November 22, 2017

The Princess Diarist | Review

Title: The Princess Diarist 
Author: Carrie Fisher
Pages: 267 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Blue Rider Press
Release date: 22 November 2017
Rating: ★

Review 

This book was provided by the Publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley and Blue Rider Press!

When I found out that The Princess Diarist was available on Netgalley, I just had to request it! I’ve been in love with Star Wars since I was a child and I was devastated when I heard the news that Carrie Fisher died. I’m so happy that I got the chance to read The Princess Diarist in advance and keep on reading to find out my opinion and thoughts!

The Princess Diarist is a sort of biography about Carrie Fisher and Star Wars. The Princess Diarist gives some behind-the-scenes information during the making of Star Wars, a secret between Carrie and Harrison Ford and some excerpts of her diary.

An excerpt of her diary:

"My panic is rising again. My sense of isolation and worthlessness. And no other senses worth mentioning apparently. It’s not nice being inside my head. It’s a nice place to visit but I don’t want to live in here. It’s too crowded; too many traps and pitfalls.’

If you’re a Star Wars fan and you want to know more about Carrie Fisher and some behind-the-scenes stuff, then this is your book! I loved reading The Princess Diarist and it even made me want to watch the movies again! The Princess Diarist gives us so much more than we actually knew about Carrie Fisher. I’m really happy that we got to read some excerpts of her diary. I know she’s bipolar and that she had some addictions, and those diary excerpts made it all so clear. I don’t really know how to explain myself, but while reading those excerpts, it felt like I got to know her a lot better. I’ve always been a fan of her because she’s my Princess Leia and now after reading The Princess Diarist, I feel like the chapter of her life is finally closed. I don’t mean that I’m going to forget her or anything, but I was really sad when Carrie Fisher died, and reading The Princess Diarist is like closure for me.

I can’t say enough how much I loved The Princess Diarist and I highly recommend it to all the Star Wars fans!

November 20, 2017

Depression & Other Magic Tricks | Review

Title: Depression & Other Magic Tricks 
Author: Sabrina Benaim
Pages: 112 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Button Poetry
Rating: ★★★

Review

This book was provided by the Publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley and Button Poetry!

Depression & Other Magic Tricks is a poetry collection with poems about mental health, love and family. Depression & Other Magic Tricks is Sabrina Benaim’s debut novel.

Depression & Other Magic Tricks is my third poetry collection that I’ve read and really liked. I didn’t love it because some poems were really weird or I didn’t fully understand certain poems. I do have some favourites that I really liked:
  • single
  • that awkward moment
  • magic trick 001
  • (i)
  • (ii)
  • how to fold a memory
  • on releasing light
  • magic trick 003
  • poem from the moment after you left for chimwemwe
  • so my friend tells me she identifies as a mermaid…
Some of the poems were relatable or just really good and enjoyable to read. I love that the poems were about mental health, love and family. Those are the most important things in life. Sabrina Benaim has a special way of writing poems and I cannot wait to discover more poems written by her!

Here’s one of my favourite poems:

November 17, 2017

Moonstruck | Cover reveal

Title: Moonstruck
Series: Sunshine from Myles' POV
Author: Nikki Rae
Release date: 30 November 2017

Synopsis
Myles Lott left his town ten years ago. He never wanted to come back unless he had to. Now he has to. Sophie Jean, the girl he was supposed to protect from monsters of his world, has finally grown up. She's familiar with monsters, just not vampires like him. Hers are harder to defeat; they're in her own mind. Myles has returned to protect her and nothing more, but his feelings for Sophie develop quicker than he ever could have imagined. Torn between their worlds, Myles must fight for the girl he's loved all along without causing any more damage. Unfortunately, a past enemy has other plans.


Pre-order link: https://www.amazon.com/Moonstruck-Cover-Coming-Soon-Sunshine-ebook/dp/B077DRSPZY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1510857548&sr=8-2&keywords=nikki+rae
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36601973-moonstruck
Facebook party link: https://www.facebook.com/events/145610636038638/


Author bio
Nikki Rae is the head editor of Metamophosis Editing Services and a writer who lives in New Jersey. She is an independent autor and has appeared numerously on Amazon Best Seller lists. She is the author of The Sunshine Series and concentrates on making her imaginary characters as real as possible. She writes mainly dark, scary, romantic tales, but she'll try anything once. When she is not writing, reading, or thinking, you can find her spending time with animals, drawing in a quiet corner, or studying people. Closely.

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Depression & Anxiety | Update 2

It’s been awhile since I’ve written an update about my depression and anxiety. Well, let’s give you an update!

During the summer vacation there were a lot of days that I felt like crap, that I stayed inside and didn’t go out. I know you all might think it’s my own fault, but I can’t help it. It’s the depression and anxiety that kicks in. I thought that I would feel better when college started but I was wrong. When college started I did feel good, but the more weeks passed by, the more I began to feel like crap. I still get out of my bed and I still go to every lesson, but being at school doesn’t make me feel better any more. I like having my friends at school and I like listening to them, but they don’t always make me feel better. And no, I don’t blame my friends – they are amazing – but it’s the depression. I still love going to college but I when I look at my diary and see all the things that I have to do in so little time, it stresses me out. It gives me anxiety, I feel bad and then I feel depressed.

My parents kept asking me to make an appointment with a school counsellor to talk about my depression and anxiety. When school started, I didn’t feel like talking to someone, so I kept pushing it back and telling my parents that I forgot about it. But, in October I finally sent the mail to make an appointment. I could choose between 3 different counsellors/psychologists and I chose the one who looked the kindest. I know, looks can deceive but I think it’s easier for me to talk to someone who looks kind. It’s already hard enough for me to talk to someone I don’t know. But I finally made the appointment, so I was proud of myself!

So now a little more about my appointment with the psychologist. My appointment was on November 9, so last week. I was really nervous and when I walked into her office I started crying because of my anxiety and nervousness, luckily she wasn’t there yet. When she entered I was still really nervous and warned her that I cry easily so that she shouldn’t be worried. In the beginning, I thought it was going to be really hard to open up to her because I always overthink what I’m going to say. Surprisingly it was not that hard to open up to her. I stopped thinking and just let everything come out of my mouth.

At the end of my appointment she came to the conclusion that she couldn’t give me the help that I need. She thinks that a real therapist would be better because they know so much more than she does. She kindly explained the procedure of how everything is going to go and in two weeks, she’s going to give me a list of possible therapists. She gave me some information, and then we laughed a little. I didn’t think that I was going to be so relieved after talking to a professional. I’ve been carrying this for such a long time and now that I’ve finally told someone, I feel somewhat better. 

I’m happy that I finally talked to someone but I am scared to see what’s next. I’m scared of the unknown but I hope that everything will be okay.

Original depression & anxiety post
Depression & anxiety update 1 (August 2017)

November 15, 2017

Lush Sleepy Body Lotion | Review

Brand: Lush
Product: Sleepy Body Lotion 
Price: €11.95 for 95 gr
Rating: ★★★★

Review

I never heard of the Lush Sleepy Body Lotion until my sister sent me a blog post about someone trying out the body lotion. My sister knows that I have anxiety and due to my anxiety I’m a bad sleeper. It’s hard for me to fall asleep because I can’t stop thinking and thinking and thinking.

I have a friend, Sarah, who works at the Lush store in Antwerp and when I read the article, I immediately sent her a message about the Sleepy Body Lotion and asking how it really works. She told me some information about how it works and what kind of scent the body lotion has. She recommended stopping by the store to see if the texture of the body lotion was something for me and whether the lavender scent isn’t too much for me.


A few weeks later I stopped by the Lush store in Antwerp and Sarah was so kind and she explained everything again and massaged some body lotion on my hand. The lavender scent is really strong, but when you use a small amount, it’s not that strong. It’s even a nice scent. The texture takes a little while to dry, but it’s so pleasant on the skin. So after trying the body lotion out in the store, I just had to buy the Sleepy Body Lotion!

First I’m going to give some more product information for those who are interested.

The Sleepy Body Lotion is vegan and cruelty-free!
This ingredient list is from the Lush website!
So now more about the product and my opinion. I didn’t have high expectations because I thought it was just a good-smelling body lotion, but I was so wrong! I have a hard time falling asleep and now it’s somewhat easier. I really like the smell and the lavender makes me at ease. 

First I used a small amount on my hands, wrists and in my neck, that’s what Sarah’s recommended me. Later on I tried some more because I didn’t smell the lavender that much and I wanted more lavender. Now I use more on my hands, wrists (and a little on my arms) and neck, also a little underneath my nose so I can smell the lavender immediately. I love the lavender scent and I think I can’t live without it any more .


The Lush Body Lotion is my holy grail because now I don’t have that much trouble falling asleep. I do have to say that I still wake up in the middle of the night and then have a hard time falling asleep, but maybe I just need to reapply the body lotion and then everything’ll be okay. I’ll have to test that theory! I also have to say that it doesn’t always work. There still are some days that I struggle with sleeping, but it works most of the time.


Overall I love this product and I’m so happy that my sister found that blog post. I also want to thank Sarah for sending me all the information and helping me at the Lush store in Antwerp! You can always check out the Lush website and Sarah’s YouTube channel because she uses a lot of Lush products and loves talking about them!

November 14, 2017

Smoke & Mirrors | Review

Title: Smoke & Mirrors
Author: Michael Faudet
Pages: 240 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Release date: 14 November 2017
Rating: ★

Review

This book was provided by the Publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing!

Smoke & Mirrors is a poetry collection full of poems, prose and short stories about falling in love, depression and heartbreak.

Smoke & Mirrors is yet another amazing poetry collection. This poetry collection has so many beautiful poems, prose and short stories. I like Smoke & Mirrors so much because it’s not only poetry but also so much more. It tells us a lot about love, broken hearts and feeling sad and depressed. It’s also special in a way I can’t describe. I read Smoke & Mirrors in one day because it was that good!

I cannot wait to read more of Michael Faudet’s work and here are the titles of my favourite poems:
  • Anticipation
  • Just Hold Me Tight
  • I Wish
  • Why Clouds Cry
  • Damaged Goods
  • Careless Words
  • The Love We Share
  • Perspective
  • Death
  • The Love You Give
  • The Words You Say
  • You Lived For Books

November 13, 2017

Be a Unicorn & Live Life on the Bright Side | Review

Title: Be a Unicorn & Live Life on the Bright Side
Author: Sarah Ford
Pages: 96 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Release date: 14 November 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Review

This book was provided by the Publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing!

Be a Unicorn & Live Life on the Bright Side is a graphic novel full of cuteness and positivity! On every page there’s a little piece of advice and a cute unicorn to represent that advice. 

When I saw the cover, I knew that I was going to love this book. I didn’t need a synopsis or know the author, a unicorn is enough! And I was right! Be a Unicorn & Live Life on the Bright Side is such a cute and easy read. I love unicorns and you also get some good advice, so that’s a plus!

Be a Unicorn & Live Life on the Bright Side makes you instantly happy and that’s just what I need! For someone struggling with anxiety and depression, it’s nice to read something light, funny and cute. I think everyone will enjoy this graphic novel because it’s about unicorns and there are these cute drawings with a lot of colour. Be a Unicorn & Live Life on the Bright Side makes your day and I hope that Sarah Ford will write a sequel or something similar!

November 10, 2017

The Princess Mutiny | Review

Title: The Princess Mutiny 
Author: L.J. Surrage
Pages: 392 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Rating: ★

Review

This book was provided by L.J. Surrage in exchange for an honest review. Thank you L.J. Surrage!

The Princess Mutiny tells the story of a young princess called Anastasia or Anya. She's the heir of the throne, together with her twin brother Alex(ander). Besides being a princess, she's always been interested/fascinated by pirates and she craves adventure. 
Due to her arranged marriage, she needs to run away, and from that moment everything changes.

The Princess Mutiny is such an enjoyable read. There's not too much romance and there's not too much fighting/pirate scenes. The Princess Mutiny is the perfect mix for an enjoyable and light read. It was really fast paced, the only reason that it took me a while, was because of school.

I really liked The Princess Mutiny and I cannot wait to read more books written by L.J. Surrage!

November 08, 2017

October make-up expenses

Week 1 (1–8)
Catrice Glam & Doll False Lashes 10 Black Waterproof Mascara €3.99
#ProArtist Freedom Pro Highlight Powder: Brighten €3.49

Total: €5.28
(-€1.20 because I has a discount on the Catrice mascara)
(-€1.00 because I had a discount on the Freedom highlighter)


Week 2 (9–15)
Essence Eyeshadow Palette: 01 no tricks, just treats €3.39
Essence Duo Pencil Lip, Eye & Face: 01 I’m a Ghost Writer €1.99
Essence Duo Pencil Lip, Eye & Face: 02 you look bootiful tonight €1.99
Essence (S) cream Contouring Set: 01 too cute to spook €3.39
Essence Lashes: 01 hello queen and pumpking €2.99
Essence Liquid Matt Lipstick 01 no more bat days €2.59
Essence Liquid Matt Lipstick 02 where did i park my broom? €2.59
Essence Liquid Matt Lipstick 03 you make my heart go boo €2.59

Total: €21.52


Week 3 (16–22)
Cien Foundation 010 Shell €1.99

Total: €1.99


Week 4 (23–31)
GWA Fairy Lashes (available at Primark) €4.00
Primark Concealer Brush €3.50
Kiko Milano Eyeshadow Palette in 03 Welcome To The Jungle €12.95

Total: €11.35
(-€9.10 because I has a discount of 70% on the Kiko eyeshadow palette)

= €40.14
First of all, I want to say that I made my pictures a little darker because I wanted it to look a little darker and scarier because October is the Halloween month! 👻🎃 And I also forgot to take a picture of the Cien foundation, sorry! I’m such a bad blogger!!!
Now some more information about all the products that I’ve bought. I love the Freedom highlighter because it’s pink and cute. I repurchased the Catrice mascara because I had a discount on Catrice products and I love this mascara, I even mentioned it in my October favourites. I love the Essence Halloween collection and I have a review for those products up on my blog, so make sure to check that out! I’ve tried the Cien foundation the same day I bought it, and it seemed really good. I haven’t worn it for an entire day yet because I don’t wear foundation on a daily basis, it’s even my first foundation that I’ve ever bought and ever used! And on the last picture you can see 3 items that I haven’t used yet, so I can’t say anything about those products yet. But I do know that I am going to buy more of the Girls With Attitude lashes because they look so cute and wow!

Inspiration: Jolien Nathalie 

November 06, 2017

Saving It | Review

Title: Saving It
Author: Monica Murphy
Pages: 241 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Entangled: Crush
Release date: 6 November 2017
Rating: ★

Review

This book was provided by the Publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley and Entangled: Crush!

Saving It tells the story of two best friends: Eden and Josh. They’ve been friends since they were young and know every secret of each other. One day Josh randomly asks Eden to help him lose his virginity to someone. Since that question, everything changed. Now they both start to second-guess their feelings for each other…

Saving It is the perfect contemporary read. Saving It was so cute and adorable, I couldn’t stop reading! It was so fast paced and enjoyable to read. I really like Eden and Josh. They’re so perfect for each other yet they don’t see it themselves. I really liked that they started to notice each other like girlfriend and boyfriend material instead of just best friends. 

I really recommend Saving It if your up for a contemporary read that will make you smile non-stop! I cannot wait to read more books written by Monica Murphy!

November 03, 2017

October wrap up

In September I read a total of 11 books, I watched 54 episodes (from TV shows) and I watched 9 movies. Read further to know what I read and watched this month!

I forgot to mention in my September wrap up that I watched Daddy's Home.

Books
Book 1 
Title: The Priness Diarist
Author: Carrie Fisher
Rating: ★
About: Goodreads

Book 2
Title: The Heart Goes Last
Author: Margaret Atwood
Rating: ★
About: Goodreads
Mini review

Book 3
Title: V Games
Series: The V Games Trilogy #1
Author: Caroline Peckham
Rating: ★
About: Goodreads

Book 4 
Title: Frostbite's Fury
Series: The Forbidden Darkness Chronicles #4
Author: Alec John Belle
Rating:
About: Goodreads
You can find this book on Wattpad!
Review

Book 5
Title: The Rosie Project
Series: Don Tillman #1
Author: Graeme Simsion
Rating: ★
About: Goodreads

Book 6
Title: The Rosie Effect
Series: Don Tillman #2
Author: Graeme Simsion
Rating: ★
About: Goodreads

Book 7
Title: Smoke & Mirrors
Author: Michael Faudet
Rating: ★
About: Goodreads

Book 8
Title: The Princess Mutiny
Author: L.J. Surrage
Rating: ★
About: Goodreads

Book 9 
Title: Saving It
Author: Monica Murphy
Rating: ★
About: Goodreads

Book 10
Title: This Heart of Mine
Author: C.C. Hunter
Rating: ★
About: Goodreads

Book 11
Title: A Million Worlds with You
Series: Firebird
Author: Claudia Gray
Rating: ★
About: Goodreads

TV shows
TV show 1 
Title: The Big Escape
Season: 1
Episode: 4-7
Rating: ★
About: NPO

TV show 2
Title: Spitsbroers
Season: 2
Episode: 4-7
Rating: ★
About: Wikipedia

TV show 3
Title: Once Upon A Time
Season: 7
Episode: 1-4
Rating: ★
About: Wikipedia

TV show 4
Title: Sleepy Hollow
Season: 3
Episode: 1-2
Rating: ★
About: Wikipedia

TV show 5
Title: The Flash
Season: 1
Episode: 1-23
Season: 2
Episode: 1-3
Rating: ★
About: Wikipedia

TV show 6
Title: Riverdale
Season: 2
Episode:1-3
Rating: ★
About: Wikipedia

TV show 7
Title: Supergirl
Season: 1
Episode: 1-3
Rating: ★★ 
About: Wikipedia

TV show 8
Title: Arrow
Season: 4
Episode: 1-5
Rating: ★
About: Wikipedia

TV show 9
Title: DC Super Hero Girls
Season: 3
Episode: 22
Rating: ★
About: Wikipedia

TV show 10
Title: Stranger Things
Season: 2
Episode: 1-2
Rating: ★
About: Wikipedia

Movies
Movie 1
Title: Before I Wake
Rating: ★
About: Wikipedia

Movie 2
Title: Wish Upon
Rating: ★
About: Wikipedia

Movie 3

Title: Star Trek: Beyond
Rating: ★
About: Wikipedia

Movie 4
Title: Personal Shopper
Rating: ★
About: Wikipedia

Movie 5
Title: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
Rating: ★
About: Wikipedia

Movie 6
Title: Bad Santa 2
Rating: ★
About: Wikipedia

Movie 7
Title: Hacksaw Ridge
Rating: ★
About: Wikipedia

Movie 8
Title: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
Rating: ★
About: Wikipedia

Movie 9
Title: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
Rating: ★
About: Wikipedia

November 01, 2017

October favourites

I want to say that I made my pictures a little darker because I wanted it to look a little darker and scarier because October is the Halloween month! 👻🎃

Books
  • The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher 
I’ve always been in love with Star Wars and Princess Leia so this was the ideal book for me! I got the chance to read it in advance via Netgalley and my review will be up 22 November, the release date of The Princess Diarist!
  • V Games by Caroline Peckham
It’s been such a long time since I’ve read a book about vampires so I was really happy when the author contacted me whether I was interested or not to read and review her book, V Games. I’m not going into too much detail because I’ve written a review, so go check it out!
  • Frostbite’s Fury by Alec John Belle 
I just love Alec’s books, I cannot not love one of his books. He’s such a young yet talented writer and I’m happy to say that he’s my friend. Frostbite’s Fury is the fourth book in The Forbidden Darkness Chronicles and it’s yet again an amazing sequel. If you haven’t read Frosbite’s Fury or just any other book in The Forbidden Darkness Chronicles, I have the perfect solution for you: you can read all four books on Wattpad! And for those interested: click here to read my review!
  • This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter
I read this book without any expectation and I fell in love with it! It’s definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year. The story is so beautiful yet so sad and it’s even more beautiful because it’s more or less based on the author’s life. Make sure to check it out on Goodreads and there will be a review up in November or December! 
TV shows/Movies
  • Hacksaw Ridge 
I’m not always that into war movies, but Hacksaw Ridge was such a beautiful movie. It was so realistic and beautiful, yet sad. I didn’t know that this movie was based on someone’s real life, but when I found out at the end of the movie, I cried even more… Make sure to check out the trailer because you won’t be disappointed!
  • Star Wars IV, V, I
I’ve been wanting to watch the Star Wars movies again and I finally did it! I didn’t really know in which order I had to watch the movies because I-III could contain spoilers for IV-VI so I went to look up some different orders and I found the Machete Order for Kids. I chose the one with kids (you also have the Machete Order) because I wanted to watch all the movies again. So the Machete Order for Kids is: IV, V, I, II, III, VI, VII.
  • The Flash season 1
My mum and I love the Arrow but we never saw The Flash. There’s this Arrowverse timeline and it tells you how to watch all the shows that involve the Arrow. So my mum and I are watching The Flash and Supergirl and later we are going to watch Legends of Tomorrow. So we’ve watched season 1 and now we’re currently watching season 2 and we both love it! Check out the trailer of season 1!
Make-up
  • Essence Hololighter Brush
The Essence Hololighter Brush is my all time favourite highlighter brush! It’s so good and so cute! The only downside of the brush is that it’s so small. It would’ve been perfect if the handle (?) was a little longer.
  • Catrice Glam & Doll False Lashes Mascara Waterproof
This is by far the best mascara that I’ve ever used. This mascara is from the new Catrice collection and I love it so much! The mascara gives so much length to my lashes and also volume. I have short & light coloured lashes and this mascara does all the things I want it to do!

Skincare
  • Lush Sleepy Body Lotion
I love the Lush Sleepy Body Lotion, it has such a nice lavender scent and it really helps with my sleeping problem. It’s easier to fall asleep and it makes me feel at ease. It doesn’t always work, but my sleeping has improved already! Make sure to check out the Lush website and my review will be up somewhere in November!
Food/Drinks
  • Fanta Apple & Cherry Halloween edition
I love when brands make these (Halloween) limited editions so when Fanta made these apple & cherry drinks with this cute vampire I just had to buy them. They’re so cute and they are so good! One of the other cute things about these Halloween editions is that they have a Snapchat code for a filter, really original!
Other things
  • Skeleton tights 
My mum knows that I love Halloween so she brought these cute glow in the dark skeleton tights for me. I love them so so so much, I just had to put them in my October favourites!