Happy Friday, my friends! It feels soooooo good to be writing a favourites blog post. My fridays tend to be busy so I struggle to fit in the time to write one of these. But today I was determined to get one posted – and hallelujah, I’ve done it! Okay, let’s not waste any more time. Let me tell you about the things I have been LOVING for the past few weeks.
Aussie – 3 Minute Miracle Moist
I have wanted to try this for the past 5 years (I’m not kidding). In my first year of university I was a big fan of Aussie shampoos and conditioners. It’s all I used and it really worked well, until I found something else and completely forgot about it.
When I saw a deal on in Boots, I rediscovered my long lost love and treated myself to an Aussie shampoo and conditioner. I was so close to buying the 3 minute miracle moist but the price (£4.30 in UK shops) put me off and I decided to save it for another day. When Bradley was in Chicago, he saw this bottle for basically half the price that it was in the UK. He asked if I’d like it and I said yes yes yes!
And I can now testify that it does what it says on the tin (or bottle, in this case). I use this deep conditioner before I use my Aussie miracle moist shampoo. The “miracle” it performs is it defeats frizz. It restores hair back to it’s full, soft, voluminous health – which for my hair, is pretty hard to do. 10/10, 5*’s and soooo many thumbs up from me on this product.
Dairy Milk – Top Deck
Dear South African readers, I will forever envy you for having easy access to this chocolate bar. We sadly don’t have this fortune in the UK.
I think Top Deck will forever be my favourite chocolate (closely followed by Terry’s Chocolate Orange). Bradley treated me (again) to this bad boy when he visited Johannesburg earlier on this week. I’ve been savouring every block, and hiding it from any possible chocolate thieves.
Essie – Muchi Muchi
Isn’t this colour just the prettiest thing you’ve ever seen in your entire life?! I believe this is from the new Spring Collection, but I could be wrong. All I know is that I’ve barely ever seen it in shops.
I asked Bradley to pick this one up for me from Walmart in Washington, because I knew of its rarity. And because Essie is way less expensive over there (Why is this!?)
It’s basically a brighter shade of Fiji. I love it – it’s such a soft colour that has that tiny pop to it and it goes well with everything. It’s all I’ve been wearing on my nails for the past 2/3 weeks.
Eau Thermale Avene – Cleanance Expert
I have no idea why but for the past few months my skin has really been acting up. I think it’s a combination of the cold weather and perhaps some subconscious wedding stress. I searched high and low online for a quick-fix.
Firstly, I temporarily changed my cleanser to a gentle, non-fragrance (Cetaphil). And then I found this. This was the only thing I found that’s price tag wasn’t too painful and 99% of the reviews were good. It cost £15, and it really has made a difference. I’ve been using it for the past month and my skin is softer and any break-outs have quickly cleared up. I’m very intrigued to know now what other Avene products are like.
Bath & Body Works – A Thousand Wishes body cream
I mentioned this body cream in a blog post a couple of weeks ago. Oh my gosh, this is the best thing I’ve ever had the pleasure of smelling. It’s hard to describe but I’d say it smells like a mixture of vanilla, raspberries, coconut and champagne. I realise that must sound really overwhelming but it’s honestly SO good.
As well as it’s amazing smell, it has great moisturising properties (what a bonus). I don’t know if it’s just me but winter really dries me out. My legs, arms and hands all go super tight and I just feel so uncomfortable. I’ve been using this after every shower/bath and it has done wonders. It’s so soft and gentle (non-sticky), but then it’s deeply moisturising at the same time.
L’Occitane – Neroli & Orchidee Eau De Toilette
In my last favourites blog post, I mentioned a hand cream I’ve been loving. That hand cream is from the same collection as this perfume. It smells floral but not headache enducingly floral. If that makes sense…
The dilemma I’m having at the moment is whether I should start wearing this every day, or should I save it for my wedding day and have it be my wedding perfume? Oh, decisions decisions.
Francine Rivers – Mark of the Lion trilogy
I know, I know – I’m obsessed with Francine Rivers. Just as I thought I’d move on to a new author to obsess over, my friend Nathalie told me she had been reading this series and how much she was loving it.
I read these book yeeeears and years ago. They were actually the first FR books I’d ever read and I was totally hooked from then onwards. So when Nathalie was telling me about her reading them, I just had to read them again.
The books are (in order), A Voice in the Wind, An Echo in the Darkness and As Sure as the Dawn. The series is set back two thousand years ago, just after Jesus was resurrected. They’re novels about three characters who are dealing with their faith. They are much different from Francine Rivers’ other books – they’re deeper and more chunky (if that makes sense).
For anyone who wants to read these books, I would say that it’s quite hard to get into in the beginning. The first few chapters of the first book are somewhat overwhelming and gory. But from then onward, you totally fall in love with the characters and it’s almost impossible to stop reading.