Sunday, 2 March 2014

January and February Favourites

Ok, I'll admit it; the last two months have run away with me. I've been a bad, inconsistent blogger and I never got round to writing a January Favourites post. I know, I know - terrible stuff. But this does mean you get a double dose of favourites in a combined January and February Favourites post! What fun!

So what have I been loving over the last two months?

Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Mascara

I bought this in a Soap & Glory eye set in the January Sales and have been using it every single day since. Whilst I don't think it's my favourite mascara of all time (I think I'll be trying a new one soon so any recommendations are welcome!) it does a great job and my lashes do look thick, dark and pretty good after using it! There have been no major issues with this one, and I like it a lot so I'd recommend it if you're looking to try something new. One of my favourite recent makeup purchases, for sure. Soap & Glory haven't let me down yet!

Disaronno Amaretto

This is a bit of a different one. Anyone who knows me will also know I'm not a huge drinker. I rarely drink, and when I do I like my alcohol sweet. This has been my go-to drink for a few years now, and it has become a tradition for my friend C and I to drink this whenever we go to the pub together! I love it - it has an almond-y taste, quite like marzipan, and I normally have it with coke or cranberry juice. It also goes very well in cocktails - my housemate introduced me to Amaretto Sours which are divine! I was given this bottle as a Christmas present and have only used it once so far so this will last me a long time! It's just a nice, adult treat - of course, not one for those under 18!

For the record, I feel like I should just state that I do not endorse underage drinking or excessive drinking and all alcohol should be consumed in moderation!

Nakd snacks

If you haven't discovered these already, you have to try them! Nakd produce healthy, raw snacks for those of us with a horrendous sweet tooth. It's a great way to get nutrients into your diet and to get an energy kick without devouring processed, sugary and unhealthy treats! Their bars are dairy, gluten and wheat free and contain only natural ingredients. Their infused raisins are pretty amazing too! My favourite bars include Pecan Pie, Gingerbread and Banana Bread flavour, and their Cola infused raisins are a great natural alternative to Haribo Cola Bottles! I cannot get enough of them.A great way to still enjoy sweet snacks when you're keeping healthy. I know a few supermarkets stock them in their health aisles, along with GF and Lactose free products.

Yankee Candle in Vanilla Chai

I've already raved about this candle before so I'll keep this short and sweet - it's amazing, sweet and spicy and the scent lingers in my room for days. Heaven. I've been burning this nearly every day!

Paul Smith Floral 

This was the first perfume I ever owned and it's still a favourite. Floral  contains a mixture of floral scents  mixed with zesty, fruity notes to create a really fresh, sweet perfume - perfect for day and night. It's not sickly but is a scent which instantly perks you up and brightens your day and, dare I say it, is perfect for spring! It contains fragrances including orange, grapefruit, ginger, magnolia and orchid and I find it irresistible. It's been a staple on my dressing table for years and I was recently given another bottle as a gift because you can't always find it in shops - it seems to be occasionally elusive! I really recommend this if you're looking for a new perfume. I've been wearing it every day for weeks now.

Lush's Rub Rub Rub

I'll keep this short and sweet too, since I've already reviewed this. It's my favourite body scrub, smells scrumptious and makes my skin feel wonderful. Can't say a bad word about it! A bi-weekly essential. 

Schwarzkopf Got2B Oil-licious Tame & Shine Styling Oil

This is my latest haircare addition and it's fast become one of my must-haves. There are SO many hair oils out there and I never know what to buy when I go looking for one - however this was cheap at the time (I got it for £3!) and I wanted to try a new brand - something that hadn't been over-reviewed online. I've got to say I'm not a fan of the name - it's almost a little childish for my taste and anything with numbers instead of letters turns me off (is that just me? It makes me cringe!) , but I'm glad I didn't let that stop me from buying it. I use if after I wash my hair when it's still damp and my hair feels so so soft and shiny once blow-dried! My hair becomes manageable and silky without looking greasy. This product has Argan oil in it too, so you know it will work. One to check out if you're looking for a new nourishing treatment. I might even review it in full on here, if you're interested.


I've been using the online playlist site 8Tracks for months, after I discovered it while I was working on my dissertation. Since then I've been using it to discover new music and I've had THIS playlist on loop for weeks now. Sure, it's a bit of a sickly title, but there are some really good tracks on it and it's a great soundtrack for blogging. I am a particular fan of a Carla Bruni and Beach House track, but there are too many to choose from. The site is a great way to discover new music so I really recommend checking it out.

Film & Television

I watched Tangled for the first time two weeks ago and adored it! I'm going to see Frozen today too so I'm hoping it's equally as good. I have also been loving the return of My Mad Fat Diary on E4 and First Dates on Channel 4, which are two programmes I'll never miss. My Mad Fat Diary is so much better than the adverts let on - it's really tackles issues about mental health in an easy-to-understand but often hard-hitting way. Plus, the nineties music throughout each episode is amazing.  It's a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine, and I love to watch it on a Monday night with my housemate and a hot cup of decaf tea.

So there you go! I'm looking forward to seeing what I discover in March.

Let me know what you've been loving in the comments below, or if you like any of my favourites too.



  1. LOVE amaretto! Have you tried it in coffee? We had it in ours on Friday night and it was gorgeous!

    I hope you loved Frozen, I adored it, maybe not quite as good as Tangled but very very close! It's out on DVD at the end of the month :D


    1. I've had an amaretto coffee made with almond syrup before but not with actual it any good? I'm definitely trying that out, especially in an iced coffee in the summer!

      And OH MY GOD I absolutely loved Frozen! I liked it just as much as Tangled I have to admit...but I'll definitely be getting it on DVD!


  2. Amaretto is an awesome liquor to have and use as a mixer and I ditto the use of it within coffee (although I drink most liquors in my coffee at one time or another).

    1. I'm really going to have to try it in my coffee...I could do with one now! (and it's not even 9am...shame on me).