Monday, 30 June 2014

My first Birchbox has arrived!!

A knock on the door at 8.55pm this evening heralded the arrival of my first ever Birchbox and I was very excited to see what was inside.

The contents of the box are as follows:-

So far, I've tried the Neobay lotion which has a delicious lemony fragrance and absorbs quickly without any sticky residue.

The OPI nail lacquer in a summery sparkly pink colour went on easily (even for me and I usually make a mess of my right hand!) and the Benefit mascara is the perfect handbag size, so I am sure that I will get a lot of use out of it.

Of course, I am also excited to try the Caudalie Vinoperfect, which is currently out of stock on Caudalie's UK website, and Silk + Honey hair mask which is the costly sum of £55 online.

I'm looking forward to receiving my second Birchbox already! 

Ginger Cat x 

Legal News: The increasing trend for beauty treatments & an increase in claims when it all goes wrong.

The Daily Mail today contains an article about a 13 year old girl who suffered an allergic reaction to an eyebrow tint and is facing the possibility of being left with permanent scarring and loss of eyebrows. Unfortunately, stories such as these are becoming more frequent as the rise in high-street beauty treatments, and the total lack of regulation for beauty salons and therapists, has invariably led to an increase in the number of botched treatments occurring.
Despite the recession, the beauty industry in the UK continues to grow rapidly as new treatments come onto the market, such as eyebrow threading, tinting, lash extensions, laser hair removal, tooth whitening, manicures/pedicures, piercings, botox etc...

Worryingly, at present, anyone can establish themselves as a beauty therapist or open a beauty salon with little or no training. The beauty industry is still unregulated and unmonitored. Standards and qualifications vary widely as there are no qualification requirements for beauty therapists, other than those set by individual salons. This can result in corners being cut and errors by undertrained or poorly qualified staff.
The majority of beauty treatments have the potential to cause harm to a person if carried out incorrectly. Frequent problems include failure to carry out a patch test, overheating the wax, spilling the wax, or using different products to the ones used during earlier treatments.

Skin patch tests should be carried out before any treatments involving the use of chemicals such as waxes, hair dyes or tints, glue etc.. and they should be carried out in good time (at least 24 hours) before any treatment is performed. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 requires all chemicals used in beauty treatments to be safely handled, stored and disposed of. Mishandling of these chemicals by untrained and inexperienced staff can lead to injuries such as chemical burns.
As a lawyer, I have acted on behalf of a number of clients who have suffered injuries as a result of negligence at the hands of a beauty therapist. Those clients all suffered disfiguring short-term symptoms such as burns, swelling, hair loss etc... and the less fortunate clients have been left with permanent scarring or permanent sensitivity to types of treatment. The one thing all of those clients have in common is their shock and disbelief that a simple beauty treatment could have such horrific and embarrassing consequences for them.
I am happy to hear that the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology ("BABTAC") are pushing for the introduction of voluntary regulation for the beauty industry. This would both increase protection for members of the public and give the industry and it's professionals a better reputation.
So, before treating yourself to any sort of beauty treatment, remember to as yourself some important questions such as: Were you given a patch test at least 24 hours beforehand?  Were you asked about your allergies?  Is the beauty therapist qualified/trained to carry out the treatment you want? What products are they intending to use?
Ginger Cat x

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Food & Drink Review: Harry Brompton's Alcoholic Iced Tea

Evening all!

I've always been a fan of iced tea and after hearing about Harry Brompton's alcoholic iced tea, I just had to try it.  I have been looking for it for several months now without success and then finally found it today at the Slug & Lettuce in Portsmouth.

The bottle and the website inform me that it is lightly sparkling, 4% Abv and made with ethically sourced Kenyan Black Tea as well as craft-distilled grain spirit and infused with citrus.

For those concerned about additives, the website confirms that the drink contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and is gluten free.

This is a perfect summer drink. I thought it was delicious enjoy over ice with a wedge of lime (my preference) or lemon.

It is light and refreshing in taste, with a subtle citrus flavour and little hint of any alcohol.

I was even happier when, on our way home, we stopped at Sainsbury and discovered them on sale there for £2 a bottle. My fridge is now fully stocked!

I cannot believe that no one has thought about making an alcoholic iced tea before and I'm very pleased that Martin and Ian O'Donoghue, the father and son team who run Harry Brompton's, came up with this fabulous idea.

There are many ways you can serve it, and Harry Brompton's have kindly provided some cocktail recipes on their website.

Why not give it a try and let me know if you love it as much as I do!

Ginger Cat x

Friday, 27 June 2014

Birchbox - the monthly beauty box

Good morning all!

I am feeling very excited having just signed up for my first ever Birchbox and even more excited that I was able to get a £5 discount using code 'BBXJuneTT'.

Birchbox is a beauty box delivered monthly to subscribers, each containing around 4 to 5 sample beauty and cosmetic products. According to their website, they have over 400,000 subscribers globally.

Subscription can be on a rolling monthly membership, which can be cancelled at any time. The cost is £10 per month + £2.95 p&p. There are other options for 6 monthly and annual subscriptions which provide a discount, however the rolling monthly membership is perfect for me as I have never tried Birchbox before and do not want to get tied into a long term contract at this early stage.

The reviews that I have read about Birchbox are all positive and previous boxed have contained a range of good quality items from well-known brands such as Caudalie, Benefit, Korres, Laura Mercier etc...

I love the idea of having a regular supply of cosmetic and beauty samples to try out. I will let you know how I get on when my first box arrives.

Has anyone tried Birchbox already? I would love to hear what you think of the selection of products included in the boxes.

Ginger Cat x

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Hair & Beauty Review: Rimmel London - Stay Blushed! liquid cheek tint in 004 Sunkissed Cherry

Good evening everyone!  

Finding a good blusher has always been a challenge for me. I prefer a natural hint of colour whereas I find a lot of blushers to be too bright and unnatural.

I have recently been trying cream/liquid blushers. In general, I prefer these as the colour seems to absorb in to my cheeks rather than sit on top of the skin like a lot of powder blushers.

I like quality and whilst I'm not a cosmetic snob, I tend to pay a bit more for a good quality product. At £4.49 from Boots, this is less than I usually spend on cosmetics and I had concerns that the price might reflect the quality of the item.

I tried Rimmel's Stay Blushed! liquid cheek tint by accident really. I was purchasing two items and could choose a third for free, so I picked this item intending to pass it on to my sister.

I decided to try the cheek tint for myself and I am pleased to say that I was very pleasantly surprised with the product.

The colour can be applied sparingly for a natural hint of colour or more generously for a more dramatic look. It blends well into the skin and lasts all day without the need for re-application throughout the day.

This is an item I would be happy to recommend to others.
Have you found a good cream/liquid blusher? If so, let me have the details. I'm always looking to try new things.

Ginger Cat x

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Book Review: The Last Lord of the Moors (Kindle edition) by Isabella Brooke

Hello everyone!

I've just finished reading The Last Lord of the Moors (Kindle edition) by Isabella Brooke. This as a cheapie or freebie (I cannot remember which) from the Amazon bestsellers list and I was looking forward to reading it, particularly seeing the favourable reviews it had garnered on Amazon.

The blurb on the back of the book summarises the story as follows:-

"In the twenty-first century, who needs Lords anymore? Richard, Lord of the Manor of Arkthwaite, lives alone in his crumbling house, resenting his hereditary position. He’s hoping to drink himself to an early grave and bring the title to an end. His bleak plans are upset when newcomer Helena decides to shake up this fading community. She’s been jilted and she needs a new project, so she joins forces with local headmistress Vicky and together they hatch a plan to bring broadband to this remote spot. Their lives clash with Richard’s as the cable needs to be dug across his land. But when Richard falls for Helena, it gets more complicated. She’s suspicious of men and their compliments; and he has his own reasons for wanting to stay single. Can they both shake off their histories to bring a better future to the village - and their own lives? Contains: romance, community regeneration, pagans, over-the-top mothers, British humour, rain."

This is a contemporary romance containing a mix of warmth, humour and community spirit. I would say that the book as falling into the category of romantic comedy or maybe chick-lit.  There are no slap-stick moments, unlike a lot of romantic comedies, and the author has the grace to allow the reader to find the humour within the general tone of the book rather than a specific set-up event.

I felt that the story started off well, although my initial spark of concern arose during Chapter One when the author writes “Helena let the “dear” slide. Older women could just about get away with it, but woe betide any man who tried such a word on her; it had much the same effect as “sweetie”, “gorgeous” and “babe”. Not that she’d ever been called babe, but she lived in hope, just so she could unleash her inner feminist upon the perpetrator”. Later in that first chapter, it reads that the lead female character “...made a mental note to start leaving stridently feminist magazines lying around the office. A couple of back issues of “Slit” might open his eyes to a few things.”

This was a warning sign of things to come and I felt that a good underlying story was somewhat lessened by a somewhat unbelievable heroine, Helena. I appreciate that she was jilted at the altar, after trying to be the women she believed her ex-fiance wanted. I also appreciate that she was trying to rebuild her life in a way that suits her, rather than pandering to other people’s perception of what she should be. That is all very admirable, however this doesn’t lessen the fact that, for me, she was just plain annoying.

Despite my initial annoyance from that first chapter, I continued with the book and started to really rather enjoy it. I liked the thought of this little village in the depths of beyond and the villagers coming together in a huge show of community-mindedness. The story was gentle escapism with a sweet (if obvious) underlying love story developing between the main characters.

Unfortunately, the story was then almost completely ruined for me at the end of Chapter 9 (72 % into the Kindle edition) when the hero, Richard, tries to treat Helena to a spa day, a gesture to which she takes great offence believing that he wants to change her. At this point, I found myself totally infuriated by the book and the (in my opinion) completely absurd over-reaction from Helena. I struggled to continue reading the book after this point.

Fortunately, I did struggle through and started to enjoy the story again, although my enjoyment was still overshadowed by the dislike and frustration I felt towards the main character.

For me, the book did not live up to its promise and this was solely due to the main female character (this is, of course, my subjective view and hopefully other readers will disagree with me!). The story itself would otherwise have been delightful.

I would be willing to try another book by Isabella Brooke in the future as I did like her style of writing in general and I did enjoy the story.

Have you read is book or anything else by Isabella Brooke? I would be interested to hear your opinions.

Ginger Cat x

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Hair & Beauty: Stila cosmetics range at Marks & Spencer

Morning lovelies!

I am very excited to hear that Marks & Spencer is stocking Stila makeup in some of their stores.

I had a Stila lip gloss as a teenager. At that age it was a huge expense for me and it was my absolute pride and joy.

I see that they are selling a multipack of 3 lip glosses for £12. At that great price, it would be rude not to treat myself.

I think I shall be stopping by Marks & Spencer on the way home this evening.

Ginger Cat x

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Hair & Beauty Review: MAC lustre lipstick in Freckletone

Evening all,

I have never tried a MAC lipstick before and,  as such, I decided to treat myself to one.

I have heard good reviews recently about the colour 'Velvet Teddy', however when I tried it on the back of my hand it was much darker than I has anticipated. I also discovered that it was a matt lipstick which requires perfectly smooth lips at all times. I prefer my lipstick with a sheen to them.

The MAC assistant picked several nude-toned lipsticks to try and recommended 'Freckletone' which he felt would suit my typical redhead colouring.

I found that I really quite liked this lipstick. I have seen other reviews complaining that it is not visible and I would agree that the colour is very subtle, even when applied more heavily. However, for me, it does provide a visible splash of colour.

The colour itself is nude with an orange/ peachy tone to it. The colour is not one that I have worn before, however I can see that it suits my colouring. It gives a nice sheen to my lips. This is a good daytime lipstick for me.

I purchased this particular item at House of Fraser for £15. Whilst quite pricey for a lipstick, it is still affordable to the majority of the public and I like the range of colours MAC can offer.

I would be interested to hear your opinion of MAC lipsticks. Do you think the price is reasonable? What is your favourite shade?

Ginger Cat x

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Hair & Beauty Review: Aveda Colour Conditioner in Madder Root

Good morning my lovelies,

Disaster struck this morning when I discovered that I have ran out of my favourite conditioner! As you will know from my previous posts, I am a natural redhead. I have never dyed my hair (another colour would just look weird with my freckles!!) and I have learned over the years to appreciate my natural colour. However, there is nothing wrong with a little bit of help now and again.

I LOVE this Aveda conditioner to perk up and enhance my natural colour.  I do not use it all the time, I tend to save it for special occasions such as weddings etc... just to add a further hint of vibrancy to my natural colour.

I think I have used this Aveda product for around 10 years and I will continue to use it for as long as I can find it.

I use a normal shampoo first, then the Aveda conditioner, followed by my normal conditioner. Two conditioners may seem like overkill, however I do not find that the Aveda conditioner gives the same softness to my hair.

The Aveda conditioner will be more effective the longer you keep it on. I am impatient, so 15-20 minutes is usually my maximum time.

I can't find a photograph showing my hair from behind, however I think that this side shot (completely untouched) shows the vibrancy that the conditioner adds to my natural colour. It is hard to capture in a photograph as the shininess reflects the light.

This is one of my few staple products that I would truly miss if it were to be discontinued.

Ginger Cat x

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Food & Drink Review: Teapigs tea

Good morning all,

As a typical Brit, my day does not truly begin until I've had my first cup of tea. However, unlike the majority of the population, I do not like 'regular' tea (i.e. PG Tips, Tetley etc...). I don't take milk in my tea, so can be a bit too harsh for my taste buds.
For about 9 years now I've been a big fan of green tea with an occasional Earl Grey or fruit tea thrown in for variety.

Knowing my love for "silly tea" (so named by my husband), he purchased a huge selection of teas from Teapigs for my birthday. To me, this was a hugely thoughtful gift and I have enjoyed working my way through the many different flavours.

The selection includes, amongst others, mao feng green, chocolate flake,  popcorn, creme caramel rooibos, lemongrass, chilli chai, yerba mate, liquorice & mint etc... A full range of Teapigs teas can be found here.

My favourite so far is probably the Earl Grey darjeeling loose leaf tea or the mao feng green tea.

My husband is a black coffee drinker. However, after trying some of my Teapigs, he is now becoming something of a tea connoisseur. His favourite is the peppermint tea, although he also enjoys the liquorice & mint and the chilli chai.

The only one that we have not enjoyed so far is the popcorn tea, although the fact that neither of us are popcorn fans may have something to do with this.

We have since tried the matcha tea powder which, to me, tasted very similar to green tea KitKats that my husband purchased online from Japan.

The tea is expensive, usually retailing in the supermarkets at around £4 a box. However, I would recommend trying them if you're a tea lover.

Looking on the website, my next purchases will definitely be the silver tips white tea and some of the fruit teas. In fact, they do a pick n' mix sample box that I think I'll try. I can't wait! 

Ginger Cat x

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Book Review: Weddings Can Be Murder by Christie Craig

Good evening my lovelies, 

I have just finished reading my first Christie Craig novel - Weddings Can Be Murder - and I really rather enjoyed it.  At the time of writing this post, it is at number 4 on the free Kindle Bestseller list. I always love a free book!

The story was a combination of suspense, romance and humour rolled into one, although I think the romance angle was the predominant theme to this book. 

Starting with the negatives, I found certain aspects of the characters to be slightly  unbelievable and the story line seemed a little bit weak in places. It had a lot of promise, but felt slightly rushed and the ending was predictable, although I would expect that from a romantic novel. I think that I would have preferred some further development of the 'villain'.

Moving onto the positives, the characters were fun, there was some good use of humour in the story and the book had clearly been proof read and edited (one of my main gripes about some of the free Kindle books is that they are too often full of poor grammar and spelling mistakes). The story line kept me guessing throughout without the usual dip in action in the middle that I find in a few too many books. 

Overall, I found the book to be an easy and enjoyable read. Great for a freebie and I'd be tempted to try another book from this author. 

Ginger Cat x

Hair & Beauty Review: L'Oréal Glam Shine lip gloss in 06 Sand Crystal

Good morning lovelies, 

I'm a big fan of lip gloss and my new purchase of  L'Oréal Glam Shine in 06 Sand Crystal has impressed me.

I often feel that lipsticks are a bit too dark, bright or generally too colourful for me. I prefer the natural look and sheen of a nude lip gloss.

There is a small sponge wand for application. The first couple of applications went on slightly too thick, however this had stopped by the third application. Maybe the sponge was over-saturated at first?

The gloss has a pleasant scent and is surprisingly unsticky in comparison to some other glosses that I've used. The colour is subtle and it has a lovely sheen to it, very chic.

This is definitely a current favourite and will likely remain my regular daily gloss over the summer.

Let me know your thoughts. Do you have a particular lip gloss that you would recommend I try?

Ginger Cat x

Monday, 16 June 2014

Legal News: Flight Delay Claims: Court of Appeal judgment pushes the doors wide open

Evening all,

On my mind this week has been the Court of Appeal's judgment from 11th June 2014 in the case of Huzar v Limited. Apologies for writing about such a dry topic, however I am a lawyer by profession and I'm always interested in newsworthy developments in the law.

After the influx of PPI claims on recent years, the latest fad in the legal arena seems to be compensation for flight delays and cancellations.

Flight delay claims were often caught in a loophole whereby airlines can refuse compensation if the delay/cancellation was caused by ‘extraordinary circumstances’ such as adverse weather conditions. Airlines used this argument to include technical problems that were not predictable despite regular maintenance and upkeep of the aeroplane. For anyone interested, a full list of those extraordinary circumstances can be found here

In the Huzar case, the Court of Appeal was asked to make a ruling on the definition of 'extraordinary circumstances'. The delay in this case was caused by a technical problem with wiring of a fuel valve light. It was accepted by all parties that the fault with the wiring would have been unforeseeable and would not have been detected by earlier maintenance. As such, Jet2 argued that the delay was outside of their control and therefore an extraordinary circumstance.

Lord Justice Elias advised that the following approach should be used:-

a flight is not covered by the concept of ‘extraordinary circumstances’ within the meaning of that provision, unless that problem stems from events which, by their nature or origin, are not inherent in the normal exercise of the activity of the air carrier concerned and are beyond its actual control.” tried to argue that as the technical problem was unforeseeable, it could not be seen as being inherent in the normal exercise of the airline’s activity.

The Court of Appeal considered the arguments and applied a common sense approach. They considered (1) what caused the problem, and (2) was that cause out of the ordinary. In Mr Huzar's case, the technical fault arose as a result of wear and tear to the aeroplane. The Court held that wear and tear is entirely ordinary and could not be defined as extraordinary. As such, the airline were found to be liable to pay Mr Huzar the appropriate compensation arising from the delay.

So, what importance does the judgment in the Huzar case have for other passengers experiencing flight delays or cancellations? The judgment was made by the Court of Appeal and is therefore binding on all County Courts in England and Wales. It should allow passengers to successfully claim compensation in some cases involving delays due to technical issues that have previously been rejected due to the extraordinary circumstances loophole.

And now for the practical advice... Can You Claim for Compensation for a Flight Delay or Cancellation?

The amount payable in a successful claim is for a fixed amount which is intended not to be a refund for the cost of the ticket but rather to represent compensation for the delay/cancellation. The amount is calculated in Euros and is set by Article 7 of the Denied Boarding Regulations (EC Regulation 261/2004).  It is dependent on the length of the flight and the length of delay.

Flight Distance                Delay                           Compensation   
Up to 1,500km                More than 3 hours              €250
More than 3,500km       More than 3 hours              €250
Up to 1,500km                Between 34 hours              €300
Up to 1,500km                More than 4 hours              €600

The main criteria for obtaining compensation for delays and cancellations are:-
  1. It’s only applicable to EU flights - the flight can be any leaving an EU airport, or an EU airline arriving at an EU airport from a non-EU country.
  2. You can only claim compensation for delays stretching back to February 2005.
  3. Compensation is only available for flights arriving three or more hours late at your final destination.
  4. The delay must be due to the fault of the airline - the delay has to have been caused by something within the airline’s control such as staffing problems or not having the aircraft in place. You are unable to claim compensation for issues outside of the airline’s control, such as bad weather or political unrest.
Most solicitors will take the claim on a Contingency Fee basis, this means that they will agree to take on the claim in return for a percentage of any scompation received. The usual percentage in such cases would be around 25%. 

If I experienced a flight delay or cancellation, now that I am aware of the rules for compensation, I might write to the airline depending on how lengthy the delay was. However,  I very much doubt that I would be prepared to go to the trouble of instructing a solicitor only to give away 25% of the already limited compensation. I'm not sure it would really be worth my time, effort or sanity to do so. 

I would be interested to hear your thoughts. If you experienced a flight delay or cancellation would you consider claiming against the airline or do you consider this new fad to be yet another example of 'compensation culture' gone crazy? 

Ginger Cat x

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Book Review: Death Comes to Town by K.J. Emrick (Kindle edition)

Good evening all,

I've just finished reading 'Death Comes to Town' by K.J. Emrick (Kindle edition) which I found for free on  This story is the first in a series of mystery stories involving Darcy Sweet.

Sweet is a small town bookshop owner with an ability to communicate with spirits/the other side. This trouble begins when Sweet's friend is murdered.

This is advertised as a cosy mystery and that is precisely what it is.

I liked the quirkiness of the characters, although there was very little character development which made it difficult to relate to them.  The story itself was relatively enjoyable, however the story lacked a certain element of realism. The police detective allows a civilian to investigate the case with him, have access to the evidence and to question the killer without any good reason for that civilian to become involved and when that civilian should actually be on the suspect list. Furthermore, the policeman seems more than willing to arrest people without any good reason to do so.

Accept the book for the cosy, easy read that it is intended to be and you'll hopefully find it fairly enjoyable. If you expect too much out of it, you will be disappointed.

Ginger Cat x

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Food & Drink Review: Beanies The Flavour Co Cinder Toffee flavour instant coffee

Evening all, 

The English are known worldwide for being a nation of tea drinkers. Whilst I am in general a tea drinker, I do love a good coffee. 

Due to frequent trips to well-known coffee houses, I have particularly developed a love for caramel macchiatos and gingerbread lattes. 

I have been looking for something similar to have whilst at work and Beanies The Flavour Co flavoured coffees are perfect for my mid-morning break. 

Unlike some other flavoured coffees that I have tried, Beanies' Cinder Toffee flavour instant coffee is not too weak, one spoonful is enough for a decent strength cup of coffee. It has a depth of flavour that I find to sometimes be missing from inferior brands of instant coffee. 

Beanies flavoured coffees are sold in Sainsburys or at at a cost of £2.50 per jar. Other flavours in their Sainsbury's range include Amaretto Almond, Irish Cream and Very Vanilla. Further flavours are available on their website. I am particularly looking forward to trying the Cinnamon & Hazelnut flavour. 

If you like the sound of Beanies flavoured coffees, why not head down to your local Sainsbury's and give them a go. Hopefully you will like them as much as I do! 

Ginger Cat x

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Book Review: Sanctus by Simon Toyne

Sanctus is the debut novel by Simon Toyne and is the first of a trilogy, subsequent books being 'The Key' and 'The Tower'.
This book falls firmly in the category of religious conspiracies, the like of which has become hugely popular as a result of the popularity of Dan Brown's 'The Da Vinci Code' etc... I will happily admit to having enjoyed some of Brown's novels, however they were followed by an abundance of religious thrillers in the same cookie-cut format which have put me off reading books in this genre.  I only read Sanctus as is was a present from my husband and, even then, it was sat on the coffee table for a number of weeks before I got around to reading it. The premise and style of Toyne's writing is indeed reminiscent of that of Dan Brown, although I found the writing to be better and more engaging.  
The story is based upon a three thousand year-old conspiracy of 'The Sacrament' held at the Citadel in the fictional city of Ruin, Turkey, and guarded by a secretive closed order of monks known as the Sancti. In modern day, a monk throws himself off the top of the mountainside where the Citadel still exists bringing forth an ancient prophecy which sets off a chain of events leading to discovery of the Sancti's astounding secret of The Sacrament and why it has remained hidden and guarded for so many years.
The book is a blockbuster-type and you need to bear this in mind. A lot of criticism for this genre of fiction tends to be from people expecting the stories to be true-to-life and historically accurate. This book does not pretend to be such. Toyne uses originality in his ideas, creating his own version of the Christian church and incorporating a supernatural element within his story.
The writing was fast-paced and the chapters short, which helped to sustain my interest. I found the beginning to be gripping, however the story did seem to lose some of it's pace towards the middle of the book. The ending was somewhat of a surprise to me which initially left me wondering whether or not I actually liked the book. The characters lacked some depth however, for once, I did not feel that really caused any detriment to the book. The story, whilst easy-reading, did contain twists, suspense, treachery and secrets. It turned into a real page-turner for me.
I'm now starting The Key and looking forward to getting my hands on number 3 shortly.
I would give this book a solid 3/5.
Ginger Cat x

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Cosmetic Review: Clinique Superbalanced Makeup

Good afternoon all,

As you may have guessed from the name of this blog, I am a natural redhead. Unfortunately, this does come with some problems, not least finding a decent foundation.

My underlying skin tone us very pale (the insides of my wrists virtually glow in the sunshine they're so pale!) yet I am covered in freckles which make my skin look a lot darker than it actually is. This causes difficulties in finding a foundation that is not too dark for my underlying skin tone, yet not too light that my freckles will peek through in an odd way.

After years of trying different brands, I came across Clinique's Superbalanced Makeup in Alabaster (no. 27) and I have been using this product ever since.

This foundation gives good coverage without the feel of a heavy foundation. I will usually mix it with a bit of illuminating moisturiser to keep the coverage very light.

The colour is perfect most of the year, however in the middle of summer I will go without foundation or will lean towards a BB cream instead so as not to hide what little bit of colour I've managed to develop.

Ginger Cat x

Cosmetic Review: Estee Lauder Sumptuous Waterproof Mascara

I have been sorting through my make up bag this evening and my mind has turned to my recent troubles in finding a good mascara.

I had been using Max Factor Lash Extension waterproof mascara since November 2010. It was fantastic! Unfortunately, since my last tube dried up I have been unable to find anywhere local to me who stocks this particular item.

I tried numerous other mascaras, Revlon, Maybelline, Max Factor... but none of them compared.

Then, on a recent shopping trip, I came across Estee Lauder's Sumptuous waterproof mascara. I had heard good things about it and decided to treat myself.

I can honestly say that it was £20 well spent.

The mascara goes on easily without much clumping. It is fairly natural but can easily be built up for a more dramatic look.

As a contact lens wearer, I prefer water mascara and this one certainly seems to do the job.

I can highly recommend this item and anticipate that I will continue to use this item for the foreseeable future.

Has anyone else tried it? I would be interested to hear your thoughts on thismasca. ra or your own favourites.

Ginger Cat x

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

My first blog post...

So here is my first ever blog post! 

I'm starting this blog as a place where I can give my honest thoughts and opinions on a whole range of topics, books, TV programs, cosmetics, restaurants and whatever odd thoughts happen to be floating around in my mind. 

So please, have a read, enjoy and feel free to leave any feedback :) 

If you want to contact me, my details are listed on the 'About Me' page.

Ginger Cat x