We are finally into February! It certainly felt like January would just never end - and now the rest of the year is probably going to fly by since we all complained how slow January was. This month I only had a few favourites, and only one beauty related favourite too. But, I've been obsessed with these things this month, so I couldn't not share them with you all! If you follow me on any of my social media platforms, some of these things probably won't come as a big surprise.
Savvy by DB Gel Finish Nail Polish
For a while now, I've been meaning to clean out my nail polish collection - a lot of it is old and going gloopy - so when I came across these polishes on Priceline, I was very intrigued. Coming in duo packs, this polish only costs $3 for the duo - sounds too good to be true right? I did a bit of research and found that Savvy in an in-house Priceline brand and that some of the products are relatively good while others are not worth purchasing. I took the risk and was pleasantly surprised at how great this nail polish is!
The colours that I purchased are all really pretty and very bright and bold. The formula is really good and I've only needed to use one coat to get a good look. Yes, it does chip after a few days, but a good base and top coat has been really helpful in getting the most out of the polish. I also really love the packaging of these polishes - both the duo packaging and the bottles themselves. At just $1.50 a bottle, you'd think they would be cheap and nasty, but they are far from that. They are really great quality, so I'm definitely going to be getting more. What's better than a good product? A good product with an amazing price tag! I'm obsessed with how great my nails have been looking with this polish.
'My My My' & 'The Good Side' by Troye Sivan
During January, Troye dropped two singles from his upcoming album and oh my god they are great! I'm terrible when it comes to following artists and keeping up with when they release new music, so when My My My hit my Twitter feed, I wasn't initially excited - I like Troye but I wasn't about to drop everything to listen to his new song. However, a couple of days after the song was released I finally checked it out and was really surprised by the song! Wasn't what I was expected but have been loving it this month.
Then when Troye dropped The Good Side the following week, I went straight to listening to it the moment I woke up that day. This was also a surprising song because it's completely different to My My My but I loved it just as much, if not more, especially because of the the story behind it - long time Troye and YouTube fans will know exactly what I'm talking about. It's such a moving song that will give you all the feels. I really can't wait for Troye's album because these first two songs are fantastic! If you haven't listened to them yet, you seriously need to go listen right now!
I'm probably the last person on this planet to get Spotify and now I'm borderline obsessed! I've only got the free version, which is honestly find - the ads aren't annoying and I'm okay with the limited number of skips (I don't know what else I'm missing out on, but it clearly doesn't matter). I've enjoyed making playlists way too much, but at the same time I've discovered a number of new songs, so no regrets spending so much time on perfecting my playlists.
I think my favourite part about having Spotify is the ability to listen to music that I haven't sync'd to my phone - obviously the big drawcard to the app to begin with! It's kinda become my new music app and I've also started using it to substitute the Podcast app (although, not all the podcasts I listen to are available on Spotify yet). I highly recommend signing up if you haven't already, because you won't regret it! Also, feel free to check out my Spotify playlists and add/follow me.
The Australian soap opera Neighbours came back on the air during January, and in the month it had been gone, I'd forgotten how good it is! If I'm being honest, I didn't watch the show for most of last year - it was probably the end of February when I stopped and I ended up tuning back in for the final week - but I'm super excited to be back in Erinsborough this year. I've always loved the show and have been a fan since about 2003, watching it on a semi-regular basis throughout my childhood and becoming a more dedicated fan in about 2013. And although there have been times when I stop watching for a few months, I always come back and it's like I never stopped watching.
There's some exciting stuff coming up for the show this year - a 90-minute special in February has me super excited as there's some of my favourite early 00s characters coming back! - and just in general the show is always bringing the drama and comedy. Yes, it's just a cliched soap opera, but it's an iconic Aussie show that you low key like to watch. If you're at all interested in the show, I recommend following the account NeighboursNerd on Twitter (which may or may not be me...) and even checking out the site Erinsborough News.
My Australia Day Speech
If you didn't see my blog post or my Tweets in the lead up to Australia Day, you may not know that I was one of the guest speakers at my local Shire's Australia Day Awards as our 2017 Young Citizen of the Year. I was invited to speak about what Australia Day means to me and a little about what I've done in the past year. And while I was of course nervous, I was excited about writing my speech and giving it on the day. I decided to focus my speech on Australia Day and Australian history, as well as talking about the fact that I wrote a local history book last year.
I had so much fun writing it as it was such a conversational way to talk about history - something which I love doing. And although it was essentially an essay (thank you history major) in the end it turned out pretty much how I hoped it would. I'm not going to lie, I was really nervous in the lead up to actually giving the speech, but the moment I was on the stage, microphone in hand, I was in the zone. I had so many positive comments, both from those who I've known a good chunk of my life and those who I don't know, and it was great to be able to impart a little Aussie knowledge on our national day. I also talked about the whole #ChangeTheDate debate - which I'm in support of - so it was great to be able to talk about such a controversial topic on the day and hopefully make people think about the importance of changing the date. You can read the speech here.
I'd love to know some of your favourites, so feel free to share some of your January favourites in the comments!
Hope you had a fantastic January and have a wonderful February!
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