February/March Round-up

It’s scaring me how fast this year is going by. It’s almost April which means in just over a month I will have completed my final assignments.

I thought I’d forget about university work for today and follow on from my January Round-up with a round up of the past few months. Much like January’s post this is just a little collection of what has been going on with my life, the shows I’ve been watching, the beauty products I’ve been using, the music I’ve been listening to and other things like that.

Life

Apart from being a complete whirlwind that’s going to fast, my life outside uni has been almost non-existent at the moment. I have been putting a lot of energy into completing the first draft of my dissertation as well as posting regularly on my Writing Blog which is part of the assignment for my other module Writer in the Marketplace.

In February I went back home to London for a few days with my boyfriend’s sister to see Hayley Kiyoko, a singer who we both love and who Georgia introduced me to. It was such a great night and Kiyoko is amazing live – she has so much energy on stage and is a great performer.

At the end of February I went to Amsterdam with Jake, my boyfriend, for a little getaway. As you might know, if you’ve followed me for a while, I love Amsterdam and have now been three times. It’s such a beautiful city that sweeps me away every time I go. It was also really nice to properly spend time with Jake as he works away a lot so spending quality time with him in the midst of university stress was much needed.

Music

A few weeks ago I posted my go-to music playlist and since then have added a few songs to it but the playlist is still going strong.

A couple of favourites I have on repeat are: Age Of You by Orchards | On the Luna by Foals | Nerve by DON BROCO | Phoenix by Olivia Holt | Learning to Swim by The Skints | Cassius by Foals | Things I Can’t Change by The Story So Far | Anywhere by Anderson .Paak

TV and Film

I went home for a weekend at the beginning of March to spend some time with my family as it was my dad’s birthday. Whilst I was there I watched a couple of films. Ocean’s 8 came out last year and I have wanted to watch it since I heard about it. It’s a heist comedy film staring a lot of famous women (Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna) and is an all-female spin off to the Ocean’s trilogy. I really enjoyed watching this film – it’s glamorous, smart and full of twists. I’d definitely recommend giving it a watch however according to reviews it isn’t as smooth as the previous films.

Another film I watched was Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare staring PLL’s Lucy Hale. Truth or Dare is a supernatural horror film that follows a group of college students who go on spring break to Mexico and play a game of Truth or Dare only to realise that this version has deathly consequences if they don’t follow through on their tasks. The film was okay. It’s slightly creepy however it isn’t really anything new. I did like it’s slick presentation however it is highly predictable.

I finally watched Eye in the Sky which has been on my to-watch list since it came out back in 2015. The British Thriller explores the ethical challenges of drone warfare. It’s such a clever film which was dedicated to Alan Rickman who feature in the live action film. I was expecting more action if I’m honest but that lack of action didn’t make it any less effective, in fact it probably made it better now that I reflect on it. I wanted to watch the film after having a phone call with the production company’s co-founder, Ged Doherty. I featured some of our phone call on this blog post so you can read more there but during his time with Raindog Film Co. Ged has only found 5 good scripts, Eye in the Sky being one of those. Knowing this I had to watch it and understand why Ged chose to make it. If you haven’t seen it I’d highly recommend it to those who enjoy drama/thriller/war related films.

Over on Netflix, I have been watching 2 TV series – The Order, which I finished within a week of it being released and The Umbrella Academy which I am still watching.

The Order follows college student Jack as he joins The Hermetic Order of the Blue Rose, a secret society that teaches and practices magic. As Jack goes deeper, he uncovers dark family secrets and an underground battle between werewolves and the magical dark arts. It’s a great show that pulled me in from the start however I’m not sure what I thought of the ending. Have you watched it? If so let me know what you thought

The Umbrella Academy is another Netflix original superhero series. It’s an adaptation of the comic book series under the same name. The plot revolves around a dysfunctional family of adopted sibling superheroes who reunite to solve the mystery of their father’s death, and the threat of an impending apocalypse. I am only half way through the series but needed to give it a mention due to the pacing and tone of the show. I think it has been both writing and produced excellently and is successful at creating a contrasting tone.

Beauty

My beauty routine has been a mixture of new and old products.

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CleansersIn my January round-up I talked about recently purchasing the Pixi Glow Cleanser. I spoke about being unsure of the product and I can now confirm that it has been giving me breakouts so I will no longer be using it. It’s a shame as it had so many great reviews and I love the Pixi Glow Tonic but unfortunately this cleanser just doesn’t agree with my skin. I have been loving my Sarah Chapman Skinesis Ultimate Cleanse in the evenings. I just cannot fault this product – it smells great and I love taking my time to cleanse in the evening with this stuff so I can just breath it in and relax a little bit. It also feels like it deeply cleanses without stripping your skin as my skin never feels dry after using this stuff. When I went away to Amsterdam I realised I hadn’t bought a cleanser with me, so when I was at the airport I stopped by duty free and picked up the Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser. As you know I love my gel balm cleansers as they are really easy to use, they aren’t messy, and they really clean the skin. This Eve Lom one is no different however I am not a fan of the smell, I’m not sure what it is about it but I just can’t get on with it. It probably doesn’t help that I compare it to the Sarah Chapman Cleanser and the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel which both are amazing gel to balm cleansers and they smell good too. The Eve Lom one is also slightly heavier which I feel is not a bad thing, but it’s more of an evening cleanser as I felt like you had to put more time into washing it off. I have also finished off the Glossier Milk Jelly Cleanser which I was undecided on for a very long time but in the end really liked it as a morning cleanser.

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TonersWith regards to toners I have finished quite a few recently but luckily, because I’m organised to the point of being slightly anal I had back ups ready. I finished my Glossier Solution which I have fallen in love with since buying it on a trip to New York. however I cannot justify getting it shipped over to the UK. This meant I moved onto my old favourite the Pixi Glow Tonic which I also finished a bottle of, but I did have a back up one so the glow tonic is my current toner. Occasionally I have been using the Alpha Liquid Gold but because I am now using a moisturiser daily with AHA’s I feel less of a need to use the Liquid Gold as often.

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Moisturisers/SerumsI first spoke about the Clinique iD Moisturiser in my January Round-up and since then have been using it every day so I can finally properly tell you guys about it. I love this stuff! I have the blue cartridge which is for uneven texture and pores and have really noticed a different in both those areas. I also have the hydrating jelly as my base for the product. I still love the fact that it is a customisable moisturiser and can appeal to various skin types. My skin loves this – the jelly moisturises my skin without making it oily and the active cartridge suits my main skin concerns. If you were to buy anything I’ve spoken about in this post I say get this as I think the customisable aspect makes it more appealing to a wider range of skin types. I have also been using Sarah Chapman’s Skinesis Overnight Facial occasionally (1-2 times a week).

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HairFinally for hair I have been using what has been in my routine for a couple of months now so I won’t go into too much detail. My hair is in a lot better condition and I think it’s down to this constant routine that I do every week. The L’Oreal Low Shampoo for dry, coloured hair is now my shampoo and conditioner. I have been using this for a long time and don’t think I would go back to shampoo and conditioner. I have also spoken about this a lot but I can’t recommend switching to a low shampoo enough. These cleansing creams have a no foam and no sulphites formula which conditions the hair and gently removes impurities – so it isn’t harsh and stripping like a shampoo but my hair still feels squeaky clean after using it. For a hair oil I am back on the Kérastase band wagon using their Kérastase Elixir Ultime oil. I have found that it can be a bit too much if used on dry hair however when I leave my hair to air dry I like to apply about a pump to the middle/ends of my hair and brush it through. I am still loving Kristin Ess as well. I would say every other time I wash my hair I like to use the reconstructive mask pre-wash and leave it on for at least a couple of hours. I just like how easy this mask is and Kristin Ess is a genius.

Thanks for reading!

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