January 2017 Monthly Favourites

I am currently winding down from various parties and Ohana gatherings, the welcoming of the New Year and 2017 was met with equal amounts of joy, some sadness and a shed load of adventures undertaken. Guess it can be stated that this month has been a very special and incredible one in so many ways as I have greeted the everyday challenges of life, reality, falling out of love and what being an adult and soon-to-be twenty something year old.

Over the past 30 days, I’ve been thinking what it is that I want to write as a writer and blogger for the next 335 days and found inspiration from a Youtube video I watched years ago. After closing down the Monthly Favourites, I wanted to try something similar and write what my interests for the past month have been. Not only is it a great opportunity for both you and I to see what I’ve been enjoying when I’m not sitting in front of a computer or running around taking photos. Without further ado, this is my January 2017 Monthly Favourites.

Lifestyle

Engagements: On New Year’s Day, my siblings and I received a call from our Mother, who informed us that our younger brother, Pablo, was definitely off the single Bachelor and dating market. For Pablo had proposed to his girlfriend of two years. From what I hear, it was a moment within its own and there may have been an accidental tumble and opening of the ring box the wrong way!

Dating Adventures: This month saw the introduction and very public post of me entering the dating field after a two year hiatus alongside a few rules that I implemented (click here). Since I am not someone who deliberately misses an opportunity to write, I wrote about my first date for the year and you can read about my Gay Straight Racist Cop Date, Part 1 here and part 2 here.

Blogging: 2017 and in particular, January saw me celebrate a few milestones that I didn’t think I would ever see when I first started blogging all those years ago. My accomplishments that are just some of my favourites for this month include celebrating my 5th Anniversary for blogging and my 1st year Anniversary as Scarlett O’Chunky. Lastly, I hit double digits for followers and in return, I feel comfortable and confident in the material I’ve previously published and are still continuing to branch my thoughts, creative ideas and titles out there.

Health

Bioglan Melatonin Tablets: Last year, I made it public that I had seeked medical attention regarding my severe depression, insomnia and anxiety. After seeking medical advice, I’ve been taking melatonin for 10 or so months and have seen a positive increase within my personality, mental function and mood behaviour. Having swapped from my prescription to Bioglan’s melatonin tablets as I’ve been travelling over the past 6 weeks, I’ve noticed there has been less anxiety attacks and depression alongside the odd occasion of insomnia.

Exercise: One of the many things I’ve loved doing recently is putting on some walking shoes and going for a walk at dusk. I used to scoff at people who used to openly encourage others to go for a walk and spending time to attending their own needs and wants and now, I’m one of those people who loves the idea of going for a walk. It not only gives me to wind down after a busy day plotting ideas, writing various blog posts and taking photos but allows for my mind to think clearly about tomorrow’s goals before putting it all aside when I step back inside the house. This is something I would love to carry on doing in February.

Oral health: I’ve been pretty fortunate to have two parents who believe in great oral health and hygiene and essentially has rubbed off onto my own shoulders. However with studying college and my coffee intake increasing with exam periods, I discovered Oral-B 3D White Luxe toothpaste and have absolutely fallen in love with it. Although it does containing a whitening formula, I loved the idea of it strengthening the enamel on my teeth, it was an anti-cavity toothpaste and it kept my already white-ish teeth from not being stained. The only downside for this toothpaste is I tend to get clumpy get bits (even after washing out my mouth) near the bottom of my gums, near my cheeks and it can be quite annoying.

Skin care

Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Face Wash For Acne: Having made the decision to not repurchase The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser and written a post stating why (click here); I discovered Thursday Plantation and their Tea Tree Face Wash For Acne by mistake. Since August 2016, I’ve been using this facial wash as it gently cleanses the skin, gets rid of excess oil that tends to build up on my skin, its cost effective as compared to The Body Shop and it has a tea tree smell that isn’t too potent or eye wateringly strong. Lastly, I’m in love with the foam as it gets applied to my face and neck, it has chamomile extract to sooth any areas of inflammation and it’s really helped with clearly up my monthly spots.

Speaking of spots and all things that point to us having our period, I was going through my Brother’s bathroom draw and stumbled across Formula 10.0.6 Keep Your Cool Breakout Calming Mask. After suffering from some rather large and incredibly painful pimples that I swear could have been seen from the Space Shuttle as a result of eating too much dairy (I learnt from my mistakes, trust me!), I read the directions and applied. What I noticed first was, even though it said that it was a gel mask based, it was a  liquid-y white formula that smelt like peppermint and coconut. Unlike a previous face mask that left my skin splotchy, red and tender as a result of a reaction, my skin began tingling as the peppermint went to work ‘purifying and refreshing angry flare-ups’.

Three days after applying this ‘mask’ post cleansing my face, my once painful pimples had shrunk in size and were barely visibly. It can be definitely said once returning home from holidays, I shall be purchasing my own. But for the mean time, my Brother has been the perfect host for face masks.

I am a stickler for staying with one particular body product until my body forms an irritation towards it or the company is redeveloping the product and I don’t want to chance a reaction. In this case, I’ve fallen back in love with Original Source’s Vanilla & Raspberry body wash. One of the many things I love about Original Source is their body products smell exactly what they state to be and are tested on humans so therefore Original Source are vegan and vegetarian friendly.

After using my Original Source’s Vanilla & Raspberry body wash and patting my skin dry, I’ve been loving using the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Moisturizing Body Oil in replacement of my Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Sensitive Body Lotion as I was unable to pack it due to travel size restrictions here in Australia. Like any beauty oil that is sold predominately for bodies, I really like Palmer’s Body Oil for it has a nice smell that isn’t overwhelming to the senses, is relatively cost effective and it doesn’t take too long for it to be absorbed into the skin.

Something which is a bonus as it can become pretty awkward standing in a bathroom, naked and having people knocking on the door asking when you’re going to be finished. Did I mention that after a day of applying, it leaves your skin feeling oh so soft and baby smooth?

One of the many lessons I’ve learnt as a result of wearing make-up more frequently than what I did when I was 18 and being allergic to sunscreen is my skin is more susceptible to aging quickly. Growing up as a little girl and watching my Mother apply her beauty products in the morning, I was told of the story of how my Great Grandmother was blessed with great DNA and used Olay products to keep her skin looking youthful and dewy. Now as an adult, I’ve been using Olay Moisturising Cream for Sensitive Skin and holy smokes! I’m not sure if it is the thick and rich lily white cream or the story of my Great Grandmother using it that has me has me hook, line or sinker. The only downside to this product is how expensive it can be but I’ve always been told that paying extra for a facial moisturiser will save you in the long run.

As to my travels undertaken within January, I’m going to write posts on these locations because they deserve more than a few sentences dedicated to them. Besides, I’ve got a trillion and one photos stored away and I can’t wait to share them with you, Dearest Reader.

Lastly, what was something you experienced or was a favourite in January? Leave me a comment down below and I look forward to reading them.

Until next time,

~S xo

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