A January Favourite: Royal Essence Bath Bombs and Candles

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I don’t know about you but one of my favorite things to do is sitting in a nice warm bath reading a good book. I also really enjoy having a nice novel in my lap whilst a deliciously smelling candle flickering beside me. I recently received two things from Royal Essence: a white chocolate ring candle and an oatmeal, milk, and honey bath bomb. I fell in love with these items- no joke. What I love about Royal Essence, is not only are they made of soy and smell amazing, in every bath bomb and candle there is a secret ring that can range between $20-$2000, hidden inside. Royal Essence really does put a spin on what is normally such a typical product, which is why I loved their products so much. Not only that but all of the products I was given were really high quality and the packaging and the item itself are designed beautifully.

the candle: white chocolate

The candle smelt heavenly! I only enjoy sweet smelling candles and this one was the perfect fit. I distaste the smell of floral and citrus candles but the white chocolate candle smelt amazing. The candle comes in a glass jar, each candle is environmentally friendly and can last for almost three to four times. The candles are the featured product of Royal Essence. If you want to get my candle click the photo up there! Here is a little video of the candle and me struggling to get the ring out from under the wax:

the bath bomb: oatmeal, milk, and honey

The bath bombs from Royal Essence are honestly underhyped! I loved the oatmeal, milk, and honey bath bomb. It smelt amazing and it also definitely moisturized and smoothed my skin. I had such a relaxing bath and if I were to try more I would definitely try the bubblegum one. In all honestly, I wish I chose are more exciting bath bomb because my one created a creamy white bath rather than an explosive colorful one but I still loved using the bomb and patiently (I wasn’t very patient 🙂 ) waiting for the ring to be unveiled.

the rings: my favorite part

Like I mentioned earlier, my favorite feature about these products were the secret rings hidden inside of them. Whilst I used these products, I couldn’t stop the nagging questions in my head- “What ring was I going to get? I hope I get a good ring!” When I finally got the rings, I couldn’t be more pleased. Although they didn’t quite fit my fingers the rings were gorgeous! I loved how simple the rings are yet elegant. To get the rrp of the rings you have to send them a photo through Facebook and I did just that to get the details of my rings. From the candle (featured on the right), I received an 18K white gold plated ring with Swiss crystals which is retailed at $50. From the bath bomb (featured on the left), I received an 18K white gold plated ring with a sapphire that is also retailed at $50!

Overall, I really loved using the candle and bath bomb. I’m saying this with all honesty I love the products of Royal Essence, they would make really good presents and are just a great treat yourself gift. Here is a link to their store! Thank you so much to Royal Essence for working with me. Do you like using bath bombs and candles? What are some of your favourite scents?

Thanks!

Alicia

Travel Diary: Macau & Hong Kong

I think I have a serious case of perpetual wanderlust.

If you have been following me on Instagram, you would probably know that I recently went traveling. Although I never really unveiled where exactly I traveled to, I can finally say that I traveled around Malaysia, Hong Kong and Macau. I had such a blast and I decided to document my journey through the lens of my camera. I put together a little travel video and photo diary of my time in these amazing places.  I still am a bit of a rookie when it comes to film and photography, so the video may not be as amazing as a documentary on the Discovery Channel but tell me what you guys think!

photo diary!

Palm trees!
Hong Kong | Islands
More Wisdom Path photos!
Macau | Venetian
Hong Kong | Wisdom Trail
Macau | Ruins of St. Pauls
Hong Kong Big Buddha and Buildings
Hong Kong | Oceans
Hong Kong | Ngong Ping
Hong Kong | City-scapes and Sunsets

Hong Kong and Macau is a place with completely different people, stories and cultures. It’s rare for me to be placed in a face-paced urban environment like Hong Kong’s and it was overwhelming but eye-opening! I am so lucky and blessed to have gotten the chance to travel to these amazing places!

I hope you guys enjoyed the post. Do you guys like traveling? Where have you traveled to before?

#lovebooks Alicia

 

A Guide To Alicia’s Perfect Night In

As a bibliophile/book worm/book lover, I know that one of my favorite things to do is having the perfect night in. Although these nights may be hard to come by, every once in a while I’ll find myself with the perfect amount of time to have the best night in. I was asked by Leesa Mattresses, a mattress company, to describe my perfect night in and I thought that it would a great idea for a blog post! Here is a little step by step guide to my perfect night in!

step 1) the music

It all begins by hitting the play button on a playlist or song I love. As cliche as it sounds, music really does change the atmosphere. Paying my favourite songs on a night in is a must. I honestly wouldn’t know what I would do without music. At the moment I have been obsessed with Ed Sheeran’s new song Shape of You.

step 2) scrolling through we heart it

Once I’m perfectly tucked under my covers, lying on my front with my laptop placed right in front of me and my headphones on, I’ll type in we heart it into my address bar and start scrolling through countless aesthetic photos. We Heart It is like a stress reliever and I love being able to feel inspired just by looking at a bunch of photos. I guess what they say is true: a picture tells a thousand words.

step 3) cuddling up with a good book

Once I feel the need to read a book, I’ll turn off all the electronics for the night and prop up the pillows to create the perfect reading nook. At the moment I’m in the mood for a good contemporary and so I really want to start reading the Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson which has been on my TBR for ages. I’ll grab a good book, flip open the crisp clean pages and begin to dive into a new world. I try to tell myself to read at least 100 pages and I’ll usually end up losing track of time and reading way more than 100 pages.

step 4) bullet journaling

I really like taking the time just before I head to sleep to plan and organize what I’m going to do the next day. I’ll plan my meals, create to-do lists, shopping lists and homework plans for the next day just before I go to sleep so I’m all ready and set to go for the next day. If I have time I might doodle a bit in my journal and tidy it up a bit.

step 5) lights out

Everybody need beauty sleep, including me and every perfect night in will include sleeping. So the last and final step to my perfect night in will be sleeping peacefully knowing that I had the best night in! 🙂

That’s all for my guide to my perfect night in! Everybody has a different perfect night in routine so I challenge all of you to create a blog post and come up with your own guide to your own perfect night in! Don’t forget to tag me in your posts if you do! I would love to see what you guys come up with! Thank you so much to Leesa Mattresses for reaching out to me, if you guys are interested you are interested in some mattress options check some out here!

Bye!!

Alicia

Taking On The New Year- 2017

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I know this post is long overdue but I still wanted to write about the new year of 2017! You know that feeling you get when its the new year but you still don’t feel put together- that’s kind of how I feel at the moment. Hopefully, this post will let me clear things up and allow me to start afresh.

2016: a  reflection

When 2016 was beginning to draw to an end I felt slightly disappointed. In terms of world events, I was not too happy about the events that went down last year. However, in terms of my own personal achievements and life, I’m pretty content with where I am. 2016 was the year I began my Bookstagram (20th of January to be exact) and in less than a year I already have more than 4.2K followers which I am so happy with! Thank you to everyone who has supported and followed me because I would never have imagined surpassing 1000 yet alone 4000! In addition, 2016 was the year I completely changed my blog and I have gotten so much positive feedback from you guys and I feel like my blog has grown so much this year!

2017 goals:

There are so many things I want to achieve this year! Often my mind wanders and I end up setting unrealistic goals but this year I’m trying to avoid that. Here are some of the goals I want to achieve this year:

♡ Create and use a 2017 bullet journal
♡ Stop rushing things and take the time to step back and enjoy the moment
♡ Create timeless memories
♡ Branch out to other topics with my blog
♡ Organise school books and notes
♡ Meet new people and get closer to them
♡ Take the time to do the things you love
♡ Read at least 50 books
♡ Love everyone with all of your heart
♡ Take more photos

2017: Exciting Releases

There are so many exciting book releases this year that I can’t wait to get my hands on! Here are three of my most anticipated releases:

Hopefully, 2017 will be filled with happiness and excitement! I’m wishing you all a happy 2017! I just came back from a trip and (fingers crossed) I’ll be able to get my travel diary up soon! Thank you all for the amazing support I’ve received in 2016- it means the world to me!

Lots of love,
Alicia

 

December Favourites, Hauls + A Wrap-Up

Happy December Everybody!!!

How have you guys been? I hope you all had a very merry Christmas and/or a happy Hannukah- if you don’t celebrate any of these I hope you had a great holiday and I’m wishing you an early happy new year! December for me was filled with adventures, happiness, and joy. I definitely had an improving reading month, I received lots of books and gained lots of new favorite things! Tell me about your December month in the comments and link your December favorites, wrap-ups and hauls as well!

bookish wrap-up

I am pretty happy with the books I’ve read this month! In fact, I am currently reading We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan and I think I can finish it by the end of the month, which means I would have read four books. Although it doesn’t sound like much, that is so much better than by last few reading months, where I was in a constant state of frenzy and bookish slug. Here are the books I read this month!

The Light That Gets Lost by Natasha Carthew ★★☆☆☆

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige★★★★☆
The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles ★★★☆☆
We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

book haul!

So as the holidays are approaching, I got some books from publishers and bought some books for myself to read! I hauled these books:

The Light That Gets Lost by Natasha Carthew
We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak
Freeks by Amanda Hocking
The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
December/January Frankie Magazine

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Volunteering

Early this month and late last month, I was lucky enough to get to go volunteering all around my city and it was such an unforgettable experience. I’m still young and that usually means organizations are less likely to take me on board as a volunteer but I finally had a chance to give back to my community. I cooked in soup kitchens, made little Christmas ornaments, sorted clothes and packed necessity bags, all around different communities. The feeling you get from volunteering is indescribable because not only are you supporting those in need, you are gaining new skills and friendships. I feel so blessed to live what I believe is a good life and I have always wanted to give back to the community, which is why I am so glad I had the chance to volunteer at so many charities this month and last month!

Kool & Co Candles

This month I also received these adorable candles from Kool & Co. I got one in Coconut and an Ariel-inspired scent. I love the smell and I also really like the fact that they are 100% soy-based which makes it better for your nose! I can’t wait to burn these candles during the winter! Here is a link to their shop!

Bella Boxes + Perfume

I also received the Bella Box, which is a monthly beauty subscription service. You can check out my review to that here!  I also got this VS Coconut Passion perfume spray. I got it a really good price and I couldn’t resist, I am so picky when it comes to perfume smells but I have a weak spot for anything that smells like vanilla, coconut or caramel. I love the smell of the spray and I am so glad I bought it!

Succulents +  Teas

I also got this adorable little succulent plant as a Christmas present! It’s fake because I literally can’t keep any plant alive 🙂 I use it as room decor and it just hangs from the roof of my room! I also got some French Earl Grey Tea from T2 for Christmas. I am actually not a huge fan of tea- I only like green tea and peppermint but I am trying to get into it. Hopefully, I’ll brew some of it up soon!

That’s all from me! I can’t wait to dive into some of the books I received this month! It’s the end of 2016 and I can’t wait to welcome to the new year! I hope you all had a great Christmas and don’t forget to tell me what you received and hauled this December, as well as link your December wrap-ups, favourites and hauls down below!

#lovebooks

Early Christmas Present… Bella Box Unboxing and Review!

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The other day, I opened the door and to my delight, a box full of goodies arrived on my step: The Bella Box. I couldn’t be any more excited. My first ever subscription box and I couldn’t be any more satisfied with what I received. For those who have never heard of Bella Box subscription service, it is an Australian monthly box subscription service that delivers five or more beauty and lifestyle products and samples to your doorstep. You can then trial and use the products and if you find a product you really like you can buy the product from their website here.  Bella Boxes are normally $18 per box but I have a special link that can let you guys receive your first Bella box for $10. Check it out here!

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When you first open the box this is what it looks like. This month’s box was brown rather than its usual blue but that is due to the size of the products. I love how unique the packaging is. The Bella Box logo is placed all around the cardboard box and the black tissue paper is a simple yet nice touch to the design of the package. I do wish I could see the blue box packaging. In addition, I was given a personalized message in the box which was such a nice personal touch. I also received card with a list and description of the products featured in the box. The card included the theme of this month’s box which was “Summer Glow”, the price of the products and where to buy the products.

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the products:

Overall, I’m very happy with the products that Bella Box provided. They were all good quality and reputable products that were easy to use. The price is definitely worth it as you are given not only samples but also actual full sized products. There were some emerging brand products in the box, such as gilded cage as well as some famous products, such as Revlon. All the products in this month’s box are things that I love and would definitely use.

Left: Revlon Prodessional Uniq One Hair Treatment Right: Gilded Cage Charisma LIpgloss
Left: Revlon Professional Uniq One Hair Treatment Right: Gilded Cage Charisma Lipgloss
Left: Sunsense Daily Face SPF 50+ Invisible Tint Right: Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil-Control Foam Wash
Left: Sunsense Daily Face SPF 50+ Invisible Tint Right: Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil-Control Foam Wash
Left: Pure Paw Paw Ointment Right: Palmer's Coconut Oil Formul aBody Lotion and Avon Life Her EDP Spray
Left: Pure Paw Paw Ointment Right: Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Body Lotion and Avon Life Her EDP Spray

These were products that were in my box. A 7-day fitness guide was also in my box! My favorite products are the Gilded Cage Charisma Lipgloss, the Revlon Professional Hair Treatment and the Pure Paw Paw Ointment, I can definitely see myself using these products in the future. Overall, I am impressed by the number of products they gave me. With seventeen dollars, I could never see myself buying so many products and so it definitely is worth the price. I actually really love this box and I highly recommend it for anyone who is a fan of beauty products or is looking for a good Christmas present because this box is definitely worth the hype and price. Hopefully, I will get another one of these boxes in the future.

Final Ratings:

Presentation: ★★★★✰
Quality: ★★★★★
Products: ★★★★★
Price: ★★★★✰
Overall: ★★★★★

That’s all for my Bella Box review. Thank you so much to Bella Box for sending me the box and don’t forget to use my coupon link: http://bit.ly/2hLCB2D to check out the product! What do you think- will you be getting the Bella Box anytime soon?

#lovebooks

I received Bella Box from Bella Box Aust., in exchange for a review.  Please note that this does not alter, influence or change my opinions on the box, in this post.

december bullet journal + essentials

 

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If you have been following me on Instagram (@hashtaglovebook.alicia) you would have probably seen my latest obsession with bullet journaling. I adore it! Every week whenever I can find five minutes for me to journal, I will seize the chance. There is just something so satisfying and calming about creating a personalised planner and organising your upcoming weeks and months.

I honestly can’t believe it already is December, this year has been a whirlwind of adventures and it has flashed before my eyes. Since it is nearing the end of November, I decided to draw up my monthly bullet journal for December. I filmed a little quick montage of a most of my planning. (I realised I wasn’t recording the last part of it so I don’t have all of the footage 🙂 ) I also am going to show you some of my stationary I use for my bullet journal as well!

bullet journal essentials:

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 bullet journal plan with me: december 2016:

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you want more bullet journal posts let me know! I had so much fun creating this one! Do you bullet journal as well? Send me some pictures, I would love to see yours!

Also I just started a facebook page today so definitely go check it out: https://www.facebook.com/hashtaglovebooks/
If you like my page, I’ll like your back! 🙂

#lovebooks Alicia

 

The Dream Interview

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dsc_0267_fotorI think it is every fangirl/fanboy’s dream to interview their favourite author or book character.  If you are anything like me who lives far far away from any famous young adult authors, you would know the pain of wanting to meet and interview authors. One day will come where I get to meet my favourite authors and go to a book festival but for now,I just have to dream… To spice things up this week, I decided to share with you, my take on the perfect interview panel with five book characters and authors and a burning question I have for each of them! I also decided to tag some people down below to share their dream panel of authors and book characters!

feyre from sarah j. maas’ a court of thorns and roses

If you have read this amazing series you would also be dying to meet Feyre! She is a girl who isn’t afraid to stand up and do what she loves, which is why I respect and admire her character so much. The depth to her characters makes Feyre seem so realistic. I want to ask her everything from Tamlin to Rhysand to her family! I can’t wait to read the rest of this series!

question: Describe what the night court feels and looks like?

anna from anna and the french kiss

I adore Stephanie Perkins’ novels and Anna and The French Kiss is definitely my favourite, I love how each story is cute and cheesy but the story lines and the characters are so fresh and unique! Anna’s character is one of the most relatable ones out of all of them and I would love to interview her character.

question: What is one tip you have for meeting friends and settling in when you are studying abroad?

khalid from the wrath and the dawn

If you haven’t read The Wrath and The Dawn, I do not know what you are doing because it is one of my favourite duologies! I know it is based on a classic that I have yet to read but each character in the series has so much depth and magic. Khalid is one of my favourite characters in the series because he has so much depth!

question: What does it feel like to live with a curse like the on you had?

dsc_0208_fotorjenny han, author of to all the boys i’ve loved before

I WOULD LOVE TO INTERVIEW JENNY HAN! I love the way Jenny Han represents Asian characters in young-adult novels, as an Asian, I feel under-represented in the YA genre but almost all of Jenny Han’s stories and novels has an Asian character who is lovable and so relatable! That’s why she is one of my favourite authors.

question: Do you have any insider secrets about your new book, Always and Forever, Lara Jean?

cassandra clare, author of the shadowhunter chronicles

I would never go through a favourite authors post without talking about Cassandra Clare which is why I would be more than honoured to receive the chance to meet and interview her in a panel! Her novels are the ones that caused my love of reading! I have a never ending list of questions (*grabs scroll of paper with interview questions and rolls it out*)

question: Which character was the best to write about?

So this was my dream panel of authors and book characters! I would love to interview these authors one day and I am dying to tick it off my bucket list! Eventbrite, which is one of the largest ticketing platforms, recently reached out to me to write this post. Thank you guys! 🙂  If you ever need help with organizing conferences or finding other conferences check out their page here!

what is your dream panel of authors and book characters?

I tag these bloggers to share their dream interview panel:

Rae Anne @ LavenderProse
Maddie @PolaroidBooks
Alyssa @Alyssaisreading

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Habits and Changes I’ve Made To Kickstart A Good 2017

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I haven’t talked to you guys in what feels like ages and I am so very sorry! I had exams and the school year was overwhelming filled with back to back activities and I couldn’t find the time to sit down and blog about my life.

Anyway because I have only just gotten back into reading because of a busy few months, I decided to post something a bit more “lifestyle” like. I was thinking about things I have done lately and there are a few things changes and habits I’ve begun to hopefully make me a happier, healthier and more motivated person. I felt like there were just somethings this year that have left me with a lot of negativity and bad vibes. However I want to change that before 2017 years so I can make 2017 the best year. I thought I would just shre these things with you in this post!

What are somethings you do to make you a healthier, happier and more motivated person?

screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-05-34-10bullet journalling

Never in a million years would I have imagined myself spending the time every week to bullet journal but I do not regret starting this habit. I love bullet journal- it is not only calming but gives you a sense of achievement. There is just something about sitting down and planning what is coming up, what you have done in the past week and organising your daily habits and goals. I love how bullet journalling is not just like a diary you can personalise it to suit you and it also is a way to shine your personality. The satisfaction you get from flicking through your journal is indescribable. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep this habit until next year!

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I know you must be thinking:How is We Heart It supposed to make you a more motivated person? but hear me out. I love hearting photos that just make me happy. There are so many photos out there on we heart it that leave you with a since of wanderlust, excitement, adventure and pleasure. Keeping the photos you like on a canvas makes it easier for you to look back on them and realise the goals you want in your life. The photos I all heart are things and ideas I want to be able to tick off my bucket list and taking the time to heart these photos every day makes me a more motivated person.

motivational videos


I recently found this youtube channel called Motivation Grid and I am addicted to their videos. Usually I hate cheesy videos and articles but these videos are magic they leave you with this really great sense of determination that makes you feel like you can conquer anything. If I ever feel down or in need for motivation I will watch on of these videos! If you ever find the time to watch a good video you have to check out this youtube channel.

elevate brain training

Elevate brain training is basically this app that enables you to train your brain every day with three fun mini games. I love using this everday because not only does it leave you with a sense of satisfaction you also get to play a bunch of mini games whilst training your brain. I know the science behind daily brain training is controversial but I guess there is no harm in trying it out. Its free and easy to join as well!

There are just some of the little changes and habits I’ve added to my life to make me a more positive and motivated person! What are some good habits you have?

#lovebooks

PS: Stayed tuned for my book reviews and other exciting posts I have up because I have just finished exams and school! 🙂

 

“Spring Is In The Air” Spring Reads

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Hello!!

I haven’t talked to you guys in what feels like ages. I guess you could say I was taking a little bit of a break. These past few months have been quite busy and the next few months will be busy as well but I’m going to try my best to read as much as I can. I was also in a reading slump which didn’t help much with my motivation but I’m starting to gain it back!

Although it may be Fall in many other places in the world, it is spring where I am and because of that, I decided that it would be a good idea to share with you three books I’m going to read this spring as well as recommend two books that remind me of spring. For me, spring is one of those beautiful and blissful months, I feel love and romance in the air as well as something blooming like flowers. Contemporaries are a perfect fit for spring reads because they are filled with romance, highlight the blooming of something new and are usually beautifully written. Many of the books I’m going to mention today are contemporaries for this very reason.

what i want to read this spring:

I want to read so many adorable, romance contemporaries this spring because they always fill me with so much happiness and positivity. There is just something so satisfying about the wistful and heart fluttering feeling after you finish a contemporary. Here are three books I want to read this spring:

Have you read these books? What do you want to read this month?

my two spring read recommendations

I have so many spring recommendations and it would take me an eternity to list all of my recommendations. Here are two recommendations for a good spring read:

dsc_0035_fotorTo All The Boys I’ve Loved Before | Jenny Han

There is no way I would have skipped this novel because this novel literally screams spring. It’s adorable and fills my heart with joy. I love the storyline and the characters are so relatable. It is the perfect spring read!

My Life Next Door | Huntley Fitzpatrick

This romantic contemporary also reminds me of the romance filled atmosphere that spring brings. This story is a whirlwind of an adventure. I love reading about the romance between the two characters and there is just something about this contemporary that makes it one of my favourites.

These are some of my favourite spring reads and some books I’m planning to read this month! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

#lovebooks xx