July Favourites '19

Monday, 29 July 2019

July has been the first month in a while where i've actually been excited about a bunch of stuff that I wanted to share with you, so thought it was time to dust off my ol' rusty Favourites posts and give you an update on things i've been loving! This month has given us a (revolting) heatwave, (equally as revolting) Boris Johnson as the Prime Minister, and a proposal from your fave gal (me, duh), but here's a few more highlights...

BEAUTY PRODUCT: L’Oréal Paris C’est Magic BB Cream.
After literal years of searching, I have finally found a tinted moisturiser that actually does something! The L’Oréal Paris C’est Magic BB Cream is a perfect inbetween of moisturiser and coverage, and this has become my absolute go-to for everyday wear. Worn with a touch of concealer, this cream gives you a really natural base that wears down naturally throughout the day, rather than giving that cakey, broken-down look that foundation can deliver after a full day at work. The product comes in only 3 shades, but is one of those that starts out white and then adapts to your skin tone. I was super skeptical of this actually working, but I was pleasantly surprised with the results and will definitely be re-purchasing.

TV SHOW: Are You The One?
Now I love a good bit of MTV trash telly (anyone else buzzin that Teen Mom UK is back?! No? Just me?), but Are You The One? is something that I never delved into until now. That's because it's current series is the first of it's kind; exclusively for sexually fluid people. In simple terms, it's a dating series that uses modern "technology" to help contestants find love, but with the entire cast being interested in all gender identities, you can imagine the dramas that unfold along the way. Speaking out about the change of direction, Executive Producer Rob LaPlante said “In previous seasons [the cast] hadn’t been through as much of a struggle. A lot of the people this season come to us having battled the world in terms of accepting them and accepting the way they look at sexuality and coming out. Struggle in anyone’s life makes them a more interesting person. It’s a growth mechanism.” While the show is very out-there and somewhat wild, it does feature some really heartfelt moments, like this one with Kai and Jenna. 10/10 recommend watching if you're interested in the queer community.

YOUTUBER: Imogenation.
I've really got into storytime videos on YouTube recently, and one of the stand-out's for me has been Imogen Hudson, aka Imogenation. The 26 year old's channel explores fashion, beauty, vlogs, challenges, and probably most popularly, storytimes. Imogen has a tough backstory of several accounts of severe bullying, and she shares her experiences so candidly in these videos. Her bubbly, fun personality is executed so wonderfully in these videos, without taking away the seriousness of the subjects. The 'Failed Friendships' series (part 1 above) is a wild ride from start to finish, and Imogen kindly donates any Adsense earnings on these videos to relatable charities. 

EVENT: Craig David @ Kew Gardens, London.
I mean, this was a given really wasn't it? There's no point in me repeating myself but if you've been asleep for the last month, here is what went down at the Craig David show. (No, i'm still not over it).

SONG: Mother's Daughter - Miley Cyrus.
If you had told me 5 years ago that I would be writing positively about Miley Cyrus I would've quite simply laughed at you. It's no secret that i've never really been a huge fan of Miss Cyrus, but the release of Mother's Daughter completely turned this around for me. I absolutely love the message (alright Keith Lemon) in the song, and the video adds to it's power.

VIDEO: How Do You Sleep? - Sam Smith.
Anyone that knows me will know that I quite simply adore Sam Smith no matter what he does, but his latest release How Do You Sleep? completely sky-rocketed my love for the 27 year old singer. The single is catchy - as they all are - but the video is to die for. Sam takes on some minimal but beautiful choreography in the visuals, which are enough to see anyone imitating the moves at every listen. I am hooked!

ALBUM: No. 6 Collaborations Project - Ed Sheeran.
Yep, Ed Sheeran has gone and done it yet again; another album I simply cannot turn off. Flying straight to number 1 (of course), Ed's latest release see's him team up with a never-ending list of stars. From Justin Bieber to Stormzy, and 50 Cent to Bruno Mars, this collaborations record visits an array of genres along the way. Personal favourites of mine are Take Me Back To London, Beautiful People, Antisocial, Remember The Name and BLOW. But a massive standout and all-time favourite for me is South of the Border which sees Ed team up with Camilla Cabello and Cardi B.

What have you been loving this month? Let me know in the comments! 

© Image Source: Miley Cyrus

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