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July Favourites

Good afternoon everyone. I hope you have all been holding up in this heat! I’m definitely enjoying the cooler weather. It’s the summer holidays and therefore I have a little bit more time on my hands for my blog so here is July’s monthly favourites. There’s a real mixture of bits and bobs in this blog from skincare to interiors, book and TV recommendations. There are no photographs in this blog – it is just a chatty post. *contains some pr products

First up is this Smart Response Serum from Dermalogica. This is my holy grail at the moment and I use it every night in my evening skincare routine. The serum works with your skin using SmartResponse technology to hydrate, soothe, brighten and firm. Each time you use it, the product gives you a personalised response and gives your skin what it needs. I have been using this for around a month now and my skin is brighter and healthier-looking. I also used the skin analyser available on the Dermalogica website which is amazing, giving you some tips on what areas of your skin need that extra bit of TLC.

Sticking with skincare, I get asked quite a lot over on my Instagram about what makeup products I use in the summer months. I have been using the SunSense Daily Face SPF50+ with an invisible tint finish and that is my base. It isn’t oily and the SPF is amazing. For the evening and if I were to go out out, I use the No7 Skin Illuminator and this gives you a beautiful glow. In previous blog posts I have also mentioned the Glow Cherie by L’Oreal which I am not using at the moment but it is a great dupe for the By Terry CC Serum.

Next, I wanted to mention a local interiors brand in Broadway called At Home With The Rudds. When my partner and I visited a couple of weeks ago we just fell in love with everything they had to offer. They are on Instagram -@athomewiththerudds if you want to check them out.

I don’t read as much as I should but I recently bought ‘The Midnight Library’ by Matt Haig. I am about half the way through it and it is SO good. It is one of those books I find myself thinking about when I am not reading it. It’s definitely worth the read and I know it is on some of your summer reading lists already.

Another small and local business I thought I should feature is Margaret Poppy Jewellery. Based in Cheltenham, the brand offers gorgeous jewellery which tells a story and some of their pieces are stunning. I was kindly gifted the gorgeous Matilda huggie hoops which you can find on my feed and over at @margaret_poppy_jewellery on Instagram.

Finally, I am binge watching ‘The Handmaids Tale’ and I am obsessed. I watched season 1 and 2 religiously but I am now catching up season 3 and the new season on Channel 4. If you are looking for a new series, I would highly recommend this!

Have a lovely Sunday and fingers crossed we get the sun back soon!

Rebecca x

November Favourites

Good morning guys and happy Saturday! I hope everyone is OK in this second lockdown. I am making the most of the slow weekends again and trying to see the positives. I mean, I get to sit on my sofa and binge watch Netflix without feeling guilty I guess.

It is that time of the month where I share some of my favourite products with you all and just in time for Christmas too.

First up are these three beauty/skincare products in the photograph above. Dermalogica kindly sent me their Phyto Replenish Body Oil which comes in this stunning bottle with a rollerball for application. Like all Dermalogica products I write about on my blog or share on my Instagram, there is no obligation to post but to be as transparent as possible I will always declare it as a PR product. This oil smells INCREDIBLE with infusions of Fermented Red Ginseng , bright Bergamot, Neroli, Orange, Patchouli and Sandalwood. I tried it this morning and honestly…it is up there with one of my favourite products that I have received as a #skinfluencer. A huge thank you Dermalogica!

Next up is this gorgeous lip colour from Rimmel. Now, this has got to be the cheapest lipstick I have bought but also the best for colour. I have always loved pink and nude shades for my lips and this lipstick – shade 45 is just perfect. It is less than £3 on Amazon! Such a bargain.

This blush by Bourjois in shade 10 Golden Chesnut is the perfect shade for autumn and winter. I love the warm undertones of it and it gives that pop of glowy colour on your cheeks. I picked this up again on Amazon.

Steering away from makeup and skincare and moving onto interiors, I had been looking for ages for some faux eucalyptus that looked real. I ordered 6 stems which were just under £20 and I am so pleased with them. They are such great quality and I have even had to put some of them away in storage as 3 stems was enough to fill my vase. You can find the product here on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B085DJFYMP/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The lamp in the photograph above is also on my favourites list this month. Again, I spent hours trawling the internet for a perfect neutral lamp for our living space and then I saw this one! It is so simple and so pretty and just fits in with our décor. It was under £30 so a good price too for a sturdy, ceramic lamp. Here is the link to it on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07Z9FXLF9/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Another favourite this month is ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ over on Netflix. It was definitely something I was apprehensive about watching as I have no idea how you play chess, but it is so good. Definitely worth a watch if you are at home on the sofa!

I hope you have a lovely day and I will speak to you soon x

Size Matters

Minis. Let’s talk about them. Who else takes all the minis with them when they check out of a hotel? I have a whole bag full of the most divine minis from L’Occitane and just can’t bring myself to use them unless it’s for a weekend away or a little holiday somewhere.

I was gifted a L’Occitane advent calendar a few years ago and boy was I missing out before. The products are beautiful and there is such a variety I couldn’t believe it.

Here are some of my favourite products from L’Occitane.

 

From moisturisers to shower gels and hand creams to perfumes, the collection in the advent calendar is one of the best I have seen in beauty and skin care advent calendars.

Perfumes: Néroli & Orchidée, Terre de Lumière, Verbena and Arlésienne. I bought full bottles of  Arlésienne and Néroli & Orchidée which I originally purchased as my wedding fragrance. All the perfumes are very different and I would definitely recommend L’Occitane if anyone wanted to try a new scent. The bottles are so convenient to take on  nights out, on a date to freshen up and just to keep in your handbag.

Other faves are the Comforting Cream, Immortelle Cleansing Oil, Essential Water, Ultra Rich Lotion, Shower Cream, Milk Concentrate with Almond Milk and Relaxing Shower Gel. The Divine Youth Oil was another favourite but I used it all up.

Even though they are minis, they go a long way. L’Occitane products are high quality and are some of the best higher end skin care products I have used. I know December is a few months away yet but keep your eyes peeled for their new sets this year.

Featured #1

Since starting my blogging journey I have been spending a lot of time creating my own content, telling my story and writing about what I love. In addition to this, I have also been really inspired by other bloggers and their content.

With that being said, I want to write a featured blog once a month showcasing bloggers and Instagram accounts that I am loving at the moment. These ladies all have their own stories and their content is just beautiful. From fashion to beauty, lifestyle to travel, interiors to make up – I wanted to share their stories with you because they are really worth reading about. Please use the links to follow their blogs and Insta pages. 


Name: Sarah Jane Hitchings
Age: 34
How long have you had @cotswoldscottage for?
I’ve had my home account for just over a month, started 08.02.19 (I’ve been on insta personally for a few years).
Why did you decided to start the account?
I was following lots of home accounts and find interiors really interesting. I’m proud of my home and thought if I shared it I would inspire more to make more changes and be bolder. 
Top 3 tips
1. Research similar accounts and look at what hashtags they use
2. Comment on posts you like as often as possible. It’s lovely to receive a comment on your post.
3. Take a few photos at different angles to get the right one for the post. Then leave them in your camera roll for another time. 

How long have you had @myunsecretmumdiary for?
About 18 months.
Why did you decided to start the account?
I decided to go into blogging because I wanted to share my struggles with depression initially, then when time passed and I became pregnant and happier I wanted to share my mum-to-be style. Now it’s mainly about the fashion because it’s my first love (but I still to and fro from mental health because it’s a struggle for me and very much important to me).
Top 3 tips
1. Patience, seriously. It doesn’t happen overnight. And it’s OK if you take a few breaks here and there, just cut yourself some slack and come back to it when you’re ready.
2.  Stay true to you- it’s not rewarding if you don’t do you. You can’t post about things you don’t believe in. Style is individual so post about the styles and subjects you really love, and nothing else! That’s what makes it uplifting.
3. Know what’s good and bad for you. It’s a learning curve. It’s all well and good following thousands of people but you want those people to really be other bloggers you believe in and enjoy following. Following a load of people that make you feel bad about yourself (through no fault of their own) because they give you major life envy or amplify personal insecurities can be addictive but it’s not good for you mentally. Focus on the people that make you feel good! 

Name: Kate
How long have you had @kandid_withak for?
I took an interest in photography 4/5 years ago, but just started blog recently – been a goal to start travel blog for a while now and finally had the opportunity to do so, with a bit of encouragement from a good friend!
Why did you decided to start the account?
I enjoy taking pictures and love writing. A few friends had been asking me for travel tips for various places across the globe so thought it would be a great idea to write a blog that can help others with their travels. I also found many travel blogs useful in finding hidden secrets of a destination and all the best cafes. 
Top 3 tips
1. Plan your time effectively to fit around your normal working hours – stay organised. 
2. Focus on area that you have a real passion for and make this come across in your writing.
3. Just do it! Don’t be afraid of other people’s opinions – if you enjoy it, then that is all that matters. Just dive in at the deep end!

How long have you had @erin_angela_xo for?
I have been blogging for for approximately two and a half years. I began my blog in the summer of 2016.
Why did you decided to start the account?
I’ve always loved makeup and fashion. I regularly read blogs and magazines such as Cosmopolitan and Vogue, which inspired me to start researching blogging. I decided to begin my blog as a way to share my own makeup tips, product reviews and makeup tutorials. 
Top 3 tips
1. Identify your niche. Will you blog about beauty, home decor or fashion? Identifying your niche early in your blogging journey is a great way to get started.
2. Don’t give up – Blogging takes time and effort. It can become frustrating when you first start blogging, but it becomes easier with time and practice!
3. An editorial calendar is a lifesaver – About a week after I started my blog, I developed an editorial calendar to identify when and what to post. An editorial calendar not only kept my content organized, but it was a helpful tool to keep my ideas and inspiration flowing. 

How long have you had @abigailkathleenlondon for?
3 years
Why did you decided to start the account?
I started blogging when I was severely depressed, I had read a magazine about mental health bloggers and a friend of mine Tanya is also a blogger. I decided to set up my own London lifestyle blog as a distraction, to keep me busy and creative. I fell in love with creating content, it allowed me to continue my photography as more than a hobby.
Top 3 tips
1. You don’t need flashy laptops and cameras. I have run my blog from my phone and iPad. A laptop does make life easier but don’t feel you need to spend a fortune on one.
2. Everything you need to know is free on Google and YouTube such as photo editing and SEO. I am always reading new articles about SEO through Google on my bus journeys.
3. Do not focus on what others are doing. Spend more time on creating content you love and the numbers and opportunities will eventually follow but be patient! Nothing happens overnight. I didn’t get my first opportunity until I had been blogging for 7 months. At the end of every post have a unique sign off and a little sentence to encourage readers to hit that follow button and a link to follow you on your preferred social platform (IG, FB etc)

Blogging is a community and a great platform to connect with new people. I am so glad to have found these women and hopefully sharing their stories has inspired you as much as it has me. 

Go-To Beauty

It was only when I turned 24 that I really started to care about what make up I was using. As a student at University it was a lot of fake eye lashes, bad eyebrows, foundation that was far too dark for your complexion, the winged eyeliner that I could never do equally on both eyes and that shiny forehead that would always make an appearance after a night of dancing and drinking.

Now at the ripe *old* age of 28 I enjoy finding new products and brands, testing them out and spending a little bit more for better quality.

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These are my go-to beauty products right now:

ICONIC LONDON’S illuminators – in my opinion, these are the best liquid highlighters out there. Just a dab on the cheek can give you that gorgeous glow. Shades in photograph are champagne shimmer and pink pearl.

L’Oreal Volume Millions Lashes Feline – I love trying out new mascaras. The wand says a lot about how it will apply. This is one of the easiest mascaras I have used to get a curl, volume and no clumps.

Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot Perfecting Primer – life changing. My make up stays on all day and I don’t need to reapply. It is silky smooth on the skin and gives it a perfect base.

Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Liner in shade Velvet Beige – it had been a long time since I had worn lip liner but I saw Emma Louise Connolly do an Insta story with this and absolutely loved the colour. I use it as a base on my lips and it keeps any lipstick on longer. I bought three – you know, just incase it is discontinued…

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Shade 17 – perfect for every day wear. Gorgeous pinky nude colour and feels so velvety and soft on the lips.

L’Oreal Bonjour Nudista Awakening Skin Tint in medium – I mix this with my moisturiser for a base before blush and bronzer.

No 7 Instant Illusions Rapid Radiance Balm – for those no make up days, this is perfect. It is light weight and more like a tinted moisturiser.

L’Oreal Le Blush in shade peach – pop of colour for spring with this gorgeous blush.

Make up bag is by Lily England. Couldn’t resist the marble print and rose gold accents! So beautiful.

 

Those are go-to beauty products right now! It chops and changes every now and again so if this blog is something you’re interested in then watch this space for more content similar. I have to admit that my make up drawer does need some TLC…where is Marie Kondo when you need her?

May your day be as flawless as your make up.

*I am recommending these products because I want to. I have not been asked to by brands*