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!”

Adore Beauty Haul

This haul was basically just me indulging the voice inside my head who kept saying that I deserved to treat myself. And look, it’s been a hard couple of months. So why not? I had a few things in mind that I wanted to pick up so I decided to do an Adore Beauty Haul. Here’s what I picked up:

 


 

 

 

Aveda Nutriplenish Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner – I’ve really been loving Aveda hair care products lately. I recently walked past a salon near my office in the city and saw this range being advertised, so I decided to give it a go. It really does not take much to market to me, apparently. I’ve been using it since it arrived and I am a huge fan. I have quite fine hair and it is prone to getting tangled after I wash it (unless I use a deep conditioning treatment) but I’ve had no issues combing through my hair after using these products.
 
Glasshouse A Tahaa Affair Candle – Sebastian likes to have a candle in his home office, and because he’s currently working from home full time he is burning through them faster than usual. He is a major sweet tooth and a big fan of caramel everything (scent included), so I knew he would like this.
 
Circa Home Vanilla Bean Allspice Candle – Glasshouse have culled a lot of my favourite scents from their range, so I am on the hunt for a new candle for our main living space. The scent of this is more floral than I thought it would be, but it’s still a pleasant fragrance. I’m not sure yet whether I will repurchase it again for our living space, but we’ll see.
 
Philosophy Cinanmon Buns Shower Gel – The weather is getting colder in Adelaide, which apparently means I want to smell less like a piece of summer fruit and more like a delicious baked good. I’ve had my eye on this shower gel for a while now and it felt like the perfect cold-weather product to have in the shower. The smell of this is absolutely incredible and I am obsessed.
 
Kiehl’s Creme De Corps Whipped Body Cream – I like to have a lotion that is either neutral, or pairs well with my shower gel so I picked this up to use in conjunction with the Philosophy shower gel. I also figured as the weather gets cooler my skin gets drier, so the thicker the body lotion I’m using the better.

RYFO TBR – May

 

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 16th May to 9am on Sunday 17th May in your time zone. My focus for this round is to try and finish my first book for the month (it’s a mammoth one!), and smash through a couple of my May nostalgic reads. Good luck to everyone participating in this round!