Review – Shore House Slumming

Shore House Slumming by Carli Palmer

shore house slummingPublished: June 23, 2016

Book Blurb: Working as an editor in Seattle, Dana Kline led a happy life. She had great friends, a career she adored, and her health couldn’t be better. But everything about it was mundane and safe. EVERYTHING. No gamble would have made her change her ways, so life was going to change it for her. After an unexpected release from her job and then finding out that she would become practically homeless for the summer, Dana gathered her courage and found herself ready to try a new life in Florida. The only problem was getting herself across the nation on a tight budget, hardly any connections, and an unadventurous self. After many stops along both coast lines Dana finds out that it’s okay to let her hair down, meet new people, and try new escapades. Just as long as her sanity doesn’t fly away with the seagulls.

Book Links: Amazon | Amazon UK | Goodreads

My Review

Shore House Slumming is the second novel written by author Carli Palmer. Super cool side note, a quote from my review on her first novel, Down the Aisle with Bridezilla is in the front of her new novel! 

You know that saying that it’s not about the destination but the journey on the way? That has never been more true than when reading this novel. The bulk of the novel itself is about Dana’s journey to her new job and home in Florida. She has some of the most outrageous, ridiculous and absolutely chaotic stops along the way. There were too many stops to mention them all, but one of my favorites was when she gets tied up with a neighbor that has her little daughter in those pageants with the big princessy dresses, big hair and lots of attitude.

Sometimes when you stop planning your life out just so and live your life one day at a time, the best things can happen. This novel was an entertaining light-hearted read, perfect for those lazy summer days that are still upon us.

I received a complimentary paperback review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.


How cool is it that my review made it into her novel?!

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How cute is the matching bookmark?!

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Check out my review on Carli’s first novel Down the Aisle with Bridezilla

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Quote – Priyanka Chopra

Today’s quote comes from a fierce young woman named Priyanka Chopra. You may know her from her work in over 50 Indian movies, or you may be more familiar with her recent work on the American television show called Quantico. Or you may not know who I’m talking about at all, and if that’s the case, I hope to change that for you today.

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Writers and musicians are the people I admire. To be able to write, to be able to come up with something from thin air and create a story, that’s the purest form of art to me. I love books. I have a library at home, and there’s an armchair and a lamp in the middle of it. My favorite thing to do is grab a glass of wine and a great book and maybe put on some old-school Cafe del Mar or something like that. I’m a Cancer, so I’m very much a homebody.

Priyanka Chopra quoted by Veronica Chambers in the August 2016 issue of InStyle Magazine.

When reading celebrity interviews in magazines, one thing that never fails to excite me is when I find a common bond or personal connection with the celebrity as an individual. I recently read an article on Priyanka in InStyle Magazine and I was thrilled to find out that we share a love of books and reading. Reading is one of my favorite pleasures in life and I love discovering that people I admire also enjoy reading books in the comfort of their homes. Priyanka is a true example of what beauty looks like, both on the inside and out.❤


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Quote – Olivia Palmero

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Olivia Palmero quoted in the August 2016 issue of Allure Magazine. 

#NoMakeupMondays have become a popular social media theme post. Women everywhere embrace their natural beauty, without makeup and share their naturally beautiful ‘selfies’. I think it’s a wonderful mindset for women to love who they are and support one another in appreciating themselves. One of the best ways to be naturally beautiful is through proper nutrition, hydration, sleep and a great skin-care regimen. I was inspired by a quote from Olivia Palmero in the August issue of Allure Magazine; “The best compliment you can receive is that you look well rested.” Who wants to be told that they look tired? Certainly not me! Being told you look well rested is one of the best compliments a woman can receive because it means you look happy, healthy and relaxed, which in turn, means you look beautiful!

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How to: 5 Minute Makeup

Although I may be a bit makeup obsessed, I’m also a big believer in getting my beauty sleep. When getting ready in the morning, whether it’s for work or on the weekend going out, my makeup is the last thing I do before I walk out the door. Sometimes when I hit the snooze button one too many times, I end up with only 5 or 10 minutes to do my makeup. Read on for my top 5 beauty products to get you out the door in 5 minutes.

How to- 5 minute makeup

Half the trick of doing your makeup in 5 minutes is having a skilled hand, but the other half is knowing which products to use and which ones to skip. Liquid eyeliner is a BIG HUGE NO! when you need to get out the door in just a few minutes. How many times have you messed up your liner and it’s taken almost 5 minutes just to fix it? Take it from me and save the liquid liner for those days when you have 10-20 minutes to do your makeup. These are my top 5 makeup products I grab when I’m running low on time: 1) Fast Foundation 2)Blush 3) Mascara 4) Eyebrow Tamer 5) Moisturizing Chapstick

1. Fast Foundation – Hourglass’s Vanish Foundation

Three weeks ago I would’ve never suggested foundation on my list of 5 minute makeup products. Usually foundation takes a while to apply and make sure it’s even and smooth, but since I was introduced to the new Vanish Foundation from Hourglass, I can honestly say that I can get out of the bathroom in 5 minutes (well, for the time spent doing my makeup anyway). It’s super easy to apply and blends quickly, evenly and perfectly! It’s a bit on the pricey side at $46 for the foundation stick (and $46 for a one-time purchase on the brush) but I swear it’s worth it. When you’re short on time, with this foundation you don’t even need to use concealer! [I received the foundation stick and foundation brush for free for testing purposes and I can’t tell you how happy I got it, because this product has completely transformed my morning makeup routine!]

2. Blush – Benefit’s Dandelion Box o’ Powder Blush

At first glance this blush looks a bit pale and seems like it wouldn’t be good for someone like me that has a medium complexion. However, once I started using this blush, I haven’t switched to anything else. I’ve tried a few blushes I’ve received as samples, but I keep coming back to this one for my everyday rosy healthy glowing look.

3. Mascara – Giorgio Armani’s Black Ecstasy Mascara

Almost anything you read will tell you that mascara is a must, even on days when you only have a few minutes and I am a total advocate for that! A few quick swipes of a good mascara will do wonders for waking up your entire face. Right now I’m loving the Black Ecstasy sample I got from Giorgio Armani, but there are countless amazing mascaras that you can use.

4. Eyebrow Tamer – Benefit’s Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel

Oh Em Gee! Another newbie on the market, this little brow gel is fantastic! I’ve always struggled to find a good way to tame my naturally thick eyebrows and this thing does just the trick. It’s good for adding a little volume, but I honestly use it because it’s like a good hair spray; it keeps my brows in place without making them crunchy to the touch.

5. Moisturizing Chapstick – Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15

Never, never, ever leave your house without a moisturizing lip product!! Sure a matte cream lip looks great, but it takes a few minutes and a steady hand, which isn’t always available when you’re running around getting ready to leave the house. Instead, grab a moisturizing chapstick with a subtle hint of color. My favorite lip treatment is the berry color from Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment product line. It’s super moisturizing and has just enough color to brighten up your face, but subtle enough that you don’t need a mirror to apply it. On average I’ve got at least 3 of these in different colors in my handbag but the berry is by far my favorite. At $22 a piece for the full size product, it’s a bit expensive for a chapstick, but I can’t tell you how completely worth it it is! Just don’t carry too many at once, or you’ll be likely to misplace and lose them.

Okay, so I took an extra 5 seconds to take a quick selfie this morning after I did my makeup only using the 5 products listed above. What are your go-to products when you’re short on time in the morning? Share your favorites and your own selfies below!

How to: 5 Minute Makeup

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Quote of the the Week – Judith Light

Today’s quote comes from Judith Light (famous actress & producer) on working hard to achieve your goals❤



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Makeup Monday – Sample Review Round-Up

Happy August everyone!

Perhaps you’re like me and you’ve got a bit of an obsession with beauty products. I have my regular makeup and skin care routine but I love supplementing them by trying new products. I often purchase new products from Sephora which includes free single-use samples with all purchases and deluxe samples with all purchases over $25, plus deluxe samples with reward point redemption, and tons of new products in my monthly and seasonal beauty box subscriptions (Birchbox, Ipsy, Target, Sephora Play, FabFitFun and Walmart).

Seeing as today is the 1st, I thought it was the perfect time to re-fresh my blog and start sharing posts based on a blogging schedule. My three main weekly posts will be Makeup Mondays, Wisdom Wednesdays and Top 5 Fridays. One of the regular posts I’ll be sharing on Makeup Mondays are review round-ups of the samples I’ve tried in the past week or so. Today I’m sharing my review on 14 products I’ve tried in the past two weeks.

Sample Review Round-Up

As you can see I’ve tried quite a few new products recently. I liked most of them, loved a few of them, and disliked a few of them. I’ll go in order of my favorite to my least favorite.

L'Oreal Cushion

1. L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation in W3 – 5/5

Deluxe sample from June Target Beauty Box

My June Beauty Box from Target had so many fabulous products and this one took the cake! I couldn’t get over how this color was my perfect match! I loved the sample so much that I immediately went and purchased the full sized product at Target… and got to use the $3 off coupon that came inside the box. Total deal!

Soap & Glory - Naked Body Butter

2. Naked Soapy & Glory The Righteous Butter Body Butter – 5/5

Single use Sample from June Target Beauty Box

This moisturizer sample also came in the Target Beauty Box. I used it right out of the shower and it felt delicious on my skin. Super moisturizing, smooth and had a subtle scent. Would definitely buy this.

Origins GinZing eye cream

3. Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream -5/5

Single use sample from Sephora

This product is fabulous. It smells good and feels great. I wasn’t able to try it enough times to know if it is effective, but for me the smell and feel of a product is the bulk of what I look for.

Cotz Tinted SPF 40

4. Cotz Face Natural SPF 40 – 5/5

Deluxe sample from June Target Beauty Box

At first I thought this product was kind of pointless. I don’t like tinted moisturizers when I’m putting on makeup for the day. However, when the weekend rolled around and I was planning to have a productive day of running errands and doing laundry etc. this was the perfect product for me. The slight tint was enough for me to feel like my face wasn’t completely bare, and I loved knowing that I was protecting my skin with the built in SPF. Not great for an everyday product, but perfect for me on a casual no-makeup day.

Dr Brandt Pore Dermabrasion

5. Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion Pore Perfecting Exfoliator – 5/5

Single use sample from Sephora

My top two favorite skin care products are masks and exfoliators. This was a great Exfoliator. It felt like it was doing it’s job, but it wasn’t too tough on my skin. It left my skin feeling soft and glowy.

Caudalie sorbet

6. Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet 4/5

Redeemed 100 Sephora points for deluxe sample

This moisturizer smells pretty good and left my skin feeling soft and smooth. Would be good as a daily moisturizer but not worth the extra money compared to my everyday moisture surge from Clinique.

S.W. Basics Exfoliant

7. S.W. Basics Exfoliant – 4/5

Single use sample from June Target Beauty Box

I loved the way this Exfoliator left my skin feeling soft, smooth and glowy. I didn’t love the application though. It was strange to put a dry oatmeal looking product into my wet hands to mix the product. It looks and smells a bit like oatmeal but the product works wonders if you can get past the consistency.

First Aid Beauty - Red Clay

8. First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay – 4/5

Deluxe sample from July Sephora Play! Box

This is a good cleansing product. It smells good and left my skin feeling smooth. The soapy lather was just okay, so I felt like it woudn’t clean my skin fully without having already taken off my makeup before washing it. Regardless, I thought it was a good product.


9. L’Occitane Almond Smoothing and Beautifying Milk Concentrate – 4/5

Single use sample from Sephora

I loved the feel of this product on my skin after a hot shower, but I didn’t completely love the almond smell.

erborian ginseng mask


10. Erborian Pate at Ginseng Black Concentrate Mask – 4/5

Single use sample from Sephora

I was somehow expecting this mask to be more like the charcoal masks I’ve tried recently. Instead it was a dark-brown gel-like consistency. It left my skin feeling great though, so I would say it’s a good product.


11. Dermadoctor KP Duty Lotion – 4/5

Single use sample from Sephora

I like the feel of this lotion but I may have been a bit too much for me. My skin was slightly irritated after I used it, but I can’t honestly attribute it to the lotion.

Nivea In-Shower Lotion

12. Nivea In-Shower Nourishing Body Lotion – 3/5

Single use sample from Walmart Summer Beauty Box

This wasn’t my favorite product. It was strange using a lotion in the shower. I wouldn’t have minded it so much if it hadn’t left my hands greasy. When I gave my hair a last rub to make sure my hair was clean at the end of the shower, I felt as though it made my hair dirty because my hands still had lotion that wouldn’t wash off on them.

Origins Frothy face wash

13. Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash 1/5

Single use sample from Sephora

This was one of the worst products I’ve tried recently. I’m normally a fan of Origins products, so I was a bit disappointed. This face wash gave a great soapy lather, but it left my skin feeling rubbery instead of clean. Wouldn’t recommend it to anyone unless maybe I suppose if you had super oily skin.


14. Dermadoctor KP Duty Body Scrub – decline to rate due to misunderstanding on product usage

Single use sample from Sephora

This one I’m embarrassed to admit I used incorrectly. I read the package afterwards and realized it was used wrong. Therefore I’m declining to rate it.


Have you tried any of these products or have been wanting to? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Review – What Happens at the Beach…

Today I’m excited to share my review of What Happens at the Beach… the latest novel by T.A. Williams. Check out yesterday’s post if you missed the exclusive guest post written by the author himself. If you’ve never read any of his novels you should remedy that. Start with his newest and then work your way back, though they’re all stand alone novels, so feel free to enjoy them in whatever order you please.

What Happens at the Beach…

TAWilliams-Beach-CoverAuthor: T.A. Williams

Published: July 11, 2016

Book Blurb: For the perfect summer romance…

It’s finally time for Natalie Dryden to decide what she really wants! After ditching her sparkling engagement ring, and her ghastly fiancé, she jets off for the sun-kissed shores of Southern France – the only place that has ever truly felt like home. For the first time ever, Natalie is determined to forget all about men and follow her dreams!

…head to the French coast!

Only, avoiding the male population isn’t quite so easy, especially when she meets smooth-talking Philippe and gorgeous fisherman, Remy! But then Natalie, quite literally, bumps into brooding millionaire Mark whilst swimming in the glittering azure-blue bay – and her life is turned upside-down.

Love might be off the cards for Natalie, yet suddenly she finds herself in her dream job and working with her dream man! But is it all too good to be true…?

My Review

What Happens at the Beach… was another wonderful novel written by T.A. Williams. The author has a beautiful, serene writing style; vividly descriptive but not so much so that it takes away from the story and leaves you bored with a long description. He makes you aware of the sights and smells as if you were there yourself, along-side the main character. I thoroughly enjoy his writing and this novel is the perfect example of why.

This novel is a classic example of the old saying that ‘when it rains it pours’. When Natalie visits her Gran (without a set date to leave) she’s desperate to find a job that will utilize her special skill set and Ph.D. In Medieval Studies. After frantically searching, she suddenly finds herself with multiple prospects all at once, and a difficult decision in which to choose.

This novel was well-written in the author’s classic writing style and was thoroughly enjoyable. I believe it’s intended to be enjoyed over a period of time, rather than sitting down and gobbling it all up in one go. I enjoyed the characters and the overall premise of the novel and particularly enjoyed watching Natalie grow as an individual and watching her new relationships blossom, especially with Barney! There were no large surprises, but isn’t it nice to get exactly what you want out of a story? I’d love to go get myself a friendly lab too!

What I’m saying is that love’s unfathomable. What makes two people fall in love is one of life’s great unknowns.

4/5 stars

I received a complimentary ARC from the author via Karan Eleni PR Tours and NetGalley. 

Currently on $3.99 Amazon | Amazon UK | Goodreads 


About the Author – T.A. Williams

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon

TAWilliamsAuthor Bio: Firstly, my name isn’t T A. It’s Trevor. I write under the androgynous name T A Williams because 65% of books are read by women. In my first book, “Dirty Minds” one of the (female) characters suggests the imbalance is due to the fact that men spend too much time getting drunk and watching football. I couldn’t possibly comment. Ask my wife…

I’ve written all sorts: thrillers, historical novels, short stories and now I’m enjoying myself hugely writing humour and romance. Romantic comedies are what we all need from time to time. Life isn’t always very fair. It isn’t always a lot of fun, but when it is, we need to embrace it. If my books can put a smile on your face and maybe give your heartstrings a tug, then I know I’ve done my job.

I‘ve lived all over Europe, but now I live in a little village in sleepy Devon, tucked away in south west England. I love the place. That’s why you’ll find leafy lanes and thatched cottages in most of my books. Oh, yes, and a black Labrador.

I’ve been writing since I was 14 and that is half a century ago. However, underneath this bald, wrinkly exterior, there beats the heart of a youngster. My wife is convinced I will never grow up. I hope she’s right.



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