June Favourites

Can anyone believe that it’s time for June Favourites already? We’re more than half way through the year now – that’s terrifying. I’ve been planning Weekly Favourites posts all through this month, but I never got round to finishing them so they’ve just been piling up. I planned on stopping Monthly Favourites and just posting Weekly favourites, but I’ve been so busy this month that I just haven’t gotten round to posting as often as I’d like. So to catch up on what I’ve been loving over the past 4 weeks, I’ve decided to split this post into two parts. I did a lot of shopping at the beginning of this month so there’s plenty of new things that I just fell in love with so trying to narrow it down so this post didn’t become 10 parts long was really difficult. Here are some of my favourites from June:

LUSH American Cream Conditioner

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This has definitely been my favourite product of this month. I’ve tried a few of the LUSH shampoos and conditioners and loved them, so I thought I’d give this a try. It smells absolutely incredible. It says on the bottle that it smells like strawberry milkshake. The scent is so strong too – I can smell it every time I move my head, like a perfume. It definitely detangles my hair and leaves it so soft and shiny. I bought the 250g bottle, but loved it so much that I went back and got the 500g bottle. You can get it here.

The Stone Roses, Etihad Stadium

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Last Sunday, Josh and I went to Manchester to the Etihad Stadium to see The Stone Roses. I’d been looking forward to it for so long and it definitely exceeded my expectations. We had such a great time, and they were absolutely amazing. It chucked it down and we got wet through, both of our shoes were trashed and we paid £5 for plastic ponchos, but it was all worth it. The atmosphere was incredible, Ian Browns vocals were on point, and John Squire’s guitar playing was magical. It was definitely a highlight of my year and I wish I could do it all again.

Orange is the New Black

I wasn’t impressed by Season 3 of OITNB – I think it was definitely a filler season. But I still had high hopes for Season 4. I spent the weekend watching it and it was AMAZING. You should definitely binge watch the whole series if you’ve never watched it before. Season 4 was a really emotional season – I laughed and cried (if you’ve seen it, you’ll know what I mean, how sad was it!). My favourite character this season was Cindy. The ending was amazing and now I can’t wait til season 5! You can watch it on Netflix now.

Benefit Rockateur Blush

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I slowly started to fall out of love with Mac’s Cosmic Force blush, I think it was too dark for my skin tone. So I started to look for a new one. I thought I’d give Benefit’s Rockateur a go. Firstly, I love Benefit’s blush/bronzer packagaing – the compact boxes are so useful and pretty. Rockateur is a lovely pink shade that suits my complexion. The main thing that I love about the blusher is the smell – it smells beautiful! I don’t know what it is, but it smells like a perfume. It’s one of my favourite products at the moment.

Millie Marotta’s Tropical Wonderland: A Colouring Book Adventure

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I love these colouring books but I haven’t done one for a while, but my anxiety’s been quite bad recently so I thought I’d give this one a go. Millie Marotta was the creator of the popular Animal Kingdom colouring book, and this one is pretty similar. I’ve been doing it before bed most nights and it’s made me feel so much more relaxed. You can get it here.

North Yorkshire Coast

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We spent the last weekend of June staying in Filey. We’ve done it every year for the past few years and the Yorkshire coast is such a lovely place. On Saturday, we went into Scarborough and the weather was beautiful – we all got sunburn. On Sunday we went into Whitby, which is probably mine and Josh’s favourite place – we went up the 199 Steps to Whitby Abbey and had fish and chips from Quayside (they’ve won awards for being the best chippy in the country, which they definitely deserve). And on Monday we went into Bridlington and spent most of the day in the arcades before setting off home. I had such a lovely weekend with the people I love most in the world. Weekends like this make me so grateful for the people in my life.

EOS Coconut Milk Lip Balm

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I love these EOS lipbalms. I just love the packaging on them and they come in a huge variety of flavours. I’ve had the mint one, the blueberry one, and the passion fruit one, but they’ve all seemed to disappear, so I got this one – mostly because I’m obsessed with everything coconut at the moment and because I love the packaging. The shape and size make it easy to find in my handbag, they’re really moisturising, and the flavour is lovely. Topshop and Urban Outfitters sell these but they’re usually around £6-7, so I’d recommend getting them from Amazon where they’re between £3-4, and they come in multipacks.

EOS Shave Cream Vanilla Bliss

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This was just an impulse buy when it came up on recommended on Amazon, but I’m so glad I got it. This is a shaving cream, but it comes out like a cream/lotion rather than a shaving foam. It is SO hydrating. I don’t have to use a body lotion after using this as it makes my skin so smooth and moisturised. I got the vanilla one and it smells lovely.

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Liverpool | June 10th-11th

Josh and I went to Liverpool last Friday, just for the one night. We had such a lovely time so I thought I’d write a post about what we did. We stayed at The Hampton by Hilton at the Albert Dock. It was a lovely hotel – it was spotless, the staff were friendly, and the room was so comfortable. My only criticism is that the breakfast wasn’t great, but I can’t complain as it came in with the room price – but we should have just gone to Wetherspoons.IMG_0011We arrived at around 5pm, went straight to the hotel, had a shower and got ready to go out. We then went for a walk round the Albert Dock and went for tea at the What’s Cooking Bar and Grill. We both ordered burgers and they were delicious – the restaurant was in a really lovely location, and even though the weather wasn’t great, we decided to sit outside.IMG_0048IMG_0173 IMG_0172 IMG_0171 IMG_0049

After tea, we walked to the Cavern Club to see The Cavern Club Beatles. Going to The Cavern Club was a really great experience – Josh and I are huge Beatles fans so it was great to see where it all began. They also have some really cool memorabilia on show. First, there was a musician on called Jonny Parry, who was really really good. Then The Cavern Club Beatles came on – if you’re ever in Liverpool, I’d definitely recommend going to see them. They are incredible – if you shut your eyes, it its like listening to the Beatles. They have their act down to a tee. We went back to the hotel and went to bed.IMG_0050

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The Cavern Club Beatles

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On Saturday morning, we were both up before 7, so we got ready and went down for breakfast. We checked out of the hotel and left our bags, and then made our way to the Albert Dock. I’ve been wanting to go to The Beatles Story for years now, so that was the first thing on our to-do list for the day. Again, if you’re in Liverpool it’s something I’d definitely recommend. It is an interactive exhibition, so you get given a headset and a little touchscreen device thing. At each display, there’s a number on the wall, so you press the number on your device and you can hear someone telling the story and explaining the display. Narrators include Paul McCartney and Cynthia Lennon. The displays are so cool – my favourite was the Cavern Club and John Lennon’s piano.IMG_0177IMG_0105(1) IMG_0178 IMG_0180 IMG_0181 IMG_0182 IMG_0183 IMG_0184 IMG_0185 IMG_0186 IMG_0187 IMG_0188

We had a look round the gift shop and then made our way across to the Echo Wheel of Liverpool and went to see the John Lennon Peace Monument. We saw great views of the city on the wheel, I bet it’s lovely on a sunny day. We then walked to Liverpool One and did a bit of shopping and went for dinner at Cafe Rouge. We also went back to Mathew Street (where the Cavern Club is), because we learned a few things at The Beatles Story, like about a pub called The Grapes where The Beatles used to go, that we hadn’t paid attention to the night before, and so we could see the original entrance to the Cavern.

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Our train wasn’t due until 4:50, so we went back to Albert Dock to get a drink at the Fab Four Cafe. We’re planning to go back as we wanted to go to the Maritime Museum and there’s a The Jam exhibition on soon, so we’ll definitely be planning our next trip soon. I was feeling really down last week, so I definitely needed a trip with Josh to pick me up again. I’ve been wanting to go to Liverpool for years so I’m glad I’ve finally been. It’s such a great place and I’d definitely recommend it, especially if you’re a fan of The Beatles.

 

LUSH Haul | June 8th

As promised in my last post, here’s my LUSH post. It’s been agggessss since I last treated myself to a LUSH haul, so it was about time. I tried to get products that I haven’t tried before, and really wanted to try the new Father’s Day range. I had to carry a big heavy bag all the way home and I now have real biceps. I’m looking forward to the summer releases from LUSH. I also bought the Don’t Look at Me face mask, but forgot to take a photo as it was in the fridge. Here’s what I got from LUSH:

 Prince Shaving Cream, £5.95/100g

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Dirty Springwash Shower Gel, £4.95/100g

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Don’t Rain On My Parade Shower Gel, £4.95/100g

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Beautiful Shower Gel, £4.95/100g

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Thanks Dad Soap, £4.95/120g

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Jason and the Argan Oil Shampoo Bar, £5.95

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Sexy Peel Soap, £3.50/100g

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Each Peach Massage Bar, £5.95

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The Modfather Bubble Bar, £3.65

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Honey I Washed My Hair Shampoo Bar, £5.95

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Sea Salted Caramel Soap, £4.25/100g

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Intergalactic Bath Bomb, £3.95

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Lava Lamp Bath Bomb, £3.95

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Superdad Bath Bomb, £3.95

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Shopping Haul | June 17th

‘Treat yourself’ has become my life motto lately. If I had £1 for every time I’ve said ‘treat yourself’, I’d be treating myself much more often. The weather this week has been so grim, so I’ve been feeling a bit down, and what better way to perk myself up than going shopping. I’ve bought some things that I’ve been wanting for a while, like the Makeup Revolution Fortune Favours The Brave palette and Benefit Watt’s Up highlighter. One of my favourite things that I got this week is the Laura Mercier Face Polish. I had a sample from Birchbox and I fell in love with it, I knew I had to buy the full price one, so I picked one up while we were in Liverpool last weekend. I also picked up some things from Charlotte Tilbury – I haven’t tried this brand before so I picked up a lipliner and lipstick, and the lipstick is definitely the prettiest lipstick in my collection. Here’s what I got:

Sleek Solstice Highlighter Palette, £9.99, Boots

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Makeup Revolution Fortune Favours the Brave Palette, £9.99, Superdrug

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Barry M Nail Paint, £2.99, Boots

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Seventeen Skin Wow Primer, £5.99, Boots

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Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Stoned Rose, £23, John Lewis

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Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner Pencil in Iconic Nude, £16, John Lewis

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Laura Mercier Face Polish, £26, John Lewis

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MAC Lipsticks in Whirl, Twig & Finally Free, £15.50 each, MAC

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Benefit Watt’s Up Highlighter, £24.50, Boots

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Benefit Roller Lash Mascara, £19.50, Boots

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Benefit Lemon Aid Concealer, £16.50, Boots

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Benefit Rockateur Blush, £23.50, Boots

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo, £5.50, Boots

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Blue Ribbed Long Sleeve Bodysuit, £11.99, New Look

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Green Camo Print Sweater, £14.99, New Look

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Mint Green Fine Knit Ribbed Tie Front T-Shirt, £11.99, New Look

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Green Cami Print T-Shirt, £7.99, New Look

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Sunny Day Hair Detangler, £9.95, LUSH

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Honey I Washed The Kids Soap, £3.50/100g, LUSH

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Breath of Fresh Air Toner Water, £8.50/250g, LUSH

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American Cream Conditioner, £9.25/250g, LUSH

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LAMODA ft. Sarah Ashcroft Grey Croc Purse, £12.99, Lamoda

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LAMODA ft. Sarah Ashcroft Grey Holdall, £34.99, Lamoda

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Faux Suede Ankle Strap Flats, £13, Forever 21

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Logo Crew Neck Tee by Ivy Park, £16, Topshop

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Shopping Haul | June 8th

I got paid on Monday so I went straight to Meadowhall to get spending. It’s been a while since I went on a big shopping spree so I thought I’d treat myself. Josh and I are going to Liverpool this weekend, so I wanted some new clothes and I thought I’d pick up some other things that have been on my wishlist for a while. I also got loads from LUSH but I’ll save those for another post. Here’s what I bought:

Banana Shampoo and Conditioner, £5 each, The Body Shop

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Rainforest Coconut Hair Oil, £7, The Body Shop

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NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray, £7, Boots

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Maybelline Master Contour V-Shape Crayon, £6.99, Boots

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Ginger Anti Dandruff Shampoo, £5, The Body Shop

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Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick, £6.99, Boots

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TooFaced Better Than Sex Mascara, £19, Debenhams

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Nivea Sun Protect & Moisture Roll On, £4.99, Superdrug

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Solait Fluid SPF50, £3.49, Superdrug

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Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter, £13, The Body Shop

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Pure Clean Scrub and Peel Exfoliating Wipes, £5.90, Kiko

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Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder, £22.50, Debenhams

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Wilkinson Sword Hydro Silk Blossom Razor

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Biore Baking Soda Liquid Cleanser, £7.99 Superdrug

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4 Tumblers, £4, Primark

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Cushion, £3, Primark

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Bath Towels and Face Cloths, Primark

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Glow Highlighter, £9, Topshop

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Khaki Adidas Spezial Trainers, £65, Schuh

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Lace-up Vest, £7.99, H&M

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Pyjamas, £5, Primark

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Shoes, £4, Primark

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Vitamin C Facial Cleansing Polish, £12, The Body Shop

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Pinita Colada Shower Gel, £5, The Body Shop

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Pinita Colada Body Sorbet, £8, The Body Shop

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Rainforest Shine Shampoo and Conditioner, £2 each, The Body Shop

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Blue Ribbed Stripe Long Sleeve Bodysuit, £12.99, New Look

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Black Ribbed Zip Front Bodysuit, £12.99, New Look

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Logo Crew Neck Sweatshirt by Ivy Park, £28, Topshop

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Stone Roses Tee by And Finally, £25, Topshop

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Toiletry Bag, £4, Primark

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This Week’s Favourites | June 5th

Evening! Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend. This week hasn’t been particularly great – I’ve felt really miserable all week. I think it’s probably because of the weather – it’s been so dull and horrid all week. But I’ve cheered up a bit today – the sun’s been out, I’ve finally left the flat after about 3 days, and I’ve got loads to do this week, so I’m feeling much happier. Today, Josh and I went to the cinema to see Warcraft: The Beginning. I wouldn’t say it was a bad film, it just wasn’t our thing (luckily, we have Cineworld Unlimited cards, so it didn’t cost anything). I’ve spent this afternoon cleaning the flat and getting Josh’s dinner ready for tomorrow, so I’m feeling productive and I’m hoping this week will be much better. Here are some of my favourites for this week:

Yankee Candle

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It’s been a while since I last included candles in my favourites, so I thought it’s about time I included it again. I picked up 4 new Yankee Candle votives when I went shopping last week, and I’ve fallen in love with them. They’re so summery – I got Vanilla Lime, Red Raspberry, Summer Peach, and Summer Scoop. I love votives as they’re between £1-2 and have a burn time of about 8 hours, so you can sample them without spending a fortune on the huge Yankee Candle jars. After trying these, I think I’m definitely going to pick up a large Red Raspberry candle.

Greg Harris Print

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Last week, Josh and I went to Kelham Island Museum and picked up this print in the gift shop. It’s one I’ve been wanting for a while now. I absolutely love Sheffield and I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else – Greg Harris has loads of Sheffield prints, and they’re all really great. The Leadmill is one of mine and Josh’s favourite places, so obviously I chose this print. I think it’s really important to support local artists, and as a proud Sheffielder I’m really happy to have this hung in our living room. You can check out some of Greg Harris’ work here. Also, we got this framed at Inframe Gallery, and they’ve done such a good job, so I’d definitely recommend them if you’re in Sheffield and looking for frames or art work.

The People V. OJ Simpson: The Run of His Life by Jeffrey Toobin

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I watched American Crime Story: The People V. OJ Simpson on BBC a couple of months ago and I was completely hooked. I’m obsessed with TV shows about crimes and law (How To Get Away With Murder and Making a Murderer have been two favourites of mine this year). I was aware of the OJ trial, but I didn’t really know much, but after watching the series I became really interested. I’d definitely recommend watching the series – it stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as OJ Simpson, David Schwimmer (Ross from Friends) as Robert Kardashian, John Travolta as Bob Shapiro, and Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark. I bought the book after I’d finished the series but I just put it on the bookshelf and forgot about it. But I started reading it a few days ago and I’ve become obsessed again – it’s written so well and it gives a factual account of the Nicole Brown Simpson murder and the OJ trial. The author, Jeffrey Toobin, was once a lawyer but later became a journalist and he covered the OJ trial for the New York Times. If you enjoy true crime books, I’d definitely recommend reading it.

Ladybower Resevoir

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Yesterday afternoon, Josh and I drove out to Ladybower Resevoir. It’s about a 20 minute drive from Sheffield City Centre. The weather wasn’t very nice – it was really cloudy and overcast, but a bit humid – but we had a lovely time. Doing things like this really makes me appreciate where I live. We just enjoyed walking at the side of the resevoir and getting some fresh air. We didn’t set off until around 3ish, so we said that next time we’re going to go in the morning so we can have a full day of exploring.

Barry M Strobing Cream

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I’m absolutely obsessed with my The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer, and I’ve been a bit hesitant about using cream highlighters. I got this with my Superdrug points, so I wasn’t too bothered whether it’d be good or not as it hadn’t cost me anything. I love Barry M products and this was no exception. There are 2 colours, a bronze one and a pink shimmery one, and I’ve been loving the bronze one. It creates a really dewy look, much more so than the Mary Lou-Manizer, so it’s perfect for summer. It can be built up or worn for a natural look. These cost less than £5 so they’re come of the cheapest highlighting/strobing products I’ve seen. I love how compact it is too – it would easily fit in your handbag if you want to touch up throughout the day, and it’s easy to apply, there’s no brushes needed so you can apply with just a quick sweep.

Bullet Journal

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I’ve seen people going on about Bullet Journalling for months now, but I was quite happy with my Paperchase diary. But now I’ve got loads of stuff coming up and things to plan for, I thought it’d be a good idea to start one. I bought this notebook from Asda – I love how summery it is, the size is perfect, and it’s got blank pages, and it cost between £3-4. I’ve been really enjoying making lists and planning and organising. I’ve been doing it at the end of everyday and I think it’s really therapeutic (maybe that’s just me), and I can’t wait to carry it on through this year.

Payday Wishlist

There’s loads of new things I want lately. I’m doing a lot of travelling over the next few months and I’m so excited, so there’s a few things that I need. I definitely need a suitcase and passport. I’m not buying much makeup- I’ve just cleared out my drawers and found loads of stuff that I don’t use so I don’t think I need any more (I’ll make an exception for a few MAC lipsticks). There’s some homeware bits I want and some clothes, but I’m mostly thinking about what I need to buy for when I’m away. Here’s a few things I plan on buying this month.

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  1. Blue Ribbed Stripe Long Sleeve Bodysuit, £12.99, New Look
  2. Oversized Logo Hoodie by Ivy Park, £32, Topshop
  3. Sarah Ashcroft Grey Holdall, £34.99, Lamoda
  4. Filthy Little Mudblood Gold Foil Art, £12, La La Land
  5. Lipstick in Finally Free (Caitlyn Jenner), £15.50, MAC
  6. Pinita Colada Body Sorbet, £8, The Body Shop
  7. Adidas Superstars, £69.99, Office
  8. Black Snakeskin Print Chain Strap Duffle Bag, £19.99, New Look
  9. iPhone Rainbow Glitter Case, £18, Skinny Dip London
  10. Rose Gold iPhone SE 16gb, £359, Apple
  11. Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter, £13, The Body Shop
  12. Pinita Colada Shower Gel, £5, The Body Shop
  13. Lipstick in Whirl, £15.50, MAC
  14. Adidas Spezial, £64.99, Office
  15. Sarah Ashcroft Grey Croc Purse, £12.99, Lamoda
  16. Lava Lamp Bath Bomb, £3.95, LUSH
  17. The Modfather Bubble Bar, £3.65, LUSH
  18. Sea Salted Caramel, £4.25/100g, LUSH
  19. Dr Paw Paw Original Balm, £6.95, Superdrug
  20. Classic Sheffield Watch, £139, Daniel Wellington
  21. Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder, £22.50, Urban Decay
  22. Skyflite White Quilted Trolley Suitcase £49.99, TK Maxx
  23. Max Factor Clump Defy Extensions by False Lash Effect Mascara, £11.99, Boots