1 February 2017

January Favourites

This year is traveling weird. It's only January, and I say that in an, it's only January type of way. It feels like it could be Spring already, time is traveling so slowly. But at the same time, it's not. When I think about it, it's January! I leave to go traveling in March and I still have so much to do beforehand. It feels like time is traveling slowly but there's not enough time to get things straightened out! Does that make sense?

I haven't spent much time experimenting or trying new things where make-up is concerned this month. I haven't had the time to read any new books, unless you count the Lonely Planet's guide to Iceland. I've been pretty held up juggling dates, car hire and exchange rates, that my brain has slightly turned to mush. So when I sat down to think about the products that I'd been loving this month, it didn't go quite so swimmingly as usual.

But in the midst of stress, sweat and tears, I have a few things I've been loving quite passionately this month.

Charlotte Tilbury, Matte Revolution Lipstick // Glastonberry

I have been dying, literally, to get my hands on this lipstick for about 18 months and the time finally came on Christmas morning! And it's everything I imagined and dreamed it would be. Cliche?

I'm such a dark, berry lip kind of person and at this time of year, I live in them. I have quite the collection of berry tones lipsticks and I rotate them out on a daily basis. But this lippy is just the cherry on the lipstick cake! The colour is beautiful, a light wine shade. It's matte too (my favourite) which means it goes on like a dream, stays all day and doesn't budge when you eat or drink! My kind of lip product down to a T!


I fell in love with Instagram when I first got an iPhone when I was 17. That's back when it was only available on IOS and putting filters on your summer vacay shots was a relatively new thing. Fast forward, 6 years, I'm 24 and Instagram is being used for marketing, advertising and it's purpose for fun, photo sharing platform is long but gone.

Last year I was not into the Instagram hype. I hated the idea of theme's and being Instagram famous. I hated the stigma of having to post a certain way and at certain times of the day to get likes and follows. That's not what it was about and most certainly not why it was created. However, in the last month, I've really grown to love Instagram again. I'm not posting because I feel like I have to, I'm doing it because I took a cool shot and I want to share it. Yes, I'm encapsulating on the whole 'micro-blogging' idea, I am using Instagram as an extension of my blog, but I'm not treating it like a business. I want to love what I'm doing and last year, I was not!

Harry Potter

In December, the beauty that is Katie from Essentially English took me to London to see the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I've always loved the Harry Potter franchise, albeit I was a little late to the party and I've only seen the movies. None-the-less, I've never loved a film series quite like I love the magical world of witchcraft and wizardry! However since seeing the play, which is incredible and so magical by the way, if you haven't already, sign yourself up for the mailing list because getting tickets should be your next most important venture. Anyway, since seeing the play, I've fallen even more in love with Harry and his story than before. I've watched the entire movie series probably three times through in January alone. I know I said I was tied down with traveling research but who can say no to a daily dose of magic?

I guess I'm going to leave it there. Three things I have been truly besotted with this month, despite all the tears, sweat and heartache to finally have all my travel plans finalised. I have found solace in these three things. How has January been for you? Have you anything that has saved you from insanity this month?

Love always,

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