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Face Sprays I’d Recommend

Just A Few Sprays And Mists I Currently Use 

The first mist I used was The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist and I really didn’t get the best out of it. I only started to realise how good it was once it was coming to its end date. I used moisturisers so didn’t reach for the sprays. I always keep a ‘First Aid Beauty Vitamin Hydrating Mist’ in my handbag for when I need a bit of freshening up throughout the day but didn’t think to apply it before my makeup or after using a moisturiser. This one is especially good on warmer days and is fine for sensitive skin.

Vitamin Sprays

When I went into Mac ages ago and picked up the Mineralize Charge Water, not because I needed it but because it sounded like it would do good things. It had minerals and would ‘charge’ me. Why not?! Anyway, I started incorporating it into my skincare routine before applying my makeup in the morning. My makeup looks so much better and blends in a lot nicer. It’s so refreshing spraying a cool mist on your face in the morning. It definitely awakens me. I wouldn’t be without this now. I use it every day.

Mac Fix Plus + Charged Water

On days when I’m not wearing any makeup, I love using The Body Shop Vitamin C Energising Face Mist, It’s cooling on the skin and smells so fresh and zesty. Recently I’ve started using it after applying the Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser which also smells the same. It’s a gel-like formula which is great for someone with oily skin like mine. It absorbs in really quickly and leaves your skin soft and residue free.

Setting + Finishing Sprays

I also love Mac fix plus which can be used before applying makeup and also after to help your makeup look more skin-like. It also helps the makeup blend together to give the perfect finish. It has a ton of uses so you get a lot more than just a primer water. I think it’s a makeup lover must-have. I don’t use it was a setting spray though, I’d use one of the 3 I currently own, which are Urban Decay All Nighter (I keep this for days when I really want my makeup to stay put, like special occasions) NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray is my usual go to as it’s super affordable and isn’t going to break the bank to repurchase. It comes in a Matte version which I haven’t tried. I’m all about the dewy look, to be honest. I recently bought the Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day Setting Spray in Lemongrass, I don’t reach for it often as I really don’t like the smell. I don’t know what I was thinking, It makes my face smell like I’ve just walked into a Thai restaurant. I love Thai food but I don’t want my face to smell like it. I wish I’d gone for one of the others scents!

Let me know what you think of setting sprays and which ones you would recommend.

Have an amazing day or evening!

 

Malibu Sun Protection

Now we are nearing summer here in the Uk we as Brits tend to stockpile sun protection. We only seem to associate sun protection with the season ‘summer’. We get little or no sun throughout the other 3 seasons, therefore, no sun, no protection required. How wrong are we? Myself included. I only start wearing a moisturiser with SPF in it around now, April/May. When the weather does heat up I would never dream of sunbathing without protection and definitely not when I’m abroad. Had you asked me 10 years ago I would have said the opposite, I stupidly thought that wearing sun cream would prevent me getting a tan. I wish I was educated better as now my face is paying for it. Now I know the effects of sun damage, I always make sure I use a suncare system that protects me and is enjoyable to use.

I love the brand Malibu. I’ve tried so many over the years but when I discovered this brand, I instantly fell in love. It comes in a range of factors to suit your own skin needs, there are sprays, lotions, after sun and lip care. It smells like coconuts, it’s non-greasy and absorbs into your skin without having to sit rubbing it in for 10 mins. I also love the packaging as its simple and fuss free.

I have been buying the Face Cream SPF30 for a good few years now and I wouldn’t be without it. It smells like ‘holiday’, leaves my skin super soft, it doesn’t clog my pores and being an oil girl, I don’t find this makes my skin greasy. It just leaves my skin with a radiant glow. Even better, it’s £1.50. It contains Vitamin E and Aloe Vera and is photostable and water-resistant. This will be my essential throughout summer, like always.

Face Cream SPF30

I prefer lotions to sprays so I use SPF20 in the UK, but start with an SPF50 when abroad then drop down to an SPF20. The body lotions also contain Vitamin E and Aloe Vera, are photostable and water-resistant as well. I love the gorgeous glow these lotions give my skin.

SPF50 High Protection

When I’ve had a few days to get my skin used to the sun, I switch to the Bronzing Tanning Oil, just to give me an extra tan. This one contains SPF15 and Coconut Oil which is amazing for the skin. I swear by coconut oil!

Enriched with Coconut Oil

After a day of soaking up the sun, I love to put some hydration back into my skin, so I use the Aloe Vera Moisturising Sun Gel. It’s cooling and soothing so if you have caught the sun a little too much in areas, pop this on and it well help cool the skin. Gels absorb into the skin better so it will work quicker and keep your skin hydrated.

After Sun Gel

A lot of people forget about their lips when the sun is out or on holiday. I personally can’t leave the house without some sort of lip product! I throw this Lipbalm with SPF30 in my beach bag. It smells so good and stops my lips burning and getting chapped. It’s non-greasy and not sticky, so your hair and sand won’t get stuck to your lips. It comes in a variety of flavours, this one is Tropical, last year I had watermelon and it was delicious!! This one I got free with the Face Cream, but you can pick them up for £1.

Tropical Lipbalm

This whole selection of Sun protection cost me just £13 – What a bargain!

Malibu are Cruelty free and only test on humans.

 

Thanks for reading

 

Holiday Essentials Checklist

When it comes to holiday, I always over pack. I can’t help it, I think I need to take something when I really don’t and then I just never use it or wear it. Every holiday I get better at packing and narrow it down to the bare ‘Essentials’. I ask myself ‘Do I really need it?’.

I usually write a list, yes, some may say sad, I say organized. I’d only forget something like my contact lenses or my passport, so I’d rather have a checklist.

Here is a list of things I NEED:

SKINCARE

  • Suncream for face and body
  • Coconut Oil for moisturising my body + hair, and removing makeup
  • Shampoo + Conditioner
  • Shower Gel
  • Face Scrub
  • Epilator/ Razor
  • Tangle Teaser
  • Hair styling appliance
  • Contact Lense Solution + case
  • Glasses
  • Perfume

I love that Coconut Oil has a multiple of uses. It really cuts down on taking lots of different products.

MAKEUP

  • Primer
  • 1 sheer Foundation, 1 full coverage Foundation
  • Setting Powder
  • 1 Eyeshadow Palette
  • 1 Powder Highlighter
  • 1 Liquid Illuminator (Mix with suncream for all over glow)
  • Mac Fix Plus (Makeup bag ‘must’)
  • Bronzer
  • Blush
  • Setting Spray
  • Waterproof Mascara
  • Brow Product
  • Liquid Liner
  • False Lashes
  • 1 Concealer
  • Selection of Lipsticks, Glosses, and Pencils.
  • Section of Multi-use Brushes + Beautyblender (Choosing brushes is the hardest part!)
  • Lip Balm (Mac Lip Conditioner my favourite, It comes in a tube so you can just chuck it in your beach bag)

This may look like a lot of makeup, but this was narrowing it right down! I tend to wear less makeup as my face browns up.

CLOTHING

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • 3 bikinis
  • 1 Coverup
  • 3 Daytime outfits
  • 3 Evening outfits
  • Flipflops
  • Sandals
  • Heels for the evening

OTHER

  • Phone Charger
  • Camera
  • Spare Battery + Battery Charger for Camera
  • Passport (Most essential!!)
  • Currency
  • Beach Towel
  • Beach Bag

 

This would be based on a week away in a hot destination. Obviously, if you were going to a cold destination you’d need to switch up a lot of these items to suit the climate.

 

What are your holiday essentials?  Are you a planner or do you just chuck everything into your case last minute?

 

The Town Mill Bakery- Lyme Regis

Hi Lovelies

This weekend I had my best friends come to stay for a much-needed catch-up!

Saturday morning we planned to go to the ‘Town Mill Bakery’. We love this place, although may not be to everyone’s taste. It’s an organic artisan bakery/restaurant. They make all of the bread and cakes on the premises, using traditional recipes and processes, all made with local ingredients.

 

 The Town Mill Bakery – Lyme Regis, Dorset

 

This is probably about the 12th time I have been here for breakfast and I never get bored with it, it’s an experience, unlike your usual breakfast eateries.

DIY Breakfast

It’s very rustic and cosy,  you all sit on long benches, sharing bowls of homemade butter, peanut butter, jam, milk and sugar. From a selection of homemade bread, you cut your own bread and toast it yourself. No plates here, all food is eaten off small chopping board blocks. You can spoon yourself up a gorgeous muesli made of nuts, berries and seeds with either milk or yoghurt. You can boil your own eggs or have a choice of a small selection of cooked food made right in front of you. They offer fresh salad, bacon, fruit and an assortment of pastries that you can eat in or take with you.

Slice + Toast Your Own Bread
Choice Of Muesli, Fruit + Yoghurt
Wholemeal Bread with Homemade Jam

You order your cooked food with this kind gentleman and within a few minutes it ready.

Freshly Sourced Salad, Brioche + Crispy Bacon
Open Kitchen

For lunch, they make Soups and Pizza (I’m yet to try the lunch menu) 2:30pm-4:00 pm.

It’s a very relaxed atmosphere. You remember what you eat and drink and then you just tell them as you are leaving. No tabs or bills.

Staff will either ask if you’d like a hot drink or otherwise you can ask and they will be happy to go off and make you one. Alternatively, you can have a cold drink from a selection.

It does get quite busy, especially in the summer months. I’ve been a few times where I’ve had to go away and come back as there just isn’t enough space and people are already queuing waiting for others to leave. It really is a popular place. Our visit was quite quiet, but we got there just before breakfast finished (8:30am-12pm) So I guess most people would have been and gone.

This hot plate with cooked food is a new addition from when I went last. I think it’s a brilliant improvement. The food was AMAZING!

Breakfast Made In Front Of You
My Eggy Sourdough with Homemade Tomato Sauce and Pesto Tomatoes

Two of us opted for a cooked breakfast, (see above) The bread was really crispy and had a bit of ‘chewy’, just as I like it. You can customise your breakfast by adding other ingredients if you wish to.  The tomato sauce was delicious! It had a hint of bbq flavour, the only problem was, I wanted more!

There is a range of pastries freshly made that I can never resist and grab one to take away; they also have the paper to wrap your goodies in. My favourite is the Croissants. They are huge!!

Pain Au Raisin
Pan Au Chocolat

After we had filled our bellies, we went for a beautiful walk along the seafront; it was so busy! It was really mild and the sun was shining so everyone was out.

Lyme Regis

If you are ever in Lyme Regis, make sure you go to the ‘Town Mill’, I think it’s such a nice experience and definitely worth a visit.

Have you already been? What did you think?