2017: Most Popular Posts

How on earth is January almost over? I intended to write up a ‘2018 goals’ post but time has escaped me – maybe I still can. As always, a big goal for me is to keep up the momentum on The Fourth Month. I’ve been posting more regularly on The Fourth Month Instagram account so it’s now time to produce more content for the blog.

The Fourth Month journey began back in Summer 2016 when I broke my leg and was relegated to the sofa for about 5 weeks. Since then I’ve focused on books, interiors, wellbeing and general lifestyle posts. Like I did last year, I thought I’d share the top posts of the year to say farewell to 2017 and hullo to 2018.

5. A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES BY SARAH J MAAS

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This review of A Court of Thorns and Roses was my first blog post in 2017 and you guys seemed to enjoy reading my thoughts. It was a book that left me feeling torn. I loved some of the characters and the magical world they inhabit but a lot of this story is problematic. Its troublesome Beauty and the Beast tropes (Stockholm Syndrome and sexual violence) made me feel uneasy but Maas created such a rich and exciting world full of powerful and mysterious characters with this series. I’ve yet to read ACOMAF and, at this point, I doubt I will. Check out my review and let me know what you think.

4. A PUBLISHING POSTGRAD UPDATE

The fourth most popular post in 2017 was my publishing postgrad update. It’s one of the few, if not only, personal posts I’ve written for The Fourth Month. This makes me wonder if you would like to see more personal blogs (let me know in the comments or send me a message). Since writing this in April last year, things have changed even more. I left my job at the Publishing Bureau to pursue work as a Library Assistant. Working with books and children is really my dream job! And, of course, I graduated with a Distinction in MSc Publishing in October last year, which was a massive achievement.

3. 10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE GOING TO UNIVERSITY

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Guest blogger, Zina, makes two appearances in the Top 5 of 2017. This is a witty and in-depth look at the trials and tribulations of University life. It’s a great read for anyone considering going to University but it also resonates with anyone who is at or has been to Uni. This uplifting list hopefully put a few minds at ease last year and I’m sure it’ll stay relevant every year as new students move on to higher education.

2. INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: BOOKS BY FIERCE FEMALES

I am so happy that this list of fiercely feminist books made it to the top of my most-viewed posts in 2017. This post was requested by a friend but it has clearly been enjoyed by many readers. The list featured some of my favourite authors from Charlotte Brontë to Jessie Burton. Let me know if you’ve read any of these books or if you would like see more bookish lists on The Fourth Month.

1. VANITY FEMME GLOW DUST REVIEW

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Stealing the limelight yet again, Zina’s review of Vanity Femme Glow Dust has made the top spot for 2017 (it was also the most viewed blog in 2016). This sparkly review of a cult-classic highlighter gets hits almost every day so I’ve asked my gorgeous make-up artist sister to start writing some make-up reviews in 2018. Follow her on Instagram and subscribe the The Fourth Month to make sure you don’t miss a thing.


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Vanity Femme Glow Dust Review

Review by Zina Nouhas

It’s all about the GLOW!

If you are a lover of highlighters, or are new to the scene and looking for one to splurge on, you are in the right place. Today, I want to discuss a “must have” to add to your make-up collection. It’s sparkly, glittery, and shines bright like a diamond.

It’s the Vanity Femme Glow Dust!

Vanity Femme (aka, Mariyah) is a MUA/beauty blogger who is based in Glasgow, Scotland. Recently, VF and her team launched a brand new product to the make up world called “Vanity Femme Glow Dust.” Glow Dust come in a range of  various of colours (originally four), and thanks to the high success of her launch, VF teased fans with a brand new colour, “Rose Plated.” Isn’t she just the sweetest? All together now, there are five different colours that are currently available to order. Not only does Vanity Femme sell her own highlighter, she also has a wide range of lashes. Oh, that is not all. She takes seminars all over the UK and is pursuing to take them International too. Yass – you go, girl!

What’s next? A lipstick range? I, for one, would LOVE to see that.

I have been following Vanity Femme for a long time now, and as soon as I heard she was launching her own highlighter, I knew I had to invest in them. Back in May, I preordered two of her highlighters, “Gold Caviar” and “Crushed Pearls”, and recently just received them, after her launch date on August 5th. You could say the excitement was unreal – after patiently waiting months to receive them! (Watch the slideshow below for my personal pics of VF’s Glow Dusts!)

Let’s breakdown 5 important points on VF’s Glow Dust:

  • Number 1: the packaging was top notch! Vanity Femme treated buyers to a luxurious black present-like box, and inside, contained the Glow Dust itself along with black pretend diamonds. This kept it right in theme with her glitzy glam glow dusts. Not only that, but the package also had a picture of Mariyah herself, and on the other side was a Katherine Hepburn quote. Nice touch, VF!
  • Number 2: the products are NOT tested on animals. Yay to animal safety! Nah to animal cruelty!
  • Number 3: Despite it being small, for paying £20’s for it, I can state the product is well worth the (debatable) pricey cost. It’s important to note that due to the highlighter being so pigmented, you only need a small drop of it, on your brush, each time you use it. Therefore, the Glow Dust should last a while, meaning the investment is defo worth it.
  • Number 4: the glow lasts ALL NIGHT! Yes, m’loves, you’ll be glowing all night long with Vanity Femme’s Glow Dusts on yo’ face.
  • Number 5: Um, nothing more to say other than …

Go get your GLOW on!

Make sure to check out Vanity Femme on all social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Youtube), and most importantly, her very own webpage – where you can BUY her Glow Dust and also her lashes.

Love always,

Zina