How To: Gradient Nails.

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“I should get 365 different t-shirts made up, each a slightly different color than the last, forming a gradient from green to blue. Then I should take a daily picture, and move down the color line accordingly, so that I can subtly age like a chameleon.” – Jarod Kintz.

My nails are a little short at the moment, so today I decided that with my most decent nail I will create a post on how to do gradient nails.

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The Pastry Book Tag.

For today’s Tag Tuesday I have been tagged by the lovely Whimsy Journals to do the Pastry Book Tag, which I hope isn’t going to make me hungry.

  1. hpatpsCroissant: Name a popular book or series that everyone (including you) loves.

Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling.

I can never resist using Harry Potter in a book tag and while it is the obvious choice, it is an incredibly loved and popular series. Harry Potter will always be one of my all time favourites, so if I can use it in a book tag then I will!

Plus, Goblet of Fire has French students and croissants are French so there’s a lovely little connection between the question and this series.

the fellowship of the ring2. Macaron: Name a book that was hard to get through but worth it at the end.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien.

I am sure that a lot of people would agree that while The Hobbit was a pretty easy read, The Lord of the Rings series was a step up. Once you got into it, it became easier to read, but I did find it a little difficult when I picked up the first book. However, this series was definitely worth that little struggle at the beginning because The Lord of the Rings series is another favourite of mine.

Nirvana3. Vol-au-vent: Name a book that you thought would be amazing but fell flat.

Nirvana by J. R. Stewart.

The concept of the book was really good, so I had high hopes for it, but I was very disappointed with how it turned out.

I wasn’t particularly keen on the plot, and where it went, there wasn’t as much action as I would have expected and the characters didn’t really interest me very much.

eleanor and park4. Pain au chocolat: Name a book that you thought would be one thing but turned out to be something else.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.

This question was difficult, but I’ve settled on Eleanor and Park because it wasn’t what I expected. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the book and it turned out better than I could have hoped for, but I expected it to be your typical love story and while it had love, it wasn’t what I thought it would be. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the book and was glad it was written the way it was.

the night circus5. Profiterole: Name a book or series that doesn’t get enough attention.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

I know that this is my third mention of this book within the past week on this blog, but I enjoyed this book so much and if I hadn’t spotted it in Waterstones I may have never been made aware of this book.

I’m sorry if I talk about this book a lot, but I really cannot help it.

john dies at the end6. Croquembouche: Name a book or series that’s extremely complex.

John Dies at the End by David Wong.

It’s not so much that this book is complex, but it is really confusing and doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

7. Napoleon: Name a movie or TV show based off a book that you liked better than the book itself.

Dear John by Nicholas Sparks.

dear johnA few years ago I picked up a few of Sparks’ books, especially this one because of the movie coming out starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, two actors I love.

I found the book to be difficult to get into and rather boring and I much preferred the movie. However, I would like to point out that from Sparks’ other books (at least those I’ve read) I much preferred them to their movie adaptation.

perks8. Empanada: Name a book that was bittersweet.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

I had great pleasure reading this book and love it so much, but I also cannot read it without crying. I can’t even watch the film without crying, to be honest.

9. Kolompeh: Name a book or series that takes place somewhere other than your home country.

city of bonesA very large portion of the books I read are set in America or a fictional world (or both), so this is difficult for me due to the massive quantity of possible books I could choose. As a result of this, I am going to pick…

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

The Mortal Instruments series starts off in America, but also ventures to the fictional world of Idris located in Europe.

This series is also another of my favourites I would like to add.

10. Pate a Choux: Name one food from a book or series that you would like to try.

This is a surprisingly tough one, as a result I am going to end this tag the same way I started it, with Harry Potter. Chocolate Frogs, Cauldron Cake, Pumpkin Pasties, Butterbeer (although that is a beverage) etc. I cannot pick just one!

Thank you for tagging me, Whimsy Journals, I really enjoyed this tag. Now it is my turn to tag some people, so I tag:


Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

the night circus“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” – Oscar Wilde.

I have been looking forward to reading this book for a very long time. Ever since I first set my sights on the book in Waterstones approximately a year and a half ago I knew that I had to have it. It wasn’t until a year later that I finally bought it after having been drawn to it every time I visited the shop since. Having this book on my bedside table for the past few months and watching it slowly creep closer to the top of the pile made me more and more excited to read it and eventually it was at the very top of my stack.

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September Book Haul.

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” – Lemony Snicket.

In total this month I have bought/received a total of seven books. After buying only four books last month (one of which was for a friend), my stack of books to read on my bedside table isn’t suffering (nor my purse). However, it felt strange not having lots of newly purchased books. Also, I haven’t been out very much this month; I don’t think I’ve bought a single one of these books in person, the majority were ordered online.

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Gradient Nail Art.

Nail Art Wednesdays Gradient“Gradient: The rate at which a physical quantity, such as temperature or pressure, changes in response to changes in a given variable, especially distance.”

Several months ago I tried my hand at gradient nails for the first time. Since then I have been waiting for the opportunity to practice some more and the past week I have finally found time to do just that. As a result the theme for today’s Nail Art Wednesday is gradient nail art.

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The Make Up Tag.

Usually when I do tags they are book related, but then I stumbled upon this one and decided that I would do something a little different: a beauty tag. While I wasn’t tagged to do this, I thought it would be fun, so if you fancy doing it too let me know in the comments so I can read your responses.

1. What product do you keep buying most of, despite having plenty of in your collection?

Lipstick for sure. I currently have over forty…

2. What’s the one product you can’t live without?

Eyeliner, I cannot leave the house without it.

3. Favourite make-up brand?

Probably Rimmel, although I have been enjoyed Bourjois a lot recently. However, if I could only use one I like Rimmel’s foundation, concealer, lipsticks and their eyeliner isn’t too bad either.

4. How big is your make-up collection?

I don’t think it’s that big, though my lipstick and nail polish collection are rather large.

5. How do your store your make-up collection?

I keep my lipstick and some eyeshadows in the cartons Easter Eggs come in as it makes them easily accessible and I can then organise them by colour. The rest of it is stored in about four small make-up bags and my largest palettes sit in a pile on my bedside table.

6. How many items of make-up do you have in your handbag at the moment?

None because I always empty my bag as soon as I get home as I rarely use the same bag two days in a row.

7. If you could raid another bloggers stash, who would it be?

Just one?! I can’t pick just one person!

8. How long does your make-up routine take and how many products do you use?

I used to reserve about twenty minutes for my makeup when I was at college. Since then I have never had to rush to get my makeup done so I spread it out a lot throughout the morning depending on how I feel and how easily I can make up my mind on what eyeshadow and lipstick combination to do.

9. Have you ever bought make-up knowing you wouldn’t use it?

No, I worry too much over money to buy something I won’t get any use out of.

10. Tag a few other make-up addicts to do this tag.

I am not going to tag anybody for this, but like I said at the beginning, if you’re interested in doing this tag let me know so that I can check out your responses to the same questions.


Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell.

Landline“Nobody’s lives just fit together. Fitting together is something you work at. It’s something you make happen – because you love each other.” – Rainbow Rowell

Previously, I have read and reviewed two other books by this very author, Rainbow Rowell. I really enjoyed Eleanor and Park and Fangirl, so I was very hopeful going into Landline. I can now happily say that Landline has not disappointed me.

Landline follows Georgie McCool whose marriage is in trouble and while they are apart, Georgie finds her old yellow telephone which allows her to speak to her husband, but back before they were married.

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Review: The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine by Alex Brunkhorst.

The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine“‘Supposed to’ is a terrible phrase because it’s always followed by something nice that didn’t happen.” – Alex Brunkhorst.

I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley to read and review, giving my honest and unbiased opinion. This book is not yet out, but it is expected to be published October 8th.

First of all, I absolutely love the cover of this book. The colours are beautiful and go nicely and the cover is actually a scene from the book. Furthermore, it isn’t a movie cover. It is unusual for me to like book covers with people on, but I really like this one.

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