Summer Favourites – July

I haven’t been feeling very inspired as of late, blogging-wise. That being said, I have had a really good week, so I suppose this is my way of telling you about it with a vague sort of structure.

Makeup – Bourjois Rouge Velvet Matte Lipstick

I decided to treat myself after finishing my exams back in June, and bought this on a bit of an impulse – very out of the blue for me, I’m normally very frugal when it comes to makeup and clothes. I’ve used Bourjois lipstick before and loved it, and the fact that these are marketed as lipsticks despite having a brush applicator and being more liquid-y had me intrigued. I’ve never seen lipstick like it! I was so pleased with this lipstick. Not only does it dry really quickly and is completely matte, it’s so pigmented, making it lovely and bright – the 04 Peach Club I opted for is actually more of a reddy-peach than orange which although unexpected looks great. They’re only 9 pounds each and you definitely get what you pay for. I’ve worn mine nearly every day since, and as soon as payday rolls around on the 26th I will almost certainly be purchasing one of the pinker shades.

Books – We Were Liars by E. Lockheart & If I Stay by Gayle Forman

I’d first heard about We Were Liars from Lex’s video, but then a close friend of mine suggested I give it a go as well. I’ve only read 20 chapters so far, but it’s already very good. I’ve just searched the book on Google to see some other reader’s reviews, but everyone is being very cryptic about it (I’m guessing that means I’m in for a traumatic surprise twist ending?) I’ll leave it at that though. Once I’ve finished it I’ll give you a full review and hopefully a few more coherent thoughts. The next book I’m hoping to dive into after We Were Liars is If I Stay, by Gayle Forman. Again, I know very little about the actual plot. What I can tell you is that it’s been made into a film starring Chloe Moretz that’s coming out sometime soon, and the trailer had me hooked. The IMDb blurb for the film was annoyingly vague, and the book blurb was even worse. This is the film’s description:

‘Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined.’

Which, cool. Again, I’ll report back once I’ve finished it. I’m excited to watch and read, though!

Film – The Fault In Our Stars (12A) 

Any review of The Fault In Our Stars that I ever give will be biased. I read the book when it first came out (but don’t worry, I’m not one of those obnoxious fans,) and I fell in love with the whole thing. Augustus, Hazel, Isaac, the biggest weepy moment for me when reading the book actually came from something Hazel’s dad says to her towards the end. The film’s been dubbed by some as depressing, and I suppose if you’re not really a crier or have no attachment to the book then I can see why you’d think that. Maybe I’m just blinded by my initial  love for the book, but I actually think it’s quite refreshing and uplifting – there’s a very positive message throughout the film to grab life by the balls and make the most of what you’ve got, which I love. The film doesn’t miss out much of what’s in the book, and I felt it was a very true adaption. I don’t really agree with the idea of romanticizing cancer (and the applause when Hazel and Augustus made out in the Anne Frank house was just weird,) but overall I loved it. If you love a good teen romance and you’re prepared to possibly have a little cry (or a big one, if you’re me) then I highly recommend seeing TFIOS.

Music – George Ezra & 5 Seconds of Summer

My two favourite music acts of the moment are brought to you by the gig tickets I’ve bought this
morning. I’m seeing George Ezra on the 24th October at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, and 5SOS at the SSE Arena Wembley on the 12th June, both in London. As someone who can go through phases of wallowing in self-pity, it’s great to find yourself a distraction and for me that’s having plans to look forward to as well as things to do in the present. So, gigs! I’d describe George Ezra as quite mellow and folk-y (you’ve probably heard his song Budapest) and 5 Seconds of Summer are good old pop-punk. I would call them a guilty pleasure, but who am I kidding? I’ve never felt guilty listening to them, even if I’m older than all of them. Whatev.

Place – West Midlands Safari Park

Finally, I went to West Midlands Safari Park with one of my besties for a day out last Thursday (on my results day – I got a 2:1 overall, which I was over the moon with!) All of the animals were so fab, including Sutton the baby elephant who was definitely my favourite. Another personal ‘highlight’ was being accosted by quite a lot of goats on a ‘goat walk’, which would undoubtedly be a part of a real-life safari. WMSP also has a theme park, which we loved despite being surrounded by primary school children who completely abused the concept of queuing. Oh well. We rammed a fair few of them on the dodgems later in the day.

I was completely in my element.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this style of post!

Until next time,

Emma x


8 thoughts on “Summer Favourites – July

    1. Hi Abi! That’s what made me buy one in the first place – I’d nipped into Boots as soon as I got to town, spent a good three hours mooching and by the end of the day it was still just as bright and hadn’t smudged! They’re so brilliant, I hope you love them as much as I do 🙂 xx

    1. They do! I’m exactly the same, don’t worry. I tried to become a lipstick person last summer but everything I bought was a bit rubbish 😦 I put some of this on before I went out this morning – since then I’ve had a few drinks and eaten a whole pizza (whoops) and my lips were almost as red as they were to start with. So if that’s anything to go by, they do a pretty good job! x

    1. Definitely give them a shot! I’m glad you loved TFIOS too – so many people have told me they didn’t like it. Not sure we watched the same film!
      and of course, I’m in need of some new makeup so I’m gonna read through your posts as a starting point!


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