Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Now that July is over it means we're almost through with summer, but it also means that my birthday is this month! (birthday wish list to follow soon). July was a fun month, I worked a bit which meant some pocket money to fund all the day parties I've been to this month! I've got a couple of exciting things coming up this August, but we shall leave that for another post. Here are my July favourites and highlights!

july favourites


This month I've been trying to sway from my standard naked palette 3 every day look and try out different things. I've been loving the Morphe 35N palette because the colours are relatively 'safe' for me to work with and aren't too in your face. I'm still pretty much sticking to the pinks and purples but slowly learning to experiment more! The shades are pretty pigmented and the palette is so affordable - shame they're out of stock most of the time! You can see from the photo which colours have been more popular than others aha!

My best friend bought me the spectrum clam set a few months ago and I've been so obsessed with it since. As mentioned before I used to apply my eyeshadow with my finger and a maximum of one make-up brush, so it's been exciting to try different techniques and I will never be applying my foundation with my hands ever again.

make up


If you read my pool-side essentials post then you already know I challenged myself into reading one of Ernest Hemingway's books. I remember seeing A Farewell To Arms quoted a lot on Tumblr and so wanted to give it a read, and secondly I want to get into the habit of reading more classics this year. The writing was definitely a lot smaller than I was used to and there were so many characters within the first 100 pages that it got a bit confusing - didn't help they were mostly Italian names/surnames. I gave it a 3/5 on good reads because I found it an interesting read but found the love story to be a tad too cheesy for my liking, then again it was written like 70 years ago. I'd love to hear what you guys have been reading/your recommendations!



Game of Thrones duh! I can't believe there's only 5 episodes left until we have to wait a whole other year for the last 7 episodes. For those of you who haven't watched it, the first season is a whole lot of history thrown at you but I swear it gets better (and gorier, and sexier) at Season 2, just don't get attached to any characters because there's a high chance of them being beheaded/having their skull crushed/arrowed through the heart. 

Now that Love Island has finished I feel like I can finally rejoin movie nights with my family. I keep an updated list on my blog of every movie I watch so if you guys are ever stuck for choice, then bookmark that! My favourite movie this month has to be Spider-Man: Homecoming. I watched it with my 7 year old brother at the cinema and you don't realise how much swearing is actually in these marvel movies until you get a kid pointing it out every single time. I thought it was great and that Tom Holland made a great Peter Parker. 

game of thrones


I have been waiting for this album for what feels like forever, I've probably listened to Lana Del Rey's Lust for Life album every day since it's release. I first heard it on the bus on the way to Tarifa and at first I didn't think any of the songs particularly stood out to me, apart from Tomorrow Never Came which you need to go and listen to now. After taking a proper listen now it's grown on me a lot and this album is a lot less 'depressing' than her previous albums and seems more hopeful. Born To Die was obviously her most mainstream record but in this one she's collaborated with several artists and hip-hop vibes going on thanks to ASAP Rocky. 

Favourite Tracks: Cherry, Lust for Life, Groupie Love, Tomorrow Never Came, Beautiful People Beautiful Problems. 

lana del rey


  • I got a job! I feel very lucky to have landed a full-time job 2 months after finishing university as I expected it to take a lot longer. I'll be starting next week and I'm looking forward to getting back into a routine and finally having some dollah to play with. 
  • I danced 50,000 steps at the Colour Festival and Dazed and Confused. If you follow me on Instagram you can probably see I'm a big fan of day parties. Gibraltar is great when it comes to providing summer entertainment so I'm trying to make the most of it before hibernating for summer. Professor Green and Sigma were both awesome and I'm very much looking forward to the Electronic Festival this weekend to bust some moves to Jax Jones.
  • I had a relaxing few days at my caravan in Tarifa, Spain. Some of my family had come over from New Zealand so it was nice to have the whole clan together as we all have caravans there. It was nice to get away from technology for a while and just enjoy the beach and the hippy lifestyle. 
colour fest


That's July done and dusted! What have been some of your July favourites and highlights? 


  1. Sounds like an amazing and busy month you had. Well done on getting a new job!

    Becks x

  2. Well you've been busy. Congratulations on your new job and good luck. I am so tempted by the spectrum clam set as love the spectrum brushes. I only have 2 so really would like to try more. Once my spending ban is over haha. Xxxxxxx


  3. I really want to start watching GOT xx

  4. How incredible is your figure in that last bikini pic, Gi?! Keep slaying girl! The turqoise suits you so well! It sounds like July has been a great month for you - especially with receiving those gorgeous spectrum brushes as a gift! Lucky you! The clam packaging is gorgeous, I am lusting after a set now! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the Hemingway book, I've been tempted to pick it up for a while, I must get round to it!

    Abbey πŸŽ€ www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  5. Oh my goodness it sounds like you've had the best month! I still haven't tried that Morphe palette and the spectrum mermaid case looks awesome! I've also absolutely been loving Game of Thrones too! Xx

  6. It sounds like you've had a lovely month - congratulations on getting a job so soon after graduating! I start a full-time job soon just a month after graduating, and it's a great feeling now that we don't have to stress about what to do next! On another note, I really want to try Spectrum brushes, they seem so popular...I've noticed that good quality makeup brushes make a world of a difference to makeup application.


  7. I really want a set of Spectrum brushes! They look so pretty.
    I really want to watch GOT! I've watched the first two seasons and I really liked them, but I think I overloaded myself with it. Definitely not the show to binge watch ha.
    And it sounds like you have had the most amazing month! I hope August is just as great :)

    Lauren | Lauren the Daydreamer

  8. Congrats on what sounds like a productive and amazing month for you, landing a job so quickly after finishing university is absolutely amazing. I'm really happy for you! I love the look of the spectrum clam and the brushes x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿www.kayleighzaraa.com

  9. Congratulations on an amazing month and also your new job! Sounds so amazing. I'm really happy for you lovely!
    Also can't wait to read your birthday wish list!
    Lots of love, Debra-Bow xxx

  10. I feel I am missing out on the GoT trend here. I need to watch it. Also sounds like you've had a good July.

    Steph xx

  11. Loved reading your favourites babe and I'm also so happy GOT is back!! πŸŒΈπŸ’—✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie. x
    www.alishavalerie.com | www.twitter.com/alishavalerie

  12. You look lovely in those pictures, so glad you had such a good month and congrats on your job!


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