30 October 2020

Current morning skincare routine

Bottles of skincare products next to a lit cangdle in front of peach and red carnations in a vase

I've spent the last few months experimenting with a skincare routine to try and add a little self-care spice into the monotony of 2020 days, and to sort out the skincare problems I've been ignoring for years.

When I was a teen I had a few spots, but nothing too bad: I hit 22 and my skin exploded in a fiery volcano of rage. Over the past few years I've been dealing with these breakouts on the lower half of my face and totally ignoring the crusty dry skin on my forehead. I absolutely used to wake up and think 'huh, my skin feels tight and weird' and then going about my day without doing anything except a face wash designed to dry things out a little in the hope of appeasing my spots. I mean? C'mon Steph.

25 October 2020

6 Recent Second-Hand Book Purchases

6 books in a stack with their spines facing up next to fake autumn leaves

With everyone spending a lot more time in their homes, it feels like we're all doing big clear outs. And as a result of this, charity shops are bursting at the seams with some treasures and some not-so treasures. Charities are struggling this year, and between wanting to support them more and wanting to shop more sustainably, I'm looking to them when I actually venture out of the house (mask-clad of course). 

Here's the books that I managed to pick up over the past few months, and I was SO excited to hunt all of these down. Some of them are even brand new copies! 

22 October 2020

Book of the month: 'A Court of Wings and Ruin' by Sarah J Maas

Bright pink cover of 'A Court of Wings and Ruin' by Sarah J Maas on a beige jumper next to a candle


I know, it's the third month in a row with a book from the ACOTAR series as my book of the month, but what can I say: I'm a woman obsessed. I promise though, next month will be a whole different kettle of probably-not-fantasy-based fish. 

Anyway A Court of Wings and Ruin is the third book in the 'A Court of Thorns and Roses' series, so if you haven't read the first two and don't want them inadvertently spoilered, then this is your warning to look away. I'm also going to totally spoiler this book too because I want to delve into the juicy bits in this post. 

11 October 2020

September reading wrap up

Stack of books with spines facing upwards next to fake autumn leaves and a 'Hello Autumn' candle

Sooo I read more books in September than I've read in any other month of my adult life (outside of university where I was *meant* to read 4 every week). I'm not sure if it's the start of Autumn, a refusal to be a responsible adult or the fact that Covid restrictions are starting to get a little tighter again in England, but I really did have a great month for books.

4 October 2020

8 Autumn releases in 2020 to add to your TBR

Books next to each with spines facing down and fake autumn leaves on top, next to a lit candle


There have been some BIG publication days recently, with over 600 books being published in a day (how can we even attempt to keep up?!), and I for one am SO excited to see so many new releases out and about. With bookshops closed, tours not happening and financial struggles of potential buyers, so many releases this year were pushed back, culminating in this mass publication which means I'm sure there's something new out there for everyone at the moment.