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I didn't do a September loves post, so this will combine the two months. I'm sorry that my posts have been quite sporadic for the past few months (most of the year, really), but my health is really failing me (or I'm failing my body? I'm never fully sure which!), and my doctors are adamant that I rest more. I have lots of post ideas and plans, so I'm hoping that if I can find the right balance, things will be more consistent on here from now on. Anyway, on to my loves....
L'Oreal Steampod 3.0: I know that there is new 4th version being released soon and I'm curious as to what the difference will be, because this version is so much more user-friendly than the previous ones. I have a full review here from last year, but I have really fallen back in love with it recently. My hair really looks as though I've had a salon blow-dry when I use this, and it lasts until I next wash it. It leaves it silky smooth and frizz-free. I generally use it to ensure there are no kinks in my hair, but it can be used for loose waves too, due to the wide plates, and I love that there is a comb attached. It's pricey but worth it, and might be one for the Black Friday or Christmas wish list!
Garnier Body Superfood*: Currently half price in Boots (worth stocking up on for the colder months), this is available in four scents, each for a different need - nourishing, smoothing, hydrating and repairing. I use body moisturiser every day because my skin is so dry, but these creams offer up to 48 hours of hydration, which will suit those who have neither the time nor inclination to moisturise daily. The Avocado & Omega 6 body cream is lightweight and sinks in easily to leave the skin feeling hydrated and comfortable. The Cocoa & Ceramide cream is much richer in texture, so this is one that I would use at night so that it has plenty of time to sink in and really get to nourishing and repairing the skin (ideal for the winter months). I have yet to try the Aloe Vera and Watermelon, but can only imagine how divine they smell, so they're on my shopping list! These are really great value body moisturisers, and show that you don't need to spend a fortune to get nourished skin.
IT Cosmetics Confidence in an Eye Cream*: I used (and loved) the original version of this eye cream, but this new one has taken it up a notch. It's formulated with 2% Super Peptide Concentrate, which aims to improve the eye area, helping it look less fatigued in four ways: improving the appearance of crow's feet, dark circles, lack of firmness and dryness. You know that I love a good eye cream and I am hooked on this. I have been using it for almost 4 weeks and can confirm that the skin around my eye area looks firmer, supple and more plump. I love an eye cream like this as I feel that I need less concealer, but also I don't have to worry about my concealer creasing. This brand really is top notch both in terms of skincare and makeup, which is something not all brands can achieve.
Homeland (Netflix): We re-watched the entire 8 series of this show, and probably enjoyed it even more this time around (although we loved it previously). So much happen in each series, so I could only remember a few scenes that stopped me in my tracks first time around, and it meant that I could watch it with fresh eyes, and the ending was perfect. If you haven't seen it before, it's about Homeland Security in the U.S. and the C.I.A. and the main character, who is the smartest person you could imagine, is Carrie Mathison, played by Claire Danes. She took an oath to protect her country and puts that before anything in her life. Some series are based in the U.S. and others are abroad - all anti-terrorism, of course. It's in no way cheesy or predictable in the way CSI is for example. If you liked 24 back in the day, this is a step up and more with the times. I'm so sad that there won't be any more seasons!
Blonde (Netflix): This was a very disturbing film, based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, covering her life from her childhood to her death. I found it very distressing at times, but later read that some scenes/scenarios were fictionalised, which really annoyed me, especially the scene leading up to her death, which was untrue (she receives a phone call saying a previous lover had died, which seems like the last straw for her, but the reality is that this man died 6 years after her). I've no doubt that there are a lot of truths in it too, but I'd prefer if the entire film was based on facts, as I think she lived many lives within her one life, plus it didn't show any of her achievements. Despite it being a tough watch, I enjoyed getting to know a bit about her character and background (the parts that were true1), much like I did with the Elvis film.
Peaky Blinders (Netflix): We were very late getting to the final series of this and I'll admit that I found it slower than all of the previous series and it was almost a chore to watch, only for the last episode to remind me why we loved it so much, as it was fast paced, with a lot of storylines intertwined. There are rumours of a possible film but definitely no more series, and I can see that there is definitely more that could be told about Tommy Shelby, so I'd definitely watch it if that does happen. I think Cillian Murphy is a brilliant actor, who really carried the last series, and I look forward to seeing him in more shows and films.
That's everything I've loved in October - how about you? I'd love to hear!
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