My February 2018 Favourites

Wild and Free Oracle Deck

I said in my January favourites that I love months that feel like they last a long time; well February isn’t one of those months.

True its the shortest month of the year in terms of days, but it just feels like those 28 days have flown by!

I’ve been saying that this month has been one of the worst for my blog; I’ve felt like my stats have been down and I’ve had days where I’ve only had about 20 views a day. However when I looked on my Google Analytics, it turns out that this month has been my best ever month for views! It just goes to show that even when you feel like you’re having a bad day or even week, it doesn’t mean the whole month has been crap; you just need to step back and see that bigger picture.

Overall, February has been a great month for me; I’ve been doing things I never thought I’d be able to do and had so many positive comments on my work, both blog and uni based.

Wild and Free Oracle Deck

If you don’t follow me on twitter or instagram, you might not have seen that I’ve been designing my very own oracle deck- which is like tarot for those who aren’t clued up on all things witchcraft.

I’ve been working on this for my final year project at uni (this lucky bitch doesn’t actually have to write a dissertation for her degree!) and this month I got them printed off to try out and photograph…I’ve already had 8 people say they want to buy a deck!

Wild and Free Oracle Deck

I never expected that anyone would even like them, let alone want to buy a deck to use themselves! I’m now looking into getting a limited number printed off, designing the packaging and finishing the guidebook that goes with it; hopefully I’ll be able to offer them for sale in the summer!

Sims 4

I’ve always loved the Sims games, but I’ve never played them on the Xbox before; mostly because I’m a huge PC gamer at heart. I have Sims 3 on my MacBook but lets face it, MacBooks weren’t really made with gaming in mind. It would constantly overheat whenever I tried to play it and eventually I gave up trying and just deleted it; got to love wasting a casual £40 on something you can’t even play.

A few days ago while having a “me day”, Chris noticed that Sims 4 was on sale for the Xbox and decided to buy it. When we first started going out with each other, we set each our xbox’s home on each others account; a nifty trick that means we can download and play each other’s digital games for free.

Which basically meant I get the Xbox version of the Sims for free!

Sims 4 | Xbox One

It’s taken some getting used to the new controls, but so far I’ve hardly been off it in my free time. The gameplay, graphics and options are so much better than Sims 3 and its gotten rid of a lot of the things I didn’t enjoy in 3.

It’s safe to say I’m hooked.

New furniture

Talking of Sims, I’m a hell of a lot like one some times; I’m on of those people who feels fantastic whenever she gets new things.

Like a new tv stand for example.

Buying Furniture From Ikea For The First Time

I wrote a post earlier in the month about buying from Ikea from the first time, which is definitely worth a read if you need a laugh. It involves us trying to get a large piece of flat pack furniture into a tiny Ford KA…it’s safe to say it didn’t quite go to plan!

Hitting 1k on instagram

It finally happened; I’ve finally hit 1k on the gram! It’s only taken me a year and a half…

It may seem like such a small number to some people but for me, this was one of my big milestone goals and I’m so proud to have finally hit it; especially with how hard it is to grow on instagram (or in all honesty, any social media platform) these days.

My February 2018 Favourites

But since I changed the way I edit my blog photos, I’ve noticed a huge spike in likes, follows and compliments of how nice my feed looks. It’s really given me a confidence boost and helped me fall back in love with the gram. Sure I’d love a feed that actually has a chronological order to it (mostly so I don’t look like a creep when I end up liking a 6 day old photo!) but I don’t hate it as much as a lot of bloggers seem to.

If you aren’t already, why not give me a follow….I know, I know, shameless plug…but I’m always posting random things on my instastories, so its worth it for that if nothing else!

Nose piercing

Oh my days- this piercing has been a nightmare! I love piercings but they don’t like me; or rather, my body doesn’t like me having them.

I’d wanted my nose piercing since I was about 14, but I’ve always been too much of a wuss to actually get it done. However, I decided to get it finally bite the bullet and get it done to celebrate passing my driving test. That was back in October…it still hasn’t fully healed!

This month it has actually got a lot better; I can now move the ring around without and pain and it doesn’t bleed anymore. It does still gunk up every other day, but my Tragus did that for nearly a year so I don’t think its too worrying; I just wash it off with cold water and that seems to do the trick nicely.

Even with the problems I’ve been having, I’m so glad I finally got it pierced though. I love the way it looks; even more so now I have a hoop in rather than a stud. I just wish I hadn’t waited so long to get it done!

I was planning on showing it off with a gorgeous new selfie or two, but after taking 50+ photos and hating them all- I gave it up as a bad job.

Centraben dermatological cream

This one has actually surprised me. I was sent this in a pr package at the beginning of the month and originally I wasn’t actually a fan; it burnt my face slightly when I used it and I didn’t feel that it worked half at well as my No7 does.

But then I tried it on my hands and I did a complete 180.

Centraben dermatological cream

If you’ve read my November 2017 favourites post, you might remember me mentioning that my hands were damaged by some people at school “accidentally” pouring acid onto them in a science lesson. While I’m lucky in that I don’t have any scars or lasting damage from it, it has left me with patches of dry and cracked skin which I have to moisturise daily to stop it becoming super painful.

On a whim I tried the cream out on my hands (what do I have to loose really) and I found that it actually worked really well. I didn’t have any of the burning or irritation like I did on my face and, unlike my hemp hand cream, it soaks in really quickly; a definite plus point for me!

Unlike normal I’ve only needed to use the cream in the morning and before bed for it to keep my hands hydrated; a definite improvement on the 3/4 times a day I usually have to apply other creams. I’m going to keep using them throughout the cold weather and see how well it works over a longer period of time. I was going to say “winter months” but considering its meant to be spring soon and we currently have 6 inches of snow on the ground, I don’t think conventional seasons mean anything anymore!

What have you been loving this month?

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  • I absolutely love reading favorites posts, I find it so fun and fascinating to know what other people are loving! And congratulations on hitting 1K on Instagram, that’s awesome! I’m hoping to eventually join that club! 🙂 Thanks for sharing! xo

  • Jade Marie says:

    I love reading them too- it’s a great way to find new things to try 😁 and thank you! I hope you can join the club soon too 😊 xx

  • I love your photos! Ah The Sims, it is the only game I really played and I have loved it since the original one came out when I was in primary school. I can lose hours playing it.

  • Jade Marie says:

    I only started playing it a few years ago but I’ve loved it ever since! I’m a big gamer in general but it’s a good game to play when you want something a bit more “basic” 😂 and thank you lovely! 😊

  • Love the look of your blog ! So

  • Congrats on your 1k on instagram! such a hard platform to grow on! i have never played the sims before but everyone seems to be loving it ahah xx corinne

  • Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much 😊

  • Jade Marie says:

    Thank you lovely! It really is 🙄 hopefully now I’m past the first milestone it’ll get easier lol and you should give it a go- it’s very addictive 😂 xx

  • Perrine - Ola Banana says:

    Oh I love The Sims! Such a great game, and a big part of my high school years lol One of my February favorites has to be The Ordinary products that I tried 🙂


  • Charlene McElhinney says:

    Congrats on hitting 1k on instagram! I can imagine how wonderful that feels because engagement and such is dreadful atm on instagram so hitting a milestone is a brilliant achievement! I love a favourites post! Looking forward to seeing what you’ve been loving in March 🙂 <3

    Charlene McElhinney (@blogabtnothing1)

  • Holly says:

    I’m absolutely amazed how you have the time to do all of these things. Also – what camera do you use? Your pictures are great!
    My Feb fave is my new Barry M Nail polish, the molten metal collection is great! I’ve done a full review on my blog id nails are your thing – yours look pretty immaculate here!

  • Womanish Affairs says:

    Congratulations on hitting 1K on Instagram.
    I remember the first time I got my nose pierce I wasn’t happy, they put in a huge stud and it just looked like I had a huge booger on my nose. LOL. The healing process for me wasn’t that bad tbh, I love having a ring in.

    Thanks for sharing your Feb faves.

    Sabah ||

  • Jade Marie says:

    I use a Canon ESO M10 hun 😊 I’ve done a full review of it if you want to read about it in my detail; just type it into the search bar 😊
    And I’ll go check it out in the morning! I get mine professionally done which is why they look so good lol- I’m useless at doing them myself!

  • Jade Marie says:

    Ooo I’ve been thinking about trying some of their products! Do you have a review up that I could check out? ☺️

  • Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much hun! ☺️ yeah it’s definitely something to be celebrated as I though I was never going to manage it lol I love writing these kinds of posts too strangely ☺️💛

  • Jade Marie says:

    Thank you lovely! And haha it does a bit doesn’t it 🙊 I don’t heal well from piercings in general but I’m determined to keep it; especially after all the trouble I’ve had with it 😂

  • Heather Chambers says:

    Great post! It’s true February really did zoom on by also congrats on hitting 1k on insta, it’s not easy to grow on their these days, so well done on your achievement! 🙂

    Heather Xx

  • Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much! 😊 it really isn’t, but I’m hoping now I’ve got over the first hurdle it might get a bit easier 🤞🏼 xx

  • Mila says:

    Ahh I used to love The Sims as a kid, can’t believe they’re still going! All I used to do was build houses though lol! Always knew I would be an Interior Designer!

  • Jade Marie says:

    Haha that’s awesome though, that even back then you knew what you enjoyed lol I always pick writer so I think that says something too!

  • Annaleid says:

    Congrats on hitting 1k on instagram ! I also love your home bits 😊
    Xoxo Annaleid

  • Jade Marie says:

    Thank you Hun! 😊 and I’m still in love with them weeks later 🙈 xx

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