Literature

Book Review: Perfume by Patrick Suskind

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Hello Friends!

So only today I have had to present a presentation on this book, which thankfully, went pretty well! So, I thought I would give you a little review on what I thought about it! This novel is included in the reading for the Gothic module I am taking so I already knew it would be of a gothic nature. I will be discussing plot details so if you want to skip the spoilers, just pan down to where I’ve put *SPOILERS END*

So What’s it About?

Perfume by Patrick Süskind was originally published in 1985 in German and thereafter has been translated into 25 languages and been made into a film. Perfume, or Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, follows the life of the protagonist Jean-Baptiste Grenouille who is left to die by his mother in the streets of impoverished France. subsequently, his cry gets him rescued as well as his mother executed for her crime, and thus begins his journey.

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Life Update: Back in Briz

Hello friends!

I know, I know, it’s been awhile. Yeah, about that…

So basically four weeks ago I embarked on my last year at uni (SCARY OR WHAT?!) and that is why I have been unfortunately neglecting my blog a little. However, I am finally settling back into a warped kind of schedule and am desperate to get back to blogging!

What am I up too?

So for this first post back, I thought I would just update you on my recent activities and the like! As you may or may not know I am at uni and as this is my last year I am currently planning my dissertation! It’s an incredibly daunting concept and one that has kept me crazy busy from day one as well as trying to keep up with my other modules!

Alongside my dissertation I am taking three modules, Children’s Literature, Gothic Literature and Fiction in Britain since 1970 which I am really enjoying too! They are pretty diverse and certainly keep me on my toes.

I am also now looking forward to life after uni, which is both a scary and exciting concept. I am undecided what I want to do, whether that be a postgraduate course or something like a graduate scheme. However, I am determined to embrace whatever challenges come my way in whatever I decide to do!

I went to a poetry evening a couple of weeks ago and it reignited a lost love of expression through words. Last year we spent so much time studying classic poetry on my Romanticism module that I forgot that poetry can be modern. I laughed and almost cried that evening and it really inspired me to get back into putting my pain down on paper. I am looking forward to trying this out over the next few months and perhaps I will let you guys read some!

Blogging Plans…

I am currently compiling a list of blog posts I want to write and am trying to dedicate time to do this within my hectic schedule! There’s so much I want this blog to be and I am excited to (try!) and get it there!

In the meantime, please comment on any topics you would like me to discuss, and I thoroughly welcome constructive criticism about my blog in general!

Speak soon!

Lucy xxx

Beauty

New LUSH Jelly Face Mask Review

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Today I’m bringing you my review of LUSH’s new jelly face masks!

First of all, how about a little LUSH back story…

So LUSH started back in 1995 and are now one of the leading cosmetic companies out there! They pride themselves on the fact that they do not test on animals or buy from suppliers which test on animals, making them a popular choice. They use a multitude of fresh, natural ingredients to make beautiful products for both face and body.

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Lifestyle

For When it all Get’s a Bit too Much…

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Hello Friends!

So today I thought I would share my personal tips on how to cope with those overwhelming or stressful days. We all have them, those days when we want to do anything but face the world. When we would much rather shut the door and be by ourselves than have to deal with, other people’s, as well as our own problems. However, we don’t always have that choice, whether it’s our job or we just have errands to run. As a retail worker, you can be shown the best and worst of people. Some people clearly just want an argument, whereas some as so easy and lovely!

Whatever the day has consisted of, when we come home we sometimes just want to take a little time to ourselves. For me this particularly comes with my anxiety, I need time by myself to recharge and just chill out. Therefore, I have rounded up some top tips as well as some favourite products that help me relax and recharge after a stressful day!

The Scent of Home

First of all, I love a good comforting scent. Whether that’s a scented candle, diffuser,  incense or plug in air freshener, I just really like having a nice smelling room to come back to. It creates a calming atmosphere and if you use the same one a lot, you come to associate that scent with safety and home. If you do struggle with stress or anxiety try choosing relaxing, mentally restorative scents such as lemon, lavender or jasmine.

I am currently loving this reed diffuser by Dí Palomo, which is White Grape with Aloe. The combination of these two scents creates a lovely, soothing, fresh smell that really brightens a room. It’s a light scent which means it’s not overpowering or invasive, but still makes an impact on a room. They also do other products with both the same and different scents! So certainly check them out!

 

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Lifestyle

Why I Started Blogging!

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Hello friends!

So today I thought I would talk about why I started blogging. Many bloggers have written about why they started a blog and a lot of the reasons are relatively similar! However, it’s always nice to learn why someone has decided to take that step into the blogasphere and put their opinions out there, so here is mine!

Back to When it all Began…

I started blogging seriously in March this year, so my blogging journey is still very new. However, I have already learnt so much and can’t wait to start sharing this new knowledge with all the people with want to start a blog but haven’t yet.  My blog currently is purely a hobby but of course I would love it to be more. I’m still growing my social media presence and I’m not making any money from it, but I love it! Which leads me to my first reason I started blogging…

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‘Writing tips for full time parents by a full time mum…’ – Guest Post by Author Mercedes Prunty

Like many mums out there I had a dream, my dream has always been to write books and see my name in print. I didn’t really go for it when I was younger, more because I was busy studying, partying with friends, reading, playing the Sims amongst other video games, learning to drive and living life. I was young, I didn’t think trying to aim for my dream goal back then was the thing to do, I wouldn’t have been seen as cool. Now I look back and wish I had started writing when I was younger because although I worked full time and was studying alongside it, I had energy… And lots of it. I could pull nearly all-nighters playing video games or chatting to friends and then vanish to work in the morning. If I had concentrated then using my time wisely instead of for fun I could have written more and given the chance again I would have studied English and Creative writing instead of Hairdressing like I opted for but back then to me being pretty and having friends was the main life goal.

Then I met my husband and had my children, the most perfect things to ever happen in my life and all I wanted for them was the best. Whilst on maternity leave my husband told me to try it, to write and see what happens, “What have you got to lose?” He would tell me and I began to write but I didn’t amount it to much due to low self-esteem but after leaving my job at the hairdressers when there was not enough work to go round for all the stylists (The lovely thing called the Recession) I took the plunge and Self-Published my first book Via Createspace with Amazon. Now I’m not going to say, “Hey I’m a best seller, I earn thousands”. Because that’s not true, I don’t. In fact at the moment I’m lucky to make back the money I spend buying my books to sell but whilst one day I would like it to be the thing that makes my family comfortable I am doing it to keep me sane, the characters just don’t shhh it sometimes. At the moment I am trying hard to build up my author platform, gain solid readership and promote my work like there is no tomorrow.

The main thing I have learned during my writing journey is… It takes time and patience really is a virtue…

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Beauty, Lifestyle

Sensational SensatioNail Home Gel Nails

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Hello Friends!

Today I want to bring you something really exciting and something that I’ve been absolutely LOVING recently. It all started with a trip to get my nails done which went disastrously wrong. It ended in two hours in a salon, my cuticle bleeding and my fingers sore. From then on I decided to invest in my own kit and start doing my own nails!

Where to Start? SENSATIONAIL!

There are many different companies out their of course that offer home gel nail kits. I wanted something of good quality and that I could get a salon looking finish for not an extravagant amount of money. Of course I hit google and did a little research into which companies had good reviews and a were a decent price. I did a little looking around and finally decided on SensatioNail! initially attracting me to SensatioNail was the multiple good reviews and the price, £50 for one of their starter kits. This includes everything you need to get started including the lamp, base/top coat, gel primer and gel cleanser and more.

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Beauty, General, Lifestyle

June Favourites! Makeup, Style & More!

Hi Friends!

So as I write this it is the 1st of July so I thought I would post what I’ve been loving in the month of June!

I’m going to list five things and explain why I’ve been loving them this month.

So the month of June for me was officially the first month of my summer holidays! I finished my exams on the 18th of May and from then on I’ve been moving out of my uni house, starting a new job and I’ve been on holiday! I’ve got a mix of beauty, clothes and other items for you today, so lets get started!

Conceal and Contour…

My first two products are both makeup and both from Benefit. One is a contour product I’ve been using for a little while but only in tester form. The other is a new version of a concealer. The contour product is called Dew the Hoola Liquid Bronzer and is described as a ‘soft-matte liquid bronzer for face’.

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Bonjour les amis! Parlons famille et amour…

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Did someone say summer?! Or was it HOLIDAY!!…

So I have been on holiday! Me, my mum and my dad have just got back from our well-known friend, the south of France. This time we stayed in a beautiful villa in the stunning coastal town of Sainte Maxime. We only visited last year but instantly fell in love and knew we wanted to come back, so that’s what we did! The little commune of Sainte Maxime is right on the coast of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. It has a sweet little ‘old town’ which has many bars and restaurants as well as some great boutiques! It was beautifully warm the entire week, which was really nice as we had a pool at the villa which was certainly well used!

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Work, Family & Moving On!

Hello friends!

So once again I find myself explaining why it’s been so long since my last blog post, and once again it is basically because I’ve been crazy busy! You’d think that now I’ve finished uni and have the summer to myself that I’d have all the time in the world, however, this is unfortunately not true! Over the last couple of weeks, I have started a new job, been away visiting family and been moving out of my uni house!

New Job!

So last week I started a new job which involves all the lovely new job stuff. I also had to go up to Bristol for a course which was actually really quite fun! The week I started I had two shifts, then the course and then the following day we were going up to Lancashire to visit my gran, so it was a very busy week! However, I am really enjoying my new job. It is only temporary at the moment for over summer, but this is great as I will be back at uni in September! It’s very different from my last job but definitely in a good way! I have two more shifts this week and hopefully, they will be good!

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