April consumption

Consumption is a new feature that I’m taking for a spin. At the end of each month, I’m going to share with you what I’ve been reading, watching and using for the past 30-odd days.

Beauty Products I used up in April

Nivea Light Feel Everyday Sun Lotion: I’ve been using this light sunscreen every day for the last two years. I love the way it disappears under makeup, while protecting my skin from the sun’s harmful rays. I’ve actually replaced this bottle with a different Nivea facial sunscreen, which I like even more.


Eau Roma Water from Lush: This toner is light, sweet-smelling and refreshing for tired skin. It’s got a lovely floral scent and keeps my skin silky soft.


Black and Gold Peppermint Mouthwash: I hate strong-tasting mouthwashes, and this one had a lovely sweet-mint flavour that I loved. It was cheap, and kept pongy breath at bay.


4711 Perfume: This light, oceanic scent is one of my favourite perfumes. It’s very refreshing and citrussy, without being too overpowering. I used up the last of this little purse-sized bottle earlier in the month.


Trichomania Shampoo Bar from Lush: This coconut shampoo was like tropical heaven for my locks. I got this sample bar last year, and it lasted about 10 washes. It smelled lovely and left my hair clean and smooth. The only thing I didn’t like was that it took a lot of work to get it to lather.


Sorbies baby wipes: I like to keep a pack of baby wipes on hand for removing my makeup after I go out at night. Most nights I use a proper cleanser, but sometimes I’m just too stuffed to go through a full cleansing regime. I have really sensitive skin, so I use baby wipes rather than cleansing wipes. Not only are they about 1/3 of the price, but they’re intended to be used on super-sensitive skin.


Movies I watched in April

Being John Malkovich: an awesome head-fuck.


Scream: predictable but lots of fun.


Scream 2: less predictable, still plenty of fun.


Scream 3: weird and not at all predictable. Not as good as the first two.


Paul: Freakin’ awesome. See it immediately.


Halloween: creepy, but I would have liked a bit more closure at the end.


Carrie: disturbing and unsettling. I loved it.


Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion: One of my all-time favourite films. Watched with Sam while scoffing piles of popcorn.


Dan in Real Life: Sweet family flick.


Desperately Seeking Susan: Awesome 80’s costumes. I totally fell in love with Susan, even though she seems like a bit of a scatter-brain.


Mrs Doubtfire: I haven’t watched this since I was eight, and I was shocked at how many jokes went right over my head at that age. This film’s still funny fifteen years on.


10 Things I Hate About You: I adore this film, but it always makes me maudlin for Heath Ledger.


Mallrats: Hilarious and crude. Sparked a conversation about superhero sex organs.


Dogma: Another old favourite. Loving Jay and Silent Bob.


Books I read in April.

The Japan Diet by Naomi Moriyama: A healthy eating plan based around vegetables, fruit, fish and soy. Great recipe section in the back.


This is My Surfboard by The Sandman: A hilarious account of Sandy’s surfboard’s maiden voyage.


The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini: One of the most depressing books I’ve ever read. It’s a good read, and I do recommend it, although it may not be the best choice for those with weak stomachs.


The Queen’s Fool by Phillipa Gregory: I think this is my favourite Phillipa Gregory book so far. I normally get pissy when I read them, because she writes about the Tudor Dynasty (a favourite topic of mine) and is often inaccurate and sensationalist. This book features a made-up character who witnesses real-life events. This seems to be a good formula. A juicy read that’s historically accurate (mostly).


What did you watch, read and use in April?


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