Honestly I’m so excited to be back blogging and have come up with so much content for the next few months that I can’t wait to share with you. I have had some time away and then was pushed straight back into the deep end with work and the start of my third year at uni. So for the past two weeks I have been trying to find a good balance between university, life, work and planning blog posts. It was tricky and I have cried a lot in those few weeks but I think I’m sorted now and am excited to have my life in order.
I thought I’d jump back in today with a monthly favourites as that’s a classic post that everyone loves! This is going to be a mix or lifestyle, some books, some skincare, some hair care, some makeup, basically just everything I have been loving throughout September!
The Outrun by Amy Liptrot
This book I read whilst away in Cape Verde and it was on my reading list for the lifestyle module I’m taking this term. This book is a memoir/self help/nature book about Amy Liptrot’s life. I found this book amazing to start with when she spoke about her life in London and being an alcoholic as it was so raw and honest then struggled in the middle as I’m not into reading about birds and wildlife but I understand it was about her recovery then the ending left me in awe and really inspired to sort my life out but also know that its okay to struggle and not know what you’re doing. This isn’t the type of book I’d normally but I feel like that’s what I liked about it as I’m very into fiction but The Outrun being a memoir made it very relatable and I feel like a very wide audience could relate to it.
After I used up my beloved pixi glow tonic I decided to pick the glossier solution up whilst away in New York and have been using it for about 2 months now and absolutely love it! I know the pump at the top is a bit gimmicky but there’s something very satisfying about it. It also smells quite chemically but that doesn’t matter to me as it leaves my skin feeling smooth and isn’t irritating at all. It is fairly expensive though and as it has to be shipped from America I think I will use the rest up and then try something new on my skin but it is definitely something I would recommend and if the circumstances were different I would repurchase this.
Dermalogica skin soothing cream
Whilst I was away obviously I was spending a lot of time in the sun. Along with a tan came peeling and my face always seems to peel whilst I’m still away so it was no surprise when I saw my forehead was patchy from peeling after a couple of days. I decided to start using this moisturiser in the hopes that it would help or at least stop the peeling for a while and honestly I was so impressed with the results. I was applying the cream 2-3 times a day on my face and neck and it stopped me from peeling. I even felt confident to go back in the sun and since getting back have used it twice daily in both my morning and evening routine and having peeled at all (on my face that is my shoulders are multi-coloured right now!
If you follow me on instagram you’ll know I recently bleached my hair. I am loving it but my hair is seriously hating me for it! I have lost a lot of volume, curl and thickness and its very dull and weak now. To try and combat this I have started applying coconut oil all over my hair from the roots to the ends and leaving it in for about 3 hours before washing it out. I honestly think its saving my hair right now and even though I really like the change the bleach has done a lot of damage that I can’t undo so I’m doing my best to help my hair.
L’Oréal Low Shampoo
Along with using coconut oil religiously, I have been using the low shampoo from L’Oréal. I have used this for a while but now I use it more than ever! I have read up a lot about bleaching hair and they say to avoid shampooing it so this is a very good alternative that I’d highly recommend. Even if your hair isn’t bleached this product is holy grail material for me.
Now, this one may sound like a weird one but I’ve recently gotten a lot of plants and I wanted to talk about one of my favourite ones. I’m the type of person who kills a succulent so buying an actual plant that needs regular attention for quite a bit of money was kinda worrying for me. But I am literally in love with my monstera, It’s grown so much as well since I bought it which sounds so stupid and lame but I’m really proud of myself for managing to keep it alive. I have seven other plants in my room but this is my favourite. It’s also in my favourite part of my room – right next to my window on a side table with a couple of books, a candle and a buddha head. Just looking at this part of my room makes me happy and safe.
Young and Hungry on E4
I finally have a TV in my room this year and, surprisingly I haven’t been watching as much netflix anymore. Instead I have had E4 playing most days and evenings I spend in my room. I discovered the show Young and Hungry on there in the middle of August and have become obsessed. Its one of those shows you can either put on in the background whilst doing something or you can actually pay attention to it and it doesn’t get boring! Its been a while since I’ve turned the TV on and really focussed on it and watched it but with this show I can and its a nice refreshing change.
Jo Malone Oud & Bergamot Cologne Intense
My final favourite this months has got to be this perfume that I got from duty free on my way to Cape Verde. Since buying it I haven’t gone a day without wearing it. I have been looking for a fragrance to replace my favourite Tom Ford perfumes (Noir pour femme and Velvet Orchid) and I think this might be the one. On their website it is describe as having a mysterious, smoky character with base notes being oud wood and cedar wood and a top note of bergamot. I’m not very good at describing fragrances myself but its a very deep woody and rich scent with a hint of citrus coming through.
That’s it for this week, what were some of your favourites for the month of September?