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A Year of Favourites (2014)

January Favourites

That daily journal. Those books.

February 2014 Favourites

February Favourites

That wine(!)

March Favourites 2014

March Favourites

That chocolate! (I must have consumed about 10 bars of that in March…

April 2014 Favourites

April Favourites

Some seriously good books. The best phone (only until I Lollipopped it up…). Amazingly soothing lip balm.

May 2014 Favourites

May Favourites

That Dior lip glow thing. And absolutely excellent Orwell.

June 2014 Favourites

June Favourites

That mascara. That blusher.

July 2014 Favourites

July Favourites

That book. That shampoo. That body lotion. Those cups. That cleanser! Such a good month, favourites-wise.

August 2014 Favourites

August Favourites

Some lovely books. And that lip balm has been mistaken for a fancy lipstick SO MANY TIMES. <3

September 2014 Favourites

September Favourites

The glasses! Fantastic dry shampoo. Beautiful book.

October 2014 Favourites

October Favourites

Always stellar shower gel. Beautiful body oil. Daily primer. Necessary + calming pillow spray.

November 2014 Favourites

November Favourites

My favourite author. A subtle, lovely under-eye concealer.

December 2014 FavouritesAaaaand… December Favourites.

They’re all amazing. Especially the book.

Thanks for letting me share my favourites with you each month. Please share any lovely books/products/favourites with me. Here’s to another year of favourites!

December 2014 Favourites <3

December! Such a cheerful month. I was a little sickly for a few days of it, but mostly it’s been a month full of exciting outings and happy times. And my boyfriend came back from Luxembourg! Next, we’re off there together for the new year. (Eek.)

Some December favourites:

  • Hoola bronzer – A lovely addition to my make-up collection.
  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt – Just to clarify – this isn’t my copy. I borrowed it from my boyfriend – the creased spine is causing me a sizeable amount of anxiety, let me tell you. I haven’t finished this yet (I might have, by the time this post goes up), but it’s a beautiful read. I’m preferring it to The Goldfinch, that’s for sure (and I had quite liked a lot of that book).
  • NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – Such a beautiful concealer – and it’s almost all used up. Can’t wait to purchase a new one (once I’ll be living FIFTEEN MINUTES AWAY FROM A SEPHORA).
  • NEXT Christmas pudding beanie – My wonderful friend Annelise gave me this for Christmas. It’s perfect.

Some other favourites:

  • A lingering feeling of excitement for the big move
  • A bunch of lovely new proofreading jobs
  • Watching plenty of films with my two besties
  • Compiling Christmas wishlists
  • Winning a Christmas quiz with some of the loveliest women ever
  • Graduation celebrations!
  • Being asked to be a maid of honour at a very special wedding for next year <3
  • That Christmas feeling
  • Gift-giving
  • Getting my boyfriend back! SO MANY HAPPY FUZZY FEELINGS.

Have an EXCELLENT NYE and a wonderful new year. So many favourites, yet to come.

November 2014 Favourites <3

November has been quite a month. I’ve graduated Doctor of Laws (and officially gotten my Maltese Proofreading warrant), I’ve told most of the people in my life about the Big Fat Decision that I’ve taken, and my boyfriend has moved to another country for a new job. So many changes, but I’ve been surprisingly calm and happy. And I’ve had some wonderful fun this month.

Pictured favourites!

  • The Imitation Game by Ian McEwan – while I was reading this book (consisting of three plays written by Ian McEwan), it took me ages to realise that there’s a film out right now with the same name (and dealing with the same general story!) – I adore McEwan. Favourite author, yes.
  • Sleek blusher palette in Pink Lemonade – I bought this from a new shop in Valletta, and I totally get the hype.
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Treatment concealer – lovely to cover up the darkness under my eyes after nights of fun and celebration.
  • Maybelline Baby Lips (Cherry Me) – perfect lip balm, with the prettiest tint – it makes me look like actually have lipstick on.

Other favourites:

The next time I compile this post, I’m going to be knee-deep in packing for the big move to Luxembourg. So exciting. Hope everyone has an excellent month!

October 2014 Favourites <3

October 2014 Favourites

October has been fun yet exhausting. I’ve spent most weekends napping, and even though it’s felt like wasted time, it’s been a huge necessity for me to be able to function well during the week. Christmas is close now, though, which is always a happy, busy time. It’s going to be an interesting end-of-year.

On to some favourites!

Other favourites:

Ooooh, November is going to be interesting – and will also finally mark the actual end of the Doctor of Laws course for me, because I finally graduate. FINALLY.

Hope everyone has a splendid month.

September 2014 Favourites <3

September 2014 Favourites

September was such a busy (often stressful) month. However – it’s been sprinkled with some fantastic downtime and (really fun) proofreading jobs. October is going to be INSANELY GOOD, I can feel it.

Some favourites from the month of September:

  • The new McEwan book (The Children Act) – I was so excited about this book, that I bought it twice! I pre-ordered it months ago from The Book Depository, but when I saw it at a bookshop and hadn’t received it in the mail yet (and wouldn’t for over 5 days…), I had to buy it. It’s not my favourite McEwan, but it was bloody brilliant. When’s his next one out? #favouriteauthor
  • Planning for a Lake District trip with my two best friends – I AM SO EXCITED. WE ARE SO EXCITED. EVERYONE SHOULD BE EXCITED.
  • New glasses! – I’ve been needing to wear glasses more often lately, and I definitely needed new ones (the ones I had been using had been bought when I was about 15 years old…) These are quirky and gorgeous.
  • Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder – this is a dry shampoo and “style extender”. It’s very luxurious (but pricey). It really works though.
  • Bumble and Bumble thickening full form mousse – I’m definitely a mousse girl when it comes to hair products. My hair routine is simply: shampoo, condition/treatment, mousse, oil (optional). This mousse isn’t the usual “type” of mousse that I usually enjoy (i.e. defined curls), but it really gives my hair a thick, volumised look, and definitely feels like the expensive product it is (thankfully).

Other favourites:

Hope your September has been equally happifying. Let’s enjoy October to the fullest. Can I use the C word? Because I’m excited.

(Christmas.)

August 2014 Favourites! <3

August 2014 Favourites

August has been so thoroughly exhausting. It’s been fantastic, don’t get me wrong, but I kind of want to lie horizontally for hours on end at the end of each day. This is clearly the effect of working full-time for the first time ever, in Summer. Work is absolutely fantastic, but the adjustment still needs… adjusting.

On to some favourites of the month!

  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – This book had sooooo much hype around it, and I had to know what it was all about. The story is beautifully written, and I’m really glad to have read it. It’s the sort of book that’s quite one-of-a-kind, and I’ve been thinking back on it for days since finishing it. However, it wasn’t AS AMAZING as some people made it out to be.
  • Maybelline Baby Lips lip balm in Cherry Me – This lip balm has been lovely this month. It gives me a great amount of colour and hydration, and doesn’t need to be applied meticulously in front of a mirror (I usually slap it on while riding in the mirror-less car-park lift before getting to work).
  • Haagen Dazs Pralines & Cream ice-cream – AKA deliciousness in a little pot. I’m not even a huge ice-cream lover, but the massive chunks of cake-like goodness in Haagen Dazs ice-cream is too heavenly to pass up on.
  • #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso – I’m only halfway through this book, but I’m absolutely loving it. The best thing about it is that my life has been so totally different to Ms Amoruso’s, and I love being exposed to different experiences. And wow, is she successful. #respect
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – I finished this early in August, and found it to be such a melancholic book. I really enjoyed it, but don’t think I’m excited enough to read the next book. Some parts were a little slow, and I found myself wanting to skim through the paragraphs. Some of the “peculiar” parts were a little too much for me too, so this was mainly just not my type of book. Still a great read though, and the story was beautifully crafted.

Some other favourites:

Hope everyone had a splendid August, even though it’s been unbearably hot. Here’s to a cooler (and calmer) September!

July 2014 Favourites <3

July 2014 Favourites

Oh, July. I feel like a completely different person to what I was 7-8 months ago, and July has thoroughly cemented that in. I now work (WHAT?! – I know.) and have successfully completed a million and one projects – with the hallmarks being my Doctor of Laws thesis and my notarial warrant. I’m exhausted, but ridiculously happy and also thoroughly enjoying all these celebrations.

Pictured favourites:

  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent – a beautiful book. So finely crafted, and such a haunting story.
  • Korres Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturising Brightening Cream – I bought this (and the other Korres product) from Cyprus (which I visited this month), and they’re both so wonderful. Truly luxurious, high-quality skincare. Really loving them both.
  • Korres Wild Rose Brightening and Line-Smoothing Face & Eyes Serum – a really luxurious serum which you can feel is hydrating your skin. Mmm.
  • LUSH Orange Impériale Body Lotion – This is called ‘Celebrate’ in English-speaking countries, I believe, and it’s a Christmas product which I am absolutely adoring all year ’round. Smells divine, and is a wonderful lotion.
  • Instead Softcup – non-menstruating people, feel free to skip this one. This is an “alternative” menstrual product which I started using properly this month. It’s been absolutely brilliant, and you don’t have to think about your period for 12 whole hours (i.e. the entire day). It also turns out to be heaps cheaper than tampons or sanitary towels.
  • Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Face Wash – my wondering friend Anna gave this to me on my birthday, and I’ve been using it super often. It’s so easy to use due to its pump, and it smells beautiful and cleans gently. Great stuff.
  • LUSH I Love Juicy Shampoo – This shampooooooo! It’s fresh, cheerful, and gives hair a “deep clean” without making it feel too stripped or squeaky. Lovely scent too.

Other favourites:

Hope everyone is having a splendid summer!

June 2014 Favourites <3

June 2014 Favourites

June has been a special month. It was chock-full of surprises and happy times. I’ve started a new job and I absolutely adore it. I have new (much shorter) hair, and I’ve had some lovely times with friends and my boyfriend. The final touches to my thesis have been implemented (PHEW.) and I officially give it in today.

Some favourites from the month!:

Other favourites:

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel – what a beautiful film. Watch it.
  • #BookADay – I’ve loved posting photos of books all throughout the month. Check my posts out on Instagram.
  • Indian food – always delicious
  • My nearest and dearest, as well as a few new people in my life this month. There are lots of lovely people everywhere.
  • FINISHING MY FINAL DOCTOR OF LAWS EXAM. (Apart from the thesis viva…) It went surprisingly well too.
  • Toasties
  • Feminism
  • Books, as always
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Dresses
  • Reign

July is going to include a trip to Gozo and a trip to Cyprus, as well as more work and some proofreading jobs. There’s also going to be one of those Book Depository 25-hour sales on 1 July. I’m so, so excited.

May 2014 Favourites! <3

May 2014 Favourites

And May is over. Madness. I’ve spent a whole month seriously hard at work on my thesis, and I’ve thankfully had my extension request approved, so I can brush it up at my own pace. Let’s get straight into the favourites.

Pictured:

  • Dior Addict Lip Glow – the perfect lip product. It’s SO expensive, but SO worth it. Try it. It’s a clear balm that CHANGES COLOUR on your lips and gives them such a glow. Urgh, I love it.
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – I didn’t love this as much as Eleanor & Park, but it was still really lovely. I wish these books existed when I was a teenager!
  • ESSIE nail polish in Mezmerised (although FeelUnique seems to think it’s called ‘Mezmerize’, oh well) – this is such a beautiful blue colour, and I’m so pleased that my boyfriend got this for me on his recent trip to England.
  • Agatha Christie books – clearly I’m going through a phase. The one I loved the most (not pictured) is And Then There Were None. SO GOOD.
  • Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell – such a GOOD BOOK. The perfect read to escape my thesis mania.
  • Tanya Burr lip gloss in Aurora – this is the best lip gloss. So beautiful on the lips, such a pretty colour, and smells so yummy. When I first put it on it looks really wrong, but after a few seconds it magically sets in and looks perfect.
  • MAC lipstick in Plumful – this is my first ever MAC lipstick, and it is incredible. The colour really compliments my skin tone, and I’ve loved popping it on if I need to go out in the evening.

Other favourites:

  • I PASSED MY NOTARIAL WARRANT EXAM. It’s not like I haven’t blogged about this fact before, but it’s obvious that it’s going to be in my monthly favourites post. I’m still so pleased – and I can’t wait until I’m actually given the warrant.
  • Street View on Google Maps – whenever I’m bored and need an escape (and I’m not in the mood for reading), I’ve been looking at Street View of a bunch of random places (mostly Iceland or Sweden) on Google Maps. Try it – it’s so cool.
  • My morning routine was published on the lovely Sarah’s blog.
  • Absolutely amazing Guest TILTs.
  • Thesis progress – which has been VAST this month. I’m almost done with a complete, full first draft, and I can barely believe it.
  • I ate a lot of delicious burgers.
  • Weekend fun(!)
  • The Eurovision!
  • Poached eggs – so much.

June promises to include a lot of hard work, but I’m really, really looking forward to seeing the end of it – particularly since it means I’m going to be an actually warranted notary. So soon!

April 2014 Favourites! <3

April 2014 Favourites

April. It’s been mostly disastrous but took a turn for the better at the end. My thesis progress was more stagnation than progress, but now things have picked up again. I’ve long been terrified about May 2014, but now that it’s almost here I’m not too worried. I’ve either become complacent or else I’m just numb to the deep-set fear. BUT, Spring is definitely here, and the sun and warmer weather are helping me calm down. And Summer is only a couple of months away – isn’t that amazing?

Favourites! (Quite a few since I spent most of the month TOTALLY not working on my thesis and reading/frolicking instead.)

Pictured:

  • NUXE Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing lip balm – so thick, so nourishing, such a lovely scent. A very heavy lip balm that’s perfect after you give your lips a good scrub.
  • Estée Lauder lip gloss in Nude Rose – my beautiful friend Jenny gave this to me for my birthday last month, and it’s so.nice. It makes my lips look dressed up and plump and shiny, in a good way. So luscious. Plus – you might be hearing more about/from Jenny very soon… *mystery*
  • New phone! – After cracking my Samsung Galaxy SII’s screen in March, I got a Nexus 5, and it is WONDROUS. Such a great phone, and larger than ever.
  • Acase Phone cover – to go with my snazzy new phone, I bought a super-recommended phone cover, which is actually two covers in one. I got it off of Ebay for about 19 euros including shipping, and it’s a beautiful purple case that’s perfectly protecting my phone.
  • Coconut oil – I’ve been meaning to buy a jar of coconut oil for ages, and I finally got one a couple of weeks ago. It smells DIVINE and I’ve used it as a hair mask and it’s really lovely. (As a hair mask: just plonk it in your hair for 30 minutes or more, and then rinse it out. SOFTNESS.)
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – I read so many books this month, and this was by far the most massive, clocking in at 771 pages. It was a beautifully-crafted novel – I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The last third of the book wasn’t… my favourite, but I still loved it overall. Especially since it was a beautiful edition + a birthday present from my boyfriend.
  • 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad – Another book I read this month. It’s a bit of a horror story, which isn’t usually what I go for, but this was really good. Chilling, scary, and just a good story to get into. I can’t really look at the moon any more without shivering, but oh well.
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – THIS BOOK. I get the hype. I get it. I loved this book. LOVED IT. I *****WISH***** it existed when I was 15. I would have adored it. I adored it now, but it is just PERFECT for teenagers, I feel. So heartwarming and beautiful. Totally recommended Young Adult fiction, yes.

Other favourites:

  • A Little Opulent – this online magazine launched this month and it is ALL MY FAVOURITE THINGS IN ONE. I’m obsessed with their relaxed, beautiful posts. Although there doesn’t seem to be too much of a hype around it – WHY THE HELL NOT? It’s AMAZING. READ EVERYTHING ON THERE.
  • Kulħadd Ħalla Isem Warajh by the lovely-lovely-lovely Clare Azzopardi – Oh my. This book. I read (DEVOURED) it last weekend and adored it. If you can read Maltese, READ THIS BOOK. So good. I haven’t read a huge tonne of books in Maltese, but I’ve read all of Stagno’s stuff and a bit of Immanuel Mifsud and others… but THIS BOOK. It might be my top favourite Maltese book ever.
  • Figolli – delicious Maltese Easter goodies. Yum.
  • Milka & Oreo – I was supposed to include this in my pictured favourites above, but I ate all the bars I had… oops. This is something else. The Cadbury Oreo version verges on 100% bland next to this. If you love/like me, buy me a Milka & Oreo bar. Thanks.
  • Recovering from a dearth of thesis-related productivity – thank God.
  • Looking forward to more Guest TILTs next month!
  • Buying fresh smoothies
  • Celebrating my best friend Annie’s birthday
  • A really great evening out
  • Cats
  • Gifs
  • Pilates
  • The sweetest German friends who visited us in Malta for a week in the beginning of the month
  • Running again(!)
  • Compiling more medleys
  • Wondering where I’m going to be “at” when I’m compiling next month’s Favourites… (If I actually end up having time to compile a Favourites post at all! That’s what had happened last year…)

Have a great May.