Omg. So many empties. To be fair, the mascaras aren't actually empty, they've just reached that point where I'm very conscious that I've had them open waaaay longer than the six-month rule, so I've finally got round to rotating them out to try some new ones before I give myself an eye infection. #BadBeautyBlogger
Might Repurchase: Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm | I loved the texture of this on my skin and it worked well to dissolve make-up. I'm obsessed with trying new cleansers though so I don't know when I'll buy this again. // Merumaya Mud Marvels Mask | I really liked this mask, it felt like it did a good job of cleansing my skin without being harsh or drying. // Sure Bright Bouquet Anti-Perspirant | I never feel like spray deodorants are as effective as cream/stick ones, I just tend to keep one in my bag to freshen up - this did the job & smells quite nice! // Dr Organic Manuka Honey Conditioner | I'm still not 100% sold on the scent of this, which was very strong, but it did leave my hair feeling soft and well-conditioned.
Won't Repurchase: Superdrug Dry Skin Relief Lotion | I've had this ages, having obviously bought it before I figured out that my eczema hates Mineral Oil. I've used it up for the sake of finishing it. // Blistex Orange & Mango Lip Balm | This was a Poundland buy and whilst it smelt/tasted amazing, it wasn't the most moisturising, so I'd probably skip it in future. // Dove Maximum Protection Anti-Perspirant | I actually didn't mean to buy this (I thought it was the Sure one in very similar packaging) and it didn't work as well for me, so once I've used up the other one (trust me to buy two of the wrong thing!) I won't be buying again. // Tarte Gifted Mascara | Despite the packaging being bloomin' gorgeous, this was distinctly average as far as mascaras go, and it smelt weird. // Dr Organic Aloe Vera Shampoo | This smelt good but doesn't seem very well suited to my super-oily scalp - perfectly nice but not for me! // Maybelline Full N' Soft Mascara | I'm clearly not very loyal to mascara! This was alright, but I don't think it's actually even available in the UK? // Nuxe Rêve de Miel Hand Cream | Unpopular opinion alert; I don't really like the scent of Nuxe products. I just thought it was too strong in this, which isn't ideal when your hands are as sensitive as mine.
I've decided to stop doing my 'Six Mini Reviews' posts as they'd started to feel like an obligation rather than something I was writing because I wanted to... But I still want to share the sample sachets I've tried, so you'll be finding a wee round-up in each month's post!
You can catch up with the goals I set myself for July if you're interested in the full post... Otherwise, read on to see how I got on!
Clefairy-inspired make-up look?! Pokémon Go has really taken over this month and I love her creativity in coming up with this look!
the dangerous side of wellness blogs really stuck a chord with me. Having worked with young people with eating disorders, I totally agree with Rhianna that a lot of the current "clean eating" movement can encourage extremely unhealthy relationships with food, which can be so incredibly destructive and in the worst cases, fatal. Bonus: her post on being relatable as a blogger is also a crackin' read!
17 things that happen when you start playing Pokémon Go and it was disturbingly accurate!
three-month update post about her gorgeous daughter Daisy Nelle. I've followed Charlotte's blog for years and have read with baited breath through the first six weeks of Daisy's life, spent in hospital; I was so pleased for them all when she was finally able to go home, and it's amazing to hear how well little Daisy is doing now!
Here on The Indigo Hours, favourite posts have included how to set goals (+ achieve them!), a 'Summer Styles' make-up look with the #BeautiesOnFire collab, and my top tips for nailing a graduate job interview. Make sure to check them out if you haven't already!!
July in Summary
It's actually been quite a weird month; I worked a few shifts at the start of the month in my old job, and spent most of the rest of the month waiting for DBS clearance to come through to start my new one. It's finally arrived and I've got a start date of the 1st of August (tomorrow! eek!) so July has been a bit of a limbo really. I meant to get a bit ahead with my blogging and get a few posts scheduled in so I'm not stressing when I do finally start the new job, but, erm, then Pokémon Go happened and I became utterly distracted with trying to catch a Jigglypuff, so we'll just have to see how August goes I guess! Please bear with me if things are here, there and everywhere over the next couple of weeks...
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