Friday, 18 July 2014

Friday Favourites: VO5 Smoothly Does It Frizz Free Creme

I had always looked at the smoothing cremes, and assumed they were just for people who straightened their hair, but... I'm in love with this.

'This' is the VO5 Smoothly Does It Frizz Free Creme and it's £3.89 from Boots. Although it is a 'heat defence' cream, that's not what I use it for: I squeeze a dollop into my hand, and put it through my hair, and it really helps my hair to look smooth and glossy and generally quite good. I'll also put an extra bit through the very ends of my hair, which helps them feel less dry.

I also will smooth a tiny bit across my hair if I've styled it in a way that I want it to look fairly sleek - like today when I wore my hair in a French plait and now, 12 hours later, it still looks pretty darn good (if I say so myself). (Pro tip: to make a french plait look a little more modern and a little less '90s,' start the plaiting section lower down, kind of where you'd gather the hair for a half-up-half-down hairstyle)

Friday, 11 July 2014

Friday Favourite: Choc-A-Nut spread

I've relocated to Edinburgh for the summer (more on that later) and so I needed to rationalise my food shopping - I realised that I didn't really need peanut butter and Nutella, especially when there's this new kid on the block.



Oh yeah!

This is Choc-A-Nut, made by Sun-Pat, who are a key player in the peanut butter market. Only this time, they've added in cocoa powder.

It's absolutely delicious and I'm so glad I've tried it. So far I've only had it on toast, but I look forward to using it as a cupcake topping too... yum!

Saturday, 21 June 2014

The Silkworm | Robert Galbraith

This Thursday, the new book by 'Robert Galbraith' was published, and I had pre-ordered it from Amazon (this was possible in the UK, despite Sphere being a subsidiary of Little Brown, who are owned by Hachette... don't ask me why), and it was fantastic.

I had finished the book by 2.30 in the afternoon, and was left feeling really happy. I read somewhere that there will be seven books in this new series and I can see why; I just really wish JK Rowling had been able to get a bit further with it before being unmasked.

The plot is clever, with even more twists and turns than The Cuckoo's Calling, its precursor, and I was left guessing right up until the last chapter. Interestingly, although the book revolves around a new novel which  parodies real people in the publishing industry, there were a few characters who I suspect may have themselves been parodies of people - or tropes - in real life.

I liked the subplot of Robin, Cormoran's assistant, and her struggles with her fiancé, and the tension between him and Cormoran. I also felt that seeing a little more into Cormoran's backstory helped us understand him even more.

I don't read lots of crime novels, so if you aren't big into the genre rest assured that this is still a great read. I hope it overtakes We Were Liars (which I think I need to reread before forming a final opinion) to become the book of the Summer!

It does spoil The Cuckoo's Calling, so if you've yet to read that, then read it first before moving onto The Silkworm, but you don't need to remember anything from the first book for this to make sense.

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