July has almost been and gone, bringing with it a rather mixed selection of favourites. Makeup wasn't high on the agenda this month, given I spent some of it in bed and when I did reach for it I just headed for the products I knew and loved. As well as makeup I've also been loving a musical, a rather inspiring book and even some chocolate..
Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Soft Brunette-Last month was all about the Dipbrow, which is great, but if you're in a rush to get somewhere it can slow things down. I've had this pencil for over a year now and it's still going strong. It's so easy to achieve perfect, precise brows without an awful lot of effort.
Laura Mercier 'Radiance' Primer-My Hourglass primer is still numero uno, but to try and make it go the extra mile I've been testing a few other primers recently. This was one I picked up in Summer from Melbourne and it was slightly too glowy for my skin then. Now, however it is perfect. My foundation veers more on the matte side of things so this helps to inject a bit of glow back into my complexion. It's also great at keeping your makeup in place too.
Whittakers 'Hundreds and Thousands' Chocolate-Now it's probably a bit crazy including this in my July Favourites, given it only came out a week ago but it is so good! People seem to be divided on this one, some claim it just tastes like white chocolate but I love it. If you're familiar with the hundreds and thousands biscuits, this tastes just like the pink icing on them. I'll definitely be picking up some more of this soon.
Benefit 'They're Real' Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover*-If you saw my review of this earlier in July, you'll know that I was expecting it to be quite gimmicky. It's the total opposite. If you like to wear a lot of eye makeup, and particularly sturdy mascaras then you'll love this. The creamy product works in a similar way to a cleansing balm and gently breaks down your eye makeup. It won't irritate your eyes and makes sure every trace of product is gone.
#Girlboss-I've already harped on about this book enough this month, more here. In short, if you're after inspiration or just wanting to kick-ass then you need to pick this one up. It's such an inspiring, motivating read.
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer-Again, when I've not wanted to mess around with multiple concealers, this one's been doing the job. If I had to get picky, I'd say the lightest shade is perhaps slightly too light for me but other than that I like this concealer. It's thick, blends easily and conceals a multitude of sins.
Les Miserables-Now I'll be honest, I've been quite obsessed with this musical since I saw the movie last year and over the last holidays I often had the soundtrack going whilst I was doing my jobs around the house. Empty house+loud, dramatic music=Happy Sophie. I don't know what it is about this musical, given the various plot points are all quite depressing but I love it. I'm kinda tempted to head on over to Melbourne to see it right now too...
Sebastian Pro Drynamic*-If you're like me and find hair washing a bit of a faff (sorry Mum...) then you need to get yourselves a can of this. Part dry shampoo, part style extender. I don't notice much of a difference in the way of styling, but as a dry shampoo this is awesome. It helps disguise second or third day hair and leaves things looking a lot more glossy. I need to get the mini size of this for my handbag.
-What have you been loving during July?
Beauty Packages Tied Up With String-A few weeks back a friend and I made a joint Sephora order using YouShop and it finally arrived a few days earlier! Here's a snippet of what I chose this time 'round. I've not had a chance to try anything yet but keep your eyes peeled for a review of that rather aesthetically pleasing palette soon...
The Fantastic Three-La Roche Posay's Effaclar products have taken the beauty world by storm. I swear by their Effaclar Duo which does wonders for oily and blemish prone skin. This September, La Roche Posay are releasing a new three-step system containing a cleanser, the effaclar treatment and a new clarifying toner. I love Clarifying Toners so I'd buy the set just for that. From what I can gather it's going to be a Boots exclusive at first (lucky UK readers), but I'll let you know if I spy it on Escentual too.
A Not-Quite Nude Lip Love-I have three neutral lipsticks, all from Mac which I guess some people would describe as nudes. I always associate the idea of nude lipsticks with more brown-based hues which I cannot pull off. Anyway, this week I've been loving Peach Blossom, one of Mac's Cremesheen lipsticks. Think your lips, but peachier. I love cremesheen lipsticks for everyday wear, they sit nicely on the lips and don't feel drying in the slightest.
Wildwood-So this book is written for a younger audience but adults would find this one appealing too. I'm only about a quarter of a way through this book, the first in a trilogy but I love it. If you were a fan of the Chronicles of Narnia or even A Series of Unfortunate Events then you'll probably like this. I'm reluctant to give much away, as this is unlike anything else I've read before but if you're passing through a bookstore keep an eye out for this. It also contains gorgeous illustrations and colour plates.
Back To The Start-My attempts to get into Parenthood have failed so far. Maybe it's just one of those shows that start slow, I'll keep persevering. For the time being though I have returned to Gilmore Girls. Given I've only seen the whole series once the whole way through I feel like this is justifiable. Reality: I love this show too much and am not ready to move on just yet.
-I hope everyone's had a great week! It's only the start of semester but already I feel so tired. I've been getting back from Uni most nights this week, getting my pyjamas on and heading straight for bed. I've been busy with classes (standard) but I also started interning a couple of days a week for the next month. There were a few dinners this week too so yeah, busy times! This weekend I'll probably just be catching up on some readings I've neglected during the week and putting together Monday's post for you all, and sleeping. My life is so wild haha. Have a good one x.
If you've been around these parts before you'll know I'm not really one for diary writing. More often than not I just tire of writing one every day, and then on days when I'm feeling low, writing about my life is the last thing I want to do. The idea of A Sentence A Day appealed to me. Each day, you are given a prompt or question and have to answer that in a sentence or less. Sometimes I cheat, but it's a great way to get you thinking without feeling tedious or time consuming. You can pick this journal up here from Kikki K. So I've been filling in this journal for over a year now and today I thought I'd share some of my musings with you. I randomly selected dates from each month and just thought it'd be fun to see what I was thinking. Here's some of my thoughts..
18.01.14 Who do you look up to? Amy Astley, Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington. *Side note: All currently at either Vogue or Teen Vogue. Make of that what you will..
09.02.14 What would your perfect day look like? Laduree Macarons, Sephora spree and dinner with fabulous people.
23.03.14 When was the last time you said "I love you" and to whom? I genuinely can't remember. Is that bad?
22.04.14 What is your favourite topic of conversation? Myself haha nah I'm kidding. Probably beauty, or books, or pop culture stuff. *"Stuff" I am so technical...
22.05.14 Right now, I feel... Exhausted and emotionally drained.
26.06.14 Write down the ingredients for happiness... A dash of optimism, five cups of calm and a zest of life's lemons.
04.07.14 Describe your perfect night in... Chicken fettucinne, movies and reading in bed listening to The Beatles.
21.08.13 Real life or make believe? At the moment: make believe.
14.09.13 What is your favourite dessert? This is hard! I do love mint chocolate chip icecream though.
06.10.13 Cats or dogs? Cats all the way! Totes a sassy legit cat lady. *That is what I really wrote....
27.11.13 What is your favourite band? The Beatles. Always.
08.12.13 What gives you goosebumps? Insects crawling on you, which is a terrible feeling.
I took a little trip down memory lane recently when I stumbled upon some reasonably old photos. They were from '08, the days when all of us seemed to use the built in editing tools to overexpose and oversaturate the heck out of our pictures. While it's difficult to make out exactly what makeup I was wearing, I was crazy about the black 'liner, this to be exact. Anyway, it got me thinking about the makeup I used to wear from the 'firsts' to the faux pas...
Fragrance Firsts-So my first perfume was a freebie bottle of Glow by JLo which at the time I thought was the bee's knees. Then I moved onto Coco Mademoiselle, which was a favourite of an old friend of mine. Faux pas? Absolutely not! I loved, and still do love this fragrance. It's a difficult one to describe but once you spritz this you're bound to recognise it. This one's forever on my wishlist to pick up again.
Glittery Eyes-Eyeshadows with sponge applicators, silver or white were my colour preferences of choice. That makes me cringe just thinking of that now. I also used to wear Mac Reflects Pearl Glitter to school. Subtle right? While my love for glittery eyeshadow hasn't changed it's certainly toned down a tad. My Mac palette above should be a case in point.
Bad Lipstick Decisions-I can't remember where exactly I first discovered Mac Cosmetics but their Barbie campaign is what started my interest. The first lipstick I ever purchased from them was Creme D'Nude. Yep. That one. I'm not sure why it's marketed at paler people, maybe it just didn't suit me, but it was awful. Think 'your lips, but worse, and concealed'. Bad call #1. #2 was the first Viva Glam Gaga lipstick. I was obsessed with Lady Gaga at the time and probably didn't think too much of the colour. Again, it just looked awful on me. Something about those Saint Germain-esque shades just never looks right on me.
The One Where We All Wanted High End Gloss-Who recalls the obsession with Lancome Juicy Tubes? Those delicious, ridiculously expensive lipglosses that we all seemed to want. I remember having two, the raspberry and marshmallow scented ones. It's been so long since I used these that I can't remember an awful lot about them. Aside from their delicious scent they didn't have an awful lot going for them and I remember them being ridiculously sticky. Yet we all still wore them..
-What's one of your early beauty memories?
*Have a super Monday everyone!! I'm back to Uni today *sad face*. Well, it's not all sad, in fact some of it's potentially going to be quite exciting. I'm just sad to be losing sleep ins but y'know, there's always the weekend for that! x
Not my finest selfie but this was the start of flu virus from hell so this is as good as it was gonna get..
Well I'm back, with another video for you all! This time I decided to give you a look inside my rather bulky handbag. It really is like the modern-day Mary Poppins bag, given what I was finding in there. Now advanced apologies for the somewhat stranger sounding voice as I had a sore throat+cough when I filmed this video. I also apologise for the overuse of "um" and "essential" but anyway..here's what's in my well loved handbag. Enjoy!