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1. Wandering around my hometown with my best ones in tow. We got fish and chips by the seafront (well, they got fish and chips, I got a burger and some doughnuts), sat by the beach to eat them and then went for a walk as the sun was starting to set. It was a perfect evening, and just writing about it now is making me smile like a loon. It's days like those that make you realise what's really important in life and spending time with your loved ones is top of the list for me, always.

Porthcawl
I have a new favourite happy place, and that place is Porthcawl



What's Made Me Happy This Month? July 2015

1. Wandering around my hometown with my best ones in tow. We got fish and chips by the seafront (well, they got fish and chips, I got a burger and some doughnuts), sat by the beach to eat them and then went for a walk as the sun was starting to set. It was a perfect evening, and just writing about it now is making me smile like a loon. It's days like those that make you realise what's really important in life and spending time with your loved ones is top of the list for me, always.

Porthcawl
I have a new favourite happy place, and that place is Porthcawl



I picked this lipstick up on a whim.

I was in Superdrug, I needed a third item for my 3-for-2, and I was feeling adventurous. Crime caught my eye, and that was that.

Makeup Revolution Lipstick in Crime

Makeup Revolution Lipstick in Crime

I picked this lipstick up on a whim.

I was in Superdrug, I needed a third item for my 3-for-2, and I was feeling adventurous. Crime caught my eye, and that was that.

Makeup Revolution Lipstick in Crime

Can we just take a second to appreciate how difficult it is to find base products when your skintone is akin to that of Casper the Friendly Ghost? GENERIC BEIGE IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

Luckily, I seem to have cracked it for now. The five products featured in this post are all wonderful, and most importantly, come in pale shades that actually match my skin.

The Base Edit

The Base Edit

Can we just take a second to appreciate how difficult it is to find base products when your skintone is akin to that of Casper the Friendly Ghost? GENERIC BEIGE IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

Luckily, I seem to have cracked it for now. The five products featured in this post are all wonderful, and most importantly, come in pale shades that actually match my skin.

The Base Edit

Before I start, I will hold my hands up and say that this has been inspired by Jasmin's post about her plans for the summer (I'd definitely recommend a read, she's got some lovely adventures planned!) However, for this bucket list I'm going to be focusing on smaller things, because why not turn my down time into some kind of achievement? Let it never be said that I lack ambition.

(I found this amazing rainbow ice cream on Pinterest, originally posted here)

A Not-So-Serious Summer Bucket List

Before I start, I will hold my hands up and say that this has been inspired by Jasmin's post about her plans for the summer (I'd definitely recommend a read, she's got some lovely adventures planned!) However, for this bucket list I'm going to be focusing on smaller things, because why not turn my down time into some kind of achievement? Let it never be said that I lack ambition.

(I found this amazing rainbow ice cream on Pinterest, originally posted here)

Hands up if you've ever applied sun cream in the morning, felt smug because you remembered to use it, and then got burnt anyway?

This has happened to me a few times now (most memorably in Spain - do not neglect the crease beneath your butt cheeks) so when the people at SmartSun got in touch to ask if I'd be interested in testing out their UV Indicator Wristbands*, I said yes immediately.

I may be proud to be pale, but with that pale skin comes a tendency to burn almost instantly, and it huuuurts.

Smartsun UV Indicator Wristbands
How the band looks before you venture outside; my wristband changing colour after I'd been up in the Brecon Mountains. My forearms caught more sun than the underneath, which is why the top of the wristband changed colour quicker.

SmartSun UV Indicator Wristbands

Hands up if you've ever applied sun cream in the morning, felt smug because you remembered to use it, and then got burnt anyway?

This has happened to me a few times now (most memorably in Spain - do not neglect the crease beneath your butt cheeks) so when the people at SmartSun got in touch to ask if I'd be interested in testing out their UV Indicator Wristbands*, I said yes immediately.

I may be proud to be pale, but with that pale skin comes a tendency to burn almost instantly, and it huuuurts.

Smartsun UV Indicator Wristbands
How the band looks before you venture outside; my wristband changing colour after I'd been up in the Brecon Mountains. My forearms caught more sun than the underneath, which is why the top of the wristband changed colour quicker.

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at beth.toasty@gmail.com

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