June TBR (Nostalgic Reads)

 

Sweet Valley High #15 – Promises“Steven Wakefield is crushed when his girlfriend, Tricia, dies after a tragic illness. The only things that keep him going are the memory of their love and his promise to Tricia to take care of her sister, Betsy, after she’s gone. Betsy Martin’s wild exploits with drink, drugs, and boys have left her with the worst reputation in Sweet Valley. But when Steven takes her into the Wakefield home, Betsy makes a promise to change. And as her goodness grows, so does her love for Steven. Jessica, Steven’s conniving younger sister, doesn’t like this one bit. She makes a little promise of her own to get Betsy out of the house and out of Steven’s life… forever!”
 
Sweet Valley University #13 – SS Heartbreak“When Elizabeth Wakefield catches Tom Watts kissing another woman on the Lido Deck, she can’t believe her eyes. Elizabeth tells Tom to get out of her life forever. But can she get him out of her heart? Todd Wilkins is confused. He thought he was still in love with Elizabeth, but now that she’s giving him a chance to rekindle their romance, he finds himself fantasizing about another woman. Jessica Wakefield is running out of patience. She’s desperate to find the dashing stranger who saved her life, but he refuses to come forward. Is he just shy – or does he have something to hide?”
 
Goosebumps #2 – Stay Out Of The Basement“Dr. Brewer is doing a little plant-testing in his basement. Nothing to worry about. Harmless, really. But Margaret and Casey Brewer are worried about their father. Especially when they… meet… some of the plants he is growing down there. Then they notice that their father is developing plantlike tendencies. In fact, he is becoming distinctly weedy- and seedy. Is it just part of their father’s ‘harmless’ experiment? Or has the basement turned into another little shop of horrors?”

June TBR

 

Nightingale by Amy Lukavics – “June Hardie is everything a young woman in 1951 shouldn’t be–independent, rebellious, a dreamer. June longs to travel, to attend college and to write the dark science fiction stories that consume her waking hours. But her parents only care about making June a better young woman. Her mother grooms her to be a perfect little homemaker while her father pushes her to marry his business partner’s domineering son. When June resists, her whole world is shattered–suburbia isn’t the only prison for different women… June’s parents commit her to Burrow Place Asylum, aka the Institution. With its sickening conditions, terrifying staff and brutal “medical treatments,” the Institution preys on June’s darkest secrets and deepest fears. And she’s not alone. The Institution terrorizes June’s fragile roommate, Eleanor, and the other women locked away within its crumbling walls. Those who dare speak up disappear… or worse. Trapped between a gruesome reality and increasingly sinister hallucinations, June isn’t sure where her nightmares end and real life begins. But she does know one thing: in order to survive, she must destroy the Institution before it finally claims them all.”
 
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell – “Vanessa Wye was fifteen years old when she first had sex with her English teacher. She is now thirty-two and in the storm of allegations against powerful men in 2017, the teacher, Jacob Strane, has just been accused of sexual abuse by another former student. Vanessa is horrified by this news, because she is quite certain that the relationship she had with Strane wasn’t abuse. It was love. She’s sure of that. Forced to rethink her past, to revisit everything that happened, Vanessa has to redefine the great love story of her life – her great sexual awakening – as rape. Now she must deal with the possibility that she might be a victim, and just one of many.”
 
Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson – “Following a brutal attack, Kate Priddy makes the uncharacteristically bold decision of moving from London to Boston – in an apartment swap with her cousin, Corbin Dell. But soon after her arrival Kate makes a shocking discovery: Corbin’s next-door neighbour, Audrey Marshall, may have been murdered. Far from home and emotionally unstable, her imagination playing out her every fear, who can Kate trust?”
 
The Killer Across the Table by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker – “In this riveting work of true crime, Douglas spotlights four very different criminals he’s confronted over the course of his career, and explains how they helped him to put together the puzzle of how psychopaths and predators think. Taking us inside the interrogation room and demonstrating the unique techniques he uses to understand the workings of the most terrifying and incomprehensible minds, The Killer Across the Table is an unputdownable journey into the darkest reaches of criminal profiling and behavioural science from a man who knows serial killers better than anyone else. As Douglas says: ‘If you want to understand the artist, look at his art.’ If you want to understand what makes a murderer, start here.”

Autumn Skincare Routine

 

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel – This was my holy-grail facial cleanser before I discovered the magic of Paula’s Choice. I ran out of my Hydralight cleanser a few months ago, and the timing happened to coincide with Adore Beauty having a sale on Dermalogica products. So I decided to buy this and mix up my skin care routine a little bit. I like to change up my cleanser from time to time, to keep my skin on its toes.
 
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – This is another product that I have been using on and off for many years now. It’s actually Sebastian’s favourite facial cleanser so it’s something I always have on hand for us to use. I use this two or three times a week to help keep my skin smooth and to help reduce pigmentation.
 
Kora Balancing Rose Mist – I have been mixing it up lately with what kind of product I use as a ‘toner’ in my routine. I settled on using this because I find it to be soothing on my dry skin. I think this is the second time I’ve had this product in my routine but I don’t think I’ll be purchasing it again because I prefer the–more affordable–facial mists from Mario Badescu.
 
Darphin Hydraskin Intensive Moisturising Serum – My biggest complaint during the cooler months of the year is hydration. I find the skin on my forehead is prone to dryness (the total opposite of the warmer months when it becomes an oil slick). I’ve received a few samples of Darphin skincare lately, and although they are often quite heavily fragranced I find the quality of the product is so good that I can forgive this.
 
Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisturiser – I have reverted to another old faithful for my daily moisturiser. This is my favourite facial moisturiser, and although it smells horrible (imo) it does a really good job as a lightweight but hydrating moisturiser that doesn’t feel too greasy on my skin.

April Empties

 

The Body Shop Strawberry Shower Gel – I picked this up on a whim when buying a Christmas present for my secret santa at work, and it is now one of my favourite shower products. The fragrance of the gel stays on your skin for quite a while after the shower, so keep that in mind if you do not want to smell like a piece of strawberry hubba bubba bubble gum.
 
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – This product has been a staple in my skincare regime for many years now. I use it 2-3 times a week and I know that it helps to keep my skin clear because when I stop using it my skin sort of RIOTS. This is a really gentle exfoliant for people with sensitive skin.
 
Paula’s Choice Hydralight One-Step Face Cleanser – This is another staple in my skincare regime and I normally have a back up on hand and ready to go when I run out. This time I have switched to something different, but you can be sure that I will revert back to this when I’m finished with what I’m currently using.
 
NARS Creamy Concealer in Vanilla – This is my current favourite concealer, and one I have been using for a couple of years now. It is a perfect match for my skintone, which can be difficult for me to find so I think I’ll be sticking with it for a while. My only gripe with this product is the packaging. A substantial amount of product ends up getting left in the tube because it’s so hard to get the last of it out.
 
Aveda Damage Remedy Shampoo & Conditioner – Although I’m a huge fan of some of the Aveda hair care range, I wasn’t that fond of these two. This duo left my hair feeling quite brittle and easily tangled when I would comb through it after a shower. I won’t be purchasing these particular products from the range again.

Nostalgic Book Haul (May)

 

Sweet Valley High #30 – Jealous Lies“It’s pledge season for Pi Beta Alpha, and everyone in the exclusive Sweet Valley High sorority expects Sandra Bacon to nominate her best friend, Jean West. But Sandra’s tired of always hearing about Jean’s perfect figure, terrific grades, and fantastic cheerleading. The sorority is the only thing Sandra has that Jean doesn’t, and even though Jean is her best friend, Sandra wants to keep Pi Beta Alpha for herself. When Sandra unwillingly becomes Jean’s pledge sponsor, she’s determined to do everything she can to insure Jean doesn’t make it through the pledge period. But how far can Sandra go and still remain friends with Jean?”
 
Sweet Valley University – Super Thriller #12 – Don’t Answer The Phone“SVU Hot Line operator Alexandra Rollins doesn’t know what to do when she begins receiving vicious calls from a man threatening to commit a murder. She can’t tell the police – all calls are meant to be confidential. Besides, it’s probably just a practical joke. It’s best not to get involved… right? Wrong. The maniac’s threat turns into a promise when one of Alexandra’s closest friends is killed on campus. Over come with guilt, she decides to trap the killer herself. But he’s watching her every move… in fact, he’s even closer to Alexandra than she realizes. Is the end of her life just a phone call away?”
 
Sweet Valley High – Super Thriller #3 – No Place To Hide“When Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield invite Nicholas Morrow on a picnic to help cure his blues, their plan has unexpected results. Nicholas falls in love with Barbara, a beautiful girl who involves the twins in their most dangerous mystery yet. Barbara tells Nicholas they must hide their relationship from the uncle she’s visiting. Hearing the fear in her voice, Nicholas decides to tell the twins, and they start investigating. The more they find out, the more desperate Barbara’s situation seems. Then Jessica and Elizabeth are threatened by an anonymous caller. Now they face a terrible choice either give up their search and leave Barbara in deadly trouble, or save Barbara’s life and risk their lives and Nicholas’s!”