Friday, 8 December 2017

November Favourites

In which I am late, but only by 8 days, so it still counts, right? RIGHT?!


* Indicates PR sample received

Reading

The Woman Who Fooled The World // Beau Donelly & Nick Toscano

Goodreads


This was without a doubt my favourite read of November, it enthralled me from start to finish. I think this was partly because I do, having a blog, occupy the world of bloggers and influencers a little like Belle Gibson did. Belle Gibson, in case you don't know, was a wellness blogger from Australia who for years managed to convince people that she had treated her (fictitious) brain cancer by eating healthily and using alternative therapies. The journalists who wrote this book were the guys who initially broke the story of her tangled web of lies, and have documented her whole story from when she was a kid to the sorry demise of her business and book deal. That she managed to take so many people in with such ridiculous stories baffled me, but it was so interesting and definitely a read I would recommend. The book also probes a little into the 'wellness' industry as a whole, and the awful business practices of people who try and sell terminal cancer sufferers 'cures'.


Watching


I was so many seasons behind Supernatural, but suddenly a few weeks ago I got the urge to start watching it again, and now I'm almost up to date and obsessed! It's the perfect mix of funny, scary, silly and shocking. There really is nothing like Supernatural, and of course, I am particularly fond of Castiel, who isn't? He's everyone's favourite earnest angel.

Beauty



I know, gasp, I don't normally do a beauty section in my favourites, but I was sent some particularly lovely skincare to try out by La Roche Posay last month and I had to share with you how nice it was. Now of course, though it was sent free of charge you guys know me well enough by now to know that doesn't equal automatic fawning review. But I was really happy with what I tried. First, there was the Effaclar Duo*, a fairly cult product by now I think. I have tried it on and off in the past but I really tried to give it a concerted effort this time- my mental health issues mean I don't always take the best care of myself physically, but this is really easy just to smooth onto skin morning and night. It's not stingy (defo a technical term), and it's gentle and perfect for oily and spot prone skin, which is me all over. I have noticed a reduction in redness and general 'angriness' of my poor old skin when I use it, so this is a keeper for me.


Next, I was sent the Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel*, which I had never tried before. Again, for oily, blemish/spot prone skin, this lathers on as a gel with a gentle scent and foams up lovely. Once rinsed my skin felt matte, cleansed and ready for the treatment phase (see above). You get a hefty 200ml in a tube so it will last a good long while, and it's free from alcohol so my sensitive skin was thankful. Anyone else found their skin has got more sensitive as they've got older? Boooo.

Thank you to the lovely lady who contacted me about sending these, and La Roche Posay, I really appreciate it.

If you want to see more about the products, you can find their links below.



Box of the month


Box of the month for November has to go to Powder for their beauty drawer, which had a fantastic makeup sponge (which I always need a new one of) and the sparkliest, happiest nail polish I've ever owned.

Sign up to Powder here.

What do you think of my November favourites? Are you a fan of La Roche Posay? Have you been doing a lot reading? I'd love to hear what you think and what you've been up to in the comments!

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33 comments

  1. I've obviously been living under a rock because I hadn't heard of Belle Gibson! What an amazing con to pull off though. Sadly, I've not had happy experiences with French skincare products but these La Roche Posay products seem quite gentle? One of my new year's resolutions is to start watching more series and from what I've heard of Supernatural, it sounds right up my street - you never know, we might be able to compare notes if I get my act together, haha! X

    Lisa | www.lisasnotebook.com

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    1. Yes I would say La Roche Posay is very gentle but it you're nervous I'd suggest starting with their thermal spring water spray, it's so soothing for sensitive skin x

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  2. That box looks beautiful! Gorgeous photo too but it’s so pink and pretty, agh! 😍 I honestly can’t remember any favourites from last month now haha I’m fully focused on December, Christmas and the New Year!

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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  3. Oh man I really need to read that book! I remember it all coming out about Belle and I was absolutely fascinated cause it seemed so unbelievable that so many people believed her?! That's definitely going on my TBR list!
    I've never tried La Roche-Posay but I've heard so many good things. I'm going to have to investigate to see if they have some good products for dry skin!
    And yes - that nail polish is divine!
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

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    1. La Roche Posay do a whole range for different skin types, definitely worth a look!

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  4. Oh my goshhhh I love a Supernatural binge. I haven’t watched it in forever but think I’m somewhere on season 7! Loving it! I’ve binged so much Vampire Diaries lately too!

    Claudia xo

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    1. Ooh vampire diaries, I really need to finish that!

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  6. I love Supernatural too and yes, Castiel is my favourite little angel... he is so funny at times!

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  7. I remember hearing all about Belle Gibson and everything that went on so I would definitely be interested in giving that a read. I'm a Supernatural fan too

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  8. I love la roche posay products! They work so well for me x

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  9. I am really intrigued by the sound of that book, going to have to pick up a copy asap! x

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  10. The skincare looks great. I shall have to try it on my skin. Never used that brand before

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  11. I so wish I had more time for reading, especially at this time of year as it's the perfect weather to hibernate with a book! I love the look of that box aswell, the sparkly nail varnish looks so lovely and do I spot a hair mask!? Always in need of one of those!
    Alice Xx
    www.blacktulipbeauty.co.uk

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    1. I think Christmas day is a perfect time to sneak away with a good book 😊

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  12. The Belle Gibson book you've been reading sounds shocking and totally fascinating, I really want to pick up a copy! It really does make you question the authenticity of some influencers, eek! They have such a big impact that honesty and integrity is so important! La Roche Posay isn't a brand I've tried out before but I am very tempted to give their products a whirl - loving your festive photography too!

    Abbey ❄️ http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. Thank you, I tried so hard to impart some festivity into it I'm glad you noticed hehe

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  13. The book sounds incredible. I need to pick up a copy! The Effaclar Duo is one of my holy grail skincare products, it worked absolute wonders for me. A definite keeper X
    http://elssthinks.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. Ooohhh I've been looking for a new read, and 'The Woman Who Fooled the World' sounds right up my street, it sounds really gripping and also very current - thanks for drawing my attention to a great new read! x

    whatevawears.co.uk

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  15. I’m desperate to watch supernatural, I’ve heard so many good things about it and I love Jared. Just need it to come on Netflix or splurge on the box set.
    Love the look of ghe Powder beauty box too. That glitter nail polish looks gorgeous and I always need new foundation sponges.
    X

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    1. I agree, one can never have too many foundation sponges x

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  16. I’ve never heard of Belle Gibson but that book sounds absolutely fascinating! I’ve never seen Supernatural and I really don’t even know what it’s about but I always hear people telling me to watch it. ANd that Purifyinf Gel sounds like it might be a product worth checking out! Great post!

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  17. I am so behind at supernatural! like i might be at season 3! loads of binge watching for me i guess! xx corinne

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    1. Yes, there's so much to watch I almost envy you, it's really good!

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  18. I am yet another person that feels as though I've lived under a rock. I don't know about Supernatural nor do I know about the face products and it's sad because I have VERY oily skin during the winter. Great post!

    Letsbebreef.com/blog

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    1. Oh supernatural is defo worth a try if you're stuck for something to watch any time soon x

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  19. Is it weird that I love effaclar so much that I get excited when I see other people using it? Yep. It is. Okay, moving on...the subscription box looks fab too! x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. No its not weird I think a lot of people love Effaclar that much, it's really a wonder product!

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  20. I haven't heard of Belle Gibson either - what a horrific thing to do! My son loves Supernatural. Kaz x

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  21. Fellow Supernatural fan here and I am trying to hold off watching the latest season because I want to be able to binge watch the whole thing, haha!

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    1. Sometimes it's great to save it all up and then binge watch isn't it. 😊

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  22. OOh, I love the sound of the book, think I may have to add that to my Christmas list and the Box from Powder looks amazing.

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