24 July 2016

Monthly Favourites: July


I don't think I've ever written a monthly favourites before... 

Yep, I've had this blog since 2012 and I've never ever written a monthly favourites post. Suddenly, all I can vision is that scene from Mean Girls when Damian shouts, "SHE DOESN'T EVEN GO HERE."

Aaaand now I really want to watch Mean Girls...

July has been good to me. I've been super duper positive this month. I've even started blogging again, like, who would've thought? I've crawled from under my rock and I'm back! I guess I just needed a push and motivation from within and hey presto!

It's amazing how big of a part blogging plays in your life. You don't realise until you've had a break from it. It's quite bizzare. I mean, it's quite a time consuming hobby to have, I can see why so many people are doing it as a full time job nowadays. Regardless, I felt like I needed my little space on the internet back. I've had a massive break from the internet and social media and I feel like it has done me wonders. I felt like I was posting blog posts for the sake of it, rather than wanting too. I started reading blogs again a couple of months ago and I think that has played a massive part in inspiring me to blog again.

So, without further ado - my July favourites.

Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme

I could probably sit and smell this perfume ALL DAY. On the website it's described as a "floral oriental" scent - which, even though I cannot describe a smell to save my life I do agree with. As soon as I smelt this perfume I had to purchase it. The initial smell is quite strong (which I personally like) but it also does settle into a lovely and long-lasting fragrance. All I recommend is that you go and smell it in a shop. I also have my eye on the new Orchard Soleil by Tom Ford.


Pokemon Go

Soooo unless you've been living under that rock with me, how much has Pokemon Go taken over your life? My boyfriend downloaded it when it was released in the US and we've been hooked ever since. We've been out on walks totalling to like 2038230 hours in the past month alone and whenever we go out in the car, or drive to or from work I take over the Pokemon Trainer role and catch as he drives. We're a team. Pikachu - we will walk 500 miles for you.

Loafers 

I'm just really feeling them at the moment. It started when I began looking for a replacement work shoe. I work in an office, so I tend to just throw on a pair of dollie shoes. However, in the past couple of months (after buying about THREE different pairs) I've come to the realisation that they don't last very long and when it rains, my feet get wet. Not ideal. I started trawling the internet for a more 'appropriate' shoe and then I spotted these in Topshop for a bargainous £29. All hail the loafer! I now have a handful of loafers on my mental wishlist, including these silver ones from Next.


The US Office

Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica. I am hands down obsessed with The US Office. My boyfriend actually got me into this. He's already watched the complete boxset and for a while he kept trying to get me to re-watch it with him but I wasn't too fussed. One day I decided to let him put on the first episode... I will forever be in his debt. This has actually taken over my life. It's gone straight up there to my number 1 favourite TV show EVER. I just bloody LOVE IT. I'm currently on season 8 and I'm so sad because there's only 1 season left. Sob. I 100% recommend that you watch this if you haven't already!

Urban Decay Palette by Gwen Stefani

As you can see from the imagery, I've used this palette to death (or to pan even!) I use it every single day without fail. It's my contour/blush/highlight go to. I think that's why I love it so much, all three in one! The shades are absolutely stunning and I love the formula of the powders too! They don't feel cakey or heavy and they glide on so seamlessly. I absolutely love the finish too - it's sort of a glowy finish, definitely nothing OTT, just a nice subtle hint of shimmer. Perfect for summer!


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20 March 2016

So Eco Make Up Brushes


If there's one thing I absolutely love to try out, it's new make up brushes. Back in the day it was all the rave to spend £30+ on a new make up brush from Mac. Or so I recall from reading umpteen blogs, I never actually forked out myself! I do recall my first foundation brush costing me £5 from Asda and I felt so cool applying my foundation with a BRUSH, I felt like an MUA (this was like 8 years ago now) - god that makes me feel old. These days I find you don't have to spend a fortune for a good quality make up brush. Brands like Real Techniques have probably helped influence this as their products are amazing yet so affordable. Why spend £30 when you can spend £10




I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to try out a couple of brushes from the So Eco range over at MakeupBrushes.co.uk. I decided that as I'm really into contouring at the moment I was going to try out both their Bronzer Brush* and Blush Brush*. 

So Eco are a brand that have created a range of eco-friendly make up brushes and they pride themselves on their products being 100% responsibly and ethically sourced. They use bamboo brush handles made from sustainable sources and re-cycled aluminium ferrules. They also package their brushes in bio-degradable materials that are even printed with planet friendly vegetable inks - amazing huh?! So, not only are their brushes of good quality and affordable, they're environmentally friendly too.


Verdict? Amazing. For the past week I've been using both the bronzer and blush brush in my daily make up routine. I decided to try them both with powders - I find that the size and shape of both of these brushes are better at applying a powder-based product. What better timing than to also give the new Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani palette a whirl? (Which FYI - is perfection both literally and visually).

The brushes feel so nice and soft on your skin, they're so gentle and delicate and apply the product evenly too (none of that scratchy business that leaves an uneven distribution of product). Not only is the quality of these brushes impressive but the price of them is too. The blush brush retails for £7.50 and the bronzer brush is £12.00. I'm definitely going to look into getting my hands on more of their range!

MakeupBrushes.co.uk sell a wide range of brushes from various brands so be sure to check them out here and on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Have you ever tried any So Eco brushes? What are your thoughts?
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