A Few of My Favourite Things: January 2018

I can’t believe January is almost over! I really feel like time has been flying by so fast, is it just me? I did my first favourites post last month and I decided to try and make it a consistent thing on my blog. It’s been an odd kind of month for me, I spent a few days off work being ill which has left me feeling a little bit out of sorts. I’m trying to get myself back into a routine and I want to reintroduce the gym again as I seem to keep letting my attendance slip with it. On the upside, I got to work with Panasonic for a second time – I was absolutely over the moon that a brand could like my content enough to work with me more than once! I really enjoyed getting creative with the post too, you can check out what I got up to here. As for beauty, I’ve been trying to broaden my horizons this month and try out some brands that I haven’t tried before. Read on to find out what made it into my monthly favourites this January!

Winter seems to have made my hands super dry this year. Plus, when I do things like filing at work it seems that flicking through paper all day makes them feel horrible afterwards. I’ll admit that I’ve always reached for the same hand cream for years which is the trust Hand Food by Soap & Glory. However, I recently decided to branch out and try a new one which is when I came across Patisserie de Bain. Their scents are all really sweet smelling which I absolutely love; there’s Sugared Violet (which smells like Parma Violets), Rhubarb Custard and Cherry Pie amongst lots of other delicious sounding scents. I went for Strawberry Cupcake and the smell reminds me a lot of strawberry Hubba Bubba. It’s super moisturising and just one application saves my hands from dryness. I really want to try more products from this brand now that I’ve discovered them.

A couple of months ago, I wrote a post on how I spent under £15 on an entire skincare routine. This post was basically where I confessed my love for Superdrug’s Vitamin E skincare range as the products are so affordable and have made my skin feel and look amazing. I decided to try more Superdrug skincare products and I felt drawn to their Naturally Radiant range as the Winter has made my skin feel a little dull. This Glycolic Overnight Peel is so simple to use; you just apply a really small amount all over your face after cleansing, leave it on overnight and then rinse it off in the morning. At first, I was a little worried that it might feel uncomfortable to sleep in but you can barely even feel it on your face once it’s dried down. This product is meant to refine the texture of your skin as well as make your skin more radiant and glowing. It definitely does as promised for me, my skin is always glowing the next day and has definitely helped to eliminate some of the unwanted bumps on my face. The thing I love most about this product is that it has all the benefits of a regular face mask but without the effort of trying to wash it off as it’s extremely easy to remove.

As I’ve already mentioned, I’m a big fan of Superdrug’s Vitamin E range. I was looking around for a good exfoliator as I’m trying to take care of my skin a little better and exfoliating is something that I rarely do. As you may already know, I’m a sucker for affordable things and deals. All of the Superdrug skincare was on offer for 3 for 2 so I picked up the Sugar & Oil Body Scrub as my free item. I’m so impressed with this product, the sugar scrub element really helps to buff my skin particularly on my arms where I have quite bumpy skin. Exfoliators in the past tend to make my skin sting, I just tend to be quite sensitive to most of them but this is not too rough at all. The oil helps to moisturise your skin even after you’ve rinsed it off and makes me feel super soft afterwards. This has become a staple product if I’m having a pamper evening, I’ve been loving the feeling of using this and then getting into bed all smooth and relaxed.

I now present to you the mighty Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in ‘Asia (077)’. I’m not even exaggerating when I say I’ve worn this lipstick most days in during January. I’ve loved Rimmel lipsticks for years as the price is really affordable and I love how moisturising and pigmented the formula is. I can’t for the life of me remember who posted this shade on Instagram but I fell a little bit in love with it and went straight to Superdrug to buy it. I think this is such a perfect colour to glam up an everyday make-up look. Every time I wear this, I always get compliments on how lovely the colour is. This has definitely become a go-to lipstick for me and lives firmly in my handbag!

Anyone who knows me will know I’ve always had a little bit of an obsession with all things Disney. One thing I’m a complete sucker for is the Disney range at Primark. I love Primark as it is, I’m forever wandering around there and picking bits up. I have to stay very far away from there if I’m meant to be saving money as although it’s really affordable, I end up throwing tons of things into my basket. I was so happy when Primark started bringing out a Disney range, I just want everything they bring out. Lilo & Stitch is one of my top five favourite Disney films and when I saw that they did a jumper with Stitch on, I just had to have it. They have so many other cute jumpers as well like Mickey & Minnie, Marie from Aristocats and Beauty and the Beast designs. I bought my Stitch jumper a few sizes bigger with the intention of it being the baggiest, comfiest jumper ever to pair with some leggings and I could just live in that outfit forever.

If you haven’t at least heard of ‘The Greatest Showman’, where have you been? I’ve seen basically everyone talking about this film and how much they love it. I’m a big fan of musicals as it is so I was bound to love this film but I didn’t realise just how much I would. The songs are absolutely amazing, the storyline pulls on my heart strings and now I just want there to be a stage version of the film (including me in the cast, of course). If you haven’t seen this movie and you love a good musical, definitely go and see this! I loved it so much that I can imagine me watching it over and over without getting tired of it. Is anyone else guilty of listening to the soundtrack constantly?

A TV series I’ve really been loving is ‘The End of the Fucking World.’ This is a tricky one to talk about without revealing too much of the plot. This TV show aired at the beginning of this year but unfortunately I never heard anything about it until it was recently added to Netflix. It’s based on a comedic book series written by Charles Forsman. It follows two teenagers, Alyssa and James who are clearly both angry and disturbed by their upbringings. They decided to run away from home together but come across some extremely difficult experiences – that’s all I can say without spoiling it! This really is one that you need to watch to understand how great it is. This TV show is just the right amount of black comedy and weirdness that I love. I’m just praying that there’s a series two because the ending gave me absolutely no closure.

I know this is probably a bit of an odd thing to add to a favourites posts but guys, I’m literally obsessed with Robinsons Real Fruit & Barley Peach Squash. One of my resolutions was to cut out fizzy drinks and try to drink way more water. This squash has really helped with my water intake as I’m in absolute love with the taste of it. I constantly have to have a bottle at home and a bottle on my desk at work, I’m definitely addicted at this point.

I’m not vegan but I’ve been absolutely loving Alpro’s Hazelnut Chocolate Dessert Moments. I was after some healthy snacks whilst browsing in Tesco and spotted these. They looked perfect, they’re good for you but they taste like Nutella to me. I’ve been buying these to eat as a snack at work everyday because they really help with any sweet cravings. I would definitely recommend these if you’re struggling to kick cravings of chocolate or if you’re vegan and looking for some tasty snacks.

So those are the things that have made my January shine just a little brighter! What have you been loving this month?

27 Comments

  1. January 23, 2018 / 10:10 pm

    The alpro yoghurts are sooo lush!! Also you sold me on that squash, defo gonna remember to pick that up when mine finishes! And like normally you constantly hype superdrugs skincare and i still haven’t bought any, but I defo need to! I too have been obsessed with The Greatest Showman, like legit had it on repeat everyday, trying to learn every word to every song haha

    • January 23, 2018 / 10:15 pm

      They’re so tasty aren’t they?! Haha if you’re a fan of peach, it’s a must. Yeah I swear by Superdrug skincare, it’s so amazing for the price. Haha, the songs are amazing! My favourite is A Million Dreams x

  2. January 23, 2018 / 10:32 pm

    I loved End of the F**king World!! And really want to give that night mask a go! Loving these posts and excited for next month’s!

    • January 24, 2018 / 9:57 pm

      Isn’t it amazing?! You need to try it out, I’ve been loving it so much. Thank you lovely! x

  3. January 24, 2018 / 12:45 pm

    Sometimes I feel like we’re the same person, literally everything you’ve mentioned here is right up my street! I still haven’t watched The Greatest Showman but I’m planning to go ASAP and Jake keeps telling me to watch End of The Fucking World! I’m a huge fan of oil scrubs too, the feeling of your skin after using them is to die for!
    Alice Xx
    http://www.blacktulipbeauty.co.uk

    • January 24, 2018 / 9:57 pm

      I really think we must be! It’s the name haha. You really do need to watch both! I already want to rewatch TEOTFW because I loved it that much. And yes, it literally feels sooo good xx

  4. January 24, 2018 / 1:43 pm

    I really want to go and see The Greatest Showman and I need to start watching the End of the F***ing World!x

    Francesca | EverythingChessie 🌿

    • January 24, 2018 / 9:55 pm

      You really do, to both things! I watched TEOTFW in one night haha, 8 episodes, 20 minutes long each so not overly long! x

    • January 24, 2018 / 9:54 pm

      You’ve gotta try it! They taste sooo good, and there’s other flavours too x

  5. Alicia
    January 24, 2018 / 6:58 pm

    Superdrug’s have been selling some amazing own brand products lately! That oil body scrub sounds right up my street. I also love The Greatest Showman! I watched it before it came out for a blog event and wasn’t allowed to discuss it and it was the harderst secret to keep because I needed the world to understand how amazing that film is!xx

    • January 24, 2018 / 9:53 pm

      They’ve been killing the game for sure! Oh wow, I bet that was so hard waiting everyone else to see it too, I’d be struggling to not hum the tunes! Haha xx

  6. Emily Isobelle Jane
    January 24, 2018 / 10:09 pm

    Yay I do love a favorites post! Hope you are feeling my better now <3 I love the alpro dessert pots too! I also really want to try the glycolic overnight peel now- and I am most certainly guilty of listening to the sound track over and over haha

    Emily xx

    http://www.isobellejane.com

    • January 30, 2018 / 2:05 pm

      Thank you lovely, I’m much better now! They’re so yummy, I’m gonna try the vanilla ones next x

  7. January 26, 2018 / 2:17 pm

    I love a good sugar scurb. i havent heard of that brand but i will look in to it. I love a monthly fav post

    • January 30, 2018 / 2:06 pm

      It’s a drugstore in the UK, so affordable and amazing! x

  8. jazziepickles
    January 27, 2018 / 10:55 am

    Loving the shade of that lipstick! Rimmel do such good lip products, I’m gonna go get this today

    • January 30, 2018 / 2:08 pm

      Woo, I feel like a right enabler now! Haha. I hope you love it as much as I do x

  9. theglassofclass
    January 27, 2018 / 2:07 pm

    I need to watch The Greatest Showman, I’ve listened to the soundtrack and it’s amazing! That Rimmel lipstick looks beautiful, I love the shade. My hands are also super dry every winter so I carry around a hand cream all the time! I need to try the Strawberry Cupcake one because it sounds amazing and I will probably keep smelling my hands all the time.

    Julia xx
    theglassofclass.com

    • January 30, 2018 / 2:09 pm

      It’s SO good, if you love the soundtrack then the film will blow your mind! Haha, I definitely do that and probably look really weird but it just smells so good x

  10. January 27, 2018 / 9:15 pm

    The greatest showman has been one of my favorites too!! I didn’t think I would like it as much as I did but it’s so good!!! The music and everything is so good!

    • January 30, 2018 / 2:10 pm

      I actually thought the same, I was a bit sceptical for some reason but I really did love it! x

    • January 30, 2018 / 2:10 pm

      Ooh definitely do! You’ll have to let me know what you think of it if you do end up trying it out x

  11. Anu
    February 12, 2018 / 10:37 pm

    I love Rimmel Asia! It’s one of my go to lipsticks. The Greatest Showman is such an amazing film, I saw it with my sister a few weeks ago and I cried the whole time… 🙂 x

    Anu | Based On blog

    • February 15, 2018 / 4:00 pm

      It’s definitely one of mine too, it’s such a gorgeous colour! Aww, it is pretty amazing x

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