J U L Y

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What a month. Seriously. What a month. July has been a ‘blink-and-you-miss-it’ month.

A week was spent in Croatia sunning it up, drinking alot of wine and working through books that I’ve been meaning to read for months. I read Carrie Fisher’s The Princess Diarist and felt like I needed a massive cry. Not that it’s a particularly sad book, or that is what Carrie Fisher intended, but it’s very referential to her death and that got me going. I blamed hayfever. I would definitely recommend. I also read the Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – again, not the most uplifting book. But still, it is such an interesting story; disturbing and moving. If you’re in the market for a dystopian world this should be next on your list. Check out my Croatia post and video here!

July also was also marked by a main event (and will one day be a national holiday), my birthday! A little party whilst it poured down with rain with loads of cake, glitter and dancing…and not forgetting bad decisions involving tequila. A classic.

My July Essentials:

  • Body Shop Skin Defence SPF 50 – For a girl that hates being burnt this was my go to in the heat. Perfect to keep skin hydrated and protected from the sun.
  • Nobody’s Child Black Frill Hem Jumpsuit – light, swishy and the most versatile outfit I own. I cannot live without it.
  • Nyx Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Cherry Skies – Okay, so it’s not a ‘summer brights’ but this shade is quickly becoming my everyday go to. Paired with dewy highlighter and a slick of mascara, this is my fave long lasting red.
  • Glitter, lots and lots of glitter – Ebay has been my best friend this month for the glitter stash.
  • Nyx Glitter Primer – You can’t have glitter without sticking it to your face. this is what i used and it was just right for my birthday party. As a bonus, it didn’t ruin my skin when I was scrubbing the sequins off the next morning.

Whenever I switch on the J U L Y playlist, it takes me back to happy dancing times. have a listen to the spotify playlist here

Until next month,

J x

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Boy in the photo : Alex

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Last of the English Roses

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I, like the rest of the human species, like to smell real good, and like to be around people that smell real good. I walked past a friend of mine the and she smelt so heavenly I had to ask her what she was wearing. ‘Oud’ she replied, ‘OOOOOOED?’ I questioned, wrapping the new word around my mouth, letting it linger and intensely googling ‘What the hell is Oud?!’

 

I’ve been on a hunt ever since for the scent (without travelling ‘mix your own and spend a mint‘ perfumeries). So when Jo Malone released Velvet Rose and Oud Cologne, I audibly gasped. Yes, I am a nerd.

It smells like everything you’d hope from a heady, warm perfume in a black mysterious bottle. Even though I’m not a huge rose scent fan, usually linking it to old ladies and the 80s, this Jo Malone take is…just delicious. Moreish even.

Get yourself to a counter and have a spritz.

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Anything But Ordinary

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Admittedly, whenever I speak to anyone about this beauty company I get a bit giddy. The Ordinary is a new brand from Deciem, bringing pure, clinical ingredients to an affordable price range.

Being the nerd that I am, I found The Ordinary by scouring the ASOS beauty  ‘new in‘ page (niiiiiiiche), and have been using the Hyaluronic Acid 2% for the last few months, and haven’t been disappointed yet.

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So it was about time Amy and I took a pilgrimage to the home of Deciem in Spitalfields Market after spamming each other with their Instagram,  and spent a solid 40 minutes trying all the potions on our hands until settling on High-Adherence Silicone Primer and the Salicylic Acid 2% Solution.

Having tried other Salicylic Acid products before (at a much higher price point) and being somewhat unimpressed (and still spotty), I’m looking forward to what The Ordinary have to offer especially at £3.90 * cue my bank account angelic choir singing *

It’s cheap, it works, and my face feels so good. So good.

 

The Ordinary : theordinary.com

ASOS : The Ordinary Brand

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