Wednesday, 27 January 2016

My Amazon Wishlist

I don't know why I thought I'd share this with you guys, but it occurred to me that I see a lot of "What's in my eBay basket" but not a lot about Amazon. Now, I have an Amazon wishlist as long as my arm, but I thought I'd show you lot a few little things that I have in there. 75% of my wishlist is actually books, surprise surprise, but I thought I'd show you a lot of other little things I really want and am very eager to spend my pennies on.

 I'm refraining myself at the moment because I'm going to London tomorrow and so I want to have as much spending money as possible. I haven't been to London for over a year and I'm super excited to go shopping and also spend some well-needed girl time with my mum. So, look forward to some hauls and pictures and bloggy stuff about my trip coming up soon!




The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simple there when yesterday it was not. The black sign painted in white letters that hang upon the gates reads:
Open at Nightfall
Closes at Dawn
As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When  the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.
Le Cirque des Reves
The Circus of Dreams.
Now the circus is open.
Now you may enter.

freida and isabel have been best friends their whole lives. Now, aged sixteen and in their final year at the School, they expect to be selected as companions - wives to wealthy and powerful men. The alternative - life as a concubine - is too horrible to contemplate. But as the intensity of the final year takes hold, the pressure to be perfect mounts. isabel starts to self-destruct, putting her beauty - her only asset - in peril. And then into this sealed female environment, the boys arrive, eager to choose a bride. freida must fight for her future - even if it means betraying the only friend, the only love, she has ever known...

Lydia is the favourite child of Marilyn and James Lee; a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue - in Marilyn's case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James's case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the centre of every party. But Lydia is under pressures that have nothing to do with growing up in 1970s small town Ohio. Her father is an American born of first-generation Chinese immigrants, and his ethnicity, and hers, make them conspicuous in any setting.
When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, James is consumed by guilt and sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to make someone accountable, no matter what the cost. Lydia's older brother, Nathan, is convinced that local bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it's the youngest in the family - Hannah - who observes far more than anyone realises and who may be the only one who knows what really happened.
I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson £3.85 (part of the 3 for £10 deal)
Jude and her twin Noah were incredibly close - until a tragedy drove them apart, and now they are barely speaking. Then Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy as well as a captivating new mentor, both of whom may just need her as much as she needs them. What the twins don't realize is that each of them has only half the story and if they can just find their way back to one another, they have a chance to remake their world.

The One That Got Away by Simon Wood £7.64 
Graduate students Zoë and Holli only mean to blow off some steam on their road trip to Las Vegas. But something goes terribly wrong on their way home, and the last time Zoë sees her, Holli is in the clutches of a sadistic killer. Zoë flees with her life, changed forever.
A year later and still tortured with guilt, Zoë latches on to a police investigation where the crime eerily resembles her abduction. Along with a zealous detective, she retraces the steps of that fateful night in the desert, hoping that her memory will return and help them find justice for Holli. Her abductor—labeled the “Tally Man” by a fascinated media—lies in wait for Zoë. For him, she is not a survivor but simply the one that got away.
I like the idea of Deliciously Ella and the lifestyle she's chosen that is clearly working for her, but her old book didn't sound like something I'd be interested in because it just sounded very constricting and had a lot of bad reviews. But this one is focusing more on meals you can make every day for your lunch and tea that isn't going to cost you a zillion pounds. This one just sounds great for healthy, nutritious meals and that's what I want to focus on in my cooking this year. 

I'm not vegan, but I am dairy free and I want to come up with more interesting ways to make tea and lunch for myself other than rice cakes and peanut butter or pasta. I need variety and colour to my meals and I've heard that this is a great cookbook. Plus, I have a couple of vegan friends and it would be really nice to be able to invite them over for tea and cook them a vegan meal that's not pasta or a salad. 

I asked for this for Christmas and my mums response was "I thought about getting it you, but I didn't see the point when you already have like 3 copies of the book" which made me want to throttle her because clearly it's different it's illustrated!!!! Sheesh mum. Illustrated means that I need it. Not want. Need. 

I've been wanting to get back into using coconut oil a lot more as I've been slacking lately and I'm generally just trying to use what's easy. I want to use it a lot more in cooking and trying to bake dairy free goodies. I think this cheap 2 pack is ideal as I can keep one in the bathroom as the "beauty" tub for hair masks, moisturiser and hair masks and also keep one in the kitchen for "cooking" stuff. 

I've heard a lot of people talking about these and I've recently seen them on a couple of blogs. They come from Asia, I'm not sure where abouts, and they're currently being sold in Sephora. But, because I'm in the lame UK, we don't have Sephora and so I'm resorting to Amazon and eBay. Saying that, though, they're noticeably cheaper for a set of 11 on Amazon than they are at Sephora where I think they're selling for like $7 a mask. I can't wait to order these and the value is amazing to say you get all 11 masks. 

I don't know whether these are a gimmick from the East to pray on us dumb Westerners, but these look so cool and I've wanted to try them out for so so long now. They're basically sheet masks but in the form of animals. This set contains all 4 in which you get a panda, a seal, a tiger and a dragon. They each have different properties and the seal one, which is a hydrating one, sounds like the one for me. These aren't as cheap as the I'm Real Masks, but I still want to try them. 

I swear every healthy recipe I see these days involves spiralising some form of vegetable and making it spaghetti. It's probably gimmicky and I'll most likely use it like twice, but I still really want to try it to make healthier alternatives especially if I want pasta but have had a carb heavy day already. Plus, this handheld one is only £12!

On my journey to being dairy-free, I have been finding it quite hard to have snacks that are both dairy-free and healthy for me. I really love the Nakd bars, but they have quite a lot of sugar in them (natural sugar) and I feel like they can sometimes be a bit too sweet and don't quite fulfill my craving of wanting to eat a huge sharing bag of Doritos to myself. I tried the Portlebay popcorn the other day and it's easily my favourite sweet & salty popcorn I've tasted! It still has that caramel sort of coat to the popcorn what makes it crunchy and that's what I love about it. Sweet & Salty will always be my favourite, but they have some other amazing flavours which unfortunately aren't dairy-free.

As mentioned, Nakd bars are an absolute fave of mine and their Cherry Bakewell tart is my favourite thing to satisfy my craving for an afternoon bar of chocolate. As I said, they are quite high in sugar just because they're made mainly from dates, but it's all natural and so I don't feel guilty for eating one. This 44 bar box is crazy good for the price and will allow me to try lots of different flavours and also have a backup if I decide I love them. 

For Christmas I got like 3 different adult colouring books and the only pencils I seem to have are crap with only like 4 different colours. This selection is great and the reviews say quite good quality so that I can colour like a pro. These are also really affordable which is great. 

Red Cherry Lashes #48 £1.47 + delivery (makes them about £3.50!)
Red Cherry Lashes will forever be my favourite eyelash brand. They're such good quality and feel like actual lashes. The #48 are good going out lashes but aren't overly fake looking so they reach your eyebrows or make you look like a drag queen. Red Cherry are also a super affordable brand and they do a huge huge range of eyelashes, whether you're looking for natural barely there ones or full going-out style lashes. I love them and can't rave about them enough. 

Engevita Nutritional Yeast £8.85 (pack of 3)
There's one thing that everyone dreads about going dairy free and it's the absence of cheese from their daily life. After being a very enthusiastic cheese eater for 20 years, it was very difficult to just completely cut it out of my life. Although I haven't tried any dairy-free cheese, I doubt that it lives up to the real stuff. One thing I've really been wanting to make it a vegan mac and cheese or try and make my own dairy-free cheese that I can make nachos with because really, nachos are life. Nutritional yeast is a cheesy tasting thing (lol, technical) that a lot of vegan cooks use to make things taste like true to life cheese and so I thought that getting some would encourage me to try some more recipes. Looking at you mac and cheese. 

What's on your Amazon wishlist? Do we share any of the same things? 

Til' next time! XOXO
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