4 February 2016

January Favourites | 2016

So something strange happened about a month ago. I completely blanked out December Favourites. It was nicely written down in my blog calendar spreadsheet and scheduled in my gorgeous blog diary (review and tips are coming soon!) but it just got overlooked. I couldn't let that happen to January because I absolutely love sharing my monthly favourites with you all. How did your first month of the new year go? According to my feed on Twitter and Facebook, a number of people felt like blah in January and were happy it was over. I quite enjoyed month no.1 of twenty sixteen but I did have a bit of winter blues which is probably due to the lack of sunshine (and a few other minor issues). Other than that, January was lovely. I am excited we are now closer to spring and, thankfully, birds feel the same way. Waking up to them chirping outside my window (rather than being startled by my alarm) is great. I need to train myself to wake up before the beeping starts. Now, onto my happy January Favourites.

If you have been around for a while you probably noticed that each month brought me to a place that stood out or had a special meaning. January took me back to one of my favourite places - Cave Hill, Northern Ireland. Not sure if you know this but I am married to an incredible man who also happens to be born and (partly - he also lived in Norway for 12 years) bred in Northern Ireland (SUFTUM!). After we got married we lived there for a bit before moving, and still visit "Norn Iron" (Irish twang in my American accent) whenever we get a chance. I miss it for many reasons. If I started listing them, you would have to read a dissertation. One of those reasons is this very spot. I don't know what it is about Cave Hill but it's one of my happy places in this world. You know how some people would label anything their #happyplace. Well, this is THE happy place for moi. Hiking up there is lovely, the views are breathtaking and, once you're up, time freezes. There are zero issues you need to think about. It's such a zen spot and I can't wait to be able to visit it soon again. This or Central Park ;) Do you have a happy place?

This is a bit of a surprise to me to step away from my usual favourite dog/cat Instagram accounts and list a celebrity one as one of my most favourite in January. However Reese Witherspoon is special and in no way she is your typical famous person. Her recent amazing filmography additions, down-to-earth and kind Southern personality and her quirky and fun Insta account makes me like this sweet lady even more. I think she would be extremely fun and positive to be around in real life. I also can't resist her occasional cute hedgehog post along with shots that display her love to coffee. Reese often shares inspirational quotes, pictures from her life and great book recommendations! I would be beyond happy to look that good when I'm 40. But it's not just about the looks, being super fit or that contagious smile. She is full of life and laughter, and that's the message worth spreading. Love her IG (here)!

Since I have just mentioned I love quotes Reese shares on her IG, I thought it would be appropriate to move on to one of my favourive quotes which gave me lots of encouragement in January {source here}. No matter what your circumstances are and what you are going through, choose joy and keep choosing it. It's easy to crawl under the blanket and be mad at the whole world for your problems. It's not that easy to get up, smile and choose joy. We know very little about what some people are going through. There are so many heartbreaking stories out there happening right now to millions of people. But but even in the midst of despair, sadness and chaos it's amazing to see how some chose joy. Difficult to understand but possible to do. I hope you choose joy every single day :)

As much as I enjoy a good comedy, it's become more and more rare to come across the one that will actually make you laugh. Is it me or has humour really gone really bad in the last 5-10 years? In a "typical" American comedy today the jokes are somewhat flat or extremely offensive. Sometimes they are not nice at all: I won't laugh if someone falls and breaks a leg. The good thing is sometimes a good comedy does come out. Last month hubby and I went to watch "Daddy's Home" and loved it! Despite a few tacky scenes, it's actually super funny. Not being the biggest Will Ferrell fan (I love him in Elf!), I actually really enjoyed him playing a good (middle-aged) guy-next-door. He kind of reminded me of his cute character in Elf. As for Mark Wahlberg... well, that's Mark Wahlberg. We can't complain about him, right? Without giving too much away, the movie starts with Brad (Ferrell) letting us know how much he's always wanted to be a dad and how hard he is trying to be one to his step kids. Right when he almost gets them to start liking him, their biological father decides to show up. That's when the adventures and the fun begins. I also absolutely LOVED the ending! Good comedy, definitely can recommend to watch it.

I must admit from the get-go I wish I had more time on my hands to enjoy this beauty as much as I would like to. Enchanted Forest colouring book and these amazing Staedtler pencils were one of the presents I got for Christmas and I couldn't be happier with this set. A number of years ago I taught kids aged 3 to 6 (teens and adults as well) and you can guess what my reaction was whenever they needed help to colour something in. Well, these books are not designed for children, they are aimed at grown ups. Intricate patterns and whimsical drawings "draw" you in. As Johanna Basford said herself: "The artwork itself is sophisticated - it's not like a car or a bunny with a bow". I have only started to colour one page with this magical river and, honestly, it is so soothing. Colouring has also been recommended as one of the techniques for mindfulness. Not to mention that it reduces stress and anxiety levels. Your brain is engaged but not overwhelmed. That's why if you live a fast-paced life, things just get too overwhelming or you simply get thoughts swirling around in your head not letting you relax, this is an activity to explore. 

Favourite makeup is always a tricky one to choose when another month is over. However, I can't contain my excitement as I am sharing these two goodies I am using on a daily basis (and see myself using a lot in the future). You probably have seen this incredible Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion bronzer in my post from Sephora Haul: Trip To Krakow. Mine is in shade M10 Natural Matte Honey. I can't even describe how in love I am with this bronzer and the detailed review is coming soon. Now onto a fabulous discovery and my very first CT product - Magic Foundation. This was a treat from my hubby who fully supports the need of a blogger to test a new product (what an amazing man!). I picked up Magic Foundation in a shade 5 Medium and it's a perfect match. Being true to the "rule" (it's not really a rule but you know what I mean), I took photos of it before using it. Now after having enjoyed it for over a month I can sit down and write an honest review. Keep your eyes peeled for that. Have you tried it yet?

Tea as my favourite drink needs a little pre-story. I've been asked a few times why my blog is called Miel and Mint. I know some bloggers put a lot of thought and effort into their blog's name. Some come up with an idea quickly even though it might not have any particular meaning behind it but it's still amazing. Well, in my case it didn't take me ages to think of a name but I did put myself through a little thought shower. You see, Miel and Mint is a bit of a pun. Miel means "honey" in French (I speak a little français) and mint is, well, mint. My absolutely favourite tea is mint tea with honey in it. Which makes Miel and Mint my perfect cup of tea or "my cup of tea". Ta da! :) Does your blog's name have a meaning? Now, onto my favourite tea of last month. I love my Pukka teas way too much! Choosing one flavour wasn't easy. But! Wild Apple & Cinnamon has been my no.1 in January and I am still loving it in February. It's a perfect mixture of sweetness and spice and it smells sooooo delicious. Pukka teas are 100% organic, gluten/dairy/soya/caffeine-free. Finally, everyone knows tea (or coffee) tastes better when you use a cute mug.
How did your first month of the new year go, loves?
Hope you enjoyed my January Favourites.
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Leave a comment and let me know what you enjoyed the most in January.
Do you have a happy place and if yes, what is it?
Have you tried colouring books for adults? 
What was your favourite go-to makeup or skincare product last month?
What's your perfect cup of tea (literally and metaphorically)?
Hope you all are having a lovely week!


  1. loved this post! I went to belfast a few summers ago and really wanted to make it to cave hill but just didn't have time. It looks beautiful! I've also really been into coloring too! I got the most beautiful one about paris :)

    Lee - leethrifts.blogspot.com

    1. Thank you so much, Lee! Belfast is lovely, isn't it? I hope you definitely make it to Cave Hill next time. Make sure to have a nice little hike when it's sunny. You'll love it! ;) Ohhh, Paris colouring book must be gorgeous!

  2. I love this post all your favourite things are so cute and fun!


    1. Thanks, sweetie! :) I really enjoyed sharing my monthly faves!

  3. Great roundup of favorites! One of my favorite gifts this christmas was also an adult coloring book that's Harry Potter themed. I've also only colored a page, haha. And yes, it is so soothing and a great way to decompress!


    1. HP colouring book must be great fun! It's so hard to find time to sit and colour though, right? But I agree, it's super relaxing :)

  4. I got my fiance an adult coloring book of cats for his birthday! I got him also Crayola colored pencils, which are slightly disappointing because it's all wax and little pigment, I am so used to Prismacolor after taking many art classes...I feel like such a snob, haha. Great post!


  5. Lovely faves hon! I always love your insta faves and go check them out instantly. Reese is definitely a sweet and cheerful celeb :)
    My happy place is definitely London and to be more precise Wandsworth Common. It's where my Dad grew up and where my grandparents lived for a very long time and we visited them really often when they still lived there. I love going back there <3 also just sitting in a bus anywhere in London makes me happy :)
    I just bought my first CT products too! And oh my goodness how nice of your husband to get it for you!!
    Loved also hearing the story behind your blog name :) my blog's name is a combination of my first and surname. :)
    Hope you've had a lovely week so far and I'm sure Feb will be a great month for you babe <3 sometimes we have those down month, but after a bad month the next month usually feels a lot better<3
    Emma xxx


  6. The quote is so inspirational Nadia :) I'm always on IG looking for great quotes like that to brighten up my day! And loving the coloring book so much! I've been debating whether or not I should get one, since I know how soothing they can be! Can't wait to see some of your finished art <3 Wishing you an amazing February as well!

    XO, Elizabeth

  7. I absolutely love your favorites! Cave Hill looks so nice and idyllic. I can't believe I still haven't made it to Ireland although I lived in London for 1 1/2 years.
    Hope you're doing well, sweetie! x
    lynn | http://nexttolondon.com/

  8. Надя, какой хороший пост=)) Дает много пищи для ума, люблю почитать на английском, потренировать его никогда не повредит=)) Не люблю американские комедии, ты верно подметила, что в основном шуточки там плосковаты=)Как тебе удобнее, чтобы я комментировала - на англ или на русском? Мне без разницы=))) Смотрю, публика тут англоязычная в основном=))


  9. I absolutely adore your monthly favourites posts, hun! I like how you always talk about more than just beauty products, it makes for a fantastic read. :) x I have always wondered about your blog name, haha, and now I know! Mine doesn't have any real meaning to it, either... It's just the first two things that popped into my head when I was trying to think of a name! It's weird because 'Shoes and glitter' kind of makes it sound like a fashion blog, I guess... But I still kinda like it! x x Wild apple and cinnamon is such delicious tea, I love all Pukka tea! <3 My favourites from them are 'Love' and 'Womankind', I honestly recommend them, they're a blend of vanilla and fruits. :) <3 Also, I've never heard of the 'Magic Foundation' but it sounds absolutely amazing and I can't wait to read your full review on it! I'm always super excited about discovering new beauty products, and your reviews are always really interesting and engaging so I'm looking forward to that tons! Thanks for sharing another awesome post, hun, hope you're having a lovely week so far. Sending lots of love and hugs your way babe. <3 x x


  10. I wish to visit Ireland one day, it looks like a such a beautiful country. I also love coloring books for adults! They are so relaxing. I also want to watch Daddy's Home, I loved the trailer and I am sure the movies itself is amazing :) x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  11. I love Reese Witherspoon Instagram too! I really like Pukka tea as well! Havn't tried that apple and cinnamon though!

  12. Замечательные фавориты!
    Не знала, что у Риз такой крутой ИГ! Спасибо за наводку)
    Да уж, комедии последние годы совсем не радуют... Спасибо за рекомендацию, обязательно посмотрю!)

  13. I love the explanation behind your blog name. Peppermint tea with honey is really delicious, I won't disagree on that!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  14. Lovely post Nadia, Love the sound of that yea and the colouring looks fun, my daughter has something like that I might have to steal it haha, Have a great rest of your week. Gemma x

  15. Love that mug, it's so sweet!
    Charlotte // charlottespicks.blogspot.com

  16. Обожаю читать посты о фаворитах, всегда найдешь что-то интересное и для себя)) Очень понравился инстаграм Reese Witherspoon, невероятно позитивная девушка, пойду и я подпишусь на нее))
    Спасибо за интересный пост, солнышко! Как всегда, очень интересно и познавательно))

  17. Комедия у меня в списке к просмотру) А чашки я очень люблю)) Покупала бы и Покупала)) Как всегда позитивный и добрый пост!

  18. Amazing favs, hun! I am on of those people who were feeling blah in January :) Cave Hill has a breathtaking view, I would love to go hiking to see this view! I've been enjoying colouring book too, it is so relaxing and takes my mind off stuff. My blog name is a mix of three language :) Ela is my name, which is Turkish and it means Hazel in English, Bella is Italian and World is just world haha :) So it is just my beautiful world:)
    I hope you will have an amazing month, lovely! xx

    Ela BellaWorld

  19. I really enjoy reading your favourites for the month. And I'm really looking forward to your review of the Charlotte Tilbury foundation as I've actually been considering getting it to try lately and looking for reviews. Hope you have an amazing February! Katie xx


  20. great post :D


  21. I loved this post Nadia! DOnt worry about missing a month, it happens to everybody! But I'm happy to see this month I must say! I love that place, it looks absolutely gorgeous and stunning! Ireland is a place I am planning to go to after I graduate, it's gorgeous!

    I love the book, I have a similar book that my boyfriend got me because it really helps destress me, it's a colouring book of beautiful patterns and I can honestly feel my brain feeling calmer!

  22. Amazing recap, dear! Cave Hill looks like such a paradisiac cozy place! And thanks for sharing Reese's IG account, she's such a lovely and talented lady and I can tell by the photos you shared that her account is amazing so I'll check it out :)
    January went by so slow to me but it was a lovely month anyway. :) I'll be waiting your February recap!!


  23. This was a great post! I adore Reece Witherspoon too (I am actually recreating one of her outfits in an upcoming post!) I have also discovered adult coloring books and have been enjoying them! I loved finding out the meaning behind your name...super cute! I cant wait till your next favorites post! xox

  24. Really love your favourites hun! I always find so many great things, so I'll have to check out the film!! I also love colouring books, they are so peaceful and really help ease my mind after college XX

  25. I've always wondered about why you named your blog miel & mint! I love it, but now it makes so much more sense and it's so clever! Mines simply my name... I had a hard time finding domains that weren't already taken!
    That picture of Ireland is gorgeous! I've always wanted to go, my father's side of the family came from Donegal so I would love to go see the area. January was a great month, hopefully February will be just as good :)

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

  26. Great post. Beautifully written. Love your favorites. Great story behind your blog name. :-)

    Rita | http://styleroundtheclock.com

  27. I love the enchanted forest too, I have a similar ones but I bought it from typo. It's certainly a great thing to help to think and chill. x


  28. I love this post! Your favorite things are so adorable and perfect for this blue weather. I have loved those coloring books too!

    Perhaps Bananas

  29. Красивый пост)


  30. отличный пост и фото классные, особенно первое!

  31. Хорошие фавориты, спасибо за пост! А чай этот мне тоже очень нравится, надо собраться и тоже поделиться своими любимыми вкусами от Pukka :)

  32. Absolute delight hun Till now I always read about favourite products only in makeup...It's refreshing to read something new. I was fortunate enough to stay in Scotland for a year but never gotta chance to visit Ireland. .maybe next time..love

  33. Теперь я знаю, что смотреть на выходных )
    И еще очень хотелось бы подробностей о косметике CT. Я старый фанат Шарлотт на ютубе, но в Киеве её косметика не представлена.
    Спасибо за пост )

  34. Очень красивый блог! Иду изучать! ;)))

  35. Очень красивый блог! Иду изучать! ;)))

  36. I've missed this so much, hon! I didn't have much time to read any posts, but I've returned!
    You're happy place is beauuuutiful (just as you ^^)I have a happy place too. Well, actually two. Any track to run and New York in general. I love them both equally and I'm never happier anywhere else.
    I want to try that bronzer so much because you keep raving about it but it's expensive! I know I'll end up splurging on it but I'm an overthinker, so I don't know when will that happen hahaha
    I love your colouring book, I normally dowload the pictures from the internet, but this sounds like a great idea to gift for somebody!
    And that quote... is just amazing. So true.
    I hope you have a great day, lovely. I hope you forgive me for missing out your posts, but I promise I'll contunue with my former routine and not miss any more ;) xx


  37. EEEK I love Reese! I have been watching Legally Blonde again - I had forgotten how much I loved it :) You know how obsessed I am with colouring in books, you should share some of your coloured pages, I have enchanted forest too and would love to compare! :)

    That Charlotte Tilbury Foundation too, I need it in my life! :)


  38. Great post! I like Pukka tea but have only tried a few of them, and not the wild apple and cinnamon. haha, I started to get that colouring book. :) Happy weekend dear. x /Madison
    Beauty Talk

  39. I so badly want to see Daddy's home! Love that picture of N.I :) Tania xx taniamichele.blogspot.co.uk

  40. I loved this post so much, such a cool way of sharing your favories! Beautiful photos as usual! I absolutely love these colouring books, they are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing this, lovely! xx


  41. What an enjoyable read, Nadia!
    The reason behind 'Carol in a Page' is that my name is Carolina (which you're supposed to pronounce as if you were reading Carol in a, not like the American states), but most people call me Carol and my blog name contains both. Plus, it means that my blog is me (Carol) in a (web)page. ;)

  42. So beautiful favorite's recap my dear!!! Kisses from Italy and thank you for stopping at my blog,

    Eniwhere Fashion
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  43. I really need to get my hands on one of those adult coloring books. Looks like so much fun! Lovely post too :)

    Enclothed Cognition/Bloglovin

  44. Love the apple + cinnamon + ginger drink! Woah that's heaven!

    - Seyra x

  45. I love love love your favorites post, especially since it has non-beauty related things as well. The picture of Ireland looks amazing, it is definitely on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing :)

    xoxo Emily

  46. I love all your favorite. You have some amazing instagram photos! <3

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  47. Can I have two happy places? My first one is Marjan ( a hill that is overlooking Split) and my second one is Planinica (a hill that is overlooking Mostar). I do enjoy a good panorama and my two fav ones happen to be of those cities I live in. Plus, I do love a bit of hiking. Your happy place looks great!

    My favourite film last month was Joy. I found it to be very inspiring...it just resonated with me on so many levels and Jennifer is a great actress. I think it was also the only film I saw last month, I'm getting more selective as I'm getting older. If I don't like a film, there is no way I will finish it.

  48. I love this round-up of favourites, what a fun way of sharing them! I hadn't thought that film would be much good, so I'm glad to hear it gets the thumbs up from you :) Lovely choice of quote by the way, so true!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  49. I've not read a favourite's post quite as unique and enjoyable as this one. Reese Witherspoon's Instagram is one of my all time favourites, she really does seem like such a lovey person! x

    Jodie // Jodie Loue

  50. Lots of lovely stuff in your favourites! I didn't Reese had an Instagram and it looks right up my street - will definitely have to follow! I love the quote you chose too, I'm obsessed with quotes myself and would have them pinned everywhere in my house if allowed!

    Musings & More

  51. I got the same colouring book for my Sister too and she loves it! I haven't watched a good comedy for a while either so this movie sounds like a good laugh :)

    Velvet Blush

  52. It's so lovely to visit your happy place , I love northern Ireland , I visited a few years a go and loved it :) I saw Daddys home at the beginning of the month in the cinema with my girlfriend and had a really great time I thought it was hilarious :) That quote is seriously perfect for the month I've just had because I detoxed me life of all the unnecessary things that make me unhappy and you wouldn't believe the difference it's made, I feel so so much better :)

    Lots of love, Marianne xxx


  53. Great January recap, Nadia dear! Tea keeps me going through winter, girl. I haven't seen this tea before. I've to visit my local shop and see if they got some.
    Have a blessed week ahead, beauty! Much Love! :)


  54. I love Reese too!
    Love the post!
    Dora www.BangsBang.com

  55. Cave Hill looks incredible, that view can't help but bring you back down to earth to what life is really about! I have a few happy spots in my town besides the gym lol ;) the gardens where I live is just so magical and out of this world. It's always nice to explore them and to have a day out there! I also live near a very beautiful park, it's like a hidden treasure that is always there to brighten my day! I hope you had an amazing weekend Nadia! <3


  56. I also adore the Enchanted Forest colouring book & actually featured it on my blog the other day too! Love the quote you've picked out. I'm forever pinning inspiring quotes on my Pinterest board. xx

    Seek My Scribbles

  57. This is such a great list of favourites! Cave Hill looks like an amazing place! And I've been wanting to try one of those adult colouring books. I heard they are so relaxing. I also love how you came up with your blog name. This was such a great read!

  58. The Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation is amazing! My favourite at the moment! Laura www.shehearts.net xx

  59. Love your list of favorites, Nadia! That movie sounds hilarious. Hope your February is great! :)
    xo Kiki

  60. Absolutely loved this post Nadia! The view from that hill is stunning, oh how I'd love to go there! <3 I don't have one particular happy place but I love parks! I have been in central park and it was the most beautiful place - but I honestly love parks in general, to be in the middle of a city where friends are playing football, couples have picnics, students go to study in peace and people throwing a frisbee to their dog - it's all the most soothing I know and I love it! Favorite movie for this month for me would have to be "The Big Short" - I went to see it last night and the directing of this movie was extraordinary! And I'm so glad to hear you're really enjoying the coloring book - trust me; I am intrigued and I think I'll be out to buy one any day now! ;) xxx

    Filippa ⎮ Always a Dot

  61. Very nice. Would love it if you could check out my new hair braiding tutorial!
    Kisses xo | From Aliona With Love 

  62. Such a wonderful post, Nadia! My grandmother was born and raised in County Dublin, but neither me nor my mother have ever been, but we are planning to go in a few years, hopefully even sooner! I've heard amazing things, especially how "green" it is. But, we intend on spending much time in Dublin, which should be more familiar to us, as we're New Yorkers :) I've always loved how down to earth Reese seemed and she does indeed look fabulous for 40! Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!



  63. Дуже сонячний пост, Надійко :*

  64. I love these types of posts! I think seeing one of everything really is a bit more helpful than seeing alot of everything. Does that even make any sense?

    I've never been to Ireland, but it's definitely a place that I want to go to. I feel like I always say this, but as traveling is my most favourite thing in the world, I think I want to simply go everywhere.

    And the quote is beautiful. I feel like we chose our own happiness, by how we see ourselves and the world surrounding us.

    Ella Pinto xx

  65. I absolutely enjoyed this post dear!

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  66. That tea looks amazing and I am super into ginger lately (without really having the taste of ginger involved) so I definitely need to track that down! Love your favorites gorgeous, I hope you are having a wonderful month so far! XO -Kim

  67. Great post <3 I love the format of it. Super cool :)

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  69. Great faves! I really want to try Charlotte Tilburry makeup but everyone seems to rave about!

    Hope you are having a wonderful day :)
    x Arwa | cremerose.blogspot.com

  70. Дуже гарний пост, соковиті фото :)
    Дякую, люба, що ділишся з нами своїми улюбленцями :)

  71. I LOVE that quote! And I can't put my colouring down this month either - I'm addicted!

    Lilies and Lipbalm

  72. Reese's instagram page is so colorful! I love her page. She's a true inspiration!
    Amelie xo


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