Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Makeup Review: Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner Black 001

Hey everyone, hope you're having a good week. I AM! But I think I'm gonna update you all with an actual proper post later this week, I'll see. 

Today I am reviewing Rimmel's liquid eyeliner, something which I've used for many years now and it's an old favourite of mine for sure.

First of all, the packaging is fairly simple but I like it. You don't need alot of product for your eyes so each bottle does last you a good while and it's a good travel size too. You get alot of product in each bottle so you have to be careful when you open them and scrape a little off the wand before you apply it.

The applicator is great, it is very sturdy and doesn't slide everywhere like other eyeliners. I know people often struggle with liquid eyeliner but this is the perfect to start with because you can press as hard as you like and it doesn't shift much. You have complete control and the applicator allows you create the precise and smooth look that you want around your eyes.

The product is a very pigmented liquid and it is a bold, strong colour which lasts on the eyes even when it dries. It dries very quickly so you have to be quick and precise with what you want on your eyes. It lasts for a good while but 16 hours that Superdrug state isn't very true. It smudges and flakes a little after about 9-10 hours but that's still pretty good by my standards. I don't usually have my makeup on for near 10 hours anyway! Plus, it comes off really easily with makeup wipes, cleansers etc.

Have you used this? What do you think of it?
Thankyou for reading.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Book Review: The Magpies by Mark Edwards.

Hey, everyone. Sorry for being AWOL, just had alot on with job hunting and sorting out graduation things since finishing university. Feels like the stress is building up even more now that I've left uni! But I have a book review for you all today, so let's get into it.

This is The Magpies by Mark Edwards and it is well worth a read! I will give you some background without spoilers, of course, and then what I thought of it.

The Background
The Magpies is about a couple, Jamie and Kirsty, who move into their first home together - their future filled with plans to get married and have children. Their neighbours seem friendly enough who all warmly welcome Jamie and Kirsty to the building.

However, this new happiness doesn't last long as strange things start to happen to Jamie and Kirsty like dead rats being left on their doorstep, hearing disturbing noises, getting hoax calls and packages and much worse. As Jamie's best friend, Paul, is injured in a horrible accident, the couple find themselves being targeted. Jamie vows to fight back but has no idea at all what he is up against.

My Thoughts
I thought this book was a good psychological thriller where the evil isn't any demons or monsters but rather the couple's own neighbours. It starts with Jamie and Kirsty's seemingly perfect and idyllic lives which get completely turned upside down. It shows how little it takes to have everything taken from you which made this book all the more creepy! The characterisation is well written yet shows how easily it is going to be all thrown into turmoil. Edwards subtly keeps the feeling of dread moving throughout the novel with ease as you wonder what the culprits are going to do next.

The campaign of terror is tense and horrible as you continuously read all about what the abusers do to Jamie and Kirsty, some of it will make your skin completely crawl. Not only that, it was all psychological rather than actual physical scary stuff so you couldn't even be sure whether some of these things where actually happening or whether it was the characters imagining them thus keeping you, the reader, on edge and questioning what's going on.

The ending was pretty good and neatly tied things up with some answered questions from Edwards himself at the end of the book. It had me gripped from the get go and I have no doubt it will have you feeling the same if you love thrillers like these. What makes it even more scary is that this is something that could possibly happen in real life and actually has to the author himself as he explains at the end. Horrifying stuff!

A brilliant solo debut novel from Mark Edwards, highly recommended!

Have you read this? What do you think of it?
Thankyou for reading.