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.

Mecca Cosmetica Haul

I am allowing myself a little treat every pay day while in isolation, you know, just to keep morale up. Recently the lovely Anissa tweeted to say that the Mecca Beauty Loop boxes were available. I feel like I always miss out on the Beauty Loop boxes, so quickly I hopped onto the Mecca site to immediately place an order. Here’s what I purchased:

 


 

 

Lancome Hypnose Mascara – I have lost count of how many times I’ve repurchased this mascara, it’s the only one I wear. I’ve heard mixed reviews from other people about how well this works for them, but it’s perfect for me and I’m not even tempted to try something new. Stick to what works!
 
Mecca Max Bring On Bright Illuminating Primer – This is another product I have repurchased a few times. I’ve even managed to turn both my best friend and mum on to using it, so it must be doing something right. As a primer it doesn’t seem to do much in the way of keeping my makeup on my face for extended periods of time, but it does give a lovely “glow” as a base.
 
Living Proof Restore Repair Leave In Conditioner – I have been loving my Aveda shampoo and conditioner products, but I’m finding the conditioner is not quite as heavy duty as my hair needs at the moment. I’m nearly finished with my current “leave in” product (Kevin Murphy ‘Staying Alive’), and I wanted to try something new. I’m curious to see how this works for me during winter because my hair has a tendency to get quite dry at the ends during the colder months.
 
Darphin Hydraskin Intensive Moisturising Serum – True to tradition, my skin has been playing up a bit as we transition into a different season. My biggest concern at the moment is dryness, so I’m hoping this hydrating serum will help give my skin a bit of a boost. I’m a big fan of the Darphin skin care range (not so much the price tag) so I have high hopes that this will work well.

Autumn Book Haul

 

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio – “Oliver Marks has just served ten years for the murder of one of his closest friends – a murder he may or may not have committed. On the day he’s released, he’s greeted by the detective who put him in prison. Detective Colborne is retiring, but before he does, he wants to know what really happened ten years ago. As a young actor studying Shakespeare at an elite arts conservatory, Oliver noticed that his talented classmates seem to play the same roles onstage and off – villain, hero, tyrant, temptress – though Oliver felt doomed to always be a secondary character in someone else’s story. But when the teachers change up the casting, a good-natured rivalry turns ugly, and the plays spill dangerously over into life. When tragedy strikes, one of the seven friends is found dead. The rest face their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, and themselves, that they are blameless.”

No Exit by Taylor Adams – “On her way to Utah to see her dying mother, college student Darby Thorne gets caught in a fierce blizzard in the mountains of Colorado. With the roads impassable, she’s forced to wait out the storm at a remote highway rest stop. Inside are some vending machines, a coffee maker, and four complete strangers. Desperate to find a signal to call home, Darby goes back out into the storm… and makes a horrifying discovery. In the back of the van parked next to her car, a little girl is locked in an animal crate. Who is the child? Why has she been taken? And how can Darby save her? There is no cell phone reception, no telephone, and no way out. One of her fellow travelers is a kidnapper. But which one? Trapped in an increasingly dangerous situation, with a child’s life and her own on the line, Darby must find a way to break the girl out of the van and escape. But who can she trust?”

Nightingale by Amy Lukavics – “At seventeen, June Hardie is everything a young woman in 1951 shouldn’t be–independent, rebellious, a dreamer. June longs to travel, to attend college and to write the dark science fiction stories that consume her waking hours. But her parents only care about making June a better young woman. Her mother grooms her to be a perfect little homemaker while her father pushes her to marry his business partner’s domineering son. When June resists, her whole world is shattered–suburbia isn’t the only prison for different women… June’s parents commit her to Burrow Place Asylum, aka the Institution. With its sickening conditions, terrifying staff and brutal “medical treatments,” the Institution preys on June’s darkest secrets and deepest fears. And she’s not alone. The Institution terrorizes June’s fragile roommate, Eleanor, and the other women locked away within its crumbling walls. Those who dare speak up disappear… or worse. Trapped between a gruesome reality and increasingly sinister hallucinations, June isn’t sure where her nightmares end and real life begins. But she does know one thing: in order to survive, she must destroy the Institution before it finally claims them all.”

June Book Haul

 

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand“Marion: The newbie. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find. Zoey: The pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken-or maybe everyone else is. Val: The queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives; a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies. Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires. Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight…until now.”

The Silent Patient by Alex MichaelidesAlicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet – and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can’t bear the thought of worrying Gabriel, or causing him pain. Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and then never speaks another word. Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all others have failed. Obsessed with investigating her crime, his discoveries suggest Alicia’s silence goes far deeper than he first thought. And if she speaks, would he want to hear the truth?”