May & June (2017) Favourites

May and June have been absolutely hectic months and subsequently, my blogs and vlogs have been knocked down on my priorities list and have therefore become quite sparse. But no harm it just means this post will be even more exciting and filled!

Beauty

May reunited my beloved bath and I and I can not explain the sheer excitement that brings to me so I must admit this category is going to heavily feature bath produces (I’m not sorry!).

Firstly I got to start using some of the Easter limited range from lush and the Hippy Chick bath bomb was definitely my favourite. The description is: ‘fruity bergamot and grapefruit oils provide an instant boost to your mood, whilst a dash of olibanum oil calms the spirits’ and I FULLY support the description. The citrus, fruity scents are so vibrant without being overpowering and the olibanum oil not only softened the water (which is a massive must where I live) but provided tones that honestly did just feel calming which was ideal before bed. It was just such a cute Easter product and I hope it’s back next year!

 

The next product I want to mention is another Lush bath bomb – this time it’s the Sacred Lotus lush kitchen one. Jasmine is one of my favourite ingredients and paired with neroli and tonka it is just a beautiful combination. It is a very floral scent which is something I adore and certainly helps me clear my mind and improves my mood. The appearance of the product itself is also like no other with its detail. Must admit I’m sad I didn’t order a few more when I purchased this.

 

Lord of Misrule, if I remember correctly, was one of the Christmas edition bath bombs. I’d never particularly had the interest to try it, however, I received it as a gift and I was pleasantly surprised. The scent wasn’t the usual floral soft scent I go for but rather a herbal smell which I actually enjoyed! I also love that the water turned from a luscious green to a deep wine red – very festive. Very grateful to have received this product. 

 

Now I honestly do not understand what each makeup brush is meant to do so I shall not pretend I do but I must say I’ve been absolutely loving the Real Techniques stippling brush. Zoella mentioned it in one of her videos and I find it so much easier to use and gives my make-up a better finish. I have always, and likely will always, use Real Techniques brushes so I suggest looking into them.

I’ve never been a real blush girl just because of my complexion and complete inability to apply it without looking like a clown but Benefit has supplied me with an option. The ‘galifornia’ blush is just gorgeous and as it needs to be layered it ensures I don’t go OTT! The packaging is also gorgeous which is, of course, a bonus. I wouldn’t use it every day as I am a far too poor student and it is rather costly but it is perfect for those days I just want to look a little better and radiant. (less dead as my friends have so kindly worded it!)

As I mentioned in a previous post it trying to mix up my make up a little more and

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(the Nars product is still being tested but I have an inkling it may end up in next month’s favourites!)

incorporate some more colour and this makeup obsession St Tropez (E103) ~ teal coloured ~ eyeshadow just does the trick!

As we all know constant lipstick, especially liquid matt colours, can dry them out and with the changing of seasons and sporadic weather that the UK brings I certainly have noticed that they’re not in the best shape. Burts Bees lip crayon in sedona sands (405) is, however, a fantastic alternative as it is highly nourishing while also adding some colour. It’s perfect for those days where you just have some BB cream and mascara!

The final two makeup products I’m featuring are the Stila stay all day waterproof liquid eye liner and the Barry M matte lipstick in obsessed 179/705. I have found in the last ~year that my (old) usual winged eyeliner makes me look far too young and just isn’t working anymore and I was struggling to find something that worked for me. The Stila eyeliner is however absolutely awesome and allows me to do very subtle looks for those va-va-voom nights and it lasts so well! The Barry M lipstick was a product I was sent and I was reluctant as pink isn’t usually my colour but as it’s a nudey-pink it’s absolutely gorgeous and works really well with jeans & t-shirt combos and despite being matte isn’t drying! I’m keen to see what other shades are in the range.

And last but by no means least is the Lush Flying fox solid perfume. I’d never before tried solid perfumes but they are super useful for on-the-go and this scent is just gorgeous!

Television/Films

This month I unfortunately didn’t get any trips to the cinema (and am therefore yet to see Wonderwoman!). I also found PLL finale a complete disappointment so this section is a little sparse but I’ll try to have more next month.

  • How could I not mention the BBC 3 documentary: Queer Britain! I adore Riyadh and have had the honour of meeting him a few times so of course, my expectations for this were very high but even they were surpassed. The way everything was approached, the inclusivity, the appropriate humour, the honesty and the emotions shown were just entirely professional. I am so sad that its over but I encourage you all to go and watch it and hopefully we’ll see more of Riyadh in a documentary setting soon – Well done babe! x
  • Love Island. Ok, I admit it. I adore this program. It’s crap but man is it good crap. I’m about a week behind right now but my boyfriend and I have this evening put aside to catch up and I am buzzing. (Yes Dad, I am becoming more Essex! Sorry)
  • Into the Woods is a musical done by Disney and I’m surprised it didn’t have more acclaim, or it somehow missed me! It is rather lengthy so do put aside the time to watch it and it isn’t quite ‘classic’ Disney but I loved it. It has great incorporations of fairy tales and the songs are fantastic. And let’s not forget the awesome cast!
  • The art of getting by. I believe I saw this film a few years ago but I had entirely forgotten about it. It’s very cringe-y chick flick style but its a real pick me up and one of those perfect for a Friday night in with plentiful amounts of popcorn and chocolate.

 

Music/Youtube/Spotify:

Again this is quite sparse as I’ve been hitting those throwbacks and catching up on all videos I’ve missed from my favourite Youtubers so if you have anyone new to recommend please let me know!

  • Hayley Kiyoko – Girls like girls/sleepover.
  • Lady Antebellum – Heart Break album.
  • Country top 40 playlist on Spotify.

 

Books

  • Reasons to stay alive by Matt Haig. I believe I may have mentioned previously that this book was given to me by one of my best friends a couple of years ago but I only just got around to reading it and my gosh do I regret not reading it sooner. It is a relatively light read and I didn’t personally find it triggering (however please please be careful!) but it was so honest and uplifting. Matt Haig is honestly so inspirational and such a genius so if you struggle with mental illness or not I highly recommend this.
  • On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher. I am somewhat ashamed to say I’ve only just read this but it was absolutely brilliant. Carrie writes as she speaks in such an elaborate, sophisticated, in-depth way which truly draws you into the story. It’s magical and fascinating while giving you room to explore the concepts and perceive them in ways which could make you believe magic is real. I am thoroughly impressed and can not wait until her new novel is released!
  • Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist. This was a novel that I had eagerly awaited the release of and entirely lived up to its expectations. It’s inclusion of disabilities, without making it the entire focus, was brilliantly handled and I adored the style of writing. It was uplifting and I honestly believe it could be appreciated by all ages despite the YA genre it is categorised into. I’m keen to investigate more works by him.
  • Tell me again how a crush should feel by Sara Farizan. I am very keen on embracing more LGBT/sex-positive literature both historical and novella and I am in LOVE with this book. I really don’t want to say too much but I am literally passing this around to all of my friends to read as it’s just sublime!
  • Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne. I have previously read this but I downloaded the audiobook recently and fell head over heels all over again. It’s also narrator by some fantastic people so if you have any Audible credits hanging around go purchase it. 
  • Mallory Towers by Enid Blyton. I’m on a bit of nostalgic trip at present with books and these were some of my favourites as a child so I dove right back in and I’m pretty certain I adore them as much now as I did then (minus the fact they have new covers!!).
  • Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. Kinsella is an author whose name I’ve seen floating around for some time so I decided to use an Audible credit to get this and it was awesome. It was really uplifting in terms of dealing with anxiety, however, I do have a slight issue with the ‘a boy can fix you’ concept, however, overlooking that it was great. The narrator was also really good which helps a lot.
  • And finally Connor Franta’s Note to Self. This is made up of poetry, photography and letters written by him and has a really unique feel to it. It’s raw and honest and despite only following Connor for a short amount of time it really resonated with me and welcomed me into his little world. It’s also beautifully presented and makes for an easy read and one you can pick up and put down for those moments you just fancy a little insight.

Other

I haven’t got much to mention in this section as I am very much trying to reign in my spending and since moving out of university my post has gone down dramatically.

However, I did want to give a mention to Punky Pins who make the most divine pins I’ve ever found and helped my kit out my bag for Pride on Sunday (EEK!). I’ll pop a few pictures below but check them out on Etsy if any catch your fancy.

 

And lastly, I have two links I’d love to share with you.

The first is my darling friends Edens charity link. She is taking part in a Nuclear Race to race money for SNAP. SNAP are a charity dedicated to help parents and carers of those with special needs children and deserve so much support so please if you have some pennies make a donation!

And the second is an article written by my friend Jade. This is so fantastically well written and is on a topic that I 1. do not have a place to discuss and 2. I do not know enough about so please take a few moments to have a read!

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2 thoughts on “May & June (2017) Favourites

  1. Came for the bath bomb (which I thought was a funky new beauty blender lol), stayed for the Out of The Woods – is that the one with James Corden? and Love Island – a programme I am yet to delve into (a true Big Brother fan and I can’t deal with two reality TV shows lol)

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  2. Omg Char this is an amazing post! There are so many new things I want to try, see and read! How am I going to fit it all in? Also, thank you so much for the article share lovely, you are too kind! Xx

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