Monday, 22 July 2019

Summer Holiday Favourites


I've just returned from a lovely holiday away in Alicante wit the family, time went far too quickly and I'm already looking at booking another getaway. These holiday favourites are a regular occurrence on here but I find them useful when packing for a trip. Not only is it a way to find new things I might try but it’s also a helpful checklist. I’ve even looked back at my own list to remind myself of what I usually take away with me. There are some repeat products that are must-haves for me but I’ve got some new additions too. 

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As it’s battling the elements much more than if would be at home I make sure I'm taking care of my skin so I’ll start with my skincare products.

A no brainer is the SPF. I miss when suncream used to have a lovely coconut scent to it but maybe that stuff just wasn’t doing the job. I apply factor 50 and drop down to 30 if it feels like my skin can take it. The Garnier dry mist sprays are perfect for a quick application and are great for Mason too. I love that they're not sticky and cover quickly and easily. 

For my face I usually use La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-shine tinted sun cream gel SPF50  (£17 for 50ml). It doesn’t feel too heavy but gives me just enough coverage in the warmer evenings to feel comfortable but I know my skin is still protected. SPF which is specially for the face is a must to avoid clogging pores or making you look shiny. Another option is the 

Anthelios Shaka Fluid tinted spf 50 (£17) is water, sweat and sand resistant so it's perfect for wearing at the pool or beach. The easy-to-apply, ultra light fluid is non-greasy with a lightly-tinted finish for a unified look. The improved texture does not irritate or sting your eyes. This one is much more lightweight but still gives you a little glow.

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I keep a hat on to keep my face in the shade as much as possible but I know those UV rays creep in all over the place so you need to protect that fragile skin!

I use aloe vera gel on my body every evening, it's the only type of after sun that doesn't seem to attract bites. I've had gorgeous ones before that smell incredible but I just get eaten alive. I'm still using this on my body now and it dries almost instantly. I apply the L’Oreal Hydra Genius Aloe Water to my face which is lovely and light. Great for after being in the sun but also as my morning moisturiser too. The usual price is £ 9.99 for 70ml but I pick it up when it's on offer £6.66 which is a total bargain if you ask me. I have a full view on it here.

I don’t use wipes at home but on holiday it’s just easier than having bottles and cotton pads. I also don't have a lot of makeup to remove so my in shower cleanser tends to do most of the job for me. This year I tried out the L’Oreal Fine Flowers cleansing wipes, they were on offer for £1.99 instead of £3.99 and I’ve used some cleansers from the fine flowers range so I thought why not. They remove waterproof mascara well and take off the base layer of makeup before I properly cleanse. The 
extracts of rose and jasmine feel really soothing, I’m a big fan of rose oil as an ingredient which brings me onto the Neal’s Yard Rose  Facial Wash which is £17 for a 100ml full size bottle but I have a miniature bottle for travelling. It’s lovely to use in the morning and evening and is one of my favourite products. In fact Neal's Yard's  whole rose range is lovely.

The Origins  Drink Up intensive Over night mask is one of my favourite face masks. It has a gorgeous scent and applying it a couple of nights a week before bed gives me that extra bit of hydration my skin needs after being in the heat all day.

I repurchase the La Roche-Posay Serozinc Face Toner Mist 150ml £10 when ever it’s on offer. I’ve used it loads at home during the heatwave. It tightens pores and magnifies the skin. I absolutely love applying it, it just feels so fresh and soothing on the skin. I use it after cleansing in the morning and evening. It's great before applying make up or just when I want to freshen up. I love love love this stuff!

We did a fair bit of walking about and a good deodorant is a must when you're in a country with temperatures reaching 34 degrees. The Dove Maximum Protection Deodorant (£4.99) is my favourite and lasts all day. My top tip is to apply to your cleavage too cos sweaty boobs is one of the worst things about summer!

When it comes to make up I took my L’Oreal Unbelievabrow longwear brow gel as it was waterproof but I didn't actually use it as I had my hair highlighted before I left and this just made my brows look so dark it just didn't look right with my lighter hair. 

The Lancome Hypnose Mascara (£25.50)  is one of my favourites as waterproof mascaras go. I find a lot can make lashes look grumpy or spidery but this works just as well as any regular mascara. I meant I could splash a but with my kids in the pool which is what family holidays are all about! 


I always pack a couple of bottles of nail polish when ever I go away, I change the shade when I'm there when they inevitably get chipped from being in the pool or sea. I tend to go for a something bright, usually a coral or pink. I take Nail Polish Remover Pads so I don't  have to travel with a bottle of nail polish remover. Knowing my luck that will be the thing that spills all over everything (why do bad things happen to good people?!).


With legs on show 90% of the time I make sure I use my Venus Snap razor (£9.99 but almost always on offer for a fiver). It’s compact and has a case to keep it safe which is perfect for travelling. I think I've used one of these on every holiday since it was released. 


I don’t do anything too fancy when it comes to my hair on holiday, during the day it’s either tied up with a pop band (great for minimal kinks) or under a hat while I let my natural beauty waves do their thing. 

I wash as normal in the evening with what ever shampoo we’ve picked up to take with us, as long as it cleans and gets rid of chlorine, suncream, sand etc I’m happy. I use Macadamia Oil on the ends and apply Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist deep conditioner a couple of times to help with the daily exposure to so much heat. 


I wash my hair before going out for dinner and I pop my Sleep Rollers in after a shower and let my hair dry relatively naturally. My sister in law came to the rescue with her hair drier a couple of times as I wasn't giving myself enough time to get ready and my hair just wasn't drying quick enough on it's own (or with the air con on crazy high because of my annoying finance and his obsession with it!).



This year I had to think about all the bits and pieces I needed for Mila too. Packing for a 4 month old was very new to me but I think we did ok. I'll be posting about how her first holiday went very soon. 




*for clarity everything in this post was purchased myself. However I was originally sent the Macadamia Oil but have since repurchased it several times



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Monday, 24 June 2019

Finding my Strength with Gatorade




I’ve made no secret of the fact that since having Mila I’m tired 90% of the time. A combination of late nights, early mornings, broken sleep and generally running around after two children takes it out of me. 

I haven’t succumbed to the pressure of getting my ‘pre baby’ weight back but I’ve had problems with my back and I want to get stronger. 



I definitely don’t have time to get to the gym but I do manage some exercises to strengthen my back to make lifting Mila easier. It can be tough finding the energy for workouts so I’ve been turning to energy drinks to help keep me going.


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Gatorade is a carbohydrate-electrolyte sports drink designed to maintain endurance performance and to enhance the absorption of water during physical exercise. Which basically gives me the energy I need to work out efficiently. It helps that the drinks are really tasty. The Lemon flavour is my favourite and the Cool Blue reminds me of a slushy. You lose electrolytes through sweat so Gatorade is great to restore the lost electrolytes to keep you hydrated.


Electrolytes are minerals that have an impact on the brain, muscles and nerves. Whenever I’m run down I turn to anything with electrolytes to pick me up. I suffer with migraines and I find drinks like this really help. They are also great for stomach bugs -basically anything where rehydrating is key. 


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Obviously with the sugar content these are not a weight loss drink. Gatorade is designed for the gym or athletic training. If you are working out the sugar will be worked off. I’m definitely not going to judge if you want to drink these as a treat,  cola and even orange juice are far worse for you! It’s a great alternative to caffeinated drinks and a good addition to water and I'm a big fan. 




You can buy a pack with 4 flavours here






*Pepsi (Gatorade) have gifted me this variety pack, but all views are my own.






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Saturday, 25 May 2019

7 Ways To Save On Your Beauty Purchases



Every girl loves a good beauty splurge. Whether it’s the latest eyeshadow palette or a gorgeous skincare product, there’s something about beauty items that feels ultra-luxurious. Let’s face it; it’s a buzz buying them, isn’t it? 

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However, lots of these items come with a pretty steep price-tag, which isn’t such good news if you’re working to a tight budget. The good news is – you can still get your hands on the latest, greatest beauty items, if you adopt a savvy approach. 

7 ways to save money when buying beauty products 

· Recycle (and get stuff back!). Recycling is not only great for the environment, it’s awesome for your bank balance too. Some shops let you return used product packaging, then in return, they give you free items! For example, when you return six packaging containers to MAC, they’ll give you a complimentary lipstick in return. Now that’s tempting. 


· Gather some samples. Beauty product samples are everywhere. You find them in the pages of magazines, you can request them in department stores, and most perfume shops are happy to let you try out their products for free too. Sometimes you have to ask though, so don’t be shy! You can also request free makeovers at your local department store, which is really useful if you’re going out for the night. 


· Get the ‘inspired by’ versions. Ask yourself – does it have to be designer? Some ‘inspired by’ versions of designer items are really convincing. For example, Copycat Fragrances’ perfumes feature many of the same ingredients as the big-brand originals, but for a reduced price. Also, when you see make-up that you love in your favourite fashion magazine, check the high street shops – many of them offer catwalk-inspired equivalents. 


· Rescue your make-up. Whatever you do, don’t bin your old make-up – chances are there’s life left in it yet! When your nail varnish goes gunky, add a few drops of nail polish remover, then stir. This helps to smooth it out again. If your eyeshadow smashes, squeeze a tiny amount of argon oil into the container, then press the powder back in with a spoon. Likewise, tiny remnants of lipstick can be melted down and added to lip balm to create a tinted lip colour. 


· Wait for the sales. Okay, so this is a bit of an obvious suggestion – but it really does pay to wait for those Christmas and summer sales. Shops often knock huge amounts off the retail price, which means you’ll get a great product for way less. Keep an eye on your favourite brands throughout the year too. Many offer exclusive discounts and freebies, so it’s worth following them on social media or subscribing to their newsletter. 



· Make your own. If you’re the creative type, this will be right up your street. Creating your own beauty products is pretty fun, and it means you can tailor them to suit your tastes (and skin type). Easy products to make include exfoliators, moisturisers, make-up removers, lip colours and more. Apparently, this ‘DIY’ approach can get quite addictive – so you have officially been warned.






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