Reading / Trying / Watching / Buying
It’s been a while since I wrote one of these posts – mostly because I’ve been so busy blogging lately that there hasn’t been much time for anything else. I thought it was time for a catch-up, though, so here’s what I’ve been…[separator type=”thin”]
READING | MOUSTRAPPED: A YEAR AND A BIT IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA by CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD[separator type=”thin”]
This was actually one of the books I mentioned in this post, which inspired me to crack on with that book I’ve always wanted to write. Catherine Howard has self-published quite a few books based on her own experiences, but this one was particularly interesting to me, because it’s about the time she spent living and working in Orlando – my second home. For years I dreamt of working for Disney ( Still gutted that you have to be taller than I am to be a Disney Princess, actually…), mostly so I could live in Florida and have a legitimate reason to spend all my time in the Magic Kingdom. I no longer want to work for Disney (or for, you know, anyone), but reading a book set in a place I know so well is absolutely fascinating to me, so I bought this as soon as I realised what it was about, basically.
Unlike most of the books I talk about here, I have to confess I haven’t actually finished this one, yet. It’s not because I’m not enjoying it, I hasten to add – quite the opposite, actually – it’s purely because I haven’t got a spare second to call my own right now, so I’m having to grab a couple of minutes here and there to read another few pages. So far, though, I’m really liking it: I love Catherine’s writing style (She also has a blog…), and the subject matter is every bit as interesting as I’d hoped it would be, so I’m sure I’ll pick up some of her other books, too, once I’m done.[separator type=”thin”]
One of the downsides of having pale skin is that dark circles are much more apparent than they would be on less translucent skin. I go through stages where my dark circles look like they’ve been drawn on with a Sharpie, and they can be particularly bad at this time of year, when my skin is even paler than usual. Just to add to the fun, I haven’t been sleeping well lately either, so when I was offered the chance to try Black Ops Dark Circle Rescue, I jumped at it. This is a serum containing “proprietary optical reflectors” (oooh!) to brighten the under-eye area. You apply it morning and night, just like any other eye treatment, and can expect to see changes in 28 days. I’m just a few days into that, so it’s obviously too early to be expecting miracles, but it’s a nice, lightweight serum, which absorbs easily, and doesn’t cause any irritation, so I’ll continue using it, and report back when I look ten years younger.[separator type=”thin”]
WATCHING | SKINS[separator type=”thin”]
When Terry suggested we start watching Skins on Netflix, I was really, really dubious. This series was on TV a few years ago, and I remember the trailers for it made it seem like a series about drugged-up teenagers, doing things mostly for shock-value. I’m obviously not a teenager, and drug-culture doesn’t particularly interest me, so Skins didn’t either: Terry, however, had seen the first couple of episodes, and persuaded me to give it a go, and I was really surprised by how much I liked it. Yes, it is about teenagers, there is a lot of drug-taking, and quite a few “shock value” scenes, so I wasn’t TOTALLY wrong about it, but the characters have much more depth than I’d assumed, and the series is really well written, and surprisingly absorbing. We’re now onto series 3 and still enjoying it, so if you like teen drama, and don’t mind it being on the gritty side, it could be worth a go.[separator type=”thin”]
BUYING | MUJI, MOSTLY[separator type=”thin”]
I showed you my new Muji makeup drawers a few weeks ago, and mentioned that I was planning to buy some more from the range. I’d originally bought the five-drawer narrow units, which I liked because the shallow drawers eliminated the need for rummaging. I still like them, and have been really happy with them so far, but as I said at the time, there were a handful of items that were too big to fit in the drawers (foundation bottles, mostly, and a few other things), so this month I bought one of the wider, two-drawer units, to hold the rest of my collection.
I also got the acrylic desk pot to hold my make-up brushes: they’d previously been stored in my Ikea Godmorgon organiser, but, having used it like that for a few weeks, I decided it made more sense to keep the brushes next to the rest of my makeup, so I’m now using the Godmorgon compartments for some other items (mostly contact lenses and other sundry bathroom-stuff), and this three-compartment organiser for the brushes. With those two purchases, I think I’m finally happy with my set-up: everything feels much more organised and easy to find, and I like the way my ‘makeup tower’ looks, too, so hopefully my Muji addiction can now come to an end. Hopefully…