Spring Beauty Haul (part 2)


 

 

Ultra Violette Supreme Sunscreen – I have been faithful to my Paula’s Choice SPF for a few years now, but I decided to branch out and try something different this season. I’ve heard many great things about the Ultra Violette range, so I’m excited to try this out and see what I think.
 
L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil – I haven’t used this shower oil in years, but when I was thinking about what I wanted to stock my beauty cupboard with this season, this instantly came to mind. It’s a beautiful lightweight oil that lathers up slightly, and leaves my skin feeling silky soft. The smell is also lovely, light and fresh with just a hint of almond.
 
Glasshouse Montego Bay Hand Cream – I keep a tube of hand cream on my desk at work, and thanks to the amount of hand washing and hand sanitising I’ve been doing lately, I’ve been using a lot of it up. I love the Montego Bay scent range from Glasshouse, it’s a warm-weather fragrance for me so I thought it would be a good choice to use for Spring and Summer this year.
 
L’Occitane Cleansing and Exfoliating Shower Scrub with Flaked Almonds – I wanted to pick up a body scrub that would compliment the shower gel I was using, and as this was in the same range as the Almond Shower Oil I felt like it would be a good fit. As soon as I opened this to use it in the shower I was instantly transported back to my last trip to Singapore. The smell of this reminds me so much of the Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt fragrance (which I wore on that trip to Singapore). I’m officially obsessed.

Spring Book Haul

 

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?”
 
Out of the Ice by Ann Turner – “When environmental scientist Laura Alvarado is sent to a remote Antarctic island to report on an abandoned whaling station, she begins to uncover more than she could ever imagine. Reminders of the bloody, violent past are everywhere, and Laura is disturbed by evidence of recent human interference. Rules have been broken, and the protected wildlife is behaving strangely. On a diving expedition, Laura emerges into an ice cave where she is shocked to see an anguished figure, crying for help. But in this freezing, lonely landscape there are ghosts everywhere, and Laura wonders if her own eyes can be trusted. Has she been in the ice too long? Back at base, Laura’s questions about the whaling station go unanswered, blocked by scientists unused to outsiders. And Laura just can’t shake what happened in the cave. Piecing together a past and present of cruelty and vulnerability that can be traced around the world, from Norway, to Nantucket, Europe and Antarctica, Laura will stop at nothing to unearth the truth. As she comes face to face with the dark side of human progress, she also discovers a legacy of love, hope and the meaning of family. If only Laura can find her way… Out of the ice.”
 
The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed – “Who are the Nowhere Girls? They’re every girl. But they start with just three: Grace, the preacher’s daughter who unwittingly moved into the old house of a victim whose pain adorns the walls. Bold Rosina, whose heart has become hardened by all of the straight girls who broke it. And misunderstood Erin, the girl who finds more solace in science and order than she does in people. They are brought together by the idea of changing the narrative of a girl they had never met, Lucy Moynihan, the victim of a sexual assault who was victimised further by people who found it easier to believe she had cried wolf than to confront what had really happened to her. A girl who, through the course of one evening, went from an excited teenager who felt wanted by a boy for the first time, to someone else entirely, with ‘a voice in the darkness, giving her a new name: ‘Slut’. Together, they form the Nowhere Girls, and decide to avenge the rape of a girl none of them knew.”

Summer To-Do List

 

As well as a list of things I want to do to celebrate the Christmas season, I have a list of things I want to do to try and make the most of Summer this year. Summer is my most hated time of year (I’m sure you feel me, if you’ve had to sweat your way through a number of days where the temperature rises over 35 degrees) so if there is anything I can do to make it more enjoyable I will. Here is what I’m hoping to do this season –

– Host BBQs at our house with friends
– Make iced tea
– Go for walks along the coast
– Make a summer playlist
– Try fake tanning
– Make musk vodka
– Buy some pretty pot plants for the back yard
– Set up the courtyard with a little reading area in the sun
– Spend days up the river with friends
– Try and wear more colour

Summer Candle Favourites

I love to burn candles all year round, and although it may seem strange to burn a candle during an Australian summer it’s usually pretty cold in our house because Sebastian is a huge fan of the ol’ air conditioner. I wanted to share some of my favourite seasonal candles with you, as these little beauties have been staples in my house for quite a few years.

Glasshouse Montego Bay (coconut lime) – This is probably my longest running favourite fragrances, and one that I continue to love years after discovering it. I actually think I started out wearing this as a body moisturiser, but then switched to burning the candles when I knew they were available. Coconut and lime is the quintessential summer fragrance for me, so this is perfect. An OG candle for me.

Glasshouse Kyoto (camellia & lotus) – This is Sebastian’s favourite scent, and he always has one of these candles on his desk in our study, and the throw on this candle even when it’s not burning is strong enough to make the room smell amazing. At first the fragrance of this was a little bit too floral for me, but it’s grown on me and now I really like it.

Glasshouse Galapagos (kaffir lime & cocoa butter) – I asked for this candle for Christmas a couple of years ago, because I smelled it once and instantly fell in love with the fragrance. This is more of a fruity scent so if that’s more your cup of tea than a floral or gourmand, this is worth picking up.

Glasshouse Coney Island (burnt sugar & fig) – If you ever used the Firebird/Flourish perfume oil in Sugar you will love this, because the scent is almost spot on. I want to bathe in the melted wax of this candle, it smells that good. More of a gourmand-y type scent, but still ‘fresh’ enough to be something I burn in the warmer months.

Summer Skincare Routine

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One-Step Face Cleanser – This will continue to feature as my go-to cleanser in every seasonal skin care routine, until I run out of my slowly dwindling stash. Paula’s Choice have discontinued the Hydralight range, and as you can imagine I am not very happy about it. This is one of the best cleansers I’ve ever used – it keeps my skin clear without feeling like it’s stripping anything away, and works really well with my sensitive skin.

Paula’s Choice Moisture Boost Toner – I decided to switch up my toner to something a little bit more moisturising for summer, and it’s been working wonders. I know the rule of thumb is generally to bump up your moisture in the colder months, but I feel like my skin needs it more in summer. I love this toner, and I can feel how moisturising this is compared to the others I’ve used from the Paula’s Choice range, and it leaves an almost creamy sort of feel to the skin after using it.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisture-Infusion Lotion – Another of my go-to products that I’ll be using until I run out of what I have stashed away, because of course it’s been DISCONTINUED. It’ll be a sad day when I run out of this, because it’s one of my all-time favourite skin care products. It’s the perfect summer moisturiser – lightweight, soothing on the skin, and sinks into the skin well without leaving any sort of residue.

Skinceuticals Clarifying Clay Masque – This is probably the best clay mask I’ve ever used. I know, those are some strong words; but it’s true. It’s so soothing on the skin, and even when it hardens up it really doesn’t feel uncomfortable at all. My face is prone to a bit of redness, especially when I remove a face mask, but for some reason that never happens when I rinse this off. If you’re in the mood to splurge a bit on a lovely face mask, I’d highly recommend this one.

Eve Lom Muslin Cloth – I use this every morning in the shower to remove my cleanser, and find that it’s a really gentle way to exfoliate my skin on a daily basis. To be honest I don’t know if it’s worth buying a brand name muslin cloth, I’m pretty sure you can buy lengths of the material from Spotlight for a whole lot less.

Ren Flash Hydro-Boost – This is something relatively new in my routine, and my skin is really loving it. I try to use this a few times a week when I want to give my skin a bit of an extra hydration boost, and I think it really shows. I’m glad a little bit of this product goes a long way, because it’s not exactly inexpensive. I’m in two minds about whether I will repurchase it, but for now I will just enjoy it.