What I've Been Up To This Month and My October Favourites

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

I can't believe October is pretty much over - where has this past month gone? I feel like it has been quite a while since I sat down and just had a little chat with you guys, and since it's the end of the month I have quite a bit to share. October has been quite an exciting (yet equally tiring) month, and although I've uploaded a lot of things on my social media, I also want my blog readers to get an insight into my life. I've also discovered quite a few new favourites this month that I couldn't wait to share, surprisingly none of which are beauty related for a change! So make sure you keep reading to hear what I've been up to and what I'm loving at the moment!

October has been a super busy month for me, as I’ve really been trying hard to get more involved within my university and the community. A couple of weeks ago, I decided to apply to volunteer at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, who if you don’t know was a Victorian novelist that actually lived in Manchester for 15 years. My induction is next week and I’m really excited to start and get involved in the many things going on, including the tours of the house, tea room and all the extra events and activities that are planned. I’ve also decided to become a peer mentor in my university, which means that I’ll be there to support any first-year students that need help. It’s been a few years since I did any volunteering and so I’m really looking forward to getting back into it, plus these are both exciting and rewarding opportunities to be involved in.

Also in October, I went to watch Jon Bellion at Manchester Academy, which was a really enjoyable evening. He is one of my boyfriend’s favourite artists and I quite enjoy his music too, and the show was honestly so entertaining and enjoyable throughout. Going to gigs has quickly become one of my favourite pastimes and this one was no exception, and I can't wait to book tickets for some others hopefully in the near future!

Aside from these, I’ve honestly been drowning in uni work. Although I’ve spent time with friends and had chill evenings with my housemates, a lot of my time has been dedicated to writing essays, since I have three deadlines coming up that are all within the space of ten days. But I’m slowly powering through, and hopefully, it’ll be over before I know it!

In summer, one of my best friends and I both decided to get our second lobe piercings, and since then I was counting down the days until I could finally take them out and change up the earrings. It's been a few weeks now and I decided to treat myself to some dainty gold hoops to wear in the new holes, and I'm honestly in love with how this looks. I can't wait to play around with so many different earring combinations!

As I mentioned in my last blog post where I discussed how I've been using silicone-free hair products for the last month, I've been absolutely adoring the Garnier Ultimate Blends Hair Food in Aloe Vera and Coconut, and I genuinely think it has helped to transform my hair. My previously dry and frizzy ends now feel a lot more nourished and cared for, and I've still got tons of this product left to keep my hair in great condition.

In my free time (although I've had very little of it due to the countless essays), I've actually been watching a couple of shows. Season 4 of The Good Place started on Netflix a few weeks ago, which I've been thoroughly enjoying, and I also watched all six episodes of Breaking Fashion after my friend Kate recommended it, which is a really interesting series all about the fast fashion industry. It's also been nice to have a bit of downtime watching these after long and difficult days of studying, and if you have any more recommendations I'd love to hear them.

You know it's officially the festive season when Costa's Christmas menu starts! I went into one the other week and was pleasantly surprised to see all of their festive drinks and treats on sale, and I couldn't help but order the Hazelnut Praline Hot Chocolate, which was my favourite from last year. As expected, it definitely lived up to my memory, and you can bet I'll be having another one sometime soon!

What have your favourites been this October? Make sure to let me know by leaving a comment!

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