April Favourites ’20

Can you believe that it’s May already? Damn where is 2020 going, apart from down the pan due to Coronavirus… Sorry for the negativity at the start of my post, but come on… I’m sure you’ll all agree? 😛

How are you all doing during the lock down, both in the UK, as well as where you’re from? Personally whilst I’m enjoying being and working from home, it’s starting to get to me a little. I miss seeing my family and friends, as well as going out for leisure without a care in the world. It sucks feeling anxious whilst going out to buy milk and bread.

However, there are some plus sides to this. I’m getting to spend a little bit more time with Dane, I’m saving money but most of all I am starting to do things with my friends (especially my best friend) and that makes me happy. 🙂 Every cloud has a silver lining.

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Before I start this months favourites post, I just want to say that I’m her for you, as a friend if you need to talk. Right now we are living in uncertain and scary times and my own mental health is being affected right now. I don’t wish to think people are suffering alone in silence. Remember, my email is always open, as well as my DM’s via Twitter and Instagram. We will get through this, we will. 🙂

Anyhoo, on with this months favourites! I’m not going to lie… I kind of struggled. 😛

  • Imperial Leather Shake Your Bambootay Shower Gel.

I’m sorry I have another Imperial Leather shower gel up this month, but I bought quite a few before the lock down, okay? 😛 I much prefer this one to the unicorn one I spoke about in my favourites last month, purely for the scent. This has a fruity and fresh scent, which I’ve really been loving using in the mornings before I start work as I find it wakes me up and gets me ready for the day. Plus both me and Dane have found this really moisturising on the skin, which has been really nice. I’m glad I bought a couple of bottles of this now, as I really do like it. 🙂

  • Boots Eye Drops for Dry & Irritated Eyes.

I’ve owned these eye drops since my trip to Japan and I still have loads of product left in the bottle. I love using eye drops everyday before I start work/the day in general as I feel it really wakes me up and refreshes my eyes. These have been so essential during the lock down, as I find it just makes me feel that little bit more ready for the day… Especially as I’m working from home. I honestly recommend eye drops to everyone, especially if your eyes feel tired when you wake up in the morning. I find a couple of drops make a huge difference.

  • L’Oreal Paris Hydra Genius Aloe Moisturiser for Combination Skin (review).

I honestly love this moisturiser so much and I’m hesitant to change from this to something else, as I feel like I’ve found something that works so good for my skin. My morning skincare routine has changed during the lock down and I have gone from doing a full routine, to under half of it. I’m only really using my moisturiser, and occasionally my serum and eye gel if I feel I need them. I don’t see the point in using all my products up everyday… This moisturiser has really helped my skin out lately, as my face has felt so tight and dry. I’ve actually had to buy another bottle of this, as I’m really close to this one running out now. I’ve linked back to my review of this from back in 2017. Yes, I have been using this product for 3 years now and I have zero regrets.

  • Peacci Nail Varnish in Ophelia.

I couldn’t not mention this nail varnish this month as I have loved it so much. I actually get my nails painted with gel by my lovely nail tech, but obviously due to the lock down, this hasn’t been an option for me… I get my nails painted with The Gel Bottle, who also have a sister company called Peacci. Peacci created the same gorgeous colours that The Gel Bottle do BUT in a nail varnish formula. I can’t get my nails done by my nail tech, so I’m doing myself with the nail varnish alternative for the time being. I picked up two colours, Valentina and Ophelia. Valentina is a pink holographic shade, whilst Ophelia is a dark nude pink colour. I’ve worn these two shades together in their gel form and it’s probably my favourite nail manicure I’ve had to date, hence why I bought their nail varnish versions. I’m currently wearing Ophelia and it’s gorgeous. It’s lasted ages and compliments my skin tone. I’m hoping to do a review of these and Peacci in the future. Would you like to see it? If not on a blog post, maybe an IGTV video?

  • Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser.

I’ve mentioned this baby moisturiser before on my blog and here I am again, sharing it with you all and why it’s amazing. I have said many a time on my blog, I have eczema on my hands and it would seem that the older I get, the worse it has gotten. It got to a really bad point before my trip to Japan in late 2019 when I had a massive rough patch on my right hand. I ended up going to the doctors as peoples comments on it were upsetting me. It turned out to be dermatitis and I still need to go to a special doctor for more tests in case there is more to it. Although this patch has cleared up at the moment, it was around at the start of April. The Body Shop hand lotion I was using wasn’t enough and I started using my Childs Farm moisturiser again. This has really helped my hands and at the time of writing this, they’re lovely and soft. 🙂 I honestly cannot recommend this enough! It isn’t just for hands either, it can be used all over the body.

So now my beauty favourites are done, time to talk about the miscellaneous favourites of the month!

Favourite TV Show – Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.

Not going to lie. Tiger King was something I had to watch twice and I’m glad I did. Everyone and their cat (ha!) has watched Tiger King and discussed it in full. It’s a Netflix series all about the breeding of tigers in America and some crime that happened during that time revolving around Joe Exotic. I watched it once and I was very much “What the fuck did I just watch? I don’t actually understand what happened.” A week later, I watched it again and understood (kind of…) what had happened. I was surprised though. I have to say here, I am pissed off at anyone who is making merchandise from this and selling. Don’t sell shit based on animal cruelty, potential murder and all around crime. It’s not cool.

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Favourite Movie – The Cat Returns.

As we all know, all the Studio Ghibli films are now on Netflix, which is amazing! Me and Dane own them all on DVD anyway, but it’s nice to have them on Netflix to watch as and when we fancy watching them. We recently put on The Cat Returns to watch together, as this is one of Dane’s favourites. I always forget how much I love Natoru (in the gif), as well as many other characters. I was surprised there wasn’t more merch in Japan to do with The Cat Returns.

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Favourite Book – Urgh. I don’t read anymore haha.

Nope. I didn’t read again this month. Honestly guys, I’m just not finding the time between working, playing games, chilling on video chats with friends and more. 😦

Favourite Song – “Gimme a Minute” – PVRIS.

PVRIS released a new single from their upcoming album this month and I haven’t stopped listening to it to be honest with you. I love everything about it, including the lyrics and the electropop/alternative rock sound that I adore. I only discovered PVRIS a year ago and I have really fallen in love with them. I honestly can’t wait for their new album to come out in July. It was meant to be out today but that was pushed back due to coronavirus… 😦

Favourite Game – Still Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Of course this is going to be here for another month… I mean, why wouldn’t it? It’s officially been a month since the new Animal Crossing game came out and I am still playing it everyday. I have all my villagers on my island now, as well as 4 I moved in thanks to amiibo cards. I have started to terraform my island now and I’m starting to get into the swing of things. I really do love this game and I especially love playing with my friends. 🙂

So, those are my favourites from April! Again, I can’t believe we are already into May. It’s crazy how quick the past month has flown by, but I’m honestly going to blame coronavirus for that. I don’t mind how quick it’s going. The sooner things can go back to normal, the better.

What were your favourites from April? Also, how are you all doing during this time? What are you doing to keep yourself sane? Make sure to let me know in the comments.

Until next time all, take care and stay safe!

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Japanese Series: Studio Ghibli

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Sadly we have come to the final post in my Japanese Series, which as you can see will be about Studio Ghibli.

I debated for a while this being my last Japanese Series post, but I wanted to save the best for last and of course, Studio Ghibli is amazing! To me it is the Japanese version of Disney and nine times out of ten I would much prefer to watch a Studio Ghibli film, than a Disney one. Is that bizarre?!

Well this post is going to include some information about Studio Ghibli, how I discovered them, the films they have out, and just some other bits and pieces.

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About Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli was founded back in 1985 by the directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and the producer Toshio Suzuki.The studio was founded after the success of the 1984 film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Currently Studio Ghibli has released 19 films, this doesn’t include Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, nor does it include the newest film out this year When Marnie Was There or the television film Ocean Waves.

Some of Studio Ghibli’s most known films are My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and one of the newest films, Ponyo.

As Studio Ghibli is a Japanese company, all their films are made in Japanese, but thanks to Disney they’ve brought us most of Studio Ghibli’s films in English. With some anime films and series I like to watch them in English first and then in Japanese, but sometimes you can’t get them in English so Japanese has to do the job. I’m not one of these people who has to watch all things Japanese in Japanese, English is alright for me too.

Since Studio Ghibli being founded in 1985, it’s also opened the Ghibli Museum (which I mentioned in  last weeks Japanese post), which opened in Tokyo, Japan in 2001. From what I can see it’s like a mini version of Disney Land/World which is pretty cool and although it seems more aimed towards children, I can imagine adults of all ages go there!

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How I discovered Studio Ghibli

Around 2004 or 2005 I watched my first Studio Ghibli film, Spirited Away. It was after school and my Dad and I were looking for something to watch and we saw this film had started about 20 minutes prior to us turning on the channel. It was starting again in 10 minutes so we decided to watch it from the beginning. RIGHT NEAR the end our SKY box decided to stop working and we didn’t get to watch the end until a week later when it was on the TV again. The film really drew me into the strange fantasy world it was creating, with all the different spirits and beautiful story. The artwork was amazing and although a lot of people tend to get annoyed at her, I fell in love with Chihiro.

Years later I finally bought Spirited Away on DVD and since then it’s one of my favourite films!

Eventually as the years passed by I found out who Spirited Away was by and researched online what other films they had made, watching the ones that were spoken highly about. The second film I watched was Kiki’s Delivery Service which I loved for quite a while, but has grown to be one of my less favourite films, don’t get my wrong I still really like it! But I like other Studio Ghibli films more. I then finally watched My Neighbor Totoro which is such a lovely film and definitely more for children than adults! I want a huge Totoro of my own, he’s so adorable.

As the years continued to fly by I watched more films, especially when Film 4 began to show more and more Studio Ghibli films, including Porco Rosso, The Cat Returns, and Whisper of The Heart.

Recently my boyfriend has started to collect all the Studio Ghibli films so we’ve both been watching the ones that either myself or he hasn’t watched, and even if we have watched them before we’ve been re watching them. We watched The Cat Returns for my birthday this year, which I loved. That’s his favourite Studio Ghibli film and I can understand why, it’s such a lovely film.

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List of Studio Ghibli films

If you click on each film title it will take you to the trailer for it!

1984: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (before Studio Ghibli)
1986: Laputa: Castle in the Sky
1988: Grave of the Fireflies
1988: My Neighbour Totoro
1989: Kiki’s Delivery Service
1991: Only Yesterday
1992: Porco Rosso
1993: Oceans Waves (television film)
1994: Pom Poko
1995: Whisper of the Heart
1997: Princess Mononoke
1999: My Neighbours the Yamadas
2001: Spirited Away
2002: The Cat Returns
2004: Howl’s Moving Castle
2006: Tales From Earthsea
2008: Ponyo
2010: Arrietty
2011: From Up on Poppy Hill
2013: The Wind Rises
2013: The Tale of Princess Kaguya
2014: When Marnie Was There (upcoming film)

Overall

I LOVE Studio Ghibli films and I’m just so glad my boyfriend does too. We’re slowly making our way through all the films now which is nice! The flaw with Studio Ghibli films is that they aren’t exactly cheap but are well worth the money! Amazon usually has them at decent prices, whilst HMV have them at 2 for £20 at the moment.

Eventually when I move out I intend to start collecting them myself… Unless I were to move in with my boyfriend and then I can just borrow his! 😛 At the moment I only own three Studio Ghibli films. My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away, and Ponyo.

My favourite film by Studio Ghibli has to be Spirited Away, I think it always will be and in the future when I have my own child or even children they’ll be brought up watching Studio Ghibli films before Disney!

Well, that’s the end…

As you know this is the last post for my Japanese series. I’m sad that it didn’t last longer, but I’m pretty sure I will be talking about Japan again in the very near future.

I’m now saving up to go to Japan for a holiday in the (hopefully!) near future! I have a lot of saving up to do.

Have you enjoyed the Japanese series? If so, what was your favourite post? I think mine was the food post. 😛

Do you like Studio Ghibli? If so, which movie is your favourite?

Let me know all your answers and any questions you may have in the comments down below.

I do hope you all enjoyed this series and in April I’ll be back with another! But I’m not telling you what it is yet. 😛

Until next time, take care all and I hope you had a wonderful February.

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