These monthly favourites posts are not a regular occurrence on my blog, however, I thought monthly favourites would be a great way to get back into blogging regularly! So, here’s my monthly favourites for the month of March!
First on my list is the new live-action Disney film, Beauty and the Beast.
I went to see this in the cinema with my boyfriend, my best friend, and her boyfriend, on March 28th, and it’s safe to say that I was absolutely stunned by how beautiful it is. The music is incredible, the visual effects are incredible, and I love seeing a film of my childhood come to life.
I would 100% recommend seeing this film before it leaves the cinemas, and I’ll definitely be adding this to my DVD collection when it’s released.
Favourite Tracks from the Soundtrack: Something There, Be Our Guest, Gaston
Next, is Ed Sheeran’s new album, Divide.
Since its release on March 3rd this year, I have been listening to it non-stop in my car. In my opinion, Divide is Ed’s best album, with a perfect mix of upbeat and fun songs to sing along to, and the slower more emotional songs for when you need a good cry.
I have loved Ed’s music forever, and this album has just stretched that love another hundred miles. Once again, I would recommend giving this album a listen if you haven’t heard it already!
Favourite Tracks: Happier, Galway Girl, Barcelona, Save Myself
I found a new app in the month of March, and that is My Fitness Buddy.
Unfortunately, I have been underweight for pretty much my whole life, which has made me an easy target for nasty comments and bullying – but the thing is, I just don’t gain weight no matter how hard I try.
It’s been annoying to see so many people going on about health apps to help them lose weight, when I’m sitting here trying desperately to gain it. Then, I found My Fitness Buddy. Giving you the option to lose, gain, or remain the same weight, I loved the freedom you have with this app, and how it’s not aimed specifically at weight loss.
All you do is put in your current weight, and the weight you want to be, and it will tell you how many calories you need to eat per day. Then, as you eat throughout the day, you fill in the foods (most of the foods you search will be there, so you just search it and click it as opposed to add in all the details yourself), and it will keep track of your calories and exercise for you.
I’ve been using it for two weeks now, and I’ve loved it!
Another app I’ve been using and loving since January is Sleep Cycle.
I’m awful at getting enough sleep, and I always wake up feeling tired. Alarms are not my friend because of how abruptly they wake you up and your chosen time. Sleep Cycle has changed everything!
All you do is leave your phone screen-down, on charge, and next to your bed with the app open, and using the microphone the app will track your breathing and movement as you sleep. If you’ve chosen to use an alarm and you’ve set it for, say, eight in the morning, the app will wake you up between seven-thirty and eight, so as not to interrupt you mid-cycle.
In the morning, you will be presented with a chart which shows you your sleeping pattern from being awake, asleep, in a deep sleep, etc. It will also tell you how long you slept for, your sleep quality, and your average hours of sleep.
Even if I still don’t have an official sleeping pattern, it’s so interesting to see how I sleep, and have these charts of information to look at!
Next up is a TV show I’ve been binging all month, and that is the 90’s series, Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
I used to watch re-runs of this show when I was younger, so when I found out it was on Netflix (and when my boyfriend bought me the box set for my eighteenth birthday), I was straight away watching episode one.
I’m now coming to the end of the fourth season, and I know I’ll be heartbroken when I finish season 6, but I’m enjoying it while it lasts. This show has made me laugh and cry, and I’m so, so attached to all the characters, so if you want a good, easy show to watch, then Fresh Prince is where it’s at.
Another series I’ve been binge watching is a collection of documentaries by Louis Theroux.
They’re on both Sky and Netflix, and I’m always one to watch a good documentary, so I’ve been getting through as many as I can. I’ve so far watched: Law and Disorder in Philadelphia, Under the Knife, Behind Bars, LA Stories: City of Dogs, and LA Stories: Edge of Life.
All of his documentaries are incredibly interesting, and some of them are so heartbreaking and hard to watch (like City of Dogs, and Edge of Life), but they’re great to watch, and I love the way he presents his documentaries.
Favourite Episodes: Law and Disorder in Philadelphia, Behind Bars, and LA Stories: City of Dogs
My book of the month is a ‘bangsian fantasy’ book by Richard Matheson, called What Dreams May Come.
For my Creative Writing class, I had to write a short story, and I chose to write about the afterlife. To do this, I had to explore the genre of the afterlife and watch/read films, TV shows, books, and articles, in order to build up a decent bibliography.
A woman at my college mentioned the movie ‘What Dreams May Come’, which was based on this book, but because most of my sources of inspiration came from movies (like Ghost, Flatliners, and After.Life), I wanted to reference a book, and so I bought both the book and the movie.
I have yet to finish reading this book as I’m rubbish at getting the motivation to read at the moment, but I’m very near the end and I am so excited to see where the plot ends up. It’s a beautifully written book and you can tell (thanks to the lengthy bibliography at the back) that a lot of work and research went into writing this.
I’m considering doing a full review on this book and maybe even the film once I’ve finished reading it, so I won’t say any more on this, other than telling you to read it!
Because I work at a cosmetics/health/beauty store, it would be silly not to include my favourite makeup, and this month I have been loving Barry M’s new lip kit in the shade ‘Go To’.
This shade is an almost perfect dupe for the Kat Von D liquid lipstick in the shade ‘Bow n Arrow’ that I was lucky enough to get as an eighteenth birthday present from my sister. The Kat Von D liquid lipsticks are about sixteen or seventeen pounds each, whereas the Barry M ones are under five pounds!
If I’m being honest, I even think I prefer the Barry M liquid lipsticks in terms of formula, and they actually stay on longer without wearing out.
The shade ‘Go To’ is a matte nude-brown colour, which dries onto your lips without drying them out or flaking, and the colour barely transfers at all (so you can kiss as much as you want without worrying about smudges and transfers).
For the price, the lip kits are incredible, and I now own two of the three shades.
So there you have it! Let me know in the comments what products/music/apps/shows/etc you’ve been loving this March, and I’ll be sure to check them out!
Thank you for reading.
Until next time,