June Book Haul

Suicide Club by Rachel Heng“In a near-future world, medical technology has progressed far enough that immortality is now within grasp -but only to those who show themselves to be deserving of it. These people are the lifers: the exercisers, yogacisers, green juicers and early nighters. Genetically perfect, healthy and wholesome, one hundred-year-old Lea is the poster girl for lifers, until the day she catches a glimpse of her father in the street, eighty-eight years after their last encounter. While pursuing him, Lea has a brush with death which sparks suspicions. If Lea could be so careless, is she worthy of immortality? Suicide Club wasn’t always an activist group. It began as a set of disillusioned lifers, gathering to indulge in forbidden activities: performances of live music, artery-clogging meals, irresponsible orgies. But now they have been branded terrorists and are hunted by the state. And Lea has decided to give them a call.”

The Favourite Sister by Jessica Knoll“Brett and Kelly Courtney are the shining jewels in a New York-based reality TV show called Goal Diggers. One of the most popular shows on American national television, its fiercely competitive cast of five self-made women are defined by their success, beauty and ruthless drive to reach the top by whatever means necessary. The Courtney sisters’ rivalry goes skin deep despite the blossoming business they have built together that helps disadvantaged women in Morocco. Harbouring bitter jealousies and dark secrets about their manufactured screen lives they’re joined by three other hyper-competitive women who all have their own agendas. And the latest season promises sparks to fly in the quest for even higher ratings. Vicious backstabbing, scathing social media attacks and finely-tuned scripting draw in the viewing public every week, all orchestrated by the show’s omnipotent producers. But even they don’t know that season 4 will end in murder…”

Shelter In Place by Nora Roberts“When the shots rang out in the shopping mall, Simone Knox knew what to do. Shelter in place. That’s what they taught you to do in the event of a mass shooting. So on that terrible, hot summer day in 2005, Simone was lucky. She escaped death. But she would never be the same again. More than ten years later, Simone still struggles with grief, trauma and the misplaced guilt of a survivor. She spends much of her time alone on Tranquility Island – a quiet, artistic community off the coast of Maine. But she is transforming – shaping herself the way she shapes her extraordinary and highly prized sculptures. As she heals herself, she opens up to Reed Quartermaine, who survived the shooting himself and has become a detective. But someone has been watching all the survivors of the DownEast Mall massacre. They have spent years perfecting a plan to finish what was started that day. Now that Reed and Simone have found each other, they are in more danger than they can possibly imagine – from a killer who will not, and cannot stop.”

Mrs Fletcher by Tom Perrotta“Eve Fletcher is trying to figure out what comes next. A forty-six-year-old divorcee whose beloved only child has just left for college, Eve is struggling to adjust to her empty nest when one night her phone lights up with a text message. Sent from an anonymous number, the mysterious sender tells Eve, “U R my MILF!” Over the months that follow, that message comes to obsess Eve. While leading her all-too-placid life-serving as Executive Director of the local senior center by day and taking a community college course on Gender and Society at night-Eve can’t curtail her own interest in a porn website called MILFateria.com, which features the erotic exploits of ordinary, middle-aged women like herself. Before long, Eve’s online fixations begin to spill over into real life, revealing new romantic possibilities that threaten to upend her quiet suburban existence. Meanwhile, miles away at the state college, Eve’s son Brendan-a jock and aspiring frat boy-discovers that his new campus isn’t nearly as welcoming to his hard-partying lifestyle as he had imagined. Only a few weeks into his freshman year, Brendan is floundering in a college environment that challenges his white-dude privilege and shames him for his outmoded, chauvinistic ideas of sex. As the New England autumn turns cold, both mother and son find themselves enmeshed in morally fraught situations that come to a head on one fateful November night.”

June Skin Care

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One-Step Face Cleanser – It seems repetitive to keep mentioning this cleanser in every skincare post, but honestly I will shout about this product (or the entire range) from the hilltops until I’m blue in the face. This is genuinely the best cleanser I have ever used, and if you’re looking for something new or different to try I highly recommend picking this up.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – Again, this is one of my favourite products and my skin has been absolutely loving this lately. This is really good for keeping dry skin at bay and seems to do a great job of keeping my skin clear and helping to prevent any breakouts. One thing I really love about this is that as a manual exfoliant it is still very gentle on my sensitive skin, and doesn’t cause any negative reactions (not even any sort of redness, which is rare for me).

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner – I never really have much to say about toners, as I can never really tell if they’re doing much. The only thing I can really notice is whether they leave my skin feeling tight after application. And I’m happy to say that this one does not.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisture-Infusing Lotion – This is a really lovely, lightweight moisturiser that works well with my sensitive skin. I can use this year-round, and I feel like it provides the perfect amount of hydration for me.

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil – This is one of my favourite products to whip out when the weather gets cold and my skin starts getting dry. I love this because it seems to work almost instantly. My favourite way to use this oil is to slather my face in it and take a nap, and then when I wake up my face feels nice and soft and my skin feels plumper and more hydrated almost immediately.

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel – This product is on the pricier end of the scale, but I really feel like it’s worth the money. I try to use these once or twice a week to help my skin looking clear and bright.

May Empties

Original Source Vanilla Milk & Raspberry Shower Gel – I’m trying to make my way through a massive tub of body products that I have accumulated over the years, and this was first off the rank for shower gels. This was a decent product, and it got the job done. This basically smelled exactly like a strawberry milkshake, but unfortunately the fragrance didn’t transfer to the skin or linger after a shower. I’d recommend this if you’re looking for something cheap and cheerful that you can pick up from the supermarket.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser – You’ll notice this popping up in quite a few empties posts, as I always have a bottle of this cleanser in my shower. This is a holy grail item for me, and it’s something I repurchase all the time. If you’re looking for a really gentle cleanser that works well with sensitive skin I would highly recommend checking this out.

Glasshouse Candle in Coney Island [burnt sugar and fig] – This candle smells absolutely incredible. It’s a sugary scent for sure, but the fig gives it a fresh sort of kick so it’s not overly sweet. I had this burning in the main living area of our house, and had a couple of people who came over to visit comment on how good it smelled.

[sample] Jojoba Daily Light Moisturiser – I was surprised by how much I liked this moisturiser. So much so, that I was tempted to purchase a full size once I had run out of this sample. Good sense kicked in though and I remembered that I have about 10 untouched moisturisers sitting in my cupboard waiting to be used. I’ll be keeping this in mind for the future when I eventually run out.

[sample] Clinique Moisture Surge – This was an okay moisturiser, I don’t remember it that clearly (unlike the Jojoba one), so it can’t have been anything groundbreaking. I know that it didn’t have a negative impact on my sensitive skin though, and that’s always a plus in my book.

Audio Book Haul

Something In The Water by Catherine Steadman“Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water… Could the life of your dreams be the stuff of nightmares? Suddenly the newlyweds must make a dangerous choice: to speak out or to protect their secret. After all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events… Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave? Wonder no longer.”

The Babysitter by Sheryl Browne – “Mark and Melissa Cain are thrilled to have found Jade, a babysitter who is brilliant with their young children. Having seen her own house burn to the ground, Jade needs them as much as they need her. Moving Jade into the family home can only be a good thing, can’t it? As Mark works long hours as a police officer and Melissa struggles with running a business, the family become ever more reliant on their babysitter, who is only too happy to help. And as Melissa begins to slip into depression, it’s Jade who is left picking up the pieces. But Mark soon notices things aren’t quite as they seem. Things at home feel wrong, and as Mark begins to investigate their seemingly perfect sitter, what he discovers shocks him to his core. He’s met Jade before. And now he suspects he might know what she wants… Mark is in a race against time to protect his family. But what will he find as he goes back to his family home?”

The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan“Cormac Reilly is about to reopen a case it took him twenty years to forget. On his first week on the job, Garda Cormac Reilly responds to a call at a decrepit country house to find two silent, neglected children waiting for him – fifteen-year-old Maude and five-year-old Jack. Their mother lies dead upstairs. Twenty years later, Cormac has left his high-flying career as a detective in Dublin and returned to Galway. As he struggles to navigate the politics of a new police station, Maude and Jack return to haunt him. What ties a recent suicide to the woman’s death so long ago? And who among his new colleagues can Cormac really trust?”

#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 9th June to 9am on Sunday 10th June in your time zone. I’m quite a way behind in my Game Of Thrones read-along and as I’m due to finish at the end of this month, that’s what I’ll be focusing most of my energy on. If I manage to finish Game Of Thrones, or I feel like I need a break or want to mix things up I’ll be switching to some of the nostalgic reads I’ve included for good measure. Good luck to everyone who is participating in this round!