My Summer Essentials!

IMG_3584Well summer is in full swing! Woohoo! So its about time I got my butt in gear and made a summer essentials post! Plus I’m not going to lie… I’m missing my blogger friends!

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First things first…If you are pale I feel ya pain! Lets be honest we are not made for this weather!! However if your not fair skinned this “essential” is still really essential!!  So keep on top of that sun cream application! It’s recommended that you apply it every 2 hours. I am all for getting a nice glow but you can actually get a tan even if you wearing sun protection so there is no excuses!

 

 

 

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Not only do they look gorgeous but they will actually enable you to see instead of squinting! Squinting is one of the biggest causes of pre-mature wrinkles! Keep those pesky crows feet away and buy a pair!

Mine are from Newlook, I am loving the matte finish on them. Primark also has some really cute affordable ones right now!

I did a post of picking frames to suit your face shape that you can check out here!

 

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Water is a essential all year round but particularly important during the summer. Not only does it keep you hydrate but it makes your skin flawless! Personally I do not drink enough water so I am going to try my best and purchase one of these really cute water bottles. Its much easier to get the amount you need when its right there in front of you! Its recommended that you aim for about 2L of water a day.  If your not a fan of water you can always chop up some fruit, I like strawberries, and throw them in there for some flavour! Also keep a glass by your bed!

 

 

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False tan is a much safer way of having that sexy summer glow. So instead of cooking yourself in the sun opt for a cheeky spray tan! If you are more body conscious do it yourself with one of these great alternatives! St. Tropez gives you a beautiful, natural looking tan as it doesn’t have that orange pigment in it that everyone is so conscious of!

You can purchase St.Topez products here!

 

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Treat yourself to a new bikini or swimming costume! Tis the season after all!

I love this from Newlook!

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Clothing

This summer I am loving play-suits! Or rompers as they are called in America! This one I am sporting is rather an equired taste but I love it! I got this one of my trip to America a few years back! 

I am also loving coral and orange colours! I got this beautiful top from Primark for just £5. I love the chain strap details!

 

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No-one likes their hair in their face when it is hot and sticky outside! This is my go-to hair style as of current! It is so easy and perfect for days when you want your hair completely out your face! You can customize it with a few summery accessories too! Personally I like to mix the edgy and girly look with a few curls and this spiked head band!

May I just add this hair isn’t mine! I wish!

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Keep it natual! This BB cream from The Body Shop is a great option if you want a light coverage! Always opt for waterproof makeup in the summer too! Ya never know what could happen!

 

 

 

 

So there they are! What are your summer essentials? Do you have any plans this summer? Let me know down below!

Whatever you are doing stay safe and have a beautiful day! xxx

 

 

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My Sick Day Essentials!

download (3)I have one of these annoying immune systems that can be healthy for the entirety of winter but as soon as the sun appears I get a nasty cold! I am sure I am not alone when I say…man flu is not just a man thing!! I am a nightmare when I am ill, just ask my other half! I am extremely demanding…I make weird dramatic noises and throw my gross tissues everywhere! I am still recovering from said “man flu” and thought I would give you a few words of wisdom to make you feel that tiny bit better!

 

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We all have daily commitments, whether that is work or school. Now this is a very new thing to me as I usual retreat to my bed, make a fort and don’t come out until it is all over! This time I have tried working through it. Granted getting up when you feel like rubbish is the hardest thing in the world but you will so much better once you are up and busy. Saying that, i am going to completely contradict myself and say rest is essential! Your body needs time to recover and heal itself. So get the balance right! Whenever you can try and get a nap or an early night!

[Update! I have admitted defeat and I am taking a day off work to rest. The more you rest the quicker you will feel better!]

 

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Now…I am not saying that you smell! I am just saying having a nice hot bath or shower clears your sinuses, opens your pores and makes you feel so much fresher!

 

Gather the essentials!

Before retreating back to your layer grab your essentials. There is nothing worse than getting comfy and realizing you have left something in the other room, which at this point feels like miles away!

  • A drink (preferably water or orange juice) Keep hydrated
  • A snack, you may not feel like eating but its really important
  • Tissues
  • Entertainment e.g the laptop, a book or magazine
  • Medication
  • Lip balm- Prevent the inevitable chapped lips!

 

Keep up with your hygiene routine!

After working in a hospital you would be surprised at how many people refused to wash and change because their poorly! Eiw.

By all means stay in your pj’s all day long, that’s what I do, but change them when you wake up. Put some fresh ones on or wear a hoody and some leggings. The main point is to change into something clean and fresh!

 Keep on top of your skin care routine making sure you apply moisturizer.
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Try your hardest not to worry about how much school or work your missing or what needs doing around the house. The more you relax the quicker you will get better.
Also make sure you get lots and lots of sleep!
 
Well that’s my tips! What do you like to do when your poorly?
If you’re not very well I hope you feel better soon! xxx

How To ~ Apply False Nails [Ft Elegant Touch]

38514de0-0a26-4a76-8873-9039102fe0c5wallpaperI am a nail biter. There I said it! My nails are always in shocking condition. For my job my nails need to look at least half decent! After hearing all the horror stories about acrylic nails, drills, infections and just constant maintenance, I always opt for the stick ones! I guess it is just personal preference! So after the last year or so of being a falsie wearer I have picked up on a few tips I thought I would share!

Personally I always go for short or petite artificial nail. Broadway Nails do a really nice selection of shorter and longer nails. Today I used Elegant Touch. They do some really fun prints that are perfect for the Spring /Summer months!

Here are my 10 easy steps to follow!

Step 1 – Ensure you have got EVERYTHING ready.
What you need: Nails, nail glue, a file or buffer, acetone, cotton rounds and cotton buds

 

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Step 2 – Determine the nail size you need. Set them out ready. I have entered in a picture of how I find it easiest.
[QUICK TIP – You may not be the same size on both hands so go through each finger separately]

 

 

Step 3 – Prep your nails. Remove anything from your nails. Nail polish, old glue, dust, any moisture. If there is anything on your nails the glue will not stick properly. Now is a good time to do any cuticle work that you fancy doing! Personally I do nothing to my cuticles!

 

Step 4 – File and buff! File your nails down if they are longer than the false ones. Buff the nail surface to reduce any ridges.
[QUICK TIP – My nails last so much longer if I buffed before hand]

 

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Step 5 – Apply a small amount of glue to the center of the nail.
[QUICK TIP – When I say small I mean tiny! The glue will spread and if there is too much it will run and spill everywhere!]

 

 

IMG_3477Step 6 – Apply to your natural nail. Ensure you push it right back to the cuticle and hold firmly for 10 seconds
[QUICK TIP – with another finger pull the top of your skin away from the nail. It is so painful trying to pry skin away from that glue! TRUST!]
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Step 7 – Do the same on every nail

 

 

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Step 8 – Snap off the tabs. Not all falsies have these taps but they are extremely handy!
[QUICK TIP – Never twist just bend back and forth]

 

 

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Step 9 –  File off the tops if there is any sharp edges from the tabs.

 

 

Step 10 – Clear up any glue from around the edges with a cotton bud soaked in acetone.

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Here are the nails that I used!

OOTD ~ What I Wore To A Gig

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Here is a short but sweet post!

To kick off my 6 days off work, yes 6 whole days, me and a few good friends decided to grab a few drinks and go have a boogy to some good music!

Top – Topshop  (Primark are now doing identical ones for a third of the price!)

Shorts – Miss Selfridge

Belt – Primark

Tights – Primark

I am feeling a tad worse for wear today but it was defiantly worth it!

Have a beautiful day! xxx

March Favorites // CatchAnEye

IMG_3379So I haven’t blogged in over 2 weeks.. I’m not going to make any excuses about excessive work because the truth is..I have been lacking so much motivation! However I am back!

Lets get on with it! March has been a really nice month in beauty for me! I have run out of a lot of things and have been trying new things!

 

 

Sleeping-Beauty-Wallpaper-sleeping-beauty-6259616-1024-768but first….Memory Foam!

I could not leave this out of my March favorite. The other half and I were really struggling with sleeping, back aches and just general groggy-ness when we wake up. We decided to splash out and purchase a new memory foam mattress and King size bed frame! I am in love.. I really do struggle to roll out of bed now. 100% recommend memory foam. It can be slightly pricey but if you do your research you can find one on eBay for under £100.

 

 

 

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Moving swiftly on to the beauty side of things. I have been loving Barry M’s Gelly nail paints. In particular I am really enjoying Pomegranate. It is a bright pinky red. Almost coral. I’ll be honest I am completely a dark nail kinda girl but recently I am been loving bright and pastel nails. It’s all your gorgeous Spring pictures you have all been posting on WordPress!

 

Makeup

IMG_3380Now Spring is here I am all about the dewy fresh finish! I recently purchased MUA’s new highlighting powder in Undressed. It’s a beautiful shimmer pink powder. It suits my pale complexion perfectly. However I think it would suit any skin tone really well!IMG_3385

 

 

Now this is my newest product..after giving into the blog hype of Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. Now I am not sure if you can get this out of the UK but it has answered all my concealer prays! It lasts all day and covers anything. I mean anything…

 

Hair Care

IMG_3381I have been trying out a new hair care routine. When I get it right you will be the first ones to know! MY hair is bleached, damaged and snapping off! Oh the benefits of being blonde!   I am currently trying out Redken’s Anti-Snap hair care line. I got a mini tester kit which comes with shampoo, conditioner and an anti-snap leave in serum. I am liking it! I haven’t noticed too much of a difference after 2 uses but it smells sooo good!!

 

Skin Care

Going to be honest my skin is appalling right now so I am not going to recommend anything but if you have any suggestions please do let me know!!

 

Body Care

garnier_body_oil_beauty_oil-infused_nourishing_lotion_250mlI have been liking the new body lotion, Garnier Oil Beauty Lotion. It doesn’t leave me feeling sticky and I can get dressed straight away. I have noticed that I itch a lot less now and I have a suspicion this is to thank for it! Only down fall…it smells funny!

 

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There are some exciting fashion trends coming out this Spring and Summer! Including pastels, daisy print and bright splashes of colour. My favorite for this March is PRIMARK! There are some amazing pieces coming out this Spring including this little beauty..I could not resist it!! I am still trying to figure out how to style it but I am determined to wear it to college tomorrow to brighten up my day in that dull classroom!

 

Scents

IMG_3387I almost forgot about this! My new Spring scent is Katy Perry’s Killer Queen perfume.

Top Notes: Dark Plum, Wild Berry and Bergamot.
Heart Notes: Red Velvet Flower, Rainbow Plumeria and Natural Jasmine Sambac.
Base Notes: Cashmeran, Natural Patchouli Heart and Liquid Praline
I don’t know what it is about the combination but it is just perfection for me! Not going to lie the bottle is really pretty too!

So this post is very varied! Do let me know if you prefer that or would just like me to stick to a certain topic like fashion or makeup. 

My Spring Top Pick’s Ft Justfor5pounds

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Dress//Jeans//Shoes//Necklace//Jumper//Bag//Makeup

I have been really really stressed the past couple of weeks and today finally everything has come back together and there is peace in this little mind of mine. So I do apologies for the lack of posts.

I was excited for this post because spring is right round the corner! Here in the UK it keeps showing little glimpses that it’s on its way!

Now that’s out the way let’s get to the fun bit! I love creating these collages. You lot are going to be sick of them by the end of the year!

One trend that I am excited for this spring is daisy print and pastel colours! I can tell they are going to be huge this spring.Don’t forget to add an over sized jumper to keep you warm.

Here are a few of my top picks that I came across on www.justfor5pounds.com. I defiantly recommend you to go and check it out!

Just for 5 pounds is an amazing website that is really affordable and bang on trend. They are constantly coming out with new pieces. I haven’t yet purchased anything from there but bring on pay-day!

I couldn’t resist in including some of Bobbi Brown’s new collection. Most of it can be found in her new mothers day collection. I have link everything at the top!

Well that’s it for now! Let me know what you are most excited about this Spring!

As always have a beautiful day! xxx

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