23 April 2014

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green | Book Review

I've always been an avid reader but recently I've been on a reading kick & have become a huge fan of the 'BookTube' community on YouTube. (Yeah, its a thing & its awesome! =D)

I've also noticed that a few of you are interested in the books I read and would like to know which books i'd recommend. At the moment I'm so busy that when I do read, I tend to gravitate towards light reads with enough depth to make them interesting. I'll go ahead and shamelessly say that i've been reading a lot of young adult / dystopian society books. It's all about escapism & I find these books so easy to breeze through.

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Ok so onto the book review >>

The Fault in Our stars by John Green is about a girl named Hazel Grace Lancaster; who is courageous, smart and living with Cancer. She reluctantly attends a support group for young people and at this meeting is where she meets Augustus Waters.
Augustus is handsome, charming and confident. (As I was reading this book I kind of imagined someone like Dave Franco playing him in the movie; that kind of effortless cool) Augustus once had a type of bone cancer which resulted in him being fitted with a prosthetic leg and was given the all clear essentially a Cancer Survivor.

In what seems like a short time they grow close, share stories and memories; fundamentally cherishing each day and making the most out of life. I loved that there are moments in the book which hold sentimental value. Like the part where they sell Hazel's childhood swing set.

They particularly bond over a book called 'An Imperial Affliction'; a book written by a man called Van Houten. The book is about a girl fighting cancer and it explores the relationships she has in her life i.e. with her mother, her mothers new partner and her hamster. Hazel relates to the main character Anna as she sees similarities in their lives. The book ends abruptly which leaves many unanswered questions. The author is also somewhat of a mystery as 'An Imperial Affliction' is his only published work and he's been living most of his life as a recluse. (Think JD Salinger post 'The Cather in the Rye').

They fly to Amsterdam to meet with Van Houten which is a complete disappointment to them both as in reality he is a raging alcoholic and to put it simply a complete noob cake! (Cue the comedy)
Van Houten's character is so well written its hilarious! His character is comical and unpredictable which makes him a wild card. I'm looking forward to seeing who is cast as him in the movie. I think Stanley Tucci would be perfect (Imagine him in the movie Captain America with his German accent)

The book has many heartbreaking tragedies; such as Hazel's dream of meeting Van Houten being crushed but the main tragedy strikes towards the very end. I've decided not to spoil the ending as I think it is worth a read. I will say that the story line kept me guessing & I didn't expect the ending at all.

My final thoughts

I liked the style in which it was written and I liked that it felt personable, realistic and informative.
The characters seemed very believable and sincere. It's contemporary without being too modern and I can see how this can easily become a timeless read. I don't have anything bad to say about the book except that on finding out that some of the best parts of the book; essentially the essence of the book was indeed a work of fiction; I felt robbed. I guess that just goes to show how well it was written. It was written so well that I was taken aback when I realised that the book; 'An Imperial Affliction'  was indeed a work of the imagination of John Green and also that the type of Cancer that Hazel had had been fictionalised.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a deep meaningful book which has a touch of humour. It covers a serious subject in a lighthearted manner. This book will leave you pondering life and wanting to make the most out of it. I'll be 1st in line to watch the movie when It comes out June.

Have you read The Fault in our Stars?

Henrietta
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22 April 2014

Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter by The Body Shop | Review


Camomile Cleansing Butter - The Body Shop -  Buy Here!

This is another one of those products that I've heard so many great things about, so true to form I decided to give it a go and see if it was any good and worth the hype. Well my friends, It is! I've been a fan of The Body Shop for many years and there aren't many products they do that I don't love.

This really is a beautiful product to remove your makeup. Its gentle and doesn't include harsh chemicals so its suitable for all skin types. I love thats it's quick and easy to use which is always a plus for us busy bees. The camomile scent is so calming and relaxing so I like to use it before bed and sometimes in the morning.  Its always a treat to use this, It has a very "at home spa treatment" feel about it! I find its a nice way to relax and wake up your senses. 


The 1st time I used the Camomile Cleansing Butter I was surprised to find it was a waxy buttery oil consistency and I'm not going to lie,  I was slightly hesitant to put oil on top of my makeup but I did and it was pure magic! I was blown away by how efficient it was. 

I had a full face of make up on so I took a dime sized amount (a little goes a long way) and massaged it into my face and it literally dissolved it all down in seconds. Then using a hot muslin cloth it wiped away any trace of makeup in one go. I went through a second time to make sure and there was hardly anything there. Just goes to show how amazing this product is.  (It is safe to use on the eyes but I found this a little messy so trying it out once was enough for me.) My skin was left feeling cleansed, Soft and Smooth. I reckon that this is due to the Camomile extract,  Sunflower seed oil & Shea Butter.


This is currently my favourite thing to use in my night time routine. Highly recommend it!
Check it out, The body Shop always have great sales! You can buy it by clicking this link

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Henrietta
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19 April 2014

Video Catch Up | March Favourites & Empties NO. 3

Without meaning to I've uploaded my last three videos on a Friday. I rarely share my YouTube videos on my Blog so I thought this would be a good idea to catch you up on my latest instalments so to speak! 
In my 3rd Empties video I talk all about the Products I've used up and how I got on with them and in my March faves I cover all things beauty, style and lifestyle related. If you're wondering what my fave apps and movies are at the moment then its a good one to watch. I have a few ideas for some exciting videos..less chatty and more fun so keep your eyes peeled!

EMPTIES NO.3 


MARCH FAVOURITES



Henrietta
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