Skincare picks, capsule wardrobe and new scents | February Favourites

Ah February. How you’ve flown by. But seriously, after the three decades of January I can’t believe how quickly this month has passed. I’ve had a lot of birthday fun and we’re ending on this great sunny weather. Who could ask for more?! In the middle of the month I was struggling to think of anything to add to my favourites but after my birthday I have a fair few to add to the list – with some I’m still giving a bit more of a test run which no doubt will feature in next month’s post. So without anymore fluffing up, here’s what I’ve been loving this month:

I have an item of clothing in my favourite this month – shock horror! This is rare because as much as I spend £50 a time on makeup and skincare I won’t spend £20 on a pair of jeans I desperately need. It makes so sense but anyone I’ll get back to the point. I have An Edited Life to thank for this buy. Last month I bought myself a black cord pinafore dress because I needed something to go with a load of colourful jumpers I had in my wardrobe and in the spirit of creating a capsule wardrobe I thought this would be a good bet. I’ve become fully obsessed with it. I wear it most days to work with a polo neck jumper underneath or just a normal jumper with some black tights and black boots. So easy, I just pick a jumper and it works together. Also I wore a stripey t-shirt with it the other day when it was a bit warmer and I was totally into that as well. An all round great purchase that I’ll be getting more and more use out of in the weeks and months to come.

Something I’m equally as obsessed with is my Aquarius necklace from Topshop. It’s delicate gold necklace with my star sign in a circle and I wear it a heck of a lot. I was lacking a delicate necklace and this has filled the slot perfectly.

I’m having a real skincare moment at the minute and it’s all hydration based. Although my skin is quite oily I think it’s also pretty dehydrated so I’ve been trying to use lots of products that will give it a boost but not clog my pores. The Nip and Fab Dragons Blood Plumping Serum (which I got in the Glossybox Advent Calendar) is perfect for that kind of thing. My skin drinks this up and it drys in about five minutes. I love it. In a morning I use that and then just before I use foundation I put a couple of pumps of the Barry M Unicorn Primer Drops Beauty Elixir to brighten up my face and give a boost. These two together are a dream team!

Let’s talk about the shea butter scent from the Body Shop. I’ve never had this one before and I don’t know why I’ve missed it for this long. My mum got me one of the sets for my birthday and it’s definitely become one of my new favourite scents. It’s so warming but not too sickly sweet and I’m all about it. I’ve also fallen back in love with the Body Shop Body Butters again. There’s nothing better than slathering a thick, deliciously smelling cream on after a winter shower.

For Christmas, my gran got me a load of these bath tea bags and they are an actual miracle. They let me have a wonderful smelling bath without the mess! I usually just put one of these in when I start running the bath (let it infuse you know) and then go in with the bubbles nearer the end. Once I’m ready to get in, take the bag out, give it and squeeze and done! I love all bath products but these are a bit more fun (also love tea so is very fitting).

Christmas Shopping

I’ve never really been one for serious shopping, I know where I want to go to browse, Boots and River island, and everywhere else I just kind of go in, get what I need and then get out. So, you can see that christmas time isn’t my favourite to go into the shops. I like the whole festive atmosphere but the people who need 17 Elsa’s for various kids in their family really get on my nerves. People are so rude, so I’ve complied a list of how to get through the christmas shopping period without committing murder:

  1. Know where you’re going, what you need and where you’re going to eat (if you’re doing a day long trip), this means that you don’t spend time wandering around aimlessly, getting stressed out and you can potter around knowing where you’re going to go. 
  2. Try not to go on a Saturday. This year I’m completely ignoring this advice but if you go on a Sunday or even better some time during the week it won’t be as busy and will be a much more leisurely experience. 
  3. Don’t take a huge handbag. You will regret it when it keeps banging into people. 
  4. If you’re buying a lot and have gone shopping in a car, make a half way trip to take the bags back so that by the end your bag and arms haven’t broken. 
Follow these tips and you’ll have a great shopping experience. 

The Market is in Town

Holiday’s are coming and it’s time for the market to come to town. I never realised before university that nearly every city had a Christmas market because unfortunately, Halifax hasn’t clocked on to their existence yet! Apparently the Nottingham Christmas market is modelled after the original market square where it’s held, bit of historical knowledge there! There are so many cute little stalls selling everything from furry headbands to goose fat roast potatoes (which I’m definitely getting because they were so yummy last year!). There’s also a helter-skelter, a carousel and an ice rink so there’s plenty to do! Every time I walk through it when I’m in town I really get into the festive mood! Not long now til the big day!

Harrogate Trip

Monday was a fun filled day full of food, food and food! Me and my mum went to Harrogate for the day to have a relaxing bonding sesh. The main reason for going was to go for afternoon tea at Betty’s and it certainly didn’t disappoint! After arriving in Harrogate at around 11am we had a little Debenham browse before realising we were going to pass out from hunger so we went straight to Betty’s. I love that place so much, words can’t even describe, so every time I go in I’m always over whelmed.

The afternoon tea (which can be consumed at anytime of the day) comes with three wonderful layers:

  • Sandwiches- Egg mayonnaise, roasted ham and mustard, chicken and tarragon mayonnaise and smoked salmon with cream cheese.
  • Scone- Sultana or cheese scone with jam and clotted cream.
  • Cakes- Lemon macaroon, fruit tart and chocolate and praline mousse cake.
I think that my overall favourite layer was the sandwich layer, which is really surprising because I have a really sweet tooth, but they were just so yummy I was blown away! There’s something about putting small foods on a cute stand and drinking tea which takes a whole procedure to drink that makes me so happy, and it all tastes ten times better. I will definitely be having another one of these in the near future.
The rest of the trip consisted of shopping and buying more Betty’s cakes to eat later on that evening (yay for cake!). Love Harrogate!