The Ultimate Fake Tanning Prep Duo

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

 As you probably know, I'm a bit of a fake tan addict. Although I've flirted with the idea of sticking to my pale self in the past, tanned Hannah is the happiest Hannah. I've tried lots of tans over the years and, if you've been reading this blog for a while, you'll probably know that my heart lies firmly with St Moriz lotion when it comes to fake tan products. 

As much as I love being tanned, I do find fake tanning a big, fat chore. I don't think anyone enjoys it - it's a lot of hassle, mess and fuss, but ultimately I would much rather spend twenty five minutes making a mess in the bathroom applying the fake stuff than baking outside or on a sunbed. Having said that, when it comes to false tan maintenance, I'm a bit of a disaster area. Let's face it - if you're into your tanning, you have to be committed to it, and you have to be prepared for the upkeep. Fake tan isn't a simple case of popping some lotion on and you're good to go; it requires a lot of prep and commitment to keep a flawless glow.

This is where I have a problem. I'm notoriously lazy. If you read my post a couple of days ago you'll have heard how slack I used to be with my skincare, so don't even get me started on fake tan maintenance. I hate spending time moisturising my body, detest using body scrubs in the shower, and therefore, my tan was starting to look extremely lacklustre, and my skin was paying for it. You see, tan can dry your skin out a fair bit, so you need to be prepared to moisturise daily to ensure your tan stays flawless and your skin doesn't dry out. I could get away with it sometimes, but the majority of the time my skin would go flakey, I'd get the dreaded reptile-esque patchiness and my skin would become extremely dry and sore. Particularly around my neck, which would be sore to touch and an unsightly mess if I decided to apply more tan - tan sticks to dry patches, which meant that I'd end up looking a little bit of a mess. 

I blamed it on my tan, switched to others, and found they were just the same. Then I spoke to my sister, another fake tan-addict, and she said I really needed to be diligent with maintaining my tan. She recommended me a body scrub and a moisturiser and told me I'd have to be prepared to use the moisturiser daily and the scrub a few times a week. Off I trotted to the shops, picked up the cheap-as-chips moisturiser and the not-so-cheap scrub, and I was good to go to see if they would make a difference. 

All I can say is - wow. Taking time out to look after my skin and make sure it's properly prepped, and looked after every day has meant that my skin has been transformed. I'm not sure where I'd be without these products now. I've always been a big fan of Palmer's moisturisers since I discovered them years ago, but in all honesty I'd forgotten just how good they are. This moisturiser smells deliciously like chocolate, melts into my skin and leaves it feeling so smooth and soft. I love that it's cocoa butter and aims to help with stretchmarks as well as moisturise and hydrate the skin - always a bonus. I got mine from a cheap body shop but it's currently on offer at Boots for a decent price! The salt scrub from Sanctuary, whilst a little on the pricey side, is worth every penny. I usually opt for cheapy scrubs as I've never really put much thought into them, but I'll never look back after trying this beauty. It's a gorgeous scrub that smells amazing, and feels so amazing on the skin. It actually has an oil embedded inside which is so luxurious and leaves your skin feeling incredible. You feel like you're being well and truly pampered when you use this scrub, not to mention how pretty the packaging looks on my bathroom window! 

I am so glad I've found my dream tanning duo. Using these two products together, and being committed to using them, has transformed my fake tanning regime and made me so much happier about my skin. The dryness and patchiness I used to get on a regular basis appears to have gone for good, as have the dreaded scales. My skin is smooth, soft, and my tan looks fantastic (if I do say so myself). It lasts longer too, which is brilliant. I wish I'd discovered how wonderful these products are sooner because now I honestly wouldn't be without them. That's not to say that they did all the work - it's taken a lot for me to get off my bum and make myself moisturise regularly, but once it's habbit, it sticks. 

Do you have a thorough fake tanning regime? Which prepping products do you swear by?

Party Rings & Unicorns

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

As summer is well and truly in full swing, my holiday is booked and the inevitable holiday wardrobe has started piling up, I thought I would show you two of my favourite pieces of swimwear of the moment from Missguided. You know me, I'm not one for boring or plain, have a lust for candy colours and an infatuation with unicorns, so naturally when I saw these on the Missguided 'New In' section I fell head over heels. 

Described as swimsuits/bodys, these pieces are brilliant as you can use them as either. I've loved pairing mine with denim skirts and also debuted the party ring one at my local beach when it was scorching a few weeks ago. I felt a million dollars wearing it as these swimsuits are mega flattering and suck everything in. I was worried I'd look like a sack of potatoes wearing these but I actually love how I look in them (despite how big-headed that might sound!) They also have some serious padding going on which is brilliant and definitely helps me feel more confident wearing them! 

At £14.99 and available in tonnes of cool designs (I'm lusting after the icecream one and the donut one has Katy Perry written all over it) I want one of these in every design possible. The party ring design has me written all over it, and as you probably know, I'm obsessed with unicorns so I had to have this one. They will definitely be my staples on holiday as swimwear, as well as over the summer at home with cute skirts and shorts. Love. Them. 

Are you into quirky swimwear? What do you think to Missguided's offering?

My Bedtime Beauty Skincare Regime

Monday, 29 July 2013
Suffering with oily, acne-prone skin means that I've always had to have a pretty regimented skincare routine. However, as I've got older and my skin's improved, I've become a bit lax. I'm a pretty lazy person as it is, and sometimes the lure of bedtime makes me bypass using all my lotions and potions. Instead I'll opt for a quick makeup removal and wash of my skin, and then I'll hop into bed, feeling ever-so-slightly guilty for my lack of skin pampering. Recently however, I've come to the realisation that I really should be looking after my skin more, and I've actually started to relish my pre-bedtime skincare sesh. 

Once I've removed my makeup and cleansed and toned my skin, I'll open up my skincare stash on my bedside table and get to work prepping my skin for a good eight hours of beauty sleep. I've been loving using REN's Resurfacing AHA Concentrate* in place of my beloved Liquid Gold - I use this a few nights a week to really exfoliate and help resurface my skin, improving uneven skintone and any scars or previous blemishes I've had. It's really gentle and I can most definitely see a difference in my skin since using it. I've also really been enjoying using Nourish's Nutritious Peptide Serum*. Nourish isn't a brand I'd heard of previously but I'm really glad I discovered them. This serum smells deliciously of fresh apples, and helps to balance skin and refine pores - something I'm definitely in need of! I've not noticed dramatic results yet but I'm really loving using it.

For the ultimate indulgent pamper, Clarins' Lotus Face Treatment Oil* is now a firm favourite in my night time skincare regime. This super luxurious oil leaves my skin feeling amazing, smells incredible, and is really beneficial to oily/combination skin. Bizarre considering it's an oil, but often taking away oil from oily skins leads to it producing more. This is such a treat to use and really helps to balance the skin, remove congestion and improve skin tone. I absolutely adore it. 

In terms of moisturisers, I'm still hunting for the perfect night cream, but for now the GinZing Moisturiser* from Origins is doing a pretty fine job. I reviewed it a few days ago so for a full write-up have a look here. Once I've applied that, I'll use Benefit's It's Potent Eye Cream under the eyes and dab on some of my beloved Origins Spot Remover* to any pimples I might have. I love this spot product so much. It does an amazing job of getting rid of pimples and although it stings when applied, you can tell it is really drying out the spot and in the morning the results are incredible. To finish off I'll pop some Carmex Lipbalm on my lips and I'm good to go for a night of well-earnt beauty sleep. 

What is your nighttime skincare regime like? Do you take time out to pamper your skin, or are you lazy when it comes to skincare? 

I Believe in Thunderbolts and Butterflies

Sunday, 28 July 2013
Dress: River Island (sale)
Sandals: Primark
Earrings: River Island 
Bracelets: Primark & Topshop
Fox Ring*: Hey Sailor

The weather was less than impressive yesterday, turning gloomy and raining as the day went on, but today has been warm and sunny and it felt like the perfect opportunity to debut my new River Island dress. I got this in the sale a few weeks ago; there really wasn't much on offer when I looked in my local shop but I saw some amazing bits online. I spied this dress hanging lonely on the stand and immediately fell in love with it. It's the perfect summer dress in my opinion; dipped hem, gorgeous floral print, pastel colours and a touch of sparkle (you might not be able to tell from the pictures but it has some sequin detailing on it). My heart sunk a bit when I saw it was a size 10, but me being me took it into the changing rooms to try on, and amazingly, it fit. Thank you River Island vanity sizes! It was an amazing £10, reduced from £35, which I think is pretty damn good! I can't wait to wear it throughout the (hopefully continuing) summer and on my holiday in a few months time! I'm also debuting my beautiful new Fox ring from Hey Sailor - I've wanted a ring like this for SO long and I absolutely love it. 

I've spent this weekend mainly catching up on blogging, as I'm trying really hard to get into posting every day again but sometimes it proves difficult! I've also started compiling a wishlist for my birthday in a month's time - Marc Jacobs Honey perfume is top of my list! I'm going to spend tonight blogging a bit more (I have lots of outfit posts coming up so watch this space!) and having a yummy BBQ. 

I posted a haul video the other day on my YouTube channel, so feel free to check that out here if you like! Also need ideas for upcoming videos as I'm stuck again! 

I hope everyone is having a brilliant weekend!

Real Techniques-alike Brushes

Friday, 26 July 2013
Ebay Makeup Brushes - £12.99 for the set (+£1.99 postage)

I've been needing to buy some new makeup brushes for a while now, mainly after watching a few too many makeup collection videos and realising my brush collection is just a little bit laughable compared to most. I was also lusting after a contouring brush and basically felt the need to peruse Ebay, of all places, for makeup brushes. Why Ebay, I hear you ask? Well, I'd exhausted my options, basically. Real Techniques brushes are gorgeous but for the amount I wanted just not realistic (too pricey), I'd searched high and low on Amazon for Real Techniques brushes a bit cheaper but no luck, so I opted for Ebay instead. When I stumbled across this set of brushes, it took me about the whole of five seconds to click 'Buy Now'. 

No, they're not by Real Techniques, but after a little look at the description (synthetic hair, check) and seeing just how incredibly similar they look to Real Techniques, I thought why the hell not?! This set of five face brushes cost £12.99, plus £1.99 postage. Now, forgive me if I'm wrong, but I find Real Techniques brushes to be at least a tenner each to buy, so I bit the bullet and bought these, in the hope they would be similar to, if not as good as, the real thing. 

They arrived a few days later (the seller is UK-based, yay!) and although there was no fancy case or anything exciting to write home about, the brushes were individually wrapped and each of them looked a really good quality. When I opened them up and felt just how soft they were, I think I might have gasped a little - these are so so so soft. When it comes to makeup brushes, in my opinion, the softer the better, and these definitely tick that box. I've been using them for a month or so now and I can't quite believe I've been doing my makeup without them for so long - they are really, really good brushes. I'd definitely say they're on par with the Real Techniques brushes I own. My two favourites have to be the angled contouring brush (perfect for contouring, obvs) and the one in the middle, which I use to buff in my foundation. They give you a flawless coverage and I would 100% recommend them. 

I absolutely adore these brushes and I'm SO glad I got them. They're all for using on the face, so for foundation application, blush, bronzer, powder etc., and unfortunately it doesn't look like the seller sells eye brushes at the minute (sob!) although if they did I would be in there like a shot. Ebay can be a bit hit and miss at times, but when you find beauties like this you really can't complain! They're available in pink, gold and blue as well, I opted for blue so I don't mix them up with my Real Techniques ones! 

Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturiser Review

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Okay, so this moisturiser has been everywhere lately - and there's a reason why. A little while ago Origins, a skincare brand I absolutely adore, introduced a new moisturiser titled 'GinZing'; an energy-boosting moisturiser full of coffee beans and ginseng goodness to wake up skin and get it feeling energised. Now, I don't know about you, but my skin is always in need of a good wake up-call, and this product sounded like the perfect remedy for my tired, lack-lustre skin. 

First things first; this stuff smells incredible. Seriously, the smell alone is enough to get me waking up - it's a gorgeous mix of zestiness and zing, which is super refreshing and makes it a delight to apply. It smooths on beautifully, is really light on the skin and sinks in like a dream, leaving my skin feeling seriously soft and smooth. I love this moisturiser as it's oil-free, doesn't contain SPF so can be used as a night cream as well as a day, and makes my skin feel amazing. I was a little dubious that it wouldn't keep my oil in control throughout the day, but it does an excellent job, leaving my skin nice and matte. 

I definitely notice a difference in my skin when using this; it certainly brightens up my skin whilst keeping it hydrated, but not so much that it gets oily. I really would it and would definitely re-purchase if I had the money! It's at the cheaper end of Origins' moisturiser range too as it's only £23, which is pretty good for a moisturiser that achieves everything it claims to! 

Have you tried Origins GinZing Moisturiser yet? What did you think?

Karmaloop Haul

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Just popping up a quick post with my latest video! I was approached by the lovely people at Karmaloop to review some of their gorgeous clothing items and I thought I would pop them into a haul for you guys. I'd never heard of Karmaloop before but they have some AMAZING pieces on there and I was seriously spoilt for choice. It was so hard deciding what to get but I absolutely love what I got in the end. Prepare to see lots of rainbow and pastel-coloured items! 

Let me know what you think to it, I really want to upload YouTube videos more regularly but I always struggle for inspiration, so let me know if there's anything in particular you would like to see. I really want to try my hand at makeup tutorials but I have no clue where to begin so might need to experiment a bit first!

Rituals Laughing Buddha Collection

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Rituals is always a brand I've admired - I've tried a few of their products in the past and been really impressed, and I think for the quality of the products they produce their pricing is really on point too. They recently launched the new Laughing Buddha collection, which is based around a famous monk who brought happiness and fortune wherever he went. The range has taken this legend and expanded on it, creating a collection that aims to uplift and evoke happiness in everyday life. I am all about products that make you feel happy, so this collection is right up my street! 

I was sent a couple of products from the collection; the Mandarin Bliss 24 Hour Anti-Perspirant Stick and the Fortune Scrub. Let me just begin by saying both of these products smell AMAZING - they're so exotic and zesty, and the mandarin scent really comes through and it makes them a total pleasure to use. The Mandarin Bliss Anti-Perspirant Stick smells gorgeous, and is really smoothing and conditioning on the skin. It works amazingly well as an anti-perspirant and definitely keeps sweat under control for hours on end. I have loved using this over the past few weeks as it makes such a nice change from the usual aerosols which are actually meant to be pretty bad for you (or so I'm told), and don't smell anywhere near as nice as this. The Fortune Scrub is another fab product; I love how it works as both a shower cream and a scrub, so that it's nice and gentle on the skin whilst exfoliating away dead skin cells. It leaves my skin feeling and smelling fabulous and it really is lovely to use. 

Both products are infused with organic Mandarin and Yuzu, making them smell amazing and leave my skin feeling utterly pampered. I cannot recommend these products highly enough, and I already have my eye on a few of the other products from the range, the Happy Mist in particular. I also think these products are amazing in terms of price - the Mandarin Bliss is £8 and is going to last me ages, and the Fortune Scrub is £9. 

Have you tried anything from Rituals' Laughing Buddha collection? Let me know what you thought!

How Long Do You Keep Your Makeup For?

Monday, 22 July 2013

I'll admit it, I'm really bad when it comes to hoarding makeup, and even worse when I have to throw things away. In all honesty, I pay little attention to the use by dates on makeup products and I'm pretty sure a lot of the makeup items sitting in my makeup draw have been there for at least a couple of years. 

The thing is, you rarely hear much about makeup going bad - let's face it, it's not like food or medicine, it can't do much harm, right? Well, apparently it can. Make up that is kept longer than recommended can become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, which then leads to problems like eye infections, breakouts and rashes. Ew, not nice, right? 

A survey by Debenhams revealed a massive 73% of women don't check the expiry dates on makeup and are actually keeping it waaaaay beyond the recommended time. Oops - I definitely think I'm one of the 73%. Like the women in the survey, I feel like it's a 'waste' to throw perfectly good makeup away - however if it was anything else, I'd probably think different. Really, considering we put makeup on our FACE on a regular basis, we should be paying more attention to the state of our makeup items and whether or not they're past their sell by date. 

So.... how long should we actually be keeping our makeup for? I honestly think this is where the problem lies. Despite there being a little '6 months' or '24 months' or whatever label on our beauty items, how many of us actually pay attention to it, and how many of us actually recall WHEN we opened the damn item? I certainly don't. But, after hearing about the health implications I most definitely will from now on. So, let's have a look at how long each makeup product can be kept for before you should really give it the heave-ho....

Blush & Bronzer - Two years 
Concealer - Eight months
Eyeliner - One year
Eyeshadow - One year
Face Powder - Two years
Foundation - Six months 
Lipstick - One and a half years 
Mascara - Four months 

The results are kind of scary, especially considering the things I cling on to the longest are generally the things that need throwing out first. The idea of throwing away my beloved MAC lipsticks after only a year and a half makes me want to weep a bit. Then again, it's an excuse to make more use out of things whilst you have them I suppose! 

What are you like when it comes to keeping makeup? Do you tend to hoard things and keep them as long as possible, or are you a bit more savvy and know when to get rid? Let me know! 

Panache Tallulah Bikini

Friday, 19 July 2013
 Tallulah Balconnet Bikini Top and Bottoms* - Panache

A little while ago I was lucky enough to be sent a beautiful bikini set from Panache. With the bikini season in full swing, I thought it was probably about time I showed you the gorgeous two-piece! 

Panache specialise in D-K cups, which to be honest, I wasn't entirely sure I fit into. However, when my D-cup bikini arrived, I couldn't believe how well it fitted. Seriously, the fit on these babies is amazing and I felt a million dollars wearing it. I opted for a high-waisted bikini because I love the retro feel and I've wanted a high-waisted bikini for ages. I'm hoping to go on holiday some time this summer, although to be honest I've been getting fair usage out of this gorgeous bikini at home, with all the amazing weather we're having! 

Normally bikinis make me feel a little bit self-conscious; I worry that my 'wobbly bits' are on show and generally don't really feel like I can relax too much in them. The beauty of this bikini is that the high-waisted bottoms are SO flattering; they literally suck me in and smooth everything down, and I feel so amazing wearing it. It's gorgeous quality and the fact it's a proper bra-bikini means that I'm well and truly supported. 

I feel a bit like I need to do my hair up all fifties style, get my red lippy out and fully embrace the retro-style of this bikini when I wear it. I might actually be brave enough to feature it in an outfit post... maybe. 

Are you a fan of high-waisted bikinis? Have you bought anything from Panache before?

L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil and Milk Veil Review

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Lately I've been feeling a bit of a mess. You know how it is sometimes when you feel like you literally have no time for anything? Including painting your nails, moisturising your skin and having a good old pamper? As well as me feeling bad about myself because, frankly, I feel and look like a slob, I also feel bad as I feel like a pretty bad blogger. I'll admit, I've been known to have chipped nails on many occasions, I suffer with really dry skin as I am the laziest person ever and hate moisturising, and yeah, sometimes I don't look like I've brushed my hair (I have, I promise).

I've been feeling a lot like this lately, and I think the absolute best thing to do when it all gets too much is to really indulge, and go all-out in the pampering product department. I was recently sent the L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil and Milk Veil Duo from QVC and it couldn't have come at a better time. Sometimes you just need to MAKE time to look after yourself, pamper yourself from head to toe, and these two babies are absolutely brilliant in that department. As soon as I saw they were almond, I knew they'd be for me. Almond is my favourite scent and that makes these products all the more dreamy. They smell amazing, and they leave my skin feeling incredible.

The duo comes with an Almond Shower Oil, which is a really rich indulgent oil that leaves your skin feeling super smooth and silky. It smells beautiful, melts into your skin and really hydrates and nourishes (something that my skin always really needs!) It also makes a brilliant shaving oil, as it leaves your legs SO smooth. The Almond Milk Veil is just as amazing. Again, smelling deliciously of almonds, this product is so gorgeously smooth and light on the skin, yet is also really moisturising, firming and smoothing. Using the oil in the shower followed by the veil is my absolute favourite thing do to, as my skin is guaranteed to feel one hundred percent divine after using them both.

I honestly love both these products and although they're definitely on the steep side at £39.00, for a really indulgent pamper they are the absolute best. Love them! 

Rainbows and Fairy Dust

Monday, 15 July 2013
Dress: ASOS (sale)
Necklace*: Ginger Pickle
Sandals*: Peacocks
Ear Cuff: Topshop

What a gorgeous weekend, once again! I've been loving the sunshine so much lately, it just cheers you up and makes you feel good. My dad bought a gas BBQ at the weekend so we've been having BBQs-a-plenty and well and truly soaking up the sun. Saying that, me and my boyfriend popped to Meadowhall for a spot of shopping on Saturday, which was really good if not ridiculously hot - probably a bad idea in hindsight!

I wore this dress to go shopping in, it's something I bought a little while ago in the fabulous ASOS sale, for an amazing £29. It's so unique and pretty and I love the pale rainbow effect it has. I've already had lots of compliments on it and it's definitely become one of my favourite dresses. You can actually get an extra 10% off sale items on ASOS now with the code 'TAKE10' - which I just might have to put to use as I have my eye on  a couple of things. I wore it with my lovely Ginger Pickle Fairy Dust necklace, Peacocks sandals and an ear cuff from Topshop. I'm really into ear cuffs at the minute and I'm debating getting my ears pierced on that bit - I've no idea what it's called - as I really like how they look on. What do you think?

Did you enjoy the weekend? Let me know what you got up to! 

Estee Lauder Illuminating Powder Gelee in Heatwave

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

I've been meaning to blog about this absolutely stunning powder gelee from Estee Lauder for ages now, it is by far my favourite summer beauty product of the year so far. As soon as I saw this in my local House of Fraser I knew I had to have it - the aptly named 'Heatwave' is a beautiful, shimmery beige-gold highlight that blends like an absolute dream and gives the most gorgeous golden sheen. 

For me, Estee Lauder can honestly do no wrong and their Bronze Goddess collection (of which this is a part of) ticks all my summer makeup boxes. As with all Estee Lauder products, the gold packaging screams luxe and I love having this beautiful little compact on my dressing table. It comes complete with a handy little sponge applicator which I find quite nifty for popping the product on my brow bone and other precise areas, although generally I prefer to use a brush to apply the product, sweeping it over the top of the cheeks to create a gorgeous shimmery highlight effect. 

Since receiving the Estee Lauder Illuminating Powder Gelee in Heatwave I have been using it as a highlighter non-stop. It has definitely got to be my all-time favourite highlighter and it's simply a pleasure to work with. It blends beautifully into the skin and gives a seriously flawless, glowing finish that I cannot fault. It definitely illuminates the face and makes me look glowing and healthy, perfect for over the summer months. I actually think it would also make a pretty good eyeshadow base which is something I'm going to experiment with in the future. Unfortunately I think it's pretty hard to get hold of at the minute, so if you see it - buy it! I promise you won't regret it. 

Are you a fan of Estee Lauder's Illuminating Powder Gelees? Have you got Heatwave yet? 

Online Shopping Wishlist

Tuesday, 9 July 2013
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2. Not On the High Street - £9.95 for two
4. NARS Cosmetics - £32 each
5. House of Fraser - £29

I'm obsessed with online shopping. It is, without a doubt, my favourite pastime, and I could happily whittle away the hours adding more and more things to my basket. Living in the sticks since I was born has meant that shopping has always been a little bit difficult, particularly when you're a shopaholic like myself. I remember always begging my dad to drive me into town on the weekend so I could go shopping, and then as I got older those weekends would be spent on buses and trains, getting to bigger and better cities and much better shops. 

As much as I loved trailing around shopping when I was growing up, it gets to the point where shopping can get a little bit on the stressful side. Sale shopping is usually a big disaster, and as much as I love Primark the changing room queues and cluttered shelves always put me off. To add to this, a lot of the clothes and beauty shops I love are no where near my reach. Living in Lincolnshire means that I don't have a MAC or a NARS counter near me, nor an Illamasqua. H & M is at least an hour's drive away, Urban Outfitters is non-existent and heaven forbid you find a Topshop on the medium, let alone the large, side.

Since getting a computer all those years back, and particularly since starting blogging, online shopping has become my best friend. It's just so... easy. If I want that floral dress from Topshop, all I do is type it in and voila - I'm there. Instead of trailing around asking shop assistants if they have it, to be met with their puzzled stares, after already spending a fiver on parking and developing two blisters from running around in my brand new shoes, I can sit at home, even in bed (more often than not) in my pyjamas, glass of wine at hand, and happily click away at the items I want, stress-free. Not only that, I get the satisfaction of purchasing the item, and then the excitement a few days later when the Parcelforce van pulls up and my beloved dress inevitably arrives. 

I love online shopping so much, I thought I'd put together a little wishlist of just some of the items I'm currently lusting after. I discovered the Freak of Nature dress today and haven't stopped thinking about it since. It's a gorgeous, multi-coloured pastel affair with some cool graphics that scream festival fashion. I think it'll look amazing with a tan and can't wait until pay day so I can order it. I've been after a cute lunchbox for ages now, and this little deer one is exactly what I was looking for. Who needs boring old tupperware when there are these gorgeous babies for sale? It's from Not On The Highstreet, a prime example of why online shopping is so great. ASOS is another firm favourite of mine in the online fashion stakes, and they always have the best sales. This beautiful collar brooch is so gorgeous and reduced to £20. NARS is a beauty brand I wish was more readily available to me, but luckily the NARS website always delivers (along with ASOS and Space NK) and I am seriously excited about the launch of their Autumn palettes in a few days time. It's going to be very hard to only pick one! Finally, I've been on the hunt for a Ted Baker makeup bag for ages and think I might have to bite the bullet and get this one - it's so pretty and my makeup deserves a pretty home! 

Are you a fan of online shopping? Which are your favourite shops to browse online? 

Brighter Than The Sun

Monday, 8 July 2013
Dress*: She Likes
Bag: Ebay
Sandals: River Island

How utterly AMAZING was the weather over the weekend?! I can't quite believe it's been as warm as it has but I'm so thankful it's finally decided to feel like summer. I had a seriously fun weekend - spent Saturday on the beach and then at night had a big family BBQ, whilst Sunday was spent enjoying the sunshine with my boyfriend and I had a really nice time. I am looking forward to the next few weeks of sunshine, as it's set to stick around!

This outfit is actually something I wore a few weekends back. I was recently sent this dress from She Likes and it's so beautiful; it's the perfect combination of things I love - statement collar, floral, and a gorgeous pastel orange colour. I paired it with my favourite River Island sandals and my Vivienne-alike bag from Ebay. I ordered this a few weeks ago for just over a tenner and I absolutely love it. Okay, so I don't actually think Vivienne Westwood do a bag like this but still, it has the orb logo and is pretty decent quality for the price. It's also a really good size and they do it in four colours. Love!

I'm getting used to having a full-time job again and blogging so I apologise if posts aren't always as regular as I'd like them to be! I'm working out my time management and organisation to make sure I can get back to posting everyday, as I absolutely love doing it. It's just so difficult as I've also been going to the gym most nights so it's a case of finding the time! I'm sure I'll get the hang of it soon though!

I hope everyone has been enjoying the lovely sunshine and had a great weekend! 

Money SuperMarket's Big Night In


 A little while ago Money Supermarket gave me £50 to spend on creating the perfect 'Big Night In'. I am a big fan of nights in and generally much prefer them over going out, so I jumped at the chance of being involved. I had a big debate over what kind of night in I should go for; I thought about doing a girly pamper night, with beauty products aplenty, or a movie night with lots of pizza and chocolate, but in the end I decided to go for something which this weekend has been absolutely perfect for; a good old BBQ.

Although our typical British summer usually means that BBQs are few and far between, if you pick your dates wisely you can have a really great time. This weekend the weather has been so hot, topping almost 30 degrees, so ideal BBQ weather. On Saturday after a trip to the beach me and my boyfriend got cracking. He was in charge of the meat (as you're probably aware I'm a veggie and refuse to go near it) and I took charge of the veggie options (there are three vegetarians in my family) and making the vegetable skewers (which were amazing by the way, halloumi cheese is THE best). I was actually pretty amazed at how much we could get with just £50, and we ended up with plenty of food and alcohol to go around. Our main choice of drink was sparkling Rose, but we also made vanilla floats, some lemon and lime spritzers and even had a cheeky shot or two.

We'd invited lots of family members and I think it's safe to say everyone had a really great time. I think BBQs are the perfect way of getting the family together and having fun, without breaking the bank. If you know where to shop you can seriously get a lot for your money, and we definitely took advantage of all the fab summer offers that were on. The night was definitely a success and proof that you don't need to leave the house and hit the town to have a good night.

Did you enter Money Supermarket's 'Big Night In' competition? Are you a fan of nights in or do you prefer heading out?
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