Friday, 17 August 2018

Awake under the night sky book review

Hey! I hope you guys are doing well! I think it's been so long since I have uploaded a book review which sucks I feel like the worlds worst book blogger! Honestly, I haven't been reading as many books as I would have liked I'm not too sure why but I need to get back to reading books although I think at this point I am never going to beat the number of books I read last year! But I did read this book that was kindly sent to me while I was on holiday and I wanted to talk about it a bit!



So this book is about two people, Vivian and Andre, who have very different and sure ideas about what they want to do, and who meet at uni and fall immediately in love. They actually meet pretty quickly in the book and I would have maybe preferred to meet and get to know the characters individually before we meet them together if that makes sense! I just felt I didn't get to know the characters enough individually! Since both characters have such strong clear goals about their lives I wish this had been explored more. Vivian spends some time in Africa which stimulates her to want to work there and I just wish this had maybe been discussed some more so we could really understand her if that makes sense!

I think this book has a really good premise and if you're a sucker for a love story with a good sort of “will they won't they” story line I think you'll enjoy this! It is 100% a love story and I think if you're an old romantic I can see you enjoying this book a lot. It does immerse you into the lives of these two individuals and it's quite nice to be swept into this book.

There were one or two little things that struck me when reading this book, for example even though Vivian is Spanish, Andre is Italian and they meet in India with Vivian visiting Ghana and speaking to the children, it is pretty confusing as to why languages aren't addressed? Are they all fluent in many languages? What language do they use to communicate to each other and to others? I mean it's not like a big deal or anything I was just a bit confused. Another thing I found slightly difficult to read at times was the dialogue, which at times was a bit unrealistic!

Overall, I think this is definitely a book for the romantics and for people who enjoy books with a tragic love story!
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

France 2018

Hey guys! So as always when I come home from a holiday I like to show you guys some snaps and what I got up to! This year with my family I was lucky enough to go to France for 10 days. We went to the Vendee region, near the Loire valley and it was so lovely to be there and have a nice break!

So we actually drove to France rather than flying, so the first couple of days were just spend driving, getting the ferry, and then driving again so there wasn't too much to report really! After that, we actually spend the first three days at Puy De Fou which is actually a French historical theme park. It's pretty difficult to explain, but there are little shows on and things and it's really cool! We actually stumbled on it about 10 years ago on a different trip to France and we really wanted to go back so we finally got round to it! We actually stayed this time on the actual site and we stayed in the Renaissance part in this cool looking Tent. I'll show you guys some pics of the place we stayed and also a few from the shows so you can get a feel for what Puy de Fou actually is!




After a super busy 3 days we made our way to Saumur for the rest of our holiday. We were staying in a really gorgeous apartment right in the centre of Saumur and I loved it so much! It felt really authentically french to me if you know what I mean it I thought it was so pretty and cute! On the first day we actually just walked around Saumur. We were all really tired so we didn't want to do too much! I took loads of pictures while I was there (you can so some on my insta littlethoughtsfromlittlepeople) but I'll pop in some of my faves at day and at night!







While we were in Saumur we also spent a day looking around the Saumur Chateaux which was really pretty! You can see it in the above photo too in one of the night photos! We also spend a day going to a nearby Abbey where Eleanor of Aquitaine was buried which was really interesting too! And we spend another day going in and out of a few Troglodyte's including a wine cellar that gave out a lot of free samples of wine!

For our final full day, we travelled into Tours. This is a much bigger city that's about an hour away but still had a lot of history and a lot of beautiful buildings too!






So that was my holiday to France! I hope you enjoyed this post! Have you ever been to any of the places mentioned here?
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Friday, 10 August 2018

A little Catch up post

Hey guys! Long time no see huh! It's been so long since I have blogged, well over a month which I am definitely not proud of! In fairness to me, since I posted my last post I have been so so busy! Today I am going to try my best to have a bit of a blogging day and write a few blog posts today to try and get up over the next couple of weeks (between binge-watching season 6 of OITNB of course).

So! First of all, I really wanted to start with a catch-up post, a lot has happened since I did my last catch up post all the way back in January! First of all, the main thing is I finished my third year of university with a first class degree! I am so stoked and proud of myself not going to lie. If you remember my last catch up post I was talking about how I was applying for masters and I went for my interview for the clinical psychology masters BUT I didn't actually get in. They only took on 10 people and there were 100 people who applied. They said my interview went well and a was put on their reserve list and I moved on and got a place in the mental health and wellbeing masters instead. However, while I was on holiday I received a phone call to let me know that due to them getting more places and people dropping out I got a place on the clinical masters so I am so pleased about that too! It feels surreal that I am going to be on the masters that I really wanted after basically forgetting and assuming I'd never get onto it!

So after I pressed send on my last blog post over a month ago, I have been non-stop busy. I went down to Nottingham to have my graduation which was amazing! I had a really lovely day actually and I'll insert some pics here (just incase you weren't already bored of seeing my graduation pics everywhere). It kind of feels like a celebration of everything you've achieved so if you didn't know whether to go or not to yours I would really recommend going!






After grad I stayed in Nottingham for a while since we still had our tenancy going on our house and cleaned the house! We also had our grad ball too! That was a really good night and it was such a nice way to end third year!






Then I rushed back down to Leeds to go to my boyfriend's graduation. That was a lovely day too!



After that, I only had one day to get packed and sorted out for my holiday! I am going to do a full post on this and talk about what we got up to but we stayed there for 10 days and it was so lovely!


So that is my catch up post! I hope you enjoyed this post!
Lots of love,
Eleanor x




Friday, 13 July 2018

Carmi kiss of fire palette review

Hey guys! I hope you are doing well! Today I wanted to do a review of the Carmi eyeshadow palette. Carmi is a youtube and works for the revolution social team and recently brought out an eyeshadow palette with them. I don't know if I have been missing them, but I haven't seen any blog posts with anyone talking about this palette so I thought I would do a review! Soph and Tammi have also brought out palettes with revolution so I think I'll do reviews of them too over the next month or two.



So the palette actually has two highlighters and 10 eyeshadows but for me the gold highlighter is too dark so I use it as an eyeshadow. First of all, I really like the packaging on this palette. I really like the black and gold. I am not too big a fan of the light highlighter if I am being honest, it's called flash me and has a green shift to it that I'm personally not crazy about! But it could be good for a night out.

Now the rest of the shades I absolutely love! It's really different from the rest of my eyeshadow palettes and has some gorgeous shades that I don't have in any other palettes. It's full of really bright colours, and the only downside of that is you may need to dip into other palettes if you want some neutral shades in your look too.

I like that this palette has a day and a night side, with the yellow red and orange being the more day colours, with the two shimmery pinks in the middle and then the other colours, including a fuchsia and a turquoise to spice things up a little bit. All the shades are really pigmented and blend really easily too.

This palette might not be for everyone because there aren't any neutral tones in really, and the colours are pretty bright! But I personally really love it and even convinced my sister to buy it and she wears the two pink shades every day.

Overall I really love this eyeshadow palette and would really recommend it! I think the colours are amazing and the quality is really good too!

Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Random Haul- Primark, New look, charity shops and more

Hey guys! Hope you are doing well! Over the past few weeks I've picked up a few different bits and pieces in different shops and I thought I would show you what I have got! It's a pretty random mix, a bit of everything really so I hope you enjoy!


Accessorize:
I find it really hard to find sunglasses that I actually like and I've been looking for the perfect pair of sunnies for a while! I finally found a pair that I really loved from Accessorize! These are pretty oversized and I love them! Plus for £10 they aren't too pricey either!


New look:
So many shops have had a lot of sales on recently and New look have such a good sale on! First of all, I picked up this soft yellow pull over. It's pretty lightweight so it's perfect for the summer evenings and I really like how it looks with shorts and jeans too. I am really obsessed with everything French at the moment so the french writing is a big love for me!
The second thing I picked up in the sale was this stripy teeshirt! It's just pretty plain but I like the French vibes! Plus it was only £3!



A week later I popped back into New Look and picked up a few extra things! I got another pair of sunnies for £5 which I really like and a new pair of shoes! These are flat black pointed toe shoes with a strap to stop my feet falling out! I got them mainly for my graduation to put on as the day goes on as they are smart but flat so should save my aching feet! But I think they'll look nice on holiday and just with a pair of jeans too in the summer. Unfortunately, they were not in the sale and were £16.




Books:
I picked up a couple of books too! Firstly How to be Parisian wherever you are which I have read already and really enjoyed! If you want a tongue in cheek easy read then I would recommend this! I also got Turtles all the way down which I am currently reading and when I finish this I'll get a blog post of it up!



Primark:
I picked up one thing from Primark! I was desperate to find a nice big floppy hat and I can't find any that I like! This was the best one I could find and it was only £5 but I am still keeping my eye open to see if I can find something else.



Charity shop:
I honestly don't really shop that often in charity shops but we were in one the other day and I saw these two goodies! It made me really want to start shopping in them more! Firstly I picked up this super cute shirt! Excuse the bad photo of it but it's really light and pretty and I honestly can't get enough. It was only £4 too and it's from Miss Selfridge originally.
 The second thing I picked up I am head of heels with. It's a lovely red trench coat/mac thing! It's such a gorgeous length on me (normally trench coats are normally way too long for my tiny 4ft11 frame) and it was only £8 too! I am obsessed with it I love the way it flares out a little at the end too. It was from F&F originally. It's pretty lightweight so I think it will be nice for the autumn.




Superdrug:
I picked up the new Soph x Revolution eyeshadow palette! I only picked this up today so I am yet to give it a go but I am sure I will share my thoughts over on my insta or twitter!


CEX:
Me and my sister have recently been loving playing with our old DS! So I went in and got some new games for extremely cheap! I picked up 4 imagine games and a band game for our Wii.

So that is everything I have picked up in my little mixed haul! I hope you enjoyed this post.
Lots of love,
Eleanor x




Friday, 29 June 2018

Testing Kiehl's skincare

Hey guys! Hope you are doing well! Sorry, I feel like I haven't posted in quite a while but I am back with a new blog post today! I am going to try really hard to get blogging a bit more this summer I don't know what's come over me but I've been in a bit of a blogging slump recently and haven't felt motivated!

Anyway, today I wanted to talk about 3 products from Kiehl's that I have been trying out recently. If you follow me on twitter (ellie_smithxo btw) and have been seeing some of my recent tweets you will know how much I have been struggling with my skin recently. I don't know what's been happening recently but my skin has been hating me and I have had breakouts all over my face and some awful scarring despite the fact I am on bloody antibiotics. About two months ago I went into Kiehl's and got a few full sized products and some testers to see how they would fair on my acne prone skin.



The first product I got is the Calendula deep cleansing foaming face wash. Since my acne has been quite bad, I have given double cleansing a go, using Superdrug hot cloth cleanser (only when wearing makeup) and then using this facial wash afterwards to really clean my face. It took me a while to get how to use this product, you have to mix it with water and lather it between your hands before putting it on your face to get the foam because it comes out as a gel.

I really like the sent of this product. It smells lemony which is really nice and refreshing. This product is for oily skin, and I have to say it really does mattify your skin! My skin genuinely looks instantly mattified after using this product which I really like. Unfortunately, this product hasn't really done an awful lot for my breakouts. I don't think it's made them worse or anything like that but I have still been breaking out just as bad as before I started using it so it's not helping to clear them up or anything! For me I don't think I will repurchase especially as it's pretty pricey and it's not doing an awful lot for my acne. But if you have oily skin but aren't acne prone I would recommend this!

The second product I bought was the nightly refining micro-peel which is a chemical exfoliant. The lovely lady suggested this to me because using a scrub can cause spots to bleed which can cause more spots but since you just gently pat this in it exfoliates without knocking the top off spots which made sense to me! To be completely honest after using over half of this product and using it every day for two months I haven't seen an awful lot of difference in my skin, which is a shame as it's so expensive! My dark pigmentation areas are still quite bad and like I said my skin hasn't got any better while using it really so I don't think I'll repurchase. But I will say that it did not irritate my skin or anything and it has opened my eyes to chemical peels and exfoliants and I really want to try some more!

Finally, the third product I have been testing out is the blue astringent herbal lotion which is a toner. This product is designed specifically for acne prone skin and is supposed to target spots. This was actually a tester I got, but I used this tiny bottle every day for a month and I still have some left so it lasts a long time! When I first used this I really really loved it! It smells a bit too strong for me, a little alcoholic, but I really loved it. It feels cooling and makes my face instantly tighter. But I was a bit concerned this toner was a bit too strong for me and my face was feeling quite tight every day and my acne wasn't getting any better! So I actually stopped using this and went back to an old favourite that I hadn't used for a while the Liz Earle toner as I wanted something a bit more soothing for my red inflamed spots!

I hope you enjoyed this post! I will continue to use the cleanser and the exfoliant until the bottles run out I think or at least another few months but unfortunately, I don't think any of these products will be a repurchase for me personally as I'm still looking for something to calm my skin!
What Kiehl's products do you love? Have you got any suggestions for my breakouts?
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Saturday, 16 June 2018

What i've been reading and watching recently

Hey guys! I hope you are doing well! Today I wanted to do a post talking about the things I have been reading and watching recently! If you have any recommendations of TV shows or books then please let me know I am always on the lookout for new ones!




Reading:

The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern): I actually did a full review of this book which I'll link here so I won't talk about it too much! But I really enjoyed this book and if you do like fantasy and magic I think you will also really enjoy it, definitely up there with my favourite books I've read this year.

Get your shit together (Sarah Knight): I read the life-changing magic of not giving a fuck earlier in the year and while I liked it I didn't love it but I have to say get your shit together is way more up my street! I felt like it resonated a bit more with me,  I thought the life-changing magic was aimed at people a bit older than me but I felt a bit more of a connection with this one! If you are looking for an unusual self-help book I would recommend this book and I am really excited to pick up her third book you do you at some point.

The Girl Before (JP Delany): I decided not to do a full review of this book but I will give you a quick summary of what I thought! It is a psychological thriller book compared to the likes of Girl on the train. I wasn't too sure what to expect when I read this book but to be honest it wasn't my favourite book, it definitely wasn't as gripping as Girl on the train! But I enjoyed it on a superficial level and there were a few twists and turns and I think it would be a good beach read. Bit of a warning, it has quite a lot of fifty shades of grey esque sex scenes in which I wasn't the biggest fan of which put me off the book a bit and there were some other things I didn't agree with.

Release (Patrick Ness): I just finished this book today and I really enjoyed it. It was really different (I've read a lot of different books recently!) and again I wasn't sure what to expect but I have wanted to read it for ages! I am going to put up a full review of this I think next week so I won't write too much here, but I did enjoy it!

Films:

Deadpool 2: I went to the cinema to see the latest Deadpool and I really enjoyed it! I found it pretty funny and silly and a good watch!

The Intern: I watched this film the other day on Netflix and I loved it! I honestly fell in love with this film I thought it was the cutest thing! If you're looking for a cute heartwarming film to watch when it's raining outside I would really recommend this!

Edge of 17: I finally got round to watching this film now that it's been put on Netflix! I did enjoy this film actually, it wasn't quite up to the hype I don't think, but I still thought it was pretty funny and really sad at the same time and super relatable!

Alice Through the Looking-glass: I really enjoyed Alice in Wonderland so I wanted to give this a watch and I really liked it! It was pretty amusing and really pretty to watch! I think this is a good film for all ages to watch!

TV Shows: 

Safe: Me and my friend at uni watched this over two days! There are only 10 episodes and it's pretty tense so it's really easy to get through! I did like this show but I guessed the ending and I didn't think it was absolutely amazing like some of the reviews I was reading! But I did like it and I would still recommend, I just didn't think it was absolutely insane.

The Alienist: I loved this T.V series! I found it was really gripping and it was pretty intense! You have to stay pretty focused though and I often had to go back because I had missed things! I thought the ending was a bit anti-climatic but I really hope they make a season 2 because I really got into the characters and I think there is a potential for the characters and I want to learn more about them.

13 reasons why season 2: This has been talked about so much recently and I don't think there's anything I particularly want to add that hasn't been said already to be honest! I think that it wasn't as gripping as the first season and I kind of wish they would have given it a happy ending and then just ended it if I am being honest I don't really want a third season!

I Hope you enjoyed this post! Like it said if you have any recommendations for me please let me know!
Lots of love,
Eleanor x