Welcome to my February favourites - sure it's a little late, but I swear that March snuck up on everybody! Today I'll be sharing my five favourite things from the past month - enjoy!
Vans Hi-top Skate Shoes - Spartoo
I've wanted a pair of these for years - seriously, I'm pretty sure I posted them on a wishlist over a year ago! I've noticed a gaping void in my wardrobe: practical shoes that I could wear for a quick dash to the shops or when mooching around the print room at university. Yet seemingly all of my shoes are chunky and/or heeled, which isn't the most practical choice when you have a half-hour walk every day to uni laden with heavy sketchbooks! I've put up with it for ages but I decided to finally put my foot down and order these - I'm normally a little shy about animal prints but to me these are just perfect. Spartoo really impressed me, too - having never ordered with them before, I received next day delivery and a money-off voucher for my next visit. I love great offers and customer service like that!
Invisibobbles - Valentine's Collection
I was curious about this product as I'd heard a lot of hype about them, and I'm not at all disappointed. Initially I thought the name "Invisibobble" referred to invisibility in the hair - clearly this isn't the case, though the translucent bands aren't too noticable - instead they provide a way to wear hair up during the day without leaving a visible kink. This is great for making styled hair last for an extra day or two as wearing these in the shower ensures that the hair doesn't kink like with an ordinary hairtie. More than anything, I'm hooked because they don't pull on the hair and distribute the ponytail's weight evenly, meaning when I'm working on my project I can put my hair up out the way all day without it pulling or causing a neck-ache. For me that is worth more than anything! These Valentine's colours are lovely too: translucent glitter and metallic red, so very up my street. I did actually wear one of them on the big day to create a high, messy bun - they created a brilliant, sturdy base.
As I mentioned in my last favourites post, I only wash my hair once a week so I like to give it a lot of TLC when I do finally wash it. I've been growing out my hair for a fair few years now but it's a laborious process because my hair is naturally quite dry (I've never bleached it and rarely fully straighten it, it's just bad luck I guess!) I don't see much point in having long hair if it isn't healthy, so I always have a few inches taken off if there's breakage or split ends. However, I'm getting bored feeling like my growth rate is at a standstill so I purchased this treatment after seeing Helen from The Lovecats Inc raving about it on her blog - it smells gorgeous and my hair is definitely feeling stronger. It is a little pricier than what I'd usually budget for, but it was bought in the hope that it will change up the endless cycle of growing my hair then chopping the ends back off again.
I am useless when I'm not hydrated - seriously, I get in trouble at home for leaving glasses of water scattered around the house because I always have to have one to hand - yet I always forget to bring water bottles when I go into uni and end up having to buy a new one. So now I keep this beauty in my bag! For those of you not familiar with Bobble, it's a reusable bottle that filters the water as you drink it meaning you can fill it up anywhere. It's genius and absolutely perfect for me - when I just think of the amount I've spent on water bottles in the past, usually around £1 for a bottle that is reused a few times then thrown away, this bottle filters the equivalent of 300 water bottles and has replacable filters. I love being able to fill up wherever I go (including the rather questionable tap in our upstairs bathroom, saving me a couple of flights of stairs.) Plus, it's pretty which is always a bonus in my book.
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm - 250 Standout
I was always going to jump on this bandwagon - a matte lipstick that also moisturises? Sold! I'm so in love with this colour: it's a perfect vampy red that is neither too dark nor too bright. I'm wearing it in all of my latest outfit posts, but the colour is at it's best here. I've never had a lipstick crayon before but it's just as easy to apply. I wear it with a slick of Lipcote like I do with all my lipsticks simply because that way it stays put and I don't have to worry about it. The two products work really well together: a highly recommended combination.
What are your February favourites? Have you tried any of these things, or have any caught your attention?