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Patisserie de Bain Bath Fancies, Everything Roses - 3-Piece Gift Set
Patisserie de Bain Bath Fancies, Everything Roses - 3-Piece Gift Set
Price: £10.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully designed and packaged but a little underwhelming in the bath, 23 July 2016
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These are gorgeous little bath melts designed to look like tiny cupcakes. They look adorable, almost too nice to dissolve in the bath, but they are smaller than they look and while they melt down to release skin-softening oil, the fragrance isn't very strong, nothing like Lush and other products which scent my whole flat. A sweet treat that make ideal small gifts.


OPI Maintenance Formula Nail Envy Treatment 15 ml
OPI Maintenance Formula Nail Envy Treatment 15 ml
Price: £12.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Strengthens, works as a base coat and adds a subtle sheen for natural looking nails, 23 July 2016
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I don't have brittle or weak nails but still like to use this as a base coat under polish as it prevents staining and seems to give the colour something to cling to. It's also nice alone giving a subtle sheen to nails rather than a high-gloss shine: good if you want to look polished and groomed but still low-maintenance.


Carmex Lime Click stick duo pack
Carmex Lime Click stick duo pack
Price: £5.12

4.0 out of 5 stars Carmex in a stick, 23 July 2016
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This formulation of Carmex is like a traditional lip salve but with the distinctive Carmex tingle. The lime flavour is nice, and the stick is handy for pockets and bags, but this isn't quite as moisturizing and long-lasting as the gel in the tube or pot. Good for portability.


Carmex Mint tube duo pack
Carmex Mint tube duo pack
Price: £5.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Carmex care with a mint flavour, 23 July 2016
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Carmex is a cult product because it works - and this mint flavour is a nice way to ring the changes. This traditional formulation comes out like a clear gel and you smooth it onto your lips with the rounded end of the tube. The mint works brilliantly with the distinctive Carmex tingle leaving lips smooth, conditioned and moisturises. Brilliant alone or as a base under lipstick or gloss.


Carmex Moisture plus Berry duo pack
Carmex Moisture plus Berry duo pack
Price: £9.00

5.0 out of 5 stars The care of traditional Carmex now with a sheer tint of colour, 23 July 2016
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Carmex is a cult located product because it works brilliantly to soothe and soften lips - now it's just got better with the addition of colour. This berry tint gives a sheer wash of colour on your lips without compromising on the soothing and moisturizing effect. Perfect either alone for a natural look or under lipstick.


I Found You
I Found You
by Lisa Jewell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing after Jewell's The Girls, 21 July 2016
This review is from: I Found You (Hardcover)
I came to this book after loving Jewell's The Girls, the first book of hers that I'd read and which hugely impressed me with its astute writing and subtle characterisation. I was hoping for similar here but sadly this is standard fare in that over-populated space of the girly side of psychological thrillers.

Alice invites a homeless man with no memory to come and live with her and her children (luckily he's handsome so that's all right then) while in London Lily from Ukraine is anxious when her new husband doesn't come home so teams up with his work colleague to track him down.

The plot depends on melodrama and people behaving in unbelievable ways, and tries to pull off a sleight of hand identity trick which falls a bit flat. It also needs a significant personality change in one character to make sense, and the behaviour of Kitty (no details for fear of spoilers) is literally off the scale of unbelievability.

This is certainly a step up from chick-lit where I think Jewell started but disappointing after The Girls.

Thanks to the publisher for a review copy via Netgalley


The Kept Woman (Will Trent 8)
The Kept Woman (Will Trent 8)
by Karin Slaughter
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, 21 July 2016
After the last couple of standalones, Slaughter has returned to her Sara Linton/Will Trent series with a story of complicated plot-lines and twisted relationships. I don't want to say anything that will give away spoilers but will say that this wouldn't be a good starting point for anyone who hasn't been following the series to date.

The prologue, I feel, gives away a bit too much of the plot though, admittedly, it's not till about halfway through the book that we can place it: when we do, we're way ahead of the investigatory team and I felt that that removes some of the tension.

As ever, we have to swallow our disbelief that this little group of investigators with their complicated personal relationships are allowed to work together, but it does, of course, raise the stakes. I've never been a great fan of Sara Linton and here she seems to be a particularly grey and even childish figure when compared to the vibrant personalities of Faith, Amanda and Angie.

So a good entry in the series and one which certainly moves Will and Angie on in terms of personal development. Not quite Slaughter's best or as accomplished and mature as her superlative Coptown but a gripping read all the same.

Thanks to the publisher for an ARC via Netgalley


The History of Blood (Col Vaughn de Vries)
The History of Blood (Col Vaughn de Vries)
by Paul Mendelson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.78

4.0 out of 5 stars "Now she is just another murder in a country full of death", 21 July 2016
This is the third in a series of sophisticated crime thrillers set against the troubled background of contemporary South Africa. The characterisation is finely-honed from the unpredictable Colonel de Vries and his enigmatic friend John Marantz, to the lovely Don February: quiet, intelligent, increasingly more confident as a black police officer working with Apartheid-era Afrikaner colleagues.

Though the crime and violence is very modern, the story itself has links to South Africa's bloody past in Angola and through the transition period to power-sharing and democracy.

It's the complexity of politics, personalities and plot which make this series stand out from the crime field.

Thanks to the publisher for a review copy via Netgalley


Lying in Wait
Lying in Wait
by Liz Nugent
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.09

4.0 out of 5 stars The monstrous side of motherhood, 21 July 2016
This review is from: Lying in Wait (Paperback)
"My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it"

It seems our (fictional) love affair with psychopaths is far from over... Nugent has written a book nastier, darker and more complex than her previous Oliver, and this time she uncovers the monstrous side of motherhood as well as exploring class tensions in 1980s Dublin.

The different voices work well, and no-one is without secrets, with the tensions rising in the domestic landscape of Avalon, the big house at the heart of this book.

A twisty, turny narrative that doesn't become silly as so many books in this genre do - set aside some time for this as it's ludicrously gripping!

Thanks to the publisher for an ARC via Netgalley


The Dying Detective
The Dying Detective
by Leif G W Persson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A complex re-opening of a cold case, 21 July 2016
This review is from: The Dying Detective (Hardcover)
This is not the first time that a detective has solved a cold case from his couch (almost); in fact, there's almost a sub-genre of the ill investigator - Tey's The Daughter Of Time, Christie's Poirot's Last Case, one of the Inspector Morse books whose name I've forgotten (The Wench Is Dead, maybe?). So here we have a retired detective in hospital after a stroke, drawn into an unsolved rape/murder case from 25 years before. Luckily, his best friend was one of the lead investigators and seems to have a miraculous memory for long ago details...

This book doesn't have the outrageous black humour of the Backstrom books but it's still a complex and thoughtful story. Some of the parts that I think were meant to be poignant left me a bit cold as our detective/hero has to give up hotdogs and vodka and face up to death, and the story gets a bit drawn-out in parts.

So this might lack the convention-busting edge of Backstrom (who makes cameo appearances here) but it's still a nicely complex story.


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