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Since my last Summer Wishlist, I’ve actually spotted some more things that I’m interested in maybe picking up so I thought I’d put together another wishlist sharing what I’ve currently got my eyes on and why. I’ve got a bit of everything from clothes, perfume, makeup, skincare and a couple of game things too.  

-If a product is marked with an * then it is a PR sample. This post contains no sponsored content-

As we’re now officially in the season of summer and as I’m writing this, we’re in the middle of a heatwave, I thought I’d share some tips that I swear by to help me cope during the hot weather. I’ll be honest I’m not a big fan of summer, I hate feeling too hot and I also find that it makes my chronic illness symptoms worse so I really struggle throughout the warmer months. Because of that I literally swear by these tips and tricks to get me through it. 

I’m back again with another wishlist post and this time I’ve put together a summer wishlist that includes an array of clothes and beauty products that I’ve got my eyes on for the summer. I've had yet another big declutter recently so I know what I want/need in my wardrobe for the summer and also what new makeup I want to try.

A Summer Wishlist

in , , , , , by Kirsty Milward, 14.7.22
I really enjoyed putting together my Spring Wishlist back in February so I’m back again with a Summer Wishlist. I am however challenging myself to a ‘No-Buy’ this month, well I’m not buying stuff I don’t really need. That’s the plan anyway because I’ve been 'treating myself' a little too much lately and I really need to reign it in lol. So here are some things that I've got my eyes on at the moment.
-If a product is marked with an * then it was PR/Gifted to me. This post contains no sponsored content-

I thought I'd start doing round-up beauty favourites again on my blog but not on a monthly basis, just when I feel like I have a nice selection of products that I've been enjoying and want to talk about why I like them. So here are seven products that I've been really enjoying using recently!

-If a product is marked with a * then it was PR/Gifted to me. This post contains no sponsored content-

I received a surprise parcel from Baylis & Harding a few weeks ago with their Beauticology Lemon Meringue collection which includes a Shower Creme, Bath Foam and Hand Wash. I love the bottle designs of the Lemon Meringue collection, the sweet shop stripes and tropical vibes really brighten up the bathroom and look cute sitting on the side of the bath which is always a nice touch. 
-This post is in collaboration with Bathrooms Direct Yorkshire-
In today's post, I'm talking about my summer evening routine as I really enjoyed writing about my summer skincare routine recently. So in this post, I'm going to be talking about how I unwind once I've closed my laptop and finished any work for the day as well as some tips which you might find useful if you struggle to unwind in the evening.

A Summer Beauty Round-Up

in , , by Kirsty Milward, 26.8.19
-This post contains PR/gifted items, no paid content. All opinions are my own-
I can't believe as I'm writing this summer is almost over and there's already been a hint of autumn in the air. I'll be honest I'm kind of over summer, I hate feeling like I'm overheating and I much prefer cooler weather. I like the in between seasons like spring and autumn. However I've definitely found some great must have summer products and I've been reaching for the same products throughout the summer months so I thought I'd do a round-up post of them all.

I've been using the Umberto Gianinni "Milk" Frizz Control Styling Milk for well over a year now and it's such a great product at an affordable price. It stops your hair from getting frizzy, protects it from heated hair tools and leaves your hair feeling a lot smoother too. It's honestly one of my holy grail products! I am going to be doing a whole blog post about hair products I've been using over the summer, some which are new to me and some are some just my go-to faves. So keep a look out for that post soon.

I absolutely love The Body Shop Body Yogurts to the point that I'm basically collecting them now as I currently own four of them. The body yogurts are great no matter what the season but particularly in the summer. You can apply them when you get out of the shower or bath on damp skin or just on dry skin and they dry so quickly. They aren't sticky and they leave your skin feeling super moisturised. Some are more moisturising than others but if you haven't tried them before I highly recommend giving them a whirl because they're only £8.50 each.

The It Cosmetics Oil-Free Matte Your Skin But Better CC Cream has been a total dream to use during the summer. I have pretty oily skin and I also feel like it's gotten even oilier since being on the mini pill too (~sigh~) so finding a base product which works well for my oily skin and lasts for a good amount of time on my skin has been great. It does cling a little to dry patches but I'd rather put up with that than looking like a super oily mess. I use the lightest shade which is Fair and it works well for me. I love the It Cosmetics CC Creams that much that I've actually given away and/or thrown out a lot of foundations recently because they are kind of my go-to everyday base when I want a light-medium amount of coverage but still want my skin to look like skin too.

I've tried a few new body scrubs this year and the Tropic Body Smooth Refreshing Polish* which is priced at £24 has definitely been one of my favourite discoveries of the year full stop. It smells gorgeous - it's very citrusy and refreshing and because of that it's a perfect scrub to use in the shower first thing in the morning to wake you up. It's also oil-based with mineral sea salts which means it leaves your skin feeling super soft and glowy after using it. I also love that it's in a jar because it looks so nice sitting on the edge of the bath and it even comes with a cute little wooden spoon to get the product out. I highly recommend it if you're looking for a luxurious scrub for yourself or as a gift!

Another moisturising product I've been loving is the Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Body Oil* which smells quite floral and it leaves my skin feeling soft as well as making it look a little glowy. It also dries quickly like The Body Shop Body Yogurts which is a big plus. The Too Cool For School's packaging is super fun and cute too so I just had to add it to this round-up.

I recently picked up the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Gel Cream in shade Opal to wear on very minimal makeup days and even just to wear around the house when I'm feeling a little self-conscious of my skin whenever I catch myself in the mirror. It doesn't give lots of coverage but it gives enough to make my skin look a bit more alive. I do use it with concealer underneath if I want some extra coverage in certain areas and it works fine that way too. It's now a must have in my makeup bag!

I've been using the Glossier Boy Brow in Brown and Clear for going on for two years now and I'm never without a Boy Brow in my life. I do use the Brown shade more but I do sometimes use the Clear shade when I'm using another eyebrow product first and don't want to add any more depth to the colour. I like that it's a cross between a pomade and gel at the same time and that your brows don't budge when you've got it on. It's a must have in my makeup bag, especially during the warmer months.

I recently was sent the Tropic Skincare Tinted Skin Shade Facial Sun Protection SPF 50* which is water resistant and contains Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide which offer 100% mineral protection. I like that it's SPF 50 because you know it's definitely going to protect your skin. Unfortunately the shade range is lacking with just two different options "Light/Medium" and "Medium/Dark" I have the Light/Medium shade option and I can only get away with it when I've caught the sun a bit as it is leaning more towards the medium (olive) tone. But overall I do like it as it gives a nice "my skin but better" look and I've been using it over the past couple of weeks and liked it enough to include it in this blog post. I think if you're olive skinned or above then I think you'll really get along with the Tinted Skin Shade Facial Sun Protection and it's always nice to know that your skin is protected from the sun. It does state on the back of the tube that you should apply it 15 minutes before you go in the sun and to ideally reapply every 2 hours for maximum protection.

Lastly is the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk which I just had to include in this post. It's my most worn lipstick and if I'm in doubt of what shade lipstick to wear I just throw on Pillow Talk because I know it looks nice and suits my pale skin and that it doesn't clash with any other colours with it being such a nice pink-nude kind of shade. It is pricey but it's 100% worth it in my eyes.
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A Summer Homeware Wishlist

in , , , , by Kirsty Milward, 29.5.19
I haven't done a homeware wishlist in ages so I thought it was about time I change that. I really like buying new bits and pieces for the house around this time of the year and adding in more pops of colour for the summer. I've been looking at things mainly online but a lot of these should be in store too. 

Matalan Smiling Face Potted Plant £8 / Next Rose Gold Hexagon Shelf £40 / Next Knitted Pom Pom Throw £40 / New Look Self Love Club Slogan Mug £5.99

I'm obsessed with the cute smiling face potted plant from Matalan (it's not real btw) it's so cute and I think it would look nice in my room either on my bookcase or on my bedside table. I don't like having real plants in my room because I worry that my cats will either knock them over and I'll end up with soil everywhere or they'll try to eat them. I'm planning on popping in Matalan at some point in the next few weeks so I'm hoping I manage to get my hands on one. They also have different colours and different plant options too. I'm really into the hexagon shelves that everyone seems to have these days. I think you can definitely make a feature out of them which is why I added the Next one I came across to my list. I'd probably add some plants to the shelf as well as a cute print and maybe a small battery operated light just to make it look cosy.

I also came across the cute Next Knitted Mustard Pom Pom Throw from Next. I know this is supposed to be a summer homeware wishlist but I find some evenings it can get a little chilly especially when it's been really hot all day. So I thought the mustard throw would be a nice addition to have in the living room and it'd also go well with our teal feature wall. 

How cute is the Self Love Club Slogan Mug from New Look?! I definitely don't need any new mugs but I do think it's adorable. It'd also make a nice little gift for someone too.

Matalan Watercolour Floral Cushion £10 / Next Set of 2 Wicker Effect Baskets £26 / Sass & Belle Gold Honeycomb Bee Trinket Dish £13 / Matalan Fragrance Candle Set £6

I'm also really liking the look of the Watercolour Floral Cushions from Matalan. They're pretty but not too in your face and they'd fit in well with our colour scheme in the living room. I'm really struggling with storage for my blankets and bedding right now because literally every spare space in my bedroom is filled to the brim which is why I'm planning on buying some new storage baskets or boxes to store things away and the Next set of 2 Wicker Effect Baskets I came across are definitely in the running. I really want to buy the adorable Bee Trinket Dish from Sass & Belle! I definitely don't need anymore trinket dishes as I literally have at least 10 right now but I think it looks nice and it also looks a lot more expensive than it really is. Although I'm more of a wax melt user in the summer as I find they don't give off as much heat and also because I like using candles when it's cooler because of the cosy vibes they give I think the Matalan Fragrance Candle Set is a bargain for £6. I find Matalan candles always give off a lot of scent without being overbearing and they also look presentable too.

Asda George Pink and Grey Geometric Duvet Set from £10  / New Look 2 Pack Multicoloured Ombre Tumbler Glasses £6.99 / Matalan Floral Arrangement in Glass Vase £10 / New Look Pink Neon You Glow Girl Candle £3.99

I'm pretty sure I have a bit of an obsession with buying duvet sets (hence why I'm having storage issues) but I really like the look of the Pink and Grey Geometric Duvet Set from Asda George. The majority of my duvet sets are from Asda and I find that they wash and dry well and they're super affordable. New Look have some gorgeous Ombre Tumbler Glasses in right now, I know they're not everyone's cup of tea but I think they are a nice addition for the summer just to change things up a little. I also came across some gorgeous floral arrangements on Matalan so I thought I'd share my fave one in my wishlist. I can't believe it's only £10 and from the photo I think it does look pretty realistic too.

 Lastly is a little motivational candle from New Look which I thought would be a great addition to a room to add a pop of colour with it being neon pink. There was also some other slogan candles available too.

What's on your current homeware wishlist?

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A Spring/Summer Makeup Shakeup

in , , , by Kirsty Milward, 19.5.19
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It's that time of the year when I switch up my makeup to more of a Spring/Summer ready look so I thought I would talk about what's made it into my current makeup bag and what products I'll be using and wearing a lot over the the upcoming months.

First up is obviously base products, now I know a lot of people like to go makeup free or foundation free in the Spring/Summer but because I have quite oily and acne prone skin, I like to make sure that I have some coverage to just make me feel more confident I guess. 

If I want a lighter coverage then I'll either just dab on some of my Barry M All Night Long Concealer which is my current fave drugstore concealer (I definitely prefer it over Collection Lasting Perfection!). Or I'll use my most recent foundation discovery which is the L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation which is available from Fragrance Direct. It gives you a lovely skin-like finish but it feels like you're not wearing anything on your skin, which I really like. I do have to powder it down as it's very dewy for my skin type but I just love it. If I need a heavier coverage then I'll either opt for my old fave which is the Revlon ColourStay 24hr Foundation* or the It Cosmetics My Skin But Better CC Cream in the Matte version which I got for my birthday recently. I feel like I have a good selection of base products which all sit well on my skin, last a good amount of time and won't break the bank when I need to repurchase them.

If I feel like I need more coverage on either my under eyes or any blemishes then I'll go in with the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer which is a complete game changer. It does sound quite pricey for a concealer at £24 but you literally only need a teeny amount as it's quite thick and it really goes a long way.

I also recently picked up the new Barry M Brow Wand which has a angled brow pencil on one end and then a tinted brow gel on the other end. The angled pencil is quite chunky so it has been a little difficult to get the hang of but I've started to really like it and the tinted brow gel is great and keeps my brows in place for the day. I even sometimes just wear the tinted brow gel when I'm having a minimal makeup day.

I decided to buy the new mascara from The Body Shop a few weeks ago which is called Happy Go Lash Mascara. I'm not going to lie, I think the packaging is what drew me in the most because I mean, look at it! It's cute, right? But I also thought the brush looks very similar to the L'Oreal Paradise mascara which I bloody love. It is very similar but I feel like the Happy Go Lash gives more of a natural look and the L'Oreal Paradise looks a little more bolder. However I do still like the Happy Go Lash mascara and it's great for more of a minimal makeup day.

Talking of lashes I've also been using Lash Wizard Eyelash Serum from Flawless Cosmetics* which has definitely helped my lashes out and has given them a bit of a growth boost. It claims to start showing visible results after just 14 days of use but I definitely saw a change in my lashes within about a week. I tend to pop it on in the evening before bed so it can work it's magic on my lashes whilst I sleep. It's created with Biotinoyl Tripeptide which is responsible for strengthening eyelash fibres and follicles and it's also fragrance free, paraben free, cruelty-free and hormone free. The only one thing that I'm personally not a big fan of when it comes to lash growth serums is the eyeliner brush to apply it with just because I find it a bit fiddly to manoeuvre. So I've been using disposable mascara wands instead as I find that they work better. However I still would recommend giving it a try because I've definitely seen an improvement in my lashes. 
The Flower Beauty Lift & Sculpt Contour Palette is a gorgeous palette which I've started to use more lately. The highlighter is stunning and very glowy, the blush is quite a bold pink and is a little different to what 
I would usually wear so I do tend to apply it very lightly and the contour/bronzer is quite warm but I can just about get away with wearing it. Overall it's a great palette and I'm definitely planning on buying some more products from Flower Beauty soon. I kind of wish they'd release a more toned down version of the palette though.
Glossier Play Niteshine Highlighter in Pale Pearl is a newbie in my makeup bag. I wasn't totally blown away by the Glossier Play range when it first launched but then I saw Lucy Jane Wood's youtube video reviewing the range and I was impressed with how the highlighter and the vinylic lip lacquers looked so I decided to buy them for myself. You can read my full review of both of them 

Lastly is lipstick and my current go-to lipstick is definitely the Zoella X Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Little One. It's literally what I would call a perfect nude shade and I love Colourpop's Ultra Matte Lip formula in general so it's a great combination. I also have the shade @ Me which is more of a pink-purple mauve shade but I don't wear it as much as I'm still not 100% if it suits me if I'm being totally honest. I've also been liking wearing Glossier's Generation G lipstick in Leo which is a brown-nude shade.

What are your go-to makeup products for the Spring/Summer?

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I know some people may think that this post is a little premature as it's not officially Summer until the end of June but believe me, it will soon be here! In this post I'm talking about what beauty products I think you need in your life this summer and why. All products linked in this post are available from Fragrance Direct.

I know a lot of people don't like to wear any foundation during the summer as it sometimes feels like it's basically melting off your face. Because I have quite oily and acne prone skin, I feel better when I'm wearing some sort of coverage as it just gives me a bit of a confidence booster knowing my imperfections are hidden. However if my skin isn't too bad then I will opt for no foundation or just a dab of concealer instead. But for this upcoming summer I've found the perfect foundation for when I want to wear a lightweight product which gives a nice amount of coverage. The product I'm talking about is the L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation which I picked up recently. It comes in a little compact with a mirror and a cushion-like sponge to apply it with. I would say it gives a light to medium coverage and it gives a lovely skin-like finish. However it is very dewy so I do have to powder it down to keep it in place on my oily skin but for £4.25 it's a complete steal! 

If I want or need a medium-full coverage that I know won't budge in the summer sun then my go-to affordable foundation is definitely Revlon 24hrs Colorstay Normal/Dry Skin Foundation* (in the shade Buff). It's been a fave of mine for quite a few years now and it really does stick to my skin like glue but it still feels comfortable to wear all day whatever the weather. In other shops both online and in-store it retails around £12.99 but it's only £6.95 on Fragrance Direct. 

My go to brands for mascara are definitely L'Oreal and also Maybelline (I'm also a big fan of the Glossier Lash Slick for more of a natural look too). The Maybelline "The Falsies" Push Up Drama Mascara priced at £3.99* has a plastic straight, spiky brush which you can really work in to give you some lush fluttery lashes with no clumps whatsoever! I'm also a fan of the red packaging as it's easy to find at the bottom of my makeup bag lol.

I've started to wear normal nail polish again instead of gel nails just because it's less of a faff. I've been really enjoying the brands Morgan Taylor, Barry M and Essie for my nails. I chose the Essie Nail Polish in Sunny Daze 557 priced at £2.75* to feature in this post because it's such a pretty eye-catching colour. I would describe it as a shimmery, golden sunset shade. 

I would definitely say that Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream which price starts from £35.99* is a perfect Spring/Summer perfume to wear day-to-day. It's fresh and floral with Top Notes of: Blackberry, Pear and Grapefruit, Heart Notes of: Jasmine, Lychee and Blue Wisteria and Base Notes of: White Wood, Coconut Water and Musk. I haven't tried all of Marc Jacobs perfumes but out of the ones I've tried so far Daisy Dream is my fave with Divine Decadence being a very close second. To top it all off the bottle design is stunning and it looks lovely sitting on your dressing table. I just think it makes a great scent for the warmer months and it would also make a great gift for someone who likes a floral based perfume.

And lastly I've got to talk about the Ellie Saab Girl of Now Forever* perfume which price starts from £35.95. It's very fruity but with kind of a mysterious undertone if that makes sense. I think it's a great perfume to wear for both day and night. I also find that the longer you wear it, the sweeter the scent gets (but not in a sickly way!). The scent is described as a delicious note of Citrus Zest, Raspberry and Sparkling Rose, textured with addictive Orange Flower and Patchouli. I'm a big fan of anything with Orange Flower and/or Patchouli which is probably why I love it so much. Also, I think the bottle design is probably one of the most prettiest perfume bottles I've seen in a while (P.S It also looks cute in blog photos too). 

What are your Summer Beauty Picks? 

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Over the past few weeks I’ve been trying out and using the new Cactus Crush range by Lee Stafford* which has been made to hydrate your hair without weighing it down. So it's perfect for the Summer months! After using all four products in the range for the past few weeks I thought it was time to share my thoughts. 

I think Summer is probably my favourite time of the year for fashion just because I’m a fan of floral patterns and pops of colour which you see more of in the Summer months. Although I do find it hard at times with my body confidence with what to wear, I know what styles suit me and what colours tend to suit my pasty pale skin lol. Also if I’m shopping online for clothes, which let’s face it, most of us do nowadays I like to look for discounts on sites like Groupon because who doesn’t like getting things at a cheaper price and save some pennies? So I thought I would do a blog post about what trends and patterns I’m loving this Summer and which trends I just don’t personally ‘get’ or like. 

*This post is sponsored 
Even if you’re the world’s most seasoned traveller, there’s never really any joy in packing a suitcase. Those trips that require nothing but a carry on can be the most difficult and tend to require a huge amount of outfit planning before you finally jet off. 

So I know most of the people who are also taking part in this campaign with Holiday Gems will have photos of them on the beach abroad in the beaming hot sun coated in sun tan lotion but the photo above is one of my favourite holiday photos of all time... Why? because this time last year when I took the photo whilst in Conwy, North Wales visiting Conwy Castle and the Smallest House In Great Britain I was going through possibly one of the worst times of my life but I was trying to act as if everything was fine and it was making me worse. I had a lot of negativity in my life and my head was a little all over the place if I'm being honest, but it made me appreciate the mini break away more and it just kind of made me see things clearer and make my final decisions about some things in my future.  Plus lets face it, it's a typical British holiday photo - not so great weather, at least one seagull, a muddy looking sea and fish and chips (kind of lol).

If you don't fancy a little getaway in Britain then you can get some inspiration or book yourself a trip easily at Holiday Gems. They have excellent relationships with all of the major airlines and thousands of hoteliers and can offer you some of the cheapest holidays available on the web. From New York, Cape Verde, Egypt, Florida, Spain and more. They also have some fab holiday deals too! If I was looking out for a holiday right now, I'd definitely give Holiday Gems a look first. Also, their website is super easy to navigate around too which is always a plus.
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I've teamed up with Fife Autocentre to join in on their latest campaign of "A Little Auto Love N Care". I'm going to be sharing some simple tips which can help to prevent you running into any unnecessary car troubles, breakdowns or a trip to the garage. All of the tips are super easy to do and can help you save money in the long run too.

Running On An Almost Empty Tank -
You shouldn't let your car run on an empty tank or "reserve" tank often. Fair enough if you're stuck in the middle of nowhere with no petrol station in sight, but if it's a regular thing you're doing then you should stop right away. At the bottom of your petrol tank is where all of the unwanted bits and gunk goes and if you're letting your car run on an empty tank then you can end up blocking up your pipes with the unwanted waste, which can be a costly job to fix.

Check Oil Regularly (Once a fortnight is best)
Oil in a car is basically like blood to a human if that makes sense, it keeps everything going. Oil lubricates any moving parts and stops them from wearing out too fast. It also prevents a build up of dirt and just helps the car out in general. Make sure you're parked on a flat ground and that your engine is cold (and off). Take the dipstick out and wipe on a clean cloth then put it back in and then once you pull it out again, check the level indicator - if it's okay then leave it alone, if it's running low then top the oil up. Also whilst checking the oil, make sure the colour is either brown or black. If it's a milky looking colour then it could mean that coolant is leaking into the engine and may need to be towed to a garage. If you are looking for a car servicing in Dundee visit Fife Autocentre.

Hoover (More Often Than You Probably Do Now)
This may sound like a weird one but if you don't hoover your car out regularly then you could have a build-up of dirt around important areas of your car. In my car, I have sensors under the front seats and if dust builds up even in the slightest (I know, gross) then it affects my sensors which are connected to my dashboard warning lights, so there's been times when I've thought something was wrong with my car when it's actually just the sensors playing up. 

Check Engine Coolant 
Engine coolant is there to help remove any excessive heat from the engine. It's a mixture of anti-freeze and water. If the levels get too low, it can make your car overheat (which is not good, especially in the Summer!). It's something you should've learnt about whilst learning to drive/theory - locate engine reservoir (it looks like a water tank) and check the levels on the mix - max indicators.

Change Windscreen Wipers & Make Sure Your Screen Wash System Works
It's law that your screen wash system works - obviously it's there to clean your windscreen when it's dirty and can help improve your road vision. Keep it topped up with a good, trustworthy screen wash and check it works regularly. Also make sure that your windscreen wipers are changed within every 12 months to prevent smearing on your windscreen.

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It's almost time to say goodbye to Summer which in one way I'm happy about because, well Autumn but then I do like Summer because of the lighter nights. For today's post I'm going to be sharing the beauty trends I've been loving this Summer (and will try and incorporate into Autumn if possible too, obvs).

Glitter -
This is something I thought I'd never say, well write is that I've been loving wearing glitter this Summer. Not full on glitter but more of a shimmer/glitter kind of thing. I've been wearing more sparkly eyeshadow, I've been loving my Colourpop Supershock Shadows as they are so pigmented, I only own 2 right now which are Animal and Birthday Cake, they both are so easy to use and long lasting. I've also been wearing glitter on my nails too as it just makes them look a little different and prettier. If you're wondering where professional nail technicians get their amazing kits from, then check out Ellisons.

Bronzed, Dewy Skin
Because I've got oily skin I've always kind of stayed away from the dewy skin look, because of worrying it'll just make me look oilier and shiny. But this year I've decided to try out the dewy, bronzed makeup look and I've been loving it. I've not been going crazy - I've just been using a tiny amount of illuminator in my foundation and using a highlighter and then a little touch of Bronzer just to warm up my pale skin.

"The Hun" Half Up - Half Down Hairstyle

I don't really know if this is classed as a "Beauty Trend" it's obviously more of a hair trend but I thought I'd pop it in here anyway. My go to hairstyle over the Summer has been "The Hun" - half up in a bun and half down. It's really easy to do and works well with my natural hair when I'm having more of a lazy day too. Plus because of my hair is shorter than last Summer, I think it suits my grown out lob haircut, especially with a few added soft curls/waves.

Minimal Makeup (with red lip)
I've also really been liking minimal makeup days, even though I still seem to have to use and 15 products to get the minimal makeup look, I do like it. When I'm having a better skin kind of day (which I'll admit is rare) I've just been using a BB Cream/tinted moisturiser and a bit of concealer under my eyes and on any blemishes, mascara and a blush. Sometimes I wear it with my favourite red lipstick right now which is The Body Shop Matte Liquid Lip in the shade Sydney Amaryllis just to give it a bright pop of colour.

Peachy Pink -
Another thing I've been loving over the Summer has got to be wearing more peach shades, I usually gravitate towards more pink shades and products rather than peach shades because I worry about looking orange-y with my pale skin. But I've been wearing quite a few peach shades in everything lately - blushers, lipsticks even highlighters and I actually think they work well for my pale skin too. 


So there's my kind of go-to Summer things, I definitely have been getting my use out of the Milani Baked Blusher in the shade Luminoso. What have been your Summer Staples? 

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My Summer Holiday Survival Kit

in , , , by Kirsty Milward, 19.8.17

I know we're all kind of clinging onto what's left of Summer but today's post is about 'My Summer Holiday Survival Kit' and I've teamed up with to show and tell you all what I would say are kind of my holiday/summer essentials. Also just a disclaimer - I was kindly given a gift voucher to choose what I wanted from Chemist's website to feature in this post* but I also have included some products which I already own to include in this post too. is an online pharmacy which is family-run and they have over 75 years experience in the pharmacy business. Because online shopping has grown so much in the past years, Chemist decided to set up their website so that their customers can have discretion and also convenience to shop from the site. You can pick up so many products on their site, I've got to say I was genuinely shocked at the amount of products stocked and available and also their prices and offers are a lot friendlier to my bank balance which is always a huge plus.

Ultimate Essentials -

So first up which is probably the most obvious on the list is some sort of sun protector, so I picked up - Calypso Dry Oil Wet Skin Clear Protection SPF 30* and also Calypso SPF15 Facial Suncream*, which I thought would be a great handy one to have in your bag, even though I would prefer higher SPF lotions.

Another must have is Deodorant so I picked up some Quickies Deodorant Wipes* and also Mitchum 48 HR Protection Unscented Roll-On Deodorant* both a handy size for travelling and both are from Chemist to keep you feeling lovely and fresh in the sun.

Some more essentials include folding travel toothbrushes, toothpaste and Batiste 50ml Dry Shampoo in the Tropical scent which is my favourite. 

Skincare -

Like most people, Skincare is always an important factor in my everyday life. My skin is troublesome so I always try to keep it clean and well looked after. Obviously for a holiday I can't take all of my lotions and potions so here is my minimal skincare picks.

Quickies Eye Makeup Remover Pads*  - I don't mind using wipes or pads on my eyes to remove makeup but I do try and steer clear from wipes for the rest of my face because I find I break out when I use wipes.

Garnier Micellar Water - This is my all time favourite makeup remover product and it's super affordable so obviously it's got to be in my Summer Holiday Survival Kit. I tend to buy the bigger bottle and then refill my travel bottle just because it's easier to pop in my bag when needed.

Simple Moisturiser (forgot to put in photo, oops!) - I'll admit this isn't a favourite anymore but it still does a good job, plus in the Summer it's good because it's a mattifying moisturiser and works well for my skin and is also a great base for makeup. 

Other Bits & Bobs -

Travel Bottles*  - They are always so handy to have and obviously with most skin care products being on the bigger side, you don't need to take the whole bottle or pot so it's easier to depot products when going on holiday.

Purple Tree Coconut Miracle Balm* - I've never used this one before but I thought it seemed like a slightly cheaper alternative to the Dr.PawPaw balms which I absolutely love and this is basically the same formula but in Coconut flavour - you can use these balms for your lips, crazy eyebrow days to tame them down, flyaway hair and your skin and nails too!

Mosi Bands* - There's nothing more annoying than being chased by insects so I thought that these seemed quite handy, instead of the sprays you can pick up. Insects seem to like my skin/blood I don't know why, so I'm always the victim of stings and bites, unfortunately.

Blistex Raspberry Lemonade Blast SPF 15 Lip Balm* - I literally don't ever leave this house without at least one lip balm in my bag so there was no way that a lip balm wouldn't make this list. I picked up this lip balm from Chemist and I thought it sounded like a nice, summery lip balm, the best thing is that it actually smells/tastes like a Twister ice lolly.

BIC Miss Soleil Disposable Razors* - I find these to be the best disposable razors for me right now and obviously you got to keep an eye on any unwanted hair when on holiday too.

Minimal Makeup  -

During the Summer, in general, I tend to try and wear as little makeup as possible, I would love to feel confident enough to leave the house with absolutely no makeup, but I just don't and can't because of my skin being so troublesome. But for the bare minimum makeup whether for Summer or Holiday I like to use - 

Garnier Skin Naturals BB Cream* - I like BB Creams or tinted moisturisers to just even out my skin tone and lightly cover any blemishes. 

LA Girl Concealer* - I like to pop on your concealer just to give any blemishes some extra coverage and to calm down any redness and obviously to cancel out my under eye dark circles. 

Max Factor 6000 Calorie Mascara* - A pop on mascara on my lashes and that all I really do for minimal makeup days. 

Collection Face Powder - I tend to only put powder on areas where I get oiliest the quickest which is my T-Zone. 

Milani Luminoso Blush - I also pop on some Luminoso which is a lovely peachy-pink shade with a lovely highlighter so it's kind of a 2-in-1 product.

The Body Shop Honey Bronzer - I only use the tiniest amount of bronzer just to warm up my face a little and make me look a little more alive.

So there's my rather long list of Summer Holiday Survival Kit. 

What products would be on your list?

Also just want to say please bare with me on my blog photos, with the lighting going kind of rubbish now, I've picked myself up some soft box lights and I'm still trying to find what works best for my photos and where is the best place to take the photos etc. If anyone has got any tips the please let me know!
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Because I'm not overly keen on any type of false nails just because I find them quite annoying and hard to do daily tasks without them getting in the way, I tend to just shape and paint my own nails. I like to have more of a kind of Squoval shape. On the rare occasion I do wear false nails then I really like the KISS imPRESS gel nails because they are so easy to apply and they suit my natural nails well, so I rarely have to file the nails down.

But my usual go-to for my nails is just shaping and painting my own nails. For Summer I tend to go for my pastel colours usually just because if I chip them, then it won't annoy me all day looking at the chipped nails (yes I'm one of those people, it really annoys me looking at chipped nails).

I don't really have one nail polish which has been my favourite because I have been wearing a lot of nail polishes in similar shades. So I've narrowed it down to just four. My favourite polishes I've been reaching for the most during Summer have been -

Essence The Gel Nail Polish - Perfect Match*
This is such a pretty kind of pink - it's not too bold but not too washed out. I can definitely get about 5-7 days out of this polish without having to repaint which is fab considering it only costs £1.60 and would be a great polish to wear on holiday.

Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish - Rain Rain Go Away 
I have so many of these 60 Seconds nail polishes from Rimmel. This one is probably the latest one I've added to my collection and it's a pretty pastel purple-grey colour. It's a great everyday kind of shade and just goes with so many outfits and other colours.

Essence Colour Boost - Instant Happiness
I've been wearing this A LOT, it's a gorgeous kind of a bright mint green shade and it's a great nail polish to pop on if you're in a hurry because you literally only need one coat and you're done. 

Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish - Bestival Blue 
Another one from Rimmel I love is Bestival Blue, I literally have people asking me what I'm wearing when I have this on my nails. I remember at my old job I stopped wearing it because I was sick of telling people what nail polish it was lol. 

So there are some of my favourite nail polishes I've been wearing this Summer, what have been your go-to shades?

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