These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things

Autumn Girl tagged me to do this tag, where I make a list of all the things that make me happy and that are my favourites; whether that’s to eat, look at, hear or be around.  I loved the idea of this tag, and I think it’s great that it helps spread positivity!  I know I’ve done quite a few tags recently – well, tomorrow you’re getting an autumn tag so thats only two, but it’s still quite a lot. However, I figured why not break out a few fun and easy extra posts in and amongst my posting schedule!  I hope you all enjoy!

RAIN ON WINDOWS

This is totally one of my absolute favourite ever sounds!  It makes me feel so cosy and I still get to watch and listen to the rain whilst being warm and cosy inside!

HAVING MY ROOM LOOK TIDY

I love it so much when my room is tidy.  When my bed is made, my floor is clear and all my surfaces are clean I can light some candles and put my fairy lights on and feel so cosy.  I also find that having a tidy room helps me feel way more productive and I tend to get on with things more, which is always good!

BLOGGING

I go through phases of blogging loads (cough cough, now – only because I’m on half term though!) and not blogging much at all, but no matter what I always love blogging.  Something about the community and the response people give to your posts is so positive and uplifting, it’s a place I really love to be.

MY CATS

I think we probably all know that I’m a bit of a crazy cat lady by now, but I truly do find so much happiness in my cats!  They’re so wonderful, and even though they kind of hate each other, I love to see them together with their personalities clashing; it always makes me laugh!  What’s best though is when I get cuddles with my cats (sometimes against their will but they do love me, even if I do annoy them with my pestering!) and they’re just SO CUTE!

BEING AROUND PEOPLE

My personality is a really odd thing:  I’m very introverted in the way that I cannot be bothered to leave the house, I’m happiest in my bed and so on so forth.  However, as much as I hate being made to go out with people, I always love it when I’m there!  I’m actually a really social person and love being around people and having a laugh, I can just never find the motivation to do it.  I love being in a huge group of people because there’s always something to talk about and someone to talk to!

STATIONARY

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always had an extreme love for stationary.  It’s just such a nice thing to have around my room, and I sometimes grow so attached to notebooks that I find myself unable to use them – weird, I know!  I just love having pretty pens and pencils with me at all times and it’s so much fun to just be around nice things!

So, those are just a few of my favourite things in life!  I know this was a super quick post, but that’s okay!

I nominate Alanna and Najida

What are your favourite things?

Soph xx

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The Eyeshadow Palette You Need For Autumn

Is it too soon to start posting autumnal themed posts yet?  I hope not, because I have many more planned!  Anyway, today I’m here to ramble on about my new favourite love: The Urban Decay Naked Palette.

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I love to switch my eyeshadow up as the seasons change, and one of my favourite seasons to do so in is, of course, autumn! I’ve found this palette, and I’ve been LOVING it for a while now and it’s going to be perfect to see me through the next few months!  You can create some gorgeous looks with it, and it’s such high quality.

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I personally prefer a cool toned palette for autumn, and while I know others like warmer toned palettes like the Urban Decay Naked Heat, I love a cool toned one as I feel it’s more versatile.  Summer saw me obsessing over the Too Faced Peach Palette, and I’m definitely ready to change everything up for this palette.  The Naked palette lets you create a really nice, understated everyday look, which is perfect for school, however you can also create a bolder look, or something fractionally more dramatic just for a day out.

It’s a really versatile palette, and the brush and mirror make it so great for travel as it would help you to travel a lot lighter.  The shades are really pigmented and they blend so easily:  I’ve found that if you wet your brush when using any of the shimmer/satin shades, then you get a much nicer finish and a far stronger colour.  My only issue with this palette is that there are only two mattes, and they’re relatively similar shades (naked & buck), I’d have quite liked some more mattes as you’d have been able to create some more looks, however it’s such a great palette so it really is only a minor issue.

For £39.50 I think it is a really great value palette and will last ages.  I would definitely love to get some more of the Naked palettes, they are great quality and I’d quite like to try some more out.  Have you ever tried a Naked palette?

Soph xx

Recent Empties!

I’ve never done an empties post before on my blog, but I actually really enjoy reading other peoples.  I think it’s really great to see what people have been loving (or not loving!) so much that they’ve finished the product.  So, today I’ve gathered up all my empty tubes and bottles in my bedroom and popped them into a post for you all to read my opinions on, and whether or not I’ll be buying them again!

 

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SKINCARE

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I only have three skincare bits for this whole post, which is weird as I thought I’d have more, but it seems I don’t!  I must be accidentally buying lots of face washes when I haven’t really run out of my current one!

Rituals – The Ritual Of Sakura Body Cream

I’ve finished  this product with much sadness!  I totally loved this body cream. Over the summer I’ve had really dry skin, I’ve been peeling from sunburn and  the Duke Of Edinburgh practice walk literally wrecked my feet.  However, after a little while, all of those problems were gone when I used this body cream!  It’s really moisturising and smells SO GOOD – it has a floral scent, which I’m not usually the biggest fan of, but this scent of rice milk and cherry blossom was super delicate and gave your skin just a hint of a scent.

Would I buy it again? Considering I got this in an M&S advent calendar last year and have loved it so much, I probably would buy it again.  It’s £6.00 for 70ml, which isn’t too bad considering that this is truly amazing!  I would love to check out some more of the rituals range!

Neutrogena – Oil Free Moisturiser

I love this moisturiser!  I actually have quite dry skin a lot of the time, and I find this to be really hydrating even though it is ‘oil free’!  I use this every morning and evening, and my only pet peeve is the packaging.  When you get close to the end, nothing comes out because its hidden in places it cannot be squeezed from! I always have to cut open the tube, which I’ll be doing after this post so I can get all the rest of the moisturiser out!  I also really love the packaging, it looks very modern and slick.

Would I buy it again? I’ve been using this moisturiser around two years now, and it’s never failed me yet so I will be buying this again very shortly.  I do sometimes think it might be nice to give my skin a bit of a change, but when you know something works you want to stick with it!

Neutrogena – Visibly Clear Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub

This scrub isn’t the worst, don’t get me wrong.  When I first started using it, I used to quite like it.  For a while, it made my skin feel really soft and did help with blackheads to some extent, but by no means did it make them vanish.  It wasn’t really all that gentle either, and my skin isn’t even super sensitive.  After a while, it just stopped working for my skin; it didn’t cause me any problems, it just didn’t do anything good.

Would I buy it again? Plain and simple, no I wouldn’t.  I’ve found a much better neutrogena scrub now that’s more gentle, makes my skin feel soft and also smells of cucumbers!

MAKEUP

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Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara 

Ahh!! I love this mascara and cannot rave about it enough! It’s the best drugstore dupe for Benefit’s Roller Lash, and makes your lashes so long! I have had this for a while now, and it lasted me a long time.  I also really love the shape of this brush, as it basically hugs your lashes so it coats them really evenly and well!  It’s well loved, as you can see by the picture: practically unrecognisable!

Would I buy it again? Considering that this mascara is one of my favourites ever, I would definitely buy it again, and also recommend it to anyone who’s looking for an affordable drugstore mascara that works!

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Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer 

This is my absolute go to concealer.  So creamy, so blendable and the coverage is completely insane.  This is with me everywhere I go; I have one in my school bag, one at home and I wear it every single day.  It lasts really well, but also runs out very fast.

Would I buy it again? It’s an absolute favourite of mine, so yes I would, I always have one in stock anyway!

Seventeen Stay Time Concealer 

Not for me.  I really don’t like this concealer.  I bought it out of desperation when I couldn’t find my usual concealer, and the only thing I liked about it was that it was pale enough.  It didn’t blend well and the coverage was really poor.

Would I buy it again?  I hated this one so much, I wouldn’t buy it even out of desperation again!

Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer 

Do my concealer empties ever end?  I enjoyed using this concealer.  The shade was really good, not bad coverage and stayed on for a long time.  However, it did have weird glitter particles in it which I assume were to make your face look more awake and glowy, but really they just annoyed me.

Would I buy it again? Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t totally hate this concealer but it wasn’t my favourite thing ever.  I don’t think I’d buy it again though.

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray

I really like this as an eyeshadow and concealer primer, and the fact that it’s two in one is really convenient.  Also, if i was feeling lazy, I could just put this on my eyes and look a bit more awake.  The coverage isn’t full, but it’s a good medium and really blendable, plus it does hold eyeshadow and concealer on really well!

Would I buy it again? Having found urban decay’s primer potion, I think I prefer that and I’m not sure that I’d buy this again.  There are some slightly better primers on the market than this one.  I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it enough to buy it again.

Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder

I haven’t got that much to say about this powder, other than the fact that I love it and it’s basically the only one I’ll use!  It’s really good at keeping your face oil free and matte all day, it’s perfect for wearing to school!

Would I buy it again? I use this every day, and will continue to do so forever! I would definitely buy this again!

So, that was all my empties for this post!  If you liked this post, make sure to tell me and I can do some more in the future!

Soph xx

My Stationary Favourites

I’m a self confessed stationary junkie, and so when I find cute stationary I will buy it.  I have my selected favourites, and I’m always using them.  I use cute stationary all the time; when I’m revising, doing homework and just making notes – I have enough to sink a ship and figured I would share with you guys some of my favourite bits.

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I love ring-binder folders, and I use them for everything; they’re so useful for storing my revision notes in for GCSEs and considering I’m in year 10, I assume I’m going to start to build up quite the collection!  Wilko do such amazing, but cheap stationary and their folders are no exception.  This one is so pretty, and I am in love with the gold foil writing ‘Hello Lovely’ – plus, it was only £1.25! I’m going to use this for English at the moment, and I’m going to gather myself a collection of pretty folders for each subject, it just helps to make revising that little bit easier!

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Revision cards are so useful, however sometimes I find them to be a little small or flimsy feeling, so I like to use these Silvine record cards, which are only £1.00 for 100!  They’re great for writing quotes on to learn, and then I like to stick them onto my wall so I can see them every day and they’ll ingrain in my memory.  I like that they’re a clean white ruled card, and they’re not super flimsy either.

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I’m a total highlighter junkie, and Stabilo Boss make the best highlighters.  I love the skinny flash ones, because they’re so easy to fit inside pencil cases, and they’re easier to hold than the fatter chunky ones.  Only, they run out quicker and don’t have as many colour options.  The chunky ones come in huge packs of eight with really interesting colours, and I love them because they’re so vibrant.

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On the topic of pens, I love fineliners.  Staedtler do some great ones, and I really like to use these fineliners.  They’re great for mindmaps, or writing notes in my planner.

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Finally, possibly the most used out of all my favourites, my planner.  Because all my homework for school is online, I love to keep track of it all in a planner like this cute one from paperchase, and then highlight it when I’m done. It helps me to keep track of everything I’m doing day to day, and I can stay more organised.

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So, I hope you all liked these favourites.  I’m planning on doing a whole huge post on revision and how I revise, although I know it’s not very apt considering GCSEs have started (how did they go, by the way, for those of you who’ve been doing them recently?) but better late than never right!  Anyway, I have my Year 10 exams soon, so I’m trying my hardest to start revision for those and get decent grades, which is unlikely but we can pray!

Soph xx

My Top Five Favourite Christmas Films!

Hi guys,

18th December!

Today I’m bringing you a list of my favourite five films to watch around Christmas.  I wouldn’t say all of these are exactly all designed around Christmas, but they are definitely festive and I love them so much!

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Love Actually – This is without a doubt my favourite film (ever, but especially around Christmas!).  I love everything about this film – the fact that there are nine stories makes sure it never gets boring, and every single time you watch it you always find something which makes it better!  My favourite story in it has to be Hugh Grant and Martine McCutcheon, it always makes me so happy.  I will easily watch this every day of Christmas, I adore it!  I’m actually listening to the soundtrack

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Elf – This is such a classic Christmas film for loads of people, including me. Whilst I don’t watch it every year, I do love it a lot and what would a film list for Christmas be without this?

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Santa Claus The Movie – This is a really old Christmas film, and you probably haven’t seen it. Honestly, this is such a festive feelgood cosy Christmas film for me, it really reminds me of Christmas when I was younger.  Watching it again I’d probably be horrified by how bad all the special FX is and how unrealistic it looks but all the memories I have of it are so special and cosy!

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Snow Day –  I remember the one time I watched this, it was actually a snowday for my school and I found this weird film on TV on one of those cheesy film channels that come out around Christmas and I loved it!  I’ve only seen it once but I remember that it was great!

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Mickey’s Christmas Carol – This is one I watched all the time with my brother when we were younger, and I still love it to this day, no matter how babyish that may seem!  I think the Donald Duck storyline has still got to be my favourite – I loved that.


So, thats my top five favourite Christmas films to watch! Do we share any of the same favourites?  What film is your favourite around this time of year?

Soph xx

October Favourites

Hi guys!

I’m shocked at how fast October went, but almost glad because that means Christmas is almost here!  I personally love November because everyone starts getting so festive and everyone seems so happy.  Anyway, I wont ramble on about how the year is almost over, I’ll just get going!

First up I have my Rimmel London Kate Moss lipstick in shade 30.   This lipstick is the most amazing autumn-winter colour ever, it’s the perfect berry red that suits all types of skin.  It goes on smoothly, and has a semi-matte to matte finish, and it stays on amazingly.  The only downfall I have about this is that it doesn’t wear off perfectly, it leaves the middle of your lips with nothing yet the outside of your lips remain this dark red which isn’t every attractive, however it does last you a good 6 hours so you should be fine!  Buy it here

 

 

Next up is my favourite nude nail polish ever! It’s the Avon Nailwear Pro + but I’m not sure of the shade. It’s a gorgeous sandy nude though which is dark enough for autumn without being too summery nude.  The application is gorgeous, albeit a bit thin but I don’t mind the fact that it needs a couple of coats.  It lasts really well and does dry pretty fast too!

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Last but not least, I don’t have a beauty product for you but actually a TV show.  I love love love British dramas and things, especially when they are funny and feature people around my age (take for instance The Inbetweeners, one of my favourite TV shows ever), so when I found Skins on Netflix I was very excited to start watching it.  After about two episodes I managed to fall in love with every single character and watched two seasons in two days! I’m now well into season three and even though it’s a new generation of characters, it’s still as funny as hell and really entertaining.  You don’t have to have Netflix either, it’s on all 4 catch up, so if you want to watch it you should definitely check it out!

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So, I know that was a short one from me, but I hope you enjoyed it.  I would especially recommend you watched skins, it is one of the best things to come out of TV ever!

Soph xx

My Favourite Things About Autumn

Hi guys!

Whatever you call it, Autumn/Fall/The Time When All The Leaves Fall And We All Get Very Excited (a personal fave) is near – infact, it’s the autumn equinnox tomorrow (I don’t really know what that means but I’m telling myself it signifies autumn in all its glory being thrust upon us in a massive heap of leaves..)!  Anyway, I figured a good way to start autumn would be to tell you my favourite things about autumn.

  1. Warm Drinks: Ask me any other time of the year and I’d tell you to leave and shut up, because usually I hate hot drinks (coffee, tea or even hot chocolate) but come autumn I begin to drink hot chocolate like its the best thing since sliced bread, and remain hating tea and coffee. Woo, hot chocolate though!
  2. Hats & Scarves & Gloves: I cannot wait for it to become socially acceptable for me to begin wearing chunky scarves and little mittens.  Every single outfit ever always looks better when you have wooly things wrapped around your neck, fact
  3. Dark Nights: Summer please leave with your crappy light nights, we don’t want you any more.  I’m so excited for it to get darker and darker as I’m walking back from school and it’ll be all cosy!  Recently, the nights have been getting darker a little earlier than 10pm and I have been killing myself with autumnal excitment.
  4. Halloween:  Guys halloween and bonfire night and all things wonderfully nice!  And then Christmas – is there a better time of year? (The answer to that question is a firm no, the only good time of the year is October-December)
  5. Fashion: Autumnal fashion literally has my name all over it.  I have super skinny lanky legs that don’t look good in shorts, but they look great in jeans and then they aren’t cold either!  Big warm jumpers and knitted everything – AND BOOTS!  Boots are my only choice of footwear ever for autumn and winter, I don’t know what I would do if boots didn’t exisit!

 


So, there goes all my favourite things about autumn/fall.  I hope you enjoyed this post, sorry it was a  little short but I have a massive and exciting post coming on saturday (which may or may not include clothing vomit in the form of a wishlist…)!  What is your favourite thing about autumn – I’d love to know, please do leave a comment! (I also need to add in a cover photo, again, sorry)!

Soph xx

Monthly Favourites: July 2016

Hi guys!

I’m sorry I haven’t blogged for two days, but on Friday I had my birthday party and yesterday my Grandparents arrived and they’re here for the week until my birthday.  Today I’m bringing you my monthly favourites, seen as it is the last day of July!

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So, first up is fairy lights – a weird one, I’ll admit, but a favourite none the less.  I’ve been trying to  make my room more cosy, and, less white (if you know my room you know it’s entirely white, all of it – apart from a weird unpainted patch on the wall, soon to be painted) and I figured that overloading on fairy lights was the only way to do so.  I already had some white lights around my canopy over my bed, but I added to the room with these from Primark – they were only £2.50 & I love them.  They sit on my dresser and they’re on a copper wire.  If you saw my Room Decor Wishlist then you’ll know I’m making my room all things copper and this is just leading me in the right direction.

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Next up is this candle from Primark which was only £1.00 and smells so summery.  I always associate candles with winter but this one, Honey & Orchid, is sweet and floral and summery.  I love it so much and the scent is really strong when burned.

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My only makeup product is the Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick, which I did a review on here.  I’ve been wearing this none stop for the whole month.  It’s appropriate for every occasion, every makeup look.  It’s not drying and the colour payoff is gorgeous.

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Last but not least is Gossip Girl.  I don’t stop watching this, which is probably really bad for me but I’ve been at it a few months & I really do love it.  I’m actually watching it now, and I was watching it at 3am this morning.  Does that express a severe love?

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Thanks for reading everyone!  Hope you enjoyed – what are your favourites for the month?

Soph xx

March Favourites

Hello April!  While April has already started, I’m doing my March Favourites today as I just haven’t gotten around to it yet, but I have quite a lot of things this month so go grab some food & drinks and get reading!

I’m going to start with skincare & body care products, of which there are three.  You might be surprised that there are no makeup/beauty items in this favourites; I guess I just haven’t tried any that I fell in love with.

Skin & Body Care:

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Here are my three favourite skincare and body care products I tried this month.  First up we have Neutrogena Visibly Clear Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub.  Now, my skin isn’t really at all black-heady, however, I did need a gentle scrub (which this is) to stop my skin from feeling so dry.  I use this morning and evening and it scrubs my face really gently and has definitely made my skin a lot softer and feel less dry.  Also the packaging is really aesthetically pleasing for me & it matches my moisturiser, which makes me feel very calm.

And next up, is Neutrogena Visibly Clear Oil-Free Moisturiser.  Now, having said I’ve got a scrub to help with dry skin, an oil free moisturiser seems not a good idea, hm? Wrong.  Well, I don’t know medically if it’s wrong but from what I’ve been seeing, wrong. My skin has felt loads more soft and actually more moisturised.  I’m not entirely sure why it does, because generally oil I’m assuming will improve the feeling of dry skin but for me this moisturiser really works.  I’m not sure how to explain it.  Just try it, if your skin sounds like mine try it & I can assure you, you will love it.   Also, it smells really nice like apricots & peaches or something.

Lastly, I have Treacle Moon’s My Coconut Island Body Scrub.  Treacle Moon is a really affordable brand that I have seen in Tesco’s (where I bought this) and I think Boots.  This smells strongly of coconut, and that scent might not be for everyone, and usually coconut isn’t for me but this scent really reminds me of summer & I need that at the moment because I’m just waiting on it’s arrival.  The scrub isn’t too rough but then again it’s not gentle either.  It’s really helped to soften up my skin & because it’s so affordable, I’m sure anyone could benefit from it!

Books:

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I’ve enjoyed three books this month, the first two being books you can read and the last is a more activity book.

Starting with the Pointless Book 2 by Alfie Deyes, the second half of this blog title!  This book is one of his that I didn’t own and I managed to find it in perfect condition on Ebay at the start of this month for £1.99 & I’ve nearly filled it all in. I just find it a really relaxing thing to do & something to take my mind off of things for a while.

I finished Pretty Little Liars TV show when the last episode aired & I really can’t wait for it to come back, I really enjoyed it.  So, I decided I’d read one of the books in the meantime.  I’ll admit, I do think the TV show is better because that’s what I watched first, I’d accustomed the characters in my head and everyone was different in the book.  For a start, Ezria didn’t feature as much as I’d have liked it to and Aria went out with Noel Kahn instead.  I’ll stop blabbering though.  However, I did love Sara Shepard’d writing style & I liked the storyline itself.  I really enjoyed this book even though I’ve moaned about it, I’d suggest you gave it a read.

Next is a book I’m close to finishing, Matched by Ally Condie.  I have the next book in this series to read too.  This is a dystopian book, based around a ‘society’ which creates all the rules to living.  I’d rather not explain it because it is a long explanation but I would recommend reading it. Ally writes really nicely and she makes the characters really alive.

Clothing:

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Thank you ever so very much to my Mum who bought me these Adidas Superstars.  They are honestly the comfiest pair of shoes I have ever owned and they literally go with everything I own.  I seriously recommend you buy them if you have shoe issues that you get a pair of these.  Super comfy, really versatile and very much gorgeous.

Gaming:

This is the first time I’ve ever included gaming in my favourites, but you might not know that I’m quite keen on games.  I play both sims 3 & 4 on my laptop & I also play on Playstation 4.  This month I got a new game on playstation, Saints Row IV with the Gat Out Of Hell add on.

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I’ve really been enjoying this game.  I feel like it combines my favourite aspects of GTA, the free roaming & shopping bit, with the more challenging aspect of missions to be completed.  I also like that you can use cheats and that the missions aren’t all too similar, they vary nicely.  All in all I’m glad I purchased this game & really enjoy playing on it!

Food & Drink:

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Recently I’ve been visiting Starbucks a bunch more often than I usually do.  I’ve been a few times this month with my friends & also just alone to grab a drink.  I usually get a Frapuccino when I’m in Starbucks but recently I’ve been getting a raspberry and blackcurrant juice blend ice tea and it is amazing.  It’s cold and refreshing and perfect for the run up to summer, and any type of berry goes down well with me, so this completley was my cup of (iced) tea!

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Next, and last in the whole of my favourites for this month, are these Whitworths Shots.  It’s basically a slim pouch filled with fruit, and I chose cranberries, raisins (though I don’t remember ever tasting raisins) and small white chocolate chunks.  They’re pretty damn good and a really quick, easy snack.


So, thats about all for this blog post.  I know I’d promised to post more regularly in my Easter break but I didn’t live up to that promise as per.  But I will try to post a lot more often as I’m really close (like two followers close) to 100 followers.  To mark my 100 followers, when I get them, I’d like to do a Q&A.  I’m going to do a more official post when I get the 100, but for now I’d like you all to know about this!  If you want to leave me a comment with a question, or tweet me here  I’ll include your question in my post!  Like I said, there will be a more official post but drop me a question!

Bye!

Monthly Favourites//Collaboration

Hey guys!!

So today I’m brining you a regular, monthly post with a twist. This is my first ever collaborative post!  Today I’m collabing with Alanna from I’m A Galaxy Girl.  Today I’m going to be showing you Alanna’s favourites for January, and also mine.  Make sure you all go check out her blog and follow her, she’s amazing!!

Alanna’s Favourites For January:

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Green Tea: ‘This is in my favourites because this has been my saviour.  I am suffering with my acid at the moment and I’ve found that green tea has sort of helped.  I don’t like the plain ones, I only like the mango and passion fruit.  I have also found that green tea is helping with my weight loss.’

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Simple Facial Toner & Cleansing Lotion:  ‘I have heard a lot about the simple brand but never used them until this month.  I have such bad skin but using these has had a huge impact.  The cleansing lotion has really helped my skin and has kept it hydrated and soft.  The facial toner has a weird smell to it but it has helped by keeping my face look refreshed.’

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Still Perfectly Clear Summer Fruits Water: ‘I have been drinking a lot of water lately and it has really helped my health but I have found that I don’t like drinking plain water.  My favourite seems to be summer fruit flavoured.  I have loads of empty bottles scattered around my room.’

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Alpen Cherry Bakewell Bars: ‘I struggle to eat breakfast in the morning, I just can’t stomach it, so instead I have taken to eating a “breakfast” bar.  I usually eat special K, but I thought I would try something different.  The bars are chewy but the flavour is strong (which is a good thing).  I have bought myself a few boxes just because they taste so nice.’

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WordPress: ‘This has never been on my favourites before but that’s because I didn’t have a reason for it to be.  This is now my favourite app, it outshines snapchat and instagram.  I have found that since the beginning of the year, you all seem more interested in my blog and love it.  You are all the reason why I blog.  Whenever I feel stressed or I am bored, I always find myself reading peoples posts and I love it.’

My Crush But Not Crush: ‘Can he be in my favourites?  I call him this because he has a girlfriend but we share a very emotional history.  We kind of hand an argument just before Christmas and we hadn’t spoken until the other day.  He didn’t even want anything.  It was just a simple message to see how I am doing.  It’s the smallest things that he does that just makes my heart melt.  I find myself smiling at the memories I had with him.  I don’t think I would be as happy as I am now without him being a part of my past.’

My Mum: ‘Okay so this should not be included in this post, but tough.  My Mum has been my rock.  I scream and shout at her, I tell her I hate her but she still sticks by me.  I have found that I really do need her.  She has been right by my side throughout my illness, she even slept on the hospital floor because she wouldn’t leave me there on my own.  I have made her cry so many times and I regret it now.  I am so thankful that I have a Mum that will hold my hand through everything.  I mean she literally does hold my hand, especially when walking through a dark alley.’

So that’s Alanna’s January favourites all done!  I’m now going to move on to mine!

Firstly, I have my new phone.  I got my Iphone 6 in silver at the start of the month, and I have to say I really do adore it!  Everything seems so much nicer to view on big screen, and the camera quality is far superior to that of the 5c, which was my old phone.  Also, my WordPress app seems to have sped up, and the typing function no to be crippled with total slowness as it used to be.  I also have this case, which is a mint green mandala pattern.  You can buy this here, but it is an amazing, protective case.

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Next up I have my favourite round of skincare for this month.  Alanna and I share the same taste in skincare, clearly!  From right to left, this is all by simple and it is nourishing eye makeup remover cream, soothing facial toner, purifying cleansing lotion and micellar cleansing water.  All these products have helped to keep my skin hydrated and moisturised, and protected it from the cold, which it usually takes a nasty blow from.  I have noticed the condition of my skin being better and that it tends not to have breakouts as often.

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Next is my favourite workout app.  Whilst I don’t workout as often as I’d like to, when I do, the SWORKIT app really helps.  It is free on the app store and is generally so amazing.  It allows you to search through many workouts in various sections (strength, cardio, yoga and stretching) and also allows you to create your own workouts which are entirley personalised, from the name to the exercises in the workout and how long you do them for.  This has really helped me workout more often, although I should workout more than I do still!!

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Thorntons Mini Tray Bakes: I guess that’s the only thing I can call them.  Essentially, these are mini tray-bake type desserts (brownies and caramel shortcake are the two featured, although I’m sure there are many more to find), but really what they are is amazing little drops of heaven that melt in your mouth.  They become addictive after the first bite, I’ve been eating these since the start of the month and haven’t stopped.  And 70p for a 10 pack of these divine little things.  You’ll find it so hard to say no  I found mine in Tescos for anybody wanting to try these out.

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Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette: Come on, did you really expect me not to include this.  This eyeshadow palette is the best thing to walk the earth.  The possibilities are endless with this, I got it for Christmas however it is on the pricey side, £39.00.  I just feel like it’s so worth it because really it’s the only palette you’ll ever need, you can transform your eyes from plain to everyday to sparkly evening wear.  I wear this day in, day out and I have still yet to find all the combinations.  And the smell, good lord almighty the smell.  It honestly wakes me up on a morning, it feels and smells as if you’re putting nutella and all things chocolatey and lovely on your eyelids but it’s still not too overpowering.   And I do soon have a makeup tutorial with this coming out, like I promised so make sure to check back if you want to see that!

 

So, thats my first Monthly Favourites of the year, for the month of January.  It’s also my first ever collaboration post!  That’s so exciting!!  I’d like to thank Alanna for being so cooperative with my horrible organization skills, I basically got my stuff into her twitter messages right at the last minute.  Remeber to go follow her, she’s linked at the top of this post & if you’re not following me, do, because I’m bringing out loads of exciting new content soon that you won’t want to miss!!

If you ever want to contact me about a collaborative post, or even just want to have a chat with me, my twitter is @ZalfieFanatic – make sure you follow me as well, as I’m on private so you won’t be able to see me tweet unless you do ;D

Bye!!