The Ocean at the End of the Lane : Book Review

Saturday, 26 April 2014

'This is what he remembers, as he sits by the ocean at the end of the lane: 
A dead man on the back seat of the car, and warm milk at the farmhouse; 
An ancient little girl, and an old woman who saw the moon being made; 
A beautiful housekeeper with a monstrous smile; 
And dark forces woken that were best left undisturbed.'  

No words. I have no words. Nope. 

Neil Gaiman you brilliant man you. This book is everything an adult fairy tale should be. After reading Gone Girl this book was like a warm hug but also has possibly two of the most terrifying villains I have ever staying awake thinking about. This book begins with a middle aged man returning to his hometown for a funeral which by a strange coincidence, then finds himself driving to the farm of his childhood friend. However this farm is different as it has an ocean in the back garden disguised as a lily pond. Oh yeah. The man then starts to remember his time living on the lane and the strange and magical events that happened there.  

This book flips from the utterly magical and wonderful to the ever so slightly disturbing. For example, as previously mentioned the villains are utterly terrifying. The demon like creature trapped in the body of a beautiful housekeeper is scary enough but the fact this is seen through the eyes of a seven year old boy means that things he sees and does not necessarily pick up on are ten times more disturbing for an adult reader. The other monster is too traumatic to talk about, like there is something under your bed traumatic. 

However this book is very refreshing. It feels like Gaiman is not trying to be overly clever with the plot or feels like the story needed to be extensively developed. Instead he expertly uses his descriptive language to create this world at the end of the lane that could exist naturally or just in the imagination of a seven year old child. Regardless, I am in love with this book it is flawless.  

The next book I will be reading is ... 'A Long Way Down' by Nick Hornby.

Barry M 'Gelly' Nail Polishes : Review

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

I made a small purchase a couple of weeks ago, intent on buying one beige nail polish and somehow I managed to come away with three vibrant polishes... I will add it was three for two so in some ways it would have been rude not too. I was tempted by these three shades having loved Barry M nail polish for a long time but also by the new 'Gelly' range which supposedly due to its gel-based formula are meant to be shinier and last longer than standard nail polishes. Which as all girls know is a tall order as most nail polishes chip before you even leave the house, however I really love this range!  
After testing all three throughout the day they stay chip-free with only one coat of polish and without even applying a top coat. The polish does not fade throughout wear, which is brilliant as the colours are perfect for spring! They are also a great price coming in at £3.99 each which is a lot cheaper than cult brands such as Essie or Butter London and definitely less than a professional gel manicure. I would definitely recommend this line of polishes as they are brilliant quality and are a life-saver for manicures on the go. The only problem is that I now want all the colours. Help. 

Gone Girl : Book Review

Friday, 18 April 2014

'Who are you? What have we done to each other? These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears'  

Firstly can I just WOAH and also HOW but mostly WOAH. This book really keeps you from doing anything else productive with your day as it was impossible to stop reading, and even when you finally decide that you really do have to move now as your bath is stone cold or you do actually have to get out of your pajamas today, you still are imagining what you would say if you were thrown into a police interrogation or opened the door to relentless paparazzi.

I picked this book up by chance that there seemed to be quite a few copies on the Waterstones shelf and that usually means that it is either written by John Green or is worth a read. The book is written alternatively by a husband and wife with each chapter changing from the husband's present day to the wife's previously written diary. Gillian Flynn is notorious for her plots taking sudden twists and 'Gone Girl' is no exception. Without giving too much away, the book has one of the most jaw dropping twists I have ever read and judging by many reviews, a lot of people felt the same way. I found it equally chilling and captivating as I tried to unwind the clue's to Amy's disappearance, as like the characters in the novel, I too was running out of time or pages to find out what happened to Nick's beloved wife, which for the most part made me feel that I was definitely going to be abducted before finishing the book. However the expertly written plot and razor sharp characters meant this book becomes so believable when read that it is easy to see why critics are raving about this book.

My personal favorite aspect of the book is the few sharp lines expertly inserted at the end of a few chapters that make your gut drop as your perception of a character is utterly shattered in a few short words. I did thoroughly enjoy this book as one of the most engaging I have read however the ending I feel, felt not as well thought out as the rest of the intricately woven plot. But I would thoroughly recommend looking for a book to captivate and excite them.

HOW EXCITING... according to a very relaiable source *cough* Youtube *cough* Gone Girl is being captured on the silver screen staring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike released October 2014.

The next book I will be reading is ... 'The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman 

Outfit of the Sunny Day..

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

 To try to make myself less envious of the A-Listers gracing California this week *cough* Coachella *cough* I decided to put together my own Coachella inspired outfit to enjoy the sun in... 

Top, Skirt, Jacket, Sunglasses : All H&M  Hat : Warehouse  Necklace : Primark  Boots : New Look

Lush ... Bubble Bar, Bath Ballistic & Dark Angel

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

After a long time avoiding Lush as that one shop that you can smell before you see, I decided to brave it and after some recommendations...try some products.  
This 'bubble bar' caught my eye as being very cute and after a through inspection I concluded it smells exactly like a fresh punnet of strawberries. The directions state that you should 'crumble under the tap' to create the bubbles. I really prefer this to a bubble bath liquid, which seems to take a lot of product to get any movie-style overflowing bubbles. However the bubble bar creates a bath full of berry bubbles with only half the bar, turning the water immediately dusty pink and leaving you smelling of summer. 
This is my favorite bath ballistic by far in the lush range, it may also be the plainest. It however smells like cocoa butter and although does not create bubbles does fizz in the bath and leaves your skin silky smooth and relaxed. Being one of the less fussy and less fragrant bath products, I feel that it actually does my skin good without feeling too harsh or oily. I have stocked up on these and continue to buy them for myself as well as friends and family as a relaxing treat. 

Whilst in Lush I also inquired about the 'Dark Angel' face cleanser, the ever helpful store assistant offered me two sample pots as to try it out. It is possibly the most terrifying thing I have ever cleansed my face with as it is charcoal black, however I intend to test it thoroughly and will report back on the results.