January has been pretty busy and non-stop for me. I’ve really tried to get back into blogging regularly and am really enjoying it again! As well as work and blogging, I’ve been trying to improve my illustration and animation skills (you can see some of my practice here and also on my Dribbble portfolio) and also attempting to get the motivation to start wedding planning. Although I have absolutely no idea what I want or where to start!
Over the course of the month, I’ve found loads of new favourite things and products. I actually had so many that I really struggled to decide which things to include in this post. This is just a round-up of my favourite things last month, from hair and beauty to tech. Some are new favourites, whilst some are things that I’ve rediscovered.
I’m forever on the hunt for products to stop my hair being so frizzy and unruly and I think I’ve found a hair routine that really suits me now. I bought the Dyson hair dryer in November and last month I really started loving it and seeing the benefits of using it. Not going to lie, it was a bit of an impulse buy (and a pretty expensive one at that!), but I don’t regret buying it at all. This hair dryer not only dries my hair quicker but really reduces frizz and I’ve not had to use my straighteners as much. Before drying my hair I use this Bumble and bumble Invisible Oil Primer, I find it’s really good at stopping tangles and also protects my hair before using heat.
Not sure I can include the Batiste Dry Shampoo & Conditioner in my January Favourites, as I bought it towards the end of the month, but I’ve used it a few times and I’m really liking it. I don’t usually get on with dry shampoo as I find it makes my hair feel really dry, but this one leaves my hair feeling soft and smelling really nice.
I told myself that I would save money and stop buying so much makeup this year, but I bought a lot last month. Some recent purchases are the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette, Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita and the Freedom Duo Eyebrow Powder in Auburn. The Too Faced palette smells so good and I love the range of peach inspired colours. At the same time I bought the peach palette I ordered the Kat Von D liquid lipstick too. I love the colour, it’s different to most I’ve tried. The eyebrow powder is the first product I’ve tried from Freedom and I really like it. Also, at £3, you can’t really go wrong!
A few products I rediscovered last month are the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, Kylie Cosmetics Koko Kollection Liquid Lip in Okurrr and Miu Miu Perfume. I love the coverage on the Charlotte Tilbury foundation, as it’s really easy to build up. I’ve been wearing the Kylie Liquid lipstick since I was in Disneyland and it’s such a pretty red colour, with a pinkish undertone. The Miu Miu perfume was a purchase I made in Japan and I’ve just started using it on a daily basis again, I love the smell, it’s completely different to other perfumes I own.
I didn’t buy that many clothes and accessories last month but a couple of things I did buy were these Topshop embroidered mom jeans and this Primark Micky Mouse Backpack. The jeans are so pretty and easy to throw on. I’ve been wearing them with plain jumpers and my Classic Vans, I’ve pretty much lived in these shoes for the past five years. Primark has some great stuff at the moment and so much Disney stuff. My Disney obsession has definitely escalated after visiting Disneyland in December and I had to get this.
Tech wise there’s a lot of things I’ve been loving. I bought the Apple Pencil when I bought my iPad Pro last year and hadn’t really used it much until last month. A project in work has called for me to do more illustration work, so using the Apple Pencil, Procreate and Adobe Illustrator Draw has really helped.
A most read blog this month has to be I am a food blog. It’s actually been a favourite for a few years now, but lately I’ve been loving Steph and Mike’s posts even more. My favourite in the past couple of months definitely has to be their one about Hoshinoya Fuji. I visited this area whilst in Japan and would love to have stayed at this place, it looks amazing!
App-wise, I’ve been loving Instagram again. I got pretty frustrated with it once the algorithm changed but I’ve had a lot more engagement lately (mainly due to the comment pods I’ve joined) and I’ve found some great new accounts to follow. I post most days so why not follow me?
Something that has really helped me plan my posts is UNUM. I use this to plan posts in advance and preview what the photos would look like in my feed. It also gives stats on top posts, followers and the best times to post.
Snow is just a fun little app that I discovered recently. It’s like Snapchat but better. I don’t send my posts to anyone, but just use the filters to create cute selfies with cat ears!
Our new induction hob arrived last month, which I was (overly) excited about. The previous owners of the house never cooked at home and so spent as little as possible on kitchen appliances. Our hob was so slow and would take at least ten minutes to heat up. The induction hob is 1000x better, so I’ve been making the most of it and doing a lot more cooking.
Ramen is something we had a lot of last month. Not only did we create the eight hour ramen from Nanban by Tim Anderson for the second time, but we made a quick and easy one which was also really tasty! I may post a recipe for this at some point.
A cooking book I’ve been loving for the past couple of months is the Tokyo Cult Recipes Book by Maori Murota. Not only does it have great Japanese recipes, but design and photos are so so nice!
We’ve eaten out a lot less this month, mainly due to it being January and having no money left from Christmas. We revisited one of our favourites, The Hellenic Eatery, with a couple of friends and it was, yet again, incredibly tasty and good value. Another place we went, which was a first for us, was Kimchi in Canton. We’d both never had proper Korean food at a restaurant and we really loved it! The staff were friendly and the food was super tasty. We had a set meal with kimchi, Korean seafood pancake, chilli chicken, bulgogi, miso soup and raw beef bibimbap, with a drink, all for £46. We will definitely be visiting again!
Travel-wise, I’ve not really been anywhere out of the country this month. Although, we did visit Langland Bay and Southern Down Beach, which were both really pretty. You can see more photos of these places on my Instagram.
What are your favourites from last month?