October TBR

 

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage – “On the outside it looks like Suzette has it all. A stunning ultra-modern home, designed by her handsome Swedish husband. A beautiful, but silent, seven-year-old daughter who is fiercely intelligent. But under the shiny veneer, the cracks are all too clear. For her daughter Hanna isn’t just clever, she’s dangerous. Her behaviour is carefully calculated. She adores her father, yet wants Suzette to disappear. And as Hanna’s tricks become increasingly sophisticated – from tampering with her mother’s daily medication, imitating a rabid dog, to setting Suzette on fire – it’s increasingly clear that there is something seriously wrong with their little girl. Because what kind of child wants to kill their own mother?”

The Last Resort by Marissa Stapley – “The Harmony Resort promises hope for struggling marriages. Run by celebrity power couple Drs. Miles and Grace Markell, the “last resort” offers a chance for partners to repair their relationships in a luxurious setting on the gorgeous Mayan Riviera. Johanna and Ben have a marriage that looks perfect on the surface, but in reality, they don’t know each other at all. Shell and Colin fight constantly: after all, Colin is a workaholic, and Shell always comes second to his job as an executive at a powerful mining company. But what has really torn them apart is too devastating to talk about. When both couples begin Harmony’s intensive therapy program, it becomes clear that Harmony is not all it seems–and neither are Miles and Grace themselves. What are they hiding, and what price will these couples pay for finding out? As a deadly tropical storm descends on the coast, trapping the hosts and the guests on the resort, secrets are revealed, loyalties are tested and not one single person–or their marriage–will remain unchanged by what follows.”

The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson – “The rule is simple: don’t bleed. For as long as Molly Southbourne can remember, she’s been watching herself die. Whenever she bleeds, another Molly is born, identical to her in every way and intent on her destruction. Molly knows every way to kill herself, but she also knows that as long as she survives she’ll be hunted. No matter how well she follows the rules, eventually the mollys will find her. Can Molly find a way to stop the tide of blood, or will she meet her end at the hand of a girl who looks just like her?”

October “Spooky” Movie Challenge

I decided to set myself a bit of a movie challenge for October, and the vibe is SPOOKY. We don’t exactly celebrate Halloween in Australia, although each year I feel like I have seen it creep in more and more in the shops and also in our traditions, but I’m not mad about it.

Here are the movies I’m planning to watch in October:

 

 

Fifteen movies might seem like a lot to watch in one month, and to be honest I have no idea if I’ll be able to accomplish it, but I feel like it’ll be fun to try. I’ve included a blend of fun Halloween-vibe films and some spookier stuff to keep things interesting. Wish me luck!

Spring Skincare Routine

 

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One-Step Face Cleanser – After finishing up the Dermalogica cleanser I mentioned in my Autumn skincare post, I have switched back to my all-time favourite. In my opinion this is the perfect facial cleanser. It is a gel cleanser and although it does foam up slightly while you’re using it I don’t find that it leaves my skin feeling stripped or dry at all. I bought the jumbo sized version of the product so you will no doubt see this again in my routine for Summer and potentially even Autumn.
 
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater – After finishing up the Kora Rose Mist I was using in Autumn and Winter, I switched things up and changed to the Mario Badescu Rose Mist. I prefer the smell of this product because it’s more subtle and overall a more pleasant fragrance, but the packaging lets it down because the mist comes out quite heavy and it doesn’t feel as nice to use.
 
Paula’s Choice 2% Salicylic Acid Liquid Exfoliant – I haven’t used this product in years, but I’m glad to have it back in my rotation. I always try to wear less makeup during the warmer months of the year (if you’re from Australia, I’m sure you can relate to the sensation of your makeup literally melting off your face), and part of feeling more confident with my skin is making sure I keep up with regular exfoliation. I find that it helps to keep my skin clear & smooth and makes me feel more comfortable with going bare-faced.
 
Darphin Hydraskin Intensive Moisturising Serum – I am still making my way through this gorgeous little product, although I anticipate that I will be finishing it up this season. I’ve really loved using this, it’s a lightweight serum that packs a punch when it comes to hydration.
 
Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisturiser – I am also still going with this moisturiser, and this won’t be changing anytime soon as it’s my favourite and one I have had on regular rotation for years now. It is the perfect lightweight-yet-hydrating facial moisturiser.

September Empties

 

Aveda Rosemary & Mint Purifying Shampoo & Conditioner – I have become a big fan of the Aveda hair care range, and this duo is one of my new favourites. I saw a noticeable different in how shiny my hair was when I used this, and it felt properly “clean” without feeling stripped or dry. I love the combination of rosemary and mint scents too, so this was a lovely product overall. I will definitely be repurchasing these in the future.
 
The Body Shop Drops of Youth Serum – A good friend of mine recommended this serum, and her skin was GLOWING when I asked her what she was using on her skin so I picked up a bottle straight away. This was a lovely serum, inexpensive and something that worked well with my sensitive skin. I felt that it plumped up my skin and did give me a bit of extra glow (which I needed). I have a few other serums to make my way through, but I will be repurchasing this for sure.
 
Moroccanoil – I have so many half-empty beauty products sitting in my cupboard, and I am making a conscious effort to use a lot of them up. This was something I had been meaning to finish off for a while, and I’m glad that it’s done. I do like Moroccanoil, and I can definitely notice a difference in how sleek and shiny my hair is after I use it in combination with blow drying my hair. Having said that I have started to find it to be a bit too heavy for my fine hair, and I prefer to use a more lightweight option like a cream.
 
Glasshouse Candle in Montego Bay – This is one of my favourite home fragrances, and I have been through so many of these candles throughout the years. I only had a little bit of this one left so I decided to burn it in our living space and finish it off. If you like the sound of a lime / coconut fragrance blend, this could be the perfect candle for you.

Audio Book Haul

 

Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams“Sleep is one of the most important aspects of our life, health and longevity and yet it is increasingly neglected in 21st century society, with devastating consequences: every major disease in the developed world – Alzheimer’s, cancer, obesity, diabetes – has very strong causal links to deficient sleep. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why its absence is so damaging to our health. Compared to the other basic drives in life – eating, drinking and reproducing – the purpose of sleep remained elusive. Now, in this audiobook, the first of its kind written by a scientific expert, Professor Matthew Walker explores 20 years of cutting-edge research to solve the mystery of why sleep matters. Looking at creatures from across the animal kingdom as well as major human studies, Why We Sleep delves in to everything from what really happens during REM sleep to how caffeine and alcohol affect sleep and why our sleep patterns change across a lifetime, transforming our appreciation of the extraordinary phenomenon that safeguards our existence.”
 
Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art“There is nothing more essential to our health and wellbeing than breathing: take air in, let it out, repeat 25,000 times a day. Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences. Journalist James Nestor travels the world to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. The answers aren’t found in pulmonology labs, as we might expect, but in the muddy digs of ancient burial sites, secret Soviet facilities, New Jersey choir schools, and the smoggy streets of São Paulo, Brazil. Nestor tracks down men and women exploring the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices like Pranayama, Sudarshan Kriya and Tummo and teams up with pulmonary tinkerers to scientifically test long-held beliefs about how we breathe. Modern research is showing us that making even slight adjustments to the way we inhale and exhale can jump-start athletic performance, rejuvenate internal organs, halt snoring, allergies, asthma and autoimmune disease, and even straighten scoliotic spines. None of this should be possible, and yet it is. Drawing on thousands of years of medical texts and recent cutting-edge studies in pulmonology, psychology, biochemistry and human physiology, Breath turns the conventional wisdom of what we thought we knew about our most basic biological function on its head. You will never breathe the same again.”