February Roundup | My Favourites

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Can you believe its March already? Where has the time gone?! February was a relatively busy month for me what with my birthday, Valentines day, a friends wedding, a 60th birthday and so much more - all squeezed into 28 little days.
This beautiful notebook, which was gifted to me for Christmas sure came in handy with keeping me organised. It also looks perfect on my desk alongside this lovely terrarium, which I picked up for just £8 in Asda - super bargain and super stylish. This one is also fake, but very realistic looking, which is great for us forgetful folk.
You know I also love a candle or two about the home and Primark have some crackers o sale right now. I absolutely love this succulent candle, which retails at just £3, it adds some life to the room and, honestly, is too cute to burn down. This double wick tin candle by Primark also retails at only £3. The marble tin is right on trend and the scent of this Lavender and sea-salt candle is just like something straight out of a spa; fresh and calming. I light this one when I am unwinding after a long day.

February has been a fantastic month for beauty products for me, not only did I score £25 worth of  Bodyshop products for 50p (Promotions and reward vouchers, if you were wondering), but I also found out that NewLook fragrance Devotion is an exact dupe for the Chloe perfume and costs just a fraction of the price - score! It looks as though this has gone out of stock now as it was on sale, but I am hoping that its just gone for a re-design and will be back soon.

I had been on the look out for a new makeup bag for some time now, as my old one is past its best. I came across this kitsch Simpsons X SkinnydipLondon one and I immediately knew I had to own it. Its weird, but I love it and this design also comes as a phone case and a clutch bag - there are many other designs in the collection too, featuring your fave characters from the show.

Makeup go-to's for February include cult favourite TooFaced Better Than Sex Mascara - as well as having a robust, embossed packaging this styles my lashes to be super long and it doesn't flake or smudge onto the skin. I have also been loving the Limecrime Velvetine in 'Buffy', I have quite a collection of these but 'Buffy' is a real all rounder shade and once it is applied it just doesn't budge.

I have really grown to love a little highlighter in my makeup routine, I was worried I'd go overkill at first but I've learned that just a little of the right product in just the right place can give a real radiance to the skin. Jelly PongPong's All Over Glow is perfect for this - I received this in a Glossybox some time ago but since finding it again in December I have used almost the whole tube and I'll certainly be repurchasing. I apply this before my foundation for a glow to rival the Cullen's. This little beauty has the most gorgeous, warm champagne hue so it would also work perfectly for highlighting those cheek and brow bones.
I have also been enjoying using the IHeartMakeup Blushing Hearts in 'Iced Hearts' to highlight my cupids bow and temples; the mix of shades makes it very versatile and it has a very delicate shimmer to give the skin just the right amount of natural glow.

As always, skincare remains a very important part of my daily routine, I love the feeling of a fresh, clean skin, from my face down to my toes. I have become very conscious of buying cruelty-free products and will always research into a product before buying.
Superdrug have really stepped things up in terms of drugstore skincare offerings and I just love their Naturally Radiant range; the pieces are affordable, ethical and suitable for a range of skin types. Specific favourites of mine from this range are the Radiance Balm - I use this in the mornings as the tiny golden flakes give my skin a healthy glow - the Renewing Night Cream - this is ultra rich and creamy leaving my skin so soft - and the Brightening Micro Polish - which really helps to remove dead skin cells for a youthful complexion.

The Bodyshop are a firm favourite for me, they are always releasing new products and the variety of scents means there is something for everyone. I have grown to love a good rose product, so I recently picked up a bottle of the British Rose Petal-Soft Bath Foam and a couple of the 30ml British Rose Handcreams, which are ideal for throwing into your handbag for on-the-go applications.
I also took one of these travel-sized bottles of Olive Shower Gel on a recent night away and it was just the thing. The fresh scent is perfect for an awakening morning shower and the size means I can easily pop it into my toiletries bag and go!
If you've been a long time reader then you'll know how much I love the BodyShops Coconut Body Milk, it has a light yet ultra-moitsurising finish and doesn't leave you all slippery and greasy feeling. I recently ran my last bottle out so I re-purchased and was delighted when I saw that it has had a design make-over!

I was treated to a bottle of the L'Occtaine Shea Face Comforting Oil for my birthday by my dear Dad. I had previously tried a sample sized bottle of this as part of a Glossybox and I adored it. The scent is oh-so relaxing and it leaves your skin so, so soft without being greasy. I was mildly disappointed with the pump applicator of the full sized bottle, as the sample bottle had a dropper applicator which made things much more manageable, but I can put that aside for the fantastic results. I use this every other night as part of my skin care routine.

I have come to realise just how great LUSH products are and I'm sure that I'm addicted to their bathbombs. Rose Bombshell was part of the LUSH Valentines collection and it is just dreamy - it features an intricate rose design, is scented with the RoseJam fragrance and is filled with hand picked rose petals. Dan bought me one more of these before the collection disappears from shelves and I havent been able to bring myself to use it yet. 
I was also kindly given a tub of the LUSH Mask of Magnaminty by my sister for my birthday. This is part of LUSH's new self-preserving range, meaning the mask has more of a shelf life than previous products. This mask has a delicate minty scent and is filled with natural ingredients, including Kaolin and it has extra honey for a decadently thick texture.

Dan was very kindly gifted a PS4 for Christmas by his boss and we have been hooked on the Uncharted games ever since. With a Tomb-Raider vibe, protagonist Nathan Drake faces a series of exciting adventures around the globe with vibrant landscapes and stunning graphics. If you love adventurous, puzzle solving games then this one is for you.

You know by now that I just cant resist a comic or two and these are some of my most recent purchases. I have been learning about Daredevil - a blind vigilante living in Hells Kitchen, New York, set on putting criminals in their place -  for a few months now and thought it was time I owned some pieces featuring him. I picked these up on a trip to the Southampton Comics @ The Loft Ladder and I have barely put them down since. The compendium cost me just £6 and is filled with exciting stories of Daredevil, his origins, allies and foes. If you're ever in the area I highly recommend a visit to this store!

Not pictured is a soundtrack that I have been listening to on repeat for the last week and half; Hacksaw Ridge. After finally getting around to seeing the Oscar-winning movie on a recent trip to Bournemouth I have been admittedly, unashamedly addicted. The beautiful score is composed by Rupert Gregson-Williams and is truly memorable. It's one of those scores that transports you to a place within the movie and leaves you feeling inspired and encouraged. I have been hunting down the book that accompanies this movie - which tells the true story of Desmond Doss, a young man who refuses to carry a weapon into battle due to his religious beliefs and faces many challenges, persecutions and heartaches in the process - but it doesn't seem to have been released yet, so I am yet to read it.

What things have you been loving recently?!

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