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Monday, 31 March 2014

March Favourites

It's that time of month again! Except this time, I don't feel like it was only yesterday that I wrote the month before's favourites post. Does anyone else feel as though the last few weeks have really dragged? Although 2014 is speeding by, I feel like March has been a particularly long month; or maybe that's because I've been sitting in my pyjamas for the latter half of it (hello Easter holidays). Nevertheless, there are a lot of things on my favourites list this month, purely because I've had very little self control of late and have bought a lot. Enjoy!

BEAUTY
My first stand-out buy of March has got to be the L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer. This stuff really is magical. I have very dull skin, though it isn't particularly dry, but this completely lights up my face. Even with foundation and powder over the top, this is the perfect product for the much sought-after glowing-from-within look, and though I'm yet to try it, from the pictures I've seen it looks like it may be a good drugstore alternative to the Dior Glow Maximizer primer.

Next up we have two of the Barry M Gelly nail varnishes. I picked the shades Lychee and Huckleberry, and they're perfect for the pastel trend we're seeing this spring. As usual with Barry M nail varnishes, I find that they chip like there's no tomorrow, but these colours were just too pretty to leave!

The comes my newest perfume purchase, Prada Candy L'Eau. This is an absolutely gorgeous floral scent that is perfect for spring, and you can read my full post on it here for more information.

Finally for my beauty favourites this month we have the Soap & Glory Sugar Crush body buttercream. It is highly moisturising and almost sickeningly sweet (but not quite), and again you can read a full review of the the two Sugar Crush products I bought this month here.


Lumi Magique Primer, L'Oreal, £9.99; Gelly nail varnish in 305 Lychee, Barry M, £3.99; Gelly nail varnish in 404 Huckleberry, Barry M, £3.99; Prada Candy L'Eau, The Perfume Shop, £35; Sugar Crush body buttercream, Soap & Glory, £10.50

FASHION
Beginning with a happy purchase; my Cath Kidston ticket holder. This is so simple and you'll probably all wonder why I'm so obsessed with this, but I've wanted it forever and it is just so cute! The inconvenience of waking up from a nap to show the ticket checker my railcard is now very much eased by this adorable printed holder.

Next is a white H&M jumper. I've spent a lot of time in the house recently, and am probably wearing this jumper 6 days out of 7. A spring-suitable fine knit, a lovely loose fit and carrying all the lazy luxe of a nonchalant French girl, its safe to say I'll be living in this for a long while yet.

Last are two Primark necklaces. I tried to just buy one, I really did. But I couldn't choose. At least they were affordable! I couldn't decide whether they were really cute or hideously tacky, but I felt that they were cheap enough to risk finding out. I'm very glad I did buy them though as I've had compliments on them both every time they've been worn! You can see the pastel rose necklace in action over in my Day Trip to Brighton post.


Red heart ticket holder, Cath Kidston, £6; white jumper, H&M, £7.99; pink gem chain necklace, Primark, £6; pastel roses necklace, £3, Primark

FILMS
The first of the two; Frozen. If you've seen it, you'll know why its on my monthly favourites list. If you haven't, correct that. And go and listen to the soundtrack whilst you're at it.

Another film that has seriously amazed me this month is Gravity. I know I'm ridiculously late to this airborne party, but Jesus. I am not really a space kind of girl, but this film was such an intense, emotionally draining and to be honest quite stressful experience. I wasn't sure if my legs were going to work when I had to leave the cinema. In a good way.

BLOG POSTS & VIDEOS
Although I've been watching all three of these YouTubers for a while now, this month I have been especially addicted the videos of Lily Pebbles, Amelia Liana and Hello October. All of these girls are stunning and seem so friendly, and they all have amazing blogs to boot. I'd highly recommend checking them all out and subscribing if you haven't already!

I have also been loving Ella Catliff's blog, La Petite Anglaise. Her OOTD, or in this case, Look Du Jour posts are always gorgeous, and her recent tales of swanning around Paris and London at the chicest of fashion parties have had me green with envy.

Finally I just want to mention some of my own posts that I've particularly enjoyed writing, because I've done a few different things in the past four weeks. First of all is the final few days of Paris Fashion Week show write-ups, which sported some amazing collections that you can catch up on here. March has also seen the launch of a new type of post for me (though hardly an original one in the blogging world), a Get the Look post, featuring my favourite app SHAREIGHT. Follow this link to see how you can steal the style of Jaime King and Emma Roberts on the cheap. Lastly I just want to mention yesterday's post again; my Mum and I took an impromptu Mother's Day trip to Brighton, and I took lots of pretty photos. Check it out here!

MARCH SURVIVAL KIT
Last of all, March has had me on a lot of long train journeys, so a new addition to my favourites posts is a monthly survival kit. This time it features Porter magazine, KitKat Chunkies, Candy Crush and my brand new Moleskine diary. All of these have kept me entertained/organised/well-fed, and simply couldn't be left out of my favourites list.

Let me know what your favourite things have been in the last month, and if you've tried any of the products I've mentioned. I hope you've all had a lovely March and I'll be back in a few days with my March Best Dressed list! 

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