April Favourites

Another month down and I swear the weather has gotten even worse- so much for thinking summer was on its way. I’m sorry for not posting a review this week but my life has become pretty consumed with revision recently seeing as my exams start this week and saying I am unprepared is an understatement! Anyway, seeing as April has drawn to a close, here are some of the things I was loving throughout the month.

 

The-Great-British-Sewing-Bee-Book1TV show- The Great British Sewing Bee

I know that many of you will think this is an odd choice for a 17 year old girl, but this has to be one of my favourite programmes on TV. I am a huge fan of sewing, I took GCSE Textiles and considered it for A level, but ended up just doing plenty in my spare time. I’ve been obsessed with the American tv show Project Runway for years, and I guess this is our version of it. It’s incredibly British, surprisingly funny, and just pretty fab. I’m rather upset that it’s over and I’m not ashamed to admit it.


IMG_1957Book- Popular by Maya van Wagenen

I heard about this book from my mum actually, who has been invited to the book launch for this and I’m lucky enough to be going with her, so I thought I should probably read the book first. It’s written by 15-year-old Maya who lives in Texas and is a true story about her discovery of a book written in the 1950s about how to be popular, with chapters ranging from makeup. Maya, a social outcast, decides it would be a fun experiment to follow a chapter each month of the year to the letter, and see whether there was any wisdom in this book that was still relevant 60 years later. Whilst this may sound like the plot of many a Disney tween movie, it’s surprisingly funny and well-written considering Maya’s age. Considering I read it not expecting much, I enjoyed it surprising amounts and ended up finishing it in about 3 hours without stopping.


IMG_1852Makeup- Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder

I bought this finally a few weeks ago after wanting it for ages thanks to Tanya Burr’s love for it, and I can totally see why. First off, it looks like chocolate and smells delicious, so that’s always a bonus. More importantly though, they actually do it in a colour pale enough that my ghostly skin doesn’t look like it’s been rubbed in mud and instead just looks nicely sunkissed. Plus the ‘glints of sunshine’ which it claims to be filled with give your skin a really beautiful glow, so for the price I think it’s a pretty fab product.

 


IMG_1764Hair Care- Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Luscious Long Deep Treatment

Well that’s a heck of a name. I bought this a while ago because since I’ve been growing my hair it’s become horribly dry at the ends, so I figured a deep treatment was the way forward. I know Aussie is well-known as a great brand of hair products, but I hadn’t heard much about this product in particular so it was a bit of a blind buy. I must say I love it though; I’ve definitely noticed the difference after applying this to the ends of my hair instead of my usual conditioner. They do loads of different variations depending on your particular hair type and issues, which is great. Plus, it’s super cheap.


crystal-fightersMusic- Crystal Fighters

I’ve loved Crystal Fighters for quite a while, but this month I’ve found myself listening to them non-stop, especially You & I. It’s the perfect mix of genres and reminds me so much of summer. It’s just one of those songs that makes you happy every time you hear it, so what’s not to love about that. Moreover, the cover art is just the most beautiful thing. (ps I’ve started a summer playlist on spotify so if anyone is even  slightly interested you can click here)


220px-The_boat_that_rocked_posterFilm- The Boat That Rocked

I know I’m very late to hop on the bandwagon for this one, but I watched this film for the first time when it was on TV last week and totally fell in love. For some reason, I had it in my head that it was a completely different kind of film so I was very pleasantly surprised. It’s hilarious, heart-warming and incredibly feel good- after the credits rolled I just sat there for ages with a huge grin on my face. Has to be up there with my favourite films of all time, and I don’t say that lightly.


IMG_1783Place- Boston Tea Party, Bristol

When I went to Bristol a couple of weeks ago for Record Store Day, I knew that brunch at Boston Tea Party was a must. Even though I’ve heard they’re awesome, I’d never actually got the chance to visit one and I immediately loved it. The decor is so completely me and the food is fabulous. I introduced my friends Hannah and Shona to pancakes, bacon and maple syrup (what kind of weirdos haven’t tried that before) which as you may know, is my favourite breakfast of all time. Big love for this place, I could see myself spending a lot of time there.


IMG_1820Food- Easter Eggs

What else could I possibly put for my food favourite in Easter? Although the amount of chocolate I got kind of stressed me out, it was a lovely day full with the family and the Easter egg hunt was super cute. Although I wanted to put in a photo of my egg from my mum, which was the most beautiful thing ever, I realised I ate most of it before taking a photo… oops. So have an adorable basked of mini eggs instead, and a belated happy Easter!

So there you have it: some of my favourite things this month which I couldn’t help but share with you. Make sure to check the stuff out because I don’t just obsess over things for nothing. I apologise in advance if my posts become less frequent or worse quality in the coming weeks; starting on Tuesday I am in exam season until the middle of June so will be in full-on stress mode. Of course, I’ll still be posting as much as I can because ultimately this is what I love and exams can sod off if they think I’m giving this up for a month!

 

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I Guess You Could Call It A Haul

First off, I just wanted to say sorry for not posting in over a week, I’m bad I know. I don’t really have an excuse other than the fact that I just really didn’t feel like writing for once, so I promise to try not to let that happen again!

This week, I was debating over whether or not to do this post, but in the end my love for reading other people’s similar posts won out and I decided to go for it. The idea of filming a ‘haul’ is something much more associated with YouTube as I’m sure many of you are aware, which is one of the reasons I felt a little hesitant about this. I thought that maybe my blog was turning into too much of a YouTube in writing, but then I just thought; where’s the harm in that? I’ll put it out there: I love YouTube and YouTubers and I wish so badly that I could do that myself but to be honest  I just lack the confidence to pull it off, so I go to what I know best- writing. So now I feel I’ve explained myself sufficiently and probably bored you all to death, I thought I’d tell you about some of the products I have bought recently, a beauty haul of sorts.

Rimmel Colour Rush Balms

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I know I put these in my March favourites, but these are truly some of my favourite lip products at the moment and I’m sorely tempted to buy some more colours. They have a beautiful consistency that’s actually very moisturising for a product of their type, and the colour manages to be subtle whilst still retaining a certain vibrancy. Definitely a great buy- I have the colours 220 Keep Mauving (bottom left) and 220 Rumour Has It (top right). Price- £5.99

IMG_1757Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal

I am a massive fan of the Scandaleyes liquid microliner, so when I heard about these I already had pretty high expectations. I’ve always struggled with pencil liner, and liquid liner isn’t exactly ideal for much other than your upper lash line, so these seemed like the perfect mix of the two. Originally, I was only going to get the black one, but the lady at the till informed me it was 3 for 2 so I went and picked up the goldeny-coloured one on a whim, not really thinking about when I’d wear it. However, since getting them home I am in love- they are perfect for your waterline and I even use the gold one to frame my bottom lash line from below. For a product so cheap, I think these are fantastic and long-lasting and I’m so happy with them. I have the colours 001 Black and 012 Bronze. Price- £3.99

MUA Professional Undressed Eyeshadow Palette

IMG_1588For anyone that’s interested in the beauty world in any shape or form, it’s a universal fact that the Urban Decay Naked Palette is the king of the eyeshadow palettes. However, for those of us who can’t afford to splash out £37 on it, there has been a huge battle to find the perfect dupe. A few weeks ago,  I saw an article on missbudgetbeauty suggesting the Makeup Academy Undressed palette as the best dupe she’s found, so I definitely was intrigued to see if it would really live up to it. At this fantastic price, it’s definitely worth it and the colours match up really well to the Naked ones- whilst of course they’re never going to be able to totally recreate the quality, this is a pretty fantastic dupe and definitely worth saving your pennies on the real thing. Price- £4. Also here’s the link to the comparison arcticle which I read in case you want a more in-depth review – http://missbudgetbeauty.co.uk/mua-undressed-v-the-naked-palette/

IMG_1758Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

I’m sure there’s quite a few people that would be surprised that I have only just purchased this product- it seems that everyone out there owns it and swears by it, but for some reason I’ve never actually purchased it myself. I guess this is partly because my local branch of Boots which I usually frequent doesn’t stock Collection, so last week when I finally went into a bigger store I picked it up to see what all the hype was about. As someone who is in love with the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer, I was expecting to be blown away as many people say the Collection one is a million times better. I’ve only used it a couple of times, but if I’m honest I’m a bit dubious. Yes, it’s good at covering blemishes as it has a much thicker consistency than the Rimmel one, but I also find it quite cloggy and drying to my skin. Maybe this is just because I don’t wear foundation, but for me I prefer the lightness of Wake Me Up, although the Collection Lasting Perfection is definitely better for heavy-duty coverage and might be a lot better for those of you that wear foundation as well. Don’t take what I say as fact though, I’m definitely in the small minority in this. Price- £3.99

I did actually buy more than this, but I feel like this post is long enough already so I might do the hair products in a separate one sometime soon. I know many people who read my blog will find no interest at all  in this post, but I’m trying to mix up the things I write about and to be honest, I am just writing about the things I am interested in and as someone who’s only just started wearing makeup again after approximately 9 months without it, I’m really enjoying finding new products to share with you. Obviously don’t take what I say as fact, makeup is a very personal thing that depends greatly on your skin type, etc so what’s right for me might not be for many of you. If you wanted to check out any of the products mentioned, you can click on the photos and it’ll take you to that product in either Boots of Superdrug so you can easily find them (sorry if you’re not from the UK). Again, I’m sorry for being so crappy at writing this week, hopefully I’ll be better from now on *fingers crossed*.

March Favourites

So somehow it’s nearly the end of March, which is pretty scary considering the fact that I have exams in six weeks, even though it feels like year 12 only just started.  I know that making monthly favourites videos is something more likely to be found on YouTube, but I love watching other people’s and I see no reason why it wouldn’t work just as well on a blog. I figured I would sit down once a month to tell you my favourite book, film, makeup, etc of the moment; so here are the some of the things I have been obsessing over in March.

 

mmfdTV show- My Mad Fat Diary

I know I’m not the only one that was extremely excited about the return of MMFD after a fantastic first series, and I can honestly say it’s every bit as good as hoped, if not even better.  For those who don’t know, it’s a series based on a book that follows the life of Rae Earl, a teenager struggling to survive the nineties under somewhat extenuating (yet somehow relatable) circumstances. It manages to cover a wide range of mental illnesses in an accessible way without being patronising or alienating and whilst still being hilariously brilliant, which is a pretty impressive feat it must be said. Unfortunately the series is over, although the finale was so fantastic and full to the brim of feels (I won’t spoil it because it doesn’t actually air on tv until tommorrow). If you haven’t seen it, definitely go find it on 4od or you are missing out.

sex & violenceBook- Sex & Violence

I found this book when I was searching for good reads, bored by my AS English Lit set texts and needing something to lose myself in. This had great reviews, saying it was a fantastic coming-of-age type novel but with a bit of originality. I downloaded it on the kindle store because I’m lazy and needed something to read urgently, and managed to finish it in a couple of days. I must say that I really did enjoy reading this; I’m not sure that it lives up to all the hype that surrounded it and I was bitterly disappointed at the ending, but it’s definitely worth a read and certainly has something deeper behind it than so many other books of the genre.

IMG_1709Makeup- Rimmel Colour Rush Balms

I don’t want to write too much about these as I’m planning a more in-depth post sometime soon, but I couldn’t help but mention these wonderful balms that I’ve worn pretty much everyday since I bought them. I have the colours ‘Keep Mauving’ and ‘Raspberry Kiss’ which I love both of and it’s great to have a more neutral as well as a bolder colour for variation. At £5.99, these long-lasting and hydrating balms they are definitely worth it.

IMG_1704Body Care- Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub 

I think I actually got this body scrub for Christmas, but I only dug it out of the cupboard recently and I already love it. It’s the perfect texture on the skin leaves it feeling like a baby’s bottom. Plus the combination of brown sugar, sweet lime, almond oil and macademia smells divine.

supermodel-album-cover_1_Music- Supermodel by Foster The People

As some of you may have seen, I wrote a blog post earlier this week about FTP’s new album in which I went into detail and rated it very highly, so I won’t blabber on too much this time. Lets just say it’s different yet still very Foster, in the best way possible. Best tracks are Fire Escape, Pseudologia Fantastica and A Beginner’s Guide to Destroying the Moon.

weneedtotalkaboutkevinFilm- We Need To Talk About Kevin

Last week I had a few of my friends stay over, and at 1am we wisely decided to watch this film, not really knowing much other than the basic plot line (Demented kid. Kills loads of people.) Having been in love with Ezra Miller ever since first watching Perks, it was great to see him work so perfectly in a totally different role. The story line is shocking, heart breaking, but also incredibly well written. All in all, this has to be one of the best films I have seen in a long while and I can see why it receives so much attention. Really need to just read the book now.

breakfast clubPlace- The Breakfast Club, Brick Lane

Once again, I’ve already written a post on this so I won’t go into too much detail, but this place teams the best breakfast I’ve ever eaten with the coolest interior known to man. What more is there to say?

Picture1Food- Drumstick Squashies

My friend actually introduced me to these on a trip to the co-op after an exhausting day at work today and I’m hooked. Remember those delicious drumstick lollipops that we all used to love in primary school? Well these are the same, but minus the sticks and a bit less chewy. As close as you get to heaven for 49p.

So there you have it: some of my favourite things this month which I couldn’t help but share with you. Make sure to check the stuff out because I don’t just obsess over things for nothing.

 

Dare To Bare

I was actually going to write a completely different post this week, but I couldn’t leave this be without saying my piece. As many of you will have seen, there’s a phase going round on Facebook where girls nominate each other to take a no makeup selfie and post it online before nominating their friends to carry on the trend. There are clearly similarities here with other, less innocent, phases such as the neknomination fiasco that actually resulted in multiple deaths. But this is for charity. Now I don’t know if I am the only one that took a while to actually realise this, as the first few posts I saw had no mention of the purpose behind the trend-it’s strange how a charitable campaign can be criticised,  but there are so many people who have just taken the opportunity to show off how good they can look without makeup, with no mention of the cause whatsoever. Eventually it became apparent that this was a campaign for Cancer Research UK- although whether started by the charity themselves or just some do-gooders I am unsure. The idea of it is to post your no makeup selfie next to a picture of your donation to the charity, which is done by texting BEAT to 70099, before nominating friends to pass it on.

As someone who only recently started wearing makeup again after 9 months without it,  I find it pretty sad that I’ve seen negative comments aimed at some of these girls; telling them that they should put the makeup back on or other unnecessary remarks. I find it disgusting that people assume that females should have to cake themselves in makeup because because, god forbid, everyone might realise that most girls don’t have naturally flawless skin and two-inch eyelashes. So of course it’s our duty to be something we are not in order to be attractive whilst men are allowed to just roll out of bed and go out without a glance in the mirror. I’m not trying to turn this into some kind of feminist rant, and I know that many women (including myself) wear makeup because they like to do so and not for anyone else, but people like this just make me angry and I couldn’t leave it without saying anything.

I just want to make sure that the whole message of this campaign is not lost; cancer is a horrible issue that is almost certain to affect you or someone you know at some point, and Cancer Research is a great charity. Do your no-makeup selfies to raise awareness and donate your £3, but don’t lose sight of what the real point in this is- saving lives not getting attention.