The F Word – Lilly Pebbles Review

I’m starting off the new year by writing my first blog post on the last book I read in 2018. Upon finishing this novel, I felt like I really enjoyed it but thinking back I think I just enjoyed the simplicity of this easygoing book.

The F Word by Lilly Pebbles is a very wholesome book describing the many types of friendships she’s had throughout her life highlighting the good and bad parts of friendships.

I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t followed Lilly or aware she was a blogger before reading this book. My favourite blogger, Hannah Gale posted a photo of it on Instagram and I bought it because I liked the look of it.

I was hugely pleasantly relieved when I read the back to see it was about friendship, because I hadn’t read anything like this before. It is such an interesting topic that could have had a book with such amazing depth covering it.

When I first started the book and Pebbles was discussing her long standing friendships with the girls she was friends with when she was 4, I didn’t think I could read on. I had to take a break from the book and think, “is this for me?” purely because it just made me sad thinking of all the friendships I had when I was younger that have fizzled out.

Friendships fizzle out all the time, and thinking back to when I originally read those pages, I was most likely just having a super emotional time. I can now say after completing the book it made me think back to all of my friendships, new and old, with fond, warm memories which is always a nice feeling.

The book offers a lot of advice about how to handle situations within friendships. The photo above which gives advice on how to handle friendships whilst either being single or in a relationship. This could potentially be useful to younger readers who maybe need advice on situations like this, but not adults as we have all likely navigated our way through situations like this before.

Overall, I’m not gonna say this book is a must-read because your life could probably continue to function if you didn’t, however, it was fun and nice to read. This is a book I would read on a Sunday afternoon with a cup of tea purely because it’s nice and not serious. It’s not hugely serious and doesn’t take a lot of effort to get on board with which I think is something the author was perhaps going for.

There has been a lot of mixed reviews on this book, some loving it whilst other disappointed fans of Lilly Pebbles were not impressed. I had no expectations coming into this which is perhaps why I’m left with a more positive impression of this. Despite my enjoyment, I would like to add this book is definitely for a primarily younger audience of teenagers and young adults who would probably appreciate the content more. It’s slightly insulting to assume women in their late 20s and thirties don’t know how to act around their single and non-single friends.

I can understand why fans would be genuinely disappointed by this book, as it has such an exciting premise (to me, anyway) because I really didn’t feel any wiser or better after reading it.

I don’t really like leaving negative reviews on things, but honesty is always the most important thing.

Have you read this book? What was your thoughts?

Siobhan x

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The Body Shop Spring/Summer Feel Good Box First Impressions 

Hi there everyone, hope you’re all well. 

I have recently purchased The Body Shop Spring/Summer 2017 Feel Good box. This is a box of carefully selected mini products from The Body Shop designed to enhance your summer glow. 


Inside this box there is the British Rose scented instant glow body butter, himilayan charcoal face mask, oils of life sleeping cream, drops of youth facial concentrate and the sweetenia perfume. Most of the products in this box are sample sized except the lipstick. 

I was so excited about this box and all the products I couldn’t wait to write about it. Since there is so many mini products this is perfect as a gift or for someone who is knew to buying from The Body Shop. Let’s get into a bit more detail about these products. 

British Rose Instant Glow Body Butter 


I have had so many body butters from The Body Shop over the years and loved every one. I was excited to try this one and love the idea of smelling like a rose all the time. This moisturiser is super effective practically sinking into the skin straight away with no residual stickiness on the skin. 

Himilayan Charcoal Facemask


I already own the full sized version of this product and have already discussed this on here but in case anyone missed it. This is one of the best face masks I’ve used. My skin is so noticeably soft after use and my pores are reduced. This has a very cooling and detoxing effect on my skin. 

Drops of Youth Facial Concentrate 


This is the second product I own from the Drops of Youth range and I couldn’t wait to try this. This is designed to soothe skin and leave it looking fresher and healthier. I don’t particularly need to be investing in anti aging products just yet but the appearance of my skin does look softer after using this. 

Oils of Life Night Cream 


I have never had a night cream before so I was excited to try the sample of this. This is designed to sink in and nourish skin whilst you sleep and leave yourself looking more revitalised. This feels a little bit tingly when applying to my skin at first but I think that just means you really feel it working. The cream is super light and non greasy so is the perfect moisturiser for before bed. 

Matte Lipstick 


I haven’t tried this shade of the lipstick yet but I have another one from this range. If I’m honest I’m not sure if this colour will suit me so I’ve just tried to put off using it. However the matte lipsticks are the most perfect consistency ever – matte but hydrating instead of drying. 

Sweetenia Perfume 


I have never used a fragrance product from The Body Shop before so I wasn’t sure what to expect to be honest. This is the floral scent of crisp Mahogany flower combined with a breeze of orange flower and bigarade leaf for ultimate freshness. I find this perfume very strong scented and to be long lasting. 

So that’s all the products in this box. I find this to be of extremely good value considering it is only £12. This is a great way to be testing some of the more premium products from The Body Shop.

Hope you all enjoyed this post, 

Siobhan


Zoeva Rodeo Belle Palette Review

Hi everyone, today I’m gonna review Zoeva’s Rodeo Belle eyeshadow palette. I’ve been using this palette most days for the past few weeks so I thought it was about time I did a little review of it.

First thing I talk about when reviewing eyeshadow palettes is the packaging. This palette, as all other Zoeva palettes are covered by a thin cardboard protector which slides off for you to get to the palette. The protector and the palette are both of the same pattern.


The shades in the Rodeo Belle palette range from colours of reds, blues and greens with textures of matte and shimmer finishes. This palette is so beautiful to look at, the shades are all quite out there and normally this is not a palette I would have bought myself. I was actually gifted this palette by one of my friends for my birthday last year and I have only really started using it in the past few weeks. There are 4 matte shades and 6 shimmer shades to this palette. All shades are of a very high quality and very pigmented.


Top (L to R) – Early Sunrise, Rodeo Ready, Cactus Flower, Western Diva and Bang Bang.     Bottom (L to R) – Yee Haw, Hot Wind, Smoking Gun, Day Money and Deadshot.

Early Sunrise – soft peachy beige colour with matte finish. Perfect for using in inner eye corner.

Rodeo Ready – medium dark cocoa brown shade with slight golden shimmers through the formula. Ideal for transition colour in the crease. Very pigmented shade.

Cactus flower – dusty rose pink with a matte finish. This shade is a little bit more powdery than the others with less pigmentation.

Western Diva – I adore this shade. This is a dark coffee brown shade with golden glitter though it. The shade comes up mostly matte but you can see the golden sparkles when the light shines.

Bang Bang – I LOVE this shade! It is a beautiful pinkish metallic red with a satin finish. The texture is so creamy and it is so pigmented.

Yee Haw – peacock blue satin shade with a metallic shine. There is a green undertone to this shade as well, it is so beautiful.

Hot Wind – sea foam green colour with a golden undertone. Very creamy and pigmented shade too.

Smoking Gun – medium metallic dark blue shade with silver specks. Very pigmented and easy to blend.

Day Money – dark grey shade with deep blue undertones. This is my least favourite I found it applied quite chalky and patchy.

Dead Shot – dark black shade with a golden shimmer throughout.



I love all the shades in this palette so much. I definitely think it is one of the most beautiful palettes I own with the widest range of colours. I have to be honest and say I wouldn’t have bought this palette for myself as a lot of the colours are out of my comfort zone but I am so glad my friend got me this. I can’t wait to try out new looks and expand my eye make up comfort zone.

Major pros of this palette is that it’s affordable and amazing quality. I have three Zoeva eyeshadow palettes and each one is filled with top quality, smooth, highly pigmented eyeshadows. As I mentioned in my review of the Blanc Fusion palette, Zoeva is a cruelty free brand and their products are also free of mineral oil and parabens.

Overall, I would rate this palette an 8.5/10. If you like the colours in this palette, I would 100% recommend to go out and buy it. If you don’t like the bright colours and won’t use blue eyeshadow I wouldn’t recommend it as most colours wouldn’t be getting used.

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I hope you enjoyed reading this review,

Siobhan x

Review – Milk And Honey

My 18th birthday has recently passed just over a week ago, this has partly been responsible for my lack of posts since I broke my phone a few days before my birthday then went on holiday to Amsterdam. However since this is a book I have wanted since forever, it is obligatory I need to talk about it.

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This book is split up into four chapters, each chapter deals with a different heartache and trauma.This book is a collection of poetry and prose focusing on survival. Before beginning to read this book, I was not aware how powerful this poetry would be, I had just seen posts on tumblr with some of the poems and thought this book seemed pretty cool. Trying to review this book as a whole could not do it justice, the reader is taken on a journey with this book. Each poem is so personal, writing an overview of the book would be insulting. Here are some of my favourite poems:

“you tell me to quiet down cause
my opinions make me less beautiful
but i was not made with a fire in my belly
so i could be put out
i was not made with a lightness on my tongue
so i could be easy to swallow
i was made heavy
half blade and half silk
difficult to forget and not easy
for the mind to follow”

This poem hits me deep. So often in society women are looked down upon for being opinionated, whether we have opinions about politics, football, current events ect, we can always be accused of faking our interests or being rude by being heavily opinionated. The amount of times I was accused of pretending to enjoy football because  I wanted something to talk about with boys was unbelievable, in reality I was showing an interest in something important to my dad. This is truly beautiful poetry, it’s hard to describe what this means to me as there is so much raw emotion I can relate to behind Kaur’s words. Her voice is so raw and touching which only assists in helping her words resonate so deep inside of me. I consider this poem to be a huge “fuck you” of empowerment to anyone who doesn’t respect and value a women’s opinion.

“i want to apologize to all the women i have called beautiful
before i’ve called them intelligent or brave
i am sorry i made it sound as though
something as simple as what you’re born with
is all you have to be proud of
when you have broken mountains with your wit
from now on i will say things like
you are resilient, or you are extraordinary
not because i don’t think you’re beautiful
but because i need you to know
you are more than that”

This poem has less of an emotional impact on me, but the message is still important and is something that needs to be highlighted and shared as much as possible. We are more than our looks. How our appearance and bodies develop and how we edit our appearance as we grow up does not define who we are, we are more than this just as the poem states. This poem is uplifting as we live in a world where so many times our personality and our worth as a person is determined by how we look. Everyone deserves to know they are more than that. Breaking mountains is a beautiful analogy, without directly stating it implies we are strong.

“It was when I stopped searching for home within others                                                                                     and lifted the foundations of home within myself                                                                                               i found there were no roots more intimate                                                                                                               than those between a mind and body                                                                                                                        that have decided to be whole”

One of the most popular and well known phrases about home is “home is where the heart is”, I think the message of this poem can relate to that. This is about self love and if you love yourself, wherever you are happy is your home. As someone who struggles with depression it is easy to relate because when your mind and body cannot stop fighting with one another to counter the saddness, nowhere feels like home. It can feel lonely all the time. The mind and body deciding to be whole, means to me when you realise it’s time to fight your illness to get help to be happy. The roots you have within yourself and your mind are the most important.

The poems I have picked to write about are ones that I relate to and felt either had the biggest impact on me. This book has so much impact, I would recommend to everyone that even if they hate poetry and only read one book in their life – it should be this one. This book slayed through my emotions, making me experience something no other book has had. However, although I find it excellent I don’t know much about poetry and others who do, deem the themes “universal” and the writing too “tumblr”. To me, the simple poetry addresses the most dark and hopeful feelings of the human heart through themes like female empowerment, heartbreak, abuse and what it is like to feel love.

This book also features many illustrations, I would like to feature some of my favourites.

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