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Every single time I write one of these monthly roundup posts, I have to fight the urge to mention how amazed I am by how quickly the month has flown by. Rather than bang on about my continued astonishment at the completely normal passing-of-time, then, here’s what I’ve been…

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READING: A Kind of Vanishing by Lesley Thomson
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A Kind of Vanishing

This will possibly make me sound a bit strange – or a bit more strange, rather – but I’ve always been drawn to stories about missing persons: probably because I’m always hoping for the happy ending of them being miraculously returned, I guess.  It took me a bit of time to get into this particular ‘missing person’ story, partly because none of the characters were particularly likable, and partly because it seemed to jump around, particularly in the first few chapters. I persevered, though, and it turned out to be worth it, with a nice subtlety to it, which made for some quite moving moments.

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TRYING: Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate
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Lancome Genefique Youth Activating Concentrate

I was sent this bottle of Lancome Advanced Genifique by House of Fraser, as part of their recent Beauty Confidential promotion. Unfortunately Royal Mail decided the package looked suspicious, and seized it for a couple of weeks, so I didn’t get to take part in the promotion, but I DO get to try to, er, “activate my youth” with this little serum. Now, as I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m an absolute sucker for stuff like this: I don’t necessarily believe the claims they make, but I’m nevertheless powerless to resist them, so I’m naturally excited to see what kind of effect this will have. It promises, like many serums, to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, boost radiance, improve clarity: all that good stuff, in other words.

I haven’t had this for long enough to expect radical results, but I’ve been using it morning and night, as directed, and can report that it’s a lovely product to use: I’m personally not a fan of the “dropper” style applicator, but this absorbs quickly, and leaves my skin looking smooth and matte, which creates a much better base for my makeup. It’s only been a few days, and I’m quite possibly hallucinating, but my  skin looks smother, tighter and… fresher? I’m not sure that’s quite the word I’m looking for, but I didn’t have to use primer this morning with my foundation, and my I’ve noticed that my cheeks have looked almost rosy over the past couple of days, which is very unusual for me. Rosy cheeks aren’t mentioned in the marketing blurb for this, so I guess I might just be coming down with something, but fingers crossed! I’m hoping that continued use will basically leave me looking much like Taylor Swift, say – or someone equally young and gorgeous – but I guess time will tell: I will report back on my findings!

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WATCHING:  Homeland
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Homeland

I’d been aware of Homeland for ages, but, having judged it purely by its Netflix description (Which you should never do, obviously. It’s like judging a book by its cover, really. Which I ALSO do far too often…), I’d completely discounted it. I assumed it would be one of those weighty political dramas in which someone is always double-crossing someone else, and then double-crossing the double-crossers, in order to DOUBLE-double-cross the people who weren’t actually double-crossing in the first place, but were just pretending to be double-crossers, in order to distract us from the REAL double-crossing which was going on elsewhere. The type of show, in other words, which I spend the duration of going, “Wait a minute: who’s he? Is he the brother of the guy who was double-crossing the other guy? Or am I getting him confused with the double-crossing Secretary of State?” And then Terry’s all, “This is an advert, dumbass: the show finished five minutes ago…”

Anyway, I had discounted Homeland, assuming it to be One of Those Shows. And also because I just can’t get past the idea of Claire Danes NOT being Angela Chase. But one night Terry put it on anyway, and by the end of the first episode, I was pleasantly surprised to find that, not only was I still following the plot without any difficulty, I was desperate to see the next episode, too. Don’t get me wrong: there is some amount of double-crossing (just as there is in real life!), but we binge-watched the first two series in quick succession, and I still know who everyone is, and which side they’re all supposed to be on, so I can happily recommend it.

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BUYING: Couches, mostly…
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new couch

I think this particular purchase is more than enough for one month, don’t you? (Full story here, just in case you missed it…)

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7 Comments
  • Erin
    October 1, 2014

    Fabulous couch! And will maybe give Homeland a go, now you’ve recommended it (I, too, was meh on the Netflix!). 😉

  • CiCi Marie
    October 1, 2014

    Glad we got to see the infamous sofa! Very nice indeed. And I’m happy to let you be the sucker for the serums until there’s one that works, and then you’ll tell us all and we’ll buy it and happily never have to touch the rest 😉

  • Erika
    October 1, 2014

    I’m always excited to try a new serum, and I’m always secretly hoping for the best results possible. So far no fine lines have disappeared, but sometimes I “feel” like maybe one has improved. 🙂

  • Ursula
    October 1, 2014

    I just wanted to mention I bought and read “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” following your last monthly roundup and really enjoyed it. I look forward to more book recommendations in the future. 🙂

  • Cat
    October 2, 2014

    I can’t get over how enormous and beautiful that couch is! You guys scored, big time…

    Cat
    http://oddlylovely.com

  • What Lou Wore 365
    October 2, 2014

    Homeland is back on TV soon so get series 3 done pronto! Have you watched the Blacklist? James Spader is awesome in it. That’s just started again, series 2.

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