Beauty and makeup products I've loved using this month

Well my plans to do an Instagram Story every day during July went right out the window, although I did manage a few days, this is something I’d really like to make an effort with next month. I’ve really been enjoying taking more lifestyle photos to share on Instagram. When I looked back over my Instagram from before I was blogging, my feed was full of life, hardly a beauty product insight. Gradually it shifted more towards “Rosie Loves Life” and “Sharon” kind of disappeared, it used to be my online photo album to share with friends but then I suppose that’s what Facebook is for.

Anyway, July has been a busy month for me with some very exciting things going on, I met new people, explored new places and went to the cinema for a girls night out. I’ve also been trying out some fab new products and most of them have made it to this months favourites along side some of the other things I’ve loved in July.

W7 Eyeshadow Palette Delicious

W7 Eyeshadow palette in Delicious

This is an absolutely stunning eyeshadow palette and I’d been trying to get hold of it when it first appeared online. Finally I managed to purchase the palette as soon as it came back into stock and I’ve been absolutely obsessed with it ever since! It’s a dupe for the ABH Modern Renaissance palette, but much more affordable at only £12.95. There are 14 different eyeshadows with a mix of berry and neutral shades, including matte and shimmer, some of which are totally out of my comfort zone. I’ve mainly been using the darker, berry tones, which are highly pigmented, but a few of the lighter shades don’t really show up much on me at all. I’ve been getting much braver with my makeup looks but I’m not quite ready to dye my hair pink just yet!

The Body Shop Atlas Mountain Rose Body Cream and The Body Shop Skin Defence Essence

The Body Shop has been a place I’ve loved for years but hadn’t been in for a while. I needed to replace a few bits and picked up the Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence and I’ve been using it on my skin before I go out in the sun. It’s a lightweight milk that makes my skin feel so soft, it contains SPF 50 so it will protect my skin against sun damage so it’s seen a lot of use this month and came with me on both trips away.

I’ve also been using The Body Shop’s Atlas Mountain Rose Body Cream as part of my daily skincare routine, it’s super creamy and leaves my skin feeling extremely soft. It’s has a slightly different fragrance than the plain old rose I usually go for, this body cream has less of a sweet smell due to rose mixed with warm spices and amber, so it’s a really comforting fragrance. I’ve been suffering with a lot of dry areas on my skin, especially my elbows, and this has been the only body cream that’s sorted them out. Plus it’s a wonderful body cream to apply after having a relaxing bath, oh that’ll be the next thing on my list, the bath foam to go with it!

NYX HD Foundation and Barry M Lipstick Mannequin

For a drugstore foundation I’ve been pretty impressed with NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation, I tend not to wear to much base in the summer but occasionally I need more than a tinted moisturiser. After being outside in the sun a lot I had to get a foundation that was a few shades darker than my winter one, so thought I’d try the NYX range. This foundation applies really lovely with my damp beauty sponge and gives a lovely dewy finish. I only apply a light layer but the coverage is incredible. It doesn’t feel too heavy on my skin and didn’t stick to any dry patches. Plus it comes in a handy size tube, so it’s easy to pack for a holiday.

Barry M Satin Super Slick Lip Paint in Mannequin is a beautiful peachy, nude shade and has been my go-to lipstick on many occasions this month. It contains Shea Butter, so it’s extremely moisturising on my lips, it almost acts like a lip balm and lipstick in one which has been great on busy days. It’s incredibly glossy and last pretty well considering it’s a satin lip product. I’ve also seen a gorgeous wine shade, which will be perfect for Autumn!

Sass & Belle Trinket Dish

The month started of with the most amazing trip to Brighton, I was extremely excited as it was my first time visiting there and I was going to meet my blogging friend Holly. We both had an amazing day together, exploring the sights, eating ice cream on the Pier and generally having loads of fun hanging out together. Holly very kindly gave me this pretty trinket dish as a reminder of our day together and it has sat on my dressing table with my favourite pieces of jewellery on it . Isn’t it so pretty? If you’d like to find out more about what we got up to, I’ll leave a link to my blog post here.

W7 Nail Polish in shade Fluorescent Pink

I adore pink nail polish but this has to be my favourite shade ever! I’ve been wearing W7 Nail Polish In Fluorescent Pink for most of the month and it seemed to go with most outfits I was wearing and looked pretty good when I was holding products for close up shots in my photos too! It applies really nicely, quick drying and stays chip free for days, which is pretty good going for me.

Pink Beach Hut in Southwold

My second trip of the month was a few days in Southwold. I’d never been there before so really didn’t know what to expect, but it turned out to be a really beautiful, quaint seaside town. When we fist arrived I had the most amazing vegetarian cooked breakfast in a cafe by the sea, it was so huge that I was full up for most of the day! We took a walk along the promenade and past the pastel coloured beach huts, had a stroll around the shops and walked along the pier where Adrian and I got caught in the heaviest rain shower ever! We were laughing so much and both looked like we been for a swim in the sea, but luckily soon dried off.

A painting from Dorkface Shop on Etsy

By now you’ll all know how much I adore Jemma and everything she sells on her Etsy store and I couldn’t let the month go without mentioning this gorgeous pink, white and blue painting from her. When Jemma started selling one off pieces of artwork I’ve fallen in love with every single one. She even shows little snippets on her Instagram Stories as she’s creating each piece, it’s so therapeutic I could watch them all day. It is first come first served with these larger canvas paintings, but each one I’ve seen so far has looked amazing. This one is now in my bedroom and I absolutely love it, the colours are beautifully put together. When someone commented on this on her social media they mentioned having the feeling of candy floss, clouds, flamingos and 1950’s tea dresses (sorry, I can’t remember who, so I can’t credit them). These canvas paintings are different to her usual drawings, you see what you want to see in them, she had a stunning orange, yellow and green one which had the feel of freedom in the sunshine and exploring in the woods. Jemma even had one with pom poms and glitter on!

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I’ve not long written a post with all the beauty products I’m obsessed with right now, so for my Monthly Favourites I thought I’d chat about some of the other things I’ve enjoyed doing. June has been a great month, not just because we’ve had some amazing weather but it’s meant I’ve been able to get out and explore some lovely places, read new books, watch new TV series and a whole bunch of other stuff.

A Mini Break

As we’ve been having such gorgeous weather, Adrian and I thought we’d take a trip to the seaside, so we decided to visit Norfolk, which is a lovely area of the UK and holds a special place in my heart as my Nan used to take me there on holiday when I was a child.  I have family living in Norfolk and they’d been inviting Adrian and I to stay for ages, so we travelled up early on the Wednesday morning, which was the hottest day of the year and what better place to be than by the coast! Our first stop was Sheringham we went for a stroll on the promenade along the sea front, which is a beautiful. We found a quaint little beach side cafe and I had the most delicious scrambled eggs on toast to keep me going throughout the day. I almost forgot to take a photo!

Sheringham is a beautiful old English seaside town, complete with plenty of tourist shops, pubs and restaurants, a museum and an old steam railway. There’s also a Little Theatre for music events, plays, films and exhibitions, but we didn’t have the chance to go there this time. I love the row of brightly coloured beach huts and my absolute favourite has to be the pink one (naturally!)

Later we travelled along the coast to Blakeney, which is a quaint little seaside village. Here it’s much more peaceful than Sheringham, there’s plenty of wildlife to take photos of and most of the time all you can hear is the sound of the birds and the boats tinkling in the breeze. Blakeney is the sort of place you visit if you just want to switch off and relax, although it has a couple of really old pubs, places to eat, B&Bs and a hotel. There’s one thing I have to do when I’m away and that’s have an ice cream by the sea, somehow it tastes better than back home!

We had the most amazing few days, it was great to get away from our normal daily routine and catch up with family again. I love being by the sea, I don’t know what it is, maybe it’s the feeling that all my stresses are being carried away by the sound of the waves or just the slower pace of life in this part of the country. Whatever it is, I can’t wait until the next time we go back!

Jordans Mill

Jordans Mill has to be one of my favourite local places to visit, it’s not too far from where I live and we’ve been there quite a few times before. Adrian and I enjoyed going for a long walk by the river next to the mill where it is really peaceful and tranquil, I often get totally lost in my own thoughts, plus there isn’t much of a mobile signal, so I was completely undisturbed! We didn’t go inside the mill itself this time but we did take a stroll round the beautiful flower gardens and ended up taking a load of photos. I also popped into the gift shop so I could pick up a few postcards for my scrapbook, I’m trying to collect things from places I visit so my scrapbook is full of happy memories.

Jordans Mill has a wonderful restaurant/cafe which not only sells a good selection of food and drink but the most amazing porridge and fruit for breakfast. There’s something about fresh air that seems to make me super hungry, so after our walk we stopped in at the cafe and sat on the balcony over looking the gardens and river. I had a huge coffee and the most delicious piece of chocolate cake I’d ever tried!

Penpals

I love sending and receiving handwritten letters and this month I’ve made a few new penpals via social media. I love hearing everyone’s news and what they’ve been up to, I think there’s something more personal about an actual letter compared to an email or text. Some of my penpals have even sent prints, cute bits of stationery or trinkets along with their letter, which I think is a lovely idea and always makes me smile.

My Book Of The Month

I’ve been reading a lot more books this month, it’s a great way to unwind before I go to bed. I’ve been going along to my local library and borrowing books just like I used to as a child, that way I can exchange them for different titles when I’ve finished and I don’t have shelves of books that are gathering dust.

One book I had to treat myself to is Capture Your Style by Aimee Song, it’s the perfect coffee table book and you can dip in and out of chapters when ever you get five minutes to yourself. It’s packed with advice on how to tell a story in your photo for Instagram, even tips on where to hold the camera for the perfect selfie. I have’t read all of it yet but so far it’s absolutely fascinating, I know I don’t have the best Instagram feed out there but when I look back at some of my earlier photos I just want to go through and delete a load of them. Yes there are bits with all the technical info in but I think it’s done in such a way that I can relate to it a bit more, rather than your standard photography book.  It’s not only been helpful for my social media, I have a long way to go yet, but the book has made me think about backgrounds if I’m taking a photo of me and Adrian to go in the photo album.

The Handmaid’s Tale

I don’t often mention TV shows in my favourites post, so I thought I’d tell you about one in particular I have been gripped by this month. The Handmaid’s Tale is a series I wasn’t expecting to enjoy but a friend asked me if I’d seen it and after the first few episodes I was absolutely hooked. It’s set in totalitarian run country of Gilead after a religious cult has taken over America. Environmental pollution  has left most of the ruling class women barren and any fertile women are rounded up and forced to live as Handmaids. Their only purpose is to be surrogate mothers for the wives of rich and powerful men, they are treated like slaves and must have no personal identity or will of their own. Without giving too much away, it is extremely intense and I must have gone through every kind of emotion, one episode left me crying in shock because it felt as though I was really there with the main character, Offred. It was extremely well written and well acted but certainly left me thinking about what life could be like if this were actually real.

What have you enjoyed doing over the past month?

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