Friday, 1 December 2017

November Favourites

I was going to start this post off by declaring that I have no idea when I last did a monthly favourites post, but then I got interested in actually finding out this information, turns out it was March. It's fair to say that any kind of structure and schedule went out the window long ago when it comes to my blog, gone are the days of collecting favourites in a basket to talk about on the last day of each month. Throughout November though I genuinely have found some real gems that I'm itching to talk about! I'm so used to doing favourites posts full of only beauty products but a few weeks back a little light bulb went off in my head, favourites posts don't have to be exclusively about beauty products, it's just whatever you're loving at the time!


ASK AN ASTRONAUT BY TIM PEAKE

I don't think I've ever discussed this on my blog but I'm a bit of a space nerd. Not in the sense that I ever wanted to go to the space, the risk of death never sat well with me but the idea of space, of something bigger and unknown has always fascinated me. I've spent way too many evenings reading the Wikipedia pages of previous NASA missions. So, when I spotted British astronaut Tim Peake's book in Waterstones, something I'd briefly seen on Twitter, I snapped it up. Due to chronic pain and fatigue I've found reading books really difficult in these past few years, concentrating and remembering a narrative has become trickier and trickier. However, this book managed to capture my attention in such a way that I finished it within a week of starting it, I think it's the first book I've finished in about a year.

The book was full of questions that Tim had been asked about everything from his astronaut training to flying back to earth, with his personal story intertwined. I found myself being unable to put it down, fascinated by learning the in's and out's of space travel and life on the International Space Station. I've spent many evenings standing in my garden watching it whizz across the sky, rendered speechless by the idea that humans are living on it. I'd thoroughly recommend this book to anyone interested in space and life as an astronaut, it's the best insight I've read so far! - buy here


SPECTRUM BRUSHES

In September I attended the Bloggers Blog Awards in Leeds and I was very lucky to win a gorgeous set of Spectrum Brushes! They were a brand that I've been aware of for a while thanks to Twitter and they'd been on my wishlist for just as long, I intended to treat myself to a set eventually so when I won these I was over the moon! I've been using them since and favouring them over my usual staples, not something that happens often. The eye brushes have been a particular favourite of mine, they are so soft and make blending eyeshadow a dream! I'm definitely considering investing in some more in the future, some of their sets would make lovely Christmas presents! - buy here


GLOSSIER PRIMING MOISTURISER

A little while ago I jumped on the bandwagon, with the rest of the beauty community, and made a little Glossier order! I had intentions of treating myself to some makeup but it ended up being the skincare that I was drawn to more, with the priming moisturiser intriguing me the most. I have really dry and flaky skin that only regular exfoliating helps, it means my base products often go on patchy and it's something that really gets on my nerves. After reading some reviews online it seemed that this product might just be the answer to my problems, and they were right! My foundation and concealer have been sitting so much better on my skin since using this and I have since swapped out my regular moisturiser in favour of it, I often apply it in the morning and then once more just before I do my makeup. It's quickly become one of my staple products! - buy here


BOURJOIS ROUGE VELVET LIPSTICK IN BRIQUE-A-BRAC

When it comes to lipstick I tend to go for the same kind of colour each time, usually muted pinks, so when Bourjois brought out a new range of lipsticks I was surprised when I found myself interested in the darker and brighter shades. I'd heard about them on Twitter and through other bloggers, everyone raving about the long lasting formula and this was around the same time that I broke up with my partner and wanted to overhaul my style and therefore the perfect time to get some more colour into my life. Brique-a-brac is a orangey brick red shade, bright but not too in your face and unlike any shade I've worn before. The formula is as long lasting as everyone says and it's not drying either, it wasn't too long before I was choosing outfits based purely on what would go with the lipstick as I was loving it so much! Since then I've bought a couple more shades and am equally as happy with them but this particular one has been the standout for me! - buy here


PRINTIKI PRINTS

A few weeks back an email popped into my inbox from a photo printing service, something I'm always glad to see as I'm just as guilty as everyone else for not printing off photos. It just so happened that the opportunity to try out the brand, Printiki, came along at just the right time though as my little nephew Harry turned 1 just a few days ago so I thought it would be a lovely opportunity to print some photos off from his first year here on earth! My Mum bought me some photo holders for my birthday as well that I hadn't filled yet so everything lined up perfectly! I went for the square prints with white borders and uploaded my photos to their website, a really easy process, and just 3 days later my prints arrived. All of the photos were taken on iPhones so I wasn't expecting the quality to be anything to shout about but I was pleasantly surprised and will proudly be displaying these in my bedroom! I've used a couple of photo printing services before but this was by far the quickest and easiest experience I've so far. If you're stuck for Christmas present ideas then why not print off some photos and put together a photo album for one of your loved ones? - buy here

Finally, I can't talk about November without mentioning the amazing fact that we reached 50% on my powerchair fundraiser! Now we've reached the halfway point I can actually order the powerchair, something that I can't delay due to rules about how much savings I can have (and yes, this money does unfortunately count as savings) whilst on the ESA benefit. So, within the next few weeks I'll be ordering the powerchair which is super exciting but also nerve-wracking because once the powerchair is ordered I'll only have about 2 months to raise the rest of the funds, they can't deliver the chair until I've made the full payment and whilst we can delay delivery for a little while, it can't be forever.

As my powerchair rep said as well, we all want me to have the powerchair as soon as possible as we can all see how much it will benefit me. I really am becoming increasingly more housebound every month, trips out the house becoming few and far between and the actual trips becoming shorter. We raised the first half of the funds in 2 months so I know it's possible but it's daunting as well, you've all been so supportive though so I'm certain if we all keep sharing the link, then it will happen!
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  1. I love a bit of Glossier so I will have to check that moisturiser out! x

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    1. I really thought it would be the makeup I'd love more but the skincare is fab! x

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  2. I just ordered the Glossier Priming Moisturiser yesterday so I'm glad to hear you like it so much! I hadn't realised Tim Peake had a book, I'll need to check it out. I'm a bit of a space nerd too! xx

    Charlotte / Colours & Carousels

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    1. You'll definitely love the book then! I've just got Chris Hadfields book that I can't wait to start! x

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  3. I love the look of those brushes. I need to give them a try as I see people raving about them all the time. Oh and I need to try Glossier!

    Lovely post girl + you reached your goal!!!

    Fix Me In Forty Five - A Mental Health Blog

    xx

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    1. I'd really recommend both brands!

      Thank you so much Stacey! xx

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