Monday, 1 September 2014

Book review: Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me by Ellen Forney

This is a graphic novel memoir I stumbled on by accident when looking through the graphic novel section of Waterstones. It starts at the point writer Ellen gets a diagnosis for bipolar. I really enjoyed this book as it was a really warm and personal account of her experience spanning 10 years. 

She explored the fear of medication affecting her creativity (a common fear) and looked at artistic people through history who had or believed to have bipolar. I found the parts about medication particularly interesting, she tried many different meds which had many different effects on her. Some good some bad, as she tried to find the right combination for her.

The book was filled with beautiful illustrations, some picturing her thoughts or fears. I found much of it highly relateable and loved the fact it was told in a friendly and honest manner. Right now I am at the beginning of her story, and reading this book was a big help and comfort, Ellen managed to explain everything in her head so well I felt like I was right there with her.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Kitsch Bitch Jewellery Dark Willow ring...

I am a HUGE Buffy fan, and was ridiculously pleased to get this Dark Willow ring for my Birthday. As well as loving Dark Willow (even though she is kind of evil) I love the lilac cameo. The ring is handmade by the Etsy store called Kitsch Bitch jewellery who I've mentioned before (and have a blog post on a custom order here.) 

Their store is the perfect combination of kitsch, kawaii, and nerdy and I want it all!! 

Bored now.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Ebay picks...

Skull shoulder bag £3.40 here
Rilakkuma bag charm £1.56 here
Strapless dress £11.99 here
Holika Holika Real Skin Finish £7.05 here
Chunky buckle boots £15.99 here

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Bomb Cosmetics Pink Coconut Bath Creamer review...

Another Bomb Cosmetics review, and this time I picked the Pink Coconut Bath Creamer to try. This is pretty small, and enough for one bath. It fizzed gentle, and didn't give off any foam or colour. Bomb say "a warming coconut fragrance, reminiscent of carribean holidays and soaking up the sun. Contains Lavender and Geranium essential oils." I could definitely smell this before I used it- but once it was in the bath It hardly gave off any scent which was a bit disappointing. It did however make the water silky soft, and a lovely treat for my skin.

The Bath Creamers cost £2.09 which I'd say it a pretty reasonable price too!

Monday, 25 August 2014

Book review: Both Ways is the Only Way I Want it by Maile Meloy

This is a short story collection where each story focuses on a character that is facing a hard decision in their life- all concerning love be it new or lost. I found this an enjoyable read, but it didn't completely blow me away. A lot of the stories where brief snippets that had no conclusion which slightly frustrated me, as it felt like they ended too abruptly. 

I liked the fact a lot of the stories where set in cold snowy Winters. I felt like the environment the characters were in got a lot of attention which really helped set the scene. The different characters kept the stories interesting, although mostly all of the stories were very straight forward ordinary life situations. My favourites were 'Travis, B' about a lonely young farmer who falls in love with a lawyer, 'The Girlfriend', about a father trying to find out how his daughter had been murdered, 'Liliana', about a rich eccentric old lady presumed dead that turns up at her grandsons house, and 'O Tannenbaum', about a family that pick up a hitchhiking couple at Christmas named Bonnie and Clyde. 

Overall, I would recommend the book as an easy and enjoyable read. 3.5/5

"His heart felt dangerously full, for the first time in years. That dried up, battered organ, suddenly flush with love. It could kill him."

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Things I got for my Birthday...

It was my Birthday on the 8th of August, and I was very much spoilt by my loved ones. I thought I would do a post showing the presents I received, I know most people either love or hate these posts- but I love them! My presents are a combination of cute and nerdy...

I got a nice selection of Korean cosmetics which I can't wait to try and review.

A bunch of stuff from Tiger- I love the highlighters :)

Breaking Bad, and My Little Pony bits.

I am in love with my Dark Willow ring! *Buffy obsessive*

Some dvds. Batman Returns is my favourite ever Batman film. I'm not that fussed about Disney, but I was obsessed with The Little Mermaid when I was a kid, so am looking forward to a watching that again.

Books! If you are a fan of horror and vintage comics then you should check out The Little Book of Vintage Horror, it's really cool (and it comes with a fridge magnet!)

DS games. I've started playing Dementium and it's really good, sort of like Resident Evil. Great if you love horror.

This mega cute donut trinket box

A cloth Deathnote print of L.Can't wait to get a frame for this!

And finally,some Skullcandy Hesh 2 headphones, and most excitingly The X Files complete box set.  

Friday, 22 August 2014

Hello Kitty Sheet Mask..

I have been hoarding this Hello Kitty sheet mask for far too long due to the cuteness factor of the packaging. The other day I thought I'd *finally* get round to using it, and guess what? It had expired in April *huge sad face.* I did think about still using it but when I opened it, instead of smelling like strawberries it smelt like play doh, so I thought maybe not! Rather than waste these pictures I thought I'd still post them as the instruction pictures on the back are too cute to miss out on!