Saturday, 4 July 2020

Beauty empties: July 2020

While I'm still not wearing make up (other than brows and mascara, occasionally), I am getting through skincare and haircare products so I thought it was about time for another empties post! I love reading these, and I hope you do too. Without further ado, here are the beauty products I've used up recently...

Pantene Pro-V Repair & Protect Foam Conditioner

I only ever see this in Poundland on the odd occasion, and I haven't been in since pre-lockdown but I had this in my back-up haircare drawer. I actually really like this; it's SO lightweight, and while it's not the most hydrating conditioner I've ever tried, it's nice to use and does work!

Dove hair oil*

I'm always trying to reduce frizz, so I make sure to put some sort of product in my hair after washing it. I've just finished using this and I really liked it; nice small bottle, so handy for travelling (remember those days?) and did leave my hair feeling nice. Not the best frizz-buster, but not the worst either.

Herbal Essences Llamaste Shampoo

I finished the conditioner off last month (and have repurchased it), and this month I came to the end of the shampoo. I haven't repurchased this, because I'd been getting a bit of a flaky scalp so wanted something to sort that out, but I did enjoy using this and it smells amazing. I find most Herbal Essences shampoos to be pretty same-y, though...

Bath & Body Works Pocket Bacs

While washing your hands is SO important and cannot be forgotten about, using hand sanitiser while out and about has brought me some peace of mind during this pandemic. I've used up a few throughout lockdown, my favourite being this strawberry one. I love the Bath & Body Works pocket bacs; can't really get them in England, but I do always stock up in Poland!

Jimmy Choo Illicit Perfume*

I may not have been wearing make up, but the odd spritz of perfume here and there has made me feel better on more than a few occasions. Body spray just doesn't feel quite as glamorous, does it?! So I've come to the end of this gorgeous Jimmy Choo Illicit perfume which is sooooo lovely and grown up and also not too overpowering.

Tropic Skin Shade Factor 50 Sun Cream*

If there's one brand I love for suncream it's Tropic. It's more expensive than what you can pick up in the supermarket but it's better for your skin and the environment because it's mineral and full of oils and anti-oxidants.

There's all the skincare products I've used up during the past month or so of lockdown. Have you tried any of these?

Thursday, 2 July 2020

What I'm looking forward to watching on Disney+ in July 2020

I'm so pleased I signed up for Disney+ because I've watched it more than I thought I would - I've got a few of my friends signed into it as well and we're all using it a lot. Definitely getting my money's worth! There's some new releases coming, and here are the ones I'm excited for...


I've not seen the stage show and it's never really appealed to me - I'd go and see it if it toured, but I wouldn't necessarily go down to London to see it. Regardless, I'm really looking forward to seeing it on Disney+ when it's released on July 3rd.

Race to Witch Mountain

This is a teen action movie with AnnaSophia Robb AND The Rock in it, both of whom I love. The 2009 film is all about aliens and outer-space and I've never seen it, so it's firmly on my list now. This also comes out on July 3rd!

Solo: A Star Wars Story

I'm more of (whispers) Star Trek fan but I do also love Star Wars. I haven't seen Solo yet and I'm really looking forward to watch it when it comes onto Disney+ on July 10th. The Star Wars films are just always a good time, aren't they?

Nat Geo documentaries

There will also be loads of new Nat Geo documentaries on Disney+ in July. From the Lost City of Machu Picchu to the Hidden Kingdoms of China, I love an excuse to learn something new and these look amazing. There are a few different documentaries being released throughout the month, so definitely keep an eye out.

That's what I'm looking forward to on Disney+ in July 2020. There are plenty of other shows and films being added during the month too, so it's well worth checking that link and signing up to Disney+ if you haven't already!

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

June 2020: the round up

June has been a month, hasn't it? I feel like SO much has happened, and it's flown by at the same time as lasting forever. Here's a round up of what I've been doing/loving this month...

First and foremost, I want to bring attention to the Black Lives Matter movement that we have seen grow exponentially throughout June. The horrific murder of George Floyd was a catalyst for this, and we have seen the world burn in the name of justice, reformation and education. We have seen statues of racists torn down, marches in cities across the globe, huge spikes in sales of books on anti-racism. Don't stop talking, and learning, and fighting. Black Lives Matter, now and always.

June is also Pride month. As a proud bisexual woman I was really looking forward to celebrating Pride this year but of course, little miss corona had other plans. Still, I did get to host a Pride-themed zoom quiz for the family and it's been nice to see the online celebrations and education that have taken place during the month. So happy Pride, everyone

I've been loving Disney+ this month; I watched Diary of a Future President, which is just amazing. It's about a Cuban-American girl in middle school, who will eventually go on to be president of the USA. It handles some important topics with grace and humour: grief, sexuality, racism, family life... honestly, watch this. It's cute and funny and lovely. I also watched Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, because I loved the first film and I love Angelina Jolie. It's not as good as the first one, but still a decent watch!

I've also been watching Little Fires Everywhere on Prime and loving it. SO good. Please watch it if you haven't already! The Premier League is back and I've obviously been loving that alongside true crime YouTube, and a lot of booktube videos. Kinda tempted to start my own booktube channel...

What else? I placed an order on - they sell chocolate and snacks from South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. An amazing service, and shout out to the Caramilk Twirl which I absolutely LOVED and need more of. I also received a box from Passionfuel*, a non-fiction book subscription service - full blog post coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that, but it's a great idea!

Other than that there's just been a lot of freelance work, and walks on the prom and in the park, and bubble baths, buttery crumpets and books.

How was June for you? How are you feeling about current events?

Sunday, 28 June 2020

My 1000th blog post

Well, frankly, this seems a bit ridiculous. My 1000th blog post?! How did we end up here? I started this blog when I was 18, at uni and incredibly miserable. I wrote really short reviews of skincare products and barely ever added photos, and I didn't know the first thing about SEO or self-promotion.

But here we are: blog post #1000. I'd like to go out and celebrate that, maybe have a drink with some of the friends I've made through blogging, but we're still in semi-lockdown. These are strange and unique times we're living in, and blogging has been a bit of a crutch for me. My blog has allowed me to get my thoughts down somewhere, allowed me to create content to hopefully entertain and inspire other people. And reading my friends' blogs has helped me feel connected to them, and kept me entertained too.

While I've not had any paid blogging work in a while or many brand collaborations coming in, it's been nice to just take a step back and write without any pressure. I've done plenty of book posts, and loads of list posts, and I've found it nice to just write. Everything seems to have slowed down a bit, but that doesn't have to be a bad thing.

When all of this is over, I'm going to do so many things - and I hope to continue documenting it all on this blog. I'm going to make memories: go out for dinner, go on more holidays, go for spontaneous spa days and walks on the beach and trips to art galleries. I'm going to write about everything, and share it all. I'm going to publish more of my poetry, and take the time to review every piece of skincare and make up I try; after all, this started as a beauty blog.

I am so grateful to have this little corner of the internet. Even though it causes yearly breakdowns when it comes to renewing my domain or trying to update some back end code that makes no sense, and even though it takes up a lot of my time, and even though there will always be someone out there that's a better blogger than me - I'm so grateful. I have a space that's mine, somewhere to write about my likes and dislikes, about how I feel, about what I've been up to. And people actually read it? My stats aren't amazing, but almost 500,000 people have made their way onto this blog since I started it (almost) 7 years ago. I'm no mathematician, but even I know that's quite a big number.

This blog has brought me so much joy - it has got me onto guest lists for gigs, it has allowed me to earn money doing what I love, it has introduced me to some of the kindest and cleverest people I know. It has given me space to vent, space to tell my story, space to educate people. It has been, still is and will continue to be one of my proudest achievements - it's my baby.

Thank you for reading this blog post, and for reading any of my other blog posts. I hope I've been able to help you with something, teach you something, make you laugh or make you smile. It's been nearly 6 years, and I'm not going anywhere - so here's to next six years, and the next 1000 posts!

Friday, 26 June 2020

My top 4 La Roche-Posay products

I'm a bit of a skincare fanatic, and I have drawers of the stuff. My skin changes all the time, but one thing remains: it's pretty sensitive. I love trying out new products but there are some brands and products I will always come back to - and La Roche-Posay are one of those brands for me! Here are my top 5 products from them... (all products were sent from the brand as PR samples)

Effaclar Duo (+) SPF30

This is probably one of La Roche-Posay's most popular products, and for good reason! It's amazing at keeping blemishes at bay, doesn't feel too heavy on the skin and it's not drying either. Plus it has SPF in it, which is so important year round. Effaclar Duo is easily top of the list for me, and I'd recommend it to anyone who gets spots!

Lipikar AP+ Stick

I've suffered from eczema since I was a baby (honestly my skin is a real whirlwind) and one of the most frustrating things is just being so itchy all the time. This stick (alongside the rest of the La Roche-Posay Lipikar range) is so good at reducing the irritation of itchy eczema, and the stick itself is so handy to take travelling or just generally on the go with you. You know, when we can... It's suitable for babies too! Buy the Lipikar AP+ stick here.

Effaclar Micro-Peeling Purifying Gel

Another product from the Effaclar range, I love the way this makes my skin feel. It's a gel wash as opposed to an exfoliating scrub, but it does leave your skin feeling SO clean without the dryness or tight feeling. I know if my skin is a bit oily or I've had suncream on, this will leave it feeling fresh. It also smells nice in a salon kind of way, and comes in a massive tube so you know it's going to last for ages! Buy the Effaclar Micro-Peeling Purifying Gel on the La Roche-Posay site here.

Pure Vitamin C10 Serum

If your skin is looking a bit dull (which it may well be, seeing as we've been stuck inside for so long!) then I'd absolutely recommend this for brightening it up! This will also leave your skin feeling smooth so if you struggle with texture, it's one for you. It doesn't irritate sensitive skin, either, which is amazing. I think La Roche-Posay *may* have discontinued the Vitamin C10 Serum, but you can currently get it for almost £10 off on Look Fantastic.

So there's my top 4 La Roche-Posay products. They do soooo many different ranges - Effaclar and Lipikar are two of my favourites, but the Rosaliac and Iso-Urea ranges are really popular too. They're a brand that have something for everyone, and they partner with dermatologists to ensure that the products they create are the best they can be.