June Skin Care

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One-Step Face Cleanser – It seems repetitive to keep mentioning this cleanser in every skincare post, but honestly I will shout about this product (or the entire range) from the hilltops until I’m blue in the face. This is genuinely the best cleanser I have ever used, and if you’re looking for something new or different to try I highly recommend picking this up.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – Again, this is one of my favourite products and my skin has been absolutely loving this lately. This is really good for keeping dry skin at bay and seems to do a great job of keeping my skin clear and helping to prevent any breakouts. One thing I really love about this is that as a manual exfoliant it is still very gentle on my sensitive skin, and doesn’t cause any negative reactions (not even any sort of redness, which is rare for me).

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner – I never really have much to say about toners, as I can never really tell if they’re doing much. The only thing I can really notice is whether they leave my skin feeling tight after application. And I’m happy to say that this one does not.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisture-Infusing Lotion – This is a really lovely, lightweight moisturiser that works well with my sensitive skin. I can use this year-round, and I feel like it provides the perfect amount of hydration for me.

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil – This is one of my favourite products to whip out when the weather gets cold and my skin starts getting dry. I love this because it seems to work almost instantly. My favourite way to use this oil is to slather my face in it and take a nap, and then when I wake up my face feels nice and soft and my skin feels plumper and more hydrated almost immediately.

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel – This product is on the pricier end of the scale, but I really feel like it’s worth the money. I try to use these once or twice a week to help my skin looking clear and bright.

May Empties

Original Source Vanilla Milk & Raspberry Shower Gel – I’m trying to make my way through a massive tub of body products that I have accumulated over the years, and this was first off the rank for shower gels. This was a decent product, and it got the job done. This basically smelled exactly like a strawberry milkshake, but unfortunately the fragrance didn’t transfer to the skin or linger after a shower. I’d recommend this if you’re looking for something cheap and cheerful that you can pick up from the supermarket.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser – You’ll notice this popping up in quite a few empties posts, as I always have a bottle of this cleanser in my shower. This is a holy grail item for me, and it’s something I repurchase all the time. If you’re looking for a really gentle cleanser that works well with sensitive skin I would highly recommend checking this out.

Glasshouse Candle in Coney Island [burnt sugar and fig] – This candle smells absolutely incredible. It’s a sugary scent for sure, but the fig gives it a fresh sort of kick so it’s not overly sweet. I had this burning in the main living area of our house, and had a couple of people who came over to visit comment on how good it smelled.

[sample] Jojoba Daily Light Moisturiser – I was surprised by how much I liked this moisturiser. So much so, that I was tempted to purchase a full size once I had run out of this sample. Good sense kicked in though and I remembered that I have about 10 untouched moisturisers sitting in my cupboard waiting to be used. I’ll be keeping this in mind for the future when I eventually run out.

[sample] Clinique Moisture Surge – This was an okay moisturiser, I don’t remember it that clearly (unlike the Jojoba one), so it can’t have been anything groundbreaking. I know that it didn’t have a negative impact on my sensitive skin though, and that’s always a plus in my book.

Audio Book Haul

Something In The Water by Catherine Steadman“Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water… Could the life of your dreams be the stuff of nightmares? Suddenly the newlyweds must make a dangerous choice: to speak out or to protect their secret. After all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events… Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave? Wonder no longer.”

The Babysitter by Sheryl Browne – “Mark and Melissa Cain are thrilled to have found Jade, a babysitter who is brilliant with their young children. Having seen her own house burn to the ground, Jade needs them as much as they need her. Moving Jade into the family home can only be a good thing, can’t it? As Mark works long hours as a police officer and Melissa struggles with running a business, the family become ever more reliant on their babysitter, who is only too happy to help. And as Melissa begins to slip into depression, it’s Jade who is left picking up the pieces. But Mark soon notices things aren’t quite as they seem. Things at home feel wrong, and as Mark begins to investigate their seemingly perfect sitter, what he discovers shocks him to his core. He’s met Jade before. And now he suspects he might know what she wants… Mark is in a race against time to protect his family. But what will he find as he goes back to his family home?”

The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan“Cormac Reilly is about to reopen a case it took him twenty years to forget. On his first week on the job, Garda Cormac Reilly responds to a call at a decrepit country house to find two silent, neglected children waiting for him – fifteen-year-old Maude and five-year-old Jack. Their mother lies dead upstairs. Twenty years later, Cormac has left his high-flying career as a detective in Dublin and returned to Galway. As he struggles to navigate the politics of a new police station, Maude and Jack return to haunt him. What ties a recent suicide to the woman’s death so long ago? And who among his new colleagues can Cormac really trust?”

#ReadYourFaceOff TBR

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 9th June to 9am on Sunday 10th June in your time zone. I’m quite a way behind in my Game Of Thrones read-along and as I’m due to finish at the end of this month, that’s what I’ll be focusing most of my energy on. If I manage to finish Game Of Thrones, or I feel like I need a break or want to mix things up I’ll be switching to some of the nostalgic reads I’ve included for good measure. Good luck to everyone who is participating in this round!

Latest Library Loans

The Women In The Walls by Amy Lukavics“Lucy Acosta’s mother died when she was three. Growing up in a Victorian mansion in the middle of the woods with her cold, distant father, she and her best friend and cousin, Margaret, know the ancient hallways inside out. Or so they think… When her beloved Aunt Penelope disappears while walking in the surrounding woods, Lucy finds herself devastated and alone. Margaret, meanwhile, has been spending a LOT of time in the attic. She claims she can hear her mother’s voice whispering from the walls. Shut out by her father, Lucy watches helplessly as her cousin’s sanity slowly and completely unravels. And then she begins hearing voices herself…”

Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman“Carol Evers is a woman with a dark secret. She has died many times… but her many deaths are not final: They are comas, a waking slumber indistinguishable from death, each lasting days. Only two people know of Carol’s eerie condition. One is her husband, Dwight, who married Carol for her fortune, and—when she lapses into another coma—plots to seize it by proclaiming her dead and quickly burying her… alive. The other is her lost love, the infamous outlaw James Moxie. When word of Carol’s dreadful fate reaches him, Moxie rides the Trail again to save his beloved from an early, unnatural grave. And all the while, awake and aware, Carol fights to free herself from the crippling darkness that binds her—summoning her own fierce will to survive. As the players in this drama of life and death fight to decide her fate, Carol must in the end battle to save herself.”

The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish“The swimming pool- a perfect stage. In the heady swelter of a suburban summer, the Elm Hill lido opens. For teacher Natalie Steele, the school holiday typically means weeks of carefully planned activities with her husband Ed and their daughter Molly. But not this year. Despite Molly’s extreme phobia of the water, Natalie is drawn to the lido and its dazzling social scene, led by the glamorous Lara Channing. Soon Natalie is spending long, intoxicating days with Lara at the pool – and intimate evenings at her home. Natalie’s real life begins to feel very far away. But is the new friendship everything it seems? Why is Natalie haunted by memories from another summer years ago? And, without realising, has she been swept dangerously out of her depth?”

Die For You by Lisa Unger – “Isabel Raine thought she had everything–a successful career, a supportive family, and a happy marriage. Then one ordinary morning, her husband, Marcus, leaves for work and never comes back. She spends the day frantically calling his cell phone and his office, but receives no answer. After a dramatic raid at his office in which she’s knocked unconscious, a homicide detective shows up wanting to question her about Marcus Raine–the real Marcus Raine. Now the only thing Isabel knows for sure is that her husband of five years is gone. Where is he and who is he are questions no one seems able to answer. But Isabel will not rest until she discovers the truth about the man she loves, even if it means risking everything–including her own life.”