Cannot believe the month of August is almost over. Somehow it has gone by in the flash. After a 30 degree day yesterday, it is raining a lot today. End of summer is in sight. I thought it would be a good time to look at my favourite things from this past month. Of course, I will touch on my favourite books that I read this month, but also on beauty, music and whatever else pops into my head.
Let’s start with…
I actually read the best books at the beginning and the end of the month. The first two books I read this month: I, The Aboriginal by Douglas Lockwood and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern were both excellent (both 6 out of 7 stars!) and I am just getting to the end of my re-read of The Shadow of the Wind, which will also be 6 stars. Those three are head and shoulders above anything else I have read this month, and I read quite a few books, as I will get to in my August wrap-up later in the week.
I am not much of a beauty fanatic, but I do think carefully about what I use. I try and use mostly natural products. This month I have been pretty natural and have not really worn make-up that much. Summer does that to me!
But I thought I would chat briefly about some of the products that I have loved using this month. I am a big fan of the La Fare 1789 skincare line. I have been using the Ideal Cream and Intense Night Cream daily and my skin is loving that stuff. I used something else for a little while and I can definitely tell that my skin is grateful I have returned to using La Fare! I have been using it in combination with the Living Nature gel toner, which is another staple in my skincare routine. Love it!
For stink protection, I have mainly been using The Ohms Collection powder deodorant. Works a treat, even in hot weather.
Summer is hardly the time for heavy foundations and on the days that I could be bothered to put some on I have been using 100% Pure BB Cream, which I love so so much. It evens out my skin tone without looking like I have anything on. It’s a product I will buy over and over again, because it works so well for me. It’s pretty light to medium coverage, as I don’t use that much, and is perfect for me. On days on which I just had to battle the sunscreen shine, I tend to use the Avril powder. So cheap, so amazing! Takes away the shine, but it’s pretty much invisible.
I have been using the Lily Lolo Pedal to the Metal eye shadow palette this month. It has a pretty taupe colour, which is perfect as a base and some pretty shimmer colours to combine with it. None of the colours are that pigmented, but when you want just light make-up, that is fine. There’s hardly any fall-out, which is a bonus! I like the size of this palette – it’s tiny!!!
It’s been one of those months that I have often gone out of the house with nothing but some lipstick on, but I have not been religiously using one particular colour. Though I have to say, the Lily Lolo lip gloss in Damson Dusk is soooo pretty!
Apart from that I have been using my usuals; my Lily Lolo mascara, the Nabla Brow Divine pencil.
I admit, I am still an indie chick at heart. I guess I always will be. I am eagerly anticipating Alvvays new album, which is out at the beginning of September. I have been listening to my usual suspects really, but for the last couple of months I have fallen in love with The Big Moon. Their album Love in the 4th Dimension, is one of my favourites of this year. It’s awesome! It has been rightly nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. I have also listened to Arcade Fire‘s new album Everything Now this month. It has had a lot of bad reviews and people generally seem to hate it, but I actually quite like it. No, it does not sound like the old albums, but why should it?
Song of the month: The Road – The Big Moon
I love how summery it sounds! That slow guitar, that hypnotic drum, that lazy vocal – perfection!
I have been really enjoying using Goodreads this month. I love seeing what other people are reading or what they are putting on their to-read lists. Also love the reviews. God, I have added a lot of books to my to-read list since I have been keeping an eye on Goodreads!
I have also been enjoying season 7 of Game of Thrones. Though I feel it was not as good as earlier seasons, it is still miles better than anything else I have watched this month! I just felt the characters fell a bit flat this season and it did not feel as exciting. The final episode was the best of the season by far.
Instant latte macchiato. I don’t tend to like instant coffee, but I have been enjoying a cheeky instant latte macchiato after dropping my girl off at primary school. It feels far more luxurious than it should for sure!
That’s it for my favourites for this month. My August book wrap-up is on its way!