5 Things #2

Wednesday, 20 February 2019 Banbury, UK

This is my number 2 from my "5 Things" series, basically its a round up of 5 things that I love for the past few months it could be from beauty, food, fashion, book, art etc. basically anything that rock my world. Its a bit like a monthly favourites but without being every month. My 1st one from back November 2018 (which you can find here) went down a treat so lets welcome No 2 episode!


BOOK

Christelle Dabos - Les Fiancés De L'Hiver - Part 1.
If you really like  Philipp Pulman books such as The Northern Lights, The Amber Spyglass etc. then you will love Les Fiancés De L'Hiver -Part 1 by Christelle Dabos and don't worry the talented young French author from South of France (oh! hello my home country!) had her book translated in English so look out for the English version: A winter's Promise - Part 1
The Plot-
Long ago, following a cataclysm called "The Tear", the world was shattered into many floating celestial islands. Known now as Arks, each has developed in distinct ways and a different pace; each seems to possess its own unique relationship to time. Ophelia lives on Anima, an ark where objects have souls, with which Ophélia can communicate. When she is promised in marriage to Thorn, from the powerful Dragon clan, Ophélia must leave her family and follow her fiancée to the floating capital on the distant Ark of the Pole. Though she doesn't know it yet, she has become a pawn in a deadly plot"
My though-
I read that book in a matter of days. As soon as I had a moment , basically when not running after my toddler, I would grab it and read few pages just so I could satisfied my reading thirst. The imagination behind is grandiose and you felt transported by the story and his heroes. This story embark you in a twisted tale of betrayed, death, jealousy but also kindness and hope in a world beyond your imagination. You live and breath with the characters. I purchased lately Part 2 which I am hoping to start as soon as I finish my current read (Artemis by Andy Weir) . anyway if you like fantasy world then get it, you won't regret it.


MUSIC

Bibio -Curls
I am a huge fan of Bibio since, my now husband, introduced them to me about 6 years ago. They are not widely known and that's a shame (or perhaps make it more unique?) either way they are my type of music. I am not a fan of actual pop musics artist for me someone talentless like Beyonce, Ariana etc.  just bored me to death and are soul destroying. I know shocking! But its my blog and my opinion.

I am always on the look out for little know brand and Bibio is one of my favourite along with Tycho (which I am so excited to see at the Green Man festival this year) anyway call me snob or hipster , I dont care I know my taste are different than most average people and I like that fact about me.
Bibio just came out with their new tune : Curls
Listen and judge after. 







SKINCARE 

B. Radiant Day Cream by B. Phase 2.
Sometimes you just want an affordable day cream that offer hydration, SPF and is perfect for your older type of skin (yes I am in my happy 40's) and just like this you find something that didn't cost the world and give you everything that you wish for. This fabulous day cream is the B. radiant Day Cream- Skin phase 2. This cream is from a range of 4 cream phases.
The phase 1 its for younger skin: for 20 to 30 years old , the phase 2 for 30 to 40 years old and so on. 
I cannot stress enough how this very affordable cream is great, its very nourishing but not greasy and won't leave any residue. It is very easy to apply and have a very gentle & subtle perfume. My skin absorb it very quickly and a small amount is more than you need. I even find myself not even using a serum before ( I know shocking!) as I felt my skin so hydrated that nothing else was needed. I just can't believe I only paid £5.35 for 50 ml although, having said that, I have the feeling it was on a special offer at the time I purchased it (I believe actual price is £10.99) so better to grab it now before price go up. Either way this little pot is such an affordable and luxurious cream that would make green of envy more prestigious brands. Try it !!

NETFLIX
Sex Education.
It was a dull afternoon, I felt a bit "meh" and I needed to watch something to make me forget basically ...a shit day. Well its literally what happened when I randomly decided to watch Sex Education on Netflix. In all honestly I was expected a "teenager" series with bad lines, silly story lines and questionable humour, which I would probably have quit after watching one episode. Well....to my surprise it turned out to be quiet the opposite.
I am not really good at reviewing series but it is glorious, funny, heartfelt & eye watering . 40 millions of us tuned in on the first month of release and it is love by so many of us all that series 2 have been confirmed and due to start production this coming spring. If with all that you still don't know what to watch on Netflix then I don't know what else to say? I leave the trailer link below for you to enjoy!








MAKEUP 

Illuminating Touch Foundation by Collection.
I was looking for a while for an affordable dewy kind of foundation, and for some reasons my local Boots & Superdrug did not really seems to stock any? Or at least any of the brand they are hosting. All brands seems to be on the Matt foundation wagon? Until lately when my local Superdrug had a massive renovation and all their makeup stands are now super large and trendy. To my delight they also added extra brands to the makeup area. Anyway long story short they are now offering the Collection makeup stand and I was delighted to find the Illuminating Touch Foundation which seems to be what I was looking for a while.  
I took this bad boy back home and tried it on the next day. Well let me tell you something this little bottle deliver! Not only it give me a nice little glow but also it last hours and it is easy to apply. In all honestly at £5.99 you can't really go wrong. I tried much more expensive foundation in the past ranging from NARS, L'oréal, Bourjois, Chanel etc. and this product delivered like any other higher end makeup.  I actually sometimes wonder why the brand Collection do not get more coverage on blogs etc. is it perhaps its a cheap brand so people are snobbing it or  are too embarrassed to talk about? Who knows? But I love make up and I love trying from all prices from high end to low budget.  Sometimes it fails and sometimes its a win and that s what I love make up so much because you might get the cheapest items on the street and just like this it end up in your top 5 favourites. 





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10 comments

  1. I absolutely loved Sex Education, I got to the last episode and didn't realise and wasn't expecting any of the twists at all! I've never tried the foundation from Collection but love their concealer, totally agree as a drugstore brand it doesn't get enough hype! xx

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    1. Yeah me too I was expected more episode of Sex Education :) its good they are doing a series 2. Thanks to agreeing , its true that drugstore make up don't get enough hype. Thanks for your comment.

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  2. Sex Education is on my list to watch (need to finish Frontier first), and I will see if I can get a copy of the book you recommended in my local library.

    Anne - Linda, Libra, Loca

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    1. I hope you would like it. I hope you find the book too. Let me know if you like it.

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  3. I would like to read that book! It seems very interesting! Thank you for recommendation!

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    1. You re welcome !! Thanks for your comment. x

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  4. I've been using the squeezy bottle version of the foundation - I think it's less luminous than this one but I'm so impressed especially as they're so affordable xx

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    1. Oh I did not know they had a squeezy version. I also noticed they do some spray that had luminosity so you could always get that ? anyway it is indeed a great range and so affordable indeed. I think it shoudl deserve more reviews ( I dont see enough of them ) . Thanks for your comment Gemma xx

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