It’s time to check in for my monthly favourites, and I can hardly believe it’s my August Favourites! August was a bit of a big month for me. I started back at work, leaving Grace at home (with my Mother-in-law) for the first time ever, and it was my birthday! Both of those things coupled with concentrating on some big things coming up in September meant that August just flew by. But enough chatting, let’s get into my favourites for August!
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.
The La Roche-Posay Serozinc Spray is a product I had heard beauty bloggers from Europe rave about and waited patiently for it to be stocked here in Australia so I could try it for myself. I know some people are a bit so-so about toners or sprays but I promise you that this one is a beauty. It’s a really light mist that feels like water but it’s full of goodies to soothe and improve your skin (especially oily or blemish prone skin). As you can probably tell by the name it contains zinc, which helps skin to repair from the inside out. Definitely worth a try if you’re looking for a new toner step in your skincare routine.
I have two blush favourites this month, which have been the only two items I have been wearing on my cheeks lately! The first is the Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush in 42 Fraicheurs de Rose which is a tiny little pot of a beautiful pearlescent (but not too shimmery) colour. The pigmentation is great and it even comes with its own little brush which is handy for travel. I actually really love how small this product is. It fits into my makeup bag or my travel bag really nicely and I almost never am able to use up a product before it hits its expiration date (#makeupjunkie) so it’s nice to not be wasting money on more product I’ll never get to use.
My other blush favourite this month is a cream blush, the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Calypso Coral. It’s a lovely bright coral colour which I really love on my skin and it’s so easy to apply! Just dip a finger into the colour and then pat it onto your skin. It lasts for ages and the little compact also has a mirror which is amazing for on-the-go touch ups and travel.
My final beauty favourite this month is another Bobbi Brown product, the Natural Brow Shaper in Rich Brown. The colour is probably one shade lighter than what I need right now because I bought it when my hair was lighter but it’s not as obvious that it’s slightly lighter than my natural colour as a pencil is. It’s really easy to use and helps your brows to stay in place all day. I will say that with products like this I think you need to have a fairly filled in brow to start with because the product clings to your existing eyebrow hairs and thickens them up a bit so if you’re a bit more sparse in the eyebrow department you’ll probably be better off sticking to a pencil to fill in the gaps.
I started back at work in August so my favourites in this section are definitely all about the corporate wear! There is just something about being well dressed at work that makes you feel so much more confident and together. My absolute favourites of my new work purchases (because I had close to no clothes that fit me from my old work clothes) are these two blazers: the cobalt blue one from Portmans and the burgundy one from Jacqui E (sadly no longer available). I love the colours and it’s so different from my usual black.
The other two staples of my work wardrobe which I am absolutely loving are this pencil skirt from Saba (I have it in ‘ink’) and these beautiful tan heels from Jo Mercer*. If you follow me on Instagram (and if not you should!) you will notice that these two items make an appearance in most of my work wear outfit posts!
My August started off with several Liane Moriarty re-reads but I talked all about how much I love these books in this post so I won’t bore you with that again, but my other favourite book of August was The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh*. It was a book I’d heard about on the What Should I Read Next Podcast and I don’t think I would have picked it up if not for the recommendations on that podcast! It follows the story of a girl who has just ‘aged out’ of the foster care system and how she uses the Victorian ‘language of flowers’ as a secret communication tool. It sounds a bit ‘meh’ to describe but it is just a beautiful book and it was so enjoyable to read.
I have about 30 photo editing apps on my iPhone and I go through phases of which ones are my favourites, but this month I’m all about Snapseed. I recently started using it again after not touching it for ages and I am back in love with it. My favourite feature of it at the moment is the ‘selective’ tool which allows you to adjust brightness, contrast and saturation in specific areas of your photos which is so handy when you don’t need to add brightness to the whole image but could brighten a few small spots.
A few months ago Stu and I were trying to figure out a way to share our work commitments, travel and appointments in the easiest way possible and we landed on using the Google Calendar app. It looks really beautiful and is so easy to use but most importantly for us, it’s really simple to share calendars with other people. It also means that I don’t have to rely on Stu remembering to tell me when he’s working late, I can just check the calendar! It has saved us a lot of confusion and angst since we started using it.
I love to-do lists (especially when I’m at work) and I use Todoist for mine. I love it because it’s so easy to keep track of my to-do lists through syncing between my work computer, my iPad and my iPhone. My favourite features are that I can add comments and documents into my tasks and that I can create sublists within a category. So for example, I have a category for ‘work’ but then I have sub projects within that for the different projects I have going on with work. It makes life so easy and I always know how many things I have on my plate at any given time!
So those are my favourites for August! What have been your favourites lately?
Linking up with Kylie Purtell for #IBOT (I blog on Tuesdays)
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