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How To Pull Off Any Bold Lip This Spring!

Happy weekend everyone!

Spring is finally here, (well, kinda lol) and this season is all about experimenting with the new, unusual and fresh colours in lipsticks, eyeshadows and even blushes!

I decided to dedicate this post to a question I’d been receiving a lot lately: How do you pull off a bold lip?

Simple right? well, although it may seem as easy as it sounds, a lot of the times I’d have people telling me they don’t wear bold lips, not because they don’t like them, but they feel as though they call pull it off. For a very long time, I felt like I couldn’t wear a bold lip – and believe me, it took some time for me to fully embrace wearing a bold colour whilst still feeling like myself.

Here are a few tips that I found over-time, helped me gain the confidence to pull off any lip colour without hesitation!

  • Prep the Lips

Its always best to have a fresh, clean canvas by gently exfoliating the skin before any makeup/lip application. This will ensure that whatever lip colour you wear, your lips are well prepped prior to lipstick!

  •  Start With Traditional Lipsticks!

I know, I know, its so old school nowadays but trust me when I say that you can never go wrong with a traditional tube of lipstick especially when trying out a new bold colour. With tube lipsticks, you actually have more control over not only how you want to apply it but how much of the product you’d like to start off with first – the simpler, the better and with tube lipsticks, you can go all out in experimenting and collect until you find that classic bold lip colour that you love.

  • Finesse the Lip Application

There are a number of different ways to applying lipstick, but whilst we’re on the topic of traditional lipsticks (and because I did use a lipstick in this editorial) I’d say that the best way to apply a lipstick is… from the tube ^-^ yup, no need for four different shades of lipliners, no overlining (unless that’s like, your thing then you go girl, that’s completely fine!), no complications – just you, your lipstick and your concentration is all you need with this technique!

Using the sharp end of your lipstick as a liner first, apply it around the perimeter of the mouth as if you’re using a lip pencil. The reason why this method is almost better than applying a darker lip-pencil first is that by applying the lipstick, this way keeps the application neat and true-to-colour! Apply another line layer right on top of the natural shape of your lips – once that shape is made, slowly fill them in and voilá! It could also help if you invest in a good quality lipstick for the sake of pigment and comfortability – there are loads to choose from but I personally like Makeup Forever’s lipsticks and Tanya Burr’s Lipstick range (gorgeous packaging too!)

  • The Clean Cut Finish 

Now, in no way is this even a lipstick secret although I do sometimes feel like this step is overlooked, and that is to use the smallest flat, synthetic eyeshadow brush you own with a tiny bit of your foundation and use the duo to clean up the sides/edges of your lips as a reverse lip liner. I’m not over exaggerating when I say that this changed my life once I figured out how to use this technique for my lips. This is what creates that nice, clean, sophisticated and sharp finish to all of my lip colours including natural/nude lipsticks!

  • Own IT

I know that I sometimes find myself over-analyzing and spending too much time trying to perfect my lipstick of which there isn’t anything wrong with checking, but all in all its about how YOU approach your look before anyone else. Please do not let anyone make you feel like you can’t wear any lip shade, as I am here to tell you that you can pull off ANY lip colour/makeup look for that matter! Makeup is art, its fun! And if you’re enjoying your bubblegum pink lip moment, you’ve just gracefully pulled off a lip colour some would never dare to wear! And that’s the secret 😉

PRODUCTS USED:

FOUNDATION – Loreal True Match Super Blendable in 8N Cappucino

CONCEALER – MAC Select Cover-Up concealer

POWDER – Loreal True Match Super Blendable Powder (underneath the eyes, to brighten)

BRONZER/BLUSH – Sleek Bronze Block in Dark

HIGHLIGHT – Any cream highlighter will do, mine is, unfortunately, unbranded but I like to use a fluffy blush brush to apply the product to the tops of my cheekbones – this method does not move my foundation or concealer!

LINER – Poundland (surprisingly good! lasts ages and I’m on my second purchase)

MASCARA – Poundland (I’m not joking when I say that this product actually lengthens my lashes!)

LIP – Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense in 36 (no lip liner used! ^-^)

Hope this post gives you some tips/inspo on rocking a bold lip this spring! I’d love to know your comments/thoughts on this look!

This makeup look is actually inspired by CHANEL’s Spring-Summer 2018 Pré-Collection promo shoot featuring Camille Hurel 

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Thank you all so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

LIPSTICKS YOU NEED TO TRY THIS CHRISTMAS! (BLOGMAS: Day 6)

If there’s one way to treat yourself without feeling guilty this December, it’s by buying a new lipstick to add to your collection!

It’s something small but it goes a long way, not only to lift your mood but also give you a fresh look!

Here are my top six tried and tested lipsticks perfect for this holiday season.

NYX High Voltage Lipstick – “Feline”

Finish: High Shine

Probably the most hydrating and pigmented lipstick out of all the lipsticks I’ve tried. NYX has a wide range of colours to choose from in this collection – so comfortable on the lips and lasts a long while, whilst leaving a nice smooth fade on the lips towards the end of the day – so easy to re-apply but that’s rarely needed. If you don’t already have a lipstick from this range, I’d highly recommend trying out “Feline”, the lipstick I wore in my “Downton Abbey Inspired Makeup Look”.

Stila Stay All Day Vinyl Lip Gloss – “Merlot” 

Finish: Glossy (Highly Pigmented Lipgloss)

This lipgloss has to be one of the shiniest yet most pigmented glosses out there on the market. Matte warmed up skin, lashes and this lip equals festive all around. An amazing yet very unique lipstick to add to your collection.

Tanya Burr-Bear-Hug-Lipstick-734563Tanya Burr “Bear Hug” Lipstick

Finish: Satin

I can’t put into words how luxurious this lipstick feels when applying it. I feel like this lipstick is one of those ones that’ll be kept in my collection because of its pretty packaging ^-^. Not only is the packaging well made but the quality of this lipstick is just so true to colour it’s wonderful. I appreciate the fact that Tanya Burr worked on this collection with the intentions of giving nothing but high quality. And for just 6.99 it is SO worth it.

Illamasqua Lipstick – “Growl”

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Finish: MATTE (Very Matte)

This is by far the most matte lipstick I have ever tried. if you don’t fancy extremely matte lipsticks then this probably isn’t for you however, the shade of this has such a lovely deep plum to it with brown undertones – totally a favourite nonetheless and looks fabulous contrasted with glowy skin.

Sleek Makeup True Colour Lipstick – “Dare”

Finish: Matte

This shade has just the right amount of ‘berry’ in it – such a flattering shade to wear when you don’t feel like wearing a red lipstick. For anyone who’s just getting into reds or darker lip colours in general, Sleek’s True Lip Colour in “Dare” is the one to go for. 

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Coloured Raine Matte Liquid Paint – “Cherry Blossom”

Finish: Comfortable, Matte Liquid Lipstick

Okay so, of course, whats a Christmas edition lipstick recommendation post without recommending a red lipstick? And I know I’ve already mentioned this in a couple of posts before but I just had to mention this yet again because I cannot stress how much of an AMAZING lip colour this is. It is the definition of the ‘perfect red’. The number of times people would compliment my lipstick whenever I wear this is crazy. As long as this is in stock I will always turn to re-purchase this specific red. The lipstick that I know suits not only mine but ANY skin tone!

That concludes my top recommendations for this holiday season! comment below if you have any wintry lipstick faves, as I’d love to know!

Thank you all so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

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Meghan Markle Inspired Makeup Look (BLOGMAS: Day 4)

Happy Monday, Everyone!

So last Monday we all heard the lovely news of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle’s engagement. I am just as thrilled and excited for them both as everyone else is and wish them well!

Over the last week, I’d been intrigued with Ms. Markle’s natural approach to her makeup. Very radiant, soft, fresh yet enhancing – so today I thought I’d recreate the makeup look inspired by Meghan’s Makeup worn for her official engagement photocall at Kensington Palace’s Sunken Gardens.

I dabbled in a bit of research on the Makeup Meghan likes to wear and it it’s not that much at all. According to her makeup artist, Min Min Ma, Meghan’s occasional makeup is very much neutral based. She loves to embrace her freckles, natural fuller brows, lightly bronze up the skin and add lifting enhancements on the eyes with eye pencils and taupe eyeshadows completed with a coral lip.

Ms. Markle’s Beauty Favourites:

Similar Products (Dupes) I Used For The Look:

SKIN:

  1. Foundation: L’Oreal True Match
  2. Concealer Mix: Lightweight B.B. Cream, MAC Select Cover Up ConcealerSt Tropez Illuminator
  3. Brightening Powder: Loreal True Match Powder
  4. Face Powder: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish
  5. Blush/Bronzer: Sleek Bronze Block
  6. Blush: Mary Kay In Cherry Blossom
  7. Highlighter: BareMinerals All Over Face Powder

EYES:

  1. Brows: Soap brow method + Cool Toned Brow Powder or taupe eyeshadow
  2. Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette, “Taupe” +
  3. Eye Kohl Pencil in Black
  4. Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette in “Meow”

LIPS:

Lip balm of choice +  Stila Stay All Day Vinyl Lip, Gloss

Full video tutorial coming soon…

Thank you so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

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REVIEW: Skinny Coffee Club 28 NIGHT PROGRAM

Good Evening Everyone,

Due to the many requests for my thoughts on the Skinny Coffee Club: NIGHT EDITION, your wish was my command and so here, I’ve brought to you my in-depth review! **Drinks the coffee**

Skinny Coffee Club 28 DAY PROGRAM Mini Review:

As many of you know, I have a good relationship with Skinny Coffee Club’s 28 Day program. Though they are widely known for weight loss transformations, I personally use this coffee in my daily morning routines for maintenance as that’s been working well for me ever since. I’m obsessed with that coffee. It’s the only coffee I prefer black with no milk/almond milk that I think is lovely. If you’re a morning person, this coffee is perfect for you!

Skinny Coffee Club 28 NIGHT PROGRAM

It’s been a full week since I’ve received my Skinny Coffee Club 28 Night Edition and although it’s far from finished, I thought I’d share my experience with this coffee so far.

I’m on Day 7 and the first thing I have to say is: I’ve been getting good sleep! I no longer have trouble getting up in the morning (sounds funny, but seriously) I used to wake up with such heaviness in my body that even when my mind would be so motivated to get out of bed, my body wouldn’t get the memo.

Personally, I’m not fond of snoozes on a daily basis so when I can, I set my alarm to get up and start my day the minute it rings. Ever since last week I’ve been up without a problem, I’m not quite sure if this coffee is the reason why I get better sleep but, one thing I know for sure is that it is the ONLY thing that has changed in my night routine since. I’ve also noticed that this coffee holds fewer ingredients than the original, which is interesting.

Q&As:

Is it better to drink this coffee with milk or without milk? Personally, I like this coffee without milk. I sometimes drink the day coffee with milk but to be honest it’s based on personal preference for that time of the day.

Skinny Coffee Club does recommend you drink this plain but if you wish to add milk, they recommend you use coconut milk or almond milk. Regular milk is also fine as I’ve tried it before but I would like to mention almond milk adds that bit of flavour to it quite nicely. Clearly, this coffee is very versatile which I love.

What is the Skinny Coffee Club: 28 Night Edition supposed to do exactly? Raise your metabolism, burn fat and aid with digestion overnight.

Which is very much true, this week I feel, as well as have been told that I look slimmer. I used to have a bloating problem months before drinking Skinny Coffee Club. This has definitely changed things for me on that part, if not a little more effectively than the 28 Day program.

Is this coffee actually okay to drink at night? Absolutely! This organic, night coffee is formulated with all natural and calming ingredients. It did not affect my sleeping pattern at all.

Does this coffee have caffeine in it? Nope! The Night Edition Coffee is fully decaffeinated.

What’s something you like most about this coffee? I’d say it’s very calming yet also effective! I don’t know how it works in that sense but it seems to give me the best of both worlds; relaxing whilst raising my metabolism which I’ve noticed.

Balance: 4/5 This coffee does not have any caffeine in it so the taste is mellow yet the complexity is neutral and relaxing, I think it’s perfect for evenings

Aftertaste: 4.5/5 I love that it’s not too strong

Aroma: 5/5 Just lovely! This always puts me in the right mood to go to sleep haha

Body: 5/5 quite full and nourishing

My Overall Thoughts

Since this coffee is meant to be had at night, I find myself naturally gravitating towards this more than the Skinny Coffee Club 28 DAY program.

I always make time for a cup of tea, green tea or peppermint tea before bed as that’s just part of my night routine. With this night coffee, it feels exactly the same way, more relieving knowing it’s purpose.

If I were to recommend any Skinny Coffee Club package to anyone, I straight away mention the Night Edition. I feel like this can fit right into anyone’s night routine, since the days ended and you’d have enough time on your hands to relax and really get to enjoy the coffee!

Once again, Skinny Coffee Club brought out yet another lovely, convenient coffee suitable for any routine. And so far, I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

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Will you be planning on trying this coffee?

Or have you already tried Skinny Coffee Club’s NIGHT EDITION, and if so what are your thoughts? I’d love to know 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

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MY FOUNDATION ROUTINE

Happy Monday!

Sometimes it’s hard to narrow down a simple yet effective face routine without including a lot of products. This lightweight, skin-like base is what I do whenever I need a long lasting yet enhancing makeup look for for the day ahead!

I love cutting time and using multitasking products that can work for different things, such as my all-time favourite Sleek Bronze Block (what I use for bronzer) the little bit of pink mixed in with the warm tones create a beautiful soft eyeshadow look! No need to reach for a palette. As well as Olay’s 2 in 1 primer that can double as a moisturizer, I have combination to oily skin and I’ve found that this works perfectly for me when on the go.

Products Used:

  1. *Olay 2 in 1 Firm and Lift Primer
  2. *L’Oréal True Match Foundation 8N Cappuccino
  3. *MAC Select Cover Up Concealer, NW45 – Applied and blended in the corners of my under-eyes (a little goes a long way)
  4. *RCMA No-Color PowderTo set the centre of my face
  5. *L’Oréal True Match Powder – Tapped lightly to brighten underneath my eyes, nose, and forehead
  6. *Sleek Bronze Block, Dark – To add warmth to the skin
  7. *E.L.F Baked Highlighter, Blush Gems – Applied a small amount on the tops of my cheekbones

Perfect amount of products for your makeup bag.

This routine takes me up to 30 minutes though it depends, sometimes I’ll replace my foundation with a bit of concealer or skip the highlighter and bronzer for a no makeup, makeup look.

But all in all, this concludes my current, full foundation routine!

I hope this look gives you a little simple inspo. It’s easy to end up using a bunch of products that more than likely do the same job, best to find what works for you 🙂

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Lots of love,

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EDIT: Hello, Autumn

September is here!

This autumnal inspired editorial showcases this simple corset dress from Zara paired with my thrifted classic cowboy inspired ankle boots by Topshop which are one of my favourite go-to boots for Autumn/Winter months.

Overall this look is quite free-flowing and different compared to my other ones. And even though this edit is in black and white, the makeup is just a simple base with subtle feline cat-eyes, nothing too dramatic.

As we enter a new month I think this is the perfect time to reflect and refresh for autumn. I personally love Autumn/Winter season, it may be because of my love for vintage coats but my point is that there’s something so renewing and shifting as seasons change. Every time it becomes another opportunity to experience and define what’s you.

Me being only 16, I obviously still have a lot of time on my hands to find and develop my style and what suits me but lately I have just been experimenting with the term “less is more”. Not just in style but life in general. This past summer I’ve found myself picking up things I don’t often wear, letting my skin breath a lot more, reading more books with actual interest and focusing on my presence whilst being in the moment.

It’s easy to fall out of touch with yourself and not know what you want. I certainly have had those moments with trends (not just style trends) and in this day and age I think it’s important to capture and cherish what really shows your true self, that’s through living I suppose; figuring out what really inspires you and intrigues you. Life in all forms is beautiful and I’ve slowly been embracing that with ease.

Without babbling (like I haven’t already :/)

I hope you all have a lovely September!

Thank you so much for taking time to stop by The Belper

Lots of love,

Autumn’s Go-To Makeup Look

I wanted something easy to re-create without any fuss or a ton of products. I really wanted a light approach to the makeup on the eyes and skin, focusing on light shadow and enhancing my natural features. It’s no secret that I have a thing for pink eyeshadow because it is a colour that can really elevate eyes, nothing too prominent but softly applied making such a difference.

This is a simple look that anyone can re-create, a light glam suitable for occasions, going out or anytime you feel comfortable to wear it really.

Products Used:

EYES:

I actually used an iridescent pink mineral blush as eyeshadow from M&S (Discontinued) there are many different alternatives to this shade, similar here*.

LINER – “Panther” eyeshadow from the TooFaced Cat Eyes Palette*

MASCARA – E.L.F Cosmetics Lengthening Mascara* 

SKIN:

FOUNDATION – L’Oréal True Match Foundation in 8N “Cappuccino”*

CONCEALER – L.A. Girl HD Pro Concealer in “Fawn”*

CREAM CONTOUR/ BRONZER – Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in “Chestnut”*

POWDER – L’Oréal Pressed Powder in “8W”* (Only underneath my eyes and centre of my face)

BLUSHER – Mary Kay Cosmetics Cheek Color in “Cherry Blossom”*

HIGHLIGHTER – E.L.F Cosmetics in “Blush Gems”*

LIPS:

MAC Lipliner in “Chestnut”*

Covergirl Trushine Lipcolor in “Blushberry Shine” (discontinued) any hydrating lipstick or tinted lip-balm works well.

I applied MAC Select Cover Up Concealer in “NW45″* on the centre of my lips to give a nude lip look.

Makeup should be fun, an outlet for people to experiment, get creative with colours, different shadows or even to give illusions. It used to be (and still is now) a therapeutic hobby for me because I can express what I’m feeling on my face pretty much. I personally prefer small kits of multi tasking products with maximum impact rather than large quantities of makeup with only one purpose like huge palettes. Even though I always like to encourage natural beauty and simple ways to enhance natural features, everyone should be able to wear whatever they want however they want as there’s something so captivating about one’s individuality than everyone looking the same.

Thank you so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

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Makeup Look: A POP OF PINK

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For this editorial, I wanted to be quite bold whilst keeping the look modern and wearable!
Creating the eye look was quite simple:

The main focus is pink eyeshadow on the lids, applied in a rounded, 60s mod shape and blended well around the edges. I complimented the pink with navy blue eyeshadow (as eyeliner). You may not be able to notice on camera, but the eye liner is actually navy blue as opposed to black.

Started off with a base on the eyes in a similar tone as the eyeshadow I planned on using: A pink eye primer/colour corrector (a tiny bit of it only on the lids) will not only help ensure staying power as you add liner but should make a difference in the opacity of your eyeshadow. Any eye base that works for you is perfect for this step.

I focused on two main shadows from the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette to give a hot-pink metallic effect: “Seize” and “Gossip”. There are so many different metallic/shimmery pink eyeshadows to choose from, these two were the closest to what I was going for.

For the liner, I applied a wet black eyeshadow and went over it with “Minx” to form a navy blue shade. I kinda just wanted some extreme contrast on the eyes so instead of using black I thought navy blue would make things pop.

There will be a post dedicated to my foundation routine but for now, I just made sure the skin was kept simple and mellow.

Definitely was experimenting with this look, but I think it just adds a vibrant element of fun to any simple outfit.
“Give Me A Break” BOMBER JACKET: ZARA

Let me know what you think and if you have or would go this bold with eyeshadow?
Thanks so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

Vivienne Westwood Personal Shoe Collection Exhibition

It was a lovely Monday morning when I was chatting with my good neighbour about our obsessions with 1940-50s fashion. Soon a conversation was brought up about our top favourite designers and Vivienne Westwood was mentioned. It was at that moment she had told me about a Vivienne Westwood Personal Shoe Collection Exhibition running at our local museum. It is known that this person had been collecting Vivienne Westwood pieces for over 15 years, (basically, since I was born…) I literally got so excited about this collection that It would be no surprise to share my experience of viewing such art.

Vivienne Westwood who hails from Derbyshire where I’ve been fortunate enough to live for most of my life is one of the most emblematic, British fashion designers respectively. Well, known for her punk rock movement through her designs since the late 1960s/70s.

This collection sits in Pickford’s House Museum (a middle-class home built in 1770, now a museum) in Derby at 41 Friar Gate, Derby DE1 1DA

Open from 10 am – 5 pm Tuesday to Saturday (Closed Sunday and Monday)

The exhibition is free of charge, however, you can donate any amount by choice to help sustain the museum and future exhibitions.

On a Thursday, last month my mother and I went to visit the museum. I must say, I found the environment exceptionally relaxing and inspiring (for my artistic self, haha) the staff there were so welcoming and overall the environment made the 10 minute trip from our home well worth it.

The shoe exhibition was being held upstairs. At the entrance, we met a nice lady presenting the collection and at first glance, suddenly I was overwhelmed by the most exquisite, detailed, valiant shoes ever! Such a shoe girl’s dream (or at least mine). I was in awe of the quality and condition the collector had kept them all in!

Carnaby Buckle Shoes

Towards the left side of their entrance was more of some amazing Vivienne Westwood shoes! Including the iconic blue platform-heeled Super Elevated Gillies best known for Naomi Campbell’s famous tumble when she wore them at a catwalk show in 1993. Unfortunately, due to the lighting, the camera wasn’t doing the shoes any justice so I couldn’t capture them :/ But if you do happen to be in Derby I highly recommend visiting Pickford’s House before September 2017 to see them!

HammerHead Shoes

Seditionary boots

This unique collection includes their signature Pirate Boots, HammerHead Shoes, The Red Patent Leather Pumps and Black Spiky Shoes by Malcolm McLaren & Vivienne Westwood.

Pirate Boots

Union Jack ball-tie Dress

This dress (above) is by far my favourite piece from the exhibition! The dress is actually made of silk and if you look closely, parts of the dress were dyed in earth toned colours to form a design of the Union Jack. From the curved shapes to how the dress falls is absolutely gorgeous to me.

Personally, I feel like there was no better place to showcase this collection than Pickford’s House Museum. The house is beautiful, the shoes hold character, the two just go hand in hand. The fact that this home is over 200 years old kind of feels like time travelling to me. The minute you walk in is the second you encounter a different world, a different way of living and I find it quite interesting to naturally get to reflect upon this way of life being so young in a world full of evolvement, like seeing eye to eye with history right before me. I loved it.

You can really tell some of the shoes were inspired not only by punk but briefly from the  18th Century all the way back to the Golden Age of Piracy. This is what I have always loved about Vivienne’s work, the way she innovates, mastered and merged her love for the medieval era with her present punk-rock approach still wows me to this day. My absolute favourite collection she’s done would have to be “Queen of Sheba” by Mr Pearl for Vivienne Westwood’s 1995 Vive La Coquette (not a lot of photos from that collection, but absolutely phenomenal nonetheless).

If you’re interested to view more of Vivienne Westwood’s collections, I’d take a look at her website that holds her archive. I often visit her pages not just to gush over her dresses, but to get a bit of artistic inspiration from them. I almost get Alice In Wonderland vibes from her work. Hopefully, you’ll love them as much as I do!

It was so awesome to experience different eras at once with shoes!

I hope this post gives you a glimpse of Vivienne Westwood Inspiration as much as it did for me.

Hope you all have a lovely August!

Lots of love,