24 August 2015

St Tropez Tan Review


So here is part two of my 'Fake Tan diaries'.  If you want to have a peek at my first fake tan review of the summer then click HERE.

I had wanted to try this St Tropez wash off tan for the longest time.  I tried the light version (the one with the pink top) when it was released and I loved it but my skin is so pale I didn't really think it showed up much on me, so I was desperate to try the medium/dark version so I would be able to get a bit of a stronger colour off of the tan.

So as you can see in the photos above I have the tan on my face (and make up on too obvz) and my whole upper body.  The colour is super subtle but gives a really nice natural glowy shade.
I was surprised as I was worried that the darker version of this would make me look a bit muddy but it hasn't at all.
I only put one coat of the colour on though as I was worried what shade it would turn out but I think it would be best to always do a couple of coats as you will get more of a colour pay-off with that.

I just LOVE how quick and easy this tan is.  You slather it on, it comes out the deep, dark brown shade that can look a bit scary but as soon as you rub it in the colour starts to develop and the muddy shade turns into a beautiful golden tan, its magical, haha!
I love that its as easy to come off as it is to go on. You can just wash it off with soap/gel and water and it won't leave a hint of colour behind or do that crazy fading away in bits thing some tans do.

It's weird because when I applied it on my arms I was worried I had made it look streaky but it wasn't at all when it dried in, it must even itself out in the drying process or something, oh and it literally takes 2mins to dry before you can put your clothes on so this really is a perfect one for those 'running out the door but need to top up your tan' moments.

Overall I love this product, I am a big fan of the colour St Tropez tans gives you and I love how quick and easy this one is to apply.
I think this is perfect for topping up your already existing colour or for just giving you a subtle sunkissed glow!

Have you tried this tan before? Let me know what you think?
You can buy it here from BeautyBay where it is in the sale for £7.44

21 August 2015

Mixtape #1

If you've been reading this blog for a while you will know how much music is a massive part of it. I love sharing all my favourite music with you and bringing you interviews with some of my favourite people behind the songs.  I always try and incorporate music and songs into my blog in a fun way and try and always do something a little bit different with those posts and it makes me so happy when I read your lovely tweets and comments about finding a new favourite song or artist that you now love too.
One of my favourite things when I was wee were mixtapes, one of my earliest memories is my sisters (who were all a lot older and knew how to do that whole 'recording the radio on a tape' thing already) all making me mixtapes to take on holiday with me and they would write what every song was and why they chose it for me.  I honestly don't think there is anything better than someone making you a personalised mixtape and it's' something that I have wanted to incorporate into my blog for a while.
So, this is what I've came up with- Themed playlists....but not just any type of themes, no all the themes will be random/fun/quirky/weird (delete as applicable)
I really hope you like this idea and I have had the most fun making them, I really do love working to a theme haha!
I honestly don't think there is anything better than finding music to match your mood and I hope that you do with all my new playlists I'm posting.
The other fun thing I wanted to do was create some artwork to go along with the playlist, I love song listings so you can see what songs next and what you want to skip (hopefully none haha) so I just created a fun little messy watercolour to go along with it. 
Also I have had so much fun making these playlists I thought it might be a fun idea if I make you some personalised playlists, maybe make it into a giveaway or something, you tell me what your feeling/going through/want music to help you with and I will make you a playlist to match and send you a mixtape?
I don't know, it was just something I was toying with, let me know what you think?
So without further ado, here is the....
"Songs that have the word summer in the title to remind you it is - even though it might not feel like it" playlist


19 August 2015

Double Denim Outfit


Shirt - Primark
Jeans - New Look  - £19.99
Necklace - River Island via ASOS (in the sale for £9)
Bag - The Leather Satchel Company via ASOS (in the sale for £52)

Are we all still ok with double denim? Well, I hope so because I have been enjoying rocking it old school Britney and Justin style with this outfit lately.

This is a shirt I got from the men's department in Primark ages ago but they always have different version's lingering in store so I'm sure you can pick one up like this still.  I always buy men's shirts rather than women's as I just love the massive over-sized loose fit and I just think there is something just totally effortless about throwing on a big shirt and chilling, right?

I've picked up another few bargains from ASOS again lately, their sales though? Seriously who can actually resist!  I have wanted a big chunky gold chain necklace like this for such a long time and I couldn't believe when I saw it in the sale for such a great price.  It's via asos but actually from River Island.  I have always been a fan of their jewellery and they do the most amazing sale every Christmas where I always pick up a ton of jewels, such good quality for awesome prices too.

The other bargain was this satchel from The Leather Satchel Company.  I have always loved their bags but they are always super expensive so again ASOS pulled through and offered it up for the most amazing price.  It's sooo pretty and such beautiful leather too, I love it.  If you are a fan of the brand then go have a peek at them on ASOS as they have put all their bags in the sale.

So another outfit post, I hope your enjoying these type of posts again as it's been a while since I've done proper outfits on the blog and I'm really loving doing it.

Hope you have all had a beautiful day and let me know if you've picked up some bargains as well lately?

Also just an FYI. This post is totally not sponsored by ASOS I, unfortunately paid for it all and spent all my own money on it all haha!

17 August 2015

The Perfect Slouchy Sweater



Sweater - ASOS
Jeans - New Look

I couldn't wait to get this post up to show you my new favourite jumper.  I'm someone who could (um, kinda does actually) live in big over-sized comfy sweaters and I'm always on the lookout for new styles to add to my collection and when I saw this one in the ASOS sale a few weeks ago I knew I had to get it.
I don't know about you, but I have this thing when it comes to asos and buying things like jumpers and tee's I never really bother about the size.  If they have the size I am, I normally always either order one up or one down too just to try them out to see what suits better.  So when I saw this in the sale and was just so desperate to buy it I didn't even bother when they only had a much bigger size left, I just clicked buy anyway and I'm so glad I did because its just the perfect oversized/slouchy but not too baggy fit.
It's slub cotton so it has the softest feel to it and I don't know if you can see in the pictures above but it has a slit up either seam at the side of the jumper.  Enough of a cut that it adds shape to the jumper but not enough that you have to actually show skin which makes it still perfect for wintertime too.

I always love linking you to the products I wear so that in case you fancy something you can buy it (and because I hate when some bloggers wear the most beautiful things and you so want to buy it and you go to click through and there is no link...argh) but I can only find the Tall version of this sweater, the normal one must have sold out but it is the exact same although I guess just a teeny bit longer in the body and arms, but I wouldn't let that put you off.  HERE is the link, also here is the same jumper but in a different fabric, its chunky and I think I need this one in my life too HERE is the link to that one as well. 

Oh and I just wanted to say a quick mention about my jeans too, seriously the best jeans I have bought in a looong time, way better than all the Topshop ones I've tried which I really never thought I would say.  So stretchy yet fitted and uber comfortable too.  The perfect skinny jean! Who knew New Look were so good at making jeans.

4 August 2015

Book Review - The Self-Esteem Team

"Sometimes being a teenager can seem like a relentless merry-go-round of people telling you how to dress and behave, who to be friends with, what grades you must get in order to avoid a destiny of failure and, most importantly, why you're spectacularly effing it all up. The Self-Esteem Team know this - because they were teenagers once. Obvs. In fact, they were teenagers enduring bullying, chronic skin issues, 'puppy fat' that refused to budge and 'I'm different from everyone else'-related angst. Later, they battled self-harm, depression and an eating disorder. That's why The Self-Esteem Team started travelling the UK: to give teenagers the tools they need to navigate life on their own terms. Natasha Devon, Grace Barrett and Nadia Mendoza - now a successful journalist, singer/songwriter and showbiz editor respectively - have worked with more than 50,000 young people helping them tackle mental health, self-esteem and body-image issues. This book contains everything you really want to know, but are too embarrassed to ask ."

Ok, so disclaimer, I am not a teenager. This book is clearly not aimed at my 25 year old self but when I was offered the book to have an advanced read of, I jumped at the chance as I thought a lot of you guys out there reading this blog who are still of the teen variety might like hearing about it and I am so glad I did because it has kind of blown my mind a wee bit....

A bit of background on the authors, Grace, Tash and Nadz have come together to form The Self Esteem team, the three of them travel the country talking to schools and young people about how to be awesome and how not to worry if you don't feel like your awesome-ness has arrived yet as it will eventually (ok, so I'm guessing this is what they say, that isn't an actual official quote of what they say inside schools, but you get the picture, right?) They all have their own story and have dealt with  issues growing up and want to use that experience to help other people going through the same thing.  They decided to put together some of their most asked questions from teenagers at these events and make it into a book so everyone could experience the Self Esteem Team magic.

I loved this book, seriously it was so un-aimed at me (is that even a phrase?) but I read it in one sitting and just felt so inspired to review it for you all and tell you about it because I think a lot of people will really fall in love with it too.

The book is split into chapters with different questions and the three authors take it in turn to say their piece and give your their opinion and advice about the subject matter.  I loved how straight talking it was and not patronising at all which I think a lot of these books can be.  It was very much like 'take or leave our advice but its the truth' It's sort of like an older big sister in book form, if you know what I mean.

It had a really fun and light feel to the writing even though the subject matters they dealt with at times were intensely heavy.  One of the most important things about the book from my prospective was it didn't feel judgemental, it offered help and guidance and a been there done it slant but it didn't tell you that you shouldn't be doing this or that.  I guess if your going through a lot of the things that they are talking about in the book, one of the main reasons that you don't tell people or ask for help is because you are scared of being judged or told that you are wrong and to be able to get the advice that some people so vitally need at times in a none judgemental way from this book is just going to be so amazing for so many people. Also the book has an amazing foreward by the super awesome Zoe (aka Zoella) that I just know people are going to love as well.

I honestly can't recommend this book to you enough.  I just hope so much that the words sex, drugs and WTF don't discourage parents from buying their young/teen children this if your not able to buy it yourself because there is nothing scandalous or crazy about the subject matter at all.  I think it's crazy how there are so many guides and self help books out there for parents or teachers on how to deal with teens but barely any modern books for actual teens to read and help themselves and realise that what they are going through and feeling is so normal.

After finishing the book and reading a bit more about The Self Esteem Teams work I just felt so inspired by them.  I think what they are doing is just amazing and their work with teenagers will be helping change so many lives.  I just want to urge you so much to buy this book if you feel like it's something you could benefit from or if you know someone who is going through a hard time with things related to what the book covers then hand them a copy as I genuinely do believe a lot of people will find it so helpful.

And if your a teenager sitting reading this review now (firstly hi, your awesome) let me pass on some of my own advice to you.  Be you.  Yeah I know not ground breaking stuff but its all you need to do and everything else will take care of it's self.  Your weird/crazy/amazing/loud/quiet/shy for a reason, if you stop yourself being any of the above because it makes you too different for other people to handle then you are changing the course of your own destiny and I've watched enough Hollywood movies to know that is not a good idea peeps, seriously....

You can buy the book when it's released on Thursday on Amazon in paperback or kindle and you can find out more about The Self Esteem Teams work HERE.

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