Well, I’m a beauty blogger, so I obviously have to start with makeup! I haven’t worn as much makeup as I would have liked to because of the heatwave (does it still qualify as a heatwave if it lasts a million years, I wonder), but there are some items that I have thoroughly enjoyed using on the days I did wear makeup.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a review about MAC Pro Longwear Concealer and extensively explained why I thought it was the best concealer I’d ever tried. Well, that is still true, obviously, and I just can’t get over the fact that it’s the only concealer that doesn’t budge all day or doesn’t make my under eye area like a crumpled sheet of paper.
Honestly, if you are still toying with the idea of giving it a go (here’s looking at you, Nathalie), you. have. to. try. it. (I’m shade NW20, by the way).
My favourite blogging tool lately has been Canva. In case you don’t know, it’s a graphic-design tool website that works with a drag-and-drop system to help you create beautiful designs for your blog. I’ve used it for a plethora of things: Pinterest graphics, infographics, some of my blog feature images, and the Twitter and Instagram pictures I use when I promote my posts.
Here’s an infographic that I’ve created for my blog:
There are many free features, of course, but if you want to enjoy Canva to the fullest, you’ll have to get a membership of $12.95 USD monthly. After using the free features for a few weeks and noticing how much I enjoyed it, I decided to take the plunge and go for the premium plan. I don’t regret it one bit.
Two months ago, in my May Favourites, I mentioned my adorable chocolate Labrador, Dexter. Tikka, our Border Collie, read the post and was reasonably upset that she hadn’t been chosen. I now have to make amends.
Tikka, I know I complain a lot about your energetic, relentless, demanding personality, but just know that I love you to bits and if I could go back in time and change anything about the day I decided to bring you into our home, I wouldn’t. You are the most amazing dog I have ever tried to hug (Tikka isn’t the cuddly kind, you see).
Queer Eye 2018 is a reboot of the series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy in which five gay men come and help a straight guy who needs a bit of help in life. Each one of the fab five has a field of expertise: food & wine, interior design, culture, fashion and grooming.
These guys have amazing personalities and always do everything with the utmost kindness and benevolence. If you’re anything like me, you’ll often find yourself getting teary eyed at the end of each episode.
I don’t have much time to watch Netflix because my main source of entertainment is YouTube (and saying stupid things on Twitter). In my most recent favourites, I mentioned YouTube veteran Shane Dawson, but this month my favourite person to watch has been Jack Emory.
Jack is a 23-year-old self-taught makeup artist from the UK and he’s gained quite a bit of traction on Instagram these past three or four years. He’s incredibly talented and it’s no surprise that he has almost 500k followers on the platform.
A couple of years ago, he decided to start his YouTube channel. He does first impressions, reviews, tutorials and, you know, the whole beauty guru thing. For some reason, I find his voice soothing and his self-deprecating, sarcastic sense of humour irresistible.
If you’re into makeup and sarcasm, go and check him out!
What have you particularly enjoyed this month (apart from electric fans and air con)?
Here’s another Canva graphic. Feel free to pin it!