24 December 2015

December


We've reached the end of the year, and the last monthly review post. Also - Merry Christmas!

This month I did a few nice things - one of the most exciting being going to an Ed Sheeran concert. This was most definitely the highlight of my month. Anyway - I haven't had Uni to worry about (unlike people in the Northern Hemisphere) and I've mainly just been staying at home having time off, but also working on my blog quite a lot. I'm excited to see what blogging brings in 2016. I may have mentioned I was struggling with my blog about a month ago, but I've dived in head first and just really turned it around. I'm super excited for what blog posts I will be doing next year and onwards.

Enough ramble about nothing - I will start with some of the beauty faves I've had this month, and it's been quite a good one. I have been trying out a new foundation - the L'Oreal Infallible 24-Matte in shade 11 Vanilla*. I think this deserves a spot in my favourites for December as I've enjoyed using a higher coverage, but somehow very light feeling foundation. I imagine this will be nice in both summer (because it's light feeling) and winter (because it's matte). One gripe I do have about it is that the colour is just slightly off for me. I'm a very pale person, and like most foundations, this one is still a bit dark. I can get away with it, but it does require a bit of extra blending down the neck for me.

I recently picked up some Rosehip Oil from Trilogy to help me with my scars and marks on my face that just don't seem to go away. I haven't used it enough to see much of a difference in that respect, but this has really added some moisture to my skin and smoothed it out on top of exfoliating. I've never really used an oil after cleansing, but I can see why people like doing it. I suspect this will be the perfect thing to use daily in winter, but for now I'm using it every few days when I need it.

Lastly, I have a blush favourite to mention in the form of Benefit's Sugarbomb Blush, which is part of their Sugarlicious Nude Lip & Cheek Kit. I mentioned the highlighter last month, but I definitely think it's time for some love towards this blush. It's a mix of pink, peach, brown and coral tones to provide a healthy, peachy glow - perfect for summertime in the Southern Hemisphere.

By far one of my favourite reads of the month was Everyday by David Levithan (actually, I finished it at the very end of November, ssssh...). This was beautifully written, and I felt like it had a strong meaning and message that I resonated with. The concept is pretty much genuius and it was easy to read as I flew through it. I also finished The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen which was a little hit and miss for me. I think I was expecting a bit more from this book, and it just didn't grip me as much as I wanted it to. I still think it's worthy of being mentioned though, because when you get past the long chapters and get your head around what's happening, I think it is enjoyable. I don't necessarily think it's a quick read, so it deserves a bit of concentration. I am currently on to the next installment of this, and heads up - I am enjoying it more than the first one.

I also read Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. I think it's a perfectly suited Christmas read. I really enjoyed reading this actually - I had watched all the movies in the past few weeks so wanted to get into the world more. I think it's a fascinating world and story, so I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of the series next year. This one was a quick and simple read, but I suspect things will get longer and more intense soon (obviously - as I've seen the films).




Alright - time for some music love. This month my family got a record player and we found my parent's old records in the shed, which makes for some fun time dancing around to 80s music, that's for sure. So, unsurprisingly I have been listening to Talking Heads again, as I enjoyed their music before anyway.

I also discovered The Strokes - a band I feel like I've always wanted to/tried to get into but never got around to it. Definitely recommend listening to their album Comedown Machine if you like the sort of music I do, because it's a good 'un.

I have also been listening to a lot of Arctic Monkeys - a band I always come back to and love, obviously.

Apart from that some of Troye's new album Blue Neighbourhood has definitely been blasting from my laptop's speakers as of late. Favourites are Cool and Youth, for sure.



Hope you enjoyed this rather large round-up post - I will be back with you for a couple more posts this year - my book and beauty favourites of the year.

Emma
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