Oh my goodness, June has been busy. Relaxing, too. And then busy again. With a work trip to Poland for my husband, quickly followed by a stag weekend in Edinburgh, and then our family holiday to Kos, with a brief jaunt to London for me for the BritMums Live conference, it's been non-stop. And non-stop packing, unpacking, washing and ironing, unfortunately. Looking at our diaries, July and August, while quieter on the travel front, are shaping up to be months of fun and parties with lots of birthdays to celebrate and my little brother's wedding. And the sun's due to come out for a while, too. Is summer finally here? Is it? I hope so. It will finally meen that my pedicures aren't in vain and I can wear sandals outside of the house. Yippee!
But for now, with June at an end (we're officially halfway through the year, yikes), here's my monthly 'Things I'm Loving Lately'.
I've been a huge fan of Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish since I received a sample in a Birchbox months ago but when I stumbled across the Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm in Boots, I wondered if it could be a cheaper alternative. And it is! It's a very different texture to the Liz Earle version but it smells divine and leaves my skin super soft and clean. It's currently on special offer for £5.99 if you fancy trying it. I'm stocking up!
I don't whether any of you are fans of Marks & Spencers? Personally, I love their jeans. Well, earlier this month, they were giving aways a summer essentials beauty box to anyone that spent over £50. As I needed some bits and pieces for our holidays, I popped to my local store to pick one up. The box was jammed with lovely things but here are my top three favourites that I would definitely buy again.
Ultrasun Face SPF 30 : The is the best suncream ever! I've struggled for years to find a cream that doesn't leave my face shiny or my pores clogged. And this is it! Two applications a day and I did not burn once under the hot Greek sun. Loved it!
Philip Kingsley Swimcap: I love Philip Kingsley hair products but the swimcap was a new one for me. If you spray it on your hair after getting out of the pool or sea it prevents drying and damaging. It really works so is definitely one to add to your shopping list if you're heading off on holiday.
Leighton Denny nail polish: I'd never heard of this brand. Did you know about it? Am I behind the times? Anyway, it was so nice. Really easy to apply and lasted for days. It might not overtake Essie in my affections but it's a great polish.
Now I don't know about you but I pour over magazines before I'm about to head off on holiday. What should I wear on the beach? Which outfits can take me from pool to pool bar to pre-dinner pina coladas? Do people really wear statement necklaces with their swimsuits? Tough questions, right? But for all the outfits that I considered and all the kaftans that I bought and returned, these are the things that I got the most wear out of and felt the most comfortable in - Gap sundress (similar), Salt-Water sandals, New Look clutch, Joules tankini (currently on sale), White Stuff trilby (similar). In the future, I'm going to ignore what the magazines say and just buy variations on these outfits.
Because we've been so busy, I'm midway through quite a few home projects but don't have any finished ones to share with you just yet. I'm still head over heels for the Heidi Swapp marquee lights that I made from the One Stop Craft Shop though. They are uh-mazing. I'm definitely getting 'CHRISTMAS' for the window in our living room come December. A green and gold theme? What do you think?
I'm happy to report that I'm going to be working with magazine.co.uk this year (more on that in am upcoming post) and will be receiving Olive magazine every month. Apparently, it's the stylish, monthly magazine for food lovers who enjoy cooking, eating out and foodie travel. I was so excited when my first copy arrived last week and will be sharing a bit more from it, and my culinary adventures, next month.
AND FINALLY ...
Just so you know how serious I am about thoroughly testing the beauty products that I recommend, I've hired an assistant to give them a good going over too. The things I do for you, dear readers. The things I do for you.