All About: Spray Tanning!

Hey Dolls,

This week we are going to talk about Spray Tans! Now being from Essex, most people (not all unlike the stereotype) like to have a golden glow and I chatted to the Beauty Yard’s Sophie to get all her top tips, so let’s go!


First up: Prep, this is an extremely important step that will ultimately determine the end result of your tan and here’s how to do it right!

  1. Shave or complete your hair removal at least 24hrs before your tan, to ensure your pores close up properly
  2. Exfoliate your body focusing on dry areas such as elbows, feet and knees
  3. Ensure all your makeup is removed to allow for a perfect tan


Now lets talk about the tanning process at the salon:

  1. Before you go to the salon make sure you are wearing loose dark clothing, have some flip flops and aren’t wearing any deodorant, moisturiser or other scented products as these can affect the colour of the tan
  2. Once you arrive you will meet your spray tanner, be taken to a therapy room, left to remove your clothes, apply sticky feet and sometimes a hair net, you may also be given paper knickers
  3. Your therapist will then return, giving you instructions on positions to stand in so they can tan you, the tan will be cold, and you will probably be a bit sticky, your therapist will most likely dry you off a bit!


The last part of spray tan is the aftercare, this is key in prolonging your tan!

  1. Shower at least 8hrs (for most tans some are less, some more so check with your spray tanner) after spray tan
  2. When showering don’t use any products or rub your tan, pat yourself dry and moisturise
  3. Make sure you moisturise after every shower
  4. When the tan starts to go patchy or fade exfoliate to ensure a gradual fade

So that’s all you need to ensure you get a perfect spray tan!

Next week I’ll be sharing my review of Glam Glow face Masks!

Ciao Bellas,



Bath and Body Works Haul!

Hey Dolls,

This week is part 2 of my American Haul, so lets get going!

First up is a load of Pocket bacs, I bought 12 because you just can never have enough and I couldn’t go to Bath and Body without picking them up! I’ll insert a small selection below, but all the scents I picked were absolutely lovely!

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To go with all the hand sanitiser I picked up a hand cream which is a new scent of Amber and Argan, it smells amazing! I also got the Cherry soap for my bathroom at uni which smells lovely and doesn’t dry out your hands!

Finally I chose two room sprays which I initially wanted as candles but due to suitcase space and weight restrictions I couldn’t get the candles so got the sprays instead which I am really pleased with because not only do they smell fab the scent lasts for ages, so I would definitely recommend them!

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Ciao Bellas,



Sephora Haul!

Hey Dolls,

This week is part 1 of my American Haul, part 2 will be coming next week! Also sorry for missing 2 posts I moved back to university and had some family things going on so needed to focus on them but I’m back now!

I went to Sephora in Boston and in New York, mum and I spent a bomb but it was worth it! So lets get into the haul!

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First up we got the Cover FX Mattifying Kit which includes the primer, powder and setting spray- perfect for travelling with. Next up was the Tarte Rain Forest of the Sea palette, Oh my the colours in this palette are insane and I would highly recommend Tarte palettes for incredible blend-ability and pigmentation. We also picked up the Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette, again great for travelling which includes a bronzer, blush and highlight. Also I couldn’t go to Sephora and not pick up a tonne of Sephora own brand face, lip and foot masks! They are amazing and so affordable! Last up in this section was my favourite Chloe Perfume in a rollerball, perfect for popping in your bag on nights out!

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Our next trip resulted in more purchases from Tarte! I purchased the Scrub clean kit which includes the Friction stick and Rain Forest of the Sea collection cleanser as well as a little mitt to get your pores clean, as well as the Amazonian Clay BB cream- I have been so impressed with this product, the coverage is good, it doesn’t slide off like a lot of other BB creams and leaves my skin looking flawless! I also grabbed another bottle of my fave Dry bar Shampoo as well as a Huda Beauty Lip Contour in the most stunning nude shade! I also picked up a Makeup forever Mist and Fix as my setting spray has run out and I love it! Its really hydrating and keeps my makeup in place all day!

Our final trip to Sephora was a much smaller one in which I mainly purchased their travel size items so I could give a few products a try without paying full price to find out I hated them- I am a student after all!

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Mum needed a new ABH brow definer so we picked one up as well as a couple of sleep masks, one of which we used on the plane home which I highly recommend! I also picked up the Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara as everyone raves about it and I must admit I agree its great! The other Too Faced product I picked up was the Born this way concealer which I love the only problem is its a tiny bit too light for my skin tone but covers dark circles and blemishes with ease!

Next weeks part 2 hauls is Bath and Body works!

Ciao Bellas



All About: Lashes

Hey Dolls,

I headed back to the Beauty Yard to chat to the lovely Tan about the different types of lash enhancements available.

The first thing to choose between is natural enhancing or extensions first let’s talk about enhancing your own lashes!

My favourite thing is LVL lashes (length, volume and lift), it’s basically a perm and tint for your lashes that lasts around 6 weeks, it’s low maintance and cheaper than lash extensions. LVL is also great if you are allergic to lash glue or can’t keep up the maintenance of extensions!


Moving on to lash extensions, they come in three main styles classic, Tahitian and Russian! First let’s talk about the process, having a set of lashes will take about 2 hours, with regular maintenance every 2-3 weeks.

It’s really important to go to a lash technician who is personally recommend and to ensure you go for a patch test, not only will this ensure you aren’t allergic to the glue but you can also access the professionalism of the salon and technicians.

Now onto the styles:

Classic- 1 false lash to 1 real lash, last 2-4 weeks, maintenance every 2 weeks, giving a natural look


Tahitian- 3 false lashes to 1 real lash, last 2-8 weeks, top up every 2-4 week, giving you a half glam look


Russian- 6-8 false lashes to 1 real lash, same maintenance and longerity as Tahitian, giving you a full glam look


Next instalment of all about will be tanning!

Ciao Bellas,



August Favourites!

Hey Dolls,

I haven’t done a monthly favourites post for ages so thought I would share with you what my favourite Beauty and lifestyle faves have been in august!


Starting with beauty, my fave of august was L’Oréal Volume million lashes mascara! This mascara is not a new one but I have fallen back in love with it, it makes my lashes look false when I wear it as I’ve had LVL lashes, affordable and fabulous, highly recommended!

Next up skincare, this was a random one as I stole it from my mums cupboard but wow it’s fab! My skin care favourite is Neal’s Yard orange flower facial oil, I have always been weary of oils as I have combination skin but this oil leaves my skin feeling really hydrated and not greasy plus it smells amazing!IMG_0137

Sticking with beauty but moving on to brushes, although I was late to the party I decided to purchase 2 of the PS Pro brushes from Primark, and thand foundation brush has become my new favourite brush! It applies products flawlessly and fast with lovely results, Primark have definitely upped their game!

My final beauty fave has been the B makeup brush cleanser, its great for when your brushes need a clean but you don’t have time for a deep clean, simply spritz on a tissue or towel and rub the brush on it until its clean then your brushes are ready to use!


My other favourite has been my new Tiffany Sunglasses, I love them! They are the perfect shape, design and size! Also I got them on sale so even better!


Quick Favourites:

TV: Law and Order SVU

Food: Cadburys Twirl Bites

Drink: Lemonade and lime


Ciao Bellas,



What I Eat in a Day!

Hey Dolls,

This week I thought I would share with you what I eat in a day. This was a day I was at home so was very healthy but obviously my days vary!


Strawberry and Banana Smoothie

Weetabix with dried cranberries and skimmed milk



I had breakfast late so wasn’t hungry, instead I just had an Iced caramel latte. Usually I would have a mini graze box or a Fibre One bar.



Crustless bacon and cheese quiche with salad (pesto mayo dressing)

Low calorie Raspberry Jelly



Chicken and pancetta Ravioli with tomato pasta sauce

Garlic Pizza bread

Mango and Passionfruit sorbet


Throughout the day I drink water and try to drink 2-3 litres per day.

Ciao Bellas,



My Lipstick Collection!

Hey Dolls,

This week I thought I’d share with you my lipstick collection featuring Mac, Tom Ford and Charlotte Tilbury.

Starting with Mac, I have 8 lovely shades in my collection: Whirl, Japanese Maple, Dark Side, Ruby Woo, Saint Germain, Pink Plaid, Velvet Teddy and Cyber.

Next up, Charlotte Tilbury- Bitch Perfect & Penelope Pink, Chanel 497, Bite Beauty Meringue, Tom Ford 22 Patrick.

Finally I have 3 liquid lipsticks, I’m still getting used to these and am unsure how much I like them. The shades are Anastasia Beverly Hills- Dolce & Spicy and Tarte in So Fetch!

Next week I’ll be sharing with you what I eat in a day!

Ciao Bellas,



My Designer Wish List!

Hey Dolls,

This week I thought I’d share with you my dream designer purchases, they aren’t in any particular order but these are the things I would love to buy in the future.

First up is the classic Chanel bag, I’m not sure what size I would like but I have always wanted to own one. An iconic bag, perfect for any outfit!chanel bag

Staying with bags, I have always loved Louis Vuitton and from a very young age have dreamed of owning Louis Vuitton luggage in particular the Keepall 60. I don’t want a suitcase as I would be worried about it being damaged at airports!

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My final bag I would love to own is the Prada Galleria bag, another classic, which I would use as my work bag (when I graduate and get a job!)


Onto shoes, I have 3 pairs of designer shoes I would love to own and the brands they are from are Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin.

From Jimmy Choo I would love a nude pair of Romy 85’s, a sensible height and classic style!

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From Christian Louboutin, Fifi Patent 100, again classic and perfect for every outfit from day to night!


A less practical shoe but there was a reason Carrie Bradshaw loves them, Manolo Blahnik create classic styles with added bling, basically my dream shoe! The style I love is Olek in black- simple, classy and elegant!


Let me know what your dream purchases are!

Ciao Bellas,



Summer Sight Seeing in the City!

Hey Dolls,

So a couple of weeks ago my bestie from Wales came to visit for a week and I took her into London for a day of sightseeing, here’s what we got up to!

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We started on by visiting Madame Tussauds, were we took a tonne of selfies with celebs!

Madame Tussauds

Then we hopped on a tube to Bucking Palace to meet the Queen (as if! but she was in), as it was a super hot day we then decided to walk to South Bank.


Along the way we saw Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey!

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Next up it was time for a fuel stop, we went to the Riverfront and shared nachos and meatballs (they were so yummy) as well as a bottle of Rose!


Then it was time for the London Eye, one of the best ways to see a lot of London (we pre-booked tickets and got a combo to include our Madame Tussauds ticket)

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As it was so hot we grabbed a slushy and watch a street performer before heading to Covent Garden for dinner.

After a yummy dinner in Browns, we went to my family’s favourite wine bar in St Martin’s Courtyard, Dalla Terra for Bellini’s!

Della terra

We had a super busy day, but it was so much fun!

Ciao Bellas,



All about: Nails!

Hey Dolls,

This post is the first in the series of posts in which I speak to industry professionals about a range of topics!

First up is Nails, I spoke to the lovely Tanith from The Beauty Yard in Chelmsford!

I always have my nails done here so I asked Tanith for her top 5 nail tips, and here they are:

  1. Always use a base and top coat- not only will it prolong the nail varnish it will prevent your nails getting stained. You can get a variety to suit different needs for example nail strengthening
  2. Use Cuticle Oil- using cuticle oil regularly will keep both your cuticle and nails healthy
  3. Don’t over buff- overbuffing your nails removes layers of your nail and causes damage to your nail beds
  4. No picking!- Don’t pick your gel nails, nails or skin around the nail as it will cause damage
  5. Moisturise your nails and hands daily- moisturising daily will keep your hands and nails healthy!

Thats all for this week, also in the series I will be talking to hair stylists, makeup artists and more beauty experts!

Ciao Bellas,