SkinCare – May 2018

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One-Step Face Cleanser – To the surprise of absolutely no-one, this cleanser gets yet another mention on my blog. Yes it’s still my number one, yes I continue to repurchase it time and time again, and yes it’s still the best facial cleanser I’ve ever used. It does a great job of keeping my skin clear (even from pesky hormonal spots) and works really well with my combination/normal skin. Highly recommend.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – This is a long-time favourite that has recently made a come back in my routine. I can easily notice the difference in my skin when I use this regularly, and my skin loves to complain if I skip using this for a few days in a row. I think this is a great cold-weather staple because it provides gentle exfoliation that helps to keep skin smooth and glowing.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner – I didn’t intentionally pair my toner and moisturiser with my current cleanser, I tend to rotate through both depending on what I’ve got in my cupboard and what I feel like my skin needs at the time. This is a basic toner that I use when my skin is in decent condition and doesn’t need any additional care or hydration.

Paula’s Choice Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum – This is another old favourite that has made a reappearance in my daily routine. This is a product that I can see almost instant results from, and I’m not sure why I stopped using it for so long. This is a lightweight serum that sinks into the skin quickly and doesn’t leave any sort of oily residue.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisture-Infusing Lotion – Because I’m working from home at the moment my skin isn’t copping the full brunt of winter and is not too dry or dehydrated. This is a lovely light moisturiser that I use in both Winter and Summer, depending on how my skin is behaving.

Darphin Beauty Revealing Cream – My skin went through a phase of extreme dehydration earlier in the year, and this was my savior during that time. Now that it has settled down and is back to normal this cream is a little bit too heavy to use on the daily, so I’ve switched it up and am using it as a neck cream.

#BorrowAThon TBR

1) A book award nominee or winnerThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas“Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.”

2) A book with your initials on the coverSeven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins-Reid“Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career. Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ’80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.”

3) Someone else’s favorite bookStorm Front by Jim Butcher“As a professional wizard, Harry Dresden knows firsthand that the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things–and most of them don’t play well with humans. And those that do enjoy playing with humans far too much. He also knows he’s the best at what he does. Technically, he’s the only at what he does. But even though Harry is the only game in town, business–to put it mildly, stinks. So when the Chicago P.D. bring him in to consult on a double homicide committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name…”

4) A book that everyone else has read but youThe Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli“Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly is always careful. Better to be careful than be hurt. But when Cassie gets a new girlfriend who comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick, everything changes. Will is funny, flirtatious and basically the perfect first boyfriend. There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid, the awkward Tolkien superfan she could never fall for… right?”

5) A book from your favorite genreAnd The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich“When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the “blood manor” is cursed. The creaking of the house and the stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too–the questions that Silla can’t ignore: Who is the beautiful boy that’s appeared from the woods? Who is the man that her little sister sees, but no one else? And why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer? In the end, Silla discovers that she, Nori, and her aunt have already died, and are trapped in purgatory, reliving their own lives since Silla first arrived, in an endless cycle. The man with no eyes is a construction of Silla’s, formed from her own rage. The beautiful boy from the woods, who was once the love of her life, has attempted to save Silla time and again.”

6) Read a book that features a libraryInk And Bone by Rachel Caine“In 48 AD, a fire set by the troops of Julius Caesar destroyed much of the Great Library of Alexandria. It was the first of several disasters that resulted in the destruction of the accumulated knowledge of the ancient world. But what if the fire had been stopped? What would the Library have become? Fast forward: the Great Library is now a separate country, protected by its own standing army. It has grown into a vast power, with unquestioned and unrivalled supremacy. Jess Brightwell, seventeen and very smart, with a gift for mechanical engineering, has been sent into the Great Library as a spy for his criminal family.”

Comic/Graphic Novel Haul

Betty & Veronica #2“The battle no one expected hits its peak as Betty and Veronica declare all-out war on each other! It’s a battle of benefits as Betty tries to raise money to save Pop’s, while Ronnie’s staging her own competing fundraisers in move destroy Betty’s efforts. All bets are off as the girls go from best pals to cutthroat competitors. You’ve never seen a car wash like this! Will the two icons find their way back to friendship, or is this the end of one of the longest-running partnerships in history?”

Archie #2“The new school year continues to bring with it daunting new challenges and interesting changes for the teens of Riverdale High. But there’s one thing that remains constant: Archie’s car is still a piece of garbage! With car problems comes money problems, which means that Archie’s on the hunt for a new job. Fortunately, a mysterious new building in Riverdale is offering some career opportunities for Archie and his friends. Who’s behind this new conglomerate and what are their intentions for Riverdale?”

Goosebumps: Monsters At Midnight #2“Trapped in HorrorLand, sisters Mia and Ginny have no hope of escape… that is until a little Horror named Irk mentions the gate on the other side of the Scream-Park! Only problem is the never-ending nightmares that stand in their way! And did someone say something about a dummy? Oh, sorry! I didn’t mean- AAAAAGGHH!”

Goosebumps: Download And Die #2“Mitra’s new creepy phone is causing a rift between her and her friends—they just don’t believe it’s behind all the recent… disturbances. Is it too late to do a hard reset on her life?!”

Aliens #2: Sacrifice“Stranded on an isolated planet, Ann McKay takes shelter in a remote village that is being terrorized by an creature from another world. She soon discovers that the village inhabitants are hiding a horrifying secret from her. But to discover the truth, she must face her innermost demons and try to save the souls of the villagers at the same time.”

April Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 11
April TBR Books Read: N/A
Total Pages Read: 3043
Total Hours Listened: N/A

Emma In The Night by Wendy Walker – 3/5 – This was a pretty decent middle of the road thriller for me. There is an element of the plot that I guessed early on in the book, which unfortunately took some of the suspense and excitement out of the story for me. But having said that, I’d still recommend picking this up if you’re in the mood for a quick and easy thriller.

Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski – 3/5 – I would never have picked this book up if not for the recommendation of Kayla from BooksAndLala – to be honest the hideous cover alone would have sent me running for the hills. So that being said, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It was well paced and kept me entertained throughout, and I was absolutely not expecting it to go in the direction it did towards the end, which was great. I’m still not 100% sure on whether I’ll be picking up the sequel or not, but I probably will if I’m in the mood for a quick, fun, YA sci-fi set in space.

A Line In The Dark by Malinda Lo – 2/5 – This is the opposite of Dare Mighty Things in that I ordered it based on the beautiful cover and ended up really disliking the book itself. I hated nearly all of the characters in this book and as hard as I tried, didn’t manage to connect or enjoy any of them. Overall I found the story pretty boring, and to be honest with you unless you’re looking for a pretty book to sit on your shelves I wouldn’t really recommend picking this up.

Copy Cat by Alex Lake – 3/5 – I’d have to call this another middle of the road thriller for me, although I did enjoy it more than Emma In The Night. I found the concept of stalking through identity theft a really interesting and all-too-real concept. This was a real page turner for me, and I’d recommend picking it up if you’re in the mood for a decent thriller.

Surfacing by Margaret Atwood – 3/5 – Unfortunately, nothing about this book managed to interest me – none of the characters weren’t particularly likable or interesting, and I felt like nothing much happened for the majority of the story. The last quarter of the book flew by for me because that’s when things really started to get interesting, but priot to that it was a bit of a snooze fest for me despite Margaret Atwood’s undeniably beautiful writing style.

Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger – 3/5 – I was on the borderline of being in a reading slump following the previous book, so I decided to read this as I knew it would be fast and easy and mostly mindless. It was everything I wanted, and I am now really excited for the second book in the series to come out later this year. And no, I absolutely did not pretend that this was a story about me and Harry Styles, why do you ask?

Dare Me by Megan Abbott – 4/5 – I picked this up on a whim while browsing the shelves at my library, and it ended up being my favourite book of the month. I really enjoyed Megan Abbott’s writing style and I’ll be making an effort to pick up her other work in the near future. I really enjoy stories about the intricacies of friendships between teenage girls, so this was right up my alley.

#ReadYourFaceOff TBR

The general goal for a #ReadYourFaceOff readathon is to get through as much reading as you can in a 24 hour window of time. It’s a fun (and short) readathon that was created by Riley from RMFickFack. This round will run from 9am on Saturday 5th May to 9am on Sunday 6th May in your time zone. As it’s still towards the beginning of the month, I have my pick of the bunch when it comes to choosing what I’m going to read from my TBR. As it’s only a short readathon I’m going to focus my energy on smaller books to see what I can manage to get through. I’m also going to try and knock a graphic novel off of my shelf to help boost my stats for the month a little bit and get May off to a good start.