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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

My cousin has released her new book!

As the title reads, my cousin has released her new book! She has wrote several different vampire-esqe books which take a more old school approach on vampires (instead of the cliche of today!).
I haven’t been able to read this one yet, but I know that it is going to be very good as her other books keep you wanting to read more!

“For fans of Mortal Instruments, this story of witches, magic, and spooky going-ons is a perfect addition for any horror fan. 

Sometimes Halloween is all trick, and no treat. 

Danny Hallows is no ordinary fifteen year old. After his parents’ divorce, he relocates to a small Welsh town called Willow Creek where he accidentally sets off the beginnings of a 600 year old prophecy. Discovering his family are related to the last witch of the 1656 witch trials in Wales, he is faced with protecting his family’s legacy and saving Halloween from the dark sorceress Morwenna, who is hell bent on revenge for what Danny’s great-grandmother did to her all those years ago. 

Can Danny stop the prophecy before it’s too late?”

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Her book is currently £2.33 on Amazon which is ridiculously cheap, and you can also find her other books which are such a good read! Search for K. A. Hambly and they’ll all appear 😀
CHECK IT OUT HERE: Amazon

If you want to check out my review of her past book ‘Rise Of The New Bloods: From Dark Beginnings’, then CLICK HERE!
Hope you all have fun reading! Let me know what you think!
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‘Wool’ by Hugh Howey Book Review

DSC00168I finished this book and I immediately want to read the next in the series!
To put this book simply, like others have said, it’s got a similar theme to the hunger games but for an older audience.. Obviously it’s not the same kind of story, but it’s got a familiar feel to it!

Sometimes I got a little confused with the character names in the book, but when it came towards the end, I finally got the hang of it – but that might just be me!
I found that this book really draws you into the atmosphere and environment that they’re in, and you want to carry on reading to find out what happens to them. It can be a little slow on times, but it is worth it in the end!

 

Have any of you read this, or the other in the series?
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Apps that I love | Part Two

Kindle

This is probably one of the most used apps on my iPad. I am forever reading when I have the time, and this is the easiest way for me. As my eyesight is poor, I like being able to adjust the text size and to see the percentage of progress throughout the book. Also, most books are cheaper on the Kindle Store on Amazon!

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Goodreads
Goodreads is such a good app for readers! It’s basically Facebook, for readers/books. You can post your progress as a status, write reviews, get recommended books, set yourself challenges, complete quizzes and polls.. It’s really handy and a great place to meet new people with the same interests!

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Tiny Death Star
If you have played Tiny Towers, then this is practically a Star Wars version of the game! If you’re Star Wars obsessed like me, and enjoying the time-consuming games, then you’ll like this! You have to help the tower grow, by adding residential floors, shops and restaurants to make it into a bigger empire.  It’s addictive, although I don’t really have the patience for the ‘waiting on time’ element!

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Lego Star Wars: Complete Saga
Yet again, it’s another Star Wars app! (surprise surprise). At the moment, this app is free on the Apple App Store – it’s the Star Wars version of the LEGO games, but the classic edition (the original Star Wars saga).  It’s a lot of fun just like the other LEGO games, especially as it’s free too!

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Frozen: Free Fall
This is Disney’s latest app for the film ‘Frozen’. It is basically a similar game to candy crush or bejewelled, but a ‘Frozen’ themed game It’s also free on the app store, and addictive!

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Heads Up!
This is a definite ‘must buy’ app, it is such a great game to play with friends or family. It’s basically charades, but a ‘electronic’ version. It has the same concept of the ‘What am I?’ game, where you have the name of a person or object on your forehead, and other players have to help you guess what/who that object/person is.
This app also records the other players as they act out the clues, which is always fun to watch back and save! I have played this a lot over christmas with the family! I think this is currently £1.99 on the App Store and is created by Ellen Degeneres.

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Charades (& Charades: Kids)

This is basically a free version of Heads Up! and features a lot more categories, the only downsides are that it doesn’t record the other players and it has a few adverts (unless you purchase the full version).

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* These are not my images.

Apps that I love | Part One

Here are a few apps that I love to use on my iPad Mini – this part is mainly for productive apps, as I don’t play too many games, but I will add a second part with the ones that I enjoy using.

WordPress
I don’t usually blog from my ipad, but it’s really handy for whenever I’m travelling or in bed and don’t want to have my MacBook on. I use to have a Blogspot account and I really disliked the app! But now that I have a wordpress account, I find it so much easier to use, is more appealing visually and the app is a lot nicer to use with a lot more features!

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Bloglovin
I also really enjoy catching up on blogs by using the Bloglovin app. I love the concept of Bloglovin and I enjoy using the original app, but this gives it another feel altogether! It’s so easy to use, but the only down side is that you can’t comment in blog posts directly, you have to go into the actual blog and sign into your account first. (I don’t save my passwords on my ipad).

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Padgram
Another amazing find was Padgram, I’m not too sure how I found this, probably from watching ‘What’s on my iPad?’ YouTube videos when I had my iPad mini! I think that this app is amazing for Instagram! It is basically an unofficial iPad Instagram app – it shows your Instagram feed in a 3×3 grid, that you can scroll through. It’s much faster to browse everyone’s images and to like them.

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Pinterest
Personally, I like the Pinterest website but I find it a little irritating speed-wise to repin stuff. Amazingly, with this app it has made it so fast to do, and really easy to organise boards!

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Day One
This app is my saviour! I have a really bad memory when it comes to remembering what I did on days, a week ago, on the weekend, or years ago. So luckily I found this app which is like a diary, but it’s really nicely set out. You can add images to your posts and either display a photo timeline or standard. You can also add tags, weather updates and links to your everyday posts. (And it can remind you each day to jot down what you did that day).

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Nike+ Running
This is one of my most used and most addictive apps on my iPhone and iPad. I like to go running to make me feel better about myself and feel like I’m doing my bit for my health. So, when I saw this app, I knew that it would keep me engaged and motivated to carry on. This app either works with a sensor that you can buy (£20), or automatically with an iPhone 5. It tracks how many steps you’ve taken, your speed, distance and route – depending on whether you’re walking or running. If you’re outdoors, then it works with GPS and will show you where you have run and if you worked your body a lot on certain parts of your route. This app then let’s you publish your results from your run, so you can compete with friends or earn achievements. They also have a setting so you can set a goal or distance for your run, which they’ll tell you how far you have left through your earphones whilst running. This works in conjunction with the iPod on your iPhone, so you can still play music. It also has cool little notifications that tell you how well you’ve done, like Ellie Goulding congratulating you. There’s also a Facebook feature that you can share a status that you’ve started your run, then when your friends ‘like’ it, you get a cheer that plays through your earphones whilst running. Motivation boost!

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Ted Talks
I only discovered this app during the week and I love it! If you’re like me, and like to learn new things all of the time, then this is great! They supply talks from seminars that they hold, which cover a lot of categories. That’s pretty much all I can say about this, straight forward!

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Next up is my more ‘fun’ apps, such as games and my reading apps!
*These images are not my own*