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Friday, 29 April 2022

What I loved in April.....

April loves 2022

I love April, because it's my husband's birthday, there is so much blossom and a real sense of hope and change in the air (if only that could extend to the war in Ukraine. I cannot believe that it's still going, without any real action being taken against Putin). I love seeing tulips everywhere, as well as all of the Spring flowers! The sun has been shining, although we only had maybe 2 days of actual heat where I live - other days, it was sunny but absolutely freezing and the winter coat came back out! I'm looking forward to some warmer days, and of course, our holiday next month! Anyway, enough about the weather, let's get into what I loved in April....

TV: Last month, I didn't have any TV recommendations, but we watched some shows that I'd recommend this month.

Love Life (Netflix): Apparently there are two series of this show, but Netflix only has the the first one at the moment. It's a series of stories of the loves of one woman's life throughout her 20s and early 30s. Not all of the loves are romantic ones, as they include her mother and friends too, but each episode reflects on one person and the way in which that relationship affects her life. It shows that you sometimes have to go through heartbreak to find "the one" and that fractured relationships will either work their way out, or teach you a lesson. The series begins with the person who isn't "her one" and ends with "the one". It's an interesting show, and isn't just for those in relationships nor those who are single, as whilst the main character ends up with her romantic love, the platonic relationships in her life are just as important. There are only 10 episodes and it's an easy watch.

Anatomy Of A Scandal (Netflix): This is the story of a politician who admits to an affair with a member of his staff, but only when she accuses him of rape. His persona is that of a family man (played by Rupert Friend), and his wife (played by Sienna Miller), is very forgiving as she truly loves him and believes that he made a mistake. They have been together since university, and she doesn't want her marriage to be ruined over one mistake, and wants to protect her children and family life. The case goes to trial and the story unravels, putting doubt in the mind of his wife, yet the Prime Minister stands by him without hesitation. As the episodes go on (there are only 6), there are some things that just don't sit right with the wife of the politician and there are flashbacks to their uni days. There is obviously a twist in the tale, as stories like this can't be straightforward, but I don't want to give anything away. As there are only 6 episodes, you could easily watch this over a weekend.

Top Boy (Netflix): Everybody was talking about this, so we had to give it a go! It's confusing at first but basically, you need to watch Top Boy: Summerhouse Seasons 1 & 2, before watching Top Boy Seasons 1 & 2. There is a gap of 6 years between the screening of Summerhouse Season 2 and the new Season of Top Boy, but the main characters are the same, with some new additions. There will be one more season, which will be filmed this summer. It's a crime drama, based around drug-dealing in an area of London. It truly is dog eat dog in order to become Top Boy. I'll be honest, I didn't really enjoy the first season, but got into it more as time went on. It's frightening how life means so little in some ways, yet in others, loyalty and friends, who are as close as family, mean everything and they will do anything to protect each other, yet it all so fragile - one wrong move and you're gone! I'm not doing it justice, but it's worth watching and gets more gripping as the seasons go on. The end of Season 2 (or 4, depending on how you look at it!), truly shocked me, so I'm really looking forward to Season 3 (or 5!!). 

Liar (Netflix): This had us hooked from the very first episode. A teacher and a surgeon (whose son is one of her pupils, and the former's sister is a colleague of the latter) go on a date, which she alleges ends in rape, but he says the sex was consensual. We've only finished the first series, but what makes it different from other thrillers, is that we find out what actually happened midway through, whereas usually we have to wait until the end to find out what happened. You might think that you wouldn't want to continue watching once you know who is telling the truth, but there are enough twists and turns to keep you hooked. Again, there are six episodes in a series, so a handy one to watch over a weekend, or if you're stuck in bed with Covid!

Beauty:

Fenty Skin Hydra'Reset Instant Recovery Glycerin Hand Mask: I love any overnight products, plus I love hand creams, and I love this brand, so for that trilogy of reasons, I had to buy this and see what the fuss was about! This is comprised of 40% glycerin, so you can imagine how nourishing and moisturising this is. It's definitely suited to overnight use, as it leaves hands slippy, but the next morning, they are super soft and nourished. Ideal for those who have very dry skin, or whose job requires them to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer more often than the regular person.

Molton Brown Delicious Rhubarb & Rose EDT* with accompanying bath & body products: This scent combination is beautiful - not overly floral, a little sharp, but also has some warmth, due to the notes of rose, vanilla, musk, grapefruit, and lemongrass among others. The scent from the shower gel really lingers in the bathroom, and smells so uplifting, and I love to layer the shower gel, body lotion and eau de toilette, for a lasting fragrance. This brand always gets it right when combining notes.

K√©rastase Blond Absolu Huile Cicaextreme Hair Oil: I have a few hair oils, but this is the one I reach for the most. It's so lightweight, tames frizz, strengthens the hair, doesn't weigh the hair down, smells divine and adds some shine - even to the blonde parts of my hair. Plus, a little goes a long way! 

What have you loved this month? I hope you enjoy the bank holiday (if there is one where you live!).

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