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August seems to have gone by in the blink of an eye, but I'm not complaining because I'm getting a bit restless being home for the summer. It's got to the point where I'm finding really little things irritating, which is always a sign it's time to leave! My train ticket back to Wales is all booked, so I just have to enjoy the remaining weeks I've got with my family and friends before term starts and I set up camp in the library (though I may have to take a few study breaks to watch the rugby world cup in the pub  I'm so excited!)

I don't like it when small things start to bother me, because they really don't matter in the grand scheme of things, so writing this post has been a gentle reminder that life is good, and I'm lucky.

What's Made Me Happy This Month? August 2015

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August seems to have gone by in the blink of an eye, but I'm not complaining because I'm getting a bit restless being home for the summer. It's got to the point where I'm finding really little things irritating, which is always a sign it's time to leave! My train ticket back to Wales is all booked, so I just have to enjoy the remaining weeks I've got with my family and friends before term starts and I set up camp in the library (though I may have to take a few study breaks to watch the rugby world cup in the pub  I'm so excited!)

I don't like it when small things start to bother me, because they really don't matter in the grand scheme of things, so writing this post has been a gentle reminder that life is good, and I'm lucky.


Is the end of August too early to start thinking about Autumn? I'm not sure. It certainly doesn't feel like it with all the windy, rainy weather we've been having. Yesterday I went out for lunch and because there were no seats left indoors in a gallant attempt to embrace the spirit of summer we ate our food outside, and it was freezing! And although I'm not a fan of being cold, it got me thinking about my favourite seasons of the year. 

Anyway, I'm going to fulfil several blogger stereotypes in this post, and I'm not ashamed; in fact, I love that so many of us get excited about the same stuff. It's the little things in life, right? Despite the weather, the A/W season makes me happy, and it's all the things you'd expect that brighten up those cold days and nights: tartan scarves, Starbucks, and cosying up under the duvet. Enjoy.


10 Reasons Why I Can't Wait For Autumn & Winter


Is the end of August too early to start thinking about Autumn? I'm not sure. It certainly doesn't feel like it with all the windy, rainy weather we've been having. Yesterday I went out for lunch and because there were no seats left indoors in a gallant attempt to embrace the spirit of summer we ate our food outside, and it was freezing! And although I'm not a fan of being cold, it got me thinking about my favourite seasons of the year. 

Anyway, I'm going to fulfil several blogger stereotypes in this post, and I'm not ashamed; in fact, I love that so many of us get excited about the same stuff. It's the little things in life, right? Despite the weather, the A/W season makes me happy, and it's all the things you'd expect that brighten up those cold days and nights: tartan scarves, Starbucks, and cosying up under the duvet. Enjoy.


NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl (?)

Never in a million years when I added this product to my NARS order did I think that it would prove to be controversial. But the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl has been nothing but.

It started with my nan. I asked her, quite innocently, what she thought of my lipstick. There was a very awkward pause  well, it was awkward for her, I thought it was hilarious  and then she goes "I shall be honest, I prefer you in paler colours, with your skin". Fair enough.


The Lip Pencil That Divides Opinion

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl (?)

Never in a million years when I added this product to my NARS order did I think that it would prove to be controversial. But the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl has been nothing but.

It started with my nan. I asked her, quite innocently, what she thought of my lipstick. There was a very awkward pause  well, it was awkward for her, I thought it was hilarious  and then she goes "I shall be honest, I prefer you in paler colours, with your skin". Fair enough.


Toasty could easily become a Lush fan blog and I make no apologies for that. I love the brand's ethical stance, the vast range of products, and how open they are about the ingredients in every single thing they sell. I love that whenever I go into a store, whether I'm in South Wales or South East England, the staff are always polite, helpful, and happy to share their tips and recommendations with me  it's like going beauty shopping with a (very fragrant) friend.

LUSH Celestial Moisturiser

LUSH Celestial Facial Moisturiser (v)

Toasty could easily become a Lush fan blog and I make no apologies for that. I love the brand's ethical stance, the vast range of products, and how open they are about the ingredients in every single thing they sell. I love that whenever I go into a store, whether I'm in South Wales or South East England, the staff are always polite, helpful, and happy to share their tips and recommendations with me  it's like going beauty shopping with a (very fragrant) friend.

LUSH Celestial Moisturiser


Not discovering brow make up sooner is a regret and a half I think nearly all of us have. As someone with fine hair and very sparse eyebrows, I remember being delighted when I first tried filling them in and discovered what a difference it made to my face; it gives it structure, definition... and just a more put-together feel. Now, if I do nothing else before I leave the house, I always make sure I've done my brows.

Revisited: Seventeen's Brow Kit


Not discovering brow make up sooner is a regret and a half I think nearly all of us have. As someone with fine hair and very sparse eyebrows, I remember being delighted when I first tried filling them in and discovered what a difference it made to my face; it gives it structure, definition... and just a more put-together feel. Now, if I do nothing else before I leave the house, I always make sure I've done my brows.
I've only really dabbled in high end beauty before. Very few pricier brands are cruelty-free so that limits my options somewhat, and I couldn't afford it anyway until I taught myself how to budget properly.

Luckily, NARS have got my back: they're cruelty-free and they sell make up that caters for a wide variety of skintones, which means I've found a base that's pale enough but doesn't wash me out. So, when I successfully completed work experience I decided to treat myself. Quite a bit, actually, but I was proud of the fact I had pushed myself (plus it all worked out, budget-wise).


Treats from NARS


Things I Bought From NARS

I've only really dabbled in high end beauty before. Very few pricier brands are cruelty-free so that limits my options somewhat, and I couldn't afford it anyway until I taught myself how to budget properly.

Luckily, NARS have got my back: they're cruelty-free and they sell make up that caters for a wide variety of skintones, which means I've found a base that's pale enough but doesn't wash me out. So, when I successfully completed work experience I decided to treat myself. Quite a bit, actually, but I was proud of the fact I had pushed myself (plus it all worked out, budget-wise).


Treats from NARS


Like two-day hangovers, budgeting, and how to set up a direct debit, adult acne is one of those things that no one really prepares you for.

I was lucky throughout my teens. I got approximately one blemish a year, always in the same spot on my chin (same spot... see what I did there? Ahem). When I hit sixteen I started getting a few stress-related spots on my forehead, but they always disappeared after my exams were over, and that was that.

Then I hit my twenties and BOOM: spots everywhere. First on my forehead, then on my chin. So far, just an exaggerated version of what I used to get in my teens. But then I started to get spots on my cheeks and around my hairline as well.


Adult Acne is a Pain in the Proverbial Arse

Like two-day hangovers, budgeting, and how to set up a direct debit, adult acne is one of those things that no one really prepares you for.

I was lucky throughout my teens. I got approximately one blemish a year, always in the same spot on my chin (same spot... see what I did there? Ahem). When I hit sixteen I started getting a few stress-related spots on my forehead, but they always disappeared after my exams were over, and that was that.

Then I hit my twenties and BOOM: spots everywhere. First on my forehead, then on my chin. So far, just an exaggerated version of what I used to get in my teens. But then I started to get spots on my cheeks and around my hairline as well.


What's up with sulphates?

You've heard me complain many a time about how difficult it is for me to find a shampoo I like and will stick with. After trying out tonnes of products, I'm pretty sure that the ones which contain sulphates (foaming agents, usually Sodium Lauryl Sulphate) are no good for my hair or scalp  they cause too much irritation. Sulphates get rid of dirt and grease, but they can also get rid of natural oils, which leaves your hair dry and your scalp itchy (sounds familiar...)


What's up with silicone?

The beauty world seems to be waking up alongside me when it comes to sulphates, with several brands releasing SLS-free shampoos, but I hadn't heard much about silicones until recently. Found in many conditioners and glossing products such as serums, silicones create a shiny look and feel, and give hair that post-shower slip. However, over time, some silicones create build up which weighs the hair down and makes it look dull. Dull hair is the last thing I want, so I started wondering if it'd be worth looking out for silicone-free products too.

(It's worth noting that not all silicones are bad: have a read of this very helpful article for more information.)

The Body Shop Rainforest Shine Shampoo and Conditioner

The Body Shop Rainforest Shine Shampoo & Conditioner — Free From Silicone and Sulphates

What's up with sulphates?

You've heard me complain many a time about how difficult it is for me to find a shampoo I like and will stick with. After trying out tonnes of products, I'm pretty sure that the ones which contain sulphates (foaming agents, usually Sodium Lauryl Sulphate) are no good for my hair or scalp  they cause too much irritation. Sulphates get rid of dirt and grease, but they can also get rid of natural oils, which leaves your hair dry and your scalp itchy (sounds familiar...)


What's up with silicone?

The beauty world seems to be waking up alongside me when it comes to sulphates, with several brands releasing SLS-free shampoos, but I hadn't heard much about silicones until recently. Found in many conditioners and glossing products such as serums, silicones create a shiny look and feel, and give hair that post-shower slip. However, over time, some silicones create build up which weighs the hair down and makes it look dull. Dull hair is the last thing I want, so I started wondering if it'd be worth looking out for silicone-free products too.

(It's worth noting that not all silicones are bad: have a read of this very helpful article for more information.)

The Body Shop Rainforest Shine Shampoo and Conditioner

I can't pinpoint what exactly made me decide I wanted a Foreo Luna Mini.

Maybe it was the extra spots I seem to be getting these days, coupled with me wondering if my skin was getting enough of a deep clean each evening.


Whatever it was, when some extra money came my way over Easter I found myself walking into Boots and picking up the magenta version.


"You do realize how much that costs, don't you?" the woman behind the till asked me nervously.


Yep. £99. Gulp.


The Luna Mini is a sonic cleansing device. It has two sides, each covered in touch-points rather than the bristles found on similar products.


One side has smaller touch points and is more gentle, and one side has larger touch-points which are designed for a deeper cleanse.


The device has two speeds and the charging port is waterproof, which means you can use it in the shower if you prefer (and also rinse it without worrying). Once fully charged, it lasts for up to 300 uses.

Foreo Luna Mini (front)

Review: Foreo Luna Mini

I can't pinpoint what exactly made me decide I wanted a Foreo Luna Mini.

Maybe it was the extra spots I seem to be getting these days, coupled with me wondering if my skin was getting enough of a deep clean each evening.


Whatever it was, when some extra money came my way over Easter I found myself walking into Boots and picking up the magenta version.


"You do realize how much that costs, don't you?" the woman behind the till asked me nervously.


Yep. £99. Gulp.


The Luna Mini is a sonic cleansing device. It has two sides, each covered in touch-points rather than the bristles found on similar products.


One side has smaller touch points and is more gentle, and one side has larger touch-points which are designed for a deeper cleanse.


The device has two speeds and the charging port is waterproof, which means you can use it in the shower if you prefer (and also rinse it without worrying). Once fully charged, it lasts for up to 300 uses.

Foreo Luna Mini (front)

I love beauty, but sometimes, like with everything else, it can be so frustrating when things don't go your way. I've put together a tongue-in-cheek list of all the problems that have probably plagued us all at one point or another.

15 Beauty Problems That Prove The Struggle Is Real

I love beauty, but sometimes, like with everything else, it can be so frustrating when things don't go your way. I've put together a tongue-in-cheek list of all the problems that have probably plagued us all at one point or another.

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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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