After reading a few reviews (particularly Ruth’s from A Model Recommends), this little guy sounded just up my street.

The hylamide glow serum is described as a ‘radiance booster’ and is supposed to give a self tan, whilst banishing dullness and uneven skin tone.

Packaging says to apply twice a day until you get the desired colour. I didn’t want to go *all in* straight away, so I mixed three drops with rosehip oil in my evening skincare routine, and hoped I didn’t wake up with a massive break-out in the morning.

Good news guys, I didn’t. To be brutally honest, I didn’t notice *that* much of a tan. But because I only did one application, I wanted to test it again the following evening doing the same routine. When I checked the next morning, my skin definitely had a lot more natural colour to it. It didn’t look like fake tan at all, just like I’d had a bit of sun.

The only downside is that it does smell quite like fake tan on your face, but to be fair I don’t mind that at all, as I quite like the smell! Am I the only one?

It’s priced at £20 which is decent, and overall I’m super impressed with this product! I’m so glad I’ve found a facial tanner that doesn’t break me out or irritate my skin in any way.

 

Have you ever tried this?

 

 

It feels crazy to be talking about the end of Summer, erm, when did it properly begin? Maybe it was that week when I was lounging in the paddling pool after work, feeling a little bit smug with myself and asking the BF if he could bring me my book out. Ahh, those were the days.

With Autumn approaching, I wanted to make a little list of my end of summer plans, a few things I’m going to try and fit in before all the sunshine goes.

 

PICNIC IN THE PARK

This is something that is so easy to do, and it always end up a lovely time, but we just never do it. All you need is a blanket and some food, plus, we live SO close to a gorgeous park, so we really do have no excuse. Is it bad I’m also thinking how Instagrammable this could be too?

 

ROAD TRIP

The other weekend we took the 2 hour trip to Scarborough for a bit of fun on the 2p machines and fish n chips, and it was so fun! It never feels *that* long in the car, along as you’ve got your snacks and music selection with you ready to go! Playing on the 2p machines really brings back my childhood, and I totally get how expensive they are now as an adult!

If you’re ever taking a long journey, make sure you use Point S so you know your car tyres are in good shape. Tyres are the only contact we have with the roads we’re trucking along on, so making they are free from punctures and holes is crucial. Just before the journey is the best time to check (when the tyres are cold) that they are inflated correctly. If you are in need of new tyres, Point S  have a great economical range available on their website.

With my dad being a driving instructor, he’s always the first to remind me to check my lights are working properly, and always advises me to check them before setting off on our way, especially if its a long journey and we will be returning when its dark.

MAKING MEMORIES WITH FAMILY

Because we haven’t been on many trips away with the gang this year, I’m really looking forward to our little getaway that we have coming up in September! Its going to be so nice to spend real quality time together, plus there will be limited internet usage too which will make us all switch off more. I definitely want to buy a few new books to take away with me.

WEDDING DRESS SHOPPING

This isn’t specific to summer, but I wanted to mention it anyway as it’s a pretty special occasion that happening next month. I am so excited to go to my first wedding dress shop with my mum and sister, and I think it will be such a lovely memory to treasure. I’m not sure I will actually purchase a dress from these kind of places, as they tend to be super expensive, but nevertheless I cannot wait.

Do you have any end of summer plans? 

*this post was sponsored by Point S.

 

 

As a beauty lover, I often tend to be experimenting with that many products, it’s super rare that I end up finishing one.

Of course when this happened with two products in the *same* week, I had to do a post on it.

First up is the Clinique Foundation Stick. This is the first time I’ve actually tried a foundation stick, and I couldn’t believe how easy to apply it was. My favourite way to use this is with a damp beauty blender, and to build up coverage with additional strokes if needed. It also goes on a lot better when you use a primer or moisturiser before, too. This makes my skin look naturally glowy and radiant. Whenever I wear it, my mum always comments on how good my skin looks! It lasted me a decent amount of time too, so was definitely worth the money.

I also finished up the Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer which has been super loved in my makeup routine. This little guy is only £8, lasts for such a long time, and really makes you look like you’ve had your 8 hours sleep the night before! (or 9 in my case). Its very popular in the beauty blogger world at the minute, and for good reason! I will be purchasing it in the future, I’m sure.

 

Have you finished up a beauty product lately, don’t you just love the satisfaction when you do?

Blogging requires us to be organised. It tends to be when you let things slip, that the whole pot goes out the window. Heres how I (try) to  keep on top of things…

 

PLAN IN ADVANCE

I like to be a week in advance with blog posts, especially now that I’m posting every other day. I know that if I wrote a post to go live the day before, I would feel SO panicked and the words wouldn’t flow.

With a few already up my sleeve, I can write more freely and I don’t feel pressured at all.

I rarely write multiple posts a day, as that’s just not how my mind works, but because I’m already ahead I can write one on one day, have a day off writing, write the next day etc.

 

WRITE WHAT YOU LOVE

Because I write about things I love, things I’ve learnt, what products I’m currently using, I don’t feel forced to write any kind of posts in particular.  I tend to use a loose schedule of one lifestyle, one beauty, and one skincare post a week.

Focusing on this makes me have more ideas for upcoming posts, as I don’t feel like I need to have tons of the same category written at the same time. If I made myself write 3 beauty posts in one go, I’ll get brain freeze! Plus, I totally run out of words to describe products.

Make sure you schedule tweets once your posts go live, so your readers know. I make sure that I post on Instagram & Instagram stories once it’s been published.

HAVE A GOAL BUT BE GRATEFUL

I find that focusing on a realistic goal makes me want to blog more, and blog better.

My ultimate goal is to reach a 1,000 followers on each social media platform, but as a more ‘reachable’ one, I like to try and beat my monthly blog views.

Having a goal is great, but don’t lose focus on how far you’ve come too. Striving for a number can feel intimidating, and it doesn’t discredit all those hundreds of people who follow you now. They read your posts because they want to, not because they have to!

 

Do you have any blog tips? I would love to hear them!

 

 

I totally meant to do a blog post on my empties collection, but I completely forgot about it and its been sitting in my wardrobe for about 3 months! I dug all the products back out & I’m here to tell you what I’ll be repurchasing…

SIMPLE DUAL EFFECT EYE MAKEUP REMOVER

I really like using eye makeup removers that have a dual effect and you can shake to activate it! They seem to remove my eye makeup SO well, although that being said, I don’t use *that* much on my eyes, only a bit of nude eyeshadow and mascara, so I’m not sure how good it is on getting winged liner off. All that being said, it’s kind to my sensitive eyes and doesn’t sting! Plus, its super cheap.
REPURCHASE? Most definitely at some point.

 

EMMA HARDIE CLEANSING BALM

I’ve only ever used this cleanser in the mini version, simply because it’s £40 for the full size, which for me is a bit expensive. I adore this though, and it feels so luxury to use, and smells so lovely! It’s like a little pot of heaven.
REPURCHASE? In the mini version? Yup. Not sure I would go for the full size, maybe as a treat.

 

SMASHBOX PRIMER WATER

I’ve classed this as skincare, because I used it as a facial spray aswell as a primer. (It works great for both, BTW). I think this lasted me the longest any product ever has, it was literally months on end. I’m definitely not complaining though because it was £20 and you got a lot out of your pennies. I found it really hydrating on the skin and I liked using it every day.
REPURCHASE? I think I would, yes.

 

PIXI GLOW TONIC

This is a cult classic isn’t it? Did it bring the glow? Yes it did! Again, I had the mini version which didn’t seem to last that long, but I’m glad I got to experience the popular product. It didn’t break me out or wasn’t too drying, which a lot of toners can be, but sometimes on sensitive days it can feel a bit harsh.
REPURCHASE? I can’t see myself buying it again anytime soon, I’ve got other toners I enjoy using.

 

REN DAY CREAM

After having a bad experience with REN cleansing milk, I didn’t have high hopes for this moisturiser. Fortunately, I didn’t have another bad reaction and I feel like we got on quite well. Its quite calming on the skin, and a little goes a long way. I enjoyed using it, but it wasn’t anything amazing to me.
REPURCHASE? No, I don’t think I would as I didn’t love it, and I’ve found better moisturisers I like.

 

Have you tried any of these products?