Favourite Things – January 2020

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At the end of each month, I am going to try to do a round up of my favourite products/ shows/ music and trips I have taken. It will take the form of diary similar to this post and should hopefully be an interesting way to sum up what I’ve been enjoying each month.

January was a month of trying new things. I got lots of great presents for Christmas which I’ve been enjoying and I’ve been really proactive at getting out during the dark evenings and making plans for the rest of the year. I signed up for the gym and tried out personal training sessions which was a slight push out of my comfort zone but has done me lots of good; not only for my physical health but also for my mental health.

Birthday plans for February have been made so I’ve got lots to look forward to and overall, it’s been a good January. There have been a few days where I’ve felt low and lethargic but that’s normal. However, I’ve tried hard to incorporate my favourite things into a bleak January and it’s helped so here’s my list of what I’ve been enjoying this month.

Argan oil infused head towel

This was a Christmas present that I chose for myself. It probably seems like a strange thing to ask for but I always turban my hair after a shower and found that it was becoming dry after each wash. Argan oil really helps the condition of my hair and it smells pretty great too.

I absolutely love the look and feel of the towel and it works really well. I was worried it might not be big enough to secure all my hair but it’s surprisingly stretchy and easy to tie up with a button to hold it in place.

Bizzarely I found it in Oliver Bonas but you can order them online too.

Next slippers

I seem to wear out my slippers really quickly but these next ones are study so I’m hoping they’ll last longer. They’re super fluffy and warm inside and also look nice too. The only thing I don’t like about them is they don’t match my brown dressing gown and they’re a bit difficult to walk in.

The Gentlemen

We went to see this at the cinema last weekend and it’s the funniest film I’ve seen in a while. The Gentlemen is a gangster film directed by the brilliant Guy Ritchie starring Matthew McConaughey Hugh Grant, Colin Farrell and Charlie Hunnan. It follows drug lord, Mickey Pearson (McConaughey) who is planning a quick, fuss free retirement by handing his business over to a friend but it doesn’t quite go according to plan. Expect lots of action and suave Ritchie wit.

Personal training sessions

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I joined the gym this month and took advantage of a deal they were running on free personal training sessions. I’ve had two sessions and have found them helpful in knowing the best workout to improve my upper body and core strength. The trainer has given me more confidence to use the floor equipment rather than just focusing on cardio so hopefully now I can have a more varied workout. It’s also great for motivation and they work you hard so I always leave feeling like I’ve done a good workout.

I’ve only just about stopped aching from my session on Thursday which is surely a good sign!

IT Cosmetics CC cream

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The IT Cosmetics CC cream was another present I got for Christmas after seeing great reviews online. It’s a moisturiser, foundation, primer, concealer and sun cream all in one which I was a bit dubious about at first because how can one product do all of those things? But it’s great! In fact, it’s one of the best products I’ve used for my face.

I ordered Fair Light and it blends well with my skin tone. It leaves my face with a slight shine as if I’ve used highlighter which I quite like. I’d say it’s a medium coverage so if you’re looking for a full coverage foundation, this probably isn’t the product for you but it’s good for a top up or if you like a barely there kind of look.

Mad Girl – Bryony Gordon

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I’ve really got into memoirs recently and Mad Girl was one which I couldn’t put down. The book details the ups and downs of journalist, Bryony Gordon as she struggles with bulimia, OCD and toxic relationships.

I loved the way Bryony spoke about her mental health in such an honest and relatable way, showing us that it’s normal to feel like your world is crumbling and it’s nothing to feel ashamed of. Despite all the mistakes Bryony made throughout her life, some hilarious, some heartbreaking and some so shocking that you wonder how she carried on in life without having a breakdown, her strong advice and likeability shines through and I couldn’t help but feel positive when reading it.

It made me laugh, it made my heart ache and it made me nod along as I related to what it’s like to be a young woman figuring out the world. I finished it in about 4 days and will be ordering her other two books to devour soon.

What have you been enjoying this January?

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