Sunday, 29 January 2017

Life | Currently Reading

When it comes to reading I have no in between; I either don't read for months at a time or, like now, I'm reading 4 books at the same time. How do I know where I'm up to in each one? Well, Goodreads is an absolute live saver for me.

I've been reading After You by Jojo Moyes for what seems like forever, it's definitely one of those books that no matter how long I read it for I don't seem to be getting any closer to the end. For Christmas, I received The Disney Book, The Case of Fantastic Beasts and The Victoria Letters. Since Ryan bought me my Kindle way back when I've lost the art of reading hardbacked books. I've been in love with Queen Victoria since watching Victoria and when my parents bought me The Victoria Letters I started reading it that night. I'm back into that classic habit of genuinely sleeping with this at the end of my bed because I'm reading it most nights.

If you're not aware that I'm one of the biggest Disney fangirls going then where have you been? The Disney Book is a whole history of Disney, from it's humble beginnings to where we are now. I'm currently reading this in the bath as I'm terrified of dropping my Victoria Letters with it being in a sleeve. I'm also waiting to get stuck into my Case of Fantastic Beasts, which will probably happen soon as I'm almost finished with my Victoria Letters. 

Friday, 27 January 2017

Friday First Revisited | Gone Girl

I'm so excited to finally be writing and introducing my Friday First Revisited series to Little World of Beka! Deep down when I put up the options for people to choose from I just knew that Gone Girl would be what people picked; typically the one film I thought I'd never end up rewatching. Anyway, I never back down from something and if you want me to revisit Gone Girl and my original thoughts then here we go!

So what did I initially think of Gone Girl all the way back in 2015? "The problem is with Gone Girl is that you can't really discuss it without giving away the plot completely", I still 100% stand by this. Gone Girl is that type of film that unless someone has already seen it then you can't go into detail. It's not a bad thing for me when someone tells me that they can't talk about a film without spoiling it then it definitely makes me want to watch it so I can then discuss it! Gone Girl is one of those films that I still here people talking about and recommending if people ask for a good mystery film. Back in 2015 Gone Girl "left me genuinely confused" and even now, even so after rewatching it, I still tell people that it genuinely hurt my head with how confused.

Shoot me, I still haven't read Gone Girl... I just don't think I'm a massive mystery and thriller lover books. I have rewatched Gone Girl and I purposely watched it with a different pair of eyes. Watching it two years later I appreciated the story line a hell of a lot more, and I think it's an incredibly clever storyline. If I'm honest, certain aspects of the storyline still confuse me to high heavens and I can't help but think 'how did she do that?!' I'm still not entirely sure who is the good guy, the bad guy or if they even exist in this film. But I can definitely say that I enjoyed it more the second time round.

Two years later, would I recommend Gone Girl? "I would, I think it's a film that you definitely need to see at least one" I still stand by this, I think that Gone Girl is definitely a film that everyone needs to see at least once. If mysteries are your thing then you definitely should give Gone Girl a watch.
Two years later, would I re-watch Gone Girl? "I'm not sure, it definitely won't be a film I reach for straight away" So I obviously rewatched Gone Girl for Friday First Revisited, and truthfully I'm still not sure if it's a film I'd reach for on a daily basis.
Overall score out of 5? "I'd give it a 3, I think there is a lot more to be gained from the book and I was left confused. I don't like thinking too much during a film, I like easy viewing but that is just me" Okay so I was a bit harsh, I think Gone Girl at least deserves a 4. The story line is very clever and it still has me thinking and confused if I'm honest.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Life | Brightening January with Blossoming Gifts

If you're anything like me then you'll try anything to brighten up January, even if it's just a little bit. So when Blossoming Gifts contacted me to see if I'd like to review one of their beautiful bouquets* I naturally jumped at the chance! I couldn't resist going for the pink rose and white freesia bouquet, what better way to inject some colour into January?

Let's be honest ordering flowers online can always a little bit of a risk; you can never be sure what condition your flowers will be turning up in, you're never sure if the flowers will look anything like the online picture, or if they might just die within two days. Well, Blossoming Gifts are definitely not a risk! My flowers arrived with plenty of room and were actually cable tied to the box to prevent any moving around, and also had the biggest wet cushion thing (you know what I mean!) to keep them fresh for delivery. As well as arriving incredibly fresh, the bouquet also came with a huge selection of foliage so you can really mix it up when arranging the flowers; which is a nice touch as most bouquets always come with the same standard foliage.

If Blossoming Gifts hadn't brightened my January enough already, the cute little touch of a free box of chocolate with this bouquet definitely will make your January one of the best. I've currently been loving my Blossoming Gifts flowers since last week, and they opened up within two days. Blue Monday definitely was beaten by Blossoming Gifts, and they have so many other bouquets that I'll be treating myself to. So if you're looking to beat the winter blues, then definitely let Blossoming Gifts help you!

*I was sent this product for free in return for a review. I have not been paid for this post, all opinions remain my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Friday First | w7 Candy Floss


What happens when Amazon introduce a new 'add-on' system where you have to buy £20 worth of stuff before they'll send it out to you? Beka ends up buying makeup she's never tried before, that's what. If you know me at all then you'll know that anything remotely related to candy floss will grab my attention. On Amazon, Candy Floss was described as a brightening face powder, which I was interested in see how it worked so it just accidentally fell in my basket...

The box design is a very familiar design to us all that have any interest in makeup, but actually, it's very nice when it comes to catching fall out and not leaving you covered in that blusher dust. On Amazon Candy Floss was described as a brightening face powder that was too light to be worn as a blusher, but w7 themselves describe it as "a light pink blusher in a box, portable and pretty" (www.w7cosmetics.co.uk). If I'm honest then yes Candy Floss is a super light pink blusher but on me, it worked perfectly, but I am ghostly pale. With just one light dusting of Candy Floss, it could definitely be used as a brightening face powder, almost in the place of a highlight? But for me, I built it up with two layers to be a very natural looking blusher. It's a super blendable and buildable blusher that looks incredibly pretty and natural. There is no glitter overload, it doesn't emphasise my pores and it lasted all day long looking as fresh as when I applied it! I personally don't use the brush that is included, but I always put it back in the box for a little extra protection for the powder.

Will I continue to use w7's Candy Floss? Oh definitely. It's going to be a blusher that I'm reaching for on a daily basis to add colour to my face. It's going to be one of those blushers that easily fits in with whatever makeup look I'm wearing.
Will I repurchase w7's Candy Floss? How could I not? It's such a natural blush that I'll be needing more in my life. From w7 itself it's £5.95, but on Amazon, I picked it up for £3.90, but I have found it for £3.66.
Would I recommend w7's Candy Floss? If you're a fellow pale ghost like myself then this is definitely a blusher that won't wash you out but will look perfectly natural. It's totally buildable, and you can definitely make a natural fresh look.
Overall score out of 5? Definitely a 4, but I'm so close to giving this a 5. The only thing stopping me giving it a 5 is that I'm not sure how well the packaging survives. I'm travelling soon so I'll let you know how the packaging holds up!

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Life | "It Does Not Do To Dwell On Dreams and Forget To Live"


If you've been here for a while then you'll know that for the past two years I have written to each month; for the first year I wrote at the start of each month of what I hoped for and then last year I wrote at the end of each month, summing up everything that had happened. Towards the end of last year, these posts weren't feeling like I was writing for me anymore, I was writing purely because it was a blog post that I needed to keep up.

This year I'm going to make 2017 mine. Not in that way, I'm not seizing the day and achieving every single dream I have. I mean I'm going to make the most of everything that happens this year and focus on making memories. I'm always the type of person that says I'm going to take more photos, but I never do and I'm not the best at reflecting on each day.

For Christmas, I was given a 'One Thought A Day' book which will last me for 5 years, and I am determined to fill it. Although it's harder than I ever imagined; I have so many thoughts every single day, how can choosing one, to sum up that day be so difficult? I'm also currently using the Happiness Planner app; I've been wanting a Happiness Planner for so long and the app is my answer, it's at my fingertips and when I'm travelling it comes with me.

So as Albus Dumbledore reminded us, "It Does Not Do To Dwell On Dreams and Forget To Live". 2017 is going to be the year that I make memories for myself, and it's the year I take back.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Friday First | Maybelline SuperStay 24H Setting Spray


You know that horror when you run out of one of your favourite products and you suddenly have to find something to replace it with, well that's what we're working with today. I finally got to the end of my Avon setting spray, which seems to have lasted me a lifetime but I suddenly realised I had no setting spray to replace it with. So after a very quick Amazon search, I ended up grabbing the Maybelline SuperStay 24H Setting Spray.

I've never tried anything from the SuperStay line by Maybelline, but I do like Maybelline as a brand and I've never really had a bad experience with them. Maybelline describes their SuperStay 24H Setting Spray as "makeup locking-spray that extends both wear and freshens for a flawless look that lasts as if just applied". To achieve the flawless look the setting spray "features micro-fine liquid mist for no heaviness and cakiness". SuperStay is just like any other setting spray in the fact that you're told to hold it at least "10cm away" from your face, "spraying in a clockwise direction" (www.maybelline.co.uk). SuperStay, however, does need shaking up like there is no tomorrow before you use it, so much to the point that it literally sounds like a can of spraypaint while shaking it up.

What do I think to the SuperStay 24H Setting Spray? Well, it's not my favourite; but hear me out. The "micro-fine liquid" actually makes it very easy to use far too much and then your face is just wet and you can see where the setting spray is sitting. It also took me a few times of using this to remember to shake this up before. I personally wouldn't say that this helped my makeup to last, in fact, I think my makeup lasted longer with and looked better at the end of a 12-hour shift with my Avon setting spray.

So I'm a little bit disappointed with this setting spray. Maybe I had higher hopes for it being a Maybelline product, or maybe I just loved my Avon setting spray too much. I'm not giving up on this setting spray, though, there has to be a way for me to make this work while it makes my makeup actually stay on my face.

Will I continue to use the SuperStay Setting Spray? I'm determined to make this setting spray work for me, so yes I'm definitely going to continue to use it.
Will I repurchase the SuperStay Setting Spray? At the moment I won't be, which is a shame because it's such an easy setting spray to get my hands on. Although if I can get this to work for me then my answer might change.
Would I recommend the SuperStay Setting Spray? Again at the minute I wouldn't, but that could change if I can get it to work. It's mainly due to the fact that this can make your face incredibly wet and you can actually see the setting spray on your face. Let's be honest, that is never an attractive look.
Overall score out of 5? Currently a 2. I'm super disappointed as Maybelline have always been a brand that has never let me down, but boy did they miss the mark with this one. For a line that is called SuperStay, this didn't work at all. I always test makeup products when I'm at work for a straight 12 hours, so there is no running and hiding and god did my makeup look patchy and faded by the end of the day. I also shouldn't have to work with a product to ensure my face doesn't look wet.

Have you tried the SuperStay setting spray? What setting sprays do you use and love? Let me know!

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Beauty | Ciate Mini Mani Month

So today I was going to be writing a blog post on what will be coming up on Little World of Beka in 2017, but if I'm honest not much is changing. In an attempt to make myself take more photos and create more memories I'm hoping to turn the monthly letters into a photo share, once a month I'll be revisiting an old Friday First and that's really about all that's changing!

Last year I didn't purposely go out seeking deals however, I did manage to pick up some incredible deals and let me share with you the best deal I managed to snag. Last year was the year I finally stepped into the world of beauty advent calendars but honestly, the Ciaté London Mini Mani Month has been on my wishlist for years! Now the whole calendar retails for £50 at full price however I managed to pick this up for just £12 in my local TKMaxx! The Ciaté London Mini Mani Month was made up of 24 boxes, all of which contained some of the most beautiful colours I have ever seen in my life. My only complaint is that not all of the shades included are available to buy, but I have linked the ones that are!

Day One kicked off with Goal Digger; a shimmering rose-bronze shimmer. Day Two gave us Boudoir; a sassy flirtatious red to match its name. Day Three was Seas the Day; a tropical ocean blue. Day Four gave us one of my favourite named nail polishes Iced Frappe; described as a luxurious creamy nude. Day Five was the Gelology Top Coat and Day Six was Lucky 7; a pinky coral that every girl needs in her life.

Day Seven was All That Jazz; a nail topper packed full of glitter. Day Eight was Pool Party; a vibrant cobalt blue. Day Nine was Status Growth; a daily treatment for your nails which is packed full with multivitamin Keratin activitor which boosts growth and strengthens your nails. Day Ten was Risky Business; a colour switching glitter with blue sequins. Day Eleven gave us La Dolce Vita; a luxurious emerald green. Day Twelve treated us to Fortune Teller; a sparking stunning icy silver glitter.

Day Thirteen was Ibiza Blues; a soft violet. Day Fourteen was Pretty in Putty; a putty grey that would be the perfect base colour. Day Fifteen gave us a limited edition rose gold nail file. Day Sixteen was Chain Reaction; a shimmering violet. Day Seventeen was Starry Night; another nail topper in a sparkling midnight blue shade. Day Eighteen was Raising the Barre; a beautiful deep crimson red.

Day Nineteen gave us a Nail Saviour; a nail treatment that keeps your nail healthy, hydrated and strong. Day Twenty gave us the stunning Antique Broach; a rose gold glitter shade with pink flecks. Day Twenty One is the cutely named Cupcake Queen; a bright pink shade with an underlying blue shimmer. Day Twenty Two gave us a Raincheck; a deep blue, purple shade. Day Twenty Three was Plies Please Me; a metallic silver. Day Twenty Four gave us the aptly named Meet me At Midnight; a rose gold glitter with purples, pinks and blues running through.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Friday First | Benefit Minis

So happy new year! I'm kicking off 2017 with a review of two pieces of makeup that I've been wanting to try forever; the Benefit Mini versions of They're Real! and the Pore Professional!

Benefit's They're Real! mascara is one that I've been recommended for years. Every time I've ever asked for mascara recommendations They're Real! has always been one that's popped up if I'm honest. I'd love to tell you a really decent reason for not trying it before but honestly, it's always been the £19.50 price tag that slightly put me off when I was a student. They're Real! claims that it "lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts and separates". The formula is described as "jet black and long-wearing" and promises to not "smudge or dry out". Now the brush shouts about being "a specially designed brush" that will "reveal lashes you never knew you had!" Now, if I'm honest the brush isn't anything special, and it actually reminds me of some mascara wands I've seen before... But maybe it was once something totally new (www.benefitcosmetics.com)!

So did They're Real! live up to all the recommendations and expectations? So, so. I definitely noticed that my lashes had added length, volume and they were definitely separated. I can't really say that I noticed any added curl to my lashes... I really do need to invest in an eyelash curler. As far as the smudge proof goes then that claim is definitely true, there is no top lid transfer and I can quite easily rub my eyes when I forget and not have to worry. Getting this shit off is interesting; when it came to the fourth day in a row at work and I just wanted to climb into bed I just took my makeup off with my micellar water. Now, I thought it was off completely until I woke up the next day with slight panda eyes so maybe not. So you definitely need a very good makeup remover; my Body Shop cleansing butter definitely does the trick though!

Let's be honest, we've all heard someone raving about The POREfessional once upon a time. I couldn't resist grabbing the mini just to see what all the hype is about. The POREfessional is apparently able to "quickly minimise the appearance of pores and fine lines for smoother-than-smooth skin!" The POREfessional is also able to "help makeup stay put" all while being "oil-free" and also "complements all skin tones" (www.benefitcosmetics.com).

Okay so the primer I'm currently using is the w7 anti redness primer which I love, so I didn't really need a new primer. The first thing that completely threw me is that POREfessional is skin toned; not something I look for in a primer. However, the colour doesn't make any difference at all and very quickly blends in so I do believe it would suit all skin tones regardless. Now as a primer it's quite nice. I can't feel it on my skin, it sinks in incredibly quickly and my makeup does seem to hold all day long which is nice. As for the aspect of minimising the appearance of my pores and fine lines? Well, the pores on my nose do look smaller and seem blurred, but I wouldn't say miracles were worked here. If I'm being honest, I wouldn't say that my pores are so noticeable that I need a pore minimizer.

Will I continue to use my Benefit Minis? Oh definitely. If I'm honest I think I'll have used up my POREfessional as I can see myself getting through the mini size quite quickly. As for They're Real! I'll definitely be reaching for this on those days where I want stand out lashes.
Will I repurchase my Benefit Minis? I won't be repurchasing The POREfessional unfortunately for me, the price tag just doesn't justify what it does... I'm also still in love with my w7 primer. I'm still undecided about repurchasing They're Real! as yes my lashes do look longer and have more volume but is that worth £10-20? I'm not sure.
Would I recommend the Benefit Minis? If you're wanting to try a Benefit product but don't want to pay the price for the full sized products then the minis are a great way to go. I can see They're Real! lasting me for a while, but I'll be getting through The POREfessional far too quickly for a £10 price tag.
Overall score out of 5? A 3 for The POREfessional and a 4 for They're Real! To say I've been wanting to try both of these products for a while I can't say I noticed anything stand out about them. Yes, They're Real! did give my lashes length and volume, it's definitely smudge proof and long lasting as it's a bugger to get off but do I love it more than my daily mascara? The POREfessional didn't give any special look to my skin that I don't get from my regular primer, so I'm definitely heartbroken with that. The POREfessional didn't break me out though or irritate my skin, which is always a good thing.

Have you tried either of the Benefit products that I tried? Do you have any products that are similar to the Benefit products? Let me know!