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 !
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.
E N D O F Y E A R W R A P – U P !
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)
War for the Planet of the Apes
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
Game of Thrones – the best scene i’ve seen on-screen all year, maybe ever.
This Is Us
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
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:
1) 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! 🙂