My January Favourites – 2015

I know it’s a little late, but personally I don’t know how you can create a favourites until the month is up! Especially as I discovered one of my favourites right toward the end of this month. So without any babel, here are the things I’ve been loving during the first month of 2015. DSC01594DSC01591 Excuse the grumpy face and zebra crossing on my head – I wasn’t too impressed with the state of our room and also the shocking light I’m subject to! My first favourite is this Karrimor running top. At only ¬£4.99, this was a bargain. This is everything I want and love in a running top, a long body, tight but not enough to show rolls, breathable and bright. It ticks all of these boxes. Some tops I buy ride up when I run which is my biggest hate about fitness tops, but this one doesn’t! DSC01597 DSC01598 Keeping in the theme of fitness, I have loved these ear phones this month. I actually got them for my birthday last year but when I first tried to put them in my ears I didn’t like how massive they were so refused to wear them again. Big error. I watched a tutorial how to use them properly and they’ve been a dream since. I always have the problem with my earphones falling out of my ears, smacking my piercings and getting damaged by sweat but these are on another level. For any fitness fans – these are a must. DSC01590 DSC01589 A present from my Mumma and Pappa at Christmas, these hair curlers are unusual to say the least. I had seen hair tutorial from famous Youtuber’s testing these out and I’d always been cautious as a) my curls never stay in as I have fine thin hair, b) they look pretty lethal and c) they’re an expensive investment. So when I opened these at Christmas I was so excited to try them out! I can confirm they are incredible. My curls stayed in not only the whole date night, but after a run the following day too with minimal hair spray. My curls when I used to use my GHD’s would stay in for all of an hour and turn into scraggly waves but these are a god send. DSC01587 This book. I am loving. End of. DSC01601 I am addicted to these bars. They’re gluten, wheat and dairy free. I was sceptical at first as they look like dog treats to the eye, but they’re filling, tasty and good for you. I recommend these to anyone who wants to remove snacking from their diet as these are good snacks ūüôā They have a huge variety of flavours, however they are quite pricey! DSC01586 DSC01585 This head and shoulders shampoo I have been using for a few months now. I have really noticed to difference in the strength of my hair; it normally falls out at any given chance and is always in pretty bad condition but considering it’s winter, I’m outside a lot and I’ve not been taking care of my hair, this shampoo has saved my hair. It was actually my fianc√©’s but I stole it when my usual shampoo run out. I really would recommend this when you want a quick hair salvage. The Dr. Organic Shampoo and Conditioner I only bought a week or so ago. My friend recommended them as they’re meant to be much better for the hair as they contain little chemicals and are a lot more natural than brands such as Herbal Essences. On my first use, I used the Shampoo twice as I didn’t feel my hair was clean enough and also the colour and smell put me off. However, after a few uses my hair looks more shiney and ‘salonesque’ – if that’s even a word? I probably should have kept this for a February favourite as these may not grow on me too much but at first use, they’re a good switch from my regular shampoo and conditioners. DSC01599 I’ve wanted this box set for ages as I don’t have Sky so I can never watch re-runs and when I was younger and at home I’d always feel super awkward watching it infront of my rents! I received this for Christmas and as I’ve now been ill twice since, this has been a life saver. I have also worked out I can watch this in German and many other languages, which basically counts as revision, right? I spent 12 hours watching back to back episodes in German and my mind felt fried but I couldn’t turn it off – problems! It doesn’t advertise that it has not only subtitles but audio options in different languages so if anyone wants some easy watching in different languages, please buy! So these have been a random collection of things I’ve been loving in January. There hasn’t been much else I’m afraid as most of my January has been filled with running, eating and being ill! Let me know if you guys have tried any of the items mentioned above or any favourites you had in January which you’ll think I’ll like. XX

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My Most Re-Read Books

I’ve seen similar posts around to the one I’m about to write and also ‘2014 Book Favourites’ etc but if I’m honest, I’ve not had much time to get through many books this year as I’m studying; German and French books have to take priority. But even then I don’t often read novels in each of the languages because of my work load *sigh*.

So instead of having a top reads from this year, I’ve decided to show you guys my most re-read books. Of course there are hundreds others¬†as I used to re-read my Jacqueline Wilson books several times when I was younger and the ‘Sleepover Club’ series¬†I’d take¬†out of the library on a weekly basis – does anyone remember these?

Anyho, I don’t often re-read books because my book shelves look like this:

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I’m one of those people who has a problem with buying books. I buy more than I have the time to read; I reckon there’s about 50 books in there that are on my To Read list. Although, having said that, once I really get into a series like I did in 2013 with The Hunger Games and Divergent series, I won’t¬†stop reading them regardless of any other work/study commitments I have, so a book has gotta go a long way to capture my attention.

My first and probably most re-read book is the following:

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I’ve battered this book! There’s pages fallen out, so many pages turned over – I love it. I can actually remember buying it, I was 16 and in town with one of my old school pals Danny and we sat in Waterstones for hours trying to pick me a star sign book and I came away with this. I am in love with it. Everything in this book about my own star sign I believe is incredibly accurate and many others too. I tend to only read the star signs of those around me, like my best friends and brothers etc. I would really recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in Astrology.

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Now a massive movie phenomenon, The Hobbit was a classic book to read and I personally am really mad that they’ve made this into so many movies considering how short this book actually is. This was an accidental re-read for me, it was one of those books that I kept reading 2/3’s of and never finishing and forgetting the story. When the first film came out I told myself I’d read the whole thing and I eventually did. I do love the story of The Hobbit but I do think the films have ruined the image I had painted in my head of how the characters looked etc. A common negative to watching films after the books.

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I want to first start off with saying what incredible authors Nicci French are, they’re actually two people I believe, I found out once when googling the author. My mum used to read Nicci French books all the time when I was around 14-15 years old and so naturally being a book worm I asked if I could borrow¬†one. She said of course but be warned they are a little scary. At the age of 15 you think you’re brave as fuck so I went for it. My god, some of their books have had me in tears before with fright. This is my favourite one of them all I think, I must’ve read it at least 3 times (a lot for someone who doesn’t like to read an old story). They’re crime/psychological thrillers so if you’re into that genre, I would seriously recommend any of Nicci French’s books.

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Oh hey booties! This book is actually a German book so I’m not too sure why I’ve added it in, but I was given this by one of my German exchange partners when she came back over to England. It’s quite an easy read for the average German teenage girl but when I first read this it really did challenge my language skills which is such a good way to learn. I love the story of this and each time I read a foreign language book I feel my mind is getting more of a work out than me being lazy and reading an English book. One of my favourite¬†kind of books are ‘chic lits’ and in general they’re easier reads so when I do choose to ready trashy novels, I’ll try and find their German or French equivalent so I don’t feel quite as guilty.

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I had to throw in a chic lit! Especially a Christmasey one! I love to re-read my Christmas chic-lits, their endings are always happy and that’s what I wanna be reading in the run up to crimbo. This particular book I actually bought in the summer months as I remember first reading it on a boiling hot train into work – bleurgh. But I have re-read this a few times since, along with other Christmas romance books. They’re just the best. They’re always set in small remote villages with some poor single girl who loves staying in on Saturday nights drinking wine – remind you of anyone? Hahah.

One of my New Year’s goals is to get through the ton of unread books I do have festering on our shelves, but I need more of a structure to be able to actually follow my resolutions, so I’ll be having a think about these and will reveal my list sometime around New Year’s Eve!

If anyone has any ‘intelligent’ books or classics you can recommend, I’d be so grateful. I’m trying to broaden my mind and read up on all subjects to try and be a little more well rounded. I also think it would be a good idea to challenge my English reading, as we all know my favourites are pretty easy reads!

3 DAYS! XX

November Favourites

I have never even thought of doing one of these posts as most bloggers and vloggers who do them are really into beauty and you may have worked out by now that I am not! So mine is a little bit of a mix I guess, I found so much I was loving this month but I decided to have a real think of what I really loved and used a lot this month. In no particular order….

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A very autumnal/winter smell. I love cinnamon, I eat it in my porridge most winter mornings and I add it into baking a lot so this is my perfect candle. As you can see I’ve burnt the top but for once it’s actually burnt evenly. I really love Yankee candles, I try and give all sorts of candles a try but nothing beats the quality of a Yankee. Their smell is so strong and I think they’re so worth the money. I’ve been burning this evey night I’ve been at home but I’m scared it’ll run out soon – splashing out on¬†candles when you’re supposed to be paying for a wedding probably isn’t the best idea!

DSC01399Alongside Elf and The Grinch, this is my favourite Christmas film. It’s one of my favourite genres entwined with Christmas and has Jude Law….how can this not be a good film! It’s Ben’s guilty pleasure which I found out quite early on after I’d met him which always makes me chuckle even writing this, he acts like he’s a man’s man but his heart is softer than mine! If you want something to get you in the Christmasey mood, this film will do it.

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I’ve never liked tea or coffee but after doing a lot of research into healthy/clean eating, green tea was something that kept coming up as an incredible product. I can’t lie, the first time I tried green tea I gagged and spat it out and it’s taken me the whole of November to get into it, but I will actually reach for a sachet of this stuff now. It does help that this is a wintery flavour and it masks the green tea flavour. It’s got to the point where I have about 4 of these a day at work but for ¬£2.40 something for 20 I should probably cut down! But if anyone isn’t into tea or wants to start out on green tea, this is the right way to go.

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When I saw this in Primark, I was trying to buy some winter clothes and I’d remembered in recent years lot of ladies wearing these and I thought what a genius idea! Not being the adventurous sort I opted for grey which has been THE BEST BUY EVER. It goes with everything and unfortunately for the snood, it has had wear most days since it was purchased. It is warm, cute and it doesn’t itch which is my pet hate for scalves. I’m pretty sure this was only ¬£5 too, what an absolute bar-gain!

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Another clothing item which I didn’t think would make my favourites, but as I’ve worn it to my last couple on nights out/date nights I thought I best add it! This beaut was ¬£14.99 for H&M, I was browsing my new local town for clothes and you know them days where you need to spend money but can’t find anything – I was having one of those…until I walked into H&M. I find that in H&M if you look hard enough you can find some absolute gems, by that I don’t necessarily mean some bargains but some awesome clothes that are hidden away because they have such a huge collection. It’s so difficult to show without putting on, which was a ‘no no’ tonight as my hair looks like I have dunked it in a chip fryer. But it is tight in the places I want it and comes out at the exact point to flatter my figure. I will add a picture of me in this soon for you guys in due time, just not tonight I’m afraid. So yes, a flattering but short enough dress to wear out with some black peeps toes and jazzy hair to make the style look less plain.

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(Please ignore my dirty desk) I know, I know, I know. This is a classic and something I will have in many favourites to follow but right now this has been my life saver. I put this on in the morning before my hour and whatever drive into work and it has worked wonders. I like that it tingles, who doesn’t love a tingle ūüėČ But seriously, this product is awesome!

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I flit between Garnier body moisturisers, they used to do a favourite of mine but when I bought this it wasn’t available. This has not let me down. If you use this enough, it has great results but unfortunately I get lazy in the winter when I don’t have to have my pins on show a lot and because of my lack of effort, I need a moisturiser that is ‘intense’.¬†The bottle doesn’t lie! It does the job!

DSC01406Ben and I have moved into a bigger, semi-detached house, which compared to our terrace house, is fucking cold. We’ve really noticed the difference but we can’t moan. The pluses that this house has massively outweigh the fact it’s harder to heat. Because I’ve been comparing it to the North Pole with my Dad, I’ve had to whack these bad boys out. These were a present from Ben from Bedroom Athletics. I’ve just googled the company and a picture of these came up straight away so if you need an awesome pair of slippers which feel like a soft puppy between your toes – BUY THESE!

DSC01409Bargain! This is the one word I’d use to describe this set! I love the big versions of these bottles, I normally buy the pot on the left and when I saw this in Superdrug for ¬£4 I had to buy it (even though they advertise this as a gift – oppsie)! The smells are amazing, granted you don’t come out of the bath smelling like a mango and a papaya but until anyone can find me a shower gel that smells gorgeous and leaves you smelling the same, I will continue using these bad boys! The variety of flavours/smells are incredible and there’s one to suit every nose! The one which is missing, strawberries and cream, is my current favourite, it’s light pink in colour and smells divine. Unfortunately he couldn’t make it into this post because he’s in my mumma’s shower!

I tried to add a picture of my last favourite, but it wasn’t happening! It’s an audio book by Giovanna Fletcher – you’re the one that I want. With my new commute, I wanted something to amuse me for 2+ hours a day and I thought this would work. It definitely didn’t disappoint, my only problem with audiobooks is the price! Why are they way more expensive than actual books? They’re not physical products unless you buy an audio CD and if you’re only buying it in an mp3/mp4 whatever format from iTunes, why are they roughly ¬£10.00!? This has led me to want an audiable prescription, but for ¬£7.99 a month for one, when I got through this in 6 days, I’m not sure if it’ll satisfy my cravings!

Please let me know your favourites of the month, especially if they’re candle/movie based. I am such a hermit in the winter and I love getting suggestions like these to keep me in!

THREE WEEKS AH! xx