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January

The sunrise over the valleys a couple of days ago. It was way more stunning in person.

January was a very mixed month. We lost my nan, which was a blessing in disguise because of how ill she was, but still, it's shit news. My general rule most days is to eat no meat and very little dairy but I went out and ate a cheeseburger with bacon and cheese fries the day I found out.

Speaking of dairy, towards the end of December I made the decision to cut down because I've noticed that it has a terrible effect on my skin  specifically, cheese. Now, I wish I could tell you that I am enlightened and life is better for it, but I'd be lying. Life without cheese is fucking grim. But avoiding it makes my skin happy, so I'm trying to look on the bright side.

I have to stress that January wasn't all bad. I got the internship I applied for, which I'm ridiculously excited about, and although it's added to my workload the positives far outweigh the negatives  I can't wait to get started! Despite everything I have to do, I'm still trying to take time out to relax when I can. I've been going to my local pub quiz quite a bit, and our team is determined to win at least once.

I watched... The Sherlock special The Abominable Bride. I was thoroughly entertained, and also a little confused  I think it's the kind of episode that needs a second viewing so you can pick out any details you might have missed. Although tbh I'm not sure I want to watch it again because the bride was terrifying. Also, at first I was like 'Yay, they're talking about suffrage!' but then they had Sherlock mansplain it to a room full of women, so I'm not sure it had quite the effect they were hoping for.

I read... Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham. I LOVE Lena  she makes me want to up my game when it comes to writing non-fiction because of how honest and fearless she is.

I listened to... Oh Wonder's eponymous album. You know when you can listen to whole album without skipping a track? This is one of those. It's pretty chilled, and perfect writing music. Also: Lapsley. Lapsley's music is my life right now  you need to listen to Hurt Me and feel all of the feels.

I bought... two tartan blankets for my bed because it's frickin freezing in Wales right now.

Product of the Month: The NARS Steven Klein Dead of Summer Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette. It has its flaws but the shades are just beautiful (as is the packaging).

How was January for you? Let me know in the comments!

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at beth.toasty@gmail.com

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