Consumption: April 2012

Consumption is a series of posts where I share what I’ve been reading, watching and using during the past month.  April was a big month for movies and books, but not so much for beauty products.  I only used up two products this entire month!  Never mind, I’m sure there will be more to share in May.

 

Books I read

Tank Girl: The Odyssey by Jamie Hewlett and Peter Milligan.

This comic book is probably my least favorite Tank Girl edition I’ve read so far.  It is a parody of Homer’s Oddysey, which I’m not terribly familiar with.  Perhaps if I were better versed in the original text, I have enjoyed it more.  The artwork is awesome and the storyline was filled with classic Tank Girl banter. 

 

 What on Earth are you Wearing? by Michi

This super-cute dictionary of style terminology was a gift from my mate Mandie.  It was good for a bit of giggly light reading.

 

A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown

I had been waiting to read this autobiography for a very long time, and I have to say that it was well worth the wait.  Cupcake Brown is brutally honest and open about her disturbing youth.  She writes with poignant clarity, so much so that you feel as though you truly understand what it was like to walk in her shoes.  She was sent to live with a psychotic foster-mother at the age of eleven.  By the time she was thirteen, she was drinking heavily, using drugs and working as a prostitute.  After years of alcoholism, sexual abuse and drug addiction, she managed to pull herself up by the bootstraps and become a lawyer.  It’s an amazing story, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

 

A Lion Amoung Men by Gregory Maguire

This book is the final installment in the Wicked series.  It focusses on the back story of Brrr, the Cowardly Lion.  I found it really sweet to begin with, but I lost interest towards the end. 

 

Films I watched

A Fish Called Wanda

I found this film about a set of bumbling con-men hilarious.  I’m a sucker for anything with John Cleese in it, and he’s brilliant in this film.

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2.

I checked this film out with my Dad in preparation for Supanova early in the month.  I really enjoyed the final installment in the Harry Potter movie franchise, and I always feel a sense of bittersweet resolution when I watch it.

 

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

I’ve been going through a Disney phase at the moment.  I’m trying to fill in the gaps of my Disney viewing, watching the films I’ve never seen before.  The Hunchback of Notre Dame wasn’t a film that I expected to enjoy very much, but I actually quite liked it.  The songs were beautiful, and the story was touching.  I did find it a bit darker than some of Disney’s other works.

 

Attack the Block

I chose this film purely because Nick Frost appears in it.  This film is about an alien invasion in London, and a group of housing-commission-thugs that try to ward off the aliens.  It had a few good scares, but in general I wasn’t terribly impressed.

 

Thor

This was yet another film that I enjoyed a lot more than I expected to.  It had a few truly hilarious parts (such as Thor’s search for a horse), and the story was exciting.  The special effects were also pretty breathtaking. 

 

The Avengers

The Avengers is probably the best comic book movie that I’ve seen in a long while.  The cast is awesome, the script is punchy and the effects are spectacular.  I was particularly taken with Mark Ruffalo’s portrayal of The Hulk. 

 

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

After a long, crappy day of work, I had been looking for a lighthearted film to cheer me up.  Pee Wee was the perfect choice.  It’s got a pretty high silliness quotient, which only made me adore it more.  I totally wanted to live in Pee Wee’s house after watching this.

 

Products I used up.

A.S.A.P Gentle Cleansing Gel

I got a sample of this cleanser from my beautician after I went for a facial a few weeks ago.  I took it for a test spin, but I wasn’t really impressed with the results.  It had a lovely citrussy scent and was very invigorating.  I found it didn’t really get my skin properly clean though.  I had to clease twice to get all the grime off my face, which is a pretty big waste of product if you ask me.  I want something that will get my skin totally clean in one fell swoop.

 

Aqua Marina Cleanser from Lush

This has been my favorite hot-weather cleanser for a couple of years now.  The clay formula really helps to control surface oil on the skin, and the fact that it looks like a sushi roll only makes it more appealing to me.  This cleanser is no good for removing makeup though.  I need to use something else to get rid of my slap before I cleanse.

 

What have you been reading, watching and using up this month?  Any suggestions for me?

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