October Favourites!

October Favourites

We’re a little thinner on the ground this time, but no matter. It was still a good month. Happy Halloween!
Let the proceedings begin:

1. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson I got this as a birthday present from a friend, and wow. Seriously. The writing was beautiful. The characters were beautiful. Everything was beautiful. I COMMAND YOU TO READ IT

2. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas I’d already read the four novellas separately, but this one has a fifth. When I spotted it the library (along with two copies of Heir of Fire; I was very impressed) I just had to get it. And then, obviously, I had to read all the other stories too. *sobs* It’s so sad…

3. Monopoly Deal Have you heard of this game? Unlike the original Monopoly, you can actually play it to the end. I taught it to my friend whilst on holiday, and we played it loads. I went on a streak and got 9 and 8 sets in consecutive games. (You have to get 3 to win, to put that into perspective.)

4. Poetry As represented by my beautiful biro, because why not? You haven’t been seeing any evidence of this, but I’ve been writing a lot of poems recently. They’re mostly mental. They’re not beautiful, but I guess it’s a way of helping me understand things when I get *coughs* emotional.

5. Badger Balm I love lip balm. I’m a little bit obsessed, and Badger Balm is one of my favourites. It’s the time of year when you can use lip balm without people looking at you like you’re mad.

6. CHOCOLATE I was given a bag of dark chocolate for my birthday by my parents. (It’s the best kind, guys.) Omnomnom

Those are the things I’ve been liking this month! Did you have a good October? I’m doing NaNoWriMo this month, so I won’t be as active, but I have a few things scheduled and I’ll hopefully be updating on NaNo and such.

On a side note: are Chuck Taylors the same thing as Converse? Like TFiOS? Hazel Grace? Because I call them Converse.

On another side note: I joined this awesome site called Guardian Children’s Books where you get a book or more each month, sometimes pre-publication, as well as the chance to interview authors, get bookish news and review things. So far, I recommend. I’ve written a few reviews. But mostly I’m there for the FREE BOOKS.


My Relationship With Lip Balm…

I have a extreme live for lip balm. Seriously (I have over 30 at the last count). I love lip balm. Vaseline. Anything. As summed up in this picture:


I used to have to put on Vaseline the whole time. I then went about three days without it (a lot for me) and now I don’t have to use it. As much. As you can see, I still love lip balm.

Lip balm reviews

Lip balms

I don’t want to do tons of reviews because I find they get boring after a while, but today I’m going to do a couple on lip balms.

I’m a bit of a lip balm addict so have been stocking up for the winter months when my lips will get even more dry! Today I’ll be reviewing my eos pomegranate & raspberry lip balm (available to buy here), my Bomb Cosmetics blackberry & fig lip balm (available to buy here) and Maybelline Baby Lips in cherry me (available to buy here).

eos Pomegranate & Raspberry lip balm


I actually got this from a friend who visited Canada: you can’t actually buy them in England, although they are available on amazon.

The packaging is super-cute, because it’s in a sphere shape which is pretty unusual. However, it’s a bit bulky to carry around so I just put I on in the mornings and evenings.

The smell isn’t that great, because I find it a tiny bit sickly but some will like it and it’s not disgusting or anything. I do actually find that this is quite an effective lip balm – it stays on well and it doesn’t take a lot for your lips to feel hydrated. Despite this, I don’t think it’s really worth the hype it’s had, or the money necessary to buy it off amazon, though I do look forward to being able to buy it more easily here in the UK!

Bomb Cosmetics blackberry & fig lip balm

Bomb cosmetics lip balm

The thing I love most about this one is its gorgeous smell. It’s totally divine, not really sweet at all but intense and slightly – tangy (not really sure how to describe it). The packaging is pretty cute, though nothing to get excited about.

You need to use a little more product than the eos, but I’m not sure if it just seems that way because it’s in atub rather than a stick/tube or a sphere. It gives good hydration and is fairly long lasting. But that smell…so beautiful. You just have to smell it and see.

Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me

Maybelline baby lips  Baby lips swatch  Before baby lips  After (with badly lips on)

This lip balm has also had quite a lot of hype: it recently arrived in the UK, so I bought it from superdrug to give it a go.

The packaging is eye catching, if not particularly classy and slightly plasticky (I think I do like it, though). It has some nice nourishing ingredients like shea butter but is mostly petroleum, which disappointed me a bit. Nevertheless, its hydration is not bad, though not the 8 hours it says on the packet.

The one I bought was slightly tinted, which is probably the most unique thing about this product. I honestly don’t think I’d buy the ones with no colour in. It just seems a bit pointless to me.

Anyways…the one I bought, Cherry Me, has a nice red tint to it which gives a lovely natural tint to your lips when you don’t wantto wear something lip lipstick or lip gloss but still want your lips to look  fresh and have a hint of colour. I actually wear this almost every day and am a fan!!

I’ve only got a day left until school ends and I can blog to my heart’s content for the next 2 weeks! Yay!!

Apple xx