It’s time to share my monthly favourites! It’s a little late this month (whoops!) but Stu has been on leave the past two weeks so we’ve been enjoying the time at home together.
If you didn’t catch my November or February 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.
I bought a new shampoo and conditioner from Aesop recently (the Equalising Shampoo and Nurturing Conditioner) and I love that they are gentle but still cleansing. They also smell amazing! I have oily hair but because I colour my hair and use heat styling products on it (although not as often as I used to!) my ends can get quite dry and damaged so I need something quite nourishing to keep my hair in decent condition. These seem to be doing the trick!
As far as styling products go, I’ve fallen back in love with Bumble and Bumble Brilliantine, a product I first picked up when I was in Europe. It’s a lightweight cream that adds a bit of messy texture without it drying my hair or giving it too much of a beachy feel. It goes perfectly with my ‘too busy to do my hair’ vibe right now!
I used to use Diorshow mascara years ago and always loved it, but I can’t remember why I stopped using it. I recently rediscovered it and have been loving it all over again. I find it’s a drier formula than a lot of other mascaras (which I like, but I know some people don’t) and has a nice big brush and makes my lashes look a lot longer and fuller than most other mascaras.
While I was rummaging through my eyeshadow stash I found my Maybelline 24 hour Colour Tattoo eyeshadow in Bad to the Bronze and immediately started wearing it again. It’s a really long-lasting and richly pigmented eyeshadow and it’s really good everyday eyeshadow colour for me as I tend to favour bronzy colours. I love that I can just apply it quickly with my fingers and it stays in place without me having to worry about it for the rest of the day.
I can’t believe I haven’t talked about the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks on the blog before! They’re probably the best long lasting matte lipstick I own! I would say the staying power is comparable (or maybe even better!) to the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils which I absolutely love. I have it in Ole Flamingo! (a bright pink) and Happy Nude Year (a nude, obviously) but my favourite has to be this red one, Hot Pepper. It’s a gorgeous and super long lasting red, and even survives the grabby little hands of my darling daughter (her newest thing is grabbing my face and putting her hands in my mouth – so much fun!).
As you would know by now, I love my podcasts and I have a favourite podcasts post coming for you very soon but my new favourite in the podcast department for March is the Mummy Soul Sessions. Karin from Calm to Conniption has started a podcast and she chats with Dr Sash (From The Left Field) talking all things self-care and making you a priority! Sounds good to me!!
I’ve been getting more comfortable (and more competent) at baby wearing and there are sometimes when it is just an absolute lifesaver. I have this stretchy Chekoh baby wrap and it takes a bit of practice to be able to tie it up but once you get the hang of it, it’s amazing. I love that it looks nice (I’ve had loads of people compliment me on it/ask where I got it while wearing it), it’s comfortable for bubba (I’ve worn it during an Xtend Barre class while she was fussy and she loved it!) and it makes certain situations, for example shopping, so much easier than it would be while trying to manage with a pram. (This one is similar to the one I have).
Grace is teething again and was teething for a lot of March and she loved having Sophie the Giraffe* to chew on. Bonjela and Panadol definitely helped too but I don’t know any baby who hasn’t loved Sophie to chew on whether they’re teething or not. Grace loves chewing on Sophie, it’s definitely one of those toys I don’t think we could do without. We even have a smaller Sophie ring* for in the pram and when we’re out which is really easy for Grace to hold onto and is less likely to get dropped.
I’ve been trying to get rid of all our plastic food storage containers because I’m just not super comfortable with storing or heating things in plastic anymore. I really wanted to buy some Pyrex dishes with lids but they’re quite expensive to buy enough to replace my existing stash but on a recent trip to IKEA I found these FÖRTROLIG food storage containers that have glass bottoms and plastic lids with seals. They come in lots of different sizes and were really affordable so I stocked up and managed to replace my cheap plastic containers with these! The best part about glass storage is that it can go in the oven, freezer, microwave and dishwasher! I love that I can cook something like a lasagna in these dishes and just pop the lid on once it’s cool and store it in the freezer.
Reading and watching
I was on the waiting list at my library for a couple of months before I picked up All the Light We Cannot See* by Anthony Doerr. I completely forgot that I couldn’t extend the loan because of the waiting list of people after me and realised 3 days before it’s due date I needed to either read it or return it. So what else is a bookworm to do but spend my weekend reading it?! So I devoured this in a weekend (with a glass of wine) and it was so worth it.
I’ve been interested in trying to reduce the amount of waste in our home and I’ve been reading a couple of ‘zero waste’ blogs (Zero Waste Home and Gippsland Unwrapped) and I found the book Zero Waste Home* in my local library. I really enjoyed reading it and while some of the measures are a bit extreme for me at this point, I feel a lot more informed and I’m glad that I can start taking some steps to cut down on the amount of waste produced in our home.
I loved watching American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson last month, it was so well made! I didn’t really know much about the OJ case because I was a bit too young when it all happened so it was really interesting to learn about all the case and all the controversy behind it. Definitely worth a watch!!
So those are my favourites for March! What have been your favourites lately?
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