December TBR

 

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey – “Late on a hot summer night in the tail end of 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of thirteen, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep-out. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan. Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. So when Jasper begs for his help, Charlie eagerly steals into the night by his side, terribly afraid but desperate to impress. Jasper takes him through town and to his secret glade in the bush, and it’s here that Charlie bears witness to Jasper’s horrible discovery. With his secret like a brick in his belly, Charlie is pushed and pulled by a town closing in on itself in fear and suspicion as he locks horns with his tempestuous mother, falls nervously in love and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend, Jeffrey Lu. And in vainly attempting to restore the parts that have been shaken loose, Charlie learns to discern the truth from the myth, and why white lies creep like a curse. In the simmering summer where everything changes, Charlie learns why the truth of things is so hard to know, and even harder to hold in his heart.”
 
In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren – “It’s the most wonderful time of the year… but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions. But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world–the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy. The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake… she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop–and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.”
 
All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton – “Darwin, 1942, and as Japanese bombs rain down, motherless Molly Hook, the gravedigger’s daughter, is looking to the skies and running for her life. Inside a duffel bag, she carries a stone heart, alongside a map to lead her to Longcoat Bob, the deep-country sorcerer who she believes put a curse on her family. By her side are the most unlikely travelling companions: Greta, a razor-tongued actress and Yukio, a fallen Japanese fighter pilot. The treasure lies before them, but close behind them trails the dark. And above them, always, are the shimmering skies.”

Christmas Movie Challenge

 

My October Spooky Movie Challenge was such a fun way to celebrate Spooky Season this year that I decided to work towards a Christmas themed challenge as well. There are so many Netflix/Hallmark cheesy Christmas movies that I also want to try and watch outside of this list, but these will be the core staples for my Christmas season this year. I have booked some holiday leave in December and I plan on spending the majority of that relaxing, reading, and watching Christmas movies in an attempt to try and round off 2020 on a high note. Fingers crossed!

November Empties

 

Ecoya Candle in French Pear – French Pear is one of my favourite Spring scents, so it was lovely to have this burning in our living space this season. I am a big fan of these Ecoya candles, they have a long burn time and the throw of the scent is really good, even in an open area like our living room. I’d recommend picking this up if you’re in the market for a spicy pear fragrance for your home.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater – This is one of my favourite products from the Mario Badescu range, and my favourite of their facial sprays. I have once again popped the four pack of these sprays on my Christmas wish list for this year, because I enjoyed having them as part of my beauty routine throughout the year.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Health Skin Refreshing Toner – This is a holy grail item in my beauty cupboard and I go through these tubes fairly regularly. This is a lovely lightweight toner with a refreshing cucumber sort of scent. I like to use this all year round, and it’s my favourite from the Paula’s Choice toner range.

NARS Creamy Concealer in Vanilla – I am a total convert to NARS base makeup now, and this is my new holy grail concealer. I think this is around the fourth or fifth tube I’ve made my way through since becoming a fan.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisture-Infusing Lotion – Yet another staple in my skin care routine, I tend to make my way through one of these moisturisers every couple of months. This is the perfect lightweight moisturiser and it will be a staple in my skin care routine for years to come. I wish they would come out with a bigger version because I feel like I run out of this way too quickly.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Gel Moisturising Cream – This is Sebastian’s favourite moisturiser. I am not a big fan personally because I find that it has too much fragrance in it for me and my skin, but he loves it.

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Mont Blanc – My current favourite foundation, and not just because I’m glad I’ve found the perfect colour-match for my face. I like that this can be worn sheer or built up to a heavier coverage if I feel the need. One thing I will say about this though is that you need to have smooth skin for this to sit well on the face, so regular exfoliation is needed.

Christmas Bucket List

 

In my life, Christmas officially begins on the day after my birthday. And as my birthday was last Friday, Christmas season has officially started. Each year I like to think of a bucket list of items I want to try and accomplish or enjoy before the new year. It’s a silly little tradition but it does make me think about all the wonderful things I love about this time of year, both big and small.

Here is my Christmas bucket list for 2020:

– Complete a Christmas Season Movie Challenge
– Host a Christmas BBQ with friends
– Plan the work Christmas Party
– Write/post Christmas Cards
– Pick a wrapping paper theme
– Look at the Christmas light displays
– Have a Christmas baking day
– Eat cheese pizza & watch Home Alone
– Buy a new tree ornament

Bath & Body Works Haul

 

For years I have used the Bath & Body Works Twisted Peppermint Body Lotion as my Christmas scent. I whip it out in Summer and it does not fail to fill me with Christmas joy. I had run out of the stash I had accumulated back in the days where I would order things from the US via HopShopGo, so I was thrilled when my friend pointed out that the Australian online store had the products in stock this year. I bought up big and threw in a few extra goodies for the hell of it. Here’s what I ordered:

Twisted Peppermint Body Wash & Shower Gel
Twisted Peppermint Body Cream
– Twisted Peppermint Fine Fragrance Mist
Rose Water & Ivy Foaming Hand Soap
Vanilla Bean Noel Foaming Hand Soap
Frosted Coconut Snowball Body Cream

Now if they also release the Warm Vanilla Sugar fragrance range for winter next year I’ll be set!