Another month has gone by (so quickly!) and we're now past the half way point in 2016! How time flies!!! I'm back in Birmingham for the Summer, trying to save money for my second year at University. It's actually crazy how much I miss London and all the amazing people I met while I was there. Overall, it's been a very tense month in England due to the Referendum and the weathers just been awful, so I'm hoping July will be a much happy month for most. I've had quite a bit of free time on my hands recently, so there's going to be a lot of book and movie reviews coming soon. I'm currently binge watching all the horror films on our Sky Box but if anyone has any suggestions please leave them in the comments below! This post contains some of the things that made it on to my favourite's this month, all photos are taken from Google Images. Hope you enjoy!
Movies & TV.My favourite movie of this month is called "Circle" released in 2015. It's a horror/thriller sci-fi about 50 people who are trapped in a room and forced to play a game where only one of them will get out alive. This is an except of the plot from Wikipedia... "Fifty people wake up in a darkened room, arranged in two concentric circles around a black dome. Noises sound when they attempt to move or touch the others. When someone ignores the warning and leaves formation, a beam from the dome kills him. As the others panic, a man attempts to calm them. In mid-sentence, he is killed by the device. Thereafter, every two minutes, another person is killed. After several people die, they realize they can vote for who dies. When nobody votes, one is selected randomly." I really like science fiction movies/novels and this fits in with that genre perfectly. The storyline didn't really go into too much detail about what was causing the people to play the game so there was always an element of mystery there too - right until the end. There were several hints to an alien abduction but you never saw the aliens which I liked. There were even points where I was screaming at the television because of the unexpected twists throughout. Overall it's a really great film and one that I'll recommend to others. I'd definitely say it was more of a thriller-mystery than a horror. It's got an absolutely incredible ending too that makes you want to know what happens next. If they made a second movie I'd be first in line to watch it. If you've seen this movie and liked it I'd recommend "In Time" (2011) and "Unfriended" (2014)
This months favourite for TV is "Love Island." It's been on every day this month and is still being aired on ITV2. For those who haven't had chance to watch it (or for those who don't live in the UK) it's about Brits going abroad to a villa to find love. They're put into pairs and some of them really get along and others don't, but the public vote for their favourites and can kick people out of the villa at random points. This season has been FULL of drama and big characters. There was a point where I couldn't stand the show because of the screaming whenever someone would get a text (to announce a new arrival or a couple going on a date) but this past week I've fallen in love with it again. Personally I'm rooting for Cara and Nathan to win.
I've recently re-purchased the "Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation" and I have to say I've really been loving it. I used to wear this foundation in high school and as I got to college I began trying other brands but this one is definitely worth the money for those with oily skin and I haven't noticed any recent breakouts either! You can't really use a beauty blender with the consistency because to do that you have to pour the product onto your hand and it ends up wasting a lot of the foundation so I recommend using just a simple foundation brush. The coverage is truly amazing and it gives a skin-like finish rather than a cake-like texture. I get mine in the shade "Ecru" which is still a little bit too dark for me but when I blend it down my neck and add contour/highlight it's not too noticeable and it doesn't oxidise either. You can definitely tell the difference between higher end foundations and ones from the drug-store. This foundation stays on all day and doesn't flake anywhere. The coverage stays consistent and matte all day. I normally get patchiness around the nose and chin with other foundations and I don't get that with this one! It's perfect if you have oily skin.
Musical of the Month.
When this movie originally hit the cinema's I was completely freaking out because Cher hadn't done anything in quite a while and being a massive fan I had to go and watch it as soon as possible. I instantly downloaded the soundtrack when it came out and fell in love with all the songs. Recently because Olivia was dancing to a lot of the numbers in her dance show, we both decided to sit down and watch the movie again. It's always been one of my favourite films but after watching it again I've been listening to the album on repeat. My favourite Cher songs are "Welcome to Burlesque" and "You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me." My favourite Christina song from the album is "Tough Lover." If you haven't seen/heard this movie/album I definitely think it's a must see.
Book of the Month.
I've just purchased the sequel to "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" because I enjoyed the first one so much. I got the first book when I bought "The Girl With All The Gifts" at Waterstone's. They were sat next to each other and Waterstone's had a buy one get one half price sale on, so I thought "why not?" and now I'm addicted! Ransom Riggs writing is so engaging and he really draws you in to the adventure. I really can't wait for the movie adaptation of the first book - even though they've swapped Emma's power with Olive's and no doubt changed many other things - however, I love all of Tim Burton's movies so I'm sure I'll enjoy this one. "Hollow City" is the second book in this series and from the minute I started reading it I didn't want to put it down. The story is so original and I love the overall look of the book also. There are high quality images throughout that look just like the cover art to the right. You can buy the book for £6-£7 on Amazon which I think is a complete steal. I'd pay £12.99 for a copy of any book with this kind of quality in it. I also really love the story behind how Ransom Riggs came up with the idea for this story - where he bought hundreds of old fashioned photos from charity shops/antique stores/etc and began to work around the images he'd found. It's such a creative way to write a story. A total recommend 10/10 series, perfect for train journeys, late night reading or holidays.
Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a HUGE fan of LUSH. From "Fall of Grace" to the "Tea Tree Spray" I've tried many products over the years - let me know if you want a review on a particular one! - and now they've come out with the "Shower Jellies" which are SOOOO worth the hype. I'm totally in love with the Whoosh one which is blue in colour. It smells so fresh and it makes your skin feel really new and cleansed. They're incredibly relaxing and this is now going to be a staple in my life because it's also so inexpensive! I feel so de-stressed after using this product, it's INCREDIBLE! I'm going to be writing a post all about the products I purchased from LUSH recently and about my experience there.
For hair care this month I have another product from LUSH, I'm a bit obsessed really. I've wanted the Avocado Co-Wash for the longest time because it smells absolutely gorgeous. A Co-Wash is a conditioning wash that helps damaged and dry hair. It's also amazing for any ladies out there with really coarse hair! I sometimes get a dry scalp and my ends often break-off because of previous hair dying (I'm now growing my natural hair out but the ends, although stripped, still have the after effects of hair dye) which leaves it feeling like straw sometimes, especially after using heat. This product is meant to help repair that damage! If you'd like a step-by-step on how to use this there's a great review and how-to on Little Yellow Butterflies Blog. I absolutely love Avocados as well (which is what drew me to the product in the first place) so I feel like I've now found the perfect product thanks to the amazing staff at the Birmingham LUSH store. After using this product and the shower jelly I feel like I smell like a yummy sweet, I think that might be the Apple Cider Vinegar coming through but it's my favourite LUSH scent EVEEEER! Both these products are 100% amazing.
"What ever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it they will want to come back and see you do it again and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do." - Walt Disney.
Thanks so much for reading,