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MY FESTIVAL BEAUTY ESSENTIALS

Sunday, 13 August 2017

MY FESTIVAL BEAUTY ESSENTIALS

Hello my beauties...

Today we are chatting about Beauty essentials perfect for taking to a festival. With the season well and truly in full swing with the likes of Glastonbury and The Isle of White already behind us - yet ones like Reading, V and Bestival still to go it's safe to say we are in the midst of one of the most fun times in the summer. 

During your time at a festival, to be honest you don't want to be worrying about any time consuming beauty routines as you'll be too busy shimmying down with a can of rekordalig in hand. So I've compiled together a lil old list of the top essentials to take to a festival.

1. STAPLE MAKEUP ITEMS

When it comes to festival packing I tend to try and minimise my makeup bag as much as possible because (1) it's good to save space and (2) I tend to try not to wear too much makeup and go all out with glitter instead. My staple items tend to be long wearing foundation & mascara, a neutral shaded bronzer, concealer with good coverage and an easy to use eyebrow pomade. All the little odds and ends like five different blush shades are definitely better left behind because of space.  For Glastonbury I took a L'Oreal BB cream as I didn't want a heavy base and liked the idea of a glowy, dewy natural look. Mascara wise I took my favourite YSL as it's a great build-able mascara for volume and definition which I can use just by itself. 

2. RELIABLE SKINCARE

As I like to wear minimal makeup as much as possible at a Festival it meant that having a good skincare routine whilst there is still important for me. I don't mean going all out and taking toners ect but one good cleanser, a moisturiser and an eye gel were my essentials. Therefore it meant I could tackle any breakouts and dark circles and try and keep to wearing less makeup and more glitter! My favourite item I took was this Peachy Fox London Collagen gel as it really works wonders for my under eyes, allowing me to look a little more fresh faced in the morning (you can read more about it here). 

3. SKIN KIND RAZORS

At a festival I like to get my legs out no matter the weather - wind, rain...snow. Okay maybe not snow. Not because I want to show off my pins or anything but simply because I find I get SO HOT at festivals. Even if it's pouring with rain because your either trekking a mile across a field to get to the next stage or else dancing around like a loon you end up finding yourself sweating buckets. So I counteract this by wearing layers on my top half and then allowing my legs to be out in the cool air to balance it out. Weird logic maybe, but it works for me. It means however that I want to keep my legs looking smoooooooth. So my Dorco eve razors are another essential for me as the movable razor head makes it so easy to use when you're somewhere that's not the comfort of your own shower.

4. EFFECTIVE DEODORANTS

Last up for me is a good effective deodorant. This really is a must. With queues to showers often being about an hour long most days, sometimes you end up going days without showering and just having a Mexican spray down instead (Deodorant and dry shampoo yourself so heavily that your left in a cloud of fumes). An absolute favourite brand of mine for years has been Dove and it's sweet fresh smelling scents. As previously mentioned in my blog before, I do a lot of physical exercise and tend to need a good long wearing deodorant and for me, Dove is the one. It leaves me feeling fresh all day without having to worry about body odours and this is exactly what you're after for a Festival too. Plus the new formula means it's extra nourishing for your skin too.




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POSTCARDS FROM GLASTONBURY - FIVE THINGS I LEARNT DURING MY FIRST TIME THERE

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

POSTCARDS FROM GLASTONBURY - FIVE THINGS I LEARNT DURING MY FIRST TIME THERE



Morning Honey Bees 🐝

Another list style blog post, I am on a roll!

So as many of you know (because I wrote about five thousand blog posts, tweets and instagrams on it) I went to Glastonbury this year. Yes. I broke my G fest V plates! What a time to be alive hey - it really did feel like that as I slid down the grassy banks towards to the Festival entrance that sunny morning late June. I had so much to look forward to in those five days of music and drinking and dancing in fields.

What I did not anticipate in those five days however is how much I would learn about me, my friends, and life in general. HEHE. Sounds like a deep meaningful thing to say, but here are five things I learnt at my time at Glastonbury.

1. ALL DAY DRINKING IS EASIER THAN IT SOUNDS

Yes that's right. Before going to Glastonbury I was terrified my Liver might depart from my body and make a run for it in the fear of drinking for 5 days on the trot. I mean, I haven't drank every day since University. And that was a long time ago. So beforehand I definitely envisaged dying of hangovers most mornings and potentially having to take it easy some days. However once you are there the atmosphere of the place completely takes over you. Drinking on a hangover suddenly doesn't seem that bad and the thousands of people around you having fun will completely lift those hangover blues. Basically what I am saying is your body will definitely surprise you and you will develop an alcoholic stamina you never even knew you had.

2. FRIENDSHIPS GET SO MUCH CLOSER

When you have to camp alongside each other for five days, help each other put up tents, do each others glitter makeup every night and of course do occasional armpit whiff checks for each other. It's inevitable that friendships will become even closer. Especially when a lot of drinking and dancing is also involved. Aka a lot of drunken declarations of love for each other happened. 

3. YOU'LL DISCOVER NEW MUSICAL LOVES

The beauty of music festivals is that they are so diverse in genres and of course everyone has different tastes in music so at one point you'll probably find yourself in a tent with your mate listening to a band you've never heard of BUT next thing you know you're bobbing along and planning on buying their album on iTunes when you get home. Aka when I took my mates to see London Grammar and they loved it. Or when I cried during the entire set of Barry Gibb because I didn't realise it was possible to love one man so much. 

4. YOU'LL NEVER SEE THE ENTIRETY OF GLASTONBURY DURING YOUR FIRST TIME

Glastonbury is huge. No seriously...it's absolutely bloody massive. I remember the morning we arrived we walked over the crest of the hill and seeing it all laid out in front of me was mind boggling - it literally went on for miles and miles. Huge big top tents and scattered across dozens of fields. It looked incredible (someone get me a tissue I am welling up just reminiscing now). So due to how big it is you literally don't have enough time to see it all. What with trying to squeeze in all your favourite bands whilst taking in as many day activities as possible there's going to be so many areas you miss. For example we missed out on the Unfairground (a warped subversive place filled with art installations), The Rabbit Hole (a hidden underground bar which can only be accessed by solving a riddle plus rumour has it there's a hot tub somewhere in there) and Temple (a huge Gladiator style arena dance floor).

5. FESTIVAL BLUES ARE A VERY REAL THING 

So you have heard of Holiday blues. Well Festival blues are also a thing, honestly. After slumming it in a field for five nights and waking up in the morning gasping like a fish because firstly the hangover thirst for water is real and secondly it's HOTTER THAN THE SUN because your tent has become a greenhouse. You would surely think therefore that you can't wait to get home and have a nice hot shower and comfy bed. However instead you will quite possibly find yourself crying into your Macdonald's on the way home because you just don't want to leave. Exiting the festival means leaving behind a world where strangers pass each other exchanging smiles and laughs, making new drunk friends is a given and going to bed at sunrise is totally acceptable because you don't have work the next day. Basically Glastonbury is a little world of happiness in it's own right where people are there to just have a good time with one another. Leaving that to go into the real world definitely sucks - queue post festival blues. 





I would love to hear about your favourite festival experiences. Drop me a comment below! 



I'VE TURNED TWENTY-SIX!! MY PLANS FOR THIS YEAR.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

I'VE TURNED TWENTY-SIX!! MY PLANS FOR THIS YEAR.
 

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So here I am writing to you from the new ripe old age of twenty-six. That's right. I've aged another year.

I want to keep this post short and sweet really so I won't delve too much into things. Every year goes by quicker and it makes you realise how precious time can be. I spend my Monday's at work wishing the weekend would come & before I know it Saturday is here and then it's over again way to quick. It's a vicious cycle of time just flying by.

So I am really keen to buckle down and start making the most of life. Such a cliche thing to write post turning twenty six but hey - it's true! Life is way to short to spend it wishing you did this and that. And that is something I am very guilty of. So here's to doing more things I love and definitely spending a lot less time procrastinating in life. In light of this I have compiled  a list of things I am planning/want to do this year:

TAKE A TRIP TO THAILAND

So this is something I have actually done twice before BUT it's because if you haven't guessed it. I am half Thai. My mum recently moved back out there last year which means that if I want to see my Mumma I have to take a 12 hour flight. It doesn't happen often this girl aint made of money -the times I have been before have been on family holidays. Now though I am saving up to visit there this October so I can see my lovely mother and also take Ollie there too for his first trip to Thailand. We plan to stay in Bangkok for a few nights then up to Chang Mai and then finally end the trip in Phuket. Fingers crossed the rainy season has come to near end by then! Has anyone else been to Thailand? I would be up for some recommendations for must places to visit.

SEE MORE CONCERTS

This year I am definitely embracing seeing more concerts and this is starting with Neil Diamond. Some people are probably like whaaaat who's that lol but I am not even ashamed of my love of ND. He is a true legend and has many many amazing songs. Plus I have a deep sentimental attachment to Neil as I grew up listening to him thanks to my Dad.
My Dad and I always wanted to go see Neil live in concert together however very suddenly my wonderful best friend of a father passed away a few years back and I never got this chance. So I am definitely making this year about seeing a lot of people I adore live - starting with Neil Diamond! Hoping Lana Del Ray might make it on to the list this year too. She's a must!

THE CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN PRAGUE

About a year or so ago my best friend moved to Prague. We hadn't seen much of each other before she left as I had moved to Ipswich and she lived in London. However once we then began living in two different countries, I realised how important it was to make sure I could see her when I can. So this year I am aiming to visit Prague as I've never been but am desperate to anyway as it looks really beautiful! Plus going at Christmas time I imagine would be lovely as they have Christmas markets there and I am loving the idea of wrapping up warm and drinking plenty of mulled wine. 

DO MORE CITY BREAKS

Speaking of visiting Prague this year, there are also lots more cities I would love to visit. A couple of months back Ollie and I went to Dublin for the first time which was amazing and pretty budget friendly too. In fact with most European countries being quite cheap to fly to (cheers Ryanair) I have realised I really don't have an excuse to not visit more places. Plus I personally don't insist on 5 star accommodation and would much rather stay in a budget hotel and use my money to do/see lots of things instead - so city breaks would be quite affordable all in all (hopefully). On the list would definitely have to be Barcelona, Lisbon and Rome.

HANG OUT WITH BLOGGER PALS MORE

Over the past year I have made some really lovely friends in the blogging community. 
However being friends over the internet can be so limiting to how far your relationship can really go. So I am definitely going to make more effort to meet up with people I have formed lovely blogging relationships with. Plus how nice is it to be able to hang out with people who have the same passions as you. My first hang out is actually going to be at the end of this month and we are planning on going to Peggy Porschen's. YES to all the cakes and cute pics!

EXPLORE MORE OF WHERE I LIVE

I started a little side part to my blog called 'discovering Suffolk' a little while ago however being the useless sod that I am - I have only managed to write one post. It's been a busy time recently and the one week we managed to call our British summer went by way to fast to fit in visiting many places. However I think it's always nice to try and explore as much of where you live as you can. There are always hidden gems to be discovered and more often than none it doesn't cost too much to take a drive somewhere and walk around. Definitely better than sitting and doing nothing ay. 



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What would you guys like to do this year. Let me know in the comments below! 👇😊



FRESH FACED FOR SUMMER WITH PEACHY FOX

Sunday, 30 July 2017

FRESH FACED FOR SUMMER WITH PEACHY FOX


Ladies and gentleman, I am pleased to announce that I am a fully fledged skincare product lover. Yes that's right. Once a girl who slept in her makeup and used face wipes to take off her mascara. Things are changing in a big way.

I recently started developing a proper morning and evening skincare routine for myself which involved lots of cleansing, toning and moisturising and it's safe to say it has been going rather well. So recently when Peachy Fox London got in touch regarding the launch of their new eye products I was like hell to the yes. A new product to try out in my skincare routine.

During the Summer I like to wear as minimal makeup as possible as y'know...it get's pretty warm sometimes and there's nothing worse than a full face of melt. The only trouble is without foundation it's much easier to see those pesky dark circles and occasional breakouts. My new cleansing and toning regime has massively helped with breakouts and my skin has been so much clearer recently so the next thing to tackle is definitely my under eye.

The product comes in a little hand size bottle which has a pump applicator. I love these the most as they are easy to use and great for light packing. I began first using this just in the evenings before bedtime so it could soak in overnight and work it's magic. The instructions tell you to gently apply the serum under your eye without rubbing in. So I apply a thin layer and gently pat it underneath my eye covering where I suffer from dark circles the most. For the first 2 minutes the serum has a slight tingle to it but nothing severe and definitely bearable. After that you hardly know it's there!

With Avocado oil as one of it's main ingredients this rejuvenating eye gel is designed to deeply nourish your skin helping to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and of course those dreaded dark circles. Plus the Hyaluronic acid is used to help with skin elasticity and hydration! In fact there are a lot of amazing ingredients in this little gel such as anti-aging vitamin E, wrinkle diminishing marine collagen & Argan Oil and also Green Tea extracts to help fight signs of premature aging.

It's been about two-three weeks now since I first started using the Eye gel and it's been really working well so far. In fact it's literally opened up my eyes to realising that there are much easier ways to diminish those dark circles rather than snoozing on your sofa for half an hour with cucumbers over your eyes (not even sure this works that well tbh).

Plus with the affordable price of currently £13.36 added up with the fact that you get plenty of product in this bottle it really is worth a try. I am loving this eye serum as part of my summer beauty regime especially as it just means I can go makeup free most days without having the worry of needing concealer. Just some moisturiser and maybe a touch of BB cream and I'm on my way.

PLUS - If you have Amazon Prime then you can get it for a cheeky next day delivery.

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What are your favourite skincare products to use? Let me know below! 😊