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June has been weird to say the least, full of ups and downs for me. For everyone. If you live in the UK or have been watching the news you'll know about the EU Referendum and how Britain is currently scrambling now we're faced with an unpredictable future. We're all a little scared and it looks like whatever happens it's probably going to get worse before it gets better. Nevertheless, let's try and stay positive. I can't lie I was quite angry about the entire ordeal for many reasons, but not because I don't believe everyone has the right to vote. I respect everyone's rights and I am proud of everyone who voted regardless of what they voted for. I just feel like the leadership of our country is failing at every turn and no one knows what they're doing, it's like the blind leading the blind but instead of boring you with my inner turmoil let's get back to the happier parts of June.
Unlike every other month, I haven't got a slew of beauty products to talk about due to the amount of travelling I have been doing. When I am away I take products that I know I can trust and will come through for me so if you want to read about the makeup (post here) and skincare (post here) I took on holiday, I got you.
June marks the halfway point of 2016, we're halfway through guys! 2016 seems to be full of pain so far. I watched BBC Panorama two nights ago where they interviewed victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting. I highly recommend you watch it, I am sure it is still available on iPlayer and it is gripping, eye-opening and completely heartbreaking. I feel like as a society we are progressing, this is the first programme I have watched about such an event that is entirely focused on the victims. A policeman being interviewed even said that he couldn't care less about the killer, he didn't want to speak his name or mention him at all. I found that so poignant because usually the public clamours for details about the killer giving them notoriety and infamy that they aren't worthy of.
Also in June, my cousin got married and my little cousin turned 8. My nephew turned 4. I reconnected with an old friend which was awesome. It was a friendship that I had more or less written off completely because there is nothing worse than one-sided relationships, but we seem to be on slightly more equal footing now and I have realised how much I cherish my friends. Recently, I have had some family issues and have been experiencing a lot of anxiety. I have become so sensitive to noise and open doors. I feel like I am constantly walking on egg shells and I feel a ball of dread gather in my stomach at impromptu times. The onset is so sudden and often I can't pinpoint the cause. It's bizarre and uncomfortable but I am determined to power through it, to keep a positive mindset and focus on all the good in my life of which there is many. Friends are invaluable in times of hardship and celebration so I am going to make more of an effort. I can be so anti-social it's not healthy so I really want to make a conscious choice to meet as many people as possible.
As I mentioned, I don't have any beauty favourites. My Mom made me a cake on the weekend after my birthday which was the sweetest gesture. I was so touched, she ran out of icing while making this humongous layer cake so we ended up with a half decorated cake and that is better than any shop bought cake in the world. I don't think she will ever know how much that means to me, that she would do that, I am terrible for speaking my feelings out loud. I would rather be silent than get emotional, but I hope she knows how much I appreciate her.
What else did I like this month? Kiwis. In Barcelona, I had a strawberry and kiwi smoothie and it is the tastiest drink in the world. I also tried a kiwi mojito which was fantastic. Kiwis are where it's at. Tea India is my favourite brand of tea and I recently found out that they are discontinuing Vanilla Chai which breaks my heart, but at the same time they are releasing two new flavours: Ginger and Coconut and I have purchased 5 of each so I'll report back.
Finally, I subscribed to a new YouTuber called Isabella Fiori. She is Australian, 19 years old and so adorable. She is gorgeous and just so cute I want to take her home with you. She seems really nice and personable and her videos have been interesting thus far. Her makeup tutorials are pretty similar, hey we all love a neutral smoky eye, but I think she is just finding her feet. Massive props to her for actually having the balls to start a YouTube channel because I know I couldn't do it. She is almost at 500K subscribers which is pretty phenomenal. Let me know what YouTubers you watch below as I am always looking for new channels and blogs to follow. YouTubers I have been really loving are Manny MUA and Chrisspy Makeup. One of her recent tutorials, a faux freckle summer makeup look, is completely stunning (you can watch it above). She is a makeup goddess.
Thank you so much for reading, I would love to know what you got up to in the month of June as well and of course any beauty recommendations are always welcome. I would love to know what blogs you love to read and the YouTube channels you follow as well. Leave it all in the comments below, don't forget to follow me via Bloglovin' and check out my social media accounts. Take care.
What did you love in June?