Friday, 1 July 2016

Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard




Title: Beautiful Broken Things 
Author:  Sara Barnard
Format:  Paperback
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Pages: 322

Blurb: I was brave
She was reckless
We were trouble


Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realises, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.




Wow. Just wow.

To be completely honest with you, I haven't been reading all that much recently. It's not that I fell out of love with books, that could never happen, but just with all the events that have been taking place in my life recently, I just haven't found as much time as I would like to read.

But now that exam season had calmed down, and my to read pile was higher than ever, I began my journey.

This book wasn't first on my list of books I wanted to read. In fact, soon after buying it, I thought I might hate it. But boy, was I wrong. Soon after reading the first few chapters, I was engrossed. I just couldn't put the book down, nor get enough of it.

I raced through it so fast, I think i left tiny tire tracks across my fingers. Or, at least a lot of paper cuts.

This book was too good to be true. It combated real issues we face in today's modern society, when it comes to friendships and family problems, all alongside with mental illness.  It was gripping and written in such a unique style that incorporated today's modern use of social media, when it comes to communicating.

I can honestly, hand on heart say, that this book was a true gem to read and I feel kinda blessed that I have had the chance to read it. Instantly, it has skyrocketed to becoming one of my all time favourite books. Something that can be quite hard to achieve. At least in my case.

If you haven't already, you should go read this book. It's a captivating story that will lead you through the twists and turns of the abnormality that can be teenage life, looking closely at the after effects of a modern tragedy that can affect young people in today's society.


Friday, 31 July 2015

Prom Night

Hey Guys,

So summer has begun. School is over. And for just over 6 glorious weeks, we all get the freedom of time away from school. Thank god. I know I've been waiting for this.

So I want to talk to you all about an event I got to experience this year, before I finished school, which was prom.

Prom was literally, an experience I will never forget and I am so glad I attended, despite all the stress of getting a dress before hand. And although, it might be a little late, I figure my experience is something that can be transferred to other formal events other than prom, so here is my run down to what was truly, a night to remember.


I'm going to say this now, especially for girls, start looking for your dress a few months in advance. It helps to know, also what sort of colour scheme you're looking for, but you can always try around and find something completely different to what you set out to find. In my case, I opted for a darker colour scheme, particularly the colour Navy. I must have tried on 50 dresses, before I found "the one," which I know sounds clich√©, but it was true. The minute I tried on my prom dress, I was in love. All the months, all the anxiety, led me to finding one amazing dress, which is literally, the best thing I now own.

One other thing I would suggest, before setting out to find your dress, is to have a set budget of how much you are not willing to go over. For some, it was no more than £50, others, up to £500, whichever the case you choose your own budget and don't let anyone sway you otherwise.

However, it's ok to not find your dress right away, or it's ok if you do. I spent two months searching for my perfect dress, including shopping days out and orders in from online. Eventually I find mine from the shop Coast, and very luckily, in the sale, saving me quite a bit.

Next, accessories. Now, I kept it plain and simple. I got a new pair of shoes and a purse, then wore my best necklace and earrings that matched my accessories colour, which was silver. Following my budget I kept both the shoes and purse under £20 each, and thanks to discounts and sales, I managed just that. Now in anyone else's case, feel free to go all out, or go as simple as possible. It's completely your choice. It's whatever expresses you best and whatever you feel the most comfortable with. Personally, I recommend going for the smaller heel size, so your feet don't hurt as you dance the night away.

Finally, although this sounds high and mighty, but I sincerely suggest monitoring your weight. In the last two weeks before my prom, I dieted like crazy, because I carelessly, didn't monitor my weight and accidently gained six pounds, meaning I couldn't fit into my dress. Luckily, I managed to lose the weight, in a crazy diet and exercise plan, but I can't help but feel that if I stayed on top of my weight before my prom, I wouldn't have this problem. Of course, I realise, this doesn't apply to everyone but I still think it helps to just watch, so you don't end up in a similar situation.

I chose to arrive at prom in my dad's car, but remember you always have the option to hire a car or arrive with your friends.

But the most important thing about prom, is to just have fun on the night. At the end of the day, it's not about the money spent and the amazing arrivals, it's about having a good time with your friend. Like any party, expect their to be drama, but know that it's the people you're with, not the stories that unfold. And best of all, it's a chance to say goodbye to the school that helped you start to find who you are. It's a chance to say goodbye to people you may never see again. It's a chance to remember where you've come from, and where you're going next.


Good Luck,

Molly xx

Friday, 20 March 2015

Tresemme Keratin 7 day Straigtening Line

Hey Guys,

So today, I wanted to finally post my review on the Tresemme Keratin 7 day Straightening shampoo, conditioner and heat activated treatment.

For the longest time I've had wavy hair, but I'm not the biggest fan of it as I've always wished I had long, straight hair. Although, naturally this is unobtainable for me, it didn't stop me and for years I've been straightening my dreaded waves. Unfortunately, now that I look back on it, this was the silliest thing I could do, especially since when I first started out I didn't use heat protectant. This has resulted in a lot of damage and split ends, which, thanks to my awesome hairdresser, I'm just starting to recover from. 3 years after I started straightening. My point is: Take care of your hair. You can find out more on how to this here and here!

Anyway, so I've been looking for a treatment that could help with keeping my hair straight without any damaging effects That's when I heard of this treatment plan. Originally, the treatment consists of a shampoo, a conditioner and a heat activated serum. The idea is the shampoo and conditioner are the support to the serum. You then use the serum once a week before blow-drying your hair, followed by straightening each individual section of your hair 3-4 times to lock in the treatment. Straight, thin hair is then meant to last for up to 4 washes, before you repeat the treatment.

Although, I found that the treatment did thin out my hair, the treatment for me, didn't even last through one wash. My hair went straight back to being wavy, which I found really annoying, because the promise on the bottle seemed to fail me.

However, I am just one hair type, so I also got my mum and my sister to contribute to using this treatment and gather their thoughts and opinions.

My sister has extremely tight, curly, blond hair. She used this product only for a week because she didn't see the point in continuing with it as straight hair didn't last more than one wash either.

My mum, on the other hand, has blond, short, straight-ish hair. She, like me is currently still using the treatment as it does to contribute to less hair damage when straightening. My mum tried this products in a variety of ways. For the first week, she washed her hair every other day whilst using the products. In her case, the treatment lasted for 1 wash, but after the 2nd, her straight hair disappeared. The next week, my mum then tried washing her hair once a week, due to a recommendation from our hairdresser. The treatment lasted less time than that. A disappointment on both our behalves.

In conclusion, I do still enjoy the products. I think the shampoo and conditioner have a good thinning effect on my hair and the serum helps to reduce the amount of heat damage, but I am disappointed with the lasting effect of the products that were promised. If you have thick hair, I would still recommend these products, as they do smell good and they do work to an extent, just not as long as you would hope.

If you have any other suggestions of straightening treatments or other products for me to review let me know.

Good Luck,


Molly xx


All Images were gathered from Google Images.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

My Guide to Shiny Hair: Part Two

Hey Guys,

Today I have some more tips for those of you looking that are looking to get shiny, sleek hair. If you haven't already seen the first part to this post, click here to read it.

So without further ado, here are my tips continued.



4) Shampoo onto dry hair.

Ok, this tip is a bit of weird one as normally you would rinse your hair with water before you start shampooing. Just as you should. But once a week or just if your hair is really dirty, I would recommend shampooing straight onto your dry hair and waiting two minutes before washing it out and then washing your hair normally.

Why? By doing this, you're actually helping to get more of the dirt out of your hair and to help the shampoo, on the second wash, really get into all the roots of your hair properly.


5) Condition only the lower part of your hair.

If you don't already do this, then you clearly don't read the directions on the shampoo bottles when you're bored.

Basically, the hair nearest the top of your head is still quite new and just growing in. Whereas, where your hair stops growing near the bottom of your head, those hairs are really old and chances are you've actually had them for years as they've been growing down.

So it's actually more beneficial for your hair if you condition this all round area instead of the top of your head.

Plus, if you do condition the top of your head, you'll find that your hair can become a lot more greasier, more persistently and no one wants that.


6) Hair Masks

Ok, this is less of a tip and more of a recipe.

Hair masks are initially designed to help repair damaged hair. And being the amazing person I am, I managed to find you guys a  recipe that also naturally glosses your hair as well. Naturally, you can buy one, but I prefer to make mine at home, simply because it's more cost efficient for me.


Ingredients:

- 5ml/1 teaspoon of Runny Honey
- A dash/ A few drops of Vinegar
- 50ml/ 3 tablespoons of Evaporated Milk

Step One: Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.

Step Two: Cover your hair from root to tip with the mixture.

Step Three: Wrap your hair in a warm towel for 20 minutes. This gives all the ingredients time to complete their jobs. As the milk helps to cleanse your hair, the honey helps to nourish your hair and the vinegar helps to add that glossy tone to your hair.

Step Four: Rinse your hair, making sure to remove all of the mixture.

Step Five: Brush your hair and then either leave it to dry naturally or use a hairdryer.



Okay, so that's all my tips for now. If you guys would like to see some more tips like this or have any questions, be sure to tweet me @bookgeekm

Good Luck,

Molly x

Sunday, 12 October 2014

My Guide to Shiny Hair: Part 1

Hi guys,

So, today I thought I would talk about some of the tips and tricks I use to help get shiny hair. However, I have quite a few so I'm splitting this up into a series for all you beautygeeks!


1) Water! Water! Water!


I know it's cliché, but drinking lots of water really does help you to get shiny hair. Not only is water good to wash out all the toxins in your body, but it helps to moisturise your hair as well!

I know it's hard to put down fizzy drinks (trust me, I struggle too) so just try to switch out 5-8 of your drinks in a day for a glass of water.


2) Don't wash your hair every single day!

And I know what you're going to say..."But my hair gets greasy if I don't wash it every day."

Ok, maybe it does. But, how long have you been washing it every day? A few months? A year? Maybe more?

If that's so, there's a good chance you have been stripping your hair of it's natural oils that prevents it from getting greasy. Also, washing your hair every day can makes the end of your hair very damaged and brittle.

My advice: Instead of washing it every day, wash it every other day. By doing this, you can train your hair to only need washing 3-4 times a week. Much better for your hair's health.

And before you start complaining that that doesn't get rid of the grease, use dry shampoo only if you really need it. Otherwise, put your hair up in a ponytail/bun until you next wash it.


3) Brush your hair at least twice a day.

I know this tip is just natural instinct for most of us, but believe me. There are people out there that only brush their hair once in the morning. Sometimes not even that.

So trust me when I say: BRUSH YOUR HAIR!

It is so important to do this. Especially before you have a bath or a shower as it helps to spread shampoo more easily/ evenly. I recommend the John Frieda straightening paddle brush for a sleek, shiny finish.

But try not to over-brush! As over-brushing can lead to damaging your hair, which is exactly what we're trying not to do!




With this in mind, your on the start of your journey to shiny, healthy, happy hair!

Good luck,

Molly x

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Welcome to Once Upon A Beauty Geek


Hi Everyone!

If you are reading this then:

WELCOME TO MY NEW BLOG!!


I am so excited to introduce to you all to my corner of the internet, where I will be talking with you all about beauty, make up, fashion, books and life in general. I have spent a long time preparing blog ideas and posts for my blog here and now I can welcome you all to the beginning of an adventure for  you and for me (if you wish to partake in it).

As of today, you can expect a new post every weekend either Saturday or Sunday, which I hope you will find enjoyable.

I also want to give you a bit of an insight as to who I am as a person, as I feel that any person who enjoys my blog and listening to me write about life and other stuff is a friend. So without further ado, here's an introduction to me.

Hi.

I'm Molly. Otherwise known as the creator of Once Upon A Beauty Geek.
I've started this blog as I feel it is a creative outlet and also an avid way I can explore other interests I may have, a.k.a. Beauty!

I am currently in Year 11, finishing my last year of GCSE's and I am really, REALLY trying to figure out what I want to be and what I want to do in my life, with barely a clue where to start. But, I am going to try my best to guide you, person reading this, through life by giving you tips and tricks as to what might help and what to avoid. I will also be posting beauty/make up/ book reviews as these are some of the things I really love.

I hope you all really like my blog. Feel free to visit anytime to read my upcoming wacky/weird but wonderful posts on stuff.

Molly x