In case you’ve missed it I’ve been in France for the past three weeks, so this edition of Friday Faves contains a lot of the products and things that I was loving while I was over there. Don’t forget to tell me all of the things you are loving at the moment, I really look forward to your recommendations!
As always this Friday Faves is a mixture of beauty and lifestyle, showing you a more rounded view of my likes and hobbies, rather than focusing solely on make up and skincare like the rest of the blog.
Two podcast recommendations for you: The Griefcast and the Adam Buxton podcast. The former is presented by Cariad Lloyd who is a comedian who lost her father at 16 and has had an interest/obsession with grief ever since. It’s hard to describe a podcast about death without making it sound really depressing and awful, but every week she interviews a different comedian about their grief and every episode is so different: some are thought-provoking, some are tragic, some are funny… all of them are brilliant. She’s such an empathetic but clever interviewer and also offers some great advice and support. I found the episodes very uplifting (although each one made me want to immediately hug all of my family members!) Adam Buxton is a British comedy legend and I don’t mean that in the sense of ‘Wahey he just downed three pints what a LEGEND’ type of way. An actual legend. He was one of half of the Adam and Joe (TV) Show and the Adam and Joe radio show. He’s flipping hilarious and interviews some great people (the episodes with Louise Theroux and Joe Cornish – of ‘…And Joe’ fame – are particularly great, as are the ones with Kathy Burke). WARNING: his jingles will get stuck in your head for days.
While in France I picked up this incredible t-shirt from Bershka. My parents were both hugely unimpressed with my choice (and made no attempts to hide it) but they have become accustomed to my (shall we say) eccentric style. I think it’s brilliant. There are loads of other cool prints, and – even better – it’s only £5.99.
I started reading The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison on the last day of my holiday and I’m nearly finished. It’s a creepy thriller that follows a young woman and jumps from an FBI interrogation to a past spent held captive by a sadistic man obsessed with building a collection of ‘butterflies’.
My family is incredibly competitive (especially after a few glasses of wine) so taking two board games away with us was dangerous/genius. If you are a fan of board games, I cannot recommend these enough: Scrawl is a combination of Pictionary and Chinese Whispers and had us all in tears of laughter (parental warning: there are some rude clues that you may want to remove!); and Codenames is a game that sounds incredibly complicated, but once you start playing it’s actually very simple – you use a one word clue to direct your team towards the cards you need to collect. It works your brain but is also really funny to see how your family and friends interpret words differently!
I only took one palette to France (shocking, I know) and I’m glad it was the Pixi + It’s Judy Time Get The Look eyeshadow palette*. You know I like my warm tones, and this has some beautiful colours. The formula of the shadows is lovely and they are so easy to apply. Even without a primer, they stayed put all day – huge thumbs up from me.
And the final entrant in this Friday Faves post is this nail polish – Essie ‘Baguette Me Not’ – which I wore for three weeks and wasn’t bored of once! I’m very fickle when it comes to my manicure and tend to change it every few days. But this pretty, bright pastel pink is beautiful and lifted my mood whenever I looked at it. You can see my review and swatches of it HERE.
I hope you enjoyed this instalment of my Friday Faves. I’d love to know if anything here catches your eye or anything you’ve been loving recently: books, TV, beauty, games, fashion… anything!