It’s July and things are just starting to open up in the UK. After four months of nothing, shops, restaurants and other businesses are slowly opening their doors. Despite a bizarre few months I discovered LOTS of new favourites, so here’s a look at what I’ve been loving.
1- Everything Charlotte Tilbury
For the first two months of lockdown I bought very little then I went on several beauty splurges. Charlotte Tilbury was one of my chosen brands and I don’t regret buying any of it!
My top bits I bought from her are:
-The Airbrush Bronzer in Medium
I only fell in love with bronzer last year but it was this one that really made me fall in love. It’s the most natural matte bronzer that gives a beautiful sunkissed glow.
-Beauty Light Wand Highlighter in Spotlight
This gorgeous, creamy highlighter is described as a ‘candlelit gold’ shade. It’s a stunning cool toned silvery gold that lasts all day once applied and applies to skin like an absolute dream.
-Superstar Lips in the shade Sexy Lips
I’ve bought several CT lipsticks recently that deserve a shoutout such as ‘In Love With Olivia’ but ‘Sexy Lips’ is my star pick.
A glossy, shiny pink that works with every single look, I’ve already bought a backup tube as it’s just so good.
-Pillow Talk Eyeliner
I’ve never really been into pencil eyeliners but that all changed once I tried this gorgeous burgundy brown. It’s an unusual shade that stands out but still works with classic makeup looks and I love how it compliments my brown eyes.
One of the best parts of lockdown for me has been time to bake. Pre-lockdown I only had time for meals and baking was a stressful, added component I had no real time for.
Now I find myself excited to create something new each week and to challenge myself.
Before lockdown I exercised regularly but not as much as now. Since lockdown I signed up to HIIT sessions where we do a mixture of classes (including weights) five times a week and I do one/two live yoga or pilates classes a day. I’d never done pilates before lockdown but I love it! It’s given me great core strength and it’s a great all-round workout.
4- Days Out
In June a few places started opening up. We was able to go fruit picking and explore the local towns and villages nearby which were beautiful, as well as hitting the beach another weekend.
Even though not everything was open and nothing is as it was, it was so lovely to get out and to be able to do things like before.
5- Agnes Keith Books
Last year I travelled to Borneo and one of the recommended attractions was Agnes Keith’s House. I’d never heard of the American author until I visited and after I was so fascinated and moved by her story, I purchased all three of her books on life in Borneo.
Agnes was an American who married British Harry. They moved to Borneo as he was conservator of the rainforests and they later had a son George. Her first book ‘Land Below The Wind’ is all about their adventures in the rainforest, the ups and downs of living in the land below the wind and is an excellent, adventurous book.
Her second novel ‘Three Came Home’ has a completely different tone as it’s during WW2 when Agnes, Harry and George were captured and kept as prisoners of war. I found this book heartbreaking and moving but so powerful. I loved it even more than her first book.
Her final novel is ‘White Man Returns’ which I’ll be making a start on this week. I can highly recommend reading this collection of books.
6- TV Shows (Normal People/Dark Tourist/After Life)
Before lockdown I rarely watched any TV or shows at all, let alone a whole series! Lately with a bit more time on my hands I’ve watched quite a few in a short period of time. Normal People has been one of my favourites, I loved the characters, the filming locations and not knowing what would happen next. I enjoyed the show so much that I’ve bought the book which the show was adapted from, so I’m excited to read it.
I also got into Dark Tourist. I love travel and I love learning about unusual new experiences or places you can visit, so I found this easy watching of an evening.
Lastly, I’ve just finished season one and am currently speeding through season two of After Life. It’s the sort of very British, dark sarcastic comedy that I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy but it’s just such a great show.
7- The Vegan Kind Box (Captain Kombucha & Fuel 10K Chunky Chocolate Granola)
In May and June I ordered two boxes from The Vegan Kind. I’ve discovered so many great new products from trying these boxes but the June box in particular was fantastic! I’ve never liked Kombucha but I’ve now found one that I really enjoy and the protein granola is amazing, I’ve started buying a box each week when I go food shopping.
So that’s just some of my favourites. I think at the end of July I’ll share even more as there’s so much I’m currently loving. Let me know if you enjoyed this post.