July Empties – Part 1 (P50P Pt 5)

As you may have guessed by the title, I have a lot of empties this month. Which is probably because I haven’t posted about any of my empty beauty products since April (oops). I’ve split this into two posts to spread things out a little bit, and this is the first half of my recent empties. Better late than never, right?

17: Paula’s Choice Moisture Boost Essential Hydrating Toner – This was something different for me as I’m usually faithful to the Hydralight range from Paula’s Choice, but it was a nice change. I found that using this toner resulted in a noticeable difference in the hydration of my skin, so it’s definitely something I’ll be reaching for during cold weather months in the future.

18: Original Source Shower Gel in Coconut & Shea Butter – These are my favourite “bang for your buck” shower gels because they’re inexpensive and decent quality for the price. This is Sebastian’s go-to, as it smells sweet and a little bit like something you’d want to eat. It’s also worth noting that these products are vegan, which I know will be appealing to quite a few people out there.

19: Garnier Hydra Bomb Tissue Mask – I got this as a free sample with a Coles online grocery order, and was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. I’ve been converted to using sheet masks in winter, mostly because you don’t have to fuss around with washing anything off of your face once you’re done. This mask gave my skin an obvious hydration boost, and I would definitely consider purchasing more in the future.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla – This is my current holy grail concealer. I’m not including it in my Project 50 Pan tally because I repurchased it as soon as the tube ran out. I really love this product but the packaging does my head in. It’s impossible to get all of the product out, so it ends up feeling very wasteful.

20: Sunsilk Addictive Brilliant Shine Conditioner – This is one half of one of my favourite drug store brand shampoo/conditioner duos. I don’t have much to say about this other than it does the job it’s supposed to do and it’s reasonably priced.

Holiday Snapshots – Singapore

My gift to Sebastian for his birthday this year was a five day trip to Singapore. Despite enduring two of the worst flights of my life, the holiday as a whole was extremely enjoyable. Highlights for me were the Gardens by The Bay and the River Safari, and Sebastian’s highlight was the tour of the Battlebox. We had both been to Singapore before, but not for many years so it was really nice to see how the city has developed since then. Singapore is such a tourist-friendly city and there is so much to do, so much so that we actually ran out of time to do all of the things we had planned. I thought five days would be more than enough, but as it turns out I was wrong so I think next time we’ll go for a full week. To be honest, I would go back just to see the otters and capybaras at the River Safari again. But I’m cool like that.

July Reading Wrap-Up

Books Read: I See You by Clare Mackintosh, and It by Stephen King
Total Books Read: 2
July TBR Books Read: 2
2017 TBR Challenge Books Read: 1
Total Pages Read: 1,744
Total Hours Listened: 0

Guys, I actually did it. I finished reading ‘It’. I hope you’re as proud of me as I am of myself, because that book was epic. July was another slow reading month for me, and once again my hectic work life was to blame. Things are settling down for me as of this week, so I should be able to get back into a more comfortable reading schedule. I might also have some time to listen to an audiobook this month, which is good because my audible credits are stacking up. Here’s hoping I can read all of the books on my TBR this month.

August TBR

The Fever by Megan AbbottThe panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly idyllic suburban community. The Nash family is close-knit. Tom is a popular teacher, father of two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability, however, is thrown into chaos when Deenie’s best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school and community. As hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families and the town’s fragile idea of security.

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile MeloyWhen Liv and Nora decide to take their husbands and children on a holiday cruise, everyone is thrilled. The ship’s comforts and possibilities seem infinite. But when they all go ashore in beautiful Central America, a series of minor mishaps lead the families further from the ship’s safety. One minute the children are there, and the next they’re gone. What follows is a heart-racing story told from the perspectives of the adults and the children, as the distraught parents – now turning on one another and blaming themselves – try to recover their children and their shattered lives.

He Said She Said by Erin KellyIn the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack. She and her boyfriend Kit call the police, and in that moment, four lives change forever. Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear. And while Laura knows she was right to speak out, she also knows that you can never see the whole picture: something is always hidden… something she never could have guessed.

The Hatching by Ezekiel BooneDeep in the jungle of Peru, a black, skittering mass devours an American tourist party whole. FBI agent Mike Rich investigates a fatal plane crash in Minneapolis and makes a gruesome discovery. Unusual seismic patterns register in a Indian earthquake lab, confounding the scientists there. The Chinese government “accidentally” drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country. The first female president of the United States is summoned to an emergency briefing. And all of these events are connected. As panic begins to sweep the globe, a mysterious package from South America arrives at Melanie Guyer’s Washington laboratory. The unusual egg inside begins to crack. Something is spreading… The world is on the brink of an apocalyptic disaster. An virulent ancient species, long dormant, is now very much awake. But this is only the beginning of our end…

June TBR

One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus Pay close attention and you might solve this. On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app. Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

The Fever by Megan AbbottThe panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly idyllic suburban community. The Nash family is close-knit. Tom is a popular teacher, father of two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability, however, is thrown into chaos when Deenie’s best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school and community. As hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families and the town’s fragile idea of security.

Black by Fleur FerrisEbony Marshall is in her final year of high school. Five months, two weeks and four days …She can’t wait to leave the town where she’s known only as ‘Black’. Because of her name, of course. But for another reason, too. Everyone says Black Marshall is cursed. Three of her best friends have died in tragic accidents. After Oscar, the whispers started. Now she’s used to being on her own. It’s easier that way. But when her date for the formal ends up in intensive care, something in quiet little Dainsfield starts to stir. Old secrets are revealed and terrifying new dangers emerge. If only Black could put all the pieces together, she could work out who her real enemies are. Should she run for her life, or stay and fight?

I’ll Eat When I’m Dead by Barbara BourlandRAGE Fashion Book is the world’s most dynamic, ambitious magazine. Its editors – like Cat Ono – have the power to change minds and the market. They’re savvy, sisterly and polished to perfection. Even the one found dead in her office. Everyone thinks Hillary starved to death – but Cat knows her friend’s dieting wasn’t a capital P problem. If beauty kills, it’d take more than that. Hot-headed and fiercely feminist, Cat’s sure she can match the investigating skills of Detective Mark Hutton, solve the case, and achieve sartorial fulfillment. But going undercover, Cat’s in over her head, and soon becomes snared in a very stylish web of drugs, sex, lies and moisturizer that will change her look – and outlook – forever. Cat’s about to find out what it really means to be a fashion victim.