My Favorite Things: February Edition

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Hello readers! Welcome to a brand new segment in 2016! “My Favorite Things” is a segment where I’ll share my personal and current favorites in seasonal products, health & beauty, food, decor, movies, TV, and more. To keep this segment separate from regular post “Literary Wishlist” I’ll be featuring non-bookish things. Hope you enjoy these personal picks!

Food

Blaze Pizza

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Blaze Pizza is a pizzeria that serves crispy, thin-crust pies made with creative toppings & sauces. Like most pizza places you can order a specialty pizza or you can create your own. It’s a got a Chipotle setup so you can see and pick from the ingredients you want. I usually don’t care for thin crust pizza but Blaze has won my heart. I’ve never had a bad pizza from them and their prices are inexpensive.

Chicken Katsu

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One of my absolute favorite Japanese food dishes is Chicken Katsu. It consists of a breaded, deep-fried chicken cutlet that is sliced into bite-sized pieces or strips and is usually served with Terriyaki sauce for dipping. This is so delicious and easy to make if you were to cook it at home! If you’re looking to try a simple Japanese dish this is a good food to start with.

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Clinique’s Moisture Surge

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I got a sample of Clinique’s Moisture Surge through Sephora’s rewards program and ever since I got it I fell in love with this product. It’s a lightweight cream-gel that replenished skin with 24 hours of soothing hydration. Since my skin gets so dry in the winter this product has really helped to moisturize my skin. I like that it’s very lightweight and doesn’t make my skin oily or greasy. Though this product is a bit on the pricey side ($39 at Sephora), I will say that Clinique’s products tend to have fantastic results.

Tony Moly Face Masks

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In the world of beauty products, Korean skin care products have been rising in popularity. One of my favorite brands is Tony Moly. It’s gotten great reviews and it’s a pretty popular brand in the US. I really love their face masks! Each one tackles a different skin issue and I like the way the masks moisturize my skin and that even though they’re scented the smell is not overpowering. They are pretty inexpensive whether you buy them in a pack or individually.

Lush Rainbow Fun Bar

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I am obsessed with bath bombs! Lush is my go to place for these. I’ve bought the Fun bar in the past and I love that it’s a multipurpose soap bar, shampoo, and bubble bath. It definitely brings out my inner kid. Plus a percentage of FUN sales are contributed to the LUSH FUNd that support charities in Fukushima, Japan to create safe places for children to play outside.

Movies

The Boy

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The Boy is a psychological horror film that stars Lauren Cohan and Rupert Evans. Cohans plays as Greta, a young woman from Montana, who escapes an abusive relationship by getting a temporary job as a nanny for the British Heelshire family. Their son, Brahms happens to be a porcelain doll. Before leaving on holiday they give Greta a list of rules to follow, warning that Brahms is not a normal child.

I liked this film more than expected. It had been a while since I saw any horror films in the theaters since most of the recent films failed to grab my attention. The Boy is a promising film and while does fall into horror movie clichés at some points the high-tension and suspense factors kept me glued to the screen. The movie also surprised me with a twist ending I didn’t see coming at all. This is a horror film I’d actually recommend going to the movies for.

The Revenant

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The Revenant is a film based on the experiences of frontiersman and fur trapper Hugh Glass in 1823. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Glass who sustains injuries from a brutal bear attack. When his hunting team leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back home to his beloved family.

Hopefully, Leo will not get shorted for another Oscar because his performance was above and beyond throughout the entire film. I love historically based stories so I was really excited to see this film. Though it was a 2 hour film, there was never a dull moment. The story is lengthy, but fast paced and there is always some action to keep viewers attention. I loved the cinematography and how the entire film was shot in natural lighting. If you’re going to see any award nominated film add this to your list.

TV

Good Doctor

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Good Doctor is a South Korean medical drama television series starring Joo Won, whose character autistic savant who becomes a genius pediatric surgeon.

There was a lot of buzz about this show going on in the K-drama sphere and I’m so glad I decided to watch it on Netflix. The acting in this show is superb and Joo Won does a fantastic job as the lead character, Park Si On. It’s inspiring to watch Si On fight against the odds and persevere despite all of the people at the hospital who say he won’t succeed. A lot of K-dramas become weak in plot towards the middle mark, but the writing has stayed strong throughout the whole show. I’d recommend this show to someone who likes K-Dramas or Medical Dramas.

And that concludes “My Favorite Things” for February! What are some of your favorite things for this month? Comment below! 🙂

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