Wednesday, 31 July 2019

The Nightmares Truth

Ok, so you may be thinking this post is a little strange, and you may even think that a book review is somewhat straying away from my usual style of posts. You would be absolutely correct of course, and I’ll admit it’s not really in keeping with my usual beauty and lifestyle posts, but in this case I decided to make an exception. For very good reason. This particular book was written by a friend of mine, whom I used to work with. We sat next to each other for a long time, worked in the same team, and got on really well.  Even all those years ago, I distinctly recall him talking about his writing and his goal to publish his own book in the future. All these years later, from hard work and determination, he’s finally achieved his dream and done it!
For a start, this is a pretty incredible achievement that only goes to prove that if you keep pushing, keep working, and keep your eye on the goal ahead of you, you really can accomplish some pretty amazing things. 
Now, much to my frustration at the time, Luke didn’t disclose too much about the story he was writing. He shared teeny tiny snippets of information, but decided to hold the suspense until it was absolutely perfect, and ready to be let out into the world. So you can imagine how excited I was when the release date was shared and I could finally get my hands on a copy of my own!
So, I think I’ve probably babbled on enough about why I have the book in the first place, now I should probably tell you a little about it right? Right!
From the very moment you turn to the first page, you are instantly transported into an epic battle of Gladiators, Spartans and Barbarians. Even by the first few paragraphs, the language and imagery had me captivated. I’m a Legionnaires, and I love when broad vocabulary is used, especially in books. You can’t help but feel totally immersed,  right up until the battle is rudely interrupted by the stories central character, Tyler Onorare, otherwise known as Ty, awaking from his dream. 
The tempo only increases from here on out. With a classic overarching story line of good against evil but with many twists, turns and side plots that eliminate the usual predictability you’d typically find in this kind of genre. Not that you can really peg this book down to a singular genre, as it encompasses many, from horror, fantasy, mythology, suspense and history, to name but a few.
I actually took a while to get round to reading this, as I was already in the process of reading another book, that I didn’t get through particularly quickly. When I did finally pick it up however, I couldn’t put it down and got through the whole thing in as little as three sittings, which is quite unheard of for me. The story has a way of sucking you in, as you quickly get to know each of the characters in such great detail it’s almost as if you know them personally. Their personalities, their quirks and their dialog is extremely well written. When getting to the end of each chapter, I was so enthralled in the story that I just couldn’t help moving straight to the next one.
The purchase of The Nightmares Truth was primarily to support a friend, but I’m really glad I got it, and really enjoyed reading it, to the point that I've now read it twice! This book is available on Amazon, so for those of you out there who are searching for your next read, I’d highly recommend picking this one up!


Monday, 15 July 2019

Tropic Nail Nectar

During my little adventure to the Norwich Vegan and Yoga festival a few months ago, I came across many beautiful vegan and cruelty free brands. One of those brands, with whom I’m very familiar was Tropic. In fact, I actually used to work for them as an ambassador all the way back in 2014, but stopped when my day job had me working in London more frequently leaving my calendar totally unpredictable. 
For those of you who haven’t come across or heard of them before, Tropic are a cruelty free brand, focused on providing fresh products derived from natural and ethically sourced ingredients. All of their products are Vegan and none are tested on animals. Having once worked for them, there was a time when owned almost all of their products and so can absolutely testify their high quality and proven results.
One product I hadn’t tried before however, was the Nail Nectar. This is mainly down to the fact that for one reason or another, I’ve always had fairly short nails so have never really had a need. They had to be cut right down for Judo and Netball, and it was downright impossible to have them long for American Football. Now that I’m solely exercising in the gym and not playing or competing in any sports that require short nails I’ve allowed them to grow out – only to find that they keep breaking! As it turns out, I don’t have particularly strong nails, and I’m forever snagging them on things or breaking them off entirely.
The Nail Nectar is a deeply nourishing oil designed to help strengthen and improve the overall strength and condition the nails and cuticle with continued use. With the combination of almond oil to soften, calming May Chang essential oil and vitamin rich passion flower oil this little bottle is bursting with everything your nails could possibly need.

The oil is applied in the same way you would a nail varnish, and then gently rub it into the nails and cuticles. Like many of the Tropic products, the oil has a gorgeous citrus scent that I can’t get enough of. I personally found it better to apply in the evening, as it does leave a small amount of oil behind if you aren’t sparing with it, and I like to sit with it on the nail for as long as possible.
As it takes around 6 months for the nail to grow from root to tip, I wasn’t really expecting to see much of a change until at least a few months of use. After the very first application my nails looked shiny and my cuticles softer. Having now been using this oil for a little over a month I’ve noticed a huge difference to both the appearance and strength of my nails. They no longer break off all the time which has meant I’ve got them to a nice length and been able to keep them there.

This oil is now firmly embedded as part of my evening beauty routine, and despite daily use its barely gone down at all. For only £8 a bottle this is a must have addition to any routine, plus with the tiny flowers at the bottom of the bottle it looks gorgeous on my vanity. I’m so very glad I gave this little gem a go, and now that my love has been rekindled for Tropic I think I’ll be doing a little haul come pay day.
Have you ever tried anything from Tropic?   

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Moi-meme Monthly │ Yang Sheng │ June 2019

As you likely already know, one of my favourite subscription boxes of all time has been the quarterly box from Moi-meme. They are so consistent when it comes to the diversity and quality of their products, which are always well thought out. My one and only gripe was that I had to wait a whole three months in between boxes, which feels like a really, really long time with a box as wonderful as this one is. This all changed last month however, when Moi-meme finally launched their very first monthly box, which I of course made sure to get my hands on as quickly as I could.

A month has passed since then, and so of course I was absolutely thrilled when my second ever monthly box landed on my desk. The focus for this month’s box is wellness and self-healing.

Yang Sheng – The art of Chinese self-healing
The first item I laid eyes on upon when opening up my box was this stunning book. It’s quite large, and the reason this month’s box was delivered in one of the larger, quarterly boxes rather than the mini version that was used for May. This item is absolutely perfect for the theme Moi-meme were going for, is full of great information and is lovely to look at. This book is all about achieving balance within your body, using techniques such as slow movement and focused breathing, it ties in very nicely with my Yoga.
 I’ve had a quick thumb through, and when I’ve finished my current read I’ll be moving straight onto this to give it the full attention it deserves.

Gua Sha Tool – Rose Quartz
I’ll be honest, when I first pulled this out of my box I had absolutely no clue what it was. Upon reading the description card in the box it became apparent that this lovely stone is to aid in application of facial or body products. It also helps promote blood flow as well as natural drainage of the lymph nodes, which in turn helps improve the overall health and appearance of the skin. Being made of Quartz makes in much cleaner, as it obviously won’t absorb and hold product. Admittedly it isn’t anything I’d ever think to purchase for myself, so it was quite nice to get something a little different and out of the ordinary.
The stone chosen was a lovely rose quartz, partly for its beautiful colour but also down to the healing properties associated with the stone. I did have one very minor gripe with this, and that was that the information card simply stated to look on online for the many different ways this can be used. That’s fine, but I’d have much preferred to have something within the box, even if only a few simple steps or techniques with the advice that there is more out there if you look for it. Whilst by no means the end of the world, to have nothing was a little disappointing. This does flow on very nicely from the book we received, and is really consistent with this months theme.

Raw Halo – Mylk and Vanilla Chocolate
Of course I love chocolate, and I’m so thrilled that Moi-meme have decided to incorporate a sweet treat in each monthly box. They don’t just send a standard chocolate bar either, it’s always something a little quirky or different that I wouldn’t buy myself, which gives me the chance to try something new.
For this month, the bar was well in keeping with the theme of healing and good health. This bar is gluten and dairy free, with no refined sugar makes it suitable for pretty much everyone. Plus with the lack of refined sugar and use of natural sweeteners you could almost consider it healthy. Or at least that’s what I told myself!
The bar is a dark chocolate, which is perfect for when you need a chocolate fix but don’t want to scoff loads. It isn’t bitter like dark chocolate can sometimes be, and I enjoyed this over a longer period which was nice.

If I’m 100% honest, whilst I did like the contents and thought it was very well thought out, I didn’t enjoy this month’s box quite as much as I did the first. You can’t win them all though, and this is only the second ever box and I have every faith that the July box will be amazing. For those who would like to get their hands on their own, you can still use the discount code I shared in my last post. Simply use ‘EMSWORLD’ at checkout for a discount off your first monthly box.
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