July Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

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Hi there! It has been so long since I’ve been able to write a blog post as A-Levels basically took over my life! However my exams are all over now and so I’m hoping that I’m going to be able to blog a lot more frequently over the Summer. I started writing this post a few weeks ago so even though I’m calling this post my July favourites, I just want to talk about all the things I’ve been loving since April as I feel like I’ve been gone for ages! Anyway, I hope that you like this post and I can’t wait to publish more over the next few weeks.

Beauty:

Rimmel Lasting Finish Primer – £6.99

My skin was sdull over the winter months and although I was hoping it would improve as the weather got brighter, it suffered due to the stress of exam season. However this primer helps me achieve the glowy, healthy look that I’m after and helps my makeup stay put all day long.

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Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pans – £4.95 each

I’ve received so many compliments from friends in recent months about my eyeshadow and although I wish I could say I’ve just got better at my smokey eye skills, I think I really just need to thank Makeup Geek for making wonderful eyeshadows. The smooth blendable formulas allow you to effortlessly create any eye look in minutes and they are so pigmented and last so long – even on nights out where my eyeshadow would usually be smudged everywhere by 10pm.

Ardell Demi Wispies Lashes (£5.49) and Duo Lash Glue Dark (£5.49)

These have always been my favourite lashes however I’ve worn them more often than usual this month, I’ve gone through five pairs! The lashes themselves are too long for my lash line however this is easily fixed by trimming them slightly and once on, they pull my eye shadow look together so nicely! The lashes come with a little tube of Duo Clear/White lash glue which I take out with me just in case, however for applying them, I use the black Duo lash glue which sticks them down so well and I’ve not had them come loose on me at all during a night out. As long as you ensure that the lash glue is spread evenly when you apply it to the lash, leave it for 30 seconds to go tacky and then apply it straight to the lash with tweezers, they will should all night!

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Music:

Black Magic & Junk Food Forever – The Amazons

I’d heard The Amazons’ other songs on Radio 1 and through social media a couple of times in the past and always thought ‘ooh I must check them out’ and never actually got round to it. However a couple of months ago I heard Black Magic on R1 and loved it and I opened my Spotify straightaway and added it to my ‘current faves’ playlist. I haven’t got round to listening to all of their stuff in full yet but I will be doing as I think I’m going to see them at the festival I’m going to soon.

Strangers feat. Lauren Jauregui, Now or Never & Bad At Love – Halsey 

I feel as though we were waiting for Hopeless Fountain Kingdom for so long, and now that its finally out I can’ say it was definitely worth the wait. The album is very different from her debut album Badlands in the sense that it follows more of a story of a romance and all the highs and lows of being in a relationship with a very Romeo and Juliet kind of vibe to it. Badlands was set in an alternative universe and was very dark for the majority of the record which I’d loved, and whilst HFK is still dark pop, it seems to be a little lighter than her debut which I’m also a fan of. Strangers and Now or Never are my firm favourites after having the album on repeat for about a month now, which I kind of hate myself for as these are the singles from this album and I wish I could love the rest just as much but Bad At Love is the only other one that comes close.

The Louvre, Sober & Supercut – Lorde 

This another album that I was so excited for as Pure Heroine, Lorde’s Debut Album, is one of my all time favourites. Prior to Melodrama’s release, Lorde released four singles from the album; Green Light, Liability, Perfect Places and Sober; all of which I loved.  My favourite of the singles was definitely Sober although I do think that The Louvre and Supercut would have been better singles and I’ll admit that I do like all the songs on the album which is rare for me these days! The record has a dark pop mood similar to that of Pure Heroine and HFK however I do find that I relate to Lorde’s songwriting and her experiences far more than Halsey’s, making this album more favourable for me over HFK however this doesn’t mean that it is a better record necessarily.

IDGAF, Genesis & Dreams – Dua Lipa

Dua’s album is another favourite of mine and I think I loved it from my first listen. I found Dua after the release of her single ‘Hotter Than Hell’ and from then on, I’ve been following her music and I went to see her live in April where she debuted a lot of the songs that would be on the album. I’d absolutely loved Genesis and New Rules live so I’m so glad that I can now listen to the studio versions which are just as good, if not better. The pop album tells the story of Dua’s relationship like HFK, however it has a much lighter mood and consists of both love and breakup songs but with an upbeat feel, making it the perfect Summer album!

Sorry and Amsterdam – Nothing But Thieves 

It has been almost two years since the release of Nothing But Thieves’ debut album and seen as I was a huge fan at the time (and still am!), I’ve really missed the hype of hearing their new music and seeing them live whilst they’ve been recording their new album for the first half of this year. Amsterdam was released in May as the band’s first single from their follow-up record and I think it is such a banger and I love listening to it before going out, despite the slightly dark tone to it. However, Sorry, which was released last week is my favourite of the two. The song starts slow and has a very moody feel however the song picks up from the chorus whilst the dark vibe continues, and I think that this may replace my previous NBT favourites.

TV:

Clique – BBC iPlayer

My Mum and I stumbled across this on BBC iPlayer a few weeks ago when desperately looking for something to watch late at night and to be honest, I wasn’t expecting much as I’d seen the trailer and it didn’t look that great. But oh my, this is SO gripping! The plot is so strange, it follows the lives of two girls, a year older than myself, who have gone to university and the ‘clique’ that they become involved in. Some of the themes are quite dark, including drugs and suicide, just as a pre-warning, but beyond that, the storyline keeps your mind ticking over every week wondering what will happen to the two girls now that they have joined the clique.

*update* I’ve now finished the series, and in some ways, I was surprised and shocked at the ending, but I’m most curious about whether or not they’ll make a second series or not as the final scene left me questioning whether or not there could be more to Holly’s story.

Fleabag – BBC iPlayer

I’ll admit, this one takes a while to warm up to, as I don’t think the first episode is the best, but if you stick with it, this is actually a brilliant comedy series. Seen as its only six short(ish) episodes, I binged watched these one evening and found it to be absolutely hilarious! Nicknamed ‘Fleabag’, the lead character is absolutely bonkers and I found myself crying-laughing at her bluntness towards everyone and anyone she meets – if you love comedy, or need a pick me up, give this a go, and let me know what you think!

Stranger Things – Netflix

I’m finally nearing the end of Stranger Things and I have to say I’m now glued to it. At first, I was a little confused and undecided as to whether I actually enjoyed it as I have never really been into Sci-Fi shows, however I have really liked it and found it to be really gripping, and I’m looking forward to the new series coming out later this year.

What have you been loving this month?

Kathryn x

 

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July Favourites

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Hi there!

Although I feel like July has wizzed by, I have actually bought and loved a lot of things this month that I thought I’d share, so here goes:

Beauty:

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1) Revlon Matte Balm in ‘225 Enchanting’ – £7.99

This is my new holy grail matte lip product. It is moisturising, highly pigmented and best of all; doesn’t feel drying at all which is something I always experience with every matte product, drugstore or high end. For a high street product with such an affordable price tag, I was amazed by this product and I am definitely going to be purchasing this in more shades.

2) MAC Lip Pencils in ‘Boldly Bare’ and ‘Spice’ – £13.00

I actually purchased these back in April when I visited Mac Cosmetics at Covent garden, however I only really used them to line my lips and only recently have I used them as a lip product alone. Although they can feel quite drying, I love the colour and matte effect they give, and they do last a really long time before needing a top up.

3) NYX Proof It! Eyeshadow Primer – £5.50

I have been meaning to buy an eyeshadow primer for the longest time as I have really oily eylids and my eyeshadow always creases. I spotted this on the NYX counter in boots and thought it looked like a pretty similar dupe to NARS’ eyeshadow base (which I am desperate to try!)  It performs exactly as I had hoped; it keeps my eyeshadow in place all day without any smudges, and also makes my eyeshadow look more pigmented.

4) Lush Celestial Moisturiser – £14.95

This moisturiser just continues to impress me every time I use it. The almond-based product hydrates and clears my skin as well as leaving it feeling super soft. Prior to my discovery of this product, other moisturisers made no difference to my skin, and sometimes even made it worse by causing me to break out, and therefore this has become both my ultimate favourite skincare product and favourite lush product. I would recommend this moisturiser to people with sensitive and combination skin like myself as it is gentle on the skin and helps to reduce oil whilst hydrating drier areas, which makes it  suitable for those who experience dry skin too.

Accessories:

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6) H&M Sunglasses – £6.99 (In Store Only)

I have been after a pair of sunglasses like these for a while as the other pairs of sunglasses I own are quite boring and so I wanted a pair that were a little fancier. These are perfect and exactly what I was looking for; they are a cat-eye shape, a funky print, yet still look slightly chic. Overall, these were a great find!

7) Topshop Rings (No longer available)

I have been meaning to buy some sterling silver or gold rings for ages now, but in the meantime, these caught my eye in topshop and I couldn’t resist. This set of three gold rings look nice with any nail colour, and for only £8, I think they are a great addition to any outfit.

TV/Books:

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8) Orange Is The New Black on Netflix

I have loved this show ever since the release of Season 2, when I decided to jump on the bandwagon and find out what I was missing out on. I became hooked instantly, and with the release of Season 4 in June, I haven’t stopped watching the new episodes at any free moment I have! If you aren’t watching this show already, I strongly suggest you do, its amazing.

9) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix

I’ll admit that when I first started watching this show, I wasn’t sure I understood it or that I liked it, however after giving it a chance and watching a few episodes, I absolutely loved it and was laughing out loud. This has to be my favourite comedy on Netflix and Titus just makes the entire show, let’s be honest.

10) The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

I bought this book months ago but I completely forgot about it until I spotted it on my bookshelf at the beginning of July. I was hooked from the first page with this book, its so intriguing and once I start reading, I find it so difficult to put down. I cannot wait to reach the ending however I’m not sure I want to finish it, I love it too much!

What have you been loving this month?

Kathryn x

5 New Beauty Favourites


 
 
I was very excited to receive his as a Christmas gift as I had actually been wanting to get a tester of it after running out of my beloved Marc Jacobs Daisy. I was surprised that I actually prefer this scent to Daisy as I find it is much more fresh and floral, so I think this will be the perfect scent for the Spring/Summer season.
 
 

I was looking for a new brow product after I ran out of my Benefit Gimme Brow and so I decided to try out this Rimmel brow pencil that I had read amazing reviews about. I have never really been a fan of overly done, filled in eyebrows so I wanted a product that looked fairly natural and the brush supplied with the product helps to achieve exactly that.
 

 
This was also a wonderful Christmas gift I received that I had been longing after for months. I was sceptical about naked palettes at first as I wasn’t sure whether they would meet my expectations however after reading  on many of my favourite beauty blogs say how amazing they were for months, I started to consider trying one of the palettes and when I saw the smoky palette I fell in love. Now that I actually own the palette, I can safely say it has exceeded all my expectations; I love all of the shades and the pigmentation is amazing. I will definitely be adding the 1, 2 and 3 palettes to my collection soon.
 
 

 
 
I have recently grown quite bored of my nude lipsticks and as I have never really been that adventurous with lipstick colours, I wasn’t sure which colours would suit me. I went on a visit to MAC and eventually decided on this gorgeous pink shade called ‘Please Me’. This shade is a lot brighter than what I am used to and I also wouldn’t usually choose a matte finish lipstick, however I think it will be perfect for a summer makeup look.

 
I heard about KIKO Cosmetics quite a while ago however I never got around to ordering any products off their website as I did not live near any of their stores in the UK. However when they opened a store in Manchester, I got very excited and had a little spree! This is my favourite product of theirs that they have tried so far; the creamy stick blush. I have never really been a fan of creamy blushers as I find that they always look too pigmented and harsh against my skin tone compared to powder blushers, however this shade and the formula of the blush are perfect for my skin and create a natural, healthy glow with a touch of shimmer. The formula makes this blush incredibly easy to blend into the skin and is definitely the most long wearing blush I have ever tried.
 
What are your beauty favourites right now?
 
Kathryn x

Favourite Songs Of January

Hi there!
 
I cannot believe it is February already! January seemed to go so quickly but I somehow managed to create a pretty long Spotify playlist this month, so here are my top ten picks of 2016 so far:
 
1) Lush Life – Zara Larsson 
  
 
 
2) The Sound – The 1975
 
 
As we are nearing the release of The 1975’s second album ‘I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it’, their early song releases just keep getting better and better. Having listened to all three of their latest singles, ‘Love Me’, ‘UGH!’ and ‘The Sound’ being premiered on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show, ‘The Sound’ is by far my favourite and I cannot wait to hear the album in February.
 
 
3) Middle – DJ Snake feat. Bipolar Sunshine
  
 
 
4) It’s Strange – Louis The Child
 
 
 The first time I heard of Louis The Child was when I found their amazing remix of Oh Wonder’s song ‘Body Gold’ on their SoundCloud. However I recently heard one of their own songs ‘It’s Strange’ and I absolutely love it and hope that they release more songs of their own soon.  
5) Rumour Mill – Rudimental feat. Anne-Marie and Will Heard
  
 
 
6) Her (Loving You) – Glades
 
  
Similar to Louis The Child, I also found Glades through SoundCloud by listening to their amazing cover of Troye Sivan’s Fools. I found this particular song of theirs from Connor Franta’s fourth music compilation ‘Common Culture Vol. Four’ that was released at the end of 2015,  and I instantly added it to my playlist as  Karina’s voice sounds stunning. 
 
 
7) All My Friends – Snakehips ft. Tinashe, Chance The Rapper
 
 
 
8) Renaissance – Steve James feat. Clarity
 
 
 
9) Loveblood – Sundara Karma
 
 
 This song was actually released back in November and although I had heard of Sundara Karma, it wasn’t until they came on shuffle on Spotify Radio this month that I listened to them. I love this song and I am so excited that I will be able to see them support Nothing But Thieves when I see them live in April.
 
 
10) Ocean Drive – Duke Dumont
  
 
 
What was your favourite song this month?
 
Kathryn x

February Beauty Favourites

Throughout February, I have found myself reaching for these products frequently. Some of these products are new to my makeup bag after reading great reviews about them, whereas some are my ultimate holy grail products that I have re-purchased several times.

MAC Mineralise Moisture SPF 15 Foundation

 
This product has become my favourite foundation to wear on a day to day basis. I love light foundations as I think they are much easier to apply and blend, and never seem to have that ‘cakey’ look or texture that many heavier foundations have. I wear it in the shade ‘NW15’.
 
I apply this using the ‘DIOR BACKSTAGE Professional Finish Fluid Foundation Brush’, (find it here http://www.boots.com/en/DIOR-BACKSTAGE-Professional-Finish-Fluid-Foundation-Brush-High-Coverage_1281368/?cm_mmc=pla-_-google-_-PLAs-_-Boots+Shopping+-+Category+-+Luxury+Beauty) and apply the ‘MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder’ (reviewed below) to any shiny or oily areas, as I find this foundation to be a little dewy.
 
This foundation is perfect for either daytime or evening as it provides a sheer glow, however I recommend using a primer (I use ‘Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer, find it here http://www.boots.com/en/Revlon-PhotoReady-Perfecting-Primer_1251374/) to ensure that it stays in place.
 
 
MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder
 
 
 
I love this product for setting my foundation and concealer before applying bronzer and blusher. I purchased this shortly after my foundation as I found my foundation to be a little dewy for me but I still loved the coverage. I also find it perfect for setting concealer under my eyes as it keeps it in place all day.
 
 
Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in ‘Plum Jam’
 
 
This has become my ‘go to’ lip product over winter due to its gorgeous berry shade. As I have a pale complexion, I would not usually opt for dark toned lipsticks, and generally stick to nude shades, however the glossy look of this product has converted me. You apply the product in the same way as a lipstick, however the result is more like a lip gloss without the sticky texture. Another pro of this is that it can be touched up so easily, and is ideal to pop in your handbag.
 
It is available to buy from:
 
Lancôme  Hypnose Custom-Wear Volume Mascara
 
 
 
I have been using this mascara for a couple of years now and I must say, it is one of the best mascaras I have tried. I have used both drugstore and high-end mascaras, but I always return to high-end mascaras as I find I prefer the formulas and applicators. This may be expensive for mascara, however if you are looking for a good one, please invest in this! I swear by it, it provides both length and volume without looking clumpy and doesn’t flake.
 
It is available to buy from:
 
Soap and Glory Supercat Carbon Black Extreme Eyeliner Pen
 

This is a new addition to my makeup bag, however it has become one of my favourite products and I know already that I will be re-purchasing it when it sadly comes to an end. This is the easiest eyeliner I have ever tried to apply due to its fine and precise felt-tip like nib, which means that it is easy to create a clean line and flick.
 
However, I am by no means an expert at applying eyeliner. As I am relatively new to using liquid eyeliners, I find that sometimes I want to tidy up a little line or mark that is out of place. To do this, I use the ‘Estee Lauder Take It Away LongWear Eye and Lip Makeup Remover’ (find it here http://www.esteelauder.co.uk/product/684/27274/Product-Catalog/Skincare/By-Category/Cleansers-Toners/Take-It-Away/Gentle-Eye-and-Lip-LongWear-Makeup-Remover/index.tmpl) with a cotton bud to get rid of any imperfections.
 
Another advantage of this product is that it never smudges or runs, so no touch ups are necessary!
 
 
What are your current beauty favourites?
 
Kathryn x