Books and Beauty – The January Round-Up.

Books and Beauty – The January Round-Up.

Let me start by confessing, this post is a week late! I had initially planned to get this out for the beginning of this month however we brought our little Maltipoo puppy, Buzz, home last week. He has somewhat taken over our lives (in the best possible way). So anyway, better late than never, I hope you enjoy my round-up of all the books and beauty products I’ve got through this January.


  1. Easy Peasy Puppy Squeezy by Steve Mann.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I got to the end of this one just a few days before we picked up our little boy. (I then had to go through and highlighting the ‘essential’ pages for James to read as it’s the only way I could get him on board with the puppy training regime). I was recommended this book by at least 10 people, and I can see why. It does a great job of covering all the basic principles for first-time dog owners. It is, however, a bit overwhelming. It all seemed like quite a lot to remember (for a novice dog owner). I was a bit disappointed there wasn’t a summery checklist or chart at the end to help structure the training program. Now he’s here, we’ve kept to the basic principles as best we can, but there are definitely some things we’re just doing by instinct. All in all, I probably didn’t need to be quite so concerned with all of the details as it’s much more of an individual process then I had expected it to be.

  1. Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I love an Agatha Christie book. I can’t put my finger on what it is that makes them so readable, but every single time I pick one up, I’m instantly invested. Five Little pigs is a slightly different format to other Poirot novels as the story is partially told from the perspectives of the five suspects. It, nevertheless, still very much felt like a classic Agatha Christie story. Predictable ending? Well, yes, maybe. But that doesn’t mean to say the journey of getting there was any less enjoyable.

  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I noted this down on my list of ‘books I own but have never read’ to read as part of my 30 before 30 challenge. However, by about 10 pages in I realised I’d done myself a disservice as I had read this before! Never mind, I’d started, so I thought I may as well finish. It evidently wasn’t that memorable the first time I read it however I really enjoyed it this time around. I think the fact that I had a vague memory, at least of the twist, meant I was more aware and able to pick out the moments of suspense and the build-up to the big crescendo at the end. For me, this was one that definitely hit the second time around, and ultimately I couldn’t put it down.

  1. Stardust by Neil Gaiman.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I’ve already written a 500-word review on this one, so I won’t go into it all again- if you’d like to know what I thought, click the link below:

Stardust by Neil Gaiman: A Review in Under 500 Words.

  1. The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I’ve been reading quite a lot on the subject of psychopaths recently. It’s become a bit of an obsession, and I’m enjoying pseudo-diagnosing everyone I’ve ever come across (Watch out psychopaths, I’m onto you!). Most of the books and audiobooks on psychopaths are (rather obviously) written by psychiatrists, behaviourists or neurologists. It was therefore definitely an interesting shakeup reading Ronson’s take as an investigative journalist. I was amazed at the access Ronson managed to get for this book. His pool of interviewees includes residents of Broadmoor, exiled dictators and business moguls. It was a fascinating read and definitely made me want to read more, specifically on psychopaths within society and business.  


  1. Stress SOS Eye Cream from Dr Dennis Gross.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I’m usually a big fan of Dr Dennis Gross products, but this is one that I probably won’t re-purchase. This product is specifically designed for sensitive eyes. It notably didn’t sting or make my eyes water as some eye creams do. However, I didn’t notice any improvement in dark circles or puffy eyes after using this product for 2-3 months. That being said, I have NEVER found an eye cream that I felt made a significant improvement in dark circles and puffy eyes! I may, therefore, be chasing the impossible dream.  

  1. Face Cream from Dr Barbara Sturm.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was my first Dr Barbara Sturm product, and I’m yet to get the hype. This moisturiser was too oily for me and left my face very shiny, especially if I tried to use a serum over the top. It didn’t really seem to sink into my skin and left a sort of filmy texture. It wasn’t so horrible I couldn’t use it and my skin did feel hydrated. Over all, not awful just not great.  

  1. Rose Jelly from Plenaire.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This ‘Rose Jelly Gentle Make-Up Remover’ certainly does what it’s meant to do. It was gentle on eyes and sensitive skin, it removed make-up well (even eye make-up) and, you guessed it, it smells of rose. There was nothing unexpected about this product, whether good or bad. Just a good, basic everyday cleanser that I’d definitely use again.  

  1. Soft Touch Polishing Cream from System Professional.   

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I was given this as a sample back in my salon days. I was dubious as I’m not generally a big fan of the re-formulated System Professional products, but this became one of my absolute favourites. One of the best products I’ve tried for instant shine, softness and frizz taming (even in my wild hair). I use this product in damp hair as a blowdry cream and in dry hair as a finishing cream. The shine and softness are particularly noticeable when using wet to dry. This bottle lasted me a good year (using maybe once a week). At just over £25 I think its great value for a professional product too.

Please note this blog is NOT sponsored. The author has not received fee’s or complementary products from any of the above stockist, suppliers or brands in exchange for this post. This post does contain affiliate links.

I’ve included some pictures of Buzz so you can see why I haven’t managed to get any work done! <3

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29 year old, London based travel enthusiast and writer. This year, I will be taking part in 30 mini-challenges before I turn 30 in December! Follow for travel inspiration and tips, London and UK adventures, beauty and lifestyle, food, wellness and probably quite a lot of puppy pics!

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