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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!
The packaging is really appealing, a lovely diamond shape which still stands up very sturdily too.dsc05937

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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Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Author: J.K. Rowling

Purchase: Available in the UK and preorder for the US.

Overall Rating: 5/5

Great For: Young Adult

Themes: Magic, Wizards and Witches, Adventure, Challenges, Vengeance

Review: As always, the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling are always ALWAYS incredible!
I have decided to start re-reading these this year! And, as you can tell I just finished The Goblet Of Fire, which is probably one of my favourites out of the books, although I really don’t like the film adaptation of this book..
This now reminds me that I really, really want to go to the Harry Potter Studios when I get home from travelling, as I have been to The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter in Orlando a few times but not London?!

Anyway, I don’t think there’s much explaining to do about this book, as most people have read them or seen the films – you all know the jist! I just thought that I would share my excitement that I am re-reading them and you all should too! 😀

Have you re-read the books? If so, how many times? If not, will you?

Check out my other book reviews:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The Trap by Alan Gibbons

Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg (Zoella)

A Quiet Kind Of Thunder by Sara Barnard

The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

Other Harry Potter related posts:

Harry Potter Studios

Florida Vlog

I surprised my mother at Disney World

How I do Disney World and Universal on a Budget

 

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli Book Review

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was great to get an insight into how teenagers ‘come out’ and the struggles they face. I have a lot of homosexual friends and I have been with them through a lot, especially ‘coming out’, so I just found it so interesting to read this book and have highly recommended it to some of my friends. I think that they would enjoy to hear other views and struggles that people have had.

So like I said, this book is about a boy at high school who has been emailing another boy from the school, both anonymously as they both feel the same way and have started to have feelings for each other, without actually knowing each other in person. It turns out that they get closer and closer, but one person is ready to come out and reveal himself to the other, but the other isn’t ready yet.
But, this guy accidentally leaves his email signed in on a school computer and someone else finds his emails. They take a photograph of one and blackmails him with it.
It all goes from there..

So I thought I would leave it there as I definitely don’t want to spoil the book! But I would highly recommend this book, it has had a lot of attention from the book community recently.
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LINKS:
Amazon: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda (Kindle Edition: £2.99, Paperback: £5.59, Hardback: £8.69)

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope (William Shakespeare’s Star Wars #4) by Ian Doescher Review

Oh, now this one is a good one! This is one for the other Star Wars fans out there – it is a retelling of the Star Wars films in script form, also in the style of William Shakespeare. It is a really humorous read and great to see a different perspective of the films!
I would highly recommend these books, as they come in a set (which now you can purchase the Box Set which has a pretty beautiful illustration all along it), especially for a Star Wars fan. A great early christmas gift idea, there?
Especially as the new Star Wars movie is coming out this year! I cannot wait!

YOU CAN PURCHASE THEM FROM AMAZON: HERE.
(Kindle Edition: £21.61, Hardcover £22.75).

Have any of you read these?! Tell me if you love/hate them!
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Review: Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Title: Everything Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Purchase: Available in the UK on Amazon.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Great For: Young Adult

Themes: Aspirations, Obstacles, Romance, Adventure.

Review:  I was so excited to read this book, that when I saw it APPROVED in my NetGalley Shelf, I was so, so, so happy!
I delved straight under my duvet and got stuck right into this book and I literally didn’t put it down, from the moment I started reading.
The book starts with a girl that has always lived within her home, never gone outside from the age of 3 months as she is prone to getting very ill from most things that are outdoors. Her body just cannot handle all of the bacteria and other substances in the air. Her home is tucked away with air tight seals and several different processes that visitors must go through to visit her So, she stays in her house, every day of her life with her mother and nurse.
Suddenly, there are new neighbours moving in next door and she spots this handsome boy around her age and she immediately falls in love with him.
But what will happen, aye? aye?
That’s where you come in and need to read the book! It is full of obstacles and achievements and will keep you hooked until you finish it.

I really, really enjoyed this book and there have been such amazing reviews for it so far. It’s a nice, easy read which I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved that this book contained Instant Messages, Diagrams, Illustrations – it just made the book have even more personality and make you connect with the characters even more.
Don’t be fooled by the description I gave, it is full of adventure, devastation and hope!

UPDATE: I feel like I really needed to come back and add into this post that this book is now being released as a movie in cinemas very soon! I cannot wait to check this out and let you all know my thoughts on the adaptation!

Check out my other book reviews:

The Trap by Alan Gibbons

Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg (Zoella)

A Quiet Kind Of Thunder by Sara Barnard

The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

 

How shall I film my TBR?!

Last night, I filmed a TBR when I had a private room as I would just get some really, really weird looks from people in dorms otherwise haha! But, after I filmed it, I absolutely hated my footage. I looked so awkward and nervous, not forgetting that my speech was all over the place. Sometimes when I’m doing a proper video and not a vlog, I can’t get my words out and then it really stresses me out.

So, I decided to wait and hold off on the video and went on a little advice rant instead. Clearly, this was before I had an anxiety freak out but I thought that I’d still post it anyway as it’s what I was thinking at the time.

So basically, I wanted to ask you guys if it would bother you, if I filmed my TBRs like a vlog? Obviously I will try not to move the camera around a lot, but I will just be holding the camera instead until I get more confidence at talking about the books I have read (as I’m not too great at explaining on the spot!).

Let me know and I’ll really appreciate your opinions on this!
Prepare to cringe at the video, because I most certainly do!
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New YouTube Videos!

Prepare yourselves, I am hoping to get some new YouTube videos up soon!
WAHOO!
These will mainly be old footage that I couldn’t get off my camera previously, so I will do a montage hopefully!
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Invisibobble Review

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So I found this little handy thing in my local Boots (these pictures are OLD, from about 10 months ago, as I still haven’t uploaded this!). But I absolutely swear by these bobbles now! They are so good, especially if you have really thick hair like me – they don’t fall out throughout the day, or night or even whilst at the gym or going for a run!
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You can get these from Boots for £3.75 for a pack of two, which is dirt cheap! Here is the link if you want to go see! *CLICK*

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I would definitely recommend getting some of these! I still have both of mine and I bought them about 10 months ago, somehow haven’t lost them! They can also be a pretty cool bracelet too, I guess?
Go and check them out! 🙂
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What are the best things about travelling?

So after my other posts, which seemed a little negative but I just had to point out the hard things that I was experiencing – I thought that I would post this new, positive one about the best things you get out of travelling!
People might say that I was negative in the other one, but that’s just a small phase at the moment – other than this, I have had one of the most amazing times out here whilst travelling – here’s why:

1. The People.
You will get to meet some of the most incredible people whilst travelling. I already feel like I have met some friends for life, and that I would see them at my wedding one day (if I ever get married, that is!).
You become one big, close family that will stick together no matter what and you appreciate that so greatly whilst away from home! I wouldn’t change my travel family for the world – I have met some of the most funniest, caring and inspirational people going.
People will be from all over the world, different cultures, speak different languages and have completely different backgrounds – but you will make some of the closest friends ever, learn so much about each others countries and their lifestyles.

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2. The Places you will visit.
You will visit some of the most breathtaking places in the world, you will watch sunsets, climb mountains, walk on white sands, meet the locals, live the culture of others.
Sometimes, you even need to step out of the tourist box and try to see a place from a locals view – it’s surprising what little gems you will find at each place!
I haven’t done too much travelling so far, but I have seen some incredible places that I will always treasure and tell other people and my future children about!

3. The Memories.
You will create the most incredible memories whilst travelling. Whether it’s discovering a new place, reliving your favourite place, having a social gathering with your friends or even going alone and finding some of the most magical places.

4. The Benefits.
You will reap in the benefits of travelling, you will see yourself become a more independent person and become a lot more outgoing. You will have the confidence to speak to complete strangers, not be afraid to travel to a new place by yourself, the ability to stay wherever you want without fear and learn so many new skills without even realising.
I have learnt so much since I have been here, especially with languages – I love to teach myself something new all of the time, so I have asked my friends from different countries to teach me something in their language. I have even asked them how to cook certain things, learn about their culture and even learn new skills whilst joining in with activities or experiences!
When you have your travel friends too, you will always do anything possible for each other – whether it’s recommending places to go as they have already visited, hooking each other up with contacts for jobs, farm placements to get a second year visa or even sharing meals and cutting the costs! An eternal bond going on, here!

I just want to say that I love all of my travel friends so much, and really appreciate them for everything they have done for me and what we have all done together.
The experience we have had, the nights out, the day trips, the gossip, food experiments, the connections we have made and the problems we have all solved together! I love them all.
It goes to show that there are some amazing people in the world, and there’s not always bad.
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