Thursday, 2 August 2018

Summer Essentials

Summer Essentials
Thursday, 2 August 2018
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As you know if you live in the UK, the weather has been absolutely incredible! We haven't had a Summer like this in ages, in fact, I don't think I've ever experienced a Summer like this!

I tend to have my 'essentials' for every season so I thought because we've actually had a hot Summer this year, I thought I'd share a few of my Summer Essentials with you all.




1. Hunkemoller Clean Tailored Bikini Set

This bikini is a must for your holiday's this year. It has the most gorgeous gold detailing on the Bikini Top Straps and provides enough padding to give you that support. It has a clasp at the back and ties around like a halterneck. The Bikini Bottoms are also gorgeous and they actually act as a 2-in-1. They are called the Clean Tailored Fold-Over Bikini Bottoms so are just like regular Bikini Bottoms when folded over but can also be High-Waisted if left unfolded which is amazing!

2. Ziaja BB Cream

You've probably heard me talk about this BB Cream before but I have to talk about it again because it's not talked about enough in the Beauty Industry. It has a really light coverage which is great when it's boiling hot outside and you don't want your foundation dripping from your chin!

It is quite mattifying but works well on dry skin (which I have) and it also helps to even out your skin tone. The most amazing thing about this BB Cream is that it's under £3! How affordable is that?!

3. Australis Ultimate Dark Violet Based Tan

I will be jetting off to Tenerife in a few weeks but this Australis Fake Tan has been an absolute must lately! What I love about this Tanning Mousse is that it is formulated for Olive Skin-Types which I have never come across before in a Tanning Brand! It doesn't leave me looking orange at all and makes it look like I've spent 2 weeks in Spain which is the look I'm going for! I'd recommend leaving it on overnight for it to fully develop if you want to get the darkest tan possible and what's great is that it isn't streaky and dries in seconds!

 4. Clarins Eclate Minute Lip Perfector

This is the lip product I've been using almost every day in the Summer. I only have the travel-size version but a little goes a long way so it's lasted me months! I have shade number 05 in Candy Shimmer and I'm in love with how it looks on my lips. It makes them look plumper and smoother but still natural looking. Also, it smells absolutely incredible, I'm sure it has a hint of vanilla in it which makes it smell so good!


That sums up my Summer Essentials Post!
What are your Summer Essentials?



* I was gifted some of the items mentioned in this post, however, all opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced by the brand I am working with.
Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Holiday to Tenerife

Holiday to Tenerife
Wednesday, 25 July 2018
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I have to say I'm a sucker for a good holiday so when my boyfriend's parent's said they wanted to take us to Tenerife I was beyond excited! I have been to Tenerife before, I went a few years ago and I absolutely loved it!

The last time I went we stayed in a 4-star hotel, however, this one is a luxury 5-star and we're going in August which is the same month as my previous trip was... I have the worst memory you could possibly imagine so even though my last trip was only around 3 years ago, I still don't remember much of what we did. 

What I do remember is that the beaches are absolutely gorgeous and you'll be sure to get a glowing tan as it gets pretty hot in the summer! There are 2 different types of beaches in Tenerife, the regular golden-sand beaches and the volcanic black-sand beaches. Personally, I prefer the golden-beaches but it' would be nice to explore the other kind too. My family always tend to go all-inclusive as there's quite a few of us but this year it's going to be half-board. We're definitely going to be going on a lot of day trips so I think this was probably the most sensible idea. 

Siam Park was another thing about Tenerife that made it that amazing! Siam Park includes the world's longest Lazy River which is great because that's actually one of my favourite parts about a Water Park - I'm boring I know! If you're looking to book a holiday whether it be to the incredible Tenerife or anywhere else in the world then I'd recommend doing it through Holiday Gems. They not only help you book the holiday but they also provide all the information (such as temperature and things to do) that you could possibly need!



I can't wait to go back to Tenerife and if you're struggling to find 'that perfect destination' then I'd recommend going there!



* This post is sponsored by Holiday Gems.
Sunday, 22 July 2018

Kiss My Parcel Review

Kiss My Parcel Review
Sunday, 22 July 2018
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I know I'm not the only one that struggles with what to get people for birthday's, anniversaries or any other special occasion. My boyfriend's birthday is coming up pretty fast and I'm already running out of ideas. I was sat here for a good few hours browsing the internet for 'Gift Ideas for Men' and couldn't find anything that he doesn't already have, that was until I came across the website 'Kiss My Parcel'

Kiss My Parcel is a website that creates unique care packages for every occasion and offers FREE Next Day Delivery so that you can ensure your Care Package comes in time! There are so many packages for all occasions such as becoming a parent, having a cold and people who are fighting cancer. 



The package itself comes in a box filled with shredded paper and lots of little goodies. It also contains a personalised card in a wax-sealed envelope. I feel this is such a unique idea and totally different from the standard flowers and chocolate you may get for someone. One service that Kiss My Parcel offer is the Bespoke Service which allows you to create a completely personalised Care Package! All you're required to do is send the company a short brief of who and what the package is for and they'll do the rest! It makes the job so much easier for you!

So, if you're looking to get a personalised gift for somebody then I'd 100% recommend Kiss My Parcel! They provide excellent customer service and create the most gorgeous presents!

They also have 20% off until the 31st of July so I'd recommend buying one now.


* This post is sponsored by Kiss My Parcel. 
Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Interior Design Ideas

Interior Design Ideas
Wednesday, 11 July 2018
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I'm not usually one to do posts like this however seen as I am having my new bedroom decorated in a few weeks, I thought this would be a good post idea!

Personally, I love the country-style, shabby chic look for certain rooms so this is most likely the look I'll be going for in my new room. I have filmed a few Instagram Stories already of what my room looks like currently so make sure you're following me on there if you'd like a sneak peek before I write a post about it. 



Now, I don't have my own house yet but I already have an idea of how I'd like it to look. I have similar taste to my mum and I was actually the one that encouraged her to buy Shabby Chic furniture. If you have no idea what 'Shabby Chic' is then I'd recommend just googling it because I'm not the best at describing things! 

I think my favourite room to design will be my kitchen just because I love the marble work surfaces and I would love to create a country-style kitchen instead of the classic, modern look. 

As far as decorating a new house is concerned, it's very important to have a number of websites that you know you can rely on to buy furniture from. HC Supplies is a great website to go on if you're looking for work surfaces, bar stools, taps and sinks. It features so many different styles so you'll be sure to find something that suits you! Not only that, but HC Supplies also has Showrooms which you can look at if you're struggling with how to design your kitchen.

Let me know how you've designed your house or if you don't have a house yet then just let me know how you would design it!







Tuesday, 3 July 2018

How to pitch to brands as a blogger?

How to pitch to brands as a blogger?
Tuesday, 3 July 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:

 pr@insertcompanyhere.com
marketing@companyname.com

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!

Sunday, 1 July 2018

My Fake Tan Routine

My Fake Tan Routine
Sunday, 1 July 2018
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After trying hundreds of fake tanning products, I have finally found what works for me! It's not as easy as just buying a self-tanner and slopping it on your body, it takes a lot of preparation to get it looking flawless...

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Prepping the skin

This is the most important step in ensuring your tan turns out like those of the Victoria Secret models. First things first, I jump in the shower and e x f o l i a t e !
This is so crucial as it removes all the dead skin cells that will potentially cause your tan to look patchy. My favourite product to use for this is a body scrub. I've been trying out the Hempz Pink Pomelo and Himalayan Sea Salt Body Scrub (that's a mouthful) for a few weeks now and I love how it makes my skin feel. If you've applied tan previously and are still left with some tiger-looking stripey tan then I recommend lathering your body in baby oil prior to going in the shower and let it sit for around 30 minutes.

Baby oil is a lifesaver when trying to get off a stubborn tan!

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Should you moisturise before applying fake tan?

This is the question that gets debated so much when it comes to Fake Tanning. Personally, I like to moisturise before I apply Tanning Mousse and it hasn't caused me any problems. I get quite dry skin so I feel that if I don't moisturise, my tan will just stick to all the dry patches on my legs. However, it's totally down to you (I would recommend waiting 10 minutes or so for the lotion to sink in though).

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Application

Use a mitt! I'm pretty sure we've all made the mistake of using our hands to apply Fake Tan and ended up with orange fingers resembling Wotsits. I'd also recommend standing in front of a mirror because that makes it so much easier to see if you've missed any spots. Many will tell you to blend in circular motions, but if I'm being completely honest I tend to just frantically move my mitt around in all different directions before the tan dries!

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What tan do you use?

The answer to this will differ for everyone but I generally like to switch my Fake Tans around quite a lot. I am currently using the Norvell Tanning Mousse along with my Brazil Bronze Tanning Face Mist. If you're looking for a tan that doesn't have that 'biscuit smell' then I'd seriously recommend the Norvell Tanning Mouse! Now that I think about it, it kind of smells like Marzipan so if you like smelling like a Marzipan Cake then this is the tan for you!

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Should you fake tan your face?

Again, this is all down to personal preference but personally, I do like to put fake tan on my face. However, I must warn you that the tan will rub off on your face the quickest as you tend to wash your face more often than the rest of your body. I like to use the Brazil Bronze Face Mist as it provides such a natural looking tan on your face and doesn't get all patchy around your nose and mouth.

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How to maintain your tan?

I'd highly recommend investing in a Tan Extender. These will help keep your tan looking fresher for longer and some of them also act as a Gradual Tan if you're looking to achieve a darker look. I like to use shower gels that contain no fragrances or any harsh chemicals as that can also intefere with your tan. At the minute, I've been loving the Sanex Sensitive Skin Shower Gel which you can pick up from Boots for about £2!



And that's it! I hope I've given you a few tips and tricks on how to achieve the best looking tan and I hope I've given you some insight on what products work best for me!


Let me know what your favourite Fake Tan hack is!