Get Glowy!

Hi Guys!

I thought I would do a post today about achieving that glowy radiant skin that all of us want. Make up is really great in helping us achieve this look, but what about when we take our make up off? We still want our skin to look healthy and glowy right?!

I was very fortunate when I was going through my puberty stage of not getting spots (I mean I got fat, wonky teeth and influx of hair, so whether I was lucky or not is a matter of opinion). But what I mean by fortunate in terms of spots, is the scarring it leaves many people due to the acne they had when they were teenagers. Saying that, I haven’t always had really clear skin. My skin was spot free, but there were blemishes and it used to look really worn and dry.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve really paid special attention to my face and have been giving it the care and affection it deserves, which gives me a glowy and clear look with or without make up.

In this post I’m going to talk about the things I do to achieve glowy skin both with and without make up.

So let’s get glowy!

Diet

My diet, at the moment, is very strict within the week.

For breakfast I either have…

  • Oatmeal with cinnamon, honey and blueberries or bananas

  • Weatabix with cinnamon, honey and blueberries or bananas

  • 1 slice of wholemeal toast with peanut butter and banana

  • 2 poached eggs with spinach and 1 slice of wholemeal toast

For lunch and dinner I have a protein such as turkey or chicken breast and whatever vegetable I feel, its usually a mixture or just broccoli.

Then at the weekend, I treat myself with having delicious meals, which are usually home made, one pot wonders. I try not to eat junk food (only when I get the mad cravings for nuggets). But most of the time I’m pretty good.

I limit myself to 2 coffees in a day, 1 English tea, unlimited water and unlimited mint leaf tea. Everywhere you look people are screaming to drink more water, and its such an obvious thing, yet so many of us rarely do it, opting for a sugary drink instead of refreshing water to quench our thirst. To make things easier and to get you to drink more water, invest in a really nice water bottle, so then you will want to use it.

I have two that I use, one for at home and one for when I’m on the go

Diet is crucial when it comes to having clear skin, as well as it making you feel good too. Obviously your diet doesn’t have to be as strict as mine, mine is purely this strict at the moment as I’m training (will reveal what for soon). So although my breakfast is the same, my dinner and lunches will be quiona salad, or salmon, potatoes and salad for example.

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Skincare Morning Ritual

I have so many beauty products its insane! But its because I really just have no self control, and I just feel the need to try out any new beauty product that I come across (I think this is called an addiction)?! The ones listed here are my dream products- the ones that I cannot live without and that leave my skin looking radiant and feeling soft! I also mix up skincare products to go with the season, as you need different forms of protection dependant on the season.

I love this facial wash and use it in the morning after I’ve been in the shower. I use this after the shower, as the steam from the shower really opens up your pores and you’ll get the best results. Not only does this product smell refreshing and is great value for money, it is one of the only facial washes that doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry. This product really helps in reducing pores and blackheads, as well as giving my skin a really refreshed look- the perfect morning facial wash!

So depending on the season, I will use either of these Simple toners. As it is is Summer (although it doesn’t always feel like it here in the UK), I am using the Simple Kind To Skin Soothing Facial Toner at the moment. This toner is liquid based, compared to the one I use in Winter, which has a thicker, creamier consistency. I find that the lightness of the one I use for the Summer months gives me the results I need for my skin, as its not as heavy on the skin.

Toners are a must in any skincare routine, as the name suggests, they give your complexion an even skin tone, re balances your pH, as well as hydrating and soothing the skin. I use toner both morning and night just before I apply my moisturiser.

I’ve been using this particular moisturiser since day one, and I don’t think anything would convince me to use anything else. I love Simple products anyway, due to them being great for sensitive skin, but this moisturiser just does the trick. It’s so light and creamy when applying, and gives me such a fresh faced look and leaves my skin feeling hydrated. Also, due to the SPF 15, it protects you from UVA/UVB rays and is a product I use both Summer and Winter

  • Environmental Protection

For further protection against the elements on my face I go a bit further in protecting my face by using an extra protective layer.

For Summer it’s the UltraSun Professional Face Protection SPF 30 £18.99

Although a bit pricey, it is worth it for that extra protection on your face. It is great for sensitive skin, as contains no perfumes, oils, emulsifiers or preservatives and is water resistant. Even though my moisturiser contains SPF, I don’t feel fully protected from the sun, and as a religious applicator of sun cream, my face is definitely not missing out on all the fun. This is a great lightweight, non greasy product and get this, it also reduces the appearance of wrinkles– so its just an all round winner.

For Winter I use the Eucerin Dry Skin Relief Face Cream £10.99

This product is a lot thicker compared to the Summer protection I use, therefore making it the ideal product to use for winter to provide maximum hydration and reduce very dry skin. In Winter, I find that my skin is so much more drier, and this product is my saving grace in keeping me looking healthy and radiant.

A product that people tend to forget to use as part of their beauty regime, is eye cream and it is such an important tool! The skin under your eyes is so delicate and thin, and needs its own product to keep that area firm, revived and in reducing the appearance of fine lines. It’s not something you should put off until you can see the thin lines, use it now! You only need a small amount applied to your wedding finger and dab- NEVER WIPE– under your eye.

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Skincare Evening Ritual

Some of the products that I have discussed in my morning routine, I use in my evening too. These are…

  • Toner

  • Eye Cream

As for the rest? You guessed it- there’s a whole lot more!

Can I just emphasise here how important it is to remove your make up – heck I even do this when I haven’t even worn make up all day. Your skin will attract dirt and all sorts, so its really important to give it a thorough cleanse before going to sleep. In the next section I’ve got a quick yet efficient way to remove make up for when your super tired or drunk.

Oh look another Simple product, who’d have thought it? These facial wipes are life, and just so gentle and soft on your skin in removing a layer of your make up. Yes I said layer, make up wipes do not remove all of your make up. This product is alcohol and oil free so doesn’t leave it feeling too damp or scratched by a make up wipe. It’s just a great start to even more cleansing.

If you haven’t heard of micellar water- where have you been? Literally I don’t know how I survived without this product! You get so much for your money and its actually amazing how much more make up is still on your skin from just using a facial wipe. This is a fantastic product to ensure that you remove all make up and impurities from your face. If you don’t have micellar water, get down to the shop ASAP!

So this is the last cleansing product I use in the evening, and what I love about this is how creamy it is and soft on the skin it feels. It really does make my skin feel very soft and replenished after a hard days work.

Yup, this product is from the most unlikely place of Aldi, and I love it! It so rich and thick and applies so evenly and smoothly onto your skin. It feels like its really expensive, when in fact its only £1.69- an absolute bargain! I’ve been using night creams since I turned 20, and just find them so effective in enriching my skin and keeping it hydrated throughout the night.

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Drunk/Tired

Being drunk or tired is no excuse for you to slip up on not removing your make up. And as someone who is regularly tired (and okay fine a bit tipsy at times), I was in search of a product that required minimal effort with maximum results and voilà! I have it!

So after removing some of my make up with a facial wipe, I then turn to this beauty of L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil Facial Cleansing Oil £7.99. This is such a miracle working product! Applying a small amount into your hands, massage this product over your face, your eyes, lips, and it will remove all your make up instantly! And I mean all! Once your done, just wash your face and pat try and your done! It’s like every drunk, tired or lazy girl’s dream!

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Make Up

I’m not going into great detail regarding what make up products I use, but two products that really stick out for me in giving me a glowy natural look are…

I’ve only recently started using this product after seeing this on a work colleague and commenting on how flawless her skin looked. She told me that it was all thanks to this CC Cream, so naturally I had to try it for myself. I’ve been using BB Cream for about a year now and really love that, but CC cream is such a great product and leaves me with flawless glowy skin. With its three colour correcting pigments, its the perfect product to achieving flawless skin without foundation.

It has apricot for anti-fatigue, green for anti-redness and white for anti-dark spots.

CC Cream is like BB Cream, as they share the same properties of moisturiser, primer, serum and sun cream. However CC Cream has a heavier consistency, which means it has greater impact and coverage on age spots, uneven skin tone and wrinkles- which is why it makes the perfect glowy product.

I am obsessed with this product and cannot leave the house without it on. Its the best highlighter I have come across and is so easy to apply. It gives me the perfect glow look that I’m after. On days where I want a more natural looking look, I team this with my CC Cream and I’m good to go!

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Weekly Treat

Okay, so finally, the last part of my get glowy ritual. These are the products that I use once a week to really give my skin that boost towards the end of the weekend, and before the working week kicks off again.

This is a product I have used for years, and after testing and trailing various different scrubs, this one is a winner for me. Some exfoliants can be quite harsh on the face, but this scrub is soothing with great results. Due to it being a deep cleanser, it gently removes dead skin cells and leaves you with smooth, radiant, healthy looking skin. Achieving that glowy look in no time at all. 

(Apologies I actually ran out of this product and this is the only other face scrub I had in the house)

After using the scrub, I like to apply a intense hydrating mask and I love this one from Superdrug. Instead of buying individual face masks that come in those impractical tricky packets and half the product ends up in the sink. They have provided us with a tube of facial mask lotion. Its thicker and creamier than moisturiser, although looks similar. I massage this into my skin and leave on for 15 minutes, before patting the remaining residue into my skin with a tissue. Its a really lovely product and you see results fast.

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So that’s it! My guide to achieving glowy skin!

I hope you enjoyed this post and have had a great weekend 🙂

Love Always,

Gemma

XO

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The Dumped, The Dumper and The Guilt

Break ups are never pleasant for either parties.

The build up and anticipation that comes with the dumper. The guilt they feel after its all done. For the dumped, its an emotional turmoil and questions of our worth emerge- am I good enough? What’s wrong with me? Am I destined to be alone forever?

Your first love, when that’s over, it hurts like nothing has ever hurt before. Your young, raw, naïve and vulnerable; trying to figure out who you are in this life.

Friendships are fluid and you meet someone who quickly becomes your anchor in a sea of uncertainty. But as you both grow and change into the person you want to be, you can drift apart. You become two people with less and less similarities and interests, and instead two strangers sharing a bed. You love them. You hope that the arguing will stop, that you will stop crying, but you don’t. Eventually one of you pulls the plug and the pain aches and weighs on your heart for months. It feels like the end of the world, and as you get older, although break ups become easier, to some, it still feels like the end of the world.

The questions of your worth and worries for the future escalate further- am I going to be alone forever? Will I ever get married? Where the hell is ‘the one’– can they hurry up already? We become tired, restless, irritated- searching for love in all the wrong places- we become desperate. Desperate to be in love, to have what everyone else seems to have so easily; yet we can’t keep hold on to. Doubts run through your mind over and over again- what did I do wrong? If only I hadn’t done that, if only I hadn’t reacted like that, then maybe things would be different. You’d be together but unhappy and that’s no way to live.

This time around, for once, I was the dumper not the dumped, and I thought that this would be easier since I was in control of the situation. But it was the guilt that swallowed me up whole. I’ve left someone so vulnerable and upset and that’s my fault. The guilt was the reason I kept going back, why I kept trying to make things work when I knew they were beyond repair. I was blatantly unhappy, exhausted and confused. I was trying to save someone, and in the process I was neglecting myself.

There is no right or wrong way to end a relationship, however you do it, its going to sting and leave a mark. I can’t really pin point a moment and say when I knew it was over, where we were past the point of no return, and when I knew in my heart that this would never work. But I think it was when I got a slight glimpse into what my life would look like if I followed this path, and I didn’t like what I saw. That’s not how I had envisioned my life. I didn’t want to live a life full of lies, distrust, disappointment and full of sadness, full of questions regarding my worth- am I enough?

I do not regret this journey, it taught me a lot about myself that I didn’t realise, it taught me what I want and don’t want from a relationship.

Being the dumper came with same emotions as being the dumped- neither one is easy- but what’s important to remember is your well-being, self-worth and happiness. I understand that break ups can make you feel so low, miserable, alone and as if nothing is worth living for. But please know that you are not alone. Talk to people, do things that make you happy, throw yourself into a project- but never once doubt that you are not enough.

You are more than enough, you just weren’t suited to this person.

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July Favourites & Highlights

Hello!

I hope you are all really well! Sorry for the delay in a blog post this month; its been another jam packed month. I’ve just got back from holiday in Tenerife with my friends (blog post on that will be coming soon). July has been wonderful and August is looking pretty sweet too at the moment, lets just hope the weather improves! So here is my July Favourites and Highlights- enjoy 🙂

Media

Films

  • All Eyez On Me

I was really looking forward to seeing this movie and was glad that I saw this. I was blown away from the likeness between actual Tupac and actor Demetrius Shipp Jr.; it was very surreal. He is a really amazing actor, and I feel this will open up a lot of avenues and opportunities for him. Other inspiring cast members were Danai Gurira, she was incredibly captivating. In comparison to Straight Outta Compton, its not on the same level, as I feel like they rushed through some big moments and were just throwing in Tupac quotes and songs without really going into depth about anything. However, I am glad I saw it, and although it was a bit sketchy in places, the cast were great!

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  • War Of The Planet Of The Apes

I’ve seen all of the ‘ape’ films, from the old to the new, and jumped at the opportunity to go and see the latest film. This film could’ve had the potential to be really cringy- I mean talking apes in a war sounds like a recipe for disaster! But the film was fantastic! How they screened it was great and was actually very moving, and quite dark in some places, but there was some light humour in parts which uplifted the film slightly.

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  • Dunkirk

I am a huge fan of Christopher Nolan and couldn’t wait to see Dunkirk at the cinema. I love history as well, and really was excited to see how Nolan was going to portray such an iconic moment in history, and he did not disappoint. It was a real living experience, with me being able to feel every shot, every blast- it was like a living experience. There was an extremely strong and impressive cast, with little dialogue, which made this real life event, very realistic on screen. I also got very emotional (shock), and was very impressed with Harry Styles acting skills in this film. I would really recommend to see this film in particular.

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TV

  • Pretty Little Liars

I have been watching Pretty Little Liars since I was 16 and have religiously been watching it up until now at the tender age of 23 (crazy)! Despite some of the straight up cheesy and cringe worthy moments, its a programme that I could not quit! It was actually quite sad when it ended- it was an end of an era. So now I’ve got to find another series to watch for another 6 years of my life (suggestions are welcome).

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Artists

  • 4:44 Jay Z

I am really loving Jay Z’s new album, it is really impressive! There’s not a song on the album that I don’t like- its just such a great listen and needs listening to from start to finish.

  • ‘Lust For Life’ Lana Del Rey ft The Weeknd

I love Lana Del Rey, always have done since day one, and love her whole album, but really love this song in particular- its been my summer song.

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You Tuber

  • Patricia Bright

I don’t tend to watch You Tube videos, aside from ‘how to’ videos for hair tutorials or something. But I came across Patricia Bright on Instagram and then stumbled onto her You Tube channel, and honestly I can’t stop watching her videos. She is hilarious! She’s a beautiful woman, and she just makes me laugh so much in her videos. I really enjoy watching her channel and always look forward to a new video.

Book

  • Everything But The Truth

I read this book in a matter of a day, I physically couldn’t put it down! This book is by Gillian Mc Allister, a local author to Birmingham, and aside from being intrigued by the blurb, I also wanted to support a local author. If your looking for a new book to settle down with that’s gripping without being creepy, then this is the book to read. It’s one of the best books I’ve read in a while and I can’t wait to purchase her next book when it comes out.

Beauty Bits

  • ECO Tools Perfecting Blender Duo £8.44

I’ve been using the original Beauty Blender ever since it came out (not the same one obviously ). But in my Birchbox for July I received the Eco Tools version of blenders, and I must say I prefer the Eco Tools sponges and I don’t think I will revert back to my old sponges. The Eco Tools sponges just blend my foundation so much more evenly and don’t soak up my foundation like the Beauty Blender does. I also like the shape of the sponges, which makes it easier when applying around my nose.

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  •  Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum £32.50-£45.00

Again, another item I got in my Birchbox, was the Origins Original Renewal Serum, and after using up my sample, I had to go out and buy it. Its the best serum I have tried! Its a bit more pricier than my usual price range (at £32.50 to be precise), but using this product has dwindled down my excessive collection of skincare products. So, in terms of cost I’m using less products, which are more effective and are similar in price.

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  • Laura Geller Bronzer £29.22

Another product (from a different beauty box- Amazon to be exact- I really need to sort out this addiction to beauty boxes), provided me with this little gem of a bronzer. For years I have tried and tested bronzers and none of them seem right. The shade never seems right, or I feel like they aren’t doing anything or they just look awful if it gets warm and I look like a melting ice cream. But this bronzer has been my saving grace; after all these years I have finally found the one. I wore this on holiday in Tenerfie in the evening and in the 28 degree heat (a miracle if that temperature happened in the UK), it stayed on and didn’t go patchy. It looks natural, but not so natural that you can’t actually tell I’m not wearing any bronzer- its the dream.

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  • MUA Eyeshadow £3.50

I made the very brave decision (for me) and purchased an eye shadow pallet. I have not worn eye shadow since my dark days of wearing aqua blue eye shadow up to my eyebrows, and I’ve scarred myself and friends from wearing it. But I really wanted some bronze coloured eye shadows and like an amber/orange shade and after stopping around Superdrug, I got talking to this woman and she was ranting and raving about MUA eye shadow pallets. I didn’t want to spend loads on an eye shadow pallet when I was unsure whether I actually suited them or not and at £3.50 each, these pallets really are a bargain. I was really impressed with the colours and quality of the eye shadow and have finally broken my fear of looking bad with eye shadow, and who knew, although blue definitely doesn’t suit me, red is my colour.

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  • Make Up Brush Travel Holder £5.99

I’ve been wanting a make up brush travel holder for years, as I hate when the bristles of my make up brushes get squashed or go haywire. I purchased this one from via Etsy from the very talented The Gifty Room, and I love it! I love the colour and how its personalised, its so chic and I know it was definitely an investment.

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EGO Shoes

Look at me being all mature and not spending loads on clothes and shoes this month (I joke, I spend around £100 on holiday clothes). But these shoes were worth the mention, as they are literally one of the best pair of shoes that I have purchased! Not only do they look the spit of the Gucci loafers, but they are so comfy and go with everything! Before I went on holiday I was living in these and have been since I have been back. Get yours here now!

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Highlights

  • British Summer Time, The Killers

My friend Beth, really kindly got us tickets to British Summer Time to see The Killers for my birthday and it was such a great day out! It was lovely to go to London and see one of my old school friends as well and have a catch up. For once the weather was on our side and it was really hot! The whole atmosphere at Hyde Park was great and it was such a lovely summer’s day out. The Killers were so great live and I felt 15 again.

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  • Haig Club

The Haig Club is a new bar that has opened in The Cube in Birmingham and I was really excited to try it out with Beth. There were a lot of cocktails and great food, and the whole atmosphere in there is lovely! It feels like you are on a ship and its lovely overlooking the city centre. I can imagine in winter as well it will be really lovely and elegant and cosy. I will definitely be popping back for a visit soon.

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  • Tenerife

So I just came back from Tenerife with my friends, and it was honestly one of the loveliest holidays I’ve been on. It was so relaxing, there was no drama, the hotel we stayed in was flawless and amazing- it was just perfect! I think we were all in shock that nothing had gone wrong or that there weren’t any problems. I will do a full in depth post about my holiday soon, but I will definitely be going back to this particular hotel at some point.

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I hope you’ve had a wonderful July and that August has been treating you well so far 🙂

Love Always,

Gemma

xo

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Next post, August

Hi guys!

Just a quickie to say that there won’t be a blog post now until August. Life is a bit mad at the moment, with studying and working and trying to get everything sorted before I go on holiday in a few days! (Deep breaths).

I will be posting on Instagram so be sure to follow to keep updated 😊- gemmal0uise

Love always,

Gemma- xo

Phone

It’s funny when you sit there in front of me

And I’m thinking about how it used to be.

How it used to be, when we were younger and care free.

I love being by your side, but I hate being with you

I hate being with you, because I’m not with you

I don’t have your attention

Your phone has your attention.

When we go out for a meal, how much time do you spend looking at me?

If I sent you a picture you’d look at that all night

But as I sit here in broad daylight, you can’t hold my gaze for 10 seconds

You scan around the place, looking for another face.

When your drunk, that’s when your real

The phone’s away and I’m the big deal

You think I’m divine

Better than fine wine

I love you”

Your my best friend”

We’re soul mates”
“To the end”

But it feels pretend.

Because in the morning, the real you emerges

A chime on your phone

A little sigh and a groan.

That arm once encasing me

Is now drifting away, far away from me

It’s reaching towards it first and only love

The love of an Iphone 6 plus.

alert sound the classic Iphone sound

The sound of every relationship breakdown.

A sound can signal a thousand things

But I just hope that wait for my ding

But you respond to me last, because you know I won’t get mad

You respond to me last, because you know it won’t make me sad.

At least that’s what you think.

But when I see on Facebook that you were active two minutes ago

But you haven’t replied to my message from three hours ago

How do you think that makes me think?

How do you think that makes me feel?

I am no longer this big deal.

Your phone has all of your attention

But thanks for your Tweet; glad I got a mention.

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Liebster Award

The very lovely Louise Austin Richards, nominated me for the Liebster award, so- tah- dah! Here it is! If you don’t follow Louise already, what are you doing? Get on it and follow her! I always really look forward to reading her blog posts, they are just fab!

Okay so what is the Liebster Awards? Well this is what you have to do…

  • Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you

  • Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated yo

  • Nominate 11 blogs

  • Give them 11 questions to answer

So, without further ado, here are my questions and responses…

  1. Favourite City- Easily Paris! I just love everything about it- I want to live there.

  2. First Make Up product you ever brought? I think mine was a Miss Sporty mascara, but of course it wasn’t just a regular black mascara, I had to be jazzy and get an electric blue one (tragic!)

  3. Favourite high-end beauty brand? I don’t use that many high end brands, as you guys know I’m a high street lover. But a product that I now can’t live without is Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum at £32.50. It just works wonders on my skin, and its making me try more of their products- help me!

  4. Who is your idol? Audrey Hepburn would be my biggest idol, but I really am inspired by (you know a present day person) Solange Knowles. She’s so creative, talented and an all round inspiring woman.

  5. Favourite fashion or beauty store? My favourite fashion store would have to be Mango, I think its the only store I can spend a full hour in there, and I always find exactly what I’m looking for.

  6. One thing on your bucket listHmmmm, I’d really love to do abseiling! So I hope I get the chance to do that one day

  7. You can only use one beauty product for the rest of your life- What do you choose? Oh easily moisturiser! I know its a really basic thing, but I’d be drier than the desert without it.

  8. Favourite TV Show- Oooh this one was a tough one for me. My taste in TV goes between dramas, comedy and reality TV- so I’ll just pick my top 3 from all the categories- Drama- Narcos, Comedy- Brookyln Nine Nine and reality The Only Way Is Essex

  9. How did you get into blogging? I had wanted to do it for quite for some time, but was a bit nervous (which seems silly now, as I love doing this), and I felt that I would run out of ideas. But that’s never been the case. I guess what got me into blogging, was wanted a way to share shared interests and this is a great way to share your interests and meet new people.

  10. Summarise your blogI write mainly about fashion and beauty, as that’s where my interests lie. But I do mix it up now and again and sometimes go a bit deeper, and talk about more personal things or relationships, and sometimes I write a bit of poetry. I called my blog foodieandthebeauty, as it gives food for thought, as well as looking at beauty.

  11. My Twitter Handle is: @Gemmawalton_

So that’s me done, now its over to my nominees and my questions for my nominees…

My nominees are…

  1. BeccaBeauty

  2. Afrobaddie

  3. The Zinful Blonde

  4. The Map Of Beauty

  5. Aricoture

  6. A Brash Attitude

  7. Michelle Prestige

  8. Amatuerxblogger

  9. Beauty Beyond Bones

  10. Life With Lil Red

  11. Live Life Love FashionBlog

And my questions for you are…

  1. What beauty product can you not live without?

  2. What was your dream job when you were younger?

  3. What’s your biggest pet peeve?

  4. What’s your favourite clothing store?

  5. Where in the world has been your favourite vacation?

  6. Favourite type of food?

  7. Do you prefer Summer or Winter?

  8. What’s something you really want to achieve or do?

  9. Who’s your biggest idol?

  10. How did you get into blogging?

  11. Twitter or Facebook link

Girls I hope your ready! 🙂

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Beauty Summer Hacks

Summer is the month that I love to hate. As I’ve got older (and work full time), I have grown to appreciate the Summer months more, as I only get a limited time to really enjoy those long Summer days and nights. And although we all crave Summer and get excited when its here, when it comes to how we look, we regret our begging with the weather to be hot, as we are left sweating buckets and gasping for water. Now obviously to survive Summer you need to drink plenty of water and wear plenty on sun protector (and eat lots of ice lollies too, I believe?). But I thought I would share my must haves which allow me to enjoy Summer the way it should be; without complaint.

So here are my Summer Hacks…

  • Talcum Powder

I don’t think I could actually survive Summer without this. Bit sweaty under the pits? Throw some talc on that. Thighs chaffing? Rub some talc on it. It literally is a miracle worker! Okay so I’m not standing in the middle of the street throwing this magical stuff all over me. But I do carry a little mini version in my handbag and sort myself out in the toilet. It instantly makes you feel more collected and less sweaty.

  • Setting Spray

I use setting spray all year round, as it does what it says, and your make up holds out longer. However, a neat trick to prolonging the length of durability of your make up through the Summer months, is by spraying your make beauty blenders with this prior to applying your foundation, concealers etc. It generally makes your make up hold longer and you don’t have the fright when you glance at your reflection in a window, and think why did no one tell me I look like a melting snowman! This keeps you looking cool and collected.

  • Waterproof Foundation

A way to really beat the sweat that comes with the sun is by purchasing a waterproof foundation. Yes there are such things as these that exist, and more than likely your usual go to foundation comes in a waterproof version to. I use L’Oreal True Match, and they’re 24H Matte Waterproof Foundation is a great alternative for a Summer foundation. Its more durable and lasts longer compared to the normal foundation. Plus it makes for a great holiday make up piece, as you can wear this in the pool- results all round!

  • NYX ‘Gleam’ Highlighter

I am actually obsessed with this highlighter. It has been probably my favourite make up purchase of the year- big claims. But because its a liquid highlighter, for me, it just gives me such a glowy effortless looking look, which is perfect in the heat. With this highlighter, even if you are sweating, it kind of embraces it and just makes it look like you have a great glow going on. I really would recommend this product, and is a piece I can’t leave the house without applying.

  • Cooling Spray

A must have item for on the go is cooling spray. Yes it is essentially water in a can, but just the cool spritz of it does cool you down and gives you a refreshed feeling. As I prefer my hair loose to being up, but with an afro, you can imagine it gets pretty hot around my neck, I use this constantly throughout the day to keep the back of my neck cool, with it allowing me to keep my hair down. This is the perfect on the go must have.

  • Eyebrow Gel

It is far too much effort to be using eyebrow pencils, pens and kits in this weather, so to keep my eyebrows looking on point, I rely solely on some serious eyebrow brush skills followed by eyebrow gel. Eyebrow gel is great for keeping your eyebrows in place all day, but also compliments you with a sexy dewy kind of look. (Great with that highlighter I was going on about). What I find is that instead of trying to pretend that its not 30 degrees outside and you’re not sweating; to embrace it instead. That’s why my make up is purposely more glowy and dewy, as it just looks like I have more of a summer glow when I do get a bit sweaty.

  • Lip Tint

Lipsticks are a big no go for me in Summer, particularly in the daytime. I just find they smudge easily and having them in your handbag is a recipe for disaster! So instead, a hint of colour with a lip tint is the perfect alternative, and you won’t have to deal with a melted lipstick at the bottom of your handbag.

And finally, most importantly- MOISTURISE, MOISTURISE, MOISTURISE! I cannot say this enough ladies! Keep your skin and hair really moisturised, and pay attention to those feet as well. No one wants to look like a lizard really! Try to use a deep conditioning mask once a week, and also invest in a leave in deep conditioning spray that you can use daily, to protect your hair from the heat.

Remember to always stay hydrated and lathered up in sun cream, and enjoy the Sun! No matter how we complain about it being too hot, the moment it rains we want it back.

I hope you have a lovely weekend and enjoyed this post 🙂

Love Always,

Gemma

xo

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June Favourites & Highlights

Hello!

I hope you are all really well! June has been such a packed to overload month, and the weather, for the most part, has been glorious! This has naturally resulted in me buying new clothes and beauty pieces, so there’s quite a lot of new things in this months monthly post. Also, with sun comes new music, and I have been loving so much new music, that I had to resort to doing a separate post dedicated to music last week- see here.

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful June and have lots to look forward to in July. Hope you enjoy this post 🙂

Kiss and Make Up

  • Charcoal Detox Warming Mask £9.99

As most of you will have probably seen, charcoal masks have been huge over this year! Although I’d heard quite negative reviews about the peel off charcoal masks, teamed with the fact that they look absolutely terrifying, I wanted to opt for a less intense, and more effective version. Now why the masks are not good to use is because, it is essentially, like using a plaster on your entire face and ripping it off- so its doing more damage than good and will scar the skin. But with an actual charcoal mask, it cleanses the skin in a gentle way. I opted for this detox warming mask, as it was very straightforward and didn’t require scrubbing or peeling, which would leave my skin feeling and looking damaged. I love this product! You actually feel the mask warming on your face, and its detoxifying. I tend to use this once a week and apply it before I get in the shower and wash off with a facial cloth, whilst in the shower after the 5 minutes is up. It washes off easily and doesn’t require any scrubbing on the skin. A really great new addition to my skincare products.

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  • L’Oreal Extraordinary Facial Cleansing Oil £7.99

I got this after seeing this in a magazine, and knew I needed to try it out as a night cleanser. I’ve been using Simple cleansing lotion as part of my night time routine for years, and is a product that I trust. But I just fancied a change and wanted to see if this product did anything better to my skin. In terms of removing my make up, it is so so so good! Its amazing! My usual night time routine includes facial wipes, micellar water, cleanser and toner to remove my make up- but just using this alone removed all my make up- yes all! I love that you can use this on your eyes and lips as well. Its great for when I’m really tired and don’t have the energy to do my full night routine. This is a great product and will be something I will be taking on holiday with me.

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  • NYX Highlighter Born to Glow £8.00

As you know I’m a big fan of NYX, and am always keen to try anything they do. I already had this product in gleam and I love it so much! I use it every day to give me a subtle glowy daytime look. But since I loved this highlighter so much, I wanted to try it in a different shade, for the summer nights out to give me extra glowy skin for summer. I don’t really get on with powder highlighter, so this highlighter has been a blessing to me, as its liquid. Its so easy to apply and just works for my skin and ease for my make up routine.

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  • GOSH Pro Eyeliner £6.99

I’ve really got into big bold eyeliners at the moment, and after purchasing one from Milani, I couldn’t resist trying out this one from GOSH. I like my make up routine to be easy and quick, and a thicker eyeliner allows me to do this. I tend to go to this eyeliner more so than the Milani one, as the Milani one seems to run out quite quickly, so out of the two I prefer the GOSH one.

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If you can’t stop thinking about it- BUY IT!

  • MANGO Appliqué Red Side Bag £35.99

I’ve been loving Mango so much recently, they’ve got such great things in at the moment and the prices are always so reasonable! As you know red is my colour for this year, and I’ve been loving red handbags so much! As I’ve got a tote bag and red rucksack, next on my list was a red crossbody bag and I immediately fell in love with this one from Mango. I like red because it just makes pieces look more expensive than they are. I really love the chain and buckle detail on this, and its really easy to style with.

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  • Tan Mules £15.99

I can’t actually find the exact ones I have from Mango, but I found some ones that are similar from New Look, via ASOS. I really love mules and they are a great piece to own. There are so many different designs of mules on the market, from heeled, to loafer style, embroidered to simple. They are super comfy to wear all day and a great throw on shoe with any outfit, be it day or night.

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  • LEVI ‘Freak Out’ Tee £25

I’ve really got into slogan tees at the moment, and there are some great ones out there which are eye catching in a simplistic way. I love this ‘freak out’ one from Levi. Its a great way to make a simple outfit look more interesting.

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  • NEW LOOK Frayed Hem Jeans £14

I’m not a big jean fan, but sometimes they are just the best option. As I had thrown out my light coloured jeans, as I found them way too basic and I didn’t actually wear them, so when I found these light jeans with the frayed hem, I had to get them. They make my outfit look more interesting and these jeans are the perfect fit!

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  • ASOS Mixed Gingham Shorts £12.50

Gingham is so hot right now and I do love it, especially when I stumble across pieces that don’t make me look like a school girl. I fell in love with these gingham shorts from ASOS, they are super comfy and so easy to style. I teamed these with some grey strappy sandals and a white strappy cami for an evening look, and it made for an effortless summer night out look.

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And The Award Goes To…

TV

  • Making a Murderer

I really wanted to watch a documentary, and didn’t expect to go so emotionally invested in this documentary on Netflix. Without spoiling anything, it follows the case of a man who was wrongfully convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. I was hooked on this programme! I’d really recommend it.

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  • Orange Is The New Black

OITNB was back on our screens, and although I promised myself to pace myself this time around, that didn’t happen. I accidentally managed to binge watch the entire season in 2 days (no regrets). This wasn’t my favourite season, but I just love this TV series, they always talk about such important issues and there is always a powerful message behind it. I’ve always loved Taystee’s character, played by Danielle Brooks, but I found in this series in particular, that she was phenomenal.

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Film:

  • Pitch Perfect 2

I don’t know why I didn’t go to see this at the cinema. Oh I know why- I was in denial that I really love Pitch Perfect. I found the first Pitch Perfect hilarious, and when I saw that Pitch Perfect 2 was on Netflix, I had to watch it. Again, its just a laugh a minute feel good film. And Pitch Perfect 3 is coming soon, and I’ve already made the decision I will actually go to the cinema to see this one. I can’t live in denial forever.

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Music:

  • Harry Styles, Woman

  • Miley Cyrus, Malibu

  • Banks, Goddess

I’m not going to write lengthy descriptions about these artists and songs, as I’ve covered that in last weeks post. However, these three songs have been on repeat for the majority of this month.

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Highlights

  • The Maccabees, The Farewell Shows, Manchester

I was so so happy to have got tickets to The Maccabees final tour. I’ve been a fan of them since I was 16, and was devastated when I heard they were splitting up. I’ve been to every single one of their tours, and was not missing out on this one either. It was such an amazing gig, and I loved paying a little visit to Manchester too. They did some of their older songs, and I was crying by the end of the gig. They will be greatly missed.

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  • Wine Tasting

This was one of the funniest things I’ve done! We had a wine connoisseur come to our house to give us at home wine tasting experience. The man hosting was hilarious and was so helpful in terms of telling us about the wine, history, what dish it was best with and in getting us drunk. It was such a fun thing to do, and we got some lovely wine out of it too.

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  • Hopfest

This is a festival that is held in my home town yearly, and its such a fun mini festival to go to. I had such a great time last year, that I had to go again this year. It was so hot the day that I went which was fab! Its such a fun thing to do and really gets me in the summer mood.

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  • Booked a Holiday!!!

This has been the biggest highlight of the month, as in 3 weeks time I am off to Tenerife with my best friends! I am so excited and so ready for a holiday! We got such a great deal, and the resort we are staying in looks actually amazing! I can’t wait to get on that plane now and flop out on the sun lounger all day long.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and had a lovely month 🙂

Love Always,

Gemma

xo

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Music Review

Hi guys!

Summer is always jam packed with new songs and artists emerging, and as I was writing notes for my monthly favourites (coming next weekend), I realised there were so many music related ones that I thought I may as well do my second music review.

There’s quite a wide variety in genres I feel here, as there were people I wasn’t expecting to like (or have never liked up until recently), but sometimes one great song is all I need off them. I may not listen to anything else they make, but hey ho. Then there are others who have had me hooked track, after track and I can’t wait for them to do more.

So lets get on with this…

Little Mix ‘Power’

I’ve never been a fan of Little Mix, I know they are a pop band, but their songs have always been a bit too poppy for my liking. However, when I heard this song on the radio I immediately loved it and was very surprised to learn that Little Mix were the ladies behind this absolute tune! It’s got such a great motivational and empowering tempo to it, and is perfect if you need some inspiration in motivating yourself or just reminding you how fab you are!

I don’t think this is Stormzy greatest performance (yeah he’s featured on this), but Stormzy is hot right now, so I get why the girls wanted him on the track. This is now my work motivational song, for when I’m crashing and burning at work.

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SZA ‘Ctrl’

I listened to this after my friend Jonah messaged me saying I needed to listen to this album as he said I would love it. And this boy knows me so well, as two beats in I was hooked and sat with my headphones in until I had listened to every track. What I love about SZA is her lyrics are so powerful, along with her captivating voice. I feel as if I’m being transported. She’s a very unique artist, and I love artists with a bit of flair. But there are three songs in particular that really stood out for me…

Drew Barrymore

Probably her most known track from the album, your bound to have heard it on the radio. But I feel that this song will really hit home with a lot of people in terms of relationships and self-esteem. As being in a relationship should increase your self-esteem, but too often we are in relationships where we question our self worth, suffer with insecurity and get mixed signals and emotions and it can be confusing as hell! In a world where we can be so easy to critique ourself and compare ourselves to strangers, I feel that this is even more relevant, and can have an effect on our self worth and esteem. This tempo to this song is lovely and easy listening, with a great message behind it.

Doves In The Wind

My boy Kendrick Lamar is featured on this track, so that already swayed me to liking this before I even listened to it. But again, this song has such a calm and chill vibe to it, but has a deep message behind it. This song is all about pussy (so probably not a good idea to listen to this on full blast around, you know your Grandma). But its basically on about the things people will do to get some pussy. Vaginas are extremely powerful, I mean aside from the obvious that you know we have periods every month and babies are born through them. If your mad at your man, tell him the pussy is off limits, and he ends up begging for it! So yeah, praise to the pussy.

Love Galore

This is probably my favourite song off the album, I love how tropical the beat is and its just so summery! This song is about loveless relationships; we’ve all been in them- you know those kind of summer romances, hit it and quit it kinda ones. The ones which you don’t quite know how to end it and you just keep going back to each other for no real reason. But yes this song is great and Travis Scott is great on this record too.

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Selena Gomez ‘Bad Liar’

I’ve never really been a big fan of Selena Gomez’s music, I really like her, but just never really got into her music. So when I overheard this on the radio, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this was Selena Gomez’s track. The beat of the song is very similar to Talking Heads ‘Psycho Killer’, so makes for a very catchy track. This song is about trying to hide feelings from someone (who knew I was such a love bug, with all these underlining love meanings), but yeah gives a bit more of an indication to the title Bad Liar. I really appreciate Selena’s vocals in this, and can’t wait to hear more off her.

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Harry Styles

Now as I grew up when One Direction came to the limelight, as a sweet 16 year old girl, I obviously had a ‘I love One Direction’ phase. My favourites then (and now) were Zayn and Harry, so when the band split I was intrigued to see where Zayn and Harry would go musically. Zayn Malik, I think, impressed everyone as a solo artist, releasing hit after hit. And although I don’t care much for the other three; Zayn and Harry have been hot on my radar ever since, and I was keen to see what Harry would produce, and well, the boy didn’t disappoint…

Woman

I love the power and passion behind this song, you feel it in every beat. Harry’s got such a soulful voice in this song and the guitar is electrifying in it. A really powerful ballad, and very sexy at the same time.

Sweet Creature

Okay, I’m sorry, but this is another underlying relationship song (as they have all been so far, god dammit, who knew I was so sensitive!?) Anyway, this is such a happy go lucky song, and the acoustics on it are great! This song is about a young couple facing difficulties in their relationship, yet they know they belong together, despite the arguments. So its a really sweet song really!

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Declan Mc Kenna ‘Brazil’

It took me absolutely ages to track down this song and figure out what the hell it was called! I kept hearing it in random places, just bits of it, and it was driving me insane not knowing who sang it and what it was called! But by some miracle, I managed to figure it out and I’m so relieved I now know who is the mastermind behind this song.

This song is undoubtedly catchy, with fantastic vocals and guitar. I feel its a song I will never get bored of, due to the uniqueness of Declan’s voice. Its a clever, witty and sonically pleasing tune.

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Banks ‘Goddess’

I hadn’t properly listened to Banks, and this song really swayed me to check her out, as its just empowering and different. The intro sounds a bit like the music at the spa, but then the vocals and bass kick it and it turns into this amazing, vibrant and empowering song. Its definitely a song to make you feel amazing about yourself, for whether your dealing with a break up, or just need a kick up the back side and in realising your worth.

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Blaenovan ‘Orthodox Man’

I overheard this on Radio One the other day, and immediately fell in love with this song. Its such a summery, feel good track. I love the oohs and ahhs in the pre chorus, before it really kicks in to this upbeat chorus that just makes you want to jump around like a gazelle. A really great summer song, perfect for driving along to.

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Miley Cyrus ‘Malibu’

Oh Miley the country singer is back in business; its a party in the USA! Miley has such a mesmerising country voice and I’m so glad she’s gone back to her roots. Okay so she had some bangers on her album, actually called Bangerz (with a z not an s), but nothing compares to this Miley. This song is so raw and pure, and its been on repeat ever since it came out.

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I hope you liked this music review and please do check out some of these amazing hits!

I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend 🙂

Love Always,

Gemma

xo

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What I Learnt On A Social Media Break

Hi guys!

Today’s post is a bit of a different one, as I am going to be talking about my mini break; my social media break.

Last month I realised how much of my time was consumed by aimless scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and I thought what am I actually achieving here? I would, without knowing, waste about 2 hours doing nothing but scrolling, and all I’d be left with was a deflated feeling. I decided that enough was enough, and wanted to have a life outside of my phone and bad social media habits. So I removed apps from my phone, I also removed apps from my home screen, so I wasn’t tempted to go on them and when I got home from work I left my phone on silent upstairs.

What I discovered from this whole process was how much I can do when I’m not on my phone and how much happier I am not getting so caught up in the social media world. Okay so now I sometimes feel like a recluse and have no idea with whats going on or if something is trending, but that’s about it. Social media is a way to escape from reality, but why did I want to escape from it? I’m very happy with my life, and I was miserable when I was looking on social media sites comparing my life and the way I look to people I don’t even know. I can enjoy spending time with loved ones without having to portray an image, having to think about posting something. I no longer have the Instagram panic of “I haven’t posted for 3 days”– it seems silly to think like that.

When I need a break from reality, I have found new ways to do this, which are actually more beneficial for my health and well-being. I do yoga twice a week now, which is really great in getting my body and mind to balance out again. I talk about things more with friends and family, instead of bottling it in and googling how to cope. I like that I can enjoy myself without having my phone out the whole time and capturing every single moment; instead I am living in the moment.

When I do go on social medai its only for around 15 minutes max and my main social media apps that I now use is Pinterest to get recipe ideas and Buzzfeed because I really like their quizzes (don’t judge). I’ve found enjoyment in losing myself in a book again, and in colouring in my mindfulness book. I got a new one for Christmas that I hadn’t even started, and its so relaxing taking a few hours to do that. I’ve also managed to actually watch TV and films- yes films all they way through without having my phone attached to my side.

Like I always say, I have such a love hate relationship with social media, but what this mini break has taught me, is that my life shouldn’t revolve around it. It wasn’t making me happy scrolling through aimelessly. I still have all my apps yes, but I’m more resourceful in the way I use them. I don’t go on them unless I need to go on them. It’s a last resort, instead of my first go to.

I hope you’ve had an amazing weekend and feel inspired to take a mini break yourself 🙂

Love Always,

Gemma

xo

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