I honestly cannot believe that it is the end of July, it feels like only yesterday that I got home from India and went back to uni. Now I’m in my last semester and have to grow up and get and adult job, gulp!! Moving on, it’s time to share with you my monthly favourites!
First up is a favourite due to a little challenge i have set myself, a couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about a palette challenge. I set myself this challenge to use all of my palettes for three weeks straight in order to get more use out of them and find some awesome new looks. So as you may have guessed I started out with a staple in my palette collection, the Urban Decay Naked Palette – I love this palette, you can literally do any look you with ever need with this beauty right here. I’ve been loving using this for the month and I have been experimenting with different combinations and looks, you can check up on my progress on my Instagram follow me at @bellusbeautyblog. I’ve been posting my makeup looks and what shades I have been wearing. You can also read the original palette challenge blog post here.
Next up is a foundation that I will always love but I absolutely adore in winter, it’s the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 4.5 – This is one of the first really expensive foundations I had ever purchased and was not disappointed one little bit! I did get it when I was in Hong Kong which made it a little bit cheaper thank god! I’ve been getting a bit of use out of it this winter when I’ve been wearing a bold red lip, I like to have a nice glowy skin when I wear a red lip so it looks a bit more modern than the severely matte skin that I normally associate with a red lip. Even though I have super oily skin this stays put all night long and doesn’t separate at all which is all the more reason to love it! I’m so glad I have a back up of this for when it runs out, I don’t think I could go long without it!
So as you may have read in a previous post I purchased my first ever lipgloss a few weeks ago and boy am I happy! The one that grabbed me is the Urban Decay Revolution High Colour Lipgloss in Failbait – This really does have high colour, as someone who is much more comfortable with the colour payoff of lipsticks I was pleasantly surprised that you could clearly see the colour on my lips. This shade is a very natural dusty pink which I have been known to love ahem, NYX Audrey, and it’s just a great alternative to a matte lip look plus it is super easy to apply on the go. If you would like to read my full blog post on this beauty you can find it here.
The next two favourite are not beauty related but I know I couldn’t do a favourites post without including them. The first one is my brand spanking new camera, its the Olympus Pen E-PL7 – This camera is the new love of my life! I don’t know what I was thinking just taking photos with just an iPhone when I could have something as fantastic as this. So hopefully you have noticed that my photography game has stepped up a notch as I have been trying to get a little bit more creative as well as the quality been a thousand times better! Now I didn’t just get this camera from my blog, I thought it would be a brilliant yet portable sized camera to take with me to Europe in January.
Now the other non beauty favourite is Tanya Burr’s Cookies – I swear since I discovered this amazing recipe I haven’t stopped baking them for friends and family, I even baked them yesterday for my mothers work do. These cookies are so rich and indulgent and mighty full of chocolate that I just can’t get enough of them. The reason they are so indulgent may be due to the fact that they have one whole block of chocolate in them! I have been using Cadbury’s Salted Caramel or Crunchie block, they are both delicious and when they are baked they go al soft and gooey! Yum! You can find the recipe here.
So there you have it, another months and another favourites! I don’t want to wish the year away however, it do really want this last semester to be over as well as get my travelling on to Europe! What have been your July Favourites??
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Urban Decay Naked Palette here
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation here
Urban Decay Revolution High Colour Lipgloss in Failbait here
Olympus Pen E-PL7 Camera here
Tanya Burr Cookie Recipe here