I am currently in the process of going through my beauty cupboard and replacing old products or things that have expired before I’ve had a chance to finish them. I like to pick up some new products every season to try new things and keep things interesting in my beauty routine.
Paula’s Choice Hydralight One-Step Face Cleanser
– I switched things up over Autumn/Winter this year and have been using a Dermalogica cleanser, but I am happy to be returning to my holy grail range from Paula’s Choice now that I’ve nearly finished the giant bottle of Special Cleansing Gel I’ve been working my way through.
Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisture-Infusing Lotion
– Paula’s Choice had a 20% off sale and the offer of free shipping available, so I decided to pick up another one of these. This is my favourite facial moisturiser so I like to always have a back up in my cupboard, and if there is a sale on offer when I’m placing an order I always try to pick one up.
Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
– It’s been a while since I’ve used this product, but as I like to wear less makeup during the warmer months of the year I have more of a need for smooth & clear skin. I need all the help I can get in that area lately, so I’m hoping this will do the trick.
Living Proof Restore Shampoo and Conditioner
– I like to have two shampoo and conditioner duos in my shower at any given time, so that I can mix things up when my hair gets too used to a certain product. I recently tried a hair treatment from Living Proof and really liked the way it worked with my hair, so I figured I would pick these up and give them a go.
Carmex Strawberry Lip Balm Tube
– I needed a new lip balm for my handbag and as luck would have it I saw this while I was browsing the beauty section of ASOS, remembered how much I like Carmex lip balm, and decided to pick it up.
The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle – “Beautiful twin sisters Iris and Summer are startlingly alike, but beyond what the eye can see lies a darkness that sets them apart. Cynical and insecure, Iris has long been envious of open-hearted Summer’s seemingly never-ending good fortune, including her perfect husband, Adam. Called to Thailand to help sail the family yacht to the Seychelles, Iris nurtures her own secret hopes for what might happen on the journey. But when she unexpectedly finds herself alone in the middle of the Indian Ocean, everything changes. Now is her chance to take what she’s always wanted – the idyllic life she’s always coveted. But just how far will she go to get the life she’s dreamed about? And how will she make sure no one discovers the truth?”
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins – “Yesterday, Lydia had a bookshop. Yesterday, Lydia was married to a journalist. Yesterday, she was with everyone she loved most in the world. Today, her eight-year-old son Luca is all she has left. For him, she will carry a machete strapped to her leg. For him, she will leap onto the roof of a high speed train. For him, she will find the strength to keep running.”
The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donohue – “Dublin, 1918. In a country doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city centre, where expectant mothers who have come down with an unfamiliar flu are quarantined together. Into Julia’s regimented world step two outsiders: Doctor Kathleen Lynn, on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney. In the darkness and intensity of this tiny ward, over the course of three days, these women change each other’s lives in unexpected ways. They lose patients to this baffling pandemic, but they also shepherd new life into a fearful world. With tireless tenderness and humanity, carers and mothers alike somehow do their impossible work.”
The Last Resort by Marissa Stapley – “The Harmony Resort promises hope for struggling marriages. Run by celebrity power couple Drs. Miles and Grace Markell, the “last resort” offers a chance for partners to repair their relationships in a luxurious setting on the gorgeous Mayan Riviera. Johanna and Ben have a marriage that looks perfect on the surface, but in reality, they don’t know each other at all. Shell and Colin fight constantly: after all, Colin is a workaholic, and Shell always comes second to his job as an executive at a powerful mining company. But what has really torn them apart is too devastating to talk about. When both couples begin Harmony’s intensive therapy program, it becomes clear that Harmony is not all it seems–and neither are Miles and Grace themselves. What are they hiding, and what price will these couples pay for finding out? As a deadly tropical storm descends on the coast, trapping the hosts and the guests on the resort, secrets are revealed, loyalties are tested and not one single person–or their marriage–will remain unchanged by what follows.”
Sweet Valley High #39 – Secret Admirer – “Sweet Valley High is in a frenzy when the school newspaper begins to run personal ads. Even Penny Ayala, the shy, serious editor of the paper, decides to place an ad, and a boy named Jamie responds. His letters are witty and sensitive just like hers, and he seems to be Penny’s perfect match. Elizabeth Wakefield encourages Penny to pursue her secret admirer. But when she overhears a group of boys laughing about “Jamie,” she realizes that Penny’s perfect match is only a joke – “Jamie” doesn’t even exist! Can she stop the boys from breaking Penny’s heart? “
Sweet Valley University #36 – Have You Heard About Elizabeth? – “Elizabeth Wakefield and Scott Sinclair have made it into a major national news magazine! Will Scott’s hints of a personal relationship with Elizabeth make her turn red with embarrassment… or anger? Tom Watts is disgusted by the magazine article, and by the suggestive things Scott says about Elizabeth. Can Tom win her back by broadcasting his feelings on WSVU? Jessica Wakefield can’t believe that Nick Fox wants to give up his exciting career as an undercover cop in order to save their love. But will Jessica still feel the same way about Nick if he’s not wearing a badge?”
Goosebumps #6 – Let’s Get Invisible! – “On Max’s birthday, he finds a sort of magic mirror in the attic. It can make him become invisible. So Max and his friends start playing now you see me, now you don’t. Until Max realizes that he’s losing control. Staying invisible a little too long. Having a harder and harder time coming back. Getting invisible is turning into a dangerous game. The next time Max gets invisible, will it be… forever?”
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell – “One drowsy summer’s day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for ‘asylum’. Decades will pass before Holly understands exactly what sort of asylum the woman was seeking… The Bone Clocks follows the twists and turns of Holly’s life from a scarred adolescence in Gravesend to old age on Ireland’s Atlantic coast as Europe’s oil supply dries up – a life not so far out of the ordinary, yet punctuated by flashes of precognition, visits from people who emerge from thin air and brief lapses in the laws of reality. For Holly Sykes – daughter, sister, mother, guardian – is also an unwitting player in a murderous feud played out in the shadows and margins of our world, and may prove to be its decisive weapon.”
If It Bleeds by Stephen King – “Holly Gibney of the Finders Keepers detective agency is working on the case of a missing dog – and on her own need to be more assertive – when she sees the footage on TV. But when she tunes in again, to the late-night report, she realises there is something not quite right about the correspondent who was first on the scene.”
Keeper by Jessica Moor – “When Katie Straw’s body is pulled from the waters of the local suicide spot, the police are ready to write it off as a standard-issue female suicide. But the residents of the domestic violence shelter where Katie worked disagree. These women have spent weeks or even years waiting for the men they’re running from to catch up with them. They know immediately: This was murder. Still, Detective Dan Whitworth and his team expect an open-and-shut case–until they discover evidence that suggests Katie wasn’t who she appeared.”