March Empties

 

Tarte ‘Rainforest of the Sea’ Marine Boosting Mist – This was a product that came with a Tarte highlighting set Sebastian picked up for me in Sephora Singapore last year, and to be honest I was really surprised by how much I loved it. It somehow managed to hydrate my skin and make it look dewy and fresh with a couple of spritzes. It also smelled incredible, a fresh citrus scent that I found really uplifting. I will definitely be adding this to my list of things to buy when I’m wanting to treat myself.

asap Daily Facial Cleanser (with AHA) – Because I stick to using Paula’s Choice and Dermalogica facial cleansers for the most part, I’ve had Sebastian use up a few bottles that were sitting unused in my beauty cupboard. This cleanser did the job well for him, and Sebastian has noticed that he prefers skincare that contains AHA (to help control his milia), so this was right up his alley.

Philosophy Christmas Cookie Shower Gel – I purchased this as part of Sebastian’s Christmas present last year, and it was so tempting to steal this and use it all for myself. This smells incredible. If you are someone who loves vanilla/sweet scented products this is definitely for you. The Philosophy shower gels are always a pleasure to use, they lather up well, rinse off easily, and leave your skin smelling amazing. I would definitely repurchase this again – maybe as another little treat this Christmas?

Avène Micellar Lotion – Random fact about this product, I picked it up in Bali a couple of years ago because I needed to break some change in a pharmacy and this looked like something I might want to try. I didn’t like this at all, it had an overwhelming rose fragrance to it and I felt like it wasn’t the best for my sensitive skin.

Ahava Velvet Body Lotion in Tropical Pineapple & White Peach – This was a deluxe sample that came along with a skin care purchase I made a couple of years ago, and I finally made the effort to use it up. This was a really nice lotion that hydrated my skin without leaving too much of a residue. The smell was nice–fresh and fruity without being too sweet.

March TBR

 

Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen M McManus“A perfect town is hiding secrets. Two teenagers are dead. Two murders unsolved. And a killer who claims to be coming back. Ellery’s never been to Echo Ridge, but she’s heard all about it. It’s where her aunt went missing at age sixteen, never to return. Where a Homecoming Queen’s murder five years ago made national news. And where Ellery now has to live with a grandmother she barely knows, after her failed-actress mother lands in rehab. Malcolm grew up in the shadow of the Homecoming Queen’s death. His older brother was the prime suspect and left Echo Ridge in disgrace. His mother’s remarriage vaulted them to Echo Ridge’s upper crust, but it could all change when mysterious threats around town hint that a killer plans to strike again. And the return of Malcolm’s brother doesn’t help matters. But his return is just a coincidence… isn’t it? Ellery and Malcolm both know it’s hard to let go when you don’t have closure. Then another girl disappears. As they race to unravel what happened, they realise every secret has layers in Echo Ridge. The truth might be closer to home than either of them want to believe. And somebody would kill to keep it hidden.”

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid“Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career. Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the `80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.”

People Like Us by Dana Mele“Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she’s reinvented herself entirely. Now she’s a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl’s body is found in the lake, Kay’s carefully constructed life begins to topple. The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay’s finally backed into a corner, she’ll do what it takes to survive. Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make… not something that happened.”

February Book Haul

 

Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus“A perfect town is hiding secrets. Two teenagers are dead. Two murders unsolved. And a killer who claims to be coming back. Ellery’s never been to Echo Ridge, but she’s heard all about it. It’s where her aunt went missing at age sixteen, never to return. Where a Homecoming Queen’s murder five years ago made national news. And where Ellery now has to live with a grandmother she barely knows, after her failed-actress mother lands in rehab. Malcolm grew up in the shadow of the Homecoming Queen’s death. His older brother was the prime suspect and left Echo Ridge in disgrace. His mother’s remarriage vaulted them to Echo Ridge’s upper crust, but it could all change when mysterious threats around town hint that a killer plans to strike again. And the return of Malcolm’s brother doesn’t help matters. But his return is just a coincidence… isn’t it? Ellery and Malcolm both know it’s hard to let go when you don’t have closure. Then another girl disappears. As they race to unravel what happened, they realise every secret has layers in Echo Ridge. The truth might be closer to home than either of them want to believe. And somebody would kill to keep it hidden.”

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater“Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…”

I Am Still Alive by Kate Marshall“Jess is stranded in the woods. She has few supplies and only her dog for company. Her survival skills are limited, and she has disabilities that make physical labor a challenge. And winter is on its way. How did she get here? Alternating between the past and the present, this tightly-paced novel tells the story of a girl who survived a car crash that killed her mother, then was pulled from foster care and sent to live with her estranged survivalist father in the remote Canadian wilderness. Jess was just beginning to get to know her dad when a secret from his past paid them a visit, leaving their cabin burned to the ground and Jess’s father dead. Now, Jess must fight with everything she has to forage and hunt for food, build shelter, and keep herself warm. But she will survive. She has to survive. Because she wants revenge.”

Current TV Shows

 

The Sopranos (season two) – This is the show that Sebastian and I are watching together at the moment. Sebastian has never seen the series before, and I have never seen it in its entirety. This show really stands the test of time because it’s still as enjoyable as it was back when I originally watched it. It’s also very binge-worthy, which makes it perfect for us because that’s how we tend to watch TV together. The only problem with this show is that the characters are always eating huge amounts of delicious looking pasta and it makes me hungry.

13 Reasons Why (season one) – I had been meaning to watch this show for a while, so when I was browsing my Netflix to-watch list recently I saw this and decided to give it a go. I’ve left it long enough to get spoiled by what happens in the series, but I am still enjoying watching it all play out. Can we talk about how adorable Ross Butler is as Zach?! So. Cute.

The OC (season one) – This show was a huge part of my late teens/early 20s (my ringtone was even an obnoxiously loud rendition of CALIFOOOORNIAAAAA at one point), so when I saw it on Stan I knew I had to do a full re-watch. I don’t think I ever watched the entire series back in the day, so I’m excited to see what happens. As I mentioned in my Current Podcasts post, I am watching this while simultaneously listening to corresponding podcast episodes and it’s making the re-watch experience so much more enjoyable.

The X Files (season one) – This is one of my all-time favourite shows, and this will be the third or fourth time I’ve re-watched the series. For me, there is no show that possibly comes close to recreating the chemistry between the two main characters on this show. I’m so excited to go through another re-watch of this and rediscover all of my favourite episodes. As with The OC, I am listening to a podcast series alongside this which is making the experience a lot of fun.

#ReadYourFaceOff TBR – January

 

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 12th January to 9am on Sunday 13th January in your time zone. My focus for this round is to catch up on a couple of my January TBR books, because I spent this week working on a buddy read with Michael. Good luck to everyone participating in this round!