Monthly Wrap Up

January 2018 Wrap-Up: Books, Hauls and Beauty

(I know it’s technically February, but I’ve been so swamped with work so be nice)

Hello everyone! How was the first month of 2018? I seem to still be alive, having survived the first few weeks of term (though it is beginning to kill me hahaha). January started with me packing for the second term of University, my family and I went on holiday for a week and then I was back to the grind.

But fear not! I procrastinated my assignments enough to have read quite a few books. I also picked up quite a few titles I’m very excited to read and a few that seemed interesting.


Books I read:

  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa MeyerΒ – #ASeriesAMonth2018 January done!

Lunar Chronicles Collage - Final

I’m about halfway through Stars Above and that’s why I haven’t posted a review yet but shhh, I read the main four. I really enjoyed this series and I’m so glad I’ve finally read it! I feel like they definitely live up to the hype and I’m very happy I found out about them.

  • How to be a Bawse by Lily Singh



I don’t watch a lot of Superwoman but from the videos I have, I really like Lily. She seems to have a strong work ethic and is very dedicated to bettering herself and her craft, which I admire. She also seems to be very honest and direct, which came across in the book. It had good advice and I enjoyed it, though I had to make myself sit through it at times because it’s not the most engaging. But then not many books of this sort are engaging, since they feel a bit like work.

I personally enjoyed it and I thought it had some valuable advice, so I gave it 4/5*.


Books I started (and should probably finish):

  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne



I saw this book recommended by Dani from Dani Reviews Things and Love In A Time of Feminism and when I saw ‘hate to love’, I was immediately on it. I’ve read half of it, which I really enjoyed and I need to finish it and review it.

When?! you ask? Soon. And by that I mean in the defined future i.e. a period of time following the moment of speaking or writing.




  • The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck by Mark Manson

IMG_0510.jpgChapter Barbara (check out her channel, she’s pretty cool) mentioned this in a haul and it is exactly something I need in my life. I’m usually quite tired by the time I get to read in the evening, so a lot of the time I’ll pick up fiction instead. But I will get to this as well. At some point. Definitely.

Books I Got:


Note: This is from before I got my Fairyloot box

  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab – part of my #ASeriesAMonth2018 February read
  • The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson – I’ve already started this and I’m really liking it so far
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – I think I’ve heard pretty much every booktuber rave about this so I had to pick it up when I found it in the 3 for 2 offer
  • All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater – Again, I’ve heard many people rave about this author so I picked up this stand-alone to try her out
  • It’s All In Your Head by Rae Earl – seems to be mental health oriented so I was curious to see if it has any good advice
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – if you’ve seen my Fairyloot unboxing, you already know this is the duplicate I exchanged for a different book – and that book is:


  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – Not only have I heard good things from the bookish community but one of my best friends started reading this and she said she really likes it. She also added it’s a very me book. I suppose this is because the MC is a girl assassin. She knows me well. And there’s a raven on the cover.



(This is actually a December/January haul) I’ve just included the pictures for now but I’m working on reviews for some of the items at the minute!





Merumaya Gentle Exfoliating TonerAHA based: this was recommended by Caroline Hirons (UK Queen of Skincare) and I had run out of toner at that point so I tried it out; I got along well with it but I’ve returned to using the Pixi Glow Tonic at the minute

L’Occitane Hand Cream – I have 4 of these minis and I really don’t like them. I get very cracked skin on my hands during the winter (to the point that they bleed) and this barely gets the cracks to close – not to mention they are still rough to the touch. But since having such cracked hands makes it so that I use more hand cream, I’m making myself go through them. Would not repurchase. If you just want a nicely scented hand cream and don’t have any high moisture needs though, I think it would work fine for you.

That was my January in summary and I hope you enjoyed the post! How did your January go? Did you stick to your New Year’s resolutions?

Irina xx


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