The new drug Fix is extremely addictive and is what Pen’s sister was on before she killed herself. As Pen tries to quit the drug, she wants to find out who the mysterious Nate is as she only see’s him in her head, why her sister killed herself and where the missing girls are going.

Fix Me

Fix Me is an extremely short and quick read. I personally feel like more could have been added to the mystery to make the book a bit bulkier, although the length isn’t that problematic. I do think that there was something missing though, which would have made the book a bit more thrilling.

Pen is our (unreliable) narrator due to excessive drug use. Fix is highly addictive, and even more so as she wants to see her imaginary friend Nate. But this means that most of the book you’re really questioning whether something is really happening, and whether it has anything to do with the actual plot. Nate feels more like a paranormal/fantasy boyfriend due to the ghostly appearances, brooding stares and cryptic conversations which felt very different to the missing girls plot line.

 

The antagonist of the book doesn’t appear until quite late into the book which felt off for me. The way they were uncovered as the villain and the conclusion afterwards seemed rushed. All the threads were starting to come together but it just wasn’t as well put together as other mysteries I have read.

Overall, Fix Me wasn’t a bad book but it just didn’t have the excitement that a mystery needs. I received Fix Me* by Lisa M. Cronkhite from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an unbiased and honest review.

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Winter is upon us and that (for me at least) means dry and irritated skin.  Having a good body polish around is vital to keep skin looking healthy and revitalised. So I tried Joan Collins Time Beauty I AM WOMAN Dry Oil Body Polish to make my skin look summer ready again.

Main ingredients and their benefits

Himalayan Salts is what you usually find as part of bath salts because of it’s ‘rejuvenating’ properties. The main use in this scrub is to exfoliate and soften the skin as well as detoxifying it, allowing your skin to feel clean and prevent breakouts. The salt also works as an antiseptic and so helps with acne and also when used gently can help clear up eczema that is prone to weeping.

Kiwi Seeds act as a large exfoliant in this scrub on top of the oil from these seeds having high concentrations of Omega 3 fatty acids. This helps to maintain the moisture in the skin.

Avocado, Olive and Jojoba Oils all help to moisturise the skin. Avocado oil contains Omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants that help maintain moisture and keep skin from looking dull. Olive oil contains vitamin A and E and helps with aging skin as well as dry and eczema prone skin. Jojoba oil is naturally similar to human sebum and therefore helps regulate oil production for oilier skin.

 

 

First Thoughts

This body polish comes in a glass jar and has a really lovely design on it. It was also surprisingly heavy, although this was the jar rather than the product. As you can see in the photo above, you get a lot of polish in this. It reaches right to the top, unlike some products which leave a lot of room.

My first thought when opening it was that it looks really dry and like it would feel rough on the skin. My second was that it smells really nice. And the third was I really need to jump in the shower and give it a try.

During Use

You use it on damp skin, so I was using it during my showers for the past couple of weeks. When scooping it out, it does crumble a lot and goes everywhere. I was also worried about too much water getting into the tub while in the shower.

When rubbing it into your skin, it doesn’t feel as rough as I expected from looking at it. It does feel like a scrub though, the salt doesn’t just dissolve into the water. You also don’t need a lot. A few scoops was enough to scrub my legs and arms which is where I get dry patches.

After Use

After the first time of using I wouldn’t say it was a miracle worker. My skin however did feel softer after multiple uses. I was using it every other day and my dry patches ended up clearing up quite a bit. Although with to eczema, it definitely wasn’t a cure, it just alleviated some symptoms.

It’s also good for sensitive skin, and works well before shaving. I didn’t have any kind of bad reaction. This works especially well for me as I’m always worried of shaving rash and eczema flare ups with new products.

Would I Use Again?

Yes I probably would use this again. For £18 the amount you get is a good value for money. With the amount I am using, I think this will last me well into January, but it’s something I would think of purchasing next autumn to alleviate dry skin before it becomes a bigger issue. I probably wouldn’t purchase within the summer months as I wouldn’t use it quite as much.

 

I received I AM WOMAN – Dry Oil Body Polish in return for a review. This is an unbiased and honest review.

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Eleanor Oliphant struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully time-tabled life. Then everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond – and it is Raymond that will help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged heart.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is one of those books that brings out all your emotions. I felt happy, sad, angry, embarrassed and more when reading about Eleanor’s life. I thought this book would be quite difficult to read as we’re reading from Eleanors POV and she struggles in normal social interactions. But often these issues made me laugh or cry rather than feel frustration with the writing. Honeyman’s writing made me want to continue reading. It made me fascinated in what had happened and what will happen to Eleanor.

Eleanor’s development throughout the book is both heartbreaking and wonderful. I really loved that a romance aspect wasn’t brought in to make her recover miraculously. The main focus is on character development and looking at mental illness and trauma. I think Honeyman did both of this really well within the book.

Friendships also play an important part. I love that even though Eleanor struggles with social situations such as at work she manages to make friends. Not only with Raymond, but also with Sammy and his family. The friendships that develop were wonderful throughout. I also enjoyed how Eleanor’s co-workers understand her a lot better and treat her better after she is ill. Understanding and knowing about an illness is one step to being able to help people through it.

I received Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine* by Gail Honeyman from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an unbiased and honest review.

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The Meduans and Lanserim have maintained an uneasy truce for two generations. As Janto sets out for his Murat, Serra accepts an invitation to study with the religious Brotherhood. What she finds instead is a horror that threatens both countries. To defeat it, Janto and Serra must learn to work together with the only person who possesses the magic that can: Vesperi, whom no one knows murdered Serra’s brother. An ultimate rejection plunges Vesperi forward toward their shared destiny, with the powerful Guj on her heels and the menacing beating of unseen wings all about.

Wings Unseen

We follow the main three characters in POV chapters which helps develop each of them throughout the book. Although these characters grew, evolved and turned out to be better people by the end of the book, the other characters in the book didn’t receive the same fate. For example the other men at Janto’s Murat were interchangeable in my head. As the main characters were developed so much it flaunted this shortfall.

Although Gomez has worked hard on world building, and the lands sound wonderful when reading, I felt there was too many new names. There were new kingdoms, animals and plants with little to no explanation for some. This made it quite difficult to read because how can I imagine a new animal when I only have its name?  I did however enjoy the religion and faith that was created. This was really well thought out and explained on the page.

The prophecy and the focus on individual choices was a really important aspect in the book. Each character had to make the choice to save themselves and those around them and then work hard to achieve it. The Claren were a product of the bad choices of humans within the story which makes it full circle to the good choices of our protagonists.

But I did question how overpowered Vesperi and co were with her magic. I know she has the powers to stop the Claven but there’s a lack of push back from there which makes it seem almost too easy. I felt like we were rushing to the end of the plot, had a bit of a problem there but otherwise they could defeat anything.

I received Wings Unseen* by Rebecca Gomez Farrell from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an unbiased and honest review.

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Today I turn 21 and I remember a whole year ago thinking ‘Now I’m officialy no longer a teenager’. I moved out to go to university and I even lived on my own during second year. But, I just dont feel like I’m being an ‘adult’ properly still, even with my full time work placement.

Remember when you were little and you thought once you were an adult you would have your whole life sorted? Yeah… me too.

I thought I would be eating healthy meals, 3 times a day (Home cooked of course). I often skip breakfast, buy lunch out and rush together something for tea because I forgot to buy the proper ingredients needed to actually cook. Since I’m working 9-5, I will be working on doing big weekly shops with a pre-written and planned list of meals (for everyday including lunch and breakfast). But ultimately, I’m not doing what I expected an ‘adult’ to do.

My house would be immaculately clean all the time, with minimal effort because I’m just so good at tidying as I go about my day.  My room (I only have a room) is in a constant state of disarray and I lose things under other things all the time. I never have the effort to actually clean up after myself, the only positive is that I’m just messy and not dirty. I don’t leave food or rubbish out, it’s just clothes, books, makeup etc. I will need to start setting myself specific time per week to clean my room because it just gets messier and messier.

Career-wise I thought I would know exactly where I wanted to be and I’d be working towards it. I still have no idea what I actually want and even with my placement I’m still trying to figure things out. I’m going to continue taking on opportunities this year and in my final year of university so hopefully I’ll have thought more for when I graduate.

I also thought I would be completely organised in all aspects of life. I am only organised when it comes to the ‘planning’ stage of any project, I can plan a months worth of blog content but I rarely write all of it on time.  I’m going to have to plan certain times to do things when in my planning stage so I know I have the time to complete tasks. This is probably more of a ‘I need to be stricter with myself’ problem though.

I’m also going to have to start budgeting a lot more, at the moment I still end up ‘treating myself’ and it’s a really bad idea. I need to save money so I’m a bit more secure when I actually graduate.

Who else thought they would have their act together by now?

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