Blogging Giveaway

I have been blogging for just over two and a half years, where has time gone? I still can’t believe I’ve actually stuck with it, right from my very first outfit of the day post with just a few lines of waffle. So I thought I’d host a beauty giveaway to celebrate reaching 6k on Twitter and 1K on Instagram (and a long overdue blogging birthday, oops, sorry!).

I wanted to say thank you for supporting me, reading my blog and to those of you who’ve made my day by leaving lovely comments, retweets and interactions. It’s been a huge learning curve for me with so many things I never thought I could achieve, and there’s always been someone in the blogging community who has been able to give me some much needed advice. I’ve had some amazing opportunities and I’ve got to meet so many wonderful people through social media.

I began writing my blog as a hobby for myself, it’s been so reassuring to know there are people out there who not only read my posts but enjoy them too. So thank you, you’re the absolute best! Here’s to the next two and a half years.

Now let’s get on to the good bit!

Blogging Giveaway

Blogging Giveaway

The Prizes:

  • Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette
  • Urban Decay After Glow 8 Hour Powder Highlighter
  • Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in shade Pillow Talk

This competition has now ended. Thank you to everyone who entered.

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Summer Skincare Favourites

Every season I get a lot more excited to see what new makeup products have been released than I do skincare, I have a slight weakness for highlighters and lipsticks. As a blogger I feel I should be trying new beauty products more than I do, but when I find something I absolutely love I tend to stick to it and shy away from testing too many skincare items, I know it can’t be good for my skin. However I wanted to talk through some of my current skincare favourites for the summer.

Summer Skincare Favourites

Cleansers

Boots No7 Revitalising Hot Cloth Cleanser – Whatever time of year it is I need a hydrating cleanser to take off my makeup and I’m absolutely loving this one from No7. I’ve repurchased it so many times in the last few years and it’s become my holy grail cleanser. It’s super creamy and doesn’t dry out my skin, yet still removes every scrap of makeup. I also use this to cleanse my skin in the morning, removing it with the damp muslin cloth helps to gently exfoliate my skin, leaving me feeling fresh faced and ready to apply my moisturiser.

Boots No7 Revitalising Micellar Cleansing Water – At the end of the day I like to double cleanse, especially if I’m been into town or on the train to London. This  one is gentle and doesn’t cause me any irritation, I just pump some onto a large cotton pad and sweep it all over my face to remove the top layer of makeup. Even doing this makes me feel slightly fresher.

Summer Skincare Favourites

Summer Skincare Favourites

Summer Skincare Favourites

Moisturisers

Decleor Prolagene Lift and Firm Day Cream – Even during the warmer month I still find my skin needs a rich moisturiser to stop it drying out, especially if I’ve been out in the sun. This one from Decleor is a thick cream yet it feels light and fluffy on my skin and massages in beautifully without leaving it feeling greasy. It’s super nourishing, helps get rid of any dry patches and leaves my skin feeling really hydrated. My complexion looks wonderful and healthy, and feels comfortable all day. If I’m going to be having my photo taken for my blog then I’ll make sure to apply Kathleen Skincare Amazing White Illuminating Serum, I have my full review here if you’d like to know why it’s also one of my skincare essentials.

REN Perfect Canvas Skin Enhancing Serum Primer* – I wasn’t too sure about this serum at first as the website states it gives a matte finish, and normally I’m all about the glow. It’s designed to be applied after using a moisturiser, almost like a makeup primer. I’ve used it mainly down the centre of my face and across my forehead, which is an area that tends to get quite shiny and where my foundation needs to be touched up. I’m not sure how it can be both matte and glowing at the same time, but some how it works. My skin didn’t feel dry and tight, plus my makeup stayed put just that little bit longer. I don’t usually believe a beauty product can completely reduce signs of ageing but believe me ladies, if you have any fine lines or wrinkles then you’ll want to try this product. I have a few around my chin and this almost made them disappear, now I’m not just saying that because I was kindly sent this product, if I genuinely love something then I will be totally honest about it. The serum is full of bio-actives, silicone-free and your skin is smoothed, lifted and naturally filled, making it the perfect base to apply makeup.

Kathleen Skincare Caviar Enriched Eye Cream – I started using this about a month ago, applying in both morning and evening. I’ve been really impressed with how incredibly hydrating it is on the delicate skin around the eyes. For years I suffered with dark circles that even the thickest concealer couldn’t hide. This is better than any eye cream I’ve used before, my eyes look brighter and more awake, the skin feels extremely hydrated and the puffiness has really started to improve. As I’ve gotten older I also worry about fine lines and wrinkles, This eye cream contains 23 natural and marine extracts which specifically help to firm and lift and reduce any signs of ageing.

Summer Skincare Favourites

Summer Skincare Favourites

Weekly Skincare Treats

Decleor Aromessence Neroli Amara Oil –  I love giving my skin an extra treat a few times a week and I find using a facial oil really helps give me a glowy complexion. I’ve been using this one from Decleor and my skin feels extremely soft and genuinely looks as though I’ve been to the beauty salon. This oil also smells incredible and not only are the essential oils beneficial for my skin but they help to relax my mind. Anything that’s left I will massage into my hands and cuticles to give them some extra nourishment too.

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask – For a really deep clean I love to apply this face mask when I want my skin to be looking it’s best. It’s extremely gentle on my skin and doesn’t cause any irritation. I usually apply it before getting into the bath so it has time to get to work, afterwards my skin feels extremely soft, hydrated and looks positively glowing.

Summer Skincare Favourites

Summer Beauty Favourites

Summer Skincare Favourites

Handbag essentials

The Body Shop Rose Dewy Glow Face Mist – This has been an absolute life saver during the extreme hot weather recently. A quick spritz of this feels so refreshing and also helps to freshen up my makeup. It also comes in different fragrances if you’re not keen on the smell of rose, personally it’s one of my favourite scents.

Dior Lip Glow –  I’ve been wearing the shade 001 a few times just on it’s own for a natural look, It’s a really pretty, pink colour that changes depending on your own natural lip colour. It tints your lips whilst treating them, leaves them incredibly soft and looking slightly fuller and plumper. This lip balm is also great for priming my lips to stop them drying out when I’m wearing a matte lipstick.

L’Occitane Lavender Hand Cream –  One thing I can’t stand is the feeling of dry skin on my hands, I have a hand cream everywhere in the house and I’ll make sure to carry one in my handbag too. I’m currently using this one from the Fashion Mumblr X L’Occitane Travel Set as it’s the perfect size to carry with me during the day. The lavender fragrance makes it smell incredibly relaxing, the cream doesn’t leave my hands feeling sticky, it’s really nourishing and keeps my hands feeling super soft.

Summer Skincare Favourites

Summer Skincare Favourites

Summer Skincare Favourites

Body Care

Boots No7 Gorgeous Glow Body Scrub – I like to use a body scrub before I apply a fake tan. This one from No7  is incredibly gentle with soft grains in a thick cream, It’s enriched with Almond Oil, Argan Oil and Rosehip seeds, I can’t describe the scent other than it has a fresh, soapy smell. It leaves my skin feeling so smooth and removes any dry patches, ready to apply my fake tan.

Kathleen Tranquil Fields Body Oil* – This wonderful massage oil contains Lavender Essential Oil, Almond Oil, Rosehip Oil and Vitamin E which help to nourish the skin and keep it feeling silky smooth, even those stubborn areas like knees, elbows and ankles. It’s designed to be used on wet skin, straight after a bath or shower. I love that moment when I add a few drops onto the palms of my hand and simply inhale the relaxing scents and I immediately feel a million times calmer. I’ll leave my full review Here if you’d like to find out more.

Palmers Coconut Oil Body Lotion – This rich lotion feels so luxurious and smells divine. It contains natural fatty acids which help to keep the skin looking radiant and healthy. My skin feels incredibly soft and moisturised, luckily I bought 3 bottles of this when they were on offer in Boots.

Summer Skincare Favourites

 

Summer Skincare Favourites

Tanning

Vita Liberata Phenomenal 2 – 3 week Tan Mouse – Now I’m no expert when it comes to fake tanning but I do prefer doing it myself at home instead of going to a salon. I’ve been using this one from Vita Liberata in the shade medium, I have just ordered myself a full size bottle after trying out the mini version. I apply it at night so it develops over night into a gorgeous colour that’s a couple shades darker than my natural skin tone. I find it doesn’t make my skin feel dry like some fake tans have done. It’s completely organic, so you’re not putting anything harmful on your skin and can be used on the face. However, being the sensitive thing I am I’ve been applying a thin layer of Charlotte Tilbury Overnight Bronze And Glow Mask all over my face and neck a couple of times a week to give my complexion a holiday look.

I hope you enjoyed having a look into my beauty cabinet and seeing what products I’m using this summer.
Do you switch up your skincare depending on the season? What beauty products are you loving right now?

 

Items marked with a * have very kindly been sent for review, all photos and opinions are my own.

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Things To Do This Summer

I know the feeling well. You’re scrolling through social media looking at what seems like everyone’s holiday photos, yet you’re going nowhere that requires a passport. I’ve often had to drag my weary butt away from the screen and do something that will stop me feeling sorry for myself, plus it gives me the motivation to carry on with the dreaded to-do list when I come back.

You don’t need to spend a fortune just to have fun, grab a couple of friends or choose something you’re happy to do by yourself. Doesn’t matter if you’re single or in a relationship, there’s something here for everyone. Even your Granny will want to tag along.

Things To Do This Summer

  • Picnic In The Park – put together some of your favourite nibbles, make a flask of tea or cold juice, grab a blanket and your favourite book
  • Visit a museum or art gallery – great for inspiration
  • Go on a bike ride
  • Be a tourist in your own town – it’s amazing what little treasures you can find and you never knew they existed
  • Visit an animal shelter – both of my dogs, Sandy and Cassie, were rescue dogs  and I’ve made crochet blankets for Wood Green animal shelter to help with their fundrasing.

Things To Do This Summer

  • Go swimming at your local outdoor pool  and lounge on the sun lounger with a cold smoothie afterwards
  • Visit the nearest Lavender Farm – great for photos and picking up a treat in the gift shop
  • Visit the seaside for the day – collect shells from the beach, walk along the pier, have cake in a quaint tea shop, run away from the tide and laugh like you’ve never laughed before.
  • Plan a girls night out – drinks in the local or a trip to the cinema followed by pizza.
  • Start a new hobby – knitting, crocheting, baking, start a scrapbook, painting, you know you can do it if you put your mind to it

Fun Things To Do This Summer

Fun Things To Do This Summer

  • Have a garden party – text friends and family, invite them round, get them to bring a different item of food or drink with them, it saves you doing the shopping as well!
  • Take a walk by the river or canal – if you go with someone, get them to take a few photos for your Instagram or outfit of the day
  • If you enjoy gardening, get outside and see to those forgotten plants, or pop to a garden centre to buy some new ones
  • Put up a parasol in the garden and get outside, listen to new podcast, read a book or play a summer playlist
  • Dig out a recipe book and try making a summer salad, just in time for your garden party

Fun Things To Do This Summer

Fun Things To Do This Summer

  • Be a tourist for the day and take yourself off to the nearest city, check out all the places of interest, it would be London for me so I’d have to visit all the Royal Palaces, Tower Bridge and take a stroll down Oxford Street and Regent Street.
  • Take your Mum, Aunt or Nan to see a show at the Theatre and then for a meal afterwards, see how much they would appreciate that
  • Start an evening class – photography, writing, painting or learning a new language (just in case you need that passport next year!)
  • Have a pyjama party either by yourself or with a friend, catch up on the latest box set, enjoy a few pampering treats like an at home facial, and open that bottle of wine you’ve been saving for a special occasion
  • Have a room makeover – paint the walls a different colour, buy some cute cushions, trinkets and prints for the walls.

Fun Things To Do This Summer

  • Visit a theme park – try those rides you’ve been too scared to go on and scream the place down, believe me, you’ll have so much fun
  • Start a new exercise  – at home or the gym, yoga, pilates, Spin session, whatever suits you best
  • Start a photo a day challenge – with all the exploring you’ll be doing, it should be a total breeze

Whatever you decide to do, have FUN and stop worrying about what other people are doing. You can bet you’re bottom dollar that they’re not worrying about you.

Fun Things To Do This Summer

Bag: Guess

Dress: Debenhams

Bracelet: Lilia Rose

Necklace: Etsy

Shoes: New Look

White Sunglasses: River Island

Tortoiseshell Sunglasses: Boots

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Fashion Mumblr X L'Occitane

Fashion Mumblr (aka Josie) is one of my favourite YouTubers and has given me loads of inspiration when it comes to beauty and fashion. Many a time have I have gone out and bought an item of skincare because she has featured it in one of her vlogs and I trust her opinion when it comes to putting anything on my skin. Imagine my delight when I saw Josie had teamed up with L’Occitane and put together 5 of her favourite products from their collection, all neatly packaged in a beautiful cream vanity case.

The set contains mini versions of each product and it comes just in time for your summer holiday, and believe me I cannot wait to start using everything. It retails for £25 (worth£35) and is absolutely beautiful. I think Josie has done an amazing job putting together this collection. Even if you’re not going away at the moment, it’s the perfect way to try some of the products before buying a full sized version. I would imagine if you’ve clicked on the title of this post then you’re already a huge fan of Josie, like I am, or you love using L’Occitane.

Let me talk you through the 5 beauty products Josie has chosen for her collaboration with L’Occitane.

Fashion Mumblr X L'Occitane

Like Josie, I first fell in love with L’Occitane when I was given a set of 5 mini tubes of hand cream for Christmas, my favourite from that set was a rose fragrance one. I was really pleased to find a tube of Lavender Hand Cream inside the Fashion Mumblr X L’Occitane set as the smell of lavender always makes me feel relaxed. The cream is thick and leaves your hands feeling really soft, it’s the perfect size for popping in your handbag.

Fashion Mumblr X L'Occitane

I always apply moisturiser to my body after a bath or shower and this Pivoine Flora Body Milk is just perfect. It smells absolutely divine,it absorbs really quickly which is great if you want to get dressed straight away, and it leaves your body feeling silky smooth.

Fashion Mumblr X L'Occitane

Oh just the thought of using this Almond Shower Oil makes me want to jump right in the shower now, it smells dreamy. The oil changes to a soft foam as you lather it into your body, making the whole experience feel a little more indulgent. It leaves your skin feeling hydrated so it’s ideal if you’ve been out in the sun all day on your holiday.

Fashion Mumblr X L'Occitane

As much as I love wearing makeup, I enjoy having a mini pampering session when it comes to taking it all off at the end of the day. The Immortelle Cleansing Oil is a gentle, silky oil that removes every scrap of makeup and dirt, making your skin feel soft and completely nourished. It has a wonderful calming feeling which is just what your skin needs after a day in the sun.

Fashion Mumblr X L'Occitane

I was so excited to see a mini pot of Immortelle Precious Cream inside this set. It’s literally pure luxury. The last thing I want when I’m away is to neglect my skincare routine so this little pot is perfect to fit in my travel bag. It’s super creamy and leaves the skin feeling silky soft and nourished. Wherever you’re travelling to, this cream will also protect your skin against the environment. What more could you ask for?

Fashion Mumblr X L'Occitane

I can honestly say the Fashion Mumblr X L’Occitane Travel Vanity Set is absolutely gorgeous and Josie has chosen 5 amazing products. Even the vanity case is a handy size to use after your holiday, it’s perfect for a weekend break, staying at a friends house or just to keep a few beauty bits in at home. It’s available via their website if you fancy treating yourself just in time for your holiday. Be quick though, before they all sell out.

Have you tried anything from L’Occitane? What beauty product is a must have for you on your holiday?

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Tring Reservoir

It was one of the hottest weekends so far this summer and Adrian and I decided to take a short drive over to Tring. I’m so lucky to have such a beautiful place practically on my doorstep, it’s a wonder I haven’t been here more often. The walk by the canal at Tring Reservoir is a great place to visit for anyone, families, dog lovers, photographers and fisherman and it’s situated right on the boarder of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The path itself is also ideal for pushchairs and wheelchair users.

We parked the car right near Bluebells Tea Room at the start of this particular walk and all I could smell was delicious food, I wasn’t hungry yet somehow I just wanted to sample a large piece of carrot cake.

Tring Reservoir

It was actually quite busy, yet it seemed so peaceful,  a really lovely place to visit and feel almost as though you’re on holiday. It reminded me of the time I went on my neighbours canal boat for a champagne boat naming ceremony, the boat was christened Blue Moon. I would love to have gone on one today, but still I appreciated the calming, relaxing stroll by the canal instead. Even the swans came over to see what we were up to.

We made sure we stopped to take loads of photos, I think you’ll agree it’s such a beautiful place, especially if you live or work in a busy area during the week.

Tring Reservoir

Tring Reservoir

Tring Reservoir

Tring Reservoir

We carried on up the canal towpath, taking in the stunning scenery, wild life and of course the barges which were prettily decorated with flowers and some had such lovely names. Thankful I wore one of my many hats as it was an extremely hot, sunny day. The dress I chose was an off the shoulder, flowing maxi wrap dress. The material is lovely and soft, feeling cool against my skin. I thought my straw cross body bag went perfectly with the floral design on the dress.

Tring Reservoir

We’d taken a mini picnic and a huge flask of tea, it wasn’t anything fancy as it was literally a last minute decision to go. We’d stopped off at the supermarket on the way and bought a cold pasta salad, fruit salad and a pack of chocolate chip cookies, perfect for dunking in our tea, haha.

Tring Reservoir

I honestly didn’t want to go home, it was lovely to just sit and watch the world go by, I was so relaxed I could quite easily have closed my eyes and gone to sleep. Everyone who went passed us was extremely friendly, saying hello or stopping to have a chat. They were complete strangers, and that’s something you don’t normally get in a big town or city.

We continued walking past the pub at Bulbourne and on for another 3 miles, before deciding it was time to turn around and come home. I’m sure it won’t be too long before we return for another walk by the canal.

Tring Reservoir

I couldn’t end this post without sharing these two excellent shots of a Grey Heron taken by my husband, who is a keen wildlife photographer. I’m sure he won’t mind.

 

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