FEBRUARY FAVOURITES & HIGHLIGHTS.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

This post is slightly overdue, but here I am to tell you guys what movies, make-up, music, shows and things I've been obsessing with over February. I sometimes don't manage to do these posts every month, but I like them because they're a bit more personal and allows me to reflect back on what I was digging at a certain time in the year. If you follow me on Twitter then a few of these are probably obvious choices, because when I like something I don't hold back. Here are my February lifestyle and beauty favourites. 

february favourites

Beauty

Since I am trying to save money and cut my spendings, sadly my beauty and clothing splurges need to take a backseat. So I'm going to pick one or two items to post here every month and make sure I do my research first to see if a product is actually going to be worth buying. I'd only heard of Juvia's Place recently, and when my sister told me she wanted one for her birthday I thought I'd treat myself to one of the more neutral palettes. I opted for the Juvia's Place Nubian Palette because I knew I could work with all these colours. The blues and greens in some of the other sets still intimidate me a bit.

What I like about this is that it's not too bulky and the colours work for daytime and for going out on the town. So it's the only eyeshadow palette I need to take with me when travelling. For some reason the photo below makes it seem like there's purples in there - but they're made up of a mix of 8 shimmering and 4 matte coppers, browns and nudes. The palette is very similar to the Naked Heat in my opinion, and I guess with that you get more tones but in smaller quantities. I feel like this is quite a versatile palette that is suitable for all skin tones and is perfect for beginners or MUAs because it can work with so many looks and it also means you can pair it with any lipstick you fancy - yay!


juvia's place

Film & TV

I spend 25% of my time in Gibraltar at Leisure Cinemas, because frankly there isn't much else to do during this time when it's rainy and quiet outside. My friends know I have a movie rating list on my blog so after any movie is over they always turn to me and ask "What's the line/score going to be on this one?". Without a doubt the best movie of the month for me was Black Panther, obviously. I hadn't even seen the trailer for this but Marvel movies rarely disappoint so I was hoping for a good story line. Firstly the casting was perfect - Michael B. Jordan could have just stood their with his evil smirk for the whole film and I would have been happy, not to mention there was a lot of females kicking ass. I think Letitia Wright was great and funnily enough I'd seen her in Black Mirror the night before. I love that the story wasn't a simple 'beat the villian' plot and was a lot more complex than that, and also shed a light to Africa in a different perspective and allowed them to tell their story. There was also the final instalment of 50 Shades (Freed) which I feel like could have gone for another 30 minutes as the end was all a bit rushed. I found it was better than the first but not as great as the second. 

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I seem to be lacking the concentration span to watch long tv series, so I've been watching The Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt on Netflix because it kept staring at me on the homepage. The theme song is hella catchy, and funny enough to keep me entertained for 20 minutes. I also started watching The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel which isn't neither laugh out loud funny or leaves you wanting more at the end of each episode. It is however set in 50's Upper East Side New York, so basically the life I wish I had lived. It centres around Midge, a housewife who has a beautiful house, 2 kids and the perfect husband, until he randomly leaves her. 

mrs maisel
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Music

I've been trying to stay up to date with new releases so I've been listening to Spotify's 'New Music Friday' playlist when I go do errands and adding the ones I fancy to my 2018 playlist. As usual, I end up obsessing over the same 5 songs until I'm sick of them. Kendrick Lamar's album for Black Panther is great - All The Stars and Pray For Me are divine. Sativa by Jhene Aiko makes you want to do a sexy dancy in your mirror with the lights dimmed, and so does James Bay's Wild Love. I also have to give a special mention to my boys 5SOS, who are back on the scene with their new song Want You Back. It's a song that grows on you the more you listen to it, but I'm excited for their new album and new sound. 


Book Shelf 

Now that I'm done with uni I'm more likely to reach my GoodReads challenge of reading 24 books this year. I'm 3/24 at the moment, so I need to step it up a bit. I read The Couple Next Door and It Only Happens In The Movies in February, and out of the both I'd say I enjoyed the latter more. Most of the characters in this were fairly likeable and Audrey is very relatable and has the right idea about modern day romance. TCND was a thriller I'd seen in most book charts last year, and it was an alright read but it didn't leave me reading until 3am like I'm Travelling Alone did. 

it only happens in the movies


February Highlights 

  • I paid off my £2000 student overdraft! Considering I started working in August I'm pretty proud of myself. The original plan was to have this out of the way by December 2017 but we all know life throws a lot of temptations at us that make saving money that little bit harder (ASOS sales). The worst part of this overdraft was that I can't even tell you what I spent it on, but doing an unpaid placement in London for 9 months was the main cause of it, and wanting to buy a new dress every time I went out in Central, oops. 
  • I had a lovely Valentine's Day with my friends eating a 3 course meal at Pizza Express - I cannot rave enough about the Panna Cotta. 
  • I reached 150,000 views on my blog, which reminds me I still need to do a giveaway on this. 
  • We got a guinea pig called Ginger, although he's a bit of a scaredy cat but also makes me laugh because he looks like Gus Gus from Cinderella.
  • I treated my mum (and myself) to a massage and facial, something which neither of us do very often! 

What did you get up to in February? What stuff were you digging?

G






11 comments

  1. Sounds like February was a fab month for you! I need to get saving so I can have my own place after I finish uni but it's pretty difficult with my retail job and lack of time! I need to watch The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, it looks like my kind of show for sure!

    Sian x
    www.theenglisheverygirl.com

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  2. I went to see Black Panther today and absolutely LOVED it! I saw 50 shades a couple weeks back though and it’s one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen 😂 congrats on paying off your student overdraft!- https://sophiehearts.net x

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  3. Oh my, G! This list is amazing! Like, I was searching for a make Up palette in nudes, which do remind me of the Naked Palette (but isn't as expensive hehe), and for a new series to start! The 50s plot seems to be really interesting, so I will gladly take a look at it on Netflix.
    Congrats girl, for paying off your student overdraft! This is really amazing, especially if you cinsider the short time, in which you managed to pay back!
    I can only repeat myself: Such a good post, really enjoyed reading it! Well, since you're the 3rd person (I stopped counting tbh) who recommends Black Panther, I REALLY am excited to watch it, too!

    xx Hilal | peonycrescent.com

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  4. Oooooo I need to see black panther so bad! It's on my hit list for the next couple of weeks for sure :-) OMG and congrats on paying off your student overdraft! I used to live in mine but it feels so good to be out of it and to be able to stay out of it :-) X

    Sophie | https://sophieschoice.co.uk

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  5. I watched Black Panther a few days ago and it was incredible! I think what I loved most is that it didn’t feel like a black movie, and they were all shown as normal people if you know what I mean? Haha I can’t wait for Infinity War though, the final credit scene was too short xx

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  6. What an awesome month for you Gi! Congrats on hitting such a huge blogging milestone too; that's truly insane! Also, well done you on paying your overdraft off, you must be so relieved haha! xx
    www.imjustagirl16.co.uk

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  7. wow congrats on 150k! and I'm also an Unbreakable fan, love that show! Sounds like you had a lovely February, heres to an amazing March as well!

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  8. Sounds like a good February to me! I enjoyed 50 shades freed, but am still yet to watch Black Panther! Amazing that you've reached 150k views, very well deserved!

    Sarah | http://www.sazsinclair.com xx

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  9. Congrats on hitting 150k that’s mega!!!! Also I do desperately need to see black panther, Michael B Jordan and Chadwick Boseman are both incredible!

    Izzy | http://www.ADoseOfChatter.com

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  10. It sounds like you've had great February, and paying off your student overdraft must be an amazing feeling, mine still exists and drives me insane so congratulations. Congratulations on hitting 150k views too xxx

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  11. It’s never too late for a favourites post and it sounds like February was a cracking month for you! I have heard soooo many good things about Black Panther, I must see it! I also read a sample chapter of It Only Happens In The Movies which I’m very keen to read more of as well, I’m glad it made your faves list! Good luck with your 24 book challenge, I still need to set myself a 2018 GoodReads challenge! Amazing work on paying off your student fees too, that’s bloody brilliant!

    Abbey 💕 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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