Archive for ‘autumn/winter’

May 21, 2013

Winter Reading List (+ Autumn Reviews)

(note: I will be reading book 2 of 1Q84)

Ten by Gretchen McNeil 4/10 – This was an easy read, I think I managed to get through it over the course of one weekend. Not an amazing book, but good for what it was – a fairly basic young adult thriller.

The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell 5/10 – I had high hopes for this book, and enjoyed how it started out but wasn’t that impressed with where it ended up. Another fairly easy read although I slowed down a little bit towards the end because I just wasn’t that interested in picking it up.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 8/10 – I read this because I wanted to have it fresh in my mind before seeing the film when it came out this year. I love this story, and it’s nice and short so it was easy to devour in a few sittings. I found that while I was reading it I was imagining the characters as the actors playing them in the new film, which was interesting.

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris 7/10 – I’m in love with the new Hannibal TV series that started up recently, and I’m now inspired to read the books that the show is based on. I started at the beginning of the series with Red Dragon. I enjoyed this, it was another easy read and I devoured it (lol) pretty quickly.

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February 28, 2013

Autumn Reading List (+ Summer Reviews)

(I’ve already finished Ten by Gretchen McNeil but I’m incluing it as an Autumn read anyway…)

What I Did by Christoper Wakling (4/10) – This was one of the designated reads for the book club that a group of my friends and I have together. It wasn’t something that I could see myself picking up of my own accord, which is one of the things I love most about being part of a book club. I started out really liking it, but it ended with a terrible anticlimax that made me change my opinion of the book as a whole leading more towards the negative.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (8/10) – I really liked this book, and I won’t say too much about it because it’s one of those books that the less you know about it the better it will be.

1Q84 (Book 1) by Haruki Murakami (6/10) – I enjoyed this but I found it quite obvious that it was part one in a trilogy. I didn’t feel like there was a complete story in the book, which was a bit frustrating but having said that I was captivated by the story enough to look forward to reading the other two books in the trilogy.

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (10/10) – A new favourite book. This was such a beautiful story, so fascinating and incredibly well told. It came highly recommended to me and now I highly recommend this to you.

August 19, 2012

August Beauty Routine

I haven’t changed a lot in my routine moving from July to August. I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on the products that I really enjoy using and those that seem to work for me, so when I mix things up it’s usually because I’m trying to use something up or I simply feel like trying something different. On my face and bod in August:

Skin Care
Makeup Remover: Cetaphil Gentle Facial Cleanser
Face Wipes: The Face Shop Herb Day Cotton Wipes
Cleanser: Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
Exfoliant: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant / Jojoba Company Jojoba Bead + Bamboo Facial Exfoliant
Toner: Echolife Lavender Facial Mist
Moisturiser: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream / Philosophy The Miracle Worker
Night Treatment: Kosmea Rose Hip Oil / Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster
Spot Treatment: Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick
Eye Cream: Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream
Mask: LUSH Catastrophe Cosmetic
Lip Balm: C.O. Bigelow Blueberry Rose Salve / Lucas’ PawPaw Ointment / Jack Black Black Tea & Blackberry Lip Balm / Burt’s Bees Mango Lip Balm

Body Care
Hand Cream: True Blue Spa Shea Cashmere Hand Cream / Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Hand Creme
Body Scrub: Burt’s Bees Honey & Shea Sugar Scrub
Shower Gel/Cream/Lotion: Burt’s Bees Shea & Milk Body Wash
Soap: Alchemic Muse Chiquita Soap
Hand Soap: Bath + Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Foaming Anti-Bacterial Hand Soap
Body Lotion: Haus of Gloi Vice Body Lotion / MOR Marshmallow Body Butter / LUSH Sympathy For The Skin Body Lotion
Perfume: Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille / Firebird Bath & Body Brown Sugar Perfume Oil
Candle: Slatkin & Co Twisted Peppermint Candle

Hair Care
Shampoo: Seven Wonders Moroccan Oil / Carol’s Daughter Rosemary & Mint Clarifying
Conditioner: Seven Wonders Moroccan Oil / Carol’s Daughter Rosemary & Mint Clarifying
Treatment: Pantene 3 Minute Miracle
Shine Spray: evo Love Touch
Hair Spray: O&M Queenie Hair Spray
Leave In Conditioner/Treatment: Kerastase Oleo Relax
Styling Product: Kerastase Nectar Thermique

August 6, 2012

July Favourites

Kerastase Nectar Thermique – I’ve been mentioning this product a lot lately, and it’s because I’m absolutely obsessed with it. I use it every morning before I heat style my hair (I try to let my hair dry overnight, but I need to blow dry my fringe in the morning to help deal with my double cowlick situation) and it really seems to help protect my hair and combat flyaways.

Lanolips Golden Ointment – This has been a lifesaver for me during the cold weather in July. I suffered through my second headcold for the season which resulted in a dry skin issue around my nose that this product managed to clear up in two days. I’ve also been massaging a small amount of the ointment into my hands before bed at night as a heavy duty hand cream and it’s kept all dryness at bay.

Haus of Gloi Ghost Puffs Body Lotion – This lotion smells like lolly gobble bliss bombs (high five if you remember that deliciously teeth-rotting heaven in a bag). It’s a very strong scent so I’ve never worn it during the day, but boy oh boy is it a delight to smell in the evening. I have another full sized version of this in my cupboard, but if they re-release this scent at Halloween I highly recommend that any fans of sweet gourmand scents pick this up.

C.O. Bigelow Tinted Lip Balm in Lemon & Strawberry – For some reason I couldn’t stop thinking about this lip balm so I dug it out of my back-up product bin and opened it up. This was SO easy to wear, gave a hint of berry tint to the lips and smelled like lemon. I’m pretty sure I’ll get sick of the scent if I use it too much so I tucked it back into my makeup collection for a little while just to give it a break.

b Collection by Bloom 3-in-1 Liner in St Mark’s Square – I used this pretty much every day after it arrived in the June Lust Have It box, so I’m including it as a favourite for the month. I really like the wear and the colour, and the fact that it’s a roll-up style eye liner (something I’m leaning towards more and more lately) so I enjoyed using this.

July 23, 2012

Shop My Stash: July

In an attempt to try and utilise some of the products that I own but rarely use, I’ve been grabbing a few items out of my collection at the start of each month to try and work into my daily makeup routine. I’m going to do a little roundup each month of the products I’ve been using and what I think of them. These are the products that I shopped from my stash during July –

Benefit Girl Meets Pearl – I’m usually pretty loyal to my Benefit High Beam, but I’ve been using this liquid illuminator quite a lot recently. It gives a pretty peachy gold sheen to the cheeks which helps to brighten my corpse-pale face on early winter mornings.

Becca Lip & Cheek Creme in Rosebud – Honestly, I can’t wait to finish this blush. Not because I don’t like it but because it’ll be the second blush I’ve ever finished completely and that is a massive achievement. Hooray for me!

Benefit BeneTint – I completely forgot that I owned this (possibly because it’s so tiny and I had it tucked away at the back of my makeup storage) but I’m really glad that I dug it out to use it again because it gives the prettiest rosy tint to the lips. It’s designed to be a dual-use product but I stick to using it as a lip stain only.

MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study – I wear this on my lids on most weekends when I can’t be bothered putting in much effort. A simple swipe of this across the lids gives a lovely champagne sheen.

MAC Gleam Eyeshadow – My friend gave me this eyeshadow because it didn’t really suit her makeup style anymore, but it is absolutely perfect for me. It’s very similar to MAC’s Naked Lunch eyeshadow in that it’s a neutral champagne colour with a satin finish. Which is what around 75% of my eyeshadows are. Nice.

July 21, 2012

Strawberrynet Haul

I hadn’t planned to buy any more products this season, but after I used up my last sample sachet of the Kerastase nectar thermique I felt the urge to buy myself a full bottle of the product because I loved it so much. So I did. I also ordered another packet of the Boscia blotting linens (I ran out of a packet this month), another Clinique chubby stick (this time in the shade Woppin’ Watermelon) and two of the Jack Black lip balms.