Sunday, 22 April 2018

Curly Hair Routine

Curly Hair Routine
Sunday, 22 April 2018
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If you have curly hair like me then you’ll know how hard it is to combat frizz and keep your curls looking bouncy and defined. 

I have been trying for so long to find haircare products that don’t just keep your hair looking amazing but also are affordable to buy! So let’s have a look at my Curly Hair Routine...

Firstly, I like to brush out my hair before I step into the shower as it saves me damaging my hair later on when my hair is wet. I love using a brush that is formulated for wet hair as it’s a lot softer on your curls! Once I’ve done that I jump in the shower and start to shampoo! 

I don’t shampoo my hair every time I shower because it tends to make my hair really dry but when I do, I like to use the Noughty Blondie Locks Shampoo. This is because I have blonde hair (it’s not my natural colour) so this shampoo really helps to make my blonde hair BRIGHT!

I am a sucker for a good conditioner so I tend to use at least two every time I wash my hair - that’s not including a hair mask! 

Of course, I have to follow up with the matching Noughty Blondie Locks Conditioner too! I really find that the blonde in my hair stands out a lot more after using these products. This is because it contains lemon which is a natural lightener, it also makes it smell great too! 

(If you’re wondering, you can purchase Noughty Haircare in Superdrug!)

The final step in the shower is to use a hair mask, which I tend to leave on my hair for the duration of my shower and then rinse out at the end. For this, I use the Lee Stafford Choco locks Butter Cream! This hair masks smells absolutely incredible! If you like chocolate than you’re bound to love this. 

Once I’ve finished in the shower, I ring out the rest of the water in my hair and leave it to air dry. If I can avoid using a hairdryer I will because I find it is so damaging to my hair! 

Once my hair is almost dry I use some sort of oil in my hair to make it appear shiny. My favourites are Argan Oil & Coconut Oil. If I’m going out that day then I’ll use a hair mousse so that my curls stay put all day! 

One of my favourite hacks for curly hair is while it’s air-drying to use your hands to scoop the bottoms of your hair up and scrunch them upwards. This just stops your curls from dropping.

I hope this helps you curly-haired girls in some way. If you’re reading this and you have straight hair then don’t worry, you can 100% use these products in your hair too! They’re great for all hair types. 

What’s your favourite haircare brand? 

* I was sent products from both Noughty and Lee Stafford however, all opinions are my own and are not influenced by the brands I’m working with.
Friday, 13 April 2018

The best of Makeup Revolution

The best of Makeup Revolution
Friday, 13 April 2018
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If you haven't heard of Makeup Revolution then you've been living under a rock. They sell high-quality products at such an affordable price!

I've tried out many different products from their brand and I've managed to narrow my collection down to a few of my favourite products.

The HYPED-UP Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer

I had high hopes for this concealer as it was so hyped-up in the Blogging World and I have to say, it did not let me down! The consistency was quite thick for a liquid concealer but that meant it had incredible coverage. It has been compared to the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer which I can definitely understand having tried both concealers. I will definitely keep purchasing this concealer.

Makeup Revolution Brow Definer in Light Brown

This retails at only £2.50 so for it to make my 'Best of Makeup Revolution' list, it must be pretty impressive! I purchased the shade Light Brown and I have blonde hair. I was worried that it might be too dark, but I was pretty surprised to find out that it matched almost perfectly. The tip of the pencil is angled which makes it easier to apply the product in brush-like strokes and the brow brush on the end is very useful! 

Makeup Revolution Soph X Highlighter Palette

I absolutely love this highlighter palette. It contains so many different shades and also includes darker highlight colours for people with darker skin. I love to wear the bronze highlight shades when I'm looking a bit more tanned (thanks to fake tan!).

Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette

These blushes are so incredibly pigmented! My favourite thing about this palette is that it includes more natural looking blush colours (such as the one in the top left). Not everybody has bright red cheeks so it's always nice to see a blush that is suited to everyone.

Makeup Revolution is such an incredible brand and I couldn't recommend them enough. You should defitelu try out some of their products if you haven't already.

What's your favourite product by MUR?
Thursday, 29 March 2018

Changing eye colours with Feel Good Contacts

Changing eye colours with Feel Good Contacts
Thursday, 29 March 2018
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* This Post is sponsored however, all opinions are my own and are not influenced by the brand I am working with.

I wear glasses on a daily basis and honestly, I don't mind it. However, I much prefer what I look like without glasses so when I was contacted by Feel Good Contacts to see if I would like to test out their coloured contact lenses, I was excited!

I've always wanted to try out coloured contacts because not only can you see clearly (as you get your prescription with the contacts) but you also get to change up your eye colour! 

I have quite dark brown eyes normally so I wanted to see what I'd look like with Hazel eyes, therefore I obviously chose the Hazel colour. I chose the Fresh Look Colour Blend Contacts. I was worried that because my eyes are quite dark, the colour in the lenses wouldn't show through but I had nothing to worry about!

I was excited to see what the hazel colour would look like with different makeup looks so I have to say, I did try out a range of different makeup looks whilst wearing these. 

The packaging was well presented and in the box, there was: The Contact Lenses, Solution and a Contact Lenses Case.

The lenses were really easy to put in - after watching a few youtube videos of course! ;)
When I received my contacts, I was expecting them to look 'fake' and look like I was wearing contact lenses but in actual fact, you could not tell at all! They looked extremely natural but also made my eyes pop. They didn't feel uncomfortable at all. Obviously, they took a little getting used to but it didn't cause me any problems.

Usually, when I look in the mirror I don't really pay attention to my eyes because I don't feel they stand out much, but since I've been wearing these contact lenses I've found that I can't stop looking at them because they look so bold!

I couldn't recommend Feel Good Contacts enough! Their customer service is excellent and they provide fast delivery so you don't have to worry about your contacts not coming when you need them to! I also can't believe how affordable these contacts are too. 

You can purchase the contact lenses with no prescription too for all you perfectly-sighted people!

So, if I've convinced you to give coloured contacts a go then here's a 10% discount code for you to use at Feel Good Contacts:


Would you consider giving contact lenses a try?

Monday, 26 March 2018

How I achieve glowing skin

How I achieve glowing skin
Monday, 26 March 2018
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Spring has finally arrived and everyone is now trying to glow-up for the warmer weather - although I'm not sure the weather is getting any better here in England! 

The good news is, you don't have to splash out lots of money in order to get glowing skin. There are so many creams and serums you can use to get that dewy looking skin you're going for but there are also products you can use that are most likely lying around your house!

1. Coconut Oil - You've probably heard this beauty hack already but honestly, Coconut Oil does wonders for removing makeup and getting that youthful-looking glow. I have tried so many makeup removers but having slightly dry-skin it can be hard to find a product that doesn't strip away the moisture from my skin. Therefore, when I started using Coconut Oil it was amazing!

2. Use a Moisturiser or Luminating Primer - Now, I'm not just talking about any old moisturiser. If you're looking for that dewy look then I recommend using an oil or a cream specifically for a glowing complexion. I swear by the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm! I use this every day even if I'm not wearing makeup and it instantly makes my skin look brighter. It is pretty pricey at £32.00 - so if you know any alternatives then feel free to let me know - but I would highly recommend investing in this.

3. Fake Tan - Before I get on to this I just want to say that you absolutely do not need to apply fake tan to get glowing skin! I personally feel a lot more confident when I've got a tan so if you're looking for a good one then I highly recommend Bondi Sands. 

4. Highlight, Highlight, Highlight! - I love using liquid highlights for a more effortless look as it doesn't leave chunks of glitter on your face like a lot of powder highlights do. I love the Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter personally as it works really well my skin tone. One of my favourite hacks is to mix a little bit of your favourite liquid highlighter with your foundation!

5. Setting Sprays/Rose Water - I really recommend using a setting spray rather than a setting powder for a dewy look. This is because powder can dull your glow and make your face really matte-looking. I have been using the Younique Rose Water Spray on my face but I'm sure there are plenty of other cheaper alternatives.

Well, that's all of my tips & tricks to getting a glowing complexion. I hope this has helped you out in some way and I'd love it if you could let me know any tips you have to achieve that dewy look.


Friday, 9 March 2018

Gifts for her - Ultimate Gift Guide

Gifts for her - Ultimate Gift Guide
Friday, 9 March 2018
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This year is flying past so quickly and there are so many events throughout the year that you might find yourself having to ‘splash the cash’ on. So, I thought I’d create a post all about different gifts that you could give to that special woman in your life. Whether that being for Mothers Day, Birthdays or Anniversaries. 

Candles - You can never go wrong with an amazing smelling candle. This could work great for a little gift on the side but it could also work as a luxurious gift if you opt for a more expensive candle. Jo Malone candles are a must-have for almost every woman at the moment so if you wanted to treat your mum, friend or girlfriend then I’d recommend going for these! 

Perfume - Smelling good is a staple for both men and women so you can’t go wrong with anything that’ll make you smell incredible! I personally love the Marc Jacobs perfumes as well as anything Chanel. However, if you’re looking for a cheaper option then I’d recommend shopping on Fragrance Direct as they always have sales on! 

Lingerie - If it’s a girlfriend/wife you’re looking to buy something for then I’d highly recommend a nice lingerie set. Sebastian and Millicent do some luxurious lingerie sets so if you willing to spend a little more on that special someone then choose something from their range! Sebastian and Millicent also offer private consultations where you can get fitted and also a personalised shopping experience! 

Jewellery - This is a very obvious option but so many people get stuck on what jewellery they should buy for that woman in their life. A personalised necklace with their name engraved on it would be an amazing idea or maybe even a locket necklace with a picture of you both inside! Personalised necklaces just add a touch of sweetness to a regular gift. 

I hope you found some amazing gift ideas with this guide! 
Happy shopping xx
Thursday, 1 March 2018

The Blogging Industry - My thoughts

The Blogging Industry - My thoughts
Thursday, 1 March 2018
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The Blogging Industry is rapidly growing and now there are millions of blogs being set up around the world. Many more opportunities are being opened up to both small and large influencers and it goes without saying that there have been huge debates over social media about whether the change to the blogging industry has been a good one or not.

' In October 2009, there were 127.04 million online blogs across various platforms such as Livejournal, Wordpress or Blogger. ' - quote from statista

I love the blogging industry and it's crazy to see how much it's changed even over the course of 2017. I have met some amazing bloggers online and it's truly an industry I am so proud to be a part of. I've had incredible opportunities already and reading other peoples blog posts has really opened up my eyes to a variety of different topics.

When I first started blogging I never imagined it would become such an important part of my life and I know you might think that's an exaggeration but trust me, it's not.

Now, the blogging industry isn't always a pot of sunshine. Along with supportive comments comes hate and jealousy. I can't even begin to tell you all of the times I've come across indirect (or even direct) tweets about certain bloggers on Twitter. 

What once was a platform to share your love for certain topics has now become an open door to hate and competitiveness. So many brands are looking to work with bloggers that have a high following that it often leads to 'cheating' within the blogging industry. I'm sure so many of you already know what I mean by this. Surely, somebody with 8K followers and 60% engagement is more beneficial to a brand than somebody with 20K followers but only 10% engagement. Now, I'm not saying that people with low engagement don't deserve certain opportunities because that's definitely not the case.

I mean, how can 'smaller' bloggers grow when they're not given the chance to?

I'm just talking about the bloggers that buy thousands of followers to look 'better' to brands.

Unfortunately, to some 'bloggers' their blog is only there as a source of income and that's quite upsetting really. It's so obvious when a blogger enjoys what they do as you can tell by their writing. 

I thought I would get a few other blogger's opinions on this as I didn't want to bore you with just my opinion. So here are two bloggers that I've chosen to feature on my blog:

Chloe over at ChloeAliceLily:

' I think it's such a shame that people feel the need to buy followers and buy fake likes in order to get ahead. However, I do think that now the industry has caught onto it and it's so obvious when someone's following isn't genuine. I think it will be happening less and less! Brands now are looking less at your following and more at your followers: if they relate to you, engage with you etc '

Hannah over at Everydayhannah:

' I think there’s a lot more competition, people want it to be a community but there’s underlying competition - good or bad I’m unsure. There has been a spike in people buying followers but I think those people get shut down very quickly so it doesn’t make an impact! '

Blogging has so many benefits but also comes with a few negatives too, which is similar to almost all hobbies/jobs really. 

What do you think about the blogging industry changing? Is it a good thing?
Saturday, 24 February 2018

Ways you can treat yourself & why it is so important

Ways you can treat yourself & why it is so important
Saturday, 24 February 2018
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After a hard day, we all like to relax and do things we enjoy. It’s so important to treat yourself every now and then whether that’s having a pamper night, eating your body weight in chocolates or simply just spending time with your loved ones. I thought I’d share a few ways in which you can spoil yourself this year. 

One of my favourite things to do of an evening is pampering myself with face masks, lotions and skincare products. I’d highly recommend splurging on a gift set that contains all the things you’ll need for a relaxing pamper evening. There are so many brands out there that are selling gift sets but I’d highly recommend the  L’Occitane gifts for her website. They have so many luxury products for a relatively cheap price! 

Another way you can spoil yourself this year is by eating your favourite foods! It is important to maintain a healthy diet but it’s okay to have a ‘cheat day’ and indulge in your favourite snacks. My personal favourite is doughnuts and crisps. If you’d rather eat at a nice restaurant then do that too!

Me and my boyfriend really enjoy baking and one of our favourite recipes is so easy to do. It’s a recipe for basic cookies but we like to add a few teaspoons of cinnamon to the mix to create some gorgeous cinnamon cookies (great for the winter). 

Sleep in. I know how tiring it can get to wake up at 07:00 every morning to get ready for work/school so when you have time off, have a nice lie in. Not only does this make you happy but it’ll make your body happy. You’ll feel more focused and motivated throughout the day to get things done (hopefully). 

Why is it important to treat yourself?

Your body endures so much and it’s important to allow your body to relax and the best way to do that is to do something you enjoy and free your body of stress.

I really recommend lighting a candle as it can instantly make you feel more relaxed. I love the Yankee Candle Almond Cookies candle. It smells incredible!

I really hope you enjoyed this post and have found a new way to treat yourself this year. 

Monday, 19 February 2018

How to collaborate with brands as a blogger

How to collaborate with brands as a blogger
Monday, 19 February 2018
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The one question that has probably caused the biggest uproar in the Blogging Industry is:

'Should bloggers pitch to brands for a supposed collaboration?'

The simple answer to this, in my opinion, is 100% YES I have heard so many people slating bloggers for pitching to brands and I can't say I agree with anything they're saying. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion I get that, but pitching to brands is such an amazing way to get your name out there.

Obviously, if you only have a few hundred followers then it will be very hard to get brands to work with you. I know that's a very blunt way to look at it but it's true! Brands want to work with Bloggers that have a larger following or a relatively high engagement as it'll be the most beneficial to their company.

How to find brands to work with?

In the past, I have contacted brands whose products I actually use on a regular basis and love! That way if you were to send an email for a possible collaboration, you would be able to express how much you actually love their company. If you're looking for different brands to work with then I recommend looking on the #bloggerswanted hashtag on Twitter and seeing if there are any brands wanting to work with bloggers on there. There are also a ton of Facebook groups and websites that connect brands with bloggers.

When you stumble upon a brands website and you're just about to contact them, just remember that you want to contact the people that specialise in social media and PR specifically. So, look out for emails such as:

How to go about writing an email to a brand?

Be unique! PR companies get sent hundreds of emails every day from Bloggers wanting to work with them. Make your email stand out from everybody else's. I'd recommend getting yourself a media kit (I'll do a whole post about this if you'd like one) and explaining to the brand what type of collaboration you'd like to do with them.

What if I don't get a reply or they decline my offer?

It's not the end of the world if either of these things happen. As I said before, PR companies get hundreds of emails from bloggers and simply don't have the time to respond to everyone. If somebody has pitched a more unique collaboration idea than you then a brand is more likely to go with them. That's just common sense.

I think that's pretty much everything. If you have any more questions or would simply just like some advice then just comment below! I'm always happy to help :)

Saturday, 17 February 2018

The ugly truth behind Social Media

The ugly truth behind Social Media
Saturday, 17 February 2018
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It's so easy to compare your life to the incredibly 'perfect' ones you see on Social Media. The truth is that nobody is happy all the time. Everyone feels upset, angry and disappointed at times and that's just what makes us human. 

We display the 'best' versions of ourselves on Social Media whether that's celebrating our achievements, posting selfies where we're feeling particularly good about ourselves or simply just listing all the incredible thing's we've done that day. It's rare that anybody shows the 'behind-the-scenes' of their lives and this is where I think the quote by Steve Furtick fits in. 

'  "The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel"  ' - Steve Furtick

Imagine getting ready to board the plane to the Caribbean and posting a photo like this:

Little does everyone know, you spilt coffee all down your jumper, you've got bloodshot eyes from waking up at 2:00am so you don't miss your flight and you've just finished throwing clothes away from over-packing your suitcase. But of course nobody would know that because everyone want's to show their life in an ideal light.

There's nothing wrong with doing this at all, I admit that I do this as well but what's important to note is that we shouldn't compare ourselves to what we see on the internet.
I can't even deny that I spend hours scrolling through my newsfeed dwelling over the fact that my reality isn't as good as someone else's perfectly Instagram-able life. Believe it or not, so many people do it but I bet if you walked down the street there would be someone wishing they looked like you.

It's sad to say that Social Media has created jealousy over relationships and lifestyles that most likely don't even exist. Social Media is much like a canvas, in which we can choose to portray our lives however we'd like to. It makes us believe that we have to look a certain way and live a certain lifestyle. 

How many of you have taken over 20 selfies but ended up deleting 19 of them because they weren't 'Instagram worthy'? 

Now don't get me wrong, Instagram and Twitter have opened me up to so many people and created relationships that I never thought I'd have but it's important to understand just how damaging Social Media can be to our lives.

Social Media is not real life.