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Monday, 11 August 2014

A Few Favourites | Weekly Edition #5

Good morning! I have decided to ignore last night's truly terrible sleep (I'm not sure I've ever woken up more times during the night ever before) and instead really enjoy this cup of coffee, the prospect of a brand new week, and having a bit of a natter about some of my favourite things from the past few days.

Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm | £3.69
I think this may be my favourite lip balm of all time. Although sometimes I can change my mind quicker than Ralphie can sense when I'm heading to the treat box. And that's insanely quick. It's almost like he has a treat sense. But anyway, that's besides the point. What was the point? Oh yes, Burt's Bees lip balm is the bomb dot com. Yes I did just say that. No I'm not sorry. Well okay, I'm a bit sorry.

So Susan nail polish in Smurfette* | £6.95
So Susan sent me a little parcel of goodies and aside from the blush, I think this nail polish is my favourite. I'm currently sporting this beautiful teal blue on my toes (I would show you but...feet!) and it's the perfect bright for summer that makes a change from the pinks that I usually gravitate towards. The finish is really interesting, with one coat it's almost translucent, sort of a bit like a stained glass window. Two coats gives an opaque colour with a matte-ish finish. I'm not being very successful at describing this, am I?

Benefit Hoola bronzer & Model Co Glow Baby Glow Bronzer*
So I haven't worn blush in over a week. Yep, it's true. Crazy, right? I love blush! I saw a picture somewhere of a beautiful girl with the most perfect glowing skin, a nude glossy lip & lots of bronzer. I promptly started doing my make up similarly and I love it. It's so easy and low maintenance. My favourite!

I've been using Benefit Hoola as I usually would, to attempt to fake me some definition in my moon face, and then I've been using a fluffy brush to dust a little of the Model Co bronzer over my cheeks in place of blush. It's love. And it's also enormous so I'm fairly sure I have enough bronzer to last me, and potentially my entire village, forever!

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No book favourite this week because I haven't finished one. I started Orlando by Virginia Woolf, thought I'd love it, but I just can't get into it. It's funny how things turn out like that. I thought I really wouldn't like Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, but it has become one of my all-time favourites. I'll go back to Orlando in a little while.

And I finally picked up The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton after a year of being a little intimidated by it's size; at over 800 pages it's enormous. I'm just over half way through and OH MY GOSH, IT'S AMAZING! I'm now kicking myself for not reading it sooner and I don't want it to end, it's going by too quickly! 

In celebration of a bloody amazing book I've finally put up my first proper post over on The Book Journal. I'm so excited to have a place to waffle about books. I'm so excited to have rediscovered a love for reading over the past year. It's all thanks to my last University tutor. Her enthusiasm was infectious and I don't think I'll ever be able to thank her enough! Not even an over exaggeration. Books are the best!

Is there anything you have particularly loved recently? 



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  1. I really really want to try the hooola bronzer!!! So so nice.

    xxx | daisydaisyxxo

  2. You've picked some really cute products. I'm dying to try a So Susan nail polish, it might be the next thing I buy!

    www.ellenwarnerxo.blogspot.co.uk xo

  3. Nice post. I love your site! <3 I'm curious about benefit's hoola bronzer. I always see being used by beauty vloggers on youtube. :)

    x, shekinahjoy.com

  4. That nail polish is beautiful!
    Jade x

  5. The So Susan polish is a stunning shade! I love the sound of the lip balm, too.
    Glad you're enjoying The Luminaries now you've got started! :D

    Jess xo

  6. I used to be in love with the original Burt's Bees lipbalm but I have pretty sensitive lips (and skin in general) because of eczema and I realized this actually irritated my lips even more on the long term x

  7. I need to read more. I'm going to go home tonight and add a load more books to my kindle!
    ​Leanne @ Leanne-Marie ​ x​​x

  8. Cor! That nail polish is just beautiful! The name of it is so CUTE too!


  9. That nail polish is a gorgeous colour! xxx Thou Shalt Not Covet

  10. love hoola so much, need to purchase a full sized one x

    Emma from http://www.masqueradebelle.co.uk

  11. Burt's Bees are just the best! I love the Radiance Toner!


    1. I'll have to try some more of their things! xx

  12. I love that lip balm! So excited to read The Book Journal, it's because of bloggers like you that I was inspired to start reading again x

    Josie’s Journal

  13. Sorry to hear about your bad night's sleep! Isn't Rebecca amazing? I must reread it!

    Beccy : Bluebell & Bumpkin

  14. Awww, I love that blue polish! Such a yummy colour.

    Tara x

  15. I personally love benefit's hoola :)


  16. I have never heard of this model co bronzer, it sounds amazing !

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

  17. I love the look of the giant bronzer! x

  18. Beautiful nail color! Such a great choice for summertime!

  19. The nail polish is such a bright happy shade, I love anything aqua.


  20. I love Burt's Bees lip balm, I am trying the tinted one in Red Dahlia at the moment and, although it's a fraction dryer than the regular one, it covers the fact that my lips are a shade lighter than the rest of my face! Definitely a repeat buy.

  21. I love that nail polish! Such a summery colour. And Burt's Bees beeswax lip balm is my all time fave too - it just smells so delicious. It's a great multi-tasker too - I sometimes use it to smooth down my eyebrows when they're going particularly wild :P Glad to hear you're enjoying The Luminaries, I can't wait to read your review Jennie! xx

  22. Woah, I love that polish! I pretty much never wear nail varnish, but I'd definitely wear that. The name is pretty awesome too! xxx

  23. Reading this makes me want to go straight home and dig out Hoola... I've abandoned it for too long.


  24. I'm wearing a similar polish! It's chipping bc I'm lazy, but I love it :)

  25. I am so with you on the Burt's Bees lipbalm. I have a slightly tinted one in my handbag and it is the actual best. I not long ago finished reading Rebecca and loved it too. You should find (or start!) a bookclub. I joined one at work not long ago and I've already read so many great books I probably wouldn't have chosen myself.


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