The August Edit | Bye Bye Summer 2015

Friday, August 28, 2015

Instead of my usual monthly favourites, I’ve decided to use this post to wrap up the end of the summer by sharing with you all a little summary of how my life has been during the last month of the season. So without further adieu, let’s discuss beauty, holidays and all things summer.

Clarke Couture – A Year in the Making
This summer, which you may already know if you entered my MAC lipstick giveaway – my blog reached its first ever birthday. This was such an amazing milestone for me and I was over the moon to have shared this event with you all by launching my first ever giveaway. So many of you entered and I really hope Alice was happy with her choice of Ruby Woo. Throughout the summer I have had so many amazing brand opportunities, it’s safe to say it has been a pretty exciting eight weeks! From receiving a care package from one of my favourite ever make-up companies NARS Cosmetics to reviewing some amazing products for Wolford and Baker Days. One thing I haven’t actually mentioned on my blog yet is that I’m actually going to be designing my own hand chain alongside accessory company Prairie Charms which shall hopefully be on sale by the end of year, I’m so excited I could burst!! If I could go back in time to when I first began my blog and tell myself I’d have to opportunity to create my own jewellery piece, I’d never believe it. I cannot wait to finally be able to share the finished product with you all.

Results Day
August 13th aka judgement day would be when I would be given either the congratulations or commiserations on making it as a fashion student and thankfully, I did it!! I passed all of my A-Levels and achieved all of the grades I needed to make it into university, as you can imagine I was overjoyed! Starting university is going to be both an exciting yet scary time of my life next month but I can’t wait to get stuck in and finally begin the path towards gaining a job as a fashion and beauty journalist.

Pagan Pride
If you’ve read my latest outfit post, then you’ll know I headed to Nottingham for the day to attend this year’s Pagan Pride event. Paganism is a religion which celebrates all things nature and beauty, my sister is the one within my family who practices the faith but it was such a lovely summer’s day out. Wandering across stalls selling floral crowns and dreamcatchers, then finishing the day off with a few drinks in the Hawaiian themed bars within the town centre; perfect.

Every year, my family and I spend a couple of weeks at my Auntie’s caravan in Wales. I’ve been holidaying here since I was a baby so for me, this place holds a lot of special memories for me. I’ll be posting a holiday look book soon featuring a collection of my favourite outfits which I’ve worn whilst being here… well or the outfits I was able to photograph that day as it wasn’t raining haha! Whilst writing this, it is currently 17:35 and I’m sat inside the caravan feeling traumatized by the strange weather, one moment it’s pouring it down with rain and now it’s lovely and sunny. But I guess that’s the fun of a caravan holiday in Britain; it’s completely unpredictable.

New Blog Schedule
When I begin university on September 21st, my blog shall be returning back to the original schedule of only one upload every week. If you’ve been following me since the beginning then you shall probably remember my usual upload day is a Monday. It has been a difficult process planning ahead with three posts a week throughout the summer, especially ensuring I had a month’s worth of post ideas whilst I was away on holiday but it has definitely been worth it. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and I’m super sad to be returning to only one post a week but one is better than none and I have to focus on this new and exciting chapter of my life; university.

Last but not least, let’s talk make-up. Throughout the summer I’ve been loving my lighter bases and glowing, highlighted skin whilst keeping that contour game going strong. MAC Strobe Cream, NARS tinted moisturiser and the Benefit porefessional range have kept me sweatproof, glowy and pore-free this summer. Benefit’s License to Blot has become my holy grail handbag essential this season, this beauty is perfect for fixing any unfortunate ‘cake face’ issues and of course, tame the oil. Having combination skin is a complete and utter nightmare during the heat but I was thankfully able to find the perfect holiday routine for me. You can check out my holiday make-up bag essentials here and my favourite beauty products for surviving the heat here if you wish. I recently caved and purchased MAC’s Soft&Gentle highlighter which I’m currently testing so who knows – maybe this one shall be perfect for transitioning into A/W beauty.

A little bit of a different way to wrap up a month, so I hope you enjoyed reading a bit of a mixture of things which have made up both my past month and summer as a whole. What beauty products have you been loving lately? I hope you’ve all thoroughly enjoyed the end of your summer, are you looking forward to the season ahead? If you’re feeling a little sad about the end of the season, you can check out my previous post with tips on coping with the summer blues here. Until next time,

How have you spent your summer?
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