Saturday, 25 February 2012

The Book Review ~ Death comes to Pemberley

Completed: - 23rd February 2012

Rating: - 5/5

“Death comes to Pemberley” by P.D James


P.D James is an absolutely brilliant! This book really rocked my socks. I couldn’t put the book down.

Be warned once you start you are never going to stop until the book is done.

I have read a few Austen wannabes and none come close. James encompasses Austens voice and tone.

She makes the characters alive and real again.

What really made the novel fantastic was the way James incorparated “Emma” AND “Persuasion using them to tie up loose ends thicken the plot!



Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Back to Murder ~ Back to Animal Testing

I was terrified when I found this list and realised how many of these products I have in my house.

Needless to say I am now finding my alternatives...

I will keep you posted on the replacements.

But until then here is the PeTA’S list of Companies that DO TEST ON ANIMALS: -

  • 3M
  • Acuvue
  • Aim
  • Air Wick
  • Alberto-Culver
  • Always (I do NOT want to know what test they do...)
  • Ambi
  • Aquafresh
  • Arm & Hammer
  • Armor All
  • Arrid
  • Aussie
  • Aveeno
  • Avon
  • Axe
  • Bain de Soleil
  • Band-Aid
  • Bic Corporation
  • Biotherm
  • Blue Buffalo
  • Boyle-Midway
  • Braun
  • Cachaerl
  • Calgon
  • Carefree
  • Chapstick
  • Christina Aguilera Perfumes
  • Church and Dwight
  • Clairol
  • Clean and Clear
  • Clearasil
  • Clorox
  • Close-up
  • Comfort
  • Coppertone
  • Crest

  • Dad’s Pet Care
  • DDF
  • Dial Corporaton
  • D&G
  • Dove
  • Downy
  • Drano
  • Dry Idea
  • Dunhill Fragrances
  • Easy-off
  • Edge
  • Escada Fragrances
  • Estee Lauder
  • Ever Clean
  • Fantastik
  • Febreze
  • Fekkai
  • Finish
  • Formula 409
  • Fresh Step
  • Garnier
  • Gilette Co.
  • Giorgio Armani
  • Glad
  • Glade
  • Green Works
  • Gucci Fragrances
  • Halo
  • Head and Shoulders
  • Helena Rubinstein
  • Helene Curtis
  • Herbal Essences
  • Hugo Boss
  • Iams
  • Ivory
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Johnson’s
  • Joy
  • K.Y.
  • Kaboom
  • Kerastase
  • Kiehl’s
  • L’Oreal
  • Lacoste Fragrances
  • Lancome
  • LaRoche Posay
  • Lever Bros.
  • Liquid Plumr
  • Listerine
  • Lubriderm
  • Lux
  • Lysol

  • Mary Kay
  • Matrix Essentials
  • Max Factor
  • Maybelline
  • Mead
  • Melaleuca
  • Mennen
  • Mentadent
  • Merck
  • Mizani
  • Mop & Glo
  • Mr. Clean
  • Nair
  • Natural Instincts
  • Nature’s Source
  • Neutrogena
  • New Dana Perfumes
  • Nice and Easy
  • Off
  • Olay
  • Old English
  • Old Spice
  • Oomph!
  • Oral-B
  • Oust
  • OxiClean

  • Palmolive
  • Pampers
  • Pantene
  • Pearl Drops
  • Pfizer
  • Physique
  • Pine-Sol
  • Piz Buin
  • Pledge
  • Ponds
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Puffs
  • Purell
  • Purex
  • Purpose
  • Raid
  • Ralph Lauren Fragrances
  • Reach
  • Reckitt Benckiser
  • Redken
  • Rembrandt
  • ReNu
  • Renuzit
  • Resolve
  • Red-X
  • Right Guard
  • ROC
  • Rogaine
  • S.C Johnson
  • SOS
  • Savlon
  • Schering-Plough
  • Scoop Away
  • Scope
  • Scrubbing Bubbles
  • Sebastian Professional
  • Secret
  • Sensodybe
  • Shiseido Cosmetics
  • Shout
  • Shower to Shower
  • Shu Uemura
  • Signal
  • SK-II
  • Skin ID
  • Skintimate
  • Soft & Dri
  • Soft Scrub
  • Softsheen
  • Softsoap
  • Speed Stick
  • Spray N Wash
  • Stayfree
  • Suave
  • Sunlight
  • Sunsilk
  • Swiffer
  • Tide
  • Tilex
  • Unilever
  • Vaseline
  • Veet
  • Vicks
  • Vidal Sasson
  • Viktor and Rolf
  • Walgreens
  • Windex
  • Woolite
  • Zest

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Cosmetic Animal Testing Resumes

“The One Who Does Not Remember History is Bound to Live Through It Again”

George Santayana

I was saddened and sickened today when I read a friends post on facebook and hear that civilization has taken a step back. It appears to break into the Chinese market various cosmetic companies are once again testing on animals. This is both BARBARIC and INHUMANE. What is worse is some of these companies pride themselves on being “green” and “good for the planet” which is now utter BULLPooPoo! It is disgusting that to appease a country these companies are stepping back on their MORALS. What is this all coming too??

So please find below a link to the original article: -

AND a list of the cosmetic companies now testing on animals. I will be boycotting every SINGLE one and I urge you to do so too. I will blog soon on what I find to replace these products!

Avon. Mary Kay. Estee Lauder. MAC. Clinique. Sean John. Michael Kors. Missoni. La Mer. Darphin. Tom Ford. Prescriptives. Bobbi Brown. American Beauty. Coach. Lab Series Skincare for Men. Donna Karen. Flirt! Ojon. Origins. AVEDA. GoodSkin Labs. Smashbox. Tommy Hilfiger. Jo Malone. Grassroots Research Labs. Ermenegildo Zegna. Kiton. Aramis. Bumble and Bumble.

Do we really need to step back in order to “look good”. I thought we were passed all this. What is next... using orca skins and oils to make lipstick??


Saturday, 18 February 2012

The Book Review ~ Solar

Completed: - 17th February 2012

Rating: - 2/5

“Solar” by Ian McEwan.

Not Ian McEwan’s finest piece of work. The first part of the novel is really funny.

The humour is very British and it made me giggle... as did the first part of part two... BUT that was where it ended.

It was a slippery slope downhill from then on. The rest of part two was boring and part three was crap!!

I could have done with not reading it but... oh well. My recommendation is to read half of the book and then throw the other half out!!

Thursday, 16 February 2012

L*O*V*E Month

LOVES are very present at the moment. I suppose it is the month of LOVE so it seems fitting. Here are some of the things I am in LOVE with at the moment.

Emma Watson...

Playing hostess at the Lancome Pre-BAFTA party

Then launching the new Lancome Rouge in Love lipstick at Selfridges.

Leighton Meester...

looking gorgeous at the screening of Miu Miu’s “The Woman Dress”.

Claire Danes...

just cause she is gorgeous and SO STYLISH!


Essie “So Structured” with Essie “LuxEffects Pearlifaction”.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Emotional Clean-Up

What is it with this months magazines and their “Detox” articles. This months Flare has an article on emotional detox which immediately caught my eye. I always thought that the cleansing of the wardrobe and room was the best medicine for cleansing the brain but, I rather enjoyed reading Flare’s suggestions. I even want to try this myself and begin Emotionally Detoxing.


Tech time is apparently chewing up our comtemplative time. I know I am completely hooked on my iphone and laptop, facebook and twitter, TV and internet. Thearticle suggests reading or knitting or even talking with friends.


I can instantly recall events that are still zooming around in the back of my head that I just cannot let go of. The friend who after nine years of friendship abandoned me because I made a mistake by posting a drunken photo of her on facebook for which I took down when I became sober and apologized profusely for weeks for. I am so angry and betrayed I still find it hard to let go and definetly cannot forgive... at the moment anyway. PLUS the High School teacher who in the middle of career class decided to humiliate me by telling me I was a born failure who was destined for nothing. SOOOOO... Gabrielle Bernstein suggests mentally servering all mental ties with the bad memories and moving on. I think this detox is one that is going to take a little longer than their suggested 7 days.


I love to light a candle, put on orca’s singing and lay down. Sometimes I read passages from my bible. That is my meditation but I have to admit that happens few and far between.... when I meditate I usually get into a ‘tizzy’ so I avoid thinking too much! Apparently though the more you practice the more those voices quiet and the easier it becomes to meditate. So I am willing to give it another go.


Ignoring the inner voices are difficult especially as you are in a fluctuating weight situation. Therefore, apparently you need to talk back... hmmmm....


For me NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! My couch is WAAAYYY too comfortable! hehehehehe!!


I take the hint from Kate Spade-- Thank you Cards are the BEST THING EVER! Despite following the Queen Guru Kate Spade there is also a study that emphasises the positive effects of saying the “thank you” words. According to the “Harvard Mental Health Letter” that expressing gratitude resultings in positive emotions, greater satisfaction from good experiences, and improved health.

p.s. Chapters now sells Kate Spade stationary!!


K I am a Virgo and so this is NOT going to happen but, for you readers Stop Thinking the Worst and Start Assuming the Best! This apparently is the ultimate key to a lighter living!

Monday, 13 February 2012

I'm Cleaning Out My Closet!

One of my favourite things is cleaning, initially I hate it but the feeling when its done is an unbelievable thing, satisfaction, purity... It is better than a massage! It is reading week for me this week which means no uni. So ontop of the crazy amount of assignments and midterm prep I was also planning a “Spring Clean Extravaganza”, so I was really excited to see an article in this months Elle Canada telling you the best spring cleaning methods... not only for your place but for your electronic profiles and brain!

In my excitement I thought I could share them with you!

  • Declutter
  • Tidy your online image
  • Step away from the App ~ go retro and use a day planner!
  • Embrace Flower Power ~ Harvard recently released a study that showed if you spend a small amount of time looking at flowers in the morning you will have a more positive attitude for the rest of the day!!
  • Bag It ~ aka take a more green approach to shopping

  • Brighten Up Your Closet
  • The Velvet-Rope Wardrobe ~ Be harsh when picking what to keep and what to chuck keep only the best of the best!
  • The Post Breakup Release ~ Anything Ex get rid of it and move on...
  • The Cosmetic Shelf Clear Out
  • Spot-Clean Your Skin ~ Splash out on a good facial and then a new nightly cleansing routine.
  • Stash It Away ~ can’t bare to part with something then put it in a box and store it in an ORGANISED way!
  • Dress Simply ~ A Classic Silhoutte will always be the way to go.
  • Sweep Away the Debt
    • Take the Credit Cards OUT of your purse then clear the bill!
    • Simplify Savings
    • Don’t get emotional... money is just money!
  • Purge Your Purse
  • Wear with Ease ~ Fashion doesn’t end at your front door. Splurge on some “around the house” clothing that you can be seen in!
  • Meditate On It
  • Go Shoeless?? ~ I am a bit iffy on this one! But check out for yourself!
  • Set Aside 40 Minutes ~ you don’t need a gym membership ... 30 minutes run, walk or swim is just as good as a vigurous fitness regime!
  • Take It Off ~ Wreck Beach for yoga anyone??
  • Be Conscientious
  • Divvy up the Chores
  • Inhale a Snack ~ LOVE THIS take a look at Le Whif’s cylinder devices!!
  • De-Clutter Your Wallet
  • Take a Deep Breath
  • Get Away

What will you start with first??

I think I will be decluttering online, then move to the closet, then the storage, finishing up with the meditation!