Now that lockdown in the UK is slowly coming to an end (social distancing is still very much in place though!) we thought we would summarise a few of our favourite things we discovered or fell back in love with through this strange time. So, whether it’s a TV show that got us through, or a new beauty regime that makes us feel more comfortable being natural without having hair, nails and lashes done- these are our lockdown loves!
We couldn’t talk about TV shows we’ve watched in lockdown without including the BBC phenomenon that is Normal People. Based on the book by Sally Rooney about characters Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal) and their journey through school and university and issues that come with teenage romance. The show made us reminisce, cry and, overall made us think about our own relationships, situationships (and that one person you know you shouldn’t be with but can’t resist). So, not only is this, truly one of the most beautiful shows we’ve seen in a long time, it helps put everything in perspective and helps you to realise you should never settle for someone who doesn’t adore you.
Set in Washington, this American thriller series follows Joe Turner (Max Irons) a CIA agent who discovers a plot within the organisation to kill millions of people. Once he has found this out, his entire office gets shot, follow him as he tries to escape capture all whilst trying to get the truth out and save millions of lives. This show will have you gripped from start to finish and with all its twists and turns you’ll never know who to trust.
We’re sure you’ve all heard of this Canadian comedy following the Rose family: Johnny (Eugene Levy) Moira (Catherine O’Hara) David (Daniel Levy) and Alexis (Annie Murphy) as they go from multi-millionaires to having absolutely nothing and having to move to the small town of Schitts Creek (which they bought as a joke). It will have you laughing throughout and will make you completely fall in love with the Rose family and their charms.
Salon Treatments At Home
Who’d have thought it would take a global pandemic to learn (or try to learn) how to do the treatments we get at beauty salons, but for us, when we realised lockdown was gonna be more than ‘just a few weeks at home’ something needed to be done about our eyebrows! After many hours browsing YouTube and Amazon, the best (and cheapest) methods had been worked out to dye eyebrows, lashes and to wax brows. The first time felt a bit scary and didn’t end too well (remember to put Vaseline around the brows and lashes or you will dye your skin- take it from our experience). But after the second time we felt like pros, it saves time and money and you can get them done whenever you need, we can’t believe lockdown would make us so savvy!
Prouducts we tried and tested are:
Julienne Eyelash Colour Tint in Midnight Black https://www.amazon.co.uk/Julienne-Eyelash-Eyebrow-Permanent-Midnight/dp/B00BXG7LN4/ref=pd_ys_c_rfy_rp_m_all_single_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00BXG7LN4&pd_rd_r=8QDACPWW3WDB5T1TM2JJ&pd_rd_w=0wW1B&pd_rd_wg=GUDx8&pf_rd_p=d54450ad-89bb-4f48-a291-2d3416923e20&pf_rd_r=8QDACPWW3WDB5T1TM2JJ&psc=1&refRID=7KQCG70YG6N66GZKKEQ8
Just For Men Moustache and Beard Dye in Medium Brown
Veet Face Cold Wax Strips for Sensitive Skin
Do It Like A Woman And Change The World
The book Do It Like A Woman And Change The World by Caroline Criado-Perez published in 2015, tells the story of so many remarkable women from all over the world who face different challenges that they would not have to face had they had simply been born male. This book is so important to realise that feminism is not a war that has been won, but one we’re very much still in the midst of. All the women interviewed for the book are inspirational and should be more widely recognised and congratulated for all they have done and sacrificed to gain better rights for women in their county or field of work.
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox And The Horse
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox And The Horse by Charlie Mackesy follows conversations between the four title characters as they go through life and learn important life lessons on self-love, kindness and understanding. The short story is also beautifully illustrated and can be picked up on any page to read an uplifting message. It is the perfect book to be read as both a child and an adult.
During lockdown, house plants have become a real favourite, its been a welcome distraction caring for something other than yourself, making sure they’re getting the right amount of sunlight and water and doing plenty of research gave us time to focus on something of beauty in such an uncertain time. Watching a little plant come to life from our care has been so lovely and calming throughout lockdown and is something we are all planning on continuing.
A few of us had dabbled in yoga from time to time pre-lockdown but we needed something to calm us down and also get us off the sofa and stop eating grab bags of crisps to ourselves (which is totally okay btw). Yoga was the perfect answer, we all found Yoga With Adriene on YouTube to be our go-to and her calming energy and positive outlook on life made following along really easy and gave us a very welcomed distraction! Yoga is now something we all try and fit in on multiple occasions throughout the week, whether it be a quick 10 minute flow to start off our day or a longer, more focused session later on in the day, yoga is definitely a new found love for us!
Cooking and Baking
The banana bread phase of lockdown seems like a lifetime ago now but how much fun it was! We all got busy in the kitchen making new recipes or perfecting some family favourites, from pasta to a classic Victoria sponge, cooking and backing during lockdown certainly provided fun distractions and tasty food- it was a win win situation! (Except when there was a flour shortage)
At the start of the year if someone would have said we had to stay in the house with our families for over three months, most of us would have said we couldn’t do it. However, very quickly (after some initial arguments when people were breathing too loudly or using the telly when you wanted to watch it) we realised that if it wasn’t for lockdown, we would never have had that family time. So many of us go off to uni or straight into the workforce and never get to spend that quality time with loved ones in the way we have over lockdown. So, although being around family can turn us into grumpy teenagers, we’re so thankful for the time we had with them and wouldn’t change them for the world.
Learning To Love Yourself
Most people have used the time lockdown has provided us with lots of time to think and simply, reconnect with ourselves and what is important to us. Spending this precious time with ourselves has really done wonders as not only have we learnt more about ourselves than what we would have in normal, busy life (the good and the bad). We have discovered new talents, a new empathetic side of our personality we didn’t know was such a strong characteristic and even confronting something we don’t like so much about our personality and working on how to become a better person.
We hope you enjoyed a snippet of what lockdown was like for team Mental Health Makeover, although it certainly was tough at times, these shows, activities and books really helped us through it and they are things we will continue to do now that the world is getting back to normal- whatever normal is!
Please feel free to leave your lockdown loves in the comments to help others. As always, please feel free to contact us with any suggestions, questions or even just a friendly chat, we’re always here.
Love, The Mental Health Makeover team x