So we are definitely heading towards spring guys and I for one could not be more excited for the sun to start shining! Even this week it has been gradually starting to get warmer and I’ve definitely seen an improvement in my mood because of it!
As you can probably tell from the title, today’s post is going to be another favourites post, just because I managed to try a bunch of new things out in February that I’d love to recommend to you all. So here goes!
This month the beauty category is probably the biggest as I’ve tried a few new products which I have been really impressed with.
1. Zara Twilight Mauve fragrance
In all honesty, I would never have thought to put Zara and fragrance together as a good match, but this stuff is AMAZING. I initially bought this as an everyday perfume to stop me from using my more high end fragrances up too quickly, but I really have fallen in love with it. It’s just £7.99 and smells incredible. I’ve received so many compliments on this fragrance which i tend to just wear day-to-day to uni or when meeting a friend and it’s so light and airy and actually perfect for spring. Zara have so many low priced fragrances so it’s definitely worth checking them out and finding one to suit you.
2. L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Matte Foundation
I have never really used a matte foundation before, definitely not in recent years anyway, but adverts for this have been popping up all over my social media and it claims to be a ‘camouflaging’ effect on all spots and blemishes etc. My skin was looking quite bad at the end of last month so I decided to give it a go and it definitely does what it claims to! It is quite a thick foundation but it doesn’t look cakey at all, it lasts all day long and genuinely does cover blemishes and even out your skin. I usually prefer a light and silky foundation (L’Oréal true match is my favourite),but if I have to go out anywhere on a bad skin day this will 100% be a go-to.
3. Collection 7 Day Wear Nail Polish in Soft Rose
I genuinely own so many nail polishes already, but I couldn’t resist picking this one up when I saw it. It was only £1.99 and the peachy pink shade is so lovely for spring! It also seems to genuinely last longer than other cheaper brand nail polishes. Generally my nails start chipping after 2 days (sometimes sooner) but I painted my nails with this polish the night before I flew to Munich and it managed to stay intact for a good 5 days and considering that I was travelling I was very impressed!
4. Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm
This next item was gifted to me by my sister so I am not too sure about the pricing of it, but it is genuinely the best lip balm I have ever used! It lives up to its name in that it is incredibly moisturising and the cherry flavour smells so good and makes your lips tingle which I find so cool! I have previously purchased the solid form of this lip balm but I would definitely say the squeezed form works better for me. My lips had been so dry because of the cold, windy weather but they feel so much nicer now!
1. The Girl on the Train- Paula Hawkins
If any of you read my New Years resolutions post you will know that one thing I wanted to do this year is read more. Throughout February I was trying to get through this book every day during my commute into uni and I finally finished it yesterday! In all honesty I has already seen the film so I knew how it was going to end, but it somehow still remained as tense and as gripping as for someone reading it for the first time. The book itself differs slightly from the film so I loved getting the author’s perspective on the story and seeing it in a different light. The plot twist is so huge that (if you’re like me) it will leave you with your mouth open. So please read this if you haven’t already!
2. Gone Girl- Gillian Flynn
This book I started when I was travelling to Munich a few weeks ago and again, I have already seen the film (I need to stop with this!!) but I am loving every page so far. I feel like this book goes into so much detail about what the characters are thinking and I love how the author switches perspectives between the two main characters. Although I know the ending, I still find myself doubting it because her writing is full of suspicion and tension that it almost feels impossible to predict what is going on. I’m only part way through so far but I’m very excited to get to the end!
Ok so I normally do not enjoy period drama whatsoever, but this is literally so good! For those of you who don’t already know, it is basically about a young Mary Queen of Scots and her ascent to power and her relationships along the way. I think the writers of this show have managed to put this together in a way that it is historical and informative but also has an exciting twist to keep viewers hooked. I’m currently mid way trough the first season, I started it at the end of last month after finishing breaking bad and having nothing to do with my life and I am loving it. The love triangle between Mary, Francis and Bash is the kind of storyline which keeps you watching and the subplots based around her ladies in waiting are also scandalous and make the show what it is. If you’re stuck on something to watch, this is on Netflix!
Part of me feels like this almost goes without saying, because literally so many people are raving about this right now, but if you aren’t already, you need to get watching riverdale! It has a kind of pretty little liars vibe and is basically a murder mystery set around a high school in a small town. All the actresses are literal goals, they all look so good all the time and the boys aren’t all that bad too! It stars Cole Sprouse of The Suite Life fame and then a bunch of new up and coming actors. It also tackles themes like ‘slut shaming’ and female empowerment which is great to see coming up in modern mainstream shows. Check it out on Netflix guys!
1. Something Just Like This- The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
The first time I actually heard this song was when it was performed at the Brit Awards last month but ever since I have been listening to it so much! I love the Chainsmokers because they are so different to a lot of pop music in that they have always got their own take on a song and have a unique style and then Coldplay are just legendary as it is. These two together are a match made in heaven and this is such a catchy track!
2. Chantaje- Shakira ft Maluma
This is a bit of a random one but this last month I have been loving this new track from Shakira. I genuinely feel like she can’t go wrong, her music is always so catchy and in particular I find this track is great for working out to! The only downside is that I can’t sing along, as I don’t speak a word of Spanish *cries* maybe one day!
1. Haribo strawbs
Ok I know these aren’t new or anything like that, but as I’ve mentioned before, I’m trying to seriously cut down my meat intake and adjust to a vegetarian diet and one of the hardest things is sweets! So when a friend informed me that Haribo strawbs are gelatine-free I was so excited and they have been my go to seeet treat ever since. If any of you happen to know anymore UK sweets which are suitable for vegetarians then please let me know, as I am fed up of having to read the back of every packet in the shop!
That’s it for this month’s favourites. I hope you guys take some inspiration from what I’ve been loving this month and feel free to share your favourites with me if you have any suggestions of things I should try next!