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Gone Girl got me again

**This post does not include spoilers!**

By now pretty much everyone has either read, or at least heard about Gone Girl, amiright?

I was first introduced to Gone Girl by Joy the Baker, who mentioned the book in a couple of her podcasts. She was reading it at the time and it sounded like such a gripping story, I added it to my ever growing ‘to read’ list.

So, during our European holiday last year, while getting my tan on, I decided to download the preview of this book. I was keen to read it, but not quite willing to part with any money just yet. I ended up devouring that preview and immediately bought the whole dang book. It was great! Not the kind of novel I would usually read (preferring chick lit or fantasy genres), but oh boy did I love it. You can read my review here.

So when I heard they were turning this gripping thriller into a movie, oh boy. And last night, I finally got to see it!

The theatre was packed, and as the movie progressed, I got the sense that there were a few people in the crowd who hadn’t read the book yet. Boy were they in for a fun ride!

The movie was great. So great. They didn’t take too much out of it (well, from what I can remember a year down the track!), everything flowed pretty seamlessly and the casting was wonderful. While reading the first half of the book I HATED Nick and I loved Amy. Unfortunately, I feel like the movie didn’t quite capture that to the same extent for me. Nick wasn’t quite as much of an asshole, and I don’t know if it was because I already knew what was going to happen with Amy, but she just wasn’t as likeable as she is in the book.

Also, viewing the story unfold is so different from reading and imagining it. Parts of it were difficult to sit through, and definitely got some good shock-value from the audience members who were unprepared!

The soundtrack was perfect parts tense and eerie; the lighting was dark, moody and mysterious; and there were just enough light moments of conversation in amongst the deep and serious. Even though I knew the plot of this story, I was still thoroughly entertained throughout the movie and had many ‘oh, that’s right!’ moments during various scenes. They kept really true to the book, which always gets a big thumbs-up from me.

If you haven’t seen it, you totally should. If you haven’t read the book, you also totally should. And I really don’t think it matters which order you do this in, as either way you will be taken on a roller-coaster ride of emotions!

If you have read the book or seen the film, I’d love to hear your thoughts

Let Us Be Frank

Today I want to talk about something I’m slightly obsessed with – Frank Coffee Scrub.

Mostly made up of ground coffee beans – with some added goodness – this stuff is amazing! It comes in three different flavours: Original, Coconut & Grapeseed, and their brand new Cacao.

So far I have only used the original one, but I also have (and can’t wait to try) their coconut version. Of course, I will totes have to get the cacao one too, because…..chocolate, duh.

Using Frank could not be easier. Basically you stand in the shower, dampen your skin, take a big old handful of the stuff and just rub it all over your body. Simples. You can use it on dry skin, but I found that the product is so much easier to apply, and goes a lot further when your skin is slightly wet.
Frank is totally safe to use on your face too, but I found that my skin was just a bit too sensitive for this type of exfoliation.

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A Tale as old as Time

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Three posts ago, I shared with you guys a recent obsession. With dolls.
But not just any dolls.
Of course, I am talking about the Disney Animators’ Collection series.

I currently have two of these beauties, although eventually I would like the whole lot of them. And a proper display shelf to house them all. Just saying.

You’ve seen Aurora, from my favourite Disney movie; so now it’s time to appreciate Belle, who I can probably relate to the most, being bookish and all.

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Disney Collector Dream

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It’s no secret that I am a huge Disney fan.
Sleeping Beauty was always my favourite movie – I had a poster advertising the VHS hanging on my wall while growing up.
It was an amazing poster – aside from being huge, it was made of heavy cardstock and looked something like this.
I loved it so much, battered as it was, it even graced the bedroom wall of one of my apartments after I moved away from home.
I think it’s now in storage, but I would love to fix it up and hang it on my wall again in future.

Anyways, that is besides the point.
While traveling Europe last year, we stumbled upon the Disney store in Venice – so naturally I had to take a peek.
I instantly fell in love with the Disney Animators’ Collection of princess dolls.
If they weren’t so large, and my suitcase already so full – I would have bought Aurora on the spot!

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Makeup Review from a Novice

What a busy month May has been so far! Now I did intentionally take a break from blogging after my 30 days of posts, but I didn’t intend for it to last quite so long.

My days since turning the dreaded 30 have not felt all that different from when I was 29 (surprise, surprise!), but they have been full – with work, online shopping, eating tasty treats, obsessing over Game of Thrones and getting sick – it’s all happening around here!

So now I am back and ready to share some goodies with you.

Now, I have always enjoyed watching beauty tutorials on YouTube. Essie Button, JaaackJack, Zoella and Tess Christine are a few that I watch on the regular.
However lately, I have become slightly obsessed – I blame three whole days of doing nothing but laying on my couch/bed watching video after video while I was sick. What else is a girl to do, right?

So, I recently ordered some new makeup from Tarte – and while I am by no means a makeup expert (seriously, don’t really have a clue!), I have become inspired to share my wares and the end result with you guys here.

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Candles for Book Lovers

It is no secret that I love to read.
And some of you may even know about my love for candles.
So when I stumbled across Frostbeard Studio on Etsy, I had to find out more!
Making handcrafted pottery and soy candles for nerds and book-lovers alike, Frostbeard is cute,  quirky and totally original.

Many of their candles have been created with popular books in mind – Harry Potter, The Hobbit, The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones to name a few.
And if you’re favourite book isn’t featured, you could always go for a scent that book lovers can relate to, such as Bookstore or Oxford Library.

As a HUGE Harry Potter fan, it was a no brainer for me to get Butterbeer and Dumbledore’s Office; – and I believe they even have Hogwarts House flavours too, which aren’t online yet.
I almost bought The Shire or Winterfell, but as Old Books was the first candle I saw and got me to their store in the first place, I decided to go with that instead.
Besides, who doesn’t love the smell of an old book?!

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It’s a good thing I’m not into Doctor Who or Sherlock Holmes, or my decision would likely have been even tougher!

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Review: Born to Die – Paradise Edition

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Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness* (Photo credit: ● Jary ●)

I’m such a noob sometimes. I always seem to be behind the trend, only catching on to *hot new* things once most people are already getting over them. But when I do find things that I like, I go all out. Case in point – Lana Del Rey. I am currently and officially obsessed. And maybe a teensy bit in love. And yes, I realise she’s been big for a while now, so what?

The first time I heard her beautiful voice was actually over a year ago, when I was visiting family back home – my younger sisters were driving me around and had her music playing. Yes that’s right; my sisters are trendier than me. Also, they don’t say trendy, so there’s that. Even my 7-year-old niece was a fan, singing along to ‘Summertime Sadness’ in the car. But I continued on, playing my own favourite artists, not stepping outside of my musical box.

Fast forward to a couple weeks ago and the stars started aligning – I was listening to the Joy the Baker podcast on my walk home one day and they mentioned her album, I thought – oh yeah, i like that Summertime Sadness song, I should look her up. I didn’t and then when we were driving around on the Gold Coast last weekend I heard the remix version of the song multiple times on the radio, so finally, finally I took the hint and looked her up this week – I still wasn’t sure if her style was my kind of music, but after listening to the preview on iTunes, I thought ‘what the heck’ – her Born to Die: The Paradise Edition album was only 10 bucks at my local music store, so what did I have to lose?

Oh my god, you guys. Ah-MAZE-ing. Amazing. I listened to the whole album while doing a mind-numbing job at work the other day, and I have been floating along on her wave ever since. I love how old school Hollywood she is, yet with these grungy gangster undertones. Her voice is like an angels, for reals and her music is captivating. I realised that I had actually heard a few of her songs before – Blue Jeans, Video Games and Radio – thanks to my sisters, I guess – and I am now a total fangirl. I feel almost haunted by her songs and lyrics, her style is like nothing I have heard before – although at times she has a Gwen Stefani sound, amiright? Each new song is like something out of a movie, yet honest and real at the same time.

Aside from the songs mentioned above, which you guys have all probably heard of and listened to before; my favourite song on this album has to be ‘Bel Air’ – so magical, angelic and dreamy:

She is absolutely stunning and extremely talented – I feel like this will be my Summer album this year because I can’t see myself getting sick of it anytime soon.

Who else is a LDR fan? Is that even a thing – LDR? And what other artists should I be checking out?