Tuesday, August 05, 2014

July Favourites

I can't believe it's August already! I finished university back in May, and it's just going way too fast. But as we are in August, I thought I'd share some of my favourite things from July with you. 

Peaches and Clean - Soap and Glory

I actually bought this product back before they changed packaging, but stupidly never took it down to university with me. I came across it again a few weeks ago, and decided to try it out, as I'd ran out of my previous cleanser. Now I have very sensitive skin, and was a bit sceptical to start using it, as I had reacted to a lot of products in the past, but when they say it's for all skin types they definitely mean it! It smells gorgeous - a minty peach scent - but that's not a surprise if you've smelt other Soap and Glory products. It's so easy to apply, and leaves my skin feeling gorgeous and refreshed. 

Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer

Another skincare favourite of mine this month would have to be this primer by Nivea. I'd never used a primer before, but as my skin was so dry I knew I needed something extra on under my foundation. As I was on a budget, I decided to have a look at some of the cheaper primers, and came across this. It's only a 50ml pot, but with an RRP of £4.99 it's not too bad. I've got the one for dry and sensitive skin, but they also do the same product for normal and combination skin. Personally, I think it works a treat! You only need to use the tiniest amount and it leaves my skin feeling hydrated both before and after my foundation is applied. 

Earl's Paradise - Bluebird Tea Co

I first heard about Bluebird Tea Co from the lovely Danni over at Gingerbread Smiles.  She included some of their products in one of her contests which led me to look on their website and fall in love with their flavour combinations. As Sam and I took a trip to Brighton when I was visiting him last I decided to pop in store. I only got a sample of the Earl's Paradise (an Earl Grey tea with Strawberry and Papaya twist) but am already in love with it. Their teas are a little bit pricey, but for the flavour and quality you get, it's definitely worth it. The 20g sample of Earl's Paradise cost £3, but they also do a 50g packet of the loose tea for £4.95, which I now wish I'd bought instead!

Lucy Scholl EP

Now I couldn't do this post without mentioning this wonderful EP that was released this month by the lovely Lucy Scholl. Lucy is a singer/songwriter from Texas, and is definitely one of my favourite country singers out there. I absolutely adore her voice, and the tracks on her EP are incredible. If you're looking for a new country music star to listen to, her EP is out now on iTunes, Amazon and the Play Store, and definitely worth a listen!

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

I've had a fair bit of spare time on my hands recently, and spent a lot of my time reading. My favourite book out of the pile I managed to get through this month was definitely Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. It came out back in 2012 and had been sat in my pile of unread books for at least a year, but I am so glad I finally read it. This book was possibly the most beautiful yet heart wrenching book I've read, and I just want to read it again and again. Lou loves knowing what's coming next in her life, but when she loses her job she reluctantly takes a post to care for Will, a young man that was left in a quadriplegic state after being in an accident two years prior. The story of their time together made me smile, laugh and cry, and it was such a beautiful and heartbreaking read. It's currently on Amazon for £3.50, so if you love a bit of chick lit be sure to give it a read.

Betty Magazine Summer 2014 

Even though I bought this lovely magazine back in June, I only got round to reading it in July. It's the first copy of the magazine I own, although have read the previous issues that my old housemate Layla owned. Before I even get to the content, I have to comment on the magazine itself. It is simply gorgeous and you can really feel the quality. I love everything about it - the pictures, the patterns, the layouts, the content - it's perfect. I loved reading the interviews, especially the one with cover star Laura Jackson, and particularly loved the recipe section, being a food lover and all. If you haven't heard of Betty before, be sure to check out their website, and you can purchase a copy both online here and in a selection of stores for just £6.

What were your favourite things in July? I'd love to know!
Sophie x
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