Sunkissed Summer Tag

28 Jul

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Seeing as the sun is out and I’m chilling out before I get ready for work, I thought I would take part in a tag post to start the week!

This is probably the first summer in a long time where the sun has actually been shining and its gorgeous weather, although this being said I can’t wait for autumn!

So without further ado (and the fact I have just over an hour left to chill and write this up!) let’s get on with this tag!

1. What is your go-to product for a sun kissed summer glow? (bronzer, self tanner, etc.)

I won’t lie I don’t use anything like that, purely because I don’t feel the need to. A good natural sun tan does the job for me, but I’ve not done any sunbathing this year as I’ve just been too busy with work and such, but I have caught the sun on days out etc. I think I’m going to start hitting tanning beds again soon as I want a natural tan again.

2. What book would you recommend for a summer read?

Mmm definitely the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella, as well as The Carrie Diaries and Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell. My summer books are definitely going to be ones by John Green as I’ve just bought 4 of his books and I’ve of course read The Fault in Our Stars too.

3. What’s your signature summer scent this year?

This year? Probably Oh Lola by Marc Jacobs or Lady Million by Paco Rabbane. Both are summery scents that just smell gorgeous and bright, as well as strong too, which of course is what I like in a perfume.

4. The sun is shining and it’s time to get outside! What’s your favorite thing to do?

Go on an adventure! Me and my boyfriend like doing this, either discovering somewhere new, or somewhere neither of us have been before and want each other to see. With my friends we often go for some drinks (alcoholic and non alcoholic) out and about. I do miss going to the pub during summer evenings but at the same time I’m saving money! :P

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5. You’re on the boardwalk and your stomach is grumbling. What’s your go-to summer beach food?

Haha boardwalks don’t come often in the Midlands! However if I’m in the countryside and near a river or something then fish and chips is definitely my go to food! Cannot go wrong with a cone of chips covered and drowned in salt and vinegar.

6. Sunscreen is always important, but it’s a MUST in summer! What’s your favorite? (Face, body, or both)

Probably one by Nivea that I use on both my face and body. I don’t really apply any SPF face lotions to my face… Because I just don’t really, which isn’t good really. Another I like to use is Palmer’s cocoa body lotion with SPF 15.

7. After a day in the summer sun and heat, what do you do to cool off?

Relax inside either reading a book, watching a movie, playing on my 2DS, or even doing some blog related things (such as writing posts or reading other people’s posts).

8. How do you wear your hair in the summer? (down, ponytail, ombre, dip dye, etc.)

To be honest I always just wear my hair the same, no matter what season. That being my side braid. :) But in the house I wear my hair in a ponytail or even a braided ponytail.

9. Must-have nail polish for summer 2014?

Not sure, I have and love so many! Probably my speckled polishes by Models Own. The shades are gorgeous and perfect for summer, especially as there are five shades to choose from.

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10. Sometimes it just feels good to chill out and watch Netflix. What shows/movies do you recommend for summer?

Haha Netflix eh? I don’t use it just to put that out there! I definitely recommend Sex and The City and The Carrie Diaries for summer! They’re great shows to watch, especially in the evenings and during the day if you have your laptop, iPad, etc outside with you. As well as that Jackass is a fun one to watch during the summer too! Movies? Studio Ghibli and Disney is the way to go! Remind yourself of the films you would have watched when you were a kid during your school holidays.

11. Do you wear liquid foundation, BB cream, or tinted moisturizer in the summer?

I don’t no… So I haven’t got much to say on that. xD

12. It’s super bright outside! Do you reach for sunglasses or a hat?

Sunglasses! I take them everywhere with me at the moment, I love my Wayfarers so much.

13. What is your summer jam this year?

Haha summer jam! I’m not sure, probably something Daft Punk, Calvin Harris or Deadmau5 related. I love me some electric sounding music for the summer and I still need to listen to Deadmau5’s latest album too.

14. Do you have a summer bucket list? If so, share some things on the list.

I do but I don’t… I want to go back to Bristol again this summer, just for one day to do a bit of shopping and go to the Bristol Zoo. As well as that I want to go walking some more in the countryside with my boyfriend, go on a mini adventure! There are loads of things I want to do this summer but I guess it’s just going ahead and doing them instead of planning them.

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15. Bikini, tankini, or one piece? Show us your fave bathing suit this year!

I don’t have one to show I’m afraid but I usually stick with bikinis, although I would like a one piece as I feel too conscious about my belly these days to even show it off. :(

16. Summer means heat… and sweat! What’s your favorite sweat proof product this year? (Skincare, makeup, anything!)

My Sure Maximum Protection Deodorant in Sensitive is my definite product all year around, especially in the summer! With this deodorant I don’t sweat, which is great as when I sweat, I REALLY sweat! I’ve also started to use The Body Shop’s sorbet moisturiser which is really helping to keep me cool. I recommend using a gel body lotion instead of a cream one, the same can be said about your skin care too.

17. Summer wouldn’t be complete without a scoop (or two) of ice cream! If you could create your own ice cream flavor, what would it be?

Oh my! I don’t even know to be honest with you. It has been created by a great place in Bristol, but cornflake ice cream. :D I would have said bubblegum, but that’s already been made.

So that was the sunkissed summer tag! I know I really enjoyed taking part in this tag!

I nominate everyone in the UK to take a part in this tag, sorry to cut out anyone else but our summer here is so nice for once that I want us all to show off how much we’re enjoying it this year.

If you do have a go at taking part in this tag please let me know so I can read what you  put.

For now take care all, I need to head off to work and officially start my week (as well as the last few days of July).

See you soon!

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Ernest Hemingway Glasses

25 Jul

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Last week I picked up my brand new glasses and as much as I love them and was excited for them, I wasn’t exactly planning on buying any new ones this year… I do have my reasons why though!

Sadly a few weeks ago my Versace glasses broke, with the arm pathetically falling off after I attempted to put them on after a shower. I was gutted to say the least and with some superglue they were fixed… For all of a day!

Thankfully during the time my new ones were on order my Dad did what Dad’s do and fixed them for  me, but of course it wasn’t to be a permanent fix, just a meantime one to tide me over until I got my new pair.

I have to add a few pointers here about my old Versace frames…

1. They were just over a year old and for them to break that soon I was extremely pissed off. This is the second pair of Versace frames to have their arm fall off. Not pleased.

And 2. I bought these glasses just after my Gran died, so to have them break and then a week later have the wallet she bought for me stolen too sucked BIG TIME. Someone’s sending me a sign I think…

Anyway moving on…

Since having these I love them so of course I had to talk about them today.

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As with most pairs of glasses (especially designer ones) they come in gorgeous cases, and whilst this isn’t the most beautiful case in the world, it is really sturdy and feels like it would actually protect my glasses… This being said I won’t be using it as due to needing to wear my glasses all the time, I don’t really need to keep them away. My bedside table looks after my glasses whilst I sleep.

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These frames weren’t cheap at £99 bit they’re probably the cheapest ones I’ve bought since before I turned into a teenager. I love the tortoiseshell colouring for glasses frames, so of course I opted for that finish. They came in black, grey and even a light blue frame, as well as a club master style, which I tried on and found didn’t suit me as much as I’d have hoped.

And for all those asking, yes these are infact named after the writer, Ernest Hemingway. I didn’t think they were at first but after asking my optician, he reassured me that they are! I studied The Old Man and The Sea for my GCSE’s and I remember staying up until late at night reading his book, night after night. I don’t think I’ll ever read it again in my life. xD

Anyway… The frames are geek chic frames, my favourite and the bigger they are, the better! Geek chic frames finish off my signature look and without this style of glasses adorning my face, I don’t really look like me.

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My old Versace pair are on the left, and my new Ernest Hemingway pair are on the right.

Out of the three geek chic frames I have owned over the past 3 years, these are by far my favourite (and so far the biggest too!) due to the fact they’re gorgeous, cheap and cheerful and most of all the frames come in an array of colours and styles to suit anyone! Hell I may even get the club master style frames in the future.

Now for some funny pictures of me wearing them, enjoy!

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Can’t go wrong with a silly cross eye face… Please excuse the uglyness and my wonky eyebrow. :P

Anyhoo that was my quick post about my new glasses!

I would link to where you can view and buy these frames, as well as other frames by Ernest Hemingway but I’m afraid there doesn’t seem to be many reliable websites out there. I recommend you just Google search them and see what you can find!

Until next time, take care all and I’ll see you next week!

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The Body Shop Body Sorbet in Strawberry – Review

22 Jul

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After nearly three weeks without a decent post in sight, I am finally bringing you a blog post, a review at that. Oh aren’t you lucky!

Last week I bought this sorbet after hearing about the them two months ago from various bloggers. They sounded delicious, cooling and best of all, hydrating and exactly what my skin needed for this warm weather.

So when I popped into town to do a little shopping, I decided to pop into The Body Shop and take a look at the body sorbets, as well as their new Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet (which I shall also be reviewing soon). I fell in love with them both, so of course I did the naughty thing and bought them!

I get incredibly warm and clammy during the summer and often neglect moisturising due to it but with the sorbets, my skin is thanking me so much.

I have to add, I am so SO excited to write this review as this is already one of my 10 favourites products of 2014.

So onto the review!

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This is  described as a light and fruity body moisturiser, and that’s damn well correct. A light, gel moisturiser which is perfect for the summer season, and The Body Shop couldn’t bring this out a better time. In the UK we’re having a heat wave at the moment so we’re all sweating our pasty selves away.

This is the Strawberry body sorbet and it contains cold-pressed strawberry seed oil, which gives it its amazing strawberry scent, as well as moisturising properties. I can only assume this contains aloe vera, which gives it that lovely cool gel sensation texture when you apply this to the skin.

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I’ve used this quite a few times over the past week and I can safely say I am in love with it. The gel consistency is definitely something different, which sinks into the skin as soon as you apply and due to that it absorbs fast too and doesn’t leave you feeling sticky. This really does go a long way and you don’t need much to feel moisturised afterwards.

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I noticed that I still felt moisturised the day after applying, but as well as that it also smelt gorgeous still, a faint smell of strawberries.

This comes in five different scents (including Strawberry), which also include Mango, Pink Grapefruit, Moringa, and Satsuma. I would love to give Satsuma a go as well as Pink Grapefruit for mornings to wake me up!

I won’t just be using this stuff during the warmer days and months, but I know I’ll be using this in the colder months too as it’s just so quick and easy to apply and really does leave me feeling soft and smooth!

Strawberry Body Sorbet comes in one size 200ml, and costs £8, which I think is a bargain for how much you get, as a little bit goes a  very long way. Plus if you have a Love Body card, you’ll get some money knocked off of this baby.

Well done to The Body Shop for bringing this out, as it’s amazing and one of my favourite products since their Raspberry shower gel!

Will you be trying this out? If so, which fragrance? Hey, do you own it already, let me know which one you own and what you think of it!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having a good week. Hell it’s good to be back!

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M.I.A…

21 Jul

I know now that I have been and still am missing in action and I have 3 reasons as to why, which I will be covering on this post.

So let’s not delay and use excuses, let me just get onto why I have been so quiet this month.

1. My internet decided it needed to be upgraded and due to this my internet has been on and off the past 2-3 weeks. One minute it would work on my laptop and the next it decided it didn’t want to, and the same can be said about my iPhone and iPad too. Literally just now I have set up my new router and I have internet again so please be excited for plenty of blog posts this week!

2. Sadly nearly a week ago my wallet was stolen. I’m pretty down about it due to many reasons, one of them of course being that it was stolen, but as well as that the main reason is the fact my Gran bought me that wallet for my 22nd birthday, a year and a bit before she passed away. That wallet was of high sentimental value and not only is it irreplaceable but it does feel like I have lost my Gran all over again. Due to this my anxiety (which I STILL need to write a post about!) has increased that little bit more than it has done the past couple of weeks anyway! I’m still keeping my fingers firmly crossed that it shall be handed in or returned to me, but I doubt that will happen.

And finally 3. This is somewhat positive and also exciting. I’m not going to give anything away incase it doesn’t fall through but I have been busy doing something at the moment that should change my life dramatically… That’s all you’re getting to know I’m afraid!

Other than that I’ve just been getting through life the best I can. I have plenty of posts I want to get written and scheduled on my blog ASAP and I think I’ll start writing up a post tonight.

AND I KNOW I still need to write-up my first fragrance Friday post, but that can wait until next month now me thinks.

Anyhoo I apologise again and again and again for what a shitty blogger I have been lately but so much crap has happened this month that I just want it to end.

Bring on August I say!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re all well.

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An Apology!

14 Jul

This is quick and brief but this is just an apology to say I’m sorry I have been quiet for well over a week now and that my first Fragrance Friday wasn’t written and posted for when I said it would be (11th July) BUT I do have a very valid reason for this.

My internet isn’t working and whilst it is working at the moment, I’m of course making this post.

It’s meant to be back up and running by the end of this week, which I damn well hope so because I’m bored at home!

Either way whilst I have internet on my laptop I am going to try and have my Fragrance Friday post written tomorrow (I hope anyway!) and schedule it for this Friday (18th) instead!

I hope you’re all well and I’ll be back ASAP!

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July Wish List

5 Jul

Another month, another wish list and boy is it scary that it’s now the seventh month of the year. Only five more left and we’ll be Christmas shopping.

After Bristol I’ve decided that I want to go on a shopping ban, but however towards the end of June I bought a few things I didn’t need… MAC lipstick, clothes, you know.

But I have decided from July until I save up the money I wish to save up, I’ll be going on a spending ban, only buying things I REALLY need or know I really want and will use.

So although I am going to be on a spending ban now, it doesn’t hurt to have a wish list of things I would like to one day own, so here they are!

July Wish List

  • ASOS Sweatshirt with Lady and the Tramp Print.

Although this sweatshirt is now sold out, and probably has been for quite a long time I still really want it and it’ll be on my mind until either ASOS bring it back to their website (which I doubt) or I find someone selling it on eBay! It’s a gorgeous sweatshirt with Lady and the Tramp print on it. I have the sweatpants, which I bought in the ASOS sale at the end of June and I love them to bits, so to have the sweatshirt to match with them would be amazing. This was £30 on their website, so I pray in the future that I can pick it up for half the price, if not less on eBay. Zoella is famous for sporting both the sweatpants and the sweatshirts, which is where I discovered it!

  • Black iPhone 5 Case with Silver Spikes – eBay.

I’ve wanted a spiked case for my phone for ages and now I have an iPhone where phone cases of all shapes and sizes are a possibility! These just look awesome and I’ve started to drift away from using my red wrap around phone case when I go out, to changing to using my pug phone case, which I love quite a bit. This case costs less than £5.00 which is a bargain in my eyes! This would look great during the autumn and winter months and will go with the grunge look I like to dress up in.

  • Dr Martens Studded Belt.

I saw this belt in Bristol when my boyfriend bought me my Dr Martens dress (mentioned here and here) and I loved it, but at the £45.00 price tag, I don’t think it’ll be something I’ll be buying in such a hurry. They do have it in a white version for £30.00 in the sale, which I equally have my eye on, but for £15 more I would prefer the black version, as black works with everything. I love studded belts and when my blue studded belt died on me after six years I decided I best buy a new one… But that was nearly a year ago now and I’m still after a new studded belt. I need to wear a belt with my jeans and I’m currently using my army one which I’ve owned since I was thirteen/fourteen and over the ten years I’ve had it, it’s doing me good! I do really want a studded belt though and eventually I can see me picking one up, probably this one. It’s real leather and just looks gorgeous. Can’t go wrong with Dr Martens to be honest!

  • Bumble and Bumble Surf Foam Wash Shampoo.

I mentioned a few days ago over on my June empties post how I’d been given a sample of this shampoo to try out and fell in love with it… And now I want it! It isn’t cheap however at £18.50 for a somewhat small bottle (250ml) but it’s a lovely shampoo and one I’d only use once a week, alongside my Philip Kingsley shampoo. This being said I think I’ll wait a while until I purchase this, as I’m not in any rush to try a new shampoo right now. This was lovely though for giving my hair some extra volume, as well as making it look, smell and feel gorgeous!

  • Urban Outfitters Black Holographic Nail Polish.

I discovered this nail polish in Bristol’s Urban Outfitters store and fell in love with it… But at the £12 price tag I decided to leave it. It’s a little on the pricey side for my liking and I’m pretty sure there are plenty of affordable holographic polishes out there, not to mention that I already have GOSH’s one night holographic nail polish, so it isn’t like I don’t own  one already! I’ll be keeping my eye on this, maybe I’ll have it as a treat in future… I’m unsure right now.

  • MAC Pure Heroine Lipstick from the Lorde Collection.

I’ve wanted this lipstick ever since it was announced earlier this year and right now I am craving to buy it so badly. I just want it, I want it so damn much! It’s a gorgeous dark plum purple shade and its limited edition! It’s only available from MAC’s website to buy and only costs £15.00. I am still in two frames of mind whether or not to pick it up, but I know I won’t because I really am trying to be good and only two weeks ago did I buy myself a new MAC lipstick… It’d be naughty to buy another one. There are so many dupes out of this lipstick that maybe I’ll just buy one of those and see how I get on, we shall see. Damn I want this lipstick so badly though!

  • Yankee Candle Coconut & Pineapple Reed Diffuser from the Coconut Collection.

At the Yankee Candle shop in Bristol I FINALLY got to smell two of the scents from the Coconut Collection that I have wanted to smell for a good year or two now, the Coconut & Vanilla bean scent and the Coconut & Pineapple scent. I’m a sucker for anything that smells like a pina colada and this smells just like it, creamy coconut and zesty pineapple, but no alcohol… Which can be either a good or bad thing, depending on yourself. :P I nearly bought the reed diffuser whilst in Bristol but I decided to leave it, as I knew I’d be able to pick this up at any time. This isn’t expensive either at £12.99 and I can really see me picking up soon as sometimes I don’t wish to burn a candle and a reed diffuser can be really good, as well as make a nice change.

So that’s my wish list for this month! What do you want at the moment? Let me know in the comments!

I hope I don’t end up buying any of these, meant to be on a spending ban now. :P

Until next time take care all and I’ll see you after the weekend!

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June Empties

3 Jul

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I want to get this out there that I thought there would only be three empty products to talk about today, but low and behold when I peered into my purple Liberty bag to take pictures for this post, I came to see that there was actually seven empty products! Talk about using things up!

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There are a few products I have mentioned before in previous empties posts that I don’t wish to go into detail about, so I’ll just link you to the previous posts.

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  • Gillette Satin Care Shave Gel.

I’ve mentioned this product before, if you would like to read more about it look here.

  • Dettol Revitalise Hand Wash.

I mentioned in my May favourites last month about this hand wash and boy did I enjoy using it! I haven’t yet re-purchased another  but that’s just because I’ve been busy and haven’t ventured to a BM Bargains yet! Either way for 99p I know I’ll be buying another one soon enough! I worried this would dry my hands out but it didn’t at all, so if you’re like me and worry that this may dry out your skin, then don’t! The Dettol hand washes are amazing and to be honest I don’t worry about having any germs on my hands are using this.

  • The Body Shop Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Facial Exfoliator.

I LOVE this exfoliator and when the bottle would no longer produce anymore of the scrub from its tube I was rather sad as I really do enjoy using this scrub. It would leave my face feeling squeaky clean, as well as smooth and fresh. I used to use it twice a week, mid-week and at the end of the week. I bought this back in November last year and it really has lasted me a long time, which I’m happy with! It’s a scrub that when in contact with water foams up, which I like as it makes a change to a scrub that just stays like a grit on the skin, with a bit of oil inside of it too. Due to this scrub foaming up, it feels like it actually cleans the skin, as well as exfoliating it. This was a top 10 favourite of mine for 2013, and you can read all about it here, as well as here from when I purchased it.

  • I Love… Cosmetics Banana Split Bubble Bath & Shower Creme.

I haven’t enjoyed using a shower creme so much for quite a while and when I finished this off on Monday morning, I was rather sad once again as I love this shower creme and as soon as I can, I’m buying more! I picked this up for a £1 in Primark before going to Bristol as I was intending to have it for my long weekend, but I decided against it and ended up buying something else instead (The Body Shop’s Raspberry shower gel). This smells exactly like the foam banana sweets you would buy from the pick and mix as a kid, those alongside pink foam shrimps and white mice were my favourites. I really do like the I Love… Cosmetics products, especially the shower cremes as they smell so damn good and leave your skin feeling soft and smelling good.

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  • T-Zone Spot Zapping Gel.

This is the first time this has appeared on one of my empties posts, however I have already got through three, maybe even four of these prior to this one but I’ve always ended up throwing them away instead of mentioning them in a post on my blog. However it has been mentioned on a favourites post from back in February, which you can read about here. This spot zapping gel is amazing and really does help to calm my spots redness down, as well as prevent them if I’m breaking out really badly when that time of the month arrives. These cost less than a £1 each in Home Bargains and really are worth every penny! I stock up on these when I go in there as I just get through these really quickly.

  • Soap & Glory Puffy Eye Attack Turbo-Boost Hydra Gel.

I have one thing to say about this eye gel, a waste of money. It isn’t a bad product to use on the eyes, but its claims of stopping your eyes being puffy is a load of rubbish. It helped my eyes feel cool in the mornings one day and then it would irritate them another so I’m actually glad to see this product finished and in the bin. I wouldn’t buy it again because it was a waste of money at nearly £10 for this tiny little jar, but if I was given it for free I would gladly use it! I’ve replaced it with an old favourite, which I’m already enjoying using. I wrote about this back in October last year in a favourites post, which you can read here and a haul post here.

  • Bumble and Bumble Surf Foam Wash Shampoo.

This was a sample given to me over the weekend when I went shopping with my friend Poppy in Milton Keynes. I’d been dying to try out this shampoo for ages but felt a tad apprehensive for reasons such as “will it dry my hair out?” or “will it make it frizzy?” as my hair can go really frizzy and hard to handle if I use a shampoo on it that it doesn’t like. However when I tried this sample out on Sunday I was pleasantly surprised! My hair felt and looked really thick and voluminous and as well as that it looked really clean. I’m really happy with how it made my hair look and feel… However it did make my hair harder to brush which was annoying… But either way I love this shampoo and in the future I will be buying the full size bottle!

So those were my empties for June! I wonder if I’ll have as many empty products after July… We shall see!

I hope everyone’s weeks are going well, weekend will be upon us soon!

Until next time, take care all.

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