Sunday, 2 February 2014

Monthly Favourites : January Edition

Hello everybody,

Hopefully if like me, you have now experienced your first pay day post Xmas then you will be happy, happy, happy so, congratulations, we survived what feels like the longest month of the year. Things are looking up now that the days are getting longer which means our mornings and evenings are getting lighter and finally some vitamin D outside of our lunch hours.

In celebration of the end of January, I am going to share with you some of my favourite products and discoveries I made during the last month.

So let's begin shall we?

Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara Extra Black

I have already reviewed this early in January when I compared this to a L'Oreal mascara but this really is one of my favourite finds for January and I am really pleased with this product.  It makes my eyelashes look really, really long and no clumps.  An easy peasy favourite. 

If you wish to see my full review including price then link is here.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

I have also reviewed this product very recently and only just discovered this in the last week of January so I'm counting it as a January favourite.  

As already mentioned, fabulous product and really pleasant to use.  Helps to keep make-up in place all day long.

If you wish to see my full review including price then link is here.

Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick in Shade 13110 - 335 'Hot Date'

I haven't actually reviewed this lipstick but I have been wearing it in a couple of my previous posts.  

I love this product, it goes on nicely, it is not at all drying and is really moisturising on my lips.

The colour is really great also I would describe it as just a very natural looking pink (it certainly doesn't come out as dark as what it looks like below). I wear this colour to work all the time as it's such a subtle colour and it stays put really well.

I'm a really big fan of Body Shop products and although I haven't managed to grab this is any other colours yet, it will definitely on the cards. Price is £10.00 and can be found here

If you wish to see what this looks like on, check out my pictures here and also here.

Sleek i-Divine - Au Naturel Pallette

Again this is not a product I have reviewed.  None the less, this is a really good palette for when I'm at work, as they are really natural earthy colours which suit my eye colour.  The product itself is mineral based and highly pigmented so it stays on the eyes really well.

I have so far stuck to the natural looking colours as opposed to the shimmery ones but I am sure I will find an occasion to wear the others and when I do I will get some photos up for you.  

The colours are nice and suit me well and are easily blendable,  I have created some really great smoky eyes with this palette. 

I picked this product up mainly because it appears to be a favourite of beauty bloggers and I am not disappointed with the results and it is so, so affordable.

I'm not sure if this is a Superdrug exclusive but that is where I picked it up for a very reasonable £7.99 and you can find it here.  I am really excited to try some other Sleek products but unfortunately I just have not got round to popping back into Superdrug.  

Baptiste Dry Shampoo - Dark & Deep Brown Brown

I have always loved Baptiste dry shampoo.  There is just not a dry shampoo like it in my opinion.  As a girl who has coloured hair and therefore washes her hair every other day, this is ESSENTIAL for me. 

I usually pick up a can of the 'Tropical' one which smells like coconut and in my opinion is the best smelling one.  But for a change I thought I would try the one specifically for brown hair as to be frank, I am getting fed up with the feeling that once I spray the normal dry shampoo on my hair, I can never quite get it all the way to blend in and it leaves me with a still slightly talc-y look on the roots, no matter how hard I try to blend / brush it in.  I have also gone back to being a brunette recently and I thought it might not come out as white once I spray it on and I was right.

This is such a great investment and sorry Tropical, but you are no longer welcome.  This product specifically sprays out brown and not white and it smells just as good.  It never leaves me with the feeling I still have the product still left in my hair afterwards.  

It may be a little bit more expensive (like a £1) then the original ones but if you hate the white talc look like me then it is definitely worth trying the specific hair colour ones.  

Usual price is £3.99 and can be found here.

Ted Baker Cosmetic Bag (Large)

I have been searching for a make-up bag big enough for my ever growing collection and I just happened across this beauty whilst in Boots recently.  I really love the pattern and it is lined on the inside which means it is easy to wipe when any marks get on it.

This was £14.00 but it does come in a smaller size and an even larger beauty case amongst other bags which are all available in the same pattern and general link is here.

Favourite Book : The Host

This book has made it onto my top ten favourite books of all time so far!

Wow.  It's so well written, which if you are already a fan of Stephenie Meyer will come as no surprise (although it is miles away from Twilight if you are not really into that).  The story is so unique and I loved all the characters, I felt like I knew them.

By the end of the book, I didn't really know what to do with myself because I had read it in such a short space of time, it took over my life for a little while there. I really did not want it to end.

 I don't want to ruin it but I will do my best to summerise the plot. So here goes...

It is based in a futuristic America where aliens have taken over and use humans as their 'hosts'.  The story is based on two characters, Wanderer who is the alien or 'Soul' as they like to call themselves and Melanie who is the human host.  Melanie was part of a human resistance who live in the shadows and once she gets discovered by a group of Souls, she commits suicide but the Souls have medicine which allows them to heal human bodies effectively.  Wanderer is put inside Melanie originally to find out information on the resistance but Melanie is still very much a part of her own mind and makes Wanderer fall in love with the memories of her brother Jamie and her boyfriend Jared in a bid to reunite herself with then. Wanderer rebels from the Souls in search of finding Jared and Jamie but once she finds them that is when the real internal battle begins.

It really is a wonderfully well written story of love and friendship and it is a real page turner, I just could not put this book down.

You may have heard it has been turned into a film but in my experience when this happens, it often cannot compare with the detail you get from a book.  The relationships are not explored properly and a lot of important information is left out which would leave you confused if you have not read the book which is a bit of shame because I thought this would have worked well on screen.

To conclude, you need to read this book and Amazon link is here.

Favourite Song : Pharrell  Williams - Happy

Oh I lurrrrvvveeee this song so much.  I first heard it on Despicable Me and I am so glad to hear this on the radio.  Such a great, feel good song which I am not bored of listening to yet.  Every time I hear this song, it just puts a smile on my face.

I'm sure you have already heard it / downloaded it by now but if not, YouTube link is here.  This also has a 24 hour video which if you are really bored I guess you could watch?

So that concludes my January edition of my favourite things which I found this month so thanks for reading!

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