Sunday

What I Got For Christmas 2016

Holaa Lexicans! Happy New Year to you all, I'll be doing a review of 2016 very soon. How was your year? I hope everyone had a great Christmas too. Today I'm going to be doing a What I Got For Christmas blog post, as I love reading these (and watching them on Youtube) so I thought, why not do one myself. I just want to give a quick disclaimer before I start- I know that I was very lucky to receive these presents and I am so grateful for every single one. I also want to point out that Christmas isn't about presents, and I do understand that.

My ears pierced

The first present I got was from my parents, and it was getting my ears pierced. I have wanted to get them pierced now for quite a long time and whilst I was so nervous, I was really excited too. It actually didn't hurt as much as I was expecting, which was good and they look really nice.

Naked 1 palette

Last year, I got the Naked 2 palette by Urban Decay which I absolutely loved. The colours are beautiful and so pigmented. One of my best friends has the original Naked palette which is also gorgeous, and has been near the top of my wishlist for quite a long time, so I was so happy when I opened this.

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Ted Baker leather jacket

This was from my grandparents and was completely unexpected. It is such a nice addition to my wardrobe as it goes with practically EVERYTHING. It is so stylish but at the same time really comfortable.

Urban Outfitters cloud shelf

I saw this featured in Zoella's office tour and it looked so nice so I decided to put it on my wishlist. It's gold with a black and white pattern, which fits my room's vibe perfectly. and I love it!

Benefit Girl-A-Rama set

From my aunt and uncle I got a Benefit set which contained a mini Rollerlash mascara, Porefessional, Bene tint, Rockateur and Coralista blush, an eyeshadow duo AND a blush and eyeshadow brush. The packaging of it is so cute as well which I love.

So those are the main Christmas presents that I got this year! What did you get? Did you have a great Christmas (and New Year)?

Xxx

Wednesday

w o n d e r i n g s

you'll never know the psychopath sitting next to you
you'll never know the murderer sitting next to you
- Heathens by Twenty Four Pilots

Holaa Lexicans! Hope you had an amazing Christmas! At the moment, I'm feeling really negative about my blog - I haven't posted much, I haven't read anyone else's blog in WEEKS and my blog is really being pushed aside at the moment. However, I'm back today and there's no point feeling negative! This post is going to be a super rambly, ranty and hopefully somewhat deep and inspiring post ahah.

I've heard the song Heathens many many times. I didn't really know the lyrics though but when I heard my bestfriend Daisy sing those two lines (shout out to her!), they really got to me. So much so, I wanted to do a whole post based around them. But when I started to think about what direction I wanted to take this post, I realised there are so many things I could write about based off those two lines. All completely unrelated yet still provoked by the same two lines. So I'm going to write a spoonful of those thoughts today. this post is NOT going to be organised and most likely won't make sense but here we go...

Firstly, I think those words are so weird to think of. But they're true. We all have birthdays, anniversaries, religious days that are special to us personally. Most days just pass us normally, June 1st, gone. June 2nd, gone, but every so often there are days that are special to us. That we mark down on our calanders. That we get really hyped for. For me, the 25th December (Christmas). The 18th June (my birthday) etc.etc. and it's so weird how this time in years to come, it could be they day you die. it's the same with people. you could be on the train home from a meal out and be sitting next to a murderer. you could die, just like that and you'd have no idea. we know what's happened. we know what's happening. but we will never know what's going to happen. damn this is deep.


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another thing I wanted to say was that - you don't know ANYONE through and through, in full depth except yourself. you don't know everything about anyone expect you. Everyone has at least 99 problems, and you may think 'pfff.. her life is perfect' or think that you know all her problems. You may know 1 or 2, but remember you will never know everything - so don't act like you do. From your mum, to the nerdy girl who sits opposite you in science class, to your maths teacher to a waitress in your favourite restaurant. you don't know ANYONE properly. To be honest, they could quite easily a murderer.

The last point I wanted to cover today was innocence. It sort of ties in with my first point and the idea that this time in 10 years to come could be your funeral. It is weird to think how little we actually know about our world. We don't know our purpose of life, or how we got here, or whether other life exists. Yet we believe, we believe so truly and so deeply in certain things that could what we individually believe be right? And our we really the superior species of animal? For all we know, cows could know everything... ahahah... you never know....

So this post was a bit rambly, just spilling my thoughts on those two lines of a song. This post was definitely all over the place but I hope you got something out of it. Do you agree or disagree with me? I'll be back on New Year's Eve with another post!

Xxx

Sunday

The One Memory of Flora Banks

Hola Lexicans! Ahh, my blogging is really going to downhill, I need to post more regularly! :( Anyway, today I'm going to be doing a book review of the story The One Memory of Flora Banks.

The One Memory of Flora Banks tells the story of teenager Flora, who as a 12 year old lost her memory in a car accident. This accident caused her to forget new information given to her, within a couple of hours, therefore making this idea of 'normal life' to her. And then suddenly, Flora kisses a boy on the beach. And remembers every minute of it. But this boy is moving miles away, and as her parents away are leaving her, Flora sees the opportunity to get on a plane and visit him. Except when you've lost your memory it isn't that easy.

Now I got this book through NetGalley* because I got an automated email from them. This email had a letter from one of the characters (Flora's mum) and at the end, they circled it and wrote 'Do You Think She Should Trust 'Mum'? so from that I assumed it was all about identity and mystery. Actually, it turned out to be more of a romance story (one my least favourite genres) which was rather disappointing.

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How cute is this cover?!! Photo credits: http://www.sugarscape.com/bookclub/news/a1091294/one-memory-flora-banks-emily-barr/

I found that the book was extremely repetitive, which although that is because it makes the book more realistic and effective, I feel like it was overly repetitive, to the point where it could even be described as boring. I also found the main character Flora and what she did, really irritating, because her choices were stupid and she missed little things. As well as just her, what happened surrounding her was also just so annoying to me. Of course, this couldn't be helped, and was what you'd expect if one lost their memory, but it just felt like an itch that you just can't scratch.

However, all that being said, the book was actually quite good, if you were expecting and like romance books. There were a few nice plot twists half way through which I didn't seem coming (always a great thing in a book and for me pretty much essential to make sure that I like the book, I do love a good old unexpected plot twist or two).

Overall I personally found this book very disappointing, particularly as lots of other book bloggers have really hyped it up, but I think it may be found enjoyable if you like romance books, or just want to step out of your comfort zone once in a while. This book is being released January 20th.

*Netgalley.com is a super cool website for book bloggers. You just create a profile with your blog, and then you can request to read books for free on a Kindle, sometimes even before they release. I have discovered some real gems through Netgalley.com, a lot of which turned out to be bestselling books.

Xxx