July was a GOOOOOD month for books. Great, in fact. Check out what I was reading… Wilde Like Me / Louise Pentland Meet Robin Wilde! You’ll make a friend for life and she’ll take… More
I feel like July was a reallllllllly long month but I don’t feel like I have many favourites at all! But the few things I was loving this month, very super amazing!
NYX / Contour and Highlight Palette
I’d had my eye on this contour kit for so long and when I was in Milan, I bit the bullet and treated myself. I wasn’t sure how effective it would be on my skin as it’s a powder kit but I was so pleasantly surprised. There are different contour shades, some lighter and some darker which is great for different skin tones. I personally use the lighter tones as I’m quite pale. The highlights are just amazing! Again, there are four shades, and my favourite is the first shimmery one. When I wear it I feel like my face has been carved by angels. I love this product so much and what is great is that it is refillable and completely affordable at only £18.
NYX / Butter Lipstick / Mary Janes
I absolutely adore NYX lip products. And when I seen this absolutely gorgeous red shade, I had to have it. I’ve been obsessing over red lips recently, even though I can’t pull it off like Cheryl Blossom in Riverdale. Honestly, make up goals. I love this shade by NYX and it applies so smoothly. It can get a bit messy if you’re drinking coffee etc but it does last pretty long.
Bellapierre / Cosmetic Banana Setting Powder
This product honestly sets my make up so well. I tip some onto my skin and leave it for a bit then brush the product over my face. I don’t use powders on my face anymore as it feels too heavy and it feels like it’s clogging my skin but honestly, this powder is so lightweight so I have been using it every day to set my makeup!
I’ve been a Love Island loyal since season 1 and rooted so much for Hannah and Jon and in season 2, Kara and Nathan. Now season 3 has come to an end, I am lost. I haven’t really backed a couple from the beginning this season but I absolutely love love love both Camilla and Jamie. I was so chuffed for Amber and Kem winning cos they proved so many people wrong. Now I have Love Island blues.
Wilde Like Me / Louise Pentland
Meet Robin Wilde! You’ll make a friend for life and she’ll take you on a journey you’ll never forget …Single mum Robin Wilde adores her six-year-old daughter and loves her job as a make up artist’s assistant. She has a wonderful best friend and an auntie who is bonkers, yes, but loves her to the moon and back. But Robin has a secret. Behind the mask she carefully applies every day, things just feel … grey. And lonely. She struggles to fit in with the school mum crew. Online dating is totally despair-inducing, and she worries every day about raising her little girl with self-confidence, courage and joy.What Robin longs for is someone (over the age of six) to share with – someone who’s always on her team. After 4 years (2 months, and 15 days!) of single-mum-dom, it’s time for Robin Wilde to Change. Her. Life. Exciting new opportunities are about to come Robin’s way … Perhaps a man, perhaps the chance of a lifetime …What will Robin do with the possibilities she creates for herself? And what potential will she unlock if she takes the leap?
Ahh, I had pre-ordered this and was so so excited when it arrived! I absolutely love Louise and just knew it would be a great read. It was so so funny at parts and I laughed out loud quite a few times!
And I think that’s it for this month! What have you been loving?
Well well well… What a busy month! I think anyways. I feel like I’ve not had a minute to myself all month but obviously that’s not true. I’ve spent most weekends socialising though which is good for me!
At the beginning of the month I took a trip home to meet my friends newborn. It was an incredible weekend and I had so much fun! And baby Lewis is an absolute beaut!
I had a tapas and gin filled night with Karina, Elliot and Emma and it was such a chilled out and great night! The food doesn’t actually look that appetising but it was SO yummy!
Some of the girls from home came down for Sophie’s birthday and it was such a good night! I’ve not had a night out like that in such a long time and it was just so fabb!
Sophie and I treated ourselves to a spa day at the end of the month and went through to Falkirk for lunch and massages! It was such a lovely and relaxing day and we were both absolutely exhausted by the end of it. Tough life, huh?
I started Slimming World mid July and I’m actually enjoying it so much! I’m not going to the groups or anything because that’s just not me but I’m doing it online and I’ve lost 8.5lbs in two weeks! Chuffed doesn’t even cover it. So I’ve been doing lots of meal prep because I cannot be bothered to cook some nights after work! I’ve still been having the odd treats but shhhh.
Michael, Sophie, David and I also went to a Vintage Bus Museum in Fife. We had been drinking the night before so I wasn’t 100% myself but I honestly had such a good day! There was so much to see and it was a really interesting day out!
My mental health has been SO good this month so I’m taking it as it comes. There’s nothing better than feeling good! I’ve been doing lots of self care and reading lots and lots which has been making me super happy. And as always, the people in my life have been super fabby.
Fingers crossed next month is just as good! What have you been up to?
For quite some time now, I’ve realised that I’ve been losing my direction when I’m blogging. I sometimes lack motivation and ideas but when I have them I put everything into it. So I’ve decided that I now know what I can do to change this.
Quite frankly, I am bored of my own blog. And if I bore myself, I’m not exactly going to keep the attention of my followers, am I? So I knew I needed to change something if I wanted to continue writing.
I found a niche
When I first started this blog, I knew it wasn’t going to fall into a niche. I just wanted to write whatever I felt like at the time. And to an extent, I still will be. What I’ve realised is, that my passion lies in writing to make myself feel better or get things off my chest. Even my ‘monthly favourites’ posts may seem like they are more beauty based but to be honest, it’s just things that have made me happy during that month. So, I’ve decided to focus on Mental Health & Well-Being. That’s what most of my post are based upon, and I honestly think I’ve finally found my niche.
Because I no longer care about what other people think
When I began writing about mental health, I was absolutely shitting myself. Part of me thought ‘I don’t want everyone knowing what’s going on in my life’ and then the wiser part of me thought, WHY NOT, I’m not the only one who has a bit of a shit time in their head. Well, I’ve now got to the stage where I no longer care about what people think.
To raise awareness of mental health
If people don’t talk about mental health then how can we fight the stigma? Hmm. Exactly. So, if I do my tiny little part of talking and sharing my experiences, maybe even more people will open up and start to help themselves get better.
To help others
If I can help one person, even the tiniest little bit, by sharing my tips or experiences then that would make me so so happy. Lots of people are talking about mental health now, especially in the blogger community which I think is absolutely incredible. GO TEAM.
SOOOO, many of you might not give a damn or even notice a difference but I wanted to share with you why I have decided to re-brand. I hope you’re all well.
I love sharing my favourites at the end of every month but I feel I didn’t have too many this month! I still had to share what I was loving because some of these products deserve a post of their own!
Bondi Sands / Self Tanning Foam / Light-Medium
I’ve really wanted to start tanning as the sun is shining more and I’m feeling summery. I wanted to try a new product instead of the usual build up tan moisturisers or St Moritz for a night out. I had heard so many good reviews about Bondi Sands so I bit the bullet and bought it. Probably one of the best purchasing decisions I have made. I am absolutely in love with it. Even when I use a tanning mitt with a gradual moisturiser, I always end up streaky. But with this, no streakiness at all! It also smells amazing. I love the coconut smell of this.
L’Oreal / Infallible / 24H Matte Waterproof foundation
I had seen so many good reviews about this foundation online, especially by people who have oily skin. I went into Superdrug and tried out both the Infallible Total Coverage and Infallible 24H Matte. I usually always opt for a foundation that’s full coverage but I’ve been noticing my skin doesn’t need it as much in the summer months. I ended up choosing the 24H Matte over the Total Coverage as it seemed a lot more lighter and not as thick. I absolutely love this foundation and it honestly lasts all day! It took me a while to match my skin tone but in the end Natural Rose was absolutely perfect for my skin.
Manna Kadar / Sheer Glo / Liquid Highlighter
I had never heard of this brand before so had no expectations at all when I received it in my Glossybox. I was so surprised at how much I loved this product! I’ve never used a liquid highlighter before so wasn’t quite sure I’d use this product. When applying, it doesn’t seem like much is going on your face but once you have blended, the pigmentation is amazing! I’d definitely repurchase this highlight.
111SKIN / Space Defence Bright Eye Lift Gel
I received this product in June’s Glossybox. I’ve been looking o try out an eye cream for a while now so I thought, why not. But at the same time, I didn’t have high expectations as hardly any skin care products work on me. However, I’ve been using this for about two weeks now and I have actually noticed a difference in the skin around my eyes. The lines in this area are not as visible and my make up seems to be applying much smoother. The cream is lightweight which I love although it does crust slightly over night. I would recommend this product SO much but buying it in full size is very pricey!
Benidorm / ITV
Benidorm is a British sitcom written by Derren Litten for ITV. The series features an ensemble cast of holiday makers and staff at the Solana all-inclusive hotel in Benidorm Spain. I honestly have no idea why I have never watched it before cos it’s honestly hilarious. I loke having something to watch in the background when I’m tidying and doing other stuff and for this month, it has been Benidorm. Madge is definitely my favourite character!
I don’t feel like I have many favourites this month but I’m already loving so much that I have bought/discovered towards the end of the month so stay tuned for next months favourites. What have you been loving this month?
This month I have only read 4 books which is really not like me! To some, 4 may seem a lot but I read ALL the time so usually get through a couple more. Saying that, some of these titles were a lot thicker than I’d usually go for which explains it all.
Who’s that Girl / Mhairi MacFarlane
What’s the one thing you DON’T do at a wedding? When Edie is caught in a compromising position at her colleagues’ wedding, all the blame falls on her – turns out that personal popularity in the office is not that different from your schooldays. Shamed online and ostracised by everyone she knows, her boss suggests an extended sabbatical – ghostwriting an autobiography for hot new acting talent, Elliot Owen. Easy, right?
Wrong. Banished back to her home town of Nottingham, Edie is not only dealing with a man who probably hasn’t heard the word ‘no’ in a decade, but also suffering an excruciating regression to her teenage years as she moves back in with her widowed father and judgey, layabout sister.When the world is asking who you are, it’s hard not to question yourself. Who’s that girl? Edie is ready to find out.
I absolutely LOVE Edie. She is such a a great character. I fell in love with Elliot right away. Such a lovely, feel good book. Slightly unrealistic but these are the sort that make me completely switch off.
The Queen of Wishful Thinking / Milly Johnston
When Lewis Harley has a health scare in his early forties, he takes it as a wake-up call. So he and his wife Charlotte leave behind life in the fast lane and Lewis opens the antique shop he has dreamed of. Bonnie Brookland was brought up in the antiques trade and now works for the man who bought out her father’s business, but she isn’t happy there. So when she walks into Lew’s shop, she knows this is the place for her.
As Bonnie and Lew start to work together, they soon realise that there is more to their relationship than either thought. But Bonnie is trapped in an unhappy marriage, and Lew and Charlotte have more problems than they care to admit. Each has secrets in their past which are about to be uncovered. Can they find the happiness they both deserve?
If you’ve read my monthly reads before, you’ll know that Milly Johnson is my all time favourite author. The Queen of Wishful Thinking is her newest release and I was so excited to get my hands on it! Obviously I fell in love with Bonnie straight away, as I always do with Milly’s protagonists. What a talent she has!
The Villa in Italy / Elizabeth Edmondson
Four different people are named in a will – Delia, an opera singer robbed of her voice by illness; George, an idealistic scientist; Marjorie, desperately poor & unable to dislodge her writer’s block; & Lucius, whose personal life is in chaos. This is a tale of four strangers summoned to a grand but neglected villa on the Italian coast.
I was gifted this book by my colleagues at work for my birthday but I thought I would leave it until my holidays in Italy. And I’m so glad I did. This is not the usual kind of book I would read but I absolutely adored it. So much effort and research was put into the setting and characters that it makes you feel like you are familiar with the setting. The book is full of mystery and it’s so hard to put down! I loved every minute of reading this book!
Small Great Things / Jodi Picoult
When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father.What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not.
Small Great Things is about prejudice and power; it is about that which divides and unites us.It is about opening your eyes.
This book was so beautifully written and extremely relevant. There was so much emotion in the book and I feel like it really did open my eyes. I urge you to read it.
What have you been reading this month?
Hellllllo! Another month is over and what a month it was! June was absolutely fantastic!
It was holiday month and what a fab time I had away. Michael and I went to Italy which was INCREDIBLE. We went to Milan, Florence, Pisa and Lake Garda and of course, there’s a full post on each one (still working on the Lake Garda one.) We honestly had the most amazing time together and it was a well-needed break, especially for Michael. Although we were busy the whole time when we were away, I really feel like I switched off and I really needed it. I did use social media but not constantly so I really did feel like I got away from everything.
At the beginning of the month, I got to catch up with my uni boys which was absolutely AMAZING. Two of them had been away travelling so I hadn’t seen them altogether since Grad Ball. I had such a good night with them and we had such a laugh.
I got to watch my friend Katie graduate this month with a 1st class honours. So so happy for her and she deserves it so much!
I only had a couple of therapy sessions this month as I was away but they were pretty good. We talked about relationships and friendships etc and it has made me realise just how much I’ve grown in the past few years. YAS. Go me.
I have had such a great month spending time with Michael and I don’t think I show my appreciation for him as much as I should. He is honestly the best. Soppy I know, and such a poor quality picture but he honestly melts my heart.
I’ve been feeling quite positive about my appearance recently. My skin is behaving so well and it makes such a difference in how I feel about my appearance. I’ve also started using Bondi Sands to give myself a bit of colour which makes me feel so much better than being super pasty (not that there’s anything wrong with it, I just like being tanned.)
I’ve also had so many realisations this month. One being that life is far, far too short. It’s made me try and push myself out of my comfort zones more and do more things with my evenings after work. It’s made me realise the importance of being positive and trying to get any negativity out of my life. I think I’m going to make a list of how I can achieve this and push myself further.
I have started running again and it feels so good! I need to keep at it because it benefits me so much. I really want July to be a good one so I’m going to do everything I can to make it great.
I think that’s it for this month. What have you been up to?
If you’ve been on here recently, you’ll know Michael and I took a trip to Italy which we had been planning for some time. I was so so ecstatic to have some time away from home and work and to just explore and relax. We went to Milan, Florence, Pisa & Lake Garda and had the most wonderful time. Italy has stolen a big piece of my heart and I will definitely be returning! I wanted to share some of my photos and write about my favourite memories from the trip so that in the future, I can look back and remember. I took quite a few photos so I have split my trip into four posts. Read about what we got up to in Milan and Florence too!
During our trip to Florence, we decided to hop on the train and take a day trip to Pisa. Michael had warned me that there’s not too much to see in Pisa, and that the main attraction was the tower. So I set off that morning with low expectations.
He was right that we wouldn’t need more than a day there, but I thought it was still absolutely beautiful! We knew we had a wee walk to get from the train station to the leaning tower so we stopped for a little drink. On the way, we also did a fair bit of shopping. I absolutely loved all the little alleyways in Pisa and all the streets were so beautiful and quaint. I could have spent hours just wandering around.
To be honest, when we arrived at the leaning tower, I thought it was going to be a lot taller that it was. I never knew that there was a cathedral and baptistery there too but the three of them together looked incredible. It was absolutely heaving busy and it was so funny seeing so many people taking the good old ‘holding the tower up’ picture. It was honestly hilarious and made taking our own photos, so much less cringey and embarrassing.
Cattedrale Metropolitana Primaziale di Santa Maria Assunta and the baptistery were both absolutely stunning both inside and out. We spent some time looking inside both buildings and admiring the detail in the architecture.
Michael went for a wander and told me he had got us tickets to go up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. At the time, I was extremely sun burnt and it was 36 degrees, so there was nothing I wanted to do less than climb the tower. But we did it together and it was SO worth it. It was so strange being inside the tower because you could feel yourself on a slope and you walked up the spiral staircase and got to the top. Even at the top is was rather tilted which was really strange when walking around the outside of the tower. The views were absolutely stunning and it was definitely worth the climb!
Have you been to Pisa?