Thursday, 24 August 2017

Summer Favourites '17

Bit of a mammoth one today.

It's favourites time. I never remember to do these posts at the end of the months, so doing them seasonally may well work out for me. These are probably actually one of my favourite kinds of posts to write; it's a nice summary of what I'm enjoying and it's always nice to share the things you like with other people - like a post full of only good things.


Makeup wise, it's a great month for Kat Von D. Not only did the brand recently become widely available in Debenhams stores as well as online, I also popped over to New York in April, where I tried her products for the first time. Let's talk about the Liquid Lipsticks. The formula is one of the best I've come across and I've been on a bit of a quest for the perfect liquid lip. I'd describe them as fairly similar to the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams but far longer lasting. My favourites are two of the more everyday shades: Bow and Arrow and Lolita, which are stunning. They're probably the most 'everyday' shades in the range, and I can't say I'd be one to go for the darker shades, but these two are beaut. I've also been loving the Tattoo Liner, which is probably one of the best eyeliner pens for me. It's just so much easier to apply than a lot of the other felt-tip style liners I've tried, and it doesn't budge. Amazing.

The award for the world's most beautiful highlighter goes to the Too Faced Candlelight Highlighter in the shade Rosy Glow - SO pretty. I've had so many compliments on how glowy and yet natural this looks, I cannot get enough of it. Originally I was going to get a different Too Faced highlighter but they'd sold out in the shop I went to, so the sales assistant recommended this and I think I trust her with my life now tbh. It's such a beautiful sheen/glow, blends in perfectly and it's not glittery. Unbeatable.

Some other products I've been loving include the Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Filler in the shade Medium Brown. It was only in the past year or so that I hopped on the eyebrow wagon, so I haven't tried a great deal of products, but nonetheless this one is my favourite of those. It just looks really natural and fills in your brows quickly and easily. It's a no-brainer. I've also only just tried the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and I like it a lot more than I was expecting to. I'm a L'Oreal mascara girl through and through, to the point that I never try ones from other brands, but this one has been too hyped not to try and it's beeeeautiful. It just really works for my lashes and gives that nice wide-eyed voluminous look. Surprisingly really impressed.


The only addition to my skincare over the past few months has been The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng and Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask. I bloody love this face mask. It has quite a gloopy texture, but it seems to work really well for my skin. I leave in on for 15 minutes and then massage it into the skin as I'm washing it off, effectively exfoliating my face and leaving it super soft afterwards. Looking forward to trying a few more masks from The Body Shop's new range.


As I said in my last post, I cut off a mass of my hair at the beginning of this month!! And I absolutely love it! I was expecting to really dislike it at first, basically because I've never had short hair before (besides when I was born). But I'm so, so happy with how it looks and how easy it is to look after. The best decision I've made in ages!!

Haircare wise, I switched up my shampoo and conditioner a couple of months ago, as my hair had gotten limp and lifeless. I'm pretty sure there were too many chemicals in my previous products and it had started weighing my hair down and it just wasn't working. But I started using Lush products and I've not had any issues whatsoever. My long hair was always naturally nice and wavy, with curls here and there, but they'd pretty much disappeared before the switch up. So I was really happy when they sprung back when I began using the Lush Big Shampoo and American Cream Conditioner. They are really great, cruelty free products and they have worked wonders on my hair. I can't remember a time that it felt so soft and yet still had a lovely texture to it. And the combo is still working great now that I've got a lot less hair - also meaning the products last soooo much longer, which is also another major pro for short hair.


A couple months ago I made a pricey Debenhams order but they threw in a couple of free gifts, including a little set of Versace fragrances. One of them is a little too full on for me, but the other two are divine. They're called Bright Crystal and Yellow Diamond and they're both super fresh scents and I've been loving wearing them - surprisingly the tiny bottles have lasted really well. Think I'm gonna have to purchase at least one of the full sizes now though, as I've finally run out! Also still absolutely loving Elizabeth and James Nirvana in the floral scent - a perfect everyday fragrance, and no fuss whatsoever with the rollerball.


My music favourites of this summer are all linked below - albums of the year for sure!

Lorde - Melodrama


HAIM - Something To Tell You

Mr Jukes - God First

Solange - A Seat at the Table

Bonobo - Migration

Halsey - Hopeless Fountain Kingdom

John Mayer - The Search for Everything


Books wise, I've started doing books of the month posts, so I'll link the first one from July here, and August's post will be up in the next week.

Day Trips

I've loved day tripping over the summer, whether it be to go visit my friends, National Trusting, or a day out in London. A couple of favourites have been to Basildon Park, near Reading, which is a beautiful National Trust property. The gardens are so rich and the house was stunning. I also loved going back to Buckingham Palace with my Mum, as we had year-long passes, so thought we'd better make the most of them with a trip back (had the most delicious scone ever in the Garden Cafe). As this is posted I'll actually be in Manchester for a couple days, visiting my best friend, Chloe - so more to come soon on this two-day trip.


I've been to The Farm Shop at Bicester Village a couple of times now, but I recently went for brunch for the first time. It was incredible. Maybe even the most delicious meal I've had in my life. And surprisingly good value too. I had poached eggs, spinach, mixed squash, tomato and mushroom, with tea and orange juice all for £13! Such great food for really reasonable prices. If you're ever shopping at BV, you need to try The Farm Shop.

What have you been enjoying throughout the summer?

Until next time.

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