February Favourites '18

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

The fact it's March in 2 days but it's currently a full on snow blizzard outside is very confusing but hey, here we are! As February draws to a very cold close, I wanted to give this whole monthly favourites thing a pop. Here are some things i've been loving for the past 28 days.

I've been absolutely loving this grainy-ass film effect everyone is chucking on their Instagram photos lately and good ol' VSCO helps you achieve this. VSCO was probably one of the first apps I ever downloaded when I first got an iPhone, but I didn't really dig their editing tools / filters to start with. Now i'm a big fan and it's my go to for photo editing. Honorable mention to HUJI too, which is a fun little photo taking app that makes your photos look like old school film photos with a date stamp and everything!

BEAUTY PRODUCT: Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer.
I'm sure you've seen the world and his wife talk about this concealer but it is SO BLOODY GOOD! Supposedly a dupe for Tarte's iconic Shape Tape concealer, Makeup Revolutions version is just a fraction of the price at only £4 from Tam Beauty and Superdrug. I'll be honest, i'm not (or at least, wasn't) a big concealer wearer, I normally just stuck to a bomb-ass foundation (use Fenty Beauty, you're welcome) and didn't feel like a concealer gave me any further benefits, however this all changed when I bought this Makeup Revolution steal. This is a full coverage concealer however it is not cakey! I have found this to be the case with near enough every other concealer I have tried (honestly amazed at how so many of you get on with the Collection Lasting Perfection one?! Awful...) but this one has a smooth almost mouse-like texture that allows for easy blending and great coverage.

SONG: Phases - ALMA ft. French Montana.
I cannot get enough of this girl! I stumbled across her music recently and i'm absolutely obsessed. I've had Phases in my head for weeks and the temptation to dye my hair this absurd yellow is high. I spoke of the Finnish pop-star in The Women in Music You Need on Your iPod, and she's just gone ahead and announced a tour which see's her headline London's iconic gay nightclub, Heaven. Tickets on sale on Friday, along with the release of her first mixtape, Heavy Rules. See you there!

ALBUM: All These Countless Nights - Deaf Havana.
On Friday I headed down to The Union Chapel for a War Child event; this one saw Deaf Havana play a set with an orchestra and a choir, and considering the last time I saw the Norfolk band play was in a grubby tent at Slam Dunk Festival, I was definitely excited to see the contrast. James Veck-Gilodi undoubtedly has one of my favourite voices in music, his range explores the lows and highs of his lifetime and his passion doesn't go unnoticed. Since the show I have revisited 2017 release All These Countless Nights, which has since been re-worked with the help of The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, expanding and deconstructing the album's original sound. Check it out.

TV SHOW: The End Of The F**king World.
Whilst Paige and I rolled around moaning in bed (get your head out of the gutter) about a horrible hangover that followed celebrating Charlie's birthday, I tweeted asking for series recommendations available on Neflix / Now TV / Amazon Prime. You all shot a load at me so we watched some trailers and settled on giving The End Of The F**king World a go.There's 1 season of 8 episodes and they're only about 20 minutes long, so we finished it within a few hours and straight away I was googling if/when a new series would available. It's dark, it's funny, it's addictive and I couldn't recommend it enough. Apparently the series aired on Channel 4 before Netflix bagged it, but we all slept on it as no one watches live TV anymore. Check out the trailer here, and feel free to throw series suggestions in the comments so we can binge something else whilst we wait for series 2.

FOOD: Tzatziki.
Half of the reason I like to travel is for the food. I love to try the local delicacies and so far I have found Greece to be my favourite place for their food range. From feta cheese to lamb, the Greeks know how to do a meal, and they also know how to fill you up on bread before a meal. Love you @ carbs. Some popular dishes you'll find on any Greek island are Gyros, Souvlaki and of course, the Greek Salad, and all of these things are often served with Tzatsiki. Mostly found in Greece and Turkey, Tzatsiki (or sometimes known as Cacik) is a dip of yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, olive oil, salt, sometimes lemon juice, and parsley, and to put it bluntly, it's absolutely divine. Paige and I celebrated Valentines Day at Sarastros where they served the most delicious Cacik with pitta, and I haven't stopped eating it since. Bathe me in the stuff tbh.

VIDEO: Stormzy at The Brits 2018.
I don't know about you, but I found myself a little underwhelmed by The Brits this year. I wasn't particularly disappointed by anything (apart from Rita Ora and Liam Payne's '50 Shades' song, bin that immediately), but I just also wasn't excited by much. Dua Lipa did a visually perfect performance of New Rules and  my fave Sam Smith also absolutely smashed Too Good At Goodbyes with those angelic vocals that pretty much just fall out of face, but the rest was just a bit, meh. That was except from Stormzy of course, who took home gongs for Male Solo Artist and Album of the Year before his performance even took place. Cringe and awkward rain machine aside, Stormzy - real name Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr (now exhale) - continued his reign as the nations sweetheart when he called out the Prime Minister and the Daily Mail within 20 seconds of each other. Talking about the horrific tragedy of Grenfell Tower, Stormzy sang "Theresa May, where’s the money for Grenfell? Just forgot about Grenfell, you criminals, and you got the cheek to call us savages, you should do some jail time, you should pay some damages, we should burn your house down and see if you can manage this." - if you ask me, Stormzy should have walked out of the Brit Awards with a Knighthood, not just Best Male. An absolute hero.

GAME: 100 Puzzle.
I first downloaded 100 Puzzle back in 2015. I was addicted to the Tetris-like game, until I realised it had became a method to block out my abusive relationship that I could no longer open the app without triggering old memories. Now i'm finally over that, shall we say, hiccup in my life, I am back to playing this game daily on my commute and it's super fun. I'm not big on games but when I get stuck into one it takes me a lot to put it down (don't even get me started on Flappy Dunk).

What have you been loving this month? Lets chat in the comments!

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