January was quite the journey. One minute I was bringing in the new year with a competitive game of Just Dance, the next I was on a plane after booking a spontaneous trip to Albania and then I was back in London attending lectures. I feel like I lived three different lives last month. I’m not complaining though: I had the most incredible start to 2018. And I didn’t even have time to be sad about waving goodbye to my festive evening routine of Baileys and Quality Street in front of the Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special. I was far too busy packing my life into a suitcase.
I really wouldn’t have had January any other way. In fact, I would happily do it all again.
Since time travel isn’t yet possible, I thought it was only right to reminisce in the form of a favourites post instead. Here are some of the little things that brought me joy last month, alongside the amazing adventures that I had.
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Karma by Lush
When I first started my love affair with Lush, I mainly stuck to the sugary scent families. And whilst I am still a pretty huge fan of Snow Fairy and The Comforter, I’ve recently expanded my nose’s horizons by trying out products that don’t just smell like they’ve been lifted directly from a sweet shop. The karma bubble bar is one of those products. It’s a glorious mix of patchouli, orange and intoxicating spiciness. Honestly, I might even choose it over The Comforter these days. For Christmas I was lucky enough to get the Karma perfume, meaning that I can now spray myself in its loveliness on a daily basis. Which is exactly what I have been doing…
As someone trying to be a more ethical consumer on a student budget, shopping for gym clothes is a minefield. Whilst I would usually opt for the second-hand route, that’s something I’m not quite willing to do with running trainers. Judge me if you want: I just can’t deal with the idea of wearing someone’s old, sweat-soaked shoes.
After some research I settled on these beauties by New Balance, based on the fact that they have a pretty decent score on The Good Shopping Guide and that I’ll definitely get wear out of them. They look just as good with jeans as they do with gym leggings. And they’re pink. What’s not to love?
This book was on my reading list for my final term at uni, but don’t let that put you off! It is heart breaking and witty and one of those books that is over before you know it because you just can’t put it down. It’s an autobiographical novel about the breakdown of Nora’s second marriage after her husband declares his love for another women whilst she is 7 months pregnant. Yep. It’s intense.
A book shaped lamp for a book lover to read their books with? I think it’s safe to say that my dad got this Christmas present spot on.
This incredibly thoughtful gift has been sat on my bedside table since I’ve been back at uni and I just love it. It gives off a soft light and you can control how bright it is based on how far you open it, meaning it’s perfect for before bed when I’m winding down. It’s also rechargeable through a USB port, so I can move it to anywhere in my room regardless of sockets and don’t have to worry about batteries. I didn’t know that I needed this in my life, but now it’s one of my favourite features of my room.
Lush moisturisers are always a winner as far as I’m concerned. Whilst this bad boy isn’t as effective as Dream Cream, I’m willing to accept that for it’s scent. Specifically formulated for use before bed, it’s a mix of lavender and tonka that is the nasal equivalent to a 30 minute massage. It’s now become a constant part of my bedtime routine and I can’t see that changing any time soon.
As I mentioned in my last post about ethical home buys, these reusable makeup rounds are an easy way to reduce unnecessary waste. As well as that, I honestly think they’re more effective than their disposable alternative. Since they’re made of rougher cotton, they almost feel like a gentle exfoliant. Trust me, they really go to town on makeup when paired with coconut oil.
One of my new year’s resolutions is to do what makes me happy and to put myself first. So, within the first week of 2018 I had booked a flight to Albania to spend 10 days with my boyfriend and his family in a little village which only occasionally had power, let alone wifi. It was such an adventure. It was all mountain walks, visiting relatives for dinner and generally getting thrown in the deep end of the culture.
Ten days offline and out in the fresh air really did me good. I can’t think of a better way to have kicked off the year.