June Favourites

So much for the end of exams meaning a slow descent into summer relaxation.. it feels like June has flashed past my eyes in a blink and has held host to one of the most hectic months of my life- and it doesn’t stop here. From partying on the sunny beaches of Spain (which you can read about here) to attempted skydiving (we couldn’t go up because it was too cloudy ugh) and what seems like endless university open days, June has been exhausting in the best possible way.

As I’m sure you’ll have figured out by now, I can’t last a day without delving into a good book, and holidays are absolute prime reading time in my opinion. Spain was no exception and my holiday read (well, one of the four) was a recommendation from a friend- More Than This by Patrick Ness. Without giving too much of the plot away, the novel follows the story of teenager Seth who drowns and wakes up alone in his childhood town, which he finds completely abandoned. I am terrible at describing books without revealing the whole story, but let’s just say there’s a bit of sci-fi, a bit of romance, but all done in a very atypical and totally not cliché manner. Go read, now.

Even though the sun has finally graced us with her presence, this hasn’t stopped me from dragging my laptop outside to watch the next episode of my new obsession.. yes you guessed it, it’s Game of Thrones. If you read my last monthly favourites, you’ll know that I’ve been wanting to start this show for yonks but had to painfully restrain myself until the end of exams.. but now that they’re over I have definitely grasped the opportunity with both hands, managing to get through 23 hour-long episodes in a couple of weeks. It’s totally not my usual kind of thing and I only decided to watch it after not-so-gentle coaxing by a certain obsessed friend of mine, but I totally love her for it. One tip, I wouldn’t suggest watching it with your parents.

Whilst watching said tv show or reading said book, I’ve been snacking on the same things pretty much every day this month- Penn State Original Sea Salt Pretzels, fresh raspberries and orange and cranberry juice.. absolute heaven for the hot weather, nothing more to say. And what music is playing in the background, you may ask. Well, the answer to that one is easy. Recently I’ve fallen in love with acoustic covers, and I found this one a few weeks ago, fell head-over-heels in love with it and haven’t taken it off repeat since. It’s a beautiful version of one of my favourite songs- Kids by MGMT- that is deconstructed and remolded beautifully by US band Lady Danville (listen to it here) and is absolutely perfect for summer.

In terms of the whole beauty thing, I am seriously loving the Revlon ColourBurst Matte Balms. I have the colour Audacious which is a pretty scary looking coraly-orange, but is just the most incredibly vibrant and gorgeous summer shade and I wore it to death when I was on holiday. Although being a matte balm, meaning they have the tendency to show up any flaws on your lips (bit of an issue for those with dry lips like me), they are actually really moisturising compared to others of the same type. I would still definitely recommend using a lip scrub first though.. coincidentally I am planning on writing a post in the next couple of days for my favourite homemade scrub recipe so that’s a good place to start (nice subtle self-promo there Beckie).

Now that I’ve got 3 weeks off work for various things, I can actually paint my nails, which may sound like a small thing but when you work in a kitchen three times a week, it’s bliss not having to use up gallons of nail varnish remover on perfectly good, day-old nails. What a first world problem. For perfect summer shades, the Barry M Gelly Nails are definitely the place to go, with such a fab shade range and a salon-looking finish. I’ve got the colours Blueberry, Almond and Papaya, and there’s definitely quite a few more I have my eye on!

As I mentioned earlier, the month of June has been completely packed with university open days, with the most recent being the University of Leeds last Friday. Now, I’ve only ever been ‘up north’ twice in my life and never to Leeds, so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect.. but I was most definitely pleasantly surprised. I’m not sure if having a city as a favourite is allowed but it was just too beautiful to not give a mention to, with the university itself comprising of endless beautiful red brick buildings that are overwhelmingly reminiscent of the typical American colleges that you see in films. Now it’s just the small matter of getting the three A’s that they’re asking for..

So I think that’s it- I could be here for hours rambling about my favourite things but I guess this is just a snapshot of what I’ve been loving this month.. if you can call 800 words a snapshot that is. Now I should probably mention before I post this that for ten days starting from Tuesday I will be at a summer school at Eton College which is pretty intensive, so I’ll say now that it’s unlikely I will find time to post next week! Never fear though, I’m sure I’ll hit you with my thoughts on the experience, no holds barred, as soon as I return. Try to contain your excitement.


I Guess You Could Call It A Haul

First off, I just wanted to say sorry for not posting in over a week, I’m bad I know. I don’t really have an excuse other than the fact that I just really didn’t feel like writing for once, so I promise to try not to let that happen again!

This week, I was debating over whether or not to do this post, but in the end my love for reading other people’s similar posts won out and I decided to go for it. The idea of filming a ‘haul’ is something much more associated with YouTube as I’m sure many of you are aware, which is one of the reasons I felt a little hesitant about this. I thought that maybe my blog was turning into too much of a YouTube in writing, but then I just thought; where’s the harm in that? I’ll put it out there: I love YouTube and YouTubers and I wish so badly that I could do that myself but to be honest  I just lack the confidence to pull it off, so I go to what I know best- writing. So now I feel I’ve explained myself sufficiently and probably bored you all to death, I thought I’d tell you about some of the products I have bought recently, a beauty haul of sorts.

Rimmel Colour Rush Balms


I know I put these in my March favourites, but these are truly some of my favourite lip products at the moment and I’m sorely tempted to buy some more colours. They have a beautiful consistency that’s actually very moisturising for a product of their type, and the colour manages to be subtle whilst still retaining a certain vibrancy. Definitely a great buy- I have the colours 220 Keep Mauving (bottom left) and 220 Rumour Has It (top right). Price- £5.99

IMG_1757Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal

I am a massive fan of the Scandaleyes liquid microliner, so when I heard about these I already had pretty high expectations. I’ve always struggled with pencil liner, and liquid liner isn’t exactly ideal for much other than your upper lash line, so these seemed like the perfect mix of the two. Originally, I was only going to get the black one, but the lady at the till informed me it was 3 for 2 so I went and picked up the goldeny-coloured one on a whim, not really thinking about when I’d wear it. However, since getting them home I am in love- they are perfect for your waterline and I even use the gold one to frame my bottom lash line from below. For a product so cheap, I think these are fantastic and long-lasting and I’m so happy with them. I have the colours 001 Black and 012 Bronze. Price- £3.99

MUA Professional Undressed Eyeshadow Palette

IMG_1588For anyone that’s interested in the beauty world in any shape or form, it’s a universal fact that the Urban Decay Naked Palette is the king of the eyeshadow palettes. However, for those of us who can’t afford to splash out £37 on it, there has been a huge battle to find the perfect dupe. A few weeks ago,  I saw an article on missbudgetbeauty suggesting the Makeup Academy Undressed palette as the best dupe she’s found, so I definitely was intrigued to see if it would really live up to it. At this fantastic price, it’s definitely worth it and the colours match up really well to the Naked ones- whilst of course they’re never going to be able to totally recreate the quality, this is a pretty fantastic dupe and definitely worth saving your pennies on the real thing. Price- £4. Also here’s the link to the comparison arcticle which I read in case you want a more in-depth review – http://missbudgetbeauty.co.uk/mua-undressed-v-the-naked-palette/

IMG_1758Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

I’m sure there’s quite a few people that would be surprised that I have only just purchased this product- it seems that everyone out there owns it and swears by it, but for some reason I’ve never actually purchased it myself. I guess this is partly because my local branch of Boots which I usually frequent doesn’t stock Collection, so last week when I finally went into a bigger store I picked it up to see what all the hype was about. As someone who is in love with the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer, I was expecting to be blown away as many people say the Collection one is a million times better. I’ve only used it a couple of times, but if I’m honest I’m a bit dubious. Yes, it’s good at covering blemishes as it has a much thicker consistency than the Rimmel one, but I also find it quite cloggy and drying to my skin. Maybe this is just because I don’t wear foundation, but for me I prefer the lightness of Wake Me Up, although the Collection Lasting Perfection is definitely better for heavy-duty coverage and might be a lot better for those of you that wear foundation as well. Don’t take what I say as fact though, I’m definitely in the small minority in this. Price- £3.99

I did actually buy more than this, but I feel like this post is long enough already so I might do the hair products in a separate one sometime soon. I know many people who read my blog will find no interest at all  in this post, but I’m trying to mix up the things I write about and to be honest, I am just writing about the things I am interested in and as someone who’s only just started wearing makeup again after approximately 9 months without it, I’m really enjoying finding new products to share with you. Obviously don’t take what I say as fact, makeup is a very personal thing that depends greatly on your skin type, etc so what’s right for me might not be for many of you. If you wanted to check out any of the products mentioned, you can click on the photos and it’ll take you to that product in either Boots of Superdrug so you can easily find them (sorry if you’re not from the UK). Again, I’m sorry for being so crappy at writing this week, hopefully I’ll be better from now on *fingers crossed*.