Friday, 31 August 2018

What I've Been Watching This Month


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Now that it's already beginning to feel a lot like Autumn (who else has felt the chill in the air, seen leaves beginning to fall and had to crack out their knitwear or heavier pieces?), it's the perfect time to get cosy and curl up on the couch to watch a new TV show or movie, at least that's what I'll be doing as the nights start to get darker and colder. This month I watched some incredible TV shows and finally got around to watching a movie that I'd had on my to-watch list for some time.

So here's what I've been watching in August;

Sharp Objects

As a fan of Amy Adams, HBO, Big Little Lies, crime and mystery shows and Gone Girl, I was always going to end up watching Sharp Objects. I hadn't read the book or heard anyone talking about it before I pressed play on the first episode so I went into it not really knowing what to expect but boy was I glad that I decided to start watching it.

It's dark, completely gripping and it's a role that I've definitely never seen Amy Adams play before. It's that immersive that I wasn't even thinking about or trying to work out who the killer was. I was much more interested in finding out what had caused Camille (played by Adams) to turn out the way that she has and whilst many events in her past are alluded to throughout the season, we're not exactly sure what has happened, particularly when she was a child, up until the very last episode. If you've managed to avoid spoilers or haven't read the book, the ending was truly shocking in the fact that it really did take my breath away and I felt like I'd been punched in the gut. It's one of those endings that will probably split viewers but I was very happy with how it concluded. There are also some hidden post credits scenes, which you won't want to miss.

It was also a nice surprise to see Chris Messina (aka. Danny Castellano from The Mindy Project) feature in this. I was always a fan of him in The Mindy Project but he is somehow even dreamier and sweatier (as Mindy would always comment on) in this. It also stars Patricia Clarkson who many might know from Easy A, Parks & Recreation and The Green Mile, Henry Czerny who was Conrad Grayson in Revenge (see my review of that show here) and Elizabeth Perkins from Miracle On 34th Street, Big and more. If you liked True Detective, particularly the exceptional first season, then Sharp Objects will definitely be right up your street.

The Big Sick

I'd heard so many good things about this movie so when I saw that it was on Amazon Prime Video I finally pressed play this month. The fact that it's based on the real life story of Kumail Nanjiani and how he met his wife Emily, who also co-wrote the movie, made it even more impactful on me. It's also an interesting new take on the traditional rom-com with the topic of marriage and in particular arranged marriage, religion and family being involved in your dating life being shown. There was a nice mix of comedy, heart warming moments and drama for me and it was one of those movies where I just felt good watching it.

However, is it strange that I had a bit of a crush on Emily's dad played by Ray Romano? I think it might have had something to do with his voice and general demeanour in this but it really surprised me because I used to actively avoid having to watch more than a few seconds of Everybody Loves Raymond back when it used be on early mornings on Channel 4. It's a bit like Frasier, which I've never seen a single episode of either because again, I would rush to put something else on whilst getting ready for school in the morning. For some reason both of those shows would always be on, even early on Saturday mornings when I would be getting ready to go to my Saturday job as a teen and I just checked the TV schedule there and they are still on! I mean, what's going on Channel 4?! I would always wish that T4 was on instead. Who else remembers those good old days?

Project Runway Junior

Despite there being two seasons of Project Runway Junior on Netflix UK at the moment, technically there's only one as what shows as season 2 here in the UK is actually season 1 in the UK. Confusion aside, Project Runway fans will certainly enjoy the Junior version as basically it's the exact same concept as the original show. There's the unconventional challenge, trips to Mood and crazy quick time frames. Unlike the original Project Runway however, Project Runway Junior is hosted by model Hannah Davis, who I actually hadn't seen or heard of before tuning into this. The judges also differ with previous winner Christian Siriano, Cosmopolitan and Seventeen Magazine Fashion Editor Aya Kanai and Kelly Osbourne offering up critiques. Thankfully, Tim Gunn is still involved and acts as a mentor to the teenage contestants and to see how much he bonds with them and champions them really is feel good TV at it's best.

I already watch Masterchef Junior which is about as impressive as it gets, especially as there are kids as young as eight cooking restaurant worthy dishes and I can just about make a handful of dishes that don't go disastrously every time. But to see the contestants on Project Runway Junior create pieces and outfits that you honestly can't believe have been made in a matter of hours by someone so young is equally unbelievable. Definitely something to watch if you're a fan of the original show or looking for something fun and easy to watch whilst scrolling through Netflix.

This Is Us

After waiting for what felt like an eternity, the second season of This Is Us finally hit UK screens at the end of July. I wasn't doing my monthly What I've Been Watching blog posts back when I watched and completely loved the first season so I simply had to include it in this month's post. If you haven't already seen or been watching This Is Us, where have you been?!

It's honestly one of the best shows that's on TV at the moment and I don't seem to be able to go a single episode without welling up or full scale crying. I mean, it's kind of embarrassing how much it makes me cry. You get to see a family, thanks to fantastic flashbacks, when the parents just met to raising their three children, to now seeing those children in their thirties trying to figure out where their lives are going whether that be with work, relationships, their own family or their personal demons and what they struggle with the most. Seeing how and possibly why people turn out the way that they do is pretty fascinating and you honestly do care about the characters and what happens in their lives. Seriously, just do yourself a favour right now, if you haven't already and check out This Is Us!

Golden State Killer: Unmasked

And so my fascination and interest in serial killers and crime documentaries continues. I didn't know anything about the Golden State Killer case going into this documentary other than the fact that the killer had only just been caught this year and that Patton Oswald's late wife Michelle was the one to come up with the moniker of the Golden State Killer. I'm always fascinated by true crime documentaries and this case was no different.

Even though the title of the show leads you to believe that you will find out who the killer is, they don't actually unmask the killer on this show at all, which was a bit disappointing after watching the entire series. However, after a bit of research, I found out that this documentary series was actually made last year, with the killer only ultimately being tracked down earlier this year. So if you go into it thinking what I did, you may be a bit disappointed. However, apparently HBO are working on a documentary that will show the entirety of the case and more about the killer, as we speak, so I'm definitely looking forward to that coming out. Whilst Googling to see who the killer was, the detectives and specialists got so many of the facts right about where the killer may have possibly lived, what his profession or background was and even what he looked like and that just shows how spot on they were with their profiling. The scope of the killer's crimes are honestly unbelievable and when they start to trace back to how he started to how he ultimately finished his spree of horrendous crimes, it is so frustrating to watch as the authorities were ultimately unable to catch him as his crimes escalated. If you like anything true crime related you should definitely check this case out.

So there's what I've been watching this month, that you should definitely check out too.

What have you been watching recently? Have you seen any of the shows or movies in today's post? If so, what did you think of them? And are there any upcoming shows or movie releases that you're looking forward to seeing?

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Sunday, 26 August 2018

5 Foundations That Actually Match My Crazy Pale/Fair Skin


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A few years ago now, I shared 5 of the best concealers for pale or fair skin and had so many of you get in touch to let me know how helpful it had been. So a blog post on the best foundations for those skin tones is certainly well overdue.



Also, back in 2016 when I wrote that post, I very rarely used foundation mostly because I simply couldn't find one in my price range that even slightly matched my skin tone and colouring but also because I didn't feel like I needed to cover as much back then. Since then my skin and the way in which it behaves has changed (am I the only one who gets more breakouts now than they did in their teens?) and there have been some incredibly exciting new brands and products to launch to cater to a wider audience of women (and men).

So here are my 5 favourite foundations for fair or pale skin;

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Foundation in 110 (£26)

When I think about truly inclusive shade ranges, two brands immediately spring to mind with Fenty Beauty being the first and the second being Bobbi Brown, who also feature in today's post. I'd been wanting to try all things Fenty Beauty ever since I first heard about it but sadly there is no counter in Glasgow for me to go and get colour matched and to try out the range as a whole. So when I travelled through to Edinburgh last month for my weekend away with Kia, I made it my mission to pay the Fenty Beauty counter at Harvey Nichols a visit and this discovery, plus the other items that I picked up, is as a result of said visit.

I wasn't sure that the matte formula would be for me, especially as I have dehydrated skin but applying my normal moisturiser followed by the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer left me with a properly hydrated base. The shade range truly is something to behold and seeing a whole host of people being represented is something that really is long overdue. The fact that there were actually several shades that could have worked for someone as pale as me, depending on my colouring and the undertones of my skin was remarkable and I honestly couldn't believe the fact that I was actually the second lightest shade in the range as that is something that I have never been able to say about a foundation. Normally the lightest shade is far too dark or orange for me and my pale skin. To say that I'm impressed with what I've tried from Fenty Beauty so far is an understatement! I can see some serious damage being done when I'm in Sephora in a few weeks time...

The Ordinary Serum Foundation in 1.0 NS Very Fair (£5.70)

Now I have to say, there are definitely high end foundations that have matched my skin tone well, as you will see from the existence of this very blog post and the brands and products featured within it but there is not a single drugstore foundation that is anywhere near light enough for me and my skin tone so it has meant shelling out £20-£30 each time that I find one that works for me. That was until I finally tried The Ordinary.

After years of hearing incredible things, we finally got a The Ordinary counter in House Of Fraser Glasgow about a year ago now and I've been frequenting it and recommending it to friends and family ever since. Because, even though it is hard to believe, this foundation was just £5.70! All I can say when it comes to this foundation and The Ordinary range is general is, BELIEVE THE HYPE! Again, much like Fenty Beauty, different undertones for each shade have been considered and I can totally see why there was huge wait list for this when it first came out.

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Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation in Alabaster* (£31)

You might remember me mentioning this foundation in my Bobbi Brown #CantLiveWithout blog post and I have been using it ever since. When it comes to feeling like I don't having anything at all on my skin, this is the foundation that I reach for. That's not to say that the others feel heavy or cakey on the skin by any means but this one just truly feels like you're wearing nothing at all.

The colour match is also so on point for me and my complexion and covers imperfections, alongside their epic Corrector (I can't go without this in my routine now!), whilst still looking like skin. A little goes a long way and I love the way that it applies when I use the Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush. I can build it up if needs be as well. It's just such a great base!

Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation in 1 Fair Cool (£25.50)

First of all, how adorable is the packaging of this?! Oh and the fact that it comes in a dinky adorable little travel size too?! Not that you should be swayed by packaging as much as I am but I think it was why I was finally intrigued enough to see what a Benefit foundation would be like on me and my notoriously difficult to match skin colour.

Up until now, I'd actually never tried a Benefit base product and was more than pleasantly surprised when I had this applied at the St. Enoch Summer Garden Party Event (check out my Insta Stories to see more from that night). It feels lovely on the skin and I like the fact that it's a light to medium coverage. It's been my everyday 'I'm just heading out to the Post Office, dentist or shops' foundation and I love how quick and easy it is to apply. It also feels just like your own skin and in a similar vein to the Bobbi Brown foundation mentioned above, has SPF 15 built into it. Definitely one to give a try, especially if you haven't ventured into that aspect of the Benefit line.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in 1 Fair (£32)

Again, I've raved about this foundation on the blog before in my The Best Foundations For Someone Who Hates Wearing Foundation blog post and I couldn't do a foundations for pale or fair skin blog post without mentioning this. It was probably the first time that I ever felt like not only did it match me and my Casper the Friendly Ghost style pale skin but it actually made my skin look glowing and so much healthier at the same time, quite the feat to be honest and it immediately lived up to it's name for me.

This is the foundation that I reach for when I'm looking for the fullest of coverages or when I'm going somewhere fancy or know that my photograph will be taken. You essentially look airbrushed in photos, it's that good! Charlotte has recently expanded her foundation shades even more, adding a shade 0 to the Magic Foundation range, which I am desperate to try, especially when, believe it or not, I get even paler in the Winter months.

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So there you have it, my absolute favourite top 5 foundations for pale or fair skin that I have tried so far. I cannot recommend these formulas and shade ranges highly enough and there really is one for every skin type, tone and issue.



Do you struggle to find foundations that actually match your skin tone? Have you tried any of the foundations featured in today's post? If so, what do you think of them? And would you like to see more top 5 style posts but for other beauty, or even fashion, items?

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Living With IBS: An Update (+ The Clever Guts Diet Giveaway)


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It's been a few months since I last discussed my health either on here or social media and well, a lot has happened. I do have another two hospital appointments scheduled for the start of September so no doubt, I will have more to share in a few weeks or months time but here's a little update on what's been going on and why my blog and social media posts have been a bit more sporadic;

Another diagnosis?

It looks as though after years of tests, hospital appointments and a hell of a lot of waiting, we might have finally come to a proper conclusion as to what has been causing my symptoms. If you have or know someone with IBS, it's very much a 'we've ruled everything else out' kind of diagnosis and a lot of the time there's no explanation as to why you now have it. But we might have made some headway in terms of treating the worst of my symptoms.

If you don't already know, I had my gallbladder out when I was just 19, back in 2011. It was recovering from that operation that inspired me to start my first blog, which didn't really go anywhere to be honest but gave me a taste of what was to come with sharing parts of my life on the internet.

I was the youngest person that the surgeon had ever performed that operation on. And whilst you can certainly live without that organ your body really does need it so function correctly. None of this was ever told to me when I had the surgery but to be fair, it was pretty much a 'if we don't take this out of you right now you could one day not be so lucky as to make it to A&E' kind of situation, as the stones were frequently trapping the entrance to my liver and stopping it from functioning, making me jaundice and incredibly ill within hours. A lot of fun, as you might expect. Without getting too technical, your gallbladder helps to break down fatty foods in particular, flushing bile out when you eat something. Because I no longer have one, bile just continually flows out and as it has nowhere to go or anything to break down it then gives me bloating, trapped wind, sore stomachs, acid reflux and more. As a result of my last trip to the gastro department, I was given new medication to try.

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But isn't it just my luck that as soon as a medication starts to make a massive difference to my symptoms, pain and just general day to day life that of course it ends up getting discontinued, at least for right now!

I've been rationing my sachets and hunting down the last ones on the shelves of pharmacies all across Glasgow in a bid to delay the inevitable; that I need to try something else. The alternative is honestly the grossest and grittiest textured soluble that I've ever tried so much so that the instructions recommend you add it to a thick soup to disguise it. Yuck!

In the meantime I've been relying on my trusty Buscopan tablets and looking at introducing probiotics into my diet.

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I have an appointment with a dietitian in a few weeks time to hopefully make the whole process of eating new foods and introducing probiotics a bit simpler. When the team at VSL#3 found out that I was finding it difficult to do that, in the meantime they kindly shared this infographic with me, which I thought might be of interest to those of you in a similar boat.

Using 'good' bacteria to help to counteract or balance the trillions of bacteria that live in your gut is what probiotics are all about. VSL#3 contains eight strands of beneficial live bacteria and can be integrated into your diet either by mixing it into water or diluted juice or sprinkling it onto yoghurt, so it's not as tricky as I initially thought it would be to add it to what I already eat and drink.

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I've also started reading The Clever Guts Diet by Michael Mosley, which I've also found really helpful, so much so that I have another copy for one of you to win on here, all you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter form below;

a Rafflecopter giveaway There's also another chance and book to win over on my Instagram.

There will be two winners picked at random - Prize issued by me - UK only

Do you know anyone who suffers from IBS or digestive conditions? If so, how do you/they deal with it best? And just in general, do you struggle to keep a balanced diet?
Written in collaboration with VSL#3
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Sunday, 19 August 2018

5 Productive Things To Do As A Blogger Instead Of Procrastinating


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I've got a feeling that we're all guilty of it; spending precious time procrastinating. Regardless of how long my to-do list is or the amount of work that I've got to do, I'll inevitably find myself endlessly scrolling through the ASOS New In section or taking a Buzzfeed quiz on when I'll meet my soul mate based on my Olive Garden order (yup, I actually took that quiz and about a dozen more this week). Working from home can be even more of a motivation killer and whether you blog as a hobby or as a bit of a side hustle, it can often be tricky to use your time in a positive way instead of doing the above on a bit of a loop.

So here are 5 productive things to do as a blogger instead of procrastinating;

Start or regularly update a content calendar

Ever since I started blogging I've used a content calendar of sorts and what I mean by that is that I try to schedule in what I'd like to blog about and when. Back in the day I used to have a strict 3 posts a week kind of schedule where I would post every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Nowadays I don't put as much pressure on myself but I still quite like to post at least every Sunday and often on Wednesdays too.

Having a content calendar makes it so much easier to schedule in your ideas, make sure not to forget about a specific post or collaboration being posted or even just to give you an overview of what you'd like to see on your blog that month.

Here's the start of my September schedule, with nothing fixed or set in stone;

SEPTEMBER

S2 - INVISALIGN (BEFORE AND AFTERS) ?

W - (BEAUTY)

S9 - PINTEREST TIPS

W - MY 2018 FLORIDA PLANS (UNIVERSAL STUDIOS - MICKEY'S NOT-SO-SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY - LEGOLAND BRICK OR TREAT - TOY STORY LAND - MICKEY PRETZELS - RIFLE PAPER CO. HQ)

Some months I know exactly what I'd like to blog about and have definite ideas locked in for most of the month but clearly I'm in the midst of a bit of writer's block at the moment.

Even if you're just signposting what kind of content you'd like to slot in and when, it can be such a big help. Personally, I like to spread out my content a bit so instead of doing 3 beauty based blog posts in a row, I make sure to split them up a bit. Referring to and revising your content calendar on a frequent basis throughout the month, instead of doing something totally unrelated, can definitely be beneficial to you actually getting content out there and giving you a bit of a kick up the backside at the same time. Do you currently use one or would you in the future?

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Work on creating Pinterest-ready pins

As a big fan of Pinterest (I'm ellistuesday on there too), I spend at least 10-15 minutes a day pinning, each and every day (let me know if you'd like me to write a blog post on how to reach over 100,000 followers on Pinterest as that's exactly what I've done as a result of following a few rules). I also get a considerable chunk of traffic from it every month so recently I've been making a real effort to create Pinterest friendly pins and what I mean by that is ones that you would instantly click on, that tell you what you're getting in an aesthetically pleasing way, like the one directly above.

I make mine on Canva where they have brilliant templates for any Pinterest pin you could dream of from travel to food, fashion, DIY and more and the best thing is that most of them are completely free to use and just make your photos and blog posts look so professional and Pinterest-y, if that's a word. You get what I mean though, right? Again, let me know if you'd like me to do a blog post on how I actually create and customise them to suit the theme of each blog post. You can also use other free online editing sites or Photoshop if you have it. And you also utilise free stock photos to make your pins look even more profesh! It does take time but I'm hoping that it will be worth it in the long run.

Create captions for Instagram posts in advance

After completely losing a lengthy Instagram caption on more than a few occassions, I've started making a note of most of my captions in advance so that if it does crash or stop working, I can just copy and paste it in again. If you have a plan or calendar for your Instagram posts, something I'm trying to do more and more of, you can write an entire week's worth or bulk write all of your captions ready to be pasted in when you need them.

It doesn't stop you from posting and creating in the moment but just remember to press copy just in case Instagram does go down or crash midway through you posting your latest photo to your feed.

Take your photos in bulk

Speaking of doing things in bulk, getting several blog posts worth of photos taken at once is a game changer and one of the easiest ways to be feel productive for days or weeks at time. If the lighting is good, especially in the run up to the Winter months, take advantage of it!

I used to just take photos as and when I needed them and when you're dragging out backdrops, equipment and bags of products, props, etc. each time, it's an easy way to waste a lot of your precious time. It also means that you can only really plan or schedule one blog post at a time instead of having several ready to go. Having the photos there, ready to be uploaded, can also spur you on to write specific blog posts or give you some much needed inspiration as well.

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Clear out your folders

If you're anything like me, you'll no doubt have folders and folders full of blog photographs, edits, social media posts and photos that you've not even got around to using yet. If I'm feeling really lazy or unmotivated, I find that a quick or a lengthy clear out of my folders means that I either get in the groove and get lots of duplicate shots deleted or folders organised or the monotony of that task spurs me on to do something that bit more creative such as drafting up a new blog post.

Seriously, how many folders or photos do you have on your computer or phone at the moment? Let's see who has the highest amount in the comment section below.

So there you have it; 5 of my favourite things to do as a blogger instead of procrastinating.

What do you think of them? Do you currently implement any of them? What's the biggest temptation that has you procrastinating? And would you like to see more of my blogger tips feature on the blog more frequently?

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Sunday, 12 August 2018

Making My Own Version Of A Sephora Favorites Set (+ A Giveaway To Win All 5 Mascaras)


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I have a feeling that I'm not the only one who's more than a little bit miffed that Sephora have blocked their US site here in the UK. Thankfully I will be in the US later in the year so I can at least get my Sephora fix then but I am seriously going to miss scrolling through and seeing the kinds of products and gift sets that they have for sale across the pond.
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Wednesday, 8 August 2018

The Bed That You Won't Want To Get Out Of (+ A £100 Off Leesa Discount Code)


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You might remember me briefly mentioning my new Leesa mattress in my How To Get A Good Night's Sleep This Summer post but now I'm back with a full review of the dreamiest mattress that I have ever slept on.
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Friday, 3 August 2018

How To Get That Summer Glow


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This might just be the best Summer that we've had in a long time here in the UK so unlike previous years where I've shared my top self tanners, this year I'm talking about how to get the Summer glow thanks to some clever makeup products.



If you're someone who tans naturally, I've found products to enhance that colour. And if you're someone who struggles to tan (aka. me), I've got products that will allow you to create the illusion of being a bronzed goddess, without having to slather on fake tan or sit outside in the sun.

A little tip if you're looking to get that glowy look even without makeup, is to treat yourself to a facial. I managed to nab a great deal on Groupon a few weeks ago and honestly my skin was glowing sans makeup for at least three or four days after it. I think I might need to make it more of a regular occurrence, to be totally honest.

But back to all things makeup, here are some of the best products to give you that Summer glow, even if you're as pale as I am;

For the face...

Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow

One of my very first Charlotte Tilbury purchases was this tube of pure wonder, hence the name. And even though Charlotte has since released several more wow worthy glow getting products, which I've included just below, this is the original and it's easy to see why it continues to be one of her biggest and bestselling products.




You can wear it on it's own to give you the most beautiful 'lit from within' glow, underneath your foundation or base as a primer or even mixed in with your foundation to add a gorgeous sheen to the formula. There's no glitter or shimmer to this product, which is what I love about it the most. It's one of the only primers that I regularly reach for, which is really saying something as I can often be quite lazy when it comes to any extra steps in my routine. It also works incredibly well at blurring pores and just making your skin look so much smoother and softened.

This is also the kind of glow that can be worn all year round, meaning you don't have to just reserve it for the warmer months.

Guerlain Terracotta Light Healthy Glow Powder*

What I love about this product is the fact that it's not just your typical bronzer but instead a beautiful combination of bronzer, blush and glow, all in one generously sized compact. When I wear this I tend to have people remark about how healthy I look, something that doesn't really happen on a day to day basis when you're as pale and ghostly looking as I am. It also smells incredible, not that you should make your decision based on how it smells but it just does. Honestly, get yourself down to a Guerlain counter just to give this a good sniff. I have a feeling that you'll find it hard to leave behind after doing so and giving it a try.

It gives you the most beautiful sun-kissed sheen to the skin and is actually light enough not to look orange or muddy on my fair skin. I have this in the shade Clair Rosé or Light Cool, for reference.

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Lancome Bronze Glow Custom Drops*

Quite a few beauty brands have hopped aboard the highlighting drops bandwagon but this range of Custom Drops from Lancome are just too pretty to ignore.

First of all, the amount of pigment, particularly in this shade, is crazy and secondly, there's actually a great range of shades to choose from too. This shade, Bronze Glow, would work so well on darker skin tones and I've already got my eye on the Rose Glow shade. I mean, how couldn't I? It's really easy to blend and just adds such a pop to the skin and/or decolletage.

Pixi Glow-y Gossamer Duo Highlight*

I'm pretty ashamed to say that until very recently I'd only ever tried Pixi's skincare range but thankfully I was gifted a few of their latest makeup releases at a press dinner that I had with them last month. The first makeup product that caught my eye was this highlighting duo.

If you tend to avoid powder highlighters, especially if you've got dry or dehydrated skin like myself, then these are the highlighters to try! They're available in two different colourways, this one is Subtle Sunrise and they actually look glossy and almost wet on the skin, which I honestly could not believe. They don't inevitably dry down to look matte or flat, like some other powder highlighters can do, either. I honestly can't wait to try out more of their makeup range solely as a result of trying this duo.

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For the body...

Sol de Janeiro Ipanema Sunset Glow Oil

Now this basically smells like Summer in a bottle! Not only does it have the same beautiful scent as their iconic and equally brilliant Brazilian Bum Bum Cream but it just applies like a dream. As soon as I saw this making waves on Instagram, I knew that I had to try it and I'm so glad that I did.

It looks like they are currently limited edition for Summer 2018 but I'm hoping that the response that they've had from these will encourage the Sol de Janeiro team to make them a permanent fixture in their line. They are an oil so bear that in mind when buying as it's not quite the crazy pigment that you see in the bottle but instead adds the prettiest glow and shimmer to the skin. They're not greasy or oily either and I can't wait to really put it to good use when I go on holiday to Florida later in the year.

Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body*

Now if you're a fan of showing off your pins or accentuating your natural colour, then this is the product for you! It's also the go-to for celebrities when it comes to making a glowing statement on the red carpet with the likes of Kim Kardashian, Holly Willoughby and Sienna Miller all applying it to their pins, decolletages and well, basically, all over.

It's got a deeper glossier colour to it than Wonderglow, for example but doesn't look too brown or shiny on the skin. It enhances and accentuates what you've already got and would be perfect for any special occasions or even a night out on holiday. It also has a rollerball dispenser which makes it so easy to glide up and down your arms and legs in particular.

You'll also currently receive a free travel size, perfect for taking on holiday with you, if you buy it directly from Charlotte Tilbury (as of August 2018).

Vita Liberata Body Blur Sunless Glow Self Tanning Skin Finish

And last but certainly not least, we have the new take on the brilliant Body Blur from Vita Liberata; Sunless Glow. I tried a sample of the original Body Blur a while back and really liked how it looked on my skin. So when I saw that they had added Sunless Glow to the packaging on a trip to Boots I was immediately intrigued but left it behind as I already had a pretty full basket at the time. A few weeks later I saw that it was one of the products available in the Latest In Beauty Sunday Times Style Beauty Awards Box. Basically, if you missed out on those boxes you really did miss out, BIG TIME! The box itself was £25 and could contain as many as six full size award nominees and when you consider the fact that this full size tube is £32.50 on it's own, you should start to understand why I couldn't believe it and quickly added it to my basket. Basically, this is just me saluting Latest In Beauty for allowing such an incredible beauty box to be put together for such an unreal price.

Back to the product itself, if you're someone who wants to add some colour to their legs, arms or body without having to worry about the hassle or unreliability of fake tanning, then this is for you as you can simply wash it off at the end of the day. It's body makeup so bare that in mind if you know that you're going to be going somewhere wet, for example.

I used to use a cheap gradual tanner when I was at school since my legs were like little white milk bottles and I just wish that there had been a product like this back then for the days when I wanted to wear a skirt! Seriously, you teenagers that have grown up with YouTube tutorials and the likes of Urban Decay in your makeup bags don't know how lucky you are! This is from someone who wore the infamous Maybelline Dream Matte Mouse in a shade that was frankly orange, looking back, to school everyday.

Summer Makeup Glow

So there you have it, how to get that Summer glow all from a few makeup products. And if you are lucky enough to have just come back from your holidays, these products will help to accentuate what you already have as well.



I've also just updated my Product Directory, so be sure to check that out if you're looking for a review of a specific product or for all of my beauty reviews in one place.

Do you like the glowy look? If so, which products do you usually use to achieve it? Have you managed to catch some sun this Summer? And which product in today's post sounds like it could be your favourite?

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