January Favourites

Okay, so it's more than a little late but you'll never guess what I've got for you... that's right, it's my January favourites! Favourites are my favourite posts (haha), they're always the most fun to write and I LOVE getting recommendations from other bloggers. This month I've been in serious hibernation mode, it's getting even colder in Brighton so I've taken the opportunity to curl up with a book whenever possible. I've discovered lots of lovely new things throughout January so without further ado, here's what I've been loving this month.

The first thing I've been loving is a big one and it's Tove Lo's new album 'Blue Lips' or 'Blue Lips (Lady Wood Phase II)'. Blue Lips was released in November last year but I only really started listening to the album when my friend Ruby (a girl with notoriously fantastic music taste) recommended it to me. She warned me that she'd accidentally blasted one of the songs from the album out at work forgetting that it's SUPER NSFW. This is one you're going to want to listen to with your headphones on. Tove Lo's a Swedish singer songwriter who I've definitely heard of before, mainly because she had a huge hit with Habits (Stay High), which is a great song too in case you didn't know. Blue Lips has two 'chapters', 'Light Beam' and 'Pitch Black' that talk about the highs and lows of a turbulent relationship, you can already see where this is going. It's extremely real. If you've ever been in a bad relationship (or any relationship really) or through a bad breakup, you need to hear this album - end of story. From Struggle, when she croons the altogether too relatable 'the struggle is real, when you don't tell me how you feel', to 'she'd rather smile and pretend with ya than let go' in 'shedontknowbutsheknows' about the moment you find out your exclusive relationship isn't so exclusive. It's an incredible album, I haven't heard anything like it before but every single song is perfectly written and straight up addictive, I've been listening to the album on repeat since I first heard it. My other favourite songs from the album are 'cycles', '9th of october', 'hey you got drugs?' and most importantly, the first big track on Blue Lips, 'disco tits'. Hilariously, the album is named after the female equivalent of 'blue balls' - a point that certainly isn't lost on me, who run the World? Girls. According to Urban Dictionary anyway.

Next up, as you might have guessed - it's a novel called Home Going by Yaa Gyasi. I think it's fair to say I was never not going to include a book in here. I'm obsessed with reading at the moment and it was one of my New Year's resolutions to get back into reading so I was so pleased that I literally couldn't put this book down. One of my top tips for reading more is definitely make sure you have a book on you at all times, that way whenever you've got a spare minute on the bus or on your lunch break at work you can make the most of that time and escape into whatever you're reading at the moment. Home Going has really made a lasting impression on me. It's a beautiful, tragic story of two sisters whose lives go in vastly different directions to one another, set in the complex, brutal world of slavery. The novel itself spans generations, following the descendants of the sisters on their journey through life - it's somewhat similar to Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude if anyone's familiar with magical realism (which bodes well because 100 years is actually one of my favourite books of all-time). This is an absolute must-read for me and a great way to start 2018!

I'm sure I must've talked about this one before but if not, this is one of my all-time favourite ever products. The No 7 Stay Perfect Lip Lacquer in Nectar. Everyone has their all-time favourite lip colour and this one's mine. Another recommendation, this time from my friend Kirsten - I find that all the best products are ones that someone's recommended, mine definitely are! It's the perfect nude for me, it's quite dark, almost brown without being too dull and matte. Combined with the clear top coat that makes this lip colour last all day, it's the perfect soft, nude lip. I'm quite fair so I find that I need a slightly darker colour to give my lips any definition, much like my eyebrows - they need drawing on or they're hardly there. This is an old favourite for me and it's been tried and tested throughout the years, I've worn it to weddings, graduations and parties as well as at work, uni and on a 'no make up' day sitting around at home. It always makes me feel put together and somewhat glamorous. Highly, highly recommend picking this up!

And to go with it? The NYX Professional Makeup Slide On, Glide On, Stay On & Definitely A Turn On Waterproof, Extreme Color Lip Liner in Need Me. Yup, you heard me. That's actually the name of the lip liner I've been obsessed with this month - so much so that I haven't actually got any to show you and I don't seem to have a sharpener anywhere in the flat which is rather frustrating. The one thing I've never been able to find (or truth be told, really get along with) is a lip liner to go with my favourite lip colour. As I said, I've been wearing the No 7 Stay Perfect Lip Lacquer in the shade 'Nectar' for years but I've honestly never come across a lip liner to go with it so I've never really experimented with lip liners in general. Then I found this one. Aside from having the best name in the history of all lip liners, this colour is absolutely gorgeous and the perfect match for my favourite No 7 lip lacquer. The second I saw this in Boots I knew I had to have it, it's literally called 'Need Me'. Who am I to argue? It's really soft and creamy which I think is really important in a lip liner as I have tried sharper pencils before rather than crayons and I didn't love the effect. The only problem I have with this product is that you're always going to have to sharpen it (pretty much after every use) which is pretty frustrating but otherwise it's amazing. NYX always have such a wide range of different colours and formulas and their quality is second to none particularly for a drugstore product. By rule of thumb, if it's by NYX it's probably pretty great.

There's one product that I have been loving above all else right now and that's the Luxury Banana Powder by Makeup Revolution. Another old favourite and one of the best discoveries I've ever made, banana powder. You might be a little confused by this, I was at first too - what the hell is banana powder anyway? Well, apparently banana powder sets your foundation while mattifying your skin and correcting your skin tone. It's like a powder but better. It does all the same things as any basic setting powder you'd use but there's something different about this Luxury Banana Powder from Makeup Revolution. I wouldn't say Revolution is a brand I use particularly often but throughout the years I've picked up some really great things from them and they're never too expensive (which is crucial when you're trying something you're not entirely familiar with). I love this powder because it is slightly tinted and works to even out your complexion whilst still looking natural and healthy. I find this particularly useful if I haven't got a huge amount of time in the mornings because it really changes my look and only takes a few seconds to apply - if you haven't tried Revolution I would really recommend giving some of their products a go, you can find some real gems!

Other than that, I've been loving sleep (although I'm not getting much of it with my new job), coffee (lots and lots of it, same reason) and finally getting my weekends to myself after working in retail for the last EIGHT years!!! I'm sorry I've struggled getting posts up regularly at the moment, it's been a busssay time for me but I think I'm back on track now! Having said that, what have you been loving this January? Let me know in the comments below!
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