Wednesday 21 March 2018


A 100 word story based on the following picture prompt

PHOTO PROMPT © Bj√∂rn Rudberg


Beth was crying hysterically when the rescuers found her. Lying beside Robert’s lifeless body, her legs were fixed to the ground bloodied, pitted with debris.

‘Didn’t you kids see the signs?’

Beth nodded, her crying slowing before she managed a whimpered, almost silent, 'yes.’

‘So, what, you ignore them do you?’

Flashbacks of the step that sent Robert  tumbling off the cliff edge sent Beth wailing once more. A kindly rescuer glared at the man who had dared to interrogate the distraught teenager.

Beth shook her head profusely, she wasn’t a rule breaker. ‘No sir, we didn’t know what it meant.’

Bettina x

*Many thanks to Rochelle for this week's prompt. If you want to read more stories based on this picture - click here 

Tuesday 20 March 2018

Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara Review

Are you looking for a new mascara or not happy with your current one?

I have been so impressed with the new Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara that I reach for it every day.

Lancome say 

Meet Monsieur Big. Forget all the others.

Its volumizing brush provides big impact at first stroke, for bigger than life lashes, like never before.

Its bristles made of exceptionally soft fibres hug lashes with incredible softness and ensure a smooth application, while separating and lifting lashes effortlessly.

NO CLUMPS, NO SMUDGES, NO TOUCH UPS: The innovative formula easily glides on lashes and leaves them perfectly put for up to 24 hours. Its ultra-dark pigments create the blackest intensity possible.

It's a match!

My lashes with Monsieur Big Mascara applied 

My thoughts 

For me this ticks all the boxes.

The mascara lifts the lashes and thickens them with a nice rich black colour. The brush style wand picks up each lash, defines them and then lengthens them beautifully.

There is no flaking or smudging whilst wearing and it lasts all day.

For long, fluttery lashes I love this mascara.

10/10 from me.

Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara costs £ 21

Wednesday 14 March 2018

Flash Fiction - The Camera Never Lies

A 100 word story based on the following photo prompt


The Camera Never Lies 

I am beautiful, he is going to make me into a model. I swell with pride. If only my friends could see me now. A few unkind girls had called me ugly but now I knew they were lying.

He smiles while asking me to remove my bra. I feel uncomfortable at this suggestion. He notes my reluctance but reassures me it’s what models do.

‘There that wasn’t so bad,’ he says as he touches me. He shouldn’t do that.

He thinks I am fourteen. There are definite benefits to looking younger than my years. Mate, you are so busted.

Bettina x

*Many thanks to Rochelle for this week's prompt. If you want to read more stories based on this picture - click here 

Monday 12 March 2018

The Body Shop Sumptuous Cleansing Butter Review

The Body Shop says -

Cleanse and nourish your skin with our rich cleansing butter. A luxurious way to remove every last trace of make-up, while purifying, cleansing and refreshing your skin, leaving it soft to the touch.

Suitable for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers
Camomile extract from Norfolk, England
Clean and silky-soft feel
Removes all types of make-up

My thoughts 

Well for a very reasonable £10 (even cheaper if you use a discount code/offer that is usual knocking around) this is a very effective cleansing butter. A small amount is really all that is needed. You apply to the skin and it melts in your fingers as you massage it into your face.
I bought it originally in the deep mid winter and wanted something really gentle and suitable for sensitive skin because I suffer from skin psoriasis. This was a brilliant purchase. True to its claims, it effectively removes makeup and is gentle enough to use on the eyes. After rinsing skin feels clean, fresh, hydrated and super soft. As an added bonus it has a gorgeous and very pleasant light floral scent. I can't fault it.


The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter costs £10 


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