Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage – “On the outside it looks like Suzette has it all. A stunning ultra-modern home, designed by her handsome Swedish husband. A beautiful, but silent, seven-year-old daughter who is fiercely intelligent. But under the shiny veneer, the cracks are all too clear. For her daughter Hanna isn’t just clever, she’s dangerous. Her behaviour is carefully calculated. She adores her father, yet wants Suzette to disappear. And as Hanna’s tricks become increasingly sophisticated – from tampering with her mother’s daily medication, imitating a rabid dog, to setting Suzette on fire – it’s increasingly clear that there is something seriously wrong with their little girl. Because what kind of child wants to kill their own mother?”
Out of the Ice by Ann Turner – “When environmental scientist Laura Alvarado is sent to a remote Antarctic island to report on an abandoned whaling station, she begins to uncover more than she could ever imagine. Reminders of the bloody, violent past are everywhere, and Laura is disturbed by evidence of recent human interference. Rules have been broken, and the protected wildlife is behaving strangely. On a diving expedition, Laura emerges into an ice cave where she is shocked to see an anguished figure, crying for help. But in this freezing, lonely landscape there are ghosts everywhere, and Laura wonders if her own eyes can be trusted. Has she been in the ice too long? Back at base, Laura’s questions about the whaling station go unanswered, blocked by scientists unused to outsiders. And Laura just can’t shake what happened in the cave. Piecing together a past and present of cruelty and vulnerability that can be traced around the world, from Norway, to Nantucket, Europe and Antarctica, Laura will stop at nothing to unearth the truth. As she comes face to face with the dark side of human progress, she also discovers a legacy of love, hope and the meaning of family. If only Laura can find her way… Out of the ice.”
The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed – “Who are the Nowhere Girls? They’re every girl. But they start with just three: Grace, the preacher’s daughter who unwittingly moved into the old house of a victim whose pain adorns the walls. Bold Rosina, whose heart has become hardened by all of the straight girls who broke it. And misunderstood Erin, the girl who finds more solace in science and order than she does in people. They are brought together by the idea of changing the narrative of a girl they had never met, Lucy Moynihan, the victim of a sexual assault who was victimised further by people who found it easier to believe she had cried wolf than to confront what had really happened to her. A girl who, through the course of one evening, went from an excited teenager who felt wanted by a boy for the first time, to someone else entirely, with ‘a voice in the darkness, giving her a new name: ‘Slut’. Together, they form the Nowhere Girls, and decide to avenge the rape of a girl none of them knew.”
Kora Organics Balancing Rose Mist – I love a good rose mist and this is one of my favourites because it has a nice (read: subtle) rose fragrance to it that doesn’t smell artificial. I also like that the mist itself is quite fine, as sometimes these products can have a heavy spray that makes it feel like you’ve turned a hose on yourself.
O&M Original Queenie Firm hold Hair Spray – The good thing about this product is that it’s my all-time favourite hair spray and is the only product that manages to keep a curl in my hair for an entire day. The bad thing is that Sebastian has also grown to love using it on his hair, which means I go through bottles much faster than I used to. If you have fine hair that struggles to hold a curl I highly recommend trying this, it works wonders for me.
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – This bottle was instantly replenished and replaced in my beauty cupboard because it’s a staple in my skincare routine. I gentle enough to use on sensitive skin, and I try to use it two to three times a week in the shower to help keep my skin clear and bright looking.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Sage and Orange Blossom – I love these Mario Badescu sprays but they definitely fall under the “makes it feel like you’ve turned a hose on yourself” category for product design. The smell of this was lovely and light, with orange blossom really coming through. I probably wouldn’t purchase this again on it’s own, but I enjoyed having a chance to try it out in the set of four I received as a gift for Christmas last year.
Aveda NutriPlenish Shampoo & Conditioner (Deep Moisture) – I really loved this duo. I felt like it did wonders for my hair and when I used it I received a lot of compliments on how shiny my hair was. I decided to try the light moisture version after using these, but I think I’ll switch back to this version once I’m finished with those.
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Mont Blanc – Ever since Givenchy discontinued their Photo Perfexion range, this has stepped up to be my favourite foundation. A little bit goes a long way for me, and I’m really glad to have so easily found a decent shade match for my pale ass face.
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.”