Life Update

I have been putting this off for a few weeks now. I miss blogging but I feel like an update is in order so we can all move on and for The July Journal to be happy and positive again. My regular readers, yes you are all amazing, will know that I haven’t published anything since Valentine’s Day. I have stayed away from most social media and only really shared anything on Snapchat if I really wanted too. Things happen in real life that you just need to take a break from everything. I wasn’t ready to share any of it until now. Perhaps because my mind has had time to deal with it.

Last month Edd and I  split up. It was his decision and to be honest with you I have been broken. There was no middle. It was just really good and then really rubbish in the matter of days. Some of you may be thinking ‘why has it took you this long to get over it‘ but when someone is thinking they are going to spend the rest of their life with this person and the other person doesn’t think the same way, it tears you apart inside and throws you off track a bit. I had a plan while I was with Edd and all that changed in the space of a night. I just wasn’t prepared because I was so happy with him.

The day after we broke up, I started my first full time permanent job. It’s nothing exciting but I just knew I needed to concentrate on that so my blog took the back seat again. I didn’t feel like blogging at the weekends. I just wanted to avoid social media, avoid people and avoid conversations with everyone. I wasn’t eating. My life revolved around getting ready for work and putting a smile on my face. It drained all my energy that by the time I opened the door at 18:30 I just wanted to sleep. Three weeks of training later and I was finally starting to get back to normal.

I then got rushed into hospital in a lot of pain, extremely low blood pressure and not being able to keep anything down. After blood tests, scans and ultrasounds they finally found what has been causing my on going back pain. My gallbladder was inflamed and I had gall stones. Four days later and I had keyhole surgery to remove it. I have been on the sick ever since. Luckily, it should only take 6-8 weeks to fully recover and I have already started to feel a little bit better.

I just wanted to get back into blogging. I wanted to get all of this off my chest so I can concentrate on talking about all my favourite things again. This blog is like my diary. It’s where I share my life so it’s important that I keep you in the loop. It’s easy to rave about your favourite lipstick or share an amazing cupcake recipe but when you have personal things going on, the words just don’t come. It’s as though you lose your mind for a bit. I’ve still been keeping up with all my favourite bloggers and YouTubers and without them I don’t think I would have survived this mess.

So what am I doing now? I’m going back to work next week. I am doing okay. I am going to concentrate on myself and find myself again. Things are slowly getting back to normal. As far as my blog is concerned, I don’t really want to continue talking about my life for the time being. I would rather talk about beauty and skincare or foodie things. I hope that is okay with everyone.

I guess I need to press publish now…

Valentine’s Day Makeup Look

Whether your in a relationship or not, Valentine’s was a good excuse for makeup lovers to get creative with their looks and that’s exactly what I have done. I have grabbed my Full Spectrum Palette that I am still madly in love with and created a makeup look that would be good for any kind of date you have prepared.

Starting with the base, I went for my go-to duo which is of course the GOSH X-Ceptional Wear Foundation and the Makeup Revolution Focus & Fix Concealer. I used the Beautiful Movements Bronzer in Summer Warmth and the Beautiful Movements Blush in Velvet Dawn as I know both of these products are long wearing and just give a slight shimmer to the cheeks. I didn’t want to go to heavy on my base makeup as the eyes and the lipstick is what I really wanted to concentrate on to make the look really pop.

For my eyes I used: Gossip and Delirious in my outer crease, Seize on my lid, Paranoia in my inner corner and blended it out a little with Bump. I think the shades went really well together. One thing I do love about the Full Spectrum Palette is that all the shades work really well together and blend beautifully. The eye look isn’t too heavy but still looks beautiful. I finished my eyes of with the Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner and Barry M’s That’s How I Roll Mascara.

Finally to finish the look off, I applied a bit of Lippy Girl’s Goddess Lipstick. If you have read my blog for a while, you will more than likely know that I am so nervous when it comes to wearing dark lipstick shades but I have fell head over heels in love with this one. It’s so beautiful and powerful on the lips although if you were wanting to re-create this look for a day date, you could always apply GOSH’s Velvet Touch Matte Lipstick in Smoothie which is a lovely pink shade.

Did you do anything special to celebrate Valentine’s this year? Perhaps you are planning a girls’ night out later this week? Let me know what your go-to products are for Valentine’s.

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Two Hearts Beating As One Bath Melt Review

Two Hearts Beating As One was the one Lush product that I was most intrigued about when the Valentine’s Day collection was first released. I honestly think that the Valentine’s collection is one of my most favourite that they release each and every year. I love Unicorn Horn. I love the Prince Charming Shower Cream. I especially love Lover Lamp but this year it’s the bath melt that stole my heart. Damn you cupid!

Alone bath melts don’t provide you with a huge extravagant display perhaps just some added colour but they can easily been thrown into your bubble bath or used to create a cocktail with another bath bomb to create an enhanced scent. They are usually packed full of butters and essentials oils that ripple through your bath to create waters that feel silky and smooth once you immerse  your body in the water. These butters and essential oils softens and hydrates the skin so much so that you don’t really need to moisturise. I occasionally use Frozen with Razzle Dazzle because the two together smell like a tropical paradise.

The scent of Two Hearts smells totally unique and different compared to other scents in Lush. It is floral and sweet but not so strong as other bath melts. It goes really well with the Cupid Bath Bomb that they have also released this year. It has ylang ylang and rose oils to give it the floral scent whilst the almond oils, apricot kennel oils and cocoa butters hydrate and nourish the skin. The bath melt can be split into two; one for your best friend or partner and the other for you, or you could treat yourself and throw the whole thing in at once. If you have time to pick one up before they disappear for the rest of the year, I highly suggest picking one up.

Have your triedTwo Hearts Beating As One yet? What’s your thoughts? Let me know in the comments.

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