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March Favourites

So, somehow another month has passed by which means it’s time for another monthly favourites!
I was so busy in February that I completely forgot to do a favourites and when I did, it was already March.. so here’s a March Favourites instead!
I am going to save the blabbing this time and just get stuck right into it.

So let’s dive in..
My first favourite of the month of March certainly has to be Netflix. I have finally re-entered the fabulous world of Netflix and wowie, there are so many incredible shows for me to catch up on! There is nothing better than jumping into bed early to catch up on Netflix and munching on way too many Minstrels! I have written a post on What I’m Looking Forward to on Netflix 2017 (This might feature 13 Reasons Why – which is another monthly favourite for me! Hype hype!) for you all to check out, if you need some inspiration!

I was so fortunate to attend a Netflix Event in Cardiff last month, where there was a Netflix-filled apartment and we got shown all of the latest releases coming for 2017. Here is a link to that post, incase you want to give it a read: My Time at the Netflix Apartment.

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My first favourite of March has to be the Nyx Brow Gel in the shade ‘Chocolate’ (seen in the photo above). Seriously, it is pretty tough to rub these bad boys off whilst I have this brow gel on my eyebrows! I was looking for a product that doesn’t wipe away easily like pencil or sometimes powder (I also have psoriasis, so I tend to scratch pretty often) and this product works a treat.
I apply this brow gel with an angled eyebrow brush from Real Techniques, I try not to apply too much as they can go a little too bold and dark for my face but if I apply carefully, they go with my hair colour pretty well.

You can purchase this from select Boots stores, so here is a link to the website for you to browse. I will most probably do an eyebrow tutorial on my blog using this product for you all soon! Let me know what you think about that.

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My second favourite of the month has to be ‘Dear Amy’ by Helen Callaghan which I am currently reading. I haven’t finished it yet, but the storyline is so good and I got completely hooked on just the blurb which is just here:

“Would you risk your life to save a stranger? 
Discover what happens next in the Sunday Times bestselling psychological thriller, Dear Amy . . .

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A local schoolgirl has been missing for weeks when Margot Lewis, agony aunt of the ‘Dear Amy’ advice column, receives a letter:

Dear Amy,

I’ve been kidnapped by a strange man. 
I don’t know where I am. 

Please help me,
Bethan Avery

This must be a hoax. Because Bethan Avery is another young girl, who went missing twenty years ago.

As more letters arrive, Margot becomes consumed by finding the sender and – unlike the police – convinced that the girls’ disappearances are connected.

Solving this puzzle could save someone’s life – but could it also cost Margot her own?”

You can purchase this book from Amazon now!

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My third favourite is Bath and Body Works ‘Twisted Peppermint’ foaming hand wash which is a Christmas Fragrance. I absolutely adore Bath and Body Works and I am so, so, so sad that there isn’t one in the UK (although, if there was, it would probably be expensive..) so when I go to America I go a little crazy on the hand soaps and antibacterials! I cannot get enough of them!

I was super excited as I have heard about the Christmas Fragrances that come out obviously over the Christmas period, but I have never been in America late enough for them to be released, so this Christmas I found them and I was super excited!
Unfortunately, I really wanted the Body Mist of this as it was really gorgeous but it was sold out completely in the store I went to and could not get my hands on it! Damn!

Anyway, this foaming hand wash is incredible. It has such a strong and lost lasting scent that stays on your hands afterwards and the bottle lasts ages too! (I went a little crazy using this, although I knew I’d regret it when it’s all gone..)
I would highly recommend these products and if you haven’t heard of Bath and Body Works then definitely give them a browse – there’s no doubt that you won’t find something that you will fall in love with!

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I have also been loving The Library of Fragrance‘s scent in ‘Honeysuckle’. I purchased this from Boots for £10 (usually £15) with my Advantage Card points to treat myself and my, my, my.. this genuinely smells like actual flowers! Although, my boyfriend just comments ‘You smell like a bee’ (whatever a bee smells like.. but y’ano).
This company have so many different fragrances from Cinnamon, Marshmallow, Mint Ice Cream, Fresh Laundry and even Play-Doh.. that’s right, Play-Doh.. yummy?..

You can even mix and match scents, and they have a page that tells you which scents compliment each other whether you want to go warm, musky, bright and refreshing..

I’ll leave a link to their website here and also check out the Boots website as either one of the sites usually have an offer on!

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So, that is all I have for my March Favourites at the moment. I hope you enjoyed and I would love to know what you have been loving this month too! Let me know down below!

Want to browse some more blog posts?

How I do Disney World on a Budget

My January Favourites

Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Review: The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

My Time at the Netflix Apartment

Bootlegger Cardiff Review

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What TV Series and YouTube am I watching?

I am always looking for new TV Series, Films and new YouTube channels to watch whether it’s on Netflix, Channel 4 or YouTube, where I can really get stuck into and become obsessed!
So I thought that I would love to share my recent favourite TV Series and Films with you guys!

Let’s get started by saying that I have now decided to restart the whole Gilmore Girls series. I have always just ended up watching random episodes that come on the television but never in order! And now, I am making progress and am currently on Series 2 Episode 13 (this has probably changed since I wrote this) and going strong!

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Let’s jump along with the hype itself, that is 13 Reasons Why. I cannot tell you how excited I have been for this series to come out! It is based on a book by Jay Asher called 13 Reasons Why, where a girl in high school commits suicide and leaves 13 different cassettes for 13 pupils at the school. I won’t tell you any more about it, but head on over to my other post ‘What I’m looking forward to on Netflix in 2017’ where I go more into depth!

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The next favourite is definitely Once Upon A Time. This has been a huge favourite of mine for the 10 months and I really didn’t think that I would enjoy it, but I fell in love since the very first episode and now I am on Season 4!

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This week I have started to watch Broadchurch as everyone has been telling me how good it is and that it has made it’s return onto itv! So, here I am having a dabble at Broadchurch thinking that it could be interesting but really hoping that I am not disappointed by the hype.
NOT THE CASE. I have now watched the whole first series in two days and I am loving it!
I would highly recommend this if you love crime and mysteries! I love trying to work out who has killed who, who has been going behind someone else’s back, who is lying..
Such a great show!

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My fourth choice would be American Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson and again, I became addicted to this straight away! I watched the first episode and had to watch another four back to back.
I really enjoy watching things that are factual or based on real life situations and this just really fascinated me and seeing how he could’ve got away with so much in his lifetime!

My guilty pleasure is going to be number 5 on this list.. Made In Chelsea (You can watch every single episode on All 4).
I haven’t watched this for the last two years and all of a sudden I saw an advert saying that there’s a new baby on the way and just had to catch up right away.
This is one of my programmes that I really enjoy to watch, but I leave it until  when my boyfriend is in work so he doesn’t complain about everything, every second haha!

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Swiftly moving onto another guilty pleasure of mine is Keeping Up With The Kardashians. I have watched the Kardashians  for absolute years and have always just found it sort of interesting how they live their lives, what they get up to, what they spend money on, what luxury items they own.. It’s probably more of a ‘lifestyle thing for me, than a ‘Oh my god, what is Kim up to now?’
Does anybody feel the same way about this? I just love watching it!

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I think I will take a slightly different route this time with what I am watching and I will share my recent Youtube love. Again, I went travelling for 16 months and didn’t watch YouTube properly since, so I have really been getting back into it again recently and that is going back old school with Alfie Eyes (PointlessBlogVlogs), Zoe Sugg (Zoella) and Rhiannon Ashlee (RhiannonAshleeVlogs). I just love watching vlogs especially, it sounds really boring when I explain it to people that don’t understand why I watch them, but watching people’s every day lives is weirdly interesting to me..
Not forgetting that I adore watching gorgeous little Delilah (Rhiannon Ashlee’s baby girl) in the vlogs and seeing her grow up. I don’t have children, am I excited to have some? Yes, but I am definitely not having any for quite a long time yet! I adore watching family vlogs, baby vlogs, pregnancy vlogs and reading ‘mummy blogs’ too – people might think that that is weird, but I have actually met quite a few people that feel the same way recently!

I am trying not to watch videos like Primark Hauls, Boots Hauls, Make Up Hauls recently as it just does make me want to spend after going ‘Ooh! That looks like a lovely product!’ and then I complain that I am ridiculously skint! But I do absolutely love them and will post a few links to some of my favourite channels of YouTube in general below:

WhatLydDid (A lot of hauls, beauty, lifestyle, vlogs, all sorts! Also, can I mention that she so amazingly donated her hair to charity?!)

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katiedoesbeauty (Katie posts amazing vlogs, beauty videos, fashion hauls and makes me want to spend all of my non existent money!)

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sophdoesnails (a huge amount of beauty videos!)

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RebeccaCoco (if you want some daily vlogs and also so many incredible beauty and lifestyle videos)

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KelseyDay (for some amazing lifestyle videos and vlogs!)

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TheTimTracker (if you love watching Orlando, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios videos like me – getting all the latest news, general vlogs around the parks..)

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So there is a huge insight to what I have been watching recently and I feel like I would enjoy doing more of these in the future! I hope you enjoyed this post and my recommendations and don’t forget to send me yours too!

If you want more posts to read, then check some of these out:

My Time at the Netflix Apartment

A Netflix event sounds incredible, right? I was so fortunate to attend Netflix’s event at the St David’s Hotel in Cardiff for a great evening of teaser trailers and exclusives for their upcoming shows for 2017.

We walk up to the front door of the apartment which bares a sign with Netflix written on it. We are then greeted and filled with such warm welcomes to the apartment which looks absolutely incredible. The apartment is adorned with Netflix branded cushions, notepads, pillows, photo frames and so much more. There is a huge table filled with all of the beverages you could imagine from Champagne, Prosecco to bottles of Lager and soft drinks.
From the apartment, you get an incredible view from the ceiling to floor windows looking out along Cardiff Bay which is a sight I never can get tired of!

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We get to know each other, introduce ourselves and give a brief background of our lives and almost instantly we burst out into conversations of TV Series, films and different platforms that we watch Netflix on.

We are then shown some really exciting teaser trailers from upcoming shows for 2017 that include 13 Reasons Why (this is based on the book by Jay Asher, which a review is coming up shortly!) and Mindhunter which instantly reeled me in just from the teaser trailer!
I have a ‘What shows am I looking forward to in 2017‘ post where I go into more detail about both of these shows and more. I have left links on each title to Netflix’s website so you can go watch the teaser trailers now.

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The champagne is still in full flow, we are so kindly served canapés and macarons throughout the evening and I knew it was time that I had a photo opportunity with the Netflix Bed (Hey, I couldn’t resist – those cushions were a must!)

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I would like to thank Netflix and the team so much for the incredible event and for inviting us along. We had such an amazing time, so appreciative for getting to see exclusive clips of upcoming shows that I am dying to watch and hope to stay in contact and see some future events to spread the word about even more great shows coming to us!

Now, less of me rambling on and more of me getting my Netflix binge started for the day!
Do you guys love Netflix? Which shows are you currently binging? I would love to know!
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For more posts, check out:

Let’s Talk About Respect

Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Review: The Sky Is Everywhere

What I’m looking forward to in 2017 on Netflix

My Disney Jewellery

Hello there! I get a lot of comments on my Disney Jewellery so I thought ‘hey, why not do a post on your jewellery? duh!’

I will start with my Pandora bracelet – I have the original bracelet that they brought out and I keep all of my normal charms on there and then I have this bangle which I have kept for all of my Disney charms!
Basically, Disney now do Pandora Charms some that you can purchase in all stores or exclusively at the Disney Parks! Each time I go to Walt Disney World or Disneyland California, I like to pick myself up one and usually they will have a meaning behind them for me. Here is a link to the charms and bracelets they do!

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For example, the black charm (third in from the left) is my latest one that I bought at Christmas. This is the ‘Wishes’ charm which was created for the ‘Wishes’ Fireworks Spectacular that they have in Walt Disney World every night, where the castle lights up, fireworks are set off and they sing the most incredible song ‘Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight’.
I have previously posted about Wishes in my January Favourites (as the song is originally from Pinocchio – in the Disney sense).
This fireworks show has been played at Walt Disney World since 2003 and it is my absolute favourite. Every single time I see this show, I have a tear in my eye and sing every single word. Sadly, they just announced that they are going to be replacing the show which I’m extremely sad about! So I thought that at Christmas time, I wanted to pick up the charm just incase they stopped the show and cancelled the charm (there was a rumour going around that Wishes might get replaced in the park last year).

My other charms include some like the Mickey’s Fun Wheel from Disneyland California – this is one of the iconic rides from Disneyland California. I visited this park for the very first time in October 2015 and I bought this charm as a reminder of my trip!
I also have a Sorcerer’s Hat dangly charm which is the hat from Hollywood Studios (that stood in the middle of the park) and now they have sadly removed this from the park too – so now I see this charm as I little RIP to the Sorcerer’s Hat. *frown*

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Others I have are my Fantastic 75th Anniversary charm which I absolutely love! I am a huge Disney fan and have a passion for animation (I am a Computer Animation student, if you do not know already!) and I see Fantasia as such a huge milestone for The Walt Disney Animation Studios as they broke through so many boundaries within animation and really experimented with different techniques and approaches to animation!

I also have a Sleeping Beauty charm which features each of the fairies Flora, Fauna and Merryweather which run around the outside of the charm. Sleeping Beauty is one of my ultimate favourite Disney movies and when I saw that they released this charm, I knew that I had to pick it up on my next holiday to Walt Disney World!

My other charms feature Mickey and Minnie silhouettes which you can purchase at Pandora Stores in general. The glass beads are not from the Disney Collection although you can purchase certain glass beads that are based on each Disney Princess! (You can purchase these from all stores, I believe!)

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Apologies for such a long explanation of my Pandora charms, I do feel like you can really create bracelets that hold certain memories for you personally and it can be nice sometimes to explain these to others who are interested!

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Anyway, swiftly moving onto my next item. My Jiminy Cricket necklace was my most worn necklace of all time and is from the amazing Disney Couture who have so many different necklaces, bracelets, ear rings, rings.. If only there was an unlimited amount of money that I owned!
Disney Couture‘s jewellery is really affordable and they have such a huge range of characters from different films. I will leave some links to their Social Media pages and website for you all to have a cheeky look!
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(They have the most incredible Beauty and The Beast range out now for the new film too – check it out!)
My next purchase from them is definitely going to be this Snow White and the Seven Dwarves necklace shown below: (I take it back, I don’t think they still do that necklace as I cannot find it on the website! HEARTBROKEN!!)

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Moving onto my final piece, I received this for Christmas off my parents whilst we were on holiday at Walt Disney World. We decided not to buy anybody anything for Christmas and to use that money to go away to Disney for the holidays which was really different for us!

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I haven’t been able to find this necklace anywhere on the internet yet, but it is definitely from in the Disney parks. It is real gold and features a Mickey Mouse silhouette and it is the most perfect necklace – nothing too out there and really nice and simple!

The only slightly similar necklace I can find online is this one here.

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And now we have come to the end of my Disney Jewellery ‘collection’ although there is not much to it! I am thoroughly enjoying writing these Disney posts and look out for more to come, including some about the Parks, what I like to wear to Walt Disney World, my Disney dress collection and more!
If there’s any posts that you would like to see, then let me know and I’ll have a look into it for you all!

Have a magical day,
Zoe
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Have a peek at my previous Disney related posts:

Christmas at Walt Disney World

How I do Walt Disney World on a Budget

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Review

My Disney Jewellery Collection

VLOG: I Surprised my mother at Walt Disney World!

VLOG: Walt Disney World

Tips on visiting the Disney and Universal parks!

 

My January Favourites

That’s right, it’s a new year and January has flown by so fast already!
January has been a really strange month full of ups and downs, as it usually brings for most people but here’s a few new things that I have been loving throughout the month of January:

My first favourite is Glamour magazine – I feel like I have not read an actual physical magazine, let alone a fashion magazine in a very long time. So I had a huge urge to pick one up when I visited Tesco along with a few others!
I really love getting inspiration from magazines and in all honesty, I tend to prefer a magazine such as Glamour because if I start swooning at the items, 75% of the time they are actually a reasonable price! There’s nothing worse than falling in love with something and then seeing that it costs £675!!!

Recently, I feel like I really need to just step back and take some time out for myself as if I’m not working, doing my university work or blogging, then I’m reading and trying to beat my goals, setting myself to-do lists even if it’s the most simplest of chores around the flat and I am starting to learn to just sit back and have some time to relax and do whatever I want (even if that’s playing The Sims 4)..

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Talking about The Sims 4.. My boyfriend is a very kind man to me and secretly purchased The Sims 4 for me when I was having a stressful time with university work and overloading myself. I have previously had the original Sims and The Sims 3 – I considered purchasing the fourth game for quite a while but I heard negative things about it such as you cannot build pools any more, so I put that idea off for a while.
It turns out that The Sims 4 has had so many updates to the game that it’s really, really great – a few updates and differences are that you can go on dates with other Sims outside of your home, you can now build pools, upper floors, basements and even have toddlers within the game (so they grow from baby, toddler to teenager, instead of just a baby and a toddler).
I will probably write a proper review for The Sims 4 as I feel like I have a lot to say about it and I might even start a mini series on my progress within the game!

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Another favourite for January is Walt Disney’s Pinocchio – this absolute classic is one of my favourite Disney animated films and what makes it even better is that I got to write my latest essay on a scene from Pinocchio. What can be better than researching one of your favourite films on repeat?
There is just so much that I absolutely adore from this film, from the pure genius of the animation, how far they progressed in the animation industry and what hurdles they climbed, the moral of the story, the music, the intricacy of detail in Gipetto’s workshop and of course, my favourite scene:

‘Star light, Star bright, 
First star I see tonight. 
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish, I wish tonight.’

As you might be able to tell already, I am an animation student but I won’t go into any more of that 🙂

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You’ve finally made it to my final favourite of January – Paco Robanne’s Lady Million.
As some people say ‘Every woman has this perfume now, as it’s always on offer in Boots for christmas each year’ but that doesn’t bother me at all – this smells absolutely gorgeous and is actually my second bottle and hey it’s usually on offer which means cheaper for me! Who would ever complain about discount?!

I find this perfume very feminine, not too sweet as I feel that it has some darker, spicier undertones whilst still keeping that versatile scent which is perfect for every occasion. Unfortunately, I am terrible at describing scents especially over the internet so forgive me on that one! I would highly recommend giving the testers a whirl in-store to see if it is your sort of scent to go for!
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So that’s it for another month of favourites, feel free to check out my previous monthly favourites and other products that I loved. I will link them below:

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg Book Review

My MAC Lipstick Collection

How I do Walt Disney World on a Budget

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Bridget Jones’s Baby by Helen Fielding Review

Well, what can I say? I was so delighted when I heard that there was going to be yet another Bridget Jones book!

As much as I was excited and enjoyed reading it.. it confused me a little.
Firstly, Daniel Cleaver was dead in the recent Bridget Jones’s Baby film, but in this book he is the possible father, along with Mark Darcy.. when in the film, they had an american millionaire. Why?

The book is about 75% of the recent film, but some scenarios are slightly different or have a different location! For example, when Bridget first tells Mark Darcy about the baby, it is sort of just blurted out early on..

Don’t get me wrong, I adored reading this but I am just confused to why certain bits are in the books, then the film is different? Then people are dead, then alive? Then don’t exist?

I’m still a little confused 🙂

I would definitely say to give it a read if you enjoyed the recent film, and feel free to let me know what you thought about the book! I would love to hear your opinions on this!

Zoe
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Bridget Jones's Baby by Helen Fielding Review

Well, what can I say? I was so delighted when I heard that there was going to be yet another Bridget Jones book!

As much as I was excited and enjoyed reading it.. it confused me a little.
Firstly, Daniel Cleaver was dead in the recent Bridget Jones’s Baby film, but in this book he is the possible father, along with Mark Darcy.. when in the film, they had an american millionaire. Why?

The book is about 75% of the recent film, but some scenarios are slightly different or have a different location! For example, when Bridget first tells Mark Darcy about the baby, it is sort of just blurted out early on..

Don’t get me wrong, I adored reading this but I am just confused to why certain bits are in the books, then the film is different? Then people are dead, then alive? Then don’t exist?

I’m still a little confused 🙂

I would definitely say to give it a read if you enjoyed the recent film, and feel free to let me know what you thought about the book! I would love to hear your opinions on this!

Zoe
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