Thursday, 12 January 2017

Winter Sun Survival Kit

Winter is the perfect time to get away for some festive sun especially when the weather in the UK is so pants; there is not even any snow?! So I jetted off to Houston for Christmas for some sun and family time and the temperature reached up to 27 degrees so pass me my sunglasses. 

I thought I would share my 'Winter Sun Survival Kit'. Winter sun can sometimes not seem that hot due to the wind etc but the UV rays are still as strong as ever so you need to protect yourself.
Winter Sun Survival Kit: 

Protect your body 
Mine is 30 SPF and is from Boots, Soltan Once range, moisturising sun carelotion. It's water resistant so I can go for a dip in a pool or hot tub without needing to re-apply. It is also nice to know that Soltan Once is rated with the highest UVA rating so you know you are in good hands.  The cream is thick so it doesn't just run everywhere and the smell is not strong and smells quite nice, after its soaks in you can’t feel it on. Another plus is that it doesn't block your pores. 
Winter Sun Survival Kit
Protect your face
You should be using a daily moisturiser anyway so why not make sure that it has sun protection. On this trip I used Boots, Soltan Once Face, moisturising suncare cream.

It is the perfect size for your handbag, so you can take it everywhere, to make sure your face is protected at all times. You can always use makeup to make yourself look more tanned. The key benefits are that it offers 8 hours of sun protection from just one application. There is ultra UV ageing in defence and it’s water resistant. The cream is a little less thick than the main sun cream and leaves you feeling moisturised instantly leaving the smell of summer on your skin.
Winter Sun Survival Kit
Looking for something a little smaller?
Boots, Soltan Active, ultra-resistance sunstick for lips and face in 30 SPF. This is a must especially if you are catching some rays on the slopes a lip sunstick is my number one essential. You can also use this for your face with extra resistance to water, sweat and extreme conditions – you are ready to go.
Winter Sun Survival Kit
DON’T feel the burn
BootsSoltan Moisturise and Repel, hydrates your skin after you have been in the sun with insect repellent to keep your body looking BOOM!

You don't need much of this as a small blob goes far and smells lovely, quite tropical.
Inside Out
On any holiday, especially in the party season you want to make sure you stay hydrated and healthy so fuel up with vitamins to ensure you keep your body is in tip top condition. I have been used Boots Pharmaceuticals Re-energise, Mango – tasty!

No one wants to get ill on holiday so I used Boots Duel Defence nasal spray twice a day in the week leading up to my trip just in case. If you feel you are starting to get a cold or ill start using ASAP.
Winter Sun Survival Kit
You also need two other essentials in any winter sun situation:  
Winter Sun Survival Kit
A pair of sunglasses
If you’re looking fabulous or a bit shit sunglasses will sort out any situation and now your body is protected from the sun so will your eyes. My sunnies are from Topshop for only £22.

Lip Gloss
Your skin is so much better in the sunshine, not sure what it is but the UK makes me break out the moment I land! Whilst in Houston I only needed my Benefit Ultra Plush Lip Gloss (travel size) inClear Fuchsia. 

That's it lovelies, my winter sun survival kit is complete, now it time to start planning my next winter sun escape.
Winter Sun Survival Kit
Winter Sun Survival Kit
Winter Sun Survival Kit

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Monday, 9 January 2017

5 Travel Trends for 2017

It’s that time of year when Christmas is over, you’re back to work and life feels… a little bit depressing. That is why it’s the perfect time to get a saving plan in place and think about your holiday destinations for 2017.
Tips on savings for your 2017 holiday:

·         Start early not only to save yourself some ££ but also to save your sanity so you have something to look forward to.
·         Have a New Year clear out and sell on Ebay, Amazon or Facebook Marketplace.
·         If you are arty why not make a little shop on Etsy and start selling sock bunnies? (watched that Friends episode last night!)
·         Make sure your savings are protected, check out The Financial Services.
  Compensation Scheme (FSCS) they protect your money in your savings and current accounts so if something happens to your bank, building society or credit union – you get every penny back in seven days and the service is completely free. Why not see if your savings are protected here.
So with your savings in full swing, where is cool and hip to go in 2017:

I am not sure about you but in my partner’s case it is becoming compulsory to take a two-week holiday (I think this is so the government can check up on you!) So the two-week break will be sure to make a comeback and why not?! Make sure to not just venture to one destination, go to two. One adventure week then one to chill out.  If you rarely step away from work this year is your year – put down your mobile phones (unless it is for a holiday selfie).
Niagara Falls
Destination idea: A safari holiday in the Serengeti then chill out on the beach in Zanzibar.
If you have kids why not splurge and head to Disney World with a week on the beach at the Florida Keys.

You need to get to this location quick before MacDonald’s and Starbucks moves in. The background of this destination is changing daily since the American Trade embargo has been lifted and it’s best to explore this colourful destination in its true form – It is also cheaper than you may think with the destination taking advantage of cheaper international flights along with Mexico.

The All Inclusive is back and everyone is doing it, The All Inclusive is cool again and if you choose the right place you will be lavished with fancy cocktails (not just fruit juice mixed with a shot of your choice) and possibly a sushi restaurant on site….the dream :-P 

A big bonus with All Inclusive is its all one price – there are no surprises and if you’re quick, you have many months to pay it off so you are not saddled with one big bill.
Destination idea: My recommendation would be Riviera Maya, Mexico.
T2G Tip: Make sure there is no limit on the a la Carte (sometimes the small print is there to confuse you – give the hotel a call to check before)

Stay local this year and utilise some long weekends or the bank holidays and explore where you are from, I like many of you have barely touched the surface of the UK and with a new car on the way I am excited to see what it has to offer. Benefits are lower cost, sun without a long flight (sometimes); UK culture. 

Destination idea: This year I would like to visit the New Forest, Oxford, the Cotswolds, Devon, Richmond upon Thames, Surrey (my new abode).
The Pig Hotel, Dorset
As discussed above you don’t want to just spend your holiday lying on a beach. Why not inject a little adventure into your summer holiday. Maybe a river rafting holiday or even safari? If you do a beach do make sure you take a look around and see if there is anything you can do: horse riding, water activities etc. Be crazy, you only live once!

The FSCS are just as big on travel trends as me and have commissioned a short film all about three hot destinations for 2017 and how to afford them. Why not have a look at FSCS Money Means. 

This post is in collaboration with the FSCS.

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Sunday, 18 December 2016

Christmas Gift Guide: Home

As we get into the final weeks of buying gifts make sure you don’t forget gifts for the home, these make the perfect present for anyone. Maybe they just moved house like me?! 

Below is a huge list of my favourites and some highlights for me is the new, complete set of premium essential oil blends from Organic Aromas, you can read more about the power of scent in another post. This new collection is divine and will make any home smell incredible. 

You also cant go wrong with a cookbook especially when Mary Berry is on the front and some gorgeous bowls from Houseology by Tom Dixon - gold heaven!

For more products just see below:
Christmas Gift Guide: Home

Christmas Gift Guide: Home
Christmas Gift Guide: Home

2.   Cox & Cox, Etched Grey Table Lamp

11.               Addis, Retro Copper Bin
13.     ,Go Fit yoga mat 
Christmas Gift Guide: Home
Christmas Gift Guide: Home
Christmas Gift Guide: Home
Christmas Gift Guide: Home
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Friday, 16 December 2016

Christmas Gift Guide: Beauty

Oh hello beauty lovers, I am nearly at the end of my Christmas Gift Guides series but couldn't end without a huge beauty haul!!! 

Below is my largest ever list of beauty products including a snowman ornament (thrown in just for fun) and each product is shoppable, all you need to do is just click through.

Also I need to mention some products in the images that you can shop via a link  instead which are the Scholl velvet smooth party pedi collection for party perfect feet this Christmas and the Baylis & Harding Jojoba, Silk and Almond Oil six piece Cracker which makes the perfect gift and the scent is just divine. Keeping on the Balysis & Harding theme the Balysis & Harding, La Maison Tin Set is adorable filled with four delightful products in there signature scent.

For more beauty goodness see below:
Beauty Gift Guide

Beauty Gift Guide

Beauty Gift Guide

Beauty Gift Guide

Beauty Gift Guide

Beauty Gift Guide

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