I know we are only halfway through December but, with Christmas coming up I'm probably going to have some new favourites and I want to talk about what I've been loving lately in December! From skincare to gaming etc...
Okay, for skincare I have been loving Vichy. I have been using this a lot lately and my skin always feels so clean and wonderful after using it. The Anti-Blemish Purifying Cleansing Gel is £11.99 and I think it's worth it. I'm almost done with my first bottle and I just know I will be re-buying. This is the first skincare product I've used from Vichy and it won't be the last!
Would it really be a favourites without including Soap & Glory? Of course not. Lately, I have been using Scrub Of Your Life. It's £7 and one of my all time favourite products. My skin always feels so nourished and amazing after using it. I can't have a shower now without using it.
I always have to buy Lush Christmas products. Sadly, this year I've only bought two and I have loved them both. The Tree-D is amazing. After putting it in the bath it left my skin feeling silky smooth. I mainly bought the Eskimo Bubble Bar because it's adorable. I love their bubble bars and I can't wait to *hopefully* get more of their Christmas products!
For make-up, if you follow me on Twitter you've probably seen me rave about the Sophdoesnails x Makeup Revolution palette. I am in love with this palette and it is now my go to palette! I am so excited to finally use the green this Christmas day. The colours are gorgeous and she's done an amazing job with it. I only started using Tarte this year when I got this set from QVC and I am in love with the Rainforest Of The Sea foundation. It is so lightweight but, gives me the coverage I need! It is a tad dark for me but, will be perfect when I have a tan. I just love using it.
Me and my boyfriend went to the midnight showing of The Last Jedi AND IT WAS BRILLIANT! I cannot wait to go see it another 50 times. It was just so good. Overwatch is one of my favourite games and I love when they bring out their events. This month is the Winter Wonderland and I cannot wait for a few days off to get the legendary skins! Anna and Sombra's are my favourite and I need them. I technically haven't been playing Fractured But Whole as we don't have one of the new consoles and I'm waiting for payday to buy it for the PC but, I have been watching Jesse Cox play it and I can't wait to play it. Jesse Cox is one of my favourite youtubers and I was so excited to see he was uploading videos on playing it. I need this game ASAP!
What have you been loving this December?
Very exciting news that the submissions are now open for the Young Writer's Award and National Short Story award. It's so exciting that the submissions are open again. It is a really great opportunity for writers to show their talent and I really enjoyed reading this years finalist! They're are some brilliant stories out there and this is a great time to get your story heard.
Mel Giedroyc will be chairing the judging panel for 2018 for the Short Stories. She will be joined by Short story writer and 2016 BCC NSSA winner Ky Orr, Granta's '20 under 40' novelist Benjamin Markovits, last year's shortlist writer Di Speirs and books editor, BBC radio and multi-award wining poet Sarah Howe.
For the Young Writers' Award BBC Radio 1 and CBBC's Book Club presenter Katie Thistleton will be judging the YWA for 2018. Katie will be joined by Carnegie Medal-winning YA author Sarah Crossan, celebrated poet Dean Atta, adult and YA author William Sutcliffe and author, singer, actress and vlogger Carrie Hope Fletcher.
We are getting super close to Christmas, I am so excited! If you have a book lover in your life I have made a list of some of my favourite trilogies that would make great gifts. Some times it's hard getting some a book but, trilogies are the best because then they've got the whole series there to binge read and, don't have to wait for the next book when one leaves you on a cliff hanger.
I remember reading this trilogy last year and I was hooked. It absolutely brilliant. One of the best fantasy series I have ever read.
This trilogy is so, so, so good! It covers so many topics of young girls going through life dealing with boys, family, relationships, mental health, being kick ass feminist...it is just so brilliant and I love these girls so much.
This is such a fun trilogy! I adore these books. They are really fun and Sam is a brilliant character to follow.
If you know me you know how much I adore these books! Drama, love, relationships, mafia...so much! Cat is a fantastic writer and gave me so many emotions with these books.
Another series I binged. I just loved this trilogy so much! It is very political, which I wasn't expecting but added so much to the fantasy story!
Today I am unboxing my November Fairyloot box. I hardly get book subscription boxes but, I loved the sound of the November theme Ladies That Slay and I knew I had to treat myself to it.
This box was filled with goodies. Not pictured below are the exclusive Fire Is Catching Badge by Literary Emporium which is so beautiful! Fight Darkness sticker designed by Reverie & Ink which is inspired by An Ember in the Ashes, one of my favourite books.
I was so excited that this box was containing a book sleeve! I have been known in the past to just throw my book in a bag and sometimes they don't come back out normal. This sleeve is designed by AunjuliArt and it's so beautiful! Next is this amazing tea from Bookish Teas. It is inspired by Blue Sargent from The Raven Cycle. I can't get over how amazing it smells! Last before the books is this really cute candle from Flick The Wick which is inspired by Hermione from the Harry Potter series. One of my favourite witches and this candle smells amazing and is so cute I don't want to light it!
The first of the two books was an ARC of Furyborn by Claire Legrand. I was so excited that this was the early proof we got! I've seen it all over book twitter and it's not out till May 2018!
' When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first.One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable--until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire's heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.
As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world--and of each other.'
And the main book is the fantastic The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli. I actually received an early proof of this book and I adored it! I was so happy to get a finished copy with an exclusive cover that was only for this book. It also came with a letter from Kristen and a signed bookplate!
'Asha is a dragon-slayer. Reviled by the very people she's sworn to protect, she kills to atone for the wicked deed she committed as a child - one that almost destroyed her city, and left her with a terrible scar.
But protecting her father's kingdom is a lonely destiny: no matter how many dragons she kills, her people still think she's wicked.
Even worse, to unite the fractured kingdom she must marry Jarek, the cruel commandant. As the wedding day approaches, Asha longs for freedom.
Just when it seems her fate is sealed, the king offers her a way out: her freedom in exchange for the head of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard.
And the only person standing in her way is a defiant slave boy . . .'
So, that is the Fairyloot November box! I adored this box and I can't wait to get another box soon!
We are almost in December which means, we are almost in 2018! How scary is that? But with another year brings new books. I have 6 books that I am really looking forward to in 2018. Books that have been on my calendar since they where announced.
Also-some of these covers are the US ones as the UK ones don't have them out yet:)
Charlie Grant tries to keep her life as normal as possible. Hanging out with her best friend, pining for Jesse Foster - who she’s loved since she was twelve - and generally flying under the radar as much as she can.
But sometimes normal is just another word for stuck, and this weekend that's all going to change. Not only will everyone be back home for her sister’s wedding, but she’s also juggling:
- a rented dog that just won't stop howling
- an unexpectedly hot wedding-coordinator’s nephew
- her favourite brother bringing home his HORRIBLE new girlfriend
- fear that her parents’ marriage is falling apart
- and the return to town of the boy she’s loved practically all her life…
Over the course of four days Charlie will learn there's so much more to each member of her family than she imagined, even herself, and that maybe letting go of the things she's been holding on tightest to can help her find what really keeps them together.
Morgan is one of my favourite authors. Her books always make me feel warm and I just adore them so much. BUY HERE!
When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat - but real life isn't always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she's the only child of a young, single mum, and her life is decidedly less privileged. And even though her mom knows she's bisexual, she hasn't mustered the courage to tell her friends - not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.So Leah really doesn't know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It's hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting-especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.
Becky is another one of my favourite authors. I am so excited for her new book...and she has one coming out with Adam Silvera?! Sign me up. PRE-ORDER HERE!
Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister's life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance. Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she'd have to fight. And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias's devotion--even at the cost of his humanity.
Oh Sabaa destroyed me with the previous book and I am so excited for the 3rd book. I also can't wait to get the new covers *_* PRE-ORDER HERE
Zelie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orisha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie's Reaper mother summoned forth souls.But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zelie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zelie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zelie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. Danger lurks in Orisha, where snow leoponaires prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zelie herself as she struggles to control her powers - and her growing feelings for an enemy.
Possibly one of the most anticipated books of 2018! PRE-ORDER HERE!
Of course I want to be like them. They're beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.One terrible morning, Jude and her sisters see their parents murdered in front of them. The terrifying assassin abducts all three girls to the world of Faerie, where Jude is installed in the royal court but mocked and tormented by the Faerie royalty for being mortal. As Jude grows older, she realises that she will need to take part in the dangerous deceptions of the fey to ever truly belong.But the stairway to power is fraught with shadows and betrayal. And looming over all is the infuriating, arrogant and charismatic Prince Cardan . .
If you're not excited for this book then, you should be.
PRE-ORDER HERE .
Six months after the end of Wintersong, Liesl is working toward furthering both her brother's and her own musical careers. Although she is determined to look forward and not behind, life in the world above is not as easy as Liesl had hoped. Her younger brother Josef is cold, distant, and withdrawn, while Liesl can't forget the austere young man she left beneath the earth, and the music he inspired in her.
When troubling signs arise that the barrier between worlds is crumbling, Liesl must return to the Underground to unravel the mystery of life, death, and the Goblin King-who he was, who he is, and who he will be. What will it take to break the old laws once and for all? What is the true meaning of sacrifice when the fate of the world-or the ones Liesl loves-is in her hands?
A very exciting sequel to Wintersong which, was one of my favourite books of 2017! PRE-ORDER HERE
Mare has been betrayed for the last time...The #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard comes to a stunning conclusion in this fourth and final book.
IT'S THE FINAL BOOK AND I AM NOT READY OHMYGOD I CANNOT WAAAAAAIT!
After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice - to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor's ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead. With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and very the safety of the empire.
If you read Flame In The Mist you know why I need this book. I cannot wait!