It’s post Christmas, I’m really loving life, and I’m very full of happiness right now so it was about time I did another favourites post!
I don’t do them monthly because I feel like I’d end up forcing favourite products if I did, so instead I just kind of save them up and wait until I’m loving quite a few things at once… and Now was the time. There really a mix of everything so, as I tend to do with most things, I’ve broken them down into categories (I like to categorise things can you tell).
Hair & Makeup
The Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot Primer… I haven’t really been into wearing foundation at all recently, and prefer a combination of a couple of concealers for under my eyes and then a primer for the rest of my makeup (Maybe I’ll do a post on it? But probably not, I don’t do that much beauty). After a couple of recommendations, I checked out this primer and I am so glad that I did! It makes my skin look absolutely flawless – I don’t understand how, but I catch myself in the mirror wearing it and really appreciate the look of my skin – it’s so great. It cost £11 which is the higher end of drugstore pricing, but I bought mine in early September, use it almost everyday and it’s only just starting to run out, so I stand by it! Available here
The Urban Decay NAKED Heat Palette… I have been searching for the perfect warm eye shadow palette for a while now as it’s hard to find warmer, pigmented eye shadows for darker skin (Especially a whole palette full of them). So, when the NAKED Heat palette came out I was very intrigued by it, but refrained from buying it because I’m trying to only buy things that really bring me joy at the moment (post about that here). However, months later my birthday rolled around and I was still thinking about the palette a lot. I’ve been quite practical with purchases for a while now and wanted to spend my birthday money on something that actually felt like a luxury, so I bit the bullet and ordered it… It was most definitely worth it! I have used it so much since I got it, and the colours are so perfect for Autumn and Winter! It’s my go-to at the moment and has been since I bought it. Available here
MAC lipstick in ‘Paramount’… I haven’t really been that into wearing lipstick over the last few months, but with the Christmas season upon us, I’ve been attracted to the burgundy lip shades again. I bought Paramount when my mum bought me a MAC lipstick of my choice after my AS Level results, and I wore it quite a bit for a while, but recently I picked it up again and fell back in love. The first lipsticks I got into were really matte, vampy shades and honestly I looked good in dark lipsticks but they’re really not my thing anymore (too intense and too much upkeep). Paramount, on the other hand, is a bricky/browny red that isn’t too dark, with a satin finish so it blends away pretty easy so you don’t have to worry about constant upkeep. It’s relatively low maintenance, soft on the lips, and suits me well… Everything I could want in a lipstick. Available here
Urban Decay lipstick in ‘Scorched’ (From the Heat Collection)… Funny story: I bought this lipstick for myself in September (because is it even your birthday if you don’t #treatyoself a couple of times?), and it was immediately my favourite lipstick. However, not soon after I lost it, and assumed that I had left it at home because I’d been between my Bristol and London houses so much, so just decided I’d search for it at Christmas. Then, a few days ago I went to Nandos with a friend and I was rustling around in my bag for a receipt… Low and behold, the lipstick was in a hidden pocket! And this is the bag I take everywhere! My favourite lipstick has been in my bag this whole time and I haven’t been wearing it! So now I’m making up for lost time. It’s a gorgeous burnt orange/copper colour and it has a metallic hue that’s gorgeous but not over the top, I am a massive fan. Available here
Dressing Gowns… I haven’t had a dressing gown since I lost mine about three years ago, so my mum bought me a new one for Christmas and honestly I really don’t know how I survived so long without them. They are the easiest things to throw on and they make life so comfy and quick! Cold? Throw on a dressing gown. Don’t want to get your parcel from the postman in your underwear? Throw on a dressing gown. Want to solve all of life’s problems in one simple action? Throw on a dressing gown. I won’t link my specific one because it was a present and I don’t really want to know how much it was, but yes – I am now obsessed with dressing gowns again.
Girls Trip… I watched this with a few of my friends after talking about our own girls trip that we’re planning to take in the summer (More on that in the summer, hopefully) and honestly I love it so much! You can’t watch it and not feel all warm inside! It’s funny, a little crude at times, and is all about girls boosting each other up – it made me so thankful for the friends that I had and made me smile for the inside out. I loved the cast, thought they were all amazing and worked so well with each other, and I’ve decided that in life I want to be Ryan (minus her love issues). I’ve since re-watched it with my mum, because we love a good feel good movie, especially one featuring Queen Latifah, and my mum cried, so that’s the mark of a good feel good movie. Watch the trailer here
Pitch Perfect 3… I won’t lie, I’m a massive fan of both 1 and 2 because I’m pretty much guaranteed to love a movie that has singing in it, so I was always going to like number 3. However, I’m not exaggerating when I say that they really blew it out of the water with this one. I laughed and smiled more than I anticipated and the plot really shook things up. It’s not at all what you’d expect and honestly I’m so thankful that they did what they did because I came out of that movie so happy. If you even remotely liked the first two, go see it! I guarantee you you’ll be surprised. Watch the trailer here
Kingsman 2: Golden Circle… I HAVE NEVER FELT SO MANY EMOTIONS IN ONE MOVIE. I absolutely loved the first Kingsman movie – in fact, I might even go as far as to say it was my favourite movie of 2014, and I wasn’t expecting the trailer to live up to it, but it sure did! It was action packed, as you would expect, but the writers decided to play with my emotions and though I felt stressed about it at the time, I’m glad that they did, because it made seeing the film a true experience. I really can’t say anymore without giving things away, so go see it for yourself honestly it’s a top film. Trailer available here
My New Camera… I got a camera for Christmas and I’m so excited I honestly can’t wait to step up my photography! It’s a Canon EOS 1300D and it’s far more advanced than anything I’m used to (I’ve been taking all my photos either on my phone, the camera I got when I was 12, or my sister’s camera which has automated settings). However, I’m a massive nerd and I love learning new skills so I’ve been testing out all the different modes and adjusting things and I’m very excited to master this eventually. I can’t wait to see where my photography takes me and hopefully you’ll be able to see the effort in my blog photos and (most likely we’ll see) my Instagram! I don’t have a link to it because it was a Christmas present and I don’t really want to look up the price, however you can very easily Google it and find out if you’re interested!
Blogging… Obviously blogging is a pretty consistent love in my life (I’ve been at this quite regularly for a year now), but right now I am so passionate about it. I have been knocking out posts and scheduling in advance like crazy at the moment, all the ideas are flowing and I really can’t stop. I’m working on making some minor improvements to it at the moment – nothing big, just polishing my style – and I’m really enjoying it. Maybe it’s the New Year, maybe it’s revision procrastination, who knows? All I know is that I am in so much love with it right now and hopefully that can be seen in my recent content!
And that’s a summary of some things I’m loving at the moment! I feel like every so often if things are bringing you joy you should recommend them to the world so that’s what I’m doing with these!
Let me know what you’re loving at the moment!
Lots of love,
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