January Empties

 

O&M Original Queenie Firm Hold Hairspray – This is the only hairspray I bother with these days, because I know is going to work with my (very) fine hair and manage to keep hold of a curl for the entire day. I think this is the second or third bottle I’ve used up in it’s entirety, and you know I had a backup sitting in the cupboard ready to go. This product is an absolute superstar in my hair care routine, and I love it.
 
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – This has been a staple in my skincare routine for many years now. I feel like Dermalogica was the starting point for my skincare obsession, and with good reason because their range is incredible. This is a product I repurchase time and time again because it works well with my sensitive skin, I credit it with keeping breakouts at bay, and I feel like it gives an overall “freshness” to the skin after use.
 
Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter – I’m actually amazed I used up this entire container, but now that I’ve done so I have to say this is my new favourite body butter. The whipped texture makes it light and comfortable to use during summer, but it’s so moisturising that it really sinks into the skin and leaves you feeling baby soft.
 
Aveda Nutri Plenish Shampoo & Conditioner – This is one of my favourite shampoo/conditioner duos and it’s one I’ll be repurchasing again in the future. This leaves my hair feeling shiny and soft and smooth, and manages to tame my fly-aways, which can be a big issue for me when my hair is pretty desperate for a cut.
 

January Wrap Up – Movies


 

 

30 Days of Night – My friend and I were in the mood to watch a Josh Hartnett movie, and as there is limited selection on all streaming platforms, we went with this because it was the only option neither of us had either seen (her), or hadn’t seen in many years (me). This was… not a good movie. It was an adaptation of a graphic novel, and there was a hell of a lot to take in, most of which remained unexplained by the film’s end. Thank goodness Josh Hartnett was easy on the eyes because this didn’t offer much else in the way of entertainment.
 
Wonder Woman – I had low expectations going into this and was pleasantly surprised when I really enjoyed it. Sebastian and I went to see Tenet in cinemas in late 2019 and saw the trailer for WW84 which looked incredible. To be honest, the sequel trailer was the biggest driving factor for me to watch this, but I’m glad I finally bit the bullet and finally sat down to watch it.
 
The Little Mermaid – One of my silly little goals for 2021 is to re-watch all of the classic Disney films. First up for the year was one of my all-time favourites, The Little Mermaid. With some of the best Disney songs of all time (hello, Poor Unfortunate Souls??) and one of the hottest Disney price’s, this was a lot of fun to watch.
 
The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Sebastian and I had been meaning to watch this since it was first released on Netflix–we are massive fans of the West Wing so tend to watch anything Aaron Sorkin is attached to for that reason alone. I didn’t know anything about this story going into the film so it was educational for me in that respect, and was a fascinating watch overall.
 
The Wedding Crashers – There is something about comedies from this era that hold such an element of nostalgia for me. This was a lot of fun, and a light and easy watch for a relaxed middle-of-the-week movie night. I think I’ll always have a bit of a crush on Vince Vaughn – not even Fred Claus can take that from me.
 
Bridesmaids – I remember this movie being an inspiration for a lot of quotes with my girlfriends, but on re-watch this did not stand the test of time for me and unfortunately wasn’t as funny as I remember it being.
 
Silence of the Lambs – Stan is releasing a new series called Clarice, which is about the aftermath of the Silence of the Lambs, so we figured it’d be a good time to re-watch the movie before watching the show. This is still such a great film, an excellent thriller, and Sir Anthony Hopkins remains the ultimate Hannibal Lector.
 
Breath – I read this book a few years ago now, so I was interested in watching the film adaptation. There are some troubling themes in this story, and the movie was not an easy watch at times. But mostly it just made me nostalgic for home, as the scenes shot along the South Coast of Western Australia were truly beautiful.
 
Greenland – Anyone who knows me knows how much I love disaster movies, so when the trailer for this popped up on YouTube recently I nearly died. This was actually pretty good, the acting was decent and the special effects were good quality. The only downside for me is that there weren’t enough “disaster” scenes. Like, I wanna see things BLOW UP. It’s been too long since we’ve had a new disaster film, and I’m so happy to have a new one in my movie rotation.
 
A Bug’s Life – As well as re-watching all of the classic Disney movies in 2021, I want to try and re-watch the Pixar full length films. There were a few laugh-out-loud moments, and overall was a very charming little film with (thankfully) no gut-wrenching emotional moments like most Pixar films are known to have.

February TBR (Nostalgic Reads)

 

Sweet Valley High #19 – Showdown“When Lila Fowler’s mysterious new boyfriend finally appears at her pool party, Jessica Wakefield is dazzled. Jack is handsome, sexy, and exciting — even more perfect than Lila described him. So Jessica wastes no time making sure he notices her, too. Unknown to Lila, Jack dates both girls — Jessica during the week and Lila on weekends. But the sight of Lila’s happy face on Monday mornings is more than Jessica can stand! Jessica’s twin sister, Elizabeth, warns her to drop Jack before she really gets hurt. But Jessica would rather get Lila out of the picture. Then Jack will be hers — all hers.”
 
Sweet Valley High #20 – Crash Landing!“George Warren has been looking forward to taking his girlfriend, Enid Rollins, as a passenger on his first licensed flight. Afterward he’s going to tell her something he’s known for a long time — he doesn’t love her anymore, and their relationship is over. Then he’ll be free to date Robin Wilson, the girl he does love. But as he and Enid are flying, George loses control of the plane and is forced to make a crash landing. Enid is seriously injured, and George is overcome with guilt. He can’t possibly break up with Enid now. But how long can he pretend to be in love with her and continue living a lie?”
 
Sweet Valley University #16 – The Other Woman“Jessica Wakefield is in love with the wrong man. Both she and her professor, Louis Miles, know that getting involved will only lead to heartbreak. But can they deny the force of their passion? Elizabeth Wakefield and Todd Wilkins are shaking up Sweet Valley University! They’ve discovered corruption in the administration that is more rampant than anything they could have imagined. But is blowing the lid off the scandal worth risking their lives? Lila Fowler and Bruce Patman are living together! They’ve got a perfect apartment, perfect furniture, and the perfect relationship – until their families cut them off. Can Lila and Bruce live on nothing but love?”
 
Sweet Valley University #17 – Deadly Attraction“Jessica Wakefield is crushed. It turns out her new love, Professor Louis Miles, is married – and his wife is out for blood. Will Jessica’s bittersweet romance end in tragedy? Elizabeth Wakefield and Todd Wilkins are running out of time. If they can’t expose the conspiracy that’s tearing Sweet Valley University apart, they may not live to see another day. Winston Egbert in the army? Now that Winston’s been caught cheating, his father is teaching him a lesson – by sending him to boot camp! Lila Fowler and Bruce Patman defied their parents and moved in together. Now they’re sleeping under a leaky roof, on a sagging bed, with only roaches for company. Who ever said that poverty was romantic?”

January Wrap Up – Books

 

All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton – This book was an excellent way to start the reading year. Trent Dalton is able to write such charming and vivid characters, and the backdrop of Darwin in wartime was unlike anything I’d read before. This was a truly beautiful story, and I feel like the imagery of Molly Hook’s journey will stay with me for a long time.
 
Beach Read by Emily Henry – This was a light and refreshing read, a perfect choice for the aftermath of All Our Shimmering Skies. I love reading a romance where I feel like I might actually be attracted to the male character, it makes things a bit more interesting for me. This was a fun little romance, and was a page turner that warmed my heart.

January Wrap Up – TV Shows

 

The Reagans [ season 1 ] – We kick-started the year off with this four part series about the Reagan presidency. I didn’t know much about Reagan going into this so it was an informative watch for me. I now understand why so many people think the Reagan administration was the beginning of the downfall of the USA. This was a good watch for anyone interested in a quick and informative political doco series.

Schitt’s Creek [ season 6 ] – What a bittersweet thing to finally finish this perfect show. It has been quiet a while since I have been so charmed by a television series and it’s cast of characters, but this show is now nestled firmly in my heart as one of my all-time favourites. I am sad that it’s finally finished but so happy that I got to experience it.

The Ripper [ season 1 ] – A friend at work recommended this true crime series to me, and it was one of those shows where you sit down to watch and you end up finishing the entire thing in one day. This was a great little series, informative, suspenseful, and it didn’t drag on for too long. If you’d like to learn all about the Yorkshire Ripper, check this out.

The Night Stalker [ season 1 ] – First things first, please do not watch this if you are planning on spending any time home alone at night. This is one of the creepiest true crime documentary series I’ve watched so far, and it will stay with me for a very long time. My only exposure to Richard Ramirez prior to this was American Horror Story, and having seen this I feel like it was pretty disrespectful for them to include him in the story they way that they did. He was a monster, pure evil.

The West Wing [ season 1 ] – We have commenced another watch of The West Wing, which is one of my all-time favourite shows. Watching this feels like coming home. It can be pretty cheesy at times, but the characters will stay with you forever. Season one is a great introduction to the show, with a cliffhanger at the end of the last episode that made us jump straight in to season two.