Shopping My Stash

Like most of you I expect, I have a habit of acquiring must-have things and then forgetting to use them. And then buying more things. And forgetting to use them. Now don’t get me wrong, I love having a good variety of colours in makeup, or flavours of lip balms and things – I’m not doing this in order to whittle my stash down to one of each item. I just want to show some long-lost products some love!

I am fairly loyal to some things and don’t tend to hoard different varieties, so I haven’t wanted to switch up my cleanser and toner, for instance, and in other cases I’m in the middle of a big bottle of something, so I’m just going to persevere (like shower gel).BEAUTY shopping my stash



Top Row:

Chilli Pepper Eyeshadow Quad – this is a cute little neutral set that was my everyday eyeshadow hero in my first year at uni. Then came Urban Decay. I really like these, I just… stopped using them!

Nivea Express Hydration Primer – I absolutely HAD to have this when it came out, and then I realised it was less of a Porefessional, post-moisturiser primer, and more of a moisturiser in its own right. But I’ve recently finished my day cream, so it’s Primer’s time to shine!

Bottom Row:

Nip and Fab Dry Leg Fix – I got this in free with a magazine this summer, so it’s not been languishing too long, but I want to use my body lotions while I can enjoy them, before it gets wintry and I feel much more body buttery.

No7 Sheer Temptation lipstick in ‘Lovely’ – This was part of a gift with purchase somewhen in the mists of time. It’s a sort of dusky pink, but very shimmery, so it’s been abandoned for a while in favour of my brights. Time to see if I can make it work or if it’s one to ditch.

Mini Ghost perfume – I really like this! I had a set of mini perfumes given to me at Christmas several years ago, and from them discovered my favourite scent, Givenchy’s Ange ou Demon – but that meant I rather neglected the other minis, which is silly when I liked them so much! As the weather darkens, the richness of Ghost should be nice.

Toffee Apple flavoured owl lip balm – surely enough said? This is amazing. I just have way too many lipbalms!

Soap and Glory Glam-a-lot – I don’t really wear body spray that much, being such a perfume girl. This is nice enough with a lovely scent, but I’ve had it for years and really would rather focus on perfume.

And of course, beauty products aren’t the only thing I stash! My To Be Read pile is enormous (although slowly shrinking, only around 160 books now), so I’m going to make an effort to nominate some lingerers to be read in the next couple of weeks to shift them onto the Read shelves!

BOOKS shopping my stash

Black Trillium by Marion Bradley, Julian May and Andre Norton – this looks like a good old-fashioned high fantasy! Not sure why this one keeps slipping down the list, I’ve had it on the pile for a few years.

The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by G.W. Dahlquist – I’m actually reading this at the moment, and it’s very entertaining, but quite a dense, slow read. I love the blurb quote – like Sherlock Holmes, with the production values of Buffy, rewritten by the Marquis de Sade. Fun stuff.

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde – I’ve tried to read this before and gave up – I found it a bit too patronisingly knowing and sly, but I like his other work (Shades of Grey is great), so I’m going to give it another go.

Vanished Kingdoms by Norman Davies – This has only been on the pile since Christmas, but I’m worried that if I don’t get to it soon, all my non-fiction will be abandoned once the Classics kicks in for the final year in October… A history of now-defunct places in Europe, how exciting!

Do you have the same stashing habits as I do? What do you think of this stash-shopping idea?

Asha x

An Accidental Pay-Day Book Haul…

One of my favourite things about going on holiday is that trip to the bookshop a couple of weeks beforehand, to pick up lots of new, shiny books to read on the aeroplane, while lounging by the pool, on car journeys and ferry journeys and bus journeys, in bed when it’s too hot to sleep… Okay, I basically read all the time on holiday.

And yesterday was that bookshop trip. A good half hour spent in the local Oxfam bookshop furnished me with plenty of new reading material!

So, you could say I’ve fallen off the July spending ban wagon rather spectacularly. Or, if you were feeling generous, you might point out that while I did get some books yesterday, my very kind mother swooped in with her card as I was at the till.

You might also point out that I misremembered when my holiday was (10 days time, hurrah!) and thought I could pick up some books for that in early August after the ban was over…

But still. In the spirit of not acquiring any more books to add to the crazy TBR pile, I’ve failed quite badly. Care to take a look?



Sorry for the low-light photo!

Not all of these are for my holiday – the Lindsey Davis is to add to my collection of Falco novels (only one to go now!), and the copy of Chocolat is to replace my current copy, which has ‘Free with Good Food magazine’ plastered across the back. I also probably won’t take Becoming Bindy MacKenzie on holiday, since no-one else will read it, but I loved Jaclyn Moriarty’s books when I was a teenager, and never read this one, so I had to grab it!

I’m also definitely not taking The Lore of the Land on holiday, just because I think it would take up all my weight allowance in my suitcase! This is a really gorgeous, luxurious book telling local legends from around Britain, and I can’t wait to get stuck into it and show you in more detail.

I also loved Sarra Manning as a teen, especially Guitar Girl, and I’m intrigued to try her adult fiction – even if it’s trashy, I like to read that sort of thing by the pool. I also picked up Peony in Love by Lisa See, a tragic romance novel set in 17th century China, and Nocturnes, a collection of short stories/novellas by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Think this little lot will last me a week?

Asha x

What I’ve Been Reading This Week (23rd June – 1st July)

I meant to put this post up yesterday, but time ran away with me, so here it is today!

I’ve been home for a week now, and have been very much enjoying having the free time to read all the books I’ve been storing up for ages. Read on for mini reviews of what I’ve finished this week!

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Sunday Book Nook #1 – Birthday Book Haul!

Hi all!

I’ve realised that I don’t blog nearly enough about reading and books. This is mostly because I find it really hard to read fiction during term time – I spend most of every day trapped in the library reading incredibly dry articles about long dead Romans, and only really have a social life in the evenings. I usually tumble into bed completely exhausted, and don’t get a chance to read for pleasure at all!

I’m going to try to make a little bit more of an effort to read, at least during the weekend, and so I have created a “Sunday Book Nook” weekly feature, which will hopefully force me to carve out a little book-related time in my week, even if it’s just a photo of the stack I’ve acquired that week.

So, without further ado: here are the books I was given for my birthday!

I feel like I should do a little disclaimer: I’m not trying to show off, and I am very very lucky that my friends and family are so generous!P1000137

A pretty awesome stack, hey? There’s a good mix of all my favourite geekeries in fiction and non-fiction forms! Continue reading