Summer Beauty Favourites 2018

Saturday, July 21, 2018
Today's post is long over due! I have so many products that I've been loving recently but I haven't had the time to rave about them until now. All of these wonderful beauty, skincare and pampering products have been favourites for up to the past couple of months and I cannot recommend them enough!

July has been a pretty busy month with my friends wedding, bridesmaid duties, birthdays, holiday planning and more. July wasn't a great reading month or a good skincare month but on a positive note, July was my highest paid blogging month in my five years of blogging which I'm so happy with.

The brands in todays post are as follows: Absolute Aromas, Rio Rosa Mosqueta, Vitage Skincare, PMD Skincare, Kathleen UK and Lee Stafford. I cannot recommend these products enough especially for the summer season and the heatwave we've been having for what seems like years at this point in the UK.
*Vitage Skincare Age Defence Firming Eye Serum (£36, 15ml) 
When it comes to unnecessary skincare I used to think that eye creams belonged in that category, until I tried this eye serum! I was very lucky to receive an amazing surprise blogger mail package of festival beauty goodies from the lovely people over the Vitage Skincare and I'm so grateful as I genuinely love every single product. The firming eye serum peptides, botanicals and antioxidants to moisturise, smooth and firm the under eye area.

I love the packaging for all of the Vitage Skincare products and this one is no different. The eye serum has a slight cooling effect, it absorbs fairly quickly and it immediately smoothes and hydrates the skin so that my concealer and foundation look amazing - which is impressive considering how very dry my skin is. I cannot recommend this eye serum enough!

*Vitage Skin Defence SPF 30 (£26, 100ml)
There are three particular Vitage products I've been using constantly including the eye serum, skin calming aloe gel and this SPF cream. As I've mentioned, we have been having a rather ridiculous heatwave in the UK recently so SPF has been very necessary and this one is great; the cream absorbs quickly, it doesn't irritate my skin or leave a greasy feeling on the skin.
*Vitage Skincare Skin Calming Aloe Gel (£14, 100ml)
Before I received the surprise parcel from Vitage Skincare, I went to Heaton Park for a few hours and I managed to burn my arms and neck awfully! I haven't had any sun burn for years and I didn't really have any products to help my skin heal so the parcel arrived very timely so thankfully I could use the aloe gel to calm my painful sun burn. Aloe gel is a natural anti-inflamatory so it's perfect for sun burn!

*Vitage Skincare Advanced Moisture Boost (£39, 50ml)
Last but not least is a fantastic, effective and fuss free moisturiser which has been perfect for my sensitive and dry skin. The moisturiser contains nourishing oils, green tea extract, calendula oil and more so it is deeply hydrating and smoothing. I know the price is a little steep but I can't recommend Vitage Skincare products enough because they've worked so well for my temperamental skin.
*Absolute Aromas Relaxation Epsom Salts (£4.50, 300g)
Baths aren't usually something I love during the summer months but cooler baths with muscle relaxing and unwinding epsom salts are amazing especially on pamper days. Absolute Aromas epsom salts are composed of magnesium sulphate which is well known for their abilities to relax and restore muscles, soothe the skin and ease back pain and aches. The relaxation salts contain lavender oil, clove bud oil, chamomile flower oil and more lovely natural ingredients. The bath salts smell incredible, it's such a relaxing and calming scent that I've been loving. If you are in need of a solution to aching muscles then check out these surprisingly effective bath salts.
*Kathleen UK Tranquil Fields Body and Massage Oil (£34, 100ml)
If you've been following my blog for a while then you'll know how much I adore anything that is lavender scented so this product is perfect! I also love pampering evenings so it's a double win with this heavenly scented body and massage oil. The oil has such a gorgeous, relaxing and calming scent that instantly makes me feel much more relaxed. I've been using a very small amount as a body oil on the drier areas of the skin and it leaves my skin so smooth, moisturised and nourished.

*Kathleen Tranquil Fields Bubble Bath and Shower Gel (£18, 150ml)
The second and final product from the lovely UK based brand, Kathleen, is their bubble bath and shower gel in the matching Tranquil Fields scent. The shower gel smells just as lovely and relaxing as the body and massage oil; it isn't a basic lavender scent as it's creamy which makes it much more unique. The shower gel lathers so well, a little goes a long way and it doesn't irritate my skin at all! This is my first experience using Kathleen products and I can't recommend them enough as lovely pampering products.
*PMD Clean Smart Facial Cleansing Device (£89)
In the early days of blogging, the thing to have was the much coveted and expensive Clarisonic (I did buy one in the end, bloggers are such enablers). I sadly haven't used mine for a while but I've found something missing from my skincare routine recently, thankfully the PMD Clean has fit the bill wonderfully.

PMD is a brand I've been lucky enough to work with previously and I find their products to be very effective and this cleansing device is no different. The device vibrates over 7,000 per minute to deeply cleanse the skin as well as firming, lifting and toning the skin as well. Unlike the Clarisonic it is composed of ultra-hygienic silicone which is waterproof and hypoallergenic.
I've been using the device for around two weeks so far which isn't very long but my initial impressions are very good and so far I'm loving it. My skin has been looking very dull and quite congested over the spring and summer months and this deeply cleansing device has definitely been making a massive difference to the clarity and smoothness of my skin since using it with my range of cleansers.

It works well with so many creamy, gel or foam cleansers cleansers as it helps the cleanser lather and deeply massage the skin to cleanse well. It gently massages the skin but it doesn't irritate my skin which is something I have to consider as my skin is annoyingly dry and eczema prone. It's wireless, easy to use and very quick to throughly cleanse my skin so for me, it's an essential skincare product for summer.
*Lee Stafford Cactus Crush Shampoo (£7.99, 250ml)
Now onto my favourite haircare products for quite a while, the new 'cactus crush' range from Lee Stafford. Lee Stafford is such a nostalgic brand to me as I used it almost constantly for years as a teenager, especially their poker straight range! I'm so happy to try their new products because they not only look so cute and summery but they smell nice and they're wonderful for my very dry and super long hair. It lathers really well, it's very mosiurisng and smoothing so I cannot recommend it enough as even during the summer months my hair is very dry and slightly...wild.

*Lee Stafford Cactus Crush Conditioner (£7.99, 250ml)
As with the shampoo, I'm loving the conditioner from the range as it's so moisturising and detangling - my hair is hip length now and it can resemble a birds nest most of the time (I cannot wait to get it cut next month, 10 inches off!) so it needs all of the help it can get. The conditioner massively helps to detangle and tame my hair which is so impressive; if your hair is similar to mine then you'll adore this range.
*Lee Stafford Cactus Crush Mucho Moisture Mask (£8.99, 200ml)
Another lovely product from their new range is the hair mask which I've used a couple of times and I'm loving it. I rarely use hair masks on wet hair, I find that it doesn't really work well for my hair, so I apply a hair mask all over my scalp and hair while it's dry the I'll wash it out after an hour or so. The mask leaves my hair so smooth, moisturised and silky!

*Lee Stafford Cactus Crush Dazzle Drop (£8.49, 50ml)
Usually I'm never really interested in any kind of shine spray or shine drops as I always think that they'll leave my hair greasy or oily but as with the Vitage Eye Serum, I've been proven wrong! The dazzle drops are ideal for me to smooth any the plethora of frizz and flyways while adding a little healthy shine to my hair. Boots currently have a 3 for £15 offer on this new range so I'd recommend you take advantage of the offer as I'm so happy with this new range from Lee Stafford.
*Rio Rosa Mosqueta Rosehip Discovery (£12.95)
Next month I'm lucky enough to go on a weekend away in the Lake District with friends and I'm going on a European cruise at the end of August; I'm so excited for both and I need all of the travel minis! In comes Rio Rosa to the rescue with their new discovery set which is perfect for trailing their products for the first time or for taking with you on holiday or a weekend away.

The kit contains the cream cleanser (20ml), anti-ageing day and night cream (20ml) and the pure chilean rosehip seed oil (5ml), the latter comes with a pipette which is so handy. I love the packaging, all of the products are vegan and they are very gentle but effective so they tick all of the boxes! Some of the lovely natural ingredients included are as follows: macadamia seed oil, avocado oil, aloe vera leaf juice, shea butter and rosa mosqueta oil among others.
I've been using the products recently and I'm loving them! I've worked with Rio Rosa previously and I loved their body butter but this is my first time using their skincare and I'm impressed. I have dry, eczema prone and temperamental skin which can transform from normal skin to sensitive, flaky and very comfortable skin within a day so I need to use nourishing, gentle and natural products that are effective and these are all amazing for my skin.

So far the lovely anti-ageing day and night cream is my favourite product of the three as it's very soothing, moisturising and nourishing! I think the facial oil will be perfect when the autumnal months come around which if I'm honest, I cannot wait for as it's the best season (don't argue with me on this). If you're looking for a lovely natural skincare brand then look no further than Rio Rosa Mosqueta.

Have you tried any of these products or brands? Which products would you recommend for the summer months? 

*4 DIY Recipes Using Essential Oils

Friday, July 20, 2018
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Essential Oils are all around us; in the lotions we use, in perfumes, in bath bombs, etc. But do you know what else is in those items? A long list of ingredients many cannot even pronounce. By using essential oil for yourself, you can add a sense of relaxation and nature to your life.

Increase Energy
If you're struggling against the afternoon slump like many of us, you could use different oils to help increase productivity and energy. Citrus and Herbal Oils can help perk you up and give you the boost you need to get through the day! Many turn to strong scents such as orange essential oil for energy but earthy scents such as rosemary and cinnamon are proven to increase alertness. And of course, adding lavender to your pillow will drift you off to a good night's rest. By being well rested, you can kick that slump goodbye!

Fix Common Skin Problems
Tea Tree Oil is known for its antibacterial properties but did you know that it can cure acne, cold sores, and even your dry scalp? By adding it to a carrier oil such as coconut oil, you can treat problem areas efficiently. Just remember that tea tree oil cannot be ingested. Since too much tea tree oil can actually dry your skin, you will want to start with a small amount and listen to your body.

Stomach Pain and Nausea
Everyone suffers from nausea and stomach cramps from time to time. Instead of reaching for a bottle of medicine, try reaching for some peppermint oil! By applying a few drops to your stomach - potentially mixed with coconut oil or water if your skin is sensitive - you can help alleviate symptoms. Peppermint Tea is a know digestion and nausea aid, but many don't drink tea or could grow impatient waiting for tea to brew. By adding a couple of drops of peppermint oil to a glass of water, you can quickly treat nausea in a natural way. For some, nausea and headaches team up to try to ruin your day, but by putting peppermint oil on your temples, you can wish this pain away.

Clean and Refresh
Your Home You can easily create an all-purpose cleaner by adding lemon essential oil to a mix of water, vinegar, and soap. This will not only efficiently clean your home but will also add a nice scent. By adding black pepper essential oil, you can even fight against bacteria like salmonella and e. coli. If you'd like to add a sense of relaxation to your home, you can add lavender and chamomile essential oil to water to create an easy room freshening spray.

Though you could simply buy an oil diffuser and breathe in scents of your choice, essential oil can do so much more than that. Why not harness the full capability of essential oils by creating your own health and beauty DIYs with them?

About The Author: Trysh Sutton is a wife, mother, attorney, interior decorator, strategic leader and owner of Pure Path Essential Oils. She has an eye for business, innovation and perfection - and a desire to help her family, her friends and herself live a healthy and happy life.

Do you use essential oils? If you do, what do you use them for? 

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*Tips To Earn Extra Money

Thursday, July 19, 2018
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Before I started my blog I used to write product reviews online for amazon vouchers, it was the starting point and from that experience I created my blog. I don't think I would have started my blog if it wasn't for the experience of write reviews online and it was a great way for me to earn a little money or voucher while in college. Today's post is all about ideas to earn a little extra money which I thought would tie in nicely with a question I've been asked recently and that's how to earn money from your blog - July has been my highest paid blogging month ever which I'm incredibly thankful for!

Surveys & Cashback When Shopping
Let's start with what I've already mentioned and that's online surveys and reviews. I used to write on DooYoo and Ciao UK, both of which I'd highly recommend! I used both sites for a couple of years and it was a very easy way to earn money and Amazon vouchers, although it isn't a very quick process. I'm not sure if it has changed since I used it but you don't get products to review, you just review items you already own so why not use a cash back site and get a little money back from your purchases.

Car Boot Sale 
Since just before spring time, I decided to have a massive clear out of all my beauty products, craft supplies, accessories and clothes to sell at a car boot sale. I had to get rid of almost half of my wardrobe because of my weight loss and thankfully we were able to get around £400 for three car boot sales this spring/summer!

Earn Money From Your Blog 
Now onto the final point and the one that I think most people would be interested in, earning money from blogging. I started my blog in 2012 while at uni and it wasn't until at least two years later that I was able to earn anything from my blog - it takes a lot of patience, hard work, time and passion to even think about earning from your blog. In my opinion, you can't start a blog with the sole purpose of earning money (especially not quickly) it doesn't work like that and you need to write about something you're passion about or interested in otherwise, who will want to read your posts.

The main source of income from my blog is through sponsored posts, such as this one. I've been asked a few times on social media how I come across these opportunities and it's mainly through looking on #bloggerswanted etc hashtags on twitter, on blogger facebook groups and through existing PR contacts for my years of blogging. Additionally, offering advertising package, banner ad placement and sponsored social media posts are other options.

Sadly, sometimes there are unexpected expenses that a little extra money from smaller sources such as the ones I've mentioned aren't enough. Another alternative is a short term loan so why not check out CashLadys city credit index which shows data concerning average loan request, monthly income and top employers for various cities across the UK such as Manchester, Edinburgh and London, among others.

Do you have any tips to earn extra money? Would you opt for a short term loan? 

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Bubblegum Balloons

Thursday, July 19, 2018
Today's post is a little different but also appropriate for something coming up next month...my birthday! My 26th birthday is on the 15th August and while I am dreading my birthday, I do love presents and the excuse to eat whatever I want! Books are at the top of my birthday wish list but balloons are also cute (and very instagramable) gifts!

*Bubblegum Balloons - One Dozen Rose Gold Heart Balloons (£45)
I was very kindly sent one dozen beautiful rose gold heart shaped balloons from the lovely people at Bubblegum Balloons a while ago (sorry it's taken me so long to publish the post!). If you follow me on Instagram (ofbeautyand) then you will have seen the balloons already on my feed and stories. Naturally I had to choose the rose gold coloured balloons, the blogging community would probably disown me if I didn't!
The balloons are tied and weighted as well as pre-filled so they are all ready to be gifted to your lucky recipient! They come in a very large cardboard box so they are protected, the delivery time was quick and they all arrived full. The rose gold shade is just gorgeous, it's so metallic and looks very pretty - it's also quite unique!

I have the rose gold heart shaped balloons but they come in other shapes such as stars, crescent moons, diamond, cubes, numbers and letter as well as words so there is every style you could want. In addition to the rose gold shade, gold and silver balloons are available too but obviously the rose gold balloons are my favourites.
You know that saying of never work with babies or animals, I'd also like to add balloons to that as they did take a while to shoot (thanks to the wind) but they do look so gorgeous and the photos don't do them justice! The dozen balloons makes for a large, unique gift and it looks very substantial; as well as a gift it would also make a great decoration for a party, baby shower or anniversary.

I had mine since the 26th June and they were still pretty much fully inflated on the 16th July, if a little worse for wear for being buffeted around by the wind. I shared some of mine out to my friends toddlers to enjoy so they would make a great decorations come party favours. I'm so surprised by the longevity of the balloons, I don't think I've had helium filled balloons last this long before! I cannot recommend Bubblegum Balloons enough!

What do you think of these balloons? Will you be checking out Bubblegum Balloons? 

*Driving Safety Tips + Heatwave Car Checks

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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Today's post is all about car safety and since passing my driving test after the second time in December 2016, it's become something I'm much more aware of. You can read about my experience of learning to drive on my blog.

Before learning to drive I knew very little about car safety checks or the internal workings of a car but I personally think that it's something every driver should know the basics of. I'm still learning and thankfully my dad is very knowledgable when it comes to cars, engines and the mechanical components but there's still more I need to learn. I don't want to be one of those people who knows nothing about their car besides that they like the colour!

Coolant Levels 
Looking after your car is something that should be done all year round but particularly during the winter and summer seasons when the temperatures are a little more extreme and can affect the safety of your car. The coolant levels within your car are important to check as you don't want to it be low because that could make the engine and radiator work harder resulting in a over heated engine - not what you want at any time but especially not during a very hot day or during a heatwave like the one we've been having over the past few weeks in the UK. The coolant level is something you can top-up yourself or you can take your car to a garage.

Air Conditioning + Ventilation 
Another important point to check particularly if you are going on a road trip this summer is the fans, ventilation and air conditioning of your car. Checking that these aspects are working is important because as with the first point, you don't want your engine to over heat, you also don't want the driver or passengers to overheat! Checking that the air conditioning system is fully gassed is something that your garage can do for you.

Exhaust 
One of the most important components of your car is it's exhaust! For me, it isn't something I've ever thought of but it's invaluable because it removes toxic gases and fumes from your engine. If the exhaust isn't working properly then the worst case scenario is toxic fumes such as deadly carbon monoxide, building up within the interior of the car posing a serious health risk to the driver and passengers so it's not something that should be overlooked. There are a few warning signs to look out for such as a warning light, rattling noise, vibrations and loud exhaust noises, if you experience any of these then you should get your car checked immediately - I can't stress enough the importance of making sure your exhaust is fully working. It is actually illegal to drive with a non-functioning exhaust - the fumes need to pass through a silencer/muffler to reduce noise. If there is a problem and you are based in London, your exhaust can be replaced by DAT Tyres. It's a safety check that should be done constantly but particularly before a long journey.

Tyres
The final safety point I'm going to mention in todays post is about tyres. The tread depth and quality of your tyres is important as it's something that could cause your car to fail an MOT test. We recently had to replace two tyres as they were getting close to the minimum legal tread depth in the UK. We've all heard about winter tyres but did you know that you can also buy summer tyres? Summer tyres can provide high grip on dry and wet roads and also provide high driving stability and optimum mileage performance for the higher summer temperatures, perfect for the heatwave temperatures we've had recently.

Did you know some of these safety points? If you drive, did you know about the dangers of a faulty exhaust (I didn't)? 

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Glossybox - Under The Sea July 2018

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
If you want to see all of the blogger mail and subscription box unboxing then follow me on Instagram (@ofbeautyand) because I show everything on my stories! I always love receiving the Glossybox boxes every month as they contain so many wonderful items and I've genuinely loved some of the items I've received so far and this box is no different!

*Glossybox - Under The Sea July 2018 
This box is a little late but I'm glad that I've received it because the box theme is so unique, under the sea. The theme leaves the door open for lots of summery products which is very appropriate for the heatwave we've been having over the past month or so in the UK. There are six items within the box featuring brands such as Hawaiian Tropic, Crabtree & Evelyn, Oriflame and more.
Oriflame The One 5 in 1 Wonder Lash Mascara (£9, full size)
Let's start with the one disappointing product in the box, for me anyway. Oriflame is a brand I haven't tried before but I have heard pretty good things on the whole. The mascara claims to lift, curl, volumise, lengthen and separate lashes but for my lashes it only defines and separates. The one thing I'm always looking for in a mascara is volume and this one doesn't do it for me; however, if you do love a lengthening, separating and defining mascara then you'll love this!
Regenerate Enamel Science Advanced Toothpaste (£2.50, 14ml mini)
One item that is ideal for me is a travel sized toothpaste as I have a couple of trips planned for August including a weekend away in the Lake District and a cruise as well as a couple of day trips and maybe a night camping! I have tried a toothpaste from this brand before and liked it so I'm glad to have another - the timing is perfect too.

Hawaiian Tropic Duo Defence Sun Lotion SPF 30 (7.4ml sachet)
The second mini included in the box is another that is ideal for summer holidays as it's a sun lotion from a very reputable SPF brand. I have heard great things from other bloggers about this particular sun lotion as it smells amazing (and I have to agree).

Senhor Do Bonfim Sea Water Hair Spray (£15, full size)
This theme is just perfect for the upcoming summer holiday season as we have another ideal summery product, a sea salt hair spray. I adore the packaging for this product, it's so cute! I also like the scent although I think it will be a marmite aspect of the product. I haven't tried it yet but I can't wait to, especially when I have my hair cut short next month - I'm getting close to 10 inches cut off and donated to the Little Princess Trust.
Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Hand Therapy (£8, 25g)
The penultimate item is one of my favourites from the box, although to be honest, I'm love all but one of the products in this months box! Crabtree and Evelyn is one of my favourite brands and their hand creams are so lovely - I've tried a couple already. This mini size is going to be perfect for my handbag and I will be taking it on holiday with me next month.

Inuwet Cheek Shell Brush (13.20, fulls size)
The final item is the most adorable makeup brush I've ever seen! Along with mugs and books, I have a habit of hoarding makeup brushes so I always need more especially when they're so cute. This cheek brush, that would be ideal for cream blush, bronzer or highlighter, is the most adorable and uniquely designed makeup brush I own.

What do you think of the July Glossybox