Friday Faves: Glow, Gluten-Free, And Great Books!

Well this is awkward isn’t it… I appear to have missed a few weeks. But that was kind of the point of moving to Friday Faves as opposed to ‘monthly faves’: if I missed a monthly favourites post it felt like a big deal (to me anyway, I doubt anyone else noticed!) whereas there’s less pressure in weekly faves. It’s not that I’ve not been trying products I love, or finding things I wanted to tell you about. I’ve just been super busy and having a bit of a wobble with my blog. But I’m back and to make it up to you, I’ll do a bumper Friday Faves! Hooray!

Friday Faves: Glow, Gluten-Free, and Great Books

One of the things I’ve been wanting to tell you about for weeks are Hippeas*. The lovely Kirsty recommended them to me as they are not only gluten-free but also absolutely delicious. They come in some yummy flavours but mine are ‘Far out Fajita’ and ‘Sweet and Smokin”. Some gluten-free crisps can be a bit cardboardy and dry but these are just lovely, plus they’re also vegan. You can get them in a few places but Holland & Barrett are doing a deal on them at the moment so you can fill your boots!

And while we’re talking about delicious gluten-free treats, I am so excited to tell you that the ASDA Gluten Free mince pies are absolutely wonderful. Top tip: pop them in the microwave for 15 seconds and they’re even better!

A few weeks ago I was loitering in the amazing Christmas hall of joy in Liberty (guaranteed to make even the most Scrooge-like of people embrace the Christmas spirit) and spotted these cute present stickers. Every year I wrap my presents in brown paper and then find bright and eye-catching ribbon or stickers to dress them up. As soon as I saw these stickers I knew they were coming home with me!

I have something shocking to admit: until last month I had never tried any make up from Bobbi Brown. I know, I know, I should just turn in my beauty blogger card now. But I’m making up for lost time by absolutely covering myself in the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in ‘Beige’* – it’s such a beautiful highlighter that gives a pretty glow without looking too glittery – plus you can use the individual colours as eyeshadow as well, so it’s a great multitasker!

I’m constantly on the hunt for great brow products for blondes and Hayley passed this one on to me: the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Brow Magnifier. Their new Age Perfect range is aimed at their more mature customers (keep your eyes out for the foundation review coming soon!), with this eyebrow pencil targeting the issue of sparse brows that comes with getting older. I have the shade ‘Grey Blonde’ and it’s the perfect colour: not too orange and not too grey. If you’ve been looking for a natural looking eyebrow product then I really recommend this one, regardless of your age.

Riverdale. Oh Riverdale. I was looking for a trashy TV programme to fill the void of Nashville and lots of people suggested Riverdale. It’s so badly written, the plots are ridiculous, the amount of airbrushing they do on the actors is maddening, the characters are incredibly unlikeable but I. Cannot. Stop. Watching. If you want something utterly mindless and silly to watch then this is brilliant.

It’s been a while since I had some book recommendations in my Friday Faves – I had a run of reading terrible books that really disappointed me, but I’m happy to say that I am back on a winning streak. At the beginning of the year I set myself a GoodReads challenge to read 50 books, and I’m currently on 45… I need to up my game in the next 3 weeks! But here are some amazing books I’ve read recently that are all Friday Faves. I wanted to read Annihilation’ by Jeff Vandermeer before the film comes out next year: Natalie Portman is the lead and it looks like it’s going to be amazing. You can watch the trailer HERE. It’s a really creepy book that reminded me a little of ‘House Of Leaves’ by Mark Danielewski (high praise as that’s one of my favourites!).

A few months ago someone announced that a film was being made based on the premise of ‘Lord Of The Flies’ but with all female cast… and under every tweet about it someone pointed out ‘that’s already been written!’ which is how I discovered ‘Beauty Queens’ by Libba Bray. It’s very tongue-in-cheek, hilariously satirical, takes swipes at the media and gender stereotypes and was a really fun read.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch is one of the most clever books I think I’ve ever read with a twist that actually made me whisper ‘Noooo’ out loud while reading it! A story about the road not taken, identity, and lives being stolen and fought for… it’s absolutely brilliant.

And lastly a very different book. Kick: The True Story of Kick Kennedy, JFK’s Forgotten Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth by Paula Byrne. I’d never been very interested in JFK, but this biography of his sister was fascinating. I love reading about that era anyway (anything about the Mitfords and The Bright Young Things and I’m all over it) but found the dynamics of the Kennedy family really interesting, along with the culture clash of America vs England and the issues she faced as a Catholic trying to marry a Protestant Lord.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this bumper Friday Faves post, do any of my favourites catch your eye? Perhaps some have made it onto your Christmas list? Let me know in the comments below!

Lex

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