August favourites, or more appropriately this should be titled ‘my summer favourites’ or, ‘I’ve run out of blog post ideas, and don’t want to talk about gloomy stuff again’ – but that would be too long of a heading. It’s possibly been as long as a year ago since I did a favourites themed post: I simply stick to things the same old things, so much so that I can’t compile a list of my favourite list every month. Anyway, there’s no harm in returning to a classic blog post theme like this one…
TV favourite of the month – Ackley Bridge.
This drama which set in a British secondary school/sixth form college doesn’t quite beat my old favourite: “Waterloo Road” (which by the way I wish they bring to Netflix so I can binge watch it & reminisce with snacks in hand), although it’s addictive whenever you have a spare moment. To describe the series without exposing too many details for those who might like to watch it, Ackley Bridge is a mixed faith school based in West Yorkshire; brought a dominantly Caucasian populated school and another school which mostly taught Islamic pupils with Pakistani heritage together to form an academy. The aim of the two school’s union was to tackle the cultural divide, where is a realistic representation of the social problems apparent in boroughs of The Midlands. As you may have predicted, the teenage students don’t always see eye-to-eye particularly in series one when the two schools first. merged. Religious differences, racism, and stereotypes typically fuel arguments ending in violence and segregation before co-operating. The scandalous behaviours of the pupils, teachers and parents provide enough drama to have lead to the currently airing third series. The way in which some of the story lines conclude aren’t always easy to foresee: resulting in likely binge watching and ‘well, I didn’t see that coming’ moments.
Optatum Dress Perfume
I’ve been using this travel dress perfume from the brand Optatum, in the scent ‘Sensuality’. This one in particular, in my opinion, seems like the perfect unisex/genderless scent. It certainly has the spiciness of a typical men’s cologne, but with a slight sandalwood undertone of a women’s daytime fragrance. The twist-top tube enables you to carry the perfume around in your bag without the fear of leakage; with refills available to minimise packaging wastage. For each of the many fragrances produced by the brand diffusers, non-greasy hand creams and car air fresheners are also an option. I attempted to use it sparingly as I like it that much, but with the weather being humid I relied on it to the point of finishing it just as few months after receiving it. The fragrances they have to offer are vast in variety, meaning there’s one suiting to everyone’s preferences.
Beauty favourite of the month – Waterproof foundation cushion by ‘fmgt’ at ‘The Face Shop’.
I was on the hunt for a new BB cream or foundation cushion pack as mine was almost finished and out-of-date. I would love to own a cushion foundation from Vely Vely, Iope or Hera but I don’t have that kind of budget; and even if I did, I can’t accept how those brands justify their high prices. Good quality makeup doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Instead, I considered buying a mid-range cushion from a Korean drugstore/highstreet shop; most likely from Clio or PeriPera. However I somehow got enticed by an English speaking shop assistant of a ‘The Face Shop’ branch. As pathetic as it sounds, I more or less fell into the pressure of buying their new Water proof cushion under their co-operative brand ‘fmgt’, rather than politely saying I wasn’t interested in the buy one get one free offer before what I would suspect to be an awkward shuffle out of the shop. It turns out it was a half decent purchase. The longevity of the foundation upholds in the humid conditions and didn’t require much mattifying powder over the top of it. The only downside of the product, is that it can oxidise and become a darker shade depending on the skincare you use underneath it.
Food favourites of the month – Bento & Matcha spread
I can’t help but sneakily feature two food favourites in this post; I’m just greedy like that. First of all, by no suprise to my regular readers, I’ve found another convenience store Bento that is moreish. Proudly I can say I’ve refrained from having weekly bento over the last couple of months, because they aren’t always the healthiest of meal options; but this decision to get an easy meal moreso came about from my loss of appetite which always surfaces each Summer. I have a whole post dedicated to bento, so I won’t repeat myself here. However I will make you salivate with the following photos of chicken cutlet with garlic & tomato spaghetti plus sides…
As much as I was tempted to survive off of iced drinks and ice-cream throughout the entirety of August, I’ve been making time for breakfast to have some green tea (matcha) spread on toast or slices of untoasted brioche loaf. I like to convince myself that I can consume as much of the matcha paste as I want considering green tea is a superfood after all; yet with all the sugars and added extras that have bee blended into the paste, I assume my body has been absorbing more bad things than beneficial.
Well that concludes my August favourites post. What have you been loving this month or season? – Let me know in the comments section!
Disclaimer – Some of the products featured in this post were gifted.
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