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Skincare Empties - May 2020

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Key WR- Will repurchase or have already repurchased MR - Might repurchase at a later date. WNR - Will not repurchase. Either it didn't work for me, I didn't like it, it's too expensive or it had ingredients that didn't suit my skin.

Skincare

* Natura Estonica - Ginseng & Acai Face Tonic (WR)
This is the second bottle of this toner that I've bought and I'd definitely buy it again if I saw it (found it in T.K Maxx both times). It's a lovely, refreshing toner which is gentle enough to use on the eyes. I often use it as a morning cleanser too.
* Meadow Skincare - Hydration Boost Moisturising Balm (WR) One of my favourite brand discoveries from last year and this moisturising balm was one of my favourite products. Some balms are just too much for the face, but this one is ideal as a last step in your night time routine. Beautifully silky and melty, I could sometimes wear this on top of a facial oil (depending on which oil) for an extra boost of overnight hydration. …

Book Review: Playing Nice by J.P Delaney

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Playing Nice by JP Delaney Published by Quercus Books Release Date: 28 July 2020 ISBN: 9781529400878
* Thank you to Quercus Books and NetGalley for sending the ARC in return for an honest review.

Pete Riley answers the door one morning to a parent’s worst nightmare. On his doorstep is Miles Lambert, who breaks the devastating news that Pete’s two-year-old, Theo, isn’t Pete’s real son – their babies got mixed up at birth.

The two families – Pete, his partner Maddie, and Miles and his wife Lucy – agree that, rather than swap the boys back, they’ll try to find a more flexible way to share their children’s lives. But a plan to sue the hospital triggers an investigation that unearths disturbing questions about just what happened the day the babies were switched.

And when Theo is thrown out of nursery for hitting other children, Maddie and Pete have to ask themselves: how far do they want this arrangement to go? What secrets lie hidden behind the Lamberts’ smart front door? How much can they trust…

Unboxing: Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box May 2020

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When the May box was announced and the theme of 'Spring' was revealed, I was (as ever) really looking forward to this box arriving. And the contents are even better than I could have hoped for!
The Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box is a Bi-monthly subscription service offering a selection of five full/deluxe sample sized natural beauty, skincare and makeup products.  100% natural, organic, non-toxic, eco-friendly, cruelty free, ethically sourced and often from up and coming British Indie Natural Beauty brands, the products chosen are free from Parabens, Petrochemicals, PEGs (petroleum-based compounds), silicones, Sodium Laureth or Lauryl Sulphate, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol , Synthetic Colours and Fragrances, Triclosan,  Formaldehyde, Toulene, Benzophenone/PABA, Petroleum/Mineral oil, Alcohol, Urea, PEG, PG/BG, Dioxin, Aluminium, DEET, Camphor, Talc and Carmine.
A Bi-monthly subscription costs £25.00  BUY HERE

This month's box contains five products catering for hair, skin and b…

The Bubble Workshop

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The Bubble Workshop
I've missed browsing idly round shops during the lock-down but one of my greatest pleasures is browsing online for little treats. Sandra, Beauty Balm Blog, ever an inspiration for green beauty buys, recently shared some of her purchases from The Bubble Workshop, so of course, I had to make a little purchase for myself!
They have a gorgeous selection of hand made soap and bath bombs, with a choice of sizes and gift sets.
My package came in a neat little letterbox sized box, so this would make an ideal treat or gift to send to a friend.

I picked up a couple of different soaps to try out, opting for smaller sizes as I prefer smaller, hand-sized bars of soap in the bathroom.
I couldn't resist picking up one of The Bubble Workshop's latest creations - the Galaxy Soap. It's a vegan, cold-pressed soap made with coconut and olive oil to give a great lather. It smells absolutely delicious and is scented with cherry and sandalwood essential oil.
And how cute is this…

Book Review: Devoured by Anna Mackmin

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Devoured by Anna Mackmin Published by Propolis ISBN: 978-0992946067

1973. Swallow's Farmhouse in deep, rural Norfolk is home to Your People, a commune of free-thinkers and poets seeking a better way. But beneath the veneer of a nurturing, alternative lifestyle, an atmosphere of jealousy and threat is pushing utopia towards the brink of its inevitable collapse. Raising herself amidst the chaos is a twelve year old survivor, desperately preoccupied with her transition into womanhood. With her mute sister, beloved dog and the re-defining force of her emerging appetites, she marches resolutely towards her future, venturing - with hilarious and horrifying results - through the minefield of an adult world built on hypocrisy and misplaced ideals.
Devoured is Theatre Director's Anna Mackmin's first novel. Mackmin herself was raised in a commune in Norfolk during the 70s and, although most of the events in Devoured were made up, she does share some similarities with Bo, the narrator of…

Dames & Dimes - Choc Orange Shimmer Massage Bar

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Dames and Dimes - Choc Orange Shimmer Massage Bar £8.00 for 50g
When I heard that Dames & Dimes had released some new massage bars, I knew I had to try one straight away. And of course, my first choice was going to be the Choc Orange Shimmer Massage Bar (others are Original, Buttercream Vanilla and Coconut and Lemongrass).

What is it? Handmade massage bar, rather cutely shaped liked big slabs of chocolate. Made to relieve dry, parched and itchy skin; improves skin elasticity and can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Naturally sourced mica pigment helps to impart a subtle healthy and shimmering glow on the skin.

Ingredients Theobroma cacao (organic unrefined cocoa) seed butter, Butyrospermum parkii (organic unrefined shea) utter, Shorea stenoptera (organic illipe) seed butter, Camellia oleifera (organic unrefined camellia) seed oil, Citrus sinensis (organic sweet orange) peel oil, Synthetic fluorphlogopite (mica) CI 77891, CI 77491, Limonene, Linalool, Citral

I've said this b…

Book Review: Gallows Rock (Freyja and Huldar Book 4) by Yrsa Siggurdardottir

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Gallows Rock by Yrsa Sigudardottir. Published by Hodder & Stoughton (Release date 23 July 2020) ISBN: 978-1473693395 * Thank you to Hodder & Stoughton for providing a digital reading copy.
On a jagged, bleak lava field just outside Reykjavik stands the Gallows Rock. Once a place of execution, it is now a tourist attraction. Until this morning, when a man was found hanging from it... The nail embedded in his chest proves it wasn't suicide. But when the police go to his flat, a further puzzle awaits: a four-year-old boy has been left there. He doesn't seem to have any link with the victim, his parents cannot be found, and his drawings show he witnessed something terrible. As detective Huldar hunts the killer, and child psychologist Freyja looks for the boy's parents, the mystery unfolds: a story of violence, entitlement, and revenge.

This is the fourth in the Freyja and Huldar series but the first book I've ever read by Yrsa Siggurdardottir. However, you can read it as …