February Wrap Up – Movies



Pretty In Pink – This was such a fun movie. I remember watching this as an early teen, after being encouraged by my big sister to watch a few 80s movies. This era was so much fun, and the film was still enjoyable to watch today, all these years later. Molly Ringwald is a queen.
Snowtown – I heard a lot of jokes about Snowtown from my Perth friends before we moved to Adelaide, but I didn’t know much about the story. This was a an eye-opening film for me, it was quite beautiful in a way but overall so incredibly bleak that it left me feeling uneasy and sick to my stomach.
Godzilla – This is one of my all-time favourite cheesy action movies. I love Godzilla, and the cinematography in this version was really beautiful. Honestly, any movie that features a tsunami or any kind of big wave has my heart and I’m not ashamed to admit it.
Mean Girls – I have not watched this movie in years, and Sebastian had never seen it so I forced him to watch it with me one Saturday night. Still a classic, still funny, and still makes me sad that Lindsay Lohan’s career fizzled out. She had so much potential.
Pocahontas – This was never one of my favourite Disney movies growing up, but I thought I might have more of an appreciation for it as an adult. I did not. This one just doesn’t resonate with me, the only thing I enjoyed was how much the raccoon friend reminded me of our cat Pepsi.
American Psycho – I always had it in my head that this movie was sick and twisted and too horrific for me to watch (probably because I couldn’t finish reading the book for this reason), but I found it really funny and enjoyable. I’m not sure what that says about me or my mindset, but I liked it.
Bohemian Rhapsody – As a big fan of Queen and Freddie Mercury, I honestly can’t believe it took me this long to watch this film. I loved this, and it kicked me into a huge phase of listening to Queen on repeat that lasted for most of the month. I was not complaining.
Animal Kingdom – I started season one of this TV series last year but didn’t make much progress with it. I was in the mood for something a bit gritty one night, and this absolutely fit the bill. I love Australian film, and this was a shining example of how incredible they can be.
Iron Man – We recently started watching WandaVision, and decided we want to go back and re-watch all of the Marvel movies. We watched this first, before deciding we wanted to watch them in chronological order but hopefully it won’t have too much of an impact on the flow of the films.
Cars – This was my Pixar movie of the month. This one holds some fond memories for me, so it’s one of my favourites from the Pixar collection. Still sweet, still adorable, still enjoyable as an adult.

February Wrap Up – Books


American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins – I went into this with high expectations, which could be why it ended up disappointing me. This book put me into a massive reading slump, and it was a struggle for me to want to pick it up every night. I’m not saying this was a bad book, it was interesting enough and the subject matter was unlike anything I’ve read before, but I didn’t find it captivating enough to want to keep reading.
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby – This was another slump-inducing read, which meant February was an unsuccessful month for me reading wise. Luckily it was a relatively short book and I managed to smash almost the entire thing out over the last weekend of the month. This was an okay read for me. It was well written, and Nick Hornby is clearly masterful at writing characters… I just didn’t like any of them. This normally wouldn’t be an issue for me but unfortunately in this case I could not see past it to enjoy the overall story.

Nostalgic Book Haul (March)


Sweet Valley High #43 – Hard Choices“Enid Rollins can hardly wait for her grandmother to come live with her and her mother. But when she arrives, Enid is dismayed that the kind, sprightly woman she remembered is now burdensome and demanding. Because Enid’s mother works long hours and is often out with her boyfriend, Enid finds herself making all sorts of sacrifices to please her grandmother. She skips school events and even stands up her best friend, Elizabeth Wakefield. Worst of all, she never has any time for her boyfriend, Hugh. It’s beginning to look as if Enid may have to say good-bye to someone she loves.”
Sweet Valley High #53 – Second Chance“Quiet, determined Kristin Thompson knows exactly what she wants from life. Since she was little, she has had one goal–to become a world-class tennis player. Now all she has to do is win one more tournament and she’ll qualify to turn professional. Then handsome Bruce Patman invites her out and sweeps her off her feet. But there’s not enough room in Kristin’s life for a boyfriend and professional tennis. She begins to wonder if a romance with Bruce will make her happier than winning the tournament ever could. Will Kristin give up the dream of a lifetime to live like an ordinary teenager?”
Sweet Valley High #55 – Perfect Shot“People are always telling Shelley Novak that she has everything going for her. She’s one of the best basketball players at Sweet Valley High, and she’s as tall and graceful as a model. The problem is, being so tall makes Shelley feel like a freak. Until she meets Jim Roberts. He has a way of making her feel special. But when Jim, a photography buff, starts taking of her, Shelley makes him promise never to show them to anyone. Then the Sweet Valley News sponsors a photography contest and Jim thinks he could win with a photograph of Shelley. But if he’s wrong, will Shelley ever forgive him?”

Paula’s Choice Haul


Resist Super Antioxidant Serum – I recently finished up the Darphin serum I had been using for months, and decided it was time to try something new. This is a product I tried over five years ago and felt it was too heavy for my skin, but I think it will be well suited for my skin at this age and will fit well into my routine.
Hydralight One Step Face Cleanser – This is an absolute staple in my skincare routine, and is a product I can’t live without. This is my daily face cleanser, and as I am about to finish up my current bottle, I of course had to pick up another one to open immediately after.
Water-Infusing Electrolyte Moisturizer – When I logged on to make my purchases I was disappointed to see my favourite moisturiser (Hydralight) was not in stock, but I picked this up as an alternative. I’m interested to see what this is like, I’m starting to incorporate more and more hydrating products into my range as I get older so hopefully this will be a good match for my skin.
Hydralight Shine-Free Mineral Complex SPF 15 – Sebastian recently ran out of facial moisturiser, and this was the easiest way to get him to start wearing a decent SPF. Unfortunately it looks like this does not work well for anyone who has facial hair, it refused to sink into his skin underneath his stubble and left him with a white cast to the lower half of his face all day.
Moisture Boost Hydrating Treatment Cream As with the Electrolyte moisturiser above, I picked this up because my trusty Hydralight was out of stock. I try to pick up two moisturisers every time I place an order, because I work through them faster than something like a cleanser or a serum and I don’t want to have to place any extra orders unnecessarily.
Reusable Cotton Rounds This was the first time I’d seen reusable cotton rounds anywhere, so I added them to cart at lightning speed. I am really impressed with these, I’ve been using them for a couple of weeks now and I don’t think I’ll be making the switch back to regular cotton rounds anytime soon.

March TBR


The Bluffs by Kyle Perry – “When a school group of teenage girls goes missing in the remote wilderness of Tasmania’s Great Western Tiers, the people of Limestone Creek are immediately on alert. Three decades ago, five young girls disappeared in the area of those dangerous bluffs, and the legend of ‘the Hungry Man’ still haunts locals to this day. Now, authorities can determine that the teacher, Eliza Ellis, was knocked unconscious, so someone on the mountain was up to foul play. Jordan Murphy, the local dealer and father of missing student Jasmine, instantly becomes the prime suspect. But Detective Con Badenhorst knows that in a town this size – with corrupt cops, small-town politics, and a teenage YouTube sensation – everyone is hiding something, and bluffing is second nature. When a body is found, mauled, at the bottom of a cliff, suspicion turns to a wild animal – but that can’t explain why she was discovered barefoot, her shoes at the top of the cliff, laces neatly tied.”
Girl A by Abigail Dean – “Lex Gracie doesn’t want to think about her family. She doesn’t want to think about growing up in her parents’ House of Horrors. And she doesn’t want to think about her identity as Girl A: the girl who escaped. When her mother dies in prison and leaves Lex and her siblings the family home, she can’t run from her past any longer. Together with her sister, Evie, Lex intends to turn the House of Horrors into a force for good. But first she must come to terms with her six siblings – and with the childhood they shared.”
The Favourite Sister by Jessica Knoll – “Brett and Kelly Courtney are the shining jewels in a New York-based reality TV show called Goal Diggers. One of the most popular shows on American national television, its fiercely competitive cast of five self-made women are defined by their success, beauty and ruthless drive to reach the top by whatever means necessary. The Courtney sisters’ rivalry goes skin deep despite the blossoming business they have built together that helps disadvantaged women in Morocco. Harbouring bitter jealousies and dark secrets about their manufactured screen lives they’re joined by three other hyper-competitive women who all have their own agendas. And the latest season promises sparks to fly in the quest for even higher ratings. Vicious backstabbing, scathing social media attacks and finely-tuned scripting draw in the viewing public every week, all orchestrated by the show’s omnipotent producers. But even they don’t know that season 4 will end in murder…”
Into The Forest by Jean Hegland – “Over 30 miles from the nearest town, and several miles away from their nearest neighbor, Nell and Eva struggle to survive as society begins to decay and collapse around them. No single event precedes society’s fall. There is talk of a war overseas and upheaval in Congress, but it still comes as a shock when the electricity runs out and gas is nowhere to be found. The sisters consume the resources left in the house, waiting for the power to return. Their arrival into adulthood, however, forces them to re-examine their place in the world and their relationship to the land and each other.”