Oh hi 2017! I know the first month is almost over, but I can’t get to grips with the fact it’s 2017. I swear 2007 was like five minutes ago, and now I’m 25 and the Olsen twins are 30 and it’s been ten years since we were all simultaneously and ironically obsessed with getting our hands on the last Harry Potter book and making our lives exactly like those of the characters in Skins.
I mean, what even? Can we just slow the eff down?
I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and New Year! Belated, as always with me. I spent my holidays back in North East England with Tom and his family, eating and drinking and being merry. We even did a quick road trip up to Scotland so I could see my mum and the Scottish side of my family, so it was pretty perfect. The flying visit back to the UK made me sentimental for all the things I took for granted when I lived there, including rolling the car window down to let ice cold air blast my hungover head, Greggs sausage rolls and the people I love.
I’m back in Dubai now, soldiering on.
I didn’t do Dry January because it’s a well-known fact that the period between January 2nd and the first summer’s day is inherently depressing. I wouldn’t worsen that for myself by trying to get through it sober. If you did, more power to ya. I probably did enough drinking for all of us.
Anyway, here are a few of my favourite things in the first month of 2017. It’s mostly Christmas presents because I was preeeetty spoiled this year!
The bag and watch
I’ve never been a watch wearer but since I’ve just entered my late twenties (ugh), I figured it was time to at least look like an adult who has it together. It helps that I love the watch Tom picked. It’s available with a rose gold face too.
Next, this book (which was also a Christmas present). It’s called The Girls and it’s the first novel by Emma Cline. It’s about how a young girl is drawn in to a North Carolina cult in the ’60s and everything turns sour. Obviously.
I read it in two sittings because it’s just so compelling.
Am I the only one obsessed with cults? If you are too, you need to read this. Here are some more reviews, if you need convincing.
If you know of any similar books, I’d love your recommendations!
La Roche-Posay skincare
The next thing I want to tell you about is a product I’ve never seen in the UK. I’ve spoken before about how my skin decided to become super ugly when I moved to Dubai and I’ve been struggling since to get it back under control. My doctor recommended the La Roche-Posay facial wash and Effaclar duo cream and I honestly didn’t expect any improvement. In fact, I kinda wanted to punch my lovely doctor in the face, because like a bloody face wash is going to sort this mess out. But I’ve honestly seen such an improvement!
I don’t want to throw the word miracle around, but I might just be on my way to one. If you have problem skin, I highly recommend these two products. I got them prescribed but you can buy them online using the links above.
NYX Lingerie & Huda Beauty lip colours
I’m about a year late to the party with this one but I picked up a few NYX Lingerie tubes when I was in South Africa and now I totally get why all the beauty bloggers are raving about them. I’d love to always have a bold lip but I’m just not that girl. I’m the girl stuffing something in to her face every ten minutes, so lipstick just doesn’t last on me. But NYX Lingerie lasted right through happy hour and then a huge plate of spaghetti on my last date night and still looked flawless when I looked in the toilet mirror, slightly pissed and full of carbs and wine.
For my birthday, some of the girls got me a few Huda Beauty products, and I’m also obsessed with them now. Living in Dubai and being surrounded by beautiful Arab women is reallllyyyy making me want to get my lips done, but over-lining will do for now.
I got a voucher for a free 30 minute golf lesson recently and thought, why not make 2017 about trying new things? I headed to Meydan Driving Range after work one day and spent a glorious half hour standing in the afternoon sun with a bloke from somewhere between Liverpool and Manchester, working on my grip, my swing, my stance and my aim. I definitely never expected to get hooked on golf – am I secretly a balding married man going through a midlife crisis? – but I actually can’t wait for my next session. I kept getting cocky when I took a good shot (I don’t know golf lingo yet so that’s probably not the correct term) and then losing my beginner’s luck and getting frustrated.
My flatmate came in one day with mirrored, shiny nails and I just had to copy. Chrome nails are the new ‘thing’ now and I got mine at We Nails in Dubai. It looks so magical when you get them done because they apply a base colour (depending which shade of chrome you want) and then buff glittery powder over your nail with a tiny eyeshadow brush.
They were so perfect over the festive season and people kept noticing them, making me feel like a special gift-wrapped present that everyone wanted to coo over. They lasted AGES and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go back to a basic Shellac mani again.