Soap & Glory Speed Plump All Day Super Moisture Marvel Moisturiser Review

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

A Scottish winter is always destined to make my skin dry up like a raisin in the sun. It doesn’t matter how much water I drink or how much moisturiser I apply, I always seem to have dry skin around my nose and on my forehead. Due to this, I try so many different moisturisers in a bid to find the perfect winter beauty product. The never-ending search led me to Soap & Glory’s Speed Plump All Day Super Moisture Marvel Moisturiser (try saying that while drunk).

Soap and Glory Speed Plump All Day Super Moisture Marvel Moisturiser

The Soap & Glory Speed Plump moisturiser (let’s not do the full name) is aimed at anyone with dry/dehydrated skin and while I tend to favour thicker, heavier moisturisers for winter, this moisturiser is light and easy to blend. It’s also non-greasy which makes it the perfect base for makeup so there’s an added bonus. Unfortunately, there is no SPF in the Soap & Glory Speed Plump moisturiser but if you live in the hills of Scotland like I do, you won’t even know what the sun looks like.

Soap & Glory promise that the Speed Plump All Day Super Moisture Marvel moisturiser will brighten and tighten your skin while also disguising any fine lines you may have and providing moisture for 24 hours. I don’t have any fine lines – that I’m aware of – so I can’t comment on that side of things but I really don’t feel like it brightens or tightens my skin. It certainly makes my skin feel that little bit smoother but I don’t see any difference in its overall look.

Soap and Glory Speed Plump All Day Super Moisture Marvel Moisturiser

On the plus side, the watermelon fruit complex the Speed Plump moisturiser contains make it smell delicious without being overbearing. The scent is really fresh and light and almost reminds of summer!

I’d love to say that my search for the perfect winter moisturiser ends with the *deep breath* Soap & Glory’s Speed Plump All Day Super Moisture Marvel Moisturiser but unfortunately, I’m not really all that into it. I think it’s genuinely good as a generic moisturiser but I don’t feel like it delivers on its other promises. I might actually make the Speed Plump moisturiser part of my summer skincare as opposed to winter as I feel like it’s not heavy duty enough for my winter skin.

Book Haul

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

That blasted reading challenge is still ongoing and while I’m one book away from being a quarter of the way through, I’m quickly running out of books to read. Books on offer in supermarkets are all fine and dandy but nothing beats wandering around a large bookstore so of course, I had to go to Waterstones and of course I left with more books than planned. I could’ve bought a hell of a lot more so at least I stopped myself before going completely overboard. Anyway, I digress, let’s get into this haul!

Books to read

It’s embarrassing as a Scottish person to admit this but I only saw Trainspotting the day before I saw T2: Trainspotting. I’ve never really thought about watching it but when my fiancé mentioned he wanted to see T2, he forced me into watching Trainspotting. I ended up loving both films so much I decided I had to read the book so, Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting was immediately purchased. If I’d thought about it while in Waterstones, I would’ve picked up Skagboys and Porno but I guess that gives me a good excuse to go back.

If the cover for Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is giving you a headache, I feel your pain. Films and books that are intended to be 3D automatically make me feel sick so I’ve hidden Brave New World until it’s time to read it.

If I’m being honest, the idea of Brave New World being like George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four puts me off reading it but, at the same time, I’m intrigued. I think I was possibly too young to understand Nineteen Eighty-Four when I initially read it so perhaps Brave New World will be more to my liking.

Books to read

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis has been on my “to read” list for quite some time. I watched the film solely for Jared Leto’s presence (why does he meet an unfortunate end in the majority of his films?) and vowed one day to read the book. I’ve already started American Psycho and have fallen asleep whilst reading it so I’m worried. I’m hoping this is just a slow book to begin with as I really want it to be great.

Angela Clarke’s Watch Me was picked up on a whim. After enjoying Dave Eggers’ The Circle so much, I wanted to read more books that use social media as a character. Watch Me uses social media and revenge porn websites (I’m fairly certain the one in Watch Me is based on Hunter Moore’s “Is Anyone Up?” site) as tools to create the perfect murders. I’ve already read it and without divulging my full opinion just yet, I will say it’s an exceptionally easy read.

Books to read

Up until a few days ago, I had read 2 Jodi Picoult books and thoroughly enjoyed them both so I wanted another one to further my love of her. Unfortunately, the only book of hers Waterstones had was My Sister’s Keeper and that has never appealed to me. I’ve refrained from buying it in the past but this time, I decided to give it a chance and I’m still unsure as to whether this was a good idea or not. Medical terms make me squirm, cancer in children makes me uncomfortable and random love stories woven into something serious make me want to vomit. My Sister’s Keeper is clearly not aimed at the likes of me.

It’s hard to ignore the book that has bullets on the cover so my eye was constantly drawn to Human Acts by Han Kang. Human Acts is based in South Korea and follows the aftermath of a violent student uprising. The reviews make it sound brilliant, the cover is holding my interest and it’s the shortest book I have in the “to read” pile so it’s winning in my eyes so far.

I have quite a few books to hold me for a while but I will bet anyone willing to gamble that I will end up with more books very soon. Considering I went years without stepping into a bookstore, I’m amazed at how many times I’m in them now. I might carry out my childhood dream of living in my local Waterstones.

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Books of February

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Books to read

Despite January’s reading success, I couldn’t get it together in February. January ended in a rather upsetting fashion for my other half and his family so settling down to read a book when my mind was going at 100mph wasn’t easy. I would manage around 10 pages before throwing the book I was reading down in frustration. Due to that, 2 books were completed in February and I’m slightly mad at that fact.

The first book I finished was I’m Travelling Alone by Samuel Bjork. The title of this intrigued me and I’m rather pleased with myself for picking it up as it’s one of the few books I’ve read recently that has kept me guessing until the end.

I’m Travelling Alone opens with a 6-year-old girl found hanging from a tree with a sign saying “I’m travelling alone” around her neck. The story is then handed over to Mia; a former cop who is getting ready to commit suicide. Mia and the investigation into the 6-year-old girl become intertwined and while their story is being told, another one in the form of a religious cult begins to sneak its way into the book. A significant amount of characters are needed for this whole plot to come together so admittedly, I felt myself getting a little lost at times but I’m Travelling Alone kept my attention.

I'm Travelling Alone. Professor of Truth

I didn’t actually guess how the ending was going to play out until around 10 pages from one of the big reveals. The entire book was cleverly written and the short chapters really helped maintain the pace of the story and also add a sense of urgency. If you’re a fan of Scandinavian crime books, I’m Travelling Alone is a fantastic read.

The Professor of Truth by James Robertson was the second book I read in February. I’ve seen this book sitting in my parents’ house for a while now and I’ve always wondered about it. The Professor of Truth is based on the Lockerbie bombing and the idea that the wrong person was convicted. It weaves fact with fiction and actually borrows the story of Dr Jim Swire, a man who lost his daughter in the bombing.

I'm Travelling Alone. The Professor of Truth

Alan Tealing, the main character, has lost both his wife and young daughter in the bombing and is adamant that the evidence in the trial was false. An ex-CIA agent dying of cancer comes to visit Alan Tealing to inform him in the most round-about way possible that his suspicions are correct and that leads to Alan going to Australia for answers.

I found this book extremely difficult to get into at first as it was just so dull. The fact it’s based on a true story usually makes things interesting for me but it just wasn’t working for The Professor of Truth. It wasn’t until I very slowly reached page 110 that I started to really pay attention. The plot came into its own in the last 100 pages and, while I found the ending to be odd, I don’t think it could have ended in any other way.

While I wouldn’t recommend The Professor of Truth to everyone, I would urge anyone with any degree of interest in the Lockerbie bombing or terrorist activity in general to read this. It’s not the most captivating of stories but it makes you think about whether the conspiracy is the actual truth or not.

Despite my disappointment with my efforts in February, I’m happy with my choice of books and now I can finally stop wondering what The Professor of Truth is all about. Hopefully, March will be a more productive month for reading otherwise I’ll never reach my reading goal.

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