In the Darkest Night

Book review In the Darkest Night, Light Warriors, book 4. Author: Patti O'Shea. Genre: Paranormal romance. Mass market paperback: 320 pages. Publisher: Tor Books. Description: Kel Andrews has spent the last year living with nightmares and flashbacks. Unwilling to share what happened, he's withdrawn from his family and the Gineal council has removed him from his position. But when a woman shows asking for protection from a demon, Kel reluctantly agrees to help and finds himself facing an unexpected adversary, one he doesn't know how to fight. My Review: I was disappointed in this book after liking The Power of Two, by this author. This book is forgettable. I read this, what, last month? And already. Patches in my memory. That means it wasn't that outstanding. I never know how to proceed with these types of books. Didn't hate it. Didn't love it. It was okay, the parts that I recall. Even then I don't want to say it was okay, because that might imply that I kind of liked the book. 

I could read it, I suppose. It didn't hurt too much to finish it, but I would never read it again nor would I recommend this book to other people. This book contained lists, and I am starting to hate lists. You know the kind. The whole big check list of qualities you like in a stranger you just met. "Good, she's got boobs and a va jay jay, she'll do. Even if she acts like a 12-year-old boy with a disciplinary problem." Of course the "good qualities" aren't even that. It's usually feistiness and/or stubbornness (and the ability to not show emotion and "remain calm" or as I like to call it be unstable or a creepy psycho). Oh, and straight men apparently like husky voices. Man voices. "You sound like a man when we're in the dark together, baby! Turns me on!". Rating: 5/10. Wouldn't recommend this book. But I, personally, will try to read other books by this author since I did like her work before (this book).

Fitness Friday

I saw this tweet today and man if this doesn't motivate you to exercise, I don't know what would! “What fits your schedule better: Exercising 1 hour a day or being fat 24 hours a day?”. It's completely blunt and one hundred percent true! I am so proud of myself this week. As of Monday I made a decision that I would do something, anything, fitness every day this week. I am proud to say that I have done something every day this week so far! Today I headed out for a run after work for the first time in awhile, it felt really good and it was beautiful weather! It was so nice outside I actually wore shorts! Shorts in June it's ok! Our weather is so crazy! I ran 3.39 miles and then the sun started to set. I recovered with some watermelon Nuun. I am so glad I stocked up on this before the summer was over, it has turned out to be one of my favorites! I think I have snapped out of my cold weather blues, even today I am finally back on track with my fitness and ready to kick some ass! Happy Friday!

A Matter of Class

Book Review: A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh. Genre: Romance. Publisher: Vanguard Press - 208 pages. Description: News Bite. Reginald Mason has been a wildly extravagant expense to his father for too long. He must marry and settle down. And it so happens that Lady Annabelle Ashton, daughter of the Earl of Havercroft, the Masons' neighbor and long-time enemy, has just disgraced herself by trying to elope with her father's coachman. At last Mr. Mason sees a way of forcing recognition for his wealth even though he is not a gentlemen by birth. Reggie will marry Annabelle - or be cut off forever from his father's vast funds. Annabelle is about to be banished to her father's most remote estate in northern England. She is ruined and unmarriageable. But at the last moment she is offered a reprieve from complete disgrace and her father is offered a reprieve from the financial ruin he has been facing for some time. All the earl has to do is swallow his pride and marry his daughter to the son of his enormously wealthy neighbor, whom he has despised for years. His decision is soon made. Annabelle will choose - marry Reginald Mason or be cast into outer darkness for the rest of her life.

It is not a promising start for the lifelong commitment of marriage. But it would seem that Reggie and Annabelle have no choice but to make the best of it. They have no control over their destiny, after all. Or do they? My Review: I picked this up because I read a glowing review. Meh. It definitely was not all that great. Since romance revolves solely around our two main characters, you have to see a certain amount of development to be satisfied, in both the characters and the story. Not enough by my standards. I never really grew to like, or really know, Reggie or Annabelle. The book has a "twist." I hesitate greatly to call this plot device a "twist." The exact definition of a twist is an unexpected development of events. Hello? I saw this twist a mile away! I know, I know, I am beating said word to death. I feel the need to beat more. The word is like a nagging wife that just won't shut up! I needs to beat her. Okay now I am losing it. Ignore my insanity. I really have little else to say. The book is short and not so sweet. The plot device is obvious. The flashbacks used within the text are unhelpful and almost uneventful (harsh?). The romance was nothing special, unique or precious. I suppose I would recommend this book to Balogh fans or romance addicts.

Black Storm Nails

How is everyone? I know I don't post much swatches lately but I feel like showing some of the manicures I've worn during the time of my absence. And it is... black again! Here are the color of the nails I love a lot. It's actually an other attempt to the high voltage nails I've made quite a while ago at the beginning of my blog. As you might now by now, I love black and the matte/glossy association a whole lot so I prefer this version. The base of this manicure is Orly Matte Vinyl  (a must have) and the black flash is made with transparent polish (can also be achieved with a glossy black). It's not a very complicated manicure to do actually - I do it with scotch tape. With a minimum of patience and care, everything goes smoothly.

Pretty Serious Collection - In the Night

Hi guys, sorry for the lack of updates lately (well, it's been like this the last 18 months or so, hasn't it?). As I may have mentioned at various times, I've been my Grandmother's carer for almost two years and things got pretty bad the last month or so. She passed away in her sleep at home on Saturday afternoon - so as you can imagine, things are kind all over the place. But I just had to pass on this press release to everyone cos it's my girl, latest collection consisting of six gorgeous nail shades, two fabulous new colour glosses and a spectacular new loose shadow, the Into Dreams collection really is what dreams are made of! We are so pleased to introduce: Claris - A beautiful milky pink jelly with tiny golden flakes. Dream Delight - A smoky blue-grey jelly base, packed to bursting with silver glitter particles! Definitely delightful! Elliot - A lovely sky blue creme loaded with multi-coloured micro flecks. 

Into Dreams - A vibrant purple with delicious pink shimmer. Nightmaren - A glowing, warm golden red. Nightopia - A spectacular teal green with glimmering golden shimmer. We also have wonderful new colour glosses to match our Claris and Into Dreams shades - Cotton Candy and Grape flavoured respectively, plus a stunning purple loose shadow packed with gold, blue, purple and red sparkle - rounding out the Into Dreams combo! We are vegan friendly and cruelty free, as well as our nail polishes being Formaldehyde, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) and Formaldehyde Resin free. All products are made in US from local and imported ingredients. All items are priced at $9.95 and Pretty Serious cosmetics of the smile ships worldwide. We also offer great combo discounts! Rock on, and thanks for all your support! You can see bottle shots and swatches of all the colours on the Pretty Serious Facebook page as well.

Sheer Make-Up Fix Review

Nip + Fab. I believe that they key to a flawless face lies with the first 3 products you put on your face before makeup: 1. Face Wash. 2. Moisturiser. 3 The Primer. I have tried many primers from local drugstores to a top designers brand and so far I have not found one that has worked wonders for my skin. My skin type varies, some days its really dry and others its slightly oily on my forehead. So when I received my Nip+Fab Sheer Make-Up  Complexion Perfector I couldn't wait to give it a try. I have heard amazing things about the Nip + Fab products and there is not a magazine that I have read lately that hasn't featured one of their products. "This multi-tasking wonder gel instantly evens out skin tone and texture while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and imperfections. A unique clear formula for a natural and healthy looking glow without make-up". It contains: Osilift (reduces the appearance of wrinkles). Hyaluronic Acid (hydrates and smoothes the appearance of fine lines). Oat (softens and moisturises the skin). To use apply to a cleansed face and neck. Wear alone for a natural and even look or under makeup as a smoothing primer. I personally cannot live without my foundation so I have opted to use this as a primer. It comes in a 40ml tube and is a cloudy/clear ish gel which has a hint of citrus in the scent. Nothing over powering though. Its really thin and a little goes a long way. Its not sticky nor heavy. I would say leave it for about 5 minutes before applying your foundation though just so it has enough time to be absorbed into the skin. My skin feels and looks smooth and has a natural glow even with all of the makeup that I have piled on.

Lush Gorilla Perfumes

My new obsession... Lush Gorilla perfumes! I never liked the scents made by Lush's discontinued sister brand B never too busy to be beautiful so I am quite surprised by how much I like these! I find the spray perfumes last 1-3 hours and the solid perfumes to last less than an hour at best, even when layered under the spray version. This doesn't bother me at all as I enjoy applying them and I use them more as aromatherapy / pick-me-ups than as perfume. Don't be scared of the color in the solid sticks.. once blended it disappears! Tuca Tuca - A little bit like parma violets mixed with vanilla. Very soft, powdery and girly. Not really my normally style. I'm not sure why I bought it but it is quite nice. Orange Blossom - This really smells just like the real thing. Lovely! Lust - A jasmine heavy scent. My favourite of the bunch as it is quite literally Flying Fox shower gel in a perfume! My friend Sammie actually discovered is and we have both been obsessed with the solid stick ever since.

For those of you who don't know, Jasmine is incredibly good for relieving symptoms of pms. It's also great for depression. Breath Of God - Herbal and cool with a real salty kick to it. This is a real summery, by-the-beach smell. Not for everyone... in fact I can imagine most people hating it. If you like aquatic scents you may like this. Vanillary - Not at all as sickly sweet as the name would suggest. It's lovely! This smells like softly sweet, milky, tonka bean. Like most Lush products marketed as vanilla scented there is a little something musty about it. I have quite a few (as you can see) but there are two clear winners which live in my handbag and get the most use. Lust & Orange Blossom in the solid form. I've bought them for my mum and sister and they love them too! I'm still using Flying Fox shower gel and now I can get my jasmine kick at any time with Lust! Have you tried any of Lush's Gorilla perfumes? What do you think?