Hello everyone, and welcome to my stop on the Lightbearers Street Team Blog Tour! We’re here to celebrate the upcoming release (only six days to go!) of London Shah’s immersive debut, The Light at the Bottom of the World!
Hope isn’t measurable or conditional; it’s not for anyone to try and control. It’s ours—all of ours—boundless, as wild and unfettered as the waves. And always has been.
Originally, this was going to be a review post. But I opted to do something a little different, because my blog thus far is almost exclusively reviews, and I want to start branching out… So, this is also my very first Look Book post!
If you’re wondering what the Look Book is, it’s going to be a new feature here on the blog with (hopefully) weekly posts! Something I love almost as much as books and reading is make-up; it’s so much fun having another outlet through which to express and explore my creativity. Like paper, the face is simply another canvas.
Here’s how it’s going to work! Each new Look Book post will feature two things: a book, and a look inspired by the cover (because what better inspiration could there be than that?). And so, without further ado…
The Light at the Bottom of the World — London Shah
At the end of the twenty-first century, the world has changed dramatically, but life continues one thousand feet below the ocean’s surface. In Great Britain, sea creatures swim among the ruins of Big Ben and the Tower of London, and citizens waver between fear and hope; fear of what lurks in the abyss, and hope that humanity will soon discover a way to reclaim the Earth.
Meanwhile, sixteen-year-old Leyla McQueen has her own problems to deal with. Her father’s been arrested, accused of taking advantage of victims of the Seasickness-a debilitating malaise that consumes people,often claiming their lives. But Leyla knows he’s innocent, and all she’s interested in is getting him back so that their lives can return to normal.
When she’s picked to race in the action-packed London Submersible Marathon, Leyla gets the chance to secure his freedom; the Prime Minister promises the champion whatever their heart desires. The race takes an unexpected turn, though, and presents her with an opportunity she never wanted: Leyla must venture outside of London for the first time in her life, to find and rescue her father herself.
Now, she’ll have to brave the unfathomable waters and defy a corrupt government determined to keep its secrets, all the while dealing with a secretive, hotheaded companion she never asked for in the first place. If she fails, or falls prey to her own fears, she risks capture–and her father might be lost forever.
While I haven’t finished reading the book yet, I’m loving it so far! It’s immersive and mysterious, just like the depths of the ocean, and perfectly brings together all my favourite elements of fantasy and science fiction.
And can we take a moment to admire this cover?! It’s absolutely stunning! I love the jellyfish and the glimpse of a futuristic London at the bottom of the ocean. And this colour palette is perfect, which reminds me…
This look was heavily inspired by the colours as they appear on the cover, most prominently the shift between blue and purple, where the lights cast by the city dissipate into the murky depths of the ocean water.
I got to use some of my favourite palettes for this look, as well as break in some newer arrivals and older purchases. Spoiler alert: I really, really love Colourpop! Their monochrome palettes are my latest obsession (seriously, I’m the red one away from having the whole rainbow), and I knew right away I needed to use them for this.
And so, I present my The Light at the Bottom of the World inspired Look Book!
I used “Sleeper” and “Chick Lit” on my brow bone, in the crease, and along my waterline, with “Do or Dough” for extra highlighting. “Tide Pool” covers my entire lid, and I used “Starry Eyed” in the centre. For extra glow, I added the Anomaly glitter gel, too (note: this is a “use on your eyes at your own discretion” product). “Clued In” went in the outer V, and “Lumi” in my tearduct area. I finished my eyes off with Colourpop’s “Numero Uno” liquid liner—which is probably my favourite liquid liner formula yet!—and NYX’s “Blue” colour mascara. My lip is Colourpop’s “Lemon Drop” ultra matte from their limited edition My Little Pony collection.
Last but not least, I used more of the Anomaly glitter gel on my cheeks and under my eyes.
I originally had something a little more editorial going on for my lips, with “Lemon Drop” on my upper lip, and Hard Candy’s “Sky’s the Limit” on the bottom. I decided after taking a few photographs that I wasn’t feeling it 100%, so I switched to what you see above. However, I thought it’d still be fun to include the alternate look!
And that’s my The Light at the Bottom of the World Look Book! I really love how it all came together! Though, lesson learned, I’ll give myself more time before my scheduled posting in the future so I can ensure I have better light to take photographs in…
BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE:
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the posts for the Lightbearers Street Team Blog Tour!
- October 20th – Utopia State of Mind
- October 21st – Tomes and Textiles
- October 22nd – Reader Voracious
- October 23rd – Hollibrary Books (that’s me!)
- October 24th – Julia Fleur
- October 25th – YA Book Corner
- October 26th – Headscarves and Hardbacks
- October 27th – Artsy Draft
- October 28th – The Tsundoku Chronicles