July Favourites

Thursday, 28 July 2016

I've been so bad at blogging lately that I haven't done a favourites blog post in so long, so apologies for that, but here's what I've been loving throughout July.

I know I'm super late to the party with this one, but I discovered NUXE's Reve de Miel recently and I've been absolutely loving it. For me, it's the perfect consistency for a lip balm and I've never known a product to keep my lips as moisturised as this, I can't recommend it enough.

This has definitely been my scent of the month (check out my full review here) I've been using this body butter very generously in the hope of maintaining my holiday tan. As with all The Body Shop body butters, it's very moisturising on the skin without feeling sticky, it sinks into the skin well and helps keep the skin soft all day. Plus this smells INCREDIBLE! 

Again, this is another one that I've recently reviewed, check out the post here. As I mentioned in that post, I have totally fallen in love with this product. I never thought I'd master the art of contouring and whilst I'm not 100% there, this product is definitely the best I've tried and at such food value for money, you can't fault it.

Another one that I'm super late to the party with. I know everyone has been raving over this product for months, but I'd never given it a try before. I bought a travel sized version for my holiday and have loved using it. It's so refreshing on the skin and wipes away make up so easily so you don't feel like you have to scrub it off your face. I liked it so much that I've bought the full sized version to leave at my boyfriends house. 

5./New Look Choker (similar)
I am LOVING chokers this month and have been wearing them pretty much 24/7. I love this one from New Look as I think it's so cute with the little peace sign. I feel like chokers really complete an outfit and can help jazz up pretty boring outfits. 

I feel like I'm 8 years old again, but I've been loving metallic temporary tattoos recently. I actually bought this pack in Portugal, but you can get them in lots of shops in the UK, such as Topshop and Claire's. They're a bit of fun and something a bit different for the summer. 

So that's what I've been loving this month, let me know what your favourites are for July. 

10 things I've learnt since working full time

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

I can't believe that I've nearly been in my job for a year now, it's gone so fast! Going from being a student to working full time is a massive lifestyle change and I've learnt so much in that time!

1./9-5 is a myth
I don't know anyone that works 9-5, most people finish at 5.30 or for me, I work 9.30-6. Also, no one ever works just their set hours, I rarely finish on time and if I do, I often don't take a long lunchbreak. There's always bits to be finished off and there never seems to be enough hours in the day!

2./You live for weekends
As depressing as this sounds, you live for weekends. It's 2 days where you can wake up at whatever time you want and there's so much free time to do whatever you like. Having said that, they are by far the quickest two days of the week and I always seem to be super busy, but any time not at work is always a bonus.

3./The tiredness is real
As I mentioned earlier, it's a massive lifestyle change when you first start work and for me, I struggled with the tiredness the most. Not only do you have to concentrate for more hours of the day than you've ever had to before, early mornings and late nights take their toll. I'm more used to it now than I was, but I do still get exhausted towards the end of the week.

4./Pay day is your best friend
I love pay day, it's the one day of the month where you actually have money in your account, it's the time of the month when you can actually afford things. After that, all your payments start leaving your bank account and your balance starts to fall. 

5./A lot of tea and coffee gets consumed
Personally, I don't drink tea or coffee, I'll occasionally have a green tea, but that's about it. However, everyone in the office is constantly drinking either a tea or coffee. There was a running joke in the office at one point as we were getting through what felt like one kettle a week as they're so overused!

6./Drinking on a weekday is never a good idea
I've definitely found this out the hard way! When you're at uni, it's totally acceptable to go out and get drunk in the middle of the week as you never have any early starts and if you did have a 9am lecture, it didn't matter as no one cared if you didn't turn up or if you did, you could go home after and go to back bed. However, that is definitely not the case at work, you have to sit it out all day and being in an office environment with a hangover is not an enjoyable experience.

7./Holiday treats are the best
Often when a colleague has been on holiday, they will bring back treats from wherever they've been and when this happens, you know it's going to be a good day!

8./The weight creeps on
However, following on from the above point, all these treats and the nature of office work means that the weight soon creeps on. I went from being quite active to having a very sedentary life, although I walk about 45 minutes a day (to and from the train station) this is not enough to keep the weight off. I've definitely had to make some lifestyle changes to ensure I'm not piling on the pounds!

9./Commuting is a struggle
I think no matter how long or short your commute is, no one wants to do it, it can be very tiring and takes up so much time in the day. This is especially the case if you travel on Southern Rail, you never know when your train will be and more often than not they get cancelled!

10./All of a sudden you're an adult
One minute you're a student with only yourself to worry about, the next, you have a full time job, with responsibilities and commitments, the adult life is all too real!

Pinita Colada | The Body Shop

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Not only am I obsessed with Pina Colada's, I love the smell of them too - for me, Pineapple and Coconut are a dream match so you can imagine my excitement when I saw that The Body Shop had released this limited edition Pinita Colada range.

I'd originally gone in with the intention of purchasing only the body butter, but they'd completely sold out of them, so the only way for me to get hold of it, was to buy it as a whole set. I can't say I was too disappointed by this as it meant I got the body scrub and shower gel too, enabling me to sample more from the range.

If you've followed my blog for a little while, you'll know how much I love The Body Shop and this range is no exception. They smell so beautiful and are so refreshing for the summer months that I've used them non stop. As with all their body butters, this one is so moisturising, I apply it every morning and my skin still feels silky soft when I get into bed at night. I was a little worried that I would find the scent too much after a while, but that isn't the case at all, it's definitely not too strong. 

I'm not sure how long this range is out for, but I'm really considering stocking up as I love it so much, I strongly recommend it.

Have you tried anything from this range? Let me know in the comments below.

Holiday Skincare

Sunday, 10 July 2016

I've recently got back from Portugal and when I'm on holiday I tend to use a slightly different skincare routine as I don't always have space for full sized bottles and with the sun, it's important to keep your skin protected and hydrated.

I've used this sun cream for a few years now and have definitely featured this in previous blog posts. As the name suggests, it's an oil free facial sun cream. I hate the thought of putting sun cream on my face as it's so thick and greasy, I can almost feel my pores clogging up, so this is a great alternative. It's very light, nicely fragranced and most importantly, keeps your skin protected without clogging up your pores. At £39.30, it's definitley on the pricier side, but I can't recommend it enough.

Although I don't use this Cleansing Gel on a daily basis, this handy travel size bottle I have was perfect to take away with me. I love this product, it gently removes impurities in the skin without drying out the skin which is ideal for holiday. I tended to only use this at night when I was removing my make up.

I have the handy travel size version of this, so it's perfect to take on holiday. It's so refreshing to use at the end of the day to remove make up after a night out and is so gentle that it doesn't sting if you manage to burn your face slightly (which definitely didn't happen to me!)

It wouldn't be a skincare post without me mentioning The Body Shop at least once! I received this small travel sized version of the moisture cream in my advent calendar at the end of last year (check out my blog post on it here). Whilst on holiday, I didn't moisturise in the mornings, I used the Dermalogica sun cream instead. However, we went out every night for dinner / drinks so I'd apply this before we went out. It's so light and refreshing that it was lovely to apply after a day in the sun.

Again, I received this in my advent calendar last year and as with the day cream, it's such a handy size to take away. I'd apply this every night before I went to bed and it was so hydrating on my skin. I find my skin, especially on my face, can really suffer in the sun and dry out, however, this cream was great at restoring the moisture back into my skin.

If you've followed my blog for a little while, you'll know how much I swear by Sudocrem, so I couldn't not take it away with me. With lots of holiday snaps being taken and not much make up being worn during the day, I didn't want to risk any breakouts so I took this as a precautionary measure to apply to any spots that appeared, in the hope of getting rid of them as quickly as possible. If you want to know more about how I use Sudocrem read my full review of this product.

What skincare products do you take on holiday? 

Maybelline Master Contour | Review

I saw Maybelline Master Contour advertised on TV, and the power of advertising worked on me because as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to have it. Not only did it it look like it would solve all my contouring problems, for the price of £6.99 I couldn't not have it! I love the idea of contouring, but having tried a variety of methods, none of them seem to work for me, so I thought I'd give this a try.

It's a really good idea as it's a 2 in 1 contour and highlight stick with a creamy matte texture and to me, it's fool proof. You draw onto your face the areas you want to focus on and then blend through with a brush. I use the contour side just under my cheek bone, along my jaw line, down the bridge of my nose and the top of my forehead, blend through and then I use the highlight side on my cheek bone and blend that through too. Also, it's a handy travel size, so you can contour even when you're away from home! 

I think this is the most effective method I've tried, it provides definition really naturally and it's definitely buidable for nights out when you're after a more defined look. If you're looking for a cheap, easy way to contour, I can't recommend this product enough!

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