Wednesday, 20 August 2014

bodhi & birch Camomile Sky & Siam Ginger Bath & Shower Therapy

As you'll know I received a mini size of Camomile Sky bath & shower therapy in my August Souk Souk Little Green Beauty Box.  I've put this straight in my travel bag for my next weekend away.

Elijah very kindly sent me a full size bottle* (200ml - £18) recently.  I'm loving the new pump bottle which is stylish, looks great beside my shower and is so much easier to use than the old style flip lids.

Camomile Sky is a totally intoxicating scent which is really special (it's my new favourite - I didn't think I'd find a shower gel I love more than Mint Thé!) Scented with Camomile, Hyacinth, Neroli, Bergamot, Geranium and soft honeyed Musk.  It calms and comforts leaving you feeling relaxed, contented and happy. 

In my Souk Souk box I also received 50ml of Siam Ginger Bath & Shower Therapy (formerly Galangal Spice). I used this last night in my bath (lots of foamy bubbles). This one is rather nice too!  It is lighter, sweeter and fresher than Galangal Spice and it contains gingery Galangal root, Cardamon and fresh Kaffir Lime Leaf. It revitalizes the body and mind.

I know I'll be stocking up on both of these in the future and also be buying for luxe gifts.  Have you tried either of these?  

What's your favourite bodhi & birch bath & shower therapy scent?

*PR sample

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Souk Souk August Beauty Box

My August Souk Souk Little Green Beauty Box landed on my mat yesterday. It is packed full of goodies. It is definitely one of my favourite boxes.

It contains the two new Bodhi & Birch Bath & Shower TherapiesCamomile Sky (review coming soon) which is an intoxicating blend of camomile, neroli, geranium and bergamot and Siam Ginger a light and sweet ginger scent with the freshness of Kaffir Lime Leaf.  Both of these are 50ml travel sizes and are worth £4.50 each.

Living Nature Kumerahou & Kelp Shampoo (10ml) and Manuka Honey Conditioner (10ml) - these are each worth £2. I'm a huge fan of this brand. Check out my review of the Nourishing Hand Cream here.  I'm looking forward to trying these out.

Hifas da Terra Micro Soap 150g worth £4.80 - this facial soap is made using reishi mushrooms! The variety I received also includes Propolis and Vanilla. It deeply cleanses the skin and is free from most chemical nasties. The bar can be divided into two. 

Box Bonus: 3 x 15g samples Linwoods Milled Seed Blend - chia seed, flax, sunflower, pumpkin, sesame seeds & goji berries and flaxseed, almonds brazil nuts, walnuts & Q10.

I think this is a great box.  What do you think?

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Schmidt's Natural Deodorant

I received a Schmidt's Deodorant* in July's Petit Vour* box in the scent Lavender+Sage which is a clean herbaceous scent. The lovely people at Schmidt's contacted me to see if I'd like to try the other scents.

A package of goodies arrived from Portland, USA and I've been testing them for a week or so now and I can honestly say they are amazing!

Schmidt's was founded in 2012 by Jaime Schmidt. She wanted to create a natural and chemical free deodorant. The products are crafted by hand with love.  Jaime personally develops each of the scents.  There are currently 5 available - Lavender+Sage, Bergamot+Lime, Ylang Ylang+Calendula, Cedarwood+Juniper and Fragrance Free.

The deodorants are really easy to use - scoop a small amount (pea size) and apply using your fingertips. All the scents are really lovely but my favourite is Bergamot+Lime for it's zesty and refreshing scent. 

A pot (56.7g) costs $9 (approx £5.39). You can buy here and get 15% off with code STOCKUPSUMMER.

The deodorant is 100% natural, aluminium, Propylene Glycol, Paraben and Phthalate free.  Packed full of good things for the skin the deodorants are made with Shea and Cocoa butters, Vitamin E, Hop extract and Essential oils.

They are one of my favourite products this year. Very effective and love the scents.  The smaller size pots are just perfect for travel, use on the go and to take to the gym.

Have you tried any Schmidt's deodorants?

*PR samples

Friday, 15 August 2014

Giveaway: Santaverde Beauty Gift Set

I'm really excited to share with you a fabulous giveaway in association with Santaverde. You can win a beautiful skincare gift set which is worth £62 and it contains Santaverde Medium Aloe Vera Cream 30ml and the very luxe Santaverde Extra Rich Beauty Elixir 30ml

Santaverde was founded by Sabine Beer in 1989. The previous year she'd been given a fresh aloe vera leaf by a neighbour in Spain and after applying the cool aloe vera gel to her skin fell in love with the results - the gel helped with dryness, inflammation and redness.

She and her one employee (at the time) planted 3000 baby aloe vera plants at the family finca in Andalusia. These crops are Certified Organic. The products are made from a concentrated formula of active ingredients from pure aloe vera juice along with plant oils and extracts.  Aloe Vera juice is used in the products instead of water. 

No chemicals, synthetic fragrances, colours, preservatives, mineral oils or parabens are used.  The company is against Animal Testing.  Products are Leaping Bunny approved and 100% Vegan.

Aloe Vera Medium Cream 30ml - a nourishing day and night cream which is suitable for normal, combination and sensitive skin types.  It calms, hydrates and restores the skin as well as helping with anti-ageing.  It contains pure Aloe Vera juice and plant oils from grape seeds and avocados which help with skin cell renewal, moisturises and balance the skin and help with elasticity and suppleness.  Apply after cleansing and toning AM and PM.

Extra Rich Beauty Elixir 30ml - a rich and luxurious 100% pure and certified organic seed oil which intensely nourishes and regenerates the skin.  Suitable for all skin types but especially dry, sensitive and mature skin types it smoothes, calms and strengthens the skin.  Use alone or add a couple of drops to your moisturiser.

The giveaway is open to UK residents only

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Thursday, 14 August 2014

The Beauty Bible with Latest in Beauty

I knew I wouldn't be able to resist The Beauty Bible Loves Box in association with Latest in Beauty. It is jam packed full of beauty goodies and costs £19.95 plus P&P. There are also various money off offers included.

One of the things which instantly caught my eye were the PitRok Deodorant Wipes (20 wipes) - these retail round about the £2 mark.  These are kind to your skin and don't contain any parabens, SLS, Silicone etc. I think they be handy for popping in your handbag for use on the go, for a weekend away, after the gym or to take to festivals.

I'm a huge Essential Care fan and love their Creamy Coconut Cleanser 30ml (currently on Special Offer at £4).  You can see my review here.

Rituals Miracle Scrub Ginseng & Ginkgo Biloba Ultra Softening Hand Scrub 75ml which retails at £11.50. I'm a huge fan of hand scrubs and looking forward to trying this out. It helps to leave the hands soft, smooth and nourished.

Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm 2ml sachet - I've heard mixed reviews about this cleansing balm. Looking forward to trying it out for myself.  Edit: I love this! Makes cleansing a real luxury ritual. Full size now firmly on the wishlist!

Crabtree & Evelyn Verbena & Lavender Hand Therapy 25g (£5) - a super moisturising cream which nourishes and conditions hands and nails. This smells simply gorgeous and absorbs instantly. Slightly herbaceous with a hint of verbena.  

Dr Organic Dead Sea Mineral Bio-Plasma Mud Mask 100ml (worth £7.99) - I love Dr Organic products and am looking forward to trying this oil regulating, detoxifying and anti-ageing mask. Know my T-zone is going to love it!

John Masters Organics Lavender Rosemary Shampoo 30ml & Citrus & Neroli Detangler 30ml - I love all the JMO haircare range and these are a great size for travel. They leave the hair shiny, healthy and manageable. Love!

And finally, a Bellapierre Volumising Mascara in Black 9ml (retails round about £13). Gives long lasting volumising lashes and is free from parabens.

Did you get this box?  What do you think of the contents?

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

A Closer Look: Shampoo & Conditioner

It's been a while since I've done one of these posts. These are my current Shampoos and rinse out Conditioners in my stash.

NHP Natural Haircare Programme Nourish Hair Bath 250ml* and Nourish Hair Mask 300ml* - these are really nice products.  See my review here. Ones I'd definitely consider buying.

The Body Deli Living Hair Sprouted Mineral Greens Shampoo* & Conditioner* both 8oz - simply love these and will definitely buy when I run out.  See my review here.

EVOLVh Ultra Shine Moisture Shampoo* & Conditioner* both 75ml - these came in June's Petit Vour Beauty Box*. A brand I hadn't heard of before. These are Vegan, Gluten and Paraben free.  Handy size for travel and try me. Love how shiny and smooth they leave my hair looking and feeling.

John Masters Organics Lavender & Rosemary Shampoo for Normal Hair 30ml - this came in July's Love Lula Beauty Box. Huge fan of this brand and enjoying using this shampoo - in fact I've love every hair product I've tried.

Holy Lama Shampoo & Conditioner both 30ml - these came in July's Souk Souk Beauty Box. I've still to try these.

Redken Nature's Rescue Refreshing Detox Shampoo 200ml - I love this shampoo for getting rid of styling product build up and use it once a week. See my review here.

Palmers Coconut Repairing Shampoo 400ml and Conditioner 250ml - deliciously coconut scented products. Love that the shampoo is bigger than the conditioner as I always tend to finish shampoo before conditioner. See my review here.

Have you used any of these?  What's your favourite Shampoo & Conditioner?

Here are the links to previous Closer Look posts:

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Love Me Beauty Box - August Edition Menu 3

My August Love Me Beauty Box* arrived yesterday. I chose Menu 3 this month.

I was excited to see a Cosmetics a la carte product in the box. I've used some of their skincare products in the past and really liked them.  The Smudge Proof Eyebrow Definer in Blonde is worth £23.  This is more of a brown shade so will suit me. I was a bit worried it was going to be really more for blondes.  You can use it for brows, as an eyeliner and for semi-permanent body art.

Mirabella Lip Luster Liner in Shy (£10.50) - this is a super moisturising lip liner which you can apply all over your lips before applying gloss. Perfect pinky shade which will go with a lot of my lipsticks if I don't wear it on its own. This is a brand I've not heard of before. The liner is lead and paraben free.

Oriflame Swedish Spa Beauty Wonder Oil 150ml (£8.45) - with a gorgeous ginger and floral scent the oil can be used for massage, as a body oil, in the bath or as a pre-shampoo treatment. This is super moisturising and I'm looking forward to using it.

The final item this month is a Mineral Eye Shadow in shade Lucky Penny from Marsk. This is a brand I've only heard of recently.  The eye shadow is full size and worth £14.49 and is a lovely coppery shade.  It is 100% natural and cruelty free. 

Did you get a box this month?  What are your thoughts on the contents?

*PR sample

Monday, 11 August 2014

Swell Advanced Volumizing Masque

I recently bought Swell's Advanced Volumizing Masque (50ml - £9) with an order from Naturisimo.

This is a once a week treatment which leaves the hair glossy, shiny, with added volume and makes hair more manageable.

Founders Jonathan Stallick (who founded Barefoot Botanicals) is an expert in designing and formulating products and Andrew Bidwell who is a top UK Hair Stylist and has worked with top brands.  He loves when women feel great about their hair.

The masque hydrates, repairs and volumises dry, tired and colour treated hair types.  A lightweight cream which smells gorgeous! Free from parabens, silicones, SLS and it contains a minimum of 97% natural ingredients.

After shampooing rub the product in the palms of your hand before applying to mid lengths and ends. Draw through to the roots with your fingertips before rinsing. Leave on for 5-10 minutes.

I've found my hair to be soft, shiny and healthy looking with reduced frizz. I'd buy it again as I was pleased with the results.  

Have you used this product?  What's your favourite intensive treatment?

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Free Ghost Eclipse EDT 3ml with Marie Claire Magazine

Marie Claire (September issue) is offering a free Ghost Eclipse EDT mini roll on (3ml) with the magazine this month. It is the perfect summer scent with notes of Bergamot, Lemon, Mandarin, Apple, Peach, Freesia, Lotus Flower, Rose, Amber and musk.

Also included inside is sachets of Garnier's Ultimate Blends Shampoo & Conditioner both 10ml.

Do you think you'll pick this up?

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Love Lula Beauty Box - August

My Love Lula beauty box arrived yesterday. It is a great value box this month - it contains 3 full size products!

Included is a full size bottle TanOrganic Certified Organic Self-Tanning Oil (100ml) which is worth £19.99! I'm not a self-tan fan but I may give this a go! It is aloe vera based and gives a natural shade.

The second full size item is a Hurraw! Lip Balm in Green Tea (4.3g) and worth £3.99. I'm a huge fan of these super moisturising balms and look forward to trying this one which has hints of jasmine as well as green tea flavours. 

The third full size item is EcoTools Eye-Shadow Brush worth £4.99 I love these brushes and I am happy to see something different in a beauty box.

Finally, there are a couple of sachets - John Masters Organics Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner 10ml (love this!) and Sophyto Total Protection Serum 2ml.

Did you get this box? What are your thoughts?

Friday, 8 August 2014

YOU Beauty Discovery Box - Summer Essentials - August

I resubscribed to YOU Beauty Discovery this month as I thought the choices were excellent. The box costs an incredible £6.95 including P&P.

I'd hoped to pick up the Gazelli Skincare duo as one of my items but they sold out really quickly.

I was pleased to pick Just Be Botanicals Hydrating Serum 10ml which is worth £14.50!  I'm a huge fan of Gail's products having reviewed Just Be Nourished Body Butter here, Just Be Radiant Botanical Blend Tea here and Just Be Tranquil Body & Massage Oil here.  I have also had the wonderful Just Be Anti-Ageing and Just Be Fresh Faced facials.

The serum hydrates, firms and improves elasticity. Scented with Orange Blossom (divine) it is a natural toner and balances the emotions.  Apply a couple of drops to cleansed skin AM and PM.  Looking forward to trying this.

The second item I chose was the Louise Galvin Masque 100ml - I've used the shampoo & conditioner before so looking forward to trying out the masque. It is free from SLS, PEGs, Parabens, Silicone, Petrochemicals, Polymers and Synthetic fragrances. It will leave the hair hydrated, shiny, full of body and nourished.

Extra Treats - Jimmy Choo EDP & new Jimmy Choo MAN sample vials. I'm a huge fan of the woman's scent so this will be ideal for popping in my handbag, a four way nail buffer and a sachet of FaceD 3-LURONICS Instant Effect Cream Serum.

What did you chose?

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Little Treats #4

See my little treats #3 here. These are the sample sizes I'm currently enjoying.

Balm Balm Mandarin Single Note EDP 12ml - a zingy and fruity scent which is perfect for summer.   Nourish Golden Glow Toning Body Shimmer 2ml sample* - this body lotion has shimmer in it and smells gorgeous - full size is now on the wishlist!  AMBRE Mango & Carrot Seed Concentrated Hand Cream 15ml - a super rich hand balm which smells fruity and spicy. A little goes a long way and it leaves the hands deeply moisturised - love this! Marble & Milkweed Nourishing Body Oil: Summer 7.4ml - deeply nourishing and scented with white flowers and spice.  TAY Rosehip Balancing Cleanser with Seabuckthorn sample pot* - a light cleanser which removes all make up and daily grime. Love the cute packaging too.

Have you used any of these?  What's your current favourite trial sizes?

*PR samples

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

bodhi & birch Lime Blossom Protecting Hand Serum

I first mentioned this fab hand serum in my Shopping my Stash #51 post back in May.  I've been using it a couple of months now and love it. I've always got a stash of hand creams lying about but this is the first serum I've tried.

An artisan product handmade with love, care and fantastic ingredients. The serum absorbs instantly leaving the hands deeply nourished, protected and smelling sweetly of zesty lime and citrus flowers.

You only need a drop to care for hands and cuticles (although I find I need two drops after being at the veggie plot) massaging it in for comforted and cared for hands.

Packed full of good things including Olive Squalane which is a great antioxidant, it protects the skin from free radical damage, is anti-ageing and helps with age spots.  Rosehip Oil contains 80% Essential Fatty Acids and Vitamins C, A & B which help with ageing skin.  Plum Kernal Oil is rich in oleic & linoleic acids, Vitamin E & B and Pro-Vitamin B5.  Safflower Seed Oil nourishes, smoothes and softens.  While Vitamin E helps to prevent premature ageing and smooth out wrinkles.  The essential oils of Lime and Green Mandarin are anti-bacterial, anti-viral and uplifting.

For best results use on damp skin massaging into nails and cuticles to nourish hands and strengthen nails.

This is one of my favourite bodhi & birch products (although I love them all!) I'm also looking forward to trying latest launch Camomile Sky Bath & Shower Therapy which is calming and relaxing. It contains a blend of Camomile, Hyacinth, Geranium, Neroli, Bergamot and soft honeyed musk - I think it sounds gorgeous!  

What's your favourite bodhi & birch product?

*PR sample

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Kate Heiss Stationery: Notebooks & Notecards

I'm a huge fan of pretty stationery and came across Kate Heiss's beautiful work via twitter. She studied at the Royal College of Art graduating with an MA in Textile Design in 1997. 

Before setting up her own printmaking studio she worked as a Textile Designer across a wide range of fashion brands. She also makes gorgeous giftwrap in association with I may just be placing an order and soon!

She loves florals, geometric patterns, bold colours and the natural landscapes of Spain and Norfolk. She works in a variety of techniques including Linocut, Chine Collé, Collagraph, Screenprint and Collage. You can see all her work here.  The Linocut & Screen Prints are gorgeous!  They come mounted and unframed.

Two A5 Notebooks unlined "Norfolk Walks" Hellebore - I love these super pretty notebooks.  They each contain 40 pages and cost £6 for 2.  I'm going to enjoy writing notes and blog posts up in these.  See more information here.

I also bought a set of 8 notecards with envelopes. There are two of each design and these cost £10.


See Kate's website here & follow on Twitter  

Monday, 4 August 2014

Melvita Organic Rose Beauty Mist

I was shopping at Feel Unique and spotted Melvita's new Organic Rose Beauty Mist (50ml) at the bargain price of £7.00 (normally a tenner) and it just found it's way into my shopping bag!

The mist has a lovely rosey scent.  It calms, hydrates, refreshes and cools the skin.  Ideal for hot summer days, carry it with you and spritz your skin on the go.  It is also great to use for setting make up.

Have you tried this? Do you use any facial mists?

Sunday, 3 August 2014


I picked up this MALIN+GOETZ Travel Set with last month's Elle magazine which is worth £10 (you can still pick it up but hurry as the latest monthly mags will be instore any day now).

MALIN+GOETZ was founded in March 2004 by Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz. Their flagship apothecary is in New York's Chelsea neighbourhood. They also sell on the web and products are available in Barneys, Fred Segal, Liberty and SpaceNK.

Matthew and Andrew formulate and develop each product with trusted chemists.  There is no animal testing and all products are made in the USA.

Included in the set is:

Grapefruit Facial Cleanser (10ml) - this refreshing cleanser is scented with grapefruit. It lathers up well and removes all make up and daily grime.  A best seller it is suitable for all skin types.  Apply a small amount to wet skin, lather and rinse.  Leaves the skin feeling clean, refreshed and soft.

Vitamin E Face Moisturizer (10ml) - a light lotion which absorbs quickly leaving the skin lightly hydrated.  This is oil free and suitable for all skin types and perfect for use in the summertime.

Lip Moisturizer (5ml) - a fragrance free gel which hydrates, restores and replenishes dry lips. Leaves the lips shiny. Apply as needed.

I've been really impressed with the performance of these products and I'd buy full sizes.  Have you used any MALIN+GOETZ products before?

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Love Lula Beauty Box - July

I recently decided to re-sub to the Love Lula Beauty Box. I think the July box is great - packed full of useful items (the Cowshed sachets are heading straight to my travel bag for my next trip away). The box costs £12.50 each month including P&P - see more details here.

Cowshed Body Lotions & Shower Gels - 7 x 10ml sachets - I love getting decent sized samples like these in beauty boxes. Features a whole range of cowshed scents.

John Masters Organics Lavender & Rosemary Shampoo for normal hair 30ml & Citrus & Neroli Detangler 30ml - huge John Masters fan and love both of these.

Nourish Golden Glow Illuminating Face Shimmer 2ml - I currently use this product and love it. See my review here*.

And finally, Mychelle Fabulous Eye Cream 15ml which retails at £19! I've not really tried much from this brand so looking forward to testing it out. It nourishes the eye area and minimises fine lines and wrinkles.

A great box and love that I will use everything.  Did you get July's box?

Friday, 1 August 2014

Shopping My Stash #55

Here's what I've been using this week -

Organic Surge Sweet Blossom Body Cream (150ml)* - a deliciously light body cream which absorbs easily into the skin leaving it feeling comfortable and moisturised.  Scented with Sweet Orange & Cedarwood Essential Oils.  It is stuffed full of good things for the skin such as Aloe Vera, Shea and Cocoa Butters. Ideal to use as aftersun. A really gorgeous product (and currently in the Summer sale!)

Fresh Sugar Tulip Tinted Lip Treatment SPF15 (4.3g) - a friend at work very kindly picked this up for me when in London recently. I'm a huge fan of the Fresh Lip Treatments - see my review here. This one is the latest launch and gives the lips a sheer hot pink wash of colour. Love!

Pelle Beauty Luxe Beauty Oil (sample)* - this deliciously scented oil came in July's Petit Vour Beauty Box*.  A super luxe oil which contains Cucumber, Meadowfoam, Jasmine & Neroli Essential Oils and it is rich in Omega 3, Essential Fatty Acids and Vitamin E. A lightweight oil which refines, restores, nourishes and revitalises the skin.  It is Vegan and free from all chemicals. Use AM/PM after cleansing massaging a few drops into the skin.

Marble & Milkweed Rose & Tulsi Facial Spritz (10ml) - a light and refreshing mist which smells beautiful.  Use after cleansing or to spritz the skin throughout the day. Calms and nourishes the skin.

What have you been reaching for this week?

*PR samples

Thursday, 31 July 2014

July Books

Well I've excelled myself this month and read a whole series! I seem to be racing through books on the kindle.  Here's what I've been reading -

Behind a Closed Door by Mel Sherratt (The Estate #2) - the second book mainly features Josie Mellor, the local Housing Officer. It follows the story of some of her tenants and the troubles in her own life.  A great read.

Fighting for Survival by Mel Sherratt (The Estate #3) - Caren Williams finds herself back on the estate and finds herself and her husband living across from her old enemy Gina Bradley. The story features some of the other residents of Stanley Avenue - Ruth Millington who is struggling to bring up her boys and with life, the twins Rachel & Claire and Gina's nosy mother.  Some characters really turn their lives and personalities round. Some sad moments too. A real page turner.

Taunting the Dead by Mel Sherratt - Steph Ryder was on a night out when she was attacked. They say 9 out of 10 murders are committed by someone the person knows.  DS Allie Shenton decides to begin her investigation close to home.  A great read with interesting characters and lots of twists and turns.

Sleep Tight by Rachel Abbott - this book had me on the edge of my seat! Olivia Brooks calls the police when her husband and children are missing. She fears the worst as it is not the first tragedy which has touched her life.  DCI Tom Douglas is called to investigate.  Her husband is found and arrives back with the children saying it was all a misunderstanding. Two years later Olivia disappears with the children although evidence suggests she was at home. Her car is in the garage, her purse in her handbag and everything seems normal... 

Broken Dolls by James Carol - super spooky read.  This is the first book in the Jefferson Winter series.  Ex FBI star profiler Jefferson Winter is haunted by his serial killer father.  He is called to London by DI Mark Hatcher to help to crack the case of a sadistic serial killer.  His victims are young women who he tortures and lobotomises but doesn't kill leaving them unable to live normal lives.  Another woman goes missing and the race is on to find her. An unputdownable creepy read.

I have also read the whole Dividing Line series 1-6 by Heather Atkinson. 

I totally loved the series. It features gangster families the McGuires and the Laws.  Great characters and storylines. If you like Martina Cole you'll love this series.  

Book #1 Dividing Line is about the families at war and the wedding of Rachel to Danny McGuire.  Book #2 Divided Loyalties Rachel and Danny are at the top of their game working in conjunction with old enemies the Laws. Disaster is round the corner and Rachel is all out to get revenge. 

In Book #3 A Family Divided Rachel and husband Ryan Law with their children are trying to turn their back on their criminal pasts by setting up legitimate businesses. But they need to turn to crime once again to help family ties. 

Book #4 Fractured a tragic death brings them back to Manchester and to a volatile Alex McGuire who is blaming everything that's gone wrong on Rachel Law.  Rachel is kidnapped and Ryan does everything possible to defend his family.  

In book #5 Shattered Alex plots to kill his enemies once and for all. Book #6 - Aftermath sees Ryan's two half sisters turn up and turn their lives upside down again. Katia (Alex's ex-Mistress) who is violently grieving for Alex gives birth to two boys Alex and Daniel.

Dividing Lines Origins by Heather Atkinson - this features the main characters in the series pre-Dividing Line.  You get to know more about each character, their personalities and incidents which moulded them into people they have become (Ryan Law, Rachel Thomas, Mikey McGuire, Jules Parker, Battler & Bruiser, Frankie McVey, Riley Cutter, Estelle Law and Frank & Martina McGuire).  It is a great read.  Heather is currently writing #7 - can't wait!

Closing in by Susan Fortin - this follows Ellen who has left everything behind. She moves to Dorset becoming a nanny to a Criminal Psychologist's child. Strange things begin to happen and Ellen wonders if her past is catching up with her. Easy reading and slightly creepy.

My final book this month is The Unthinkable who Survives when Disaster Strikes and Why by Amanda Ripley.  This book is full of real life disasters and how those who survived them reacted and coped.  It focuses on the psychology of the human mind in stressful situations. Amanda talked to phychologists, risk analysts and survivors.  One story which stood out for me was of Rick Rescorla, Head of Security at Morgan Stanley who saved so many lives on 9/11. He made sure as many staff members as possible made it out the building.  Sadly he lost his life saving others.  The book helps you to be more aware and to help you make better decisions if you are ever in a disaster situation.  A thought provoking read.

What have you been reading this month?

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Inner Me: Daily 4 Me - The Hectic Years 30+

I received these Inner Me supplements in the Latest in Beauty Hip & Healthy Summer Glow Box*. They were the first thing which caught my eye when I opened the box.  Included is a month's supply which I started taking on Monday (4 tablets a day, in a handy daily strip) - so I'll report back as to what I think when I've finished the course.

Included is:
Multi-Vitamin & Mineral Tablet
High Strength Omega3 Capsule
Lactospore 15 Billion Complex
Co Enzyme Q10 Capsule

You can sign up to a monthly subscription which costs £21/per month. See more info here or buy a one-off box at £30.

I'll let you know how I get on and my final thoughts in a month. Do you take any supplements?

*PR sample