Fragrance Favourites.

“There is no scent so pleasant to my nostrils as that faint, subtle reek which comes from an ancient book.” – Arthur Conan Doyle.

IMG_0043Recently I appear to be buying quite a few fragrances, so today for my Friday Favourites I have decided to share my top five fragrances. They are all displayed in the photo to the right, though it may be hard to decipher what each of them are unless you are familiar with them. However, do not worry, just read on.

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Organisation.

“I don’t want to rule the universe. I just think it could be more sensibly organised.” – Eliezer Yudkowsky.

I love being organised. I love creating schedules and planning events and making lists, and so it is no surprise that the time has come for me to share how I stay organised. This post is not just restricted to my blogging life, but how I stay organised in all aspects of my life, so forgive me if this gets incredibly long.

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The Unpopular Opinion Book Tag.

Everyone is different, so there will always be situations in which you’re going to hate something others love and love something others hate. Rather than be embarrassed of having a different opinion, we should embrace them because you never know who else feels similarly and what other things these opinions can lead to, such as new books.

The unpopular opinion book tag is something I have been wanting to do for a while and although I have not been tagged, I have decided to do it for today’s Tag Tuesday.

1. A popular book or series that you didn’t like.

beautiful creaturesBeautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

Of course, this isn’t the most popular book, but it has got a lot of good reviews and was liked enough to be made into a movie.

Personally, I really did not enjoy this book. My review of it is linked to the book cover, but to put it simply, I found this book to be too long and dull. I think it had potential, but in the end, every time I picked it up I dreaded flicking through the pages, but I was also determined to see what the fuss was about. Needless to say, I was disappointed.

love letters to the dead2. A popular book that everyone hates, but you love.

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira.

It’s not that everybody hates this book, but I think they generally agree that it is okay.

I, on the other hand, really enjoyed this book and would defnitely recommend it to people who enjoyed The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I agree that it s not as good, but I still loved it very much.

3. A love triangle where your ship did not sail.

vampire diariesIn quite a lot of cases, the couple I ship do tend to be endgame. As a result, I was puzzling over this question for a long time. One triangle which came to mind is Elena, Stefan and Damon from The Vampire Diaries by L. J. Smith. In the books, it was clearly leaning towards Elena and Damon ending up together, but then they got a ghost writer in to steer Elena back towards Stefan. However, as the series has gone on, I have been enjoying the series less and less. Because of this, I want to stay loyal to the original author’s writing, and while I totally shipped Elena and Stefan, Smith always appeared to want Elena and Damon together.

4. A popular genre that you hardly reach for.

Historical fiction; it’s not something I actively seek out.

5. A beloved character you didn’t like.

hpatdhSeverus Snape from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling.

In particular, I am referring to the final book, Deathly Hallows, where everything about this character is uncovered, yet still I find it difficult to feel for him.

So many people ended up loving him by the end of the series, but I still struggle to justify his actions. After over a decade, he still couldn’t let go of incidents which had happened during his school days and just because you loathed someone, doesn’t mean you can take it out on their children.

6. A popular author you can’t get into.

No one really springs to mind for this one, but I’m sure that I’ll be able to update this someday.

7. A popular book series that you have no interest in reading.

50 Shades of Grey… Does that count as popular?

dear john8. An adaptation you like better than the book.

In terms of TV shows: Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shephard..

For movies: Dear John by Nicholas Sparks.

The Pretty Little Liars series goes on for way too long. I eventually started reading them only because I had read the others and not because I enjoyed them and before long I had given up on them altogether, so I haven’t read the last two books at least. Meanwhile, despite the show’s ups and downs throughout the seasons, I have always loved it.

Dear John I found incredibly hard to get into and I just did not enjoy it as much as Sparks’ other novels. The movie however, I really enjoyed. Then again, it did star Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum, two actors I love, so I may be a little biased.

Since I have not been tagged for this, I am not going to tag anybody, but if you are interested in doing this tag I encourage you to do it and leave a link below so that I can see your opinions.

-driftinglexi

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Naked 2 Palette, Autumnal Look.

“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” – Jim Bishop.

Okay, I know basically every beauty blogger and vlogger has already done this, but I tried out this look today and I really like it, so I thought I would dedicate a post to it. Also, it is still autumn, winter doesn’t officially start until late December, so it’s not like I’m really late to this. This is an eye look I have done before, but never before have I paired it with a berry lip.

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Friday Favourites: Tanya Burr Cosmetics.

“Don’t overestimate everyone else and underestimate yourself.” – Tanya Burr.

Tanya Burr products and meAnyone who is subscribed to Tanya on YouTube, or follows her on one of her social media accounts will be aware of her products, including her fairly recent releases to her cosmetics range this year. There are now eyeshadow palettes and cheek palettes and eyelashes, and even an eyebrow palette on top of the original lip glosses and nail polishes.

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How To: Get Lipstick to Last Longer.

“‎Lipstick is really magical. It holds more than a waxy bit of color – it holds the promise of a brilliant smile, a brilliant day, both literally and figuratively.” – Roberta Gately.

We all want a lipstick to last as long as possible and no one enjoys constantly being paranoid that their lipstick has smudged or faded etc. This is why I have put together these tips which I do in order to ensure longevity.

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The Fall Time Cosy Book Tag.

I have not been tagged to do this, but I saw it over on Callum’s blog and wanted to do it myself.

dream a little dream1.Crunching Leaves: The world is full of colour. Choose a book that has reds, oranges and yellows on the cover.

Dream a Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher.

Personally, I think this cover looks more summery than it does autumnal, but it does consist of a little red, orange and yellow.

Also,this was the first book which came to mind at the mention of these colours and I don’t think I actually have another, more autumnal, book covered in red and orange and yellow.

hpatps2. Cosy Sweater: It’s finally cold enough to don warm cosy clothing. What book gives you the warm fuzzies?

Along with Callum, I am picking Harry Potter.

How can I not?

I especially find it heartwarming reading the first of the series because Harry has found a place he can call home, he has found friends and through him we are introduced to this fantastic world of wizardry full of delicious treats and interesting characters and locations.

3. Fall Storm: The wind is howling and the rain is pounding. Choose your favourite book OR genre that you like to read on a stormy day.

Something like Harry Potter because it’s comforting, but also any kind of horror/thriller would be suitable for this question. However, I know that I will read what I have next planned to read rather than choose according to the weather and how I’m feeling.

the night circus4. Cool Crisp Air: What’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

Possibly Poppet from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

Anyone who has read this book will know how incredible the circus within the book is, so to be able to live there would be amazing, plus you would be able to travel do different locations all over the world. Also, in real life I have a brother who is almost five years older than me and because of this we are not particularly close, so I think it would be pretty cool to have a sibling, a twin even, who I was really close to like Poppet and Widget.

the sin eater's daughter5. Hot Apple Cider: What under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?

This is tough, is The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury under hyped?

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen talk about it since I started blogging, at least.

6. Coat, Scarves and Mittens: The weather has turned cold and it’s time to cover up. What’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?

I don’t have any book I’m embarrassed of, simple.

7. Pumpkin Spice: What’s your favourite fall time comfort food/foods?

This isn’t restricted to fall, but pizza and chocolate or wine gums. The way to my heart though, is simply through a classic cheese and tomato pizza.

I am not tagging anybody this time around, but if you do this tag please let me know so that I can check out your responses.

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Review: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” – Mary Shelley.

FrankensteinFor Halloween I decided to pick up Frankenstein for a read. So, I am going to get straight into a review of this book because I don’t feel that a summary of it is entirely necessary. I mean, Frankenstein is a classic.

*CONTAINS SPOILERS… well, one*

Right, well, I felt this started off well. I personally love the use of letters in writing, so I found this book rather easy to get into.

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