Things I Fancy: May 2016

Things I Fancy: May 2016 - Modern Little Victories

Hello Stranger Friends! Last month’s favorites was a little meh but I found some pretty cool things this month that I want to share with you. I have been positively obsessed with Peaky Blinders as you will see when you read this post. I’m not sure what I’ll top it with in June but I’ll surely try to find something. Other than that there’s a little mix of stuff that hopefully you’ll try out too. What were your favorite things in May? I’d love to hear from you!


ColourPop Brow Colour: Confession time…once upon a time I had really, really, really thin eyebrows. I look back at pictures of my self and absolutely cringe. For more reasons than just my terrible brows but my brows were pretty bad. Thankfully I came around and now they are a lot better. I’ve used a lot of different brow products over the last few years but this was my first time trying ColourPop’s eyebrow products and I really love it. It goes on nicely and makes it easy to fill in your eyebrows the way you want them and it stays in place nicely. And for the price you really can’t beat it.

ColourPop Littlestitious Ultra Satin Lipgloss: I also found a new favorite lip colour from ColourPop that I really love. It’s like a dusty pink lip gloss that stays on for ages. The pigmentation is great and really only takes one application as well as having a smooth feel to it. And If you’re looking for similar colour but in matte Bianca from the same brand is really similar.

Hempz Lotion: My dad used to buy this lotion and ever since he started buying it it has been one of my absolute favorites. I never knew where he bought it though and for some reason I always felt like it was some mysterious lotion that was really hard to find it. Turned out they also sold it at Ulta and I was so pleased when I found it. I have repurchased this lotion time and time again so it’s not a new favorite but it remains a constant favorite. I’m partial to the vanilla plum scent but they have so many options that you are sure to find one you like. The coconut & watermelon is great as well as just the original. The lotion is enriched with 100% pure natural hemp seed oil that helps proved skin hydration and nourishment. It’s also paraben-free, gluten-free, and vegan.


Peaky Blinders: Does anybody remember that movie Red Eye that came out like 10 years ago? It had Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy and I was super into Cillian Murphy because of that movie. I mean not his character but Cillian himself. You know what I mean. Anyway, I’ve watched him in most of the stuff he’s done with Christopher Nolan but sort of didn’t pay any mind to his career outside of that. So Peaky Blinders completely passed me by.

Then I heard him on the Radio 1 Breakfast show while he was promoting the third series of the show. The hosts were also talking about how much they loved the show so I decided to check it out and boy oh boy am I glad I did. It’s set in Birmingham, England in the 1920’s and the best way I can describe it is like Sons of Anarchy but with Brummie accents and no motorcycles. It’s SO much more than that though and it really is it’s own show but there are definitely a lot of parallels as far as the stories that are told. I’ve also heard comparisons to Boardwalk Empire but I never watched that so I can’t say for myself.

Cillian is absolutely brilliant as Tommy Shelby. A character that you probably feel like you shouldn’t like because well, he’s a gangster, but you really do. His character is quite stoic and seems to be always calm in the face of everything surrounding him yet you know he is always 10 steps ahead and planning his next move. He’s as equally savvy as he is ruthless and in the world of anti-heroes on TV Tommy Shelby is one of the best. Sam Neil and Helen McCrory also deserve all of the praise for their roles on the show. The fact that I also can not stand Arthur Shelby speaks to the wonderful acting of Paul Anderson.

The costumes and sets are wonderful and make the show so visually pleasing. To top it all off the music in the show is fantastic. It seems strange to have modern day music in a period show but it just works. The theme is by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and if that doesn’t tell you all you need to know then I don’t know what will. There are also tunes from Arctic Monkeys, The White Strips, and The Black Keys.

From top to bottom, start to finish, the show is spectacular. It is very violent with a lot of blood, drugs, heavy language, and nudity. So basically think an HBO or Showtime show but it’s all so very worth it. The third series posted on Netflix (if you’re in the US) yesterday so it’s the perfect time to dive in and catch up.

Food & Drink

Curate Bars: I picked these up from Target on a whim because I needed some snacks to take with me to the airport a couple weeks ago. I was quite pleased with how good they were (I got the dark chocolate & hazelnut bar) along with being pretty healthy considering they are made from natural ingredients. Curate bars are filled with protein and are a good source of plant-based fiber, and are lightly sweetened from only natural sources. They are non-GMO and gluten-free and never contain artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors.


Seabands: I have relied on Dramamine for motion sickness relief while traveling for the last 10 or so years and while it really does work I decided I wanted to go the natural route this time and try these acupressure bands. I do know that acupressure does work really well I just wasn’t sure how well the bands would actually work. I was worried there wouldn’t be enough pressure or something like that but they ended up working great. They work by using a plastic stud that presses on the Nei Kuan acupressure point on each wrist, which alleviates nausea. These aren’t just for motion sickness relief either. You can use them any time you may be feeling a little queasy.

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