Friday, 29 June 2018

St Tropez Extra Dark Review

I've tried a lot of tans over the years. I guess it's something the girls of my generation grew up with. Looking tanned was essential for a night out and it's now become a routine in party preparation. I suffer with anaemia so I can look pretty pasty at times so I rely on fake tan to keep me looking alive and less see-through!

I was chosen to review St Tropez Extra Dark Self Tan which excited me a lot. I've always purchased the tans on the 'darker' end of the spectrum in the hope that I actually get a noticeable result. Previously this has only been achievable with a couple of brands and it usually takes a couple of coats. I was excited to give this one a go and I had high hopes.

St Tropez is one of my favourite brands, if I want a colour quickly I use their Express tan that is really great and develops in one hour.  
It's definitely not your budget tan, at £33 it's one of the more expensive on the high street. I am a firm believer that you don't have to spend a fortune to get good results but I do see a reason to splash out on this. 



It's in a good quality bottle that you know won't break open and leak everywhere and the push down dispenser gives you just the right amount of product at a time. I find it really easy to apply and I was really impressed with how easily the mousse smoothed on. It's a really light and creamy formula and it instantly made my skin looked airbrushed and moisturised. Some tans can feel drying straight away but this really felt like it was giving my skin some hydration too. The guide colour is pretty dark at first but when smoothed out a bit it's a golden brown. 

It dried fairly quickly considering it was such a warm night and there was no strong 'fake tan' smell. You can rinse it off after 4 hours bit I like to leave mine on overnight. I didn't transfer on my sheets but did rub off on the band of my pjs. I hear their Purity range is great for avoiding this. 
In the morning I rinsed it off and there was a lot of tan going down the drain. I was slightly concerned that there would be no colour left!



But I was pleasantly surprised that I was left with a deep, golden colour that looked really natural. It was really even and had no streaks at all, I think the guide colour helped with this as you could easily see where you were applying it. It looks amazing. Although I have missed a tiny patch on the back of my foot cos I'm a total wally (and I was watching Love Island while I applied it!).

The colour is definitely dark but not scary dark. It gave me the look that applying 2/3 layers of other fake tans would give me so not only does it save me time, the bottle will last me longer too.

It's the perfect time of year to use this while it's heating up so a deep tan won't look out of place.
I'm off on holiday in 3 weeks so I will be applying this before I go so I arrive with a gorgeous glow. 


Superdrug have over £10 off their St Tropez products at the moment so now is the time to try this out. 

*this was kindly gifted to me but all thoughts are my own


Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Personally Presented - Travelling with the Greatest Showman

Wow it's been hot this week. I'm not usually one to complain but when I've walked home from the school run carrying all kinds of bags (it's always the day the PE kit comes home when I've decided to walk, isn't it?) and then had to cook dinner which no matter how hard I try, always involves turning the oven on; it's then when I long to be in a pool somewhere with a cold drink in my hand.

 Generally speaking we are all so much happier when it's sunny but that sunshine is 100% better when on holiday. I'm counting down to our family holiday this year and it's now only a matter of weeks away. I've been tempted to start packing but that might be slightly premature. You can bet your Boots advantage points that I'll be writing list upon lists on all the miniature toiletries I need to pick up though! 
I love a good list to keep me organised - I even have lists of new lists... it might be a problem.


That's the thing, holiday prep was fairly easy in the past, I'd throw everything in my case and head to Gatwick in my biggest heaviest shoes in the hope that my luggage wouldn't go over the limit. Since becoming a Mum I have to have a little more structure, I have to make sure I've catered for every situation for both (/all - let's be honest I'll be organising most of Sam's stuff too!) of us. 

My hand luggage is a mixture of spare clothes, pencils, sticker books, games and gadgets and even a travel Connect Four in an attempt to lure him away from one of the many screens and create this picture perfect parent life we're all led to believe is achievable.

With the bag being full of everything apart from the kitchen sink it can be hard to keep track of the most important bits ... my make up. I JOKE, I KID! I mean the passports and tickets of course.


I was kindly asked to pick a product from the Personally Presented website. 
They have a whole range of gorgeous personalised products which not only make great gifts but are actually things that you'll use! They are a family run company and believe in gifts that are worth giving, a gift that is as unique and individual as they are. 


With the airport mania on the horizon the travel document holder was a no brainer for me. It looked like it would really help to keep everything in one place. It's a gorgeous leather holder with pockets inside to hold passports, boarding passes, cards, cash and even a pen which is rather handy - I can never find a pen when I need one. 

Like everything else on the site it is personalised. With this particular design you have 3 lines of 20 characters so that's plenty to get creative with. Like most of the UK right now our family is obsessed with the Greatest Showman and  the song 'A Million Dreams' means a lot to us on a few levels so that was the quote I went for. When this was delivered I handed it to Sam and Mason to open and they both had a huge smile on their faces when they saw the line from the song. That is the beauty of something personalised, you can make the most simple of objects something really meaningful. 

 Big occasions like graduations, weddings or baby showers can be tricky to buy for but there are some lovely little keepsake boxes, personalised bracelets and trinkets that tick all the boxes. 

They've covered pretty much all bases, there's gifts for the home like personalised chopping boards and key hooks which make perfect housewarming gifts. I really love the breakfast in bed tray and the cheese board is great for any cheese lovers like myself! 

If you're stuck for any kind of gift I'd definitely recommend you give this place a try as I can guarantee you'll find something special that puts a smile on someone's face. 

*I was kindly gifted this item but all thoughts are 100% my own.


Monday, 18 June 2018

Caseapp Giveaway!

Anyone that knows me will tell you that I'm much more of a Summer girl. The first hint of sun and I' doing the school run in a vest top and I'm soaking up that vitamin D! 

This is why it was totally out of character that I still had a Christmas themed phone case on my iPhone. Usually  as soon as Christmas is over I'm counting down to longer days and getting some flights booked.

So when Caseapp got in touch asking if I would like to make my own custom iphone case I saw that as fate telling me to sort my bloody life out. It was time to update my phone case at least. It's been fun Christmas case, but it's June and it's time for us to part ways mate.


All I knew was that I needed a case that was more suitable to this time of year, and thankfully Caseapp had loads to choose from. I love a good window shop so I really enjoyed browsing. There's hundreds of great designs like marble prints, animals, hearts, flowers and flags if you're feeling patriotic (perfect timing for the world cup!).

You can upload your own images to create something personal or go for a pre-made design. It's all so customisable so you can get something you really like.

You can upload any picture you want, you can make a photo or collage or even have a little scroll through pinterest to find a quote you love for some inspiration. I used to have a Disney themed case which worked out really well when M was little as it meant he looked right at my phone when taking pictures of him - a very handy tip there!

I opted for a marble background and used a few of their 'clip arts' along with a picture from our holiday to Greece last year. 


It was so easy to make and I had a great time creating it, I love stuff like this and it was nice to make something really unique and personal to me. I really like the overall look and it feels very me. The quote 'Go Live' really speaks to me at the moment - I'm all about creating memories and having experiences. As the great Jack Dawson said 'Life's a gift and I don't intend on wasting it.' 

You can chose a glossy or matte finish, I went for matte as I prefer it. The case is really sturdy, I was really impressed with the quality- my iPhone is protected and it looks great too! 

Now it's not just for iPhones, you can create a case for a range of phones including HTC, Nokia, Samsung and OnePlus. I was also able to make a new MacBook skin.

This was another one I created myself and I used to logo from our new little business venture. Anyone that follows my Instagram will see me mentioning the PacVan which is a popup gaming cinema. Basically we bring everything you need for an evening of gaming with your mates to play where ever you want. There's a big screen loads of games to choose from and we can create tournaments or basically just leave you all to it. It's perfect for parties, stag do's and weddings.

If you can't do a shameless plug on your own blog where can you?!

 but ANYWAY...

It was great to be able to customise the MacBook to fit in with the branding of the company and it looks great. The laptop skin is delivered in the form of a sticker that you easily peel off and apply yourself. I’m not the best at things like this so it was a two man job to apply to the laptop with Sam positioning it while I smoothed down any air bubbles. It looks SO GOOD! Imagine customising your laptop with your blog header - how professional would that look while writing in Starbucks? 

It arrived in no time (only about 5 days I think!) and the package was small enough to fit through the letterbox - always a plus as I miss a surprising amount of deliveries for someone who works at home!


If you want to place and order yourself you can use code JENNIFROST20 and that will get you 20% off.

If you want to create your own custom laptop skin or phone case I've also got a little giveaway over on my Instagram. The winner gets one free product from the Caseapp website so head over if you want to be in with a chance of winning.

*I was kindly gifted these products but all thoughts are my own 


Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Hidden Holiday Gems

As you might have noticed I'm well into holiday mode. When we get into Spring and the sun is shining a lot more I'm counting down the days to the time where I get to take that trip to Gatwick, get a new perfume from duty free and hop on a flight to somewhere new and exciting.

 It's lovely having the sun in London but given the option to swap the feel of the grass between your toes on Clapham Common for the sand beneath my feet on a beach in the Balearics I will jump at the chance.

I mean, are there many things that aren't improved by a little break away? If I have a bad day I'm looking at prices of flights or researching new places to add to our travel wish list. It's that feeling of escape and immersing yourself in something new.

I don't really like to visit the same place more than once. There's a big wide world out there and I want to experience as much of it as I can. Even when you talk to someone who's been to the same place as you you find out there's so much to see that you both had very different holidays by discovering different places to visit. Every holiday is unique.

The great thing is you don't have to go far to get a real change of culture. Short haul trips are so appealing as there is less time on the plane and more time for adventure! That adventure could range from discovering a new cocktail that tastes excellent but doesn't give you a painful hangover (we can dream) to visiting stunning cathedrals full of history- that's the beauty of doing things your way when on holiday. 

Even if you're on a package holiday you don't have to be restricted to your resort. 
I wanted to share a couple of places that surprised me while away on my travels over the years.

Stalis, Crete
Even if I opt for a more relaxed all Inclusive break I still like to explore my surroundings and get out to see what's nearby. We went for a break to Crete in October and spent most evenings or lunchtimes walking along the beach to try out the local bars and meet the locals. It was glorious, I'm an absolute beach-bum and the beach is my happy place.
 One restaurant that really stood out was the Ocean Bar in Stalis. The pale blue and white theme was completely my aesthetic. The seating area was made of old sailing boats and looked fantastic. Something so simple really gave it a magic touch.  I admit it was the fact it was so Instagrammable that drew me inside in the first place! There was a great selection of food and cocktails and it was right on the beach so had perfect views and excellent photo opportunities. It ticked all the boxes for me.


Everyone is so friendly in Greece. I'm slightly upset that we're not heading to any Greek islands this year actually, I love the atmosphere and it's all just so beautiful. Somewhere like Rhodes or Zante will be on the shortlist for next year for sure. 

Magaluf, Majorca
Given it's party reputation I was really surprised by Magaluf beach. I think I expected something  a little more tacky but it was so clean and modern. If you take a little stroll you find nice calm quiet spots which were perfect for the relaxing days to balance out the livelier nights that I was used to back in my youth! It's definitely not a place to go for the culture but if sun and sangria are what you're after this is the perfect location.  
Also.. FUNFACT The Inbetweeners movie was filmed there (not Malia which is where the film is set) so there's a little nugget of knowledge for you. Who said this blog wasn't educational? 

Sal, Cape Verde
We're off to Cape Verde this summer; It's somewhere I've wanted to visit for a few years now and I always hear really great things. The beaches look beautiful and it's such an up and coming destination. It's slightly further away but the flight time isn't as ridiculous as going to the Caribbean but we'll get to experience a complete different culture to anywhere in Europe.  Their motto is 'No stress' which is absolutely perfect for us. 
It was the chance of seeing some great wildlife out here that sold it to me; There's a charity that protects the turtles and you can see them hatch and head off down the sand to the sea which sounds incredible. The Turtle nesting season is from late June so fingers crossed we time it perfectly. There's some great chances to go whale watching too. 
Another place I'm hoping to visit while out there is ‘Olho Azul’, which in Portuguese means ‘Blue Eye’. It's basically a saltwater pool inside a lava-encrusted rock and when the suns rays hit the water just right, the cave lights up and looks like a gigantic blue eye. To me this sounds like the ultimate hidden gem! I don't like to wish my life away but I really want July to hurry up!

For a bit of holiday inspiration click here. I can't wait to visit some new places and discover a load more hidden gems this Summer!

*this post is sponsored but all thoughts and photos are my own


Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The Holiday Essentials -Swimwear

It's around this time of year I start getting excited for our Summer holiday. 

After the initial booking of the holiday there's usually a little wait before getting in the real holiday spirit. But then the sun comes out, we start applying suncream, we spend more  of our lunchbreaks outdoors then we realise that the months have whizzed by and it's time to start the holiday countdown! The holiday playlist goes on and I'm mentally planning my outfits.

Once the countdown starts so does the holiday shopping. I always pull out the summer wardrobe of the year before and while I re-wear (and re-wear and re-wear... seriously, some things are older than my son!) some items I always buy a new bikini for the occasion. I guess I could go through and name each bikini. My Strapless green one is my Mexico bikini, my stripy blue and white one is my  Cuba one, My bight coral one is my Crete one...even the years we didn't go away when M was tiny I still bought new swimwear 'cos it was just tradition. Luckily that year was pretty hot and I spent Masons nap times in the garden imagining we were somewhere tropical.


I always like to take something with me to cover up later in the day while on holiday, even in the Caribbean I get cold in the evenings -I'd say maybe I'm getting old but I've always been like that! Cover ups are great for nipping to the pool bar or the bathroom too.

Hunkemoller have a great swimwear collection from bikinis, swimsuits to cover-ups. You can even grab some sunglasses, beach bags and sandals while you're there - I really love a place where I can get lots of things ticked of the checklist easily. 

They kindly sent me this halter neck bikini by Doutzen. The pale pink colour is so perfect - I am already imagining how lovely it will look with a tan. 


I'm a big fan of halterneck bikinis, I like the freedom to easily untie the neck strap while sunbathing to avoid strap marks. It's such a flattering style, the underwiring keeps you held in (what is it with all the swimwear on the high street having no support recently?!) and I really love the textured detail that gives some subtle mermaid vibes. Combined with the matching bikini bottoms it's a beautiful set. I mix and match a lot of my bikinis so this is a good style to go with my plain black and navy bikinis too. It's available in an A-E cup and the bottoms go from XS to XL.


The larger band around the hips is the style I like to go for but there is a string bikini bottom option too if you like something a little more skimpy! 

Look out for this bikini in action on my holiday to Cape Verde in a couple of months. I guarantee there will be pictures all over Instagram! I can't wait to wear it by the pool sipping cocktails! 

*I was kindly gifted this bikini but all thoughts are my own


Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Back to Blondie Locks

Let me tell you a story about how I ruined my hair. 

It all started way back when I was about 16 I dyed my naturally brunette hair blonde - well, my best friend at the time dyed my hair blonde. 
out of a box. 
that was about £4. 

Needless to say I didn't get the beachy, sunkissed look I was after and I resembled a traffic cone.

 "Don't worry, it's only another £5 to buy another box of dye, 
it's lighter now so it will work next time." 
-oh, young naive Jenna. 

blondie-locks-review-noughty-haircareThis kind of attitude stayed with me for years, and when nothing was on at the cinema and there were no house parties to go to my friend and I would pop on a Blue album and dye my hair. Sometimes it was red, sometimes it was darker again, only to go back blonde a few weeks later with the help of a plastic cap and that horrible little stick you use to pull strands of hair though. Stripy highlights and broken ends was my new look. 

When I got a job and had more money I learnt that it was way more beneficial to pay to have my hair done by a professional. My hair grew, I still stayed blonde but it was healthier. I learnt to use hair masks, to add some heat protection during my polka-straight-Avril-Lavigne-hair phase (I even wore a tie with a vest top - what was I doing?!) and basically stop ruining my hair. All was going well.

'til last year I kind of ... relapsed. 

In November my blonde hair had very bad root regrowth and had faded an awful lot. It was looking darker and I suddenly had the urge to go dark.

 'Ok, head to the salon Jenn, off you pop!'
-no, far too sensible.

 Before I could say "because I'm worth it" I was at the checkout in Superdrug with a box of hair dye ready to go 'Chestnut Brown' in 25 to 30 minutes. 

My new hair was nice for a week. Shiny like a new penny. I was a new woman. My darker hair complimented my new red baker boy and I was loving it. 
However, my joy was short lived. After a couple of washes it wasn't dark enough anymore. I found myself in Superdrug again with another box of dye like an addict ready for my next fix. 

I applied it that night, made a general mess of my bathroom and towels. Long story short I hated it. I wanted my blonde back. I waited a month or so and headed to the salon and after one hell of a trim I had some highlights on the agreement that I would go lighter in stages to keep my hair in good condition. I fully deserved a smack on the wrist.

There's still a dark dye stain on my bathroom wall that reminds me of my error. 
I'm tempted to go into Superdrug and as them to put posters up refusing to serve me hair dye if I ever get tempted again.

I've now had my second lot of highlights applied and my hair is back to blonde. I'm making sure I take care of it. This is where Blondie Locks comes in. This is the new range from Noughty haircare and they've developed a natural way to take care of blonde hair. There's no parabens, sulphates, silicones and their products are vegan friendly. I've been sticking to natural hair products lately but it's great to find something that is specifically for blonde hair.

Both the shampoo and conditioner smell gorgeous. Using them in the morning really gives my bathroom an uplifting Spring feel which is lovely in the sunshine. But air freshening aside, they really brighten my hair and leave it soft.  My hair is fine so I need something that doesn't feel heavy but still gives it the moisture it needs and they do just that. 


Blondie Locks contains rhubarb to help lighten and bring shine to hair and cassia which helps to promote shine and enhance golden tones. We all know that lemon helps to brighten blondes -who else tried the lemon juice trick when they were younger?! There's also the traditional highlighter camomile which definitely adds to the gorgeous scent. 

Using these with a weekly hair mask and a hair oil after washing has really helped keep my hair strong and looking like it's just been done (in the salon - not in Superdrug). I find my hair so much easier to style as it's less frizzy. 

These retail at £6.99 for 250ml at Ocado and Superdrug who have their Noughty products at 1/2 price at the moment - just stay away from the hair dye isle and you'll be fine! They will also be available at Feel Unique from 15th May. 

*these were kindly gifted to me but all views are 100% my own


Monday, 30 April 2018

Unpopular opinions or just the TRUTH?!

I've always been the person who speaks my mind, to be honest I'm still learning when I should just keep quiet. Over the years I've found more and more people get offended by the silliest little thing. Whether online or in person so many things are taken out of context, chinese whispers have made things into something they're not, they've added 2 + 2 and come up with 12. It's tiring.

I've become quieter, sharing my thoughts only with trusted people. These thoughts don't even have to be about anything important -that's the crazy thing. I admit it's not a world I like to live in. 
I've lost count of the amount of times I've written a tweet and then decided not to bother as any kind of backlash just won't be worth the hassle. It's not all bad though, I know a lot of people I follow are opinionated and I really enjoy seeing them say their piece. They have thicker skin to deal with any backlash that comes their way.  They don't like the new raved about concealer, they can't stand Love Island, they love the royal baby name. Whether I agree with these or not, I still enjoy them. And that my friends is why I'm writing this post. I'm getting a bit of Jenn back. I guarantee there will be some points that you will not agree with but that's ok. 

We're all friends here. Wouldn't the world be boring if we all had the same thoughts?
It would be pretty damn creepy if you ask me. 

This is all lighthearted and of course not a dig at anyone. But you know that. 
So here goes... here are some of my (probably) unpopular opinions. 

My first beef is with Bacon (weird sentence) -It's kind of  just hot ham. I just don't get it. I guess it's ok. When hungover it's good in a sandwich- but so are most things. Go ahead, add it to a full english, but I wont be excited about it. There are some great meats out there people! Don't settle for bacon. 

We've started off small...
Hold on to your baker boys, I'm going in....

I just don't get the point of Dressing Gowns. I tried wearing the robes in our hotel room on holiday but they just get in the way, fall open or feel bulky -it's like wearing a coat indoors. Do you wear clothes underneath? isn't it hot? Do you get sweaty? Do you not have to wash them almost daily? I'm known to be the girl in a t-shirt as soon as there's a hint of sun so it's no secret that I don't like layers so that's probably a big factor. 

Christina is better than Britney. I'm not even sorry. 

Obsessive fans scare me a bit. Grown adults getting huge tattoos of One Direction or believing they are a vampire. Main offenders seem to be Dr Who, Twilight, Star Wars, Disney and Harry Potter. I should be interested in Harry Potter as my boyfriend was in the first film (he doesn't like to talk about it) but I just can't get on board with it all. I don't get any of the references. 
"But are you a Huffllepuff?" ...a WHAT NOW?!
 Hey, I'm sure it's great and it's fab to have a passion or something to fell a part of but can't people just like things a normal amount? Do you really need a mug, a coaster, a hoodie, cushion, matching blanket, and a wand to show your love for something? I'm waiting for a Daily Mail article "The real reason millennials are not buying houses' and a link to a room covered in Harry Potter memorabilia. 

Family Guy is only kind-of funny.

There are places that do incredible burgers, (my friend's restaurant for one) Maccy D's is not one of them. To be fair I haven't been in a McDonalds since before M was born so maybe things have changed but I'm in no real rush to find out.

Guilty Pleasures aren't a thing. Why should you be guilty of something that makes you happy? It's usually about music and I think that stems from music snobs which I really don't like. This sounds like I'm contradicting my obsessive fans thing but Im not, if it's enjoyed a normal amount I have no problem. Glad we've covered that.

Frozen is an overrated disney film. Tangled is way better.


I know they are a huge thing at the moment and I will always like the insta pics of them. however...Halloumi Fries aren't that great. Halloumi is nicer grilled - sorry.

It's a strong word but I absolutely hate snow. I can't understand how people get excited by it. The country just doesn't work in snow. It makes things look pretty for a few hours and then it just messes everything up. It all looks a mess for days afterwards, no trains run, we have to wear stupid amounts of clothes to keep warm and people drive like idiots. Not a fan.

Pornstar Martinis shouldn't be served in a jug. They are a work of art and deserve better. 

Heels are better that flats. I literally own one pair of flat ballet pumps so I am completely bias here. I've always worn heels, the picture below is of a shoot I did at work with Sam and I did 10 hour shifts in these shoes. I guess I'm just used to it now. They are more comfortable to me. I waddle like a baby in flat shoes. It's far more enjoyable to buy a pretty pair of heels. I'm just jealous I'm not cool enough to pull off Converse! 


'Bullying' is a word that gets thrown about too much.

There are better sides than chips- chips are boring.

Primark just takes a lot of effort doesn't it? It's always busy, it's messy and the clothes fall apart of shrink. I do go in there from time to time but I need to be fuelled with coffee and determination and in a relatively good mood or I want to kill someone. 

Ross from Friends is the best one. There was a vote on Comedy Central that proved it and everything. I don't understand the sudden hatred for him. 

There are better things to have on your toast than Avocados.

£3.50 is pretty reasonable for a good Coffee.

99% of Christmas Songs are awful and while we're on the subject Christmas season doesn't start til December.

...and Elf is not a good film.

...neither is Love Actually. 

If people spent as much effort on their marriage as they did planning their wedding there would be less divorce. Weddings are over-rated, marriage is underrated. 

I don't get why anyone would spend over £40 on a Candle. That is pretty much literally burning your money. 

Channing Tatum looks a bit like he's been stung by bees and I don't get the appeal.

Recently people are agreeing with me but in the past it amazed people that I just hate Facebook.

Baby on Board stickers are pointless -more so if you have more than 2. If it's true that they are for ambulances to know there is a baby in the car (if so why don't the hospital make sure you have one before you leave like they do with a car seat?) then why don't people take them out when travelling without a baby? There was actually an article I read that said they caused more accidents due to them restricting vision. Don't get me started on 'Little Princess on Board' stickers. 

There's not a lot on Netflix worth watching. I can't be the only one who scrolls through for ages and just ends up watching Friends again.

The Green Ones are the best Fruit Pastilles/Skittles/Starbust. Not the reds or purples.

I can't get past the thought of what gross things are hidden inside Beards.

Green Tea tastes like pond water. I wish I liked it cos there's health benefits and that but it's a no from me.

Leonardo Di Caprio didn't deserve the oscar -ok that one is just a lie! I'm just seeing if you were paying attention.

sneaky sneaky.

There are probably loads more but I'd only get myself in trouble! 

I'd love to hear some of your unpopular opinions. Or if you actually agreed with some.
I'd also like to know how many friends I've just lost!