My Fangirl Merch!

I’ve always been a fangirl and one of the things that a fangirl does is acquire a decent amount of merchandise. I’m a fan of many different T.V shows, musicians, actors and such. So, I have a fun little collection of merchandise. I decided to share with you guys some of the merch I’ve acquired over the last few years. Obviously, this does not include any of the One Direction merch I got as teenager…because I had a lot. I’ve accumulated these merch items over the last 3 years as I found myself feeling proud of the things I love and wanting to show them off. I did go through a period when I pushed my fangirling and merch wearing instincts down but now I realize it’s a part of who I am and I love it! 

Clueless Graphic Long Sleeve

Who doesn’t love this 90s classic? Clueless is a great movie and I’ve always related to Cher – on some level. I saw this sweater at the Urban Planet in the outlet mall near St. Catherine’s. It was just too cute to pass up!

Jonas Brothers Tie-Dye Shirt

I went to the Jonas Brothers concert in London a few weeks back and I had the best time! It was such a throwback as the last time I’d seen them in concert I was 12 or 14 years old. I spotted this blue tie-dyed shirt at the merch table and knew I needed it. This shirt is super cute tucked into jeans or high waisted shorts. I can’t wait to wear it some more!

Peter Pan Bracelet

Of all the Disney movies, Peter Pan was my favourite growing up. I used to dream about Peter taking me away Neverland. The movie really resonated with me and I’ve always had a love for it. When I saw this bracelet at a cute market in Belfast I just knew I had to get it!

Into the Light Harry Styles Shirt

As a massive Harry Styles fan I always love supporting other fans of his by buying their art and such. I spotted Allyne’s shirts on Twitter and new that I had to get my hands on some. I ended up purchasing three of her shirts but I have to say that the Step Into the Light shirt is my favourite one! Tucking it into my high-waisted black jeans is one of my favourite looks.

Scoops Ahoy Top

Scoops Troop 4ever! As a huge Stranger Things fan I knew I had to get this shirt when I saw it at Urban Behavior. The scoops troop were my favourite team from season 3 of Stranger Things. I just loved watching Steve, Dustin, Erica and Robin interact together, as in opinion, they were the funniest part about season 3. Wearing this shirt is my way of showing my love and support for the show, plus it’s cute!

Clickbait Sweater

I’m not gonna lie, I love watching David Dobrik’s vlogs. They’re just so entertaining! My little brother is a huge fan of his and got me into David’s vlogs. For Christmas 2018 I decided to get my brother the classic red Clickbait hoodie. I also decided to get myself a black Clickbait sweater. It was a great decision because it’s such a comfy sweater and I still wear it today! It’s become one of my favourite loungewear items.

Camp Half-Blood T-Shirt

I ordered this shirt on Etsy and I’m sooo glad I did! The Percy Jackson books were my favourite in elementary and middle school. They recently announced that it was going to be turned into a TV series with Disney+ and I’m so excited to see it! The Percy Jackson books were such a safe haven for me as a kid and I really connected with them, which is why I wanted a Camp Half-Blood shirt. Now, I know that in the books the shirts are orange but that colour is not cute on me so I got it in black instead. If you want a shirt like this I defs recommend you check out the Etsy shop linked above!

If you have any merch that you love please tell me about it in the comments! I’d love to see what you guys are into.

xo

Melissa

My Collection of Tarot and Oracle Cards

I’m still pretty new to the world of tarot, oracle cards and crystals but I’ve managed to accumulate a small collection of decks. About a year ago I was introduced to tarot and oracle cards by a friend and I was vert intrigued by it. I’ve always been drawn to the supernatural, astrology l and magic so it’s not surprising to me that I felt a pull towards tarot. Once I decided to start my journey into the world of tarot, I read up on the history, what certain cards meant and then what deck I should purchase first. After getting my first deck I became even more enthralled with not only reading tarot but with oracle cards as well. And so began my venture into oracle decks. Next thing I knew, I had a few decks and did a lot of readings for various friends and family members. Personally, I love using tarot and oracle cards for a bit of guidance and direction when I need it most. I also find that it’s a fun thing to do with friends! If you’re interested in trying tarot or oracle cards then I highly suggest you do! In the meantime, here’s a list of the cards I’ve bought and love.

The Wild Unkown Tarot

This was my first ever tarot deck! I liked the somewhat classic look of the cards and artwork, feeling that it would help me learn about the cards and their meaning. The guidebook was extremely helpful and I genuinely think this deck is perfect for beginners.

Work Your Light Oracle Deck

I fell in love with these oracle cards when I went on the artists Instagram page. The cards are so beautiful and I’m obsessed with them. I love what they represent and the messages that they convey. They’re easy to read and interpret which I love. I really enjoy using oracle cards alongside tarot cards, so I tend to grab for these quite often!

The Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards

I was first attracted to these oracle cards as I saw the YouTuber The Gem Goddess use them in one of her ‘pick a card reading’ videos. I’ve always been into goddesses and what they represent so purchasing this oracle deck felt like a good idea. The cards are pretty sleek and have golden edges, which I love. Each goddess conveys a message or meaning so I like using them with other oracle cards and with tarot cards. I feel like using more than one oracle deck at a time during a reading that reinforce a message that the universe is sending you, which is why I usually use a few different types.

Moonology Oracle Cards

I love how this oracle deck uses the moon and astrology all in one. I’ve always found that the light the moon creates illuminates my path more than the sun does. I’m very much a night owl so the moon gives me energy and peacefulness. The messages each card conveys is pretty clear and easy to understand. The artwork is cute and I love how each zodiac sign is represented. I bought them off Amazon so they are very easy to purchase. Overall, I’m definitely a fan!

The Moonchild Tarot

I’ve been loving using this tarot deck since buying it last year. The art work is stunning, I mean the images are so beautiful and I love how they well they correspond with the meaning behind each card. The artist created her own version of what a tarot deck should look like and I’m here for it. The guidebook is super helpful, especially since it goes so in depth on each card and on the deck itself, including the addition cards made specifically for this deck. These quickly became my favourite tarot cards and I highly recommend them!  

So that’s all for my personal tarot and oracle cards collection! I made sure to link each one so if you’re interested in buying them you can easily click and buy! I really love using all of these and I personally recommend them. If you’re like me and you’re still a beginner when it comes to this stuff then please reach out, I’d love to have a chat! Or, if you’re well-versed in the tarot world and have some advice for a newbie like me then I’d love to hear it!

Stay rosy,

xo

Melissa

My Favourite True Crime Podcasts

Usually all I do when I’m at work (besides work) is listen to music. However, lately I went down the rabbit hole of listening to true crime podcasts on Spotify. Due to the nature of my work I’m able to listen to these podcasts while still being productive, and they make the day go by faster. I figured I could share some of my favourite true crime podcasts with you guys!

Crime Junkie

Crime Junkie is hosted by Ashley Flowers and her childhood bff Britt Prawat. Each episode is on a different crime, expect for their two-parters. The hosts go in depth on each case while respecting the victims and their families. You can really tell how much these cases affect them and how important it is for them to tell the stories of these victims. Crime Junkie is my favourite true crime podcast as not only do they explain the cases really well, the hosts do a great job at highlighting lessons to be learned from certain stories. Plus, they tend to cover a lot of cases that don’t get enough coverage. I also love their tagline of ‘Be Weird. Be Rude. Stay Alive.’

The Clearing

Another podcast I’m super into is The Clearing. The host goes through the story of serial killer Edward Wayne Edwards and everything that happened post-arrest. Plus, Ed Edwards’ daughter was a huge part of his arrest. Thanks to April, Ed Edwards was brought to justice and even admitted to 5 murders. The podcast also goes into detail about the myths surrounding Ed and other possible murders he might’ve committed. I like the way the host covers this story and the information that April brings to the case. If you haven’t heard of Ed Edwards I highly suggest you give The Clearing a listen.

Today in True Crime

Ever wondered if something sinister happened on your birthday? Well, this podcast explores true crime events that happened on each day. So, each episode has to do with ‘todays’ date and what happened in relation to true crime. For example, my birthday is February 12th and this year’s episode on feb. 12th was about an actress who was stabbed in 1977. It’s a bit weird listening to true crime that happened on dates like your birthday or Christmas but it’s also interesting.

Canadian True Crime

As a Canadian I find learning about true crime in Canada very fascinating. I basically NEVER hear anything about true crime in Canada. It’s so rare to read something in the news in regards to murder, kidnapping, disappearance etc. that happened in Canada, Either I’m from a tame town or those things are rarely publicized in Canadian media. I find that learning about what’s happening in my country is very eye opening and brings awareness to those cases and to the danger lurking in the dark. I can almost guarantee you that if you listen to this podcast the majority of the cases spoken about you’ve never heard of them before.

Cold Case Files

I’ve always been fascinated with cold case files that get solved years later. It’s great to get answers to a case and I feel like a lot of solved cases never make it on the news anymore. That’s why I’ve been enjoying listening to the classic Cold Case Files via podcast. I usually listen to it when I cook which is why I’m not watching the show. If you’re also a fan of solved cases then you should definitely check this podcast out!

So that’s it! I think shining a light on the cases spoken about on these podcasts is so important, especially for the victims and their family members. Hopefully I’m not alone when it comes to being interested in true crime! If any of you have recommendations on true crime podcasts or shows I’d love to hear them!

Keep it rosy,

xo

Melissa

April 2020 Monthly Favourites

The end of April marked 5 weeks of being under lockdown. Since I’ve been spending an insane amount of time at home, I really wanted to find things to distract myself and that would keep me busy. It has been a hard month but there have definitely been a few things that kept me happy and positive during these tough times. I have to say, I’m extremely thankful to have Wi-Fi because I truly don’t know what I would’ve done without social media, streaming sites and online shopping!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Throughout March I was hearing a lot about Animal Crossing as everyone was tweeting about it. Eventually I got intrigued and decided to buy it. I had recently purchased a Nintendo Switch Lite so all I needed to get was the game itself. The first few days were a bit slow but once things picked up I was having so much fun. I’m currently enjoy my island time by planting flowers, creating patterns for flooring, creating cute dresses and more. Escaping reality to create and shape my island is a great way to distract yourself. If you’re looking for a fun and easy distraction then I recommend getting Animal Crossing!

Disney+

When Disney+ launched in the UK I was psyched. I love Disney movies and since I’m home all the time now and I’ve watched what feels like everything there is on Netflix, I needed some new content to binge. Straightaway I started watching some of the old Disney movies from my childhood like Peter Pan and The Little Mermaid. I also binge watched the Avengers movies (like for the fourth time) which was really fun and took up a good amount of my time.

One of the Disney+ original shows I got into was the High School Musical The Musical: The Series. Although the title is a bit of a mouthful the show is actually not that bad. I’m a huge HSM fan so I was little skeptical at first about this sort of reboot, since I love the original so much! But, the way they made this show was that the characters are participating in their school’s musical which was HSM, since the show is set at East High where the original film was made. It’s a really sweet family/teen show, the characters are likeable and the songs are fun. The main characters Nini and Ricky are just so adorable and I totally got into their love story. If you’re looking for a cute show to watch that’s family friendly and not very serious them definitely check this one out!

FujiFilm instax mini 9

I used to have the OG FujiFilm Instax camera but after 6 years it did break. I decided that during this time in lockdown I wanted to get the newer version which has more features than the original one. I looove this camera and it’s just so fun to use! My flatmates and I had a mini photoshoot one night and the photos turned out to be super cute. I’m also planning on taking a few polaroid’s of my neighbourhood during one of my walks to send with letters to friends and family. This camera has definitely been a positive in my day-to-day during lockdown.

Kiki Chanel (anti-MLM videos)

Have you ever received one of those DMs about being a ‘boss babe’ or ‘starting your own business’? Well if you have, it was probably sent by someone in an MLM. MLM stands for Multi-Level Marketing and there are a lot of companies out there who use this model to recruit distributors to sell their products. Some of those companies are Arbonne, Monat and Beach Body. Personally, I’m not a fan of MLM’s as I do find them quite predatory and financially unsafe. Kylie does a great job at exposing a lot of these MLM’s and the people sucked into them. She also educates her viewers on MLM’s which is super important because so many people either don’t know the true damage they can have or they don’t even know about MLM’s.

Missguided Jogger Sets (not pictured)

Of course I had to do some online shopping while being stuck at home. I was actually in need of some new loungewear. I only had one pair of sweatpants and decided that since I’d be at home all the time I could let myself buy some more. A friend told me to check out Missguided and I was happy to see they sold a ton of jogger sets. I ended up purchasing two jogger sets, the Black Cropped Sweatshirt and Joggers Co Ord Set and the Grey Zip Through Sweatshirt And Joggers Co Ord Set The quality was pretty good for an online store, they’re super comfortable to wear and they fit really well. I have really long legs so I was a bit worries about the length of the sweatpants but they actually fit perfectly! The tops are also super cute and I’m now obsessed with the crop top sweater style. I’ve been wearing these sets a ton since getting them and I’m super tempted to buy some more!

Stay rosy,

xo

Melissa

Songs I Loved Listening to in March 2020

Music has a way to unite us and make us feel all sorts of emotions. Especially in the current climate it’s important to find things to love and share with each other. Music is such a huge part of my life and I’m always looking to find new songs and artists to listen to. As an avid Spotify user, the ‘new releases’ and ‘your discover weekly’ playlists are super helpful. So, this week I wanted to share some of my favourite songs from March. I was listening to these songs on repeat and they really helped me stay positive with everything that’s happening in the world.

Definitely give these songs a listen! If you do please comment below which songs you liked and if you have a song to recommend to me then I’d love to hear it!

Stay rosy,

xo

Melissa

Book Review #3

Woo another book review! I’ve been reading a ton lately especially since I’ve been at home a lot. In between the stress of applying for jobs I find reading and escaping to another world to be very relaxing. Thankfully, I really enjoyed all of these books and I’ll totally be re-reading them in the future.

Again But Better by Christine Riccio 4/5

My rating: 3.5/5

Summary: Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal — but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that? Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change — there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure! Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart. Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic – the possibilities are endless.

I really loved the majority of this book. Shane moving to London to pursue change was super relatable for me, as I just moved to London as well. I liked the love story and the way conflict was written. The characters were likeable and fun to read about. The one thing I wasn’t super into was the sudden and weird magic/time travel aspect. I understood what the author was trying to do but I think the story would’ve been just fine if the familial conflict would’ve been resolved in the present timeline and if Shane could’ve stood up for herself.

Overall it was a cute story and I loved reading about London as I can visit the spots mentioned in the book. If you want a cute love story with a magical twist then I recommend you should check out this book.

Field Notes On Love by Jennifer E. Smith

My rating: 3.5/5

Summary: It’s the perfect idea for a romantic week together: traveling across America by train.
But then Hugo’s girlfriend dumps him. Her parting gift: the tickets for their long-planned last-hurrah-before-college trip. Only, it’s been booked under her name. Nontransferable, no exceptions.
Mae is still reeling from being rejected from USC’s film school. When she stumbles across Hugo’s ad for a replacement Margaret Campbell (her full name!), she’s certain it’s exactly the adventure she needs to shake off her disappointment and jump-start her next film.
A cross-country train trip with a complete stranger might not seem like the best idea. But to Mae and Hugo, both eager to escape their regular lives, it makes perfect sense. What starts as a convenient arrangement soon turns into something more. But when life outside the train catches up to them, can they find a way to keep their feelings for each other from getting derailed?

I love reading Jennifer E. Smith books when I’m in the need of a cutesy teen romance novel. This one was so adorable and I quite liked the plot. Mae and Hugo were likeable characters and I enjoyed reading their love story. Normally I’m more into first person POVs but Jennifer was able to make me engage with each character even from a third-person POV. Jennifer’s ability to switch perspectives from Hugo’s to Mae’s was done very well and I actually didn’t mind it.

The way both Hugo and Mae engaged with the concept of love was interesting to read about. I definitely related a bit more to Mae as I share some of her views on love and her creativity. This is a very short book so the love story is quite quick. However, if you’re looking for a cute but short teen love story you can finish in a day then pick-up Field Notes On Love at your local bookstore.

Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch 4/5

My rating: 4/5

Summary: Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding, and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing she did that left her miserable and heartbroken—and threatens her future. But her brother, Ian, isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseparable siblings. Miserable, Addie can’t wait to visit her friend in Italy and leave her brother—and her problems—behind.
So when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s able to finally escape her anxious mind and Ian’s criticism.
And then their travel plans change. Suddenly Addie finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle, trapped in the world’s smallest vehicle with Ian and his admittedly cute, Irish-accented friend Rowan. As the trio journeys over breathtaking green hills, past countless castles, and through a number of fairy-tale forests, Addie hopes her guidebook will heal not only her broken heart, but also her shattered relationship with her brother.
That is if they don’t get completely lost along the way.

Oh my goshhhh I loved this book! Such a perfect teen and coming of age book. I love that it’s set in Ireland and you get to learn a bit about the country. Addie is very relatable as is Ian and Rowan. Rowan was a great love interest for Addie and I really delved into their story. The author did a great job with building up Addie and Rowan’s relationship throughout their travels while also exploring beauties about Ireland and healing Addie’s broken heart. I have to admit that after reading this book I’m itching to head back to Ireland and go on the same road trio the main characters did!

Overall, this book definitely gave me little butterflies and I totally recommend it for those searching for a cute but not overly cheesy book.

Maybe This Time by Kasie West 5/5

My rating: 5/5

Summary: One year. Nine events. Nine chances to . . . fall in love?
Funerals. Barbecues. New Year’s Eve parties. Name the occasion, and Sophie Evans will be there. Well, she has to be there. Sophie works for the local florist, so she can be found at every big event in her small hometown, arranging bouquets and managing family dramas.
Enter Andrew Hart. The son of the fancy new chef in town, Andrew is suddenly required to attend all the same events as Sophie. Entitled, arrogant, preppy Andrew. Sophie just wants to get her job done and finish up her sketches so she can apply to design school. But every time she turns around, there is Andrew, getting in her way and making her life more complicated. Until one day she wonders if maybe complicated isn’t so bad after all .

Another sweet book! Clearly I was in the mood for some cute teen novels for this batch. Sophie was an interesting character. I could totally relate with her on her need to escape her hometown and focus on her dreams. The fact that this books occurs over a year and many events was something that I actually liked. It spread the love story on a more realistic timeline, especially since Sophie and Andrew didn’t get along at first. Another interesting character in this novel was Sophie’s best friend as she is a big part to one of the main conflicts further into the story. What I loved about this story wasn’t just the cute romance but also it told a story of best friends, family and one’s readiness to leave the nest. Plus, as a big fan of events (Halloween is my favourite) I really enjoyed reading a story where most of the plot occurs on a special day.

This is a book I’ll be re-reading because I truly enjoyed it. So, go ahead and add this to your teen rom-com reading list!

All in all, this batch of books was definitely a success! I liked all the books, some more than others, and I think each book could appeal to someone. Once again let me know if you guys have any recommendations for books you’d like me to read and review.

Stay rosy,

xo

Melissa

My Current Beauty Favourites – March 2020

As an avid makeup lover I can only go so long without wanting to buy and try some new beauty products. I always end up buying more makeup in February as it’s my birthday month. Not gonna lie, I do use that as an excuse to treat myself. So, as per usual I ended up buying a few products that I’d had my eye on for a while. Out of those products here are some that I’ve been using non-stop for the last few weeks!

Dose of Colors – Cold Shoulder (Liquid Matte Lipstick)

I love Dose of Colours’ liquid lipsticks! They’re so comfortable to wear and their colours are always so pigmented. I already had a lovely deep purple liquid lipstick of theirs that I had gotten in a BoxyCharm but I wanted another one. I needed a pinkish mauve colour and luckily I saw that Dose of Colours had a really pretty one. So, I bought Cold Shoulder at an Ulta when I went on a trip to the States. This particular colour is perfect for me, it’s not too dark or too light so you can wear it on a night out or during the day at work (or for a Sunday brunch!). Not only do I love the colour but I love how easy it is to apply. The applicator is soft and fluffy but not too hard to maneuver. This lipstick also stays on for a really long time. You can get away with drinking on a night out and not have to reapply, not even once. So, if you’re looking for the perfect liquid lipstick you should definitely check out Dose of Colours!

Huda Beauty – The New Nude Eyeshadow Palette

I don’t normally buy Huda Beauty eyeshadow palettes due to their price but I really like the colour selection for this one. I needed a total nude palette for a while and this one really spoke to me. I also felt drawn to the metallic shades. I’m actually quite glad I ended up buying this palette. The metallic shades are stunning and look beautiful on the lid. The matte shades are creamy and decently pigmented. It’s not the best palette I’ve ever bought but I do like it and I have been using it a lot, especially for neutral looks. So, if you want to buy one of Huda Beauty’ eyeshadow palette and you’re in need of some nudes then you should pick this palette up. But, you could probably get a palette with similar colours for less expensive at Colourpop.

Morphe Brushes

I genuinely like a lot of Morphe products, their eyeshadow palettes and setting spray are some of my favourite makeup products. I had never purchased any of their brushes before but many of the beauty YouTubers I watch like Morphe brushes. So, since I saw a Morphe store at one of the malls in London, I figured I could buy some and try them out. Plus, it just so happens that I was in need of new blush and bronzer brushes. I ended up buying 4 new brushes, M462, M451, E3 and M448.

These brushes pick up product and apply it really well. They’re super soft and don’t hurt my skin when applying product. Overall they’re really great and I’ll probably buy more of their brushes! If you’re in need for some new makeup brushes I definitely recommend checking out some of Morphe’s brushes.

Hourglass – Ambient Lighting Edit – Ghost

I looove Hourglass and I think their highlighters, blushers and bronzers are stunning. I got this palette for Christmas and I’ve been using it a ton! I rarely use blushes due to my rosacea but these ones are so pretty and glowy that it doesn’t feel like I’m putting a ton of red on my face. The highlighters in this palette are beautiful and creamy. They’re perfect for a natural glow on the cheeks. The one bronzer shade is really pretty when you put it on top of a matte bronzer as it adds dimension and little glow to the face. I also like using the bronzer on its own for natural makeup days to contour a bit. Overall, this is a gorgeous highlight palette and I highly recommend it.

Tati Beauty – Textured Neutrals Vol 1

I don’t usually buy YouTuber products as they can be overpriced and not have the best quality. However, when I saw Tati’s palette and all the amazing reviews it was getting, I knew I had to get my hands on it. The colours were right up my alley and I loved how each row had different finishes. I got it in the mail like 2 weeks ago and I’ve been loving it! The shadows are pigmented, creamy and they blend like a dream. I think this is a great palette for everyone because we can all use the colours Tati chose for the shadows. Even though I do own a lot of eyeshadow palettes I didn’t have one quite like this. I can’t wait to keep playing around with it!

Glossier Products 

Over the last 2 years I’ve heard a lot about Glossier and I’ve contemplated buying some of their products but wanted to test them first. I got pretty lucky because they opened up a pop-up shop in Covent Garden and I was able to go to try on some of their products and buy my favourite ones! I decided to purchase three items that were originally on my list. I got the Generation G lipstick in Jam, the Balm Dot Com in Berry and the Lidstar in Lily. Each product is very minimal and has just enough colour to add some life to your face. I love using them when I’m having a chill day and just need a bit of makeup to go to the grocery store or the cinema. I’ve been using them quite a lot since purchasing the products and I totally love them!

So that’s all for now, I’m glad all I bought these products because I really have been loving them all. If you’ve been thinking about trying them out I say go for it!

Stay rosy,

xo,

Melissa

My Ultimate TV Show Recommendation List

Are you self-isolating and are in need of something to do? Well, luckily I’ve made a list of TV shows that I’ve watched and recommend you check out during these trying times.

I made the list by genre so if you’re looking for a specific type of show then it’ll be easy for you to find what you’re looking for.

Enjoy!

Stay rosy,

xo

Melissa

Book Review #2

I’ve finally got another book review for you guys! Since moving to London I’ve been reading a lot in between applying for jobs. So, I’ll be posting a few book reviews in the upcoming weeks. For today, I’ve got 3 books that I read and wanted to talk to you guys about.

The Siren By Kiera Cass 3/5

Summary: “You must never do anything that might expose our secret. This means that, in general, you cannot form close bonds with humans. You can speak to us, and you can always commune with the Ocean, but you are deadly to humans. You are, essentially, a weapon. A very beautiful weapon. I won’t lie to you, it can be a lonely existence, but once you are done, you get to live. All you have to give, for now, is obedience and time…”
The same speech has been given hundreds of times to hundreds of beautiful girls who enter the sisterhood of sirens. Kahlen has lived by these rules for years now, patiently waiting for the life she can call her own. But when Akinli, a human, enters her world, she can’t bring herself to live by the rules anymore. Suddenly the life she’s been waiting for doesn’t seem nearly as important as the one she’s living now.

I like the idea of this book as I think Sirens are really interesting. However, I didn’t totally vibe with the magic-talking-ocean thing. I get what Kiera Cass was trying to do but I think it was a bit of a reach. Other than the talking water aspect, the rest of the book was decent. I liked the characters, they all had different but likeable personalities and the love story was cute. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this book but if you wanted to give it a shot then go for it. You might enjoy it more than I did!

Hot Dog Girl By Jennifer Dugan 2.5/5

Summary: Elouise (Lou) Parker is determined to have the absolute best, most impossibly epic summer of her life. There are just a few things standing in her way:
* She’s landed a job at Magic Castle Playland . . . as a giant dancing hot dog.
* Her crush, the dreamy Diving Pirate Nick, already has a girlfriend, who is literally the Princess of the park. But Lou’s never liked anyone, guy or otherwise, this much before, and now she wants a chance at her own happily ever after.
* Her best friend, Seeley, the carousel operator, who’s always been up for anything, suddenly isn’t when it comes to Lou’s quest to set her up with the perfect girl or Lou’s scheme to get close to Nick.
* And it turns out that this will be their last summer at Magic Castle Playland–ever–unless she can find a way to stop it from closing.

I really struggled with finishing this book. The main character was sooo unlikeable it made the story frustrating to read. I couldn’t connect with her because she was so annoying, immature and unreasonable. I think the general idea for the plot could’ve been better if the characters had been more likeable. The one good thing about this book is the LGBTQ representation, I mean it wasn’t perfect but at least it had ~some~ representation. But sadly, I honestly would not recommend reading this book.

Happily Ever After (a Selection novel) By Kiera Cass 4.5/5

I love the Selection series so I was really excited to read this book. I love how Kiera Cass writes her characters and this book did not disappoint. It’s basically a compilation of short stories from the Selection series. You get to read more about a young Queen Amberly, Prince Maxon, Marlee and Aspen. Plus, you get some extra scenes from Lucy’s and Celeste’s point of view. I really enjoyed getting a glimpse of these characters from their perspective. It tied in so well with the Selection series and I recommend you give it a read if you a Selection fan like I am.

Overall, this wasn’t the most successful bunch of books that I bought but it wasn’t terrible. Most likely I will not be re-reading these books, other than Happily Ever After. Hopefully I’ll have better luck with the next batch of books I read! Until then let me know if you have any suggestions for books that I should check out.

Stay rosy,

xo

Melissa

My Winter Skincare Routine

Hey guys! So, it’s a little cold outside which means that my usual skincare routine is changing a bit. For those of you who don’t know, I have super dry skin. Like dryer than the Sahara desert dry. Plus, I have rosacea so my skin is also sensitive. Basically, when fall comes around my skin starts to get even drier than it is in the summertime, which means that my skincare routine has to get tweaked a little.

Over the years I’ve established a pretty decent fall/winter skincare routine that works to keep my skin hydrated. I figured I’d let you in on what products I use!

The Ordinary – Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

A friend of mine started using some of the products from The Ordinary over the summer. Her positive reviews is what got me into ordering a bunch of their skincare products. In those products was their salicylic acid (add full name). Although, I don’t have constant acne, I do get hormonal acne every month for a few days and it’s always such a struggle to deal with. Since I got this salicylic acid I’ve notice that my acne goes away much quicker than before and sometimes it goes away before even becoming a full on zit. Since it is an acid and I do have dry and sensitive skin, it’s not something I use every night but only during those few days that I can feel my acne coming up or when I wake up with it. I do also love the other products I got from The Ordinary such as their hyaluronic acid, ‘Buffet’ and the moisturizer.

First Aid Beauty – Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum

Like I mentioned above, I have very dry skin! And it gets awful during winter – like flakes off when I put foundation on awful. Thankfully, I found out about this hydrating serum and I find that it really helps. I usually apply it in the morning after using my toner pads but before using my moisturizer. It has a cooling sensation and my skin always feels hydrated and plumped after I use the serum. If you have dry skin like me and are looking for a serum I highly suggested you try this one out!

Tatcha – The Water Cream

Oh my god, I’m truly obsessed with this cream! This moisturizer makes my skin feel so refreshed and extra hydrated! I feel like my skin never flakes off and my makeup always looks better when I use Tatcha’s water cream. It is a bit on the pricey side but I genuinely feel like it’s worth every penny.

First Aid Beauty – Facial Radiance Pads

I got these a few months back by a Sephora employee’s recommendation and I do not regret it! I feel like my skin is smoother and just overall better when I use these toner pads. Also, I feel like they really help with clearing up my skin and getting rid of acne as well as those weird little white bumps I occasionally get. I tend to only use one toner pad every day, in the morning, to not dry out or hurt my sensitive skin.  

LANEIGE – Water Sleeping Mask

This is a product that I tend to use 1-2 times a week when my skin is feeling extra dry and dull. After I wash my face and remove my makeup I’ll spread this night mask all over my skin and leave it on overnight. Once applied, the mask has a soothing cooling sensation and it almost feels like you’re putting water on your skin. When I wake up the next morning my skin is brighter and way more hydrated than it was the day before.

Honestly, if it wasn’t for these products my skin would be a total mess. Since I started using them it’s really made a big difference in how my skin looks and feels, plus how I feel about my skin. Feeling good about one’s skin isn’t always easy, especially if you have acne or discolouration or anything that makes affects the way you see yourself. I’ve definitely struggled with my skin and how I feel due to my skin so it’s really nice to be able to look in the mirror with no makeup and not feel awful about how my skin looks. Of course, these products are not the only thing that has helped my skin, a prescription cream to help with my rosacea and bettering my self-esteem has helped a lot too.

Stay rosy,

xo

Melissa