Since I've never done a *proper* favourites list, I thought now would be the perfect time to do one! Considering it's the end of the year, I figured I would make a post compiling all my favourites from December, as well as the entire year. Honestly, it's mainly entertainment (shows, movies and podcasts) and beauty products. I don't really have any favourite clothes or foods or drinks or anything, and I honestly haven't read any books for a long time (2018 goal) so there's definitely none of those. Either way, this is still a bit of a long one so with that being said, let's get right into it! Anything I could find will be linked.
ENTERTAINMENT (I'll try not to spoil anything but just in case, beware of spoilers)
Get Out: As someone who doesn't like scary movies, I thought this movie was amazing. It was really suspenseful and intense. This movie gained a lot of attention that it definitely deserved. Not only is it extremely well written, the acting is fantastic and the cinematography is beautiful. Aside from being a wonderful film, the story is so important and relevant to today's society. If you haven't seen it, definitely watch it and definitely watch the alternate ending. To me, that was the most important part of the whole film.
The Big Sick: This movie was adorable. I love that it's actually based loosely on Kumail and Emily's relationship. The characters are relatable and funny. The story will make you feel things, although I don't think I cried (thank gosh). Overall, this movie is really incredible.
A Bad Moms Christmas & Daddy's Home 2: I found these movies to be very similar, so I'm just going to group them together. I saw the first movies of each of them and loved it, so of course, I had to see the sequels. Both sequels revolve around dysfunctional families trying to work out their differences during the Christmas holidays. Both movies are so fun and goofy; great movies when you just want to laugh and feel Christmas-y. (And, if you're like me, you'll love Daddy's Home 2 because JOOOOHN CEEENAAA has a *slightly* bigger role than in the first film. Hallelujah.)
Bad Moms trailer (not yet available to purchase)
Conor McGregor: Notorius: This one may seem a little random, but lately, I've become really interested in UFC and MMA. Obviously, UFC isn't for everyone, but it's just so fascinating and entertaining (and gross). I'll be honest right now, I cried probably five times during this film. I'm sure those of us who don't follow UFC have heard the name Conor McGregor *at least* once or twice over the past few years (especially this year). He's one of the most popular and famous athletes in the world right now, and for good reason. Although I haven't been following UFC for very long, I can say this documentary was really good and very interesting. It follows Conor from his early days in Ireland until August, just before his fight with Floyd Mayweather (I'm sure we all heard about that, too). When you watch a UFC fight, you don't get very much behind the scenes action, so it was really interesting seeing everything that goes into preparing for a fight, as well as what their personal lives are like. It's also really interesting (and at times, heart breaking) to see the fights from the family's POV. When you watch a UFC fight, you only see what's going on inside the octagon. With Conor's documentary, you get to see what his family sees from the other side, and let me tell you, I cried. The film follows his wins as well as his (few) losses, and watching his family's reaction to him losing a fight was heartbreaking. Not everyone will find this film interesting, but it really is so good.
Gaga: Five Foot Two: Another celebrity doc. that I absolutely loved. Lady Gaga is one of the most talented artists of our time, hands down. I was lucky enough to see her in concert this summer, and (of the few concerts I've been to) it was definitely the most incredible. When she does anything, be it performing or writing music or making a music video, she gives her all and it really shows. Her concert was unreal. This documentary really gives us a look into what her life is like. When it ended, I wanted more. It's an emotional roller coaster, to say the least, but I definitely recommend watching it, even if you're just a casual fan.
Trailer not available to purchase - Netflix original
Grace and Frankie: I know this show started in 2015, but my boyfriend and I didn't watch it until this year. I had previously seen a little bit of it while sitting with my parents when they would watch it, and I always thought it was funny (although, I had no idea what was going on). So, we finally watched it earlier this year. The show, overall, is so so good. The acting is incredible, the story is touching and hilarious, and the houses are beautiful. What more could you want in a show, really? And, FYI, season 4 comes out in January! Trailer not available to purchase - Netflix original
Stranger Things 2: There isn't a whole lot to say about this one. I watched the first season roughly three times and just *loved* it. Season 2 is, hands-down, far better than season 1. I was so happy that Will was actually in the show this season, and we got to see his character development post-Upside Down. Also, Steve Harrington. Need I say more? I don't want to spoil too much (although I'm sure a lot of us have all watched it), so I'll just leave it at that. Trailer not available to purchase - Netflix original
Big Mouth: Yes. Yes. 10 times yes. My boyfriend watched it on his own and then wanted me to watch, so we watched it together a few weeks ago. Now, I already want to watch it again. This show is hilarious. The animation is fabulous. The jokes are super gross. But, it's so relatable. Off the top of my head, I can't think of any shows mainly about puberty, let alone ones that are this (grossly) honest and upfront. Although it's about middle schoolers going through puberty, I wouldn't suggest letting your kids watch it as it is pretty raunchy. But then again, this show might teach them more than they'll ever learn in health class. Trailer not available to purchase - Netflix original
How I Met Your Mother: Okay. Okay. I know I'm super late to the party on this. I'm sorry. This year, I *finally* watched HIMYM. There's not a lot to say (because I don't want to go on a full blown rant) honestly. Overall, the show was incredible and now I understand the cult following and popularity. Similar to "Friends", it's a feel-good, funny, (kind of) relatable show about young adults trying to figure out their place in this world. Their stories are funny, heart warming, and sometimes, heart breaking. Definitely a show I'll be watching on repeat, just like "Friends" and "The Office". SHOP
Man on Fire: To continue promoting my love of Chris D'Elia, here we are. Man on Fire (yes, this is a Denzel reference) is his most recent special (available on Netflix). I'm not a true fan, because I haven't seen his other two (Incorrigible and White Male, Black Comic). But, I was lucky enough to see him perform this in Toronto last year. And let me tell you. It was hilarious. As I've said before, he's so physical and that makes it so much funnier. As soon as it was released on Netflix, I watched it. And even though it was the same show I saw a few months earlier, it was still just as funny.
Trailer not available to purchase - Netflix original
PODCASTS Recently, my boyfriend and I have gotten really into podcasts. We live about 30 minutes from town, so when we’re driving in and out, we like to listen to an episode of something. Sometimes, longer podcasts will last us a few trips. So, here are some of my favourites.
Congratulations with Chris D’Elia: This. podcast. is. hilarious. Unlike some podcasts, the only host is Chris. Each episode is roughly an hour long and he just talks about current events, what’s going on in his life, how he feels about certain things, and more. It doesn’t sound like much, but believe me, it’s hilarious (especially when he goes off on a tangent). I haven’t really watched the video podcasts, since we always listen to this in the car, but I have seen some clips that he tweets out and they’re so funny. It’s just so funny because it’s just Chris, sitting in a corner, talking to us. But it’s even funnier because he’s such a physical comic, even when he’s sitting down. If you listen to this one, I’d suggest starting from the beginning, because even if you’re a Chris D’Elia fan, there’s a lot of stuff you won’t understand if you try to pick it up from episode 48.
The Jenna & Julien Podcast: As a fan of Jenna Marbles and Julien Solomita, it only made sense to start listening to their podcast. I haven’t listened to all of them (mainly the earliest episodes) but I’ve listened to quite a few. Their content ranges from games to conspiracy theories to just chatting, and it’s always great and so funny. Some of the funniest ones are the trivia episodes where Julien doesn’t know anything about celebrities/musicians. They’re even funnier if you watch the video podcasts, which they post to their YouTube channel.
The Joe Rogan Experience (+ MMA Show): I only started listening to this podcast over the summer, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to catch up, because there’s over 1000 episodes and he uploads at least twice a week (I think). But I love Joe’s podcast. He has so many different guests, from all walks of life. Fellow comedians and actors, doctors, scientists, and of course, UFC fighters. Some of my favourite episodes were with Whitney Cummings (I just love her so much, she’s truly brilliant), Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stipe Miocic, and anything with Brendan Shaub. I’ve also recently gotten really interested in UFC and MMA thanks to my boyfriend. We love watching old fights and Fight Night, if it’s an interesting card. Recently, Joe started doing weekly “MMA Show(s)” on the podcast, where he’ll discuss upcoming fights and recent ones. There’s only been 5 or 6, but they’re all really interesting (that is, if you’re into that sort of thing). The MMA episodes aren’t for everyone, but I definitely recommend listening to some of his other episodes.
The Fighter and the Kid: I’ve only listened to a few of these, but they’re pretty funny. TFATK is Brendan Shaub (former UFC fighter and comedian) and Bryan Callen (actor and comedian). They’re quite the duo, that’s for sure. They constantly rip on each other and go off on tangents, but it’s really funny. They also have guests on quite often, and my favourite episodes were the 3 when Chris D’Elia was the guest, because the three of them together is absolutely hilarious. For those, I’d definitely recommend watching the video podcast (or at least, some clips from them) because Chris is just so. funny.
MAKEUP Buxom Lash Mascara: This stuff is amazing. I had been using Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara for a while, and I love that one, too. I got this one as a free sample in a Sephora order and it’s ended up being my go-to mascara. The wand is just perfect for separating and lengthening your lashes, so I love that. I use it everyday.
Tarte Water Foundation: I first got this earlier in the year and didn’t like it for a while, so I moved on to something else. I was having issues with it where it would just come off if I put any powder products on top of it (which I need because I tend to get shiny during the day) but once I started using a better primer, it stopped happening. Now, I love it. It’s really great for if you just want a thin layer for a more natural look, or if you want more coverage, it’s totally buildable. Just make sure you use a really good primer, or it’ll lift right off. SHOP
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer: Because duh. This product has gained kind of a cult following lately, and I totally understand why. I had been using Tarte’s Water Concealer along with the foundation, but I found it didn’t give me as much coverage and brightness as I was going for (maybe I just have the wrong colour). So I finally ordered some shape tape and haven’t looked back. I made sure to get it a shade or two lighter than my skin tone, and it. does. wonders. for my under eyes. It’s super thick so you *need* to use a damp sponge to blend it out, but the coverage is amazing. I look so awake (even when I’m really not). Definitely one of the best products I’ve gotten this year.
SKIN CARE GLAM GLOW SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment: This stuff is amazing. For years, I’ve been using philosophy’s Total Matteness mask; I would use it as an overall mask and as spot treatments for underground pimples. Unfortunately, they stopped making it and my bottle started getting dangerously low, so when I heard one of my favourite YouTubers/Bloggers (Lydia Millen-Gordon) raving about this product, I gave it a try and do not regret it at all. When it’s on, it feels a little tingly but in a good way. I definitely notice a difference in my skin, even immediately after I use it. SHOP
philosophy Renewed Hope In a Jar Moisture Mask: This mask is also *amazing*. Earlier this year, I decided to totally revamp my skin care routine because I was just not happy with what I was doing. I got a bunch of philosophy products and decided to get this along with everything else. And it was a great decision; this mask is seriously so good. I use it 1-2 times a week and my skin feels amazing. I definitely use more than I should, but my skin just drinks. it. up. It’s especially great for winter, because my skin does not like the cold, dry air.
SHOP HAIR Eva NYC 10-in-1 Primer: I first got this in a sample size in one of my Ipsy bags and I loved it. It smells AMAZING and it’s so good for your hair. It helps to detangle, add shine, and reduce frizz (amongst many other things). It also has argan and sunflower oils which help nourish and protect your hair from heat style. Once my tiny bottle started running low, I ordered two full sized bottles because I knew I’d be using it almost every time I wash my hair. Did I mention how amazing it smells?
OGX Coconut Curls Curling Hair Butter: As someone with naturally (very) curly hair, I’m always looking for good styling products. I also really need hydrating products, since I do heat style fairly often (only flat iron, I very rarely blow dry). Sometimes, though, I’ll just leave my hair curly and I really wanted a product to help enhance my natural curls. On a friend’s recommendation (shouts out Julianne), I tried this out and haven’t looked back. I use this as a rinse-out mask after I shampoo and condition (when I plan to flat iron later), or as a leave-in product (when I plan to leave it curly). It smells amazing, is super hydrating (my hair feels so soft after) and it really enhances my natural curls.
And that's all she wrote!