Monthly Archives: April 2015

Book: The Glam Guide by FleurDeForce

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812wXX2k9+LYouTube and the YouTube culture has increased dramatically in the last two years with many popular YouTubers being accepted into mainstream entertainment. With this has come the opportunity for many individuals on the platform to write and publish their own books in conjunction to their channels.

Now being a fan of many YouTubers myself, I have bought and read the books of some of my favourite YouTubers. Today I’m recommending Fleur De Force’s The Glam Guide.

Fleur De Force, who I have recommended on my blog before, is a beauty and lifestyle blogger and YouTuber online. She posts videos on beauty products, tutorials, reviews and fashion on her main channel, daily vlogs on her second channel and recipes and cooking on her food channel which she does with her husband, Mike, in connection to Sainsbury’s.20150406_124010

From this, she decided to write a book with the main purpose to inform and teach people about make-up and her recommended techniques and tips. The Glam Guide goes through beauty, hair, fashion, travel, health and fitness, life, love, YouTube and blogging and is very much the epitome of Fleur and her presence online.

Having an interest in beauty is pretty much necessary as a reason to pick up the book but The Glam Guide offers a lot more than that. It includes first date advice, confidence tips and motiv54db5507ec92dation; it includes recipes for juices and smoothies and a section on dreams and what they mean. All of this was deeply interesting to me and I really enjoyed reading it. Additionally, being a massive fan of Fleur I enjoyed seeing her voice throughout and especially reading the note to her subscribers at the very end of the book.

I saw myself reaching for the book at every opportunity that I could. Part of this was because of Fleur’s voice throughout but also the overall care and attention that this book has been privy to throughout its making is just so evident and it means so much more to read it. I just think it is beautifully laid out and has incredible illustrations.

I hope you check out Fleur and her channels and if The Glam Guide appeals to you, that you check that out too!

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above photos, they are from: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Glam-Guide-Fleur-Force/dp/1472228405, http://www.mini-adventures.com/2015/04/fleur-de-force-glam-guide.html and http://imgbuddy.com/fleur-de-force-real-name.asp.

Film: Cinderella

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Cinderella_2015_official_posterWho doesn’t love Disney right? We all love a good Disney Princess too. My favourite is Cinderella and always has been. I absolutely love Cinderella and recently got the Disney cartoon trilogy on DVD as a birthday present from a friend. You can imagine both my surprise and joy when, a few months back, I came out of the theatre at the cinema and saw a poster with a single glass slipper on it and nothing else. I had no idea a new Cinderella film was going to be made let alone how soon it was going to be released. So today, my Dad took me to see the 2015 film and I enjoyed it so much.

The story follows pretty similarly to the cartoon version (this being a live action version) until nearer the end, but even these slight variations have little influence on the narrative.  For some, that might signal a lack of imagination from the writers, but I think it’s good to bring back Cinderella in the same way for those of my generation, looking nostalgically to the past, and for a new generation who may not be familiar with the story.

‘A girl named Ella (Cinderella) has the purest heart living in a cruel world filled with evil stepsisters and an evil stepmother out to ruin Ella’s life. Ella comes one with her pure heart when she meets the prince and dances her way to a better life with glass shoes and a little help from her fairy godmother of course.’ (See link).518233194_6_610_433

The film has a fantastic cast including Lily James as the pretty Cinderella, Richard Madden as the handsome Prince, Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother, Cate Blanchett as the Stepmother and Derek Jacobi as the King. Further actors in the film are; Nonso Anozie, Stellan Skarsgard, Sophie McShera, Rob Brydon and Holliday Grainger.

Cinderella 2015 has a great mix of pure entertainment, humour and action with great costumes, soundtrack and actors. It’s emotional at times. I recommend it so much.

‘Have courage and be kind’.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the pictures in this post, they are from: http://news.moviefone.com/2014/05/15/disney-cinderella-teaser/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinderella_(2015_film).

Music: Bryan Adams

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ba4 Bryan Adams is a Canadian musician and singer who has been ‘one of the most successful figures of the world of rock music during the last three decades’. He is known for his husky voice and amazing guitar skills. Bryan-Adams-1You may well know him already but since I am a huge fan of this man I thought he was worth recommending. Additionally, my Mum is an even bigger fan of him and so is Tom Fletcher from McFly/McBusted (who I also love).

Last November, I saw Bryan Adams live with my Mum and it was genuinely amazing. He has so much energy and he really is a talented singer and guitarist. His music sounded exactly the same, if not better; live even after he had been singing non-stop for over half an hour. That’s another thing, he didn’t take any breaks for the entirety of the show and there were no support bands. When we paid for a ticket to see him, we literally paid to see him. It was incredible.

If you are part of the minority who have never heard of Bryan Adams, then you should check out the following videos:

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Disclaimer – I do not own the photos above, they are from: http://www.nndb.com/people/073/000023004/ and http://ticketnews.eventim.co.uk/bryan-adams-announces-reckless-30th-anniversary-uk-tour/#axzz3UlFvr8eg

Quote: Martin Freeman

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Freeman_2963057b‘My idea of a good night out is staying in.’

‘I’m a big believer that life changes as much as you want it to.’

‘I’ve always loved Christmas and that’s not really gone away from me from being a child to now. It’s always a magical time and I’m unashamed in my love for Christmas.’

‘On the one hand, we’re constantly told about recycling and cutting back, and on the other hand we have to buy the next gadget that comes along three weeks after the last one you bought. It’s absolutely insane. We’ve been suckered into buying and buying and upgrading and upgrading. We’re being given two very different mantras at the moment, I think.’

‘Disappointment is an endless wellspring of comedy inspiration.’

‘Acting is the only thing I’m even vaguely good at and acting is something that I think I do know about.’

‘Most people have a passive relationship with music and clothes, with culture. But music was my first contact with anything creative. Music is it, as far as I’m concerned.’

‘I’m not posh or common, I’m in between.’

‘I’ve got an overly developed sense of what selling out is, and I of course worry about it too much.’

‘I’m one of the few people I know who believes in God.’

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Disclaimer – I do not own the photo, it is from: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/10920472/Martin-Freeman-interview-Shakespeare-invented-Gollum.html

YouTube: Wayne Goss

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5b7820c87294dfafdaba13cb9ac37246Wayne Goss, known as GossMakeupArtist on YouTube, is a professional make-up artist. He posts a video about every three days on his two channels all about make-up techniques and products. On his second channel, GossMakeupChat, he continues to review products and display techniques while also providing personal anecdotes, opinions and general chats on TV shows, films and music.

This is the ‘about’ summary on his main channel so that you can understand a little more of what he does there: ‘Love makeup? Want to improve your makeup skills? Interested in becoming a makeup artist? maxresdefaultOr just want honest reviews on the brands you most love. Then welcome to my channel. With 15 years makeup experience I want to share with you everything I’ve learned. By breaking things down into simple, easy manageable segments, even the most complicated looks become easy’.

There is little more to say, but that I think that his videos are wonderful; Wayne is so down-to-earth and so honest. Additionally, his knowledge is so great and his videos give a small insight into the make-up industry. Please take a look at the following videos:

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above photos, they are from: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/474355773225222203/ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qat4yH09AIg

Music: Top 5

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Here are my Top 5 Music Videos right now…

Olly Murs – Seasons

Lawson – Roads

Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You

Caro Emerald – Excuse My French

The Vamps – Risk It All

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Book: The Matched Trilogy

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‘Cassia Reyes has always been a believer in The Society. They have the system set up so you don’t even have to make a decision. Your job, your perfect match, everything will be taken care of for you. When she is Matched with her childhood best friend Xander nothing could be more perfect. However, when she goes to view the microcard of information on Xander that the society gives her, it isn’t Xander’s face that originally appears. It’s another boy from her neighbourhood, Ky.

When Cassia starts paying attention to Ky she also starts falling in love with him. How could this be? The Society is supposed to be infallible. However, once she starts to see one flaw, many others become apparent’ (credit: click link) matched-trilogy

I’ve recently finished reading the Matched Trilogy (Matched, Crossed and Reached) by Ally Condie. I had read the first book, Matched, shortly after it first came out and I absolutely loved it but I wasn’t able to continue the trilogy since the other books hadn’t come out. I decided to wait until they were all out to pick up the trilogy again and it has taken me a little while to do so. Despite this, when I finally picked them up I powered through the story and really enjoyed it.

The books are dystopian in genre, which at the time when I read the first book wasn’t so popular or well-known as it has become now, with trilogies such as The Hunger Games. I haven’t read any other dystopian novels yet but I think that the Matched trilogy allows newcomers to the genre to be eased in.

I really enjoyed the characters. This includes Cassia, Xander and Ky. The narrative follows these character’s journeys’ individually and in regards to their relationships within the group.

Condie wrote the books fascinatingly with the first book speaking from Cassia’s perspective, the second book seeing both Cassia’s and Ky’s perspectives and the third book seeing Cassia’s, Ky’s and Xander’s perspectives, which I believe makes for a very interesting read, with many interweaving layers, and stops any boredom that may come from following the one character the entire time. Although I did get confused at several points while switching between narratives, I think this works well and keeps the readers on their toes.

In terms of the trilogy as a whole, I found Matched, the first book, to be quite slow in its initial development and perhaps the first book can only be regarded as the foundation to rest of the story as, in contrast, later on in the trilogy, Reached, is fast paced and has a lot happening.

I recommend this trilogy and I hope that if you pick it up that you enjoy it!

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above picture, it is from: http://ticklestotantrums.com/2012/12/20/read-this-matched-trilogy/