The Divines by Ellie Eaton – “The girls of elite English boarding school, St. John the Divine, were notorious for flipping their hair, harassing teachers, chasing boys and chain-smoking cigarettes. They were fiercely loyal, sharp-tongued, and cutting in the way that only teenage girls can be. But for Josephine, now in her thirties, her time at St. John feels like a lifetime ago. She hasn’t spoken to another Divine in fifteen years, not since the day the school shut its doors in disgrace… But an impromptu visit reawakens blurry recollections of those doomed final weeks that rocked the community. With each memory that resurfaces, she circles closer to the ugly secret at the heart of the school’s scandal. But the more Josephine recalls, the further her life unravels, derailing not just her marriage and career, but her entire sense of self.”
Force of Nature by Jane Harper – “Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side. The hike through the rugged Giralang Ranges is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team building. At least that is what the corporate retreat website advertises. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker. Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case – and Alice knew secrets. About the company she worked for and the people she worked with. Far from the hike encouraging teamwork, the women tell Falk a tale of suspicion, violence and disintegrating trust. And as he delves into the disappearance, it seems some dangers may run far deeper than anyone knew.”
F9 – We will always watch a new Fast & Furious movie, no matter how ridiculous the concept is. When a friend told us about seeing the trailer for this and thinking “wow, Ludacris in space!” I knew that we would love this stupid movie. And we did, it was a lot of fun and exactly what we’ve come to know & expect from this film franchise.
A Quiet Place 2 – I really loved the first film in this series, and this second film lived up to my expectations based on how much I enjoyed the first. The concept of this horror is so cool and authentic, and I really enjoy knowing there is no way I could possibly survive in this world.
Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb – A friend of mine at work has her masters in Archaeology and recommended this documentary to me. Having recently watched The Mummy, I was absolutely in the mood to watch more about ancient Egyptian archaeological digs. This was a fascinating watch, a bit of a rollercoaster to watch the dig play out under the deadline, and was especially interesting learning about techniques of the different specialists in their field of expertise.
The Craft: Legacy – The original Craft film is one of my all-time favourite movies, so I was excited to see how I felt about this reboot. I’m happy to say I loved it. It didn’t have the same grittiness as the original, but I enjoyed it, loved the diversity in the cast, and was really impressed by the main actress Cailee Spaeny’s performance. This is definitely worth a watch if you were a fan of the original, or you’re just in the mood for something fun and spooky for spooky season.
Friday the 13th – I kicked off my spooky season horror movie watching in September, and decided to start with a classic – the original Friday the 13th. This was more of a comedy than a horror movie, it was borderline ridiculous, but I respect it’s origins and the impact of this franchise on the genre of horror in general.
Happier Than Ever – I love Billie Eilish, so this was an automatic must-watch for me. This was such a beautiful way to see her album played out, and the addition of the children’s choir was a particularly beautiful moment for me. I love this album, and I loved having the opportunity to see it presented like this.
The Matrix – There is a new Matrix movie being release this year, so I thought it would be a good idea to re-watch the originals in preparation. I have vivid memories of watching this film as a teenager, and it’s amazing to watch it now and realise how many pop culture references it inspired.
The Matrix: Reloaded – I don’t have as many memories tied to this film as the first one, however it was still a fun re-watch, and still stood the test of time as far as storytelling goes (CGI and graphics maybe not so much). It felt like there was less storytelling and more gratuitous action in this compared to the original, which I didn’t love. Overall it was a good time.
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – This is a must-have in my daily skin care routine, and I still notice a huge difference in my skin if I stop using it. I ran out of this and had to wait a while before replacing it, and I definitely noticed how much my skin missed it. This is a product that I give a lot of credit to with keeping my skin clear and fresh looking. I’ve repurchased it countless times now, and I’ll continue to do so – probably until they discontinue it.
Kerastase Nectar Thermique – This is one of my all-time favourite hair care products, and something I always try to have on hand in my beauty cupboard. I tend to forget how amazing this is until I stumble across it and use it on my hair again. This gives the a really smooth & sleek look after blow-drying, and if you struggle with fly-aways I’d recommend trying this out because it really helps me to tame mine.
Mecca Max Bring on Bright Primer – This has been my go-to face primer for the last couple of years, and it’s an inexpensive option that I think works really well at brightening the complexion. I’ve since discovered the Charlotte Tilbury primer and I can’t see myself straying from that now that I’ve found it, but this will always be something I consider a cheap and cheerful sort of holy grail product for me.
Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisture-Infusing Lotion – This has been my favourite facial moisturiser from Paula’s Choice for YEARS, but recently it’s been difficult to find in stock so I’ve tried something new (see below).I do find as I’m getting older I need something that packs a bit more of a punch in the hydration arena, but this will always hold a spot in my heart as one of the best lightweight moisturisers from the Paula’s Choice range.
Paula’s Choice Water-Infusing Electrolyte Moisturizer – Meet my new favourite moisturiser. This is the perfect blend of lightweight and moisturising, and works really well with my sensitive skin. I’ve been loving this so much that I’ve stocked up, and I have a few replacement tubes in my cupboard ready to go.
L’Occitane Almond Delicious Hand Cream – Another favourite bites the dust. I love this hand cream, it’s lightweight, sinks into my skin really quickly (which makes it great for using at work), and smells INCREDIBLE. I’ll definitely be repurchasing this again in the future, once I use up some of the other hand creams I have laying around.
Survive The Night by Riley Sager – I’d been in a bit of a reading slump for a few weeks in August, and this was the book that kicked me back into reading. I binged this over one weekend in early September, and it was a fast-paced and easy thriller to get lost in. I am usually pretty good at picking the twist in thrillers, and I had my mind so set on the outcome of this book that when it didn’t play out the way I’d expected I was actually disappointed, because I thought my ending was better. I rarely rate thrillers over a three, unless they are really surprising to me, and this sat comfortably as a three out of five for me.
Sweet Valley University – Deadly Terror: The Return of William White, Part II – “Elizabeth Wakefield thought she was seeing things when William White came back into her life. But William actually survived the accident she believe had killed him–and he’s changed. His handsome face is heartbreakingly scarred, and he’s humble, caring, and sensitive. In fact, William staged the entire Virtual Reality Fair just to win Elizabeth back. And it’s working. William’s timing couldn’t have been more perfect. He breezed into Elizabeth’s life just when her love for Tom Watts was falling apart. Once Elizabeth succumbs to William’s spell, he’s going to make her pay for everything she put him through… and he’s going to love every minute of it…”
Sweet Valley University Thriller Edition – Love and Murder – “When Lila Fowler meets the mysterious, sexy Damon Price, the connection is too intense to be explained. Lila instantly feels as if she’s known him for ages. And when she experiences the recklessly passionate thrill of his kisses, she knows that he feels the same way. But despite their deep bond, Lila knows nothing about Damon’s past. Then the nightmares begin. Vivid, violent nightmares from another era in which she becomes Flora Grey, the wife of Theodore, an abusive man who looks exactly like Damon. Before long, Lila discovers that the Greys really existed… and that Flora was murdered by her husband. The more Lila learns about the couple, the more Damon seems to have adopted Theodore’s evil ways. Could Flora’s tragic history be repeating itself?”
Sweet Valley High #52 – Fooling Around – “Jessica’s loving the single life… till an older guy catches her eye. Elizabeth wishes Sam would get a clue… and she wishes Finn would get closer. Dana and Todd are on cloud nine… until reality sends them to ground zero. Nina is adjusting to her new life… but she’ll never get used to her psycho roommate.”