This month has been wonderfully busy, incredibly exciting and definitely one filled with new discoveries that I’m so excited to share with you. Let’s get started!
The weather in the UK recently has been so much hotter than usual, and I can’t stand wearing makeup in high temperatures – well, I can’t stand the feeling of makeup melting off in hot weather. However, when I’m unhappy with my skin and finding a lot of breakouts, I don’t want to go out with no makeup on in the way I usually would in the summer months.
Following numerous recommendations (and a pretty damn good offer in Boots) I picked up a facial cleansing set by La Roche-Posay in the (incredibly ambitious) hope that it would clear up my oily, spot-prone skin. That it certainly did.
These La Roche-Posay products have not only fixed the state of my skin, but also the state of my self confidence.
The trio I opted for is the La Roche-Posay Laboratoire Dermatologique Effaclar 3 Step Anti-Blemish System, which definitely takes less time to fix your skin than it takes to recite its name.
So what does it include?
1. The Purifying Foaming Gel to cleanse
2. The Micro-Exfoliant, Anti-Blackhead Astringent Lotion to tone
3. The Anti-Imperfections, Anti-Marks, Unclogging Care Corrective Cream to unclog pores
As a self-confessed coffee-obsessed blogger who spends a lot of time writing from home, I dipped into my recent retail assistant-given earnings and invested in a Nespresso Machine at the start of this year. Since then, I’d only used Nespresso capsules (my favourites are Dulsao and Livanto, for anyone looking to get started with the brand) until I ran out of capsules and could not be bothered to go into town to pick up more. With high hopes and £3 in my pocket, I popped into my local supermarket thinking that surely there must be other capsules out there. Lo and behold, my prayers were answered – I stumbled across CafePod and I haven’t looked back.
As much as I adore Nespresso, the fact that CafePod is independent really draws me to support it – since its launch just a couple of years ago, the company’s proven their ambition, drive and personality in their quality and marketing. I have a lot of respect for independent entrepreneurs who work endlessly to give an authentic, personal twist on products that exist almost exclusively amongst big, mass-produced companies.
An Unpleasant Bloggers Event Experience
I discovered that it really doesn’t matter if you’re invited to an event and it’s an unpleasant experience – you’ll meet wonderful fellow bloggers there, go out for drinks afterwards and create a group chat like no other!
Topshop House of Freedom Collection
Now that I’ve started creating my capsule wardrobe, I decided it was high time I created a somewhat capsule jewellery collection.
So many of the accessories available on the high street appeal to me, from bright yellow earring tassels to metallic leaf earrings. When I’m picking up a couple of items to update my wardrobe, I can’t help but pick up that necklace – you know, the one that works perfectly with the dress you’re about to purchase? It’s this impulse buying that my capsule jewellery collection aims to stop.
Furthermore, it’s these types of accessories that last for the least amount of time – before you know it, your gold hexagonal hoop earrings have faded to an awkward, almost dirty-looking copper. Parts of the earring holds on to its past, which means that there are still some gold areas highlighting the fact that they definitely were not meant to be awkward copper.
I looked for jewellery that wouldn’t fade – I am in love with Missoma – but finding good quality pieces that were under £90 proved pretty difficult.
Finally I stumbled across Topshop’s new collection which is created from quality materials to be worn ‘all day, every day’ without fading. Gold-plated jewellery for under £25? Completed it, mate.
The Guilty Feminist
This podcast is pretty different to those I’ve mentioned previously on my blog, both in Podcasts I’m Loving Right Now and in Podcasts for Creative & Entrepreneurial Women. The Guilty Feminist Podcast strikes a chord with me because I’m noticing more and more how – with the boost in the presence of feminism-related discussions – society has somewhat begun policing women’s empowerment. Ironically, in order to go against societal pressures of being a woman, one must conform to social pressures of being a feminist. Those wishing to be a ‘good feminist’ – i.e. one that fits the 21st century Western image of a feminist – often find themselves feeling guilty about not being the ‘right kind of feminist’. Hence, The Guilty Feminist.
‘I’m a feminist, but I detagged myself from a picture at a women’s conference where we were all standing in front of a sign which said ‘Empowered Not Coward’, because my ankles looked fat.’
Comedian Deborah Frances-White hosts the hilariously blunt and outrageously honest podcast, which consists of a panel of fellow ‘guilty feminists’, as they own up to their apparently incomprehensible and hypocritical acts in a society that is consistently attempting to locate, navigate and adhere to its own morals.
I mean, I’m sure you’re not surprised by this one. My post about Brum Zine Fest 2018 says it all!
Glossier Cloud Paint
Oh my goodness, this is easily the best blush on the market – it’s easy to use, the packaging is functional (and so cute!) and its finish is natural yet buildable. Please, please pick this up – you won’t regret it! I wrote a bit more about Cloud Paint and the rest of my order in my Glossier post.
What have you discovered so far this month that you’d like to tell others about?
Check out my previous post here!
photos: my own, Topshop, The Nopebook