Life has been a bit of a rollercoaster lately, but I'm trying to focus on all the good things instead of the bad ones. When things aren't so uncertain I'll probably be less vague, but for now it's too early to say much. The biggest positive in life lately is that, as I mentioned in my last update-type post, I moved out of home for the first time a few months ago and now I live with one of my best friends and my boyfriend and it's just the best. Also it's finally Spring and the warm weather makes all the difference to my mindset and my experience of everyday life. Sunny days make the world feel like it's full of possibilities! Anyway, I thought I'd make this post a bit of a round up of all my current favourite things, so here goes.
Obviously when my One True Love, Nick Cave, releases a new album it's a major life event for me. There was a documentary accompanying the album that was in cinemas for a few days around the release date which (obviously) I went to. I think the documentary gives a huge amount of context to the album and it was incredibly intimate and touching and both heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. If you didn't get a chance to see the movie, these two reviews will give you some insight into what it's all about. It's a beautiful album and the more I listen to it the more I find it unfolding. I'm incredibly biased because in my eyes Nick Cave is a flawless angel who can do no wrong, but it's still worth you giving it a listen even if you're not a major fan like me.
In other Nick Cave news, I recently went to a cafe in Redfern called Henry Lee's, which was obviously pretty exciting for me! A lot of their menu has Nick Cave related names, like the Higgs Bacon Blues burger and Get Ready for Toast, and the food was pretty incredible too. Plus they have cute coffee cups and stickers with Henry Lee's on them which is even more of a bonus. Definitely worth visiting even if you're not into Nick Cave, but especially if you are!
All I can say is I'm so glad Kmart rules at homewares these days because I have no idea how people used to decorate on a budget before. They even make boring things like cleaning products pastel and fun. Since bills, groceries and home stuff is where most of my money goes these days, I'm super appreciative of Kmart being affordable and cute because it makes buying scrubbing brushes and dirty laundry baskets a bit less depressing.
Aside from Kmart, I'd also like to mention my glorious copper coffee table which I adore. I hadn't picked out a coffee table by the time I moved in, but I didn't want to just make do with something cheap as I knew I'd have to get rid of it when I found what I wanted. Lucky for me it didn't take too long before I spotted this baby and I knew it was the one. I also have to give another special shout out to my beautiful vintage dresser that I mentioned in my makeup collection post that my godmother bought for me as a housewarming present. It's easily my favourite piece of furniture that I own, with my coffee table coming in second.
In Very Important News, Aldi recently had Speculoos/Speculaas Butter on their shelves. I've been obsessed with the Trader Joe's Speculoos Butter since I had it in the States in 2014. I brought a jar home with me back then, and a friend visited at the end of last year and brought me another jar and I've been trying to make it last ever since. But another friend texted me recently saying she saw Speculoos Butter on the shelves at Aldi and I practically ran there to get my hands on it. I had the idea of trying them out and then buying 400 more jars if they were as good as the TJs version, but I didn't realise they were only a super limited thing, and by the time I went to Aldi again the following week they were all gone. I was pretty devastated, but at least I have these to tide me over for a little while longer.
I also have to mention this Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice tea. I've been obsessed with everything cinnamon (and/or pumpkin) flavoured since that same holiday and although I like a good chai, they tend to be pretty mild. I've tried a few cinnamon teas and a lot of them have an orange flavour in there which I find dominates over the cinnamon and really isn't to my taste. My boyfriend and I had brunch one day and the cafe we went to had this cinnamon tea on the menu so I ordered it and was BLOWN AWAY. If you're into cinnamon, this is for you. It legit tastes like Big Red gum, so much so that if you brew it too strongly it can be bit spicy. It does have orange in it but it's barely detectable. You don't need anything to help sweeten it, and it's so strong you only need a small half-teaspoon for a big mug. I fucking love this tea.
As for beauty stuff, my family recently went to Europe and one of my best friends went to the States, and they both let me order some things online which they kindly brought back for me. I'm going to do a separate post on what I got, but so far one of my favourites has definitely been the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red. I'll put down more of my thoughts in that other post, but isn't the packaging just beautiful?!
I've also rediscovered an old favourite in the form of the Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation. This may not have made the cut as one of my all time favourite foundations because it can look a little cakey when my skin is dehydrated, but as long as I'm taking care of my skin properly, this is an excellent everyday base. It has a decent medium coverage and a whipped texture that helps it blend in really smoothly. I also only recently realised you actually get 50ml of product, or two thirds more than you would with a normal foundation, so with that in mind it's actually a great budget-friendly option because it'll last much longer than most others. I've really been loving this for every day and although I'm not about to run out, if this suddenly disappeared I think I'd go out and repurchase it, which says a lot in my books.
Another thing I've rediscovered lately is cream eyeshadow. I'd been ignoring them for quite a while in favour of my more exciting palettes, but now I've remembered how quick and easy they are when you're in a rush in the morning. Just swipe, blend and go! When I've spent too long in bed and I'm running late, the Laura Mercier Eye Caviar Sticks are the ones I've been reaching for the most because they have a super creamy, easy-to-blend formula and with a bit of primer underneath they don't budge all day. They often release sets of minis around Christmas which is when I got mine. If you like all the colours it's a lot better value to buy them that way, so I'd wait another month or so until they start popping up again.
A serum I've been seriously enjoying for the past few months is the Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Serum. I love using this in the mornings as it's really lightweight and the slightly-thicker-than-water texture sinks in to the skin immediately. It contains 5 forms of hyaluronic acid and a tonne of peptides, so if hydration is an issue then you could do a lot worse than to pick this up. I'd say particularly if you tried Hydraluron and didn't fall in love, this is a great option. I'm over halfway through the bottle and I think for the price you'd be hard pressed to find anything else that's this hardworking.
In my hair I've really been enjoying the Aveda Smooth Infusion, which I also mentioned in my last post. I'm not typically one for high end hair products as they usually feel like a bit of a gamble because my hair doesn't get along well with many products, but I've been really happy with this one. I never brush my hair when it's dry because it turns into a fluffy mess, but with this product if my hair needs it I can give it a good brush and then run this through the lengths to settle it down again without weighing it down too much and making it look/feel greasy.
My final beauty favourites come in the form of Essie nail polishes. I never really paint my fingernails because I just don't have it in me to maintain the colour on a weekly basis (or potentially more often than that). I do, however, like to paint my toenails because I can get around to repainting them whenever I feel like it and it doesn't matter. I picked up Eternal Optimist on Rebecca's recommendation a while back and it's the perfect dusty rose shade. I've also been really into using Essie's Grow Stronger on my fingernails because it's clear so no one can see when it starts to chip off, and I also really think it has helped strengthen my nails.
- Obama's article about being a feminist ally should hopefully open a few eyes
- Caroline Hirons' video explaining retinols which I found super awesome and informative
- Neil deGrasse Tyson shutting down sexism in science
- Beyonce's incredible VMAs performance - all hail the Queen!
- Anna's makeup declutter, aka my favourite type of video by one of my favourite YouTubers
- This Pitchfork story of feminist punk
- This article on the significance of Springsteen that I read back when it was published but has just popped up on my radar again - well worth a read if you're a fan of The Boss
- Pitchfork's retrospective reviews of two incredible albums - Off The Wall and The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
- Nikkie Tutorials' hilarious attempt at doing her brows with only her fingers had me lolling irl