June Favourites + Highlights 2020

June has felt like a very busy month and not always in a good way. My brain has gone back to feeling a little overwhelmed at times and I’ve had a couple of low moments. Everything with Corona is still changing constantly and New Zealand went from having 24 days in a row with no cases to reporting new cases almost every day for the past two weeks. I for one was unaware so many people were returning to the country all at once so that’s why there are new cases but there have been slip ups along the way too – people haven’t always adhered to quarantine rules. It’ll be interesting to see if we have to move back up into different alert levels over the coming weeks/months.

Onto this month’s favourites:

1. MAC Love Me Lipsticks in Hey, Frenchie! and Très Blasé – Since falling in love with the formula of this range back in March when I purchased the shade Laissez-Faire I knew a couple of other shades would soon make their way into my collection. The formula is incredibly comfortable and the perfect mix between MAC’s satin and lustre formulas, the feel of a lustre with lasting power more akin to a satin. Hey, Frenchie! is a deep mauvey nude and Très Blasé is a light peachy beige. Très Blasé does pull pinky-peach on me which I don’t mind, it reminds me of a cross between two of my favourite MAC shades; Syrup and Patisserie.

2. L’Oreal Infallible More Than Concealer – I was a little apprehensive this concealer may not work for my skin as it is more on the matte side of creamy and I have dry skin but it looks so flawless once applied. I purchased the shade 323 Fawn after hearing Arna Alayne mention this numerous times on her YouTube channel, she has fair skin like me and her makeup always looks so beautiful. This concealer is full coverage and literally a few dots around my nose and on my chin is all I need. One layer is ample and this blends in seamlessly using my finger. Setting powder and bronzer apply nicely over top too and surprisingly product doesn’t sink into lines or emphasise dry skin.

3. Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy – Intense Nude – A work colleague gave me this lipstick and I feel very lucky to own such a luxurious item. I hadn’t previously tried anything from Estée Lauder but I know it’s a renowned brand and the products are high quality. Intense Nude is a gorgeous pink-brown shade that’s not too far away from Très Blasé. The formula of this lipstick is extremely soft, it feels like you’ve got nothing on the lips. Colour fades evenly and lasts well throughout the day. This makes such a good work day lipstick and would also be a nice one for date nights.

4. MAC Fix+ Magic Radiance – I am enjoying using setting sprays lately. I featured The Body Shop’s Rose Face Mist in last month’s favourites post and I have also tried out Fix+ Magic Radiance numerous times over the past few weeks. This one is particularly good for dry skin or if you like a healthy glow – it’s packed with Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and essential oils. It has a lovely fresh scent and gives a beautiful dewy look to the skin.

5. Normal People – Over the weekend I finished watching Normal People and really enjoyed it. I read the book a few years ago and the series is very similar, the author was heavily involved with it. I highly recommend watching it if you’re on the fence, certain scenes were emotional to watch and made me cry so have tissues at the ready. The series follows the relationship between Marianne and Connell as they navigate adulthood from their final days in secondary school to their undergraduate years in Trinity College. They weave in and out of each other’s lives and somehow always find themselves drawn back to each other. There is quite a sexual emphasis on Marianne and Connell’s relationship but as a reader/viewer you can’t help but hope they stay together.

June Highlights

  • Unintentional social media detox. Every once in a while I take a bit of time away from social media and go days or a week between posts. I try to upload when I’ve got something to say or share and try not to post for the sake of it.
  • I made two batches of chocolate chunk cookies. Photographic evidence can be found HERE. The second batch came out a lot better than the first, the key is definitely to crush up pieces of chocolate and bake them at a lower temperature. Let me know if you want me to share the recipe!

June’s Spotify Playlist:


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

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24 thoughts on “June Favourites + Highlights 2020

  1. danniijane says:

    I know what you mean I half was used to lockdown but now each day is different but still nothing is as it was. I think I’d rather normality than everything being half open like it is here. But we could have more local lockdowns. So glad you loved Normal People, I so wanted them to be together! Xxx

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    • Chanelle says:

      So many people enjoyed lockdown and want to go back to it haha, everyone was kinder to one another, things were simple, there was less crime and people made do with what they’ve got and were less stressed. People could spend quality time with their partner/family 😊 local lockdowns would be tough, would people not try to go where there wasn’t a lockdown to avoid them?

      The last scene of the last episode of Normal People was emotional 😭 are you going to read the book now you’ve seen the series? xx

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    • Chanelle says:

      MAC lipsticks are some of my favourites, they make so many beautiful shades! New York Apple looks pretty and is such a cute name 🍎 I’ve still been around on Insta, Facebook etc. but only posting when I feel like it x

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  2. chloeburford says:

    I have heard so many good things about normal people and really need to give it a watch – I never even knew it was based off a book?! Your beauty faves are amazing as always! Thank you for sharing sweetie xxx

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  3. Erica says:

    I’ve heard amazing things about Normal People! I’ve seen the trailer and a few clips on YouTube and I’m very intrigued. I took a social media detox in June; it was about time!

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    • Chanelle says:

      Normal People is such a great show, hope you get to watch it at some point 😊 the past couple of weeks have been quieter on social media for me and I haven’t minded it at all, I’ve been seeing others posts, just not sharing a lot personally 🙂

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  4. katieemmabeauty says:

    I hope you’re all ok over there! If it makes you feel any better, we over here in the UK have been sitting here admiring how you’ve been able to manage it (& despairing in how the heck we got here)!

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

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    • Chanelle says:

      Don’t get me wrong NZ has done well but there have been a couple of slip ups too! We were lucky that we didn’t have a large outbreak when our borders closed and we went into lockdown relatively quickly after getting the first cases x

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  5. Reeva says:

    Those Mac lipsticks 😍 I’ve never tried Estée Lauder lipsticks, will definitely give it a try. Love your favorites! P.S. last I heard NZ was in the clear, sad to see all these new cases 😕

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    • Chanelle says:

      This MAC range is stunning! Very lucky to have been given this Estée Lauder shade ☺️

      NZ was in the clear but new cases have resurfaced over the past few weeks sadly. No part of the country is in lockdown which is a good sign but to be honest I didn’t mind lockdown 😅

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  6. Rossy Galaxy says:

    I bet those MAC lippies are amazing 😀
    Where do you watch Normal People? Netflix? Hulu? I’ll have to find the book too on goodreads and at my library so I can read it. I kind of came up with a reading list for the rest of the year so I can always have books at the ready when I’m about to finish reading whatever I had in hand.
    And yay for social media detox. We all need it every once in a while. I’ve stopped posting daily as well, and if I do, I only do it Monday through Thursday, Friday’s too if I push myself but I tend to take the weekend off without meaning to haha
    I hope you have an amazing week! I am so terribly behind, I am hoping I can read at least one week’s worth of content right now before I go to bed 🙂

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    • Chanelle says:

      Such a lovely formula with good pigmentation and decent wear time 🙂 I was watching Normal People on a platform called TVNZ On Demand, TVNZ is one of our main television channel providers and Normal People was added as one of their shows that can be watched online.

      Hope everything is going well for you and you get to catch up on everyone’s posts!

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