Friday 15 May 2020

Recent Favourites - Disney+, Normal People & More

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It's been a long, long time since I last shared a favourites post! A while back I shared one each month but over time I found I was just repeating myself or running out of things to talk about so now I just do them every so often, when I've built up a collection of books, products, TV shows & more. There are quite a few books I want to talk about this time as I've been reading so much over the last few months aswell as some new beauty products I've been trying out and some of the best brownies I've ever eaten in my life!
collage - Disney+ app. Brown and Blond brownies, The Silent Patient, Normal People, Shea Moisture products, The Longest Holiday, Phantom of the Opera

SheaMoisture Body Wash & Body Lotion*

A few months ago I was sent some products from SheaMoisture to try out and I've absolutely loved them. The bottles are absolutely huge so they are going to last me forever at this rate! SheaMoisture have a variety of products ranging from shampoos to hair masks, body oils to body wash and lots more but the products I received are the African Black Soap Soothing Body Wash and the African Black Soap Soothing Body Lotion. The Body Wash has a gentle formula enriched with natural organic ingredients and is suitable for dry skin, something I often don't experience but weirdly have been whilst in lockdown! I've noticed a few little dry patches so this arrived at the perfect time. The body wash lifts away any dirt and impurities whilst moisturing the skin too. I've been using this in the shower and then following up with the body lotion afterwards but I love that you can use a capful of the body wash in the bath instead. As the body lotion is formulated with African Black Soap and organic Shea Butter, it makes my skin feel amazing too. It really hydrates my skin and leaves it feeling soft and smooth for hours afterwards. I've really enjoyed trying both of these out and as such a small amount goes a long way, I'll be using them for many weeks to come. You can find both of these African Black Soap products at LookFantastic and Superdrug for £11.99 each.
SheaMoisture Body Lotion and Body Wash on desk
SheaMoisture Body Lotion

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

God this book was fantastic! If anyone else has read this and wants a chat about it, please leave me a comment, I just want to know what everyone else thinks of it! It was a book that actually did feel like a thriller, I've read too many recently which claim to be thrillers and then end up not going anywhere but this actually was. So incredibly clever, full of suspense and major twists throughout that I just couldn't believe. Definitely a contender for my top 5 books of the year come the end of 2020.
The Silent Patient book held up in front of bookshelf

Miss Patisserie Bath Bombs

Whilst I'll always have a place in my heart for Lush when it comes to bath bombs, so many other brands are becoming firm faves of mine when it comes to skincare and bath products. Miss Patisserie have some really beautiful bath bombs and and a few months ago, George got me a set of 4 which I've loved working my way through. They're not the cheapest ever but cheaper than Lush who have definitely become a bit overpriced in my opinion. I just love the range of colours, patterns and scents you get with the Miss Patisserie bath bombs and they take their time to fizzle out too so it always feels like money hasn't just been wasted! Highly recommend checking them out at Boots if you're in need of a stock up!
flatlay including Miss Patisserie bath bombs, candles, Paige Toon book and nail polish

Brown & Blond Brownies

At the very start of lockdown, George and I ordered brownies from an amazing company called Brown and Blond. They've been at various Christmas markets over the years that we've been too so I was thrilled when I found them on Instagram and saw the huge range you could order online. It got us through first week of lockdown! We tried out quite a few different varieties but I think my favourite would have to be the Salted Caramel ones. We missed out on ordering some of their Easter specials recently but we'll definitely be trying out some of their other monthly specials at some point!
Brown and Blond brownies

The Longest Holiday by Paige Toon

Paige Toon can do no wrong in my eyes. I've very nearly read all of her books and there have only been 2 I think that have left me wanting more. I recently read The Longest Holiday, one of her older books, and it was just the perfect Spring read. It definitely made me long for a holiday even more, like that was possible and I completely fell in love with the characters. Whilst it was obviously focused mostly on romance - the reason I always reach for Paige's books, it also had some really deep moments throughout and a good dose of drama thrown in too. One of the best books I've read from Paige Toon.


I think we're all loving Disney+ at the moment aren't we? I shared 10 of my current Disney+ picks a few weeks ago so feel free to read that if you're in need of some inspiration of things to watch. It came along at the exact right time didn't it? I've been really enjoying High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, I've watched Zootropolis more times than I'd like to admit and George and I even watched all of the Marvel films from the beginning which was fun!
Disney+ app on phone held up in front of bookshelf

The Phantom Of The Opera Live Stream

I'm missing theatre a lot. I always knew I would during lockdown but over the last few weeks, it's really got to me. It's my biggest passion and I'm just waiting for the day we get told the theatres can re-open and we can re-book the shows we missed last month. I feel so lucky I got to see Les Mis on my birthday now because who knows how long the closure of the West End could last. To get my theatre fix, I've been enjoying some of the live streams Andrew Lloyd Webber has been putting out on Youtube. He recently streamed the 25th anniversary performance of Phantom Of The Opera and I had the loveliest evening watching it. Whilst it was never going to be the same as being sat in the theatre, Phantom Of The Opera is one of the shows on my theatre bucketlist so in a way I've kind of ticked it off! The cast were brilliant and the music is just outstanding.
Phantom of the Opera on TV

Normal People by Sally Rooney

It feels like I'm talking about this book all the time at the moment but there just seems to be one book a year that I get utterly lost in and this seems to be the one for 2020. I reviewed Normal People just this week so I'll leave that here in case you want to hear all my rambly thoughts on it. I just adored it in every way. The characters, Connell and Marianne are just so real and I was so sad to turn the last page. I was completely obsessed with the TV adaptation too, so much so I'm tempted to start it from the beginning again soon! Can't get over it, probably never will. 
Normal People by Sally Rooney held up in front of desk
What have you been loving over the last few weeks? Have you read any of the books I mentioned?

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Sophie said...

Those brownies look incredible! I wish there was some sort of service like that I could order from to fit my dietary requirements. The Shea Moisture products sound incredible, definitely something my skin could do with. The main ingredients sound so nourishing x


Riana Ang-Canning said...

I usually don't read thriller or suspense books but read The Silent Patient last year and thought it was so good. So gripping! Those brownies also look fantastic. And I think I might have to get Disney+ in time for Hamilton!

jennyinneverland said...

Those bath bombs look so dreamy! I've been taking more baths than usual so I really need to invest in some really good bombs! I've been loving watching Prison Break, reading and playing pool! <3

Sarah Trademark said...

I love shea moisture body products! They are always so good xx

Nic said...

Thanks for sharing, your recent favourites :)

Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

Mollie said...

Those brownies are just so tempting!

Mollie |

Tiffany Timms said...

They tasted so good! I love making brownies myself but it was a nice treat to order these instead xx

Tiffany Timms said...

Ah yay it's brilliant isn't it?! I would recommend it over and over xx

Tiffany Timms said...

They're so pretty aren't they? I've got one left which I've been putting off using but they seem to be on offer at Boots at the moment so might just try and stock up on more soon! xx

Tiffany Timms said...

They smell lovely and make my skin feel so soft xx

Tiffany Timms said...

No problem! xx

Tiffany Timms said...

They were absolutely delicious! xx

Heather Nixon said...

The brownies look amazing x

Kelly~Diane said...

I love bath bombs too and have used a few moisturizers from Miss Patisserie in the past. I haven't tried any of their bath bombs though so I'm definitely going to treat myself.
Those brownies look so delicious.

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