It’s time to share my monthly favourites! I took a little unplanned blogging break to spend some more time with my family which was lovely so I’ve combined my January and February faves into one post. I’m hoping to get back into blogging more regularly (assuming Grace sleeps during the day!) so I should be back to almost regularly scheduled programming.
If you didn’t catch my November Favourites, this is a new monthly post series where I’ll be sharing my ‘favourites’ for the month – products, food, clothes, books and anything else I’m loving and couldn’t get enough of in the last month.
Skincare and Makeup
I bought the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel after hearing rave reviews from my fave beauty blogger (Vivianna Does Makeup) and it is seriously amazing. It’s not a foaming gel cleanser like I’m used to, it’s more like a balm type of gel that melts into an oil which I massage into my skin, add a little bit of water and then remove with a damp muslin cloth. My skin is seriously glowing after I use it and I’ve already bought a second bottle for when this one runs out!
The Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque is so good. I’ve been loving using a face mask on Sunday nights to give my skin a bit of TLC and get it looking fresh for the week ahead. This one smells amazing and my skin always looks great after using it. I think it’s made its way onto my ‘repurchase’ list, it is just that good.
A good sunscreen is such a necessity in Australia, particularly in summer, and I adore this La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light. I hate sunscreens that are too white, too creamy, too chalky or make me too shiny and I find that most sunscreens are some combination of those things. This one though! It’s lightweight, and is more a liquid than a cream so it goes on really nicely. The best part of it though (aside from the good sun protection, obviously) is that it has a really nice, and most importantly non shiny, finish on my skin. It’s so good that if I was having a makeup free day while wearing it I wouldn’t feel too shiny/greasy/need some powder.
I really struggle to find concealers that won’t settle into my tiny under eye creases and wrinkles so I decided on a whim to give the Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer* a go to see how it held up and I really like it! It’s a very thick and creamy concealer but it blends out really nicely. I do need powder over the top of it when I wear it because I think there are some oils in it so it can look a bit shiny if I don’t set it, but other than that it’s great. It gives me a really nice coverage which I definitely need for my ever-present under eye circles!
I am totally loving my By Terry Ombre Blackstars. I waited a long time to get one of these beauties and I ended up buying two! I got them in the shades Misty Rock and Brown Perfection. I find that Misty Rock is a great all-over colour for me, it’s a shimmery taupey type colour. Brown Perfection is a great one for adding some definition to my lash line without needing eyeliner as it’s super quick and really easy to swipe along my lashes. They last on the lid for ages and I love how easy (and travel friendly) they are.
I’ve been seriously bingeing on podcasts over the past two months! I love history and so I have been loving The History Chicks which explores notable (and also some lesser known) women throughout history. It’s not your typical history lesson, I’d definitely recommend giving it a listen. They have done loads of episodes on the Tudor women (one of my favourite periods in history!) which I highly recommend.
No Such Thing As A Fish is another podcast I’m loving. It’s four of the QI ‘elves’ sharing unusual and often hilarious facts. I love listening to this one while I’m doing housework or doing some colouring in or cross stitch (yes I’m a dork!) on the couch at night as it’s easy but enjoyable listening.
My final podcast fave of the month is The Slow Home Podcast. This podcast is all about living a ‘slow life’ which is basically a simpler, more enjoyable life. I’m really exploring the concept of minimalism and simplicity in life (I think this all started with The Life Changing Magic of Tidying) and I’m really enjoying exploring more about how to make small changes that will have a big impact in my life.
I’ve actually been listening to so many podcasts lately, it probably warrants a whole other post on my favourite podcasts.
I got a Fitbit One for Christmas and I am loving it! I used to wear a Jawbone Up and I really did like it but I am absolutely loving how easy the Fitbit is. I opted to get the One rather than a wristband style because I find wearing anything on my wrist super annoying at the moment as I’m still breastfeeding. Plus I generally go out walking with the pram and I wasn’t sure how reliably it would pick up my steps while I’m holding onto the pram. I can clip the One into my bra or put it in the pocket of my shorts and know that it’ll pick up all my steps. I’m quite addicted to tracking my steps now and I’m always a little sad when I don’t hit my 10,000 steps.
I’ve been trying to cut down on processed sugar so I’ve been enjoying eating these bliss balls as a healthier but still sweet and delicious snack option.
I’ve been making these pumpkin, spinach and feta muffins pretty much weekly for a few months now. They’re a perfect savoury snack, or easy to grab lunch. I make 12 of them at a time and keep them in the freezer. I grab one or two when I’m having a lazy lunch day and just pop them in the microwave to warm up a little. Stu also loves that he can just grab them for lunch if he’s in a rush or we have no dinner leftovers.
Let me know if you want the recipes for either of those, I might have to do a post for these recipes!
Basically the first book I reserved when I joined the library was The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying. I think I really need a whole other post to talk about this book, but I devoured it in one sitting and promptly started decluttering and tidying the house. If you haven’t read it, I would highly recommend it. It definitely has changed some aspects of how I think about tidying/decluttering/organising and while some of her advice I don’t agree with necessarily, it has made a big impact on our house and our stuff.
My other book I totally loved recently was Wool by Hugh Howey. My cousin recommended it to me and it was so good. It’s a fairly long book (which I really like) and once I really got into it I couldn’t put it down. If you like the Divergent series, or any kind of dystopian future type of book I think you’ll really like this!
So those are my favourites from the past two months! What have been your favourites lately?
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