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July Favourites and a Quick Catchup

Upon browsing through some of my most recent blog posts, I came to realise that I haven’t written many “catch up” style updates in a while – and those are my favourite posts to write! Today I thought I would have a good old fashioned chit chat with you and fill you in on what I’ve been up to lately. I also have a handful of fab product favourites that I would love to share with you. So, let’s get to it!

Life Lately

First off we kicked off the month by attending Glasgow’s TRNSMT festival, which to my sheer delight was pretty insane! As an avid attendee of T in the Park, I was excited to see what the first year of Scotland’s shiny new festival would hold. Personally, I was really impressed by the lineup. It was great to be able to see some of my favourite bands in the world come together in my hometown. A few of my favourites from the weekend included Declan Mckenna, The View, The LaFontaines, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Kasabian, and last but definitely not least – The Biff who performed one of the best sets I’ve ever seen in my life.

I also have to add that I love everything about festival life as much as the next girl, however, I can’t deny that heading home to a real bed and a hot shower after the day was done was sheer luxury. Four for you TRNSMT, you go TRNSMT!

Scottish Blogger Lindsey Lou blogs - July Favourites ft. TRNSMT Festival, EcoTools Blending Sponge, MUA Fire Vixen Palette, The Art of Creative Thinking by Rod Judkins, Ban.do stationery and more!

 

Scottish Blogger Lindsey Lou blogs - July Favourites ft. TRNSMT Festival, EcoTools Blending Sponge, MUA Fire Vixen Palette, The Art of Creative Thinking by Rod Judkins, Ban.do stationery and more!

As you may have spotted on my social media channels, July was a pretty big month in terms of life events as I graduated from my master’s degree, woo! I couldn’t have asked for a better day celebrating with my friends and family. The cherry on the cake? Our celebratory pizzas from the wonderful Paesano of course, because who doesn’t love a big ol’ pizza? Now that I officially have my qualification, the real job hunt has begun, eek!  To be completely honest, I am equal parts excited and nervous about starting the next chapter of my life but I am more than eager to see what the future holds for Lindsey Lou.

As for blogging life, July has been a very “get your stuff together” type of month. Over the past few weeks, I have been carrying out some behind the scenes work on things like SEO and fixing broken links etc. You know, those little tasks that never seem to get ticked off of your to-do list.  I have also been investing some time into my blog photography which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. I’ve learned so much about my camera and its features and have loved trying out new props and editing tools.

A little side notes I would like to say a big old thank you to you guys who have left so many lovely comments on my social media and blog this month. They really made my July extra special!

Products Favourites

Ecotools Sponge

This sponge was initially recommended to me by my little sister (thanks, Sara). To be honest I hadn’t read all that much about the Eco Tools brand online and was a little sceptical of her praise. However, after using the sponge religiously for the past month I have been totally blown away. Its unique shape makes foundation application a breeze! The rounded bottom covers larger surface areas in a flash and its wedge like tip is great for precise concealer application and baking. I now tend to reach for this over my original beauty blender (yes, it really is that good!)

MUA Palette

Ever since the release of the Too Faced “Sweet Peach” palette, I have been swooning over pink and peach toned shadows. I love the idea of incorporating something a little different into my makeup routine. However, being a sensible Sally I knew that this palette wouldn’t be something that I would reach for every day and so decided to give it a pass. However, when I spotted this budget friendly alternative from MUA, I was totally sold. Not only is this option a fraction of the price, I also find the shade selection to be a little more wearable. Over the past month, I have been sporting a selection of these colours and have been super impressed. They’re pigmented, they are easy to blend and the palette is perfect for travelling! What more could a girl ask for?

Scottish Blogger Lindsey Lou blogs - July Favourites ft. TRNSMT Festival, EcoTools Blending Sponge, MUA Fire Vixen Palette, The Art of Creative Thinking by Rod Judkins, Ban.do stationery and more!

Scottish Blogger Lindsey Lou blogs - July Favourites ft. TRNSMT Festival, EcoTools Blending Sponge, MUA Fire Vixen Palette, The Art of Creative Thinking by Rod Judkins, Ban.do stationery and more!

“Jo Malone” Candles

Having read an abundance of articles online about the £4 Jo Malone wonder candles, I knew that I had to try them out for myself. Personally, I haven’t ever purchased a Jo Malone candle, I just find that they are a little bit pricey for something that you are literally going to, you know… burn. With this in mind, I can’t really make a direct comparison. However, I can tell you that this smells like a dream and that’s really all you need to know right?

Scottish Blogger Lindsey Lou blogs - July Favourites ft. TRNSMT Festival, EcoTools Blending Sponge, MUA Fire Vixen Palette, The Art of Creative Thinking by Rod Judkins, Ban.do stationery and more!

Ban.do Planner

Yes, I am raving about Ban.do stationery … again. Since around Autumn last year, I have been using my first Ban.do planner to help me keep track of my daily tasks and upcoming events, and you know what? It has actually worked! Therefore, when I saw that the brand had released their latest batch of 2017/2018 planners, I had to get my hands on one. I figured that this will be a great way to stay organised throughout the next chapter of my professional career. If you would like to read more about my stationery hoarding tendencies, you can do so right here.

Scottish Blogger Lindsey Lou blogs - July Favourites ft. TRNSMT Festival, EcoTools Blending Sponge, MUA Fire Vixen Palette, The Art of Creative Thinking by Rod Judkins, Ban.do stationery and more!

The Art of Creative Thinking

As a naturally creative person, I am really intrigued by other people’s creative processes and am forever curious as to how others stay inspired on the daily. From positive thinking and maintaining individuality to creative compromise and channelling your inner child, Judkins covers a plethora of interesting themes in this addictive read. As with Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Big Magic” each time I finished a chapter of this fab find, I was left feeling ultra inspired by the wise words and creative techniques mentioned within. This is a “must read” for all you creative types out there! 

Do you have any monthly favourites that you would like to share? I love hearing other people’s recommendations!

Remember, you can keep up with my day to day life over on Instagram and Twitter! Fancy reading some more? Why not check out my latest posts on advice that I would give to my younger self – The Blogger edition and my review of the Alpha H Liquid Rose Gold. 

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