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My April Scrapbook: Skincare, Audiobooks and my YouTube Debut

After the month of March seemingly went on forever, didn't April absolutely fly by?! The UK is still in lockdown but I managed to cram quite a few lovely things into the past thirty days nevertheless. From looking back over some treasured family memories to indulging in a bit of skincare, here's how my April took shape!

Getting my pamper on

Normally, I am absolutely appalling at following a skincare routine. I usually start a new month determined to keep up with morning and nightly cleansing but a few days in, I get lazy and give up. And then the cycle repeats the next month! In April, however, I made a much greater effort. I plundered my Neal's Yard Remedies skincare stash and really enjoyed spending a few minutes each morning washing my face with their Rejuvenating Frankincense Refining Cleanser. This leaves my skin feeling super smooth, especially when I pair it with their Frankincense Hydrating Cream. The cream is incredibly thick and luxurious but it sinks into the skin so beautifully that it's suitable for morning use as well as night. As well as the frankincense, it is infused with myrrh essential oils which smell to die for! It's a treat to put on every time.

Revisiting childhood snaps

April saw us celebrate my Dad's birthday and as there's nothing he likes doing more than looking through old photographs with a smile, for his birthday gift we put together a photo book of some of our childhood memories. As part of this, my Mum dredged up some old photo albums and I just had to share some of these hilarious photos of baby Abbey! My favourite is the one of me wearing a pair of yellow sunglasses and my Mum's tea cosy on my head, dancing along to the Spice Girls on Top of the Pops! With an outfit like that, it seems I was destined to be a fashion influencer! I also adore the photo of me looking very gloomy with a tray full of chocolate cakes. Maybe I'd been told off for licking the bowl haha!

Making my mark on YouTube

I'm not the first and I'm sure I won't be the last person using lockdown as an excuse to start my own YouTube channel! I filmed, edited, and uploaded my very first video in April. It might surprise you to learn that I am not planning on using my channel as an extension of my blog, however. Instead I am aiming for it to be focused on my PhD research, which is all about plaster casts of ancient Greek and Roman sculptures in museums. For obvious reasons, I can't visit any museums at the moment so what I decided to do was make my own plaster cast at home instead! My video of the cast-making process is only 5 minutes long and if you feel like watching it, I'd be super grateful!

Treats for the eyes and the ears

April was a great month for reading. I made my way through three books which were recommendations from my good friend Helen and all of them were very enjoyable. I started with Sarah Haywood's The Cactus, which told the story of prickly Susan whose life gets turned upside down when she unexpectedly falls pregnant in her mid forties. I loved the progression of Susan's character, the unexpected twist towards the end, and the charming storytelling. 

Next came Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce which kept me up very late at night as I just had to know how it ended! This book was certainly a thriller with a somewhat unlikeable main character. There were twists and turns aplenty and it was hard to know which characters to believe in and root for at certain points. The end came as a real shock! All of the strings were tied up just a little too neatly for it to be believable, which is the only reason why I knocked this one down to four stars.

Helen's third recommendation was the audiobook version of Taylor Jenkins Reid's The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. She had listened to this book using her Scribd subscription and was enthralled by it, and it wasn't long before I'd fallen in love with Evelyn's world too! The story covers glamorous Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo as she plucks a struggling journalist from obscurity to write her memoirs, including the tales her seven marriages. The book was so REAL and believable, I ended it feeling sad that I couldn't watch any of Evelyn's movies! There were plenty of twists and although I did guess the final major reveal towards the end, it didn't spoil it.

Finally, I decided to make the most of my Scribd free trial and have a listen to Sea Witch by Sarah Henning. This was a prequel to the story of the Little Mermaid and it was a decent listen. Sometimes there were a few issues with continuity which bugged me, for example times of day shifted randomly within scenes and characters who were walking together were at one moment far apart and then back together the next. The pace was pretty slow at first and really ramped up in the last quarter. It was an average book for me, I'm not sure I'd want to read it a second time.

How was April for you? What was the best thing you got up to in the past month? Let me know in the comments!


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