Friday, 17 August 2018

Top 5 Beauty Products I can't live without

I haven't wrote a beauty post in literally years. Like we're talking actual years here, probably because I'm the kind of girl that uses baby wipes to take my make-up off and would rather sleep an extra 10 minutes than do a full morning beauty routine

However that does mean that when I use a product it's because it's literally amazing, if I'm losing sleep time in favour of applying a moisturiser you know it comes on good recommendation (for those that don't know me too well my favourite hobby is and will always be sleeping). So here's my top 5 can't live without products right now

Top 5 Beauty Products

Literally the only moisturiser I'll ever use now, it's the best thing on my skin. I have really dry flaky skin and occasionally suffer from eczema and can't recommend the formula of this one enough it's really luxurious but not at all greasy 

I adore a good face mask and this one is my go to right now. It's a peel off blackhead mask and unlike many others I've tried on the market it's not excruciatingly painful to remove! Winner. I find my skin to be really smooth after application and it really easy to peel away

A completely natural treatment for rough and dry skin. It's in such cute packaging too, it's a nice creamy balm that hydrates dry skin and leaves a barrier of protection, this is such a useful product! It can be used anywhere at all, think vaseline but better. I've been using it on my feet to get them nice and smooth for the summer holidays

[4] Garnier Skinactive BB Light - £4.89 (currently reduced from £9.99 at Superdrug)
Boots recently stopped making the 17 range which made my holy grail BB cream *sob* however that did mean I had to discover a new product, this Garnier one is really great. It looks like a lotion, mixes like a foundation and literally adapts to your existing skintone to give you a healthy glow without making you look 'made up' it's become my go to product for every day wear

[5] Bourjois Volume Glam Ultra Curl - £8.99 (Spend £12 on Bourjois get a free gift at Boots)
I naturally have quite long lashes but I do love Bourjois for mascaras, my newest edition is the glam ultra curl, I love the curled wand and how clean it comes out this literally never gathers any gunk on the wand. It curls my lashes and makes them have a false lash effect without the hassle

What's the product you can't live without?
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Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Swimwear and Body Positivity

I recently wrote a post about what to wear to the beach, within that post I wrote about how stressful it is sorting an outfit and it got me thinking about why - what is it about the beach that gets me so worked up and stressed? 

I realised - it's other damn people.

Body positivity in swimwear



It's quite simple really it all stems back to being a 'bigger girl', we naturally don't take to showing our bodies off too well, if anything I spend the vast majority of my time trying to find ways of hiding my lumps and bumps not wearing Swimwear* to show it off. It's not necessarily how I feel either it's more the shit beauty standards placed on women, if you don't have a drop dead bikini body then people look at you like you don't belong, whispering and sneering at the beach whale who dares to flaunt their curves.

I adore swimming, I always have I just feel ultra calm floating around a gorgeous pool on holiday, but that's the only place I ever wear swimwear, and even then I normally have a kaftan covering me and then slide into the pool hidden away. Normally in an ill fitting costume or bikini because lets be fair girls finding swimwear that fits your boobs and all your other jiggly bits properly can be pretty difficult.

The crux of it all is I don't swim anywhere near enough, not because I don't want to but because I think as a plus size girl I shouldn't and that's complete crap. I SHOULD be swimming, I SHOULD be enjoying myself and my size should have nothing to do with it at all. If anything I'm quite comfortable, especially wearing Plus Size Swimwear* because it just fits in the right places. Made specifically to hold you in and flatter all the right places. What holds me back is others opinions but you know what? I've had it giving complete strangers any influence over my life

I'm going to Orlando this year, and I'll be spending at least 2 days in water parks and I'm beyond excited, I'm ordering lots of different styles of swimwear and I'm going to learn to love my body and I'm going to have as much fun as I can living my life, laughing and splashing around because at the end of the day life is for living not hiding away in the shade

Tell me your body positive stories
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Friday, 10 August 2018

What to wear to the beach

Despite the fact that we've had endless sunshine for what feels like eternity, we're only just heading into prime holiday season. If you're heading away you're very likely to be visiting a beach for that ultimate relaxation (hopefully you didn't experience any airport delays but I've got destressing tips for that too) - what isn't relaxing is getting a outfit sorted for the beach.
What to wear to the beach


I always struggle putting together an outfit for a beach day while I'm away so I'm taking more time to plan, you guys can now use my wishlist to get the perfect outfit too!

Simply Be Beachwear

First up is a stylish beachwear cover up, this takes your swimsuit to a level where you can wear it all day - A kaftan that can be easily removed means you can take as many dips in the sea as you want. Next up is the swimwear itself, now this is crucial for feeling comfortable all day long, there's so many styles now from bikini's to one pieces to a range of swimdresses* all available from Simply Be. I personally feel most comfortable in a swim dress, but definitely try a few different styles and patterns out. Finally shoes! Make sure you pick open shoes like sliders so they can be easily removed to feel the sand in your toes

That's your core items, but the little accessories are what pull any outfit together
SimplyBe Accessories
A stylish beach bag with all your essentials such as a beach towel, kindle and sunglasses would make your beach trip even more relaxing. Perspex bag's are really popular at the minute and I'm loving this coral tone it's really summery. I love the idea of a huge floppy hat too, it helps protect you from the sun and keep you looking stylish

What are your beach essentials?
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Tuesday, 7 August 2018

5 ways to beat the stress of airport delays

No one likes getting stuck in an airport for extended periods when delays are caused out there on the runway, in the air above us, or behind those strange partitions from where flight attendants look out at us so disapprovingly—we get it. The question is, though, what to do to fill that time besides glaring at the departure boards willing them desperately to reveal good news. Here are some suggestions that will keep you from heading for the nearest bar or overpriced restaurant to help make the time pass by.
Beat the stress of airport delays


Be prepared
Okay, it’s annoying to be told to know in advance that the airlines have let you down, but where is the harm in having something to do ready just in case? Why not use the time to listen to a podcast you've been meaning to or catch up on that Netflix series? You know, you could even feel productive while you wait and learn something! A language would be a good start to a trip, don't you think?

Try downloading MindSnacks or Memrise; for any bored passenger, these are really neat starting points because you can play games (and learn) while you wait! Alternatively, you might even be able to schedule an impromptu online class by going to www.listenandlearn.org* and you could actually practice with a native Spanish speaking teacher before your trip to Spain!—which has now been delayed by 5 more hours. Lastly, you could even dare to speak to a real-life person, like the one sitting next to you in the waiting lounge. That or just creepily listen in on the conversations around you and get your practice time in; how amazing would it be to find you can already understand them?

Comfort eat
Come on, indulge, you're about to go off and travel anyway, why not pass the time by filling your face with something delicious that catches your eye? This could be one of those meal deals there are always on offer in the generic stores every airport in the world seems to have, so you can chew angrily in the waiting area and not miss an announcement. Or, alternatively, you could indulge in one of those caf├ęs or restaurants that are overpriced yet always seem to be serving something appetizing. What are a few extra calories when you're already burning off more of them in fury at being delayed?

Old faithful
If spending all your money on food doesn't feel like your ticket to happiness, you could always hit the shops! Take advantage of the slightly cheaper prices on all your favorite scents and alcohol, loading up your carry-on before you even start! And why not use this time to stock up on the essentials, like that sunscreen and shower gel stolen from you at security when you forgot you can only take 100ml on board?

Reading corner
Because delays happen, isn't this the perfect opportunity to work through a chapter or two of your current book? And if you haven't one with you, those stores twinkling at you with all their offerings will have a great selection of airport reads and magazines to keep you occupied. You never know, you might lose a few hours of your holiday but gain a favorite new author at the same time!

As a last resort
Most airports have at least a few minutes of free Wi-Fi for you to use on your phones and tablets. Why not use those few minutes for last minute goodbyes, app updates, or even to complain on Twitter about your delay to get yourself some media attention?

Though if all else fails… we'll see you at the bar. Start off your holiday making new friends! Drinks are always a great bonding experience. Happy holidays wherever you are traveling!

What's your fail safe tip for coping with delays?
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