4 Books On My Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List
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Summer is a time for all students to relax and unwind from the past school year and slowly prepare for the new term ahead. While I'm ditching the text books, I love to pick up a novel or two during my time off and try to relax and unwind, especially of an evening. Lately, I have been really into reading books and I keep seeing recommendations of ones online, buying them and then rushing my current book in order to start on the next one!
I thought I would share with you my current book list as I love reading other people's book posts.

Michael McIntyre Life and Laughing

Back cover synopsis:

Michael McIntyre is Britain's biggest comedy star. He has released two record-breaking DVDs, Live and Laughing and Hello Wembley; hosts his own BAFTA-nominated BBC1 series, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow; and has picked up British Comedy Awards for Best Live Stand-Up and Best Male TV Comic. Last year he became the youngest ever host of the Royal Variety Performance, and now in 2011 he takes the hot seat as a judge in the hit ITV show Britain's Got Talent.

Michael reveals all in his remarkably honest and hilarious autobiography. His showbiz roots, his appalling attempts to attract the opposite sex, his fish-out-of-water move from public to state school and his astonishing journey from selling just one ticket at the Edinburgh Festival to selling half a million tickets on his last tour. Michael McIntyre's Life and Laughing is riveting, poignant, romantic and above all very, very funny.


 I've actually already started reading this book! I'm 33 pages in to be exact. It's safe to say he's as funny on stage as he is through words on a page. I absolutely love Michael McIntyre, so much so that I am going to see him live in his 'Big World Tour' next April. I bought this book from Amazon because I am really interested in reading his autobiography and hearing all about his life and how he began his career, because I'm nosey like that.

The Girlfriend

Back cover synopsis:
Laura has it all. A successful career, a long marriage to a rich husband, and a twenty-three year-old son, Daniel, who is kind, handsome, and talented. Then Daniel meets Cherry. Cherry is young, beautiful and smart but she hasn't had the same opportunities as Daniel. And she wants Laura's life.
Cherry comes to the family wide-eyed and wants to be welcomed with open arms, but Laura suspects she's not all that she seems. When tragedy strikes, an unforgiveable lie is told. It is an act of desperation, but the fall-out will change their lives forever.


I can't remember who it was but I saw someone on Twitter raving about this book and as soon as I saw it was a 'psychological thriller', I knew I had to get my hands on it. As a Psychology undergraduate, I love reading and learning about all things to do with the mind and I also am a sucker for a good thriller, especially within a novel as I find that I can become really hooked and gripped on the storyline. I really recommend reading (or watching if you prefer!) 'Gone Girl' and 'Girl On A Train'. Both of those books had me gripped so much so that I struggled to put the book down! I'm really interested in finding out what this book is all about as it sounds very intriguing and different to any other book I have read before.

The Missing

Back cover synopsis:

When fifteen-year-old Billy Wilkinson goes missing in the middle of the night, his mother, Claire, is distraught, blaming herself. She's not the only one. There isn't a single member of Billy's family that doesn't feel guilty.

 But the Wilkinsons are so used to keeping secrets from one another that it isn't until six months later, after an appeal for information goes horribly wrong, that the truth begins to surface. Claire is sure of two things – that Billy is still alive and that her friends and family had nothing to do with his disappearance.


Like 'The Girlfriend', this novel seems like another one that I will struggle to put down. At this rate, I have no idea which book I should start first, as they both sound just as captivating. The synopsis itself has already grabbed me so hopefully the book itself will be just as interesting. I love a good mystery, especially in a novel.

The Girl Boss

Back cover synopsis:

In the space of ten years, Sophia Amoruso has gone from high-school dropout to founder of two companies: Nasty Gal and the #GIRLBOSS Foundation.
 Sophia's never been a typical CEO or a typical anything, and she's written #GIRLBOSS for other girls like her: outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success.
 Filled with brazen wake-up calls, cunning and frank observations, and behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Gal's early days, #GIRLBOSS proves that success doesn't come from where you went to college; success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow and which to break.


I've actually been told that every blogger should read this book. I'm not sure why. I guess I'll have to come back to you on that one when I've done what I'm told and actually read it. Even without reading this book, I'm already happy that I have purchased it, purely for the flat lays. From the synopsis, this book sounds like one of those 'feel good' books, that leave you feeling inspired and motivated to be successful. I definitely want to read this before I go back to Uni in September and start my third year of my degree so that I can go back and hopefully feel like a #GIRLBOSS!
If you've read any of these books I'd love to know (without any spoilers please). Also, let me know what books are on your reading list!
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The Ultimate Autumnal Eyeshadow Palette

Morphe Fall Into The Frost 35F Palette
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Around this time last year I bought my first ever Morphe palette/product, which was the Morphe 35O palette. I had heard so many good things about that palette and it looked absolutely beautiful and I most certainly was not disappointed! I use that palette near enough every day when I wear makeup and somehow it's still going strong so I thought it was about time that I tried out another one of Morphe's palettes as they are so useful containing 35 shadows in each palette. I decided to go for the 'Fall Into The Frost 35F' palette as the colours looked right up my street, as I love using warm, cranberry shades.
The palette contains a collection of 35 shadows, 28 of which are shimmer shades and 7 are warm-toned matte shades, which are situated on the bottom row. This palette contains very good mid tone browns, earth tones, champagne tones and in particular, berry tones which I love as it means in only one palette, I can create a lot of versatile eye-makeup looks. I love the cranberry, plum shades in this palette as I think they will be perfect for Autumn! With the name of this palette being 'Fall Into The Frost', it is clear that this eyeshadow palette was in fact inspired for the Autumn/Winter season so I can definitely see this being my go-to eyeshadow palette for those seasons.
I bought this palette from BeautyBay.com and I was extremely impressed with the packaging that it came in, so much so that I videoed myself unboxing it on my Instagram story (VLBeautyx- *shameless plug!*). It came in a large cardboard box surrounded by bubble wrap for protection, and was slotted inside the usual Morphe black card packaging, with their logo on the front of it. Although the palette itself is simple and plastic and maybe appear to be cheap, for £22 for 35 colours I don't think you can expect too much. Plus, being plastic makes this palette extremely thin and travel friendly!
I have swatched all of the shadows for you, starting from the top row to the bottom row and going from left to right. When doing so, I felt like all of the shadows were extremely pigmented and buttery. The shimmer shadows caught my eye immediately as they have a lovely foiled finish and intense colour pay-off. I didn't even need a base or primer for the shadows, they are extremely pigmented just on their own! The matte shadows are very creamy and blend effortlessly but I am slightly disappointed with the matte black. When I was swatching it, unlike all the other shadows, it took me a few swipes to achieve a strong pigmentation and when applied onto the lid directly, this isn't the most pigmented of black shades that I own, but in saying that, it isn't the worst either!
Morphe Fall Into The Frost 35F Palette
Top Row
Morphe Fall Into The Frost 35F Palette
2nd Row
Morphe Fall Into The Frost 35F Palette
3rd Row

Morphe Fall Into The Frost 35F Palette
4th Row
Morphe Fall Into The Frost 35F Palette
5th and final row (matte shades)
 I love how this palette also contains a few transition shades (first couple on the bottom row from the left in the palette and first 3 from the left on my arm) so that you have everything that you need to create lots of different looks.

Morphe Fall Into The Frost 35F Palette

Overall, this palette is a huge success for me and in comparison to my Morphe 350 palette, this one is definitely more versatile in terms of shades. I hope this review was interesting and/or it helped you!
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Summer Inspired Night-Out Makeup

Hi everyone!

I did this makeup look for a night out and I thought it was especially perfect for summer. I wore it with a pink and white dress so I went with very pretty, light colours for a change. I thought I would share how I achieved this makeup look with you today. Hopefully I described it all well enough for you to follow if you wish to, but if you do have any questions then don't hesitate to contact me! My twitter handle is @VLBeautyx

Products used in order:

·        Prep face using MAC Prep + Prime
·   Benefit Porefessional Primer
·        Morphe 350 Palette:
-       Top row, 3rd shade in from the left for inner corner highlight.
-2nd row, 7th shade in in from the left for transition shade (burnt orange shade).BLEND
      -3rd row, 6th shade in in from the left for all over the lid.
        -4th row, 6th shade in in from the left for outer V. BLEND
 (or the Naked 3 palette would be perfect for this too if you have that instead!)

·        Soap & Glory Super Cat eyeliner
        (clean up eye shadow with a makeup wipe)
·      Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 52 Vanilla (blended in using a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge)
·        Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair 1 on blemishes
·        Maybelline Age Rewind Concelear in Light underneath my eyes
·        Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
·        Benefit Hoola Bronzer
·        No7 blusher in Coral Flush
·        MAC Fluidline Gelcreme in Deep Dark Brunette on eyebrows (review)
·        Maybelline Brow Drama- brush through eyebrows to set in place
·        Benefit They're Real mascara
·        New Look Pure Colour Lashes using Duo Waterproof eyelash glue
·       No7 Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes eye pencil in black- in tight line and waterline
·        Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Pink Quartz (review)- on brow bone, check bones, cupids bow and nose
·        Essence Lip Liner in 06 Satin Mauve
·        MAC Lipstick in Brave
·        Rimmel #Insta Fix & Go Setting Spray

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Playlist | June

June Music Playlist
Hey everyone!
Very coincidently I actually did this same post last year including some of the songs I was loving last year throughout the month of June (see here), and funnily enough without realising I had the idea of doing this sort of post again, a year later for the exact same month! Hopefully, I will start to do these more often and not annually!
Ariana Grande- One Last Time
Miley Cyrus- Malibu
Ingrid Michaelson- Light Me Up
David Guetta ft Justin Bieber- 2U
Martin Garrix & Troye Sivan- There For You
Selena Gomez- Bad Liar
DJ Khaled- I'm The One
Charlie Puth- Attention
Martin Solveig- Places
Noah Cyrus- Stay Together

Let me know your favourite songs from the month of June in the comments below!
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A Little Trip Away | Dorset

Lyme Regis Beach Huts

After a year full of assignments and exams equalling to toxic amounts of stress, there's no better way to unwind and detox than to drive across the country and head to the seaside.
Last year, my family and I did the same and headed to Newquay for a long weekend and because we all loved it so much, we decided to do the same this year but to head to another part of South England: South Devon. I think what's so inviting about the South of England, coming from the North, is that you feel as though you are in the middle of nowhere and it's quite refreshing to take a break away from the world and spend some quality time with loved ones. Even the five hour drive was well worth it.

The next sentence isn't for the faint hearted so be warned. To make the most of the weekend, we all woke up at 5AM on the Friday morning! Trust me, it wasn't my idea, but it actually proved out to work as we managed to miss the rush hour traffic and arrive in Axminister, South Devon, at around 11am which gave us another whole day to explore. We weren't allowed in our lodge until 4pm so we headed down to 'Lyme Regis', parked the car, and stayed there for the day. We had some lunch and sat on the beach and soaked in the beautiful sunshine. The sea was so clear and there was a wide range of eateries surrounding it. The sea air masked the intense heat of the sun and without being aware until we got home, we all got stupidly sunburnt ! Trust me to be wearing a t-shirt and end up with t-shirt tan-lines which made me look like a drumstick lollipop!

Lyme Regis


All eight of us stayed together in a lodge at Hawkchurch resort and spa in Axminister. This place was absolutely beautiful! There were multiple bathrooms and to our delight, each room had a flat screen Samsung TV. There was a bar and restaurant, gym, hydrotherapy pool, sauna and steam room on site, so we all made full use of the facilities. The lodges themselves were spacious and we didn't feel overlooked by anyone which was nice. Every lodge came with its own car parking space which was highly appreciated! The vibe of the complex was very peaceful and we all felt very safe there, which added to the relaxation of the trip.

Hawkchurch resort and spa in Axminister

Hawkchurch resort and spa in Axminister
Hawkchurch resort and spa in Axminister

The next day we headed to West Bay, which is where the ITV drama 'Broadchurch' was filmed. As a lover of the programme, I was thrilled to be able to see the infamous cliff edge and all the surrounding settings the were shown on the show. It is also the perfect spot to see the breath-taking Jurassic Coast. The town itself was lovely, with a harbour right in the centre of it surrounded by huts selling fish and chips and ice-creams.
West Bay


West Bay
West Bay

Another highlight of the weekend was heading to a seaside town called 'Torquay', which was about an hour away from where we were staying. The beach we were on was so beautiful and I especially loved the sand art that was created there. We strolled down the harbour and popped into the various shops and visited the marina. My favourite part of this day was having a BBQ on the beach. The sun was so warm that if I closed my eyes, I could have been abroad. I felt like this all weekend, as I wore shorts and a t-shirt all weekend!


Torquay Sand Art

It was lovely trip away and I fully enjoyed every moment of it. It was so fun yet relaxing. With it being the second year on the run of visiting the South of England, perhaps this is the start of a new tradition for my family, so please let me know where else we should be exploring down there!
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