December Favourites

December has been an awesome month even without all the exciting festivities of Christmas. There's been plenty of stuff I've been loving so lets get into it!

Olympus Pen E-LP7
First off, my new camera. I've fallen madly in love with this wonderful piece of kit and I've definitely noticed an improvement in my photo quality and an astounding improvement to video quality which was the main reason for investing in an Olympus Pen. Its lovely and easy to use and is a great size for popping into your bag for days out or travelling. I just need a case for it now!


Carmex Lip balm - Cherry 
I've raved about lip balms on my blog plenty of times and I'm always on the look out for new ones to try. This month however, my lips have been destroyed by the cold and forgetting my lip balm for even a day makes them 10x worse. I picked up a cherry flavoured lip balm from Superdrug as it was on offer and I remember using Carmex a few years ago and it doing wonders for my lips. This one is great because you don't need a finger to apply (hate those ones!) and you can give a generous layer without feeling caked up or sticky. It also tastes great!


Spiced Apple Hand Cream - The Body Shop
A friend at work had this hand cream and no word of a lie, it fills the room with the most wonderful Christmassy scent and smells good enough to eat! It smells like a cinnamon topped apple pie and its so nourishing on my dry hands that it improved them from the first use. Its also only £4 a tube which I think is very reasonable…I'm just dying to try the Frosted Berries scent now!


Vespa
How could I not add our new bundle of joy, Vespa. Vespa joined our family at the start of the month and he's been doing incredibly well. His first couple of days were a little unsettled but he soon cracked on and he's been a good sport. You can read his full intro post here :)


Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
I recently broke up with Mac and converted to Urban Decay and although the Urban Decay foundations are a little more expensive for the same amount of product, I'm never going back. The artist at the counter in the Leicester Debenhams store sorted me right out and matched me up with the 1.0 shade and its perfect for my skin tone. Its also extremely build-able so you can control how much coverage you get which is great for everyday use or achieving more of a 'going out' look. It also doesn't dry my skin out at all which I love and I'm chuffed to bits that I finally made the plunge to get some of this. 



I was sent these speakers to review and you can read my full post on them here, but these have followed me everywhere whilst I've been off work. I love taking them into the kitchen whilst making dinner and having a good old blast. These speakers may be tiny, but they're very powerful and better yet, easy to use and connect to your devices. 


Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig
I've read a few self help style books before and have never felt so attached as I do with this one. Matt talks about his memoirs of depression and anxiety but also provides many facts and suggestions to work with. I'd seen this book raved about online and finally got round to buying my own copy and although I'm only half way through, I've found it hard to put down and Matt's style of writing is easy to read and understand. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone suffering with their mental health and hope you appreciate it as much as I do.


Plastic Hair Bands - H&M
I'd been after some of these for a while and just didn't notice any in the shops until I went into H&M and I've noticed such a difference in how much these stop your hair from tangling up and also, its a piece of piss getting them out. Sometimes, my hair tends to almost eat hairbobbles and getting them out involves a lot of my hair falling out with them. That doesn't happen with these and I'm going to carry on using them until they're a discontinued accessory. Please don't let this be a fashion craze...I genuinely find them more practical and gentle on my hair.

So thats a wrap for 2016 and I tell you what, monthly favourites are some of my favourite posts to share. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you a very happy New Year!

Thanks for reading,

Ellis

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