It’s (a little late) monthly favourites time for July (how is it already August?!). I found July a hard month to pick favourites for in some categories, because I was either dealing with a sick baby or was sick myself for most of the month. But it made other categories (like what I’ve been watching and reading) much easier than usual!
If you haven’t seen my other favourites posts, this is a monthly post series where I’ll be sharing my ‘favourites’ for the month – products, food, clothes, books and anything else I’m loving and couldn’t get enough of in the last month.
First up is an oldie but a goodie, I’ve mentioned the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel in a previous favourites post but this month I started a new bottle so it warranted another mention. I’m still yet to stray from this cleanser and test the waters with another one going on 9 months now so it’s definitely cementing itself as an essential part of my skincare routine. The only downside of it is that I have to order it from overseas so I do need to be organised and make sure I have one in the bathroom cupboard ready to go when I run out.
The next beauty favourite is the BECCA Backlight Priming Filter* which I first got in a travel sized bottle in the Anna and Lily Cult Beauty Box. I was pretty sure I would love it but wanted to give it a trial run before I bought a full size bottle and it’s safe to say I definitely do love it. All my other primers have been left languishing in my makeup stash and this gets trotted out every time I’m applying makeup. I usually dot it on my face and use the Beauty Blender to blend it in before I start with my base. It adds a nice glow without the dreaded sparkliness. It’s definitely earning its keep in my makeup bag.
My final beauty favourite from July was Jamberry nail wraps, which I know have been around for so long but I finally got sucked into trying them and I really love them. I stopped painting my nails a while ago due to a combination of a lack of time, Grace constantly trying to put my fingers in her mouth and my nail polish chipping after a few days every time (because I’m quite hard on my hands these days with lots of nappy changes, washing hands and washing up). I just didn’t have time to let my nails dry and I was worried Grace would get bits of nail polish in her mouth when they started to chip. But the nail wraps make it pretty easy because it doesn’t really matter if I have to stop in the middle or straight after doing them to get Grace and I don’t have to worry about her getting nail polish in her mouth. I’ve tried out 2 designs so far and while I definitely need a bit more practice at applying them effectively I think I’ll be using these wraps on my nails for quite some time!
I had been eyeing off this Marcs scarf for a while before I bought it and I’m so glad I did. It’s super cute with it’s heart print and the blue and red are great colours for me. I am a bit of a sucker for pretty scarves and this one is a great addition to my collection. (Sadly it doesn’t look like it’s available online anymore but there might still be some in stores if you want to try and hunt it down).
The other scarf I have loved wearing lately is this navy leopard print scarf from Pink Deer. I’m not normally a leopard print girl at all but this one is gorgeous and the navy, black and white are more great colours for me. I especially love how it looks with my burgundy Country Road knit! (This one is saying it’s sold out online so if you want to get it for yourself maybe check with them to see if they’re getting it back in stock soon).
With the end of Game of Thrones for another year I’ve decided to reread A Song of Ice and Fire*, the book series Game of Thrones is based on. I originally bought all the books on my iPad for ease of reading them (they are huge books) but I will admit I do find ebooks harder to read than paper books. I would love to buy the series in real book form (and I feel like I would probably read them quicker that way) but I just can’t justify it right now. I’m about halfway through rereading Game of Thrones (the first book) and I’m loving reading it with all the new knowledge I have from the latest series.
When I saw Liane Moriarty had a new book out, I had to get it. I loved Big Little Lies* and What Alice Forgot* so I picked up her new novel, Truly Madly Guilty*, when I saw it sitting in the bookshop at Stu’s work. It was great and I had finished it within a couple of days of getting it. I really like her style of writing and I always need to know the mystery that forms the central story in her books which makes for a great page turner. I definitely recommend picking it up, she always delves into some interesting issues and the story is so compelling.
When Grace was sick (and then when I was sick) in July we couldn’t do much as Grace needed and wanted to be held almost constantly so I quickly scrolled through Netflix to find something that I could binge watch while stuck on the couch for days on end. I’d never watched Gilmore Girls before so I thought now would be a great time to watch it and I really enjoyed it. So far I’m just into the start of season 6 and I’ll be so sad once I’ve finished it but I have a feeling it will be one of the series I re-watch many times in the future.
I also started watching The Bachelor in July. I’m not ashamed to admit it. It’s actually really enjoyable reality tv and I love tuning in to see what the drama is each week. What adds to the fun of watching it is that Stu will sit on the couch with me while I’m watching and says he’s playing on his phone, but he chimes in with some great commentary now and then which is totally worth it. (He also pays a lot more attention to it than I realised because he ‘accidentally’ ended up in a conversation about the contestants with some of the women at work and revealed that he does actually watch it to the people he works with!)
I don’t think I’ve mentioned this podcast in my monthly favourites before but it’s definitely in my Favourite Podcasts post. It’s called What Should I Read Next and it’s hosted by Anne Bogel from Modern Mrs Darcy. It’s such a fun podcast and so good for book recommendations. The premise of the podcast is ‘literary matchmaking’ – the guests tell Anne 3 books they love, 1 book they hate and what they’re currently reading and Anne comes up with 3 book recommendations for what they should read next. I always find peoples book loves and hates so interesting and lots of the books Anne recommends I’ve never heard of so I’m constantly hearing about new books that sound really interesting and I’ve added to my already large ‘to be read’ list.
My other podcast that has been a ‘must listen’ in the past month is This Family Life with Nicole Avery (from Planning with Kids). I love listening to parenting podcasts at the moment and getting ideas for how to better organise our lives from other families and situations. Each episode has a different focus and interviews a mum in different family makeups and working situations but I am always getting little tips and tricks for how to make life easier and more enjoyable from this podcast. Definitely worth a listen if you’re looking for how to add some more organisation into your life to free up your time to enjoy your family more.
So those are my favourites for July! What have been your favourites lately?
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