Five Things I Loved in January

“I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.”
― Oscar Wilde

2017 is off to a rocky political start but there are small pleasures still to be enjoyed and we at SDS believe in signal boosting the good things in life, no matter how small. Here’s a rundown of the media, beauty, and little luxuries that kept me healthy and functional this month. Share yours in the comments!

 

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Hot water bottle. Our new apartment is lovely but the insulation is not the best, plus we tend to keep the temperature lower for both money and environmental factors. Why else were lovely jumpers invented? At any rate, I tend to get cold at night partially because Jeff claims he overheats when he cuddles me too long (side eye) and partially because I have poor circulation in my feet. In looking for some kind of seasonal solution to this most wintery of problems, I noted that retro looking hot water bottles are everywhere in Britain in a way that I don’t remember seeing in the States. I always thought that hot water bottle were old school and a bit silly but eventually I decided to spring for one on Amazon (in late December, so it doesn’t violate my shopping ban). Kittens, I repent. I grovel. I abase myself for my ignorance. This thing is incredible.

 

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Pestle & Mortar. I have been test driving this beauty brand since December and it has been a good decision. A small company and based in Ireland, they ship worldwide and meticulously detail what goes into their small but impactful line. I’ve been using this serum and their nighttime retinol oil everyday this month and to say that it has been doing good things for my face would be an understatement! I gave the sample of their moisturizer included in my order a go and liked it so I will likely make that my next test drive when my current moisturizer runs out.

 

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Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipstick Set, by Kat Von D. This was a Black Friday indulgence that I’ve been testing out ever since and it gets rave reviews from me. Very uncharacteristically I’ve been reaching for non-red lips this winter so far and this mostly cool toned set of colors has been scratching some kind of beauty itch. Excellent staying power and opaque pigmentation, with modern vamp colors–what more could a girl want?

 

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tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush, in Seduce. Yep, another beauty pick, sue me. I’ve been having a bit of a neutrals moment lately (very out of character again, what is happening?!) and this blush is another of my Black Friday buys that I’ve been wearing almost exclusively ever since. The screenshot doesn’t really capture its tone accurately; I might have to throw another pic up on Instagram to show how it looks in the pan so keep an eye out there. tarte expanded their line of blushes last year to include more neutral tones–previously they were known for the pigmented, bright colors of their blush so this was a bit of a departure for them–and the formula is just ace.

 

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To Walk Invisible, by the BBC. This period drama about the lives of the Brontes is not entirely unlike their works in some ways: quiet in places, slow, and intense in spite of (or perhaps because of) both. This film encompasses the last few years of their brother Bramwell’s life, when his descent into alcoholism and their father’s illness put their prospects for support as Victorian women into sharp relief. Their resolve is to try and publish their work, and the rest is well documented history. The moment that hit me most was when their manuscripts are returned from yet another publisher, and they immediately pull out their list of targets for the next one to contact. There’s a lesson in that.

 

6 thoughts on “Five Things I Loved in January”

  1. Almost bought a water bottle too. I ended up getting an electric heated pad that goes under the bedsheets – on my side only bc my boyfriend gets too hot even without it. It uses minimal electricity and keeps me cozy all night. Love it.

  2. Hot water bottles are the best!!!

    One of the most moving museum shows I’ve ever seen was in 2016 at the Morgan in NYC on Charlotte Bronte. Their lives were almost unimaginably difficult.

  3. I love my hot water bottle! Great for warming up chilly feet. 🙂

    Ooh, the Pestle & Mortar skincare range sounds good. I’m in the market for some new skin care, specifically a good BB cream. Any recommendations?

    1. P&M gets two thumbs up from me. Very impressed and it’s keeping my skin nicely protected during all these protests I’m attending 😉 If that’s not a testament to staying power, nothing is!

      I’m a tinted moisturiser kind of girl and prefer it over BB creams, my go to recommendation is Laura Mercier. But I’ve heard and read from several trusted writers/editors/pals that the It Cosmetics CC cream (too many double letter options!) is excellent. I plan on roadtesting it when my LM runs out

      1. I’ll check out the Laura Mercier products. Thanks for the recommendation. ☺
        I don’t wear foundation so I’m looking for something that can be worn on its own and still provide decent coverage. I’ll investigate tinted moisturisers!

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