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December Favourites & End of 2017 Wrap Up!

First things first…

🎉 Hello 2018! 🎉

I hope you’re all enjoying the start of the new year! I was actually supposed to finish and post this blog a lot earlier but festivities to celebrate the new year along with a friend’s birthday and the second round of that strange period where you’re not sure what day or time it is just completely took over. But now, it’s back to reality, back to life as it was, and i’m pretty much ready to get properly started with 2018!

However, before we get there I want to take a look back on some of my favourites from last month.

 

D E C E M B E R   F A V O U R I T E S !

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KIKO Nail polish – I bought these on sale early on in December. The first is a shimmery gold colour and the second is a dark cherry shimmery colour. KIKO has yet to disappoint me with their nail polish, these dry relatively quickly (around 2 minutes) and they last for around 4 days without chipping, unless you do a lot of things involving your hands. i.e. washing up etc.

KIKO Mascara – In my October favourites, I mentioned that I wanted to branch out with my mascara, turns out KIKO is as far as i’m willing to branch out because I found another keeper from this brand. Although it doesn’t provide a lot of volume, I like that it has a slight shimmer to it which was nice addition to the makeup I wore during the festive season. It barely smudges when it rains and in terms of portability, it’s lighter than the average sized mascara.

KIKO Lip Gloss Liner – The best thing about this Gloss Liner is that it’s not heavy or sticky. I use this mostly to give my lips a little more colour, which I do by blending it with my trusty Vaseline. It also gives a really nice ombre effect when I blend it with a darker lipstick. Only downside is that you have to re-apply it a couple of times as it fades when you eat or drink.

Nivea Soft Lotion Tube – I now carry this cream wherever I go, the cold weather makes my skin drier than normal and this has been such a big help for me. It’s not sticky, it moisturises very well, it doesn’t have a strong perfume smell and is relatively light to carry for a 70ml tube.

Ear Muffs – Another winter essential! My ear lobes hurt when they’re really cold, so these have been a big help for them. They’re warm and comfortable to wear but if you’re like me and like to listen to music with earphones, they’re not the greatest to wear with them underneath.

Maroon Jumper – I absolutely LOVE this jumper, it’s one of the warmest and comfiest that i’ve bought. I’ve also had a lot of comments from people complimenting on how soft it is. Only negative is that because of its style, it can sometimes, hook on to nails and pointy objects. Other than that, it’s pretty much the perfect winter jumper.

 

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E N D   O F  Y E A R  W R A P – U P !

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Top 5 Books:
Psycho – Robert Bloch
A Study In Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Lost Symbol
by Dan Brown
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins
Mystery In White by J.Jefferson Farjeon.
Favourite New To Me Author: Stephen King
Let Downs: The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien, Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf (DNF)

Top 5 Films: (I am incredibly behind on watching films this year) 
Logan
War for the Planet of the Apes
Get Out
Wonder Woman
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Favourite New To Me Film: District 9 (2009)
Let Downs: The Mummy, John Wick 2, The Justice League

Top 5 TV Shows:
Line of Duty
Stranger Things
Game of Thrones – the best scene i’ve seen on-screen all year, maybe ever.
This Is Us
Riverdale
Favourite New To Me Show: The Good Place
Let Downs: The Walking Dead (stopped watching), Sense 8 (stopped watching)

Top 5 Songs
Dua Lipa – New Rules
Kendrick Lamar – Humble
Giggs ft. Donaeo – Linguo
Matoma & MAGIC! – Girl At Coachella
Camilla Cabello – Havana
Favourite New To Me Song: Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah – Lake Shore Drive

 

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LASTLY…

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I also want to give a major shout-out to my favourite thing(s) of the year which were tea and coffee but especially to tea for getting me through a particularly stressful year. I thought my final year of university was difficult but this year has been an entirely new, very real adult-life type of difficult. Despite everything, I made it through and my journey toward trying to figure out my place in this crazy world continues – I hope 2018 brings me one step closer!

I’m really glad I started blogging and reading again this year because for while I had really fallen out of love with it all, so I wanted to also say thank-you to all of you who have read my posts, have liked and have so kindly commented and interacted with me over the past seven months – it’s really been fun sharing all my bookish thoughts and my favourite things with you all! I’ve also made a few reading goals for this year which are:

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To read books published within the last 3 years

2) To read more non-fiction books
3) To read genres I wouldn’t normally read

Here’s to 2018 and to me hopefully sticking to a few goals for the year!

On that note, I wish you all a happy, healthy and wonderful new year where ever you are! 🙂

graceY

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

xxx

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2017 – October Favourites!

Before I begin…

🎃 H A P P Y   H A L L O W E E N !!!  🎃

 

It’s been a while… It’s been a long while since I did a monthly favourites. I’m a creature of habit, if I like something then i’ll continue using and buying it until I eventually feel like trying something new. Fortunately, this month i’m back, with a few interesting things that I’ve loved using this month. So without further ado here are my October Favourites!

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1. Notebook

I’ve gotten so used to writing in a line-less (is that a word?) papered notebook, so writing in this took a little getting used to. When I buy a notebook I always, always check for the paper quality – I absolutely hate it when I write in a notebook and the writing appears clear as day on the following page, this then leads to me skipping that page and that’s wasting paper which i’m not an advocate for. Fortunately, I don’t have that problem with this notebook! Another good thing about this notebook is that in the top right hand corner there’s an area which encourages you to write the date which I often forget to do when I take notes and want to remember when I wrote them. In terms of size, it’s light and fits comfortably inside any bag; it’s also from WHSmiths.

 

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2. Garner Ultimate Blends Conditioner

On a trip to the drug store while strolling through the hair aisle I decided to look at a couple of different brands to maybe try out. By now, you might be thinking… Is Grace really going to buy a different brand of conditioner to her shampoo? The answer is yes. And for two reasons: the first I use up my conditioner twice as fast as I use my shampoo – i’m all about that deep conditioning life and second using a different brand of shampoo and conditioner (at least on my hair) doesn’t really make a difference. My hair is clean and smells good either way. How was the conditioner? I really liked it, I keep it in my hair for around 20 minutes after shampooing and then finally after blow-drying it, my hair is soft, easy to brush through, its honey scent also lasts in my hair for several days. Highly recommend!

 

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3. Waterloo, Belgium

I have a really, really big family and I pretty much end up attending a wedding or 3 ever year. A few weekends a go I went to Belgium to celebrate my cousin’s wedding which was incredibly lovely, though a little cold because the venue was outside, I had a really good time catching-up with family members that I hadn’t seen in a while. The only part that I didn’t enjoy was the location of the wedding which was in a small town called Waterloo. There wasn’t much to see or do but what really stuck out to me was how extremely over-priced the cabs were! – as in a 5 minute journey ended up costing 15 euros, it also depended on what time of day you travelled. The entire thing was ludicrous but we had no choice because we were staying in the country side part of the town and walking in heels was not an option! Of course the thing I enjoyed the most was the food – the waffles to be exact which were just delicious! If you are going to buy waffles, i’d suggest buying them from the stands because they’re lovely and warm and you have a choice of toppings! Overall the wedding was fun but it will be my first and last visit to the town of Waterloo!


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4. KIKO Waterproof Mascara

Like I mentioned before, i’m a creature of habit and unlike my hair products, i’m almost unwilling to try new makeup almost. I’d run out of mascara and I was in dire need for a replacement, however instead of going to my local Superdrug, I decided to pop into KIKO – initially to pick out a couple of nail polishes when I my eyes fell upon this tube of mascara. So do I like it?… For the most-part, Yes. It stays on very well – rain or shine, it even stays on through the tears which makes it tough to take off with just makeup wipes face wash woks better! The downside? I wish the brush were just a little more firmer, also I would not recommend falling asleep (like I stupidly did) without having washed it off!! When you wake up your eyelashes will feel like they’ve been glued together, a couple of blinks will get them apart. Overall the best part about this mascara has to be that it’s waterproof best to be worn when it’s raining outside.


That’s it for this month, hopefully i’ll have some favourites to write about next month!
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2017 – July Favourites!

Here I am again, last day of the month – which has gone by so quickly! Can you believe we’re already halfway through the year? …I can’t.

I haven’t really had much time to try anything spectacularly new. I bought most of these very early on in the month (when I had money) and I’ve been using these items so often that it feels like I’ve had them for a long time. So without further ado, here are my July Favourites!

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1. Notebook

I really, really like this notebook. [from Tiger Stationary] I used to buy notebooks all the time (mostly because of university), but then i’d start using one and then abandon it after a week or so, but for some reason, I’ve taken a liking to this particular notebook. I think it has to do with the pages being blank and not lined – I’ve had more freedom to write things out the way I want to, draw and doodle without it looking strange on lined paper and the biggest plus about the notebook is the paper! – Don’t you hate it when you write something on one side and it appears on the next page clear as day? I was also guilty of sometimes skipping those pages and continuing on a fresh page. Fortunately, I don’t have to worry about that with this notebook. In terms of size, it’s not heavy, and fits comfortably inside any bag.

 

Body Lotion2. Black Musk Body Lotion

I randomly picked this up during a, what I thought would be an innocent window-shop browse, at the Body Shop. Well the joke was on me because I ended up buying more than one item (hides face). Anyway, back to the product… This lotion has an incredible perfumery smell to it, it’s not over-bearing but the scent lasts for hours on your skin. It also doesn’t feel heavy which is a bonus, especially considering that we’re in Summer. It also leaves your skin feeling soft and though it feels light, I would say it moisturises rather well and lasts for most of the day. Only criticism is that I wish it came in a smaller size so that I could carry it around in my handbag all day!

 

Coconut Oil3. Coconut Oil

‘I’m in love with the Coco’ – i’m sorry, i’ll stop. Seriously though, I am a new-found lover of coconut oil. I’m actually proud to be hopping on to this band wagon because I really have been missing out. I read a couple of reviews before buying this brand of (Vita Coco) Coconut oil and I am yet to be disappointed! What I love about this product is how versatile it is, I’ve literally been using it for everything:

  • Body moisturiser – Really good for dry skin, leaves skin softer
  • Hair oil  – It doesn’t sit heavy in your hair and it moisturises it well
  • Make up remover – Use with cotton pad
  • Face moisturiser – If you have dry skin
  • Cooking – Good for frying
  • Foods – I like adding it to porridge (it tastes and smells so good)
  • Drinks – Gives a nice taste to coffee, I also like blending it with milk and/or protein based smoothies

I’m sure i’m missing another one of its amazing uses but you can see why I now love Coconut Oil!

 

Planet of the Apes

4. WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

There is so much to say about this movie… I’ll try and keep it short.

My expectations were unusually high for this film but that’s only a testament to how excellent both Rise and Dawn were. With that being said, I can confirm that this film exceeded my expectations to the point where I can’t tell you which of the three is my favourite – they’re all just that good.

I remember thinking this after seeing Dawn but I truly believe that Caesar is one of the best written movie characters of all time. (Koba’s also up there too). Humanity is the films central theme and despite it being derived from the word human, you can feel it in every character, human or ape. It’s Caesar’s story so you’re naturally drawn to the side of the apes but there are also moments where you resonate with the characters you’re not supposed to like which makes the story so much more effective and thought-provoking. The special effects, the acting, the cinematography, the score and especially the tone, which was balanced with just the right amount of humour made this film an even more enthralling experience.

Long story short if you haven’t seen War for the Planet of the Apes I highly recommend that you do. It’s the perfect ending to an incredible trilogy and my favourite film of the Summer.