The first month of 2018 is at an end.
I’ve seen so many people on twitter saying that they feel like this month has dragged on, but honestly I like that! I hate it when months fly by and I feel like I’ve not really achieved much; at least this month I feel like I’ve been posting regularly, making a lot of progress with uni work and been actively trying to engage with the blogging community more.
I’ll be honest though, even with all those good points I’ve not had a great month mental health wise. I’ve been struggling with my depression a lot this month; I’ve put weight on over Christmas and its left me feeling horrible about the way I look. It’s taking a lot of willpower not to start skipping meals again to loose weight. On top of that I feel like a failure. I’m constantly worried that I won’t achieve anything with my life. I want to take my blog further. I want to take my photography further. I want to start writing short stories and poetry like I used to when I was a teenager, maybe even get them published again.
The problem is I have no idea how to do most of that! I’m an awkward introvert who doesn’t like leaving her own house. My parents and boyfriend are super supportive of me, but they’re all socially awkward introverts too. Plus they have no idea on how to become self employed or the help that’s available and these days, and I have very little (if anything) to do with my wider family.
But on the plus side; I’ve never been more in love with the things that I’m doing. My blog is being read by more and more people, I’m loving writing posts and taking photographs for them. My final major project at uni is making a lot of progress and I’ve had so many people tell me they love my oracle deck designs.
So overall my month has been both great and crap at the same time! Sounds about right for me…
On a lighter note; here are the things I’ve been loving from this month. Some are things that I’ve bought myself, while others are things I received as Christmas presents.
Mustard Throw Pillow
Go figure. It’s not like its been in every single photo I’ve taken this month! I’ve received so many compliments on my phots with it in plus countless people asking me where it’s from. (Matalan if you’re wondering) I’ve become obsessed with the colour mustard recently; so much so I’ve been buying so many clothes in the colour and even picked up a bedding set and new throw for my bed.
I’ve had phases of falling in love with a colour before and they normally don’t last more than a few weeks, but this one looks like its staying for the foreseeable future!
COLAB Dry Shampoo
I don’t know how I’d cope without dry shampoo in my life! Even thought I have short hair, it really is a lifesaver. I mainly use got2b POWDER’ful volumizing styling powder to style my hair, but the next day it always causes my hair to stand up in every direction no matter what I do. In comes dry shampoo; I simply spray my hair with it and rub it in, getting rid of most of the product left over from the day before. Then I either leave it as it is (mostly on days when I only doing a food shop or have a lecture at uni) or at a little more product to style it how I like. Or at least attempt to style it…
Up until recently I’d been pretty loyal to Batiste dry shampoo but one thing I always hated was that it left a lot of white residue, turning my black hair grey. Not the look I was going for! A few people mentioned COLAB, saying that it leaves very little (if any) white behind. I was a little skeptical but I had quite a lot of Boots points saved up, so I decided to see if they were right. Any they were! It leaves very little residue in my hair and what little it does is easily got rid of by running my hand through my hair a few times.
Marc Jacobs Daisy
This perfume has to be my current all time favourite, especially in winter. It smells so much like the fields and parks local to me in summer do, it always reminds me of my childhood.
The biggest problem for me though is the price- its way too expensive to afford on a students budget! However I finally managed to pick a bottle up about 6 months ago; it was a smaller one that came with a refill vial, which I managed to use twice before I ran out. I think it was only about $20 which I considered to be a bit more reasonable; I’m running out now through so I need to pick up either a new bottle or a refill kit.
No7 Essentially Natural Foundation
This is my new go to foundation. It’s not full coverage (more like a BB cream really) but it covers up the redness on my cheeks and helps my skin look fresh and glowing.
The thing I love about No7 is that the colour match you, so the chances of getting a foundation that matches your skin for once is pretty high. Of course I’m the lightest shade they have, Calico, but for once it’s actually a pretty good match and I don’t have to worry that my neck and my face don’t actually match!
Okay so I’m seriously late to the game here, I only got Netflix this month. After my favourite shows to binge watch when you need a self care day post, everyone was saying that I needed to invest in it and that it would change my life.
I was sceptical as I already have amazon prime and didn’t really want to pay for another subscription service, but since they do a free trial I thought I’d give it a go.
Weirdly though my productivity level has increased since I started binge watching Netflix; I just curl up in bed and alternate between watching a show/film and doing uni work/writing blog posts.
There are so many good shows on there and lots of classics that I’ve not seen since I was a kid!
The only thing that’s annoying me is that there are show shows that you can get in the US but not in the UK. I was so excited when I saw someone say Charmed was on Netflix, until I went looking for it myself and found we can’t get it! That was a sad moment.
Other than that though I’m loving it and I’m definitely going to be keeping my subscription, I don’t know how I’ve gone this long without it!
What have you been loving this month?