Hello again! It's time for February favourites. This month I've been to the Science Museum, Camden, Saturday Night Takeaway, walked 21253 steps around London in a day, ate a cheeky Nando's, watched the incredible Level 6 performers in their production of 'Copy & Paste' at LCM and also popped home for the weekend to visit my mom for her birthday! It's been a busy month but an amazing one. I've got some really cool projects coming up in March that I can't wait for but for this month, here are my favourite things...
This month I treated myself to a product that was on sale in Superdrug because I'd heard amazing things about the brand. It's the 'Nip+Fab Exfoliate Overnight Purifying Gel'. I was a bit dubious when getting this product because it promised many things and for a tenner I didn't know if it was going to be worth it. I have only used it twice so far but let me tell you, it's incredible! I put a generous amount of the product on my skin before going to sleep and when I woke up the next morning I began putting on my Olay primer and my skin started to peel off!!! Gross I know, but when I managed to wipe my face clean it felt so smooth and fresh. It's designed for oily and uneven skin tones and targets clogged pores. It lifts dead skin cells from the skin and makes everything really soft. I'm going to continue using this stuff and will let you know if anything changes but for this month, it's become my favourite skin care product.
Song/Album of the Month.
'This Is Acting' by Sia! I'm absolutely in love with Sia and have been for a very long time. From her old stuff to her new, the songs she's produced for herself and others. I absolutely love her tone of voice and how unique she is, not just for her look but for her vocals also. The sounds she creates come from emotion rather than a need to sound perfect and that's something I think we're really missing in the pop industry today; the emotional connection between the singer and the lyrics. Everything Sia sings has a special meaning to her and I feel it every time she sings. I love music with hidden stories and meanings behind them. Also being a fan of dance moms, I adore the way she used theatrics in her live performances through the art of dance and movement. I feel like you don't need to see her face to feel what she wants you to feel. This new album is a mixture of dark and light. The lyrics are beautifully structured and I'm just a massive fan of hers. I don't have a favourite song from the album because I literally love every single one!
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"The Girl With All The Gifts" by M.R.Carey is a thriller novel about a young girl called Melanie. It's based on an infection that's quickly spreading around the world, and it turns people into post-apocalyptic creatures. There's a doctor (played by Glenn Close in the 2016 movie, coming soon) who's trying to undo the infection by operating on children, one of which being Melanie. This book is such a relaxed read and every page leads onto the next really well, to the point where I didn't want to put it down. The author has written for DC Comics and Marvel, so it's no wonder the story is as original and creative as it is. I'd ask for a sequel to this book but the story ended in such a perfect place that another book about these characters (I feel) just wouldn't be the same. I love the creative story and characters that much! I would rate this book five stars and more! It's heartfelt, thrilling and the characters are all so cleverly written. I really can't wait to see the movie adaptation of this book when it's released and I may have some really cool and amazing news on that soon, but for now... that news shall remain a mystery!
Movies and TV.
We had a movie night at Uni this month and watched one of my favourite movies ever, "Down With Love." Starring Reneé Zellweger and Ewan McGregor. This is the ultimate feel good movie, yet not many people have seen it! It's completely cheesy, but in a humorous way. Set in 1962, New York, it follows Barbara Novak (played by Zellweger) - a budding author of the new book 'Down With Love'. Along the way, she tries to meet up with ladies man, Catcher Block (played by McGregor) - a writer at Know Magazine, wanting an interview from him to promote her book, but he always seems to be too busy to meet up with her. This movie also stars Sarah Paulson and David Hyde Pierce. The costumes are incredible and stylistically it's amazing to watch!!! My friend Fiona, who watched this movie with me and Michaela has written a monthly favourites post also, including this film, please go and check out her blog!
I'm finally almost up-to-date with the Vampire Diaries!!! I've really enjoyed catching up on the series this month and can't wait till I'm actually on track with it again. I'm just starting Season 7 at the moment, so I'm almost there! For those who don't know by now, the Vampire Diaries follows Elena Gilbert and the two Salvatore brother - all three of them Vampires. They always get themselves into difficult situations and there's a lot of dying and coming back to life involved too. I'm praying that there's going to be a Season 8, but the date hasn't been confirmed yet for when it's going to air, so fingers crossed!!!
This month I've been trying to go for a more natural look, due to University. Benefit's Dandelion blush is one I bought quite a while ago but didn't really use much, until now. It's very soft and light and blends amazingly with my bronzer and highlighter without looking too pink. It's subtle but definitely still there and it lasts ALL day! I've found in the past - especially with cheaper brands - that lighter blushes seem to fade throughout the day and become almost none existent but this one is just as pigmented when I get back from a long day of Uni to when I put it on in the morning. You can get this blush online from Boots, Debenhams or the actual Benefit website for about £21-£23 or you can go on Ebay and have a look to see if there's any bargains. If you can't find anything on there, but are still on a budget there's a great dupe for this product by W7 called Candy Floss. W7 also do a dupe for the Hoola bronzer by Benefit called Honolulu. Your best bet is Ebay for the dupes as I couldn't find them on W7's actual website. I've had the Dandelion Blush for a good couple of months and still have a lot left. I think if you do decide that you want to invest in a blush that will last a long time and be good quality, this would be the one to go for.
Thanks for reading, see you in March!