Well you know me, I do like to chat but feel that I have a lot to say about July even for me, as it’s been quite the month. I’ve battled and survived Dry July and the school hols, reclaimed my workspace and kicked my working week structure into touch, enjoyed lots of lovely makeup, stumbled across some cracking and very eclectic TV finds, celebrated and commiserated with the England football team and stuffed myself silly at a Christmas in July bash..so lots to tell..I’d better crack on..!
So, let’s start with all things make up as I’m in quite the girlie mood today. This month has seen me bravely try and fail at new skincare; at time of writing I’ve tried Go-To Face Hero a couple of times and been left with inflamed, sensitised cheeks and therein lies the problem with having super sensitive skin yet being a skincare magpie that’s desperate to try new things. I think the beautiful oils may be a touch too potent for me, but I’ll try again when I’ve plucked up the courage and will report back. On a more positive note, I also bought Charlotte Tilbury’s Goddess Clay Mask and despite it being quite fragranced – which always sets off the alarm bells for me – it left me with the softest skin and I’m definitely happy to give that another bash.
On the make up front it’s been all about eyes and a nude lip really. And highlighted skin but I won’t put you through that again if you’ve already read my ode to all things Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter and my ravings on L’Oréal Paris Glow Mon Amour Highlighting Drops. If you haven’t, have a squizz here and here respectively as I appear to be all about that glow this month.
So back on to eyeshadow palettes, I’ve been pretty much exclusively using and loving Tartelette In Bloom and ABH Soft Glam this month and love love love them. Tartelette in Bloom was always going to be a firm favourite for me and keeps on delivering with its fab mix of mattes, shimmers and nice neutral tones with a few warmer and cooler shades packed in so that you can really do most things with it. Put it this way, I’m off to Lovedale in the Hunter Valley for a mate’s 40th tomorrow and that’s the only palette that I’ll be taking.
But more of a surprise has been the Soft Glam palette. It took me a few trips to Sephora to convince myself that I ‘needed’ this palette as the colours seemed on the warmer side and perhaps too much so for me and I’d heard some hit and miss feedback on the formulation and how powdery it could be; and they are to be fair, you do need to expect fallout with these shadows. But despite that, I’m really glad that I decided to go for it as it’s unlike anything that I own; I’m actually loving the orangey tones that put me off in the first place as orange really does make blue eyes pop! I just wish that the palettes were a little more substantial and not covered in faux velvet as I just find that they get super grubby quickly.
And on the lips front, it’s been all about a nude lip this month with new faves and honourable mentions going to Mecca Cosmetica Lip De-Luscious Glide in Nude and Go -To Pinky-Nudey Lips, both shaped and given definition with either L’Oréal Beige a Nu or Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk lipliners.
On to TV, I’ve been enjoying quite the eclectic mix this month with the Inbetweeners, an often revolting but laugh until your belly hurts British cult classic and coming of age comedy about four 16 year old boys at a comprehensive school in the U.K, which quite frankly chills me to my core as I have two boys and am now terrified about what the future holds; Madam Secretary, a political drama centering around the personal and professional shenanigans of a female Secretary of State in the U.S; to The Good Place, which I hadn’t heard of until Lindsey Kelk mentioned it in a podcast episode and I’ve been hooked. At just over 20 mins an episode which makes for strangely addictive ‘just one more episode’ viewing, it’s about a woman who wakes up in heaven or ‘The Good Place’ despite having been quite a crappy person in her life on Earth. She soon realises that she’s not like the rest and enlists the help of a fellow Good Place newcomer to teach her how to be a good person so that she can truly belong. There’s lots of twists and turns along the way and a cracking cast of peeps including the amusing Ted Danson and Kristen Bell and I’ve already binge watched my way to series 2..love!
On to work, and I guess life really, as it feels like this month has been about gaining clarity on a few things. I’ve firstly realised – well it was not so much a light bulb moment but an ‘enough already moment’ that I need to start prioritising myself as I’ve been running on empty and catching every cold and bug going around for a while now. So enough’s enough, I’ve decided to take back control. So that less can hopefully be more. More productive, more fulfilling and more of the stuff that I want to do. And be a little bit about me; just a little.
So, I spent some time working on my office, organising my books and make up and the things that I like to surround myself with so that my work and writing space is a happy and creative one. One that inspires and nourishes me. I put pics of the boys in frames – finally – so that I can be inspired by their cheeky little faces and moved the clutter. My office had inadvertently become a dumping ground, much to my annoyance, so I reclaimed my little slice of peace and quiet and reminded the three men in my life that it was my space and to proceed with caution if tempted to leave snacks, power cables and general crap there!
And I’m trying to find a working week structure that works for me; rather than work in dribs and drabs in school hours over 5 days, I’ve structured it so that I work for my core clients Monday to Wednesday which leaves Thursday and Friday to focus on new client work, my blog and my novel. I will get it out of my brain and on to a page!
And I’m focusing on my health and contemplating how I want to attack eating; whether I want to return to Veganism and if not how I will eat a cleaner diet that will leave less of a footprint on the planet. And it’s been nice having a clear alcohol-free mind this month – courtesy of Dry July – to have these ponderings as things have started to feel clearer and that I’m heading down the right path.
And finally, and to end on a note that makes me truly happy, is my quote of the month..from my youngest, who when asked if he loved his family said so emphatically and with such a deliciously earnest look on his face:
“Yes, more than anything. Even more than school!”
Could just eat him!
So that was July, and I have to say that it felt like a good month so here’s to a cracking August! What are you up to this month?