May has been so busy that I didn’t even do a best of April post! A first for me. To be honest life has been a bit tough recently. We have been really struggling to adjust into living back in the UK and are really missing our life in Malaysia. I know we were so lucky to have had the experience but I often feel like I just want to run back there.
So it’s a double bill today. I’ve been so busy starting the business and getting my first work in that something had to give. That something was writing posts here. But I’m back and I’ve got lots of things to share with you.
Lots of beauty, make up and hair products. Some great books a few films and a TV show or two. June see’s us going on a hot holiday to the south of France and a trip to Cheltenham for a wedding. I also plan to write about our trip to Copenhagen and my weekend in Bangkok last year.
It’s been a funny few months after moving back from Malaysia but I feel like we are getting into a rhythm and going on trips this month will help as we both love travel and adventure.
As always, I’m keen on new skincare, always looking for the next best product or the ultimate face product.
I have had a rose quartz face roller for some time now, loving the cooling effect on my skin and I swear I can see a difference when I use it and I don’t. The gua sha has long been used in Chinese medicine to improve patients’ skin by causing tissue damage, something that is believed to have medicinal benefit.
I came to know about the gua sha practice through one of my favourite skincare brands in Malaysia Root Remedies. The founder swears by using one with a facial oil at night to reduce puffiness and lines.
I have been using mine for a few months now and can honestly say it works. If I do it at night my face looks great in the morning. There is a method to doing it though, so check out how to use it first.
I got a free sample of this with a recent ASOS order and thought there was no way it could measure up to my favourite Isle of Paradise drops but it does. I love the fact its just for the face and sprays as a light mist.
I use it two mornings in a row and it gives a great glow and colour for about a week. The smell is not too strong, and it feels refreshing to apply. It’s on offer in Boots at the moment too!
I love this primer. It isn’t as thick as my other favourites, Pixi Glow Flash Balm or Too Faced Hangover which are rich and feel nourishing. This is light weight, absorbs quickly and feels like adding hydration straight into your skin. My skin actually feels refreshed.
Apparently similar to cult favourite Boy Brow by Glossier which I am still to try and a fraction of the price. I really like this, good hold and colour, I went for the colour brunette and it goes well on my brown eyebrows.
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I really wanted to love this. It was supposed to be a purse friendly version of the IT Cosmetics CC Cream, which I love.
Now I’m not saying it isn’t similar, it is, but if you love the glowy look the IT cosmetics gives you this is not the one for you. It has similar coverage and an SPF but it isn’t made for my maturer skin. If you want less shine this is your foundation, but for me sadly it isn’t. I am going to mix it with a rich primer to finish it off but won’t be repurchasing it.
This is amazing. I got the shade neutralizer which it is perfect for getting rid of dark circles. Not too drying on the skin and doesn’t crease. This is a great replacement for Touche Eclait in my opinion.
I have been trying to help my dry/sensitive scalp for almost 3 years now and nothing has quite worked. Using this to clean my scalp as I shampoo has been a game changer though. It gets right down into the scalp, which if you have thick hair like me is not easy!
This is free of nasties and makes my hair feel very soft and less dry. 98% natural ingredients of which some are organic. Not expensive too. I use this once a week in the bath and leave it on for at least 10 minutes.
Another product bought in the attempt to soothe my scalp issues. Love the idea of these two products but they don’t really help my scalp. I still get the uncomfortable feeling by the end of day two, which is a problem as washing my hair too frequently makes the ends very dry and straw-like.
The shampoo feels too thin, it runs out of your hand if you squeeze too much out. I do like the way it lathers and I feel like it goes through my hair well.
I also like the conditioner; it feels rich and thick. They also smell nice, not too perfumed.
I love Laura Jane Williams’ writing. Her Ice cream for Breakfast was one of my favourite books of 2018. So when I got an advance copy to review I was thrilled to be able to read it.
I tried to stay impartial and I still loved it. I loved the way it was written, finding myself reading just one more chapter, staying up late into the night. A beautiful tale of love, missed opportunity and fate. I fantastic summer read.
I read this due to a recommendation on my favourite podcast the Hi-Lo. It was a quick read, a small book about the life of a women after a terrible event. I found it though provoking, its rare to find characters written that don’t want children. And that feel that the idea of being called mother material is not a compliment. I loved that the book portrayed a different female character to the norm.
As a fellow Virgo, Anna is my idea of heaven. A book about organisation and the best ways to sort your life out is exactly my cup of tea and I love it. I am using it as a reference, dipping into it as I want to sort out different aspect of my life. If you are in the mood to sort out your life, I recommend this book.
What a beautiful book. So well put together and with beautiful imagery. If you are into Instagram this is the book for you. It helps you to curate the perfect, authentic feed. Lots of great activities to help you realise why you are unique and what will help you step up your insta game.
I’m going to be honest, I only went to see this in preparation for going to see End Game, which I still haven’t made it to. But I am so glad I did as I really enjoyed it. Great to see a female super hero movie, the world needs more of them!
Wow what a lovely film. Some sad moments but the relationship between the two main characters is what makes this film. I really liked it.
Netflix film about a group of women going on a weekend away together. Funny and true I found myself agreeing with bits like ‘yeah I do that’ an entertaining film for a Friday night in.
Now this I completely loved. I can’t say too much as it would ruin it, but a call centre worker finds if he puts on a ‘white voice’ he is successful. This leads to some interesting consequences. My film of the year so far.
An entertaining heist film about a group of widows who have just lost their husbands in a job that went wrong, that I kind of enjoyed but didn’t love. Some of the characters are interesting and the job it’s self is good but there was a twist that I just felt was odd. It also reminded me of Good Girls on Netflix. I thing good girls was better though.
So late to the party on this. We were in KL when this first came out and getting BBC programmes was next to impossible. With the new series getting a lot of hype we decided to start at the beginning and I am so glad we did. Loved it. The second series was magic.
Ok I and going to caveat this with, I love spy/espionage/thriller style things, so if you don’t this isn’t for you. But this is so for me, right up my street and I totally loved it. A good central duo and an interesting story with a good few twists and turns. I can’t wait for season 2
Line of duty
I have been watching this since the beginning and have been hooked since the very first episode. It falls into thriller/ slightly spy vibes for me. Undercover work and bent coppers, love it. All the usual cast plus the excellent Stephen Graham.
Two months mean two playlists. April is new albums by Solange and Anderson .Paak and some Leon Bridges
And May is as many Worldwide Festival Artists as I could find on Spotify as we are going and I knew very few artists on the line up! Finding I love The Comet is Coming!