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Welcome back to the ABB Book Club. This months book of choice was Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow. This month was another reader request. I felt at first that maybe we would need longer than a month for this one but I think it turned out actually not too bad.

Girl in Pieces is about Charlotte Davies, a teenage girl who has already been through a lot at so younger and uses cutting as a way of escape. She enters a facility at the beginning of the book when she heals her wonders but unfortunately she cannot stay there and moves to live with her friend Mikey. Long story short Mikey marries another girl, Charlie meets Riley and they begin hooking up. He was his own problems which come to a head in the end and lands him in prison. Charlie is eventually offered a job in New York as an artists assistant and begins to rebuild her life.

I found this book to be deeply haunting and very, almost, personal. This book made me feel like I had snuck into someones diary and I was reading their innermost thoughts. It did make me slightly uncomfortable because of that but I guess that only shows that Glasgow is a great writer.
I felt like Charlotte was portrayed as almost a relatable character and made the reader feel like they were really involved with the book.

I loved the way the Glasgow kept Blue in the picture as a bit of support not just for Charlie but to the reader too. I think this is a book I will re-read as I am sure I skimmed over a few bits as I couldn’t put it down.

One question I did want the other readers to answer was- How did you find Blue as a character and how did she make you feel?

August’s book to purchase and read before the end of the month is going to be The Life Changing Magic of not Giving a F**k by Sarah Knight. You can buy yours here.

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Cocktail nights are one of my favourite things to do. Exotic drinks, fancy dresses, chilling out… it is always such a good atmosphere. So, you can imagine the look on my face when Fentimans emailed asking to send another package. Hello! of course!
Fentimans have a new range of tasty syrups out to add to your drinks titled House of Broughton Finest Syrup and fine it is. There are a range of syrups to try including the two flavours I tried- Raspberry and Cucumber.
Did you see my last Cocktail night courtesy of Fentimans? It was pure bliss and I didn’t want it to end.
Fentimans was and still is a family run company. I believe today it is run by the great grandson of Mr Fentiman himself. The company continue to create drinks by the multi-stage botanical brewing technique. The processes have been updated since starting and the beverages are now carbonated before being filled and pasteurised to extend the product shelf life. Fentimans explain ‘The one thing that has not changed is the superior quality and unsurpassed taste of our drinks.’ And I don’t think I could agree more. Out of all the Fentiman drinks I have to say Rose Lemonade just gets me every time. I could drink it by the bucket load. If you haven’t tried it then firstly… why the hell not! and secondly go and buy it, there will be no turning back when it hits your lips.

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There were so many different concoctions we tried. My favourite were Ginger Beer, Cucumber Syrup with a splash of Gin and the other was Soda Water, Raspberry Syrup and a dash of Prosecco. They sound disgusting but they worked so well. I feel like I should be looking down a Mixologist route.
The syrups can be used in pretty much any drink. They so work better with Fentimans branded drinks as they were designed around them, however, Raspberry Syrup in a dash of lemonade also works well or even a splash to a Virgin Sex on the Beach works wonders. Or even simply Vodka lemonade with a dash of either syrups.

What I love most about these is their versatility. You can use as much or as little as you want with any mixer you want, yet depending how much you use, the drink can turn into something quite wonderful.
We had so much fun creating all these weird and wonderful drinks and I am so excited to have another very soon. Cocktail or Mocktails – the syrups work beautifully.

All the Syrups are natural and come in 500ml bottles. I would say that you can get 25 servings out of a bottle and the recommended  serving is 20ml. All the above drinks were made with around half a shots worth of syrup, however, the more syrup used the stronger the taste. You can see all the flavours on the Fentimans website.

Remember my lovelies please drink responsibly!

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This review has been a hell of a long time coming and I cannot apologise enough for that. June and the beginning of July seem to have run away with me completely ans the weeks are disappearing in front of my eyes. However, reasons for this will be explained in due course.
On to the matter in hand. In June we saw National Best Friend Day and iiaa sent me the most gorgeous box of goodies. One thing I praise iiaa for so so highly is their presentation. They take so much care and consideration into every single package and it does not go unnoticed. This particular package was a gorgeous metal almost medicine box. The grey and copper worked beautifully and I couldn’t help but think ‘photoshoot’! So here are a few shots courtesy of Tom Miller.

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I am not going to go on too much about the companies themselves in this review as I have done a few reviews for iiaa and repeating is not pretty. So to find out a little more about the companies check out my previous reviews here.
Environ, as you all know, are a huge love of mine and I was very excited to see a dose of their Hydrating Oil Capsules in my box. It contains antioxidants and vitamin A in an easily absorb-able oil-based formula. Having oily skin I did expect it to make me break out a little but this was not the case here. It leaves your skin super soft and smelling glorious.
The second Environ item I received is the RAD SPF sunscreen. ‘The sun filters and sun reflectants contained in this product provide a SPF 15 while natural antioxidant vitamins increase sun protection and assist in fighting free-radicals.’ I love how this isn’t just a sunscreen. Environ always seem to dd in that little something else to make the product stand out from the crowd. I do think their packaging can make this look a little pharmaceutical, however, the product inside is anything but! The summer so far has been super hot and I have been using this daily as a kind of pre-makeup primer. It actually sits really well under makeup and protects you all day long. Obviously if you are laying on a sun-lounger and not at work (like most of us) remember to re-apply every few hours.

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Oh why do Jane Iredale just keep on getting better and better. I want to set the record straight. I hate lipgloss- I know shock horror. Every time I go to wear it I have vision from White Chicks where her hair gets stuck in her mouth as she flicks it. HOWEVER (!), these lip glosses are none sticky and last surprisingly well. I was super shocked at how well to be honest and lets just say I may be a convert. The Martini shade looks so natural yet so classy.
The second item beautifully boxes was Powder Me SPF Dry Sunscreen. When I opened this I did mutter ‘WTF’. Am I the only one that has never heard of Dry Sunscreen? It looks like powder foundation and you apply it like it also. However, it doesn’t sit on the skin like makeup does. It is water-resistant for up to 40 minutes and is totally chemical free. It has an SPF of 30 and can also be used to soothe sunburn. I am still unsure of this product but only because it feels a little weird adding powder to my face as sunscreen? It works fantastically- I cannot fault it and I am sure perseverance will help. Remember again if you lounging in the sun re-apply every couple of hours.

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Now the Skin Accumax came with a really cure little pill pot to put your day needs in which I thought was a lovely added touch. I have passed this product on to my sister to review who will be updating this post shortly.

I really look forward to receiving packages from iiaa and it is clear why. The products are just so perfect every time. I wonder what the next package will have in store. To purchase any of these beautiful quality products head over to www.vitaminskincare.co.uk .

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In life there are certain things we do or say without really thinking. Some people will eat meat without realising Cows are the main cause of greenhouse gases and some people will use aerosol deodorants without realising they cause cancer. We, as people, need to realise what we are putting into our bodies or onto our skin before it too late.

Lotus Therapies Whitstable have introduced me to their Love Your Pits Handmade Deodorant.

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I thought I would do a mini diary like timeline review as it will enable you guys to see how I progressed with the product. Because the product draws toxins out of the body it, at first, has to work quite hard, so the first few days takes perseverance.

Day 1
I applied this balm like deodorant at around 7:30 this morning. I have an office job so my work isn’t too sweaty and today was not a work out day. By maybe 3pm I did question myself as to if I had even remembered to put it on this morning but I had. Today I think I did smell a bit BO like for a little bit if I am honest, there are a lot of toxins to draw out from years of damaging deodorants.

One thing to note straight away is this is a deodorant not an anti perspirant! The difference? Deodorant is used to mask Body Odour where as an Anti-perspirant is considered a “drug” because it actually temporarily changes the function of the skin, suppressing the flow of sweat!

Day 3
Day 3 is work out day. I am going to be honest, I did pack my normal anti-persperant just in case things got bad. However, halfway through my hour HIIT session things did get bad but I persevered and thought, meh everyone’s sweaty and smelling right now.

Day 5
I am beginning to notice that this stuff actually works. It has a subtle scent, you don’t need to use much and you can always re-apply throughout the day. I am genuinely shocked. How is this magic working?

Day 10
I wanted to wait another week or so before re-evaluating. The product does work and I will continue to use it. Workout days I will take with me to re-apply where needed but I am ok with this. As a whole this product lets your pits breathe and not smell too horrific either.

The health benefits of this product are amazing. You are applying deodorant… anti-perspirant or whatever you use direct into your axillary lymph nodes! How is spraying chemical into that gland healthy?? There are many controversial studies that suggest the aluminium in these cans cause cancer when applied how we use them, but, you can do the research on that one and form your own opinions.
Nothing chemical is healthy for the body and that is why I have made the change to Handmade Natural deodorant!

This product has actually been given the Bronze Award in the Green parent Natural Beauty Awards 2017!! How incredible is that!

Head over to their gorgeous website to see all of their natural products and get a cheeky 10% off using my code BLOGGBEAUTY!

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Summer is here and in full swing. Recently the weather has been glorious and Glossybox are welcoming their Hello Summer box. I was shocked to open my package to find a coral box with gold lettering, it is stunning and so vibrant! This month is all about summer must haves and this box is a real mix of samples and full size products. It is definitely the one to buy this month!

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If you are new to Glossybox then here is a little info. As you have probably gathered Glossybox is a beauty subscription service. Each month, it delivers a wide and varied selection of 5 beauty treats that include niche, high-end and emerging brands. I love this because you can get some good old faithful products yet try some things you would never normally buy. The latest trends are taken into account with every single box to bring you reusable and stylish boxes full of beauty essentials.
There are 4 different ways to subscribe to Glossybox starting from as low as £9.50! Choose between a monthly rollover box (cancel any time), a 3 month, 6 month or 12 month pre-paid subscription.

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So lets have a look at contents. This month sees a variety of products to cover pretty much most aspects of the summer. Hair care, skin care and makeup with tools… perfection.

Firstly lets take a look at the Spectrum Collection Fan Brush. his gorgeous brush works perfectly with the banana setting powder in the box! I personally love using mine for highlighter on my upper cheek bone. It glides over really nicely and is so super soft.

MONUspa Soothing Aftersun lotion contains a good dose of Aloe. Perfect for any aftersun. Everyone knows when you’re wearing aftersun as it has that after sun smell. This one smells a bit differently- in a good way. It also contains shea butter, vitamin E and calms sun burned skin. I will definitely be taking this on my travels.

I love Papanga Spiral Hair Bands so to receive 2 of these in my box I was super happy. They are a hair band which do not damage your hair. We all have those ties with excessive hair on them but these are super kind to your hair.

Bellapierre Cosmetics Banana Setting Powder- unfortunately this is not one I can review. I am actually allergic to bananas- weird I know, but I am not taking any chances.

Who doesn’t love a Cutebalsm Macaroon Tint Balm. This one is crushed cherry and smells lovely. You can also use it on your cheeks too. It is so nourishing and is going straight in my hand bag.

The Hello Summer box has got to be one of my favourite edits from Glossybox so far this year. The vibrant colours, the fantastic products, the curation… absolute perfection. Any one of these products can easily be used in your summer skincare/ makeup routine with amazing effects. The value for money has got to be up their with one of their highest boxes. The brush alone retails for £4.99 alone. My love of Spectrum brushes is just unsightly and I feel Glossybox are fueling my addiction even more now! I think this box is going to really hit with other bloggers and other skincare and makeup addicts also. I’ve got a feeling Glossybox are going to have a lot more subscribers by the end of the month.

If you would like to get your paws on this gorgeous box of goodies with a cheeky 50% off!!!!!!! Then simply click here and enter code ‘SUMMER’ at the checkout or for Ireland type ‘JULY’!

 

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