Sunday, 12 July 2020


Today we are talking about Pur x RawBeautyKristi I first found Kristi's channel through her Huda Beauty New Nude Palette* Review. I had received the palette as a very thoughtful gift after personally deciding not to get it as I likely wouldn't get much use out of it. After being gifted it I was scouring through looks and reviews to figure out how to wear it and get use out of it. Kristi is so funny and down to earth, personally I don't always like watching content creators that are high energy or even overly positive or cheery a lot of the time and Kristi strikes that balance of being humourous in a really offhand way. I have enjoyed her videos since, and as mentioned, have become invested in her personal life. I could happily listen to her talk about her cats, remodel or chronic illness for hours (chatty grwms are my crack). 

An influencer collaboration that actually appeals to me is the hot topic of today. I thought 2017-18 gave "collabs" a bad name. I have to admit that there are some that really do appeal to me, I still stand by the original Jaclyn x Morphe palette* and I have been silently lusting after the So Jaded Palette from Colourpop x Kathleen for the last year. The Jackie Aina palette* courtesy of Anastasia Beverly Hills* is still stunning and I should use it more. Of course, there have also been many that don't appeal to me or are simply not available to me and with the rising numbers of influencers creating their own cosmetics line I really thought collaborations may become a thing of the past and instead brands would push curated collections a lot like Sigma's Favourites*. 

2020 has been a rough and difficult year so far, to cope with this I have been spending slightly more time on my electronic devices. I am fully entrenched in the current events occurring in the beauty community, but more so I use YouTube specifically as a form of entertainment and distraction. I honestly don't know what I would do without it - actually I do, I would just read more now that I think about it or write more, what a double-edged sword it both brings joy but also steals my productivity. Amazingly, and what I like most about YouTube is you actually come to care and empathise with the people you watch, whether it is just one video or many over years! I was so happy when Desi and Kristi announced their pregnancies this year, I cried happy tears both times and I still feel an abundance of joy whenever I think about it. Weird? Probably.

Two days ago Kristi announced her collaboration with Pur Cosmetics (video here). She has a dual sided palette and two sets of lashes in this collection. The palette exterior has some really cool artwork that represents things personal to her that she herself drew. I think a dual sided palette is really smart, it allows for twice the amount of shades in a compact size. One side of the palette is neutral and the flip side is colourful. Again: smart. It appeals to multiple audiences. The palette retails for $34. The names of the shadows are all personal to her, this for me is a key part of an influencer collaboration. I remember the Morphe Vault lacked this and felt that was a significant oversight for the brand and Jaclyn as a lot of subscribers are fans of her as a person, but on the whole it doesn't make a difference it just adds a personal touch like the artwork on the exterior packaging. The neutral side has a rose gold font while the colourful side has a holographic font. 

The palette has 18 shades, nine on each side and a mirror, Kristi shared in her reveal video that she has been working on this collaboration since 2018. She shared that there are more mattes than shimmers in general as she personally prefers mattes and that she worked hard on the colour story to ensure that the shades worked together and made sense i.e. you can use the three shades in each column for a look each. The shades go from top to bottom by column moving from left to right. As a bonus, she also talks about the meaning behind the names and as it is two in the morning I might as well add them here in case you care. 

Colourful Side: (first column) Flavour Town (reference to her 2015 transformation of the Diners, Drive In and Dive's dude) is a red matte with a hint of berry, Am I Orange? (Kristi says this in a lot of her video) is an orange matte, Dandelion (reference to her neice saying the word in a significant memory) is a yellow matte, (second column) Garden State (movie reference that she and her husband loves) is a teal green matte, Cafe Disco (favourite episode from the Office US) is a shimmer champagne shade, Hurtful (comment she says a lot) is a deep blue matte, (third column) Tribute (name of a song from a favourite band called Tenacious Steve) is a purple matte, Side Effect (name of a cover band she was in when she was younger with her sister and friend) is a vivid pink matte and Lumos (spell for light in Harry Potter, she's a Potterhead) is a white matte. 

Neutral Side: (first column) Camelot (last movie she watched with her Mum before she passed) is a mustard orange matte, Copper Boxes (symbolises her Dad's profession as a metal artist, he gifts copper boxes and they are beautiful) is a warm medium brown matte, Bee (pet name for her husband) is a deep warm brown shade, (second column) It Just Does (common phrase she uses and movie ref) is a deep peachy orange matte, Golden Ticket (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory reference) is a peach gold shimmer that works great as a topper, Told You (something her husband says a lot) is a warm deep brown matte, (third column) My Whole Heart (she says this a lot) is a soft light peach neutral matte, Moo Point (Friends ref to Joey saying moo point but meaning moot point) is a cool light purple mauve matte and You're Not My Real Dad (she says this a lot) is a cool toned deep brown. 

Lashes: Lovely which is a faux silk natural set of lashes that will pair well with the neutral side of the palette. Kristi describes these as curly and natural that can be worn alone without eyeliner due to the thin clear band, but also without eyeshadow as they are not too overpowering. These retail for $14.

Can't Be Bothered is the other pair of lashes which pairs with the colourful side of the palette. Kristi states these look different on everybody and describes them as long and fluttery. They are not as curly as the Lovely Lashes. They are dramatic and can be customised to suit your needs. These retail for $14

The Pur X RawBeautyKristi collection will be available on 12th July (the date of this post) from the Pur Cosmetics website (link to Pur Cosmetics US). As a refresher, the palette has 18 shades in total and a mirror and retails for $34. There are two sets of lashes available individually which retail for for $14 each. Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post, I would love to hear your thoughts on this collection and any products you are currently enjoying. Please comment below. Have you picked up any influencer collaborations? Would this be a collection you are interested in? Have a great week and check back for more, I have so many reviews to post. Thank you! Take care. 

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Sunday, 21 June 2020


Kylie recently revealed her newest Kylie Cosmetics collection set to drop on 26th June 2020, the face of which is none other than supermodel sister Kendall Jenner. The Kendall x Kylie Cosmetics Collection boasts numerous products from eyes, cheeks to lips and a sleek white packaging. There is a distinct 90's Vogue-esque aesthetic which is clean, editorial yet still appealing, echoing the promotional videos that have been splashed all over Kendall and Kylie's respective Instagram accounts. 

There has been some buzz about a Kendall collection since the inception of Kylie's eponymous cosmetics line, she has collaborated with almost every other female family member at this point and consumers speculated whether a Kendall collection could be anticipated as well. Kendall and Kylie share both biological parents Kris Jenner and Caitlyn Jenner and are the closest in age to each other, with Kendall being only a few years older than Kylie. It is possible that Kendall's pre-existing contracts with Estee Lauder for instance prevented her from collaborating with Kylie as a lot of big name beauty brands will not allow their models to represent competitiors. Think when Jamie Oliver was found shopping at Tesco when he is the spokesperson for Sainsbury's. The outrage! The Estee Edit line that Kendall promoted was discontinued shortyly after it was brought to stores, so this might be the first of many collaborations between Kendall and Kylie Cosmetics. 

The Kendall Kylie collection was pushed back a lot according to Kylie's reveal on her Instagram Stories. She describes a lip blush kit which has never been done by this brand before, I personally am not sure what is meant by this. To me, it looks like a standard lip liner and liquid lipstick set that Kylie is known for i.e. the iconic Kylie Lip Kits which was her first ever release and product. My only guess is that this is likely able to use on both the lips and the cheeks for a monochromatic look. The shade looks like a standard 90's brownish pink nude shade. 

Another new product which is part of this range are the three cream face sticks which include Act Natural (cream bronzer), Runway (cream blush) and Spotlight (cream highlight). Kylie explains all three colours are Kendall's perfect shades for every day wear, so if you have similar colouring to Kendall (light to tan) these will likely work for you. 

The cream bronzer Act Natural is a medium warm brown shade, Runway blush is a warm pink shade and Spotlight is a champagne gold highlight. Kylie confirmed that this cream stick formula will be part of her core makeup line and teased that in the coming week following Kendall's collection she will be releasing more cream stick shades that will suit all skin tones, bronzers, blushes and highlight for all! 

One product that interests me is the invisible blotting compact powder, a "mattifying cream powder formula" that can be used with a brush, sponge and even fingers. Kylie shared that Kendall used this powder a lot on set days, and it was a "lifesaver" as Kendall has oily skin and Kylie has noticed her skin becoming more oily lately too. As someone with oily skin myself, this formula intrigues me and sounds like it is designed for on the go use. I will be curious to see reviews of this.  

Keeping with the ediotiral theme the Everything Everywhere Gloss is exactly what it sounds like, a golden gloss that you can put in your eyes, lips, cheeks, anywhere you want. I am probably one of the few people that wasn't a fan of this trend, but for editorial looks and Instagram photos playing with this could be a lot of fun. 

Kendall also has her own tinted version of the High Gloss a lip gloss for "extra shiny and juicy" looking lips, I believe Kylie has other shades available in the High Gloss. Kendall's shade is this beautiful pinky red tinted colour, that reminds me of strawberry popsicle sticks and summertime. 

Here is a swatch of Kendall's High Gloss:

Last but not least is the eyeshadow palette that has 15 shades in total, top row: Model Energy (matte bone shade), November 5 (metallic champagne gold), Twice The Ice (metallic light pink), I'm Telling Mom (orange peach matte) and To The Moon and Back (bright chartreuse shimmer with gold flecks). Second row: Cup of Tea (light pinky brown matte), You're Tiny and Cute (muted soft pink matte), Runs in the Family (turmeric orange matte), Thicker Than Water (neon electric orange matte) and Here Kenny Kenny (lime green shimmer with tiny gold sparkles). Last row: Brunettes do it Best (deep brown matte), Love You Sister (petal pink matte), Loyal (warm medium browm natte), Scorpio Energy (pink with tiny gold sparkles) and Name a More Iconic Duo (pastel purple). 

I actually like the colour story of the eyeshadow palette and the layout, it looks like a great springtime palette to me so I wonder if this was in the pipeline to be released in early spring this year but was pushed back due to the coronavirus. I like that it is half neutral half colourful and think there are a lot of fun atypical shades like the chartreuse, pinks and lilacs which remind me of some of the clothes Kendall wears on her Instagram page. Cool palette, but not something I would get a tonne of use out of

And that is everything I have seen so far. Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. Please let me know yout thoughts on this collection and the products mentioned here in the comments below, do you like the look of anything? Will you buy anything? Are you tempted to buy anything? I have mentioned this before, but I don't picture myself ever buying anything from Kylie Cosmetics, the price is a little up there in comparison to the product in my opinion and with customs and shipping it becomes quite expensive. I also feel over the past year that the hype around this brand has reduced significantly, would you agree? Now, there are so many amazing makeup brands and new cosmetics lines being launched that the spotlight on Kylie Cosmetics seems to be disappearing. I am sure that they will still sell out though! Hope you are all having an amaing weekend. Take care. 

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Friday, 12 June 2020


First of all, it has been half a year since I last posted and honestly I just haven't felt like it. Even today, I was finally in the mood to post because I wanted to share a mask that I have been loving but as it turns out that mask is now discontinued so there is literally no point of me sharing it. I do still want to post and thought I would share a PR event I attended back in January and do a bit of a story time alongside it because it was a complete disaster and I felt so embarrassed and conspicuous. On the day of the PR event I went to work as normal and completely forgot it was going ahead, I had talked myself into going because it felt like a great opportunity and I had never been asked to attend a PR event in Birmingham before, all of my invites are for London which is further away from where I live. However, on the day because I forgot I looked awful, I was wearing an oversized jumper dress, Chelsea boots and a humongous furry grey scarf because it was freezing. On top of that, my hair was in a ponytail and my makeup was extremely minimal. At the end of my shift, I made the split decision to just get on the bus and go to this event I would likely learn a lot and I am sure it won't be as bad as I imagine

Oh boy, oh boy, was I wrong. When I got to the event, I was asked by several members of staff if I was sure I was attending the right event. Was it the press event or the public event I was after? I had to repeat myself numerous times and I was well aware that I looked like a bedraggled mess, explained that I had just finished work and apologised for the state I was in but that I had still wanted to attend the event because who knew if I would ever get this chance again, I never get invited to events normally and when I do I can rarely go due to other commitments. I attended the event and it was lovely, the table was beautifully set, there were sparkling clear mirrors that highlighted my every flaw and a photographer with a very scary looking camera taking lots of artsy shots. This was a massive mistake. Not only was I sitting right at the front because I was one of the earlier ones to arrive which meant I was sitting directly in front of the hosts of the event (Carrie Gross) but a lovely lady took us into a separate room to remove our makeup and give us a facial. Everyone at the event I want to stress was really lovely, the lady who did my facial was so nice to me and kept telling me to stop apologising, she asked me what foundation I used and generally just made me feel really good about myself.

I was generally quiet for the entirety of the event because of how embarrassed I was, everyone there (I am not joking) looked like supermodels. I was kicking myself and wished I had remembered the event in the morning because I definitely would have made more of an effort. In the end, I left with a bag of goodies, tried lots of wonderful skincare products and ate fried rice on my train ride home which was delicious. Thinking about the event even now is mortifying, I don't think I will even step into Selfridges again for a while until the embarrassment wears off. The experience made me reconsider if PR events are really for me, I love meeting the people behind the brands and acquiring first hand knowledge of products, especially skincare, and attending the event really made me pay attention to what I was buying and what evidence there is to suggest that a product will actually benefit me and whether it is just trendy and not actually effective. On the other hand, I can't deny the pressure I feel to look perfect or as good as I possibly can, of course that's part of being in the beauty community and being a beauty enthusiast and I want to stress I utterly blame myself for what happened and I should have been more prepared. But the experience I had at this event and others is that I think that I would feel this way no matter what I am wearing, I just feel like I don't belong. I wanted to share this in case others feel the same way, especially those who might be newer to blogging. 

The realisation that this is a bigger internal problem that I have and that feeling this way prevents me from attending events and posting content and videos of myself is quite jarring and also scary, because I don't know how to fix it. Exposure therapy is a major component of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and over the next month or so I want to get used to seeing my face on camera. I have a decent platform on several social media platforms and would love to be able to post an Instagram Story without feeling like I look or sound ridiculous. So that is my mid-year goal that I hope to get better at. If you guys have any tips on building confidence or getting used to how you look etc. please let me know and if you can empathise with the pressure to look a certain way in today's society or in a specific community you are a part of I would love to hear about your experience. Not suprising to anyone, but the products that we tried at the event were great and all part of the Alpha Beta range. I haven't used them consistently enough to post a review for them but if you want to check them out you can find them here: Pore Refining Serum, Universal Daily Peels, Pore Refining Cleanser. I watched this video by Whitney Hendrick called The Ugly Truth About Being Beautiful and it is well worth a watch and really thought provoking. Thank you so much for reading, I hope you have had a wonderful week and see you soon in my next post. Take care. 

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Saturday, 1 February 2020


What? January is over. How? The first month of 2020 has flown by, I already know that 2020 is going to be over in a blink. For the first time I have an avalanche of plans booked months in advance and it makes me feel so grown up. I thought a great way to end the month would be a classic look back at the products I used continuously through the month of January and will definitely be taking into February as well. I would also like to do a general January overview more for my personal reflection so I can have a look at what I was up to. Without further ado, let's jump into my January favourites. Sadly, a few of these products are discontinued because I never throw my makeup away within the expiry date - do as I say people and not as I do - where possible I have linked products that are similar and available from the same brand. 

Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer (£29) Let's begin with a discontinued product, this hydrating primer is such a great base for underneath my makeup. It is expensive but it really sinks into my skin and feels practically like a moisturiser leaving my skin feeling fresh, hydrated and plump without feeling greasy or looking shiny. Despite my oily combination skin I have been drenching my skin with hydrating products, most likely due to the weather change but also just because my skin is stressed due to various challenges I faced this month. 

L'Oreal Infallible Freshwear 24H Foundation (£11) This foundation is Italian's chef kiss perfection, it is so beautiful. It is truly lightweight and feels like nothing on my skin which is such a godsend when you are at work for long hours or your plans stretch from day to night. This foundation is just one you can count on, it is my go-to and although there are so many foundations I want to try I know I will be devestated when I finally finish this. I cannot speak for other skin types, but this foundation is the most natural finish foundation I own. It lasts all day without settling into my smile lines too and I don't notice it wearing off either, but I do think I have my pressed powder has something to do with it. Available in 29 shades. My shade is Golden Beige. 

L'Oreal Infallible More Than Concealer (£10) Stop the press because this here is a concealer that rivals all other concealers. In fact Tarte Shape Tape better watch out because this concealer delivers all that goodness, meaning full coverage, matte finish, longwearing, creaseless, for half the price and wih a great shade range to boot. I am so impressed with this, I just need a few dots for some serious brightening but also it is a concealer I can layer without it looking heavy or cakey or taking away the foundation underneath. It pairs great with the L'Oreal Infallible Freshwear 24H Foundation too, this is such a gem of a product. I will definitely repurchase this. Available in 25 shades. My shade: Cedar.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder (£25) Out of all the products I mention here in this post this is the single product that I am most excited about because it has been in my collection for years and I paid it no mind. When I unearthed it from my drawer there was already a whole lot of pan showing thanks to my sister showing it some love while we lived together. I just wanted to use up some products rattling around in my collection to reinforce my no buy and boy am I glad I tried this again. As someone with oily/combo skin I shy away from pressed powders unless it's for touch-ups. I notice that my skin prefers and pairs better with loose setting powders but I was noticing day after day when I did my standard 2pm blot at work that nothing was coming off my face at all. This powder is absolute magic it controls my oil like no other, plus it doesn't change the colour or tone of my foundation despite looking so starkly white in the pan. This will be a definite repurchase for me. I take a large powder brush and pat it all over my face, I continue to use a loose setting powder under my eye just because they are more brightening.  

B. Blusher in Darl (£5.32) Not a new product, I have mentioned this so many times on my blog. You can get this brand at Superdrug and this blush is the perfect soft neutral pink matte. It suits my skin tone so well and is a great every day brush. I have used this so much and have yet to even hit pan, it barely even has a dent in. This blush just makes me feel very pretty and I want more makeup that makes me feel like this. I remember when I didn't wear blush at all but blush is the one product that genuinely makes me feel good about myself. I feel pretty, I feel cute, I feel ready.

Kiko Long Lasting Eyeshadow Stick in 38 Golden Taupe (£4.89) Eyeshadow sticks are everywhere and I have tried a lot but Kiko really is up there in this category and competes with the big guys like By Terry and Laura Mercier. I think what sets the high end brands apart is their unique shades and bougie packaging but the Kiko Eyeshadow Sticks have gorgeous matte soft touch black packaging and the shade Golden Taupe is unlike any other shade I have seen. It is a greyish purple brown with tiny specks of silver glitter. So pretty and it will not budge at all until you remove it at the end of the day. I think this is a dupe for one of the Bobbi Brown eyeshadow sticks too. I just hope Kiko come out with even more shades, I am obsessed. I have had this for years and it hasn't dried out or irritated my eyes and there is so much product left. 

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post and had a great January. I would love to know what some of your favourite products were this month, please share them in the comments below. What are you looking forward to in February? I am going to see Prince of Egypt (my favourite film literally ever) The Musical in London on 15th and I am so excited. My friend and I want to get a tarot reading and I have recently started a new university course so I am really looking forward to all these new experiences. Hope you all have a great weekend. Take care. 

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Wednesday, 8 January 2020


Photo via instagram @mannymua773
A new year has begun similarly to the end of 2019 with a new launch from Anastasia Bevely Hills, who recently announced on Instagram a brand new eyeshadow palette to kick off 2020 with ABH x Amrezy. This time a 16 pan palette of all new eyeshadows instead of the usual 14. This ultra glittery pink palette has 16 eyeshadows, with four finishes in total: matte, shimmer, foiled and pressed glitter. I believe this palette was leaked on Reddit around New Year, which is a shame. I know this happens to Norvina (Creative Director) a lot and it is such a shame that her enjoyment and excitement for these launches get tainted by leaks

Photo via Instagram @dressyourface
The eyeshadow palette is in the same short but wide rectangular packaging as all of the other Anastasia Beverly Hill collaboration eyeshadow palettes a la ABH x Jackie Aina and ABH x Carli Bybel, with the exception of the palette being perhaps wider with the additional two eyeshadows. Only the Norvina palettes are shaped in the bigger longer plastic packaging. 

Image via Patty Alonso YouTube
The first row of ABH x Amrezy left to right are: Waisted satin ballet pink; Barb metallic lilac with lime gold shift; Litty pressed glitter gilded copper with lavender sparkles; Cupcake metallic lavender pressed pigment; Dragon metallic gold copper; Leo metallic turquoise blue; Gemini antique gold with silver sparkles and Gorgina metallic taupe bronze. As a Gemini, I appreciate the fun sparkly colour Amrezy chose for our zodiac sign.  

Image via ABH website
The second row of ABH x Amrezy left to right are: Rezy metalic candy pink; Anastasia metallic peachy pink with gold shift; New Yawker matte rich caramel; OG mette neutral chocolate brown; Semsa matte red plum pressed pigment; 1988 matte chesnut brown; BK matte black and Yugo matte rich plum brown pressed pigment.

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The palette retails for $49, which is slightly more than the usual $46 most likely due to the extra two eyeshadows. For UK buyers I believe that will be £49 for us. It will be available on the Anastasia Beverly Hills website first, both UK and US on 14th January. It will be available in stores and in other retailers, such as Beauty Bay, Cult Beauty, Sephora and Selfridges on 19th January.

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 Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know what you think of the Amrezy palette, are you surprised Anastasia Beverly Hills released a new palette so quickly given they were launching back to back eyeshadow palettes towards the tail end of last year? Comment below if you have your eye on this palette and what shades have taken your fancy. I hope you are having a great week. Thank you for reading. Take care. 

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Wednesday, 1 January 2020


Probably not the obvious choice for the first post of the new year, but if, like me, you have New Year's Day off having a few solid Netflix picks in the bank to pass a few hours can come really handy. Here are a few things I have been watching over the past few days, weeks and months. I recently felt like watching a few movies, I don't tend to watch movies much at all and I think that is something I should do more of. I aim to write down everything I watch and read in 2020 so I can reflect on it when this time of year comes around. I have five films and five series I have watched in the latter part of this year, I would love to hear what you enjoyed as well so please leave your Netflix top picks in the comments. Hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year. Without further ado, let's begin. I am using a five star rating system for anyone who wants to skim read. 

Five Feet Apart ★ This movie is something I have avidly avoided despite being a Cole Sprouse fan, from what I saw of it on Cole's Instagram it screamed updated Fault In Our Stars to me which was a film I completely loathed. Five Feet Apart was an unexpected surprise, not completely predictable and with some truly good characters. I think it definitely romanticised a lot of elements which I am starting to realise is just hard not to do with this kind of content but I truly sobbed through most of it. The two main characters in this film have cystic fibrosis, I wish there was more about what it is actually like living with cystic fibrosis as it would be nice to be more informed about it especially in the work I do.  

Marriage Story Not groundbreaking or unpredictable but still enjoyable and I think both Adam Driver and Scarlet Johannsen gave stellar and believable performances. There were many moments in this film that struck a chord including a scene where Scarlett's lawyer talks about how as a society we are willing to accept failings in fathers but categorically do not expect anything less than utter perfection from a mother using Mary, Mother of Jesus and God as an example which was cleverly done and struck a chord. It is a fairly lengthy film lasting longer than two hours, but it takes you on a journey whilst telling you a story and provides you with a lasting reminder that nothing is perfect and everyone has a singular experience of life even if we think we are going through the same thing. 

Downsizing  The premise of this film is thought provoking but ultimately the film is a social commentary. I would have preferred the film to have a more hopeful comedic tone especially given the events at the beginning of the film it would have been an unexpected direction for the movie to take if it focused on a relationship between a human sized human and a human that has been transformed into a five-inch being. A long letdown. Quite disappointing, as the concept has great potential.

King Arthur  From my understanding, this movie was a box office flop, making a loss compared to its extravagant budget. Admittedly I watched this for Charlie Hunham, who is spectacular in his beauty always. Sons of Anarchy is one of my favourite shows of all time, go watch it immediately if you haven't already. King Arthur is the epitome of OTT, deliberately fast-paced with some try-too-hard joked and "witty banter" thrown in. I appreciated the accelerated pace as it made the two hours go rather quickly, the plot was thin but I did enjoy the film. 

6 Underground ★ Not my kind of film, but I watched it with friends which made it much more bearable. We played a drinking game for everytime there was a product placement amongst other things which kept us entertained and enabled me to keep some level of focus because otherwise I would have given up on this film. The plot is non-existent. A group of pretend dead people are trying to save the world one mission at a time, all with saldy uninteresting back stories. Pete Beale from Eastenders is in it and so is Ryan Reynolds who saves a lot of the scenes with sass. The cinematography and filming of certain scenes is certainly impressive but overall this show is all style and no substance. 

Atypical ★ I bulldozed through atypical in a week, I love it so much. At first, I wasn't sold I was watching random episodes at my friend's house and felt it portrayed ASD unrealistically but it is a very smart production and I love all of the characters and their different storylines. The relationships are sweetly portrayed and tackles various issues. Heartfelt but still lighthearted watch with tons of sarcasm. 

Greenhouse Academy ★ I was in a phase where I would watch literally anything and wanted something set in a high school to fill my Riverdale void (one episode a week - how dare you?) and this filled that hole for a short while. The first two seasons were okay and the third season was a bit of a mess, they swapped out well loved characters or wrote them out of the show completely which didn't fare well for continuity and I liked the new actors a lot less. Jackie one of my favourite characters and one of the only believable actors in the show doesn't even appear in the third season despite a pivotal moment happening at the end of season 2. I would advise to skip this one. The school itself doesn't make much sense at all either, a lot of the elements in this series doesn't quite hit the mark. 

Always Sunny in Philadelphia ★ So many seasons, I find some episodes of Always Sunny can be a hit or a miss when it is good it is spit out your drink laugh till you cry good and other times it is mildly amusing. It's a show a few might need to be eased into but generally I really enjoy it and I treat it like a security blanket. It is not a show that needs to be binged but when you're in the mood for it it is brilliant. 

Schitt's Creek ★ The show that I am watching right now and sadly am about to finish. I love everything about this show, it is funny, lighthearted and cute. Moira is my favourite female character ever, her undecipherable and affected accent as well as her divine personal style are too delicious to me. It also gives me much needed hope that as a twenty-something still living with their parents figuring stuff out isn't as embarrassing as I think it is. I cannot recommend it enough. 

Skin Wars ★ Competition reality shows are my krpytonite, I eat every single one of them up. The only reason I dived into this one is because Ru Paul is a judge but I quickly became addicted and bulldozed through all the seasons available. It is really creative and a fun process to watch, I love how these shows are filmed, and I didn't mind that Alexis (real name Rebecca) from Ugly Betty is a judge. This show gave me an appreciation of body art that I never knew I needed it truly was a medium I had never even heard of before but I really loved it. Devestated it is no longer running. 

Thank you so much for reading, my next post will be my New Year's Resolutions. I have a lot and I am trying to find a way to group them together so they seem less overwhelming. Happy New Year, everybody. I wish a great 2020 to you all. A reflective post on the peaks and troughs of 2019 seems like a good idea, but like 2018 it wasn't all rainbows and sunshine, but I think it is important to focus on the positive as a lot of the time the good can get swallowed by the bad, so I might do one anyway. Please leave your favourite Netflix content in the comments below and share your favourite moments of 2019 if you feel comfortable doing so. Happy New Year, lovely people! Take care. 

What have you been enjoying on Netflix? 


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Tuesday, 24 December 2019


I definitely identify as more of a winter person than a summer person, I would pick the cold over the hot any day of the week, but the one thing I cannot stand about winter is the severe and chronic lack of daylight in my life during these cold months. I love scarves, a brisk breeze, I live for jumpers but waking up to a dark day and coming home to a darker night is awful. I notice a genuine dip in my mood and energy to the point where I just want to curl up and hibernate in my bed only venturing out for food and hot baths. Of course, this is not possible. Like with most things you have to just get on with it, so here are some of the things that help me when I am feeling particularly blue during this time of year. I hope you find something that helps you, let me know in the comments below if you struggle with the shorter days as well and share your tips and tricks. 

Annual Leave If you work and find this time of year to be a hardship, be smart about how you use your annual leave. I like to save at least a week so I can use it in November or January where I am starting to feel really sluggish. A week away from work allows me time to recharge. I love to go to different places, so I could use it for an impromptu trip or just for some rest and relaxation. 

Maximise your daylight I try to go out during my lunch breaks for a walk, this gives me an extra half hour of daylight and like I said I actually quite enjoy cold weather if it is manageable. I also try to keep my curtains or blinds open during the day as much as possible. 

Spoil yourself As mentioned, there are plenty of things I love about winter, including but not limited to winter clothing staples. I like to buy a new coat and scarf as well as new boots every winter. I adore candles, hot baths and being swamped in soft fluffy blankets while I read or write. To keep the blues away do more of what you enjoy within reason. I love to do face masks and I especially love the instant warming clay masks, they feel so good this time of year. 

Let there be light This isn't something I have done, but most people's favourite thing about winter is Christmas. In my house, we only have Christmas decorations in the living room and I think next year I will try and decorate my own room so I can feel more of the festive cheer. Pick up a small Christmas tree, I am sure TK Maxx have loads - which will be reduced come Boxing Day rejoice! - and some LED lights. You can wind the lights on your shelves, curtain rails, desks or your mirror. If LED lights aren't your thing, candles are always a magical way to brighten up your room and you get to choose the smell. I picked up some festive candles from Primark recently and I will be burning vanilla and apple spice tonight to get myself in the Christmas Eve mood. 

Alarm clock There are some really great alarm clocks out there that wake you up by simulating sunlight. I think this is a really cool concept especially if you struggle to wake up in the mornings like myself. I am one of those people that have ten alarms on every morning. I haven't tried one myself, but I know Lumie is a well-known brand that does such alarm clocks which you can find on Amazon. 

Be productive Inevitably, in the winter time when you're not out and about at holiday parties you spend a lot more time in doors. It is a good idea to be a bit more productive and set aside time to get round to emails, completing job applications, writing letters or organising the home. All the things you wanted to do in 2019 but hadn't got around to, well now is the time. It will give you a sense of accomplishment and a boost to your self-esteem to have achieved something. Winter is a great time to set your affairs in order so you enter the new year with a clear mind, home and inbox. 

Charity This time of year is a great time for giving - is there ever a bad time? - especially around Christmas there are usually so many charity drives that you can get involved with. I know filling shoe boxes with gifts is a regular Christmas charity occurrence, this year my work donated a bunch of items for new parents and other charity organisations give warm clothing and blankets out to the homeless. Similar to the last recommendation, giving to those less fortunate or in need of certain things can keep you busy and occupied and also provides you with a sense of achievement and accomplishment and keeps your mind occupied. Christmas can be a difficult time for many, so keeping your mind occupied can be a serious struggle during the holidays.  

Read Not everyone enjoys reading, but I really do, there are so many classics on my list still for me to read. I just finished reading Sea of Strangers by Lang Leav and I am currently reading The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway which I have been wanting to read for ages. I actually received a hardback copy of the book a few years ago. For those of us that do not like reading there are always audiobooks or podcasts. There are many podcasts I enjoy and listen to regularly, Case File is my absolute favourite but All in the Mind is a great thought provoking podcast about lived experience of mental illness. 

Photo via @heyclaire on Instagram, I read the book on my iPhone. Highly recommend.
Learn For me personally, I love to learn and I have an innate fear of forgetting everything I have learned so I have made a conscious effort to dig out my old textbooks and read a chapter when I am feeling bored. This helps me learn and gives me ideas of different topics to research but also sparks memories of when I learned the same topics in a lecture or seminar. I really like the site Future Learn as well, it is a great free site where you can sign up to courses you like the look of and even interact and discuss with other users. They cover so many topics. 

I hope you found this post helpful, I definitely need to take my own advice and I have been trying to do more of the things I enjoy and love over the past few weeks. It can be difficult at times, Christmas can be such a crazy time of year that it feels like you never get a moment to breathe so I try to carve out as much time as possible for myself just to relax and do things I like. Hope you all have a great Christmas, leave a comment sharing what you do to beat the winter blues or if indeed you don't feel blue at all let me know down below. Thank you for reading. Take care. 

Do you get down in the Winter time? 


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