I love a beach wave look throughout the summer, especially when I’ve used no heat to create such a pretty and easy style for the hot days. I know a lot of people use a curling wand or straightener to do these waves but I can’t seem to achieve this look just as I want too when I do use either a wand or straightener.
However, I really enjoy creating this look by French braiding my hair the morning before, sleeping on them and then taking them out when needed.
Once I’ve taken the braids out I’ll start by running through a pea sized amount of Moroccan Oil through my hair, mostly aiming it for the tips as I find that it can make my roots look greasy. I’ll then continue with combing my fingers through my hair to separate the curls and use a bit of dry shampoo to add texture to my hair. I find using dry shampoo let’s it to stay longer and sit nicer too! That’s pretty much all I do and if I find them dropping throughout the day, I’ll maybe add a little mouse or hairspray to give more volume and tidy it up a bit but generally it doesn’t drop.
That’s exactly how I style my hair to create beach waves! Check out my social media:
With love, Beth x
Summer is here and although I don’t always pain my nails, when I do I like to pick seasonal shades. In the spring I tend to wear a lot of pastel colours and I do again for the summer but usually I like to include a lot of pinks and nudes throughout the summer more than most colours. This summer I’ve definitely mixed it up a bit and I’ve been reaching for shades that I never usually do.
Buying nail varnish is normally the last thing I ever do. I rarely by nail varnishes, nails just aren’t my thing. I do like to update them once/maybe twice a year though because nail varnishes do expire just like all beauty products. I have several in my collection that I reach for throughout the summer and these are what I’ve been enjoying this year!
Barry M Speedy Quick Dry shade in number 27 (the name has worn away, sorry!). It’s a pastel purple shad but looks beautiful and summer, especially gorgeous with a tan.
Barry M Nail Paint in 272 Shocking Pink. It’s a very bright barbie pink and I’ve just enjoyed feeling a bit more brighter when the sun’s out.
Barry M Nail Paint in 262 Bight Red. This is the brightest red nail varnish I’ve ever bought and worn and I bloody love it. I especially love wearing it when an all black dress and heels (not sure why, just feels glamorous).
NAILSINC Gel Effect in Porchester Square. This is a very neutral nude shade and that’s basically all it is. I like the finish it gives and I find it’s long lasting and not that easy to chip.
Missguided nail varnish in Misstique. A very dark teal shade but at the same time, in different angles does look bright. It’s got a lovely long-wearing finish and isn’t matte which is what I like most.
What have been your favourites?
With love, Beth x
Allergy season is here and every single year between March and August I have the worst hay fever ever. Itchy eyes? Check. Itchy and sore throat? Check. Blocked nose? Check. I have it all and to top it off, I’m asthmatic so it’s double the fun.
I find wearing makeup throughout the summer near impossible because my eyes water so much. By the end of the day I have lines down my face where my foundation did sit because my eyes leaked it all away. It’s a waste of money and I look ridiculous every single day.
However, over the years I’ve realised to just give up on makeup and create a flattering and subtle look instead.
In this case, it’s more about skincare and less about the makeup side. Less is more as they say.
I’ve been testing out a new skincare routine recently and my skin has never better. Each morning and evening I use The Body Shop Tea Tree Cleanser. I then follow with applying The Body Shop Tea Tree Tone and then the Mattifying Lotion.
I do struggle with oily skin normally but this routine has really helped my skin massively. I stay matte all day long and my makeup sits perfectly on it.
I highly recommend these skincare products from The Body Shop for everybody with oily or combo skin.
Secondly, I only ever apply the L’Oreal Magique Lumi Primer. This just makes my skin look super glowy and fresh. Next I apply the Freedom Brow Pomade in blonde and then a touch of mascara to my upper lashes.
This is my final look. It’s super basic and easy to do but it’s so effective since I do have severe hayfever. I find that the mascara is good only on the top lashes and obviously, a waterproof mascara is even better.
Let me know some of your tips for makeup throughout allergy season. In the meantime, check out my social media:
With love, Beth x
Summer is here and it’s the time of year when I forget to do certain things to make sure I keep healthy. I’m sure so many of you also do this and forget that your body and skin need extra loving when the seasons change and if I’m totally honest, I definitely forget to do some of these things every single day and that’s okay. However, for the majority of the time, I try my best to make sure that I’m keeping healthy, active and comfortable in the hot summer weather. I thought I would share with you guys my top 3 tips for the summer!
#1: Drinking plenty of water is important any time of the year but I do find myself getting more dehydrated throughout the summer months and during this time I like to increase my water intake. Water is so important for your body and I find the more water I drink the better my skin looks, I don’t feel as bloated and generally I feel so much happier within myself.
#2: SPF!! I think people forget that you should be wearing SPF every day regardless of whether it’s a sunny or gloomy day and I like to make sure I’m wearing this throughout the whole year since I’m so incredibly fair. However, in the summer I especially make an effort to apply more SPF than normal or a higher SPF, usually SPF 30 or more. I always buy a moisturiser with an SPF in it and often my primers have it as well and I also do this for my body moisturisers. It’s incredibly important that you wear SPF every day to protect your skin and too much sunlight without protection put’s you more at risk of burns or other skin related problems.
#3: Getting a full night’s sleep is incredibly important and I especially find that in the summer I can’t sleep as well as I do during the milder months. I always find that if I don’t get a decent night’s sleep I end up so moody and unhappy the next day and feeling hot and sweaty just makes me even moodier, nobody needs this. I like to make sure I have a fan on during the night to help me get a more relaxed sleep. This may be a weird one to some people as like I said, getting a good night’s sleep is incredibly important regardless of the weather but I find it’s worse in the summer and I can’t deal with being tired and hot at the same time.
#4: I know some people don’t like to wear any protective wear like a hat or sunglasses but what you don’t know is that, wearing these really help to protect you. I know some people really dislike hats and I agree, they’re often really irritating and as a glasses wearer, I have to buy prescription sunglasses for me to be able to see. However, protecting your head from the sun when you’re in it for long periods of time helps to minimise the risk of sunstroke, dehydration, headaches, sickness, exhaustion and so much more.
Hope you enjoyed this post and enjoying the start of your summer!
With love, Beth x
Summer is here and some of you guys may be struggling with what posts to publish throughout the season and how to make your blog summer ready. So, here are 20 blog post ideas for you guys.
1- Create and share a summer inspired hairstyle.
2- Share your summer goals.
3- Show us some of your summer pictures.
4- Favourite things about summer.
5- Summer beauty hacks.
6- Tell us about some old summer stories.
7- Explain what has changed about you since summer 2016 to now.
8- A summer outfit.
9- A summer makeup look.
10- Your favourite skincare for summer.
11- Garden Party Decor
12- How you prepare for the upcoming academic year.
13- A day in the life.
14- A recipe.
15- DIY Ice Cream or Ice Lollies.
16- A photo a day.
17- Summer cocktail recipes.
18- How do you keep healthy and fit during the summer.
19- Travel guide from your trips.
20- Favourite summer scents.
Share this post to give other bloggers ideas of what the post this summer.
With love, Beth x
For the summer I generally like to keep my skin care routine very basic and simple. I find my skin becomes more oily within the summer months and I don’t want to add to this by applying loads of products to my skin.
Without fail I’ll wash my face with a cleanser both morning and night. I make sure I give a thorough wash and make sure the cleanser also goes down my neck as I do apply makeup there. My favourite cleanser is The Body Shop Tea Tree cleanser. I have been using this for months now and I swear by it.
After cleansing I’ll use a moisturiser. I do this to make my skin more hydrated, feel softer and prepared for any makeup application. I have a few which I love, the First Aid Beauty moisturiser is fantastic, as well as the Simple Moisturiser and Bliss Moisturisers. They all are excellent.
Next, I like to ensure I have SPF on at all times. Regardless of whether I’m in the sun for long. It’s incredibly important to maintain your skins health. So whether you apply sun cream directly to your face or have it in a primer or foundation. You should always be wearing this. Whenever I buy new products especially in the summer I like to make sure there is SPF in it.
I also like to exfoliate once a week. I have very sensitive skin and exfoliating more than once a week is never a good idea for me. My skin feels worse off if I do it more than once a week. My favourite exfoliant is The Body Shop Seaweed exfoliant. It really helps to remove excess dirt and replenish my skin. It doesn’t damage my skin at all and helps to matify my skin.
I do like to use a face mask at least once a week. Although most say it’s recommended for 2-3 times a week I simply feel no need. My favourite mask is the Garnier Moisture Bomb Mask. It’s incredibly hydrating and I’ll probably use this maybe once a fortnight to help boost my skin.
With love, Beth x
Having a spring/summer clean out is so beneficial for you. It helps you to look around at your belongings and appreciate the fact that you’re so lucky to have so many things (more than you probably should). Decluttering also helps you to consider the things that you don’t use or wear anymore and give them to charity or your friends or even throw away the things that simply are of no use.
If you don’t know already, I’m heading away to the states for 3 months and I’m going to have to start packing my things up to move out of my current home and store things with my parents or Matt for the duration I am away. Since this is the case, I went ahead and gave my bedroom a decluttering to help make things easier for when I finally head away. I also own a lot of things that aren’t of any use to me anymore and I’m simply just hoarding them which really isn’t good for the little space I have.
Since I am doing this over the next few weeks I thought I would give you guys some of my tips to declutter your belongings and help reduce the amount of unnecessary things you have.
Tip #1: Don’t throw everything away, find other uses. Give to friends or family, even perhaps donate to charity. You may find that a lot of the things you no longer want are still in decent condition and others may want them instead. I like to find clothing that I don’t wear no more or even miscellaneous items that I have no use for and give them to charity or my loved ones.
Tip #2: When organising your things, use boxes to categories your sections. For example: Box 1 for friends and family. Box 2 for charity. Box 3 for the bin. Normally I’ll put everything in box 1 and see if my friends or family want anything from them, if they don’t then it’ll go in box 2.
Tip #3: Stop finding reasons to keep things. You don’t need that cardigan with holes in just because you’ve owned it for 10 years. That’s a decent reason to throw it away (can’t imagine you would give it to friends/family or charity.
Tip #4: G I also find it so relaxing to declutter and give my living environment a good clean. Crack on some music, get yourself a cocktail and away you go. I find it extremely relaxing to give my living space a good clean and declutter, it helps me to think better and feel more productive as well as feeling more relaxed when I’m spending time there.
Let me know some of your decluttering tips!
With love, Beth x