Friday, 31 July 2015

Sharing The Blog Love This July



You might, or might not have, noticed that I've been rather absent from the blog and from social media over the past week or so and I have a spate of ill health to blame for that. I'm still feeling absolutely rubbish but thankfully I had the majority of this blog post written before I fell ill.

Instead of today's post being like last month's 'Month Of..." post (link here)which included what I had been watching, reading and been up to that month, this month I decided to solely make this post about sharing the blog love with you. So here are ten of my very favourite blog posts that I read in July.

Heatproof Summer Makeup - Even though it's not been feeling all that Summer-like here in the UK recently (where are you Summer?!), Sophie's post on Heatproof Summer Makeup had me wishing that it was warm and sunny enough to put her tips to good use. And talk about gorgeous photography too! I've made sure to bookmark this post for when I go on holiday next year so that I can use it as a little list to tick off what I need to take with me then.

How To Stay Motivated When Working From Home - Corrie's tips on how to stay motivated when working from home made for great reading this month. Written in her typically engaging and bubbly way, her tips would work equally well for those of us who blog as a hobby and those who work on University or College work at home. That being said, I am sitting here typing this post up in my pyjamas but that's totally acceptable when you're not feeling well isn't it? Hehe.

Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher & Eyes To Mesmerise - After months and months of lusting after essentially the entire Charlotte Tilbury range I've still yet to place an order. Well that order is looking even more likely now that I've read Lily's review of two of the most beautiful beauty products that I've ever seen. And how stunning is Lily's photography too? 

Moving To London And Starting A New Job - Finding out about Sarah's incredible opportunity working for Soap & Glory and moving to London has definitely inspired me. I just wish that I was as brave about moving to pursue a career that I've been dreaming about for years now. Considering the fact that jobs up here in Scotland are few and far between compared to London, it might need to be something that I seriously consider further down the line. But I am so proud and happy for Sarah, even if I am a tiny bit jealous that she is working for one of the greatest companies ever. Hehe.

Primark To Collaborate With Velvetgh0st? - I know that bloggers, vloggers and YouTubers releasing books, merchandise and products can be a bit of a heated topic but when I think about the products on the shelves of my local Superdrug (Zoella's, Tanya Burr's, Sam & Nic's Real Techniques and Ruth Crilly's COLAB) I can honestly say that I respect each and every one of them. The same can't be said for Velvetgh0st. Beth's blog post perfectly sums up my thoughts on the Velvetgh0st/Primark collaboration. I have absolutely no idea why a brand, one as big as Primark, would want to work with a bad role model and a bully with a bad reputation. The whole thing baffles and bugs me frankly.

Beauty Bargains #1 - I'm all for a good bargain so Hannah's post on some incredible deals and savings on a whole host of fantastic products and brands really made me smile. I love stumbling across a great buy and with Hannah's Beauty Bargains posts she's taken all the hard work out of doing that for you. Just make sure to jump on any of the deals as quickly as you can as most don't stick around for too long.

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Blusher - Okay so this might quite possibly be the most beautiful beauty product that I've ever seen and that really is saying something. Saida's review of the stunning Baked Gelato Blusher from Laura Geller has certainly tempted me to finally give the range a try and the fact that Escentual now stock it has twisted my arm even further. It's just so beautiful!

Christmas In July In Pictures - It's totally acceptable to be getting excited about Christmas already now isn't it? Who's with me? Well the fact that many brands and companies have had their 'Christmas In July' events (sadly the majority have been in London) has had me glued to social media and some of my favourite bloggers' accounts to see just what products will be getting added to my Christmas list this year. Kat has amalgamated all of her snaps into one post and I couldn't be more excited! I've definitely already got my eye on the new range of Alphabet Bags.

What blogs and blog posts have you really enjoyed reading this month? Are there any blogs that you've discovered recently that you would like to share? And what do you think of a 'Sharing The Blog Love' post appearing on more of a monthly basis over on Ellis Tuesday?

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Friday, 24 July 2015

My Orlando, Florida Travel Tips: How To Prepare For The Variable Weather


Orlando Florida Weather Travel Tips

Depending on the time of year that you visit the State of Florida you can expect to encounter several different weather conditions during your time there, with some of them even all occurring in the one day. Now these weather conditions range from unbearable heat and humidity to afternoon thunderstorms and torrential downpours to full blown hurricanes. So I thought that I would share a couple of my tips for dealing with each of the aforementioned and variable weather conditions as well as a couple of facts and figures to help you prepare for your Floridian vacation. If you're anything like me then you will probably have most of your holiday planned to a tee so why not take into consideration what the weather will be like whilst you're there.

Having visited the Orlando area over ten times now and experiencing every weather condition imaginable whilst staying there, I should be more than equipped to give you some idea as to what to expect and how to deal with each of the weather conditions without letting them affect your plans, so here they are.

Weather Channel Florida

Know What To Expect

My first tip, which applies regardless of the time of year that you visit, is to keep yourself up to date with the weather whilst you're there. Unlike over here in the UK where the weather 'predictions' are more often than not completely wrong, the Americans and in particular the Floridians are spot on with their weather reports. Taking a couple of minutes in the morning to watch The Weather Channel or any of the weather reports on the morning news shows can save a lot of stress and inconvenience later in the day. And when I say stress and inconvenience what I mean is, the last thing you want is to be caught completely off guard by the weather.

Every morning before we left the villa we would make a point of watching the weather reports so we knew exactly what to expect for the day. This meant that we could come up with a plan as to where we would be visiting that day or alternatively spend the day by the pool. There are some days, particularly in the rainy season where you can almost set your watch by the afternoon thunderstorms, so you can at least prepare to be indoors or near to some shelter at that time. You can also download a plethora of apps to give you an up to the minute account of what's happening weather wise. It's weirdly interesting to watch as a storm front passes over the State or County.

But now onto the weather conditions themselves and some of my tips for preparing yourself for them.

Heat, humidity and sunshine

When you think of Florida, even if you've not been before, I have a feeling that one of the first things that will spring to mind will be the sunshine, heat and humidity. And in a way these can be pretty easy to prepare for. Much like any sunny climate, there are some fail safe ways of keeping yourself safe. First; keep hydrated. 

TOP TIP: FREEZE BOTTLES OF WATER TO KEEP THEM COOL THE WHOLE DAY: If you have access to a freezer whilst you're there then stick a couple of bottles of water in there overnight. Then when you get ready to leave the next morning, regardless of where you're going, grab your bottle from the freezer and it will be frozen solid. As the minutes and hours progress the ice will melt gradually to leave you with an ice-cold drink in the hot Floridian heat.

Then make sure to pack or purchase enough sun protection to last you the trip. And again, this is pretty much common sense thinking but make sure to reapply throughout the day too. If you're in and out of the pool, at a water park or get caught in a rain shower, make sure to replenish your sun protection. If you're fair skinned or not a huge fan of the beating sun then keep out of it when it's at it's hottest point. This is typically midday, with early to mid afternoon during the Summer months being the hottest and most humid part of the day. However, this is typically followed by our next topic, which provides a bit of relief.

Florida Thunderstorm Tips
Torrential rain and thunderstorms

You'll find that Florida's rainy season lasts from the month of May until around November and in these months you will experience almost daily thunderstorms and torrential rain. As I mentioned above, during these months you can almost set your watch by the daily thunderstorm but do not worry as it only typically lasts for an hour or two. Right after the hottest and most humid part of the day the skies will darken, heavy thunderclouds will roll in and you will experience rain and storms unlike any other. And I feel like I can say this, especially as I live in an area of the world where the weather is a constant bone of contention. During these thunderstorms it won't just be heavy, heavy rain that you experience but you will also experience some of the loudest thunder that you've ever heard and lightning that honestly stuns you. If you get a chance to, have a good look out your window and you will witness some of the most breathtaking lightning strikes to be seen. But again, don't worry, after the storm passes the puddles will evaporate before your very eyes and leave you with a lovely Floridian evening. 

TOP TIP: TAKE A RAIN BREAK: If you visit during the rainy season, which most of us will probably do, I would expect at least some form of rain or storm during each day and the best way to deal with this is to budget this time into your day. This could mean planning to eat lunch at that point each day or heading back to the hotel or villa for a well needed afternoon nap. That way you won't feel like the rain is ruining your day. Consequently, if you're at one of the parks during a rainstorm then head for the area where the most indoor rides or attractions are.

Florida Hurricane Tips Travel
Hurricanes

Now hurricane season tends to occur between the months of June and November, with the peak months being late August/early September and having ridden out a few hurricanes over the years I know just how disruptive it can be. But there are a couple of simple ways to stay safe and informed if a hurricane happens to occur during your stay.

TOP TIP: LISTEN OUT FOR WEATHER WARNINGS: There will be umpteen updates given throughout the day by a whole host of sources. From the government to the weather and National Hurricane centers, it's best to stay aware of what's happening and where. When driving, which admittedly we spent a lot of our time doing, the normal broadcast will be interrupted to give you a precise and up to date weather warning and a klaxon will sound. The same will happen if you're watching the television. The amount of times that I've just been sitting there glued to some trashy American reality show when a weather warning has appeared on the screen. 

Fortunately for us, whilst we've been there the hurricanes have been ones which have not required evacuation and instead it was just a case of battening down the hatches and riding it out. I do remember one year though when the hurricane badly hit a neighbouring County and destroyed homes, uprooted trees and downed power lines but thankfully the worst of it has passed when it hit our County. It's well worth noting where the safest room, in the house or villa in our case, is. In most cases this is a room without any windows typically located in the centre of the house or villa. 

Pack or buy smart

I really could do an entire post on this subject (let me know if that's something of interest to anyone?) but there are a few items that you can bring with you or buy for a few dollars, normally at Wal Mart, which will help prepare you for the changes in the weather. Here are a list of my must-have items.

A LIGHTWEIGHT WATERPROOF JACKET: Instead of getting caught out and having to fork out for what is essentially a glorified piece of plastic, aka. a poncho, why not bring your own pack-a-parka or lightweight rain mac with you. I bought an incredibly lightweight pack-a-parka from Primark last year for around the £6-8 mark and it takes up basically no room in my suitcase. Then when I got there I threw it in the boot of the car, or the trunk for my American readers, which meant that I had it to hand wherever we went. It was also compact enough to fit in my handbag.

WATER: My biggest tip here is not to buy water for extortionate prices at the parks but instead to bulk-buy and a bottle or several with you. For my little freezer trick above, what we do is buy a large multi-pack of water, again normally from Wal Mart and that way it's really inexpensive and keeps us going for a while. You can also get free water almost everywhere. Most of the places you will be visiting as a tourist will have water fountains and dispensers to keep you hydrated and you can also fill up your empty bottle(s) too.

So there you have it, my Floridian weather tips. I certainly don't mean to scare or put anyone off visiting by highlighting these conditions and instead hope to give you some ideas as to how to stay safe and informed.

Have you ever experienced any of these weather conditions in Florida? If so, how did you deal with it? And do you have any tips that you would like to add?

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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

The Look Fantastic Beauty Box (July 2015)



Look Fantastic Beauty Box Review 2015

Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash (Sample Size) - NUXE Huile Prodigieuse (Sample Size) - Kebelo Clarifying Shampoo (Sample Size) - Trilogy Everything Balm (Sample Size) - Lord & Berry Ultimate Lip Liner (Sample Size) - Monu Firming Fiji Facial Oil (Sample Size)

When it comes to beauty boxes I'm always really excited to see exactly what brands and products have been included and the fact that the Look Fantastic Beauty Box (or #LFBeautyBox for short) is one that you can buy as and when you want, makes it even more attractive for a beauty-a-holic like myself. Unlike some of the other beauty boxes on the market the #LFBeautyBox doesn't require a subscription. This means that if you like what you see in today's review and the box itself, you can pop it into your Look Fantastic basket without feeling obligated to buy the next one. Although knowing Look Fantastic, I can bet that the next box will be pretty impressive too. Now let's get on to the July box.

As soon as I opened up the box I was over the moon to see a dinky little bottle of Nuxe's Huile Prodigieuse. It's a product that I've wanted to try for a little while now but I wasn't completely sure if I needed it urgently so this little mini size is perfect for putting it to the test first. Is it bad that I don't even want to use it just so I can add it to my ever-growing box of luxury beauty samples that I hope to take on holiday with me next year? To be honest, I don't think that I'll be able to wait that long to use it. 

Then there were a couple of brands that I know and love. As soon as I saw Monu I knew that I would be on to a winner as the products that I've been lucky enough to try from them in the past have always been really impressive. This oil is perfect for dehydrated skin like mine and just feels so luxurious and silky on the skin. Then I saw Lord & Berry, a brand that I absolutely adore but sadly the shade is just too dark for my skin to be a nude and not the kind of shade that I would naturally gravitate to. And then there's Balance Me. I don't know if I'm the only one who feels this way but that brand tends to pop up in beauty boxes a bit too often for my liking. I'm all for trying out different products from a brand but when it appears in essentially every beauty box that I've ever tried, it does begin to feel like a bit much. Am I the only one who thinks this? The product itself, a face wash, is really lovely on the skin so I guess I can't complain too much, now can I?

Then there were two brands that I hadn't heard a great deal about before; Kebelo and Trilogy. I have to say, I was really excited to see this Clarifying Shampoo from Kebelo, especially as I've actually been meaning to buy a product like this for quite some time. So this was a great addition to the July #LFBeautyBox in my opinion. It's basically a detox for the hair and is meant to be used once or twice a month to rejuvenate it. I can't wait to try this out this upcoming Sunday (aka. my weekly pamper night) and I will be sure to share my thoughts either on here or on social media when I do. And then the Trilogy Everything Balm adds another useful product to my collection. It's a a great multi-purpose balm which has already made it's way into my handbag.

So what do you think of this month's Look Fantastic Beauty Box? Have you tried any of the products or brands in the July box? And do you regularly purchase or subscribe to beauty boxes? If so, which one or ones?

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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Summer Self-Tanning For Every Skin Tone


Self-Tanning for Summer

Today I'm sharing a variety of self-tanning products, ones that will work for a whole host of different skin tones with shades that also come in several different formulations. There's lotions, mists and even a mousse and there should be at least one product for you in there regardless of what you're looking for from a self-tanner. And not only that but I've scoured the net to see who has the best deals on each of the products and was really surprised to be met with such incredible savings and prices. So if you're looking to bag yourself a tan without having to book yourself a plane ticket to a faraway sunny land then today's post is for you.

Garnier Ambre Solaire Light No Streaks Bronzer Self-Tanning Dry Body Mist* £11.92 (Now £6.17 at LookFantastic)

When it comes to self-tanning for me, I'm all about what's easiest, quickest and most conveinent and that's why I adore Garnier Ambre Solaire's Light Body Mist as much as I do. If you're a little bit lazy, like myself or in a considerable rush to get your self-tanning on then this is the product for you. You don't even need to rub this in which is a big big bonus. No orange hands here for you with this product. And when they say no streaks they really do mean it. This is the one self-tanning product that I return to time and time again, year after year and that's definitely due to the the fact that it gives such a subtle and natural glow to the skin, as well as being as easy as it is to apply. For an incredibly pale redhead like myself, this is perfect and doesn't make me go from deathly white to a 'fake' looking colour. 

He-Shi Day to Day Light Gradual Tan* £14.50 (Now £9.67 at Boots)

Another self-tanner for us pale girls or those of us who prefer to build up our tans more gradually. He-Shi's Day To Day Tan, again, looks incredibly natural on the skin whilst giving me that golden Summer glow that I'd never be able to achieve on my own. But what I really love about this product is the fact that it works equally well on the body and on the face. I don't know why I've always been so apprehensive to apply a self-tanner on my face. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I don't want to look like I've been "tangoed" but this is the only self-tanner that I've ever happily applied to my face without any worry or trepidation. All I can say is well done He-Shi!

Xen-Tan Premium Sunless Tan Dark Lotion* £29

From gradual and light self-tanners to one on the darker side of the spectrum, this lotion is for those of us looking for the darkest and deepest natural-looking tan out there. Xen-Tan is a celebrity favourite and a bit of a beauty trade secret and it's no wonder why to be honest. This is one that you definitely need to get yourself acquainted with if you want to look like you've been seriously worshipping the sun this Summer. As this is a bit too dark for me to test, I left the testing of this lotion to my friend who has nothing but good things to say about it. It goes on evenly and really is perfect for those of us with olive and darker skin tones. She looks like she's been on the holiday of a lifetime in somewhere warm and sunny this Summer instead of the often rainy, cold and windy Glasgow.

Best Self Tanners 2015

Garnier Ambre Solaire Original Intense No Streaks Bronzer Self-Tanning Dry Body Mist* £11.22 (Now £4.49 at LookFantastic)

Much like the light version, which I raved about above, the Original Intense shade is another impressive string to Garnier's Ambre Solaire bow. And I have to admit, I've yet to find a better self-tanning mist than Garnier's. But back to the phrase that might be leaving you wondering exactly what it means; 'Original Intense'. When I think intense, in respect to tanning anyway, it conjures up pretty scary thoughts for me and my Casper the Friendly Ghost style colouring, so this was again tested for me by a friend of mine. This is targeted at those with medium to dark skin tones but has all of the plus points of the light incarnation. I'll definitely need to pick up the Garnier Ambre Solaire Face Mist at some stage now too so expect a review of that when I do.

Sunkissed Medium Self-Tan Mousse* £2.99

Now if you're looking for a real bargain when it comes to your self-tanning, one that you can even pick up whilst you're in Primark, then look no further than Sunkissed's mousse. And for the price, which tends to be around the £3-£4 mark depending on where you find it, this does exactly what you would want it to do. Developing almost instantly, Sunkissed's mousse delivers a natural and healthy looking tan which is pretty much ideal for those of us with fair to medium skin. Considering the price, I was really pleasantly surprised by this product and I will definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for other products in the Sunkissed line this Summer.

So what do you think of the self-tanning choices in today's post? Have you tried any of them out before? And what is your favourite self-tanning product and formulation?

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Friday, 17 July 2015

Degustabox: June Picnic Box (With Exclusive Discount)


Degustabox Review June 2015

It's Degustabox time again and it's all about the June Picnic Box in today's post. I really do appreciate it when the box is given a theme, even if it's not necessarily a theme that I'm 100% on board with, such as the BBQ Box (link here)But then again, that probably has more to do with the fact that I'm quite the fussy eater and not a huge fan of BBQ's as a result. Nevertheless, this month's box has taken a route down a Picnic path and I was definitely intrigued to see exactly what that would comprise of.

As with every Degustabox review that I do, I have a fantastic and exclusive discount code for you to use to take £3 off the £12.99 price tag. All you have to do is enter the code DHIXQ when you register. 

So what exactly does the June Box comprise of, well let's see;


Degustabox Drinks 2015 Review

From left to right: Enhance For Water Apple & Blackcurrant - Maui & Sons 100% Pure Coconut Water - Zeo Peach & Grapefruit - Zeo Zesty Lime - Blackcurrant Jele

Degustabox Food Box Review

From left to right: Top Row: PITCH Chocolate Flavour Filled Brioche - Melba Thins Multigrain - PITCH Chocolate Chip Brioche - Coconom Organic Coconut Sugar
Bottom Row: Kallo Sea Salt & Vinegar - Love Chin Chin African Snack - Kallo Belgian Milk Chocolate With Caramel Pieces Rice Cake Thins

I have to admit, this is the first Degustabox which has left me personally really rather underwhelmed. Normally I find myself practically shrieking with excitement and happiness when I open up the box but there was none of that for me this month. I was aware that I wouldn't be receiving any alcohol in my box this month but when I saw what I would be missing out on it left me more than a little disheartened. The 'Product Of The Month' for this month's box, as highlighted in the little info-graphic that you receive in each box, is a bottle of Strawberry Lime Reckorderlig (aka. a cider I've wanted to try for a while now). And then there's a really unique sounding product called ICYCL which appears on the info-graphic too. Obviously both would be missing from the non-alcoholic box but it put a bit of a dampener on the box for me that the 'Product Of The Month' was one that only appeared in one version of June's box.

However, like I mentioned in my review of the May box, just because I wasn't overly impressed with what the box contains isn't to say that it's not a good box in the slightest. The rest of my family, who I share the Degustabox experience with, have yet again found some real favourites and products that they would happily purchase again.

My brother, who is certainly the most health conscious out of the four of us, was so happy to see a couple of coconut related products as well as the Kallo items and his firm favourite Melba Thins. And my parents have been all over the PITCH products. They basically devoured all of them within a few days and the Love Chin Chin pack was gone within seconds too. They really adored the sweet treats in the June box and I do have to say, my favourite product from this month's box has to be the Enhance For Water. It has certainly prompted me to drink more water than ever before this month.

So what do you think of this month's box? Have you tried any of the products featured in May's box before? And have you had a picnic this year?

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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Summer In The City Wish(lyst)


Summer Fashion Wishlist

It's been a couple of months since my last wishlist but this one, written in collaboration with Lyst, has been so much fun to put together. I only recently stumbled across Lyst when doing a little bit of sale shopping (I've already got a Summer sale haul post in the works as we speak but more on that later) and since then I've found myself drawn to the site like a moth to a flame. I really was amazed to be met by all of my favourite brands, shops and designers and in the one place might I add. And what really made me smile was the fact that it instantly shows you what items are on sale and for what price, as well as their availability. For an avid bargain hunter and sale shopper, like myself, this a real game changer.

The stunningly designed site instantly sucks you in and I found myself propelled to create a profile after a couple of minutes of browsing. Upon joining, several brands popped up on the screen with a cross and a tick. When you click the tick this equates to you now following the brand.


ASOS Lyst

This means that Lyst can cater to all of your favourite brands and designers and it also allows them to know exactly what to include in your personalised 'New For You' page, which just so happens to be one of my favourite features. You can also search by section or via the search bar to unearth all sorts of wonders. 

So Lyst essentially combines all of my favourite social media platforms and my love of fashion. What's not to love?

And my very favourite aspect of Lyst; the ability to create my own lysts which makes wishlisting or wishlysting, if you catch my drift, a real breeze. And that's where I came up with my Summer In The City lyst. 

Wishlist Lyst

I don't know about you but I've fallen completely head over heels in love with the brand Self Portrait. And that's where my inspiration for this lyst came from. I've also been looking for some more Summer appropriate pieces to add to my wardrobe and in a couple of minutes on Lyst I found so many wonderful items.

In my wish(lyst) I picked out some stunning Summer pieces from a few of my favourite stores such as Topshop, H&M and ASOS and then had the compulsion to add quite a number of designer pieces into the mix too. And it's no wonder that I'm now a little bit obsessed with all of them. I mean just look at that those sunglasses and that Mulberry backpack!

So what do you think of my Summer In The City Wish(lyst)? Have you used Lyst before? And what kinds of lysts would you be creating?

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Sunday, 12 July 2015

It's All About That Summer Base


Summer Bases CC BB Foundation

As the weather gets that bit warmer and the sun starts to make more of a regular appearance, I'm more inclined than ever to ditch the make-up and go barefaced but on those days when a little bit of coverage is needed, I head straight for what I like to dub my Summer bases. But now that I've found so many incredible bases to add to my make-up collection, I have a feeling that I'll be wearing most of these all year round as well. And several of these bases even have a built in SPF, of varying factors. So whether you're jetting off on holiday and can't be bothered lugging a massive make-up bag filled to the brim with multiple products or if you're staying put here in the UK this Summer but would rather go a little more au natural, then this post is for you.

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream in Opal (01)* £20.80
Now there was no way that I could write a post on the perfect Summer bases without featuring one of the biggest and most universally lauded product releases of the year; bareMinerals Complexion Rescue. When there is that much hype and excitement surrounding a product or anything really (it took me years to finally start watching Breaking Bad despite countless recommendations), I'm always a little cautious but when I was given the opportunity to try out Complexion Rescue I immediately understood why it was as hyped as it is. This has such a wonderful formula. It's a gel-like cream which hydrates the skin in ways that I never imagined possible from a base product like this. It leaves you with a "my skin but better" look which is exactly what I want from a Summer base. It also has an SPF of 30 which is fantastic. This is one product that I'll be wearing all year round. It's just that good! All I need to do now is invest in the bareMinerals Smoothing Face Brush to see what effect that has on application.

Vichy Idealia BB Cream in Light* £16.28
For me Vichy really are on the top of their game when it comes to lighter bases and both of their BB creams in today's post are really impressive. The Idealia BB has an SPF of 25 and gives you light to medium coverage, a little more coverage than some of the other bases featured today. For all of you pale girls out there, like myself, this is actually pretty light which is always a bonus as just because a base product says light or fair doesn't necessarily mean that it is light enough for some of us. With a bit of blending this leaves me looking healthy and as though I've gotten a little bit of sun, which is never a bad thing. 

pur minerals CC Cream in Light* £25
Whilst pur minerals are a brand that I haven't dabbled with before, I've got a feeling that I'm going to need to place a significant order after trying out this CC Cream. This CC provides you with an SPF of 40 and leaves your skin with more of a matte finish than any of the other bases featured in this particular post. I also really appreciate the pump applicator. I don't get why it's not mandatory for beauty products such as foundations, body lotions and haircare to have a pump applicator. It just makes things much less messy for me.

Vichy Ideal Soleil BB Tinted Velvety Cream* £15.50
For me this is my absolute favourite out of the bunch. As an incredibly pale redhead I'm normally plastered in the highest factor of sun protection (more on that in two Sunday's time), so to see a BB Cream with an unbelievable SPF 50+ really did make me smile. Applying sun tan lotion to my face is never all that pleasant despite being completely necessary but with this base I can give my face a bit of colour at the same time as making sure that I am properly protected from the sun. The finish is light yet lovely and silky and it really does leave your skin feeling incredibly hydrated. I will definitely be taking this BB with me on my next holiday which I now know will be Florida again next year. I'm already counting down the days!

Maybelline Dream Bronze BB in Light/Medium* £6.99
Another incredibly impressive BB which comes in two different shade varieties, Light/Medium and Medium/Dark, this takes the notion of BB creams to the next level as it has a wonderful bronzing quality to it. If you're looking for something to transform you into a bronzed goddess with minimal effort this Summer then look no further than Maybelline's Dream Bronze BB. And it's not a sparkly or glittery bronze, like you might imagine it to be. It immediately warms the complexion and leaves you with a gorgeous glow. And then when you add into the equation that it has an SPF of 25, this couldn't be a more perfect Summer base.

Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude Foundation in Ivory (10) £5.99
And last but not least, one more major hit from Maybelline. Despite this being a foundation instead of a BB or CC cream, this still falls into the category of summer bases for me anyway. It's incredibly light yet it provides a fantastic amount of coverage. This is the one that I reach for, out of those included, when I'm looking for a bit more coverage or when I'm having a bit of a bad skin day, either with blemishes or redness. This really does leave me with a flawless finish and there's also a much wider array of shades to choose from, unlike with the CC's and BB's. If you haven't checked this foundation out yet I cannot urge you to do so enough.

Summer Bases bareMinerals Maybelline Pur Minerals Vichy

If you would like me to write more of an in depth review on any of the bases mentioned in today's post then please just let me know. I'm always wary of going into too much detail when a post includes a whole host of different products as I don't want it to feel like you're scrolling forever to get to the end of one of my posts. 

What Summer base or bases are your favourite to wear at this time of year? What do you think of the ones that I've included in today's post? And have you tried any of them out?

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Friday, 10 July 2015

My Top Ten Favourite Pinterest Boards


Best Pinterest Boards 2015

As someone who spends quite a considerable chunk of their day, every day might I add, pinning away, I thought that it was about time that I shared some of my most loved Pinterest boards over here on the blog. Just in case you don't already follow me over on Pinterest but would like to, I'm ellistuesday on there too (link here)

So here are ten of my favourite Pinterest boards as well as a little bit about why I created each of the boards and why I look forward to pinning to them on a daily basis. And despite these being my favourite ten, that doesn't discredit some of the old familiar Pinterest boards such as Quotes, Home Decor and Current Wants


Redhead Hairstyle Board Beauty Pinterest
As a redhead myself, this was the first board that led to me becoming completely addicted to Pinterest and as a result is the one that I pin to more than any other. It might also be the reason why this board has already amassed over 1500 pins in a couple of months.
This board was inspired by my love and admiration for my fellow redheads and the ways in which they style their auburn, strawberry blonde and crimson locks. And even if you're not a redhead yourself, there's still plenty of hairstyling inspiration to be had.

Walt Disney World Travel Board Pinterest
As you might be well aware if you read my Orlando, Florida Travel Tips series (link here), I'm a little obsessed with all things related to that part of the US and that of course includes all things Disney. In this board you'll find everything that I love about the parks, rides, attractions and Disney snacks, which are beyond incredible by the way. And if you're someone who loves the Orlando/Florida area but aren't as fussed about the Walt Disney World experience, then why not check out my Sunshine State board.


New York Travel Board Pinterest
Having grown up completely engrossed with all things Big Apple related, it's somewhere that I've always wanted to visit and hopefully one day I will be able to book a plane ticket and spend a couple of weeks visiting all of the incredible areas and places that I've pinned to this board. There's also a little nod to Taylor Swift with the name of this board. Cue me singing "Welcome To New York" for the next couple of hours now. Hehe. 

Movie Design Entertainment Pinterest
As a real movie buff this board combines my complete adoration of all of my favourite movies, as well as ones that are on my 'To Watch' list, with my love of great illustration, art, design and creativity. Some of these posters are completely breathtaking and almost all of them are so much better than the actual posters that were used to promote the films. What's your favourite movie and what was it's official poster like? You might even find a few different takes on it in this very board.


Summer Travel Pinterest
Since I'm not going on holiday anywhere exotic this year, all of my wanderlust and Summer lovin' has had to be confined to this board and all it's done is make me want to jet off to somewhere sunny with lots of sea, sand and incredible memories even more. Are you going anywhere exciting on holiday this Summer? And why oh why are Scottish Summers nothing like some of the snaps in this board?!


Pinterest High Fashion Couture Runway Red Carpet
I can't be the only one who often daydreams about the possibility of becoming someone rich and famous, now can I? And most of these daydreams of mine revolve around the idea of me walking down the red carpet in an absolutely exquisite and intricate gown with one of the most eligible actors at the moment on my arm (more about that below). This board allows me to gather all of my favourite designers and fashions into the one place and just stare at them wistfully. Totally normal, right? Hehe.


TV Love Pinterest Board
Whilst I'm a big movie fan, as I expressed above, I'm equally a huge fan of TV and root for so many different couples on there. Here are just a couple of them and you can expect to find all of my favourite fictional couples from a vast array of TV shows. I'm also thinking about expanding this board to include some of my favourite fictional couples from movies too. What do you think of that idea? And who are some of your favourite fictional couples?


Celebrity Pinterest Board
Okay so this is essentially just a way for me track my ever-growing list of Celebrity Crushes but if I'm ever feeling a little bit upset or stressed or lonely I just log into Pinterest and head straight to this board to indulge in a little bit of eye candy and it works every time. It also works even better if I follow up a quick scroll through my Celebrity Crushes board with a scroll through the next board on my list. Mmmm! Do you spy any of your own celebrity crushes in this board? 


Food Pinterest Board
I feel like this board is pretty self explanatory. It makes me hungry just thinking about it to be honest! Right now as I type this part of today's post up my stomach has started growling out of nowhere after seeing some of the amazing images pop up on my screen. Whilst the majority of it could be described as food porn (you know what I'm talking about), there is a bit of healthier food scattered throughout. In a way I feel like this pretty much sums up my diet to a tee. Hehe. A lot of indulgent food with the odd dish that's a little bit better for me and my health.


Beauty Blogger Pinterest
And last but not least, it's my blog board. Since the start of this year, when I treated myself to my Canon EOS M, I've pinned all of my 2015 blog photographs onto this board. I also set up Rich Pins for my blog a couple of months ago and I've already seen a big difference in the amount of interaction and views as a result. I would definitely recommend signing up for Rich Pins if you're a blogger. That's if you haven't already done that.

So what do you think of my ten favourite Pinterest boards? Which one or ones are your favourite? And what kinds of things do you pin on Pinterest if you use it? Don't forget to leave your links below as I'm always looking for new boards and people to follow on there.

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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

bareMinerals Pop Of Passion


bareMinerals Pop Of Passion

bareMinerals are a brand that I have mistakenly long overlooked as it has taken until this year for me to fall completely head over heels in love with their products (more about that in another post later this month) and it has a lot to do with this wonderful duo. Released last month the Pop Of Passion range (link here) comprises of two brand new products; a blush balm and a lip oil balm, both of which look absolutely adorable. The packaging is definitely on point but what about the product encased in it? Well I've put both the blush balm and the lip oil balm to the test and here are my thoughts on the two of them.

bareMinerals Pop Of Passion Blush Balm

bareMinerals Pop Of Passion Blush Balm in Posy* £20

For some reason or another I've always avoided cream blushes. I think it might have something to do with the fact that I've never had a positive experience with them myself. So when I was given the opportunity to put this blush balm to the test I did my very best to forget about those previous cream blush fails and I'm so glad that I did.

There are three shades of soft, dewy colour to choose from, each of which scream Spring/Summer to me. If you're looking for a natural, lightweight blush that doesn't leave your skin looking greasy or shiny then here it is. It works into the skin beautifully and it really does last for hours. I definitely recommend applying this blush balm with your fingers as the formula of it seems to work best when introduced to the heat of your fingertips. 

My only negative is the fact that this is a limited edition release so if like me you've found your dream blush you might want to stock up now.

bareMinerals Pop Of Passion Lip Oil Balm

bareMinerals Pop Of Passion Lip Oil Balm in Pink* £16

As someone who can often suffer from dry and cracked lips, this product really did catch my attention when I first heard that it would be being released. To see a product that combined a real hydrating quality with a lovely sheer colour and lots of shine certainly piqued my interest.

With eight shades to choose from there really is a shade for every taste and if you're anything like me, you will probably find yourself lusting after quite a number of them. With this pink shade I've got myself a fantastic 'my lips but better' colour that feels so hydrating on the lips. This truly is the product that I've been searching for for years now and all I can do is applaud and thank bareMinerals for coming up with it.

The texture is fantastic and for those of you who aren't fans of heavily fragranced or flavoured lip products or balms, you don't have to worry about that for one second with these. And whilst the lip oil balms are pretty sheer they are also completely buildable and I don't have an issue with the sheerness of them at all as it leaves me with juicy and perfectly pink lips.

bare Minerals Pop Of Passion Review

So what do you think of the sound of these two Pop Of Passion products? Are you a fan of lightweight and buildable make-up? And what are your thoughts on bareMinerals and their range of products? Do you have a favourite that you would like to share?

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Sunday, 5 July 2015

My Summer Skincare Essentials


Summer Body Skin Essentials

As you might have already seen me mention if you saw Wednesday's post (link here), this month most of my posts will be centred around all things Summer and a bit like last year, where I debuted Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-days (link here) each Sunday there will be a post filled to the brim with summer beauty essentials. And where better to start than with the largest organ in the human body (there's a little fact for you there); the skin.

As the weather gets warmer and the sun starts shining, albeit not as often as most of us would probably like it to, parts of our bodies that have been covered since last summer will be making an appearance and that's when it's time to pay some heed to it. It's always helpful to start with a good base and that's where scrubs, lotions and a lovely body oil have come into play in my summer skin routine. And as someone with skin that can get rather scaly, I certainly needed to give my skin a bit of TLC before flashing the flesh again this year.

Garnier Fresh Radiance Boosting Scrub* £3.99

I know that some might not be keen on using exfoliating beads on their faces but this really has made such a noticeable difference to my dull and rather lacklustre skin. This is also a facial scrub for those of us with sensitive skin which is a nice touch as I've always been a little apprehensive about anything too exfoliating touching my face but the beads are so gentle and release a fresh burst to the skin along with a fresh burst of fragrance too. It really does live up to it's 'Wake Me Up' moniker, with it having a clean yet citrusy scent to it which I simply adore.

Dirty Works Glow Girl! Buttery Salt Scrub* £4 (Currently £3)

And my body scrub of choice for the summer months has to be this buttery salt scrub from Dirty Works. If you're thinking of applying self tan or getting your pins out after months of them being hidden under trousers and tights, then I would really recommend picking this up. And talk about a bargain! You can find the Dirty Works range at your local Sainsbury's meaning it's pretty easy to end up with the majority of the range in your trolley or basket as there are so many great products to choose from. At £4, when it's full priced, or even less when they have the regular deals on it, this scrub is such a great buy. And for some reason the scent of this product just reminds me of summer. The beads in this scrub are also exfoliating without being too harsh or scratchy on the skin which is fantastic and I find that you can use it on both dry and wet skin without any irritation.

Summer Skincare Body

Lavera Exotic Body Lotion* £8.75

Keeping my skin hydrated in the summer months can be a bit of a palaver but I've discovered a couple of products to help make that task a little easier. First up is Lavera's Exotic Body Lotion. I honestly wish that I could share the scent of this with you across the Internet somehow as it's just that amazing! I'm a big vanilla fan and really do gravitate to those kinds of scents but then to add coconut makes for such an incredible fragrance. I've been happily slathering this on day and night, as well as using the Lavera Exotic Body Wash (link here) and I just can't get enough of the scent. But enough about the scent, this is definitely an impressive body lotion that absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving any greasy or slimy residue. My skin feels that much softer, even though I have to admit, it's all about the coco-nutty vanilla scent for me with this product.

The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Sorbet* £8

Having raved about the strawberry version of The Body Shop's Body Sorbet when it launched last year (review here), I was incredibly excited to see a new Body Sorbet introduced along with the Virgin Mojito range. The strawberry Sorbet was one of my summer essentials last year and I have a feeling that this incarnation of the Body Sorbet will become this summer's must-have product for me. First of all, the Body Sorbet formula is so wonderfully cooling on the skin. A little reminder of a top tip of mine from last year, pop this in the fridge for even more of a refreshing relief on a warm day. And this really does smell just like a Mojito. Think fresh limes with a wonderful hint of mint. Like last time with the strawberry scent, your skin will genuinely smell good enough to eat. I do sometimes have to remind myself that despite it being housed in the fridge that doesn't in any way mean that it's edible. Hehe.

Garnier Ultimate Beauty Oil* £6.99 (Currently £5.33)

Again, my love of this product was completely inspired by me trying another product in the Garnier Oil Beauty range, one that you will find me declaring my love for last year (review here). I've been on the lookout for a good body oil for a while but nothing had caught my eye until now. This isn't greasy at all, which is a big plus as I was a little worried that it might just sit on the skin and not absorb but there was no such problem with this product. It also smells absolutely amazing, just like the rest of the Garnier Oil Beauty range. Can you tell that the smell of a product definitely has a big effect on me? This really has softened my skin unlike any other product I've put to the test before, even more so than some of the other lotions and potions in this particular post. My skin has never felt so silky and smooth. Oh and it's also currently on sale at Semichem.

What products do you use to keep your skin in good condition? Have you tried any of the products featured in today's post? And what are your Summer beauty essentials?

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Friday, 3 July 2015

Superdrug Summer Exclusives


Superdrug Summer Exclusives

As someone who used to work only a few metres away from a Superdrug store, it's safe to say that I've happily spent quite a lot of time and money in there. And what I have always adored about Superdrug is the fact that they offer so many different brands and products, many of which you won't find anywhere else on the British High Street. So here are just a few of the brands and products that you will find only in Superdrug stores and online of course and how perfect are some of these products for the Summer?

First up are a few of my favourite make-up brands which just so happen to be exclusive to Superdrug. If you've been reading Ellis Tuesday for a while now or have had a little browse through my Product Directory (link here) then you might already know how much I adore Makeup Revolution, GOSH and B. 

I was also pleased to see that Superdrug offer purse friendly bottles of famous and infamous celebrity fragrances such as Rihanna's, Taylor Swift's, Katy Perry's, Beyonce's and Britney Spears'. I actually owned Paris Hilton's EDP back in the day when I was rather obsessed with all things Paris related. Remember the days when The Simple Life was on TV and we hadn't even heard of the Kardashian's? Those really were the glory days! Hehe. So to find a Paris Hilton body mist in Superdrug instantly brought back all of those memories. Superdrug also now exclusively stock Models Own, on the British High Street and their festival range of colours couldn't be more Summery. Then there's MUA which is a brand that I haven't really dabbled with but I can't wait to try as well as a brand that I actually hadn't heard of until now, Knight & Wilson. Has anyone tried their range before?

And as it's Summer, Superdrug have plenty of fantastic tanning brands on their shelves. One that has really stood out and gained a lot of momentum in the blogging world is Bondi Sands which I can't wait to try out, whilst NKD Skin by Vita Liberata looks and sounds fantastic too.

Beauty Products Exclusive To Superdrug

And speaking of Summer, last Summer I did a series entitled Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-days (link here) and this July I will be dedicating my Sunday's and most of the month to be fair, to the subject of Summer. As I sit writing this post it's incredibly and unbearably warm so fingers crossed that the Summer weather is finally here, even if only for a couple of days/weeks.

Are there any products from today's post that you would like me to review in full first?

What are your favourite brands or products that you can only find at Superdrug? Have you tried any of the Superdrug exclusives included in today's post? And what are your Summer beauty must-haves?

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