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April: Monthly Favourites 2017

It’s the end of the month, so you know what time it is – yep, another monthly favourites!

Book

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Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to read much this month – due to revision, I’m averaging around 2 books a month, which isn’t bad but ideally I’d like to be reading a lot more. Nevertheless, my favourite book I read this month simply has to be ‘The One Memory of Flora Banks’ by Emily Barr. It is a beautiful tale of a girl with a rare form of amnesia which means her memory is essentially wiped every two hours, who one day manages to hold onto a memory – she kissed a boy on the beach. The writing style is impeccable and the story is gripping – if you would like to see a full review on it, you can check that out here.

Music

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My music favourite for this month took little thought. When looking through an old playlist I had made on Spotify, I rediscovered the song ‘Diane Young’ by Vampire Weekend and instantly remembered how much I adored it. Realising I had never really delved much further into their music, I shuffled their entire discography and it has since become the soundtrack to my month.

My favourite thing about Vampire Weekend’s music is how complex the lyrics are; every song is like a poem, and Ezra Koenig’s voice delivers them beautifully. In addition, the songs are undoubtedly catchy but they possess a softer, almost melancholic tone which makes every track unique and memorable. If you are a fan of bands such as alt-J and Circa Waves, Vampire Weekend will be just your cup of tea.

Favourite track: ‘Step’

Film

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I watched ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ at the very, very start of this month and it has stuck with me as a definite favourite. ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ is about a young boy  – Eggsy – from a council estate in London, who finds himself suddenly recruited into the secret service that his late father was once part of. The film boasts a star cast including Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson, and Taron Egerton absolutely shines in the leading role.

The best part about this film is that it combines a daring, James Bond style plot with a wonderful sense of humour. Whilst I don’t mind action films, I do tend to get rather bored – I nearly fell asleep in the cinema watching ‘Spectre’ – and so to have a comical aspect added in is exactly what I want from a film. Admittedly, some of the effects are rather cheesy – particularly towards the end – but this only helps in aiding the humour, and the plot itself is incredibly gripping. I would highly recommend this to anybody as it has a little something for everyone, and I cannot wait for the sequel coming out later this year!

Beauty

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The weird fluctuations in the weather lately have meant that my eczema has flared up bad again, and I find myself facing the dilemma where nothing much seems to help. In a previous monthly favourites, I mentioned using Dream Cream from Lush, which is an effective moisturiser, but the more I use it the more it loses its potency. Thus, I decided to try out their Skin Drink facial moisturiser.

I had seen many reviews online claiming that this worked wonders for their eczema, and I think I will need to keep using it for a little while longer before I can make the same sort of claim. However, I have certainly noticed that it keeps its moisture for a lot longer than the Dream Cream does, and it is most definitely a much thicker consistency. The one thing which is not particularly pleasant is its aroma – it contains a high amount of sesame oil, meaning it does smell slightly like a stir-fry – but it does wear off rather fast so it is not too much of a problem! I would definitely recommend this to anybody with very dry skin such as mine.

YouTube

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Now, this is most definitely not a new favourite of mine, but one which has certainly come back strong and fast this month. I have been watching Emma Blackery for nearly two years now, and have loved every one of her videos, whether it be gaming, beauty, or comedy. However, this past month or two I have noticed a real shift in the way I have viewed Emma, and I think this is down to her partaking in VEDA – Video Every Day in April.

These more chatty and relaxed videos on her side channel Vloggery – combined with the weekly vlogs she has recently been uploading on her main channel – have portrayed a much more softer and personal side to Emma which I absolutely adore. Of course, these moments have always been present in her videos, but the stripped back nature of them this past month has completely resonated with me. I would completely recommend Emma’s side channel Vloggery to anybody who enjoys the more chatty style of YouTube video, as she delves into some more private and personal topics which spark both interest and emotion.

And that wraps up my monthly favourites for April! I hope you enjoyed reading, and let me know if you have any recommendations based on anything I mentioned or you think I may like ☺

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