November Empties

 

Ecoya Candle in French Pear – French Pear is one of my favourite Spring scents, so it was lovely to have this burning in our living space this season. I am a big fan of these Ecoya candles, they have a long burn time and the throw of the scent is really good, even in an open area like our living room. I’d recommend picking this up if you’re in the market for a spicy pear fragrance for your home.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater – This is one of my favourite products from the Mario Badescu range, and my favourite of their facial sprays. I have once again popped the four pack of these sprays on my Christmas wish list for this year, because I enjoyed having them as part of my beauty routine throughout the year.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Health Skin Refreshing Toner – This is a holy grail item in my beauty cupboard and I go through these tubes fairly regularly. This is a lovely lightweight toner with a refreshing cucumber sort of scent. I like to use this all year round, and it’s my favourite from the Paula’s Choice toner range.

NARS Creamy Concealer in Vanilla – I am a total convert to NARS base makeup now, and this is my new holy grail concealer. I think this is around the fourth or fifth tube I’ve made my way through since becoming a fan.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisture-Infusing Lotion – Yet another staple in my skin care routine, I tend to make my way through one of these moisturisers every couple of months. This is the perfect lightweight moisturiser and it will be a staple in my skin care routine for years to come. I wish they would come out with a bigger version because I feel like I run out of this way too quickly.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Gel Moisturising Cream – This is Sebastian’s favourite moisturiser. I am not a big fan personally because I find that it has too much fragrance in it for me and my skin, but he loves it.

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Mont Blanc – My current favourite foundation, and not just because I’m glad I’ve found the perfect colour-match for my face. I like that this can be worn sheer or built up to a heavier coverage if I feel the need. One thing I will say about this though is that you need to have smooth skin for this to sit well on the face, so regular exfoliation is needed.

Christmas Bucket List

 

In my life, Christmas officially begins on the day after my birthday. And as my birthday was last Friday, Christmas season has officially started. Each year I like to think of a bucket list of items I want to try and accomplish or enjoy before the new year. It’s a silly little tradition but it does make me think about all the wonderful things I love about this time of year, both big and small.

Here is my Christmas bucket list for 2020:

– Complete a Christmas Season Movie Challenge
– Host a Christmas BBQ with friends
– Plan the work Christmas Party
– Write/post Christmas Cards
– Pick a wrapping paper theme
– Look at the Christmas light displays
– Have a Christmas baking day
– Eat cheese pizza & watch Home Alone
– Buy a new tree ornament

Bath & Body Works Haul

 

For years I have used the Bath & Body Works Twisted Peppermint Body Lotion as my Christmas scent. I whip it out in Summer and it does not fail to fill me with Christmas joy. I had run out of the stash I had accumulated back in the days where I would order things from the US via HopShopGo, so I was thrilled when my friend pointed out that the Australian online store had the products in stock this year. I bought up big and threw in a few extra goodies for the hell of it. Here’s what I ordered:

Twisted Peppermint Body Wash & Shower Gel
Twisted Peppermint Body Cream
– Twisted Peppermint Fine Fragrance Mist
Rose Water & Ivy Foaming Hand Soap
Vanilla Bean Noel Foaming Hand Soap
Frosted Coconut Snowball Body Cream

Now if they also release the Warm Vanilla Sugar fragrance range for winter next year I’ll be set!

Summer Book Haul

 

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle – “Meet Naomi and Nicholas: the Perfect Couple. Their glorious, lavish wedding is coming up in three short months… and they are utterly, miserably sick of each other. Unfortunately, whoever backs out first will end up bearing the brunt of the wedding bill. When Naomi finds out that Nicholas has been feigning contentment too, the two of them go head-to-head in a battle of sabotage, pranks, and all-out emotional warfare to see who can annoy the other into surrendering first. Now that they have nothing to lose, they’re finally being themselves. In fact, they’re having so much fun getting on each other’s nerves that it starts to feel like something else entirely…”
 
In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren – “It’s the most wonderful time of the year… but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions. But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world–the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy. The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake… she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop–and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.”
 
Beach Read by Emily Henry – “Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast. They’re polar opposites. In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block. Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.”

Nostalgic Book Haul (November)

 

Sweet Valley High #27 – Lovestruck“No one at Sweet Valley High can believe that football star Ken Matthews has fallen in love with super-sophisticated Suzanne Hanlon. Suzanne likes poetry, gourmet food, and art films, while Ken’s idea of a good time is listening to rock ‘n’ roll and eating pizza. Two people couldn’t be more different. Elizabeth Wakefield knows that snobbish Suzanne is wrong for Ken. But Ken seems to be blindly in love with Suzanne and is willing to do anything she wants. Can anyone help Ken come to his senses before he gets hurt”
 
Sweet Valley University #24 – His Secret Past“Jessica Wakefield has hooked up with the perfect guy. Nick Fox is sexy, smart, and dangerous. And just like her, he lives for excitement. Jessica knows Nick has secrets to spare – and she’s determined to find out every last one! Elizabeth Wakefield is worried about her boyfriend, Tom Watts. His twenty-first birthday is just a few days away, and he’s depressed that he doesn’t have a family to help him celebrate. Elizabeth’s sure the surprise party she’s planning will cheer him up – but will her gift be more than he can handle? Celine Boudreaux is back at SVU and determined to make a splash with the most exclusive sorority on campus. Celine will do anything to get into Thetas – even if it’s illegal…”
 
Sweet Valley High #47 – You’re Not My Sister“Elizabeth Wakefield isn’t the caring, sensitive sister she used to be. She tried to be nice. She tried to be sympathetic. But all the sweetness in the world couldn’t shake her twin, Jessica, out of her depression. Elizabeth thinks Jessica needs a heavy dose of tough love. But how tough is too tough? Will she push Jessica over the edge… and lose her forever? Jessica Wakefield has no one left to turn to. Her sorority and college have expelled her. Her twin sister has practically disowned her. Her parents are treating her like she’s a helpless child. She wants to end it all… but something keeps urging her to hold on. Is she imagining things or could Nick Fox still be alive?”
 
Sweet Valley University #48 – No Rules“What’s the wildest contest ever? California’s Coast-to-Coast Road Trip Challenge–and it’s putting $5,000 scholarships in the winners’ pockets! Elizabeth is beyond psyched when she’s picked to compete. Her teammates totally rock–except for slacker supreme Sam Burgess. He’s cocky, egotistical, and party-crazy. The kind of guy Elizabeth hates… falling in love with. Jessica Wakefield can’t believe she’s stuck on the same road-trip as Tom Watts and Todd Wilkins! How repulsive. Her only salvation is gorgeous Neil Martin. He’s witty, sophisticated, intelligent, and best of all, single. Jessica’s dying to have her wicked way with him. What could possibly stop her?”
 
Sweet Valley University #49 – Stranded“Jessica Wakefield can’t believe her road-trip teammates would actually ditch her. Now she’s stuck in the middle of nowhere with no money, no clothes, and no wheels! Can she depend on the kindness of strangers to get on the road again? Elizabeth Wakefield feels something strong for teammate Sam Burgess–love or hate, she’s not sure. When she finds out the real reason he’s competing, her feelings burn out of control. Tom Watts and Todd Wilkins are freaking. How could they accidentally leave Jessica behind? They’re sure their team will get disqualified… and Elizabeth will have them both killed. Can they put aside their differences long enough to track down the wayward Wakefield?”