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Reading: There have been so many interesting and through provoking articles doing the rounds this month! I think the Christmas break has given some of my favourite writers the space to juice up their brains because there have been some corkers. One of my favourite pieces is by no other than (surprise, surprise) Dolly Alderton. In her article for Vice entitled: ‘Notes on being a woman‘ Dolly muses about existential lady crisis’ that had me nodding along like Churchill. One of my favourite parts were her notes on ‘The hardest things about being a women‘ Dolly says:
Youtube: I’ve followed ‘MissBudgetBeauty‘ aka Mikhila McDaid for as long as i’ve been dedicated to blogging and for a time, Youtubing – I think this time period begins way back in 2009! Wow. Khila is a fellow Yorkshire gal and for a reason other than that, but one I can’t quite put my finger on, I really relate to her, always have done. Khila recently uploaded a video called ‘Another Divorce‘ and whilst i’m not married myself, some of the points about relationships Khila touched upon, really struck a chord with me. In particular the way we grow as people and the way that a relationship doesn’t always grow in the same way. I also enjoyed Khila’s thoughts on the ways people are inclined to take on their partners stresses and how that can affect you mentally. The video is hugely personal and so brave to put out there – Hats off to Khila.
hair: Unfortunately, at the back end of 2017, I was struck down with a virus that really knocked me for six. No warning and no letting up for at least 3 weeks, I was bed bound and disgusting. After feeling pretty gross over the course of Christmas and New Year, as soon as I felt well enough to apply some lippy and actually brush my hair, I felt the urge to spend some time it the salon to do something different with my hair. And, after 4 hours in my stylist Stefan’s chair, I walked out with my choppy bob lightly sun-kissed with a natural balayage and it made me feel that little bit more brighter. I never thought i’d see the day that a bottle of ProVoke Touch of Silver would find its way back into my shower. Having dabbled with peroxide blonde hair on and off for years, I thought those days were done. Apparently not. The deep purple formula really does work too, helping to fight brassiness and keep bleached ends toned to a more ashy shade. It’s a little drying, so be sure to use a nourishing conditioner or mask.
skin: I won’t dwell too much on this as i’ve already done a full review of the skincare i’ve tried from The Ordinary however, in these winter times whereby central heating dries your skin out, the cold, biting winds make your skin feel sore and the season generally batters your face, The Ordinary skincare has been a saviour. One of my favourite steps in my skincare routine is to apply the Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% – This Vitamin C based formula gives my skin a real boost in terms of glow and vitality. And for the £8.90 it costs, you really can’t go wrong.
makeup: I can hear myself saying: “No, I hate nude lips – i’ll never wear them” – As a bold lip kinda gal, always have been since I raided my Grandma’s makeup bag aged 3, I think nude lipstick looks kinda weird on me. That was until I tried the infamous ‘Cake’ lipstick from their Generation G collection. This sheer matte lipstick is comfortable to wear, looks like you’re wearing next to nothing on your lips and stays put after a 3rd glass of wine or chowing down on pizza. I like this one for the ease of everyday wear – I can guarantee I won’t be heading to a meeting with lipstick on my teeth, or smudged lips, like the Joker.