July Favourites + Highlights

In the second half of the month I really picked up my reading game and the total number of books I finished in July is four, an average of one a week. I’ve been having lazy weekends and I’ve been enjoying curling up on the couch watching movies and TV shows or with a book. Work has been super busy recently so it’s nice to wind down at the weekend and recharge for the week ahead. I’m very much looking forward to having a couple of weeks off at the beginning of September. Towards the end of the month I did some online shopping and as I type this post I am waiting for three orders to arrive… oops! 😛

Onto this month’s favourites:

1. Zoella x Colourpop Brunch Date Palette – This eyeshadow palette has been a real grower and every time I use it I like it more. I know some people were disappointed with the shades but the colours are really nice and there’s an even mix of mattes and shimmers. I still haven’t been brave enough to use the blue but I do plan on applying it to the lower lash line with a pencil brush when I next feel like experimenting. Having never tried makeup from Colourpop until I purchased this palette I am impressed, the formula of these shadows is lovely and the shades are pigmented and last well throughout the day. Initially a few of the matte shades seemed more difficult to blend but the more I use them I don’t think that’s the case. I find sometimes with makeup it has to be worn in a little and the shades do in fact blend nicely.

2. Zoeva 102 Silk Finish Brush – I recently mentioned this brush as one of My Favourite Makeup Brushes. It is comparable to the Expert Face Brush by Real Techniques. The brush blends foundation easily and the head of the brush isn’t too big for my small face. Product does apply nicely with this brush and it doesn’t cake up or take a long time to blend into the skin. The brush is made with Taklon bristles so it’s super soft and washes up well.

3. Palmers Moisture Rich Night Cream – This is a repurchase and picking it up again has made me realise why I liked it so much the first time. I like this better than other evening moisturisers I’ve tried. The texture of the cream is light and product sinks into the skin easily keeping it soft and well moisturised. The cream doesn’t feel greasy or drying and the slight cocoa butter and shea scent is pleasant. When I use this product alongside Trilogy’s Very Gentle Restoring Facial Oil it’s a dream combination!

4. Agatha Christie mysteries – I’m a sucker for an Agatha Christie mystery! Her stories are simply written but they’re so compelling and gripping. It doesn’t take me long to read a Poirot or a Marple because they’re written in a way that makes me want to keep reading. The last story of Agatha Christie’s I read – ‘Nemesis’ – took me less than two days. I understand for some readers her stories may not be super thrilling and action packed but the plot is always good.

5. Cricket World Cup Final – Something not many people know about me as I’m quite partial to watching one day cricket when New Zealand is playing and matches are on free to air television – which isn’t very often. I’d been following New Zealand’s progress throughout the tournament and we did well initially but there was a moment it looked like we might not make the semi-finals. A lot of people thought India would beat us in the semi-final but I felt so proud when I heard we made the final for the second consecutive time. I was even more excited to watch the final which started late on Sunday July 14th as I didn’t have to get up and go to work the next day. I did well to stay up all night and only fell asleep briefly during England’s innings. For the last hour of the game I was nervous and couldn’t sit still, I was literally pacing on the spot because of how close the game was going to be. New Zealand lost by the smallest margin but I personally believe we won the game, we just didn’t get to lift the trophy. The pride the rest of New Zealand felt after that game is amazing. Whilst it was sad not to win, I am extremely proud to be a Kiwi!

July Highlights

  • Someone left a KitKat in my pigeon hole at work.
  • Went out for wedges on one of my lunch breaks.
  • Placed my second Colourpop order.
  • Did some online shopping in the last weekend of July; purchased a MAC blush I’ve wanted for ages, a necklace and a couple of clothing items.

July’s Spotify Playlist:


How was your month? Share one of your highlights in the comments!

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28 thoughts on “July Favourites + Highlights

  1. Caroline says:

    I’m going to the states in a couple of weeks and I think I may have to get the Zoella x Colourpop Brunch Date Palette! It’s so pretty and I’m actually so intrigued in using that beautiful blue! I sometimes think that the colourpop pressed matte shadows have like a weird film on them when you first use them and it makes them a bit harder to use at first and then the next layer is fine! xx

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    • Chanelle says:

      Hope you’re able to pick up the palette! I’m excited to use the blue but it’s more about what look to pair with it 😂 interesting what you say about the film on top of matte eyeshadows, I sometimes find once you get in to using a product it performs better x

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  2. Erica says:

    I’ve only read one Agatha Christie novel. I think it was called ‘And Then There Were None’ but it was originally called ‘Ten Little Indians.’ It was soooo good and thrilling to read!

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    • Chanelle says:

      I hadn’t tried anything from Colourpop until earlier this year and this palette is really pretty, a good staple palette for those who like neutrals and a mix of shimmers and mattes. I still want to know who gave me the KitKat haha!

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  3. alwayscleia says:

    I’m glad you’re loving brunch date so much! I can’t wait to see what’s in your second order from Colourpop.
    I’ve never read an Agatha Christie mystery but I’ve been meaning too, maybe I can find some time for summer reading soon!

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  4. ayrgalaxy says:

    Glad you liked Colourpop’s formula. They’re really great and very affordable. Cant wait to see what you purchased from them!
    Also great job on reading a total of four books! I’m still working on my first lmao.

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    • Chanelle says:

      The shade selection and range of formulas from Colourpop is good too! My order arrived yesterday so a post will hopefully be up by the end of August. I’ve got some time off work coming up in September so it will be interesting to see how many books I get read during this time 😊 what book are you reading?

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      • ayrgalaxy says:

        Oh yay I’m so excited to see what you got! hopefully you get to play with all that new makeup soon too 🙂
        currently I’m reading The Great Gatsby because the other books I wanted weren’t available LOL my next one is called “Everything is Fucked” by Mark Manson haha

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      • Chanelle says:

        Is that Mark Manson book the follow up to The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k? I need to read the follow up, loved the first book! I’ve started playing with some of the makeup already haha 😊

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    • Chanelle says:

      Aww sorry to hear that, what happened? Hope August is good to you 😊 Zoe’s palette is really nice, a good one if you don’t have many neutral palettes or like Colourpop’s formula. No one has ever owned up about the chocolate lol x

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  5. Courtney says:

    I’m a sucker for Agatha Christie mysteries too!! Have you seen that show called The ABC Murders? Oh my GOODNESS, it’s so good! I think it’s on Amazon Prime?
    Also, love lazy weekends to unwind from busy work weeks. Curling up on the couch with a good book, TV show, or movie is my favorite!
    And how exciting that you get to take a couple weeks off in September!!

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    • Chanelle says:

      Aww yay, another Agatha Christie fan! I haven’t seen The ABC Murders series but I’ve read the book and seen the episode with David Suchet as Hercule Poirot 😊 I’ll admit most of my weekends are lazy weekends – I get so tired from work during the week I don’t always feel like getting out and about on the weekend. I’m very much looking forward to the time off, it’ll be the first time I’ve had more than one week off and in the two years I’ve been at my job I’ve only had three weeks off in total so it’s due!

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      • Courtney says:

        I hadn’t read the book, so the show was all new to me! Did you like the film adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express?
        I get it, I often feel that way on weekends too! It’s hard to have energy to do things when you’ve been working so hard during the week. Oh yay I’m so glad you will have such a nice time off from work!

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      • Chanelle says:

        I have seen the movie of Murder On the Orient Express, it was good because I know the story and it’s well written but I like the book more 😊 have you seen it? Hope you’re having an enjoyable weekend!

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      • Courtney says:

        I thought they did a pretty good job with the movie! I certainly liked all of the talent they brought in for actors & actresses and that they seemed to put a lot of quality work into the film adaptation. 🙂

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  6. Hunida says:

    Can you believe I’ve never read an Agatha Christie Mystery? I totally need to! So cute how you enjoy cricket so much. 🙂 There really are no sports I’m into like that! Sounds like you recently made some awesome purchases, too!! LOVE that song Hate Me on your playlist. ❤

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