Style // Beauty // Happiness

The Secret To Volumised Hair

Recently I have been trying to use more natural ingredients on my hair. Purely because they're so much better for your hair health! One ingredient I have been told to stay away from is silicone, which surprisingly is in a lot of hair products and is known to weigh your hair done, according to hair experts. This is exactly what you don't want when trying to achieve volumised hair!

So I was recently contacted by the lovely Faith In Nature who create wonderful hair products using natural ingredients only. I was eager to try out their Body & Bounce range to see if it did the trick as I have been so tired of my lifeless, flat hair. Scroll down for my verdict!

Firstly, the smell is gorgeous! I think this is super important for hair products so that the scent transfers onto your hair making you feel so much cleaner and nicer. The smell of this product is sweet lavender - symbolic of peace and tranquility in my opinion! My hair is super long so I apply a generous amount per wash, and I wash my hair twice a week. This size bottle has lasted me about two  months overall, which I think it's pretty good considering the amount of times I use it. 

The results? Soft, healthy hair and a definite difference in volume compared to using a normal shampoo. I would definitely recommend to anyone with naturally flat hair looking for extra volume.

The shampoo alone in priced at £6.00 and is available via their website here. The matching conditioner is an additional £6 to complete the collection. I found the shampoo pretty conditioning alone - probably as it is formulated with lovely oils! The fact that their products are also vegan, cruelty-free and gluten-free make me love it all the more! 

The Perfect Matte Lip

It's that time of year that I love wearing more dark, daring shades on my lips. No matter what the season, I'm not really a nude kinda gal, as I don't really think they suit my skin tone. So in the summer I'm all about bright pinks, but in the autumn and winter I love wearing vampy shades. Just like this Sleek MakeUP Matte Me Lip Gloss in shade 'Old Hollywood'. 

Sometimes dark liquid lipsticks can apply quite patchy but I must admit, I didn't find this problem with this brand. The formula is silky smooth and dries quickly, leaving a highly-pigmented matte finish. I found that it lasted hours too! Even after eating and drinking, the colour had stayed put. 

For dark shades like this, I would recommend applying a lip liner first. This outlines your lips to ensure the perfect shape, and avoids bleeding of the formula. I found the perfect match with Primark's Lip Liner Pencil in 'Wine' for only £1! 

I absolutely love this shade for Autumn and I'll especially be wearing it to Christmas parties. Maybe I'll even add a little glitter on top! I would highly recommend Sleep MakeUP for a liquid lipstick formula that is long lasting, silky smooth to apply and does not appear patchy. 

*PR sample

8 Reasons I Love Autumn

I am currently writing this blog post on a cosy Autumn evening, with Friends on in the background and Lola (my pug) asleep on my lap. Life is perfect right now! And I am SO happy that autumn is finally here. Everything about it makes me feel so cosy - the darker evenings, knitwear, bed socks, fireplaces, movie's truly my favourite season, and here are 8 reasons why! 

As much as I love my pink makeup all year round, I also love mixing things up with rich, dark shades. A deep burgundy lip? DREAMY. A bronzed smokey eye? GORGEOUS. This 60 second makeup tutorial by Emily Canham is mesmerising...those lips!! (*heart eyes emoji*)

Hot drinks are essential for this time of year and I'm not just talking about Pumpkin Spice Lattes! Hot chocolate with whipped cream & marshmallows is always a winner plus my favourite, flavoured coffee. I recently discovered Beanies Flavour Coffee and I haven't looked at any other coffee brand since. With a selection of almost 100 coffee flavours to choose from, and the option of caffeinated and decaffeinated, you just can't go wrong. My fave flavours are White Chocolate, Cinnamon and Creme Brûlée - they're all delicious! They're available online or at Sainsbury's & Tesco.

You know it's almost Christmas when I'm A Celebrity is on! It's my favourite programme this time of year - it's the perfect happy family series and I love having something to look forward to in the evenings. It begins in November and I'm so excited!

There are so many events this time of year, including Halloween, Bonfire night and of course, Christmas. I live for the astonishing firework displays and Christmas markets - there's just so much to look forward to! But during the Autumn, I enjoy walking Lola through leafy parks and going on nature walks in my wellies.

My favourite Autumn/Winter accessory! Bobble hats are so cute, versatile and never go out of fashion. My go-to brand is Amelia Jane London who are famous for their fluffy accessories, pom pom key rings and bobble hats. I bought this cream version a couple of years ago and I wear it religiously throughout November-February.

There is no better feeling than jumping into a warm bed on a cold evening. If you don't own an electric blanket, it's time to invest! You'll wonder how you ever lived without one!

I feel like the atmosphere changes this time of year. The air is fresh, the earth has some colour (in the country side at least!) and the street lamps on a dark, cool evening is super romantic!

...and lots of them! In every room! I like to make sure I purchase good quality candles though, so that the scent really comes through. There's nothing worse than buying a scented candle that you simply can't smell!

So those were the 8 things that get me really excited for Autumn! Let me know your favourite things in the comments x

* Some products mentioned are PR samples

Bronzie's Got Your Back

Well it's safe to say summer is over, here in the UK. Were you one of the lucky ones to catch a tan? Perhaps you jetted off somewhere tropical and developed a gorgeous sunkissed look! Either way, everyone wants to top up and maintain that tan as long as possible right? Even through the colder months. So, I'm about to introduce you to your new best friend - Bronzie.

Bronzie solves all of your tanning problems with their new essential tanning accessory - Got Your Back. And it really does! This 3 in 1 tanning mitt has two mitt ends and a middle section to access your hard to reach areas, such as your back and feels luxuriously soft and gentle on the skin. It's washable and reusable too so you can rely on it over and over again. You can thank me later!

Even the celebs are loving Bronzie, including Stephanie Pratt, Jess Wright and Vicky Pattison! I always feel so much more comfortable using products that I know the industry is loving. Bronzie are even sharing their expert tanning tips on their website too.

And that's not's not just a life-changing tanning mitt that Bronzie offer. They also sell onesies, also known as Bronzies, in two super chic designs PLUS a Tan Tee that reads "just discovered my darker side". Cool, right?

Let me know your thoughts on Bronzie!

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Current Beauty Favourites

Hello lovelies! Today I wanted to talk to you about my current beauty favourites, as I've recently found myself relying upon sooo many makeup and skincare products - it just felt right to post a big review on everything I'm loving right now! All of the products I'll be mentioning came into my life between June and now so I've had plenty of time to test and discover a true review of them. Also, I recently bought a big white marble tile from B&Q, so I hope you like the cute flatlays!

I had heard so much about the L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation. When I was exploring the duty free shops on my way home from New York in June, (as ya do!) I decided to pick it up. I've used my trusty Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation since a teen, but occasionally in the warmer weather or if I'm popping out, I do prefer to apply lighter coverage. And after one application, I could definitely understand what all the fuss was about. I loved the dewy finish and how easy it was to apply with the small applicator it comes with. The only downside for me, is that after about 6 wears, I noticed the foundation running out already. You can definitely tell by the size of the pot that isn't going to last that long. But I absolutely love the way it looks and would highly recommend to anyone looking for a gorgeous luminous complexion!

One day I was watching a Jeffree Star tutorial and he tested these Milani Amore Mattalics Lip Cremes. I instantly became obsessed with their beautiful metallic finish and I simply HAD to have them. Unfortunately Milani is based in America, so I had to do a little Googling before discovering Cocktail Cosmetics - a UK website where you can buy some American brands including Milani, LA Splash, Gerard Cosmetics and even Jeffree Star Cosmetics. So YAY, within 3 days of ordering these 2 babies were mine! The left shade is called Cinemattic Kiss, a super soft pink and the left is Dramatic Diva, a hot barbie pink. Not only do they look amazing, but they're scent is dreamy!! So sweet and delicious. I'm obsessed. I surprisingly lost all desire to try out the Kylie Cosmetics Metallics after receiving these! 

I have been turning to this Madara Moon Flower Rose Beige Tinting Fluid a lot during the past month! This acts as a tinted moisturiser, the perfect alternative to foundation for summer days when it's hot. I was keen to try a BB cream for the summer, but when I came across this tinting fluid, I thought it would do just the job! Whilst providing glowing light coverage, the formula illuminates and evens out the skin tone. The scent is something I had not come across before - it had a very grass-like smell. But if anything this just reassured me that the product was made from totally natural and organic ingredients, which I love. It's also vegan and cruelty-free which is something I've been looking more into recently. I'm personally not vegan but I'm a massive supporter of cruelty-free beauty. I definitely love this product - it makes me feel confident without having to apply loads of makeup. 

Who hasn't been loving Zoella's new Sweet Inspirations range?! As soon as the collection became available, I headed to Superdrug and bought myself the Body Mist, Double Créme Body Lotion and Bath Latte. Whilst I've been completely obsessed with all of these products, because the scent is so amaaazing, it is the body mist that I have been using the most. As it's a mist and not a perfume, it's the sort of product that you can smell for a few seconds and then disappears. But oh my, those few seconds are heaven. I spray it during the day for a quick pick-me-up or when I'm out and about and in need of a little refreshing. If you haven't tried this collection of products yet, you're missing out! I promise you'll fall in love with the delicious macaroon and almond inspired scent.

The Body Shop Oils Of Life was another product that I'd seen a lot in blogger hauls. I've always been obsessed with The Body Shop skincare products, and I had recently started wearing facial oils to bed so I decided to spend the £28 and give it a go. The oil is infused with Black Cumin seed oil, Camellia seed oil and Rosehip seed oil - a beautiful blend to revitalise skin, instantly replenish moisture and revive radiance. I wore the oil to bed, woke up the next day and definitely noticed a difference. As the description says, my skin actually felt more radiant and plump. It has a beautiful smell and left my skin feeling super soft. I believe this is definitely worth the investment. 

I mentioned Jeffree Star earlier on in this post - I've been obsessed with his makeup tutorials recently so found myself researching his brand, Jeffree Star Cosmetics. As it's all shipped from the US, it was probably the most expensive purchase I've ever made for 2 products. I bought this Velour Lip Scrub in 'Strawberry Gum' and also his Velour Liquid Lipstick in 'Prom Night'. Shipping was $10 and then I had to pay another £12 to take it from the post office (something I was not aware of when I ordered them)! However, I was so happy that I had finally got to try these amazing products, and I haven't stopped using the lip scrub since. The formula is edible too, so it's pretty dreamy when you lick off the strawberry gum flavoured scrub. If you're based in the UK, I'd recommend buying them from Cocktail Cosmetics to avoid the horrendous shipping costs. I definitely can't fault this product though!

I received this Jimmy Choo Blossom Fragrance for my 22nd birthday in June, it is so gorgeous! This is the 40ml size which as you can see, is actually pretty tiny so no doubt I'll be buying a bigger bottle soon. As if the beautiful pink packaging didn't reel me in enough, the gorgeous sweet scent is something I can no longer live without. With notes of sweet pea, rose, berries and citrus, you can begin to imagine how amazing it smells! My favourite perfume has always been Chanel Chance, and it is still up there in the faves, but this Jimmy Choo scent has got me reconsidering. I've been wearing it every day!

Vegan & cruelty-free makeup and skincare brand, Seraphine Botanicals have recently launched their brand new Tinted Rose Balms and this 'Damask' shade is so beautiful. The lipstick is so buttery and soft, it makes my lips feel moisturised, rather than dry like some lipsticks. As you may have been able to tell from this post, I am a lover of bright pink lip products. I absolutely fell in love with this shade, and it actually does smell of beautiful roses. They also have 3 other shades if pink isn't your thing. It's gorgeous for summer, but I'll also be wearing in the winter to add some colour to my face!

I've always been a fan of relaxing aura sprays for my pillow - I think it's important to take time and heal any stress from your day. I've recently been trying out this Therapie Roques O'Neil Restore Aura Spray, which by the way, is award winning! Designed to spray onto the face for an instant quick-fix of calmness and relaxation. It contains an infusion of organic floral waters, plant extracts, space clearing oils and centering crystal essences of Amethyst, Rose Quartz and Aqua aura. Every day I've been spraying the fine mist to my face, and also on my pillow at night to help me sleep. Therapie Roques O'Neil also recommend that you use before and after meditation or yoga sessions! I keep this product permanently on my office desk, and when it's not there it's on my bedside table ready to spray on my pillow. I'd definitely recommend to anyone passionate about living a calm and happy life!

Disclaimer: This is not a paid for advertisement. Products are purchased by myself or are PR samples. 

Lip Love Beauty Subscription

This month I'm excited to show you my July Lip Love bag! For those of you that are unfamiliar with Lip Love - it's a monthly, cruelty-free beauty subscription that includes 4 full-sized products plus a cute makeup bag with a design that changes each month. All for $20.95 per month (approx £16). 

So let's talk about the exciting products inside their July "I Love Summer Days" bag! 

This blusher is a gorgeous natural rose shade which is perfect for summertime. The formula feels silky smooth and is super pigmented. I'm definitely more of a blush girl, rather than bronzer, so I really look forward to wearing this blush with my girly summer makeup! 

These shades are beautiful!! I swatched them on my fingertips (see image below) and they were super pigmented too. They feel velvety smooth so I have no doubt this will be the perfect palette for blending and smoothing across the eyelid perfectly. The middle pink shade is my favourite! 

I love how unique this product is - I've never come across anything like it before! This is a creamy tinted balm which smells so fruity & delicious (hence the dessert-inspired theme of Trifle Cosmetics!). This particular shade is a fuschia pink (my favourite) and can be worn upon the lips & cheeks. 

I have actually tried So Susan's Luminous High Coverage foundation which I could easily compare to my Estee Lauder Double Wear as it provides such long-lasting high coverage wear. So I'm excited to try this Soft-Focus formula as it may be a great alternative for hot days, where you don't fancy wearing lots of thick makeup. It's also infused with Rosehip Oil & Grapeseed Extract to nourish and heal dry skin, which makes me very happy as I do suffer with dry skin a lot in the summer! 

Don't be put off by the dollar sign on their website! If you live in the UK, you can sign up and the money will automatically be taken out of your account in the English exchange amount which is roughly £16, depending on which subscription you choose (monthly, 6 month, 12 month). 

All Lip Love updates will be shared on the So Susan social accounts, so be sure to go follow them! 

Medik8 Skincare

I discovered Medik8 after an email entered my inbox a few weeks ago, and I've been so excited to try their skincare products. For anyone new to Medik8, the brand are dedicated to producing high quality skincare products with the best ingredients at the right strengths, and with a proven track record. Medik8 has tailored lines for specific skin solutions. I take a lot of care with my skincare routine as I suffer a lot from dryness and eczema so I carefully selected 3 products that I was genuinely interested to try and I know I would get some valuable use out of! 

Full Lash & Brow Duo

The Full Lash & Brow Duo is an advanced serum designed to provide a lengthening and thickening effect to your eyelashes and eyebrows. Luckily I actually have quite thick brows and long lashes naturally, but I am so obsessed with making them look thicker and longer by applying a ton of mascara and eyebrow pencil. So, as soon as I read about this product I knew I had to try it! For the lashes, one end of the tube has a fine paintbrush which gives a precise application to the eyelash root. And on the other end of the tube is a shortened mascara wand to brush the serum through the brows. I applied the serum to my makeup free lashes and brows during the night. I admit I was a little skeptical about applying the lash serum, because it needs applying on the lash line and waterline - it scares me that I could accidently get some in my eye! However, I was so pleasantly surprised by the brow serum. Just after 2 nights of wearing it, I could definitely see a difference - they were thicker and I had no desire to apply eyebrow pencil the next day!

Hydr8 Day 360

Hydr8 Day 360 is anti-ageing moisturiser with added SPF15. I turn 22 years old in a couple of weeks and I know it sounds ridiculous, but I'm genuinely wanting to discover anti-ageing products and use them whilst I'm young to maintain my wrinkle-less skin! I was really pleased with the pump applicator - I find it just avoids any messiness that could potentially happen when applying moisturiser! This product is designed to moisturise the face and neck, so I applied this under my makeup in the morning after cleansing. There is a gentle, fresh scent to it but nothing overwhelming which is a great trait for a product that I'd be using under makeup. I'm overall really pleased with this product - I'll definitely be reaching to use it again!

Hydr8 Body

Anything with Cocoa Butter is a winner for me, and I love a good body cream! I applied this skin rehydration formula all over my arms and legs and I must admit, I found the formula so beautifully silky which made it so easy to massage into the skin. Hydr8 Body smells fresh and natural. I do think this is a lovely smell, but I personally prefer smothering my skin in something more delicious and sweet. Saying that, I cannot fault the results! My skin was left feeling super soft and silky and I would definitely use this product again when my skin is feeling particularly dehydrated. Medik8 recommend applying the formula after sun exposure (so great for summer!), or on skin exposed to the daily elements of air-conditioned offices. Overall I would definitely recommend this product for anyone in need of some serious moisture - it will no doubt make you feel fresh and energised!

A massive thank you to MediaHubb for sending me these samples to try. I have genuinely enjoyed reviewing Medik8 - I'll definitely be reaching to use them again!

5 Steps To Better Sleep

Sleep is never as easy as it sounds, is it?! Sometimes you just end up lying there for hours before you actually doze off, or (I'm guilty of this one) lie there on our phone watching YouTube videos and scrolling through our Facebook page. Well, now it's time to put the phone down and take on board some of my top tips for better sleep!
If you've ever tried sleeping in the day, you'll know how difficult it is when you have light shining through your curtains. Sleep in complete darkness for a better nights sleep. Or if you're one that has to have a night lamp on, try wearing an eye mask to bed. I've worn these in the past and I feel it helps me switch off. have some super cute ones to choose from!
Try not to leave exercise until the evening as this can sometimes wake you up even more, preventing sleep. Motivate yourself every now and again to wake up super early and get that gym session in before you head to work, or even on your lunch break. You'll feel better for it, I promise!
Going to bed at the same time each night (and waking up at the same time too) creates the perfect body clock. Make sure you head to bed a good eight hours before you're due to wake up, to ensure you're getting yourself plenty of z's and all of the energy you need for the day ahead.
It doesn't work for everyone, but personally I love to spray some of my This Works Pillow Spray on my pillow before I go to sleep. The gorgeous smell of lavender helps soothe my brain and reminds me of being back at a spa, lying on a water bed after a long and relaxing massage. Hehe!
So many times, I have gone to bed and my mind is still racing and thinking about the day. I find a great way to calm my mind is by listening to soothing music. I'm talking the sounds of birds singing, the sound of waves splashing or a fountain trickling. Just lie there, listen to these sounds and I promise you'll start drifting off in no time. Try downloading 'Relax Melodies' - it's free!
© Gemma Carey

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