled with adding my own text when I first tried it out however after messing about with different fonts and shades, I managed to add the text I wanted and I was happy with the outcome. The editing process is very straight forward which I think is great as it prevents it from being difficult and confusing to use, so I definitely approve overall! 

The payment process was also very straight forward, giving you the option of paying through your card or PayPal. So again, overall it was a very easy process to order their product. 


THE PRODUCT
When I opened up my GoCustomized package I was really happy with what I found. My first initial thoughts were that it was very high quality and looked real glossy - which I loved. As you can see, I chose a Hawaiian theme pattern as the main backgroud and I also chose to add a quote onto the case too. The quote I added was 'There's just no telling, how far I'll go' which is a quote from Moana (if you don't know me, I'm a MASSIVE fan of Moana and so I just had to add a little quote onto my case, making it real personal). I really do love how this phone case looks and the quality is brilliant too. 


I decided to opt for the tough case in the iPhone 6 case section. This case comes with a rubber bumper that goes in between the phone and outer case shell. I love this case it provides protection towards my phone which is especially great for me when I'm at my scout camp doing activities (preventing it from any unwanted damage). The case fits real snug on my phone which I think is great as it prevents the phone from looking really clunky and bulky which is sometimes the case when you get protective cases for your phone.

GoCustomized iPhone 6 personalised tough case - £21.99 

Overall, I'm really happy with my brand new phone case, I have been using it for over a week and it hasn't faded or broken. The colours are really bright and glossy and I can't wait to pair this phone case up with different outfits in the near future. I also can't wait to include this phone case in some of the flat lay photos I take for my bookstagram. 

Not only does GoCustomized provide personalised phone cases you can also personalise other items such as speakers, notebooks and power banks. I would 100% recommend using this site if you are looking for an easy phone case site where you can personalise them. Check their website out here

I hope you enjoyed this little post, do you love phone cases as much as I do? 

Tab xx 

** This post is a collaboration with GoCustomized. GoCustomized were lovely enough to send me one of their products in return of an honest review. 

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon | A Book Review #2

Last month I read Nicola Yoon's book 'Everything, Everything' and I'm finally sharing with you my views on the book. I do apologise for how late this review is, seeing as I said I would write it weeks ago, however it has given me time to really think about the book and how I feel about the story.


BOOK DISCRIPTION 
My disease is rare as it is famous. Basically, I'm allergic to the world. I don't leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and nurse, Carla. But the one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black - black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can't predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It's almost certainly going to be a disaster.


EVERYTHING I LOVED
This book is a really fun, light hearted read and I really enjoyed that about this story. Even though the disease that is in this story is a very upsetting and awful disease, Nicola Yoon brings just the right amount humour into the book to make the story feel all light a fluffy overall. Maddie, the main character, is a super sweet 18 year old and she does see the brighter side in her situation, she takes advantage of the time she has to do the things she loves (reading) and she doesn't give up on her education, which I really admired. 

Olly was also a sweet character. I loved how protective he gets with Maddie over the time he gets to know her more and I just loved watching their friendship blossom. I also admired his views and passion towards his own opinions; he isn't afraid to stick up for himself. He doesn't back down or give up on what he believes, which again, I found admirable. Carla was probably my favourite character as she just knew what to say to Maddie. She was definitely the big sister as well as  second mother role Maddie needed when her mother couldn't be their for her. 

Another aspect to the book I enjoyed was the writing style. I have never read a book like this but I really enjoyed how there were illustrations on some of the pages, illustrating Maddie's charts and graphs. I also liked how the chapters sometimes swapped to IM messages, it just made the story fly by, making it a real fun quick read. 

EVERYTHING I DIDN'T LOVE 
Even though the first half of 'Everything, Everything' was really sweet and fluffy. I thought that the second half was almost too sweet and fluffy if that even makes sense. Some of the decisions Maddie ends up making, I felt like were quite childish and I kept on forgetting she was an 18 year and in my mind, those decisions wouldn't have been made lightly. However, when taking into consideration that she hasn't had a life like a normal teenager, I can understand why her judgement may not have been that wise to an extent. Another thing I didn't like too much and I wont go into detail as I don't want to spoil the story for anyone but I didn't like how things were left at the end. It just didn't sit right for me unfortunately.


OVERALL FEELINGS
Overall, I did enjoy the book, it was a very quick and light hearted read, which was perfect for the summer weather we have been having. I just felt a little let down in the second half of the book but don't let that put you off as I know people who adored this book.

If you're looking for a quick read with some light heart humour and cute romance, then definitely give this little book ago, I would love to know your full opinions if you've read it too, so please let me know in the comments. 

I rated 'Everything, Everything' by Nicola Yoon 3 stars. 

T xx 

Sakura Bath Bomb - A LUSH Review

Recently I took a trip into a LUSH store and I went a little bit crazy. I'm normally quite reserved when it comes to going into a LUSH store, I'd normally only buy 1 or maybe 2 products but this time around I bought quite a bit... No regrets. Seeing as I have bought quite a few products I thought I would share with you my views on each of the products as I always enjoyed reviewing LUSH products before! The product I will be reviewing today is the Sakura bath bomb! 


LUSH DESCRIPTION 
A Celebration of spring, bursting into a floral fragrance. Inspired by the cherry blossom in Japan, this pretty bomb is designed to evoke the burst of optimism the first sign of spring brings. Calming mimosa and jasmine oils are complemented by lemon oil and orange flower to bring to mind the smell of this colourful season.


MY VIEWS 
If you are looking for a bath bomb with a very floral, beautiful aroma, then this bath bomb is for you. It's definitely not like their usual loud bath bombs with their bright colours and glitter pouring out of them, so if you are looking for a classic loud LUSH bath bomb then this bath bomb may disappoint you. I was definitely one of those disappointed LUSH fans however the scent definitely out-weighed the lack of colour. I can still smell the scent of this bath bomb on my skin the morning after using it. The scent is also so pretty and relaxing, I really enjoyed the relaxing aroma whilst I was submerged in the water reading a book. This bath bomb also fizzes away really quickly and releasing the smell quite quickly also, which could be a down side however I did not feel disappointed in how long this scent lasted. It also made my skin feel super soft and I 100% love it when bath bombs do that.

I definitely think this LUSH bath bomb is unique as it's not so loud in colour and I think that this bath bomb paired with a bubble bar or your favourite bubble bath soap would become the perfect pair. A very relaxing trio, especially used before bed!


Have you tried this bath bomb out? What's your favourite LUSH bath bomb?

T xx

Fortnightly Reflection - 05/07 - 19/07

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This is my third fortnightly reflection post and I'm so far, really enjoying writing these posts. I really do hope you like these posts as well. These last 2 weeks have been another great 2 weeks and I'm really excited to share with you what I've been up too.


Two weekends ago, I spent my weekend at probably my most favourite location; Thorrington Scout Camp. Once a month, myself and Matt head down to camp to help out with running's throughout the weekend as well as catch up with great friends and have an overall fun weekend. This particular weekend was a very busy one. We had around 200 campers I believe, with activities running all day both days (Saturday & Sunday), however it was a very fun weekend and we had such great feedback from all the leaders which felt very rewarding. Most of the weekend I helped instruct the aerial runway, also known as the zip wire, which was lots of fun and it was great seeing how much the kids were enjoying themselves too. Overall a really fun weekend and it's got me all excited for when we go away to Poacher Jamboree in less than 2 weeks! 

I'm also really excited to say that I was offered a summer job last week and I'm super pleased with myself and excited to get started. It's taken me about a month and a half to finally find a job so I'm so relieved I've bagged myself one. I'm going to be waitress at a local pub that is only a 15 minute walk away from my house, so perfect location seeing as I don't drive. I've worked in a pub before so I don't feel too nervous about the training which is great, as I hate that anxious feeling of not knowing what to expect but luckily I already understand the doings of a waitresses role. 

The last thing I wanted to share with you in this fortnightly reflection post is that I met my cousins 2nd baby this past weekend and he's adorable. His name is Alfie and it only 2 months old and he's just gorgeous. It was also a lovey get together with family, which is another favourite thing of mind, spending time with family. 

How has your past two weeks been? Have you been up to anything nice?

T xx

My July Wishlist

Like my June Favourites it's definitely been a while since I uploaded a wishlist post. I just love scrolling through people's wishlist posts and seeing what they are hoping on getting themselves through the coming month. Seeing as I'm also in love with writing blog posts at the moment I thought I would share with you once again what I'm wishing for this month as well as many more to come. 


Camera (Nikon COOLPIX B700 or Nikon COOLPIX P900) // £359.00 - £449.00
I have been wanting a camera for absolutely ages and so I finally decided to put in a little research into what camera I would love to get myself. Even though my iPhone photos are at brilliant stantdard (considering its only a phone camera) it's starting to not perform so well as it used to when I first started blogging. Not only does it really lack in storage, I also think that my blog is in need of higher quality photos and I feel like when I have a nice camera I will put more effort into my photography as I feel like at the moment it's very slapdash! I'm currently eyeing up the Nikon Coolpix range (especially the B700 and P900) as the quality is brilliant when looking at test photos. It's also great for zooming which would benefit me a lot as I'm very must into taking pretty photos of animals at zoos! I'm just not 100% sure what camera I'll go for just yet!

Harry Potter Book Box Set // £29.99
I'm currently working my way through the Harry Potter book series and I'm obsessing over them even more than the films (as of course, the books are way better). However, the Harry Potter books I currently own are super old and are slowly falling apart, I mean my Philosopher Stone book front cover is holding on to the spine for it's dear life. I'm in definite need of reordering these books! So seeing as it's been my birthday this month I thought at some point I would treat myself to a brand new box set to put on my Harry Potter shelf on my bookcase!

Up & Ratatouille Tsum Tsums // £3.00
If you know me and my blog you will know that I'm obsessed with Disney tsum tsums. I just can't get enough of them. My collection is currently at 41 and I do not plan on stopping the growth of my collection. I just adore them and they all look super cute on my bookcase in my room! This month, Disney will be releasing their Up & Ratatouille tsum tsums and they are adorable (especially Doug in his cone of shame!). I will definitely be picking up one or two of these beauties this month for sure.

Urban Decay Heat Palette // £39.50
As soon as I saw that Urban Decay were releasing this palette I instantly fell in love with it. I don't own any other Naked palette as always thought that I owned other palettes that were very similar to them so never felt the need to splurge on a Naked palette, however this palette is just stunning and I don't have anything like it either. It's just gorgeous and I want to try out all the colours and create some really lovely looks. Hopefully I will be able to treat myself to this palette at some point this month when it's back in stock!

Tanya Burr Cosmetics - Chasing The Sun // £4.00 - £7.49
I have never bought anything from Tanya Burr's Cosmetic range but when she announced the Chasing The Sun range I was instantly hooked and knew I wanted to try out all of the products. So I'm hoping I'll be able to treat myself and try them out this month!

ASOS Bunny Print Long Sleeve Tee and Legging Pyjama Set // £24.00
Seeing as I'll be going away at the end of this month I would really like some new pyjamas! I also want some pretty pyjamas to wear around the house and fill all cosy. These particular PJs caught my eye as I just think they look super cosy and adorable! I'm definitely going to make a PJ order soon.

What are you wishing for this month? Do you like the look of any of my picks?

T x

My June Favourites

This past month has been a month full of catching up with friends and family as well as full of relaxing and not stressing over exams! So, many of my favourites reflect on the amount of time I have had over the last 4 weeks which I'm not complaining about. It's been great just not having to worry about anything!


Binky London Nails - I had no idea that Binky from Made in Chelsea had her own make of nail varnishes out, which may seem silly to some but I haven't followed the Made in Chelsea gang for a very long time. I discovered her nail varnishes in COOP and was instantly draw to the glitter collection and decided to pick some up (they were only £2!!). After trying out the pink glitter nail polish and was left amazed due to how sparkly and high quality they were for only 2 quid, my mum went back to the COOP the next day and picked up the gold and purple polish to try out too! I'm so impressed by Binky's nail polishes and will definitely be picking up more of the shades in the future!

Reading - As I now have a lot of time on my hands I can finally find the time to read and enjoy myself. I was in a horrific reading slump during the 2nd and 3rd term of university that it just took me weeks and weeks to finish a book. However now, I'm reading a book almost every week and I LOVE it. I have so many books I want to read this summer now and I'm thrilled I finally have the time to really enjoy them.

Love Island - I have been pulled into this series bad this year, I just can't get enough! I understand that it really is a shamble and trash of a show but I just can't stop watching it. I'm sure if you have twitter that you will agree with me when I say that my timeline is just full of comments on the episodes each night (I'm a culprit to this spamming also - woops) it's hard not to get yourself indulged with what's happening. I'm not entirety sure what I'm going to do when the show finishes in a week \nd a halfs time but we shall cross that bridge when we come to it.

Ice Lattes - Iced lattes have been my go-to during June, they are just the perfect drink during these really warm summery days we keep happening! I either pick up a caramel latte or a vanilla latte, it all depends on my sweet tooth craving at the time. I'm a big fan of coffee so these are a perfect alternative for when it's hot! They also remind me of when I was in Florida last year as that is one of the drinks I kept on drinking!

Blogging - This may seem like a silly favourite but it's a very similar situation to my reading. I just didn't have enough time to put in the effort and time into my blog during my 2nd and 3rd term of university, I just allowed my university life to take over. Since being back though, I have been able to take the time to put some effort into my blog and I'm really enjoying it. I feel like my posts have been at a good level recently and I'm trying to get involved more with the blogging community which again, I'm loving!

Disney Life - As you all probably know, I'm a massive Disney fan, I just love it. During the month of June I decided to subscribe to Disney Life and it was not a mistake. for £4.99 a month, you get almost all of the Disney films every released as well as all of the Disney channel show box sets! I have been binging so many series and films its ridiculous but I love it! If you love Disney and you haven't subscribed to Disney Life yet, you need to!

What were your favourites this month? Are any the same as mine or similar?

T xx

June Wrap Up & July TBR 2k17


I'm so happy with how my reading went this month, it's so refreshing when you're able to read more than one book and not have to worry about coursework or exams! Albeit I only read two but I'm still extremely happy about that, as I thoroughly enjoyed both books. I'm hoping these posts will become a regular thing on my blog again seeing as I'm reading more than I was at the start of the year, as I just love sharing with you what books I read during the month and what books I would like to read in July!

June Wrap Up 


- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas - 5 Stars

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, by far my favourite in the series so far. If you didn't know this is the second instalment in the ACOTAR series and it's a lose retelling of Beauty and The Beast! This books is brilliant, I love the setting, I love the plot, I love the characters, I just loved this book. If you haven't read these books, I recommend you do as you will not be disappointed!

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- Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon - 3 Stars 

A really quick and easy read, I enjoyed reading this fun read however I did have a few problems with the characters decision. It didn't really add up to me in some cases but I will explain further in my full review, which will be up on my blog soon! Even though I had a few problems with the story, I did still enjoy reading this book and would 100% recommend if you are looking for a fun, quick and light hearted read. 


July TBR

My July picks this month are mostly romantic contemporary reads bar one of them as I'm just loving the fun, lighthearted and lovey-dovey reads at the moment. 'Everything, Everything' has definitely got me in this mood as well as the summer sun. However, I do want to continue on in a series that I started last year. Again though, it's a more lighthearted read just with a Greek mythical setting and story. 

- Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han - 
- Pictures of Lily by Paige Toon - 
- Percy Jackson and The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan - 



Like I said before I'm really happy with what I read in June and I'm really excited for the books I want to read during July. My aim for summer is to try and read as many books on my bookcases as I can as I have a bad habit of buying lots of a books and not reading the ones I already have! 

What did you read last month? Do any of these books take your fancy? or have you already read these books!? I would love to know. 

T xx 
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